Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

SHOOTING LEAVES ONE DEAD IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 
A shooting in New Madrid County over the weekend has resulted in one death and multiple injuries.

According to authorities, the incident occurred Sunday in Lilbourn.

Corey Rowe Jr. died from injuries he received in the shooting while two other men were injured and transported to a hospital in Memphis.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

 

 
REYNOLDS COUNTY PROSECUTOR SAYS HE WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY FOR TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO DEADLY SHOOTING

 
The death penalty is being brought up for two men who have been arrested following the shooting deaths of two people in Reynolds County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 67 year old David Young, of Ironton, and 44 year old Timothy Callahan, of Farmington, were arrested Saturday in connection to the shooting deaths of James and Janet Nance on October 18th near Ellington.

A third victim in the shooting is recovering from wounds she sustained during the attack.

Both Young and Callahan were charged Saturday with two counts each of first-degree murder. Both men are also facing additional charges of armed criminal action, robbery, and assault.

Reynolds County prosecutor Michael Randazzo said in an interview Monday that he will seek the death penalty.

 

 
RETIRED NASA OFFICIAL TO SERVE AS BUTLER COUNTY CYBER AND TECHNOLOGY CHAMPION

 
Butler County Commissioners have unanimously appointed a retired senior NASA official as the Butler County Cyber and Technology Champion.

According to the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, Phillip A. Bounds will serve in a voluntary capacity for Butler County and will promote multiple technology related efforts, including information sharing, critical infrastructure protection, vulnerability assessments, policy planning and procedures.

Bounds will also leverage technology to enhance the community and citizens of Butler County, advise county leadership and the Emergency Management Agency, and serve as the internal and external county representative for cybersecurity, cyber and technology preparedness, and collaboration.

 

 
PIEDMONT MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN WAYNE COUNTY

 
Authorities in Wayne County have arrested an area man on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 50 year old Gale Smith, of Piedmont, was arrested Monday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

He is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Following his arrest, Smith was held at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 
MODOT TO CONDUCT STATEWIDE DRILL THIS WEEK

 
Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say that motorists should not be surprised if they see an increase in MODOT vehicles on roadways later this week.

MoDOT will hold a statewide drill on Thursday to test crews’ readiness for the upcoming winter months.

During the drill, MoDOT employees will react to a simulated forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department’s emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance employees will be deployed to MoDOT’s 1,500 trucks. Emergency communications systems will also be tested.

Officials say that motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state routes during the drill. In rural areas, crews will deploy after 8 am, while in urban areas, the drill will not begin until after 9 am. The exercise should be completed by 3 pm.

 

 
RECTOR WINS ARKANSAS STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONSHIP

 
A marching band from Northeast Arkansas has won a state championship.

The Rector High School Marching Cougars won the Arkansas State Marching Band Contest in Class 1A on Monday.

The competition was held at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Monday October 30, 2017

ARRESTS MADE IN REYNOLDS COUNTY SHOOTING
Authorities in Ellington say that two men have been arrested in Ohio, in connection to the double homicide that took place in Reynolds County on October 18th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 86 year old James Nance and his wife, 72 year old Janet Nance, both of Ellington, died from injuries sustained from the incident. A third victim, a 73-year- old female, is recovering from wounds she sustained during the attack.

Information devolved during the investigation, which led investigators to a motel in Deerfield Township, Ohio, where two men were taken into custody without incident. They are identified as 44 year old Timothy Callahan, of Farmington, and 67 year old David Young, of Ironton. Both men are facing charges in Reynolds County for murder 1st degree.

They are each being held without bond and extradition proceedings are underway in the state of Ohio.

 

ALMOST THREE MONTH LONG BRIDGE PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route K in Stoddard County will be closed for almost three months beginning today so contractor crews can replace a bridge.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the bridge is located over the Castor River between County Road 267 and Route V.

Weather permitting, work will begin today with the bridge expected to re-open on Tuesday, January 23rd.

 

9TH ANNUAL HOWLING AT THE MOON SCHEUDLED FOR FRIDAY NIGHT
The Animal Welfare Alliance of Southeast Missouri is preparing for their upcoming benefit on Friday.

“Howling at the Moon,” the 9th annual fall benefit for the AWA is scheduled for 6 to 10 pm Friday night at the Westwood Center in Poplar Bluff.

Tickets will be available at the door with proceeds going towards building a no-kill animal shelter. There will be catering provided by Mayas and live entertainment by “Thin Blue Line” at the event.

For more information, visit www.AWASEMO.org.

 

MISSOURI HIGHLANDS MEDICAL CLINIC HOSTING HALLOWEEN EVENT TONIGHT
An area business will be hosting a free Halloween event tonight.

Missouri Highlands Medical Clinic will be holding a “Haunted Hallway” tonight from 5 to 7 pm. Organizers say that all ages are welcome to the event.

The Haunted Hallway will be held in the Copper Top building in Poplar Bluff, located at 225 Physicians Park Drive. For more information, call 573-785-6536.

 

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FROM THE POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT
Halloween is coming up tomorrow and Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley has some tips to help keep your child safe while trick or treating tomorrow tonight.

Chief Whiteley says parents should establish a route for children, making sure they stay within familiar areas and surroundings. An adult should accompany young children. Parents should also remind kids not to enter strangers’ homes or cars, and to avoid homes without an outside light on.

Be sure to tell your children to not eat treats until they get home and remember to inspect all treats before allowing your kids to eat them.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN IN CUSTODY ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND WEAPON WARRANT
A Poplar Bluff man is in custody this morning on a sexual misconduct warrant.

According to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, 46 year old Jason Graves was recently arrested on a warrant for felony possession of a firearm and felony defacing a firearm.

Officials say that Jones remains in jail as of this morning with no bond warrants.

 

WESTBOUND US 60 TO BE REDUCED BEGINNING TODAY IN CARTER COUNTY
Westbound US 60 in Carter County will be reduced to one lane with a 16-foot width restriction beginning today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform concrete repairs.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 am to 4 pm, daily through Friday, November 10.

MoDOT officials say that the work zone, located from Route M to Route C, may be set-up for 24-hours a day.

 

DES ARC COMMUNITY CENTER TO HOST CHILI SUPPER AND BAKE SALE THIS WEEKEND
The Des Arc Community Center will be hosting a chili supper and bake sale this weekend.

Jackie Brandmeyer, Chairperson of the Community Center tells us that the event will be held from 3 to 7 pm on Saturday and will be all you can eat for a donation.

Brandmeyer says that all proceeds will go to support the utility and insurance fund for the building.

Friday, October 27, 2017

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MULES TO TAKE ON JACKSON INDIANS IN DISTRICT SEMI-FINAL TONIGHT

 
The undefeated Poplar Bluff Mules will be taking on the Jackson Indians tonight with a chance to go to the district finals on the line.

The Class 5, District 1 semi-final between the Mules and the Indians will kick off at 7 pm at the Mules Football Stadium here in Poplar Bluff.

Because this is a MSHSAA Semifinal Playoff Game, admission is $7.00. Booster Passes, Skybox Tickets, Field Box Tickets, Reserved Seat Tickets, Letterman Cards, and Employee/Staff Sign-in Sheets will not be honored. Skybox, Field Box and Reserved Seat holders will be allowed to sit in their normal seat, but they must pay $7.00 to get in the game

KWOC News spoke with Poplar Bluff Superintendent Scott Dill about the parking situation for tonight’s game.

“We’re expecting a large crowd with the 7 p.m. kickoff featuring our undefeated Poplar Bluff Mules versus the Jackson Indians. Now we would appreciate if as many fans as possible could carpool to this game to make maximum use of our parking lot spaces.

And this will free up spaces for our friends from Jackson as well that are coming over. Now in the event that our on campus parking lots do become full, our friends at Fellowship General Baptist Church located at 3581 North Westwood Boulevard are allowing us to use their parking lot for overflow parking.

Now we also will have our transport people running school buses as shuttles this evening from Fellowship General Baptist Church down to the school parking lot.

So please feel free to take advantage of that service that they have generously made available to us. We’re certainly appreciative of their efforts and we wish our boys good luck tonight.”

For anyone attending the game, the Black River Coliseum is offering a discounted ticket rate to see Chris Janson in Concert after 9:00 pm tonight. The discounted ticket price will be $10 cash at the door. You will need to show your District Football Game ticket stub to get the discount at the Coliseum Box Office window.

Prior to the game, we will be holding the Dermatology Office and Rejuv-Esthetics Mules Tailgate Party outside the stadium beginning at 5 pm. Anyone who can’t make it to the game can hear it live on Today’s Talk 93.3 FM and 930 AM KWOC and online at KWOC.com.

 

 
ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK NEAR DONIPHAN

 
A Doniphan man was injured Thursday in a single vehicle wreck in Ripley County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred shortly before 8 pm last night, around 9 miles west of Doniphan. 29 year old William Broyles was driving on US 160 when his vehicle ran off the side of the road and overturned.

Broyles, who was ejected during the wreck, suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Memphis hospital.

 

 
YOUTH FIREARMS DEER SEASON TO BEGIN THIS WEEKEND

 
Young hunters will be out in the woods this weekend for youth firearms deer season.

The season is set to run on October 28th and 29th. Harvest hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

Hunters must be at least 6 and no older than 15 on Saturday to participate. Additional regulations and permits are available online at the Missouri Department of Conservation website.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL SEEKING PICTURES OF VETERANS FOR UPCOMING CEREMONY

 
Officials at Poplar Bluff Middle School are looking for pictures of veterans for an upcoming ceremony.

The school will be celebrating Veterans Day with a community program on Friday, November 10th at 9 am. Before and after the program, a video will be shown with photos of family members of Middle School students who have served in the military.

Anyone who would like a picture included in the ceremony should email the picture, along with the person’s name, branch, rank, dates of service, the student they are related to, and how they are related to LaurenHasanov@pb.k12.mo.us.

Officials are asking that pictures be sent in by November 3rd to make sure they are included in the video.

 

 
MOTORISTS ADVISED TO BE ON GUARD FOR FARM VEHICLES

 
Many farms across Missouri are in the process of harvesting their crops and officials say this means an increase in farm equipment using and crossing state roadways.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, farm equipment vehicles were involved in 582 crashes from 2014 through 2016. These crashes resulted in 17 people being killed and 199 being injured.

Motorists are advised to slow down when approaching farm vehicles and to be patient as the farm vehicles travel to their field entrances. In passing zones, wait until it is safe and pass at a safe distance and speed.

 

 
MAN ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY ON FELONY METH CHARGE

 
Authorities in New Madrid County arrested a man Thursday morning on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 32 year old David Babb, of Lilbourn, was taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Babb is also facing a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday October 26, 2017

UP TO $10,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT FIREARMS THEFT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A reward is being offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for information about a theft in Northeast Arkansas.

The up to $10,000 reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary and theft of firearms from M & M Farm & Lumber in Maynard.

ATF Officials tell KWOC News that on October 15th an unknown suspect or suspects forced entry into, and burglarized the business, stealing numerous firearms.

The ongoing criminal investigation is being conducted by ATF and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information about the incident should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS, or the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office 870-892-8888.

 

WOMAN ON A SCOOTER HIT BY A VEHICLE IN DEXTER
An investigation is underway in Stoddard County following a reported hit and run.

According to authorities, a woman on a scooter was hit by a vehicle Tuesday night on One Mile Road. The vehicle then left the area. The incident occurred at around 9:30 pm.

The woman was transported to a Cape Girardeau hospital and her current condition was not available.

 

COMMUNITY TOY DRIVE SCHEDUELD FOR THIS WEEKEND IN CAMPBELL
A Community Toy Drive is scheduled for this weekend in Campbell.

The event will be held on Saturday at 6 pm at the Campbell Community Center. In addition to the BBQ and silent auction, there will also be a performance by the Justin Heskett Band.

Tickets are $20 with all proceeds being donated to the Campbell Fire Department Toy Drive.

 

MAN FOUND WITH OVER 800 POUNDS OF MARIJAUNA IN CARTER COUNTY SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON
An Illinois man who was found with over 800 pounds of marijuana in Southeast Missouri last year has been sentenced to two decades in prison.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 58 year old Lowell Johnson, of Metropolis, Illinois, was pulled over for speeding last November in Carter County.

Officers searched Johnson’s truck after noticing a strong odor of marijuana and discovered 850 pounds of marijuana, 12 pounds of methamphetamine, and over two pounds of cocaine.

Johnson reportedly told investigators that he intended to distribute the controlled substances in the Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois areas.

On Tuesday Johnson was sentenced to 20 years in prison on federal drug charges by United States District Judge Stephen Limbaugh, Jr.

 

KENNETT MAN FLOWN TO AREA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Kennett man was flown to an area hospital Wednesday following a single vehicle wreck.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at around 8:40 pm on County Road 443 in Pemiscot County. A vehicle, driven by 63 year old Larry Payne, of Gobler, reportedly failed to stop at a T intersection and struck a ditch.

A passenger in the vehicle, 68 year old Rickie Morgan, of Kennett suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital. Another passenger received moderate injuries.

 

SOME BUTLER COUNTY RESIDENTS UNDER BOIL WATER ORDER
Some residents in Butler County are currently under a boil water order.

The order was announced yesterday for Butler County Public Water Supply District #2. Officials say that the district is investigating the distribution system and storage tank to determine possible causes for the unsafe samples.

The district has installed emergency disinfection, is flushing the distribution system, and will be collecting additional samples.

Anyone who has questions is being asked to contact Lisa Keirsey at 573-328-4548.

 

POPLAR BLUFF KINDERGARTEN CENTER TO HOLD ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL TONIGHT
The Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center will be hosting its annual fall festival tonight.

School officials say the festival will be held tonight from 5 to 7 pm.

There will be food, games, a bounce house, and silent auction at the event.

Wednesday October 25, 2017

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND STATUTORY RAPE
Authorities in Stoddard County say that a Dexter man has been taken into custody on a warrant for multiple charges, including statutory rape.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 36 year old Doyle Fulkerson was recently arrested on a warrant for a probation violation, promoting child pornography, enticement of a child, and statutory rape.

His total bond was set at $50,000 and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

OPENING DATE ANNOUNCED FOR 25TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AUTO TOUR
The opening date has been announced for the 25th Annual Festival of Lights Auto Tour.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the auto tour will open on November 24th at the Redman Creek Campground at Wappapello Lake.

The final day for the tour will be December 30th. Officials say that sites are still available, free of charge. For more information, contact the Wappapello Lake Management Office at 573-222-8562.

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS PREPARING FOR FOUR DAY WEEKEND
Students in Poplar Bluff are getting ready for a four day weekend.

Poplar Bluff R-1 School District Superintendent Scott Dill tells us that schools in the district will dismiss on Thursday for a teacher collaboration day. Schools will also not be in session on Friday.

Dill says that the regular class schedule will resume on Monday, October 30th.

 

TWO FUGITIVES ARRESTED IN CLAY COUNTY ARKANSAS
Two fugitives have been apprehended in Northeast Arkansas.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that on Tuesday deputies with the sheriff’s department, along with deputies with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team executed a search warrant at a residence located on County Road 434.

During the search, deputies apprehended two fugitives wanted out of Greene County, Dusty Emery and Josh Burleson. Miller says that a large amount of marijuana and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia was also recovered.

Deputies also made three other arrests for various charges. The three other people arrested were identified as Kendall Oliver, Cassie Bassett, and Elizabeth Lucas.

 

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2ND AND 3RD GRADE BASKETBALL IN POPLAR BLUFF
Registration is open for 2nd and 3rd grade boys and girls basketball in Poplar Bluff.

According to Rec Supervisor Greg Riggs, registration will be available for free through Thursday, November 9th. You can find registration forms online at www.PoplarBluff-MO.gov or at the Parks and Recreation Department office on North Second Street.

For more information, call 686-8645.

 

CORNING HARVEST FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND
The Corning Harvest Festival is scheduled for this weekend.

The festival will be held from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday at Wynn Park. There will be multiple exhibits, including arts and crafts, antique cars and machinery, as well as commercial exhibits.

There will also be a 5k-run and live entertainment. Admission to the festival is free.

Tuesday October 24, 2017

2ND PERSON DIES IN CONNECTION TO REYNOLDS COUNTY SHOOTING

Updating a story we brought to you last week, a second person has died from injuries they received in a shooting last week in Reynolds County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 86 year old James Nance, of Ellington, died on Saturday. Nance was one of three people shot during the incident on October 18th.

Nance’s wife, 72 year old Janet Nance, was another one of the victims and died that day at a St. Louis hospital. The third victim, a 73-year- old female, is recovering from wounds she sustained in the incident.

The investigation is ongoing and being handled by investigators with the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and members of the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting, is asked to contact the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department at 573-648- 2491, or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop G Headquarters at 417-469-3121.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A man allegedly drove through a parking lot where children were playing during a pursuit with authorities in Northeast Arkansas.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that deputies were involved in a multi street pursuit while trying to stop a vehicle for erratic driving.

Carter says that the driver, identified as Anthony Oliver, fled from deputies, driving up and down numerous streets, across several back yards, side swiped a deputy’s patrol vehicle, and drove across a parking lot where children were playing.

At that point a Deputy pulled in front of the fleeing vehicle to stop him and another Deputy blocked the vehicle from behind.

Oliver was then taken into custody.

 

POPLAR BLUFF ELEMENARY STUDENTS RAISE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL

Students at O’Neal Elementary School in Poplar Bluff have raised over $750 dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by decorating pumpkins.

Pumkinpalooza, an annual tradition of the elementary school, sees third graders decorate the pumpkins in the likeness of their favorite storybook character. Pumpkins get judged by school officials, patrons and fellow students, and donations are collected.

This year’s ‘best of show’ winner was Hope Morse, who raised $116.20 for her “Trolls”-inspired pumpkin.

Prize money was given to the top winners in each category, courtesy of Poplar Bluff Realty.

 

MISSOURI OPIOID SUMMIT MEETING TO BE HELD TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF

A summit concerning Opioids is being held this morning in Poplar Bluff.

The Missouri Opioid Summit is scheduled for 8:30 am to noon today at Mount Calvary Powerhouse Church.

Some of the things to be discussed at the summit include the state of the state for law enforcement and heroin as well as awareness and prevention.

There will also be an address from legislators during the event. Officials say that tickets for the summit have sold out.

This is the fourth in a series of nine summits held across the state by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

 

RICK ANKIEL ANNOUNCED AS SPEAKER FOR UPCOMING BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB EVENT

A former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and outfielder has been announced as the speaker for the upcoming 6th Annual Steak and Burger event.

Chris Rushin, of the Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff, made the announcement yesterday at the Club. 

CHRIS RUSHIN: 

On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and most importantly the over 900 registered members of the Boys & Girls Club, it is with great pleasure to announce the author of The New York Times bestseller “the Phenom” and our guest speaker for the 6th annual Southeast Health Steak and burger November 9th at 6:30 at the Black River Coliseum, former Cardinal Rick Ankiel. Regular admission tickets are $75 a piece, they’re on sale here at the Boys & Girls Club, our teen center administration location, 1306 Victory Lane. That is on the old high school campus, the brand new beautiful Poplar Bluff Middle School campus. And also the Chamber of Commerce, and the Black River Coliseum. VIP tickets are $100, but that’s going to get you backstage, you’re going to get a picture with Rick Ankiel, he’ll also be able to sign a piece of memorabilia for you and we always try to have at least one little something special there for everybody that gets to go to the VIP room. We have right now 48 kids on the waiting list, just for Middle School unit alone. And those are 48 kids that whenever 3 o’clock hits, and they go home, more times than not, their parents are at work. There’s nobody there, nowhere to go, nothing to do. Studies show time and time and time again that somebody usually gets in trouble whenever there’s not that supervision.

Previous guest speakers for the event have included Jim Edmonds, Mike Matheny, and Michael Wacha. You can find more information about the event and purchase tickets at the Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff’s website, BgCpB.org.

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE

A Poplar Bluff woman has been taken into custody in Butler County on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Michelle Odle was arrested Monday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Odle also reportedly had a felony probation parole warrant. Following the arrest, she was held at the Butler County Jail.

Monday October 23, 2017

GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE ANNOUNCED FOR 6TH ANNUAL STEAK AND BURGER EVENT
A guest speaker will be announced today for the Boys and Girls Club’s 6th Annual Steak and Burger event.

The unveiling will be held at 11 am at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 1306 Victory Lane. Tours of the facility and refreshments will also be available. The 6th Annual Steak and Burger event will be held on November 9th at the Black River Coliseum.

Previous guest speakers have included Jim Edmonds, Mike Matheny, and Michael Wacha.

All proceeds go to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Poplar Bluff.

 

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE CAPTURE OF ESCAPED INMATES
Continuing to follow a story for you, officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say that a reward is still being offered for information regarding two inmates who escaped from a Southeast Missouri jail last week.

Sergeant Clark Parrott tells KWOC News that on Sunday October 17, Joseph Latamondeer and William Carter escaped from the Pemiscot County Justice Center in Caruthersville.

Carter is facing two counts of murder – 1st degree. Latamondeer has pled guilty to and was awaiting sentencing for domestic assault – 1st degree.

Parrott says that a $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and apprehension of the two escaped prisoners.

Anyone who has information on the men’s whereabouts is asked to contact Captain Michael Coleman with the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Office at 573-333-4101 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 573-840-9500.

 

POPLAR BLUFF ROAD TO CLOSE TODAY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF PHASE TWO OF SHELBY ROAD
A Poplar Bluff road will be closing beginning today for construction to begin on phase two of Shelby Road.

Poplar Bluff City officials tell KWOC News that Roxie Road will be closed to thru traffic for the project.

Officials say that the length of the closure is unknown at this time but contractors will be working diligently to reopen up the roadway to full traffic as soon as possible.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HOST CHILI SUPPER AND AUCTION
The Highway K Volunteer Fire Department of Doniphan has announced they will be hosting a Chili Supper and Auction on November 4th.

The supper will begin at 6 pm at the fire station, a half mile east of 21 North and K Highway.

There will also be baked goods and donated items available for purchase as well as a raffle of four tires.

100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Highway K Volunteer Fire Department.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT
Poplar Bluff residents will have a chance to safely dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs this weekend.

The Poplar Bluff Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding a Drug Take Back event on Saturday, October 28th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Poplar Bluff Police Station.

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Officials say that the DEA cannot accept needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

 

SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 67 TO BE REDUCED TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY
Southbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The work zone is located from County Road 272 to County Road 274.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 7 am to 5 pm.

 

CONCRETE REPAIR PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN CARTER COUNTY
Westbound US 60 in Carter County will be reduced to one lane with a 16-foot width restriction beginning today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform concrete repairs.

The work zone is located from Route J to one mile west of Route Y near County Road 163.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday from 6:30 am to 5 pm daily, however officials say that the work zone may be set-up for 24-hours a day.

Friday, October 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

NAME RELEASED OF VICTIM KILLED IN ELLINGTON SHOOTING

 
Authorities have released the name of the person that died following a shooting in Reynolds County on Wednesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, three people were shot at a residence located west of Ellington. One of the victims, 72 year old Janet Nance, of Ellington, later died at a St. Louis hospital.

The other two victims, an 86 year old male and a 73 year old female, have been hospitalized.

A suspect vehicle in the case was described as a blue mid-size sedan possibly occupied by two white males.

Anyone with information about the shooting is being asked to call the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department at 573-648-2491.

 

 
10 YEAR OLD GIRL SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK NEAR SIKESTON

 
A child from Sikeston was seriously injured in a wreck Thursday.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred at around 1 pm when a vehicle turned into the path of another vehicle on Highway 60 in New Madrid County.

A 10 year old girl in the second vehicle received serious injuries in the wreck and was transported to an area hospital. The driver of the second vehicle received minor injuries and no injuries were listed for the driver of the first vehicle.

 

 
TODAY IS THE 8TH ANNUAL BUTLER COUNTY COMMUNITY OUTREACH DAY

 
Today is the 8th annual Community Outreach Day in Poplar Bluff.

The event, presented by the Poplar Bluff Community Outreach Coalition, is a one stop shop where individuals and families in need can have access to services and assistance.

Admission to the event is free from 10 am to 2 pm at the Black River Coliseum.

Some of the services include mental health services, medical screenings, clothing, haircuts, and assistance and education about nutrition.

For more information, call 778-4425.

 

 
BROSELEY HOMECOMING SET FOR THIS WEEKEND

 
The annual Broseley Homecoming has been set for tomorrow at the Broseley Senior Center.

The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 am. Other events scheduled include breakfast at 7 am and the Miss Broseley Beauty Pageant at 2 pm. There will also be multiple vendors and live music.

More information is available online at the Broseley Homecoming Facebook Page.

 

 
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI SHERIFF ATTENDS SERIES OF MEETINGS AT WHITE HOUSE

 
Two county officials from Southeast Missouri were in Washington D.C. this week for a series of meetings at the White House.

Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens and Carter County Clerk Leona Stephens attended the meetings with numerous senior staff and administrative members.

Sheriff Stephens says they discussed major issues facing the county’s citizens during the meetings.

 

 
OFFICIALS IN MARBLE HILL REPORTING SCAM PHONE CALLS CLAIMING TO COME FROM BOLLINGER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 
Officials in Bollinger County are warning residents to be on guard for a possible scam phone call.

According to the Marble Hill Police Department, persons are contacting residents of Marble Hill, pretending to be health office employees, and requesting personal information.

If you receive a telephone call from a person claiming to represent the Bollinger County Health Office and are asked any personal information, contact the health office yourself and verify that the call was genuine.

You can also contact the Marble Hill Police Department if you have any questions.

Thursday October 19, 2017

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE CAPTURE OF ESCAPED INMATES
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say that a reward is being offered for information regarding two inmates who escaped from a Southeast Missouri prison earlier this week.

Sergeant Clark Parrott tells KWOC News that on Sunday, Joseph Latamondeer and William Carter escaped from the Pemiscot County Justice Center in Caruthersville.

Carter is facing two counts of murder – 1st degree. Latamondeer has pled guilty to and was awaiting sentencing for domestic assault – 1st degree. Latamondeer also has multiple pending charges.

Carter was reportedly spotted in the Caruthersville area early this morning and authorities were looking for him overnight.

Parrott says that a $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and apprehension of the two escaped prisoners.

Anyone who has information on the men’s whereabouts is asked to contact Captain Michael Coleman with the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Office at 573-333-4101 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 573-840-9500.

 

ONE DEAD IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING NEAR ELLINGTON
Three people were shot and one has died following an incident last night near Ellington.

According to authorities, two females and one male were shot. One of the females has died at a St. Louis hospital.

The names of the victims have not been released.

Authorities are reportedly searching for two males in connection to the shooting.

 

SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 67 TO BE REDUCED BEGINNING TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY
Southbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The work zone is located from County Road 272 to County Road 274.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 7 am to 5 pm.

 

HAYTI MAN FACING FELONY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE OUT OF PEMISCOT COUNTY
A Hayti man is facing a felony controlled substance charge out of Pemiscot County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 50 year old David Palmer was taken into custody shortly before 6 pm Wednesday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Officials say that Palmer was held at the Pemiscot County Jail following the arrest.

 

STATE AUDITOR CAUTIONS OF LACK OF OVERSIGHT IN NEW MADRID COUNTY GOVERNMENT
A state audit has been completed on the New Madrid County government and officials say there are some areas that could use improvement.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released the regularly scheduled audit of New Madrid County earlier this week. The audit, which received an overall rating of good, found several areas within county government where oversight could be improved.

A need for improved oversight within the property tax system, sheriff’s office, and prosecuting attorney’s office was identified in the report. Recommendations include having a secondary review of financial transactions or making sure the same individual is not responsible for all financial activity.

Galloway says that New Madrid County officials have pledged to address these concerns.

 

RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
Route H in Ripley County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway.

According to MoDOT, crews will be on site today from 8 am to 2 pm and the work zone will be located between County Road H-9A and the end of Route H.

 

1.7 MILLION DOLLAR GIFT TO GO TO SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SIKESTON STUDENTS
A 1.7 million dollar gift will go to provide scholarships for students from Sikeston High School.

The gift was made to the Sikeston Public Schools Foundation from the estate of Bob Depro, who taught for over 30 years in Sikeston and also called Sikeston Bulldogs sporting events. He died in December of last year.

The money will go to the establishment of the Bob Depro Scholarship Fund.

Wednesday, October 18. 2017

 

 

 

 

ENDANGERED SILVER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MISSING WOMAN

 
An endangered silver advisory has been issued for a missing woman out of Pemiscot County.

The advisory was issued by the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Department for 69 year old Ruth Beals.

Beals is described as a white female, 5 foot 2 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Officials say that Beals is an insulin dependent diabetic who has also been having some mental issues lately.

Her vehicle is a dark blue 2011 Dodge Caravan bearing a Missouri license plate of BX 85B. The vehicle was last seen at 385 State Highway D in Caruthersville.

Anyone with information about Beals’ whereabouts should immediately dial 911 to contact your nearest law enforcement agency or call the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Department at 573-333-4101.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL ROLLING OUT NEW PROGRAM THIS WEEK FOR DISMISSALS

 
The Poplar Bluff Middle School is rolling out a new program for school dismissal time this week.

According to a post on the Poplar Bluff Middle School Facebook page, the program, KidAccount will help keep kids safe and get them inside and off the sidewalk during parent pick up.

In the post, Middle School president Brad Owings says that parents will be issued a card with a bar code that will need to be scanned by a staff member before the child can be picked up.

The student’s name will then appear on a screen inside the school’s holding room so students can then head out to the pick up area. You will need your KidAccount card as well as an ID to pick up a student.

Families will be issued two cards per student and more can be purchased as needed. Anyone picking up a student without a card must go to the office, show a photo ID, and be on the approved pick up list for that student.

Parents will need to report any changes to their child’s afternoon pick up by 2 pm and parents must call the office or send a note. If a child is going home with a friend, the school will need a bus number or address.

 
STARS AND STRIPES MUSEUM TO HOST LIBERTY DAYS EVENT THIS WEEKEND

 

 
The Stars and Stripes Museum in Bloomfield will be hosting a liberty days event this weekend.

The event will be held from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday. There will be a living history village featuring encampments from the 1700s to present, pageants, a talent show, a cannon demonstration, and entertainment.

There will also a Liberty Days parade on Friday from the Bloomfield High School to the Bloomfield City Park beginning at 5:30 pm.

For more information, visit the Stars and Stripes Museum Facebook page.

 

 
BLOOMFIELD MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND ASSAULT WARRANTS

 
A Bloomfield man has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on controlled substance and assault warrants.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 45 year old Darren Hatley was recently arrested on warrants for possession of a controlled substance, 4th degree assault, and resisting or interfering with a felony arrest.

A bond of $12,500 was set for the controlled substance warrant. Officials say that Hatley remained in jail as of this morning.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS TOUR AREA FACTORIES

 

Poplar Bluff High School students recently went on a tour of area factories.

Several factories at the Poplar Bluff Industrial Park partnered to host plant tours for Poplar Bluff Schools last week, during the second annual Manufacturing Day organized to promote job opportunities available locally.

A total of 84 Poplar Bluff High School juniors and seniors signed up to participate in the event, along with Technical Career Center and Graduation Center students.

Briggs and Stratton, the Gates Corporation, Mid-Continent Steel and Wire, Revere Plastics, and Starting USA hosted the students throughout the day.

 

 
AUTHORITIES IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SEARCHING FOR TWO MEN FOR DELIVERY OF CRYSTAL

METHAMPHETAMINE

 
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are asking for the public’s help in finding two men.

According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Joshua Burleson and Gage Kirby are both wanted for delivery of crystal methamphetamine.

Pictures of both men are available on the KWOC Facebook page. If you have any information about their whereabouts, contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Department at 870-236-7612.

 

 
PAVEMENT REPAIRS SET FOR TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

 
Route 53 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between Business 67 and 11th Street.

According to MoDOT officials, work is scheduled to be performed today from 7 am to 5 pm.