FISK MAN HIT BY VEHICLE WHILE RIDING A BICYCLE IN STODDARD COUNTY

 
A Fisk man was taken to an area hospital over the weekend after being hit by a vehicle in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Jason Summers was riding a bicycle near Bloomfield Saturday night when he was hit by an unknown vehicle that then left the scene.

Summers was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital with moderate injuries.

No information was available on the vehicle, or its driver.

 

 
TEXAS MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ALLEGED ASSAULT IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI HOTEL

 
A Texas man has been taken into custody in Southeast Missouri following an alleged assault at a hotel in Miner.

According to the Miner Police Department, 39 year old David Wesley Leek, of Carrollton, Texas, has been arrested and charged with statutory sodomy, deviate sexual intercourse, and child molestation.

Miner Police say that Leek has been charged in Texas for the same crimes, as it was discovered they took place there as well.

Leek’s bond was set at $50,000, cash only.

 

 
SIKESTON NATIVE APPEARS ON NBC’S THE VOICE

 
A Sikeston native is being given the chance to show America her voice.

Anna Catherine DeHart appeared on last night’s episode of The Voice during the blind audition round.

She sung Maren Morris’s “I Could Use a Love Song,” and was chosen by both Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

DeHart ultimately chose to join Team Blake after Shelton said her voice was so pointed, “It’s like a knife cutting through the room.”

 

 
PUXICO MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG AND FLEEING CHARGES

 
An area man is facing drug and fleeing charges following his arrest in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 36 year old Joseph Bridges, of Puxico, was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest by fleeing.

Bridges bond has been set at $15,000, cash only, and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

 
NAYLOR WOMAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES FOLLOWING WEEKEND ARREST IN BUTLER COUNTY

 
Authorities in Butler County have arrested a Naylor woman on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Mindy Pickens was taken into custody Sunday morning on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Pickens was also arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and a Butler County failure to appear warrant.

Following the arrest, Pickens was held at the Butler County Jail.

 

 
EARTHQUAKE SHAKES MALDEN AREA

 
People around Malden might have felt an earthquake that shook the area Monday morning.

According to the United States Geological Society, the 2.2 magnitude earthquake occurred at 10:12 am yesterday.

Officials say that the earthquake was centered a little over eight and a half miles east of Malden.

 

 
HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDING MOTORISTS TO LOOK OUT FOR DEER

 
With fall upon us, Missouri officials are warning motorists to watch for deer.

Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, tells KWOC News that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists at this time of year.

The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October and November each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Although deer strikes can occur at any time, most occur between the hours of 5 pm and 7 am.

Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced over 4,600 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred almost every two hours in the state. In these crashes, there were six fatalities and 455 people were injured.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF GRADUATION RATE UP OVER FOUR PERCENT ACCORDING TO REPORT

 
The graduation rate in Poplar Bluff is up over four percent according to a recent report.

The report by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that Poplar Bluff High School’s graduation rate was 91.8 percent this year, a gain of 4.2 percent over last year.

In 2011, the graduation rate was 78.6 percent. School officials tell KWOC News that the steady increase since 2011 is due to the progress teachers are making in tracking data, building relationships, and working harder to engage students and ensure individuals obtain the knowledge necessary to advance.