Thursday, November 30, 2017

 

 

 

PARENTS ARRESTED ON MURDER CHARGE AFTER FOUR MONTH OLD CHILD DIES FROM METHAMPHETAMINE TOXICITY

Two parents in Northeast Arkansas were taken into custody earlier this week on a murder charge in connection to death of a four month old child.

According to authorities, the child was taken to an area hospital in August where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

An autopsy was performed and the cause of death was revealed to be methamphetamine toxicity.

Both 32 year old Christina Richard and 30 year old Johnny Richard, Sr., of Blytheville, are facing a 2nd degree murder charge.

 

DRIVER FLOWN TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL AFTER WRECK INVOLVING DEER

A driver was injured in a wreck involving a deer earlier this week in Northeast Arkansas.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that the crash occurred on Greene Road 721 Tuesday when the driver tried to avoid hitting a deer.

The driver was airlifted to a Memphis hospital. Their identity and current condition was not released.

Sheriff Carter says that deer accidents are at a record rate this year and is advising motorists to be careful.

 

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL FOOD PANTRY TO BE OPEN THIS WEEKEND FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION

A Poplar Bluff food pantry has announced they will be distributing food every weekend for most of December.

The St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry has announced they will be open for food distribution from 10 am through 2 pm every Saturday through Christmas.

The distribution will be held at the pantry’s new location on South Broadway in Poplar Bluff.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL COLLECTING CANNED MEAT FOR DECEMBER FOOD DRIVE

Parents of Poplar Bluff Middle School students are being asked to send their kids to school with canned meat.

The middle school is collecting canned meat, including tuna, chicken, and Vienna sausages, as a part of the December Food Drive to be used in the Mule Pack food distribution program.

Donations are being accepted until December 15th and officials say that the class in each grade that collects the most cans will win an ice cream party to kick off the Christmas Break.

 

BRANSON A CAPELLA GROUP TO PERFORM AT TINNIN FINE ARTS CENTER NEXT WEEK

An a capella band featuring six brothers from Branson will be performing in Poplar Bluff next week.

The performance by SIX will be held at 8 pm on December 7th at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.

The show is a part of the ongoing Patrons of the Arts season at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $15 each and are available in limited amounts at the Three Rivers College Student Accounts Office.

For more information, visit trcc.edu/tinnin.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES IN RIPLEY COUNTY

A Poplar Bluff man was arrested Wednesday night in Ripley County on multiple felony charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Carlis Gooch was taken into custody shortly after 9 pm on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gooch also reportedly had a felony warrant and multiple misdemeanor warrants.

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELEASED ABOUT MURDER ARREST IN STODDARD COUNTY

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, additional information has been released about an arrest on a murder warrant in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 35 year old Justen Lee Patterson was arrested on a warrant for murder 2nd degree.

The charge is in connection to the stabbing death of an 18 year old man in September of 2004.

According to Missouri Case Net, Patterson’s arraignment has been scheduled for Thursday morning.

 

MULTIPLE AREA COMMUNITIES ISSUE BURN BANS OR ADVISORIES

Dry conditions in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas have caused multiple area communities to issue burn bans.

Ripley County in Southeast Missouri along with Clay and Greene Counties in Northeast Arkansas have issued bans. The city of Bloomfield Department of Public Safety is also asking area residents to not burn outside.

A field fire also broke out Tuesday near Paragould and spread to multiple homes.

 

MALDEN MAN IN CUSTODY ON CHILD MOLESTATION WARRANT

A Malden man was in custody this morning on a child molestation warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 24 year old McKinley Lane has been arrested on a warrant for 1st degree child molestation.

Officials say that no bond was set and Lane remained in jail as of this morning. His arraignment has been scheduled for Thursday morning at 9 am.

 

BERNIE CHILD SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

A child was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a single vehicle wreck near Bernie.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Ofelia Solano, of Bernie, was driving on Missouri Highway 25, when her vehicle ran off the side of the road and overturned.

Solano received moderate injuries in the wreck, while a nine year old child in the vehicle suffered serious injuries. Both were taken by ambulance to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST FOR CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE

A Monday night traffic stop resulted in a crystal methamphetamine arrest in Northeast Arkansas.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that Adam McDaniel was taken into custody after a K-9 officer alerted positive during the stop and 14.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine was located in the vehicle.

McDaniel was arrested for possession of crystal methamphetamine with purpose to deliver.

 

DATE SET FOR PUBLIC MEETING AT JAY NIXON STATE PARK

A date has been set for an upcoming public meeting about the future of Jay Nixon State Park in Reynolds and Iron counties.

The meeting has been scheduled for 6 to 8 pm on Thursday December 7th at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park in Lesterville.

Representatives from Missouri State Parks will be present at the meeting to provide information about various aspects of the property and to receive input from the public about its future.

Missouri State Parks has also extended the public comment period on the future of the park property through January 5th.

Beginning December 4th, people will be able to submit comments about the park through an online survey they can accessed on the Missouri State Parks website at MoStateParks.com.

 

NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED TODAY

Route 62 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between County Roads 335 and 331.

Work is scheduled to take place today 7 am to 3:30 pm.

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 

 

 

 

BLOOMFIELD RESIDENT ARRESTED ON MURDER WARRANT

A Bloomfield resident has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a Murder warrant.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 35 year old Justen Lee Patterson was recently arrested on a warrant for murder 2nd degree.

Few details about the arrest have been released, however authorities say that no bond has been set and Patterson remained in jail as of this morning.

 

ONE IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A Northeast Arkansas man is facing a murder charge in connection to a shooting death over the weekend.

According to authorities, 33 year old Steven Goodman, of Marmaduke, has been charged with 1st degree murder in the death of 28 year old Kenneth Houseman, of Leachville.

The incident reportedly occurred Sunday morning in Marmaduke.

 

KENNETT POLICE INVESTIGATING THEFTS FROM AUTO DEALERSHIP

Authorities in Kennett are investigating a theft from an area auto dealership.

According to the Kennett Police Department, at around 4 am Sunday morning, a silver or light gray late model Ford Pickup truck, occupied by two unidentified suspects, entered the Glen Sain dealership parking lot in Kennett and took the wheels and tires off of a new truck and left with them.

Officials say that thefts have also been recently reported from dealerships in Malden and Paragould.

A picture of the suspect’s vehicle has been posted on the Kennett Police Department Facebook page.

Anyone who has information on the identity of the suspects is being asked to contact Lieutenant John Higgins at the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.

 

15 KILLED OVER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY PERIOD IN MISSOURI

15 people died in traffic crashes in Missouri during the Thanksgiving holiday counting period.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, in addition to the 15 who died, 116 people were injured in 400 crashes statewide.

Two of the fatalities were located in Southeast Missouri, as 22 year old Derick Samons and 16 year old Brandon Samons, both of Doniphan, were passengers in a car that ran off Route K in Ripley County, struck a mailbox, and overturned several times on Thanksgiving day.

The holiday counting period ran from 6 pm on Wednesday, November 22nd through 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 26th.

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED THIS WEEK FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

Route PP in Butler County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal the pavement.

According to MoDOT, the section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route TT to County Road 441.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7:30 am to 3 pm daily through Friday.

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY ON US ROUTE 60 IN STODDARD AND NEW MADRID COUNTIES

US Route 60 in New Madrid and Stoddard Counties will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge repairs.

According to officials work is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 3:30 pm both days.

The work zone will be located between Route 114 and County Road 589.

 

Monday November 27, 2017

RIVER RADIO LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE SET FOR THIS FRIDAY

 

Parade lights will be shining bright in Downtown Poplar Bluff this Friday for the 2017 River Radio Lighted Christmas Parade.

Lineup will begin at 5:45 pm on Friday on Cheshire Boulevard at the Water Park. The parade route will run through downtown Poplar Bluff before looping back and ending at the Black River Coliseum.

The parade will begin at 6:30 pm.

 

POPLAR BLUFF LEAF PICK UP SCHEDULE TO CONTINUE TODAY

 

The leaf pick up schedule for the city of Poplar Bluff is set to continue today.

According to city officials, the leaf pick up will be in Ward 2 from today to December 8th. It will move to other city wards in the following weeks.

Leaves may also be disposed of at the landfill located on the east side of the city. To reach the landfill, take Bartlett Street to “F” Street and go under the railroad crossing. Follow the graveled portion of “F” Street around the curve and the disposal is located on the left side of the road. There are signs marking the location.

The site is open for leaf disposal from 8 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact the Street Department at 573-686-8646.

 

TREE TRIMMING CREWS TO BE IN STODDARD COUNTY TODAY

 

Route J in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can trim trees along the roadway.

The work zone will be located from Route AA to Route F.

The road will be reduced today from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

 

KENNETT MAN ARRESTED IN DUNKLIN COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE

 

Authorities in Dunklin County have taken a Kennett man into custody on a felony charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Jamison Taylor was arrested early Sunday morning on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Taylor was held at the Dunklin County Jail.

 

INTERSTATE REPAIR PROJECT SET TO BEGIN TODAY

 

Southbound I-55 in New Madrid County will be reduced with a 16-foot width restriction today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

Officials say the section of roadway involved in the project is located between mile markers 57 and 54.

Weather permitting, work will take place today and from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm daily.

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO PUT ON FESTIVE PERFORMANCE TUESDAY NIGHT

 

The Three Rivers College Music Department will be continuing its season tomorrow night with a festive-themed performance.

‘Holiday Dreaming’ will begin at 7 pm Tuesday night at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.

The free performance will feature the Three Rivers Symphonic Band, the Swingsations, and the Three Rivers College Choir.

Cindy White, Professor of Music at Three Rivers College says that there will be some really talented young musicians at the event that will be performing a great blend of festive pieces.

 

NAYLOR CHURCH TO HOST MOVIE NIGHT THIS FRIDAY

 

A church in Naylor will be hosting a movie night this Friday.

The Fourth Wiseman will be shown on Friday at the Naylor First Christian Church Fellowship Hall beginning at 6 pm.

The event is free to the community and all ages are welcome. Officials say that refreshments will be served as well.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

 

 

 

CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE TO BE IN POPLAR BLUFF TODAY

The Capitol Christmas Tree is making its journey from Montana to Washington DC and will be making a stop today in Poplar Bluff.

The Capitol Christmas Tree is put on display every year on the West Front Lawn of the United States Capitol.

Today the tree will be on display at the Poplar Bluff Menards parking lot from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

The event is free and open to the public.

We will also be at the Menards parking lot, broadcasting live today from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

 

DEADLINE APPROACHING TO REGISTER FOR RIVER RADIO LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE

The deadline is coming up to register your float for the 2017 River Radio Lighted Christmas Parade.

The parade will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 1st. Line up will begin at 5:45 pm on Cheshire Boulevard at the Water Park.

You can find an entry form with rules and regulations for the parade online at our website or by contacting Carrie at River Radio by calling 573-785-0881.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 24th.

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested an area man on a controlled substance warrant.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 30 year old Robert Cole Smith was recently arrested on a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance.

Smith’s bond was set at $10,000 cash and he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

NEW SCAM REPORTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A new scam is making the rounds in Northeast Arkansas and a local sheriff wants to make sure that you are prepared for it.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that the caller states that the recipient has missed jury duty and must pay a fine.

The caller will then give a number to be reached back at as well.

Miller says that so far the main targets of the scam have been teachers, but anyone can be victimized. If you receive a call like this, contact your local authorities.

 

POPLAR BLUFF KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS RAISE OVER $25,000 FOR ACTIVITY FUND

Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Students have raised over $25,000 as a part of an annual fundraiser.

According to the Poplar Bluff School District, due to the children’s effort as a part of the annual Stonie’s Sausage fundraiser Kindergarten Center Principal Carol Brotman kept her word and kissed a pig. Video of the smooch was posted on the Kindergarten Center’s facebook page.

Teacher Susie Rahlmann received a whipped cream pie in the face for having the top selling class and the top 20 selling children earned an ice cream and karaoke party.

All proceeds from the event went toward the school’s activity fund.

 

THANKSGIVING COOKING SAFETY TIPS

Thanksgiving is almost here, and the American Red Cross is reminding you to stay safe while you prepare the holiday dinner.

The Red Cross advises that cooks should avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while preparing the holiday meal. You should also never leave the stove unattended – if the cook has to leave the kitchen even for a short time, they should turn off the stove.

Remember to clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup and keep anything that can catch fire, including pot holders, oven mitts, and food packaging, away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

Children and pets also bring an increased chance of accidents and should be kept away from the cooking area.

 

Tuesday November 21, 2017

FIRE STRIKES RESIDENCE IN POPLAR BLUFF

A fire broke out a residence in Poplar Bluff on Monday.

According to authorities, the fire occurred at a home on Spring and Mill Street and was put out by one of the residents.

A woman who lived in the residence was treated for smoke inhalation.

 

KENNETT POLICE SEARCHING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Kennett police are attempting to locate a suspect in connection to a weekend shooting.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that at around 8 pm on Sunday, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Washington and Walnut Street in reference to a subject who had reportedly been shot.

At the scene, officers located a victim who appeared to have sustained a wound to the chest area. The victim has been flown to a Memphis hospital for treatment.

The incident is still under investigation; however police are actively looking for a suspect identified as 39 year old Johnny Lee Phillips.

Phillips is described as an African American male, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and weighing around 190 pounds. Police say that Phillips should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who has information about his whereabouts should contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

PERSONS OF INTEREST BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO HOMICIDE IN CHARLESTON

Multiple persons of interest are being sought by Charleston authorities in connection to a homicide.

22-year-old Cournelyous Stevenson, of Cape Girardeau, was pronounced dead after being found in a wrecked vehicle in Charleston on Friday. Officers had received a report of shots being fired and a vehicle crash before finding Stevenson.

Charleston Police are searching for multiple persons of interest in connection to the homicide, including Lamichael Williams, Jumonta Moore, and Deon Willis.

Anyone who has information on their whereabouts is asked to contact 573-683-3737.

 

APPROXIMATELY 900 MEALS SERVED DURING COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER

Approximately 900 meals were served last week during the Poplar Bluff Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the High School.

Food Services Director Dixie Harden says that over 250 pounds of turkey was purchased for the 8th annual event, which was held last Thursday.

The event was sponsored by Chartwells School Dining Services in partnership with the Student Council and the JROTC.

 

PIGGOTT MAN KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

A Piggott man has died following a two vehicle wreck on Monday.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred shortly before 12:30 pm yesterday on Highway 49 in Greene County.

88 year old Harold Hanna’s vehicle reportedly struck another vehicle on the front driver’s side. Hanna’s vehicle then ran off the side of the road and flipped multiple times.

Officials say that Hanna died from injuries he received in the wreck.

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

Authorities in Butler County have arrested a Poplar Bluff woman on multiple drug charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 56 year old Sharon Foster was taken into custody Monday afternoon on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute for methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance for hydrocodone.

Foster is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following her arrest, Foster was held at the Butler County Jail.

 

HEAD ON COLLISION LEAVES THREE INJURED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

Three people were injured, one seriously, in a head on collision Monday evening in New Madrid County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 35 year old Christy Gilmore, of New Madrid, reportedly crossed the center line of Route H, near Canalou, and struck another vehicle head on.

Gilmore was seriously injured in the wreck and flown to a St. Louis hospital. Two people in the second vehicle were also injured and transported to an area hospital.

 

MINOR EARTHQUAKE SHAKES SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Did you feel the earthquake last night in Southeast Missouri?

According to the United States Geological Survey, a magnitude 2.1 earthquake was recorded at around 8:36 pm Monday night. The quake was located around 23 miles south of Sikeston and just over 30 miles Northeast of Kennett.

The earthquake had a depth of approximately nine miles.

Monday November 20, 2017

ONE KILLED, THREE INJURED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY WRECK

A Silva woman has died in connection to a wreck Friday evening in Cape Girardeau County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at around 6:15 pm Friday on Highway 72 near Cape Girardeau.

A Chevrolet Cobalt reportedly crossed the center the line and was struck by another vehicle.

A passenger in the Cobalt, 22 year old Anna Kisner was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and two other passengers were injured and taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

The driver of the second vehicle received moderate injuries and was also taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

MOTORISTS ENCOURAGED TO DRIVE SAFELY OVER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Many Missouri residents are getting ready to get on the road to see their family over the Thanksgiving holiday, but officials are urging motorists to keep safety in mind.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 14 people were killed and another 553 were injured in over 1,400 traffic crashes.

During the holiday weekend, all available troopers will be assigned to Missouri’s roadways to enforce traffic laws, especially those related to impaired driving, driving over the speed limit, and seat belt/child restraint use. Troopers will also be assisting motorists as needed.

The Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance number is 1-800-525-5555, or (star) 55 on a cellular phone. Motorists should use this emergency assistance number to report traffic crashes, crimes being committed, or other emergencies on Missouri’s highways.

 

POPLAR BLUFF CHURCH TO HOST VETERANS DEDICATION SERVICE THIS WEEKEND

A Poplar Bluff Church will be hosting a Veteran’s Dedication Service this weekend.

The First General Baptist Church of Poplar Bluff will be having their 3rd Annual Veteran’s Dedication Service on November 26th at 10:30 am.

In addition to service members they are also including public servants such as Law Enforcement, Firefighters, 1st Responders, EMT, and Paramedics.

First General Baptist Church is located at 1801 North Main Street in Poplar Bluff. For more information, call 573-429-0669.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES

Authorities in Butler County have taken a Poplar Bluff man into custody on drug charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 51 year old Gregory Leach was arrested Saturday evening for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Leach was taken to the Butler County Jail.

 

ROAD WORK SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN BUTLER COUNTY

Southbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

Officials say that the section of roadway to be reduced is located from County Road 272 to County Road 276.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm, daily.

 

SCHEDULE RELEASED FOR SEMO BORDER CHALLENGE IN POPLAR BLUFF

The Poplar Bluff Athletic Department has released the schedule for the upcoming girls basketball SEMO Border Challenge.

The tournament, hosted by Poplar Bluff, will be held from Thursday, December 7th to Saturday, December 9th. The Lady Mules will be taking on Oxford and Pine Grove High Schools from Mississippi and Earle High School from Arkansas.

Twin Rivers and Dexter High Schools will also be participating in the tournament.

Poplar Bluff Athletic Director Kent Keith tells KWOC News that the daily tournament admission will be $5.

 

BEEKEEPING CLASS SET FOR EARLY NEXT MONTH

Anyone who wants to find out more information about beekeeping will get the opportunity early next month in Reynolds County.

The Reynolds County Extension Office will be hosting a level 3 Journeyman Beekeeper Course on Saturday, December 2nd beginning at 8 am. Officials say the course is being offered in conjunction with the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundations Master Beekeeper Course.

The cost is $75 per person.

For more information, or to register for the class, call the Reynolds County Extension Office at 573-648-1035.

Friday, November 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE TRYING TO IDENTIFY MAN IN CONNECTION TO LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

 

Police in Poplar Bluff are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man in connection to an ongoing investigation.

On Thursday the Poplar Bluff Police Department released a picture of the man who is being sought in regards to a leaving the scene accident investigation.

Few details about the investigation have been made available, however police have also released a picture of a vehicle the man was operating during the incident.

We have pictures of the man and the vehicle available on the KWOC Facebook page.

Anyone with information regarding the man’s identity is asked to call 573-785-5776

 

 

PORTAGEVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 

A Portageville man has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Tommy Hood was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Hood’s bond set at $7,500 cash and officials say he has since bonded out.

 

 

PARAGOULD MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHASE INVOLVING OFFICERS IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas arrested an area man on Thursday following a pursuit.

According to authorities, a Paragould resident named Rodney Trammell had fled from a deputy that attempted to conduct a stop in Greene County. Trammell’s vehicle eventually went into a field where he struck a deputy’s vehicle. He was then taken into custody.

Trammell is facing numerous charges including aggravated assault on law enforcement, reckless driving, and fleeing.

 

 

TWO BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO ROBBERY AND ASSAULT

 

Two men are being sought in connection to a robbery and assault at a Sikeston business.

Officials with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tell KWOC News that on November 12th officers met with a Sonic employee who had a laceration to their facial area and the back of their head.

The victim reported they had closed the store and was walking towards the back of the business when they observed two males wearing all black clothing walk towards them.

The victim said one of the suspects struck her in the face and the two suspects fled on foot with the Sonic deposit bag with an undermined amount of cash.

Police are searching for two Sikeston residents in connection to the case, 20 year old Jamal Brooks and 18 year old De’Drevion Savage.

They are believed to be in a silver or grey 2009 Hyundai with a Missouri License plate of WC7-C1(one)V.

Both Savage and Brooks have arrest warrants through Scott County Circuit Court for Assault 1st and Robbery 1st with a bond of $50,000.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS TO BE OUT ALL NEXT WEEK FOR THANKSGIVING

 

Poplar Bluff students will be getting out of class for a full week for Thanksgiving.

Poplar Bluff R-1 Superintendent Scott Dill tells KWOC News that classes will be dismissed for the Poplar Bluff R-I school district from November 20th through the 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Classes will also not be in session the following Monday, November 27th, because of a teacher collaboration day.

Dill says the regular class schedule will resume on Tuesday, November 28th.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF CHURCH TO HOST FISH FRY THIS WEEK

 

A Poplar Bluff church will be hosting its annual fish fry today.

Brown Chapel AME Church’s Annual Fish Fry will be held from noon to 5 pm. The menu will include catfish, buffalo, spaghetti, cole slaw, and more.

The church is located at 1010 Benton Street in Poplar Bluff. For more information, call 573-785-4801.

 

Thursday November 16, 2017

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE FROM POLICE DURING TRAFFIC STOP

 

A man was arrested earlier this week in Kennett after he allegedly fled from police.

According to the Kennett Police Department, the incident occurred during a traffic stop on Tuesday. The man, who was identified as Marcus Hill, was a passenger in the vehicle and fled the scene. He was later arrested on a Dunklin County warrant.

Officers also arrested Emily Westmoreland for hindering prosecution of a felony.

 

FLU CLINIC SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AT BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

A flu clinic is scheduled for today in Poplar Bluff.

The clinic is scheduled for 8:30 am to 6 pm at the Butler County Health Department.

Officials with the Health Department say that everyone six months old and older should get a flu shot to be prepared for the peak period of flu season, which runs from December through February.

You can find more information at the Butler County Health Department’s website, ButlerCountyHealth.org.

 

CHEERLEADER AND FOOTBALL PLAYER NAMED POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

 

A cheerleader and football player have both been named as October Athletes of the Month at Poplar Bluff High School.

The Mules Booster Club selected Bailey Edmundson and Preston Burroughs for the honor.

Edmundson helped lead the Competition Cheerleading Team to win second in states the past two years, during which the Universal Cheerleaders Association named her an All-American. This year she also received All-State recognition at the competition of the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association.

Preston was an offensive lineman for the Mules Football team during its undefeated regular season, helping the team average 34.6 points per game. He was a starter for three years and was named to the All-Conference team.

 

MISSOURI MOTORISTS REMINDED TO MOVE OVER FOR RESPONDERS

 

Motorists in Missouri are being reminded to move over for any vehicle with flashing lights on the highway.

This week is the second annual national Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.

Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, and any other emergency vehicle with lights flashing. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, every year in the US hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding.

 

PUXICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR STATUTORY SODOMY

 

A Puxico man has been arrested in Stoddard County on a sodomy related charge.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 43 year old James Darrin Wollard was recently arrested on three counts of statutory sodomy.

Wollard’s bond was set at $25,000 cash, and officials say he has bonded out.

 

IS YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR WINTER WEATHER

 

With temperatures dropping in Missouri, are you prepared in case winter weather strikes?

Yesterday was Winter Weather Awareness day and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging you will take steps to help make sure your family stays safe this winter.

The Highway Patrol suggests keeping your fuel tank at least half full. Having an ice scraper, tire chains, battery booster cables, blankets, extra coats, gloves, water, non-perishable food, flashlight, and a bag of sand or cat litter in your trunk can also help when trouble strikes.

Another important step is creating a family emergency plan and an emergency kit for your home with bottled water and food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage.

Kits should include bottled water, canned and dry foods, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a manual can opener and a first-aid kit.

 

CARUTHERSVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE

 

Authorities in Pemiscot County have taken a Caruthersville man into custody on a felony charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Otis Black was arrested Wednesday evening on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Following the arrest, Black was held at the Pemiscot County Jail.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

KENNETT TEENAGER PLEADS GUILTY TO RAPING TWO GIRLS

A Kennett teenager was sentenced earlier this week after pleading guilty to the rape of two girls in Northeast Arkansas.

Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the 2nd Judicial District of Arkansas tells KWOC news that 18 year old Carlo Love entered the plea Monday in Mississippi County Circuit Court.

Ellington says the incident occurred in November of last year and involved two children under the age of 12.

Love was sentenced to twenty years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, which will be followed by a ten-year suspended imposition of sentence.

 

APPROXIMATELY 200 GALLONS OF GAS SPILLED IN PUXICO

Around 200 gallons of gas was spilled Tuesday in Puxico.

According to authorities, the spill occurred when a hose came loose on a gas truck that was delivering fuel.

Some of the fuel reportedly leaked into the sewer system and a cleanup operation was started.

 

POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT

The 8th annual Poplar Bluff Community Thanksgiving Dinner by Chartwells is scheduled for this week.

The dinner will take place from 5 to 7 pm Thursday night at Poplar Bluff High School.

School officials say that the meal is free of charge and open to the public.

Entertainment will be provided by the PBHS Jazz Band and Choir.

Donations of gloves, hats and scarves will be accepted for children in need, along with monetary donations for the purchase of Haven House Christmas gifts.

 

POPLAR BLUFF TEACHER GIVEN UNSUNG HERO AWARD

A Poplar Bluff teacher was awarded as an unsung hero last week during the Missouri School Teachers Association Assembly of Delegates in Columbia.

Middle School teacher Karmen Carson received the 2017 Unsung Heroes award during the event.

Carson, an educator of nearly 20 years, has served as president of the Poplar Bluff chapter of MSTA since 2009. The MSTA is a state association made up of more than 47,000 educators.

According to the award letter, the award acknowledges about 30 members who made a “substantive yet unrecognized contribution” to the organization’s mission, which is to advocate for and empower public educators so they can teach.

 

BUTLER COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The 2017 Butler County Hazard Mitigation plan is available online.

The plan is required in order for a community to be eligible to receive federal mitigation grant funding.

This is an update to the Butler County Hazard Mitigation Plan that was approved in 2012. Both were prepared by the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission.

A link to the plan was posted yesterday by the City of Poplar Bluff City Hall Facebook page. According to the post, the plan will not be voted on until December 4th.

 

AREA BUSINESS COLLECTING SOCKS FOR TROOPS

An area business is accepting sock donations for our troops.

You can donate socks for active duty military soldiers and local veterans at the Poplar Bluff Shoe Sensation for their Socks for Troops drive.

You can also purchase military-approved socks at Shoe Sensation, where all socks purchased to donate will be 20 percent off.

The Socks for Troops drive will continue through December 24th.