Friday, December 29, 2017

 

 

 

SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK CLAIMS LIFE OF BROSELEY MAN

A Broseley man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle wreck Thursday morning.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells KWOC News that 55 year old Terry Haley was driving on Missouri Highway 53 in Dunklin County when his vehicle ran off the side of the road, hit a tree, and overturned.

The wreck occurred at approximately 3:45 am Thursday morning, around one mile north of Route J.

Haley was pronounced dead at the scene by Dunklin County Coroner James Powell.

 

ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED, IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY WRECK

A Charleston woman was killed in a three vehicle wreck Thursday evening in Mississippi County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Carter Adams, of Charleston, was driving on US 62 when his vehicle crossed the center line of the roadway and struck two vehicles before hitting a tree.

The driver of one of the vehicles that was struck, 26 year old Amber Johnson, of Charleston, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Adams suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

POPLAR BLUFF TO FACE JONESBORO IN SHOWDOWN FINAL

The Championship Game has been set for the 31st Annual Poplar Bluff Basketball Showdown.

The Poplar Bluff Mules defeated Cordova on Thursday, 89 to 72 to advance to today’s final where they will take on defending champions Jonesboro High School. Jonesboro beat Christian Brothers High School on Thursday 76-65. The final between Poplar Bluff and Jonesboro will begin at around 7 pm.

The other games scheduled for the final day of the showdown will be the 3rd place game between Cordova and Christian Brothers at 5:30 pm, Fayetteville vs. Humboldt in the Consolation Championship at 4 pm and Bradley Tech vs. Christian County in the 7th place game at 2:30 pm.

 

BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED FOR NEW YEARS MORNING

The National Weather Service says that area citizens should be preparing for a cold New Year’s Day.

According to the NWS Office in Paducah, bitter cold wind chills are expected New Year’s Eve night through New Year’s Day. The forecast wind chill temperatures for New Year’s morning in Southeast Missouri range from -5 degrees to -15 degrees.

For a list of warming center’s available in Southeast Missouri visit our Facebook page.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE ASK FOR PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING THEFT SUSPECT

Authorities in Poplar Bluff are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a theft suspect.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, on Tuesday officers responded to a location on Lynwood Lane in reference to a package theft.

The victim told officers that a package containing a mattress was stolen from her front porch on the evening of the 21st. The theft was captured on a security cam and we have a picture of the suspect available on the KWOC Facebook page.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Mustain at 573-686-8632.

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FIRE DEPARTMENT WARNS OF PHONE SCAM

A Northeast Arkansas fire department is warning area residents about a phone scam.

According to a post made on the Biggers-Reyno Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, someone is calling local people and saying that the Fire Department needs money.

The caller will then attempt to convince the person to give out their bank account number.

The Fire Department says that this is a scam. Anyone who receives a call like this should contact their local law enforcement agency.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

 

 

 

SEMIFINAL SET FOR 31st ANNUAL POPLAR BLUFF BASKETBALL SHOWDOWN

The semifinal matchups have been set for the 31st Annual Poplar Bluff Basketball Showdown.

The Poplar Bluff Mules advanced to today’s semifinal with a 66-61 victory over Fayetteville.

The Mules will take on Cordova High School tonight at 7 pm. Cordova defeated Bradley Tech 90-51 on Wednesday.

The other semifinal will be a Missouri-Arkansas matchup as Jonesboro takes on Christian Brothers High School at 8:30 pm.

The two consolation matchups today will be Christian County vs. Humboldt at 4 pm and Fayetteville vs. Bradley Tech at 5:30 pm.

Today is also the day for the Slam Dunk and 3-point contest, which will begin at 10 am.

UPCOMING WEEK EXPECTED TO BE COLDEST SINCE EARLY 2015

Winter has fully arrived in Southeast Missouri.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, the upcoming week will be the coldest week of weather the region has seen since February of 2015.

Officials say that you should check on your vulnerable friends and family as well as bring your pets in out of the cold.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has made a tool available for finding warming centers in your area. We have a link to the website available on our Facebook page.

FOUR PEOPLE WERE INJURED, INCLUDING TWO PEDESTRIANS, DURING INCIDENT IN IRON COUNTY

Two pedestrians were among four people who were injured during an incident Wednesday evening in Iron County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle struck a stationary vehicle on Route U at around 5:30 pm Wednesday.

The stationary vehicle then struck two pedestrians. The two pedestrians along with two people in the first vehicle suffered minor injuries during the incident.

HIGHWAY PATROL URGES MOTORISTS TO BE PREPARED FOR DRIVING IN COLD WEATHER

With temperatures starting to get down in the single digits, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to be prepared for driving in cold weather.

Before you start driving, check your tire pressure as well as vehicle fluids, and try to keep your gas tank at least half full.

Make sure you have an emergency kit with a blanket, jumper cables, flash light, and ice scraper along with other emergency items.

When warming up your vehicle, never start it in an enclosed area, such as a garage. Also, always clear your windows, lights, and mirrors of snow and ice.

If you face a traffic emergency, you can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.

Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or observe a stranded motorist in need of assistance, or for other traffic emergencies.

TEXAS MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY CHARGE IN WAYNE COUNTY

A Texas man has been taken into custody in Southeast Missouri on a felony controlled substance charge.

According to the Highway Patrol arrest report, 29 year old Darion Brown, of Cypress, Texas, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Wayne County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – oxycodone.

Brown is also reportedly facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

WAPPAPELLO EAGLES HOSTING FISH FRY NEXT WEEK

The Wappapello Eagle’s will be hosting two fish fry’s in January.

The public is welcome to attend the fish fries, which have been scheduled for 4 to 7 pm on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.

The Eagle’s is located at 9103 on Highway T in Wappapello.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

 

 

31st ANNUAL POPLAR BLUFF BASKETBALL SHOWDOWN TO BEGIN TODAY

The 31st Annual Poplar Bluff Basketball Showdown is scheduled to begin today.

According to Poplar Bluff Athletic Director Kent Keith, the Showdown will feature eight teams across five states at the Poplar Bluff Senior High gym. The games will begin at 4 pm today with Bradley Tech High School, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, facing Cordova High School, from Cordova, Tennessee.

The Poplar Bluff Mules will be taking on Arkansas’s Fayetteville High School beginning at approximately 7 pm this evening.

Other matchups for today include Jonesboro High School vs. Christian County High School at approximately 5:30 pm, and Christian Brothers High School vs. Humboldt High School at approximately 8:30 pm.

Tickets to enter the showdown are $7 per day.

 

MAN FOUND DEAD IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A homicide investigation is underway after a body was found in Northeast Arkansas.

According to Blytheville authorities, the body of 21 year old Joshua Slaughter was found Monday in the in the East Promised Land Road area.

Anyone who has information in connection to the death is asked to contact the Blytheville Criminal Investigations Division at 870-763-4411.

 

VALENTINES FOR VETERANS CONCERT TO BE HELD IN MID FEBRUARY

A date has been set for the 2018 Valentines for Veterans concert.

According to the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, the concert, featuring Shenandoah, will be held at 6:30 pm on Friday, February 16th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff.

For complimentary tickets, call VA Voluntary Services at 573-778-4499.

 

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 4 from today through January 12th. It will move to Ward 5 in mid January.

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.

 

HIGHWAY PATROL ENCOURAGES MOTORISTS TO BE SAFE OVER THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The New Year is approaching quickly and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding everyone who is planning to get out and celebrate this weekend to drive safely.

According to the Highway Patrol, eight people were killed last year during the New Year’s holiday counting period. There were a total of 539 traffic crashes which injured 302 people.

If you are driving to a New Year’s gathering, remember to buckle up and obey all traffic laws. If your plans include alcohol, remember to designate a sober driver or take a taxi.

 

STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY ISSUES TIPS FOR DEALING WITH COLD TEMPERATURES

Wind chill readings in multiple areas of Southeast Missouri reached the single digits last night and the Missouri State Emergency Management agency has issued some tips for dealing with the extreme cold.

SEMA says that you should remember to be careful when using wood stoves, fireplaces, or space heaters to heat your home and never use an electric generator or a gas or charcoal grill indoors.

Try to eat well balanced meals to stay warm and monitor the body temperatures of infants and older adults.

You should also leave your water taps slightly open to prevent your water pipes from freezing.

 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

 

 

 

MAN LEADS OFFICERS ON PURSUIT THAT CROSSED FROM MISSOURI TO ARKANSAS

A man has been arrested following multiple pursuits over the weekend.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that they were alerted on Saturday that a vehicle had been stolen from Dexter. The vehicle was being driven by a suspect who was supposed to be en route to the Jonesboro area and was reportedly armed with a firearm.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle at which point the driver failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

The vehicle continued west into Northeast Arkansas where it was later located abandoned on a levee system.

Officers were able to positively identify the driver as Christopher Kyle Davis. Later that evening, Arkansas authorities were able to identify and take the passenger, Zachary Ryan Ingram, into custody after he broke into a residence.

A few hours after Ingram was taken into custody, Davis reportedly stole another vehicle and led Arkansas State Police troopers on a pursuit during which he was taken into custody as well.

 

FOUR INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY, IN STODDARD COUNTY WRECK

Four people were injured, two seriously, in a wreck on Christmas Eve in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21 year old Adrian Collier, of Cape Girardeau, was driving on County Road 518, near Morehouse, when her vehicle ran off the side of the road and overturned.

Two passengers in the vehicle were seriously injured, while a third suffered moderate injuries. All three were taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital. Collier received minor injuries and was transported to a Sikeston hospital.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas say a man has been taken into custody after fleeing from a deputy.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that Brandon Weyland was arrested last week after he crashed his vehicle while fleeing from a deputy.

Carter says Weyland was arrested for possession of crystal methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, fleeing, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

 

SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS LEAD TO POSSIBLE SLICK ROADWAYS THIS MORNING

Motorists are being warned to watch for slick roadways this morning.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered snow showers overnight could result in some scattered slick spots on area roadways this morning, but no large impacts are expected.

A hazardous weather outlook for the region also says that the weather service expects a prolonged period of colder than normal temperatures for the rest of the week. Temperatures could reach around 15 degrees tonight and tomorrow night.

 

2.5 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE RECORDED NEAR BERNIE

Did you feel the earthquake that occurred over the weekend in Southeast Missouri?

According to the United States Geological Survey, the 2.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 3:26 pm Saturday afternoon.

The earthquake was located around two miles south southwest of Bernie and had a depth of less than five miles.

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

A Butler County road will be closed through mid January for bridge maintenance.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route B will be closed 24 hours a day between County Road 565 and Route Z beginning today.

Officials say the road will be closed until Tuesday, January 16th.

 

Friday, December 22, 2017

 

 

 

PIEDMONT MAN ARRESTED ON STATUTORY RAPE WARRANT

A Piedmont man has been arrested in Reynolds County on a statutory rape warrant.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 31 year old Justin Miltenberger was arrested Thursday morning on a felony Iron County warrant for statutory rape 2nd degree.

Miltenberger is also reportedly facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, he was held at the Iron County Jail.

 

DRIVER CRASHES INTO MULTIPLE VEHICLES AT AREA BUSINESS

A driver reportedly crashed into multiple vehicles last night at a Butler County business.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol a driver failed to negotiate a curve on US Highway 67 and struck several parked vehicles in the parking lot of an auto dealership.

The driver suffered minor injuries. Ten parked vehicles in the lot received damaged during the incident, which occurred south of Poplar Bluff at around 9:30 pm.

 

2018 AG EXPO TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 19TH AND 20TH

We are less than one month away from Ag Expo 2018.

Next year’s Ag Expo will be held on January 19th and 20th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. There will be over 114 agriculture related exhibits at the expo along with many activities for the whole family.

Other events will include the beauty pageant, FFA tractor driving contest, petting farm, toy tractor pedal-pull, and cow milking contest.

Admission will be $1 for adults.

If you would like to register for the beauty pageant or would just like more information about the Ag Expo, call 573-686-8064.

 

WINTER DRAWDOWN UNDERWAY AT WAPPAPELLO LAKE

The annual winter drawdown is underway at Wappapello Lake.

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the drawdown of five feet from recreation pool to conservation pool began last week.

The conservation pool will last until March, which allows for additional storage of winter and spring precipitation.

During the conservation pool, boaters are being urged to use caution while on the lake as mud flats and tree stumps may be exposed or just under the water surface.

A link to the new website that displays current lake levels is available on the Wappapello Lake US Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page.

 

CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF WARNING AREA RESIDENTS TO BE ON THE WATCH FOR SCAMS

A Southeast Missouri sheriff tells KWOC News that there has seemingly been an increase in citizens who are receiving scam telephone calls.

Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens says that the IRS does not telephone citizens to advise them that there is a warrant for them.

The caller is someone trying to obtain your personal information for future, illegal use and you should not give them any of your personal or banking information.

Also do not call them back as this confirms your number is active and can cause additional calls.

 

ARKANSAS MAN FACING METH CHARGE OUT OF PEMISCOT COUNTY

An Arkansas man was arrested early this morning in Southeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 55 year old Bradley McDonald, of Searcy, Arkansas, was taken into custody at around 12:40 am in Pemiscot County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFE OVER CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive safely over the Christmas holiday.

Remember to check your vehicle before you travel to ensure that it is in good working condition. Make sure you are well rested before driving to your destination, no matter how short the distance.

According to the Highway Patrol, last year there were 885 traffic crashes during the Christmas counting period. In those crashes, five people were killed and another 314 were injured.

The 2017 Christmas holiday counting period begins at 6 pm tonight, and ends at 11:59 pm on Monday, December 25th.

If you face a traffic emergency, you can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.

Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or observe a stranded motorist in need of assistance, or other traffic emergencies.

 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

 

 

 

BERNIE WOMAN KILLED IN EARLY MORNING WRECK NEAR MALDEN

Authorities in New Madrid County say that an area woman has died after she was involved in a single vehicle wreck early Wednesday morning near Malden.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old Jennifer Shatte, of Bernie, was driving on Route D at around 12:15 Wednesday morning when her vehicle traveled off the side of the road and struck a bridge.

Shatte was pronounced dead at the scene by New Madrid County Coroner George Delisle.

 

MAN FOUND DEAD FOLLOWING SIKESTON STRUCTURE FIRE

A man was found dead earlier this week in Sikeston following what appears to an accidental fire.

Sergeant Jon Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that shortly before midnight Tuesday night, the Sikeston DPS Fire Division responded to a structure fire on Marian Avenue.

When fire crews arrived they found the residence had fire coming from the roof area of the garage. Fire crews made entry and found one person in a bedroom who was unresponsive.

The person was identified as 43 year old Aarron Tarrants.

Tarrants was removed from the structure and fire crews and medics tried to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful.

According to investigators the fire appeared to have started in a storage closet near the garage. Broom says that the fire appears to have been accidental in nature and no foul play is suspected.

 

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO DRUG ARREST IN POPLAR BLUFF

Two people have been arrested after a search warrant was executed last week in Poplar Bluff.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, on December 13th, a search warrant was executed at a residence on South
11th Street.

The warrant was the result of a two month long narcotics investigation conducted by the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the Poplar Bluff Police Department, and the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.

During execution of the warrant, investigators reportedly seized approximately three quarters of a pound of suspected “ICE” methamphetamine, approximately one pound of high grade marijuana and a handgun with ammunition. Smaller quantities of suspected ecstasy and LSD were also seized. Four minor children of the residence were placed into the custody of the Division of Family Services.

36 year old Lee Hamilton and 29 year old Astasia Phelps, both of Poplar Bluff, were arrested and lodged at the Butler County Justice Center. Officials say that Hamilton is being held on a $500,000 cash only bond on suspicion of the charges of trafficking drugs in the 2nd degree, delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, and endangering the welfare of a child in the 1st degree.

Police officials say that the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.

 

RIVER RADIO BLOOD DRIVE SET FOR TOMORROW

Area residents will get a chance to save lives at tomorrow’s River Radio Blood Drive.

The blood drive has been scheduled for 1 to 6 pm on Friday at the Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce Community Room.

Officials say that presenting donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt while supplies last.

You can schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org by entering the code RiverRadio or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

If you can’t make it to the River Radio Blood Drive, you can find locations of blood drives in your area at redcrossblood.org

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON FELONY METH CHARGE

A Poplar Bluff woman was taken into custody Wednesday on a felony meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Amy Gordon was arrested last night on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. She is also reportedly facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Gordon was held at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

 

WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON DISTRIBUTION WARRANT

A woman has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a distribution warrant.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 29 year old Tiffany Autumn Fuchs, of Bloomfield, was recently arrested on a warrant for distribution of a controlled substance.

Fuchs bond was set at $12,500 cash and officials say she remained in jail as of this morning.

 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

 

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN DEAD AFTER CRASHING INTO A POND

A man has died after crashing into a pond in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas State Police, 83 year old Luther Baldwin, of Marmaduke, was driving on a Greene County road Monday night when his vehicle ran off the roadway and into a field.

Baldwin’s vehicle then struck a levee before coming to rest partially submerged in a pond.

ASP officials say that Baldwin was killed in the wreck.

 

BLOOMFIELD MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Authorities in Stoddard County say a Bloomfield man was in custody this morning on a warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 47 year old Gary Wrinkle Jr. was recently arrested on a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.

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

 

THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINNERS IS ACCEPTING USED CHRISTMAS TREES

Once you are done with your Christmas tree this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to have it.

The Corps of Engineers will be accepting used Christmas trees from December 26th up until January 19th.

All you have to do is drop your undecorated tree off in the marked location at the Redman Creek Recreation Area boat ramp.

Officials say the trees will be used to aid in establishing a fish shelter and small game habitat.

For more information, contact Natural Resources Specialist John Daves at 573-222-8562.

 

TONIGHT IS THE FINAL NIGHT FOR SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS AT THE PALACE OF PRAISE

Tonight is the final night to see a Christmas themed show at a Poplar Bluff church.

The Palace of Praise is presenting the final 2017 performance of the Sounds of Christmas tonight at 7 pm.

Admission to the show is free and tickets for a dinner theater experience starting at 5 pm are also available for $12.

Proceeds will go to buying Christmas gifts for children in the area. If you need more information, would like to purchase tickets, or your family needs to sign up for Christmas gifts, call 573-785-4232.

More information is also available at palaceofpraise.com.

 

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI SHERIFF TEAMS UP WITH SKILLS USA TO DELIVER HOLIDAY MEALS

A Southeast Missouri sheriff teamed up with local members of a nationwide program to deliver holiday meals to area residents.

According to Ripley County Sheriff Mike Barton’s Facebook page, Barton and members of SkillsUSA delivered the meals to local organizations and families earlier this week.

Some drivers also got the opportunity to trade tickets for turkeys as a part of the event.

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS TO BE CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS

Driver examination stations across Missouri will be closed for a couple of days because of the holidays.

Captain John Hotz with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells KWOC News that driver examination stations will be closed on Monday, December 25th and Monday, January 1st for Christmas and New Year’s Day respectively.

Normal operations will resume on the Tuesday following each holiday.

 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

 

 

 

WOMAN FOUND DEAD FOLLOWING RIPLEY COUNTY FIRE

A woman was found dead following a trailer fire over the weekend in Southeast Missouri.

According to authorities, 33 year old Letha Neeley was inside a trailer that caught fire Sunday morning north of Doniphan.

Authorities do not suspect that foul play was involved and an investigation into the fire has been started.

 

PORTAGEVILLE POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION TO INCIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND

Police in Portageville are searching for a Cape Girardeau man in connection to an incident over the weekend.

According to the Portageville Police Department, on Saturday officers were dispatched to a residence in reference to a person with a firearm. When they arrived, the victims told officers that a black male had kicked open the front door and struck a female in the head with a handgun.

The victims told police the suspect had fled the area with three children in the vehicle with him.

Officers later located the suspect’s vehicle; the suspect was not in the area, but all three children were found safe.

A search is underway for 38 year old Antwoine Donte Weakly, of Cape Girardeau, for charges of burglary 1st degree, domestic assault 1st degree, unlawful use of weapon, and armed criminal action.

Anyone with information on Weakly’s whereabouts is asked to contact your local law enforcement agency or the Portageville Police Department at 573-379-5500.

 

OAK GROVE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS RUN LAPS TO HELP THOSE IN NEED

Students at a Poplar Bluff elementary school were running Friday to help people in need.

The 12th annual Jingle Jog of Oak Grove Elementary School was held on Friday, December 15th.

Students adopted the Mule Pack program as this year’s cause, donating about 400 non-perishables to Chartwells School Dining Services plus raising an additional $140.

The top fundraising students were awarded a sleigh ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the opening parade.

 

SIKESTON MAN BEING SOUGHT FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPY WARRANT

Authorities in Sikeston are trying to locate a man on a child pornography warrant.

Sergeant Jon Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that 37 year old Jonas Benjamin Carter, of Sikeston, currently has a Scott County arrest warrant for three counts of possession of child pornography.

Broom says that detectives began investigating Carter within the last few months and found evidence he was in possession of child pornography.

Carter reportedly drives a 2005 Silver Kia with Missouri license plates of WC3-T8Z and was last known to be an over the road truck driver.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Carter is being asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471- 4711 or your local police department.

 

CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING TRUCK AND TRAILER THEFT

Authorities in Clay County are investigating a truck and trailer theft.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, they are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle.

We have pictures of the truck and the trailer available on the KWOC Facebook page. Anyone who has seen the vehicle is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Department at 870-598-2270.

 

MULTI WEEK BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PROJECT UNDERWAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

Route DD in Dunklin County will be reduced to one lane through early next year as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge maintenance.

The project is located at the St. Francois River Bridge between County Road 203 and County Road 205.

MoDOT officials say that work will take place weather permitting, from 8 am to 2:30 pm daily, through Thursday, January 4th.

 

CROSSING REPAIRS TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF PEMISCOT COUNTY ROAD TODAY

Route A in Pemiscot County will be closed today so railroad crews can make repairs to a crossing.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the crossing is located between County Road 215 and County Road 213.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place today from 8 am to 5 pm.

 

Friday, December 18, 2017

 

 

 

HEPATITIS A INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN DEXTER

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says that a case of Hepatitis A has been identified in a food handler that worked while potentially contagious at an area restaurant.

Officials say that the food handler worked at Huddle House in Dexter. Members of the public who ate at the Dexter Huddle House between November 21st and December 2nd of this year should watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A and seek medical care if they have symptoms.

Symptoms usually develop between two and seven weeks after exposure and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored stools, joint pain, and jaundice.

Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and most people who get Hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. In rare cases, Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death; this is more common in people older than 50 and in people with other liver diseases.

Health Department officials say that the restaurant, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Senior Services and Stoddard County Health Center, is investigating and has taken necessary control measures to decrease the risk of spreading the illness.

 

SIKESTON WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK ON US 60

A Sikeston woman was seriously injured Thursday evening in a wreck in New Madrid County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred on US 60 when a vehicle driven by 56 year old Wendy Drake, of Sikeston, pulled into the path of another vehicle.

The wreck occurred around five miles west of Sikeston.

Drake suffered serious injuries and was transported to a Cape Girardeau hospital. No injuries were listed for the driver of the second vehicle.

 

FISK MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE

Authorities in Butler County have arrested a Fisk man on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old David Burgess was arrested Thursday night on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Burgess also reportedly had a warrant out of Butler County for unlawful use of a weapon.

 

DEXTER MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

A Dexter man was in custody this morning in Stoddard County on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Charles Edwards was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Edwards bond was set at $5,000 cash and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HOST GIFT WRAP FUNDRAISER

An area middle school will be hosting a fundraiser later this month.

The Poplar Bluff Middle School will have a gift wrap fundraiser for St. Jude on Monday, December 18th.

According to a post on the Middle School’s Facebook page, attendees can drop their packages off and there will be no set prices, all that’s being asked for is a monetary donation to St. Jude.

The fundraiser will be held from 3 to 8 pm at the Middle School STEM room.

 

UNIVESRSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION TO HOST THREE NIGHT BEEF PROFIT WORKSHOP SERIES

The University of Missouri Extension will be holding a series of workshops early next year focused on improving profits for beef producers.

The Beef Profit Series workshops in Reynolds County will include topics such as livestock risk management, reducing winter cow costs, and farm lease agreements.

The series will be held at the Reynolds County Extension Education Building in Centerville on January 25th, February 1st, and February 8th.

Space is limited and an RSVP is required. For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact the Reynolds County Extension Office at 573-648-1035.

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

 

 

ARKANSAS WOMAN KILLED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI WRECK

An Arkansas woman died over the weekend in a single vehicle wreck in Southeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Jessie Miller, of Osceola, Arkansas, was driving on Northbound Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County, Saturday night, when her vehicle ran off the side of the roadway. Officials say Miller was ejected during the wreck.

She was pronounced dead at the scene near Mile Marker 8 by Pemiscot County Coroner Jim Brimhall.

 

APPROXIMATELY 150 AREA CHILDREN INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN POPLAR BLUFF SHOP WITH A HERO EVENT

Over 100 area children will be participating in the Poplar Bluff Shop with a Hero event this weekend.

David Sutton with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News, that approximately 150 area children have been invited to shop for Christmas gifts Saturday morning at Wal-Mart. The kids will be accompanied by local law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, and members of our military.

The event is hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police and this will be its 23rd year in Poplar Bluff.

 

MAN WANTED AFTER SHOTS FIRED IN SIKESTON

Authorities in Sikeston say a warrant has been issued for an area man after an incident were shots were fired into a vehicle over the weekend.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, at around 6:45 am Saturday morning, officers responded to a call of shots fired. Following an investigation, it was learned that a Sikeston man was driving his vehicle in the area of Branum Street when it was hit by gunfire.

31 year old Maurice Newman, of Sikeston, was alleged by the victim to have blocked the road with the vehicle he was driving and began firing a weapon at the victim. The victim in this case was not shot and had no injuries.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Newman for assault 1st, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Bond was set at $200,000, cash only.

 

SOLDIER’S EARLY RETURN SURPRISES DAUGHTER DURING ASSEMBLY AT POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL

A Poplar Bluff Middle School student got an early Christmas surprise during an assembly held last week.

Fifth grader Aaryn Johnson was listening to Assistant Principal Angie Jackson give a speech about expectations on Friday when Johnson’s father, Sergeant 1st Class Terry White of the Missouri Army National Guard, walked in and gave Aaryn a hug.

White last saw Aaryn the day after Christmas last year before he was deployed to the Arabian Peninsula of Qater.

We have video of the family’s reunion available on the KWOC Facebook page.

 

COMMUNITY BRIEFING ON FLOOD RECOVERY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK IN CARTER COUNTY

A Community briefing has been scheduled for next week in Carter County.

According to Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens, the Carter County Board of Commissioners will be hosting a community briefing regarding flood recovery at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 19th.

The briefing will be held at the Van Buren Youth and Community Center.

 

BURN BANS ENACTED DUE TO FIRE RISKS

Multiple burn bans have been enacted across the area due to risks of fire.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, there will be a limited fire weather risk across southeast Missouri today and tomorrow. Dry vegetation combined with a dry air mass and gusty winds through midday are the reasons for the risk.

Multiple communities have enacted burn bans, including Carter County and Charleston in Southeast Missouri and Greene County in Northeast Arkansas.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SET FOR TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

East and Westbound Route 412 in Pemiscot County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the concrete in the crossover.

According to MoDOT, the crossover is located at Route B and Route Z.

Weather permitting, work will begin this morning at 8 am, and will remain up overnight. The work zone will then be taken down at 8 am tomorrow morning.