SPARKS SENTENTCED FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT

A sentence has been handed down for Randal Sparks in connection to the death of Heavenly Hafford.

KWOC news spoke with Butler County Assisting Prosecuting Attorney Paul Oesterreicher who says that the sentence was given on Friday.

PAUL OESTERREICHER: 

On Friday in Springfield the sentencing was held for Randle Sparks. Randle Sparks was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence in a case approximately a year and a half ago, in which a young lady by the name of Heavenly Hafford was killed in the accident. On Friday the judge sentenced Randy Sparks to four years in prison on the leaving the scene of an accident and he also sentenced to four years for tampering with physical evidence on that same case. These sentences were to run consecutively which means one on top of the other, however the judge decided that Randy Sparks would go to prison on the leaving the scene of an accident and he was going to suspend the sentence of the tampering with physical evidence and placed him on five years of supervised probation.

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD CLOSED FOR THREE WEEK BRIDGE REPAIR PROJECT

An almost three week long bridge project is underway in Butler County.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route B in Butler County was closed at 6 am this morning between Country Road 629 and County Road 581 for bridge repairs.

Officials say the road is scheduled to reopen at 6 am on Friday, December 22nd.

 

BUTLER COUNTY TORNADO SIRENS TO BE TESTED TODAY

Authorities in Butler County will be testing the tornado sirens today.

According to Butler County Emergency Management Director Robbie Myers, the sirens are scheduled to be tested today at noon.

Myers says that the tests will be conducted every month on the first Monday.

 

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND AT WHEATLEY SCHOOL BUILDING

The Wheatley Historic Preservation Association will be presenting a Historic Holiday Celebration this weekend.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 9th at the Wheatley School Building on Garfield Street in Poplar Bluff.

From 4 to 6 pm there will be guided tours and a meet and greet to be followed by dinner at 6 pm. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SENTENCED TO 59 YEARS IN PRISON

A sentence has been handed down for Joseph Wisdom in connection to the death of Stahl Lee Sturgeon.

KWOC news spoke with Butler County Assisting Prosecuting Attorney Paul Oesterreicher who says that the sentence was given on Friday.

PAUL OESTERREICHER: 

In Springfield in Greene County, we took up the sentencing of Joseph Wisdom. Joseph Wisdom was charged in various counts, involving a shooting incident in which Stahl Sturgeon died. In this particular case Stahl Sturgeon picked up Joseph Wisdom and during the ride to Poplar Bluff, there was a scuffle inside of the vehicle and Mr. Stahl was killed. Immediately after the death of Mr. Stahl, Jospeh Wisdom got out of the car and began shooting at various other vehicles that came down the highway, so he was charged not only with the murder of Stahl Sturgeon, he was also charged unlawful use of a weapon, discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle, and also assault in the first degree. The judge sentenced the defendant to 25 years for murder in the 2nd degree, 4 years for unlawful use of a weapon, and he also sentenced Joseph Wisdom to 15 years on unlawful use of a weapon shooting at a motor vehicle, and assault in the first degree. The total sentence that Joseph Wisdom was sentenced to is 59 years.

 

MODOT CREWS TO BE IN STODDARD COUNTY THIS WEEK FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

Route 25 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane for part of this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section of Route 25 to be impacted is located from Hunts Road to Drake Street.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Wednesday from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily.

 

ZALMA CHURCH TO HOST CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION THIS WEEKEND

A Zalma Church will be hosting a Christmas play this weekend.

Zalma General Baptist Church will be presenting “Back to the Manger” on Sunday, December 10th.

The play is described as a caroling adventure through time and officials say it will begin at 3 pm.

 

MODOT TO HELP GRANT CHRISTMAS WISHES TO AREA FAMILIES

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be participating in the Christmas Angels program again this year to help grant Christmas wishes to Southeast Missouri families.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, December 7th, with chili orders due by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The cost is $5 and will include a 16-ounce cup of chili, crackers and chips.

Current MoDOT employees and retirees volunteer to cook, pack and deliver chili for the event. To place an order, call (573) 472-5294.

With the funds raised, volunteers purchase gifts for children who would not otherwise receive gifts. Last year, the event raised nearly $7,000, helping over 100 children.