Friday, May 26, 2017

 

 

 

 

MULES BASEBALL TEAM TO PLAY IN STATE QUARTER-FINAL TODAY

 
The Poplar Bluff Mules baseball team is heading to St. Louis this morning ahead of their State Quarter-final later today.

The Mules will be playing the Vianney Golden Griffiths today for the chance to advance to the Class 5 State Semi-Finals against Fort Zumwalt West next week in O’Fallon.

First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 pm and will be broadcast live here on Today’s Talk 93.3 FM and 930 AM KWOC as well as online at KWOC.com.

Sikeston was eliminated in their Class 4 quarterfinal yesterday after losing to Lutheran South 5-4.

 

 
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ARE UNDER AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE STORMS THIS WEEKEND

 
Weather officials say that the holiday weekend is bringing with it a greater chance of severe weather.

Both Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas are under an enhanced risk of severe weather for Saturday.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, thunderstorms are forecast throughout the region Saturday through Sunday evening.

Any storms that develop through that time period may become severe, but the greatest threats will be late Saturday into Saturday night, and possibly again along the cold front Sunday afternoon and evening.

Any individual storm would pose a threat of very large hail to go along with damaging winds and possibly a few tornadoes. In addition, heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding where multiple storms train over the same locations.

 

 
MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST MAN FOR FAKE MEMORIAL

 
The Missouri Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against a Farmington man, alleging that that the man misled donors when soliciting donations for a memorial to honor fallen law enforcement officers.

Attorney General Josh Hawley tells KWOC News that Terry Lemons is accused of soliciting donations from businesses in southeast Missouri to raise awareness of law enforcement officers killed or injured in the line of duty through a portable memorial.

As part of his solicitations he used the fictitious name of “Thin Blue Line Tahoe” and falsely claimed it was a nonprofit corporation.

Hawley says Lemons actually used the funds to make his personal Chevrolet Tahoe look like a police patrol vehicle complete with radar equipment, shotgun, emergency lights, and a computer. He used the rest of the funds on personal purchases.

Those who may have contributed money to Lemons are urged to contact the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 888-392-8222.

 

 
TRUCK HIT BY A TRAIN IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
A man reportedly refused medical attention after his vehicle was hit by a train yesterday in Northeast Arkansas.

According to authorities, the incident occurred Thursday afternoon in Clay County.

The truck was going over the train tracks when it was hit by the train.

 

 
HIGHWAY PATROL ENCOURAGES DRIVERS AND BOATERS TO HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

 
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and the Missouri State Highway Patrol wants local drivers and boaters to remember to put safety first.

Captain John Hotz tells us that every available trooper will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists during the long holiday weekend.

Hotz says that motorists should know where work zones are located along your route, pay attention while you are driving, and buckle up. If you are planning time on or near the water, make sure you wear a life jacket as well.

Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime can use the Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance number at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.

 

 
MISSOURI STATE VETERANS CEMETERY TO HOLD MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM

 
The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield has announced they will be holding their annual Memorial Day Program again this year.

The ceremony is set to begin at 1 pm Monday at the Committal Shelter Plaza at the Cemetery.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s program will be the Veterans Cemetery Directory, Kenneth Swearengin.

Officials say that families and friends of those interred, as well as the general public, are invited to attend.

For more information, call 573-568-3871.

 

 
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE AT YOUR HOTEL WHILE ON VACATION

 
Today we are finishing our weeklong series on how to keep your family and possessions safe while on vacation by focusing on hotel safety.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department say that once you arrive, you should place all of your luggage in your room; do not leave anything in your vehicle.

Once you’re in your room, unpack your luggage. Arrange all your belongings so that you will notice if anything is missing. Also try to keep a daily check of all your belongings.

Do not leave valuables in your room when you are not there; take them with you. You can also place your extra cash, jewelry, or valuables in the hotel safe.

Also remember to use the door viewer to identify anyone requesting entry into your room. Do not open the door if you do not believe the person has a legitimate reason for being in your room.

 

 

 

DRIVERS URGED TO USE CAUTION IN THE AREA OF THE 100 MILE YARD SALE THIS WEEKEND

 
The annual 100 mile yard sale is this weekend and the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution.

The yard sale spans from Jackson to Kennett along Missouri State Highway 25 and will run through Memorial Day on Monday.

Traffic Engineer Craig Compas tells us that there will be more traffic and congestion along the highway this weekend than any other.

MoDOT will have message boards in place along the route to alert drivers of the unusual traffic patterns and promote safe driving.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

 

 

 

 

MINER WOMAN INVOLVED IN FATAL WRECK NEAR BERNIE
A Miner woman has died following a wreck yesterday afternoon in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 51 year old Jennifer Wamble was driving on Route U, three miles west of Bernie, when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, ran off the ran off the left side of the road, and then overturned.

Wamble was ejected during the wreck and pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Deputy Coroner Aaron Mathis.

 

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR REQUESTS FEDERAL DISASTER DECELERATION

 
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has issued a request for a federal disaster declaration following the flooding that recently struck the state. Yesterday, the Governor requested that President Donald Trump approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri that would provide federal assistance to a total of 51 counties.

Based on joint Preliminary Damage Assessments conducted by the State Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency and local officials, the Governor is requesting Individual Assistance for 37 counties, which would allow eligible residents to seek federal assistance with temporary housing, housing repairs, replacement of damaged belongings, vehicles and other qualifying expenses as a result of the flooding.

The Governor is also requesting that the U.S. Small Business Administration assist businesses, homeowners, and renters in the 37 counties with low-interest loans.

Based on joint Preliminary Damage Assessments conducted by SEMA, FEMA and local officials, Governor Greitens has also requested Public Assistance for 45 counties, in order to allow local governments and qualifying nonprofit agencies to seek federal assistance for reimbursement of emergency response and recovery costs, including repair and replacement costs for damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

A full list of counties included in the request is available on our website.

The 37 counties for which Individual Assistance is being requested are: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Laclede, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Morgan, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne, and Wright.

The 45 counties for which Public Assistance is being requested are: Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Butler, Camden, Carter, Cedar, Christian, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Iron, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Maries, Miller, McDonald, Morgan, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Webster, and Wright.

 

 
KENNETT MAN RECEIVES 20 YEAR SENTENCE IN CONNECTION TO CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

 
A Kennett man received a 20 years sentence yesterday in connection to a robbery at an area convenience store.

The United States Attorney’s Office has announced that 37 year old Antonio Brown was sentenced on one felony count of interference with commerce by robbery and one felony count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence.

On July 1st, 2015, at around 10 pm, two men wearing facemasks entered Curt’s Grocery Store in Kennett and immediately fired their handguns at the store’s manager. The clerk was struck by four rounds fired by the two men.

The men then took a money bag from behind the counter, the cash from the cash register, the money from the clerk’s person, and two firearms from the store. As they left the store, one of the robbers fired a shot at the cashier, narrowly missing her.

Brown was later taken into custody. Another participant in the robbery, Julius Jones, was convicted following a two day trial earlier this year.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF CLASS OF 2017 TO GRADUATE TONIGHT

 
The Poplar Bluff Class of 2017 will be receiving their diplomas tonight.

The commencement ceremony for this year’s senior class will take place at 7 pm.

The ceremony will be held at the Black River Coliseum.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF TECHNICAL CAREER CENTER’S BUILDING TRADES PROGRAM COMPLETES 38TH HOUSE

 
Poplar Bluff students have finished the construction of a house.

The three-bedroom/two-bath, 1,694-square-foot house, which includes a two-car garage, is the 38th house constructed by the Building Trades program of the Technical Career Center.

TCC Director Charles Kinsey tells KWOC News that the TCC has maintained its tradition over the decades of constructing a full house that is up to code and completed under professional carpentry standards.

The home is expected to go out for bid next month for opening by the school board during the July 20th meeting.

 

 
POLICE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN THEFT FROM POPLAR BLUFF CAR DEALERSHIP

 
Police in Poplar Bluff are searching for a suspect in connection to a theft case from a local car dealership.

We have pictures of the suspect that are currently available on the KWOC Facebook page.

Anyone who has information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Woodruff at 573-785-5776.

 

 
TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR VEHICLE SAFE WHILE ON VACATION

 
Continuing our weeklong series on how to keep your family and possessions safe while on vacation, today we are going to focus on how to stay safe in and around your vehicle.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department say that you should always lock your vehicle after entering or leaving it and remember to park in well-lighted areas.

Always place valuables out of sight, preferably in the trunk. Do not leave wallets, checkbooks, or purses in your vehicle. When returning to your vehicle, always check the backseat before entering.

You should also not stop for hitchhikers. If you want to help, call for assistance for them.

Coming up tomorrow we will finish our series with tips on staying safe while at your hotel.

 

 
OFFICIALS PROVIDE UPDATE ON WAPPAPELLO LAKE

 
Yesterday, officials provided an update on Wappapello Lake.

As of 10 am yesterday, the lake stage was at 382.17 NGVD, with the inflow at 980 and the discharge at 9,800 cubic feet a second.

As we reported to you yesterday, the Redman Creek Recreation Area and Boat Ramp are now open. In addition, people have also been launching from the Sundowner, Chaonia Landing, and Allison Cove boat ramps at Lake Wappapello State Park.

The Greenville and Peoples Creek Lower Campground are still closed, however the Redman Creek and People Creek Upper Campgrounds are open to campers.

Officials say that the Kids Fun Day, originally scheduled for June 3rd has been cancelled. The Wappapello Woodland Expo will be held on July 8th.

For more information, call the management office at 573-222-8562.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

 

 

 

 

KENNETT WOMAN KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

 
A Kennett woman has died in connection to a wreck Tuesday afternoon in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas State Police, 76 year old Darlene Crawford, was travelling east on the Highway 412 bypass near Paragould when she ran onto the shoulder, hit a guardrail, and then struck a vehicle head on. The second vehicle was then hit from behind by another vehicle.

Officials say that Crawford was killed in the wreck. No other injuries were listed.

 

 
MULES BASEBALL TEAM ADVANCES TO STATE QUARTERFINALS

 
The Poplar Bluff Mules Baseball team will be travelling to St. Louis later this week to play in the Class 5 state quarterfinals.

Following a lightning delay of almost 90 minutes yesterday during the State Sectional game, the Mules defeated Rockwood Summit 2-1.

Due to Thursday’s graduation, the State Quarterfinal game at Vianney has been pushed back to Friday. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm.

The Sikeston Bulldogs advanced to the Class 4 State Quarterfinal with their 11-2 win over Festus. They will play Lutheran South on Thursday.

Bell City and Eminence will face each other in the Class 1 State Quarterfinal today at 4 pm. Also today, South Pemiscot will take on St. Vincent in the Class 2 Quarterfinal and Portageville will face West County in the Class 3 Quarterfinal.

 

 
EARLY MORNING WRECK RESULTS IN SERIOUS INJURIES FOR ESSEX MAN

 
A man was taken to an area hospital early Tuesday morning following a single vehicle wreck in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred shortly before 2:30 am on US 60, east of Fisk.

23 year old James Montgomery, of Essex, reportedly ran off the side of the roadway and struck the guardrail.

He was taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital with serious injuries.

 

 
TIPS FOR KEEPING SAFE WHILE ON THE ROAD DURING VACATION

 
Continuing our weeklong series on how to keep your family and possessions safe while on vacation, today we are going to focus on what you can do to stay safe while on the road.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department say that you should try not to carry large amounts of cash while on vacation and instead use traveler’s checks. If you must carry large sums of money do not openly display it and also don’t take more credit cards than you will need.

Don’t leave any tickets in open view as officials say they are as valuable as cash. Males are advised to carry their wallets in an inside pocket or the front pocket of their pants while females should carry their purses under their arm with a firm grasp.

Remember to make sure your luggage is locked and labeled with your name and telephone number. You can also take pictures of your luggage so airline personnel can identify it if it is lost.

Coming up tomorrow we will go over tips on how to keep your vehicle safe during your vacation.

 

 
OFFICIALS OPEN REDMAN CREEK RECREATION AREA AND BOAT RAMP

 
Officials at Wappapello Lake say that a local recreation area has been opened.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Redman Creek Recreation Area and Boat Ramp are now open.

Cleanup is still ongoing and the lake is still very high so officials are asking everyone to use caution in the area.

 

 
FOUR POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS RECEIVE AWARDS FROM THE MISSOURI STATE HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION

 
Four Poplar Bluff students have received awards of excellence from the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Sierra Sievers and Joseph Hardimon were named Missouri Good Sports at the Junior High, while Katie Sliger and Adam Vincent received the annual award at the Senior High.

School officials say the award goes to multi-sport student athletes who display exemplary sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity.

 

 
DONIPHAN MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHASE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
A Doniphan man has been taken into custody following a high speed chase in Northeast Arkansas.

According to authorities, the motor of 43 year old James Laroux’s motorcycle caught on fire during the chase, which began in Randolph County before moving into Clay County.

Laroux was arrested on a fleeing charge, among others.

 

 
PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT BEGINNING TODAY IN BUTLER AND RIPLEY COUNTIES

 
Route 142 in Ripley and Butler Counties will be reduced to one lane with a 10.5 foot width restriction through the end of
July as contractor crews perform pavement repairs.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route E to Route H.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Monday, July 31st from 6 am to 6 pm each day.

Tuesday May 23, 2017

POPLAR BLUFF RESTURAUNT SUFFERS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE IN MONDAY MORNING FIRE

 A Poplar Bluff restaurant was destroyed by fire yesterday.

According to authorities, the Fazoli’s on North Westwood Boulevard caught fire sometime early Monday morning.

The building is being called a complete loss and there were no one was injured during the incident.

 

MEETING TO BE HELD TONIGHT TO DISCUSS T HIGHWAY

 Area citizens will be holding a meeting tonight to discuss T Highway.

Many area residents have been wondering why a bridge is not being put in to replace the section of the highway that has washed away twice recently due to overflow from the spillway.

A meeting will be held to discuss this section of the highway from 5 to 6 pm tonight at the VFW Hall on Highway D, north of the Wappapello Lake.

 

TIPS FOR HAVING YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS KEEP YOUR HOME SECURE WHILE YOU ARE ON VACATION

Continuing our weeklong series on how to keep your family and possessions safe while on vacation, today we are going to focus on how you can ask your friends and neighbors to keep your home secure while you are away.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department say that residents ask several neighbors to keep an eye on your residence while you are away.

If you can, arrange for a neighbor to pick up your deliveries, including mail, newspaper, and any other packages, as well as for someone to maintain your yard.

You can ask for a neighbor to park in your driveway while you are gone. If you leave your car at home, park as you normally would.

The reason for these suggestions is so that your home will appear to be occupied, even though you are gone.

You should also leave your vacation address and telephone number with the neighbors so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

Coming up tomorrow we will go over tips on how to stay safe while on the road to and from your destination.

 

MULES BASEBALL TEAM TO PLAY IN SECTIONALS TODAY

The Poplar Bluff Mules baseball team will be hosting their state sectional this afternoon.

The Mules will be playing the Rockwood Summit Falcons for the opportunity to advance to the state quarterfinals later this week.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 pm and will be broadcast live here on Today’s Talk 93.3 FM and 930 AM KWOC.

Sikeston will also have their state sectional today at noon against Festus. Bell City, Eminence, South Pemiscot County, and Portageville all advanced to the State Quarterfinals in their respective classes yesterday.

 

DONIPHAN MAN FLOWN TO SPRINGFIELD HOSPITAL AFTER HITTING TREE

 A Doniphan man was seriously injured Monday morning following a wreck in Ripley County.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old Ezra Hopkins was driving on Highway C, around 13 miles north of Briar, when he struck a tree in the roadway.

Hopkins suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Springfield hospital.

 

DONIPHAN POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY HAS NOT BEEN BREACHED

 Rumors have been spreading online about the Doniphan Wastewater Treatment Facility that officials say are untrue.

According to the Doniphan Police Department, the wastewater treatment plant was not breeched by the recent flooding nor has it ever been flooded.

The Police Department says that flood waters can and do contain many contaminants from various sources including many harmful bacteria, both naturally occurring and from septic systems that were destroyed along the river.

Riverfront Park in Doniphan is closed until further notice due to elevated E. Coli counts.

The City of Doniphan will continue testing the soils in Riverfront Park and will advise the public when conditions appear to be safe.

 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION

 A Missouri State Representative from Southeast Missouri has announced her resignation.

Tila Hubrecht announced Monday that she is stepping down as representative from Missouri’s 151st District, effective June 2nd.

She says that there should be enough time for the Special Session work to be concluded as well as for the Governor to call for a special election.

Hubrecht has served as the Representative for the 151st District, which covers all of Stoddard County and parts of Western Scott County, since 2014.

She says that she is returning to nursing.

 

BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY IN WAYNE COUNTY

Route 34 in Wayne County is being reduced with a 10 foot width restriction so contractor crews can perform bridge improvements.

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say that the bridge is located over Bear Creek, just west of Route M.

Weather permitting, work is being performed from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Thursday, June 8th.

Monday, May 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN KILLED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK

 
An area woman was killed Friday morning in a head on collision in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when two vehicles collided on County Road 452.

One of the drivers, 59 year old Devora Kingery, of Poplar Bluff, was pronounced dead at the scene by Butler County Coroner Andy Moore.

The other driver, 25 year old Daniel Hendrickson, also of Poplar Bluff, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

 
MISSOURI GOVERNOR ERIC GREITENS SPEAKS IN POPLAR BLUFF

 
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens made a trip to Southeast Missouri over the weekend which included a stop in Poplar Bluff.

Greitens spoke on Saturday at the Black River Coliseum first about the state and community’s response to the recent flooding.

“We were down, we’re down in Carter County, saw what happened to the Carter County Courthouse, went through Van Buren, this is a town that was hit hard.

What we saw in Van Buren, and we saw throughout Southern Missouri, is we saw people come out. We did this differently than we had done before, when we got the warning that a flood was about to happen, we went out and ahead of time we put out our swift water rescue teams and we let them know, be ready to save lives, be ready to save lives. And the fire and mutual aid, the state emergency management agency, we went out there, and what we saw.

Even after these tremendous floods, we saw resilience, we saw strength, we saw power, we saw people who in the face of hardship and the face of difficulty said we are going to come back even stronger.”

Greitens also spoke about the special session of the Missouri Legislature that he called last week.

“Now here’s the situation we’ve got right now, and it’s really straightforward. Right now, we have a company that wants to come to Southeast Missouri and make steel. And they are willing to bring hundreds of quality jobs here. And this is the thing, if we do this right, steel is just the beginning. It is a tremendous opportunity here, we were just down at Noranda, how would you like to open the Noranda plant again?

But what we had, what we had and Don explained this situation perfectly, we had a couple of politicians who for their own personal, pitiful, petty, political reasons, their own political privileges, wanted to put that ahead of jobs for the people. And what they did, was they ran out the clock.

So what I did, talked with a couple of folks about this, said you know what, they figured they could run out the clock and go home and go on vacation, so what we did is we cancelled their vacations and we’re bringing them back to work so they can do their job.”

Greitens called the special session for the steel mill bill, which had stalled when the legislative session ended.

The proposal would allow the state Public Service Commission to approve special electric rates for aluminum smelting and steel-works facilities, which require a lot of electricity.

Some senators expressed concerns about creating special exemptions for particular companies.

 

 
ONE IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING CHASE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
One person has been taken into custody following a pursuit early Sunday morning in Northeast Arkansas.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that the incident began at around 12:35 Sunday morning when a vehicle refused to stop for a routine traffic stop in Piggott.

Piggott Police continued to pursue the vehicle until it wrecked on County Road 344. The occupants of the vehicle then fled on foot through a wooded area.

One subject, 33 year old Larry Green, of Malden, was found and taken into custody. Officers were not able to locate the second occupant of the vehicle

Miller says that Green is being held at the Clay County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing on charges of fleeing, possession of a controlled substance, and reckless driving, along with other charges.

 

 
TIPS FOR SECURING YOUR HOME WHILE ON VACATION

 
With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, that means vacation season is here. Today we are beginning our five part series on how to keep you, your family, and possessions safe while on vacation.

Today and tomorrow we are going to focus on how to secure your home while you are away.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department say that residents need to make sure all of the locks on the doors and windows in your home function properly. You should also leave the shades and blinds on doors and windows in a position that you would normally have them.

Officials say that you should try to shades and blinds on doors and windows in a position that you would normally have them and also have timers for lights, television, or radios so they turn on and off at the appropriate times.

You can also consider taking valuables that you cannot live without to a safety deposit box.

Coming up tomorrow we will go over how you can have your neighbors assist you with home security while you are on vacation.

 

 
PEDESTRIAN INJURED FOLLOWING HIT AND RUN NEAR CAMPBELL

 
A Portageville man was injured in a hit and run incident Friday afternoon in Dunklin County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the incident occurred 2 miles north of Campbell on Missouri Highway 53 at approximately 2:30 pm Friday.

A vehicle struck 38 year old Allen Summers on the shoulder of the Highway and then left the scene. Summers suffered moderate injuries and was flown to a St. Louis hospital.

No information was available about the vehicle that struck Summers.

 

 
RIDESHARING APP UBER ANNOUNCES EXPANSION TO POPLAR BLUFF

 
A popular ridesharing company has expanded to Poplar Bluff.

Uber announced on Friday that that it will begin operating in the city following the passage of a statewide ridesharing regulation earlier this year.

Riders use the Uber app to connect to a driver and request a ride.

The company says they partner with pre-screened local drivers who use their own personal vehicles to transport riders.

 

 
PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 
Route WW in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane through the end of the month as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The work zone is located from Route J to Route 60.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday, June 1st from 6 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 
ROAD CLOSURE SET FOR TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 
Route UU in New Madrid County will be closed today so crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be closed is located from Route D to County Road 784.

Work is scheduled to be done today from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY ISSUED FOR TWO MISSING CHILDREN

The Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for an incident that occurred last night in Ellington.

 

According to the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department, 13 year old William Winchester Beecher and 8 year old Austin Lee Beecher were last seen at approximately 8:10 pm on Thursday night.

 

A witness stated that they saw a green General Motors type truck driving slowly in the area at about the time the children were last seen.

 

William Beecher is described as a white male, 4’9″ tall, weighing 110 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and a scar on his left wrist. He may be wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans and pull on boots.

 

Austin Lee Beecher, is a white male, 4’1″ tall, weighing 100 pounds, with red hair, blue eyes, freckles and buck tooth. He may be wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and pull on boots.

 

Anyone having any information related to the whereabouts of the two children should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department at 573-648-2491.

Friday May 19, 2017

GOVERNOR ERIC GREITENS TO SPEAK IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI THIS WEEKEND
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens will be speaking in Southeast Missouri this weekend.

Greitens will be speaking at the location of the old Noranda facility in New Madrid on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Butler County Republican Central Committee Chairman Eddy Justice says that Greitens will also be speaking at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff at 12:30 pm on Saturday.

The topic will be the special session of the Missouri Legislature he called yesterday to discuss the steel mill bill, which had stalled when the legislative session ended.

The proposal would allow the state Public Service Commission to approve special electric rates for aluminum smelting and steel-works facilities, which require a lot of electricity.

Some senators expressed concerns about creating special exemptions for particular companies.

 

STEELE MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON MULTIPLE COUNTS OF CHILD MOLESTATION
A Steele man is facing multiple charges following his arrest Thursday evening in Pemiscot County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Darryl Herron was arrested on four counts of 1st degree child molestation, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and ten counts of possession of child pornography videos.

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

 

MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS AND POSSIBLE HEAVY RAINFALL ARE EXPECTED FOR THIS WEEKEND
We could be seeing more rain this weekend according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service.

Weather officials say that multiple rounds of thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall are expected for this weekend.

A few strong storms will be possible throughout the period, but the greater concern will be heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding.

Officials say that the flash flooding threat will build with each round of storms.

 

WOMAN FLOWN TO AREA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK IN WAYNE COUNTY
A woman was flown to an area hospital yesterday following a wreck in Wayne County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred at around 2 am Thursday morning near Lodi.

53 year old Lindwood Mitchell, of Greenville, reportedly hit a tree after he ran off the side of County Road 212, overcorrected, and lost control.

A passenger in the vehicle, 29 year old Lyndsay Mitchell, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Air Evac to St. Francis Hospital.

 

VEHICLE SEARCH LEADS TO METH ARREST IN GREENE COUNTY
A woman has been taken into custody after drugs was allegedly found in her vehicle earlier this week.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that Crystal Tedder was arrested Wednesday night after a deputy discovered the meth during a search of her vehicle.

Carter says Tedder was arrested for possession of crystal methamphetamine.

 

KENNETT SOFTBALL TEAM TO PLAY IN STATE SEMIFINAL TODAY
The Kennett High School Softball team will be playing in the State Semi-finals today in Springfield.

Kennett, who have a 21 and three record for the season, will be taking on Strafford High School beginning at 5 pm. Strafford is 23 and 1.

The winner will advance to the State Championship game on Saturday against the winner of the second semi-final between Purdy and Lincoln high schools. The final will begin at 1 pm Saturday at Killian Sports Complex in Springfield.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

 

 

 

 

PARAGOULD MAN FOUND DEAD ON RAILROAD TRACKS IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
A Paragould man has been found dead in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office, the body of 74 year old Marvin Jones was found on area railroad tracks shortly after 5 am Wednesday morning.

Jones had been reported as being possibly missing on Tuesday.

An investigation into Jones death is ongoing, and officials say his body is being sent to the Medical Examiner in Little Rock.

 

 
FALLING TREE KILLS SIKESTON MAN

 
A man has died following an incident yesterday in Sikeston.

According to the National Weather Service, a wind gust caused a rotten tree to fall over Wednesday afternoon. The tree reportedly struck and killed 41 year old Richard Flye, of Sikeston.

Three other people were injured in the incident.

 

 
MAN ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

 
A man has been arrested in Pemiscot County on a child pornography charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21 year old Damien Bennett, of Caruthersville, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on ten counts of felony possession of child pornography videos.

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

 

 
FIVE PEOPLE INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN RIPLEY COUNTY

 
Five people, including three children, were taken to area hospitals following a single vehicle wreck in Ripley County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at around 2 am Wednesday morning on Missouri Highway 21.

A vehicle, driven by 31 year old Ashley Barnett, of Doniphan, reportedly ran off the roadway and struck a culvert. Two adult passengers suffered moderate injuries, while three children in the vehicle received minor injuries.

All five were taken to hospitals in either Poplar Bluff or Doniphan.

 

 
TWO EAST PRAIRIE RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON GUN AND METH CHARGES

 
Two East Prairie residents were taken into custody Wednesday morning on gun and drug charges.

According to the Highway Patrol, 39 year old Charlie Reynolds and 37 year old Bethany Carden, were each arrested on felony charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Both Reynolds and Carden are also facing a charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, both were transported to the Mississippi County Jail.

 

 
FEES FOR VITAL RECORDS WILL BE WAIVED IN FLOOD AFFECTED COUNTIES

 
Missouri officials say that fees will be waived for residents who lost select documents during the recent flooding.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has announced that fees will be waived for replacement of Missouri birth, death, marriage, and divorce records for persons whose documents were lost or destroyed in the flooding.

For more information, go online to health.mo.gov.

 

 
COFFEE WITH A COP EVENT SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND IN POPLAR BLUFF

 
A Coffee with a Cop event has been scheduled for this weekend in Poplar Bluff.

Area residents will be able to join local Police Officers for coffee and conversation on Saturday at Myrtle’s Place Back Alley BBQ in downtown Poplar Bluff.

The event is scheduled for 8 am to 10 am Saturday morning.

 

 
12 ARRESTS MADE AS A PART OF A ROUND UP IN SIKESTON

 
Multiple agencies participated in the arrest of 12 people Wednesday as a part of a warrant round up in Sikeston.

Officials with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tell KWOC News that the Scott County Sheriff, New Madrid County Sheriff, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Air National Guard, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted in the round up.

Officials say that the arrest warrants were the result of an ongoing investigation that has occurred within the city over the past few months.

Tyce Cody-Robbery/Assault
Darius Cody-Robbery/Assault
Robert Jones-Robbery/Assault
Eric Greer-Marijuana Possession
Sheila Farmer-Possession of Controlled Substance
Tina Ervin-Possession of Controlled Substance
Lawrence Strickland-Federal Arrest Warrant for Weapons Violation
Rebecca Powell-Possession of Controlled Substance
Jessica Lepior-Possession of Controlled Substance
Bethany Carden-Possession of Controlled Substance
Gary Foote-Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute
Melanie Buckley-Possession of Controlled Substance

Wednesday May 17, 2017

DONIPHAN PARK CLOSED DUE TO E-COLI

Officials in Doniphan have announced that an area park has been closed due to e-coli.

According to the Doniphan Police Department, as a result from recent flooding, E-Coli counts from the soil samples taken at Riverfront Park are at levels that may not be considered safe.

Officials say that the park is closed until further notice and that soil samples will be tested continually until results are at safe levels.

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL CALLS FORMER MISSISSIPPI COUNTY SHERIFF A DANGER TO THE COMMUNITY

The Missouri Attorney General is calling for bail to be revoked for the former Mississippi County Sheriff.

Attorney General Josh Hawley asked the Circuit Court of Mississippi County yesterday to revoke former Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson’s bond in the pending criminal case against him.

The Attorney General’s Office charged Hutcheson with 18 criminal counts last month, including robbery, illegal surveillance, and forgery.

Hawley also asked that Hutcheson be jailed or barred from interfering in the Attorney General’s investigation into the death of Tory Sanders at the Mississippi County jail on the night of May 5th.

In a statement released yesterday, Hawley said “The facts more than establish that Cory Hutcheson has violated the terms of his bail and is a danger to the community.”

 

TWO ARRESTED FOR METH IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

Two people were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Dunklin County on a meth charge.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 44 year old Kevin Morgan, of Senath, and 30 year old Cassidy Turner, of Arbyrd, were arrested shortly before 4 pm on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, both were transported to the Dunklin County Jail.

 

TWO INJURED IN WRECK NEAR FAGUS

Two Illinois residents were injured Tuesday evening in a wreck in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 30 year old Mickey Gregory, of Wayne City, Illinois, ran off of Missouri Highway 51 and overturned approximately a half mile south of Fagus.

Gregory suffered moderate injuries. A passenger in the vehicle, 37 year old Terry Owen, also of Wayne City, was seriously injured and flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

Two people were reportedly shot Tuesday in New Madrid County.

According to authorities, the incident occurred in Howardville.

One of the people shot was taken to a Memphis hospital and the other was taken to an area hospital. Both victim’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

 

MOTORISTS ASKED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR MOWERS

Missouri motorists are asked to be careful when approaching mowers along Missouri’s highways.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, major and minor routes will be mowed in three cycles through September. On rural two-lane roads, crews may use a protective “follow” truck to alert motorists they are approaching slow-moving mowers.

Motorists are asked to be alert for trucks and tractors with lights flashing and moving slowly, around 2 to 5 mph. When you approach one of these vehicles, slow down and focus on the road ahead of you.

Also, be prepared to stop or drive very slowly behind a “follow” truck, especially approaching a hill or curve on a two-lane road.

Tuesday May 16, 2017

FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS TO BE CONDUCTED IN WAYNE AND IRON COUNTIES

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has announced that flood damage assessments will be conducted in two additional counties in Southeast Missouri.

Teams of local, state and federal disaster specialists will conduct joint damage assessments of flooding and severe storm damage in six more Missouri counties, including Wayne and Iron, as the Governor prepares to make a request for a federal major disaster declaration.

Last week, Governor Greitens said that assessments would be conducted in numerous counties throughout the state, including many in Southeast Missouri.

Those affected by the flooding and severe storms are encouraged to report damage to their local emergency management officials and to document losses, including photographing damage and retaining receipts.

Individuals and business owners should also notify their insurance companies of damage and not wait for damage assessments.

More information is available online at mo.gov/flood.

 

SEMO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER TO BE IN VAN BUREN TODAY

The SEMO Business Development center will be holding an event today in Van Buren.

During the event, area business owners will get the opportunity to receive counseling on requirements for FEMA applications and on options available through Small Business Administration.

According to the Van Buren Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will begin at around 9 am today at the Van Buren Youth and Community Center.

 

ROUTE 60 TO BE REDUCED THIS WEEK IN STODDARD COUNTY

Route 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge maintenance.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be performed today through Thursday from 6 am to 5 pm each day.

The work zone will be located between Route 51 and Route WW.

 

SANDBAGS AVAILABLE IN BUTLER COUNTY

Butler County officials say that sandbags are still available for anyone who needs them.

According to the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, sandbags that were filled, but ended up not being needed, are available at the area in front of Robertson Contractors at 1909 South Westwood in Poplar Bluff.

Officials say that area residents are welcome to take as many as they wish, as long as they are not for resale.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT WANTS AREA RESIDENTS TO KEEP THEIR PETS OUT OF THE HEAT

With summer approaching and temperatures getting near 90 degrees today, the Poplar Bluff Police Department is asking area residents to keep their pets safe.

The PD has released some tips to protect your pets during the summer months. You should never leave your pet in a parked car. Even with the window cracked, temperatures inside the car quickly rise to dangerous levels.

You should not exercise with your pet when it’s too hot and also don’t take your pet to crowded events.

If your pet is going to be outside, make sure they have access to shade and plenty of water.

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS TODAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

Route 153 in Dunklin County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge repairs.

According to MoDot, the section of roadway to be reduced is located between County Road 433 and Main Street in White Oak.

Weather permitting, work will take today from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

OVER $6,000 RAISED FOR POPLAR BLUFF PUBLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION

Poplar Bluff school officials say that over $6,000 was raised last week during an area golf tournament.

The money was raised for the Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation during the 18th annual golf tournament held on Monday, May 8, at Ozark Ridge Golf Course.

Officials say that the tournament allows the nonprofit organization to continue to finance innovative classroom projects not included in the district’s operational budget, as well as to fund student scholarships.