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.

Friday, December 8, 2017

 

 

 

LOCKDOWN INITIATED FOLLOWING REPORT OF SUSPICIOUS INDIVIDUAL NEAR PORTAGEVILLE SCHOOL

A Southeast Missouri school was placed under lockdown on Thursday.

The lockdown was initiated for the Portageville School District following a report of a suspicious person.

Law enforcement was informed and a search for the person was started, however there have been no reports of the person being found.

 

MAN WHO SUFFERED DAMAGES IN GRASS FIRE LAST MONTH WINS $100,000 FROM ARKANSAS LOTTERY

A man who suffered damage to his home and vehicles as well as himself during last month’s large grass fire in Northeast Arkansas now has some extra cash to help him rebuild.

According to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, Anthony Vaughn, of Paragould, was one of several people in the Paragould area affected by a large grass fire on November 28th. Vaughn burned his arm going back into his house to rescue his dog and his home and three vehicles of his family suffered damage.

On Wednesday, Anthony’s luck changed. He purchased a $5 Multiplier Money instant ticket and found that he had won one of the game’s $100,000 top prizes.

Vaughn says he’s looking at buying a new house in Greene County and replacing his wife’s car, as well as some of the other things they had lost in the fire.

 

MAN FACING METH RELATED CHARGE FOLLOWING ARREST IN BUTLER COUNTY

An area man is facing a felony meth related charge following his arrest in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 53 year old Kurt Steiner, of Wappapello, was taken into custody shortly after 1:30 pm Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

After the arrest, Steiner was reportedly transported to the Butler County Jail.

 

WAPPAPELLO WOMAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE

Authorities in Butler County arrested a Wappapello woman Thursday on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 52 year old Jacqueline Terrell was taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – oxycodone.

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

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing part of a Stoddard County road today for repairs.

According to MoDOT, Route N in Stoddard County will be closed today from Route E to Route 60 so crews can perform edge rut repairs.

Officials say that the road is expected to be closed today from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

INTERSTATE REPAIR PROJECT SET TO CONTINUE 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 the interstate involved in the project is located between mile markers 57 and 54.

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

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE INVESTIGATING BREAK IN AT LOCAL BUSINESS

Police in Poplar Bluff are investigating a break in earlier this week at a local business.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police department tell KWOC News that shortly after 9 pm on Monday, officers responded to Dollar Jewelry and More in reference to an alarm sounding at the business.

At the scene, officers discovered the front door of the business was broken and it appeared suspects made entry into the store and stole items.

Two suspects were seen in surveillance video obtained from the business. The surveillance footage is available on the KWOC Facebook page.

Anyone with information pertaining to the identity or whereabouts of the suspects is asked to contact Detective Steve McCane at 573-785-5776, extension 1316.

 

RIPLEY COUNTY BURN BAN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 17TH

Officials in Ripley County say that a burn ban for the county has been extended through next week.

According Ripley County Sheriff Mike Barton, the no open burning order was extended to December 17th.

The order says there should be no open burning of leaves, limbs, or other yard waste or household trash of any kind, and no use of campfires, incinerators, or fireworks.

 

DEXTER MAN IN CUSTODY ON SODOMY WARRANT

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

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 35 year old Matthew Jarrett, of Dexter, was recently arrested on a warrant for statutory sodomy 1st degree

Few details about the arrest have been released, but officials say that Jarrett’s bond has been set at $25,000, cash only, and he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING SEMINAR HELD IN POPLAR BLUFF

A seminar regarding human trafficking was held Wednesday in Poplar Bluff.

Officials tell KWOC News that the Poplar Bluff Police Department hosted the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the seminar.

Multiple area agencies were in attendance, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and the Poplar Bluff R-1 School District.

 

FILING TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK FOR POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL BOARD

Filing is set to begin next week for seats on the Poplar Bluff R-1 Board of Education.

According to school officials, two seats on the Board of Education will be up for re-election this spring.

Filing is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 12th, with the deadline being January 16th.

Interested parties can file for the seats during regular business hours via the administrative assistant to the superintendent’s office at 1110 North Westwood Boulevard.

For more information call 573-785-7751.

 

TWO ARRESTED FOR CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Two people have been taken into custody in Northeast Arkansas for crystal methamphetamine.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that Kyle Brandon was arrested earlier this week for possession of crystal methamphetamine.

Carter says that authorities also arrested Regina Brown for the same charge in an unrelated incident.

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

 

 

 

NAME RELEASED OF MAN KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

Authorities have released the name of a pedestrian who was killed over the weekend in New Madrid County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Dean Mims, of Springfield, was hit by a vehicle on Southbound Interstate 55, around two miles south of New Madrid. The incident occurred at around 3:45 am Sunday morning.

Mims was pronounced dead at the scene by the New Madrid County coroner.

 

DONIPHAN WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

A Doniphan woman was taken into custody last night on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Jamie Shipman was arrested in Scott County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Shipman is also reportedly facing charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

KIWANIS NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS CONCERT SET FOR THIS WEEKEND

The Poplar Bluff Kiwanis will be hosting a Christmas concert this weekend to raise money for an area park.

The Kiwanis Nashville Christmas Concert has been scheduled for 7 pm Saturday night at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. There will be performances from multiple artists from Dream Music Studios, of Nashville, including Maggie Thorn, Kyle Richards, Tori Wilson, and Dallas Remington.

The concert is a fundraiser for phase 2 of the accessible playground project at Kiwanis Bacon Park.

 

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA PROGRAM TO BE HELD AT MISSOURI STATE VETERANS CEMETERY

The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will be participating in the annual Wreaths Across America program on December 16th.

During the ceremony a wreath will be placed on every grave in the cemetery. Families and friends of those interred as well as the general public are invited to attend the event.

The program will begin at 11 am at the cemetery.

 

POPLAR BLUFF TECHNICAL CAREER CENTER STUDENTS TAKE HOME 2ND AND 3RD PLACE IN DESIGN COMPETITION

Computer graphics students at the Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center recently won second and third place in a design competition.

School officials tell KWOC News that Jeramiah Gracia won second place and Rayni Seesengood placed third out of more than 70 entries at the 2018 brand design contest at the state fall leadership contest of SkillsUSA Missouri.

Themed ‘job-ready day one,’ the contest included a T-shirt, banner and trading pin component, and a cohesive design among the mediums.

The students, both seniors, qualified to compete in the district contest in February and the statewide competition in April.

 

PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD TO DISCUSS JAY NIXON STATE PARK

A public meeting will be held tomorrow 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 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.

You can submit comments about the park through an online survey at MoStateParks.com.

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR ARMED AND DANGEROUS MAN

Authorities in Poplar Bluff are searching for a man who they say is being considered armed and dangerous.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, they are looking for Rashad Lee Marshall, who is a suspect in a shooting incident that occurred over the weekend.

Officials say that Marshall also has numerous outstanding warrants.

Anyone with information on Marshall’s whereabouts is asked to call 573-785-5776 or contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY FOLLOWING HOUSE EXPLOSION IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

An investigation is underway following a house explosion in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Greene County Office of Emergency Management, multiple agencies responded to the area near Industrial Avenue in Marmaduke following the explosion Monday evening.

The incident is under investigation and there has been no reports of anybody being injured.

 

AUTHORITIES IN STODDARD COUNTY ARREST BLOOMFIELD MAN ON ASSAULT AND WEAPON WARRANT

Authorities in Stoddard County say that an area man has been taken into custody on an assault and weapon warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 36 year old Jonathan Charles Angel, of Bloomfield, was recently arrested on a warrant for one count of assault 4th degree, one count of resist or interfere with an arrest, and one count of felony unlawful use of a weapon.

Angel’s bond has been set at $50,000, cash only, and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

VAN BUREN MAN ARRESTED ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE

A Van Buren man was taken into custody Monday afternoon on a felony meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 49 year old Walter Jackson was arrested Monday in Madison County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Jackson is also reportedly facing a charge of driving while intoxicated – drugs.

 

BRIDGE REPAIR PROJECT SET TO RESUME TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

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

According to MoDOT, the section of Route 60 to be reduced is located between County Road 593 and County Road 589.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 6:30 am to 11 am.

 

CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR MULTIPLE BRIDGE PROJECTS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

State officials have awarded contracts for multiple upcoming bridge projects in Southeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, an over 5.7 million dollar contract was awarded for bridge improvements on Route 53 over the Saint Francis River on the county line between Butler and Dunklin Counties.

Contracts were also awarded for bridge replacements on Route B in Butler County, Route P in Stoddard County, and Route W in New Madrid County.

Additional information regarding timelines and impacts to traffic will be released prior to the start of construction.

 

Monday December 4, 2017

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.

Friday, December 1, 2017

 

 

RIVER RADIO LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE SET FOR TONIGHT

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

Line up will begin at 5:45 pm 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 officially begin at 6:30 pm.

 

WOMAN KILLED IN TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

A Fredericktown woman has died from injuries she received in a wreck Thursday in Madison County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at around 7:15 am Thursday morning when a vehicle driven by a 17 year old male struck a vehicle in the passenger side.

One of the passengers in the second vehicle, 43 year old Kimberlie Kennon, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 16 year old passenger in the second vehicle suffered moderate injuries and was flown to a St. Louis hospital.

No injuries were listed for the drivers of either vehicle.

 

EAST PRAIRIE WOMAN FACING METH AND POT CHARGES OUT OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

Authorities in Mississippi County have arrested an area woman on meth and marijuana charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old Melinda Riggins, of East Prairie, was taken into custody late Thursday night on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Riggins is also reportedly facing misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

CURRENT RIVER STATE PARK TO BE CLOSED IN LATE DECEMBER FOR MANAGED DEER HUNTS

A Southeast Missouri state park will be closed later this month for deer hunting.

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, managed deer hunts will be held at Current River State Park in late December and early January.

The park will be closed during the two managed hunts, from December 23rd to the 27th and from December 29th through January 2nd. Only participants with managed hunt permits will be allowed in the park.

The Current River Trail from Echo Bluff State Park to Current River State Park will also be closed during the hunts.

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR ALMOST THREE WEEKS BEGINNING ON MONDAY

A Butler County road will be closed for almost three weeks beginning on Monday.

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

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

 

PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

Eastbound Route 60 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane early next week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

MoDOT officials say the work zone will be located just east of Route 61.

Weather permitting, work will begin at 7:30 am on Monday, December 4th and will be closed overnight. The work zone will be taken down Tuesday, December 5th at around noon.

 

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.