Monday, February 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

MAN KILLED AFTER HITTING TREE IN BUTLER COUTNY

 
An area man died Saturday following a wreck in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 78 year old Bobby Elledge, of Wappapello, ran off the side of Route M Saturday afternoon and struck a tree.

Elledge was later pronounced dead at a Kennett hospital.

 

 

 

MAN ARRESTED ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE FOLLOWING PEDESTRIAN DEATH

 
An arrest has been made following to an incident last Friday where a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle near Puxico.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 39 year old Wesley Faries, of Puxico, was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of 1st degree involuntary manslaughter.

Faries was allegedly driving the vehicle that struck 21 year old Phillip Manning, of Sikeston, early Friday morning. Manning was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have also arrested 76 year old Garey Faries, of Puxico, on charges of making a false police report and hindering the prosecution of a felony.

 

 
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 
Authorities in New Madrid County are investigating a reported armed robbery at an area business.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday deputies were dispatched to BJ’s Travel Center in Kewanee for a report of an armed robbery.

Investigators learned that a black male had entered the store shortly before 5 am, displayed a hand gun, and demanded money. The suspect also reportedly pointed the hand gun at employees during the incident.

The suspect left the business in an undetermined vehicle with no known direction of travel. The suspect is described as a black male, who was wearing a black hoodie, black tennis shoes, a mask, and jeans.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department at 573-748-2516.

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR HARVIELL

 
A Poplar Bluff man has been taken to an area hospital following a single vehicle wreck early Saturday morning.

According to authorities, 24 year old Joshua Gill was driving on County Road 330, near Harviell, when his vehicle ran off the side of the road, struck a ditch and tree, and overturned.

Gill suffered serious injuries in the wreck was taken by Air Evac to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

 
KENNETT MAN ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTED TO FLEE FROM POLICE ON A BICYCLE

 
A Kennett man has been taken into custody after he allegedly attempted to flee from police on Friday.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that officers had attempted to arrest 28 year old Cody Conder when he resisted the arrest and attempted to flee on a bicycle.

He was subdued and arrested for resisting arrest and an outstanding Dunklin County warrant for a probation violation on the original charge of stealing.

Following the arrest, Conder was held in the Dunklin County Justice Center.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest Friday night.

According to the Highway Patrol, 54 year old Keven Foster was arrested in Butler County on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and buprenorphine.

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

 

 
DEXTER MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 
Authorities in Stoddard County say a Dexter man has been taken into custody on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 28 year old Kelly Cagle Jr. was recently arrested on warrants for possession of a controlled substance and probation violation.

The bond on the controlled substance warrant was set at $20,000 cash.

Friday, February 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY VEHICLE IN STODDARD COUNTY

 
A pedestrian has died after he was struck by a vehicle early this morning in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the incident occurred at around 12:20 am on Missouri Highway 51 near Puxico.

A vehicle was travelling south on Highway 51 when it struck 21 year old Phillip Manning, of Sikeston, who was reportedly in the roadway.

Manning was pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Kenny Pope.

 

 
SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER WARRANT

 
Authorities in Stoddard County say a Sikeston man has been taken into custody on an involuntary manslaughter warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 23 year old Trent McMillan was recently arrested on a warrant for two counts of 2nd degree involuntary manslaughter.

Additional details about the warrant were not available.

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

 

 
BROSELEY MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY RESISTING ARREST CHARGE

 
A Broseley man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on a felony resisting arrest charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Craig Matthews was arrested yesterday in Butler County on a felony charge of resisting arrest by fleeing as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Matthews was held in the Butler County Jail.

 

 
VEHICLE SEARCH LEADS TO ARREST OF THREE IN KENNETT

 
A vehicle search in Kennett earlier this week has resulted in the arrest of three people.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that officers had made contact with the driver of a truck on Tuesday after observing the vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit.

At that time officers noticed a strong odor of what appeared to be marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officers conducted a search and located narcotics as well as drug paraphernalia.

According to officials, John Bradley, Kay Chaffin, and Joe Walker, all of Kennett, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and they were transported to the Dunklin County Jail.

 

 
OUTDOORSMEN WITH A MISSION TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL WILD GAME DINNER

 
Outdoorsmen with a mission will be hosting the 2nd Annual Wild Game Dinner next week in Poplar Bluff.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 9 pm on Saturday, February 25th, at the American Legion on Kanell Boulevard.

In addition to the dinner, there will also be raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are available for $12 for singles and $20 for couples. For more information, call 573-712-6606.

 

 
2017 BLUFF CITY MALLARDS ANNUAL SPORTSMAN’S DINNER TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND

 
The 2017 Bluff City Mallards Annual Sportsman’s Dinner has been scheduled for this weekend.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 18th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7. A live auction will then begin at 8 pm.

For more information contact Grant Collins at 573-718-9737.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY

 
Authorities say that two people were taken into custody Wednesday morning in Butler County on a felony meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Shaun Porch and 21 year old Zach Davis, both of Poplar Bluff, were each arrested shortly before 9 am Wednesday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Following their arrest, both Porch and Davis were held at the Butler County Jail.

 

 
TWO ST. LOUIS MEN FACING FIREARM CHARGE OUT OF WAYNE COUNTY

 
Two St. Louis men are facing a felony gun charge following their arrest Wednesday afternoon in Wayne County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 34 year old Derick Edwards and Markell McCottrel were each arrested shortly after 2 pm on a felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both men were transported to the Wayne County Jail following their arrest.

 

 
BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO GET A FLU VACCINE

 
With flu spreading through many schools and workplaces in Southeast Missouri, the Butler County Health Department is reminding local residents to get a flu vaccine.

According to the Health Department, the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses and everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.

If you do end up with the flu, try to stay home from work, school, and errands if possible. Also cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

The Health Department says that washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Keeping your hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.

More information is available on the Butler County Health Department website at ButlerCountyHealth.org.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS TO GET FOUR DAY WEEKEND

 
Students in Poplar Bluff are getting ready for a four day weekend, however unlike other area school closures, this is not due to the flu.

According to Superintendent Scott Dill, Poplar Bluff R-I Schools will not be in session on Friday for a teacher collaboration day. School will also be out on Monday for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Dill says the regular class schedule will resume on Tuesday, February 21st.

 

 
DATES SET FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENING AND KINDERGARTEN ENROLEMENT AT TWIN RIVERS

 
The dates have been set for early childhood screening and kindergarten enrolment in the Twin Rivers R-10 School District.

The events will be held from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 14th at the Fisk Middle School and Tuesday, March 21st at the Qulin Middle School.

Parents should bring their children, from three months to five years of age that are not yet in kindergarten, for the screening.

Children enrolling in Kindergarten will need three items proving residency. Each child should also have immunization records, a birth certificate, and social security card.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, call 328-4400 for Qulin or 967-3612 for Fisk.

 

 
OVER TWO WEEK LONG REPAIR PROJECT UNDERWAY ON INTERSTATE 55 IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 
An over two week long pavement repair project is underway on Interstate 55 in Southeast Missouri.

According to MoDot, Northbound I-55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced with a 14-ft. width restriction as contractor crews perform the repairs two miles north and south of the Route 164 interchange.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Saturday, March 4th.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

NAMES RELEASED OF THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO DRUG SEIZURE

 
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, authorities have released the names of three people that were arrested in connection to an investigation that included the arrest of Nicholas Kemp in Poplar Bluff.

According to the Corning Police Department, shortly before 3:30 pm on Sunday, officers with the Corning Police Department along with Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller and Clay County Deputies executed a search warrant which resulted in the discovery of 75 grams of crystal meth and three firearms, along with drug paraphernalia.

Kevin Hensley, Gregory Hampton, and Chelsey Elenburg, all of Corning, were arrested and face charges including simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 
RIPLEY COUNTY R-4 CANCELS CLASSES FOR THIS WEEK

 
Sacred Heart is not the only school in our area that will be out today.

The Ripley County R-4 school district has cancelled classes for the rest of this week because of illness. Students will return to school on February 21st.

Earlier this week, Sacred Heart School in Poplar Bluff announced that they will be out today due to illness and flu.

 

 
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY AND ASSAULT WARRANT

 
A Dexter man has been taken into custody on a burglary and assault warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 25 year old Matthew Sherfield was recently arrested on a warrant for 1st degree burglary, 1st degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of possession of marijuana.

Sherfield’s bond was set at $15,000 and he reportedly remained in jail as of this morning.

 

 
WRESTLER AND BAKETBALL PLAYER NAMED POPLAR BLUFF ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

 
A wrestler and a basketball player have been chosen as the Poplar Bluff High School athletes of the month for January.

The Mules Booster Club has named wrestler Tanner Dunivan and basketball player Savannah Hicks for the honor.

Dunivan, a junior, has a 38-6 record. He placed first at the Rockwood Summit and SEMO Conference last month, and was a state qualifier for the past two years.

Hicks recently underwent open-heart surgery after a murmur was discovered during her sports physical, and returned to the court after just six weeks of recovery. She scored 15 points in eight games and maintained straight A’s in the classroom.

 

 
CLARKTON WOMAN IN CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 
Authorities in Stoddard County tell KWOC News that a Southeast Missouri woman is in custody on a controlled substance warrant.

39 year old Laticia Ussery, of Clarkton, was recently arrested on a warrant for distribution of a controlled substance.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, Ussery remained in jail as of this morning and her bond has been set at $20,000.

 

 
MODOT CREWS TO BE IN WAYNE COUNTY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 
Route U in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located near the intersection of Route B and Route U.

Work is scheduled to be performed today from 7:30 am to 3 pm.

Tuesday February 14, 2017

MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO SEIZURE OF OVER 300 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE IN POPLAR BLUFF
A search of a Poplar Bluff motel room on Sunday led to the seizure of over 300 grams of methamphetamine.

KWOC News spoke with Detective Scott Phelps with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the seizure.

SCOTT PHELPS:

On Sunday morning at about 7:30 a.m. Officer Tubb with the Poplar Bluff Police Department was on the parking lot of Super 8 Motel checking for stolen vehicles. He observed a vehicle, ran the plate, and discovered that that plate on the vehicle had been recently reported stolen. He also observed a guy looking out the window of the hotel which was the window directly behind that car. A short time later Sergeant Ward arrived at Super 8 motel and at that time two men stepped out of the north exit door of the hotel and they were contacted by Officer Tubb and Sergeant Ward. After Officer Tubb followed Kemp back to the hotel room Kemp was in possession of a Crown Royal bag and when they got back to the room he laid it on the bed and covered it with a jacket. During Officer Tubb’s conversation with Kemp he informed him that he did have a weapon on him. at that time Officer Tubb took the weapon from him, rendered it safe, and then with a consent search looked in the Crown Royal bag that previously was on Kemp’s person and discovered 353.8 grams of methamphetamine. There was around four hundred and something dollars also. The narcotics seized by Officer Tubb have a street value of around $35,000. After the narcotics and gun were located by Officer Tubb, the room was secured at which time I applied for search warrant, received a search warrant, during the search warrant, additional paraphernalia was located in room. An interview I conducted with Kemp also led to another search warrant being served in Corning, Arkansas where an additional 70 grams or 75 grams of methamphetamine was located and an additional 3 weapons. Three other individuals are taken into custody in Arkansas. The subject arrested at the Super 8 Motel was Nicholas Kemp 35 years old from Neelyville, who was being charged with drug trafficking felony drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of a weapon he has $100,000 cash only bond. He’s currently being held at the Butler County Justice Center.

Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley commended officers in Poplar Bluff as well as Northeast Arkansas for their roles in the investigation.

DANNY WHITELEY:

First of all I want to complement the two officers Tubb and Ward on doing a follow-up on what was just kind of a routine call out there. Had they not initiated this it would have not gotten anywhere. Myself and Detective Phelps contacted The Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, and Arkansas Detective at Corning Sergeant Chris King. They were extremely helpful and cooperated extremely well with us as we went to Arkansas, they can talk to you about the search warrant down there, but when we have drugs trafficking between Poplar Bluff, Corning, Jonesboro, St Louis, and so forth if you don’t have people that are willing to throw in and help you it’s going to be a problem for everybody. I just can’t say enough good things about how we were received down there and the professionalism in those two departments. As I’ve said in the past you may sneak around up here in Poplar Bluff for a while but we know who the majority of you are, we will come and get you, we will put you in prison. So if you choose to come to Poplar Bluff do so at your own risk.

We have spoken with Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller who says that more arrests are expected with this case.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ALLEGED BEATING IN CLAY COUNTY
Authorities in Clay County say a man has been arrested in connection to an alleged beating last week.

According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, On February 6th, Clay County Deputies responded to a caller who stated that she had been taken against her will and beaten. The victim advised officers that her attacker had passed out and she was able to get away and use a neighbor’s phone.

Deputies later located 33 year old Joshua Hurte, of Nimmons. Hurte reportedly became very aggressive and disorderly and was taken into custody.

Hurte is being charged with 2nd degree domestic battery, 1st degree false imprisonment, and two counts of 1st degree terroristic threatening. His bond was set at $100,000.

 

SACRED HEART SCHOOL TO MISS ADDITIONAL DAYS THIS WEEK DUE TO ILLNESS
Illness is once again running through Southeast Missouri schools and Sacred Heart in Poplar Bluff has announced they will have to miss additional days this week.

According to a post on the school’s Facebook page, more students were out Monday due to illness and flu than they had last week.

Officials say that Sacred Heart Preschool through 8th grade will not be in session today or Wednesday. As of right now, classes are set to resume on Thursday.

 

TWO CHARGED WITH FELONY MURDER IN CONNECTION TO ONE YEAR OLD’S DEATH
Two people have been charged with felony murder in connection to the investigation of a one year old child’s death.

According to Sergeant Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, shortly before 2 pm on Sunday, Sikeston DPS received a call of a one year old child not breathing.

Upon arrival, first responders found the boy unresponsive and
not breathing. They immediately began CPR and transported him to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead.

Medical staff reportedly located injuries and bruising consistent with child abuse on the child’s body along with some type of foreign substance inside the child’s mouth.

The mother, 23 year old Kayla Williamson, of Sikeston, and her boyfriend, 31 year old Louis Hollis, also of Sikeston, have been arrested and charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, and felony murder through Scott County circuit court.

 

ARRESTS MADE IN CONNECTION TO CARUTHERSVILLE CLUB SHOOTING
Two arrests have been made in connection to a weekend shooting that left one person dead in Caruthersville.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a total of six people were shot and one injured during the incident early Sunday morning at Club Envy. Later on Sunday, Freddie Rodgers, Jr., succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

On Monday, authorities arrested Travis Ware II (the second). He has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

Authorities have also arrested Anton Jones in connection to the shooting.

 

DELAYS SET FOR THIS WEEK ON ROUTE 25 IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Route 25 in Dunklin County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the roadway.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between County Road 406 and County Road 402.

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

Monday February 13, 2017

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN POPLAR BLUFF

An investigation has been started following what’s been called a suspicious fire in Poplar Bluff.

The fire broke out Saturday morning at a house on Main Street.

The residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire, which was extinguished later that day.

 

TENNESSEE TEENAGER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK NEAR DONIPHAN
A Tennessee teenager has been transported to a Memphis hospital following a wreck Friday afternoon near Doniphan.

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle, driven by 42 year old Charles Johnson, of Rector, allegedly crossed the center line of Highway E in Ripley County and struck another vehicle head on.

A 17 year old female passenger in the second vehicle suffered serious injuries and was taken by Air Medical to a Memphis hospital.

Johnson received minor injuries in the wreck while the driver of the second vehicle had moderate injuries. They were both transported to area hospitals.

 

MULTIPLE PEOPLE SHOT AT CLUB IN CARUTHERSVILLE
Multiple people were shot early Sunday morning at a business in Caruthersville.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that five people were shot and one person was injured in the altercation at Club Envy.

The victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries; their current conditions were not available.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is assisting the Caruthersville Police Department and the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

Anyone who has information related to this shooting is asked to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 573-840-9500.

 

PATTERSON WOMAN FACING METH CHARGE FOLLOWING WEEKEND ARREST
A weekend arrest in Wayne County has resulted in a Patterson woman facing a meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Cindy Harmon was arrested early Saturday morning on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine. Harmon is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

She was transported to the Wayne County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

 

ADVANCE MAN SUFFERES SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER HITTING TREE IN STODDARD COUNTY
An Advance man received serious injuries early Sunday morning following a wreck in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 22 year old Ethan Manuel’s vehicle ran off the side of Route K at around 2:45 am Sunday morning and hit a tree.

Manuel was seriously injured and taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

MAN SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO FRAUD INVESTIGATION IN POPLAR BLUFF
Authorities in Poplar Bluff are searching for an area man in connection to a fraud investigation.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tell KWOC News that 41 year old William Taylor, of Poplar Bluff, is responsible for several fraud cases involving credit and debit card usage and has two active warrants for his arrest.

Anyone with information on Taylor’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776.

Friday, February 10, 2017

 

 

 

FLU CAUSES CLOSURE OF MORE SCHOOLS IN BUTLER COUNTY
Another school in Butler County will not have classes today due to illness.

According to a post on the Sacred Heart School Facebook page, about a quarter of the school has been out due to flu and other illnesses, so classes, including preschool, have been cancelled for Friday.

Other area schools that have had cancellations include Twin Rivers, Neelyville, and Clarkton.

 
ELDERLY VICTIM SEVERELY BEATEN IN WAYNE COUNTY
Authorities in Wayne County are seeking more information following an assault in Wayne County.

Officials with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that an assault and burglary occurred early Wednesday morning in the Green Tree Area on County Road 455.

An elderly victim was reportedly beaten pretty severely.

Officials are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 573-224-3319.

 
WAYNE COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING STRING OF THEFTS
An investigation is underway in connection to a string of thefts in the Wayne County.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the thefts have occurred in the Green tree area out past Black River Retreat. On Tuesday, a vehicle was also stolen near the county line. The vehicle is described as a 2016 white Dodge Journey with a plate number of WG9-L0Z.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department at 573-224-3319.

 
FORMER SIKESTON PUBLIC SAFETY CHIEF CONFIRMED AS DIRECTOR OF THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The former chief of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety has been confirmed for a state post.

Drew Juden was confirmed Thursday by the Missouri Senate as the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Juden was nominated for the position by Governor Eric Greitens.

Juden was one of five of Greiten’s cabinet appointees confirmed by the Senate on Thursday.

 
DONIPHAN MAN FACING METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES
Authorities in Ripley County have taken a Doniphan man into custody on methamphetamine and marijuana charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 25 year old Zachary Bryeans was arrested Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Bryeans is also facing charges of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

He also reportedly had warrants out of Butler and Ripley Counties.

Following the arrest, he was held at the Doniphan City jail.

 
METHAMPHETAMINE FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A man is facing charges following a traffic stop in Northeast Arkansas.

According to Greene County Sheriff David Carter, during a recent traffic stop a deputy found a small bag of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle.

A man in the vehicle, identified as Kenneth Pullen, claimed that it was his. Pullen was taken to the Greene County Jail for possession of crystal methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

 

 

 

 

TWIN RIVERS TO BE OUT FOR REST OF THIS WEEK DUE TO FLU
Students at Twin Rivers are joining some other students in Southeast Missouri in a getting a long weekend.

Classes at all three schools in the Twin Rivers school district will be out of session for the rest of this week due to the flu. Clarkton schools will also be out for the rest of the week as well.

Students at Neelyville will miss class today; however a post on the school district’s Facebook page says that school will be in session on Friday.

 
TWO INJURED, ONE FACING CHARGES, FOLLOWING CHASE WITH AUTHORITIES
Two people were injured following a chase with authorities on Tuesday.

According to the Morehouse Police Department, police were alerted by a juvenile’s mother that her 14 year old child had stormed out of the house and was going to meet Justin Mattison, who is a registered sex offender and is currently on probation with a special condition of no contact with any non-related females under the age of 16.

Authorities located Mattison’s vehicle and attempted to pull him over, however he failed to yield and led officers on a pursuit which continued from Morehouse through Dexter, Bloomfield, and Circle City.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into a drainage ditch in New Madrid County.

Mattison and the juvenile passenger were both taken to an area hospital for their injuries.

Mattison has been charged with 1st degree assault, 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child, and resisting arrest for a felony. He is currently being held in the Pemiscot County Jail with a $75,000 cash only bond.

 
TWO MEN FACING CHARGES FOLLOWING INCIDENT WHERE SHOTS WERE FIRED
Two men are facing charges following an incident last week in Kennett.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that on the afternoon of February 1st, officers were dispatched in reference to shots being fired. Officers learned that a fight had taken place that included Marquel Rhines and Dequion Williams shooting at three unknown males.

Rhines and Williams later turned themselves into the Kennett Police Department and were transported to the Dunklin County Jail on the charges of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

 
PHONE SCAM REPORTED IN MULTIPLE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI COMMUNITIES
Ozark Border Electric Cooperative says they have been notified of a scam in the Malden and Campbell area along with the Doniphan area.

There have been recent reports of customers receiving calls from individuals impersonating Ozark Border, stating they have not paid their electric bill and attempting to collect payment for their unpaid bill over the phone.

According to a post on the company’s Facebook page, the information customers are given from the impersonators, was not and is not being given to them from Ozark Border employees, nor has their system been hacked.

Anybody who receives this phone call is reminded to not provide the individuals with any personal information and should call Ozark Border immediately at 573-785-4631.

 
OVER 600 POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARDED FOR ATTENDANCE AND GRADES
Hundreds of Poplar Bluff High School students were rewarded last week for not missing class and keeping their grades up.

According to officials, over 600 students have earned reward cards for having stellar attendance, behavior and grades.

Students were issued gold, silver, or bronze punch cards for maintaining between 95 and 98 percent attendance, an 8.0 to 10.25 GPA, and no discipline resulting in suspension or no disciplinary issues altogether.

The rewards included a free cookie provided by Chartwells, plus a game admission, and dance pass.

 
EDGE RUT REPAIR PROJECT UNDERWAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route 114 in Stoddard County is being reduced to one lane through next week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform edge rut repairs.

The work zone is located from Route 25 to County Road 717.

Weather permitting, work will continue from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily through Friday, February 17th.

Wednesday February 8, 2017

THREE POUNDS OF MARIJUANA SEIZED DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN BUTLER COUNTY
Multiple pounds of marijuana were seized during a recent traffic stop in Butler County.

Few details about the bust have been released, but Missouri State Highway Patrol officials tell KWOC News that troopers seized three pounds of processed marijuana, two pounds of marijuana laced edibles, one firearm, and $7,000 in cash during the stop.

We will keep following this story and bring you more information when it becomes available.

 

TRAIN COLLIDES WITH SEMI IN STODDARD COUNTY
A train reportedly collided with a semi-truck Tuesday in Stoddard County.

According to authorities, the incident occurred on Highway 25 near Bernie.

Nobody was injured in connection to the collision.

 

TREE TRIMMING TO CAUSE DELAYS IN WAYNE AND REYNOLDS COUNTIES
Missouri Department of Transportation officials say that a week and half long tree trimming project could cause delays in Wayne and Reynolds Counties.

Route 34 in both counties will be reduced to one lane beginning today as MoDot crews perform the tree trimming from the Route HH Spur to Route 49.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday, February 17th.

 

CLARKTON SCHOOLS TO BE OUT AGAIN TODAY
Students in Clarkton will be missing another day of school.

The Clarkton School District has cancelled classes for Wednesday following a flu outbreak.

Students were let out early on Monday and classes were also cancelled on Tuesday due to the illness.

School has also been closed for the Neelyville R-4 for today and Thursday. According to a post on the Neelyville School District Facebook page, Parent/Teacher conferences have also been postponed until Thursday, February 16th.

 

DISTRACTED DRIVER HITS DEXTER PATROL VEHICLE
Dexter police are reminding motorists to not use their cell phone while driving following an incident last week involving a patrol vehicle.

According to the Dexter Police Department, a patrol vehicle was struck from behind while stopped at stoplight on Friday.

Officials say the driver of the vehicle who struck the patrol car was distracted by his cell phone at the time of the accident. There was no one seriously hurt as a result of the crash.

 

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE ON PEMISCOT COUNTY ROADWAY
A Portageville man was injured after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday night in Pemiscot County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the incident occurred shortly after 9 pm on Route A near Wardell.

A vehicle was attempting to pass another vehicle when it struck 34 year old James Rudd, who was reportedly standing in the roadway. Rudd suffered serious injuries and was taken by Life Flight to an area hospital.

 

MODOT CREWS TO BEGIN REPAIR PROJECT TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route 153 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane beginning today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform edge rut repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route 114 to Route A.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place today through Friday, February 17th from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily.

Tuesday February 7, 2017

BOONVILLE WOMAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS INCARCERATION FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER
A Southeast Missouri woman was sentenced on Monday on a murder related charge.

According to Missouri Case Net, Heather Cummings, of Boonville, has entered a guilty plea for conspiracy to commit murder. Cummings ex-husband, David Phelps, of Hayti, was murdered in September of 2015.

Cummings was sentenced to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

 

TWO ARRESTED FOR COCAINE AND FIREARM CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY
Two people were taken into custody early this morning in Butler County on felony drug and gun charges.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 33 year old Brian Gibbs of Brush Creek, Tennessee, and 25 year old Sandra Carter, of Springfield, were arrested shortly before 12:30 this morning.

Both are facing felony charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance for cocaine and marijuana.

 

CHANCES OF SEVERE WEATHER CONTINUE TODAY FOR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Most of Southeast Missouri was under a Severe Thunderstorm watch for most of the overnight; however weather officials say that there is still a chance for severe weather today.

The watch ended at five am, and a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service says that thunderstorms will still be possible through this evening.

A few storms could become severe, mainly in the morning, with large hail and damaging winds being the primary hazards. Officials say that a weak tornado or two is not out of the question.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ERIC GREITENS SPEAKS ON RIGHT TO WORK PASSAGE
New Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was in Poplar Bluff on Monday to trumpet his signing of Right to Work legislation for the state.

We spoke with Greitens during his stop and he said the legislation will lead to more jobs.

ERIC GREITENS:

We were so proud to be right back down here in Poplar Bluff to make Missouri the 28th right to work state for a very simple reason, it’s going to lead to more jobs for our people. You know, I traveled all over the state of Missouri and people said we need to have a governor who’s going to fight for us. We went to Jefferson City and we took the fight to Jefferson City.

Right at the beginning we said we’re done with politics as usual, we’re going to fight for the people and today was a major milestone because this is going to lead to more jobs. One of the key points that I made here is that people are sick of having to watch their neighbors get in a truck and drive across the border to Arkansas, or drive across the border to Tennessee to get a quality job.

Those days are over, Missouri is open for business. This is just the beginning we’re going to continue to fight for the people of Missouri every single day and our mission is really clear it’s more jobs and higher pay for the people of Missouri.

And we’re going to continue to fight for when it comes of tort reform, reducing regulations on businesses so that we can bring more quality jobs in, welfare reform, we’re fighting for the people of Missouri they sent me to Jefferson City to fight for them and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

 

MAYNARD WOMAN DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN RANDOLPH COUNTY
A Maynard woman has died following a single vehicle wreck Sunday night.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell KWOC News that 58 year old Cynthia Kelso was driving on Highway 328 in Randolph County when her vehicle ran off the road, hit a tree, and overturned.

Kelso was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

WOMAN HIT DURING SHOOTING INCIDENT IN CHARLESTON
Two men have been arrested following a shooting incident over the weekend in Charleston.

According to authorities, 26 year old Meshaw Daniels, of Haywood City, and 42 year old Rodney Chappell, of Charleston, allegedly exchanged gunfire during an altercation on Saturday. One of the shots hit a woman, who was taken to an area hospital in serious but stable condition.

Daniels and Chappell were taken into custody and are facing charges including 1st degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action.

 

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI SCHOOL TO BE CLOSED TODAY DUE TO FLU OUTBREAK
A flu outbreak has caused the closure of a school district in Dunklin County.

Students were let out early on Monday at the Clarkton School District and classes have been cancelled for today due to the illness.

There are just over 300 students at the school, and over 70 were reportedly absent on Monday.