Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

 

 

 

MAN WANTED OUT OF BUTLER COUNTY HELD IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
A man wanted out of Southeast Missouri is being held in Northeast Arkansas.

According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, Monday afternoon Clay County deputies received word that a man wanted in Butler County and Doniphan for separate incidents involving a dispute over child custody was possibly in Clay County.

The man was identified as Jeff Resnik.

Deputies were able to locate Resnik and the children and Miller says that the children have been returned to their mother. Resnik is reportedly being held for Butler County.

 

 
MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS FLOOD RECOVERY IN CARTER COUNTY

 
A meeting has been scheduled for later this week to discuss flood recovery in Carter County.

Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens tells KWOC News that the community meeting and briefing will be held at 6:30 pm Thursday to discuss long term recovery from the flooding as well as recap resources available and answer any public questions.

The meeting will be held at the Van Buren Community Center on D Highway.

 

 
THREE ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANTS IN STODDARD COUNTY

 
Three men have been arrested in Stoddard County on controlled substance warrants.

According to the Stoddard County Sherriff’s Department, 29 year old Stewart Barney, of Dexter, 28 year old Joseph Hurdle, of Dexter, and 27 year old George Dawson, of Bernie, were each recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Officials did not say if the arrests were connected.

The bond for Barney was set at $50,000, cash only, while the bonds for Hurdle and Dawson were $15,000. All three reportedly remained in jail as of this morning.

 

 
OVER 23 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP NEAR CORNING

 
Authorities say that over 23 pounds of marijuana was found during a traffic stop near Corning.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that on Saturday an Arkansas State Police Trooper conducted the stop on Highway 67.

A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Cathy Summers, was found to have a felony arrest warrant out of Texas.

During a search of the vehicle, the trooper located 23.4 pounds of marijuana. Both Summers and the driver of the vehicle, Curt Ritchie, were placed into custody and taken to the Clay County Detention Center.

 

 
KENNETT MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND RESISTING ARREST CHARGES

 
Authorities in Kennett say an area man was recently arrested on multiple charges.

According to the Kennett Police Department, early Friday morning officers arrested 27 year old Trask Laden, of Kennett, for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

Laden was held at the Dunklin County Jail pending formal charges from the State Prosecutor’s Office.

 

 
DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER OPENING TODAY IN ELLINGTON

 
A Disaster Recovery Center is scheduled to open today in Ellington

The center will offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28th and May 11th.

The center will be open from 9 am to 7 pm at the Ellington City Hall. The center is scheduled to be open through July 1st.

For more information go online to recovery.mo.gov.

 

 
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR REPAIRS

 
A Stoddard County road is being closed this week for repairs.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route H in Stoddard County is being closed at the intersection of Route H and Route ZZ so crews can perform pavement repairs.

Work is scheduled to be done from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Thursday.

Monday June 26, 2017

TWO VEHICLE WRECK NEAR CAMPBELL RESULTS IN ONE DEATH AND FIVE INJURIES
One person has died, while five others were injured, following a two vehicle wreck Saturday night.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 24 year old Austin Pruitt, of Piggott, Arkansas, was driving on US Highway 62 near Campbell, when he reportedly crossed the center line and struck a vehicle.

A passenger in Pruitt’s vehicle, 23 year old Harley Clifford, of Pollard, Arkansas, was killed in the wreck.

Pruitt, along with four people in the second vehicle, suffered serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals.

 

TWO MEN ARRESTED ON METH AND HEROIN CHARGES IN POPLAR BLUFF
Two Poplar Bluff men were arrested Sunday evening in Butler County on meth and heroin related charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 24 year old Kendrick McCain was arrested shortly before 8 pm on charges of possession of a controlled substance – heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Less than an hour later, authorities arrested 35 year old Cody Marks on charges of distribution of a controlled substance – heroin, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and hindering prosecution.

Officials have not said if the two arrests were connected.

 

ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK INVOLVING A TRACTOR IN BUTLER COUNTY
A Poplar Bluff man has serious injuries in connection to a wreck involving a tractor Sunday morning.

According to authorities, 57 year old Michael Moore was driving the tractor on US Highway 67 in Butler County when he was struck from behind by a vehicle, causing the tractor to overturn.

Moore was seriously injured and taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital. No injuries were listed for the driver of the other vehicle.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BUTLER COUNTY ROAD
Route N in Butler County will be closed this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The work zone is located from Route 51 to County Road 214.

The road is scheduled to be closed today through Thursday, June 29th from 6 am to 6 pm each day.

 

TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY FOR THE FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER IN POPLAR BLUFF
Today is the final day for the Disaster Recovery Center in Poplar Bluff.

The center will be open from 9 am to 7 pm at the Butler County Health Department and is offering in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28th and May 11th.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance in filing an application.

FEMA is also reminding Missouri renters who experienced losses caused by the flooding and severe storms between that they may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance as well.

If you can’t make it to a disaster recovery center, you can also call 800-621-3362 or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov for more information.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG WARRANTS IN STODDARD COUNTY
Two men were arrested over the weekend in Stoddard County on drug warrants.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 42 year old James Brown, of Oran, was arrested on a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance and 28 year old
Michael Meador, of Bell City, was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Officials did not say if the arrests were connected to each other.

The bond for each man was set at $25,000, cash only.

 

TWELVE INJURED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY VAN CRASH
Twelve people were injured, including several children , when a van crashed Saturday morning in New Madrid County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Interstate 55 near Portageville when the van’s rear left tire blew out, causing it to run off the side of the road and overturn.

Three people in the vehicle suffered serious injuries in the wreck, while two had moderate injuries. Seven others received minor injuries.

They were all taken to an area hospital.

 

RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW
Route C in Ripley County will be closed today and tomorrow so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be affected is located from Route 160 to the Carter County line.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 am to 6 pm each day. The work zone will be open to local traffic only.

Friday, June 23, 2017

 

 

 

 

NO INJURIES REPORTED IN RIPLEY COUNTY PLANE CRASH

 
No one was injured when a plane crashed last night in Ripley County.

According to Ripley County Sheriff Mike Barton, at around 8:20 pm Thursday evening officials received information that a small plane with just the pilot inside was approaching the Doniphan Air Port and was going down after running out of fuel.

Barton says that the plane touched down in a field behind a house and could not get stopped before crashing into a two car garage.

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation.

 

 
TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT IN BUTLER COUNTY

 
Two women have been arrested in connection to a high speed pursuit in Poplar Bluff on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Josh Stewart with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that the incident started with a reported shoplifting.

“On Wednesday evening at approximately 9:53 pm, officers of the Poplar Bluff Police Department were advised of a shoplifting complaint at Walmart. While in route, officers learned that two female suspects, who were accompanied by two children, ages 4 and 6, had left the business travelling north on Business 67 in a maroon Dodge Challenger.

Officers subsequently located the vehicle as it traveled north on Business 67. A traffic stop was initiated near the intersection of Business 67 and Barron Road. The driver, later identified as Kayla Gaines, 25, of St. Louis, pulled the vehicle to the shoulder of the road. Prior to the officer contacting the occupants of the vehicle, Ms. Gaines accelerated and began to flee north on Highway 67.

Throughout the pursuit, Gaines traveled in excess of 100 miles per hour and passed several vehicles, showing little regard for public safety.

After the pursuit entered into Wayne County, spike strips were deployed in an attempt to slow the vehicle. Upon deployment, Ms. Gaines noticed the strips and stopped the vehicle. Ms. Gaines and her passenger, identified as Alexis Moore, 24, also of St. Louis were taken into custody and over $500 in stolen merchandise was recovered.

Gaines was later lodged at the Butler County Justice Center on charges of stealing, driving while revoked or suspended, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, speeding, and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Moore was also lodged at the Butler County Justice Center on charges of stealing, possession of marijuana, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The Poplar Bluff Police Department would like to thank members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their assistance during this investigation.”

 

 
REMNANTS OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION CINDY CAUSING CHANCES OF HEAVY RAIN IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
Portions of Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas are under a flash flood watch as the remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy bring heavy rains to the region.

According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood watch is ongoing through this evening for Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties in Southeast Missouri, along with multiple counties in Northeast Arkansas, including Clay, Greene, and Mississippi.

Moderate to heavy rainfall will be possible across those areas and additional rainfall amounts of one to three inches are expected with localized higher amounts possible.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook, there remains a marginal to slight risk that isolated thunderstorms may become severe, with a very isolated possibility for a weak tornado.

 

 
PEOPLES CREEK BOAT RAMP AT LAKE WAPPAPELLO NOW OPEN

 
Area residents can now resume using the Peoples Creek Boat Ramp at Wappapello Lake.

According to the US Army of Engineers, the Peoples Creek Boat Ramp and Fishing Pier have been reopened.

However, officials say that the beach is still closed. The beach should open as soon as water recedes and the area is cleaned.

 

 
APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR POPLAR BLUFF HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START

 
The Poplar Bluff Head Start and Early Head Start are accepting applications for the upcoming school year.

Full day classes are available at the early head start for children up to three years old and expectant mothers. For more information or to register call 573-778-0083.

Full and Part day classes are also available for the Poplar Bluff Head Start for children who are three or four years old. For more information, call 573-785-2372.

 

 
MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL CONDUCTING PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY

 
A public survey is scheduled for next month concerning the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Colonel Sandra Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, tells KWOC News that the public is being invited to take part in a public opinion survey regarding safety and security, officers’ attitudes and competency, overall agency performance, and concerns regarding crime and social issues.

The survey will be available for the entire month of July on the Highway Patrol’s website at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov.

Thursday June 22, 2017

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING ROLLOVER WRECK IN WAYNE COUNTY
A single vehicle wreck has claimed the life of a Piedmont woman.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 64 year old Janet Street was driving on Highway 49 in Wayne County yesterday when her vehicle travelled off the side of the roadway and overturned.

Street was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Coroner Gary Umfleet.

 

FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER OPENING TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF
A Disaster Recovery Center is opening today in Poplar Bluff.

The center will offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28th and May 11th.

The center will be open from 9 am to 7 pm at the Butler County Health Department.

The center will be available today, tomorrow, Saturday, and next Monday.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

 

MATTHEWS WOMAN ARRESTED ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
A woman is facing a felony drug charge following her arrest last night.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 31 year old Brittnay Copeland, of Matthews, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Copeland was taken into custody shortly before 11 pm in New Madrid County.

 

T HIGHWAY REOPENED TO TRAFFIC IN WAYNE COUNTY
Repairs are being completed for areas that were damaged during last month’s flooding.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route T in Wayne County near Lake Wappapello is now open to traffic. A part of the roadway was washed away during the flooding.

The US Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake also says that the Fish Cleaning Station and the Pine Ridge Nature Trail are now open for use.

 

EMPLOYEE OF PARMA POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
An employee of the Parma Police Department has been placed under arrest.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, Janell Winters, of New Madrid, was arrested Wednesday for a class C felony of receiving stolen property.

Her bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS UNDERWAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route F in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane over the next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route 60 to Route J.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 6 am to 4:30 pm daily through Thursday, June 29th.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER CHARGE

 
A Poplar Bluff man has pleaded guilty to a murder charge in connection to an incident that occurred last year.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, earlier this week 34 year old Joseph Wisdom pled guilty to charges of murder in the second degree, three Counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of assault in the first degree.

On March 8th, 2016, Wisdom fatally shot 50 year old Stahl Sturgeon, of Doniphan, drove to an area business with Sturgeon in the vehicle, and ran inside. Wisdom was immediately apprehended and later confessed to the shooting.

He is currently being held in Greene County, Missouri, pending sentencing.

 

 
DATE SET FOR RIVER RADIO BLOOD DRIVE

 
Areas residents will get a chance to save lives and get a St. Louis Cardinals T-Shirt at the upcoming River Radio Blood Drive.

The blood drive has been scheduled for noon to 6 pm on Friday July 7th at the Sacred Heart Catholic School Gym in Poplar Bluff.

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

Officials say that presenting donors will receive a St. Louis Cardinals commemorative blood drive t-shirt while supplies last.

 

 
TAX FILING DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR SOME RESIDENTS IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 
Officials in Arkansas have announced that the tax filing deadline for some residents has been extended.

According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Arkansans who live or own businesses in flood-stricken counties will have additional time to meet state tax obligations.

The extended deadlines apply to taxpayers in 13 counties including Clay, Lawrence, and Randolph. Under the directive, tax filings due on or after April 26th, 2017, will now be due August 31st, 2017. The IRS has extended similar deadlines for the filing of federal taxes in the affected counties.

 

 
TWO AREA COMMUNITIES AWARDED BLOCK GRANTS

 
Two area communities have been chosen among five statewide to receive grant money from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The DED approved the grants for a total of over 1.2 million dollars through the Community Development Block Grants program. The grants will help fund crucial infrastructure projects such as water systems and disaster recovery efforts.

The City of Arbyrd has been approved for $500,000 to help repair manholes and lift stations, repair and/or replace sewer lines and modify the existing lagoons to a non-discharge lagoon system with a spray field application system.

The city is currently dealing with inflow and infiltration problems due to a wastewater system that has not been upgraded since its installation in 1984.

Pemiscot County has been approved for $121,585 on behalf of the Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital, who will utilize the funds to replace a non-repairable chiller system.

 

 
RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW

 
Route C in Ripley County will be closed today and tomorrow so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be affected is located from Route 160 to the Carter County line.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 am to 6 pm each day. The work zone will be open to local traffic only.

 

 
PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD

 
Route NN in New Madrid County will be closed over two days as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

According to MoDOT, work is scheduled to be performed today and tomorrow from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

The work zone is located from Route 62 to County Road 524.

Tuesday June 20, 2017

CAMPGROUND AT OLD GREENVILLE RECREATION AREA TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the campground at the Old Greenville Recreation Area will remain closed this season.

According to a post on the Corps Facebook page, high water from the flooding and a destructive windstorm over Memorial Day Weekend caused extensive damage to the Old Greenville Recreation Area, Campground, and Memory Lane Trail.

The recreation area boat ramp and vault toilet are now open for use. The day use area, including the picnic shelter and playground area, will open as soon as hazards are removed and the area is cleaned.

Officials say that the Annual Old Greenville Days event in September will go forward as scheduled; however the campground and memory lane trail will not reopen this season.

Anyone who has questions is being asked to contact the Wappapello Lake Management office at 573-222-8562.

 

FORMER SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CITY CLERK FACING FELONY CHARGE
A former Southeast Missouri city clerk has been charged with a felony.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway tells KWOC News that the former city clerk for Viburnum, Dana Mayberry, has been charged with the class B felony of receiving stolen property.

Galloway released the results of an audit of the city of Viburnum earlier this month which identified more than $100,000 in potentially fraudulent activities over a number of years.

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TODAY
Route W in Butler County will be today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform a pipe replacement.

According to MoDOT, the work zone will be located between Route 172 and Route KK.

Work will take place today from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL JOINS NATIONWIDE WATER OPERATION
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be stepping up efforts later this month to stop boaters from operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Highway Patrol has announced their participation in Operation Dry Water, which sees marine law enforcement officers from across the country coordinating special patrols from June 30th to July 2nd.

In 2016 troopers arrested a total of 11 people statewide for boating while intoxicated, contacted 661 vessels and 2,000 boaters, and issued 114 boating violation summonses and 613 warnings on Missouri waterways.

Marine operations troopers also issued 176 summonses for non-boating violations during the 2016 Operation Dry Water weekend.

Officials say that special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months.

 

EARTHQUAKE RECORDED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Did you feel the earthquake that hit Southeast Missouri yesterday?

According to the United States Geological Survey, a magnitude 2.7 earthquake was recorded at around 6:26 am Monday morning.

The earthquake was located near Steele and had a depth of approximately 5.3 miles.

 

SCREENING APPOINTMENTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR POPLAR BLUFF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Appointments are now being taken for the next screening day for the Poplar Bluff Early Childhood Center.

The screening appointments for the 2017-2018 school year are available for children who will be 3 years old before July 31st, 2017 and will not be 5 years old before that date. The screenings will be held on Friday, August 18th.

You must have your child’s social security number available when calling to make an appointment. To make an appointment, call 573-785-6803 and ask for Sandy Case.

Monday, June 19, 2017

 

 

 

 

FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER AVAILABLE IN DONIPHAN

 
A Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Doniphan.

The center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28th and May 11th.

The center will be open daily from 7 am to 7 pm at the Ripley County Caring Community Partnership Building. For tomorrow, the center will only be open from 1 pm to 7 pm due to another scheduled event.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

A recovery center is also available at the Van Buren Youth and Community Center.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENT FACING CHARGES FOLLOWING ARREST IN KENNETT

 
A Poplar Bluff resident was arrested last week in Kennett on gun and drug related charges.

According to the Kennett Police Department, on Thursday officers arrested 20 year old Duquion Drake for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Officials say that Drake was held at the Dunklin County Jail pending formal charges from the State Prosecutor’s Office.

 

 
THIS WEEK IS MISSOURI SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY WEEK

 
With this week marking Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week, weather officials are reminding area residents to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1979 to 2002, excessive heat exposure due to weather conditions caused 4,780 deaths in the United States. That produces an average of 208 deaths a year from excessive heat.

The elderly, infants, young children, and people with chronic health problems or disabilities are most vulnerable to the effects of heat waves.

When the temperatures get high remember to drink plenty of water and natural fruit juices, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and colas.

Try to avoid going out during the hottest times of the day. If you must go out, wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing and use sunscreen. Remember to take frequent breaks if working during the heat of the day.

Do not leave children or pets in a closed vehicle with the windows up as temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees within minutes.

 

 
MISSOURI OFFICIALS CONDUCTING AUDIT OF NEW MADRID COUNTY

 
A Southeast Missouri county is being audited by state officials.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway tells KWOC News that her office has launched a regularly scheduled audit of New Madrid County.

The county received an overall performance rating of poor following an audit in December of 2013.

Galloway says that auditors recommended better oversight throughout several areas of the New Madrid County government and identified numerous concerning procedures in the office of the former public administrator.

Auditors also raised concerns with record-keeping and a lack of safeguards that allowed missing money in the sheriff’s office to go undetected.

Individuals with information related to the investigation are encouraged to contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline by calling 800-347-8597. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.

Individuals can also email moaudit@auditor.mo.gov, or use the online submission form at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

 

 
MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON METH AND RESISTING ARREST CHARGES

 
A man was arrested Sunday afternoon in Butler County on multiple felony charges.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 41 year old Rondelius Mitchell, of Catron, was taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Mitchell is also facing a felony charge of resisting arrest.

 

 
DISCOVERY OF A LARGE AMOUNT OF CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE LEADS TO ARREST IN GREENE COUNTY

 
Officials seized a large amount of crystal methamphetamine and cash as a part of an arrest last week in Greene County.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that 5.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, over two thousand dollars, drug paraphernalia and a set of digital scales were taken into evidence in connection to the search of a vehicle Thursday evening.

Following the search, William Stites was arrested and transported to the Greene County Detention Center.

 

 
CAMPBELL WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 
A Campbell woman was arrested over the weekend on drug related charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Samantha Davidson was taken into custody Saturday morning on three counts of felony possession of a controlled substance.

She was also arrested for five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Davidson was held at the Dunklin County Jail.

 

 
INTERSTATE REPAIRS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN THIS WEEK IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 
Northbound I-55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced early this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge maintenance.

Officials say that the bridge is located between mile marker 1 and mile marker 2.3.

Work is scheduled to take place today and tomorrow from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm each day.

Friday June 16, 2017

TODAY IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR DISASTER FOOD STAMP ONE TIME BENEFIT

Following the recent flooding in early May, and the White House approval of Governor Eric Greitens’ request for a Federal Disaster Declaration, today is the last day to apply for a disaster food stamp one-time benefit.

KWOC News spoke with Troy York, Media Specialist with the FEMA, about how residents affected by the flood could apply.

Media Specialist Troy York

Following White House approval of Governor Eric Greitens’ request for a federal disaster declaration, the Missouri Department of social services received authorization from United States department of agriculture to operate a Disaster Food Stamp Program in 27 counties across the state. This program will provide food assistance to Missouri families who are directly impacted by the recent flooding. Families receiving Food Stamp benefits and families typically not qualified for the program may be eligible to receive a Disaster Food Stamp benefits if they have supper property damage, loss of income, relocation, or loss of food due to the recent flood. To be eligible you must live in the counties affected. Those counties are Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Scott, Reynolds, Ripley, and Shannon. I want to urge residents that they may be eligible, whether or not they are currently receiving Food Stamps benefits. The amount of the disaster Food Stamp one-time benefit is based on the maximum monthly food stamp benefits for the family size. After applying, eligible family that is currently receiving Food Stamp benefits will have food benefits increase to the maximum amount for that month. Families already receiving Food Stamp benefits submit a Disaster Food Stamps form found at dss.mo.gov, application must be postmarked by this afternoon. Families that are not currently on the Food Stamp Program, apply in person at a Family Support Division Resource Center. You must bring a photo ID or two other documents like, utility bills or mail receipt to verify identity. If a family is eligible, Family Service Division will issue benefits within three days after receiving their application. If anyone has any questions they must contact the Family Support Division at 1-855-373-4636.

 

OVER 125 TICKETS ISSUED IN DEXTER DURING CLICK IT OR TICKET MOBILIZATION

Authorities in Dexter tell KWOC News that over 125 tickets were issued during a recent Click It or Ticket mobilization.

According to the Dexter Police Department, during the enforcement effort from May 22nd to June 4th, officers conducted a total of 189 traffic stops resulting in 129 traffic tickets being issued. 50 of the tickets issued were seat belt tickets.

Officials say that 178 written or verbal warnings were issued as well.

 

WHOLE KIDS OUTREACH SUMMER DAY CAMP TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK

Whole Kids Outreach in Ellington will be having their annual Summer Day Camp starting next week.

Officials say the camp will run from June 19th through July 21st.

The day camp is a summer program for children ages 4 to 12 and will offer 4 one-week sessions. Campers can join for one, two, three, or all four weeks.

Camp hours are from 8 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday and fees will be based on a sliding scale.

Officials say Whole Kids Outreach is a participant in the Summer Food Program and a nutritious breakfast and lunch will be served to kids every day, free of charge.

Call 663-3257 for more information.

 

EAST PRAIRIE WOMAN ARREST ON DRUG CHARGES IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

An East Prairie woman was arrested Wednesday evening in Mississippi County on drug charges.

According to the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department, 23 year old Stormi Duncan was taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Duncan is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Duncan was transported to the Mississippi County Jail and later released.

 

HAZARDOUS MOVING ENFORCEMENT OPERATION TO BE HELD IN BUTLER COUNTY

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say that a hazardous moving operation will be held soon in Southeast Missouri.

Captain Jeffrey Vitale, commanding officer of Troop E of the Highway Patrol tells us that sometime this month; Troop E officers will conduct a hazardous moving enforcement operation in Butler County.

Vitale says the operation will be conducted by the Highway Patrol in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies.

 

ROUTE 49 IN WAYNE COUNTY TO BE REDUCED THROUGH EARLY OCTOBER

Road crews will be in Wayne County through early October for a bridge replacement on Route 49.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the bridge is located south of Route CC over McKenzie Creek.

Shoulder work began earlier this week and once a temporary bypass is built, the road will be reduced to one lane with signals.

Officials say that work will continue until Sunday, October 1st.

 

JOSH BURSON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR THIS WEEKEND

The 8th Annual Josh Burson Memorial Golf Tournament will be tomorrow at the Ozark Ridge Golf Course in Poplar Bluff.

The 4 man scramble tournament costs $75 per person to enter and will be followed by a fish fry dinner at Holiday Inn beginning at 6 pm. The dinner will also have an auction and raffles.

All proceeds will go to the Josh Burson Memorial Scholarship.

For more information, call Gwen Horner at 573-714-2811 or visit the Josh Burson Memorial Golf Tournament facebook page.

Thursday June 15, 2017

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN CARTER COUNTY
Two Arkansas residents were arrested Tuesday afternoon in Carter County on drug charges.

According to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, 35 year old Amy Bryant and Vickie Tripp were taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of marijuana.

Both Bryant and Tripp are also facing a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Both were transported to the Carter County Jail and later released.

 

MODOT SAYS PUBLIC HEARING COULD BE HELD FOR UPCOMING BRIDGE PROJECTS IN STODDARD COUNTY
The Missouri Department of Transportation says that area residents have the opportunity to look over plans for an upcoming bridge project in Stoddard County.

Officials say the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is planning to replace three bridges located on Routes P, K and N.

The Route P project includes replacing the bridge over Drainage Ditch Number 34. The Route K project is the replacement of the bridge over Wolf Creek. The Route N project includes replacing the bridge over Drainage Ditch Number 30.

Construction could begin as early as summer 2018. As construction is underway, Routes P, K and N will be closed to through traffic in the vicinity of the bridges.

Maps, plans, and other information prepared by MoDot will be available for public inspection at the MoDot Sikeston District Office. Anybody affected by the project may request that a public hearing be held in regard to the proposed improvements.

 

NEW DAY MINISTRIES TO HOST FEED AND SEED EVENT THIS WEEK
New Day Ministries in Poplar Bluff will be hosting a feed and seed event today from 3 to 5 pm.

The event is first come, first serve, and packs will be limited to one per family. New Day Ministries is located at 703 Franklin Street in Poplar Bluff.

If you would like more information, contact Pastors Vernon and Nancy Wolverton at 573-718-4578.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED FOLLOWING WRECK IN WAYNE COUNTY
A man was taken to an area hospital following a wreck in Wayne County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred at around 2 pm Tuesday afternoon on Route T, east of County Road 517.

76 year old Gayle Arnold, of Wappapello, reportedly ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Arnold suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

ST. LOUIS MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES
A St. Louis man is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest Tuesday afternoon.

According to authorities, 49 year old Frederick Langevin was taken into custody in Carter County on felony charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Langevin also reportedly had two misdemeanor warrants out of Carter County.

 

SPENCE AND SIDDIQUI CHOSEN AS POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
A tennis and tracker player have been chosen as the Poplar Bluff High School athletes of the month for May.

Sophomore Khelie Spence and Sophomore Humza Siddiqui were chosen for the awards by the Mules Booster Club.

Spence is the first female at Poplar Bluff High School to make All-State at the Missouri Class 5 track and field meet. She made All-Conference in the 100 and 300 hurdle, she was also All-District in the 100 and 300 hurdle, and was named the Class 5 Sectional 1 100 hurdle champion. In the classroom, she maintains an 11.143 GPA.

Siddiqui led the Mules Tennis team to its second district championship title. He ended the season with a doubles record of 11-2 and a singles record of 18-3, bringing his career total to 56-17, a school record. He won the Poplar Bluff Invitational, and was a finalist at the Farmington Invitational. In the classroom, he maintains an 11.79 GPA.

Wednesday June 14, 2017

TWO NEELYVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Two Neelyville residents were taken into custody Monday afternoon on drug and child endangerment charges.

According to the Highway Patrol, 41 year old Mark Crossen and 46 year old Mary Moore, were each arrested on felony charges of 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child, felony manufacturing marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Both Crossen and Moore, are each facing charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, both were transported to the Butler County Justice Center.

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN WRECK NEAR CHEROKEE PASS
Two people were injured, one seriously, following a wreck Monday evening in Madison County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on US 67, 6 miles south of Cherokee Pass, when a vehicle, driven by 65 year old Dianne Bailey, of Greenville, ran off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

Bailey suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital. A passenger in Bailey’s vehicle received moderate injuries and was air lifted to a St. Louis hospital.

 

AMERICAN LEGION POST IN SIKESTON RAISES OVER $22,000 FOR MISSOURI VETERANS CEMETERY
The American Legion Post 114 in Sikeston had a full day of events on June 3rd that raised over $22,000 for the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield.

The donation will be made at a presentation at the Bloomfield Committal Facility on June 24th.

Cemetery officials say the donated funds will be used for promotion and improvements to the cemetery.

 

GATEWOOD WOMAN FLOWN TO CAPE GIRARDEAU HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK IN RIPLEY COUNTY
Authorities say that a Gatewood woman has been flown to an area hospital following a one vehicle wreck in Ripley County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Alisha Smith, ran off the roadway and overturned, on US 142, west of Doniphan.

Smith received moderate injuries and was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

SEVENTEEN ARRESTS MADE DURING CHECKPOINT IN BUTLER COUNTY
Seventeen arrests were made this past weekend during a hazardous moving violation project in Butler County.

Captain Jeffrey Vitale with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells KWOC News that the hazardous moving operation was held this past Saturday and a total of 111 vehicles were stopped during the operation.

Of the seventeen arrests, 2 were felony drug arrests, 2 were driving while intoxicated, and the other 13 were misdemeanor drug and warrant arrests.

Troopers also issued 83 summonses and 99 warnings during the operation.

 

MODOT SAYS PUBLIC HEARING COULD BE HELD FOR UPCOMING BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS IN WAYNE COUNTY
The Missouri Department of Transportation says that area residents have the opportunity to look over plans for an upcoming bridge project in Wayne County.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is planning on replacing two bridges on Route FF and Route HH.

Officials say that the Route FF project involves replacing the bridge over Lake Creek approximately one and a half miles west of Greenville.

The Route HH project will see a bridge replaced over McKenzie Creek. The project will be located approximately one and a half miles south of Piedmont.

Construction could begin as early as summer 2018. As construction is underway, Route FF will be closed to traffic in the vicinity of the bridge. A bypass will be in place as work is underway to replace the Route HH bridge.

Maps, plans, and other information prepared by MoDot will be available for public inspection at the MoDot Sikeston District Office. Anybody affected by the project may request that a public hearing be held in regard to the proposed improvements.