Friday, November 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE TRYING TO IDENTIFY MAN IN CONNECTION TO LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

 

Police in Poplar Bluff are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man in connection to an ongoing investigation.

On Thursday the Poplar Bluff Police Department released a picture of the man who is being sought in regards to a leaving the scene accident investigation.

Few details about the investigation have been made available, however police have also released a picture of a vehicle the man was operating during the incident.

We have pictures of the man and the vehicle available on the KWOC Facebook page.

Anyone with information regarding the man’s identity is asked to call 573-785-5776

 

 

PORTAGEVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 

A Portageville man has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Tommy Hood was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Hood’s bond set at $7,500 cash and officials say he has since bonded out.

 

 

PARAGOULD MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHASE INVOLVING OFFICERS IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas arrested an area man on Thursday following a pursuit.

According to authorities, a Paragould resident named Rodney Trammell had fled from a deputy that attempted to conduct a stop in Greene County. Trammell’s vehicle eventually went into a field where he struck a deputy’s vehicle. He was then taken into custody.

Trammell is facing numerous charges including aggravated assault on law enforcement, reckless driving, and fleeing.

 

 

TWO BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO ROBBERY AND ASSAULT

 

Two men are being sought in connection to a robbery and assault at a Sikeston business.

Officials with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tell KWOC News that on November 12th officers met with a Sonic employee who had a laceration to their facial area and the back of their head.

The victim reported they had closed the store and was walking towards the back of the business when they observed two males wearing all black clothing walk towards them.

The victim said one of the suspects struck her in the face and the two suspects fled on foot with the Sonic deposit bag with an undermined amount of cash.

Police are searching for two Sikeston residents in connection to the case, 20 year old Jamal Brooks and 18 year old De’Drevion Savage.

They are believed to be in a silver or grey 2009 Hyundai with a Missouri License plate of WC7-C1(one)V.

Both Savage and Brooks have arrest warrants through Scott County Circuit Court for Assault 1st and Robbery 1st with a bond of $50,000.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS TO BE OUT ALL NEXT WEEK FOR THANKSGIVING

 

Poplar Bluff students will be getting out of class for a full week for Thanksgiving.

Poplar Bluff R-1 Superintendent Scott Dill tells KWOC News that classes will be dismissed for the Poplar Bluff R-I school district from November 20th through the 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Classes will also not be in session the following Monday, November 27th, because of a teacher collaboration day.

Dill says the regular class schedule will resume on Tuesday, November 28th.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF CHURCH TO HOST FISH FRY THIS WEEK

 

A Poplar Bluff church will be hosting its annual fish fry today.

Brown Chapel AME Church’s Annual Fish Fry will be held from noon to 5 pm. The menu will include catfish, buffalo, spaghetti, cole slaw, and more.

The church is located at 1010 Benton Street in Poplar Bluff. For more information, call 573-785-4801.

 

Thursday November 16, 2017

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE FROM POLICE DURING TRAFFIC STOP

 

A man was arrested earlier this week in Kennett after he allegedly fled from police.

According to the Kennett Police Department, the incident occurred during a traffic stop on Tuesday. The man, who was identified as Marcus Hill, was a passenger in the vehicle and fled the scene. He was later arrested on a Dunklin County warrant.

Officers also arrested Emily Westmoreland for hindering prosecution of a felony.

 

FLU CLINIC SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AT BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

A flu clinic is scheduled for today in Poplar Bluff.

The clinic is scheduled for 8:30 am to 6 pm at the Butler County Health Department.

Officials with the Health Department say that everyone six months old and older should get a flu shot to be prepared for the peak period of flu season, which runs from December through February.

You can find more information at the Butler County Health Department’s website, ButlerCountyHealth.org.

 

CHEERLEADER AND FOOTBALL PLAYER NAMED POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

 

A cheerleader and football player have both been named as October Athletes of the Month at Poplar Bluff High School.

The Mules Booster Club selected Bailey Edmundson and Preston Burroughs for the honor.

Edmundson helped lead the Competition Cheerleading Team to win second in states the past two years, during which the Universal Cheerleaders Association named her an All-American. This year she also received All-State recognition at the competition of the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association.

Preston was an offensive lineman for the Mules Football team during its undefeated regular season, helping the team average 34.6 points per game. He was a starter for three years and was named to the All-Conference team.

 

MISSOURI MOTORISTS REMINDED TO MOVE OVER FOR RESPONDERS

 

Motorists in Missouri are being reminded to move over for any vehicle with flashing lights on the highway.

This week is the second annual national Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.

Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, and any other emergency vehicle with lights flashing. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, every year in the US hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding.

 

PUXICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR STATUTORY SODOMY

 

A Puxico man has been arrested in Stoddard County on a sodomy related charge.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 43 year old James Darrin Wollard was recently arrested on three counts of statutory sodomy.

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

 

IS YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR WINTER WEATHER

 

With temperatures dropping in Missouri, are you prepared in case winter weather strikes?

Yesterday was Winter Weather Awareness day and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging you will take steps to help make sure your family stays safe this winter.

The Highway Patrol suggests keeping your fuel tank at least half full. Having an ice scraper, tire chains, battery booster cables, blankets, extra coats, gloves, water, non-perishable food, flashlight, and a bag of sand or cat litter in your trunk can also help when trouble strikes.

Another important step is creating a family emergency plan and an emergency kit for your home with bottled water and food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage.

Kits should include bottled water, canned and dry foods, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a manual can opener and a first-aid kit.

 

CARUTHERSVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE

 

Authorities in Pemiscot County have taken a Caruthersville man into custody on a felony charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Otis Black was arrested Wednesday evening on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

KENNETT TEENAGER PLEADS GUILTY TO RAPING TWO GIRLS

A Kennett teenager was sentenced earlier this week after pleading guilty to the rape of two girls in Northeast Arkansas.

Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the 2nd Judicial District of Arkansas tells KWOC news that 18 year old Carlo Love entered the plea Monday in Mississippi County Circuit Court.

Ellington says the incident occurred in November of last year and involved two children under the age of 12.

Love was sentenced to twenty years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, which will be followed by a ten-year suspended imposition of sentence.

 

APPROXIMATELY 200 GALLONS OF GAS SPILLED IN PUXICO

Around 200 gallons of gas was spilled Tuesday in Puxico.

According to authorities, the spill occurred when a hose came loose on a gas truck that was delivering fuel.

Some of the fuel reportedly leaked into the sewer system and a cleanup operation was started.

 

POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT

The 8th annual Poplar Bluff Community Thanksgiving Dinner by Chartwells is scheduled for this week.

The dinner will take place from 5 to 7 pm Thursday night at Poplar Bluff High School.

School officials say that the meal is free of charge and open to the public.

Entertainment will be provided by the PBHS Jazz Band and Choir.

Donations of gloves, hats and scarves will be accepted for children in need, along with monetary donations for the purchase of Haven House Christmas gifts.

 

POPLAR BLUFF TEACHER GIVEN UNSUNG HERO AWARD

A Poplar Bluff teacher was awarded as an unsung hero last week during the Missouri School Teachers Association Assembly of Delegates in Columbia.

Middle School teacher Karmen Carson received the 2017 Unsung Heroes award during the event.

Carson, an educator of nearly 20 years, has served as president of the Poplar Bluff chapter of MSTA since 2009. The MSTA is a state association made up of more than 47,000 educators.

According to the award letter, the award acknowledges about 30 members who made a “substantive yet unrecognized contribution” to the organization’s mission, which is to advocate for and empower public educators so they can teach.

 

BUTLER COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The 2017 Butler County Hazard Mitigation plan is available online.

The plan is required in order for a community to be eligible to receive federal mitigation grant funding.

This is an update to the Butler County Hazard Mitigation Plan that was approved in 2012. Both were prepared by the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission.

A link to the plan was posted yesterday by the City of Poplar Bluff City Hall Facebook page. According to the post, the plan will not be voted on until December 4th.

 

AREA BUSINESS COLLECTING SOCKS FOR TROOPS

An area business is accepting sock donations for our troops.

You can donate socks for active duty military soldiers and local veterans at the Poplar Bluff Shoe Sensation for their Socks for Troops drive.

You can also purchase military-approved socks at Shoe Sensation, where all socks purchased to donate will be 20 percent off.

The Socks for Troops drive will continue through December 24th.

 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

BLOOMFIELD MAN FOUND DEAD IN CURRENT RIVER

The body of a Bloomfield man was pulled from an area river over the weekend.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 40 year old Donald Kimbrel’s body was recovered from Current River on Saturday, around two miles north of Doniphan.

Kimbrell was pronounced dead at the scene by Ripley County Coroner Mike Jackson. The Highway Patrol listed the incident as a drowning.

 

 

 

ONE FOUND DEAD FOLLOWING FIRE IN RIPLEY COUNTY

A woman was found dead following a fire last week at a mobile home in Ripley County.

According to authorities, 56 year old Sheila Richmond died from smoke inhalation.

The fire occurred Friday at a mobile home located near Doniphan on Highway 160 and an investigation has been started.

 

 

 

GREENVILLE WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE WRECK

An area woman was taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital Monday afternoon after she was seriously injured in a two vehicle wreck.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Jessica Pruett, of Greenville, struck the back of a pickup truck on Missouri Highway 34 near Piedmont.

Pruett was reportedly not wearing a seat belt at the time and suffered serious injuries. No injuries were listed for the driver of the pickup truck.

 

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON CHILD MOLESTATION WARRANT

A Dexter man has been arrested in Stoddard County on a child molestation warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 28 year old Ethan Aaron Cole was recently taken into custody on a warrant for 1st degree child molestation and sodomy.

Cole’s bond was set at $20,000 cash and his arraignment has been scheduled for Thursday morning.

 

 

 

TWO ARRESTED FOR CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Two people were taken into custody over the weekend in Northeast Arkansas for crystal methamphetamine.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that Kager Nole and Mallory Hale were both arrested after deputies discovered over an ounce of crystal methamphetamine and other drugs on their persons and in a vehicle.

Both Nole and Hale are facing charges including possession of crystal methamphetamine with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT TO HOST PUBLIC FORUM

A Poplar Bluff school official will be having a public forum next month.

Poplar Bluff R-I Superintendent Scott Dill will host the public forum for district patrons at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, December 12th, in the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library Theater.

School officials say that Dill will provide an update about the school system, which will then be followed by a Q&A.

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOLS STUDENTS NAMED TO ALL DISTRICT BAND

Several Poplar Bluff High School students were chosen for the Southeast Missouri All-District Band during auditions held last week.

Zac Batton, Michael Ward, Cody Daughertee, and Joseph Pickard will all perform as members of the jazz band on November 18th in Cape Girardeau.

Daughertee was also chosen for the concert band, along with Destiny Ackerman and Breeanna Helton. The concert band will perform on February 10th at Three Rivers College.

 

Monday November 13, 2017

POSSIBLE OUTBREAK OF HEPATITIS A REPORTED IN BUTLER COUNTY
Health officials in Butler County say they have seen an increase in a contagious virus and are reminding area residents to take steps to protect themselves.

KWOC News spoke with Whitney Preslar, Emergency Response Planner with the Butler County Health Department, who tells us that drug use has been a common factor.

WHITNEY PRESLAR:

The Butler County Health Department has seen a recent increase in the number of reported cases of Hepatitis A in Butler County, which may indicate an outbreak. We are investigating and have determined that reported drug use is a common factor. We are working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to facilitate a clinic to immunize those individuals who are at risk. The Hepatitis A virus is transmitted primarily by the fecal-oral route; that is when an uninfected person ingests food or water that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person. The virus has a 2-6 week incubation period, meaning it can take up to 2-6 weeks to start showing signs and symptoms after being exposed. Based on our findings, we are approaching the end of the first incubation period. There will be a second incubation period for those who may have been exposed by the reported cases. A person can only spread the disease if they are symptomatic; they are not contagious during the whole incubation period. In light of recent findings, we would like to remind the community that proper hand washing decreases the susceptibility of spreading disease, especially with the holiday season approaching and food preparation at its highest.

Preslar says that if anyone has any questions, to contact the Butler County Health Department at 573-785-8478.

 

DEXTER WOMAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO HIT AND RUN WRECK
Authorities have arrested a Stoddard County woman in connection to an alleged hit and run wreck. 27 year old Courtney Stott, of Dexter turned herself in on Friday morning and was later released after posting a $20,000 bond.

According to the Dexter Police Department, the arrest stems from an incident that happened on September 30, when 37 year old Jason Summers was riding a bicycle near Bloomfield and was hit by a vehicle that left the scene.

Summers is expected to make a full recovery.

 

POPLAR BLUFF CHURCH TO HOST FISH FRY THIS WEEK
A Poplar Bluff church will be hosting its annual fish fry this week.

Brown Chapel AME Church’s Annual Fish Fry will be held from noon to 5 pm on Friday, November 17th. The menu will include cat fish, buffalo, spaghetti, cole slaw and more.

The church is located at 1010 Benton Street in Poplar Bluff. For more information, call 573-785-4801.

 

MAN ARRESTED ON STATUTORY SODOMY WARRANT
A Kennett man has been taken into custody on a statutory sodomy warrant.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Earl James Miller was recently arrested on a warrant for 1st degree statutory sodomy.

As of this morning, Miller remained in jail and his bond has been set at $150,000 cash only.

 

FLU CLINICS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK AT BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Two flu clinics are scheduled for this week at the Butler County Health Department in Poplar Bluff.

Officials with the Butler County Health Department say that everyone six months old and older should get a flu shot to be prepared for the peak period of flu season, which runs from December through February.

A flu clinic is scheduled for 1 to 4:30 pm on Tuesday at the Health Department. Another clinic has been scheduled for Thursday from 8:30 am to 6 pm.

You can find more information at the Butler County Health Department’s website, ButlerCountyHealth.org.

 

PUBLIC MEETINGS SET FOR THIS WEEK FOR WAPPAPELLO LAKE WATER CONTROL PLAN
Two public meetings have been scheduled for this week to discuss the Lake Wappapello water control plan.

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the first meeting will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center. The second meeting will be held on Wednesday at the St. Francis Drainage District building in Piggott beginning at 10 am.

During each meeting a presentation will be given on the water control plan and 2017 operations by members of the Corps of Engineers staff. The staff will also host a question and answer session regarding operations.

 

ANNUAL STUDENT BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION TO BE HELD THIS WEEK
The 14th annual Missouri Department of Transportation Bridge Building Competition will be held this week.

The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors from across Southeast Missouri to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials including 15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.

Prizes donated by area organizations will be awarded to the top-five bridge building winners, as well as for the most aesthetic bridge and the electronic bridge building contest. Similar to previous years, cash prizes will be given to the top three schools with the best overall performance.

The competition will be held Thursday, beginning at 9 am at Rose Theater in Cape Girardeau.

More information is available online at MoDot.org.

Friday November 10, 2017

SKELETAL REMAINS FOUND IN BUTLER COUNTY LAKE BELIEVED TO BE MISSING MAN
Skeletal remains that were recently found in a drained Butler County lake are believed to be that of a man who has been missing since July of 2015.

Sheriff Mark Dobbs spoke with KWOC News and said the remains were found in a lake on Butler County Road 572 last week and are believed to Ed Goodwin.

MARK DOBBS:

The lake that was drained, at the bottom of it is a very difficult area to search. The search will continue with sifting and eventually with the cadaver dogs and things of that nature. It’s a scene where…kind of muddy bottom, it’s kind of a swampy area with a lot of thick underbrush so it’s going to take some time to get all the way through that and so a thorough job of processing that scene, so there’s a lot of work still to be done. Although the skeletal remains that we found, we strongly believed to be Mr. Goodwin, we will have to confirm that through a laboratory through DNA analysis and that could take a little while to get that positive identification done since we’re doing it just through skeletal remains as unique kind of a DNA comparison has to be done for that kind of a process, so it’s going to take a little while. We feel confident that we are where we want to be and that is definitely the remains of Ed Goodwin. At this time we’re continuing our investigation so that we can form an airtight case on the individuals responsible for this act. It’s been an exhausting search that has lasted over 2 years. There’s been hundreds of man hours spent on this investigation, on this search. It’s good to be able to give the family the answers that they’ve been looking for so desperately. I can only imagine how hard that is for a family.

Two arrests have been made, 31 year old Rickey Hurt for 1st degree murder, and 26 year old Lisa Tittle, of Poplar Bluff, for hindering prosecution. Both have been lodged in the Butler County Justice Center and Hurt’s bond was set at $300,000, cash only.

 

DONIPHAN SCHOOL PUT ON LOCKDOWN THURSDAY AFTERNOON
An area high school was put on lockdown Thursday afternoon following a report of an active shooter.

According to authorities, shortly before 4 pm the Doniphan Police Department received a report from Doniphan High School of an active shooter on campus.

It was reported that a person or persons used the Doniphan R-1 school radio frequency and stated there was an active shooter on campus.

Officers responded to the school and cleared the buildings. It was determined there was no active shooter. Officials say that an investigation is ongoing.

 

ESCAPED INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY
An escaped inmate from Carter County is back in custody.

21 year old Corey Hause had escaped from Sheriff’s Deputies early Thursday morning near Ellsinore.

Hause had been arrested on a traffic warrant Wednesday night before he escaped.

According to authorities, Hause was apprehended Thursday in Pemiscot County.

 

FISH FRY TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND TO CELEBRATE WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN’S HOME REPAIRS
A community fish fry will be held this weekend to celebrate the repairs done to a World War 2 veteran’s home which was heavily damaged by severe weather earlier this year.

We spoke with Jeff Shawan about the event.

Jeff Shawan:

This Saturday, from 1 to 3 o’clock, we will have a community wide fish fry to celebrate the amazing effort that was put forth by our community to support World War 2 veteran Wilbur Schmitt and his wife Annie. This community all together raised $40,000 to repair and restore his home so he could take care of his Alzheimer’s patient wife. There will be no money raising whatsoever, it’s just a celebration of what our community has done on Veteran’s Day, how fitting is that, from 1 o’clock to 3 o’clock at 211 Almond Street. Come out and eat some fish on Saturday, look forward to seeing you there. Thank you once again everyone in the community who took part in this, thank you River Radio for the steadfast support to help make this effort a success. Come out on Saturday for some fried fish from 1 to 3 at 211 Almond Street.

 

MISSOURI STATE VETERANS CEMETERY TO HOLD VETERANS DAY PROGRAM
The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will be holding their annual Veterans Day Program on Saturday.

The program will begin at 1 pm at the Committal Shelter Plaza in the cemetery. The keynote speaker for this year’s program is Major John P. Myers.

Families and friends of those interred as well as the general public are invited to attend.

For more information about the program, you can contact the cemetery at 573-568-3871.

 

FIREARM DEER SEASON BEGINS THIS WEEKEND
Hunters across Southeast Missouri are getting ready for this weekend and the beginning of firearm deer season.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the November firearms portion of deer season will run from November 11th to November 21st.

Hunters can only take one antlered deer during the entire firearms season. Each county also limits the number of antlerless deer hunting permits you can fill during the season as well.

New Madrid County Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Lawson tells KWOC News that hunters have until 10 pm on the day of harvest to check their deer. If you shoot a deer but you cannot find it before 10 pm, you must contact the local conservation agent and let them know.

You can find more information online at mdc.mo.gov.

 

CREWS TO BE ALONG WAYNE COUNTY ROAD FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING TODAY
Contractor crews will be in Wayne county beginning today for a two week project along Route D.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the crews will be installing chevrons along Route D between South Oak and Whispering Hills.

Officials say the work zone will be marked with signs and crews will be on working between 7 am to 5 pm daily through November 24th.

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL LIBRARIAN RECIEVES GRANT TO HELP TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT BEEF AND DAIRY PRODUCTS
A Poplar Bluff elementary school librarian has received a grant to help teach students about beef and dairy products.

O’Neal Librarian Ashley Robertson was recently awarded $250 through the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag in the Classroom program. Under the grant, third graders will learn about how beef and dairy products are processed.

Robertson says that students will also have the opportunity to turn ice cream to butter and the final project will involve eating ice cream to celebrate what they have learned.

Supplementary to the unit of study, the elementary school is receiving weekly updates about the growth of a calf and the dairy farm it lives on through an adoption program of the St. Louis District Dairy Council.

Thursday November 9, 2017

OVER 100 GALLONS OF DIESEL SPILL DURING FATAL WRECK ON HIGHWAY 53

An area man has died following a wreck Wednesday afternoon in Butler County.

The wreck occurred shortly after 12:30 pm, when a vehicle driven by 41 year old Jason Burgess, of Poplar Bluff, reportedly crossed the center line of Highway 53 and collided head-on with a commercial vehicle.

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that Burgess was killed in the wreck.

A passenger in Burgess’s vehicle suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

Following the wreck, the commercial vehicle leaked approximately 130 gallons of diesel onto the roadway and Highway 53 was temporarily blocked for several hours before reopening.

 

NEW MADRID POLICE DEPARTMENT CREATING DATABASE OF CAMERA SYSTEMS TO ASSIST INVESTIGATIONS

The New Madrid Police Department has announced that they are creating a confidential database of camera systems around the city to assist officers investigating crimes that may have been captured on video.

According to the Police Department, participation is completely voluntary and you can remove your name from the database at any time. Anyone who chooses to participate may receive a call or visit from officers, should a crime occur in their neighborhood.

Anyone who has a video surveillance system that records outside their home or business and is interested in joining the database can call Assistant Chief Brandon Hanner at 573-748-6744.

 

MOTORISTS URGED TO USE CAUTION AROUND WORK ZONES IN BUTLER COUNTY

Motorists in Butler County are being urged by the Missouri Department of Transportation to use caution when around work zones.

According to MoDOT, contractor crews will begin installing chevrons today in Butler County. The crews will be working along Route W, between County Roads 508 and 526.

Work is scheduled to be done from 7 am to 5 pm daily through Thursday, November 23rd.

 

EMERGENCY DRILL TO BE HELD TODAY IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

An emergency drill has been scheduled for today in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Paragould Police Department, officials from multiple organizations, including the Paragould police and fire departments, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the Greene County Rescue Squad, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, and the Office of Emergency Management, will be participating in the drill.

Officials say that all entities involved will be operating as normal during the drill, which is scheduled to be conducted at 6 pm this evening.

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB STEAK AND BURGER EVENT TO BE HELD TONIGHT

A former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and outfielder be the speaker for the tonight’s 6th Annual Steak and Burger.

Here’s Chris Rushin, of the Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff, making the announcement last month at the Club. 

CHRIS RUSHIN: 

On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and most importantly the over 900 registered members of the Boys & Girls Club, it is with great pleasure to announce the author of The New York Times bestseller “the Phenom” and our guest speaker for the 6th annual Southeast Health Steak and burger November 9th at 6:30 at the Black River Coliseum, former Cardinal Rick Ankiel. Regular admission tickets are $75 a piece, they’re on sale here at the Boys & Girls Club, our teen center administration location, 1306 Victory Lane. That is on the old high school campus, the brand new beautiful Poplar Bluff Middle School campus. And also the Chamber of Commerce, and the Black River Coliseum. VIP tickets are $100, but that’s going to get you backstage, you’re going to get a picture with Rick Ankiel, he’ll also be able to sign a piece of memorabilia for you and we always try to have at least one little something special there for everybody that gets to go to the VIP room. We have right now 48 kids on the waiting list, just for Middle School unit alone. And those are 48 kids that whenever 3 o’clock hits, and they go home, more times than not, their parents are at work. There’s nobody there, nowhere to go, nothing to do. Studies show time and time and time again that somebody usually gets in trouble whenever there’s not that supervision.

Previous guest speakers for the event have included Jim Edmonds, Mike Matheny, and Michael Wacha. You can find more information about the event and purchase tickets at the Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff’s website, BgCpB.org.

 

VETERANS DAY COOK OUT SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND IN DEXTER

A cook out is scheduled for Veterans Day this weekend in Dexter.

The cook out will be held following the parade on Saturday in the parking lot across from the Dexter VFW Post 2659. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 am.

There will be smoked pork butts, sandwiches, and sides available. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the VFW.

Wednesday November 8, 2017

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO STABBING IN RIPLEY COUNTY

A man was reportedly stabbed earlier this week in Ripley County.

According to authorities, the victim was stabbed in the chest and shoulder on Monday during an altercation near Fairdealing and was transported to an area hospital.

42 year old James Willcut has been taken into custody. According to Missouri Case Net, he is facing charges of assault 1st degree and armed criminal action. His bond was set at $100,000.

 

RIPLEY COUNTY JURY CONVICTS MAN OF STATUTORY SODOMY AND CHILD MOLESTATION

A jury in Ripley County has convicted an area man on multiple charges, including child molestation.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley tells KWOC News that 62 year old Otis Lambert, of West Plains, has been found guilty on two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy and one count of first-degree child molestation.

Hawley says that Lambert sexually abused a child for several years.

Lambert faces two life sentences and Judge Michael Pritchett has set his sentencing for December 19th.

 

HERMAN MORSE ELECTED TO THE MISSOURI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Voters in Stoddard and western Scott County have elected Herman Morse to the Missouri House of Representatives.

Morse carried over 70 percent of the vote in defeating Curtis Clark and Rick Vandeven during a special election held yesterday.

Morse will fill the vacant seat in House Legislative District 151 that was formerly held by Tila Hubrecht, who resigned in June.

During Tuesday’s elections, use tax measures were approved in Stoddard County along with Campbell and rejected in Malden.

 

ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION TO IRON COUNTY SHOOTING

Authorities in Iron County say a man has been taken into custody in connection to a shooting that happened on Monday.

According to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, at around 1:30 am Monday morning, 35 year old Thomas Ventimiglia was shot and subsequently died from an apparent gunshot wound.

A search was conducted for William King for first degree murder.  Officials say that King was taken into custody Tuesday without incident.

The incident is being investigated by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Unit.

 

PUBLIC MEETINGS SET FOR NEXT WEEK FOR WAPPAPELLO LAKE WATER CONTROL PLAN

Two public meetings have been scheduled for next week to discuss the Wappapello Lake water control plan.

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the first meeting will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 14th at the Wappapello Lake Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center. The second meeting will be held the next day at the St. Francis Drainage District building in Piggott beginning at 10 am.

During each meeting a presentation will be given on the water control plan and 2017 operations by members of the Corps of Engineers staff. The staff will also host a question and answer session regarding operations.

 

FIELD SET FOR 2017 POPLAR BLUFF SHOWDOWN

Five states will be represented at the 31st Annual Poplar Bluff ShowDown in December.

Teams from as far away as Milwaukee, Wisconsin will be in Poplar Bluff from Wednesday, December 27th through Friday, December 29th for the basketball tournament.

Joining the Mules will be Bradley Tech High School from Milwaukee, Christian Brothers College High School out of St. Louis, Christian County High School from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Tennessee’s Cordova and Humboldt High Schools, along with Fayetteville High School and defending champion Jonesboro High School from Arkansas.

Poplar Bluff High School Athletic Director Kent Keith tells us that tickets for the ShowDown will go on sale soon.

Tuesday November 7, 2017

BOTH ESCAPED INMATES FROM PEMISCOT COUNTY JAIL ARE BACK IN CUSTODY
Both inmates who escaped last month from a Southeast Missouri jail are back in custody.

According to authorities, 41 year old Joseph Latamondeer was arrested Monday morning at a homeless shelter in New Orleans.

Latamondeer, along with 27 year old William Carter, escaped from the Pemiscot County Jail on October 15th.

Carter was apprehended in New Orleans on Saturday.

 

MAN SOUGHT IN IRON COUNTY SHOOTING DEATH
Authorities in Iron County are searching for a man following an apparent shooting death.

According to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, at around 1:30 am Monday morning, 35 year old Thomas Ventimiglia was shot and subsequently died from an apparent gunshot wound.

Officials say that a search is underway for William King, who is being sought for first degree murder.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Unit.

 

POPLAR BLUFF LIONS CLUB CHILI DAY TO BE HELD TODAY
The Poplar Bluff Lions Club will be hosting their annual Chili Day today.

The event will be held from 11 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at First United Methodist Church in Poplar Bluff.

Deliveries will also be available for orders of 10 or more by calling 573-609-4683.

Proceeds from the event will go to helping provide people in the community with eyeglasses.

 

OVER THREE MILLION DOLLARS OF FENTANYL FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
An Arizona woman was arrested last week in Southeast Missouri in what is being described as the largest Fentanyl seizure ever in Missouri.

Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells KWOC News that last Wednesday a trooper stopped a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan on Interstate 55 in New Madrid County for a traffic violation.

During the traffic stop, the trooper observed several indicators of criminal activity and requested a search. During the search, 4.8 pounds of pure Fentanyl was seized that has an estimated street value of more than $3 million.

The driver, 27 year old Angel Larar-Esteban, of Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested for felony drug trafficking and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

DEXTER RESIDENT ARRESTED ON CHARGE OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT INVOLVING A CHILD
A Dexter resident was in custody this morning on a sexual misconduct charge.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 27 year old Johnnie Wayne Underwood Jr. was recently arrested on a charge of sexual misconduct involving a child under 15.

Few details about the arrest have been released, but officials with the Sheriff’s Department say that Underwood remained in jail as of this morning on a $12,000 cash only bond.

 

NAYLOR MAN FLOWN TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK INVOLVING TRACTOR
A Naylor man was seriously injured Sunday evening after being involved in a wreck with a tractor in Pemiscot County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 65 year old Robert Hardin ran off of Route T after striking a towed unit of the tractor at around 5:30 pm on Sunday.

Hardin suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was flown to a Memphis hospital. No injuries were listed for the driver of the tractor.

 

SPECIAL ELECTION TO BE HELD TO FILL VACATED MISSOURI HOUSE OF REPRESTITIVES SEAT
Some Southeast Missouri residents will head to the ballot box today to vote for representatives in the state Government.

A special election will be held today for representative of Missouri House District 151, which covers all of Stoddard County and parts of western Scott County. On the ballot will be Republican Herman Morse, Democrat Curtis Clark, and Libertarian Rick Vandeven.

The seat was vacated in June following the resignation of Tila Hubrecht.

 

Monday November 6, 2017

ARREST MADE IN WAYNE COUNTY SHOOTING
An arrest has been made following a shooting over the weekend in Wayne County.

According to Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch, Marshall Lucas Helm, of Greenville, was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon.

Joshua Oldham, also of Greenville, has been taken into custody. According to Missouri Case Net, Oldham is facing charges of 1st degree murder and armed criminal action.

An autopsy has been scheduled for this morning at 9:30 am in Farmington.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR POPLAR BLUFF
A Williamsville woman was taken to an area hospital Friday afternoon following a single vehicle wreck in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 19 year old Cory Logdson was driving on County Road 401, about 2 miles west of US 67, when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a ditch.

A passenger in the vehicle, 18 year old Erin Harris, suffered moderate injuries in the wreck and was transported to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

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.

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR 2ND AND 3RD GRADE BASKETBALL IN POPLAR BLUFF IS THIS WEEK
The Registration deadline for 2nd and 3rd grade boys and girls basketball in Poplar Bluff is this week.

According to Rec Supervisor Greg Riggs, registration will be available for free through Thursday, November 9th. You can find registration forms online at www.PoplarBluff-MO.gov or at the Parks and Recreation Department office on North Second Street.

 

ESCAPED INMATE CAPTURED IN NEW ORLEANS
Authorities in New Orleans, Louisiana have captured an inmate who escaped nearly two weeks ago from the Pemiscot County Jail.

27 year old William Carter and 41 year old Joseph Latamondeer escaped in the early morning hours on October 15. William Carter was found Saturday afternoon by authorities in New Orleans. Joseph Latamondeer is still on the run.

Carter had been in custody on 2 counts of murder 1st degree.

 

BUFFALO WILD WINGS IN POPLAR BLUFF TO DONATE PORTION OF SALES TODAY TO RECOVERY EXPENSES OF MARTEZ JANIS
Anybody who eats at the Buffalo Wild Wings location in Poplar Bluff today will also be helping the recovery efforts of Martez Janis.

Janis is a Poplar Bluff student who was severely injured in a car wreck last month that resulted in the deaths of three other students.

KWOC News spoke with Becky Johnson, Regional Manager with Buffalo Wild Wings, about the fundraiser.

BECKY JOHNSON:

Today we’re taking the opportunity to give back to the community with an “Eat Wings, Raise Funds” to rally around Martez Janis, who was recently involved in a tragedy. He’s a survivor and we want to do our part to give back to him and his family to help them with recovery expenses, so we’re giving back 10% of all the proceeds made today to help his family with whatever expenses they may have moving forward through his recovery process. This idea came about because Buffalo Wild Wings has a program called “Eat Wings, Raise Funds” and it’s an opportunity for us to give some of our proceeds to an organization or a family or a person in need in the community. So whenever we found out about the tragedy that Poplar Bluff had suffered this was the perfect opportunity for us to give back to that family. So come out to Buffalo Wild Wings today. Let us know you’re here to support Martez Janis recovery efforts with “Eat Wings, Raise Funds” and we’ll give 10% back to his family. Buffalo Wild Wings loves to support our local community any chance we get so come out to support our “Eat Wings, Raise Funds” event today for Martez Janis all day long, from open 10:30 a.m. till close at midnight tonight.

KWOC will be broadcasting live from Buffalo Wild Wings from 11 am until 1 pm.

 

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 current school year are available for children who were 3 years old before July 31st, 2017 and were not 5 years old before that date. The screenings will be held on Friday, December 1st.

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.

 

GRIEF SHARE SEMINAR TO BE HELD THIS WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF
A seminar has been scheduled for this week to help people who are grieving the loss of a loved one over the holiday season.

The Surviving the Holidays seminar by Grief Share, will help people discover how to deal with their emotions and get through social events over the holidays.

The seminar will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, November 9th at Fellowship General Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff.

You can find more information online at www.griefshare.org/holidays.