Wednesday April 26, 2017

MULTPLE ARRESTS MADE IN CONNECTION TO BURGLARY AT AREA BUSINESS
Authorities in Butler County say that multiple arrests have been made after items were recovered that had been reported stolen from an area business.

Investigator Randal Huddleston with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department tells KWOC News more about the arrests.

Randal Huddleston:

In early April 2017 Butler County deputies were dispatched to Triggers Gun Shop in reference to stolen property. Upon arrival they were advised that a 55-gallon external fuel tank along with other items used in constructing new buildings were missing. Employees with triggers gun shop advised they had video surveillance that showed a white GMC Z71 with a toolbox in the back and what appeared to be a spare tire with a steel rim on the back passenger side as a suspect vehicle. Last Friday April 21st Butler County deputies were again dispatched to 1722 Cravens Road which is Knuckle Brothers Construction in reference to theft from their property. Upon arriving deputies were advised they were missing chains, cordless drills, saws, impact drills, batteries, and chargers and they believe that a former employee of theirs by the name of Gordon Stroud may have been the one that had been stealing from them. This past Saturday on April 22nd, Butler County Deputies were dispatched to the parking lot of Big Lots in Poplar Bluff to meet with Jim Acres who is an employee at triggers gun shop. He believed he had observed a white GMC Z71 matching the description of the vehicle from triggers surveillance video sitting in the parking lot and a white male occupant in the driver’s seat. Upon the deputies arrival they observed the vehicle with a license plate and making contact with the driver, they identified him as Michael Arnold. He advised that he had borrowed the vehicle from Gordon Stroud. Michael Arnold voluntarily offered to take deputies to his property and gave them consent to walk around the property to check for stolen items. A search warrant was applied for and was granted for the search and seizure of stolen items at Michael Arnold’s property. While at the residence of Michael Arnold, Gordon Stroud was located inside the residence along with other items of stolen property which was found to belong to Knuckles Brothers Construction as well as a gentleman by the name of Donald Stanley who was also located inside the residence who had an outstanding no bond warrant through probation and parole. All three subjects are from Poplar Bluff and all three were arrested. Charges being sought on Michael Arnold and Gordon Stroud are possession of stolen property and Donald Stanley was incarcerated for the outstanding probation and parole warrant as well as possession of controlled substance.

 

INCOMING FRONT BRINGS WITH IT THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE WEATHER
A front crossing over Southeast Missouri today and tonight is bringing with it the possibility of some severe weather.

KWOC News spoke with Rick Shanklin, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, who said that all modes of severe weather are possible, including tornados.

Rick Shanklin:

Severe weather chances will be increasing across Southeast Missouri Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. All modes of severe weather are possible, large hail, damaging thunderstorm winds, and even a couple of tornados are not out of the question. We do have a severe weather risk across all of Southeast Missouri. The greatest risk, a level 3 of 5, or enhanced risk, is around the Poplar Bluff and Greenville area, and points westward. That’s mainly for the afternoon hours Wednesday. We do think the storms will evolve into a line orientation as they move east across Southeast Missouri Wednesday evening and then eventually ending as we move into the late evening hours Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, multiple rounds of thunderstorms are also expected to begin on Friday and continue throughout the weekend. Portions of Southeast Missouri could see three to five inches of rainfall or higher.

 

SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING GAMES SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF
The Special Olympics Spring Games have been scheduled for today in Poplar Bluff.

According to the Poplar Bluff School District, the event is scheduled to begin at 9 am this morning at Fred M. Morrow Stadium.

The event is open to the public.

 

MAN ALLEGEDLY BITES OFF WOMAN’S FINGER DURING ALTERCATION
A Poplar Bluff man is facing assault charges after he alleged bit off a woman’s finger during an altercation.

KWOC News spoke with Detective Joey Woodruff with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the incident.

Joey Woodruff:

On Monday morning around 7 am, Officer Sean Pringer was dispatched to an address on North 11th Street regarding an assault. As Officer Pringer arrived on scene he contacted the female victim. The victim said that Justin C. Williams, 27, of Poplar Bluff, bit her finger off while she was trying to break up a fight between her son and Williams. The victim also told Officer Pringer that she struck Williams in the top of the head with a brick after Williams bit her finger. At approximately 7:45 a.m. Officer Pringer made contact with the suspect, Justin Williams, at an address in the 500 block of Cynthia Street. During a conversation between Officer Pringer and Williams he was asked about the victim’s finger and how it was bitten off. Williams said he thought he was biting the victim’s son. Williams was placed under arrest on the charge of second-degree assault and later lodged in the Butler County Justice Center after declining medical treatment for a laceration to his head. The victim was transported to a Poplar Bluff hospital for treatment.

 

FCA BANQUET SCHEDULD FOR THURSDAY NIGHT
The Annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Banquet will be held this week in Poplar Bluff.

Bill Ray with the FCA says the banquet will begin at around 5:45 pm tomorrow night.

BILL RAY:

This Thursday night is our annual FCA banquet. It starts at 5:45 to 6:30 with a meet, greet, and eat. That will be at the Gamma Conference Center behind Gamma Labs, they’ve got a conference center that’s really nice and the Murphys have let us use that for the past several years, it’s an excellent facility for us to do that. I would encourage you to come the first 45 minutes is just going to get to know some people that you probably will know if you’ve supported FCA or been involved with FCA. We won’t have the first sponsor of FCA that was a Coach Pureyer back in 1971/72 era and then coach Telly took over because coach Pureyer left. I came in and started coaching football with Coach Telly and helping him with FCA, Coach Sievers came in and he started helping with FCA and he is still doing that today. I’m going to talk about this history of FCA specifically and in general in Southeast Missouri. We’re going to be talking about that, the history from 71 up till now. It’s going to be a good night. Please call 280-0932 if you got any questions. If you want it come, it would be nice if you let me know but you can come anyway. Some of you out there have probably been involved with FCA right here in Poplar Bluff back in the seventies, eighties, nineties, or the 2000’s and you’re welcome to come. The auction items from the baseball world with autographed collages or shadow boxes Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Stan Musial, Ozzie Smith, Mike Matheny, and then now our new guy Dexter Fowler, but played last year we have a picture of him and his teammates after they won the World Series. So that’s going to be some good stuff. Golfers we have Arnold Palmer collage, signed autograph, and also a picture of him and Jack Nicklaus together. Jordan Spieth teeing off down 18, so it’s some neat stuff and you’ll enjoy just seeing them and then visiting with people, eating, and if you can stick around then for the banquet you’re gonna hear the history of FCA and the future of FCA.

 

NEW PEPSI MID AMERICA DISTRIBUTION FACILITY OPENS IN THE POPLAR BLUFF AREA
Today’s Talk KWOC was live at the Grand Opening of a new Pepsi Mid America Distribution Facility yesterday in Poplar Bluff.

During the event we spoke with Pepsi Mid America President Kieth Dickens about what the facility will do in the community.

Keith Dickens:

We had a grand opening for Poplar Bluff facility and we had a very good turnout, support of the community, which has supported us all through our construction project. We employ about 75 people in the area and we’re real proud of the efficiency of this system because we carry no inventory on site. It’s a rolling inventory and a just-in-time delivery system. That was the purpose of the event today and we’re just so proud to be a part of this community. You’ve got a nice office facility but we do have a large, about a 15-acre facility. We have three outparcels of buildings; the office building itself, a vending building where we do the equipment repair, and then a food and snack building that we have housing for our full line vending business. We service now micro-markets which is a self-checkout type convenience store concept inside a industrial type business. Then we also have vending that we do in that you see in the normal setting for a business environment where we have Beverages and snacks as well as cold food and fresh food. Well we got great market share in this area and we’re blessed for that support we get, but it’s been a lot of years of building the brands and we have some of the biggest name brands in the beverage industry, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Starbucks, Lipton Tea, Dr. Pepper, 7Up, Crush.

Tuesday April 25, 2017

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO THE ARREST OF FOUR IN POPLAR BLUFF
A traffic stop turned into a drug bust Sunday evening in Poplar Bluff.

Detective Andy Cleaveland with the Poplar Bluff Police Department says that a total of four people were arrested during the stop.

ANDY CLEAVELAND:

On Sunday evening at approximately 11 p.m. officers of the Poplar Bluff Police Department conducted a traffic stop at Price and Spring Streets. At that time the driver, who was identified as Kyle M. Taylor, 24 years old, was arrested for having a suspended driver’s license and also for having no proof of insurance. After he was arrested Mr. Taylor was searched and marijuana in a corner baggie with a crystal like substance was located on his person. There was identification of the passengers that were also in the vehicle and pat-downs were conducted. Those subjects were also identified as Heather Nicole Payne 32 years old, Stacia Eichele 25 years old, and Jacob Jones 24 years old, all of Poplar Bluff. During the pat-downs of all three of the passengers, additional items of drug paraphernalia and drugs as well as marijuana were located on their persons. A search of the vehicle was also conducted, in which a backpack containing two syringes, one fully loaded with a clear liquid, a spoon with a clear liquid, and cotton was located. A marijuana grinder and .380 caliber ammunition for a pistol was located in a plastic bag. Also located inside the vehicle was a Hi-Point .380 caliber handgun. During the booking all the subjects had additional items of paraphernalia and drugs located on them. The driver Kyle M. Taylor was placed into the Butler County Jail for distribution of an amphetamine, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. All three passengers, Heather Payne, Stacia Eichele, and Jacob Jones, were all charged with the same offense of possession of amphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Butler County Jail.

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON ROBBERY WARRANT
Two Poplar Bluff residents have been taken into custody on a robbery warrant.

According to the Kennett Police Department, 35 year old Jennifer Stracener and 33 year old Rodriquez Williams were arrested Monday afternoon on a Dunklin County warrant for 1st degree robbery.

Both were being held at the Dunklin County Jail with a bond set at $100,000.

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL HONOR
Two Poplar Bluff schools have received a national honor.

O’Neal Elementary and Poplar Bluff Junior High are among 53 school campuses out of over 10,000 to be named national showcase schools by the Flippen Group for top notch implementation of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program.

The program is a cultural initiative that centers on building positive relationships with students and was first piloted at the Junior High during the 2013/14 school year. It then expanded to O’Neal the following year and ultimately becoming a district-wide practice.

As a reward for the achievement, the Junior High and O’Neal have received three scholarships apiece for staff members to attend newly developed advanced training by the company this summer in Texas.

 

MAN ALLEGEDLY GRABS GUN AND THREATNES TO KILL HIS EX GIRLFRIEND
A Poplar Bluff man is in custody on multiple charges in connection to an altercation at an area residence.

KWOC News spoke to Chief Deputy Wess Popp with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department about the incident.

WESS POPP:

On Sunday morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. Deputies got a call to respond to the 1000 block of White Oak in Butler County in reference to a domestic in progress that involved a firearm. Officers arrived, made contact with the female, Ashley Hopper, who stated she was inside the residence with her boyfriend Nathan when her ex-boyfriend, identified as 36 year old Richard Moore, from Poplar Bluff. While they were watching television Moore entered into the residence seeing Nathan on the couch became jealous and became argumentative. At which point he ran into Ashley’s bedroom where he knew a .38 revolver was placed. He grabbed the .38, Ashley ran in after him and threatened to kill her. He then came out of the bedroom and threatened Nathan with a handgun which ultimately talked him into fighting hand-to-hand and Nathan was able to get him outside the residence to fight, leaving the weapon inside. Prior to officers arriving, Richard had fled the scene in a red 4-door truck. Officers went ahead and stayed in the area believing that he may come back, which he did. Once Moore seen officers standing by a short pursuit began where deputies ended up calling ahead to the city of Poplar Bluff with the description and shortly thereafter Poplar Bluff was able to pull Moore over and take him into custody without incident. Currently Mr. Moore is being incarcerated in the Butler County Justice Center for the crime of assault 2nd degree with a firearm, armed criminal action, and also endangering the welfare of a child first degree because her small child was present while he was making his threats within the residence.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING COCAINE CHARGE OUT OF HOWELL COUNTY
A Poplar Bluff man is facing multiple felony drug charges following his arrest in Howell County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 55 year old Harlan Gipson was arrested Monday afternoon on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for cocaine and possession of marijuana.

Following the arrest, Gipson was held at the Howell County Jail.

 

NARCOTICS AND COUNTERFEIT MONEY FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN KENNETT
Two people are facing charges following a traffic stop last week.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that officers conducted a traffic stop Thursday night on a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign.

After getting consent to search the vehicle, officers located several containers with narcotics inside them as well as several counterfeit $100 bills, drug paraphernalia, and other controlled substances.

The occupants of the vehicle, 38 year old April McCormick and 26 year old Samantha Jenkins, both of Kennett, were arrested and transported to the Dunklin County Justice Center pending formal charges by the State Prosecutors Office.

Monday April 24, 2017

ILLINOIS MAN IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO NON LETHAL SHOOTING IN POPLAR BLUFF
An Illinois man has surrendered to authorities in Poplar Bluff following a shooting on Friday.

Josh Stewart with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that officers responded to Garfield Street Friday in reference to a shooting where they learned that a 29 year old Poplar Bluff resident had been taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

35 year old Tajsh Lee, of East St. Louis, Illinois, has been identified as a potential suspect and he turned himself in to authorities on Sunday.

His bond has been set at $250,000, cash only.

 

KENNETT MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE
Authorities in Kennett say an area man has been taken into custody for possession with intent to distribute.

According to the Kennett Police Department, on Saturday officers arrested 27 year old Darius Hudson, of Kennett, for possession of synthetic cannabinoid and possession with the intent to distribute.

Following the arrest, Hudson was held at the Dunklin County Justice Center pending formal charges by the State Prosecutors Office.

 

BLOOMFILED WOMAN ARRESTED ON DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGES
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested a Bloomfield woman on domestic assault and controlled substance charges.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 44 year old Elizabeth Hammett was recently taken into custody on charges of 4th degree domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance except for 35 grams or less of marijuana or a synthetic cannabinoid. Her bond was set at $22,500, cash only.

45 year old Charles Hammett, also of Bloomfield, was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance except for 35 grams or less of marijuana or a synthetic cannabinoid. His bond was set at $12,500 cash only.

 

DEXTER MAN DIES FOLLOWING WRECK INVOLVING STODDARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE VEHICLE
A Dexter man has died from injuries he received Saturday in a wreck in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office vehicle was travelling northbound on Missouri Highway 25 with its emergency lights and sirens activated when it struck a motorized bicycle that was crossing the roadway.

The driver of the bicycle, 22 year old David Griggs, was taken to a Dexter hospital where he was pronounced dead. No injuries were listed for the driver of the Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

 

MARSTON WOMAN FACING FELONY DRUG CHARGE OUT OF NEW MADRID COUNTY
A Marston woman was arrested over the weekend in New Madrid County on a felony drug charge.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 32 year old Crystal McFerren was arrested Saturday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

McFerren is also facing a charge of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.

Following the arrest, she was transported to the Pemiscot County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

 

PEMISCOT COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEK FOR PIPE REPLACEMENTS
Route P in Pemiscot County will be closed this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace several pipes under the roadway.

According to MoDOT, the work zone will be located between Route A and Route K in Pemiscot County.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place today through Thursday from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

Friday April 21, 2017

STORMS DAMAGE MULTIPLE HOMES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Multiple reports of damage have come in following yesterday’s storms in Southeast Missouri.

According to the Ripley County Emergency Manager, there was moderate damage to three homes that had trees fall through their roofs. One home also had minor damage when a power line weather head was pulled from the structure by a downed tree. Multiple vehicles were also damaged.

The Doniphan Police Department reported that downed trees blocked the roadways on Route Y and Route K for a period of time last night and have since been cleared off.

In southern Butler County, a semi-tractor trailer overturned on Highway 67 about a mile north of the Missouri and Arkansas State Line. The driver was removed from the vehicle and appeared to be okay.

 

HANDGUNS AND METHAMPHETAMINE FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN POPLAR BLUFF
Two Poplar Bluff residents are facing charges after methamphetamine and firearms were found during a traffic stop Thursday.

KWOC News spoke with Lieutenant Darron Moore with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the stop.

DARRON MOORE:

Early Thursday morning around 12:40 a.m., Patrolman Dustin Barks conducted a traffic stop on a black Pontiac in the 500 block of Highway 53. Contact was made with the male driver, 21 year old Jordan Braden and the female passenger 25 year old Kira Earls, both of Poplar Bluff.

During the traffic stop it was determined that the vehicle was improperly registered, there was no insurance on the vehicle and the passenger had an active warrant for her arrest. During a search of the vehicle, Officers located 1 handgun under the driver’s seat and 2 handguns under the passenger’s seat along with items of drug paraphernalia.

K9 officer Billy Duckett was assisting with the traffic stop and observed several small plastic baggies fall from Mr. Braden’s shorts. These baggies contained a crystalized substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine. After locating these items, Mr. Braden volunteered two other bags of suspected methamphetamine from his underwear. The total weight of the suspected methamphetamine was approximately 50.8 grams.

Braden and Earls were arrested and later lodged in the Butler County Justice Center with charges of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Further arrests are anticipated and contact has been made with ATF and DEA for consideration into federal charges.

 

INDIVIDUALS CHARGED AFTER GRAFFITI REFRENCES POSSIBLE SHOOTING AT NORHTEAST ARKANSAS SCHOOL
Authorities in Clay County say that individuals have been charged in connection to graffiti that was found last week.

According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, on Saturday, the sheriff’s department was contacted about graffiti found at Chalk Bluff that referenced a possible shooting to take place at a school in Piggott.

Miller says that the individuals responsible for the graffiti were identified and are being charged with falsely making a terroristic threat. The case will be referred to the Clay County Juvenile Department. The names of the individuals charged have not been released.

Miller tells KWOC News that no overt actions were taken to carry out this threat and that the Clay County Sheriff’s Department’s, Piggott Police Department’s, and the Piggott School District’s first priority is the safety of the students and staff.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CLAY COUNTY ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
A man has been taken into custody in Northeast Arkansas on child pornography related charges.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that on Monday, officers with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Piggott Police Department and the Jonesboro Police Department’s ICAC Unit, executed a search warrant on the residence of Jerry Greene in Piggott.

During the search, officers located three images identified as child pornography.

Greene was arrested and has been charged with three counts of possessing child pornography. Sheriff Miller says that further charges could be forthcoming depending on results from the computer lab.

 

KENNETT MAN ARRESTED ON FIREARM CHARGES
Authorities in Dunklin County have arrested a Kennett man on gun charges.

According to the Kennett Police Department, 27 year old James Williams was taken into custody Wednesday for felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of under 35 grams of marijuana.

Williams is being held at the Dunklin County Justice Center pending formal charges from the State Prosecutors Office.

 

COFFEE WITH A COP EVENT SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONTH IN POPLAR BLUFF
A Coffee with a Cop event has been scheduled for next month in Poplar Bluff.

Area residents will be able to join local Police Officers for coffee and conversation from 8 am to 10 am on Saturday, May 20th.

The event will be held at Myrtle’s Place Back Alley BBQ in downtown Poplar Bluff.

 

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

INFANT FLOWN TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 
Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon, including a young child, following a wreck in New Madrid County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred on New Madrid County Road 246 when a vehicle, driven by 50 year old Peggy Callaway, of Bernie, ran off the side of the roadway, struck a ditch, and overturned.

Two passengers in the vehicle, a 24 year old woman and an infant child, were ejected during the wreck. The infant was seriously injured and flown to a children’s hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The woman received moderate injuries and was taken to a Kennett hospital.

No injuries were listed for the driver.

 

 
ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING

 
Officials with the National Weather Service say that we could be seeing severe thunderstorms today.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the NWS, isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon and evening. Locally damaging wind, and marginally severe hail, 1 inch in diameter, will also be possible in addition to locally heavy rain.

There are also chances of thunderstorms for Friday and Saturday, with locally heavy rainfall of up to 3 inches is possible. Weather officials say that this may result in minor, short duration flooding, mainly in low, poor drainage areas across southeast Missouri.

 

 
BLYTHEVILLE MAN CONVICTED ON FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGE

 
A Northeast Arkansas man has been found guilty on a murder charge.

Anfernee Wells, of Blytheville, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday on a charge of 1st degree murder. The charge stems from the 2015 shooting death of Vincent Stone in Blytheville.

Wells received a sentence of 40 years in prison.

 

 
TWO FACING DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGES OUT OF STODDARD COUNTY

 
Two people are facing a controlled substance charge following their arrest in Stoddard County.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 35 year old Stephanie Walter, of Colorado Springs, and 29 year old Tylor Young, of Advance, were each recently arrested on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance.

Officials say that both remained in jail as of this morning on $15,000 cash only bonds.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 
A Poplar Bluff woman has been taken into custody on a local warrant.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 28 year old Amanda Cates, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a Butler County warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

 

 
CAMPBELL FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HOST PANCAKE BREAKFAST THIS MORNING

 
If you are in the Campbell area and also in the mood for pancakes this morning, you should stop by the Campbell Community Center.

The Campbell Fire Department will be hosting an all you care to eat pancake breakfast this morning from 7 am to 10:30 am. The food will include pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, and milk or juice. The cost is $6, with children five and under eating for free.

Families of up to four members can get in for $20. All proceeds from the event will go to the Campbell Fire Department for the purchase of gear and equipment.

 

 
DATE SET FOR YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW AT THE BUTLER COUNTY FAIR

 
Preparations are being made for the Youth Livestock Show at the 2017 Butler County Fair.

According to the Butler County Fair Facebook page, the show will be held on Thursday, September 28th and is open to youth in Butler, Stoddard, Dunklin, Wayne, Carter, Ripley and Clay Counties.

To show lambs, goats, chickens or rabbits in the fair, youth will need to join 4-H or FFA. The deadline to register for the goat and lamb market class is May 15th. The deadline to register for chickens and rabbits is July 1st.

For more information and to register contact Stephanie Milner or Caleb Stewart at 573-686-8064.

Wednesday April 19, 2017

MULTIPLE METH LABS FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

A Butler County Sherriff’s Deputy found multiple meth labs Tuesday during a stop.

KWOC News spoke with Deputy Brandon Lowe about the traffic stop.

BRANDON LOWE: 

On Tuesday morning, at around 7:20 am, I stopped a vehicle for no brake light on the driver side on Highway 67 South northbound lane just north of Cane Creek Flats. I made contact with the driver, Michael Hunter age 47, tried to obtain his ID, he advised me that he did not have a driver’s license. I tried to get the passengers ID, identified as Jason Miller also age 47. I had dispatch run a check on both subjects. I was advised that Hunter’s driving privilege was revoked and that Miller’s had expired. I took Hunter into custody, escorted him back to my patrol unit. I then went up and asked Miller to exit the vehicle. As Miller was exiting the vehicle, a meth pipe fell off of his lap, he attempted to stomp on it and tried to kick it off into the median at which time I placed him in custody and requested additional units. I asked for consent to search the vehicle, the vehicle was registered to Miller however Hunter was the driver. Both subjects gave consent to search. Inside the vehicle was a Black Backpack between the driver seat and the passenger seat that was partially unzipped, and I could see inside the backpack there were two meth labs, commonly called Shake and Bakes or one pots. I removed the backpack from the van and as I set it on the ground I observed several other items inside the backpack related to narcotics. I could see a syringe. I could see coffee filters, ziplock baggies. There was a black case that was enclosed that I removed from the backpack and once I opened it up there was coffee filters that had residue, there was a black vial. Inside the black vial I found a small baggie of crystal methamphetamine and a small baggie of powdered methamphetamine. Hunter and Miller were both transported to the Sheriff’s Department where they were booked and lodged. They are both being charged with distribution/manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine precursors with intent to distribute, and Hunter, the driver, is also being charged with driving while revoked and the equipment violation for the brake light.

 

ED DEGARIS ELECTED AS MAYOR OF POPLAR BLUFF

 

Ed DeGaris will maintain his position as Mayor of Poplar Bluff.

DeGaris was elected by a unanimous vote of the Council at a meeting Monday night.

Councilwoman Susan McVey was also unanimously elected as Mayor Pro Tem during the meeting.

Before the election, Ron Black, Steve Davis, and Robert L. Smith were all sworn in to their seats on the council.

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BUTLER COUNTY ROAD

 

Route CC in Butler County will be temporarily closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform a pipe replacement.

The section of roadway to be closed is located between Route FF and County Road 677.

Work is scheduled to be performed from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

 

THREE ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON METH RELATED CHARGES

 

Three people were taken into custody late Tuesday night in Wayne County on meth related charges.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the arrests all occurred at around 10 pm Tuesday.

37 year old Leslie Long, of Clubb, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute – methamphetamine.

Officers also arrested 33 year old Jessica Morrill, of Fisk, and 29 year old Brandon Tumbas, of Poplar Bluff, on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN KENNETT ON DRUG AND LARCENY WARRANTS

 

A man was taken into custody Tuesday in Kennett on multiple warrants.

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers arrested 29 year old Cody Conder Tuesday morning on warrants for dangerous drugs and larceny.

Officials say the bond for the dangerous drugs warrant is $25,000, while the bond for the larceny warrant is $5,000.

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

 

NEW MADRID POLICE SAY THEY HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL REPORTS OF A CHECK SCAM

 

The New Madrid Police Department says that have received several reports about a scam where a fraudulent check is received in the mail.

According to the Police Department, the letter with the check says that it is for the recipient’s work as a “store evaluator”. A large check is enclosed and the recipient is encouraged to cash the check, and then use some of the money to buy prepaid Visa cards.

The letter then asks the recipient to fill out the attached survey with the card numbers for the cards they have purchased and mail the survey back in.

The person who cashes the check will ultimately owe money to the bank as well as lose out on the money for the prepaid cards.

Anyone who receives one of these letters is advised to not cash the check. Police officials say this is believed to be an overseas scam and is currently under investigation by several agencies.

 

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 tomorrow 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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

 

 

 

VEHICLE OVERTURNS IN BUTLER COUNTY, SERIOUSLY INJURING ONE

 

A vehicle overturned Monday afternoon in Butler County resulting in serious injuries to an area man.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 40 year old Shawn Tubbs, of Harviell, was driving on Highway 142 when his vehicle lost control, ran off the roadway, hit a tree, and overturned. The wreck occurred at the Poplar Bluff city limits.

Tubbs suffered serious injuries and was transported to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 
GRASSY MAN FACING CHARGES OF STATUTORY SODOMY AND CHILD MOLESTATION
An area man has been taken into custody on multiple felony charges.

According to Missouri Case Net, a warrant was served Monday on 72 year old Johnathan Barks Senior, of Grassy.

He was arrested by the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Department and has been charged with 2nd degree statutory sodomy and 4th degree child molestation. His bond was set at $50,000, cash only.

Barks arraignment has been scheduled for Wednesday morning.

 
TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK NEAR DEXTER
Two Campbell residents were seriously injured Monday afternoon after an SUV crashed near Dexter.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the wreck occurred when the driver, 49 year old Roxie Calder, of Campbell, lost control of the vehicle on Missouri Highway 25 and struck a utility pole.

Two passengers in the vehicle, 30 year old Rebecca Calder and 27 year old Marcia Coshatt, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

 
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Monday evening on a felony methamphetamine charge.

According to the Highway Patrol, 29 year old Thomas Crumley was arrested Monday evening on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Crumley is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and has a warrant out of Wilson County, Kansas.

Crumley was transported to the Butler County Jail following the arrest.

 
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL IN POPLAR BLUFF EXTENDED TO THIS FRIDAY
The deadline to get your children signed up for baseball or softball in Poplar Bluff has been extended to this Friday.

According to Poplar Bluff Parks and Recreation, the deadline is for youths who will be age eight through 15 on August 1st.

There is no registration fee and registration forms can be found at the Parks Department office or online at www.poplarbluff-mo.gov.

For more information call 686-8645.

 
YOUTH ALCOHOL ENFORCEMENT CRACKDOWN ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT MONTH
The Dexter Police Department has announced their participation in a nationwide youth alcohol enforcement crackdown.

The crackdown will include high visibility enforcement throughout Dexter from May 4th to May 15th.

According to Police officials, officers will be aggressively looking for substance–impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Monday April 17, 2017

ONE KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Patterson man has died following a single vehicle wreck Friday in Wayne County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 29 year old Ricky Harper ran off the side of Route E and overturned at around 6 am Friday morning. The wreck was located about six miles east of Greenville.

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

 

ARKANSAS MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON RESISTING ARREST CHARGE
Authorities in Butler County have arrested an Arkansas man on a charge of resisting arrest.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 62 year old Jimmy Winkle, of Evening Shade, was taken into custody Friday evening on charges of resisting arrest by fleeing, driving while revoked, and failure to maintain right half of the roadway.

After the arrest, Winkle was transported to the Butler County Jail.

 

ROADWORK SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK ON US 160 IN RIPLEY AND OREGON COUNTIES
US 160 in Oregon and Ripley Counties will be reduced to one lane this week so crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation can partially overlay the roadway.

According to MoDOT, the work zone will be located from Route 19 in Oregon County to Route J in Ripley County.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled for 7 am to 4:30 pm daily through this Thursday.

 

INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST OF TWO PEOPLE ON MURDER CHARGES IN MALDEN
An ongoing investigation into a homicide last September has led to the arrest of two people.

Malden Police Chief Jarrett Bullock tells KWOC News that both Larry Thornton, of Portageville, and Brianna Bonaparte, of Sikeston, were arrested last week in connection to the murder of Walter Lee on September 8th.

Arrest warrants for both Thornton and Bonaparte have been issued for the charges of murder 1st degree, robbery 1st degree, and two counts of armed criminal action.

Both are being held in the Dunklin County Jail with the possibility of no bond.

Bullock says that the investigation is still ongoing and more charges may be filed. If anyone has information in connection to the case they are asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

 

BROSELEY WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONIES
A Broseley woman is facing multiple felony charges in connection to her arrest over the weekend.

According to authorities, 48 year old Loretta Barnett was taken into custody Saturday afternoon in Butler County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated – drugs.

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

 

POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT
The Poplar Bluff City Council will be holding a regular meeting tonight in the City Council Chambers beginning at 7 pm.

Prior to the meeting, a special meeting will begin at 6:45 pm where the Poplar Bluff City Clerk will swear in the newly elected City Councilmembers and then the new City Council will elect a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.

During the regular meeting, the city council will discuss a possible ballot proposition for a local use tax as well as a request from the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a request to rezone property that is located south of Eugene Boulevard.

 

TREE TRIMMING TO CAUSE DELAYS FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS IN STODDARD COUNTY
Westbound Route 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane over almost two weeks as Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the roadway.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route F to County Road 449.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday, April 27th from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily.

Friday April 14, 2017

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON GREENE COUNTY WARRANT
A Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody on a warrant.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Randel Sparks was arrested Thursday afternoon in Butler County on a Greene County warrant for failure to appear for felony hit and run.

He is also facing charges of driving while suspended and failure to display valid plates.

Sparks is currently being held at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office on no bond.

The warrant is in connection to the hit and run death of a Poplar Bluff teenager in December of 2015.

 

ELLINGTON MAN FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES
An Ellington man is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest Thursday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Carl Lodge was arrested shortly after 9 pm in Reynolds County on felony charges of driving while intoxicated – chronic offender and endangering the welfare of a child.

Following the arrest, Lodge was transported to the Reynolds County Jail.

 

MODOT ENCOURAGES MISSOURIANS TO HELP CLEAN UP LITTER
The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking Missourians from every corner of the state to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual “No MOre Trash! Bash.”

The program runs from April 15th to May 15th and encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.

According to MoDOT, last year, more than 50,400 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one month No MOre Trash! Bash.

 

POLICE OFFICERS SAVE TWO DOGS FROM A FIRE IN KENNETT
Two dogs were saved from a fire earlier this week in Kennett.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that shortly before midnight Wednesday night; a patrolling officer discovered a structure fire on Vinson Street. Officers on scene found that no one was home but heard several dogs barking inside the residence.

The officers were able to break out a window prior to Firefighters’ arrival and make entry into the residence to save the two dogs. Neither of the dogs were injured, and they were later turned over to their owners.

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN STODDARD COUNTY WRECK
Two people have been flown to regional hospitals in connection to a wreck in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that a vehicle, driven by 38 year old James Charles, of Dexter, reportedly crossed the center line of Missouri Highway 25 Thursday afternoon and struck a vehicle head on.

Charles suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was flown to a St. Louis hospital. The driver of the second vehicle also received serious injuries and was air lifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

KENNETT CHILDREN ENCOURAGED TO SPEND TIME WITH AREA POLICE OFFICERS
The Kennett Police Department is encouraging area children to spend a Saturday next month with some local police officers.

The 1st Annual Kennett Kids N’ Cops event will be held from 8:30 am to noon on Saturday, May 13th at Combs Lake.

Kids will be able to take part in multiple activities with local officers, including fishing, archery, and boat rides. They will also get a free hotdog, chips, and drinks.

For more information, call 573-344-3490.

 

DRIVERS ASKED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STRIPING CREWS
Motorists are advised to be cautious of striping vehicles that are running throughout Southeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, striping is currently underway, with the focus on minor routes. In late May, crews will shift their attention to striping major routes, including Interstate 55, Route 60 and Route 67, as well as state routes in cities and towns.

Drivers should be prepared to slow down significantly when coming up behind a slow-moving caravan of MoDOT striping trucks. The striping trucks move between 8 mph and 12 mph when work is underway.

Thursday April 13, 2017

SIX ARRESTED ON HEROIN CHARGES IN POPLAR BLUFF
Poplar Bluff authorities have arrested six people on heroin charges.

Narcotics Investigator Cory Mitchell with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that the arrests occurred Tuesday morning.

CORY MITCHELL:

On Tuesday morning during the early hours, approximately 6 am, members of the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Butler County Sheriff’s Department, Southeast Missouri drug task force, DEA, ATF, the US Marshal Service, executed several search warrants within Poplar Bluff and Butler County, Missouri at two local motels and a residence in Poplar Bluff where a substantial quantity, approximately a half ounce of heroin in total, was recovered and seized and the arrest of six individuals. The six individuals that were arrested during this investigation was Cody Marks, Dominique Jones, Bradley Jordan, Cameron Cook, Demetrius Taylor, and Jessica Doyle. Five of the six we’re going to be requesting charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and that’s on all the male subjects and on the female is going to be possession of heroin and methamphetamine drug paraphernalia for Doyle.

Narcotics Investigator Jason Morgan with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells us that additional heroin distributors have been identified as a part of the investigation.

JASON MORGAN:

It’s just part of us doing our job through this investigation we were able to identify some lower to mid level distributors and this investigations also identified some upper-level distributors. Tuesday Morning we arrested six lower to mid level dealers and through this investigation we’ve also identified some upper-level distributors of heroin in our community. We’re targeting them as well. Not only through the proactive efforts of the Poplar Bluff Police Department and the drug task force is involved, what makes these cases for us is the efforts of the public providing information, family members providing information about their loved ones being addicted to heroin. The family members knowing where the loved ones are getting the drugs and reporting that to us, those are all beneficial key components of helping us further these investigations and as long as we have the public support we’ll continue to make arrests.

 

DEXTER WOMAN FACING METH CHARGE FOLLOWING ARREST IN BUTLER COUNTY
Authorities in Butler County have arrested a Dexter woman on a felony meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 32 year old Robin Currie was arrested Wednesday evening on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Currie also reportedly had a misdemeanor warrant from the Dexter Police Department for shoplifting.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT
Area residents will have a chance to safely dispose of their unused or expired medication later this month.

The Poplar Bluff Police Department will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29th from 10 am to 2 pm.

Participants must simply drive up to the police department and an officer will collect their medications. The Police Department has asked that no hypodermic needles or aerosol inhalers be brought.

For more information or to find a collection site near you go online to www.dea.gov.

 

MAN FACING ASSAULT CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING IN POPLAR BLUFF
One man was injured Tuesday evening in connection to a shooting in Poplar Bluff.

KWOC News spoke with Lieutenant Josh Stewart with the Poplar Bluff Police Department who told us that the shooting reportedly stemmed from an altercation at an area business.

JOSH STEWART:

On Tuesday evening at approximately 9:35 p.m. officers of the Poplar Bluff Police Department were dispatched to the 1100 block of North 11th Street in reference to shots fired. Once in the area they contacted the two victims, a thirty-one-year-old resident of Poplar Bluff, who was suffering injuries from glass in his eye and a twenty-one-year-old Poplar Bluff resident suffering no injuries. In speaking with the two it was learned that the shooting stemmed from an earlier altercation at Hucks. The victims advised that they suspected twenty-one-year-old Sikeston resident Dearius Vance to be responsible for the shooting. Mr. Vance’s vehicle information was disseminated to area law enforcement. At approximately 4 o’clock a.m. officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety contacted Mr. Vance during a traffic stop. Mr. Vance was taken into custody and transported back to Poplar Bluff. Additionally during the contact in Sikeston, a Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter handgun was located. Vance was processed and is currently lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on charges of assault first, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon. The 31-year old Poplar Bluff resident suffering injuries was treated and released at a area hospital.

 

POPLAR BLUFF ATHLETIC DIRECTOR WARNS OF FRAUD ATTEMPTS
A Poplar Bluff School Official says that city residents are again being targeted for fraud.

Poplar Bluff R-1 Athletic Director Kent Keith tells KWOC News that the Poplar Bluff Athletic Department does not use outside companies to solicit donations on their behalf. Keith says that only he or their coaching staff will contact you if they are seeking donations for any athletic activity.

Anyone who has any doubt about any call requesting funds for the Athletic Department should contact Keith’s office.

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Route MM in Dunklin County will be reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge maintenance.

The work zone will be located between Route J and County Road 122.

MoDOT officials say that the work will take place from 7 am to 4 pm.