Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PEDESTRIAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY A VEHICLE NEAR SIKESTON

A Sikeston woman has died after being hit by a vehicle on Monday.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that a Hyundai Tucson struck 51 year old Hope Boes at around 5:15 am Monday morning.

The wreck occurred on Route BB in Scott County, around a half mile north of Sikeston.

Boes was pronounced dead at the scene by Scott County Coroner Scott Amick.

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER

A Northeast Arkansas man has entered a guilty plea in connection to a 2016 shooting death.

Scott Ellington, prosecuting attorney for the 2nd judicial district of Arkansas, tells KWOC News that 20 year old Dante Reed, of Blytheville, pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of second degree murder.

Reed was charged in October 2016 after police said he shot and killed 33 year old Michael Angelo Scott.

Reed was sentenced by Judge Cindy Thyer to thirty years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

 

FATHER PLEADS GUIILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE IN INFANTS DEATH

A Blytheville man is facing 10 years in prison in connection to the death of an infant.

According to Scott Ellington, prosecuting attorney for the 2nd judicial district of Arkansas, 30 year old Johnny Richard, Sr., pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in Mississippi County Circuit Court.

Ellington says that Richard was the parent of a four-month-old infant who died from methamphetamine poisoning in August of 2017.

Richard was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Richard’s wife, 32 year old Christina Richard, was also charged with manslaughter in the case, and her next appearance in Circuit Court is scheduled for March 29th.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

Two people were taken into custody last night in Mississippi County on drug related charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Rachel Meyers, of East Prairie, and 23 year old Bradley Warren, of Charleston, were arrested within 10 minutes of each other Monday night, each on charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Warren is also facing charges of driving while intoxicated – drugs and driving while suspended.

The Highway Patrol did not specify if the two arrests were connected.

 

DAISY MORRIS NUTRITION CENTER IN CAMPBELL TO HOST TWO MURDER MYSTERY DINNERS

The Daisy Morris Nutrition Center in Campbell has announced they will be holding two murder mystery dinners this week.

‘Once Upon a Murder’, a fairytale themed murder mystery dinner has been scheduled for Friday, February 16th at 6 pm. On Saturday, February 17th at 6:30 pm, the nutrition center will be hosting another murder mystery dinner, ‘Tragedy in the Trailer Park.’

All proceeds benefit the Daisy Morris Nutrition Center in Campbell. For more information, call 573-246-5008.

 

NINE YEAR OLD POPLAR BLUFF STUDENT INTRODUCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT REGIONAL CONFERENCE

A nine year old student recently got the opportunity to introduce the keynote speaker at a conference that included 600 educators.

Makayla Cantu, third grader at Eugene Field, set the stage for Brad Montague, the mastermind behind YouTube sensation Kid President, last Wednesday during the 10th annual Leader in Me Symposium in St. Charles.

Makayla is a member of the media communications team at Eugene Field. The communications team produces a daily broadcast of morning announcements featuring a weather report, the lunch menu and a school news item.

Sponsors of the team, guidance counselor Esther Luna and first grade teacher Jessica Thurston, were also invited to the conference to present about their broadcasts.

Monday February 12, 2018

SUSPECT IN POPLAR BLUFF MURDER ENTERS NOT GUILTY PLEA

A suspect in a Poplar Bluff shooting has pled not guilty to first degree murder.

An initial arraignment hearing was held Friday for 31 year old Ricky Davis Jr. on charges of murder 1st degree, two counts of assault 1st degree, and three counts of armed criminal action.

Davis was arrested last week in connection to the shooting death of 36 year old Janice Thomas at a Poplar Bluff residence.

Two others were shot and injured during the incident on Thursday.

According to Missouri Case Net, Davis waived arraignment on Friday and entered a plea of not guilty to all counts. He was ordered to be held without bond.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 1 pm on Monday, March 19th in Butler County.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY

Two people were each taken into custody Sunday evening in Butler County on a meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Nathan Calhoun, of Poplar Bluff, and 22 year old Brianna Calhoun, of Kennett, were each arrested at around 5:45 pm Sunday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Nathan Calhoun is also facing charges of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility for methamphetamine and unlawful possession of an illegal weapon.

Following their arrests, both were held at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS TO BE CLOSED TODAY IN MISSOURI

Driver examination stations across the state of Missouri will be closed today.

Captain John Hotz, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, tells KWOC News that driver examination stations will be closed today in observance of Lincoln Day. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday.

Hotz says that the stations will also be closed next Monday for George Washington’s Birthday.

 

MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY

Authorities in Wayne County arrested a Piedmont man Saturday night on meth and marijuana charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20 year old Kyle Killian was taken into custody at approximately 11 pm Saturday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine.

Killian was also arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG RELATED CHARGES

A Poplar Bluff man is facing multiple drug related charges in connection to his arrest over the weekend.

According to the Highway Patrol, 26 year old Tanner Turner, of Poplar Bluff, was arrested shortly after 10 pm Saturday night on felony charges of possession of drugs – methamphetamine, possession of synthetic narcotics, and possession of controlled substance inside a jail facility.

Turner is also facing charges of possession of marijuana under 10 grams, possession of a synthetic cannabinoid under 10 grams, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

BUSINESSES WARNED THAT KENNETT PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOT SOLICITING DONATIONS FOR DISTRICT CONFERENCE

Scammers are reportedly trying to hit businesses in the Kennett area.

According to the Kennett Chamber of Commerce, Kennett businesses are reporting that an individual is soliciting donations for a District Conference on behalf of Kennett Public Schools.

Kennett School officials say that the district is not soliciting donations for a conference and the attempt to get donations is a scam.

Anyone who receives one of these solicitations should contact their local law enforcement agency.

 

CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR ROAD PROJECTS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Contracts have been awarded for multiple road projects in Southeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, a contract was awarded for bridge scour repairs on Route 60 in Butler and Stoddard Counties and Route 160 in Ripley County.

Pavement improvements will be performed on Business 60, Route Y, and Route AA in Stoddard County and a contract was also awarded for bridge replacements on Routes N and O in Dunklin County.

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

The contracts were awarded by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission during their regular meeting last week.

 

Friday, February 9, 2018

ONE DEAD, TWO INJURED IN POPLAR BLUFF SHOOTING

One person has died and another is in custody in connection to a shooting in Poplar Bluff.

Few details about the incident have been released, however it is believed the shooting occurred late last night or early this morning.

The names of the deceased and the person arrested have not been released. Two other people were injured during the incident.

We will keep following this story and bring you additional information as it becomes available.

 

FOUR INJURED, INCLUDING THREE CHILDREN, IN WRECK NEAR DONIPHAN

Four people, including three children, were injured in a wreck Thursday morning in Ripley County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on US Highway 160, approximately five miles west of Doniphan, at around 7:25 am Thursday.

The wreck occurred as a Ford Taurus was slowing for a tractor trailer and was struck in the rear by a GMC Yukon. This caused the Taurus to travel off the left side of the roadway, overturn, and strike a tree.

Three children in the Taurus, ages eight to 10, were injured and taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital. The driver of the Yukon suffered minor injuries and was also transported to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY

Authorities in Butler County arrested a Poplar Bluff woman last night on a meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 39 year old Rebecca Hart was arrested at around 8:35 pm Thursday night on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Hart is also reportedly facing a charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

REPORT OF SUSPICOUS PERSON LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

A report of a suspicious person led to a drug arrest last weekend.

Sergeant Jon Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that at around 1:30 am Saturday morning, officers responded after an alert citizen reported a suspicious person and vehicle parked in their neighborhood.

Officers began checking the area and located a subject wearing a black sweatshirt and black overalls.

Officers performed a search and found a pipe consistent with the use of illegal drugs in the front pocket of the subject’s overalls. A search of his vehicle revealed a syringe loaded with a clear substance wrapped in a bandanna.

The man, identified as 53 year old Robert Wilcoxson Jr., of Sikeston, was transported to DPS headquarters where officers did an even more thorough search and located a small plastic bag. The small bag contained two smaller plastic baggies, each containing small amounts of a white crystal substance believed to be
methamphetamine.

Broom says that Wilcoxson has been charged with a class D felony of possession of a controlled substance through New Madrid County Circuit Court. His bond has been set at $5000 cash or surety.

 

STARS AND STRIPES MUSEUM AND LIBRARY HOLDING ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP DRIVE

The Stars and Stripes Museum and Library in Bloomfield is holding their annual sponsorship drive.

The Museum has over 7000 square feet of attractive multimedia exhibits, where visitors can see American military history from a different perspective. Admission to the museum is free and free tours are also offered.

The museum is located at 17377 Stars and Stripes Way in Bloomfield and you can find more information, including how you can lend your support, at www.starsandstripesmuseum.com.

 

SUSPECTED METHAMPHETAMINE AND A HANDGUN FOUND DURING SEARCH IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Authorities in Southeast Missouri say that suspected drugs and a firearm were found during a search earlier this week.

Steele Chief of Police Billy Joe Stanfield tells KWOC News that on Wednesday officers with the Steele Police Department along with the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, Pemiscot County Deputies, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol executed a search warrant at a residence located on Cobblestone Lane.

During the search, officers located and seized suspected methamphetamine and a handgun.

A 42-year-old man from Steele has been arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm.

Stanfield says that the man’s name is not being released until the filing of formal charges with the Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney Office.

 

DONIPHAN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA TEAM AND DONIPHAN FOR FOOTBALL TO HOST DINNER THEATRE

A dinner theater event has been scheduled for this weekend featuring students, alumni, and staff from Doniphan High School.

The Doniphan High School Drama Team and Doniphan for Football are teaming up to host ‘Southern Fried Murder’ beginning at 6 pm on tonight and tomorrow night in the DHS gymnasium.

Tickets, which include a catered meal, are $20 per person and available at the Doniphan High School office.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

DEXTER TEENAGER ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ABUSE AND SODOMY WARRANT

A Dexter teenager has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a sexual abuse warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 19 year old Christopher Reece Ammons was recently arrested on a warrant for 1st degree sexual abuse, 2nd degree sodomy, and 3rd degree assault on a law officer.

Few details about the arrest have been released, however officials say that Ammons remained in jail as of this morning.

 

WOMAN AIRLIFTED TO ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK ON ICY ROAD

A Fredericktown woman was airlifted to a regional hospital yesterday morning after being involved in a wreck in Madison County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 31 year old Jessica Henson was driving on an ice covered county road when she lost control and struck a tree.

Henson was seriously injured in the wreck and flown to a St. Louis hospital.

 

BENEFIT TO BE HELD TONIGHT DURING FISK BASKETBALL GAME

A benefit will be held tonight during a middle school basketball game to help raise money for an area teacher who is fighting breast cancer.

Hoopin’ for a Cure will be held tonight during the 5th and 6th grade Boys and Girls basketball games between Fisk and Puxico. There will be a chili supper beginning at 4:30 pm at the Twin Rivers High School Gym with the games beginning at 5:30 pm.

There will also be a silent auction.

All proceeds from the night will go to Fisk teacher, Jessica Payne, in her fight against cancer. For more information, contact Coach Crockett or Sandy Moore at 573-967-3607.

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

Two Poplar Bluff residents were arrested on a meth charge Wednesday night.

According to the Highway Patrol, 41 year old Chad Dunahoo and 40 year old Amanda McCrory, were each arrested shortly after 8 pm on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

They are each also facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and were held in the Butler County Jail following the arrest.

 

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION IN CONNECTION TO SIKESTON SHOOTING

A reward has been offered for information in connection to a shooting in Sikeston.

Sergeant Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that on January 22nd officers responded to a report of an assault 1st in the 200 block of Tanner Street.

The victim, Sam Hunter of Sikeston, had been shot one time in what appears to have been a planned robbery/burglary.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing and Sergeant Broom says that the Hunter family has offered a reward of up to $5000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction for the persons responsible for the crime.

Anyone who has information related to the case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-471-1500.

 

NEELYVILLE WOMAN FACING METH CHARGE

Authorities in Butler County arrested an area woman yesterday evening on a felony controlled substance charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Mary Moore, of Neelyville, was taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

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

 

POPLAR BLUFF TEACHER AND STUDENT WIN REGIONAL VFW HONOR

A Poplar Bluff High School teacher and Junior High student were recently honored regionally by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for displaying a sense of civic duty and patriotism.

Courtney Padgett of the eighth grade won first place in the Patriot’s Pen essay competition and social studies teacher Mitch Davis was named the secondary grade level Smart/Maher VFW Citizenship Education winner last month, in Cape Girardeau.

Courtney wrote in her essay. “Without veterans, we would lose so many things we take for granted every day.” Courtney went on to discuss the responsibility the current generation has to protect the country’s freedom. The theme of the contest was ‘America’s gift to my generation.’

Davis and Courtney were previously recognized by VFW Post 6477, along with PBHS senior Michael Johnson, who placed third in the voice of democracy essay contest themed, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” The students also received monetary awards.

Tuesday February 6, 2018

OVER A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

An incoming weather system is bringing with it the possibility of over a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation overnight tonight in Southeast Missouri.

KWOC News spoke with Rick Shanklin, with the National Weather System about what we can expect tonight.

RICK SHANKLIN:

Based on the latest weather data were seeing, it does appear there is a significant risk of icing across Southeast Missouri tonight. We expect the precipitation to begin over spreading Southeast Missouri this evening beginning possibly by late afternoon even for points especially to the south and west of Poplar Bluff, and then over spreading all of Southeast Missouri this evening. We are expecting right now at least one to two tenths of an inch of ice accumulation across much of Southeast Missouri there definitely is some potential for even greater amounts but one to two tenths of an inch that’s enough to cause significant travel impacts for tonight and lasting into at least part of Wednesday and if we do see greater amounts, a quarter of an inch or greater, that could even potentially lead to some isolated power outages. So we’ll have to watch that very closely as this system continues to evolve. Basically it’s an area of low pressure setting up to our southeast and moisture feeding into our region beginning late today and tonight. The good news, the system will be moving out early Wednesday and we should see improving conditions throughout the day Wednesday.

Remember that you can check road conditions on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Travelers Information Map at MoDOT.org or by using the MoDOT App.

 

SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED ON FIREARM AND DRUG CHARGES

A Sikeston man has been taken into custody on firearm and drug charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22 year old Kaelen Howard was arrested early Monday morning in Scott County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm as well as a felony warrant out of St. Louis County.

Howard is also facing misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

 

POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL TO OFFER ACT EXAM FOR FREE

Poplar Bluff High School will be offering High School juniors a chance to take the ACT exam for free.

The college admissions test, previously state-funded, was cut from the Missouri budget this school year. The R-I Board of Education voted unanimously in November to pick up the tab.

The four-hour test will be offered free of charge on Tuesday, April 3rd, at the High School with a make-up date of Tuesday, April 24th. The test may be retaken up to six additional times at a cost of $46 or $62.50 including the writing component.

For more information, contact the counseling center at 573-785-6471.

 

SPECIAL ELECTION TO BE HELD TODAY TO FILL VACANT MISSOURI HOUSE SEAT

A special election will be held today in Iron County and parts of Wayne, Washington, and Reynolds Counties to fill a vacant seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Republican Chris Dinkins will take on Democrat Jim Scaggs in today’s election to be the representative from the 144th Missouri Legislative District.

The seat was formerly held by Republican Paul Fitzwater, who was appointed to the state Board of Probation and Parole by Governor Eric Greitens last year.

 

PEDESTRIAN INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

A man was injured after being struck by a vehicle on Sunday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the incident occurred Sunday evening at a parking lot in Pemiscot County.

A vehicle was backing up in the parking lot when it struck 44 year old Ronald Reagan, of Steele.

Reagan suffered minor injuries and was taken to a Kennett hospital.

 

SPOTTER TRAINING TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH IN POPLAR BLUFF

A Skywarn Spotter training class will be held in Poplar Bluff next month.

The National Weather Service will be conducting the class on Friday, March 2nd in the lecture hall of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center on the campus of Three Rivers College.

The class will begin at 6 pm. The class is free of charge and open to anyone who has an interest in severe weather and/or public service. The objective of the training is to provide the knowledge to identify and report key severe weather features.

Registration is required and for more information go to the Butler County EMA Facebook page.

Monday February 5, 2018

FIRE CLAIMS THE LIFE OF TWO PEOPLE IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

Two people were found dead over the weekend in connection to a structure fire in Pemiscot County.

According to authorities, the fire was reported shortly after 4 am Saturday morning in Hayti Heights.

67 year old Benny McFerren and 6 year old Carmellow Robinson were found dead at the scene. Two teenagers suffered minor injuries.

An investigation is ongoing, however authorities say that no foul play was indicated.

 

NAMES RELEASED OF TWO MEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO CHAFFEE SCHOOL LOCKDOWN

Authorities have released the names of two men who were arrested in connection to a school lockdown last week in Chaffee.

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were involved in a pursuit Thursday that ended in Chaffee. One subject fled on foot near Chaffee Elementary School, causing the school to go on a short lock down.

The subject, 26 year old Tyler Stone, of Jackson, was arrested and is facing felony charges including delivery of a controlled substance and resisting arrest by fleeing.

Another man, 22 year old Bernard Cruz, also of Jackson, was taken into custody and is facing a charge of delivery of a controlled substance in connection to the incident.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS THIS WEEK ON INTERSTATE 55 RAMPS IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

North and Southbound I-55 ramps in New Madrid County will be reduced this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs on the shoulder.

MoDOT officials tell KWOC News that the work zone will be located between mile marker 40 and mile marker 58.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Friday, February 9th from 7 am to 4:30 pm, daily.

 

MOTORISTS REMINDED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR BLACK ICE

While yesterday’s snowfall might not have resulted in much accumulation, weather officials are telling motorists that they still need to be on the lookout for black ice.

According to the National Weather Service, with temperatures falling into the teens overnight, water from melted snow could freeze into a very thin, nearly transparent, layer of ice on roads and sidewalks.

Motorists should avoid sudden stops or braking while driving, since the traction of the wheels on the road could be reduced significantly compared to dry pavement, causing you to travel much further down the road before stopping.

Also remember to allow extra time to reach your destination this morning.

 

MATTHEWS MAN FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES FOLLOWING FRIDAY NIGHT ARREST

A Matthews’s man was taken into custody Friday night on multiple felony charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20 year old Franklin Lee was arrested on felony charges including possession of controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Lee is also facing felony charges of resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child, and driving while intoxicated – persistent offender.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

Authorities in Stoddard County say that a Bloomfield man was in custody this morning on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 28 year old Nicholas Martin was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance.

Martin’s bond was set at $20,000 cash, and officials say that he remained in jail as of this morning.

 

BLUFF CITY MALLARDS ANNUAL SPORTSMAN’S DINNER SET FOR FEBRUARY 17TH

The 2018 Bluff City Mallards Annual Sportsman’s Dinner has been scheduled for later this month.

The dinner will be held on Saturday, February 17th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7. A live auction will begin at 8 pm.

Tickets are $40 for a single, $65 for a couple, and $20 for a greenwing.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Grant Collins at 573-718-9737.

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

CHASE CAUSES AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO GO ON LOCKDOWN

A Southeast Missouri elementary school was placed under lockdown yesterday due to a chase in the area.

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were involved in a pursuit Thursday that ended in Chaffee.

The suspect vehicle was involved in an accident that caused damage to a resident vehicle. One subject fled on foot near Chaffee Elementary School, causing the school to go on a short lock down.

It was determined shortly after that the school and all students were not in any immediate danger and the subject had left the area. The subject was apprehended a short time later.

The driver was later apprehended in Cape Girardeau. The names of the two subjects were not released.

 

TENNESSEE MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE

Authorities in Butler County arrested a Tennessee man yesterday on a controlled substance charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 33 year old Robert Sears, was taken into custody at around 1 pm on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

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

 

AAG TRIVIA NIGHT SET FOR TONIGHT

The Poplar Bluff High School Academic Assistance Group will be holding their 17th Trivia Night tonight.

The event will begin at 6 pm at the High School commons area. The cost is $150 per team.

The mission of the AAG is to provide supplemental educational opportunities that would not otherwise be available to Poplar Bluff High School Students.

For more information, contact PBHS Counselor Susan Brown at 573-785-6471.

 

DATES SET FOR POPLAR BLUFF KINDERGARTEN CENTER EARLY ENROLLMENT

The dates have been set for early enrollment at the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center.

Early enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year will be held on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd, from 9 am to noon, 1 pm to 3 pm, and 4 pm to 6 pm each day.

Students must be five years old on or before July 31st, 2018. Parents should bring the students birth certificate, social security card, a proof of residency, and immunizations records. Immunizations must be up to date prior to the first day of school.

Enrollment forms are available at www.PoplarBluffSchools.net.

 

CORPS OF ENGINEERS WINTER WATCH SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND

The US Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake has scheduled a winter watch event for this weekend.

The event, presented by the Corps of Engineers and Mingo Wildlife Refuge, will begin at 11 am on February 3rd at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center at Lake Wappapello.

There will be multiple family friendly activities including crafts and a ranger chat about eagle nest building.

Visitors can also look for eagles, migratory waterfowl, and birds at designated viewing stations around Wappapello Lake and the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge during the event.

 

POPLAR BLUFF CHEERLEADING KIDDIE CAMP SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK

A Poplar Bluff Cheerleading Kiddie Camp for future cheerleaders from ages 3 to 6th grade will be held next week.

The camp is scheduled to be held at the Poplar Bluff High School Auxiliary gym from 5 to 6 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. Registration will begin at 5 pm on Monday.

The cost is $25 per child.

All Kiddie Camp Cheerleaders will then perform at the JV Girls Basketball game on Thursday, February 8th.

 

BUTLER COUNTY COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER ANNOUNCES TWO EVENTS FOR APRIL

The Butler County Community Resource Council has announced two events for April.

According to the Council’s Facebook page, the spring job fair hiring event has been scheduled for 10 am to 3 pm on Thursday, April 5th.

The 19th Early Childhood Resource Fair was also announced for Saturday, April 21st.

Both events will be held in the Bess Activity Center at Three Rivers College.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON STATUTORY RAPE WARRANT

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

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, Edward Bruce Sitzes Jr., of Portageville, was recently arrested on a warrant for statutory rape.

Sitzes’ bond was set at $35,000 cash, and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.

According to Missouri Case Net, Sitzes’ arraignment has been scheduled for Thursday morning in Stoddard County.

 

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY TO CLOSE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN SIKESTON

The Child Development Center in Sikeston will be closing this summer.

Southeast Missouri State University announced the closure this week, with University President Dr. Carlos Vargas saying that they no longer can underwrite and subsidize the cost of providing childcare at the facility.

The Child Development Center opened in February 2006 and has served infants, from 6 weeks old up to children five years of age.

The Center’s last day of operation will be June 29th. The Center will adjust the cost of services based on a daily rate once parents find alternative child care and provide notice of the intended final attendance date for their child.

A family meeting to discuss the closure process and answer questions is planned for 5 pm today at the Sikeston campus.

 

SCHOOL BUS INVOLVED IN WRECK IN SHANNON COUNTY

A school bus was involved in a wreck Tuesday morning in Shannon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at around 7:35 am Tuesday morning on US Highway 60, around three miles east of Mountain View.

The bus reportedly struck a Toyota Avalon in the side, resulting in minor injuries for the Avalon’s driver.

No information was available on if any students were on the bus at the time of the incident.

 

SCREENINGS FOR THE POPLAR BLUFF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER WILL BE HELD IN MID FEBRUARY

Appointments are now being taken for the next screening day for the Poplar Bluff Early Childhood Center.

The screenings for the 2018-2019 school year will be held by appointment only on Thursday, February 15th.

Appointments are available for children who will be 3 years old before July 31st, 2018 and will not be 5 years old before that date.

To make an appointment, or for more information, call 573-785-6803 and ask for Sandy Case.

You must have your child’s social security number available when calling to make an appointment

 

DEADLINE FOR MISSOURI’S LARGEST STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM IS TOMORROW

Thursday is the priority deadline for Missouri’s largest student financial aid program.

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, by February 1st to receive an Access Missouri Grant – if they meet all eligibility requirements.

According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the grant is the state’s only student aid program based on financial need.

Students must file a FAFSA every year they will be in school to be eligible for most federal and state financial aid programs, including the Access Missouri Grant. That includes high school seniors planning to attend college the following academic year.

Students completing the FAFSA after the February 1st priority deadline but before the April 2nd final deadline could still receive a grant if funding is available.

More information is available online at www.dhe.mo.gov.

 

CARTER COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR A PIPE REPLACEMENT

Route V in Carter County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert pipe under the roadway.

Officials say that the section of roadway that will be closed is located near County Road 352, south of Route H.

Work is scheduled to take place today from 8 am to 4 pm.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT UNDERWAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

Route U in Pemiscot County is being reduced through next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 4 pm daily through Friday, February 9th.

The work zone is located just west of Route H to County Road 504 and no truck traffic will be allowed.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

MAN ARRESTED IN TRIPLE HOMICIDE

A man is in custody and is facing three counts of 1st degree murder in the deaths of three people in Southeast Missouri.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells us more about the arrest.

“In the early morning hours of January 29th, three bodies were found in Northwest Butler County. The bodies were discovered approximately one and one fourth mile down a farm road at the end of State Highway JJ. The three victims had been listed as missing and endangered from Wayne County over the weekend.

Through the Wayne County investigation, a suspect was developed. The suspect, Drew Atchison, revealed during an interview prior to the discovery of the bodies that he had became involved in a dispute with the male victim, Harley Million, at his home. Moreover, he stated that in a fit of rage he stabbed Mr. Million to death, then stabbed his girlfriend, Samara Kitts, in the neck, killing her.

The suspect stated he took both Million and Kitts bodies and disposed of them at the afore mentioned area in Butler County, however he stated that he left Million and Kitts 18 month old child at the home unattended. The suspect returned the following day, took the child to the location in Butler County, where he shot and killed her.

At this time the investigation is ongoing, additional suspects are being interviewed, and further charges may result.”

Atchison is facing three counts of 1st degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, one count of tampering with a motor vehicle, and child kidnapping. He is being lodged in the Wayne County Jail with no bond.

An autopsy for the three victims has been scheduled for this morning in Farmington.

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO DISCONTINUE OFFERING COURSES AT MALDEN SITE

Three Rivers College has announced that they will no longer be offering courses at one of their area campuses.

Yesterday Three Rivers and Southeast Missouri State University announced they are discontinuing offering courses at their Malden campuses.

Three Rivers College President Wesley Payne cited budgetary needs, declining enrollments and a decrease in demand for face-to-face and interactive television course offerings at their Malden facilities for their decision to cease face-to-face and ITV coursework there.

Coursework at Three Rivers-Malden will end with the close of the spring 2018 final exams on May 17th. Normal operations will continue through May 25th. College staff will be available during normal hours of operation to answer questions and assist students in planning future coursework.

 

IRON COUNTY MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

An Annapolis man was flown to an area hospital yesterday following a single vehicle wreck in Iron County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Aaron Egerer, was driving on Missouri Highway 49 when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree and concrete retaining wall before overturning.

Egerer was seriously injured in the wreck and flown to a St. Louis hospital.

 

POPLAR BLUFF TEENAGER ARRESTED ON FELONY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE

An area teenager was taken into custody Monday night on a felony charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18 year old Austin Miller, of Poplar Bluff, was arrested shortly after 10:30 pm in Butler County on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

 

CONCRETE REPAIR PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN NEW MADRID AND SCOTT COUNTIES

Northbound Interstate 55 in New Madrid and Scott Counties will be reduced with a 14-foot width restriction through the end of next week as contractor crews perform concrete repairs.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the section of roadway to be reduced is located between mile markers 49 and 66.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Saturday, February 10th from 6 am to 6 pm daily.

 

INTERSTATE 55 IN PEMISCOT COUNTY TO BE REDUCED FOR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

Southbound Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County is being reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge maintenance.

MoDOT officials tell KWOC News that work will is scheduled for 7 am to 4:30 pm today.

The bridges involved are located at mile markers four and two.

 

Monday January 29, 2018

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A woman has died in connection to a weekend wreck in Northeast Arkansas.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell KWOC News that 38 year old April Geurin, of Strawberry, Arkansas, was driving on State Highway 25 in Lawrence County, when her vehicle travelled off the side of the roadway and struck a ditch and trees.

Officials say that Geurin was killed in the wreck, which occurred shortly after 8 am Saturday morning, around a mile south of Lynn.

 

NEELYVILLE WOMAN FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES OUT OF BUTLER COUNTY

A Neelyville woman was taken into custody over the weekend on multiple felony charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Mary Moore was arrested Saturday afternoon on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance in a county jail.

Moore is also reportedly facing a charge of felony endangering the welfare of a child 1st degree.

 

PEMISCOT COUNTY ROAD REDUCED THIS WEEK FOR SHOULDER REPAIRS

Route A in Pemiscot County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs.

Officials say that the section of roadway to be reduced is located from I-55 to Route B.

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

 

BENTON MAN FACING MURDER CHARGE

Updating a story we brought to you last week, a Benton man is facing a murder charge in connection to the death of a man in Scott County.

On Thursday evening the Scott County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address outside of Benton in reference to an assault. At the scene, 27 year old James Joyce II was found dead. Joyce appeared to have died from a stab wound.

33 year old Gary Venable, of Benton, was taken into custody and is facing charges of 2nd degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR HEROIN IN IRON COUNTY

A man is facing a heroin charge following his arrest on Friday.

According to authorities, 37 year old Peter Arnold, of Annapolis, was arrested shortly before midnight Friday night on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – heroin.

Arnold was also arrested on charges of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and driving while revoked.

Following the arrest, he was transported to the Iron County Jail.

 

LILBOURN MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY WRECK

A Lilbourn man suffered serious injuries in a two vehicle wreck on Friday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 59 year old Larry McIntosh, was struck in the rear by another vehicle on US Highway 61.

The wreck occurred Friday afternoon, around two miles north of New Madrid.

McIntosh was seriously injured in the wreck and taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

ALMOST TWO WEEK LONG BRIDGE REPAIR PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY ON INTERSTATE 55

An almost two week long bridge repair project will cause various lane closures on both north and southbound Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County beginning today.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the repairs will be located between Mile Markers 19 and 27.

Weather permitting; work will take place from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Saturday, February 10th.