Tuesday, March 19, 2019

EDDY JUSTICE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR STATE SENATE

A Poplar Bluff area insurance agent and former Butler County Republican Chair has announced his candidacy for the Missouri State Senate.

Eddy Justice will be running for State Senate District 25, which is comprised of Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Stoddard, and Shannon Counties. Justice is seeking to replace current State Senator Doug Libla who cannot run for the seat again due to term limits.

Monday March 18, 2019

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY 

Authorities in Dunklin County are investigating a reported armed robbery.  

According to Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, shortly after 9:30 pm Friday night deputies were dispatched to the Rubber Duck Package Store on Highway 25 near Malden. 

At the scene, deputies were informed that three black males entered the store with guns. The suspects were wearing all black clothing, hoods over their heads, and black ski type masks.   

Sheriff Holder says that a store clerk was struck in the face by one of the suspects during the incident.  

A vehicle used in the robbery was described as possibly being a silver four door Chevrolet Impala with no visible license plates. It was last seen traveling south on Highway 25.  

Anyone who has information regarding the robbery is asked to contact the Dunklin County Sheriffs' Office at 573-888-2409.

Friday, March 15, 2019

LONGTIME SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE TROOPER AND MENTOR HAS PASSED AWAY

A retired Missouri State Trooper from Southeast Missouri unexpectedly passed away on Thursday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control Sergeant Dennis Overbey worked with the patrol from 1979 to 2013. During his time with the Highway Patrol, he served as a patrol officer, polygraphist, and criminal investigator.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

ENDANGERED SILVER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MISSING KENNETT MAN

Authorities in Kennett have issued an endangered silver advisory for a missing man.

According to the Kennett Police Department, 64 year old William Swinton was last heard from at 10 pm on Sunday, March 10th when he called a friend to advise he was walking back to his home in Kennett from the Urgent Care Center in Hayti.

Wednesday March 13, 2019

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO METH SEIZURE IN CARTER COUNTY 

Two Carter County residents have been arrested following a methamphetamine investigation.  

Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens tells KWOC News that over 54 grams of methamphetamine was recently recovered thanks to an investigation involving members of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, the Van Buren Police Department, and the South Central Drug Task Force. 

The investigation also resulted in the issuance of a search warrant for a residence in Carter County. The search uncovered more of a crystal substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia, scales, stolen property, and two firearms. 

A male and female were taken into custody. Their names were not released.

Tuesday March 12, 2019

ILLNESS CAUSES CANCELLATION OF AREA SCHOOL THIS WEEK 

Officials at a Poplar Bluff area school say that classes have been cancelled for this week due to illness.  

According to a post on the Sacred Heart School of Poplar Bluff Facebook page, the school has been hit hard by the flu and many students were out sick yesterday.  

The preschool through eighth grade will be out of school for the rest of this week. The preschool is scheduled to be open on Monday, while kids in kindergarten through eighth grade will return to class on Tuesday, March 19th.

Monday, March 11, 2019

LADY RAIDERS BASKETBALL QUALIFIES FOR NJCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

The Three Rivers College women’s basketball team is returning to the NJCAA Tournament for the first time in over a decade.

The Lady Raiders defeated Iowa Western Friday night 77 to 59 to claim the District K regional championship.

They will find out what seed they received and their first opponent for the tournament later this morning during the NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Selection Show, which is scheduled to begin at 10 am.

Friday March 8, 2019

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE LADY RAIDERS TO HOST NJCAA DISTRICT K CHAMPIONSHIP TONIGHT 

Three Rivers College will be playing for the NJCAA District K Women’s Basketball Championship tonight.  

The Lady Raiders will be taking on Iowa Western Community College for the District Championship at 7 pm tonight at the Libla Family Sports Complex on the campus of Three Rivers College. 

Three Rivers will have shuttle service running from the TRC parking lots and the Westwood Center starting one hour before the game. Signs are posted at pick-up locations in the parking lots. 

If the Lady Raiders win the District K Championship tonight, they will move on to play in the National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas, from March 18th to the 23rd.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

VEHICLE CATCHES FIRE FOLLOWING WRECK IN STODDARD COUNTY

A vehicle caught fire last night after being involved in a wreck in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 33 year old Dexter woman was driving in the Grayridge area when her vehicle ran off the road and struck a utility pole.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

THIS WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN MISSOURI

Missouri residents are being encouraged to learn about severe weather and how to protect themselves during Missouri Severe Weather Preparedness Week this week.

Today Missourian’s should focus on lightning safety.

According to the National Weather Service, the best way for you to protect yourself from lightning is to avoid the threat. You simply don’t want to be caught outside in a storm.

Tuesday March 5, 2019

MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY METH CHARGE IN WAYNE COUNTY 

Authorities in Wayne County have arrested a Clubb man on a felony drug charge.  

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 49 year old Mark Tumbas was taken into custody Monday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.  

Following the arrest, Tumbas was held at the Wayne County Jail.

Monday March 4, 2019

HIT AND RUN SUSPECT TO APPEAR IN COURT THIS MORNING 

A suspect in a Poplar Bluff area hit and run is scheduled to appear in court this morning.  

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Wendy Dumas, of Poplar Bluff, was walking on the southbound shoulder of Highway 53 on February 4th when she was struck by a northbound vehicle. 

Dumas was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. 

According to Missouri Case Net, 23 year old Zack Davis, of Poplar Bluff, is facing felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution.  

Davis has a court appearance scheduled for around 9 am this morning in Butler County.

Friday, March 1, 2019

ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND

Just because March has arrived does not mean that we are done with winter yet.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service, an incoming system will begin as rain Saturday night and early Sunday, but then change over to snow. Some freezing rain will be possible during the transition.

The best chance of several inches of snow will generally be north of a Greenville, Missouri to Vienna, Illinois line.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH NOON FOR MOST SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Slick roadways are possible for much of Southeast Missouri this morning.

According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for many counties in Southeast Missouri, including Butler, Carter, Ripley, Wayne, Stoddard, and Bollinger Counties through noon today.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE FOR THE MISSISSIPPI AND ST. FRANCIS RIVERS

Flood warnings are continuing for both the Mississippi and St. Francis Rivers until further notice.

According to the National Weather Service, moderate flooding is occurring at New Madrid with Mississippi River levels forecast to slowly rise to a crest of around 43.5 feet Sunday morning. At 7 pm last night, the Mississippi River at New Madrid was at 42.2 feet. The flood stage is 34 feet.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES

Authorities in Butler County have arrested an area man on multiple drug related charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Alan Whitmer, of Poplar Bluff, was taken into custody Monday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine.

Monday, February 25, 2019

ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED, IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

One person is dead and another injured following a wreck on Friday in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred on US Highway 63 in Lawrence County when a vehicle crossed the center line of the highway and stuck another vehicle head on.

Thursday, February 20, 2019

MULTIPLE ROADS CLOSED AHEAD OF UPCOMING RAINS

Many roads in Southeast Missouri are already closed due to flooding ahead of additional rain that is in the forecast for tomorrow.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, a portion of Route NN in Ripley County has been closed because of flooding.

Also closed are portions of Route DD in Pemiscot County, Route P, Route WW and Missouri Highway 162 in New Madrid County, and Missouri Highways 80 and 77 in Mississippi County.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

POPLAR BLUFF AREA HIT AND RUN PERSON OF INTEREST IN CUSTODY

A person of interest in a fatal hit and run in the Poplar Bluff area has been taken into custody.

According to authorities, Zack Davis was taken into custody Tuesday morning in Piggott on a probation warrant.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a pedestrian was walking on the southbound shoulder of Highway 53 on February 4th when they were struck by a northbound vehicle.