Thursday, January 17, 2019

NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN PORTAGEVILLE DEATH

Updating a story we brought to you earlier this week, no foul play is being suspected in the death of Portageville teenager.

Portageville Police Chief Ronnie Adams tells KWOC News that Saturday morning officers found a body outside of an area residence. The deceased has been identified as 19 year old Michael Angel, of Portageville.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

FOUR ARRESTED FOLLOWING SEARCH OF UNINHABITABLE POPLAR BLUFF BUILDING

Four people have been arrested following the execution of a search warrant at an uninhabitable building in Poplar Bluff.

KWOC News spoke with Detective Joey Woodruff from the Poplar Bluff Police Department who says that the investigation into the building began last week.

Monday January 14, 2019

POPLAR BLUFF MAN IN CUSTODY FOR ALLEGEDLY DRIVING TO ARKANSAS TO HAVE SEX WITH A CHILD 

Authorities in Central Arkansas say that a Poplar Bluff man has been arrested for allegedly driving over 100 miles to meet a 15 year old child for sex.

According to the Arkansas First Judicial District Judge Task Force, 25 year old Keegan Tatsch was in custody in the Cross County Jail.  

Tatsch allegedly sent sexually explicit messages and a photo to what he believed was an underage child.  

Tatsch told the child that he would spend the weekend with her in the absence of her family who was allegedly on vacation. When Tatsch arrived to meet the child, he was taken into custody by investigators. Authorities found a bag packed with two changes of clothes, multiple condoms, and a hygiene kit in Tatsch’s vehicle.  

Officials say Tatsch has been charged by the First Judicial District Drug Task Force with felony Internet Stalking of a Child and will have his first appearance today in Cross County District Court. His bond was set at $50,000, cash only. 

Tatsch was recently charged in an unrelated case in Craighead County with “interference with custody” after a missing 16 year old high school student was recovered at Tatsch’s residence. Tatsch’s vehicle was allegedly seen on video picking up the student from her high school after the two began talking online.

Friday, January 11, 2019

MOST COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TO BE UNDER WINTER STORM WARNING OR WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY TODAY

With a winter weather system approaching most counties in Southeast Missouri will be under a winter storm warning or winter weather advisory beginning today.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, a winter weather advisory will be in effect for a line of counties in Southern Missouri beginning at noon including Carter, Ripley, Butler, Stoddard, and Scott Counties.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

WINTER WEATHER SYSTEM EXPECTED TO HIT THE AREA BEGINNING ON FRIDAY

A winter weather system is expected to hit the area on Friday.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service in Paducah, mixed wintry precipitation, mainly in the form of rain and snow, is forecast for most of the area from late Friday through Sunday.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING RAPE AND KIDNAPPING CHARGES FOLLOWING INCIDENT IN BUTLER COUNTY

A Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody on a rape charge in Butler County.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tell KWOC News that on Saturday the Police Department received a report of a missing person. According to family members, a 30 year old female had not been heard from after leaving from her place of employment on January 3rd

Monday January 7, 2018

BUTLER COUNTY CORONER’S OFFICE INVESTIGATED 162 DEATHS IN 2018 

Officials say that over 150 deaths were investigated by the Butler County Coroner’s Office last year.  

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that in 2018, his office was dispatched to investigate 162 deaths in Butler County. 

Moore says that 121 of the deaths were for natural causes. There were also 19 overdose deaths, eight homicides, seven accidents, six suicides, and one of the deaths is still pending autopsy results.

Friday, January 4, 2019

DONIPHAN WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

An area woman was seriously injured Thursday morning in a single vehicle wreck in Carter County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 40 year old Celena Dobbins, of Doniphan, was driving on Route V in the Ellsinore area when her vehicle traveled off the side of the roadway and overturned.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

TWO ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANTS IN STODDARD COUNTY

Two people have been taken into custody in Stoddard County on controlled substance warrants.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 35 year old Shane Bewley, of New Madrid, and 22 year old James Scherer, of Brownwood, were each recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

POPLAR BLUFF TEENAGER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

A Poplar Bluff teenager was seriously injured early Tuesday morning in a single vehicle wreck.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 19 year old Matthew Lambert was driving on Butler County Road 448 when his vehicle ran off the side of the road and struck a tree.

Friday, December 28, 2018

CARTER COUNTY AWARDED OVER EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS FOR FLOOD REPAIRS

Carter County has been awarded over eight million dollars for flood repairs.

Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens says that yesterday morning, commissioners signed a contract with FEMA accepting their award of 8.6 million dollars to rebuild the jail, sheriff’s office, and courthouse.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY FOLLOWING OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

An investigation has been started after an officer involved shooting in Northeast Arkansas.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell KWOC News that 21 year old Gary Warbritton, of Rector, was shot and killed by local police Wednesday outside of a convenience store.

At 3:47 pm the Rector Police Department was notified of a man walking along Main Street brandishing a firearm. As police arrived in the area, Warbritton reportedly pointed the gun at a police officer.

Friday, December 21, 2018

RIVER RADIO BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas today by giving blood to help save lives.

The River Radio Blood Drive has been scheduled for 1 to 6 pm at the Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce.

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter the code RiverRadio to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

ARKANSAS TEENAGER KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

A Northeast Arkansas teenager was killed Monday evening in a single vehicle wreck in Southeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly after 6 pm on Highway 108 in Dunklin County. Officials say that a vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and struck a ditch.