Tuesday August 20, 2019

POPLAR BLUFF MAN TO BE SENTENCED IN NOVEMBER ON AMMUNITION CHARGE 

A Poplar Bluff man will be sentenced in November after pleading guilty to an ammunition charge.  

Officials with the United States Attorney’s Office tell KWOC News that 40 year old Shawn Del Daggett has pled guilty to one felony count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.  

Monday, August 19, 2019

MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN CARTER COUNTY

Two law enforcement officers were shot during an incident last week in Carter County.

Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells KWOC News that officers were attempting to serve an eviction notice on Friday at a residence near Van Buren.

A male suspect began firing from inside the residence and both a Missouri state trooper and a Carter County deputy were struck by gunfire.

Friday August 16, 2019

Friday August 16, 2019

BRIGGS AND STRATTON CONSOLIDATION TO BRING JOBS TO POPLAR BLUFF 

Additional jobs will be soon coming to a Poplar Bluff manufacturing facility.  

Briggs and Stratton Corporation announced plans on Thursday to consolidate production of its small vertical-shaft engines into its Poplar Bluff facility. 

The consolidation will result in the closure of the company's facility in Murray, Kentucky by the fall of 2020.  

According to a press release from the company, impacted employees will have the opportunity to relocate to another facility while the Poplar Bluff plant will be hiring to accommodate the increased production being added.  

According to the office of Missouri Governor Mike Parson, the expansion is expected to create 130 new jobs over the next 12 months with an average salary of over $36,000, plus additional hiring in 2021.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

SCHOOL YEAR TO BEGIN TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF AND OTHER AREA COMMUNITIES

Today will be a busy day across Southeast Missouri as children will be returning to classes in numerous schools.

Area school districts that will be beginning the School Year today include Poplar Bluff R-1, Twin Rivers R-10, Ripley County R-3, Doniphan R-1, Clearwater R-1, Advance R-4, Bernie R-13, Bloomfield R-14, Richland R-1, Campbell R-2, Holcomb R-3, Kennett, Malden R-1, Senath-Hornersville, and Southland C-9.

Wednesday August 14, 2019

MAN ARRESTED IN CARTER COUNTY ON FLEEING AND TAMPERING CHARGES 

Authorities in Carter County have arrested a Southeast Missouri man on multiple felony charges.  

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35 year old John King, of Hayti, was taken into custody Monday night on felony charges of resisting arrest by fleeing, tampering with a motor vehicle – 1st degree, and driving while revoked.  

King was also arrested on other charges including false impersonation and speeding - 26 miles per hour over the limit among others.  

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

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

HIGH HEAT INDEX VALUES TO CONTINUE ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Weather officials are warning that we could see another day of high heat index values in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas.

The National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee, has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for parts of Northeast Arkansas as well as Dunklin and Pemiscot counties in Southeast Missouri through 8 pm this evening.

Officials say that heat index readings of between 110 and 116 degrees are expected for today.

Monday August 12, 2019

Monday August 12, 2019

HEAT INDEX VALUES TO REACH NEAR OR OVER 110 DEGREES ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS 

Weather officials are warning of high heat index values today across Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas.  

The National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee, has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for most of Northeast Arkansas as well as Dunklin and Pemiscot counties in Southeast Missouri for 10 am this morning to 8 pm on Tuesday.  

Officials say that heat index readings of greater than 110 degrees are expected this afternoon and evening as well as on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Some locations could see readings around 115 degrees. 

For most of the rest of Southeast Missouri, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that will be in effect from 11 am this morning to 8 pm this evening.  

Weather officials say that they expect heat index values to reach 105 degrees and peak near 110 degrees this afternoon and into the early evening hours. 

Cooling centers have been established in Poplar Bluff at the Butler County Health Department, and Poplar Bluff Public Library. Cooling Centers are also available at the Fisk Community Library and the Qulin Senior Center. A tool to find cooling centers for Missouri residents is available at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.

Friday August 9, 2019

Friday August 9, 2019

MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO FATAL SHOOTING IN BUTLER COUNTY 

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, an area man was taken into custody in connection to a fatal shooting in Butler County.  

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that the shooting occurred Wednesday evening on County Road 476.  

According to Butler County Coroner Andy Moore, the deceased has been identified as 36 year old Katrina Suiter, of Poplar Bluff.  

Reports indicate the victim was shot in the face, and the suspect, identified as 46 year old Michael Choate, of Poplar Bluff, stated the victim was waving a gun when it went off. 

Moore says that due to the ongoing investigation, he cannot give out specific details, however the results of the autopsy contradicts the suspect’s account of events. Once the investigation is over, more details will be released. 

Choate was taken into custody and lodged in the Butler County Justice Center. He was later released; however Sheriff Dobbs says Choate is still a suspect in the investigation.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING FATAL SHOOTING IN BUTLER COUNTY

Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting incident in Butler County.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that the shooting occurred Wednesday evening on County Road 476.

According to Butler County Coroner Andy Moore, the deceased has been identified as 36 year old Katrina Suiter, of Poplar Bluff, and an autopsy has been scheduled for this morning.

Wednesday August 7, 2019

Wednesday August 7, 2019

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE TRYING TO IDENTIFY MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY TOOK INAPPROPRIATE PICTURES OF WOMEN AT AREA BUSINESS 

Authorities in Poplar Bluff are asking for the public’s help in identifying a subject.  

Detective Joey Woodruff with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that on the evening of August 1st, officers responded to Walmart in reference to a black male taking inappropriate photos of women. Officials say that one of the victims was underage.  

The man was later seen leaving the business in a blue Toyota passenger car. 

The Poplar Bluff Police Department has released a surveillance video featuring the subject and is asking anyone who has information on his identity to contact Detective Woodruff at 573-785-5776. 

We have the video available on the KWOC Facebook page.

Tuesday August 6, 2019

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELEASED CONCERNING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ARREST IN POPLAR BLUFF 

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, authorities have released additional information in connection to the arrest of an area man on child pornography charges.  

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, on Friday, investigators executed a search warrant at the residence of 43 year old Shawn Herman in Poplar Bluff. 

Officials say that investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment as a result of the search. Herman was arrested and has been formally charged with three counts of possession of child pornography.  

Herman’s bond was set at $100,000 and he was held at the Butler County Jail.

Monday August 5, 2019

Monday August 5, 2019

REWARD OFFERED IN CONNECTION TO KIDNAPPING INVESTIGATION 

Authorities in Poplar Bluff are offering a reward for help in locating an area man.  

Officials say that the Poplar Bluff Police Department is attempting to find Ronnie Allen Jr., who is wanted in connection to a kidnapping investigation. He is being considered armed and dangerous.  

We have a picture of Allen available on the KWOC Facebook page, and anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776.

Friday, August 2, 2019

TWIN RIVERS SCHOOL DISTRICT REGISTRATION EVENT SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK

The Twin Rivers School District has announced that it will be holding a registration event for all students next week.

Royal Registration is scheduled for 1 to 7 pm on Monday, August 5th, at Twin Rivers High School in Broseley.

There will be booths set up for parents to update the new school year paperwork for students, discuss student health concerns with the nurses, ask transportation questions, visit with school counselors about classes, and allow students to have their school picture taken.

Thursday August 1, 2019

Thursday August 1, 2019

AREA MAN SENTENCED ON SODOMY AND STATUTORY RAPE CHARGES 

An area man has been sentenced on multiple charges including sodomy and statutory rape.  

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt tells KWOC News that Daniel Martin was convicted by a Wayne County jury in March of one count of statutory rape 1st degree, one count of attempted statutory rape 1st degree, three counts of statutory sodomy 1st degree, one count of attempted statutory sodomy 1st degree, and three counts of child molestation 3rd degree. 

Schmitt says that Martin sexually abused a child for several months at a home in Bollinger County. 

Martin has been sentenced to 38 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR MISSOURI STATE SENATE

A sitting member of the Missouri House of Representatives has announced his candidacy for the Missouri State Senate.

Jeff Shawan announced Tuesday night that he will be seeking the Senate seat for Missouri’s 25th Senatorial District which is comprised of Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Shannon, and Stoddard counties.

Tuesday July 30, 2019

Tuesday July 30, 2019

RIPLEY COUNTY HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO FIVE BEING CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER 

A homicide investigation in Ripley County has resulted in five people being charged with first degree murder.  

According to Ripley County Sheriff Mike Barton, Dawn Lloyd, Jerad Lloyd, Cody Payne, David Scrivner Jr., and Schylar Tubbs are each facing charges including first degree murder, kidnapping, second degree arson, and armed criminal action.  

The arrests stem from the recent discovery of human remains in Ripley County. Sheriff Barton says that the remains have been identified as 44 year old Daniel Richardson.

Monday July 29, 2019

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN MULTIPLE ARRESTS IN RIPLEY COUNTY 

A homicide investigation is underway in Southeast Missouri.  

Few details have been released, but authorities say that five people have been taken into custody in connection to human remains that were recently found in Ripley County.  

The identities of the people involved are being withheld pending formal charges being filed.

Friday July 26, 2019

A BERNIE MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON ON SODOMY CHARGE 

A Bernie man has been sentenced on a sodomy charge.  

According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney, Russell Oliver, Jimmy Sloan was sentenced earlier this week to life imprisonment for the crime of statutory sodomy in the first degree.  

Oliver says that his office is pleased with the sentence and further information will not be revealed due to the sensitive nature of the crime.

Thursday July 25, 2019

WOMAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE 

Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested a Cape Girardeau woman on a controlled substance charge.  

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 31 year old Megan Jones was recently booked on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. 

No bond was set and officials say that Jones remained in custody as of this morning.