Wednesday November 14, 2018

MAN FLOWN TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL AFTER BEING HIT BY A VEHICLE IN POPLAR BLUFF 

A local man has been flown to an area hospital after he was hit by a vehicle Tuesday in Poplar Bluff.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 55 year old Darryl Price, of Poplar Bluff, was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Davis and Main Street.  

Price was seriously injured in the incident and flown to a Memphis hospital.

Monday November 12, 2018

POSSIBILITY OF FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW THIS EVENING 

This evening, there is the possibility of the first period of winter weather of the season in Southeast Missouri.  

According to the National Weather Service, rain or freezing rain is possible this evening along with a slight chance of snow. Temperatures are also expected to fall to around 25 degrees overnight.  

If you have to get on the roads, remember to check road conditions in your area on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Map, which is available at modot.org.

Thursday November 8, 2018

MAN IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT 

A Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody in connection to an alleged sexual assault of a young child.  

KWOC News spoke with Poplar Bluff Police Detective Andy Cleaveland about the arrest. 

ANDY CLEAVELAND: 

On Tuesday November 6, officers of the Poplar Bluff Police Department responded to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center for a reported sexual assault.  

Further investigation was made regarding the incident. Pursuant to this investigation, the suspects name was determined to be 22 year old Jacob Anthony Mancel, of Poplar Bluff. Officers made contact with Mancel at his residence and he was subsequently taken into custody. Mancel cooperated during the investigation and was later lodged in the Butler County Jail on the charges of Child Molestation 1st degree and Statutory Sodomy 1st degree. This investigation is ongoing. 

Mancel’s bond has been set at $100,000 cash only and he is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment this morning.

Friday November 9, 2018

UPDATE: TWO INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK WERE INVOLVED IN PURSUIT WITH POILCE 

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, two people who were injured in a wreck in Butler County had allegedly been involved in a pursuit with police.  

KWOC News spoke with Lieutenant Josh Stewart with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the incident.   

JOSH STEWART: 

On Wednesday afternoon, around 4:45 pm, a suspected theft from Instapawn, located at 64 Highway NN, was reported to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department. As the suspects left the business, the business owner, Curtis Phelps, began following the suspect vehicle. Due to officer’s locations, and the direction in which the suspects were traveling, the Poplar Bluff Police Department was requested to attempt contact. 

A short time later, an Officer of the Poplar Bluff Police Department observed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop along South Broadway. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated in an attempt to flee. The officer gave chase, as the suspect vehicle traveled to Butler County Road 309. While traveling south along County Road 309, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Frederick Sparks Jr., 42 of Poplar Bluff, lost control of the vehicle.The vehicle, a 2001 Mercury Sable, subsequently left the roadway and overturned multiple times, ejecting both occupants. Both Sparks and his passenger, Sheena Gray, 33 of Poplar Bluff, were airlifted to a Memphis hospital. Sparks and Gray were found to have warrants for their arrest. Additionally, while seeking treatment in Memphis, Sparks was found to possess a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. 

The suspected methamphetamine has been seized by Memphis area law enforcement and will be recovered by Poplar Bluff investigators at a later time.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

JOSH HAWLEY WINS UNITED STATES SENATE SEAT FROM MISSOURI

Josh Hawley has won a seat on the United States Senate.

The Republican defeated Missouri incumbent Claire McCaskill yesterday by approximately six points.

In the race for Missouri State Auditor, Democratic incumbent Nicole Galloway will retain her seat, defeating challenger Saundra McDowell by just under six points.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY

A number of races and propositions will be voted on today by citizens in Missouri and Arkansas.

Voters across Missouri will be voting on a United States Senate race between incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Josh Hawley in addition to the State Auditor position where incumbent Democrat Nicole Galloway is defending her seat from Republican Saundra McDowell.

Monday November 5, 2018

BALLOT MEASURES TO BE DECIDED IN MISSOURI DURING TOMORROW’S ELECTION 

Here is a quick look at some of the numerous propositions and constitutional amendments voters in Missouri will be deciding on during Tuesday’s election.  

Amendment 1 would change the process and criteria for redrawing state legislative districts during reapportionment, establish a limit on gifts that state legislators, and their employees, can accept from paid lobbyists, and prohibit state legislators, and their employees, from serving as paid lobbyists for a period of time; among other things.  

Amendment 4 would remove language limiting bingo game advertising that a court ruled unenforceable along with altering who is allowed to participate in the management of bingo games.  

Proposition B would increase the state minimum wage to $8.60 per hour with an 85 cents per hour increase each year until 2023, when the state minimum wage would be $12.00 per hour.  

Proposition D would increasing the motor fuel tax by two and one half cents per gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019, exempt Special Olympic, Paralympic, and Olympic prizes from state taxes, and establish the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund.

Thursday November 1, 2018

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING FATAL SHOOTING IN MARSTON AREA 

Authorities in New Madrid County are investigating a fatal shooting.  

A woman was found dead Wednesday at a rest area off Interstate 55 in the Marston area. The woman’s name has not been released.  

The incident is under investigation and authorities are searching for a possible suspect.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

STUDENT FOUND IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM AT POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL

A teenager has been taken into custody after reportedly bringing a gun to a Poplar Bluff school.

Lieutenant Josh Stewart with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that on Tuesday a 13 year old Poplar Bluff Junior High School student was found to be in possession of a firearm.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FROM THE POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT

Halloween is coming up tomorrow and Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley has some tips to help keep your child safe while trick or treating.

Chief Whiteley says parents should establish a route for children, making sure they stay within familiar areas and surroundings. An adult should accompany young children. Parents should also remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars, and to avoid homes without an outside light on.

Monday, October 29, 2018

SEVERAL FIREARMS STOLEN DURING BURGLARY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

Several firearms were stolen during a recent burglary in New Madrid County.

According to New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens, five guns were taken during the burglary and he is asking the public to be on the lookout in case someone makes an attempt to sell them.

Friday, October 26, 2018

TEENAGER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO WAYNE COUNTY SHOOTING DEATH

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, a teenager has been taken into custody in connection to a shooting death of another teenager in Wayne County.

According to authorities, the shooting occurred Wednesday and a 15 year old was arrested in connection to the 13 year old boy’s death.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT

Poplar Bluff residents will have a chance to safely dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs this weekend.

The Poplar Bluff Police Department will be holding a Drug Take Back event on Saturday, October 27th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Poplar Bluff Police Station

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

THREE CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO MALDEN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, charges have been filed against three people in a connection to a Malden homicide investigation.

According to the Malden Police Department, Malcomb McBride-Townsend and Jalen Dashawn Miller, of Malden, along with Jordan Paul Morgan, of Bernie, are all facing charges of murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree.

Monday October 22, 2018

AUTHORITIES IN POPLAR BLUFF ATTEMPTING TO FIND CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER 

Authorities in Poplar Bluff are attempting to find a convicted sex offender.  

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 41 year old Derrick Alexander, of Poplar Bluff, is a Tier 3 convicted sex offender who has moved from his registered address without reporting his new address to the Butler County Sheriff's Office. 

We have a picture of Alexander available on the KWOC Facebook page.  

Anyone who has information on Alexander’s whereabouts is asked to contact Captain David Sutton at 573-686-8649 or your local law enforcement agency.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

STUDENT DIAGNOSED WITH HEPATITIS A IN BUTLER COUNTY

Health officials in Butler County say that an area student has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

Officials with the Butler County Health Department tell KWOC News that a child, who attends Poplar Bluff Senior High, has been diagnosed with the virus and is receiving medical treatment from a health care provider.