Thursday, June 21, 2018

ONE INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN WAYNE COUNTY

A Piedmont man has been taken to an area hospital following a single vehicle wreck. 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 50 year old Raymond Mason was driving on Missouri Highway 49 in Wayne County, Wednesday evening, when his vehicle ran off the side of the road, overturned, and struck a tree. 

Wednesday June 20, 2018

ONE ARRESTED ON WEAPON CHARGE FOLLOWING INCIDENT IN KENNETT 

A Kennett resident has been taken into custody in connection to an incident on Monday.  

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that at around 8:30 pm Monday night, officers were dispatched to an area residence in reference to a fight in progress with one party being armed with a firearm.  

Following an investigation, officers arrested 40 year old Mickey Halford for domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon. 

Halford was held in the Dunklin County Justice Center pending the filing of formal charges by the Dunklin County Prosecutor’s office.

Monday June 18, 2018

SHOOTING INCIDENT IN PUXICO LEAVES ONE DEAD 

An incident on Friday in the Puxico area has left one woman dead.  

According to authorities, the 55 year old woman died after receiving a gunshot wound. The name of the woman was not released.  

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing and an autopsy has been scheduled for today.

Thursday June 14, 2018

MISSING POPLAR BLUFF MAN FOUND DEAD IN BLACK RIVER 

Authorities in Butler County have found the body of a missing Poplar Bluff man.   

KWOC News spoke with Detective Joey Woodruff, with the Poplar Bluff Police Department, who says the investigation began on Monday evening.  

DETECTIVE JOEY WOODRUFF: 

On Monday evening, around 900 pm, 48 year old Shawn Burkett was reported as a missing person to the Poplar Bluff Police Department. Burkett’s scooter was located under the Vine Street Bridge on the east Side of Poplar Bluff near the levy of the Black River. Officers checked the scooter and found Burkett’s belongings. Officers began to walk the river bank in search of Burkett. Around 945 pm, the SEMO Search and Rescue team was deployed. Around 1am the search for Burkett was terminated until daylight hours. On Tuesday morning, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division began assisting with the search for Burkett and officers learned that Burkett was believed to have been fishing the day of his disappearance. On Wednesday morning, at 930 am, the Poplar Bluff Police Department was notified the body of Mr. Burkett had been located in Black River just southeast of South Riverview Road in Poplar Bluff. A preliminary check of Mr. Burkett revealed no signs to suggest foul play. 

Burkett was pronounced dead at the scene by Butler County Coroner Andy Moore.

Wednesday June 13, 2018

ONE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO A SHOOTING THAT LEAVES ONE DEAD AND SEVERAL INJURED 

A man has been arrested in Butler County in connection to a shooting in Blytheville Arkansas, that left one dead and several others injured.  

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 52 year old Israel Rocha, was arrested on a felony homicide warrant around 5:45 pm on Tuesday.  

Rocha is currently lodged in the Butler County Justice Center with no bond.

Tuesday June 12, 2018

OVER 80 CASES OF HEPATITIS A REPORTED BY BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 

Health officials are continuing to see an increase in reported Hepatitis A cases in Butler County.  

According to the Butler County Health Department, as of June 8th, 86 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported with 57 percent of the cases requiring hospitalization.  

Officials say that the majority of cases have been in people who use drugs and/or their close personal contacts. 

Anyone who has been potentially exposed to an individual, experiencing Hepatitis A signs or symptoms is asked to call or visit the Butler County Health Department.

Monday June 11, 2018

TWO ARRESTS MADE IN BUTLER COUNTY HOMICIDE 

Two arrests have been made in a homicide investigation in Butler County.  

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that the investigation began at Bricks Off-Road Park Saturday evening, after a 12 year old juvenile had been assaulted.   

ANDY MOORE: 

At approximately 10:30 PM on Saturday evening, the Butler County Corners office was notified of a homicide that took place at Bricks Off-Road Park.  We identified the deceased as Joe Girard 41 of Oak Ridge Missouri.  Preliminary findings indicate that he was struck multiple times and succumb to his injuries, due to blunt force trauma.  At this time I do not believe any weapons were used.  I have scheduled an autopsy for Monday morning at 9:30 with Dr. Russell Deidiker in Farmington Missouri. 

KWOC News has learned the two suspects have identified as 39 year old Rickey Holt Jr., and 40 year old Brenda Holt, both of Bunker. Both suspects are facing charges of voluntary manslaughter. Rickey Holt was released from custody after posting bond and Brenda Holt remains in the Butler County Justice Center on a $100,000 cash or surety bond.

Friday, June 8, 2018

ALTON WOMAN FOUND DEAD FOLLOWING ATV WRECK

An Alton woman has been found dead following an ATV wreck. 

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 47 year old Rena Ford was driving an ATV that skidded off the right side of Oregon County Road 102 and struck a tree, ejecting her. 

Thursday June 7, 2018

POPLAR BLUFF MAN INJURED IN WRECK INVOLVING A DUMP TRUCK 

A Poplar Bluff man was injured in a wreck involving a dump truck Wednesday morning.  

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly after 8:30 am Wednesday on US Highway 67, approximately three miles north of Poplar Bluff.  

The dump truck was attempting a pass when it struck a car in the side, causing the car to drive off the side of the road and overturn.  

The driver of the car suffered minor injuries and was taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital.

Wednesday June 6, 2018

KENNETT MAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO INCIDENT LAST WEEK 

An area man is facing multiple charges in connection to a domestic disturbance last week in Kennett.  

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that Friday evening officers were dispatched to a residence where they learned that a suspect, armed with a handgun, had allegedly forcibly entered without permission and assaulted and threatened the occupants within. 

31 year old Sedrick Harrell, of Kennett, was later arrested for burglary 1st degree, domestic assault 1st degree, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, property damage 2nd degree, and six counts of endangering the welfare of a child. 

Following the arrest, Harrell was held in the Dunklin County Justice Center.

Tuesday June 5, 2018

ONE DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED FOLLOWING WRECK ON INTERSTATE 57 

A Bernie woman has died from injuries she received in a Monday morning wreck in Scott County.  

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred on Interstate 57 when a vehicle driven by 70 year old Sharon Stevens turned into the path of another vehicle.  

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

The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

Monday June 4, 2018

ONE KILLED, FIVE INJURED IN BOAT COLLISSION 

A Poplar Bluff teenager has died and five people are injured following a boat collision in Butler County.  

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the collision occurred on Black River eight miles north of Poplar Bluff at around 7:30 pm Sunday.  

The collision occurred as one of the boats was traveling downstream, veered into the path of the other boat and struck it head on, ejecting the occupants of both boats.  

A 16 year old female occupant of the second boat was later pronounced dead at a Poplar Bluff hospital. 

Four people involved in the wreck suffered serious injuries, including the driver of the first boat. Of these four, one was flown to a Memphis hospital, two were flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital, and the fourth was transported by ambulance to a Poplar Bluff hospital.  

The driver of the second boat was moderately injured and also taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital.  

According to a Highway Patrol arrest report, the driver of the first boat, 27 year old Braden Bollinger, of Dexter, is facing charges of boating while intoxicated.

Friday, June 1, 2018

SOME AREAS RECEIVE DAMAGE FOLLOWING STORM SYSTEM

Yesterday’s storm system that crossed the area resulted in damage to some parts of our listening area. 

According to the National Weather Service there were numerous reports of trees and limbs being down throughout Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas. There was also a report of damage to a structure in Paragould. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

WRECK NEAR PORTAGEVILLE LEAVES ONE DEAD

One person has died following a single vehicle wreck near Portageville. 

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 74 year old Michael Clark, of Sikeston, was driving a vehicle that overturned after running off of a Pemiscot County outer road. 

Wednesday May 30, 2018

BLOOMFIELD AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR MISSING TEENAGER 

Authorities in Bloomfield are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager.  

According to a post on the Bloomfield Department of Public Safety Facebook page, 16 year old Alexendria Lusk was last seen at 2 am Tuesday morning in her home. She was reported missing at 9:30 am.  

Alexendria Lusk is described as a Caucasian female, five foot, three inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with hazel eyes, and brown, curly, medium length hair.  

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

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Bloomfield DPS at 573-568-3576 or Stoddard County Sheriff's Department at 573-568-4654.

Tuesday May 29, 2018

PILOT UNINJURED AFTER CROP DUSTER CRASHES IN BUTLER COUNTY 

A crop duster crashed Sunday in southern Butler County.  

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the small plane crashed in the area of County Road 221 near County Road 220.  

The pilot was the only occupant on board and he did not suffer any injures. 

Officials say the Federal Aviation Administration has been advised of the crash. 

Friday May 25, 2018

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE ATTEMPTING TO LOCATE SEX OFFENDER 

Authorities in Poplar Bluff are asking for the public’s help in locating a non-compliant sex offender.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 50 year old Thomas Eskridge, of Poplar Bluff, has moved from his registered address without reporting his new address to the Butler County Sheriff's Office. 

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SHANNON COUNTY WRECK

A Springfield man was seriously injured in a wreck Wednesday afternoon in Shannon County. 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a freightliner was crossing an intersection in Birch Tree when a vehicle, driven by 23 year old Bryon Heard, struck the rear of the trailer and became lodged underneath. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ARKANSAS PRIMARY RESULTS

The incumbent Arkansas Governor will be challenged by a former Teach for America executive in November’s election. 

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson won the Republican primary in his re-election bid yesterday, while Democrats elected Jared Henderson for their nomination.