Thursday, February 22, 2018

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS PLACED ON LOCKDOWN WEDNESDAY DURING SEARCH FOR SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT


Police in Poplar Bluff are searching for a suspect in a shoplifting investigation. 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, authorities were searching for 29 year old Andrew Millican yesterday in the wooded area near the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center. 

Millican is wanted in connection to a shoplifting investigation and has two active felony warrants for his arrest. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT
A flood watch has been issued for much of Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas through late Saturday night. 

According to the National Weather Service, Multiple rounds of rain, moderate to heavy at times, will increase the risk for area flooding through the end of the week, primarily from Thursday night through Saturday night.

The main flooding concern will be along small streams and creeks that feed into already swollen rivers across the region, especially in areas that receive multiple rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall.

Weather officials say that six to seven inches of total rainfall is forecast for most of our listening area through Sunday. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NEELYVILLE MAN DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

A Neelyville man died Sunday night in a single vehicle wreck. 

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that 63 year old Donald Teague was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck on Highway 67, around eight miles south of Poplar Bluff. 

The wreck occurred shortly before 10 pm Sunday night when Teague lost control of his vehicle and ran off the side of the road and into a field, causing the vehicle to overturn several times. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are searching for a missing teenager from the Blytheville area. 

According to the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department, 18 year old Ashton Talley was discovered missing at around 3:50 am Saturday morning. The Sheriff’s Department says that she had received a text from a Washington state phone number at 3:16 am that morning and had responded a minute later. 

Officials say that Talley is a special needs autistic student that is described as being five feet, two inches tall, weighing 135 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. 

She was last seen at her home Friday evening at around 7:30 pm wearing a navy blue or gray hoodie with a black or gray Lynryd Skynyrd t-shirt, pink and blue striped shorts, and white tennis shoes.

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

Anyone who has information on Talley’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department at 870-658-2242.

Friday, February 16, 2018

OFFICIALS SAY THAT NO THREATS WERE MADE AT KENNETT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Police officials in Kennett say that rumors of possible threats at Kennett Public Schools are not true. 

According to the Kennett Police Department, they received multiple calls yesterday about possible threats that were made during school however faculty members said this was not the case.

Police say that there were no threats made or any type of incidents yesterday in any of the Kennett Public Schools or Higher Education Facilities that have been reported to the Kennett Police Department.

Thursday February 15, 2018

CORNING RESTURAUNT EMPLOYEE TESTS POSTIVE FOR HEPATITIS A
Another area community is bracing for possible Hepatitis A exposure. 

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, an employee at the Taco Bell on North Missouri Avenue in Corning has tested positive for the virus. 

Anybody who ate at that location between January 24th and February 7th and is experiencing symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their doctor.

Symptoms usually develop between two and seven weeks after exposure and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored stools, joint pain, and jaundice. 

This is the third case of Hepatitis A being identified in a restaurant worker in our area over the past three months. The previous two incidents were located in Dexter and Poplar Bluff. 

The Butler County health Department says that there is an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A infections spreading across Southeast Missouri, with over 40 reports of the virus, the vast majority of which were located in Butler County. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

SUSPECT IN POPLAR BLUFF MURDER ENTERS NOT GUILTY PLEA

A suspect in a Poplar Bluff shooting has pled not guilty to first degree murder.

An initial arraignment hearing was held Friday for 31 year old Ricky Davis Jr. on charges of murder 1st degree, two counts of assault 1st degree, and three counts of armed criminal action.

Davis was arrested last week in connection to the shooting death of 36 year old Janice Thomas at a Poplar Bluff residence.

Two others were shot and injured during the incident on Thursday.

According to Missouri Case Net, Davis waived arraignment on Friday and entered a plea of not guilty to all counts. He was ordered to be held without bond.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 1 pm on Monday, March 19th in Butler County.

February 9, 2018

February 9, 2018

ONE DEAD, TWO INJURED IN POPLAR BLUFF SHOOTING

One person has died and another is in custody in connection to a shooting in Poplar Bluff.

Few details about the incident have been released, however it is believed the shooting occurred late last night or early this morning.

The names of the deceased and the person arrested have not been released. Two other people were injured during the incident.

We will keep following this story and bring you additional information as it becomes available.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

DEXTER TEENAGER ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ABUSE AND SODOMY WARRANT

A Dexter teenager has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a sexual abuse warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 19 year old Christopher Reece Ammons was recently arrested on a warrant for 1st degree sexual abuse, 2nd degree sodomy, and 3rd degree assault on a law officer.

Tuesday February 6, 2018

Tuesday February 6, 2018

OVER A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

An incoming weather system is bringing with it the possibility of over a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation overnight tonight in Southeast Missouri.

KWOC News spoke with Rick Shanklin, with the National Weather System about what we can expect tonight.

Monday February 5, 2018

FIRE CLAIMS THE LIFE OF TWO PEOPLE IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

Two people were found dead over the weekend in connection to a structure fire in Pemiscot County.

According to authorities, the fire was reported shortly after 4 am Saturday morning in Hayti Heights.

67 year old Benny McFerren and 6 year old Carmellow Robinson were found dead at the scene. Two teenagers suffered minor injuries.

An investigation is ongoing, however authorities say that no foul play was indicated.

Monday January 29, 2018

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A woman has died in connection to a weekend wreck in Northeast Arkansas.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell KWOC News that 38 year old April Geurin, of Strawberry, Arkansas, was driving on State Highway 25 in Lawrence County, when her vehicle travelled off the side of the roadway and struck a ditch and trees.

Officials say that Geurin was killed in the wreck, which occurred shortly after 8 am Saturday morning, around a mile south of Lynn.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

INVESTIGATION LEADS TO RAPE ARREST IN GREENE COUNTY

A man has been taken into custody in Northeast Arkansas on a rape charge.

Few details have been released, however Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that an investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest of Kenneth Oden for four counts of rape and sexual assault.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SUSPECT BEING SOUGHT AFTER SHOOTING IN SIKESTON

Authorities in Sikeston are searching for a man following a shooting incident Monday morning.

Assistant Chief James McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that at around 7am yesterday morning, a 71 year old Sikeston resident walked over to his neighbor’s house on Tanner Street. As he approached the back door a subject walked up to him from a vehicle.

Monday January 22, 2018

Monday January 22, 2018

MINOR KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK A minor was killed in a wreck Sunday in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred shortly after 2 pm Sunday on Highway 62 near Corning.

The minor, whose name was not released, was driving a vehicle that reportedly crossed the center line of the highway and went into the path of another vehicle.

No injuries were listed for the driver of the second vehicle.

Friday, January 19, 2018

POPLAR BLUFF AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR NON COMPLIANT 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, 28 year old Justin C. Wilson, of Poplar Bluff, failed to register his home address with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office on January 5th.

Officials say that Wilson may be in Ripley County.

Anyone who has information regarding Wilson’s whereabouts is asked to contact Captain David Sutton at 573-785-5776.

 

2018 AG EXPO TO BEGIN TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF

Ag Expo 2018 is set to begin today in Poplar Bluff.

Ag Expo will be held both today and tomorrow at the Black River Coliseum. There will be over 114 agriculture related exhibits at the expo along with many activities.

Additional events will include the beauty pageant, FFA tractor driving contest, petting farm, toy tractor pedal-pull, and cow milking contest.

Admission will be $1 for adults.

For more information about Ag Expo 2018, call 573-686-8064.

 

ARREST MADE IN ARMED ROBBERY OF SIKESTON RESTAURANT

Authorities in Sikeston say an arrest has been made in connection to an armed robbery this week at an area restaurant.

Sergeant Jon Broom with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells KWOC News that on Wednesday, at approximately 10:46 P.M, officers responded to Burger King on East Malone in reference to an armed robbery.

According to witnesses, a male suspect entered the restaurant during closing time and displayed a black semi auto handgun and forced the assistant manager to open the safe.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Sergeant Broom says that an arrest has been in the case but the name of the suspect cannot be released until he has been formally charged.

The case is still under investigation and anyone with information is being asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711.

 

THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

The execution of multiple search warrants earlier this week led to arrests in Northeast Arkansas.

Chief Jimmy Leach with the Corning Police Department tells KWOC News that on Wednesday, police executed three search warrants in Corning.

Three people are facing drug and paraphernalia charges in connection to the warrants, Sylvia Johnson and Ashley Lewis, both of Corning, as well as Becky Sharpe, whose hometown was not provided.

Leach says that the Clay County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the searches.

 

ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE SHAKES SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Southeast Missouri was shook again by an earthquake on Thursday.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the 2.7 magnitude earthquake was centered around five miles northeast of Malden.

The quake was recorded at 2:04 pm on Thursday and had a depth of approximately three miles.

 

AAG TRIVIA NIGHT SCHEDULED FOR EARLY NEXT MONTH

The Poplar Bluff High School Academic Assistance Group will be holding their 17th Trivia Night early next month.

The event will begin at 6 pm on Friday, February 2nd at the High School commons area. The cost is $150 per team.

The mission of the AAG is to provide supplemental educational opportunities that would not otherwise be available to Poplar Bluff High School Students.

For more information, contact PBHS Counselor Susan Brown at 573-785-6471.