Friday, July 19, 2019

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING TO CONTINUE FOR MOST OF THE WEEKEND

Oppressively hot temperatures have settled in over Southeast Missouri and weather officials say the temperatures will continue for most of the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for many counties in Southeast Missouri, including Carter, Ripley, Butler, Wayne, Stoddard, and New Madrid, until 7 pm on Sunday.

Officials say that dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken.

Thursday July 18, 2019

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING TO BEGIN AT NOON 

Parts of Southeast Missouri will be under an Excessive Heat Warning beginning at noon today.  

According to the National Weather Service, the warning will be in effect from noon until 7 pm on Sunday and maximum afternoon heat index values from ranging from around 105 to 110 degrees are expected. 

Remember to drink plenty of fluids. Try to stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun if possible.  

Never leave pets, children, or the elderly unattended in parked vehicles.

Wednesday July 17, 2019

BUTLER COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER INMATE DIES OF NATURAL CAUSES 

An inmate at the Butler County Justice Center has died.  

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that 44 year old Donald Ray Herrold III, of Poplar Bluff, was found unresponsive in the shower on Monday.  

An officer administrated CPR and Herrold was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore says that an autopsy was performed Tuesday morning that revealed that Herrold had a fatal upper respiratory infection and has had this issue for a long time.  

Moore also stated that Herrold’s death had nothing to do with his incarceration.

Tuesday July 16, 2019

FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS 

A flash flood watch continues for much of Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas through this evening.  

According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase in coverage and intensity today with the primary hazard being locally heavy rainfall. 

Weather officials say that up to three inches of rain has already fallen in parts of Southeast Missouri and today’s storms could produce hourly rainfall rates of up to 2 inches.  

According to a hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service, an extended period of excessive heat is anticipated to begin later this week and continue through early next week.  

Weather officials say that maximum afternoon heat index values will easily surpass 100 degrees and numerous locations may top out around 105 degrees or slightly higher.

Monday, July 15, 2019

REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM BARRY COULD DROP MULTIPLE INCHES OF RAIN ON THE AREA

Weather officials say that the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry could cause some heavy rainfall over the area.

According to a Flash Flood watch from the National Weather Service, rainfall totals are forecast to range from two and a half to four and a half inches for most of Southeast Missouri, with isolated higher amounts possible.

Friday July 12, 2019

RIVER RADIO BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY 

There will be an opportunity today to give blood and help save lives.  

The River Radio Blood Drive has been scheduled for noon to 6 pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic School Gym in Poplar Bluff.  

All presenting donors will receive a free commemorative St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive T-shirt.  

According to the Red Cross, blood donations fell short of expectations in June, resulting in 24,000 fewer donations than needed.  

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter the code RiverRadio to schedule an appointment for today’s blood drive.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

HEAT ADVISORY TO BE IN EFFECT TODAY FOR MUCH OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

A heat advisory will be in effect today for much of Southeast Missouri.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, heat index values are expected to get around 105 degrees today due to temperatures in the lower to middle 90s, and dew points in the mid 70s.

Officials say the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Remember to drink plenty of fluids as well as stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun.

Tuesday July 9, 2019

DEXTER WOMAN DROWNS IN ST. FRANCIS RIVER 

An area woman drowned over the weekend in Butler County.  

According to Butler County Coroner Andy Moore, 52 year old Barbara Reese, of Dexter, was swimming in St. Francis River Sunday evening when she began to struggle, submerged, and did not resurface.  

The incident occurred off of Route U, six miles east of Broseley.  

Reese was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Monday July 8, 2019

CLARKTON MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK 

A single vehicle wreck early Saturday morning resulted in the death of a Clarkton man.  

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 69 year old Leslie Bullow was driving on Missouri Highway 25 in Dunklin County when his vehicle ran off the side of the road and overturned.  

Bullow, who was reportedly not wearing a safety device, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dunklin County Coroner James Powell.

Friday July 5, 2019

MAN WITH CHILD MOLESTATION WARRANT WANTED OUT OF NEW MADRID COUNTY 

Authorities in New Madrid County are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man with a felony warrant.

New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens tells KWOC News that his office is searching for Allen Pretz, who has an active felony warrant for child molestation. 

Pretz is from Halls, Kentucky and is believed to have ties to the Matthews area.  

Stevens says that it is possible that Pretz is doing construction or labor because he has held jobs of this nature in the past. 

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

Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office at 573-758-2516.

Wednesday July 3, 2019

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MAN CHARGED IN STODDARD COUNTY SHOOTING DEATH 

A Southeast Missouri man is facing numerous charges, including murder, in connection to a shooting death in Stoddard County.  

Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver tells KWOC News that Melvin Anderson, of Advance, was charged Tuesday with murder 1st degree, armed criminal action, domestic assault 2nd degree, kidnapping 1st degree, unlawful use of a weapon, and tampering with physical evidence.  

The charges stem from the June 28th shooting death of Tristan Davis near Advance.  

Oliver says Anderson is currently housed in the Stoddard County Jail under a no bond warrant.

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

KENNETT MAN DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

One person has died following a wreck in Dunklin County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 65 year old Orbon Duke, of Kennett, was driving on Route P when his vehicle ran off the road struck several mailboxes and then a utility pole.

Duke was reportedly not wearing a safety device and was ejected during the wreck.

Monday July 1, 2019

TWO ARRESTED ON FELONY METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGES 

Two Doniphan residents have been taken into custody in Ripley County on multiple charges.  

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Candace Scott and 27 year old Lewis Kramer were each arrested at around 10 pm Friday night on charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, endangering the welfare of a child – 1st degree, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Kramer is also facing a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.  

Following their arrests, both Scott and Kramer were held at the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday, June 28, 2019

HEAVY RAINS CAUSE NUMEROUS FLOODED ROADS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Heavy rains Thursday morning resulting in flash flooding and water covered roads in Southeast Missouri.

Flash Flood warnings were in effect for numerous counties, including Butler and Stoddard, during the morning hours on Thursday.

Multiple roads were covered at points in Stoddard County including Highways J and U, along with numerous County Roads.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

FLASH FLOODING CAUSES DAMAGE AT AREA SCHOOL

Heavy rains on Wednesday resulted in flood damage to an area school.

According to the Doniphan R-1 School District Facebook page, there was damage campus wide with flooding in the High School, Central Office, and Elementary. A retaining wall at the elementary playground also busted.

According to the National Weather Service, in nearby Ellsinore, four to five inches of water was reported over the roadway at the intersection of FF Highway and Carter County Road 327 shortly before 3 pm.

Wednesday June 26, 2019

WATER TO BE SHUT OFF TODAY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CITY 

Officials say that water will be temporarily shut off today in a Southeast Missouri community.  

The city of Clarkton will be shutting off the town’s water beginning at around 10 am to install two fire hydrants.   

One of the hydrants will be installed on Davis Street, and the second one will be installed on James Street. 

Following the instillation, the city will be under a boil water advisory for two weeks.

Tuesday June 25, 2019

MISSOURI OFFICIALS ASK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR ANOTHER FEDERAL DISASTER DECELERATION 

Missouri State officials have requested that President Donald Trump issue a major disaster declaration to assist residents and businesses in numerous Missouri counties that have been hard hit by flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms beginning on April 29th and continuing throughout the spring. 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson tells KWOC News that the state expects to request Public Assistance once joint Preliminary Damage Assessments are completed in 64 counties.  

In Southeast Missouri, this includes Bollinger, Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Shannon, and Stoddard Counties.  

Additional joint damage assessments for public assistance may be conducted in more counties as additional information is gathered locally when floodwaters recede. 

A major disaster declaration was approved last month for Missouri to help recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11th to April 16th.

Monday June 24, 2019

HEAVY WINDS CAUSE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI 

Heavy winds both Friday and Sunday caused damage and power outages in Southeast Missouri.  

According to the National Weather Service, in Butler County there were multiple reports of trees being snapped by wind on Friday. A tree fell and blocked Highway T for a period of time and there were reports of a tree falling on a house on Truman Street in Poplar Bluff. Wind gusts were measured at 59 miles per hour in Butler County.  

On Sunday, trees reportedly fell on a house and cars on Butler County Road 461. On County Road 470, a house sustained roof damage in addition to multiple trees being down in the area. In Carter County, a tree came down and blocked Highway B shortly before 2 pm. 

There were also numerous reports of people losing power during Sunday’s storms.

Friday June 21, 2019

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK IN KENNETT 

A Tennessee man has died following a single vehicle wreck in Dunklin County.  

According to authorities, a vehicle ran off of the South Bypass in the Kennett area Thursday morning and overturned multiple times.  

72 year old Richard Marotti, of Dyersburg, Tennessee, was killed in the wreck.  

Another person in the vehicle was injured and flown to a Memphis hospital.