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.

Wednesday October 17, 2018

MISSOURI SENATOR DISCUSSES OPIOID EPIDEMIC DURING STOP IN POPLAR BLUFF 

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt was in Poplar Bluff Tuesday to discuss efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.  

Senator Blunt was a part of a roundtable discussion at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center to discuss the epidemic with medical professionals, law enforcement, and community leaders.   

Blunt recently announced that Missouri will receive $31.5 million in opioid grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. That includes $18.36 million in state opioid response grant funding, in addition to the $10 million grant Missouri received earlier this year.

Tuesday October 16, 2018

MULTIPLE COMMUNTIY FLU CLINICS SCHEDULED FOR THIS MONTH IN BUTLER COUNTY 

Multiple flu clinics have been scheduled for this month in Butler County.  

Officials with the Butler County Health Department say that it is important to remember to protect yourself, family members, and the community from spreading the flu virus. Preventative measures include washing your hands and receiving a flu vaccine. 

A flu clinic has been scheduled for October 24th from 1 to 4 pm at the Butler County Health Department. Additional clinics will be held later this month at the Health Department as well as at schools in the Poplar Bluff, Neelyville, and Twin Rivers School Districts.

Monday October 15, 2018

HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDING MOTORISTS TO LOOK OUT FOR DEER 

With fall upon us, Missouri officials are warning motorists to watch for deer.  

Colonel Eric T. Olsen, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, tells KWOC News that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists at this time of year.  

The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October and November each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Although deer strikes can occur at any time, most occur between the hours of 5 pm and 7 am. 

Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced over 4,000 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred almost every two hours in the state. In these crashes, there were seven fatalities and 400 people were injured.

Friday October 12, 2018

SUSPECT SOUGHT FOLLOWING PURSUIT IN KENNETT 

Authorities are trying to identify a suspect following a pursuit in Kennett.  

According to the Kennett Police Department, at around 2:30 am Wednesday morning, officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Floyd Street for an equipment violation. The vehicle failed to stop and officer’s initiated a brief vehicle pursuit. 

A short time later, the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. 

Officers were then unable to find the suspect. Officials say that the suspect has not been identified and the incident remains under investigation.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

MULTIPLE COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS SCHEDULED FOR THIS MONTH IN BUTLER COUNTY

Multiple flu clinics have been scheduled for this month in Butler County.

Officials with the Butler County Health Department say that it is important to remember to protect yourself, family members, and the community from spreading the flu virus. Preventative measures include washing your hands and receiving a flu vaccine.

Wednesday October 10, 2018

POPLAR BLUFF MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO MISSING TEENAGER FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing a felony charge in connection to a reported missing teenager out of Northeast Arkansas.  

According to authorities, 24 year old Keegan Bryce Tatsch has been arrested on a felony charge of Interference with Custody.  

A 16 year old girl from Jonesboro who had been reported missing was found at Tatsch’s home.  

Tatsch had reportedly been in contact with the girl and drove to Jonesboro to pick her up. She has been safely returned to her parents.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

TWO DEAD, THREE INJURED, IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

Two people have died following a wreck Monday morning in Northeast Arkansas.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell KWOC News that a vehicle, driven by 61 year old Robert Martin, of Thayer, crossed the center line of Highway 67 in Lawrence County and struck another vehicle head on.

Monday October 8, 2018

INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY AFTER MAN SHOT BY DEPUTIES IN PEMISCOT COUNTY 

A suspect was shot and killed by deputies during an incident last week in Pemiscot County.  

According to authorities, the incident occurred early Friday morning near Hayti.  

The shooting is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the two deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave.  

The identity of the suspect was not available.

Friday, October 5, 2018

DNA EVIDENCE USED TO DETERMINE SUSPECT IN 1998 MURDER

Authorities in Southeast Missouri say that DNA evidence has been used to determine a suspect in a crime that occurred 20 years ago.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a suspect has been identified in the 1998 murders of Megan and Sherri Scherer.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

SHOT FIRED DURING ATTEMPTED BURGLARY IN KENNETT

An arrest has been made in connection to a burglary attempt in Kennett.

According to the Kennett Police Department, Tuesday morning officers were dispatched to an area residence in reference to a burglary in progress.

At the scene, officers located the suspect in the back yard being held at gun point by the home owner. The suspect was reportedly caught entering the victim’s residence and refused to leave the property at which point the homeowner fired a warning shot.

Wednesday October 3, 2018

MAN SENTENCED FOR AREA BURGLARY 

Another man has been sentenced in connection to a burglary last year at a Poplar Bluff area business.  

Officials with the United States Attorney’s Office tell KWOC News that Demarlon Richardson, of Poplar Bluff and Germonde Brunner, Arlandus Howard, Norlando Jackson, and Antywan Seawood, of East St. Louis, Illinois, were previously taken into custody in connection to the burglary of Instapawn near Poplar Bluff. 

Officials say the burglary occurred on February 28, 2017, when the five men stole over 60 firearms. 

Arlandus Howard was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 years imprisonment for possession of stolen firearms, carjacking and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. 

The four other men were sentenced earlier this year.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

WRECK NEAR VAN BUREN LEAVES ONE DEAD

A Monday morning wreck near Van Buren resulted in the death of an Ellsinore woman.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred at around 11 am on Eastbound Highway 60 and Route ZZ in Carter County.

A vehicle, driven by 86 year old Harriett Sylvester, reportedly traveled into the path of an oncoming freightliner.

Friday, September 28, 2018

FRIDAY AT THE BUTLER COUNTY FAIR

The annual Beauty Pageant is one of the headline events for tonight at the Butler County Fair.

The Lil Mister & Miss Butler County Fair pageant will begin at 6 pm at the Black River Coliseum.

The big show at Ray Clinton Park tonight featuring the International Miniature Rodeo, Leeza Edmundson, and the John D. Hale band will also begin at 6 pm. Also on the schedule for tonight is the Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 pm.

Thursday September 27, 2018

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING HOSTAGE SITUATION IN NEW MADRID COUNTY 

A man is dead following a hostage situation yesterday in New Madrid County.  

According to the Cape Girardeau and Bollinger County Major Case Squad a man was found dead Wednesday afternoon in a rural Cape Girardeau County residence. Officials say that foul play was suspected.  

A male suspect was identified during an investigation and was located later Wednesday at a hotel in New Madrid County.  

Officials say the suspect had a female hostage with him.  

After authorities attempted to negotiate with the man, the male suspect committed suicide. The female hostage was unharmed. 

The names of the suspect and the earlier victim were not released.

Wednesday September 26, 2018

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI SCHOOL OFFICIAL FACING CHARGES OF SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A STUDENT 

A staff member at New Madrid County Central High School is facing multiple charges of sexual contact with a student.  

34 year old Ryan Blocker, of Lilbourn, was taken into custody on Tuesday.  

According to Missouri Case Net, Blocker has been charged with five counts of sexual contact with a student and a single count of sexual contact with a student by a teacher.  

His bond has been set at $50,000.