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POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACES ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man is facing a charge of armed criminal action.
According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 28 year old Darrin L. Lee was arrested Friday night on a charge of armed criminal action.
The Daily American Republic is reporting that Lee allegedly forced his way into an apartment with a knife, threatened his ex-girlfriend, and refused to let people leave before he was arrested.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
A Poplar Bluff man is facing charges after allegedly being found with methamphetamine on Saturday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Thomas E. Greer is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Greer was taken into custody shortly before 4:30 pm Saturday afternoon in Butler County.
PUXICO WOMAN ARRESTED ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
A Puxico woman is facing multiple felony charges in connection to her arrest Friday morning.
According to the Highway Patrol, 29 year old Megan N. Engram was taken into custody Friday morning in Stoddard County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Engram is also facing a charge of possession of marijuana.
SIKESTON MAN FACING COCAINE CHARGES
A Sikeston man is facing charges after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana and cocaine.
According to the Highway Patrol, 23 year old Ethan W. Adams was arrested in Stoddard County Friday afternoon on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of controlled substance, cocaine.
Adams is also charged with possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
MAN ARRESTED IN SHANNON COUNTY FOR POSSESSION OF METH
One man is facing multiple drug charges in connection to his arrest Sunday evening in Shannon County.
27 year old Daniel B. Dooley, of Winona, is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony possession of methamphetamine, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE CHARGED FOR HITTING A JUDGE
A Greene County justice of the peace has been charged with felony second-degree battery for allegedly hitting the county judge.
Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said in a news release that 57-year-old Ronnie Wood was charged following a state police investigation into allegations that Wood pushed and struck County Judge Jerry Shipman in January at a meeting where county officials were discussing road improvements in the county.
The charge is a felony because of the 72 year old Shipman's age.
Ellington said he assigned the case to deputy Prosecutor Mike Trail in Clay County to avoid any conflicts of interest by the Greene County deputy prosecutor's office.
ONE IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING KENNETT APARTMENT FIRE
Authorities have a person of interest in custody in connection to an apartment fire in Kennett.
According to KFVS, the fire destroyed an eight unit apartment building on South Vanderventer early Sunday morning. The fire is believed to have been started intentionally.
The name of the person arrested has not yet been released.
LONG TERM HIGHWAY PROJECT BEGINNING TODAY IN RIPLEY AND CARTER COUNTIES
Highway 21 in Carter and Ripley Counties will be reduced to one lane beginning today so contractor crews can perform asphalt overlay and shoulder work.
The work zone is located from US 60 in Carter County to US 160 in Ripley County.
Weather permitting, work will take place today through Saturday, November 1st, from 7 am to 6 pm, including weekends as necessary.
WORK SCHEDULED TO BEGIN TODAY ON HIGHWAY 60 IN CARTER AND SHANNON COUNTIES
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Carter and Shannon Counties this week for pavement repairs on Highway 60.
Highway 60 will be reduced to one lane from Route P in Carter County to Route DD in Shannon County. Work is scheduled to be done from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm daily through Thursday.
DELAYS TODAY ON HIGHWAY 67 FOR SHIFT TO FOUR LANE
Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say there will be a slight delay for motorists today on Highway 67 in Butler County.
Traffic will shift to the new four-lane section of Highway 67 from County Road 323 to south of Highway 160/158, beginning at 10 am. The new interchange at Harviell will also open.
During the traffic shift, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will stop traffic for approximately 20 minutes as crews modify traffic control. Traffic on the existing Highway 67 north and south of Harviell will not have an outlet to the new pavement at this time. In addition, east and westbound traffic will be restricted.
Existing lanes of Highway 67 from County Road 323 to Highway 160/158 will be signed as Route C. The north end of Route C will remain closed for approximately two months, as work is completed at the intersection of Highway 67, Route C and County Road 323.
BILL WOULD PHASE OUT SOME ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES
The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to require local elections authorities to phase out the use of some electronic voting machines.
Under the measure, Missouri voters could only use an electronic ballot machine that produces a paper trail of marked votes.
The legislation allows other types of electronic voting machines currently in use to remain at polling places. But it prohibits local election authorities from replacing those machines because of a malfunction or wear and tear.
The bill, passed with a 22 to 11 vote on Thursday, also declares the paper ballot as the official ballot of Missouri elections.
MISSOURI SENATE APPROVES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE FINES IN CERTAIN TRAFFIC CASES
A bill passed by the Missouri Senate would impose tougher penalties on drivers who run stop signs, if they cause crashes resulting in injury or death.
The legislation would increase fines and require the suspension of driver's licenses in certain cases of failing to yield the right of way.
The bill would set a minimum fine of $500 and raise the maximum to $1,000 instead of the current $200 for violations resulting in injuries.
For serious injuries, there would be a new minimum fine of $1,000, and the maximum would rise to $3,000 from the current $500.
For violations resulting in fatalities, there were be a new minimum fine of $5,000, and the maximum would be raised to $10,000 from the current $1,000.
The bill now goes to the House.