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POPLAR BLUFF MAN SENTENCED TO 160 MONTHS ON FIREARM CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man has been sentenced on a felony firearm charge.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 31 year old Artari J. Amos was sentenced to 160 months on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
In November of 2012, officers found a pistol after responding to a report of shots being fired near a residence on Poplar Street. DNA found on the pistol was consistent with Amos’s DNA. Amos had been previously convicted of three prior felonies and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.
SIKESTON MAN HELD AT GUNPOINT AFTER ALLEGEDLY BURGLARIZING HOME
A Sikeston man was taken into custody early Friday morning after allegedly being caught burglarizing a home.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 20 year old Kaiden Lambert is charged with first degree burglary, first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, stealing, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.
Lambert was allegedly caught in a home by the homeowner at around 5:30 Friday morning. The homeowner and another person reportedly handcuffed Lambert and held him at gunpoint until police could arrive.
Merchandise stolen in the burglary was reportedly found in Lambert’s vehicle.
TWO ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGE
Two people were taken into custody Friday morning in Wayne County on separate drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old Deanna Adams, of Poplar Bluff, and 31 year old Monica Harris, of Greenville, were arrested shortly after 11 am Friday morning.
Adams was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; while Harris is facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance, oxycontin.
CHAFFEE AREA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES
A Chaffee area man is facing drug related charges following his arrest last week.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, deputies started an investigation after a home custodian told authorities that Joshua Baker had been an overnight guest at the residence and she believed that Baker had been using drugs.
Baker provided a statement to authorities that pills and paraphernalia items found during a search of the home and his person belonged to him.
31 year old Joshua Franklin Baker is charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. Baker is also facing a misdemeanor charge unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK IN EAST PRAIRIE
Constituents will have a chance to meet with staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt next week during a Mobile Office in East Prairie.
The Mobile Office will be held at the East Prairie City Hall from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, July 29th.
Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.
DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will begin a road project today in Dunklin County.
Highway 25 will be reduced to one lane between the Kennett City Limits and White Oak this week for pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work is set to take place today through Wednesday from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.
APPEAL DISMISSED ON MISSOURI GUN AMENDMENT
The Missouri Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would enhance the right to keep and bear arms in the state.
The justices on Friday unanimously ruled they are bound by a state law forbidding courts from adding issues to a ballot within six weeks of an election.
Secretary of State Jason Kander officially certified Proposed Constitutional Amendment 5 for the ballot on June 13th. That same day opponents filed a lawsuit challenging the fairness of the summary statement.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem dismissed the lawsuit as moot on July 1st because less than six weeks remained before the August 5th election.
The state Supreme Court upheld that ruling, noting that ballots for absentee and military voters already have been distributed.
ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HITS LOWEST RATE IN OVER FIVE YEARS
State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent. According to the department, the jobless rate is the lowest Arkansas has seen since November 2008.
The agency says four industry sectors posted job losses in June, with the biggest drop coming in state and local government. Officials say that decrease is attributed to the summer breaks at public schools and universities.
Employment in manufacturing rose by 1,900 jobs, primarily in durable goods as manufacturing plants added employees.