August 14, 2014


A mandatory boil water order has been issued for Public Water Supply District #2 in the Fremont area of Carter County.

Drinking water samples analyzed on August 12th tested present for coliform bacteria and one sample also contained E.coli bacteria.

Samples analyzed on August 13th also tested present for coliform bacteria.

If you are in the affected area you should boil your water vigorously for three minutes prior to use for drinking or cooking. Also, remember to dispose of ice cubes and remake them with water that has been boiled. THREE POPLAR BLUFF TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

Three Poplar Bluff teenagers have been seriously injured in a single vehicle crash just before 1 am Wednesday morning.

Authorities say 17 year old Madyson F. Comfort, 19 year old Dylan M. Sparkman and 16 year old Lorin J. Stuhr were airlifted to a Memphis hospital after the vehicle Comfort was driving ran off the road and overturned.

Two of the occupants were thrown from the vehicle. None were wearing a safety device.

The crash occurred on County Road 450, about a quarter mile west of Maud Street. KENNETT MAN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER

Authorities in Dunklin County have charged a Kennett man with first degree murder.

According to Missouri Case Net, Jeremy Corcoran has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

The charges are reportedly in connection to a shooting death in June. WANTED FELON ARRESTED IN SCOTT COUNTY

A manhunt has led to the arrest of a wanted felon in Scott County.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 37 year old Shawn Dobbs, of Benton has been taken into custody on warrants for felony dangerous drugs, misdemeanor assault, and numerous traffic charges.

Officials had executed a search warrant at Dobbs’ home on Monday. Dobbs was not at the residence at the time, even though he had been placed on house arrest. An ankle monitor that Dobbs was supposed to be wearing was found at the house.

Dobbs was taken into custody on Wednesday. AUTHORITIES RELEASE NAME OF MAN SOUGHT AFTER PURSUIT

Authorities are searching for a man in connection to a pursuit on Sunday.

According to New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Sunday. The deputy pursued the vehicle into rural Mississippi County, where it traveled off the roadway and the driver fled the scene.

The suspect in the case has been identified as Curtis Jerome Burleson Jr. He has been charged with receiving stolen property and resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing.

Anyone with information on Burleson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Stevens says to not approach Burleson, as he may be armed.


Union Pacific has determined that a faulty switch caused a train derailment in southeastern Missouri last month.

Spokesman Mark Davis told the Dexter Daily Statesman Wednesday that Union Pacific investigators found that the switching device that moves trains from one track to another malfunctioned. He says there was a defective component in the switch.

Fourteen railroad cars derailed within Dexter city limits in July. One of those contained liquid petroleum gas, which is hazardous.

No injuries were reported in connection to the derailment.

Davis says investigators will continue to test metal and other components to determine why the switch failed. WAPPAPELLO WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE

A Wappapello woman is facing a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Jennifer S. Jones is charged with felony distribution of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Jones was taken into custody Wednesday evening in Wayne County. MAN ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY FOR STEALING BATTERIES AND A LAWN MOWER

A Portageville man was taken into custody on Tuesday in New Madrid County.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, Paul Shumate was arrested Tuesday evening on an active warrant. At the time of the arrest, a Sherriff’s Deputy reportedly discovered batteries in Shumate’s truck that were stolen from several irrigation units within the county.

Shumate also allegedly stole a riding lawn mower and hid it in a cotton field near where it was stolen from. AUDITIONS TO BE HELD TONIGHT FOR CENTER STAGE PRODUCTION OF MARVIN’S ROOM

Auditions will be held tonight for the upcoming Center Stage production of Marvin’s Room.

The auditions will be held from 7 to 10 pm at the Tinnin Auditorium. The format is a cold read from a provided script and no preparation is necessary.

Rehearsals will be held three days per week until the week before the show. The show will run from September 25th to September 28th.

For more information, call 573-840-9648. HIGHWAY 114 IN STODDARD COUNTY TO BE CLOSED TODAY

Highway 114 in Stoddard County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The work zone is located from Highway 60 to County Road 599.

Work is scheduled to take place today from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HOLDS STEADY IN JULY

A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate held steady in July while the state gained more than 13,000 jobs.

Figures from the Department of Economic Development show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in July. That's the same percentage as June and down slightly from its 2014 peak of 6.7 percent in March.

Missouri's seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment reached 2.78 million, up 13,200 jobs compared with June. Some of the larger gains came in durable-goods manufacturing, while the leisure and hospitality industry saw declines.

Missouri's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 3 million people shrank by slightly less than 1,500 in July. The labor force counts people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.