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TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO POPLAR BLUFF SHOTS FIRED REPORT
Two Poplar Bluff men are in custody and an officer has been injured in connection to a report of shots being fired in Poplar Bluff.
According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, officers responded Thursday to a location on Park Street in reference to a report of shots fired into a residence.
A short time later, an officer attempted to stop a suspect’s vehicle, however the driver refused to stop. A chase commenced through downtown Poplar Bluff, eventually ending when the suspect’s vehicle lost control after ramming into a patrol vehicle.
A police officer sustained minor injuries in the collision.
The driver of the vehicle, 32 year old Gregory Kammerer, and a passenger, 26 year old Kevin Busby were arrested and a handgun was found at the scene.
Busby and Kammerer were each charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle at an inhabitable structure.
Busby is also facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
TWO MEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO PAWN SHOP BURGLARY
Two men are in custody in connection to a burglary of a pawn shop in August.
According to KFVS, 20 year old Nicholas Riley and 35 year old Jeremy Weber, both of Wyatt, were arrested Tuesday. Authorities believe Riley burglarized the pawn shop and Weber took the items and hid them.
Riley is facing charges of first degree burglary, property damage, and two counts of theft/stealing of a firearm. Weber is facing a charge of receiving stolen property.
MAN SOUGHT FOLLOWING CHASE
One man is being sought following a chase involving police.
According to authorities, the chase began Wednesday night in Miner before ending in Bertrand. The driver was reportedly driving a stolen vehicle and escaped on foot.
The incident is under investigation.
SEVEN ARRESTED IN DUNKLIN COUNTY ON DRUG WARRANTS
Six people were taken into custody Thursday morning on Dunklin County warrants for distribution of a controlled substance.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the arrests occurred between 6:30 and 10 am Thursday. The six arrested were 56 year old Homer Peel, 55 year old Joseph Babbitt, 36 year old Levester Rhines, 35 year old Jonahtan Conley, 30 year old Danny Nixon, and 24 year old Charles Mohr.
Conley is also facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance, valium.
A seventh person, 46 year old Shirley Jones, was also arrested during the time period in Dunklin County for a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUNK DRIVING
A southeast Missouri lawmaker says he has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and been sentenced to probation.
Democratic Representative Steve Hodges, of East Prairie, said he pleaded guilty Thursday in Cole County Circuit Court to two charges stemming from incidents earlier this year.
Hodges says his driver's license was suspended and he was sentenced to two years of probation. He was also ordered to participate in a substance abuse traffic offender program.
The 65 year old lawmaker was first elected to the House in 2006 and is barred by term limits from seeking re-election this year. Hodges was cleaning out his Capitol office Thursday but does not plan to resign before his term ends in January.
He says he completed a voluntary 30-day substance abuse treatment program earlier this year.
MULTIPLE CHILDREN EXAMINED FOR INJURIES FOLLOWING SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT
Eight children were examined for minor head and neck injuries following an accident Thursday involving a school bus.
According to KAIT, a Westside School District bus was rear ended by another vehicle while near the county line of Craighead and Greene Counties.
The driver of the other vehicle, 22 year old Kyle Mitchell, of Bono, was taken into custody on charges of DUI and refusal to submit a blood test.
ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS OF MEDICARE SCAMS
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning Arkansas consumers who are eligible for Medicare to stay alert for possible scams during open enrollment.
Medicare open enrollment begins October 15th. During that time, senior citizens 65 and older have the option to review their current plans and make whatever changes they choose.
McDaniel says consumers shouldn't provide personal information or account numbers in response to unsolicited calls or email and to be wary of callers who claim to be from a hospital, doctor's office, or state and local health agency.
He also says many offers of free medical supplies or complimentary checkups are ways for unscrupulous groups to gain access to personal information.
For more information about Medicare open enrollment or other consumer issues, visit www.GotYourBackArkansas.org.
MISSOURI LEGISLATORS CONSIDERING APPEAL ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says lawmakers may take matters into their own hands in an attempt to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Republican leaders in both the House and Senate have criticized Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster for announcing that he won't appeal a recent decision by a Jackson County judge.
Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled last week that Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. It was the first ruling to put a dent in Missouri's constitutional prohibition on gay marriage.
Jones says lawmakers are reviewing their legal options in light of Koster's decision not to appeal. He said one option could be for legislative leaders to try to intervene in the case and request an appeal.