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POPLAR BLUFF POLICE RECOVER STOLEN COMPUTER USING LOCATING DEVICE, TWO ARRESTS MADE
Two men have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery in Poplar Bluff on Friday.
According to Captain David Sutton with the Poplar Bluff Police Department, officers responded to a call about a burglary in the 900 block of Lester Street shortly before 4 pm. A woman and young child were in the home, when a white male allegedly entered the residence through a window. The woman armed herself with a golf club and confronted the intruder, who flourished a knife and exited through the window. Sutton says the only item taken was a laptop computer.
Later that evening, a locating device on the computer indicated it had accessed the internet from a residence in the 1700 block of West Spring Street. Officers responded to that location and arrested 53 year old Douglas Herzog and recovered the stolen computer.
Herzog told investigators he purchased the computer from 39 year old Nick Alcala.
Alcala was arrested on Saturday and has been charged with first degree burglary, armed criminal action and felony stealing.
FORMER CHARLESTON RESIDENT ARRESTED AFTER WIFE’S BODY IS FOUND IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
The body of a missing Kentucky woman was found in Mississippi County yesterday and the woman’s husband has been arrested.
Authorities say the body of 45 year old Sylvia Tipler, who was last seen with her husband Clifford Ray Williams in Ullin, Illinois on October 8th, was discovered at Moore’s Landing.
Investigators previously believed that Tipler had been kidnapped. The Mississippi County coroner says foul play is suspected. An autopsy is scheduled for this afternoon.
45 year old Williams is formerly of Charleston.
EAST PRAIRIE MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SOLICIT A MINOR
An East Prairie man has been arrested after allegedly attempting to solicit a minor.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 26 year old Brian Burney has been charged with felony misrepresentation of age with intent to solicit a minor.
Sheriff Walter says a deputy with his department responded to a call Friday about a female juvenile who was attempting to run away. The juvenile’s guardian told the deputy that the 15 year old child had been communicating with Burney on Facebook and through texts. A review of the juvenile’s devicesd revealed inappropriate and graphically explicit messages.
Officers began a search for Burney. He was located near the Sikeston High School and taken into custody.
JONESBORO POLICE SEEK THREE MEN IN ROBBERY CASE
Jonesboro Police are looking for three men who allegedly committed a strong arm robbery Friday.
Authorities say a man reported he was walking in southeast part of Jonesboro, when he was hit in back of the head by an object. He told officers that three men then began hitting him, demanding money and threatening him. He said gave them $50.
According to KAIT, the victim told investigators he believes the men were around a small maroon four door car with low profile tires and chrome wheels with a little bit of red on them before the attack.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 870-935-STOP.
FOUR KENNETT TEENS FACING DRUG CHARGES
Four Kennett teenagers are facing drug charges after officers discovered they had drugs on school property.
According to authorities, officers was dispatched to the Kennett High School around 10 am Saturday. One male and three females were taken into custody.
The male student is facing two charges of possession of a controlled substance. One female is charged with distribution of a controlled substance, and two females are charges with possession of a controlled substance.
JACKSON RESIDENT CHARGED AFTER CUTTING MAN WITH SWORD
A Jackson man is facing assault charges after allegedly cutting another man with a sword.
Authorities say 52 year old Kenny Pair has been charged with second degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
The incident happened at a residence in the 900 block of Old Cape Road. Investigators believe the two men had been in an argument when the assault occurred.
The victim received what was described as a deep cut to his hand.
HARVIELL MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER CRASH
A Harviell man is facing charges after leaving the scene of a Friday afternoon crash.
Few details about the arrest have been released, but according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old Joseph J. Balance was taken into custody in Butler County and charged with driving while intoxicated, drugs; and leaving the scene of an accident.
THREE RIVERS TO BENEFIT FROM SALE OF TRUST ASSETS
The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia and Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff will share more than $1.5 million through an agreement in a mismanaged trust case.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Friday that the agreement settled a case involving the estate of James Adams. The Piedmont man left more than 750 acres of farm land and a $700,000 maintenance trust fund in a trust following his death in 2012.
Koster said the trustees had a fiduciary duty to preserve the trust's value for charity. But he says infighting among the trustees degraded the farm's value and drained the maintenance fund.
The trust assets were liquidated September 6th during an auction in Piedmont.
ROUTE 67 IN BUTLER COUNTY REDUCED FOR UTILITY WORK
A portion of North and Southbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews perform utility work. The affected section of roadway is located just north of the Route 60/67 interchange. Work is scheduled to place today through Wednesday, from 8 am to 4 pm each day.
ROUTE W IN BUTLER COUNTY REDUCED FOR UTILITY WORK
A portion of Route W in Butler County will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews perform utility work. The affected section of roadway is located by Shadowbrook Drive. Work is scheduled to take place today through Wednesday, from 8 am to 4 pm each day.
MISSOURI BALLOT PROPOSES SIX DAYS OF EARLY VOTING
Missouri voters will decide next month whether they want six days to vote early without needing an excuse for why they won't show up on Election Day.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment 6 would allow early voting for six business days ending the Wednesday before a general election. The measure would take effect during the next general election, but only if lawmakers provide funding for local election offices to support the program.
Republican backers say approving the initiative would give residents more flexibility for when they can vote.
Democratic opponents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri say the proposed early voting period is too short and should include weekends, when residents who can't take time off work or who struggle with transportation could more easily vote.
MISSOURI LOTTERY EXPECTS SAVINGS WITH NEW CONTRACT
The Missouri Lottery says it expects to save about $700,000 a year with a vendor contract finalized amid criticism that the agency is funneling too little money to education.
The Lottery Commission on Thursday approved a seven-year contract with Rhode Island-based GTECH Corp. to provide computer gaming systems and related services.
The governor's budget office has been examining why the lottery had record sales in the latest budget year but transferred less money to schools.
GTECH's fees are paid as a percentage of sales. The new contract reduces its cut to about 4.2 percent from the 4.4 percent in its previous contract.
The lottery estimates GTECH will get about $16.1 million annually, down from $16.8 million previously. That could mean about $4.9 million in savings over seven years.