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TWO PEOPLE DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED, FOLLOWING MURDER/SUICIDE
Two people are dead, and another is critically injured, following a murder suicide incident.
Caruthersville Police Chief Tony Jones says that a man shot and killed his wife, along with himself and also critically injured his wife’s daughter. A fight had reportedly happened before the shooting.
The daughter was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital and is in critical condition. The names of those involved in the incident have not been released.
SIKESTON MAN IN CUSTODY ON DRUG CHARGE
A Sikeston man is in custody after he was allegedly found in possession of 60 grams of marijuana.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 21 year old Janeil Hatchett was arrested early Monday morning.
A deputy reportedly found 60 grams of marijuana and $4200 in cash during a search of Hatchett’s vehicle. The deputy also located 44 small zip lock type plastic baggies and a marijuana grinder during the search.
Hatchett has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, along with a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
FUNNEL CLOUD SPOTTED NEAR QULIN DURING MONDAY’S STORMS
Multiple areas reported damage as a result of the storms that came through Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas on Monday.
The storms caused widespread tree damage and downed power lines across southern Bollinger County. Minor roof damage was also reported.
According to the National Weather Service, residents in Qulin reported seeing a rain wrapped funnel cloud at around 1 pm.
In Northeast Arkansas, KAIT is reporting that four homes were destroyed in Clay County. A business and two city building were also destroyed in Osceola, Arkansas.
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDED IN MISSOURI ARTS COUNCIL GRANTS
Hundreds of entities around Missouri will be getting annual grants from the Missouri Arts Council.
The council says it is awarding 337 annual grants totaling $4.3 million during the current state budget year.
The grants will support such things as museums, theaters, concerts, ballets and local community arts organizations.
The Arts Council also plans to award about $350,000 in additional monthly grants for smaller things such as transportation for student field trips to Missouri arts institutions.
Local organizations chosen to receive grant money include the City of Poplar Bluff for the Margaret Harwell Art Museum, the Puxico R-8 School District, and the SEMO Little Theater in Kennett.
CENTER STAGE TO PERFORM MARVIN’S ROOM THIS WEEKEND
The Center Stage production of Marvin’s Room will be held this weekend.
“Marvin’s Room” is the story of two women, Bessie and Lee, torn apart by their differences and brought back together by their father’s debilitating illness.
Tickets are available for the shows on October 17th and 18th at 7 pm and October 19th at 2 pm at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center in Poplar Bluff. You can purchase tickets at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, the Financial Services office at Three Rivers’ Poplar Bluff Campus, or at the door.
Tickets are $10, or $5 with a valid Three Rivers student ID.
LIBRARY TO OFFER FREE KNITTING CLASS
The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library is offering a free four week class to teach beginners how to knit, just in time for Christmas gift making.
Knit for Christmas 2014 is designed to teach all ages the fundamentals of knitting, how to choose yarn and needles, how to read a pattern, how to find free online patterns, and more.
Classes will be offered on Saturdays, from October 18th through November 8th, from 2 pm till 4 pm.
BRIDGE REPAIRS SET FOR BUTLER COUNTY
Southbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.
The bridge to be repaired is located at the interchange of 158.
Weather permitting, work will be performed today and tomorrow from 7 am to 5 pm.
PIPE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN CARTER COUNTY
A Carter County road will be reduced this week for a pipe replacement.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route M in Carter County will be reduced to one lane at various locations so crews can replace culvert pipes.
Work is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 4 pm daily through Friday between County Roads 101 to 151.
DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
Route U in Dunklin County will be closed today for a pipe replacement.
Route U will be closed from 7 am to 3 pm between County Roads 442 and 430 for the replacement.
MISSOURI LAWMAKERS COULD DEBATE PROSECUTORS’ ROLE
Missouri lawmakers could consider legislation next year that would take local prosecutors off the case whenever a police officer shoots someone.
Republican Representative Jay Barnes, of Jefferson City, said he plans to file legislation that would give the state attorney general the responsibility for determining whether charges should be filed against police officers involved in deadly shootings.
The legislation comes after the fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on August 9th.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is presenting the case to a grand jury to decide whether to charge officer Darren Wilson.
Some Democratic senators from St. Louis were among those who wanted McCulloch to step aside from the case because of family connections to police agencies.
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO OFFER HELP TO SENIORS FOR MEDICARE ENROLLMENT
The Missouri Department of Insurance is offering free help to seniors who want to review their coverage or enroll in Medicare.
Open enrollment for the federal health insurance program for anyone aged 65 and over runs October 15th through December 7th.
Those who want to review their current plan, change their drug coverage or enroll can meet in person or talk on the phone with the state's Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri program.
Counselors can help low-income residents determine if they qualify for federal or state assistance in paying for prescription drugs.
Interested residents can call 800-390-3330 or visit missouriclaim.org for help.