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ARRESTS MADE IN POPLAR BLUFF MAN’S KILLING
Authorities have arrested several people while investigating a Poplar Bluff shooting death.
24 year old Bryce Davis, of Doniphan; 32 year old Casey R. Marler, of Williamsville; and 29 year old Curtis L. Walker, of Poplar Bluff, have each been arrested for their alleged part in the shooting death of 48 year old Salvador Ruiz Ramirez.
The Daily American Republic reports that a break in the case came while authorities were investigating a car that was reported stolen Thursday from a Poplar Bluff dealership. Authorities attempted to stop the stolen vehicle and a pursuit ensued.
The pursuit ended with the arrest of the car's driver and another man suspected in the shooting. Ramirez's body was found Wednesday submerged at the end of the boat ramp on the Black River at the Dan River access.
The man suspected of killing Ramirez faces charges that include burglary. Others have been arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution.
TWELVE YEAR OLD DIES IN CRASH WITH 14 YEAR OLD AT THE WHEEL
A single vehicle crash with a 14 year old driver has claimed the life of a Bunker boy.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened Saturday, shortly before 1 pm, on Route TT, six miles north of Reynolds in Reynolds County, when 14 year old Alexander W. Gordon lost control of the vehicle he was driving, causing it to run off the road, down an embankment and overturn.
A passenger in the vehicle, 12 year old Tison P. Gordon was fatally injured.
Alexander received serious injuries.
Two other passengers, 16 year old Gregory L. Barton and 13 year old Jordan M. Shaw received minor to moderate injuries.
None of the boys were wearing a safety device.
FOUR YEAR OLD HIT BY VEHICLE IN JONESBORO
A four year old girl is in critical, but stable condition after being hit by a vehicle Saturday afternoon in Jonesboro.
Authorities say the girl’s father said they were playing and walking around their driveway when the child was struck. She was airlifted to a Memphis hospital.
The driver, a 27 year old woman, passed an alcohol intoxication test.
SIKESTON MAN FACING CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGE
A Sikeston man is facing a child endangerment charge after he allegedly injured a child.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says 38 year old Dewey Wesley Davidson II was arrested Thursday afternoon.
According to Sheriff Walter, a deputy responded to a home on Highway 532 to assist the Missouri Division of Family Services with a case of a reported injury to a child. The deputy observed a bruise on the juvenile consistent with information provided by a complainant.
Davidson was charged with second degree endangerment of a child.
He denied striking the child.
SIKESTON INMATE FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES AFTER ASSAULTING CORRECTIONS OFFICER
A Sikeston man is in custody after being accused of assaulting a corrections officer.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 23 year old Terriante Maurice McClinton has been charged with felony assault of a corrections officer and second degree property damage.
According to Sheriff Walter, McClinton was already in custody at the Scott County Jail, waiting to be transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections, when the incident occurred Thursday night. McClinton allegedly struck a female corrections officer in the face and intentionally broke her glasses.
The corrections officer was treated at a local hospital and released.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES AFTER WEEKEND ARREST
A Poplar Bluff man is facing several charges after his arrest over the weekend.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 31 year old Joshua P. Darnell was taken into custody shortly before 2 am Saturday in Butler County.
Darnell has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; driving while intoxicated, drugs; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and two other traffic charges.
PUXICO MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS FROM MULTIPLE COUNTIES
A Puxico man has been arrested on multiple warrants out of multiple counties.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Alexis P. Peters was taken into custody Friday night in Stoddard County.
Peters was arrested on a Butler County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of felony possession of dangerous drugs, a Carter County warrant for felony possession of amphetamine, a Stoddard County warrant for probation violation and felony endangering the welfare of a child, a Wayne County warrant for probation violation and possession of marijuana and a new charge of possession of marijuana.
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES
A Dexter man is facing multiple charges after being arrested Friday afternoon.
According to the Dexter Police Department, 38 year old Joseph Womble has been charged with first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, violation of an ex parte order and first degree assault on a law enforcement officer. No details about what led to the arrest have been released at this time.
SMALL EARTHQUAKE NEAR NEW MADRID
A small earthquake was recorded Friday night.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a quake registering 2.1 was centered two miles northwest of New Madrid and 18 miles south of Sikeston.
PUBLIC TO TALK ON MISSOURI STUDENT LEARNING GOALS
The State Board of Education is taking public comment on a review of Missouri's education standards for elementary and secondary schools.
The board scheduled a public hearing Monday to gather opinions on the work of parent and educator groups that are revising the standards.
Missouri currently uses the national Common Core benchmarks for what students should learn in each grade.
Lawmakers passed legislation in May requiring a review of what they call shoddy standards created without local input. The hope was to eventually eliminate Common Core.
But some work group members appointed by public officials both for and against Common Core have struggled to reach a compromise in outlining learning goals.
MISSOURI TROOPER PROVIDED LITTLE TRAINING
Missouri State Highway Patrol records raise questions about the training that a trooper received before a suspect drowned while in custody.
Twenty-year-old Brandon Ellingson went into the water May 31 as Trooper Anthony Piercy was transporting him from the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Witnesses have said that Piercy placed Ellingson in a life jacket but that the suspect's arms weren't in the arm holes. The device came off when Ellingson went into the water.
The Missouri Water Patrol merged with the Highway Patrol in 2011. Afterward, troopers like Piercy, who primarily patrol Missouri's roadways, began working the lake during peak boating season.
The Kansas City Star reports that they received a fraction of the water-based training they would have received before the merger.