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TWO CHARGED WITH MURDER IN SIKESTON MAN’S DEATH
Two men have been charged with first degree murder in the death of a Sikeston man on Sunday.
According to the Sikeston Police Department, 31 year old Christopher Qurvon West was found with a single gunshot wound to the head.
An investigation has lead to 27 year old William Henry-Applewhite III and 29 year old Gailon Lamarous Applewhite, both of Sikeston, being charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action. Police say it appears that the suspects may have been searching for West to retaliate for a previous assault.
Both men are considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call 573-471-4711.
WOMAN REPORTED MISSING IN BOLLINGER COUNTY
The Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office reported an endangered missing person on Monday.
The Sherriff’s Office says that 34 year old Brandi Lee left her residence on foot Monday at around 12:30 pm. Lee is described as 5’1” tall and weighing 95 pounds.
She was also wearing a heavy pink coat. Authorities are searching for Lee and anyone with information is asked to call 573-238-2633.
A picture of Lee is available on our Facebook page.
MAN SHOT BY POLICE ESCAPES HOSPITAL
Authorities say a man who was shot by police last week has gone missing.
Brandon Johnson was reportedly shot by police during an incident Friday. Johnson was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
He then left the hospital Monday morning. Johnson is facing charges including aggravated assault and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Jonesboro Police Department.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT REPORTEDLY STOLEN FROM CAPE GIRARDEAU CONSTRUCTION SITE
A reward is being offered for information in connection to a recent theft in Cape Girardeau.
According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, four different construction companies reported having tools and equipment stolen at a construction site at Saint Francis Medical Center.
The Police Department says that Kiefner Brothers Construction Company is offering up to $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any suspect or suspects that is responsible for the thefts.
Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department.
NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN KENNETT HOUSE FIRE
The Kennett Police Department says no foul play is suspected in a fire that caused one death on Sunday.
An autopsy showed the victim, whose name was not released, died of smoke inhalation. The body of the victim was found following the report of a residence being on fire Sunday morning shortly after 4 am.
Two other people were able to escape the home.
ONE ARRESTED ON ARSON CHARGE IN KENNETT FIRE
One person is in custody following a structure fire in Kennett.
According to the Kennett Police Department, at 3 am Monday morning the Kennett Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at a location on East Third Street.
Following an investigation, the fire was determined to be suspicious. 21 year old Christian Morse, of Kennett, has been arrested for second degree arson.
MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD TOMORROW IN RIPLEY COUNTY
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Mobile Office on Wednesday, January 14th in Doniphan.
Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.
The mobile office will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Ripley County Courthouse.
VET CENTER TO BE MAKING MULTIPLE STOPS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI THIS WEEK
The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center’s Vet Center will be making multiple stops this week in Southeast Missouri.
The Vet Center will be staffed with people who can help Veterans learn more about the benefits to which they are entitled. They also offer free readjustment counseling for Veterans who want to talk to someone.
The Vet Center will be in Van Buren today from 1 to 4 pm. Additional stops include from 1 to 4 pm Wednesday in Doniphan, from 8 to 11 am Thursday in Piedmont and from 1 to 4 pm Thursday in Poplar Bluff.
There will also be a stop from 8 to 11 am Friday in Ellington. For more information, including exact locations for the Vet Centers, contact the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center.
NEW GUN RESTRICTION PROPOSED FOR THOSE FOUND GUILTY OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT
A bill would make it illegal for Missourians found guilty of domestic assault to possess a firearm.
The legislation recently filed by Democratic state Representative Stacey Newman of St. Louis would restrict gun possession in multiple instances of domestic violence or suspected domestic assault.
Anyone under a restraining order that cites threats of violence also would be banned from owning a gun.
The bill also would allow police to remove a gun from the scene if domestic assault is suspected.
The firearm owner could take back the weapon within two weeks of any proceedings related to a suspected assault.
Police would be required to safely store the firearm during that time.
POSSIBLE NEW TAX CREDIT COULD ENCOURAGE MORE MISSOURI FARMERS
A state lawmaker says proposed tax incentives could encourage more young farmers in Missouri.
State Senator Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown announced legislation Monday to give tax credits to landowners who lease land to beginning farmers.
The Republican says the incentives are important to recruit younger workers now that the average age of Missouri farmers and ranchers has reached 56.
Landowners who pay farmers to grow crops or care for livestock on their property also would get a tax credit. The credits would each be capped at $50,000 a year.
Missouri could give up to $12 million in incentives each year.
Other provisions in the bill would give tax incentives to landowners who sell to new farmers and would create a beginning farmer center with the University of Missouri's extension program.