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MAN SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO WAYNE COUNTY HOMICIDE
Authorities in Wayne County are searching for a man in connection to a homicide.
According to authorities, a man was found dead Sunday. He had reportedly been shot. His name has not been released.
Authorities are investigating the death as a homicide and are searching for Michael Burkman. Burkman is considered armed and dangerous.
ONE MAN SHOT IN POPLAR BLUFF HOME INVASION
Poplar Bluff Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are investigating a Sunday home invasion robbery and shooting.
According to Captain David Sutton with the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the incident happened shortly before 5 pm at a residence in the 1600 block of Sanders Street.
Witnesses told police that two black males, dressed in dark clothes and masks broke in the front door of the residence. The suspects flourished a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic pistol and shouted “give us everything.”
As the suspects searched the residence, they discharged the firearms several times and shouted “tell us where it’s at, or next time we won’t miss.” One of the shots fired by the suspects struck 27 year old Christopher Gregory in the back.
After the shooting, the suspects fled the scene. The witnesses reported nothing was taken during the robbery attempt. During crime scene processing, detectives found approximately two pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $7,000, inside the residence.
Gregory was treated at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and transferred to Barnes Hospital.
CUSTODY DISPUTE LEADS TO SHOOTING IN POPLAR BLUFF
A Poplar Bluff man has been arrested after he allegedly shot a woman during a dispute about child custody.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Jeremy W. Grable has been charged by Poplar Bluff Police with first degree assault and armed criminal action.
Sergeant Clark D. Parrott with the Patrol says the incident happened Saturday, shortly after 7 pm at a residence in the 2200 block of Baron Road.
Sergeant Parrott says Poplar Bluff Police were responding to a 911 call at the residence, when a second 911 call came in. The second call was Grable, saying that he had just shot someone in the chest.
Upon arrival, officers found 34 year old Shelia D. Hunt, of Poplar Bluff, with a gunshot wound to her upper torso.
Hunt was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital, where she remains in stable condition.
TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO MISSING MAN’S DEATH
Two men have been taken into custody following the recent discovery of a missing man’s body in Wayne County.
Russell and Roger Mayberry are each facing charges in connection to the death of 53 year old Kenneth Willard. Willard had been missing since October. His body was found last month in Black River.
Russell Mayberry is facing a charge of first degree murder. Roger Mayberry has been charged with hindering prosecution of a felony and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution.
MAN FOUND WITH COCAINE AT MISSISSIPPI COUNTY DETENTION CENTER
A man was reportedly found with cocaine at a Southeast Missouri Detention Center.
According to authorities, 43 year old Earnest Motton, of Haywood City, was allegedly found with several baggies of crack cocaine while being booked into the Mississippi County Detention Center.
Motton is facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION IS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO WEAR RED ON FRIDAY
The American Heart Association is encouraging everybody to wear red this Friday.
Friday is National Wear Red Day, a part of American Heart Month. The red dress and the color red are meant to symbolize one’s support in the fight against heart disease.
More information is available online at goredforwomen.org/wear red day/.
DRAINAGE REPAIRS THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Highway 61 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow for drainage repairs.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the highway will be reduced from 7:30 am to 3 pm both days between Route F and Highway 162.
MISSOURI BILL AIMED AT YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION
(AP) - School districts would be required to create policies addressing youth suicide awareness and prevention under a Missouri bill.
Legislation introduced by state Senator Jill Schupp this week would also require the education department to create a model policy that could be implemented statewide.
The Creve Coeur Democrat says the legislation is meant to address and help prevent suicide deaths among Missouri youth. She says teachers need training to recognize signs of students at risk of suicide.
Districts would need to implement prevention policies by July 2017. Teachers also could receive education in suicide awareness as part of annual training.
TWO SEPARATE BILLS FILED TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO POLICE CAMERAS
(AP) - Two Missouri Republicans want to stop the public from seeing video from police cameras.
Bills filed by Representative Galen Higdon and Senator Doug Libla would exempt footage from police body cameras and dashboard cameras from the state's open records law.
One of the measures would also bar the state from requiring body cameras.
MISSOURI LAWMAKERS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR ETHICS PROPOSALS
(AP) - Members of a Missouri House committee say they support changes to the state's ethics laws but further clarification is needed.
State representatives pointed out potential problems with some ethics bills at a committee hearing Monday.
Lawmakers say blanket limits on lobbyist gifts need to have a clear time frame or other parameters. They also say it may create problems for lobbyists married to lawmakers or staff members.
Government Oversight and Accountability Chairman Jay Barnes, of Jefferson City, says some of the bills may be amended to deal with issues pointed out by the committee.
Other bills discussed included a one-year cooling-off period before a lawmaker can start lobbying, faster disclosure requirements for campaign contributions larger than $500 and a ban on lawmakers serving as campaign consultants for others.