KENNETT POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING WOMAN
Authorities in Kennett are searching for a woman who has been missing since January.
According to the Kennett Police Department, 46 year old Deana Davison was last seen at the Kennett Super 8 Motel on January 26th.
The woman apparently left during the night. Anyone who has information on Davison’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.
FLASH FLOODING LIKELY FOR THIS WEEKEND
Heavy rain and warmer temperatures are in the forecast for this weekend, and while that can help melt the snow we have accumulated this week, in also introduces flash flooding.
According to the National Weather Service, 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected for many areas in Southeast Missouri on Saturday. Coupled with runoff from the recent snow, this will easily overwhelm many drainage systems, resulting in flash flooding.
Another danger is if freezing rain on Friday night creates a significant layer of ice, this could insulate the snow and keep it from melting. If that happens, the runoff would be forced directly into the plowed roadways, resulting in a dangerous flash flooding situation.
Motorists traveling on Friday and Saturday are being advised to be careful if they approach water covered roadways.
MAN GETS THREE LIFE TERMS FOR SEX CRIMES WITH CHILDREN
(AP) - A southeast Missouri man has been sentenced to three terms of life in prison plus 15 years for sex crimes involving children.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri reports that 54-year-old Joseph Troy Wilson, formerly of Farmington, was sentenced last week after a judge denied his request for a new trial. Wilson was found guilty of sodomy and child molestation charges in December.
Authorities say Wilson had sexual contact with four children between 2000 and 2005. He denied the allegations.
TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING REPORTED ARMED ROBBERY
A reported armed robbery Saturday led to the arrest of two people in Poplar Bluff.
According to the Daily American Republic, 20 year old Terrance Fields had asked the victim for a ride before allegedly demanding money from the victim at gunpoint. Fields then fled the scene in a SUV driven by 34 year old Miranda Gregory.
Both Fields and Gregory were later taken into custody.
CHILDREN’S WINTER READING PROGRAM HAS BEGAN AT POPLAR BLUFF MUNICIPAL LIBRARY
The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library has started this year’s winter reading program for children.
“Chill Out and Read,” will run through March 27th. Children ages 3 to 17 will have a chance to win prizes by turning in reading logs.
For each reading log a child turns in, they get a coupon for a local business plus an entry for a prize which includes book and movie bundles, day passes to Hydro Adventures in June, and a free art class from the Margaret Harwell Art Museum.
MISSOURI SENATE PANEL CONSIDERS RESTRICTING POLICE VIDEO
(AP) - Law enforcement groups say public access and retention of footage from police cameras should be limited to protect privacy and contain costs.
A Missouri Senate committee heard Wednesday from police groups who support a bill limiting the release of footage collected by officers.
Protesters have called for increased use of body cameras by police after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.
The bill also prohibits the state from requiring police departments to use body cameras or dashboard cameras in cars.
Opponents of the bill, including citizen groups and media organizations, say it goes too far and that making the footage secret will erode the public's trust in police.
The committee did not vote on the bill.
TWO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BRIDGES AVAILABLE FOR RELOCATION
Two bridges in Southeast Missouri are available for relocation and reuse.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the historic Route 53 bridge over the St. Francis River in Butler and Dunklin Counties and the Route P bridge over Buffalo Ditch in Dunklin County are the two bridges available.
These bridges can be obtained by government entities, historical or civic groups, or private citizens, free of charge. A checklist for all items to be included in proposals for the bridges is available online at modot.org/freebridges.
Proposals must be submitted no later than September 1st.