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ELECTRIC RATE INCREASE APPROVED BY POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL
Poplar Bluff residents will soon be seeing higher electric bills.
On Monday, the Poplar Bluff City Council approved an increase of approximately 6.5 percent for electric rates. The increase will go into effect for all users, except industrial customers and will first be seen on July bills.
According to the Daily American Republic, the average residential customer will see an increase of $8.38 a month. The change is expected to bring in $1.7 million dollars.
STEELE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE
A Steele man has been charged with rape.
Authorities say 52 year old Hubert Lee Johnson was taken into custody Monday and has been charged with first degree rape or attempted rape, first degree assault and armed criminal action.
Steele Police received a call early Monday morning in regards to an alleged attack at a home on McCollum Street. A 33 year old woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries she received during the incident.
MAN FACING SODOMY CHARGE OUT OF STODDARD COUNTY
A man has been taken into custody on a sodomy related charge in Stoddard County.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 34 year old Lloyd Eric Anderson has been arrested on a warrant for first degree sodomy or attempted sodomy.
The arrest is in connection to an alleged incident involving a 17 year old female.
MISSOURI COURT OVERTURNS MURDER CONVICTION FOR JUROR ISSUES
(AP) - The state Supreme Court has overturned the murder and arson convictions of a southern Missouri man who was charged in the death of his grandmother-in-law.
The high court ruled Tuesday that an Oregon County judge violated state law when he called back an alternate juror, who had already been discharged, to take over for another juror who developed health problems after five hours of deliberations.
Shortly after the juror switch, the panel found Michael Amick guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree arson in the December 2008 death of Leona Maxine Vaughan at her home in the Arkansas border town of Myrtle. He was sentenced to life in prison for murder and seven concurrent years for arson.
The Supreme Court ordered the case sent back to the trial court.
PERSON ARRESTED IN KENNETT AFTER TWO SMALL CHILDREN WERE FOUND IN A VEHICLE
Kennett officers arrested one person Tuesday after officers found two small children in a vehicle at an area business’s parking lot.
According to the Kennett Police Department, officers found the children at around 3:15 pm in a car with the windows rolled down.
Officers then located the children's caregiver inside the business. The caregiver refused orders from police officers and attempted to flee.
The suspect was then placed under arrest for investigation of two counts of child endangerment and resisting arrest. Police say a report will be filed with the Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for review.
RABIES ALERT ISSUED FOR RIPLEY COUNTY
A rabies alert has been issued for Ripley County after a dog was found to have the disease.
Authorities say the dog’s owner found a dead skunk in dog’s pen in April. Several weeks later, the dog developed symptoms and tested positive for rabies.
The rabies alert will be lifted after 90 days if no rabies activity is identified in any domestic animals or in a significant number of wild animals.
ADDITIONAL RAIN TO CAUSE MISSOURI RIVERS TO CONTINUE TO RISE
(AP) - Rivers in Missouri continue to rise as heavy rain continues across much of the state.
The National Weather Service now projects that the Mississippi River will reach more than 5 feet above technical flood stage in St. Louis by Friday, and get to 8 feet above flood stage in Cape Girardeau on Monday.
The Missouri River is also high. It was nearly 6 1/2 feet above flood stage on Tuesday in Hermann, flooding fields and low areas in and near the town.
Forecasters are calling for scattered thunderstorms, some heavy, through Friday.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD CLOSED FOR ROAD WORK
Route J in Stoddard County will be closed today as contractor crews install box culverts under the roadway.
The work zone is located from Reed Street to Route AA.
Work is scheduled to take place from 6 am to 5 pm both today and tomorrow.
TREE TRIMMING TO CAUSE DELAYS IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route AB in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane over two days as contractor crews trim trees along the roadway.
The section of Route AB to be reduced is located from Route 25 to County Road 525.
Work will take place today and tomorrow from 7 am to 5 pm each day.
MODOT CREWS TO BE IN DUNKLIN COUNTY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Dunklin County today and tomorrow for pavement repairs.
During the repairs, Route 25 will be reduced to one lane between Route 153 and County Road 426 from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm each day.