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SECOND SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO SIKESTON MURDER
A second suspect is in custody in connection to a murder last month in Sikeston.
According to Captain James McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, on June 6th, officers found Tyrussell Davis shot to death in a vehicle and another subject shot and
bleeding in a nearby field.
The initial investigation led police to the St. Louis area where they arrested Tyler Triplett. Triplett was later charged for his alleged part in the murder and assault.
22 year old Kelvin Knight, of St. Louis, was also charged for the murder. Sikeston authorities tell us that Knight has been arrested by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department.
TWO IN CUSTODY, ANOTHER SOUGHT, IN CONNECTION TO KENNETT ARMED ROBBERY AND SHOOTING
Police in Kennett are searching for a suspect following a shooting and armed robbery Wednesday night.
According to authorities, a store owner was shot when two men attempted an armed robbery at his store. The owner and the suspects exchanged gunfire before the suspects escaped in a vehicle driven by another person.
Police chased the vehicle until it crashed near Blytheville. Two of the suspects are in custody; however a third was able to escape.
The condition of the store owner has not been made available.
SEPARATE INCIDENTS LEADS TO THE ARREST OF TWO MEN ON WEAPONS CHARGE
Arrests were made in two separate gun incidents that occurred Tuesday night in Kennett.
According to the Kennett Police Department, 48 year old Harold Weeden, of Kennett, was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon. The arrest came after officers were dispatched to an area of Baldwin Street in reference to a man pulling a gun on another man.
Less than two hours later, police received a report of a man pointing a gun at a residence on Central Street. Officers later arrested 20 year old William Ward the 2nd for unlawful use of a weapon.
WITNESS SOUGHT IN CAPE GIRARDEAU SHOOTING
Authorities in Cape Girardeau are searching for man who reportedly was an eye witness to the shooting of Paige Smith earlier this week.
The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad is trying to locate Deion Phillips, of Cape Girardeau.
Anyone with information on Phillips’ location is asked to contact the Major Case Squad at 573-335-6621.
POPLAR BLUFF PARADE AND FIREWORKS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND
Poplar Bluff will be celebrating the Independence Day Holiday this weekend with multiple events including the annual parade and fireworks.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 9 am Saturday. Lineup for the parade will begin at 8 am at Hydro Adventure.
The fireworks, sponsored by Briggs and Stratton, will begin at dusk Saturday night in Ray Clinton Park. During the fireworks, the park will be closed to the public.
SAFET TIPS FOR YOUR PETS DURING THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY
While fireworks are a great treat for many during the Fourth of July, your pets might not enjoy them as much as you do.
The Humane Society of Missouri says that the loud noises can cause dogs and cats to act out of character. A startled dog or cat may hide or try to escape the noise by digging under, chewing through or climbing over fences.
The Humane Society has released some tips for keeping your pet happy during the holiday.
Give your pet a quiet, cool place to retreat inside where sounds are less intense.
Keeping them inside will also protect them from stray fireworks. Their retreat could be a basement or an interior room like a bathroom with access to clean, cool water.
FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has released some fireworks safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July.
According to the CPSC, 11 people were killed and more than 10,000 were injured by fireworks in 2014.
The CPSC advises parents to never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks and always have adult supervision when kids of any age are playing with fireworks, including sparklers.
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully and keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. Also, never point or throw fireworks at another person.
GOVERNOR NIXON REAUTHORIZES TAX THAT FUNDS MISSOURI MEDICAID SERVICES
(AP) - A Missouri tax on medical service providers that helps fund the state Medicaid program has been reauthorized by the governor.
Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed legislation to continue the tax for another year.
The measure extends taxes on medical providers including hospitals, nursing homes and ambulances. The revenue brings in roughly $3.6 billion for health care through the state's Medicaid services, a significant chunk of the program's funding.
The legislation passed on the final day of the legislative session in May after Senate Democrats broke a filibuster on an unrelated bill to allow a vote on the tax.
The tax would have expired in September if lawmakers took no action.
MENINGITIS VACCINE NEEDED FOR SOME MISSOURI COLLEGE STUDENTS
(AP) - Students living on Missouri public college campuses now must be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis.
A state law requiring the vaccine for those living in on-campus housing took effect Wednesday. Students can seek a religious or medical exemption to the requirement.
Meningococcal disease can cause an inflammation of the brain lining known as meningitis. It can spread among people in crowded places such as dormitories and can strike quickly with sometimes deadly results.
Some symptoms can appear similar to the flu, including fever, headaches and neck stiffness.