Wednesday November 25, 2015

MAN FACING ARSON CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO FIRE AT POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENCEA Poplar Bluff man is facing an arson charge in connection to an incident on Monday.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, an officer was dispatched to a residence on Franklin Street Monday evening in reference to a subject attempting to light the gas line next to the house on fire.

Police later arrested 33 year old Lahendra McCoy on a charge of 1st degree arson. He was lodged in the Butler County Justice Center.


POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE Authorities say a Poplar Bluff man is facing multiple charges in connection to his arrest Tuesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Chad Dunahoo was taken into custody on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Dunahoo is also facing charges of driving while revoked and possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.


MOTORISTS ENCOURAGED TO DRIVE SAFELY OF THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND Many Missouri residents are getting ready to get on the road to see family over the Thanksgiving holiday, but officials are urging motorists to keep safety in mind.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 18 people were killed and another 469 were injured in 1,151 traffic crashes.

During the holiday weekend, all available troopers will be assigned to Missouri’s roadways to enforce traffic laws, especially those related to drunk driving, driving over the speed limit, and seat belt/child restraint use. Troopers will also be assisting motorists as needed.


TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST IN POPLAR BLUFF A weekend traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Poplar Bluff man on drug charges.

According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday a sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop and found a green leafy substance and a glass bong in the vehicle.

19 year old Ryan Brittingham was taken into custody and transported to the Butler County Jail. At the jail, officers conducted a search and found a bag containing a green leafy substance on Brittingham’s person.

Brittingham is facing charges of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and bringing contraband into the jail facility.


FOUR EARTHQUAKES RECORDED OVERNIGHT IN NEW MADRID COUNTY There were four earthquakes recorded overnight in New Madrid County this morning.

According to the Center for Earthquake Research, the quakes were all located north of Marston and had a magnitude from 2.3 to 3.0. The first earthquake was recorded at 12:50 am, with the next two occurring in the following 20 minutes.

The final quake was recorded at 2:26 am.


18TH ANNUAL TOY RUN SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND The 18th Annual Poplar Bluff Toy Run has been scheduled for this weekend.

Participants are asked to meet at Cypress Creek Motorsports at 11 am on Saturday, November 28th, to register and drop off their toy or make a donation. The ride will begin at noon and will be followed by lunch and a 50/50 drawing at Bluff Powersports.

The proceeds from the event will go to benefit Poplar Bluff’s Christmas Promise and Cops for Kids.

For additional information regarding, call 573-712-2383.


POPLAR BLUFF KINDERGARTEN CENTER RECEIVES REGIONAL RECOGNITION An area school has received recognition for affective teaching practices in the Missouri Collaborative Work program.

Literacy Consultant Carol Reimann of the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center in Cape Girardeau selected the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center for its successful implementation of a statewide initiative through which at risk students are taught to track their own progress in the classroom.

The Kindergarten Center is in its third year of the grant, which is set to continue to be funded through the 2016-17 school year.