Monday January 4, 2016

KENNETT POLICE SAY SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED FOLLOWING WEEKEND STABBINGAuthorities in Kennett say they have identified a suspect in connection to a weekend stabbing.

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence shortly before 10 pm Thursday night. When they arrived, the officers learned that a man had been reportedly stabbed at a nearby residence.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for his injuries. Police say that a suspect has been identified; however the suspect has not been located.


TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN RIPLEY COUNTY ON BURGLARY CHARGE Two Poplar Bluff residents were arrested Sunday afternoon in Ripley County on multiple felony charges.

According to the Highway Patrol, 37 year old Michael Eads and 25 year old Linda Baker are facing felony charges including 2nd degree burglary and stealing a motor vehicle.

Eads also had a warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of shoplifting.


MISSOURI EMERGENCY DECLARATION REQUEST APPROVED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA President Barack Obama has approved an emergency declaration request for the state of Missouri.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that began on December 22nd.

FEMA says that debris removal and emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

The declaration is for over 70 Missouri Counties including Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne.


FORMER POPLAR BLUFF MAYOR PASSES AWAY Former Poplar Bluff Mayor Angela Pearson has passed away.

Pearson died at her home Saturday morning. She had been battling Stage 4 Melanoma Cancer since last April.

Pearson had worked as a social worker prior to being elected to the Poplar Bluff City Council in April of 2013. She was then chosen to be mayor one year later and is the youngest female to ever hold the office.

Pearson was 32 years old at the time of her death.


MAN FOUND DEAD AFTER FLEEING FROM OFFICERS A Risco man reportedly drowned Thursday in the St. Francis River in Dunklin County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 40 year old Rickey Lerma fled from officers into the waterway Thursday morning.

His body was later found and he was pronounced dead at the scene.


SIKESTON WOMAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING FAMILY MEMBER WITH A BASEBALL BAT A Sikeston woman is accused of allegedly assaulting a family member with a baseball bat.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells KWOC News that the victim told deputies on Thursday that 39 year old Jerry Summers had struck him numerous times with a bat, including at least once in the face, following an argument.

The victim reportedly had a swollen jaw and had pain when he attempted to chew or open his mouth.

Summers was placed under arrest and is charged with felony resisting arrest and 2nd degree domestic assault.


BUTLER COUNTY TORNADO SIRENS TO BE TESTED TODAY A scheduled test of the Butler County tornado sirens will be held today.

According to Butler County Emergency Management Director Robbie Myers, the test will be conducted today at noon.

Myers says that the regular tests will be conducted on the first Monday of every month.