Thursday January 14, 2016

ROUNDUP 011416 SMTEN POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY ON DRUG WARRANTS Authorities say ten Poplar Bluff residents were taken into custody Wednesday on drug warrants.

According to authorities, nine of the arrests were for felony Butler County warrants for sale of a controlled substance.

The nine arrested were 26 year old Samuel Brown, 31 year old Ladonna McCain, 40 year old John Beckham, 21 year old Shawn Jackson, 20 year old Aaron Dennis, 31 year old Mark Buchanan, 69 year old Bennie Holloway, 64 year old Susan Foushee, and 33 year old Miranda Gregory.

A 10th person, 31 year old Matthew Holmes, was arrested on a felony Butler County warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

The arrests were all made over a three hour period on Wednesday. The roundup was a joint operation conducted by the SEMO Drug Task Force, Poplar Bluff Police Department, Butler County Sheriff’s Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING BODY DISCOVERED NEAR LESTERVILLE Authorities in Reynolds County are investigating a body that was found Wednesday morning.

According to authorities, the body was discovered south of Lesterville, near the Black River.

The person’s identity or cause of death were not available, however an autopsy has been scheduled for today.


OVER 450 EMPLOYEES TO LOSE THEIR JOBS AT NORANDA IN NEW MADRID Over 450 people will be losing their jobs in New Madrid as a part of cuts announced Wednesday by Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation.

The company stated in a release that a workforce reduction began Wednesday that will involve approximately 190 employees. Around 75% of the total reduction relates to staffing adjustments at the New Madrid smelter.

Employees at the New Madrid smelter were also informed that approximately 350 additional employees will be terminated or laid off by February 4th.

Noranda says the cuts are principally designed to reduce costs in the company's integrated upstream aluminum business.



This year is the 30th anniversary of the Butler County Ag Expo and there are many attractions and exhibits planned over the two day event.

Some of the events scheduled for the expo include the milking, duck calling, and toy tractor pedal pull contests, an old time auction, and the beauty pageant.

Admission is $1 for adults. Youth and college students get in for free. For more information, call 686-8064.


TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION Poplar Bluff police have arrested two men in connection to an armed robbery investigation.

We spoke with Detective Josh Stewart with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the arrest.


Both Leech and Carter have reportedly had previous contacts with law enforcement in the past.


POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE A Poplar Bluff woman is facing multiple felony charges following her arrest.

According to authorities, 25 year old Whitney Retherford was arrested in Butler County shortly before 5 pm Wednesday.

Retherford was taken to the Butler County Jail on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.


DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON SEX ABUSE WARRANT A Dexter man was recently taken into custody on a sex related warrant.

The Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tells us that 20 year old Hunter Allen Chadd was arrested on a warrant for 1st degree sex abuse with physical harm. Details about the incident that led to the warrant were not available.

Chadd’s bond was set at $5,000 and he has since bonded out.


STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing Route U in Stoddard County today to replace a culvert pipe under the roadway.

According to MoDOT officials the work zone will be located between County Road 675 and Route MM.

Work is scheduled to take place from 8 am to 3 pm.