Monday February 15, 2016

REMEMBER TO WATCH OUT FOR SLICK SPOTSArea motorists are reminded to be cautious while on the roadways this morning.

Officials with the National Weather Service tell us the wintery precipitant that fell on Valentine’s Day has left slick and hazardous road condition scattered across Southeast Missouri.

Some light freezing drizzle overnight could aggravate the problem in a few areas as well.

A hazardous weather outlook states that road conditions should improve later this morning as surface temperatures warm above freezing.


POPLAR BLUFF MAN FLOWN TO A ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL AFTER HITTING TREE A Poplar Bluff man was flown to a St. Louis hospital Friday after he hit a tree.

According to authorities, 55 year old Clay Pruett was seriously injured after his vehicle ran off the side of US 67 and struck a tree, 10 miles north of Poplar Bluff.

Following the wreck, Pruett was taken by Air Evac to Barnes Jewish hospital in St. Louis.


PRISONER VISITS TO NOW BE DONE OVER VIDEO CAMERA AT BUTLER COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER Technology is changing how prisoner visits will work at the Butler County Justice Center.

Visitors will now speak with inmates over video camera stations set up in the lobby of the facility or from a remote location, instead of through a Plexiglas barrier.

Anyone wishing to use the system will need to schedule the visit at least 24 hours in advance. Inmates are allowed 1 onsite visit and 2 remote visits per week.

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POPLAR BLUFF MAN NOMINATED TO SEISMIC SAFETY COMMISSION A Poplar Bluff man been nominated to a Missouri state commission.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon nominated Daryl R. Sorrell to the Seismic Safety Commission. The commission provides, with the assistance of state and federal agencies, a program to help the state respond to a major earthquake either in Missouri, or affecting Missouri.

Sorrell is a CPA and general manager of M&A Electric Power Cooperative. He also is a board member of Associated Electric Power Cooperative.


DRUGS FOUND IN VEHICLE AFTER TRAFFIC STOP Poplar Bluff Police say two people were arrested on warrants following a recent traffic stop.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department an officer conducted the stop Wednesday afternoon on a vehicle bearing no visible state registration.

During the stop, the officer was informed that the driver, 31 year old Samantha Stout, and passenger, George Childress the 3rd, both had active warrants.

Both people were then taken into custody. While searching the vehicle, officers reportedly found multiple Alprazolam pills along with a small plastic baggie of suspected marijuana.

Stout is now facing charges of possession of drugs and possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.


ORAN MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ABUSE AND SODOMY An Oran man has been taken into custody following an incident where he allegedly assaulted a woman at his apartment.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells us that the victim contacted authorities on February 4th and told them that 55 year old Richie Dock had sexually assaulted her.

Dock, a registered sex offender, was arrested on felony charges of 1st Degree sexual abuse, 1st Degree sodomy, and felonious restraint.

Walter says Dock was held in custody on a $25,000 bond.


GUARDRAIL IMPROVEMENTS SET TO BEGIN TODAY IN BUTLER AND CARTER COUNTIES A two and a half month project is set to begin today in Southeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, east and westbound Route 60 in Butler and Carter Counties will be reduced, with a 16 foot width restriction, so contractor crews can perform guardrail improvements.

The work zone is located from Carter Creek Bridge to County Road 409.

Weather permitting; work will be performed today through Friday, April 29th from 7 am to 5:30 pm daily.


$500 AWARDED TO EUGENE FIELD ELEMENTARY FOR BOOK PURCHASES A Poplar Bluff elementary school has been awarded $500 to purchase book sets for third graders.

Ronald McDonald House Charities awarded the money to Eugene Field Elementary. Teacher April Sandlin had applied for the grant and local McDonald’s owner Steve Sells delivered the check last week.

This is not the first time Eugene Field has received money from the program. Principal Jennifer Taylor tells us that the elementary school has received funding from RMHC in the past, allowing for the purchase of playground equipment.