Wednesday February 24, 2016

FILING OPENS FOR BUTLER COUNTY PRIMARY ELECTIONFiling has started for the Butler County Primary Election to be held in August.

According to Butler County Clerk Tonyi Deffendall, 11 Republicans filed for the election Tuesday morning.

Butler County Public Administrator Sharron Payne and Sheriff Mark Dobbs, and Eastern District Commissioner Don Anderson all filed for reelection.

Jeff Rolland, Terry Cochran, Paul Petty, and Dennis LeGrand all entered the race for Western District Commissioner. Chris Rickman and Penny McGath are both seeking the Assessor position. Andy Moore and Bob Crawford both filed for Coroner.


ONE TO THREE INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE FOR THIS MORNING IN POPLAR BLUFF Another round of winter weather is sweeping over the area this morning and motorists are advised to slow down while on the road.

Snow and rain is expected to continue throughout the day today with snow accumulation possibly getting up to around 3 inches in Poplar Bluff.

Some of our northern counties could receive around four inches of snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 pm. A Wind Advisory has also been issued due to frequent wind gusts which could hit 50 miles per hour.


TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY Two Piedmont residents are facing a meth charge in connection to their arrest Tuesday evening in Wayne County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 43 year old George McMullin and 33 year old Kimberly Meinhardt were each taken into custody shortly before 6 pm on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine.

They are both also facing child endangerment charges.


BROSELEY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK Authorities say an area woman was injured Tuesday night in a single vehicle wreck.

According to authorities, a vehicle driven by 55 year old Connie Diel, of Broseley, ran off the side of County Road 621 in New Madrid County and struck a utility pole.

Diel was taken to Missouri Delta Hospital in Sikeston with serious injuries.


ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILLED AGAINST TWO BENTON RESIDENTS Two Benton residents who were arrested last month for possession of child pornography are now facing additional charges.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells us that Grand Jury Indictment warrants have been issued for 67 year old Clayton Counts and 58 year old Judith Gray.

The two were arrested in January after deputies found an inappropriate photograph of a child who was less than 18 years of age in a Benton residence. The victim identified the photograph as one that Clayton Counts had taken.

Counts has been charged with seven counts of 1st degree statutory rape, three counts of forcible rape, three counts of forcible sodomy, possession of child pornography, and unlawful use of a firearm. He remains in the Scott County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

Judith Gray has been charged with three counts of forcible rape, three counts of forcible sodomy, and possession of child pornography. Gray is in custody with a $50,000 cash or surety bond.


WAPPAPELLO WOMAN CHARGED WITH FELONY ASSAULT FOLLOWING WRECK A Wappapello woman is facing a felony assault charge following a Monday night wreck in Stoddard County.

According to the Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 63 year old Elizabeth Poirier ran into a ditch off of the North Outer Road of US 60 near Dexter.

Both Poirier and a passenger in the vehicle suffered moderate injuries.

A short time after the wreck, Poirier was arrested on charges of careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident and felony 2nd degree assault.


POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM RECEIVES $1000 IN GRANTS Poplar Bluff students will be able to go to quiz bowl camp thanks to recent grant money.

The Academic Assistance Group approved a $750 mini-grant for the Poplar Bluff High School Academic Team to go toward registration and travel to the 2016 ACE Quiz Bowl.

Matt’s Buzzers, an international program, has also awarded an additional $250 so the Academic Team can purchase a replacement buzzer system.