Wednesday May 4, 2016

SPIKE STRIPS DEPLOYED DURING CHASE WHICH CROSSED FROM ARKANSAS TO MISSOURIPoplar Bluff and Butler County officials were involved in a chase early Tuesday morning that crossed over from Northeast Arkansas to Southeast Missouri.

We spoke with Investigator Wess Popp about the case.


Approximately 1 a.m., Butler County dispatch was contacted by Clay County authorities that they were in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. It was a 1987 Chevy Astro van, the van had passed a Clay County deputy and he began Pursuit. As it neared the Missouri state line, Clay County called Butler County dispatch advised them they were in a Pursuit with that 87 van and that they were on Highway 67 heading to Neelyville. Deputies were dispatched along with Highway Patrol to assist. The deputies make contact at approximately Harville aboput 160 158 and continued the pursuit. The vehicle was traveling Northbound in the southbound Lane at approximately 90 miles an hour. A Butler County Deputy was ahead of the vehicle being pursued activating its emergency lights to warn travelers that were in the southbound lane to get them to pull over, in case there was any traffic so there wouldn't be a collision. The pursuit got up to M Highway and 67. The Missouri State Highway Patrol attempted to lay spike strips which the suspect went around and continued Northbound in the southbound lane. Sergeant Joe Ward from the Poplar Bluff City Police Department was at PP Highway and was able to lay spike strips as well which the vehicle ran over causing two of the tires to deflate where the suspect then surrendered to law enforcement. The suspect was identified as Jason Jeffers and it was learned that he had punched out the ignition and use a screwdriver to steal that vehicle. On the suspect was also some hydrocodone. In Butler County he will be facing charges and warrants will be sought for resisting arrest, careless and imprudent driving, and also possession of a controlled substance.


PIEDMONT MAN FACING METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE Authorities arrested a Piedmont man Tuesday afternoon on a meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Bryan Swift is facing a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine following the arrest.

Swift also reportedly had felony warrants out of Carter County for dangerous drugs and distribution of a controlled substance.


STUDENT ART EXHIBITION UNDERWAY AT THREE RIVERS COLLEGE An exhibition is underway at Three Rivers College showcasing art created by Three Rivers students.

The exhibition is on display at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center through May 13th with an awards ceremony also scheduled for 6 pm on May 5th. The art was all produced throughout the 2015-16 academic year.

The Tinnin Center will also be hosting a concert by the Three Rivers Music Department on May 10th at 7 pm. The free concert will feature the Three Rivers College Choir and the Jazz Band.


PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY A ramp on Eastbound 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

MoDOT officials tell us that the Eastbound Route 60 on-ramp from Route 25 will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. both today and tomorrow.


CLUBB WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED A Clubb woman is facing a felony drug charge in connection to her arrest Tuesday afternoon.

According to authorities, 32 year old Rhonda Zimmer was arrested in Wayne County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Zimmer is also facing a charge of driving while intoxicated – drugs. Following the arrest, Zimmer was held in the Wayne County Jail.


DONIPHAN POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH ALCOHOL ENFOREMENT CAMPAIGN Police in Doniphan have announced that they will be participating in a youth enforcement campaign to reduce drunk driving.

The Doniphan Police Department will be one of many law enforcement agencies involved in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance–impaired driving crackdown. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Doniphan will run from May 5th to May 16th.

Police officials say that officers will be aggressively looking for substance–impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.


DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TOMORROW FOR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Dunklin County tomorrow for bridge maintenance.

During the maintenance, Route O in Dunklin County will be closed from 6:30 am to 4 pm.

The work zone will be located between Route W and Providence Street.


PBJHS STUDENTS WIN REGIONAL UNDERWATER ROBOT COMPETITION A team of Poplar Bluff Junior High School students have taken 1st place at a regional underwater robot competition.

The students placed first out of about 10 intermediate schools in the scout division of the fourth annual remotely operated vehicle competition of the Northern Gulf. The competition was held in late April in Mobile, Alabama.

Out of a possible 340 points, Mules Aquaticus scored 248, 75 points ahead of the second place team, according to SINGS instructor Tom Allen.