CHILD ABUSE CHARGES FILED AGAINST TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS
Updating a story we brought to you last week, two Poplar Bluff residents have been taken into custody after their son was found living in deplorable conditions.
Captain J.R. Keirsey with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells us that 41 year old Michael West and 35 year old Vanessa May have been arrested.
Their 12 year old son was reportedly kept in an empty bedroom with concrete floors and no lighting. The child had numerous suspicious scars and bruises and medical evaluations found evidence of severe physical abuse, suggestive of torture, with the risk of serious complications to include death.
The child was later transferred to a St. Louis Hospital for stabilization and management.
Both West and May were arrested on Sunday and are facing charges of 2nd degree abuse to a vulnerable person, 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of child abuse.
ANNAPOLIS MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER STRIKING TREE
An Annapolis man was injured yesterday in connection to a single vehicle wreck in Iron County.
Officials with the Highway Patrol tell us that the wreck occurred on Highway K at around 1:25 pm Tuesday afternoon. A vehicle, driven by 71 year old Vincent Saner, ran off the road in a curve and struck a tree.
Saner, who was reportedly not wearing a safety device, was taken to the Iron County Medical Center with serious injuries.
WILLIAMSVILLE WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON METH CHARGE
A Williamsville woman is facing a methamphetamine charge in connection to her arrest Tuesday afternoon in Wayne County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Kristal Melvin was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine. She is also facing a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, Melvin was taken to the Wayne County Jail on a 24 hour hold.
K9 PROTECTIVE VEST DONATED TO CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
The Clay County Sheriff’s Department has received a charitable donation to help protect one of its deputies.
Clay County Deputy K9 Marko received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Incorporated.
Marko came to the Clay County Sheriff’s Department in June of 2015 and has participated in numerous traffic stops, search warrants, probation searches, drug arrest, and suspect apprehensions.
The bullet and stab protective vest was sponsored by Jane Dallas of Tuscola, Illinois.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL DONIPHAN KID’S FISHING CLINIC
Registration is now open for the annual Doniphan Kid's Fishing Clinic.
The event will be held on June 8th, beginning at 8:30 am. Officials say that space is limited and all attendees are required to register by calling the Doniphan Police Department at 996-7123. The clinic will be limited to 50 kids between the ages of 5 and 12.
Lunch along with transportation to and from the pond will be provided. The Doniphan Police Department and The Missouri Department of Conservation are also providing the tackle to be used during the clinic.
MEETING TO BE HELD TO ESTABLISH A PRENATAL CLINIC IN POPLAR BLUFF
A meeting will be held tomorrow to establish a prenatal clinic in Poplar Bluff.
Organizers say the clinic will be patterned after the Options for Women Center in Cape Girardeau. Options for Women is a non-profit community outreach program that offers free and confidential services such as pregnancy tests, limited first trimester ultrasounds, advocacy services, and more.
The meeting will focus on learning about the programs and services offered and organizing a support network of local churches and businesses.
The meeting will be held at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce at 6 pm on Thursday.