Thursday June 9, 2016

MAN ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED POLICE OFFICER AT POPLAR BLUFF BUSINESSSA Poplar Bluff Police Officer was reportedly attacked Tuesday afternoon during an arrest at an area business.

Captain Dave Sutton with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells us more.


On Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1 pm, officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department investigated a shoplifting complaint at Wal-Mart. One of the suspects, later identified as Sheldon Smith, provided a false name and date of birth to the officers. Corporal Johnson advised Smith that he was under arrest. As Corporal Johnson tried to place handcuffs on Smith, Smith attacked him, pushed him against the wall, and tried to pick him up in an effort to knock him off his feet. Corporal Johnson was able to gain control of Smith, and he was taken into custody. Witnesses reported that during the struggle, Smith reached for Corporal Johnson’s firearm. Sheldon Smith was booked in on charges of assault 2nd degree on a law enforcement officer, stealing, resisting arrest, identity theft, and several outstanding municipal warrants.


MAN FOUND DEAD WITH OBVIOUS HEAD TRAUMA IN BLYTHEVILLE A man was found dead Wednesday morning in a Blytheville residence.

According to authorities, 27 year old Yuri McKeever was found dead with obvious head trauma following a 911 call that stated there was a body inside the home.

A cause of death has not been released and the body will be sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.


BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES TO MAKE MULTIPLE STOPS TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF The Budweiser Clydesdales Anniversary Celebration tour is scheduled to continue through Poplar Bluff tomorrow.

The horses will be making stops at the Veterans Memorial Wall, the Poplar Bluff Library, and Sacred Heart Church, before returning to the Black River Coliseum. The tour is scheduled to run from 3 to 5 pm.

On Saturday, the Clydesdales will be in the Wappapello area for a parade across the Wappapello Lake dam, with additional stops in the Redman Creek Area and the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center.


INVESTIGATION ONGOING FOLLOWING ARMED ROBBERY AT POPLAR BLUFF PIZZA HUT Local authorities are investigating an armed robbery that reportedly occurred at the Poplar Bluff Pizza Hut Tuesday night.

Corporal Shonna Parrent with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells us more about the incident.


On Tuesday evening at approximately 11 pm officers responded to Pizza Hut in reference to an armed robbery. According to an employee of Pizza Hut, as she walked next door to Southern Bank with the bank bags in hand to make a nightly deposit, a black male wearing dark clothing stepped from behind the shed at the rear of the restaurant. The black male pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the employee and he ordered her to drop the bank bags. She dropped the bags and the suspect picked the bags up and fled the scene running toward the High School. It is believed the bank bags contained in excess of $1,500. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department. You may contact Detective Dan Mustain at 573-785-5776.


WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHOKING ANOTHER WOMAN IN POPLAR BLUFF A woman is in custody after being accused of choking another woman Tuesday night.

We spoke with Captain Dave Sutton with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the arrest.


On Tuesday evening at approximately 10:30 pm, Officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Foley Street in reference to a domestic assault. When they arrived, Aimee Thomas and Carolyn Thomas had separated and were standing outside. Aimee complained that Carolyn had struck an eight year old child repeatedly with a belt. When Aimee intervened, Carolyn began hitting her with the belt. When Aimee called 911, Carolyn started choking her. Carolyn Thomas was taken into custody, booked in on a charge of domestic assault 2nd degree and endangering the welfare of a child; and she was lodged in the Butler County Jail.


NEW THEATRE OPENING TODAY IN SIKESTON A new theatre is set for its grand opening this afternoon in Sikeston.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 pm at the new Malco Sikeston Cinema and Grill. The theatre is located in the Cotton Ridge Development off Highway 60 and Hennings Road and will feature eight all stadium seating auditoriums in addition to a cinema lounge where customers can enjoy a meal.

Malco also operates the Malco Sikeston Trio theatre which will remain in operation.


PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS BRIDGE PROJECT IN BUTLER AND STODDARD COUNTIES A Public Meeting has been scheduled for today in Qulin to discuss an upcoming bridge project in Butler and Stoddard Counties.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold the meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Qulin Middle School.

The project includes replacing the deck of the Route U Bridge over the St. Francis River Overflow. The bridge will close for six to eight weeks as construction is underway.

Additional details regarding the contractor’s schedule will be released prior to the start of construction. Completion is anticipated in late 2017 or early 2018.