Thursday, July 7, 2016


STORMS KNOCK OVER TREES AND POWER LINES IN POPLAR BLUFF Some were without power for a period of time Wednesday due to storms passing over Poplar Bluff.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the Wednesday afternoon storms caused several trees and power lines to be knocked down, taking out power for some residents. There were also stop lights out in town due to the power outage.

Police say that Fair Street had to be closed temporarily so crews could clean up debris.

  THREE CHARGED WITH MURDER IN CONNECTION TO DEATH OF KANSAS MAN Three people are facing a murder charge in connection to the disappearance and death of a Kansas man in the Sikeston area.

Captain James McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety tells us that Lawrence “Larry” Weaver from Pittsburg, Kansas arrived in Sikeston on Sunday, June 26th.

Two days later, Sikeston DPS was asked by the Pittsburg, Kansas Police Department to check on Weaver. Police checked Weaver’s hotel room and found both him and his motorcycle missing.

Weaver was found dead on July 2nd in an area cotton field. An autopsy was performed and Weaver’s body was found to have significant trauma to the head as well as several fractured ribs and other injuries consistent with a severe beating.

McMillen says that 49 year old Ronnie Carl Robinson and 40 year old Elsie M. Coleman Hamilton, both of North Little Rock, Arkansas, along with 35 year old Larenzle M. Coleman, of Oakfield, Tennessee, have been taken into custody.

All three have been charged with murder 1st degree, robbery 1st degree, kidnapping, and tampering 1st degree.

  AUTHORITIES SAY RIPLEY COUNTY WOMAN’S DEATH WAS ACCIDENTAL Authorities in Ripley County say the death of an area woman is being ruled accidental.

According to authorities, Dorthy Ludwig was found lying near her home on Saturday.

She was taken to an area hospital and later passed away from injuries she had received. An investigation into the incident resulted in authorities ruling that the death was accidental.



DANCE CONTEST FILIMING TO BE HELD TONIGHT IN POPLAR BLUFF The Poplar Bluff community has been invited to participate in the filming of a dance video tonight to try to win money for an area charity.

The Pink Glove Dance is a national video contest where healthcare entities and communities create 90 second videos and compete in an online voting contest.

The winner will receive $10,000 from Medline to donate to a cancer charity of their choosing. Poplar Bluff will be trying to win money for the United Cancer Assistance Network.

Community members are invited to join in on the filming of the video tonight, from 6 to 8 pm at the Fred M. Morrow Stadium at the Poplar Bluff Jr. High School. Pink Gloves will be provided to attendees.


  HIGHWAY PATROL ISSUES OVER 150 SUMMONSES AND MAKES NEARLY 30 ARRESTS DURING HOLIDAY OPERATION Over 150 summonses were issued and nearly 30 arrests were made during a holiday operation conducted by State Troopers.

Captain Jeffrey N. Vitale, commanding officer of Troop E of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, tells us that Troopers were assigned to work 20-mile intervals on major highways and interstates in Southeast Missouri on Friday, July 1st, and Monday, July 4th.

During the operation, troopers made 15 drug arrests and 13 driving while intoxicated arrests. They also issued 135 speed summonses, 35 seat belt summonses, and 283 warnings in the 13 county area of Troop E.

Vitale wants to remind motorists that even though the holiday period is over, they are urged to continue to drive safely and always wear your seat belt.


  REGISTRAION UNDERWAY FOR POPLAR BLUFF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER FULL YEAR PROGRAM Registration is underway for the new full year program at the Poplar Bluff Early Childhood Center.

The program is open five days a week from 7 am to 6 pm with breakfast, lunch, and snacks included. Any child who is potty trained and will be three or four years old on July 31st is eligible for the program.

For more information, call 573-785-6803.

  ROAD WORK TO BE PERFORMED TODAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Dunklin County today.

Route 25 in Dunklin County will be reduced while crews mill the roadway between Route 153 in White Oak and Route M in Holcomb.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 am to 4 pm.

  BRIDGE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED TO BE PERFORMED TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY Route O in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge maintenance.

The bridge is located between County Road 316 and County Road 371.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be performed from 8 am to 3 pm.