Wednesday July 13, 2016

ARREST MADE IN POPLAR BLUFF CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERYAuthorities in Butler County say a Poplar Bluff man has been arrested following a reported armed robbery Monday night at an area convenience store.

KWOC News spoke with Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs about the arrest.


On Monday evening, approximately 9:15 p.m. a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hoodie pulled up around his face entered Country Convenience on B Highway in eastern Butler County. The individual demanded the cash drawer from the cash register and all of its contents. He came in with gloves on and a handgun in hand. He ordered the store clerk into the restroom and then he departed with the money. Surveillance video revealed that he was driving a silver early 2000’s model Chevy Impala with damage to one side and a front marker light out as well as the sunroof and a rear spoiler. That vehicle description was put out to surrounding agencies and a trooper in Stoddard County made a stop on a vehicle matching the description. The description was very exact and it was apparent that it was the same vehicle. Myself and another investigator proceeded to that location, questioned the individual, and he readily admitted to being the one that committed the earlier aforementioned robbery. The individual was cooperative and took us to the location where he discarded the gun, the hoodie, and the rest of the cash in the cash drawer. The approximate amount of money taken from the robbery was in the area of $900. The subject was identified as Danny R Smith of Poplar Bluff. He was lodged in the Butler County jail for first-degree armed robbery. A subsequent check revealed that he was on Parole for a previous robbery that he had recently committed. The incident was taken care of and sold within record time due to the quick actions of two Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers.

Dobbs would go on to add that Smith is also facing charges of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on a $500,000 cash-only bond.


DRIVER KILLED IN CARTER COUNTY WRECK Authorities say one man has died in connection to a single vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Carter County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 31 year old Andrew Chestnut, of Ellsinore, ran off of US 60 and overturned into the median shortly before 7 am Tuesday.

Chestnut, who was reportedly not wearing a safety device, was ejected from the vehicle and later pronounced dead at the scene.


MAJOR CASE SQUAD ACTIVATED AFTER BODY FOUND IN PORTAGEVILLE The Major Case Squad has been activated after a body was found in Southeast Missouri.

According to authorities, a female was found dead Tuesday at a residence in Portageville. Multiple area agencies are assisting in the investigation and an autopsy has been scheduled for today.

The identity of the female has not been released.


MAN IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING SHOOTING IN BUTLER COUNTY A man has been taken into custody in Butler County in connection to a shooting on Tuesday that left one person injured.

Investigator Wess Popp tells us that the shooting reportedly occurred in the parking lot of an area convenience store.


On Tuesday morning at approximately 12:11 a.m. call came in to the Butler County Sheriff's Department in reference to a person that was reported shot in the parking lot of Heartland Express located on M Highway and 67. Officers arrived and found a vehicle with four bullet holes to the front and driver side and while investigating whose vehicle it was, Dispatch received a call that the individual was at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. They arrived where they found Chris Black being treated for a wound on his abdomen. Mr. Black stated that he was invited over to a friend's house and when he arrived at the house a white male identified as 36 year old Landall Zoll jumped on top of his car with a weapon in hand. Mr. Black stated that in fear he tried to get away,which ended up throwing Mr. Zoll off the vehicle. At that point when that happened Mr. Zoll fired four shots at the vehicle which Black believed one of the rounds had struck him in the abdomen. Mr. Black had a superficial wound and was shortly released from the hospital. During the course of the investigation investigators were able to recover a Springfield XD 40 Caliber semi-automatic handgun as well as shell casings at the location where the incident took place. Mr. Zoll was later located and transported to Butler County Sheriff's Department for first-degree assault and armed criminal action.


MAN IN POPLAR BLUFF ACCUSED OF STRIKING A WOMAN AND HOLDING A KNIFE TO HER THROAT A man in Poplar Bluff has been taken into custody and accused of holding a knife to a woman’s throat.

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


Tuesday morning just after midnight officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of West Maud Street in reference to a domestic assault. An adult female complained that Randy Foster struck her and held a knife against her throat. The female had visible injuries consistent with the assault. Randy Foster was taken into custody and transported to the station. He was booked in on charges of domestic assault 2nd degree and armed criminal action. He was then lodged in the Butler County Jail.

Sutton did not elaborate on the extent of the injuries the victim received during the incident.


WAPPAPELLO WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES INCLUDING ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD A Wappapello woman is facing multiple felony charges following her arrest Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Highway Patrol, 41 year old Mica Myrick was arrested shortly after noon in Wayne County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a child.

Following the arrest, Myrick was held at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.