Wednesday July 20, 2016

ALTERCATION ALLEGEDLY LEADS TO SHOTS BEING FIRED IN NEELYVILLEButler County authorities say that shots were reportedly fired Monday during an altercation in Neelyville.

Investigator Wess Popp with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department tells us more about the incident.


On Monday at approximately noon, we got a call to Neelyville about shots fired. Officers arrived where they make contact with Dariel Trice. Trice reported that Desean Bell had fired two shots at him. He said that they had met up in the parking lot of video Playhouse where a verbal altercation began. The verbal altercation escalated into a physical altercation where Bell had swung at Mr. Trice and Trice had swung back and hit him. Bell then left the scene assuming he went home. Trice then walked to the Neelyville Park where he again met up with Bell carrying a backpack. Mr. Bell pulled a handgun pointed it at Trice and fired two rounds and immediately leaving the scene. Officers arrived, identified Bell from Trice, and went to Bell’s Apartment. Investigators looked over the scene where they found a green duffel bag hanging from a tree as if thrown into a field. Opened up that bag where they retrieve the handgun. Bell was arrested for assault 1st and unlawful use of a weapon, and is currently housed at the Butler County jail with a $100,000 cash only bond.

Bell is also facing charges of assault of a law enforcement officer in the 3rd degree and 1st degree property damage.


EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI A heat advisory that had been in effect for parts of Southeast Missouri has been upgraded to an Excessive Heat Warning.

The warning was issued this morning by the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky for parts of Butler, Carter, Ripley, and Wayne Counties. The warning is in effect until 7 pm on Saturday.

Weather officials say that temperatures in the mid and upper 90’s will combine with oppressive humidity to produce heat indices at around 110 degrees.

The heat may be somewhat lower today due to possible cloud cover, but officials say very oppressive heat is expected for Thursday through Saturday.


METHAMPHETAMINE FOUND DURING SEARCH OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS HOME A man was taken into custody Monday following the search of his home by authorities in Northeast Arkansas.

According to Greene County Sheriff David Carter, the search was conducted by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas Probation and Parole at the home of Ryan Flanrey.

During the search, officers found methamphetamine, syringes, spoons, pipes, and digital scales.

Following the arrest, Flanrey was taken to the Greene County Jail.


AUTHORITIES ARREST WOMAN IN CONNECTION TO SKELETAL REMAINS An investigation is underway in connection to the discovery of skeletal remains at a home in Paragould.

According to authorities, Gloria Tinsely was taken into custody and is facing a charge of abuse of a corpse.

The remains were found Tuesday and belonged to an adult male who has not been identified.


TWO INJURED WHEN VEHICLE HITS TREE NEAR POPLAR BLUFF Two Poplar Bluff teenagers were injured Tuesday night in a single vehicle wreck in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on County Road 448 near Poplar Bluff when a vehicle driven by 19 year old Ryan Hatton travelled off of the roadway and struck a tree.

A 15 year old passenger in the vehicle was seriously injured and taken by Air Evac to Elvis Presley Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Hatton suffered minor injuries and was taken to Black River Medical Center.


19TH ANNUAL BUTLER COUNTY JOB FAIR SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 26TH Registration is open to area businesses for the 19th Annual Butler County Job Fair.

According to the Butler County Community Resource Council, the job fair will be held from 10 am to 3 pm on August 26th at the Bess Activity Center in Poplar Bluff.

Booth space is free to employers, with 50 spaces available on a first come, first serve basis. Advance registration is required, with businesses asked to return their registration by August 12th.

For more information, contact the Butler County Community Resource Council at 573-776-7830.