Thursday July 21, 2016

MAN IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING SHOOTING DEATH IN REYNOLDS COUNTYOne arrest has been made in connection to a shooting death in Reynolds County.

According to authorities, a woman called 911 on Tuesday and said that someone was shooting at her vehicle. When deputies arrived at the scene they entered the home and found a man, later identified as 55 year old James Sumpter, of Bunker, who reportedly told them he had shot and killed a woman.

The victim, Tammy Skiles, was found dead in the home.

Sumpter was arrested and is facing charges of 1st degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action. Bond was set at $1,000,000.


DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT Authorities in Stoddard County have taken a Dexter man into custody on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 52 year old David Allen Burnett was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Officials say Burnett remained in jail as of this morning on a $7,500 cash only bond.


REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR TO BE IN POPLAR BLUFF ON FRIDAY One of the candidates for the Republican nomination for Missouri Governor will be speaking with citizens in Poplar Bluff this week.

Catherine Hanaway will be making a stop at the St. Louis Bread Company in Poplar Bluff from 3 to 4 pm on Friday.

Hanaway also has stops planned for this week in other areas of Southeast Missouri.


EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING EXTENDED TO SUNDAY Weather officials have extended the Excessive Heat Warning that is covering most of Southeast Missouri.

According to the National Weather Service, the warning is now in effect through 8 pm on Sunday.

High temperatures and oppressive humidity are expected to push heat indices above 105 degrees today, and possibly over 110 degrees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Officials say that a heat index of 105 degrees or higher is the level where the body becomes more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Anyone who has to be outside is recommended to reschedule strenuous activities to the evening or early morning hours. Remember to also drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun if possible.


WOMAN TAKEN TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING SHOOTING IN BLYTHEVILLE A woman was injured in a shooting incident in Blytheville.

According to authorities, 31 year old Kenyatta Cook suffered a gunshot wound to her knee during the incident.

Cook was reportedly in a vehicle when the shooting occurred and she was taken to a Memphis hospital for treatment.

A passenger in the vehicle was not injured.


SIXTH ANNUAL ST. JUDE ARCHERY SHOOT AND AUCTION SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 13TH The date has been set for the 6th Annual St. Jude Archery Shoot and Auction.

The event, presented by US Bank, will be held from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday, August 13th at the Missouri Department of Conservation Archery Range on NN Highway. The event will include novelty shoots, a free youth archery camp, a pop-up archery tournament, and other demonstrations.

A VIP pre-party has been scheduled for August 12th at the American Legion on PP Highway. Tickets can be purchased for $30 and reserved tables of 8 are available for $350.

For more information, contact Miranda Fickert at 573-718-2875.


ATHLETE PHYSICALS TO BE HELD TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF Poplar Bluff High School and Junior High student athletes can get a free physical tonight at the High School Annex.

Physicals will be conducted beginning at 5:30 pm for athletes in the 7th and 8th grades, beginning at 6:30 for 9th and 10th grades, and beginning at 7:30 for 11th and 12th grades.

First practice dates have also been set for Poplar Bluff High School and Junior High fall sports.

The first practice day for high school athletes is Monday, August 1st. Junior High athletes will follow two week later, on Monday, August 15th.