Tuesday August 30, 2016



Butler County authorities tell us that a suspect has been taken into custody in connection to the robberies at Motel 6 and Holiday Inn as well as multiple convenience stores.

We spoke with Investigator Wess Popp with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department about the arrest.


 On Monday morning at approximately 2:45 a.m. an individual entered into Heartland Express located at M Highway and South 67 to commit a robbery. The suspect held a silver revolver on the clerk and had her open up the drawer and hand him the money that was within. The suspect then fled to where his vehicle was parked on the Northbound Lane of 67 and M. When the suspect left the business the clerk got a hold of 911 Butler County Sheriff's Department where two deputies were dispatched along with Poplar Bluff City officers. The two Butler County officers were on opposite ends of Heartland Express planning on meeting there which left the suspect very little time to get away, he never made it to the car. When they arrived they came up on the car and looked and found the suspect laying down in the grass on top of the money that he had stolen from Heartland Express along with socks that he had over his hands and a nylon mask that he had over his face. The suspect was identified as 23 year-old Alexander Trent Whisnant, from Campbell. The suspect was taken into custody, brought back to the Butler County Sheriff's Department where he was interviewed, advised his rights. The suspect admitted to the two Motel 6 robberies, the Holiday Inn robbery, the armed robbery at Casey's in Ripley County, along with his part here in Heartland Express. The money that the suspect stole from each location was just a little bit over $200 with Heartland Express a little over 400. The suspect is currently in jail facing charges of four counts of armed robbery in Butler County, one count of armed robbery in Ripley County, armed criminal action on all five, as well as stealing.

Investigator Popp would go on to add, Whisnant’s bond has been set at $500,000.


NEW POPLAR BLUF SCHOOL BUS ROUTES RELEASED Poplar Bluff students will return to school this week and the many changes in the Poplar Bluff School District has resulted in changes to school bus routes.

School officials say that the new bus routes for the upcoming school year are now available online at poplarbluffschools.net.

Anyone with questions can contact the Transportation Department at 573-785-5801.


DEXTER MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK One person has died following a single vehicle wreck Monday morning in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 64 year old James Fingers, of Dexter, ran off of Highway 51 and hit a tree near Puxico.

Officials say that Fingers was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers in the vehicle were seriously injured. One was flown to a St. Louis hospital while the other was taken by ambulance to a Cape Girardeau hospital.


MISSING NEW MADRID COUNTY GIRL FOUND SAFE A girl who went missing yesterday in New Madrid County has been found safe.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an endangered person advisory was issued for the 14 year old girl after her mother arrived home and found her missing along with her cellular device.

The advisory was cancelled after the teenager was found safe in Clinton, Missouri.


1.5 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO HELP CREATE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM IN DONIPHAN The Doniphan R-1 School District will be using recently awarded grant money to create new a school program.

Doniphan Schools have been awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a new before and after school program.

School officials say that the programs will give students opportunities to learn, with curriculum including math and art as well as a hands-on rocket science & robotics program.

It was not announced when the programs will begin.


UNITED STATES SENATOR ROY BLUNT TO BE MAKING MULTIPLE STOPS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TODAY One of Missouri’s United States Senators will be making multiple stops today in Southeast Missouri.

Senator Roy Blunt will be speaking with area residents at 9 am this morning at Rice Trailers in Harviell. He will be following that up with a stop at the Mule Barn in Dexter at 10:30 am.

Blunt is also scheduled to be visiting with residents in Sikeston and Charleston during his tour today.