Monday October 10, 2016

PEDESTRIAN DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE IN BUTLER COUNTYA Wappapello man has died after he was hit by a vehicle Sunday night in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Charles Colbert III (the third) was attempting to cross Route T at around 9:30 pm Sunday night when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was 33 year old Brian Kearbey, of Poplar Bluff, who is a Sheriff’s Deputy in Butler County.

We spoke with Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs about the incident:


The entire situation being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol major crash team from all indications it looks like just a very tragic and unfortunate accident. We looked at some things the officer was going the appropriate speed. Don't appear to be anything that he could have done to avoid just want is a very tragic accident. I think the young man is crossing the road just overlooked the fact that there was oncoming traffic and it's just one of those things that you try to avoid but just a very unfortunate accident.

Dobbs would go on to say that Kearbey has been placed on paid leave during the investigation of the incident.




Two people have been found dead in connection to a fire in Wayne County.

According to authorities, the fire occurred in the Wappapello area Saturday morning at a camper trailer. A nearby mobile home was also burglarized. An autopsy has been scheduled for this morning.

Two Neelyville residents were arrested Sunday, 30 year old Nicholas Suiter, and 25 year old Felicia Crumley. They are each facing charges of burglary, arson, and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Suiter is also facing a charge of 1st degree murder, while Crumley is also facing a charge of second degree murder.


TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN WRECK NEAR NAYLOR A Naylor man suffered serious injuries Friday afternoon when his vehicle hit a tree in Ripley County.

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Missouri Highway 142 at around 1 pm Friday. A vehicle, driven by 41 year old Daniel Mitchell, ran off the side of the road, struck a tree, and caught fire.

Mitchell was seriously injured, while a three year old child suffered minor injuries in the wreck. Both were taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.


BERNIE WOMAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK A Bernie woman has died in connection to a single vehicle wreck Saturday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 33 year old Rebeca Mead was driving on Route W, near Catron, when her vehicle ran off the side of the road and overturned.

Officials say the wreck occurred at around 5 am Saturday. Mead was later pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Kenny Pope.


WOMAN FLOWN TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK IN PEMISCOT COUNTY A single vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon has resulted in a woman being flown to a Memphis hospital with serious injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 31 year old Leann King, of Marion, Arkansas, was driving on Route D, in Pemiscot County, when her vehicle ran off the road, struck a ditch, and overturned.

King was seriously injured and was taken by Air Evac to Region One Health of Memphis, Tennessee. A five year old passenger received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Pemiscot Memorial Hospital.


STODDARD COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARREST DUDLEY MAN ON SEXUAL ABUSE WARRANT Authorities in Stoddard County say a Dudley man has been taken into custody on a sexual abuse warrant.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 55 year old Ricky Lee Green Senior was recently arrested on a warrant for 1st degree sexual abuse.

Green’s bond was set at $25,000 cash.


STODDARD COUNTY SCHOOL RECIEVES NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON AWARD Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in Stoddard County last week to commend an area school for receiving a national award.

Richland High School has been named a 2016 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

The award, given to only 329 schools nationwide this year, honors schools whose students achieve at very high levels or who have made significant progress to close gaps in achievement.

Last year, Richland High School scored a perfect 100 on its MSIP 5 and had a 100 percent graduation rate. The MSIP 5 is the state’s school accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri.

Eight public schools and three private schools in Missouri have been honored as 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools.


DEADLINE COMING UP TO REGISTER TO VOTE We are less than a month away from the November general election and there is still time to make sure you are registered to vote.

According to the Missouri Secretary of State, in Missouri you can register to vote online at You can also register in person at your local county clerk’s office. The deadline to register to vote in Missouri is this Wednesday, October 12th.

For residents in Arkansas, today is your deadline to register. Voter registration forms are available at your local county clerk office. Additional information is available at the Arkansas Secretary of State website,