Thursday October 20, 2016

SUSPICIOUS FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION IN POPLAR BLUFFAn investigation is under way in connection to a Wednesday morning house fire in Poplar Bluff.

Chief Ralph Stucker with the Poplar Bluff Fire Department tells KWOC News that the fire is being considered suspicious.


Early Wednesday morning around 2:10 a.m. the Poplar Bluff fire department received a report of a structure fire at 828 Poplar Street with the possibility of somebody being in the house. Before the first truck arrived with was also updated that everybody was out of the house. Crews pulled up to find single story structure fully involved worked on extinguishing that and then getting information from the occupant that was there. We had a little trouble doing that. The police department and the Missouri Fire Marshal's office assisted on that. Heavy to moderate damage to the structure. At the time no utilities was hooked up, they had their power cut off the day before and hadn't had gas hooked up since the summer of 15’. Right now we're still checking on leads and getting information with different suspects. The occupant told us that he woke up to somebody yelling to get out of the house, that somebody threw something on it. We've got down to where the fire origin’s at. All that's under investigation right now, but with no electric being to the house, no utilities being to the house this is a suspicious fire. There is a deal that the State Fire Marshal's office has it in case someone has information on the fire that leads to conviction, there’s a $5,000 reward. Just one thing for the public to understand when you have an incident like that, we’re there to help you. Some of the information we're going to ask you is going to help us kind of put things back together so we can figure out what happened. If it's an accident it's an accident if it's a criminal activity we're going to do everything we can to prosecute that.

Stucker tells us that the phone number for the Arson Hotline is 1-800-39-ARSON, that’s 1-800-392-7766.


ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN DUMP TRUCK WRECK NEAR BROSELEY A man was injured Wednesday morning following a dump truck wreck near Broseley.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 63 year old Keith Moore, of Bloomfield, was driving the dump truck when the vehicle ran off the side of Route U and then hit an embankment, utility pole, and culvert.

Patrol officials say that Moore suffered serious injuries during the wreck.


CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE A Cape Girardeau man is facing a felony drug charge following his arrest in Butler County.

According to authorities, 46 year old John Bradley was taken into custody Wednesday morning on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and alprazolam.

Bradley is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.


MODOT CREWS TO BE IN STODDARD COUNTY TODAY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS Route H in Stoddard County will be reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

MoDOT officials say that the work zone will be located from Route ZZ to Route U.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 8 am to 4:30 pm.


HAYTI WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT Authorities in Stoddard County say that a Hayti woman has been taken into custody on a distribution warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 26 year old Danyel Williams was recently arrested on a warrant for distribution of a controlled substance.

William’s bond was set at $20,000 cash.


TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN CONNECTION TO WRECK NEAR WAPPAPELLO A 90 year old Wappapello man suffered serious injuries Wednesday afternoon following a wreck in Butler County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that a vehicle, driven by 90 year old Harold Wright, overturned after it struck another vehicle on Route T.

Wright was taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. A passenger in the second vehicle received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.


2ND ANNUAL OUTDOORSMEN WITH A MISSION GIGGING TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND The second annual Outdoorsmen with a Mission gigging tournament has been scheduled for this weekend at the Doniphan Boat Ramp.

Registration will begin Saturday at 5 pm, with the launch following at 6 pm. Weigh in will be held at 11 pm.

There will be trophies for 1st place as well as the biggest fish. Registration will cost $25 per person with a max of four people to a boat. T-shirts can also be purchased for $15 dollars.

In addition to the gigging tournament there will also be a community chili dinner at 5 pm.

Officials tell us that all proceeds from the event will help John McDonough fight his battle with cancer.

For more information, or to register, call 776-5991.


CORNING HARVEST FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY The annual Corning Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday at Wynn Park.

There will be multiple antique cars and machinery as well as arts and crafts on display. Live entertainment throughout the day along with a 5K run are also scheduled.

For more information, contact Rhonda Sollis at 870-926-1188.