Tuesday November 1, 2016

MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGE IN POPLAR BLUFFA report made over the weekend has led to the arrest of an area man on a child molestation charge.

Detective Danny Hicks with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells us more.


On Saturday evening, approximately, 7 p.m. I was notified of a child molestation complaint at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Upon arrival I made contact with four-year-old victim and the victim's mother. Accusations were made that 52 year old Willard McCullum had inappropriately touched the four-year-old victim. I was given an address and made contact with McCullum in the 800 block of Davis Street. McCullum was subsequently arrested and transported to the station for questioning. During questioning McCullum admitted to the charge of child molestation, inappropriately touching the four-year-old. Due to the statement from the victim and the admission by the suspect, Willard McCullum, he was arrested, transported, and lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on the charge of child molestation first-degree.


84 YEAR OLD MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK An 84 year old man has died following a single vehicle wreck over the weekend in Dunklin County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Clay Charlton, of Kennett, was driving on County Road 725 when his vehicle travelled off the roadway and struck a ditch.

The Highway Patrol did not specify what caused Charlton’s vehicle to run off of the County Road.

Charlton was taken to a Kennett hospital where he was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon.


TWO ILLINOIS RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY FOR POSSESESSION OF ECSTASY Two Illinois women were taken into custody Monday morning in Southeast Missouri on a felony drug charge.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 21 year old Kayla Frank, of Washington, Illinois, and 20 year old Hannah Lichius, of Normal, Illinois, were each arrested shortly after 10 am Monday in Wayne County.

Both are facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – ecstasy. Following the arrests, the women were taken to the Wayne County Jail on a 24 hour hold.


REPUBLICAN NOMINEES FOR MISSOURI GOVERNOR AND UNITED STATES SENATE TO BE IN POPLAR BLUFF TODAY We are one week away from Election Day, and the Republican nominees for the United States Senate and Missouri Governor will both be campaigning today in Poplar Bluff.

Eddy Justice, Chairman of the Butler County Republican Party, tells KWOC News that Senator Roy Blunt will be appearing at 10 am this morning at Gamma Labs.

At 4 pm, Republican Gubernatorial nominee Eric Greitens will be at the Hampton Inn in Poplar Bluff.

Justice says that these are the last scheduled political gatherings in Butler County for this election cycle.


ONE DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK IN CLAY COUNTY A Northeast Arkansas man is dead after he was ejected from his vehicle during a single vehicle wreck Monday morning.

According to the Arkansas State Police, 42 year old Lance Mason, of Pocahontas, was ejected from his vehicle when he failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 211 in Clay County and overturned.

Mason was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Rick Ermert.


TWO TAKEN INTO CUSODY IN CONNECTION TO INCIDENT AT POPLAR BLUFF BUSINESS Two people have been taken into custody and Poplar Bluff officials are searching for a third in connection to a incident over the weekend at a Poplar Bluff business.

KWOC News spoke with Detective Joey Woodruff with the Poplar Bluff Police Department about the incident.


On Saturday morning, around 2:15 am, Officer Bates was flagged down by a motorist who believed someone was inside the business of Will's Automotive Machine Shop. Officer Bates responded to the business and observed three unidentified people exiting. Further inspection of the business revealed the pane of the front door had been kicked out. During an area search for the subjects, several juveniles were located behind a neighboring residence. At the arrival of the business owner, it was determined that the shop had been entered and approximately $2,000 in cash and a briefcase containing important paperwork were missing. Through the course of our investigation three suspects were identified. Brett Walls, 17 of Poplar Bluff, and a 15 year old juvenile were located at a residence in the 600 block of Park Street and taken into custody. The third suspect, a 16 year old juvenile, was subsequently identified. Later, the business owner contacted the Poplar Bluff Police Department and advised he had located the briefcase near the scene. Brett Walls was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary. The 15 year old was turned over to the Butler County Juvenile Office and we are currently attempting to locate the third juvenile in this case.


STATE OFFICIALS TO BE IN POPLAR BLUFF TO GET PUBLIC INPUT ON NEW LICENSE PLATE DESIGN With Missouri’s Bicentennial coming up in five years, state officials are seeking the public’s input on a new license plate to commemorate the occasion.

A public meeting has been scheduled for 6 pm tonight at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center so area residents can give their input on the final design of the new plates.

State law requires the Department of Revenue begin a full reissuance of license plates with the new plate design no later than January 1st, 2019. The new design commemorating the bicentennial will replace the current Missouri bluebird license plate.


PAVEMENT REPAIRS SET FOR TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY Route 25 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The repairs will be located from Hunts Road to North Drake Street.

MoDot officials say that work is scheduled for 7 am to 5 pm today.