Tuesday January 24, 2017

POPLAR BLUFF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER PLACED ON LOCKDOWN MONDAY MORNINGThe Poplar Bluff Early Childhood Center was placed on lockdown Monday morning.

KWOC News spoke with Poplar Bluff R-1 Superintendent Scott Dill who said that the lockdown was due to domestic dispute in the area.


On Monday morning as students were arriving for school at the Early Childhood Center we were made aware of some concerns resulting from a domestic dispute that had spilled over into the school environment.

At that time as I was apprised of the details we made the decision to lock the building down and get a police presence on campus until we got everything sorted out. We were locked down for a few hours until we made sure that everybody was secure and that there was no credible or specific threat towards anyone at the school or anything that would put our kids in harm’s way. Once that had been established it was back to business as usual.

We do appreciate our partnership with Poplar Bluff Police Department they were very responsive to our needs helped us sort the situation out as quickly as we could and get us back on track.

The main thing I want people to understand is that if there's any doubt about the safety or a situation that seems unsafe we will take that action, we will lock down and we will make sure that the kids are safe. That is our top priority and will always remain so.


POPLAR BLUF FMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND RESISTING ARREST Authorities in Poplar Bluff have arrested an area man on multiple charges following an incident Saturday evening.

Detective Joey Woodruff with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells us more about the arrest.


On Saturday evening about 7:30, Officer Duckett was patrolling the area of 9th and Cherry Streets in Poplar Bluff when a male subject spotted him, turned, and began to walk in the opposite direction of him.

Officer Duckett exited his patrol vehicle to contact the man and noticed the man place something in his mouth. Officer Duckett gave commands for the man to stop, however he continued to quickly walk away from him. Duckett was able to stop the man and detained him. The man was identified as Donald Rodgers, 41, of Poplar Bluff.

As Officer Duckett was speaking with Rodgers he admitted to swallowing prescription medication. As Officer Duckett checked the area around Rodgers he located a baggie of suspected methamphetamine.

A check of Rodgers’ information revealed three active warrants for his arrest. Rodgers was transported to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, booked, and then lodged in the Butler County Justice Center on the charges of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and the three active warrants.


POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGES A Poplar Bluff woman is facing a felony controlled substance charge in connection to her arrest Monday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Kimberly Marlowe was arrested in Butler County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and alprazolam.

Marlowe is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.


PIPE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN WAYNE COUNTY A Wayne County road will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway.

According to MoDot, Route P in Wayne County will be closed between Route E and County Road 504 during the replacement.

Work is scheduled to be performed from 7 am to 3 pm.


CONVICTED FELON FOUND IN A STOLEN VEHICLE WITH VARIOUS ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION A convicted felon was arrested over the weekend in Poplar Bluff after he was reportedly found in a stolen vehicle.

Lieutenant Darron Moore with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that the incident occurred Sunday morning.


On Sunday morning around 8:30, Officers responded to McDonald's north in reference to a white male in a red Ford truck behaving erratically.

Upon arrival officers located a white male asleep in the vehicle. He was later identified as 37 year-old Paul Ryan Lutes.

During the investigation officers observed the vehicle ignition showed obvious signs of tampering and a records check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen from Greenville, Missouri.

Inside the vehicle, officers located several various rounds of ammunition.

After being advised of his rights, Lutes refused to speak to officers. Lutes, a convicted felon, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and tampering with a motor vehicle. He was later lodged in the Butler County Justice Center.


LUCAS AND BESS CHOSEN AS POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE MONTH Two basketball players have been chosen as the Poplar Bluff High School athletes of the month for December.

Senior Willie Lucas Jr. and Freshman Kiley Bess were chosen for the awards by the Mules Booster Club.

Lucas is currently averaging over 20 points and seven rebounds per game. He scored his 1,000th career point during the Poplar Bluff ShowDown. Lucas was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the ShowDown and won the three-point contest. In the classroom, he maintains a 9.71 GPA.

Bess has averaged over 15 points and four rebounds per game, starting in all varsity contests as a freshman. She was named to the Mustang Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team in Hoxie, Arkansas. In the classroom, she has maintained straight A's throughout the first semester.