Wednesday, February 1, 2017




TWO POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS PLACED ON LOCKDOWN Two Poplar Bluff Schools were placed on lockdown Tuesday morning.

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

“Early on Tuesday morning I had a report from the Director of the Early Childhood Center that we had an incident, a domestic dispute, in which allegedly a weapon had been brandished. And so we immediately put that facility on lockdown. We then became aware that there was a family connection to the middle school and so as a precautionary measure we put that facility on lockdown as well.

We worked very closely with Poplar Bluff PD and with County. They very quickly and efficiently tracked the individual down, got him into custody, and we resumed normal operations at those facilities.

I want to stress that at no time was there a direct threat to our kids or our teachers, but that we will always be overly cautious, we will do whatever is necessary to protect our kids.

We have had a couple situations in the last week that resulted from domestic situations that carried on to school property. I want to remind people I recognize that everyone has problems and everyone has disputes in their lives, but when you bring those on to school property a bad day turns into a terrible day very quickly.

There's no place for it on school property and we will take the steps we need to protect our kids and we will do whatever is necessary to keep our school safe.”

  STUDENT ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO POST ON FACEBOOK A teenager has been arrested in connection to a possible threat posted on Facebook.

Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield tells KWOC News that on Monday his department was contacted by the South Pemiscot School Superintendent about a student posting on his Facebook page a possible threat toward the school.

An investigation was conducted and authorities arrested a 19 year old male student at South Pemiscot High School and charged him with making a terrorist threat in the first degree. The name of the student was not released.

Stanfield says a report has been filed with the Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney for review of formal charges.

  ARRESTS MADE IN CONNECTION TO STORAGE SHED BURGLARIES Authorities in East Prairie say two arrests have been made in connection to recent storage shed burglaries.

According to the East Prairie Police Department, over the past few weeks there has been a rash of burglaries involving storage sheds. Officials say that over $30,000 worth of property has been reported stolen

On January 30th, officials received an anonymous tip that led to the discovery of numerous reported stolen items.

Authorities arrested 37 year old Leslie Henderson, of East Prairie, for stealing and hindering prosecution of a felony. 41 year old Michael Metz, of East Prairie, was also arrested and charged with stealing and possession of burglary tools.

Officials say the case is still under investigation and items are still being recovered.

  TWO ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANTS IN STODDARD COUNTY Two people were recently taken into custody in Stoddard County on controlled substance warrants.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, both 49 year old Timmy Glass, of Malden, and 37 year old Cassey Bryan, of Bernie, were arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Officials did not say if the two arrests were connected.

Their bonds were each set at $12,500 cash only, and they both remained in jail as of this morning.

  PIPE REPLACEMENT SET FOR TODAY IN WAYNE COUNTY Route P in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between Route E and County Road 504.

Officials say work will be performed today from 8 am to 2 pm.

  INTERSTATE REPAIR PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY Southbound I-55 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

MoDot officials say the work zone will be located between Mile Markers 34 and 32.

Weather permitting, work will be performed today through Friday, February 10th from 8 am to 4 pm daily.