MULTIPLE FIRES IN KENNETT BEING INVESTIGATED AS ARSON
Authorities in Kennett say that multiple recent fires are under investigation.
Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News that at approximately 7:15 pm Saturday, officers and the fire department were dispatched to a structure fire on Kennett Street. The fire, along with a separate fire nearby earlier in the day, is being investigated as arson.
Officials say that there are currently no suspects in connection to the fires.
ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION TO POPLAR BLUFF BURGLARY INVESTIGATION
Police in Poplar Bluff have made an arrest following a burglary last week.
Poplar Bluff Chief of Police Danny Whiteley tells KWOC News that on Friday, officers responded to B and H Auto Electric to investigate a burglary which occurred in the overnight hours.
An employee reported several thousand dollars worth of automotive repair tools and equipment missing along with an ATV and 2018 Jeep Wrangler. While Detectives were processing the scene, the Jeep was seen outside of an area business. The Jeep and the majority of the property taken were then recovered. A short time later, the ATV and the remaining missing property were recovered as well.
While officers searched the east side area of Poplar Bluff, a suspect, identified as 27 year old Michael Wayne Harris, of GlenAllen, was spotted in a Ford truck. Harris fled from the vehicle which was discovered to be stolen from Worley’s Tree Service. Friday afternoon, Harris was again spotted in the area and taken into custody after a short foot pursuit by officers.
During an interview, Harris admitted that he was under the influence of methamphetamine during the burglary and gave a full confession regarding the burglary and thefts of the vehicles.
Whitely says Harris is being held at the Butler County Justice Center pending the filing of formal charges of 2nd degree burglary, three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, as well as two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SHANNON COUNTY WRECK
Two people were injured, one seriously, in a wreck Saturday afternoon in Shannon County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Kelly Trogdon, of Eminence, was driving on Missouri Highway 19, when his vehicle ran off the side of the road and struck two trees.
A passenger in the vehicle, 24 year old Matthew Miller, of Winona, suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was flown to a St. Louis hospital.
Trogdon received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.
PEDESTRIAN DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE IN RANDOLPH COUNTY
A Northeast Arkansas man has died after he was hit by a vehicle over the weekend.
According to the Arkansas State Police, at around 9:15 pm Sunday, a vehicle was driving on Highway 115 in Randolph County when it came over a hill and struck a pedestrian in the roadway.
The pedestrian, 30 year old Joshua Allen, of Reyno, was killed in the wreck.
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WARNS OF POSSIBLE HEPATITIS A EXPOSURE AT CORNING BUSINESS
Arkansas health officials are warning of a possible Hepatitis A exposure at a Corning business.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health an employee of the Flash Market and Subway, located at 105 North Missouri Avenue in Corning, tested positive for the virus.
Officials say that anyone who ate at this facility between March 30th and April 17th should seek care immediately if they have never been vaccinated against Hepatitis A or are unsure of their vaccine status.
The Clay County Local Health Unit in Corning will be open today from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm to provide vaccinations.
Health officials in Butler County say they continue to see a rise of Hepatitis A cases week to week. According to the Butler County Health Department, as of Friday, April 20th, there have been a total of 76 confirmed cases in Butler County.
The majority of cases have been linked to people who use drugs, close personal contacts to people who use drugs, and personal contacts to positive Hepatitis A cases.
No injuries were listed for the driver of the vehicle.
TWO ARRESTED FOR METHAMPHETAMINE IN BUTLER COUNTY
Two people have been taken into custody in Butler County on methamphetamine charges.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 48 year old Michael Hunter and 34 year old Mitzi Moss, both of Poplar Bluff, were each arrested Saturday night on charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Hunter was also arrested on warrants from the Poplar Bluff Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, while Moss is also facing a charge of possession of controlled substance in a jail facility.
Following their arrest, both were held at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
INTERSTATE 155 REPAIRS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
Southbound I-155 in Pemiscot County will be reduced with a 14-foot width restriction beginning today as contractor crews perform pavement repairs.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, work is scheduled to take place from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Saturday, May 5th.
The work zone is located from Route U to the Tennessee State line.