POPLAR BLUFF MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Poplar Bluff man was killed in a single vehicle wreck late last night in Butler County.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 28 year old Derek Sieben was driving on US 160 near Ringo Ford when his vehicle ran off the side of the road, struck an embankment, became airborne, and then struck another embankment.
Sieben was pronounced dead at the scene by Butler County Coroner Andy Moore.
FIVE MEN FOUND GUILTY OF BURGLARY IN POPLAR BLUFF AREA
Five men have been found guilty of a burglary in the Poplar Bluff area.
Officials with the United States Attorney’s Office tell KWOC News that Demarlon Richardson, of Poplar Bluff, and Germonde Brunner, Arlandus Howard, Norlando Jackson, and Antywan Seawood, of East St. Louis, Illinois, were found guilty of the burglary of a federally licensed firearms dealer known as Instapawn.
The burglary occurred on February 28, 2017, when the five men stole over 60 firearms. Howard was found guilty by a jury and the other four men entered guilty pleas.
Officials say the maximum term of imprisonment for the crime is ten years.
ST. LOUIS MAN DROWNS IN IRON COUNTY
A St. Louis man has died following an incident Tuesday afternoon in Iron County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at around 3:20 pm 24 year old Rashad Moungo reportedly fell from a rock cliff into water at Elephant Rocks State Park.
Moungo submerged in the water and never resurfaced.
Officials say he was pronounced dead by Iron County Coroner Tim Harbison at around 5:25 pm.
DONIPHAN MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS FOR KIDNAPPING AND FIREARM CHARGES
A Doniphan man has been sentenced in connection to an incident in March of last year.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 36 year old Heath Miller was sentenced yesterday to 25 years on one felony count of kidnapping and one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
At his plea in January, Miller admitted that on March 8, 2017, he entered the home of his victim in Kennett and shocked her with a stun gun. Miller sexually assaulted the victim in her home, and then took her and her child from Kennett to Ripley County.
At that location, the victim managed to get away from Miller and escape with her child.
Miller was captured ten days later after he had broken into a cabin and stole a handgun.
SENATOR ROY BLUNT TO VISIT SIKESTON THREE RIVERS CAMPUS TODAY
United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Sikeston today to tour the city’s Three Rivers College campus.
Blunt will be visiting with students and talking about the importance of Pell Grants, a federally funded needs-based program that helps students pay for a college education.
The Pell Grant program was expanded this year to provide grants for Summer classes, as well as the Fall and Spring semesters.
Three Rivers College officials say this will allow qualifying students to continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster.
For more information about Pell Grants and information on applying for financial aid, visit trcc.edu/financialaid.
CITIZENS IN PARAGOULD WARNED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY
Residents in Paragould are being warned to stay on the lookout for counterfeit money.
According to the Paragould Police Department, there have been numerous reports of phony $20 bills being circulated in the city, more specifically at weekend yard sales.
All citizens who plan on hosting a yard sale should be aware of these bills and need to vigilantly inspect any bills they accept for payment.
Should an attempt be made to pay you with one of these bills, do not accept it and make a report to your local authorities.
We have pictures of the counterfeit bills being used available on the KWOC Facebook page.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED TODAY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
Route H in Stoddard County will be reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.
The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route U to Route J.
Work is scheduled to take place both today and tomorrow from 7 am to 4 pm each day.