ARREST MADE IN BUTLER COUNTY HOMICIDE
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, an arrest has been made in a homicide investigation in Butler County.
Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News that the investigation began Sunday afternoon.
Sunday around 3 o’clock, our officers received a call and responded to the area of County Road 612 in eastern Butler County in reference to a black male laying on the edge of the roadway who was apparently deceased and was apparently the victim of a homicide. Since then the major case squad has been activated, consisting of the Butler County Sheriff's Office, Poplar Bluff Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control, as well as the Butler County coroner's office. In the early morning hours, we did arrest one suspect, one person of interest, he's being held on an unrelated charge and unrelated parole absconder warrant out of Michigan. That individual’s name is Demetrion Lafayette, age 30, He shows or claims a Poplar Bluff address however he's not necessarily a long-term resident here. At this time it’s believed that the motivation was misunderstanding over sales of illegal narcotics, it is believed both the victim and the suspect were at least medium level dealers of illegal narcotics. They had a misunderstanding. The suspect is being held without bond on a Michigan charge. And we anticipate that being that a murder charge being filed on him at some point in the very near future. The victim schedule for an autopsy the preliminary appearance of it is that he most likely died of gunshot wounds however that something that the autopsy will have to review. At this time investigation continues members of the major case Squad are continuing to follow up leads and shore up the case and make a good criminal case and get a clear understanding of what it is exactly that took place out at the scene.
KWOC News will continue following this story and bring you further updates as they become available.
2018 ARKANSAS PREFERENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION TO BE HELD TODAY
Voters across Arkansas will be heading to the polls today.
The 2018 Preferential Primary will be held today with both state and local primary races to be decided.
According to Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, polls close tonight at 7:30 pm. Voters can find their polling location at sos.arkansas.gov.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED OVER NEXT FEW DAYS FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
Route CC in Stoddard County will be closed over the next few days so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.
According to MoDOT, Route CC will be closed from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily today through Thursday.
The work zone will be located from Route HH to Route A.
STEELE MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 16 YEARS IN CONNECTION TO AREA ROBBERY
A Steele man has been sentenced for his role in a 2016 convenience store robbery.
According to the United States Attorney's Office, 40 year old Ryan Sandson was sentenced to 200 months on one felony count of interference with commerce by threat or violence and one felony count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Sandson reportedly admitted that he and Anthony Jackson made a plan to rob a business in Caruthersville on September 21st, 2016. Sandson provided the pistol and was to serve as the getaway driver.
Sandson illegally possessed the pistol as he had previously been convicted of the felonies of carjacking, aggravated robbery, and burglary.
Jackson took the pistol inside the store, threatened the clerk and stole approximately $800. He was sentenced in February to 135 months imprisonment.
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE TO CAUSE DELAYS TODAY IN INTERSTATE 55
Southbound Interstate 55 in New Madrid County will be reduced today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge maintenance.
According to officials, the work zone will be located between County Road 820 and Route 80.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place from 8 am to 4 pm.
DEXTER STUDENT GIVEN CONGRESSIONAL AWARD
A Dexter student was presented a Congressional Award this past weekend.
On Saturday U.S. Representative Jason Smith presented a Congressional Award to Matthew Agey of Dexter. The award is the highest honor given by Congress to a youth who excels in a number of areas including personal development, public service, physical fitness and exploration.
Smith tells KWOC News that Agey gave more than 100 hours in voluntary public service in his community, including assisting at 4H and Sons of the American Legion events as well as helping raise money for Wreaths across America and local cancer organizations.