MISSING POPLAR BLUFF MAN FOUND DEAD IN BLACK RIVER
Authorities in Butler County have found the body of a missing Poplar Bluff man.
KWOC News spoke with Detective Joey Woodruff, with the Poplar Bluff Police Department, who says the investigation began on Monday evening.
DETECTIVE JOEY WOODRUFF:
On Monday evening, around 900 pm, 48 year old Shawn Burkett was reported as a missing person to the Poplar Bluff Police Department. Burkett’s scooter was located under the Vine Street Bridge on the east Side of Poplar Bluff near the levy of the Black River. Officers checked the scooter and found Burkett’s belongings. Officers began to walk the river bank in search of Burkett. Around 945 pm, the SEMO Search and Rescue team was deployed. Around 1am the search for Burkett was terminated until daylight hours. On Tuesday morning, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division began assisting with the search for Burkett and officers learned that Burkett was believed to have been fishing the day of his disappearance. On Wednesday morning, at 930 am, the Poplar Bluff Police Department was notified the body of Mr. Burkett had been located in Black River just southeast of South Riverview Road in Poplar Bluff. A preliminary check of Mr. Burkett revealed no signs to suggest foul play.
Burkett was pronounced dead at the scene by Butler County Coroner Andy Moore.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY HEROIN AND PARAPHERNALIA CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff man was arrested Tuesday morning on a felony heroin charge in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old William Barnett was taken into custody at around 8:30 am on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – heroin.
Barnett was also arrested on a felony charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and was taken to the Butler County Justice Center.
POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS REMINDED TO PROTECT THEIR PETS DURING HOT SUMMER MONTHS
The Poplar Bluff Police Department is reminding area residents to take steps to protect their pets during the hot summer months.
Here are some tips on keeping your pets cool over the summer from the PBPD.
1. Never leave your pet in a parked car. Even with the window cracked, temperatures inside the car quickly rise to dangerous levels.
2. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
3. Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
You can find more tips online at www.www.aspca.org.
ROAD WORK TO CAUSE DELAYS IN WAYNE AND MADISON COUNTIES UNTIL LATE JULY
North and southbound Route 67 in Madison and Wayne County will be reduced with a 14-foot width restriction beginning next Monday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform roadside work.
According to officials, the work zone will be located from Route 72 to Route 34.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place from 6 am to 5 pm, daily and be completed Friday July 27th.
NEW DAY MINISTRIES TO HOST FEED AND SEED EVENT NEXT WEEK
New Day Ministries in Poplar Bluff will be hosting a feed and seed event next week.
The event is scheduled for 3 to 5 pm on Thursday, June 21st.
The event is first come, first serve, and packs will be limited to one per household. New Day Ministries is located at 703 Franklin Street in Poplar Bluff.
If you would like more information, contact Pastor Nancy Wolverton at 573-718-4578.
DONIPHAN FOOTBALL TO HOST FISH FRY AND OPEN HOUSE LATER THIS MONTH
Area residents will have a chance to tour the new Doniphan football stadium later this month.
Doniphan Football will be hosting a Fish Fry and Open House on Friday June 29th at the Doniphan Dons Football Field House.
Everyone is invited to attend the event and tour the stadium from 4 to 7 pm.
4TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR A CURE TO BE HELD IN LATE AUGUST
The 4th Annual Ride for a Cure Bike Run in memory of Larry Maronay has been scheduled for August 25th.
Registration for the event will begin at 11 am at the Dexter Elks Lodge, with the ride beginning at 1 pm. Entry fee is $20 per bike and $10 for an additional rider with a meal included at the end of the ride.
All proceeds will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For more information, call Brian Jones at 573-421-1771.