ONE KILLED, FIVE INJURED IN BOAT COLLISSION
A Poplar Bluff teenager has died and five people are injured following a boat collision in Butler County.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the collision occurred on Black River eight miles north of Poplar Bluff at around 7:30 pm Sunday.
The collision occurred as one of the boats was traveling downstream, veered into the path of the other boat and struck it head on, ejecting the occupants of both boats.
A 16 year old female occupant of the second boat was later pronounced dead at a Poplar Bluff hospital.
Four people involved in the wreck suffered serious injuries, including the driver of the first boat. Of these four, one was flown to a Memphis hospital, two were flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital, and the fourth was transported by ambulance to a Poplar Bluff hospital.
The driver of the second boat was moderately injured and also taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital.
According to a Highway Patrol arrest report, the driver of the first boat, 27 year old Braden Bollinger, of Dexter, is facing charges of boating while intoxicated.
ARKANSAS MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY METH CHARGE
A Northeast Arkansas man was taken into custody Friday on a felony drug charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 59 year old William Russell, of Piggott, was arrested shortly after 5 pm Friday on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, he was held at the Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office.
ROAD WORK SET FOR TODAY IN WAYNE COUNTY
Route 34 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert under the roadway.
The section of Route 34 to be reduced is located between First Street and Hazel Street.
Officials say there will be a temporary stop sign in place, which will be taken down Tuesday morning.
MAN FACING CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO SEVERAL BUSINESS BURGLARIES IN DEXTER
An area man has been charged in connection to several Southeast Missouri business burglaries.
According to the Dexter Police Department, Jacob Jackson, of Dexter, was arrested in Malden in late April.
During interviews with Jackson, he allegedly admitted to being involved in several business burglaries in Dexter.
A warrant has been issued for Jackson, charging him with nine counts of burglary in the 2nd degree, six counts of felony stealing, four counts of property damage, and two counts of misdemeanor stealing. Jackson’s bond was set at $500,000 cash.
NO ONE INJURED IN MATTHEWS BUSINESS FIRE
There were no injuries in connection to a fire yesterday at a Matthews’s business.
The fire was located at Flying J.
Multiple area fire crews were involved with fighting the fire and the building is being considered a total loss. No information has been released about a possible cause for the fire.
PARAGOULD ROAD TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED BEGINNING TODAY
Motorists in Paragould are being advised to plan ahead due to a road closure.
According to the Paragould Police Department, beginning today, Fairview Road will be closed between North Rocking Chair Road and Cherokee Lane.
Officials say the closure is due to roadway repairs being performed by the Street Department and is expected to last a few days.
2.3 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE RECORDED IN THE MARSTON AREA
A small earthquake was recorded Friday in the Marston area.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at 7:41 pm Friday night, 3.8 miles northwest of Marston.
The recorded magnitude for the quake was 2.3 and it had a depth of 5.6 miles.