WANTED FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN POPLAR BLUFF
A wanted fugitive has been apprehended in Poplar Bluff.
Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley tells KWOC News that 23 year old Carlos Pawnell Jr., formerly of Poplar Bluff, was arrested without incident Friday morning by members of the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Whiteley says that Pawnell was wanted for rape of a child in Knoxville, Tennessee and was suspected of raping two young relatives.
POCAHONTAS MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas say that a Pocahontas man has died from injuries he received in a single vehicle wreck.
According to the Arkansas State Police, 56 year old Charles Burtman was travelling south on Highway 9 in Izard County when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway.
Burtman travelled over an embankment and then came to rest on a nearby road.
Officials say that the wreck occurred at around 12:30 pm Friday afternoon.
INVESTIGATION ONGOING AFTER PERSON REPORTED BEING HELD HOSTAGE
Authorities in Kennett are investigating a reported incident where an area resident was held hostage.
According to the Kennett Police Department, in the early morning hours of August 22nd, officers were dispatched to a residence on East Fourth Street.
At the scene, officers learned that the two victims were awakened by four suspects being inside their residence, armed with a firearm, and demanding money.
Two of the suspects stayed with one victim who had been tied to a bed while the other victim was taken against his will to a residence in Hayti where he was eventually released.
Several items including currency, cell phones, and electronics were stolen from the victims during the incident.
Officials say that an investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been identified at this time.
HEAT INDEX VALUES TO REACH AROUND 100 DEGREES TODAY
Heat index values are expected to reach around 100 degrees early this week.
According to a Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service, high temperatures will reach the lower 90s across Southeast Missouri both today and tomorrow.
Combined with the humidity, afternoon heat index values are expected to top out near or just above 100 degrees both days.
Remember to be careful and take precautions if you have to be outside. Remember to ensure that your outdoor pets have plenty of water.
WAPPAPELLO MAN ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND ON METH CHARGE
A Wappapello man is facing a felony drug charge following his arrest over the weekend.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22 year old Kenneth Smith was taken into custody Sunday morning on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.
Smith is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, he was held at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
TWO TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN BUTLER COUNTY ON WARRANTS AND DRUG CHARGES
Two Poplar Bluff residents were arrested Friday night in Butler County.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 43 year old Cheryl Cooper and 32 year old Zachary Wangler were each arrested at around 9:45 pm Friday on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance.
Both Cooper and Wangler also reportedly each had a warrant out of Butler County for failure to appear.
Following their arrest they were both held in the Butler County Jail.
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT POSTS THEIR ENTRY IN THE LIP SYNC CHALLENGE
Officials in Poplar Bluff have put forth their entry into the Lip Sync Challenge.
Multiple law enforcement agencies across the country have posted videos online featuring officers and staff lip syncing to music as a part of the challenge.
The Poplar Bluff Police Department is one of the latest agencies to join in on the fun. On Saturday, the Police Department posted the over three and a half minute video featuring dispatchers and police officers lip syncing to “Party Up” by DMX, “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne, “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, and “We are the Champions” by Queen
The video can be found on the Poplar Bluff Police Department’s Facebook page.
ROUTE O IN CARTER AND RIPLEY COUNTIES TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEK
Route O in Carter and Ripley Counties will be closed for part of this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.
The section of roadway involved is located from Route 21 in Carter County to Route 21 in Ripley County.
Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday from 7 am to 4 pm, daily and the road will be open to local traffic only.