TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN RIPLEY COUNTY
Two women have been taken into custody in Ripley County on felony drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old Julie Meadors, of Doniphan, and 19 year old McKayla Tyler, of Naylor, were arrested Wednesday afternoon on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and diazepam.
Each woman is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
Officials in Stoddard County have arrested an area man on a warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 38 year old Preston Simpson, of Dexter, was recently arrested on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.
Officials say that no bond has been set and Simpson remained in jail as of this morning.
EAGLE DAYS EVENT CANCELLED
Even though the Eagle Days Event originally scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled, officials say there will still be opportunities for area residents to possibly see an eagle.
The Missouri Department of Conservation announced last week that the Eagle Days event scheduled for Friday and Saturday at MINGO National Wildlife Refuge, Duck Creek Conservation Area and Wappapello Lake had been cancelled due to the federal government shutdown.
Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say that Wappapello will still be staffing their Eagle Watch stations on Saturday from 9am - 1pm.
Maps of the self-guided "Eagle route" located on Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Duck Creek Conservation Area will also be available at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center.
SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO PURSUIT IN THE BOOTHEEL
Authorities in the Missouri bootheel were involved in a pursuit while executing a search warrant earlier this week.
Steele Chief of Police Billy Joe Stanfield tells KWOC News that on Wednesday his officers along with Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Department, Caruthersville Police, Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, SEMO DTF, and the United States Marshalls executed a federal search warrant and a state issued search warrant in Steele.
During the course of initiating the search warrants, law enforcement attempted a vehicle stop on a 30 year old male from Steele. The suspect failed to stop for law enforcement and a pursuit was initiated.
The suspect vehicle was eventually stopped by law enforcement and the driver was apprehended without any further incident. Stanfield says the investigation resulted in the seizure of purported methamphetamine and firearms.
The suspect was arrested on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, and felony resisting arrest. His name is being withheld pending the filing of formal charges with the prosecuting attorney.
AREA MAN SENTENCED TO A DECADE IN PRISON ON FIREARM CHARGE
A Southeast Missouri man was sentenced earlier this week on a firearm charge.
Officials with the United States Attorney’s Office tell KWOC News that 49 year old Terry Thornton, of Marston, was pulled over for a traffic violation in September of 2017. During a search of Thornton’s vehicle, officers discovered a Hi-Point 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol and several bags of marijuana.
Officials say Thornton had felony convictions for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and first-degree assault.
Thornton was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 10 years in federal prison following his guilty plea to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO HOST JAZZ FESTIVAL NEXT WEEK
The Three Rivers College Music Department will be hosting their 28th Annual Jazz Festival next week.
Jazz performers from schools across Southeast Missouri will be performing live at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center in Poplar Bluff on February 7th and 9th.
Both nights will feature performances from the Three Rivers College Jazz Band, which will be joined on February 7th by junior high and high school bands from across the region.
The February 9th performance will feature the Southeast Missouri All-District Jazz Band, which consists of the best high school jazz musicians in District 10 of the Missouri Music Educators Association.
Both shows will begin at 7 pm and admission is free.