POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING RAPE AND KIDNAPPING CHARGES FOLLOWING INCIDENT IN BUTLER COUNTY
A Poplar Bluff man has been taken into custody on a rape charge in Butler County.
Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tell KWOC News that on Saturday the Police Department received a report of a missing person. According to family members, a 30 year old female had not been heard from after leaving from her place of employment on January 3rd.
The woman was located at a residence on South 9th Street. Officers also contacted a male subject, 35 year old Edward Sterrett, of Poplar Bluff.
The victim told investigators that she knew Sterrett and indicated that the initial contact was consensual; however Sterrett then allegedly took the victim to a residence where she was held against her will.
She was later allegedly bound, repeatedly beaten and sexually assaulted over the course of the next two days.
Sterrett was taken into custody and is being held on a $100,000 cash or surety bond for the charges of rape 1st degree, kidnapping 1st degree, sodomy 1st degree, and domestic assault 2nd degree.
BOOTH SPACE STILL AVAILABLE FOR AG EXPO
Ag Expo is just over a week away and officials say that booth space is still available.
According to the University of Missouri Extension in Butler County, booths are available for $250 for the first booth and $200 for each additional booth.
Ag Expo 2019 will be held on January 18th and 19th at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. For more information, or to reserve a booth space, call 686-8064.
MALDEN MAN IN CUSTODY ON ROBBERY AND DOMESTIC ASSAULT WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County say that an area man was in custody this morning on a robbery warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 33 year old Alex Gregory Scott Winder, of Malden, was recently taken into custody on a warrant for robbery 2nd degree, domestic assault 3rd degree, and trespass 1st degree.
Winder’s bond was set at $10,000, cash only and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.
DATE SET FOR 2019 SARAH JARBOE WHITE UCAN WALK
A date has been set for the 2019 Sarah Jarboe White UCAN walk.
According to the United Cancer Assistance Network, the annual walk will be held on Saturday, April 27th, beginning at 9 am.
Officials say that over $200,000 has been raised over seven years of the event.
The money has gone to help cancer patients with transportation, utilities, groceries, medical expenses, housing, nutritional supplements, and many other necessities while they are going through chemotherapy and radiation and are unable to continue to work.
For more information, contact the United Cancer Assistance Network at 573-776-1892.
MISSOURI HIGHLANDS HEALTH CARE DONATES $200 TO POPLAR BLUFF JUNIOR HIGH PROGRAM
A Southeast Missouri business has donated money to help purchase supplies for a Poplar Bluff Junior High Program.
According to Poplar Bluff School Officials, Missouri Highlands Health Care has donated $200 toward the Life Skills program at the Junior High. The money is to be used for supplies to help teach hands on activities in the classroom.
Students prepare breakfast for community groups such as firefighters and pastors, and in turn learn about different professions from officials. The class recently began a 'celebrity chef' program during which community leaders share their favorite recipe with the students.
MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL URGES CITIZENS TO BE SAFE AROUND WATER DURING COLDER WEATHER
With temperatures forecast to drop to around freezing this week, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging area residents to be safe around Missouri’s many lakes and rivers.
According to the Highway Patrol, most boaters wear more clothing this time of year, so the proper wearing of life jackets and using caution to avoid falling overboard is even more important.
Lifejacket use becomes even more important in cold water because hypothermia can quickly rob the body of the ability to perform the most basic tasks and drowning is always a concern.
If you wind up taking an unexpected plunge into cold water, it is vital to get out of the water and into dry clothes as soon as possible. If dry clothes are not an option, leave the wet ones on. Even wet clothes will offer some insulation and trap body heat.
A warm drink can be given to someone suffering from hypothermia as long as they are conscious. Hypothermia can be deadly even if you are wearing a lifejacket, so officials say it is important to never go boating alone in the winter.