FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING
A flood watch is in effect for most of Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas through late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, the rain is anticipated to continue through today and tonight and a storm total of two to four inches of rainfall is expected at many locations in Southeast Missouri. In Northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel, three to five inches of rainfall with isolated heavier amounts is expected.
Weather officials say that rainfall runoff is expected to lead to areal flooding issues. River flooding will likely be prolonged, and possibly could worsen with time.
DONIPHAN MAN FOUND GUILTY OF FOUR COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER
Sentencing has been scheduled for May after a Southeast Missouri man was found guilty of four counts of murder.
According to Missouri Case Net, on Friday, 26 year old Keith Boyles, of Doniphan, was found guilty on four counts each of 1st degree murder and armed criminal action.
The charges stem from the deaths of Edgar Atkinson, Bonnie Chase, Gladys Piatt, and Loyd Piatt in 2010.
A Sentencing Assessment Report has been ordered and Boyles sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 1st.
TWO PARAGOULD RESIDENTS KILLED IN COLLISION NEAR BEECH GROVE
Two people are dead and a third injured following a wreck Friday morning in Northeast Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, a vehicle driven by 21 year old Ivan Puello, of Paragould, failed to stop at a stop sign on Highway 141 in Greene County and travelled into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
The wreck occurred shortly before 8 am Friday morning.
Both Puello and a passenger in his vehicle, 21 year old Alexandria Snyder, also of Paragould, were killed in the wreck.
The driver of the other vehicle was injured and transported to an area hospital.
AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR PERSON OF INTEREST IN FATAL HIT AND RUN
Updating a story we brought to you last week, authorities are seeking a man as a person of interest in a fatal hit and run incident near Poplar Bluff.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a pedestrian was walking on the southbound shoulder of Highway 53 on February 4th and was struck by a northbound, white, 1999 Oldsmobile Alero.
Officials say that video surveillance from a business close to the crash scene is being reviewed and a person of interest has been identified as Zack L. Davis.
We have a picture of Davis available on our Facebook page.
Anyone who has information about Davis’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 573-840-9500 or your local law enforcement agency.
POPLAR BLUFF JUNIOR HIGH FINISHES IN TOP 15 AT NATIONAL CHEERLEADING COMPETITION
Junior High cheerleaders from Poplar Bluff finished in the top 15 at a national cheerleading competition over the weekend.
According to Poplar Bluff Athletic Director Kent Keith, the Junior High Competition Cheerleading Team finished in 14th Place of the Large Junior High Squad division at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Competition in Orlando.
The Poplar Bluff High School Competition Cheerleading Team also participated in the competition however did not advance to the finals for Medium Varsity Division 1.
ONE MILE CROSSING REOPENED IN DEXTER
A Dexter railroad crossing has reopened after a train crash last week.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say that a strong line of storms pushed through the Dexter area and led to the derailment at one mile crossing on Thursday. A National Weather Service storm survey found straight-line wind damage in Dexter, with estimated peak winds at 90 mph.
According to the Dexter Police Department, One Mile Crossing was reopened on Sunday.
TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE
Two Poplar Bluff residents were taken into custody over the weekend on a felony meth charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Robert Brown and 34 year old Crystal Swafford, were each arrested shortly after 10:30 pm Saturday night on charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Brown is also facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance in a jail facility.
Following their arrests, both were held at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.