WOMAN FOUND WITH FENTANYL POWDER IN STODDARD COUNTY
A Cape Girardeau woman was found with Fentanyl powder earlier this week in Stoddard County.
According to the Bernie Police Department, an officer was called to an area business on February 11th for a suspected shoplifter.
At the business, the officer spoke with a woman and asked for her identification. While the woman, later identified as 37 year old Tanya Rankin, was digging around her purse, the officer noticed a white capsule and asked Rankin what it was. She responded that it was Fentanyl.
The officer then placed Rankin under arrest. She was booked into the Bernie City Jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with bond set at $7,500.
Bernie Chief of Police Justin Allen tells us that this is the first case of Fentanyl in its powdered form in Stoddard County.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the drug is up to 100 times stronger than morphine and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Fentanyl was responsible for more than 28,400 overdose deaths in 2017.
MAN ARRESTED ON COCAINE CHARGE IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
A St. Joseph, Missouri man has been taken into custody in Southeast Missouri on a cocaine charge.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 47 year old Detrick Hampton was arrested Wednesday evening in New Madrid County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance for cocaine.
Hampton also reportedly had a felony Pemiscot County warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of possession of a weapon.
Following the arrest, Hampton was held at the Pemiscot County Jail.
AREA MAN SENTENCED TO ALMOST FIVE YEARS IN PRISON IN CONNECTION TO ROBBERY
A Sikeston man has been sentenced to almost five years behind bars in connection to a 2018 robbery.
Officials with the United States Attorney’s Office tell KWOC News that 40 year old Joshua Kerr was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment on one felony count of interference with commerce by robbery, one felony count of carjacking, and one felony count of possession of ammunition by a felon.
Kerr reportedly admitted to entering a store in July 2018 and demanding the store's cash while carrying a BB pistol that looked like a real handgun. The victim obeyed his commands and gave him money from three cash registers and the change refund bag. Kerr then took the victim’s vehicle and left the store with the cash.
Kerr was later apprehended and found to be in possession of several rounds of ammunition.
Kerr had been previously convicted of distribution of a controlled substance in New Madrid County and possession of a controlled substance in Stoddard County.
TWO DEXTER RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED WARRANTS FROM KENTUCKY
Authorities say that two Dexter residents have been arrested on drug related warrants out of Kentucky.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 50 year old John Peters was recently arrested on a warrant for drug trafficking 1st degree and 40 year old Jennifer Hampton was taken into custody on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
Peters bond was set at $50,000, while Hampton’s bond was set at $35,000 and officials say that both remained in jail as of this morning.
DEXTER MAN IN CUSTODY ON FEDERAL WARRANT
An area man is in custody following his arrest on a federal warrant.
Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 38 year old Johnathan Worley, of Dexter, was recently arrested on a federal warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
Officials say that Worley remained in jail as of this morning and no bond has been set.
FISH FRY TO BE HELD FOR 18 YEAR VETERAN OF THE HIGHWAY PATROL BATTLING BRAIN CANCER
A fish fry will be held later this month for an 18 year veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who is battling brain cancer.
Corporal Curt Fox was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012. It has now returned for a third time and been upgraded to a grade 4 glioblastoma.
A fish fry fundraiser to help Corporal Fox and his family has been scheduled for Friday, February 22nd from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus in Jackson. There will also be a raffle tickets sold for a gun.
For more information, contact Jamie Malugen at 573-979-2181.