FLOOD WATCH TO GO INTO EFFECT TODAY FOR MOST OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Weather officials say that a flood watch will be in effect for most of Southeast Missouri beginning midday today.
According to the National Weather Service there will be several periods of showers and scattered thunderstorms late today through Thursday. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to result in rain totals from two to four inches, although locally higher amounts cannot be ruled out.
Officials say the heavy rain will likely result in the flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas.
The flood watch will be in effect from noon today through Thursday evening.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook by the National Weather Service says that strong to perhaps isolated severe thunderstorms cannot be ruled out for this evening and overnight which could include locally damaging wind gusts.
Weather officials say that given the amount of wind shear that will be present, a brief spin up tornado or two cannot be ruled out.
ELLSINORE WOMAN DIES FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN A TUESDAY MORNING WRECK
An Ellsinore woman has died following a wreck yesterday morning in Carter County.
Authorities tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred on US 60 at Ellsinore when 90 year old Wilma Miller allegedly pulled into the path of a tractor trailer at around 10:30 am.
Miller was transported to a Poplar Bluff hospital where she was pronounced dead. No injuries were listed for the driver of the tractor trailer.
JOINT INVESTIGATION LEADS TO TWO BURGLARY ARRESTS
Two people have been arrested following a joint investigation into burglaries in Ripley and Oregon Counties.
According to the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office, officers from both the Oregon and Ripley County Sheriff’s Offices have been co-operating in the investigation of a series of burglaries from rural areas in both counties.
A traffic stop by the Ripley County Sheriff's Office on February 1st led to the arrests of 30 year old Kyle King and 33 year old Sandy Edwards, both of Alton.
Officials say King is charged with 10 counts of burglary 1st degree and has a $100,000 dollar bond, while Edwards is being held for 10 counts of burglary in the 1st degree and has a $75,000 dollar bond.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
Authorities have arrested an area man for failing to register as a sex offender.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 30 year old Chadwick Wilson, of Poplar Bluff, was taken into custody shortly before 9 pm last night in Butler County.
Following the arrest, Wilson was held at the Butler County Jail.
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND FIREARM WARRANT
A Dexter man has been taken into custody on a controlled substance and firearm warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 53 year old Ralph Vancil was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Vancil’s bond was set at $7,500, cash only, and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.
TWO TEENAGERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BOLLINGER COUNTY WRECK
Two teenagers were injured Tuesday afternoon in a Zalma area wreck.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 18 year old Hailey Turner, of Zalma, ran into the back of a tractor trailer on Route C in Bollinger County.
Turner, as well as a 15 year old passenger in her vehicle, suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was transported to an area hospital.
POPLAR BLUFF TEACHER RECEIVES FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT
A Poplar Bluff teacher recently received a $5,000 grant to receive professional development to help enhance a new robotics program at the Junior High.
School officials say that Hilary Taylor was awarded a $5,000 Learning and Leadership grant through the National Education Association Foundation.
This gave Taylor the opportunity to travel to Michigan, Oklahoma, and Washington in the fall to participate in conferences through Google and the International Society for Technology in Education for the purpose of bringing innovative ideas back to the classroom