SEVERE WEATHER CROSSES THE AREA OVERNIGHT, MORE POSSIBLE TODAY
We had severe weather cross the area overnight and weather officials say we could be seeing more today. The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning shortly after 3 am this morning for parts of Butler, Stoddard, and Wayne Counties.
The warning said that radar indicated a severe thunderstorm was located near Fisk which included hazards such as 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. That warning expired at 3:45 am.
Officials with the National Weather Service in Paducah say that a line of strong to severe thunderstorms will move across the region during the evening today and into the overnight hours. The main threats will be damaging winds and possibly a few tornadoes.
KENNETT RESIDENT TO APPEAR IN COURT THIS MORNING ON ASSAULT CHARGE
A Kennett woman is scheduled to appear in court this morning on an assault charge.
According to Missouri Case Net, a warrant was issued over the weekend for Kela Abernathy on felony charges of assault 1st degree, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action in connection to an incident on Saturday. Abernathy was arrested by the Kennett Police Department.
Her bond has been set at $150,000, cash only.
PRESIDENT TRUMP APPROVES MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI COUNTIES
President Donald Trump has approved a request for a major disaster declaration for 13 Missouri counties including three in Southeast Missouri.
According to Missouri Governor Mike Parson, the declaration is to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in the 13 counties recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred in March and April. Mississippi, New Madrid, and Pemiscot Counties were among the 13 included in the declaration.
Governor Parson says that the declaration makes federal assistance available for the repair of damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs associated with the storms and flooding. $25 million in qualifying expenses has already been identified.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES
Authorities in Butler County have arrested a Poplar Bluff man on multiple drug related charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 54 year old Adam Waltman was taken into custody Monday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.
Waltman was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
MISSOURI STATE VETERANS CEMETERY TO HOLD MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM
The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will be holding its annual Memorial Day Program next week.
The ceremony is set to begin at 1 pm Monday at the Committal Shelter Plaza at the Cemetery.
The Keynote Speaker for this year’s program will be Retired Lieutenant Colonel Bob Thrower from the US Army.
Officials say that families and friends of those interred, as well as the general public, are invited to attend.
For more information, call 573-568-3871.
PORTION OF STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEK
Route D in Stoddard County will be closed for part of this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.
Officials say that the section of roadway to be closed is located from Route 25 to Route 153.
Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday from 7 am to 4 pm daily.