MAN FACING CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO DUMPSTER FIRE THAT SPREAD TO AREA BUSINESS
A Poplar Bluff man is facing charges in connection to a dumpster fire that spread to an area business.
Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tell KWOC News that at approximately 10:30 pm on May 25th, officers responded to a dumpster fire located behind Letassy Pharmacy.
The fire totally engulfed the dumpster and spread to adjacent fencing, damaging the pharmacy’s generator and equipment owned by Poplar Bluff Municipal Utilities. Additionally, a satellite dish attached to the pharmacy was damaged.
An investigation led to a suspect being identified as 49 year old Kenneth Allen Jr., of Poplar Bluff.
On Wednesday, Allen was located and interviewed about the incident. Officials say he has been lodged at the Butler County Justice Center, pending the filing of the formal charges of knowingly burning or exploding and property damage in the first degree.
HIGHWAY PATROL ENCOURAGES BOATERS TO STAY OFF OF FLOODED WATERWAYS
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol are encouraging boaters to avoid boating on flooded waterways.
Captain Matt Walz, director of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division, is asking boaters to avoid flooded areas where boating traffic may negatively impact community flood damage prevention efforts.
The Missouri and Mississippi rivers and the many associated tributaries to those rivers are experiencing major flooding, so those waterways are particularly vulnerable to additional damage.
Walz says that many communities are working to prevent additional flood damage from occurring and unnecessary boating traffic in these areas can adversely affect those efforts.
DRAINAGE REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS ON HIGHWAY 53 IN BUTLER COUNTY NEXT WEEK
Route 53 in Butler County is scheduled to be reduced to one lane early next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs.
MoDOT officials tell KWOC News that the section of roadway to be reduced is located from County Road 616 to County Road 617.
Weather permitting, work will performed Monday and Tuesday from 8 am to 3:30 pm each day.
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT TRYING TO IDENTIFY ALLEGED BOOK THIEF
Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department are trying to identify an alleged book thief.
The Police Department has released video footage that shows a man running from the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library on May 28th.
We have the video available on the KWOC Facebook page.
Anyone who knows the identity of the man in the footage is asked to contact Detective Dan Mustain at 573-686-8632.
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BASEBALL TEAM TO PLAY FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY
A Southeast Missouri baseball team will be playing today for a state championship.
The Ellington Whippets will be taking on the Seymour Tigers in the Class 2 State Finals at O’Fallon. First pitch is scheduled for 11 am.
The Whippets are entering the game with a 28-1 season record, with their lone loss coming earlier this month against Kennett. Seymour has a 21-7 record for the season.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THREE RIVERS ENDOWMENT TRUST GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 7th annual Three Rivers Endowment Trust Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Friday, June 14th at the Westwood Hills Country Club in Poplar Bluff.
The four-person scramble tournament will begin with check in and lunch at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1 pm. There will also be a reception beginning at 5:30 pm that is open to the public.
According to officials, all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Three Rivers Annual Fund, which funds special projects and helps make a difference in the lives of TRC students.
Player registration is $135 for individuals and $550 for teams. Anyone interested in registering or wants information about sponsorships should contact Michelle Reynolds at 573-840-9077.
EARTHQUAKE SHAKES PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Did you feel the earthquake that hit Southeast Missouri last night?
According to the United States Geological Survey, a 2.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 9:23 pm Thursday night.
The earthquake was centered around three miles northwest of Marston and it had a depth of just over four miles.