EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING TO CONTINUE FOR MOST OF THE WEEKEND
Oppressively hot temperatures have settled in over Southeast Missouri and weather officials say the temperatures will continue for most of the weekend.
According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for many counties in Southeast Missouri, including Carter, Ripley, Butler, Wayne, Stoddard, and New Madrid, until 7 pm on Sunday.
Officials say that dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken.
If anyone has to be outside for work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Weather officials say the rest of Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas that is not in the Excessive Heat Warning is currently under a heat advisory.
VEHICLE LEAVES THE SCENE OF A WRECK IN BUTLER COUNTY
A vehicle reportedly left the scene of a wreck Thursday in Butler County.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that a vehicle was stopped in traffic on Highway T when it was struck in the rear by another vehicle.
The second vehicle then left the scene. Officials say the incident occurred at around 12:40 pm.
The driver of the stopped vehicle suffered minor injuries and was transported to a Poplar Bluff hospital.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY WARRANTS
An area man has been taken into custody on multiple felony warrants in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 32 year old Gordon Kane, of Poplar Bluff, was arrested Thursday afternoon on felony Butler County warrants for possession of heroin, larceny, and a probation violation.
Kane was also arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, he was held at the Butler County Jail.
OZARK BORDER ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING
A date has been set for the annual membership meeting for Ozark Border Electric Cooperative.
The meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, August 10th at the Three Rivers College Activity Center.
Registration will begin at 9 am.
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING STRUCTURE FIRE IN KENNETT
A fire is under investigation in the Missouri Bootheel.
According to the Kennett Fire Department, crews were dispatched early Thursday morning to a structure fire on Southwest Drive.
Few details about the fire were available; and officials say the cause of the fire is being investigated by the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office.
DEXTER MAN IN CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County say that a Dexter man has been taken into custody on a controlled substance warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 51 year old Kenneth Anderson was recently booked on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance along with a separate traffic warrant.
Officials say that Anderson’s bond was set at $25,000, cash only, and he remained in custody as of this morning.