POLICE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT FOLLOWING MULTI-COUNTY PURSUIT
Police are searching for a suspect in connection to two separate pursuits in Southeast Missouri.
Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley tells KWOC News that on July 15th an officer initiated a traffic stop which led to a pursuit that was eventually called off due to weather conditions near the Butler and Stoddard County line.
During the afternoon of July 21st, a driver matching the description of the driver in the previous pursuit was observed by officers at 10th and Pine Street in Poplar Bluff and a pursuit was initiated.
Whiteley says that the driver ran through multiple stop signs at a high rate of speed, putting numerous citizens in jeopardy.
The pursuit continued for over an hour, until the driver went off road near Kennett and ran through a fence and into a pasture. The driver then fled on foot.
A passenger in the vehicle identified the driver as 25 year old Johnnie Ray Braden, of Poplar Bluff and said that Braden was also involved in the pursuit on July 15th.
Anyone who has information on Braden’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776.
BERNIE MAN ARRESTED ON SODOMY CHARGE
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested an area man on a sodomy charge.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 69 year old Jimmie Lee Sloan, of Bernie, was recently arrested for sodomy or attempted sodomy 1st degree. Few other details about the arrest have been made available.
Officials say that Sloan remained in custody as of this morning and no bond has been set.
POPLAR BLUFF ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR REPAIRS
A Poplar Bluff road is scheduled to be closed today for repairs.
According to the Poplar Bluff Street Department Maud Street will be closed for most of the day so crews can overlay the roadway.
Officials say the work zone will be located between 9th and 12th streets.
MAN SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO POPLAR BLUFF SHOOTING TURNS HIMSELF IN
A man who was wanted in connection to a shooting last week in Poplar Bluff has surrendered to authorities.
Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley says that George Robert Strahan turned himself in last night shortly before 10 pm.
Police had been searching for Strahan after officers responded to a location on Grand Avenue Friday afternoon in reference to a subject who had been shot.
The victim suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound during the incident.
Strahan is being held in the Butler County Justice Center on charges of assault 1st degree, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.
METH FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN KENNETT
A Kennett man is facing a drug charge after meth was found during a traffic stop over the weekend.
According to the Kennett Police Department, officers conducted the traffic stop on Independence Avenue Sunday afternoon. During the stop, officers located an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine.
39 year old Glen Trainer was arrested for possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and held in the Dunklin County Justice Center pending the filing of formal charges by the Dunklin County Prosecutor's office.
PAVEMENT REPAIRS FORCE CLOSURE OF PEMISCOT COUNTY ROAD
Route H in Pemiscot County is being closed through early next month as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.
According to MoDOT, the section of roadway involved in the repairs is located between Route 164 and Route U.
Weather permitting, work will take place from 6 am to 5 pm daily through Thursday, August 1st and the road will be open to local traffic only.