MAN WITH CHILD MOLESTATION WARRANT WANTED OUT OF NEW MADRID COUNTY
Authorities in New Madrid County are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man with a felony warrant.
New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens tells KWOC News that his office is searching for Allen Pretz, who has an active felony warrant for child molestation.
Pretz is from Halls, Kentucky and is believed to have ties to the Matthews area.
Stevens says that it is possible that Pretz is doing construction or labor because he has held jobs of this nature in the past.
We have a picture of Pretz available on the KWOC Facebook page.
Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office at 573-758-2516.
AREA MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE IN CARTER COUNTY
Authorities in Carter County have arrested an area man on multiple drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Mitchell Gore, of Van Buren, was taken into custody Thursday evening on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.
Gore is also facing a charge of possession of marijuana – 10 grams or less. Following the arrest, he was held at the Carter County Sheriff’s Office.
RIVER RADIO BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK
There will be an opportunity next week to give blood and help save lives.
The River Radio Blood Drive has been scheduled for noon to 6 pm on Friday, July 12th at the Sacred Heart Catholic School Gym in Poplar Bluff.
Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter the code RiverRadio to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors will receive a free commemorative St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive T-shirt.
ONE KILLED, TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI WRECK
A two vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Southeast Missouri resulted in one fatality.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that a vehicle drive by 25 year old Carlos Riddle, of Caruthersville, crossed the center line of Highway 84 in Pemiscot County and struck another vehicle head on.
The driver of the second vehicle, 80 year old Duane Michie, of Hayti, was transported to a Pemiscot County hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Riddle and a passenger in his vehicle each suffered serious injuries and were taken to area hospital.
STATE AUDITOR SAYS CITY OF GREENVILLE HAS MADE PROGRESS ON INCREASING OVERSIGHT
State officials say that the City of Greenville is making changes to help prevent or quickly detect the loss or theft of city funds.
According to Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a previous audit of the city was initiated as a part of a law enforcement investigation and revealed more than $160,000 missing from city funds. The former city clerk, Pam Birmingham, now faces felony charges of stolen property and forgery.
A follow-up review released this week found that the city has taken steps to increase oversight of finances and is working to improve personnel policies and payroll processes.
Galloway says that in total, auditors identified 18 areas of concern to evaluate during the follow-up review. Nine recommendations were implemented.
For six other recommendations, progress has been made or recommendations were partially implemented. The recommendation for three findings had not been addressed, and no specific plans had been made to act on the recommendation.
The full audit is available at auditor.mo.gov.
$13,000 IN PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS MISSING FROM SOUTHEAST MISSOURI COUNTY
Over $10,000 in property tax payments are missing from a Southeast Missouri County.
According to Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, an audit of the Madison County Collector's Office, completed by the Public Corruption and Fraud Division, details how more than $13,000 went missing between January 2017 and October 2018.
The missing money represented 66 individual personal property and real estate tax payments. When taxpayers would pay their bill, the transaction was recorded and they were issued a receipt. However, the transaction was subsequently deleted from the system and the money was not deposited.
Galloway says that an additional $2,000 in deleted transactions are questionable. This includes three transactions for the former deputy collector's personal property taxes.
Local and state law enforcement continue to investigate, and Galloway has pledged continued cooperation from her Public Corruption and Fraud Division.
TWO WEEK ROAD PROJECT UNDERWAY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Route U in New Madrid County will be reduced with a 9-foot width restriction through the end of next week as contractor crews perform milling and paving repairs.
The section of roadway being reduced is located between Route 61 and Route WW.
Weather permitting, work will take place from 6 am to 8 pm daily through Friday, July 12th.