MAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO WEEKEND SHOOTING
Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, a Ripley County man is facing multiple charges in connection to a shooting over the weekend.
According to authorities, 33 year old Joshua Blackshear allegedly shot his wife in the hand on Sunday at a convenience store in Ripley County.
Blackshear later got into a pursuit with authorities during which he slammed into a police vehicle and was eventually apprehended in a pond.
Blackshear is facing multiple charges including unlawful use of a firearm, second degree assault, first degree kidnapping, and armed criminal action, among others.
He was held at the Wayne County Jail.
FORMER POPLAR BLUFF CITIZEN OF THE YEAR RUTH HOLLOWAY PASSES AWAY
A former recipient of the Poplar Bluff Citizen of the Year award has passed away.
Ruth Holloway died on Saturday in Jonesboro at the age of 95.
In addition to the Poplar Bluff citizen of the year award she had also previously received the Woman of the Year award in Corning.
A memorial service will be held today at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro.
SIKESTON MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND STEALING WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County say that an area man has been taken into custody on a stealing warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 38 year old Zachariah Harris, of Sikeston, was recently booked on a warrant for stealing, possession of controlled substance, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Officials say that Harris remained in custody as of this morning and no bond has been set.
AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO HOST BREAKFAST FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ON WEDNESDAY
An area school will be holding a special event this week for first responders.
The Fisk Elementary and Middle School will be hosting their 4th Annual breakfast and assembly for all area first responders on Wednesday.
The breakfast will begin at 7:30 am in the Fisk School Library, with the assembly following at 8 am in the Fisk School Gym.
INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO BE HELD THIS WEEK FOR POPLAR BLUFF 8TH GRADE DC TRIP
A meeting has been scheduled for later this week to inform Poplar Bluff parents about the eighth grade class trip to Washington, D.C. next summer.
The meeting will be held in the Poplar Bluff Junior High gymnasium at 6 pm on Wednesday.
Officials say a video will be shown that will detail the itinerary of the optional field trip, and will also outline fundraising activities to help offset travel costs for students.
The educational tour is scheduled to take place from May 26th through May 30th.
MOTORISTS AND FARMERS URGED TO STAY ALERT ON ROADWAYS
Many area farmers will soon be starting or are already in the process of harvesting their crops and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be prepared for heavier farm machinery traffic, especially on rural highways.
When you come up behind a tractor or other farm machinery, remember to slow down and be patient. Wait to pass until you have a clear view of the road ahead and there is no oncoming traffic. Never pass on a hill or curve.
Officials say that collisions commonly occur when a motorist tries to pass a left-turning farm vehicle. A tractor that appears to be pulling to the right side of the road to let motorists pass, instead may be preparing to make a wide left turn. Be sure to watch the farmer’s hand and light signals closely.
According to the Highway Patrol, in 2018 there were a total of 186 traffic crashes in Missouri involving farm equipment. In those crashes seven people were killed and 66 were injured.