Monday November 5, 2018

BALLOT MEASURES TO BE DECIDED IN MISSOURI DURING TOMORROW’S ELECTION 

Here is a quick look at some of the numerous propositions and constitutional amendments voters in Missouri will be deciding on during Tuesday’s election.  

Amendment 1 would change the process and criteria for redrawing state legislative districts during reapportionment, establish a limit on gifts that state legislators, and their employees, can accept from paid lobbyists, and prohibit state legislators, and their employees, from serving as paid lobbyists for a period of time; among other things.  

Amendment 4 would remove language limiting bingo game advertising that a court ruled unenforceable along with altering who is allowed to participate in the management of bingo games.  

Proposition B would increase the state minimum wage to $8.60 per hour with an 85 cents per hour increase each year until 2023, when the state minimum wage would be $12.00 per hour.  

Proposition D would increasing the motor fuel tax by two and one half cents per gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019, exempt Special Olympic, Paralympic, and Olympic prizes from state taxes, and establish the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund.

Thursday November 1, 2018

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING FATAL SHOOTING IN MARSTON AREA 

Authorities in New Madrid County are investigating a fatal shooting.  

A woman was found dead Wednesday at a rest area off Interstate 55 in the Marston area. The woman’s name has not been released.  

The incident is under investigation and authorities are searching for a possible suspect.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

STUDENT FOUND IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM AT POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL

A teenager has been taken into custody after reportedly bringing a gun to a Poplar Bluff school.

Lieutenant Josh Stewart with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tells KWOC News that on Tuesday a 13 year old Poplar Bluff Junior High School student was found to be in possession of a firearm.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FROM THE POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT

Halloween is coming up tomorrow and Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley has some tips to help keep your child safe while trick or treating.

Chief Whiteley says parents should establish a route for children, making sure they stay within familiar areas and surroundings. An adult should accompany young children. Parents should also remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars, and to avoid homes without an outside light on.

Monday, October 29, 2018

SEVERAL FIREARMS STOLEN DURING BURGLARY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

Several firearms were stolen during a recent burglary in New Madrid County.

According to New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens, five guns were taken during the burglary and he is asking the public to be on the lookout in case someone makes an attempt to sell them.

Friday, October 26, 2018

TEENAGER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO WAYNE COUNTY SHOOTING DEATH

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, a teenager has been taken into custody in connection to a shooting death of another teenager in Wayne County.

According to authorities, the shooting occurred Wednesday and a 15 year old was arrested in connection to the 13 year old boy’s death.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT

Poplar Bluff residents will have a chance to safely dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs this weekend.

The Poplar Bluff Police Department will be holding a Drug Take Back event on Saturday, October 27th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Poplar Bluff Police Station

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

THREE CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO MALDEN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, charges have been filed against three people in a connection to a Malden homicide investigation.

According to the Malden Police Department, Malcomb McBride-Townsend and Jalen Dashawn Miller, of Malden, along with Jordan Paul Morgan, of Bernie, are all facing charges of murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree.

Monday October 22, 2018

AUTHORITIES IN POPLAR BLUFF ATTEMPTING TO FIND CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER 

Authorities in Poplar Bluff are attempting to find a convicted sex offender.  

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 41 year old Derrick Alexander, of Poplar Bluff, is a Tier 3 convicted sex offender who has moved from his registered address without reporting his new address to the Butler County Sheriff's Office. 

We have a picture of Alexander available on the KWOC Facebook page.  

Anyone who has information on Alexander’s whereabouts is asked to contact Captain David Sutton at 573-686-8649 or your local law enforcement agency.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

STUDENT DIAGNOSED WITH HEPATITIS A IN BUTLER COUNTY

Health officials in Butler County say that an area student has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

Officials with the Butler County Health Department tell KWOC News that a child, who attends Poplar Bluff Senior High, has been diagnosed with the virus and is receiving medical treatment from a health care provider.

Wednesday October 17, 2018

MISSOURI SENATOR DISCUSSES OPIOID EPIDEMIC DURING STOP IN POPLAR BLUFF 

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt was in Poplar Bluff Tuesday to discuss efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.  

Senator Blunt was a part of a roundtable discussion at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center to discuss the epidemic with medical professionals, law enforcement, and community leaders.   

Blunt recently announced that Missouri will receive $31.5 million in opioid grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. That includes $18.36 million in state opioid response grant funding, in addition to the $10 million grant Missouri received earlier this year.

Tuesday October 16, 2018

MULTIPLE COMMUNTIY FLU CLINICS SCHEDULED FOR THIS MONTH IN BUTLER COUNTY 

Multiple flu clinics have been scheduled for this month in Butler County.  

Officials with the Butler County Health Department say that it is important to remember to protect yourself, family members, and the community from spreading the flu virus. Preventative measures include washing your hands and receiving a flu vaccine. 

A flu clinic has been scheduled for October 24th from 1 to 4 pm at the Butler County Health Department. Additional clinics will be held later this month at the Health Department as well as at schools in the Poplar Bluff, Neelyville, and Twin Rivers School Districts.

Monday October 15, 2018

HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDING MOTORISTS TO LOOK OUT FOR DEER 

With fall upon us, Missouri officials are warning motorists to watch for deer.  

Colonel Eric T. Olsen, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, tells KWOC News that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists at this time of year.  

The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October and November each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Although deer strikes can occur at any time, most occur between the hours of 5 pm and 7 am. 

Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced over 4,000 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred almost every two hours in the state. In these crashes, there were seven fatalities and 400 people were injured.

Friday October 12, 2018

SUSPECT SOUGHT FOLLOWING PURSUIT IN KENNETT 

Authorities are trying to identify a suspect following a pursuit in Kennett.  

According to the Kennett Police Department, at around 2:30 am Wednesday morning, officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Floyd Street for an equipment violation. The vehicle failed to stop and officer’s initiated a brief vehicle pursuit. 

A short time later, the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. 

Officers were then unable to find the suspect. Officials say that the suspect has not been identified and the incident remains under investigation.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

MULTIPLE COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS SCHEDULED FOR THIS MONTH IN BUTLER COUNTY

Multiple flu clinics have been scheduled for this month in Butler County.

Officials with the Butler County Health Department say that it is important to remember to protect yourself, family members, and the community from spreading the flu virus. Preventative measures include washing your hands and receiving a flu vaccine.

Wednesday October 10, 2018

POPLAR BLUFF MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO MISSING TEENAGER FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing a felony charge in connection to a reported missing teenager out of Northeast Arkansas.  

According to authorities, 24 year old Keegan Bryce Tatsch has been arrested on a felony charge of Interference with Custody.  

A 16 year old girl from Jonesboro who had been reported missing was found at Tatsch’s home.  

Tatsch had reportedly been in contact with the girl and drove to Jonesboro to pick her up. She has been safely returned to her parents.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

TWO DEAD, THREE INJURED, IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

Two people have died following a wreck Monday morning in Northeast Arkansas.

Officials with the Arkansas State Police tell KWOC News that a vehicle, driven by 61 year old Robert Martin, of Thayer, crossed the center line of Highway 67 in Lawrence County and struck another vehicle head on.