GAYLOR WAIVES ARRAIGNMENT ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff man who was arrested earlier this week after a child suffered multiple injuries appeared in court yesterday.
According to Missouri Case net, 27 year old Damien Gaylor is facing six counts of abuse or neglect of a child. One of the counts stems from the arrest earlier this week, while the other five were from incidents that allegedly occurred in 2017.
According to Poplar Bluff Police, earlier this week Gaylor admitted to throwing a six year old child, causing her to land on the corner of a couch and pushing her down, causing her to strike her head against a stove.
The child was treated for a brain bleed, collapsed lung, broken ribs, and bruising all over her body.
Gaylor appeared before Judge John Bloodworth on Thursday. He waived arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty.
Gaylor is scheduled to appear in court again on January 18th for a counsel status hearing.
TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN STODDARD COUNTY WRECK
Two Puxico residents were seriously injured Wednesday in a single vehicle wreck.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Aaron Rohan was driving on Route H in Stoddard County Wednesday night when his vehicle ran off of the side of the road and hit an embankment.
The vehicle then became airborne and struck a ditch.
Both Rohan and a 36 year old female passenger suffered serious injuries in the wreck and have been flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital.
OVER 10,000 DEER HARVESTED DURING ALTERNATIVE-METHODS PORTION OF FALL FIREARMS DEER SEASON
Over 10,000 deer were harvested during the alternative-methods portion of the fall firearms deer season.
According to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation, deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,025 deer during the portion of the season, which ran from December 23rd to January 2nd.
The total number was down almost 600 deer from last year’s total.
The top harvest county was Howell with 249 deer harvested, followed by Franklin and Oregon counties.
TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO METH ARREST IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A traffic stop lead to a meth arrest earlier this week in Greene County, Arkansas.
Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells KWOC News that a deputy conducted the stop Wednesday night for fictitious tags. During the stop, the deputy found 1.2 ounces of crystal methamphetamine in the possession of Kolleena Qualls.
Carter says that Qualls was arrested for possession of crystal methamphetamine with purpose to deliver.
CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR MULTIPLE ROAD PROJECTS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded multiple contracts for projects in Southeast Missouri during its regular meeting on Thursday.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, contracts were awarded for pavement improvements to Routes FF, W, and V in Butler County, Routes 25 and J in Stoddard County, Routes Y and U in Ripley County, and Routes 172 and W in Wayne County among others.
Additional information about the projects, including timelines and impacts to traffic, will be released prior to the start of construction.
AREA RESIDENTS WARNED TO STAY OFF OF FROZEN PONDS OR BODIES OF WATER
A local Police director is reminding area residents about the dangers of frozen ponds and bodies of water.
Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Mike Williams tells KWOC News he is urging people to stay safe by staying off frozen city ponds or bodies of water.
Williams says that most ponds or lakes have a shelving slope before they drop off into deeper water and it is extremely dangerous if people venture on to the ice not knowing how deep the water is below them and particularly how thick or, in most cases, how thin the ice is they are standing on.
We have tips for what to do if you see someone fall through the ice or if you yourself fall through ice:
•Shout for assistance and send for the emergency services by calling 911.
•Stay off the ice
•Shout to the person to keep still and not to panic
•Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, a tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else that extends your reach
•When reaching for the bank, lie down to avoid being pulled onto the ice
•If you cannot reach them, slide something that floats like a rescue buoy across the ice for them to hold on to stay afloat
•If the casualty is out of reach, wait for the emergency services while calming and reassuring them
After the victim has been rescued from the ice:
•Make sure the ambulance is on its way and that you have called 911because hypothermia can set in quickly.
•Lay them flat, check their breathing and pulse and begin resuscitation if necessary
•Prevent them from getting colder by putting them in a sleeping bag or covering them including their head, with blankets or spare clothing
•Get them under shelter out of the cold
•Until the casualty is in a warm place do not undress them
•Do not rub their skin or apply hot water
•Keep them wrapped up so that they warm up gradually
If you fall through the ice:
•Keep calm and call for help
•If no help is available spread your arms across the surface of the ice
•If the ice is strong enough kick your legs and slide onto the ice
•Lie flat and pull yourself to the bank
•If the ice is very thin, break it in front of you and make your way to the shore
•If you cannot climb out, wait for help keeping as still as possible
•Press your arms by your side and keep your legs together
•Once you are safe, go to hospital immediately for a checkup.