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Stolen Firearms Recovered in Sikeston After Chase

Sikeston Police recovered multiple stolen firearms on Tuesday after a foot chase with a suspect. Anthony Price led police on a foot chase near a home on Fuchs Street and during the chase threw down a camo gun case. Authorities recovered the gun case which contained a stolen firearm and then located additional stolen firearms and accessories after gaining permission to search the home. Price was arrested and has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, stealing a firearm and resisting arrest. 

East Prairie Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

An East Prairie woman is in jail after police observed her delivering methamphetamine to a residence near a school. Authorities received information that Jessica Ann Groves would be delivering the drugs to the residence and set up surveillance in the area. After witnessing the delivery police pulled Groves over and placed her under arrest. Groves has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance near a protected place which is a felony. 

Carbondale to Host Forums on Solar Eclipse

The City of Carbondale will be hosting two forums for area businesses ahead of the August total solar eclipse. The city is teaming with Carbondale Tourism, Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce to discuss multiple topics that will affect businesses during the weekend event. The two forums will be held Monday, March 27th and Thursday, March 30th from 2 to 3:30 pm. More information can be found by contacting Carbondale Tourism at 618-529-4451. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner Seeks to Replace Guards with Cameras

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in prison watchtowers with security cameras. It's an effort to cut down on overtime costs for the cash-strapped state. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson says officials expect to save $4 million annually. She says no security officers will be laid off. Rauner spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis says savings will come from reduced overtime and "more efficient management." An official with the union that represents corrections workers says officials have discussed new technology. He says the union remains concerned about safety for staff, inmates and the public. Cameras would be installed at 23 state minimum- and medium-security prisons.

Drug Investigation Underway in Portageville

An investigation is underway in Portageville, MO after authorities executed a search warrant on a home on Tuesday. During the search of the home on Payve Avenue authorities located marijuana and items used to sell and distribute the drug. Currently there have been no arrests made or charges filed and the investigation is ongoing. 

Autopsies Reveal Cause of Death in Advance House Fire

The cause of death of two Advance residents who died in a house fire on Monday have been released. Autopsies conducted on Herscheal Stephens and Andrea Carlisle show the two died from carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from smoke inhalation. On Monday morning a volunteer firefighter called in a fire at a home on the 700 block of West Gabriel Street and after extinguishing the fire the bodies of the two deceased were found. The state Fire Marshal investigated the cause of the fire and determined it was not suspicious. 

Driver Exam Station in Ironton Relocated

Beginning today residents in Ironton will have a new location for drivers license testing. Captain Jeffrey Vitale of the Missouri State Highway Patrol announced that the Driver Examination Station in Ironton will now be located at the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation District Office. The office will host testing on the 2nd and 4th Thursday’s of the month from 10:30 am to 4 pm with motorcycle skills tests being offered at 1 pm if the pavement is dry. The office is located at 123 West Wayne in Ironton, MO. 

Suspect In Armed Bank Robbery Pleads Not Guilty

One of the suspects involved in the attempted armed robbery of a Cairo bank in 2014 pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding and abetting on Tuesday. Otha Watkins is facing charges of aiding and abetting James Watts in the attempted armed robbery that resulted in the death of two bank employees. Watkins is in custody in connection to another crime and will be back in court May 17th for a pretrial. A third person involved in the case, Sharita Tipler, was released on her own recognizance but was given multiple conditions including wearing a location monitor and avoiding contact with people involved in the case. Tipler is due back for her final pre-trial on May 3rd.

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