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POPLAR BLUFF HOSPITAL COULD SOON BE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

The Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center could soon be under new ownership as a part of an almost $4 billion deal.

According to the Associated Press, Community Health Systems, out of Franklin, Tennessee, is planning on buying Health Management Associates Incorporated in a deal for about $3.9 billion, or $7.6 billion counting assumed debt.

Health Management Associates has 71 hospital locations, including the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

The report states that the deal has been approved by board members of both companies, but still needs to be approved by stockholders of Healthcare Management Associates, along with federal regulators.

ESCAPED INMATE KILLED IN CAR CRASH

A Jackson County, Arkansas jail escapee has been killed during a police pursuit in Missouri.

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas says Steven Mitchell died Tuesday afternoon after crashing the vehicle he was driving while trying to elude police in Mountain View, Missouri.

Lucas says police stopped a vehicle driven by Mitchell’s wife about noon Tuesday for speeding and when she was removed from the car, Mitchell got behind the wheel and drove away. He was spotted still driving the vehicle about three hours later and crashed while again trying to elude officers.

Lucas says Mitchell’s wife, Jessica Mitchell, is being held for helping in the escape.

FORMER NEW MADRID COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT OFFICE MANAGER ARRESTED

A former employee of the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department has been recently taken into custody.

According to a post on the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook Page, Deborah L. Cowan has been arrested on the charge of theft/stealing. The value of the property or service was reportedly over $25,000.

Cowan had been an office manager for the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years. She has a court appearance scheduled for August 8th.

PERSON SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO STABBING

Jonesboro authorities are searching for a suspect following a stabbing last night.

KAIT reports that the victim suffered serious injuries after being stabbed in the abdomen. Names have not released for the victim or the suspect.

MAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

Authorities arrested a Clubb man last night in Wayne County on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old Mark A. Tumbas was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

PAIR ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO REPORTED THEFT

Two Southeast Missouri residents are awaiting extradition to Arkansas in connection to an alleged theft.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, 38 year old Kenneth Dale Grady, of Hayti, and 38 year old Faith Hope Babcock, of Caruthersville, were arrested Tuesday morning in Missouri on outstanding warrants for felony theft of property.

The felony arrest warrants were issued after the Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into a theft that was reported on July 20th. The items stolen were valued collectively at approximately $20,000.

POSSIBLE PHONE SCAM REPORTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

Cape Girardeau Police are warning of a possible phone scam involving a caller who says they are a representative of Medicare.

The caller states that he needs the person’s social security number and bank account to verify account information. It has been reported that the subject will hang up when he is questioned about the nature of the call or if it is asked to speak to someone else.

Patrolman Darin Hickey says that everyone needs to remember to be diligent and cautious when giving out personal information over the phone and to make sure you know who you are talking to and make every attempt to verify that information.

LISTENING POST TOUR TO MAKE STOP IN DEXTER

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be stopping by Dexter tomorrow to hold a listening post meeting.

Listening Posts are intended for Missourians to share their questions and concerns with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

The staff members will be available at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Thursday.

LISTENING POST MEETING TOMORROW IN SIKESTON

Sikeston will be hosting a listening post meeting tomorrow featuring staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt.

The meeting will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 pm Thursday at Cole Insurance in Sikeston.

Listening Posts are intended for Missourians to share their questions and concerns during meetings with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing a Stoddard County road today to replace a culvert pipe.

Route CC in Stoddard County will be closed today, between Route A and County Road 754.

Work will take place from 9 am to 3 pm, weather permitting.

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POPLAR BLUFF HOSPITAL COULD SOON BE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

The Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center could soon be under new ownership as a part of an almost $4 billion deal.

According to the Associated Press, Community Health Systems, out of Franklin, Tennessee, is planning on buying Health Management Associates Incorporated in a deal for about $3.9 billion, or $7.6 billion counting assumed debt.

Health Management Associates has 71 hospital locations, including the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

The report states that the deal has been approved by board members of both companies, but still needs to be approved by stockholders of Healthcare Management Associates, along with federal regulators.

ESCAPED INMATE KILLED IN CAR CRASH

A Jackson County, Arkansas jail escapee has been killed during a police pursuit in Missouri.

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas says Steven Mitchell died Tuesday afternoon after crashing the vehicle he was driving while trying to elude police in Mountain View, Missouri.

Lucas says police stopped a vehicle driven by Mitchell’s wife about noon Tuesday for speeding and when she was removed from the car, Mitchell got behind the wheel and drove away. He was spotted still driving the vehicle about three hours later and crashed while again trying to elude officers.

Lucas says Mitchell’s wife, Jessica Mitchell, is being held for helping in the escape.

FORMER NEW MADRID COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT OFFICE MANAGER ARRESTED

A former employee of the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department has been recently taken into custody.

According to a post on the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook Page, Deborah L. Cowan has been arrested on the charge of theft/stealing. The value of the property or service was reportedly over $25,000.

Cowan had been an office manager for the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years. She has a court appearance scheduled for August 8th.

PERSON SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO STABBING

Jonesboro authorities are searching for a suspect following a stabbing last night.

KAIT reports that the victim suffered serious injuries after being stabbed in the abdomen. Names have not released for the victim or the suspect.

MAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

Authorities arrested a Clubb man last night in Wayne County on a felony drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old Mark A. Tumbas was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

PAIR ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO REPORTED THEFT

Two Southeast Missouri residents are awaiting extradition to Arkansas in connection to an alleged theft.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, 38 year old Kenneth Dale Grady, of Hayti, and 38 year old Faith Hope Babcock, of Caruthersville, were arrested Tuesday morning in Missouri on outstanding warrants for felony theft of property.

The felony arrest warrants were issued after the Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into a theft that was reported on July 20th. The items stolen were valued collectively at approximately $20,000.

POSSIBLE PHONE SCAM REPORTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

Cape Girardeau Police are warning of a possible phone scam involving a caller who says they are a representative of Medicare.

The caller states that he needs the person’s social security number and bank account to verify account information. It has been reported that the subject will hang up when he is questioned about the nature of the call or if it is asked to speak to someone else.

Patrolman Darin Hickey says that everyone needs to remember to be diligent and cautious when giving out personal information over the phone and to make sure you know who you are talking to and make every attempt to verify that information.

LISTENING POST TOUR TO MAKE STOP IN DEXTER

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be stopping by Dexter tomorrow to hold a listening post meeting.

Listening Posts are intended for Missourians to share their questions and concerns with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

The staff members will be available at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Thursday.

LISTENING POST MEETING TOMORROW IN SIKESTON

Sikeston will be hosting a listening post meeting tomorrow featuring staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt.

The meeting will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 pm Thursday at Cole Insurance in Sikeston.

Listening Posts are intended for Missourians to share their questions and concerns during meetings with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing a Stoddard County road today to replace a culvert pipe.

Route CC in Stoddard County will be closed today, between Route A and County Road 754.

Work will take place from 9 am to 3 pm, weather permitting.

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EX-CARTER COUNTY COLLECTOR ACCUSED OF THEFT

A former southeast Missouri county collector is facing felony charges of stealing.

Carter County prosecutor Rocky Kingree on Tuesday filed stealing charges against 39 year old Jennifer Clark-Williams, of Van Buren. She resigned as Carter County collector in October after authorities discovered that more than $5,000 was missing from county coffers.

Kingree says that when he took office in 2011 he found a 2009 state audit showing the missing money. He asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate.

Clark-Williams did not yet have a listed attorney.

TWO ESCAPE FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS DETENTION CENTER, ONE BACK IN CUSTODY

Authorities are searching for an inmate who went missing from a northeast Arkansas jail.

KAIT reports that 39 year old Steven Mitchell and 22 year old Steven William Reed were discovered missing from the Jackson County Detention Center early on Monday morning. Reed has since been found and taken back into custody.

According to the report, Mitchell should be considered dangerous and is awaiting trial for first degree battery.

CAPE GIRARDEAU POLICE LOOKING FOR FLAG THIEF

Authorities in Cape Girardeau are looking for a man who is accused of stealing an American Flag from an area residence.

According to Patrolman Darin Hickey, the theft occurred at around 1:30 am on Tuesday, July 16th from a residence near North Lorimer and Bellvue.

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

A picture of the alleged suspect is available on our Facebook page.

OVER 30 ARRESTED AS PART OF WEEKEND MARINE SATURATION

Over 30 people were arrested Saturday in connection to a Marine Operations Saturation on Black River in Reynolds County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 of the arrests were for misdemeanor drugs. Four were misdemeanor criminal arrests, and there was one felony drug arrest.

In addition, there were 19 summonses issued for minor in possession.

MEDICAID REFORM GROUP TO HOLD HEARING TOMORROW IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

A group focusing on Medicaid reform is planning a meeting in Kennett tomorrow.

The Citizens and Legislators Working Group on Medicaid Eligibility and Reform will hold its fourth in a series of public hearings tomorrow at 9 am at the Bootheel Area Independent Living Services Center in Kennett.

Missouri Representative Noel Torpey, who chairs the working group, and Representative Kent Hampton, who serves as vice chair, say the group’s goal is to bring together private citizens from all walks of life to engage in a productive discussion meant to generate ideas to transform Missouri’s Medicaid system into one that capably serves the state’s most vulnerable citizens

The Bootheel Area Independent Living Services Center is located at 719 Teaco Road in Kennett.

REGISTRATION EVENT FOR THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO BE HELD AT CLEARWATER HIGH SCHOOL

The Three Rivers College Center at Piedmont will be holding a registration event next week to help area residents get registered for classes.

The event will be held at Clearwater High School from 4 to 6 pm on Thursday, August 8th. Prospective students attending the event can register for classes offered at any of the college’s locations, as well as those offered at the Piedmont site, or online.

Fall classes begin on August 19th.

$45 MILLION TO BE INVESTED IN NEW MADRID PLANT

Almost 30 new jobs could be on the way to New Madrid as a part of the expansion of an area smelter.

Governor Jay Nixon announced last week that the expansion is due to a $45 million capital investment by Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation. The project will significantly expand the footprint of the smelter in New Madrid and is expected to create 29 new jobs.

PARAMOUNT APPAREL TO EXPAND TO ELLINGTON

A job fair is coming up today for possible positions at a new facility in Ellington.

According to the Ellington Chamber of Commerce, Paramount Apparel recently announced that Ellington was chosen as the site for a new manufacturing facility.

The company has leased a building located near the intersection of Highway 21 and Y Highway in Ellington for the expansion.

A job fair will be held today at the location for the purpose of accepting applications, interviewing prospective employees and potentially offering jobs in anticipation of an August 12th startup date. The job fair will run from 4 to 7 pm.

OLD TIME SCHOOL DAY TOMORROW AT ALLEY SPRING

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is hosting a blast to the past for area students tomorrow.

A free Old Time School Day is being held tomorrow 9:30 am until noon at the Alley Spring pavilion. The event will include traditional daily school activities, spelling bees, chalk board games, and other old time games, such as stilt walking, sack races and barrel ring rolling.

To register, or for additional information, call the Alley Spring Visitor Center at 573-226-3945 and ask for Ranger Sarah Morris.

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN WAYNE COUNTY

Highway 143 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section of road to be reduced is located between Sam A. Baker Park and the Des Arc City Limits.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 7 am to 5 pm.

HIGHWAY 25 SET TO BE REDUCED THIS WEEK IN STODDARD COUNTY

Highway 25 in Stoddard County is scheduled to be reduced to one lane this week so crews can mill the roadway.

The project is scheduled to be done from 5:30 am to 5 pm daily through Thursday.

GOVERNOR TELLS LEGISLATORS TO NOT ENDANGER MISSOURI’S CREDIT RATING

Governor Jay Nixon is pointing to Missouri’s credit rating in defending his veto of tax cutting legislation.

Nixon sent lawmakers a letter Monday that said enacting the tax cuts could jeopardize Missouri’s AAA-credit rating. Nixon says credit rating agencies noted the legislation in reports this month.

The legislation would cut tax rates for individuals and corporations and create a new deduction for business income reported on individual tax returns. When fully phased in, it has the potential to reduce state tax revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars.

However, some of the tax cuts depend upon continued growth in state revenues.

SENATE PANEL REVIEWS MISSOURI CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT NEEDS

A report says that state-owned buildings in Missouri have about 20,000 things that need repairs.

The figures from the Office of Administration were reviewed Monday by an interim state Senate committee studying the state’s construction needs.

The report says completing all the repairs would cost about $662 million.

As part of Monday’s meeting, the Senate committee toured the headquarters of the Department of Natural Resources and the former Missouri State Penitentiary, both in Jefferson City.

The prison closed in 2004. A new federal courthouse sits on part of the land, and tours take visitors through some of the remaining buildings at the old prison.

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REMAINS FOUND IN SEPTIC TANK IDENTIFIED AS MISSING CAPE MAN

Human remains found last week in a St. Francois County septic tank have been identified as those of a Cape Girardeau man.

Authorities say the remains of 38 year old Sam Francis, of Cape Girardeau, were discovered Thursday in the tank of an unoccupied property and that the case is being treated as a homicide. A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Francis had been missing since December 2012.

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WOMAN DIES IN ATV CRASH

A northeast Arkansas woman has been fatally injured in a weekend ATV crash.

The Arkansas State Police report that 28 year old Sara Michelle Croom, of Cave City, Arkansas was driving the ATV west on Highway 58 Saturday night, when she lost control and overturned into a ditch.

Investigators say three other people were on the ATV at the time of the crash.

PARAGOULD MAN DROWNS IN CURRENT RIVER

A Paragould man has drown after a weekend canoeing accident on Current River.

According to authorities, 57 year old Stephen T. Hill was canoeing with another person yesterday morning, when they hit a root wad and overturned. The second person was able to swim to shore.

The accident happened about five miles north of Doniphan.

SCOTT CITY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE CHASE INTO ILLINOIS

A Scott City woman has been arrested after leading police on a chase from Missouri into Illinois that resulted in two car crashes.

According to authorities, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Sikeston, when the driver of the vehicle, 47 year old Sherry Jane Nolan fled. They say Nolan led officers on a chase on Interstate 57 into Illinois. During the pursuit, Nolan’s vehicle struck another vehicle, but continued to flee. She then struck another vehicle, lost control and spun into the interstate median.

Nolan has been charged with aggravated DUI and possession of marijuana. Other charges are pending from several counties in both Missouri and Illinois.

TWO AREA RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METH PRECURSORS

Two Southeast Missouri residents face drug charges after their arrest by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Saturday.

49 year old Jeffrey S. Pruitt, of Poplar Bluff, and 33 year old Stacy J. Coffee, of Bloomfield, were taken into custody Saturday afternoon in Stoddard County.

According to a Patrol arrest report, Pruitt faces charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia and additional traffic charges.

Coffee has been charged with possession of methamphetamine precursors, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

THREE ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

Three out of state residents have been taken into custody on drug charges in Pemiscot County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Jessy D. Suttle and 30 year old Aaron M. Smith, both of Evansville, Indiana and 30 year old Richard W. Robb, of Wesley Chapel, Florida were arrested Friday night, shortly before midnight. Each has been charged with felony drug trafficking.

WOMAN SUES OVER HANDCUFFED SON’S DEATH IN JONESBORO

The mother of a young man who police say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lawyers for Chavis Carter’s mother, Teresa Rudd, filed the lawsuit on Friday in federal court in Jonesboro.

The lawsuit seeks damages for medical expenses and loss of life. It comes a year after Carter’s death and names the city of Jonesboro, its police chief and two officers as defendants.

Police in Jonesboro have faced criticism since they said officers searched Carter twice but didn’t find a gun before they noticed him slumped over and bleeding in a patrol car on July 28, 2012.

An autopsy said Carter shot himself in the head while he was under the influence of meth.

NEW MADRID COUNTY DRIVERS MAY SEE DELAYS DUE TO ROAD REPAIR PROJECTS

Drivers in New Madrid County may see delays this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews work on two separate repair projects.

The first affected section of roadway is Route 162, between Route B south and Route B. Crews will be closing the road to replace a pipe under the road today and tomorrow, from 7:30 am to 5 pm each day.

In addition, Route 62 will be reduced to one lane between Route 153 and County Road 535, so crews can perform shoulder repairs. Work is scheduled to be performed today and tomorrow, from 7 am to 4 pm each day.

MISSOURI TREASURER WARNS OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY SCAM

Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is warning of a scam email about unclaimed property.

The state treasurer says the email claims recipients are owed millions of dollars through the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. The email states an audit found the property. It seeks the recipient’s name, email address and phone number.

Zweifel says his office does not charge to return unclaimed property and that anyone with questions about the legitimacy of an email should contact his office. He urged Missourians to forward suspicious emails to his office.

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators is real – but it does not notify individuals of unclaimed property.

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WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR DEALING SYNTHETIC DRUGS

An employee of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested after it was discovered she was selling synthetic drugs.

According to Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch, Krista McAllister had been working as a dispatcher with the department for about two months.

Finch says an investigation led officers to search the home McAllister shared with her roommate, Tonya McKinney. During the search, investigators found dozens of baggies of synthetic marijuana. McAllister and McKinney were both arrested.

The investigation also revealed that McAllister used information she obtained through her job as dispatcher to warn another synthetic drug dealer that deputies were headed to his house for a bust. Sheriff Finch says they were able to arrest the third dealer, despite her attempt to warn him.

MAN IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO THREE YEAR OLD’S SUSPICIOUS INJURIES

A Sikeston man has been arrested in connection to the suspicious injuries of a three year old child.

24 year old Clinton David Burton was taken into custody on charges of felony abuse or neglect of a child and misdemeanor possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, authorities were initially requested to the St Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau in reference to a suspicious injury to the arm of a three year old child. Walter did not release what the injury was.

ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

An investigation has been started in Dunklin County into a reported armed robbery.

Authorities say two black males allegedly entered a rural Kennett home and took money from the residents early Thursday morning. A victim told authorities that one of the men had a gun.

The incident occurred at around 1 am Thursday morning.

MAN SENTENCED IN SHOOTING CASE

A Marble Hill man has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection to a shooting in Bollinger County.

Robert Keller Morgan received the sentence on a charge of resisting or interfering with a felony arrest according to the Banner Press. The charge was in connection to the shooting of Robert’s wife, Nicole Morgan in March. Nicole survived the incident.

Robert Morgan’s father, Robert Edward Morgan is set to be sentenced on assault charges in connection to the case on August 1st.

LISTENING POST MEETING TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK IN IRONTON

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Ironton next week to talk with area citizens.

The meeting is a part of the Senator’s Listening Posts, which are intended for Missourians to share their questions and concerns with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

The Listening Post will be held at the Iron County Courthouse from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday, July 30th.

MATERIALS FROM MODOT MEETING AVAILABLE ONLINE

Officials from the Missouri Department of Transportation have posted materials online from the meeting held in Poplar Bluff on Tuesday.

The briefing discussed intersection improvements at Route PP and Township Line Road. The meeting also covered safety improvements to the Highway 67 crossover at Township Line Road.

An online meeting, including the meeting handout and an opportunity to comment, is available online at MoDOT.org.

Link: http://www.modot.org/southeast/news_and_information/public_meetings/RoutePPandTownship_PB_July2013.htm

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE EVENTS

Three Rivers College will be showcasing itself to area communities in a series of open house events next month.

The Three Rivers Centers in Kennett, Malden, and Dexter will be holding Open Houses on Tuesday, August 6th from 2 to 6 pm. The main campus in Poplar Bluff will follow with its own Open House on Thursday, August 8th, also from 2 to 6 pm.

All open house events will give prospective students the opportunity to apply for admission at Three Rivers, receive help with financial aid applications, and learn about the process of registering for classes.

SEMO CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE IN MISSOURI COMPLETION ACADEMY

Southeast Missouri State University is participating in an effort to boost the rate of students completing degrees.

The Cape Girardeau school says it has been picked to participate in the Missouri Completion Academy. Participants at the 2-day event this September will get help with things like reducing the length of time to complete a degree and improving remedial education.

Southeast Missouri State University and other schools participating in the program will complete a written action plan. They’ll also get a chance to discuss progress implementing their action plans.

ASU SELLING PROPERTY IN SOUTHERN JONESBORO

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has agreed to sell property in Jonesboro known as the Arkansas Services Center.

The board agreed to the sale to Jonesboro City Water & Light – which bid $1.1 million for the property in the southern part of the city. The property includes nearly 40 acres and has been vacant for several months.

It was not immediately known how much of the proceeds ASU will receive from the sale.

STATE SALES TAX HOLIDAY BEGINS NEXT WEEK

The Missouri Back to School sales tax holiday begins on August 2nd.

If you make a qualified purchase during the holiday, from August 2nd through August 4th, you will not have to pay Missouri’s sales tax. In general, qualified items include clothing less than $100, school supplies not exceeding a total of $50 per purchase, and all computers and computer accessories less than $3,500.

City and County governments can also choose to suspend their sales taxes for the weekend.

Link: http://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/
 

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ARKANSAS MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON KIDNAPPING CHARGE

An Arkansas man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a kidnapping charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old Curtiss L. Dean, of Pocahontas, was arrested shortly after 3 pm yesterday in Butler County on a charge of felony kidnapping.

Further details about the case were not available.

IRONTON MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that one man was killed Wednesday night in a single vehicle wreck in St. Francois County.

34 year old Jason R. Holbert, of Ironton was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck near Highway 221, after the Polaris RZR he was a passenger on left the highway, hit a utility pole, and overturned.

The driver of the vehicle, 35 year old Benjamin Nounce, of Farmington, suffered serious injuries and was taken by Air Evac to Barnes Jewish Hospital.

ELLSINORE MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND ARSON

An Ellsinore man is facing charges of burglary and arson.

According to Missouri Case Net, Richard Lee Kearbey has been charged with three counts of second degree arson, along with a single count of receiving stolen property and first degree burglary.

Kearbey’s arraignment has been scheduled for July 30th.

THREE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN SCOTT COUNTY

Scott County authorities say three people have been taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 25 year old Kalub Cork and Carla Hays, of Benton, and 20 year old Owen Watkins, of Bell City, were arrested.

Deputies reportedly found a two and a half foot tall marijuana plant, along with numerous items indicating the manufacture of methamphetamine during the search of a residence near Benton on July 23rd.

MAN FACING CHARGES FOLLOWING ALLEGED ABDUCTION

Authorities have arrested a Park Hills man following an alleged abduction on Tuesday.

34 year old David W. Huddleston, is facing charges after he allegedly abducted a one year old girl Tuesday morning. The girl was recovered safe later in the day.

Charges for Huddleston reportedly include child kidnapping, leaving the scene of an accident, and third degree domestic assault.

NO INJURIES REPORTED FOLLOWING PLANE ACCIDENT IN PARAGOULD

There were no reported injuries following a small plane accident yesterday in Northeast Arkansas.

According to KAIT, a plane had landed with its gear up at the Paragould airport. No information was available on what caused the accident.

ANNUAL DUCK BLIND REGISTRATION AT LAKE WAPPAPELLO TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake will be holding the annual duck blind registration and drawing on August 17th, at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitors’ Center.

The registration for a duck blind is $15, and applicants must bring cash, a personal check or money order.

Anyone who wants to place a floating blind must register by 1 pm. Those who cannot attend the drawing, but still want to register a duck blind, should contact the Natural Resources Management Department at 573-222-8562.

GROUNDBREAKING TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH ON NEW THREE RIVERS EASTERN CAMPUS

A date has been set for the groundbreaking of a new Three Rivers College campus in Sikeston.

The groundbreaking will be held at the intersection of Highways 60 and 61 in Sikeston on Thursday, August 15th. The ceremony will begin at 10 am and is open to the public.

The new eastern campus will include classrooms, a computer lab, science labs, nursing education facilities, and an exhibit hall/auditorium.

HIGHWAY 51 TO BE CLOSED AGAIN TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be closing another section of Highway 51 today to replace culvert pipes underneath the roadway.

Highway 51 in Butler County will be closed today from 8 am to 4 pm between County Roads 628 and 632.

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OFFICER INVOLVED IN SHOOTING IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Jonesboro police say an officer investigating alleged drug activity has shot and wounded a man at an apartment complex.

Police say the officer shot the man in the hand about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and that Arkansas State Police have been asked to investigate.

The names of the officer and man and other details of the shooting were not immediately released.

THREE INJURED IN CAR CRASH INVOLVING TRAIN

Three people were injured Monday evening after their vehicle was hit by a train in Iron County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the vehicle was driven by a 16 year old boy from Des Arc. The boy had tried to cross over the railroad tracks on a private road and reportedly travelled into the path of the train.

The driver and another 16 year old boy in the vehicle suffered moderate injuries, while a six year old boy had minor injuries.

AREA BANK WARNS OF FRAUDULENT TEXT MESSAGES

An area bank is warning consumers of a fraudulent text message that has been reported.

According to Montgomery Bank, the text asks for attention regarding your debit card. When you call the number, it will ask you to enter your card number. A release by the bank says that this is not a legitimate text message and that you should not enter any information.

Anyone who has questions or concerns can call 800-455-2275

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY TOUCHING YOUNG GIRL INAPPROPRIATELY

A man was taken into custody Sunday on a sex related charge.

According to KAIT, 32 year old Jason Sanders, of Jonesboro, was arrested on a charge of raping a young girl. The incident reportedly occurred Friday night.

The eight year old child told her mother about the alleged incident. She was then taken to a local hospital and hospital staff contacted police.

MISSING CHILDREN FOUND IN WAYNE COUNTY

Two children that had gone missing were found last night in Wayne County.

According to KFVS, authorities found the two and four year old children that were missing in the Patterson area. Police and firefighters along with K-9 units were involved in the search.

EAST PRAIRIE WOMAN FACING ASSAULT CHARGES

An East Prairie woman is facing multiple assault charges following an incident last week.

According to authorities, 39 year old Diana K. Bryars allegedly used a steel pipe and a crowbar to damage a farm truck and while breaking a window she also hit the driver of the truck in the face with the crowbar. She had also reportedly rammed into the truck with her vehicle.

Bryars has been charged with first degree domestic assault, first degree assault and for causing property damage to a vehicle.

ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HOLDS STEADY

Arkansas’ unemployment rate for June remained unchanged from the month before at 7.3 percent.

The Department of Workforce Services said Friday that there was a slight decline in the number of employed people but not enough to move from the 7.3 percent figure.

The national unemployment rate also remained steady for the month at 7.6 percent.

A year ago, the Arkansas unemployment rate was also 7.3 percent, though the national rate for June 2012 was 8.2 percent.

MEETING TO BE HELD TO DISCUSS UPCOMING POPLAR BLUFF ROAD PROJECTS

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be holding a community briefing today to discuss upcoming road projects in Poplar Bluff.

The briefing will discuss intersection improvements at Route PP and Township Line Road as well as safety improvements to the Highway 67 crossover at Township Line Road. Visitors can attend the briefing at anytime between 4 and 6 pm today at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce on West Pine Street.

HIGHWAY 51 TO BE CLOSED TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

Highway 51 in Butler County will be closed today so crews can replace a culvert pipe.

Weather permitting, Highway 51 will be closed today from 8 am to 4 pm between County Road 639 and Route AA.

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE DELAYS TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

A New Madrid County road will be closed today so crews can replace a pipe.

Highway 162 will be closed from 7:30 am to 5 pm for the replacement, weather permitting. The work zone will be located from County Road 363 to County Road 274.