RIVER RADIO NEWS 083013

RIVER RADIO NEWS 083013

HAYTI MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

A single vehicle wreck in Pemiscot County has claimed the life of a Hayti man.

56 year old John L. Williams was ejected from his vehicle after running off a county road and overturning last night. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries. According to the Highway Patrol, Williams was not wearing a safety device.

TEEN ARRESTED IN DEATH OF 11 YEAR OLD GIRL

An arrest has been made in the death of 11 year old Jessica Williams.

17 year old Christopher Sowell, of Gosnell, was arrested Wednesday night and is facing a charge of 1st degree murder.

Sowell reportedly admitted to killing Williams to authorities.

FIVE INJURED IN THREE VEHICLE WRECK

Five people were injured last night in a three vehicle wreck in Ripley County.

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 58 year old Thelma Nance of Naylor allegedly crossed the center line of Highway 142 and hit another vehicle head on. A third vehicle then hit Nance’s vehicle in the rear.

Nance and another driver, 27 year old Amber Winters, of Oxly, suffered serious injuries. Three passengers in Winter’s vehicle were injured, as well.

PARENTS WARNED OF SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE IN PARAGOULD AREA

Paragould authorities are warning area parents to be on the lookout for a suspicious vehicle.

On Thursday, Greene County Tech School Resource Officer Tony Harris notified the police department about a gray van with a red stripe that had stopped at a residence on Carriage Hills Drive while the children were waiting to catch the bus.

The children at the residence went into the house when the van pulled into their driveway. One child told school officials that it looked like the man driving was going to get out of the van, but backed up and drove away when the children went into the house.

The child told the school that the van was still in the area when she was on the bus. Paragould police want parents to speak with their children and advise them of what to do if a similar incident occurs. Parents are also advised to watch for any strange activity while their children are outside.

GRANT AWARDED TO POPLAR BLUFF MUNICIPAL LIBRARY

The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library district will be getting some new hardware thanks to a technology grant.

According to Secretary of State Jason Kander, the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library district has been approved for a grant for just under $13,000 to replace eleven outdated laptops in its computer lab.

The grant is funded by the Library Services and Technology act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

WOMEN AWARE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 21ST

The keynote speaker has been announced for this year’s Women Aware conference.

The keynote speaker will be Liz Murray, an inspiration speaker who is known for being accepted into Harvard University despite being homeless in high school.

The 26th annual Women Aware conference will be held on Saturday, September 21st at the Black River Coliseum. There will be 28 breakout session and 70 exhibits during the daylong conference.

For more information, call 573-778-1804 or go online to www.womenawareinc.com. The Registration fee is $40 if you register by September 1st.

LAND DONATED FOR NEW THREE RIVERS ENTRANCE

Three acres have been donated for a new main entrance to Three Rivers College.

The college officially accepted the donation from Dr. Richard Camp Wednesday night at a Board of Trustees meeting.

The land will be used for a road connecting the college’s Poplar Bluff Campus to Shelby Road. The road will be built in partnership with the City of Poplar Bluff with funds from the Poplar Bluff Regional Transportation District.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in December, with completion anticipated by next summer.

LAWSUIT FILED OVER COURT FEES

Officials of several local governments in Missouri have filed a lawsuit over a court fee that goes into a retirement fund for sheriffs.

Missouri lawmakers created the retirement fund and the $3 surcharge in 1983. The lawsuit states that municipal courts were told this summer that they, too, would have to begin levying the surcharge.

The lawsuit asserts that applying the surcharge to municipal courts violates portions of the Missouri Constitution on access to courts and unfunded mandates.

TIPS TO STAY SAFE ON THE WATER THIS WEEKEND

Labor Day weekend has arrived and the Army Corps of Engineers is urging everyone to stay safe on the water.

According to the Corps of Engineers, nearly 90 percent of drownings at Corps managed lakes this year could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a life jacket.

Life Jackets Loaner Stations are available at Wappapello Lake and Clearwater Lake. The Corps is also recommending people avoid alcohol while on the water.

A list of safety tips is available on our Facebook page.

SPECIAL SESSION WANTED TO DISCUSS TAX CUT VETO

The lead sponsor of a Missouri income tax cut wants Governor Jay Nixon to call a special session so lawmakers can address some of the governor’s concerns about the bill.

Republican House member T. J. Berry said Thursday that he wants Nixon to call a special session to run concurrently with the veto session scheduled to start September 11th.

Nixon vetoed 29 bills this year, including Berry’s bill cutting income taxes. Republican legislative leaders hope to override the veto.

Berry says a special session would allow lawmakers to pass a new tax cut measure fixing three of the concerns cited by Nixon. Berry says lawmakers could clarify that none of the tax cuts apply retroactively and remove sections imposing state sales taxes on prescription drugs and textbooks.

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DEXTER MAN ACCUSED OF EXPOSING POTENTIALLY OVER 300 PEOPLE TO HIV

A Dexter man is in custody after allegedly exposing at least 300 people to HIV.

According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, David Mangum has been charged with recklessly exposing another individual to HIV.

Oliver says that this is a serious concern due to the initial exposure group containing 300 or more individuals over an extended period of time, each of which could have had multiple sexual partners as well.

According to the Probable Cause affidavit, 50 to 60 of those individuals exposed to HIV reside in the immediate area of Stoddard County, however many of the potential victims have not been identified.

The official complaint says that Mangum admitted to authorities that he never disclosed he had HIV to any of his sexual partners in Stoddard County.

Oliver says that anyone who has participated in any sex act with an unknown male who they met via “Craigslist- Men seeking Men” should take immediate precautions, cease all sexual activity, go to your local health department and get tested.

Anyone who believes they or their partners could be infected should get tested as well.

11 YEAR OLD GIRL FOUND DEAD IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas have found the body of a girl who was reported missing Tuesday night.

11 year old Jessica Williams, of Gosnell, was found dead at around 6:30 am Wednesday in Mississippi County, Arkansas. She had been reported missing Tuesday night at around 9 pm.

The body was reportedly discovered in a floodway ditch near Big Lake. An investigation into the death is ongoing.

DONIPHAN MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGE

A Doniphan man was taken into custody yesterday afternoon on multiple sex related charges.

65 year old Bob W. Christian was arrested shortly after 2 pm yesterday in Ripley County.

According to the Highway Patrol, Christian is facing charges of forcible sodomy, first degree sexual misconduct, and third degree elder abuse. More details about the arrest were not released.

DRUG ARREST MADE IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

A drug arrest was made yesterday afternoon in Mississippi County.

29 year old Jeffrey C. Riley, of Charleston, was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, prescription medication; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to the Highway Patrol.

EAST PRAIRIE WOMAN FACING METH CHARGE

An East Prairie woman is facing drug charges following her arrest in Mississippi County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 24 year old Stephanie M. Shoffner was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, prescription medication; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

GROUND BROKEN ON NEW CLUBHOUSE FOR THREE RIVERS SOFTBALL TEAM

Construction has officially started on a new clubhouse facility for the Three Rivers Softball team.

The new 4,280-square-foot clubhouse will contain practice facilities, a locker room and training area, coaches’ offices and a social area for athletes.

The new building is the second in a series of planned upgrades to the Poplar Bluff Campus, which began with the renovation of the Academic Resource Commons building which was completed in early August.

DRAINAGE REPAIRS TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

Highway 53 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform drainage repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between Route N and County Road 215.

Weather permitting, work will performed today, as well as Tuesday, September 3rd, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.

STATE TREASURER SEARCHING FOR OWNERS OF ABANDONED MILITARY MEDALS

The Missouri state treasurer hopes some online assistance will help his office track down the rightful owners or family heirs of more than 120 abandoned military medals.

Treasurer Clint Zweifel was in St. Louis Wednesday morning to promote a new state law that allows him to publicly share the names, last known addresses and other identifying information of possible medal owners. The unclaimed property includes three Purple Heart medals, 1 of the highest military honors.

Details about the unclaimed medals can be found online at www.treasurer.mo.gov/Military.

CELLPHONE TOWER REGULATION BLOCKED BY MISSOURI COURT

A Missouri judge has temporarily blocked a pair of new state laws that would have limited the ability of governments to regulate cellphone towers.

Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce issued a preliminary injunction dated Tuesday barring the laws from taking effect as scheduled on Wednesday.

At issue are bills imposing a wide-ranging list of things that cities, counties and the state cannot do when regulating cellphone towers.

Joyce wrote in a brief order that the bills appear to violate multiple sections of the Missouri Constitution.

GOVERNOR NIXON PROMOTING MISSOURI WORKS

Governor Jay Nixon is promoting a new law that reshapes Missouri’s business incentives.

A law that went into effect Wednesday consolidates four existing incentives into a new program dubbed “Missouri Works.” It offers tax breaks to businesses that add a certain number of jobs meeting minimum requirements for wages and health benefits.

In some cases, it will be easier for businesses to qualify for aid. But the new program also gives greater discretion to the Department of Economic Development to determine how much money to give businesses.

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TEEN FACING RAPE CHARGE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A teenager from Cave City, Arkansas, has been accused of raping a 14 year old girl.

According to the Izzard County Sheriff’s Department, 19 year old Phillip Kyle Bunch was charged Tuesday with rape.

Bunch was arrested on Saturday after the victim was reportedly able to get away from him and call 911. His bond was set at $100,000.

MAN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN CONNECTION TO APRIL FATAL WRECK

Manslaughter charges have been filed against a Jackson man in connection to a fatal wreck earlier this year.

According to Missouri Case Net, 34 year old Bobby Joe Abernathie, of Jackson, is facing charges of first degree involuntary manslaughter and second degree assault.

Abernathie was involved in a wreck in April that resulted in the death of 17 year old Amelia H. Fisher, of Glenallen. According to the Highway Patrol, Fisher was a passenger in a vehicle which was hit by a vehicle driven by Abernathie.

A blood sample from Abernathie reportedly showed that he had methamphetamine and marijuana in his system.

SENTENCE HANDED DOWN IN DONIPHAN WOMAN’S MURDER CASE

A sentence has been issued to a Doniphan woman on a murder charge.

Chantale Youngblood was sentenced to 20 years for one count of second degree murder according to Missouri Case Net.

She had pled guilty to the charge as well as three other counts of second degree murder in July; however the sentence was only for one of the four counts.

Youngblood had been charged in connection to the murders of four people in 2010.

MAN SENTENCED TO 51 MONTHS ON BANK ROBBERY CHARGE

An attempted bank robbery has turned into a prison sentence for a Mississippi man.

According to the Daily American Republic, on Monday, 46 year old Patrick E. Newman, of Blue Mountain, Mississippi, received a sentence of 51 months in federal prison for one count of bank robbery.

Newman had allegedly been a part of an attempted robbery of a Doniphan bank last year.

CAUTION URGED FOR DRIVERS DURING 61 MILE YARD SALE

With Labor Day weekend comes the 61 mile year sale, but the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to be cautious.

The yard sale spans from Bloomsdale to Jackson along Highway 61and MoDot is warning that there will be increased traffic and congestion along the highway. Message boards will be in place along the route to alert drivers of the unusual traffic patterns and to promote safe driving.

GED APPLICATION DEADLINE UPCOMING
Anyone wanting to take their GED test for the first time needs to be sure and get their application in this week.

The deadline for first time takers of the GED exam to get their application postmarked is Sunday. Repeat test takers have until November 4th.

Anyone interested can pick up an application at the Adult Learning Center on the Three Rivers College campus or by going online to dese.mo.gov. If you need more information, you can contact the Adult Learning Center by calling 573-686-2011.

DISASTER DECLARATION SOUGHT FOR OVER 20 SOUTHERN MISSOURI COUNTIES

Governor Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for 22 southern Missouri counties hit hard by this month’s floods.

Nixon said Tuesday the costs of emergency response and repairs will be high.

The floods that resulted from nearly two weeks of heavy rain caused widespread damage across southern Missouri and left at least three people dead.

The governor is asking the federal government to clear the way for individual and public assistance in 14 counties, public assistance in four counties and individual assistance in four others.

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL ACCUSING WALGREENS OF OVERCHARGING CUSTOMERS

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is suing Walgreen Co., accusing the nation’s largest pharmacy chain of overcharging customers and using deceptive advertising.

Koster says his office made undercover visits to stores in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Jefferson City and Osage Beach in June and July.

He says investigators found the stores often charged more at checkout than displays indicated. He says that of 205 products purchased, 43 had price discrepancies, ranging from a few cents to $15.

The suit seeks an injunction that would force Walgreen Co. to stop the alleged deceptive practices.

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JONESBORO POLICE LOOKING FOR THREE HOME INVASION SUSPECTS

Police in Jonesboro, Arkansas are looking for three men who allegedly forced their way into a home, and then threatened the homeowner with a gun.

Authorities say they were called to a home in the 1500 block of West College Avenue just after midnight yesterday. When they arrived, the homeowner told them he had arrived home to find three black males in front of his home. One of them was at the door. The homeowner confronted the men, at which time one of the suspects threatened him and fired a handgun toward him.

A second witness, a friend of the homeowner, was in the home at the time. She told investigators that she had answered the door after hearing knocking and that the three men had pointed a gun at her and entered the house.

One of the suspects is described as 5’8” to 5’10” tall, about 200 pounds, wearing a dark colored hoodie.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 870-935-STOP.

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER CHARGE

A guilty plea has been entered in a murder case in Northeast Arkansas.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Rashon Webb entered a guilty plea to first degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, and two counts of aggravated residential burglary. Webb was sentenced to 92 years in prison.

Webb had been arrested in connection to a set of home invasions last November which also included the murder of 92 year old Clinton Mason. A co-defendant in the case, Lavelle Branch-Griffin, will appear in court in September.

ARKANSAS MAN ARRESTED ON RAPE CHARGE

A Paragould man is facing a rape charge.

Authorities say 65 year old Richard Owens has been arrested on one count of rape. The charge stems from an alleged incident that involved a 13 year old female.

A call had reportedly been made to the child abuse hotline in July saying that the girl had been abused by an adult male.

THREE ARRESTED IN KENNETT

An operation in Kennett has resulted in the arrest of three people.

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers arrested 30 year old Keri Smart-Scheffer of Piggott, Arkansas for fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. The woman had allegedly posed as an employee of a doctor’s office and called in a prescription for herself to a pharmacy in Kennett.

At the time of the arrest, two others, 31 year old Dusty Scheffler and 32 year old Carla Parrish-Scheffler, also of Piggott, were also arrested on outstanding warrants.

Both Carla and Dusty were later released to seek medical attention for what is now believed to be faked medical conditions. The two reportedly fled from the hospital where they were taken for treatment and led police on a lengthy foot chase before being apprehended.

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED POSSESSION OF XANAX

A Poplar Bluff man is facing drug charges following his arrest Monday evening.

According to the Highway Patrol, 26 year old Jacob H. Heitmeyer was arrested in Butler County at around 7 pm Monday night.

Heitmeyer is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, Xanax.

DEXTER MAN FACING METH AND FLEEING CHARGES

A Dexter man was taken into custody Sunday on numerous charges, including possession of methamphetamine.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22 year old Michael A. Phipps is facing felony charges of resisting arrest by fleeing; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia; in addition to many other lesser charges.

Phipps was arrested shortly before 8 pm in Stoddard County.

CAR DISCOVERED IN MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Authorities in New Madrid County have discovered a car in the Mississippi River.

According to KFVS, the car did not belong to 83 year old Barbara Stoffer, who has been missing since last week. Crews were investigating “something of interest” in connection to the case when they found the car.

No information was available on who the vehicle belonged to or how it got in the river.

HEAT WAVE ON THE WAY

Much of Southeast Missouri is in line for a heat wave later this week.

According to the National Weather Service, a large dome of high pressure over the plains states is bringing a possible significant and extended heat spell to the area.

This weekend we could see heat index values in the 100 to 105 degree range. The hot and humid afternoons will likely continue into next week.

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR INTERSTATE 55

North and southbound Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced today and tomorrow as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The repairs will be located between mile markers 6.8 and 12.

Weather permitting, work will take place both today and tomorrow from 6 am to 7 pm each day.

NEW LAW TO ALLOW VEHICLE INSURANCE INFORMATION TO BE HELD ELECTRONICALLY

A new law going into effect tomorrow will allow motorists to carry their proof of insurance on their cell phones.

HB 322 will allow proof of insurance for motor vehicles to be produced on a cellular phone or any other type of portable electronic device.

Police officers, commercial vehicle enforcement officers, and commercial vehicle inspectors are immune from liability for any damage to a mobile electronic device when it is presented as proof of financial responsibility, except for damages willfully or maliciously caused by the officer or inspector.

More information about HB 322 is available online on the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website.
 

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PUXICO MAN DIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

A single vehicle wreck in Stoddard county Friday morning claimed the life of a Puxico man.

51 year old Jackie Conner was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck near Route J and Highway 51 in Stoddard County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Conner was not wearing a safety device when he ran off of the road and overturned.

ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN UTV WRECK NEAR EMINENCE

Two people were involved in a wreck early Sunday morning in Shannon County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 29 year old Leslie A. Fry, of Rolla, was killed after the Artic Cat UTV she was driving ran off the road, overturned, and ejected both her and her passenger.

Her passenger, 29 year old James Rowden, of Hillsboro, suffered moderate injuries.

MAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY VEHICLE

A 39 year old man has been struck and killed while walking along the shoulder of U.S. Highway 67 in St. Francois County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Brian N. Johnson of Farmington. He was pronounced dead after a car hit him Friday night.

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULT AND CHILD ABUSE CHARGES

A Wyatt man has been found guilty of assault and child abuse charges.

27 year old Jeff Hemphill was facing charges in connection to incidents in 2011 involving his three month old daughter. The girl reportedly had multiple fractures on her ribs along with a fractured femur.

ADVANCE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF HYDROCODONE

An Advance woman was arrested Friday evening on a drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 39 year old Christi L. Pikey was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.

Other charges include possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.

DEXTER MAN FACING METH CHARGES

A Dexter man is facing charges following his arrest early Saturday morning by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

According to authorities, 49 year old David A. Burnett has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Burnett was arrested at around 1:30 Saturday morning in Stoddard County.

MOSCOW BALLET AND EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND INCLUDED IN NEW PATRONS OF THE ARTS SEASON

An Eagles tribute band, a bluegrass duo, and the return of the Moscow ballet highlights the new Patrons of the Arts season.

Three Rivers College has announced the schedule for this season, which will begin on October 6th with dance ensemble Gypsy Romance. October 28th will see bluegrass superstars Dailey & Vincent return to the Tinnin Center and December 3rd will feature an evening of holiday music with Christmas Around the World.

More shows are on the schedule for 2014, including an Eagles tribute band and the Moscow Ballet, among others.

Three children’s shows have also been scheduled for this season and they will be performed in Dexter and Sikeston as well as at the Tinnin Center. More information about Patrons of the Arts is available at trcc.edu/tinnin.

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO TAKE PLACE TODAY ON HIGHWAY 60

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County today for pavement repairs on Highway 60.

Westbound Highway 60 will be reduced to one lane today between County Road 565 and Route T. Work will take place today from 7 am to 5 pm.

RAMP FROM HIGHWAY 67 TO EASTBOUND HIGHWAY 60 IN BUTLER COUNTY TO BE CLOSED TODAY

The ramp to eastbound US Highway 60 from US Highway 67 in Butler County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

Work is scheduled to take place from 6:30 am to 5 pm.

GUN LAW SET TO GO INTO EFFECT THIS WEEK

A new gun related law in Missouri goes into effect this week.

SB 75 allows schools to provide the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe program to first grade students. The law also states that any records of ownership of a firearm, and other specific records, are not open records and will not be open to inspection, except by court order.

Concealed carry permits will no longer be handled by the Department of Revenue. Local Sheriffs will be issuing the permits.

Beginning January 1st, every sheriff must maintain, house, and issue concealed carry permits. More information about SB75 is available at the Missouri State Highway Patrol website.

GROUP ATTEMPTING TO OVERTURN IMPLEMENTATION OF INITIATIVE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY

An environmental group is heading to court in another attempt to overturn the way Missouri officials have implemented a 2008 ballot initiative about renewable energy.

The initiative requires investor-owned utilities to tap renewable energy sources for at least 5 percent of their electricity by 2014, with that amount gradually rising to 15 percent by 2021.

In 2011, the Legislature blocked part of an administrative rule that would have required the electricity from renewable energy sources to be produced or sold in Missouri. The result is that utilities have been able to purchase credits for renewable energy produced by others.

A lawsuit filed this past week on behalf of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment challenges the legal basis for the Legislature’s action.

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MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO 20 YEAR OLD RAPE CASE

An Arkansas man has been arrested in connection to a two decade old rape case.

According to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, 61 year old Johnny D. Carte, of Evansville, was arrested on one count of rape. The charge stems from a warrant issued in Izard County.

Carte had previously been arrested in Washington County on 30 counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and, later, on two counts of sexual indecency with a child. His bond was set at $100,000 for the rape charge.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEVIATE SEXUAL ASSAULT

An area man has reportedly pled guilty to deviate sexual assault.

56 year old David Barberis entered the plea Thursday.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the Chaffee Nursing Home contacted his office in February, reporting that Barberis had conducted himself in an inappropriate manner while visiting several female residents.

An investigation revealed that the nursing staff became suspicious of Barberis when he entered rooms of some of the female residents and closed the door behind him. Walter said a member of the nursing staff entered one of rooms and caught Barberis acting inappropriately with the female resident.

KENNETT POLICE LOOKING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECT

Police in Kennett are looking for a man who grabbed money from a business’ cash register and ran.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 1 pm yesterday at Huck’s Food and Fuel in Kennett. An employee told officers the man was tall and stocky, wearing a gray shirt, gray pants and a black bandana, and that he fled in a late model gray Buick with a blue rag top.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call 573-888-4622.

TWO TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR ALLEGED ILLEGAL GAMING

Two people have been taken into custody in connection to an alleged illegal gaming operation.

According to KAIT, John Ward and Michelle Ward were arrested after authorities reportedly busted a gaming operation at a business in Walnut Ridge that was owned by John Ward. Michelle Ward was an employee at the business.

KENNETT MAN ARRESTED WHEN POLICE FIND STOLEN ITEMS IN HOME

A Kennett man has been arrested after authorities conducted a search of his home and located drugs and stolen items.

Authorities say Thomas Lee Simmons was taken into custody just before 11 pm last night. Police say that during a search of Simmons’ residence, they discovered several items that had been recently reported stolen and items they believe were taken during previous burglaries, as well as marijuana and marijuana plants.

Simmons faces several burglary and drug charges.

THREE RESCUED AFTER GETTING STRANDED ON MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Three people had to be rescued by Cape Girardeau authorities after reportedly getting stranded on the Mississippi river.

According to authorities, two people were recovered from a boat that had gotten stuck on a sandbar. A third person was recovered who was floating down the river.

OZARK SCENIC RIVERWAYS REVERSES DECISION ON PERMIT REQUIREMENT TO USE RIVERWAYS FOR BAPTISMS

Missouri Congressman Jason Smith announced on Thursday the Park Service has reversed its decision and will no longer require permits for baptisms on Ozark National Forest Riverways.

Since 2006, the Park Service has required permits for riverway baptisms.

Smith was notified of the reversal in a letter from Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park Superintendent Bill Black.

TOUR DE BLUFF COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER 7TH

The Kiwanis Tour de Bluff bike ride is just over two weeks away.

The ride will feature different routes for children and adults. The kids’ routes will be located within Bacon and Hendrickson Parks, while the adult routes will run 15, 30, or 60 miles long, depending on the route. All routes will begin and end at Kiwani’s Bacon Park on Saturday, September 7th.

You can register online at www.active.com or the day of the race. Activities for families are also planned for race day at Bacon Park.

INCREASED FINES FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN EMERGENCY ZONES STARTS NEXT WEEK

Beginning next week, moving violations and traffic offenses in active emergency zones are going to be met with harsher penalties.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, HB 103 will go into effect on Wednesday. The bill defines an active emergency zone as an area that is visibly marked by emergency responders on or around a highway where an active emergency or incident removal is temporarily occurring.

Passing another vehicle while in an active emergency zone could lead to fines of up to $300. The penalty could be much higher if emergency responders are present at the time of the offense.

More information is available on the Highway Patrol’s website.

HOUSE SPEAKER TO ALLOW PUBLIC VOTE FOR HALL OF FAMOUS MISSOURIANS

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones plans to allow the public to vote on whom to induct into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

The hall is a collection of bronze busts located in the Capitol and has traditionally honored people chosen by the House speaker.

Jones says he plans to accept nominations until September 13th and then prepare a Top 10 list of candidates that visitors to Capitol could vote upon. He says the public will get to pick two people to be inducted and Jones will select a third. Voting will run through October 13th.

The Hall of Famous Missourians includes the likes of Harry Truman, Mark Twain and Walt Disney.

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AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR MISSING NEW MADRID WOMAN

Authorities are searching for a missing New Madrid woman.

83 year old Barbara Stoffer was last seen Tuesday at around 5 pm.
She is five foot, two inches tall with grey hair and weighs 120 pounds.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, Stoffer drives a 1997 green Volvo four door with a Missouri license plate of 078 RYW.

Anyone with information about Stoffer’s whereabouts is being asked to call the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department at 573-748-2516.

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN BLYTHEVILLE

Authorities in Blytheville are investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday morning.

According to authorities, 41 year old John Bradford, of Blytheville, was found dead early Wednesday morning. He reportedly had several gunshot wounds.

Bradford was found in the area of 21st street and West Vine.

SECOND ARREST MADE IN ALLEGED MURDER OF SCOTT CITY WOMAN

Authorities in Scott County have made a second arrest in connection to the death of Cynthia Canoy.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 24 year old Tiffany R. Warner was arrested on a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

Warner is reportedly the girlfriend of Canoy’s son Neil Howland, who was arrested for the alleged murder earlier this week. The body of Cynthia Canoy was discovered August 7th in a burned vehicle.

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF AUTISTIC TEENAGER

Two people have been taken into custody in connection to the alleged sexual assault of an autistic teenager from Cardwell.

David Lee Holder, of Arbryd, and Carrie Ann Wimberly of Kennett were the two people arrested.

According to the Daily Dunklin Democrat, Wimberly allegedly injected the 19 year old victim with meth before she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Holder.

Holder is facing two counts of forcible sodomy, while Wimberly is charged with distribution of a controlled substance and second degree vulnerable person abuse.

ROAD REPAIRS TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

Highway 53 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between Eleventh Street and Fair Street.

Work is scheduled to take place Today from 7 am to 4:30 pm.

JUVENILE SEX OFFENDER LAW VETO LIKELY TO BE OVERTURNED

A Missouri bill removing the names of juvenile sex offenders from public registries could affect hundreds more people than originally estimated.

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill earlier this summer and has been trying to discourage legislators from overriding that veto when they convene in September.

Nixon said Wednesday the legislation could remove the names of 870 people who had committed sex offenses as juveniles from public notification websites. That figure is more than 50 percent higher than Nixon originally estimated last month.

The Democratic governor says the bill would “help violent sex offenders hide from the public.”

Republican legislative leaders have said a veto override is likely. Some supporters say the youths deserve a second chance.

MISSOURI STUDENTS HAVE MIXED RESULTS FROM STANDARDIZED TESTS

Missouri students showed mixed results on the most recent standardized achievement tests.

Statewide data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in math declined in 2013, but remained steady in communication arts and improved in science.

The Missouri Assessment Program tests are administered annually and are used as part of the state accreditation process for public schools.

VOTER ID RULES APPROVED BY ARKANSAS ELECTIONS BOARD

A state elections board has approved rules for enforcing a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday approved the rules for the voter ID law legislators approved earlier this year.

The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

The rules closely mirror the law the Republican-controlled Legislature approved in April when it override Democratic Governor Mike Beebe’s veto of the voter ID legislation. They’re aimed at giving poll workers guidance on how to enforce the new requirements when they take effect next year.

The rules must be reviewed by a legislative panel.

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FATAL WRECK IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

One person has died following a single vehicle wreck in Mississippi County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 73 year old Glenda Manche of Charleston, was driving on a county road near East Prairie when she lost control of her vehicle, travelled off the roadway, and hit a tree.

The wreck occurred at around 11 am Tuesday morning.

SCOTT CITY MAN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF KILLING MOTHER

A Scott City man has been arrested for the alleged killing of his mother.

According to authorities, 25 year old Neil Howland has been charged with first degree murder, tampering with evidence, abandonment of a corpse and knowingly burning.

The body of Cynthia Canoy was discovered August 7th in a burned vehicle.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says Howland was identified as a person of interest early in the investigation, which was conducted by his department and the SEMO Major Case Squad. The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 1-866-210-4322.

PLEA OFFER TURNED DOWN IN MURDER CASE

A southeast Missouri murder suspect has turned down a plea offer.

Steven Lee Williams of Cape Girardeau is charged with second-degree murder for a September 2012 shooting that killed 38-year-old Darcus Purl.

The Southeast Missourian reports that public defender Amy Commean told a judge Monday that Williams rejected a plea offer from Cape Girardeau County prosecutor Angel Woodruff.

Williams is accused of shooting Purl after an altercation.

AUTHORITIES SAY THAT FIRE IN JONESBORO WAS AN ARSON

Authorities are investigating a fire in Jonesboro that is believed to have been arson.

According to KAIT, a residence on Tony Drive that reportedly didn’t have gas or electricity caught fire Monday afternoon. The former tenants of the property had received eviction papers recently.

No injuries were reported due to the fire.

LOCAL TEACHER RECEIVES AWARD AT BUSCH STADIUM

A Poplar Bluff teacher was honored recently at Busch Stadium.

Poplar Bluff 5th & 6th Grade Center music teacher Kristy Weaver was named the July winner of the “Stars of the Classroom” program through the Missouri Lottery. She also got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Cardinal’s game.

WORKSHOP ON ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS COMING TO POPLAR BLUFF

A workshop is coming in September to help educate employers on anti-discrimination and equal opportunity laws.

According to the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce, the training workshop will be held from 10 am to noon on Tuesday, September 17th and will be free to chamber members.

The workshop will be at the Chamber of Commerce’s community room in Poplar Bluff.

ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT UP A TENTH OF A POINT

Arkansas’ unemployment rate for July was up one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Monday that the rate was the same in July 2012, though there are 1,700 fewer unemployed state residents than a year ago.

The agency says government employment fell by 13,900 jobs and was 1 of 6 major industry sectors that showed declines in the number of people working. Four sectors showed gains.

The drop in government employment was due to public schools and universities being on summer break.

POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERING TO PROVIDE WI-FI FOR STUDENTS

The Poplar Bluff School District has announced a partnership with the Poplar Bluff Public Library to provide internet for students.

The library and school will be providing a Wi-Fi hotspot so students can have free internet access in the evenings and on the weekends. The municipal library already offers a homework program through which the cost of printing photocopies is waived for students.

Following Labor Day, the library will be open on Sunday’s from 1 to 5 pm through Memorial Day.

ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT UP A TENTH OF A POINT

Arkansas’ unemployment rate for July was up one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Monday that the rate was the same in July 2012, though there are 1,700 fewer unemployed state residents than a year ago.

The agency says government employment fell by 13,900 jobs and was 1 of 6 major industry sectors that showed declines in the number of people working. Four sectors showed gains.

The drop in government employment was due to public schools and universities being on summer break.

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MAN KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS HOUSE FIRE

One man has died following a house fire in Franklin, Arkansas.

According to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 55 year old Russell Wade Owens was killed in the fire Friday night.

The fire appeared to have started in a front bedroom. No one else was in the home at the time. A cause for the fire has not been released.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CHARLESTON SHOOTING

Charleston Authorities have taken an area teen into custody in connection to a shooting last week.

Authorities arrested 19 year old Decarlos Clemons, of Charleston yesterday morning. According to Robert Hearnes, with the Charleston Department of Public Safety, Clemons is suspected of shooting Christopher Smith on August 13th.

Smith’s current condition has not been released, but last week he was listed in stable condition.

Clemons is facing charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action, with additional charges pending.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING REPORTED CAPE GIRARDEAU SHOOTING

Authorities are investigating a reported shooting that happened in Cape Girardeau this morning.

According to a report by KFVS, the shooting was near a car wash at Middle and Themis streets at around 3:30 this morning.

One male was reportedly shot in the back in the incident. No arrests have been made at this time.

MORE COUNTERFEIT BILLS REPORTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Authorities in Izard County, Arkansas say more counterfeit bills have been turned up in Melbourne.

According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, a counterfeit $10, 20 and 100 bill have been presented for deposit recently at a Melbourne bank.

Sheriff Lawrence is encouraging everyone to examine their money when cashing a check or receiving bills as change to make sure they are not counterfeit.

AREA CHURCH TO HOST MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

First Presbyterian Church in Poplar Bluff will be the site of a course this fall to help people recognize the symptoms of mental health problems.

Mental Health First Aid Training will be held on October 3rd from 8 am to 5 pm. Registration for the event is $40 and will include a workbook. The course is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension and Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health.

For more information, or to register for the course, contact the University of Missouri Extension at 686-8064. The deadline to register is Friday, September 13th.

SEMO READY TO OPEN NEW RESIDENCE HALL

Students will move into a new 262-bed residence hall on the northern end of the Southeast Missouri State University campus on Thursday.

Construction of the $24.5 million facility was completed this summer. It features a suite-style design consisting of 2 double-occupancy rooms connected by a shared entrance and bathroom. Plus, students with similar academic interests and career goals will be grouped on themed floods.

The Board of Regents approved $29 million in bonds in December 2011 to pay for the residence hall project, along with a new chiller and boiler plant needed to help absorb the load from the new facility.

HIGHWAY PATROL URGING MOTORISTS TO BE SAFE DURING THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY WEEKEND

With Labor Day less than two weeks away, the Missouri State Highway Patrol taking steps to help ensure that motorists stay safe.

The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. over the Labor Day holiday weekend. All available officers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and alcohol laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists.

Troopers will also be participating in the 20 mile trooper project.

According to the Highway Patrol, last year seven people were killed and 413 injured in Missouri vehicle crashes over the Labor Day holiday.

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BACK OVER SEVEN PERCENT

Missouri’s unemployment rate is back above 7 percent for the first time in a year.

Figures released Monday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in July. That was up two percentage points from the previous month.

That last time Missouri’s unemployment was that high was in July 2012.

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13 YEAR OLD CARAWAY BOY KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

A Caraway teenager was killed yesterday in a motorcycle crash in Craighead County.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the thirteen year old boy was driving a motorcycle when he lost control and overturned. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

RAFTER DIES IN CARTER COUNTY

An Illinois man is dead following an incident Friday afternoon in Carter County.

52 year old Christopher M. Retzloff, of Harrisburg, Illinois, was reportedly on Current River when he was knocked off of his raft by a tree branch and drowned. He was later pronounced dead at an area funeral home.

TWO VEHICLE WRECK RESULTS IN FIVE INJURIES, ONE DEATH

A collision Sunday afternoon resulted in the death of one person, and injuries to five others.

The wreck occurred on Highway 25 in Dunklin County, around a half mile south of Holcomb. According to the Highway Patrol, 20 year old Stephanie D. Newsom, of Kennett, reportedly crossed the center line and hit another vehicle.

Newsom was killed in the collision. The driver and a passenger in the second vehicle suffered serious injuries, as did three children in Newsom’s vehicle.

LITTERING LEADS TO DRUG ARREST IN JONESBORO

A Jonesboro man’s littering has led to his arrest on drug charges.

Authorities say a Jonesboro officer pulled over a driver after witnessing him throwing a plastic bag of marijuana from his vehicle. A search of the driver, 26 year old Brashawn Torris Henry, of Jonesboro, and the vehicle revealed approximately two pounds of marijuana.

Henry has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and littering.

MARIJUANA BY MAIL LEADS TO ARREST OF CHARLESTON WOMAN

A Charleston woman has been arrested after being accused of receiving 19 pounds of marijuana through the US Mail.

Authorities say 34 year old Pamela Foster has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance. Investigators say they were contacted early last week by the SEMO Drug Task Force about the shipment and that they then conducted a search of Foster’s home.

Two children in the home were turned over to the Division of Family Services.

PUXICO RESIDENT FACING DRUG CHARGES

A Puxico resident is facing drug charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Tina S. Womack was taken into custody in Stoddard County at around 9:30 pm Saturday night.

Charges for Womack include driving while intoxicated, drugs; felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

TWO MISSISSIPPI MEN ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES

Two Mississippi men are facing felony charges following their arrest over the weekend in New Madrid County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 51 year old Dwayne E. Rodgers and 41 year old Dwan L. Jackson, both of Durant, Mississippi, were taken into custody shortly after 9 pm Sunday night.

Rodgers is reportedly facing felony possession of a controlled substance charges, along with felony possession with intent to distribute charges for heroin and cocaine.

Jackson has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession with intent to deliver, however a specific drug was not listed in the arrest report.

FIRE TRUCK DONATED TO THREE RIVERS COLLEGE

Three Rivers College has received a new training device courtesy of the Butler County Fire Protection District.

The college’s fire science program has received a fire truck from the district. According to Jack Armor, Fire Training Coordinator at Three Rivers, the truck donation will greatly increase Three Rivers’ flexibility in performing firefighting training at all levels.

REPAIRS TODAY ON HIGHWAY 60 IN BUTLER COUNTY

Highway 60 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today for pavement repairs.

Eastbound Highway 60 will be reduced from 7 am to 4:30 pm for the repairs. The work zone will be located between Route T and Route DD.

MODOT CREWS TO BE IN CARTER COUNTY THIS WEEK

Route P in Carter County will be reduced to one lane this week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews partially overlay the roadway.

The section of Route P to be reduced is located from US Highway 60 to the end of state maintenance.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday, from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily.

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN WAYNE COUNTY

Pavement repairs have been scheduled for this week in Wayne County.

Highway 143 will be reduced to one lane between Sam A. Baker State Park and the Des Arc City limits through Wednesday for the repairs. Work is scheduled to be done from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Stoddard County today for pavement repairs on Route M.

During the repairs, Route M will be reduced to one lane from 7 am to 4 pm. The work zone will be located between Highway 25 and Route PP.

NEW MISSOURI LAW PROMPTS CHANGE IN AMAZON.COM POLICY

Online retailer Amazon is severing ties with its online associates in Missouri because of a new state sales tax law.

Amazon Associates are people who write blogs or product reviews and then link to Amazon.com. They collect commissions if people use their link to buy at Amazon.

The Kansas City Star reports that Amazon blames its decision to sever ties with its Missouri associates on a new Missouri law that takes effect this month subjecting those transactions to sales taxes. The retailer says it will no longer pay advertising fees for customers referred to an Amazon site after August 27th.