RIVER RADIO NEWS 123113

RIVER RADIO NEWS 123113

 

POPLAR BLUFF MOTHER URGES FLU SHOTS AFTER SON DIES FROM H1N1

 

A Poplar Bluff mother is urging citizens to get a flu shot after her 29 year old son died of what may be the first case of H1N1 flu of the season in Butler County.

 

Alene Porter told KFVS that her son, Kevin Light, went to a local doctor who diagnosed him with a cold.  She says Light’s condition worsened and he was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where he was diagnosed with H1N1 and died.

 

According to the Butler County Health Department, there has been one confirmed case of H1N1 in the county, but they were unable to confirm that the case was Light.

 

 

TRIAL SET IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MURDER CASE

 

A southeast Missouri man accused of first-degree murder will go to trial in March.

 

The Southeast Missourian reports that a judge on Monday scheduled a March 11 trial for Glen Scott Evans of Dexter. He is accused of killing 34-year-old Sean Crow, whose body was found inside a pickup truck in February outside a fast-food restaurant in the town of Advance.

 

A trial date has not been set for co-defendant Matt Cook, also of Dexter. A status hearing for Cook is Jan. 6.

 

Evans’ attorney said in a Dec. 12 court hearing that Evans was too drunk and sleep-deprived to know what he was doing when he waived his Miranda rights and talked to police after his arrest.

 

 

FATAL JACKSON FIRE RULED ACCIDENTAL

 

A Sunday fire at a Jackson apartment complex that left one person dead has been ruled as accidental.

 

Authorities with the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office say the cause of the fire has been determined as accidental, caused by smoking.

 

61 year old Sandra Riggins died in the fire.  There were no other injuries reported in the incident.

 

 

CARUTHERSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE SATURDAY SHOOTING

 

Authorities in Caruthersville are investigating a weekend shooting incident that resulted in several reports of damaged property.

 

According to police, the shooting occurred early Saturday morning in the neighborhood of East 19th Street.  No injuries were reported.

 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 573-333-0216 or 573-333-4101.

 

 

JONESBORO POLICE LOOK FOR FORGERY SUSPECT

 

Police in Jonesboro are looking for a woman they believe stole checks from a local man and used them to purchase items at Walmart.

 

Authorities say the victim, R. L. McGinnis of Jonesboro, reported that someone had stolen some of his checks and used them to overdraw his account.  McGinnis told investigators that he thought the checks had been taken by a woman he knew only as Velencia, who had cleaned his apartment.

 

Officers discovered the suspect had used an Arkansas driver’s license when writing the checks.  The license number was traced back to a female from Wynne.

 

The suspect has not yet been located, however authorities say she could be charged with felony forgery and misdemeanor theft.

 

 

CAPE POLICE ARREST MAN FOR ARMED BREAK-IN

 

A man accused of breaking into a Cape Girardeau home and threatening a woman early yesterday morning has been arrested.

 

Authorities say Demetruis Willis, who was armed with a gun, allegedly kicked down the back door of a home on Hickory Street.  They say Willis made threats to a woman in the home, before fleeing the scene on foot.

 

Officers found Willis a short time later.  He is being charged with first degree burglary, domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

 

MORLEY MAYOR ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING

 

The mayor of a small southeast Missouri town is facing a court date after being caught attempting to allegedly shoplift several items.

 

Authorities say Jonathan McNeely, the mayor of Morley, was detained by loss-prevention officers at the Cape Girardeau Walmart on Saturday after being observed concealing several hunting and fishing items in a shopping cart with a coat and then leaving the store without paying for the items.

 

McNeely is scheduled to appear in municipal court in February on the charge.

 

 

ROUTE PP IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY TO CLOSE FOR ACCIDENT CLEAN-UP

 

A section of Route PP in Cape Girardeau County will be closed today for clean-up of accident.  The affected section of roadway is located between Route 72 and County Road 330.  Work will take place today from 7 am to 3 pm.

 

 

MISSOUR POPULATION GROWTH RATE LAGS NATIONAL AVERAGE

 

Missouri’s population continues to grow at a slower rate than the national average.

 

New estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Missouri’s population of 6 million grew by fewer than 20,000 people from 2012 to 2013. That’s a growth rate of about one-third of a percent.

 

Nationally, the population is estimated to have risen by 0.7 percent from 2012 to 2013.

 

Missouri’s growth of 0.3 percent was typical for the Midwest. It was better than Illinois, about the same as Arkansas, Kansas and Kentucky, but lagged behind the rest of its neighboring states.

 

Missouri’s population growth rate ranked 35th nationally.

 

The Census Bureau says North Dakota, Utah, Colorado and Texas had the fastest growth rates.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 123013

 

 

SUNDAY MORNING WRECK CLAIMS LIFE OF CLUBB WOMAN
A Sunday morning wreck in Wayne County has claimed the life of a Clubb woman.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 52 year old Deborah L. Allen lost control of her vehicle on a frost covered roadway, hit an embankment and overturned. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was allegedly not wearing a safety device at the time of the wreck.

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Northeast Arkansas man has died following a single vehicle wreck early Friday morning.

According to the Arkansas State Police, 20 year old Arturo Gonzales Garcia, of Manila, was driving in Mississippi County, Arkansas, when his vehicle ran off a road and overturned.

Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene. The wreck occurred at around 3 am Friday morning.

 

MAN HIT WHILE PUSHING BROKEN DOWN VEHICLE ACROSS HIGHWAY
A Dexter man suffered serious injuries after being hit while pushing his vehicle across a Stoddard County Highway.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred Friday evening when a vehicle being driven by 61 year old Levi W. Sommers broke down. Sommers was pushing the vehicle across Missouri Highway 25 when it went into the path of another vehicle which struck it.

Sommers was seriously injured while the driver of the second vehicle suffered moderately injuries. They were each taken by ambulance to area hospitals.

 

HUSBAND AND WIFE DEAD IN POSSIBLE MURDER SUICIDE
An investigation is ongoing into a murder-suicide in Howell County.

According to KFVS, two bodies were found inside a home on Friday in Willow Springs. Star Arnett reportedly had blunt force trauma to the head and her husband Dwayne Arnett had a gunshot wound.

Multiple buildings and vehicles had also been set on fire.

 

WOMAN FOUND DEAD FOLLOWING FIRE AT JACKSON RESIDENCE
One person has died following a fire at a Jackson apartment.

According to authorities, 61 year old Sandra Riggins was killed in the fire Sunday at an apartment on Shawnee Circle.

No one else was injured due to the fire.

 

TWO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES
Two California men have been arrested in New Madrid County on drug charges.

According to the Highway Patrol, 41 year old Dana D. White, of Bellflower, California, and 22 year old Dani E. Freeman, of Compton, California, were taken into custody Saturday night.

The two men are each facing felony charges of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance for cocaine and marijuana.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS SAY TAX CUTS ARE AN EARLY PRIORITY FOR NEW SESSION
Missouri lawmakers plan to make another attempt at cutting income taxes during their 2014 session.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed an income tax cut bill passed earlier this year, and majority party Republicans were unable to override it.

House and Senate leaders say an income tax cut will be an early priority when lawmakers convene January 8th.

Representative T.J. Berry, who sponsored the vetoed bill, says next year’s version will leave out some of the provisions to which Nixon objected.

One of those dropped sections would have automatically cut state income tax rates even further if Congress enacted a law making it easier for states to collect taxes on sales made over the Internet.

Bill sponsor Senator Will Kraus says lawmakers want to simplify the legislation and lower its cost.

 

ROAD PROJECT SCHEDULED TO BEGIN TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Route U in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane over the next few weeks as Missouri Department of Transportation crews clean out the ditch along the roadway.

The work zone will be located between County Road 732 and Highway 61.

Weather permitting, work will be performed today through Friday, January 17th from 7:30 am to 3 pm each day.

 

NEW BILL WOULD MANDATE A 72 HOUR WAITING PERIOD FOR ABORTIONS
A Missouri senator is proposing legislation that would require a 72-hour wait before an abortion.

The state currently has a 24-hour informed consent law. Republican David Sater of Cassville says extending that period would provide additional time for reflection. He said he hopes it would reduce the number of abortions.

The legislation has been proposed for the 2014 legislative session starting January 8th.

Opponents contend a longer waiting period would not decrease the number of abortions but simply cause them to happen later in pregnancy, which can increase risk.

South Dakota and Utah have 72-hour waiting periods.

 

HIGHWAY PATROL URGING EVERYONE TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS FOR NEW YEARS EVE
With the calendar switching over to 2014 tomorrow night, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging everyone to make good decisions on how they intend to celebrate.

The Highway Patrol says that during the New Year’s counting period last year, there were 1,615 traffic crashes, which killed 12 people and injured 517.

Remember to buckle up and obey all traffic laws. Also, if you plan on drinking that night, designate a sober driver or take a taxi.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122713

 

 

SIKESTON MAN FACING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGE

A Sikeston teenager is facing multiple charges after allegedly exposing himself and assaulting another person.

17 year old Ryan Andrew Tropf was arrested Wednesday on charges of 1st degree burglary, resisting arrest, sexual misconduct, and third degree assault.

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses reported that Tropf had dropped his trousers while standing outside a residence, exposing himself to occupants inside. He then allegedly forced his way into the residence, assaulting a female occupant.

Tropf was later arrested by Scott County Deputies after being found hiding under an abandoned mobile home trailer.
MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A man has been taken into custody in Northeast Arkansas in connection to an alleged sexual assault of a child from 8 years ago.

According to KAIT, Paul Eldon Richardson was arrested after the victim made a report to the Crimes Against Children division with the Arkansas State Police earlier this month.

During the arrest, offices reportedly found a bag that contained drug paraphernalia and suspected meth.
STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR SOUTH CENTRAL EDUCATION CONSORTIUM TO BEGIN JANUARY 7TH

Student registration for a new education consortium in Willow Springs will begin next month.

Three Rivers College and Missouri State University-West Plains will open their new South Central Education Consortium in Willow Springs, Missouri for new student registration on January 7th. Spring semester classes are set to start on January 13th.

The Consortium will offer two-year technical degrees, short-term career certificates, developmental classes, and general education courses. For more information, go online to TRCC.edu.
WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

Authorities in Lawrence County took a Walnut Ridge woman into custody on Christmas day after reportedly finding her in possession of meth.

According to authorities, 31 year old Ashley Stevens was arrested after a Lawrence County deputy found syringes and a liquid that tested positive for meth during a traffic stop.
MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE WARNS BUSINESSES OF DECEPTIVE LETTERS

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is warning business owners to be on the lookout for deceptive letters.

The letters, from Michigan based Corporate Records Service, are mailed in green envelopes titled “Annual Records Solicitation Forms” and falsely suggest Missouri law requires businesses pay a $125 fee.

Kander says, business owners are not required to file annual minutes with his office, and are not required to pay fees to companies like Corporate Records Service to comply with Missouri law.

Kander issued a similar alert about Corporate Records Service in March, when the company solicited fees under the guise of an “Annual Minutes Records Form.”

Individuals who have received the deceptive mailer are encouraged to report their experience to Kander’s office by calling 1-866-223-6535.
KENNETT LICENSE OFFICE LATEST TO GO UP FOR BID

The management contract bid for the license office in Kennett has gone up for bid according to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Prospective bidders may tour the office from 5 to 6 pm on January 2nd. Bids must be submitted by January 17th.

Bids will be evaluated on areas such as expertise of the personnel proposed, methods proposed for performing the services and whether the individual or entity is a not-for-profit, political subdivision, a Missouri Certified Minority Business Enterprise, a Women Business Enterprise or a Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Enterprise.
NEW YEAR TO BRING HEART SCREENINGS FOR NEWBORNS

Missouri is preparing to start screening every newborn baby for a heart disease that can cause developmental delays or death if left untreated.

The screenings for critical congenital heart disease are required under a new state law that takes effect January 1st.

The state Department of Health and Senior Services says an estimated 140 babies are born in Missouri each year with the disease. The noninvasive screenings measure oxygen in the blood and show if a newborn needs treatment with a catheter or surgery.

More than 30 other states have added critical congenital heart disease to the list of disorders for which newborns are screened. The Missouri agency says the tests will prevent babies from being sent home with the risk of developing serious complications in the first few weeks of life.
71 MILLION DOLLAR LOTTERY TICKET PURCHASED IN MISSOURI

Someone is holding a very valuable lottery ticket that was purchased in Missouri.

The Missouri Lottery said Thursday that one Powerball ticket sold in Missouri matched all six numbers drawn Christmas night to win the $71.5 million jackpot. The winning numbers are 23, 28, 38, 39, 56 and the Powerball number is 32. Lottery officials did not say specifically where the ticket was purchased.

The winner can either collect the full jackpot in 30 annuity payments, or take the one-lump payment of $39.8 million before taxes. The winner has 180 days to claim the prize – or until June 23, 2014.

He or she is encouraged to sign the back of the ticket and put it in a safe place before taking it to the Missouri Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122613

 

 

TWO FOUND DEAD IN POSSIBLE MURDER/SUICIDE

Cape Girardeau police have identified two bodies that were found the night of Christmas Eve.

According to Cape Girardeau Police, 40 year old Demetrius Beasley, of St. Louis, and 6 year old Markell Beasley, of Jefferson City, were found dead at a residence on South Hanover. An initial investigation by authorities indicated that it was a possible murder suicide.

According to the Jefferson City Police Department, Markell had been allowed by his mother to travel to St. Louis to be with his father, Demetrius, for a holiday party. Markell’s mother later found out that there was no holiday party, and that the father allegedly did not intend to bring the child back.

The exact manner that the two had died was not available, and police are still investigating the incident.
PARMA WOMAN KILLED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY WRECK

One woman has died after her car hit a tree.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 68 year old Mary A. Fortner, of Parma, was driving on Highway 153 near Tallapoosa in New Madrid County, when she travelled off the side of the road, overturned, and hit a tree.

The wreck occurred Tuesday evening and Fortner was pronounced dead at a Dexter hospital. Fortner was allegedly not wearing a safety device at the time of the wreck.
ONE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO STABBING

Kennett authorities have taken a person into custody following a stabbing report.

According to the Kennett Police Department, early Wednesday morning officers were dispatched to a location on east Second Street. At the location, officers found a black male that had been stabbed in the leg.

Following an investigation, officers arrested 36 year old Elissa K. Adaway, of Kennett, on the charge of first degree domestic assault.

The victim, whose name and current condition was not released, was taken to an area hospital.
WRECK ON CHRISTMAS EVE LEAVES ONE DEAD

A single vehicle wreck on Christmas Eve resulted in the death of a New Madrid woman.

According to the Highway Patrol, 51 year old Georgia M. Halford was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck five miles west of Lilbourn. Halford had been driving on Route E when her vehicle ran off the roadway, hit a utility pole, overturned, and submerged into a ditch of water.

Halford was allegedly not wearing a safety device at the time of the wreck.

SIKESTON WOMAN ARRESTED ON ROBBERY CHARGE

A Sikeston woman has been taken into custody for an alleged robbery.

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 20 year old Tyangela Gibson was arrested during a stop in connection to an investigation into two iPhones that had allegedly been taken by force from an individual.

The stolen phones were reportedly recovered during the traffic stop.

Gibson is facing a felony charge of second degree robbery.
MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNING OF SCAMS IN CONNECTION TO TARGET SECURITY BREACH

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster tells us that victims of the recent security breach at Target stores are being targeted by scammers.

On Monday, Koster warned consumers to be cautious in providing personal or financial information over the phone or in response to emails related to the Target credit and debit-card breach.

Thieves pretending to be from Target or a consumer’s bank or credit-card company have been contacting consumers by phone or email and asking for their personal and financial information.

Koster says that neither Target nor financial institutions would ask for personal information over the phone or by email.
OPERATION JUMPSTART IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AWARDED OVER 7 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT

The Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce and Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission have been awarded over 7 thousand dollars in grant money for operation jumpstart.

According to Steve Halter, the Chamber and OFRPC were awarded $7,481 to offer potential start-ups the opportunity to get trained for free and compete for $2,000 seed money.

The training will be hosted at the Chamber of Commerce, however a date was not released.
LIGHTNING SUSPECTED TO CAUSE FIRE AT VACANT SCHOOL BUILDING

Authorities suspect lightning is to blame for a fire that destroyed a vacant school building in rural Greene County, Arkansas.

The former Stanford High School building burned to the ground over the weekend. Western Greene County Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Potter says the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but no investigation will be conducted because the building wasn’t insured.

Potter says lightning most likely sparked the blaze early Saturday that destroyed the school.

The Paragould Daily Press reports that the school has been vacant since the 1990s when Stanford was consolidated with the Paragould School District.
MISSOURI GETS FEDERAL GRANT TO HELP LOW ACHIEVING SCHOOLS

Missouri has been awarded a $7.5 million federal grant to continue a program that helps the state’s lowest-achieving schools.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the award from the federal School Improvement Grants program on Monday. In all, the agency awarded more than $43 million in such grants to seven states.

Missouri’s education department will distribute the federal funds to districts showing the greatest need and strongest commitment to improving achievement at their lowest-performing schools.

This is the third year Missouri has received a grant from the federal program.
OVER 40 MILLION DOLLARS RELEASED FROM STATE BUDGET

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released $40.1 million that he previously froze from the current year’s state budget.

The largest amount is $18 million for repair work at the Missouri Capitol. The money will be used for sealing and waterproofing the exterior of the Capitol’s south side that faces away from the Missouri River toward the state Supreme Court building.

Nixon also is releasing $7 million for state facilities maintenance and repair and $5 million for projects at state parks.

Nixon announced Tuesday that $10 million would be released for various state programs. That includes $750,000 for small business programs through the Missouri Department of Economic Development and $500,000 for dental programs at rural health clinics.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122313

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122313

 

ELLINGTON MAN FATALLY INJURED IN WEEKEND CRASH

 

A weekend traffic crash has claimed the life of an Ellington man.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Kirk E. Odell was killed when a second vehicle pulled into the path of the vehicle Odell was driving.  The crash happened at around 2 am Sunday on Route M, near County Road 100 in Carter County.

 

A passenger in Odell’s car, 23 year old Tasha L. Parks, of Ellington, received minor injuries.  According to the Patrol, Parks was wearing her safety device.  Odell was not.

 

 

TWO FROM FISK KILLED WHEN HIT BY CAR

 

Two Fisk residents are dead after being hit by a car Saturday night.

 

Authorities say 28 year old Dustin Binkard and 29 year old Charles Price were lying in the roadway on Highway B in Butler County when they were struck by a vehicle.  Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Officials say no charges are being sought against the driver at this time.

 

 

JONESBORO POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY

 

Police in Jonesboro are investigating the Friday night armed robbery of a local business.

 

Authorities say the incident happened shortly after 9 pm at Advanced Auto, when a black male entered the business, armed with a gun.  The suspect was able to escape with an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

 

JONESBORO FAST FOOD EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR STEALING FROM CUSTOMERS

 

An employee of a Jonesboro fast food restaurant has been cited for allegedly stealing from customers.

 

According to authorities, 18 year old Dezirae Schulz was adding an extra $10 to the bills of customers who paid with credit cards, then pocketing the extra cash.  Authorities say Schulz admitted to adding the money to the tabs of at least seven customers.  The stolen money has been returned to the restaurant, which will return it to their customers.

 

Schulz is scheduled to appear in court December 30th.

 

 

WEEKEND FLOODING FORCES RESCUES

 

Flash flooding across Butler and Ripley Counties over the weekend forced the rescue of at least 15 people.  According to authorities, by 6 pm Saturday evening, nearly five inches of rain had been measured at the Poplar Bluff Airport in 24 hours.  No serious injuries were reported due to the flooding.

 

 

KINDER FOCUSING ON MISSOURI HOUSING CREDITS

 

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is preparing to announce efforts to preserve Missouri’s low-income housing tax credits.

 

Kinder was traveling Monday to St. Louis for a news conference with lawmakers and a city alderwoman.

 

The tax credits are awarded to developers of low-income housing. The Missouri Housing Development Commission this month delayed about $14 million annually in tax credits to build apartments for low-income residents. Kinder was the lone commission member to vote against the move.

 

The delay came shortly after Missouri lawmakers approved legislation authorizing up to $1.7 billion in tax incentives over two decades for Boeing Co. to build a plant in the St. Louis area. Those incentives and the housing tax credits were linked informally as part of negotiations between Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican senators.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKER PROPOSES SEPTEMBER TO MAY SCHOOL YEAR

 

Summers could extend a little longer for school kids under a proposed Missouri law that also seeks to require students to spend more time in class and attend summer school if they don’t perform well.

 

Districts would be required to make summer school enrollment mandatory for students who score less than proficient on statewide tests. Plus, the regular school year would be occur between Sept. 1 and May 31 while the state’s minimum class time would increase.

 

Sponsoring House member Steve Cookson says summer school would help prevent students from falling further behind. He says more uniform school calendars can help families who move between communities.

 

The Missouri School Boards’ Association says local officials should have flexibility to set academic calendars and that summer school would add costs for districts.

 

 

RURAL MISSOURI RESIDENTS MORE LIKELY TO BE UNINSURED

 

Missourians who live in rural areas are far less likely to have health insurance than those living near big cities, according to U.S. Census data.

 

The Associated Press examined county-by-county data for 2011, the most recent year available.

 

The numbers show the uphill climb facing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in Missouri, which opted against setting up its own exchange and instead allowed the federal government to run it.

 

Missouri overall ranks right in the middle of the nation in the percentage of uninsured residents under age 65 – tied with Washington state at 25th with 16 percent uninsured. But in 34 of Missouri’s 115 counties, one-fifth to one-quarter of non-senior residents lack health insurance.  Twenty-seven of those 34 counties have fewer than 25,000 residents.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122013

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122013

 

BLOOMFIELD MAN KILLED IN CAVE DIVING ACCIDENT

 

 

A southeast Missouri man has died following an accident while on vacation.

 

According to the Dexter Daily Statesman, 52 year old Brent Cooper, of Bloomfield, was killed last week in a cave diving accident in Mexico.

 

The accident occurred on Tuesday, December 10th.

 

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN SHOOTING DEATH OF SALESVILLE RESIDENT

 

 

A Salesville man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

 

Johnnie Carl Baker faced a second degree murder charge in the November 12th, 2012, death of 65 year old Dennis Franklin Chapman of Salesville.

 

Baker, who is 48, insisted he accidentally shot Chapman while at a home in Norfork. The Baxter Bulletin reported Thursday that Baker told Judge John Putman the weapon fired while being oiled.

 

Investigators said Baker had given Chapman a soft drink bottle and told him to hold it so he could shoot at it.

 

Prosecutors said that even if Baker didn’t intend to shoot Chapman, his actions were reckless. The judge sentenced Baker to 10 years, then added four years because he used a gun, which is allowed under state law.

 

 

WOMAN REPORTEDLY ROBBED AND STABBED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

 

Police in Newport, Arkansas are investigating an incident where a woman was stabbed and robbed outside her home.

 

According to authorities, a woman told officers that she was walking from her vehicle to her residence on Hout Circle in Newport when a black male wearing dark clothing approached her.

The man ordered her to give him the plastic bag she was carrying which contained a Christmas gift for her child.

 

The woman then hit the man with her keys. The suspect reportedly knocked her to the ground and stabbed her in the leg with a knife. The suspect then fled the scene with the bag.

 

The victim was treated at an area hospital and later released. Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Newport Police at 870-523-2722.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG AND WEAPON CHARGES

 

 

Two Charleston men were taken into custody Wednesday night on multiple felony charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18 year old Jadarius A. McCain and Herandez M. Evans were each arrested in Mississippi County on felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, unlawful use of a weapon, and tampering with physical evidence.

 

McCain is also facing additional felony charges of resisting arrest and receiving stolen property.

 

AREA SCHOOL EVACUATED FOLLOWING GAS LEAK

 

 

Students in Paragould got some unexpected time off of school yesterday morning following a gas leak.

 

Students at the Paragould Junior High and High Schools were evacuated, but eventually released back to class and the school day resumed as normal.

 

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS OF SCAM SEEKING UTILITY BILL PAYMENTS

 

 

The Missouri attorney general is warning people to beware of a scam in which fake representatives of utility companies are seeking money for supposedly overdue bills.

 

Attorney General Chris Koster says his consumer protection hotline has received several reports of phone callers claiming to be from a power company and demanding money to avoid disconnecting their service.

 

Koster says the scam has targeted residential and small-business customers and seems to have become more common as the weather has gotten colder.

 

The attorney general’s office says people should never provide personal or banking information on phone calls they did not initiate. Koster suggests people hang up and instead call the utility company using a number listed on a bill or the company’s website.

 

 

SEMO CHOSEN FOR $100,000 GRANT

 

 

Southeast Missouri State University has been chosen for a $100,000 grant from the USDA.

 

The university will receive the Rural Business Enterprise Grant to construct a greenhouse in Malden for rice breeding research.

 

The USDA has also announced that the Missouri Innovation Corporation received an Intermediary Relending Program loan of $1,000,000. The loan will be used to establish a revolving loan fund which will be made available to small businesses in Southeast Missouri and is expected to result in the creation of 200 jobs.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL WANTS EVERYONE TO DRIVE SAFE OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

 

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol wants to wish everyone a merry and safe Christmas and remind them to drive safely during the holiday.

 

Last year, six people were killed and another 342 injured in 1,117 wrecks during the Christmas Holiday counting period.

 

Colonel Ron Replogle said in a release, “Please be a safe, courteous driver. Wear your seat belt, obey Missouri’s traffic laws, and if you include alcohol in your celebrations, please don’t drive.”

 

 

WEEKEND BRINGS FLOOD WATCH FOR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

 

With showers in the forecast this weekend, the National Weather Service is warning of possible floods.

 

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Flood watch for all of Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, and Western Kentucky that will be in effect from 6 pm Friday evening through 6 am Sunday morning.

 

Three to five inches of rainfall is in the forecast for the weekend and with the ground conditions being saturated from the recent winter weather there is potential for flooding.

 

The weather service is advising people who live in areas that are prone to flooding to be prepared to take action should floods develop.

 

 

SURVEY PREDICTS ECONOMY GROWTH IN RURAL MIDWEST

 

 

A new survey of bankers suggests that the economy will grow at a healthy pace in rural parts of 10 Midwest and Western states in the months ahead.

 

The monthly survey’s overall index rose to 56.1 in December from November’s more moderate 54.3. But any score above 50 suggests growth.

 

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the region continues to benefit from the strength of agriculture and energy businesses. But declining crop prices and the lack of a farm bill are concerning.

 

The index is based on surveys of rural bankers in 10 states including Missouri and Illinois.

 

It ranges from 0 to 100, with 50 representing growth neutral. A score above 50 suggests growth in that factor in the months ahead.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121913

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121913

 

SECOND PERSON CHARGED IN 2012 SHOOTING DEATH

 

A second suspect now faces murder charges for a fatal shooting nearly 20 months ago in southeast Missouri.

 

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that 24 year old Tyson Fortner, of Bismarck, was charged with second degree murder in the April 25, 2012, killing of 57 year old Thomas Espy. Earlier, 24-year-old Zachary Clampitt, of Park Hills, was charged with first degree murder.

 

Espy was sleeping on a couch at a family retreat near the Black River in Reynolds County when he was shot.

 

Clampitt is already serving a seven-year sentence for assault on law enforcement and property damage. Fortner was already jailed on warrants for driving while suspended, shoplifting, and failure to appear in court.

 

 

SHOTS REPORTEDLY FIRED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

 

Authorities are investigating a report of shots being fired in Cape Girardeau.

 

Shots were reportedly fired into two separate residences Wednesday evening. One of the residences was located on Good Hope Street and the other on Hanover. According to KFVS, the incidents are under investigation and police do not have any suspects.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO VEHICLE BREAK INS IN NORTHERN ARKANSAS

 

A man has been taken into custody following multiple reports of vehicle break-ins.

 

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department, multiple reports were made of thefts of contents from vehicles on December 17th. A purse containing credit cards and other documents was taken from one of the vehicles and two muzzle loaders rifles were taken from another.

 

Authorities also took a report from a nearby resident indicating that she found credit cards in her son’s bed that did not belong to him.  Those credit cards were found to be in the name of one of the theft victims.  Further searching of the residence uncovered the stolen muzzle loaders in the suspect’s bedroom.

 

Early Wednesday morning, authorities responded to a complaint indicating that 23 year old Alec Robert Johnson was trying to get into a residence. Deputies found Johnson in possession of Xanax and took him into custody.

 

Johnson is facing charges of breaking or entering, theft of property, and possession of a schedule six controlled substance, among other charges.

 

 

SEVEN ARRESTS MADE DURING BUTLER COUNTY CHECKPOINT

 

State troopers made seven arrests during a sobriety checkpoint last weekend in Butler County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, a total of 170 vehicles were stopped during the four hour operation on December 14th. Of the seven arrests made, four were driving while intoxicated arrests.

 

There were 34 warnings and 13 summonses issued during the operation.

 

 

18 YEAR OLD THREE RIVERS STUDENT CLAIMS 100 THOUSAND DOLLAR LOTTERY PRIZE

 

An 18 year old student at Three Rivers College should not have any trouble paying for books next semester.

 

Rodie Rainey, of Lowndes, won $100,000 from a Missouri Lottery “Millionaire” scratchers ticket she purchased in Zalma.

 

Rainey says she was having some bad luck that day, so she pulled into a gas station and bought the ticket.

 

 

HEARING SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF TO DISCUSS DISCUS PROPOSED HIGHWAY PROJECT

 

A hearing will be held today by the Missouri Department of Transportation to discuss intersection improvements at Route PP and Township Line Road.

 

The meeting is scheduled for 4 to 6 pm at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce. The proposed intersection improvements at Route PP and Township Line Road include constructing a four-leg roundabout to improve safety and help traffic flow more smoothly.

 

Two options for the Route 67 crossover at Township Line Road will also be shared at the meeting.

 

According to project manager Jason Williams, “Visitors can stop-by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. to discuss the details of the project with a member of the project team and provide their comments.”

 

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SHERIFF ISSUES WARNING ABOUT SCAM PHONE CALLS

 

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that they have received several calls about an insurance scam that is using local numbers.

 

A post on the sheriff’s department’s Facebook page says that it seems that the scammers are attempting to obtain people’s social security and credit card numbers and that the local numbers that are showing up on people’s caller IDs are not who is really calling.

 

Authorities are urging everyone to be careful with their personal information.

 

 

GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW THREE RIVERS BUILDING

 

Three Rivers College held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the new Humanities and Social Sciences building.

 

The 40,000 square foot classroom building, when completed, will include the college’s first lecture hall, 16 state-of-the-art classrooms, and three computer labs.

 

In addition, the structure will also contain a two-story FEMA certified safe room capable of withstanding 200 mile per hour winds.

 

The building will be located on the east side of the Poplar Bluff Campus by the Academic Resource Commons and the Westover Administration Building.

 

Construction is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2015.

 

 

MISSOURI AUDITOR EXAMINING STATE TAX CREDIT PROGRAMS

 

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he will have reports coming out soon on some of Missouri’s biggest tax credit programs.

 

Schweich says he hopes to release audits early in the 2014 legislative session on tax credits for developers who build low-income housing, renovate historic buildings and clean up contaminated old business sites.

 

Missouri waived $144 million of taxes during its last budget year because of the low-income housing credits. Developers redeemed nearly $79 million in historic preservation tax credits and more than $6 million in Brownfield remediation tax credits for work on contaminated sites.

 

Lawmakers are to consider new limits on some of those tax credit programs during their session that starts January 8.

 

Schweich said he wants the audits out early enough that lawmakers can use the information.

 

 

OVER 86,000 PEOPLE APPLY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE UNDER ARKANSAS PROGRAM

 

More than 86,000 Arkansas residents have applied for health insurance under a state plan to use Medicaid expansion money to provide the coverage.

 

The Department of Human Services said Wednesday that of the 86,341 people who applied, 72,361 are eligible for the private option insurance.

 

The program is separate from the federal health insurance program that operates through the HealthCare.gov website. As of last week, about 1,400 Arkansas residents had enrolled in that program of 18,000 who applied.

 

State health officials say that 5,700 private option applicants will be placed in the traditional Medicaid program.

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121813

 

MAN INDICTED FOR FRAUD SCHEME THAT INVOLVED POPLAR BLUFF PROPERTY

A man has been indicted in connection to a multi-million dollar loan fraud scheme that involved property in the Poplar Bluff area.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Ronald L. Roberts was indicted on three felony counts of wire fraud and one felony count of mail fraud.

The indictment alleges that Roberts solicited personal loans for a fictitious real estate transaction involving property in or around Poplar Bluff.

According to the indictment, there was no such real estate transaction pending, the property in question was worth substantially less than Roberts represented and the funds provided by lenders were instead diverted to Roberts’ personal use.

If convicted, each count of mail and wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.
APPROXIMATELY 75 EMPLOYEES TO BE LAID OFF FROM AREA BUSINESS

Approximately 75 employees are set to be laid off from an area business.

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation announced on Tuesday that they are planning to reduce their workforce by approximately 190 employees and contract workers.

A press release states that the workforce reduction plan includes approximately 75 employees in the Company’s Primary Aluminum business. Noranda’s primary aluminum smelter is located in New Madrid.
TWO ARRESTED IN SIKESTON BURGLARY

Over $1450 worth of Jewelry items was reportedly burglarized from a Sikeston business.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, two people have been arrested in connection to the burglary at the JC Penny’s in Sikeston.

45 year old Joe Nathan Williamson and 41 year old Paul Wayne Williamson, both of Sikeston, are facing charges of 2nd degree burglary and stealing. Police say that about a third of the property was recovered.
MAN CHARGED IN 2012 SHOOTING DEATH

Nearly 20 months after a southeast Missouri man was shot to death, charges have been filed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 24-year-old Zachary Clampitt of Park Hills is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and first-degree burglary in the April 25, 2012, killing of 57-year-old Thomas Espy.

The Reynolds County sheriff is also seeking second-degree murder and burglary charges against another suspect.

Espy was a retired St. Louis sheet metal worker. He was sleeping on a couch at a family retreat near the Black River when a bullet came through the window and struck and killed him.

Clampitt is already serving a seven-year sentence for assault on law enforcement and property damage.

Police got a tip that the two were involved in the case.
JONESBORO MAN FACING STALKING CHARGE

A Jonesboro man has been arrested on a stalking charge.

According to authorities, 18 year old Joshua Michael Brooks has been accused of stalking a young girl. The girl’s father reportedly told authorities that Brooks had exposed himself to the girl.

Brooks was taken into custody on Monday.
MORE CHARGES FOR MAN ARRESTED IN ATTEMPTED CAPE GIRARDEAU BANK ROBBERY

A man who was taken into custody Monday following an attempted bank robbery in Cape Girardeau is facing additional charges.

According to authorities, 50 year old David C. Dawson, of Cape Girardeau, is facing a charge of 1st degree attempted robbery.

Patrolman Darin Hickey, with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, tells KWOC News that Dawson has also been charged with felony property damage for his alleged role in the damaging of an ATM.
TEENAGER MISSING OUT OF INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, ARKANSAS

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are looking for help in finding a missing teenager.

According to KAIT, The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in finding 15 year old Kourtney Shiver. The girl has black hair and brown eyes and is 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.

Shiver was last seen on Friday, December 13th in the area of Spring Valley. Anyone with information about Shiver’s location is asked to call 870-793-8838.
MAN CHARGED IN SIKESTON CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

One man has been taken into custody following a robbery at a Sikeston convenience store.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, a man entered a Break Time early Monday morning and allegedly ordered the clerk to the register and demanded money. The man then fled from the business with the money and two packs of cigarettes.

Following an investigation, officers arrested 24 year old Collin Lester Mosley, of Sikeston. Mosley has been charged with 2nd degree robbery.
LISTENING POST MEETING TO BE HELD THURSDAY IN ELLINGTON

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Listening Post Meeting Thursday in Ellington.

Listening Posts are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

The meeting will be held from 10:30 am to 11:30 am tomorrow at the Ellington City Hall.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN IN MISSOURI

Missouri’s unemployment rate declined in November while payrolls expanded by 15,000 jobs.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.

The leading gainer was educational and health services, which added 5,200 jobs last month. The construction sector grew by 2,300 and professional and business services increased by 2,000 jobs. The information, leisure and hospitality sectors each declined by 200 jobs.

Missouri’s civilian labor force was about 3 million, which is down 244 from October. The labor force includes people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.
MISSOURI AUDITOR LOOKS AT MISSOURI WELFARE BENEFITS

A new audit questions whether hundreds of Missouri welfare recipients are living out of state or using benefits for alcohol, tobacco and gambling.

The report released Tuesday by State Auditor Tom Schweich looks at about $96 million of benefits paid through electronic cards in 2012 for a program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

The audit found 366 cases in which recipients used a total of $461,000 of benefits exclusively out of state for at least three months. Although nothing prohibits out of state use, the report says that may indicate the welfare recipients no longer live in Missouri.

The audit also found about 1,600 cases in which $261,000 of benefits were used at locations appearing to be associated with alcohol, tobacco, gambling or adult entertainment.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121713

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SENTENCED FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

A Poplar Bluff man has been sentenced for producing child pornography.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 62 year old David L. Cathey, was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on two felony charges for producing child pornography.

Cathey reportedly admitted to taking images of two minor females over a period of several years. The images of the children were discovered when Cathey sold his computer and failed to remove a compact disc containing the photographs.
REGISTRATION HOURS EXTENDED AT THREE RIVERS

Students looking to register at Three Rivers College have gotten a little extra time.

The college has announced that it will be extending the hours for students to complete registration at its Poplar Bluff campus and its Centers in Dexter, Kennett, Malden, and Sikeston, due to the recent weather related closings.

The College will be open from 8 am to 6:30 pm through December 19th and then again from January 7th through January 9th. A special registration session will also be held on January 11th from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, go online to trcc.edu.
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CITY SUED BY ACLU

A Southeast Missouri city has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri on the behalf of a homeless couple.

The ACLU says that Miner police threatened Orchard and Edward Gillespie in September. According to a post on the ACLU website, the pair was holding up a sign that read “Travelling. Anything helps. God bless,” when they were approached by a police officer and told they had to leave.

The officer reportedly left and returned with highlighted copies of ordinances against vagrancy, begging and loitering. Another policeman later joined the original officer, and reportedly told the couple that they would be arrested for violating the ordinances if they did not leave the town, which they then did.

The ACLU says that the ordinances do not exist. The lawsuit was filed against the city of Miner and two unnamed police officers in US District Court.
POLICE IN BLYTHEVILLE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING THAT LEAVE TWO INJURED
Police in Blytheville, Arkansas are investigating a weekend shooting that left two brothers with injuries.

According to authorities, John and Scott McGrath were both shot in the incident, which happened Saturday at around 4 am outside the Drift Inn and Entertainer Club.

No arrests have been made. Authorities say an investigation is ongoing.

Both victims were taken to a hospital in Memphis for treatment.
KENNETT POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED

A Kennett Police Officer has been arrested as a result of an undercover investigation.

According to the Kennett Police Department, 27 year old Jeremy Crawford was stopped in the parking lot of a local gas station after being observed by investigators purchasing controlled substances.

During a search, authorities found an undisclosed amount of prescription medication in Crawford’s possession. He was taken into custody for investigation of possession of a controlled substance. Kennett Police say the investigation is ongoing.
HAYWOOD CITY WOMAN ARRESTED ON FELONY ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD CHARGE

A woman has been charged with four counts of 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, authorities received a report last week of injuries to a child resulting from abuse or neglect.

As a result, the investigators went to a residence in Haywood City to check the living conditions there. Investigators discovered enough evidence for the Children’s Division to remove four juveniles from the residence.

Authorities later arrested 27 year old Cassandra L. Gipson, of Haywood City, and the children were taken into custody to be placed with other family members.
ONE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO CAPE BANK ROBBERY

Police in Cape Girardeau say they have a man in custody in connection to a bank robbery yesterday.

According to Cape Police, they received a call from First Missouri State Bank on South Mount Auburn Road shortly after 8:30 Monday morning, saying a man with a weapon was inside the bank, and that the man had given a teller a note demanding money.

Police arrived at the bank within minutes, surrounded the building, and took the suspect into custody as he exited.

Patrolman Darin Hickey tells KWOC News that 50 year old David C. Dawson, of Cape Girardeau, is facing a charge of 1st degree attempted robbery. Dawson’s bond was set at $75,000.
CARUTHERSVILLE POLICE WANTS EVERYONE TO TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT BURGLARIES

With Christmas just over a week away, many people have finished their shopping and have multiple gifts under their tree, but they may also be putting themselves at risk for burglaries.

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, residential burglaries commonly increase during the holiday season. Caruthersville authorities want to remind everyone to be sure your windows are secured and that your doors are locked.

Don’t place items of value or Christmas presents where they can be easily seen by someone outside your residence. The police department also recommends taking pictures and recording the serial numbers of your valuables in case of a burglary at your residence.
RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

Route V in Ripley County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.

The work zone will be located 2 miles from the Highway 142 intersection.

Work will take place today from 9 am to 1 pm, weather permitting.
MISSOURI LAWMAKERS WILL TRY TO LIMIT MEDICAL LAWSUITS

Missouri lawmakers plan to try again to limit how much money people can receive in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says the liability limits are a priority for the 2014 session. And Rep. Eric Burlison, of Springfield, already is promoting a bill.

Republican lawmakers want to reinstate a $350,000 limit on noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering that was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court in July 2012.

The court said the limit violated a common-law right to seek damages for medical malpractice that predated the adoption of a state constitution in 1820.

The proposed legislation would abolish that common-law right and instead make medical liability lawsuits subject to state law.

A similar bill stalled earlier this year in the Senate.
OFFICIALS TESTING DNA OF KILLED ANIMAL

Officials are checking whether an animal shot and killed last month in southeastern Missouri is a wolf.

Wolves are a protected species in Missouri, and the state Department of Conservation says DNA testing will be used to determine whether it is a gray wolf, coyote or other canine species. A landowner in Wayne County contacted the agency after shooting the animal in late November.

Conservation officials say wolves appear similar to coyotes but are much larger. Coyotes generally do not weigh more than 30 pounds in Missouri and can be hunted throughout the year.

The agency says there is no known wolf breeding population in Missouri, although hunters have occasionally shot wolves in the past decade after mistaking them for coyotes.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121613

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO CAPE GIRARDEAU SHOOTING

A man has been taken into custody in connection to a November shooting in Cape Girardeau.

According to Patrolman Darin Hickey with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, 34 year old Dennis L. Williams, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested in Boone County on December 12th. Williams is a suspect in an incident where a woman was shot in the leg while sitting in a vehicle on November 30th.

Williams was arrested on charges of two counts of felony first degree assault and felony armed criminal action. Patrolman Hickey says Williams will be transported to Cape Girardeau County in the near future.
MAN HIT BY VEHICLE IN CARUTHERSVILLE

A woman has been arrested after her boyfriend was reportedly hit by a vehicle.

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, on Thursday police were dispatched to an area where a man had been hit by a motor vehicle. When they arrived they found a 40 year old male lying in the roadway with a fractured ankle and a laceration to the head.

During an investigation, officers learned that the man had been in an altercation with his girlfriend. The 33 year old woman, whose name was not released, was arrested. The man was air lifted to a Memphis hospital for treatment.
SIX ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY

The Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department says that six people have been taken into custody on charges for attempt to manufacture.

Five of the people arrested were 48 year old Paula Johnson, 42 year old James Craddock, 36 year old Jennifer England, 23 year old Michael Malone Jr., and 20 year old Felicia Krah, all from Dexter. The other arrestee was 32 year old Joseph Saffell Jr., of Murder, Florida.
AUTHORITIES LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING

Jonesboro authorities are searching for a man in connection to a shooting Saturday night.

According to authorities, Quinton Boggard was shot Saturday night and sustained non-life threatening injuries. He had reportedly gotten into an altercation with Willie Boggard, who is being sought in connection to the incident.
WOMAN FACING CHARGES FOR REPORTEDLY HITTING CHILDREN WITH A STICK

A woman is facing battery and assault charges for reportedly hitting children with a stick.

According to KAIT, Shanell Williams was arrested by Jonesboro Police after she allegedly hit three children on the head with a small, wooden stick at the daycare where she worked.

The children were all boys. Two were four years old and the other was seven years old. Williams has been terminated from her position at the daycare.
SIX INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE WRECK

Six people suffered injuries in a weekend wreck in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred Sunday afternoon when 45 year old Jeff Whitehead, of Puxico, attempted to pass a vehicle driven by 33 year old Shlisa Whitaker of Hornersville on Missouri Highway 51.

Whitaker had reportedly stopped to make a left turn and was hit by Whitehead in the rear of the vehicle. Whitaker and four passengers in her vehicle suffered injuries, including one who was seriously injured.

A passenger in Whitehead’s vehicle suffered moderate injuries.
AREA BANK ISSUES FRAUD ALERT

An area bank is warning customers to be aware of possible fraudulent phone calls.

Focus Bank, which has multiple locations in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas, put a fraud alert on its website cautioning people to be on the lookout for fraudulent phone calls that purport to be from Focus Bank.

The bank says to not supply any card number or personal information to these callers. For more information, go online to www.focusbank.com.
ADVANCE MAN APPOINTED TO STATE BOARD

Missouri Representative Dennis Fowler has been appointed by the governor to the state Board of Probation and Parole.

Governor Jay Nixon announced Fowler’s appointment Friday – the same day that he also appointed state Senator Ryan McKenna to a spot in his administration as the labor department director.

Fowler is a Navy veteran who worked in law enforcement for 38 years before winning election to the House in 2012. The Republican from Advance represented the 151st District in southeast Missouri.

His appointment to the Board of Probation and Parole will be subject to Senate confirmation.
DATES SET FOR 2014 DEER AND TURKEY FIREARMS SEASONS

The Missouri Conservation Commission has set the dates for the 2014 firearms turkey and deer hunting seasons.

The regular spring season for turkeys will be April 21st to May 11th and the fall firearms season will be October 1st to October 31st.

For Deer, the November portion will run from November 15th to 25th, with the antlerless portion coming right after from November 26th to December 7th.

Additional 2014 hunting dates are available online at mdc.mo.gov.
IN STATE TUITION RATES APPROVED FOR EXTENSION TO ALL ROTC CADETS AT ASU

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has approved in-state tuition rates to all U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets.

The board in 2011 had authorized the lower in-state rates to all people serving in the military, but the policy did not specifically address ROTC students, who sign an enlistment contract.
DISASTER DECLARATION ISSUED FOR MULTIPLE ARKANSAS COUNTIES

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has declared a disaster in multiple counties after last week’s wintry weather.

The governor on Friday issued a disaster declaration for 22 counties including Baxter, Independence, Izard, and Sharp counties.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is on the ground with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in about a dozen of the affected counties to determine whether Arkansas will qualify for federal assistance.

If the state qualifies, it will be for public-assistance funds to help counties recover and repair damaged infrastructure.