June 30, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 063014

 

ONE DEAD IN CONNECTION TO WEEKEND SHOOTING

 

A Cape Girardeau man is dead following a shooting over the weekend.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, 26 year old Anthony Lynn Hempstead was found with multiple gunshot wounds in an alley off of Jefferson Street Friday night.

 

Hempstead was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. The incident is under investigation by the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad.

 

No one has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting.

 

 

MOTORCYCLE WRECK CLAIMS LIFE OF BLYTHEVILLE MAN

 

A Blytheville man is dead following a single vehicle wreck over the weekend.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 31 year old Antwann Q. Newborn’s motorcycle hit a utility pole Saturday in Mississippi County, Arkansas. Newborn was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

VICTIM IN SERIOUS CONDITION FOLLOWING SHOOTING

 

A shooting in Cape Girardeau has left one person in serious condition.

 

According to Cape Girardeau police, shortly before 7 pm Friday evening, officers responded to report of shots being fired on Cousin Street.

 

Officers were told that a male subject had been shot and taken to an area hospital. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is in serious condition.

 

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

 

 

WAPPAPELLO MAN CHARGED FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

 

A Wappapello man was taken into custody Friday night in Wayne County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 52 year old Randy Morris is facing felony charges of resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated – chronic offender.

 

Morris is also charged with drinking an alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle, assault on a law enforcement officer, and child endangerment.

 

 

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ARREST OF TWO SIKESTON RESIDENTS

 

A search warrant has led to the arrest of two Sikeston residents.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 18 year old Christopher Greer and Earl McDade were arrested Friday at their residence.

 

A search warrant had been obtained as a part of an ongoing investigation that began Thursday. The search resulted in the recovery of United States and foreign coins, other currency, and baseball cards. It is believed by investigators that the recovered items are from a burglary that occurred in the city of Sikeston.

 

Greer and McDade are each facing a felony charge of receiving stolen property.

 

 

DEXTER RESIDENT ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

 

A Dexter resident is facing multiple felony charges in connection to her arrest Friday night.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 28 year old Nicole A. Smith was taken into custody Friday night in Stoddard County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance,  methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

ROUTE Z IN STODDARD COUNTY TO BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE OVER THE NEXT MONTH

 

Contractor crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Stoddard County over the next month for a project on Route Z.

 

Route Z will be reduced to one lane with a 9 foot width restriction so contractor crews can perform pavement overlay. The work zone is located between Highways 25 and 153.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place from 6 am to 6 pm daily through Wednesday, July 30th.

 

 

MONTH LONG ROAD PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Route AF in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane with a 9 foot width restriction for the next month so contractor crews can perform pavement overlay.

 

The section of roadway included in the project is located from County Road 637 to Highway 25.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Wednesday, July 30th from 6 am to 7 pm.

 

 

EXPECT DELAYS THIS WEEK ON INTERSTATE 55 IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Motorists on Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County should expect delays this week.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Southbound I-55 will be reduced to one lane between Route O and the state line for pavement repairs.

 

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place daily from 6:30 am to 5 pm through Thursday.

 

 

SINGLE BOTTLE BEER SALES APPROVED BY GOVERNOR NIXON

 

Starting next year, Missouri stores will be able to sell beer by the individual bottle or can.

 

Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation Friday authorizing single-bottle beer sales by retailers such as grocery and convenience stores. Current law requires beer to be sold in packages containing at least three bottles.

 

The relaxed requirements will take effect in January.

 

 

MISSOURI GAY MARRIAGE BAN CHALLENGED BY ACLU

 

Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage is being challenged by a lawsuit in Kansas City.

 

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses last week by the Jackson County recorder of deeds.

 

The lawsuit contends Missouri’s constitutional provision limiting marriage to one man and one woman violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Similar lawsuits have been filed across the country.

 

Court records show the Jackson County case was filed Tuesday.

 

ACLU attorney Tony Rothert said Friday that it wasn’t publicized because supporters didn’t want to distract from efforts in St. Louis.

 

St. Louis officials granted marriage licenses to four same-sex couples Wednesday, which also has prompted a legal fight.

 

 

MISSOURI’S SHARED WORK PROGRAM TO CONTINUE

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation preserving a program that encourages businesses to place employees on part-time status instead of laying them off.

 

The measure enacted Friday is intended to keep Missouri in compliance with new federal requirements for the shared-work program.

 

Nixon said about 335 employers and more than 21,000 people currently participate in the program. It allows businesses to split working hours among a group of employees as an alternative to laying some of them off. In exchange, the employees’ incomes are supplemented with reduced amounts of unemployment benefits.

 

Missouri’s program had to be revised to match federal guidelines, or else it would have ended in August.

 

Business groups supported the legislation, which could allow Missouri to get an additional $2.5 million in federal funds.

June 27, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 062714

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES

 

Two Poplar Bluff residents are facing drug charges after being stopped by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Jefferson County.

 

According to authorities, 29 year old Jamar M. Griffin and 20 year old Giselle M. Cravens were taken into custody yesterday morning.

 

Griffin has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and distribution of a controlled substance.

 

Cravens faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

CARUTHERSVILLE MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER STABBING CITY EMPLOYEE

 

A Caruthersville man is in custody after he allegedly stabbed a city employee yesterday.

 

A release from the Caruthersville Police Department says officers were called to the local city hall shortly after 11 am about a man brandishing a knife.  Upon arrival, police discovered that water department employee Elizabeth Hardesty had been stabbed multiple times.

 

After a search of the area and questioning multiple residents, officers located Richard Jaworski at a residence on Highland Avenue.  He admitted that he had stabbed Hardesty because she was to blame for his water being shut off.

 

Hardesty was airlifted to a Memphis hospital.  No details about her condition have been released at this time.

 

Jaworski faces charges on two counts of first degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and first degree burglary.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

 

A Jonesboro man has been charged with rape after a probable cause hearing determined he had assaulted a teenage girl.

 

Authorities say 39 year old Jeremy Scott Harrell allegedly touched the genitals and performed a sexual act on a 15 year old girl.

 

Harrell told authorities that the girl had made sexual advances on him.

 

 

TWO IN STODDARD COUNTY FACING DRUG CHARGES IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS

 

Two Stoddard County men are facing drug related charges after their arrests this week in separate incidents.

 

Authorities say 58 year old Tom A. McCoy, of Dexter, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance after officers found two baggies containing crystal methamphetamine in his vehicle.

 

A second arrest was made Tuesday after investigators executed a search warrant at a residence on West St. Francis Street in Dexter.  During the search, police seized methamphetamine, several items of drug paraphernalia and items used in the distribution of a controlled substance.  52 year old Gary Lee Lane was taken into custody on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

TWO CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AFTER ENTERING ABANDONED APARTMENT

 

Two people are facing burglary charges in Mississippi County.

 

Authorities say 38 year old Ronald Powell, Jr., of Caruthersville and 32 year old Jayne Raye Love, of East Prairie have each been charged with second degree burglary and misdemeanor trespassing.

 

The charges stem from an incident Monday afternoon, when Powell contacted the Sheriff’s Department saying he needed assistance entering a public housing apartment in the Eagles Landing subdivision.  Powell told the responding deputy that he had a key and the tenant’s permission to enter the home and remove items.

 

It was discovered that the tenant had abandoned the apartment and that management had changed the locks in an attempt to protect the items left behind. The deputy advised Powell not to enter the apartment until he was granted permission from public housing management.

 

A short time later, a deputy was dispatched to a burglary in progress at the same location, where the deputy found Powell, Love, the apartment’s former tenant and a juvenile.   A window screen had been cut.  The deputy assessed that the juvenile had entered the home through the window and opened the door for the adults.

 

The officer arrived on the scene before any items could be removed.

 

 

WOMAN’S HOME BURGLARIZED WHILE SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED, EVERYTHING TAKEN

 

Jonesboro Police are investigating a burglary incident after a woman who was in the hospital for several months came home to discover her belongings missing.

 

According to authorities, a 54 year old female told officers that someone entered her house while she was hospitalized.  She told them that everything from her clothing to the water heater was taken.  The victim reported that she had spoken to two people who are considered suspects who admitted to taking and selling items.

 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 870-935-STOP.

 

 

PATTON MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AFTER LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT

 

A Patton resident is facing multiple charges after being taken into custody by the Missouri State Highway Patrol shortly before 1 am yesterday.

 

Few details have been released, but according to a Patrol arrest report, 23 year old Devon A. Matlock was arrested in Bollinger County and has been charged with felony second degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.

 

 

GRANDIN MAN FACING DRUG CHARGE

 

A Grandin man is facing a drug related charge after his arrest by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 

Authorities say 46 year old David M. Brannon was taken into custody yesterday evening in Ripley County.  He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

June 26, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 062614

 

STEPHENSON TO LEAVE THREE RIVERS COLLEGE

 

Dr. Devin Stephenson has announced his intention to leave Three Rivers College.

 

During the College’s Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, Stephenson made a request for a sabbatical leave through November 30th, and for that to be followed by a voluntary termination of his contract. Stephenson has served as the college’s president since 2009 and will serve as a consultant during the sabbatical.

 

Stephenson cited a desire to pursue alternative opportunities related to higher education as the reason for his request.

 

Dr. Wesley Payne, Vice President for Learning, will take over as Interim President. A search for Stephenson’s permanent successor will likely not begin until the sabbatical period is over, according to Randy Grassham, Chairman of the Three Rivers’ Board of Trustees.

 

 

CORNING MAN FLOWN TO AREA HOSPITAL

 

A Corning man was flown to an area hospital following an accident in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Donnie P. Ray suffered moderate injuries after jumping or falling from an unknown vehicle.

 

The incident occurred at around 6:15 pm Wednesday night on Route CC, three miles east of Broseley.

 

 

$10,000 IN REWARDS OFFERED IN CONNECTION TO RECENT INCIDENTS IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY

 

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan says that $10,000 in rewards is being offered for information on either of two recent violent incidents.

 

Authorities are looking for information into a homicide that occurred on June 20th in the city of Cape Girardeau, along with a shooting and home invasion that occurred on June 5th in the Cape Rock Village area.

 

A $10,000 cash reward is being offered for any information received that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals involved in either case.

 

Anyone with information on the Homicide should contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 573-335-6621.

 

Anyone with information on the home invasion should contact the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office at 573-243-3551.

 

 

$3000 OFFERED FOR INFORMATION IN CONNECTION TO JONESBORO SHOOTING

 

Jonesboro police are offering a reward for information in connection with a shooting death that occurred last month.

 

KAIT reports that police announced Wednesday a $3,000 reward for information leading to those involved in the shooting death of 47 year old William Keith Gosney.

 

Police say Gosney was found in his home on the city’s west side on May 12th with several gunshot wounds. He died later at a local hospital.

 

Police say they believe Gosney knew the person who shot him, but that he was not able to provide officers with a name before he died.

 

 

CRAFT BOUTIQUE AND ART CONTEST TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND TO BENEFIT CAPE ARROWHEAD

 

A Craft Boutique and Art Contest will be held this weekend in Poplar Bluff to benefit Cape Arrowhead.

 

The event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday at 502 Vine Street. Admission to the event is free and in addition to the art contest, there will also be door prizes, music and food.

 

The entry fee for the art contest is $10, and the special theme is autism. For more information contact Cape Arrowhead at 573-778-1210.

 

 

TEN DROWNING DEATHS REPORTED DURING JUNE IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri law enforcement officers are urging people to use caution in the water amid 10 reported drowning deaths so far in June.

 

The state Highway Patrol oversees the state’s water patrol division. It says that swimming in rivers and lakes can be dangerous even for adults and children who have good swimming skills.

 

The patrol says currents, drop-offs and floating debris all can pose dangers in water. It says everyone should use a life jacket and should get into the water only when others are present.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL TO PARTICIPATE IN HOLIDAY TRAVEL PROJECT

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be participating in a project around the 4th of July holiday weekend.

 

According to Captain George Ridens, troopers will be placed every 20 miles on Interstates 55 and 57, along with other selected secondary roads on Thursday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 6th.

 

Ridens says the objective of the project is to aggressively enforce all traffic violations which may contribute to unsafe traveling conditions, and to place a trooper in close proximity of motorists who may need assistance.

 

 

CAP ON MISSOURI SOLAR REBATES CHALLENGED BY LAWSUIT

 

A lawsuit seeks to strike down an agreement capping the amount of solar rebates that the state’s largest utilities must pay.

 

The lawsuit filed by supporters of the rebates asks a Cole County judge to invalidate agreements approved last year by state utility regulators involving Ameren Missouri and Kansas City Power and Light Co.

 

At issue is a 2008 law that requires utilities to pay rebates to people who use solar energy and sets a target for utilities to achieve in renewable energy production. The law says customer rates cannot rise by more than one percent as a result of the renewable energy requirements.

 

The lawsuit says regulators used an improper calculation to determine whether the solar rebate costs would exceed that cap when they approved limits on the rebates.

June 25, 2014

 

 

15 YEAR OLD DEAD FOLLOWING ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING
A teenager has died following an accidental shooting Monday night in Scott County.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the teen was struck in the head after a person had reportedly passed him a handgun and it accidentally discharged.

The victim, 15 year old Kaden Robert, of Benton, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Sheriff Walter says the young men involved in the incident were all good friends and at this point in the investigation there is no reason to believe foul play was involved.
FIVE VEHICLES INVOLVED IN CONSECUTIVE WRECKS ON INTERSTATE 55
Five total vehicles were involved in consecutive wrecks Monday afternoon in New Madrid County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the first wreck occurred on Interstate 55 when a vehicle was slowing down and struck in the rear by a second vehicle. The second vehicle then struck another vehicle which was on the shoulder.

A minute later, a fourth vehicle ran into the trailer of vehicle one, who was stopped in the roadway. A fifth vehicle then ran into the back of the fourth vehicle.

One person suffered moderate injuries from the incident.
DEER MANAGEMENT OPEN HOUSE TO BE HELD TODAY IN VAN BUREN
An open house will be held today so officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation can get the public’s opinion on the Department’s deer management efforts.

The meeting will be held today at the Van Buren Youth and Community Center. Anyone who wishes to join the open house can stop by the meeting between 3 pm and 8 pm.

Some of the topics to be discussed include the use of crossbows by all hunters during archery season and moving the November portion of the firearms season back one week.
BENTON MAN CHARGED WITH RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY
A Benton man is facing charges after authorities reportedly found an illegal firearm at his residence.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, authorities obtained a search warrant after receiving information that 23 year old Brandon S. Blagg had stolen property at his residence. After executing the warrant, deputies seized one stolen firearm which had allegedly been modified by Blagg, making it an illegal firearm.

Blagg has been charged with receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of an illegal weapon.
OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS OF SPENDING BLOCKED BY GOVERNOR NIXON
Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed or frozen more than $1.1 billion of spending in Missouri’s next budget, citing concerns about declining revenues and the potential for new tax breaks.

Nixon’s budget cuts announced Tuesday include nearly $276 million of line-item vetoes and $846 million of spending restrictions affecting everything from public education to Medicaid.

The Democratic governor said his actions were necessary because the budget passed by the Republican-led Legislature was “dangerously out of balance.”

Nixon’s actions mean there will be no funding increase for education when the new school year begins. But Nixon said he could release the additional school money if legislators in September sustain his vetoes of bills granting various tax breaks.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer said Nixon is “holding school kids hostage.”
MODOT STRIPING TO WRAP UP THIS WEEKEND IN POPLAR BLUFF AND KENNETT
Road striping work is expected to wrap up this weekend in Poplar Bluff and Kennett.

Striping will take place in the cities from 7 pm Saturday night to 2 am Sunday morning, weather permitting.

Drivers should be prepared to slow down significantly when coming up behind a slow moving striping caravan, which will be moving between 8 and 12 miles per hour.
ATTORNEY CHALLENGES PROPOSED GUN RIGHTS AMENDMENT
New arguments are being raised against a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment that would enhance the right to bear arms.

A legal challenge has claimed the summary approved by the Legislature for the August 5th ballot measure is insufficient and unfair. Last week, an attorney for those challenging the measure asked a Cole County judge to rewrite the summary.

But now, attorney Chuck Hatfield has revised that request to instead ask the judge to send the measure back to the Legislature for a new summary. He contends it would violate the constitution’s separation of powers for a judge to rewrite a legislative measure.

Hatfield is representing a gun-control activist and the St. Louis police chief.

Referring the measure back to lawmakers could knock it off the ballot, because they aren’t in session.
PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
Southbound Interstate 57 in Mississippi County will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The work zone will begin at Route J and extend south one mile.

Weather permitting, work will take place today and tomorrow from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm.

 

June 24, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 062414

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN ACCUSED OF DOWNLOADING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

 

A Sage, Arkansas man is in custody for allegedly downloading child pornography.

 

According to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 52 year old Robert Jackson Norton is facing twenty four counts of possessing material depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

 

Norton served as an elementary teacher at Izard County Consolidate School, as well as a church pastor. He has since resigned those positions.

 

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says that there is no evidence that Norton had physical contact with any children depicted in the photos.

 

The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible.

 

 

SCOTT COUNTY DEPUTY ASSAULTED BY MAN FOLLOWING ARREST

 

 

A Sheriff’s Deputy in Scott County was reportedly assaulted by a Morley resident.

 

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 48 year old Steven Aters is facing misdemeanor charges of third degree assaulting a law enforcement officer, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and driving with a revoked license.

 

Aters had been arrested and taken to the Scott County Jail, where he became combative and threatening towards sheriff office employees. Aters then allegedly physically assaulted a deputy who was attempting to deescalate the situation.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR TWO SUBJECTS IN POSSIBLE ROBBERY

 

 

Authorities in Cape Girardeau County are searching for two subjects in connection to a possible robbery.

 

The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office says the subjects were being sought in the area of County Road 618 Monday afternoon.

 

The subjects are described as a white male with shoulder length brown hair, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans; and a white female, with a red tank top and blue jeans.

 

The sheriff’s office is advising motorists to not pick up hitchhikers in the area. Anyone with information about the subjects is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN JONESBORO ON ASSAULT AND DRUG CHARGES

 

 

Police arrested a Jonesboro man over the weekend after he reportedly pointed a gun at another person.

 

According to KAIT, 28 year old Stanley Cleo Morris is alleged to have pointed a handgun at a man and threatening him with a baseball bat. During a search of Morris’s home, police found marijuana and paraphernalia.

 

Morris is facing charges of possession of a schedule six controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and aggravated assault.

 

 

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION ONGOING IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

 

Authorities in Scott County are investigating a shooting at an area school.

 

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting was reported Monday evening at Kelly High School. No additional details were available.

 

 

TRAIN DERAILS IN BLYTHEVILLE; NO ONE HURT

 

 

Officials say no one was injured after a train derailed in Blytheville.

 

Police Chief Ross Thompson says the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed at about 2 p.m. Sunday near Ash Street. Thompson says the derailed train blocked several intersections in Blytheville.

 

The cause of the derailment hasn’t been confirmed, but Thompson tells the Blytheville Courier News that a switch malfunction may be to blame.

 

Thompson says no hazardous material spilled from the train.

 

 

ROAD CLOSURE THIS WEEK IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

 

A road in Butler County will be closed over the next few days so crews can perform a pipe replacement.

 

Route AA in Butler County will be closed from 8 am to 4 pm through Thursday. The work zone will be located between County Road 647 and County Road 602.

 

 

GUARDRAIL REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

 

 

Highway 412 in Dunklin County will be reduced this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform guardrail repairs.

 

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between Route U and Route NN.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm daily.

 

 

MISSOURIANS CAN PURCHASE MOTORCYCLES ON SUNDAYS BEGINNING IN AUGUST

 

 

Missouri consumers will soon be able to buy motorcycles on Sundays.

 

Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation Monday that will lift a ban on Sunday sales of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft and other items typically sold by power-sports dealers.

 

Like most Missouri legislation, the measure is scheduled to take effect August 28th.

 

The legislation was championed by motorcycle riders and at least one Harley-Davidson dealer from the Kansas City area, who told lawmakers that he was losing Sunday business to a competitor in Kansas.

 

The Missouri legislation does not repeal the state’s ban on Sunday sales of cars and trucks.

 

 

MISSOURIANS URGED TO KEEP IT COOL

 

 

Summer is here, and health officials in Missouri are urging residents to stay cool in what can be a dangerous time of year.

 

The week of June 22nd to 28th is Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week. Officials with the St. Louis Health Department say more people in the U.S. die from extreme heat than from tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and earthquakes combined.

 

Missourians are reminded never to leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. When the weather is hot, try to spend most of your time in an air-conditioned building.

 

Residents are urged to check regularly on people who are elderly, chronically ill or incapacitated, and encourage those with air conditioning to use it. Each summer, people die because they refuse to use their air conditioners in hot weather, often to save money.

 

June 23, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 062314

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

 

Police in Cape Girardeau are continuing an investigation into Friday’s fatal shooting.

 

According to Sergeant Jason Selzer, officers responded shortly before 2:30 am Friday to a call about shots being fired in the area of Henderson and Good Hope Streets. When they arrived, they found a white male in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest.

 

The victim has been identified as 34 year old Joshua Edward Dibert, of Cape Girardeau. The major case squad had been activated to investigate the shooting, but was deactivated on Sunday.

 

No suspect is in custody in connection to the case. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 573-335-6621.

 

 

ONE DEAD, THREE INJURED FOLLOWING WRECK IN LAWRENCE COUNTY

 

One person has died following a head on collision in Lawrence County, Arkansas.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 49 year old Carey Wayne Blevins was negotiating a curve on State Highway 25 when he crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head on.

 

Blevins was killed in the wreck. Three people in the second vehicle suffered unspecified injuries.

 

 

HARDY MAN’S DEATH UNDER INVESTIGATION

 

A Hardy man’s death is under investigation in Northern Arkansas.

 

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, the body of 67 year old Jerry Dale Miller was discovered in Lake Norfork. A boat was found submerged in the water nearby.

 

Family members told authorities that he had gone fishing alone in the morning.

 

Miller’s body was sent to state officials to determine a cause of death.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CARTER COUNTY ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE

 

Two men were arrested early Saturday morning in Carter County on a felony drug charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Ryan Wheeling, of Dudley, and 23 year old Trevor Young were each taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

 

Both men are also facing charges of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER REPORTEDLY STABBING VENDING MACHINE WITH LARGE KNIFE

 

A Sikeston man was taken into custody after reportedly creating a disturbance at an area business.

 

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 44 year old Roger Bannister is charged with felony property damage and stealing. Bannister was arrested after officers received a report that he had gotten upset with a vending machine and stabbed it with a large knife.

 

Witnesses told police that Bannister beat a vending machine with a large knife until he was able to get his hand inside the machine and remove money.

 

Two knives and two handguns were removed from Bannister during the arrest.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING FROM POLICE

 

A man was arrested Saturday after allegedly crashing his vehicle and running from police.

 

According to the Malden Police Department, the man was fleeing from Bernie Police officers Saturday when he crashed his vehicle near County Road 102 and then fled on foot. The suspect was taken into custody a short time later at an area residence.

 

The name of the suspect was not released.

 

 

EARTHQUAKE REPORTED NEAR MISSOURI/ARKANSAS STATE LINE

 

An earthquake was reported Saturday near the Missouri and Arkansas state line.

 

According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the 2.5 magnitude earthquake was located 10 miles north northeast of Blytheville and 13 miles south southwest of Hayti.

 

The earthquake had a depth of almost 6 miles.

 

 

MILLING WORK TO CAUSE DELAYS THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in New Madrid County this week for milling work.

 

Southbound US 61 will be reduced to one lane from 8 am to 4 pm each day through Thursday. The work zone will be located between US 60 and Hennings Drive in New Madrid County.

 

 

ROAD WORK THIS WEEK ON HIGHWAY 60 IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Eastbound US 60 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane this week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform concrete replacement.

 

The work zone is located from Route FF to US 61.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Wednesday from 7:30 am to 5 pm each day.

 

 

EPA REGULATIONS UNDER FIRE FROM MISSOURI GOVERNMENT

 

Missouri is pushing back against proposed federal regulations for wood stoves.

 

Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation Friday prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from regulating wood-burning heaters, unless specifically authorized by the Missouri Legislature.

 

The legislation is an attempt to prevent Missouri from helping implement a proposed rule change by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. That proposal would give manufactures five years to meet tougher standards reducing emissions from wood stoves by an estimated 80 percent.

 

The EPA’s existing regulations date to 1988 and don’t apply to all of the different kinds of wood-burning devices now in use.

 

Some manufacturers have said the EPA proposal would drive up their costs and force them to raise prices to a point where many consumers could no longer afford their products.

 

 

LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM FOR LARGE ANIMAL VETS EXTENDED

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that continues a loan forgiveness program for students of large-animal veterinary medicine.

 

The loan forgiveness program expired at the end of June 2013. Nixon signed a higher education bill Thursday that includes a provision removing that expiration date.

 

The bill also renames the program as the “Dr. Merrill Townley Large Animal Veterinary Student Loan Program.”

 

 

CONVICTED DRUG FELONS NOW ALLOWED TO GET FOOD STAMPS

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation repealing a prohibition on providing food stamps to people convicted of drug felonies.

 

The bill signed Friday could allow people with three or fewer drug felonies to receive aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But it would apply only if people have completed, are enrolled in or have been determined not to need a substance abuse program.

 

Missouri has been among a minority of states that still impose a lifetime ban on government food assistance for drug felonies.

 

The legislation also would temporarily suspend food stamp or welfare payments to anyone who has not used the electronic benefits in Missouri at least once in the past 90 days. That comes after a recent audit questioned the out-of-state use of welfare benefits.

June 20, 2014

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BLYTHEVILLE MAN CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

 

A Blytheville man has been sentenced to over 40 years in prison on a murder charge.

 

According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Jimmy Northern was convicted by a Mississippi County jury on a charge of second degree murder.

 

The charge is in connection to the 2012 death of Thomas Essig, of Blytheville. A circuit judge sentenced Northern to 41 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

 

 

PORTAGEVILLE MAN FACING STATUTORY RAPE CHARGE

 

A Portageville man has been arrested on a felony statutory rape charge.

 

According to Missouri Case Net, 23 year old Toby Charles Lee was arrested by the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office on a felony charge of second degree statutory rape.

 

Further details about the arrest have not been made available.

 

 

THREE ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

Three area residents are facing drug related charges after their arrests yesterday afternoon in Wayne County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Elizabeth P. Rogers, of Greenville, and 44 year old Jennifer D. White and 25 year old James R. White, both of Williamsville, are each facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

CARUTHERSVILLE AUTHORITIES REMINDING CITIZENS TO NOT USE FIREWORKS INSIDE CITY LIMITS

 

Independence Day is two weeks from today, and the Caruthersville Police Department is reminding area residents that discharging fireworks is prohibited in the Caruthersville city limits.

 

People who violate the ordinance could face up to a $500 fine or up to 90 days in jail for each charge. Police have said that they will be enforcing the ordinance.

 

 

GIDEON TO GET POLICE DOG

 

The city of Gideon will soon have a new crime fighter in town, one with four legs instead of two.

 

Police Chief Charles Youngblood announced Thursday that the department had secured the funding for a K-9 unit. Youngblood will attend the required training next week and the dog, Trexx, should be on duty beginning July 1st.

 

The funding was received through area fundraisers and donations; however fundraising will continue in order to buy additional equipment.

 

 

MANY MISSOURI MEDICARE PATIENTS MAY HAVE TO SWITCH DOCTORS

 

Thousands of Missourians may have to switch doctors after UnitedHealthcare notified more physicians that they will be removed from the company’s Medicare Advantage plan on September 1st.

 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it is the second round of cuts to UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage physician ranks. UnitedHealthcare is the largest carrier of Medicare Advantage plans for seniors and has about 95,000 plan members in Missouri.

 

Cardiologist Joseph Craft III, president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, says the decision will affect thousands of patients in the St. Louis area alone.

 

UnitedHealthcare terminated nearly 100 Missouri doctors from the Medicare Advantage plan in April, saying that eventually 5 percent to 7 percent of the more than 10,000 physicians in Missouri would be eliminated this year.

 

 

PERFORMANCE BASED FUNDING APPROVED FOR MISSOURI UNIVERSITIES AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES

 

Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that enacts performance-based funding for Missouri’s public universities and community colleges.

 

Funding increases for the schools would be based on how well they meet criteria they have submitted and had approved by Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education. Schools also would need to develop a goal for student job placement.

 

Missouri has used performance standards to determine higher education funding increases in the current year’s state operating budget and in the spending plan that will take effect next month. The legislation seeks to ensure the practice continues.

 

Nixon said the measure he signed Thursday builds on existing state efforts to implement an “outcomes-based funding model.”

 

 

ECONOMIC SURVEY SUGGESTS SLOWER GROWTH IN MIDWEST AND PLAINS STATES

 

The overall index for a monthly economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has fallen from May but remains in positive territory, suggesting slower growth in the near future.

 

The Rural Mainstreet Index fell to 53.6 in June from 55.6 in May.

 

The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth in the months ahead.

 

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He says June’s results indicate that areas highly dependent on agriculture and energy are experiencing slower growth than a year ago.

 

Almost half of bankers surveyed reported that higher beef and pork prices have increased overall economic activity in their area.

 

Bankers from 10 states including Missouri and Illinois were surveyed.

June 19, 2014

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ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

 

A Leachville, Arkansas man is dead following a wreck Wednesday morning in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 23 year old Michael Inman crossed the center line of Highway 18 in Mississippi County and hit another vehicle head on.

 

Inman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle, 39 year old James Hill, of Manila, suffered undisclosed injuries.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN CONVICTED ON MURDER CHARGE

 

A Cape Girardeau man has been convicted on a murder charge in connection with the 2012 death of Darcus Purl.

 

Steven Williams was convicted Wednesday on a charge of second degree murder. Williams allegedly shot Purl during an altercation over a woman.

 

William’s sentencing is scheduled for next month.

 

 

COPPER REPORTEDLY STOLEN FROM SIKESTON BUSINESS

 

Authorities in Sikeston are investigating a copper theft.

 

According to authorities, the copper was taken from the roof of the Food Giant this past weekend. The theft caused some of the store’s coolers to stop working.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sikeston Department of Public Safety at 573-471-6200.

 

 

FAKE COP REPORT EXPOSED AS FAKE

 

A woman who reported that a fake cop had pulled her over reportedly lied about the incident.

 

According to KAIT, 21 year old Hannah Tagge, of Jonesboro, originally reported that a man had pulled her over near Bono, patted her down, searched her vehicle, and let her go. She later admitted that the story was a lie.

 

Tagge is facing a charge of filing a false police report.

 

 

NEW COURSE OFFERED THIS SUMMER AT THREE RIVERS CENTER IN DEXTER

 

Three Rivers College will be offering a new course this summer to help qualified Certified Nursing Assistants improve their qualifications.

 

The Certified Med Tech and Insulin Administration courses will be available at the college’s center in Dexter. It is available to Certified Nursing Assistants who have worked at least six months in a long-term care facility and is free to qualifying applicants.

 

Registration for the course ends on June 24th, and only 10 applicants will be admitted. For more information, or to apply, call 573-840-9681.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL OPERATION TO CRACK DOWN ON IMPAIRED BOATERS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is joining in a nationwide effort next weekend to crack down on impaired boaters.

 

The patrol will be participating in Operation Dry Water from June 27th to June 29th.

 

In 2013, troopers arrested a total of 14 people statewide for boating while intoxicated. The Highway Patrol says that special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months.

 

 

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST TENURE AMENDMENT PROPOSAL

 

A new lawsuit seeks to block the public from voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit tenure protections for public school teachers.

 

The lawsuit filed Tuesday contends that the proposed ballot initiative is unconstitutional because it effectively would change two parts of the constitution – one dealing with education, the other with collective bargaining.

 

Two teachers from the Francis Howell School District are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including one who serves as president of the local chapter of the National Education Association.

 

Supporters of the initiative submitted petition signatures last month to get the measure on the November ballot. Those signatures are still being counted and verified.

 

The proposal would limit teachers to three-year contracts and require their evaluations to be based on student performance.

 

 

JUDGE DENIES REQUEST CONCERNING PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

 

A Missouri judge has denied a request to stop election officials from distributing absentee ballots for a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with gun rights.

 

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem rejected a temporary restraining order Wednesday but said he will consider a request to rewrite the ballot summary that voters will see in August.

 

Beetem heard arguments Wednesday in the lawsuit brought by St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III and Rebecca Morgan, a member of the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

 

Their lawsuit says the ballot summary written by legislators implies that it’s establishing a right to bear arms that already exists. The lawsuit says the summary also fails to note that the measure would subject laws restricting gun rights to strict legal scrutiny.

June 18, 2014

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POPLAR BLUFF POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING

 

Authorities in Poplar Bluff are investigating a shooting.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Kendall Street in reference to a shooting at approximately 1 pm yesterday.

 

The victim, 22 year old Mark Coger, of Poplar Bluff, was taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries. Anyone who has information about the incident should call 573-785-5776.

 

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY

 

A Cape Girardeau County construction worker is dead after a Tuesday morning job-site accident.

 

The Missouri Highway Patrol says the accident occurred on Highway P in the town of Randles when a crane fell and 16 year old Tristan James Woods, of Marquand, was hit by a boom.

 

Construction crews were working to replace a county bridge.

 

 

MAN REPORTEDLY ACTING LIKE A POLICE OFFICER IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are asking the public to be on the lookout for a man posing as a police officer.

 

A woman reported to authorities Monday night that a man in a hummer had stopped her near Bono. The Hummer had blue lights in the grill and windshield.

 

During the stop, the man identified himself as Officer Spencer. He then patted the woman down, searched her car, and let her leave. Anyone with information about the incident should contact local law enforcement.

 

 

GUNS AND MARIJUANA FOUND DURING SEARCH

 

A Hayti man was taken into custody after authorities reportedly found guns and marijuana during a search.

 

According to authorities, a search warrant was executed at a Hayti home on Tuesday. Twelve pounds of marijuana, $12,000, and guns were allegedly discovered during the search.

 

A 39 year old man was taken into custody.  His name has not yet been released.

 

 

CHARLESTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK ROBBERY

 

A Charleston man is facing a possible life sentence after pleading guilty in connection to a bank robbery.

 

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 26 year old Deidrick Reed pled guilty Tuesday to charges of making a false bomb threat, armed bank robbery, and using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

 

Reed admitted that he and an accomplice called the Charleston Department of Public Safety claiming there was a bomb at three local schools.

 

While law enforcement officers were responding to the schools, Reed and his accomplice robbed the Citizens Bank of Charleston of over $29,000. The incident occurred on December 12th, 2013.

 

His sentencing has been scheduled for September 15th.

 

 

ORAN MAN SENTENCED TO OVER FOUR YEARS ON FIREARM CHARGE

 

An Oran man has been sentenced on a felony firearm charge.

 

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 28 year old Joshua L. Rogers was sentenced to 57 months on a felony charge of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

 

In September of 2013, officers found a stolen handgun under a mattress in Rodger’s residence. Rodgers is a previously convicted felon, and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT BILL VETOED BY GOVERNOR NIXON

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shortened the duration of unemployment benefits.

 

The bill rejected Tuesday by Nixon would have tied the length of jobless benefits to the state’s unemployment rate.

 

Missouri residents currently can collect benefits for up to 20 weeks. The bill would have allowed that only when the state’s average unemployment rate is at least 9 percent.

 

The maximum length of benefits would have decreased as unemployment rates dropped, bottoming out at 13 weeks when the jobless rate is less than 6 percent.

 

The legislation also would have raised the cap on how much money can be kept in Missouri’s unemployment trust fund.

 

Nixon said the bill was unnecessary, because Missouri has now finished repaying a federal debt for its unemployment fund.

 

 

OVER THREE THOUSAND JOBS ADDED IN MISSOURI

 

A new report says Missouri’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent last month while employers expanded payrolls by a net of 3,700 jobs.

 

Tuesday’s report from the Department of Economic Development says the biggest gains were in the professional and business services sector, which added 3,600 jobs in May. Leisure and hospitality sector jobs increased by 2,500, and manufacturing positions grew by 2,100.

 

Those gains were partly offset by losses of 3,500 jobs in the construction sector and 600 in trade, transportation and utilities.

 

Missouri’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of about 3 million people declined by 630 people in May. The labor force counts people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.

June 17, 2014

 

 

TWO MISSING POPLAR BLUFF TEENS HAVE BEEN FOUND

Two Poplar Bluff teenagers that have been missing for over a week have been found.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the 14 and 15 year old teens left their homes in the overnight hours of June 6th to June 7th.

In a release Monday, the Police Department says the juveniles have been located, however they did not say where they were found.

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING PERSON WITH A BRICK

A Kennett man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened a person with a brick.

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence Sunday afternoon in reference to a subject who had damaged a vehicle and was threatening another person with a brick.

Police arrested 18 year old Tyler Jackson for attempted 1st degree assault, tampering with a motor vehicle, armed criminal action, and two counts of 3rd degree domestic assault.

Authorities say Jackson was released to seek medical treatment due to injuries he sustained after he reportedly “punched” the windshield on the victims vehicle. Jackson later fled the hospital and was not located.

 

TWO YEAR OLD INJURED IN ALTERCATION

A two year old child was taken to an area hospital on Sunday in connection to a fight.

According to the Kennett Police Department, the child was injured during an altercation and two adults were taken into custody.

Both 47 year old Donald Adams and 31 year old Brett Davis were arrested for 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child.

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING INCIDENT INVOLVING TEENAGER

A 14 year old boy was involved in a shooting incident in Cape Girardeau.

According to authorities, the boy was injured Monday night and taken to an area hospital for treatment. The incident is under investigation.

 

NEW DEGREE PROGRAM LAUNCHED AT THREE RIVERS

Three Rivers College has announced a new program aimed at making it easier for non-traditional students to quickly and affordably obtain an associate degree.

The program, “Evening Advantage,” will allow participants to complete an associate degree in General Education with just two nights of classes per week for two years.

For more information about the Evening Advantage Program, call 573-772-7104.

 

WOMAN SUFFERS BROKEN LEG AFTER APPARENTLY FALLING OFF OF MOVING TRAIN

An Amtrak passenger who apparently fell from a moving train over the weekend was found in a wooded area of southeast Missouri with a broken leg.

Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley says the unidentified woman was reported missing Saturday night on the Texas Eagle train traveling from Chicago to San Antonio and discovered by local residents walking along the tracks Sunday morning.

The woman, whom Medley said was at least 75 years old and likely in her 80s, was flown by helicopter to a St. Louis area hospital.

Medley said the train was traveling at least 50 miles per hour in the area where the woman is believed to have fallen. He said Amtrak workers realized she was missing when they found an open window in her vacant sleeping compartment.

 

FARMINGTON MAN CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

A southeast Missouri man is facing charges in a crash that caused the death of a toddler.

The Daily Journal reports that 24-year-old Brandon Ratliff of Farmington is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in connection with an accident on May 17 that killed 3-year-old Gabriel David Lee Ratliff of St. Mary, Missouri.

Authorities allege that Ratliff was speeding, driving too close to other vehicles and driving on the shoulder and into oncoming traffic lanes.

 

FIGHT CONTINUING OVER NORANDA ELECTRIC RATE

Missouri’s largest electric consumer is arguing that it needs a one-quarter percent rate reduction in order to continue operating the Noranda Aluminum smelter in southeast Missouri.

A Noranda attorney told regulators Monday that without a rate reduction, it will have to lay off up to 200 of its roughly 900 employees this year at the New Madrid smelter and could eventually have to close it.

Ameren Missouri provides electricity to the smelter and opposes the rate reduction.

If Noranda’s rates are reduced, the Missouri Public Service Commission could allow Ameren to charge more to residential customers to recoup the revenues.

But the state public counsel, who represents consumers, suggested that Ameren should bear the cost instead of passing it onto other customers, if Noranda’s rates are cut.

 

MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD IN VAN BUREN ON WEDNESDAY

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Van Buren Wednesday to meet with constituents.

The meeting is a part of the senator’s Mobile Office series, which gives Missourians opportunities 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 Wednesday at the Float Stream Restaurant in Van Buren from 10 am to 11 am.