August 28, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 082814

 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH CLAIMS LIFE OF OXLY MAN

 

A two vehicle crash in Ripley County has claimed the life of an Oxly man.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a vehicle driven by 37 year old Bryan L. Crawford, of Poplar Bluff, was attempting to make a left turn and was struck from behind by 74 year old Denver W. Joplin, of Oxly.

 

Joplin was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Crawford received minor injuries.

 

The accident happened shortly after 8:30 am Tuesday, on Highway 160, four miles west of Fairdealing.

 

 

KENNETT MAN SENTENCED ON FRAUD CHARGE

 

A sentence was handed down Wednesday to a Kennett pharmacist on a fraud charge.

 

According to authorities, 51 year old Brian Keith Mitchell was sentenced to six months in prison on a felony count of healthcare fraud. He had pled guilty to the charge in April.

 

Mitchell will also have to pay $120,000 in restitution and serve six months of home confinement.

 

 

WOMAN FACING THEFT AND FORGERY CHARGES

 

A woman is facing theft and forgery charges.

 

According to KAIT, Sharon Denise Yarbrough allegedly stole over $46,000 from a deceased woman she had been a home health aide for.

 

Yarbrough has been charged with theft and second degree forgery.

 

 

THREE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

 

Three men are facing a drug charge following their arrest Wednesday morning in Mississippi County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 27 year old Cleveland Williamson, of Sikeston, along with 19 year olds Kyrron Haynes and Jadarius McCain, each of Charleston, were arrested shortly before 9:30 am.

 

Each man is facing a felony charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

 

 

CHRIS MICHEL TO CHALLENGE FOR COLLECTOR POSITION

 

Chris Michel will be the democratic nominee for the Butler County Collector position.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, Michel filed for the election Wednesday morning.

 

He was chosen by the Butler County Democratic Central Committee earlier this month by a unanimous vote. The election will be held on November 4th.

 

 

25 MILE YARD SALE BEGINS TODAY

 

The 25 mile yard sale is set to begin today.

 

The yard sale will be held along T Highway beginning at the Lake Wappapello exit off of Highway 60.

 

Anyone driving on T Highway should be careful as cars will be pulled over on the side of the road.

 

The yard sale will run from today through Sunday.

 

 

LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL TO CLOSE BY SEPTEMBER 17TH

 

A Northeast Arkansas jail is set to close by mid September.

 

According to a post on the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, the Arkansas Jail Standards committee voted unanimously to close the Lawrence County Jail.

 

The jail reportedly failed inspection for over 10 years. Issues included overcrowding and lack of a fire alarm system.

 

A deadline was given for September 17th to close the jail.

 

 

WATER MAIN BREAK CAUSE CLOSURE OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

 

Southeast Missouri State University is temporarily closing its main campus and a second campus that houses fine arts programs.

 

The school announced Wednesday afternoon that the closure is the result of a break in a Cape Girardeau water main. Offices will open and classes will resume Tuesday morning.

 

Residence halls will be open for those students who need to remain on campus, but dining facilities will be available only in the Towers cafeteria, Rowdy’s, and at the River Campus.

 

A football game scheduled for Thursday and a women’s soccer match scheduled for Friday will proceed.

 

The closing does not affect the university’s regional campuses or the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education located at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center.

 

 

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR SAYS HEATH INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE PROJECTED TO DROP 2 PERCENT

 

The governor’s office says Arkansas’ health insurance premiums under the “private option” Medicaid expansion are projected to decrease by 2 percent next year.

 

In a Tuesday news release, the governor’s office said there won’t be a blanket reduction – some premiums may rise slightly and others may stay the same or go down. Overall, policyholders will pay 2 percent less in the coming year.

 

The governor’s office says it is releasing the projection because incomplete information was mistakenly posted on a state Insurance Department website.

 

Once the U.S. Health and Human Services Department certifies the plans for next year, official rates will be set. Final numbers are to be known before the start of open enrollment on November 15th.

 

Legislators are to consider in 2015 whether to renew the program.

August 27, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 082714

 

INMATE FROM MALDEN DIES FROM INJURIES RECEIVED DURING BEATING

 

A Missouri inmate from Malden has died after being beaten by his cellmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.

 

The Cole County sheriff’s office said Tuesday that 35 year old Mark Melton was assaulted August 19th and taken to University Hospital in Columbia. The sheriff’s office said Melton died Sunday as a result of his injuries, and the case has now been classified as a homicide.

 

The sheriff’s office said the cellmate is a 33 year old man serving sentences for second degree murder and armed criminal action.

 

Melton pleaded guilty in 2009 to attempted first-degree sodomy and was sentenced in Dunklin County Circuit Court to nine years in prison.

 

An autopsy was performed Monday, but the sheriff’s office says results will not be ready for several weeks.

 

 

NAMES RELEASED OF THOSE INVOLVED IN KENNETT HIT AND RUN

 

Kennett Police have released the names of two people who were victims of a hit and run collision on August 23rd.

 

Authorities say a dark colored SUV stuck pedestrians 54 year old Clinton D. Queen and 58 year old Vernon Pittman, both of Kennett. The vehicle then fled the scene. Pittman was taken to a Memphis hospital and is still listed in critical condition.

 

On Tuesday, officers arrested 42 year old Joseph M. Stewart, of Kennett, for assault first degree and felony leaving the scene of an accident.

 

 

MAN CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND KIDNAPPING

 

A Sikeston man has been taken into custody on multiple charges including kidnapping.

 

According to Missouri Case Net, Harold Duff has been charged with second degree domestic assault and kidnapping in connection to an alleged incident on August 14th.

 

Duff allegedly kidnapped a woman and also hit her. The woman was later able to escape.

 

 

TEEN FACING 30 COUNTS OF BREAKING OR ENTERING

 

A teenager is facing charges after he allegedly broke-in to multiple vehicles in the Jonesboro area.

 

According to KAIT, 18 year old Lane Fears was arrested in connection to 30 vehicle break-ins around the community. Over $16,000 worth of items were reportedly taken from the vehicles.

 

Fears is facing 30 counts of breaking or entering.

 

 

EMILY CLARK PARKS IS REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR BUTLER COUNTY COLLECTOR

 

The Republican Party of Butler County has chosen their nominee for the Butler County Collector position.

 

Emily Clark Parks was selected as the Republican nominee to replace Brenda Fox, who passed away earlier this month.

 

The election will be held on November 4th.

 

 

McCASKILL VISITS POPLAR BLUFF TO ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF VA SECRET SHOPPER PROGRAM

 

U. S. Senator Clair McCaskill was in Poplar Bluff yesterday to announce the expansion of a VA Secret Shopper Program.

 

Senator McCaskill explained to a group at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center that the Secret Shopper Program involves surveys given to veterans after utilizing medical services to gain feedback about their experience.

 

She said the program, which sees survey results sent to her office rather than the medical facility, previously served 120,000 veterans in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia, and that with the expansion of the program to Poplar Bluff, an additional 20,000 Missouri veterans will be served.

 

McCaskill says the survey program has seen positive results in the past with improvement each year.  She told the group that a promise made to a veteran is a moral obligation that the country must meet.

 

 

EARTHQUAKE REPORTED NEAR NEW MADRID

 

An earthquake was recorded Tuesday morning near New Madrid.

 

According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, a 2.3 magnitude micro earthquake occurred at 9:06 am 7 miles south of New Madrid.

 

The quake had a depth of 5.1 miles.

 

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT SAY AMENDMENT COULD MAKE IT EASIER TO CONVICT CHILD SEX OFFENDERS

 

Missouri law enforcement groups are promoting a proposed constitutional amendment that they say could make it easier to convict child sex offenders.

 

Members of the state prosecutors and sheriffs associations held a news conference Tuesday at the Capitol to tout proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 on the November ballot.

 

The measure would allow evidence of past criminal actions to be used in the prosecution of child sex abuse cases, even if those past allegations did not result in convictions. The law enforcement groups say the change would put Missouri on par with rules used by the federal government and many other states.

 

The proposal was referred to the ballot by the state Legislature.

 

August 26, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 082614

 

IDENTITY RELEASED OF BODY FOUND IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

Officials in northeastern Arkansas have identified a body found during the weekend in the Current River.

 

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office told KAIT Monday that the body is that of 27 year old Robin Due, of Maynard.

 

Due’s body was found Sunday afternoon by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Randolph County authorities near the Johnson Eddy River Access.

 

The woman’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED ASSAULT

 

A Jonesboro man is facing charges in connection to an alleged assault.

 

According to KAIT, 37 year old Marcus A. Harris allegedly assaulted his girlfriend during an altercation on Sunday. Harris is facing charges of aggravated assault on a family or household member, domestic battery, and terroristic threatening.

 

 

SCOTT CITY MAN WITH NUMEROUS WARRANTS ARRESTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

 

A Scott City man was taken into custody over the weekend in Cape Girardeau.

 

According to KFVS, 28 year old Robert Hennecke II, is facing multiple charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

 

Hennecke also reportedly had numerous warrants, as well.

 

 

JONESBORO POLICE CHIEF SUBMITS RESIGNATION LETTER

 

Jonesboro’s police chief has resigned three days after being suspended without pay because of derogatory statements he made on Facebook about a reporter.

 

Michael Yates submitted a resignation letter to Mayor Harold Perrin on Monday, saying he carefully considered his position and decided “the present circumstances dictate” that he must leave his position.” Yates wrote that he let “anger and pride override” his judgment and wisdom and said things that are unacceptable.

 

His resignation was effective Monday.

 

He was given a 30-day suspension by Perrin on Friday after a series of posts critical of Jonesboro Sun reporter Sunshine Crump. The Sun reports Crump has agreed to return to work after resigning and citing harassment by Yates as the reason.

 

Perrin says Assistant Chief Tim Eads will be acting police chief.

 

 

11TH ANNUAL MULTI-COUNTY WOMEN’S HEALTH CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 17TH

 

The 11th Annual “Multi-County” Women’s Health Conference has been scheduled for Friday, October 17th at the Tanner Street Church of God in Sikeston.

 

The conference will run 8 am to 3:30 pm and will feature a keynote speaker and multiple sessions.

 

Admission to the conference is free and those who want to attend should register by September 30th. For more information, contact the Scott County University Extension at 573-545-3516.

 

 

OZZIE SMITH, ANDERSON COOPER, AND SOLEDAD O’BRIEN AMONG SPEAKERS TO APPEAR AT SEMO

 

Some high profile guests have been scheduled for the upcoming Southeast Missouri University speaker series.

 

New York City fire battalion commander Richard Picciotto will start the series on September 10th. Three journalists will follow with Anderson Cooper speaking on September 21st, Mara Liasson on October 28th and Soledad O’Brien on January 21st.

 

In February, actor Hill Harper will speak on the 25th, and Ozzie Smith will finish the series on April 20th.

 

 

ROAD WORK SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

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

 

During the repairs, Route CC will be reduced to one lane from Highway 51 to Route U. Work is scheduled to be performed from 7 am to 4:30 pm both today and tomorrow.

 

 

RECOUNT TO BE HELD ON MISSOURI RIGHT TO FARM AMENDMENT

 

There will be a statewide recount on the narrow passage of a constitutional amendment creating a right to farm in Missouri.

 

The secretary of state on Monday was officially certifying the results of Missouri’s August 5th primary elections. Those include the approval of Constitutional Amendment 1 by fewer than 2,500 votes out of nearly 1 million cast.

 

Missouri law allows a recount whenever the margin of victory is less than one-half of a percentage point.

 

Two opponents of the measure already have asked for a recount. One of those is Wes Shoemyer, a former Democratic state senator who is president of Missouri’s Food for America.

 

Shoemyer says he’s not aware of any particular election problems that he believes will reverse the result, but he says it’s worth a try.

 

August 25, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 082514

 

DONIPHAN MAN DEAD AFTER BEING EJECTED FROM VEHICLE DURING WRECK

 

A Doniphan man is dead as the result of a single vehicle wreck Saturday evening.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on US 160 in Ripley County. A vehicle driven by 45 year old Rickey Jarrett had overturned and ejected him.

 

Jarrett was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

MARBLE HILL WOMAN KILLED IN COLLISION NEAR JACKSON

 

A two vehicle collision near Jackson has resulted in the death of a Marble Hill woman.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 59 year old Daniele Ravanelli, of Piedmont, crossed through the center divider of Missouri Highway 72 and struck another vehicle.

 

The driver of the second vehicle, 27 year old Rachel Brown, of Marble Hill, was later pronounced dead at a Cape Girardeau hospital. Two passengers in Brown’s vehicle suffered moderate injuries.

 

 

TWO KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

Two people have died, while another is seriously injured following a single vehicle wreck last week.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 79 year old Jerry Ogden, of Pocahontas, Arkansas, was driving a vehicle near Brighton, Missouri on Thursday when the left front tire failed. The vehicle travelled across the median and the opposite highway before hitting an embankment and overturning.

 

Ogden was seriously injured and taken to a Springfield hospital.

 

Two passengers in the vehicle, 79 year old Billie Ogden, also of Pocahontas, and 61 year old Cheryl Harshman, of Fishers, Indiana, died from injuries suffered in the wreck.

 

 

BODY FOUND IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

Officials in a Randolph County Arkansas reportedly discovered a body in Current River over the weekend.

 

The body was found at around 2 pm Sunday near the Johnson Eddy River Access.

 

According to KAIT, the incident is believed to be related to a report of a missing woman. Then identity of the body was not released.

 

 

VEHICLE REPORTEDLY HITS TWO PEDESTRIANS IN KENNETT

 

Kennett Police say two people were struck by a vehicle Saturday night.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle on Compress Road and the vehicle then left the scene. The vehicle was described as a dark colored SUV and should have damage on the front passenger side of the vehicle.

 

The condition of the two pedestrians has not released.

 

Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Kennett Police Department.

 

 

KENNETT POLICE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

 

Police in Kennett are looking for more information in connection to a reported attempted robbery.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, shortly after 8 am Saturday morning officers were dispatched to the Jan Motel.

 

A white male had reportedly entered a room wearing a red bandana and armed with a handgun. The man demanded money and pills. Authoities say he man left after going through the victim’s pills and learning that she had no money. The man left without talking anything.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Kennett Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 573-888-4622.

 

 

ESSEX MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CHARGE

 

An Essex man is in custody on a charge of assault on a law enforcement officer.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 61 year old Ricky James Long was taken into custody recently on warrants for second degree assault of a law enforcement officer with a weapon and armed criminal action.

 

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

 

A Dexter man has been arrested on a warrant for a meth charge.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office, 35 year old Billy Joseph Robinson was arrested for a warrant for manufacture of methamphetamine.

 

His bond was set at $50,000.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED IN MALDEN ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS

 

A Poplar Bluff woman was arrested on Sunday on multiple warrants.

 

According to the Malden Police Department, Heather Hoss was taken into custody on a felony Butler County warrant for second degree assault.

 

Hoss also had misdemeanor warrants for possession of marijuana out of Poplar Bluff and stealing out of Dunklin County.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU POLICE WARNING OF COUNTERFEIT PAYROLL CHECKS

 

The Cape Girardeau Police Department is warning area businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit payroll checks.

 

Several checks have reportedly been passed at local businesses since the end of July.

 

The suspects have avoided banks, instead taking the checks to local business that provide check cashing services to the public. The payroll checks are counterfeit ones made up to appear as if they were issued by well established companies.

 

Police are asking everyone to be diligent when presented with checks. Asking for more than one form of identification or some proof of employment are ways to make it more difficult for the suspects.

 

 

FRUITLAND REST AREA TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEK FOR REPAIRS

 

The Fruitland rest area on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed this week as contractor crews perform repairs.

 

Work will begin at the southbound rest area at 7 am this morning, with crews moving to the northbound rest area on Wednesday, August 27th.

 

Repairs are expected to be completed by 8 am on Friday.

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN STODDARD AND SCOTT COUNTY

 

Highway 91 in Stoddard and Scott Counties will be reduced, with a width restriction of 10 feet, this week as contractor crews perform pavement repairs.

 

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place through Friday, August 29th from 6:30 am to 7 pm daily.

 

The work zone is located between Route P and Highway 61.

August 22, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 082214

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING PLANE CRASH

 

One person has died in West Tennessee where a crop dusting plane went down.

 

Decatur County Emergency Management Director Kevin Cagle says the plane crashed about 3 pm Wednesday in the Bible Hill community in the northern part of the county, about five miles north of Parsons.

 

Cagle says the person killed was piloting the plane and was the only person aboard.

 

Cagle says the cause of the crash hasn’t been determined, and the Federal Aviation Administration dispatched someone to investigate.

 

KFVS is reporting that the pilot was 29 year old Hollis Malone, of Benton, Missouri.

 

 

BLOOMFIELD MAYOR RESIGNS

 

The mayor of the southeast Missouri city of Bloomfield is resigning for health reasons part-way into her first term.

 

The Dexter Daily Statesman reports Mayor Donna Medlin said she receives injections every two to three months to manage pain in her back. Medlin said continuing in the job would be too difficult.

 

Medlin was elected mayor in 2013 after serving on the Bloomfield Board of Aldermen, which will officially receive her resignation next week.

 

She said her proudest accomplishment was leading the campaign for a $10 million bond issue to overhaul Bloomfield’s existing water system. Voters narrowly approved the bond issue earlier this month.

 

 

BLOOMFIELD WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS

 

A Bloomfield woman was recently taken into custody on multiple warrants.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 26 year old Amber Marie Kerr was arrested on warrants for possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident, tampering with physical evidence, and DWI prior offender.

 

 

HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERS SOME HEAT SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS

 

With many areas under a heat advisory, the Humane Society of Missouri has offered some tips to keep your pets safe during the hot weather.

 

Some of the tips include never leaving a pet unattended in a parked car when the temperature is above 70 degrees, make sure your pets have access to fresh clean water at all times, and to call authorities if you see a distressed animal in an unattended car.

 

More tips are available on our Facebook page.

 

 

ROAD WORK ONGOING IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Pavement repairs will force delays into next week on Route CC in Stoddard County.

 

During the repairs, Route CC will be reduced to one lane from Route HH to Highway 114.

 

Work is scheduled to take place daily from 6:30 am to 5 pm through Wednesday, August 27th.

 

 

SURVEY SUGGESTS RURAL ECONOMY IS SLOWING DOWN

 

A new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West.

 

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says falling crop prices have farmers spending less, and crop prices are expected to continue declining this fall.

 

The overall economic index for the region fell into negative territory to 48.3 in August from July’s 51.8.

 

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

 

Goss said bankers are not very optimistic about the next few months. The survey’s confidence index dropped to 39.9 in August, from 42.9.

 

Bankers from rural areas of 10 states including Illinois and Missouri were surveyed.

 

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNING OF SCAM CALLS COMING FROM 202 AREA CODE

 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is warning consumers of recent reports of scam telephone calls appearing from the 202 area code.

 

The reports indicate that scammers leave threatening voicemail messages urging the consumer to call back or face severe consequences.

 

When consumers return the call they are asked to leave their name and number, whereupon their message is returned from a different 202 area code number.

 

Koster says that scammers often claim to be from federal agencies, such as the IRS, purporting to collect an unpaid debt and demanding personal financial information.

 

While the scam calls appear to originate from a Washington D.C. area code, Koster warned that spoofing technology means the calls are frequently placed by scammers operating overseas.

 

The Attorney General advises consumers who have received a scam call to contact 800-392-8222 or file a complaint online.

 

 

FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO COLLAPSED TO BE RECOGNIZED BEFORE TONIGHT’S GAME

 

A Poplar Bluff Mules football player who collapsed during practice earlier this month will be recognized before tonight’s opening game.

 

Caleb Morrow collapsed on the field during a warm-up drill on August 4th. Athletic Trainer Heath Willis performed CPR on Caleb with the aid of Assistant Football Coach Jay Dowd.

 

Morrow was taken to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, where he was treated for a previously undetected heart condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

 

Caleb and his first responders will receive special on the field recognition tonight at 6:30 pm at Fred M. Morrow Stadium. Kick-off for the Poplar Bluff Mules opener against Fox will be at 7 pm

 

You can hear tonight’s action live on Today’s Talk KWOC.

 

August 21, 2014

NAYLOR CYCLIST KILLED IN ARKANSAS
A cyclist from Naylor was killed in a collision with a vehicle on Wednesday.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the collision occurred shortly after 5 pm in Clay County.

72 year old Johnie Brooks, of Naylor, reportedly pulled into the path of a vehicle on Highway 328. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.

 

STUDENT IMPALED BY GOLF CLUB AT ASU FRAT HOUSE
Police at Arkansas State University say an 18-year-old student was badly hurt by a flying piece of a broken golf club at a fraternity house.

Authorities say a female student was taken to a Memphis hospital after she was impaled by broken golf club on Tuesday night.

Jonesboro television station KAIT reports the student’s condition has not been released.

University police say a 19-year-old man threw a football to another man, who was using a golf club as a bat. The golf club’s shaft broke after it struck the football.

Authorities say parts of the broken golf club traveled about 30 feet before a piece stabbed the female student.

University police say a second student was hurt but told officials she was OK.

 
AROUND 26 THOUSAND DOLLARS RAISED TO SUPPORT MULES ATHLETICS DURING GOLF TOURNAMENT
Around 26 thousand dollars has was raised for the Poplar Bluff R-1 athletic programs during a recent golf tournament.

32 teams, consisting of 144 ex-Mules and school supporters, participated in the sixth annual Mule Skinner Golf Tournament on August 8th.

The fundraiser was held at Westwood Hills Country Club.

 
BERNIE MAN FACING CHARGE OF DISTRIBUTION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
A Bernie man is facing drug charges following his arrest.

According to KFVS, Larry Ryans allegedly sold Xanax to an informant. Police had previously been informed that Ryans was selling the drugs from his home.

Ryans is facing a charge of distribution of a controlled substance.

 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION
Registration is open for the 11th annual bridge building competition.

The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials-15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.

Schools must register by September 9th to participate. The judging for the competition will be held on November 20th in Cape Girardeau.

The lightest bridge to carry the greatest load will ultimately be declared the winner. Prizes will also be awarded for the most aesthetic bridge and to the winner of the electronic bridge competition.

 
HIGHWAY 67 COULD BE CLOSED UNTIL MONDAY DUE TO CLEAN UP FROM TRAIN COLLISION
Highway crews say cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas could keep a busy roadway closed into next week.

Two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Sunday morning near Hoxie. Two railroad workers died and another two were injured.

The accident occurred near U.S. 67, which remained closed Wednesday. Highway officials say the road could reopen this weekend, but with a chance it could be closed until Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board continued its investigation Wednesday and a spokesman said more information will be released in a week or two, when a written report is ready.

Federal investigators want to recover data from a signal that would have given a final instruction to the southbound train to determine whether it was signaled to stop.

 
NORANDA’S REQUEST FOR LOWER ELECTRIC RATE DECLINED
Missouri regulators have denied a request from the state’s largest electricity consumer to cut the rate it’s charged by Ameren Missouri by roughly 25 percent.

Noranda Aluminum operates a smelting plant in southeast Missouri with nearly 900 workers.

The company wanted the Public Service Commission to order what it said would amount to a $48 reduction in its rates and pass the costs along to other Ameren customers.

In a 5 to 0 vote Wednesday, the commission said it was unpersuaded by Noranda’s assertion of a “liquidity crisis” that put the future of the smelter in New Madrid at risk.

The commission said it doesn’t want the plant to close. But it also said Noranda failed to show that Ameren’s other customers would be best served by the rate reduction.

 
BRIDGE IN CAMPBELL TO BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Officials have closed a bridge in Campbell following an inspection yesterday.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Highway 53 Bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

During a routine inspection Wednesday, officials noticed excess movement. Additional inspections are set to begin today.

August 20, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 082014

 

ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN RIPLEY COUNTY COLLISION

 

An Arkansas woman is dead and another man is injured as a result of a two vehicle wreck in Ripley County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 78 year old Earnest Hamlett, of Van Buren, made a left turn into the path of another vehicle.

 

A passenger in Hamlett’s vehicle, 51 year old Patricia Emberton, of Alpena, Arkansas, was pronounced dead at the scene. Hamlett suffered moderate injuries.

 

 

BUNKER WOMAN KILLED IN ATV WRECK

 

A Bunker woman is dead following an ATV wreck on Tuesday.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 38 year old Donna Nunley was driving an ATV on Highway A when she lost control, causing the vehicle to overturn and eject her.

 

She was reportedly not wearing a safety device and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

ELLINGTON MAN ARRESTED ON RAPE CHARGE

 

An Ellington man is facing a rape charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Lawrence T. Harper was arrested on a charge of felony forcible rape.

 

Harper was arrested in Reynolds County shortly before 11:30 am Tuesday. Additional details about the arrest were not available.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE ARREST MAN ON SEVERAL FELONY WARRANTS

 

Poplar Bluff Police arrested a man early Tuesday morning on several felony warrants for charges stemming from a shooting incident earlier this month.

 

Shortly before 2 am Tuesday morning, officers arrested Christopher Gainwell on a charge of resisting arrest, as well as two warrants for burglary and another for a weapon offense.

 

Gainwell was found hiding at a residence on Bradley Street. He allegedly attempted to flee and was taken into custody following a brief struggle.

 

 

PERSON HIT BY TRAIN IN SCOTT CITY

 

One person has been hit by a train in Scott City.

 

According to KFVS, a Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson says that the incident occurred Monday night near Crites Street.

 

The person, whose name was not available, suffered a broken bone in their hand.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO CAPE GIRARDEAU ROBBERY

 

Two people have been taken into custody in connection to a Cape Girardeau robbery.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, on Sunday, an elderly woman told police that she had let a male and female into her home for a glass of water.

 

When they got inside, the male allegedly pushed the victim to the floor and the two subjects stole a television, wallet, cellphone and then took the victim’s vehicle and fled from the scene. The victim suffered an injury to her hip in the incident.

 

Two suspects were identified and taken into custody on Monday. 18 year old Napoleon A. Cornelius Jr., of Cape Girardeau, and 22 year old Britney L. Morse, of Perryville, are each facing charges of second degree robbery, first degree burglary, and stealing.

 

 

MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON IN CONNECTION TO BUSINESS ROBBERY IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

 

A Memphis man has been sentenced for his participation in the robbery of a Cape Girardeau business in 2009.

 

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 30 year old Darryl House was sentenced to life imprisonment on one felony count of aiding and abetting the interference with commerce by threat or violence.

 

He also received a consecutive 84 month sentence for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

 

House was found guilty of the charges in April.

 

 

ARKANSAS SCHOLARSHIP LOTTERY SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT A PHONE SCAM

 

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is warning about telephone scammers making false representations about people winning a prize.

 

The lottery says there are reports of someone claiming to represent the lottery and calling Arkansans to say they had won a prize. The caller instructs the would-be victim to go to a local store and buy a pre-paid card called a Green Dot MoneyPak in order to pre-pay taxes on the prize.

 

The lottery says scammers have also provided a toll-free number that – when called – mimics the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery phone message.

 

The lottery says it never requires payment of money to claim a prize and that it typically doesn’t call people to tell them they’ve won a prize – except in contests that the person has intentionally entered.

 

 

FORMER MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE FINED $10,000

 

A former campaign committee for Missouri House Democrats has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for campaign finance violations.

 

The consent order released Monday by the Missouri Ethics Commission says the Democratic group failed to include some expenditures and contributions that it had made on its 2012 finance reports. It also failed to list a deputy treasurer.

 

The Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee shut down in July 2013. It was succeeded by the House Democratic Victory Committee, which also no longer exists.

 

Democrats shifted their House and Senate campaign operations under the umbrella of the state party earlier this year.

 

Missouri Democratic Chairman Roy Temple says the state party will pay the fine.

 

The ethics complaint was brought by the treasurer for the House Republican Campaign Committee.

 

 

ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 6.2 PERCENT

 

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in July.

 

The agency says the jobless rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from June’s numbers. The 6.2 percent unemployment rate mirrors the national rate in July.

 

Officials say seven major industry sectors posted decreases in July. The biggest drop came in the government sector, which reported a drop of 12,700 jobs. Officials say the decrease is caused by summer break at schools and universities.

 

Jobs in trade, transportation and utilities decreased by 900 in July as well.

 

Officials say five industry sectors posted gains, with most coming in educational and health services and in leisure and hospitality.

 

August 19, 2014

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INFORMATION FROM OVER 4 MILLION PATIENTS TAKEN IN HOSPITAL CYBERATTACK

 

Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

 

The company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers.

 

The information that was taken came from patients who were referred to or received care from doctors tied to the company over the past five years.

 

Community Health Systems Incorporated is notifying patients affected by the attack and offering them identity theft protection services. The company owns, leases, or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, including the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.

 

The hospital operator said it believes the attack came from a group in China that used sophisticated malware and technology to get the information. Community Health has since removed the malware from its system and finalized “other remediation efforts” to prevent future attacks.

 

 

INMATE CONVICTED OF RAPE AND ATTEMPTED MURDER FOUND DEAD IN PRISON CELL

 

Arkansas prison officials say a 24 year old state inmate has been found dead in his cell at the maximum security Varner SuperMax unit in Grady.

 

A spokeswoman says Steven Hill Jr. was found dead at 2:50 am Monday by security staff delivering breakfast. Spokeswoman Shea Wilson says Hill hanged himself with a sheet attached to an air vent in the single-person cell.

 

Hill was serving a 62½ year sentence for rape and attempted murder convictions in Craighead County; a second degree sexual assault conviction in Mississippi County; and a second degree battery conviction in Lincoln County.

 

 

NAMES RELEASED OF TWO KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS TRAIN COLLISION

 

The two Union Pacific train crew members killed after two freight trains collided head on early Sunday have been identified.

 

Railroad spokesman Jeff DeGraff says engineer Chance Gober of White Hall, Arkansas, and conductor Roderick Hayes, of McKinney, Texas, died in the crash.

 

DeGraff says both were in the train traveling southbound and died of their injuries.

 

DeGraff says two other employees were injured.

 

Sunday’s collision happened at about 3 am in Hoxie. A resulting fire took about seven hours to extinguish.

 

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN KENNETT FOR REPORTED BURGLARY

 

A Kennett woman was taken into custody in connection to an incident over the weekend.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence Saturday afternoon in connection to a reported burglary in progress.

 

Officers were told that the victim had the suspect detained.

 

When they arrived, officers arrested 39 year old Alecia Parnell, of Kennett, for first degree burglary, resisting arrest for a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE AUTO VANDALISMS IN DEXTER

 

Police in Dexter are investigating after receiving reports of at least three cases of vehicle vandalism.

 

Authorities say in each case, a vehicle was spray painted.

 

The incidents happened on Mulberry and Elm streets.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY RECEIVES CLEAN AUDIT

 

The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District has received a clean audit for the 2013 Fiscal Year.

 

The audit, conducted by Boyer and Associates, says that they “did not find any deficiencies in internal control” or “instances of non-compliance or other matters that are required to be reported”

 

The audit also showed that the Library is meeting its goals for financial stability by having a positive balance of almost $400,000 at the end of the year.

 

The full audit is available online at Poplarbluff.org/trustees.html.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL URGES SAFETY FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 

With Labor Day less than two weeks away, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging everyone to be safe during the holiday weekend.

 

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

 

Troopers throughout the state will also be participating in a 20-Mile Trooper operation on August 29th and again on September 1st. This operation will include Interstates 29, 44, 55, and 70, and U.S. Highways 60 and 61.

 

Last year, eight people were killed and 404 injured in Missouri over the Labor Day holiday in 967 traffic crashes. Also, 119 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated by the Highway Patrol during the holiday.

 

 

ROAD WORK TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Route CC in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

 

This work zone is located from Highway 51 to Route U.

 

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

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Route AD in Stoddard County is being reduced to one lane through next Wednesday so crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation can perform pavement repairs.

 

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be done from 6:30 am to 5 pm daily through August 27th. The work zone is located from US 60 to the end of state maintenance.

August 18, 2014

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TWO DEAD FOLLOWING TRAIN COLLISION IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

An investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board says a collision in northeast Arkansas involved a train with two locomotives and 86 cars and another with two locomotives and 92 cars.

 

Investigator Michael Hiller says the first train was northbound on a single main track early Sunday when a southbound train collided with it. He says they were on the same track.

 

State police have said two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others were injured.

 

Hiller said the cause of the accident has not been determined and he expects investigators to be on the scene about a week.

 

The collision happened about 3 am in Hoxie. Union Pacific says a resulting fire took about seven hours to extinguish.

 

 

MARBLE HILL MAN KILLED IN COLLISION BETWEEN VEHICLE AND MOTORCYCLE

 

A Sunday morning collision in Cape Girardeau County between a vehicle and a motorcycle has resulted in the death of a Marble Hill man.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the collision occurred when a vehicle driven by 20 year old Brittany Murphy, of Cape Girardeau, pulled into the path of a motorcycle driven by 56 year old Thomas Ring, of Marble Hill.

 

Following the collision Ring was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

 

 

SCHOOL EMPLOYEE FACING SEXUAL CHARGES INVOLVING A MINOR

 

An ROTC instructor in Northeast Arkansas is facing charges in connection to alleged incidents involving a 16 year old female student.

 

According to KAIT, 48 year old Steven Eagle is facing charges of first degree sexual assault and possession of computer child pornography.

 

Eagle was taken into custody after the girl’s mother informed authorities of things that she had found on her daughters phone and authorities interviewed the victim.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND ON METH CHARGE

 

A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody over the weekend on a drug charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 28 year old Tyler West was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday morning in Butler County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

 

WAPPAPELLO MAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AND POSSESSION OF METH

 

Authorities have taken a Wappapello man into custody on multiple felony charges.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 53 year old Michael Brown is facing felony charges of driving while intoxicated, drugs; and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

Brown was arrested shortly after 1 am Saturday in Wayne County.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN SHANNON COUNTY FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND METH

 

A Mountain View man was arrested Sunday afternoon for alleged possession of meth and marijuana.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 36 year old Micheal Gimple was arrested at around 12:30 pm Sunday in Shannon County.

 

Gimple is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.

 

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH DAY TO BE HELD THIS WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

The Project Connect Community Outreach Day will be held this week at the Black River Coliseum. The Community Outreach Day is a grassroots, community-based intervention where all individuals, Veteran or not, are brought together in a single location to access community resources and supplies needed to begin addressing their individual needs.

 

The event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on August 21st. Services to be available include medical screenings, dental screenings, skin cancer screenings, mental health, substance abuse, housing, legal advice, food, haircuts and more.

 

The events are being planned by the Poplar Bluff VA in partnership with local organizations and businesses.

 

 

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR POPLAR BLUFF LICENSE OFFICE

 

A new contract has been awarded that will see the Poplar Bluff License Office will remain at its current location.

 

The management contract has been awarded to License Office Services LLC for the Poplar Bluff License Office.

 

The contract was awarded by the Office of Administration, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Revenue.

 

Over 75 thousand transactions were conducted at the Poplar Bluff office in fiscal year 2013.

 

 

ROAD WORK SET FOR THIS WEEK IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

Highway 34 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction this week as contractor crews seal coat the roadway.

 

The work zone is located from Highway 49 north of Piedmont to US 67.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Saturday, August 23rd from 6:30 am to 7 pm, daily.

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED THIS WEEK

 

Route C in Bollinger and Stoddard Counties will be reduced to one lane this week with a 10-foot width restriction so contractor crews can seal coat the roadway.

 

Work is scheduled to take place from 6:30 am to 7 pm through Saturday, August 23rd.

 

The work zone is located from Highway 51 in Bollinger County to Highway 91 in Stoddard County.

August 15, 2014

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IDENTITY RELEASED OF DEAD BODY FOUND IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

Poplar Bluff Police have released the identity of a body found earlier this week in a wooded area near Maud Street.

 

According to Captain David Sutton, the body has been identified as Justin R. Allen, of Arlington, Texas.

 

Allen had apparently been camped in the area for some time, and witnesses had described him as unusually thin; also saying he seemed confused or disoriented.

 

An autopsy was inconclusive, and the cause of death could not be determined. Captain Sutton says there is no evidence to suggest any criminal activity or third-party involvement in Allen’s death.

 

 

POCAHONTAS TO RECEIVE OVER $200,000 FOR DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS

 

The city of Pocahontas has been awarded over $200,000 for drainage improvements.

 

The $202,250 Community Block Development Grant was awarded by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Pocahontas was one of eight grants approved for a total of almost $1.4 million.

 

 

NO INJURIES REPORTED AFTER TRANSFORMER EXPLODES IN NEW MADRID

 

There were no injuries reported after a transformer exploded Thursday in New Madrid.

 

According to KFVS, the transformer exploded at around 9:15 am at Noranda Aluminum. No cause for the explosion was available.

 

A fire from the explosion was contained.

 

 

OVER 580 CHILDREN PARTICIPATED IN POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

 

Over 580 children participated in the summer reading program this year at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.

 

584 children logged 6,192 reading hours during the program.

 

This year’s prizes included three bicycles sponsored by First Midwest Bank, two Kindle Fire tablets sponsored by the Friends of the Poplar Bluff Library, nine MP3 players, and coupons for Marble slab.

 

For children to be eligible for a prize, they had to read at least four hours or complete a science log over the nine week summer program.

 

 

DATES SET FOR 2014 BUTLER COUNTY FAIR

 

The dates have been set for the 2014 Butler County Fair.

 

The Fair will be held from September 10th through September 12th at the Black River Coliseum in downtown Poplar Bluff. There are multiple events and exhibits planned for the fair this year and admission is free.

 

You can get a schedule for this year’s fair online at extension.missouri.edu/butler.

 

 

TODAY IS FINAL DAY TO REGISTER FOR THREE RIVERS COLLEGE FALL SEMESTER

 

Today is the final day to register for classes during the upcoming Fall Semester at Three Rivers College.

 

Students can find out more information online at the Three Rivers College website, trcc.edu.

 

Classes for the Fall Semester will begin on Monday.

 

 

27TH ANNUAL WOMEN AWARE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER

 

The 27th Annual Women Aware Conference will be held next month at the Black River Coliseum.

 

The Women Aware Conference will be on Thursday, September 25th. It is designed for those seeking the opportunity to expand their professional and personal growth network with others in the area.

 

The registration fee is $40 and includes admission to 28 breakout sessions, 70 booths, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks, and a one-year membership to Women Aware. After August 31st, the registration fee goes up to $50.

 

The keynote speaker this year is Jeanne Robertson.

 

For more information, call 573-778-1804 or go online to www.womenawareinc.com.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL TO TEST TROOPER APPLICANTS NEXT MONTH

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be testing for new troopers next month in Poplar Bluff.

 

The test date has been scheduled for September 20th.

 

To be eligible, candidates must possess a minimum of 30 college credits, or two years of federal active duty military service with an honorable discharge, or two years of full-time POST certified experience as a law enforcement officer with arrest authority at the time recruit training begins.

 

Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 101st Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on July 1st, 2015.

 

For more information, call 1-800-796-7000 or go online to www.motrooper.com.

 

 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROPOSAL COULD BE ON ARKANSAS’S 2016 BALLOT

 

The Arkansas attorney general’s office has approved the wording of an item for the 2016 ballot that would legalize use of medical marijuana.

 

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that the proposal meets state requirements to enable the sponsoring group, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, to begin gathering signatures.

 

A similar proposal was on the 2012 ballot but was narrowly defeated.

 

In a letter certifying the ballot wording, McDaniel issued a note of the caution, saying that the “complexity and far-reaching effects of the proposal” could leave it open to a potentially successful court challenge.

 

Arkansans for Compassionate Care sought a spot on the 2014 general election ballot but couldn’t gather the needed 62,507 signatures of registered voters before a July 7 deadline.