September 30, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 093014

 

JACKSON MAN KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION

 

A Jackson man is dead following a two vehicle wreck in Perry County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the collision occurred early Monday morning on Missouri Highway 51.

 

A vehicle driven by 48 year old Barry Sander reportedly crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head on. Sander was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ROBBERY OF AN AREA BUSINESS

 

A Cape Girardeau man has been arrested in connection to the robbery of an area Dollar General Store.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Sunday morning a clerk at the store told officers that a man had entered the store and displayed a handgun before escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

During an investigation into the incident, a suspect was identified and taken into custody. 23 year old Tyler O. Johnson is facing charges of first degree robbery and armed criminal action.

 

 

PISTOL STOLEN FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS BUSINESS

 

Authorities in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas are investigating a theft from an area business.

 

According to the Walnut Ridge Police Department, someone broke into Russell’s Pawn early Sunday morning and stole a Ruger Standard Mark II .22 Caliber pistol.

 

Anyone who has information about the theft is asked to call 870-886-3568.

 

 

LARGE AMOUNT OF DRUGS REPORTEDLY FOUND DURING SEARCH OF A VEHICLE

 

Two women are facing charges after authorities reportedly found drugs during a search of a vehicle.

 

According to KFVS, authorities say that a large amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.

 

27 year old Rachel Nicole Achter and 18 year old Christina Hope Ray are each facing charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER AUTHORITIES FIND MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION IN POCAHONTAS

 

One man is in custody after authorities reportedly confiscated 37 marijuana plants from a home in Pocahontas, Arkansas.

 

According to KAIT, 37 year old Brian Smith is facing charges of manufacturing of a schedule six substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities say the plants were in various stages, including seedlings.

 

There was also a ventilation system and grow lights at the home.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY HOSTING 1ST ANNUAL LOCAL AUTHOR FAIR

 

A local author fair will be held this Saturday as a part of the Iron Horse Festival.

 

The fair will be at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library from 10 am to 2 pm. Booths are being provided to authors at no cost. For more information, contact Shannon Mangrum at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library by calling 573-686-8639.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN FINDING A DOG

 

The Poplar Bluff Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a dog.

 

According to the Police Department, the dog was at Steak-n-Shake Friday morning between 8 and 8:30 am. A Hispanic male reportedly took possession of the dog and the police department is trying to locate both of them.

 

If you have any information about the whereabouts of the dog or the man that took the dog, please contact Poplar Bluff Animal Control at 686-8635 or Poplar Bluff Police Department at 785-5776.

 

A picture of the dog is available on our Facebook page.

 

 

TURKEY POPULATION ON THE REBOUND IN MISSOURI

 

State scientists say Missouri’s wild turkey population appears to be on the rebound.

 

The Department of Conservation says it has observed a higher ratio of young turkeys to hens than compared to the average over the past five or 10 years. Some of the strongest numbers have been reported in northern Missouri, which had been most affected by a downturn in turkey production that began in the early 2000s.

 

The department says Missouri has now had strong turkey reproduction in three of the past four years. That means hunters should start seeing more turkeys in the woods.

 

 

MISSOURI COMMUNITY COLLEGES INCLUDED IN FEDERAL GRANTS ANNOUNCED MONDAY

 

Missouri community colleges are getting $19.7 million from the federal government to train more students and collect data about them.

 

The Missouri funding was included in $450 million of job-training grants announced Monday by the White House and federal education and labor departments.

 

A little less than $15 million will be used to hire instructors and purchase equipment to teach an additional 1,900 students in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

 

About $4.7 million will be used to collect data on Missouri community college students who are enrolled short-term certificate programs, similar to data already collected on students in courses that award credit hours.

 

The federal grants are similar to ones received by Missouri 2011 and 2012. That $35 million went toward community colleges programs in health and manufacturing.

September 29, 2014

 

 

 

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WOMAN WANTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES, INCLUDING RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

Authorities in Izard County, Arkansas say a Calico Rock woman is wanted on multiple charges, including rape and sexual assault.

According to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 31 year old Beth Dickerson allegedly raped a 12 year old boy and had inappropriate sexual relationships with two females, ages fourteen and fifteen.

Dickerson is facing charges of rape, fourth degree sexual assault, and sexual indecency with a child. She is described as being 5 foot, 3 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Investigator Charlie Melton at the Izard County Sheriff’s Office at 870-368-4203.

 
KENNETT MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS

A Kennett man was taken into custody Friday on multiple warrants.

On Friday, the Kennett Police Department, along with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, served a federal search warrant at a residence in Kennett.

Officers reportedly found a loaded pistol along with an undisclosed amount of a controlled substance during the search. 31 year old Nicholas J. McIntee was arrested on warrants for burglary and felony stealing.

The investigation is still considered ongoing, and the Kennett Police Department says investigators are currently seeking possible further federal charges.

 
WOMAN REPORTEDLY KILLED BY DOG IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A woman in Northeast Arkansas is dead after getting attacked by a dog.

According to KAIT, 75 year old Alice Payne, of Cave City, was reportedly attacked by her pitbull. Payne was found dead and had apparent bite marks on her arms, neck, and face.

Officers put the dog down and the incident is under investigation.

 
BERNIE MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

A Bernie man is facing a drug charge following his arrest Sunday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Christopher W. Opiela was arrested shortly after 5:30 am Sunday in Stoddard County.

He is facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

 
TWO ARRESTED ON ROBBERY CHARGE IN KENNETT

Two people were taken into custody on a robbery charge in Kennett.

According to the Kennett Police Department, Friday afternoon, officers were dispatched to a residence in reference to a robbery. While on the way there, the officers learned the suspects had left the scene in a vehicle. A short time later, two suspects were taken into custody during a traffic stop.

27 year old Edward Jones and 24 year old Danyel Williams, both of Kennett, were each arrested for robbery second degree.

 
HIGHWAY PATROL ADVISING MOTORISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR DEER

With October approaching, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to watch out for deer.

Deer are most active during the mating season of October and November, and the majority of accidents involving deer occur in those months.

The Highway Patrol says Missouri recorded nearly 3,500 deer-vehicle accidents last year. No one was killed, but 303 people were hurt.

In addition to mating season, hunting and crop harvesting may cause more movement among the animals.

The patrol says motorists who see a deer should slow down and proceed with caution. Deer often travel in groups so if you see one, there may be more to follow.

 
MOTORCYCLE SKILLS TEST TO BE SUSPENDED FRIDAY IN POPLAR BLUFF

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that the motorcycle skills test will be suspended later this week in Poplar Bluff.

The test will be suspended on October 3rd due to another event at the site. Written examinations and Class E and Class F skills tests will be offered as normally scheduled.

Motorcycle skills testing will resume at the Poplar Bluff Driver Examination Station on Monday, October 6th.

 
PAVEMENT REPAIRS SET FOR THIS WEEK IN STODDARD COUNTY

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be in Stoddard County this week for pavement repairs.

Route Z in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane between Route W and Highway 153 for the repairs. Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily through Friday.

 
WEEK LONG DITCH WORK PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

Route U in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform ditch work.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from County Road 725 to County Road 727.

Weather permitting, work will be performed today through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily.

 
NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED THIS WEEK FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

A New Madrid County road will be reduced to one lane this week for pavement repairs.

Weather permitting, Route W in New Madrid County will be reduced from 7 am to 3 pm daily through Friday. The work zone will be located between Route Z and Route D.

September 26, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 092614

 

WYATT WOMAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A single vehicle wreck Thursday morning has resulted in the death of an area woman.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Denise Fisher, of Wyatt, was driving on Missouri Highway 80 near Matthews, when she failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road, and overturned.

 

Fisher was reportedly not wearing a safety device and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

DEXTER POLICE SEARCH FOR DRIVER OF STOLEN VEHICLE

 

Authorities in Dexter are looking for a man who fled from a stolen vehicle early Thursday morning.

 

According to a release from the Dexter Police Department, shortly after 1 am Thursday, officers attempted to stop a vehicle that was being operated in an erratic manner.

 

The driver failed to stop, and after leading police on a short chase through town, exited the vehicle and ran. The suspect was able to elude capture.

 

He is described as a white male with dark hair, wearing a black, sleeveless t-shirt and jeans.

 

It was later discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen from an auto repair shop in Kennett.

 

 

ROBERT SMITH APPOINTED TO BE POPLAR BLUFF ATTORNEY

 

Robert Smith has been appointed as attorney for the city of Poplar Bluff.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, the announcement of Smith’s appointment was made at a city council meeting earlier this week.

 

Smith was serving as the interim city attorney following the resignation of Wally Duncan in early May.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU SHERIFF WARNING OF PHONE SCAM

 

The Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about reports of a phone scam.

 

According to the Sheriff’s Office, some residents were receiving phone calls from what appeared to be a Potosi, Missouri phone number stating they were either a Deputy Sheriff with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office and/or they were acting under the authority of Judge Gary Kamp.

 

The caller would then say the person had missed jury duty and was going to be arrested if they did not pay a fine of random amounts. The victims were being instructed to pay by credit card or to obtain a prepaid credit card from a retail store and to call them back with the information.

 

The Sheriff’s Office says that this is a scam and if you have any questions or additional information, call 573-243-3551.

 

 

MASTER GARDENERS TO HOLD FREE CLASS THIS WEEKEND

 

Master Gardeners will be holding a free class this weekend in Poplar Bluff.

 

The one hour class will be about crape myrtles and will begin at 10 am Saturday on the corner near 1600 West Harper Street at the intersection of PP Highway and Business 67.

 

Anyone attending should bring a chair and some pruners.

 

 

HORNERSVILLE MAN WINS QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS

 

A Hornersville man recently won a quarter of a million dollars from the Missouri Lottery.

 

James Scott purchased the “Lucky 7s Playbook” ticket from a Kennett store on September 17th. Scott uncovered his $250,000 prize at home and was in such disbelief that he had to have his son verify the win.

 

According to the Missouri Lottery, Scott is looking forward to using the winnings to pay for his son’s college tuition.

 

 

SCHOOL REGISTRATION OPEN FOR REGIONAL SPELLING BEE

 

Area schools can start registering for the Sixth Annual Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee.

 

The spelling bee has been scheduled for February 28th, 2015, at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff.

 

Participating schools must complete their registration by October 15th and complete a school-wide spelling bee before February 6th, 2015, to participate.

 

The top three contestants from each qualifying school will be eligible to participate in the regional spelling bee, with the winner receiving an expenses-paid trip to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

 

For more information, contact Mark Sanders at 573-840-9618.

 

 

ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TO RECEIVE OVER $600,000 FROM MEDICAID SETTLEMENT

 

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Arkansas, other states and the federal government have agreed to a settlement with Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC over allegations that Shire illegally marketed five drugs.

 

McDaniel said Thursday that the settlement means Arkansas’ Medicaid program will receive $619,894.

 

Shire was accused of illegally promoting the drugs Adderall XR, Vyvanse, Daytrana, Lialda and Pentasa – causing false claims to be submitted to Medicaid.

 

Shire said in a statement that it will pay a total of $56.5 million, plus interest, fees and other costs. The company admits no wrongdoing.

September 25, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 092514

 

MAYNARD WOMAN DEAD FOLLOWING HEAD ON COLLISION

 

A Maynard woman is dead following a head on collision in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred on Highway 67 in Randolph County. A vehicle, driven by 42 year old Tony Carter, of Paragould, allegedly crossed into the northbound lanes and struck another vehicle head on.

 

A passenger in the second vehicle, 74 year old Dorothy Jones, of Maynard, was pronounced dead at the scene. Carter and the driver of the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries.

 

 

EIGHT INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN CRASH INVOLVING SCHOOL BUS

 

Eight people were injured Wednesday morning in a wreck involving a school bus.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred in Mississippi County when a bus was hit from behind while coming to a stop to pick up students.

 

The driver of the vehicle that hit the bus, 18 year old Ashton Fisher, of Sikeston, was seriously injured in the wreck. Seven children on the bus, ages 5 to 13, suffered minor injuries.

 

 

KENNETT POLICE INVESTIGATING BURGLARIES

 

Kennett authorities are investigating multiple burglary reports.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, at around 2:20 am Wednesday, officers were dispatched to a residence, where they were told that a white male had entered the residence and pointed a gun at a 13 year old boy, before grabbing a purse and fleeing.

 

During the investigation, officers located an open gate next door and discovered that the residence had been burglarized and a pistol had been taken.

 

Later that morning, a report was made by someone who said that a person had entered their garage and gone through their vehicles.

 

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER METH FOUND DURING SEARCH

 

Two men are in custody after meth was found during a search.

 

According to KFVS, Mississippi County authorities reportedly found a large quantity of methamphetamine, weapons, and cash during a raid.

 

40 year old Demitiours Andre Moore and 18 year old Myron Lamont Andrews, both of Charleston, were each arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

 

 

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be holding a public meeting this afternoon to discuss upcoming improvements to Route C in Mississippi County.

 

The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 pm at the Delta Growers Association in Charleston.

 

The proposed project includes replacing the Route C bridge over Lateral Ditch #4 with a box culvert. The structure is located .3 miles west of Route 105. Work is expected to begin in summer 2015, with Route C remaining closed during construction.

 

According to Project Manager Eric Krapf, visitors can stop by anytime during the meeting to discuss the details of the improvements with a member of the project team and provide their comments.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL LOOKING FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is looking for feedback from the public.

 

The 2014 Public Opinion Survey is available on the Highway Patrol’s website at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov.

 

The survey covers safety and security, officers’ attitudes and competency, overall agency performance, and concerns regarding crime and social issues.

 

 

SIGNATURES VERIFIED FOR SOUTHSIDE INCORPORATION

 

Residents of Southside, Arkansas have filed a petition to incorporate their community as a city to avoid possible annexation into Batesville.

 

The group Keep Southside Free From Annexation filed a petition of incorporation Monday and signatures were verified Tuesday. A hearing is set for October 24 before County Judge Robert Griffin, who will determine whether the petition is legal.

 

Last month, the Batesville City Council voted to place on the November 4 ballot a plan to annex Southside into the city. The judge says he plans to rule on the request for incorporation before the election.

 

Keep Southside Free From Annexation Co-Chairman Brandon Gay says about 2,000 residents live in the proposed incorporation area.

 

Bella Vista, which was officially formed in 2006, was the last Arkansas city to incorporate.

 

 

TWICE AS MANY HEALTH INSURERS PLAN TO OFFER POLICIES THROUGH INSURANCE EXCHANGE IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri could have twice as many health insurers participating next year in a federally run website.

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says eight insurers plan to offer policies for 2015 on Missouri’s health insurance exchange. Four offered policies this year.

 

The federal agency said Missouri is one of four states – along with Indiana, New Hampshire and West Virginia – where the number of insurers is at least doubling.

 

The online shopping sites offer subsidized health coverage for some people who otherwise lack insurance. They are required in each state under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

 

Missouri had the option of running its own website, but voters approved a measure barring the state from taking any steps to do so.

 

 

JUDICIAL EVALUATION COMMITTEE ADVISES VOTERS TO KEEP JUDGES

 

A Missouri judicial evaluation committee is urging voters to keep all 50 nonpartisan judges up who are up for this year’s retention elections.

 

The Missouri Bar on Wednesday released positive results from a review of judges up for retention November 4th.

 

But three judges from St. Louis County only received support after appealing poor reviews. Associate Circuit Judges Judy Draper, Dennis Smith and Patrick Clifford all received among the lowest scores in their judicial circuit.

 

Ratings only are done for judges appointed by the governor to the Supreme Court, the state’s three court of appeals and trial courts in the St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield areas. Those judges face retention elections for voters to decide whether they should keep their positions.

September 24, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 092414

 

MAN IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING INCIDENT WHERE GUN WAS PULLED

 

A man was taken into custody on multiple charges following an incident over the weekend where a gun was pulled.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, on Saturday, officers were dispatched after a report was made that a man on a silver scooter had pulled a gun on a subject and was there waiting on an officer.

 

A short time after talking to the victim, officers arrested 58 year old Fred Moore, of Kennett, on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm.

 

 

MARBLE HILL MAN FACING BURGLARY AND ASSAULT CHARGES

 

A Marble Hill man has been arrested following a burglary on September 20th.

 

According to KFVS, Mitchell R. Woods allegedly took several items from a home, including a TV, four guns, and ammunition. Woods is facing charges of burglary, resisting arrest, theft and assault.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN KENNETT ON STEALING WARRANTS

 

Two women were arrested Monday morning in Kennett on stealing warrants.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, shortly before 11:30 am officers arrested 38 year old Martha Reed, of Kennett, on a felony Dunklin County warrant for stealing.

 

Just over half an hour later, officers also arrested 26 year old Jessica Chapin, of Kennett, on a felony Dunklin County warrant for stealing.

 

The Kennett Police Department did not release if the two arrests were connected.

 

 

ILLINOIS MAN ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGE

 

An Illinois man is facing drug charges following his arrest Tuesday night in New Madrid County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21 year old Anthony Moss, of Wood River, Illinois, was arrested shortly before 10:30 pm.

 

Moss is facing charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while suspended.

 

 

CROSSING REPAIRS SET FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Route O in Stoddard County will be closed today and tomorrow as railroad company crews perform crossing repairs.

 

The section of roadway to be closed is located from County Road 371 to Route P.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today and tomorrow from 6:30 am to 5 pm each day.

 

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TODAY

 

A Ripley County road will be closed today so crews can replace a pipe beneath the roadway.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route A will be closed today from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The road will be closed between County Roads A-2 and A-3.

 

 

LESS THAN $350,000 SPENT ON POLITICAL ADS IN MISSOURI FOR UPCOMING ELECTION

 

The absence of top-of-the-ticket statewide races in the November general election is resulting in far fewer political ads on Missouri television than in most other states.

 

A survey released Wednesday by the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity shows that a total of seven candidates spent just $335,800 on TV ads through early September, a 59 percent decline from the comparable period in 2010. By contrast, TV ad spending in 31 states topped $1 million.

 

The survey found that much of the spending came from independent political groups no longer constrained by donation limits following a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

 

The Missouri auditor’s race is the only statewide contest in an election year that doesn’t include the office of governor or either U.S. Senate seat.

 

 

GRANTS ANNOUNCED FOR MULTIPLE COMMUNITIES IN ARKANSAS INCLUDING CORNING

 

U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Representatives Tim Griffin and Steve Womack have announced $7.5 million in economic development grants in Arkansas.

 

The grants announced Tuesday include $1.2 million for rail improvements in Corning; $1.2 million for a medical school in Fort Smith; and $1.2 million for an access road and drainage improvements along Interstate 30 at Hope.

 

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will receive $1.1 million for a new workforce training center and the UA Board Of Trustees will receive $597,116 to expand outreach services at the university’s World Trade Center.

September 23, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 092314

 

ARKANSAS WOMAN DIES IN TWO VEHICLE CRASH

 

A Friday night two vehicle crash has left three people with injuries and a central Arkansas woman dead.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 28 year old Tamara Cambron, of Dennard, was fatally injured when the vehicle she was a passenger in collided with another vehicle on Highway 49, near the Greene County line.

 

16 year old Travis Cline, of Jonesboro, 30 year old Jared Huffmaster and 21 year old Hanna Huffmaster, both of Paragould were all injured in the crash and taken to an area hospital for treatment.

 

 

IRONTON MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING WRECK IN MADISON COUNTY

 

An Ironton man has been taken into custody after a single vehicle wreck Monday evening.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 30 year old Joseph Brancefield drove off the right side of Route K in Madison County and hit an embankment. A passenger in the vehicle, 46 year old Floyd Hodges, of Fredericktown, suffered serious injuries in the wreck.

 

Following the wreck, Brancefield allegedly drove the vehicle from the scene to a residence. He was arrested later that night on charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, assault second, and careless and imprudent driving involving a motor vehicle accident.

 

 

MAN CHARGED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

 

One man is facing charges in Northeast Arkansas for failing to register as a sex offender.

 

According to KAIT, 48 year old James Edward Cash was taken into custody Friday on charges, including failure to register as a sex offender, living near a school or daycare, and resisting arrest.

 

Cash allegedly attempted to flee from officers during his arrest.

 

 

PARAGOULD POLICE WARNING OF BANKING SCAM

 

Police in Paragould are warning area residents about a recent report of a banking scam.

 

According to the Police Department, a victim had a check from Jay Trucks and Associates P.C. in the amount of $2550. When the victim contacted the company, they said that the check was not from them.

 

Police say they were told that this is an attempt to get the victim/victims to deposit the check into their account in order for the scammer to obtain banking information and/or personal information.

 

In some cases, the check is accompanied by a letter telling the victim that this is a percentage of an amount due and that all they have to do to receive the remaining balance is send a processing fee of a certain amount to an address provided in the letter.

 

Authorities say that if you receive any money in the mail that is not expected, it is best to contact the party that sent the check before cashing or depositing the check into your account.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD THIS WEEK IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be meeting with constituents later this week in Wayne County.

 

The Mobile Office will be held Thursday from 2 pm to 3 pm at the Wayne County Courthouse in Greenville.

 

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

 

 

2014 VIRTUAL WALK/RUN TO BE HELD THIS WEEK

 

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation is asking for participants to join in a virtual 5k, 10k and 1 mile fun walk/run this weekend.

 

During a virtual race, everyone participating sets their own course and then reports their times in at the end. With September being prostate cancer awareness month, the Foundation is asking for runners to complete their race between September 27th and 29th.

 

Those wishing to take part can register online at arprostatecancer.org. Registration costs $15 and those taking part will receive a medal. Proceeds go towards the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation.

 

For more information, call 501-379-8027.

 

 

TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANT MONEY TO GO TOWARDS HIGHER EDUCATION IN MISSOURI

 

A national nonprofit group is pumping $2 million into Missouri higher education programs.

 

Governor Jay Nixon on Monday announced USA Funds plans to give grants to help colleges speed students to finishing their degrees and moving into careers.

 

About $1 million will go to expand the Innovation Campus initiative, which partners businesses with colleges to help students graduate more quickly.

 

The other $1 million will go to help other four-year institutions match curricula with employer demands. Competency-based degrees aim to help students graduate faster based on skills learned rather than class time.

 

 

SPOKESWOMAN CALLS LEVEL OF FIGHTING OVER EDUCATION STANDARDS UNPRECEDENTED

 

Educators and parents chosen to rewrite learning benchmarks for Missouri children are divided on how to move forward.

 

Work groups tasked with writing new education standards spent their first meeting Monday clashing over the state education department’s involvement and how to rework the national goals currently in place.

 

A law passed in May requires new goals for learning in each grade to replace the standards adopted in the Common Core. Those standards are used to create consistency between states, but opponents say they were adopted without enough local input.

 

More than 40 states use the Common Core, but Missouri is one of several states backing away from it.

 

A Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman says the level of fighting over education standards is “unprecedented.”

 

 

LAWSUIT AIMS TO BLOCK PROPOSAL TO RAISE ARKANSAS MINIMUM WAGE

 

A lawsuit has been filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court aiming to block from the November ballot a proposal to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage.

 

The lawsuit filed Monday asked justices to prevent the state from putting on the ballot the proposed initiated act, which would raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Election officials earlier this month certified the measure for the ballot.

 

The lawsuit claims the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions for the measure, and also challenges the signatures submitted.

 

The attorney who filed the challenge did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The chairman of the group backing the wage hike said he was reviewing the lawsuit.

September 22, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 092214

 

WARSAW MAN DROWNS AFTER BOAT CAPSIZES ON CURRENT RIVER

 

A Warsaw, Missouri man is dead after a boat he was in capsized on Current River.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the incident occurred Saturday night when a boat floated backwards into a log, causing it to capsize and eject all four occupants. Three of the people in the boat were able to swim to safety; however a fourth, 74 year old Bobby Culpepper, did not resurface.

 

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Carter County Coroner Eric McSpadden.

 

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING HEAD ON COLLISION IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

 

One man is dead and another is injured following a head on collision Sunday morning in Mississippi County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 46 year old Lawrence Agee, of Ozark, struck another vehicle head on.

 

Agee had reportedly travelled off the side of the road and overcorrected causing the vehicle to cross the centerline and hit the second vehicle.

 

The driver of the second vehicle, 69 year old Charles Allen, of Cairo, Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene. Agee suffered moderate injuries.

 

 

PERRYVILLE MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR RISCO

 

A Perryville man died Friday night following a single vehicle wreck near Risco.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 33 year old Randy Wolk was ejected from his vehicle after it overturned on US Highway 62.

 

Wolk was later pronounced dead at a Sikeston hospital.

 

 

AUTHORITIES IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ARE SEARCHING FOR MISSING MAN

 

Authorities in Pemiscot County conducted a search over the weekend for a man who has been missing since early August.

 

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, multiple agencies were involved in the search for Jerry Carr Jr., who has not been seen or heard from since August 2nd.

 

Carr is described as a 33 year old white male, five feet, nine inches tall, and weighing 180 pounds. He was possibly wearing khaki pants and a green polo style shirt or blue jeans and a white tee shirt on the day he disappeared. Carr also has multiple visible tattoos.

 

Anyone with information on Carr’s disappearance is asked to contact the Caruthersville Police Department at 573-333-2121.

 

 

INCIDENT LEADS TO ARREST OF MORLEY MAN ON DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGE

 

A Morley man is facing a domestic assault charge in connection to an incident on Friday.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a woman told authorities that 26 year old Kristopher Brooks had struck her on the face. The victim told a sheriff’s deputy that she did not want to pursue charges; however the deputy believed probable cause did exist and took Brooks to the Scott County Jail.

 

Brooks has been charged with felony second degree domestic assault.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED FOR FLEEING AND SPEEDING

 

A Sikeston man is facing charges following his arrest Sunday afternoon in Scott County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 20 year old Samuel Palasota was arrested on charges of resisting arrest by fleeing, operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, and speeding – 105 when limited to 50.

 

 

GROUNDBREAKING TO BE HELD TODAY FOR OSCEOLA STEEL MILL

 

Construction work is set to begin this week on two highly anticipated projects in Arkansas: a $1.3 billion steel mill in Osceola and the new $50 million museum in Fort Smith honoring the U.S. Marshals Service.

 

In northeastern Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe, Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore and other leaders are scheduled to attend a groundbreaking ceremony today for the Big River Steel mill, which is expected to create more than 500 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction jobs.

 

On Wednesday, a groundbreaking ceremony is also planned for the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith. The museum will be built along the Arkansas River and is expected to open in 2017.

 

Beebe is also scheduled to attend that event, along with U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman.

 

 

ARKANSAS STATE TO RECEIVE GOVERNOR’S ARCHIVES

 

Governor Mike Beebe plans to donate his eight years of gubernatorial papers, video, photographs and memorabilia to Arkansas State University.

 

Beebe, a 1968 graduate of Arkansas State and past chairman of its Board of Trustees, made the announcement Saturday. Beebe says he’s made no secret of his love for university and the opportunities it created for him.

 

The school says Beebe’s archives will be the basis for what will be the most comprehensive effort ever to perpetuate the legacy of an Arkansas governor, including the Gov. Mike Beebe Economic Development & Education Institute and a Web site for access to the collection.

 

In addition, areas of the V.C. Kays House and the Dean B. Ellis Library will be available to establish interactive presentations of the governor’s legacy in public service.

 

 

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR WAPPAPELLO AREA

 

Residents in the Wappapello area are under a boil water order.

 

The order was issued Sunday morning for customers of the Public Water Supply and Sewage District #4 of Wayne and Butler Counties.

 

The district also says that they will be running a back-up well, but are asking customers to conserve water due to the well being very small.

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SET FOR EARLY THIS WEEK IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

A Butler County road will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow for pavement repairs.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway 142 will be reduced between Haynes Street and County Road 265 from 7 am to 4:30 pm both today and tomorrow.

 

 

TWO WEEK ROAD PROJECT BEGINNING TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Eastbound Business 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane with a twelve-foot width restriction over the next couple of weeks as contractor crews build new sidewalks.

 

The work zone is located from North Poplar Street to Highway 25.

 

Weather permitting work will be performed today through Friday, October 3rd from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 

REPAIRS TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TODAY

 

Route FF in Stoddard County will be closed today so railroad company crews can perform repairs.

 

Work is scheduled to take place from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

The work zone is located between County Road 554 and First Street.

 

 

ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SLIGHTLY UP IN AUGUST

 

State officials say Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 6.3 percent. It’s the first time the state’s jobless rate has increased in 2014.

 

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Friday that August’s rate crept up one-tenth of a percentage point over July’s. The agency says the civilian labor force declined by 2,100 during the period.

 

Three industry sectors added jobs last month, with government positions increasing by 2,800 thanks to the start of the school year. Educational and health services added 1,300 jobs, while construction jobs increased by 1,300 as well.

 

Seven sectors posted declines last month, including a drop of 800 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and a loss of 500 jobs in leisure and hospitality.

September 19, 2014

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GOVERNOR NIXON APPOINTS NEW BUTLER COUNTY COLLECTOR

 

 

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed a Poplar Bluff businessman to be the new Butler County Collector.

 

Mark Christopher Michel will fill the position which has been vacant since the death of Brenda Fox last month. Michel is a licensed independent insurance agent for Aflac and also has owned and operated Snap Shot Studios.

 

 

TWO IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING JONESBORO SHOOTING

 

 

Two men are in custody following a shooting in Jonesboro.

 

According to authorities, 19 year old Caleb Andrew Perry, of Jonesboro, was shot multiple times Wednesday night.

 

Police have arrested 20 year old Daniel Blalock-Gibson and 19 year old Nicholas Weems, both of Jonesboro, on charges of first degree burglary and aggravated robbery.

 

 

NAME OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS STABBING SUSPECT RELEASED

 

 

The name of an arrested suspect has been released in connection to a stabbing incident on Sunday in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to KAIT, 26 year old Nicholas Cortez Addison, of Marked Tree, has been arrested for the stabbing of Fred English Sr. Addison is facing charges of felony aggravated assault, terroristic threatening, and battery of a police officer.

 

 

TWO FACING CHARGES FOR EAST PRAIRIE BURGLARY

 

 

Two people are facing charges for the burglary of a home in East Prairie on Sunday.

 

According to the East Prairie Police Department, Thomas Reece and Jamie Reece were arrested on Monday. They are each facing charges including first degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

 

The suspects allegedly stole a 9mm pistol, knives, a sword and various household items during the burglary.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

 

Two Arnold, Missouri residents are facing drug charges following their arrest in Wayne County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old Joseph Peterson and 36 year old Mary Dames were arrested shortly after 10:30 am Thursday.

 

They are each facing felony charges including attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU NEUROSURGEON INDICTED IN ALLEGED KICKBACK SCHEME

 

 

A southeast Missouri neurosurgeon and his fiancee are facing federal indictment in an alleged kickback scheme.

 

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Cape Girardeau on Thursday announced the indictment of 46 year old Dr. Sonjay Fonn and 44 year old Deborah Seeger. Both face four felony counts.

 

Fonn and Seeger operate DS Medical LLC, which distributed medical devices and supplies to Fonn and his neurosurgery practice. Fonn and Seeger are accused of demanding exorbitant commissions from manufacturers of devices and supplies needed for spinal fusion surgeries.

 

The indictment also alleges that once DS Medical began operation, Fonn began using more spinal implants and performing more surgeries. Federal authorities say the couple used the profits to buy a home, boat and airplane.

 

Fonn’s attorney, Jim Martin, calls the allegations “unsupportable.”

 

 

DOGS STOLEN FROM HUMANE SOCIETY HAVE BEEN RECOVERED

 

 

Two dogs that were stolen from an area humane society in early August have been recovered.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the dogs have been returned to the Humane Society. Officers from the Cape

Girardeau Police Department have identified and made contact with two suspects.

 

Police say that charges have been submitted to the Cape Girardeau County Prosecutors office for review.

 

 

INTERIM THREE RIVERS COLLEGE PRESIDENT ACCEPTS THREE YEAR CONTRACT

 

 

Dr. Wes Payne has accepted a contract to become President of Three Rivers College.

 

The Three Rivers College Board of Trustees offered Payne the three year contract on Wednesday, according to the Daily American Republic.

 

Payne had served as interim president since the resignation of Dr. Devin Stephenson earlier this year.

 

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS COUNTY TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE CHANGE TO COUNTY SEAT

 

 

Leaders in northeast Arkansas will consider a resolution next week on whether Mississippi County should eliminate one of its two county seats and only have one courthouse.

 

The county now has county seats and courthouses in Blytheville and Osceola. Next week, the Mississippi County Quorum Court will discuss whether the county should shut down one of the courthouses or pick an entirely new location for the county seat.

 

A proposed resolution says the county can’t afford maintaining two county seats and two courthouses, which both need repairs.

 

A change to the county seat would have to be approved by voters. Mississippi County is one of 10 in Arkansas that has dual county seats.

 

 

MISSOURI AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN INCOME GROWTH

 

 

A new report ranks Missouri among the national leaders in the growth of household income, even though it remains below the national average.

 

Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show Missouri’s median household income was $46,931 based on a 2013 survey, a 2.2 percent increase over the previous year.

 

That growth rate ranked Missouri seventh among states, well ahead of the national rate of 0.6 percent.

 

But Missouri’s median household income still trails the national average of $52,250.

 

Other Census Bureau figures show the percentages of Missouri residents in poverty and without health insurance both declined slightly in 2013 survey. The poverty rate was 15.9 percent, about the same as the national rate. There uninsured rate was 13 percent, a little better than then 14.5 percent national rate.

 

 

 

September 18, 2014

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CYCLIST HIT BY VEHICLE NEAR MALDEN

 

A cyclist suffered serious injuries after his bicycle was hit by a vehicle Wednesday morning.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the incident occurred shortly after 6:15 am Wednesday, three miles west of Malden on Route J.

 

A bicycle, ridden by 44 year old Kevin Wheeler, of Campbell, was struck in the back by a vehicle, causing Wheeler to be ejected. Wheeler was flown to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

 

 

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

 

A sex offender was recently arrested in Stoddard County.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Mark Anthony Williams, of Bernie, has been arrested on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Sex Offender Registry, Williams was convicted in 2006 of  first degree child molestation.

 

 

ONE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO KENNETT THEFT

 

A Kennett man is in custody in connection to a theft from a vehicle last week.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, on September 12th, approximately $3000 of cash and merchandise was taken from an area vehicle.

 

While executing a search warrant on the 15th, officers were able to locate and recover the stolen items. 37 year old Paul Harrington was taken into custody and police say that more arrests are expected to be made in connection to the theft.

 

 

TWO CHARGED FOR THEFT OF CLASSIC VEHICLE IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY

 

Two men are facing charges for the theft of a classic vehicle.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, 32 year old Jason Goodman, of Marble Hill, and 36 year old Jeremiah Hamilton, of Jackson, have both been charged with felony second degree burglary and stealing.

 

The men are suspected of breaking into a storage unit and stealing a restored Classic 1969 Dodge Charger on Monday.

 

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WOMAN RECIEVES 30 YEAR SENTENCE IN HUSBAND’S MURDER

 

A Northeast Arkansas woman has been sentenced to prison for her part in the murder of her husband.

 

Michelle Despain received a 30 year sentence Tuesday.  She pleaded guilty last month to three counts of hindering the apprehension and prosecution of capital murder.

 

Despain was accused of arranging the shooting death of her husband, Marc Despain, in 2011.

 

 

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DECIDES AGAINST CROSSES ON FOOTBALL HELMETS

 

Arkansas State University says the placement of crosses on the back of its football helmets as a memorial to two students this year was inappropriate.

 

In a letter to a law firm Wednesday, the school rejected a demand that it restore crosses bearing the initials of a player and equipment manager who died in the past year. It said, however, that players will be allowed to come up with their own way to remember Markel Owens and Barry Weyer.

 

Liberty Institute on Monday accused Arkansas State of violating the rights of students who wanted to honor the pair by wearing crosses on their uniforms.

 

The school said Wednesday that coaches helped develop the memorial without consulting lawyers, putting the school at odds with the U.S. Constitution and court rulings.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS SEEK TO LOWER BUSINESS FEES

 

Secretary of State Jason Kander says he wants to reduce fees for companies doing business in Missouri.

 

Kander says his goal is to do away with many of the numerous different fees charged to businesses and instead charge only a processing fee for most filings with his office. Kander said he wants to make Missouri’s fees among the lowest nationally.

 

Missouri’s fees currently range from $7 to register a name for a business to $155 for a company based in another state or foreign country to apply to do business in Missouri.

 

The Democratic secretary of state said he will be working on the business-fee legislation with Republican state Senator Wayne Wallingford, of Cape Girardeau. The proposal would be considered during the 2015 legislative session.

 

 

MISSOURI BALLOTS TO BE REPRINTED FOLLOWING COURT DECISION

 

Missouri election officials are scrambling to reprint ballots and reprogram computers after an appeals court ordered a change to an early-voting proposal that will appear on the November ballot.

 

County clerks said Wednesday that the change could cost the state thousands of additional dollars and could delay the availability of absentee ballots.

 

An appeals court panel ruled earlier this week that the ballot wording approved by lawmakers for the proposed constitutional amendment was misleading, because it failed to note that the six-day early voting period would occur only if the state provides funding.

 

The court ordered that a description of the funding contingency be added to the ballot.

 

Many counties already had printed their ballots, because military voting starts Friday and traditional absentee voting begins next Tuesday.

 

September 17, 2014

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METH LAB EXPLODES AND CATCHES MAN ON FIRE

 

A man in Sikeston will likely face charges after a meth lab explosion on Monday.

 

According to the Standard Democrat, authorities were alerted Monday night to a man being on fire in front of an area business. The man was taken to a St. Louis burn center with second and third degree burns.

 

An investigation into the incident reportedly uncovered that a shake and bake meth lab had exploded and caught fire. Methamphetamine was also discovered at the scene.

 

 

ALMOST $2000 WORTH OF METH FOUND IN ARKANSAS INMATE’S CLOTHES

 

An Arkansas inmate is facing additional jail time after guards say they found nearly $2,000 worth of methamphetamine in her pants.

 

A Craighead County judge said Monday there is sufficient evidence to charge the 30 year old woman with meth possession. She faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

 

Craighead County Detention Center jailers say they discovered 19 grams of meth in baggies during a “shakedown.” The woman told them she couldn’t remember the name of the inmate who gave her the drugs.

 

The woman is serving a 120 day sentence for second-degree forgery.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES IN ATV WRECK

 

A Poplar Bluff man was flown to an area hospital Tuesday following an ATV wreck in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old James Hert was driving an ATV on Dan River Road when he met another vehicle in the middle of the road. Hert’s ATV then ran off the side of the road and hit a mailbox.

 

Hert was flown to St. Francis Hospital with serious injuries.

 

 

ROTARY CLUB FINANCES VOTING SOFTWARE FOR POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS

 

The Poplar Bluff Senior High Student Council has new software to handle upcoming elections.

 

According to Poplar Bluff educators, the web based application will save teachers time and make voting more efficient for students. Previous elections had used paper ballot, which needed to be hand counted

 

The software, which was funded by the Rotary Club of Poplar Bluff, will be put to use in the student body and homecoming court elections, as well as the senior personality awards.

 

 

NEELYVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

Multiple events have been scheduled for the upcoming Neelyville Harvest Festival.

 

The festival will be held this weekend on Saturday, September 20th. Line ups for the Harvest Festival Parade will begin at 8 am at the bus garage area.

 

Other events include the talent show and the best looking dessert contest. For more information on the talent show, contact Mrs. Parish at 989-3221.

 

 

RAILROAD REPAIRS TO BE PERFORMED TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Railroad repairs will cause a Stoddard County road to be closed today.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route E will be closed today from 8 am to 3 pm. The work zone will be located between County Roads 565 and 563 in Stoddard County.

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GOES DOWN IN MISSOURI

 

A new report shows Missouri’s unemployment rate dipped slightly last month while the state lost 3,100 nonfarm jobs.

 

The state Department of Economic Development said Tuesday the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in August from 6.5 percent in July. The August rate was also down from 6.6 percent in the same month last year.

 

Missouri’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment last month dropped to about 2.78 million, about a 3,100-job decrease from July. Losses hit the durable goods manufacturing, health care and social assistance industries.

 

The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of more than 3 million also grew by about 1,000 in August. People with jobs and others who are unemployed and looking for work are included in those numbers.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS TO CONDUCT REVIEW OF HIGHWAY AND WATER PATROL MERGER

 

Missouri lawmakers plan to review the effects of a 2011 merger of the state Highway and Water patrols after a man drowned this year while in trooper custody.

 

House Speaker Tim Jones said Tuesday a committee will study management, trooper training and whether the merger actually saved the state an expected $3 million a year.

 

Twenty-year-old Iowa resident Brandon Ellingson was handcuffed when he drowned May 31 in the Lake of the Ozarks. A Highway Patrol trooper had arrested Ellingson on suspicion of drunken boating and was bringing him to shore when Ellingson went over the side of the trooper’s patrol boat.

 

Republican Representative Rocky Miller, of Lake Ozark, says he fears the merger made it difficult for troopers who are now double-trained in highway and water patrol duties to do their jobs.