November 26, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 112614

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF MEN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER

 

Two Poplar Bluff men are facing a murder charge in connection to the death of Salvador Ruiz Ramirez.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 29 year old Curtis Walker and 24 year old Bryce Davis have been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action.

 

Ramirez was found dead on October 22nd submerged in the Black River. An autopsy showed he had died from a gunshot wound.

 

 

AUTOPSY SHOWS NO SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY ON BODY FOUND IN CARTER COUNTY

 

No signs of foul play were found during the autopsy of a woman’s body which was found over the weekend in Southeast Missouri.

 

The partially decomposed body of the woman was found on Sunday by a hunter in Carter County. The identity of the woman has not been made available.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES

 

A Sikeston area man has been arrested on a warrant for drug trafficking.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 25 year old Matthew Dwight Simms was taken into custody Monday on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Walter says the arrest stems from an October suspicious vehicle investigation, in which officers found multiple packets containing 35 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia in an abandoned vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Simms was driving the vehicle when it was abandoned.

 

Sheriff Walter says his department received a call early Monday morning informing them that Simms could be found at a rural home. Officers arrested Simms at the location. A search of Simms’ backpack yielded an additional 17 grams of meth, as well as additional paraphernalia.

 

 

GUILTY PLEA ENTERED IN ASSAULT CASE

 

A Jackson man will be sentenced in February on assault charges.

 

48 year old Lawrence Guthrie entered a guilty plea Monday to three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer. Guthrie reportedly shot at officers during an incident in 2012.

 

Guthrie is scheduled to be sentenced on February 17th, 2015.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK IN GREENVILLE

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Greenville next week to conduct a mobile office.

 

The event will be held from 3 pm to 4 pm on Tuesday, December 2nd at the Wayne County Courthouse. 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.

 

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT CONCERT FEATURING WORKS OF STAR WARS AND JURASSIC PARK COMPOSER

 

The Three Rivers College Music Department will be holding a free concert next week featuring many famous songs from movies.

 

The concert will feature the works of famed composer John Williams, including music from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, the Harry Potter films, Schindler’s List, and more.

 

The Three Rivers Collegiate Choir and the Three Rivers Symphonic Band will perform during the concert at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. The concert will begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, December 2nd.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFE OVER THE HOLIDAY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive safely over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

Colonel Ron Replogle says all available officers will be assigned to Missouri’s roadways to enforce traffic laws, especially those related to drunk driving, speeding, and seat belt/child restraint use.

 

Troopers will also be placed at 20 mile intervals along interstate highways throughout the state as well as on U.S. Highways 60 and 61 for today and Sunday.

 

Last year 11 people were killed and another 455 were injured in 1,195 traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

 

If you have an emergency, the Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance number is 1-800-525-5555, or (star)*55 on a cellular phone. Motorists should use this emergency assistance number to report traffic crashes, crimes being committed, or other emergencies on Missouri’s highways.

 

 

REPRESENTATIVE WANTS SCHOOL TESTS TO BE MADE IN MISSOURI

 

A lawmaker is drafting legislation to require Missouri universities create statewide tests for school children.

 

State Representative David Wood on Tuesday said creating new tests in the state will help prevent teachers from instructing children based on Common Core standards.

 

Those standards outline goals for student learning in each grade, such as when to learn division. They were adopted to create consistent, high-quality standards for education nationwide, but some Missouri lawmakers say they take control of education away from the state.

 

Work groups are reviewing those standards and could recommend that the state Board of Education nix them in October.

 

Wood says drafting standardized tests in Missouri would prevent educators from teaching current standards in order to get students to pass a test aligned with Common Core.

 

 

COMMENTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR PETITION THAT WOULD REDUCE JAIL TIME FOR SOME DRUG OFFENDERS

 

A proposal to reduce time in jail for nonviolent Missouri drug offenders is open for comments.

 

The initiative posted this month at sos.mo.gov would change state law to allow parole and probation for certain nonviolent offenders.

 

The measure would set the minimum prison term for a second-time, nonviolent offender at 40 percent of their sentence.

 

That would ramp up to 50 percent for offenders convicted twice before and to 70 percent for those with three or more felony convictions.

 

A petition must receive approval from the secretary of state and attorney general and get a financial estimate before it can be circulated for signatures.

 

Supporters would have until May 2016 to collect roughly 165,000 registered voters’ signatures needed for the November 2016 ballot.

 

 

FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES DOWN GAY MARRIAGE BAN IN ARKANSAS

 

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban, which could eventually pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.

 

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

 

But Baker put her ruling on hold, anticipating an appeal.

 

A spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he is reviewing the ruling. He says a decision will be made after the Thanksgiving holiday and in consultation with Republican Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge.

 

The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court is weighing a separate case, which stems from May, when a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban.

November 25, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 112514

 

NEELYVILLE MAN KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION

 

A Neelyville man has died in a two vehicle wreck Monday morning in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 44 year old Douglas Bowman was driving in the middle of Osborne Road in Randolph County when he hit another vehicle head on. Bowman was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The driver of the second vehicle was injured and taken to an area hospital.

 

 

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND IN CARTER COUNTY

 

An investigation is underway in Carter County after a hunter discovered the decomposed body of a woman over the weekend.

 

According to authorities, the body has not yet been identified and a cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy has been set for today.

 

We’ll bring you more details on this story as they become available.

 

 

HON TO STEP DOWN AS POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT

 

Chris Hon has announced that he will step down as superintendent of the Poplar Bluff School District in 2016.

 

Hon will serve out the length of his contract which is set to end on June 30th, 2016. He told the board of education about the decision last week.

 

Hon was chosen to take over the superintendent’s office in 2010.

 

 

THREE RIVERS TO HOLD MASS CASUALTY TRAINING

 

Three Rivers College will hold its annual mass casualty training event today.

 

The training will help prepare students in participating programs to be prepared for a mass casualty emergency, such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

 

Students from several fields of study will participate in the training, including nursing students, EMT and Paramedic students.

 

In keeping with the training’s focus on realism, the students themselves will coordinate much of the event, with students serving in leadership and command/control positions as they would in a real disaster.

 

The college is keeping the type of “disaster” under wraps, so that students have no chance to prepare beforehand.

 

During the event, the Herschel Bess Boulevard entrance to the college from Highway PP will be closed. The Main Entrance from Shelby Road, and the Westwood Boulevard entrance will remain open.

 

 

DATES SET FOR 2015 AG EXPO

 

The dates have been set for the 29th Ag Expo in Poplar Bluff.

 

The 2015 Ag Expo will be held on January 30th and 31st at the Black River Coliseum. Phyllis Flanigan with the University of Missouri Extension says there will be 118 booths available to visit and booth spaces are now available to rent.

 

Ten thousand people attended last year’s expo. For more information, to purchase booth space, or register for the beauty pageant, call 686-8064.

 

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE’S EVENING ADVANTAGE PROGRAM OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

 

Registration has started for the Evening Advantage program at Three Rivers College.

 

Evening Advantage classes are taken in eight-week blocks. Students can take classes on Monday and/or Thursday nights, and have a choice of six classes per block. Students can also vary their schedules between 8-week blocks to accommodate changing needs.

 

For more information on the Evening Advantage program, call 573-772-7104

 

 

SMALL EARTHQUAKE HITS NEW MADRID

 

A small earthquake was measured near New Madrid Monday morning.

 

Officials with the United States Geological Survey say the 2.2 earthquake hit at around 7:30 am about five miles southeast of New Madrid and about 25 miles southeast of Sikeston.

 

 

LAWMAKER TO PUT FORTH BILL FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION DATABASE

 

A Missouri lawmaker is continuing to push for a prescription medication database despite several previous failed attempts.

 

State Rep. Holly Rehder said Monday that she will refile the same legislation that died in the Senate last session. The Sikeston Republican says next year might be different because of heightened awareness of prescription pill abuse.

 

The bill aims to curb the flow of painkillers and other medications to abusers by tracking whether other pharmacies have already filled prescriptions.

 

Rehder says the bill could have helped her daughter’s struggle with pill abuse. She says her daughter bought pain pills from “doctor shoppers” who refill the same prescription at multiple pharmacies.

 

The bill has passed in the House but failed in the Senate in part because of concerns about database security.

November 24, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 112414

 

ONE KILLED, THREE INJURED IN WRECK NEAR ARCADIA

 

A single vehicle crash near Arcadia Friday night has led to the death of an area teen.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 16 year old Thatcher Carr, of Arcadia, died from injuries he received when the vehicle he was riding in ran off of a roadway, hit a fence, and overturned. Three other passengers in the vehicle were injured.

 

According to the crash report, neither Carr, nor the three injured passengers, were wearing a safety device. No injury was listed for the driver of the vehicle, who was wearing a safety device at the time of the wreck.

 

 

JACKSON MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Jackson man is dead following a single vehicle wreck in Cape Girardeau County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 27 year old Joshua Smith’s vehicle swerved off the left side of Highway 177, became airborne, and rolled multiple times Friday morning.

 

Smith was reportedly not wearing a safety device and was ejected from the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

 

 

NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

A narcotics investigation in Scott County has resulted in the arrest of two people.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, deputies found methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia during the execution of a search warrant in Sikeston on November 21st.

 

59 year old James Woods and 33 year old Alesha Gonzalez were taken into custody. Woods is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Gonzales has been charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

MAN TASED IN JONESBORO WHILE ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO EAT METH

 

A man was tased Friday in Jonesboro while he was allegedly trying to eat a bag of methamphetamine during his arrest.

 

According to KAIT, officers tased 43 year old Lawrence Cannon, of Jonesboro, in order to pry his mouth open. Cannon had been resisting officers and had stuffed something inside his mouth and would not spit it out. After being tased, a bag of meth fell from his mouth.

 

Cannon was taken into custody on charges of possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, and tampering with physical evidence.

 

 

FREDERICKTOWN MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE

 

A Fredericktown man is facing a felony charge following his arrest Sunday night.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Jimmy Hicks was arrested in Madison County on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

 

The Highway Patrol did not specify what the controlled substance was.

 

 

ARRESTED MAN CLAIMS HE IS HIS BROTHER IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET OUT OF JAIL

 

A Sikeston area man is facing a forgery charge after he allegedly claimed he was his brother.

 

According to authorities, 28 year old Kyle Nathan Irvin, was in custody on November 16th and while being booked he identified himself as his brother, Andrew Irvin.

 

When confronted, Irvin admitted he had used his brother’s name in an attempt to get out of jail.

 

 

WOMAN REPORTEDLY CAUGHT ON VIDEO STEALING RINGS FROM AREA BUSINESS

 

An Oran woman has allegedly been caught on video stealing jewelry from an area business.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a store surveillance video showed 44 year old Kelley Prochak stealing multiple rings from a counter near a register at a business near Benton.

 

Prochak was later arrested on a felony charge of stealing.

 

 

INTERSTATE 55 TO BE REDUCED EARLY THIS WEEK IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

Those looking to get an early start on their Thanksgiving travel might see some delays in Scott County.

 

Southbound I-55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform guardrail repairs.

 

Weather permitting; work will be performed today and tomorrow, from 8 am to 3 pm daily.

 

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PEMISCOT COUNTY ROAD TODAY

 

A pipe replacement will cause the temporary closure of a Pemiscot County road today.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route J in Pemiscot County will be closed today between Reed Street and Cleveland Street. Work is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 3 pm, weather permitting.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS PLAN NEXT ATTEMPT AT AGRICULTURE BILL

 

Missouri lawmakers say they’re reviving a failed agricultural bill that could help dairy, cattle and crop farmers.

 

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill last session, citing concerns with a provision shifting oversight of captive-deer farms from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture.

 

The bill fell one vote short of the two-thirds needed to override Nixon’s veto.

 

Legislators plan to remove the deer provisions from a new version of the bill next session. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says the bill should pass quickly.

 

Other measures in the legislation include a state-funded insurance subsidy for dairy farmers, scholarships for students pursuing agricultural degrees and an exemption for weight limits on cattle trucks.

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO SIX PERCENT IN ARKANSAS

 

Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point last month, from 6.2 percent in September to 6 percent in October.

 

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reported Friday that Arkansas’ civilian labor force gained 7,400 jobs. The agency’s communications director, Becky Heflin, says that compared to October 2013, the number of employed Arkansans is up 3,300.

 

Seven major industry sectors added jobs, while three sectors declined and one remained stable. Jobs in government increased 3,100, and educational and health services added 1,900 jobs.

 

The agency says jobs in manufacturing rose 1,500 and that employment in professional and business services increased 1,000 jobs. Construction jobs declined by 1,200, a typical seasonal loss.

 

At 5.8 percent, the United States’ jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in October.

November 21, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 112114

 

MALDEN WOMAN CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE MURDER

 

A Malden woman has been charged with murder in connection to the death of a child.

 

According to KFVS, Tina Burton’s five year old child allegedly died from injuries received after being shaken.

 

Burton was taken into custody Thursday and is facing charges including second degree murder and second degree involuntary manslaughter.

 

 

AUTHORITIES IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY SEARCHING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION TO ASSAULT

 

Authorities in Cape Girardeau are searching for a man in connection to an alleged assault and robbery.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, a man told authorities that 25 year old Torian Hence, of Cape Girardeau, physically attacked him and robbed him of his wallet.

 

Hence has been charged with first degree robbery and second degree assault. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

DEXTER POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN BREAK-IN INVESTIGATION

 

Police in Dexter are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a business break-in.

 

According to Detective Captain Trevor Pulley of the Dexter Police Department, a man forcibly entered a downtown business on Tuesday.  The suspect was captured on video inside the business.

 

A photo of the suspect is available on our Facebook page.

 

Anyone with information about the break-in or the man in the photo is asked to contact the Dexter Police Department at 624-5512.

 

 

FESTUS MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METH

 

Authorities arrested a Festus man Thursday afternoon on a meth charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 24 year old Benjamin Pendergrass was arrested in Wayne County shortly after 1:30 pm.

 

Pendergrass is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

TWO FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER DRUGS AND GUNS FOUND DURING PROBATION CHECK

 

A probation check has led to the arrest of two men in Randolph County, Arkansas.

 

According to authorities, 27 year old Cody Slusser and 21 year old Katelyn Matthews, both of Ravenden, were taken into custody on multiple charges including possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms; and possession of a defaced firearm.

 

Three other people were also arrested on misdemeanor charges.

 

 

DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY TO INVEST ALMOST FOUR MILLION DOLLARS IN ARKANSAS

 

The Delta Regional Authority and its partners say they’re investing more than $3.7 million in small business owners, entrepreneurs, families and communities to grow the economy and create jobs in the Arkansas Delta.

 

Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced seven new investments Thursday.

 

The projects range from building and repairing roadways and sewer systems to making hospital upgrades. Authority officials say the investments are expected to help create and keep 1,050 jobs for local residents.

 

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally-mandated to help create jobs, build communities and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta region.

 

 

GREATER POPLAR BLUFF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

 

The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2015 Gateway to Leadership Program.

 

The 12 month course is a community program designed to identify and motivate emerging and relocated leaders and to develop their potential for community leadership roles by acquainting them with the opportunities, realities and challenges of the community.

 

The time commitment is two to three hours per month. For more information, or to sign-up, contact Steve Halter at 785-7761.

 

 

RECOMMENDED PAY RAISE FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS DRAWS IRE OF MISSOURI LAWMAKERS

 

A Missouri lawmaker is vowing to block recommended pay increases for elected officials.

 

Representative Mark Parkinson announced Thursday that he’ll file a resolution against proposed salary increases next session.

 

A panel this week suggested 8 percent pay raises in fiscal year 2016 and again in 2017 for the governor and other statewide officials.

 

State lawmakers also would receive a $4,000 raise over two years.

 

But Parkinson, says the money could be better spent as the state’s economy continues to recover.

November 20, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 112014

 

POPLAR BLUFF NORDYNE PLANT TO FINISH CLOSURE NEXT MONTH

 

A suburban St. Louis-based company is shutting down two factories in Missouri that at one time employed more than 700 people.

 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that O’Fallon, Missouri-based Nordyne Inc. will finish closing its Poplar Bluff plant next month. The plant employed about 500 people.

 

Nordyne will begin closing its Boonville plant in December and finish by June, according to a notice filed with the Missouri Division of Workforce Development. About 240 workers will be impacted.

 

The company announced in March 2013 it would consolidate its Missouri plants at a new location in Saltillo, Mexico.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF CHAMBER WARNS ABOUT FALSE INVOICES

 

The Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce is warning business owners and managers about a possible scam in the area.

 

The scam involves false invoices sent by fax from a company called American Yellow Corporation. According to an alert from the Chamber, several local businesspeople have received the fake bills.

 

The alert says the Better Business Bureau has given American Yellow Corporation a rating of F, due to several complaints alleging the company sends fraudulent invoices for directory publication services that were never ordered.

 

 

MAN FLOWN TO MEMPHIS HOSPITAL FOLLOWING SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE

 

A Clarkton man was shot Wednesday during a shootout with police.

 

According to KFVS, Elton Loughary allegedly fired a shot at police officers before an officer returned fire. Loughary was shot in the process and eventually was flown to a Memphis Hospital.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

 

DONIPHAN HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ARRAIGNED ON FORGERY CHARGE

 

The principal at Doniphan High School was arraigned earlier this week on a felony forgery charge.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 53 year old Ronald McCutchen allegedly forged a college placement test for a former student.

 

McCutchen was placed on paid administrative leave on October 1st.

 

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER INJURED IN CRASH WHILE ON DUTY

 

A law enforcement officer was injured Wednesday night after getting in a wreck while responding to a call of shots being fired.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Joshua Doyle, of Poplar Bluff, was responding to the call when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off of Highway 164 in Pemiscot County.

 

Doyle suffered moderate injuries in the wreck.

 

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER VEHICLE CRASHES INTO SHOP BUILDING

 

A man suffered serious injuries Wednesday in Bollinger County after a vehicle crashed into a shop building.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 75 year old William Kramper, of St. Louis, was driving on Highway JJ near Patton when he ran off the side of the road and struck a wooden shop building.

 

Kramper also struck 74 year old Perry Long, who was in the building at the time. Long was seriously injured and taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

 

FIRST BUSINESS LOAN ISSUED THROUGH MISSOURI INNOVATION CORPORATION

 

The first business loan has been closed through the Missouri Innovation Corporation at Southeast Missouri State University.

 

The loan for just over $25,000 went to a craft coffee shop in Sikeston.

 

The Intermediary Relending Program is a revolving loan fund program managed by the MIC and funded by a $1 million investment from USDA Rural Development. It was established to help entrepreneurs in the region secure financing for their new or existing small businesses.

 

For more information about the program, go online to semo.edu.

 

 

TWO MILLION DOLLAR GRANT APPROVED FOR JOB TRAINING EFFORTS

 

A state board has approved a $2 million grant to help fund Missouri job-training efforts that have been scaled back because of a state budget freeze.

 

The money approved Tuesday by the Missouri Development Finance Board will go to a state program that helps pay for customized training for businesses.

 

The Missouri Works jobs training program was budgeted to get $14 million this year. Governor Jay Nixon froze all but $2 million of that because of concerns about the state’s finances.

 

The Department of Economic Development cut its average training assistance in half to less than $20,000 per project, and it’s funding just 112 of the 437 companies that applied.

 

The additional $2 million grant could provide funding for at least some of those other companies.

 

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL TO STOP ACCEPTING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THOSE UNDER INVESTIGATION

 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster no longer will accept campaign contributions from anyone under investigation by his office.

 

Koster on Wednesday announced the new, self-imposed policy after a New York Times report alleged he was influenced by lobbyists and campaign donations.

 

The report addressed claims that Koster, along with attorneys general across the country, changed policies and negotiated more favorable settlements after receiving campaign contributions and perks from lobbyists.

 

He says he also no longer will accept contributions from lobbyists or attorneys representing entities facing litigation from his office.

 

Gifts of any value from registered lobbyists are off the table, as well as contributions from members of Koster’s office.

 

He’s asking lawmakers to enact similar policies statewide.

 

Koster says the newspaper report distorts how his office deals with companies.

November 19, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 111914

 

GREENVILLE MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Greenville man is dead following a single vehicle wreck on Tuesday.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the vehicle of 21 year old Anthony Hamman ran off of Route C in Wayne County, hit an embankment, overturned, and ejected him.

 

Hamman was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

NAME RELEASED IN HOUSE FIRE DEATH

 

Authorities have released the name of a woman found dead following a house fire in Hayti.

 

According to KFVS, foul play is not suspected in the death of 64 year old Stella Rook. The fire started early Monday morning at around 2 am. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

 

 

POSSIBLE POLICE IMPERSONATOR IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are on the lookout for a possible police impersonator.

 

According to Imboden Live, a person was stopped by a man in a black vehicle in Craighead County at the intersection of Highways 91 and 18.

 

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department describes the vehicle as a black Dodge Charger. The man was described as being a white male, 25 to 30 years old, around 5 foot 8 inches tall, and wearing black pants and a black police shirt.

 

 

TENNESSEE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG AND WEAPON CHARGES

 

A Tennessee man has been charged following his arrest in New Madrid County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 25 year old Daniel Yarbro, of Jackson, Tennessee, is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, heroin; and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

Yarbro was taken into custody shortly after 3:30 pm on Tuesday.

 

 

HAYTI MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT

 

A Hayti man is facing multiple charges in connection to his arrest Tuesday afternoon in New Madrid County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20 year old Keydric Dillard is facing a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

 

Dillard is also charged with first degree property damage and careless and imprudent driving.

 

 

FERRY TO BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT A WEEK

 

A western Kentucky ferry that connects Kentucky and Missouri has closed for about a week.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the Dorena-Hickman Ferry is going to a Memphis shipyard to be outfitted for a new barge. It’s expected to take a week but may be longer. Afterward, the U.S. Coast Guard will inspect the ferry for safety before it returns to service.

 

The ferry connects Kentucky 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77, near Dorena, Missouri. It is the only direct route between the two states.

 

Kentucky and Missouri are the only border states that aren’t directly connected by a road or bridge.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL TO HOLD SAFETY OPERATION THIS MONTH IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be conducting a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Project sometime this month in Southeast Missouri.

 

During the operation, troopers and officers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division will be concentrating their efforts on locating commercial vehicles being operated in an unsafe manner, as well as drivers committing hazardous moving violations.

 

Authorities will be focusing their enforcement efforts on high crash corridors and high risk areas, including work zones and rural roads.

 

 

MISSOURI HUNTERS KILL OVER 91,000 DEER DURING OPENING WEEKEND

 

Hunters killed more than 91,000 deer in Missouri during the first weekend of firearms season.

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation on Monday said the number of deer shot during opening weekend is up roughly 30,000 from 61,446 last year.

 

The last time hunters checked this many deer during the first weekend of the season was in 2010, when Missouri reported 97,856 animals were killed.

 

Franklin County had the largest harvest with 1,839 deer, followed by Howell and Callaway counties with a little less than 1,800 each.

 

 

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT LOWEST MARK SINCE 2008

 

Missouri’s unemployment has dropped slightly to its lowest rate since June 2008.

 

The state Department of Economic Development released data Tuesday showing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 percent in September to 5.9 percent in October.

 

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment grew by 2,400 jobs in October and the financial sector employed 1,500 additional people.

 

Missouri has added more than 48,000 nonfarm jobs in the past year.

 

The 3 million seasonally adjusted civilian labor force grew by more than 10,000 people in October. The labor force counts people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.

November 18, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 111814

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING FIRE IN HAYTI

 

One person has died following a fire in Hayti.

 

The fire was reportedly at an area home early Monday morning.

 

According to KFVS, the cause for the fire is under investigation, but, foul play is not suspected. The name of the woman who died has not yet been made available.

 

 

ONE KILLED, THREE INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Blytheville woman has died following a 4 vehicle wreck early Monday morning in Mississippi County, Arkansas.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred on an icy bridge on Interstate 55 at 4:35 am.

 

The driver of one of the vehicles, 61 year old Cynthia Simmons was killed in the wreck. The drivers of the three other vehicles suffered undisclosed injuries.

 

 

ORAN WOMAN SENTENCED IN CONNECTION TO BANK ROBBERY

 

An Oran woman has been sentenced for her role in a 2013 bank robbery.

 

According to the Southeast Missourian, Alisha Porter was sentenced to 60 months in prison on charges of conspiracy to commit a bank robbery and bank robbery.

 

Candice Wright, of Chicago, was also sentenced Monday to 70 months in prison on the same charges.

 

 

STEELE MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

 

A Steele man is facing an assault charge in connection to a weekend incident.

 

According to Missouri Case Net, Adam Jones, is facing charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action.

 

Jones is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Pemiscot County.

 

 

FOOD TAKEN FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FOOD PANTRY

 

Thieves reportedly took $3,000 worth of food recently from a Luxora, Arkansas food pantry.

 

According to KAIT, the food was taken from God’s Angel Ministry. The thieves busted down part of a wall before taking the food which had been dropped off by just two days before.

 

 

MOBILE VET CENTER TO BE IN CLAY COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY

 

The Memphis Mobile Vet Center and a John J. Pershing VA Medical Center representative will be in Piggott Wednesday to offer information regarding VA services and resources available to veterans.

 

Some of the services offered by the vet center include individual, group, and family readjustment counseling to veterans and their families, post-traumatic stress disorder treatment, and Military sexual trauma counseling.

 

The services are available at no charge and veterans do not need to be enrolled with VA to use the Vet Centers.

 

The Mobile Vet Center will be at the Clay County Courthouse in Piggott from 10 am to noon on Wednesday.

 

For more information should call the Memphis Vet Center at 901-544-01 73.

 

 

REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE WHEN THE TEMPERATURES DROP

 

With the latest occurrences of freezing temperatures hitting the area, it is important to remember to keep your pets safe.

 

The Humane Society of Missouri says pet owners should bring their animals inside and also exercise caution when exposing them to the cold.

 

You should limit your pet’s time outdoors and be mindful of frostbite on ears, tail and paws.

 

We have additional tips from the Humane Society available on our Facebook page.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL TO HOLD PROJECT OVER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that area troopers will be participating in a project to keep roadways safe over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

 

According to Captain George Ridens, on Wednesday, November 26th, and Sunday, November 30th, Troop E officers will take part in the 20-Mile Trooper project. The project will see troopers assigned every 20 miles on Interstates 55 and 57, and on other selected secondary roads.

 

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

 

 

NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED IN ADVANCE OF GRAND JURY DECISION IN FERGUSON

 

Missouri’s governor has again activated the National Guard in an effort to avoid more unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

 

The announcement comes as a grand jury weighs criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. Governor Jay Nixon gave no indication that an announcement is imminent. The prosecutor expects a decision this month.

 

In August, Nixon asked the troops to help quell the sometimes-violent protests that occurred nightly following the black 18-year-old’s death.

 

There also are some operational differences this time. The St. Louis County Police Department will be in charge of security in Ferguson, working with the Highway Patrol and St. Louis city police as part of a unified command.

 

 

MISSOURI SHOWS DROP IN CHILD CARE PROGRAM

 

A report shows Missouri had the largest enrollment decline for a federal program that helps working parents pay for child care.

 

The October report by Center for Law and Social Policy, or CLASP, says the number of Missouri children receiving a federal child care subsidy fell by 12,300 from 2012 through 2013.

 

Some officials think a recovering economy is the cause for the decrease, with families earning too much to qualify for the child care discounts.

 

But some Missouri child advocates say otherwise. They think the state’s reorganization of its Family Support Division offices in the Department of Social Services is preventing parents from signing up.

 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports state officials declined to comment or offer possible reasons for the decline.

 

November 17, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 111714

 

NEW MADRID MAN DIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

 

A New Madrid man has been fatally injured in a single vehicle crash last night.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred shortly before 8 pm in New Madrid County when the vehicle being driven by 54 year old Donald R. Johnson ran off the roadway into a ditch.  The accident happened about three miles east of Portageville on County Road 425.

 

Johnson was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

ICY DRIVING CONDITIONS CLAIM LIVES OF TWO CABOOL RESIDENTS

 

Icy driving conditions have claimed the lives of two Cabool residents.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 15 year old Alex Greuter and 37 year old Patricia M. Wiest were killed when the vehicle Greuter was driving slid on an icy bridge into the path of a U-Haul truck.

 

The crash happened at 7 pm on Highway 63, five miles north of Cabool.

 

Another passenger in Greuter’s vehicle, 15 year old Aleena C. Kaltenberger received serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

 

 

WOMAN KILLED WHEN HOME IN KEISER EXPLODES

 

Mississippi County, Arkansas authorities say a woman was killed and her son injured when their home in Keiser exploded.

 

Investigators told reporters that the woman was killed in her late 80s or early 90s and that her 62 year old son was flown to a Memphis hospital for treatment of burns he suffered in the blast on Saturday.

 

The names of the two were not released.

 

Fire Chief Joseph Richmond said the cause of the blast is still under investigation and could take several days to determine.

 

 

CALL FROM RHODE ISLAND LEADS TO ARREST OF SCOTT COUNTY MAN ON EXPLOITATION CHARGES

 

A call from police in Rhode Island has led to the arrest of a Scott County man.

 

According to authorities, an investigation was started after an officer with the Smithfield, Rhode Island Police Department called the Morehouse Police Department, saying 22 year old Jayson Luther had been having inappropriate communication with a 14 year old girl.

 

Two mobile devices and a laptop were seized during a search of Luther’s home.  Investigators found evidence that supported the allegations, as well as evidence that Luther had also been in contact with a 15 year old girl.

 

Luther has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and enticement of a child.  Additional charges may be filed at a later date.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED FOR HEROIN POSSESSION

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing drug related charges after his arrest by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Friday.  According to the Patrol, 25 year old Derek E. Sieben was taken into custody shortly before 10 pm in Wayne County.  He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, heroin; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

The Patrol reports a second Poplar Bluff man was also arrested at the same time.  23 year old Tanner D. Harris was found to be in illegal possession of a prescription medication.  He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, Alprazolam; driving while intoxicated, drugs; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and several other traffic offenses.  Harris was also taken into custody shortly before 10 pm Friday in Wayne County.  However, the Patrol didn’t specify if Sieben and Harris’ arrests were related.

 

 

DONIPHAN MAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

 

A Doniphan man is facing multiple drug related charges after being arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Saturday morning.

 

According to the Patrol, 26 year old Jeremy A. Riggs was arrested shortly after 9 am yesterday in Butler County.  Riggs has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, prescription drugs; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of marijuana.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED ON WEAPON CHARGE

 

A Sikeston man has been taken into custody on a weapon related warrant.

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 49 year old Steven D. Peet was arrested in Scott County shortly before 1 am Saturday on a warrant for unlawful use of a weapon.

 

 

EMPLOYEE IN HOSPITAL AFTER GIN MACHINE ACCIDENT

 

A 68 year old worker with the Bay Gin Company, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized after being injured by a piece of equipment Saturday night.

 

Authorities say the man got his arm stuck in a machine.  Rescue workers and other employees were able to free the man after taking the machine apart.  He was treated at the scene and then airlifted to the Med in Memphis for additional treatment.

 

 

NUMBER OF MISSOURI’S HOUSE GOP WOMEN GROWS

 

More than twice the number of Republican women will serve in Missouri’s House next session than a decade ago.

 

Data from the National Conference of State Legislatures show a slight increase in the number of female lawmakers driven partly by more GOP women in the lower chamber.

 

The total number of female lawmakers in the General Assembly also increased slightly to 48 from 44 in 2000.

 

House majority leader John Diehl says it’s in part due to party efforts to recruit more women, although only slightly more female candidates ran this year than a decade ago.

 

A leader of the Missouri Women’s Political Caucus says about 25 percent of women in the legislature still underrepresents the 51 percent of in Missouri.  She says there’s still work to do.

 

November 14, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 111414

 

BLODGETT WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER OBTAINING OVER 1000 PAIN PILLS IN THREE MONTH PERIOD

 

A Blodgett woman is in custody following a doctor shopping investigation.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 51 year old Diana Breedlove used different pharmacies to obtain over 1,000 pain pills over a three month period. The pills had a street value over approximately $4,248.

 

Breedlove has been charged with fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.

 

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO THREAT AT DEXTER SCHOOL

 

A woman is facing a charge after reportedly making a threat at a Dexter school.

 

According to KFVS, authorities say that 45 year old Stacy Griffin made the threat and indicated that she had a gun in connection to a child custody issue.

 

Authorities apprehended Griffin less than an hour after the threat was made. Griffin has been charged with possession of a controlled substance. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

 

 

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING INCIDENT WHERE BULLET HITS CAR IN BOLLINGER COUNTY

 

Authorities in Bollinger County are investigating an incident Thursday where a shot was fired and reportedly hit a car.

 

According to KFVS, the incident occurred at around 7 am on Highway 34. Two people were in the vehicle, however the shot missed them both.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Department at 573-238-2633.

 

 

NEIL SIMON CLASSIC TO BE PERFORMED AT THE TINNIN CENTER

 

The Neil Simon play “The Good Doctor” will be performed at the Tinnin Center in Poplar Bluff later this month.

 

The performance, by the Three Rivers College Theatre Company “Center Stage,” will premiere on November 20th at 7 pm. Additional performances will follow at 7 pm on November 21st and 22nd, before a final show at 2 pm on November 23rd.

 

Tickets are $10, or $5 with a valid Three Rivers student ID. Tickets are available at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, the Financial Services office at Three Rivers Poplar Bluff Campus, or can be purchased at the door.

 

 

BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION SET FOR NEXT WEEK

 

Area high school students will be putting their bridge building skills to the test next week in Cape Girardeau.

 

The 11th Annual Bridge Building Competition will be held Thursday, November 20th at the Cape West 14 Cine. 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.

 

The competition is set to begin at 8:45 am. Doors will open at 8 am.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON ENCOURAGES HUNTERS TO SHARE THE HARVEST DURING STOP IN SIKESTON

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in Sikeston Thursday to encourage area hunters to participate in the Share the Harvest program.

 

Share the Harvest is a partnership between the Conservation Federation of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation, regional food banks, local food pantries and meat processors to provide venison donated by hunters and processors to Missouri families in need.

 

Nixon made the statements at an event at the SEMO Food Bank.

 

The 2014 Missouri firearms deer season runs this year from November 15th through November 25th.

 

 

SENATOR FROM CAPE GIRARDEAU INTRODUCES ABORTION CLINIC LEGISLATION

 

A Missouri lawmaker is trying again to require health inspections of abortion clinics.

 

State Senator Wayne Wallingford has submitted legislation that would mandate the Department of Health and Senior Services conduct annual health inspections of certain abortion clinics.

 

The bill is scheduled to be introduced during the General Assembly session that begins in January.

 

If it passes, clinics that perform abortions for women in the second or third trimesters would be subject to inspection. Clinics that perform at least five first-trimester abortions each month also would be inspected.

 

The Republican senator from Cape Girardeau says the bill is intended to make abortions safer for Missouri women by ensuring procedures are conducted in clean facilities.

 

Wallingford introduced similar legislation last session that never made it to a full Senate vote.

 

 

HEALTH ADVOCATES TRYING TO ENCOURAGE RURAL RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTHCARE

 

Missouri health advocates are trying to encourage more minorities and rural residents to sign up for insurance through a federally run website.

 

An open enrollment period begins Saturday for 2015 insurance policies offered on HealthCare.gov, the online insurance marketplace established under the federal health care law.

 

About 150,000 Missouri residents already are covered by insurance policies available through the site. They will automatically be re-enrolled but can change policies if they want.

 

The nonprofit Missouri Foundation for Health has distributed $4.5 million in grants this year for regional organizations to promote the website and help people sign up. The foundation says it increased the money flowing to groups working with minority residents in urban areas and to organizations based in some rural areas such as the Bootheel.

 

November 13, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 111314

 

BODY FOUND OF MISSING NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN

 

The body of a missing man was found Wednesday in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to Imboden Live, the body of Steven Liles was found in a wooded area near Village Creek. Liles had been missing after last being seen on Friday in the Alicia area.

 

No foul play is suspected in the death, however Liles body will undergo an autopsy.

 

 

TWO HOUSES DESTROYED AND ONE PERSON INJURED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS EXPLOSION

 

Authorities say a woman suffered burn injuries and two homes were destroyed in an explosion in Osceola.

 

Osceola Police Chief David Gladden told reporters that the blast was reported about 5:30 am Wednesday and that it also damaged seven other nearby homes.

 

Investigators said the woman who was burned said she was lighting a cigarette when the explosion occurred, leading authorities to suspect a possible gas leak as the cause. The woman was flown to a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital. Her condition was not immediately released.

 

 

SIKESTON AREA MAN IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT

 

An alleged domestic violence incident has led to the arrest of a Sikeston area man on a firearm charge.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, authorities were dispatched to a residence on Tuesday for a delayed report of a domestic assault.

 

The victim said that she was assaulted by 23 year old Joshua Powell and locked in a storage shed on November 9th.

 

Powell said he had pushed the victim to the ground but was defending himself. The victim later stopped cooperating with authorities and stated she did not want to press charges.

 

While at the residence the deputy found two firearms that Powell said were his. The firearms were confiscated as Powell is prohibited by law to possess them. Powell has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

 

INMATE ASSAULT LEADS TO CHARGES AGAINST FOUR MEN

 

An alleged assault of an inmate in Mississippi County has led to charges against four other inmates.

 

According to authorities, the victim was reportedly assaulted and had property stolen.

 

Four inmates are facing charges of second degree assault and first degree robbery. The inmates are 45 year old Clifford Ray Williams, 31 year old Teco Vanshawn Woods, 30 year old Sterling Lamarr McCain, and 19 year old Demetric Takyrick Owens.

 

 

CORNING MAN ARRESTED AFTER REPORTEDLY BEING FOUND WITH METH

 

A Corning man was taken into custody on Monday.

 

According to authorities, 41 year old Christopher Garrett was allegedly found in possession of four ounces of methamphetamine.

 

The arrest occurred Monday in Hoxie.

 

 

THREAT REPORTEDLY MADE AT DEXTER SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY

 

A person of interest was taken in custody Wednesday in connection to an alleged threat at a Dexter School.

 

According to KFVS, the threat was not a bomb threat, however additional information was not released due to the incident being under investigation.

 

The person of interest was not on school grounds when taken into custody.

 

 

MAN HITS POLICE VEHICLE AND HOUSE IN JONESBORO

 

A man is reportedly facing a fleeing charge after hitting a police vehicle and a home Wednesday in Jonesboro.

 

According to authorities, 19 year old Damontay Wright had gotten into a chase with officers, which ended after he crashed into a home.

 

A person in the house at the time was uninjured.

 

 

LAWMAKERS TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

A panel of state lawmakers has been formed to look into allegations involving lobbyist perks and campaign contributions going to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

 

Republican House Speaker Tim Jones on Wednesday announced the committee will review allegations reported in a New York Times article against Koster and attorneys general across the country.

 

The New York Times report addressed claims that Koster, a Democrat, changed policies and negotiated more favorable settlements after receiving campaign contributions and perks from lobbyists.

 

Koster has said the New York Times report distorts how his office dealt with the companies and cited previous legal actions taken against companies.

 

Republican state Representative Jay Barnes of Jefferson City will be chairman of the review committee. Republican Representative Stanley Cox of Sedalia will serve as vice chairman.

 

 

LAWMAKERS PUSHING FOR STRICTER STANDARDS FOR SMOG POLLUTION

 

A group of Democratic Missouri state lawmakers is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue stricter standards for smog pollution.

 

The lawmakers have written the agency requesting the smog pollution standard be bumped down to 60 parts per billion.

 

The current standard is 75 parts per billion.

 

A federal judge in California ruled the EPA must draft new standards for ground-level ozone pollution by December.

 

St. Louis state Senators Jamilah Nasheed and Scott Sifton and House members Gina Mitten, Jeanne Kirkton, Stacey Newman, Tommie Pierson and Clem Smith submitted letters.

 

Others who support toughen the standards include Kansas City House members Jon Carpenter, Randy Dunn, Jeremy LaFaver and Judy Morgan, along with Tom McDonald of Raytown, Margo McNeil of Florissant and Bill Otto of St. Charles.