December 31, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 123114

 

POPLAR BLUFF COUNCILMAN RESIGNS

 

A Poplar Bluff Councilman has resigned.

 

According to the Daily American Republican, the city council accepted the resignation of Johnny Brannum on Monday. He was elected to the council in 2012, representing Ward 4.

 

Brannum cited his impending move outside of the city limits for the resignation.

 

 

MAN FACING CHARGES OF FORCIBLE SODOMY AND KIDNAPPING OUT OF DUNKLIN COUNTY

 

An Illinois man is facing charges out of Dunklin County, including forcible sodomy.

 

According to authorities, 56 year old Michael Dean, of Kampsville, Illinois, has been charged with three counts of forcible sodomy and kidnapping. Dean allegedly drugged and had intercourse with three men while they were unconscious.

 

Photos were found at the time of Dean’s arrest that showed men who were nude, handcuffed, and unconscious.

 

 

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO HIT AN OFFICER

 

A Steele woman is facing charges following an incident with police officers at an area trailer park.

 

According to the Steele Police Department, officers were dispatched to the location in reference to a woman trying to stab her husband. When they arrived, they attempted to take a 50 year old Steele woman into custody. During the process, the woman allegedly took a swing at an officer’s face.

 

The woman, whose name was not released, was arrested on charges of domestic assault, resisting arrest and assault on law enforcement.

 

 

OFFICIALS WARNING OF JURY DUTY SCAM

 

Officials in Cape Girardeau are warning of a reported scam concerning jury duty.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office, people are getting phone calls from a man who claims to be a Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s deputy. He says that the person will be arrested for failing to appear for jury duty unless they pay a fine immediately.

 

The Sheriff’s Office says the calls are not legitimate. Court officers won’t ask for personal information or seek payment for fines or fees over the phone. Most court related correspondence takes place through the mail. Authorities advise never to agree to send money to someone who calls you out of the blue.

 

 

DRAINAGE REPAIRS SET FOR THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in New Madrid County this week for drainage repairs on Highway 61.

 

During the repairs, Highway 61 will be reduced to one lane between County Road 314 and Highway 62. Work is scheduled to be performed daily through Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFELY TONIGHT

 

The Missouri State Highway patrol is reminding motorists to stay safe while celebrating the New Year tonight.

 

Last year in Missouri, there were 380 crashes, resulting in 147 injuries over the New Year’s counting period.

 

Remember to drive safe and if your plans involve alcohol, select a designated driver. The Patrol is also encouraging motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.

 

 

OVER 100,000 MISSOURIANS USE FEDERAL WEBSITE TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE

 

More than 100,000 Missouri residents have signed up for health insurance through a federally run website during the first month of enrollment.

 

The figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that about half of the Missourians who signed up are new enrollees, and the other half already had coverage through a HealthCare.gov policy.

 

People faced a December 15th enrollment deadline if they wanted their coverage to kick in when the new year begins Thursday. But people can still sign up for insurance through February 15th.

 

The federal figures show that 102,087 Missouri residents had selected a 2015 coverage plan through HealthCare.gov as of December 15th. About 150,000 people got health insurance through the website in 2014.

 

 

LAW GOING INTO EFFECT AIMS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO CHEMOTHERAPY PILLS

 

Cancer medicine that previously could cost thousands of dollars soon will cost Missourians at most $75 a month.

 

State lawmakers and cancer patient advocates say the new state law taking effect Thursday will increase access to chemotherapy pills.

 

They say those drugs typically have fewer harmful side effects compared to traditional intravenous chemotherapy.

 

But previously the pills cost patients thousands of dollars more than the IV procedure.

 

Other laws that will take effect in 2015 include one requiring that women be notified after a mammogram that dense breast tissue can hide signs of cancer.

 

Another mandates that the state create a handbook to help train adult daycare providers, and one will increase fees for companies that violate federal natural gas safety standards.

December 30, 2014

MAN WHO WAS CONVICTED OF A BUTLER COUNTY BURGLARY PARDONED BY GOVERNOR NIXON

A man who was convicted for a burglary in Butler County has been pardoned by Governor Jay Nixon.

Richard Owens was convicted of property damage and second-degree burglary for stealing a five-gallon water jug that was a quarter full of mixed change in 1993.

Following his probation Owens served in the Missouri Army National Guard, the Georgia Army National Guard and the United States Army, and was decorated for service in Germany and Iraq before receiving a medical discharge.

Owens was one of nine people pardoned Monday by Governor Nixon for non violent offenses.

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT A NEW MADRID BURGLARY

New Madrid County authorities say a $5,000 reward is being offered for information about a recent burglary.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, on December 8th multiple items were taken from a farm shop located near the New Madrid Elementary School including a 2013 Chevrolet four door white truck.

Anyone with information is asked to call 573-748-0669 or 573-380-5060. The reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the burglary and stealing.

MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN SCOTT COUNTY

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

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 56 year old Kevin Randolph McClendon has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

A deputy observed a plastic baggie containing a crystal like substance inside a container in McClendon’s possession. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

12 KILLED IN WRECKS OVER CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN MISSOURI

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that 12 people were killed statewide in traffic crashes during the Christmas counting period.

The counting period this year ran from 6 pm Wednesday to 11:59 pm Sunday. During the period, the Highway Patrol investigated 284 traffic crashes. Two of the fatalities reported were in Southeast Missouri.

Troopers also arrested 66 people for driving while intoxicated during the counting period.

JUVENILE REPORTEDLY ATTEMPTS TO TRADE STOLEN HANDGUN FOR MARIJUANA

A juvenile has been taken into custody in Steele after allegedly attempting to trade a stolen handgun for marijuana.

Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield says that on December 22nd officers received information about a juvenile attempting to trade a handgun for marijuana. The gun was later seized and found to have been stolen from a home during a recent burglary.

The juvenile was taken into custody and turned over to Pemiscot County Juvenile Authorities.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

An investigation is ongoing into a report of shots being fired in Cape Girardeau.

According to authorities, the shots were fired into a home on Montgomery Street Sunday night. Some items in the house were damaged; however there were no reported injuries.

INSTALLATION OF GUARDRAIL SYSTEM SUSPENDED IN MISSOURI AND KANSAS

Missouri and Kansas transportation officials have suspended installations of a guardrail system over concerns about its safety.

Critics of the ET-Plus guardrail systems contend its design allows sections of metal to break off and run through vehicles that collide with the rails.

The system is manufactured by Trinity Industries in Dallas. The Kansas City Star reports a Trinity spokesman defended the guardrails and predicted new federally required crash tests underway in San Antonio will show the product is safe.

A recent study funded partly by Missouri found that ET-Plus is almost four times more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than an earlier guardrail system.

Missouri suspended installations after survivors of a northwest Missouri man sued over an accident involving the ET-Plus system.

ONE MONTH LEFT TO APPLY FOR LOANS FOR DAMAGE FROM APRIL STORMS

Arkansas businesses that sustained economic damage following storms, tornadoes and flooding in April have one month left to apply for a federal disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Linda Nelson, director of the SBA’s Arkansas office, says Jan. 29 is the deadline to apply for loans to compensate for economic injuries caused by severe weather on April 27.

Nelson says small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations may apply for loans of up to $2 million to meet capital needs caused by the disaster.

The loans are available in 20 Arkansas counties and two counties in Missouri. The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms of up to 30 years.

Monday, December 29

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122914

 

MALDEN MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Malden man is dead following a single vehicle wreck on Christmas Day.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on a Dunklin County road, near Malden, when 45 year old Darrell McDowell’s vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and struck a utility pole.

 

McDowell was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

WEEKEND WRECK RESULTED IN ONE DEAD AND ANOTHER INJURED

 

A single vehicle wreck Saturday night has resulted in the death of a Kennett man.

 

According to authorities, 49 year old Danny Nelson was killed in the wreck on Dunklin County Road 553. The vehicle ran off the side of the road and hit a tree, near Kennett.

 

The driver of the vehicle suffered moderate injuries.

 

 

ONE INJURED IN SHOOTING AT CARUTHERSVILLE CLUB

 

A woman was injured in a shooting Friday at a Caruthersville dance club.

 

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, the 23 year old sustained a gunshot to her wrist. She was taken to an area hospital and later released.

 

One person has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting. 30 year old Tishaun Carter, of Kennett, is facing charges of second degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

Police says the shooting is still under investigation.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING DRUG RELATED CHARGES

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing multiple charges following his arrest on Friday.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 57 year old William Hailey was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony possession of a controlled substance.

 

Hailey was arrested at around 4:15 pm Friday in Butler County.

 

 

AUTHORITIES RECEIVE REPORTS OF MULTIPLE BURGLARIES IN JONESBORO

 

Authorities in Jonesboro have received several reports of burglaries over the holiday weekend.

 

According to KAIT, at least three burglary reports have been made in the city since Thursday. Various items were taken in the burglaries, including cash and electronics.

 

The incidents are under investigation.

 

 

NO INJURIES REPORTED IN WAREHOUSE FIRE

 

A Sunday fire in Sikeston is under investigation.

 

According to authorities, the fire began at around 9 am at a warehouse on the property of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

 

There were no injuries reported from the fire.

 

 

MISSOURI GAS PRICE AVERAGE DROPS BELOW TWO DOLLARS

 

Missouri is the first state in more than five years to have a statewide average gas price of below $2 a gallon, and Oklahoma was expected to get there by the weekend.

 

AAA spokesman Michael Green says the national average price of gas is $2.32 per gallon, the lowest since May 2009. Missouri’s average fell below $2 per gallon Friday morning and stood at $1.98 midday.

 

Green says Oklahoma’s average Friday morning was $2.01, while Kansas had the third-lowest average at $2.06.

 

Green called the steady decline in gas prices unlike anything AAA has previously tracked. He says the national average has dropped for 92 days in a row – the longest streak on record.

 

He says gas prices could go down another 5 to 10 cents by year’s end.

 

 

PETITION FILLED THAT WOULD LEGALIZE MARIJUANA IN MISSOURI

 

A second initiative petition to legalize marijuana in Missouri has been filed.

 

Secretary of State Jason Kander last week announced the petition is open for public comment.

 

The proposal would amend the Missouri Constitution to allow residents to use the drug for medical or recreational use. Missourians also could legally grow the plant if the initiative passes.

 

Initiative petitions need approval from Kander’s office before they can be circulated to the public. Residents vote on the measures if they receive enough signatures to make it on the ballot.

 

Another initiative that would allow those 21 years or older to use or grow marijuana also is open for public comment.

 

 

LEGISLATION FILED THAT WOULD LIFT REQUIREMENT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS TO WEAR A HELMET

 

A Missouri lawmaker wants to lift a state law requiring all motorcyclists wear a helmet.

 

Newly elected state Representative Shane Roden of Cedar Hill recently filed legislation that would require only minors to wear helmets.

 

Those with learner’s permits also would need to wear a helmet while driving.

 

Anyone driving or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle now must to wear a helmet or face a maximum $25 fine.

 

A similar bill that would lift the helmet requirement for those 21 and older failed last session.

 

The measure passed the House but never made it to the Senate floor.

December 24, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122414

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR FUGITIVE FROM POPLAR BLUFF

 

The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information about a fugitive from Poplar Bluff.

 

26 year old Ryan Anthony Sanders reportedly has warrants from the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff, the Board of Probation and Parole, and the Butler County Sheriff. They include failure to appear on domestic assault charges, probation violations, and violating court orders.

 

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on Sanders to call 573-243-3551 or your local Law Enforcement Agency. A pictures of Sanders is available on our Facebook page.

 

 

OSHA PROPOSES PENALTIES TO AREA COMPANY FOLLOWING DEATH OF 16 YEAR OLD AT CONSTRUCTION SITE

 

The Operation Safety and Health Administration have proposed over $40,000 in penalties following the June death of a teenager at a construction site in Delta.

 

OSHA has proposed penalties of $44,730 for Robertson Incorporated Bridge and Grading Division, based in Poplar Bluff, in connection to the death of the 16 year old laborer. The teen was fatally struck by the swinging cab and boom of a crane being disassembled at the construction site.

 

The agency cited the company for 13 serious safety violations. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

 

The department’s Wage and Hour Division also assessed civil money penalties of $11,000 for violating Hazardous Order Number 7, which prohibits minors under age 18 from operating or assisting in the operation of power-driven hoists.

 

 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN TEXAS CLAIMS LIVES OF CAPE MAN AND SON

 

A Cape Girardeau man and his son were fatally injured Monday night in a two vehicle crash in Texas.

 

Authorities say 28 year old Jarred Schumpert and 2 year old Lyndon Schumpert died when the vehicle they were in was rear-ended near Dallas.  Both vehicles caught fire upon impact.

 

The driver of the second vehicle and Schumpert’s wife were both injured in the collision.

 

 

AREA JUNIOR BETA CLUB DONATES OVER 400 TOYS

 

A toy and penny drive that ran almost a month has allowed an area student club to donate over 400 toys along with cash to Project Christmas Promise.

 

The Junior Beta Club of the Poplar Bluff 5th & 6th Grade Center donated more than 400 toys and over $1,200 to the gift donation program which is sponsored by AmeriCorps.

 

 

FOOD AND TOYS DELIVERED TO OVER 200 FAMILIES IN MISSISSIPPI, SCOTT, AND NEW MADRID COUNTIES

 

Multiple area agencies teamed up recently to deliver food and toys to over two hundred families in three southeast Missouri counties.

 

According to the Charleston Department of Public Safety, the deliveries were made to 225 families in Mississippi, Scott, and New Madrid Counties.

 

Other agencies participating in the deliveries included the Sikeston DPS, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 

 

HUMANE SOCIETY URGES PET OWNERS TO KEEP YOUR ANIMALS SAFE OVER THE HOLIDAYS

 

The holidays are a fun time for animals as well as people, but the Humane Society of Missouri is urging pet owners to keep them safe during the Christmas season.

 

The Humane Society says pets should not be fed foods they are not used to eating. Chocolate is especially forbidden since it can be fatal for some dogs. Bones from poultry and ham can get lodged in the animal’s throat or damage the stomach or intestine.

 

It isn’t just foods. Poinsettia, mistletoe and other holiday plants can be toxic for pets and should be kept out of reach. Tinsel, ornaments and lights can also be hazardous for pets.

 

The commotion of a holiday gathering can also be stressful, so owners may want to keep pets in a quiet area.

 

 

A PLUS AID TO BE CUT BACK IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri is cutting back slightly on the amount of aid students will receive under the state’s A+ scholarship program.

 

The program typically provides free community college tuition to students who graduate from high school with at least a 2.5 GPA and meet various other criteria.

 

But for the spring 2015 semester, the state says it will pay for all but one of a student’s credit hours. That means a student taking 15 credit hours would get a scholarship for 14 hours.

 

The Department of Higher Education says the change is being made because of a funding shortfall, rising tuition rates and a growing number of eligible students.

 

Department spokesman Liz Coleman says it will be up to each college to decide how to make up for the decreased scholarship funding.

 

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL APPEALS RULING ON GAY MARRIAGE

 

Arkansas’ attorney general says he will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that found voters were wrong to ban gay marriage during a referendum 10 years ago.

 

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday he would file a notice of appeal with the 8th U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

 

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled last month that a voter-approved gay-marriage ban and a separate state law are unconstitutional.

 

A decision in a similar case before the Arkansas Supreme Court is pending. McDaniel says he had hoped justices would have decided the case by now, but that he had to proceed because of a Friday deadline to appeal the federal case.

 

McDaniel has said he supports legalizing same-sex marriage but is obligated to defend the state constitution.

 

December 23, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122314

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING BOLLINGER COUNTY WRECK

 

One person has died following a two vehicle crash Monday afternoon.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 29 year old Mark Lindsey, of Park Hills, lost control of his vehicle on Missouri Highway 34 near Grassy, crossed the centerline and was hit by another vehicle.

 

Lindsey was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.

 

 

WOMAN CHARGED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SHOOTING

 

A Manila woman has been arrested in connection to a shooting last week.

 

According to the KAIT, Felicia Ashabranner is facing charges for the shooting of Henry Neese, of Blytheville. Neese was reportedly shot in the stomach on December 16th.

 

Ashabranner has been charged with domestic battery and discharging a firearm in city limits.

 

 

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN REPORTED ARMED ROBBERY

 

A suspect is being sought in connection to a reported armed robbery in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to KAIT, two people reported to Jonesboro Police that a man came into their motel room and took their money and cell phones at gun point. The suspect also allegedly hit one of the victims with a pistol.

 

The incident occurred Saturday night.

 

 

KENNETT OFFICER SHOOTS AND KILLS DOG

 

A Kennett Police officer reportedly shot and killed a dog while on duty Sunday.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers spoke with several citizens that had reportedly been chased or attacked by several vicious dogs.

 

An officer attempted to make contact at a home where the dogs resided when the pack of approximately six dogs came from the rear of the residence and charged at the officer.

 

The Police Department says the officer had no choice but to use lethal force to protect himself from the dogs. One of the dogs sustained fatal injuries and a second received a wound to the face, however it is expected to survive.

 

The dogs’ owner had been out of town and it is not clear as to exactly how the dogs were able to get free from the residence.

 

 

CABOOL MAN ARRESTED ON FIREARM CHARGE

 

A Cabool man was taken into custody Monday on a firearm charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Luke Riley is facing a charge of felon in possession of a firearm. Riley was arrested shortly before 9 pm in Shannon County.

 

 

EDGE RUT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Route 80 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform edge rut repairs.

 

The work zone is located between Route B and Route AA.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed from 8 am to 3 pm daily through Wednesday.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFELY OVER CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive safely over the Christmas holiday.

 

Remember to check your vehicle before you travel to ensure that it is in good working condition. Make sure you are well rested before driving to your destination, no matter how short the distance.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, last year over the Christmas holiday, there were 207 traffic crashes during the 30-hour counting period. In those crashes, one person was killed and another 79 were injured.

 

If faced with a traffic emergency, motorists can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.

 

Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or observe a stranded motorist in need of assistance, or other traffic emergencies.

 

 

MISSOURI’S LARGEST ELECTRIC COMPANY OUTLINES PLANS FOR OVER $130 MILLION INVESTMENT

 

Missouri’s largest electric company says it plans to invest $135 million in energy efficiency programs for customers over a three-year period.

 

Ameren Missouri filed information about its energy efficiency efforts Monday with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The proposal for 2016 to 2018 includes incentives for people to buy energy efficient light bulbs, appliances and air conditioners. Incentives also would be available for businesses.

 

Consumers would see a line item on the bills recouping the costs of the energy efficiency programs. But Ameren says customers ultimately will save money, because the utility won’t have to build as many power plants.

 

Ameren’s proposed energy efficiency program would succeed one that runs through the end of 2015.

 

Ameren Missouri serves about 1.2 million electric customers.

 

 

MISSOURI MINIMUM WAGE TO GO UP 15 CENTS

 

Missouri’s low-wage workers are getting a small pay hike in 2015.

 

Starting New Year’s Day, the state’s minimum wage will increase by 15 cents to $7.65 an hour. The minimum wage for tipped workers in Missouri will rise by 9 cents to $3.83 per hour.

 

A law passed by voters in 2006 provides an annual cost-of-living adjustment to Missouri’s minimum wage.

 

The National Employment Law Project said in a news release that Missouri is joined by 19 states that will also raise their minimum wage on New Year’s Day.

 

The advocacy group for low-wage workers says the minimum wage increases will boost pay for a total of 4.4 million workers, including 136,000 in Missouri.

 

 

FRAUD SUSPECTED IN SIGNATURES FOR EARLY VOTING MEASURE

 

The Missouri secretary of state’s office says it referred several cases of potential fraud to local prosecutors this year involving an initiative petition drive about early voting.

 

A report from Secretary of State Jason Kander says the names of some deceased people had been signed on petitions seeking to qualify the early voting measure for the ballot. It says other people’s names also were listed who did not actually sign the petition.

 

Kander’s office says it referred the irregularities to prosecutors in Boone, Buchanan, Cooper, Grundy, Knox, Pike and Schuyler counties.

 

Republican political consultant Jeff Roe says he commissioned his own review of the signatures and found an even larger number of potentially fraudulent ones than had been identified by state officials.

 

The early voting measure did not make the November ballot.

December 22, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 122214

 

MAN STABBED AT BUTLER COUNTY RESIDENCE

 

An area man was reportedly stabbed Friday at a Butler County residence.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 34 year old Michael Melvin, of Poplar Bluff, was stabbed in the shoulder and back area after he allegedly forced his way into the residence and got into a physical altercation with two men there.

 

Melvin was taken to an area hospital with a punctured lung and is in serious, but stable condition.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING SIKESTON CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

 

A Cape Girardeau woman has been charged in connection to a weekend robbery.

 

According to Captain James McMillen, 29 year old Amanda Carr was taken into custody following the alleged robbery of a convenience store in Sikeston. Employees say Carr robbed the store with a large butcher knife.

 

Carr has been charged with robbery and armed criminal action.

 

 

QULIN MAN FACING CHARGES OF TAMPERING WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE AND POSSESSION OF METH

 

A Qulin man was arrested Sunday in Butler County on multiple charges, including tampering with a motor vehicle.

 

According to authorities, 26 year old Cody Vaughn is facing multiple felony charges, including receiving stolen property; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and first degree tampering with a motor vehicle.

 

Vaughn also reportedly had multiple warrants from the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGE

 

Two people were taken into custody Friday in Wayne County on methamphetamine related charges.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 28 year old Eric Evans, of Poplar Bluff was arrested at 11:30 am Friday. 10 minutes later, 23 year old Christina Isbell, of Campbell, was also taken into custody.

 

The Highway Patrol did not release if the arrests were related, however they are each facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Evans was also charged with felony delivery of an imitation controlled substance.

 

 

THREE ARRESTED FOLLOWING EMERGENCY CALL IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

An emergency 911 call in Scott County has led to the arrest of three Sikeston residents.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 29 year old Wade Griffin, 26 year old Natish Newman, and 53 year old Michael Newman were taken into custody Saturday.

 

Griffin has been charged with second degree domestic assault, possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of first degree child endangerment.

 

Natish Newman is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of child endangerment in the first degree.

 

Michael Newman has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

 

A Cape Girardeau man is facing a meth charge following his arrest Friday morning.

 

According to authorities, 32 year old Randy Lewis was arrested in Cape Girardeau County on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; resisting arrest; and property damage.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU TEEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

A Cape Girardeau teenager was taken into custody Sunday afternoon on drug charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18 year old Sterling Satterfield was arrested in Cape Girardeau County on felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

SIKESTON POLICE INVESTIGATING WEEKEND FIRES

 

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating two structure fires that occurred Saturday night.

 

According to authorities, at around 9:30 pm officers responded to a structure fire at 803 Woodruff that resulted from a chimney fire.

 

Shortly thereafter, a second structure fire was reported to DPS at 504 Wilson Street. Upon arrival officers found an abandoned structure engulfed in flames.

 

Authorities think the fire is suspicious and the cause is under investigation.

 

 

EXPANSION AT AREA BUSINESS TO INCLUDE 91 JOBS

 

A planned expansion of an area business will include over 90 new jobs.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, Mid Continent Nail is planning on an almost $5 million dollar expansion that will include a new line at its original Poplar Bluff plant.

 

The expansion will also include the hiring of 91 workers.

 

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATIVE LEADERS SAY ANTI-ABORTION MEASURES NOT PRIORITY FOR NEW SESSION

 

Missouri’s legislative leaders say anti-abortion measures are not among their main priorities next session.

 

Eight bills have been filed so far as the legislative session that starts January 7 nears.

 

The dimmed interest follows Republican lawmakers’ success in September in overriding a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon to enact one of the nation’s longest waiting periods for abortions.

 

The GOP now has even greater numbers to override a veto by the governor.

 

But legislative leaders say their focus will be on economics and education instead of potentially divisive abortion bills.

 

Anti-abortion lobbyist Sam Lee of Campaign Life Missouri says a bill for annual health inspections of clinics has the best chances of passing.

 

Other abortion-related bills include a hotly contested measure to require the father’s permission for an abortion.

 

 

MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE REDUCES OPERATING BUDGET FOR HIS OFFICE

 

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says he is reducing the amount of state tax revenue needed for his office.

 

Kander said his general revenue request for the 2016 operating budget, which begins next July, will be the smallest for the secretary of state’s office since 1999.

 

The Democratic secretary of state says he is shifting some office costs off of Missouri tax dollars to previously existing special funds. Kander says he also has eliminated some positions and spending. He says he saved $20,000 by reducing the size of a business registration reminder that is mailed out.

 

 

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS DISCUSSING MERGER WITH MID-SOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 

Officials say progress is being made toward a merger agreement between Arkansas State University and the Mid-South Community College.

 

Both the ASU board of trustees and the MSCC board of trustees have scheduled meetings on Jan. 9 to consider the plan.

 

ASU President Charles L. Welch says MSCC officials have done an excellent job of outlining their expectations and vision for the institution. Welch says officials are enthusiastic about the system’s ability to help achieve their goals in education and workforce training.

 

If approved by the boards of the two schools, the merger would be effective July 1 following approval of the Higher Learning Commission. MSCC President Glen Fenter says that would give officials ample time to work through the legislative session and budget planning for the next year.

December 19, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121914

 

ARKANSAS MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Horseshoe Bend man is dead following a single vehicle accident in Izard County, Arkansas.

 

According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 54 year old Randy Johnston was travelling on LaCrosse Road when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip several times and eject him.

 

Lawrence was pronounced dead on arrival at an area hospital.

 

 

ABSCONDED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED

 

An absconded sex offender from Burfordville has been arrested.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, 18 year old Tristen Grable was wanted on a probation violation on an original charge of child molestation.

 

He was taken into custody on Thursday.

 

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIRING SHOTS IN BEDROOM

 

A Dexter man is under arrest after allegedly firing shots into a bedroom window.

 

According to the Dexter Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence Wednesday in reference to gunshots. Officers located the suspect inside his bedroom, sitting on a bed with a deer rifle laying across his legs. The suspect then pointed the rifle at the officers.

 

Officers negotiated with the man for around six minutes in an attempt to retrieve the rifle. Officers eventually rushed the suspect and were able to get the rifle and take the suspect into custody.

 

The suspect’s name is being withheld until official charges are filed by the Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

 

 

TWO IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO MULTIPLE THEFTS

 

The New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department says two Memphis men are in custody in connection to thefts in Southeast Missouri.

 

A nearly year long investigation lead to arrest warrants being issued for Rickey V. Smith and Edward E. Cummings.

 

The sheriff’s department says the suspects were involved in thefts last year in Matthews, Portageville, and Steele. They have since both been arrested in Memphis.

 

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMUTES KENNETT MAN’S SENTENCE

 

President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of a Kennett man who was in prison on a drug charge.

 

According to the Department of Justice, Antonio Gromyko Reeves was sentenced in 2004 to 188 months in prison for distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base.

 

On Wednesday, the President commuted the sentence to now end on April 15th of next year.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS AGREE ON NEW REVENUE PROJECTIONS

 

Missouri officials are ratcheting back their expectations for the state’s finances while forecasting modest growth for the future.

 

Governor Jay Nixon said Thursday that he has agreed on new revenue projections with budget leaders from the Missouri House and Senate. That agreement is noteworthy, because the Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers were unable to reach a consensus revenue estimate a year ago.

 

The officials now are predicting Missouri revenues of $8.37 billion for the 2015 fiscal year that runs through June. That’s down about $367 million from what Nixon originally had forecast and down about $218 million from what lawmakers originally predicted.

 

The governor and legislators are predicting the state’s 2016 revenues to grow by about 3.6 percent over that revised forecast for 2015.

 

 

HOME CARE WORKERS CALL ON GOVERNOR NIXON TO IMPLEMENT HIGHER WAGES

 

Missouri home care workers are calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to implement higher wages for their work.

 

Nine workers and care recipients wearing Santa hats caroled outside the governor’s mansion Thursday to ask that he enact a pay raise ratified by the state Quality Home Care Council.

 

Workers help recipients with daily tasks they can’t otherwise manage on their own, such as brushing their teeth or putting on clothes.

 

The new agreement would require they be paid between $8.50 and $10.15 an hour based on wage recommendations from those they care for.

 

Home care attendants say contractors that pay them might not adhere to the new wage rates without pressure from Nixon.

 

December 18, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121814

 

MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON ON CAPITAL MURDER CHARGE

 

A man is facing life in prison after being found guilty of capital murder.

 

A jury found 24 year old Tevarius Green guilty Wednesday for the death of a Blytheville man, who was reportedly shot in the head in July of 2013.

 

Green received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

 

SEVEN YEAR OLD BOY INJURED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SHOOTING INCIDENT

 

Police in Northeast Arkansas say a 7 year old boy has been wounded by another boy while target shooting.

 

Ravenden Police Chief Tim McComas told the Jonesboro Sun Tuesday that the boy had minor surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. He says the victim and another 7 year old boy were firing a .22-caliber gun on Sunday while an adult was present.

 

McComas says the victim walked into the other boy’s line of fire and was struck in his lower body.

 

 

BENTON MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED STATUTORY RAPE

 

A Benton man is facing a statutory rape charge.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 20 year old Dustin Sauceda has been charged with first degree attempted statutory rape by attempting sexual intercourse with another person under 14 years old.

 

Sauceda was arrested Tuesday afternoon. During an interview with authorities, he reportedly confessed to a specific sexual act with the victim.

 

 

PROSECUTOR FINDS OFFICER’S SHOOTING OF PARAGOULD WOMAN JUSTIFIED

 

A Northeast Arkansas prosecutor has ruled that a police officer was justified in the shooting of a Paragould woman earlier this month.

 

On December 10th, Tonya Turner reportedly ran at an officer with a large kitchen knife. The officer shot Turner twice in the stomach. Turner was injured in the incident and taken to an area hospital.

 

According to KAIT, 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington says that the officer was justified in using deadly force.

 

 

SIX INJURED IN SCOTT COUNTY WRECK

 

Six people were injured Wednesday afternoon during a two vehicle wreck in Scott County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Patricia Robinson, of Caruthersville, was allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 55 and caused a nearly head on collision with another vehicle.

 

Robinson, four passengers in her vehicle, and the driver of the second vehicle all suffered serious injuries in the wreck.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING

 

Poplar Bluff is among 12 communities in Southeast Missouri that will receive federal transportation alternative funds.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the funding is to allow communities to develop projects that improve the quality of a community and enhance the travel experience for people traveling by all modes.

 

Some of the projects submitted for funds consisted of trails, historical preservation projects and sidewalks.

 

In addition to Poplar Bluff, Bloomfield, New Madrid, and Butler County will also receive funds.

 

 

DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

Route P in Dunklin County will be closed today as the Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway.

 

The work zone is located between County Road 513 and County Road 509.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 am to 3:30 pm.

 

 

BRUSH CUTTING TO CAUSE DELAYS THIS WEEK IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Wayne County today and tomorrow.

 

Route HH in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane from Route 34 to the Reynolds County line so crews can perform brush cutting.

 

Work is scheduled to be performed today and tomorrow from 8 am to 2:30 pm each day, weather permitting.

 

 

BILL WOULD REQUIRE EATING DISORDERS TO BE COVERED BY HEALTH CARE PLANS

 

Health care plans would have to cover eating disorder treatments under proposed Missouri legislation.

 

State Senator David Pearce of Warrensburg recently filed a bill requiring coverage for diagnosis and medically necessary treatment of the disorders. Coverage would include specialist services recommended by a patient’s treatment team.

 

Under the measure the Department of Insurance would be required to make an annual report to lawmakers regarding those insured and treated for eating disorders.

 

 

SMALL CONCERNS RAISED IN MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AUDIT

 

A new audit faults the Missouri Department of Agriculture for failing to inspect some grain and petroleum devices and giving sizable pay raises to several employees.

 

But Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says those are “relatively small” concerns. Schweich says the Agriculture Department audit released Wednesday is probably the best of any major state agency during his four years in office.

 

State audits don’t typically list positive findings, just areas of concern.

 

The audit questioned the need for significant salary increases given to six employees during the 2013 budget year and to four employees during 2014. The department said the raises were generally due to increased job responsibilities.

 

The department pointed to staff shortages for failing to complete inspections of some petroleum devices and grain meters.

 

December 17, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121714

 

NEW MADRID MAN SENTENCED FOR 2013 HOMICIDE

 

A New Madrid man has been sentenced in connection to a 2013 homicide.

 

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Joseph Thornton was sentenced to 35 years for the homicide of Jeremie Johnson, along with 5 other assaults.

 

Thornton allegedly hit several subjects, including Johnson, with his vehicle at a Sikeston residence. Other victims struck by the car, including two children, were transported to various hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

MAN SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS ON CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTED RAPE

 

A Northeast Arkansas man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to multiple charges including attempted rape.

 

According to authorities, 23 year old Kevin Maget, of Jonesboro, was sentenced to 50 years in prison on charges of attempted rape and second degree sexual assault.

 

Maget was arrested in connection to an incident involving a 12 year old girl.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

Two East Prairie residents were recently taken into custody on drug charges.

 

According to authorities, 33 year old Ronnie Brawner Jr. and 30 year old Ashley Cobb were arrested. Brawner is facing charges of distribution of a controlled substance near government housing and trespassing, while Cobb has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENT TO BE FEATURED ON MTV SERIES

 

A Poplar Bluff High School senior will be featured on the MTV series “Rebel Music: Native America.”

 

Darian Sales was one of 36 Native American teen correspondents invited to attend the Tribal Nations Conference on December 1st, at the White House.

 

MTV covered the conference for the series which, in a future episode, will feature Sales exploring her Native American heritage. Sales discovered she was part Choctaw Indian four years ago.

 

 

OVER 60 WEATHER RADIOS DONATED TO BUTLER COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

Over 60 weather radios have recently been donated to schools in Butler County.

 

On December 8th, Butler County Emergency Management Director Jeff Shawan donated 65 weather radios to all of the schools in the county, including at least one device for every facility within the Poplar Bluff R-I school system.

 

The donation was made through a grant for $1,000 from the Walmart foundation that was then matched by the Butler County Commission.

 

 

MEDAL OF VALOR TO BE GIVEN TO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI DEPUTY

 

A deputy from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department will be awarded with the Medal of Valor tomorrow by Governor Jay Nixon.

 

Justin Wooten will be honored for pulling two crew members out of burning train in May of 2013.

 

Wooten will be a part of a ceremony with 9 other law enforcement officers on Thursday.

 

 

WEEKLONG DRAINAGE REPAIRS PROJECT SET FOR STODDARD COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Stoddard County over the next week for drainage repairs on Business 60.

 

Work is scheduled to be performed from 9 am to 4:30 pm daily through December 23rd. During the repairs Business 60 will be reduced to one lane between Cooper and West Oak streets.

 

 

EDGE RUT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Route 80 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform edge rut repairs.

 

The section of roadway is located between Route B and Route AA.

 

Work will performed daily through Friday, from 9:30 am to 3 pm daily.

 

 

BILL WOULD GRANT AMNESTY IN CERTAIN DRUG CASES

 

A proposed Missouri bill would give legal amnesty to those seeking emergency medical help for drug overdoses.

 

Republican state Representative Bryan Spencer of Wentzville recently proposed a bill protecting those who call for help from being charged with some drug crimes.

 

Some who call an ambulance for themselves or others would be immune from charges of drug possession, but there are stipulations. The amnesty only kicks in if the individual has less than a certain amount of an illegal substance.

 

For example, someone with more than three grams of heroin, cocaine or morphine would not be protected. Police still could arrest those if they already had suspicion that they were committing illegal activity before calling for help with an overdose.

 

 

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HITS LOWEST POINT IN OVER SIX YEARS

 

Missouri’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in more than six years.

 

The state Department of Economic Development released data Tuesday showing the seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped from 5.9 percent in October to 5.6 percent in November.

 

That puts the unemployment rate at its lowest rate since May 2008.

 

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment grew by 4,500 jobs in November, bringing the number of new jobs for the year at more than 42,000.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS WITHDRAW SCHOLARSHIP PROPOSAL

 

Missouri higher education officials are backing off an attempt to make scholarships available to students at an online university.

 

The Department of Higher Education has withdrawn a proposed rule change for scholarship eligibility that would have redefined what it means for an institution to be “located in Missouri.”

 

The intent was to make Access Missouri scholarships available to students at Western Governors University-Missouri, an online only school.

 

A legislative committee had been scheduled to meet Wednesday to decide whether to block the proposed rule.

 

A group of private Missouri colleges and universities opposed the scholarship change, partly because of fears that an expanded pool of eligible students would mean less money for each recipient.

 

An education department memo says the proposal was withdrawn to provide time for further discussions.

December 16, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121614

 

AUTHORITIES IN STODDARD COUNTY SEARCHING FOR MISSING MAN

 

Authorities in Stoddard County say a family has reported a man missing who was last seen six weeks ago.

 

According to KFVS, 53 year old Kenneth Willard, of St. Francois County, was last seen in the area of Sturdivant and Arab in Stoddard County. Willard has a family farm in Stoddard County and was reported missing by family on Sunday.

 

Willard is described as 5 foot, 11 inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. He also has a heavy build and tattoos. He was reportedly wearing blue jeans and a shirt when he was last seen. Anyone with information on Willard’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

THREE DIE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

 

Three people are dead in connection to a single vehicle wreck Sunday in Mississippi County, Arkansas.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, a tire blow out caused the driver of the vehicle, Francisico Figurero, of Chicago, Illinois, to lose control, overcorrect, and drive into a ditch off of Interstate 55.

 

Three passengers in the vehicle, Elva Figurero, Gabriel Figurero, and Navor Medina, all from Chicago, died from injuries received in the wreck. The driver suffered undisclosed injuries and was taken to a Memphis hospital.

 

 

FOURTH DEATH IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS HOME EXPLOSION

 

A fourth person who was injured when a home exploded at Lake City, Arkansas last month has died.

 

The Jonesboro Sun reports that 66 year old Gary Gilley died Friday at a Memphis hospital.

 

Gilley’s death comes two days after 49 year old Ellis Glen Eaton died at the same hospital of injuries he suffered in the blast. Gilley’s 64 year old wife, Deborah Gilley, and 11 year old Slade Gilley were both killed in the November 29 blast.

 

A 12 year old was also injured but has since been released from a hospital.

 

Investigators have said Gary Gilley and Eaton were connecting a gas line to a propane tank for a stove at Gilley’s home when a gas leak inside the home caused the explosion.

 

 

IDENTITY RELEASED OF BODY FOUND IN CARTER COUNTY

 

The identity of a body found last month in Carter County has been released.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, the body was identified as 64 year old Susan Hamric, of rural Van Buren.

 

Hamric’s body was discovered by a hunter in a wooded area on November 23rd. The cause of death has not been determined.

 

 

WOMAN REPORTEDLY USES STOLEN CREDIT CARD TO BUY A TELEVISION IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

Police in Poplar Bluff say a woman reportedly used a stolen credit card to purchase a television Saturday night.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, shortly before 10 pm Saturday, officers received a report that someone had broken into a vehicle on Pine Street and stolen a purse.

 

A credit card taken with the purse was used at a local business just before the theft was discovered. Surveillance video footage captured a white female using the card to purchase a large flat panel television with the stolen credit card.

 

Police say the suspect has been identified; however the identity has not been released.

 

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN SCOTT COUNTY IN CONNECTION TO SHOPLIFTING INVESTIGATION

 

A shoplifting investigation has lead to the arrest of a Jackson woman on a drug charge.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 28 year old Genny M. Jones is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and stealing.

 

On Sunday, officers received a report of shoplifting from a business in Oran. Jones was arrested later that day after authorities reportedly found items stolen from the business and pills during a search of her vehicle.

 

 

BRUSH CUTTING TO CAUSE POSSIBLE DELAYS IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

Route A in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform brush cutting.

 

The work zone is located from Route 49 to Williamsville.

 

Work will be performed today and tomorrow from 8 am to 2:30 pm each day.

 

 

STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDING REDUCTION IN PREMIUMS FOR WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE

 

The Missouri insurance department is recommending a reduction in the premiums charged to businesses for workers’ compensation insurance.

 

The department is recommending a 4.4 percent decrease in insurers’ “loss costs” for 2015. Those loss projections typically are used by insurers when setting rates.

 

Department Director John Huff says the reduction is due to a decrease in medical claims costs, a decline in large losses in 2012 and a downward trend in the frequency of claims for lost time at work.

 

The state’s recommended reduction is slightly more than had been indicated in a report three months ago by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

 

 

LAWMAKER TO MAKE ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT BILL THAT WOULD EXPAND E-VERIFY SYSTEM

 

A failed measure to require employers to use a federal system for checking employees’ legal resident status will have another chance in the Missouri Legislature.

 

State Representative Mark Parkinson of St. Charles on Monday announced plans to file a bill that would expand the E-Verify system to all state businesses.

 

The Republican says it could reduce the number of immigrants working illegally in Missouri.

 

Missouri already requires public and private employers that receive loans, contracts or grants from the state to participate in the federal work authorization program.

 

Parkinson’s bill also would increase the penalties for noncompliance, including as much as $10,000 in fines or revoking business licenses.

 

Immigrant advocates and business leaders say the program is not always accurate and places a burden on employers.