February 27, 2015

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CADET MAN NOT GUILTY IN SHOOTING DEATH OF SON-IN-LAW

 

(AP) – A southeast Missouri man has been found not guilty in the shooting death of his son-in-law.

 

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that a jury deliberated about two hours Wednesday in the case of 49 year old Martin Gorse of Cadet. He was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

 

Gorse’s son-in-law, 31 year old Ronald Coleman Jr., died in April 2012. The first trial in the case, in 2013, resulted in a hung jury.

 

Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum told jurors that Gorse was acting in self-defense. But Washington County prosecutor Josh Hedgecorth said Gorse acted with deliberation when he shot Coleman.

 

Gorse testified that Coleman became upset when Gorse asked him about getting a job, prompting an argument that led to the shooting.

 

 

POLICE CALL DEATH OF MISSOURI AUDITOR “APPARENT SUICIDE”

 

(AP) – Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is dead in what police are describing as an “apparent suicide” at his suburban St. Louis home.

 

The shooting occurred just minutes after Schweich had called The Associated Press to invite a reporter to his home for an afternoon interview.

 

Schweich said he wanted to go public with accusations that the Missouri Republican Party chairman had made anti-Semitic remarks about him. The GOP chairman denied the accusations Thursday.

 

Clayton police say paramedics responded to an emergency call at 9:48 a.m. and Schweich was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound.

 

The 54 year old Schweich had been auditor since 2011 and had recently announced his candidacy for governor in 2016.

 

 

FORMER DUNKLIN COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY JOINS STATE AGENCY

 

A Dunklin County attorney has joined a Missouri State Agency.

 

Governor Jay Nixon announced earlier this week that Stephen Sokoloff, of Kennett, will be joining the Department of Public Safety as a deputy director.

 

Sokoloff had served as prosecuting attorney for Dunklin County for 25 years. He had also served in private practice and as city attorney in Holcomb, Kennett, and Clarkton.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON MAKES APPOINTMENT FOR NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has appointed a new District 1 Associate Commissioner for New Madrid County.

 

Thomas Bradley was chosen for the position previously held by Mark Baker. The post became vacant when Baker was elected as Presiding Commissioner.

 

Bradley had previously been elected New Madrid County Treasurer five times before retiring in 2012.

 

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE BOARD ACCEPTS NURSING GRANT

 

Three Rivers College recently accepted a $100,000 grant to purchase equipment for nursing classes.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, the College’s board accepted the grant from the Delta Regional Authority on Wednesday.  The equipment will go to nursing education classes in Sikeston and Kennett.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL TO HOLD DWI SATURATION IN MARCH

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is planning to hold a driving while intoxicated saturation enforcement operation next month in Southeast Missouri.

 

A DWI Saturation is a mobile operation in which troopers saturate a specific area in an effort to arrest intoxicated drivers. The operation will be conducted in Butler, Cape Girardeau, Scott, Stoddard, Dunklin, Pemiscot, and New Madrid counties.

 

The Highway Patrol will be aided in the saturation by local law enforcement agencies.

 

 

RAILROAD REPAIRS TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

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

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway D in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today between Highway 25 and County Road 717.

 

Work is scheduled to be done from 7 am to 4 pm.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKER WANTS TO CUT FUNDS FOR COMMON CORE TESTING

 

(AP) – Missouri House Speaker John Diehl says the state will strip $4.5 million in funding for membership to a group that makes tests for the national Common Core education standards.

 

Diehl said Wednesday that cutting the money will ensure Missouri’s partnership with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ends.

 

Common Core guidelines for educating children in K-12 schools have attracted critics, who say they were adopted without enough local input.

 

Supporters say they create consistent, rigorous standards across state lines.

 

Diehl’s proposal follows a Tuesday ruling by a Cole County circuit judge that Missouri’s partnership with the Common Core testing group is unconstitutional. But the education department says that doesn’t prevent them from buying the tests.

 

A spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office, which represents Missouri, says they’re reviewing the ruling.

February 26, 2015

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POPLAR BLUFF BROTHERS SENTENCED ON FIREARMS CHARGES

 

Two Poplar Bluff brothers were sentenced Tuesday on firearms charges.

 

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 55 year old David Rush was sentenced to 36 months on one felony count of unlawful transfer of a firearm, and one felony count of engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license.

 

50 year old John Rush was sentenced to 36 months on three felony counts of unlawful transfer of a firearm, and one felony count of engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license.

 

The attorney’s office says that between 2010 and 2014 both brothers actively engaged in the business of selling firearms. Agents conducted a series of buys from each defendant using informants and undercover agents. Records show that during this time, John Rush sold more than 1200 firearms.

 

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF WOMEN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

 

Two Poplar Bluff women were taken into custody late Wednesday night on drug related charges in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old Lori Ethridge and 21 year old Regina Ethridge were each arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

PURSUIT LEADS TO ARREST OF SIKESTON MAN

 

An early Wednesday morning pursuit has led to the arrest of Sikeston man.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a deputy was on patrol when he observed a green pickup with no rear license plate and a front tag that was registered to a different vehicle.

 

The vehicle was travelling on a county highway when the Deputy attempted to initiate a stop. The pickup failed to stop and turned onto a field road. The vehicle then left the roadway, entered a field, and attempted to cross a drainage ditch, eventually getting stuck.

 

The driver, 40 year old John Burnett, was taken into custody. A glass pipe with white residue was located in the driver’s shirt pocket during a search. That residue later tested positive for methamphetamine.

 

Burnett is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.

 

 

MALDEN WOMAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES FOLLOWING HER ARREST TUESDAY NIGHT

 

A Malden woman is facing multiple charges in connection to her arrest Tuesday night.

 

According to authorities, 23 year old Ashley Collins was taken into custody shortly after 11 pm Tuesday night in Butler County.

 

Collins was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; and second degree tampering with a motor vehicle.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED DURING NORTHEAST ARKANSAS TRAFFIC STOP

 

Two Jonesboro residents were taken into custody early Wednesday morning during a traffic stop in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to authorities, 42 year old Robert Holt and 34 year old Jessica Brolin were arrested during the stop.

 

A deputy reportedly found over 80 grams of suspected methamphetamine during a search of the vehicle.

 

 

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

A pedestrian was reportedly struck by a vehicle Tuesday night in New Madrid County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Donald McLarty, of Lilbourn, was pushing an ATV down Highway D when he was allegedly hit by a vehicle driven 46 year old Shelly Cawhorn, also of Lilbourn.

 

McLarty suffered moderate injuries and was taken by air to an area hospital. Cawhorn and a passenger in her vehicle suffered minor injuries.

 

 

NEW MADRID POLICE SAY MEN ASKING FOR CABLE BOXES ARE LEGITATE

 

Two men who have been knocking on doors in New Madrid and asking residents for their cable box are legitimate and are working for a company called CES, on behalf of Charter Cable.

 

New Madrid Police originally contacted Charter, who informed them that had no men working in the area, which led the police department to issue a warning about the men.

 

However, since then, officers discovered that CES has a contract with Charter to recover cable boxes from former Charter customers.

 

 

FEDERAL LAWSUIT TARGETING ARKANSAS STEEL MILL IS DISMISSED

 

(AP) – A lawsuit seeking to stop construction of a steel mill in northeast Arkansas has been dismissed.

 

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes on Wednesday dismissed the lawsuit by Nucor Steel against Big River Steel. Holmes ruled that the citizen lawsuit under the federal Clean Air Act is not authorized and that his court has no jurisdiction.

 

Nucor claimed Big River Steel has violated the Clean Air Act. Big River Steel countered that the mill is still under construction and not operational, so it can’t be emitting anything to violate the act.

 

Nucor operates a steel mill in Blytheville, about 20 miles from where Big River Steel broke ground in September on a $1.3 million mill in Osceola.

 

Nucor is also appealing approval of an air permit granted for Big River’s mill.

 

 

CAPE WOMAN CLAIMS $100,000 PRIZE, JUST IN TIME

 

A Cape Girardeau woman has claimed a $100,000 Missouri Lottery prize, just in time.

 

Lottery officials say 66 year old Margaret Friend claimed her prize only three days before the “Cadillac Riches” Scratchers game expired.

 

Friend bought her winning ticket at Schnucks in Cape.

 

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DATABASE BILL ENDORSED BY MISSOURI HOUSE

 

(AP) – A measure to create a database to monitor the prescription of drugs such as addictive pain killers is moving forward in the Missouri House.

 

The House gave initial approval to the bill creating a prescription drug database to identify potential abuses by a vote of 105 to 46.

 

Republican Representative Rebecca Roeber, of Lee’s Summit, says she supports the bill because she believes her sister, who died from an apparent overdose in 2012, would still be alive if the database had been in place earlier.

 

The database proposal has passed the House before but has faced opposition from a Senate Republican who says he is concerned about potential privacy breaches.

 

The House must vote again before the bill goes to the Senate.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE BUDGET PANEL WANTS MORE FOR EDUCATION

 

(AP) – Community colleges and K through 12 education would get larger funding boosts under a House Budget Committee proposal than those recommended by Governor Jay Nixon.

 

An increase of $70 million for basic aid to school districts over last year and $6 million for community colleges are part of a proposal discussed Wednesday by the Missouri House Budget Committee.

 

The additional $20 million for school districts over Nixon’s recommendation is enough to make sure no district gets less than last year, according to the state’s education department.

 

The budget committee still may change the proposal before it goes to the House and then Senate.

 

The budget committee’s plan includes no increase for state universities, but officials at some institutions said they are hopeful that legislators will add that as the budget process continues.

 

February 25, 2015

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JONESBORO MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE

 

A Jonesboro man is facing drug charges following a parole check on Tuesday.

 

According to authorities, 53 year old Alvin Lee Green was arrested on charges, including possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver.

 

Police allegedly found crack cocaine and marijuana during a search of Green’s residence Tuesday morning.

 

 

EMPLOYEES NOTIFIED THAT PIGGOTT PLANT WILL CLOSE ON MAY 15TH

 

A Northeast Arkansas manufacturing plant will reportedly close in May.

 

According to the Daily Dunklin Democrat, the L.A. Darling Company of Paragould recently told employees that the store fixture manufacturing plant in Piggott will close on May 15th.

 

Retail market changes were one of the reasons cited for the decision.

 

 

POLICE SAY MEN ASKING FOR CABLE BOXES ARE LEGITATE

 

Two men who have been knocking on doors in New Madrid and asking residents for their cable box are legitimate and are working for a company called CES, on behalf of Charter Cable.

 

New Madrid Police originally contacted Charter, who informed they that had no men working in the area, which led the police department to issue a warning about the men.   However, since then, officers discovered that CES has a contract with Charter to recover cable boxes from former Charter customers.

 

 

SIKESTON POLICE DOG AWARDED BALLISTIC VEST

 

An area police dog was recently awarded a ballistic vest from a national charity.

 

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety says that their K9 officer, Levi, was awarded the vest from Vested Interest in K9s, Incorporated.

 

The nationwide charity raised over $11,000 through their 2015 calendar sales, which will provide bullet and stab resistant vests for law enforcement dogs.

 

 

CAPE WOMAN CLAIMS $100,000 PRIZE, JUST IN TIME

 

A Cape Girardeau woman has claimed a $100,000 Missouri Lottery prize, just in time.

 

Lottery officials say 66 year old Margaret Friend claimed her prize only three days before the “Cadillac Riches” Scratchers game expired.

 

Friend bought her winning ticket at Schnucks in Cape.

 

 

BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS TO CAUSE INTERSTATE DELAYS NEXT MONTH

 

Bridge improvements will cause delays next month on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties.

 

North and Southbound I-55 will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction between Mile Markers 90 and 105.

 

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be performed between 7 pm and 6 am daily from March 1st through April 1st.

 

 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR A YEAR

 

(AP) – The Mississippi River bridge connecting the southern parts of Missouri and Illinois will close for a year while crews make major repairs to the 86-year-old structure.

 

Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Brian Williamsen said Tuesday that the bridge will shut down March 16 and is expected to reopen March 18, 2016.

 

The bridge carries U.S. 60 and U.S. 62 traffic, spanning the Mississippi River from the Cairo area of southern Illinois to near Charleston in southeast Missouri. Another bridge is just six miles to the north.

 

Message boards are alerting motorists in parts of Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky to the pending closure and to seek alternate routes.

 

The two-lane bridge opened in 1929. Plans call for nearly $3 million to be spent on joint and beam repairs.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE ENDORSES BILL TO AUTHORIZE EMERGENCY SPENDING

 

(AP) – Missouri’s local governments and school districts are closer to getting federal funds for storm shelters and disaster repairs.

 

The Missouri House Tuesday gave first-round approval to a budget bill for this fiscal year to release federal money for local projects in declared disaster areas.

 

Already-completed local projects totaling about $30 million are awaiting federal funds.

 

The bill, which needs final approval in the House before going to the Senate, approves the transfer of that money.

 

The bill also authorizes $8.5 million in general revenue for emergencies- $5.1 million to match federal grants and $3.4 million is for future emergencies such as tornadoes, floods or ice storms.

 

Missouri has already used much of its previously approved emergency funding, partly because of the response in Ferguson.

 

 

MISSOURI JUDGE RULES PACT WITH COMMON CORE TESTING ILLEGAL

 

(AP) – A Missouri judge says the state’s membership to a testing company aligned with the national Common Core education standards is illegal and that it shouldn’t pay fees to be part of the group.

 

Cole County Circuit judge Daniel Green ruled Tuesday that the state’s partnership with the Common Core testing company is an “illegal interstate compact not authorized by the U.S. Congress.”

 

The attorney general’s office represents the state and is reviewing the ruling.

 

Missouri’s education department budgeted about $4.3 million for member dues this fiscal year.

 

The Common Core education standards and tests aligned with them have been a magnet for critics, including the three plaintiffs in the court case ruled on Tuesday.

 

February 24, 2015

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MAN CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS DEATH

 

A Harrisburg man has been charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Jeff Foster over the weekend.

 

Foster was found shot to death Saturday in Poinsett County after a report of shots being fired. Authorities later arrested 58 year old Charles Davis.

 

According to KAIT, Davis was charged on Monday with second degree murder and possession of a weapon by a certain person.

 

 

CHAFFEE MAN FACING CHARGES OF BURGLARY AND THEFT

 

A recent investigation has lead to a warrant being issued for a Chaffee man.

 

According to authorities in Perry County, 45 year old Will Mosely is facing two counts of felony theft and second degree burglary. Mosely is also charged with second degree property damage.

 

Mosely is in custody in Cape Girardeau County.

 

 

METH DEALER SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

 

A Stoddard County man was sentenced last week to almost 15 years in prison on a drug charge.

 

According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, John Kacy Jones was sentenced to 14 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. In January, Jones was found guilty of distribution of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

Due to Jones criminal history, he will be required to serve his sentence without the possibility of parole.

 

 

BUSINESS DAMAGED DURING FIRE IN PARAGOULD

 

A restaurant in Paragould was damaged Monday due to a fire.

 

The Burger King in Paragould caught fire Monday evening. Fire crews were dispatched and subdued the fire.

 

The severity of damage done to the business was not available.

 

 

MDHSS IS LOOKING FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP FEED CHILDREN DURING THE SUMMER

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for organizations to help feed children over the summer.

 

The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. The program provides nutritious meals to children under the age of 18 during the summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not operating.

 

Organizations eligible to participate in the program include schools, faith-based organizations, camps, private nonprofit agencies, and local governments. The sites are required to be located in areas where at least half of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

 

For more information, go online to health.mo.gov/sfsp.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO LIMIT WELFARE BENEFITS

 

(AP) – A measure to limit the lifetime cap for welfare benefits to four years has Missouri Senate approval.

 

Senators on Monday voted 25 to 8 in favor of the legislation, which would cut a year off the current limit of five years.

 

The bill would affect recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which gives money each month to low-income families.

 

The legislation also would eventually cut access to benefits if parents don’t look for work or participate in other work-related activities. Department of Social Services workers would be required to meet with those at risk of falling out of compliance.

 

Lawmakers voted close to party lines, and Senator Jason Holsman of Kansas City was the only Democrat voting for the bill.

 

The bill now heads to the House.

 

 

BILL WOULD STOP CITIES FROM BANNING PLASTIC BAGS

 

(AP) – A Missouri lawmaker is bucking national trends toward reducing use of plastic bags and instead is pushing legislation to prevent local restrictions on plastic.

 

The measure by Republican Representative Dan Shaul, who is also state director of the Missouri Grocers Association, would stop Missouri cities and towns from banning or issuing fines for use of plastic bags.

 

Columbia is considering banning them and charging 10 cents for paper bags.

 

Shaul’s bill also comes months after California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores in hopes of reducing litter and protecting marine life.

 

Washington, D.C., Seattle and Chicago are among cities that have opted to ban plastic bags.

 

Shaul says it should be up to grocery stores and consumers to choose.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PANEL TO CONSIDER MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROPOSAL

 

(AP) – Montel Williams is joining a Missouri Republican in efforts to allow patients with specific ailments access to medical marijuana with a state-monitored distribution program.

 

A House committee on Monday will consider a bill that would set up a process for patients to register for access to marijuana for cancer, HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical conditions.

 

Republican Representative Dave Hinson’s bill would not allow recreational use of marijuana. It would require growers and distributors of medical marijuana to be licensed and follow certain security procedures.

 

Williams, a TV personality with multiple sclerosis, uses marijuana to treat some of his symptoms and will testify in support of the bill.

 

He says Missouri could be a model for other states.

 

Twenty-three states have comprehensive medical marijuana laws.

 

February 23, 2015

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MAN SHOT AND KILLED IN CARTER COUNTY

 

A Carter County man was reportedly shot and killed Friday.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, authorities were alerted early Friday morning by a woman who said a family member had been shot.

 

When authorities arrived, they found 43 year old Mark Rutter dead. A suspect was reportedly taken into custody for interviews.

 

 

MAN FOUND DEAD OVER THE WEEKEND IN POINSETT COUNTY

 

One man is in custody in connection to a dead body found over the weekend in Northeast Arkansas.

 

The body of Jeff Foster was found Saturday after a report of gunshots being fired in Poinsett County.

 

According to KAIT, 58 year old Charles Davis, of Harrisburg has been taken into custody.

 

 

MAN ACCUSED OF INFANT SON’S METHAMPHETAMINE DEATH

 

(AP) – A southeastern Missouri man is jailed on $1 million bond after being accused of causing the methamphetamine-related death of his eight-month-old son.

 

The Park Hills Daily Journal reports 21-year-old James Belleville of Valles Mines in St. Francois County is charged with felony abuse of a child resulting in death.

 

The charge alleges that Belleville permitted infant Caleb Belleville to ingest methamphetamine. An autopsy determined the baby died last October of acute methamphetamine intoxication, although alcohol also was found in the child’s system.

 

The newspaper reports that Belleville told investigators on Tuesday that he had not used methamphetamine in several months, but he later admitted to using the drug in January.

 

Online court records don’t show whether Belleville has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.

 

 

TRAIN HITS TRUCK IN JONESBORO

 

Two people suffered minor injuries after a train hit a truck Friday in Jonesboro.

 

According to authorities, the truck got stuck on the railroad tracks after sliding on an icy road. The truck was then hit by the train.

 

Both the driver of the truck and another person in the vehicle were injured and taken to an area hospital.

 

 

STEELE MAN ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ON WEAPON CHARGE

 

A Steele man is facing a weapon charge following his arrest Sunday morning in Pemiscot County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Robert Cochran was arrested shortly before 11 am on a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

 

The type of weapon involved was not released.

 

 

WINTER WEATHER CAUSES DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE BUSINESSES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

Multiple locations suffered damage due to the winter weather that hit the area last week.

 

A roof collapsed on a structure in Dexter causing damage multiple businesses including a restaurant. The awning of a gas station also collapsed in Dexter.

 

In Miner, a gas station had part of its awning collapse, as well.

 

 

AREA POLICE CAUTION DRIVERS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR BLACK ICE

 

The Poplar Bluff Police Department is warning area residents to be on alert for black ice.

 

The warmer temperatures caused some of last week’s snow fall to melt over the weekend; however temperatures have since gone back down below freezing. Moisture could be frozen over causing areas of sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways to be slick.

 

The forecast calls for temperatures to get back above freezing during the daytime on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

 

 

MISSOURI ENGAGEMENT OFFICE UNFUNDED IN PROPOSED 2016 BUDGET

 

(AP) – Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon may not get funding this year for one of the flagship pieces of his response to unrest in Ferguson after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in August.

 

Missouri House Budget Committee chairman Tom Flanigan, of Carthage, says he does not plan to add funding to the 2016 budget for the Office of Community Engagement.

 

Nixon created the office in September by executive order and tasked it with facilitating communication with citizens and finding policy solutions to help poor and minority communities.

 

Republican lawmakers criticized the way Nixon pulled funding from various departments for the 2015 fiscal year ending June 30th, expressing concerns that it may detract from department services.

 

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATORS SEEK ABILITY TO INTERVENE IN LAWSUITS

 

(AP) – Missouri’s Republican Senate leader wants the ability to intervene in lawsuits regarding the constitutionality of state laws, if the attorney general declines to appeal or ask for a stay of a court ruling.

 

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey of St. Charles said in a statement Friday that he has filed a bill giving himself and the House speaker the authority to intervene in cases challenging state laws.

 

He says Attorney General Chris Koster has failed to fully defend Missouri’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in some recent cases.

 

Koster did not appeal a Missouri judge’s decision in October 2014 to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

 

Dempsey says General Assembly leaders should be able to intervene in such cases to defend state laws.

February 20, 2015

 

 

FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN CASE OF MISSING KENNETT WOMAN

Authorities say that foul play is being suspected in the case of a missing Kennett woman.

According to the Kennett Police Department, 46 year old Deana Davison was reported missing on February 12th.

Investigators learned that Davison had last stayed at a room at the local Super 8 Hotel on the night of January 25th. Video shows that on the evening of the 25th of January, Davison left her room at approximately 8 pm and walked west.

Circumstances discovered during the investigation have led investigators to believe that foul play is involved in Davison’s disappearance.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.

 

SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATION POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT

More winter weather is in the forecast for today.

According to the National Weather Service, snow and sleet is likely to start falling today transitioning into freezing rain tonight.

The snow along with a thin layer of ice could create dangerous driving conditions this evening. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect until 6 am Saturday.

 

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas say three people have been taken into custody in connection to an armed robbery.

The robbery was reported Thursday afternoon in Clay County. The incident is under investigation, and the names of those involved were not released.

 

MAN SENTENCED FOR DEATH OF PARAGOULD WOMAN

A man has been sentenced for the death of a Paragould woman last year.

29 year old Jeremy Winkle was sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison on charges of involuntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse.

According to the Daily American Republic, the charges are in connection to the death 28 year old Tiffani Noles. Winkle pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month.

 

EAST PRAIRIE MAN FACING CHARGES OF RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY

An East Prairie man has been taken into custody on a receiving stolen property charge.

According to Missouri Case Net, 34 year old Kevin Jones was arrested by Mississippi County authorities on two counts of receiving stolen property.

The arrest was in connection to an investigation into items being taken from an area farm.

 

SUSPECT WHO CONFESSED TO GIRLS MURDER HAS BEEN CLEARED

(AP) – Prosecutors say 18-year-old Christopher Sowell is no longer a suspect in the murder of 11-year-old Jessica Williams.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that scientific evidence presented to prosecutors indicates the 18-year-old was not involved in the girl’s murder.

Sowell was charged with murder after Williams was found in a waterway near Big Lake in rural Mississippi County. He had confessed to the crime in 2013, but authorities always questioned the connection between the two.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington refused to comment on Sowell’s original confession and said the investigation is ongoing.

In October, 30-year-old Freddie Sharp III was convicted of raping Williams after the DNA evidence was matched to him. He is currently serving a 25-year sentence.

Ellington has not named Sharp as a suspect in Williams’ murder.

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS OF SCAMS FOLLOWING STORMS

(AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is warning residents to beware of possible scams following the winter storm that dumped snow, ice and sleet on the state.

Rutledge said Thursday that scam artists often target damaged neighborhoods with high-pressure sales tactics and demand up-front payments, then fail to do the work or leave the job incomplete.

Rutledge says residents with property damage should take care to hire a reputable contractor, get multiple estimates, get a written contract, never pay in advance and deal with insurance payments themselves.

 

MISSOURI SENATE TO CONSIDER PHOTO ID REQUIREMENT FOR VOTERS

(AP) – The Missouri Senate again will consider measures to require voters to show a photo ID at the polls – a legislative effort that stalled last year.

The House by a 118-39 vote Thursday approved a constitutional amendment for new voter ID requirements. The House also passed an implementing bill, by a 118-37 vote.

The amendment would be considered by voters in 2016, and both measures must pass the Senate.

Last year, Republican leaders exchanged voter ID and another priority to end a Democratic filibuster of a tripling of the waiting period before an abortion.

Supporters say the photo ID requirements are needed to ensure the integrity of elections. Democrats say Republicans are making it harder for traditional Democratic supporters – the poor, minorities and women – to vote.

February 19, 2015

KENNETT POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING WOMAN

Authorities in Kennett are searching for a woman who has been missing since January.

According to the Kennett Police Department, 46 year old Deana Davison was last seen at the Kennett Super 8 Motel on January 26th.

The woman apparently left during the night. Anyone who has information on Davison’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.

FLASH FLOODING LIKELY FOR THIS WEEKEND

Heavy rain and warmer temperatures are in the forecast for this weekend, and while that can help melt the snow we have accumulated this week, in also introduces flash flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected for many areas in Southeast Missouri on Saturday. Coupled with runoff from the recent snow, this will easily overwhelm many drainage systems, resulting in flash flooding.

Another danger is if freezing rain on Friday night creates a significant layer of ice, this could insulate the snow and keep it from melting. If that happens, the runoff would be forced directly into the plowed roadways, resulting in a dangerous flash flooding situation.

Motorists traveling on Friday and Saturday are being advised to be careful if they approach water covered roadways.

MAN GETS THREE LIFE TERMS FOR SEX CRIMES WITH CHILDREN

(AP) – A southeast Missouri man has been sentenced to three terms of life in prison plus 15 years for sex crimes involving children.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri reports that 54-year-old Joseph Troy Wilson, formerly of Farmington, was sentenced last week after a judge denied his request for a new trial. Wilson was found guilty of sodomy and child molestation charges in December.

Authorities say Wilson had sexual contact with four children between 2000 and 2005. He denied the allegations.

TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING REPORTED ARMED ROBBERY

A reported armed robbery Saturday led to the arrest of two people in Poplar Bluff.

According to the Daily American Republic, 20 year old Terrance Fields had asked the victim for a ride before allegedly demanding money from the victim at gunpoint. Fields then fled the scene in a SUV driven by 34 year old Miranda Gregory.

Both Fields and Gregory were later taken into custody.

CHILDREN’S WINTER READING PROGRAM HAS BEGAN AT POPLAR BLUFF MUNICIPAL LIBRARY

The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library has started this year’s winter reading program for children.

“Chill Out and Read,” will run through March 27th. Children ages 3 to 17 will have a chance to win prizes by turning in reading logs.

For each reading log a child turns in, they get a coupon for a local business plus an entry for a prize which includes book and movie bundles, day passes to Hydro Adventures in June, and a free art class from the Margaret Harwell Art Museum.

MISSOURI SENATE PANEL CONSIDERS RESTRICTING POLICE VIDEO

(AP) – Law enforcement groups say public access and retention of footage from police cameras should be limited to protect privacy and contain costs.

A Missouri Senate committee heard Wednesday from police groups who support a bill limiting the release of footage collected by officers.

Protesters have called for increased use of body cameras by police after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

The bill also prohibits the state from requiring police departments to use body cameras or dashboard cameras in cars.

Opponents of the bill, including citizen groups and media organizations, say it goes too far and that making the footage secret will erode the public’s trust in police.

The committee did not vote on the bill.

TWO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BRIDGES AVAILABLE FOR RELOCATION

Two bridges in Southeast Missouri are available for relocation and reuse.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the historic Route 53 bridge over the St. Francis River in Butler and Dunklin Counties and the Route P bridge over Buffalo Ditch in Dunklin County are the two bridges available.

These bridges can be obtained by government entities, historical or civic groups, or private citizens, free of charge. A checklist for all items to be included in proposals for the bridges is available online at modot.org/freebridges.

Proposals must be submitted no later than September 1st.

February 18, 2015

 
REYNOLDS COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN

Officials in Reynolds County are looking for a missing woman.

According to authorities, 45 year old Barbara Grillo was last seen by family members on Saturday evening.

The Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Grillo may have been seen Sunday morning in Ellington.

 

 

MAN SENTENCED IN 2012 SHOOTING INCIDENT

A man has been sentenced in connection to a shooting incident in 2012.

According to Missouri Case Net, Lawrence Guthrie, of Jackson, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years incarceration on three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.

The sentences for the three counts were set to run concurrently.

Guthrie was arrested in 2012 after an incident where he reportedly fired at police officers.

 

 

MODOT CREWS CONTINUE TO WORK ON SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ROADS

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation were out overnight in an effort to get roads clear.

According to District Engineer Mark Shelton, crews have been working around the clock, however heavy accumulation along with cold overnight temperatures slowed progress in many areas.

Secondary routes in Southeast Missouri will not be completely clear today, so caution is advised for motorists. Before you begin your commute you can check road conditions online at traveler.modot.org or by calling the MoDot Customer Service Center available at 1-888-ASK-MODOT.

 

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS TEACHER FACING DRUG CHARGES AFTER TAKING SON’S STASH

A teacher from Oxford is facing drug charges after she allegedly took drugs from her son’s vehicle to protect him from being caught with them during an anticipated search.

Authorities say 52 year old Terri Hatfield, who teaches at Melbourne High School, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver near a certain facility, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and tampering with physical evidence.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says a drug dog alerted at a locker in Hatfield’s classroom. Officers found 27 small bags and a larger bag of marijuana in Hatfield’s purse inside the locker.

A small amount of marijuana and several pills were found in the vehicle of Hatfield’s teenage son. He has also been taken into custody and remains in a juvenile detention center.

 

 

SIX INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY, DURING NEW MADRID COUNTY WRECK

Six people suffered injuries Monday morning following a single vehicle wreck on Interstate 55 in New Madrid County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the people were in a vehicle that had lost control on the snow covered roadway and overturned.

Two people in the vehicle, 21 year old Rudy Andino, of Waukegan, Illinois, and an 8 year old child, suffered serious injuries. Four others received minor injuries and all were taken to an area hospital.

 

 

FIVE INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE BUTLER COUNTY WRECK

Five people were injured Monday evening in a single vehicle wreck in Butler County.

According to the Highway Patrol, the vehicle ran off of the side of US 67 and overturned. Two people in the vehicle, 51 year old Richard Putman, and Deborah Putman, both of Doniphan, suffered serious injuries in the wreck.

Three others in the vehicle received moderate or minor injuries.

 

 

SPACE HEATER SUSPECTED IN FATAL SOUTHEAST MISSOURI FIRE

(AP) – Another fire death apparently caused by a space heater has prompted the Missouri Department of Public Safety to issue a reminder about the potential dangers of using portable heaters and other unconventional heat sources.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 62 year old Gerald Seiler of Bollinger County died Sunday in a house fire. Seiler, who was confined to a wheelchair, lived alone in the home.

Space heaters also are suspected in fires that caused seven deaths in Missouri earlier this month.

State officials say anything flammable should be kept at least 3 feet away from space heaters. Children should be kept away, and the heaters should be turned off whenever anyone leaves the room or goes to bed.
MISSOURI HOUSE APPROVES ADDED STATE EMERGENCY FUNDS

(AP) – The full House will consider giving Missouri’s emergency agency additional spending authority this year to use federal money on disaster-relief projects.

The House Budget Committee on Tuesday approved $124 million of federal money in the fiscal year ending June 30 for local repair projects in response to the 2011 tornado in Joplin and other disasters.

State budget director Linda Luebbering says about $30 million of that is for repair projects already completed by local governments.

The committee also approved $8.5 million of additional general revenue for emergency spending authority in part depleted by the use of the Missouri National Guard and Missouri State Highway Patrol in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

This supplemental budget request still must be approved by the House and Senate before going to the governor.

February 17, 2015

 

 
HOUSE FIRE CLAIMS LIFE OF BOLLINGER COUNTY MAN

One man has died in connection to a weekend house fire in Bollinger County.

According to authorities, 62 year old Gerald Seiler was killed in the fire near Leopold early Sunday morning. The home was also destroyed in the fire.

 

 

SNOW TOTALS REACH UP TO A FOOT IN SOME SOUTHEAST MISSOURI LOCATIONS

Some areas of Southeast Missouri are estimated to have received a foot of snow Monday according to the National Weather Service.

12 inches of snow was estimated for both Cape Girardeau and Scott City on Monday. Estimates for Advance was 11 and a half inches on Monday, while Bloomfield and Sikeston both had estimates of 11 inches.

As of 3:30 pm Monday, estimates for Poplar Bluff put the snow fall at 8.5 inches.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF CITY OFFICES TO BE CLOSED TODAY

Offices for the City of Poplar Bluff have been closed for Tuesday, according to the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

Due to Monday’s winter weather, only essential personnel will need to report to work.

A city council meeting that had been scheduled for today will be rescheduled.

 

 

SNOW COVERED ROAD TO MAKE TRAVEL TREACHEROUS

Monday’s snow fall is making travel dangerous today.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, many roads are covered with snow all across the state. Motorists are advised to take it slow when traveling and to plan additional time for their trips.

Before you leave, you can check road conditions online at MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org.

 

 

BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES ON TAP FOR THIS WEEK

The National Weather Service is calling for bitterly cold temperatures to move into the area this week.

According to a Special Weather Statement, an arctic air mass will hit Southeast Missouri on Wednesday, bringing wind chill values possibly below zero. Wednesday night lows might hit below zero as well without accounting for wind chill.

There is also potential for multiple snow and icing events starting Thursday night.

 

 

TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN JACKSON FIRE

Two people suffered injuries in connection to a fire Monday at a Jackson plant.

According to the Southeast Missourian, the injuries occurred at Proctor and Gamble after a piece of equipment reportedly caught fire. The full extent of the worker’s injuries were not available.

 

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

A Dexter man was taken into custody Monday afternoon on multiple drug related charges.

According to the Highway Patrol, 31 year old Justin Newell was arrested shortly after 3:30 pm in Stoddard County. Newell is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and hydrocodone, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS TALK VIRTUAL SCHOOL OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS

(AP) – Missouri lawmakers this week are expected to consider a measure to give students more options to attend virtual schools for free.

A Senate panel last week approved a bill that would allow students in failing districts and surrounding schools to attend online schools.

Republican Senator Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis offered the amendment to the broader school transfer bill. He says virtual schools can help students with autism, health needs or other issues who might struggle in traditional classrooms.

Governor Jay Nixon and some school associations say they support online schools, but cautioned that accountability is needed to make sure they provide a quality education.

Missouri School Boards’ Association spokesman Brent Ghan also says paying tuition for virtual schools could strain public schools’ finances.

February 16, 2015

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WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 pm tonight.

According to the National Weather Service, spotters recorded several inches of snow overnight, with a possible total snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches by tonight.

Wind will also possibly be a factor with a wind chill getting into the single digits.

 
MOTORISTS REMINDED TO DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY DURING WINTER WEATHER

Winter weather has moved into the area and the Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding anyone who has to get on the roads to exercise caution.

If possible, try to stay off the roadways. If you have to drive, remember to slow down, steer and brake gently, allow extra space between any vehicles that are in front of you, and also remember that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first.

Road conditions are available online on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, at www.modot.org. An app is also available for free from the iPhone and Android app stores by searching for “MoDOT.”

 
CAVE CITY MAN KILLED IN COLLISION IN SHARP COUNTY

A Cave City man is dead following a Saturday wreck in Sharp County, Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas State Police, James Koch was westbound on Highway 230 when his vehicle travelled into the eastbound lane and hit another vehicle.

Koch was killed in the wreck. The driver of the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries.

 
ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED, DURING TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SHANNON COUNTY
A Winona woman was pronounced dead Friday night following a head on collision in Shannon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly before 11 pm Friday night on Missouri Route 19.

45 year old Cara Pulliam crossed into the northbound lane and hit a second vehicle head on. Pulliam was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle suffered serious injuries and was taken to a Springfield hospital.

 
ONE SHOT SATURDAY MORNING AT BLYTHEVILLE CAR WASH

An attempted robbery reportedly led to a shooting Saturday morning in Blytheville.

According to the Blytheville Courier News, a 48 year old man was shot during the robbery attempt at an area car wash. The man was approached by a black male who demanded money.

After the victim refused, he was allegedly shot by the suspect.

The victim was taken to a Memphis hospital.

 
MURDER SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN BLYTHEVILLE

A murder suspect has turned himself in to authorities in Blytheville.

According to authorities, Ron Redmon, who is a suspect in the death of Justin Harrison, was taken into custody Thursday morning.

Harrison was found dead at the scene of a motorcycle wreck in August of 2014, however the death was later ruled a homicide.

 
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING A CHILD

A Northeast Arkansas man has been arrested after being accused of raping a child.

According to authorities, 37 year old Rodney Laster, of Luxora, was taken into custody Wednesday night by Jonesboro Police. Laster was wanted on a warrant out of Mississippi County.

Authorities say Laster had sexual intercourse with a four year old child on February 2nd.

Laster is a registered Level 2 sex offender.

 
TWO CARS FOUND ON FIRE IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

Two cars reportedly caught on fire Friday morning in Cape Girardeau.

According to authorities, the vehicles were located on Linwood Hills drive, and two additional vehicles also suffered damage. Police say the incident is under investigation.

 
VOTER ID, TORT REFORM AMONG DOZENS OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS IN ARKANSAS

(AP) – Reinstating Arkansas’ voter ID law, imposing new restrictions on lawsuit damages and eliminating the lieutenant governor’s office are among the dozens of ideas lawmakers would like to put on the ballot in 2016.

With about 40 proposed constitutional amendments filed by last week’s deadline, the Arkansas Legislature faces a deep list that must be whittled down. Legislators can send only three to voters for next year’s general election ballot.

Lawmakers say they expect much of the debate to focus on a renewed fight over so-called tort reform, two years after an effort to allow the Legislature to write court rules for civil cases stalled.

 
MISSOURI REPUBLICANS TAKE SECOND LOOK AT TAX CODE CHANGES

(AP) – Missouri Republican lawmakers are pushing ahead with sales tax exemptions and a requirement that businesses be notified when the application of the tax code changes.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed several tax-related bills last year and the Legislature did not override them.

This year, some lawmakers say they’re working with Nixon and the state’s revenue department to make sure the bills are successful.

Republican Senator Will Kraus, of Lee’s Summit, says he’s added a “reasonable person” standard to his bill requiring businesses to be notified when the Department of Revenue changes the way it interprets the sales tax law. Kraus says the change was requested by the department.

Other bills moving forward this year include exemptions for utility companies, data storage centers and gym memberships.