May 29, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052915

 

HOUSE FIRE LEADS TO METH DISCOVERY IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

Jonesboro police reportedly found meth after responding to a house fire.

 

According to KAIT, officers found several plastic baggies containing a white crystalline substance at the location of a house fire Thursday morning. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

 

The homeowner, James Cowan, told police that the fire started when he was burning wire. Cowan was taken into custody for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

 

 

JACKSON MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO HOME INVASION ROBBERY

 

Jackson Police say that a man who was sought in connection to a home invasion robbery has been apprehended.

 

According to the Jackson Police Department, 23 year old Evan Tillman was arrested Thursday in Viburnum.

 

Authorities had been searching for Tillman following a May 20th home invasion robbery. Two other men, 20 year old Tyler Glydewell and 19 year old Nicholas Rodgers, both of Jackson, were previously arrested in the case.

 

 

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MULTIPLE BANK ROBBERIES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

A man has been found guilty in the robbery of two banks in Southeast Missouri.

 

According to United States Attorney’s Office, 36 year old Tyrice Royston was found guilty Wednesday of bank robbery.

 

On March 17th, 2014, Royston and another man reportedly entered an Essex bank, leaped over the counter and forced the tellers to the floor, securing the tellers’ wrists with zip ties. One of the tellers suffered a fracture to her vertebra during the attack.

 

The two men then opened the tellers’ cash drawers, placed the money in a bag and left the bank with $34,000.

 

On May 13th, Royston was also found guilty of robbing a bank in Morley in May of 2014.

 

Royston faces a maximum punishment of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each of the two bank robberies. His sentencing was scheduled for August 25th.

 

 

RUNAWAY JUVENILE RETURNS HOME

 

Jackson Police says that a teenager who ran away on Wednesday is home.

 

The Jackson Police Department reported Thursday night the 16 year old girl has returned home.

 

The girl had last been seen Wednesday morning leaving the Jackson High School.

 

 

GROUNDBREAKING SET FOR NEW PEPSI MIDAMERICA FACILITY

 

A Groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for next week for a new facility for Pepsi MidAmerica.

 

The Pepsi Depot in Cape Girardeau is expected to bring over 70 jobs to the region when it opens in the fall or winter. The groundbreaking will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, June 3rd.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY IN VAN BUREN

 

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Mobile Office on Wednesday, June 3rd.

 

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

 

The Mobile Office will be held from 2 to 3 pm at the Float Stream Restaurant in Van Buren.

 

 

CHILDREN’S THEATRE DRAMA CAMP TO BE HELD IN JULY

 

Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff will be the location of the 23rd annual children’s theatre drama camp coming up in July.

 

The camp for students entering second through eighth grades and will be held from July 27th to the 31st.

 

Campers will participate in activities teaching acting, improvisation, dance, theatre games, stage makeup, creative dramatics, musical theatre and reader’s theatre.

 

The camp will culminate in a performance at 11 am Friday, August 8, at Poplar Bluff High School.

 

The camp costs $60, with the deadline to register being July 17th. Registration forms are available by visiting the Tinnin Center office. For more information, call 573-840-9648.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MUNICIPAL LIBRARIES CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM BEGINS THIS WEEKEND

 

The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library will be starting their 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program this weekend.

 

The program “Every Hero has a Story” will run through June and July. Children and young adults between the ages of 3 to 17 can participate and earn a chance to win a prize with every completed Reading Log they turn in.

 

Grand prizes include three Kindle Fire tablets and three bicycles.

 

The free reading program will also feature multiple events and performers. For more information, call the library at 573-686-8639.

 

 

FREE ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAINING PROGRAM TO BE HELD AT DEXTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

A free entrepreneurial training program will be held starting next month in Dexter.

 

The class, Fast Trac® Growth Venture, is a comprehensive series

of workshops and programs to help current business owners sharpen their skills to create, manage and grow successful businesses.

 

The ten session class starts on Thursday, June 18th and goes for ten weeks. The class will be held at the Dexter Chamber of Commerce. To register, call 573-243-3581 by June 16th.

 

 

HAZARDOUS MOVING VEHICLE OPERATION TO BE HELD IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be conducting a hazardous moving vehicle operation next month in Southeast Missouri.

 

The operations will be conducted in Butler County by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies.

 

Specific dates were not given for the operation; however Captain George Ridens says it will occur sometime in June.

May 28, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052815

 

JACKSON POLICE SEEKING HELP IN FINDING RUNAWAY JUVENILE

 

Jackson Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a runaway juvenile.

 

The Jackson Police Department says 16 year old Daphne M. Larson was last seen Wednesday leaving the Jackson High School at around 11 am.

 

Police say Larson may be with 17 year old Michael Pruitt. Anyone with information on Larson’s whereabouts is asked to your local law enforcement agency or the Jackson Police Department at 573-243-3151.

 

A picture of Larson is available on our Facebook page.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED ON INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE FOLLOWING FATAL WRECK

 

An Ellsinore man has died and another is facing charges following a Wednesday evening wreck in Carter County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Aaron Freeman was driving on County Road 127, near Van Buren, when his vehicle travelled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

 

A passenger in the vehicle, 51 year old James Crouch, was partial ejected during the wreck. He was later pronounced dead. A second passenger suffered minor injuries.

 

Shortly after the wreck, Freeman was arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

 

 

WOMAN IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO MONDAY SHOOTING

 

A woman is in custody in connection to the shooting death of Nelson McCullough.

 

According to KAIT, 21 year old Tonisha Mitchell, of Jonesboro, turned herself in to police Wednesday. Earlier this week, a capital murder warrant was issued for Mitchell in the shooting death of McCullough.

 

A second suspect, 18 year old Ladarius Lee, of Forrest City, is also in custody.

 

 

MULTI MONTH INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST OF FREMONT MAN

 

A multi month investigation in Carter County has resulted in the arrest of a Fremont man.

 

41 year old Johnny Hardwick is facing charges of forcible rape, child molestation, incest, and statutory sodomy.

 

Hardwick was taken into custody on Tuesday.

 

 

SCOTT CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

 

A Scott City man is facing charges for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, deputies recently learned that 22 year old Davey Mayfield had been living at a residence where he was not registered.

 

Mayfield was arrested on a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

 

 

MAN WANTED IN ALABAMA ARRESTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A man wanted out of Alabama has been apprehended in Northeast Arkansas.

 

Stephen Brickey was indicted earlier this year on charges of rape, sexual assault, and sodomy in Mobile County, Alabama according to KAIT.

 

Brickey was arrested Wednesday in Paragould.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN ACCUSED OF ILLEGALLY PRACTICING LAW

 

(AP) – A southeast Missouri man faces federal fraud charges linked to what prosecutors say was his practicing of law even though he wasn’t a licensed attorney.

 

A grand jury in St. Louis has indicted 50 year old James Michael Arnold, of Sikeston, on five felony counts of mail fraud. He’s also charged with three counts of failure to file tax returns and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

 

Federal prosecutors say Arnold graduated from law school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1992. But he never passed the Missouri Bar Examination and was never licensed to practice law in Missouri.

 

Authorities say that over a four-year span to January 2014, he defrauded more than $350,000 as an illegal attorney.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN CONVICTED OF BATTERY CHARGE

 

A Jonesboro man has been sentenced to 35 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on a battery charge.

 

According to Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, 31 year old Paul Suchey Jr. was convicted Wednesday of first degree battery.

 

The charge stems from an incident in September of 2013 where a four month old child suffered a depressed skull fracture.

 

Suchey was questioned and stated that the child may have hit his knee while being rocked, then later stated the child may have been injured after accidentally hitting the doorframe of the bedroom. Suchey would not elaborate further and was arrested.

 

The child has recovered from the injuries.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON MARIJUANA CHARGES IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Two Dexter residents are facing a marijuana charge following their arrest in Stoddard County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 38 year old Jason Teague and 37 year old Dusty Hurt were each arrested shortly before noon Wednesday on a felony charge of produce/cultivate marijuana.

 

Teague was also charged with felony making terrorist threats.

 

 

ANNAPOLIS STUDENT TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL SPELLING BEE SEMIFINALS TODAY

 

An Annapolis student will be competing today at the semifinals for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

 

11 year old River Blount is one of 49 students to advance past the preliminary rounds this week. Blount is a 6th grader at Pineywoods Christian Academy.

 

The semifinals will be broadcast today from 9 am to noon on ESPN2.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE INTERN POLICY UNDER REVIEW FOLLOWING SCANDAL

 

(AP) – A group has been formed to review the Missouri House’s intern policy after the former speaker admitted to exchanging sexually suggestive texts with an intern.

 

House Speaker Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff said Wednesday that the working group is vetting current policy. He said members of the House clerk’s staff, legislative researchers, lawmakers and others will compare that with other states’ policies.

 

Richardson also asked the group to reach out to Missouri universities with internship programs at the Capitol for feedback.

 

Former House Speaker John Diehl resigned the last day of session May 15th after admitting to texting a 19 year old intern. Richardson was elected that day to replace Diehl.

 

Richardson said a review of the current policy would be one of his top priorities after the session ended.

May 27, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052715

 

WARRANT ISSUED FOR WOMAN IN CONNECTION TO FATAL JONESBORO SHOOTING

 

Authorities in Jonesboro are searching for a woman in the shooting death of Nelson McCullough.

 

According to KAIT, a capital murder warrant has been issued for 21 year old Tonisha Mitchell, of Jonesboro. McCullough died Monday following the shooting at an area residence.

 

Additional arrests are anticipated in the case. Anyone who has information on Mitchell’s location is asked to contact the Jonesboro Police Department.

 

 

MAN ACCUSED IN PARMA SHOOTING

 

(AP) – A 21 year old man is jailed without bond after being accused in the shooting death of a convenience store clerk in his southeastern Missouri hometown.

 

New Madrid County prosecutors have charged Deion Martin, of Parma, with one count each of first degree murder and first degree robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action.

 

Investigators allege Martin shot 59 year old Brenda Smith in the head May 18th at the D and L One Stop in Parma when she refused to open the store’s safe. Smith later died at a hospital.

 

Martin was arrested Sunday in the St. Louis area after police said they got a tip about his whereabouts.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN ACCUSED OF STRANGLING AND THREATENING TO KILL WOMAN

 

A Sikeston man is facing charges after a woman told police that he strangled and threatened to kill her.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 47 year old Michael Myers has been charged with second degree domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

The victim told police that Myers had accused her of cheating before he tried to strangler her. Myers also allegedly got a shotgun, loaded one live round in the chamber, and told the victim he was going to kill her and himself.

 

After speaking with another person, Myers unloaded the firearm and went outside to wait for law enforcement.

 

The victim reportedly had contusions to her right arm and under her chin. She also had swelling and a laceration to her lower lip, along with a laceration to her lower left leg.

 

 

JACKSON POLICE SEARCHING FOR PERSON OF INTEREST IN ROBBERY

 

Police in Jackson are searching for a person of interest in a robbery case.

 

Police are looking for 23 year old Evan Tillman, of Jackson, in connection to a home invasion robbery that was reported on May 20th.

 

Jackson Police say Tillman should be considered armed and dangerous and citizens should alert local law enforcement should he be located. A picture of Tillman is available on our Facebook page.

 

Two other men were arrested in connection to the case last week.

 

 

HAYWOOD CITY MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND STEALING

 

A Haywood City man has been charged in connection to an incident at an area residence.

 

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells us that the victim told a deputy that her residence was broken into and someone stole

over $1,000 in stereo equipment and loose change.

 

A witness told the victim that 20 year old Darion Gipson had stolen the items and taken them to his grandmother’s house.  The witness reportedly saw Gipson with the stolen items at the house.

 

Gipson was taken into custody and has been charged with second degree burglary, stealing over $500, and misdemeanor property damage.

 

 

SIKESTON OFFICIALS SEARCHING FOR TWO SUSPECTS IN ALLEGED THEFT

 

Officials in Sikeston are searching for two suspects in connection to an alleged theft at an area storage shed.

 

A video released Tuesday by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety shows the two suspects, along with a vehicle they were in. The video is available on our facebook page.

 

Anyone who can help identify the suspects in the video is asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711.

 

 

EAST PRAIRIE MAN CHARGED WITH ANIMAL ABUSE

 

An East Prairie man has been arrested following an incident where a canine was allegedly beat with a plunger.

 

According to the East Prairie Police Department, an officer reported that a canine appeared to have a laceration on its head, was not able to use any of his limbs and appeared to be paralyzed.

 

A preliminary report from a vet found that the animal’s injuries were consistent with “blunt force trauma to the head causing bleeding or swelling of the brain and possible trauma to the abdomen.”

 

29 year old Timothy Boyer II was arrested and charged with animal abuse.

 

 

JACKSON MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY

 

A Jackson man is facing drug related charges following his arrest Tuesday morning in Cape Girardeau County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Travis Licare was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia; and driving while intoxicated, aggravated offender.

 

 

WAPPAPELLO MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV WRECK

 

A Wappapello man has serious injuries in connection to an ATV wreck Tuesday.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 33 year old Andy Gibney was driving an ATV that overturned at a Possum Creek Boat Ramp in Wayne County. Gibney, who was allegedly not wearing a safety device, was ejected during the wreck.

 

He was taken by air to a St. Louis hospital with serious injuries.

 

 

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY ARKANSAS WEIGHING COMBINING 2 COURTHOUSES

 

(AP) – Some elected officials in a northeast Arkansas county seek the consolidation of two old courthouses amid increasing maintenance costs.

 

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the dual courthouse system was established nearly a century ago in Mississippi County, with one facility in Osceola and another in Blytheville, to make access to government services easier for residents.

 

County officials are discussing building a new courthouse and combining the operations.

 

The county judge says preliminary plans call for the construction of a 55,000-square foot, three-story building for more than $15.5 million. He says it’s no longer feasible to have two courthouses.

 

Mississippi County is one of 10 Arkansas counties with two seats.

May 26, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052615

 

ARREST MADE IN FATAL PARMA SHOOTING

 

An arrest has been made in connection to the shooting of a Parma woman at an area business.

 

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, the identity of the arrestee has not been released due to a pending review by the prosecuting attorney.

 

59 year old Brenda Smith was shot and killed during the robbery of a Parma business last week.

 

 

FOUR SHOOTING INCIDENTS REPORTED IN JONESBORO OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

 

Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting during a home invasion in northeast Arkansas.

 

The Jonesboro Police Department told KAIT that officers found the victim lying on the floor inside the home on Monday afternoon. He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

The victim was identified as 28 year old Nelson McCullough.

 

Police say other people were in the home at the time of the shooting. They say two men entered the home, shot the victim and then fled in a gray car.

 

No arrests have been reported. Police say they don’t currently have any suspects in the slaying.

 

The killing is the fourth reported shooting in Jonesboro during the Memorial Day weekend but police say they don’t believe the incidents are related. The other shootings resulted in a combined one death and three injuries.

 

 

ADVANCE MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

One fatality has been reported from a single vehicle wreck Saturday night in Cape Girardeau County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Albert Begley, of Advance, was driving on Route K, near Gordonville, when his vehicle travelled off the road, became airborne and struck a creek embankment.

 

He was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

 

 

PARAGOULD WOMAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Paragould woman is dead following a wreck Friday morning in Poinsett County.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, a vehicle crashed into a tree off of Highway 63. The driver of the vehicle, 30 year old Amber Leeann Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

MOTORCYCLE DRIVER KILLED IN MONDAY NIGHT COLLISION

 

A motorcycle driver was killed Monday night in a collision in Jonesboro.

 

According to KAIT, the wreck occurred when a vehicle turned into the path of the motorcycle.

 

The driver of the motorcycle, 19 year old Noah Walker, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED, FOLLOWING WRECK IN MADISON COUNTY

 

One person is dead, while another has minor injuries in connection to a wreck Saturday in Madison County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred north of Fredericktown when a vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and crossed into the path of another vehicle.

 

The driver of the first vehicle, 49 year old George Jenkins, of Fredericktown, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. The driver of the second vehicle had minor injuries.

 

 

CARUTHERSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATING SEXUALLY CHARGED COMMENTS MADE TO 13 YEAR OLD

 

Authorities in Caruthersville are investigating a report of sexually charged comments being made to a teenager.

 

According to Caruthersville police, on Saturday the victim’s mother told authorities that her 13 year old daughter was walking home when she was approached by a black male. The man allegedly made a sexually charged comment towards the girl before leaving in a dark color vehicle.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

 

NEW HAMBURG MAN CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC ASSAULT

 

Authorities in Scott County say a New Hamburg man was recently arrested on a domestic assault charge.

 

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells us that a woman told authorities that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, 22 year old Corey Crump.

 

The victim says Crump had thrown her into a glass door, mirror, and wall.

 

The victim had bruising to her face, a laceration to her elbow and knee, and several scratches to her back.

 

Crump was arrested and charged with second degree domestic assault.

 

 

FISK WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

 

A Fisk woman was arrested on multiple drug charges Sunday afternoon in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Jessica Sadler is facing charges of possession of a     controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

CARUTHERSVILLE MAN FACING POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE CHARGES

 

A Caruthersville man is facing drug charges out of New Madrid County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 27 year old Jake McCall was arrested Sunday on felony possession with intent to distribute charges for K2 and methamphetamine.

 

 

LAWMAKERS FAIL TO RAMP UP ETHICS LAWS FOR MISSOURI OFFICIALS

 

The Missouri Legislature once again has failed to pass bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation.

 

A bill aimed at preventing lawmakers from leaving office and immediately becoming lobbyist failed to pass before the May 15th legislative deadline.

 

The breakdown of this year’s ethics proposals means Missouri for at least another year will remain the only state with the trio of unlimited campaign contributions, uncapped lobbyist gifts and no laws limiting lawmakers from becoming lobbyists.

 

While legislative leaders say they’ll try again next session, some residents are making moves to sidestep the Legislature.

 

Three initiative petitions to institute campaign contribution limits have so far been filed. Bills for donation caps did not progress in the General Assembly this year.

 

 

LAWMAKERS FAIL TO RAMP UP ETHICS LAWS FOR MISSOURI OFFICIALS

 

The Missouri Legislature once again has failed to pass bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation.

 

A bill aimed at preventing lawmakers from leaving office and immediately becoming lobbyist failed to pass before the May 15th legislative deadline.

 

The breakdown of this year’s ethics proposals means Missouri for at least another year will remain the only state with the trio of unlimited campaign contributions, uncapped lobbyist gifts and no laws limiting lawmakers from becoming lobbyists.

 

While legislative leaders say they’ll try again next session, some residents are making moves to sidestep the Legislature.

 

Three initiative petitions to institute campaign contribution limits have so far been filed. Bills for donation caps did not progress in the General Assembly this year.

May 22, 2015

RIVER  RADIO NEWS 052215

 

ARREST MADE IN BLYTHEVILLE SHOOTING

 

A teenager has been charged with first degree murder in connection to the death of another teen earlier this week.

 

According to authorities, 18 year old Javander Williams, of Blytheville, was arrested for the shooting death of 17 year old Dewaun Miller.

 

The shooting occurred Monday night in Blytheville.

 

 

MANHUNT STARTED IN CONNECTION TO HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN JACKSON

 

Cape Girardeau authorities say a manhunt was started Thursday morning following a reported home invasion robbery in Jackson.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s deputies and area law enforcement are searching for a suspect that was possibly involved in the robbery.

 

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, and weighing 200 pounds with shoulder length dread lock braids and all dark or black clothing. The suspect could possibly be armed with a handgun.

 

Another suspect was taken into custody Thursday morning.

 

Anyone with information about the case should call 573-243-3551.

 

 

MAN CHARGED FOR HIT AND RUN THAT INJURED CAPE GIRARDEAU STUDENT

 

A Cape Girardeau man has been charged following an alleged hit and run incident earlier this week.

 

According to authorities, 23 year old Adam Mouser is facing charges of leaving the scene and driving while suspended.

 

The charges stem from an incident where a junior high student was injured after being hit by a car while crossing a street.

 

 

PARMA WOMAN FACING FELONY DRUG CHARGE

 

Authorities say a Parma woman is facing a felony drug charge out of New Madrid County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Krystal Dockery was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

 

The arrest report did not specify what the controlled substance was.

 

 

DES ARC MAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES

 

A Des Arc man is facing multiple drug related charges following his arrest Thursday afternoon in Wayne County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35 year old Jamie Wyatt was taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone; possession of under 35 grams of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

JONESBORO COMPANY ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION EXPANSION

 

Hytrol Conveyor Co. in Jonesboro has announced plans for a $12 million expansion that will include at least 36 new jobs.

 

The company said in a news release Thursday that the project includes a 62,000-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing facility, a new paint system, lasers, brake presses and computerized numerical control equipment.

 

Hytrol designs and manufactures advanced conveyor systems and currently has about 800 employees.

 

Hytrol Vice President Chris Glenn said the new employees are being hired and plans call for breaking ground on the project within two weeks. The project is expected to be complete in eight months.

 

 

ARTICULATION AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN THREE RIVERS COLLEGE AND MURRAY STATE

 

Agriculture students at Three Rivers College will now have the opportunity to easily transfer to Murray State University.

 

Three Rivers and Murray State have finalized an articulation agreement that will allow students in Three Rivers’ Agriculture program to seamlessly transfer to several of the degree programs in Murray State’s Hutson School of Agriculture.

 

The agreement allows students who complete an Associate of Arts Degree in Agriculture at Three Rivers to transfer their college credits into one of seven agriculture bachelor’s degree programs at Murray State.

 

Murray State programs specified in the transfer agreement are Agriculture Education, Agricultural Systems Technology, Agriscience Technology, Agribusiness, Agronomy, Animal/Equine Science, and Horticulture.

 

 

USDA GRANTS, LOANS, ANNOUNCED FOR NORTHEAST ARKANSAS TOWNS

 

Arkansas’ U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Representative Rick Crawford have announced two U.S. Department of Agriculture grants and one loan to three communities in northeast Arkansas.

 

The three said Thursday that Cotter and McCrory will receive USDA rural development grants and Brinkley will receive a rural development loan.

 

Cotter will receive a total of $8,800 to purchase a police vehicle and equipment while McCrory is being awarded $17,000 for a fire department vehicle and equipment.

 

Brinkley will receive a loan of more than $1.3 million to improve the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

 

 

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SLIGHTLY UP

 

Missouri’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.7 percent last month while the economy lost several thousand jobs.

 

The state Department of Economic Development released data this week showing the seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased from 5.6 percent in March.

 

Unemployment fell to 5.4 percent in December – its lowest rate since April 2008. That rate has gone up slightly since January, although the jobless rate in April still was slightly lower than at the same time last year.

 

Data show the state also lost about 5,700 jobs in April.

May 21, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052115

 

TWO KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

 

Two Mountain View, Arkansas residents died Wednesday from injuries they received in a two vehicle wreck.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 26 year old Matthew Mealer lost control and struck another vehicle.

 

Mealer, along with a passenger in his vehicle 26 year old Owen McCullough, were killed in the wreck.

 

The driver of the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN REPORTEDLY ADMITS TO VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

A Jonesboro man reportedly admitted to authorities that he viewed and saved images of child pornography.

 

According to KAIT, 28 year old Joshua Hull was arrested on Tuesday.

 

Hull also allegedly uploaded images of suspected child pornography to the internet.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES

 

Two East Prairie residents are facing drug related charges.

 

32 year old Ronnie Brawner Jr. was arrested Tuesday and is facing charges, including possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance near a school, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

33 year old Rachel Myers was also arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

Authorities say the arrests come after an investigation into meth allegedly being delivered and sold from a home where they both lived.

 

 

DEADLINE APPROACHING TO REGISTER FOR ROBOTICS SUMMER PROGRAM

 

The deadline is quickly approaching to register your child for the robotics summer day program at Butler County University of Missouri Extension.

 

During the program on June 1st, youth will learn the basic concepts related to robotic subsystems such as structure, power, sensors, control and programming.

 

To register, call 573-686-8064. The deadline to register is May 27th and the program costs $5.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF HEAD START ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR

 

Poplar Bluff Head Start is accepting applications for the 2015/2016 school year.

 

The child must be 3 or 4 years old by July 31st to be eligible. If you would like more information, call 785-2372.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL TO PARTICIPATE IN 20 MILE TROOPER PROJECT

 

Troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be out in force over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.

 

Captain George Ridens tells us that troopers will be participating in the statewide 20-Mile Trooper project during the peak travel periods on Friday, May 22nd, and Monday, May 25th.

 

As a part of the project, troopers will be assigned 20 mile stretches of Interstate 55 and other designated roadways. Ridens says troopers will be tasked with vigorously enforcing all traffic laws and helping motorists in need of assistance.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS SEND FEWER TAX CHANGES TO GOVERNOR NIXON

 

The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature has sent several small tweaks to the state’s tax code to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon this session.

 

Senator Will Kraus, of Lee’s Summit, said Wednesday it had been a successful session in limiting overreach by the state’s Department of Revenue.

 

Last year, Nixon vetoed several large bills that included costly provisions that did not cross the finish line this session after legislation stalled in the Senate in the final week.

 

Nixon criticized exemptions for commercial laundries, gyms and yoga studios, and food preparation at grocery stores, as special interest giveaways.

 

Of those, only the exemption for commercial laundries got to his desk again.

 

A measure to require notification of businesses when there’s a change in tax policy also will get a second shot at becoming law.

 

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT SETS EXECUTION DATE FOR DAVID ZINK

 

The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 14th for David Zink, convicted of abducted and killing a southwest Missouri woman in 2001.

 

The court set the date Wednesday for Zink, who is 56. Missouri has executed three men so far this year, and Richard Strong is scheduled to die June 9th.

 

Zink killed 19 year old Amanda Morton after rear-ending her car on Interstate 44 near her hometown of Stafford.

 

He defended himself at his own murder trial, then appealed on grounds that the judge shouldn’t have allowed him to do so.

 

At trial, he tried unsuccessfully to win a voluntary manslaughter verdict by claiming that he didn’t deliberate before killing Morton.

 

May 20, 2015

 

 

 

SUSPECT ARRESTED ON ARSON CHARGE IN STEELE

One person has been arrested on an arson charge in Steele.

According to Steele Chief of Police Billy Joe Stanfield, on Saturday May 16th, the police and fire departments responded to a house fire on South Walnut Street.

The fire was extinguished and Stanfield says that it appeared that the fire had been deliberately set.

An investigation led to the questioning of a 46 year old man. The man admitted to officers that he deliberately set the home on fire.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was charged with 2nd degree arson.

 

 

TEENAGER KILLED IN BLYTHEVILLE SHOOTING

A Blytheville teenager is dead following a shooting Monday Night.

According to the Blytheville Courier News, officers found 17 year old Dewaun Miller unresponsive after receiving a report that somebody had been shot.

Miller later died at an area hospital.

Two people were detained for questioning.

 

 

BLOOMFIELD MAN SENTENCED ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGE

A Bloomfield man has been sentenced on a felony drug trafficking charge.

According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, Stanley Clark pled guilty Tuesday to felony trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine) – 2nd degree.

After accepting the plea, Scott County Circuit Judge David Dolan sentenced Clark to 12 years imprisonment in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

 

 

ONE PERSON IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO HIT AND RUN IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

One person has been taken into custody following an alleged hit and run Tuesday in Cape Girardeau.

According to authorities, a junior high student was hit by a vehicle while she was crossing a street near a Cape Girardeau school.

The student suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The name of the person in custody was not released.

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT VETERANS WALL IN POPLAR BLUFF

The Poplar Bluff Veterans Council will be hosting the annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday at the Veterans Wall in front of the Black River Coliseum.

The ceremony, which will begin at 11 am, will feature keynote speaker, Mr. Bob Alsup, a World War II veteran who served in Germany during “The Battle of the Bulge.”

The ceremony is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

 

 

AUTHORITIES RELEASE IDENTITIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN CHARLESTON SHOOTING

Charleston authorities have released the identities of two people who were involved in a shooting on Monday.

According to authorities, 24 year old Daymon Caldwell and 23 year old Anthony Horton were injured in the shooting.

The incident is under investigation.

 

 

MOTORISTS ASKED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR MOWERS

Missouri motorists are asked to be careful when approaching mowers along Missouri’s highways.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, major and minor routes will be mowed at least three times through the end of October. On rural two-lane roads, crews may use a protective “follow” truck to alert motorists they are approaching slow-moving mowers.

Motorists are asked to be alert for trucks and tractors with lights flashing and moving slowly, around 2 to 5 mph. When you approach one of these vehicles, slow down and focus on the road ahead of you.

Also, be prepared to stop or drive very slowly behind a “follow” truck, especially approaching a hill or curve on a two-lane road.

 

 

LONG TERM ROAD PROJECT BEGINS TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

Northbound Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County is closed so contractor crews can perform pavement repairs.

During the repairs traffic is being shifted to southbound I-55 south of Hayti from Route U to Route 84.

Drivers can expect head-to-head traffic in this area and should use caution.

Work began this morning at 12 am and the road is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, October 1st at 5 pm.

May 19, 2015

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CAMPBELL MAN SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO POPLAR BLUFF ROBBERY

 

Authorities in Poplar Bluff are searching for a man they say was involved in a home invasion and robbery last week.

 

Police are looking for 38 year old Kristopher Storey, of Campbell. On May 14th, somebody allegedly kicked in the door of a residence on Bearden Street. The suspect then tied up a woman, and held her and her two children in a bathroom.

 

Two other people have been taken into custody in connection to the incident:  27 year old Thomas Passley III, of Dexter and 24 year old Justin Muller, of Campbell.

 

Anyone with information on Storey’s location is asked to call Poplar Bluff Police at 573-785-5776.

 

 

FATAL SHOOTING DURING PARMA ROBBERY

 

A shooting during a robbery in Parma yesterday morning has left one woman dead.

 

Authorities say the incident happened shortly after 5:30 am at D & L One Stop, when an armed male entered the store and demanded that a female employee open the business’ safe.

 

The woman refused and the suspect shot her in the head. He then turned the gun toward a second employee, who told him she didn’t know how to open the safe. The suspect then took several items and fled the scene.

 

The victim has been identified as 59 year old Brenda Smith, of Parma.

 

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office at 573-748-2516.  Anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender can be eligible for a $25,000 reward.

 

The owners of the business say it is the tenth time the store has been robbed in ten years. They say they will be closing the store.

 

 

MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO STEELE SHOOTING

 

A Steele man is facing charges in connection to a shooting.

 

According to KFVS, the victim, a 46 year old man, was shot in the chest. The victim was in serious condition and was taken to an area hospital.

 

45 year old Billy Joe Amerson was arrested on charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action. The shooting is under investigation.

 

 

CAPE POLICE RELEASE DETAILS ABOUT SHOOTING

 

The Cape Girardeau Police Department has released more information about a shooting that took place Sunday evening.

 

According to Corporal Darin Hickey, the shooting occurred around 6 pm at Ranney Park.

 

Upon arrival on the scene, officers discovered a male victim who had sustained gunshot wounds to his lower abdomen and leg. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

 

Hickey says 23 year old Dante L. Criddle, of Cape Girardeau, was taken into custody in connection to the shooting. Criddle has been charged with first degree felony assault and felony armed criminal action.

 

 

POLICE INVESTIGATING CHARLESTON SHOOTING

 

Police in Charleston are investigating a shooting that occurred last night.

 

Authorities say two people were injured in the shooting and it appeared that they were shooting at each other.

 

They both reportedly appeared to suffer non life threatening injuries. The incident occurred on Elm Street near the Bowden Civic Center.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

 

ANNISTON MAN FACING BURGLARY AND DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGES

 

An Anniston man is facing charges following his arrest over the weekend.

 

According to authorities, 23 year old Michael Whybark was arrested on charges of first degree burglary, second degree domestic assault, and first degree property damage.

 

The charges reportedly stem from an incident at a Mississippi County residence last week. Whybark allegedly entered the residence without permission, assaulted a woman and damaged property.

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM TO BE HELD AT MISSOURI STATE VETERANS CEMETERY AT BLOOMFIELD

 

A US Army Veteran will be the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day program at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.

 

The keynote speaker will be John Michael Mowrer, who is a Kennett Municipal Judge and City Attorney for Campbell and Malden.

 

The program will begin at 1 pm at the Committal Shelter Plaza at the cemetery. Families and friends of those interred, as well as the general public, are invited to attend to help honor all veterans.

 

 

DRIVERS URGED TO USE CAUTION NEAR 100 MILE YARD SALE

 

With Memorial Day less than a week away, it is time for the 100 mile yard sale.

 

The yard sale will be along Missouri Highway 25, from Jackson to Kennett. The event is scheduled to begin on Thursday.

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to be cautious during the yard sale. Be alert for sudden stops and keep a look out for pedestrian traffic.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR A PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

Route 51 in Butler County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform a pipe replacement.

 

The work zone will be located between County Roads 659 and 663.

 

Work will performed from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

 

WAYNE COUNTY ROAD CLOSED FOR BRIDGE REPAIRS

 

A Wayne County road is closed through tomorrow evening for bridge repairs.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, southbound Route 67 is closed at the bridge located over the St. Francois River, near Greenville.

 

Traffic is being shifted to the northbound lanes from Route A to Business 67 with a 12 foot width restriction in place. The structure is scheduled to reopen at 6 pm Wednesday.

 

 

MISSOURI GOP LAWMAKERS USE NUMBERS TO CUT SOCIAL SAFETY NET

 

(AP) – Missouri’s Republican-controlled Legislature has used overwhelming numbers to push through cuts to the state social safety net despite Democratic opposition.

 

GOP lawmakers this session succeeded in reducing the number of weeks in available jobless and welfare benefits. Supporters say that could spur Missourians to be more self-sufficient and more quickly find work.

 

Republicans also say a right-to-work measure that passed last week could encourage businesses to open in the state and might mean more jobs.

 

But Democrats have slammed those bills as hurting low-income families and the middle class.

 

Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis described work by the GOP this legislative session as an “all-out attack on the poor.”

 

Efforts by Democrats this session to expand eligibility for Medicaid health care for low-income adults also failed.

May 18, 2015

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WOMAN KILLED WHEN TREE FALLS ON HER VEHICLE

 

A woman reportedly died Friday after a tree fell on her vehicle.

 

According to KFVS, 42 year old Tara Chipman, of Hayti, was killed at the Hayti City Park when the tree fell on the vehicle.

 

It was not clear what caused the tree to fall.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY ESCAPEE BACK IN CUSTODY

 

An inmate who escaped from custody in Butler County has been arrested.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 25 year old Jeremy Hicks, of Fisk, was arrested on Thursday at a Broseley area residence.

 

Hicks had escaped from custody on May 7th, while he was working as a trustee.

 

Three others were also arrested for allegedly aiding Hicks after he escaped.

 

 

ONE ARRESTED IN SHOOTING AT CAPE GIRARDEAU PARK

 

A man was reportedly shot in the leg Sunday evening at a Cape Girardeau park.

 

According to authorities, the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting.

 

A suspect was later arrested at around 8 pm. The names of the suspect and victim have not been available.

 

 

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN ALLEGED ABDUCTION

 

A suspect is in custody in connection to an abduction last week in Cape Girardeau.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, 43 year old Jeffrey Lazier, of Coal City, Illinois, was arrested Friday afternoon.

 

Lazier was arrested following an investigation into an alleged adult abduction on May 12th. The victim told authorities she was physically forced from her vehicle into a red extended cab pick-up truck.

 

The female says she was then driven to various locations and sexually assaulted before she managed to escape in Effingham, Illinois.

 

Fingerprints that had been lifted from the victim’s vehicle checked to Lazier. He is being held on a warrant out of Cape Girardeau County for first degree robbery, kidnapping, armed criminal action, first degree sodomy, and first degree sexual abuse.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody shortly before 1 am Sunday morning on gun and drug charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Pedro Pineiro is facing felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; resisting arrest by fleeing; and unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

Pineiro is also charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and careless and imprudent driving.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

 

A Poplar Bluff woman was arrested early Sunday morning on multiple drug charges in Butler County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 23 year old Dora Rosales is facing felony possession of a controlled substance charges for methamphetamine, oxycodone, and tramadol.

 

Rosales is also charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

DES ARC WOMAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON MULTIPLE CHARGES

 

A Des Arc woman is facing multiple charges following her arrest Friday afternoon in Butler County.

 

According to authorities, 32 year old Leslie Patterson is charged with possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and hydrochloride, tampering with a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility.

 

 

REDMOND BEACH OPENING DELAYED DUE TO ELEVATED WATER LEVELS

 

A Wappapello Lake beach has missed its scheduled opening date due to high water levels.

 

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Redman Beach was set to open on Friday, however elevated lake levels forced the beach to remain closed. The beach will open when conditions allow.

 

All of the campgrounds are open as well, however a few campsites remain closed because of the water levels.

 

 

THREE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI COUNTIES TO PARTICIPATE IN CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN

 

Three Southeast Missouri Counties will be participating in a seat belt use campaign beginning today.

 

According to Captain George Ridens, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, troopers will conduct “Click It or Ticket” enforcement operations in Cape Girardeau, Pemiscot, and Stoddard counties.

 

The operations are scheduled to continue through May 31st.

 

 

THREE WEEK ROAD PROJECT BEGINS TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Route J in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews build new sidewalks and install box culverts.

 

Work will be performed through Friday, June 5 from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

 

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Reed Street to Route AA.

 

 

ROAD CREWS TO BEGIN OVER MONTH LONG PROJECT TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

North and Southbound I-55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced for over a month as Arkansas Department of Transportation builds a crossover in the median.

 

The work zone will start at the Pemiscot County line and end just south of Route O.

 

Weather permitting, work will be performed Monday, May 18 through Tuesday, June 30.

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY ON I-155 RAMP IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Contractor crews will be in Pemiscot County this week for pavement repairs on a northbound I-155 ramp.

 

During the repairs, the ramp from I-155 north to I-55 south at exit 1A will be reduced to one lane with a 9-foot width restriction.

 

Work is scheduled to be done from 6 am to 6:30 pm daily through Wednesday.

May 15, 2015

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VEHICLE POSSIBLY INVOLVED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU WOMAN’S ABDUCTION SPOTTED IN ILLINOIS

 

A vehicle that was possibly used in a Cape Girardeau adult abduction has been spotted in Anna, Illinois.

 

The victim told police that she was sitting in her car in South County Park on May 12th, when a man pulled her from her car and forced her into a red extended cab pickup truck. She said she was able to escape in Effingham, Illinois at around 6 pm.

 

The FBI has released additional photos of the vehicle which are available, along with pictures of a person of interest in the case, on our Facebook page.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL FBI.

 

 

KENNETT POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY OF SUBWAY

 

Police in Kennett are looking for a suspect in an alleged armed robbery.

 

Authorities say they received a call late Wednesday night about an armed robbery in progress at Subway on First Street. Witnesses told investigators that a white male wearing a scarf over his face had entered the restaurant with a firearm.

 

The man fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

 

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Kennett Police Department at 888-4622.

 

 

PARAGOULD MAN CONVICTED OF BURGLARY CHARGE

 

A Northeast Arkansas jury has convicted a Paragould man of a burglary charge.

 

According to Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, 43 year old Nathan Inskeep was convicted of aggravated residential burglary by a Greene County Jury.

 

Inskeep was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He was also convicted of two misdemeanor offenses, indecent exposure and third-degree battery, and sentenced to a year in the county jail on each charge.

 

On April 17, 2014, Inskeep allegedly forced his way inside the house of a woman and lunged at the victim, scratching her infant daughter on the cheek. He was wearing only a red sweatshirt and was naked from the waist down.

 

The victim’s husband, who was asleep in a bedroom, woke up and chased Inskeep out of the house. Inskeep was arrested the next day.

 

 

RIPLEY COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY INVESTIGATING POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCILMAN

 

The Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney is investigating a Poplar Bluff City Councilman.

 

Councilman Jack Rushin is being investigated for alleged nepotism after he appointed his cousin to a city feasibility study committee.

 

According to KFVS, Rushin’s cousin has resigned from the committee.

 

 

MUSIC ON MAIN POSTPONED

 

A music event scheduled for this weekend in downtown Poplar Bluff has been postponed.

 

Music on Main had to be postponed due to rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday.

 

A new date for the event has not been announced.

 

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR HONORED FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

 

A Three Rivers College instructor has been honored for teaching excellence.

 

Chemistry instructor Dr. Mairead Ryan-Anderson recently received a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at a Missouri Community College Association luncheon.

 

Ryan-Anderson has been teaching for 32 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland.

 

 

NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK BEGINS SATURDAY

 

With Memorial Day quickly approaching, the Missouri State Highway Patrol wants to remind water enthusiasts to stay safe on Missouri’s waterways.

 

Children under seven years old are required to wear a personal flotation device in a boat, but Colonel Bret Johnson says you are never too old to wear a life jacket.

 

The majority of Missouri drownings on public waterways involve adults. Reducing your speed in unfamiliar areas and being aware of unusual water conditions respective to the size and type of boat you operate are just a couple of environmental considerations. Also remember to designate a sober boat operator.

 

In 2014, there were 179 boating accidents reported in Missouri, with 101 injuries, and 15 fatalities.

 

 

THREE RIVERS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY TO BE HELD TONIGHT

 

The Three Rivers College commencement ceremony will be held tonight at the Black River coliseum.

 

The ceremony will begin at 7 pm and is free for the public to attend.

 

Three Rivers alumnus Larry DeWitt, of Sikeston, will be the commencement speaker. DeWitt is the inventor of a permeable weed barrier fabric that changed the professional landscaping industry and developed into a $40 million company.
He graduated from Three Rivers in 1971.

 

 

MISSOURI REPUBLICANS SELECT RICHARDSON AS NEXT HOUSE SPEAKER

 

(AP) – Missouri Republicans have chosen House Majority Leader Todd Richardson to take over the chamber’s top spot following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl.

 

Diehl announced Thursday that he was resigning after acknowledging that he had exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with a college freshman serving as a Capitol intern.

 

House Republicans met Thursday night and selected Richardson as his successor. The 38 year old lawmaker from Poplar Bluff still must be officially elected by the full House. That’s expected to occur Friday morning, after Diehl’s resignation is finalized.

 

Lawmakers face a 6 pm Friday deadline to pass legislation this year.

 

Richardson says he hopes the House can get right back to work passing bills. But legislation could be delayed by partisan tensions in the Senate.

 

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE AT A STANDSTILL WITH JUST ONE DAY LEFT

 

(AP) – The Missouri Legislature has ground to a halt with just one day remaining in its session because of a scandal involving the House speaker and partisan animosity in the Senate.

 

House Speaker John Diehl resigned Thursday, a day after a newspaper reported that he had exchanged sexually suggestive emails with a college freshman serving as a Capitol intern.

 

The House took no action on legislation Thursday.

 

Neither did the Senate, where Democrats continued to block votes because of their frustration that the Republican majority had forced a vote earlier this week on legislation limiting union powers.

 

Lawmakers face a 6 pm CDT Friday deadline to pass bills.

 

One of the bills in jeopardy would reauthorize medical provider taxes that are needed to supply about $3.6 billion for the Medicaid program.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE SENDS ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURE TO GOVERNOR

 

(AP) – The Missouri House has sent Governor Jay Nixon an omnibus environmental bill with provisions that effect wastewater treatment, pollution control and hydraulic fracturing.

 

The House approved the measure Wednesday 118-32 after the Senate approved it unanimously last week.

 

The measure would require companies get permits before using hydraulic fracturing, a method to extract oil.

 

The state also would have to consider full employment and industrial development goals in regulating water pollution. And the Department of Natural Resources would have to make sure changes to waste or sewer treatment utilities are affordable for ratepayers.

 

The measure would also allow for direct monitoring of sulfur dioxide levels in place of modeling by coal-fired electric plants as part of the state’s plan to comply with federal requirements.