June 30, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 063015

 

TWO ZALMA RESIDENTS FATALLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

 

Two Zalma residents were fatally injured Sunday night in a single vehicle crash in Stoddard County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck happened at around 8 pm on Route M, east of Route PP, when 57 year old James R. Wade lost control of the vehicle he was driving, running off the roadway, striking an embankment and overturning.

 

The Patrol reports the vehicle caught fire after overturning.

 

Wade and a passenger in the vehicle, 49 year old Angela R. Freeman, were pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

TWO BLYTHEVILLE TEENS CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

Two Blytheville, Arkansas teens have been charged in last week’s shooting death of Kennon Daniels.

 

Authorities say 18 year old Randen Caruthers and 17 year old Desmond Patton were taken into custody Saturday afternoon.

 

In addition to capital murder charges, each has been charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in criminal gang activity.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU POLICE INVESTIGATING DRIVE BY SHOOTING

 

A woman has serious injuries following a drive by shooting Monday in Cape Girardeau.

 

According to authorities, the shooting occurred Monday afternoon on South Hanover. A woman, who was sitting on a porch, was shot in the head by gunfire from a vehicle.

 

There were multiple bullet casings found at the scene.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

 

JONESBORO POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY OF JEWELRY STORE

 

Police in Jonesboro are investigating the armed robbery of a jewelry store.

 

Two armed people reportedly entered Diamond Gems on Red Wolf Blvd Monday morning and demanded cash and jewelry.

 

Authorities say the two fled the business after receiving mostly jewelry, valued at more than $50,000.

 

No one was injured during the incident.

 

Investigators are going over security footage in an attempt to get a clear description of the suspects and their vehicle. One of the suspects in the case has been identified as 43 year old Kerry Lee Kindred, of Jonesboro.

 

Authorities are still investigating the identity of the second suspect.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY CHARGE IN KENNETT

 

A Kennett man has been arrested on a burglary charge.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence in reference to an assault Sunday afternoon.

 

Upon arrival officers learned that a male and two females had barged into the residence where the male assaulted the caller.

 

Officers were later able to locate and arrest 42 year old Brandon Mesmer for first degree Burglary.

 

Officers are still seeking information on the two females involved in the case.

 

 

WOMAN INJURED AFTER GETTING HIT IN THE HEAD WITH A THROWN BRICK

 

A woman was reportedly injured in Jonesboro over the weekend after a man attacked and threw bricks at her.

 

According to KAIT, Quotez Williams, of Jonesboro, allegedly punched and kicked the victim, as well as threw two bricks at her. One of the bricks struck her in the head and the other hit her ankle. Witnesses say Williams also threatened to kill the woman.

 

Williams is facing charges of terroristic threatening, domestic battering, and endangering the welfare of a minor.

 

 

ORAN MAN CHARGED FOR THEFTS FROM STORAGE UNITS

 

An Oran man is facing charges in connection to several reported thefts from storage units in Scott County.

 

According to Sheriff Rick Walter, his office received reports last week of multiple thefts from storage units near Oran. Laminate flooring and power tools were the primary items taken during the thefts.

 

On Friday, an investigator made contact with 38 year old James Aurelio at a residence near the crime scene. While talking to Aurelio, the investigator observed laminate flooring which was being installed inside the residence.

 

The flooring along with powers tools were later identified as stolen property from the storage units.

 

Aurelio was arrested and charged with stealing.

 

 

POLICE CAR CRASHES INTO CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY HOME

 

(AP) – A Cape Girardeau police officer is recovering from minor injuries after his squad car crashed into a rural home.

 

The accident happened about 10:30 pm Sunday on Highway 25, near Jackson. The home is unoccupied.

 

KFVS reports that the officer lost control of his car and ran off the road and into the home. The car hit a gas line, causing a leak.

 

Witnesses said the officer went door-to-door to warn neighbors of the gas leak. Utility crews repaired the leak.

 

Damage was mostly to the home’s carport area.

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Dunklin County over the next two days for pavement repairs.

 

During the repairs, Route 25 will be reduced to one lane between Route EE and County Road 426.

 

Work is scheduled to be done today and tomorrow, from 6:30 am to 4 pm each day.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON OKS SAVINGS ACCOUNTS FOR MISSOURIANS WITH DISABILITIES

 

(AP) – A new Missouri measure aims to help families financially support those with disabilities.

 

The bill signed Monday by Governor Jay Nixon would allow someone with a disability or their family to open a tax-exempt savings account to pay for related expenses.

 

The measure also allows for others to give tax-deductible donations of as much as $8,000 to the program, which then would be invested. Married couples could give as much as $16,000.

 

Any money in someone’s savings account through the program wouldn’t count toward total assets when determining a person’s eligibility for Medicaid or other benefits.

 

A new board led by the state treasurer will be in charge of the savings account program.

June 29, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 062915

 

MAN RESUSCITATED AFTER BEING FOUND IN CURRENT RIVER

 

A Poplar Bluff man was resuscitated following a near drowning incident Sunday in Ripley County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 21 year old male was found by a passing boater face down and not breathing in Current River.

 

The man was resuscitated after being pulled to shore and administered CPR. The Highway Patrol says he was intoxicated and had fallen out of a kayak prior to the incident and later refused medical treatment.

 

 

ARRESTS MADE IN CLAY COUNTY SHOOTING

 

Two people are in custody in connection to the shooting of a man early Sunday morning in Clay County, Arkansas.

 

According to Sheriff Terry Miller, shortly before 3 am Sunday, Clay County 911 received multiple calls of a gunshot victim in Pollard.

 

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found 43 year old Todd Tomlinson with a gunshot wound. Tomlinson was taken to a Memphis hospital.  His current condition is unknown.

 

Miller tells us that 18 year old Justin Collins has been arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy and attempted first degree murder. A juvenile male was also taken into custody.

 

 

MAN FACING CHARGES FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL CONTACT WITH 12 YEAR OLD

 

Authorities in Scott County say a Sikeston man is facing charges for alleged sexual contact with a child.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, an investigation revealed that 23 year old Zachary Caleb Neal met the 12 year old victim through a social media website.

 

Sexual related conversations eventually lead to Neal allegedly having sexual contact with the victim.

 

Contact between Neal and the victim continued until a family member of the victim discovered correspondence between the two.

 

Neal reportedly admitted to the sexual contacts during an interview with an investigator. He has been charged with first degree statutory sodomy and enticement of a child.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS

 

A Poplar Bluff man was recently taken into custody in Stoddard County on multiple warrants.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 27 year old Keon Terrell Allen was arrested on warrants for possession with intent to distribute, second degree domestic assault, and resisting a felony arrest.

 

 

MALDEN MAN CHARGE WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

 

A Malden man was arrested early this morning on a felony charge in New Madrid County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Kaleum Reid was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, hydrocodone and xanax.

 

Reid is also charged with possession of marijuana and speeding.

 

 

NEW MADRID MAN FOUND WITH METH IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

A New Madrid man was reportedly found in possession of methamphetamine in Scott County.

 

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells us that 31 year old David Wood has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute/deliver.

 

Deputies stopped Wood after receiving a report of him selling narcotics at an establishment outside of Sikeston.

 

Wood gave permission to search his vehicle and person. During the search, a small case was located which contained three small plastic bags. Two of the bags had a white crystal like substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine.  The other bag contained three yellow oval pills, which were identified as Acetaminophen & Oxycodone/Hydrochloride.

 

 

ILLINOIS MAN FACING COCAINE CHARGE OUT OF RIPLEY COUNTY

 

An Illinois man was arrested over the weekend on a felony drug charge in Ripley County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 23 year old Bagriel Simmons, of Peoria, Illinois, is facing a felony charge of possession of cocaine following his arrest Saturday evening. Simmons was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD CLOSED FOR TODAY

 

Route J in Stoddard County is closed today as contractor crews install box culverts under the roadway.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the work zone is located from Reed Street to Route AA.

 

Work will take place through 1 pm.

 

 

UTILITY REPAIRS FORCE CLOSURE OF STODDARD COUNTY ROAD

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation says utility repairs are the reason that a Stoddard County road will be closed today and tomorrow.

 

Route AD in Stoddard County will be closed from 6 am to 6 pm each day between Brookhaven Street and County Road 480.

 

 

REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY ON I-55 IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

An over two month long repair project is set to begin today on Interstate 55 in Scott County.

 

Northbound and Southbound I-55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane so contractor crews can perform guardrail repairs.

 

The bridges are located at the I-57/US60 interchanges.

 

Work will be performed through Monday, August 31st from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 

MISSOURI CHANGES INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR EATING DISORDERS

 

(AP) – Missouri is set to become the first state to spell out the type of eating disorder treatments that insurance companies must cover.

 

Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation this month to require insurers to cover eating disorders beyond the point of a person getting back to a certain weight.

 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, it’s the first bill in the nation to define such treatment.

 

Advocates say patients with eating disorders are kicked out of treatment prematurely, having gained weight but not having the underlying mental issues addressed.

 

Insurance companies who provide coverage for Missouri residents have resisted such a change, saying it could mean higher costs. But they struck a compromise with lawmakers on language to cover “medically necessary” treatments.

 

The law will take effect in August.

June 26, 2015

RIVER RAD IO NEWS 062615

 

MISSING ELLINGTON MAN FOUND DEAD

 

An Ellington man who was last seen over a week ago has been found dead.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 38 year old Christen Shoemaker was found dead Thursday near Eminence.

 

Shoemaker’s vehicle reportedly travelled off the side of Missouri Highway 19 and struck a tree. According to the Highway Patrol crash report, the wreck occurred on June 17th.

 

 

IDENTITY RELEASED OF TEEN KILLED IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

 

Sikeston authorities have released the identity of a teen killed Wednesday in an accidental shooting.

 

According to authorities, 18 year old Michael Evans Boyd III was shot in the abdomen and died at an area hospital.

 

Police were told that the man accidentally shot himself while handling a firearm.

 

 

THREE ARRESTED IN JONESBORO IN CONNECTION TO CAR BREAK-INS

 

Three men are in custody in Jonesboro in connection to multiple car break-ins.

 

According to KAIT, 24 year old Kerry Kindred, of Jonesboro, 19 year old Eiichi Jumwanna Moore, of Trumann, and 19 year old Terrance West, of Hayti, allegedly broke into several vehicles and stole credit cards and a handgun.

 

The three men were reportedly caught on surveillance video using a stolen credit card at an area businesses shortly after the items were taken.

 

They are each facing charges including theft of a firearm valued at less than $2,500; theft of property, credit/debit cards; and breaking and entering.

 

 

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING DEATH OF DOG IN JONESBORO

 

Authorities are investigating the death of a dog in Jonesboro.

 

The pit bull was reportedly found hanging by a chain from a fence in its owner’s yard. The owners found the dog Wednesday afternoon.

 

Authorities believe the dog was intentionally hanged.

 

 

DORENA-HICKMAN FERRY CLOSED DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS

 

A ferry that connects Missouri and Kentucky has been closed because of high water levels.

 

According to the Kentucky Transport Cabinet, The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is expected to be closed for several days because of the high water levels on the Mississippi River.

 

 

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT AND DWI SATURATION PLANNED FOR JULY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is planning to conduct both a sobriety checkpoint and DWI saturation next month in Southeast Missouri.

 

According to Captain George Ridens, sometime during the month of July, Troop E officers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Wayne County.

 

The Highway Patrol will also be conducting a driving while intoxicated saturation enforcement operation in seven counties, including Butler, Stoddard, Dunklin, and Pemiscot.

 

The DWI saturation is a mobile operation in which troopers saturate a specific area in an effort to arrest impaired drivers.

 

 

LAWMAKERS SAY NIXON TO VETO STUDENT TRANSFERS BILL

 

(AP) – Multiple Missouri lawmakers say Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon will veto a bill aimed at revamping the state’s student transfer law.

 

Republican bill sponsor Representative David Wood and Senate handler Senator David Pearce say Nixon’s legislative affairs director told them that the governor will veto the bill.

 

Nixon’s office says he will take action on the bill Friday but has not confirmed he will veto the bill.

 

Current law requires failing districts to pay tuition for students to transfer to better-performing schools nearby.

 

But struggling schools have said that’s created a financial hardship for them as they try to regain accreditation.

 

This year’s bill would have accredited schools by building, so students in failing districts could transfer to better-performing schools in their district. The goal was to keep students and tuition dollars close to home.

 

Critics say provisions to expand charter and virtual schools cater to special interests.

 

 

ARKANSAS COURT RULES AGAINST WILDLIFE OFFICERS’ SEARCH

 

(AP) – Arkansas’ highest court has ruled that state wildlife officers violated a hunter’s constitutional rights when they ran a criminal background check on him when they didn’t have any reasonable suspicion he had violated any laws.

 

Justices on Thursday reversed and remanded a Craighead County judge’s denial of the motion to suppress evidence against Jimmy Paul Pickle.

 

Pickle was arrested by Game and Fish officers after they found he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, then found Pickle had methamphetamine and a glass pipe when they searched him.

 

The wildlife officers ran a check to see if Pickle had any outstanding warrants after observing him and his hunting party for nearly two hours. They ran the criminal background check after confirming that Pickle’s hunting license was valid.

 

June 25, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 062515

 

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST BUTLER COUNTY IN CONNECTION TO SUICIDE DEATH OF INMATE

 

A lawsuit has been filed against Butler County in connection to the 2014 suicide death of Adam Butch Banks.

 

Banks had been arrested on suspicion of second degree property damage before he hanged himself in a holding cell.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, the lawsuit was filed against two former corrections officers and the county.

 

 

QULIN MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Qulin man has died following a single vehicle wreck Tuesday in Butler County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Highway 51, near County Road 236. A vehicle driven by 87 year old Raymond Robison ran off the side of the road and struck a ditch embankment.

 

Robinson, who was wearing a safety device, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

TEENAGER KILLED IN ACCIDENT SHOOTING

 

A teenager has died following an apparent accidental shooting Wednesday in Sikeston.

 

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the 19 year old man was found at an area residence with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police were told that the man accidentally shot himself while handling a firearm.

 

The teen was taken to an area hospital where he later died from his injury. His name is being withheld pending the notification of family.

 

Captain James McMillen says at this time there is no evidence of foul play.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD MOLESTATION

 

A Sikeston man has been arrested on a child molestation charge.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 35 year old Terry Allen Lewis has been charged with first degree child molestation, two counts of statutory sodomy, and two counts of sexual misconduct.

 

The victim reported that the sexual contacts occurred when the victim was 8 or 9 years old.

 

 

WILLIAMSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES

 

A Williamsville woman is facing multiple felony charges following her arrest Wednesday evening.

 

According to authorities, 28 year old Kellie Evans was arrested in Wayne County on felony charges of possession with intent to distribute, methamphetamine; unlawful use of a weapon; first degree endangering the welfare of a child; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

Evans has also been charged with possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING METH CHARGE OUT OF BUTLER COUNTY

 

A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Tuesday evening on a felony meth charge in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 49 year old Bennie Foster is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

Foster was also charged with driving while revoked and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

VA MEDICAL CENTER TO HOST INFORMATION EVENT FOR VETERANS

 

The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff will be holding an information event for veterans next week.

 

The open house will feature experts who can explain the Veterans Choice Program, help veterans look into the status of their service-connected disability claims, enroll for VA health care, learn about programs to help get jobs, and more.

 

The event is scheduled for noon to 6 pm on June 30th at the medical center.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON SIGNS BILL TO UP MONEY FOR MISSOURI CRIME VICTIMS

 

(AP) – A new Missouri law will double how much crime victims can receive for lost earnings.

 

Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed legislation that will increase the cap from $200 to $400 a week. It takes effect August 28th.

 

The money goes to victims of violent crimes and their families who have been physically or psychologically injured. Compensation is intended to pay for some medical costs, counseling expenses and lost wages incurred because of crime.

 

The cap on victims’ compensation last was raised in 1981. More than 700 victims and victims’ families received more than $3.8 million through the program last fiscal year.

 

The legislation also allows the state’s Crime Victims’ Compensation program to negotiate medical care costs with providers on behalf of those injured.

June 24, 2015

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 062415

 

CAPE AUTHORITIES LOOKING FOR MAN, COULD BE VIOLENT

 

Officers in the Cape Girardeau area are looking for a man who they say may hurt himself or others.

 

Authorities say 35 year old David P. Rains failed to appear in court on charges of burglary, stealing and property damage.  They say the Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Department has received information indicating Rains may attempt to harm himself or someone else.

 

Rains in described as a white male, about 5’10” tall, approximately 250 pounds, with brown hair.

 

Authorities ask anyone with information about Rains to call local law enforcement, however the public is advised not to approach Rains, as he may become violent.

 

 

MULTIPLE SHOOTINGS REPORTED IN BLYTHEVILLE

 

Two people have died in separate shooting incidents in Blytheville.

 

According to authorities, 20 year old Kennon Daniels has died from injuries he received Monday morning. Daniels was allegedly exchanging gunfire with another person when he was shot.

 

Monday night, 22 year old Vincent Stone was found in the area of Williams Park with multiple gunshot wounds. He later died at a Memphis hospital.

 

Tuesday night, an unidentified man was shot following an altercation with another person. According to KAIT, the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

MAN SENTENCED ON INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

 

A Catron man has been sentenced on a manslaughter charge in Stoddard County.

 

Charles Goforth was sentenced Monday to seven years incarceration for both first degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, according to Missouri Case net. The sentences are to run concurrently.

 

The charges stem from the death of Patrick Joseph Goforth, who was fatally shot in May of 2012.

 

 

TWO NORTHEAST ARKANSAS BOYS ACCUSED OF KILLING CAT

 

(AP) – Two Northeast Arkansas boys are accused of mutilating and killing a kitten.

 

The Jonesboro Sun reports that the neighbor reported the incident Saturday afternoon to police after finding remains of the kitten.

 

Jonesboro police say a man had brought the kitten home after finding it wandering in the street on Friday night. The man says the children involved were his eight and nine year old stepsons.

 

Officer Delfino Valdez says the man left the children home alone to interview for a job Saturday morning. The children had dismembered the cat while he was away.

 

A juvenile has to be at least 10 years old to be charged as a delinquent. Juvenile Court Supervisor Ashley Boles says anyone under age 10 can’t face criminal action.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON BURGLARY CHARGES IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

Two people are facing burglary charges out of Scott County.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 22 year old Tyler Ward, of Blodgett, and 18 year old Cassidy Scott, of Sikeston, have each been charged with first degree burglary, second degree burglary, stealing and property damage.

 

Ward is also charged with receiving stolen property and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

 

The arrests are in connection to multiple reported burglaries earlier this month.

 

The stolen property has been recovered, except for an AR-15 rifle, accessories, ammunition and some collectible coins. The AR-15 and accessories were reportedly traded to an unknown person in Cape Girardeau for drugs.

 

Anyone who has information about the case, in particular information about the AR-15, is asked to contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

BERTRAND MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

 

A Bertrand man is facing an assault charge following an incident where a teenager’s jaw was broken.

 

According to KFVS, 48 year old Charles Aycock allegedly assaulted the teenager because the teen was standing in his yard.

 

Aycock is facing a charge of second degree assault.

 

 

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT TO BEGIN TODAY ON ROUTE 142 IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Route 142 in Butler County will be closed beginning today so contractor crews can replace a bridge with a box culvert.

 

Work will be performed from 7 am to 5 pm daily through Saturday, August 8th on a bridge located between County Roads 357 and 355.

 

 

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BUTLER COUNTY ROAD

 

Route 142 in Butler County will be closed beginning today as contractor crews replace a bridge with culvert pipes.

 

The bridge to be replaced is located between County Roads 261 and 259.

 

Work will be performed through Thursday, July 9th from 6 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON SIGNS BILL TO EASE TIP TAX REQUIREMENTS ON RESTAURANTS

 

(AP) – A Missouri measure set to take effect this year will ensure restaurant owners are responsible only for collecting income taxes on cash tips workers report to them.

 

The legislation signed Monday by Governor Jay Nixon is in response to a Department of Revenue practice criticized by restaurant owners.

 

Owners have complained that the agency has been trying to collect money from them when it appears that servers have failed to report tips. Restaurant owners say they trust workers to report cash tips because there’s no way to track how much they make.

 

Lee’s Summit Republican Senator Will Kraus, who sponsored the bill, says the measure will mean businesses no longer are responsible if their employees don’t report all their tips.

June 23, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 062315

 

PUXICO MAN KILLED IN ATV WRECK

 

A Puxico man has died following an ATV crash in Stoddard County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, on Monday, 55 year old Jerry Brown was driving an ATV that ran off of County Road 287 and overturned.

 

Brown, who was reportedly not wearing a safety device, was ejected into a ditch. Brown suffered fatal injuries in the wreck.

 

 

MAN SOUGHT BY POPLAR BLUFF POLICE IS IN CUSTODY

 

Poplar Bluff Police have located a man they say was considered armed and dangerous.

 

31 year old Randy A. Wynn was taken into custody without incident at around 9 am Monday at his residence in Poplar Bluff.

 

Wynn was being sought on charges of felonious restraint, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a certain person.

 

Police say that there are three open weapon cases against Wynn since May of this year.

 

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING STABBING IN JONESBORO

 

A Jonesboro woman is facing charges in connection to an incident where she was stabbed over the weekend.

 

According to KAIT, 26 year old Oprah Ewing was reportedly stabbed in the chest after she allegedly hit two people, including a 3 year old child.

 

Ewing was taken to an area hospital and later released. After being released she was arrested on charges of second degree battery and residential burglary.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING NEIGHBORS WITH AN AX

 

A Steele man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened his neighbors with a chopping ax.

 

According to the Steele Police Department, on June 18th, an off duty police officer observed 43 year old Franklin Travis yelling threats to due bodily harm to a group of individuals.

 

Travis then allegedly armed himself with an ax and began walking towards the people. The police officer approached the man, commanding him to drop the ax. After several commands, Travis dropped the ax and was arrested without any further incident.

 

Travis was arrested on charges of armed criminal action, felony assault and resisting/interfering with arrest.

 

 

JONESBORO ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

 

A suspect in the robbery of a Jonesboro restaurant is in custody.

 

According to KAIT, 21 year old Neiman Jerome Smith was wanted for allegedly pulling a gun on a restaurant employee and taking money from her on June 7th. Smith also demanded money from a separate employee.

 

Smith was taken into custody without incident in Denver, Colorado.

 

 

HEAT INDEX COULD HIT TRIPLE DIGITS TODAY

 

The National Weather Service is warning that heat index values could reach triple digits today in Southeast Missouri.

 

In a Special Weather Statement, the NWS says that a ridge of high pressure will work its way into the area today, bringing with it a prolonged bout of heat and humidity.

 

Afternoon temperatures in the mid 90’s, combined with humid conditions, will push heat index values into the 100 to 105 range for many.

 

Anyone who has to be outdoors during this period should remember bring plenty of liquids, preferably water, and take frequent breaks. Also, make sure all of your outdoor pets have plenty of water as well.

 

 

PHASE II INITIATED IN CORPS OF ENGINEERS FLOODFIGHTING EFFORTS

 

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has initiated Phase II Floodfighting efforts due to continuing high river stages on the Upper Mississippi River.

 

During a Phase II activation, Corps personnel begin more intensive monitoring of flood risk reduction works. They also make technical and materiel assistance available to local communities and flood control organizations to aid them in their floodfighting efforts.

 

Eight Corps employees are now in the field conducting patrols each day from 6 am until 6:30 pm. They are checking the condition of levees, and looking for problems like water seepage under levees.

 

The Corps of Engineers says areas likely to be effected by flooding include Cape Girardeau, Scott City, Chaffee, Commerce and surrounding communities.

 

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS CONSUMERS ABOUT STORM CHASERS

 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants consumers to on alert for possible storm chasers in the wake of recent flooding.

 

Koster says Storm Chasers are scammers who follow severe weather and prey on people needing to repair or rebuild their property.

 

Storm-chasers typically go door-to-door offering to provide repair or clean-up services. They often claim to be recovery experts or contractors specializing in flood repairs.

 

In reality, they provide shoddy or no work after taking up-front payment, and then flee the area, leaving the homeowner with little or no recourse.

 

Koster says that you should never pay for work up front and also beware of any contractor who tries to rush you or who comes to your home to solicit work.

 

Consumers with questions about a contractor or who wish to file a consumer complaint should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline online or at 800-392-8222.

June 22, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 062215

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN FOR ASSAULT AND WEAPON CHARGES

 

Poplar Bluff Police are searching for a man who is considered armed and dangerous.

 

Randy A. Wynn is being sought on charges of felonious restraint, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, assault II, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a certain person.

 

Police say that there are three open weapon cases against Wynn since May of this year. He was last seen Saturday at approximately 4:30 pm at Business 67 near Vine Street in Poplar Bluff. Wynn was driving an older white Ford Ranger Extended Cab, believed to be bearing Missouri registration; 8FX-594.

 

Anyone with information on Wynn’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

 

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING HEAD ON COLLISION IN CRAIGHEAD COUNTY

 

A Jonesboro woman has died in a head on collision Saturday evening in Craighead County.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred on State Highway 1, when a vehicle collided with another vehicle after losing control.

 

A passenger in the first vehicle, 67 year old Marvelene Hubbard, was killed in the wreck.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF TEEN FACING DRUG CHARGES

 

A Poplar Bluff teenager is facing multiple drug charges following his weekend arrest.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 19 year old Brandon Head was arrested Saturday afternoon on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Head was also charged with possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.

 

 

ARRESTS EXPECTED SOON IN TELEVISION BURGLARIES

 

Kennett Police say arrests are expected in the near future in an investigation into television burglaries.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, the suspect or suspects kicked the back door of a residence in and stole two flat screen televisions.

 

Shortly after police were dispatched to the scene Saturday night, the televisions were located a couple of blocks away.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING TO SHOOT WOMAN

 

Police in Northeast Arkansas have arrested a Jonesboro man who allegedly threatened to shoot a woman over the weekend.

 

According to KAIT, the victim told police that 56 year old Curtis Gipson pointed a loaded shotgun at her and threatened to shoot her.

 

Police found Gipson asleep on a couch with the gun next to him and took him into custody.

 

 

MAN RESCUED AFTER ATV SLIDES INTO CREEK

 

A Des Arc man suffered serious injuries from an ATV wreck Saturday in Iron County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 74 year old Earl Rayfield was driving the ATV on Missouri Highway 143 when he lost control and slid into Big Creek.

 

Rayfield attempted to swim to the bank, but was unable to. He was then rescued from the creek by citizens at the scene.

 

 

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INITIATE FLOODFIGHTING

 

On Friday, the United States Army Corps of Engineers initiated Phase I floodfighting due to high river stages on the Upper Mississippi River.

 

Areas likely to be effected by flooding include Cape Girardeau, Scott City, Chaffee, Commerce and surrounding communities. During Phase I floodfight activities, personnel deploy to the field and monitor all federal flood control works including levees, flood walls and pumping stations.

 

They will also continue to monitor rainfall amounts in the affected areas, and National Weather Service forecasts to determine if further action is warranted.

 

Army Corps of Engineer officials anticipate activating a Phase II floodfight today, which will see personnel begin more intensive, around the clock monitoring of flood risk reduction works.

 

They also make technical and materiel assistance available to local communities and flood control organizations to aid them in their floodfighting efforts.

 

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE TO CAUSE DELAYS THIS WEEK ON SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 67

 

Southbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge maintenance.

 

Work will be performed daily from 7 am to 3:30 pm through Thursday, June 25th. The bridge is located between County Road 340 and County Road 352.

 

 

SHOULDER REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Route 51 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs.

 

The work zone will be located from Route 53 to the Arkansas State line.

 

Work is scheduled to be performed today through Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm daily.

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TO ONE LANE FOR UTILITY REPAIRS

 

Route AD in Stoddard County will be closed to one lane as contractor crews perform utility repairs.

 

The work zone is located from Brookhaven Street to County Road 480.

 

Work will take place today and tomorrow from 7 am to 5 pm each day.

 

 

WATER SLOWLY RISES IN SEVERAL SPOTS ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI

 

(AP) – The rain-swollen Mississippi River is slowly rising in several areas south of St. Louis, inundating roads and farmland.

 

The National Weather Service is reporting that the river rose Sunday to 10 feet above flood stage in Cape Girardeau. Chester also is experiencing flooding, with waters 12 feet above flood stage. The river was expected to rise another foot in both cities before cresting Tuesday.

 

Water levels also were rising Sunday along the Meramec River, which flows into the Mississippi River. Forecasts called for the Meramec to crest Monday in Arnold and Valley Park, causing parks, roads and a golf course to flood.

 

Meanwhile, water levels were falling in most locations along the Missouri River, although minor to moderate flooding continues in several areas.

 

 

ECONOMY IMPROVES IN RURAL PARTS OF 10 STATES BUT STILL WEAK

 

(AP) – The economy has improved slightly in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states, but a new survey suggests little growth ahead.

 

The overall Rural Mainstreet index improved to the neutral score of 50 in June from last month’s 49.

 

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the strong dollar is continuing to hurt crop prices and exports, so farm income is down in the region.

 

Bankers from 10 states, including Missouri and Illinois, were surveyed.

 

The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in that factor in the months ahead.

 

The weak crop prices and current bird flu outbreak have bankers worried. The confidence index registered 45.9 in June, up from 41.5 in May, but still negative.

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ATV WRECK CLAIMS LIFE OF EAST PRAIRIE MAN

 

An East Prairie man is dead following an ATV wreck Thursday in Mississippi County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 48 year old Billy Hatton was driving an ATV on County Road 527, south of East Prairie, when he ran off the side the road and struck a tree. The vehicle overturned in the wreck and ejected him.

 

Hatton was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

 

BLYTHEVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR HIS ROLE IN DRUG RING

 

(AP) – A Blytheville man accused of leading a drug trafficking organization in northeast Arkansas has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in federal prison.

 

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer, 29-year-old Kenneth Brown II was sentenced Thursday. Brown will also serve five years of supervised release and forfeit multiple guns and profits from selling drugs.

 

During an investigation that began in 2012, agents seized more than a kilogram of methamphetamine from 15 controlled purchases from members of the drug organization.

 

Thyer said authorities searched a “drug stash house used by Brown” in 2013 that contained multiple firearms, 26 pounds of marijuana and 228.5 grams of methamphetamine. The release also says a drug ledger was found in Brown’s pocket during the search that showed “drug debts” owed to him.

 

 

THREE CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO THEFT OF IRRIGATION WIRE

 

Three people are facing charges out of Scott County in connection to the theft of irrigation wire.

 

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells us that 52 year old Joseph M. Reddick of Emporia, Kansas, 44 year old Marvin L. Burton Jr. of Scott City, and 26 year old Marcus A. Bowers, of Jonesboro, Illinois have each been charged with felony stealing and property damage.

 

Walter said his office received a phone call Wednesday afternoon regarding suspicious activity on the riverfront in Commerce.  When the deputy arrived, he observed Bowers, Reddick, and Burton burning the insulation off a large amount of wire.

 

The wire was later determined to be irrigation pivot wire stolen from a Benton area farm. Approximately 800 feet of wire valued at over $4,800 was stolen.

 

 

TWO PEOPLE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER GAS TANK EXPLODES IN KENNETT

 

A gas tank explosion in Kennett has injured two people.

 

According to KFVS, the two victims were attempting to remove the gas tank from a car with a grinder when the explosion occurred.

 

The victims suffered burns and were taken to an area hospital.

 

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FIRES BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY ARSONIST

 

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas believe several recent fires are the work of an arsonist.

 

According to Imboden live, the Hoxie Fire Chief says that bales of Miscanthus Giganteus have been set on fire multiple times over the last week. The fires were located in the area of Highways 91 and 230.

 

Anyone with information on the fires should contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 870-886-2525.

 

 

FIRE CAUSES EVACUATION AT BRIGGS AND STRATTON

 

Employees were evacuated from a Poplar Bluff business Thursday due to a fire.

 

The fire was reportedly located at Briggs and Stratton and was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported due to the fire.

 

 

BERNIE WOMAN WINS $20,000 WITH SCRATCH-OFF

 

A Bernie woman says a trip to the grocery store for hamburger buns has paid off big for her family.

 

56 year old Margaret White purchased a $2 Double Play scratch-off lottery ticket on a recent trip to Town and Country in Bernie.  She says she was shocked to find out the ticket was a $20,000 winner.

 

White plans to use her winnings for some home improvements.

 

 

JACKSON MAN WINS ALMOST $400,000 LOTTERY JACKPOT

 

A daily draw game has given a Jackson man almost $400,000.

 

65 year old Benny Myers won a $398,000 jackpot in the Missouri Lottery’s Show Me Cash game. Myers says he was checking the numbers on his lunch break when he found out he won. He then went straight to St. Louis to claim his prize.

 

He says he plans to use the money to become debt-free.

 

 

CENTURY-OLD TIME CAPSULE FROM MISSOURI CAPITOL OPENED

 

(AP) – A century-old time capsule kept in the cornerstone of the Missouri Capitol has been opened.

 

Hundreds watched the livestream as state workers carefully cut the copper box open Thursday. Inside, they found a Bible, photos of the Capitol’s groundbreaking and yellowed newspapers.

 

The items were sealed in the box in 1915 and opened in preparation of a ceremony marking the Capitol’s 100th anniversary.

 

Nixon plans to dedicate a new time capsule during a July 3rd ceremony. He’s soliciting ideas about what to put in the new box.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

(AP) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency as a tropical depression moves northward through the region, dumping heavy rain and causing flooding in some parts of the state.

 

The Missouri River crested at several spots today, including Hermann in eastern Missouri.

 

The Mississippi River is expected to reach major flood stage in Ste. Genevieve and Cape Girardeau next week.

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POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT WARNING OF PHONE SCAM

 

The Poplar Bluff Police Department is warning area residents of a phone scam.

 

The Police Department says that the scammer is calling and stating that they are the IRS and they are filing a lawsuit against you. They then give a call back number of 360-284-4872. The caller might also use a pre-recorded message or give a different call back number.

 

If you receive a call like this you should hang up and donot try to engage the caller.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING

 

Authorities in Cape Girardeau are investigating the shooting of a teenager on Wednesday.

 

The 19 year old male was reportedly shot in the upper leg. The incident occurred in the Ellis Street area and the teen’s injuries are not life threatening.

 

The victim was not able to provide any information about the shooter.

 

Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Cape Girardeau Police at 573-339-6313.

 

 

IDENTITY RELEASED OF MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

 

Additional information has been released in connection to an incident where two children were found in a vehicle in Kennett.

 

According to KFVS, officers found the two children, ages 5 and 6, in a vehicle at an area business on Tuesday. The windows were rolled down and the car was turned off.

 

The children’s grandfather, Clois Reed, was found inside the business. He told authorities that he had left the children unattended in the vehicle for 10 to 15 minutes.

 

Reed allegedly attempted to return to his vehicle before being allowed to and got into a struggle with officers.

 

He is facing charges of resisting arrest and two counts of child endangerment.

 

 

MAN FACING DRUG AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGES OUT OF CAPE GIRARDEAU

 

A 56 year old man is facing charges following an incident Tuesday in Cape Girardeau.

 

According to authorities, Michael Marberry, of Cape Girardeau, was found not wearing anything except for shoes at an area park. Marberry allegedly attempted to flee from police on a bicycle before he was apprehended.

 

Marberry has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure.

 

 

MOTORISTS WARNED TO STAY ALERT IN FLOODED AREAS

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol officials are warning motorists to stay alert when driving in flooded areas.

 

Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, says that a man died Tuesday after his car was swept away as he was attempting to cross a flooded roadway in Washington County.

 

You should never drive through fast-moving waters; even a small amount of fast-moving water can sweep a slow-moving vehicle off the roadway.

 

If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground.

 

The Patrol also asks boaters across the state to take extra precautions when boating in flooded areas. Large amounts of rainfall cause rivers and lakes to become swollen. Many times the right decision is to stay off the water.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE FACILITY TO OPEN THIS MORNING

 

Operations will begin at the new Poplar Bluff Police Department facility this morning at 8 am.

 

The new facility is located at 1111 Poplar Street. Anyone who needs to speak with an officer, file a po      lice report, or pick up a copy of an existing report should go to the new facility.

 

Police department phone numbers and email addresses have not changed.

 

 

FIVE MONTH LONG ROAD PROJECT UNDERWAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Contractor crews have begun an almost five month long road project on Route PP in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route PP is being reduced to one lane daily from 7 am to 7 pm while contractor crews build a roundabout. The work zone is located between Quail Meadows and County Road 469.

 

The project is scheduled to continue daily through Tuesday, November 15th.

 

 

ATTORNEY SAYS CARDINALS EXECUTIVES NOT BEHIND ASTROS HACKING CASE

 

(AP) – An attorney for the St. Louis Cardinals says executives of the team were not involved in the hacking of the Houston Astros’ player personnel database.

 

The Cardinals hired the Dowd Bennett firm to handle an internal inquiry several months before this week’s disclosure that the FBI is investigating whether the team hacked into the Astros computer system.

 

Jim Martin, an attorney for the firm, tells The Associated Press he is “100 percent confident” the case does not involve people like Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and Chairman Bill DeWitt.

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ELECTRIC RATE INCREASE APPROVED BY POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL

 

Poplar Bluff residents will soon be seeing higher electric bills.

 

On Monday, the Poplar Bluff City Council approved an increase of approximately 6.5 percent for electric rates. The increase will go into effect for all users, except industrial customers and will first be seen on July bills.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, the average residential customer will see an increase of $8.38 a month. The change is expected to bring in $1.7 million dollars.

 

 

STEELE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

 

A Steele man has been charged with rape.

 

Authorities say 52 year old Hubert Lee Johnson was taken into custody Monday and has been charged with first degree rape or attempted rape, first degree assault and armed criminal action.

 

Steele Police received a call early Monday morning in regards to an alleged attack at a home on McCollum Street. A 33 year old woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries she received during the incident.

 

 

MAN FACING SODOMY CHARGE OUT OF STODDARD COUNTY

 

A man has been taken into custody on a sodomy related charge in Stoddard County.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 34 year old Lloyd Eric Anderson has been arrested on a warrant for first degree sodomy or attempted sodomy.

 

The arrest is in connection to an alleged incident involving a 17 year old female.

 

 

MISSOURI COURT OVERTURNS MURDER CONVICTION FOR JUROR ISSUES

 

(AP) – The state Supreme Court has overturned the murder and arson convictions of a southern Missouri man who was charged in the death of his grandmother-in-law.

 

The high court ruled Tuesday that an Oregon County judge violated state law when he called back an alternate juror, who had already been discharged, to take over for another juror who developed health problems after five hours of deliberations.

 

Shortly after the juror switch, the panel found Michael Amick guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree arson in the December 2008 death of Leona Maxine Vaughan at her home in the Arkansas border town of Myrtle. He was sentenced to life in prison for murder and seven concurrent years for arson.

 

The Supreme Court ordered the case sent back to the trial court.

 

 

PERSON ARRESTED IN KENNETT AFTER TWO SMALL CHILDREN WERE FOUND IN A VEHICLE

 

Kennett officers arrested one person Tuesday after officers found two small children in a vehicle at an area business’s parking lot.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers found the children at around 3:15 pm in a car with the windows rolled down.

 

Officers then located the children’s caregiver inside the business. The caregiver refused orders from police officers and attempted to flee.

 

The suspect was then placed under arrest for investigation of two counts of child endangerment and resisting arrest. Police say a report will be filed with the Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for review.

 

 

RABIES ALERT ISSUED FOR RIPLEY COUNTY

 

A rabies alert has been issued for Ripley County after a dog was found to have the disease.

 

Authorities say the dog’s owner found a dead skunk in dog’s pen in April. Several weeks later, the dog developed symptoms and tested positive for rabies.

 

The rabies alert will be lifted after 90 days if no rabies activity is identified in any domestic animals or in a significant number of wild animals.

 

 

ADDITIONAL RAIN TO CAUSE MISSOURI RIVERS TO CONTINUE TO RISE

 

(AP) – Rivers in Missouri continue to rise as heavy rain continues across much of the state.

 

The National Weather Service now projects that the Mississippi River will reach more than 5 feet above technical flood stage in St. Louis by Friday, and get to 8 feet above flood stage in Cape Girardeau on Monday.

 

The Missouri River is also high. It was nearly 6 1/2 feet above flood stage on Tuesday in Hermann, flooding fields and low areas in and near the town.

 

Forecasters are calling for scattered thunderstorms, some heavy, through Friday.

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD CLOSED FOR ROAD WORK

 

Route J in Stoddard County will be closed today as contractor crews install box culverts under the roadway.

 

The work zone is located from Reed Street to Route AA.

 

Work is scheduled to take place from 6 am to 5 pm both today and tomorrow.

 

 

TREE TRIMMING TO CAUSE DELAYS IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Route AB in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane over two days as contractor crews trim trees along the roadway.

 

The section of Route AB to be reduced is located from Route 25 to County Road 525.

 

Work will take place today and tomorrow from 7 am to 5 pm each day.

 

 

MODOT CREWS TO BE IN DUNKLIN COUNTY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Dunklin County today and tomorrow for pavement repairs.

 

During the repairs, Route 25 will be reduced to one lane between Route 153 and County Road 426 from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm each day.