July 31, 2015

 

 
OKLAHOMA MAN DIES FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN OREGON COUNTY WRECK

An Oklahoma man has died from injuries he received in a single vehicle wreck earlier this week in Oregon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Alejandro Lazo-Obregon ran off of Route J and hit a tree Tuesday afternoon.

Lazo-Obregon was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital where he passed away Thursday afternoon.

 
STEELE MAN IN CUSTODY ON FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGE

A Steele man has turned himself in to officials in connection to the death of 30 year old Larry Turner.

According to authorities, 26 year old Ratio Armour turned himself in Thursday morning in Pemiscot County. Amrour was arraigned later in the day on charges of 1st degree murder and armed criminal action.

 
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON STATUTORY RAPE CHARGES

A Dexter man is in custody following his arrest on statutory rape charges.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Samuel Matthew Poe has been arrested on charges of 2nd degree statutory sodomy and two counts of 2nd degree statutory rape.

Additional information about the arrest was not released.

 
MAN IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING CHASE WITH POLICE

A man is in custody after he allegedly led police on a chase Thursday in Kennett.

According to the Kennett Police Department, the suspect was observed travelling at an excessive speed when officers tried to initiate a stop.

The man led police on a chase which included the man colliding with a police officer and then a telephone pole. The suspect then fled on foot and was eventually apprehended in an abandoned residence.

Inside the residence, officers located a firearm and an undisclosed amount of narcotics that the suspect had attempted to hide.

The suspect’s name is being withheld pending the filing of formal charges.

 
DONIPHAN MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

A Doniphan man has been taken into custody on a meth charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 50 year old Mark Stout is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine following his arrest Thursday afternoon in Ripley County.

 
HIGHWAY PATROL ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS TO BE HELD IN AUGUST

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced they will be holding a hazardous moving vehicle operation and a DWI saturation operation next month in Southeast Missouri.

The driving while intoxicated saturation is a mobile operation in which troopers saturate a specific area in an effort to arrest impaired drivers. The hazardous moving operation is designed to target vehicles that are being operated in a hazardous manner.

Exact dates or counties were not given for the operations, just that they would be held sometime in August.

 
MAN WANTED ON DRUG CHARGE TURNS HIMSELF IN

Poplar Bluff police say a man wanted on a drug charge has turned himself in.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Chris Garrett turned himself in at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office without incident and has since been released on bond. Garrett was wanted for felony dangerous drugs.

The Police Department is also looking for another man on a drug charge.

Reggie L. Johnson is wanted for felony distribution of drugs. Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts should call the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776.

A picture of Johnson is available on our Facebook page.

 
MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SIDE-SWIPING ANOTHER DRIVER IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A man is facing charges after he allegedly side-swiped a vehicle that had his girlfriend in it in Craighead County.

According to authorities the incident occurred Wednesday night when 34 year old Jonathon B. Poynor saw his girlfriend in another man’s truck.

Poynor was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault. There were no injuries reported.

 
FEDERAL DISASTER AID TO HELP REBUILD ARKANSAS COMMUNITIES

(AP) – Federal officials say more than $6 million in disaster assistance will help fund local governments’ storm recovery efforts following this spring’s severe weather in Arkansas.

Almost $2 million in federal disaster assistance has already been approved to help individuals, families and businesses repair property and replace essential possessions.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the federal funds will help reimburse local governments for the emergency work and debris removal that took place in the storm’s immediate aftermath.

Other public assistance projects are being developed and approved by local, state, and federal officials. The estimated cost when they are complete is more than $4.1 million.

Recovery officials are working with more than 65 applicants to develop specifications and costs for about 75 projects in the 28 counties eligible for disaster assistance.

July 30, 2015

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POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN FOLLOWING MASS ARREST

 

Poplar Bluff police are searching for a man following an operation which saw over 20 people arrested on Wednesday.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Christopher Garrett is wanted for felony dangerous drugs. Garrett is believed to be occupying a blue 2001 Chevrolet Camaro with an Arkansas license plate of 980WCZ and should be considered armed and dangerous.

 

A picture of Garrett is available on our Facebook page. Anyone with information on Garrett’s whereabouts should call the Poplar Bluff Police Department 573-785-5776.

 

 

POLICE SAY KNIFE-WIELDING MAN KILLED BY ARKANSAS OFFICER

 

(AP) – Police say a man with a knife was shot and killed by a Manila police officer in northeast Arkansas.

 

Arkansas State Police say in a statement Wednesday that 41 year old Timothy Johnson was shot when he moved toward the officer while holding the knife. The officer’s name was not immediately released.

 

Johnson’s body was sent to the State Crime Laboratory.

 

State police say the shooting occurred shortly after 8 pm Tuesday after the officer was sent to investigate a disturbance at home along State Highway 18 on the northwest side of the town.

 

State police are investigating the shooting at the request of Manila police.

 

 

MISSOURI TEEN DIES AFTER BEING PULLED FROM SURF OFF NORTH CAROLINA BEACH

 

(AP) – A 16 year old Missouri youth has drowned after being pulled from the surf off a North Carolina beach.

 

Police say that Marvin Scott of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was visiting Emerald Isle Beach on a church retreat at the time of the Tuesday evening accident.

 

Authorities say Scott and a 13 year old boy with the group were hit by a large wave and carried from the beach by a rip current. Two people on the beach pulled the 13 year old back to shore.

 

Rescue crews from the town launched a personal water craft and found Scott about 50 yards from shore about 25 minutes later.

 

Authorities say a Marine Corps helicopter in the area on a training exercise flew Scott to a hospital where he later died.

 

 

MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

 

A Naylor man is facing almost 10 years in prison on a child pornography charge.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 26 year old Billy Joe Wertenberger was sentenced Tuesday to 117 months on a felony charge of possession of child pornography.

 

Wertenberger allegedly admitted to police that a USB stick that was in his possession during his arrest had child pornography on it.

 

 

THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO CAPE GIRARDEAU SHOOTING

 

Three people have been arrested in connection to a June shooting in Cape Girardeau.

 

The victim was shot in the head during the incident on June 29th on Hanover Street. The three arrested were juveniles and their names were not released; however authorities are pursuing adult certification in the matter.

 

 

QULIN MAN FACING METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE

 

A Qulin man has been taken into custody on a methamphetamine charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Larry Mounce was arrested Wednesday morning in Butler County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.  Mounce is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

AREA BUSINESS MAKES DONATION TO THREE RIVERS ENDOWMENT TRUST

 

An area business has made a significant donation to the Three Rivers Endowment Trust.

 

According to Three Rivers College, the donation by the Bank of Grandin will go toward the construction of the Libla Family Sports Complex, which will replace the Bess Activity Center as the home of the Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball teams.

 

The current proposal is for a $9.5 million, 75,000-square-foot structure incorporating a 3,000 seat gymnasium, offices for all of Three Rivers’ coaches, improved training and locker room facilities, and a Three Rivers Sports Hall of Fame.

 

The facility also will have a FEMA-certified safe room capable of withstanding an F5 strength tornado funded by a $2.5 million SEMA/FEMA grant.

 

 

RAILROAD REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Railroad crews will be in Pemiscot County today for repairs to a railroad crossing.

 

During the repairs, Route YY will be closed between County Road 204 and Route T. The road is expected to be closed from 8 am to 4 pm according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

July 29, 2015

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THREE MEMPHIS MEN ARRESTED AFTER STEALING TRUCK LOAD OF TOILET PAPER

 

A load of stolen toilet paper has led to the arrest of three Memphis men.

 

According to Captain J. McMillen with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, investigators received a tip last week about a possible theft at a local trucking company, which led officers to begin conducting surveillance.

 

Early Saturday morning, officers with the Sikeston DPS and Missouri State Highway Patrol witnessed a semi-tractor pull onto the parking lot, followed by a second vehicle. Three men exited the vehicles, hooked the semi-tractor to a fully loaded trailer, and left the location.

 

Officers initiated a traffic stop on both vehicles and placed the three men under arrest.

 

51 year old Jimmie Smith, 42 year old Markel A. Eskridge and 36 year old Eugene Pickens, all of Memphis, were each charged with felony theft/stealing of more than $25,000. Smith faces an additional charge of felony tampering with a motor vehicle.

 

Police learned the trailer was loaded with toilet paper with a wholesale value of approximately $70,000.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ROBBERY AND ASSAULT

 

A man is in custody in connection to an alleged weekend home invasion in Poplar Bluff.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 20 year old Brandon Head was arrested on suspicion of first degree assault and first degree robbery.

 

A victim was reportedly cut with a knife during the robbery. The victim was treated and released from an area hospital.

 

Police are also trying to identify a second suspect in the case who allegedly held multiple people at gunpoint during the robbery.

 

 

VICTIM SHOT IN THE BACK IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

 

A man was reportedly shot Tuesday night during an incident in Cape Girardeau.

 

According to the Southeast Missourian, a witness said that the victim was shot in the back by another man in the South Hanover and William Street area.

 

The victim was taken to an area hospital.

 

 

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY SENDS OUT FINAL BILLS FOR UNCOLLECTED FEES

 

(AP) – The Craighead County Election Commission has sent final bills to all but one of the cities and towns in the county for election fees that went uncollected since 2008.

 

The Jonesboro Sun reports the final bills total just more than $76,600 and range from $42.96 to the town of Egypt to $57,191.30 to Jonesboro.

 

It was revealed in February that election coordinator Sandra Taylor failed for several years to bill the state, cities, towns and schools for elections. She resigned February 13th.

 

New election coordinator Jennifer Clack estimated the county failed to collect about $260,000 in election fees during the past seven years. The commission has now sent bills for nearly $240,000.

 

The city of Bono has not yet been billed as the commission awaits undisclosed information from the city.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS INCREASE IN DROWNING AND FATALITIES SO FAR THIS YEAR

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that there have been more fatalities and drownings reported so far this year than last year.

 

Preliminary statistics indicate that Missouri has recorded 437 traffic fatalities so far in 2015, compared to 412 fatalities during the same time in 2014. Inattention, speed, and impaired driving continue to be the leading causes of traffic crashes in Missouri.

 

The Highway Patrol also says that in approximately 63 percent of fatalities, the victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

Drownings are also up this year, with 30 drownings reported so far compared to 29 in all of 2014.

 

 

DORENA-HICKMAN FERRY REOPENS

 

A ferry that connects Missouri and Kentucky has reopened.

 

The Dorena-Hickman ferry had closed last month due to high water levels on the Mississippi River.

 

Ferry officials say that the ferry reopened Tuesday on the regular summer schedule. Anyone wanting more information can call 731-693-0210.

 

 

GOVERNOR CANDIDATE SAYS TO UP MISSOURI PENALTY FOR SALE OF FETAL ORGANS

 

(AP) – Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.

 

Hanaway called for ramping up state law Tuesday during an anti-abortion rally outside a Columbia Planned Parenthood.

 

The rally was in response to an undercover video released by anti-abortion activists showing Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers.

 

It’s a misdemeanor in Missouri to offer or receive “valuable consideration” for aborted fetal tissue or organs. Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri has said it doesn’t participate in such a program.

 

Hanaway is a former Missouri House speaker and U.S. attorney. She faces what could be a crowded GOP primary for governor.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON CALLS FOR ETHICS CHANGES FOLLOWING LAWMAKERS’ RESIGNATIONS

 

(AP) – Democratic Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri’s ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the resignations of two state lawmakers this year.

 

Nixon on Tuesday criticized the culture in the Capitol during remarks at a school administrators’ conference in Columbia.

 

His comments follow the announced resignation of Democratic Senator Paul LeVota amid accusations that he made unwelcome advances toward interns. Former Republican House Speaker John Diehl left office in May after admitting to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.

 

Nixon said he would like to see an end to the state’s trio of unlimited campaign contributions, unlimited lobbyist gifts and lawmakers’ ability to immediately become lobbyists.

 

He also wants the legislative session to be shortened. It currently runs from January through mid-May.

July 28, 2015

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WOMAN’S BODY DISCOVERED IN FLOOD WATERS NEAR CARUTHERSVILLE

 

A woman’s body was discovered Sunday in flood waters near Caruthersville.

 

Authorities say deputies with the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call Sunday at around 7 pm about a van in a bean field. While searching the area, officers found the body of a white female. They say she appeared to have been deceased for several days.

 

The body was identified as 59 year old Diane McDaniel, of Caruthersville.

 

Authorities say the death was an accidental drowning.

 

 

ELLSINORE WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER JUMPING FROM A MOVING VEHICLE

 

An Ellsinore woman was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries early Monday morning following an incident near Doniphan.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Julie Emery was struck after she jumped from a moving vehicle on a Ripley County road.

 

The incident occurred at around 2:30 am. Authorities did not release what caused Emery to jump from the vehicle.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG RELATED CHARGES

 

A Poplar Bluff woman is facing multiple drug related charges following her arrest Monday afternoon in Ripley County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22 year old Elisha Battles was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine, codeine and hydrocodone.

 

Battles also reportedly had a felony warrant out of Butler County for larceny.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN RIPLEY COUNTY ON DRUG RELATED CHARGE

 

Two Harviell residents were taken into custody Monday afternoon in Ripley County on a drug related charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 32 year old Crystal Miller and 26 year old James Sales were arrested less than ten minutes apart, shortly after 1 pm.

 

They are each facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING HOME INVASION IN LUXORA

 

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are investigating a home invasion that occurred over the weekend.

 

According to KAIT, three masked men allegedly broke into a Luxora home early Sunday morning and held a family at gunpoint.

 

The men reportedly took money and other items from the occupants, assaulting them and damaging property in the process.

 

 

MULTIPLE REPORTS OF DAMAGE FOLLOWING MONDAY STORMS

 

There were multiple reports of damage Monday following storms that swept through Southeast Missouri.

 

According to the National Weather Service, a camper was flipped over along with multiple trees being blown down in Advance.

 

In Cape Girardeau County, a tree was blown down onto a Jackson house. Another tree was toppled over a road way in the city of Cape Girardeau.

 

There was also street flooding reported in Marble Hill.

 

 

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FOR TODAY

 

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for most of Southeast Missouri through 9 pm tonight.

 

The National Weather Service says that afternoon temperatures in the mid 90’s combined with oppressive humidity levels will produce heat index values in the 110 to 115 degree range this afternoon.

 

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke become much greater concerns when the heat index gets this high. Everyone is reminded to take extra precautions, especially if you will be spending time outdoors.

 

Remember to drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun if possible.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD IN RIPLEY COUNTY TOMORROW

 

US Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Mobile Office tomorrow in Doniphan.

 

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 meeting will be held from 10 to 11 am at the Ripley County Courthouse.

 

 

CREWS TO BE IN WAYNE COUNTY TODAY FOR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

 

Route 49 in Wayne County will be reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge maintenance.

 

The bridge is located between Route 34 and Third Street.

 

Work is scheduled to be performed today from 6:30 am to 5 pm.

 

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS SCHEDULED TODAY ON INTERSTATE 55

 

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

 

Work will be performed from 7 am to 4:30 pm on a bridge located at Exit 67 at Miner.

 

 

MISSOURI BILLS ON FINANCIAL AID FOR SOME IMMIGRANTS DISPUTED

 

(AP) – The status of legislation to block scholarships and financial aid for Missouri students whose parents brought them illegally to the U.S. is being disputed.

 

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed one bill to stop the state’s A+ Scholarship from going to those students. But the Republican-led Legislature could overturn Nixon’s action in a September session.

 

The scholarship pays for two years of tuition at community colleges for students who meet certain grade and community service criteria.

 

Language aimed at blocking the scholarship also was included in a budget bill. But the Higher Education Department, some lawmakers and others are at odds over whether it’s legally binding because of a technicality.

 

The budget bill also included a provision to require public colleges and universities to charge those students their international tuition rate.

July 27, 2015

 

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MURDER-SUICIDE SUSPECTED IN ARKANSAS SHOOTING DEATHS

 

(AP) – Baxter County authorities say murder-suicide is suspected in the deaths of a couple at a home near Mountain Home.

 

Sheriff John Montgomery says the bodies of 57 year old Terry Mills and 47 year old Sandra Christine Douglas were found shortly after 3 am Sunday at the home on a county road near Highway 201 north of Mountain Home.

 

Montgomery says deputies were first called to the home about 1 am Sunday by a relative of Mills to check on his welfare and that Mills met and spoke with deputies. The sheriff says deputies were asked about two hours later to again check on the couple and found both dead of gunshot wounds.

 

Montgomery said a suicide note and the weapon believed to have been used in the shootings were found at the scene.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING HEROIN CHARGE

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing a heroin charge following his arrest Sunday evening in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22 year old Jacob Knuckles was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, heroin.

 

Knuckles also faces charges of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and driving while intoxicated, drugs.

 

 

11 YEAR OLD GIRL SHOT DURING INCIDENT ON INTERSTATE 55

 

An 11 year old girl was shot in the neck Saturday during an incident on Interstate 55.

 

According to Pemiscot County authorities, the family of the girl was travelling on the interstate when the girl was shot through the driver’s side window.

 

An individual later contacted authorities and said he was shooting his pistol at around the time the girl was shot. Two guns were turned over to authorities for testing.

 

The girl has been flown to a Memphis hospital for surgery.

 

 

MAN ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHING 14 YEAR OLD GIRL

 

A Morley man has been taken into custody on sexual related charges.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, his office received a report that 41 year old Terrial Tyler allegedly inappropriately touched a 14 year old female around the end of May.

 

Tyler is facing charges of second degree statutory sodomy and enticement of a child.

 

 

MAN ENTERS GUILTY PLEA ON FIREARM CHARGE

 

A Doniphan man faces up to 10 years in prison on a firearm charge.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 24 year old Michael Cravens Jr. pleaded guilty last week to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

His sentencing was set for October 19th.

 

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT WARRANT

 

A Dexter man has been set a $50,000 cash bond on an assault warrant.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 43 year old Julio Ernesto Rivera has been arrested on a warrant for first degree assault resulting in serious physical injury.

 

Additional details about the assault have not yet been released.

 

 

ADVANCE MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES

 

An Advance man is facing felony drug charges following his arrest over the weekend.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22 year old Miles Jones was arrested Saturday night in Stoddard County on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute for hydrocodone and alprazolam.

 

Jones is also facing a charge of driving while intoxicated, drugs.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES

 

Two men were arrested Saturday in Wayne County on drug and weapons charges.

 

According to authorities, 34 year old Halbert Wilson, of Jennings, and 27 year old Jermaine Mitchell, of St. Louis, were both arrested shortly before midnight Saturday night.

 

They are each facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, marijuana; and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

 

ROUTE 143 TO BE REDUCED TODAY FOR BRIDGE REPAIRS

 

Missouri Route 143 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge deck repairs.

 

The work zone will be located between County Roads 315 and 314. The road will be reduced from 6:30 am to 5 pm.

 

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

Missouri Route 34 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.

 

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Pittsburg Street to Ash Street.

 

Work will be performed through Thursday, July 30th from 6:30 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 

ROUTE Y IN CARTER COUNTY REDUCED FOR PARTIAL OVERLAY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Carter County this week for repairs on Route Y.

 

The road will be reduced to one lane from US 60 to the end of state maintenance so crews can partially overlay the roadway.

 

Work is scheduled to be done from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily through Thursday.

 

 

WEATHER SERVICE SAYS EXCESSIVE HEAT EXPECTED IN ARKANSAS

 

(AP) – A heat warning has been issued for several counties in eastern Arkansas and a heat advisory is in effect for the remainder of the state – both through Monday evening.

 

The National Weather Service issued the heat warning for eastern Arkansas from Jonesboro southward to Helena-West Helena until 8 p.m. Monday. Temperatures in the area are expected in the middle to upper 90s with heat index readings of 110 to 112 degrees.

 

Most of the remainder of the state is under a heat advisory until 7 pm Monday with heat indexes expected from 105 to 110 degrees.

 

July 24, 2015

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CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN CONVICTED IN 2013 MURDER

 

(AP) – A Cape Girardeau businessman has been found guilty of killing his wife and 18 year old son.

 

KFVS reports that jurors in a Cape Girardeau County court on Thursday found George Joseph guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 deaths of his wife, Mary, and son, Matthew, who were shot to death at the family’s home. Joseph was also treated for a gunshot wound to the head but recovered.

 

Joseph’s trial began Monday.

 

Prosecutor Angel Woodruff said Joseph was dealing with financial troubles when he shot his wife and son and then himself. She told jurors that Joseph’s investment business had turned into a Ponzi scheme, where he used one client’s money to pay back another.

 

Defense attorney Cynthia Dryden told jurors there was no proof George Joseph pulled the trigger.

 

 

TWO DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK INVOLVING A TRACTOR TRAILER

 

Two Monette residents are dead following a wreck early Thursday morning involving a tractor trailer in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, a tractor trailer driven by 44 year old Chad Marshal, of Jonesboro, was travelling west on Highway 18 in Craighead County shortly before 3 am. The trailer allegedly crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck another vehicle head on.

 

The driver of the second vehicle 20 year old Zachary Wells, and his passenger, 19 year old Tanner Platz, were each pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Marshall was injured and taken to a Jonesboro hospital.

 

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING PARAGOULD SHOOTING

 

One person was shot and killed during an incident Thursday in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to Paragould Police, the shooting occurred Thursday afternoon at an area residence.

 

The identity of the victim has not been released. Police are investigating the shooting.

 

 

FIRE REPORTED AT MALDEN AREA BUSINESS

 

Fire crews were sent early Thursday morning to a Malden area business.

 

According to the Daily Dunklin Democrat, a lightning strike caused the fire to begin at Dixie Auto Auction. There was extensive damage to the building, which is considered a total loss.

 

There were no injuries reported.

 

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OFFERING GRANTS

 

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced that up to $5,000 in grant money is available through the Urban & Non-Traditional Agriculture Matching Grant Program.

 

The grants will go to assist the development of production infrastructure, direct distribution venues, education programs, workforce development and an increased understanding of the importance of agriculture.

 

Examples of projects include assisting farmers’ markets and developing small agribusinesses.

 

The application deadline is September 1st. More information is available online at agriculture.mo.gov.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD CLOSED TODAY FOR BRIDGE REPAIRS

 

Route 158 in Butler County will be closed beginning today so contractor crews can replace a bridge with a box culvert.

 

The bridge is located between County Road 323 and Route BB.

 

Work will be performed from 8 am to 5 pm daily through Monday, August 31st.

 

 

POINSETT COUNTY BRIDGE CLOSED FOR REPAIRS

 

A Poinsett County road has been closed for bridge repairs.

 

Arkansas Highway 75 is being closed for two weeks between Marked Tree and Highway 42 in Cross County, however local traffic will be permitted in the area.

 

Officials reported discovered several cracks in the bridge’s support columns prompting the closure.

 

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL ISSUES CONSUMER ALERT FOR SCAMMERS

 

(AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is warning consumers to beware of scam artists who are telling Arkansans they have won money in an international lottery.

 

Rutledge says con artists are contacting Arkansas consumers through direct mail, email or by phone requesting a small fee in order to process these cash prizes.

 

Usually the con artist claims the recipient has won a lottery or an expensive prize, such as a car or a trip. All the consumer has to do is submit either a small payment or personal financial information to claim the prize.

 

But Rutledge says the international lottery ploys are just another attempt by overseas scammers to steal money from consumers. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service estimates Americans pay the scammers $120 million a year for this scam alone.

July 23, 2015

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MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER SHOOTING VICTIM DIES

 

A man is facing a murder charge after a shooting victim died Tuesday night.

 

According to authorities, Floyd Young is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting of Dustin Greer over the weekend.

 

Shortly after 3 am Saturday morning, Malden officers responded to a report of a crash and found Greer slumped over the wheel of an SUV and suffering from a gunshot wound.

 

Greer passed away on Tuesday.

 

 

MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN HIV EXPOSURE CASE

 

A Stoddard County man has been sentenced to a total of 30 years imprisonment in a HIV exposure case.

 

According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, on Tuesday, David Mangum was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Michael M. Pritchett to 15 years each on two separate counts of recklessly exposing another to HIV.

 

Mangum allegedly had sexual intercourse with multiple people without disclosing that he had HIV. Mangum estimated he had between 50 and 60 sexual partners from Stoddard County.

 

 

TEENAGER SHOT OUTSIDE OF JONESBORO CONVENIENCE STORE

 

A teenager was shot Tuesday night outside of a Jonesboro convenience store.

 

The teen was allegedly shot in the leg after he left the Race Street Market, according to KAIT. The victim told police that a large group of black males was walking towards him when he heard gunshots and started to run.

 

He was later dropped off at an area hospital.

 

The shooting is under investigation.

 

 

HAYTI TEEN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY CHARGE

 

A Hayti teenager is facing a burglary charge following an incident Wednesday in Kennett.

 

According to Kennett Police, shortly after 2 am Wednesday, officers were dispatched in reference to a call from a female who came home from work and noticed that her front porch light had been turned off and a strange vehicle was parked across the street at an abandoned house.

 

Officers discovered that her home had been burglarized and found property from the residence inside the strange vehicle.

 

The lone occupant of the vehicle was identified as 18 year old Demarion Stewart, of Hayti. Stewart was arrested on a charge of second degree burglary.

 

 

MICHIGAN MAN SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED ASSAULT

 

Authorities in Kennett are searching for a man in connection to a reported domestic assault.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, the victim had allegedly been assaulted and threatened with a knife.

 

The Police Department says that they are currently seeking charges on Michael Delany, of Michigan, for second degree domestic assault.

 

 

ARREST MADE IN DEXTER FIRE

 

An arrest has been made in connection to a fire earlier this week in Dexter.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 54 year old James Lewis Higgs, of Dexter, has been arrested on a warrant for second degree arson.

 

The residence on North Sassafras is being considered a total loss following the Monday blaze. No injuries were reported.

 

 

SIX INJURED IN IRON COUNTY WRECK

 

Six people suffered injuries in a two vehicle wreck Wednesday in Iron County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when one vehicle struck the back of another vehicle that was slowing down near Arcadia.

 

The six people injured were taken to a Farmington hospital following the wreck.

 

 

CENTER STAGE TO FINISH 2014-2015 SEASON WITH PERFORMANCE OF NUNSENSE

 

Three Rivers College’s community and student theatre company Center Stage will be wrapping up the current season next month with a performance of Nunsense.

 

The musical follows the “Little Sisters of Hoboken” as they put on a variety show to raise money following a tragic, and hilarious, accident at their convent.

 

The show will be held at 7 pm on August 6th, 7th, and 8th at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. A final matinee performance will begin at 2 pm on August 9th.

 

Tickets are $10 for general admission or $5 with a student or college ID. They can be purchased in advance at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce and the Three Rivers Financial Services Office. Tickets also will be sold at the door.

July 22, 2015

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MAN HIT BY VEHICLE IN BERNIE

 

A Bernie man has been taken to a Memphis hospital after he was hit by a vehicle over the weekend.

 

According to Bernie Police, 21 year old Richard Enderton was struck by the vehicle Saturday night. Enderton suffered critical injuries in the collision.

 

He had reportedly been skateboarding in the area around the time he was struck, however authorities do not know if he was skateboarding when he was hit.

 

No charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle.

 

 

SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

 

Two suspects are being sought in connection to a convenience store robbery in Jonesboro.

 

According to KAIT, the Kum and Go store located on East Johnson was allegedly robbed by two men early Tuesday morning. One of the men had a gun and held it to a clerk’s back during the robbery.

 

The men fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. That specific Kum and Go store was also robbed in May.

 

 

OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING DEXTER HOUSE FIRE

 

Authorities are investigating a recent house fire in Dexter.

 

The residence on North Sassafras is being considered a total loss following the Monday blaze. No injuries have been reported.

 

Officials say that the fire is suspicious and an investigation is being done by the fire marshal.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD TOMORROW IN EAST PRAIRIE

 

Area citizens will be able to talk with members of United States Senator Roy Blunt’s staff at a public event tomorrow.

 

The mobile office is scheduled to be held from 9 to 10 am Thursday at the East Prairie City Hall.

 

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

 

 

THREE RIVERS ALUMNI PLACES THIRD IN NATIONAL TIMBERSPORTS COMPETITION

 

A recent graduate of the Three Rivers College Forestry program has taken third place at a national timbersports competition.

 

Aaron Hovis placed third out of six competitors in the Stihl Timbersports 2015 U.S. Championship in Central Park in New York City.

 

The 20 year old Marquand native says he plans to start his own logging company now that he’s graduated from Three Rivers.

 

 

CREWS TO REDUCE ROUTE 62 FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Route 62 in New Madrid and Dunklin Counties will be reduced to one lane through early August as contractor crews seal the roadway.

 

The section of roadway to be reduced is located between the Missouri State line and Howardville.

 

Work will performed through Saturday, August 8th from 8 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 

PERMIT APPROVED FOR ALCOHOL SALES AT ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

 

(AP) – A permit has been approved allowing alcohol to be served at some events on the Arkansas State University campus.

 

ASU says Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control Board Director Bud Roberts approved the permit for the NEA Sports Club of Jonesboro on Monday, conditional on a final inspection of the facilities.

 

ASU’s Board of Trustees in April approved a 10-year lease agreement with the nonprofit sports club allowing it to serve alcohol to its members at Centennial Bank Stadium, the Convocation Center, Tomlinson Stadium, Fowler Center, Cooper Alumni Center and the A-State Pavilion.

 

ASU System President Charles Welch has said the plan is in response to requests of university patrons. System Vice President Jeff Hankins said alcohol will be allowed to be served during ASU’s first home football game on September 12th.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON SEEKS DISASTER DECLARATION FOR 70 COUNTIES

 

(AP) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to declare a major disaster for 70 counties due to spring and summer storms that caused tornadoes, torrential rains and flooding across much of the state.

 

Nixon made the request Tuesday, citing damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with homes and businesses. At least 10 deaths are blamed on the storms and flooding.

 

Nixon says that since mid-May, more than half of the state has been damaged, and many places face extensive response and rebuilding expenses.

 

Nixon first declared a state of emergency on June 18, an order that activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobile resources to assist local authorities. Last week, he extended the state of emergency until August 14th.

 

 

ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS IN JUNE

 

(AP) – The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says Arkansas’ unemployment rate last month dropped slightly to 5.7 percent.

 

The agency said Tuesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in June from 5.8 percent in May. The national jobless rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point, from 5.5 percent in May to 5.3 percent in June.

 

Arkansas’ civilian labor force increased 200, a result of 1,400 more employed and 1,200 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

 

Compared to June 2014, Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll unemployment has increased 23,400. Growth occurred in eight major industry sectors, while three posted minor declines. Jobs in educational and health services rose 5,900.

 

A majority of the expansion was in health care and social assistance. Trade, transportation and utilities gained 4,700 jobs over the year.

July 21, 2015

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WOMAN HIT BY TRAIN IN CRAIGHEAD COUNTY

 

A Bono woman is dead after her vehicle was hit by a train Monday afternoon in Craighead County.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 51 year old Terry Nelson’s vehicle failed to stop at a railroad crossing on County Road 341 and pulled into the path of an oncoming train.

 

No other injuries were reported.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED ASSAULT OF A WOMAN

 

A Morehouse man is facing charges in connection to an alleged assault of a woman last week.

 

According to authorities, the victim said that 51 year old Ricky Joe Burgess had assaulted her in her home. Burgess was later taken into custody by Morehouse police.

 

He has been charged with second degree assault and first degree burglary.

 

 

MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING OFFICERS

 

A Vietnam veteran is in custody after he allegedly threatened officers in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to KAIT, the incident occurred Sunday night in Greene County. Authorities say the suspect was out of control and they later found bullet holes in the walls of the man’s apartment and television.

 

Officers were able to make contact with him and take him into custody without incident. No injuries were reported.

 

The suspect’s name has not been released.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT AWARDED OVER $170,000 IN GRANT MONEY

 

The Poplar Bluff School District has been awarded over $170,000.

 

The grant was announced Monday by Governor Jay Nixon. The grant for $176,263 was made available through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 

Over $4,200,000 was awarded statewide.

 

 

FOUR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE A COMBINED $1.7 MILLION DOLLARS FOR FLOOD REPAIRS

 

Four southeast Missouri communities will be receiving a combined over $1.7 million dollars to repair damage from flooding in 2011.

 

The Missouri Department of Economic Development approved the Community Development Block Grant funds for Haywood City, Wyatt, and Vanduser along with Pemiscot County.

 

All four communities will receive at least $294,000.

 

 

WAYNE COUNTY ROAD REDUCED TODAY FOR BRIDGE REPAIRS

 

A Wayne County road will be reduced today for bridge repairs.

 

Route 34 will be reduced to one lane from Ash Street to Beckville Road so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can mill the bridge deck.

 

The repairs are scheduled to be done from 7 am to 5 pm.

 

 

EAST BOUND ROUTE 60 IN NEW MADRID COUNTY REDUCED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Eastbound Route 60 in New Madrid County is being reduced to one lane so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

 

The work zone is located from US Route 61 to Interstate 55.

 

Work will take place through Thursday, July 30th from 6 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 

SHOULDER REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS TODAY IN CARTER COUNTY

 

Eastbound Route 60 in Carter County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder work.

 

Work will take place today from 7 am to 3 pm, one mile from the Van Buren City limits.

 

 

REPUBLICANS ASK MISSOURI GOVERNOR TO ARM NATIONAL GUARD

 

(AP) – Republican lawmakers and gubernatorial hopefuls are calling on Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to arm the National Guard after the recent attack on two Tennessee military facilities.

 

GOP leaders and those eyeing the governorship have publicly asked the Democratic governor to act.

 

A Nixon spokesman was not immediately available to comment Monday.

 

A gunman attacked a recruiting center and a Marine-Navy reserve facility in Chattanooga last week. Four Marines and one Navy sailor were killed.

 

The governors of Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Indiana and Oklahoma have since ordered guardsmen to be armed.

 

A number of Missouri’s GOP senators and others want Nixon to take similar action. Republican Senator Dan Brown and GOP gubernatorial candidates Senator Mike Parson and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder also want Nixon to order flags at half-staff.

 

 

APPEALS COURT REVERSES LOWER COURT ON MISSOURI LAWMAKER CASE

 

(AP) – A federal appeals panel has reversed a lower court’s rejection of a challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought by a Missouri lawmaker fighting required birth control coverage in his state-sponsored insurance plan.

 

The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Monday reversed a U.S. District Court’s 2013 ruling dismissing the complaint brought by Republican state Representative Paul Wieland and his wife Teresa against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies.

 

Wieland’s lawyers cited the Supreme Court’s earlier decision that private companies such as Hobby Lobby with religious objections can opt out of the federal insurance plan’s contraceptive requirement.

 

The appeals decision sends the case back to district court.

 

The Health and Human Services Department didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

July 20, 2015

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MAN ARRESTED IN 90 YEAR OLD WOMAN’S DEATH

 

(AP) – A Bay, Arkansas man arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of a 90 year old woman is due to appear in district court Monday.

 

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd tells the Jonesboro Sun that Richard Jordan Tarver could potentially face charges of capital murder, burglary and kidnapping.

 

Tarver was arrested Friday in connection with the death of Lavinda Counce, who went missing July 3. She was missing nine days before her body was found in a cornfield with a gunshot wound to the head.

 

Tarver is being held at the Craighead County Detention Center. There was no information in jail records whether Tarver had an attorney.

 

 

SIKESTON TEEN DROWNS IN MADISON COUNTY

 

(AP) – Authorities say an 18 year old man has drowned at the popular “Offsets” recreation area in Madison County.

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Devron Looney of Sikeston. The patrol says he jumped off an 18-foot cliff Saturday afternoon and did not resurface.

 

His body was taken to the coroner’s office in Madison County.

 

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK NEAR WALNUT RIDGE

 

Arkansas authorities say one person has died following a wreck Friday morning.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, the crash occurred on Highway 91, four miles south of Walnut Ridge. A vehicle driven by 42 year old Danny Welsh, of Grubbs, reportedly crossed the center line and struck another vehicle.

 

Welsh was killed in the wreck.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD MAN KILLED IN RIPLEY COUNTY ATV WRECK

 

A Springfield man is dead following an ATV wreck Saturday in Ripley County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an ATV driven by 29 year old Michael Barton struck a tree on private property near Doniphan.

 

Barton was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING AT A BUSINESS IN KENNETT

 

Another suspect is in custody in connection to a shooting incident at a business in Kennett earlier this month.

 

According to authorities, Dontario Jones surrendered to police over the weekend. Charges for Jones were not released.

 

Two additional suspects, 36 year old Antonio Brown, of Joiner, and 35 year old Julius Jones, of Blytheville, have already been arrested.

 

They are each facing charges of attempted murder and terroristic act.

 

 

MALDEN POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING

 

Malden police are investigating a weekend shooting.

 

Shortly after 3 am Saturday morning, officers responded to a report of a crash and found a subject slumped over the wheel of an SUV. The man was reportedly suffering from a gunshot wound.

 

Residents in the area described hearing what sounded like multiple gunshots then a loud collision or crash noise.

 

Information about the condition or identity of the victim has not yet been released.

 

 

CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY INVOLVED IN WRECK

 

A Carter County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a wreck Friday night.

 

The deputy was driving on Highway 60 to a reported fire when a vehicle merged onto the road and collided with him.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the driver of the second vehicle, 45 year old Jennifer Sutton, suffered moderate injuries. The deputy, 24 year old Kristopher Wilkins, had minor injuries.

 

 

CREWS TO BE IN WAYNE COUNTY FOR ASPHALT OVERLAYS

 

Route A in Wayne County is being reduced to one lane with a 9 foot width restriction through mid August so contractor crews can overlay the road with asphalt.

 

The work zone is located between U.S. Route 67 and Route 49.

 

Work will performed today through Friday, August 14th from 6 am to 6 pm each day.

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN STODDARD AND DUNKLIN COUNTIES

 

Contract crews will be in Stoddard and Dunklin Counties beginning today for pavement repairs on Route 25.

 

During the repairs, Route 25 will be reduced from Route U to Route 153 so contractor crews can seal the roadway.

 

Work is scheduled to take place from 8 am to 5 pm daily through Saturday, August 8th.

 

 

MISSOURI ROUTE 53 TO BE REDUCED IN DUNKLIN COUNTY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Route 53 in Dunklin County will be reduced to one lane beginning today as contractor crews seal the roadway.

 

The section of roadway is located from Campbell to Holcomb.

 

Work will take place through Saturday, August 8th from 8 am to 5 pm daily.