June 2, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 060214

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR POPLAR BLUFF STRONG ARM ROBBERY

 

Poplar Bluff Police have a man in custody following a report of a strong arm robbery on Thursday.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, at around 6 pm Thursday officers received a report from a man who said his house guest had assaulted him and taken his wallet and debit card.

 

The suspect was later photographed using the stolen debit card at an area ATM. On Saturday, the suspect was seen by police walking along Business 60 and was arrested following a short foot pursuit.

 

The suspect, Jeremy Fineout, is facing charges of first degree robbery, armed criminal action, felonious restraint, fraudulent use of a credit device, and resisting arrest.

 

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK NEAR JONESBORO

 

A high school volleyball coach has died after crashing her car into a water-filled ditch near Jonesboro.

 

The Craighead County Sheriff’s Department says 38 year old Jennifer Jordan was found dead in her submerged car early Saturday. Jordan had been reported missing about 11 pm Friday after she failed to respond to phone calls and text messages.

 

Jonesboro police say family and friends contacted officers about 12:30 am Saturday after they found skid marks and a submerged vehicle in a ditch beside a county road.

 

The Craighead County dive team was called to recover the car and Jordan’s body was found inside.

 

 

ARKANSAS TEENAGER DROWNS WHILE SWIMMING

 

Greene County authorities say a 17 year old boy has drowned while swimming in a small pond near Marmaduke.

 

Sheriff Dan Langston told KAIT that Trevor Potter was swimming with a friend in the pond Thursday night when he complained of chest pains. Langston says the friend tried to keep Potter afloat, but was unable to do so.

 

Langston says Potter was underwater for about 30 minutes before his body was recovered.

 

 

MAN IN CUSTODY FOR ASSAULTING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

 

A Scott City man is in custody after he allegedly hit a police officer with his vehicle while fleeing a DWI checkpoint.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 27 year old Mikell D. Abraham has been charged with the assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and driving while suspended.

 

The officer was treated at an area hospital and released.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN ILLINOIS IS SUSPECT IN RECENT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SHOOTING

 

An Arkansas man arrested in Illinois is believed to be linked to a recent shooting.

 

According to KAIT, Jonesboro, Arkansas police issued a warrant Saturday for 27 year old Jose Juan Marquez in connection to a shooting Friday night. Later Saturday evening, Marquez was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Illinois.

 

The shooting victim is in stable condition.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CARTER COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

 

Two people were taken into custody over the weekend on a meth charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 39 year old Kenneth D. Grady, of Hayti, and 38 year old Faith H. Babcock, of Caruthersville, were arrested at around 1:30 pm Sunday in Carter County.

 

The men are each facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

OVER TWENTY ARRESTS MADE DURING TASK FORCE OPERATION

 

Over twenty arrests were made Friday night in Poplar Bluff as a part of a Street Crimes Task Force Operation.

 

The task force included officers from multiple agencies including the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Butler County Sheriff’s Department and several others.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 23 arrests were made during the sweep.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County today to perform a pipe replacement.

 

Work is scheduled for 8 am to 3 pm, weather permitting. During the job Highway 53 will be reduced to one lane between Thomas Street and Lone Star Road.

 

 

EROSION WORK TO BE PERFORMED TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Highway 61 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform erosion work.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed today and tomorrow from 7 am to 4:30 pm each day.

 

The work zone will be located between County Roads 728 and 634.

 

 

REPAIRS ON HIGHWAY 60 IN CARTER COUNTY SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK.

 

Highway 60 in Carter County will be reduced to one lane early this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform approach repairs.

 

This section of roadway is located from Route J to County Road 163.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today and tomorrow from 6:30 am to 12 pm, daily.

 

 

MISSOURI FLAG BURNING LAW OVERTURNED BY FEDERAL COURT

 

A federal appeals court in St. Louis has overturned a Missouri law that makes it a crime to burn or otherwise desecrate the American flag.

 

Frank Snider III sued Cape Girardeau after his 2009 arrest for cutting up a U.S. flag on the sidewalk outside his home, throwing it in the street and trying to set it on fire.

 

Snider was jailed for eight hours, but prosecutors dismissed the charges after learning of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that deemed a similar law in Texas unconstitutional.

 

The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a 2012 lower court ruling that the law violated the First Amendment’s right to free speech. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri represented the Cape Girardeau man.

 

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION COULD HAVE BEEN EXPOSED DURING ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DATA BREACH

 

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has told Arkansas State University about a data breach in ASU’s College of Education and Behavioral Science’s Department of Childhood Services.

 

ASU said Friday that the breach could expose personally identifiable information. Chief Information Officer Henry Torres says there has been unauthorized access to the data – but no reports of illegal use of the information.

 

The database is related to the Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways Registry. The registry is a professional development system that tracks more than 6,000 workshops each year to train childcare workers.

 

The program is not part of the main university databases, so no student, faculty or staff records are involved unless they have participated in the registry.

 

Officials say the registry has been taken offline until it is reviewed.

May 30, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 053014

 

MAYNARD MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

 

A Maynard, Arkansas man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife’s son.

 

According to authorities, John Arnold is facing multiple charges including first degree attempted murder, aggravated assault, third degree domestic battering, and terroristic threatening.

 

During the incident, Arnold is alleged to have hit his wife, grabbed her son by the neck and pointed a gun at both of them.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN FACING CHARGE OF COMPUTER CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

A Jonesboro man has been taken into custody after allegedly being caught arranging to have sexual intercourse with a juvenile.

 

According to KAIT, 23 year old Wesley Alexander Hull had a Facebook conversation with a girl that allegedly contained sexually explicit messages. He also reportedly deleted nude photos of the girl, who he said was about 16 years old, and later admitted to having sex with her.

 

Hull has been charged with computer child pornography and failure to comply with sex offender reporting requirements.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN ARRESTED AFTER STABBING INCIDENT

 

A Northeast Arkansas man is facing multiple charges in connection to a reported stabbing.

 

According to authorities, a woman was stabbed on Wednesday. One man has been arrested, 53 year old Charles Lavell Bausley, of Jonesboro.

 

Bausley is facing charges of aggravated assault, first degree battery, and carrying a weapon.

 

The condition of the victim was not available.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

 

Two people were arrested Thursday morning in Butler County on drug charges.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 46 year old Brian O. Brittain, of Grandin, and 29 year old Brenda S. Burks, of Poplar Bluff, were arrested at 10:30 am Thursday morning.

 

They are each facing a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

WILLIAMSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

 

A Williamsville man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest on Thursday.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Carl E. Randall has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

Randall is also facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and no seat belt.

 

 

CHILD SUMMER READING PROGRAM STARTS NEXT WEEK AT POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY

 

Science is the theme for this year’s child reading program at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.

 

The program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” will begin on June 2nd and give children chances to earn prizes by reading. Marty the Magician, Mad Science of St. Louis, and Animal Tales will also be returning to the library this summer.

 

The summer reading program is available for children between the ages of 3 and 17. For more information, go online to poplarbluff.org, call 573-686-8639, or stop by the library at 318 North Main Street in Poplar Bluff.

 

 

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL SPEAKS ABOUT EXECUTION RULES

 

Missouri’s attorney general says the state should establish its own laboratory to produce chemicals for use in executions rather than rely on an “uneasy cooperation” with medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies.

 

Attorney General Chris Koster spoke Thursday to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis during a meeting at Lake of Ozarks. Though a death penalty supporter, the Democratic attorney general cited his own concerns about the death penalty.

 

Missouri is among several states that purchase execution drugs in secret. Critics say that if details about the source and testing aren’t made public, there is no way to assure that the inmate won’t suffer during the execution process.

 

Koster says the state should not be reliant on merchants whose identities must be shielded from public view.

 

 

ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT THROWS OUT APPEAL OF MAN CONVICTED OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MURDERS

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal by Charles Wayne “Chad” Green, who is serving life in prison for his role in the slayings of four family members in northeast Arkansas in 1998.

 

The high court on Thursday ruled that Green’s argument that the lower court lacked jurisdiction to find him guilty is without merit.

 

The 38 year old Green was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of Carl and Lisa Elliott and their young children, Gregory and Felicia. They were killed near Dalton and it took authorities until 2003 to bring charges against Green and his father, 58 year old Billy Dale Green.

 

Both men are serving sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

Authorities say the killings occurred after a drug deal went sour.

May 29, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052914

 

CORONER’S INQUEST SCHEDULED FOR SHOOTING INVOLVING BUTLER COUNTY DEPUTY

 

A jury will meet next week to discuss a shooting incident involving a Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy.

 

The coroner’s inquest has been scheduled for June 4th. The inquest is in connection to an incident that left one person dead this past weekend.

 

The Sheriff’s Deputy was investigating a report of a prowler at a residence when he was allegedly fired at. The deputy returned fire and fatally shot the individual.

 

The names of the officer and the person killed were not released.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY MAN FACES UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON ON FIREARM CHARGE

 

A Butler County man is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony firearm charge.

 

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 45 year old Timothy G. Ossana has pled guilty to a felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

 

Poplar Bluff Police Officers found a pistol hidden in Ossana’s vehicle when he was arrested in November of 2013. Due to previous convictions, Ossana was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

 

Ossana faces a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing on August 25th.

 

 

DEXTER MAN CHARGED WITH PROMOTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

A Dexter man is facing a child pornography related charge.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 23 year old Joesph Michael Frye was recently arrested on a warrant for second degree promoting child pornography.

 

Frye allegedly set up a fake Facebook page using inappropriate pictures that a 17 year old girl had sent him.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN ARRESTED ON COCAINE CHARGE

 

A Cape Girardeau man is facing felony drug charges following his arrest Wednesday night.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Gene T. Wren has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance for cocaine and hydrocodone.

 

Wren is also facing a charge of possession of under 35 grams of marijuana.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL MAKES 36 ARREST OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

36 arrests were made by the Highway Patrol over the Memorial Day weekend in Southeast Missouri.

 

According to Captain George Ridens, 13 of the arrests were for driving while intoxicated, one was for boating while intoxicated, and the other 22 were drug arrests.

 

Officers in Troop E also investigated 29 traffic crashes, which resulted in 17 injuries and one fatality.

 

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Route UU in New Madrid County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under roadway.

 

This section of roadway is located between Route D and County Road 784.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

 

NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in New Madrid County today for a pipe replacement.

 

Route H will be closed today from 8:30 am to 4 pm for the replacement. The work zone will be located from Highway 61 to County Road 843.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR TO DECIDE ON DRUG OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE BILL

 

Missouri law officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians could administer an antidote for drug overdoses under legislation on the governor’s desk.

 

The bill would let trained responders use naloxone to treat people who overdose on narcotics or opiates such as heroin and prescription painkillers.

 

Several states already equip law enforcement officials with naloxone. Legislators approved the Missouri bill without dissent and sent it to Governor Jay Nixon before ending their annual session May 16th.

 

 

TAX BREAKS COULD POSSIBLY HARM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACCORDING TO GOVERNOR NIXON

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is amplifying his opposition to a series of tax breaks passed by lawmakers.

 

Nixon said Wednesday the tax breaks could cost local governments $351 million of revenues annually. That’s on top of what Nixon’s administration projects as a $425 million annual reduction in state tax revenues.

 

Republican lawmakers have disputed some of the cost projections.

 

Legislators passed about two-dozen tax breaks for specific industries, organizations or consumers. Some of those would exempt sales taxes for expenses by computer data centers, electric companies and restaurants.

 

Nixon has said he will make vetoes or budget cuts in response to the tax breaks.

May 28, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052814

 

AREA BUSINESSES WARNED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR QUICK CHANGE ARTIST

 

The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce is warning area businesses to be on the lookout for a quick change artist in the area.

 

According to the Chamber of Commerce, an African American male wearing a ball cap has been purchasing small items to get the cashier to open the register and then confusing the register operator until he gets more money from them than he originally gave. He usually starts by paying with a large bill such as a $100 bill.

 

Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of the quick change artist is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 785-5776 or the Butler County Sheriff’s Department at 785-8444.

 

We have tips on how to handle a quick change artist available on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/930kwoc.

 

 

WARRANT ISSUED FOR KENNETT MAN IN CONNECTION TO RECENT SHOOTING

 

Multiple warrants have been issued for a Kennett man in connection to a recent shooting.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, warrants have been issued on Uzzi C. Caruthers for first degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm.

 

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

 

 

JONESBORO POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING

 

A Jonesboro man was reportedly shot while walking with his brother.

 

According to KAIT, 19 year old Darius D. Sills, was shot in the leg at the intersection of Fairfield and Race in Jonesboro. The teen told police that he did not know who fired the shot.

 

Jonesboro Police are investigating the incident.

 

 

ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED FOR ACCUSED BANK ROBBERS

 

Two people accused of robbing one southeast Missouri bank are now charged with robbing another.

 

The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that the Morley branch of First Commercial Bank was robbed May 20th. One of the three suspects told police that he and one of the other suspects also robbed the Essex branch on March 17th.

 

Tyrice Royston and Pamela Lathon, both of the St. Louis area, are accused in both crimes. A third suspect, Alexander Trotter, is charged only in the Morley robbery.

 

All three are jailed in Scott County.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MOTORCYCLE RIDER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK

 

A motorcycle rider has serious injuries following a wreck Tuesday morning.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 71 year old Jackie Eddington, of Poplar Bluff, was ejected from his motorcycle after another vehicle failed to yield and made a left hand turn into his path.

 

The wreck occurred on Route B outside of Poplar Bluff at around 8:26 am Tuesday. Eddington was air lifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital following the wreck.

 

 

NINE INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE WRECK NEAR ARCADIA

 

A total of nine people were injured in a two vehicle wreck Tuesday in Iron County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly before 6 pm on Missouri Highway 21, 8 miles south of Arcadia, when one of the vehicles crossed the centerline and struck the other vehicle.

 

Six of the nine people suffered serious injuries.

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

Route N in Stoddard County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace the culvert pipe under the roadway.

 

The work zone will be located between County Roads 557 and 512.

 

Work will take place today from 8 am to 2 pm, weather permitting.

 

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY ON INTERSTATE 55 IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

North and Southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane over the next week and a half as contractor crews perform bridge approach repairs.

 

The bridge to be repaired is located over the US 60/ I-57 Interchange and I-55/ US 62.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed through Saturday, June 7th from 6 am to 7 pm daily.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS URGE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TICKS

 

Missouri conservation officials are urging people headed outdoors to take precautions against tick bites.

 

Insect repellants and covering up are two steps that can help. Officials say long-sleeved shirts, pants and securing pants cuffs are the first defenses.

 

People should check for ticks after returning indoors and shower quickly to remove unattached ticks. Putting clothes in the dryer on high heat before washing should kill any remaining ticks.

 

Ticks can spread various diseases, including Lyme disease, Rock Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Most tick-transmitted diseases require prolonged feeding. To remove a tick, use tweezers and grasp it as close to the skin as possible. Don’t jerk or twist the tick when removing and clean the bite area.

 

 

LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE MORE OVERSIGHT OF SOME CHILD CARE CENTERS

 

Legislation pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would require new oversight of some unlicensed child care centers.

 

The legislation would require state workers to visit unlicensed facilities that receive federal money. It also would require the development of quality indicators that parents could use to evaluate the safety and caliber of child care centers.

 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the legislation was prompted by changes in federal regulations. Missouri could lose more than $100 million in federal funding if it doesn’t increase oversight.

 

It says the monitoring visits would apply to all child care centers, including about 3,900 in homes, churches and schools that are not currently inspected by state child care regulators.

 

The Missouri provisions would take effect no sooner than October 2015.

 

 

May 27, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052714

 

MAN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AFTER ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING HIS WIFE

 

A Kennett man is facing a murder charge for allegedly shooting his wife.

 

According to Missouri Case Net, 51 year old Allan Branum has been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, Allan allegedly shot his wife, Regina Branum, in the head with a .38 caliber revolver Thursday night.

 

 

TEENAGER KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Doniphan teenager has died following a single vehicle wreck Friday in Ripley County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 17 year old Austin Elliott was one of five teenagers thrown from the vehicle after it overturned. Elliott was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The driver of the vehicle, along with two other passengers, suffered serious injuries. Another passenger received moderate injuries.

 

According to the crash report, none of the five teens were wearing a safety device.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY DEPUTY INVOLVED IN WEEKEND SHOOTING

 

An investigation is ongoing into a shooting over the weekend that involved a Butler County Deputy.

 

The deputy was investigating a report of a prowler at a residence when he was allegedly fired at. The deputy returned fire and fatally shot the individual. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave.

 

The names of the officer and the person killed were not released. An autopsy has been scheduled for this morning.

 

 

MAN FACING ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO WRECK

 

Authorities in Craighead County say a man purposely wrecked his vehicle last week in an attempt to kill his girlfriend.

 

Thomas Waters is reportedly facing charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, and terroristic threatening.

 

Both Waters and his girlfriend suffered injuries in the wreck on Wednesday.

 

 

MAN RAN OVER BY TRACTOR IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

A Dudley man has suffered serious injuries after being run over by a tractor last week.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 65 year old Dennis R. Parks was attempting to jump start the tractor while it was in gear causing it to run over him.

 

Parks was taken by air to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

 

OKLAHOMA MAN ARRESTED ON COCAINE CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

An Oklahoma man was taken into custody Monday night in Butler County on a cocaine charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Kenneth A. Peterman, of Coweta, Oklahoma, is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and driving while suspended.

 

 

KENNETT POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING INCIDENT

 

Kennett authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred Friday morning.

 

According to Kennett Police, officers witnessed six shots being fired by an unknown suspect in the area of Ninth Street Friday morning.

 

One of the rounds struck a passing motorists vehicle while another round nearly hit an officer. A subject in the vehicle that was hit pointed to a white passenger vehicle stating that there was a person shooting at them. The vehicle attempted to flee the area at a high rate of speed.

 

Officers were able to catch the vehicle and conduct a stop. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody for felony driving while revoked and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

 

Police believe that the shooter or shooters fled from the vehicle on foot prior to the stop. They were not located or identified.

 

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.

 

 

INTERSTATE 55 IN NEW MADRID COUNTY TO BE REDUCED THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

North and Southbound I-55 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform erosion work.

 

The work zone is located between Mile Markers 50 and 52.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed today through Thursday from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily.

 

 

VOTER WHO DIDN’T PROVIDE ID COULD DECIDE CRAIGHEAD  COUNTY ELECTION

 

A race for a Craighead County justice of the peace position ended in an apparent tie.

 

Election officials say incumbent Ray Kidd and challenger Mike Cox each received 129 votes in last Tuesday’s primary.

 

Election Commission Chairman Scott McDaniel says the ballots will be counted against to ensure no votes were missed. The results are to be certified today.

 

McDaniel says there is one uncounted ballot that could decide the race. He says a voter didn’t provide a required photo identification and has until noon today to do so in order for the ballot to be counted.

 

McDaniel says the ballot is sealed and it isn’t known whether the ballot will affect the tied race.

 

If the race remains tied, Kidd and Cox will meet in a June runoff.

 

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATORS PASS SEVERAL PRIVACY RELATED BILLS

 

Missouri lawmakers have endorsed proposals aimed at bolstering privacy protections for electronic communications, public school students and library records.

 

Lawmakers approved several measures dealing with electronic privacy during the annual session that ended this month. Two bills are heading to Governor Jay Nixon and a constitutional amendment will appear on the August ballot.

 

The constitutional amendment would add electronic communications and data to existing protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

 

One bill would bar school districts from requiring students to use IDs with radio frequency identification to monitor or track students. Another measure would protect from disclosure library records about a patron’s use of e-books and digital materials.

May 22, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052214

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

 

A Lake City resident is dead following a wreck Wednesday morning in Craighead County, Arkansas.

 

According to KAIT, 33 year old Corkey Cooksey reportedly lost control of his vehicle at a high rate of speed causing it to roll multiple times and eject him.

 

His body was found 150 feet away from the vehicle.

 

 

TWO BOYS RECOVERED FROM REPORTED PARENTAL KIDNAPPING

 

Two boys have been recovered after a reported parental kidnapping.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, they were informed Wednesday morning of a parental kidnapping of two brothers, ages 10 and 13 out of Rector, Arkansas. The boys had been given to their grandmother by an Arkansas Court.

 

Their biological parents allegedly took the boys Wednesday morning without permission in a U-Haul truck.

 

Law Enforcement agencies received information that the parents were traveling south on I-55 passing by Cape Girardeau at around 9:20 am. Officers were able to stop the U-Haul vehicle on I-55.

 

They found two adults in the front of the vehicle and the two brothers, along with another adult, in the enclosed cargo bed of the truck.

 

The adults were arrested and taken to the police station pending the filing of formal charges. The kids were held until their grandmother could pick them up. No names were released in connection to the incident.

 

 

IDENTITIES RELEASED OF THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO MORLEY BANK ROBBERY

 

Authorities have released the identities of three people arrested in connection to a bank robbery Tuesday afternoon in Morley.

 

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 46 year old Pamela M. Lathon, 36 year old, Tyrice G. Royston, and 31 year old Alexander T. Trotter, all of St. Louis, are each facing charges of second degree robbery and felonious restraint.

 

The arrest is connection to the alleged robbery of First Commercial Bank in Morley on Tuesday. After receiving a report of the robbery, officers found two female bank employees both bound at the wrists, inside the bank. One of the employees had been sprayed in the face with pepper spray.

 

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said the suspect’s vehicle was spotted a short time later near Bell City in Stoddard County. Trotter, Royston, and Lathon were arrested after being compared to bank surveillance video.

 

Trotter and Royston reportedly admitted their involvement during an interview with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

 

 

KENNETT POLICE LOOKING SUSPECT IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED WATERMELON THEFT

 

A theft from an area store has Kennett Police asking for the public’s help.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, a suspect is being sought in connection to the alleged theft of a trailer load of watermelons.

 

The Police Department has posted pictures of the suspect on their Facebook page.

 

We have the pictures available on our Facebook page, as well at www.Facebook.com/930KWOC.

 

 

MOST HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION TO BE SUSPENDED IN MISSOURI FOR MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be suspending most construction and maintenance work on state roadways this weekend due to the Memorial Day holiday.

 

Work will stop at noon on Friday, May 23rd and resume Tuesday, May 27th after the morning rush period. Still, some lane and bridge closures will remain in place due to more permanent closures.

 

MoDOT is advising motorists to be careful on the roads this weekend. During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, there were six people killed and 63 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes.

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

A Stoddard County road will be closed today so crews can replace a pipe underneath the roadway.

 

Route H in Stoddard County will be closed from 8 am to 3 pm, weather permitting.

 

The work zone will be located from Highway 25 to County Road 607.

 

 

THIS WEEKEND MARKS THE OPENING OF SQUIRREL AND BASS SEASON IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri hunting and fishing seasons are opening this weekend for squirrels and bass.

 

The state Department of Conservation says hunters can take squirrels from Saturday through February 15th with firearms or archery equipment. Trapping also is allowed as long as hunters check traps daily.

 

Also on Saturday, anglers can begin keeping largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass they catch from streams in southern Missouri. There are restrictions on keeping bass caught between March 1st and Friday.

 

 

ACLU INVESTIGATING REPORTS CONCERNING ARKANSAS VOTER ID RULE

 

A day after the first statewide election with a voter identification requirement, the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it is investigating reports of some polling places being too strident in enforcing the rule.

 

ACLU legal director Holly Dickson said Wednesday that she’d gotten reports that some poll workers used barcode readers to scan in driver licenses, a step that’s not part of the voter ID law. She says some other workers quizzed voters about information on their driver licenses, something else that she says isn’t stated in the law.

 

The voter ID law was declared unconstitutional by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox before the election but he postponed imposition of his ruling, so the law was enforced Tuesday and during early voting.

 

 

SUPREME COURT ORDERS FEDERAL COURT TO REVIEW CASE OF MISSOURI INMATE ON DEATH ROW

 

The Supreme Court has put off the execution of a Missouri inmate with a rare medical condition who challenged the state’s refusal to disclose the source of its lethal injection drug.

 

The justices on Wednesday said a lower federal court needs to take another look at the case of convicted killer Russell Bucklew.

 

Bucklew’s attorneys said the combination of the secrecy surrounding the execution drug and Bucklew’s medical condition affecting his blood vessels makes for an unacceptably high risk that he would experience extreme pain if injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital

 

Bucklew would have been the first inmate put to death since last month’s botched execution in Oklahoma. Bucklew is on death row for killing a man during a 1996 crime spree.

May 21, 2014

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PARAGOULD MAN HELD ON MURDER WARRANT IN CONNECTION TO POPLAR BLUFF HOMICIDE

 

A Paragould man is in custody in connection to a homicide investigation in Poplar Bluff.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Jeremy Winkle is being held in the Craighead County Jail, on a warrant of first degree murder in connection to the death of 28 year old Tiffani Noles, of Paragould.

 

Noles was found dead Monday night in a Poplar Bluff apartment. An autopsy on Tuesday determined that the cause of death was strangulation.

 

Police were also searching for Kyle Hollis, of Paragould in connection to the case. He was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Cardwell on outstanding warrants for failure to appear.

 

After speaking with Hollis, investigators determined that there was no evidence to suggest that he was involved in Tiffani Noles’ death.

 

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING MOTORCYCLE WRECK

 

One person is dead following a motorcycle wreck last night in Cape Girardeau County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Cody A. McSwain, of Scott City, was hit by a truck after he reportedly pulled into its path while making a left hand turn.

 

McSwain was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

BANK ROBBERY IN MORLEY LEADS TO ARREST OF THREE SUSPECTS

 

Authorities have arrested three people in connection to the alleged robbery of a bank in Scott County.

 

According to authorities, the robbery occurred Tuesday afternoon in Morley. The three suspects were arrested shortly afterwords.

 

Their names have not yet been released.

 

 

ELLSINORE MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

An Ellsinore man is facing a felony meth charge in connection to his arrest Tuesday evening.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Basil W. Foster has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Foster is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

MODOT URGES MOTORISTS TO USE CAUTION DURING 100 MILE YARD SALE

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be cautious while driving during the 100 mile yard sale this weekend on Highway 25.

 

There will be more traffic and congestion than usual along the route this weekend and drivers need to be extra careful and look for pedestrian traffic. Message boards will be in place along the route to alert drivers of the unusual traffic patterns and promote safe driving.

 

 

BOIL WATER ORDER IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF WAYNE AND BUTLER COUNTIES

 

A boil water order is in effect for some people in Butler and Wayne Counties.

 

A well failure has caused the order to be issued for customers of Public Water District #4 north of the Wappapello Volunteer Fire Department. The order is in effect until further notice.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL TO HOLD OPERATION FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be holding an operation over Memorial Day weekend in an effort to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.

 

Throughout the weekend troopers in Southeast Missouri and throughout the state will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., which stands for combined accident reduction effort.

 

Troop E in Southeast Missouri will also be participating in the statewide 20-Mile Trooper project during the peak travel periods on Friday and Monday. As a part of the project, troopers will be assigned to 20 mile stretches of Interstate 55 and other selected roadways.

 

 

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE HALTS BUCKLEW EXECUTION

 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has issued an order halting the planned execution of a Missouri inmate.

 

Alito’s order issued late Tuesday does not explain why he suspended the scheduled execution of Russell Bucklew, but it indicates that he or the high court will have more to say about the matter.

 

The order was issued shortly after the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay of execution granted hours earlier by a three-judge panel of that court.

 

The panel issued the stay over concerns that Bucklew’s rare medical condition could cause him undue suffering during lethal injection.

 

Bucklew was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 12:01am this morning.

 

 

DECLINE IN CASINO AND LOTTERY REVENUE LEADS TO EDUCATION CUTS

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is making more cuts to public education because of a decline in casino and lottery revenues.

 

Nixon announced more than $35 million of new spending restrictions Tuesday. That’s on top of $22 million of restrictions announced in April.

 

The Democratic governor said lottery and casino revenues are not meeting the amounts assumed in the 2014 budget that runs through June 30. Because the gambling revenues are dedicated to education, Nixon says the cuts must come from that area.

 

He said the K-12 school funding formula will lose $24.6 million in the latest round of cuts, raising the total cut to more than $40 million.

 

Nixon said universities would lose an additional $10.5 million, raising the total higher education reduction to nearly $17 million.

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POPLAR BLUFF POLICE INVESTIGATING CHECK FRAUD

 

Police in Poplar Bluff are investigating reports of forged checks being passed at area businesses.

 

According to Captain David Sutton, a total of four returned checks have been reported, with a total loss of over $3,300. The checks were drawn on a fictitious business account; and were made payable to Eric Creason and James Chesser.

 

Photos taken from surveillance video related to the case are available on our facebook page at Facebook.com/930kwoc.

 

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call 573-686-8036.

 

 

LESTERVILLE TEENAGER DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

An area teenager has died following a single vehicle wreck on Sunday.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 18 year old Dustin D. Stulce, of Lesterville, ran off the side of Missouri Highway 21 in Reynolds County. Stulce then reportedly overcorrected and caused the vehicle to roll, ejecting him in the process.

 

Stulce was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17 year old passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

 

 

GOBLER TEENAGER CHARGED WITH MAKING A TERRORISTIC THREAT

 

A 17 year old Gobler teenager is facing a charge of making a terroristic threat in connection to posts found on his Facebook page.

 

According to KFVS, Marrocas Sanders has been charged with making a terroristic threat. The arrest follows an investigation into a possible “hit list” that involved students in the Delta C-7 school district.

 

During the investigation, a Pemiscot County School resource officer found out about the alleged threats on Sander’s Facebook page.

 

 

CHARLESTON MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY AND ROBBERY CHARGE

 

A Charleston man is facing multiple charges in connection to a reported home invasion and robbery.

 

According to the Charleston Department of Public Safety, 22 year old Anthony Horton is charged with first degree burglary, first degree robbery, and armed criminal action.

 

On Saturday May 17th, authorities received a report of a home invasion and robbery on Lee Avenue. An investigation revealed a suspect had allegedly forcibly entered the residence and threatened the occupants, including a 5 year old child, with a handgun.

 

Horton was later taken into custody without incident at an area business.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO HIGH SPEED CHASE

 

Two men are in custody following a high speed chase yesterday in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to KAIT, 33 year old Shawn Williams, and 53 year old Russell Cox, both of Corning, Arkansas, were arrested following a chase that went through three counties.

 

Two police officers were injured during the chase when an officer lost control of his vehicle and it overturned. Both officers were taken to an area hospital and later released.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON AUTHORIZES FUNDING FOR TORNADO SAFE ROOM IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says that he has authorized the State Emergency Management Agency to proceed with a proposal for a tornado safe room in Stoddard County.

 

The proposal includes a 6,700 square foot safe room to shelter about 1,000 people in the Advance R-4 School. Four other tornado safe room projects were also approved across the state.

 

 

EXECUTION SET FOR TONIGHT FOR MISSOURI INMATE

 

Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate remain hopeful that a court will halt his execution even though the governor has shown little inclination to do so himself.

 

Russell Bucklew’s attorneys have appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to halt his execution, which is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.

 

They say the 46-year-old Bucklew suffers from a condition that can cause weakened and malformed blood vessels. They also say the secrecy surrounding the state’s execution drug increases the risk of him suffering through an agonizing death if given a lethal injection.

 

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon told The Associated Press on Monday that he’s considering Bucklew’s clemency request but hadn’t seen a reason to intervene.

 

It would be the first U.S. execution since Oklahoma’s botched procedure last month.

 

 

MISSOURI VOTERS TO DECIDE ON EIGHT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

 

Missouri voters will have a lot to think about this year when they look at their election ballots. There will be choices about farms, guns, lottery tickets and taxes, to name just a few.

 

That’s because lawmakers have referred an unusually large number of constitutional amendments to the ballot for voters to decide.

 

During the session that ended last week, lawmakers voted to place six measures on the ballot. They referred an additional two to this year’s ballot during their 2013 session.

 

That total of eight ballot measures would be the most placed there by the Legislature since the 1997-1998 sessions, when it referred 10 issues to voters.

 

All of this year’s measures would appear on the November ballot, unless Governor Jay Nixon sets a different election date.

 

 

SOME GROUND BEEF SENT TO MISSOURI DISTRIBUTERS PART OF RECALL

 

Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that affected Wolverine Packing Co. products were produced between March 31 and April 18. They were shipped to distributors in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

 

The Food Safety and Inspection Service says 11 illnesses have been identified.

 

The products bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14″ between “03 31 14″ and “04 18 14.”

 

E. coli can cause severe cramps, nausea and diarrhea, as well as other complications.

 

 

ARKANSAS CLICK IT OR TICKET MOBILIZATION IS UNDERWAY

 

Arkansas law enforcement have began a two week long Click it or Ticket mobilization effort.

 

During the operation, which will go through June 1st, Arkansas State Police and other law enforcement officers who will be on the lookout for violators of the Arkansas primary seat belt and child passenger safety laws.

 

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic fatalities were up nationwide in 2012 for the first time in five years with more than 10,000 people killed not wearing their seat belts.

 

In Arkansas, 226 unbelted vehicle occupants died in 2012.

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ARRESTS MADE IN CONNECTION TO SHOPLIFTING INCIDENT

 

Poplar Bluff Police have arrested multiple people in connection to a shoplifting incident.

 

According to Captain David Sutton, James Hovis, Craig Cassinger, and Corey Holbek have been arrested after authorities found stolen tools in a vehicle they were in Thursday night.

 

Requests for felony stealing charges on the three men were forwarded to the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney.

 

Hovis and Holbek, along with a woman, Tiffany Glover, were arrested earlier this month on similar charges stemming from another felony stealing incident.

 

 

TWO ARRESTS MADE IN SIKESTON TEEN SHOOTING

 

Sikeston authorities have made two arrests in connection to the shooting of a Sikeston teenager last week.

 

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the teenager told police that he and another person were riding their bikes when someone leaned out of a vehicle’s window and fired four to five shots at them.

 

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was taken to an area hospital for surgery.

 

An investigation into the incident led police to the identity of the driver of the vehicle and the suspected shooter. They have both been taken into custody and have charges pending through the Scott County Prosecutors Office.

 

Their names have not yet been released.

 

 

MAN RECEIVES SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER BEING HIT BY VEHICLE IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

A man has serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle while walking Saturday night.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred when a vehicle driving south on Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County.  The vehicle hit a walking pedestrian and then hit the median cable barrier.

 

A crash report from the Patrol listed the victim as unidentifiable.  He was flown out of state for medical treatment.

 

 

SIKESTON AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING FRIDAY MORNING SHOOTING

 

No one was injured in a shooting incident Friday in Sikeston.

 

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, around 11:15 am Friday morning, they received calls of shots fired in the area of John R. Boulevard and Monte Circle. At the scene, they found a vehicle that hit been struck by gunfire.

 

Following an investigation, authorities learned that the shooting was connected to an apparent argument between two groups of people. One of the subjects pulled a weapon following the argument.

 

The offender is in custody and authorities are seeking charges. The name of the offender was not released.

 

Authorities say that there is no reason to believe this shooting is related to the shooting that occurred on Thursday.

 

 

BROSELEY MAN FACING FELONY METH CHARGE

 

A Broseley man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest Saturday.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Derik P. Ray was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, methamphetamine. Ray is also facing a charge of failure to register vehicle.

 

 

MICHIGAN WOMAN ALLEGEDLY FOUND IN POSSESSION OF HEROIN AND MORPHINE

 

A woman was allegedly found with heroin and morphine in Scott County Sunday night.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Tasha R. Gose, of Marcellus, Michigan, is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for heroin and morphine, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

 

CREWS TO BE IN BUTLER COUNTY THIS WEEK FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County this week for pavement repairs on Route HH.

 

The road will be reduced to one lane from Highway 53 to Highway 142 during the repairs. Weather permitting, work will performed through Thursday from 7 am to 4 pm daily.

 

 

HIGHWAY 67 IN WAYNE COUNTY TO BE REDUCED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Northbound Highway 67 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane early this week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

 

The work zone is located between County Road 214 and County Road 212.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today and tomorrow from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS SET FOR THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Bridge repairs will force delays this week on Highway 60 in New Madrid County.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway 60 will be reduced to one lane this week between Route E and Highway 61 so crews can seal bridge decks.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place daily from 7 am to 4 pm through Thursday.

 

 

LEGISLATION THAT WOULD RENEW PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT PASSED BY MISSOURI LAWMAKERS

 

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would renew a prescription drug benefit for more than 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.

 

The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure passed on Friday would extend the benefit until 2017.

 

State officials estimate more than 9 million prescription drug claims will be filed for 230,000 Missourians during the current budget year. Governor Jay Nixon has called on lawmakers to renew the program.

 

The legislation would also extend Medicaid coverage for unborn babies whose families earn up to three times the federal poverty level. It also would create a panel to study insurance coverage for eating disorders.

 

Senators voted 31 to 0 to send Nixon the bill and it cleared the House with a 126 to 13 vote shortly after.

 

 

FITNESS CENTERS AND ELECTRICAL UTILITIES INCLUDED IN NEW SALES TAX BILL

 

Missouri lawmakers have sent Governor Jay Nixon a bill providing sales tax breaks for fitness centers, data storage centers and electrical utilities.

 

The legislation would exempt resources and machinery used by utilities to produce and transmit electricity. Data storage centers would get a tax break for the electricity, machinery, equipment and parts they use.

 

The measure also narrows the definition of entertainment and recreation events for which sales tax can be charged. Current law had been interpreted to apply the tax to use of fitness centers and other athletic facilities. Lawmakers say that’s not what they originally intended.

 

Senators approved the measure 24 to 7 on Friday, and the House passed it 92 to 34.

 

 

VOTERS TO DECIDE ON ELECTRONIC PRIVACY AMENDMENT

 

Missouri lawmakers are referring to the ballot a constitutional amendment that supporters say will boost electronic privacy protections.

 

The state constitution currently protects Missourians’ “persons, papers, homes and effects” from unreasonable searches and seizures. The proposed constitutional amendment would add their “electronic communications and data” to that.

 

House members approved the measure 114 to 28 on Friday. It passed the Senate 31 to 1 last month and will appear on the November ballot unless Governor Jay Nixon picks a different date.

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WINONA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING THREATS TO VA MEDICAL CENTER

 

A Winona man is facing up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to making threats to the Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center.

 

57 year old Markel Abbey has pled guilty to two counts of threat by interstate communication.

 

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, on June 17th and June 28th, 2013, Abbey placed telephone calls to the Veterans

Administration Medical Center in Poplar Bluff and made a threat to physically harm his treating physician and members of the hospital staff.

 

His sentencing is set for August 11th.

 

 

TEENAGER WOUNDED IN SIKESTON SHOOTING

 

Authorities in Sikeston are searching for more information about a shooting Thursday that put an area teenager in the hospital.

 

According to authorities, the victim told police that he and another person were riding their bikes when someone leaned out of a vehicle’s window and fired four to five shots at them.

 

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was taken to an area hospital for surgery. He is expected to recover.

 

Police believe they have found the vehicle that was involved in the shooting and are now attempting to identify who was in the vehicle at the time.

 

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call the Sikeston Department of Public Safety at 573-471-1500.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES

 

A Lowndes man is facing multiple felony charges in connection to his arrest Thursday afternoon in Wayne County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 54 year old Lindell B. Fischer is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and oxycodone, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

3.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HITS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded Thursday in Southeast Missouri.

 

According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the quake occurred at 10:44 am Thursday, 9 miles northwest of Gideon.

 

The earthquake depth was listed at 3.5 miles.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF CITY PROSECUTOR RESIGNS

 

The Poplar Bluff City Prosecutor has submitted his resignation.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, City Prosecutor Wade Pierce has resigned effective at midnight, May 31st. Pierce has served in the role for over 11 years.

 

The city attorney position has now been filed, at least for the time being.

 

Robert Smith was appointed to the position on an interim basis earlier this week by interim city manager, Mark Massingham. Smith is taking over for Wally Duncan, who resigned earlier this month.

 

 

OPENING DATE SET FOR NEW POPLAR BLUFF HOBBY LOBBY

 

A new business in Poplar Bluff is set to open its doors to customers later this month.

 

Hobby Lobby will hold a grand opening celebration on Monday, May 26th at 9 am. Hobby Lobby, a national retail chain of craft and home décor stores, will be located in Valley Plaza at North Westwood Boulevard and Maud Street.

 

 

ALMOST $11,000 RAISED DURING SCHOOL FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT

 

Twenty-three teams have helped raise almost $11,000 for the Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation.

 

The money was raised during the Foundation’s 15th annual golf tournament on May 2nd at the Ozark Ridge Golf Course.

 

Proceeds from the tournament will go to fund student scholarships and classroom projects.

 

 

SCHOOL STANDARDS MEASURE SENT TO GOVERNOR NIXON

 

The Republican-led Missouri Legislature has passed legislation that would task groups of parents and educators with writing new benchmarks for student achievement.

 

The measure sent to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Thursday could pave the way for Missouri to become the second state to ditch the Common Core Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states. Missouri’s State Board of Education adopted Common Core in 2010.

 

Under the bill, state officials would pick teams to develop new school standards for English, math, science and history to be implemented during the 2016 academic year.

 

Until then, Missouri schools could continue using Common Core in the classroom and for tests that are scheduled to be taken this fall.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS PASS BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW SOME FELONS TO QUALIFY FOR FOOD STAMPS

 

People convicted of drug felonies could potentially qualify for food stamps under a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature.

 

Drug felons are currently banned for life from the aid program. But the bill would allow them to receive the benefit if they have completed or been determined by the state not to need a substance abuse program. It would not apply to people with three or more felony drug convictions.

 

The bill would also restrict welfare spending out-of-state and at casinos, liquor stores and strip clubs. Recipients could lose their benefits if they don’t make a purchase within Missouri every 90 days. They could also be penalized for spending public assistance on tobacco, alcohol or lottery tickets.

 

The House and Senate both passed the measure Thursday.

 

 

RURAL ECONOMY SURVEY SUGGESTS GROWTH

 

The economy appears to be gaining strength in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states.

 

The overall economic index for the region improved to 55.6 in May from April’s 53.2, suggesting growth in the months ahead.

 

The survey of bankers in the region uses indexes that range from 0 to 100, with 50 representing growth neutral. A score above 50 suggests growth in that factor in the months ahead.

 

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He says the results show the economy is improving in these rural areas that depend heavily on agriculture and energy production.

 

Bankers from 10 states including Illinois and Missouri were surveyed.