RIVER RADIO NEWS 072913
REMAINS FOUND IN SEPTIC TANK IDENTIFIED AS MISSING CAPE MAN
Human remains found last week in a St. Francois County septic tank have been identified as those of a Cape Girardeau man.
Authorities say the remains of 38 year old Sam Francis, of Cape Girardeau, were discovered Thursday in the tank of an unoccupied property and that the case is being treated as a homicide. A cause of death has not yet been determined.
Francis had been missing since December 2012.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WOMAN DIES IN ATV CRASH
A northeast Arkansas woman has been fatally injured in a weekend ATV crash.
The Arkansas State Police report that 28 year old Sara Michelle Croom, of Cave City, Arkansas was driving the ATV west on Highway 58 Saturday night, when she lost control and overturned into a ditch.
Investigators say three other people were on the ATV at the time of the crash.
PARAGOULD MAN DROWNS IN CURRENT RIVER
A Paragould man has drown after a weekend canoeing accident on Current River.
According to authorities, 57 year old Stephen T. Hill was canoeing with another person yesterday morning, when they hit a root wad and overturned. The second person was able to swim to shore.
The accident happened about five miles north of Doniphan.
SCOTT CITY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE CHASE INTO ILLINOIS
A Scott City woman has been arrested after leading police on a chase from Missouri into Illinois that resulted in two car crashes.
According to authorities, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Sikeston, when the driver of the vehicle, 47 year old Sherry Jane Nolan fled. They say Nolan led officers on a chase on Interstate 57 into Illinois. During the pursuit, Nolan’s vehicle struck another vehicle, but continued to flee. She then struck another vehicle, lost control and spun into the interstate median.
Nolan has been charged with aggravated DUI and possession of marijuana. Other charges are pending from several counties in both Missouri and Illinois.
TWO AREA RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METH PRECURSORS
Two Southeast Missouri residents face drug charges after their arrest by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Saturday.
49 year old Jeffrey S. Pruitt, of Poplar Bluff, and 33 year old Stacy J. Coffee, of Bloomfield, were taken into custody Saturday afternoon in Stoddard County.
According to a Patrol arrest report, Pruitt faces charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia and additional traffic charges.
Coffee has been charged with possession of methamphetamine precursors, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.
THREE ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Three out of state residents have been taken into custody on drug charges in Pemiscot County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Jessy D. Suttle and 30 year old Aaron M. Smith, both of Evansville, Indiana and 30 year old Richard W. Robb, of Wesley Chapel, Florida were arrested Friday night, shortly before midnight. Each has been charged with felony drug trafficking.
WOMAN SUES OVER HANDCUFFED SON’S DEATH IN JONESBORO
The mother of a young man who police say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Lawyers for Chavis Carter's mother, Teresa Rudd, filed the lawsuit on Friday in federal court in Jonesboro.
The lawsuit seeks damages for medical expenses and loss of life. It comes a year after Carter's death and names the city of Jonesboro, its police chief and two officers as defendants.
Police in Jonesboro have faced criticism since they said officers searched Carter twice but didn't find a gun before they noticed him slumped over and bleeding in a patrol car on July 28, 2012.
An autopsy said Carter shot himself in the head while he was under the influence of meth.
NEW MADRID COUNTY DRIVERS MAY SEE DELAYS DUE TO ROAD REPAIR PROJECTS
Drivers in New Madrid County may see delays this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews work on two separate repair projects.
The first affected section of roadway is Route 162, between Route B south and Route B. Crews will be closing the road to replace a pipe under the road today and tomorrow, from 7:30 am to 5 pm each day.
In addition, Route 62 will be reduced to one lane between Route 153 and County Road 535, so crews can perform shoulder repairs. Work is scheduled to be performed today and tomorrow, from 7 am to 4 pm each day.
MISSOURI TREASURER WARNS OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY SCAM
Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is warning of a scam email about unclaimed property.
The state treasurer says the email claims recipients are owed millions of dollars through the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. The email states an audit found the property. It seeks the recipient's name, email address and phone number.
Zweifel says his office does not charge to return unclaimed property and that anyone with questions about the legitimacy of an email should contact his office. He urged Missourians to forward suspicious emails to his office.
The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators is real - but it does not notify individuals of unclaimed property.