RIVER RADIO NEWS 080213
MURDER CHARGES FILED IN CONNECTION TO DEATH OF CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN
A Bonne Terre man is facing murder charges out of St. Francois County.
49 year old Melvin Scherrer has been charged with first degree murder and abandoning a corpse, along with charges. Scherrer is accused of murdering Samuel Francis, of Cape Girardeau.
Francis’s remains were discovered recently in a septic tank near Bonne Terre.
PERSON ARRESTED FOLLOWING PARAGOULD ROBBERY
One person has been taken into custody following a reported bank robbery in Paragould.
According to authorities, the suspect was arrested after a report was made of a robbery at First National Bank Thursday afternoon. The name of the suspect has not yet been released.
TWO ARRESTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES
Two teenagers were arrested in Cape Girardeau County early Thursday morning on drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 19 year olds James R. Ross of Cape Girardeau and Mackenzie A. Dunning of Jackson were each arrested shortly before 1 am Thursday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Dunning is facing an additional charge of possession of marijuana, while Ross has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
MAN REPORTEDLY POSED AS CRAIGHEAD COUNTY DEPUTY
An investigation is ongoing in Northeast Arkansas after authorities received a report about a man posing as a sheriff’s deputy.
The man entered the home of a Jonesboro woman, while in possession of a badge and a gun. The man was with the woman’s aunt.
When questioned, the man told the woman his name was Steven Craig, a Craighead County Deputy Sheriff. He looked around a couple rooms before leaving with the woman’s aunt.
According to KAIT, the woman contacted authorities, who said the man was an imposter.
CORNING AIRPORT CHOSEN FOR FAA GRANT
Six rural airports in Arkansas will split $1.2 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration to make improvements.
The Arkansas Congressional delegation made the announcement Thursday.
The airports receiving the funds include the Corning Municipal Airport and the Marked Tree Municipal Airport.
All six airports will receive between $153,000 and $331,000 for a variety of projects. The projects include rehabilitating a taxiway, paving and lighting a taxiway and installing a wildlife perimeter fence.
HIGHWAY PATROL TO HOLD COMMUNITY ALLIANCE PROGRAM
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be holding a Community Alliance Program starting in September.
The program will be held at the Troop E headquarter in Poplar Bluff, beginning Monday, September 23rd. The program is designed to allow the public to learn more about the Patrol’s purpose and role within the law enforcement community.
Classes will meet on six consecutive Monday evenings, from 6:30
to 9:00 pm. Applications will be accepted through September 13th. Anyone interested in the program can contact Corporal Clark Parrott at 573-840-9500, extension 3532.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HOSTING AUCTION THIS WEEKEND
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be hosting an auction this weekend.
The auction will be held Saturday at the Southeast District Office in Sikeston beginning at 10 am.
Various items will be available, including vehicles, tools, equipment, and office equipment. Items must be paid for with cash or check.
STATE SALES TAX HOLIDAY BEGINS TODAY
The Missouri Back to School sales tax holiday begins today.
If you make a qualified purchase during the holiday, from August 2nd through August 4th, you will not have to pay Missouri’s sales tax. In general, qualified items include clothing less than $100, school supplies not exceeding a total of $50 per purchase, and all computers and computer accessories less than $3,500.
City and County governments can also choose to suspend their sales taxes for the weekend.
MISSOURI LOTTERY ALLOWING SELF BANNING
The Missouri Lottery is allowing people who have a gambling problem to voluntarily ban themselves for life.
People who participate will be prohibited from claiming winnings of $600 or more.
Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon says the $600 figure was chosen because lottery winnings of that amount or more are claimed at one of the lottery's regional offices. She says enforcement at 5,000 retail locations would be impossible.
To enact a self-ban, people will sign, notarize and submit an agreement to the Missouri Lottery. Officials will keep a database to be checked when someone comes to claim a prize. Those who have banned themselves will be denied payment.