RIVER RADIO NEWS 082013
MAN KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS HOUSE FIRE
One man has died following a house fire in Franklin, Arkansas.
According to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 55 year old Russell Wade Owens was killed in the fire Friday night.
The fire appeared to have started in a front bedroom. No one else was in the home at the time. A cause for the fire has not been released.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CHARLESTON SHOOTING
Charleston Authorities have taken an area teen into custody in connection to a shooting last week.
Authorities arrested 19 year old Decarlos Clemons, of Charleston yesterday morning. According to Robert Hearnes, with the Charleston Department of Public Safety, Clemons is suspected of shooting Christopher Smith on August 13th.
Smith’s current condition has not been released, but last week he was listed in stable condition.
Clemons is facing charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action, with additional charges pending.
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING REPORTED CAPE GIRARDEAU SHOOTING
Authorities are investigating a reported shooting that happened in Cape Girardeau this morning.
According to a report by KFVS, the shooting was near a car wash at Middle and Themis streets at around 3:30 this morning.
One male was reportedly shot in the back in the incident. No arrests have been made at this time.
MORE COUNTERFEIT BILLS REPORTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Authorities in Izard County, Arkansas say more counterfeit bills have been turned up in Melbourne.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, a counterfeit $10, 20 and 100 bill have been presented for deposit recently at a Melbourne bank.
Sheriff Lawrence is encouraging everyone to examine their money when cashing a check or receiving bills as change to make sure they are not counterfeit.
AREA CHURCH TO HOST MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING
First Presbyterian Church in Poplar Bluff will be the site of a course this fall to help people recognize the symptoms of mental health problems.
Mental Health First Aid Training will be held on October 3rd from 8 am to 5 pm. Registration for the event is $40 and will include a workbook. The course is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension and Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health.
For more information, or to register for the course, contact the University of Missouri Extension at 686-8064. The deadline to register is Friday, September 13th.
SEMO READY TO OPEN NEW RESIDENCE HALL
Students will move into a new 262-bed residence hall on the northern end of the Southeast Missouri State University campus on Thursday.
Construction of the $24.5 million facility was completed this summer. It features a suite-style design consisting of 2 double-occupancy rooms connected by a shared entrance and bathroom. Plus, students with similar academic interests and career goals will be grouped on themed floods.
The Board of Regents approved $29 million in bonds in December 2011 to pay for the residence hall project, along with a new chiller and boiler plant needed to help absorb the load from the new facility.
HIGHWAY PATROL URGING MOTORISTS TO BE SAFE DURING THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY WEEKEND
With Labor Day less than two weeks away, the Missouri State Highway Patrol taking steps to help ensure that motorists stay safe.
The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. over the Labor Day holiday weekend. All available officers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and alcohol laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists.
Troopers will also be participating in the 20 mile trooper project.
According to the Highway Patrol, last year seven people were killed and 413 injured in Missouri vehicle crashes over the Labor Day holiday.
MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BACK OVER SEVEN PERCENT
Missouri's unemployment rate is back above 7 percent for the first time in a year.
Figures released Monday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in July. That was up two percentage points from the previous month.
That last time Missouri's unemployment was that high was in July 2012.