RIVER RADIO NEWS 082313
MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO 20 YEAR OLD RAPE CASE
An Arkansas man has been arrested in connection to a two decade old rape case.
According to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, 61 year old Johnny D. Carte, of Evansville, was arrested on one count of rape. The charge stems from a warrant issued in Izard County.
Carte had previously been arrested in Washington County on 30 counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and, later, on two counts of sexual indecency with a child. His bond was set at $100,000 for the rape charge.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEVIATE SEXUAL ASSAULT
An area man has reportedly pled guilty to deviate sexual assault.
56 year old David Barberis entered the plea Thursday.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the Chaffee Nursing Home contacted his office in February, reporting that Barberis had conducted himself in an inappropriate manner while visiting several female residents.
An investigation revealed that the nursing staff became suspicious of Barberis when he entered rooms of some of the female residents and closed the door behind him. Walter said a member of the nursing staff entered one of rooms and caught Barberis acting inappropriately with the female resident.
KENNETT POLICE LOOKING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECT
Police in Kennett are looking for a man who grabbed money from a business’ cash register and ran.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 1 pm yesterday at Huck’s Food and Fuel in Kennett. An employee told officers the man was tall and stocky, wearing a gray shirt, gray pants and a black bandana, and that he fled in a late model gray Buick with a blue rag top.
Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call 573-888-4622.
TWO TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR ALLEGED ILLEGAL GAMING
Two people have been taken into custody in connection to an alleged illegal gaming operation.
According to KAIT, John Ward and Michelle Ward were arrested after authorities reportedly busted a gaming operation at a business in Walnut Ridge that was owned by John Ward. Michelle Ward was an employee at the business.
KENNETT MAN ARRESTED WHEN POLICE FIND STOLEN ITEMS IN HOME
A Kennett man has been arrested after authorities conducted a search of his home and located drugs and stolen items.
Authorities say Thomas Lee Simmons was taken into custody just before 11 pm last night. Police say that during a search of Simmons’ residence, they discovered several items that had been recently reported stolen and items they believe were taken during previous burglaries, as well as marijuana and marijuana plants.
Simmons faces several burglary and drug charges.
THREE RESCUED AFTER GETTING STRANDED ON MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Three people had to be rescued by Cape Girardeau authorities after reportedly getting stranded on the Mississippi river.
According to authorities, two people were recovered from a boat that had gotten stuck on a sandbar. A third person was recovered who was floating down the river.
OZARK SCENIC RIVERWAYS REVERSES DECISION ON PERMIT REQUIREMENT TO USE RIVERWAYS FOR BAPTISMS
Missouri Congressman Jason Smith announced on Thursday the Park Service has reversed its decision and will no longer require permits for baptisms on Ozark National Forest Riverways.
Since 2006, the Park Service has required permits for riverway baptisms.
Smith was notified of the reversal in a letter from Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park Superintendent Bill Black.
TOUR DE BLUFF COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER 7TH
The Kiwanis Tour de Bluff bike ride is just over two weeks away.
The ride will feature different routes for children and adults. The kids’ routes will be located within Bacon and Hendrickson Parks, while the adult routes will run 15, 30, or 60 miles long, depending on the route. All routes will begin and end at Kiwani’s Bacon Park on Saturday, September 7th.
You can register online at www.active.com or the day of the race. Activities for families are also planned for race day at Bacon Park.
INCREASED FINES FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN EMERGENCY ZONES STARTS NEXT WEEK
Beginning next week, moving violations and traffic offenses in active emergency zones are going to be met with harsher penalties.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, HB 103 will go into effect on Wednesday. The bill defines an active emergency zone as an area that is visibly marked by emergency responders on or around a highway where an active emergency or incident removal is temporarily occurring.
Passing another vehicle while in an active emergency zone could lead to fines of up to $300. The penalty could be much higher if emergency responders are present at the time of the offense.
More information is available on the Highway Patrol’s website.
HOUSE SPEAKER TO ALLOW PUBLIC VOTE FOR HALL OF FAMOUS MISSOURIANS
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones plans to allow the public to vote on whom to induct into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
The hall is a collection of bronze busts located in the Capitol and has traditionally honored people chosen by the House speaker.
Jones says he plans to accept nominations until September 13th and then prepare a Top 10 list of candidates that visitors to Capitol could vote upon. He says the public will get to pick two people to be inducted and Jones will select a third. Voting will run through October 13th.
The Hall of Famous Missourians includes the likes of Harry Truman, Mark Twain and Walt Disney.