DEXTER MAN ACCUSED OF EXPOSING POTENTIALLY OVER 300 PEOPLE TO HIV
A Dexter man is in custody after allegedly exposing at least 300 people to HIV.
According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, David Mangum has been charged with recklessly exposing another individual to HIV.
Oliver says that this is a serious concern due to the initial exposure group containing 300 or more individuals over an extended period of time, each of which could have had multiple sexual partners as well.
According to the Probable Cause affidavit, 50 to 60 of those individuals exposed to HIV reside in the immediate area of Stoddard County, however many of the potential victims have not been identified.
The official complaint says that Mangum admitted to authorities that he never disclosed he had HIV to any of his sexual partners in Stoddard County.
Oliver says that anyone who has participated in any sex act with an unknown male who they met via “Craigslist- Men seeking Men” should take immediate precautions, cease all sexual activity, go to your local health department and get tested.
Anyone who believes they or their partners could be infected should get tested as well.
11 YEAR OLD GIRL FOUND DEAD IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas have found the body of a girl who was reported missing Tuesday night.
11 year old Jessica Williams, of Gosnell, was found dead at around 6:30 am Wednesday in Mississippi County, Arkansas. She had been reported missing Tuesday night at around 9 pm.
The body was reportedly discovered in a floodway ditch near Big Lake. An investigation into the death is ongoing.
DONIPHAN MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGE
A Doniphan man was taken into custody yesterday afternoon on multiple sex related charges.
65 year old Bob W. Christian was arrested shortly after 2 pm yesterday in Ripley County.
According to the Highway Patrol, Christian is facing charges of forcible sodomy, first degree sexual misconduct, and third degree elder abuse. More details about the arrest were not released.
DRUG ARREST MADE IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
A drug arrest was made yesterday afternoon in Mississippi County.
29 year old Jeffrey C. Riley, of Charleston, was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, prescription medication; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to the Highway Patrol.
EAST PRAIRIE WOMAN FACING METH CHARGE
An East Prairie woman is facing drug charges following her arrest in Mississippi County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 24 year old Stephanie M. Shoffner was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, prescription medication; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
GROUND BROKEN ON NEW CLUBHOUSE FOR THREE RIVERS SOFTBALL TEAM
Construction has officially started on a new clubhouse facility for the Three Rivers Softball team.
The new 4,280-square-foot clubhouse will contain practice facilities, a locker room and training area, coaches’ offices and a social area for athletes.
The new building is the second in a series of planned upgrades to the Poplar Bluff Campus, which began with the renovation of the Academic Resource Commons building which was completed in early August.
DRAINAGE REPAIRS TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY
Highway 53 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform drainage repairs.
The section of roadway to be reduced is located between Route N and County Road 215.
Weather permitting, work will performed today, as well as Tuesday, September 3rd, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.
STATE TREASURER SEARCHING FOR OWNERS OF ABANDONED MILITARY MEDALS
The Missouri state treasurer hopes some online assistance will help his office track down the rightful owners or family heirs of more than 120 abandoned military medals.
Treasurer Clint Zweifel was in St. Louis Wednesday morning to promote a new state law that allows him to publicly share the names, last known addresses and other identifying information of possible medal owners. The unclaimed property includes three Purple Heart medals, 1 of the highest military honors.
Details about the unclaimed medals can be found online at www.treasurer.mo.gov/Military.
CELLPHONE TOWER REGULATION BLOCKED BY MISSOURI COURT
A Missouri judge has temporarily blocked a pair of new state laws that would have limited the ability of governments to regulate cellphone towers.
Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce issued a preliminary injunction dated Tuesday barring the laws from taking effect as scheduled on Wednesday.
At issue are bills imposing a wide-ranging list of things that cities, counties and the state cannot do when regulating cellphone towers.
Joyce wrote in a brief order that the bills appear to violate multiple sections of the Missouri Constitution.
GOVERNOR NIXON PROMOTING MISSOURI WORKS
Governor Jay Nixon is promoting a new law that reshapes Missouri's business incentives.
A law that went into effect Wednesday consolidates four existing incentives into a new program dubbed "Missouri Works." It offers tax breaks to businesses that add a certain number of jobs meeting minimum requirements for wages and health benefits.
In some cases, it will be easier for businesses to qualify for aid. But the new program also gives greater discretion to the Department of Economic Development to determine how much money to give businesses.