RIVER RADIO NEWS 090913
ONE DEAD FOLLOWING NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SHOOTING
Authorities are investigating a weekend shooting in Rector, Arkansas that resulted in the death of one man.
Authorities say 37 year old Shane Keith Avery died from an apparent gunshot wound. Police received reports of a shooting shortly after 3 pm on Sunday.
No arrest have been made in connection to the case, however a 54 year old man has been questioned.
TWO MORE FACING CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN’S DEATH
Two more people have been charged in connection with the killing of a Cape Girardeau tattoo artist whose remains were found this summer in a septic tank.
42 year old Brent Tyler Bouren, of St. Louis, was charged Friday with second degree murder in the death of Samuel Francis. Also Friday, 43 year old Otto Plopper, of French Village, was charged with felony of abandonment of a corpse.
A third man, Melvin Scherrer, was charged last month in Francis' killing. Online court records show that neither Bouren, nor Plopper has an attorney. Scherrer's attorney declined to comment.
The probable cause statement says witnesses reported that Bouren watched and participated in a baseball bat attack on the tattoo artist.
The Daily Journal newspaper reports that Plopper admitted to helping dispose of Francis' body.
DROWNING REPORTED AT SIKESTON LAKE
One person drowned while swimming last night in Sikeston.
According to the Highway Patrol, Brandon M. Brummett, of Sikeston, was swimming at Complex Lake when he submerged and never resurfaced. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
PAIR KILLED WHEN VEHICLE HITS A TREE IN STODDARD COUNTY
Two Puxico residents were involved in a fatal wreck Saturday night in Stoddard County.
According to authorities, 33 year old Brandy L. Beal and 38 year old Keith O. Beal were pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck off of Route BB.
Brandy Beal had reportedly run off the road and hit a tree shortly before 10 pm Saturday night.
BENTON MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A single vehicle wreck in Scott County has claimed the life of a Benton man.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35 year old Jeremy N. Reeves was killed in the wreck Sunday evening around three miles north of Benton.
Reeves was ejected from the vehicle after it ran off the road and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED IN ARKANSAS WRECK
One person has died, while two others have been injured in connection to a wreck in Jackson County, Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, Tiffany Lee Duty, of Jonesboro, was traveling on Highway 67 when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving and overturned.
One of Duty’s passengers, 24 year old Jeremy Lee Bayles, of Imboden, was killed in the wreck. Duty and a one year old passenger suffered undisclosed injuries.
MORE CHARGES FILED IN CONNECTION TO MAN WHO IS ACCUSED OF SPREADING HIV
Authorities in Stoddard County have issued an amended complaint for the Dexter man who says he had sexual contact with as many 300 people since being diagnosed with HIV.
According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, David Mangum has now been charged with 21 counts of recklessly risking infection of another with HIV.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED ABDUCTION
Cape Girardeau police arrested a suspect Friday in connection to an alleged abduction in Illinois.
According to Patrolman Darin Hickey, officers received information Friday that a suspect in an abduction case could be in Cape Girardeau. The suspect and the missing juvenile were found at an area business and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
An amber alert had been issued for the juvenile. The name of the suspect was not released.
VAN COLLIDES WITH HORSE IN SHANNON COUNTY AND INJURES FIVE PEOPLE
Five people suffered minor injuries Saturday when a van overturned after hitting a horse.
The incident happened Saturday evening in Shannon County. According to the Highway Patrol, a van driven by Robert J. Brunk, of Ellington, hit a horse on Highway 60 at Montier. The van then overturned. Brunk, along with four passengers in his vehicle, suffered minor injuries.
AMBULANCE WRECK IN WAYNE COUNTY RESULTS IN TWO INJURIES
An ambulance wreck in Wayne County over the weekend resulted in two injuries.
According to authorities, the ambulance ran off of Highway 67 Saturday night and hit an embankment. 34 year old Michael Irions and 73 year old Harry Shearrer, both of Patterson, each suffered moderate injuries.
ALMOST 100 PARTICIPATE IN TOUR DE BLUFF
Almost 100 bike riders took to the streets of Poplar Bluff Saturday as part of the Kiwanis Tour de Bluff.
Kiwanian and Chamber President Steve Halter says adult riders from Missouri and Arkansas participated on a 50, 62 or 100 mile route, while children rode several paths through at Bacon and Hendrickson Parks.
Halter says the event raised approximately $7000. He says the money will be used to build a new pavilion at Bacon Park, in honor of Kiwanian Kent Nichols.
Some of the top fund raisers for the event include Miranda Fickert, Steve Whitworth, Kenny Rowland, Bill Dees and Kathy Brittingham.
ROUTE HH TO BE REDUCED THIS WEEK IN BUTLER COUNTY
Pavement repairs will cause delays this week on Route HH in Butler County.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route HH will be reduced to one lane daily through Thursday, from 7 am to 4 pm each day.
The work zone will be located from County Road 350 to Highway 142.
PAVEMENT REPAIRS THIS WEEK IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Highway 25 in Dunklin County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs
Highway 25 will be reduced between Highway 153 and Marsh Street.
Weather permitting; work will take place today through Thursday from 6:30 am to 4 pm daily.
18 COUNTIES APPROVED FOR DISASTER DECLARATION
President Barack Obama has signed a major disaster declaration for 18 Missouri counties hit hard by last month's floods.
The floods that resulted from nearly two weeks of heavy rain caused widespread damage across the southern tier of the state and left at least three people dead.
The White House said in a news release that federal funding is available to help local governments and nonprofits recover. Shannon County was among the 18 counties included in the declaration.
Federal funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
72 PEOPLE REMOVED FROM MISSOURI SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 72 people have successfully petitioned to be removed from the state's sex offender registry under the provisions of a 2009 law.
The law lets people who were 19 or younger at the time of their offenses ask to be taken off the registry if their victims were at least 13 years old and the sexual offense did not involve force. Decisions on whether to remove people from the list are made by judges.
On Wednesday, lawmakers will consider whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that would remove hundreds of additional people from the state's online sex offender list. That bill would automatically remove juvenile offenders from the website and allow them to eventually seek removal from law enforcement lists.