RIVER RADIO NEWS 091113 TEXAS MAN ARRESTED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ON A HOMICIDE CHARGE
A Texas man was taken into custody yesterday evening in New Madrid Country on a homicide charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Ruben Lopez-Torres, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested on a felony homicide charge.
Additional details about the arrest were not released. MULTIPLE ARRESTS MADE IN JONESBORO FORGERY INVESTIGATION
Five people have been taken into custody and more are being sought in a forgery investigation.
According to authorities, the investigation involved forged checks. Five people have been charged with first degree forgery, and authorities are searching for five others in connection to the case. CAPE MAN SERVING LIFE FOR MURDERS GETS COURT HEARING
A judge has ruled that a man seeking to have his convictions overturned for killing a pregnant Cape Girardeau woman and her son will get another day in court.
Ryan Patterson is serving three life sentences for the 2009 deaths of Jamie Orman, her unborn child and her 15-year-old son, Derrick.
He filed a motion in January to have his convictions overturned, set aside or vacated. Patterson argued that he was wrongfully convicted, citing problems with the evidence, witnesses, investigators and his attorney.
The Southeast Missourian reports Cape Girardeau Circuit Court Judge William Syler on Monday scheduled an October 28th bench trial on Patterson's motion.
Prosecutors say Patterson killed his victims in a failed effort to kill Orman's boyfriend and burn his home to collect insurance money. ORAN MAN FACING FELONY FIREARM AND DRUG CHARGES
An Oran man is facing felony firearms and drug related charges.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 27 year old Joshua Lee Rogers has been arrested on felony charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.
Walter says that an investigation showed that Rogers was found to be unlawfully in the possession of a handgun, marijuana, another controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia.
Rogers also has charges pending out of another county in Missouri. FBI SEARCHING FOR SERIAL BANK ROBBER
The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for the public's help in tracking down a serial bank robber.
The FBI has dubbed the man the "I-55 Bandit." He is suspected of 10 robberies and attempts at two other banks since May, with some of the crimes occurring near Interstate 55.
In each case the man used a note and implied that he was armed, but no one was hurt. The FBI did not disclose the amount of money taken in the crimes.
Robberies have occurred in Missouri, Illinois, Maryland, West Virginia and Tennessee. The suspect is believed to be in his 20s, tall and thin with short brown or strawberry blond hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI. AREA SCHOOL TEMPORARILY EVACUATED
Students were temporarily removed from Kelly High School yesterday after smoke was seen coming from the school’s gym.
The smoke was reportedly coming from an air conditioning unit that was on the roof of the gym. Firefighters were dispatched to the school and the kids were let back in for classes later in the day. LISTENING POST MEETING TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF
Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Poplar Bluff next week for a listening post meeting.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18th, from 9 am to 10 am at the Mark Twain National Forest Service Office on Maud Street. Listening Posts are intended for Missourians to share their questions and concerns during meetings with members of the Senator’s staff. INTERSTATE REPAIRS TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
Southbound Interstate 57 in Mississippi County will be reduced to one lane this morning so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can core drill on the roadway.
The work zone will be located between the Mississippi River Bridge and County Road 401.
Weather permitting, work will take place today from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. NEW STUDY SAYS MISSOURIANS MORE WORRIED ABOUT NOT HAVING ENOUGH FOOD
A report from the University of Missouri says the number of people worrying about not having enough food is on the rise.
The university's latest Missouri Hunger Atlas says an average of 16 percent of Missouri households experienced "food insecurity" from 2009 through 2011, meaning they were concerned about not having enough food.
That's up from an average of 8.6 percent from 1999 to 2001.
Sandy Rikoon directs the university's Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security in Columbia. She says deeper food insecurity rates in Missouri's inner cities and rural areas are comparable to national trends.
A decade ago, 2.3 percent of Missouri's population was classified as "food insecure with hunger." The new report says that figure has tripled to 6.7 percent.