AUTHORITIES LOOKING FOR TWO ROBBERY SUSPECTS Jonesboro authorities are searching for two suspects in an alleged armed robbery.

According to authorities, the incident took place Monday night at Jordan’s Qwik Shop in Jonesboro. Two men entered the store and one of them reportedly pointed a gun at the clerk while the other took money.


An East Prairie man is facing charges for allegedly shooting a sheriff’s deputy with an air rifle.

According to authorities, 25 year old Alex E. Rendon is facing charges of first degree assault on a law enforcement officer and second degree assault. On Saturday, Rendon allegedly shot a Mississippi County Sheriff’s Deputy in the abdomen while the deputy was arresting a woman.

The woman and another woman were arrested on hindering prosecution charges. FIVE IN DEXTER ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

Four Stoddard County residents and a Poplar Bluff man have been arrested in Dexter on drug related charges.

Authorities say an investigation into illegal drug activity led officers to a South Sassafras home on Friday. They say members of the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Dexter Police Department were able to smell chemicals as they approached the house.

An occupant, 31 year old Joseph Lopez, of Dexter, answered the door and after seeing officers, grabbed a jar and attempted to dispose of the contents.

During a search of the home, investigators located seven grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, a set of digital scales and a methamphetamine lab. Lopez and four other adults were placed under arrest.

Lopez and 24 year old Casey W. Hernandez, of Dudley, have each been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and attempt to manufacture a controlled substance.

24 year old Ashley D. Williams and 34 year old Trennis J. Talley, of Dexter; and 36 year old Steven Midciff, of Poplar Bluff, were also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. CAR FOUND IN THE DIVERSION CHANNEL OVER THE WEEKEND

Authorities in Cape Girardeau County are investigating after a car was found submerged in a diversion channel.

According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department, a 1997 Pontiac Firebird was found and later recovered on Sunday from the Diversion Channel. The vehicle was found east of the Missouri Conservation boat ramp south of Cape Girardeau.

An investigation into the vehicle has begun, however the Sheriff’s Department says the vehicle was reported stolen in 2002 from a Sikeston car lot. POPLAR BLUFF CHEERLEADERS TAKE STATE TITLE

The Poplar Bluff High School Cheerleaders were crowned state champions over the weekend.

The 20 cheerleaders placed first in the Class 4 Large division at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association State Championship Competition on Sunday. The competition was held at the Hearnes Center in Columbia. CENTER STAGE TO PERFORM EGAD, WHAT A CAD

An old fashioned melodrama is coming to the Tinnin Fine Arts Center this month.

“Egad, What a Cad,” will be performed by Center Stage on September 27th, 28th, and 29th. Center Stage is Three Rivers College’s theater company.

“Egad, What a Cad,” chronicles the tale of Constance Hope, a beautiful young heroine haunted by a tragic past, and stalked by a black-hearted villain named Bertram Oleander. Saved in the nick of time by hero Manly Rash, the two must team up to foil Oleander’s dastardly plan once and for all.

The performances on the 27th and 28th will be at 7 pm, with the 29th being a matinee at 2:30. Tickets are $10, or $5 with a valid Three Rivers student ID.

Tickets are available at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, the Financial Services office at Three Rivers’ Poplar Bluff Campus, online at trcc.edu/tinnin. Tickets will also be available at the door. CASTING FOR EXTRAS TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND FOR FILM SHOOTING IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

The movie company filming "Gone Girl" in Cape Girardeau is looking for extras.

Shooting of the movie starring Ben Affleck will begin soon and officials with 20th Century Fox are making a casting call for men and women in their 30s and older.

Those interested in working as extras should attend 1 of 3 casting calls Thursday, Friday or Saturday in Cape Girardeau, or submit information online.

Thursday's casting call is 4 pm to 8 pm at Rose Theatre on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. On Friday it is 11 am to 5 pm at West Park Mall. The call on Saturday is 10 am to 3 pm at Rose Theatre. CURRENT RIVER STATE PARK TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND

Current River State Park will be holding an open house meeting this weekend.

The meeting will take place at the park’s historic Alton Club Lodge on Saturday from noon until 2 pm. Open house activities include the opportunity to tour the historic property and recreational facilities. Tours will be available from 9 am to 4 pm.

Current River State Park is located 15 miles north of Eminence on Highway 19. STATE OFFICIALS TO BEGIN INVESTIGATION INTO PENSION ADVANCES

Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is raising concerns about deals in which retirees are signing over future pension checks to get quick cash.

Zweifel says the deals typically involve an upfront, lump-sum payment to a person under a contract in which the business gets a portion of the person's future pension payments. The deals often carry consumer fees.

Attorney General Chris Koster said he plans to join Zweifel in an investigation of such practices.

Zweifel says he will work with lawmakers next year on a bill that would prohibit businesses from offering cash advances in exchange for a person's future public pension payments. The bill would cover state, city, fire, police and teacher pensions.

He says a federal law already prohibits such arrangements for military pensions. NUMBER OF JOBS IN MISSOURI IS UP, BUT SO IS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged higher last month while the state gained 6,200 payroll jobs.

The state Department of Economic Development said Tuesday the August jobless rate was 7.2 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from July.

The report says the biggest increase in jobs was in the government sector. It added 5,700 jobs - including 5,000 for local governments. The agency attributes the gains to the early start to the school year.

The education and health services sector added 1,800 jobs.

The largest losses were 2,300 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities, and 1,100 in professional and business services.