RIVER RADIO NEWS 092513
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN FACING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
A Poinsett County man is facing child pornography charges following his arrest earlier this week.
According to authorities, Jason Lee McDonald, of Harrisburg, was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at his home on Monday. McDonald had been under investigation since September 10th.
During the search, authorities reportedly found an indoor marijuana growing operation, along with firearms. Computers were also seized from the residence.
McDonald is facing a probable cause hearing on multiple charges including distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
MAN ARRESTED FOR REPORTEDLY SHOOTING AT GIRLFRIEND’S VEHICLE
Paragould police have taken an area man into custody following a reported shooting incident.
34 year old Kevan Leake was arrested after his girlfriend told officers that Leake had shot at her vehicle following an argument. The woman said she was in the vehicle at the time. Authorities found four bullet holes in the hood of the car.
62 YEAR OLD ARKANSAS MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE
A two week long investigation has led to the arrest of an Arkansas man on a rape charge.
According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, 62 year old William Leon Bardin, of Cotter, was arrested Monday. A young female adult had contacted authorities and alleged that she had been molested by Bardin over a period of years. She told authorities that the abuse had started when she was five or six years old.
The incidents allegedly occurred at his home and in the ice cream truck that Bardin drove through neighborhoods in the area. During a meeting with the victim, Bardin reportedly admitted to deviate sexual activity with the victim while she was a child. The victim was wearing a miniature recording device.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO BE HELD TODAY FOR REMODELED ACADEMIC RESOURCE COMMONS
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held this morning for Three Rivers College’s newly remodeled Academic Resource Commons building and its Mobile Training Labs.
The ribbon cutting for the ARC building will be held at 10 am with the Mobile Training Lab ceremony to follow an hour later. The ceremonies will be held at the college’s Poplar Bluff campus.
The newly finished ARC contains the Myrtle Rutland Library, the Café ARC, new facilities for the college’s tutoring and ACHIEVE programs, classroom space for Three Rivers’ revamped transitional programs, and a public-access computer lab.
The Mobile Training Labs will support the institution’s workforce development programs by providing two modular, easily transported classroom spaces.
EVENT COMING UP THURSDAY FOR HOMELESS IN POPLAR BLUFF
Dozens of volunteers and community organizers are preparing for the third annual Poplar Bluff Area Homeless Coalition Outreach and Veteran Stand Down coming up on Thursday.
The program will be available for all citizens in the area who are at risk for being homeless. Services and resources available at the event include housing, employment and educational opportunities, as well as health care services, clothing, and food.
The event will be held Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm at the Black River Coliseum.
POPLAR BLUFF PINK OUT THIS FRIDAY
Poplar Bluff students, employees, Mules fans and businesses will be painting the town pink this Friday as a part of the annual “Pink-out.”
Pink-Out Day goes to raise money for the United Cancer Assistance Network which provides monetary support for area cancer patients on a case-by-case basis.
A limited amount of Pink-Out shirts are available at the UCAN offices on Maud Street. Last year, $14,000 was generated for UCAN.
HALLOWEEN SAFE ZONE SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 31ST
If you want your children to have a safe and fun experience for Halloween, make sure and stop by the Halloween Safe Zone.
The Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center Halloween Safe Zone will be held on October 31st from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Tinnin Center on the campus of Three Rivers College.
Businesses can still be a part of the event, however booth space is limited. For more information call River Radio at 785-0881 and ask for Carrie.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS RELEASED ON ARKANSAS INSURANCE EXCHANGE RATES
Arkansas insurance officials say there was no difference between the rates originally proposed and those announced yesterday for half of the insurers participating in the state's marketplace under the federal health care law.
The Arkansas Insurance Department on Tuesday released more details about the rates for the four insurers that will participate in the exchange. Open enrollment for the exchange begins October 1st.
The department said there was no difference between the rates announced this week and those originally proposed by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Multi-State plan. The rates approved for QualChoice Health Insurance were 25.1 percent lower than originally proposed.
The rates for Arkansas Health and Wellness Solutions were 5.3 percent lower than originally proposed.