ONE KILLED IN LAWRENCE COUNTY WRECK One person has died from a single vehicle wreck Monday night in Northeast Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, a vehicle was traveling on County Road 269 in Lawrence County, when the driver lost control in a curve and overturned.
The driver, 19 year old Dylan T. Brady, of Strawberry, was killed in the wreck. Two passengers in the vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries. JONESBORO MAN KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION
A head on collision Friday morning claimed the life of a Jonesboro man.
According to the Arkansas State Police, 33 year old Tom L. McAdams was driving in Craighead County, when he crossed the center line of Highway 1 and struck a semi head on.
McAdams was killed in the wreck. The driver of the semi suffered undisclosed injuries. INVESTIGATION STARTED IN TO DEATH OF INMATE IN JACKSON COUNTY
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are investigating the death of an inmate in Jackson County.
37 year old Anthony Maurice Reeves, of Jonesboro, went into cardiac arrest Sunday night at the Jackson County Detention Center and he was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.
Reeves death is under investigation and the body has been sent for an autopsy. WANTED ARKANSAS MAN FOUND IN MISSOURI
An Arkansas man, who authorities have been looking for since he hit his wife in the head with a crow bar and abducted her last week, has been arrested.
According to authorities, 29 year old Robert Finch was found Sunday morning in Wright County, Missouri. Finch was discovered with a gunshot wound and taken to a Springfield hospital for treatment. He is currently listed in stable condition.
Authorities had been looking for Finch since last Monday, when he allegedly kicked the door in at a residence in Baxter County, hit his wife, 26 year old Delores Finch, in the head with a crowbar and forced her into a vehicle before leaving the scene.
Officers located the vehicle later that morning at the Calamity Beach Recreation Area of Lake Norfork, at which time Delores was able to escape.
Robert was able to elude officers until his arrest early yesterday Sunday morning. He is facing charges of aggravated residential burglary, kidnapping, battery in the second degree, terroristic threatening and fleeing from an officer.
No word yet on how Finch received the gunshot injury. SEX OFFENDER REPORTEDLY ATTEMPTED TO FLEE FROM POLICE
Authorities in Izard County were involved in a chase last week while attempting to arrest a sex offender.
According to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, deputies went to Wideman on Friday to arrest a level three sex offender on a Lonoke County felony warrant.
When officers arrived, 31 year old Justin Baker reportedly ran from the house and into the woods. Sheriff Tate Lawrence says that Baker was later arrested and charged with fleeing. TWO FROM EAST PRAIRIE INDICTED IN ILLINOIS
Two East Prairie residents have been indicted on drug charges in Illinois.
According to Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmondson, both 37 year old Tamatha J. Gottschall and James R. Charles are facing charges of unlawful participation in methamphetamine production and unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors.
The two have been accused of buying products for making meth in Anna, Illinois 80 times. BRIEFING TO BE HELD TODAY TO DISCUSS INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
A community briefing has been scheduled for today to discuss upcoming improvements to two intersections in New Madrid County.
Visitors will be able to stop by the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Southeast District Office in Sikeston from 4 to 6 pm to discuss the projects. The two intersections are located along Highway 60 at Route E and Route FF.
The project will include reconfiguring the two intersections with j-turns, in an effort to improve safety and traffic flow. ARKANSAS OFFICIALS PLEA TO HAVE HIGHWAY 67 FOUR LANES
A group of city and county officials in Arkansas have requested that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Commission use interstate standards while constructing a section of US Highway 67 between Walnut Ridge and the Missouri State line.
Officials signed the plea to have US 67 turned into four lanes along the existing highway.
The group met at Williams Baptist College at Walnut Ridge. The documents will be mailed to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Commission. The Arkansas Highway Department has been using interstate standards for construction on Highway 67 from Jonesboro to Walnut Ridge.
According to the Daily American Republic, it is unknown when the funds will become available to fund the four lane road. BIDS TO BE ACCEPTED FOR VAN BUREN LICENSE OFFICE
The Missouri Office of Administration is looking for management contract bids for the Van Buren License office.
Anyone who wishes to bid on the contract can tour the Van Buren office on November 6th from 4:15 to 5:15 pm. Bids must be submitted by November 22nd.
According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, bids will be evaluated on areas, including expertise of the personnel proposed and methods proposed for performing services. More information is available at the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website at dor.mo.gov. OPEN HOUSE TO BE HELD THIS WEEK AT SAM A. BAKER STATE PARK
An open house will be held this Friday at Sam A. Baker State Park.
The public has been invited to attend the event which will run from 9 am to noon outside the park store. Throughout the open house park representatives will be available to answer questions and provide information on future plans for the facility. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations.
Friday will also mark the opening of the cabin reservation lottery for the 2014 recreational season. The lottery will determine the order of preference for cabin reservations at the park.
Requests to be entered into the lottery reservation system may be made in person at the park beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the drawing will begin at 9 a.m. Cabin rental reservations can also be made over the phone by calling 573-856-4223 beginning at 9 a.m.
Sam A. Baker State Park is located on Highway 143, approximately 4 miles north of Patterson, MO in Wayne County. FUNDING INCREASES POSSIBLE FOR SOME STATE PROGRAMS
After years of talking about less spending, some Missouri officials now are talking about more.
Governor Jay Nixon suggested recently that he would like to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars on public schools before his term ends in three years.
There may also be more money available for other programs in the next budget year.
State departments already have turned in proposed budgets for the fiscal year that starts next July. And advocates for various social services have started making funding pitches to lawmakers.
Nixon's budget director, Linda Luebbering, says revenues are looking better and there could be room to fund a few more things.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream also says funding increases are possible for some programs. NIXON ADMINISTRATION SLAMMED FOR DRIVER’S LICENSE POLICIES
A new report says Governor Jay Nixon's administration displayed an "indifference to the privacy rights" of Missourians through its driver's license policies.
The report released Friday comes after a group of legislators, law enforcement officers and other House appointees spent the summer looking into state driver's license procedures that have already been largely abandoned.
The panel said Nixon's administration disregarded state law by making digital copies of birth certificates and other documents submitted by driver's license applicants and by buying equipment to analyze biometric information about people.
Nixon signed a law in July that put a halt to those practices. His administration has consistently denied that the procedures were intended to implement the federal Real ID proof-of-identity law. A 2009 Missouri law bars state officials from implementing Real ID.