RIVER RADIO NEWS 110413
ONE KILLED IN HOWELL COUNTY WRECK
One person has died following a wreck Friday in Howell County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 63 year old Alonzo Hobbs, of Caulfield, was driving on U.S. Highway 160 when he crossed the center line and hit another vehicle.
Hobbs was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.
BONNE TERRE MAN KILLED IN OVERNIGHT CRASH YESTERDAY
A Bonne Terre man suffered fatal injuries in an crash early Saturday morning.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 21 year old Daniel A. Tillman was involved in a one vehicle crash when he overcorrected while driving on Vo-Tech Road in St. Francois County.
Troopers say he wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash
MISSING CLAY COUNTY ARKANSAS MAN FOUND
The body of a Clay County, Arkansas man has been found a month after being reported missing.
According to authorities, 28 year old John Buckmaster, of Rector, was discovered in a ditch on October the 27th by two farmers.
Sheriff Gerald McClung says foul play is not suspected. The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for an autopsy.
CARUTHERSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING OVER $400,000 FROM AREA BUSINESS
A Caruthersville man is accused of stealing over $400,000 from an area business.
According to the Caruthersville Police Department, 32 year old Dwight Hank Clayton Jr. was arrested on Friday on a charge of Theft/Stealing of property or services, value $25,000 or more.
Clayton had allegedly entered into a verbal agreement with a Caruthersville business to deposit employee payroll taxes into a bank account and to pay taxes quarterly with the IRS. Clayton was an employee with a tax services business in Caruthersville.
An investigation showed that Clayton reportedly paid a little over $65,000 in payroll taxes to the IRS, which left an unpaid balance of around $426,000.
Clayton has a court appearance scheduled for today.
A FORMER CARTER COUNTY DEPUTY IS CONVICTED BY JURY A former Carter County Deputy has been found guilty of receiving stolen property.
According to the authorities, Steffanie Kearbey pleaded guilty in July of 2012 for federal charges of receiving stolen property. On Friday, a Carter County jury convicted her of the one charge and cleared her of all other charges.
Kerbey was arrested, along with former Carter County Sheriff Tommy Adams. Adams has been convicted on Federal drug charges and still faces additional state charges.
PUXICO WOMAN IN CUSTODY ON HEROIN CHARGES
A Puxico woman is facing multiple felony drug charges in connection to her arrest Saturday night.
According to the Highway Patrol, 31 year old Mandy D. Spain, of Puxico, was arrested Saturday night in Stoddard County on four counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, heroin; along with a single count of felony possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone.
FOUR ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON METH CHARGES
Four people were taken into custody Friday night in Wayne County on drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the four were each arrested at around 9:30 pm on charges of possession of methamphetamine and attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, along with other charges.
Those arrested include 23 year old Shirley J. McCracken, of Marble Hill; 32 year old Brandon L. Mcintyre, of Wappapello; 33 year old Shawn A. Marty, of Mcgee; and 33 year old Dennis R. Mcintyre, of Gipsy.
FATHER AND SON FACING CHARGES OF STEALING METAL FROM LOCAL FARMS
A father and son are facing charges of stealing metal and damaging property from farms in area counties.
According to authorities, 45 year old Fred J. Bowers, Junior and 19 year old Jesse Allen Bowers, both of New Madrid County, were charged with felony property damage and two counts of felony theft.
During the investigation involving several farms in both Mississippi and New Madrid Counties, a discovery of a substantial amount of copper and tin was delivered to area recycling centers.
According to authorities, the investigation into other stealing incidents is ongoing and more charges are expected in the coming weeks.
WOMAN CHASES AFTER AND ATTACKS MAN WHO WAS FOUND SITTING IN HER VEHICLE
Police in Jonesboro say a woman who found a strange man sitting in her car chased him down and attacked him.
KAIT reports that the woman told officers she found the man sitting in her car about 11:30 pm on Halloween. She says the man told her he was a police officer then started running away.
Police say the woman then chased him down, tackled him and starting hitting him until a friend pulled her off the man and called police.
Officers arrested 23 year old Chad Hensley for breaking or entering, theft and public intoxication.
HEROES AMONG MILITARY TO HEADLINE VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY AT POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL
Two Poplar Bluff heroes among military will headline the Veterans Day program at the 5th & 6th Grade Center.
Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Gulley of the 101st Airborne Division and Rob Callahan, the founder of the Honor Tour, will keynote the event beginning at 9 am Monday, November 11th in the gymnasium.
The itinerary will also feature the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps presenting the colors, the PBHS band performing taps and a school-wide patriotic song led by fifth and sixth graders. Beta Club President Ridge Hester, a junior, has agreed to serve as the master of ceremonies.
Veterans of all branches of service are encouraged to participate in this special celebration. The assembly is open to the public.
MISSOURI COLD WEATHER RULE BACK IN EFFECT
The start of November means Missouri residents are protected by the state's "cold weather" rule, which bars cutoffs of heat in freezing weather.
The rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission. It prohibits shutoffs from November through March, whenever the temperature is predicted to fall below 32 degrees in the following 24 hours.
It also provides more lenient payment terms for residents to reconnect natural gas or electrical service.
Municipal utilities, cooperatives and companies providing propane by truck are not subject to the rule.
SURVEY OF MIDWESTERN BUSINESSES DROPS AFTER TWO MONTHS OF GROWTH
A business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states has dropped after rising the previous two months.
The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index plunged to a growth neutral 50.0 in October from 54.8 in September.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the partial government shutdown and slower business activity for firms tied to agriculture pushed overall economic conditions lower for the month.
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth, while a score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers nine states including Missouri and Arkansas.
MISSOURI WORKERS TO GET EXTRA TIME OFF AT THANKSGIVING
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is giving state employees an extra day off around Thanksgiving.
State offices are closed by law on Thanksgiving. Nixon has issued an executive order also closing state offices the Friday after Thanksgiving.
For many years, a four-day holiday weekend was the norm in Missouri government.
But Nixon kept state offices open on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 2010 and 2011, citing budget concerns.
Holidays have cost the state money because some employees who must work - such as prison guards - have been able to choose whether to claim extra time off or accept holiday bonus pay.
Nixon says the budget has improved enough to give employees the extra day off. He also extended the Thanksgiving break last year.
TEXAS ABORTION DISPUTE MAY HAVE IMPACT ON MISSOURI
The outcome of a Texas abortion dispute could have an impact on Missouri.
A federal appeals court is considering a challenge to a new Texas law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
Missouri has a similar law that has been in place since 2005.
A federal judge originally issued a temporary restraining order against the Missouri law after it was challenged by a Springfield abortion clinic. But that clinic later dropped its lawsuit and closed, and the law has remained in effect since then.
The Missouri law is cited by both abortion providers and opponents as one of the reasons why the state has few abortion clinics.
A $250,000 MEMORIAL IS OPENING THIS WEEK IN NORTHWEST MISSOURI FOR WALTER CRONKITE
A $250,000 memorial is opening this week on the campus of Western State University in St. Joseph for the late television news legend, Walter Cronkite.
Today would mark Cronkite’s 97th birthday, the memorial features a memorabilia case and an interactive kiosk that will show footage of news events covered by the “Most Trusted Man in America.”
Cronkite signed off the air of “CBS Evening News” in 1981. He died in July of 2009, at the age of 92.