RIVER RADIO NEWS 110613
MOTORCYCLIST ALLEGEDLY FOUND WITH METH LAB IN BACKPACK AFTER CRASH
A motorcyclist is facing multiple charges after leading police on a chase while reportedly in possession of a methamphetamine lab.
According to Caruthersville Police, officers had attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the motorcyclist Tuesday afternoon for no visible registration.
The motorcyclist failed to stop and led police on a chase throughout the city that ended with the motorcyclist leaving the roadway, resulting in an accident. The suspect was found to be in possession of a backpack, which allegedly contained a meth lab.
The suspect, whose name was not released, is being held pending the formal charges of manufacturing methamphetamines, and felony resisting arrest, along with multiple traffic violations.
CRIMINAL CHARGES FILED AFTER MONEY FOUND MISSING FROM NEW MADRID AND STODDARD COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENTS
The Missouri state auditor says thousands of dollars collected by two southeast Missouri sheriffs' departments are missing.
Auditor Tom Schweich released reports Tuesday on audits of the New Madrid and Stoddard county sheriffs' departments.
Schweich says nearly $80,000 taken in by the New Madrid sheriff's office was never deposited, and a deputy has been fired.
In Stoddard County, Schweich says more than $15,000 recorded on more than 300 receipts was not deposited. The department's office manager was fired.
Criminal charges also have been filed in both cases.
The Stoddard County sheriff has started reviewing bank reconciliations and other accounting records each month. In New Madrid County, accounting duties have been divided, and the sheriff reviews all transactions.
CHARGES FILED IN CONNECTION TO ARKANSAS HOME INVASION
A Mountain Home, Arkansas man is being held on a $75,000 bond in connection to a home invasion last month.
According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department, 21 year old Kyle Michael Motes is facing felony charges of aggravated residential burglary, false imprisonment in the first degree, terroristic threatening in the first degree, and theft of property.
On October 11th, Motes, along with a co-defendant who has not yet been charged, reportedly entered the residence of James Tyler Patterson.
Patterson showed them a pistol that he reportedly had stolen in an un-related case. The co-defendant loaded the gun and pointed it at Patterson’s head, while Motes allegedly duct-taped Patterson’s hands and feet, placed a sock in his mouth, and then restrained him to a chair.
Patterson was also battered while he was restrained.
Motes was booked into the detention center on Monday. A name for the co-defendant was not available.
INVESTIGATION STARTED INTO ATTEMPTED ELECTRIC WIRE THEFT
Police in Caruthersville are looking for more information in connection to an attempted theft of electric wire.
According to the Caruthersville Police Department, on Monday a woman reported to police that someone had attempted to pull the electric wires from the Hide a Way Lounge on Walker Avenue. The incident reportedly occurred during the overnight hours.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing and anyone with additional information should call 573-333-2121.
ONE INJURED AFTER SUV CRASHES INTO DUPLEX
One person was injured Tuesday in a wreck in New Madrid.
According to KFVS, an SUV crashed into the garage area of a duplex. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries, but no one in the duplex was injured.
The wreck occurred around 5 pm Tuesday.
KITCHEN TABLE TALK IN CHAFFEE CANCELLED
An opportunity for citizens to speak with members of United States Senator Claire McCaskill’s staff in Chaffee has cancelled.
The Kitchen Table Talk scheduled for November 14th at the Chafee Public Library has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
McCaskill’s office says that the talk will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT OR SATURATION TO BE HELD THIS MONTH IN SIKESTON
Sikeston Police are planning for a sobriety checkpoint or saturation to occur sometime this month.
The operation will be held in the city of Sikeston with a goal of taking impaired drivers off of the roadway. An exact date or location for the operation was not revealed.
POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL AWARDED JUST UNDER $8000
The Poplar Bluff fifth and sixth grade center has been awarded just under $8000 to integrate technology into the classroom.
The school received nearly $4,000 from Promethean Corporation’s Build Your Dream Classroom program, which was then matched by the Parent Teacher Organization. The money will allow for the purchase of a dozen document cameras, along with two slate writers.
MISSOURI TO RECEIVE $26 MILLION THROUGH DRUG SETTLEMENT
Missouri's Medicaid program will receive $26 million through a national settlement with a pharmaceutical company.
The $2.2 billion settlement announced Monday involves Johnson & Johnson, one of its subsidiaries, the federal government and several states.
Authorities say the company had marketed the antipsychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega for unapproved uses in children, seniors and disabled patients.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the settlement returns money to the state's Medicaid program.
The figure includes $1.72 billion in civil settlements with federal and state governments as well as $485 million in criminal fines and forfeited profits.