RIVER RADIO NEWS 111113
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN SHOOTING
Poplar Bluff Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly shot a man Sunday morning.
According to Captain David Sutton, officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Apple Street around 10:00 am Sunday.
Witnesses told police that 23 year old Bryce Davis, of Poplar Bluff, fired a gun three times, shooting 30 year old Todd Harley, of Poplar Bluff, in the abdomen.
Harley was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center Emergency Room.
Bryce Davis left the scene in a blue Ford Crown Victoria. Officers say Davis should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Bryce Davis should contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.
ELDERLY POPLAR BLUFF MAN BEATEN AND ROBBED IN HIS HOME
An elderly Poplar Bluff man has been beaten and robbed in his home.
According to authorities, 89 year old Lloyd Surber, of the 2500 block of Bedoll Avenue, stated that on Friday evening, a white male knocked on his front door and claimed his vehicle broke down.
Police say Surber invited the man into his home and allowed him to use the phone. After a brief conversation, the man attacked Surber, knocked him to the floor and took his wallet, according to police. The suspect then left the home.
Authorities identified the suspect as 41 year old Billy Young. Young was taken into custody on Saturday.
ONE MAN KILLED IN IRON COUNTY CRASH
One man is dead following a single vehicle crash Friday night in Iron County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 58 year old Michael A. Campbell, of Annapolis, was driving on Missouri 49, about two miles south of Annapolis.
Authorities say Campbell lost control on a curve, ran off the right side of the road striking a fence and a tree.
Emergency crews took Campbell to the Iron County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities say Campbell was not wearing a seat belt.
NEELYVILLE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES
A Neelyville man has been arrested on assault charges for raping a Doniphan woman.
According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, 49 year old Roger Dale Hawkins was apprehended Tuesday by a deputy following a short foot pursuit. Hawkins was turned over to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department to face charges.
Upon farther investigation authorities learned that Hawkins was discharged from a federal supervised halfway house at Neelyville several weeks ago for failing to comply with the program. The halfway house followed its procedures and reported his discharge to the US Southern District Probation and Parole in Cape Girardeau.
WOMAN STEALS PATROL CAR IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
A Mississippi woman has been taken into custody after she allegedly stole a Missouri State Highway Patrol vehicle and then crashed it into two New Madrid County Sheriff’s vehicles.
According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, the 24 year woman was interviewed at a truck stop, north of New Madrid on Tuesday night after receiving complaints that she was acting strangely.
Later that night, a vehicle was reported parked on a New Madrid overpass. Officers found the same woman sitting in the vehicle and at that time, determined she was mentally unstable.
The woman resisted arrest, was placed in handcuffs, and placed in a Highway Patrol car for transport to the New Madrid County Jail.
According to authorities, the woman was able to extricate herself from the handcuffs; then stole the Trooper's vehicle, ramming the deputy's vehicles as she fled the scene.
The pursuit ended when the Patrol vehicle became stuck in a field.
BUTLER COUNTY DEPUTIES ASK FOR PAY INCREASE
Thirteen Butler County Deputy Sheriffs are asking for a pay increase that would match the pay of the unionized county highway workers and custodians.
The Daily American Republic reports that the deputies presented a three page letter on Friday to Butler County Commissioners Ed Strenfel, Jeff Darnell, and Butch Anderson.
They noted the starting hourly pay for a deputy is $13.53, while starting pay for a unionized county highway worker and custodians is $17.91. They pointed out that under a union contract, highway workers and custodians receive the same pay, regardless of how many years they have worked. The deputies also included that highway workers are paid time and a half for overtime and double time for Sundays and holidays.
LIGHTS OF THE DELTA PAYS TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH
A new display in Blytheville’s Lights of the Delta pays tribute to Johnny Cash.
When the month long Lights of the Delta opens on November 25th, the event will feature the new display titled, “The Man in Black.”
The commissioned piece which costs around $30,000, pays homage to Cash’s first ever radio performance which was broadcasted from a Blytheville radio station.
The tour will open at 5:30 pm each night through December 27, and close at 9 pm Sunday through Thursdays and 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
PLAN CALLS FOR NEW MISSOURI RIVERWAYS RESTRICTIONS
Motorboats, horseback riding and river access would be restricted in some areas of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways under a draft management plan released Friday.
The riverways are under the direction of the National Park Service, which oversees sections of the Jacks Fork and Current rivers, along with stretches of nearby creeks and streams within the park. The public has 60 days to comment on the plan that will direct management of the national park area, the first in the country specifically designated to protect a wild river system, for about the next two decades.
The draft includes three different alternatives, with varying levels of restrictions, along with a no-action proposal. The park service is backing the middle-of-the-road alternative, which includes adding a small learning center near the town of Eminence and more trails.
The draft's release comes two years after the group American Rivers designated the Current River as one of the nation's 10 most endangered rivers, citing overuse and poor management. And the group Environment Missouri has collected nearly 15,000 signatures for an online petition that urges the park service to protect the riverways.
MISSOURI MINIMUM WAGE TO RISE TO $7.50 AN HOUR
Missouri's minimum wage will rise by 15 cents an hour in January.
The Missouri labor department has set next year's minimum wage at $7.50 an hour. That's a cost-of-living increase over the current $7.35 an hour.
A 2006 ballot measure approved by Missouri voters required the state's minimum wage to be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.
The group Missouri Jobs with Justice, which supported the ballot initiative, says the latest increase is good for the economy but still not enough for some families.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the wage increase could make it harder for some business to employ people.
The increase will make Missouri's minimum wage 25 cents higher than the federal minimum wage.
MISSOURI BALLOT COULD HAVE 2 TAX QUESTIONS
Missouri voters could face a couple of taxing decisions next year.
The November 2014 ballot could feature a proposed 1-cent sales tax increase for transportation. It also could feature a proposed income tax cut.
Supporters of the transportation tax already have submitted their initiative to the secretary of state's office and are raising money to start gathering petition signatures.
Supporters of the income tax cut also are considering going to the ballot after lawmakers were unable to override a veto of a tax-cut bill by Governor Jay Nixon.
If both measures make it to the ballot, they could command most of the attention in next year's election. That's because, for the first time since 1990, Missouri's general election ballot will have no candidates for president, senator or governor.
WINTERWEATHER AWARNESS WEEK IN ARKANSAS
Governor Mike Beebe had proclaimed this week as Winter Weather Awareness Week across Arkansas.
The state Department of Emergency Management is encouraging residents to prepare themselves for wintry weather that can include snow and ice.
Bottled water and foods that don't need to be heated or refrigerated should be kept in homes. Automobiles should be winterized and residents are advised to put in their vehicles items such as blankets, flash lights, water, food and a first aid kit.
Motorists are also advised to carry a shovel, tow rope, cat litter for traction if needed, jumper cables and a windshield scraper.
MO LAWMAKERS TO REVIEW CATFISH REGULATIONS
Changes aimed at boosting numbers of large blue catfish in Missouri's lakes will be considered by a state Legislature committee.
The Conservation Commission has approved a regulation that would allow anglers to keep 10 blue catfish instead of five at the Truman Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks and its tributaries. People would be allowed to keep two fish longer than 34 inches and would be required to return immediately all fish between 26 inches and 34 inches.
A state House appropriations committee focused on agriculture and natural resources has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday.
The proposal is scheduled to take effect this upcoming March. Conservation officials say it's aimed at improving the fishery and boosting the number of large blue catfish.