RIVER RADIO NEWS 112013
MAN ARRESTED IN POPLAR BLUFF BANK ROBBERY
One man has been taken into custody following an alleged bank robbery Tuesday morning in Poplar Bluff.
According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Poplar Bluff Federal Credit Union on 5th Street in reference to a robbery complaint.
Employees told officers that a man had entered the bank and then gave a teller a note which demanded the teller to give him money or he would detonate a bomb. The teller pulled $1,500 from the drawer and placed it on the counter. The suspect then grabbed the money and fled the building.
A short time later, the Poplar Bluff Police Department received a call which identified the suspect in the robbery as 27 year old David Joiner, of Poplar Bluff; and advised that he was at his house.
Joiner was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, the $1,500 that was reportedly taken during the robbery was found on Joiner’s person.
Joiner was booked on a charge of 1st degree robbery.
WOMAN SHOT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A woman has died in Northeast Arkansas following an alleged accidental shooting.
According to authorities, 88 year old Lois Waddell Keller died Monday night. 35 year old Andrew Lamb reportedly told authorities that he was cleaning a gun and it had accidently went off.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
MISSING DEXTER TEEN LOCATED
A missing Dexter teen has been located.
Authorities issued an Endangered Person Advisory on Monday for a missing 14 year old girl from Dexter. She had been missing since leaving the Dexter High School campus on November 13th.
Few details have been released, but Dexter Police say that the girl has been found and that she is fine. Authorities thank the public for all the calls and information that helped lead to the girl being located.
STEELE POLICE SEEKING ASSAULT SUSPECT
Police in Steele are searching for a suspect in a reported assault.
According to the Steele Police Department, a woman told police that a male acquaintance had forced his way into her home by kicking down her front door. The suspect then allegedly assaulted her and a friend who was also inside the home.
The incident reportedly occurred on November 16th. Police took a report of the incident and are seeking a male suspect for questioning.
MARBLE HILL WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE
A Marble Hill woman is facing drug charges out of Cape Girardeau County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Geanna L. Maynard is facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and bringing contraband into a jail facility.
Maynard was arrested Monday night in Cape Girardeau County.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING MULTIPLE FELONY DRUG CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff man was arrested Tuesday morning on multiple felony drug charges.
29 year old Bradley G. Vanvacter was taken into custody Tuesday in Stoddard County.
According to the Highway Patrol, Vanvacter is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia; and driving while intoxicated, drugs.
THEFT OF 500 GALLONS OF DIESEL REPORTED NEAR JONESBORO
Authorities in Craighead County are looking for someone who stole 500 gallons of diesel
Sheriff's deputies say a farmer reported the theft Sunday at his fields just west of Jonesboro.
The Jonesboro Sun reports the farmer said the filler cap had been removed from the tank and someone had stolen a battery from the pump.
Deputies say the farmer said he noticed a blue SUV in the area that he didn't recognize in the days before his fuel disappeared.
The department says the farmer has asked for additional patrols in his area.
CAREER EXPO TOMORROW IN DEXTER
Three Rivers College is holding an event tomorrow in Dexter.
A career expo will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday at the Three Rivers’ Center in Dexter. The Expo will offer area residents the opportunity to talk with over 20 representatives of Three Rivers’ career education programs about the benefits and career opportunities offered at Three Rivers.
The Expo will also have opportunities for attendees to speak to representatives from local employers such as Pepsi and Wal-Mart. Hannibal-LaGrange University and Central Methodist University will have staff on hand to talk about bachelor’s degree completion options.
Three Rivers has also announced that registration has begun for the College’s winter session, which is set to begin December 16th. Winter Session is an all-online, four-week session offered between the Fall and Spring semesters for students looking to complete their coursework more quickly.
For more information, go online to TRCC.edu.
LOCAL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION TOMORROW
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be holding their tenth annual bridge building competition tomorrow in Cape Girardeau.
Bridges have been built over the last few weeks by high school juniors and seniors in Southeast Missouri. Students had limited materials to construct the bridges, including balsa wood, thread, and glue. MoDot will be testing the bridges at the competition today.
Prizes donated by area businesses and organizations will be awarded to the top-five bridge building winners, as well as for the most aesthetic bridge and the electronic bridge building contest. Similar to previous years, cash prizes donated by the Chapter 10 Transportation Employees Association of Missouri will be given to the top three schools with the best overall performance.
Doors will open at the Cape West Cine 14 tomorrow at 8 am, with the actual competition beginning at 9 am.
MEETING TO DISCUSS MISSOURI MEDICAID CHANGES COULD BE IN TROUBLE
Plans may be falling through for a meeting between Governor Jay Nixon and lawmakers to discuss potential Medicaid changes.
Nixon had invited senators and representatives serving on special Medicaid committees to meet with him November 26th at the Governor Office Building in Jefferson City.
On Tuesday, the Republican chairmen of the House and Senate committees sent the Democratic governor a letter agreeing to the time and date, but not the place and format. Rep. Jay Barnes and Senator Gary Romine suggested that Nixon could testify as a witness during a joint legislative committee meeting in the Capitol.
Nixon responded with another letter Tuesday saying lawmakers had initially agreed to his invitation and that he's disappointed they now, quote: "reneged on our agreement for a constructive dialogue."
MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 6.5 PERCENT
Newly released figures show Missouri's unemployment rate declined in September and October and now stands at 6.5 percent.
The state Department of Economic Development released employment figures Tuesday. The two months were combined in the same report because of the partial federal government shutdown in October.
Payrolls in September declined by 5,500 jobs, including a drop of 3,700 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector. Trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,300 jobs.
Missouri added 6,600 jobs in October. That includes an increase of 3,200 jobs in professional and business services and of 1,400 in financial activities. Education and health services declined by 700.