RIVER RADIO NEWS 112213
MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING STRING OF BURGLARIES
A string of burglaries in Cape Girardeau County has landed an area man in jail.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department, 36 year old Jason Terry, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested on Wednesday in connection to the burglaries. Terry is facing charges including three counts of second degree burglary, two counts of felony theft of a firearm, and one count of felony theft.
MISSISSIPPI PAIR ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGE
Two people from Mississippi were arrested in Southeast Missouri last night on drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old James R. Gatlin and 38 year old Eleanor L. Moorehead, both of Duckhill, Mississippi, were arrested shortly before 10 pm Thursday in Pemiscot County.
They are each facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to 35 grams, and felony possession of a controlled substance. Gatlin is facing an additional charge of felony fugitive from out of state, according to the highway patrol arrest report.
ONE ARRESTED FOLLOWING REPORTED THEFT AT CROWLEY’S RIDGE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
A Caldwell man has been taken into custody following a reported theft at Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute.
According to the Forest City Police Department, police received a report of a burglary at the institute on November 16th. Officers found that approximately $3,500 in cash had been stolen from a snack bar.
Detectives have arrested 40 year old Charles Taylor in connection to the incident. Taylor is facing charges of commercial burglary, theft, and criminal mischief along with a separate charge of third degree domestic battery.
TRC PRESIDENT SELLING CHRISTMAS MUSIC CD’S
Fans of Christmas music or those wishing to help a scholarship fund for Three Rivers College students should be on the lookout for the re-release of two Christmas music albums featuring the college President.
TRC president Dr. Devin Stephenson plays piano on his fundraising CDs, “The Gift” and “The Gift 2.” Proceeds from the sale of the CD’s will go to a scholarship fund for Three Rivers’ students.
Both albums are for sale for $15 each at the College bookstore and online at bookstore.trcc.edu. Also for sale is a gospel music album, “The Promise.”
Dr. Stephenson says the goal is to raise $10,000 to endow a scholarship for students with financial needs.
FIVE PEOPLE INJURED IN SCOTT COUNTY WRECK
Five people suffered minor injuries yesterday afternoon in a two vehicle wreck near Benton.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a 16 year old Benton girl allegedly failed to yield the right of way and pulled into the path of another vehicle.
Both drivers suffered minor injuries, as did three child passengers in the second vehicle. The wreck occurred on Highway 77, two miles south of Benton.
INTERSTATE 55 REPAIRS THIS WEEKEND IN CAPE GIRARDEAU
Northbound I-55 in Cape County will be reduced to one lane with a 14-foot width restriction on Sunday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.
The bridge to be repaired is located over Highway 74 at the Dutchtown Exit 93.
Weather permitting, work will take place Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.
MISSOURI TO ALLOW INSURERS TO CONTINUE TO SELL POLICIES THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CANCELLED
Missouri will allow health insurance companies to continue offering policies that otherwise would have been cancelled under the terms of the new federal health care law.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the state will let insurers sell individual and small-group policies in 2014 that were to be canceled because they didn't meet federal coverage requirements taking effect next year.
Nationwide, more than 4 million people who buy their own insurance have gotten received notices because their plans didn't meet the requirements of the federal law.
Missouri's decision comes after President Barack Obama recently proposed to allow those customers to keep their existing insurance policies for another year.
MISSOURI OFFICIAL GIVES SUPPORT FOR BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR MILITARY MEMBERS TO RUN FOR OFFICE
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is backing legislation that could make it easier for deployed military members to run for office.
Kander said Thursday that he will push legislation next year allowing deployed members of the Armed Forces to use a proxy to file their candidacy papers with the secretary of state's office.
Candidate filing for the 2014 primary elections will run from Feb. 25 to March 25.
On the first day of filing, candidates who show up in person draw numbers to determine the order they are listed on the ballot. Kander says the requirement to file in person means deployed military members may not have a shot at being listed first.
Some candidates believe that being listed first may make voters more likely to choose them.
MISSOURI SEAT BELT USE REMAINS BEHIND NATIONAL AVERAGE
Missouri continues to lag behind the national average for seat belt use.
The Department of Transportation says seat belt use has remained stagnant at 79 percent compared to the nationwide average of 85 percent. Use among Missouri teens increased by a single percentage point from 66 percent to 67 percent.
Officials say 62 percent of the more than 600 roadway deaths this year were not wearing a seat belt.
Missouri law officers will be participating Monday in a statewide enforcement effort focused on seat belts and child restraints.