RIVER RADIO NEWS 112613
ONE KILLED IN IZARD COUNTY WRECK
Icy conditions yesterday led to the death of a Franklin, Arkansas woman.
According to the Arkansas State Police, 68 year old Janet Standridge was travelling on State Highway 289 in Izard County when she lost control of her vehicle on an icy bridge. Her vehicle crossed into the other lane of traffic and hit another vehicle head on.
Standridge was killed in the wreck, while the driver of the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY CONSPIRING TO COMMIT MURDER
A Jonesboro man has been taken into custody for allegedly hiring somebody to kill a former employee of his.
According to KAIT, police arrested 68 year old Larry Barnett after his former employee reportedly overheard a conversation between Barnett and another male where Barnett was giving out the victim’s personal information, as well as saying “make it look like an accident.”
While the victim was at the police station filing a report, his house was burglarized and someone had tampered with his gas stove.
Barnett is also facing charges of felony forgery and felony theft greater than $25,000 in a separate incident.
CAPE POLICE LOOK FOR MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO BREAK INTO ATM MACHINE
Police in Cape Girardeau are looking for help from the public in identifying a man who attempted to break into an ATM machine last week.
Authorities say the incident happened Thursday at US Bank on William Street. The man was unable to get the ATM open, but he did cause extensive damage to the machine.
A photo of the suspect is available on the KWOC Facebook page. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 573-335-6621.
MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARRESTED IN BURGLARY INVESTIGATION
Butler County authorities have arrested four people as a part of a burglary investigation.
According to the Daily American Republic, 23 year old Robert James Evans was arrested after allegedly attempting to flee from officers who were conducting a search warrant and later attempted to pull a firearm.
The warrant was in connection to a burglary that reportedly occurred in Rombauer. Three other people have been arrested in connection to the incident, 23 year old Michael Steven Koepke Jr., 50 year old Linda Lee Evans, and 19 year old Katy Lindsey.
THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO HOLD GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING
Three Rivers College will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony next month for a new classroom building in Poplar Bluff.
The event will mark the beginning of construction for a new 38,000 square foot, two-story classroom building that will house social sciences and humanities classes.
The building will also include the college’s first lecture hall and will be located on the east side of the Poplar Bluff Campus by the Academic Resource Commons and the Westover Administration Building.
The groundbreaking event will begin at 11:30 am on December 18th.
POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY TO OFFER CLASS ON SKYPE
If you are wondering how you can get some face to face time with your loved ones who live hundreds of miles away, the Poplar Bluff Library is offering a class that can teach you how to use Skype.
Skype is a free tool that allows you to see, hear and interact with your friends and family from afar. Skype is available for computers and certain smart phones, along with other devices. If you bring your device, you can get Skype installed at the class.
The class will be held at the Library on Wednesday, December 4th at 10 am.
MISSOURI STATE PARKS ACQUIRES OVER 300 ACRES OF PROPERTY IN SHANNON COUNTY
Missouri has acquired about 300 acres in south-central Missouri that had been forfeited after the owner was convicted of federal drug charges.
The state Department of Natural Resources said Monday that Missouri State Parks acquired at auction the 330 acres of property in Shannon County previously owned by James Tebeau.
Tebeau was sentenced last year to 30 months in prison and ordered to forfeit the land, known as "Camp Zoe," after he was convicted of holding music festivals where drugs were sold.
The department said Missouri State Parks has wanted to acquire the property for several years. Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks Director, called the acreage an "Ozark gem" because of its proximity to Current River State Park and Montauk State Park.
Plans for development are being worked out.
HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFE OVER THE HOLIDAY
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive safely over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Troopers will be placed at 20 mile intervals along interstate highways throughout the state as well as on U.S. Highways 60 and 61.
If you are planning on traveling for the holiday, make sure your car is in good condition before beginning your trip. It is also important that you are well rested before you start driving and remember to buckle up, as well.
If you have an emergency, the Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance number is 1-800-525-5555, or (star)*55 on a cellular phone. Motorists should use this emergency assistance number to report traffic crashes, crimes being committed, or other emergencies on Missouri’s highways.
GROUP CHALLENGING POTENTIAL TAX FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
The Missouri Association for Social Welfare is challenging the language of a potential ballot measure on a sales tax increase for transportation projects.
The association filed a lawsuit Monday over the summary that voters would see if supporters gather enough signatures to get the proposed constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot.
Objections include the summary's description of the tax increase as "1 percent," instead of one percentage point, and a statement that toll roads would be prohibited. Opponents say the initiative requires voter approval to add tolls on roads or bridges that exist before 2014, which could allow tolls on structures that are built later.
Bill McKenna, co-chairman of a group promoting the measure, says challenges to ballot summaries seldom succeed and will not in this instance.
MISSOURI GOVERNOR PROPOSING INCREASE TO BRIGHT FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP
Governor Jay Nixon is proposing to increase scholarships for the state's top students if they promise to stay in Missouri after graduation day.
The state's Bright Flight scholarship is awarded based upon ACT or SAT test scores. Recipients currently can receive $2,500, which is less than the $3,000 authorized by state law. Nixon is proposing an additional $5,000 per year for students who commit to working full-time in Missouri for each year they receive that scholarship.
The governor says his proposed budget for next year will include $15 million for the Bright Flight expansion. He says increasing the scholarship awards will help to keep Missouri's best students in the state.