POPLAR BLUFF MAN SENTENCED FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A Poplar Bluff man has been sentenced for producing child pornography.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 62 year old David L. Cathey, was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on two felony charges for producing child pornography.
Cathey reportedly admitted to taking images of two minor females over a period of several years. The images of the children were discovered when Cathey sold his computer and failed to remove a compact disc containing the photographs. REGISTRATION HOURS EXTENDED AT THREE RIVERS
Students looking to register at Three Rivers College have gotten a little extra time.
The college has announced that it will be extending the hours for students to complete registration at its Poplar Bluff campus and its Centers in Dexter, Kennett, Malden, and Sikeston, due to the recent weather related closings.
The College will be open from 8 am to 6:30 pm through December 19th and then again from January 7th through January 9th. A special registration session will also be held on January 11th from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, go online to trcc.edu. SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CITY SUED BY ACLU
A Southeast Missouri city has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri on the behalf of a homeless couple.
The ACLU says that Miner police threatened Orchard and Edward Gillespie in September. According to a post on the ACLU website, the pair was holding up a sign that read “Travelling. Anything helps. God bless,” when they were approached by a police officer and told they had to leave.
The officer reportedly left and returned with highlighted copies of ordinances against vagrancy, begging and loitering. Another policeman later joined the original officer, and reportedly told the couple that they would be arrested for violating the ordinances if they did not leave the town, which they then did.
The ACLU says that the ordinances do not exist. The lawsuit was filed against the city of Miner and two unnamed police officers in US District Court. POLICE IN BLYTHEVILLE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING THAT LEAVE TWO INJURED Police in Blytheville, Arkansas are investigating a weekend shooting that left two brothers with injuries.
According to authorities, John and Scott McGrath were both shot in the incident, which happened Saturday at around 4 am outside the Drift Inn and Entertainer Club.
No arrests have been made. Authorities say an investigation is ongoing.
Both victims were taken to a hospital in Memphis for treatment. KENNETT POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED
A Kennett Police Officer has been arrested as a result of an undercover investigation.
According to the Kennett Police Department, 27 year old Jeremy Crawford was stopped in the parking lot of a local gas station after being observed by investigators purchasing controlled substances.
During a search, authorities found an undisclosed amount of prescription medication in Crawford’s possession. He was taken into custody for investigation of possession of a controlled substance. Kennett Police say the investigation is ongoing. HAYWOOD CITY WOMAN ARRESTED ON FELONY ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD CHARGE
A woman has been charged with four counts of 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, authorities received a report last week of injuries to a child resulting from abuse or neglect.
As a result, the investigators went to a residence in Haywood City to check the living conditions there. Investigators discovered enough evidence for the Children’s Division to remove four juveniles from the residence.
Authorities later arrested 27 year old Cassandra L. Gipson, of Haywood City, and the children were taken into custody to be placed with other family members. ONE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO CAPE BANK ROBBERY
Police in Cape Girardeau say they have a man in custody in connection to a bank robbery yesterday.
According to Cape Police, they received a call from First Missouri State Bank on South Mount Auburn Road shortly after 8:30 Monday morning, saying a man with a weapon was inside the bank, and that the man had given a teller a note demanding money.
Police arrived at the bank within minutes, surrounded the building, and took the suspect into custody as he exited.
Patrolman Darin Hickey tells KWOC News that 50 year old David C. Dawson, of Cape Girardeau, is facing a charge of 1st degree attempted robbery. Dawson’s bond was set at $75,000. CARUTHERSVILLE POLICE WANTS EVERYONE TO TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT BURGLARIES
With Christmas just over a week away, many people have finished their shopping and have multiple gifts under their tree, but they may also be putting themselves at risk for burglaries.
According to the Caruthersville Police Department, residential burglaries commonly increase during the holiday season. Caruthersville authorities want to remind everyone to be sure your windows are secured and that your doors are locked.
Don’t place items of value or Christmas presents where they can be easily seen by someone outside your residence. The police department also recommends taking pictures and recording the serial numbers of your valuables in case of a burglary at your residence. RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
Route V in Ripley County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.
The work zone will be located 2 miles from the Highway 142 intersection.
Work will take place today from 9 am to 1 pm, weather permitting. MISSOURI LAWMAKERS WILL TRY TO LIMIT MEDICAL LAWSUITS
Missouri lawmakers plan to try again to limit how much money people can receive in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says the liability limits are a priority for the 2014 session. And Rep. Eric Burlison, of Springfield, already is promoting a bill.
Republican lawmakers want to reinstate a $350,000 limit on noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering that was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court in July 2012.
The court said the limit violated a common-law right to seek damages for medical malpractice that predated the adoption of a state constitution in 1820.
The proposed legislation would abolish that common-law right and instead make medical liability lawsuits subject to state law.
A similar bill stalled earlier this year in the Senate. OFFICIALS TESTING DNA OF KILLED ANIMAL
Officials are checking whether an animal shot and killed last month in southeastern Missouri is a wolf.
Wolves are a protected species in Missouri, and the state Department of Conservation says DNA testing will be used to determine whether it is a gray wolf, coyote or other canine species. A landowner in Wayne County contacted the agency after shooting the animal in late November.
Conservation officials say wolves appear similar to coyotes but are much larger. Coyotes generally do not weigh more than 30 pounds in Missouri and can be hunted throughout the year.
The agency says there is no known wolf breeding population in Missouri, although hunters have occasionally shot wolves in the past decade after mistaking them for coyotes.