SNOWY SUNDAY CAUSES TREACHEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS
It was a snowy Sunday in Southeast Missouri.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, snow, sleet, and freezing rain left many roads in Southern Missouri covered or partly covered.
Crews were out plowing roads overnight.
According to the National Weather Service, as of 9:20 pm last night, 4.1 inches of snow was reported Northwest of Poplar Bluff. In Stoddard County 6 inches of snow was reported in Dudley at 9:11 pm and 5 inches was reported in Bernie at 9:51 pm.
PARAGOULD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RAPE OF TWO MINORS
A Paragould man has reportedly pled guilty to the rape of two minor females.
According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, 33 year old Edward Howerton has pled guilty for the rape of two girls, both under the age of 13.
Howerton was arrested in 2012 following a joint investigation by the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division and the Paragould Police Department. He was sentenced to two 30 year terms in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, to be served concurrently.
MICRO EARTHQUAKE RECORDED NEAR NEW MADRID
A micro earthquake was reported Friday morning near New Madrid.
According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, a 2.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded 7 miles south southwest of New Madrid and 9 miles east northeast of Portageville.
The earthquake occurred at 6:12 am Friday.
CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
A Cape Girardeau man was taken into custody Friday afternoon on a drug charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 40 year old William A. Jackson was arrested in Cape Girardeau County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – cocaine.
Jackson was arrested shortly before 5 pm Friday afternoon.
FIRE DAMAGES KENNETT BUSINESS
A fire struck a Kennett business over the weekend.
The Plaza Tire Service building in Kennett caught on fire Saturday morning, according to KFVS.
The building is being considered by the owners to be a total loss. A cause for the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal.
KINDERGARTEN CENTER BALLOON DISCOVERED IN KENTUCKY
A balloon released by a student of the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center as part of Red Ribbon Week traveled over 350 miles northeast, all the way to Frankfort, Kentucky.
Nathan Wells discovered the remains of the balloon in the Capitol city of Kentucky. Wells initially thought the long red string and deflated balloon was trash, until he noticed the attached note, which listed the Kindergarten Center address and teacher Tonya Hill’s name.
Hill used a map to help the kids understand the distance the balloon traveled. She says the children were very excited that one of their balloons was found.
DATE SET FOR SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL TWO VACANT MISSOURI HOUSE SEATS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Governor Jay Nixon has set an August 5th special election to fill three vacant Missouri House seats.
Nixon announced the House election dates Friday.
The 120th House District has been vacant since Republican Jason Smith, of Salem, resigned in June upon winning a special election to Congress.
The two other House seats opened up in December. Democratic Representative Steve Webb, of Florissant, resigned while facing criminal charges. Republican Representative Dennis Fowler, of Advance, resigned when Nixon appointed him to the state Board of Probation and Parole.
The special election announcements come as Nixon is facing a lawsuit seeking to compel him to call the elections.
LEGISLATION INTRODUCED CONCERNING SENTENCES FOR JUVENILES PREVIOUSLY GIVEN LIFE SENTENCES WITHOUT PAROLE
More than 80 Missourians are serving sentences of life without parole that the U.S. Supreme Court says are unconstitutional because they were juveniles at the time of their crime.
A Missouri state senator has introduced legislation that would allow those 83 people convicted of first-degree murder to receive a new sentencing hearing.
The measure would allow those older than 16 to serve life without parole or a 50-year minimum sentence. Offenders younger than 16 could also spend their lives behind bars or be eligible for parole after 35 years.
In 2012, the high court said states can't automatically impose life without parole sentences for juveniles. It said states must account for differences between juveniles and adults when sentencing them for murder.