RIVER RADIO NEWS 020614
NEW MADRID MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT FOR DISTRIBUTION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested a New Madrid man on a warrant for a drug charge.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 27 year old Terry Randal Watson was arrested on a warrant for possession and distribution of a controlled substance.
Watson’s bond was set at $25,000.
WISCONSIN MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGE OF ASSAULT ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
A 27 year old Wisconsin man was arrested early Wednesday morning on a charge of assault on a law enforcement officer.
Few details about the incident have been made available, however the Missouri State Highway Patrol says that 27 year old Richard C. Swartz, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, was taken into custody shortly before 1 am Wednesday in Scott County.
Swartz is facing charges of possession of prescription medications; resisting arrest; driving while intoxicated, drugs; and third degree assault on a law enforcement officer.
CAPE GIRARDEAU LAWYER BLOCKED FROM SERVING ON MISSOURI BOARD OF CURATORS
A Missouri Senate committee has blocked one of Governor Jay Nixon's nominees to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
The motion to endorse Cape Girardeau lawyer Michael Ponder failed Wednesday on a 5 to 5 vote.
Ponder was first tapped by Nixon for the post in January 2013. The Senate did not act on his nomination last year, but Nixon reappointed Ponder in June and he has been serving on the board since then.
It was Ponder's previous position in state government, however, that concerned members of the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee. Ponder previously served on the State Board of Education, where senators say he made controversial decisions to implement education standards and a school funding law.
Ponder declined to comment on the vote.
UTILITY POLE BROKEN IN STODDARD COUNTY WRECK
A wreck on an ice covered road yesterday resulted in a broken utility pole.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Highway 25, one mile south of Dexter. A vehicle slid on the ice covered road and was struck by a second vehicle.
The first vehicle travelled off the road and overturned, injuring three people inside. The three people had minor to moderate injuries.
The second vehicle also slid off the road and broke a utility pole.
WINTER WEATHER FORCES CLOSURE OF FERRY
A ferry connecting Missouri and Kentucky has been closed due to the recent winter weather.
The Dorena-Hickman ferry will be closed until further notice due to the winter weather conditions, according to a post on the ferry’s Facebook page from Tuesday.
The ferry provides service from Dorena, Missouri to Hickman, Kentucky.
DRIVER EXAMS TO NOT BE AVAILABLE ON UPCOMING HOLIDAYS
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding those who want to take drivers exams that the tests will not be available during two upcoming holidays.
Driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on Wednesday, February 12th for President Lincoln’s birthday and then again on Monday, February 17th for President Washington’s Birthday.
COULD MORE SNOW BE ON THE WAY NEXT WEEK?
We might not be done with the winter weather just yet.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook, released by the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, says that there are small chances of light snow from Friday night through Sunday as several weak impulses move across the area. However, little snow accumulation is expected from the impulses.
A bigger threat may be coming early next week as a more significant weather system could come in Monday night and Tuesday.
The National Weather Service says that accumulating snow will be possible with the system, along with a wintry mixture in portions of Southeast Missouri just west of the Mississippi River.
LEGISLATION DISCUSSED THAT COULD BRING CHANGES TO MISSOURI FLAG
A Missouri House committee is considering legislation that would create a commission to study the state's official flag.
The House Veterans Committee held a public hearing Tuesday on the measure. Sponsoring Representative Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, says it would give Missouri the opportunity to adopt a new flag, if officials decide a change is needed.
The nine-person commission would hold public hearings around the state, then submit a report to the governor, secretary of state and lawmakers on whether the flag should be altered.
The state's official flag was adopted in 1913, nearly 100 years after Missouri became a state. The committee did not vote on the measure.