RIVER RADIO NEWS 020714
MISSISSIPPI MAN KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK
A Mississippi man has died following a wreck yesterday in Northeast Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred shortly after 3 pm on Highway 61 in Mississippi County. 29 year old Michael S. McMullen, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, was driving on Highway 61, when the vehicle he was driving travelled off the west side of the road.
McMullen overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn and eject him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
PIEDMONT MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING
A Piedmont man has been taken into custody in connection to an alleged shooting Thursday.
According to KFVS, Piedmont authorities say that two men were shot and a pregnant woman had been beaten. One of the men had been shot in the shoulder, while the other was shot in the hip. The three victims’ injuries don’t appear to be life threatening.
The husband of the woman, 31 year old Jonathan Cody Elliott, was arrested.
According to an arrest report from the Highway Patrol, Elliott is facing charges including two counts of felony first degree assault and two counts of felony first degree domestic assault, along with a single count of felony second degree domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, and stealing a motor vehicle.
RUNAWAY FOUND IN FREEZING CONDITIONS
Wayne County authorities say a 16 year old runaway is being treated for frostbite after being found by several train workers.
According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the boy, who had run away from a boarding home Tuesday night, was discovered about four miles south of Leeper Mill Spring early Wednesday morning. He had walked approximately 8 miles.
The teen is listed in stable condition.
MAN REPORTEDLY FOUND IN POSSESSION OF MULTIPLE DRUGS IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Authorities arrested an Arkansas man Thursday in Dunklin County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 48 year old Charles E. Bateman, of Marmaduke, was arrested at around 1:30 Thursday afternoon.
Bateman is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, hydrocodone; possession of a controlled substance, clonazepam; driving under the influence, drugs; and careless and imprudent driving.
SCOTT CITY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
A Scott City man is facing a drug charge out of Cape Girardeau County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 33 year old Eugene B. Seals was arrested shortly before 10 am Thursday on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. Additional information about the arrest has not been made available at this time.
EVENTS CANCELLED AT THREE RIVERS COLLEGE
Road conditions have caused the cancellation of multiple events today at Three Rivers College.
On the college’s Facebook page, it was confirmed that all events today, including the Saakumu Dance Troupe performance and the Red Cross Blood Drive, have been cancelled.
The FASFA Frenzy event, originally scheduled for this Sunday, has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 23rd from 2 to 4 pm.
MISSOURI HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE FROM EAST PRAIRIE ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DWI
A Democratic state House member has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Missouri's capital city.
Police said Representative Steve Hodges was arrested around 1:20 am Thursday in Jefferson City. Hodges did not immediately return a telephone call Thursday from The Associated Press.
KOMU reports that the Cole County jail says Hodges was not held there and that prosecutors had not filed charges.
Hodges, of East Prairie, was first elected to the House in 2006. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012 against Republican Jason Smith. Term limits bar Hodges from seeking re-election to his Missouri House seat this year.
MISSOURI HOUSE MEMBER WANTS TO IMPEACH GOVERNOR NIXON
A Missouri House Republican wants to impeach Governor Jay Nixon over his order that the state accept joint tax returns from legally married same-sex couples.
A resolution filed Thursday by Parkville Republican Nick Marshall states Nixon is guilty of "willful neglect of duty and misconduct in office."
Missouri's Constitution states marriages must be between a man and a woman to be valid and recognized.
Missouri's tax code is tied to the federal government. Nixon said couples filing joint federal returns also must file joint state returns. Federal agencies determined legally married same-sex couples would be treated as married for tax purposes regardless of residence.
Nixon spokesman Scott Holste called the resolution a "publicity stunt" and says the governor is focused on education, jobs and health care.
HOUSE SCRAPS GOVERNOR NIXON’S BUDGET PLAN
Republican House leaders are scrapping Governor Jay Nixon's recommendations for Missouri's budget.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream said Thursday that he believes Nixon's budget plan would spend at least $310 million more than Missouri would receive in tax revenues.
Stream said he won't use Nixon's budget recommendations as the starting point for legislation. Instead, Stream was filing budget bills Thursday that use the 2014 appropriations as the starting point for the 2015 budget.
Stream said he will give each of the House's six appropriations committees a lump sum of money that they can divvy out for funding increases.
He says the allotted increase for education will be $317 million. That's significantly shy of the $490 million education increase proposed by Nixon.