RIVER RADIO NEWS 021014
TWO DIE IN CLARKTON HOUSE FIRE
Two people have died following a house fire last week in Clarkton.
According to KFVS, Hannah Weingartner died on Friday from injuries suffered during the fire. On Saturday, Hannah’s mother, Stephanie Studie died, as well.
A cause for the fire is under investigation.
MISSISSIPPI MAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON STATUTORY RAPE WARRANT
A 25 year old Mississippi man was taken into custody recently on a statutory rape warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 25 year old John McHenry Young, of Tupalo, Mississippi, was arrested on a warrant for second degree statutory rape.
Additional details about the arrest have not yet been released.
TWO MEN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING MAN AT A MORLEY CONVENIENCE STORE
Two men have been arrested in connection to a reported assault at a convenience store in Morley.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 40 year old Terrial Tyler and 19 year old Terrance Tyler are facing charges of second degree robbery and second degree assault.
The victim was severely beaten in the head and face area. He reportedly told authorities that the Tyler’s had jumped him as he was leaving the store and took multiple items from him.
Walter says that most of the property taken has been recovered.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING METH CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man is facing a meth charge following his arrest Friday afternoon.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20 year old Johnathan J. Davis was arrested in Butler County on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Davis also reportedly had a warrant out of Poplar Bluff for failure to appear on an original charge of shoplifting.
MAN ALLEGEDLY FOUND WITH METH IN JONESBORO
One man was taken into custody after reportedly being found with meth in Jonesboro.
According to KAIT, 32 year old Timothy Scott Sage, was arrested Saturday on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. An officer reportedly found meth and two glass pipes on Sage during a search.
BLYTHEVILLE STUDENT BRINGS HANDGUN TO SCHOOL
Authorities say no one was injured when a 9 year old boy brought a handgun to a Blytheville school this week.
Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson says the weapon was discovered Wednesday at Blytheville Primary School when the boy tried to hand the gun to another student, who refused to take it.
Other students alerted staff members, who secured the gun until police arrived.
Thompson tells the Blytheville Courier News that the boy brought the gun from home but apparently did not intend to harm anyone.
The case was turned over to juvenile authorities in Mississippi County.
MAN HITS HIGHWAY PATROL CAR ON INTERSTATE 55
Two men were injured in a wreck Saturday morning involving a Missouri State Highway Patrol car.
According to the Highway Patrol, the patrol car was stationary on Interstate 55 near Marston with its emergency lights activated, when it was struck from behind by a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche.
The driver of the avalanche, 57 year old Stanley A. Partin, of Portageville, suffered serious injuries.
The driver of the patrol car received minor injuries.
NEW TOUCHSCREEN LAPTOPS INSTALLED AT POPLAR BLUFF MUNICIPAL LIBRARY
A new computer lab has been equipped at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.
The lab contains 10 new touch screen laptops that are equipped with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 2013.
This month the library has also began offering free workshops and classes in basic computer use, improvement of job-seeking skills, and GED test preparation. The workshops and classes are being offered in partnership with the Missouri Career Center and the South Central Workforce Investment Board.
For more information, go online to www.poplarbluff.org.
GOVERNOR NIXON SIDES WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONCERNING OZARK NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAYS
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is endorsing the federal government's plan for managing the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday, Nixon says the federal government's preferred proposal is the "most reasonable approach."
The National Park Service manages the area around the spring-fed Current and Jacks Fork rivers. It has put forward three options to continue managing the riverways, and Nixon has endorsed the operating plan preferred by the park service.
That proposal would close 65 miles of undesignated horse trails and unauthorized stream crossings. It would also add restrictions on the use of motorized boats, and convert 150 miles of off-road trails used by all-terrain vehicles to hiking paths.
Nixon added that the federal agency must incorporate flexibility in implementing a management plan.
REPRESENTATIVE STEVE HODGES APOLOGIZES FOR DWI
A southeast Missouri lawmaker is apologizing for being picked up by police on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Democratic Representative Steve Hodges, of East Prairie, said Friday that he plans to remain in the Legislature but is looking into receiving counseling.
Hodges told The Associated Press that he had been drinking Wednesday night and also had been driving, but didn't believe he was drunk. He said police picked him up after he stopped his vehicle in a parking lot early Thursday and slipped while stepping on ice. He said he was taken to a hospital and issued a DWI citation.
Hodges said he recently has experienced several stressful events, including a divorce and the death of a friend. But he said that's not an excuse for his behavior.