RIVER RADIO NEWS 021714
SCOTT CITY MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A single vehicle wreck Friday afternoon claimed the life of a Scott City man.
According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on County Road 321 in Scott County when a vehicle driven by 76 year old Ronald D. Adams ran off the side of the road and overturned in a creek.
Adams was pronounced dead at the scene.
CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN IN CAPE GIRARDEAU STABBING
Authorities have identified a suspect in connection to a stabbing incident last week in Cape Girardeau.
According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, 42 year old Billy Joe McGee, of Cape Girardeau, has been charged with felony first degree assault and armed criminal action.
The victim of the incident was stabbed in the lower chest Thursday night and had serious injuries, however they do not appear to be life threatening. McGee is still at large and anybody who has information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement.
SHOOTING REPORTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
One person reportedly has non-life threatening injuries following a shooting incident in Northeast Arkansas.
According to KAIT, the shooting occurred in the area of East Poplar and North 7th Avenue in Paragould and allegedly involved neighbors who had gotten into an argument. The identities of those involved have not yet been released.
TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY
Two people were taken into custody on Valentine’s Day in Wayne County on a meth charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Lennie G. Bailey, of Lowndes, and 38 year old Misty D. James, of Bloomfield, were each arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.
MDHSS LOOKING FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for organizations to help feed children this summer through the Summer Food Service Program.
The program provides nutritious meals to children under the age of 18 during summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not operating. Organizations eligible to participate in the program include schools, faith-based organizations, camps, private nonprofit agencies, and local governments.
More information is available online at www.health.mo.gov/sfsp. Applications will be accepted from March 1st through May 15th.
NORANDA SEEKING 25 PERCENT REDUCTION IN ELECTRIC RATE FOR SMELTER IN NEW MADRID
Missouri's largest consumer of electricity is asking the Missouri Public Service Commission to cut its electric rate, saying Ameren Missouri is overcharging customers.
Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. filed the request Thursday. The request seeks about a 25 percent reduction in the electric rate Ameren charges for power at Noranda's aluminum smelter in the southeast Missouri town of New Madrid.
If approved, rates for other Ameren Missouri customers could rise. Noranda says its request would be expected to increase other consumers' rates by 1.8 percent or less.
Warren Wood, Ameren Missouri's vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, says the utility will fight the cuts. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Noranda in effect is seeking to pass on the cost of its rate cut to other customers.
MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS IMPROVEMENTS TO HIGHWAY 412 IN KENNETT
The Missouri Department of Transportation has scheduled a meeting for this week to discuss improvements to Highway 412 in Kennett.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20th at South Elementary. The proposed improvements include five-laning Route 412 from Route 84 to Route VV, constructing a roundabout at Route VV and four-laning from Route VV to Routes O and Y.
According to project manager Eric Krapf, visitors will be able to stop by the meeting anytime from 4:30 to 7 pm on Thursday to discuss the project.
COALITION FOR ROADWAY SAFETY OFFERING GRANTS FOR PROJECT PROM OR GRADUATION
Grant funding is available to area high schools for Project Prom or Graduation.
Selected schools will receive $200 to assist with expenses for location rental, food, entertainment and door prizes from the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety.
The Southeast Coalition will accept applications from schools within the southeast region until March 7th, with notification of awards on March 14th. Interested schools and/or their sponsors can receive more information by contacting Southeast Coalition Regional Contact Sandra Taurone at (573) 472-5388.
REVAMP OF MISSOURI CRIMINAL LAWS BEING CONSIDERED BY STATE SENATE
Missouri Senate leaders say legislation to revamp the state's criminal laws could be debated on the floor this week.
The bill's supporters say the current system can be confusing and contains too many specific crimes. The legislation would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors and combine some offenses into single charges.
The criminal code was last revised in 1979, but since then lawmakers have continued to create crimes. Bill supporters say this has led to complexities and, in some instances, uneven punishment.
In their push to pass the bill, the measure's backers also are citing a high number of crimes that are charged only sparingly in a given year.
TRAFFIC CAMERAS UNDER DISCUSSION BY MISSOURI LEGISLATURE
Missouri lawmakers could clear up a legal thicket entangling communities' red light cameras while also applying the brakes to cameras designed to nab speeders.
State approval would be required for speed or red light cameras on state highways, and communities seeking to place them elsewhere would need to follow specific requirements. Speed cameras on local roads would be limited to school zones, work zones and areas where serious traffic accidents are excessive.
Legislation endorsed by a House committee also seeks to address recent court cases over red light cameras. Appeals courts have focused on how points are assessed for violations caught by red light cameras.
The bill would specify that traffic infractions captured by speed or red light cameras would not lead to points on a motorist's driving record.