RIVER RADIO NEWS 021814
MAN FOUND DEAD IN IRON COUNTY
Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was found yesterday outside of Ironton.
According to authorities, 43 year old Carl Risher was found dead Monday afternoon. His death is being considered suspicious, and an autopsy has been scheduled for today.
SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN BAXTER COUNTY FOR VIOLATING REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
A sex offender was arrested last week in Northern Arkansas for an alleged violation of the sex offender registration act.
According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, they received information that 27 year old Jacob Deal Langston was no longer living in Norfork, where he said he was living when he registered, but was in fact residing east of Mountain Home.
Langston was found hiding in a residence on Friday and arrested on a felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender.
Langston had been convicted in 2008 in Izard County of sexual assault, robbery and other charges. Langston had reportedly beaten and sexually assaulted an adult female victim.
TWO ARRESTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY ON METH CHARGE
Two men were arrested late last night in Cape Girardeau County on a meth charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Kent L. Volkerding, of Jackson, and 32 year old Ryan W. Glover, of Woodson Terrace, were both arrested shortly before 10:30 pm.
They are each facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine.
DRUG INVESTIGATION LEADS TO THE ARREST OF FOUR PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Four people were taken into custody last week in northeast Arkansas following a drug investigation.
According to authorities, 45 year old Markus Ellison, 41 year old Candice Bennett, and 23 year old Todd Jayce Matthews, all of Walnut Ridge, along with 42 year old Ray Fry, of Imboden were arrested.
Bennett has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fry is facing a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, prescription drugs. Ellison and Matthews are each facing a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.
$50,000 DONATED TO THREE RIVERS ENDOWMENT TRUST
Two Parma residents have donated $50,000 to a new Three Rivers College campus.
According to Three Rivers College, Barry and Michelle Aycock have donated $50,000 to the Three Rivers Endowment Trust for Three Rivers College’s Eastern Campus. The campus is currently under construction in Sikeston.
PRESENTATION ON CYBERSECURITY TO BE HELD TOMORROW AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
As a part of National Engineers Week, Southeast Missouri State University will be hosting a presentation on Cybersecurity.
The presentation, “Trust Platforms in Digital Commerce,” will be held Wednesday from noon to 1 pm at Rhodes Hall, room 101.
The presentation will be given by Dr. Vijay Anand, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology. For more information call 573-651-2387.
PHARMACY AGREES NOT TO PROVIDE DRUG FOR LETHAL INJECTION
An Oklahoma pharmacy has agreed not to provide Missouri with a drug for a scheduled execution next week, but it's unclear whether the decision will delay the lethal injection.
Court documents filed late Monday say death row inmate Michael Taylor has reached an agreement in his lawsuit against The Apothecary Shoppe.
His attorneys say the Tulsa compounding pharmacy was providing a drug for his February 26th execution that could cause "inhumane pain." The court documents say the company won't prepare or provide any drug for the execution.
However, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon indicated last week that the state could move forward with the execution even after a judge temporarily blocked the company from providing the drug.
A hearing is set for today in the case.
SIGNATURES BEING SOUGHT FOR PROPOSED EARLY VOTING PERIOD
Supporters of a proposed early voting period in Missouri are gathering petition signatures to try to put the issue on the November ballot.
Campaign treasurer Matthew Dameron said Monday that organizers are using volunteers and professional petition circulators to collect signatures of registered voters before the May 4th deadline.
Dameron is a former chief of staff to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. He says Koster has provided political advice to the early voting campaign.
The proposed constitutional amendment would let voters cast ballots in person or by mail beginning six weeks before a general election. Current law allows absentee voting only under certain circumstances, such as when people can't get to the polling place because they will be out of town or are ill or disabled.
MISSOURI SENATE GIVES INITIAL APPROVAL TO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT CONCERNING GUN RIGHTS
Missouri senators have given preliminary approval to a proposed amendment to the state's constitution that would increase protections for gun owners.
The measure endorsed Monday would go before Missouri voters in November.
The amendment would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include defending one's "family" with a firearm as a guaranteed constitutional right.
Sponsoring Senator Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says the change would ensure that future gun regulations are heavily scrutinized by Missouri's courts.
The amendment would specify that the Legislature could still impose restrictions on gun ownership for convicted violent felons and the mentally ill.
The proposal needs one more Senate vote before moving to the House.