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ANNISTON MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD MOLESTATION
Authorities have an Anniston man in custody in connection to a sexual abuse investigation.
According to KFVS, 29 year old Scottie Leon Tidwell allegedly admitted to authorities to engaging in multiple sex acts with a 12 year old child.
Tidwell has been charged with first degree statutory sodomy, three counts of first degree child molestation, and two counts of first degree statutory rape.
PARAGOULD SHOOTING SUSPECT TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
One man is under arrest following a shooting earlier this week in Paragould.
According to authorities, Caesar Johnson has been arrested in connection to a shooting on Monday that injured two men.
The US Marshall’s Service, Craighead County Sheriff’s Department and Bay Police Department assisted with the arrest.
MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED RAPE OF CHILD
A Northeast Arkansas man is facing charges in connection to the alleged rape of a child.
According to KAIT, 23 year old Kevin Maget, of Jonesboro, is accused of sexual assaulting a 12 year old child.
Maget was arrested Tuesday and charged with rape of a person less than 14 years of age.
HAYTI WOMAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
A Hayti woman is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance at a correctional facility.
According to the Highway Patrol, 43 year old Stacey R. Fulton was arrested Wednesday afternoon in New Madrid County.
She is also facing a charge of driving while intoxicated, drugs.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS CITY FINED OVER $45,000
The city of Bono has been fined over $54,000 for violating the federal overtime wages law and for poor record keeping.
City Attorney Jeff Scriber told The Jonesboro Sun that the city is being fined $54,062 for violating the overtime wage laws with the police department. The city has 90 days to pay the fine.
The U.S. Department of Labor began investigating when former Police Chief Robert Jones said the city had failed to follow the law about paying overtime to city police officers. Jones made the comment after being fired for insubordination.
Mayor Billy Stephens said he'll examine the city's budget to find where to get the money to pay the fine.
GODSPELL TO BE PERFORMED NEXT MONTH AT TINNIN CENTER
Tickets are on sale for an upcoming performance of “Godspell” at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.
The show will be presented by Center Stage, Three Rivers College’s theater company, on April 11th, 12th, and 13th.
“Godspell” is a musical retelling of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, following Jesus Christ and his apostles from the beginning of his ministry through his death.
The performances on April 11th and 12th will both begin at 7 pm. The April 13th performance will start at 2:30 pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, the Financial Services office at the Three Rivers Poplar Bluff Campus, online at trcc.edu/tinnin, or at the door. Tickets are $10, or $5 with a valid Three Rivers student ID.
TWO THREE RIVERS STUDENTS NAMED TO MISSOURI ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Two Three Rivers College students have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Missouri Academic Team.
Members of the All-Missouri Academic team are selected from nominations submitted by each of the state’s community colleges and students are chosen for their outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.
The two students chosen were Dustin Chaney and Megan Cook. Chaney is pursuing an associate of arts degree in elementary education, while Cook is studying to become an occupational therapy assistant.
INCOME TAX CUT ENDORSED BY MISSOURI SENATE
Missouri senators have endorsed an income tax cut that could eventually waive an estimated $464 million annually in state revenues.
The legislation given initial approval Wednesday would cut taxes by half of the amount originally proposed by a Republican-led committee.
It could gradually cut the state's top individual income tax rate to 5.5 percent from the current 6 percent. It also could phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on individual income tax returns, and add a $500 tax deduction for lower-income individuals.
The tax cuts could not take effect until 2017, and only then if state revenues grew by at least $150 million.
The bill does not contain Governor Jay Nixon's proposals to make the tax cuts contingent on full school funding and new tax-credit limits.
WELFARE CHANGES GIVEN FIRST APPROVAL BY MISSOURI HOUSE
Missourians could lose welfare benefits if they go too long without using them in the state under legislation advanced by the House.
The House gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday. It needs a second vote before moving to the state Senate.
Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would be warned of possible suspensions if they go 60 days without using their electronic benefit card in Missouri.
The Department of Social Services would suspend accounts if benefits went unused in Missouri after 90 days. State officials would investigate whether a recipient is a Missouri resident.
A state audit in December identified 366 cases in which recipients used $461,000 of benefits exclusively out of state for at least three months.