THREE REPORTED DEAD IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
Three men are dead following a single vehicle wreck Saturday in Pemiscot County.
According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Highway B at Homestown when a vehicle driven by 30 year old David M. Six, of Bragg City, ran off the side of the road, struck a culvert, and overturned.
Six, along with passengers 29 year old Jason L. Phillips, of Caruthersville, and 57 year old David M. Six, of Portageville were ejected from the vehicle. Two of the men were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
AREA BUSINESS PLEDGES $100,000 TO THREE RIVERS ENDOWMENT TRUST
Leaders from the Three Rivers Endowment trust and Southern Bank recently met to finalize a five year, $100,000 pledge.
Officials from Three Rivers College say that half of the pledge will go to the Humanities and Social Science Classroom Building that is currently under construction at the Poplar Bluff TRC campus.
The other half will go to the area of greatest need.
FIRE LEADS TO HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
A homicide investigation is under way after one man was found dead last week.
According to authorities, 60 year old Roy Jerrolds was found dead in a Pemiscot County home that was on fire. He had reportedly been shot.
An autopsy was performed on Friday.
MAN ARRESTED IN CARTER COUNTY ON METH CHARGE
A Birch Tree man is facing drug related charges after his arrest Saturday afternoon in Carter County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old Sean M. Felt was arrested at around 4 pm Saturday on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
ONE ARRESTED ON METH AND RESISTING ARREST CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY
Authorities arrested a Poplar Bluff man over the weekend on multiple felony charges.
According to the Highway Patrol, 31 year old Edward A. Goodwin is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and resisting arrest.
Goodwin is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and driving while suspended.
THREAT FOUND IN TWIN RIVERS HIGH SCHOOL BATHROOM
Officials at Twin Rivers High School reportedly found a threat in a school bathroom last week.
According to the Daily American Republic, the threat to “shoot everybody on 4-11” was discovered Thursday on a bathroom stall.
A student confessed to writing the threat and was suspended. A school official said the student was upset and remorseful.
TOMORROW IS TAX DEADLINE DAY
April 15th is the deadline to file state tax returns and the Missouri Department of Revenue has released a few tips for those who have waited to the last minute.
The Department of Revenue advises everyone to file electronically if possible. If you are not going to be able to meet the April 15th deadline, you might be able to file for an extension.
Anyone who receives an extension to file their federal income tax returns will automatically be granted an extension to file the Missouri income tax return. However filing an extension does not extend the time to pay taxes that are due.
If you have any questions, call 573-751-3505 from 8 am to 5 pm.
ADDITIONAL PENALTIES FOR CHILD CRIMES INCLUDED IN CRIMINAL CODE BILL
Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.
Under the bill, incest would carry additional jail time in child sex crimes. Parents who leave their children without proper care could also spend a decade more in jail if a child dies or is seriously injured.
The main focus of the legislation is the creation of additional classes of felonies and misdemeanors. But a child advocate says the increased punishments for crimes against children will have an impact on their lives.
The House and Senate passed the criminal code overhaul this week and must work out differences to pass an identical bill by May 16, when the session adjourns.
MULTIPLE VOTING PROPOSALS COULD BE PUT BEFORE MISSOURI VOTERS
Missouri lawmakers are advancing an early voting measure that could overlap with an initiative petition tackling the issue.
The competing proposals set up a scenario in which Missouri voters could endorse two early voting periods but see only one become law. Missouri law states that if conflicting constitutional amendments are approved at the same time, the measure that gets the largest affirmative vote takes effect.
The initiative petition would allow early voting for six weeks and require officials to accommodate early voting on Saturday and Sunday for the final 21 days before federal or state elections. The proposal in the Legislature calls for nine days of early voting and depends upon lawmakers approving funding.
TAX CUTS APPROVED BY SENATE AND HOUSE COMMITTEES
Missouri's Republican lawmakers are advancing a pair of tax cut proposals for potential debate in the coming weeks.
A House committee on Thursday endorsed legislation already passed by the Senate that would cut income tax rates for individuals and some business owners. That proposal is projected by legislative researchers to reduce state revenues by $620 million annually when fully phased in.
Also Thursday, a Senate committee changed and endorsed a tax cut bill that previously passed the House. As revised, that plan would cut income taxes only for businesses, not individuals. Its cost is estimated at about half the amount as the other bill.
Committee approval of the bills means they could soon be considered by the full House and Senate.