May 5, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 050514  

FOUR DEAD, FOUR INJURED IN JONESBORO SHOOTING

 

Police say a gunman who shot and killed three people and injured four in northeast Arkansas was an acquaintance or friend, but a motive is unknown.

 

Jonesboro Police Sergeant Doug Formon says the shooter was 40 year old Porfirio Hernandez, who recently had been released from a mental health treatment facility.

 

A 38 year old man and a 12 year old girl were killed Saturday afternoon at a home in Jonesboro, and four others were injured. About 20 minutes later, police received a call about a shooting at a business, where a 31 year old man was found dead.

 

Hernandez was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

Three people are in critical condition in Memphis, Tennessee, hospitals: a 43 year old man, a 36 year old woman and an 8 year old boy. A 10 year old boy is in stable condition.

 

 

ONE DEAD AFTER SCOOTER HIT BY VEHICLE

 

One man is dead after a scooter was hit by a vehicle Saturday afternoon in Carter County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the driver of the scooter, 67 year old Howard H. Wiley, of Van Buren, died following the wreck, which occurred on US 60 near Van Buren.

 

 

SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK RESULTS IN SEVEN PEOPLE INJURED AND TWO DEATHS

 

Two people are dead following a single vehicle wreck Friday night in Mississippi County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the vehicle ran off Interstate 57 near Charleston and overturned, ejecting seven of the nine people in the vehicle.

 

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, 57 year old Roger L. Kiger, of Rockville, Indiana, and 55 year old Richard L. Kiger, of Clinton, Indiana.

 

The other seven people suffered minor to serious injuries.

 

 

ONE DEAD IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK NEAR EAST PRAIRIE

 

One person is dead following a single vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Mississippi County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred eight miles south of East Prairie, when a driver lost control of her vehicle in a curve. The vehicle overturned and ejected the passenger, 24 year old Chad A. Harden, of Sikeston.

 

Harden was later pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle suffered moderate injuries.

 

 

SWAT AND POLICE CALLED TO REPORTED DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE IN PARAGOULD

 

SWAT members were called to a Paragould residence Sunday evening in connection to a reported domestic disturbance.

 

According to the Paragould Police Department, officers were faced with a male suspect who was reported to be armed inside the house.  The SWAT unit was called as a precautionary measure.

 

The man gave himself up without incident. His identity was not released.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CHARGE

 

A Sikeston man is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest Friday afternoon.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35 year old Eric S. Margrabe is facing felony charges of resisting arrest by fleeing, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and second degree assault on a law enforcement officer.

 

Margrabe was arrested shortly after noon Friday in Mississippi County.

 

 

THREE RIVERS TO HOLD STUDENT REGISTRATION EVENTS

 

Three Rivers College has scheduled multiple student registration events through July in Caruthersville and Portageville.

 

The student registration events will be held at the Caruthersville Public Library and the Delta Center in Portageville on May 7th and then every Thursday starting May 21st. The Portageville events will be from 8 am to noon, with the Caruthersville events following at 1 to 5 pm.

 

Current and prospective students attending the events can register for classes offered at any of the college’s locations, as well as those offered at the Delta Center, Caruthersville High School, or online.

 

 

WEED SPRAYING TO CAUSE DELAYS ON HIGHWAY 60

 

US Highway 60 in Howell, Shannon and Carter Counties will be reduced to one lane early this week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews spray for weed control along the roadway.

 

The section of road to be sprayed is located from north Highway 17 in Howell County, through Shannon County to Route Y in Carter County.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Wednesday from 7 am to 4 pm daily.

 

 

INTERSTATE 155 TO BE REDUCED THIS WEEK FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Pemiscot County this week for pavement repairs on Northbound Interstate 155.

 

The work zone will be located from mile marker 0.1 to mile marker 0.6. Work is scheduled to take place from 6:30 am to 5 pm daily through Wednesday.

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SET FOR THIS WEEK ON INTERSTATE 55

 

Northbound Interstate 55 will be reduced this week for Pavement repairs.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the repairs have been scheduled for 6:30 am to 5 pm daily through Wednesday.

 

The work zone is located between mile markers 14.2 and 15.4 in Pemiscot County.

 

 

SIGNATURES SUBMITTED ON TEACHER TENURE IMITATIVE

 

Backers of an initiative petition to eliminate teacher tenure and base employment on student achievement have submitted signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

 

Teach Great, the group supporting the proposal, says it turned in more than 275,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office ahead of Sunday's deadline for groups to submit petitions.

 

The organization's attorney, Marc Ellinger, says teachers shouldn't be rewarded for seniority alone. Mike Wood, a lobbyist for the Missouri State Teachers Association, argues the measure is not a fair way to evaluate teachers and their performance.

 

The proposed constitutional amendment would require school districts to adopt an evaluation system based on "quantifiable student performance data."

 

Election officials must now verify the signatures to ensure the proposal qualifies for the ballot.

 

 

REPORT SAYS THAT MISSOURI REVENUES ARE BEHIND PROJECTIONS

 

A new report shows Missouri revenues are lagging behind growth projections as the state enters the final two months of its budget year.

 

State figures released Friday show revenues grew by 0.5 percent through April compared to the same point last year. Those numbers fall short of the 2.8 percent growth projected by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

 

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says collections are still on pace to meet initial targets set by the administration when crafting the operating budget last year. She added that spending restrictions on state agencies and programs are not planned at this time.

 

Missouri also repaid $350 million it had borrowed during the fiscal year, which began last July and ends on June 30.