RIVER RADIO NEWS 052114
PARAGOULD MAN HELD ON MURDER WARRANT IN CONNECTION TO POPLAR BLUFF HOMICIDE
A Paragould man is in custody in connection to a homicide investigation in Poplar Bluff.
According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Jeremy Winkle is being held in the Craighead County Jail, on a warrant of first degree murder in connection to the death of 28 year old Tiffani Noles, of Paragould.
Noles was found dead Monday night in a Poplar Bluff apartment. An autopsy on Tuesday determined that the cause of death was strangulation.
Police were also searching for Kyle Hollis, of Paragould in connection to the case. He was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Cardwell on outstanding warrants for failure to appear.
After speaking with Hollis, investigators determined that there was no evidence to suggest that he was involved in Tiffani Noles' death.
ONE DEAD FOLLOWING MOTORCYCLE WRECK
One person is dead following a motorcycle wreck last night in Cape Girardeau County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Cody A. McSwain, of Scott City, was hit by a truck after he reportedly pulled into its path while making a left hand turn.
McSwain was pronounced dead at the scene.
BANK ROBBERY IN MORLEY LEADS TO ARREST OF THREE SUSPECTS
Authorities have arrested three people in connection to the alleged robbery of a bank in Scott County.
According to authorities, the robbery occurred Tuesday afternoon in Morley. The three suspects were arrested shortly afterwords.
Their names have not yet been released.
ELLSINORE MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY
An Ellsinore man is facing a felony meth charge in connection to his arrest Tuesday evening.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Basil W. Foster has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Foster is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
MODOT URGES MOTORISTS TO USE CAUTION DURING 100 MILE YARD SALE
The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be cautious while driving during the 100 mile yard sale this weekend on Highway 25.
There will be more traffic and congestion than usual along the route this weekend and drivers need to be extra careful and look for pedestrian traffic. Message boards will be in place along the route to alert drivers of the unusual traffic patterns and promote safe driving.
BOIL WATER ORDER IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF WAYNE AND BUTLER COUNTIES
A boil water order is in effect for some people in Butler and Wayne Counties.
A well failure has caused the order to be issued for customers of Public Water District #4 north of the Wappapello Volunteer Fire Department. The order is in effect until further notice.
HIGHWAY PATROL TO HOLD OPERATION FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be holding an operation over Memorial Day weekend in an effort to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.
Throughout the weekend troopers in Southeast Missouri and throughout the state will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., which stands for combined accident reduction effort.
Troop E in Southeast Missouri will also be participating in the statewide 20-Mile Trooper project during the peak travel periods on Friday and Monday. As a part of the project, troopers will be assigned to 20 mile stretches of Interstate 55 and other selected roadways.
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE HALTS BUCKLEW EXECUTION
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has issued an order halting the planned execution of a Missouri inmate.
Alito's order issued late Tuesday does not explain why he suspended the scheduled execution of Russell Bucklew, but it indicates that he or the high court will have more to say about the matter.
The order was issued shortly after the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay of execution granted hours earlier by a three-judge panel of that court.
The panel issued the stay over concerns that Bucklew's rare medical condition could cause him undue suffering during lethal injection.
Bucklew was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 12:01am this morning.
DECLINE IN CASINO AND LOTTERY REVENUE LEADS TO EDUCATION CUTS
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is making more cuts to public education because of a decline in casino and lottery revenues.
Nixon announced more than $35 million of new spending restrictions Tuesday. That's on top of $22 million of restrictions announced in April.
The Democratic governor said lottery and casino revenues are not meeting the amounts assumed in the 2014 budget that runs through June 30. Because the gambling revenues are dedicated to education, Nixon says the cuts must come from that area.
He said the K-12 school funding formula will lose $24.6 million in the latest round of cuts, raising the total cut to more than $40 million.
Nixon said universities would lose an additional $10.5 million, raising the total higher education reduction to nearly $17 million.