RIVER RADIO NEWS 052814
AREA BUSINESSES WARNED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR QUICK CHANGE ARTIST
The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce is warning area businesses to be on the lookout for a quick change artist in the area.
According to the Chamber of Commerce, an African American male wearing a ball cap has been purchasing small items to get the cashier to open the register and then confusing the register operator until he gets more money from them than he originally gave. He usually starts by paying with a large bill such as a $100 bill.
Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of the quick change artist is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 785-5776 or the Butler County Sheriff’s Department at 785-8444.
We have tips on how to handle a quick change artist available on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/930kwoc.
WARRANT ISSUED FOR KENNETT MAN IN CONNECTION TO RECENT SHOOTING
Multiple warrants have been issued for a Kennett man in connection to a recent shooting.
According to the Kennett Police Department, warrants have been issued on Uzzi C. Caruthers for first degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm.
Anyone with information on Caruthers location is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.
JONESBORO POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING
A Jonesboro man was reportedly shot while walking with his brother.
According to KAIT, 19 year old Darius D. Sills, was shot in the leg at the intersection of Fairfield and Race in Jonesboro. The teen told police that he did not know who fired the shot.
Jonesboro Police are investigating the incident.
ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED FOR ACCUSED BANK ROBBERS
Two people accused of robbing one southeast Missouri bank are now charged with robbing another.
The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that the Morley branch of First Commercial Bank was robbed May 20th. One of the three suspects told police that he and one of the other suspects also robbed the Essex branch on March 17th.
Tyrice Royston and Pamela Lathon, both of the St. Louis area, are accused in both crimes. A third suspect, Alexander Trotter, is charged only in the Morley robbery.
All three are jailed in Scott County.
POPLAR BLUFF MOTORCYCLE RIDER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK
A motorcycle rider has serious injuries following a wreck Tuesday morning.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 71 year old Jackie Eddington, of Poplar Bluff, was ejected from his motorcycle after another vehicle failed to yield and made a left hand turn into his path.
The wreck occurred on Route B outside of Poplar Bluff at around 8:26 am Tuesday. Eddington was air lifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital following the wreck.
NINE INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE WRECK NEAR ARCADIA
A total of nine people were injured in a two vehicle wreck Tuesday in Iron County.
According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly before 6 pm on Missouri Highway 21, 8 miles south of Arcadia, when one of the vehicles crossed the centerline and struck the other vehicle.
Six of the nine people suffered serious injuries.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
Route N in Stoddard County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace the culvert pipe under the roadway.
The work zone will be located between County Roads 557 and 512.
Work will take place today from 8 am to 2 pm, weather permitting.
BRIDGE REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY ON INTERSTATE 55 IN SCOTT COUNTY
North and Southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane over the next week and a half as contractor crews perform bridge approach repairs.
The bridge to be repaired is located over the US 60/ I-57 Interchange and I-55/ US 62.
Weather permitting, work will performed through Saturday, June 7th from 6 am to 7 pm daily.
MISSOURI OFFICIALS URGE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TICKS
Missouri conservation officials are urging people headed outdoors to take precautions against tick bites.
Insect repellants and covering up are two steps that can help. Officials say long-sleeved shirts, pants and securing pants cuffs are the first defenses.
People should check for ticks after returning indoors and shower quickly to remove unattached ticks. Putting clothes in the dryer on high heat before washing should kill any remaining ticks.
Ticks can spread various diseases, including Lyme disease, Rock Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Most tick-transmitted diseases require prolonged feeding. To remove a tick, use tweezers and grasp it as close to the skin as possible. Don't jerk or twist the tick when removing and clean the bite area.
LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE MORE OVERSIGHT OF SOME CHILD CARE CENTERS
Legislation pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would require new oversight of some unlicensed child care centers.
The legislation would require state workers to visit unlicensed facilities that receive federal money. It also would require the development of quality indicators that parents could use to evaluate the safety and caliber of child care centers.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the legislation was prompted by changes in federal regulations. Missouri could lose more than $100 million in federal funding if it doesn't increase oversight.
It says the monitoring visits would apply to all child care centers, including about 3,900 in homes, churches and schools that are not currently inspected by state child care regulators.
The Missouri provisions would take effect no sooner than October 2015.