RIVER RADIO NEWS 060614
MISSING WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
The Independence County Sheriff's Office says a missing Batesville woman has been found dead near Malvern and her death is being investigated as a homicide.
Sheriff Steve Jeffery says the body of 64-year-old Linda Jo Stingley was found Wednesday in a wooded area near Malvern - about 140 miles southeast of Batesville.
Jeffery says Stingley was last seen about 9 pm Monday as she was leaving work at an assisted living center in Batesville.
Stingley's body was sent to the state crime lab to determine the exact cause of death.
STORMS RESULT IN TWO ARKANSAS DEATHS
Two people are dead following the storms that passed through Northeast Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, one person died after a tree fell on a van. A tree falling onto a home resulted in the death of an additional Jonesboro man.
The names of the two killed were not released.
AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR THREE IN CONNECTION TO ROBBERY
Authorities in Dunklin County are investigating a reported robbery at an area home.
According to authorities, three black males allegedly broke into a home on Wheeler Drive Wednesday night. The three reportedly had weapons. A woman and her two children were able to escape through a bedroom window.
The men took a game system and a gun from the home. Anyone with information related to the robbery is asked to call 573-888-2409.
MAN IN SERIOUS CONDITION FOLLOWING CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY SHOOTING
One man was injured Thursday night in a Cape Girardeau County shooting.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting was in the Cape Rock Village area. The man was shot multiple times by at least two people. The victim was taken to an area hospital and is listed in serious condition.
Witnesses told authorities that 2 persons believed to be black males left the area in a white or light colored SUV, and possibly another dark colored SUV, and headed towards Cape Girardeau.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office at 573-243-3551.
JONESBORO WOMAN FACES CHARGES FOR STABBING INMATE WITH HOMEMADE WEAPON
A Jonesboro woman who was in jail for failure to complete ordered public service is now facing assault charges after she allegedly stabbed a fellow inmate.
Authorities say 51 year old Linda Lenora Johnson was arrested yesterday morning after being accused of grinding a toothbrush into a shank and stabbing Laneshia Williams multiple times during a fight.
Williams received several injuries to her face, as well as a bite on her thumb.
Johnson has been charged with aggravated assault.
FORMER WIND TURBINE PLANT IN JONESBORO SOLD TO RAILCAR MAINTENANCE COMPANY
A railcar maintenance company is to locate in the former Nordex USA wind turbine plant in Jonesboro and pledges to hire up to 350 employees.
TrinityRail Maintenance Services Inc. announced Thursday that it would expand the facility to accommodate its planned scope of work.
TrinityRail is a subsidiary of Trinity Industries Inc. of Dallas.
The company provides an array of industrial products, including railcars, barges, storage containers and other transportation-related goods and services.
Governor Mike Beebe says TrinityRail's arrival shows the state has the right workforce and facilities to attract new companies that bring good-paying jobs.
American Railcar Industries Inc. operates a railcar manufacturing plant in nearby Marmaduke in northeast Arkansas.
ASU CAMPUS TO BE CLOSED TODAY DUE TO STORMS
The campus of Arkansas State University along with the Paragould campus, will be closed today due to yesterday’s storms.
A message on Arkansas State University’s website says the closure is to allow officials to continue to respond to the storm damage and to give employees time to manage their personal situations.
Online and web-assisted classes will continue as scheduled.
NEW LAW WOULD REQUIRE PARENTAL CONSENT FOR CHILDREN TO USE TANNING DEVICES
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation requiring anyone younger than 17 to have written parental consent to use a booth, bed or other tanning device at a business.
The new law will require a parent or guardian to visit a tanning facility once a year and sign a consent form.
Businesses that let minors tan without parental consent could be fined $100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation and $500 for each one after that.
Nixon said Thursday that early exposure to ultraviolet light increases the risk of skin cancer later in life.
More than 30 other states already restrict teen tanning. Missouri's law takes effect August 28th but the requirements won't be enforced until the state develops a standard consent form.