RIVER RADIO NEWS 061814
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING
Authorities in Poplar Bluff are investigating a shooting.
According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Kendall Street in reference to a shooting at approximately 1 pm yesterday.
The victim, 22 year old Mark Coger, of Poplar Bluff, was taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries. Anyone who has information about the incident should call 573-785-5776.
ONE DEAD FOLLOWING CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY
A Cape Girardeau County construction worker is dead after a Tuesday morning job-site accident.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says the accident occurred on Highway P in the town of Randles when a crane fell and 16 year old Tristan James Woods, of Marquand, was hit by a boom.
Construction crews were working to replace a county bridge.
MAN REPORTEDLY ACTING LIKE A POLICE OFFICER IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are asking the public to be on the lookout for a man posing as a police officer.
A woman reported to authorities Monday night that a man in a hummer had stopped her near Bono. The Hummer had blue lights in the grill and windshield.
During the stop, the man identified himself as Officer Spencer. He then patted the woman down, searched her car, and let her leave. Anyone with information about the incident should contact local law enforcement.
GUNS AND MARIJUANA FOUND DURING SEARCH
A Hayti man was taken into custody after authorities reportedly found guns and marijuana during a search.
According to authorities, a search warrant was executed at a Hayti home on Tuesday. Twelve pounds of marijuana, $12,000, and guns were allegedly discovered during the search.
A 39 year old man was taken into custody. His name has not yet been released.
CHARLESTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK ROBBERY
A Charleston man is facing a possible life sentence after pleading guilty in connection to a bank robbery.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 26 year old Deidrick Reed pled guilty Tuesday to charges of making a false bomb threat, armed bank robbery, and using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Reed admitted that he and an accomplice called the Charleston Department of Public Safety claiming there was a bomb at three local schools.
While law enforcement officers were responding to the schools, Reed and his accomplice robbed the Citizens Bank of Charleston of over $29,000. The incident occurred on December 12th, 2013.
His sentencing has been scheduled for September 15th.
ORAN MAN SENTENCED TO OVER FOUR YEARS ON FIREARM CHARGE
An Oran man has been sentenced on a felony firearm charge.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 28 year old Joshua L. Rogers was sentenced to 57 months on a felony charge of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
In September of 2013, officers found a stolen handgun under a mattress in Rodger’s residence. Rodgers is a previously convicted felon, and is prohibited from possessing firearms.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT BILL VETOED BY GOVERNOR NIXON
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shortened the duration of unemployment benefits.
The bill rejected Tuesday by Nixon would have tied the length of jobless benefits to the state's unemployment rate.
Missouri residents currently can collect benefits for up to 20 weeks. The bill would have allowed that only when the state's average unemployment rate is at least 9 percent.
The maximum length of benefits would have decreased as unemployment rates dropped, bottoming out at 13 weeks when the jobless rate is less than 6 percent.
The legislation also would have raised the cap on how much money can be kept in Missouri's unemployment trust fund.
Nixon said the bill was unnecessary, because Missouri has now finished repaying a federal debt for its unemployment fund.
OVER THREE THOUSAND JOBS ADDED IN MISSOURI
A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent last month while employers expanded payrolls by a net of 3,700 jobs.
Tuesday's report from the Department of Economic Development says the biggest gains were in the professional and business services sector, which added 3,600 jobs in May. Leisure and hospitality sector jobs increased by 2,500, and manufacturing positions grew by 2,100.
Those gains were partly offset by losses of 3,500 jobs in the construction sector and 600 in trade, transportation and utilities.
Missouri's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of about 3 million people declined by 630 people in May. The labor force counts people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.