RIVER RADIO NEWS 061914
ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK
A Leachville, Arkansas man is dead following a wreck Wednesday morning in Northeast Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 23 year old Michael Inman crossed the center line of Highway 18 in Mississippi County and hit another vehicle head on.
Inman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle, 39 year old James Hill, of Manila, suffered undisclosed injuries.
CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN CONVICTED ON MURDER CHARGE
A Cape Girardeau man has been convicted on a murder charge in connection with the 2012 death of Darcus Purl.
Steven Williams was convicted Wednesday on a charge of second degree murder. Williams allegedly shot Purl during an altercation over a woman.
William’s sentencing is scheduled for next month.
COPPER REPORTEDLY STOLEN FROM SIKESTON BUSINESS
Authorities in Sikeston are investigating a copper theft.
According to authorities, the copper was taken from the roof of the Food Giant this past weekend. The theft caused some of the store’s coolers to stop working.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sikeston Department of Public Safety at 573-471-6200.
FAKE COP REPORT EXPOSED AS FAKE
A woman who reported that a fake cop had pulled her over reportedly lied about the incident.
According to KAIT, 21 year old Hannah Tagge, of Jonesboro, originally reported that a man had pulled her over near Bono, patted her down, searched her vehicle, and let her go. She later admitted that the story was a lie.
Tagge is facing a charge of filing a false police report.
NEW COURSE OFFERED THIS SUMMER AT THREE RIVERS CENTER IN DEXTER
Three Rivers College will be offering a new course this summer to help qualified Certified Nursing Assistants improve their qualifications.
The Certified Med Tech and Insulin Administration courses will be available at the college’s center in Dexter. It is available to Certified Nursing Assistants who have worked at least six months in a long-term care facility and is free to qualifying applicants.
Registration for the course ends on June 24th, and only 10 applicants will be admitted. For more information, or to apply, call 573-840-9681.
HIGHWAY PATROL OPERATION TO CRACK DOWN ON IMPAIRED BOATERS
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is joining in a nationwide effort next weekend to crack down on impaired boaters.
The patrol will be participating in Operation Dry Water from June 27th to June 29th.
In 2013, troopers arrested a total of 14 people statewide for boating while intoxicated. The Highway Patrol says that special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months.
LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST TENURE AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
A new lawsuit seeks to block the public from voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit tenure protections for public school teachers.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday contends that the proposed ballot initiative is unconstitutional because it effectively would change two parts of the constitution - one dealing with education, the other with collective bargaining.
Two teachers from the Francis Howell School District are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including one who serves as president of the local chapter of the National Education Association.
Supporters of the initiative submitted petition signatures last month to get the measure on the November ballot. Those signatures are still being counted and verified.
The proposal would limit teachers to three-year contracts and require their evaluations to be based on student performance.
JUDGE DENIES REQUEST CONCERNING PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
A Missouri judge has denied a request to stop election officials from distributing absentee ballots for a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with gun rights.
Cole County Judge Jon Beetem rejected a temporary restraining order Wednesday but said he will consider a request to rewrite the ballot summary that voters will see in August.
Beetem heard arguments Wednesday in the lawsuit brought by St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III and Rebecca Morgan, a member of the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Their lawsuit says the ballot summary written by legislators implies that it's establishing a right to bear arms that already exists. The lawsuit says the summary also fails to note that the measure would subject laws restricting gun rights to strict legal scrutiny.