RIVER RADIO NEWS 062314
CAPE GIRARDEAU POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE
Police in Cape Girardeau are continuing an investigation into Friday’s fatal shooting.
According to Sergeant Jason Selzer, officers responded shortly before 2:30 am Friday to a call about shots being fired in the area of Henderson and Good Hope Streets. When they arrived, they found a white male in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest.
The victim has been identified as 34 year old Joshua Edward Dibert, of Cape Girardeau. The major case squad had been activated to investigate the shooting, but was deactivated on Sunday.
No suspect is in custody in connection to the case. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 573-335-6621.
ONE DEAD, THREE INJURED FOLLOWING WRECK IN LAWRENCE COUNTY
One person has died following a head on collision in Lawrence County, Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, 49 year old Carey Wayne Blevins was negotiating a curve on State Highway 25 when he crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head on.
Blevins was killed in the wreck. Three people in the second vehicle suffered unspecified injuries.
HARDY MAN’S DEATH UNDER INVESTIGATION
A Hardy man’s death is under investigation in Northern Arkansas.
According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, the body of 67 year old Jerry Dale Miller was discovered in Lake Norfork. A boat was found submerged in the water nearby.
Family members told authorities that he had gone fishing alone in the morning.
Miller’s body was sent to state officials to determine a cause of death.
TWO ARRESTED IN CARTER COUNTY ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE
Two men were arrested early Saturday morning in Carter County on a felony drug charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Ryan Wheeling, of Dudley, and 23 year old Trevor Young were each taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Both men are also facing charges of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER REPORTEDLY STABBING VENDING MACHINE WITH LARGE KNIFE
A Sikeston man was taken into custody after reportedly creating a disturbance at an area business.
According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 44 year old Roger Bannister is charged with felony property damage and stealing. Bannister was arrested after officers received a report that he had gotten upset with a vending machine and stabbed it with a large knife.
Witnesses told police that Bannister beat a vending machine with a large knife until he was able to get his hand inside the machine and remove money.
Two knives and two handguns were removed from Bannister during the arrest.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING FROM POLICE
A man was arrested Saturday after allegedly crashing his vehicle and running from police.
According to the Malden Police Department, the man was fleeing from Bernie Police officers Saturday when he crashed his vehicle near County Road 102 and then fled on foot. The suspect was taken into custody a short time later at an area residence.
The name of the suspect was not released.
EARTHQUAKE REPORTED NEAR MISSOURI/ARKANSAS STATE LINE
An earthquake was reported Saturday near the Missouri and Arkansas state line.
According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the 2.5 magnitude earthquake was located 10 miles north northeast of Blytheville and 13 miles south southwest of Hayti.
The earthquake had a depth of almost 6 miles.
MILLING WORK TO CAUSE DELAYS THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in New Madrid County this week for milling work.
Southbound US 61 will be reduced to one lane from 8 am to 4 pm each day through Thursday. The work zone will be located between US 60 and Hennings Drive in New Madrid County.
ROAD WORK THIS WEEK ON HIGHWAY 60 IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Eastbound US 60 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane this week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform concrete replacement.
The work zone is located from Route FF to US 61.
Weather permitting, work will take place today through Wednesday from 7:30 am to 5 pm each day.
EPA REGULATIONS UNDER FIRE FROM MISSOURI GOVERNMENT
Missouri is pushing back against proposed federal regulations for wood stoves.
Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation Friday prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from regulating wood-burning heaters, unless specifically authorized by the Missouri Legislature.
The legislation is an attempt to prevent Missouri from helping implement a proposed rule change by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. That proposal would give manufactures five years to meet tougher standards reducing emissions from wood stoves by an estimated 80 percent.
The EPA's existing regulations date to 1988 and don't apply to all of the different kinds of wood-burning devices now in use.
Some manufacturers have said the EPA proposal would drive up their costs and force them to raise prices to a point where many consumers could no longer afford their products.
LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM FOR LARGE ANIMAL VETS EXTENDED
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that continues a loan forgiveness program for students of large-animal veterinary medicine.
The loan forgiveness program expired at the end of June 2013. Nixon signed a higher education bill Thursday that includes a provision removing that expiration date.
The bill also renames the program as the "Dr. Merrill Townley Large Animal Veterinary Student Loan Program."
CONVICTED DRUG FELONS NOW ALLOWED TO GET FOOD STAMPS
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation repealing a prohibition on providing food stamps to people convicted of drug felonies.
The bill signed Friday could allow people with three or fewer drug felonies to receive aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But it would apply only if people have completed, are enrolled in or have been determined not to need a substance abuse program.
Missouri has been among a minority of states that still impose a lifetime ban on government food assistance for drug felonies.
The legislation also would temporarily suspend food stamp or welfare payments to anyone who has not used the electronic benefits in Missouri at least once in the past 90 days. That comes after a recent audit questioned the out-of-state use of welfare benefits.