RIVER RADIO NEWS 062414
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN ACCUSED OF DOWNLOADING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A Sage, Arkansas man is in custody for allegedly downloading child pornography.
According to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 52 year old Robert Jackson Norton is facing twenty four counts of possessing material depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.
Norton served as an elementary teacher at Izard County Consolidate School, as well as a church pastor. He has since resigned those positions.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says that there is no evidence that Norton had physical contact with any children depicted in the photos.
The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible.
SCOTT COUNTY DEPUTY ASSAULTED BY MAN FOLLOWING ARREST
A Sheriff’s Deputy in Scott County was reportedly assaulted by a Morley resident.
According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 48 year old Steven Aters is facing misdemeanor charges of third degree assaulting a law enforcement officer, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and driving with a revoked license.
Aters had been arrested and taken to the Scott County Jail, where he became combative and threatening towards sheriff office employees. Aters then allegedly physically assaulted a deputy who was attempting to deescalate the situation.
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR TWO SUBJECTS IN POSSIBLE ROBBERY
Authorities in Cape Girardeau County are searching for two subjects in connection to a possible robbery.
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office says the subjects were being sought in the area of County Road 618 Monday afternoon.
The subjects are described as a white male with shoulder length brown hair, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans; and a white female, with a red tank top and blue jeans.
The sheriff’s office is advising motorists to not pick up hitchhikers in the area. Anyone with information about the subjects is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
MAN ARRESTED IN JONESBORO ON ASSAULT AND DRUG CHARGES
Police arrested a Jonesboro man over the weekend after he reportedly pointed a gun at another person.
According to KAIT, 28 year old Stanley Cleo Morris is alleged to have pointed a handgun at a man and threatening him with a baseball bat. During a search of Morris’s home, police found marijuana and paraphernalia.
Morris is facing charges of possession of a schedule six controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and aggravated assault.
SHOOTING INVESTIGATION ONGOING IN SCOTT COUNTY
Authorities in Scott County are investigating a shooting at an area school.
According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting was reported Monday evening at Kelly High School. No additional details were available.
TRAIN DERAILS IN BLYTHEVILLE; NO ONE HURT
Officials say no one was injured after a train derailed in Blytheville.
Police Chief Ross Thompson says the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed at about 2 p.m. Sunday near Ash Street. Thompson says the derailed train blocked several intersections in Blytheville.
The cause of the derailment hasn't been confirmed, but Thompson tells the Blytheville Courier News that a switch malfunction may be to blame.
Thompson says no hazardous material spilled from the train.
ROAD CLOSURE THIS WEEK IN BUTLER COUNTY
A road in Butler County will be closed over the next few days so crews can perform a pipe replacement.
Route AA in Butler County will be closed from 8 am to 4 pm through Thursday. The work zone will be located between County Road 647 and County Road 602.
GUARDRAIL REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Highway 412 in Dunklin County will be reduced this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform guardrail repairs.
The section of roadway to be reduced is located between Route U and Route NN.
Weather permitting, work will take place today through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm daily.
MISSOURIANS CAN PURCHASE MOTORCYCLES ON SUNDAYS BEGINNING IN AUGUST
Missouri consumers will soon be able to buy motorcycles on Sundays.
Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation Monday that will lift a ban on Sunday sales of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft and other items typically sold by power-sports dealers.
Like most Missouri legislation, the measure is scheduled to take effect August 28th.
The legislation was championed by motorcycle riders and at least one Harley-Davidson dealer from the Kansas City area, who told lawmakers that he was losing Sunday business to a competitor in Kansas.
The Missouri legislation does not repeal the state's ban on Sunday sales of cars and trucks.
MISSOURIANS URGED TO KEEP IT COOL
Summer is here, and health officials in Missouri are urging residents to stay cool in what can be a dangerous time of year.
The week of June 22nd to 28th is Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week. Officials with the St. Louis Health Department say more people in the U.S. die from extreme heat than from tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and earthquakes combined.
Missourians are reminded never to leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. When the weather is hot, try to spend most of your time in an air-conditioned building.
Residents are urged to check regularly on people who are elderly, chronically ill or incapacitated, and encourage those with air conditioning to use it. Each summer, people die because they refuse to use their air conditioners in hot weather, often to save money.