June 25, 2014


15 YEAR OLD DEAD FOLLOWING ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING A teenager has died following an accidental shooting Monday night in Scott County.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the teen was struck in the head after a person had reportedly passed him a handgun and it accidentally discharged.

The victim, 15 year old Kaden Robert, of Benton, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Sheriff Walter says the young men involved in the incident were all good friends and at this point in the investigation there is no reason to believe foul play was involved. FIVE VEHICLES INVOLVED IN CONSECUTIVE WRECKS ON INTERSTATE 55 Five total vehicles were involved in consecutive wrecks Monday afternoon in New Madrid County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the first wreck occurred on Interstate 55 when a vehicle was slowing down and struck in the rear by a second vehicle. The second vehicle then struck another vehicle which was on the shoulder.

A minute later, a fourth vehicle ran into the trailer of vehicle one, who was stopped in the roadway. A fifth vehicle then ran into the back of the fourth vehicle.

One person suffered moderate injuries from the incident. DEER MANAGEMENT OPEN HOUSE TO BE HELD TODAY IN VAN BUREN An open house will be held today so officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation can get the public’s opinion on the Department’s deer management efforts.

The meeting will be held today at the Van Buren Youth and Community Center. Anyone who wishes to join the open house can stop by the meeting between 3 pm and 8 pm.

Some of the topics to be discussed include the use of crossbows by all hunters during archery season and moving the November portion of the firearms season back one week. BENTON MAN CHARGED WITH RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY A Benton man is facing charges after authorities reportedly found an illegal firearm at his residence.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, authorities obtained a search warrant after receiving information that 23 year old Brandon S. Blagg had stolen property at his residence. After executing the warrant, deputies seized one stolen firearm which had allegedly been modified by Blagg, making it an illegal firearm.

Blagg has been charged with receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of an illegal weapon. OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS OF SPENDING BLOCKED BY GOVERNOR NIXON Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed or frozen more than $1.1 billion of spending in Missouri's next budget, citing concerns about declining revenues and the potential for new tax breaks.

Nixon's budget cuts announced Tuesday include nearly $276 million of line-item vetoes and $846 million of spending restrictions affecting everything from public education to Medicaid.

The Democratic governor said his actions were necessary because the budget passed by the Republican-led Legislature was "dangerously out of balance."

Nixon's actions mean there will be no funding increase for education when the new school year begins. But Nixon said he could release the additional school money if legislators in September sustain his vetoes of bills granting various tax breaks.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer said Nixon is "holding school kids hostage." MODOT STRIPING TO WRAP UP THIS WEEKEND IN POPLAR BLUFF AND KENNETT Road striping work is expected to wrap up this weekend in Poplar Bluff and Kennett.

Striping will take place in the cities from 7 pm Saturday night to 2 am Sunday morning, weather permitting.

Drivers should be prepared to slow down significantly when coming up behind a slow moving striping caravan, which will be moving between 8 and 12 miles per hour. ATTORNEY CHALLENGES PROPOSED GUN RIGHTS AMENDMENT New arguments are being raised against a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment that would enhance the right to bear arms.

A legal challenge has claimed the summary approved by the Legislature for the August 5th ballot measure is insufficient and unfair. Last week, an attorney for those challenging the measure asked a Cole County judge to rewrite the summary.

But now, attorney Chuck Hatfield has revised that request to instead ask the judge to send the measure back to the Legislature for a new summary. He contends it would violate the constitution's separation of powers for a judge to rewrite a legislative measure.

Hatfield is representing a gun-control activist and the St. Louis police chief.

Referring the measure back to lawmakers could knock it off the ballot, because they aren't in session. PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY Southbound Interstate 57 in Mississippi County will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The work zone will begin at Route J and extend south one mile.

Weather permitting, work will take place today and tomorrow from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm.