RIVER RADIO NEWS 070114
MOTHER ALLEGEDLY LEFT CHILDREN HOME ALONE FOR MONTHS
Two Jonesboro boys have been turned over to a Department of Children and Family Services worker after their mother allegedly left them home alone for three months.
According to KAIT, one of the children told authorities that their mom would come back Jonesboro every two weeks to buy groceries, but she was staying in West Helena. A man who said he was the mom’s boyfriend told police that he watched after the boys, but had not checked on them since June 25th.
Both of the boys were under the age of 16. Police are searching for their mother.
BERNIE MAN ARRESTED ON ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION CHARGE
A Bernie man was recently taken into custody on multiple charges.
Few details have been released at this time, however, according to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 44 year old Thomas Eggert is facing charges of armed criminal action and assault on a law enforcement officer.
ARKANSAS WOMAN ARRESTED ON ALMOST 50 COUNTS OF PASSING BAD CHECKS
An Arkansas woman is in custody for allegedly passing multiple bad checks.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department 53 year old Donna Smith, of Appelo, Arkansas, was recently arrested on 49 counts of passing bad checks.
Her bond was set at $122,500.
BENTON MAN ACCUSED OF CHOKING WOMAN
A Benton man is facing charges after he allegedly choked a woman.
According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 41 year old Travis Huckabay is charged with second degree domestic assault.
The victim indicated to authorities injuries that were sustained when she was choked by Huckabay.
Huckabay then called the victim, who put the conversation on speaker and a deputy reportedly heard Huckabay admit to the assault.
FLASH FLOODING IMPACTS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Authorities say some people had to be rescued from their vehicles after flash flooding hit southeast Missouri.
The National Weather Service says 3 inches of rain fell in an hour Sunday afternoon around Fremont in Carter County, catching some people in their vehicles on U.S. 60. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says some people also had to be evacuated from their homes in the region. No serious injuries were reported.
The highway was closed for about three hours and some county roads are underwater.
POPLAR BLUFF FOURTH OF JULY PARADE TO BEGIN AT 9 AM FRIDAY
A Poplar Bluff tradition continues this year with the annual Fourth of July parade.
According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the parade will begin at 9 am Friday. Participants will line up at Hydro Adventures Water Park on Cheshire Boulevard.
Anyone wanting to register simply needs to show up at the water park and they will be registered on site. The line up usually begins at around 6 am.
PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CLOSE DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD TODAY
A pipe replacement will force the closure of a Dunklin County road today.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route N in Dunklin County will be closed today from 7 am to 4:30 pm. The work zone will be located between County Roads 649 and 657.
ARKANSAS LAWMAKERS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON INSURANCE MEASURES TODAY
Arkansas lawmakers have advanced proposals to shore up health insurance for public school employees.
House and Senate Insurance and Commerce committees endorsed identical proposals during the first day of the Legislature's special session on Monday.
The chambers are expected to vote on the measures Tuesday afternoon.
Thousands of teachers and public school employees are set to face a 35 percent insurance premium increase this fall.
During the Senate meeting, Democratic Senator Joyce Elliott, of Little Rock, expressed concern about costs and eligibility requirements. She was the one dissenting vote on one of the bills.
The measures would make numerous part-time employees ineligible for the coverage.