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NORTHEAST ARKANSAS TEEN KILLED BY LIGHTNING
Lightning has claimed the life of a Northeast Arkansas teen.
Authorities say 16 year old Steven Shepherd, was killed around 8 pm Tuesday at his home in Etowah.
According to authorities, the boy’s mother was working at a church next door to their home. She told officials that she ran to her house to take cover, when she noticed her son was gone. She found him face down behind the church.
Shepherd was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
MAN ALLEGEDLY PULLS SHOTGUN DURING ALTERCATION IN JACKSON
An altercation on Saturday has led to the arrest of a Jackson man.
According to the Jackson Police Department, 69 year old James Holloway allegedly pulled a shotgun on his neighbors.
Holloway is accused of putting a shotgun shell into the gun and pointing it at the father of a family and demanding they stop shooting off fireworks. A physical altercation followed and the gun was taken away from Mr. Holloway.
Holloway was arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and third degree assault.
VIOLENT CRIMES TASK FORCE ACTIVATED
The Southeast Missouri Violent Crimes Task Force was activated on Wednesday.
According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the task force has seen approximately 30 police officers from various departments put on patrol, resulting in numerous arrests.
The Cape Girardeau and Bollinger County Major Case Squad was also activated on Wednesday to further investigate multiple crimes that have taken place in Cape Girardeau and Cape Girardeau County, including two homicides and other shootings.
SPRINGFIELD WOMAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY
A Springfield, Missouri woman is facing multiple drug related charges in connection to her arrest Wednesday in Wayne County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21 year old Haley Bishop was arrested shortly after 11 am on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance at a jail facility; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
POPLAR BLUFF CHAMBER ISSUES WARNING ABOUT FRAUDULENT PHONE CALLS
The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce is warning area citizens about possible fraudulent phone calls.
The chamber issued a red alert yesterday about the phone calls which are regarding “Chamber Member Magazines” or something of that nature.
The chamber says they are not working on any local business publications other than the Newcomers Guide with the Daily American Republic.
HAZARDOUS MOVING OPERATION TO BE HELD THIS MONTH IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that they will be holding a hazardous moving operation sometime during the month of July in Southeast Missouri.
A hazardous moving operation is designed to target vehicles that are being operated in a hazardous manner. The operation will be conducted throughout the Troop E area in Southeast Missouri by the Highway Patrol in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies.
FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has released some fireworks safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July.
The CPSC advises parents to never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks and always have adult supervision when kids of any age are playing with fireworks, including sparklers.
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully and keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. Also, never point or throw fireworks at another person.
We have the full list of fireworks safety tips available on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/930kwoc.
SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR PETS DURING THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY
While fireworks are a great treat for many during the Fourth of July, your pets might not enjoy them as much as you do.
The Humane Society of Missouri says that the loud noises can cause dogs and cats to act out of character. A startled dog or cat may hide or try to escape the noise by digging under, chewing through or climbing over fences.
The Humane Society has released some tips for keeping your pet happy during the holiday.
Give your pet a quiet, cool place to retreat inside where sounds are less intense.
Keeping them inside will also protect them from stray fireworks. Their retreat could be a basement or an interior room like a bathroom with access to clean, cool water.
The full list of tips released by the Humane Society is available on our Facebook page.
REVENUE DOWN IN MISSOURI
Missouri may soon need to dip into its reserves in order to pay its bills.
Figures released Wednesday show that Missouri ended its 2014 fiscal year with a 1 percent decline in revenues compared with the previous year.
But the shortfall is larger when compared to the growth that had been projected. The roughly $8 billion in general revenues was $308 million short of what Governor Jay Nixon's administration projected and $241 million short of what the Legislature forecast.
That means the state has started its new fiscal year with less money in the bank than normal.
Nixon budget director Linda Luebbering says the state likely will have to dip into its reserves in July for cash-flow purposes.
GOVERNOR NIXON VETOS 72 HOUR REQUIRED WAIT FOR ABORTIONS
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have required a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions.
Nixon said he vetoed the bill Wednesday because it didn't include an exception for rape and incest victims. The Democratic governor said the bill showed "a callous disregard for women who find themselves in horrific circumstances."
The measure would've made Missouri just the third state to require a 72-hour waiting period, along with South Dakota and Utah. Utah's law includes an exception for rape and incest victims, and people under age 14.
Missouri currently requires a 24-hour wait between when a woman consults a physician and receives an abortion.
The Missouri House approved the legislation with enough votes to override a veto. The Senate was one vote short of a supermajority.