RIVER RADIO NEWS 070714
CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN DROWNS IN WAYNE COUNTY
A Cape Girardeau man has drowned in Wayne County.
According to the Highway Patrol, on Friday, 81 year old Gary K. Gilbert was wading across Castor River when he lost his balance.
Gilbert’s body was later discovered in a root wad and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
ESCAPED INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY
An escaped southeast Missouri murder suspect is in custody after slipping away from a group of jail inmates watching fireworks.
KYTV reports 35 year old Jason McClurg, of Winona, was with nine other inmates outside the Shannon County jail Friday night watching fireworks when he broke free.
McClurg was arrested Sunday evening.
Sheriff Steven Blunkall says the deputy who took the inmates outside has been fired, adding that it's the second time an inmate has escaped on the deputy's watch.
McClurg is accused of killing his wife on May 4th by mixing prescription medications with Kool-Aid and persuading her to drink it by saying their young child made it for her.
WOMAN INJURED IN RIPLEY COUNTY SHOOTING
A Naylor man is in custody in connection to an alleged shooting over the weekend.
According to KFVS, Bob Leonard was taken into custody following an incident where his wife was shot on Saturday. Authorities say Leonard is suffering from what appears to be some form of dementia.
The woman was taken to a Memphis hospital.
Leonard allegedly told authorities that he had shot his wife during an argument.
SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO BURGLARY
A Sikeston man is facing charges in connection to an alleged burglary Saturday night.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a business north of Sikeston had its drive through window broken Saturday night. A deputy also observed pry marks on the window pain.
Later that night, an officer found two men walking south on US Highway 61 near Fairfield Street in Sikeston. One of the men had broken glass on his clothing. A further investigation into the matter revealed that both men had been at the crime scene.
Authorities took 26 year old Jimmy Garrett, of Sikeston, into custody on felony charges of second degree burglary and possession of burglary tools.
HOLCOMB WOMAN FACING METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES
A Holcomb woman was taken into custody Thursday night on multiple drug related charges.
According to the Highway Patrol, 20 year old Jenna P. Holliman was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Holliman is also facing misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, drugs; and possession of under 35 grams of marijuana.
MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY
A Wappapello man is facing multiple drug charges following his arrest on Thursday.
According to authorities, 43 year old Steven D. Whitaker was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for diazepam and dilaudid.
Whitaker is also facing charges of failed to register motor vehicle and operated vehicle on a highway without a valid license.
LOUISIANA MAN ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY FOR ALLEGED POSSESSION OF HEROIN
A Louisiana man is facing a felony drug charge after being arrested Thursday night in Southeast Missouri.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Brian S. LeMaire, of Lafayette, Louisiana, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, heroin.
LeMaire was arrested at 11 pm Thursday in New Madrid County.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN INJURED IN PERSONAL WATERCRAFT COLLISION
A Poplar Bluff man suffered moderate injuries after being involved in a collision on Current River in Ripley County.
According to authorities, 37 year old Joey T. Githens, of Poplar Bluff, allegedly turned his personal watercraft into the path of another personal watercraft on Friday.
The other water craft was driven by 44 year old Jeffery Githens, of Atlanta, Georgia, who suffered minor injuries.
DRAINAGE WORK THIS WEEK IN CARTER COUNTY
Routes Y and P in Carter County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage work.
The work zone is located from US 160 to the end of state maintenance.
Weather permitting, work will be performed today through Thursday, from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily.
NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY
A pipe replacement will force a New Madrid County road to be closed today.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route KK in New Madrid County will be closed from 7:30 am to 4 pm between County Road 425 and County Road 428.
Crews will be replacing a pipe under the roadway.
NEW LAW WOULD ALLOW CERTAIN OFFICIALS TO ADMINISTER HEROIN OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a bill that permits police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to obtain and administer an antidote for heroin overdoses.
Nixon signed House Bill 2040 on Thursday. The legislation takes effect August 28th.
A single dose of naloxone, when administered in time, can reverse an overdose of heroin or legally-prescribed opioid pain medication.
Until now, only paramedics with an order from their medical director were allowed to stock and administer the antidote.
Naloxone can be administered through nasal spray, auto-injector or syringe. The bill also authorizes licensed drug distributors or pharmacies to sell the drug to first responder agencies.