RIVER RADIO NEWS 071414
MAN DIES IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS GRAIN BIN INCIDENT
Authorities say a Paragould man was killed after he fell into an empty grain bin near Black Oak.
Police say 54 year old Garth Johns was working with two other men to repair storm damage to the grain bin Thursday. According to The Jonesboro Sun, Johns had been working inside the bin to loosen nuts when he fell to the bottom.
A police report says emergency responders discovered Johns unresponsive on the floor of the grain bin. The report says responders were unable to resuscitate him.
COUCH WOMAN KILLED IN TWO VEHICLE WRECK
A Couch woman is dead following a two vehicle wreck in Oregon County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred Thursday morning near Alton when two vehicles struck each other head on at the crest of a hill.
The driver of one of the vehicles, 20 year old Laurel M. Brown, of Couch, was later pronounced dead at a Springfield hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE LOOKING FOR HELP IN IDENTIFYING PURSE SNATCHER
Police in Poplar Bluff are searching for a woman in connection to a purse snatching incident.
Police say that a white female with blond hair reportedly took the purse of a victim that was turned away on Friday at Aldi’s Grocery Store.
Pictures of the suspect are available on the KWOC Facebook page. Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department.
SIKESTON WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN MAN’S DEATH
A Sikeston woman has been charged with murder in the death of an area man.
According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, 57 year old John Sharber, of Sikeston, has died from injuries he received Thursday night during an alleged assault in a Wal-Mart parking lot on July 10th.
27 year old Savannah R. Davis, of Sikeston, was arrested in Blytheville in connection to the case. Davis has been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action.
MAN ARRESTED FOR SLAPPING WOMAN AND BEATING A CAR WITH A BAT
Authorities say an Oran man is facing charges after he slapped a woman Saturday.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, an investigation discovered that an Oran man had allegedly assaulted his girlfriend by slapping her, and shoved another female. The man also reportedly threatened a male with a baseball bat, and then used the bat to damage a vehicle owned by his girlfriend.
29 year old Joshua A. Freeman, of Oran, was taken into custody on charges of first degree property damage, third degree domestic assault, and third degree assault.
WOMAN ARRESTED IN SCOTT COUNTY BITING INCIDENT
A Sikeston woman has been charged in connection to an incident where a man was bitten on his ear.
According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 26 year old Jacqueline Mays is facing charges of second degree domestic assault and driving while revoked.
Mays was arrested in connection to an alleged domestic assault, where the victim told authorities that he had been struck in the head numerous times and bitten on his ear. The victim had visible injuries according to the report.
CONSTRUCTION CAUSES SWITCH OF OAK GROVE VOTING LOCATION
Construction has caused officials to move the voting location for the Oak Grove precinct.
According to the Daily American Republic, beginning with the August 5th election, citizens in the Oak Grove precinct will be voting in the fellowship hall of Fellowship General Baptist Church.
Butler County Clerk Tonyi Deffendall made the switch due to construction at the old voting location, the 5th and 6th grade center.
BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED EARLY THIS WEEK
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County early this week to replace a pipe under Highway 51.
Weather permitting, Highway 51 will be closed today and tomorrow from 8 am to 4:30 pm each day. The work zone will be located between Highway 53 and Route N.
OVER TWO WEEK LONG MAINTENANCE PROJECT BEGINNING TODAY IN RIPLEY COUNTY
Route W in Ripley County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction for the rest of this month as the Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance.
The bridge over Ditch Number 3 is located between Route AA and County Road W-2.
Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday, July 31st from 7 am to 4 pm daily.
OVER $2 MILLION CONTRIBUTED RECENTLY TO MISSOURI TRANSPORTATION TAX CAUSE
Businesses that stand to benefit have begun pouring millions of dollars into a Missouri campaign for a transportation sales tax.
During the past six weeks, the campaign committee for the August 5th ballot measure has received more than $2.3 million in contributions in large chunks ranging from $7,500 to $160,000 at a time.
The money is akin to an investment for many contributors. That's because if voters approve the tax, the donors could get some of the money through contracts awarded by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The proposal is projected by lawmakers to generate $540 million annually.
Highway contractors have contributed the most to the campaign. But significant amounts also have come from labor unions, engineering firms, equipment dealers and concrete and asphalt producers.
NEW LAW WOULD REQUIRE MENINGITIS VACCINE FOR MOST STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS
Students living in campus housing at Missouri's public universities will be required to get vaccinated against bacterial meningitis beginning next year.
Legislation signed by Governor Jay Nixon requires students to be vaccinated unless they have a signed statement for a medical or religious exemption.
Meningococcal disease can cause an inflammation of the brain lining known as meningitis. It can spread among people in crowded places such as dormitories and can strike quickly with sometimes deadly results. Some symptoms can appear similar to the flu, including fever, headaches and neck stiffness.
The vaccine requirement takes effect July 1, 2015, and was included in several bills signed Thursday by Nixon.