RIVER RADIO NEWS 071614
POPLAR BLUFF MAN DIES FROM INJURIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH
A Poplar Bluff man has died from injuries he received in a motorcycle wreck on Sunday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 57 year old Robert J. Cooper was riding a motorcycle on PP Highway when he ran off the road and hit a road sign. The wreck occurred Sunday afternoon, five miles west of Poplar Bluff.
Cooper died Tuesday morning at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
WAPPAPELLO MAN STRUCK AND KILLED ON INTERSTATE 55
A pedestrian was struck and killed Tuesday morning in Pemiscot County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 43 year old Charles E. Maronay, of Wappapello, was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 55, shortly before 1 am Tuesday morning.
Maronay was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries.
MAN SENTENCED IN STODDARD COUNTY TO TWO LIFE SENTENCES
An area man has received two life sentences in prison.
According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, Steven C. Rendleman was accused of kidnapping a victim from a bar in Advance and then forcibly raping her in March of 2012. He then allegedly got into a pursuit with police and assaulted a deputy with his truck.
Judge Gael Wood sentenced Rendleman to two life sentences without the possibility of parole, plus 163 years for the crimes of kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible sodomy, assault of a law enforcement officer, and armed criminal action.
GIDEON MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
A Gideon man has been charged after being arrested during a routine traffic stop.
According to the Clarkton Police Department, during the stop on July 12th, officers found a substance consistent to methamphetamine in the possession of William Alexander.
Alexander was arrested and later charged with possession of a controlled substance.
DRUG TASK FORCE MAKES SIX ARRESTS IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Multiple people were recently arrested as a part of a round up by law enforcement in Northeast Arkansas.
According to authorities, six people were taken into custody in Lawrence County by the Third Judicial Drug Task Force. The six people are all facing drug related charges.
During the round up, authorities confiscated multiple items including methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
NINE TEACHERS FROM NORTH CAROLINA WERE IN POPLAR BLUFF TO HELP WITH DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Nine teachers from North Carolina were in Poplar Bluff last week to help with the Poplar Bluff Junior and Senior High School’s digital transformation.
The professional development was first offered to Junior High teachers last summer in preparation for the deployment of 800 MacBook Airs to students. The Senior High was included this summer during a return visit as teachers prepare for the issuance of 1,400 laptops to high school students next month.
The teachers were from the Mooresville Graded School District.
PORTION OF RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED THIS MORNING
A section of Route H in Ripley County will be closed this morning so crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route H is set to be closed one mile west of the Route W/142 intersection from 8 am to 11 am.
TWO BILLS BECOME LAWS DUE TO GOVERNOR INACTION
Two bills that Governor Jay Nixon declined to sign but also chose not to veto have now become laws.
Nixon vetoed a record 33 bills this year, the most in a 12-month span since he took office in 2009.
But even though he rejected a similar measure last year, Nixon on Monday declined to veto a Senate bill making it more difficult for people fired for misconduct to collect unemployment benefits.
Nixon also opted to not take a stance on a second Senate bill allowing casinos to provide interest-free lines of credits of $10,000 or more to high rollers who don't want to carry large amounts of cash when they gamble.
The governor offered no explanation for his decisions on the final day to approve or veto bills.