RIVER RADIO NEWS 073114
MICHIGAN MAN SELECTED AS NEW POPLAR BLUFF CITY MANAGER
The city manager position in Poplar Bluff has been filled.
Poplar Bluff Mayor Angela Pearson confirms that Heath Kaplan has accepted the vacant Poplar Bluff City Manager position.
Kaplan has previously served in government positions in Michigan and Texas. Kaplan’s contract could be signed at an upcoming council meeting on August 4th.
SUSPECT IN ILLINOIS MURDER ARRESTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A suspect in an Illinois murder has been arrested in Northeast Arkansas.
According to authorities, 30 year old Micah Hopkins was taken into custody in Blytheville on Wednesday. Hopkins was wanted in connection to the shooting of a man last month. Two other people were also taken into custody.
ARKANSAS MAN ARRESTED ON BATTERY CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO INCIDENT INVOLVING A CHILD
An Arkansas man is facing a battery charge in connection to injuries suffered by his five year old son.
According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department, 37 year old David Sutterfield, of rural Mountain Home, was allegedly observed shoving the child and striking him in the face.
The boy had bruising on his face and neck. Sutterfield denied causing injury to the child, but the Sheriff’s Department says he gave several different versions of what had caused the injuries.
Sutterfield has been charged with second degree battery.
MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED IN MINER
A Miner man is facing charges in connection to shots being fired.
According to KFVS, 40 year old Robert Kolwyck was arrested after a shotgun was fired into the air and at a vehicle. Kolwyck reportedly told authorities that the shot fired into the air was an attempt to break up a fight involving his son.
Kolwyck is facing charges of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, first degree property damage, and third degree assault.
NEW MADRID WOMAN SENTENCED ON FRAUD CHARGES
The former CEO of a southeast Missouri health care health care network has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for submitting falsified applications for federal grants, and other crimes.
The sentence for 56 year old Cheryl Ann White, of New Madrid, was handed down Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. She pleaded guilty in April to federal fraud charges.
White was chief executive officer of the nonprofit Southeast Missouri Health Network from 2004 to 2013. She falsified five annual reports and as many as 40 federal grant applications to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
She also used health center money to pay for a roof on a building she owned, and took kickbacks from a contractor who was awarded a construction contract.
FIRE REPORTED AT TRAIN NEAR POPLAR BLUFF
A fire was occurred on a train near Poplar Bluff Wednesday.
The fire was put out on by firefighters on a train three miles east of Poplar Bluff. KFVS is reporting that the fire was caused by an electrical cable. The train sustained some damage.
ASU ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER
Arkansas State University is closing its decades-old Continuing Education and Community Outreach Center.
The Jonesboro Sun reports that Vice Chancellor and Provost Lynita Cooksey announced the closure on Tuesday.
She says the university is attempting to streamline operations and reduce duplicated work. She says other departments will absorb the functions of the center and no services will be cut.
It's unclear if the closure will result in layoffs. Cooksey says the nine staff members were offered or reassigned to vacant positions at the university.
The center had operated for more than 36 years under different names. It offered online noncredit programs, community education, summer camps and youth programs.
RAILROAD SAFETY ENFORCEMENT EVENT TO BE HELD TODAY
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is teaming with law enforcement in Sikeston and Scott County for a railroad crossing safety enforcement event today.
The Officer on a Train event will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 am in the Sikeston area. The Highway Patrol says the event is to raise the awareness level for railroad crossing safety and trespass prevention.