RIVER RADIO NEWS 080114
ONE SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO JONESBORO ARMED ROBBERY
An armed robbery in Jonesboro has authorities searching for a suspect who is considered armed and dangerous.
According to KAIT, four men reportedly robbed a Dollar General store Wednesday night. One of the men, 20 year old Dre-Keillen “Shawn” Strickland allegedly hit a clerk in the face with a gun during the robbery. Police are searching for Strickland and anyone with information on his whereabouts to call (870) 935-STOP.
Three people have been arrested in connection to the case, 20 year old Dewayne Covington, 18 year old Aaron Pettis, and a juvenile.
TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TRACTOR ACCIDENT IN OREGON COUNTY
Two people have serious injuries following a tractor accident in Oregon County.
According to the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a truck was attempting to start a tractor by pulling it through a field. Upon ignition, the tractor lost control and hit the truck and a pedestrian who was trying to gain control of the tractor.
The driver of the truck, 41 year old Michael Ficke, and the pedestrian, 58 year old Janet Sutton, both of Koshkonong, suffered serious injuries in the incident.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN TRIES TO MAIL METH TO TWIN IN JAIL
Police say twin brothers in Arkansas will soon be together after one tried to mail methamphetamine to the other who was in jail.
The Jonesboro Sun reports that 27 year olds Brandon and David Buck were arrested July 2 for meth possession. David Buck posted bond, but his brother remained incarcerated with a parole hold.
A Craighead County deputy says he was monitoring inmate phone calls Sunday when David Buck told his brother he was going to mail him meth. He says the drugs would be hidden under the label on an envelope.
Authorities say they intercepted the letter that contained suspected meth Tuesday.
A drug task force agent says he plans to seek an arrest warrant for David Buck.
Online jail records did not indicate an attorney for either brother.
DONIPHAN MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED POSSESSION OF SYNTHETIC NARCOTICS
A Doniphan man is facing charges following his arrest for alleged possession of a synthetic narcotic.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 21 year old Joshua Smedley is facing a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance, synthetic narcotic. Smedley was also arrested on charges of possession of synthetic cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Smedley was arrested shortly before 3 pm Thursday afternoon in Ripley County
GIDEON MAN FACING METH CHARGE
A Gideon man was taken into custody Thursday night on a felony drug charge.
According to the Highway Patrol, 25 year old Michael Kerr was arrested at 9 pm in New Madrid County on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.
Kerr is also facing charges of possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT IN JONESBORO TO GET OVER $100,000 GRANT
U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Representatives Tim Griffin and Steve Womack have announced $700,000 in federal grants to be divided among five fire departments in Arkansas.
The grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program announced Thursday are to be used to purchase equipment, training materials and vehicles.
One of the departments selected was the Valley View Fire Protection District in Jonesboro; which will receive $100,482.
EARLY VOTING PROPOSAL APPEARS TO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE AMOUNT OF SIGNATURES NEEDED
A Missouri proposal to create one of the nation's most expansive early voting periods appears to have fallen short of the number of initiative petition signatures needed to make the November ballot.
An Associated Press analysis of tallies by Missouri's local election authorities shows the proposed constitutional amendment on early voting lacks enough valid signatures of registered voters in all but two of the state's eight congressional districts.
To qualify for the ballot, initiatives must get signatures equal to 8 percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election in at least six of the congressional districts.
That threshold appears to have been met by supporters of a separate initiative that would curb teacher tenure protections and require public schools to evaluate personnel based on student performance data.
STATE SALES TAX HOLIDAY BEGINS TODAY
The Missouri Back to School sales tax holiday begins today.
If you make a qualified purchase during the holiday, from August 1st through August 3rd, you will not have to pay Missouri’s sales tax.
In general, qualified items include clothing less than $100, school supplies not exceeding a total of $50 per purchase, and all computers and computer accessories less than $3,500.
City and County governments can also choose to suspend their sales taxes for the weekend. Poplar Bluff has chosen to not participate in the 2014 Sales Tax Holiday.