RIVER RADIO NEWS 080814
TWO DIE DAYS AFTER TWO VEHICLE CRASH NEAR JACKSON
A vehicle crash near Jackson earlier this week has resulted in the death of two people.
Authorities say the crash occurred Sunday, just north of Jackson on Highway 61, when 39 year old Regina A. Mize drove her vehicle off the road, over corrected, crossed the center line and hit a van being driven by 70 year old Bertha M. Foster.
Mize and two of her passengers were seriously injured. A fourth passenger and Foster received minor injuries.
Mize and 8 year old Justin T. Murphy were both pronounced dead yesterday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Mize was charged with three counts of felony second degree assault, and possession of a controlled substance after the crash.
The deaths are the 31st and 32nd fatalities for 2014 in Troop E.
ARKANSAS MAN ARRESTED ON TWO COUNTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE
An Arkansas man is facing charges following his arrest by Miner Police.
According to Missouri Case Net, 46 year old Jeff Mahaffey, of Ravenden, Arkansas, was arrested on two counts of second degree sexual abuse.
Mahaffey allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at a Miner hotel.
WOMAN ARRESTED IN STABBING INCIDENT
A Steele woman is in custody for allegedly stabbing another woman in the head.
According to Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield, 25 year old Tonya Mayberry was arrested on Wednesday on charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action.
Mayberry was arrested in connection to an incident in July where she stabbed a 20 year old female with a knife during an altercation.
SEARCH LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF METH IN STEELE HOME
A man was caught Tuesday night trying to eat methamphetamine.
According to Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield, while executing a search warrant, officers found a 54 year old male attempting to swallow a substantial amount of purported methamphetamine.
Officers were able to retrieve the plastic baggie.
The suspects name is being withheld pending the filing of formal charges.
RURAL MOUNTAIN HOME MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY
A rural Mountain Home, Arkansas man is facing a burglary charge in connection to an incident earlier this month.
According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department, a report was filed on August 3rd that said 30 year old James Cody Buchanan had entered his ex-girlfriend’s residence without permission, assaulted her, and attacked another man. He then reportedly fled from the scene.
Buchanan was arrested on August 6th on charges of residential burglary, third degree domestic battery, and third degree battery.
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCE TEST TO BE HELD IN MALDEN
Three Rivers College will be hosting the HiSET High School Equivalence test next month in Malden.
The test, which has replaced the GED test, will be held at Three Rivers College Center in Malden from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 20th.
The registration period for the test closes on September 17th. The test will cover writing, essay, math, science, social studies and reading. For more information or to register should go online to hiset.ets.org.
MISSOURI GAY MARRIAGE LAWSUIT MOVED FROM STATE TO FEDERAL COURT
A lawsuit challenging Missouri's ban on gay marriage has been moved to federal court instead of state court.
The lawsuit was originally filed in Jackson County by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses.
Attorney General Chris Koster's office intervened in the case and moved it to U.S. District Court. Koster's office said federal court is appropriate because the lawsuit alleges that Missouri's gay-marriage prohibition violates the U.S. Constitution.
Missouri voters adopted a state constitutional amendment in 2004 that limits marriage to one man and one woman.
A separate legal challenge still is pending in St. Louis Circuit Court. That case was prompted when St. Louis issued marriage licenses to several gay couples despite Missouri's prohibition.
MISSOURI CONSUMER SPENDING UP NEARLY FOUR PERCENT
A new federal report shows modest consumer spending increases in Missouri as the state's economy continues to improve five years after the Great Recession.
The U.S. Department of Commerce report released Thursday shows that consumer spending in the state increased nearly 4 percent in 2012, the latest year figures are available, with a 4.5 percent increase the previous year.
By contrast, statewide consumer spending decreased in 2009 amid a nationwide housing bust.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis study offers the first state-by-state comparison of consumer spending. North Dakota saw the greatest increase in per-person income in 2012, with a 16.2 percent hike driven by oil and natural gas production.