RIVER RADIO NEWS 082014
ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN RIPLEY COUNTY COLLISION
An Arkansas woman is dead and another man is injured as a result of a two vehicle wreck in Ripley County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 78 year old Earnest Hamlett, of Van Buren, made a left turn into the path of another vehicle.
A passenger in Hamlett’s vehicle, 51 year old Patricia Emberton, of Alpena, Arkansas, was pronounced dead at the scene. Hamlett suffered moderate injuries.
BUNKER WOMAN KILLED IN ATV WRECK
A Bunker woman is dead following an ATV wreck on Tuesday.
According to the Highway Patrol, 38 year old Donna Nunley was driving an ATV on Highway A when she lost control, causing the vehicle to overturn and eject her.
She was reportedly not wearing a safety device and was pronounced dead at the scene.
ELLINGTON MAN ARRESTED ON RAPE CHARGE
An Ellington man is facing a rape charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Lawrence T. Harper was arrested on a charge of felony forcible rape.
Harper was arrested in Reynolds County shortly before 11:30 am Tuesday. Additional details about the arrest were not available.
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE ARREST MAN ON SEVERAL FELONY WARRANTS
Poplar Bluff Police arrested a man early Tuesday morning on several felony warrants for charges stemming from a shooting incident earlier this month.
Shortly before 2 am Tuesday morning, officers arrested Christopher Gainwell on a charge of resisting arrest, as well as two warrants for burglary and another for a weapon offense.
Gainwell was found hiding at a residence on Bradley Street. He allegedly attempted to flee and was taken into custody following a brief struggle.
PERSON HIT BY TRAIN IN SCOTT CITY
One person has been hit by a train in Scott City.
According to KFVS, a Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson says that the incident occurred Monday night near Crites Street.
The person, whose name was not available, suffered a broken bone in their hand.
TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO CAPE GIRARDEAU ROBBERY
Two people have been taken into custody in connection to a Cape Girardeau robbery.
According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, on Sunday, an elderly woman told police that she had let a male and female into her home for a glass of water.
When they got inside, the male allegedly pushed the victim to the floor and the two subjects stole a television, wallet, cellphone and then took the victim’s vehicle and fled from the scene. The victim suffered an injury to her hip in the incident.
Two suspects were identified and taken into custody on Monday. 18 year old Napoleon A. Cornelius Jr., of Cape Girardeau, and 22 year old Britney L. Morse, of Perryville, are each facing charges of second degree robbery, first degree burglary, and stealing.
MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON IN CONNECTION TO BUSINESS ROBBERY IN CAPE GIRARDEAU
A Memphis man has been sentenced for his participation in the robbery of a Cape Girardeau business in 2009.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 30 year old Darryl House was sentenced to life imprisonment on one felony count of aiding and abetting the interference with commerce by threat or violence.
He also received a consecutive 84 month sentence for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
House was found guilty of the charges in April.
ARKANSAS SCHOLARSHIP LOTTERY SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT A PHONE SCAM
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is warning about telephone scammers making false representations about people winning a prize.
The lottery says there are reports of someone claiming to represent the lottery and calling Arkansans to say they had won a prize. The caller instructs the would-be victim to go to a local store and buy a pre-paid card called a Green Dot MoneyPak in order to pre-pay taxes on the prize.
The lottery says scammers have also provided a toll-free number that - when called - mimics the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery phone message.
The lottery says it never requires payment of money to claim a prize and that it typically doesn't call people to tell them they've won a prize - except in contests that the person has intentionally entered.
FORMER MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE FINED $10,000
A former campaign committee for Missouri House Democrats has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for campaign finance violations.
The consent order released Monday by the Missouri Ethics Commission says the Democratic group failed to include some expenditures and contributions that it had made on its 2012 finance reports. It also failed to list a deputy treasurer.
The Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee shut down in July 2013. It was succeeded by the House Democratic Victory Committee, which also no longer exists.
Democrats shifted their House and Senate campaign operations under the umbrella of the state party earlier this year.
Missouri Democratic Chairman Roy Temple says the state party will pay the fine.
The ethics complaint was brought by the treasurer for the House Republican Campaign Committee.
ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 6.2 PERCENT
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in July.
The agency says the jobless rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from June's numbers. The 6.2 percent unemployment rate mirrors the national rate in July.
Officials say seven major industry sectors posted decreases in July. The biggest drop came in the government sector, which reported a drop of 12,700 jobs. Officials say the decrease is caused by summer break at schools and universities.
Jobs in trade, transportation and utilities decreased by 900 in July as well.
Officials say five industry sectors posted gains, with most coming in educational and health services and in leisure and hospitality.