RIVER RADIO NEWS 082814
TWO VEHICLE CRASH CLAIMS LIFE OF OXLY MAN
A two vehicle crash in Ripley County has claimed the life of an Oxly man.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a vehicle driven by 37 year old Bryan L. Crawford, of Poplar Bluff, was attempting to make a left turn and was struck from behind by 74 year old Denver W. Joplin, of Oxly.
Joplin was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Crawford received minor injuries.
The accident happened shortly after 8:30 am Tuesday, on Highway 160, four miles west of Fairdealing.
KENNETT MAN SENTENCED ON FRAUD CHARGE
A sentence was handed down Wednesday to a Kennett pharmacist on a fraud charge.
According to authorities, 51 year old Brian Keith Mitchell was sentenced to six months in prison on a felony count of healthcare fraud. He had pled guilty to the charge in April.
Mitchell will also have to pay $120,000 in restitution and serve six months of home confinement.
WOMAN FACING THEFT AND FORGERY CHARGES
A woman is facing theft and forgery charges.
According to KAIT, Sharon Denise Yarbrough allegedly stole over $46,000 from a deceased woman she had been a home health aide for.
Yarbrough has been charged with theft and second degree forgery.
THREE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
Three men are facing a drug charge following their arrest Wednesday morning in Mississippi County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 27 year old Cleveland Williamson, of Sikeston, along with 19 year olds Kyrron Haynes and Jadarius McCain, each of Charleston, were arrested shortly before 9:30 am.
Each man is facing a felony charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
CHRIS MICHEL TO CHALLENGE FOR COLLECTOR POSITION
Chris Michel will be the democratic nominee for the Butler County Collector position.
According to the Daily American Republic, Michel filed for the election Wednesday morning.
He was chosen by the Butler County Democratic Central Committee earlier this month by a unanimous vote. The election will be held on November 4th.
25 MILE YARD SALE BEGINS TODAY
The 25 mile yard sale is set to begin today.
The yard sale will be held along T Highway beginning at the Lake Wappapello exit off of Highway 60.
Anyone driving on T Highway should be careful as cars will be pulled over on the side of the road.
The yard sale will run from today through Sunday.
LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL TO CLOSE BY SEPTEMBER 17TH
A Northeast Arkansas jail is set to close by mid September.
According to a post on the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, the Arkansas Jail Standards committee voted unanimously to close the Lawrence County Jail.
The jail reportedly failed inspection for over 10 years. Issues included overcrowding and lack of a fire alarm system.
A deadline was given for September 17th to close the jail.
WATER MAIN BREAK CAUSE CLOSURE OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
Southeast Missouri State University is temporarily closing its main campus and a second campus that houses fine arts programs.
The school announced Wednesday afternoon that the closure is the result of a break in a Cape Girardeau water main. Offices will open and classes will resume Tuesday morning.
Residence halls will be open for those students who need to remain on campus, but dining facilities will be available only in the Towers cafeteria, Rowdy's, and at the River Campus.
A football game scheduled for Thursday and a women's soccer match scheduled for Friday will proceed.
The closing does not affect the university's regional campuses or the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education located at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center.
ARKANSAS GOVERNOR SAYS HEATH INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE PROJECTED TO DROP 2 PERCENT
The governor's office says Arkansas' health insurance premiums under the "private option" Medicaid expansion are projected to decrease by 2 percent next year.
In a Tuesday news release, the governor's office said there won't be a blanket reduction - some premiums may rise slightly and others may stay the same or go down. Overall, policyholders will pay 2 percent less in the coming year.
The governor's office says it is releasing the projection because incomplete information was mistakenly posted on a state Insurance Department website.
Once the U.S. Health and Human Services Department certifies the plans for next year, official rates will be set. Final numbers are to be known before the start of open enrollment on November 15th.
Legislators are to consider in 2015 whether to renew the program.