RIVER RADIO NEWS 090414
MAN IN COURT AFTER 14 YEAR OLD GIRL GIVES BIRTH
A man was in court Wednesday in Northeast Arkansas, a day after a 14 year old girl gave birth.
According to KAIT, 23 year old Daniel Valenzuela allegedly had sex with the girl when she was 13. The baby was born 25 weeks premature.
Valenzuela’s bond was set at $500,000.
CARUTHERSVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO AN ALLEGED RAPE
A Caruthersville man was arrested Wednesday in connection to an alleged rape.
26 year old Eric Woods was arrested on a rape charge for an alleged incident that occurred on August 12th in Cape Girardeau. Woods broke into a woman’s home, assaulted, and raped her.
Woods is also facing charges of assault, burglary, and felonious restraint.
PARAGOULD GYNECOLOGIST RECEIVES ADDITIONAL VOYEURISM CHARGES
Authorities say a Paragould gynecologist accused of taking nude photographs of a patient faces additional charges after three more patients came forward and said he took pictures of them.
A Greene County district judge found probable cause Tuesday to charge Paul Becton with three more counts of felony video voyeurism. Becton is already charged with five counts and has pleaded not guilty.
Becton was arrested in April after authorities say a female patient told Paragould police that he used a cellphone to take photos of her during an exam. Arkansas State Police investigators say they found many images of nude women on Becton's cellphone.
He was released from jail after posting bond.
TWO SHOT IN SIKESTON
Two men were reportedly shot Tuesday in Sikeston.
According to authorities, the shooting occurred Tuesday night near Westside Liquor. Neither of the two men who were shot suffered life threatening injuries.
Three people were taken into custody following the shooting.
WAPPAPELLO MAN ARRESTED ON TRAFFICKING METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
A Wappapello man was taken into custody Wednesday evening on a meth related charge.
According to the Highway Patrol, 53 year old Thurman Wallace was arrested in Wayne County, shortly before 7:30 pm.
Wallace is facing charges of first degree trafficking methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
PORTAGEVILLE WOMAN FACING DRUG CHARGES
A Portageville woman is facing multiple charges following her arrest Tuesday evening in Pemiscot County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Tabetha Rudd was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Rudd is also facing a charge of possession of marijuana.
THIRD ANNUAL SARAH WHITE 5K TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND
The third annual Sarah White 5K Run Walk & Play will be held this weekend on the campus of Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff.
The event will begin at 4 pm with late registration starting at 3 pm in front of the Bess Activity Center. Proceeds will fund an annual Three Rivers scholarship in Sarah White's name.
To register or for more information, call 573-840-9077.
ARKANSAS OFFICIALS SAY STATE REVENUE IS UP
Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue in August was higher than the same month last year and ahead of their expectations.
The Department of Finance and Administration said Wednesday the state's net available revenue in August totaled $398.3 million. That's $10.5 million higher than the same month last year and $12.3 million more than forecast.
The state's net available revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1st is $2.5 million above forecast.
Finance officials say the state's corporate and sales tax collections were all higher than forecast.
GOVERNOR NIXON ATTEMPTING TO PERSUADE LAWMAKERS TO NOT OVERRIDE HIS VETO OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE BILL
Governor Jay Nixon is eliciting support from health professionals as he tries to persuade Missouri lawmakers to sustain his veto of legislation dealing with electronic cigarettes.
Nixon convened a panel of medical doctors and officials from the lung, heart and cancer associations Wednesday to highlight what they described as the dangers of electronic cigarettes.
Legislators are to meet next week to decide whether to override Nixon's veto of legislation that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to people younger than 18.
Nixon says he vetoed the bill because it also would prohibit the state from regulating or taxing electronic cigarettes as tobacco products.
Health professionals on Nixon's panel said e-cigarettes contain nicotine derived from tobacco and can be addictive just like regular cigarettes.