RIVER RADIO NEWS 091214
MAN FACING MURDER CHARGE IN 2012 DEATH OF KENNETT WOMAN
A Southeast Missouri man has been charged with murder in connection to the drug overdose death of Autumn Medley.
According to KFVS, 35 year old Glen Morgan, of Kennett, is facing charges including second degree murder and distribution of a controlled substance.
Morgan allegedly injected Medley with methamphetamine and Fentanyl which lead to her death in September of 2012.
MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MARSTON
An Illinois murder suspect has been captured in Marston.
According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, Kevin Malone and Ana Garcia were arrested by officers outside of a motel room Thursday.
Malone is a suspect in a homicide in Hanover Park, Illinois. During a search of the motel room and a vehicle, officers found a substance that field tested positive for the presence of cocaine and items of clothing that appeared to be stained with blood.
Malone has been charged with first degree murder. Both Malone and Garcia have been charged with possession of a controlled substance.
FOUR PLEAD GUILTY TO SEXUAL ASSAULT
Four Arkansas men have been sentenced to county jail time after pleading guilty to separately sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
The Jonesboro Sun reports each man pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault this week. They were sentenced to 120 days in jail and will have to register as sex offenders.
A Craighead County prosecutor says the rape charges were reduced after a discussion with the victim and her mom. The mother told prosecutors she didn't want her child to have to testify in multiple trials.
The four men are 16 to 27 years old and were arrested in 2013 after the mother found sexually explicit text messages on the girl's cellphone. Charges of computer child pornography against the men were also dropped.
SIKESTON POLICE SEARCHING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT
Authorities in Sikeston are searching for a suspect in connection to a Thursday shooting.
According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, a subject was shot three times Thursday afternoon in the area of Sunset and Magnolia.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 18 year old Dedrick M. Cowley, of Sikeston, for charges of first degree assault, armed criminal action, and kidnapping.
Anyone with information on this shooting or on the whereabouts of Cowley is asked to contact Sikeston DPS at 573-471-4711 or the crime stoppers hotline at 573-471-1500.
INVESTIGATION STARTED FOLLOWING SHOOTING IN CHARLESTON
One person is injured following a shooting in Charleston.
According to authorities, 35 year old Larico Coleman is in stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound. Police first received a report of shots being fired shortly after noon on Thursday.
Anyone who has information about the incident can contact the Charleston Department of Public Safety at 573-683-3737.
NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 27TH
The 9th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has been scheduled for later this month.
The Poplar Bluff Police Department will be accepting prescription drugs at the Black River Coliseum from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, September 27th.
Many area agencies will also be participating in the drug take back day. To find a collection site near you, go online to www.dea diversion.usdoj.gov.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT PINEWOODS RECREATION AREA
Volunteers are needed to work at the Pinewoods Recreation area in Ellsinore on Saturday, September 20th.
The work is a part of the 21th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day, which is a nationwide event aimed at getting people involved with public lands.
Volunteers are needed to work on brushing and clearing the Pinewoods Recreation area trail, installing one or more trail benches, and repairing bridges. They will also replace lantern posts in the campground provided time allows.
For more information, call 573-785-1475.
CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK BEGINS ON SUNDAY
With National Child Passenger Safety week beginning on Sunday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging Missouri motorists to remember the importance of child safety seats and seat belts.
According to the Highway Patrol, in 2013, 12 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,720 were injured.
In Missouri, children less than four years old or less than 40 pounds are required to use an appropriate child passenger restraint system.
Children ages four to eight years old, who weigh at least 40 pounds, but less than 80 pounds, and are under 4’9” tall, must be secured in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat appropriate for that child.
More information is available online at www.seatcheck.org.
PRODUCTS SOLD AT FARMERS MARKET WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO SALES TAXES
Products sold at farmers markets will be exempt from sales taxes as a result of a veto override by the Missouri Legislature.
The House voted 110-48 Thursday to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of the legislation. The Senate had adopted the veto override by a 27-3 vote on Wednesday.
The measure means that sales tax will not be charged on farm products sold at farmers markets.
Nixon vetoed the bill earlier this year, along with several others granting business tax breaks that he said would hurt the state budget. Nixon said the farmers market provision could reduce state and local revenues by $300,000 each annually.
OVER 140 MILLION DOLLARS IN EDUCATION FUNDING RELEASED IN MISSOURI
Governor Jay Nixon has released $143 million of education funding that he had frozen, because lawmakers sustained most of his vetoes of tax-break bills.
Nixon announced the release of the money Thursday, after lawmakers concluded a veto session in which they overrode 47 line-item budget vetoes and 10 vetoes on other bills.
Despite their record number of overrides, lawmakers sustained most of Nixon's vetoes on a package of bills that would have granted tax breaks to various businesses such as electric companies, computer data centers and fitness clubs.
The released funding includes $100 million for K-12 schools and $43 million for colleges and universities.
Nixon said he is evaluating whether to release any of the additional $700 million of spending that he has restricted because of concerns over state finances