RIVER RADIO NEWS 092514
MAYNARD WOMAN DEAD FOLLOWING HEAD ON COLLISION
A Maynard woman is dead following a head on collision in Northeast Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred on Highway 67 in Randolph County. A vehicle, driven by 42 year old Tony Carter, of Paragould, allegedly crossed into the northbound lanes and struck another vehicle head on.
A passenger in the second vehicle, 74 year old Dorothy Jones, of Maynard, was pronounced dead at the scene. Carter and the driver of the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries.
EIGHT INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN CRASH INVOLVING SCHOOL BUS
Eight people were injured Wednesday morning in a wreck involving a school bus.
According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred in Mississippi County when a bus was hit from behind while coming to a stop to pick up students.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the bus, 18 year old Ashton Fisher, of Sikeston, was seriously injured in the wreck. Seven children on the bus, ages 5 to 13, suffered minor injuries.
KENNETT POLICE INVESTIGATING BURGLARIES
Kennett authorities are investigating multiple burglary reports.
According to the Kennett Police Department, at around 2:20 am Wednesday, officers were dispatched to a residence, where they were told that a white male had entered the residence and pointed a gun at a 13 year old boy, before grabbing a purse and fleeing.
During the investigation, officers located an open gate next door and discovered that the residence had been burglarized and a pistol had been taken.
Later that morning, a report was made by someone who said that a person had entered their garage and gone through their vehicles.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.
TWO ARRESTED AFTER METH FOUND DURING SEARCH
Two men are in custody after meth was found during a search.
According to KFVS, Mississippi County authorities reportedly found a large quantity of methamphetamine, weapons, and cash during a raid.
40 year old Demitiours Andre Moore and 18 year old Myron Lamont Andrews, both of Charleston, were each arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be holding a public meeting this afternoon to discuss upcoming improvements to Route C in Mississippi County.
The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 pm at the Delta Growers Association in Charleston.
The proposed project includes replacing the Route C bridge over Lateral Ditch #4 with a box culvert. The structure is located .3 miles west of Route 105. Work is expected to begin in summer 2015, with Route C remaining closed during construction.
According to Project Manager Eric Krapf, visitors can stop by anytime during the meeting to discuss the details of the improvements with a member of the project team and provide their comments.
HIGHWAY PATROL LOOKING FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is looking for feedback from the public.
The 2014 Public Opinion Survey is available on the Highway Patrol's website at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov.
The survey covers safety and security, officers' attitudes and competency, overall agency performance, and concerns regarding crime and social issues.
SIGNATURES VERIFIED FOR SOUTHSIDE INCORPORATION
Residents of Southside, Arkansas have filed a petition to incorporate their community as a city to avoid possible annexation into Batesville.
The group Keep Southside Free From Annexation filed a petition of incorporation Monday and signatures were verified Tuesday. A hearing is set for October 24 before County Judge Robert Griffin, who will determine whether the petition is legal.
Last month, the Batesville City Council voted to place on the November 4 ballot a plan to annex Southside into the city. The judge says he plans to rule on the request for incorporation before the election.
Keep Southside Free From Annexation Co-Chairman Brandon Gay says about 2,000 residents live in the proposed incorporation area.
Bella Vista, which was officially formed in 2006, was the last Arkansas city to incorporate.
TWICE AS MANY HEALTH INSURERS PLAN TO OFFER POLICIES THROUGH INSURANCE EXCHANGE IN MISSOURI
Missouri could have twice as many health insurers participating next year in a federally run website.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says eight insurers plan to offer policies for 2015 on Missouri's health insurance exchange. Four offered policies this year.
The federal agency said Missouri is one of four states - along with Indiana, New Hampshire and West Virginia - where the number of insurers is at least doubling.
The online shopping sites offer subsidized health coverage for some people who otherwise lack insurance. They are required in each state under President Barack Obama's health care law.
Missouri had the option of running its own website, but voters approved a measure barring the state from taking any steps to do so.
JUDICIAL EVALUATION COMMITTEE ADVISES VOTERS TO KEEP JUDGES
A Missouri judicial evaluation committee is urging voters to keep all 50 nonpartisan judges up who are up for this year's retention elections.
The Missouri Bar on Wednesday released positive results from a review of judges up for retention November 4th.
But three judges from St. Louis County only received support after appealing poor reviews. Associate Circuit Judges Judy Draper, Dennis Smith and Patrick Clifford all received among the lowest scores in their judicial circuit.
Ratings only are done for judges appointed by the governor to the Supreme Court, the state's three court of appeals and trial courts in the St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield areas. Those judges face retention elections for voters to decide whether they should keep their positions.