RIVER RADIO NEWS 092614
WYATT WOMAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A single vehicle wreck Thursday morning has resulted in the death of an area woman.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Denise Fisher, of Wyatt, was driving on Missouri Highway 80 near Matthews, when she failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road, and overturned.
Fisher was reportedly not wearing a safety device and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
DEXTER POLICE SEARCH FOR DRIVER OF STOLEN VEHICLE
Authorities in Dexter are looking for a man who fled from a stolen vehicle early Thursday morning.
According to a release from the Dexter Police Department, shortly after 1 am Thursday, officers attempted to stop a vehicle that was being operated in an erratic manner.
The driver failed to stop, and after leading police on a short chase through town, exited the vehicle and ran. The suspect was able to elude capture.
He is described as a white male with dark hair, wearing a black, sleeveless t-shirt and jeans.
It was later discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen from an auto repair shop in Kennett.
ROBERT SMITH APPOINTED TO BE POPLAR BLUFF ATTORNEY
Robert Smith has been appointed as attorney for the city of Poplar Bluff.
According to the Daily American Republic, the announcement of Smith’s appointment was made at a city council meeting earlier this week.
Smith was serving as the interim city attorney following the resignation of Wally Duncan in early May.
CAPE GIRARDEAU SHERIFF WARNING OF PHONE SCAM
The Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about reports of a phone scam.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, some residents were receiving phone calls from what appeared to be a Potosi, Missouri phone number stating they were either a Deputy Sheriff with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office and/or they were acting under the authority of Judge Gary Kamp.
The caller would then say the person had missed jury duty and was going to be arrested if they did not pay a fine of random amounts. The victims were being instructed to pay by credit card or to obtain a prepaid credit card from a retail store and to call them back with the information.
The Sheriff’s Office says that this is a scam and if you have any questions or additional information, call 573-243-3551.
MASTER GARDENERS TO HOLD FREE CLASS THIS WEEKEND
Master Gardeners will be holding a free class this weekend in Poplar Bluff.
The one hour class will be about crape myrtles and will begin at 10 am Saturday on the corner near 1600 West Harper Street at the intersection of PP Highway and Business 67.
Anyone attending should bring a chair and some pruners.
HORNERSVILLE MAN WINS QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS
A Hornersville man recently won a quarter of a million dollars from the Missouri Lottery.
James Scott purchased the “Lucky 7s Playbook” ticket from a Kennett store on September 17th. Scott uncovered his $250,000 prize at home and was in such disbelief that he had to have his son verify the win.
According to the Missouri Lottery, Scott is looking forward to using the winnings to pay for his son’s college tuition.
SCHOOL REGISTRATION OPEN FOR REGIONAL SPELLING BEE
Area schools can start registering for the Sixth Annual Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee.
The spelling bee has been scheduled for February 28th, 2015, at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff.
Participating schools must complete their registration by October 15th and complete a school-wide spelling bee before February 6th, 2015, to participate.
The top three contestants from each qualifying school will be eligible to participate in the regional spelling bee, with the winner receiving an expenses-paid trip to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
For more information, contact Mark Sanders at 573-840-9618.
ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TO RECEIVE OVER $600,000 FROM MEDICAID SETTLEMENT
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Arkansas, other states and the federal government have agreed to a settlement with Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC over allegations that Shire illegally marketed five drugs.
McDaniel said Thursday that the settlement means Arkansas' Medicaid program will receive $619,894.
Shire was accused of illegally promoting the drugs Adderall XR, Vyvanse, Daytrana, Lialda and Pentasa - causing false claims to be submitted to Medicaid.
Shire said in a statement that it will pay a total of $56.5 million, plus interest, fees and other costs. The company admits no wrongdoing.