RIVER RADIO NEWS 102014
CHARLESTON POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IN SHOOTING INVESTIGATION
Authorities in Charleston are investigating a weekend shooting.
According to Charleston Department of Public Safety Director Robert Hearnes, the shooting happened at around 10 am on Sunday. Hearnes says officer responded to the area of Sy Williams Boulevard, where they found 19 year old Jadarius McCain, of Charleston, with a gunshot wound.
No suspects have been arrested at this time.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 573-683-3737.
MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN JONESBORO
A man who was wanted for aggravated robbery has been arrested in Jonesboro.
According to a release from the Jonesboro Police Department, authorities discovered that 27 year old Marlon Braggs, Jr., of Helena-West Helena, who was wanted in Phillips County, Arkansas was in Jonesboro. SWAT officers responded to a home on Dana Street, where they were able to take Braggs into custody without incident.
Authorities say Braggs had a stolen handgun in his possession.
Phillips County authorities say Braggs had a warrant on a charge of aggravated robbery and is also a person of interest in a murder in that county.
MORLEY MAN FACING SEX CHARGE
A Morley man has been taken into custody after being accused of committing a sex crime with a juvenile.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says 43 year old Timothy Scott Graham was arrested Friday and charged with felony second degree statutory sodomy.
Walter says his department discovered that Graham may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile during an investigation into an unrelated matter.
Sheriff Walter says Graham admitted to a sex act with the child.
STEELE MAN LEADS POLICE ON HIGH SPEED CHASE
A Steele man is facing multiple charges after leading officers on a high speed chase Friday night.
30 year old Matthew David Cameron has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, resisting a lawful stop, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and careless and imprudent driving.
Authorities say Cameron allegedly led Cape Girardeau Police on a chase through several Cape streets and parking lots with a two year old in the vehicle. The pursuit continued until Cameron crossed the Emerson Bridge into Illinois. Members of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department continued the chase.
Cameron was later taken into custody at an apartment in Cape.
Authorities say he had three active warrants at the time of the chase.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG WARRANT
A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Friday morning on a warrant out of Arkansas.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Garry W. Wilkerson was arrested in Butler County shortly after 10:30 am on a warrant out of Mississippi County, Arkansas on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING PRESCRIPTION DRUG CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff man is facing multiple drug charges after being arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The Patrol reports that 57 year old Danny R. Reed was taken into custody Friday shortly before 11:30 am in Wayne County. Reed has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone; and possession of a controlled substance, Alprazolam.
SIKESTON WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION
A Sikeston woman has been charged with drug possession after authorities intervened an argument between her and her baby’s father.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a deputy responded to a call about a couple arguing loudly in a vehicle. While interviewing the pair, the deputy discovered 18 year old Michelle Marshall had drugs in her possession.
Marshall has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The man, whose name has not been released, is accused of squeezing the couple’s one year old child. The Missouri Children’s Division and the Scott County Juvenile Office were notified, and the child was taken into protective custody due to substantial risk to the one year old child’s health from being squeezed in an angry manner by her father.
BENTON COUPLE FACING DRUG CHARGES
A Benton couple has been arrested on drug charges.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 50 year old Russell Eugene Turner and 40 year old Connie Yvonne Turner were taken into custody Saturday.
Walter reports that his department presented a search warrant at the couple’s home to follow-up on a previous investigation. During the search, deputies discovered paraphernalia with residue that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
Each has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
ROUTE Z IN STODDARD COUNTY REDUCED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
A section of Route Z in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. The affected section of roadway is located from Route 153 to Route W. Work is scheduled to take place today through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3 pm each day.
ROUTE W IN STODDARD COUNTY REDUCED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
A portion of Route W in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. The affected section of roadway is located from Route Z to Route D. Work is scheduled to take place today through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3 pm each day.
ROUTE M IN CARTER COUNTY REDUCED FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENT
Route M in Carter County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform culvert replacement.
Crews will be replacing several culvert pipes along Route M. Work is scheduled to take place today through Friday, from 7 am to 4:30 pm each day.
ROUTE U IN DUNKLIN COUNTY CLOSED FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
A portion of Route U in Dunklin County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. The affected section of roadway is located between County Road 442 and County Road 430. Work is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 3 pm.
MISSOURI, KANSAS DEALING WITH FEWER DEER
Missouri wildlife officials and deer hunters agree on one thing - something has to be done to reverse a continuing drop in deer population in the state.
The Department of Conservation reports Missouri hunters took 251,924 whitetail deer during last hunting season, the lowest total in a decade. In response, the state said hunters in some counties could take only one deer, rather than an unlimited number, during firearms season in the spring.
The Kansas City Star reports more restrictions are being considered.
Missouri officials blame the drop on an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease and hunting regulations that allowed hunters to take an unlimited number of does in many counties.
Kansas is dealing with a declining population also but the numbers aren't down as sharply as Missouri's.
EXPERTS SAY STINGING CATERPILLARS RARE IN MISSOURI
The Missouri Department of Conservation says residents likely won't encounter stinging caterpillars this fall, despite booming populations in southern states.
A large population of pus caterpillars in Florida this year has stung locals, leaving a swelling, burning wound.
Residents have been calling the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center asking about the creature.
Pus caterpillars look like a brown lump of fur. The department says only a small population lives in Missouri, although they cause the most severe reaction of the state's 15 species of venomous caterpillars.
Forest Entomologist Rob Lawrence advises against touching hairy caterpillars.
Spines from the insects can be removed with scotch tape. Stings should be washed with soap and water and monitored in case of an allergic reaction.
MISSOURI TO VOTE ON TEACHER EVALUATION CHANGES
Missouri could become the first state to tie student learning to teacher evaluations in its state constitution, if enough voters support a November ballot issue.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3 would require a majority of teachers' evaluation scores be based on objective student performance data, which could include standardized tests.
The measure also would limit future teaching contracts to three years, ending the current tenure system that gives teachers indefinite job security after five years.
The group sponsoring the initiative recently announced that it won't be campaigning for the measure, after public opinion polling showed a lack of support.
But some education groups still are campaigning against it. They say it could lead educators to "teach to the test."