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ARKANSAS TEENAGER KILLED IN EARLY MORNING WRECK
An early morning crash Tuesday in Dunklin County has claimed the life of a Rector teenager.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18 year old Ryker Graves was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck near Kennett. The vehicle Graves was driving ran off of Missouri Highway 84 and struck a ditch.
A passenger in the vehicle suffered moderate injuries. Graves was reportedly not wearing a safety device.
ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED IN POINSETT COUNTY WRECK
One person is dead and two are injured following a two vehicle wreck in Poinsett County.
According to the Arkansas State Police, a vehicle driven by 37 year old Johnathon Coldiron, of Harrisburg, crossed the center line of Highway 14 and hit another vehicle head on. Coldiron was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two people in the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries and were taken to an area hospital.
RAPE SUSPECT SOUGHT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A rape suspect is being sought in Northeast Arkansas.
According to authorities, 25 year old Joseph Franklin Stewart, of Walnut Ridge, is facing a rape charge and is out on bond.
He also has warrants for possession of a firearm by certain person and fleeing in connection to an incident where he ran from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Anyone with information on Stewart’s location is asked to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
STEEL MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING REPORT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
A Steele man has been taken into custody in connection to a sexual assault report.
According to the Steele Police Department, a woman filed a report on October 26th that stated she had been sexually assaulted.
During the investigation, officers arrested 35 year old Ricky Hollywood and a warrant has been issued charging him with sodomy and or attempted sodomy.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER OVER 200 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA FOUND IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
One man is in custody in connection to the discovery of over 200 pounds of marijuana in Northeast Arkansas.
According to authorities, the marijuana was found during the search of an apartment and vehicle in Jonesboro. 31 year old Danny Ray Williams Jr. was taken into custody.
POLICE OFFICER HIT BY VEHICLE IN JONESBORO
A Jonesboro police officer was reportedly hit by a vehicle Tuesday night.
According to KAIT, the incident occurred around 10 pm near the Mall at Turtle Creek. The officer was directing traffic when they were hit.
The identity and condition of the officer was not released.
TWO MEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO KENNETT ASSAULT
Two men are in custody in connection to an alleged assault.
According to the Kennett Police Department, 42 year old Keith Rhamy and 45 year old Shane Ellis, are currently in the Dunklin County Jail awaiting charges of first degree assault and kidnapping.
A victim that was treated for blunt force trauma to the head was reported to have been assaulted at a residence in Kennett.
MISSOURI COMPANY TO BUILD PROCESSING FACILITY IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A Missouri-based company has announced plans to build a metal processing facility in Osceola that will be adjacent to the Big River Steel mill in the northeast Arkansas city.
The Material Works Ltd. announced plans Tuesday to invest about $20 million in the new facility and said about 45 new jobs will be created.
Company officials say construction on the plant is to begin during the second quarter of 2015. The plant is expected to be fully operational about the same time as Big River Steel opens its steel mill in 2016.
TWO BLOOMFIELD RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON WARRANT FOR ASSAULT OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Two Bloomfield residents are in custody on an assault warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 36 year old Charlotte Bradley and 26 year old Zackary Burkett were each arrested on a warrant for second degree assault of a law enforcement officer.
Details about what led to the warrant were not released.
PIPE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN RIPLEY COUNTY
Route 142 in Ripley County will be reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.
The work zone is located between County Roads E-17 and E-22.
Work will take place today from 8:30 am to 12 pm.
ROUTE Y IN CARTER COUNTY REDUCED FOR DRAINAGE WORK
A portion of Route Y in Carter County will be reduced to one lane for the rest of the week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage work.
The affected section of roadway is located from US 60 to the end of state maintenance.
Work is scheduled to take place today through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3 pm each day.
MISSOURI MAN’S EXECUTION STAYED BY SUPREME COURT
The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the scheduled execution of a Missouri man who was convicted of killing a woman and her two children in 1998.
The high court late Tuesday sided with Mark Christeson who claimed that his previous attorneys were inadequate.
Among other things, those attorneys missed a 2005 deadline for a federal court appeal of Christeson's conviction and death sentence.
He had been scheduled to die at 12:01 am Wednesday.
Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell says the execution will not take place Wednesday and that no new date has been set.
Messages seeking comment from Christeson's lawyers were not returned late Tuesday.
Christeson would have been the ninth person executed by Missouri this year.