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NEW MADRID MAN DIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH
A New Madrid man has been fatally injured in a single vehicle crash last night.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred shortly before 8 pm in New Madrid County when the vehicle being driven by 54 year old Donald R. Johnson ran off the roadway into a ditch. The accident happened about three miles east of Portageville on County Road 425.
Johnson was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
ICY DRIVING CONDITIONS CLAIM LIVES OF TWO CABOOL RESIDENTS
Icy driving conditions have claimed the lives of two Cabool residents.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 15 year old Alex Greuter and 37 year old Patricia M. Wiest were killed when the vehicle Greuter was driving slid on an icy bridge into the path of a U-Haul truck.
The crash happened at 7 pm on Highway 63, five miles north of Cabool.
Another passenger in Greuter’s vehicle, 15 year old Aleena C. Kaltenberger received serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
WOMAN KILLED WHEN HOME IN KEISER EXPLODES
Mississippi County, Arkansas authorities say a woman was killed and her son injured when their home in Keiser exploded.
Investigators told reporters that the woman was killed in her late 80s or early 90s and that her 62 year old son was flown to a Memphis hospital for treatment of burns he suffered in the blast on Saturday.
The names of the two were not released.
Fire Chief Joseph Richmond said the cause of the blast is still under investigation and could take several days to determine.
CALL FROM RHODE ISLAND LEADS TO ARREST OF SCOTT COUNTY MAN ON EXPLOITATION CHARGES
A call from police in Rhode Island has led to the arrest of a Scott County man.
According to authorities, an investigation was started after an officer with the Smithfield, Rhode Island Police Department called the Morehouse Police Department, saying 22 year old Jayson Luther had been having inappropriate communication with a 14 year old girl.
Two mobile devices and a laptop were seized during a search of Luther’s home. Investigators found evidence that supported the allegations, as well as evidence that Luther had also been in contact with a 15 year old girl.
Luther has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and enticement of a child. Additional charges may be filed at a later date.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED FOR HEROIN POSSESSION
A Poplar Bluff man is facing drug related charges after his arrest by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Friday. According to the Patrol, 25 year old Derek E. Sieben was taken into custody shortly before 10 pm in Wayne County. He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, heroin; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
The Patrol reports a second Poplar Bluff man was also arrested at the same time. 23 year old Tanner D. Harris was found to be in illegal possession of a prescription medication. He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, Alprazolam; driving while intoxicated, drugs; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and several other traffic offenses. Harris was also taken into custody shortly before 10 pm Friday in Wayne County. However, the Patrol didn’t specify if Sieben and Harris’ arrests were related.
DONIPHAN MAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES
A Doniphan man is facing multiple drug related charges after being arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Saturday morning.
According to the Patrol, 26 year old Jeremy A. Riggs was arrested shortly after 9 am yesterday in Butler County. Riggs has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, prescription drugs; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of marijuana.
SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED ON WEAPON CHARGE
A Sikeston man has been taken into custody on a weapon related warrant.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 49 year old Steven D. Peet was arrested in Scott County shortly before 1 am Saturday on a warrant for unlawful use of a weapon.
EMPLOYEE IN HOSPITAL AFTER GIN MACHINE ACCIDENT
A 68 year old worker with the Bay Gin Company, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized after being injured by a piece of equipment Saturday night.
Authorities say the man got his arm stuck in a machine. Rescue workers and other employees were able to free the man after taking the machine apart. He was treated at the scene and then airlifted to the Med in Memphis for additional treatment.
NUMBER OF MISSOURI’S HOUSE GOP WOMEN GROWS
More than twice the number of Republican women will serve in Missouri’s House next session than a decade ago.
Data from the National Conference of State Legislatures show a slight increase in the number of female lawmakers driven partly by more GOP women in the lower chamber.
The total number of female lawmakers in the General Assembly also increased slightly to 48 from 44 in 2000.
House majority leader John Diehl says it’s in part due to party efforts to recruit more women, although only slightly more female candidates ran this year than a decade ago.
A leader of the Missouri Women’s Political Caucus says about 25 percent of women in the legislature still underrepresents the 51 percent of in Missouri. She says there’s still work to do.