December 12, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 121214  

HANNIBAL MAN ARRESTED FOR SCAMMING ELDERLY VICTIM

 

A Hannibal man is in custody in connection to an alleged scam involving an elderly victim.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 50 year old William Riley has been charged with attempted financial exploitation of the elderly.

 

Riley allegedly made contact with an elderly lady in Scott City at her home on December 1st. Riley requested to inspect the lightning rods on her house after producing some type of certification papers.

 

The lady permitted the inspection and then was reportedly told by Riley that he had to make repairs which would cost $4,500.

 

An investigation revealed that Riley is allegedly part of a group of people known to travel throughout Missouri and adjoining states scamming elderly persons with lightning rod and paving schemes.

 

Riley and an associate were taken into custody Wednesday in Perry County.

 

 

BONNE TERRE MAN FOUND GUILTY ON DRUG AND GUN CHARGES

 

A southeast Missouri man has been convicted of federal drug trafficking charges, but his murder trial in the death of a tattoo artist is still pending.

 

The Daily Journal in Park Hills reports that 50 year old Melvin Scherrer, of Bonne Terre, was found guilty Wednesday in the federal case. In addition to drug trafficking, he was convicted of firearms violations. Sentencing is March 3rd.

 

Scherrer is still awaiting trial in state court on first degree murder and four other felonies in connection with the death of 38 year old Samuel "Tick" Francis, of Cape Girardeau. Francis' body was found in July 2013 in a septic tank near Bonne Terre.

 

The state trial was on hold until the federal drug case was resolved.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU POLICE WARNING OF PHONE SCAM

 

Authorities in Cape Girardeau are warning area residents to be on the lookout for a phone scam.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, a female or a male with a foreign accent claiming to be from the US government or from the IRS will either tell the potential victim that they owe money or that they have grant money to spend. They have been asking for personal and/or banking information.

 

The phone calls have numbers from the 202 area code which is Washington D.C. Area residents are encouraged to not give the callers any personal or bank information.

 

 

TWO EARTHQUAKES RECORDED THURSDAY MORNING IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

Two micro earthquakes were recorded early Thursday morning in Southeast Missouri according to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information.

 

The first was located 3 miles southeast of Caruthersville. The 1.6 magnitude quake occurred at 2:24 am.

 

Less than an hour later at 3:21 am, a 2.4 magnitude micro earthquake was recorded 7 miles north northeast of Blytheville, Arkansas.

 

 

FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN CHARLESTON

 

A $50,000 lottery ticket was recently sold in Charleston.

 

According to the Missouri Lottery, 27 year old Yaszmin Rodgers purchased the winning “5X Crossword” scratchers ticket for $3 at a Charleston gas station.

 

 

STAGE COMPANY PERFORMANCE OF IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE BEGINS TONIGHT

 

The Poplar Bluff community theatre The Stage Company will begin their performances of “It’s A Wonderful Life” tonight at the Rodgers Theatre.

 

Shows will be held on December 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th beginning at 7:30 pm. The final performance is scheduled for December 21st at 3 pm.

 

Tickets are available for $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at stageco.org.

 

 

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA CEREMONY PROGRAM TO BE HELD TOMORROW IN BLOOMFIELD

 

The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will be participating in the annual Wreaths Across America program this weekend.

 

During the ceremony a wreath will be placed on every grave in the cemetery. Families and friends of those interred as well as the general public are invited to attend the event.

 

The program will start at 11 am on Saturday at the Committal Shelter Pavilion at the cemetery.

 

 

SHOULDER REPAIRS TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI AND NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Northbound Interstate 55 in Scott and Cape Girardeau County will be reduced with a width restriction of 16 feet tonight as contractor crews perform pavement repairs.

 

The work zone will be located between mile markers 91 and 93.

 

Weather permitting, work will be done from 6 pm tonight to 12 pm tomorrow.

 

 

SHOULDER REPAIRS TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI AND NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Motorists in New Madrid and Mississippi County should be prepared for delays today on Highway 80.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway 80 in Mississippi and New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane today between Route B and Route AA for shoulder repairs.

 

Work is scheduled to take place from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES DECORATING SAFETY TIPS

 

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is urging people to make safety a priority as they decorate their homes for the holidays.

 

McDaniel has issued a consumer alert to help residents remain injury free as they string lights on rooftops and light festive candles.

 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that each year during November and December, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating. Many of those injuries are related to falls while hanging decorations, lacerations from ornaments, strained backs or burns from open-flame candles.

 

When stringing lights, McDaniel suggests consumers select lights that carry labels indicating they have been safety tested by independent laboratories.

 

McDaniel also suggests that lighted candles never be used on a Christmas tree.