RIVER RADIO NEWS 121914
ARKANSAS MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Horseshoe Bend man is dead following a single vehicle accident in Izard County, Arkansas.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 54 year old Randy Johnston was travelling on LaCrosse Road when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip several times and eject him.
Lawrence was pronounced dead on arrival at an area hospital.
ABSCONDED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED
An absconded sex offender from Burfordville has been arrested.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, 18 year old Tristen Grable was wanted on a probation violation on an original charge of child molestation.
He was taken into custody on Thursday.
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIRING SHOTS IN BEDROOM
A Dexter man is under arrest after allegedly firing shots into a bedroom window.
According to the Dexter Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence Wednesday in reference to gunshots. Officers located the suspect inside his bedroom, sitting on a bed with a deer rifle laying across his legs. The suspect then pointed the rifle at the officers.
Officers negotiated with the man for around six minutes in an attempt to retrieve the rifle. Officers eventually rushed the suspect and were able to get the rifle and take the suspect into custody.
The suspect's name is being withheld until official charges are filed by the Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
TWO IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO MULTIPLE THEFTS
The New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department says two Memphis men are in custody in connection to thefts in Southeast Missouri.
A nearly year long investigation lead to arrest warrants being issued for Rickey V. Smith and Edward E. Cummings.
The sheriff’s department says the suspects were involved in thefts last year in Matthews, Portageville, and Steele. They have since both been arrested in Memphis.
PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMUTES KENNETT MAN’S SENTENCE
President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of a Kennett man who was in prison on a drug charge.
According to the Department of Justice, Antonio Gromyko Reeves was sentenced in 2004 to 188 months in prison for distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base.
On Wednesday, the President commuted the sentence to now end on April 15th of next year.
MISSOURI OFFICIALS AGREE ON NEW REVENUE PROJECTIONS
Missouri officials are ratcheting back their expectations for the state's finances while forecasting modest growth for the future.
Governor Jay Nixon said Thursday that he has agreed on new revenue projections with budget leaders from the Missouri House and Senate. That agreement is noteworthy, because the Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers were unable to reach a consensus revenue estimate a year ago.
The officials now are predicting Missouri revenues of $8.37 billion for the 2015 fiscal year that runs through June. That's down about $367 million from what Nixon originally had forecast and down about $218 million from what lawmakers originally predicted.
The governor and legislators are predicting the state's 2016 revenues to grow by about 3.6 percent over that revised forecast for 2015.
HOME CARE WORKERS CALL ON GOVERNOR NIXON TO IMPLEMENT HIGHER WAGES
Missouri home care workers are calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to implement higher wages for their work.
Nine workers and care recipients wearing Santa hats caroled outside the governor's mansion Thursday to ask that he enact a pay raise ratified by the state Quality Home Care Council.
Workers help recipients with daily tasks they can't otherwise manage on their own, such as brushing their teeth or putting on clothes.
The new agreement would require they be paid between $8.50 and $10.15 an hour based on wage recommendations from those they care for.
Home care attendants say contractors that pay them might not adhere to the new wage rates without pressure from Nixon.