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CAPE GIRARDEAU AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR FUGITIVE FROM POPLAR BLUFF
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information about a fugitive from Poplar Bluff.
26 year old Ryan Anthony Sanders reportedly has warrants from the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff, the Board of Probation and Parole, and the Butler County Sheriff. They include failure to appear on domestic assault charges, probation violations, and violating court orders.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on Sanders to call 573-243-3551 or your local Law Enforcement Agency. A pictures of Sanders is available on our Facebook page.
OSHA PROPOSES PENALTIES TO AREA COMPANY FOLLOWING DEATH OF 16 YEAR OLD AT CONSTRUCTION SITE
The Operation Safety and Health Administration have proposed over $40,000 in penalties following the June death of a teenager at a construction site in Delta.
OSHA has proposed penalties of $44,730 for Robertson Incorporated Bridge and Grading Division, based in Poplar Bluff, in connection to the death of the 16 year old laborer. The teen was fatally struck by the swinging cab and boom of a crane being disassembled at the construction site.
The agency cited the company for 13 serious safety violations. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The department’s Wage and Hour Division also assessed civil money penalties of $11,000 for violating Hazardous Order Number 7, which prohibits minors under age 18 from operating or assisting in the operation of power-driven hoists.
TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN TEXAS CLAIMS LIVES OF CAPE MAN AND SON
A Cape Girardeau man and his son were fatally injured Monday night in a two vehicle crash in Texas.
Authorities say 28 year old Jarred Schumpert and 2 year old Lyndon Schumpert died when the vehicle they were in was rear-ended near Dallas. Both vehicles caught fire upon impact.
The driver of the second vehicle and Schumpert’s wife were both injured in the collision.
AREA JUNIOR BETA CLUB DONATES OVER 400 TOYS
A toy and penny drive that ran almost a month has allowed an area student club to donate over 400 toys along with cash to Project Christmas Promise.
The Junior Beta Club of the Poplar Bluff 5th & 6th Grade Center donated more than 400 toys and over $1,200 to the gift donation program which is sponsored by AmeriCorps.
FOOD AND TOYS DELIVERED TO OVER 200 FAMILIES IN MISSISSIPPI, SCOTT, AND NEW MADRID COUNTIES
Multiple area agencies teamed up recently to deliver food and toys to over two hundred families in three southeast Missouri counties.
According to the Charleston Department of Public Safety, the deliveries were made to 225 families in Mississippi, Scott, and New Madrid Counties.
Other agencies participating in the deliveries included the Sikeston DPS, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and Missouri State Highway Patrol.
HUMANE SOCIETY URGES PET OWNERS TO KEEP YOUR ANIMALS SAFE OVER THE HOLIDAYS
The holidays are a fun time for animals as well as people, but the Humane Society of Missouri is urging pet owners to keep them safe during the Christmas season.
The Humane Society says pets should not be fed foods they are not used to eating. Chocolate is especially forbidden since it can be fatal for some dogs. Bones from poultry and ham can get lodged in the animal's throat or damage the stomach or intestine.
It isn't just foods. Poinsettia, mistletoe and other holiday plants can be toxic for pets and should be kept out of reach. Tinsel, ornaments and lights can also be hazardous for pets.
The commotion of a holiday gathering can also be stressful, so owners may want to keep pets in a quiet area.
A PLUS AID TO BE CUT BACK IN MISSOURI
Missouri is cutting back slightly on the amount of aid students will receive under the state's A+ scholarship program.
The program typically provides free community college tuition to students who graduate from high school with at least a 2.5 GPA and meet various other criteria.
But for the spring 2015 semester, the state says it will pay for all but one of a student's credit hours. That means a student taking 15 credit hours would get a scholarship for 14 hours.
The Department of Higher Education says the change is being made because of a funding shortfall, rising tuition rates and a growing number of eligible students.
Department spokesman Liz Coleman says it will be up to each college to decide how to make up for the decreased scholarship funding.
ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL APPEALS RULING ON GAY MARRIAGE
Arkansas' attorney general says he will appeal a federal judge's ruling that found voters were wrong to ban gay marriage during a referendum 10 years ago.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday he would file a notice of appeal with the 8th U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals in St. Louis.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled last month that a voter-approved gay-marriage ban and a separate state law are unconstitutional.
A decision in a similar case before the Arkansas Supreme Court is pending. McDaniel says he had hoped justices would have decided the case by now, but that he had to proceed because of a Friday deadline to appeal the federal case.
McDaniel has said he supports legalizing same-sex marriage but is obligated to defend the state constitution.