RIVER RADIO NEWS 122914
MALDEN MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Malden man is dead following a single vehicle wreck on Christmas Day.
According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on a Dunklin County road, near Malden, when 45 year old Darrell McDowell’s vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and struck a utility pole.
McDowell was pronounced dead at the scene.
WEEKEND WRECK RESULTED IN ONE DEAD AND ANOTHER INJURED
A single vehicle wreck Saturday night has resulted in the death of a Kennett man.
According to authorities, 49 year old Danny Nelson was killed in the wreck on Dunklin County Road 553. The vehicle ran off the side of the road and hit a tree, near Kennett.
The driver of the vehicle suffered moderate injuries.
ONE INJURED IN SHOOTING AT CARUTHERSVILLE CLUB
A woman was injured in a shooting Friday at a Caruthersville dance club.
According to the Caruthersville Police Department, the 23 year old sustained a gunshot to her wrist. She was taken to an area hospital and later released.
One person has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting. 30 year old Tishaun Carter, of Kennett, is facing charges of second degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.
Police says the shooting is still under investigation.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING DRUG RELATED CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff man is facing multiple charges following his arrest on Friday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 57 year old William Hailey was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony possession of a controlled substance.
Hailey was arrested at around 4:15 pm Friday in Butler County.
AUTHORITIES RECEIVE REPORTS OF MULTIPLE BURGLARIES IN JONESBORO
Authorities in Jonesboro have received several reports of burglaries over the holiday weekend.
According to KAIT, at least three burglary reports have been made in the city since Thursday. Various items were taken in the burglaries, including cash and electronics.
The incidents are under investigation.
NO INJURIES REPORTED IN WAREHOUSE FIRE
A Sunday fire in Sikeston is under investigation.
According to authorities, the fire began at around 9 am at a warehouse on the property of the Missouri Department of Transportation.
There were no injuries reported from the fire.
MISSOURI GAS PRICE AVERAGE DROPS BELOW TWO DOLLARS
Missouri is the first state in more than five years to have a statewide average gas price of below $2 a gallon, and Oklahoma was expected to get there by the weekend.
AAA spokesman Michael Green says the national average price of gas is $2.32 per gallon, the lowest since May 2009. Missouri's average fell below $2 per gallon Friday morning and stood at $1.98 midday.
Green says Oklahoma's average Friday morning was $2.01, while Kansas had the third-lowest average at $2.06.
Green called the steady decline in gas prices unlike anything AAA has previously tracked. He says the national average has dropped for 92 days in a row - the longest streak on record.
He says gas prices could go down another 5 to 10 cents by year's end.
PETITION FILLED THAT WOULD LEGALIZE MARIJUANA IN MISSOURI
A second initiative petition to legalize marijuana in Missouri has been filed.
Secretary of State Jason Kander last week announced the petition is open for public comment.
The proposal would amend the Missouri Constitution to allow residents to use the drug for medical or recreational use. Missourians also could legally grow the plant if the initiative passes.
Initiative petitions need approval from Kander's office before they can be circulated to the public. Residents vote on the measures if they receive enough signatures to make it on the ballot.
Another initiative that would allow those 21 years or older to use or grow marijuana also is open for public comment.
LEGISLATION FILED THAT WOULD LIFT REQUIREMENT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS TO WEAR A HELMET
A Missouri lawmaker wants to lift a state law requiring all motorcyclists wear a helmet.
Newly elected state Representative Shane Roden of Cedar Hill recently filed legislation that would require only minors to wear helmets.
Those with learner's permits also would need to wear a helmet while driving.
Anyone driving or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle now must to wear a helmet or face a maximum $25 fine.
A similar bill that would lift the helmet requirement for those 21 and older failed last session.
The measure passed the House but never made it to the Senate floor.