January 8th, 2015




A St. Joseph, Missouri man is in custody in Northeast Arkansas for the alleged rape of two teenagers in Jonesboro.

According to KAIT, 29 year old Christopher Daniel Franklin was arrested earlier this week in connection to the incident which allegedly occurred during Memorial Day Weekend last year.

Franklin has been taken to the Craighead County Detention Center. ONE DEAD, TWO INJURED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

One man has died from a wreck Tuesday in Baxter County.

According to the Arkansas State Police, 65 year old Norman Forshee, of Henderson, Arkansas, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck off of US 62.

Forshee was traveling east on the highway when another vehicle hit his vehicle from behind and forced it off the road. Forshee’s vehicle overturned multiple times and ejected him. Two other people were injured in the wreck. CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST OF SCOTT CITY WOMAN

A Scott City woman is in custody following a child abuse investigation.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 35 year old Crystal Dawn Kennedy is facing charges of abuse or neglect of a child and 2nd degree domestic assault.

Tuesday afternoon a deputy responded to a residence to follow up on a report of abuse from the Missouri Department of Social Services.

The deputy conducted an investigation along with a DFS Investigator and observed visible signs of injury on the head of a child living at the residence. Kennedy was arrested as a result of the investigation. JONESBORO MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGE

A Jonesboro man is facing charges following an alleged assault.

According to KAIT, 25 year old Anthony Ray Allen reportedly punched a woman in the face and threatened her with a machete Tuesday night.

Allen allegedly attempted to run when confronted by police and wrestled with officers before he was arrested.

Allen is facing a chage of aggravated assault on a family or household member, along with resisting arrest and domestic battering. ONE ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGE

A Tallapoosa man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in New Madrid County on a drug charge.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 39 year old Dana Holmes was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone.

Holmes also reportedly had warrants out of Stoddard and Scott Counties.



Preliminary statistics indicate that 2014 was a safer than 2013 on Missouri’s roadways and waterways.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 2014 saw a decrease in the number of traffic fatalities, boating fatalities, and drownings.

The number of traffic deaths has dropped in Missouri each year since 2005, with the only exception being 2012’s slight increase. In 2014 there were 753 traffic fatalities in Missouri, which is a 40 percent decrease from the 2005 total. DRAINAGE REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR STODDARD COUNTY

Route F in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane over the next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs.

The work zone is located from Route 60 to County Road 462.

Weather permitting; work will take place today through Wednesday, January 14th from 7:30 am to 3 pm daily. GOVERNOR NIXON SPEAKS AGAINST PROPOSAL TO END GRAND JURY SYSTEM

Governor Jay Nixon says he doesn't support ending the grand jury system in Missouri.

Nixon said before the start of the 2015 annual legislative session Wednesday that he's against a proposal to end grand juries, a measure prompted after a grand jury failed to indict a white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old August 9th.

Democratic state Representative Brandon Ellington of Kansas City filed a joint resolution to repeal that measure in the Missouri Constitution.

The resolution was one of many pieces of legislation filed to address Michael Brown's shooting, which sparked protests nationwide.

Proposals with the best chance of passing appear to be ones that would curb the revenue cities can receive from traffic fines, which protesters say can unfairly lead to arrests of low-income residents.