MINER KILLED IN REYNOLDS COUNTY
The Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a miner in eastern Missouri.
The federal agency said Thursday that a 54-year-old worker died at the Fletcher Mine and Mill, a lead and zinc ore mine near Bunker in Reynolds County.
The mine is operated by the Doe Run Co., which identified the worker as John Hoodenpyle Senior. Company spokeswoman Tammy Stankey says the miner died after rocks fell on the cab of his equipment as he was removing loose material from the roof of the mine. No other employees were injured.
Stankey said the company was "saddened by the tragic loss." The company says underground operations at the mine will remain suspended until the Mine Safety and Health Administration signs off on work resuming.
A POPLAR BLUFF MAN IS WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN CONNECTION TO ST. LOUIS HOMICIDE
Police are looking for a Poplar Bluff man in connection to a homicide at a St. Louis area hotel.
According to authorities, 30 year old Quinton Williams is wanted for questioning in connection to the shooting death.
Williams was allegedly an associate of Joseph Bowens, who was arrested earlier this month in Poplar Bluff on murder and robbery charges.
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING DEATH IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Authorities are investigating a reported death in Dunklin County.
According to KFVS, the investigation is about the death of a man outside of Campbell. Authorities had received a report of shots being fired shortly after 5:15 pm Thursday.
There were no other injuries reported.
JURY FINDS MAN GUILTY OF MURDER IN CAPE GIRARDEAU
22 year old Kenneth Bell Jr. was convicted Thursday on two counts of first degree murder.
Bell was charged for the shooting deaths of Misty Cole and Shannon James in Cape Girardeau in February of 2013.
He was also convicted on a single count of armed criminal action. Bell is scheduled to be sentenced in March.
ASU RAPE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES, TWO CHARGED WITH HINDERING APPREHENSION
An investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Jonesboro last week has led to two men being charged with hindering apprehension.
Authorities say an 18 year old female reported Friday morning that she had been raped at the Arkansas State University’s Sigma Pi house the night before. She told officers that she had drank a vodka punch and fallen unconscious.
The investigation led police to question Camden English, a Sigma Pi member, who told them that he found the victim unconscious in his bed, but denied having contact with the victim.
While investigators were on the way to execute a search warrant of English’s room, English allegedly sent a text to Alex Techmer requesting Techmer remove a glass of vodka punch from his room.
Authorities say Techmer is not a student at ASU.
English and Techmer have each been charged with hindering apprehension. English has also been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
RAILROAD REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN WAYNE COUNTY
Contractor crews will be in Wayne County today for railroad crossing repairs.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the repairs will cause Highway 49 to be closed from 8:15 am to 4:15 pm between the Mill Spring city limits and Birch Street.
MISSOURI CAR DEALERS ASSOCIATION SUING STATE TO BLOCK DIRECT TESLA SALES
The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association is suing the state revenue department for allowing an electric car maker to sell directly to customers.
The car dealers filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cole County Circuit Court claiming Missouri violated state law by licensing California-based Tesla Motors as a franchise.
That gives the electric car manufacturer the power to sell cars to customers instead of working through a dealership.
Department of Revenue spokeswoman Michelle Gleba says the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.
The lawsuit claims the department is giving Tesla special privileges.
Tesla says the claims are groundless and called the lawsuit an attempt to decrease competition.
Tesla has come under fire before. Lawmakers proposed failed legislation last year that would have banned Tesla from selling vehicles directly to consumers.
NEW BILL WOULD REQUIRE ID TO USE MOBILE PAYMENT SYSTEM ON PHONE OR TABLET
A Missouri lawmaker is pushing a measure that would require identification each time a person uses a mobile payment system on their phone or tablet.
Democratic Representative Joshua Peters of St. Louis says the bill he introduced Wednesday requires customers to show a state driver's license or other identification when they use a mobile wallet app or other electronic payment system.
He says it will prevent fraud if the mobile device is lost or stolen.
Merchants would have to record the license or identification number or could be responsible for the illegal purchases made if a device is reported stolen.