RIVER RADSIO NEWS 020615
THIRD PERSON DIES FROM POPLAR BLUFF FIRE
A third person has died from injuries received in a weekend fire in Poplar Bluff.
According to KFVS, family members say that Erma Pierce died Thursday morning.
Pierce was the grandmother of Phoenix and JayDen Brannon who died during the fire on Sunday. The boy’s grandfather, Danny Pierce was injured and taken to an area hospital following the fire.
WHEATLAND MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN BUTLER COUNTY
A single vehicle wreck in Butler County has claimed the life of a Wheatland man.
According to the Highway Patrol, the crash occurred on US Highway 67 when a freightliner ran off the side of the road and overturned.
The driver of the vehicle, 44 year old Kyle Erwin, was pronounced dead at the scene. Erwin was not wearing a safety device.
ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED, IN WRECK IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
One person has died from injuries received in a Clay County, Arkansas wreck.
According to the Arkansas State Police, two vehicles collided head on Thursday afternoon after the first vehicle crossed the center line of Highway 139. A passenger in the second vehicle, 51 year old Scotty Corter, of Greenway, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the second vehicle was injured and taken to an area hospital.
KENNETT POLICE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY
Kennett Police are searching for a suspect in a reported armed robbery.
According to the Kennett Police Department, shortly after 8 pm Wednesday night officers responded to Mason’s Café in reference to an armed robbery.
The suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at the victim before fleeing with about $200 dollars in cash. The suspect was described as a black male wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans, and tennis shoes.
MALDEN MAN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY SODOMY
A Malden man is facing a sex charge following an investigation in Dunklin County.
According to Missouri Case Net, Jennings Earl White has been charged with first degree statutory sodomy.
When speaking to police, White reportedly admitted to having sexual contact with a juvenile.
POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff woman was arrested Thursday night on multiple drug related charges.
According to the Highway Patrol, 19 year old Shirley Niswonger is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Niswonger was taken into custody shortly before 7 pm in Butler County.
SEARCH OF HOME LEADS TO ARREST OF SCOTT COUNTY MAN ON DRUG CHARGES
A search of his home has led to the arrest of a Scott County man on drug related charges.
According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a residence near Vanduser Wednesday after receiving information that drug related activity was taking place there.
Upon arrival, deputies spoke to 19 year old Travis Johnson and another resident. After receiving permission to search the home, officers discovered multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia. Authorities say all of the items were field tested and tested positive for cocaine.
Johnson was taken into custody and has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
MARBLE HILL MAN FACING DRUG RELATED CHARGES
A Marble Hill man was arrested Thursday afternoon on a meth charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 57 year old Timothy Cowell was taken into custody in Bollinger County on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia; and driving while revoked.
TWO MEN SENTENCED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES
Two men were sentenced Thursday in Stoddard County on drug charges.
According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, Ronald Deprow was sentenced to 15 years for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and 8 years for assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree. Oliver says that the sentences are to be served concurrently
Also on Thursday, Dallas Cluck was sentenced to 15 years for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
Route J in Stoddard County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert pipe under the roadway.
The work zone is located from Route 25 to Miller Street.
Work will take place today from 7 am to 4:30 pm.
CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR MULTIPLE BUTLER COUNTY ROAD PROJECTS
Multiple Butler County road project contracts were awarded Wednesday at the regular meeting of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
An over two and a half million dollar contract was awarded to APAC-Missouri inc., for pavement improvements on Routes PP and WW along with bridge improvements on Route PP.
APEX Paving Co. was awarded an over 1.3 million dollar contract for pavement improvements to two sections of Route 51.
STATE LAWMAKERS TO ANALYZE STADIUM BENEFITS
(AP) - Missouri lawmakers will examine the economic costs and benefits of having an NFL team in the state.
Missouri House Speaker John Diehl said Wednesday he's asked the Government Oversight and Accountability committee to analyze past and future benefits the state gets from having the Rams in Missouri, and the costs, as well as the cost of the stadium, if the team leaves.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke is part of a joint venture building a stadium near Los Angeles, and the Rams in January went year-to-year on the lease of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Diehl says hypotheticals about the costs of the stadium if the Rams should leave and possible state or local incentives to keep the team in St. Louis cannot be answered until information is gathered.
PANEL OK’S MISSOURI BILL TO LIMIT TRAFFIC FINE COLLECTION
(AP) - A Missouri bill to limit the amount cities can collect in traffic fines has support from a state Senate panel.
Senators approved legislation Wednesday by Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt of Glendale to prevent municipalities from funding more than 10 percent of their budgets with traffic fines.
Current law allows cities and towns to collect traffic fines amounting to as much as 30 percent of their budgets.
Traffic fines are among the issues cited by protesters after the fatal police shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson. Brown was shot while walking, but protesters have raised concerns about frequent police stops.
Schmitt and some protesters say the traffic tickets also can unfairly hurt low-income residents, who might face jail time or increased fees if they don't pay fines in time.