RIVER RADIO NEWS 021015
DONIPHAN WOMAN KILLED, THREE OTHERS INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY CRASH
A two vehicle crash in Butler County Sunday night has claimed the life of a Doniphan woman.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Amanda J. Kirkpatrick was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.
The Patrol reports the wreck occurred shortly before 10 pm on Missouri Highway 142, about five miles east of Neelyville, when a vehicle being driven by 31 year old Michael J. Mugler, of Poplar Bluff, failed to yield at an intersection and struck a second vehicle, driven by 37 year old Mark C. Taylor.
Kirkpatrick was a passenger in Mugler’s vehicle. Mugler received serious injuries.
Taylor and his two passengers received moderate to serious injuries.
Mugler is reportedly facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
MAN REPORTEDLY TAPED WOMAN IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS RESTROOM
A man was reportedly caught taping a woman with a cell phone in a Jonesboro business’s bathroom.
According to KAIT, the man was seen by a woman in the women’s bathroom at a Jonesboro Target last Thursday. The woman quickly left the bathroom and alerted a store employee.
When a security officer attempted to escort the man to the security office, he escaped out the exit doors. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Jonesboro Police Department.
AREA DOCTOR CHARGED WITH ONLINE ENTICEMENT OF A CHILD
An area doctor was in court Monday on an enticement charge.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 68 year old Donald W. Lamoureaux, of Ash Flat, Arkansas appeared before a judge Monday on a complaint for charges of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor for sexual purposes.
Lamoureaux is alleged to have agreed to meet with a woman he found on the internet and her four year old daughter for sexual purposes. The woman, however, was an undercover officer. Lamoureaux was arrested on Friday at the meeting location.
He reportedly practiced family medicine in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas and Dexter, Missouri and was also employed at a Medical facility in West Plains.
MAN CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR ASSAULT FOLLOWING WRECK IN BUTLER COUNTY
A Poplar Bluff man is facing a vehicular assault charge following a wreck Monday afternoon in Butler County.
According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 25 year old Joshua Alsup allegedly failed to yield to another vehicle on US 67.
Alsup and two passengers in his vehicle suffered serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals.
A Highway Patrol arrest report shortly after the wreck has two charges listed for Alsup, vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an injury motor vehicle accident.
2.7 MAGNITUDE MICRO EARTHQUAKE RECORDED NEAR EAST PRAIRIE
A micro earthquake was recorded Monday afternoon near East Prairie.
According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 1:35 pm.
The earthquake was located 7 miles north northwest of East Prairie.
MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY IN KENNETT
Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be conducting a Mobile Office meeting Wednesday in Kennett.
The Mobile Office is scheduled for 2 pm to 3 pm at the Kennett Chamber of Commerce.
Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.
OVER TWO MONTH LONG ROAD PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
An over two month long road project is set to begin today in Butler and Ripley Counties.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, contractor crews will be replacing culverts along Route 160 between Route JJ and Highway 67. During the replacements, Route 160 will be reduced to one lane with a 12 foot width restriction.
Work is set to be performed through Friday, April 17th from 6 am to 6 pm daily.
BRIDGE REPAIRS SET FOR TODAY IN BUTLER AND DUNKLIN COUNTIES
Highway 53 in Butler and Dunklin Counties will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.
Work is scheduled to be performed from 12:30 pm to 3 pm.
The bridge to be repaired is located from County Road 218 to County Road 101.
MODOT CREWS TO BE IN NEW MADRID COUNTY TODAY AND TOMORROW
Route U in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform edge rut repairs.
The work zone is located between Route 61 and County Road 725.
Weather permitting, work will be performed both days from 8:30 am to 3 pm daily.
MISSOURI LAWMAKER PROPOSES BANNING LOCAL MINIMUM WAGES
(AP) - A Missouri Republican wants to ban local laws that raise the minimum wage, require employers to offer paid sick leave or other benefits or prohibit employers from asking about criminal convictions early in the job application process.
Representative Caleb Rowden, of Columbia, introduced a bill Thursday that he said will ensure businesses don't have to deal with confusing and complex regulations that vary across the state.
Rowden says the bill will protect businesses from radical activists on local city councils who want to attack job creators and hurt the middle class.
Columbia last year approved a measure barring employers from asking about criminal convictions on initial employment applications.
Some large cities in other states have passed laws requiring employers to offer paid sick leave or raising the minimum wage.
MISSOURI BILL ON LAWMAKERS BECOMING LOBBYISTS ADVANCES
(AP) - The Missouri Senate has given approval to a bill to prevent lawmakers from becoming lobbyists immediately after leaving office.
Senators voted 32 to 2 Monday in favor of Majority Leader Ron Richard's ethics bill, which would increase reporting requirements for lobbyist spending and set a two-year cooling-off period before legislators can lobby.
Republican Senator Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph criticized the bill because it will apply only to lawmakers who begin their terms in January 2017, exempting current lawmakers.
Bolivar Republican Senator Mike Parson said "it's nobody business" what he does after he leaves office and voted against the measure.
The bill now heads to the House, where a committee approved ethics legislation Monday that would create a one-year cooling off-period, effective immediately.
ARKANSAS SENATE APPROVES BILLS ON ARMING TEACHERS, STAFF
(AP) - The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation aimed at clearing the way for districts to use teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards and eliminating the regulatory panel that had resisted similar efforts in the past.
By a 33 to 1 vote, the Senate on Monday approved legislation abolishing the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and School Security Agencies. The measure, which now heads to the House, would put the board's duties under the Arkansas State Police.
The move was in response to the board deciding in 2013 to allow 13 districts to continue for two years licenses classifying them as private security firms, but not accept any new applications.
Then-Attorney General Dustin McDaniel had warned the licensing law the districts used for arming staff was intended for private businesses.