RIVER RADIO NEWS 021115
ONE DEAD, ANOTHER IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING WRECK IN BUTLER COUNTY
A Doniphan man is dead following a head on collision Tuesday morning in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old Michael Hinsa, of Poplar Bluff, was driving on US 160 near Fairdealing when he reportedly crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head on.
A passenger in the second vehicle, 58 year old Timothy Martin, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The driver suffered minor injuries.
Later Tuesday evening, Hinsa was taken into custody in Ripley County. Hinsa is facing a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality. Hinsa also had warrants out of Butler and Ripley counties.
CORNING MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Corning man died early Tuesday morning in a single vehicle wreck in Clay County.
According to the Arkansas State Police, 77 year old Denver Vannada failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 1, near Piggot, and overturned his freightliner on its side.
Vannada was pronounced dead at the scene.
MULTIPLE GUNS TAKEN DURING BURGLARY OF BUTLER COUNTY BUSINESS
An investigation is underway into a weekend burglary of a Butler County business.
According to the Daily American Republic, 19 handguns were stolen from Dennis Outdoors Sunday morning. Two men reportedly broke into the business at around 5 am Sunday and took the weapons.
An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will be assisting with the investigation.
METH FOUND DURING SEARCH OF LILBOURN HOUSE
Four people were taken into custody last week after meth was found during a search of a home in Lilbourn.
According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, the search was conducted after authorities received information that there may be illegal drugs at the residence.
During the search, deputies located approximately 5.1 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 1 gram of marijuana, and several other items commonly used to ingest illegal drugs.
43 year old Eric Roberts, of Lilbourn, 40 year old Jonathon Lane, of Portageville, 35 year old Dana Odum, of Essex, and 20 year old Gara Stegman, of New Madrid, were all arrested during the execution of the search warrant.
DATE SET FOR FAFSA FRENZY AT THREE RIVERS COLLEGE
The date has been set for the next FAFSA Frenzy event at Three Rivers College.
The event will be held on Sunday, February 22nd from 2 to 4 pm.
FAFSA Frenzy is designed to help college students complete the FAFSA, a form required for federal financial aid. The event is open to all prospective college students, whether or not they intend to attend Three Rivers.
Participants should bring their 2014 W-2s, 2014 tax returns, and any 1099 forms.
For more information, go online to trcc.edu.
AREA BANK DONATES TO POPLAR BLUFF COMPETITION CHEER SQUAD
An area business has donated money to assist the Poplar Bluff High School Competition Cheer Squad make their trip to a national competition.
Ozark Federal Credit Union donated $100 to the Cheer Squad for their trip to the Universal Cheerleader Association’s National High School Cheerleading Championship in Florida.
The cheerleaders ended up placing eighth out of 14 teams in the preliminary round of the Large Varsity Division II, missing out by a single place for advancement to the semi-finals.
We have a link to video of the Cheerleader’s performance available on our Facebook page.
MISSOURI MAN EXECUTED FOR KILLING NEIGHBOR IN 1990
(AP) - A Missouri man convicted of breaking into his neighbor's home and slitting her throat 25 years ago has been executed.
Walter Timothy Storey was put to death early Wednesday for killing 36-year-old special education teacher Jill Frey in February 1990 in a St. Louis suburb. It was Missouri's first execution this year after a state-record 10 in 2014.
Storey lived in a St. Charles apartment with his mother and was drinking beer and angry about a pending divorce. When he ran out of beer, he broke into Frey's apartment to steal money for more beer.
Storey beat Frey and slit her throat so deeply that her spine was damaged.
Storey twice had convictions thrown out due to court errors. He was sentenced to death a third time in 1999.
MISSOURI HIGH COURT RULES LEGISLATURE VIOLATED BALLOT RIGHTS
(AP) - Missouri lawmakers violate the constitutional rights of voters when they pass a law conflicting with a voter-proposed ballot measure before voters can consider the proposal.
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature cannot enact a law invalidating an initiative petition before voters get a chance to weigh in.
The ruling relates to a measure passed by voters in November 2008 involving renewable energy requirements.
After a measure supported by environmental group Renew Missouri was approved for the ballot, lawmakers crafted an exemption from providing solar rebates for certain electric companies.
The court says in its ruling that the exemption is invalidated by the 2008 ballot measure.
The court also says the Legislature is free to modify or repeal voter-passed laws after they've been approved.