RIVER RADIO NEWS 021215
TEN PEOPLE INVOLVED IN FATAL PEMISCOT COUNTY WRECK
One person has died following a fatal wreck Wednesday evening in Pemiscot County that also saw 9 people injured.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 32 year old David Pennington, of St. Louis, was attempting to pass another vehicle on Route U.
In the process, Pennington reportedly struck the vehicle he was passing and then hit a van head on. The driver of the van, 43 year old Bobby Coleman, of Caruthersville, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.
Pennington and three passengers in the van suffered serious injuries. Four other passengers in the van, along with the driver of the vehicle that was being passed suffered moderate injuries.
MURDER SUSPECT SOUGHT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Authorities in Blytheville are searching for a murder suspect in connection to the death of Justin Harrison.
Harrison was found dead at the scene of a Motorcycle wreck in August of 2014, however the death was later ruled a homicide. Blytheville Police are searching for Ron Redmon in connection to the case.
Redmon is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Blytheville Police Department.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY OF BLYTHEVILLE STORE
An arrest has been made for the robbery of a business in Blytheville earlier this month.
According to authorities, 20 year old Kentrelle Martin was arrested for the robbery of a Dollar General on February 2nd.
Martin was arrested during an investigation of a separate robbery, when he allegedly gave information that linked him to the Dollar General robbery.
TWO TEENAGERS ARRESTED ON BURGLARY CHARGE IN JONESBORO
Two teenagers are facing a burglary charge after they allegedly robbed a woman Tuesday night.
According to KAIT, the teens, ages 14 and 17, allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint in her home. One of the teens reportedly hit the woman and stole her purse.
The purse was later found in one of the suspect’s bedroom. The teens are facing a charge of aggravated residential burglary.
WOMAN FLOWN TO ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL AFTER HITTING DEER
A woman was flown to a St. Louis hospital Tuesday after hitting a deer in Reynolds County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old Sandra Williams, of Black, hit the deer on Highway KK near Oates. Her vehicle then ran off the road and hit a tree.
Williams suffered serious injuries in the wreck.
CAPE WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM SAFE HOUSE
A Cape Girardeau woman who formerly served as director of a women’s safe house is facing charges after authorities say she used funds from the agency to go shopping and pay personal bills.
According to authorities, 43 year old Allison Christine Leonard has been charged with theft/stealing and fraudulent use of a credit/debit device.
Leonard is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from the Safe House for Women in Cape. Officials say she used a credit card that was issued to her for business use to pay personal bills and purchase items at several Cape Girardeau businesses.
DEXTER MAN WINS BIG WITH MISSOURI LOTTERY
A Dexter man is celebrating after winning $100,000 with a Missouri scratch off ticket.
According to the Missouri Lottery, Jim Baker won the prize with a Platinum Payout ticket.
Baker says he plans to pay off his truck and probably give some to his children.
MISSOURI HOUSE BACKS ‘RIGHT TO WORK’ IN CONSTRUCTION TRADES
(AP) - The Missouri House is moving forward with a bill that bars construction workers from being required to pay union fees.
The House gave first-round approval Wednesday to the legislation sponsored by Democratic Representative Courtney Curtis, of Berkeley. He says unions in the building trades have not done enough to ensure equal opportunity for minorities.
Curtis, who is black, says building trade unions will be weakened and have to fight for the support of minority workers if his right-to-work legislation passes. Another vote is needed in the House to send it to the Senate.
Democratic Representative Karla May, of St. Louis, says the bill will not solve racism in Missouri but will negatively affect workers.
The House may also debate a separate right-to-work bill that would apply to all businesses.
MISSOURI SENATE ENDORSES MONITORING MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY
(AP) - Missouri senators say Medicaid recipients who live outside the state should no longer receive health benefits through either a managed care plan or the state's health system.
The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to a measure requiring the state's social services department to stop providing benefits if it gets information about a recipient living elsewhere.
The bill includes an exemption for foster children in state custody who may be temporarily living outside Missouri.
Republican Senator Wayne Wallingford, of Cape Girardeau, says the state will likely save money by making the change to stop non-Missouri residents from collecting benefits.
He says there are about 500 managed-care Medicaid recipients who are living outside of the state.