REYNOLDS COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN
Officials in Reynolds County are looking for a missing woman.
According to authorities, 45 year old Barbara Grillo was last seen by family members on Saturday evening.
The Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Grillo may have been seen Sunday morning in Ellington.
MAN SENTENCED IN 2012 SHOOTING INCIDENT
A man has been sentenced in connection to a shooting incident in 2012.
According to Missouri Case Net, Lawrence Guthrie, of Jackson, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years incarceration on three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.
The sentences for the three counts were set to run concurrently.
Guthrie was arrested in 2012 after an incident where he reportedly fired at police officers.
MODOT CREWS CONTINUE TO WORK ON SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ROADS
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation were out overnight in an effort to get roads clear.
According to District Engineer Mark Shelton, crews have been working around the clock, however heavy accumulation along with cold overnight temperatures slowed progress in many areas.
Secondary routes in Southeast Missouri will not be completely clear today, so caution is advised for motorists. Before you begin your commute you can check road conditions online at traveler.modot.org or by calling the MoDot Customer Service Center available at 1-888-ASK-MODOT.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS TEACHER FACING DRUG CHARGES AFTER TAKING SON’S STASH
A teacher from Oxford is facing drug charges after she allegedly took drugs from her son’s vehicle to protect him from being caught with them during an anticipated search.
Authorities say 52 year old Terri Hatfield, who teaches at Melbourne High School, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver near a certain facility, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and tampering with physical evidence.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says a drug dog alerted at a locker in Hatfield’s classroom. Officers found 27 small bags and a larger bag of marijuana in Hatfield’s purse inside the locker.
A small amount of marijuana and several pills were found in the vehicle of Hatfield’s teenage son. He has also been taken into custody and remains in a juvenile detention center.
SIX INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY, DURING NEW MADRID COUNTY WRECK
Six people suffered injuries Monday morning following a single vehicle wreck on Interstate 55 in New Madrid County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the people were in a vehicle that had lost control on the snow covered roadway and overturned.
Two people in the vehicle, 21 year old Rudy Andino, of Waukegan, Illinois, and an 8 year old child, suffered serious injuries. Four others received minor injuries and all were taken to an area hospital.
FIVE INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE BUTLER COUNTY WRECK
Five people were injured Monday evening in a single vehicle wreck in Butler County.
According to the Highway Patrol, the vehicle ran off of the side of US 67 and overturned. Two people in the vehicle, 51 year old Richard Putman, and Deborah Putman, both of Doniphan, suffered serious injuries in the wreck.
Three others in the vehicle received moderate or minor injuries.
SPACE HEATER SUSPECTED IN FATAL SOUTHEAST MISSOURI FIRE
(AP) - Another fire death apparently caused by a space heater has prompted the Missouri Department of Public Safety to issue a reminder about the potential dangers of using portable heaters and other unconventional heat sources.
The Southeast Missourian reports that 62 year old Gerald Seiler of Bollinger County died Sunday in a house fire. Seiler, who was confined to a wheelchair, lived alone in the home.
Space heaters also are suspected in fires that caused seven deaths in Missouri earlier this month.
State officials say anything flammable should be kept at least 3 feet away from space heaters. Children should be kept away, and the heaters should be turned off whenever anyone leaves the room or goes to bed. MISSOURI HOUSE APPROVES ADDED STATE EMERGENCY FUNDS
(AP) - The full House will consider giving Missouri's emergency agency additional spending authority this year to use federal money on disaster-relief projects.
The House Budget Committee on Tuesday approved $124 million of federal money in the fiscal year ending June 30 for local repair projects in response to the 2011 tornado in Joplin and other disasters.
State budget director Linda Luebbering says about $30 million of that is for repair projects already completed by local governments.
The committee also approved $8.5 million of additional general revenue for emergency spending authority in part depleted by the use of the Missouri National Guard and Missouri State Highway Patrol in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
This supplemental budget request still must be approved by the House and Senate before going to the governor.