RIVER RADIO NEWS 031315
MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT INVOLVING SEMI TRUCK
A Northeast Arkansas man died Thursday morning in an accident involving a semi truck.
According to KAIT, 59 year old Melvin Merrel, of Ravenden, was working on the truck when it fell off a jack and landed on him.
Merrel was pronounced dead at the scene.
BODY FOUND IN REYNOLDS COUNTY
A body found Thursday in Reynolds County is that of a missing woman.
According to KFVS, the body of Barbara Grillo was discovered Thursday afternoon near her home. Grillo had been missing since mid February.
Authorities reportedly do not suspect foul play in the death.
GREENVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON MURDER WARRANT
A Greenville man is in custody on a warrant for first degree murder.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Steven Jennewein was arrested on Tuesday on first degree murder and armed criminal action warrants out of Wayne County.
The Highway Patrol did not release any information on what lead to the warrants being issued.
MAN SHOT BY OFFICER IN MALDEN CHARGED
A Malden man has been charged in connection to a shooting involving a police officer.
48 year old Bobby Cantrell allegedly pointed a gun at officers before he was shot Tuesday in Malden. He was then taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Cantrell is facing charges of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of second degree assault on law enforcement.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the shooting.
SIKESTON MAN CAUGHT SELLING DRUGS NEAR SCHOOL
A Sikeston man is facing charges after he was allegedly caught selling a controlled substance near a school.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a narcotics investigation led to 8 grams of marijuana being purchased from 29 year old Anthony Kelly. The purchase was made on the parking lot of a business approximately 1,200 feet from the grounds of the Sikeston High School.
Kelly is facing charges including distributing a controlled substance near schools.
MAN ATTEMPTS TO ESCAPE WHILE IN POLICE CUSTODY
A Jonesboro man is back in custody after he allegedly attempted to escape from law enforcement on Thursday.
According to authorities, Raymond Roedel was placed in custody at a Lawrence County Court on multiple charges. While being escorted to jail, he attempted to run from two deputies.
He was subdued outside the courthouse with a stun gun.
MULTIPLE SHOOTINGS UNDER INVESTIGATION IN CHARLESTON
Authorities in Charleston are investigating multiple shooting reports.
According to authorities, three women were injured in one of the shootings on Wednesday. Separate vehicles were also shot in two incidents on Wednesday.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the Charleston Department of Public Safety at 573-683-3737.
NEW MADRID MAN ARRESTED ON COCAINE CHARGE
A New Madrid Man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on a drug related charge.
According to the Highway Patrol, 23 year old Jonathan Conner was arrested in New Madrid County on a felony charge of possession with intent to distribute, cocaine.
Conner also had a warrant for failure to appear for possession of marijuana out of New Madrid County.
DOJ SETTLES LAWSUIT AGAINST MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD
(AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with the Missouri National Guard over allegations it violated the employment rights of its civilian dual technician employees.
The DOJ's Civil Rights Division said in a news release Thursday that the agreement resolves allegations that the Guard unlawfully required Kinata Holt to give up her civilian employment as a condition of being called to active duty with the Guard's reserve program.
The Guard's refusal to place Holt on furlough or leave of absence from her civilian job resulted in the loss of paid military leave to which she would otherwise have been entitled.
As part of the settlement, the Missouri National Guard will also compensate 137 other civilian National Guard dual technicians who were similarly denied military leave benefits.