April 17, 2015


A Lilbourn woman has been charged with possession of child pornography.

36 year old Amy Walker allegedly sent nude photos of herself to a 17 year old High School Senior and also received an inappropriate photo from the teen.

According to the Sikeston Standard Democrat, Walker served as a teacher at New Madrid County Central Middle School before resigning last week. OFFICERS IN KENNETT USE TASER TO SUBDUE COMBATIVE PATIENT

Officers in Kennett reportedly used a taser to subdue a man Tuesday night.

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to an area hospital due to a combative patient fighting with the staff.

When they arrived, they found a hospital security guard in a struggle with someone. The officers attempted to place the subject under arrest; however the patient resisted and was stunned with a taser following a brief struggle.

Officers arrested 37 year old Damien Tinsley of Kennett for assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and property damage. POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG RELATED CHARGES

A Poplar Bluff man is facing drug related charges following his arrest Thursday in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Antwaun Deberry was taken into custody Thursday morning on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana in a correctional facility. METHAMPHETAMINE AND HYDROCODONE PILLS FOUND DURING JACKSON POLICE INVESTIGATION

An investigation in Jackson has led to the arrest of two people on drug related charges.

According to the Jackson Police Department, during the course of the investigation officers discovered a quantity of methamphetamine, a cellophane wrapper containing hydrocodone pills, and hypodermic needles.

Two people were taken into custody, 33 year old Dustin King, of Jackson, and 28 year old Jenna Young, of Oak Ridge. They are each facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use. MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY IN RIPLEY COUNTY

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Ripley County next week to conduct a mobile office.

The Mobile Office will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd from 10 am to 11 am at the Ripley County Courthouse in Doniphan.

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. THREE RIVERS LITERARY MAGAZINE RECEIVES NATIONAL HONORS

Three Rivers College’s annual literary journal has been chosen for national honors.

“Confluence,” received three awards from the American Scholastic Press Association for its 2014 issue. The journal, which is put together by the college’s languages department, contains poetry, short fiction, and essays written by Three Rivers’ students, faculty, and staff.

The magazine is distributed for free each year at Three Rivers’ open mic poetry night. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, April 21st, at 6 pm in the Academic Resource Commons building on the college’s Poplar Bluff campus. Admission is free. MISSOURI LEGISLATURE PASSES 15 MONTH CUT TO WELFARE BENEFITS

(AP) - Lawmakers have passed legislation that would cut the amount of time Missourians can receive welfare benefits.

The House on Thursday voted 111 to 36 in favor of the bill, the final vote needed to send the legislation to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

The bill would cap the lifetime limit on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits from five years to three years and nine months.

Other changes include added intervention if parents don't meet work requirements, with the threat of losing family benefits if they don't come into compliance.

Supporters say it could encourage parents to be self-sufficient, while opponents say it could hurt families and children in need.

The Department of Social Services estimates the lifetime benefits cut will mean about 3,100 low-income families lose monthly cash assistance next January. MISSOURI SENATE LEADERS UNCERTAIN ON TRANSPORTATION GAS TAX

(AP) - A proposal to raise Missouri's fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session despite warnings from transportation officials about the future of the state's infrastructure.

The bill to raise the current 17 cent gas tax by 2 cents stalled earlier this week in the Senate. And Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said Thursday that he doesn't want to waste more time on the bill.

The increase would have brought in an estimated $55 million for the transportation department and allowed the state to match all available federal funds in 2017.

The Senate debated the proposal Tuesday for several hours but ran into opposition from conservative Republicans opposed to a tax increase.