RIVER RADIO NEWS 042715
JURY CONVICTS CATRON MAN IN FATAL SHOOTING OF SON
(AP) - A Southeast Missouri man has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of his son while high on synthetic drugs.
The Daily American Republic reports that a Stoddard County jury returned the guilty verdict Thursday in the case against 43-year-old Charles Goforth of Catron.
Twenty year old Patrick Joseph Goforth was fatally shot in May 2012 inside the family home.
Charles Goforth testified that the shooting happened after he was jumped by an assailant as he entered the home.
But another of Charles Goforth's sons, Josh Goforth, said during a preliminary hearing that his father had been using bath salts for several months and was seeing imaginary people, even occasionally firing shots at the imaginary people.
Sentencing is set for June 22nd.
SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED IN SCOTT COUNTY
A Sikeston man is facing multiple charges out of Scott County.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 35 year old Jeremy Pearson is charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and property damage.
Deputies were told last week that Pearson had slammed the door at a residence causing the glass in the door to break. Pearson was later located by the deputies hiding near a pump house west of the residence.
During a search, the deputies found a syringe in Pearson’s pocket that had a clear liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine. Pearson allegedly admitted that the syringe was used to ingest methamphetamine.
NEW POPLAR BLUFF MAYOR NAMED
Betty Absheer is the new mayor of Poplar Bluff.
Absheer, who was elected to the city council to represent the 3rd ward, was named to the position after her name was drawn from a cup by city attorney Robert Smith, according to the Daily American Republic.
The drawing was conducted because the council was unable to reach a consensus. Absheer takes over for Angela Pearson, who could not be at the meeting.
Council Member David Johnson was elected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem.
EQUESTRIAN TOUR COMING TO POPLAR BLUFF
A world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Poplar Bluff next month.
The Gala of the Royal Horses will be at the Black River Coliseum on Friday, May 22nd, beginning at 7:30 pm.
The event is dedicated to showing off the amazing beauty and maneuvers that horses are capable of.
Tickets start at $27 and are available at the Black River Coliseum Box Office and online at Ticketmaster.com.
ONLINE OPERATION JUMPSTART CLASS TO BEGIN IN MAY
Entrepreneurs will have a chance to participate in an online class as a part of the national recognized Operation Jumpstart training program.
The eight-week self-paced online course will help participants evaluate their business ideas from every angle through the completion of a feasibility plan.
The class will begin on May 4th, the same week as National Small Business week.
Enrollment is $49 and includes access to all course materials through the online learning portal. Participants also have the opportunity to attend face-to-face workshops/discussions and receive business consulting at the Southeast Missouri State University’s Small Business & Technology Development Center at no additional cost.
For more information, call (573) 651-5095.
ELLINGTON TO HOST MOBILE OFFICE THIS WEEK
The city of Ellington will host staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt this week for a Mobile Office event.
The Mobile Office will be held Wednesday from 1 to 2 pm at the Ellington City hall.
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.
DRAINAGE REPAIRS SET FOR TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County today and tomorrow for drainage repairs.
During the repairs, Route 53 will be reduced to one lane between Route HH and County Road 202.
Work is scheduled to be performed from 7:30 am to 4 pm each day.
PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN ON ROUTE 60 IN STODDARD COUNTY TODAY
Eastbound Route 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane beginning today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.
The work zone is located from Route 25 to Route F.
Work will take place from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily through Thursday, April 30th.