RIVER RADIO NEWS 050515
MISSING MAN COULD POSSIBLY BE IN DONIPHAN AREA
Authorities say a missing Lewis County man could be in the Doniphan area.
An Endangered Silver Advisory has been issued by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department for 71 year old Ernest Wood.
On May 3rd, Wood told his neighbor he was en route to Newark, Missouri to go fishing.
Wood’s cell phone was shut off at 3 pm Monday but prior to being shut off it was pinged in the Doniphan area.
Wood is described as a white male, 6 foot 1 inch tall, weighing 190 lbs, with white hair and brown eyes. He could be wearing a red flannel shirt, blue jean bib-overalls, and white shoes.
Anyone with information on Wood’s whereabouts should immediately contact their nearest law enforcement agency or call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department at 573-767-5287. A picture of Lewis is available on our Facebook page.
MAN INVOLVED IN STABBING INCIDENT DIES MONDAY
A man involved in a stabbing incident last week has died.
According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Tony Burns died in his home Monday.
Burns was allegedly stabbed in the neck by his girlfriend last week. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but later released.
The girlfriend was arrested last Friday after the stabbing incident and was later released when it was determined the case lacked sufficient probable cause for charges.
An autopsy has been scheduled for this week and the death is under investigation.
WOMAN FOUND DEAD AT MISSISSIPPI COUNTY DETENTION CENTER
Authorities in Mississippi County are investigating the death of a woman over the weekend at the County Detention Center.
According to KFVS, 21 year old Somer Dawn Nunnally was found dead Sunday morning. She had been taken into custody the previous night for DUI following a minor auto crash.
She had no injuries or trauma and authorities say there were no signs of foul play in the death.
Authorities say Nunnally was checked on throughout the night and had not given any indication of being physically sick.
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING BLYTHEVILLE SHOOTING THAT LEFT ONE INJURED
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are investigating a shooting that left one person injured Saturday night.
Shots were reportedly fired shortly before 10 pm at the Mississippi County Fairground. One person suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Two vehicles were also damaged.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT WITH A BASEBALL BAT
An Essex man is facing charges in connection to an alleged assault involving a baseball bat.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the victim told authorities that 53 year old Robert Watkins had struck him across the back with a bat. The victim reportedly had a large red mark across his back.
Watkins was later found and taken into custody. He has been charged with second degree assault and armed criminal action.
DONIPHAN MAN ARRESTED ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
A Doniphan man is facing a methamphetamine charge in connection to his arrest Sunday evening in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Jeffrey Anderson was taken into custody shortly after 5 pm Sunday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
THREE RIVERS TO HOLD MASS CASUALTY TRAINING
Three Rivers College will hold its bi-annual mass casualty training event today.
The training will help prepare students in participating programs to be prepared for a mass casualty emergency, such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
Students from several fields of study will participate in the training, including nursing, EMT and Paramedic students.
In keeping with the training’s focus on realism, the students themselves will coordinate much of the event, with students serving in leadership and command/control positions as they would in a real disaster.
The college is keeping the type of “disaster” under wraps, so that students have no chance to prepare beforehand.
The training event will be held at the college’s Nursing and Allied Health building on Pine Street in Poplar Bluff.
PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
Northbound I-155 ramp in Pemiscot County will be reduced to one lane this week with a 9-foot width restriction as contractor crews perform pavement repairs.
This ramp is located at Exit 1 on I-155.
Work is scheduled to take place today through Thursday from 6 am to 6:30 pm daily.
HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES ENDING LIFE SENTENCES WITHOUT PAROLE FOR MINORS
(AP) - A bill that could mean reduced sentences for minors found guilty of first-degree murder is moving forward in the Missouri House.
The legislation approved 10-1 by a House committee Monday would end the state's mandatory sentence of life without parole for minors.
Instead, jurors could sentence youths to life in prison with parole or 25 to 40 years behind bars.
The sentences allowed in the bill draft passed Monday differ significantly from what senators approved. Senators supported life without parole or at least 50 years in prison for those ages 16 to 18. Those under 16 would have faced life without parole or at least 35 years.
The bill still needs approval from a second House committee and the full House. Lawmakers face a May 15th deadline to pass legislation.
MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE PROPOSES REDUCTION IN BUSINESS FEES
(AP) - A proposal from Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander to reduce fees charged to businesses is headed to the Senate.
The Missouri House has approved a measure that would reduce fees charged to corporations, limited liability companies and nonprofits that file information with Kander's office.
He says the reduced fees would save business owners $6 million per year.
GROWTH CONTINUES AS MISSOURI REVENUES INCREASE 7.7 PERCENT
(AP) - The state budget director says Missouri's revenues continue to increase compared with last year's.
Budget Director Linda Luebbering on Monday reported revenues have grown 7.7 percent this fiscal year. That's far over Governor Jay Nixon's estimate of 4.6 percent.
Nixon had used that estimate to guide spending restrictions on hundreds of millions of dollars approved for use by the Legislature last session.
Net general revenues also increased 11.9 percent in April compared with the same time last year. Individual income tax collections grew 15.4 percent last month, bringing the total collections this year up 8.5 percent.
The increasing revenues allowed the state to return $400 million borrowed from the state's reserve fund. The constitutional deadline to repay that money is May 15th.