RIVER RADIO NEWS 080815
MAN FLOWN TO CAPE GIRARDEAU HOSPITAL FOLLOWING STABBING INCIDENT
A man was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital Thursday morning following a stabbing incident.
According to the Sikeston Standard Democrat, the man was reportedly stabbed during a domestic dispute in Oran. The victim had two apparent stab wounds on his back.
The incident is under investigation.
STODDARD COUNTY AUTHORITIES FIND HEROIN IN VEHICLE
Authorities in Stoddard County arrested three Poplar Bluff residents earlier this week after finding drugs in their vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies reportedly found a bag with around 9 grams of heroin in it.
The occupants of the vehicle, 30 year old Shannon Obarr, 27 year old William Obarr, and 26 year old Amy Dennis, were each charged with possession of a controlled substance.
SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
A Sikeston man is facing a drug charge in connection to his arrest Thursday.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 22 year old Robert Haynes is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An officer found Haynes at a Sikeston apartment while attempting to locate a separate subject with an active warrant. The officer was alerted that Haynes also had an active warrant out of Cape Girardeau.
While placing Haynes under arrest, the officer found a syringe with a clear liquid inside of it in Haynes pocket. Haynes reportedly admitted that the liquid was methamphetamine.
CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN FACING WEAPONS CHARGES
A Cape Girardeau man is facing multiple charges following his arrest Wednesday night.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 31 year old Deniquay Jefferson was arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon; unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon; and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, marijuana.
FORREST FIRE RAGING IN MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FORREST
(AP) - Nearly 100 firefighters are battling a wildfire that has burned more than 1,100 acres in southern Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest.
Forest officials say the blaze was discovered Sunday and continues to grow. About 30 homes and other structures are at risk, officials said Thursday, but so far, no buildings have been damaged and no one has been hurt.
The fire is in a heavily forested area on public and private land, about two miles southwest of Black. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Weather hasn't made things any easier. Conditions have been hot, windy and dry all week, though rain is in the forecast for the weekend.
POPLAR BLUFF MUNICIPAL AIRPORT TO HOST FLY-IN AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST THIS WEEKEND
The Poplar Bluff Municipal Airport will be hosting a Fly-in and Pancake breakfast this weekend.
The event will be held from 7 am to noon on Saturday, May 9th. There will be breakfast served by the Poplar Bluff Jr. ROTC, which will include pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and water.
There will also be an aircraft on display, plane and helicopter rides, and parachutists.
MISSOURI LAWMAKERS APPROVE MUNICIPAL COURT RESTRICTIONS
(AP) - The Missouri Legislature has sent the governor a measure in response to concerns voiced by some residents in the St. Louis area following last summer's fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.
The bill passed Thursday would cap fines for minor traffic violations, set minimum standards for St. Louis County cities and regulate municipal court procedures.
Supporters of the measure say it will help restore trust in government and address the predatory revenue-generating policing practices detailed in a federal Justice Department report about Ferguson.
The bill lowers the percentage of revenue most cities can collect from traffic fines and fees from 30 percent to 20 percent. St. Louis County cities would be subject to a lower limit of 12.5 percent.
MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS LIMITS FOR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES
(AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has approved a measure that limits noneconomic damage awards in cases where a patient has been harmed by a medical profession.
The measure Nixon signed Thursday reinstates caps on medical malpractice lawsuits in Missouri, after the state Supreme Court struck down previous limits three years ago.
Supporters say caps are needed to bring certainty to insurance costs for hospitals and doctors, while opponents argue the limits hurt patients who have already been damaged by a doctor's actions.
The limits apply only to noneconomic damages, not medical costs or lost wages.
Most noneconomic damages would be capped at $400,000. For catastrophic cases, including paralysis or brain injury, the cap would be $700,000.
The bill also doubles the limit in wrongful death cases to $700,000.