RIVER RADIO NEWS 051315
EIGHT YEAR OLD LYNN GIRL DIES AFTER BEING FOUND IN BATHTUB
(AP) - The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says an 8 year old girl has died after being found unresponsive in a bathtub.
KAIT reports that deputies were called to a home near Lynn on Monday night after a possible drowning was reported. The sheriff's department said a parent had found the girl in a bathtub.
The child was flown to a hospital in Batesville where she later died.
The child's name has not been released.
MAN SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO BLYTHEVILLE MURDER
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are searching for a man in connection to a shooting death.
According to the Blytheville Police Department, 21 year old Raymond Smith was found in a vehicle Tuesday evening with a gunshot wound. Smith later died at an area hospital.
An investigation into the shooting has resulted in officers searching for 20 year old Treyon Peel. Peel is being considered armed and dangerous.
If you have any information on Peel’s whereabouts, contact the Blytheville Police Department at 870-763-4411.
83 YEAR OLD MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO DONIPHAN SHOOTING INCIDENT
An 83 year old man has been charged in connection to a shooting in Doniphan.
According to authorities, Louis Campbell is facing charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action.
The charges stem from an incident Monday where 31 year old Jerry Lee Wilson was shot in the neck.
MISSING NORTHEAST ARKANSAS CHILD RETURNED TO FATHER
A Northeast Arkansas child, who has been missing for over a year, has been returned to her father.
Authorities say four year old Alyssa Lee was allegedly taken from the area about 12 months ago by her non-custodial mother, 31 year old Christine Rebecca Flick.
Flick was located and taken into custody over the weekend in Millington, Tennessee. Alyssa was not with her at the time of arrest.
A family member of Flick brought the girl to the Trumann Police Department early Tuesday morning.
LILBOURN WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
A Lilbourn woman is facing drug charges following her arrest Tuesday in New Madrid County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old Tonya Reynolds was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for xanax and methamphetamine.
Reynolds is also charged with failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.
BUSINESSES WARNED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STOLEN CHECKS
The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce is warning local businesses to be on the lookout for stolen checks.
According to the Chamber of Commerce, three checkbooks have been stolen from Duckett Construction. The checks are with First Midwest Bank and have the following names on them; Duckett Brothers Properties, Duckett Brothers Construction, and Jeremy Duckett.
If you see someone attempting to use one of these checks, please report it to authorities.
PBHS SENIOR COMPLETES 100 BOOK CHALLENGE
A Poplar Bluff High School Senior has won a $1,000 scholarship by reading 100 novels.
17 year old Ben Soeter is the first student in three years to earn the scholarship via the Designing Women Foundation’s Charlie Classics reading program.
The teen placed first in his class each year for reading the most teacher-approved literary works, resultantly winning thousands in bank cards in addition to the scholarship.
When Soeter was a freshman, he donated $500 back to the PBHS library so the school could replace some of its titles in the Charlie Classics collection.
LIBLA FAMILY TO MAKE SEVEN FIGURE DONATION TO THREE RIVERS COLLEGE
The Three Rivers College Endowment Trust will receive a seven figure donation from an area family that will aid the construction of the college’s new sports complex.
A signing ceremony was held Monday featuring Doug, Elaine, David, and Mary Libla along with Three Rivers officials.
The proposed sports complex is for a 75,000-square-foot structure incorporating a 3,000-seat gymnasium, offices for all of Three Rivers’ coaches, improved training and locker room facilities, and a Three Rivers Sports Hall of Fame.
It will replace the Bess Activity Center as the home of the Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball teams
The facility also will have a FEMA-certified safe room capable of withstanding an F5-strength tornado funded by a $2.5 million SEMA/FEMA grant.
MODOT CREWS IN NEW MADRID COUNTY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
US 60 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform concrete replacement.
The work zone is located from US 61 to I-55.
Work will be done through Thursday, May 28th from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily.
MISSOURI HOUSE OVERRIDES NIXON’S VETO ON UNEMPLOYMENT CUTS
(AP) - Missouri's Republican-controlled House has voted to override a veto of a measure that would cut the weeks of available jobless benefits to one of the lowest amounts in the U.S.
House members voted 109-53 for the measure, which also needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate to win final approval.
The bill vetoed by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon would cut the weeks of benefits available for laid-off workers from the current 20 to as low as 13 if the statewide unemployment rate remains below 6 percent.
Only Florida and North Carolina have minimums lower than 13 weeks, but those would kick in only if state unemployment drops below 5 percent.
Democrats say the bill will hurt those who struggle to find work. Republicans say it will reduce costs for employers.
MISSOURI LEGISLATIVE PANEL BLOCKS WAGE HIKE FOR HOME CARE
(AP) - A legislative panel has blocked Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services from increasing wages for home care workers.
House members and representatives on the oversight committee voted 7-2 Tuesday to block the pay increase for workers who tend to aging Missourians and others who can't care for themselves.
The department rule would have increased the current $7.65 an hour minimum to $8.50 to $10.15 for home care workers.
But lawmakers said the department doesn't have the authority to increase those wages.
Committee vice-chairman Republican Representative Jay Barnes of Jefferson City says it should be up to the Legislature to decide whether to raise that minimum wage.