RIVER RADIO NEWS 051515
VEHICLE POSSIBLY INVOLVED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU WOMAN’S ABDUCTION SPOTTED IN ILLINOIS
A vehicle that was possibly used in a Cape Girardeau adult abduction has been spotted in Anna, Illinois.
The victim told police that she was sitting in her car in South County Park on May 12th, when a man pulled her from her car and forced her into a red extended cab pickup truck. She said she was able to escape in Effingham, Illinois at around 6 pm.
The FBI has released additional photos of the vehicle which are available, along with pictures of a person of interest in the case, on our Facebook page.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL FBI.
KENNETT POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY OF SUBWAY
Police in Kennett are looking for a suspect in an alleged armed robbery.
Authorities say they received a call late Wednesday night about an armed robbery in progress at Subway on First Street. Witnesses told investigators that a white male wearing a scarf over his face had entered the restaurant with a firearm.
The man fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Kennett Police Department at 888-4622.
PARAGOULD MAN CONVICTED OF BURGLARY CHARGE
A Northeast Arkansas jury has convicted a Paragould man of a burglary charge.
According to Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, 43 year old Nathan Inskeep was convicted of aggravated residential burglary by a Greene County Jury.
Inskeep was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He was also convicted of two misdemeanor offenses, indecent exposure and third-degree battery, and sentenced to a year in the county jail on each charge.
On April 17, 2014, Inskeep allegedly forced his way inside the house of a woman and lunged at the victim, scratching her infant daughter on the cheek. He was wearing only a red sweatshirt and was naked from the waist down.
The victim’s husband, who was asleep in a bedroom, woke up and chased Inskeep out of the house. Inskeep was arrested the next day.
RIPLEY COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY INVESTIGATING POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCILMAN
The Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney is investigating a Poplar Bluff City Councilman.
Councilman Jack Rushin is being investigated for alleged nepotism after he appointed his cousin to a city feasibility study committee.
According to KFVS, Rushin’s cousin has resigned from the committee.
MUSIC ON MAIN POSTPONED
A music event scheduled for this weekend in downtown Poplar Bluff has been postponed.
Music on Main had to be postponed due to rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday.
A new date for the event has not been announced.
THREE RIVERS COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR HONORED FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
A Three Rivers College instructor has been honored for teaching excellence.
Chemistry instructor Dr. Mairead Ryan-Anderson recently received a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at a Missouri Community College Association luncheon.
Ryan-Anderson has been teaching for 32 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland.
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK BEGINS SATURDAY
With Memorial Day quickly approaching, the Missouri State Highway Patrol wants to remind water enthusiasts to stay safe on Missouri’s waterways.
Children under seven years old are required to wear a personal flotation device in a boat, but Colonel Bret Johnson says you are never too old to wear a life jacket.
The majority of Missouri drownings on public waterways involve adults. Reducing your speed in unfamiliar areas and being aware of unusual water conditions respective to the size and type of boat you operate are just a couple of environmental considerations. Also remember to designate a sober boat operator.
In 2014, there were 179 boating accidents reported in Missouri, with 101 injuries, and 15 fatalities.
THREE RIVERS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY TO BE HELD TONIGHT
The Three Rivers College commencement ceremony will be held tonight at the Black River coliseum.
The ceremony will begin at 7 pm and is free for the public to attend.
Three Rivers alumnus Larry DeWitt, of Sikeston, will be the commencement speaker. DeWitt is the inventor of a permeable weed barrier fabric that changed the professional landscaping industry and developed into a $40 million company. He graduated from Three Rivers in 1971.
MISSOURI REPUBLICANS SELECT RICHARDSON AS NEXT HOUSE SPEAKER
(AP) - Missouri Republicans have chosen House Majority Leader Todd Richardson to take over the chamber's top spot following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl.
Diehl announced Thursday that he was resigning after acknowledging that he had exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with a college freshman serving as a Capitol intern.
House Republicans met Thursday night and selected Richardson as his successor. The 38 year old lawmaker from Poplar Bluff still must be officially elected by the full House. That's expected to occur Friday morning, after Diehl's resignation is finalized.
Lawmakers face a 6 pm Friday deadline to pass legislation this year.
Richardson says he hopes the House can get right back to work passing bills. But legislation could be delayed by partisan tensions in the Senate.
MISSOURI LEGISLATURE AT A STANDSTILL WITH JUST ONE DAY LEFT
(AP) - The Missouri Legislature has ground to a halt with just one day remaining in its session because of a scandal involving the House speaker and partisan animosity in the Senate.
House Speaker John Diehl resigned Thursday, a day after a newspaper reported that he had exchanged sexually suggestive emails with a college freshman serving as a Capitol intern.
The House took no action on legislation Thursday.
Neither did the Senate, where Democrats continued to block votes because of their frustration that the Republican majority had forced a vote earlier this week on legislation limiting union powers.
Lawmakers face a 6 pm CDT Friday deadline to pass bills.
One of the bills in jeopardy would reauthorize medical provider taxes that are needed to supply about $3.6 billion for the Medicaid program.
MISSOURI HOUSE SENDS ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURE TO GOVERNOR
(AP) - The Missouri House has sent Governor Jay Nixon an omnibus environmental bill with provisions that effect wastewater treatment, pollution control and hydraulic fracturing.
The House approved the measure Wednesday 118-32 after the Senate approved it unanimously last week.
The measure would require companies get permits before using hydraulic fracturing, a method to extract oil.
The state also would have to consider full employment and industrial development goals in regulating water pollution. And the Department of Natural Resources would have to make sure changes to waste or sewer treatment utilities are affordable for ratepayers.
The measure would also allow for direct monitoring of sulfur dioxide levels in place of modeling by coal-fired electric plants as part of the state's plan to comply with federal requirements.