RIVER RADIO NEWS 060415
MURDER FOR HIRE PLOT LEADS TO ARREST OF JONESBORO WOMAN
A Northeast Arkansas woman allegedly attempted to hire somebody to murder her ex-husband.
According to the Jonesboro Police Department, 41 year old Jonesboro resident Joy Werner has been taken into custody on a warrant of conspiracy to commit capital murder.
Werner allegedly attempted to hire an undercover police officer to kill her-ex husband.
ELLSINORE MAN ARRESTED ON MANSLAUGHTER WARRANT
An Ellsinore man was taken into custody Wednesday morning on a manslaughter warrant.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Aaron Freeman was arrested on a felony warrant from Carter County for involuntary manslaughter.
Additional details about the warrant were not available.
MAN REPORTEDLY STABBED 18 TIMES AT JONESBORO RESIDENCE
A man was allegedly stabbed 18 times during a robbery attempt in Jonesboro.
According to KAIT, the victim told authorities that the stabbing occurred after two of his neighbors broke into his apartment.
The neighbors, 20 year old Rayvon Waldroup and a 17 year old juvenile were taken into custody and are facing charges of first degree battery and aggravated robbery.
MULTIPLE BURGLARY REPORTS MADE WEDNESDAY IN KENNETT
Kennett Police say separate burglary incidents were reported Wednesday.
At 8:20 am, Kennett Officers were dispatched to McDaniel Firestone for a report of an attempted burglary. The owner stated that sometime during the night someone attempted to break out a window at the rear of the store.
Just over an hour later, officers were dispatched to a residence for a burglary report. At the scene, a resident told police they had been out of town and when they returned several items was missing from the residence.
Anyone who has information about either of the incidents is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department.
16 ARRESTED DURING WARRANT ROUNDUP IN SIKESTON
16 people were taken into custody Wednesday as a part of a warrant round up in Sikeston.
According to the Sikeston DPS, multiple agencies assisted in the round up. The arrests were part of a list of over 30 subjects with warrants for their arrests. The warrants were for various charges such as drug distribution, burglary, and sex offenses.
In addition to the 16 arrests, three were served court summons and one subject was found to be incarcerated prior to the roundup.
CROP DUSTER CRASHES IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A crop duster reportedly crashed Wednesday evening in Northeast Arkansas.
According to KAIT, the plane went down near Delaplaine in Greene County. The Greene County Sheriff says the pilot appeared to be okay.
An investigation into the cause of the crash will be conducted by officials with the Federal Aviation Administration.
CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR BUTLER COUNTY BRIDGE PROJECTS
Two contracts were awarded Wednesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for bridge projects in Butler County.
An approximately $461,000 contract was awarded to Joe's Bridge & Grading, Inc., for bridge repairs over the St. Francis River on Route 51.
An over $683,000 contract was awarded to Hessling Construction Inc., for three bridge replacements in Butler County. Bridges to be replaced include the Route 142 bridges over Taft Ditch and Cane Creek and the Route 158 bridge over Cane Creek.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD CLOSED THROUGH JUNE 23
A portion of Route 114 in Stoddard County has been closed so contractor crews can perform bridge repairs.
The work zone is located from Airport Road to County Road 725.
The road is set to reopen Tuesday, June 23rd at 5 pm.
AMEREN MOVES TO END CONTRACT WITH NORANDA ALUMINUM
(AP) - Ameren Missouri has given state regulators notice that the utility plans to challenge a recent order allowing lower rates for its largest customer.
St. Louis-based Ameren filed notice Tuesday that it will challenge the Missouri Public Service Commission's April order allowing Noranda Aluminum to pay less for electricity. The commission also granted Ameren a rate increase.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ameren argues the commission ignored the cost to serve Noranda.
Noranda also said Tuesday that Ameren plans to let its contract with the New Madrid aluminum smelter expire in 2020. But Ameren says its decision to end its contract with Noranda had nothing to do with the smelter's rate cut.
Noranda says Ameren's contract can't be terminated without regulatory approval.
PROPOSED INITIATIVE PETITIONS WOULD UP MISSOURI MINIMUM WAGE
(AP) - Three initiative petitions to increase Missouri's minimum wage have been approved for circulation.
Secretary of State Jason Kander on Tuesday announced supporters of all three now can begin collecting signatures.
The petitions need to be signed by at least 5 percent of legal voters in six of the state's eight congressional districts to make it onto a ballot.
All three petitions propose increasing the state's minimum wage, which is adjusted to changes in cost of living.
The minimum wage in effect for 2015 is $7.65 an hour.
The petitions propose upping that to $9 per hour. One would increase that $1 a year until 2023, when it reaches $15 an hour. The other two would increase the minimum wage $1 a year until it reaches $11 or $12.