RIVER RADIO NEWS 062215
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN FOR ASSAULT AND WEAPON CHARGES
Poplar Bluff Police are searching for a man who is considered armed and dangerous.
Randy A. Wynn is being sought on charges of felonious restraint, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, assault II, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a certain person.
Police say that there are three open weapon cases against Wynn since May of this year. He was last seen Saturday at approximately 4:30 pm at Business 67 near Vine Street in Poplar Bluff. Wynn was driving an older white Ford Ranger Extended Cab, believed to be bearing Missouri registration; 8FX-594.
Anyone with information on Wynn’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department.
ONE DEAD FOLLOWING HEAD ON COLLISION IN CRAIGHEAD COUNTY
A Jonesboro woman has died in a head on collision Saturday evening in Craighead County.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred on State Highway 1, when a vehicle collided with another vehicle after losing control.
A passenger in the first vehicle, 67 year old Marvelene Hubbard, was killed in the wreck.
POPLAR BLUFF TEEN FACING DRUG CHARGES
A Poplar Bluff teenager is facing multiple drug charges following his weekend arrest.
According to the Highway Patrol, 19 year old Brandon Head was arrested Saturday afternoon on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Head was also charged with possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.
ARRESTS EXPECTED SOON IN TELEVISION BURGLARIES
Kennett Police say arrests are expected in the near future in an investigation into television burglaries.
According to the Kennett Police Department, the suspect or suspects kicked the back door of a residence in and stole two flat screen televisions.
Shortly after police were dispatched to the scene Saturday night, the televisions were located a couple of blocks away.
The incident is under investigation.
JONESBORO MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING TO SHOOT WOMAN
Police in Northeast Arkansas have arrested a Jonesboro man who allegedly threatened to shoot a woman over the weekend.
According to KAIT, the victim told police that 56 year old Curtis Gipson pointed a loaded shotgun at her and threatened to shoot her.
Police found Gipson asleep on a couch with the gun next to him and took him into custody.
MAN RESCUED AFTER ATV SLIDES INTO CREEK
A Des Arc man suffered serious injuries from an ATV wreck Saturday in Iron County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 74 year old Earl Rayfield was driving the ATV on Missouri Highway 143 when he lost control and slid into Big Creek.
Rayfield attempted to swim to the bank, but was unable to. He was then rescued from the creek by citizens at the scene.
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INITIATE FLOODFIGHTING
On Friday, the United States Army Corps of Engineers initiated Phase I floodfighting due to high river stages on the Upper Mississippi River.
Areas likely to be effected by flooding include Cape Girardeau, Scott City, Chaffee, Commerce and surrounding communities. During Phase I floodfight activities, personnel deploy to the field and monitor all federal flood control works including levees, flood walls and pumping stations.
They will also continue to monitor rainfall amounts in the affected areas, and National Weather Service forecasts to determine if further action is warranted.
Army Corps of Engineer officials anticipate activating a Phase II floodfight today, which will see personnel begin more intensive, around the clock monitoring of flood risk reduction works.
They also make technical and materiel assistance available to local communities and flood control organizations to aid them in their floodfighting efforts.
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE TO CAUSE DELAYS THIS WEEK ON SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 67
Southbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge maintenance.
Work will be performed daily from 7 am to 3:30 pm through Thursday, June 25th. The bridge is located between County Road 340 and County Road 352.
SHOULDER REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN BUTLER COUNTY
Route 51 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs.
The work zone will be located from Route 53 to the Arkansas State line.
Work is scheduled to be performed today through Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm daily.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TO ONE LANE FOR UTILITY REPAIRS
Route AD in Stoddard County will be closed to one lane as contractor crews perform utility repairs.
The work zone is located from Brookhaven Street to County Road 480.
Work will take place today and tomorrow from 7 am to 5 pm each day.
WATER SLOWLY RISES IN SEVERAL SPOTS ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI
(AP) - The rain-swollen Mississippi River is slowly rising in several areas south of St. Louis, inundating roads and farmland.
The National Weather Service is reporting that the river rose Sunday to 10 feet above flood stage in Cape Girardeau. Chester also is experiencing flooding, with waters 12 feet above flood stage. The river was expected to rise another foot in both cities before cresting Tuesday.
Water levels also were rising Sunday along the Meramec River, which flows into the Mississippi River. Forecasts called for the Meramec to crest Monday in Arnold and Valley Park, causing parks, roads and a golf course to flood.
Meanwhile, water levels were falling in most locations along the Missouri River, although minor to moderate flooding continues in several areas.
ECONOMY IMPROVES IN RURAL PARTS OF 10 STATES BUT STILL WEAK
(AP) - The economy has improved slightly in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states, but a new survey suggests little growth ahead.
The overall Rural Mainstreet index improved to the neutral score of 50 in June from last month's 49.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the strong dollar is continuing to hurt crop prices and exports, so farm income is down in the region.
Bankers from 10 states, including Missouri and Illinois, were surveyed.
The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in that factor in the months ahead.
The weak crop prices and current bird flu outbreak have bankers worried. The confidence index registered 45.9 in June, up from 41.5 in May, but still negative.