RIVER RADIO NEWS 062515
LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST BUTLER COUNTY IN CONNECTION TO SUICIDE DEATH OF INMATE
A lawsuit has been filed against Butler County in connection to the 2014 suicide death of Adam Butch Banks.
Banks had been arrested on suspicion of second degree property damage before he hanged himself in a holding cell.
According to the Daily American Republic, the lawsuit was filed against two former corrections officers and the county.
QULIN MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Qulin man has died following a single vehicle wreck Tuesday in Butler County.
According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Highway 51, near County Road 236. A vehicle driven by 87 year old Raymond Robison ran off the side of the road and struck a ditch embankment.
Robinson, who was wearing a safety device, was pronounced dead at the scene.
TEENAGER KILLED IN ACCIDENT SHOOTING
A teenager has died following an apparent accidental shooting Wednesday in Sikeston.
According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the 19 year old man was found at an area residence with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police were told that the man accidentally shot himself while handling a firearm.
The teen was taken to an area hospital where he later died from his injury. His name is being withheld pending the notification of family.
Captain James McMillen says at this time there is no evidence of foul play.
SIKESTON MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD MOLESTATION
A Sikeston man has been arrested on a child molestation charge.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 35 year old Terry Allen Lewis has been charged with first degree child molestation, two counts of statutory sodomy, and two counts of sexual misconduct.
The victim reported that the sexual contacts occurred when the victim was 8 or 9 years old.
WILLIAMSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES
A Williamsville woman is facing multiple felony charges following her arrest Wednesday evening.
According to authorities, 28 year old Kellie Evans was arrested in Wayne County on felony charges of possession with intent to distribute, methamphetamine; unlawful use of a weapon; first degree endangering the welfare of a child; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Evans has also been charged with possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING METH CHARGE OUT OF BUTLER COUNTY
A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Tuesday evening on a felony meth charge in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 49 year old Bennie Foster is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
Foster was also charged with driving while revoked and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
VA MEDICAL CENTER TO HOST INFORMATION EVENT FOR VETERANS
The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff will be holding an information event for veterans next week.
The open house will feature experts who can explain the Veterans Choice Program, help veterans look into the status of their service-connected disability claims, enroll for VA health care, learn about programs to help get jobs, and more.
The event is scheduled for noon to 6 pm on June 30th at the medical center.
GOVERNOR NIXON SIGNS BILL TO UP MONEY FOR MISSOURI CRIME VICTIMS
(AP) - A new Missouri law will double how much crime victims can receive for lost earnings.
Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed legislation that will increase the cap from $200 to $400 a week. It takes effect August 28th.
The money goes to victims of violent crimes and their families who have been physically or psychologically injured. Compensation is intended to pay for some medical costs, counseling expenses and lost wages incurred because of crime.
The cap on victims' compensation last was raised in 1981. More than 700 victims and victims' families received more than $3.8 million through the program last fiscal year.
The legislation also allows the state's Crime Victims' Compensation program to negotiate medical care costs with providers on behalf of those injured.