RIVER RADIO NEWS 071415
WOMAN FOUND DEAD FOLLOWING HOUSE FIRE IN DEXTER
The body of a woman has been found following a house fire in Dexter.
According to authorities, 52 year old Lois Wells was killed in the fire early Monday. Officials have not determined what caused the fire.
MISSING 90 YEAR OLD BAY WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN FIELD
(AP) - Craighead County authorities say the body of a 90 year old Bay woman who disappeared nearly two weeks ago has been found in a cornfield.
Sheriff Marty Boyd told reporters a volunteer helping search for Lavinda Counce found the woman's body Sunday in the field near Bay. Boyd said the body is being sent to the state Crime Lab to determine the cause of death, but said evidence indicates the death is a homicide.
Boyd says it appears Counce was abducted from her home on July 3rd.
Her car was later found in the parking lot of a Jonesboro hospital and Boyd says surveillance video shows a man in dark clothing leaving the car and walking away. Boyd has declined to release the video.
STEELE MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN SHOOTING DEATH OF HAYTI MAN
A Steele man is being sought for the murder of a Hayti man.
According to authorities, a warrant has been issued for 26 year old Ratio Frederick Armour on charges of first degree murder and armed criminal action.
The charges stem from the death of Larry Turner, whose body was found earlier this month. Armour is being considered armed and dangerous and if you have any information on his whereabouts, you can contact the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Office at 573-333-4101.
MULTIPLE EXPLOSIONS REPORTED AT SIKESTON OIL DISTRIBUTER
A portion of Highway 60 near Sikeston was closed yesterday while firefighters and emergency personnel battled a large blaze at the Santie Oil building.
Authorities say witnesses reported hearing and feeling several explosions before the fire broke out. The fire was brought under control and there have been no injuries reported.
The explosions were from propane cylinders that were on the property. Authorities do not know what started the fire.
TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY
Two people are facing a meth charge following their arrest Monday evening in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 65 year old Donna Overbeck and 46 year old Brian Allen, both of Harviell, were each arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
Allen is also facing a variety of other charges including possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.
TEMPORARY LAYOFFS ANNOUNCED AT BLYTHEVILLE EMPLOYER
Seventy-six employees are being laid off from the positions at TMK Ipsco in Blytheville.
According to KAIT, an official said that the layoffs are temporary and the jobs could come back. The plant, which also laid off 42 people in June, is used to build tubes used in drilling.
ARMY AND NAVY MEMBERS TO BE PROVIDING FREE HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Members of the United States Army and Navy will be providing free health care services in three Southeast Missouri cities beginning today.
Medical services to be provided include screenings and evaluations, non-emergency medical treatment, and basic prescriptions.
Dental Services will include cleanings, basic fillings, and tooth extractions. The service members will also be providing vision services including screenings, prescriptions, and one free pair of prescription glasses.
The program will be held from 8 am to 5 pm every day through July 23rd except for July 19th. The services will be provided at the Sikeston Junior High School, the Malden High School, and Lighthouse Church in Dexter.
Everyone aged two and over are welcome to attend and there is no insurance or income required.
BRIDGE REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY ON MISSOURI ROUTE 34 IN WAYNE COUNTY
Missouri Route 34 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane beginning today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge repairs.
Route 34 will be reduced from County Road 451 to Ash Street between 7 am and 4 pm daily through Thursday.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
Route M in Stoddard County will be closed today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert pipe under the roadway.
The work zone will be located from County Road 249 to County Road 250.
Work will take place from 8 am to 2 pm.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD CLOSED FOR RAILROAD REPAIRS
A Stoddard County road has been closed for railroad repairs.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, railroad company crews are performing track repairs on Route O from 1 am to 11:30 pm today and tomorrow.
During the repairs, the road will be closed between County Road 371 and Route P.
MISSOURI MEASURE CHANGES PROCESS TO REGAIN DRIVER’S LICENSE
(AP) - Governor Jay Nixon has signed a measure that could allow those convicted of driving while intoxicated to get back on the road sooner.
Those convicted of offenses related to drunken driving can regain their licenses, but must use an ignition interlock device on their car for at least six months. The devices test blood alcohol content.
Currently, anyone who tests above .08 or tampers with the device during the six-month period must keep the devices on their car for another six months.
The measure signed Monday by Nixon changes that to require another three months of restricted driving if someone tests above the limit in the last three months of their probation.
They'd need to have no violations for three consecutive months to regain full driving privileges.
MISSOURI BILL SIGNED TO UP ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS
(AP) - Governor Jay Nixon has signed a bill to allow some mental health workers more access to medical records of people who have been civilly committed.
The legislation that Nixon signed Monday makes more records available to community mental health liaisons. Those liaisons work with law enforcement and the courts to connect people with behavioral health problems with treatment.
They'll have access to records kept at mental health programs, including medications and dosages. Nixon says the goal is to help liaisons provide resource and follow-up care to those who have been committed.