RIVER RADIO NEWS 073015
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN FOLLOWING MASS ARREST
Poplar Bluff police are searching for a man following an operation which saw over 20 people arrested on Wednesday.
According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Christopher Garrett is wanted for felony dangerous drugs. Garrett is believed to be occupying a blue 2001 Chevrolet Camaro with an Arkansas license plate of 980WCZ and should be considered armed and dangerous.
A picture of Garrett is available on our Facebook page. Anyone with information on Garrett’s whereabouts should call the Poplar Bluff Police Department 573-785-5776.
POLICE SAY KNIFE-WIELDING MAN KILLED BY ARKANSAS OFFICER
(AP) - Police say a man with a knife was shot and killed by a Manila police officer in northeast Arkansas.
Arkansas State Police say in a statement Wednesday that 41 year old Timothy Johnson was shot when he moved toward the officer while holding the knife. The officer's name was not immediately released.
Johnson's body was sent to the State Crime Laboratory.
State police say the shooting occurred shortly after 8 pm Tuesday after the officer was sent to investigate a disturbance at home along State Highway 18 on the northwest side of the town.
State police are investigating the shooting at the request of Manila police.
MISSOURI TEEN DIES AFTER BEING PULLED FROM SURF OFF NORTH CAROLINA BEACH
(AP) - A 16 year old Missouri youth has drowned after being pulled from the surf off a North Carolina beach.
Police say that Marvin Scott of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was visiting Emerald Isle Beach on a church retreat at the time of the Tuesday evening accident.
Authorities say Scott and a 13 year old boy with the group were hit by a large wave and carried from the beach by a rip current. Two people on the beach pulled the 13 year old back to shore.
Rescue crews from the town launched a personal water craft and found Scott about 50 yards from shore about 25 minutes later.
Authorities say a Marine Corps helicopter in the area on a training exercise flew Scott to a hospital where he later died.
MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE
A Naylor man is facing almost 10 years in prison on a child pornography charge.
According to the Daily American Republic, 26 year old Billy Joe Wertenberger was sentenced Tuesday to 117 months on a felony charge of possession of child pornography.
Wertenberger allegedly admitted to police that a USB stick that was in his possession during his arrest had child pornography on it.
THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO CAPE GIRARDEAU SHOOTING
Three people have been arrested in connection to a June shooting in Cape Girardeau.
The victim was shot in the head during the incident on June 29th on Hanover Street. The three arrested were juveniles and their names were not released; however authorities are pursuing adult certification in the matter.
QULIN MAN FACING METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
A Qulin man has been taken into custody on a methamphetamine charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Larry Mounce was arrested Wednesday morning in Butler County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Mounce is also facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
AREA BUSINESS MAKES DONATION TO THREE RIVERS ENDOWMENT TRUST
An area business has made a significant donation to the Three Rivers Endowment Trust.
According to Three Rivers College, the donation by the Bank of Grandin will go toward the construction of the Libla Family Sports Complex, which will replace the Bess Activity Center as the home of the Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball teams.
The current proposal is for a $9.5 million, 75,000-square-foot structure incorporating a 3,000 seat gymnasium, offices for all of Three Rivers’ coaches, improved training and locker room facilities, and a Three Rivers Sports Hall of Fame.
The facility also will have a FEMA-certified safe room capable of withstanding an F5 strength tornado funded by a $2.5 million SEMA/FEMA grant.
RAILROAD REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
Railroad crews will be in Pemiscot County today for repairs to a railroad crossing.
During the repairs, Route YY will be closed between County Road 204 and Route T. The road is expected to be closed from 8 am to 4 pm according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.