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One Hurt When Truck Flips in Marion Crash

September 2, 2014 AP No Comments

A mulitple-vehicle crash left one person injured. It happened on the southbound I-57 Ramp off Route 13 around 7 p.m. Monday.  Police say the driver of a pickup truck, 74-year old Douglas Goodman, of Marion, failed to yield to another pickup attempting to enter the ramp. The two vehicles collided, causing Goodman’s truck to travel sideways and overturn, landing upside down on the left shoulder of the entrance ramp.  One passenger, a 61-year-old woman from Marion, was taken to the hospital with non-life theatening injuries.   Neither driver was hurt.  Goodman has been charged with failure to yield to merging traffic.

 

Rescuers save woman trapped in mud

September 2, 2014 AP No Comments

It was not your average rescue in White County, Illinois after a woman became trapped along the shore of the Little Wabash River.  Amy Chittwood spent more than a day struggling to free herself from the mud. She fell near the river in Carmi on Saturday. EMT Adam Allen never expected a call like this. A fisherman contacted police Sunday morning after he discovered what he thought was a dead body on the river bank of the Little Wabash.  The 39-year-old woman went for a walk along the bank Saturday morning. The weekend’s rain made the trek more dangerous than normal.  Chittwood slipped down the embankment, injured her hip and became trapped thigh deep in the mud. Her cries for help drowned out by the noise of a nearby dam.  It took crews about half an hour to free Chittwood using a Stokes Basket.  They had to fight the mud the entire time, and some rescuers even lost their boots.  She was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon with non-life threatening injuries.

Road work in Southeast Missouri 

September 2, 2014 Local No Comments

Route P in Cape County will be closed as contractor crews perform work on the railroad crossing. The road will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The work zone will be marked with signs.  You are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.

 

Route 61 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform drainage repairs between Mill Street and Riverside Drive.  Weather permitting, work will performed Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.  The work zone will be marked with signs.

 

Westbound Business 60 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform pavement repairs between B Street and 2nd Street.  Weather permitting, work will be performed Wednesday and Thursday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.   The work zone will be marked with signs.

Noranda laying off up to 200, suspends expansion

September 2, 2014 AP No Comments

Noranda Aluminum Inc. plans to lay off up to 200 employees and suspend an expansion project at its Southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates.  The cutbacks come less than two weeks after the Missouri Public Service Commission denied its request for a 25 percent reduction in electricity rates it pays to Ameren Missouri. President and CEO Kip Smith said Tuesday that it is heartbreaking to be forced to take actions that eliminate jobs, but these actions are necessary to help Noranda remain competitive in the near-term.  The company employs nearly 900 people at the smelter, which produces 14 percent of the nation’s primary aluminum. Electricity comprises about one-third of production costs.  Smith says the Franklin, Tennessee-based company would ask Missouri regulators to reconsider the rate reduction, though it has already begun the process of eliminating 125 to 200 jobs over the next six months.  Noranda is suspending a $38 million expansion project that has been underway since 2010. The company will consider whether to build a planned $45 million aluminum rod mill in an unspecified neighboring state.

A Kennett event will give you a good dose of culture!

September 2, 2014 Local No Comments

Kennett will be rocking and rolling, showing and growing this weekend for the annual Fall into Arts festival. Coordinator with the Kennett Alliance for the Arts, Mariann Wright tells KZIM KSIM if it is “artsy” it will be on the menu… ” We have entertainment that includes music, theater, dance, also we have art and crafters who sell and showcase their work on Saturday and Sunday both. So it is just an all around arts festival to celebrate every type of work.” The festival goes on rain or shine. Friday at 7pm is the SEMO Little Theater Group with a Neil Simon Comedy, there will be art in the Opera House on the square and a mini film festival Sunday at the palace Theater. All fun is free unless you want to purchase a craft or some food! Leashed pets are welcome.

Dexter man admits to thefts from vehicles

September 2, 2014 Local No Comments

Daily Statesman

A Dexter man is in custody, having admitted to at least 10 thefts from parked vehicles on the west side of town. Dexter Police detective Cory Mills said the department received a call Tuesday regarding the theft of a black suitcase and several tools from a vehicle parked at the Dexter Inn at 1807 W. Business 60. While on the scene, police found a 2015 Freightliner truck had sustained damage to the driver’s door consistent with someone trying to pry it open. The truck’s owner reported the electrical system had been damaged as well. As police were investigating, a woman on Brenda Lane near to the hotel reported her vehicle had been entered, although nothing appeared to be missing. As a result, Cpl. John Moore of the department began to canvass the area and found a blue 2000 Buick LeSabre parked in the rear of an apartment at 1901 N. Lewis St. with all the car’s doors open. In plain view were tool boxes, plastic tarps, a black suitcase and a cooler. Gas containers were on the ground next to the vehicle. A woman at the apartment told Moore the car belonged to her boyfriend, Daniel Hare, who was asleep inside. Hare admitted to having stolen the items from vehicles parked at the Dexter Inn. Hare was placed in custody and taken to the police station. A large black tarp and two containers of kitty litter near Hare’s car were found to have been stolen from a parked tractor trailer rig at 1010 Route AD, the 60 Travel Center.

A Wayne County man has died after a crash in Reynolds County

September 2, 2014 General, Local No Comments

A Wayne County  man has died after a crash in Reynolds County at 6:45am Monday. Missouri Highway Patrol reports indicate 24-year old  Dylan K. Fitzwater of Patterson was driving a pickup when it went off the road, hit a tree and overturned on Clearwater Lake Road, 10 miles southwest of Piedmont. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Reynolds County coroner. Two passengers were taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital with moderate and minor injuries. No one was wearing a seat belt.

Armed robbery Portageville

September 2, 2014 General, Local No Comments

An armed robbery at a Portageville store Monday night is currently under investigation. Police say it happened around 9 p.m. at the Fred’s Dollar Store on Highway 162. A man in a mask dressed in black held two cashiers at gunpoint and demanded money. He fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money.  No one was hurt and there is no one in custody at this time.

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