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ISP Announce Enforcement Checkpoints for April

In an effort to crack down on alcohol related accidents the Illinois State Police will be conducting multiple enforcement checkpoints in the month of April. Patrols will be conducting Roadside Safety Checks in Alexander, Pulaski and Union Counties as well as Nighttime Enforcement in Massac County. The checks will allow officers to focus on preventing, detecting and taking action in response to violations associated with impaired driving including speeding, distracted driving and DUI. Additionally Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols will be conducted in Union County as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign. 

One Confirmed Dead in Single Vehicle Crash on I-55

A 68 year-old Oak Ridge man is dead following a single vehicle crash on I-55 early this morning. James Cordia was traveling north on I-55 when his 2010 Nissan Altima left the roadway and struck a bridge pier. A sheriff’s deputy came upon the scene at 4:30 am and called in the accident. Cape Girardeau County Assistant Coroner David Taylor pronounced Cordia dead at the scene. One lane of I-55 is shut down as crews investigate the accident and clear the scene. 

Carbondale Man Facing Multiple Charges

A Carbondale man is facing multiple charges following an incident March 22nd that left a police officer injured. Around 6 am March 22nd, police were called to a home on East Birch Street for a trespassing call and found Devonte Perrian at the property. As police tried placing Perrian in handcuffs he bit, scratched and gouged the eyes of an officer before fleeing. Police located and arrested Perrian two days later on charges of aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting a peace officer and criminal trespass to a resident. 

Motorcycle Skills Tests Suspended in Malden

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced on Monday that motorcycle skills tests at the Malden Driver Education Station have been suspended. No reason was given for the suspension but residents can still take the written exam as well as Class E and F skills tests. The Cape Girardeau station offers motorcycle skills tests on Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm and the Poplar Bluff station also hosts the test at 10 if the pavement is dry. 

MO Lawmakers Cracking Down on Ticket Reselling

Missouri lawmakers are trying to crack down on mass purchasing of concert and sports tickets for resale. House members voted 121-29 Monday to pass a bill aimed at stopping the use of automated software that allows people to buy tickets to resell at a higher price. People who sell or use such software would face up to $1,000 in fines or a misdemeanor for repeated offenses in a five-year period. The bill still would allow people to resell tickets. It would require concert and sports venues to offer people the option to buy so-called transferrable tickets, meaning they could be resold if the buyer no longer can make it to the event. The measure now heads to the Senate. 

Gov. Greitens Signs Bill on Expert Witness Vetting

Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is signing a bill to change the standard for vetting expert witnesses in jury trials. Greitens says he'll sign the measure Tuesday at a Jefferson City trucking company. The bill will allow judges to decide whether experts' testimony is based on "sufficient facts" and other criteria and whether it could be heard in court. The Republican-led Legislature passed a similar bill last year that was vetoed by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Greitens is pitching the measure as a way to spur the economy by improving the legal climate for businesses. Supporters say it will allow judges to act as gatekeepers for the quality of witnesses. Opponents say it will make cases more expensive by requiring more time from attorneys and more money for experts.

Participants Needed For Focus Groups

The Pemiscot County Health Department is seeking participants for focus groups in order to improve and develop a nonprofit initiative for those affected by chronic disease. The department is looking for participants 25 years of age or older, from all income levels and backgrounds who are either affected by chronic disease or assist in caring for those with a chronic disease. The department will host three focus groups, April 3rd at 5:30 at Church of God and two meetings on April 12th at the Pemiscot County Health Center at 10 am and 12:30 pm. Those interested in attending should contact BOLD Marketing at 573-803-0676.

Route N to be Closed for Pipe Replacement

A portion of Route N in Bollinger and Cape Girardeau County will be closed for two days this week as crews replace a pipe under the roadway. The section of roadway closed will run from Route T to County Road 446. Work will take place on Thursday, March 30th and Friday, March 31st from 7:30 am to 2 pm daily. Signs will mark the work zone and motorists are urged to use caution in the area.

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