Wednesday, August 13 - More From GMR8

Here are your Local Headlines and More from Wenesday's Good Morning Region 8.

While students in Missouri head back to the classroom today, Jonesboro students are back on campus Monday, August 18.
But the students won't be the only ones back to campus, School Resource Officers are headed back as well. More...

Byrd Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault Charges

Robert William Byrd, 40, of 2930 Cave Creek Road, is being held in the Independence County jail on a $1 million bond. According to authorities, he has a history of sexual assault.

Byrd was escorted into the courtroom under heavy guard and wearing a bullet-proof vest and shackles.

Russell Green was appointed his defender, and at his request Byrd will undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is of sound enough mind to face criminal prosecution. Judge Dan Kemp said no further court proceedings involving Byrd would be scheduled until that evaluation is conducted.

Charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and second-degree battery were filed against Byrd after he allegedly took an 8-year-old girl into the woods on July 25.

Tax Increase Voted Down

It appears folks in Randolph County don't want to pay more sales tax, after voters strike down a measure to raise the sales tax by 1%.

The unofficial count: 728 people didn't want the sales tax, while 674 voted in favor.

If the measure would've passed, it would've marked the first time in 20-years for the county to raise the sales tax.

If the measure passed, it would have raised $1.6 million a year for the county.