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Unsolved cases
Unsolved cases: Bonnie Huffman
The smoking gun is made of plastic. An unnamed witness who claims to know what happened that night is afraid to talk. And the physical evidence is long gone. The question of who killed Bonnie Huffman, a pretty young schoolteacher whose body was discovered 55 years ago in an overgrown drainage ditch in Cape Girardeau County, has been hailed as one of Missouri's most baffling unsolved murder mysteries...
Unsolved cases: Cheryl Scherer
Scherer, a 19-year-old whose family lived on a farm in old Illmo, Mo., was abducted 30 years ago during an apparent robbery of the Rhodes Pump-Ur-Own-Service station where she worked on Main Street in Scott City. It was late morning on April 17, 1979, when Scherer was working, and had just called her mother, Olevia Scherer, to chat, inquiring about what was for dinner...
Case files
Case files: Timothy W. Krajcir
Name: Timothy W. Krajcir Age: 64 Current location: Stateville Correctional Center, Stateville, Ill. Born: Eastern Pennsylvania Crimes: Arrested: Dec. 10, 2008 Convicted: April 4, 2008 Sentence: 13 life sentences Prior criminal history: Rape, child molestation...
Case files: Russell Earl Bucklew
Russell Earl Bucklew Age: 41 Location: Missouri Department of Corrections: Potosi Correctional Center Sentence: Death plus 60 years Charges: first-degree murder, forcible rape, burglary, kidnapping, armed criminal action Victim: Michael L. Sanders, killed March 21, 1996...
Fallen officers
Donald Henry Crittendon: Patrol officer Age: 24 Date of death: March 21, 1961 Badge number: 23 Crittendon died of wounds he sustained during a gun battle that occurred less than two hours before his resignation as a Cape Girardeau officer would have become effective...
Headlines
Local physician indicted in alleged kickback scheme (09/19/14)
Like his fictional counterpart, the owner of a downtown Cape Girardeau business used as a set for the film "Gone Girl" is facing allegations of criminal activity. Also like his fictional counterpart, he will be exonerated, his attorney said Thursday...
Four-legged kidnapping victim recovered (09/19/14)
A kidnapping victim is back home, safe and sound, but he could use a little help with his medical bills. Hazard, a 7-year-old pit bull terrier, and Sylvie, a 9-month-old American Staffordshire terrier, went missing Aug. 2 from the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri after an apparent burglary...
Charges dropped against suspect's girlfriend; could be refiled later (09/18/14)
Charges have been dropped against the girlfriend of a man accused of strangling his mother with a dog leash and burning her body last year in Scott County, but that does not mean she is off the hook, a prosecutor said. Tiffany Warner, 25, was indicted last year on charges of tampering with evidence in connection with the Aug. 7, 2013, death of Cynthia Canoy, 48, of Scott City. The charges were dropped July 24, according to the New Madrid County, Missouri, Circuit Clerk's office...
BBB warns of advance-payment loan scam (09/18/14)
The Better Business Bureau is warning Southeast Missouri residents about a loan scam that cost a Portageville, Missouri, man about $7,000. Bill Smith, an investigator for the bureau's St. Louis office, which covers eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois, cautioned consumers against applying for loans through online companies that require them to put up some of their own money as "insurance" or "collateral."...
Two men arrested in theft of classic Charger (09/17/14)
Two men were in custody Wednesday, accused of stealing a 1969 Dodge Charger from a storage unit off Lexington Avenue, Capt. David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department said. Jason Goodman of Marble Hill, Missouri, and Jeremiah Hamilton of Jackson face charges of second-degree burglary and theft of property worth more than $25,000 in connection with the theft of the car, which is valued at more than $30,000, James said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon...
Dexter man could face drug charges after catching on fire (09/17/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- When a Dexter, Missouri, man finally gets out of the hospital, he is likely to face drug charges. About 8:30 p.m. Monday, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call about a man on fire in front of Wal-Mart. The caller speculated this was a result of a traffic accident...
One charged in connection with vehicle break-ins (09/17/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Kennett police arrested a man Monday in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins that have occurred throughout the community in recent weeks. Capt. Tim Trowbridge said a search warrant was served in the 400 block of St. Francis Street in Kennett. Police arrested one male suspect and recovered what they believe is evidence from the most recent vehicle break-in...
Bernie man charged with selling meth (09/17/14)
BERNIE, Mo. -- A Bernie man has been charged with felony distribution of a controlled substance. Michael Jesse Gibson, 23, 402 Fleming St., was arrested Friday after an investigation that began months earlier. On June 7, a confidential informant said Gibson was selling prescription medications and methamphetamine from his home, according to police chief Justin Allen. The informant was sent to buy about 1 gram of crystal meth...
Sobriety checkpoint nets seven felony arrests (09/17/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A sobriety checkpoint by the Kennett Police Department and the Southeast Missouri DWI Task Force on Friday night produced 58 citations. The checkpoint was set up just east of the Kennett Country Club off U.S. 412. Police checked 725 cars, including east- and westbound traffic. ...
Construction workers apprehend would-be burglar (09/16/14)
It was an eventful Monday afternoon for a local construction crew. A crew from Atlas Construction Group was working on a remodeling project Monday near Lexington Avenue in Cape Girardeau when they witnessed a man attempting to break into a nearby home. The two homes were separated by a row of bushes that partially obstructed the view, keeping the workers temporarily out of the would-be burglar's line of vision...
Man sentenced to 15 years for bank robbery (09/16/14)
The U.S. attorney's office on Monday announced that Deidrick Reed of Charleston, Missouri, was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 96 months for making a false bomb threat and armed bank robbery. Reed, 26, also received a consecutive sentence of 84 months for using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence. He appeared before U.S. District Judge John A. Ross...
Man sought in connection with Charleston shooting (09/16/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A search is underway for a Charleston man wanted in connection with a shooting late last week. Teco Woods, 31, is charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. The charges stem from an incident Thursday when officers from the Charleston Department of Public Safety received a report of a shooting in the 700 block of Gail Street...
Police seek suspect in Sikeston shooting (09/12/14)
Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting in Sikeston, Missouri, that left one person in stable condition. Officers are searching for Dedrick M. "Little D" Cowley, 18, about a shooting that occurred just after 4 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Magnolia Street, according to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
New details emerge in meth case against Scherrer (09/11/14)
A federal judge is considering a pair of motions to suppress evidence in the drug-trafficking case against a Bonne Terre, Missouri, man accused of killing a Cape Girardeau tattoo artist. Melvin Scherrer faces several felony charges, including first-degree murder, in connection with the death of Samuel "Tick" Francis, 38, whose body was found July 25, 2013, in a septic tank north of Bonne Terre...
Police set up new line for anonymous tips (09/10/14)
Cape Girardeau police have set up a special tips line that allows witnesses to call in crime tips without revealing their names or telephone numbers. "We have lots of ways people can call in, but ... every once in a while, you hear about somebody [who] says, 'They know who's calling,'" said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department. " ... This is just more to give people peace of mind."...
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Cape Girardeau Police Department makes many changes in 150 years since creation
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of Cape Girardeau Police Department in 1859, when it consisted of a captain, a lieutenant and six officers. Since then, the department, now made up of 75 officers, has gone through a number of changes, including in its staff size, headquarters and role in the community...
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