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Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
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
Suspect detained for Poplar Bluff man's killing (10/26/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- What began as a report of a stolen car from a Poplar Bluff dealership Thursday led authorities to apprehending a man suspected in the earlier shooting death of a local man found in the Black River. Arrested was Curtis L. Walker, 29, of Bell City, Missouri, in connection with the suspected shooting death of Salvador Ruiz Ramirez, 48, of Poplar Bluff. ...
Charleston man injured in shooting (10/26/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Police are investigating the second shooting within a week in Charleston. About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the Charleston Department of Public Safety received several calls of gunshots in the 200 block of North Elm Street. Responding officers found the victim, 23-year-old DeMarcus Owens of Charleston, in the 200 block of North Heggie Street with an apparent gunshot wound...
Foot chase through Burger King leads to arrest (10/26/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Police arrested a 34-year-old Steele, Missouri, man Thursday morning on suspected drug charges after a foot chase through a Burger King restaurant. About 9 a.m., officers noticed an erratically driven vehicle heading east on U.S. 412. When officers began following the car and attempted to stop it for a traffic violation, the driver sped away and pulled into the restaurant's parking lot...
Routine call leads to brief manhunt (10/26/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Police discovered a strange situation after answering a 911 call about an elderly woman in Dexter last week. "The lady had home health services, and the nurse that arrived made the call," said Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner, because the patient appeared to be overmedicated. "Dispatch was informed that the upstairs bedroom was occupied, but no one else was supposed to be living there."...
Scott City man is in custody after high-speed chase (10/26/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Scott City man is facing an array of charges after a chase that reached speeds of 105 miles per hour. Matthew Angel Lowe, 38, is charged with the felonies of driving while revoked/suspended; resisting arrest by fleeing and creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person; and misdemeanor charges of operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway when the roadway was of sufficient width, exceeding the posted speed limit by 25 mph or more and failure to stop for a stop sign.. ...
Scott County deputies make a flurry of arrests (10/26/14)
Scott County Sheriff's Office deputies spent a lot of time putting handcuffs on people at one Morley, Missouri, home last week. Deputies on Monday arrested David D. Kelley, 41, after a search at his home at 358 Ault in Morley, on drug charges, and Leslie A. ...
Charmed bracelets: Electronic monitors help reduce cost of justice (10/24/14)
Prisons come in many forms. Sometimes they're massive concrete buildings surrounded by miles of razor wire. Sometimes they're electronic gadgets small enough to wear on an ankle. And sometimes they're a ticket to freedom. "Courtney," a 22-year-old restaurant hostess with a 2-year-old daughter, was arrested on a theft charge when she was 18. ...
Poplar Bluff teacher on leave after abuse allegations (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff early childhood special education teacher has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 10, following nonsexual abuse allegations, school officials said. An investigation is being conducted by Poplar Bluff School District, children's division, and local law enforcement, said superintendent Chris Hon...
Man's body found on river ramp in Poplar Bluff (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Poplar Bluff man whose body was found submerged at the end of the boat ramp on the Black River early Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Salvador Ruiz Ramirez, a 48-year-old originally from Texas, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers...
Cape man accused of pistol-whipping his wife in early morning domestic disturbance (10/23/14)
A Cape Girardeau man was in custody Wednesday after an early-morning domestic disturbance in which he is accused of beating his wife with a gun. James Calvin Sims, 29, was charged with two counts of second-degree domestic assault and one count of unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the altercation...
Suspects sought for firing shots at busy Poplar Bluff park (10/23/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff authorities are investigating a report of shots being fired Wednesday evening at Bacon Park as young athletes were on the park's practice fields. No injuries were reported, and several suspects reportedly are being sought...
Man's body found on river ramp in Poplar Bluff (10/23/14)
Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man whose body was found submerged at the end of the boat ramp on the Black River early Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Salvador Ruiz Ramirez, a 48-year-old originally from Texas, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers...
Perryville police seek suspect in two fires (10/22/14)
Police in Perryville, Missouri, are looking for a person responsible for a pair of Monday night fires. Just before 8:30 p.m. Monday, firefighters received a call about decorative hay bales burning in front of a beauty salon at 7 N. Main St., said Bill Jones, assistant fire and police chief...
Chase leads to several arrests in Perryville (10/22/14)
A Monday evening chase in Perryville, Missouri, led to the arrests of several people suspected of dealing drugs, Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said Tuesday. Between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, the Perry County Sheriff's Department learned about a drug deal in progress, Schaaf said...
Mississippi County inmate faces victim tampering charge (10/22/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Mississippi County inmate faces an additional charge after allegedly attempting to influence his victim to change testimony. Laterence Antonia Caldwell, 24, of Charleston was charged with tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution after jail administrator Cory Hutcheson noticed outgoing mail from Caldwell to the victim in his domestic assault case...

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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...
National crime news
  • Suspect in killing of deputies was twice deported
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Northern California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said Saturday.
  • 2 arrested in killing of 9-year-old Anaheim girl
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Two gang members were arrested in the killing of a 9-year-old Anaheim girl who was hit by stray gunfire while playing outside her apartment, police said Saturday.
  • Boy, 9, among 4 youths charged in robbery beating
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials say four Rhode Island boys ranging from 9 to 14 years old robbed and beat a man in Providence.
  • Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting
    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) -- A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.
  • 3 officers suspected of sharing nude photos
    MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) -- A California Highway Patrol officer suspected of stealing nude and racy photos from the cellphones of women arrested on drunken driving charges sent the pictures to at least two fellow officers in what he called a game, according to court documents.