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Tuesday, July 29, 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
Cape Girardeau police investigate armed robbery (07/29/14)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating an armed robbery on North Spanish Street. About 8:30 p.m. Monday, officers responding to a shots-fired call in the 1500 block of North Spanish Street spoke with three witnesses who said two men threatened them with a gun, said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Lawyer: Liley case should be ready for trial later this year (07/29/14)
An attorney for a Bollinger County, Missouri, man accused of killing his brother told a judge he anticipates the case will be ready for trial later this year. Public defender Chris Davis is representing Lonnie Liley, 42, on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the Jan. 23 shooting death of Liley's brother, 50-year-old Jessie Liley...
Children removed from home after hostage situation (07/29/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A man and woman are in custody after police responded to a domestic disturbance that escalated into a hostage situation. At 12:16 p.m. Friday, Caruthersville officers were called to a home in the 600 block of Grand Avenue, "in reference to a hysterical male requesting an officer," according to a news release from Caruthersville city marshal Tony Jones...
Scott City man charged with domestic assault (07/25/14)
A Scott City man is in custody after allegedly resisting arrest and being Tasered. Marcus Allen Bowers, 25, was charged with second-degree domestic assault, resisting or interfering with arrest and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Office...
Tarrillion pleads guilty to misdemeanor (07/24/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A former police chief is about to become an inmate. Keith Tarrillion, who resigned from the Perryville Police Department in March 2013 amid allegations of professional misconduct, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a misdemeanor charge of making a false report...
Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began (07/24/14)
PHOENIX -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started...
Pemiscot County to house New Madrid County inmates (07/24/14)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The Pemiscot County Jail will house prisoners from New Madrid County, at least for the next six months. At their Monday meeting, the New Madrid County Commission accepted the bid of $30 per prisoner per day from Pemiscot County. New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens on Tuesday was moving the county's prisoners from the Scott County Jail, which had housed prisoners for the county since July 2, to Pemiscot County...
Preliminary hearing set in Davis murder case (07/24/14)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A preliminary hearing is scheduled in September for a woman accused in the death of a Sikeston, Missouri, man. Savannah R. Davis will return to Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Sept. 4 for her preliminary hearing on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Davis is charged in the July 11 death of John Sharber...
Meth labs found inside Sikeston home (07/24/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston woman is in jail facing felony charges for meth labs found in her home. Sherrie Jane Hamlin, 44, is charged by the Scott County prosecutor's office with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, possessing meth precursors with intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth paraphernalia...
Chaffee man facing assault charges (07/24/14)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A Chaffee man has been arrested following an alleged domestic assault. According to a news release from the Chaffee Police Department, Joshua Musgrove, 29, has been charged with first-degree assault and domestic assault, and unlawful use of a weapon...
Former candidate for Perryville police chief fired amid fraud investigation (07/23/14)
A man who tried to run for police chief last winter has been fired from the Perryville, Missouri, Police Department amid a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation into an allegation of fraud. In a news release Tuesday, chief Direk Hunt announced the Missouri State Highway Patrol was conducting a criminal investigation into a complaint against a Perryville police officer...
Traffic stop turns into high-speed police chase (07/23/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A routine traffic stop Friday abruptly turned into a high-speed chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies and ended with a flaming vehicle in Dexter. Deputy Cody Wilson pulled over Andrew Lee Bell, 40, of Cape Girardeau at Highway 25 and County Road 672 for operating a vehicle without a functioning license plate light, according to a warrant affidavit filed with the Stoddard County Sheriff's Office...
Judge denies bond reduction in Olive Street shooting (07/23/14)
A Cape Girardeau County judge denied a shooting suspect's motion for bond reduction Tuesday morning but promised to take up the request again later. Tommy Davis, 30, faces charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a June 4 shooting that injured a Cape Girardeau man at a home on Olive Street...
Oran, Mo., man arrested on misconduct, statutory sodomy charges (07/23/14)
An Oran-area man is in custody on a $100,000 cash-only bond after being charged with crimes against a child. Jesse John Branson, 37, of 828 State Highway CC near Oran was charged with sexual misconduct involving a child and statutory sodomy in the first degree, both felonies, according to a press release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Contractor arrested after not delivering on Kennett Country Club (07/23/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Blytheville, Arkansas, businessman suspected of abandoning the renovation of the Kennett Country Club swimming pool was scheduled for an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Dunklin County Courthouse in downtown Kennett...
Map database
Find out where crime happens in Cape Girardeau
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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
  • Searchers find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son
    DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A four-day search for an Arkansas man and his 10-month-old son came to a grim end Tuesday as authorities discovered their bodies in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains, authorities said Tuesday.
  • Bellagio robbery suspect is convict from Kansas
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The suspect arrested in an armed robbery at the Bellagio casino was identified late Tuesday as a Kansas man with a criminal record who allegedly celebrated after the heist with prostitutes and a spending spree on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Man wrongly imprisoned seeks millions from state
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions of dollars in compensation on Tuesday, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in prison.
  • Parents: Didn't suspect kidnapped boy's aunt
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The parents of a baby boy who was taken from a Wisconsin home and later found in sub-zero temperatures testified Tuesday they trusted the relative now accused of abducting him so much that they initially didn't suspect her.
  • 4 charged with murder in death of USC student
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four teens were charged Tuesday with murder in the beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group.