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Thursday, Apr. 24, 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
Banks pleads not guilty in death of Cape woman (04/24/14)
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Cape Girardeau man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a murder case stemming from the death of 40-year-old Marsha Ann Brown, also of Cape Girardeau. Brandon Banks, 28, appeared in Jackson County, Ill., Circuit Court for an arraignment Wednesday morning on a felony murder charge in connection with the death of Brown, whose body was found Jan. 14 in rural Makanda, Ill...
Two men attempt to rob Steele nursing home at gunpoint (04/24/14)
STEELE, Mo. -- Two masked men armed with a gun entered a Steele nursing home April 14, possibly in search of narcotics, according to a news release issued Monday by Steele police chief Billy Joe Stanfield. The Steele Police Department received a 911 call from the River Oaks Nursing Center early that day...
Safe at Home program helps protect abuse, rape victims (04/23/14)
Since August 2007, more than 2,000 Missourians have used a Jefferson City, Mo., post office box to protect themselves from stalkers, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jason Kander said. The Safe at Home program allows victims of physical or sexual violence to establish state and local public records under a substitute address, Kevin Flannery said Tuesday...
Man sentenced in jewelry store robbery (04/22/14)
A Tennessee man last week became the first of four defendants to be sentenced in connection with a 2009 armed robbery at a Cape Girardeau jewelry store. Kevin Stitt was sentenced to 65 months in federal prison for his role in the robbery. He also must pay $93,461 in restitution, online federal court records show...
Mo. death row appeal focuses on execution drug (04/22/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals court Monday denied a stay of execution for a condemned Missouri man scheduled to die later this week. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to halt the execution of William Rousan. The appeal cited concerns that Missouri's execution drug, obtained from an unnamed compounding pharmacy, potentially could cause pain and suffering for the inmate. The appeals court ruled without comment...
Mo. lawmakers plan to send Nixon criminal code (04/22/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers are poised to send Gov. Jay Nixon legislation to overhaul the state's criminal laws. House Majority Leader John Diehl said the chamber will vote on a measure that passed the Senate earlier this year. An affirmative House vote would send the bill to Nixon, who has expressed concern over the bill's size and scope...
Trial begins for man accused in hotel sex assault (04/22/14)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- The trial of a Pennsylvania man accused of molesting a 9-year-old girl at the Clayton Ritz-Carlton is scheduled to begin Monday. Forty-five-year-old Daniel Hughes of the Philadelphia suburb of Conshohocken is accused of entering the wrong room at the luxury hotel while drunk in March 2011...
Murder suspect unable to get statements tossed (04/22/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield man suspected of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl was unable to convince a judge to throw out statements he made to police after his arrest. Public defender Patrick Berrigan asked the Greene County Circuit Judge on Monday to suppress Craig Michael Wood's incriminating statements. Berrigan said his client was suffering from "intoxication, emotional turmoil and psychological instability" when he was arrested in February in the death of Hailey Owens...
Man who was never told to report to prison is overwhelmed by support (04/21/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public. Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general signaled that he would look for a way to take Cornealious "Mike" Anderson's many years of clean living into account in attempting to resolve the "difficult situation."...
Murder suspect wants statements thrown out (04/21/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An attorney for a Springfield man suspected of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl want statements he made to police after his arrest to be suppressed. Attorney Patrick Berrigan writes in court documents that Craig Michael Wood was suffering from intoxication, emotional turmoil and psychological instability when he was arrested in February in the death of Hailey Owens...
Three charged with murder of rural Portageville man (04/20/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- Three people have been charged in the murder of a rural Portageville man and two others are in custody facing charges related to the case. Gunner Lee Pind, 28, Kevin Slayton, 17, and Cody Edward LeGrand, 18, of Portageville are charged with the death of Roy Clifton Jerrolds, 60. who lived on Route T, near Portageville. Jerrolds was found shot to death inside his burning home on April 10...
Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3 1/2 years (04/18/14)
CHICAGO -- An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home -- prison. Telling Walter Unbehaun he frightened a teller by showing her a revolver tucked in his waistband during the 2013 heist, a federal judge imposed a 3 1/2-year prison sentence, citing a rap sheet that includes crimes from home invasion to kidnapping...
Modern technology might have helped find Scherer (04/17/14)
A small white car stops at a small-town gas station on an April morning. The station attendant, a young woman with long, bright red hair, stands just outside the office door. Two men get out of the car; another remains inside. Minutes later, the woman vanishes...
Robber never told to report to prison in 2000 case (04/17/14)
ST. LOUIS -- After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. So Anderson didn't report. ...
Three teenagers charged after fight (04/17/14)
Three Cape Girardeau teenagers face felony charges after a Tuesday afternoon disturbance at Benton and Themis streets, police reported Wednesday. About 4 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call about a fight during which a firearm might have been displayed, said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
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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
  • Man to be sentenced in retirement home deaths
    DETROIT (AP) -- A judge is expected to order life sentences for a 67-year-old man convicted of killing two women at a Detroit retirement home.
  • WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama's robot summit
    TOKYO (AP) -- The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you."
  • Cleared of murder, man starts fresh 24 years later
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The day Jonathan Fleming was cleared of the murder that put him behind bars for almost 25 years, he strode out of a courthouse to congratulations from passers-by, a steak dinner with his family and the start of a new life.
  • Parents of infant found dead held on drug charges
    SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) -- Officials say the parents of an infant who was found dead at their Mississippi home drove with their 2-year-old daughter to Georgia, where they are being held on felony drug warrants.
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.