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Tuesday, Sep. 30, 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
Alleged robber arrested in connection with dollar store heist (09/30/14)
A Cape Girardeau man remained in custody at the county sheriff's department Monday after being charged with first-degree robbery and felony armed criminal action in connection with an incident Sunday at Dollar General. Tyler O. Johnson, 23, is being held on a $100,000 surety bond, Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey said...
Woman arrested on drug, endangerment charges (09/30/14)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- An East Prairie woman has been arrested on drug charges and endangering the welfare of a child. Nicole L. White, 29, also is charged with resisting arrest, according to a report from the East Prairie Police Department...
Woman caught trying to sneak drugs into jail (09/30/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, woman is facing charges after attempting to sneak illegal drugs into the Mississippi County Detention Center. Charity Sue Carey, 41, is charged with one count of delivery and possession of a controlled substance within the county jail, a felony...
Case involving arrest by Ferguson officer on hold (09/30/14)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A drug case involving an arrest made by the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old in a separate incident is on hold while a grand jury reviews the shooting. A judge approved a request by prosecutors Monday to send the drug case involving the arrest by officer Darren Wilson to a St. Louis County grand jury. But a spokesman for Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch later said that the case is "on hold" until Wilson's status is resolved...
Missouri Supreme Court to hear child abuse case (09/30/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The state's highest court will hear arguments this week about whether a Springfield man accused of restricting his son's diet and locking him in a bathroom for several days as punishment is guilty of child abuse. In 2011, Peter D. Hansen, 50, was convicted of abusing one of his children. He's appealing the ruling to the Missouri Supreme Court, which will hear arguments Wednesday, the Springfield News-Leader reported...
Nov. 19 execution date set for Missouri inmate (09/30/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in Independence, Missouri. The court Monday set 56-year-old Leon Taylor's execution for Nov. 19 at the state prison in Bonne Terre...
Officer shot; police say no protest link (09/29/14)
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Authorities searched Sunday for two men suspected of shooting and wounding a police officer in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where there have been angry protests since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man last month...
Kennett police arrest man in connection with burglary investigation (09/29/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Kennett man who was recently arrested on a warrant may face additional charges in connection with a rash of burglaries. The Kennett Police Department and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Friday served a federal search warrant on a home in the 300 block of South Vandeventer Street...
Crime trends defy perceptions (09/28/14)
Behind the startling local headlines is a reassuring reality: Violence has become less common over the past 20 years.
Driver eludes police after chase in Dexter (09/28/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle who led them on a pursuit through downtown early Thursday. Major Larry Patterson of the Dexter Police Department said an officer initially pursued the vehicle on Catalpa Street at 1:15 a.m. because it was seen operating in "an erratic manner."...
Police: House sitter stole $100,000 in jewelry (09/28/14)
LADUE, Mo. -- Police say a St. Louis-area man stole $100,000 worth of jewelry from a co-worker while he was house sitting for her and her husband. Ladue police say 23-year-old Andrew Bauer of Creve Coeur took brooches, pins, bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings from Barbara Wulfing and her husband in August while the couple was on vacation...
Data hackers strike Jimmy John's in Cape (09/26/14)
Free smells apparently weren't enough for the data thieves who helped themselves to payment-card information from Jimmy John's this summer. According to a news release posted on the company's website, Jimmy John's officials discovered a security breach July 30 and hired third-party investigators to look into it...
Cape Girardeau County sheriff warns of new phone-call scam (09/26/14)
The Cape Girardeau County sheriff's office is alerting residents to a phone scam that falsely involved a deputy or a judge. According to a news release, some residents Thursday afternoon said they received phone calls from what appeared to be a Potosi, Missouri, phone number. The callers stated they were either a deputy sheriff with the county sheriff's office and or were acting under the authority of Judge Gary Kamp...
Man jailed on suspicion of domestic assault (09/23/14)
MORLEY, Mo. -- A Morley man has been charged with felony second-degree domestic assault. At approximately 2 p.m. Friday, Scott County senior deputy Matt Scroggins responded to Stephenson Street in Morley to a report of a man with a baseball bat chasing several people. When Scroggins arrived on scene he found Kristopher Brooks, 26, with several apparent cuts to his body and a bloody nose, according to a news release from Sheriff Rick Walter...
Jefferson City police warn of scam involving Scholastic (09/23/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Police are warning Missouri schools to beware of a scam intended to make it appear as though they are getting invoices from a common book distributor. The Jefferson City Police Department says some central Missouri schools have been getting bills from a source identifying itself as Scholastic School Supply for items that were never actually ordered...

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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
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    ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) -- A student was shot by a fellow student outside a North Carolina High School on Tuesday morning just minutes before classes began, authorities said.
  • Former NBA player George seeks new fraud trial
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A former NBA player convicted of wire fraud in an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme is seeking to have his conviction thrown out and claiming prosecutorial misconduct, among other allegations.
  • Realtor's body found; suspect pleads not guilty
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A man accused of abducting and killing a real estate agent in rural Arkansas pleaded not guilty Tuesday to preliminary charges of kidnapping and capital murder, hours after the woman's body was discovered in a shallow grave.
  • Shooter takes stand in loud music killing case
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A man who shot and killed a 17-year-old teenager after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store said Tuesday that he feared for his life when he opened fire.
  • Testimony resumes in Detroit officer's trial
    DETROIT (AP) -- A key witness in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl is back on the stand, testifying slowly and softly about a Detroit police raid that killed her granddaughter in 2010.