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Thursday, Aug. 28, 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
Federal drug case causes delays in state murder case (08/28/14)
The wheels of justice continue to turn, albeit slowly, in the case against two men accused of killing a Cape Girardeau tattoo artist. The body of Samuel "Tick" Francis, 38, was found in a septic tank northeast of Bonne Terre, Missouri, on July 25, 2013, just a day after federal investigators executed a search warrant on the home of one of the men accused of killing him...
Tax preparer accused of falsifying documents to lighten sentence (08/28/14)
A Jackson woman who pleaded guilty last year to federal fraud charges now faces allegations she falsified documents in an effort to obtain a lighter sentence. Cynthia Raymond pleaded guilty in September to five counts of filing false income tax returns and one count of aggravated identity theft...
Sikeston City Council discusses Scott County Jail policy change (08/28/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Scott County Jail policy change was presented to the Sikeston City Council during their briefing session Monday. "It doesn't really affect our operations, but I wanted council to be aware since they are changing," Sikeston Department of Public Safety director Drew Juden said...
Judge orders medical, psychiatric care in assault case (08/27/14)
Lawrence Guthrie must receive medical and psychiatric care under a recent court order issued by a Cape Girardeau County circuit judge. Guthrie, 47, of Jackson faces charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action and assault on a law enforcement officer in connection with a June 2012 confrontation in which he is accused of exchanging gunfire with police...
Law groups seek child sexual abuse amendment (08/27/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri law enforcement groups are teaming up in support of a proposed constitutional amendment they said Tuesday could make it easier to gain convictions or guilty pleas in child sexual abuse cases. The November ballot proposal known as Constitutional Amendment 2 would create an exception to the general prohibition against using evidence of past crimes against defendants facing new criminal charges...
Meth lab allegedly found in Dexter home (08/27/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man is in jail after police and Stoddard County sheriff's deputies allegedly found an active meth lab in his home, according to the Daily Statesman. Billy J. Robinson, 35, of 212 S. Mulberry St. in Dexter is being held on $50,000 bond. ...
Puxico woman charged after wreck (08/27/14)
WAYNE COUNTY, Mo. -- A Puxico, Missouri, woman who was hospitalized after a wreck in Wayne County late Saturday night faces a number of charges, including felony assault, the Daily Statesman reported. Krystal S. Lintermoot, 26, was driving north on Route D just north of County Road 521 when her vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, crossed the center line and collided with a southbound vehicle, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. ...
Suspects in Anna homicide set for trial Sept. 22 (08/27/14)
One of the suspects in a murder case in Anna, Illinois, has a new lawyer, while his co-defendant is awaiting a motion hearing ahead of a jury trial next month. Jessie Bell, 34, of Anna and Travis D. Turner, 25, of Dongola, Illinois, face first-degree murder charges in the beating death of James H. "Jimmy" Morrison, 46, of Anna...
Man jailed without bond after standoff in rural Essex (08/27/14)
ESSEX, Mo. -- An episode that ended with a 61-year-old Essex man being jailed without bond began in the late hours Thursday, Aug. 21, when a neighbor reported the man was shooting outside his home. At approximately 10:10 p.m. that night, Stoddard County sheriff's deputies attempted to make contact with Ricky James Long. From inside his home off State Highway AB, Long reportedly yelled, "I'm not coming to the (expletive) door. Get the hell off my property."...
Prosecutions, fines increase in puppy mill cases (08/26/14)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A state law intended to crack down on Missouri's worst puppy mills has increased the number of prosecutions and fines and led to the rescue of 1,300 dogs in the three years since it was passed, according to a newspaper report. The Columbia Missourian reported documents from the Missouri attorney general's office show that in the last 27 months, 37 businesses or individuals were referred to the attorney general for prosecution for violating the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act. ...
Scott City man arrested after car chase (08/26/14)
A suspect is in custody after a 25-minute car chase in Cape Girardeau on Sunday night. Robert C. Hennecke II, 28, of Scott City was arrested on numerous warrants, including a federal warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service, said Darin Hickey, the Cape Girardeau Police Department's public information officer...
Man arrested after fight at high school football game (08/26/14)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- An East Prairie man was arrested over the weekend after an assault during the East Prairie High School football game. James Casey Holman, 28, is charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and assault while on school property, both felonies that could call for up to 11 years in prison...
Piedmont man will not stand trial in leaving-the-scene fatality (08/26/14)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Piedmont, Missouri, man will not stand trial on a charge he left the scene of a June accident that left one of his passengers dead. Dakota Lee Carter, 24, appeared late last week before Associate Circuit Judge Edith Rutter for a preliminary hearing...
West Park Mall employee lauded for brave act (08/25/14)
Daniel Ellinghouse, a supervisor at Best Buy Mobile in Cape Girardeau's West Park Mall, decided to take matters into his own hands on a recent Saturday when a sales clerk across the way screamed, "I've been robbed!" Clad in slacks and slick-soled dress shoes, Ellinghouse set off after two men trying to flee. As a result, Ellinghouse wound up with a broken leg...
Suspect arrested after police chase (08/25/14)
A suspect is in custody after a 25-minute car chase that took place in Cape Girardeau on Sunday night. According to Cape Girardeau Police spokesman Jason Selzer, officers tried to pull over the driver of a white Pontiac Grand Prix at Abbey Street and Kenneth Drive at 5:55 p.m. for failure to yield...
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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
  • Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.
  • Judge lets 'X-Men' director's accuser drop lawsuit
    HONOLULU (AP) -- A former child model can drop his lawsuit accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii and has the option of refiling it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
  • FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.
  • Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
    PHOENIX (AP) -- The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.
  • Bourbon St. shooting suspect pleads not guilty
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A Bourbon Street shooting suspect pleaded not guilty Wednesday on two charges related to the June 29 gunfight in the French Quarter that fatally wounded one person and injured nine others.