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Tuesday, July 22, 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
Morley bank robbery suspect pleads guilty (07/22/14)
A suspect in the May 20 robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Morley, Missouri, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. Alexander T. Trotter, 31, of St. Louis pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery charge at the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. United States Courthouse in Cape Girardeau...
Williams sentenced to life in jail with parole (07/22/14)
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William Syler sentenced Steven Williams to life in prison with the possibility of parole Monday for the second-degree murder of Darcus Purl. Williams, 37, fatally shot Purl during a confrontation in September over their mutual romantic interest, neighbor Georgia Cowson...
Scott County holding inmates indefinitely for neighboring jail (07/21/14)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The New Madrid County Jail is closed, indefinitely, amid concerns it may lose insurance. New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens told the Sikeston Standard Democrat a decision was made to close the jail after a meeting with the attorney for the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund, which provides the jail's insurance. ...
Data suggest police stop minority drivers at higher rates (07/20/14)
On paper, police in Southeast Missouri appear to be stopping minority drivers at a disproportionately high rate. But local law enforcement officials say data released by Attorney General Chris Koster's office may have more to do with big roads passing through small communities than with any bias on the part of officers making the stops...
Sikeston man jailed for burglary, other charges (07/20/14)
A Sikeston, Missouri, man is in custody on burglary, tampering and drug charges after he was allegedly forced his way into a home and was confronted by its owner. Kaiden E. Lambert of Sikeston, 20, has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, stealing, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Office...
Man charged after pit bull attacks 7-year-old girl (07/20/14)
A Perryville, Missouri, man is facing a criminal charge after his dog mauled a young neighbor, Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said Friday. A pit bull owned by Christopher Gaulding, 26, of Perryville attacked a 7-year-old girl who came into Gaulding's yard July 9, Schaaf said...
Overnight guest brings drugs, gets busted (07/20/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A male guest at a Chaffee-area home was arrested Thursday and faces drug charges. Joshua Franklin Baker, 31, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernailia, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
3 appear in court on alleged arson-murder plot (07/20/14)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- After three hours of testimony in a Stoddard County courtroom Thursday afternoon, Judge Joe Z. Satterfield ordered Donald Lafferty, 69, and Christopher Hicks, 34, to be bound over to Division I Circuit Court, where they are scheduled to appear at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6...
Officer on administrative leave after early morning fight (07/18/14)
A Cape Girardeau police officer is on administrative leave while authorities investigate a fight that occurred early Tuesday morning, a police spokesman confirmed Thursday. "We got a call of a fight early Tuesday morning at the Huddle House and determined that an off-duty officer may have been involved," said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Jail visitor arrested on drug possession charge (07/17/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston resident is charged with cocaine possession after she attempted to visit an inmate in the Mississippi County Detention Center, the Standard Democrat reported. Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore said the investigation began when corrections staff noticed Desiree Allen in the Sheriff's Department lobby waiting to visit an inmate. ...
Drive-by shooting under investigation in Sikeston (07/17/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating what appears to have been a drive-by shooting on Moore Street early Wednesday, the Standard Democrat reported. Officers responded about 12:45 a.m. to several reports of shots fired and found seven shell casings on the 200 block of Moore Avenue, said Capt. Bill Mygatt of the department. Also, two rounds reportedly hit a home on the 300 block of Moore Avenue...
Cairo murder, robbery suspect has two attorneys appointed (07/17/14)
A Cairo, Illinois, man will have two attorneys representing him when he goes to trial next year on federal murder charges. James Nathaniel Watts, 29, is accused of killing two women and seriously injuring a third in what court documents characterize as a failed attempt to rob First National Bank of Cairo...
Morley bank robbery suspect appears in federal court (07/17/14)
A suspect in the May 20 robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Morley appeared in federal court in Cape Girardeau Wednesday. Pamela M. Lathon of St. Louis, alongside Andrea Smith, her attorney, waived her right to file pre-trial motions in her case before U.S. Magistrate Judge Abbie Crites-Leoni inside the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse...
Mo. executes man accused of killing 3 people (07/17/14)
BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- A former methamphetamine dealer has been executed for killing three people in rural northern Missouri. Fifty-four-year-old John Middleton was put to death Wednesday in the sixth execution in Missouri this year. Only Florida and Texas, with seven each, have performed more...
Inmate busted after stashing contraband in underwear (07/17/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- An inmate who attempted to sneak a syringe and hypodermic needle into the Mississippi County Jail now faces additional charges. Jeremy Bradley Pearson, 34, of Sikeston, Missouri, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of possession of a weapon/dangerous item in the county jail...
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
  • Jury selected after 2 days in porch shooting trial
    DETROIT (AP) -- A jury has been seated in the trial of a Detroit-area man who fatally shot a woman on his porch.
  • After 3-year probe, feds to monitor Newark police
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Newark police engaged in the excessive use of force, routinely stopped people on the street for no legitimate reason and regularly stole property from civilians, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded in a report released Tuesday that set the stage for federal monitoring of the police department that serves New Jersey's largest city.
  • Homeless slayings underscore dangers on the street
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque underscores the vulnerability of transients, who prosecutors and police said Tuesday are often victimized but rarely report the crimes.
  • 2 suspects wanted in Atlantic City casino heist
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Police are seeking two masked suspects who robbed an Atlantic City casino at gunpoint and made off with more than $180,000.
  • TCU's Fields investigated for alleged assault
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, "I should blast you!"