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Monday, Oct. 20, 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
To swat or not? Authorities discuss corporal punishment (10/20/14)
As a boy, Kenneth Kinder learned to keep track of time the hard way -- with several swats to the backside. "When I was a child, if I was late for dinner, my mother grabbed the last thing she saw in the yard, and that's what she whooped me with all the way home," Kinder said. " ... I was hit on the bottom a little bit, and I guess it was a little red, but I wasn't black and blue."...
Scott County couple arrested on drug charges (10/20/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Scott County couple has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department. Russell Eugene Turner, 50, and Connie Yvonne Turner, 40, of 5234 Highway 77 in Benton, were in the Scott County Jail on cash-only bonds of $750 each, the release said...
CBS website publicizes 1965 missing-child case (10/19/14)
The 50th anniversary of her disappearance is drawing closer, but it doesn't matter to the ones who love her how long and hard the search is. They just want to find their Beth, and any exposure her story can get to an audience, big or small, they'll take it...
Man faces 4 charges after high-speed chase (10/19/14)
A Steele, Missouri, man is facing four criminal charges, including two felonies, after a high-speed chase Friday night in Cape Girardeau. Matthew David Cameron, 20, is accused of endangering the welfare of a child and resisting a lawful stop -- both felonies -- and one count each of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and careless and imprudent driving, both misdemeanors, according to his arrest warrant...
Scott County man charged with supplying contraband to minors (10/16/14)
A Benton man has been charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors by the Scott County Sheriff's Department. Keven Ray McWhirter, 40, was arrested on Tuesday for suspicion of supplying alcohol and marijuana to juveniles at his home, according to a news release from the department...
Canoy murder trial postponed until April (10/16/14)
A jury trial scheduled to begin today for a Scott City man accused of murdering his mother has been postponed to April 23. Neil Howland is charged in connection with the 2013 death of his mother, Cynthia Canoy of Scott City. Howland is charged with first-degree murder, abandonment of a corpse, tampering with evidence and knowingly burning -- all felonies. ...
Illinois man charged with wife's murder (10/16/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- An Illinois man faces charges for the murder of his wife after her body was found Sunday in Mississippi County. Clifford Ray Williams Sr., 45, of Ullin, Illinois, and formerly of Charleston, is charged with murder in the first degree, which is punishable upon conviction by a minimum of 15 years to life in prison. He also is charged with felony armed criminal action, punishable by three years to life...
Woman sentenced in baby's death (10/16/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Megan Kirby of Dexter was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for felony abuse of a child (traumatic brain injury). On May 7, Kirby entered an Alford plea, meaning sentencing was left up to the judge. Wednesday's hearing was conducted by Judge Robert N. Mayer in a Stoddard County courtroom...
Banks require costumed customers to show their faces (10/15/14)
As Halloween approaches, local banks are taking precautions to keep real-life monsters out of their lobbies. "We don't allow anyone to enter the bank that has any part of their head completely covered up, so masks are absolutely not allowed," said Kevin Greaser, community bank president at Alliance Bank...
Murder-suicide leaves 3rd victim in critical condition (10/15/14)
A Caruthersville, Missouri, man shot and killed his wife, and then himself, in an overnight murder-suicide. When Caruthersville Police Department officers were called to a residence at 902 Collins Ave. shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, they found 52-year-old David Hudgings of Caruthersville lying lifeless on the living room floor, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound...
East Prairie man charged with soliciting teen (10/14/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- An East Prairie, Missouri, man has been charged with attempted solicitation of a 15-year-old girl. Brian Burney, 26, is charged with felony misrepresentation of age with the intent to solicit a minor. At approximately 7:20 p.m. Friday, Scott County deputy John Caudle responded to Route ZZ for a report of a juvenile female attempting to run away. ...
Burglary suspects face charges in Poplar Bluff (10/14/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Two burglary suspects have been found using the tracking mechanism in a stolen laptop computer. Nick Alcala, 39, of the 900 block of Kinzer Street was arrested Saturday by Poplar Bluff police. Alcala is charged with first-degree burglary, armed criminal action and felony stealing. He was lodged in the Butler County Jail, where he is held on a $250,000 bond...
Man arrested after woman's body discovered in Mississippi County (10/14/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A former Charleston resident was in custody just hours after the discovery of a body Sunday night in Mississippi County. Clifford Ray Williams, 45, of Ullin, Illinois, was taken into custody shortly after the body of a missing Illinois woman was discovered Sunday evening near Moore's Landing, in northern Mississippi County...
Sikeston man faces drug charges after traffic stop (10/14/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A traffic stop by a Scott County deputy has led to the arrest of a Sikeston, Missouri, man after the discovery of more than 40 small bags of marijuana and with drug paraphernalia. Janeil Hatchett, 21, is charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute...
Sikeston police search for armed robbery suspect (10/14/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating an armed robbery of a Dollar General store. The robbery happened at 7:39 p.m. Thursday at the Dollar General at 917 S. Kingshighway. Both of the store's employees were reportedly going outside for a break...

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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
  • Indiana man's confession leads to 7 bodies
    GARY, Ind. (AP) -- Seven women's bodies were found in northwestern Indiana over the weekend after a convicted sex offender's confession to one killing led police to the grisly discovery of other deaths, including three in one abandoned house, authorities said Monday.
  • Mayor says suspect in 7 deaths is sex offender
    GARY, Ind. (AP) -- The mayor of Gary, Indiana says that a man who confessed to killing one woman and led police to the bodies of six others in northwestern Indiana had been convicted of sex crimes in Texas.
  • Boston bomb case judge wants 1,000 juror summonses
    BOSTON (AP) -- At least 1,000 people will be summoned and asked to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a federal judge said Monday.
  • Brother, 5, of dead NYC 3-year-old detailed attack
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say the 5-year-old brother of a 3-year-old girl fatally beaten by her stepfather gave detectives a detailed account of the assault.
  • US lawmaker demands probe of Nazi benefit payments
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior House Democrat is demanding an immediate investigation following an Associated Press report that suspected Nazi war criminals and former SS guards received millions of dollars in American Social Security benefits.