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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
Deputy: Murder case 'came down to a timeline' (10/31/14)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- The injury that killed 4-year-old Justin Hepburn had to have occurred during a four-hour window when he was alone with his father's girlfriend Dec. 10, 2011, a Union County, Illinois, deputy testified Thursday. Sacha Brown, 32, of Ware, Illinois, faces charges of murder, aggravated battery of a child younger than 13 and concealment of a homicide in connection with Justin's death...
Man pleads guilty to attacking colleague with box cutter (10/31/14)
An Arkansas man pleaded guilty this week to attacking a colleague with a box cutter outside a Cape Girardeau hotel. Robert L. Brewer, 40, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, originally had been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the Aug. 7 attack...
Testimony continues in Ware murder case (10/30/14)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Testimony continued Wednesday in the murder case against a Ware, Illinois, woman accused of killing her boyfriend's 4-year-old son. Sacha Brown, 32, faces charges of murder, aggravated battery of a child under 13 and concealing a homicide in connection with the Dec. 11, 2011, death of Justin Hepburn...
Pathologist: Slain 4-year-old would have shown symptoms of injury immediately (10/29/14)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Justin Hepburn could have survived for several hours after sustaining the skull fracture that killed him, but he would have shown symptoms immediately, a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday in Union County, Illinois, Circuit Court...
Dexter man faces assault charges (10/29/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man was arrested on numerous charges -- including first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer -- after a harrowing altercation in Dexter late last week. Joseph L. Womble, 38, entered the Mad Hatter Armory on Friday to confront his wife, Amber Womble, who had filed a protective order against him, according to a police report...
Cape Girardeau man seriously injured in afternoon shooting (10/28/14)
An apparent assault in an alleyway Monday afternoon in Cape Girardeau sent a man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Police were called to the backyard of a house at 533 S. Middle St. around 3 p.m., where the victim was found and then taken to the hospital with serious injuries...
Testimony begins in case against woman accused of killing 4-year-old (10/28/14)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Testifying Monday in Union County, Illinois, Circuit Court, Chris Hepburn recalled the last evening he spent with his 4-year-old son, Justin. It was Dec. 9, 2011, and Hepburn was scheduled to go to Wisconsin on a business trip the next day. He spent the day with Justin, taking him to a doctor's appointment, playing outside with him and then reading to him in the evening...
Doniphan man arrested in connection with Poplar Bluff murder investigation (10/28/14)
A Doniphan, Missouri, man was arrested Saturday in connection with a body found near the Black River in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, last week. Authorities said Bryce Davis, 24, was the last of three people put behind bars in connection with the apparent murder of Salvador Ruiz Ramirez...
Man sought for shooting at Poplar Bluff park (10/28/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A warrant was issued Friday for a Poplar Bluff man authorities believe was involved in last week's shooting at Kiwanis Bacon Park. Latez Kellum, 24, of the 1100 block of Fairmont Street was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon, felony armed criminal action and felony second-degree assault by Butler County assistant prosecuting attorney Ted Thompson...
Suspect detained for Poplar Bluff man's killing (10/26/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- What began as a report of a stolen car from a Poplar Bluff dealership Thursday led authorities to apprehending a man suspected in the earlier shooting death of a local man found in the Black River. Arrested was Curtis L. Walker, 29, of Bell City, Missouri, in connection with the suspected shooting death of Salvador Ruiz Ramirez, 48, of Poplar Bluff. ...
Charleston man injured in shooting (10/26/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Police are investigating the second shooting within a week in Charleston. About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the Charleston Department of Public Safety received several calls of gunshots in the 200 block of North Elm Street. Responding officers found the victim, 23-year-old DeMarcus Owens of Charleston, in the 200 block of North Heggie Street with an apparent gunshot wound...
Foot chase through Burger King leads to arrest (10/26/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Police arrested a 34-year-old Steele, Missouri, man Thursday morning on suspected drug charges after a foot chase through a Burger King restaurant. About 9 a.m., officers noticed an erratically driven vehicle heading east on U.S. 412. When officers began following the car and attempted to stop it for a traffic violation, the driver sped away and pulled into the restaurant's parking lot...
Routine call leads to brief manhunt (10/26/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Police discovered a strange situation after answering a 911 call about an elderly woman in Dexter last week. "The lady had home health services, and the nurse that arrived made the call," said Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner, because the patient appeared to be overmedicated. "Dispatch was informed that the upstairs bedroom was occupied, but no one else was supposed to be living there."...
Scott City man is in custody after high-speed chase (10/26/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Scott City man is facing an array of charges after a chase that reached speeds of 105 miles per hour. Matthew Angel Lowe, 38, is charged with the felonies of driving while revoked/suspended; resisting arrest by fleeing and creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person; and misdemeanor charges of operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway when the roadway was of sufficient width, exceeding the posted speed limit by 25 mph or more and failure to stop for a stop sign.. ...
Scott County deputies make a flurry of arrests (10/26/14)
Scott County Sheriff's Office deputies spent a lot of time putting handcuffs on people at one Morley, Missouri, home last week. Deputies on Monday arrested David D. Kelley, 41, after a search at his home at 358 Ault in Morley, on drug charges, and Leslie A. ...

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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
  • Former NBA player to argue for conviction reversal
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A former NBA player convicted in a real estate Ponzi scheme was due in court to argue for a new trial.
  • UVa abduction suspect in court on separate case
    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- The man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being arraigned on an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago.
  • Crews to begin work to recover Kansas victims
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Work begins Friday to recover the remains of the four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport, authorities said.
  • Trooper ambush suspect caught, death penalty eyed
    LORDS VALLEY, Pa. (AP) -- A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents.
  • Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans
    MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.