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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
Kelso man charged with rape, molestation (04/16/14)
A Kelso man was in jail Tuesday on charges he raped a 6-year-old girl, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reported. Justin A. Williams, 22, was charged with statutory rape and child molestation Tuesday in Scott County Circuit Court, online court records show...
Cape man arrested in Carbondale shooting (04/16/14)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A Cape Girardeau man was among those arrested in connection with a shooting early Friday morning in Carbondale. Darrion D. Jake, 26, is in jail in Murphysboro, Ill., on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action, the Carbondale Police Department reported Monday...
Suspects in Anna murder appear in court (04/16/14)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Two men appeared in court Tuesday on charges they beat an Anna, Ill., man to death. Jessie Bell, 34, of Anna and Travis D. Turner, 25, of Dongola, Ill., heard the charges against them Tuesday in Union County, Ill., Circuit Court...
Store clerks report assault by shoplifter (04/15/14)
Cape Girardeau police are looking for a man suspected of threatening one store clerk and punching another in a theft early Monday morning. About 12:30 a.m. Monday, officers received a report of shoplifting at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St., said public information officer Darin Hickey of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Sikeston man accused of shooting day-care facility (04/15/14)
A Sikeston, Mo., man faces a charge of unlawful use of a weapon in connection with a March case in which a bullet penetrated the window of a home day-care facility on Benton Street. Terrance Vance, 27, is in custody at the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department on $25,000 bond, according to a news release Monday from the Cape Girardeau County Police Department...
2nd suspect charged in Anna man's death (04/15/14)
ANNA, Ill. -- A second suspect faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the beating death of a 46-year-old man, the Union County, Ill., state's attorney reported Monday. Charging documents show Travis D. Turner, 25, of Dongola, Ill., is accused of killing Jimmy Morrison of Anna by striking him in the head with a piece of lumber...
Woman arrested on child abuse charges (04/15/14)
A St. Louis woman was arrested Friday on felony child abuse charges, police reported Monday. About 12:45 p.m. Friday, police and someone from the Missouri Children's Division went to the 700 block of South Ellis Street to investigate a hotline call about possible physical abuse to two boys, ages 2 and 6, said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Gunman kills 3 at Kansas City-area Jewish sites (04/14/14)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A gunman opened fire outside of a Jewish community center Sunday, killing a doctor and his teenage grandson before heading to a Jewish retirement community a few blocks away and killing someone else, authorities said. Police arrested the suspected assailant in an elementary school parking lot shortly after the attacks in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park...
Family marks 35 years since teen disappeared (04/13/14)
Diane Scherer-Morris smiles as she remembers growing up on her parents' farm in old Illmo with her sister, Cheryl, and brother, Anthony.
Man faces multiple charges after police chase (04/13/14)
A Cape Girardeau man faces multiple charges in connection with a Thursday evening police chase that ended with his arrest at a home on Benton Street. Jimmy Latray Walker, 18, was charged Friday with unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest, both felonies, and careless and imprudent driving; leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident; and driving while his license was suspended or revoked. All are misdemeanors, according to an arrest warrant filed in the case...
Southern Illinois man charged with murder (04/13/14)
ANNA, Ill. -- The Union County State's Attorney's Office in Illinois announced the arrest of a Southern Illinois man who has been charged with first-degree murder. According to a news release from the office, Jessie L. Bell, 34, of Anna, Ill., was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and charged with the murder of James. H. Morrison, 46, also of Anna...
Man found shot dead in burning home (04/13/14)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Roy Jerrolds, 60, was found dead inside a fire-engulfed residence late Thursday on T Highway in Pemiscot County with a gunshot wound to the head, Pemiscot County coroner Jim Brimhall said. Just after 9 p.m. Thursday, firefighters were called to the Pemiscot County residence on T Highway near Portageville to battle a house fire...
Cape Girardeau man arrested after fleeing from police (04/11/14)
Police arrested a Cape Girardeau man Thursday evening after he attempted to flee from police in his vehicle and on foot, a public information officer said. The man's name was not released Thursday night, pending filing of formal charges. About 6:35 p.m. Thursday, a Cape Girardeau police officer attempted to stop the man for a traffic violation in the 500 block of Henderson Avenue, officer Darin Hickey said...
Convicted murderer Russell Bucklew scheduled for May 21 execution (04/10/14)
A Cape Girardeau man convicted of the 1996 murder of Michael Sanders finally has an execution date, the Missouri Supreme Court announced Wednesday. Russell Bucklew, 45, is set to be put to death May 21, exactly 18 years and two months after Sanders' death...
3 indicted in Missouri bank robbery in which money was hidden in tree (04/10/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three Iowa men have been indicted on charges of robbing a northern Missouri bank of approximately $12,000 that was later found stashed in an evergreen tree. The U.S. Attorney's office says a grand jury in Kansas City returned the indictments Wednesday against Donald Kestner Jr. and Torrence Joseph O'Neill, both 26 and from Mount Pleasant, and 27-year-old Travis Joe Davis of Fort Dodge...
Map database
Find out where crime happens in Cape Girardeau
Our interactive crime database features a map that shows you where police have received reports of crime in Cape Girardeau. Click below to access the map.
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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  • Sharper challenges his no-bail status in Arizona
    PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge in Phoenix will hold a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will challenge the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Arizona.
  • A year after background check defeat, modest goals
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.
  • Marathon suspect seeks dismissal of some charges
    BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect are headed to court Wednesday to ask a judge to dismiss some of the charges against him and to ease restrictions on him in prison.