Deputy: Murder case 'came down to a timeline'
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
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
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
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
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...
OnlineU.org ranks Southeast Missouri State's business, nursing degrees
OnlineU.org has featured Southeast Missouri State University on the list of its 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings. Its degree in nursing ranks 15th, and its business degree is 25th out of 25, according to the list at http://www.onlineu.org/best-value-colleges...
Notre Dame's 'The 39 Steps' production a Mel Brooks twist on a Hitchcock film
Notre Dame Regional High School students will present the play "The 39 Steps" next week, but with a Mel Brooks-style twist to it. "The 39 Steps" is adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. While the film plot was more of a spy thriller with the hero Richard Hannay trying to prevent a spy organization from stealing top-secret information, the play has Hannay as a man bored with his aimless life...
Southeast regents approve extending same-sex benefits
Following in the footsteps of other state benefit plans, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Tuesday approved extending benefits to same-sex spouses and retirees. Enrollment begins immediately. The Missouri State Employee Retirement System and Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan recently did the same in response to an Oct. 3 order issued by a Jackson County Circuit Court judge requiring same-sex couples legally married in other states to be recognized by Missouri...
Amendment 3, new education commissioner topics at Cape Girardeau board meeting
The passage or defeat of Amendment 3 and the upcoming appointment of a new Missouri commissioner of education were among the topics discussed at Monday's Cape Girardeau School Board meeting. Amendment 3, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, would tie teacher evaluations to student performance and limit future teaching contracts to three years, among other things...
SEMO board of regents to meet this morning
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider approving maintenance and repair capital projects for fiscal 2015 and changes to employee benefits when it meets at 11 a.m. today. The panel will meet in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall, during which the group also will hear the 2013 Department of Public Safety annual report...
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