Joseph told detective he was running 60-member 'investment club'
Several weeks before his arrest on murder charges, George Joseph told a Scott County detective he was running an "investment club" with about 60 members. Joseph, 48, is accused of killing his wife, Mary, and 18-year-old son, Matthew, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent suicide attempt May 30 at their home on West Cape Rock Drive, court records show...
Former sheriff pleads guilty to drug charges
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- More than two years after resigning as Carter County sheriff, Tommy Adams on Monday pleaded guilty to drug possession and distribution charges in a Jefferson County courtroom. Adams pleaded guilty to felony distribution of a controlled substance and felony possession of a controlled substance, according to Nanci Gonder, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Attorney General's Office...
FBI hunt for ex-Teamster boss Hoffa's remains ends
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- The excavation of a field in suburban Detroit has failed to turn up the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa, the FBI announced Wednesday, adding another unsuccessful chapter to a nearly 40-year-old mystery...
Police: Joseph clients should call attorney
Authorities are advising anyone who had financial dealings with George Joseph to contact a civil attorney, a Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman said Tuesday. Joseph, 48, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in connection with May 30 shootings at his home on West Cape Rock Drive that left his wife, Mary, and 18-year-old son, Matthew, dead...
Woman admits her role in $600 million funeral scam
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis County woman has admitted her part in a Ponzi-like scam that prosecutors say bilked customers buying prearranged funerals out of $600 million. Sharon Nekol Province, 69, of Ballwin, Mo., pleaded guilty Monday to six federal counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud and misappropriation of insurance premiums. Sentencing is set for Nov. 7...
Mo. education officials recommend preschool tests
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri education officials are recommending early childhood programs use a system developed in California to assess whether children are ready to enter school. The state Board of Education has no mandatory assessment tool for early childhood education. Instead, the Missouri board is recommending preschools voluntarily use an assessment program called the Desired Results Developmental Profile. The program was created by the California Department of Education...
Missouri releases guidance for transferring students
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Parents wanting to transfer their children out of failing school districts should act by Aug. 1, and if demand is higher than available classroom seats, their children may have to wait on a lottery draw before they can attend a new school, according to state recommendations released Wednesday...
Tax levy would pay for school building
Editor's note: The following story has been edited to correct the student enrollment. ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Supporters of a tax levy expected to raise $1.9 million for a new school building in Altenburg are hopeful the measure will pass when it goes before voters in August...
Jackson School Board passes budget, salary schedule
The Jackson School Board approved the 2013-2014 budget and certified salary schedule Tuesday night. The budget includes $43.5 million in overall anticipated revenue, with estimated expenses of $59.6 million. The latter figure includes funds for the new elementary school building on North Lacey Street, paid through bonds...
Students in Poplar Bluff receive Apple computers
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff schools received more than 1,100 Apple laptop computers last week as they move forward with a digital conversion that begins in August with seventh- and eighth-grade classes. A website also is available to provide parents and residents with information on the process, which will move to the high school by the 2013-2014 school year...