Tarrillion pleads guilty to misdemeanor
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A former police chief is about to become an inmate. Keith Tarrillion, who resigned from the Perryville Police Department in March 2013 amid allegations of professional misconduct, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a misdemeanor charge of making a false report...
Former candidate for Perryville police chief fired amid fraud investigation
A man who tried to run for police chief last winter has been fired from the Perryville, Missouri, Police Department amid a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation into an allegation of fraud. In a news release Tuesday, chief Direk Hunt announced the Missouri State Highway Patrol was conducting a criminal investigation into a complaint against a Perryville police officer...
Traffic stop turns into high-speed police chase
DEXTER, Mo. -- A routine traffic stop Friday abruptly turned into a high-speed chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies and ended with a flaming vehicle in Dexter. Deputy Cody Wilson pulled over Andrew Lee Bell, 40, of Cape Girardeau at Highway 25 and County Road 672 for operating a vehicle without a functioning license plate light, according to a warrant affidavit filed with the Stoddard County Sheriff's Office...
Judge denies bond reduction in Olive Street shooting
A Cape Girardeau County judge denied a shooting suspect's motion for bond reduction Tuesday morning but promised to take up the request again later. Tommy Davis, 30, faces charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a June 4 shooting that injured a Cape Girardeau man at a home on Olive Street...
Oran, Mo., man arrested on misconduct, statutory sodomy charges
An Oran-area man is in custody on a $100,000 cash-only bond after being charged with crimes against a child. Jesse John Branson, 37, of 828 State Highway CC near Oran was charged with sexual misconduct involving a child and statutory sodomy in the first degree, both felonies, according to a press release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Tech Academy gets teachers up to speed on laptop devices
Teachers of grades five through 12 are meeting this week for a Tech Academy on the convertible laptops that will be given to Central Junior High School students this fall. "Each day is targeted toward one of our focus strategies or tools, and then the afternoon gives them that work session to begin putting that content and those strategies into place," said instructional technology specialist Ron Farrow, who had a group of 18 gathered Monday...
University press gets grant to print updated Civil War history
The Missouri Humanities Council has awarded a $2,500 grant to Southeast Missouri State University Press to support the printing of "Thunder in Arcadia Valley: The Battle of Pilot Knob," available at the end of September...
University to introduce more health-related academic programs
In an effort to meet regional demand -- and provide local hospitals and medical practices with more of the personnel they need -- Southeast Missouri State University will introduce a variety of new health-related academic programs in spring 2015, once they are approved by the state's Coordinating Board for Higher Education...
Price coming down for low-income students at UMKC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City finally has some good news for its lowest-income students. Its net price is coming down. Net price is the cost of attendance -- tuition, books, housing, food, transportation and personal expenses -- minus the scholarships and grants a student qualifies for from the federal government and the university. It's the amount students and their families are expected to borrow or pay out of pocket...
Hiring for school bus drivers continues in Perry County
Efforts to hire bus drivers for Perry County District 32 continue, although recent open houses have gone well. In the fall, the district will begin a lease agreement with Midwest Bus Sales, based in Tonganoxie, Kansas, that could save an estimated $600,000 to $700,000, superintendent Scott Ireland has said...