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Friday, July 25, 2014

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Fire in Cape Girardeau County destroys barn, shop (07/25/14)
A barn and shop building were destroyed by fire in Cape Girardeau County Friday, according to a fire department official. No one was injured. Fire departments responded to 373 Cape Girardeau County Road 319 at about 8:30 a.m., Randy Morris, chief of the Gordonville Fire Department, said. Two structures on the property, a wooden barn and a shop building, are total losses and a third suffered damage from radiant heat, he added...
Corvette Caravan to stop in Cape for the first time (07/25/14) 2
Kenny Pincksten has been a car enthusiast since he was 12. He now owns two Corvettes, a 1963 model and a 2014, and is looking forward to attending the first Corvette Caravan to stop in Cape Girardeau. This marks the fifth anniversary of the caravan, in which hundreds of Corvettes travel across the United States to visit the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky...
Federal lawsuit accuses Cape doctor of kickback scheme (07/25/14) 10
A federal lawsuit filed earlier this month accuses a Cape Girardeau neurosurgeon of altering his practice to benefit his fiancée's business as part of an illegal kickback scheme. The five-count complaint alleges Dr. Sonjay Fonn and his fiancée, Deborah Seeger, violated a federal anti-kickback law that seeks to prevent conflicts of interest and overuse of medical services or items by prohibiting anyone from making or accepting payments for referring, recommending or arranging for federally funded medical services.. ...
Biology professor raises potential flag on mosquito-borne virus (07/25/14) 2
Although it hasn't hit Missouri yet, a virus transmitted by the Asian tiger mosquito remains a concern for a local biology professor and arborvirologist. Asian tiger mosquitoes, which can transmit a virus called chikungunya, are a major pest in St. Louis and "definitely exist" in Cape Girardeau, said Dr. Christina Frazier of Southeast Missouri State University...
State attorney general visits Cape for right-to-farm tour (07/25/14) 16
Missouri State Attorney General Chris Koster's farm tour continued today with a stop in Cape Girardeau. The statewide tour is part of an effort to support Amendment 1. The measure, commonly known as right-to-farm, will appear on the Aug. 5 ballot. Koster and members from state agriculture groups such as the Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Corn Growers Association gathered to discuss the issue at Joe and Mildred Kirchdoerfer's dairy farm in Cape Girardeau. ...
Kitchen fire causes commotion at Cape apartment building (07/25/14)
A kitchen fire created some excitement Thursday evening for residents of an apartment building on North Lorimier Street. Bobbie Mosley, a resident of the Lorimont House apartments at 235 N. Lorimier St., said she heard the fire alarm go off about 8:45 p.m. and saw heavy smoke coming from the apartment across the hall...
Train derails in Dexter (07/25/14)
Fourteen southbound Union Pacific freight cars, including an LP gas tanker, derailed about 3 a.m. Thursday in Dexter. At 7 a.m., Dexter police, the Dexter Fire Department, Stoddard County sheriff's deputies and the highway patrol were sent near the Tyson Foods plant on the east end of the city while railroad crews and Dexter Fire Chief Don Seymore performed air-level testing to determine whether there was an immediate danger to nearby residents...
Mayor of Caruthersville dies in a fire at his home (07/25/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- The mayor of Caruthersville died in a fire at his home Wednesday night. Rick Davis, who was elected mayor in April, was at his home at 303 Eighth St. when a fire broke out between 10:30 and 11 p.m., according to reports. The fire is believed to be accidental, but the investigation is ongoing...
Bluff not yet taking legal action on Becker debt (07/25/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Three months have passed since an appeal was denied, and still no legal action has been taken to collect the $206,787 owed by Poplar Bluff Internet Inc. to the city of Poplar Bluff. "I left it in the hands of the city attorney to see what action needs to be taken," said Mark Massingham, interim city manager...
Poplar Bluff hires law firm to aid in city manager case (07/25/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The city of Poplar Bluff has hired a St. Louis law firm to help interim city attorney Robert Smith with its lawsuit challenging the contract of former city manager Doug Bagby. Brown & James law firm is the same that is representing Mayor Angela Pearson, who is being sued in a defamation lawsuit filed by Bagby...
Scott City man charged with domestic assault (07/25/14)
A Scott City man is in custody after allegedly resisting arrest and being Tasered. Marcus Allen Bowers, 25, was charged with second-degree domestic assault, resisting or interfering with arrest and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Office...
Candidate raises more than $13K (07/25/14)
A Cape Girardeau County Recorder of Deeds candidate has raised nearly $13,500 through the course of his campaign, according to the July quarterly fundraising report filed with the Cape Girardeau County Clerk's office. Total receipts for the Committee to Elect Drew Blattner were $13,475. The committee also reported $1,663 in-kind contributions...
Annual Hoops for Life event set for Saturday (07/24/14)
Sahara "Hoops" Aldridge would have turned 20 today. Her father, Shannon Aldridge, calls the annual Hoops for Life charity 5k held in her memory "the biggest birthday party in Southeast Missouri," and this year's race will be the largest one to date...
Farmers brace for high corn yields, lower prices (07/24/14) 5
Despite expecting a 10 percent increase in corn yields this growing season, Dan Jennings said decreased corn prices and other factors are cutting into profits. "It's going to be really tough to make money this year," he said. Jennings farms about 5,300 acres -- 1,800 of which are used for corn -- in the Sikeston, Missouri, area...
Aug. 5 primary campaign finance numbers released (07/24/14) 15
Quarterly fundraising reports have been released for candidates running in the Aug. 5 primary. The reports are filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Candidates are required to report the formation of a campaign committee and any fundraising activities when they receive or spend $500 or more...
Tarrillion pleads guilty to misdemeanor (07/24/14) 9
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...
No one hurt in Scott County blaze (07/24/14)
No one was hurt, but a rural Scott County farm family lost their home Wednesday afternoon in a fire that appeared to start as a result of a lightning strike. David Landewee said he was out working on his farm on County Road 204 near Scott City when he got a call from a neighbor, telling him his house was on fire...
Pemiscot County to house New Madrid County inmates (07/24/14)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The Pemiscot County Jail will house prisoners from New Madrid County, at least for the next six months. At their Monday meeting, the New Madrid County Commission accepted the bid of $30 per prisoner per day from Pemiscot County. New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens on Tuesday was moving the county's prisoners from the Scott County Jail, which had housed prisoners for the county since July 2, to Pemiscot County...
Finalists for Poplar Bluff city manager whittled to three (07/24/14)
The number of applicants for the Poplar Bluff city manager position has been reduced to three. Poplar Bluff City Council members interviewed two applicants Tuesday night and three applicants Wednesday night during closed sessions at Three Rivers College...
Preliminary hearing set in Davis murder case (07/24/14)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A preliminary hearing is scheduled in September for a woman accused in the death of a Sikeston, Missouri, man. Savannah R. Davis will return to Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Sept. 4 for her preliminary hearing on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Davis is charged in the July 11 death of John Sharber...
Meth labs found inside Sikeston home (07/24/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston woman is in jail facing felony charges for meth labs found in her home. Sherrie Jane Hamlin, 44, is charged by the Scott County prosecutor's office with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, possessing meth precursors with intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth paraphernalia...
Stormy weather causes brief bouts of disruption in Cape area (07/24/14)
Severe weather caused power outages and downed trees in Cape Girardeau and surrounding areas Wednesday morning. A tree fell during the storm, blocking Interstate 55 around mile marker 89 south of Scott City, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Department. It since has been cleared, and the only other reports in the area have been of minor debris...
Aug. 2014 Election: Cape County Recorder of Deeds (07/24/14)
Name: Drew Blattner Age: 31 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau Spouse, children's names: Wife Ashley of seven years. Daughter Ava Grace due 20 days after the election. Occupation: Archivist Employer: Cape Girardeau County Archive Center Businesses owned, all or part: Blattner Properties, LLC and B&B Properties...
151st Missouri House district candidate Ryan Wm. Holder (07/24/14)
Name: Ryan Wm. Holder Age: 56 Place of birth: Advance, MO Spouse's, children's names: Nancy (wife), 2 Daughters Leah and Jesse, 2 sons in the military, Ethan (Army) and Zachary (Navy) Education: Graduated High School at Advance High in 76, joined Air Force for 4 yrs., then 2 years at SEMO...
Aug. 2014 Election: Perry County Recorder of Deeds (07/24/14)
Name: Dana (Ballman) Pritchard Age: 45 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, MO Spouse, children's names: Husband(of 21 years): Mark Pritchard Daughter: Samantha Son: Hunter Occupation: Perry County Deputy Recorder of Deeds Employer: County of Perry, Missouri...
Perry County Clerk candidate Steven C. King (07/24/14)
Name: Steven C. King Age: 53 Place of birth: Poplar Bluff Missouri Spouse, children's names: Wife- Julie (Ochs) 30years Daughters- Natalie and Emily Occupation: Retired Educator- 25 years-Agriculture Education, 5 years Director of Perryville Area Career & Technology Center...
Cape Girardeau Ward 3 Councilman candidate Evan Trump (07/24/14)
Name: Evan Trump Age: 39 Place of birth: El Dorado Springs, MO Spouse, children's names: Lori - wife Keegan - step-son Occupation: District Manager Employer: Bi State Southern Convenience Stores Businesses owned, all or part: N/A Previous offices held or sought: N/A...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 7/24/14 (07/24/14)
Administrative Office Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Open session Communications/reports, other elected officials Public comments Routine business Appointments and possible action item Action items Discussion and possible action Discussion and possible action, county advisory boards...
Chaffee man facing assault charges (07/24/14)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A Chaffee man has been arrested following an alleged domestic assault. According to a news release from the Chaffee Police Department, Joshua Musgrove, 29, has been charged with first-degree assault and domestic assault, and unlawful use of a weapon...
Meetings scheduled to gather feedback about proposed tax projects (07/23/14) 2
On Thursday, the public will have an opportunity to provide input on facility ideas designed to boost tourism in the Cape Girardeau area. A Facility Feasibility Study Committee, which consists of members appointed by the Cape Girardeau City Council, has since April been studying four options: an indoor sports complex, agriculture exposition center, indoor aquatics facility or a combined hotel and convention center...
Former candidate for Perryville police chief fired amid fraud investigation (07/23/14)
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...
FEMA green-lights Jackson Community Center safe-room funding (07/23/14)
The Jackson Community Center is one step closer to becoming a reality. City officials announced Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved funding for the tornado safe room portion of the project, meaning bids for construction will go out soon...
Tech Academy gets teachers up to speed on laptop devices (07/23/14) 1
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...
Traffic stop turns into high-speed police chase (07/23/14) 4
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 (07/23/14) 1
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 (07/23/14)
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...
Contractor arrested after not delivering on Kennett Country Club (07/23/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Blytheville, Arkansas, businessman suspected of abandoning the renovation of the Kennett Country Club swimming pool was scheduled for an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Dunklin County Courthouse in downtown Kennett...
University press gets grant to print updated Civil War history (07/23/14)
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...
Perry County Clerk candidate Cathy (Lohmann) Stumpe (07/23/14)
Name: Cathy (Lohmann) Stumpe Age: 47 Place of birth: St Louis, MO Spouse, children's names: Husband- Shannon Stumpe Daughter-Jordan Stumpe Son- Brendan Stumpe Occupation: Customer Service Representative Employer: MFA Oil Company Businesses owned, all or part: None...
Perry County Treasurer candidate Brian C. Brickhaus (07/23/14) 1
Name: Brian C. Brickhaus Age: 37 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Wife, Amy (Winkler), Alex 12, Luke 11, Garrett 8 and Adam 5 Occupation: Financial Planner / Advisor Employer: Saxony Securities Inc. Businesses owned, all or part: N/A...
Road work 7/23/14 (07/23/14)
Hwy. 51 in Stoddard County reduced for bridge repairs For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit modot.org/southeast. -- From the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Two people injured in I-55 crash (07/22/14) 1
Members of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department use the jaws of life to remove two female passengers from an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, Tuesday morning, July 22, 2014. ...
University to introduce more health-related academic programs (07/22/14) 4
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...
Morley bank robbery suspect pleads guilty (07/22/14)
A suspect in the May 20 robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Morley, Missouri, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. Alexander T. Trotter, 31, of St. Louis pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery charge at the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. United States Courthouse in Cape Girardeau...
Council discusses initiative to empower neighborhoods (07/22/14) 2
City staffers and members of the Cape Girardeau City Council expressed their excitement over a new program to improve and empower neighborhoods at the council's regular meeting Monday night. Jennifer Criblez of the city's Planning Services Division said the neighborhood development initiative "really brings together all of our services." The idea was discussed at the council's retreat in April as a way to help people overcome problems specific to their neighborhoods, but Criblez said it would do more than that.. ...
Monument to honor departed assistant chief Roger Fields (07/22/14) 6
Roger Fields might not have died in the line of duty, but friends and colleagues want to make sure the late police officer's achievements are honored. Doug Austin spoke to the Cape Girardeau County Commission at its regular meeting Monday morning on behalf of Seniors and Lawmen Together to ask for approval of a memorial monument. It would be placed in Cape County Park North near the memorial built in 2010 to recognize the 48 officers from Southeast Missouri killed in the line of duty...
Tickets on sale Friday for Brantley Gilbert concert (07/22/14) 1
Tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for the Oct. 24 appearance of country music singer and songwriter Brantley Gilbert at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. The stop is part of Gilbert's Let It Ride tour. Aaron Lewis also will perform, and Chase Bryant will open the show...
Williams sentenced to life in jail with parole (07/22/14) 2
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William Syler sentenced Steven Williams to life in prison with the possibility of parole Monday for the second-degree murder of Darcus Purl. Williams, 37, fatally shot Purl during a confrontation in September over their mutual romantic interest, neighbor Georgia Cowson...
Perry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Samantha Schremp (07/22/14)
Name: Samantha Schremp Age: 52 Place of birth: Perryville, MO Spouse, children's names: Rodney Schremp Aaron & Josh Hudson, Kyle, Jordan, Ashley & Josh Schremp Occupation: Owner/Manager of Schremp Electric & Licensed Real Estate Agent Employer: Self Employed...
Man with weapon taken into custody after locking himself in Cape house (07/21/14) 9
An incident in which police surrounded a Cape Girardeau home Sunday evening was resolved peacefully. About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, police surrounded a home on West Mount Drive and approached the home on a request to check the welfare. When officers arrived on the scene, a man was said to have locked himself in his home. After discovering a man inside had a weapon, police retreated from the scene and called for backup...