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Oran man charged with drug possession (08/29/14) 1
An Oran, Missouri, man is facing a pair of drug charges after a burglary investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine in a residence, the Scott County Sheriff's Department reported Friday. Joshua Allen Freeman, 29, of Oran was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the department...
Man admits to thefts from vehicles (08/29/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man is in custody, having admitted to at least 10 thefts from parked vehicles on the west side of town. Dexter Police Detective Cory Mills said the department received a call Tuesday regarding the theft of a black suitcase and several tools from a vehicle parked at the Dexter Inn at 1807 W. Business 60...
Schnucks chairman gives advice for United Way campaign (08/29/14)
Having led one of the nation's more successful United Way campaigns in St. Louis, Schnuck Markets chairman Scott Schnuck offered some of his fundraising techniques at the United Way of Southeast Missouri's CEO Luncheon on Friday. One of the more effective ways to prompt contributions to United Way is telling people why they should give, Schnuck told an audience of about 55 at Farradday's restaurant at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau schools see big jump in annual scores (08/29/14) 1
Annual performance reports for local school districts show a huge increase for Cape Girardeau and a nice jump for Perry County District 32. "We recognize that while we are celebrating our APR and the significant increase ... like every school we have work to do, especially right now in academic achievement," said Sherry Copeland, Cape assistant superintendent for academic services. "That is always our main focus, to make sure our students perform at the highest level possible."...
Water service restored at Southeast Missouri State (08/29/14)
Water samples taken from a repaired water main came back safe Friday, allowing the city of Cape Girardeau to restore full water supply to Southeast Missouri State University. Residence hall students are encouraged to return to campus Monday. Classes will resume and offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday...
Water main break repaired at Southeast Missouri State (08/29/14) 2
A 14-inch water main that cracked earlier this week under the Southeast Missouri State University campus has been repaired. The job was completed by 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The break prompted classes to be canceled and university offices to close. The main and River campuses will remain closed until Tuesday...
United Way sets campaign goal of $1 million (08/29/14) 4
Testimonials and a video showing how United Way of Southeast Missouri has touched people's lives were part of the 2014 campaign kickoff Thursday at Cape West 14 Cine. About 140 people attended the event, where the goal of $1 million was unveiled. The goal has been inching upward since 2012, when it was $950,000. Last year's goal also was $1 million, of which $970,000 was raised...
Highway 61 Yard Sale continues through Saturday (08/29/14) 1
News of the Highway 61 Yard Sale has been spreading. Participants setting up tables from Jackson to Bloomsdale, Missouri, said Thursday they saw plenty of shoppers on the yard sale's first day, and they weren't all local. Some came from St. Louis to sift through tables of treasures, while others came from as far as Sedalia or Kansas City, Missouri...
Andy Juden, advocate for Cape's floodwall, dies at 80 (08/29/14) 1
When the Mississippi River rises, downtown Cape Girardeau business owners can thank Andy Juden and his father for their dry floors. "A lot of ... flooding would have occurred without him maintaining the pumps," local Realtor Tom Meyer said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon...
Group meets to discuss housing problems, solutions (08/29/14) 6
A volunteer council of Cape Girardeau residents convened Thursday evening at the United Way to identify problems facing the community and discuss solutions. The meeting was the second for the recently formed Authentic Voices group initiated by the United Way of Southeast Missouri, and focused largely on housing issues in low-income areas...
Recent drug busts yield 34 arrests (08/29/14) 5
Thirty-four people in Southeast Missouri have been arrested this summer as a result of drug investigations by the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the Cape Girardeau Police Department reported Thursday. Darin Hickey, public information officer for the department, said the task force has spent several weeks investigating drug cases throughout the region...
William Street signal to go online (08/29/14) 9
Cape Girardeau's newest traffic signal, at William Street and Sheridan Drive, will be put into flash mode today. The signal will remain in that mode through the holiday weekend. On Tuesday morning, it will go into full operation, according to a news release from the city of Cape Girardeau...
2 children injured in school bus accident (08/29/14) 2
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two children were reportedly injured after a truck ran into a Sikeston school bus early Wednesday. About 7:30 a.m., the Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call that a pickup truck crashed into the bus at the intersection of Greer and Maple streets in Sikeston, said Capt. Jim McMillen, the department's public information officer...
Sikeston police investigate apparent beating of man (08/29/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating what appears to be a severe beating. At 1:23 a.m. Thursday, officers received a report from workers operating a solid waste collection truck about a man found in an alley between Greer and Matthews avenues, said Capt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for the department...
Federal drug case causes delays in state murder case (08/28/14) 2
The wheels of justice continue to turn, albeit slowly, in the case against two men accused of killing a Cape Girardeau tattoo artist. The body of Samuel "Tick" Francis, 38, was found in a septic tank northeast of Bonne Terre, Missouri, on July 25, 2013, just a day after federal investigators executed a search warrant on the home of one of the men accused of killing him...
Police investigate crash site from above (08/28/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Kennett Police Department officials used a bucket truck Tuesday to take aerial photographs of the scene of a hit-and-run accident that occurred Saturday night on Compress Road, according to the Daily Dunklin Democrat. Two Kennett pedestrians were struck around 9:30 p.m. ...
Pharmacist sentenced for health-care fraud (08/28/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Kennett pharmacist was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday after pleading guilty to health-care fraud, the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported. Brian Keith Mitchell, 51, was sentenced to six months in prison and six additional months of home confinement, and ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution. ...
Bloomfield mayor pro tem has been chosen (08/28/14)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The gavel has been passed from one Donna to another. As of Monday night, Donna Medlin is officially no longer mayor of Bloomfield, and Mayor Pro Tem Donna Deardorff is, the Daily Statesman reported. Technically, Deardorff will continue to serve as Mayor Pro Tem until April, which would be the end of Medlin's mayoral term. ...
Man suspected of attempted kidnapping (08/28/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man is facing kidnapping and assault charges after police say he took his estranged wife against her will, the Standard Democrat reported. Harold Duff told his estranged wife to call a man and break up with him Aug. 14, according to reports. The woman instead called a friend and asked her to call police...
Tax preparer accused of falsifying documents to lighten sentence (08/28/14)
A Jackson woman who pleaded guilty last year to federal fraud charges now faces allegations she falsified documents in an effort to obtain a lighter sentence. Cynthia Raymond pleaded guilty in September to five counts of filing false income tax returns and one count of aggravated identity theft...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 8/28/14 (08/28/14)
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 item Discussion and possible action Discussion and possible action, county advisory boards...
Southeast regents to meet in closed session (08/28/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will meet at 8:30 a.m. todayin the Board of Regents Room 102 at Dempster Hall. The panel will consider a motion to go into a closed session on legal matters and personnel items. No announcement of actions will be made following the meeting, a news release said...
Rocky Kingree seeks dismissal of candidate residency dispute filing (08/28/14)
Carter County Prosecuting Attorney Rocky Kingree filed a motion to dismiss the petition filed earlier this month challenging his qualifications to become Division II associate circuit judge in Butler County. Kingree filed a motion to dismiss for lack of standing, or in the alternative, a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted...
Sikeston electrical rate increase approved (08/28/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A more than 14 percent increase in electrical rates and a new restriction on mobile homes being brought into or moved to another location in the city are now official. Council members approved the two ordinances after second readings during their monthly briefing session Monday...
Sikeston City Council discusses Scott County Jail policy change (08/28/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Scott County Jail policy change was presented to the Sikeston City Council during their briefing session Monday. "It doesn't really affect our operations, but I wanted council to be aware since they are changing," Sikeston Department of Public Safety director Drew Juden said...
Water main break closes Southeast until Tuesday (08/27/14) 1
Less than a week into the new year at Southeast Missouri State University, both of its campuses were shut down by a water main break Wednesday. The event prompted cancellation of classes and office closures on the main and River campuses until Tuesday...
Cottonwood plan presented in state capital (08/27/14) 6
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Department of Mental Health officials say they plan to fast-track their review of a new financial plan for Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center. Rep. Kathy Swan of Cape Girardeau and Rep. Donna Lichtenegger of Jackson have worked with Cottonwood staff on a plan that seeks to increase revenue and decrease costs so the mental-health facility for children can remain open. ...
Steve Schaffner taking over as Southeast Missouri Music Academy director (08/27/14) 4
After 19 years as director of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy, Rebecca Fulgham is stepping down Friday. Along with being director, Fulgham is a piano teacher, which she will continue to do from home when she leaves. She has 15 students and said she hopes to increase that number...
Judge orders medical, psychiatric care in assault case (08/27/14) 2
Lawrence Guthrie must receive medical and psychiatric care under a recent court order issued by a Cape Girardeau County circuit judge. Guthrie, 47, of Jackson faces charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action and assault on a law enforcement officer in connection with a June 2012 confrontation in which he is accused of exchanging gunfire with police...
It's confirmed: IHOP is coming to town (08/27/14) 42
Plans for the old Pasta House building in Cape Girardeau are beginning to take shape -- in the form of a long-rumored IHOP restaurant. Neal Dahya, a controller for Apple Investor Group LLC, confirmed Tuesday the company is planning to put an IHOP in the former Pasta House Co. building at 2046 William St. It is scheduled to open Oct. 1...
Hundreds of Corvettes cruise into Cape (08/27/14) 2
People watched a sleek parade of hundreds of Chevrolet Corvettes that cruised into Cape Girardeau on Tuesday night. But to caravan rider Dave Garber, he had as much fun checking out the license plates. "Yeah, it's been a great time, great camaraderie. You meet a lot of neat people," Garber said. He motioned to his license plate, saying "he earned it."...
Meth lab allegedly found in Dexter home (08/27/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man is in jail after police and Stoddard County sheriff's deputies allegedly found an active meth lab in his home, according to the Daily Statesman. Billy J. Robinson, 35, of 212 S. Mulberry St. in Dexter is being held on $50,000 bond. ...
Puxico woman charged after wreck (08/27/14)
WAYNE COUNTY, Mo. -- A Puxico, Missouri, woman who was hospitalized after a wreck in Wayne County late Saturday night faces a number of charges, including felony assault, the Daily Statesman reported. Krystal S. Lintermoot, 26, was driving north on Route D just north of County Road 521 when her vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, crossed the center line and collided with a southbound vehicle, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. ...
Enrollment inches up at SEMO (08/27/14)
Southeast Missouri State University on Tuesday marked two consecutive decades of steady enrollment growth with a total student count of 11,580 -- up 2 percent from this time last year. Enrollment is expected to continue growing through the fourth-week census, when the figure is expected to top last year's record enrollment of 11,917 students, officials said in a news release. Southeast's fall 2014 semester began Monday...
Suspects in Anna homicide set for trial Sept. 22 (08/27/14)
One of the suspects in a murder case in Anna, Illinois, has a new lawyer, while his co-defendant is awaiting a motion hearing ahead of a jury trial next month. Jessie Bell, 34, of Anna and Travis D. Turner, 25, of Dongola, Illinois, face first-degree murder charges in the beating death of James H. "Jimmy" Morrison, 46, of Anna...
Workshops show how fire can be tool for landowners (08/27/14)
While fire is typically known for its destructive qualities, it can be a useful tool for landowners if managed properly. The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer two prescribed-fire workshops Thursday at its Cape Girardeau regional office, 2302 County Park Drive. The workshops, hosted from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and from 6 to 9:30 p.m., will teach landowners how the technique can help them manage grasslands, woodlands, glades and old fields...
Man jailed without bond after standoff in rural Essex (08/27/14)
ESSEX, Mo. -- An episode that ended with a 61-year-old Essex man being jailed without bond began in the late hours Thursday, Aug. 21, when a neighbor reported the man was shooting outside his home. At approximately 10:10 p.m. that night, Stoddard County sheriff's deputies attempted to make contact with Ricky James Long. From inside his home off State Highway AB, Long reportedly yelled, "I'm not coming to the (expletive) door. Get the hell off my property."...
Missourians can track right-to-farm recount effort (08/27/14)
There will be a statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment 1, known as right-to-farm, and Missourians will have the opportunity to stay updated on the process. Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Tuesday the request for a recount of the amendment that appeared on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot...
Grebing looks ahead to new economic development job in Kennett, Mo. (08/27/14) 1
KENNETT, Mo. -- Kennett's new economic developer is looking forward to beginning work Sept. 15. Jim Grebing, market manager of the International Trade and Investment Office of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, recently was hired by the Kennett Board of Public Works. He's been working at MoDED about a year...
Free eye screening event set for Sept. 18 at Cape County health center (08/26/14) 2
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct a phone number. A free eye screening clinic will be Sept. 18 at the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, 1121 Linden St. The event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Social Services, with examinations conducted by the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics' Department of Ophthalmology, assisted by the state social services department's Prevention of Blindness Unit...
Representatives create financial plan for Cottonwood (08/26/14) 14
As the Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center enters what could be its final months of operation, state representatives have devised a plan to help keep the facility open by decreasing costs and increasing revenue. Advocates for the local children's mental-health facility have been rallying to save it since its impending closure was announced in June as a result of more than $1 billion in state funds vetoed or withheld by Gov. Jay Nixon...
Poplar Bluff woman who drank tea laced with cleaning solution doing well (08/26/14) 1
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.-- The prognosis is good for a former Poplar Bluff, Missouri, woman who was critically injured earlier this month when she drank sweet tea laced with a highly toxic industrial cleaning solution at a Utah restaurant...
Cape board gets update on laptops, approves district tax rate (08/26/14)
The Cape Girardeau School Board approved the district tax rate for 2014-2015 and got a technology update at a special meeting Monday. The board unanimously approved a tax rate of $4.1567 per $100 of assessed valuation. The total tax rate is unchanged from last year. A tax rate hearing was last week...
Jackson board approves tax rate for 2014-2015 (08/26/14)
Following a hearing Monday evening, the Jackson School Board unanimously approved a tax rate of $3.80 per $100 of assessed valuation for the 2014-2015 school year. The rate is unchanged from last year. Wade Bartels, associate superintendent of finance/business operations, said there were no public comments. Board members Brent Wills and Alaina Hinze were not present, Bartels said...
Scott City man arrested after car chase (08/26/14) 6
A suspect is in custody after a 25-minute car chase in Cape Girardeau on Sunday night. Robert C. Hennecke II, 28, of Scott City was arrested on numerous warrants, including a federal warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service, said Darin Hickey, the Cape Girardeau Police Department's public information officer...
Conservation continues alligator gar restoration (08/26/14) 1
The Missouri Department of Conservation stocked alligator gar recently as part of a program that began in 2007 at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and has grown throughout parts of Southeast Missouri. Salvador Mondragon, a department fisheries management biologist, said the project is part of the department's mission to protect and manage a valuable fishery in the state...
Man arrested after fight at high school football game (08/26/14)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- An East Prairie man was arrested over the weekend after an assault during the East Prairie High School football game. James Casey Holman, 28, is charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and assault while on school property, both felonies that could call for up to 11 years in prison...
Piedmont man will not stand trial in leaving-the-scene fatality (08/26/14)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Piedmont, Missouri, man will not stand trial on a charge he left the scene of a June accident that left one of his passengers dead. Dakota Lee Carter, 24, appeared late last week before Associate Circuit Judge Edith Rutter for a preliminary hearing...
Highway 77 in Scott Co. reduced for bridge repairs (08/26/14)
Highway 77 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform repairs to the bridge over Interstate 55. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, according to a MoDOT news release. All work is weather permitting. ...
Highway 77 in Scott County reduced for bridge repairs (08/25/14)
Highway 77 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform repairs to the bridge over Interstate 55. The work will be performed today and Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, according to a MoDOT news release...