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Unsolved cases
Unsolved cases: Bonnie Huffman
The smoking gun is made of plastic. An unnamed witness who claims to know what happened that night is afraid to talk. And the physical evidence is long gone. The question of who killed Bonnie Huffman, a pretty young schoolteacher whose body was discovered 55 years ago in an overgrown drainage ditch in Cape Girardeau County, has been hailed as one of Missouri's most baffling unsolved murder mysteries...
Unsolved cases: Cheryl Scherer
Scherer, a 19-year-old whose family lived on a farm in old Illmo, Mo., was abducted 30 years ago during an apparent robbery of the Rhodes Pump-Ur-Own-Service station where she worked on Main Street in Scott City. It was late morning on April 17, 1979, when Scherer was working, and had just called her mother, Olevia Scherer, to chat, inquiring about what was for dinner...
Case files
Case files: Timothy W. Krajcir
Name: Timothy W. Krajcir Age: 64 Current location: Stateville Correctional Center, Stateville, Ill. Born: Eastern Pennsylvania Crimes: Arrested: Dec. 10, 2008 Convicted: April 4, 2008 Sentence: 13 life sentences Prior criminal history: Rape, child molestation...
Case files: Russell Earl Bucklew
Russell Earl Bucklew Age: 41 Location: Missouri Department of Corrections: Potosi Correctional Center Sentence: Death plus 60 years Charges: first-degree murder, forcible rape, burglary, kidnapping, armed criminal action Victim: Michael L. Sanders, killed March 21, 1996...
Fallen officers
Donald Henry Crittendon: Patrol officer Age: 24 Date of death: March 21, 1961 Badge number: 23 Crittendon died of wounds he sustained during a gun battle that occurred less than two hours before his resignation as a Cape Girardeau officer would have become effective...
Headlines
Former New Madrid County teacher facing child porn charge (04/17/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A former teacher is charged with possessing child pornography. Online court records show a warrant was issued Tuesday charging Amy R. Walker, 36, of Lilbourn, Missouri, with felony possession of child pornography. In a probable-cause statement filed by New Madrid County Sheriff deputy Danny J. ...
Broseley man arrested in Butler County after vehicle, foot chase (04/17/15)
FISK, Mo. -- Two Butler County deputies escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when a Broseley, Missouri, man allegedly attempted to strike them with his truck after a high-speed chase, which ended near a river slough and led to a foot pursuit. "We had a pursuit with [Sammie Loyal Redmon] approximately a week ago on a county road; we ended up losing him," Butler County Lt. Charles Phelps said. "He's wanted on several warrants and has charges pending in Stoddard County."...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/17/15 (04/17/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of driving while intoxicated. n A 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl were cited into juvenile court for assault...
Cape police assist federal investigation (04/16/15)
Members of the Cape Girardeau Police Department assist Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents with an ongoing ATF investigation after a traffic stop Wednesday on Elm Street near South Sprigg Street. (Laura Simon)...
Sikeston man charged in shooting incident (04/16/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man is in custody following a shooting investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department. Trevor Michael Tatum Jr., 29, is charged with felony first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. ...
Missouri Senate OKs prison options for children convicted of murder (04/16/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Minors convicted of first-degree murder could receive a less-severe punishment than the current requirement of life in prison under legislation advanced Wednesday in the Missouri Senate. The bill aims to address flaws with the state's sentencing requirements for minors found guilty of the crime, which the state Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/16/15 (04/16/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Joannie Jenine Smith, 41, 934 S. Benton St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for obedience to police officer. n John Wayne Allen, 49, of Decatur, Illinois, was arrested on a DeSoto County, Mississippi, warrant for obstructing a court order...
Jackson police report 4/16/15 (04/16/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Timothy L. Luttrull, 47, of Fruitland was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for violation of a protection order. n Tiffany R. Warner, 26, 326 East Lane, Apt. 2, was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear on a show-cause order...
Columbia man, 88, gets 5 years of probation in wife's death (04/15/15)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- An 88-year-old Columbia man convicted in his 86-year-old wife's stabbing death has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation and a suspended seven-year prison sentence as part of a plea deal. The Columbia Tribune reported Donald Rowland pleaded guilty in March to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Betsy Rowland...
Trial of former Perry County coroner set for October (04/12/15)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The jury trial for Herbert Miller has been tentatively set for October. That is, if the court can find the right jury. Miller, Perry County coroner since 1995, was a prominent member of the community before being charged in January 2014 with one count each of theft and financial exploitation of the elderly...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/12/15 (04/12/15)
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Gene C. Summers, 36, of Dutchtown was arrested on Cape Girardeau County warrants for driving while intoxicated, no financial responsibility and careless and imprudent driving, and failure to appear for driving while revoked and no financial responsibility, and Scott County warrants for failure to appear for possession of marijuana and possession of controlled substance...
St. Louis County municipal courts agree to uniform fines (04/10/15)
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. -- Nearly all of the 82 municipal courts in St. Louis County have agreed to a uniform standard for fines and court costs, part of an effort to address concerns that some courts in the region prey on the poor and minorities. The agreement was announced Thursday by Frank Vatterott, chairman of the St. ...
Court finds Mo. death row inmate competent (04/10/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a death row inmate is competent to be executed for killing a man in 1998 out of anger over a child support payment. In a 4-3 ruling, the court found that Andre Cole, 52, has a "rational understanding of his sentence" and refused to stay his execution, which is scheduled for Tuesday...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/10/15 (04/10/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Kevin L. Cooper, 56, 412 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for trespassing. n Shaquille D. Woods, 21, of Portageville, Missouri, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for stealing...
Jackson police report 4/10/15 (04/10/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Dennis H. Goggin, 66, of Fredericktown, Missouri, was arrested on a Jefferson County warrant. n Thomas F. Lichtenegger, 46, of Jackson was arrested for filing a false police report and filing a false insurance report...
Map database
Find out where crime happens in Cape Girardeau
Our interactive crime database features a map that shows you where police have received reports of crime in Cape Girardeau. Click below to access the map.
Cape Girardeau Police Department makes many changes in 150 years since creation
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of Cape Girardeau Police Department in 1859, when it consisted of a captain, a lieutenant and six officers. Since then, the department, now made up of 75 officers, has gone through a number of changes, including in its staff size, headquarters and role in the community...
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