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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
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
Man charged with shooting at house, pointing gun at officers (12/21/14)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter, Missouri, man was charged after he allegedly fired shots in his mother's home and pointed a rifle at police officers. William C. Howard, 55, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver...
More information released in Poplar Bluff officer-involved shooting (12/16/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Doniphan, Missouri, man suspected of stabbing someone multiple times Friday was fatally shot by a Poplar Bluff police officer when confronted inside a downtown apartment building and allegedly charging at them while still holding the knife...
Suspect in custody in cop shooting (12/15/14)
PLEASANT VALLEY, Mo. -- Authorities say a man suspected of shooting a Missouri police officer has been taken into custody. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a news release the suspect was arrested Sunday in Kansas City, Kansas, on a federal probation violation warrant and taken to the jail in Wyandotte County...
Bank employees help catch suspected scammer (12/14/14)
Quick thinking by employees at a pair of Regions Bank locations led to the arrest of a Hannibal, Missouri, man accused of scamming older adults in two Southeast Missouri counties. William E. Riley, 50, faces a Scott County charge of attempted financial exploitation of the elderly and a Perry County, Missouri, charge of resisting arrest...
Officer shoots stabbing suspect in Poplar Bluff (12/14/14)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Just before noon Friday, the Poplar Bluff Police Department received a call about a stabbing on Lester Street that sent the victim to the hospital in critical condition, the patrol reported in a news release Friday afternoon...
A deadly puzzle: Patience, training help experts gather evidence in homicides (12/12/14)
A charred body is found in a burning car. An autopsy later reveals the victim was strangled. A woman is raped and murdered in her home. A quarter-century later, a DNA sample and a palm print taken from the scene help police identify her attacker as a serial killer who eventually confesses to the murders of several other women...
Man accused of killing Cape tattoo artist convicted on federal drug, firearms charges (12/11/14)
After four hours of deliberations, a federal jury Wednesday convicted Melvin Scherrer of drug trafficking and firearms violations. Scherrer, 50, of Bonne Terre, Missouri, is accused of first-degree murder and four other felonies in connection with the death of Samuel "Tick" Francis, 38, a Cape Girardeau tattoo artist whose body was found July 25, 2013, in a septic tank north of Bonne Terre...
Trial begins in Melvin Scherrer drug trafficking case (12/10/14)
A suspect in the murder of a Cape Girardeau tattoo artist is on trial this week on federal drug trafficking charges. Melvin Scherrer, 50, faces state charges of first-degree murder and four other felonies in connection with the death of 38-year-old Samuel "Tick" Francis...
Man arrested on child molestation charge (12/10/14)
A Cape Girardeau man was in jail Tuesday on a charge of child molestation. Joseph F. Crawford, 44, was charged with first-degree child molestation, a Class B felony, a Cape Girardeau police spokesman said Tuesday. Cpl. Darin Hickey of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said about 4 p.m. Monday, Division of Family Services investigators contacted police about a call that had come in on a child-abuse hotline...
St. Louis police target parents of offenders (12/10/14)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis police are responding to an outbreak of downtown violence by targeting the parents of youthful offenders. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that police have issued summons on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor to relatives of four teens targeted in a weekend drive-by shooting of a 16-year-old...
Matthew Cook pleads guilty to Advance murder, gets life without parole (12/09/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- "For nearly two years, my life has been turned upside down. ... I will never forget the day I got the call that my brother had been killed." That's what Shannon Smith said to Matthew Cook at the Dunklin County Justice Center on Monday morning...
Missouri readies for 10th execution of 2014 (12/09/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri is preparing for its final execution of 2014, a year in which the state has rivaled Texas with its use of the death penalty. Paul Goodwin is scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the 1998 killing of a 63-year-old St. Louis County woman with a hammer. He would be the 10th person put to death in Missouri this year -- the most since the death penalty was instituted. Already, the state has tied for the record set in 1999...
Man gets life in prison for fatal meth lab fire (12/09/14)
A 31-year-old Southeast Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for a meth-related fire that killed two young children. The state attorney general's office said that Joshua L. Maynard of Centerville was sentenced Monday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court. The case was moved there from Reynolds County, where the December 2012 fire destroyed a home in Bunker...
Missouri Muslim boy's slaying being investigated as hate crime (12/08/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Friends of a Muslim teenager who was run down and killed in a crash that's being investigated as a possible hate crime said they had been alarmed in recent weeks by someone driving around with anti-Islamic messages painted on a vehicle...
The Bar for "Gone Girl" film production vandalized (12/07/14)
At 2:20 p.m. Friday, a window was broken in at The Bar at 117 Themis St. in Cape Girardeau. The Cape Girardeau Police Department responded to a call where a window pane was broken on the Spanish Street side of the building, toward the rear. Shortly after, police arrested Joshua Precher, 19, of Cape Girardeau. He has been released on a summons for property damage and possession of a controlled substance...

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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...
National crime news
  • Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday.
  • A look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush
    Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were in their marked New York Police Department cruiser on a Brooklyn street when a gunman opened fire on them, then fled to a subway station where he committed suicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the partners never had time to pull their weapons and might not have even seen their killer. The men were working out of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn as part of a special detail to help with crime reduction in the area.
  • Police: Fugitive killed Florida officer
    MIAMI (AP) -- A fugitive trying to evade an arrest warrant shot a Tampa-area police officer and then ran him over early Sunday, killing the officer, police said.
  • Jets players speak out on murdered NYPD officers
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty.
  • QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.