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Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
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
Local counselor pays $25,000 to settle Medicaid fraud suit (01/30/15)
A Cape Girardeau counselor has paid $25,000 to settle a 2014 Medicaid fraud suit, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Friday. In February, Koster filed a 15-count lawsuit alleging Jennifer Kirchhoff engaged in improper billing practices that netted her $8,062 more than she was entitled to receive for family and individual therapy sessions...
Tractor stolen from Glenallen man (01/30/15)
The Bollinger County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help to find a stolen tractor. The owner of the 1956 International 200 tractor reported it stolen Wednesday from a barn on his property on Route ZZ near Glenallen, Missouri, according to a bulletin posted Friday on the department's Facebook page...
Man accused of beating amputee's face with hammer (01/29/15)
A Scott City man is set for arraignment next month on charges he beat an amputee in the face with a hammer and stole his prescription medications. Dustin T. Smith, 27, faces charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, burglary and robbery in connection with the Dec. 28 confrontation...
Two men charged with armed robbery in Cape Girardeau (01/29/15)
Two men were in custody Wednesday after an armed robbery Tuesday night on South Sprigg Street, Cape Girardeau police reported. Aaron Drake, 29, and Laterrius Triplett, 20, were charged with one count each of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the case, said Cpl. Darin Hickey of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/29/15 (01/29/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Leon C. Wilder, 31, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on a Morehouse, Missouri, warrant for failure to appear for driving while revoked. n Matthew J. Dixon, 31, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on a Sikeston, Missouri, warrant for failure to appear...
Investigation into Southeast student's shooting yields two arrests (01/28/15)
The investigation into the shooting death of a Southeast Missouri State University student has yielded two arrests, Illinois law enforcement officials said Tuesday. It was not clear how or even whether the arrests were connected to the slaying of 19-year-old Southeast sophomore Bobby Christman during an attempted armed robbery early Jan. 11 in St. Louis...
Body found in Black River identified; man was shot (01/28/15)
MARKHAM SPRINGS, Mo. -- Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a missing Bismarck, Missouri, man whose body was found over the weekend in Black River. "We got a call at 9:54 Saturday morning," Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch said. "A couple of fishermen spotted a body in the water about a mile to a mile and a half south of Markham Springs in Black River."...
Malden man charged in shovel assault (01/28/15)
MALDEN, Mo. -- A Malden man was charged Monday with critically injuring another man by allegedly striking him repeatedly in the head with a shovel. William Scott Laden, 23, of the 500 block of South Kimball Street was charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and resisting arrest by Dunklin County assistant prosecuting attorney Jonce Chidister. All of the charges are felonies...
Man charged with murder in Illinois set for trial April 20 (01/28/15)
A Cape Girardeau County man facing a murder charge in St. Clair County, Illinois, is set for trial in April. Anthony P. Allen, 22, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 9 shooting death of 25-year-old Darrin B. Hayes of Belleville, Illinois...
Cape Girardeau police investigate early morning assault (01/27/15)
Early Sunday morning, a man reported being the victim of an armed assault near Washington Park in Cape Girardeau. Sgt. Jason Selzer of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said the man was walking by the park between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. when an armed assailant stopped him and demanded his belongings...
Three charged in Hayti Heights fatal shooting (01/27/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Three people will be arraigned Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday in Hayti Heights, Missouri. Samuel Carnell Jones Jr., 25, of Columbia, Missouri; Arthur W. Liddell, 29; and Demario M. Mitchell, 18, of Hayti are charged in connection with the death of Cedriceon Stewart, 20, of Hayti Heights. ...
Two arrested in connection with January murder (01/27/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two men being sought in connection with the Jan. 11 murder of Christopher West are in custody. Capt. Jim McMillen, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety's public information officer, said in a news release that at 3 p.m. Thursday, officers learned that William Henry and Gailon Appelwhite were hiding in Sikeston...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/27/15 (01/27/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Carmella A. Johnson, 25, of Sikeston, Missouri, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for probation violation and possession of a controlled substance...
Two people wanted in Perry County (01/26/15)
On Friday afternoon the Perry County Sheriff's Office released the names of three individuals who are wanted for various crimes. Two of the three still had active warrants as of Sunday afternoon. The first, Christopher W. Heberlie, 38, of St. Mary, Missouri, was wanted and arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance. Over the weekend he was incarcerated at the Missouri Department of Corrections, processed and released...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/26/15 (01/26/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department reported the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Travis J. Williamson, 34, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. n Robert L. Wilkes, 19, of St. Louis was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for a probation violation...

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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
  • NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convicted of moonlighting as hit men for the mob.
  • City will pay $3.9M in 2012 NY police shooting of Bronx teen
    NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012.
  • San Francisco police detain man in human remains case
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco police said they detained a man shown in photos released earlier in the day in the case of human remains found inside a suitcase.
  • Bill Cosby's show in Ohio draws a few protesters
    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- Bill Cosby's stand-up tour has stopped in northern Ohio, where it drew several protesters before the show. The comedian himself received standing ovations before and after his performance.
  • St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files list of assets, debts
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has assets totaling more than $45 million -- including about $11 million in real estate -- according to a schedule of assets and liabilities filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.