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Sunday, Mar. 29, 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
Girl on bicycle struck, injured by motorist (03/29/15)
A 6-year-old girl on her bicycle was injured Saturday night after she was struck by a vehicle. The accident occurred near the 800 block of South Ellis Street in Cape Girardeau, at the intersection of Walnut Street, witnesses said. Cpl. Darin Hickey, public information officer of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, said after 7 p.m. ...
Ten teens arrested after attack on man (03/29/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ten teenagers were arrested by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety after the assault of a man last week. The department received a call at 5:13 p.m. Wednesday reporting a fight between youths and a man. Upon arriving, officers found a 28-year-old man who lived in the area who said he was assaulted by a group of 10 to 12 young men after telling them to not climb on the GED school building on Greer Avenue, said police Capt. Bill Mygatt...
Cape chief voted chairman of Major Case Squad (03/29/15)
Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair was elected chairman of the Cape Girardeau / Bollinger County Major Case Squad board of directors Thursday, according to a news release from the case squad. Blair succeeds Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh. According to squad bylaws, no member of the board of directors shall serve as chairman for two successive years...
Man arrested after search turns up drugs, gun, cash (03/29/15)
A suspect is in custody after an investigation this month by Jackson police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. After obtaining a search warrant, officers with the Jackson Police Department Special Response Team and the patrol division, as well as DEA agents, searched a home in the 400 block of Kate Street, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department...
Woman injured in pickup crash (03/29/15)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a vehicle crash early Saturday that injured one person and resulted in citations, including a DWI charge. At 12:09 a.m. Saturday, fire personnel and police responded to a flipped vehicle on Ferguson Drive near Big Bend Road in Cape Girardeau...
Churches receive threats over gay marriage (03/27/15)
Several area churches have received threatening letters after a vote by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to approve same-sex marriage. Westminster and First Presbyterian churches in Cape Girardeau and First Presbyterian in Jackson and Perryville, Missouri, received the letters, which say any church that accepts gay marriage "should be burned to the ground" and tells the churches, "you have been warned."...
1 dead in apparent homicide (03/27/15)
A Cape Girardeau County woman is dead after an apparent homicide Thursday west of Gordonville. The victim is 27-year-old Melissa Luttrell, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said. Authorities were investigating the crime scene Thursday evening at a home near the intersection of routes F and Z...
Execution set for man convicted of contract killing (03/27/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled a May 12 execution for a former St. Louis jailer convicted of hiring someone to kill his ex-wife in 2000. The state's high court set the execution date Thursday for Kimber Edwards, who turns 51 on Sunday...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/27/15 (03/27/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of domestic assault. n Kedar E. Bland, 24, 927 Bloomfield St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for probation violation...
Jackson police report 3/27/15 (03/27/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A 15-year-old boy was referred to juvenile authorities for truancy, being beyond parental control and behavior injurious to self. n A 15-year-old boy was referred to juvenile authorities for possession of marijuana under 35 grams...
Man charged with raping, burning developmentally disabled woman (03/26/15)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Marble Hill man has been charged with injuring and sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman. Barbara Grebing, owner of J&J Assisted Living, who took the woman to a doctor's appointment March 16, told Bollinger County sheriff's deputy Michael Henson the woman had an injury on her left wrist, according to a probable-cause statement filed by detective Sgt. Della Moore of the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department...
Man arrested after stabbing Wednesday (03/26/15)
A suspect was in custody after a stabbing Wednesday night in Cape Girardeau. Sgt. Rick Schmidt of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said a call came in at 8:18 p.m. about a stabbing victim at the Maple Crest Manor residential care facility on North Frederick Street...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/26/15 (03/26/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Suspect was in custody pending formal charges of dangerous drugs, possession of controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. n Two juveniles were cited into juvenile court for assault at 1000 S. Silver Springs Road...
Jackson police report 3/26/15 (03/26/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Dustin L. Tatum, 21, 619 Sue Drive, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (drugs), distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana under 35 grams, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/25/15 (03/25/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Suspects were in custody pending formal charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. n Suspects were in custody pending formal charges of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance...
Map database
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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
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    NEW YORK (AP) -- Searching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim.
  • Decorated Boston cop in coma after being shot in face
    BOSTON (AP) -- A decorated Boston police officer remained in a medically induced coma Saturday, a night after he was shot in the face by a man with several gun convictions during a traffic stop that ended when other officers fatally shot his attacker, the city's police commissioner said.