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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
Police make extra patrols at Cape movie venue (07/27/15)
In the wake of a mass shooting last week in a crowded movie theater last week in Lafayette, Louisiana, police have agreed to help patrol Wehrenberg 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau for the near future. Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Cine general manager Kevin Dillon said the theatre's safety protocols always are in place, and the request for a police officer's presence is just an extra precaution...
Morley man accused of sex crimes with a girl (07/27/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A 41-year-old Morley, Missouri, man was arrested Friday and changed with sex-related crimes with a child. Terrial Tyler of Morley was charged with second-degree statutory sodomy and enticement of a child after Tyler was accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl, reported Scott County Sheriff's Capt. Jerry Bledsoe...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/26/15 (07/26/15)
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, driving while revoked and no motorcycle helmet. n Jerrod C. Lynn, 20, of Sikeston, Missouri, was issued a summons for driving while intoxicated and being a minor in possession...
George Joseph found guilty of 2 counts of first-degree murder (07/24/15)
It took the jury about an hour and 40 minutes to find George Joseph guilty of the murders of his wife and son. Joseph was found guilty Thursday of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in the May 2013 shooting deaths of Mary and Matthew Joseph...
Police: 3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman (07/24/15)
LAFAYETTE, La. -- A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Louisiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before fatally shooting himself, officials said. The gunman, a 58-year-old "lone white male," fired his weapon "numerous times" before shooting himself at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, city Police Chief Jim Craft told a news conference...
Dexter man arrested for arson (07/24/15)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Monday morning residential fire has led to the arrest of a Dexter man on suspicion of second-degree arson. James Higgs, 54, is suspected of having started a fire inside 815 N. Sassafras St. in Dexter, according to a probable-cause statement...
Murder charge filed in weekend killing of Bloomfield man (07/24/15)
MALDEN, Mo. -- Floyd Mantel Young Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with a shooting earlier this month. Young, 22, is accused of having "knowingly caused serious physical injury to Dustin Greer by shooting him" with a deadly weapon, according to a complaint filed in the case...
Attack in St. Louis County raises concern about strangers (07/24/15)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- It was a parent's worst nightmare -- a complete stranger following a family home and molesting a child at knifepoint in her bed. Authorities say such a crime, which played out in St. Louis County last weekend, is exceedingly rare. Still, the attack of an 11-year-old girl in the Mehlville area has raised concern about stranger danger...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/24/15 (07/24/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Melody J. Anderson, 47, of Jackson was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain single lane and no headlights. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of stealing at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St...
Jackson police report 7/24/15 (07/24/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Kate L. Brase, 30, of Jackson was issued a summons for a stop-sign violation. n Mariah A. Islas, 20, of Cape Girardeau was issued summonses for failure to register a motor vehicle, failure to maintain insurance and operating a motor vehicle while operator's license suspended...
Dexter man gets 30 years in HIV-exposure case (07/23/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Butler County judge sentenced a Dexter, Missouri, man to 30 years in prison after saying he willingly and intentionally put sexual partners at risk for HIV. David Lee Mangum, 39, appeared before Presiding Circuit Judge Michael Pritchett for sentencing Tuesday afternoon...
Testimony in Joseph trial centers on dealings with Monia (07/23/15)
Try as she might, George Joseph's attorney, Cynthia Dryden, was unable to persuade Judge Benjamin Lewis to keep Keith Monia out of the discussion Wednesday. Much of the testimony on the third day of Joseph's murder trial focused on the defendant's financial situation, including his connection with Monia. Dryden raised several continuing objections to evidence and witness testimony throughout the day...
Poplar Bluff woman indicted for bank fraud (07/23/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff woman is to be arraigned in U.S. District Court on Friday morning after her recent indictment for bank fraud. Stephanie Ann McCane, a former assistant to a loan officer at Southern Bank in Poplar Bluff, is to appear at 10:45 a.m. Friday in Cape Girardeau before U.S. Magistrate Judge Abbie Crites-Leoni on the two-court indictment, which recently was handed down by a federal grand jury...
Cape police investigate two rape reports (07/23/15)
This week, the police department reported two accounts of rape in the Cape Girardeau area. However, the reports aren't believed to be related, said Sgt. Adam Glueck. Both reports were delayed. The first, which came Monday, was delayed "a considerable amount of time," Glueck said...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/23/15 (07/23/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Eric T. Collins, 37, 118 S. Hanover St., was issued a summons for driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and failure to signal...

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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...
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