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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 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
Guthrie pleads guilty to assaulting an officer (11/26/14)
A Jackson man pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer in connection with a June 2012 confrontation with police. Lawrence Guthrie, 48, initially had been charged with one count each of domestic assault and armed criminal action and three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer...
Pseudoephedrine sales down in Missouri, but meth problem remains (11/25/14)
Methamphetamine crimes have been a chronic problem in Southeast Missouri. Modern technology and cooperation from local governments have significantly helped law enforcement officers combat the issue, but officials said the state has not yet managed to solve its meth problem...
Malden mom charged in child's death (11/25/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Malden, Missouri, woman made her first appearance in a Dunklin County court Friday morning after she was charged with causing the death of her 5-year-old daughter. Tina Diann Burton, 45, appeared before Associate Circuit Judge John Spielman for arraignment on charges of felony second-degree murder/first-degree involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse...
Federal court document alludes to video evidence in murder case (11/21/14)
A document filed recently in federal court suggests video evidence may exist against a Bonne Terre, Missouri, man accused of killing Cape Girardeau tattoo artist Samuel "Tick" Francis. Melvin Scherrer, 50, faces state charges of first-degree murder and four other felonies in connection with the death of Francis, 38, whose body was found July 25, 2013, in a septic tank in rural St. Francois County, Missouri...
Suspect sought in armed robbery, assault (11/21/14)
Authorities are looking for a Cape Girardeau man in connection with an armed robbery and assault reported Tuesday evening in Cape Girardeau County. Torian D. Hence, 25, is accused of striking a co-worker in the head and taking his wallet. A probable cause statement filed by Cpl. H. VanGennip says an employee at Do It Best, 5422 Nash Road, reported "he heard his boss screaming and found him 'beat up.'"...
Former Scott City officer on probation for drug distribution (11/20/14)
A former Scott City police officer is on probation after pleading guilty to a felony drug distribution charge. Samuel J. Lincoln, 26, of Whitewater pleaded guilty in September to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a felony, court records show...
New trouble for man who avoided prison for years (11/19/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A man who avoided prison for 13 years because of a clerical error is in trouble again, just months after a Missouri judge released him from his original sentence for armed robbery and declared him a "good man and a changed man." Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was arrested on second-degree robbery charges for allegedly grabbing a woman's purse in downtown St. ...
Execution date nears for Missouri man (11/18/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Attorneys for a Missouri man scheduled to be executed this week are asking the courts and Gov. Nixon to spare his life, alleging that race played a role in his death sentence. Leon Taylor, 56, is scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing gas station attendant Robert Newton during a robbery in 1994 in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Missouri. He would be the ninth man put to death in Missouri this year and the 11th since November 2013...
Two bank robbery supsects sentenced in federal court (11/18/14)
Two of the four suspects in the Oct. 10, 2013, bank robbery in Morley, Missouri, were sentenced in federal court Monday. Alisha D. Porter of Oran, Missouri, and Candice L. Wright of Chicago were the two women involved in the robbery. The other two suspects are Joshua L. Thompson of Sikeston, Missouri, and Roger R. Clayton of Davenport, Iowa. Thompson was sentenced in August and Clayton is scheduled for sentencing in February...
St. Louis woman gets 78 years for beating, waterboarding children (11/17/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis woman has been sentenced to 78 years in prison for beating, whipping and waterboarding her children. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 34-year-old Lakechia Schonta Stanley was sentenced Friday for multiple assault and endangerment charges. Prosecutors described the abuse as "systematic torture." Her children told interviewers the abuse included whippings with electrical cords and being forced into scalding or freezing showers...
Two teens arrested in robbery on Ranney Avenue (11/16/14)
Two Cape Girardeau teenagers were arrested Friday in connection with an armed robbery at a home on Ranney Avenue. Emanuel M. Crespo, 17, and Felix Malik Jones, 18, face multiple felony charges. A warrant issued in the case alleges Crespo and Jones entered a home at 1110 Ranney Ave. on Monday, displayed a gun, fired it at the resident and stole a shotgun...
Chauncey Hughes case delayed again (11/14/14)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The murder case against Chauncey Hughes Jr. hit another snag Thursday as lawyers for both sides agreed to postpone his new trial until late January to allow a witness time to recover from surgery. Hughes, 31, was charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 1, 2013, shooting death of his wife, 22-year-old restaurant owner Heather Davis...
Announcement may be pending in Bollinger County murder case (11/13/14)
The murder case against Lonnie Liley -- which has been at a virtual standstill since April -- finally appears to be moving again. Liley, 42, faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the Jan. 23 shooting death of his brother, 50-year-old Jessie Liley, at a trailer in rural Bollinger County, Missouri...
Tax preparer gets 51 months for fraudulent tax-refund scheme (11/12/14)
A former Jackson tax preparer was sentenced this week to four years and three months in federal prison in connection with a scheme in which she admitted to filing false income tax returns under clients' names, claiming excessive refunds and pocketing some of the money...
Warrants issued for Midwest Public Auction officials (11/12/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is seeking the arrests of two Midwest Public Auction executives in Poplar Bluff, alleging each of five counts of felony deceptive business practices. The 36th Judicial Court has issued arrest warrants for MWPA owner Donnie Smotherman, 49, of Henderson, Tennessee, and sales manager Leon B. McGregor, 35, whose last known address was in Lebanon, Tennessee...

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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
  • Foster dad pleads guilty in hot car death
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A foster dad pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for leaving a 10-month-old girl inside a sweltering car outside of his house in July while he and his partner smoked marijuana.
  • Ferguson protesters storm St. Louis City Hall
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Authorities have arrested at least two people at a protest over the Ferguson grand jury decision in which several demonstrators stormed City Hall in St. Louis.
  • Man who fell from ceiling naked held without bail
    BOSTON (AP) -- A Boston man who police say fell naked through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Boston's airport and then assaulted an elderly man has been ordered held without bail pending a hearing next week.
  • Police ID officers involved 12-year-old's shooting
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland police say two officers told a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun to show his hands three times before he was shot to death.
  • Hearing delayed again for ex-NFL player Sharper
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A preliminary hearing for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub has been delayed yet again.