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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
Judge declares mistrial in Cairo murder case (08/22/14)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The murder case against Chauncey Hughes Jr. went back to square one Friday after a day of unexpected events that began with the early departure of a juror and ended in a mistrial. Hughes, 30, is accused in the Nov. 1 shooting death of his wife, Heather Davis, 22...
Police warn of counterfeit checks circulating locally (08/22/14)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department alerted the public Friday about counterfeit payroll checks being passed in Cape Girardeau County. Since the end of July to mid-August, several of the checks have been cashed at local businesses. Police department spokesman Jason Selzer said they have suspects, some of whom are local...
Father of murder suspect says son was sorrowful after shooting (08/22/14)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Testimony continued Thursday in the case against a Cairo man accused of killing his wife, with the man's father taking the stand in his son's defense. Chauncey Hughes Sr. told an Alexander County, Illinois, jury his son, 30-year-old Chauncey Hughes Jr., was in "sorrow, pain, crying" when he spoke with him on the telephone the day after the shooting...
Many police killings, but only Ferguson erupts (08/22/14)
There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles. Then Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. And waves of rioting have convulsed the St. Louis suburb for more than 10 days...
Arguments begin in Cairo murder case (08/21/14)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Arguments began Wednesday in Alexander County, Illinois, Circuit Court in the murder case against a Cairo man accused of killing his wife last fall. Chauncey Hughes, 30, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the Nov. 1 shooting death of his wife, Heather Davis, 22...
Holder says he understands mistrust of police (08/21/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race...
Jury selected in Cairo murder case (08/20/14)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A jury will hear opening arguments this morning in the case against a Cairo man accused of killing his wife last fall. Chauncey Hughes, 30, faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the Nov. 1 shooting death of his wife, Heather Davis, 22...
Man gets life for jewelry-store robbery (08/20/14)
A Memphis, Tennessee, man was sentenced this week to life in prison for his role in a 2009 robbery at a Cape Girardeau jewelry store. Darryl House, 30, already had two prior robbery convictions when he was convicted of helping rob the Jayson Jewelers store at 97 N. Kingshighway, according to a news release Tuesday from the U.S. attorney's office...
Two arrested for alleged robbery of elderly woman (08/20/14)
Cape Girardeau police arrested two suspects Monday morning in connection with a weekend robbery that allegedly left an elderly woman with an injured hip and without a car, cell phone, wallet and television. Napoleon A. Cornelius, Jr., 18, of Cape Girardeau and Britney L. ...
Three arrested in connection with Dogwood burglary (08/19/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Three Mississippi County residents are in custody after a burglary investigation by the sheriff's department. Kailyn Jill-Brooks Berberich, 19; Kyle James Bench, 20; and Alton Christopher Turner, 24, all of East Prairie, Missouri, are charged with second-degree burglary and felony stealing, each charge punishable by up to seven years in jail...
Sikeston woman faces felony forgery charges (08/19/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, woman is facing felony charges after two forgery investigations by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department. Ashley Jordan Wallace, 29, was taken into custody last week and charged with two counts of forgery, punishable by up to seven years in the prison...
Davis pleads not guilty in connection with Olive Street shooting (08/19/14)
A Cape Girardeau man pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse on Monday morning. Tommy Joe Davis III, 30, was arrested and charged with the two counts after a June 4 shooting that injured another Cape Girardeau man at a home on Olive Street...
Ex-Crime Stoppers treasurer sentenced for theft (08/19/14)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- The former treasurer of a southwest Missouri anti-crime group has been ordered to repay nearly $3,300 he stole from the group. Joplin resident Matthew Paige served as treasurer of Heartland Crime Stoppers from July 2012 to April 2013, when the group's directors noticed problems in its finances and requested an audit...
2 charged with scamming elderly woman (08/19/14)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- A Southeast Missouri prosecutor has charged two people with scamming an elderly woman out of more than $300,000. The Daily Journal in Park Hills, Missouri, reported 54-year-old Cynthia Pennington and 47-year-old Randy Pennington of Farmington face one count each of financial exploitation of an elderly person...
Former superintendent enters plea in Springfield killings (08/19/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A former Missouri school superintendent has pleaded not guilty to killing a Springfield couple from whom police said he had requested a large loan. KOLR-TV reported 53-year-old Mark Porter appeared in court Monday on two counts of first-degree murder...
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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
  • Ferguson streets stay calm after violent nights
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
  • Key events following the death of Michael Brown
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
  • Thousands turn out for rally over chokehold death
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.
  • Texas marijuana farm a rare find near border
    RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) -- On land once used to grow watermelons and grain, 8-foot tall marijuana plants swayed under a canopy of mesquite. White pipes and a pump diverted water from a canal, delivered to the 60-foot long rows by carefully excavated trenches.
  • Residents say assault case erodes trust in police
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Residents of a neighborhood where an Oklahoma City officer is accused of sexually assaulting women say the allegations make them distrust police.