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Wednesday, July 23, 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
Tarrillion pleads guilty to misdemeanor (07/23/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A former police chief is about to become an inmate for a few days. Keith Tarrillion, who resigned from the Perrvyille Police Department in March 2013 amid allegations of professional misconduct, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a misdemeanor charge of making a false report...
Former candidate for Perryville police chief fired amid fraud investigation (07/23/14)
A man who tried to run for police chief last winter has been fired from the Perryville, Missouri, Police Department amid a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation into an allegation of fraud. In a news release Tuesday, chief Direk Hunt announced the Missouri State Highway Patrol was conducting a criminal investigation into a complaint against a Perryville police officer...
Traffic stop turns into high-speed police chase (07/23/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A routine traffic stop Friday abruptly turned into a high-speed chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies and ended with a flaming vehicle in Dexter. Deputy Cody Wilson pulled over Andrew Lee Bell, 40, of Cape Girardeau at Highway 25 and County Road 672 for operating a vehicle without a functioning license plate light, according to a warrant affidavit filed with the Stoddard County Sheriff's Office...
Judge denies bond reduction in Olive Street shooting (07/23/14)
A Cape Girardeau County judge denied a shooting suspect's motion for bond reduction Tuesday morning but promised to take up the request again later. Tommy Davis, 30, faces charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a June 4 shooting that injured a Cape Girardeau man at a home on Olive Street...
Oran, Mo., man arrested on misconduct, statutory sodomy charges (07/23/14)
An Oran-area man is in custody on a $100,000 cash-only bond after being charged with crimes against a child. Jesse John Branson, 37, of 828 State Highway CC near Oran was charged with sexual misconduct involving a child and statutory sodomy in the first degree, both felonies, according to a press release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Contractor arrested after not delivering on Kennett Country Club (07/23/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Blytheville, Arkansas, businessman suspected of abandoning the renovation of the Kennett Country Club swimming pool was scheduled for an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Dunklin County Courthouse in downtown Kennett...
Morley bank robbery suspect pleads guilty (07/22/14)
A suspect in the May 20 robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Morley, Missouri, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. Alexander T. Trotter, 31, of St. Louis pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery charge at the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. United States Courthouse in Cape Girardeau...
Williams sentenced to life in jail with parole (07/22/14)
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William Syler sentenced Steven Williams to life in prison with the possibility of parole Monday for the second-degree murder of Darcus Purl. Williams, 37, fatally shot Purl during a confrontation in September over their mutual romantic interest, neighbor Georgia Cowson...
Scott County holding inmates indefinitely for neighboring jail (07/21/14)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The New Madrid County Jail is closed, indefinitely, amid concerns it may lose insurance. New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens told the Sikeston Standard Democrat a decision was made to close the jail after a meeting with the attorney for the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund, which provides the jail's insurance. ...
Data suggest police stop minority drivers at higher rates (07/20/14)
On paper, police in Southeast Missouri appear to be stopping minority drivers at a disproportionately high rate. But local law enforcement officials say data released by Attorney General Chris Koster's office may have more to do with big roads passing through small communities than with any bias on the part of officers making the stops...
Sikeston man jailed for burglary, other charges (07/20/14)
A Sikeston, Missouri, man is in custody on burglary, tampering and drug charges after he was allegedly forced his way into a home and was confronted by its owner. Kaiden E. Lambert of Sikeston, 20, has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, stealing, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Office...
Man charged after pit bull attacks 7-year-old girl (07/20/14)
A Perryville, Missouri, man is facing a criminal charge after his dog mauled a young neighbor, Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said Friday. A pit bull owned by Christopher Gaulding, 26, of Perryville attacked a 7-year-old girl who came into Gaulding's yard July 9, Schaaf said...
Overnight guest brings drugs, gets busted (07/20/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A male guest at a Chaffee-area home was arrested Thursday and faces drug charges. Joshua Franklin Baker, 31, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernailia, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
3 appear in court on alleged arson-murder plot (07/20/14)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- After three hours of testimony in a Stoddard County courtroom Thursday afternoon, Judge Joe Z. Satterfield ordered Donald Lafferty, 69, and Christopher Hicks, 34, to be bound over to Division I Circuit Court, where they are scheduled to appear at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6...
Officer on administrative leave after early morning fight (07/18/14)
A Cape Girardeau police officer is on administrative leave while authorities investigate a fight that occurred early Tuesday morning, a police spokesman confirmed Thursday. "We got a call of a fight early Tuesday morning at the Huddle House and determined that an off-duty officer may have been involved," said Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
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
  • Former trader gets 2 years in prison for fraud
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced a former Wall Street trader to two years in prison on Wednesday for securities fraud, saying he took advantage of a government bailout program.
  • Man linked to gun said 'bomber' was best friend
    BOSTON (AP) -- A man linked to a gun used to kill a university police officer days after the Boston Marathon bombings told police he smoked marijuana every day because, in his words, "my best friend was the bomber," according to court documents.
  • Women charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Five people, including two women in the U.S., were charged Wednesday with funneling money to the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia, prosecutors said.
  • Seattle police: Homeless arrested most for pot
    SEATTLE (AP) -- An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.
  • James Holmes' lawyers question firearms analysis
    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case attacked the reliability of firearms analysis Wednesday, saying it is subjective and lacks statistics to measure its accuracy.