News News headlines from the newspaper in Cape Girardeau, Missouri en-us Cape Police Department increases mental-illness response training The Cape Girardeau Police Department started tracking mental-health related calls with reports in May. Since then, 71 reports have been created, including 27 crisis calls in May. In August, that... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:15:41 -0500 Chaffee woman accused of lying about son's residence, over-collecting on food stamps The Cape Girardeau County's prosecuting attorney office charged a Chaffee, Missouri, woman with felony theft for allegedly receiving food-stamp benefits improperly. Stephanie Nicole Cerney, 37, was... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:15:29 -0500 Chamber Coffee event to be held Sept. 9; MDC to present The Missouri Department of Conservation will lead the conversation at the September First Friday Coffee event held by the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. However, despite its name, the event... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:15:11 -0500 Two Marble Hill aldermen resign Two Marble Hill aldermen have resigned, leaving the board of aldermen without a quorum and unable to conduct city business. First Ward Alderman Jackie Jenkins, who was elected to his first term in... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:56:53 -0500 Police arrest Cape woman, boy for alleged beatings of two girls An adult witness said two women and an older juvenile boy assaulted 14- and 11-year-old girls and "were beating these girls like grown people," according to a probable-cause statement from Cape... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:46:23 -0500 Jay Ashcroft accuses Missouri Secretary of State of election mismanagement Republican Jay Ashcroft accused Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander of election mismanagement Wednesday for failing to address alleged voter fraud in St. Louis. Ashcroft, who is running for the... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:46:08 -0500 Sikeston man charged with assault after wreck that injured 2 teens The Scott County's prosecuting attorney's office charged a Sikeston, Missouri, man Tuesday with two counts of second-degree assault after he allegedly injured two young women in a car collision Aug.... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:45:41 -0500 Benton to host annual Neighbor Days festival A "Mutton Bustin'" sheep riding contest and a greased-pole climb will be among the activities featured at Benton (Missouri) Neighbor Days this weekend. Other activities include live music, mud races,... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:45:19 -0500 KFVS director of sales promoted to general manager Former director of sales Scott Thomas has stepped into the role full time, having served as the interim general manager since mid-July. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:41:08 -0500 Power outage causes Southeast to close Dearmont Hall wing for semester A power outage in Dearmont Hall on the Southeast Missouri State University campus has displaced 51 residents, and university officials have announced it may take 14 to 16 weeks to repair the issue. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:15:20 -0500 Cape Girardeau chosen to host Delta Challenge Pitch Competition Cape Girardeau is among six locations selected by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) for its third annual Delta Challenge Pitch Competition. In an announcement on Monday, DRA federal co-chairman... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:11:48 -0500 Cairo murderer sentenced to 51 years in prison Judge Mark Clarke sentenced Marquad Harris, 19, of Cairo, Illinois, to 51 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Harris was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury March 11. Harris shot... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:10:09 -0500 One of Columbus' ships on the Mississippi River A replica of the Nina ship passes by Cape Girardeau during a trip from Hannibal, Missouri, to its next stop at Grand Rivers, Kentucky. The Columbus Foundation operates two replicas, Nina and Pinta,... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:46:27 -0500 Local priest met Mother Teresa, will attend canonization Although he met her only once, the Rev. David Hulshof found his fleeting encounter with Mother Teresa profoundly memorable. At the time, the priest of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau was... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:12:34 -0500 U.S. flag, national anthem spark debate To some, our nation's flag and national anthem represent freedom. To others, they represent bondage and oppression. The emotional attachment to the nation's flag varies by individual. For some, it is... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:12:20 -0500 Blunt: America would be better off with Trump America would be better off with Donald Trump as president because he would help roll back federal regulations, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said during a campaign stop Monday in Jackson. Blunt told a... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:08:41 -0500 Missouri's composite ACT score dips amid its expanded testing Now that Missouri has a baseline for its expanded ACT testing that began in 2015, local school districts are beginning to see how they compare and where they can improve. Last week, the state... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:08:28 -0500 Assaults on inmates, officers rise as area's jail populations increase As prison and jail populations increase, so do the number of assaults on inmates and officers. At Scott County Jail, there is nearly a direct correlation to the jail population rising and the number... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:19:25 -0500 Former alt-rock frontwoman tells how she found Christianity Rock 'n' roll types typically don't show up in church until they have to. Lacey Sturm, the former frontwoman of the alternative rock band Flyleaf, said she was no exception. "We all have a story of... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:18:47 -0500 Semo Port names assistant director after long search After a monthslong search, the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority, or Semo Port, has selected a new assistant director. Cary Harbison will take on the role Thursday. Until Friday, Harbison... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:18:04 -0500 Senior Matters expo aims to help both types Seniors in age and grade level came together Saturday at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau for the second annual Senior Matters expo. In addition to nearly 70 vendors showcasing services, expo... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:11:37 -0500 Effect of EpiPen price increase varies locally Southeast Missourians who require the lifesaving injections have not been faced with the prospect of paying for the $608 drug. With insurance and discounts, the price tag has not been so dramatic for... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:11:09 -0500 Area libraries will soon offer telescopes for checkout Stargazers are about to get a real treat in Southeast Missouri as several area libraries will soon begin offering telescopes for checkout. Trish Erzfeld, director of Perry County Heritage Tourism and... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:10:54 -0500 New custody law for equal time for dads begins today; some question law's relevance Missouri's new child-custody law, which takes effect today, seeks to allow children in divorce cases to have more equal time with mom and dad. Supporters see the law as helping good fathers get more... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:55:15 -0500 Scott City School District introduces new preschool program It’s a typical morning inside Scott City Elementary School’s new preschool classroom. Pint-size boys and girls buzz around before nap time, some attempting to stretch tiny fitted sheets over... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:50:48 -0500 Supporters: Cigarette-tax hike offers good investment in early-childhood programs A proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot in Missouri would boost funding for early-childhood health and education programs by raising cigarette taxes, supporters said during a news... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:50:30 -0500 200 women attend inaugural Flourish summit More than 200 women from across Southeast Missouri gathered Thursday at the Osage Centre for the Flourish Magazine Women’s Summit. Hosted by the Southeast Missourian and rustmedia and touted as a... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:50:21 -0500 Cape county commission to consider property-tax increase Cape Girardeau County taxpayers would pay a slightly higher property tax this year if the county commission approves the calculated rate. Commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday before... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:50:02 -0500 Decision on charges expected soon in hit-and-run case POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Authorities soon may decide whether to charge a former local businessman in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a Poplar Bluff teenager. Ian Page, assistant... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:49:07 -0500 Perry County nabs pair from Iowa, Sikeston for alleged distribution; meth, pot found A Perry County sheriff's deputy was curious Sunday afternoon when he spotted a car with Iowa plates parked in front of a construction site that recently suffered multiple thefts. He pulled the car... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:47:31 -0500 Three charged with stealing car from service station Chaffee, Missouri, police arrested three men Monday on charges they stole a car from a service station and drove it around until it broke down. The Scott County prosecuting attorney's office charged... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:46:33 -0500 City, Southeast break ground on Capaha Field upgrades Officials with the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University broke ground Wednesday on a project that will make major improvements to Capaha Field. Planned renovations include... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:43:31 -0500 Another section of Broadway to close for the latest of downtown projects Drivers who regularly travel on Broadway to get to and from downtown Cape Girardeau should expect to take a slightly different route for a while. The city of Cape Girardeau announced Wednesday that... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:42:19 -0500 Habitat for Humanity continues Jackson home project, begins 2 in Cape As the Cape Area Habitat for Humanity's home project in Jackson takes shape, two more have begun in Cape Girardeau. Construction on a 1,100-square-foot residence at 828 James St. has been slow, Cape... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:42:09 -0500 Wal-Mart theft probe yields drug charges against woman Cape Girardeau police detained a Glenallen, Missouri, woman for stealing $24 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart, and a search revealed 35 pills and a bag of a crystalline substance, police said. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:25:00 -0500 Crash ties up Center Junction for 30 minutes The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado ran a red light heading southeast on Kingshighway and collided with a semitrailer truck exiting Interstate 55 onto Kingshighway about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, police... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:52:19 -0500 Police search for aggressive dog yields drug bust A Scott County sheriff’s deputy was at the residence of a Morley, Missouri, man on a report of an aggressive pit bull. When standing outside the owner’s house, the deputy said he smelled marijuana... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:51:49 -0500 Pizza sales surge with return of Southeast students The return of students to Southeast Missouri State University means many things to many people. Faculty return to the classroom. Motorists are faced with more traffic around town. Business picks up... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:51:36 -0500 Retail initiative progresses with assessment meetings After meeting with Jackson landowners and developers, the city and consulting firm Catalyst Commercial are one step closer to bringing new retail business to Jackson. The 11 face-to-face meetings... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:16:55 -0500 Cape County property tax rate to see little change The Cape Girardeau County Commission approved property tax rates Monday that will change only slightly from a year ago. The county government's general-fund tax rate will rise to 5.06 cents per $100... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:43:22 -0500 Scott County Route DD closed for pipe replacement Scott County Route DD closed for pipe replacement Route DD in Scott County, between county roads 461 and 465, will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert pipe... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:34:56 -0500 Cape police: Sikeston man pointed gun at man in argument over wife Cape Girardeau police arrested a Sikeston, Missouri, man after he pointed a pistol at another man during an argument, according to a probable-cause statement. The Cape Girardeau County's prosecuting... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:08:16 -0500 NPHC celebrates first Hump Day of the year On Aug. 24, members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council gathered in front of Kent Library for their first "Hump Day" of the school year. Hump Day is when members of NPHC, a council for historically... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:18:01 -0500 Special prosecutor soon will convene grand jury over fatal hit-and-run POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A grand jury soon will be seated to decide whether a local businessman will be charged in connection with a December hit-and-run accident that killed a Poplar Bluff teenager.... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:19:11 -0500 Oran man accused of beating woman, pot possession An Oran, Missouri, man is in custody after police say he beat a woman outside their residence. Mark Gordon, 42, faces second-degree domestic assault and misdemeanor possession of a controlled... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:18:59 -0500 Cape Girardeau man charged after police chase, crash Michael J. Jones, 28, of Cape Girardeau faces one misdemeanor and two felony charges after a police chase through Cape Girardeau, where Jones is accused of running one car off the road and crashing... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:18:27 -0500 Man charged with 19 felonies in connection with Dexter burglaries BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Bloomfield parolee is being held in jail without bond after being charged Friday with nearly 20 felonies in connection with recent break-ins at eight Dexter, Missouri,... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:18:14 -0500 Cape police: Illinois union president hit woman in head with rock A Tamms, Illinois, labor-union president faces domestic-assault charges after Cape Girardeau police said he hit a woman in the back of the head with a rock. Matthew E. Smith, 32, is charged with... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:11:49 -0500 Governor hopeful Greitens makes a stop in Cape Girardeau Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens addresses a crowd at his Cape Girardeau campaign office Saturday evening as part of his statewide kickoff tour. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:27:01 -0500 Perry County school board OKs slightly lower tax rate PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Members of the Perry County School Board approved a slightly lower property tax rate at their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday night. They set the rate at $3.2104 per $100 of... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:55:10 -0500 Chaffee firefighters battle house blaze; renovations were underway CHAFFEE, Mo. — Chaffee firefighters worked for about six hours extinguishing hot spots at a house at 115 W. Parker Ave., fire chief Sam Glency said. The back section of the house was enveloped in... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:43:16 -0500 Police: Man broke open roommate's door, put gun to her head A Cape Girardeau man kicked down his roommate’s bedroom door, held a shotgun to her head and told her to get out of the house, police said. Cape Girardeau police arrested Everett Phillip Way II on... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:43:02 -0500 Cape man, woman say they were shot by men they'd never met Two 31-year-old Cape Girardeau residents were shot late Tuesday near apartment complexes on North Pind Wood Lane, police said. A male victim was shot twice in the right leg, and a female victim was... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:42:47 -0500 Cape man accused of snatching purse faces felony charge A Cape Girardeau man has been arrested and charged with felony robbery after police say he stole a woman’s purse Monday. Police went to the 200 block of South Mount Auburn Road after receiving... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:42:00 -0500