Whitewater man arrested after Thanksgiving incidents involving daughter, deputies
It probably was not a happy Thanksgiving for Larry Gene Hottel of Whitewater, who was arrested the Thursday night and charged Sunday with second-degree domestic assault, felony unlawful use of a weapon and felony resisting arrest. At 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Cape Girardeau County sheriff's deputy Robert Jenkins talked with Hottel's daughter, who reported domestic assault, Jenkins wrote in a probable-cause statement. ...
Man accused of punching officer in the eye
A man was arrested Sunday morning after being accused of punching a local police officer in the eye. Derekus Michael Parker, 23, of Cape Girardeau was charged Monday with assault of a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest, both which are felonies...
Homeless man accused of threatening person with knife
A homeless man was taken into custody Friday by the Cape Girardeau police after being accused of threatening a passer-by with a knife. Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Rick Schmidt reported the homeless man got into an argument with another man Friday morning near Wal-Mart, 3439 William St. The homeless man was holding a sign at an intersection near the Wal-Mart and asking passing cars for money...
Doctor shopping of prescription drugs remains a scourge in Missouri
Missouri is facing a prescription drug abuse epidemic, with dealers who sell to addicts from their own doctor-prescribed bottles. There's no way for doctors in Missouri to know a patient already has a prescription, because the state does not have a prescription-drug database...
Perryville man accused of robbery attempts
A Perryville, Missouri, man made two attempts of armed robbery the same night and was arrested the next morning, police reported. Danny Rue Sr., 51, of Perryville was arrested by Perryville police about 8 a.m. Wednesday and was charged with 11 counts, including attempted robbery, kidnapping, burglary, third-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. His bond is set at $50,000, cash only...
Missouri school district adopts transgender policy
MARIONVILLE, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri school district has a new policy governing bathroom usage for transgender students some civil-rights advocates are calling discriminatory. The Marionville School District recently adopted a policy allowing students to either use a gender-neutral bathroom or a bathroom designated for their biological sex, The Springfield News-Leader reported...
Thankful people: Couple grateful their premature-birth son survived
When it comes to appreciation and gratitude, the list of Jim and Anna Phillips is legion, as they recount the April 19 birth of their son, Jack, a lively little guy with bright blue eyes who has his own way of chuckling when he smiles. Born at 29 weeks, Jack weighed only 2 1/2 pounds; a pregnancy commonly ranges from 37 to 42 weeks...
Seven-period school day plan comes under fire
The mood was tense at the Cape Girardeau School Board's regular meeting Monday, as nearly 40 people spoke their opinions on moving the district from an eight-period to a seven-period school day. Of top concern to many students who addressed the board was the loss of opportunities to take electives...
Seven-period day to top agenda at school board meeting
A proposal to switch from an eight-period school day to seven will be the main topic of discussion Monday at the Cape Girardeau School Board's regular meeting. While no action is scheduled to be taken by the board, about 35 teachers, parents and students are signed up to voice opinions and concerns during a public comment period, said superintendent Jim Welker. Each person is allowed three minutes to speak...
One small certification for man ... one great lesson for mankind
When the items arrive to Cape Girardeau, they're escorted by a police officer and stored in a secure vault at a local bank. They're not made of silver or gold, nor are they diamonds. They are, however, considered a national treasure and have traveled a long way from home -- 238,885 miles, to be exact...