Reward being offered in drive-by shooting case
After issuing a news release Wednesday, law-enforcement officials have found two eye-witnesses they were searching for in connection with a shooting in Cape Girardeau. However, no arrests had been made by Thursday afternoon. Police were searching for Deion "Lester" Phillips and Devon "Day Day da Kidd" Smith, both of Cape Girardeau, after beliving they witnessed the apparent drive-by shooting earlier in the week...
State police told to turn over Carbondale shooting records
ST. LOUIS -- Illinois State Police improperly withheld information and must turn over investigative records sought by the father of a 21-year-old Carbondale woman killed in a shooting, the state attorney general's office has determined. Former Southern Illinois University student Molly Marie Young died in March 2012 at the apartment of her ex-boyfriend, Richie Minton, a Carbondale police dispatcher...
Standoff ends with man shooting himself to death
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control will investigate a standoff in which a man eventually took his own life. Greg Davis apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff that began about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/2/15
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges for possession of drug paraphernalia. n Nicole M. Guth, 35, 1516 Elfrink Drive, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for violation of court order...
Jackson police report 7/2/15
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Mary S. Mylonas, 34, 116 Ash St., was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. n Mary K. Rinacke, 19, 800 Eastview Court, was arrested on suspicion of stealing...
Meningitis vaccine needed for some Missouri college students
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Students living on Missouri public college campuses now must be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. A state law requiring the vaccine for those living in on-campus housing took effect Wednesday. Students can seek a religious or medical exemption to the requirement...
Jackson school bus drivers win district safety competition
For Brenda Harris, a bus driver at the Jackson School District, the best part of her job is helping students have a positive start and end to their school day. "I love that we can give them a little bit of hope for the day, some inspiration for these kids' lives, because we don't know what they go home to at night," she said. ...
Nixon to veto student-transfer bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will veto a bill to revamp the state's system allowing students to transfer from failing schools, two Missouri lawmakers who took a lead in crafting the legislation said Thursday. Republican bill sponsor Rep. David Wood and Senate handler Republican Sen. David Pearce said Nixon's legislative affairs director told them of the governor's plans to ax the proposal...
Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials
The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not. So curriculum director Tammy Baumann and her team took the books apart, literally. Then they rearranged lessons, filled in holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the kindergarten-through-second-grade math curriculum in the fall at her district in East Lansing, Michigan...
Some school districts still waiting for end-of-year assessments
Missouri school officials still are waiting for end-of-the-year assessment results, despite testing consortium Smarter Balanced's promise of a 10-day return. The failure to provide scores in a timely manner for the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment is another gaffe in a long string of issues over the new test but likely the last, as a funding ban by the Missouri Legislature takes the consortium out of the equation...