Former Safe House director's charges reduced after plea bargain
The former executive director of a Cape Girardeau women's shelter agreed to a plea bargain Monday to get one of two felony charges dropped. Authorities say Allison C. Leonard, 44, misappropriated more than $20,000 for personal use from the Safe House for Women. She was charged with one count each of theft and fraudulent use of a credit device...
Man gets 20 years for beating death despite emotional pleas
JONESBORO, Ill. -- A somewhat disorganized but impassioned statement by an Anna, Illinois, man convicted of murder was not enough to persuade Judge Mark Boie to show leniency. After hearing statements from attorneys, the victim's family and the defendant himself, Boie imposed a 20-year prison sentence on Jessie Bell on Monday for his role in the death of James "Jimmy" Morrison...
Man arrested in connection with recent shooting
An arrest has been made in the July 28 shooting on Hanover Street in Cape Girardeau. Gabriel Derice Houseman, 20, of Cape Girardeau was arrested Friday and charged in connection to the shooting, Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Adam Glueck said. Houseman has been charged with first-degree assault, a class A felony, and felony armed criminal action. His bond was set at $125,000...
Two people shot in Cape late Saturday
Two people are hospitalized after a shooting in Cape Girardeau that occurred late Saturday. Police responded to the shooting near Benton Street and Bloomfield Road shortly before 11 p.m. Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Adam Glueck said one of the victims was shot in the torso, and the other was shot in the foot...
Three Dexter residents detained on sex-related charges with a child
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Stoddard County judge ordered court documents sealed Saturday in the arrest of three Dexter, Missouri, residents on sex-related charges involving a child. James Mylon Ballard and Paula Anna Ballard, both 41, and Samuel Matthew Poe, 30, were booked Thursday at Stoddard County Jail...
Public health center offers vaccinations for students
Charles Hartline III prepared for the start of his eighth-grade year, as well as his first year playing football, by getting a physical exam and up-to-date on vaccinations Friday at the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. Charles, of Cape Girardeau, wore a brave face as a registered nurse administered the vaccine. Afterward, Charles said the shot wasn't so bad and went to get his physical...
Cape junior-high teachers to start advisory period
Teachers at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School will implement a 25-minute advisory period this year to give students more individualized attention. During a school board work session last week, principal Carla Fee said teachers have been working on the idea throughout the year...
Openings available for state Teacher Academy
Openings are available for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Teacher Academy, is a yearlong program designed to enhance classroom instruction skills. Teacher Academy focuses on student engagement, instructional strategies and reflection on practices that align with the Missouri State Teacher Standards, according to a news release from the department. Participants will collaborate with other highly dedicated teachers in their region and throughout the state...
New version of Cape's transportation fund focuses more on repairs
Although the Aug. 4 vote in Cape Girardeau asks voters for a fifth time to renew the Transportation Trust Fund, the latest TTF has represented many firsts for the city. It's the first time the focus has been shifted to to maintenance and repair rather than building new infrastructure. It also was the city's first test of a public meeting format that gave attendees "Cape Cash" to demonstrate the allocation of funds to various needs...
Groups plan events to help with school supplies
With the first day of school approaching fast, organizations in the Cape Girardeau area soon will host events to help students in need of school supplies. Robert Harris, founder of the Cape Girardeau Community Gardens, organizes an annual Urban Kids Project, where children ages 6 to 12 can pick up free back-to-school supplies, including markers, crayons, pencils, notebooks, erasers, glue sticks and more...