Guthrie pleads guilty to assaulting an officer
A Jackson man pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer in connection with a June 2012 confrontation with police. Lawrence Guthrie, 48, initially had been charged with one count each of domestic assault and armed criminal action and three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer...
Pseudoephedrine sales down in Missouri, but meth problem remains
Methamphetamine crimes have been a chronic problem in Southeast Missouri. Modern technology and cooperation from local governments have significantly helped law enforcement officers combat the issue, but officials said the state has not yet managed to solve its meth problem...
Malden mom charged in child's death
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Malden, Missouri, woman made her first appearance in a Dunklin County court Friday morning after she was charged with causing the death of her 5-year-old daughter. Tina Diann Burton, 45, appeared before Associate Circuit Judge John Spielman for arraignment on charges of felony second-degree murder/first-degree involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse...
Federal court document alludes to video evidence in murder case
A document filed recently in federal court suggests video evidence may exist against a Bonne Terre, Missouri, man accused of killing Cape Girardeau tattoo artist Samuel "Tick" Francis. Melvin Scherrer, 50, faces state charges of first-degree murder and four other felonies in connection with the death of Francis, 38, whose body was found July 25, 2013, in a septic tank in rural St. Francois County, Missouri...
Suspect sought in armed robbery, assault
Authorities are looking for a Cape Girardeau man in connection with an armed robbery and assault reported Tuesday evening in Cape Girardeau County. Torian D. Hence, 25, is accused of striking a co-worker in the head and taking his wallet. A probable cause statement filed by Cpl. H. VanGennip says an employee at Do It Best, 5422 Nash Road, reported "he heard his boss screaming and found him 'beat up.'"...
Southeast president offers Ferguson students a place to stay
In reaction to Monday's decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teen Michael Brown, Southeast Missouri State University is offering support services to students from that area...
Cape Girardeau School Board moves forward on bond issue
Cape Girardeau School Board members reached consensus Monday on moving forward with a possible bond issue to address construction and renovation needs at Central Junior High, the Career and Technology Center and other facilities around the district...
Schools superintendent resigns in Poplar Bluff
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo -- Poplar Bluff School District superintendent Chris Hon announced his resignation late last week, effective at the end of his contract. It ends June 30, 2016, as the district is scheduled to complete construction of its new high school and fourth- to sixth-grade center...
St. Louis teens breaking down racial barriers
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. -- One of the St. Louis region's most racially diverse high schools is focused on breaking down barriers by talking about race and promoting understanding. The racial makeup of Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School's 350 students is about 47 percent white, 40 percent black and 4 percent Hispanic. ...
More than 40 nominated for state education commissioner
The deadline to nominate candidates for Missouri Commissioner of Education position ended Friday with more than 40 names submitted. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education staff will contact nominees, inform them of their nominations and invite them to apply, a news release states...