Major Case Squad disbanded in shooting case
Four days after a shooting in Cape Girardeau, the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad announced it no longer will investigate the case, leaving it to local authorities. Police responded Monday afternoon to 401 S. Hanover St., where a woman was found shot in the head in an apparent drive-by shooting. She was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting...
70-year-old man accused of hitting brother with hammer
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, area man is in jail accused of repeatedly striking his brother with a hammer. Jerry E. Savat, 70, is in custody on charges of second-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a deputy went to Savat's residence early Friday morning about an assault...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/5/15
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Jackson C. Sadler, 17, of Oran, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of being a minor in possession. n Della R. Wallace, 38, of Zalma, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of stealing at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St...
Jackson police report 7/5/15
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Donail K. Coon, 55, of Sullivan, Illinois, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. n Eddie G. Bowen II, 28, 117 E. Park St., No. 1, was arrested on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a child...
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...
Women, minorities struggle on Missouri teaching exams
ST. LOUIS -- Woman and minorities are failing Missouri exams to enter teaching programs and to gain certification at higher rates, raising concerns about bias. The gender gap is problematic because the tests are cutting off the very people most driven to the profession, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The racial disparity also is troubling because while classrooms are becoming more diverse, the pool of available teachers is not...
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...