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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Local News

New U.S. citizens mark July 4 celebration (07/05/15) 3
Twenty-one new American citizens from 14 countries were naturalized during the city of Cape Girardeau's 2015 Great American 4th of July celebration at Arena Park on Saturday evening. Floodwaters had made the initial plans to hold the celebration downtown unfeasible, and although the location was less iconic than the Emerson Bridge, being sworn in surrounded by fairgrounds and Little League ballfields had its own element of Americana...
Airport favors contract renewal for Cape Air (07/05/15) 2
A new commercial air service provider contract for Cape Air may be a step closer to reality after Monday's Cape Girardeau city council meeting. During a special meeting Wednesday, the city's airport advisory board selected the airline as its first choice to provide commercial flights at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport for the next two years. ...
Group offers solutions for off-road venue's problems (07/05/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A group of stakeholders is discussing ways to make future events at Brick's Off Road Park safer and less problematic. Part of the mission of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce is attracting tourists to the Poplar Bluff area, according to a synopsis provided by the chamber at a meeting last week regarding the park...
Central alum rises in ranks at Fort Benning (07/05/15)
Tim Metheny didn't join the Army for one reason. He says part of it was the sense of patriotic service he learned from seeing his father and grandfather serve in the Navy. Part of it was he was drawn to the work ethic and purpose he saw in Army life...
Cape council set to OK transfer documents for future police station (07/05/15)
The Cape Girardeau City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday accepting transfer documents for a facility that could be the future home of the police department. It also will decide whether to approve a resolution convening a commission for a proposed tax increment finance district in downtown...
Highway crash leads to several others (07/05/15)
Traffic on Interstate 55 was shut down briefly Friday when one motor vehicle accident led to several others. Minor injuries were reported from some of the accidents, which occurred while motorists were slowing for a wreck that left a truck engulfed in flames...
Major Case Squad disbanded in shooting case (07/05/15) 2
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 (07/05/15)
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...
Chaffee will flush fire hydrants Monday (07/05/15)
Chaffee, Missouri, residents may see less sediment stirred up in their water than usual after the city's biannual fire hydrant flush. Beginning Monday, the two-day process will remove mineral sediment built up in pipes, improve water quality and maintain valves and hydrants within the city...
Part of Broadway to be closed starting Monday (07/05/15)
Beginning Monday, a section of Broadway between Spanish and Main streets in Cape Girardeau will be closed for sanitary sewer repair. Dutch Enterprises will be making repairs to a sanitary sewer pipe at 121 Broadway. Detour signs will be in place, and the city expects the work to last four days, weather permitting. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 7/5/15 (07/05/15)
City hall 401 Independence St. n No action will be taken during the study session. n Engineering specifications update n Beautiful Business Property of the Month presentation n Parks and Recreation Month Proclamation 2015 n Parks and Recreation update...
Jackson Board of Aldermen 7/6/15 (07/05/15)
City hall 101 Court St. n Consider changing the date of the board of aldermen regular meeting from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. n Consider motion changing the date of the board of aldermen regular meeting from Sept. 21 to Sept. 28 because of the Missouri Municipal League's annual conference...
Bar owners comfortable with Cape alcohol ordinance (07/03/15)
Changes of any kind often are met with resistance, but business owners in Cape Girardeau seem to have few issues with the city's recently changed alcohol ordinance. Some owners even have said they are happy to see new rules on the books that force more accountability on the city's bars...
Area counties prepare for same-sex marriages (07/03/15)
No same-sex couples have been issued a marriage license in several area counties, but two women are making plans to be married by a Butler County, Missouri, judge Monday. "I will have my first one Monday morning. We had to have our software updated," said Debby Lundstrom, Butler County recorder of deeds. "Two women have contacted Judge John Bloodworth about getting married Monday."...
Python found on Cape porch (07/03/15) 6
The Cape Girardeau Police Department received an unusual call just after midnight Thursday, when someone found a python on the front porch of a home in the 1500 block of Whitener Street. The python -- about 2 feet long -- first was taken to the police department until it could be transported to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, said Sgt. Adam Glueck, a spokesman for the police department...
Fourth of July programs to be held Saturday in Cape, Perryville (07/03/15) 4
Southeast Missourian Arena Park in Cape Girardeau will be filled with Fourth of July festivities Saturday evening, including patriotic music, a naturalization ceremony, a Southeast Missourian Spirit of America Award program and a fireworks display. The Rotary Club of Perryville, Missouri, also has organized a community fireworks display, which will take place at Perryville City Park...
Reward being offered in drive-by shooting case (07/03/15)
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...
Flooding expected to continue this weekend (07/03/15)
Major flooding of the Mississippi River is expected to continue into the weekend, keeping some roads closed and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monitoring flood control. Authorities are asking recreational swimmers and boaters to be safe on lakes, rivers and streams during the holiday weekend...
Broadway Theater listed on National Register (07/03/15)
A downtown Cape Girardeau theater is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Broadway Theater, 805 Broadway, was placed on the register in June, according to a weekly release sent Thursday by the National Park Service, which oversees the register program...
Human remains found in ditch (07/03/15)
Dunklin County authorities are investigating the discovery of human remains. Sheriff Bob Holder reported in a news release that a Dunklin County deputy received a call Wednesday night from two people who were frogging on a drainage ditch south of Kennett that runs parallel with County Road 551, commonly called the Johnson Island Road...
Standoff ends with man shooting himself to death (07/03/15)
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...
Southeast Missourian to be closed Friday (07/02/15)
The Southeast Missourian office, 301 Broadway in Cape Girardeau, will be closed Friday to observe the Independence Day holiday. A newspaper will be published Friday and Sunday, but will not be published Monday. The Southeast Missourian office will be open Monday...
Police station move near Arena Park proposed (07/02/15) 20
With action taken by the Cape Girardeau City Council on Monday, the Cape Girardeau Police Department will be one step closer to moving to its new home next to Arena Park. Once the council approves acceptance of the deed, the city will begin designing the new station at 2530 Maria Louis Lane...
Jerry Ford wins 2015 Spirit of America Award (07/02/15) 9
For almost 30 years, Jerry Ford has lobbied in the state capital for the families of people with disabilities, and before that he served two terms as state representative of the 156th District, two terms on the Cape Girardeau School Board, worked as a music instructor, owned and managed a welding manufacturing company, worked for his family business, Ford and Sons Funeral Home, and been a part of a 13-piece orchestra since 1960...
Vargas takes over as Southeast president (07/02/15) 9
As Carlos Vargas-Aburto neared the end of his first day as Southeast Missouri State University's president on Wednesday, he said each experience so far has reinforced his belief that Southeast is where he should be. Vargas and his wife, Pamela, arrived in Cape Girardeau on Sunday evening. They spent the next two days familiarizing themselves with what the area has to offer, from trying local restaurants to watching barges travel the swollen Mississippi River...
Sikeston native running for lieutenant governor (07/02/15)
Kansas City, Missouri, lawyer Bev Randles, a native of Sikeston, Missouri, announced Wednesday the decision to end her exploratory committee and become a candidate for lieutenant governor. Randles, a Republican, made the announcement online in a YouTube video, where she shared details of her life in Sikeston and her experiences as a student at Scott County Central...
Police seek witnesses to drive-by shooting (07/02/15) 11
Law-enforcement officials are asking for the public's help finding two eyewitnesses to the Monday shooting of a woman in the 400 block of Hanover Street in Cape Girardeau. The woman was sitting on the porch of a residence at 401 S. Hanover St. and was shot in the head during an apparent drive-by shooting. She remains in serious condition at a hospital, said Sgt. Adam Glueck of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Holiday alters city schedules in Jackson, Cape (07/02/15) 3
Residents of Jackson and Cape Girardeau may notice a change in their trash collection schedules over the next few days. In observance of the Independence Day holiday, many city offices will be closed Friday. Those living in Jackson whose trash is normally collected Friday will instead be scheduled for pickup Monday. The recycling center also will be closed Friday and Saturday...
Online map helps low-income find free meals (07/02/15) 2
An online map is available from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to help low-income families find locations where children can receive free meals this summer. The map, which allows users to narrow their search by city, county or ZIP code, pinpoints hundreds of locations across the state where meals will be provided through the state health department's Summer Food Service Program...
River still rising (07/02/15)
Lorenzo Allen fishes for catfish and buffalo fish Wednesday evening from the new extension of the river walk along the Mississippi River near downtown Cape Girardeau. Only a small stretch of the south end of the river walk is not covered with floodwater. The river is expected to crest Friday morning at 43.5 feet. (Laura Simon)...
Spirit of America nominee: Doug Austin (07/02/15)
Nominated by Ruth Dockins and Cape Girardeau S.A.L.T. Council The Spirit of America award is for volunteers who make a difference, and Doug Austin's actions will speak much louder than words. Doug's life is a reflection of his two favorite terms: visible and measurable...
Spirit of America nominee: Kenneth Dobbins (07/02/15)
Nominated by Art Wallhausen A self-made man, Ken Dobbins personally epitomizes the spirit of America by rising from his birth to a single mother, growing up in poverty, working his way through college, serving in the military, and finally becoming a distinguished educator and civic leader...
Spirit of America nominee: Wayne Wallingford (07/02/15)
Nominated by Tom Wilmas When we imagine what character qualities and patriotic service the Spirit of America nominee should embody, Wayne Wallingford comes to many Missourians' minds. Undoubtedly, he represents an ideal role model of selfless service throughout his life, but he is also a blazing torch of hope for all of us in the uncertain days in which we live...
Spirit of America nominee: Charlotte Craig (07/02/15) 1
Nominated by Kelley McGowan, Humane Society of Southeast Missouri America is known as the land of opportunity. Charlotte is known for providing opportunities. She served as executive director of the Cape Girardeau County health department from 1975 to 2012. ...
Second suspect arrested in Sikeston murder, assault (07/02/15)
Wednesday afternoon the Sikeston Department of Public Safety arrested a second suspect in connection with a June homicide. Kelvin Knight, 22, of St. Louis was arrested after being charged with the murder of Tyrussell Davis. On June 6 at about 11:10 p.m., Sikeston officers responded to Lee and Welter streets in Sikeston in reference to two subjects who had been shot. ...
Missouri joins in lawsuit over new water rules (07/01/15)
Attorneys general from more than a dozen states, including Missouri, have come together to challenge a new federal rule regarding clean water regulations. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Monday his decision to join in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the agencies' rule defining "waters of the United States."...
Canadian wildfires create hazy skies in area (07/01/15) 5
Hazy skies across Missouri and other states in the Midwest are being blamed on smoke moving across the area from forest fires in Canada. Smoke from wildfires burning in Canada's Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces has traveled as far as 1,600 miles south, weather officials have said, pushed by a jet stream dipping into the United States...
Investigation continues after officer crashed car into house (07/01/15) 7
Investigations continue over a Cape Girardeau police officer who crashed his vehicle into a Jackson home late Sunday night. About 10 p.m., the officer, a member of the Cape Girardeau Police Department's special-response team, was responding to the 500 block of Nellie Street to assist in a report about a homicide officers later determined was false, said Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Adam Glueck...
Cape parks launching online survey to shape master plan (07/01/15) 1
Starting Wednesday, members of the public have an opportunity to shape the future of Cape Girardeau's parks and recreational spaces through an online survey. The Parks and Recreation Department is updating its Parks and Trails Master Plan and requires public input...
River predicted to crest Friday morning (07/01/15) 1
The Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau is forecast to rise about a foot higher between now and Friday morning, when the river level could reach 43 1/2 feet. Flood stage at Cape Girardeau is 32 feet. The all-time record crest of the river at Cape Girardeau is 48.49 feet, set Aug. 8, 1993. A river level above 42 feet is considered "major" flood stage by the National Weather Service, and a flood warning continues for the area...
Oran man accused of stealing from storage units (07/01/15)
An Oran, Missouri, man was arrested and charged with stealing Friday. James K. Aurelio, 38, has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of theft under $500. The Scott County Sheriff's Office received reports last week of thefts from storage units near Oran, with laminate flooring and power tools being the primary items stolen...
No leads reported in drive-by shooting (07/01/15) 4
No suspects are in custody after a Cape Girardeau woman was seriously injured during an apparent drive-by shooting Monday. At 2:46 p.m. Monday, the Cape Girardeau Police Department responded to 401 S. Hanover St., said Cape Girardeau police spokesman Sgt. Adam Glueck. The victim was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting...
Human remains found near Caruthersville (07/01/15) 1
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Human remains were discovered Monday evening, and they are believed to be those of a Caruthersville man missing for almost a year. A family member of Jerry Lynn Carr, 34, who was reported missing to Caruthersville Police Department on Aug. ...
Governor signs bill allowing savings accounts for disabilities (06/30/15) 3
On Monday afternoon in Cape Girardeau, Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 174, which allows Missouri residents to create savings accounts for family members with disabilities. When Nixon thanked Todd Mayfield and his adult son, Elijah, for their work in getting the bill passed, Elijah quickly leaned over and gave his dad a kiss on the cheek. The bill was a goal they had been working toward for years...
Poplar Bluff spends $1.5M for 911 center, but center only gets $10K (06/30/15) 8
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff opened a new 911 center last week with an estimated $10,000 in technology provided by Information Systems Intelligence, a Michigan company the city council gave more than $1.5 million in December for a "disaster recovery plan."...
Woman seriously hurt in drive-by shooting (06/30/15) 5
A Cape Girardeau woman was injured seriously Monday after being shot in the head during an apparent drive-by shooting in front of 401 S. Hanover St., according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Sgt. Adam Glueck, a spokesman for the department, said police were sent to the residence at 2:46 p.m. The victim was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting, he said...
Officer suffers minor injuries after crashing into house (06/30/15) 19
A Cape Girardeau police officer emerged mostly unscathed after crashing into a vacant home Sunday. The officer, a member of the Cape Girardeau Police Department's special-response team, was responding to the 500 block of Nellie Street in Jackson after a false report about a homicide, said Sgt. Adam Glueck of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Foster children learn about life on the farm (06/30/15)
Throughout the day Monday, a group of foster children got to experience life on the farm, whether it meant learning to make ice cream from scratch or distinguishing between types of dairy cattle. Called Foster Creek Farm Camp, the learning experience continues Tuesday with lessons on growing wheat and how bread and other wheat-based products make their way to tables near and far...
Painting workshop student tests her skills (06/30/15)
Tiffany Johnkoski paints a scene Monday at the lagoon in Capaha Park. The art education major was participating in a summer painting workshop at the River Campus.
IRS will put area land on auction block (06/30/15)
The IRS is getting ready to auction about 100 acres in Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties on July 7. One of the parcels is 60.6 acres in unincorporated Whitewater, off Cape Girardeau County Road 379, and the other comprises two parcels of more than 40 acres in Bollinger County...