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Former Safe House director's charges reduced after plea bargain (08/04/15)
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 (08/04/15)
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...
Count added to pollution lawsuit against Fruitland meat processor (08/04/15)
A lawsuit accusing a Fruitland meat processor of illegal water pollution will be allowed to continue, and a count for natural resources damage will be added, a judge decided Monday. Attorneys for Fruitland American Meat and Attorney General Chris Koster's office appeared before Judge Benjamin Lewis for a case review Monday at the Common Pleas Courthouse. ...
Jackson awards $180,000 contract for resurfacing over 42 streets (08/04/15)
More than 42 asphalt streets will receive repairs next month as part of the city of Jackson's annual Asphalt Pavement Improvement Plan. City officials awarded the $180,044 contract to Jokerst Inc. of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, during a Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night...
Cape council gives final OK on new transfer station (08/04/15)
The road to a new transfer station in Cape Girardeau has required approval of several measures by the city council, but Monday's approved agreement was the last step before work begins. City staff long have placed the project among the city's top capital-improvement needs, and several factors fell in place to help make it financially possible...
Scott City office workers going to four-day work week (08/04/15)
Beginning next month, Scott City's city hall will be operating under new hours. After seeing the success with the Public Works department using a four-day, 10-hour work-week system, clerks at city hall asked the council at Monday night's meeting to implement a system in which two of three employees will work from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This would give two of the clerks who work at city hall four-day work weeks...
Man arrested in connection with recent shooting (08/04/15) 1
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...
Hiring soon will begin for Jackson Civic Center (08/04/15)
As the Jackson Civic Center nears completion, the Jackson Parks and Recreation department has begun seeking candidates to staff the facility. Parks and Recreation director Shane Anderson said Monday it is looking to fill one full-time position as building manager and several part-time positions...
Road construction continues (08/04/15)
Workers with Fronabarger Concreters Inc. work placing a box culvert in a creek that runs along the Walnut Street extension Monday in Cape Girardeau. Long-term road work has closed part of South West End Boulevard from Route 74 to Linden Street.
Cape junior-high teachers to start advisory period (08/03/15) 6
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...
Businesses worry Illmo becoming 'ghost town' (08/03/15) 1
After nearly 10 years with its new owners, Roth Hardware again is up for sale. Ralph Roth will have owned Roth Hardware in Scott City for 10 years in December, after taking over the business when his brother and longtime owner, Donnie Roth, died in 2005. The Roth family began its store in 1946, and through many obstacles, it's continued to stay open...
Cape city council to vote on building new trash transfer station (08/03/15)
With approval granted tonight by the Cape Girardeau City Council, work can proceed on building a new transfer station. For many years, the project has been one of the city's top capital-improvement needs, and an agreement made last year with Republic Services helped the city establish a revenue stream for it...
Red House hosts workshop for making frontier dolls (08/03/15)
Deb Baughn, right, conducts a workshop for making wagon-train dolls with Ali Grinnell, left, Becky Grinnell, Grace Paquin and Ina Winstead on Saturday at the Red House Interpretive Center in Cape Girardeau. The simple rag dolls became popular with families crossing the frontier. The dolls are available at the Red House as a fundraiser...
Two people shot in Cape late Saturday (08/03/15) 10
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...
Calmer waters on the Mississippi River (08/03/15)
Darrel Anderson launches a boat Sunday morning with Jacqueline Hussain for her first fishing trip on the Mississippi River at the Red Star Access in Cape Girardeau. The river stage was 31.53 feet. The river level fell below flood stage of 32 feet Saturday and is forecast to drop to 28 feet by Thursday...
Openings available for state Teacher Academy (08/03/15)
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...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 8/3/15 (08/03/15)
Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the July 30 meeting Communications/reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 8/3/15 (08/03/15)
Cape Girardeau City Council City hall 401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today n No action will be taken during the study session. Items for discussion n Beautiful Business Property of the Month presentation n Broadway streetlight report n Appearances regarding items not on the agenda...
Congressional votes for July 31 (08/03/15)
Besides roll call votes, the Senate and House also took action on legislation by voice vote. The Senate also passed the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act (S. 242), to provide medical treatment leave to any new federal government employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability...
New version of Cape's transportation fund focuses more on repairs (08/02/15) 12
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...
Three Cape County towns holding elections Tuesday (08/02/15) 1
Only three communities in Cape Girardeau County have reason to head to the polls in Tuesday's election. Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Delta each have one question on the ballot, but Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said she hopes the lack of items won't keep voters from showing up...
Jackson seeks to boost turnout for water bond issue (08/02/15) 3
As a proposed $11.5 million water-system bond issue approaches, Jackson city officials are urging residents to vote Tuesday. The bond issue, which would fund the expansion of and upgades to the city's water system, would be first water bond issue since 1997. Since the last time the water system was improved, Jackson's population has grown by 26 percent -- about double the statewide average...
Riders take turns at barrel racing competition (08/02/15)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The field at Rockin' JK Arena in Marble Hill was full of horse trailers, horse noises and horse riders Saturday evening for the Heartland Barrel Racing Association's barrel racing competition. Some people sweated while lugging buckets of water to fussy horses; others just sweated in the shade. ...
Veterans Home to mark 70th anniversary of end of World War II (08/02/15) 2
When Pearla Smith, volunteer coordinator for Southeast Hospice, realized the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was Aug. 14 and no local celebration was planned, she knew that had to change. "They celebrate on the East and West coasts, but not in the middle of the country," she said. "We should be celebrating here."...
Three Dexter residents detained on sex-related charges with a child (08/02/15)
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...
Doniphan man accused of fatally beating stepfather (08/02/15)
By DONNA FARLEY DONIPHAN, Mo. -- A Doniphan man was detained in the Ripley County Jail on Saturday, accused of beating his 72-year-old stepfather to death. Johnny H. Stanley, 43, is charged with murder in the Wednesday death of Irven Ronald Yarber, according to Ripley County Sheriff Ron Barnett...
Shots-fired suspect given mental health check (08/02/15)
No one was injured in a shots-fired incident Thursday night. Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Adam Glueck said police responded to the 3100 block of Themis Street about 11:30 p.m. after a report of shots fired inside a residence. Glueck said he would not comment on where the shots were fired, but said no injuries were reported. The suspect left the scene before officers arrived but was found Friday morning...
Jackson Senior Center celebrates 10th anniversary (08/02/15)
Jo Ann Parcell and Terry Cooper celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Jackson Senior Center at an open house by dancing to the Country Kickers on Saturday at 2690 Travelers Way in Jackson. The center serves about 300 meals daily six days a week, with more than half of them home-delivered. Volunteers donate about 1,800 hours per month. (Fred Lynch)...
Jackson Board of Alderman agenda 8/2/15 (08/02/15)
Jackson City Hall 101 Court St. Monday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m. n Hearing to consider the voluntary annexation of 10.48 acres of property on Bainbridge Road, as submitted by Rick Ziegler. n Consider a motion to record in the minutes the disposal of city records, which have met their retention life and were destroyed in compliance with the guidelines according to the Missouri Secretary of State's Record Retention Schedule, under RSMo 109.230...
Road work 8/2/15 (08/02/15)
U.S. 62 at the junction of Pine Street in Scott County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform traffic-signal work. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, according to a MoDOT news release. All work is weather permitting. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit modot.org/southeast...
Lawsuit against Fruitland slaughterhouse set for review (07/31/15) 13
A lawsuit alleging a local meat processor illegally sent waste from its slaughterhouse flowing into a Cape Girardeau County creek is set for review in court Monday. Judge Benjamin Lewis also may examine a request for additional damages during a case review at 9 a.m. Monday at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau...
Floodwall mural celebrates 10th anniversary (07/31/15)
The Mississippi River Tales floodwall mural may have celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, but those who came together to design, sponsor and paint the mural recall bringing it to life as if it were yesterday. A group of about 50 people gathered around a tent in the parking lot at Water and Themis streets Thursday afternoon, facing the mural itself, as city leaders and mural advocates gave brief speeches about the project that quickly became part of Cape Girardeau's identity...
Groups plan events to help with school supplies (07/31/15)
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...
Chaffee German Days to offer everything from pageants to polka (07/31/15)
Chaffee German Days is an annual festival that brings the town together. Beginning with fried chicken and beer at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Frisco Park in Chaffee, Missouri, the event runs all day and night until Randy Elfrank kills the music at midnight Saturday...
Riverboat docks in downtown Cape (07/31/15)
ABOVE: The Queen of the Mississippi prepares to dock at the riverfront Thursday morning in downtown Cape Girardeau. This was the first docking of a riverboat since the floodgates opened earlier this week. LEFT: Linda Hill and Betty Voss volunteer at the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau's booth to sell souvenirs to the guests of the Queen of the Mississippi riverboat...
Construction to close part of Old Cape Road East (07/31/15)
Construction on South Old Orchard Road will begin Aug. 10 in Jackson. Portions of Old Cape Road East will be closed to all but local traffic at times wile Fronabarger Concreters Inc. begins phase five of the South Old Orchard Road Improvement Project. The city held a pre-construction conference last week with the contractor, engineer, utility managers and local officials...
Steele man arraigned on murder charge (07/31/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Steele, Missouri, man wanted in connection with the death of another Pemiscot County, Missouri, man has turned himself in to authorities. Ratio Frederick Armour, 26, turned himself in to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. He is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the July 3 death of 30-year-old Larry Turner of Hayti, Missouri...
United Way reshuffles its staff, eliminates post (07/30/15) 3
The United Way of Southeast Missouri announced this week it has completed an internal restructuring of staff and responsibilities, including the elimination of its director of education initiatives. Kristi Embry, whose last day was Friday, held the title at the United Way since early February. Her responsibilities included coordinating the United Way's Success By 6 and LIFE initiatives...
Three juveniles charged in June drive-by shooting (07/30/15) 13
Three juveniles were taken into custody Wednesday in connection with a June 29 drive-by shooting at 401 S. Hanover St. in which a woman was injured critically after being shot in the head, the Cape Girardeau Police Department reported. The victim remains in a hospital and is being treated for "substantial injuries," the department reported in a news release Wednesday. Juvenile charges have been filed against the suspects...
Firefighter briefly hospitalized from Tuesday home fire (07/30/15)
The fire that destroyed a house at 2816 County Road 645 in Cape Girardeau County rekindled overnight Tuesday, and one firefighter briefly was hospitalized for a heat-related illness. Cape Girardeau Fire Department assistant chief Mark Hasheider said Cape department and the East County Fire Protection district were prepared for the rekindling and responded early Wednesday morning...
Cape teen dies after riptide incident in North Carolina (07/30/15)
A Cape Girardeau teenager died Tuesday night while on a trip with his church group. Marvin T. Scott, 16, died after swimming in the ocean on a North Carolina coast during a church retreat. At 7:30 p.m., Emerald Isle Police, Fire and EMS units were sent to the area of 7017 Ocean Drive for a water rescue, according to a news release...
Naylor man sentenced to 10 years for possessing child pornography (07/30/15)
A Naylor, Missouri, man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 10 years in federal prison for possessing sexually explicit images of young girls. Billy Joe Wertenberger, 26, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 117 months for felony possession of child pornography, assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Koester said...
Police continue search for shooting suspect (07/30/15)
No suspects are in custody after a Cape Girardeau man was shot Tuesday night. The 22-year-old man is expected to recover, Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Adam Glueck said. About 9 p.m., the man was shot in the parking lot of an apartment building at 210 S. Hanover St. He was shot once on the side of his body, Glueck said, and still was in the hospital Wednesday morning...
Authorities urge caution after spate of drownings (07/30/15)
Families preparing for their final vacations and weekend getaways before the start of the next school year are encouraged to take a few precautions if they plan to visit any favorite swimming spots. The Missouri State Highway Patrol recently reported the number of accidental drownings for this year has reached 30, surpassing the total number of drownings in all of 2014 by one...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 7/30/15 (07/30/15)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today n Minutes of the July 27 meeting n None at this time n Items listed on agenda n Purchase orders n Payroll change forms n Approve payment of invoice from Little River Drainage District for mowing and excavation improvements per intergovernment agreement...
Judge Limbaugh to tell about historic Fort A site (07/29/15) 3
The next installment of the Cape River Heritage Museum's speaker series program offers a closer look at a local Civil War site. U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. will deliver a presentation "Fort A, River Vista" at 11 a.m. Saturday at the museum, 538 Independence St...
Parents, stores prepare for sales-tax holiday (07/29/15) 4
This year's annual back-to-school sales tax holiday also will mark the last weekend of the summer for many area students, so it may be a busy one for shopping in Southeast Missouri. The 2015-2016 school year begins Aug. 13 in area public school districts such as Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Perryville and during the week of Aug. ...
Cape school board OKs $546K in bids for computers, concrete (07/29/15) 8
The Cape Girardeau School Board on Tuesday approved three bids, totaling more than $546,000, to update some of the district's desktop computers, replace student laptop computers at Central Junior High School and begin exterior concrete work at Blanchard, Clippard and Franklin elementary schools...
Fire destroys home; no one injured (07/29/15)
No one was injured in a house fire that destroyed a Cape Girardeau County home Tuesday night. And thanks to the efforts of a neighbor, the home's dogs were kept from becoming casualties. Neighbor Doug Friese saw the smoke from the home about 6 p.m. and went to the house at 2816 County Road 645 to investigate. The large, two-story brick house on a hill is on the other side of a creek, only accessible by a wide concrete bridge...
Sikeston police flush out toilet-paper heist suspects (07/29/15) 5
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A tip led to the arrest of three men who stole a trailer filled with $70,000 worth of toilet paper. Jimmie Smith, 51, of Memphis, Tennessee, was charged with felony theft/stealing of more than $25,000 and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Markel A. Eskridge, 42, and Eugene Pickens, 36, also both of Memphis, each were charged with felony theft/stealing more than $25,000...