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Account established to help student injured in hit-and-run accident (05/29/15)
Faculty and staff at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School have established an account at Montgomery Bank for a student who recently was injured in a hit-and-run accident. Arianna Harris, who just completed seventh-grade, was walking across Independence Street from Amerimart to the school May 19, when she was struck by a vehicle and landed on the north side of the road, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Law enforcement agencies team up to arrest four burglary suspects (05/29/15)
The Cape Girardeau police department special response team helped the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department Friday morning in completing a search warrant of a Cape Girardeau home. At approximately 9 a.m., the SRT searched the home at 1652 Main St. and took four persons of interest into custody...
Copeland to leave Cape school district for job at Southeast (05/29/15) 15
Sherry Copeland announced this week she will retire June 30 as assistant superintendent of academic services at the Cape Girardeau School District and become an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department at Southeast Missouri State University...
Charges dropped against former Safe Harbor director (05/29/15)
Misdemeanor charges of animal abuse were dropped Thursday against Alice Wybert, the former president of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter near Jackson. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh dismissed the charges, according to a news release from his office, because of a consent judgment agreement recently reached between Wybert and the Missouri attorney general's office...
Special prosecutor asks Rushin be removed from office over nepotism (05/29/15) 2
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A special prosecutor has asked Poplar Bluff City Council member Jack Rushin be removed from office because of misconduct, according to documents filed Wednesday in Butler County Circuit Court. Rushin forfeited his seat by voting to appoint his first cousin to a city committee, violating nepotism laws, Kacey Proctor, Ripley County assistant prosecuting attorney, said in the documents...
Annual United Way luncheon celebrates compassion, action (05/29/15)
More than 100 supporters gathered for the United Way of Southeast Missouri's annual luncheon Thursday afternoon at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. This year's theme was "Turning Compassion Into Action." Capt. Ronnie Amick of the Salvation Army spoke to the crowd about how to find and make the most of opportunities to turn compassion into action. Many people may have an interest in volunteering to improve their community and their neighborhoods but may not know where to begin, he said...
Carry a torch (05/29/15)
Members of the Cape Girardeau Police Department limber up Thursday morning before heading north on Kingshighway during a 5-kilometer leg of the Region 9 Special Olympics Torch Run. The run covers more than 950 miles and ends at the site of the State Summer Games...
Pepsi to break ground on Cape facility (05/29/15)
Pepsi MidAmerica will host a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for its new Cape Girardeau facility. The facility, called Pepsi Depot, is being constructed on an 18-acre site at the Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park near Interstate 55. It is expected to open in the late fall or winter this year and will create 74 new jobs, according to the company...
Local home invasion suspect arrested in Viburnum (05/29/15) 3
A third man sought in last week's home-invasion robbery in Jackson has been arrested. Evan Tillman, 23, of Jackson was arrested Thursday in Viburnum, Missouri, said Capt. Rodney Barnes of the Jackson Police Department. Tillman is charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of armed criminal action. ...
City2City run set for Sunday morning (05/29/15)
Those driving between Cape Girardeau and Jackson on Sunday will want to be on the lookout for runners. The Cape Road Runners are sponsoring the City2City Run and Relay starting about 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The run, which covers 9.2 miles, will start at HealthPoint Fitness in Jackson and end at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. The route will be from HealthPoint Fitness in Jackson, turn onto Veterans Parkway off LaSalle Avenue, then down County Road 620 to Route W and Walden Park...
Sikeston police investigate shooting (05/29/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Officers from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety are investigating a shooting that took place Wednesday night. According to reports, a person was shot in the leg about 9:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Cole Street. The victim was taken to Missouri Delta Medical Center...
Information withheld on troubled Poplar Bluff development agreement (05/29/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Questions surrounding Poplar Bluff's agreement with Eight Points developers may have been answered Wednesday during a special city council meeting, but that information is not being shared with the public. A presentation was held behind locked doors for members of the city council, the city's finance committee and the recently created industrial development corporation...
St. Louis man guilty in bank robberies (05/29/15)
A St. Louis man has been found guilty in two area bank robberies. After a one-day jury trial, Tyrice G. Royston, 36, was found guilty in federal court Wednesday of one count of bank robbery by force of violence in the March 2014 robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Essex, Missouri, according to a news release from the federal prosecutor's office in Cape Girardeau...
Parma murder suspect could face death penalty (05/29/15) 2
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Deion Martin will know in just a few weeks whether he will face the death penalty. Martin, 21, who is charged in the shooting death of Brenda Smith on May 15, made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court...
Replacement of bridge near Old Appleton will force detours (05/28/15)
Replacement of a bridge on U.S. 61 will require motorists in the area to use a detoured route for much of the summer. The Missouri Department of Transportation began work this week on the bridge over Hughes Creek, about two miles north of Route CC, between Old Appleton and Shawneetown in Cape Girardeau County...
Marquette buildings back on market again (05/28/15) 9
A historic former hotel in downtown Cape Girardeau is back on the market after a January foreclosure auction. The Marquette Tower building at 338 Broadway, built as the Marquette Hotel in 1928 and later converted into offices and retail space, and the adjacent Marquette Centre at 221 N. Fountain St. are listed for sale by Realty Executives of Cape County. Amy Jones is the listing agent...
Greenville man faces trial over shooting death (05/28/15)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Greenville man was ordered to stand trial Tuesday for his role in the shooting death of a man whose body was found lying next to his overturned all-terrain vehicle on a county road near Hiram, Missouri. Steven E. Jennewein, 34, appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Randy Schuller for a preliminary hearing on the charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action with Michael Burkman, 27, of Cape Girardeau and Brandon Norman, 25, of Lowndes, Missouri, in the Feb. ...
Warrant issued on Jackson home- invasion suspect (05/28/15) 11
An arrest warrant has been issued for a man police believe was involved in a Jackson home-invasion robbery last week. Evan Tillman, 23, of Jackson has been charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of armed criminal action. Tillman's bond has been set at $150,000 cash or surety, with the stipulation he may not possess any firearms, knives or other weapons, online court records show...
Expert: Ash borer beetle spread 'inevitable' (05/28/15)
They are mean, green, ash-tree-munching machines, and experts from the Missouri Department of Conservation say the tenacious insects are not going away anytime soon. The emerald ash borer, an invasive green beetle that attacks ash trees, continues to spread throughout Missouri. Department forest entomologist Rob Lawrence said residents and cities with a prevalence of ash trees should consider precautions...
Big motorcycle event begins Friday in Scott City (05/28/15)
Spectators and participants are invited to the Lawless Freedom Rally this weekend in Scott City to enjoy motorcycle shows, arm wrestling, biker games and more. Organizers hail the event as an opportunity to "celebrate the freedom of the open road, meet fellow bike enthusiasts" or simply "come out and have a good time."...
Southeast Task Force on Diversity is preparing recommendations (05/28/15)
The President's Task Force on Diversity Education at Southeast Missouri State University has met six times since forming in March and is preparing preliminary recommendations that will be presented to the board of regents in June. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students, and Morris Jenkins, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, are co-chairs of the task force and help facilitate discussion about how to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus.. ...
Police tracked down murder suspect through lottery tickets (05/28/15)
PARMA, Mo. -- A lottery ticket wasn't so lucky for a Parma man linked to a fatal robbery when he attempted to cash it in. Deion DeShawn Martin, 19, was arrested Sunday after law enforcement officials tracked his movements to St. Louis. Martin is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action in connection with the May 15 robbery at D and L One Stop in Parma, where employee Brenda Smith was shot and killed...
Man detained on child-sex charges (05/28/15)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- A Carter County man was arrested Tuesday on eight sex-related felonies stemming from alleged abuse of children. Johnny L. Hardwick, 41, of Fremont, Missouri, was charged Tuesday with four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, forcible rape, first-degree child molestation and two counts of incest by Carter County Prosecuting Attorney Ernie Richardson...
MoDOT employees threatened in Sikeston (05/28/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Missouri Department of Transportation's Southeast District's Sikeston headquarters was on high alert Wednesday after employees received a threat. "Some of their employees were threatened on social media, and MoDOT restricted the general public from coming into the building," said Sgt. Clark Parrott, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop E. "The employees are safe, and there's been no breach of their security."...
Photo op (05/28/15)
Under construction (05/28/15)
Dewayne Kluesner with Nip Kelley Equipment Co. brooms freshly poured concrete on the final stretch of the curb wall to link the new section of the river walk in Cape Girardeau to the existing portion Wednesday. The walkway is slated to open in June.
Cape police to meet with residents in first Roll Call event (05/28/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department is launching another new program to put residents in direct contact with patrol officers. The program, Neighborhood Roll Call, first will be held at 7 p.m. today at Fourth and Main streets in the Red Star District of Cape Girardeau...
City may take out a state loan to fix sinkholes (05/27/15) 6
To keep the city of Cape Girardeau's plan for a new South Sprigg Street bridge on track, securing timely funding is a key element -- including possibly taking out a loan. A section of the road, including the bridge over Cape LaCroix Creek, has been closed since 2013 because of sinkholes in the area...
Pact forces removal of cats from no-kill shelter (05/27/15) 1
Cats are leaving a no-kill shelter in Cape Girardeau County as part of an agreement signed earlier this month. More than 40 cats were taken from the Safe Harbor facilties near Jackson on Saturday to be sent to licensed shelter and rescue facilities, as a consent judgment approved Friday by Circuit Judge Michael Gardner stipulates...
Lunch time (05/27/15)
Heather Busch and her son Drake spend time feeding water fowl Tuesday at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau. Weather conditions will be favorable for water-based birds, with storms or showers forecast in the next four days.
Suspect in Gordonville slaying enters not-guilty plea (05/27/15) 1
Murder suspect Ricky Schweain waived formal arraignment Tuesday and entered a plea of not guilty. Schweain and his attorney, assistant public defender Leslie Hazel, appeared before Judge Benjamin Lewis in Division 1 Circuit Court in Jackson. Schweain, 54, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the March 26 shooting death of his stepdaughter, Melissa Luttrell, 27...
Two Sikeston residents injured in crash (05/27/15)
Two Sikeston, Missouri, residents were injured Monday evening in a one-vehicle crash in Stoddard County. Kendra L. Plunk, 27, was driving a 2001 Dodge Caravan west on County Road 518 west of Sikeston when she lost control on the gravel, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's online crash report...
Jackson to begin Clean-Up/Fix-Up on Monday (05/27/15) 2
The city of Jackson will help residents with spring cleaning during the annual Clean-Up/Fix-Up program, scheduled to begin Monday. Jackson residents who qualify for solid waste pickup may place refuse at the curb by 8 a.m. during their normal trash collection day to be disposed of by city personnel...
Signs of change (05/27/15)
Travis Friga, front, and Corey Moore of the city of Cape Girardeau Street and Traffic Division place stop signs Tuesday on Pacific Street at its intersection with Independence Street. The stoplights at the intersection likely will be removed this week. The city also recently took out stoplights at Morgan Oak and South Sprigg streets...
Local architect honored for Broadway Theatre study (05/26/15) 2
Architect Rebecca Ward has a few notable accomplishments to her name. She has been recognized locally for her work on the A.C. Vasterling building, a previously abandoned and foreclosed structure built in 1903 on the corner of Broadway and Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau, and her interest in another local landmark has earned her recognition on a larger scale...
About 100 participate in Cape's inaugural Carry the Load (05/26/15) 6
At the first-ever Cape Girardeau Carry the Load event Monday morning, two types of people stood in front of the Mississippi River floodwall downtown. Some stretched, pulling their tennis shoes backward, loosening their leg muscles. Others stood quietly, dressed in full military uniform, waiting patiently for the police escort to arrive...
Visitors get a bang out of Fort D Days (05/26/15)
Not everyone can shoot a cannon from 1861. First, you have to take the safety class. As Capt. Randy Baehr and his camp of Union soldiers demonstrated the proper way to fire the cannon at the annual Fort D Days in Cape Girardeau, bystanders waited for the resounding "boom" to echo across the open field on the south side of Cape Girardeau...
Deadlock: Central High has co-valedictorians (05/26/15) 8
For the first time in 13 years, Cape Girardeau Central High School named two co-valedictorians -- and it wasn't an easy determination to make. "They're often close," principal Mike Cowan said of past valedictorian contests. Normally what helps the school clearly delineate who the top student will be is its weighted grade system, Cowan said...
Area man dies after crash near Gordonville (05/26/15)
An Advance, Missouri, man, died after a highway crash near Gordonville late Saturday. At 11:30 p.m., Albert J. Begley, 30, was involved in an accident on Route K one mile east of Gordonville, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website. Begley was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck when he veered off the road, went airborne and struck a creek embankment, the report stated...
New Hamburg man briefly jailed for domestic assault charge (05/26/15) 1
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- A New Hamburg man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic assault. Corey T. Crump, 22, of New Hamburg, was charged with a felony charge of second-degree domestic assault. On Saturday, a Scott County sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a woman who had been assaulted that morning, a news release stated. ...
Suspect arrested in connection with Parma slaying (05/26/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The New Madrid County Sheriff's Department reports an arrest was made in connection with the fatal robbery of a Parma, Missouri, convenience store May 18. "More information will be posted once the investigation is complete," said Sheriff Terry Stevens. ...
Big Brothers Big Sisters hosting free overnight camp June 11 (05/26/15)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is hosting a free, overnight summer camp June 11 at Southeast Missouri State University for current teens in the program from grades 10 through 12. On the evening of June 11, the participants will be offered recreational activities on campus and dinner at the dorms. ...
Congressional votes for May 22 (05/26/15)
The House passed the American Super Computing Leadership Act (H.R. 874), to improve the Energy Department's high-end computing research and development program. It passed the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act (H.R. 1561), to improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather research and forecasting capabilities. It also passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act (H.R. 1987), to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017...
Cemetery director passionate about tending to veterans' remains (05/24/15) 1
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri Veterans Cemetery director Ken Swearengin says he doesn't know quite how to describe the sense of honor and privilege he feels at his job, but as a 21-year Air Force veteran, he knows what it means to serve. "I often wonder how I got to be able to do this," he said. "I have the ability to take care of these people. It's amazing to me."...
Catholic Charities program helps homeless veterans get back on their feet (05/24/15) 3
As the Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri's Supportive Services for Veteran Families case manager, Karen Auner said she's never viewed the services offered by her agency as "charity." The program provides veterans and their families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness with immediate housing, then keeps them stable through case management and connection to local resources...
Old Timers Day in Perryville offers a glimpse of farming past (05/24/15)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- At the annual Old Timers Day, the day is all about the way things once were. On one end of the Seminary Picnic Grounds, Albert Mateka and his son could be seen cutting cedar logs into boards. At the other, River Hills Antique Tractor Club member Rick Best was showing visitors a 10-horsepower steam engine from 1919. And circling them all was Jerry and Yolanda Stroup offering covered-wagon rides pulled by their two mules...
Boil order at local water district lifted (05/24/15) 1
A mandatory boil order for the Cape-Perry Public Water Supply District No. 1 was lifted Saturday, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The boil order was issued Wednesday after coliform and E. coli bacteria were found in samples from the water district, based in north Cape Girardeau County...
Suspected hit-and-run driver to appear in court soon (05/24/15) 4
A man involved in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday that injured a Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School student has been issued several summonses but faces no criminal charges. Adam J. Mouser, 23, of Cape Girardeau was issued summonses for leaving the scene of an accident, having no insurance and driving with a suspended license, Cpl. Darin Hickey of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said...
Motorcycle rider injured after losing traction (05/24/15)
A Jackson man was injured Friday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Scott County. Alan E. Dee, 59, was riding his 2000 Honda Goldwing motorcycle south on U.S. 61 at Route PP when the motorcycle slipped on loose gravel and overturned, the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report said...
Police seek public's help in finding person of interest in Jackson robbery (05/24/15) 7
Two men were in custody, and police were looking for one person of interest after a home-invasion robbery Wednesday in Jackson. The robbery was reported at an apartment complex on Old Toll Road, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department...