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Jackson seeks to boost turnout for water bond issue (08/01/15)
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...
Three Cape County towns holding elections Tuesday (08/01/15)
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...
Three Dexter residents detained on sex-related charges with a child (08/01/15)
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 (08/01/15)
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 (08/01/15)
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...
Veterans Home to mark 70th anniversary of end of World War II (08/01/15)
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."...
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...
Lawsuits settled in crash that killed teenager (07/29/15) 4
Three lawsuits have been settled in connection with a 2013 box-truck crash that killed a Glenallen, Missouri, teenager. Bobby Joe Abernathy, 36, pleaded guilty last year to vehicular involuntary manslaughter while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular assault in connection with the April 5, 2013, crash that killed 17-year-old Amelia Fisher...
Body found in floodwaters near Caruthersville identified (07/29/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A body found in floodwaters southeast of Caruthersville has been identified. The victim was 59-year-old Diane McDaniel of Caruthersville, said Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell. Greenwell said it apparently was an accidental drowning...
Cape man awaiting sentencing in Belleville shooting (07/29/15) 2
A Cape Girardeau man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the Feb. 9, 2014, death of a Belleville, Illinois, man. Anthony P. Allen, 22, and two other suspects were arrested Feb. 9, 2014, after Darrin B. Hayes, 25, was found dead of gunshot wounds in his Belleville apartment, Lt. Michael Hundelt, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, said in a news release at the time...
After the deluge, downtown Cape floodgates open (07/29/15)
Cape's band shell to be named after longtime musician (07/28/15) 2
The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band Shell is set to be named after its most tenured member and beloved trombone player. Dr. Dan Cotner, known as Cape Girardeau's own River City Music Man, will be honored in a special ceremony Wednesday, just before the weekly concert...
Local chapter of NAACP is reactivated (07/28/15) 17
Cape Girardeau's chapter of the NAACP is returning from a second period of inactivity, and its supporters are hopeful outreach through churches and other means can revive the community's interest in the organization. The NAACP Chapter 4058 in Cape Girardeau recently became led by Bill Colon, who serves as the chapter's president and presides over monthly meetings at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. ...
Child hit in neck by stray bullet along Interstate 55 (07/28/15) 3
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A child was wounded Saturday when her family's vehicle apparently was accidentally shot while traveling along Interstate 55. About 6:30 p.m., personnel from a hospital in Blytheville, Arkansas, contacted the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department, advising officers an 11-year-old girl was being treated in their emergency room for a gunshot wound to the neck. The family reported to authorities the shooting had occurred on Interstate 55 near the 2-mile marker in Missouri...
New interpretive plaques at the floodwall murals (07/28/15)
Chuck Martin, left, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Kevin Taylor, development and resources coordinator with Old Town Cape, install a newly designed interpretation board Monday at the Mississippi River Tales mural on Water Street in Cape Girardeau. ...
Road work 7/28/15 (07/28/15)
U.S. 62 in Scott County reduced for traffic signal work U.S. 62 in Scott County, at its junction with Pine Street, will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform traffic signal work. According to a MoDOT news release, the work will be performed today through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily...
Acting lessons for children (07/28/15)
Hevan Leon, left, instructs Theo Osborn to "freeze" while playing a creative game during the Acting 101 summer workshop for children Monday at On Cue Performing Arts Studio in Cape Girardeau.
Woman's body found in Pemiscot County floodwaters (07/28/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A body was found floating in floodwaters Sunday night in Pemiscot County. Police received call at 7 p.m. Sunday of a van stuck in a bean field and a body floating in floodwaters off County Road 553, southeast of Caruthersville, according to a news release from the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office...
State senator wants governor to allow National Guardsmen to carry weapons (07/27/15) 18
After a mass shooting in Tennessee that resulted in the deaths of four Marines and a sailor July 16, members of the state's Republican Caucus asked Gov. Jay Nixon to sign an executive order that would allow Missouri National Guardsmen to carry weapons...
Police make extra patrols at Cape movie venue (07/27/15) 12
In the wake of a mass shooting last week in a crowded movie theater last week in Lafayette, Louisiana, police have agreed to help patrol Wehrenberg 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau for the near future. Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Cine general manager Kevin Dillon said the theatre's safety protocols always are in place, and the request for a police officer's presence is just an extra precaution...
Veterans assistance program needs volunteer drivers (07/27/15) 1
A local group offering free assistance to veterans is asking for volunteers to help them meet a growing demand. Disabled American Veterans provides free services to veterans, including transportation to medical appointments. Hospital service coordinator Lacey McClintock said it provides a vehicle, and the Department of Veterans Affairs provides the fuel. All they need are more volunteer drivers...
5-year-old Missouri boy drowns after kayak accident (07/27/15)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 5-year-old boy drowned in a creek in Newton County, becoming the third drowning victim in the creek in two days. The patrol says Anthony Martinez was in a kayak Saturday night in Shoal Creek when the kayak hit a submerged log and overturned. The boy, who was wearing a life jacket, was pinned beneath the kayak. The accident happened about four miles west of Redings Mill...
Electrical fire reported at home; no one hurt (07/27/15) 1
An electrical fire at a home at 120 Louis St. caused smoke damage, but nobody was injured Sunday afternoon. Cape Girardeau Fire Department battalion chief Fred Vincel said at the scene firefighters knew the fire started at an electrical panel box in the basement of the residence, but were unsure what caused it...
Morley man accused of sex crimes with a girl (07/27/15) 1
BENTON, Mo. -- A 41-year-old Morley, Missouri, man was arrested Friday and changed with sex-related crimes with a child. Terrial Tyler of Morley was charged with second-degree statutory sodomy and enticement of a child after Tyler was accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl, reported Scott County Sheriff's Capt. Jerry Bledsoe...
A little too early to see the Mississippi River (07/27/15)
Out-of-town visitors paused Sunday at the Broadway floodgate, which still was closed with the river at 36 feet -- 4 feet above flood stage. The floodgate should open soon, as the river is forecast to drop below the flood stage level of 32 feet by Wednesday and keep falling. The highest recent level of 37.4 feet was reached Friday...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 7/27/15 (07/27/15)
Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the July 20 meeting Communications/reports -- other elected officials n Recommendation to approve purchase of 2015 tax year envelopes and tax statements, collector Diane Diebold...
Congressional votes for July 24 (07/27/15) 1
Besides roll call votes, the Senate and House also took action on legislation by voice vote. The Senate passed the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization (H.R. 23); passed the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act (H.R. 2499), to help veterans with small-businesses access capital; and passed the DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act (H.R. ...
Ex-felons face obstacles when seeking jobs (07/26/15)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is the third in an occasional series about the difficulties ex-felons face in Missouri. Each year, about 20,000 felons are released from prison but face roadblocks in re-entering society, particularly the workforce. Once a felon completes his sentence, his debt to society is considered paid in the eyes of the law...
Summer ozone levels in region not as bad as feared (07/26/15) 1
Ground-level ozone readings this summer haven't been as worrisome as predicted, local environmental committee members said Friday. The Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission's environmental quality committee, a group of government officials and business leaders from area counties, discussed implications for when air-quality standards change soon, among other issues, at their quarterly meeting in Perryville, Missouri...
Businesses in Cape ready to take advantage of clean-energy district (07/26/15) 6
A number of projects will be in the works soon as Cape Girardeau businesses take advantage of the city's involvement in a new, clean-energy district. The city council gave final approval Monday to an ordinance allowing the city to join and participate in the new Show Me PACE district...
Annual Lincoln Day Dinner set for Aug. 29 (07/26/15)
The Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club will host its 46th annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Aug. 29. Attendees will include U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith and state representatives Kathy Swan and Donna Lichtenegger. A "very special guest" will be announced soon, according to a news release...