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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
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Charmed bracelets: Electronic monitors help reduce cost of justice (10/24/14) 2
Prisons come in many forms. Sometimes they're massive concrete buildings surrounded by miles of razor wire. Sometimes they're electronic gadgets small enough to wear on an ankle. And sometimes they're a ticket to freedom. "Courtney," a 22-year-old restaurant hostess with a 2-year-old daughter, was arrested on a theft charge when she was 18. ...
Poplar Bluff teacher on leave after abuse allegations (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff early childhood special education teacher has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 10, following nonsexual abuse allegations, school officials said. An investigation is being conducted by Poplar Bluff School District, children's division, and local law enforcement, said superintendent Chris Hon...
Man's body found on river ramp in Poplar Bluff (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Poplar Bluff man whose body was found submerged at the end of the boat ramp on the Black River early Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Salvador Ruiz Ramirez, a 48-year-old originally from Texas, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers...
Cape man accused of pistol-whipping his wife in early morning domestic disturbance (10/23/14) 8
A Cape Girardeau man was in custody Wednesday after an early-morning domestic disturbance in which he is accused of beating his wife with a gun. James Calvin Sims, 29, was charged with two counts of second-degree domestic assault and one count of unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the altercation...
Suspects sought for firing shots at busy Poplar Bluff park (10/23/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff authorities are investigating a report of shots being fired Wednesday evening at Bacon Park as young athletes were on the park's practice fields. No injuries were reported, and several suspects reportedly are being sought...
Man's body found on river ramp in Poplar Bluff (10/23/14) 3
Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man whose body was found submerged at the end of the boat ramp on the Black River early Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Salvador Ruiz Ramirez, a 48-year-old originally from Texas, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers...
Perryville police seek suspect in two fires (10/22/14)
Police in Perryville, Missouri, are looking for a person responsible for a pair of Monday night fires. Just before 8:30 p.m. Monday, firefighters received a call about decorative hay bales burning in front of a beauty salon at 7 N. Main St., said Bill Jones, assistant fire and police chief...
Chase leads to several arrests in Perryville (10/22/14)
A Monday evening chase in Perryville, Missouri, led to the arrests of several people suspected of dealing drugs, Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said Tuesday. Between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, the Perry County Sheriff's Department learned about a drug deal in progress, Schaaf said...
Mississippi County inmate faces victim tampering charge (10/22/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Mississippi County inmate faces an additional charge after allegedly attempting to influence his victim to change testimony. Laterence Antonia Caldwell, 24, of Charleston was charged with tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution after jail administrator Cory Hutcheson noticed outgoing mail from Caldwell to the victim in his domestic assault case...
Stolen property, drug paraphernalia discovered in Benton home (10/22/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- A search for stolen property also uncovered drug paraphernalia at the home of a Benton-area couple. Kenneth D. Blankenship, 50, and Bobbie Wipfler, 36, each are charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Blankenship also is charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm...
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