Waller deemed competent to stand trial
(Local News ~ 01/11/17)
Federal Judge Abbie Crites-Leoni on Tuesday found James Clay Waller II, 46, of Cape Girardeau mentally competent to stand trial and participate in his defense. Waller’s attorney John Lynch, who has an office in Clayton, Missouri, filed the motion Aug. 17 for a mental evaluation for Waller. Two psychiatric reports were filed with the court Dec. 6. Neither assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Ferrell nor Lynch had an objection to the reports...
Waller's ignorance may lead to more deserved prison time
(Editorial ~ 06/05/16)
Clay Waller killed his wife. He first claimed he didn't do it to the media and to police. As he became a suspect, he heckled volunteers as they searched the countryside to find Jacque Waller's body in 2011. Waller threatened his sister-in-law, providing just what authorities needed to put Waller behind bars while they had time to unravel the murder. ...
Clay Waller faces federal charge in wife Jacque's murder
(Local News ~ 05/24/16)
When Clay Waller was sentenced in 2013 to 20 years in prison, minus time served while waiting for trial, no one affiliated with the victim was particularly happy about it. A binding deal had been struck, with Jacque Waller's family's consent, that charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence would be reduced to second-degree murder. ...
Prosecutor: Waller's manuscript will be used as evidence
(Local News ~ 05/24/16)
Clay Waller supposedly was working on a book, and information contained in that manuscript is part of the evidence in the federal prosecutor's case that charges Waller with crossing state lines when he assaulted and killed his wife, Jacque Waller. According to the indictment in the case, the manuscript by Clay Waller is titled, "'If You Take My Kids, I'll Kill You!': The Public Confession of Missouri's Most Notorious Wife Killers."...
Clay Waller faces federal charge of interstate domestic violence in wife Jacque's murder
(Local News ~ 05/23/16)
Confessed murderer Clay Waller may face more prison time, as federal prosecutors seek to prosecute Waller on federal charges. The United States attorney's office for the Eastern District of Missouri announced Monday "the unsealing" of an indictment, charging Waller, 45, with interstate domestic violence...
Clay Waller transferred to Fulton prison
(State News ~ 12/09/15)
Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman David Owen said Tuesday convicted murderer Clay Waller now is at the state prison in Fulton. The Southeast Missourian reported Monday he had been transferred from a federal prison in Florida, but local officials did not disclose the Missouri location...
Murderer Clay Waller transferred back to Missouri
(Local News ~ 12/08/15)
Convicted murderer Clay Waller was transferred Sunday by Cape Girardeau County sheriff's deputies from a federal prison in Marianna, Florida, and is in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections to serve the remainder of a 20-year sentence...
Law-enforcement officials explain line between free speech, criminal acts
(Local News ~ 11/24/15)
Much of the discussion surrounding the recent upheaval at the University of Missouri has centered around creating an inclusive culture on campus for minorities. The conflict between what is socially unacceptable and what is illegal is one officials and law enforcement personnel have to consider when complaints of racism are made. ...
Southeast Missourian 110-year timeline
(Local News ~ 10/30/14)
1904 The Naeter brothers resurrected a failed newspaper, The Daily Republican Voters approved a plan to install sewers in the city. Passenger service began on the new Houck railroad from Cape Girardeau to Oak Ridge. Louis Houck donated a wealth of items from the Missouri Building of the St. Louis World's Fair to the Normal School, now Southeast Missouri State University. Included in the purchase were 58 reproductions of ancient and medieval statuary by August Gerber of Cologne, Germany...
The Southeast Missourian and general excellence
(Editorial ~ 10/09/14)
Being a good journalist has never been easy. Developing a great story requires so many elements. It takes time and dedication. Resourcefulness. Talent and skill. It takes innovation and instinct. It takes persistence. And knowledge. It takes personal sacrifice. Attention to detail. An artist's touch...
Southeast Missourian wins 28 awards in statewide contest
(Local News ~ 10/01/14)
The Southeast Missourian has amassed 28 awards -- including 11 first-place finishes -- in the Missouri Press Association's 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards cover a broad range of categories, including news and feature stories, photography, design, sports coverage and general excellence...
(Business ~ 05/19/14)
VINTAGE MARKETPLACE OPENS IN JACKSON The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting April 3 for Vintage Marketplace Shabby Chic, a new shop at 129 S. High St. in Jackson. Gina D. Keith owns the business. INDUSTRIAL PARK QUALIFIES AS AT&T CERTIFIED FIBER PARK...
Newspaper wins big in national journalism contest
(Local News ~ 04/09/14)
The Southeast Missourian has won four first place awards in the national Local Media Association contest. The newspaper was awarded the following: The Southeast Missourian also received third place in best election coverage for its 8th Congressional District reporting...
Top 10 stories of 2013
(Local News ~ 12/31/13)
Editor's note: This compilation of the top 10 stories of the year is based on voting by the Southeast Missourian newsroom staff. Reporters and editors suggested 20 stories; the 10 with the highest number of votes were selected.
Relatives of Jacque Waller 'get on with living'
(State News ~ 12/01/13)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- The family of a Southeast Missouri mother killed by her estranged husband is trying to move forward after a June plea deal that landed the killer in prison while allowing police to recover her body. Thirty-nine-year-old Jacque Waller, a mother of 5-year-old triplets, was missing for almost two years before her body was found on a Mississippi River island near Cape Girardeau. ...
Waller triplets adopted by aunt and uncle
(Local News ~ 11/13/13)
Adoption of Jacque Waller's triplets by her family became official Tuesday. Jacque Waller was slain June 1, 2011, by her estranged husband, Clay Waller, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty earlier this year to murder charges. ...
(Editorial ~ 11/03/13)
Domestic violence is a subject that has been in the spotlight recently. The VintageNOW fashion show in Cape Girardeau, a very successful and popular event, helped raise money for the Safe House for Women -- a vital outlet for women trying to escape abusive situations...
VintageNOW has record crowd, but earnings suffer
(Local News ~ 11/01/13)
A recent fundraiser for Safe House for Women may have been too successful for its own good, an organizer said Thursday. Deb Maevers, founder and executive director of the VintageNOW fashion show, said the Oct. 22 event saw record turnout, but the size of the crowd may have contributed to a drop in the amount of money raised by a silent auction during the event...
Emotion, finances keep women with abusive partners
(Local News ~ 10/24/13)
"Cass" knew her husband's behavior was irrational -- and potentially dangerous. He questioned her when she put on makeup or shaved her legs before work. He bugged her van and confronted her with the recordings, claiming he could hear a man's voice in the vehicle with her -- a voice no one else could hear...
(Community ~ 10/20/13)
The Pink Moon Run and Walk, an event to raise funds for breast cancer research, will start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson. For more information, visit asistershope.org. Healthy cooking The healthy cooking series at HealthPoint Cape Girardeau will present Out-Of-Our-Gourd Cooking from 6 to 7:15 p.m. ...
(Community ~ 10/13/13)
Sargent's Chapel Lutheran Church in Sedgewickville, Mo., will celebrate its annual homecoming at 10:45 a.m. today at the chapel followed by a potluck meal after worship. The church will host a country church song fest at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the church at 573-204-8698...
Further Waller charges likely to be minimal
(Local News ~ 06/26/13)
An Illinois prosecutor said no one in Missouri law enforcement has talked to him about filing additional charges against Clay Waller. But a legal expert said Tuesday there may be a practical reason for that. Earlier this month, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Clay Waller admitted to killing his estranged wife, Jacque, and burying her body in a secluded area near Devil's Island in Alexander County, Ill...
Jacque Waller laid to rest Saturday
(Local News ~ 06/09/13)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- A day for which so many who loved her waited so long for came and went Saturday when Jacque Sue Rawson Waller finally was laid to rest. Hundreds turned out for her visitation, funeral and burial in Park Hills, not far from where she grew up, lived and spent her last days with her then-5-year-old triplets before her death June 1, 2011...
Sheriff: Feds will get custody of Clay Waller before prison transfer
(Local News ~ 06/09/13)
Clay Waller still was being held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail in Jackson on Friday, but he will likely be transferred back into the custody of federal authorities sometime this week before he heads to state prison for his second-degree murder conviction in the death of his estranged wife, Jacque Waller, Sheriff John Jordan said...
The Waller case
(Editorial ~ 06/09/13)
Stan and Ruby Rawson held a funeral for their daughter Saturday. We can't begin to imagine what they have been through in the last two years, nevermind the last two weeks. The same goes for Jacque Waller's triplet children, and their half-brother; and Jacque's sister, Cheryl Brenneke, as well...
Reactions to Waller sentence range from relief to regret
(Local News ~ 06/07/13)
The father of the one who was lost stood before a crowded room Thursday. "She thought she could control him," said Stan Rawson of his daughter, Jacque Waller. "It was a big mistake. She couldn't." During a news conference after the admission by Clay Waller that he killed his estranged wife, and a 20-year sentence was laid upon him, Jacque Waller's family and the teams of law enforcement who brought her murderer to justice recounted their experiences...
Prosecutor: Without deal, Jacque Waller wouldn't have been found
(Local News ~ 06/07/13)
Without a plea deal that will see Clay Waller serve at least 85 percent of his 20-year prison sentence, his wife Jacque Waller's body never would have been found, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh said. Limbaugh, speaking at a news conference Thursday after a hearing in which Clay Waller pleaded guilty to killing Jacque Waller on June 1, 2011, said his office consulted with the family before making the deal. He also said Clay Waller will likely serve the entire sentence.
Waller pleads guilty to second-degree murder in wife's death
(Local News ~ 06/07/13)
Clay Waller pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Waller originally had been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the June 1, 2011, disappearance of his estranged wife, Jacque Waller, whose body was found last week in Alexander County, Ill....
Jacque Waller's sister, son give emotional testimony at hearing
(Local News ~ 06/07/13)
Jacque Waller's sister, and one of her triplets, raked Clay Waller over the coals after his admission of killing his wife Jacque Waller. At a Thursday hearing in which Clay Waller pleaded guilty to killing Jacque Waller and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Jacque's sister Cheryl Brenneke gave a victim-impact statement. And a recording of an angry message from Jacque and Clay Waller's son Maddox, now 7 years old, to his guilty father was played...
Speak Out 6/7/13
(Speak Out ~ 06/07/13)
I would like to say to the family of Jacque Waller that they should read Psalms 121:7-8. It will comfort you. I wonder why somebody doesn't open up a decent dress shop in Cape Girardeau? I'm so sick trying to find a dress when all the shops only have dresses for young people that show half of their bodies...
Waller funeral set for Saturday
(Local News ~ 06/06/13)
Visitation and funeral services for Jacque Waller will be Saturday in Park Hills, Mo., a family member said. Waller's sister, Cheryl Brenneke, said visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Esther Baptist Church, 412 Seventh St. in Park Hills. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Waller's family is requesting donations to either the Jacque ...
Jacque Waller was found in Alexander County, Ill.
(Local News ~ 06/05/13)
The disappearance of Jacque Waller from one state and the discovery of her body in another could make the person responsible for her disappearance criminally liable in multiple jurisdictions, a legal expert said. Waller disappeared June 1, 2011. Prosecutors announced her remains were found May 29...
Clay Waller to plead guilty
(Local News ~ 06/05/13)
Security will be tight at a Thursday afternoon hearing where Clay Waller is expected to plead guilty in connection with the death of his estranged wife, a Cape Girardeau County circuit judge reported. Waller faces a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Jacque Waller, whose body was found last week in Illinois...
Laying out the evidence in the Waller case
(Local News ~ 06/05/13)
Before Jacque Waller's body was found last week, prosecutors were relying on largely circumstantial evidence in their case against her estranged husband, Clay Waller, who is expected to plead guilty Thursday to first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with her June 1, 2011, disappearance...
Father's death makes evidence inadmissible in Clay Waller case
(Local News ~ 06/03/13)
The most damning piece of evidence in the case against the man accused of murdering Jacque Waller may be the one prosecutors can't use: his late father's claim that Clay Waller confessed to breaking his wife's neck and burying her body in a hole he dug ahead of time...
Expert: Authorities have reason to keep quiet about Waller case
(Local News ~ 06/02/13)
While Judge Benjamin Lewis has not issued a gag order in the Jacque Waller homicide case, legal experts say authorities have good reasons to be tight-lipped in the wake of the discovery of Waller's body last week...
Wet weather doesn't stop Waller run
(Local News ~ 06/02/13)
A rainy morning couldn't dampen a celebration of life during the second annual Jacque Waller 5k Run and Family Walk on Saturday. The event, held at the Shawnee Park Sports Complex, 1157 S. West End Blvd., marked the second anniversary of Jacque Waller's disappearance June 1, 2011. But after a week that saw the search for Waller come to a close, the occasion had special meaning for her family and friends...
Jacque Waller's remains found
(Local News ~ 05/31/13)
After two years of searching and waiting, a formal announcement came Thursday: The remains of Jacque Waller were finally discovered. Saturday is the two-year anniversary of the day the Jackson mother of triplets went missing. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office issued a news release about 2 p.m. Thursday, which simply stated Jacque Waller's remains were recovered Wednesday.
Jacque Waller's sister expresses 'shock' at news of remains found
(Local News ~ 05/31/13)
"Just shock" is what Jacque Waller's sister, Cheryl Brenneke, said she felt when she heard her sister's body had been found earlier this week. "You anticipate how you're going to feel for two years," Brenneke said. "You just can't prepare yourself, really. You just can't." Brenneke, who has custody of Jacque and Clay Waller's 7-year-old triplets, Maddox, Avery and Addison, told the children the news Thursday morning -- "that was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life," she said....
Authorities seen in area of Devil's Island in Mississippi River on day Jacque Waller's body found
(Local News ~ 05/30/13)
Several law enforcement officials, including an FBI agent and a Cape Girardeau Police Department crime scene investigator, were at Red Star boat access on Wednesday, but they declined to comment on why they were there or confirm rumors that Jacque Waller's body had been found...
Next calendar 5/30/13
(Community ~ 05/30/13)
TODAY NEW MOVIES EVENTS FRIDAY EVENTS SATURDAY EVENTS SUNDAY EVENTS NEXT WEEK NEW MOVIES GAMES DVDs CDs...
Cleveland case gives hope in local missing-person cases
(Local News ~ 05/08/13)
The discovery Monday in Cleveland of three women who disappeared more than a decade ago has lent hope to families and investigators searching for missing people in Southeast Missouri. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found alive in a house near downtown Cleveland, where police said they had been held captive since they were in their teens or early 20s...
(Editorial ~ 04/29/13)
One desire of the Southeast Missourian editorial board is to lift up the good things going on in the community. In this space several times a week, we point out worthy causes and individuals who deserve a pat on the back. Today, we're going to boast on ourselves just a bit...
(Community ~ 04/07/13)
The VintageNOW4 benefit fashion show is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at The Venue in Cape Girardeau. Proceeds will benefit the Safe House for Women and is presented by Pastime Antiques and Rustmedia. The theme is "The Great Gatsby" and will feature vintage clothing from the Roaring '20s with a modern twist. ...
2nd Annual Jacque Waller 5k Run
(Submitted Story ~ 04/02/13)
2nd Annual Jacque Waller 5k Run As June 1, 2013, approaches we continue to quietly console one another through memories of Jacque. We have pictures in our minds of her face, an experience we shared with her, or how she would have reacted to events in our lives and in the lives of her family and children. This is how we keep her alive because as of June 1, 2011, we do not know what became of our dear friend...
Top local stories of 2012
(Local News ~ 12/31/12)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This compilation of the top 10 stories of the year is based on voting by the Southeast Missourian newsroom staff. Reporters and editors suggested 20 stories; 10 with the highest number of votes were selected. 1. Emerson resigns from Congress After being re-elected to a 10th term in Congress in November, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, announced Dec. 3 her intention to leave office. She will do so soon to begin a job as president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a not-for-profit organization based in Arlington, Va., that represents the interests of rural electric cooperatives and public power districts. ... 1. Emerson resigns from Congress After being re-elected to a 10th term in Congress in November, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, announced Dec. 3 her intention to leave office. She will do so soon to begin a job as president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a not-for-profit organization based in Arlington, Va., that represents the interests of rural electric cooperatives and public power districts. ...
Morley Swingle's career - so far
(Local News ~ 11/25/12)
The Southeast Missouri compiled a timeline of highlights on Morley Swingle's career as Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney. The list includes professional accomplishments, controversies and high-profile cases. H. Morley Swingle was born in Cape Girardeau, the son of Sgt. Morley G. Swingle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Cole County jury to be shipped in for Clay Waller murder trial
(Local News ~ 10/23/12)
Clay Waller, who faces charges of first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence for his alleged role in the disappearance of his estranged wife Jacque, will go to trial Sept. 9 to 20 at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson...
Search in S. Illinois ‘area of interest' precedes court date for Clay Waller
(Local News ~ 10/18/12)
The Waller triplets turned 7 Sunday, as volunteers again searched another secluded spot for their missing mother. Their father, meanwhile, remained incarcerated awaiting a court date this week -- and eventually a trial -- on charges that he killed her and disposed of the body...
Court upholds Clay Waller's federal sentence
(Local News ~ 08/26/12)
A federal appeals court has upheld Clay Waller's sentence for making an Internet threat against his missing wife's sister. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling upholding the sentence on Friday. Waller was sentenced in January for making threats against Cheryl Brenneke, his missing wife's sister, on the website Topix. Waller pleaded guilty last October to threatening to kill Brenneke if she hurt his children. Waller's children are in Brenneke's custody...
Waller pleads not guilty at arraignment on murder charge
(Local News ~ 08/14/12)
Clay Waller pleaded not guilty Monday to a first-degree murder charge, as the high-profile case involving the disappearance of his wife nearly 14 months ago continues to grind its way through the criminal court process. In a hearing that lasted just a few minutes, Waller never spoke as his public defender Chris Davis entered a plea of not guilty to the murder and two evidence tampering charges. ...
Prosecutor requests judge change in Waller murder case
(Local News ~ 08/01/12)
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a motion for a change of judge in the James Clay Waller murder case. Cape Girardeau County assistant prosecutor Angel Woodruff filed the motion Tuesday. A preliminary hearing for Waller took place July 25. Cape Girardeau County Judge Gary Kamp bound Waller over to circuit court late Monday afternoon...
Judge rules Waller will stand trial
(Local News ~ 07/31/12)
Clay Waller will stand trial for the murder of his estranged wife. Cape Girardeau County Judge Gary Kamp bound Waller over to circuit court on Monday, following his preliminary hearing on first-degree murder and evidence tampering charges. Waller is charged in connection with his wife, Jacque Waller's, disappearance on June 1, 2011. Authorities allege Clay Waller killed Jacque Waller after an argument over finances and their pending divorce. The couple had three children together, triplets...
Witness, Waller son face charges for fight outside preliminary hearing
(Local News ~ 07/29/12)
Tickets will be sent to two people arrested for fighting Wednesday outside the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson during a recess from the preliminary hearing for Clay Waller. Jackson city attorney Tom Ludwig said a prosecution witness, Matt Marshall, and Clay Waller's son, James Clay Waller III, who goes by J.C. Waller, will each receive tickets for peace disturbance and "engaging in affray," or fighting...
Clay Waller trial decision now in judge's hands
(Local News ~ 07/26/12)
The prosecution laid out much of its murder case against Clay Waller at his preliminary hearing Wednesday, including testimony from Waller's former landlord, employees and experts, in an effort to convince a judge to take the case to trial.
Waller preliminary hearing to be Wednesday
(Local News ~ 07/23/12)
Family members of Jacque Waller, the Jackson woman who went missing last year, said they plan to be in attendance this week when her estranged husband has a preliminary hearing in her disappearance. "Wild horses couldn't keep me away," said Stan Rawson, the father of Jacque Waller, who went missing more than a year ago. "We want to see justice for Jacque. We'll be there."...
Discipline being considered for Cape Girardeau lawyer
(Local News ~ 07/06/12)
A Cape Girardeau lawyer was among 28 attorneys listed last week as having cases held before a disciplinary hearing panel. The Missouri Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel filed a disciplinary charge against Scott D. Reynolds in January, saying there was probable cause to believe Reynolds was guilty of professional misconduct...
Clay Waller arraigned on murder charge
(Local News ~ 06/05/12)
Clay Waller, the man accused of killing his estranged wife Jacque Waller in Cape Girardeau County last year, was arraigned on a murder charge Monday. Circuit Court Judge Gary Kamp set a preliminary hearing in the case for 9 a.m. July 25. Clay Waller's case was also assigned to the public defender's office...
Jacque Waller disappeared from Jackson a year ago today
(Local News ~ 06/01/12)
Emotions are still raw for friends and family of Jacque Waller one year after the mother of triplets disappeared. Although her body has never been found, in April prosecutors filed a murder charge against her estranged husband, Clay Waller. Anybody who has had a loved one die unexpectedly can empathize with her family's loss, said Stan Rawson, Jacque Waller's father...
neXt up 5/31/12
(Community ~ 05/31/12)
FRIDAY SATURDAY Sunday NEXT WEEK "Prometheus," rated R @Cape West 14 Cine at midnight June 7 "Inversion" X360 PC PS3 "Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown" X360 PS3 "Safe House" R "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" PG Alan Jackson, "Thirty Miles West"...
Clay Waller to make court appearance on murder charge June 4
(Local News ~ 05/20/12)
Clay Waller will make his initial court appearance next month on charges that he murdered his wife and tampered with evidence. Waller is set to appear in a Jackson courtroom on June 4. At this initial appearance, the court will establish whether Waller has counsel or needs a public defender...
Anniversary of Jacque Waller disappearance approaches
(Local News ~ 05/11/12)
As friends prepare tributes to Jacque Sue Waller, who went missing June 1 last year, prosecutors are trying to return her estranged husband James Clay Waller to Cape Girardeau County to face a murder charge. And Clay Waller continues the appeal of a five-year sentence for making an Internet threat against Jacque Waller's sister...
Prosecutors respond to appeal of Waller threat sentence
(Local News ~ 04/30/12)
Federal prosecutors have responded to Clay Waller's appeal of a five-year sentence imposed on him for a federal Internet threat conviction. Assistant federal prosecutor Larry Ferrell responded to the appeal with a 69-page brief April 17. Waller, 41, pleaded guilty Oct. ...
Friends of Jacque Waller plan new search
(Local News ~ 04/25/12)
Friends of Jacque Waller are planning another search in May for the still-missing mother of three from Jackson. A first-degree murder charge was filed against her estranged husband, Clay Waller, on Monday. Jacque Waller was last seen June 1, 2011. Search leader Bobby Sherrill said Tuesday the search will cover over 100 acres in four areas of Cape Girardeau County on May 5. The search is law enforcement directed and no other organizational arrangements have yet been made...
A timeline of the Jacque Waller disappearance investigation
(Local News ~ 04/24/12)
The following items come from court documents and Southeast Missourian reporting of the case since Jacque Waller's June 1, 2011 disappearance. May 29, 2011 Clay pleads guilty to federal Internet threat charge against Brenneke. ...
Clay Waller criminal charges one step toward 'justice for Jacque,' family, friends say
(Local News ~ 04/24/12)
The holidays were bad. So were four birthdays, hers and those of her young triplets. For the last 11 months, those little moments of life were spent without the woman who was everything and yet something different to each of them -- a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend...
Prosecutor: Time was right to charge Clay Waller with wife's murder
(Local News ~ 04/24/12)
Clay Waller has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of his wife Jacque, according to a news release from Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle. Waller is also charged with two counts of tampering with evidence...
Statement from Jacque Waller's family on charges against Clay Waller
(Local News ~ 04/23/12)
The family of Jacque Waller put out this statement on Monday, April 23, 2012, regarding the charging of her husband, Clay Waller, with her murder. This morning, Morley Swingle, Prosecuting Attorney for Cape Girardeau County (MO) filed first degree murder charges against Clay Waller in the disappearance of his wife, Jacque, last June 1. He is being held on a one million dollar bond...
Walk/run in June to benefit Jacque Waller family
(Local News ~ 04/19/12)
A walk/run to benefit the family of Jacque Waller is set to mark the one-year anniversary of her disappearance. The Jacque Waller 5K Walk/Run and 1 Mile Family Walk will take place June 2 at Shawnee Park. Proceeds will be donated to the Jacque Waller Family Fund at US Bank, which provides financial help to Jacque's sister and brother-in-law, who have custody of Waller's triplets. Waller was last seen June 1...
Jacque Waller 5k Run/Walk
(Submitted Story ~ 04/17/12)
As June 1, 2012, approaches our small family of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield workers quietly consoles one another through memories. We have pictures in our minds of her face, an experience we shared with her, or how she would have reacted to events in our lives and in the lives of her family and children. This is how we keep her alive because as of June 1, 2011, we do not know what became of our friend, Jacque Waller...
Waller attorney refiles appeal of federal prison sentence
(Local News ~ 03/06/12)
The federal government miscalculated sentencing guidelines, erroneously alleged Clay Waller killed his wife and used that alleged murder to give him a maximum sentence on Internet threatening charges, Waller's attorney wrote in an appeal that became available to the public Monday...
Waller attorney will have to resubmit appeal on federal sentence
(Local News ~ 03/02/12)
Clay Waller's appeal on his federal sentence for making a threat over the Internet was deemed deficient by a case manager Thursday. Waller's attorney, Scott Tilsen, electronically submitted the appeal Wednesday afternoon but it was flagged Thursday because Tilsen had only submitted the brief's cover page, according to a memorandum from Missouri Court of Appeals case manager Jackie Polk...
Appeal of Clay Waller's federal sentence filed
(Local News ~ 03/01/12)
Clay Waller's attorney filed an appeal for his federal sentence on Internet threatening charges Wednesday, but the details of the appeal weren't initially available to the public. Waller was sentenced to five years in prison in January after he pleaded guilty in October to threatening Cheryl Brenneke, his sister-in-law and guardian of his three children, on an Internet message board in July. ...
(Editorial ~ 02/28/12)
As heart-wrenching as it is to lose a friend or family member, it's also devastating to not know whether a missing person is dead or alive, what happened to the person or where his or her remains are located. For the past year this community and the nation have watched as law enforcement, friends, family members and others have searched for Jacque Waller, who has been missing since June 1. ...
Dogs, owners training as part of Cape County's new search and rescue unit
(Local News ~ 02/20/12)
More than a dozen dogs ran, jumped and sniffed their way through a portion of Cape County Park on Sunday afternoon. Some timid pups stayed close to their owners, while older dogs ventured into the park's forest. The typical barks and whimpers filled the air, and dog treats and tennis balls were plentiful...
Waller given extra time to file appeal in federal case
(Local News ~ 02/08/12)
Clay Waller has been granted three more weeks to file the appeal of his five-year sentence for his federal Internet threatening conviction.
'Dr. Phil' show contacts Jacque Waller's sister about potential appearance
(Local News ~ 01/20/12)
Jacque Waller's sibling may soon be on an episode of "Dr. Phil" to discuss her sister's disappearance, the family's spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. Cheryl Brenneke was contacted by "Dr. Phil" producers about a potential episode on missing people, Brenneke wrote on the Find Jacque Waller Facebook page. Although the episode's planning is in its preliminary stages, Brenneke has submitted photos, Rawson family spokeswoman Laura Helbig said in an email...
Clay Waller moved to Louisiana prison
(Local News ~ 01/19/12)
Clay Waller has been moved to a low-security federal penitentiary in Louisiana, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Waller is starting a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of threatening his sister-in-law and guardian of his three children, Cheryl Brenneke, on the Internet message board Topix...
Clay Waller's attorney has until Feb. 7 to file appeal brief
(Local News ~ 01/08/12)
A timeline has been set for Clay Waller's appeal of his five-year federal sentence for his Internet threatening conviction. Over the next month, the clerk at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau will turn over all pertinent files in the case, namely a transcript from the sentencing hearing and the presentence investigation report, to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District in St. ...
Evidence details Waller threats in 1993
(Local News ~ 01/05/12)
Clay Waller assaulted and threatened a former lover for leaving him in 1993, according to evidence submitted but not publicly heard during his federal sentencing hearing Tuesday. The evidence filed for Tuesday's hearing paints a portrait of violent and threatening behavior from one of Clay Waller's past relationships that bears similarities to the testimony his sister-in-law and guardian of his three children, Cheryl Brenneke, delivered at the hearing...
Waller attorney appeals 5-year sentence
(Local News ~ 01/05/12)
The attorney representing Clay Waller in his federal Internet threat case has appealed a judge's ruling that sentenced Waller to five years in federal prison. Scott Tilsen promised to file the appeal at Waller's sentencing hearing on Tuesday. By Wednesday, the appeal had been filed...
'Preponderance of evidence' a lower burden of proof
(Local News ~ 01/05/12)
Forget reasonable doubt. When Judge Stephen Limbaugh sentenced Clay Waller on Tuesday, he said that, based on the preponderance of evidence, Waller was guilty of murdering his estranged wife. Limbaugh's claim doesn't necessarily mean Clay Waller is guilty of murdering Jacque Waller but that the evidence surrounding her disappearance implicates him as her killer, federal prosecutor Larry Ferrell said...
neXt up 1/5/12
(Community ~ 01/05/12)
"The Devil Inside," rated R @Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY NEXT WEEK "Gotham City Impostors," Xbox 360, PC "King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame," PC "Moneyball," PG-13 "What's Your Number?" R Snow Patrol, "Fallen Empires"...
Clay Waller gets 5 years on federal charge of making online threats
(Local News ~ 01/04/12)
Clay Waller will spend the next five years in a federal prison for posting a threat against his sister-in-law on an Internet forum site. Waller was sentenced to five years in prison today after he pleaded guilty to federal Internet threat charges in October.
Stories to watch as this year unfolds
(Column ~ 01/01/12)
It's a Sunday and the first day of the year, so there's no better time than now to look ahead at what's coming in 2012 for Cape Girardeau and the region. Last year was a compelling year in local news. We had two stories that captured the national spotlight, neither of which were expected. That's what news is all about. But we can expect last year's big stories to evolve this year. Here we go...
Flooding, Waller case, smoking ban the top stories of 2011
(Local News ~ 12/30/11)
Too much water. A missing mother of triplets. A downtown on the brink of major change. Too many deer. 2011 has been a year of major natural disaster and major crime. It has also been one of politics and progress. Now, a look back at the stories that make this year one to remember, based on a poll of Southeast Missourian news staff...
(Community ~ 12/25/11)
The Kenny Rogers Children's Center is hosting its third annual New Year's Resolution Run at 11 a.m. Dec. 31 in Sikeston, Mo. There are three races to compete in: the 1-mile fun run, 5K and the 10K. For more information or to pledge a donation, email Brooke at SplitMasterTraining@live.com...
Clay Waller's father dies at nursing home before prosecutors could record testimony
(Local News ~ 12/21/11)
Officials involved in the Jacque Waller disappearance investigation no longer will have access to testimony that claims Clay Waller confessed to killing his wife. James Clay Waller Sr., the only person Clay Waller allegedly confessed murdering Jacque Waller to, died Tuesday morning in a Cape Girardeau nursing home,
Clay Waller sentencing pushed back two weeks
(Local News ~ 12/16/11)
Clay Waller's sentencing hearing on federal Internet threatening charges has been pushed back two weeks to give the prosecution time to gather evidence and prepare testimony to contest the sentencing guidelines recently set forth by a presentence report...
Clay Waller asks for six-month sentence, including time served
(Local News ~ 12/08/11)
Clay Waller would like his sentence on federal Internet threatening charges to be roughly six months in prison, less four-and-a-half months for time served, according to a memorandum filed by his attorney on Wednesday. Waller pleaded guilty Oct. 3 in federal court to a charge of making a threat against Cheryl Brennecke, his missing wife's sister and guardian of his children, on the online message board Topix. ...
Federal prosecutor disputes recommended federal sentence for Clay Waller
(Local News ~ 12/02/11)
An initial presentence report on Clay Waller's federal conviction suggests he spends six to 10 months in a penitentiary for threatening his sister-in-law on an online message board, but the prosecution argues his sentence range should be higher.
Christmas Basket Raffle for Scott Co K9 Unit
(Submitted Story ~ 11/24/11)
Scott Co K-9 Search and Rescue K9 team is having a Christmas Basket raffle to raise monies to help them with their search efforts. The basket will be full of goodies, including a CRKT Columbis River Bone handle knife, valued at Approximately $110.00,gift cards, and many other items. ...
Motion to preserve testimony against Clay Waller denied
(Local News ~ 11/20/11)
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court Judge William Syler has denied a prosecutor's motion to preserve testimony that implicates Clay Waller in his wife's murder. Syler denied on Friday Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle's motion to preserve testimony of Clay Waller's father, James Clay Waller Sr., that Clay Waller alleged broke his wife Jacque Waller's neck and buried her. ...
Clay Waller mandated to attend Friday hearing
(Local News ~ 11/17/11)
A hearing Friday will determine whether testimony from Clay Waller's father will be preserved, and Waller will be there despite wanting no part in the hearing. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus Tuesday that requests Waller's presence at the hearing. A judge will decide whether Waller's father's testimony, which alleges Clay Waller confessed to murdering his wife Jacque Waller and burying her, will be preserved...
Scott County search unit training new dogs
(Local News ~ 11/14/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- When German shepherd puppies Kitt and Kaden sniffed their way around Marshia Morton's farm in Benton on Sunday afternoon, they did more than explore the property and spar with barn cats. Both 12 weeks old, Kitt and Kaden are two of seven puppies being trained by the Scott County Search and Rescue K9 Unit to find cadavers and live people during missing persons searches. Volunteers run the unit, which has assisted in searches in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Florida...
Jacque Waller coverage
(Letter to the Editor ~ 11/14/11)
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your continued coverage in the Jacque Waller case. Jacque is a co-worker of mine. I live in Springfield, Mo., and stumbled across your page by doing a search of local newspapers in the Cape Girardeau area, and thus far your website is the only one I can find that provides constant coverage...
Speak Out 11/9/11
(Speak Out ~ 11/09/11)
ALL area students from public and private schools should be required to take the National Association of Educational Progress exam. It's the closest thing we have to a national report card. It would allow us to identify student strengths and weaknesses and to do an even better job of educating the leaders of tomorrow...
Jacque Waller's purse among items found in roadside search
(Local News ~ 11/06/11)
Investigators found Jacque Waller's purse and some of its contents during a search for evidence linked to her disappearance alongside southbound Interstate 55 Thursday and Friday, Waller's father confirmed Friday.
Clay Waller's attorney again requests change of judge for deposition hearing
(Local News ~ 11/06/11)
Clay Waller's attorney would like a judge with little or no knowledge of the Jacque Waller disappearance investigation to preside over an upcoming hearing connected to the case. The hearing will determine whether his client's father's testimony will be preserved -- testimony that alleged says Clay Waller confessed to murdering his estranged wife and burying her body...
Kentucky man killed in Friday morning Interstate 55 wreck near Fruitland
(Local News ~ 11/06/11)
A Friday morning crash involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 55 near Fruitland led to one fatality, according to emergency personnel at the scene. The crash happened when one semi rear-ended another, killing one of the drivers.
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