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Stories from Friday, February 22, 2002

Ex-teacher gives plea in case of sex crimes with girl (02/22/02)
SALEM, Mo. -- Former junior high math teacher Thomas Mark Sprandel will serve two years probation and register as a sex offender in a plea to two misdemeanor sex charges involving a 13-year-old student. The 38-year-old Fruitland, Mo., man didn't plead guilty but, by entering an Alford plea, admitted the evidence was strong enough that he likely would have been found guilty at trial, said Morley Swingle, Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney...
County commission battles judges on professional dues (02/22/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- The Cape Girardeau County Commission on Thursday grudgingly agreed to pay professional membership dues for Circuit Judge John Grimm and court reporter Sheila Irvin even though commissioners said it violates county policy. Gerald Jones, presiding commissioner, said paying any dues for the circuit judge also goes against state judicial policy. Grimm and fellow circuit judge, William Syler, disagree...
Crematory in Jackson gets OK in surprise inspection (02/22/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri residents who opt to have loved ones cremated have nothing to worry about, a state inspector said Thursday. Jim McMullin, an investigator for the Division of Professional Registration, performed a surprise inspection of Southeast Missouri's only crematory and said he found nothing wrong with the Cape Wilbert Vault, located just off East Jackson Boulevard near the Cape Girardeau city limits...
Two found dead at store fixture plant in St. Louis (02/22/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Police were investigating the shooting deaths Thursday night of two people at a manufacturing plant on the city's north side. Police said a male and female were found dead inside an office area at a warehouse of Triad Manufacturing, a designer and manufacturer of retail store fixtures...
Showboat's restoration proposed (02/22/02)
The Associated Press ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- St. Charles preservationists and investors say they want to repair and reopen the 93-year-old Goldenrod riverboat, left abandoned on the Missouri River. The Coast Guard closed down the Goldenrod nearly a year ago after some floating debris cracked its hull. The showboat has been a National Historic Landmark since 1968, and its stage has played host to names like Bob Hope, Red Skelton and Pearl Bailey...
State regulators OK UtiliCorp settlement to cut electric rates (02/22/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- About 205,000 UtiliCorp United Inc. customers in western Missouri will pay an average of 70 cents less each month for electricity beginning in mid-March. State regulators Thursday approved a rate case settlement with UtiliCorp that will lower rates of the company's Missouri Public Service division by 1.4 percent annually...
23-month-old declared brain dead (02/22/02)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A 23-month-old girl, bruised across her body from repeated beatings, was found unconscious in her home Thursday and later declared brain dead at a hospital, authorities said. Bobby L. Matthews, the boyfriend of the girl's mother, was charged Thursday with lying about his name to police, and bond was set at $100,000. He is a suspect in the girl's injuries, said Independence police spokesman Bill Pross...
Jim Ryan takes brunt of hits in GOP debate (02/22/02)
The Associated Press CHICAGO -- Attorney General Jim Ryan took the brunt of the blows in an often testy debate between the three Republican candidates for governor Thursday, defending his prosecution of a death-row inmate who was later released and his absence from previous debates...
Woman wants to start group to rid lakes of pesky geese (02/22/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City woman is organizing a force of "goose busters" who will try to humanely rid suburban lakes of the pesky birds. Marianne Lumpe, a self-proclaimed "Goose Lady," spent $3,000 on a border collie to chase the geese from her Mission Lake neighborhood in south Kansas City...
New schools may double St. Louis charter enrollment (02/22/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Early approval given to six new charter schools could more than double the number of students in St. Louis attending the experimental schools. Enrollment at St. Louis charter schools has the potential to reach 4,000 students or more this fall. ...
Lincoln University to hike tuition (02/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Lincoln University Board of Curators approved a 10 percent tuition increase Thursday. It will take effect for the fall semester. The increase is needed because the governor's office is recommending a $2.3 million cut to the university's funding, said Curtis Creagh, the school's vice president...
Barklage leaves Kinder's staff to quell Democrats' criticism (02/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Fearing he had become a liability for his boss and the Republican legislative agenda, David Barklage resigned Thursday as Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder's chief of staff. "It is my greatest hope that my action today will no longer fuel the actions and excuses of a vocal few to disrupt the important business of the Senate," Barklage said in a resignation letter to Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau...
Suspect tired of being 'thumped' (02/22/02)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Mill Spring, Mo., man was arraigned in Wayne County's circuit court on Thursday for allegedly returning to a party and killing a friend. Elvis P. Walker, 43, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Bobby G. Clyburn, 26, also of Mill Spring. Clyburn died Wednesday of a gunshot wound to the head...
Illinoisan sentenced in crash that killed Portageville teacher (02/22/02)
Standard Democrat STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Donald T. Hefflinger of Ava, Ill., has received the jury's maximum recommended sentence for his involvement in the death of a Portageville, Mo., schoolteacher. Hefflinger, who turns 30 on Sunday, will spend the next 12 years in jail...
State to hire private guards for Capitol (02/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State officials plan to hire private security guards at the Missouri Capitol to relieve police from staffing metal detectors. The plans, if implemented, would mark the first time that private guards have been deployed at the Statehouse, officials said Thursday...
Barklage's resignation (02/22/02)
The following letter was given by David Barklage to President Pro Tem Peter Kinder of the Missouri Senate: The Honorable Peter D. Kinder President Pro Tem Missouri Senate Dear Peter: For the betterment of the entire Senate, I feel strongly that I must leave my post as Chief of Staff for your office. ...
Speaker holds up some bills (02/22/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Speaker Jim Kreider has been bottling up some bills in his office, effectively delaying consideration of proposals that could allow higher taxes on alcohol and tobacco. Although the alcohol and tobacco bills were introduced in December, before the Legislature even began, Kreider has yet to refer them to a committee -- the first step in the process of a bill becoming a law...
Judge waits to decide bail for Georgia crematory operator (02/22/02)
Associated Press WriterNOBLE, Ga. (AP) -- A judge declined to set bail Friday for Ray Brent Marsh, the operator of a north Georgia crematory where nearly 300 decaying bodies have been discovered. Magistrate Judge Jerry Day said he would decide in the next few days whether Marsh should be eligible for bail...
Mammograms needed, says panel (02/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- Women 40 and older should get yearly mammograms, federal health officials said Thursday, reaffirming government backing of the breast cancer test even as European scientists have raised doubts about its effectiveness. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reviewed eight major studies of mammography and concluded there is "fair evidence" that getting one regularly could reduce the chances of dying from breast cancer by about 20 percent over 10 years...
Recession may be over, according to economists (02/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- The recession is shaping up as one of the shortest and mildest on record. In fact, it may already be over, private economists said Thursday, based on various upbeat reports. The Conference Board reported that its Index of Leading Economic Indicators, a key gauge of future activity, shot up 0.6 percent in January, its fourth consecutive monthly increase. ...
Agency sues Cheney for information on energy meetings (02/22/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional investigators on Friday sued Vice President Dick Cheney in an effort to determine which business executives met with President Bush's energy task force. The General Accounting Office wants to require the administration to identify the executives -- including some from now-collapsed Enron Corp. -- who met with last year with the task force while a national energy policy was being developed...
Kidnapped reporter dead, State Department reports (02/22/02)
NEW YORK -- Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter taken hostage a month ago by Islamic extremists in Pakistan, is dead, the State Department said Thursday. The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan received evidence Thursday that Pearl is dead, the State Department said. "We have informed Mr. Pearl's family and expressed our sincere condolences."...
Police arrest suspect in case of missing San Diego girl (02/22/02)
Associated Press WriterSAN DIEGO (AP) -- Police arrested a neighbor Friday in the case of a 7-year-old girl who was abucted from her home earlier this month. The girl was still missing, her mother said. Television footage showed David Westerfield, 49, being led away in handcuffs from his attorney's office near downtown. Westerfield had been questioned several times, and police had impounded his sport utility vehicle, motor home and other property...
Rumsfeld - Afghans killed by U.S. weren't terrorists (02/22/02)
WASHINGTON -- The 14 or more Afghans killed by U.S. Army forces in a Jan. 23 commando raid were neither al-Qaida terrorists nor their Taliban supporters as first believed, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday. Providing the initial results of a military review of the raid on two compounds at Khas Uruzgan, Rumsfeld defended the U.S. forces, arguing the Americans took aim only after being fired upon...
Crematory operator's acts surprise neighbors (02/22/02)
NOBLE, Ga. -- He was in line to be deacon of his church. He coached youth football. He was a young man respected in this small community as the heir to a solid family business. And yet, Ray Brent Marsh is now at the center of a ghastly discovery that is growing by the day in the pine woods of northern Georgia:...
Duchovny makes return for 'X-Files' last show (02/22/02)
NEW YORK -- David Duchovny is out there -- and he's coming back for the final episode of "The X-Files." The actor, who played FBI Agent Fox Mulder on the Fox sci-fi series for eight of its nine seasons, will return for the two-hour series finale, scheduled for May 19, the network announced Wednesday...
Bush - 'Dissent is not revolution' (02/22/02)
BEIJING -- President Bush sought to dispel China's doubts and distrust of America, urging the Chinese on Friday to embrace liberty, tolerance and religious freedom. "Dissent is not revolution," Bush said as skeptical university students pressed him about U.S. policy on Taiwan...
Putin honors military in lavish ceremony (02/22/02)
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin presented banners to the military in a lavish ceremony Thursday reviving Kremlin rituals of Czarist era, while two dozen retired generals and admirals accused him of ruining the military and betraying Russia to the West...
Islamic pilgrims hear anti-terrorism message near Mecca (02/22/02)
MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia -- Sweltering under a merciless sun, millions of Muslim pilgrims gathered Thursday amid tight security near the holy city of Mecca as the kingdom's top cleric distanced Islam from terrorism and urged support for the Palestinians...
Colombia facing widening war (02/22/02)
SAN VICENTE DEL CAGUAN, Colombia -- Military jets flew hundreds of sorties against a major rebel stronghold Thursday, bringing Colombia's 38-year civil war into a potentially bloodier phase after the peace process was abruptly halted. Bombs were falling on rebel territory just hours after President Andres Pastrana -- angered by a rebel hijacking of a civilian airliner -- broke off peace talks and condemned the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC...
Death toll hits 69 in Bolivia (02/22/02)
LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Bulldozers cleared mud from the streets, and rescue workers pulled more bodies from swollen rivers around Bolivia's capital, bringing the death toll from powerful rainstorms to 69 people. Mayor Juan del Granado said Thursday that another 150 people were injured and 122 families who lost homes were sheltered at the city's main soccer stadium. He put the damage at $60 million...
Oran outlasts Kelly, wraps up conference title (02/22/02)
ORAN, Mo. -- Oran's boys' basketball team won the battle of undefeated Scott-Mississippi Conference foes Thursday night over Kelly 62-57 as the Eagles captured the league championship. Oran (19-6, 6-0) was led by Nathan Seyer's 20 points. Tyler Cookson scored 14 and Patrick Friga had 11 for the Eagles...
Haley, teammates set to defend titles (02/22/02)
Glenn Haley's favorite sport wasn't always track and field. It is now. "I always liked football," Haley said, "but I excelled more in track." Haley, a Southeast Missouri State University senior, will attempt to win his fourth straight Ohio Valley Conference hurdles title when the OVC Indoor Championships are held today and Saturday in Charleston, Ill...
Sisters fill key voids on Otahks' roster (02/22/02)
They miss the beach and the bright lights of their hometown. The cold winter also took a while to get used to. But all things considered, the Birk sisters from Huntington Beach, Calif., are happy to be in Cape Girardeau and playing softball for Southeast Missouri State University...
Eastern Ky. loss sends Southeast into OVC tournament (02/22/02)
Eastern Kentucky's 85-74 loss at Murray State on Thursday night means Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball squad has nailed down a berth in next week's Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Indians (6-20, 4-11 OVC) will be the No. ...
Miller grabs second ski silver (02/22/02)
SALT LAKE CITY -- U.S. skier Bode Miller took his second silver medal of the Winter Olympics with a history-making run Thursday. Skiing just recklessly enough, Miller took second in the giant slalom, slamming through gates and barely staying upright as he crossed the finish line...
Indians, Mets and others hold first workout (02/22/02)
Looking around the practice field, it's easy to tell that the Cleveland Indians lost stars such as Roberto Alomar, Juan Gonzalez and Kenny Lofton. The drop from a payroll of $90 million to $82 million shows in other ways, too. "I don't think we have as many SUVs in the parking lot this year," relief pitcher Paul Shuey said Thursday. "The super-rich aren't here anymore. Everybody's in the same basic position."...
Russians threaten to pull out of Olympics (02/22/02)
The AssociatedPress SALT LAKE CITY -- Russia threatened to pull out of the Olympics on Thursday and South Korea said it might boycott the closing ceremony over a string of decisions against their athletes. The two nations complained bitterly about favoritism, plunging the Salt Lake City Games into controversy once again with only three days to go before the closing ceremony...
Billikens getting by with less offensive spark these days (02/22/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The longer the season goes, the fewer points the University of St. Louis seems to score. The Billikens' offense has never been described as high-powered, but they've been setting new lows recently with 38 points against Marquette Jan. 26 and 40 against Georgia Tech Saturday...
Two deals made as trading deadline passes (02/22/02)
Mark Cuban made a major trade with Denver, adding Nick Van Exel and Raef LaFrentz to his first-place Dallas Mavericks, while Marc Jackson went from Golden State to Minnesota for a relatively minor price. Van Exel, LaFrentz, Avery Johnson and Tariq Abdul-Wahad were traded from Denver to Dallas for Juwan Howard, Tim Hardaway, Donnell Harvey, cash and a first-round pick in the 2002 draft...
La Russa - Team 'fortunate' to get Martinez at first base (02/22/02)
JUPITER,Fla. -- If you ask St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, his new first baseman Tino Martinez isn't filling anybody's shoes but his own. Mark McGwire has retired, and La Russa said there's no reason Martinez has to play in his shadow...
Outdoor digest (02/22/02)
Duck Creek Wildlife Area meeting March 2 A public meeting will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, to address the concerns with the Duck Creek Wildlife Area. This meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be at Heitmeyer's Store on Highway 51 near Duck Creek. For information, contact Doug Flannery, 243-2277...
McKay remains with Bucs, reaches six-year agreement (02/22/02)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Embattled Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay decided to remain with the team Thursday, mending his fractured relationship with Buccaneers ownership and accepting a six-year contract. McKay, the Bucs' GM for the past seven seasons, had been contemplating leaving the club since the sons of owner Malcolm Glazer vetoed his plan to hire former Baltimore assistant Marvin Lewis as the team's new coach two weeks ago...
St. Francis will sponsor Heartbeat 2002 activities (02/22/02)
To help educate people about coronary heart disease, which kills more Americans annually than any other disease, the St. Francis Medical Center will sponsor Heartbeat 2002 on Saturday. Representatives from the American Heart Association will attend...
When you want the facts, you don't have to walk very far (02/22/02)
When I wrote last week about the Block Hole on the Diversion Channel and an artesian well near Patton, Mo., -- without much information on either -- I knew I would hear from some of you. But I didn't know some of you would be colleagues who work right here in the Southeast Missourian building...
Dr. Edwin Smith named Missouri Art Educator (02/22/02)
Dr. Edwin Smith was preparing to leave the 2002 Missouri Art Educators Association luncheon in Kansas City, Mo., early to see his father in a nearby nursing home when friends at his table insisted he stay and visit awhile longer. Soon the winner of the 2002 Missouri Art Educator of the Year Award, the association's biggest honor, was being announced and Smith's name was at the end of the sentence...
Over my dead body 2/22 (02/22/02)
These are the 10 songs Jonathan Koch of Cape Girardeau can't live without: 1. "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" -- U2 This is arguably one of the best songs on the "All That You Can't Leave Behind" album. The song is upbeat, catchy, and who cannot relate to being "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of." What more can you ask for in a song?...
New on CD 2/22/02 (02/22/02)
'This Is Rock 'N' Roll' On the London Quireboys' latest release, "This Is Rock 'N' Roll," the bar-band draws from the best of '70s and '80s rock to create a basic, elemental sound of its own that's guaranteed to quicken the pulse. Though their closest musical cousins are The Black Crowes, there are unmistakable influences here, ranging from The Faces to Cheap Trick to Edgar Winter to The Rolling Stones. ...
Business study ranks Cape high (02/22/02)
Of course it's cheaper to operate a business in Cape Girardeau than Chicago or St. Louis. But it might be news to some that it's also less expensive to do business here than nearly any other city in the Midwest. That fact might be of special interest to a business owner trying to decide where to build or relocate a business...
Corine Barnes (02/22/02)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Corine Barnes, 93, of Portageville, Mo., formerly of Mound City, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at Hayti Memorial Hospital in Hayti, Mo. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Ramona McGraw (02/22/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- Ramona McGraw, 59, of Fort Madison, Iowa, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at her home. She was born March 17, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Buford and Imogene Seabaugh. She and Loy McGraw were married July 3, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo. He died March 17, 2001...
Lawrence Thornton (02/22/02)
MALDEN, Mo. -- Lawrence V. Thornton, 64, of Malden died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, Mo. He was born June 20, 1937, at Oran, Mo., son of Jonas and Idell Lewis Thornton. Thornton was a retired farmer, and attended Mount Calvary Church at Parma, Mo...
Dolly Brown (02/22/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Dolly Georgean Brown, 80, of Sikeston died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1921, in Sikeston, daughter of John Franklin and Milbrey Collins Little. She married Virble Brown, who died Dec. 9, 1988...
Dorothy Wessell (02/22/02)
GORDONVILLE, Mo. -- Dorothy A. Wessell, 82, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call today between 4-8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, Mo., and Saturday, Feb. 23, after 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville...
Lawrence Davis (02/22/02)
Lawrence Randolph Davis, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Brownwood, Texas, son of Charles N. and Luella Keeler Davis. He and Pauline Devore were married in 1946 in San Diego, Calif. She died June 27, 1990. He and Irene Ferrell were married Jan. 14, 1979, in Cape Girardeau. She died Dec. 10, 1998...
Karen Clingingsmith (02/22/02)
Karen Sue Clingingsmith, 53, formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at her home in Terre Haute, Ind. Friends may call Saturday, Feb. 23, between 4-8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24, after 2 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, Mo...
Births 2/22/02 (02/22/02)
Thomas Daughter to John D. and Julie A. Thomas of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:57 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002. Name, Karley Elizabeth. Weight, 8 pounds 2 ounces. First child. Mrs. Thomas is the former Julie Grass, daughter of Dennis and Kathy Grass of Ste. Genevieve, Mo. She is employed at Southwestern Bell. Thomas is the son of the late Betty Mills of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Safety Kleen Corp...
Cape fire report 2/22/02 (02/22/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Feb. 22 Firefighters responded tot he following calls Wednesday:At 7:58 p.m., a natural gas odor at Middle and Mill. At 8:29 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1616 Bessie At 11:51 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1847 Thilenius...
Fruitland woman injured in crash (02/22/02)
FRUITLAND, Mo. -- A young Fruitland woman sustained moderate injuries Thursday in a collision on U.S. 61 in Fruitland. Erica Wooten, 18, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center after the 7:26 a.m. accident. Her passenger, Tanya Herbst, 16, of Jackson, Mo., was taken to the same hospital with minor injuries...
Cape police report 2/22 (02/22/02)
Cape Girardeau Friday, Feb. 22 ArrestsAndrew O'Kelly, 17, of 606 S. Silver Springs Road, was arrested Wednesday for property damage. TheftsA theft was reported Thursday at 1011 N. West End Blvd. An attempted theft was reported Thursday at 232 Shirley Drive...
Out of the past 2/22/02 (02/22/02)
10 years ago: Feb. 22, 1992 U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr. says that Southeast Missouri should have its first federal grand jury within 45 days; all that remains is approval of order by Council of the U.S. Court of Appeals of Eight District; Limbaugh says order was submitted to Eight Circuit, based in St. Louis, between Jan. 1 and Jan. 10...
Enron case moves toward prosecution phase (02/22/02)
The complicated and perplexing Enron case has shifted from congressional blustering to investigatory case building that will surely lead to charges against some key figures. The partisan effort to make Enron an albatross for the Bush administration has failed, causing a lot of politicians to lose interest...
Bush plan addresses greenhouse gases (02/22/02)
President Bush's plan to get U.S. businesses, industries, farmers and individuals to voluntarily find ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions satisfies neither hard-core environmentalists nor hard-core conservatives. But the plan offers productive steps toward addressing the concerns of the Kyoto treaty on global warming, which was patently unfair to industrialized nations like the United States...
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