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Stories from Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Taste will stay closed, owner tells city council (02/03/04)
The Taste after-hours club on Good Hope won't reopen, its owner told the Cape Girardeau City Council Monday night. A man was shot to death outside the Taste at 402 Good Hope St. on New Year's Day, sparking an outcry from neighbors who urged the council to shut down a business they said led to unruly and drunken crowds, peace disturbance and violence...
New sentencing law being reconsidered (02/03/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After less than a year on the books, a new state law that allows juries to determine guilt and punishment in separate court proceedings is being targeted for modification and even outright repeal. The provision gives criminal defendants, excluding persistent offenders, the right to request a two-phase trial in all felony and misdemeanor cases. ...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen took the following action Monday night: Approved three ordinances, refinancing outstanding bonds. Accepted the resignation of Teresa Popp and appointed Bill Duck to the Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees. Amended a motion to approve the rezoning of Lots 10A and 10B of Kimbeland Subdivision from R-2 (single-family residential) district to R-3 (General residential) district, as submitted by Stan Williams...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action (02/03/04)
Accepted the 2003 annual highway report. Approved Domestic Violence Authority Board's request to submit $5,751 to Safehouse for Women. Approved a Copi-Rite agreement for six machines for $417.01. Approved 911 request to purchase software for $540 for the Delta Firehouse computer system...
Looking for the limelight (02/03/04)
Almost everyone has heard of bands like the Def Tones, Led Zeppelin and the Used. They are all nationally known bands whose sound most people can recognize, at least in passing. But what about bands like Surrender Dorothy and Frogsweat? These are two bands in Cape Girardeau that are just trying to get a little exposure...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (02/03/04)
Public Hearings Held a public hearing regarding the request of Southeast Missouri Hospital to rezone 413 and 415 Louisiana St. from an R-3, two-family dwelling district, to an R-4, multifamily dwelling district. Held a public hearing regarding the request of Southeast Missouri Hospital for a special-use permit to place a temporary modular office building at 2126 Independence Street in an M-1, light industrial zone, for the HealthPoint Plaza building...
Concert turns into mosh pit macabre (02/03/04)
Like everyone else in the Bootheel area, I made my way to the 3 Doors Down concert at the Show Me Center Thursday night. Meeting up with a bunch of my friends to stand right by the stage "rocking out" was an awesome thought at the time. However, I had never actually been on the floor during a rock concert and was unprepared in the massacre that would follow later that evening...
Putting words to the tunes (02/03/04)
Are you in a band?Do you play an instrument? Maybe you're more interested in writing lyrics than performing music. If so, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for Teens is for you. The contest is named for singer and songwriter John Lennon, a member of the Beatles known for his variety in songwriting styles...
School, practice, sleep, repeat (02/03/04)
No pain, no gain. Never say die. Quitters never win and winners never quit. These are all inspirational quotes used to motivate young people. Ever since I was little, I've had parents, teachers and coaches telling me that hard work is the key to success. And after 16 years of following their advice I am about ready to throw in the towel and make up my own "inspirational" quotes...
Bridge construction to cause traffic delay (02/03/04)
Motorists should expect delays on northbound Interstate 55 at the Nash Road exit on Wednesday and Thursday as construction workers set girders for the new Diversion Channel bridge, state highway officials said. The delays will be on the northbound I-55 ramp. ...
Jackson man's case heads to circuit court (02/03/04)
The case against a 28-year-old Jackson man facing multiple child molestation charges was directed to circuit court after a preliminary hearing Monday in Jackson. Matthew E. Prince faces three felony counts of child molestation, two felony counts of sexual misconduct and two misdemeanors for furnishing pornographic material to minors. ...
Ohio man is named new Cape fire chief (02/03/04)
After 18 months without an official chief, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department will have a new leader in Richard Ennis, city officials said Monday. Ennis, 40, will begin duties March 8 at an annual salary of $67,500. He has served as fire chief of Perkins Township in Sandusky, Ohio, for the last seven and a half years. He is a third-generation fire chief with 22 years of experience in the fire and emergency medical service field...
DNA tests fail to pinpoint killer in unsolved murders (02/03/04)
Extensive DNA testing has failed to identify who murdered two Cape Girardeau women in their homes in 1982, leaving investigators, surviving relatives and even suspects without answers. The Missouri State Highway Patrol's crime lab says not enough usable material exists in the samples of semen found at the crime scenes to build a complete genetic profile of a killer or killers...
Cape Girardeau County turnout for today's vote may be low (02/03/04)
Less than one-fifth of Cape Girardeau County's 46,863 registered voters are expected to go to the polls today in only the third presidential primary in the state's history. Statewide, less than one-fourth of the state's 3.6 million registered voters are expected to cast ballots...
Blanchard Elementary picks up book for schoolwide project (02/03/04)
Because of Winn-Dixie, students at a local elementary school will curl up next to their parents at night and listen to a story about a girl and her dog. Because of Winn-Dixie, those same students will have an egg salad party and bring their pet pooches to school one day this month. In the process, they'll learn a little bit about the world they live in and the different kinds of people who live here with them...
Contractor asks Jackson aldermen for extension (02/03/04)
PR Developers, the Cape Girardeau contractors hired to lay two huge sewer lines in Jackson, is stuck between a rock and a contract. Mitch Parris of PR Developers approached the Jackson City Council Monday night, saying the rock is just too deep to get the projects done in the 300 days called for in the contract...
Health experts not taking tuberculosis threat lightly (02/03/04)
Two area hospitals have treated suspected cases of tuberculosis within the past week but no positive TB infections were reported. The two patients were both prisoners -- one unidentified inmate from Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Mo., and Anthony Snyder from Southern Illinois -- and that situation makes them more susceptible to the disease, health officials said...
Teenager pleads guilty to child porn charges (02/03/04)
William B. "Ben" Nolen, 19, of Jackson, pleaded guilty Monday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court to possession and sharing child pornography. Deputies arrested Nolen Aug. 13 after an eight-month investigation prompted by the U.S. Customs Service, which has an Internet crime division. ...
Commission backs review of proposed 911 upgrade (02/03/04)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission gave the initial approval on Monday to hire a consultant to delve into the county's proposed 911 service upgrade. The consultant, Geocomm of Minneapolis, will be in charge of fine-tuning the county's plans, needs and equipment coordination as it pertains to the upgrade to wireless Phase 2 service, which allows dispatchers to locate cellular phone calls...
Learning briefs 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
Linn State College recognizes local students The following local students were recognized for high grade point averages for the fall 2003 semester at Linn State Technical College. Dean's list (3.5 GPA or higher) -- Lance Trankler of Jackson, Steven Ford of Oak Ridge, Mo., Michael Meyer and Jeremy Thieret of Perryville, Mo. ...
House backs measure on classifying counties (02/03/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Dozens of Missouri counties could maintain their current classifications even if their total property values grew under a bill endorsed by the House on Monday. The issue is important to county officials because moving into a higher classification gives a county more authority over its governance but also adds to its costs, in part by requiring that some positions be made full-time...
Ice blamed in crashes, 14-vehicle accident (02/03/04)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Icy roads were blamed Monday for at least three fatal crashes and a 14-vehicle, chain-reaction accident that left at least four people injured and sent motorists sliding into a creek, trees or each other, authorities said. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a Mexico, Mo., man was killed around 1:30 p.m. Monday...
Majority of Missouri voters support higher taxes for education (02/03/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A poll released Monday shows that most Missouri voters would pay higher state taxes to help public education, and most approve of the job their local schools are doing. Voters in the poll, conducted by Maryland-based Research 2000 for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis' KMOV-TV, also said they would pay higher taxes to address the cost and supply of health insurance and improve homeland security...
Nation briefs 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
NASA dedicates Columbia memorial at Arlington WASHINGTON -- NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe on Monday dedicated a memorial to the crew of space shuttle Columbia at Arlington National Cemetery, eulogizing the astronauts as "pilots, engineers and scientists all motivated by a fire within." More than 400 Columbia family members, former astronauts and NASA staff attended the dedication, which took place a year and a day after the ship disintegrated on its return to earth, claiming the lives of all seven astronauts. ...
Success of 'CSI' surprised its star (02/03/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- When "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" debuted on CBS in 2000, the last guy who expected it to be a breakout hit was its star William Petersen. "We thought we would have a niche audience of loyal viewers like 'X-Files' or 'West Wing.' But we have a huge audience that crosses all kinds of boundaries. It's unique," Petersen told The Philadelphia Inquirer...
Big turnover for top election administrators after 2000 (02/03/04)
Turnover among election administrators in the nation's largest counties since the 2000 presidential stalemate has been unusually high with, by one expert's count, at least 20 top officials leaving office. While individuals have cited various reasons for departing, many have faced greater scrutiny because of the 2000 race and new demands to fix long-standing problems, but haven't been given the resources to make effective changes, said Richard Smolka, an election expert who compiled the list...
Phil says six more wintry weeks (02/03/04)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. -- If you're tired of winter, Punxsutawney Phil had a message for you Monday -- get used to it. After a rap on an oak stump roused him from his home on Gobbler's Knob, the world's most famous furry forecaster "saw" his shadow this chilly Groundhog Day morning, which according to tradition means six more weeks of winter...
President proposes $2.4 trillion budget (02/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush proposed a $2.4 trillion budget on Monday slicing scores of programs from prisons to arts education in the face of record federal deficits and the costs of war. His budget chief warned a fresh request for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan could reach $50 billion...
Super Bowl halftime performance takes shock to a new level (02/03/04)
NEW YORK -- Suddenly, Britney and Madonna's smoochfest seems G-rated. Janet Jackson's revealing performance with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl halftime show has sparked a federal investigation and set new standards for raunch in an entertainment industry that seems to be setting new highs -- or lows -- every day...
World briefs 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
10-story building collapses in central Turkey; 3 dead KONYA, Turkey -- A 10-story apartment building collapsed Monday in this city in central Turkey, killing at least three people and trapping dozens, rescue workers said. The cause was not immediately clear, with some officials citing shoddy construction and others suggesting a boiler explosion may have been to blame. ...
Sharon says he'll empty Gaza Strip of settlers (02/03/04)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday he wants to remove nearly all the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip without waiting for a peace deal, outlining his go-it-alone plan and prompting threats from far-right allies to bring down his government...
Nuclear black market small, covert and tight-knit network (02/03/04)
VIENNA, Austria -- The nuclear black market that supplied Iran, Libya and North Korea is small, tight-knit and appears to have been badly hurt by the exposure of its reputed head, the father of Pakistan's nuclear program, diplomats and weapons experts told The Associated Press...
Father of Pakistan nuclear program transferred technology (02/03/04)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The admission by Pakistan's nuclear founder that he spread weapons technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea raised questions Monday about whether military figures knew of the transfers. Officials said for the first time that two former army chiefs have been questioned in the scandal but weren't implicated...
Women at hajj see different roles in Islam (02/03/04)
MINA, Saudi Arabia -- In their air-conditioned tent in the female section of the pilgrim camp, as evening fell on another stage of their spiritual journey, the two women turned their conversation ever so gently to a sensitive subject. "In societies where women and men mingle, like my country, mingling is not equated with corrupt behavior," said Fatma Mahdi, a journalist in her mid-30s from Egypt...
Panthers, Crusaders, Tigers win tournament openers (02/03/04)
Meadow Heights, Saxony Lutheran and Marquand's boys basketball teams all picked up victories on the opening night of the Mississippi Valley Conference Tournament on Monday at Oak Ridge. Meadow Heights got 24 points from Brad Adams in a 65-51 win over Chaffee. Terry Wagner added 12 points for the Panthers and Heath Fulton had 11...
McNeely plans to sign football scholarship at Arkansas State (02/03/04)
Once an Indian, always an Indian. Jackson senior defensive lineman Tyler McNeely, one of the SEMO Conference's top defensive players, will sign with Division I Arkansas State on Wednesday as the national signing period for football and three other collegiate sports kicks off...
Mizzou's frustrations continue at Kansas (02/03/04)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Wayne Simien had 18 points, including two free throws with 42 seconds left, and No. 20 Kansas held on for a 65-56 victory Monday night over rival Missouri. Kansas (15-4, 6-1 Big 12) led by only one point at halftime and was never able to pull away until the final minutes in the spirited 97-year-old rivalry...
Big pack in OVC still holds hope for Indians (02/03/04)
Halfway through their Ohio Valley Conference schedule, Southeast Missouri State University's Indians are floundering in 10th place out of 11 teams. But if there is a silver lining for the Indians, who have lost four in a row, it's that they are just two games out of fourth place...
Norman believes women have no place in men's golf events (02/03/04)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Greg Norman made it clear Tuesday that he believes women have no place in men's golf events. The Australian star dismissed women in men's events as a marketing ploy, and said men's tours should consider changing their bylaws to prevent women from receiving sponsor's exemptions...
Patriots pass on dynasty talk after second title in three years (02/03/04)
HOUSTON -- Bill Belichick shies away from the "D" word. Yet even after winning their second Super Bowl in three seasons, the New England Patriots seem to be as close to a dynasty as any team can be in an era of parity. But if "D" doesn't mean dynasty, it could certainly mean dominant...
Wild extend Blues' slide (02/03/04)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- All-Star goalie Dwayne Roloson made 24 saves for the Minnesota Wild, earning his third shutout of the season in a feisty 4-0 victory over St. Louis on Monday night. Wes Walz scored twice, once on a penalty shot, and Sergei Zholtok and Pascal Dupuis also had goals in a rare offensive outburst for the Wild...
Sports briefs 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
Baseball The Oakland Athletics and free-agent infielder Eric Karros agreed Monday on a $1.05 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2005. Karros, 36, hit .286 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs for the Chicago Cubs last season following 12 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers...
St. Francis Medical Center to open vocal cord clinic (02/03/04)
St. Francis Medical Center will open a new clinic for people with vocal cord dysfunction, a condition often mistaken for asthma. The clinic will operate from the speech and hearing department at the hospital. Patients will be accepted by referral beginning Feb. 25...
Family gets little rest at sleepover (02/03/04)
There's nothing like a daughter's sleepover birthday party to make you appreciate a little rest. Our oldest daughter, Becca, celebrated her 12th birthday last weekend with a sleepover with seven of her closest friends. We didn't want our 8-year-old, Bailey, to be left out, so we let her have a friend over, too...
Business briefs 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
Halliburton subsidiary agrees to halt billing WASHINGTON -- A Halliburton Co. subsidiary has agreed to stop billing the government for feeding U.S. troops in Kuwait until the two sides settle what the company says is an accounting dispute. Pentagon auditors are raising the possibility of overcharging. ...
Trio of reports shows economy picking up (02/03/04)
WASHINGTON -- Factories hummed, consumers kept the nation's cash registers busy and construction spending was brisk, says a trio of reports that offered fresh signs the economy's recovery has legs. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity rose to 63.6 in January, up from a reading of 63.4 in December. ...
Mary Horn (02/03/04)
Mary Jo Horn, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Chateau Health Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jeanette Sutterer (02/03/04)
Jeanette Sutterer, 81, of Chesterfield, Mo., formerly of Perryville, Mo., died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at St. Luke's Surrey Place in Chesterfield. She was born May 5, 1922, in Jackson to the late August and Minnie Peetz Hoffmeister. She married Howard Sutterer Aug. 27, 1942. He died March 16, 2000...
Robert Bergfeld (02/03/04)
Robert E. Bergfeld, 58, of St. Louis died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004. He was born Oct. 25, 1945, son of Elmer W. and Esther M. Goodman Bergfeld. He married Karen S. Biester. Bergfeld operated Multimedia Systems in St. Louis for many years. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Amy Bergfeld of St. Louis; a son, Christopher Bergfeld of Cape Girardeau; his mother of St. Louis; and a sister, Susan Wegener of St. Louis...
Clinton Hartley (02/03/04)
Clinton Dale Hartley, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born May 24, 1924, in Venice, Ill., son of Clinton N. and Cecelia Butler Hartley. He and LaVerne Mayfield were married July 5, 1980, in Cape Girardeau...
Ava Meyer (02/03/04)
PATTON, Mo. -- Ava "Lou" Meyer, 78, of Patton died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at DesPeres Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 30, 1925, at Randles, daughter of Fred Lee and Nora Haman Lynn. She and Carl Meyer were married Aug. 8, 1947, in St. Louis...
Conrad Karraker (02/03/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Conrad Karraker, 74, of Anna died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Union County Hospital. Friends may call at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola, Ill., from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mary Duff (02/03/04)
Mary Francis Duff, 80, of Cape Girardeau and Portageville, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at her home in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 29, 1923, at Portageville, daughter of Steve and Emma Roberts Durbin. She and William "Charlie" Duff were married Nov. 30, 1940. He preceded her in death Nov. 8, 2003...
Elsie Scott (02/03/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Elsie Emelia Scott, 84 of Chaffee, best known as "Grandma Elsie," made her final journey to everlasting life with God Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Grandma Elsie's life began in Canada with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Onorio D'Augustine Dec. 10, 1919. After the passing of her mother, she moved to Italy with her grandparents and at the age of 17 she boarded a ship to rejoin her father in the United States...
Dolores Toohey (02/03/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dolores M. Toohey, 77, of Perryville died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 14, 1926, at Sparta, Ill., daughter of Howard and Mary Montgomery Williamson. She and Francis J. Toohey Jr. were married Sept. 11, 1952...
Jimmie Clanahan (02/03/04)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Jimmie L. Clanahan, 56, of Mound City died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion, Ill. He was born Jan. 25, 1948, in Mound City, son of Milas and Mildred Adams Clanahan. Clanahan attended the Methodist Church...
Births 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
Massey Twin sons to Eric W. and Amanda W. Massey of Grassy, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, Monday, Jan. 26, 2004. Nathan Cole was born at 5:42 p.m. and weighed 5 pounds 11 ounces. Nicholas Noel was born at 5:43 p.m. and weighed 5 pounds 5 ounces. ...
Cape fire report 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 5:20 p.m., recreational vehicle trailer fire at 401 S. Sprigg. At 7:40 p.m., emergency medical service at 215 Good Hope. At 9:19 p.m., alarm at 2713 Peachtree. Firefighters responded Monday to the following items:...
Cape/Jackson police reports 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Charles B. Cunningham IV of 3916 Hopper Road, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests Dominic A. Lahrman, 20, of 308 W. Lorimier, Apt. 413, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia...
Out of the past 2/3/04 (02/03/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 3, 1994 Towers renovation project at Southeast Missouri State University has hit snag over labor union official's complaints that there have been violations of prevailing wage law; complaints center around decision to expand renovation of Towers to include new chilled water cooling system at added cost of about $1.5 million...
Yes, Virginia, there is a voucher (02/03/04)
By William McGurn Maybe when your childhood memories include waking up at midnight to a burning cross on your front lawn, you're not going to let a Teddy Kennedy or Eleanor Holmes Norton intimidate you. Just ask Virginia Walden-Ford...
Cottonwood's case (02/03/04)
The staff at Cottonwood Treatment Center takes great pride in providing structured guidance and education for children who have, through no fault of their own, difficulty coping with the real world. Parents of these children speak glowingly of the help their children receive, often to the point to being able to return to functioning in normal society...
Jetton's comment was justified; he owes no apology (02/03/04)
To the editor: I applaud state Rep. Rod Jetton. Speaker Catherine Hanaway respectfully went above and beyond. Jetton's comment was justified. Jetton owes no one an apology. I feel he acted in a way that fulfills his obligation to his office. He reacted to an adverse situation in a manner that accurately represents the attitude of the public that elected him. Best of all, he neglected the intimidation that was intended by the governor...
Columnists all tilt to the right; try some balance (02/03/04)
To the editor: The Southeast Missourian's tilt to the right would overbalance an amoeba. It's not just your own editorials and the fulminations of David Limbaugh. You clearly choose national columnists -- Kathleen Parker, Mona Charen, George Will and Cal Thomas -- because they share that tilt, often to the point of redundancy...
Dog's treatment raises questions about the owner (02/03/04)
To the editor: KFVS news anchor Amy Jacquin did a story on a 9-month-old dog that was left outside in single-digit temperatures at the Sikeston shelter. Over 50 percent of the dog's body had no fur either from mange or some type of contact from acid or another chemical substance. An autopsy was being done to determine the exact cause...
Speak Out 02/03/04 (02/03/04)
Make teachers wealthy TEACHERS SHOULD be paid $100,000 or more a year. Then people would want to become wealthy by teaching like many choose to be doctors or lawyers, giving us a larger supply of these professionals. The schools would be able to choose the best of the best to teach and motivate our future leaders. The cascading effects would have an enormous impact on our country...
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