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Stories from Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Tornado drills across state planned today (03/15/05)
In late October last year, a tornado touched down in New Hamburg, ripping the roof off a grocery store in Scott County. Six months earlier, an F-2 tornado hit a rural area of Cape Girardeau County between Tilsit and Crump. Eleven months before that, an F-3 spun through the heart of Jackson...
Westrich receives 25-year prison sentence Monday (03/15/05)
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis sentenced Karl J. Westrich, 45, 3834 Highway H, to 25 years in prison Monday after Westrich pleaded guilty to four felonies: three counts of second-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest. With the plea Westrich admitted to assaulting Brenda Brown, Ashley Morie and Cape Girardeau County Deputy Todd Stevens on April 25, 2004. ...
Seminar on behavioral problems planned at university (03/15/05)
Children who experience trauma often exhibit psychological and behavior problems. Parents and health-care professionals can learn more about these behavior problems and how to parent such children during a seminar April 21 and 22 at Southeast Missouri State University...
Upcoming bond issue the main topic at candidate forum (03/15/05)
The candidates in Jackson's April 5 school board election are focusing on one issue -- $27 million. That's the amount of money the school district would get if a proposed bond issue passes with a supermajority of 57.14 percent. The money would go to build new facilities and renovate existing ones, some of which were built in the 1920s, and would cost the average owner of a $100,000 home about $128 more per year in property taxes...
Places to call home (03/15/05)
Despite the success of two housing projects on Cape Girardeau's south side, some residents of the city still struggle to find affordable housing. The latest housing project, Napa Ridge, opened in December and has transformed a forgotten wooded area on Cape Girardeau's south side into a tidy neighborhood of 19 duplexes that provide affordable housing for some of the city's working-class residents...
Discipline, subs concern middle school (03/15/05)
Problems with substitute teachers and student discipline were at the forefront of a meeting Monday night between parents, teachers and administrators at Central Middle School. Parents expressed concern over the number of days teachers at the middle school are out for professional training each year. At times this year, all of the fifth-grade teachers or all of the sixth-grade teachers have been in training on a particular day...
Bill seeks to exempt jailers from state standards (03/15/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Citing the vast differences in how state prisons and local jails operate, the Missouri Sheriffs Association wants lawmakers to exempt county and municipal jailers from being subject to minimum training standards being developed for workers at correctional facilities...
Freeze Frame: Creativity is key for senior portraits (03/15/05)
Inside Garrett Huck's wallet are dozens of his Jackson classmates' senior photographs -- some even of the same person, just different poses. Collecting the photos has become something of a pastime, like trading cards. After all, these particular pictures have a life after the last year of high school. They are kept as a reminder of the good times and friends gone by and as a timeless mirror for how the students once looked...
Cape Girardeau woman joins preservation efforts (03/15/05)
A Cape Girardeau resident has been appointed to the board of directors of the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation. Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman, owner of the Kelsen Design Group in Cape Girardeau, is now serving on the board and will attend its next meeting in April. ...
Redhawks drop 5-4 decision to Columbia (03/15/05)
Southeast Missouri State University's softball team dropped its first game at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, falling 5-4 to Columbia. The Redhawks (5-6), which had started the tournament 4-0, surrendered a run in the bottom of the seventh to fall to Columbia. Amy Fahnestock took the loss, allowing five runs -- four earned -- in four and two-thirds innings...
Seeing Wales from a new perspective (03/15/05)
Editor's note: Erick Harris, a graduate of Central High School in Cape Girardeau, is spending a semester in London for an internship in Parliament and is writing about his experiences. By Erick Harris A few weeks ago, an adviser at the Centre for Social Justice suggested that I play a larger role at CSJ. I happily affirmed my commitment to the CSJ ethos and said it would be a pleasure to take on more responsibility...
Small people aren't always shortchanged (03/15/05)
You know the famous line, "I see dead people"? I have another saying that is very similar: I see big people. Now, don't take this one wrong: I'm saying big -- not fat. The truth is, nearly everyone is taller than I am, even my 13-year-old stepbrother. I'm 4 feet, 6 inches tall...
Learning briefs 3/15/05 (03/15/05)
Shawnee senior attends leadership conference; Dennington to attend Young Leaders conference; Evans named to fall dean's list at Fontbonne ; Local students earn DAR Good Citizen's Award; Optimists list oratorical contest winners; Holloway to go to state finals of geographic bee; Jackson student earns scholarship to ASU; President's, Regent's scholarships awarded; Central Junior High releases honor roll
Redhawks face big challenge at Ole Miss (03/15/05)
Armed with its first three-game winning streak of the season, Southeast Missouri State's baseball team now takes a crack at its second nationally ranked opponent. The Redhawks (6-7) face the University of Mississippi (13-3), ranked 14th and 20th in the two major polls, in a two-game series in Oxford, Miss. Starting times are 6:30 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday...
Ford guides EKU into Kentucky showdown (03/15/05)
RICHMOND, Ky. -- When Travis Ford became Eastern Kentucky's basketball coach five years ago, he had no idea how bad the program was. Soon after taking the job, Ford had only two scholarship players on his roster and the school's hoops tradition was practically nonexistent. The Colonels had won nine games combined during the two previous seasons. They hadn't had a winning record since the 1992-93 season or even so much as an eight-game winning streak since 1965...
Greener days ahead (03/15/05)
Despite losing five seniors, including the players who provided the bulk of the team's scoring and rebounding, Southeast Missouri State basketball coach Gary Garner believes the Redhawks can be strong next season. That's partly because he likes the players who are returning -- but perhaps more importantly because he believes the Redhawks' recruiting will take off now that the program has been given a significant increase in a recruiting budget that for the last few years ranked at the bottom of the Ohio Valley Conference.. ...
World briefs 3/15/05 (03/15/05)
Neb. rescinds job offer to man convicted of murder; Civil rights leader to make bid for U.S. Senate; Police detain hundreds of protesters in Nepal; Ballots cast in Central African Republic elections; Police assault jail run by Muslim militant suspects
Senate Republicans begin Medicaid debate, despite filibuster (03/15/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican senators on Monday promoted Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to kick nearly 90,000 people off Medicaid as an intermediate step to revamping what they described as a bloated and broken government health-care system for the poor...
State Supreme Court won't stop execution (03/15/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Monday refused to halt the execution of Stanley Hall, despite claims that the condemned killer of a St. Louis County woman 11 years ago is mentally retarded. Within hours of the rejection without explanation by the state's high court, Hall's attorney appealed to the St. ...
Second dog found hanged in St. Louis County park (03/15/05)
ST. LOUIS -- For the second time in about a month, a dog has been found hanged in suburban St. Louis, and police are trying to determine if there is a connection. Police were called Monday morning to Clydesdale Park in south St. Louis County, after a resident reported a young female boxer hanging by its leash from the top of a playground slide, county police spokesman Mason Keller said. The dog was dead when police arrived...
Eight accused in alleged bank robbery ring (03/15/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Federal officials have accused eight St. Louis-area suspects of being part of a sophisticated, creative conspiracy that attempted to rob 18 banks and credit unions over the past five years in Missouri, Illinois and Ohio. Federal authorities, who unsealed the indictments Monday, said the ring they had broken up had successfully stolen about $1.4 million from nine of those institutions. The funds have not been recovered, they said...
Feds have fewer officers to cover more witnesses (03/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- The federal witness protection program has a perfect record in its 35-year history -- no one who has followed the rules has been killed or harmed, the Marshals Service says. A new report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog, however, says witness safety could be compromised if the government doesn't reverse a steady drop in marshals assigned to the program, even as the number of witnesses and family members granted new identities has topped 17,000 and continues to rise.. ...
Business digest 03/15/05 (03/15/05)
Aquila looking to sell utilities in five states...
Judge- California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional (03/15/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge ruled Monday that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional -- a legal milestone that, if upheld on appeal, would open the way for the most populous state to follow Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to wed...
Courthouse rampage followed series of security breakdowns (03/15/05)
ATLANTA -- The deputy, a 51-year-old woman just 5 feet tall, was simply no match for the inmate she was escorting to the courtroom, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound former college linebacker on trial for rape. Authorities say Brian Nichols overpowered deputy Cynthia Hall, took her gun, and easily gained access to the courtroom, where he went on to kill the judge and a court reporter. Security cameras captured images of him overpowering the deputy, but no one, it turned out, was watching the screens...
War threats from China trumped by corporate love story in Taiwan (03/15/05)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Images of Chinese lawmakers passing a law that authorizes an attack on Taiwan dominated the island's TV news Monday morning. But by evening, the scare from Beijing got bumped by a story about Taiwan's richest man losing his wife to breast cancer...
Israel's Jerusalem barrier will enclose large settlement (03/15/05)
JERUSALEM -- The final route of Israel's separation barrier around Jerusalem will encompass large areas claimed by the Palestinians, including their intended capital and the biggest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Israeli officials confirmed Monday...
Protesters against Syria pack Beirut (03/15/05)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Hundreds of thousands of anti-Syrian demonstrators flooded the capital Monday in the biggest protest ever in Lebanon, surpassing the turnout for an earlier pro-Damascus rally organized by the Islamic militant group Hezbollah. In a show of national unity, Sunnis, Druse and Christians packed Martyrs' Square as brass bands played and balloons soared skyward...
Kurds, Shiites push ahead to form coalition government (03/15/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Kurdish and Shiite leaders agreed Monday to convene Iraq's new parliament this week even if they fail to iron out some wrinkles in their deal to form a coalition government. Shiite officials said they also agreed to reach out to the country's Sunni Arab community to name the parliament speaker for the 275-member National Assembly that convenes Wednesday...
Grudzielanek wastes little time in securing starting job (03/15/05)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Just like Larry Walker landed in the second slot last summer, new St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek is going to unfamiliar territory in the batting order. The bottom of the order is just fine with Grudzielanek, 34, who's batted first or second most of his career. The replacement for Tony Womack sees it as freedom...
Braves swing away at Cards' Suppan (03/15/05)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Braves scored three home runs off Cardinals' starter Jeff Suppan in a 5-1 win at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday, while Atlanta's John Thompson had no problem against the St. Louis hitters. The Braves had home runs from Raul Mondesi, Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones, who hit a two-run blast. Atlanta had dropped their last five after winning their first six...
MLB gives documents to Congress; Selig willing to testify (03/15/05)
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball gave a congressional committee about 400 pages of documents on drug testing and said commissioner Bud Selig was willing to testify at Thursday's hearing on steroid use. Lawyers for Jason Giambi, Frank Thomas and Rafael Palmeiro asked the committee to withdraw subpoenas for their clients, and lawyers for players and the commissioner's office continued to negotiate with committee staff Monday, trying to narrow the scope of questioning. ...
Sports briefs 3/15/05 (03/15/05)
Baseball...
America needs a 'Be Nice or Die' motto (03/15/05)
New Jersey has a bad reputation that a little civility could fix, state lawmakers there say. In a state where a former governor once joked that the official bird was "the middle finger," some lawmakers think a resolution is needed to encourage residents of the state to be kinder and more civil toward their fellow man...
Progressing past Uncle Jesse (03/15/05)
NEW YORK -- Consider "Jake in Progress" the latest example of how things can come in threes. After a preview last Sunday, the new John Stamos comedy arrives on its regular night, Thursday, with back-to-back episodes airing 7 p.m. Its network: ABC, which already has enjoyed a Lazarus-like recovery with "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," the season's most-talked-about hits. Now could "Jake in Progress" be the third?...
Ozzie's son is back after 'Idol' contestant swap (03/15/05)
LOS ANGELES -- Fan favorite Mario Vazquez withdrew from "American Idol" on Sunday, and producers called in the son of a baseball Hall of Famer as backup. Vazquez, 27, cited "personal reasons" for his withdrawal and no other details were available, Fox announced in a statement. The New York City singer, who works with emerging musical artists, had been picked by many fans and three fellow finalists as a favorite to win the competition...
Bobby Webb (03/15/05)
HERRIN, Ill. -- Bobby Wayne Webb, 54, of Herrin died Sunday, March 13, 2005, at his home. He was born July 16, 1950, in Anna, Ill., son of Wilson and Verna Gentry Webb. Survivors include two sons, David Webb of Herrin, Jesse Webb of Anna; two daughters, Angie Dunning of Herrin, Melinda Upchurch of O'Fallon, Ill.; three brothers, Donald Webb of McClure, Ill., Joe Webb of Ullin, Leon Webb of Del Rio, Texas; five sisters, Lucille Eastwood and Phyllis Webb of Anna, Pat Clutts of Murphysboro, Ill., Betty Gerberding of Percy, Ill., Joyce Eastin of Stonefort, Ill.; and six grandchildren.. ...
Dean Walker (03/15/05)
Dean Walker, 86, of Jackson died Monday, March 14, 2005, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Philomene Laurentius (03/15/05)
Philomene T. Laurentius, 87, of St. Ann, Mo., died Wednesday, March 9, 2005. She married Henry B. Laurentius. Survivors include her husband; a son, Donald Laurentius of St. Louis; two brothers, Teddy Wibbenmeyer of St. Charles, Mo., Valentine Wibbenmeyer of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; two sisters, Genevieve Schwartz of Kelso, Mo., Mary Christy of Festus, Mo.; and three grandsons...
Naomi Caudle (03/15/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Naomi D. Caudle, 66, of Sikeston died Sunday, March 13, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Nov. 20, 1928, at Blodgett, Mo., daughter of William Stanton "Jess" and Rachel Nadine Vandergriff Simpson. Caudle was assistant credit manager 17 years at Lewis Furniture...
Louise Trickey (03/15/05)
Louise Trickey, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 11, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Sept. 23, 1920, in Eastland, Texas, daughter of Joseph and Rose Lee Oliver Williams. She and Euil Trickey were married June 7, 1942, in Oran, Mo...
Nellie Sutton (03/15/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Nellie A. Sutton, 96, of Sikeston died Friday, March 11, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Dec. 6, 1908, in Sikeston, daughter of John Adam and Ida Mae Hahn Andres. She and Charles Lynn Sutton were married Aug. 13, 1933, in Blytheville, Ark. He died Oct. 14, 1996...
Doris Tribout (03/15/05)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Doris M. Tribout, 77, of Tamms died Saturday, March 12, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 11, 1928, in Lebanon, Ill., daughter of Lorraine and Margaret Conklin Wise. She and Ed Keck were married March 12, 1944, in Lebanon. He died in August 1988. She and Delmar Tribout were married Sept. 25, 1996, in Belleville, Ill...
Lloyd Fish (03/15/05)
W. Lloyd Fish, 77, of Jackson died Sunday, March 13, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 20, 1927, at Kennett, Mo., son of Wilbourn and Lottie Mae Johnson Fish. He and Bonnie Schlicting were married Feb. 10, 1979, in Cape Girardeau...
June Reagan (03/15/05)
ULLIN, Ill. -- June Reagan, 79, of Ullin passed away Sunday, March 13, 2005, at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis. June was born Dec. 30, 1925, in Ullin, daughter of George and Luretta Watkins. She and Ray V. Reagan, who survives her, were married June 2, 1946...
Donald Thomas (03/15/05)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Donald M. Thomas, 81, of Benton, Ky., died Monday, March 14, 2005, at his home. He was the son of James Howard and Vera Thomas. He married Wilma Costellia. Thomas was formerly of Mounds, and lived 35 years in Georgetown, Ill., where he was a business owner. He was a member of Brewers United Methodist Church and the American Legion...
Johnnie Moyers (03/15/05)
Johnnie S. "John" Moyers, 84, of Oak Ridge passed away Monday, March 14, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 18, 1920, in Marquand, Mo., son of Ira S. and Lauretta E. Farmer Moyers. He and Ruby Merritt were married Dec. 12, 1942. She passed away Sept. 17, 1985. He and Janice P. Burkley were married July 31, 1987...
Births 3/15/05 (03/15/05)
Newell; Tovar; Burton; Lutes; Lutes; Dannenmueller; Yount
Fire reports 3/15/05 (03/15/05)
Cape Giraradeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 10:15 p.m., a fire alarm at 338 Broadway. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: * At 8:33 a.m., a power line down at 315 Country Club Drive. * At 9:33 a.m., an alarm sounding at 221 N. Fountain St...
Police reports 3/15/05 (03/15/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs * Jacob H. Garner, 20, 722 Missouri Ave., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and unlawful use of a weapon...
Out of the past 3/15/05 (03/15/05)
25 years ago: March 15, 1980 ULLIN, Ill. -- Noting that each first lady approaches the role differently, Nancy Reagan told a news conference here last night that she wouldn't take a direct role in policy making should her husband become president...
Medicaid... and independent living (03/15/05)
Many of Missouri's seniors and people with disabilities are steaming over recent events in Jefferson City. After years of fighting for rights and services that allow them to remain in their homes living independently rather than being confined to institutions, these groups now face an uncertain future. Medicaid cuts proposed by Gov. Matt Blunt would slash benefits to many of the states disabled and elderly poor....
Millersville PO (03/15/05)
Sometimes we don't know how handy something is in our daily routine until it is taken away. Folks who use the Millersville Post Office certainly got a wake-up call recently when the trailer that housed the post office was shut down. Postal patrols who pick up their mail at the 40 post office boxes were sent to the only convenience store in the small community. For all other services, they must go to post offices in Sedgewickville or Jackson...
Don't make consumers suffer (03/15/05)
To the editor: The goal of Missouri government leaders to reduce the production of dangerous methamphetamine drugs is meritorious. The idea of forcing the average cold sufferer, who is already feeling miserable, to register to buy federally approved over-the-counter medications is a terrible one. ...
Don't upset corporate backers (03/15/05)
To the editor: A recent article noted that Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton of Marble Hill, Mo., has not assigned a bill to committee that would call for an increase in the liquor tax. This bill would generate an estimated $44 million annually, and the funds received "would be earmarked for the prevention and treatment of alcoholism and law enforcement efforts to combat drunken driving," according to your reporter...
What's Bush doing about gas? (03/15/05)
To the editor: I recently read an announcement from AAA that stated that the average cost of gasoline had reached $2 a gallon. This is a cost that affects all income brackets, yet I have not read of a response from the Bush administration stating what it is doing to stop the increases and even reverse the upward trend...
Let's keep Camp TeAta open (03/15/05)
To the editor; I am writing in response to the article regarding the Otahki Girl Scout Council's attempt to close Camp TeAta in Marble Hill, Mo. The reasons given by a representative of the council is that Camp TeAta is unsafe, isolated and primitive. ...
Speak Out 3/15/05 (03/15/05)
One man's effort; Act of bravery; Giving back; No trees in median; Look at the sign; Religious freedom; Valuable background; Twice a Samaritan; Suffer the penalty; Honor for all; Wage merry-go-round; Potential damage; Credit responsibility; Guns at school; Leave road open
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