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Stories from Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Pawn shop employee arrested in firearms theft (08/02/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A former employee of Tuff Times Pawn Shop has been arrested and charged with 12 counts of firearms theft and one count of motor vehicle theft, after a police investigation. Frankie Ullman Sr., 54, of Perryville was released on a $10,000 cash only bond. ...
Four juveniles charged in Perryville burglaries (08/02/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Four youths ranging in ages of 13 to 15 have been taken into custody by the Perryville Police Department and now face charges related to two burglaries and several vehicle break-ins, police said. Between July 13 and July 17, the department investigated a break-in at the Perry County Middle School, Knights of Columbus Hall, along with several break-ins at the Perry County Hospital and the area of South Spring Street in Perryville. ...
Benton business damaged by early morning fire (08/02/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Corner Bar and Grill has been a gathering point for Benton residents for decades. After an early Monday morning fire, though, the future of the business is uncertain. The outside appearance of the bar and grill belies the fact there was a fire, other than the yellow caution tape across the front...
Municipal band readies for Concert in the Park (08/02/05)
The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band will present its weekly Concert in the Park at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Capaha Park band shell. The concert theme will be march mania, with all selections in march style. Special entertainment will include the Southeast Flute Choir and guest directors -- the Cape Girardeau Central 2005 drum majors. The concert is free to the public. The band is under the direction of Ronald Nall...
Cape authorities arrest man for indecent exposure (08/02/05)
Shortly after responding to an indecent exposure call Friday to Kiwanis Park, two plain-clothes officers from the Cape Girardeau Police Department found an invitation for sex in the park men's restroom. It was freshly written, police Sgt. Barry Hovis said, and asked for a meeting at 1:30 p.m. The officers went outside and saw a man sitting nearby in a white 1989 Oldsmobile, he said...
Cape council approves recycling contract (08/02/05)
Cape Girardeau residents soon will be able to recycle their plastic bags. The city council Monday night approved a five-year contract with Inter-Rail Inc. of Cape Girardeau to buy and haul away recyclable materials, everything from newsprint and cardboard to aluminum cans and discarded appliances...
Law makes it tough for sex offenders to live near schools (08/02/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A year-old state law might not force registered sex offenders who live near schools to move, but it could make it difficult for them to find new homes in certain communities. The law, which took effect Aug. 28, 2004, prohibits known sex offenders from establishing residence within 1,000 feet of a school or child-care facility. Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor for a first offense and a felony for repeat offenses...
Making connections: An internet social life (08/02/05)
When Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg was brainstorming with his friends for ideas on a Web site pertaining to college students, it probably didn't cross his mind that he would be contributing to procrastination on campuses around the nation. What came out of weeks of long discussions and late-night coffee binges was a tool for college students known as "Thefacebook," a wildly popular Internet site (www.thefacebook.com) used for getting to know peers, creating common-interest groups and sending out invitations for upcoming social events.. ...
Committee lowers load limits on Mississippi (08/02/05)
A falling Mississippi River forced barge operators to start running narrower, lighter loads over the weekend. And predictions of lower levels to come could squeeze farmers and shippers this fall unless rains break the ongoing drought. The Lower Mississippi River Committee decided Friday that towboats pushing barges should run no more than seven barges abreast and to limit the loads from running no more than 10 feet below the surface...
Scott City council action (08/02/05)
n The council opened sealed bids for the closure of the Illmo sewage lagoon. Bootheel Excavation submitted a bid for $156,200 and Heartland Application and Equipment submitted a bid for $151,449. The council did not act on the bids. ** n The council passed 6-0 a resolution approving ASA Asphalt's bid of $42 per ton for street paving. The bid was made for $71,982 total, which could change as more small paving projects could be added. Councilmen John Crail and Jeff Curnell were absent...
Learning briefs 8/2/05 (08/02/05)
Dean's lists; Scholarships
Corn crops may produce 40 bushels below average (08/02/05)
Despite above-average rainfalls for July, area farmers are still clamoring for rain as the summer-long drought drags on. Hurricane Dennis drenched Southeast Missouri early last month, but local agriculture officials say the summer has been unusually dry on the whole. A four-member board composed of representatives from agricultural service agencies in the county predicts the drought will adversely affect local crop yields...
Deputy's badge used in theft (08/02/05)
How and when the badge was stolen is under investigation. A Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department badge fell into the wrong hands and was used in a robbery, the Cape Girardeau Police Department said Monday. Exactly how and when the badge was lost is under investigation, sheriff's Capt. Ruth Ann Dickerson said. But the person accused of using it to empty a man's wallet at the KFC restaurant at 2101 William St., as well as his alleged accomplice, are in jail...
Federal transportation bill includes $25 million for Columbia biking trails (08/02/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- At 72, Mayor Darwin Hindman is a passionate cyclist and daily commuter on the city's growing network of bicycle trails. He soon could have plenty of company. The transportation bill passed by Congress last week includes $25 million for this mid-Missouri city to add bike lanes, sidewalks, walking trails and other urban pathways designed to get people out of their cars. ...
Study: Tobacco smoke increases teens' risk for metabolic syndrome (08/02/05)
DALLAS -- Exposure to cigarette smoke raises the risk among teens of metabolic syndrome, a disorder associated with excess belly fat that increases the chances of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to a study. Researchers said it is the first study to establish such a link in teenagers...
Blind teenager amazes with video-game ability (08/02/05)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Brice Mellen is a whiz at video games such as "Mortal Kombat." In that regard, the 17-year-old isn't much different from so many others his age. Except for one thing: He's blind. And as he easily dispatched foes who took him on recently at a Lincoln gaming center, the affable and smiling Mellen remained humble...
NASA schedules spacewalk to fix shuttle (08/02/05)
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- NASA said Monday it will send out a spacewalking astronaut to fix two worrisome pieces of filler material protruding from Discovery's belly -- a high-stakes operation to repair a problem that could threaten the shuttle during re-entry...
Bush appoints Bolton as U.N. ambassador (08/02/05)
President defied Dems, said post 'too important' to remain vacant. WASHINGTON -- President Bush installed embattled nominee John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations on Monday, bypassing the Senate after a testy five-month standoff with Democrats who argued that the tough-talking conservative was unfit for the job...
World briefs 8/2/05 (08/02/05)
Iran delays reopening nuclear processing plant ISFAHAN, Iran -- Iran threatened to reopen its nuclear processing plant here Monday but later agreed to a two-day delay after receiving a request from the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency. A spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said that International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammed ElBaradei asked Tehran for a "maximum of two days" to send its inspectors to Iran's nuclear facility where they can oversee the dismantling of U.N. ...
Abdullah quickly assumes Saudi throne after half brother's death (08/02/05)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- King Abdullah quickly assumed the Saudi throne Monday after the death of his long-ailing half brother, giving a smooth transition to the leadership of this key U.S. ally and oil giant already grappling with extremists and debating the need for reform...
Book to focus on Perry County football (08/02/05)
The history of Perryville and St. Vincent squads are chronicled in Nick Antoine's work. Nick Antoine does not have any ties to Southeast Missouri, just a love of history. That passion led Antoine to take on the challenge of writing a book chronicling the century-long history of high school football in Perryville. More than two years after starting the project, Antoine likely knows more about Perryville football than the residents of the city themselves...
Capahas lose at NBC World Series (08/02/05)
The Plaza Tire Capahas came up short in their opening game at the NBC World Series on Monday night, suffering a 4-1 loss to the Wichita (Kan.) Gators. The Gators broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the top of the fourth and shut out the Capahas for the remainder of the contest. Wichita started its winning rally with two outs and nobody on, stringing together four consecutive hits. The big blow was a two-run double by Chris Iverson...
Absolutely positive: Palmeiro suspended for failing steroids test (08/02/05)
NEW YORK -- Rafael Palmeiro poked his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused. "I have never used steroids. Period," he told a congressional panel in March. On Monday, nearly five months later, the Baltimore Orioles slugger became baseball's highest-profile player to be suspended 10 days for using steroids...
Bonds says he probably out for season (08/02/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds doesn't expect to play this season because of his injured right knee, putting the San Francisco slugger's quest for the career home run record on hold until at least 2006. "I don't think you're going to see me out there this year," Bonds told MLB.com on Monday. ...
Redbirds get snagged (08/02/05)
The Marlins escaped with a 6-5 victory over St. Louis. ST. LOUIS -- Career pinch-hit leader Lenny Harris added a big one to his total. The 40-year-old Harris had a three-run go-ahead double off Jason Marquis in the sixth inning, helping the Florida Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Monday to keep a second-half surge alive...
St. Louis ready for top picks to shine (08/02/05)
The young talent on the defensive line has yet to meet expectations. ST. LOUIS -- In recent years the St. Louis Rams have placed an emphasis in the draft on building a strong interior defense, taking Damione Lewis and Ryan Pickett in 2001 and then choosing Jimmy Kennedy in 2003...
Sports briefs 8/2/05 (08/02/05)
Baseball...
Daughter 'coins' change in our home (08/02/05)
Quarters, dimes, nickels and even pennies aren't safe in our home. Our 9-year-old, Bailey, has made it her mission to find every last penny that's been gathering dust in our home and in our cars. Joni recently gave our daughter a plastic bank jar with a battery powered lid that automatically counts and totals the change pushed through the slot...
Jackson Pirtle (08/02/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Jackson R. "Jack" Pirtle, 74, of Charleston died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Indiana. He and Lois Jean Martin were married Oct. 9, 1964. She died Feb. 24, 1991. He later married Rosemary Borders...
Brian Licare (08/02/05)
Brian Licare, 43, of Scott City died Friday, July 29, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1962, in Scott City, son of Vincent and Lorraine A. Bickel Licare. Licare was a graduate of Jackson High School. He was a mechanic at Midwest Diesel Service...
James Crawford (08/02/05)
MORLEY, Mo. -- James Crawford, 73, of Morley died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Dec. 12, 1931, in East Prairie, Mo., son of James David and Juanita Pruit Crawford. He and Beatrice Brashear were married June 29, 1954...
Donald Ray (08/02/05)
Donald Ray, 64, of Dexter, Mo., died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Missouri Southern Healthcare Facility in Dexter. He was born April 29, 1941, in Manila, Ark., son of James Henry and Violet Cook Ray. He and Dorthey JoAnn Baker were married Sept. 14, 1962, at Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Eugene Keller (08/02/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- F. Eugene Keller, 70, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at his home. He was born Dec. 26, 1934, in Perry County, Mo., son of Frank J. and Sarah Jane Cash Keller. He and Velda Mae Unterreiner were married Feb. 13, 1954, in Perryville...
Grace Casey (08/02/05)
Grace G. Casey, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at her home. She was born Dec. 6, 1913, in Cedar Rapids, Neb., daughter of Thomas and Tellie Kush Nowak. She and Harry Casey were married Aug. 24, 1940, in Stapleton, Neb. He died Feb. 17, 1993...
Orville Bragg (08/02/05)
Orville Gene Bragg, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at his home. He was born May 21, 1933, at Grassy, Mo., son of Ezra and Edith Miller Bragg. He and Juanita Holder were married March 28, 1952, in Cape Girardeau. Bragg was employed 33 years at Superior Electric. He attended Third Street United Methodist Church, and was a member of VFW Post 3838...
Births 8/2/05 (08/02/05)
Noel; Gardner; Mikels; Cleaves; Hayes
Cape/Jackson police reports 8/2/05 (08/02/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 8/2/05 (08/02/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: * 10:52 p.m., an alarm at the 300 block of Merriwether Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: * 2:06 a.m., medical assistance at the 3000 block of Bernice Street...
Births 8/2/05 (08/02/05)
Fleming, Noel, Gardner...
Out of the past 8/2/05 (08/02/05)
25 years ago: Aug. 2, 1980 Brig. Gen. James N. Ellis, a former Cape Girardeau resident, has been assigned division engineer of the Army South Atlantic Division at Atlanta, Ga. Nearly 1,000 young men registered at area post offices during the two-week Selective Service registration drive that ends today; a check of seven post offices -- Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Scott City, Illmo, Gordonville, Kelso, Mo., and McClure, Ill. ...
Security's price tag (08/02/05)
Missourians got their first taste of the REAL ID Act's impact on driver's license renewals last month. The Department of Revenue began requiring anyone obtaining or renewing a driver's license to submit proof -- birth certificate, passport, Social Security card, utility bill, voter-registration card, immigration documents -- of citizenship or legal immigration...
Our generous federal legislators (08/02/05)
To the editor: What a glorious sight to see on the front page of my newspaper pictures of three so-called conservative Republican federal legislators "happy to give " Cape Girardeau County $5 million that our local leaders have no idea how to spend. I'm so happy Sen. Kit Bond, Sen. Jim Talent and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson could reach into their own back pockets and "give" to us...
Speak Out 8/2/05 (08/02/05)
Borderline atheism; Making a problem; Better buddy; Taking the punishment; What a party; Where's the justice?; Benton librarian; Using fire trucks; Heart-healthy dining; Reasons to consider; Proof is needed; Lingering trash; Safety inspections; Phones in restaurants; Coming to pieces; Police revenue
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