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Stories from Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Area man gets second chance to avoid serving jail time (01/31/06)
A man who defied a court order to abstain from alcohol and caught drinking less than an hour later by the judge who issued the order received a second chance in court Monday. Circuit Judge William Syler sentenced Jacob V. Vandeven, 28, of Whitewater, Mo., to six months in jail for violating his probation, but suspended the execution of that sentence for two years probation...
Drilling of Clearwater Dam to start soon as part of $90 million repair (01/31/06)
PIEDMONT, Mo. -- Starting early next month, contractors will begin repairs to a massive dam under federal control in Southeast Missouri to prevent a possible breach. Contractors will begin drilling and grouting the bedrock underneath the massive Clearwater Dam in Piedmont, Mo. By the time repairs are finished, about $90.3 million will be spent in two different phases to strengthen the nearly 60-year-old dam's earthen walls...
Accused murderer appears in court (01/31/06)
During a brief appearance in court via closed-circuit television Monday, the accused killer of a 17-year-old Cape Girardeau boy was read his charges and scheduled for a preliminary hearing. Associate Circuit Judge Gary A. Kamp explained to Bernard "Boo" Richards, 19, of an unknown address, that he is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death last week of Jacob Bowers, 17...
23 dams go unregulated in Cape Girardeau County (01/31/06)
Little Bear Lake provides the residents of the Lakeview Estates and Chateau Oaks subdivision with an amazing view and easy access to recreation. The nearly 10-acre lake reaches a depth of more than 30 feet at some points. For about 40 years, the lake waters have been held in check by a 32-foot high dam. But dams age. As they age, they deteriorate. Like anything else manmade, they need maintenance. The Little Bear Lake dam's time for repair is now...
Cairo mayor fires two cops, dispatcher (01/31/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Three Cairo police employees were fired Monday for violating department policies in connection to the death of a jail inmate. Two others were able to keep their jobs. Mayor Paul F. Farris fired Lt. Gary Hankins, Lt. Timothy Brown, and dispatcher Don Beggs from their positions with the Cairo Police Department effective Monday...
Health issues from birth control patch spark lawsuits from local women (01/31/06)
Marketed to be as effective as the pill, Ortho Evra is the first skin patch approved by the FDA for birth control. But several months after Jackson resident Rachel Cook started using the patch last year, she experienced chest pains and was hospitalized for blood clots in her lungs...
United Way distributes 2005 campaign contributions (01/31/06)
United Way distributes 2005 campaign contributions Last week the United Way of Southeast Missouri Board of Directors approved the following initial allocations of funds: $12,775.00 $17,000.00 $3,370.00 The United Way of Southeast Missouri also maintains an Emergency Set Aside Fund, which has recently been used to aid Hurricane victims living in the area...
Dongola nurse receives three years' probation for forgery and fraud (01/31/06)
An Illinois nurse was sentenced to 36 months probation after admitting to fraudulently acquiring prescription drugs. Donna S. Henson, 56, of Dongola, Ill., pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of aggravated fraud and two counts of forgery, according to a news release from the Union County state's attorney's office...
Area briefs 1/31/06 (01/31/06)
Local woman sentenced to prison for overmedicating her child A woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree felony child endangerment for overmedicating her child was sentenced to prison Monday. Holly K. Hency, 26, of 1918 Sherwood Drive, received five years imprisonment, with 120 days of shock incarceration with the possibility of probation following that four-month period. ...
Capital improvement meeting defines city's coming projects (01/31/06)
The annual Capital Improvement Program for Cape Girardeau is equal parts budget allocation and wish list. City staff, the council and the mayor met Monday to hash out some of the details behind the projects city officials say must get done, the projects they can get done and the projects they're still holding out hope will get done somewhere down the road...
Strohmeyer takes position at Missouri Arts Council (01/31/06)
Beverly Strohmeyer has been selected as the new executive director of the Missouri Arts Council; the state's top grantmaking agency for the arts. Strohmeyer has 22 years experience in arts administration including 17 years associated with the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau...
AARP announces area schedule of free tax aid (01/31/06)
The AARP is offering free tax help for low- to moderate-income individuals at locations across the region. Free tax help is also available for seniors and handicapped individuals with Missouri tax credits. Individuals must bring last year's tax forms; current W-2 forms; SSA-1099 forms and paid property taxes for 2005 or rent receipts from landlord. All handicapped persons must have current proof of disability...
Restored historic buildings sought for preservation award (01/31/06)
The Old Town Cape committee is seeking nominees for its annual John Boardman Excellence in Rehabilitation Award. The award honors preservation projects within the 130-square-block district known as Old Town Cape stretching from the river to West End Boulevard and from Highway 74 to North Street in downtown Cape Girardeau...
United Way program to help 'at-risk' children (01/31/06)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri on Monday announced the allocation of funds raised during its 2005 campaign themed "Show Me The Money." One emphasis this year has been on directing funds toward local family issues, said United Way assistant director Marla Mills...
Flight attendants protest change in rules that will again allow scissors, screwdrivers (01/31/06)
ATLANTA -- Flight attendants at the nation's busiest airport protested Monday against the relaxing of federal security restrictions that once again allow passengers to bring small scissors and screwdrivers aboard planes. "They have taken our safety and our security one step backwards," Air Tran attendant Susan Cosby said at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. "How can these items that once were viewed as potential weapons now be deemed safe?"...
Regulators order AmerenUE to shed more light on its expansion plans (01/31/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri regulators have sided with a pair of state agencies and an environmental coalition that want utility company Ameren UE to more fully disclose its long-range plans. Those plans could include construction of a second nuclear reactor at its Callaway County plant near Fulton, according to recent comments by Gary Rainwater, chief executive officer of St. Louis-based Ameren Corp., the utility's parent company...
Rural advocate: Small towns need better roads, online access (01/31/06)
MACOMB, Ill. -- Illinois needs to upgrade both rural roads and its online information highway to keep people and businesses from bypassing the thousands of small towns that dot the state, the retiring founder of a statewide rural advocacy group says...
Police punch, kick suspect who rammed police car (01/31/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol will determine if four police officers stepped over the line in punching and kicking a suspect on Monday. A police chase began in the St. Louis suburb Maplewood and ended in the city of St. Louis. Live television showed much of the chase, and the beating of the suspect. What could not be clearly seen on the video was how much resistance the man was providing...
Fight breaks out during Jackson County meeting (01/31/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A member of Jackson County's governing body who has been increasingly at odds with fellow lawmakers after alleging an open meeting violation was arrested Monday afternoon for hitting one of his colleagues. Several Jackson County legislators wound up involved in the fight that broke out on the second floor of the courthouse immediately after the meeting adjourned. ...
Government panel recommends renewable energy goal for state (01/31/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A government task force on Monday recommended the state set a goal for utility corporations to produce 10 percent of their electricity by 2020 through renewable energy sources, such as wind. But members of Gov. Matt Blunt's Missouri Energy Task Force shied away from suggesting the target become a requirement -- a move favored by some environmentalists...
Senate moves Alito closer to confirmation (01/31/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Monday all but guaranteed Samuel Alito's confirmation as the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice, shutting down a last-minute attempt by liberals to block the conservative judge's nomination with a filibuster. Republican and Democratic senators, on a 72-25 vote, agreed to end their debate, setting up a vote this morning on Alito's confirmation to replace retiring moderate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor...
President Bush seeks to 'elevate the tone' through fifth State of the Union (01/31/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, in his State of the Union speech today, will offer ideas for dealing with domestic problems like high energy prices and health care and international troubles like Iran's suspected nuclear ambitions. The unspoken agenda underpinning the address, Bush's fifth, is the rescue of his presidency from arguably its worst year...
Police: Woman may have fed poison to her own children (01/31/06)
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Americans' savings rate hits lowest level since the Great Depression (01/31/06)
WASHINGTON -- Americans spent more than they made last year -- something they haven't done since the Great Depression, a time of massive unemployment and soup lines. This time the trigger was good economic news -- a booming housing market, which has made millions of American homeowners feel wealthier and thus more willing to spend with abandon...
Scientists deactivate spacecraft that gathered comet dust (01/31/06)
LOS ANGELES -- NASA has deactivated most of the Stardust spacecraft that collected the first comet dust ever gathered in space, two weeks after the probe jettisoned samples to Earth from its seven-year voyage through the heavens. A 100-pound capsule from the spacecraft parachuted to the Utah desert Jan. 15 carrying microscopic debris from comet Wild 2 and interstellar dust. But the capsule's mothership remained in orbit around the sun...
World briefs 1/31/06 (01/31/06)
New Saddam trial judge sets tough tone; All 72 miners saved from fire in Canadian mine
Al-Qaida No. 2 calls Bush a 'failure' in first video since airstrike in Pakistan (01/31/06)
CAIRO, Egypt -- In a new video aired Monday, al-Qaida's No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri mocked President Bush as a "failure" in the war on terror, called him a "butcher" for killing innocent Pakistanis in a miscarried airstrike and chastised the United States for rejecting Osama bin Laden's offer of a truce...
Kidnapped U.S. journalist appears in new video (01/31/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. journalist Jill Carroll, weeping and veiled, appeared on a new videotape aired Monday by Al-Jazeera, and the Arab television station said she appealed for the release of all Iraqi women prisoners. The video was dated Saturday -- two days after the U.S. military released five Iraqi women from custody...
Europeans support U.S. threat to Hamas (01/31/06)
LONDON -- Tight-lipped and somber, the would-be shepherds of Mideast peace gave little sign Monday that they think the incoming Palestinian Hamas leadership will knuckle under to international demands to moderate and renounce terrorism. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it is "inevitable" that future aid to a Palestinian government led by the Islamic militant movement "would be reviewed by donors against that government's commitment to renounce violence, recognition of Israel" and other agreements.. ...
Chaffee girls slip past Oran (01/31/06)
Chaffee's girls basketball team led 27-18 at halftime and held on for a 52-49 road win over Oran on Monday. Mindy Hendrix led the Red Devils (8-9) with 21 points, and Kegan Orr added 12 points. Erica Michelsen scored 18 points for the Eagles (10-7)...
Central, ND to put rivalry on display (01/31/06)
Central and Notre Dame will take their rivalry to the pool this week, competing in the three-team Show Me Conference swimming meet at Central Municipal Pool. The diving competition will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, with the pool events scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday. The Tigers have won the past two conference titles, with Notre Dame owning the inaugural title...
Sizzling Redhawks win 7th straight (01/31/06)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Once Southeast Missouri State's offense caught up to its defense, there was no stopping the Redhawks in their quest for a seventh consecutive victory. The Redhawks, after a sluggish first half, came out on fire to start the second half and quickly turned a close game into a blowout as they routed host Austin Peay 73-57 Monday night...
'Hawks' troubles persist (01/31/06)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Austin Peay's defense has not been up to its typical standards for much of the season, especially in recent games. But Southeast Missouri State's anemic offense has allowed most defenses to shine -- and Austin Peay's 'D' got well against the Redhawks for the second time in less than three weeks Monday night, as the host Governors held on for a 73-62 victory...
Downtrodden Detroit plans a superb show for the world (01/31/06)
DETROIT -- Welcome to sunny Detroit! OK, so maybe it's partly cloudy Detroit. Either way, there's certainly one thing almost every visitor will notice -- or not notice -- upon reaching the Motor City for Super Bowl week: No snow. Not falling from the sky, not frozen on the grass, not piled up on the side of the highway...
League approves team sale to Marion attorney (01/31/06)
MARION, Ill. -- Minor-league baseball's Midwest League on Monday agreed to the sale of one of its Indiana teams to a group headed by a prominent Illinois attorney but took no action on the group's possible push to move the club to southern Illinois...
Rookie wins game for Blues in shootout (01/31/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Lee Stempniak, called up from the minor leagues earlier in the day, scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Stempniak also scored the tying goal in the second period for the Blues, who won for only the second time in 13 games. St. Louis had been 1-5 in shootouts, three of the losses coming in the previous four games...
The lone wrestler (01/31/06)
Equipment for the high school wrestling team in Moore Haven, Fla., includes six custom-made uniforms, two pairs of shoes, two knee pads, a warmup sweater and a lucky ski cap. It all belongs to Trey Toms. He's the Terriers' one-man team. And his mom's the coach...
Tiger poised for another dream season (01/31/06)
SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods stepped into the chill of the evening and headed to the airport for a 20-hour flight to Dubai, plenty of time to contemplate how fortunate he was to escape Torrey Pines with another victory and to wonder where it will take him the rest of the year...
Four titles but zero experience (01/31/06)
DETROIT -- If Super Bowl experience matters, the Steelers are in trouble. Just imagine: Every team in the NFL this season had at least two players who'd been to the big game -- except for Pittsburgh. Yes, even the lowly Texans and 49ers began the season with more Super Bowl experience than these Steelers. Houston, which finished with the worst record in the league at 2-14, had Tony Banks and Mark Bruener. San Francisco (4-12) had Bryant Young and Travis Hall...
St. Louis sends its leading scorer Weight to Hurricanes (01/31/06)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The top team in the NHL isn't content to stand pat. The Carolina Hurricanes acquired veteran center Doug Weight from the St. Louis Blues on Monday, adding another important piece in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup. Weight, a four-time All-Star and a member of the U.S. Olympic team, is scheduled to join the Hurricanes on Thursday...
Learning briefs 1/31/06 (01/31/06)
Banken earns spot on Notre Dame Regional dean's list; Scott City student makes honors list at Rend Lake; ACU names Scott City student to fall semester dean's list; Evans makes fall semester dean's list at Fontbonne; Cape Girardeau student named to McNeese State honor roll; Area students make fall semester dean's list at CMSU; GRADUATION; Perryville man earns masters from Central Missouri State
Striking the highest note (01/31/06)
There's not that many people here. The thought registered in 16-year-old Amanda Myer's mind as she picked up her flute and began warming up for the night's work. She was wrong. By the time Myer and the rest of the Jackson High School wind symphony band finished practicing and began to play Friday night, about 1,000 people made up a standing-room only crowd at Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach, Mo. -- the host of the Missouri Music Educators Association's annual conference...
Dad finds fun in 'family' practice (01/31/06)
I never expected to be on the practice squad at my age. But there I was on Saturday, playing hoops in the driveway with my fourth-grade daughter. For the past three winters, Bailey has played basketball every Saturday in a church league. As she's grown older and taller, she's taken team practices more seriously...
Highway to hell in a Cadillac (01/31/06)
There's nothing quite like knowing you're about to be handed your driver's license for the first time at the wise and mature age of 16. It's a pivotal moment in your life -- almost as pivotal as the time you watched your friend slip in a puddle of vomit during gym class...
Chuck Henzi (01/31/06)
Charles Frederick "Chuck" Henzi, 58, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born April 8, 1947, in Erie, Pa., son of Robert Charles and Ann Marie Harrington Henzi. He was formerly of Sikeston, Mo. Henzi was a 1965 graduate of Sikeston High School, received an associate degree from Kemper Military Academy in Booneville, Mo., and then received a degree in mass communications from Southeast Missouri State University...
Ron Wittmer (01/31/06)
Ron Wittmer, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, in Cape Girardeau. He had been diagnosed with small cell bladder cancer in April 2005. Although it ravaged his body, it was no match for his indomitable spirit. He remained generous, energized and life-loving in the face of insurmountable odds. Those who knew him would attest to his magnetism...
Laura Hampoon (01/31/06)
Laura May Hampoon, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at her home. She was born May 16, 1925, in the country of Holland. Survivors include friends, Dixie Andrews, and Dale and Jane Klobe of Cape Girardeau. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. to service time Wednesday...
Thomas Head (01/31/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo.-- Thomas Dexter Head, 91, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 17, 1914, in Floral, Ark., son of Archie and Stella Bailey Head. He and Cynthia Ganell Moore were married April 14, 1938. She died May 20, 2000...
Danny Kight (01/31/06)
Danny R. Kight, 58, of Jackson died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson from 4:30 p.m. to service time at 7 Thursday. A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield...
Retta Schremp (01/31/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Retta V. Munier Schremp, 94, of Perryville died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at the home of a daughter. She was born July 19, 1911, in Perry County, daughter of Henry and Gartha Loberg Moran. She and Albert Munier were married July 25, 1933. He died May 13, 1974. She and Lonnie Schremp were married April 25, 1987. He died Oct. 9, 2004...
Frank Giese (01/31/06)
Frank Albert Giese, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born July 24, 1920, in St. Louis, son of Albert and Gabrielle Krisch Giese. He was a former building contractor. Giese served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 14, 1942, to March 9, 1946...
Christene Godwin (01/31/06)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Christene Godwin, 72, of Morley died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, in the emergency room at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Hagarville, Ark., daughter of Joseph W. and Robbie Hutchins Mays. She and Glen Godwin were married July 17, 1953, at Miner, Mo...
Nagako Naito (01/31/06)
Nagako "Nickey" Naito, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Tokyo, Japan, daughter of Saibe and Fummiko Minokawa Naito. Miss Naito came to the United States after World War II. She had been head cook at Southeast Missouri State University. She was a member of Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary and a volunteer at the medical center. She was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral and its Council of Catholic Women...
Maxine Tippett (01/31/06)
Maxine B. Tippett, 82, of Advance died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Advance Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of Jesse and Vallie Carlton Bollinger. She and Wright Tippett were united in marriage Nov. 2, 1944, in Advance...
Kenneth Keesee (01/31/06)
Kenneth Michael Keesee, loving son, husband, father, brother, friend and devoted English teacher, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. Mr. Keesee was born June 17, 1970, in Cape Girardeau, the beloved son of Michael Ray and Sandra Kay Johnson Keesee. On Aug. 2, 1997, Mr. Keesee married Sheila Ruth, who survives. Out of their love were born two children, Aiden James and Devon Grace Keesee...
Billy Davenport (01/31/06)
Billy Bland Davenport, 74, of Millersville died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at his home. He was born March 7, 1931, in Senath, Mo., son of Reuben H. and Sadie Prewett Davenport. He and Bernita Lincoln were married Oct. 24, 1953, at Arbyrd, Mo. Survivors include his wife; a son, Mitchell Davenport of Cedar Hill, Mo.; a daughter, Nancy McNabb of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Martin Davenport of Arbyrd; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild...
Marilynn Hails (01/31/06)
Marilynn Ruth Hails, 82, of Jackson died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Out of the past 1/31/06 (01/31/06)
25 years ago: Jan. 31, 1981 The city of Cape Girardeau sold 243 of its old parking meters yesterday and today, netting the city $2,273; not only did people from Southeast Missouri take advantage of the sale, but so did meter speculators and antique dealers from as far away as Florida and Wisconsin...
Library upgrades (01/31/06)
Modern libraries are much more than stacks of books where librarians warn visitors to maintain silence. Today's libraries can be the town square of a community, a place to meet, converse, communicate by computer -- and, of course, read and check out books...
Cable-TV bill benefits AT&T the most (01/31/06)
To the editor; The Jan. 23 Associated Press article about a bill in the legislature on cable-TV quoted a legislator as saying this bill 'will drive down cable rates." That is the company lines that AT&T is pushing to promote the bill, but nothing could be further from the truth...
A fine example of life, love, caring (01/31/06)
To the editor: In response to Sam Blackwell's column, "On a mission to know God": Thank you. Jean would have been so proud that Sam quoted her beliefs, which was the way she chose to live her life. Jean never met a stranger. A fine example of her caring and love are the two fine sons, David and Daniel, she left behind. ...
Caution needed on wiretapping limits (01/31/06)
To the editor: Most wars are short, intense periods in history. During such emergencies, we give up some of our freedoms, knowing it's only temporary. Yet when President Bush says warrantless wiretapping of Americans is legal because we're at war, this war is different. We'll have troops in Iraq for decades. We'll be fighting terrorism when my grandchildren have grandchildren. Any emergency powers granted to the president during this war are actually permanent...
Speak Out 1/31/06 (01/31/06)
Friendliest carrier; NBA and abortion; Inherited problems; Religious teaching; Judging others; Wedge issues; Cable competition; Higher tariffs; They don't mix; School concerns; Choosing sides; Collector vehicles; Inappropriate photo; It's all for progress
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