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Stories from Friday, December 29, 2006

Agents seize clinic records (12/29/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Federal investigators have initiated an audit of the records of the Convenient Healthcare clinic in Perryville, said Tom Burcham, the clinic's attorney. Burcham said agents from the Inspector General's office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appeared at the clinic Dec. 22 with a warrant, asking to interview employees and look through records...
Cape Girardeau Co. buys terrorism insurance (12/29/06)
If terrorists attack any building owned by Cape Girardeau County, taxpayers won't be stuck with the cost of rebuilding. County commissioners Thursday voted unanimously to pay $2,119 to include the possibility of a terrorist attack in the county's building insurance policies for 2007. Overall, the county will pay $98,196 for coverage to protect taxpayers' $21 million investment in buildings from damages caused by earthquakes, tornadoes, fire and other threats...
Scott Co.'s Priggel ends term as lead commissioner (12/29/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- In his eight years as Scott County's chief elected official, Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel never attended a commission meeting like the one Thursday. Of course, there was normal business: hearing reports from highway supervisor Harlan Duncan, E-911 administrator Joe Burton and county developer Joel Evans. And the commission took care of the routine task of paying the bills. All in all it was a slow meeting with little action taking place...
Looking back (12/29/06)
For Southeast Missouri, 2006 was a year when tornadoes took a toll, a major Hollywood movie came calling and the war in Iraq hit home. In government, Cape Girardeau County unveiled a new transit system, answering a need that had long gone unmet, while other actions, like the Oran police chief's campaign to crack down on speeders and Cape Girardeau's sign ordinance, drew fire from residents...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 12/29/06 (12/29/06)
Thursday Routine business n Received and filed letter regarding Buzzi Unicem request to revise DNR permit. n Received and filed communications grant correspondence -- sheriff's department. n Received and filed Mental Health Board minutes. n Received and filed notice of Procter & Gamble payment in lieu of taxes...
Jackson woman accused of forgery (12/29/06)
A Jackson resident was charged Thursday with four counts of felony forgery after police investigated a Dec. 15 report that someone was stealing and cashing personal checks belonging to a man residing with the suspect. Police questioned Tammy S. Beck, 25, Wednesday after viewing a Dec. 12 surveillance video from an area store showing Beck using one of the victim's checks to buy gasoline, according to the probable-cause statement...
Cape store held up at gunpoint (12/29/06)
Cape Girardeau police are looking for two men suspected in an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday at Hometown Cash Advance, 1131 N. Kingshighway. Cpl. Jason Selzer said an employee told police two men came into the store at 5:47 p.m., brandished a black handgun and demanded cash from the register...
Advance man committed to mental health dept. (12/29/06)
An Advance man who stabbed his mother to death has been committed to the state's Department of Mental Health. According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn, 50-year-old David Van Gennip was committed after an appearance before Presiding Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp on Dec. 20. Van Gennip was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action relating to the July 28 death of 80-year-old Nada Van Gennip...
Police: DNA cracks cold case involving Springfield sex assaults (12/29/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Springfield police said Friday that they have found a suspect in a cold case involving a double sexual assault from 1995 after a man charged with a similar crime in Illinois matched an old DNA profile. Melvin Green, 32, was charged earlier this week with the sexual assault of two female roommates in Springfield three days before Christmas in 1995, police said in a written statement. ...
Data could help both sides in school funding case (12/29/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- How much money does it take to provide students an adequate education? That question is at the heart of a court battle unfolding in a few days in the capital city. In preparing for a trial starting Wednesday, the collection of school districts suing the state and the attorney general's office agreed to tailor their efforts and research to 36 of the state's 524 public school districts...
More criminals to be excluded from casinos (12/29/06)
ST. LOUIS -- At the moment, only eight people -- three of them dead -- are on the state's little-used list of cheaters and organized crime figures blacklisted from Missouri casinos. But that's about to change. The Missouri Gaming Commission is expanding the list to include a broader group of criminals, and just last month voted to add two convicted carpet installers...
University of Missouri drops effort to restrict Christian fraternity (12/29/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Columbia has dropped its opposition to a Christian fraternity that restricts membership to students who "share the common bond" of Jesus Christ. The university's decision regarding Beta Upsilon Chi -- its Greek letters stand for Brothers Under Christ -- follows a similar decision by the University of Georgia earlier this month to exempt the fraternity from campus nondiscrimination policies...
Public Service Commission staff: Cut, not raise, AmerenUE rates (12/29/06)
Instead of a 10 to 29 percent increase in electric rates, customers of AmerenUE could see a modest reduction if the Missouri Public Service Commission accepts a recommendation from staff auditors. A complaint alleging Ameren overcharges for electricity by as much as $168 million a year will be filed today or early in the new year, Kevin Thompson, general counsel for the PSC said Thursday. ...
Man electrocuted at construction site (12/29/06)
LIBERTY, Mo. -- A man installing city water wells was electrocuted by a power line Thursday. Steve Hansen, the city's public works director, said the accident happened at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, one mile east of Missouri 291. The victim died at the scene and his name has not been released...
Report shows Missourians' hospital infection rates (12/29/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri officials released a report Thursday that they say will provide an overview of how state hospitals fare in preventing infections. The report, which will be updated quarterly, takes a cue from a state law requiring hospitals to disclose information about infections that occur at their sites. The information can be found at www.dhss.mo.gov/HAI....
Bush says more time needed to craft new U.S. plan in Iraq (12/29/06)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush worked nearly three hours at his Texas ranch Thursday to design a new U.S. policy in Iraq, then emerged to say that he and his advisers need more time to craft the plan he'll announce in the new year. Burdened by low approval ratings on his handling of the war, the president is under mounting pressure to come up with a new blueprint for U.S. ...
Snowstorm threatens to close Denver airport again (12/29/06)
DENVER -- New Year's travelers jammed the Denver airport Thursday, trying to get out of town ahead of a snowstorm that threatened to close runways and gum up the nation's busy holiday travel season for the second time in a week. The storm was expected to dump up to 18 inches of snow on the Denver area overnight and prompted Gov. ...
Consumer confidence and existing home sales rise (12/29/06)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy is ending the year with a hopeful set of reports showing that consumer confidence soared in December and the worst of the downturn for the battered housing market may be over. The Conference Board reported Thursday that consumer confidence shot up to an eight-month high of 109.0 in December...
Poll: Bush at top of both hero, villian lists (12/29/06)
WASHINGTON -- Bad guy of 2006: President Bush. Good guy of 2006: President Bush. When people were asked in an AP-AOL News poll to name the villains and heroes of the year, Bush topped both lists, in a sign of these polarized times. Among entertainment celebrities, Oprah Winfrey edged out Michael J. Fox as the best celebrity role model while Britney Spears outdistanced Paris Hilton as the worst...
World briefs 12/29/06 (12/29/06)
Saddam's lawyer pleads for mercy BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein's lawyer made a last-ditch effort to impede his execution Thursday, beseeching world leaders to prevent the United States from handing over the ousted dictator to Iraqi authorities who plan to hang him. ...
Familiar four left in semis (12/29/06)
Another year of blowouts, paired with some minor upsets, has left the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament with a familiar feel heading into today's semifinal round at the Show Me Center. The same four teams that appeared in last year's semifinals make up this year's final four. Bell City, the fifth seed, gets the unenviable task of facing No. 1 Charleston this time around at 6 p.m. tonight...
Sports headlines of 2006 (12/29/06)
Jan. 31 -- Andrais Thornton was arrested when the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team returned home from a road game at Austin Peay. Thornton was charged in a 2003 rape case from his junior college days in Kansas. His basketball season ended, and he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor...
Crusaders advance to title game in their holiday tournament (12/29/06)
The Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team won its second consecutive game in the round-robin portion of its own Christmas tournament, routing Zalma 72-40 Thursday night. The Crusaders (7-1) advance to play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the championship of the six-team event. Their opponent will be determined tonight...
Story of the year (12/29/06)
Women's basketball usually doesn't grab the headlines. What the Southeast women's basketball program accomplished in 2006 -- sharing the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title with Tennessee Tech and then crushing the Eaglettes to win the conference tournament and gain the program's first NCAA Division I tournament berth -- likely would have landed on this list of the Southeast Missourian's top stories for the year...
Everyone plays in Redhawks rout (12/29/06)
With an average scoring margin of less than one point per game entering the week, Southeast Missouri State has not had the luxury of enjoying many blowout victories. Thursday was an exception, however, as the Redhawks crushed Martin Methodist 93-53 at the Show Me Center...
Zito's deal with Giants sets record for pitchers (12/29/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Bay Area's other Barry is the new face of the San Francisco Giants -- now and well into the future. Barry Zito and the Giants reached a preliminary agreement on the largest contract for a pitcher in baseball history, a $126 million, seven-year deal. Zito joins the Giants three weeks after the club came to terms on a $16 million, one-year contract with slugger Barry Bonds for a 15th season...
Grizzlies replace Fratello with Barone after 6-24 start to campaign (12/29/06)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach Mike Fratello on Thursday after a league-worst 6-24 start, even though his team had been missing its best player for most of the season. Fratello was the Grizzlies' winningest coach with a 95-83 record and had guided them to consecutive playoff appearances. Tony Barone Sr., the Grizzlies' director of player personnel, was selected to be the interim coach...
Bowl trips becoming tougher sell for Missouri (12/29/06)
EL PASO, Texas -- Missouri's third bowl trip in four years has been a bit of a tough sell. The school expects between 4,000 and 4,500 fans to attend the Sun Bowl today. That's about the same number as last year for the school's second Independence Bowl trip, but the first Independence trip in 2003 drew about 8,000 fans...
Bruce ready to go as Rams make playoff push (12/29/06)
ST. LOUIS -- At the age of 34, St. Louis Rams receiver Isaac Bruce is saving his best for last. Bruce had season highs with nine receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown in last week's 37-31 overtime win against Washington on Christmas Eve. The game marked his 42nd 100-yard receiving game and third this season...
Coaches have taken different paths (12/29/06)
EL PASO, Texas -- Some Oregon State fans wanted a new coach five games into this season. Missouri had a perfect coach, or at least a perfect record, after six games. Mike Riley and Gary Pinkel ended up in the same place, providing a compelling story line for the Sun Bowl this afternoon...
Oklahoma State tops Alabama in OT in Independence Bowl (12/29/06)
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- Oklahoma State tried to give away the Independence Bowl to Alabama. Dantrell Savage and Jason Ricks took it back for the Cowboys. Ricks kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8.9 seconds remaining to give Oklahoma State a 34-31 victory over Alabama on Thursday night...
UNLV puts Knight's record chase on hold (12/29/06)
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Steve Alford, John Havlicek, Jerry Tarkanian and Fuzzy Zoeller came to West Texas to see Bob Knight make history. If they don't mind sticking around a few days, they can watch him try again. Knight's Texas Tech team fell behind UNLV early and never recovered, losing 74-66 Thursday night to leave him tied with Dean Smith atop the men's Division I win list...
2006: A year in review (12/29/06)
Nothing is ever static in arts and entertainment. Boundaries are pushed every day. People enter the scene, they leave the scene. They have big ideas, some of them pan out, some don't. This year started off with a bang in Cape Girardeau, with the filming of scenes for the big-budget Hollywood movie "Killshot." But that was only the beginning of what would be yet another year of big events, another year of change, another year of growth in the local arts community...
Artifacts 12/29/06 (12/29/06)
River City Players announce 2007 season; Film Festival targets amateur filmmakers; Arts council sponsors two-day workshop; Benefit concert planned for Sunday; -- From staff reports
2006 brought changes to Cape's art community (12/29/06)
Max Cordonnier Max Cordonnier's specialty was literature, but when he retired as a literature professor, his passion soon became the visual arts. Cordonnier died in June after years of membership in the Visual Arts Cooperative. He produced a large body of work that used digital art to create images with themes based in mythology and literature...
Looking ahead (12/29/06)
Another year is closing, but I'm not going to dwell on the past. Could things have been done differently in 2006? Should better choices have been made? Will we be living with regrets? Yes, yes and yes. Has 2006 been a good year? Were there good reasons to laugh? Did we get enough to eat?...
Everyone's a critic: 'Rocky Balboa' (12/29/06)
Thirty years ago Sylvester Stallone stole our hearts as the "Italian Stallion." "Rocky Balboa" rises from the trenches to once again revive the spirit of the original. The finale plots our hero against time and ego. As Rocky painfully memorializes the death of Adrian by living in the past, Rocky Jr. (Milo Ventimiglia) grows tired of living in the shadow of his legendary father and begins to ignore and avoid him...
Bitter battle of words between Trump and O'Donnell enters second week (12/29/06)
NEW YORK -- The bitter battle of words between Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell isn't over. "Rosie's a loser. She's been a loser always," the real estate mogul and host of NBC's "The Apprentice," said Thursday. "Her show failed, her magazine failed. Barbara Walters gave her new life, but she'll fail at that also because she's inherently a stone-cold loser."...
Thousands view body of James Brown at Apollo Theater (12/29/06)
NEW YORK -- Even in death, James Brown can move a crowd. Thousands of people danced and sang in the streets outside the Apollo Theater in a raucous celebration Thursday of the music legend's life as his body was displayed on the stage where he made his 1956 debut...
Joseph Heisserer (12/29/06)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Joseph A. "Joe" Heisserer, 67, of New Hamburg died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 20, 1939, at Kelso, Mo., son of Joseph Phillip and Coletta L. Glastetter Heisserer. He and Clare Bucher were married Oct. 1, 1960...
Chloe Zinger (12/29/06)
THEBES, Ill. -- Chloe Elizabeth Zinger, 10 months, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, due to post transplant complications. She was born Jan. 24, 2006, in Kansas City, Kan. Survivors include her parents, Casey and Sarah Hale Zinger of Omaha, Neb.; maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Michelle Hale of Thebes, Bambi Adams of Rivesville, W.Va.; and paternal grandparents, Jon and Sherri Zinger of Tempe, Ariz...
Julie Hoff (12/29/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Julie Ann Hoff, 36, of Perryville died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. She was born Sept. 8, 1970, in Chester, Ill., daughter of Stanley P. Grantham and Terry Reed. She and Harold S. Hoff were married in June 1998...
Raymond Axley (12/29/06)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Raymond O. "Ray" Axley, 75, of Mounds died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. He was born Aug. 9, 1931, in Tamms, Ill., son of Will and Frances Hicks Axley. Axley was a retired house painter. Survivors include two brothers, William Axley of Wickliffe, Ky., Charles Axley of Mounds; and a sister, Joan Axley of Mounds...
Ellen Onderdonk (12/29/06)
Ellen "Nellie" Onderdonk, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Chateau Girardeau. She was born July 29, 1909, in Perry County, daughter of August and Mary Florence McCauley Cissell. She and Virgil J. Hoffman were married Aug. 16, 1928. He died Jan. 1, 1969. She then married Lester Gibbar Dec. 6, 1972. He died Dec. 5, 1975. She and Albert "Red" Onderdonk were married Oct. 2, 1979. He died April 7, 1983...
Charlotte Wade (12/29/06)
Charlotte Elizabeth Swan Wade, 71, of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Aug. 11, 1935, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of Otis G. and Verneda Coates Swan. She married Robert G. Wade. Wade was employed as a licensed practical nurse for more than 51 years. A graduate of John S. Cobb High School in Cape Girardeau, Wade attended Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral...
James Calhoun (12/29/06)
ELDON, Mo. -- James Everett "Bake" Calhoun, 94, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, in Jefferson City, Mo. Born Nov. 26, 1912, in Matthews, Mo., son of the late James Frederick "Fritz" and Nancy Louise Wilburn Calhoun, he was a farmer and former member of First Baptist Church of Sikeston, Mo. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Eldon...
Births 12/29/06 (12/29/06)
Landis; Martin; Weber; Cassout; Messmer; Froman; Heisserer; Dry; Bloom; Nicholas; Jones
Cape fire report 12/29/06 (12/29/06)
n At 5:56 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Broadway and West End Boulevard. n At 5:59 p.m., medical assist in the 300 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 8:26 p.m., medical assist in the 800 block of Clark Avenue. n At 12:59 a.m., medical assist in the unit block of South Henderson Avenue...
Out of the past 12/29/06 (12/29/06)
Republican representatives Bill Emerson of De Soto, Mo., and Wendell Bailey of Willow Springs, Mo., both affected by the state redistricting plan announced yesterday by a panel of federal judges, call it an unpleasant surprise; the only Democrat who has said he will seek re-election in the newly formed 8th District -- Jerry Ford of Cape Girardeau -- says he likes the new plan...
Remembering others (12/29/06)
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. -- Matthew 25:40 Of all the gifts that were exchanged during this Christmas season, one of the best was the time and energy of countless volunteers who gave presents of unselfish caring...
Speak Out 12/29/06 (12/29/06)
Schaffner's music; Talking to recordings; Wasting money; Thanks for the gas; A $50 surprise; Wonderful inspiration; Washboard alley; Library plan; Triple tariff; Winter view; Running red lights; Small-town manners?; We need winners; Too many inmates
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