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Stories from Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Schools participate in statewide tornado drill (03/13/07)
Area schools participated in a statewide tornado drill at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of Missouri's Severe Weather Awareness Week. After seeing surveillance camera footage of the tornado that struck the high school in Caruthersville, Mo., last April, some school officials have updated their safety procedures and others have chosen to keep it the same.Read more in Wednesday's Southeast Missourian...
Chaffee, Steele students finalists at science fair (03/13/07)
Alex Heeb knows his box turtles. He's tagged them with radio transmitters and tracked them through a wooded area south of Chaffee, Mo. On Tuesday, armed with a photo-filled cardboard display board, the 16-year-old from Chaffee presented his data -- collected from July to November -- to judges at the 51st annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair at the Show Me Center...
Appeal in fatal 2004 crash refused (03/13/07)
A Perryville man sentenced in 2005 to 20 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault failed in an attempt to appeal his case last month. In his guilty plea, Michael W. Berry, now 28, admitted that in 2004 he had been driving under the influence of methamphetamine when he was passing a truck on a curve in a no-passing zone and caused a head-on collision with a car driven by Chaffee Assembly of God minister Darren E. Larkin...
Sunday stabbing (03/13/07)
A 21-year-old Cape Girardeau woman was stabbed Sunday during an argument that turned violent on the 110 block of Bloomfield Road, police said Tuesday. Cape Girardeau police received a call at about 6:28 p.m. that about 20 people were watching an argument on the street...
Dexter native pleads guilty to attempted murder in Iraq (03/13/07)
One of four 101st Army Airborne soldiers currently involved in a murder trial is a native of Dexter, Mo. Pvt. William B. Hunsaker, 24, formerly Spec. Hunsaker, of Dexter, Mo., was based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and plead guilty on Jan. 11 to attempted premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice. Hunsaker was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in an incident that happened near Samarra, Iraq, in May 2006...
ID theft victim recounts story (03/13/07)
Jim Watkins, 59, never bought a home in Atlanta, Ga., never had an outstanding student loan at Southeast Missouri State University, never fell behind in child support payments and never rang up a $600 bill in Texas for stereo equipment. Yet various government agencies and creditors said he did...
Science Fair (03/13/07)
Open to the public starting at 3:30 p.m. today.
Tax brings more than expected (03/13/07)
Consumer infatuation with gift cards has padded Cape Girardeau County's bank account. The county imposed a new sales tax Jan. 1, but because tax on gift card purchases isn't collected until the card is redeemed for merchandise, the county is profiting...
Detour complicates parking (03/13/07)
During Southeast Missouri State University baseball games at Capaha Park, the parking etiquette has long been to park the car wherever space is available. But with Broadway under construction and Parkview Drive now used as a detour by both east- and westbound motorists, "park wherever" can create quite a mess...
Businesses report few snags with time change (03/13/07)
America's computer-dependent society survived the early switch to daylight-saving time Sunday thanks to adjustments by computer technicians and installation of software patches that correctly rolled back virtual clocks on computer monitors. Computers didn't crash. The bug, caused when Congress changed the schedule for daylight saving, proved to be little more than a minor headache to businesses...
Painting the park - Local artists make an evolving urban impression on the skatepark (03/13/07)
The Cape Girardeau skate park in Missouri Park at the corner of Fountain Street and Park Drive is getting more colorful by the day. Craig Thomas and other local artists are painting urban-art-inspired designs on the surface of the concrete park. The work is meant to give skaters a friendlier place to grind the rails. Mind you, they say, it'll still hurt when skaters miss their landings, but at least now they'll have some pretty pictures to consider as they're nursing new wounds...
Redhawks draw third-seeded Oklahoma (03/13/07)
It took more than half of Monday night's ESPN selection show before Southeast Missouri State finally learned the particulars of its second straight trip to the NCAA women's basketball tournament. But senior center Lachelle Lyles said she already pretty much knew who the Redhawks would be playing...
Cape, Jackson officials discuss interchange project at joint meeting (03/13/07)
For 11 years the Cape Girardeau City Council and Jackson Board of Aldermen have met annually because, well, that's what good neighbors do. "It's always been a slogan of mine that what benefits Cape benefits Jackson and what benefits Jackson benefits Cape," said Jackson Mayor Paul Sander at Monday's joint meeting at the Osage Community Centre...
Region briefs 3/13/07 (03/13/07)
Caruthersville man shot while in Cape A 22-year-old man was treated and released from a local hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to his foot Sunday, police said. The man, from Caruthersville, Mo., told police that at about 12:54 p.m. a man in a blue minivan fired two to four rounds at him at the corner of Hanover and Good Hope streets, Cape Girardeau police Cpl. ...
Road, bridge advisory board readies to unveil revised list of repairs (03/13/07)
If Cape Girardeau County has already spent money on a road to prepare it for paving, that road should be the first to receive a layer of asphalt. Next to receive work would be the roads where everyone along the right-of-way has agreed to provide the easements needed to bring the road up to county standards...
Cape/Jackson police reports 3/13/07 (03/13/07)
Cape Girardeau The following items were reported by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Two boys, ages 13 and 15, are in custody on suspicion of possession and distribution of a controlled substance on school property...
Jackson candidates forum set for March 20 (03/13/07)
A forum for Jackson school board candidates will be at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Jackson Middle School cafeteria. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make opening and closing statements. In addition, a question and answer session will allow each candidate to respond to education issues facing the district, organizers said. The event is sponsored by the Jacksonian Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association...
Donated poem will be 'preserved and shared' (03/13/07)
William Carlos Williams may have been a better poet than physician. Monday at the Center for Falkner Studies, Michael and Carl Lund donated the unpublished manuscript of the poem the Pulitzer-Prize winner wrote for their mother, Marian Macy, when she was 11...
Cape Girardeau Co. Commission action 3/13/07 (03/13/07)
Monday County Administration Building, 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Sent thank-you for tree donation in South Park. n Received and filed statewide local sales tax report for February. Action items n Approved commmission order for distribution of Road and Bridge District 29 portion of Proposition 1 sales tax...
Around Southeast Missouri 3/13/07 (03/13/07)
SCAD takes possession of new ambulance The Stoddard County Ambulance District expects its new ambulance to be up and running within the next two weeks. The ambulance is now in the process of being stocked and equipped with radios, lettering and other necessities, said SCAD director David Cooper last week. ...
Annual Beckwith lecture to present co-founder of steamboat Arabia museum (03/13/07)
Greg Hawley and his partners had one goal when they started digging for a steamboat in a Kansas cornfield in 1989: make a profit. But as the steamboat Arabia revealed itself, the entrepreneurs thought less about cash and more about contributing to the historical record of Missouri River travel in the mid-19th century...
Mo. House expands loan program for vet students (03/13/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missourians studying to become veterinarians for large animals would be eligible for an $80,000 forgivable loan under legislation endorsed Tuesday by the House. The bill would expand an existing loan program for veterinary students. It would be limited to six students at the University of Missouri-Columbia and would cover only those planning to specialize in caring for large animals...
Missouri bans inmates from Internet pen-pal solicitations (03/13/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The state Department of Corrections said Tuesday it will ban inmates from soliciting pen-pals over the Internet after discovering that some offenders used the relationships to reap thousands of dollars from the public. The ban on Web site pen-pal solicitations will kick in June 1. ...
Mo. Senate breaks from debate on higher ed bill (03/13/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A 15-hour, all-night Senate session ended late Tuesday morning so groggy lawmakers could rethink their strategies in a contentious and deadlocked debate over a higher education bill backed by Republican Gov. Matt Blunt. Several Democratic senators had combined efforts to keep the Senate from voting on a bill that would lay the foundation for Blunt's plan to take $350 million from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority for college building projects around the state.. ...
Preliminary hearing set for Devlin in Washington County (03/13/07)
POTOSI, Mo. (AP) -- A preliminary hearing has been set in Washington County for accused kidnapper Michael Devlin. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the hearing date is set for May 9. The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence for Devlin to be tried in court...
State hearing begins on AmerenUE rate case (03/13/07)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State attorneys ridiculed AmerenUE as a disappointing and arrogant monopoly on Monday as the state's largest electricity provider defended its request for its first rate increase in 20 years. AmerenUE is seeking to raise rates by as much as $361 million for its 1.2 million Missouri electric customers while staff for the state Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities, wants Ameren's rates to be cut by as much as $168 million...
Sunshine bills to get vote in House (03/13/07)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- House Democrats hope to breathe new life into open-government legislation, marking Sunshine Week with votes to protect whistle-blowers, smooth freedom of information requests and compel presidential libraries to disclose more about their donors. Efforts to shield reporters from revealing their sources are not faring so well...
Army forces surgeon general to retire - 3rd major dismissal in Walter Reed controversy (03/13/07)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley abruptly stepped down under pressure from military superiors, the third top Army official forced out in the fallout from revelations of shabby treatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center...
Crews tear down Copenhagen youth center after days of violence (03/13/07)
The Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Masked demolition workers tore down the graffiti-sprayed building March 5 that served as the makeshift cultural center for Denmark's anarchists and disaffected youth, ignoring sobs and screamed obscenities from a surrounding crowd of young people...
Gymnasts will make home farewell vs. Illinois State tonight (03/13/07)
The Southeast Missouri State women's gymnastics team, coming off its top score of the season, will have its final home meet tonight. Illinois State visits Houck Field House for a 7 p.m. dual that will feature Senior Night and Greek Night. Southeast's young squad has no seniors, but senior team manager Lexie Hein will be recognized...
Redhawks draw No. 3 seed Oklahoma in NCAA tournament (03/13/07)
It took more than half of Monday night's ESPN selection show before Southeast Missouri State finally learned the particulars of its second straight trip to the NCAA women's basketball tournament. But senior center Lachelle Lyles said she already pretty much knew who the Redhawks would be playing...
Looper continues to thrive in move to starting rotation (03/13/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Braden Looper's move from setup man to the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation appears to be succeeding. Looper allowed four hits in 4 scoreless innings Monday, a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. "I'm pretty happy right now," Looper said. "I've given up a few hits, but I'll take base hits like that. It's not like balls are flying out of the ballpark, knock on wood."...
Francella wins playoff duel over Sorenstam (03/13/07)
HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico -- Even Meaghan Francella found it hard believe:~ She actually beat Annika Sorenstam in a playoff for her first LPGA Tour victory. "I can't describe it. It's something I've worked for my entire life," the 24-year-old New Yorker said Monday after winning the rain-delayed MasterCard Classic in only her sixth LPGA Tour start. ...
Izzy will see first action this week (03/13/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Jason Isringhausen is set to make his spring training debut Thursday, right on schedule. The St. Louis Cardinals closer missed the World Series after hip surgery in September. He threw to hitters on a back field for the third time on Monday and by all accounts was sharp...
NBA Knicks award Thomas extension (03/13/07)
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Isiah Thomas got a multiyear contract extension Monday, nine months after he was warned the Knicks needed to show "evident progress" or he'd be out of a job. With the Knicks in the hunt for a playoff spot, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan went back on his vow to wait until after the season to make his decision, saying that Thomas would return as coach and team president...
Two bids leave Valley full of disappointment (03/13/07)
One year after landing four NCAA tournament berths and justifying that record postseason haul and newfound status with a pair of final 16 appearances, the Missouri Valley Conference was squarely back in mid-major land on Sunday night. The Valley received only two bids, a No. 4 seed for regular-season champion Southern Illinois (27-6) in the West and a No. 10 for conference tournament champion Creighton in the South, while Missouri State was among the teams left out for a second straight season...
Illinois extends tournament streak to eight straight years (03/13/07)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Bruce Weber spent the weekend trying to decide what he would say to his team if Illinois was left out of the NCAA tournament. He never came up with the right words, but didn't need to, as the Illini landed the No. 12 seed in the West regional Sunday for its eighth-straight trip to the tournament...
Atwal under investigation in fatal crash (03/13/07)
PGA Tour player Arjun Atwal is under investigation after police said what appeared to be a high-speed street race ended in a fatal crash near Orlando, Fla. Atwal, 33, was not injured in the accident Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The other driver, John Noah Park, 48, died at a hospital, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Kim Miller said Sunday...
NHL Report: Penguins reach arena deal (03/13/07)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have reached a deal with city, county and state officials on financing for a new arena, a television station reported Monday night. KDKA-TV, citing unidentified sources, said the deal is "done" and will be announced before Tuesday's game against the Buffalo Sabres at Mellon Arena...
Tennessee leads stacked Dayton Regional (03/13/07)
The Fresno regional is loaded with juicy story lines. The Dayton regional is just loaded. Tennessee -- a No. 1 seed along with Duke, North Carolina and Connecticut -- headlines a NCAA women's tournament regional stuffed with defending champion Maryland and two conference winners...
Round two: SIU vs. Illinois? (03/13/07)
In the three years since Chris Lowery took over at Southern Illinois following Bruce Weber's defection to Illinois, die-hard fans have clamored, often nastily, for a bragging rights matchup between two of the state's biggest schools. Those fans finally will get their wish, if SIU ousts Holy Cross and Illinois bounces Virginia Tech on Friday in their West regional openers of the NCAA tournament...
The night lasted a lifetime (03/13/07)
Someone yelled over a loudspeaker, "There are going to be cops where we are going. Tell them to go to hell!" This was one of the messages I heard in Copenhagen, Denmark, that sent a crowd of about 2,000 people into riot mode. I was in the middle of the riot and had no idea what to expect...
Learning briefs 3/13/07 (03/13/07)
Eagle Ridge student wins poster contest Kolton Estes of Eagle Ridge Christian School in Cape Girardeau placed second in the Missouri Department of Transportation's Work Zone Safety Poster and Coloring Contest in the age 4 to 5 coloring competition category...
Parents relate to quiz show challenge (03/13/07)
When it comes to empowering fifth-graders, nothing compares to the Fox network's new television quiz show. "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" pits adults against fifth-graders, testing their knowledge of facts found in grade-school textbooks. The show has proved to be a ratings success. It scored the biggest opening audience -- nearly 27 million viewers -- of any series on a television network in more than eight years...
"Tin Roof... and My Singing! Rusted!" (03/13/07)
The weeks leading up to my 21st birthday were filled with much anticipation. My friends kept asking me if was going to partake in the ritual of drinking 21 shots, and I told them quite frankly that I would not. They would then proceed to call me derogatory terms referring to the female anatomy...
Laura Perkins (03/13/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Laura Alice Perkins, 88, of Perryville died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at her home. She was born Feb. 12, 1919, at Mexico, Mo., daughter of James R. and Frances Williams Vanlandingham. She and William A. Perkins were married Feb. 13, 1941. He died April 12, 1995...
Stella Duke (03/13/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Stella Viola Duke, 100, of Sikeston died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born April 19, 1906, in the Bement community, daughter of Joseph and Lydia Ward Tate. She and Martin Ebert Duke were married in 1923. He died June 22, 1958...
Dr. William Catt (03/13/07)
Dr. William M. "Bill" Catt, 63, of Jackson died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 12, 1943, in Lancaster, Ohio, son of Clyde and Marvine Stine Catt. He and Donna Salzmann were married March 1, 1969...
Larry Beal (03/13/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Larry Beal, 63, of Advance died Sunday, March 11, 2007, in a fire at his home. He was born Nov. 2, 1943, at Greenbrier, Mo., son of Landis and Katie Cato Beal. He and Sue Chapman were married May 25, 1969, at DeSoto, Mo. Beal formerly owned and operated an auto body shop in Advance many years. He was a member of Advance Eagles...
Wilbert Schuessler (03/13/07)
Wilbert A. "Wib" Schuessler, 86, of New Wells died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home in Perryville, Mo. He was born May 1, 1920, in Farrar, Mo., son of the late Martin and Hedwig Mangels Schuessler. He and Elsie Koch were married July 20, 1946...
Marwyn Tucker (03/13/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marwyn "Bo" Tucker, 85, of Perryville died March 12, 2007, at Perry Oaks Manor. He was born July 9, 1921, in St. Louis, son of Joseph Bernard and Irma Hoehn Tucker. He and Marie F. Harrelson were married Dec. 24, 1942. Tucker retired from Wagner Electric in St. Louis, where he worked 40 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 133, VFW Post 4282, IAM Union and Masonic Lodge...
Jessie Maxwell (03/13/07)
Jessie Leone Maxwell, 97, of House Springs, Mo., died Friday, March 9, 2007, at her home. She was born May 20, 1909, in Orleans, Neb., daughter of Henry C. and Leone Achenbach Fairchild. She and Lloyd C. Maxwell were married May 21, 1937, in Portageville, Mo...
Ramona Yates (03/13/07)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Ramona Sue Yates, 47, of Cobden died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. She was born Aug. 12, 1959, at Anna, Ill., daughter of Robert Leon and Sabina Lou Stroehlein Stadelbacher. She and Thomas Lee Yates were married April 23, 1983, at Anna...
Betty Puchbauer (03/13/07)
Betty Jean Puchbauer, 78, died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at Presbyterian Manor. She was born July 14, 1928, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Adam and Cora Schoenebeck Henry. Mrs. Puchbauer was formerly of the Jackson and Cape Girardeau area. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Jackson, and volunteered at Parkland Hospital as a Pink Lady. She enjoyed her family very much and was a lover of baseball and playing dominos with friends...
Cape/Jackson fire report 3/13/07 (03/13/07)
n At 4:26 p.m., box alarm in the 900 block of Good Hope Street. n At 6:26 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1800 block of Perryville Road. n At 8:29 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Whitener Street. n At 10:32 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3400 block of William Street...
Out of the past 3/13/07 (03/13/07)
The new Trinity Lutheran Church at North Frederick and Themis streets in Cape Girardeau will be dedicated the afternoon of May 1, which will begin a week of dedication events for the $2.5 million facility. LAKELAND, Fla. -- The bubble burst for the Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team yesterday, when the Indians fell 87-73 to Florida Southern in the NCAA Division II South Quarterfinals...
Students will pay (03/13/07)
By John Lichteneggerand Sean McGinnis In late January 2006, we were told Gov. Matt Blunt had a major announcement to help universities build buildings, and as former curators of the University of Missouri, we were asked by university leaders and supporters to back this proposal...
A good bet (03/13/07)
The Missouri Gaming Commission wasn't set up to run the casinos it regulates, but a special case has been made for Casino Aztar in Caruthersville, Mo., and it appears there are several winners. Aztar Corp.'s assets, which included several casinos around the country, were sold last year for $2.75 billion. The buyer, Columbia Sussex, did not meet Missouri's licensing requirements, which meant the Caruthersville operation might have to shut down until a suitable buyer was found...
Tax cut is win-win for whom? (03/13/07)
To the editor:State Sen. Jason Crowell's op-ed article defends House Bill 444, which would eliminate state taxes on Social Security, saying it will help seniors keep food on the table and roofs over their heads. This is inaccurate. Missouri's low-income seniors will not benefit from HB444, because those with incomes under $20,000 are not taxed on their Social Security benefits. Those who will gain the most are the 5 percent of wealthiest Missouri seniors with incomes of more than $100,000...
Good reasons to get tattoos (03/13/07)
To the editor:In response to the letter "Removing tattoos costs a lot": I have no regrets in getting a tattoo. Have you ever asked someone about his tattoo? Many of us who make the choice to get one do it because it represents an event in our lives or it's in memory of someone. My tattoos are not vulgar or offensive. Would I get another one at some point? Yes. By the way, I'm a 50-year-old woman...
Speak Out 3/13/07 (03/13/07)
Road to victory; Burning up fuel; Do, don't talk; Children run wild; Tragic decision; No need for draft; Positive changes; Credit overcharges; Long time to wait; Look at a map; We get no respect; How did they vote?; Business as usual; Pardon's message; Tattoo generation; Longstanding mess
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