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Stories from Friday, March 16, 2007

Smoke detector saves Fruitland woman's life (03/16/07)
A smoke detector saved the life of a Fruitland woman Friday morning, fire officials said. A woman was alone in the upstairs bathroom of her Kyle Street home about 7:30 a.m. when she heard the alarm from her smoke detector, said Fruitland Fire District chief Dean Riley. According to Riley, she opened the door to find the second floor hallway filled with smoke...
Former police officer accused of stealing (03/16/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- A former police officer for the cities of Chaffee, Mo., and Jackson turned himself in to Chaffee police Friday and posted a $15,000 bond on a felony stealing charge. According to a Scott County Sheriff's Department news release, David Rubel, 37, of Chaffee, reportedly conspired with Nicole L. Beaulieu, 28, of Minnesota, to steal a 1990 GMC vehicle impounded in a Sikeston, Mo., storage yard March 8...
Cairo school board president, superintendent resign (03/16/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The superintendent of the Cairo School District and the school board president both resigned Thursday. Superintendent Gary Whitledge resigned, effective June 30. Board president Joe Griggs resigned near the end of Thursday night's board meeting...
Redhawks arrive (03/16/07)
The Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball team prepared to leave the plane in Austin on Thursday after a flight from the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. The Redhawks will face Oklahoma in the NCAA Regional Tournament on Saturday. (Fred Lynch ~ flynch@semissourian.com)
War and absurdism go hand in hand at Jackson High School's DramaFest (03/16/07)
For its spring theater offering, the Jackson High School Thespians have chosen art over entertainment (even though this art can be entertaining), tears over laughs and nonsense over logic. This weekend the Thespians will present two pieces of theater that don't shy away from the artistic side of theater, or art's ability to convey an important message. ...
Mo. senator proposes making sex offender registry retroactive (03/16/07)
Republican Sen. Jason Crowell hopes Missouri voters will have the chance next year to decide whether to make the state's sex offender registry retroactive. Missouri's sex offender registry law became effective in 1995 requiring anyone convicted of a violent sex crime and predators to register with the chief local law enforcement agency in their county, Crowell said...
Leopold schools probe residency complaint (03/16/07)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- School officials in the small, rural Leopold School District are investigating allegations that as many as 42 students -- nearly a fourth of the total student population -- are enrolled illegally. The investigation stems from an anonymous written complaint made to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, school and state education officials said Thursday...
Patients at center of rift over housing (03/16/07)
A proposed apartment complex for recovering mental patients in Cape Girardeau pits neighbors who say they have justified concerns against medical professionals who say their patients are wrongly stigmatized. The Community Counseling Center on Wednesday unveiled its plan to build housing with space for 21 people at the corner of Silver Springs and Bloomfield roads. ...
New area water district waiting on final grant (03/16/07)
After almost five years of work, rural residents north of Cape Girardeau will have to wait a little longer before switching from well water of questionable quality to water supplied by a new public water district. Voters approved $550,000 in revenue bonds for construction of waterworks for Public Water Supply District No. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
Thursday County AdministrationBuilding, 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Received and filed notice of emergency management reimbursement for October, November and December. n Received and filed acknowledgment of receipt for County Financial Statement from state auditor...
SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence Foundation breaking ground for new offices (03/16/07)
When Miki Gudermuth decided to start a polio support group in 1984, she never would have guessed that some day she would lead an organization that supports all people with disabilities in Southeast Missouri, and that the foundation she began would grow out of its leased offices and into its own building...
Region briefs 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
Dental clinic to be held for low-income families Dr. David Kaelin, a Cape Girardeau dentist, will hold a free clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cross Trails Medical Center in Marble Hill, Mo. The clinic is open to children whose parents are low-income and have no dental insurance coverage. Kaelin will be doing examinations, sealants and fluoride treatments. Children with dental problems will be referred for further treatment. For an appointment, call (573) 238-2725...
Region briefs 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
Cape man pleads guilty to felony possession A Cape Girardeau man involved in a December drug bust pleaded guilty to an amended charge of felony possession of a controlled substance Monday in Cape Girardeau County circuit court. Roy A. Johnson, 20, of 11 S. ...
Around Southeast Missouri 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
Fraud, forgery suspect sought by counties Monica Nicholson, also known as Sakina Denise Jones, is wanted by counties across Southeast Missouri and the U.S. Secret Service for fraud and forgery. With charges pending in Dunklin, Perry and Jefferson counties and at the federal level, authorities say Nicholson has made her way through Stoddard County multiple times since the beginning of the year. ...
Two Neosho officers shot after traffic stop (03/16/07)
NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) -- Two police officers were shot -- one in the face -- after a traffic stop and pursuit early Friday in southwest Missouri involving a man wanted on warrants. A manhunt continued Friday afternoon for the suspect, Adam Bridgewater. The officers are expected to recover...
Kansas City, two other cities get new immigration courts (03/16/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Plans for a new immigration court in Kansas City are under way, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday. It is expected to be operating by late 2007 and will be one of three new courts established in response to growing caseloads. The other courts will be in Omaha, Neb., and Charlotte, N.C...
Judge: Kansas City man guilty of killing six women (03/16/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A judge found a former trash company supervisor guilty Friday of six counts of murder in the deaths of women whose strangled bodies were found around the Kansas city area in 1986 and 1987. Lorenzo Gilyard, 56, was acquitted of a seventh count of murder...
Fired prosecutor says Blunt probe not a factor (03/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A fired federal prosecutor said Friday he doubted his investigation into Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt's administration was connected to his dismissal. Former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins, a federal prosecutor in Arkansas, was removed from his job in December -- one of eight U.S. attorneys replaced in recent months by President Bush's administration...
Legislators create own budget director (03/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Not content to just accept what the executive branch gives them, state lawmakers have hired their own legislative budget office director. Dan Kowalski, who previously worked for the U.S. House Budget Committee and as an analyst in the Congressional Budget Office, was named to the position by the Joint Committee on Legislative Research...
Missouri lawmakers approve cable competition bill Thursday (03/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- First came the TV antenna, then cable, then satellites. Soon, some Missourians could have a fourth option for their television service -- the phone company. Legislators gave final approval Thursday to legislation intended to spur video competition by making it easier for telecommunications companies such as AT&T to start offering television service in Missouri...
Acres of ice storm debris go up in smoke (03/16/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- What came down in January's ice storm went up in a spectacular, controlled bonfire of tree limbs and other debris collected from Greene County and stacked 15 feet high across 15 acres. Wednesday's burn took place at an 80-acre site west of Springfield, one of three in southwest Missouri where crews from DRC Emergency Services have been dumping truckloads of ice storm debris...
State auditor says there is not enough data to review gender pay equity (03/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Auditor Susan Montee said Thursday that she cannot determine whether men and women in state government are paid similarly because some jobs are unclassified and cannot be compared with others. Montee, in a letter responding to a requested audit of gender pay equity, wrote that to do that analysis there must first be a "comprehensive review of all positions," and that the state Office of Administration must "establish criteria that allow for objective comparisons.". ...
Power, technology spotlighted in BMW M6 (03/16/07)
Depending on how you look at it, the 2007 BMW M6 coupe and convertible cars pack a power punch or they're unfriendly gas guzzlers. Sheer performance is impressive, with race car-like power coming from a 500-horsepower V-10 engine mated to a transmission with six or even seven gears. There's a bevy of high-tech equipment to maximize handling of these rear-wheel drive models, too...
Lawmakers demand changes to No Child Left Behind law (03/16/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's signature No Child Left Behind education law is headed for fundamental changes as Congress rewrites it this year, including a likely softening of do-or-die deadlines. School administrators long have complained about the annual deadlines, which punish schools that do not make adequate progress toward having all children perform at their grade levels...
Missing Ga. boy found dead (03/16/07)
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A 6-year-old boy who vanished a week ago while playing near his trailer-park home was found slain Thursday after a registered sex offender and three other suspects stymied investigators for days with conflicting stories of the youngster's fate...
Israel rejects Palestinian unity government (03/16/07)
JERUSALEM -- The Islamic militant group Hamas and its Fatah rivals forged a unity government Thursday to end more than a year of political wrangling, isolation and bloodshed. Israel quickly rejected the new leadership, saying it failed to recognize the Jewish state...
Perfect LaPlata confronts Bell City (03/16/07)
The sting of second place is not quick to go away. For the Bell City boys basketball team, the moment the buzzer sounded on last year's 74-61 championship loss to Jefferson, thoughts turned to next year. "It was immediately after," Bell City coach Brian Brandtner said. "Immediately following the game, that's what we talked about in the locker room. Now we have the opportunity to do what we've talked about for a year."...
Charleston reaches Class 3 state final (03/16/07)
The Charleston boys basketball team, in its fifth consecutive Class 3 final four appearance, advanced to its third straight championship game. Now the Bluejays will bid for their first state championship since 1996 when they play Kansas City Pembroke Hill today...
Bell City has become a fixture with fourth straight appearance (03/16/07)
The word dynasty may be thrown out too often in sports, but the Bell City boys basketball team has put itself in some elite company by earning its fourth straight state final four bid in the Class 1 tournament. Bell City will face undefeated LaPlata at 4:30 p.m. today in a Class 1 semifinal...
Samford to leave OVC after next year (03/16/07)
Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., will leave the Ohio Valley Conference at the conclusion of the 2007-08 school year and join the Southern Conference. The Southern Conference announced the move on its Web site. Samford will become the conference's 12th member and eighth football school. The league had dropped to 11 teams when East Tennessee State left following the 2004-05 school year...
Redhawks endure long layoff before Oklahoma game (03/16/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Southeast Missouri State was one of the first women's basketball teams to nail down an NCAA tournament berth this season, meaning the Redhawks have not played a game for nearly two weeks. Coach John Ishee hoped the Redhawks had not developed any rust as they prepared to hit the practice court Thursday following their arrival in Texas...
Redhawks receive red-carpet treatment (03/16/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Southeast Missouri State has qualified for the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament twice in school history, last season and this year. And both times, the Redhawks -- along with other university personnel and supports groups -- have been transported to their playing site like royalty...
Izzy throws eventful, shutout inning in loss (03/16/07)
JUPITER, Fla -- Jason Isringhausen's spring training debut, a date circled on the calendar for months, was suspense-filled like a lot of his games. It was a big success for the St. Louis Cardinals' closer not because he wriggled out of a jam, but because his surgically-repaired hip was no factor...
Rams football Curtis, Eagles agree to deal (03/16/07)
Wide receiver Kevin Curtis agreed to a six-year contract with Philadelphia on Thursday, giving the Eagles a potential replacement for Donte' Stallworth. Curtis' deal could be worth up to $32 million and includes $9.5 million in guaranteed money, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because terms of the contract weren't released...
Woods among three tied for lead at Bay Hill (03/16/07)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Another streak ended for Tiger Woods on Thursday, this one worth celebrating. He finally broke 70 at Bay Hill. Ending a peculiar drought at a tournament he won four straight times, Woods shot 6-under 64 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first sub-70 round in three years to share the lead with Vaughn Taylor and Paul Casey...
VCU has first day's top upset, beats Duke (03/16/07)
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Duke's done. Eric Maynor hit a 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left to give Virginia Commonwealth a 79-77 upset victory over the Blue Devils in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night. Maynor finished with 22 points, six of them in the final 1:24...
Jen Chapin to play at Underberg House, teach lyric workshop (03/16/07)
Even those who don't know singer Jen Chapin are likely to recognize her last name. She's the daughter of famous singer/songwriter Harry Chapin. But the second-generation Chapin has made a name on her own merits. Since 1995, she has released to critical acclaim three albums (on an independent label) with heavy doses of jazz and pop songcraft mixed with songs about politics, social issues and everyday life. ...
Good bets (03/16/07)
Today Kentucky mash Banjo, fiddle, mandolin and plaintive lyrics from the hills of Western Kentucky. Bawn in the Mash makes its Cape nightlife debut tonight with the kind of sound local audiences rarely hear. n When: 9 p.m. n Where: Port Cape n Info: 334-0954...
For Jeremy (03/16/07)
Everyone deals with grief in different ways, and everyone honors dead loved ones in different ways. For Chris Shank, a 23-year-old Southeast Missouri State University student eyeing a career in movies, his way of dealing with the emotional pain was to write a movie script...
Artifacts 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
Celtic band Exorna to play Shawnee College ULLIN, Ill. -- The Irish Celtic trio Exorna will perform in concert at 7 p.m. tonight at Shawnee Community College in Ullin. For more information, call the college at (618) 634-3323. Conger to perform at recital March 29...
Dear Doctor (03/16/07)
The letters I get are interesting, informative, critical, angry, humorous, combative and, in some cases, printable in a family newspaper. But this week I'm turning the tables. Here are copies of some letters I've written this week. Dear Doctor,...
Establishment meets street (03/16/07)
I opened my newspaper Tuesday to see a beautiful sight -- a huge, swirling yellow nautilus shell, the mark of Craig Thomas, in vibrant colors, painted on a large slab of concrete. What made it even better were the skateboarders in the background. Now here, we truly have a shining example of the local arts establishment embracing young people...
Everyone's a critic: '300' (03/16/07)
Four stars (out of four) I hadn't heard anything about the movie "300" before I walked into the theater. Maybe that would give me a fresh aspect as a critic, not having seen, heard or read anything before I walked through the door. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. ...
Top 20 concert tours this week (03/16/07)
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers...
At the theaters 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
New at the theaters: 'Dead Silence'; 'I Think I Love My Wife'; 'Last King of Scotland'; 'The Last Mimzy'; 'Premonition'; STILL PLAYING: '300'; 'Amazing Grace'; 'Astronaut Farmer'; 'Breach'; 'Bridge to Terabithia'; 'Ghost Rider'; 'Music and Lyrics'; 'Night at the Museum'; 'Norbit'; 'The Number 23'; 'Reno 911: Miami'; 'The Ultimate Gift'; 'Wild Hogs'; 'Zodiac'
Dr. William Catt (03/16/07)
Dr. William M. "Bill" Catt, 63, of Jackson passed away 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...
Marilyn Diebold (03/16/07)
Marilyn C. Diebold, 71, of Oran died Thursday, March 15, 2007 at the family home in Oran. Friends may call at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran after 4 p.m. Friday. Parish prayers will follow at7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran. Burial in the church cemetery will follow...
Sharon Simpson (03/16/07)
Sharon Lee Simpson, 52, of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center, due to complications of diabetes. She was born Aug. 29, 1954, in St. Louis, daughter of Harold Leroy and Betty Sue Coats Simpson. She and Mike Johnston were married nearly 20 years...
LaVerna Baker (03/16/07)
LaVerna Maxine Spain Baker, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 8, 1916, in Anna, Ill., daughter of Robert J. and Docha Williams Spain. She and Virgil Baker were married Aug. 21, 1935, in Marble Hill, Mo. He died June 20, 1970...
Mary Kiefer (03/16/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Lou Kiefer, 73, of Perryville died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Perry County, daughter of Robert I. and Mary T. Berkbigler Prost. She and Wallace F. Kiefer were married Oct. 23, 1954, at Highland, Mo...
Valerie Cattorn (03/16/07)
Valerie Cattorn, 44, of Logansport, Ind., and formerly of Scott City, died Thursday, March 15, 2007, in Indianapolis, Ind. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Raymond Eifert (03/16/07)
Raymond Eifert, 76, of Scott City died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Harold Golightly (03/16/07)
Harold C. Golightly, 83, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 5, 1924, in Sikeston, Mo., son of William H. and Irene Baugh Golightly. He and Delores Marlene Barks were married Aug. 18, 1951. She died May 11, 2003...
Births 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
Deckerd; Windeknecht; VanAmburg; White; Jones; Johnson
Cape/Jackson fire report 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
n At 8:49 p.m., still alarm at 45 S. West End Blvd. n At 8:34 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2500 block of Lisa Street. n At 3:31 a.m., fire alarm at 1000 Towers Circle. n At 8:15 a.m., standby at 1 Airport Road. n At 12:46 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2100 block of Independence Street...
Cape police report 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
Arrests
Out of the past 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
WARE, Ill. -- After weeks of debate on the finances and future of Shawnee Unit District 84, there was silence after the school board voted last night to close the Wolf Lake Elementary building at the end of this school year and outlined plans for dismissing or reducing hours for 14 district teachers...
This and that (03/16/07)
Big differences? Though I don't know the reasons for the recent termination of eight Democratic U.S. attorneys, a little history would include the firing by President Clinton of 93 of 94 Republican U.S. attorneys two months after he was sworn in as president, including some in the final stages of criminal investigations. That was the first such mass firing in the history of U.S. attorneys...
A bright light (03/16/07)
As the nationwide observance of Sunshine Week draws to a close, it's important to reflect on who benefits from so-called sunshine laws that exist, in one form or another, in every state. Sunshine laws get their name from the bright light they attempt to shine on the inner workings of government. These laws make sure meetings are open to the public. And they make sure records and other government information are available to the public...
Speak Out 3/16/07 (03/16/07)
Novel idea; Baseball litter; Great photo; Weeknight music; Stand on morality; Good economy; No evidence; Defeat for choice; Drop it, and move on; Kids will be kids; Great idea; Careful with cash; United Way funding; Take a firm stand; Pay for fitness; We're paying; Ethanol helps; Basketball pride
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