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Stories from Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tanker truck overturns, catches fire on I-55 (03/27/07)
At about 1:20 p.m., a truck hauling diesel fuel overturned while traveling northbound on Interstate 55 and exploded into flames just before the William Street exit at Cape Girardeau. Giant plumes of black smoke were visible throughout most of the city after the diesel explosion. ...
Shooting in Cape Girardeau robbery attempt wounds man (03/27/07)
A man was wounded in a shooting in central Cape Girardeau Monday afternoon during an apparent robbery attempt, the Cape Girardeau Police Department reported. Police were notified at about 5:45 p.m. that a 29-year-old man who gave a Hayti, Mo., address had arrived at the Southeast Missouri Hospital emergency room with a bullet in his leg, Sgt. Barry Hovis said...
Pushing for expansion (03/27/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Perry County Jail is too crowded, outdated and unsafe, say proponents of a sales tax increase going before voters next week. Perry County voters will decide April 3 whether to approve a three-eighths-cent sales tax to fund the estimated $3.5 million project to expand and repair the county jail...
Commission criticizes tax break (03/27/07)
A state bill giving manufacturers a sales tax break on gas and electricity goes too far by eliminating local sales taxes on those purchases, Cape Girardeau County commissioners said Monday. The three commissioners voiced unanimous opposition to the proposal, which was given first round approval Monday in the Missouri House. Commissioners also said they would enlist the help of Cape Girardeau and Jackson city officials in opposition...
Missing youths awaiting return (03/27/07)
The father of a missing Perry County boy said he was relieved his son was found Monday in Florida after running away last week with his 12-year-old girlfriend. "They finally got them," Jerod Lundmark said Monday. The two Perryville, Mo., children Brandon Lundmark, 14, and Brianna Williams, 12, were in a juvenile detention center in Santa Rosa County, Fla., Monday after police found them in a Milton, Fla., residence...
EPA will test roads leading to SEMO Port (03/27/07)
The Environmental Protection Agency says lead contamination may have affected roads along the way to the SEMO Port, but tests of soils along those roads haven't yet been conducted. Dianna Whitaker, a public affairs specialist with the EPA based in Kansas City, Mo., said Monday that shipments of lead concentrate from the Doe Run Co. could have contaminated soils along the roads leading from Doe Run's mines and smelter in the Lead Belt to the SEMO Port...
Emergency director retiring (03/27/07)
David Hitt, director of emergency operations for Cape Girardeau County, announced his retirement Monday after 11 years on the job. Hitt, 60, told county commissioners in a letter that his departure is not the result of "any issues with any of you or anything related to Cape Girardeau County government. There are things I want to do while I am young enough and healthy enough to do and enjoy."...
Tanker truck crash (03/27/07)
A diesel tanker truck crashed and burst into flames on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau shortly after 1 p.m. The wreck sent plums of black smoke and fire shooting into the sky just south of the Route K/William Street exit, closing northbound lanes. Southbound lanes of the interstate remained open to traffic...
Road and Bridge Advisory Board sends paving proposal to county commission (03/27/07)
Roads already scheduled for paving this year will get first priority under a plan for Cape Girardeau County roads approved Monday evening by the Road and Bridge Advisory Board. The board also included a second list of roads that could become candidates for testing chip-and-seal paving methods as a means of dust control and speeding up the paving program...
Around Southeast Missouri 3/27/07 (03/27/07)
DNR may approve Lemons landfill soon DEXTER, Mo. -- The February decision by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources not to allow Lemons Sanitary Landfill in Dexter to open its newest cell for operation has crossed the 30-day mark, but is the end in sight? The dispute over possible slope failure at the landfill has effectively halted its operations since Feb. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 3/27/07 (03/27/07)
Monday County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Received and filed letter from prosecuting attorney regarding the crime victim advocate. n David Hitt delivered a letter announcing his retirement from the emergency operations center...
Region briefs 3/27/07 (03/27/07)
Dedication for battle plaque Wednesday Cape Girardeau will dedicate a plaque commemorating its Civil War battle Wednesday. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the corner of Thilenius Street and Caruthers Avenue near where the Battle of Cape Girardeau unfolded in 1863. ...
City employee charged with embezzling utility deposit money (03/27/07)
Former Cape Girardeau city employee Robyn Taylor was charged Friday with stealing $632 from utility customers who opened accounts at city hall. Taylor, 39, is accused of stealing the money between October 1 and Dec. 31 in her role as customer service representative. She allegedly pocketed cash deposits of $51 and $75 made to open trash, sewer and water accounts with the city. The two amounts are the required deposits for starting city service at a house or apartment...
Hearing doesn't reassure property owners of landfarm's safety (03/27/07)
NEAR ADVANCE, Mo. -- A public hearing Thursday in Stoddard County did little to ease the concerns of landowners with property near an Advance-area landfarm. Thursday a public meeting was held by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to hear residents' concerns about a landfarm operated by Smith and Co. of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Smith and Co. must be approved for a DNR permit to operate its facility, and under new regulation the permitting process requires public hearings...
Repairing leaky pipe at park lake could cost up to $25,000 (03/27/07)
Fixing the leak in the South County Park lake could cost $10,000 to $25,000 and may require digging up a corroded overflow pipe, Cape Girardeau County public works director Don McQuay said Monday. During a meeting with the county commission, McQuay brought a two-foot section of the badly corroded pipe and a video recording of the interior of the pipe to demonstrate the problem. ...
Mo. independent candidates could face same filing deadlines (03/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Independent candidates would need to file for office at the same time as those running in political party primaries, under legislation given initial House approval. Current law requires independents to file for office by the 15th Monday before the general election, which puts the deadline shortly before Missouri's August party primary election...
Kansas City picks a new mayor (03/27/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City voters on Tuesday were choosing between a former city auditor critical of tax breaks for development and a councilman turned anti-crime activist who believes education can overcome the city's crime woes. Either former auditor Mark Funkhouser or councilman Alvin Brooks will replace two-term Mayor Kay Barnes, who Democratic leaders in Congress hope will challenge Republican Rep. ...
Agriculture agency details computer misuse in harassment suit (03/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former employee of the state Agriculture Department tapped into her supervisor's computer and e-mailed correspondence regarding her allegations that she had been sexually harassed by the director, the agency said in court filings...
Man who documented his demise from meth use dies at age 35 (03/27/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A Southeast Missouri man who drew global attention for his documentary about how methamphetamine hopelessly ravaged his body died Monday still optimistic his film would steer others from the highly addictive stimulant. "He was extremely satisfied, wanting to do more in getting the word out and showing kids what meth harm does. ...
Audit finds problems in choosing cities for downtown rehabilitation (03/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state panel did not have a rational basis for bypassing certain cities in favor of others in a program to help rebuild downtown communities, a state audit released Monday said. Gov. Matt Blunt last summer touted a new approach to make it easier and faster for cities to redevelop their downtown areas...
Large study: Angioplasty usually unnecessary (03/27/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- More than half a million people a year with chest pain are getting an unnecessary or premature procedure to unclog their arteries because drugs are just as effective, suggests a landmark study that challenges one of the most common practices in heart care...
Accidental drug overdose killed Anna Nicole Smith (03/27/07)
DANIA BEACH, Fla. -- Anna Nicole Smith accidentally overdosed on at least nine prescription drugs -- including a powerful sleep syrup she was known to swig right out of the bottle -- after a miserable last few days in which she endured stomach flu, a 105-degree fever, pungent sweating and an infection on her buttocks from repeated injections...
Briefly (03/27/07)
N. Ireland announces power-sharing deal BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- The leaders of Northern Ireland's major Protestant and Catholic parties, sitting side by side for the first time in history, announced a stunning deal Monday to forge a coalition of archenemies within six weeks. ...
Northern Ireland parties announce power-sharing deal (03/27/07)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- The leaders of Northern Ireland's major Protestant and Catholic parties, sitting side by side for the first time in history, announced a stunning deal Monday to forge a coalition of archenemies within six weeks. "We all saw something today that people never, ever thought would happen," said British Secretary of State Peter Hain, who expects to hand power May 8 to a coalition led by the polar opposites of provincial politics: Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionists and Gerry Adams' Sinn Fein.. ...
Mules by a dozen (03/27/07)
T.J. Smith of Jackson tied for medalist honors with a 4-over-par 76 on Monday in the 10-team Notre Dame Invitational at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson. Tyler Hillis and Danner McCauley of Poplar Bluff also shot 76. The powerhouse Mules eased past the field with a score of 315. ...
Scott City baseball routs NMCC 16-6 (03/27/07)
Scott City's offense banged out 14 hits as the Rams rolled to a 16-6 SEMO Conference baseball road win Monday over New Madrid County Central. Ryan Modglin led the Rams (2-1) with four hits, including two doubles, and four RBIs. Cody Carlyle had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs. Blake Dirnberger added two hits and three RBIs, and Shae Simmons had two hits, including a home run...
Sharpshooter gives verbal commitment (03/27/07)
A junior college guard who hit more than 200 3-pointers the past two years has become the third verbal commitment for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program. Kenard Moore, a sophomore at Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College, said Monday that he plans to sign with the Redhawks when the spring signing period begins on April 11...
Grim steps aside after 25 seasons as ND girls basketball coach (03/27/07)
One state title, five state final fours, 11 district titles, 441 wins and your name on the court. Not a bad career. Notre Dame Regional High School will introduce a new girls basketball coach today as Jerry Grim passes the reins following 25 years in charge of the Bulldogs...
Wildcats find long trips melt players' interest (03/27/07)
Four hours in the car proved the SEMO Wildcats ice hockey team's stiffest competition. The team disbanded after its latest season because local interest dwindled. Part of the reason for shrinking participation was players had to travel two hours each way to practice on ice in St. Louis...
Redhawks' Shah earns OVC honor (03/27/07)
Southeast Missouri State senior Asif Shah earned co-player of the week honors in the Ohio Valley Conference for his performance in a weekend three-game OVC sweep of Tennessee-Martin. Shah, a pitcher and outfielder, batted .444 with 12 RBIs as Southeast went 4-1 during the week. Shah, who is tied for the team lead with four home runs, had a home run and two doubles during the week. He also scored five runs. Shah leads the Redhawks with a .357 average and 23 RBIs...
Redhawks to set alarm clocks (03/27/07)
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel figures his second spring practice session should go smoother than his first. Not that Samuel encountered any problems out of the ordinary last year. But a year in Samuel's system should make the Redhawks, at least the returning players, feel more comfortable with what is going on and what is expected of them...
Faulk makes retirement official (03/27/07)
PHOENIX -- Marshall Faulk's decision was easy after spending last year working for the NFL Network: At 34, his body is more suited for a television studio than for the rigors of playing running back. After sitting out last season because of a knee injury, Faulk officially announced his retirement Monday. He's ninth on the NFL's career rushing list, 33 yards behind Jim Brown, who at one time was the standard for the position...
Wainwright sharp in 3-1 victory (03/27/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright's final start in Florida was his best of the spring. Wainwright pitched six scoreless innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-1 victory over the Florida Marlins. He allowed four hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter...
NCAA women's basketball tournament Rutgers, LSU reach national semifinals (03/27/07)
Kia Vaughn had 17 points and 10 rebounds while dominating the paint to power Rutgers to a 64-45 victory over Arizona State on Monday night in the Greensboro Regional final, clinching the Scarlet Knights' second trip to the national semifinals. Matee Ajavon had 20 points, Essence Carson added 11 and Epiphanny Prince had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (26-8), who led by 24 and held a 48-26 rebounding advantage in winning their seventh straight...
Teen girls learn ABC's of how to buy and eat healthy during trip to supermarket (03/27/07)
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- For a group of urban teen girls, lessons in nutrition began in the produce section and ended in dairy at a suburban supermarket a few miles from their school. But the give-and-take was the most energetic in the meat section. Stay away from the bacon, salami and the frying pan, a university student dietitian advised the teens. Broil or grill lean protein like fish instead. Trim the fat off red meat and the skin off chicken...
Learning briefs 3/27/07 (03/27/07)
Central takes first at Physics Olympics Cape Girardeau Central High School took first place in the annual Physics Olympics held March 19 at Southeast Missouri State University. Bell City High School placed second. Oak Ridge High School placed third...
Healthy choices (03/27/07)
Growing up in a culture where super-skinny stars are splashed across the covers of magazine, Chelsea McDowell understands why some teenage girls develop eating disorders. "Every time another singer, actress or model is in the spotlight, many swear up and down that they want to look like that, no matter how skinny that Hollywood star is," she said...
'Hog wrangler' suits former chief of staff (03/27/07)
Mention politics to many Americans and their eyes glaze over. But things are different in New Hampshire. People there seem to have fun with it. Case in point is the recent honor given to former White House chief of staff John Sununu. He and his wife were recently named honorary hog wrangler for Hampton Falls. The titles came with a swearing-in ceremony and a badge...
'Ask a Ninja' series and OK Go's music video among YouTube Awards winners (03/27/07)
NEW YORK -- The video series "Ask a Ninja" and OK Go's treadmill-choreographed music video are among the winners in the first YouTube Video Awards. The video-sharing site announced the seven winners from its inaugural awards Monday,. "These individuals put the first stitches in the fabric of the YouTube community," said Jamie Byrne, head of product marketing for YouTube. ...
Shawn Bridges (03/27/07)
Shawn Eric Bridges, 35, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 26, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Jones Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Day (03/27/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Virginia Day, 80, of Anna died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Oak Grove Rehab and Care Center in Carbondale, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Bertha Pierce (03/27/07)
Bertha M. Pierce, 102, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 26, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home...
Odes Lintner (03/27/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Odes W. "Jim" Lintner, 89, of Perryville died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Perry Oaks Manor. He was born Jan. 28, 1918, in Perry County, son of Alvin A. and Sophia Horn Lintner. Lintner was a farm hand and worked for Bailey Stave Mill. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church...
Janice Goldsmith (03/27/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Janice Luane Goldsmith, 60, of Tacoma, Wash., died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. She was born Nov. 4, 1946, at Holcomb, Mo., daughter of Bettye Mae Ragsdale. She married Terry Goldsmith. Goldsmith was a licensed practical nurse and had worked in Texas and California...
Curtis Thorn (03/27/07)
Curtis D. Thorn, 47, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1959, in Cape Girardeau, son of Curtis L. and Suzanne Bollinger Stovall. Survivors include his mother; a son, Justin Thorn; two daughters, Jackie Hall and Nicole Thorn; a brother, Byron Stovall, all of Cape Girardeau; and a grandchild...
Virginia Baker (03/27/07)
Virginia L. Baker, 82, of Forsyth, Mo., died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Skaggs Community Hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date. She was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Whitewater, daughter of the Rev. George L and Myrtle Jackson Ventres. She attended school in Delta and attended Southeast Missouri State University...
William Welker (03/27/07)
William Edmund "Bill" Welker, 60, of Jackson, formerly of Boonville and Silex, Mo., died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at his home. He was born Dec. 22, 1946, in Canton, Ill., son of Darold and Annabelle Davis Welker. He and Lisa Galeone were married June 28, 2004, at Trail of Tears State Park...
Paul Daniels (03/27/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Paul Allen Daniels, 47, of Lowndes, Mo., formerly of Oran, died Monday, March 26, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born April 20, 1959, in Advance, Mo., son of Wesley and Wanette Abner Daniels. He and Lorie Ann Burton were married Sept. 30, 1978...
Wilbert Perr (03/27/07)
Wilbert E. Perr, 80, of Jackson died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Jackson Manor. He was born Aug. 22, 1926, in New Wells, son of Edward and Margareta Tiedemann Perr. Perr formerly was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, transferring his membership to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson in the mid-1960s...
Billy Snider (03/27/07)
Billy P. "Red" Snider, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at his home. He was born May 21, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ben and Flora Cox Snider. Snider served in the Air Force and the Army. He was a member of Teamsters Local 574, retired from Marquette Cement plant and retired from Potashnick...
Bill Reynolds (03/27/07)
Bill J. Reynolds, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, son of John Bill and Daisy Ellis Reynolds. He and Venieda Limbaugh were married May 2, 1953, in Cape Girardeau...
Cape/Jackson police report 3/27/07 (03/27/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assault; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrest; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Cape/Jackson fire report 3/27/07 (03/27/07)
n At 5:21 p.m., an illegal burn at 1683 Perryville Road. n At 8:09 p.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of Themis Street. n At 8:18 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1600 block of Oxford Drive. n At 12:12 a.m., fire alarm at 240 S. Mount Auburn Road...
Out of the past 3/27/07 (03/27/07)
About 1,000 area Republicans are on hand in Cape Girardeau in the evening for what annually is the party's biggest get-together here, the Lincoln Day dinner; featured speaker is U.S. Rep. Guy Vander Jagt of Michigan. SIKESTON, Mo. -- About 600 Southeast Missouri farmers jam the Sikeston Armory to register their support for newly appointed Soil Conservation Service Director Peter C. Myers of Matthews, Mo., and the man who appointed him, Secretary of Agriculture John Block...
Busy unions (03/27/07)
For over three years I have subscribed to the weekly St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune newspaper. I'm sure a lot of my union friends swallow hard when the publication publishes pro-abortion, get out of the war in IRAQ and automatic anti-Bush, Talent and Blunt editorials with one-sided coverage...
Bad timing (03/27/07)
Many Ameren customers are wondering why the utility company's top executives -- who didn't meet profit goals -- received $762,000 in bonuses. A board committee changed the executives' performance standards so "the exceptional effects of extraordinary weather events and regulatory rulings" wouldn't count against them...
Fighting for freedom for all (03/27/07)
To the editor:Everyone seems to be taking shots at Republicans and those who have made mistakes. Let me remind you that it was the Democrat-filled KKK that didn't want blacks to vote. It was the Democrats who ran from Texas to Oklahoma so they wouldn't have to vote. ...
Cell-phone use needs regulation (03/27/07)
To the editor:Parents need to be better parents when it comes to giving their children things, because I've been harassed by individuals with problems. Cell phones should be limited to responsible adults and should not be in the hand of intruders and such people. ...
'42nd Street' is fun for all ages (03/27/07)
To the editor:As a theater student at Southeast Missouri State University, I want to thank the Southeast Missourian for its generous donation to help with the production of "42nd Street." It is a thrill to be working on this large of a production for the final performance in the Rose Theatre...
A warning to single parents (03/27/07)
To the editor:All the single moms out there, listen up. I am a single mom raising two small children ages 9 and 11. On Aug. 8, 2006, I was arrested for a DUI and child endangerment while I was inside a convenience store in Scott County. You didn't read it wrong. ...
Speak Out 3/27/07 (03/27/07)
Gas-station charges; Future question; Fixing global warming; Signals work; City's conscience; Use the sidewalk; Lake opportunity; Dogs and children; Senior care; Taking the blame; Heartfelt message; School safety; Unbiased news; Humor in refunds; Hopes for ice rink; Leaves over potholes; Biology lesson; Hecklers' good deeds
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