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Stories from Friday, May 4, 2007

New courthouse "substantially complete" (05/04/07)
Cape Girardeau's new $60 million federal courthouse won praise from U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson on Friday after she and other federal officials toured the nearly completed building. "This is a magnificent structure," she said. "I think it is a great honor to have a courthouse of this magnitude."...
Alcohol, painkillers cause local musician's death (05/04/07)
A combination of alcohol and prescription painkillers caused the untimely death of local rock guitarist Thomas Johnson, known as Tommy DeWolf, according to information released Friday by Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton. Though Johnson's death was caused partially by prescription painkillers, Clifton stressed the drugs were not acquired illegally...
Ceremony for wall of fame pushed back (05/04/07)
Organizers who oversaw the update of the Missouri Wall of Fame mural on Cape Girardeau's downtown floodwall had originally hoped to officially dedicate the mural this spring, but that ceremony will now be pushed back to the fall...
Leadership Cape groups unveil projects (05/04/07)
The Leadership Cape Class of 2007 presented ways to improve the city during First Friday Coffee at the Show Me Center today. The four groups, led by volunteers who serve on the leadership development committee through the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, not only introduced their ideas to the audience of about 200 business leaders, but showed how the projects could be funded...
Virtual school registration begins Monday (05/04/07)
State education officials will start accepting applications Monday at 8 a.m. for Missouri's new virtual school, offering online elementary and high school classes starting in August. The online registration process will close on May 29 at 8 a.m. Applications must be submitted through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Web site, officials said...
Man convicted in 'cold' rape case (05/04/07)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A New Madrid County jury convicted a former Malden, Mo., man Thursday of raping and sodomizing a woman in her Cape Girardeau apartment nearly six years ago in a "cold case" that was solved with DNA evidence. The jury of six men and six women deliberated in the New Madrid County Courthouse for only 26 minutes before returning guilty verdicts against Ontario Reed, 24, on felony charges of forcible rape and forcible sodomy...
Rural water district may pump water this year (05/04/07)
Dennis Meier of Kelso admits he and other residents of rural northern Scott County are anxious to hook onto a public water supply. Once work begins on phase one of construction in the Public Water Supply District No. 4 project, Meier hopes the visual evidence of progress will reinforce the message to the county's rural northern residents that their patience will pay off...
Life science expert to speak at commencement (05/04/07)
The so-called "father of agricultural biotechnology" will speak at Southeast Missouri State University's commencement ceremony May 12 at the Show Me Center. Dr. Jerry Caulder of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., an alumnus of the school, has had a record of success in the life-science industry, Southeast officials said...
Sikeston a model for surveillance (05/04/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- If Cape Girardeau needs a model for using surveillance to monitor activity on downtown streets, officials need look no further than Sikeston. Near the end of 2005, the city installed 21 cameras at its schools, downtown area and around the Sikeston Housing Authority. ...
DeWolf's toxicology results (05/04/07)
Two leads put unique spins on character for production of 'Driving Miss Daisy' (05/04/07)
Daisy Werthan has become a cultural icon. You may not know her by that name, but by Miss Daisy instead. Daisy's iconic status means the River City Players' production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play turned Academy Award-winning movie "Driving Miss Daisy" can either suffer from the audience's expectations cultivated by the film or benefit from the familiarity of the story...
Four injured in Cape accident (05/04/07)
A serious collision at the corner of Sprigg St. and Lexington Ave. left four passengers injured and en route to the hospital Thursday. All four patients were conscious At about 5 p.m., a Chrysler Sebring collided with a Ford Taurus Wagon leaving the front of the wagon crumpled and the driver's side of the Sebring inverted...
Tornado spotted in Stoddard Co. (05/04/07)
Southeast Missouri NEAR ESSEX, Mo. -- A tornado was sighted Thursday afternoon about four miles southeast of Dexter near the Stoddard County town of Essex, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky. The sighting occurred around 4:30 p.m. ...
Policeman, firefighter recognized for service (05/04/07)
A local firefighter and police officer were recognized as the area's best by a local public safety supply company Thursday. Jackson firefighter Jason Mouser and Cape Girardeau police officer Joseph Hann were surprised with the award while on duty by Heartland Public Safety Supply Inc. ...
Thousands gather at Day of Prayer services (05/04/07)
While thousands of people across the country gathered to pray for their government and education leaders Thursday, the Rev. Charles Swindoll reminded the faithful who really has power. "The most powerful person in our country is the one who prays," Swindoll said in a taped message from the National Day of Prayer Task Force. "There has never been a more important time than now to seek the Lord's wisdom, guidance and protection for the United States of America...
Mo. state revenues climb 9.6 percent in April (05/04/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- State revenues in April were 9.6 percent higher than a year ago, the state Office of Administration reported Friday. Net general revenue for April was $1.13 billion, compared with $1.03 billion last year. Through the first 10 months of the state's fiscal year, revenues increased by 5.6 percent compared to the same point a year ago...
Body found along I-44 identified; murder suspected (05/04/07)
SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) -- Police believe a man whose remains were discovered in March along Interstate 44 in eastern Missouri was the victim of a homicide. Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke on Friday identified the victim as 52-year-old Walter Mosier. Toelke described Mosier as a drifter originally from Bedford, Ind. He was identified when investigators were able to trace a pin that had been attached to Mosier's left arm from a prior injury...
SW Missouri man charged in death of homeless woman (05/04/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri man was charged Thursday with second-degree murder after allegedly attacking a homeless woman with a hatchet. Aaron Michael Letterman, 24, of Nixa, is also charged with armed criminal action. He turned himself in to police on Wednesday and is being held in Greene County Jail on a $500,000 bond...
Authorities: Hancock was drunk at time of accident (05/04/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk at the time of the crash that killed him, and marijuana was also found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving, authorities said Friday. Hancock, 29, was also speaking on a cell phone at about the time of the accident early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said at a news conference...
Mo. lawmakers propose looser standards for damaged vehicles (05/04/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers are considering loosening the standards for the kinds of damage that must be listed on a vehicle's title -- a move praised as pro-consumer by some and denounced as anti-consumer by others. The House and Senate each endorsed measures Thursday that could lead to fewer salvage titles being issued for vehicles...
Children memorialize ice storm adventure in new book (05/04/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Elementary school children who had the adventure of their young lifetimes after January's paralyzing ice storm have committed their tales to paper in a new book. Called "Lights Out! Hotels, Fires, Generators and Grandma's House," the 56-page book has entries by all 345 students at Springfield's Field Elementary School. Some of the young authors will sign copies Saturday when the $10 volume goes on sale at Brentwood Library...
St. Louis to get citywide Wi-Fi (05/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Internet users may be able to unplug as soon as this summer with efforts under way for a citywide Wi-Fi network. St. Louis and AT&T Inc. are working to create the network, which will provide wireless connections to the Internet at broadband speeds. Residents and visitors to the city will receive 20 free hours of access a month...
2007 Dodge Avenger breaks with mid-size tradition (05/04/07)
Just because the new Dodge Avenger is a mid-size sedan doesn't mean it's conservative or mainstream. In fact, commendable handling and road poise make the early-for-2008 Avenger seem pricier than it is, and the car's exterior styling that's just shy of aggressive stands out in this usually mainstream segment...
Astronaut Walter Schirra dies at 84 (05/04/07)
SAN DIEGO -- Walter M. "Wally" Schirra Jr., who as one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts combined the Right Stuff -- textbook-perfect flying ability and steely nerves -- with a pronounced rebellious streak, died Thursday at 84. He was the only astronaut to fly in all three of NASA's original manned spaceflight programs: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. ...
British queen arrives in Va. (05/04/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Queen Elizabeth II arrived Thursday for the commemoration of Jamestown's 400th anniversary and praised the cultural changes that have occurred since she last visited America's first permanent English settlement 50 years ago. The last time the queen helped Virginia mark the anniversary of its colonial founding, it was an all-white affair in a state whose government was in open defiance of a 1954 Supreme Court order to desegregate public schools...
Giuliani says 'OK' if Supreme Court upholds abortion ruling (05/04/07)
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- Alone among 10 Republican presidential contenders, Rudy Giuliani said in campaign debate Thursday night "it would be OK" if the Supreme Court upholds a 1973 landmark abortion rights ruling. "It would be OK to repeal it. It would be OK also if a strict constructionist viewed it as precedent," said the former New York city mayor, who has a record of supporting abortion rights...
U.S. forces kill a senior al-Qaida in Iraq figure (05/04/07)
BAGHDAD -- U.S.-led forces killed a top al-Qaida in Iraq figure linked to kidnappings of a Christian Science Monitor reporter and other Westerners, the military said Thursday as mourners gathered at the slain terrorist's home in a Sunni insurgent stronghold north of Baghdad...
Classes 1, 2 begin new route to state meet Saturday (05/04/07)
A new race and a new team are among the storylines heading into the Class 1 and Class 2 district meets, which take place Saturday across the state. The Class 2 District 1 meet, which features Kelly, Scott City and Chaffee, will take place at Jackson. Saxony Lutheran, Oran, Scott County Central and Bell City will travel to Fulton, Mo., for the Class 1 District 1 meet, which is hosted by the Missouri School for the Deaf...
Central girls rip Kennett 6-0 in soccer (05/04/07)
Central's girls soccer team routed host Kennett 6-0 on Thursday. Laura Lusk led the Tigers (7-11-1) with two goals and two assists. Sarah Uptmor had a goal and two assists. Abby Kiefner, Danielle Markhart and Casey Popp added goals. Jade Sander had an assist...
High school football will double its playoff teams (05/04/07)
Missouri high school football teams saw their chances of qualifying for the 2008 playoffs double Thursday with the passage of a Missouri State High School Activities Association football playoff proposal, one of 30 proposals to pass on the MSHSAA annual ballot...
Dopudja adds fresh source of power to Redhawks' lineup (05/04/07)
Stacia Dopudja assures a reporter that college softball is not as easy as she makes it look. "No, it's not easy at all," Dopudja said with a laugh. Based on her smooth adjustment from high school to the Division I ranks, Dopudja would probably have a hard time convincing people that she's serious...
NCAA moves to extend 3-point shot (05/04/07)
INDIANAPOLIS -- College basketball players might want to start polishing up their long-range shooting. The men's basketball rules committee approved a measure Thursday that would move the 3-point line back one foot in 2008-09 -- from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches. If approved by the playing rules oversight committee on May 25, it would mark the first major alteration to the 3-point shot since its inception in 1986-87...
Southeast women's track teams looks to start new OVC win streak (05/04/07)
The Southeast Missouri State track and field program saw its string of Ohio Valley Conference titles end in February during the league's indoor meet. Southeast hopes to start a new streak this weekend when the OVC outdoor championships are held in Charleston, Ill., with competition today and Saturday...
Area digest 5/4/07 (05/04/07)
Scott City's Samplewins at Sikeston Rob Sample of Scott City won the Super Pro Class at the Sikeston Drag Strip on April 28. Sample had an elapsed time of 4.95 seconds and reached 138.41 mph. He had a reaction time of .502 seconds. David Leonard, also from Scott City, finished second in the Pro Class...
Pro bowlers roll into town (05/04/07)
Imagine Albert Pujols showing up to play some ball at Capaha Field. Or Tiger Woods coming to town to take on some of the state's best golfers. The Missouri State USBC Open Championships is the kind of event that has lured top professional bowlers to compete alongside anyone and everyone from the state who entered...
Cardinals attend Hancock memorial service (05/04/07)
TUPELO, Miss. -- The St. Louis Cardinals were among an estimated 500 mourners Thursday at a public memorial service for pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in an automobile accident early Sunday. There was no sense of closure, however. Not yet. Autopsy results have been expedited amid reports of Hancock's alcohol consumption on the night of his death, and another emotional night awaits today when the defending World Series champions, who have lost five in a row and are in last place in the NL Central, play their first home game since the crash.. ...
Harrington leads Wachovia field after opening round (05/04/07)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Padraig Harrington took three weeks off, the longest break from golf in his 10 years as a pro, and worried that he wouldn't be very sharp Thursday at the Wachovia Championship. He wasn't satisfied with hardly anything but his score...
Hall of Fame QBs find success without wins (05/04/07)
Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman both won multiple Super Bowls and have a hard time grasping a concept of success that doesn't include winning. But the co-owners of a one-car NASCAR team are no longer playing for those great Dallas Cowboys teams...
Everyone's a critic: 'Next' (05/04/07)
Three stars (out of four) "Next" wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be, but it wasn't disappointing, either. The film follows Chris Johnson (played by Nicolas Cage), who can see two minutes into the future, but only if it involves his own life. The FBI has been tracking him and believes he can help them find an atomic bomb terrorists have set to go off somewhere in Los Angeles. ...
Artifacts 5/4/07 (05/04/07)
My Little Pony Live! opens tonight My Little Pony Live! "The World's Biggest Tea Party" opens at 7 p.m. tonight at the Show Me Center. The show is a 90-minute interactive musical with audience participation using the My Little Pony characters. Show times are 7 p.m. tonight, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 651-5000 or visit www.showmecenter.biz...
Good bets 5/4/07 (05/04/07)
Today Jazzy finale Bob Conger takes his Southeast Missouri State University jazz ensembles back to Buckner for one last real-world gig before the end of the semester. n When: 8 p.m. n Where: Buckner Brewing Co. n Info: 334-4677 Saturday Olden days Relieve Cape Girardeau's Civil War history and view one of the city's oldest historic sites, Fort D, during Fort D days. Re-enactors will show visitors what life was like in 1861...
Dad: Not enough Venom; Lad: Just enough action (05/04/07)
Dad Grade: B+ What's Good: The action is top notch, as you truly see Spidey doing everything you wanted to see him do in the first two films. Great Fun. What's Not: Not enough Venom. As, in my opinion, the coolest villain Spider-Man faces, he did not have nearly enough screen time...
Artistic options (05/04/07)
Today's First Friday is a big one, with seven locations in Cape Girardeau and Scott City hosting exhibitions of original artwork from local and regional artists. An out-of-the-ordinary aspect of this month's exhibitions is the presence of end-of-the-year shows by high school students in both Cape Girardeau and Scott City. Southeast Missouri State University ceramics students will also exhibit work this month. Here are the First Friday receptions going on tonight...
Young birds and an old mind (05/04/07)
First let me tell you about the birds in our yard. Then I'll tell you about my latest bout with my age-advantaged status. The birds. Say what you will about the hard freeze that zapped trees, shrubs and flowers, but I think we are seeing Nature's response. And it's good...
The case for Tool (05/04/07)
For some of us, the excitement is palpable. A day we've been waiting on for years is finally here -- big rock is set to return to the Show Me Center. At least we hope. Scratch that. I do more than hope; I know (I hope). Earlier this week I was surprised by some rather pleasant news -- prog-metal band Tool has booked June 19 at the Show Me Center. Finally, a real rock concert after years of nothing even resembling rock, except for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which is only sort of rock...
Car talk (05/04/07)
Dear Tom and Ray: I bought a 2003 Chevy S-10 for my stepdaughter. Today the truck has only 36,500 miles on it. The driver's door fell off! It broke off at the welds and was hanging by electrical wires. The dealership refused to do warranty work. How can a girl who weighs 100 pounds soaking wet tear a door off a truck? Is it possible to shame Chevy into making this right?...
Don't cry over possibly scratched paint (05/04/07)
Dear Tom and Ray: Does writing in the dirt/dust on a car scratch the paint? A teacher at my children's school today wrote "Clean Me" as a joke in the dirt on my new Suburban as I was parked in the school pickup line. (It was dirty only because we've had bad weather lately!) I had left it unattended while I was visiting another mother ahead of me in line while waiting for the children to come out of school. ...
Prosecutors suggest 45 days in jail for Paris Hilton for violating her probation (05/04/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Paris Hilton should be jailed for 45 days for violating terms of her probation for an alcohol-related reckless driving conviction, city prosecutors say. In documents filed Monday in Superior Court, prosecutors said they also want Hilton to stay away from alcohol for 90 days and wear a monitoring device that will chart whether she complies. And they are seeking to have her license suspended for an additional four months...
The rapid-fire banter of the CW's 'Gilmore Girls' to end after 7 years (05/04/07)
LOS ANGELES -- "Gilmore Girls," the saga of an independent mother and daughter that helped strengthen the young WB network, will end its run after seven seasons. The show, which last year moved to the CW network created by the merger of WB and UPN, will air its final episode May 15 at 7 p.m. CST, CW and producer Warner Bros. Television announced Thursday...
At the theaters 5/4/07 (05/04/07)
New at the theaters: 'Lucky You'; 'Spider-Man 3'; STILL PLAYING: '300'; 'Blades of Glory'; 'The Condemned'; 'Disturbia'; 'Fracture'; 'The Invisible'; 'Kickin' It Old Skool'; 'Meet the Robinsons'; 'Next'; 'Pathfinder'; 'Perfect Stranger'; 'The Reaping'; 'Vacancy'; 'Wild Hogs'
Roy Wilhite (05/04/07)
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- Roy Lee Wilhite, 81, of Rockview died Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 26, 1926, in Chaffee, Mo., son of Edward Elliott and Agnes Marie Sadler Wilhite. He and Mildred Mattlene Young were married April 5, 1947...
Leslie Seabaugh (05/04/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- Leslie A. Seabaugh, 75, of Patton died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at his home. He was born May 17, 1931, near Marquand, Mo., son of John F. and Alma L. Dempster Seabaugh. He and Maxine Barth were married Jan. 14, 1956, at Patton. Seabaugh retired from Lenco in Jackson. He was a member of Little Whitewater Baptist Church...
Harry Seabaugh (05/04/07)
Harry Dale Seabaugh, 61, of Troy, Mo., died Sunday, April 29, 2007, at the home of a daughter. He was born Aug. 21, 1945, in Chaffee, Mo., son of Joel Cornelius and Clara Marjory Collins Seabaugh. He and Dorothea Hagan were married Oct. 22, 1966, in St. Louis...
Ava Moser (05/04/07)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Ava Emma Moser, 91, of Glenallen died Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. She was born April 9, 1916, at Cyclone, Mo., daughter of Bob and Mary Ethel Baker Hopper. She and Buck Moser were married Aug. 8, 1935. He died April 16, 2004...
Cora Goddard (05/04/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Cora Goddard, 98, of Arlington Heights, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Lexington Nursing Home in Schaumburg, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Tamara O'Kelly (05/04/07)
Tamara Louise O'Kelly, 37, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at her home. She was born Aug. 14, 1969, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Billy Ray and Diane Sue Dillingham O'Kelly. O'Kelly attended Southeast Missouri State University. She was a certified nurse assistant at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church...
Cyril Scherer (05/04/07)
Cyril W. Scherer, 90, of Jackson died Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 7, 1916, at Benton, Mo., son of Joseph and Mary Walter Scherer. He first married Anita Leible, who died Feb. 2, 1988. He and Opal Laurentius were married Oct. 8, 1994...
Births 5/4/07 (05/04/07)
Jackson; Michael; Inman; Zalite
Cape/Jackson police report 5/4/07 (05/04/07)
Arrests; Theft
Cape fire report 5/4/07 (05/04/07)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 3:28 p.m., emergency medical service at 1900 Delwin St. n At 4:14 p.m., emergency medical service at 1900 Delwin St. n At 5:42 p.m., motor vehicle accident on Old Sprigg Street Road. n At 5:45 p.m., emergency medical service at 1200 Linden St...
Out of the past 5/4/07 (05/04/07)
A new education wing to Maple Avenue United Methodist Church was dedicated Sunday during a special service; the $60,000 education wing was partially financed from a bequest by the late Grace Masters, a teacher and long-time member of the church. The Scott City Board of Education names former Scott City High School principal Bill Heckert to succeed superintendent Bill Hodges, who resigned last month saying he was leaving the field of education...
Read. Read. Read. (05/04/07)
By Pat Williams From Spacecoast Business The modern era is generally considered to have started in 1500 A.D. with the start of the printing press. From 1500 to 1830, all known knowledge doubled. From 1830 to 1930, all known knowledge doubled again. A few years ago, all known knowledge was doubling every 15 to 17 months. Today, all known knowledge is doubling every 63 days, and in the next three to five years, all known knowledge will double every day!...
Campus diversity (05/04/07)
When students enroll in college, they have a fair expectation that they will be exposed to many ideas, some of which they agree with and some of which they don't. Furthermore, they have a right to expect that their professors will not only share their ideas, but be reasonable in providing opportunities for students to be heard, too...
Speak Out 5/4/07 (05/04/07)
Bring them home; Blowing trash; Bike licensing; Excellent drivers; Bus safety; Commander in chief; Rolling stops; Raise New Orleans; Clean parks; Crime is everywhere; Thanks for start; Big dreams; Fighting vandalism; Real needs
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