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Stories from Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Police subdue suspect with tasers (05/16/07)
A Cape Girardeau man was Tasered twice Wednesday as he sought to escape from police following an early morning traffic stop. Jamie A. Steel, 37, address unknown, jumped from his car screaming obscenities at Cape Girardeau police patrolman Mike Kidd when stopped about 5:15 a.m. near the El Torero restaurant at 2120 William St., Sgt. Barry Hovis said. Kidd had followed Steel for several blocks after seeing him parked in a parking lot posted against trespassers, he said...
Route 25 reduced to one lane near Route 77 intersection (05/16/07)
Route 25 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane Thursday while MoDOT crews patch the roadway. The work will take place from one mile north of the Route 77 intersection to two miles south of the intersection. Weather permitting, traffic will be reduced to one lane between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. today. The work zone will be marked with signs and motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling in the area...
Memorial for Confederate Civil War veterans (05/16/07)
The Citizens for a Better Community of Morley will hold a memorial service at the Old Morley Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday in honor of Confederate Civil War veterans buried there. Descendants of the Boutwell family, one of the first to settle in the area, will be on hand to place new stones at family grave sites. ...
ArtsCape shifting to local focus this year (05/16/07)
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will spend less on this year's ArtsCape community arts festival and change the event's focus, citing a lean budget and a new vision for the annual event. ArtsCape, which this year takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ...
Man pleads guilty to felony firearms charge (05/16/07)
A Burfordville man who was arrested in August on gun and drug charges faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to unlawfully possessing firearms. Michael W. Locke, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to one felony count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, according to a prepared statement issued by federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway's office...
Four in accidents on Cape streets (05/16/07)
Two auto accidents involving pedestrians and two with cars hitting bicyclists kept Cape Girardeau police officers busy this week. Three of the accidents took place Monday, and in two cases the drivers of the vehicles are wanted for leaving the scene. A fourth accident, Tuesday morning at Don's Store 24, 341 S. Sprigg St., sent a woman to an area hospital in an ambulance when a car backed into her as she was crossing the store's parking lot, police said...
Two men sentenced for making bomb threat (05/16/07)
Two Jackson men who were in substance abuse treatment and cooked up a scheme to use a bomb threat to profit from a lawsuit against police instead were given prison terms. Duane E. Haffner, 23, of 245 S. Union Ave. in Jackson, received a five-year sentence, and Leotis Sylvester Allen, 22, of 407 East Lane, Apt. ...
Local businesses trying out digital billboards (05/16/07)
Over the past few months new digital outdoor advertisement displays have come to Southeast Missouri. Sign companies like Canedy Sign & Graphics in Sikeston and Drury Southwest Signs in Cape Girardeau are replacing traditional signs with RGB billboards, where colorful digital images could can frequently...
Two regional historic sites on state's most endangered list (05/16/07)
Two historic sites that made Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation's Most Endangered list are in Southeast Missouri. The Union Pacific Train Depot and Stairs in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and the Andrew Baker House in Desloge, Mo., made the 2007 list of Most Endangered Historic Places, which was released Tuesday...
Correction (05/16/07)
A story in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian gave the incorrect date for Merle Haggard's upcoming Show Me Center concert. The correct date is June 26. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Briefly (05/16/07)
Highway 25 down to one lane for roadwork Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County will continue to be reduced to one lane today as crews from MoDOT continue roadway patching. The work will take place between Highway 77 and Route P. Work will be performed and traffic reduced to one lane from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs and motorists are urged to use extreme caution. For more information call MoDOT at (888) ASK-MODOT...
Southeast using student plans in construction of pedestrian plaza (05/16/07)
Southeast Missouri State University plans to transform a muddy, steep-staired, cracked-concrete eyesore between the Scully and Rhodes buildings into a pedestrian plaza using plans drawn up by students. School officials hope the construction work and landscaping can be done next summer...
In federal court (05/16/07)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry:Pleaded Guilty Age: 44 Residence: Poplar Bluff, Mo. Charge: Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute...
5 charged in Illinois beating (05/16/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Five Jonesboro people were charged Tuesday with conspiring to beat and rob Roy Easton, a mentally retarded 21-year-old. One member of the group allegedly bludgeoned Easton with a two-by-four and hurled broken bottles at him in an abandoned house in Jonesboro last week while others stood by. Easton was hospitalized with a shattered orbital bone, broken nose and jaw...
Club news (05/16/07)
Town & Country FCE The Town & Country FCE Club met at the home of Sue Jones for its May meeting. There were nine members and two guests present. Dinner had a Finland theme. Mary Klaproth, president, opened the meeting. She thanked everyone for the 100 percent attendance at the district meeting in Doniphan, Mo. ...
Bill expanding use of deadly force heads to Gov. Matt Blunt (05/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- People would be protected from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits if they use deadly force against someone who illegally enters their home, car or other dwelling under legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday. The measure also includes a provision added in response to the Virginia Tech slayings...
Missouri firefighters, police plead for minimum wage fix (05/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters and police pleaded with House leaders Tuesday to fix a glitch in the minimum wage increase that's affecting their overtime budgets. But time is running short; the Legislature adjourns Friday. The police and firefighters groups say public safety could be threatened if nothing happens. ...
Damage assessments underway in flooded areas (05/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Damage assessments began Tuesday in flooded counties after water overtopped and breached dozens of levees last week. Joint state and federal teams started their work in Atchison, Clay, DeKalb and Jackson counties. Assessments of at least a dozen other flood-damaged counties were planned, the State Emergency Management Agency said...
Fugitive often hid inside hollow tree to evade capture (05/16/07)
ROBY, Mo. -- Neldon Neal, wanted for allegedly killing his wife, eluded capture for nearly two months in the thick forest of south-central Missouri, often hiding for days inside a hollow tree. At times, police searched just a few feet away, unaware the 60-year-old suspect was inside the tree. His freedom ended Saturday, when a group of officers came upon Neal in the woods outside of Winnipeg, Mo. He had a handgun but was arrested without incident...
State joins effort to track greenhouse gases (05/16/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri has joined a multistate climate registry to measure and track greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to the Earth's warming. The Climate Registry, launched this spring, will provide a universal reporting system for its member states, tribes and industries...
Drivers not cutting back much as gas prices soar above $3 a gallon (05/16/07)
NEW YORK -- For all their complaining as they pay $3 a gallon or more to fill up their cars, few American drivers have yet to reach the point of cutting back. That's the message from government statistics showing that demand for gasoline is only just starting to level off even as refinery outages and tight supplies have sent pump prices soaring by 43 percent since the end of January...
World's mayors say cities have power, responsibility to fight climate change (05/16/07)
NEW YORK -- City leaders from around the world declared at an environmental summit Tuesday that they can no longer wait for national governments to reverse global warming and instead must find solutions on their own. Mayors from Seoul to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Albuquerque to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, gathered at the summit, hosted by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former president Bill Clinton, to exchange ideas on how their cities have gone green...
Moral Majority founder Rev. Jerry Falwell dies at 73 (05/16/07)
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the folksy, small-town preacher who used the power of television to found the Moral Majority and turn the Christian right into a mighty force in American politics during the Reagan years, died Tuesday at 73...
VA bonus recipients sat on boards that oversaw payments (05/16/07)
WASHINGTON -- Nearly two dozen officials who received hefty performance bonuses last year at the Veterans Affairs Department also sat on the boards charged with recommending the payments. Documents obtained by The Associated Press raise questions of conflict of interest in connection with the bonuses, some of which went to senior officials involved in crafting a budget that came up $1.3 billion short and jeopardized veterans' health care...
Suicide bombing kills 25 in Pakistan near Afghan border (05/16/07)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber with a warning for American spies taped to his leg blew up a restaurant Tuesday, killing 25 people in the old quarter of this frontier city synonymous with violent Islamic radicalism and political intrigue. Security officials indicate the blast could be retaliation for the weekend killing of Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban's military chief in nearby Afghanistan -- a further sign that the war between Islamic militants and NATO forces was spilling across the border.. ...
Rice, Putin say they'll tone down tough talk, but deep rifts remain (05/16/07)
MOSCOW -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in her element. She needed no translation Tuesday as she listened to Russia's foreign minister expound on frosty U.S.-Russian ties. A Russian-speaking expert on the Soviet Union, Rice cut her foreign policy teeth during the decline and fall of the communist giant. She smiled and nodded as Sergey Lavrov spoke at length about relations troubled by major discord over missile defense and Kosovo...
Copies of Nazi archives to be released to Holocaust institutions (05/16/07)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Copies of documents from a secretive Nazi archive, locked away in a quiet German town for more than 50 years, will be released to Holocaust institutions within a few months under an agreement reached Tuesday. The documents will give historians an intimate view of the systematic slaughter of millions during the Holocaust, and will let survivors and victims' families search for their own histories -- as recorded by their tormentors...
St. Vincent finishes fourth in Class 1 (05/16/07)
St. Vincent shot five strokes better than Monday and secured a fourth-place finish Tuesday in the Class 1 state golf tournament at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo. The Indians fired a 349 on Monday and came back to shoot a 344, ending with a 693 to beat Orrick by eight strokes...
Scott City reaches Class 2 district final (05/16/07)
Shae Simmons went 2-for-4 with a triple and struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings of pitching to lead Scott City past Charleston 14-3 in the semifinal round of the Class 2 District 2 at Charleston. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule...
Windy win for Tigers (05/16/07)
Just as the Central boys tennis team was trying to finish off the match Tuesday against Eureka in the Class 2 regional round of the state tournament, another opponent stepped into action. The Tigers had to maintain their momentum through a long weather delay to post a 6-0 victory against Eureka, which had finished fourth in the Class 2 District 1 tournament that Central won last week in St. Louis...
Rain washes out game at St. Louis U. (05/16/07)
Southeast Missouri State's scheduled baseball game at St. Louis University Tuesday afternoon was canceled due to inclement weather. The contest will not be made up. The Redhawks will conclude their regular season Friday and Saturday with a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Tennessee Tech. There will be a 1 p.m. doubleheader Friday and a 1 p.m. contest Saturday...
Hudson's way (05/16/07)
All Seth Hudson wanted four years ago was a chance to play Division I baseball. The Cape Girardeau native found it at Murray State -- and he has made the most if it. Hudson is wrapping up an impressive college career that has seen him start since his freshman season and evolve into one of the Ohio Valley Conference's premier players...
Busy week? Turn to chicken for dinner (05/16/07)
May is here and with it comes a full calendar. We have our nephew, Nathaniel Kinsey, graduating from Central High School on Sunday. This exciting time also comes with band concerts, awards programs, baccalaureate and wonderful family gatherings. It is such an exciting time for the family as we celebrate his successes and accomplishments. We are so proud of him and wish him well and all our best as he begins a whole new stage of his life...
Around your house (05/16/07)
New gear: Finally, a decent knife for small hands. Launched as part of its new artichoke-colored line of kitchen gadgets, The Pampered Chef's lightweight Color Coated Santoku Knife sports a 5-inch ultra-sharp blade. Though a bit blade-heavy, the knife overall weighs so little the lack of balance between blade and handle isn't bothersome. ...
Show off the BIG STUFF (05/16/07)
Last time around we talked about displaying your collections of small items. I hope you've been able to share some wonderful hobbies and memories with visitors to your home this past month. And, as promised, this time around I'm going to talk about displaying your large-item collections...
Local girl says she's out of options (05/16/07)
It started with a phone call. "I've taken in a lot of girls over the years, but this is the toughest case I've ever seen," said the woman, who asked not to be identified. "I just don't know where to take her. I can't go to the Humane Society, she's not a pet."...
Kenny Chesney gets entertainer of the year at ACM Awards (05/16/07)
LAS VEGAS -- The Academy of Country Music paid tribute to a youngster and some oldsters Tuesday, as veteran George Strait won the song of the year, newcomer Carrie Underwood claimed album of the year and the venerable Brooks & Dunn were honored as top vocal duo for an unprecedented 14th time...
George Hamm (05/16/07)
George L. Hamm, 69, of Scott City died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Altha Springer (05/16/07)
Altha I. Springer, 92, of Jackson died Monday, May 14, 2007, at Monticello House. She was born Dec. 26, 1914, at Daisy, daughter of Thomas G. and Nellie E. Linebarger Drum. She and Alvin Schlegel were married in 1933. She and Clarence F. Springer were married in 1954. He died in 1981...
Richard Clark (05/16/07)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Richard Leroy Clark, 65, of Wappapello died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1941, at East Prairie, Mo., son of Otha and Julia Denning Clark. He and Joyce Kay Warren were married in 1972. Clark moved to Wappapello 12 years ago from East Prairie. He formerly worked for Johnny Beyerbach Construction...
Rita Zahner (05/16/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Rita M. Zahner, 87, of Perryville died Monday, May 14, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 8, 1920, at Perry County, Mo., daughter of William and Rosa Stortz Richardet. She and Elmer L. Zahner were married Sept. 30, 1939, at Perryville. He died July 19, 1974...
Sarah Maxwell (05/16/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Sarah Alene Maxwell, 94, of Chaffee died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 22, 1913, at Puxico, Mo., daughter of Henry Warren and Cora Lee Hodge Shrum. She and Guy Maxwell were married March 23, 1935. He died April 5, 1967...
Carol DiSilvestro (05/16/07)
Carol Anne DiSilvestro, 57, of Jackson died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 1, 1949, in Pennsylvania, daughter of Daniel and Carolyn DiSilvestro. Survivors include a daughter, Heather Head of Cape Girardeau; her mother; and two grandchildren...
Lurena Maintz (05/16/07)
Lurena Maintz, 78, of Oak Ridge died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Feb. 16, 1929, at Kurreville, Mo., daughter of Frank and Iva Dell Statler Niswonger. She and Hoover Dempsey Maintz were married Nov. 22, 1947. He died Jan. 24, 1981...
Shirley Versheldon (05/16/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Shirley Ann Versheldon, 60, of Perryville died Monday, May 14, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 16, 1946, in St. Louis, daughter of Clyde and Kathryn Ludwig Layton. She and John Versheldon were married Feb. 19, 1966...
Virginia Healy (05/16/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Virginia Viola (Johnson) Healy, 90, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at the Elder Care of Marble Hill. She was born Sept. 29, 1916, at Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Monroe and Julie Shell James. She and Floyd Johnson were married in 1932, and he died June 14, 1975. She and John Healy were married Sept. 1, 1979, and he died Dec. 24, 1996...
Gerald Lincoln (05/16/07)
Gerald Lee Lincoln, 71, of Millersville died Monday, May 14, 2007, at his home. He was born April 26, 1936, at Scopus, Mo., son of Miles O. and Ruth Adeline Long Lincoln. He and Koren Buttry were married May 26, 1956, at Scopus. Lincoln was a 1953 graduate of the former Lutesville High School. He retired as a maintenance worker at ARI. He was a member of Scopus Church of Christ...
Virginia Nance (05/16/07)
Virginia Lee Watkins Nance, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 14, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Sept. 3, 1929, in Jackson, daughter of Claude and Bessie Thiele Watkins. She and Herbert Nance were married Sept. 1, 1951, in Cape Girardeau...
Police report 5/16/07 (05/16/07)
Arrests; DWI
Fire report 5/16/07 (05/16/07)
n At 9:28 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of Morgan Oak Street. n At 1:12 a.m., a fire at 2120 William St. n At 2:10 a.m., emergency medical service at 900 block of Linden Street. n At 2:33 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South West End Boulevard...
Learn from Sweden (05/16/07)
With ongoing budget deficits, the continual trimming down of benefits to those in need and the wealthy leading our country to bankruptcy, we as a nation need to look at Sweden and evaluate her intrinsic governing value system. Sitting on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe with a low population density outside of its metropolitan areas, 84 percent of Swedes live within the urban vicinity. ...
911 costs (05/16/07)
It's not exactly news that telephone use in the United States is in a state of transition. One in four people between the ages of 18 and 24 exclusively use cell phones. The percentage goes up to 29 percent for people age 25 to 29. Older people are still hanging onto their landlines, but overall 12 percent of Americans have only cell phones, and their numbers increased by 2 percent just in the past half-year...
SALT helps honor fallen officers (05/16/07)
To the editor:Seniors and Lawmen Together was established about 12 years ago. In its humble beginnings, SALT served as an advisory board regarding senior-citizen issues to local law enforcement to include the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department, the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Jackson Police Department. ...
Ethanol plants pose pollutant risk (05/16/07)
This is to respond to Bill Baron's letter. Maybe he is from Houston where oil refineries are commonplace and he likes being exposed to hazardous air pollutants, but I can say as a father that I don't want the risk of the exposure of these cancer-causing elements going into the lungs of my children...
Speak Out 5/16/07 (05/16/07)
They got it wrong; Amazing performance; Ticket the drivers; Home videos; Running red lights; Still a bargain; Weather radio; Student films; Cape's discrimination; Health differences; Public opinion; Be American; Calling the Guard; Not on the first row
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