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Stories from Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Six arrested in Cape drug bust (08/21/07)
Cape Girardeau police arrested six people at a residence during a drug raid on the city's north side Tuesday afternoon, according to department spokesman Sgt. Barry Hovis. When police arrived at 1742 Rampart St., one of the six suspects attempted to flee. "An officer discharged his Taser, but the guy outran it," Hovis said...
Criminal charges filed over Lilbourn bank robbery (08/21/07)
The three men who police say robbed a bank in Lilbourn, Mo., after making a series of bomb threats in Cape Girardeau were charged Tuesday with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. Lance Lewis, 21, Darnell Moon, 19, and Keith Moon, 18, all of Cape Girardeau, are being held in the New Madrid County Jail on $150,000 cash bonds, according to Marta Mitchem of the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department...
Concerns about dredging, flood maps discussed at meeting (08/21/07)
Missouri port operators and levee district officials brought two major concerns to the Mississippi River Commission during a public hearing Monday: how to gain help removing sand deposits during low water months and how to deal with new flood maps that question the ability of levees to deal with high water...
River model could help solve silting problem (08/21/07)
When the Mississippi River drops to about 10 feet on the Cape Girardeau gauge, silt deposits make launching a boat at the Red Star River Access difficult, if not impossible. For recreational boaters, that can be an inconvenience. But the ramp is also used by the Cape Girardeau Fire Department's water rescue team, and the inability to get a boat in the water could quickly make a bad situation much worse for someone stranded on the river...
Chaffee hires new police chief (08/21/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Chaffee City Council voted unanimously to hire a new police chief at its regular Monday meeting, forgoing its privelege to discuss the candidate behind closed doors. The council accepted the recommendation of the city's Police Personnel Board to hire Jesse Chisum. Chisum has lived in Chaffee for more than six years, working as a patrolman for the Jackson Police Department during that time...
Southeast board narrows new residence hall options to two (08/21/07)
Southeast Missouri State University is housing more than 2,600 of its students this year, a number that eclipses the previous record set during the 2003-2004 academic year. In response to rising enrollment, increasing requests for single rooms and the goal of developing communities of like-minded students, the university is closing in on a plan to build new student housing...
Bomb scare suspects in custody (08/21/07)
Three suspects were arrested Monday pending federal charges in connection with the multiple bomb scares that kept Cape Girardeau police tied up for most of last Friday. The hoax appears to be part of a plot constructed with the intention of diverting police attention so the suspects could carry off a local bank robbery they had allegedly planned...
Bombing hoax connected to Lilbourn bank robbery (08/21/07)
The three suspects in the bombing hoax that tied up Cape Girardeau police for hours last Friday are also suspected of a bank robbery in Lilbourn, Mo., several hours later, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A news release from the FBI said three males robbed the Bank of New Madrid in Lilbourn. Two of the suspects entered the bank and demanded an undisclosed amount of money, said Special Agent Stephen L. Morris in a prepared statement...
Carrington to perform at Show Me Center (08/21/07)
The Show Me Center confirmed its first concert of the venue's 20th anniversary season Monday. Country musician and comedian Rodney Carrington will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Ticket sales start at 10 a.m. Friday. Carrington's Show Me Center date was posted on the performer's Web site as early as last week, but the venue was unable to confirm the performance until Monday...
Curtain rises on River Campus (08/21/07)
The first day of classes at the River Campus had the feel of any other school day -- just in a multimillion-dollar, brand-new performing arts education center. Students were on campus, but there was no crushing tide of collegiates strolling around the campus grounds. The parking lot remained about half-full all day, and students didn't appear to wait long for their scheduled shuttles...
No problems with shuttles on first day (08/21/07)
Everything about the first day of classes at the River Campus was a trial run, especially the two new university shuttle routes set up to take students back and forth from the main campus to the downtown performing arts campus. Monday was the first day the new River Campus shuttle routes were tried in a real-life situation, and the university Department of Public Safety's Beth Glaus said information is still being gathered about what works and what doesn't. ...
State approves aid for Cardinals' Ballpark Village (08/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A $387 million plan to build shops, restaurants, offices and condominiums near the St. Louis Cardinals' ballpark won the backing Tuesday of a state board that dishes out financial aid. Approval by the Missouri Development Finance Board moved the long-proposed Ballpark Village significantly closer to reality. After the city of St. Louis issues revenue bonds, groundbreaking could occur yet this fall, said Cardinals senior vice president Bill DeWitt III...
Some glitches on first day of school in St. Louis (08/21/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis public school students returned to class for the first time under supervision of a state-appointed board, and the first day of class was not without problems. Some parents on Monday complained that buses on some routes ran late or not at all. Seniors at Beaumont High learned that an unfilled teaching job could mean that French will be offered only at night...
Postal worker dies in Southwest Missouri floodwaters (08/21/07)
LEBANON, Mo. (AP) -- A postal worker in Laclede County is dead after his delivery truck was swept off a bridge by rushing floodwaters. Sheriff Richard Wrinkle says U.S. Postal Service officials became concerned after 51-year-old Steve Allee of Stoutland didn't return from his rural route Monday afternoon...
Planned Parenthood challenges abortion law (08/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Planned Parenthood sued Monday seeking to strike down a new Missouri law that it claims could eliminate abortion services in large parts of the state by subjecting clinics to stringent state oversight. The federal lawsuit asks a judge for an injunction preventing the law from taking effect Aug. 28 and seeks a ruling that it infringes on a constitutional right to abortion...
Roads, bridges damaged by southwest Missouri floods (08/21/07)
PLEASANT HOPE, Mo. -- More than 12 inches of rain caused flash flooding in parts of southwest Missouri on Monday, damaging homes, washing out roads and bridges, stranding motorists and leaving one town temporarily cut off. The rain began falling Sunday night and kept coming through Monday afternoon. ...
Sales of three painkillers increase in Mo. (08/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Sales of three major painkillers have been on the rise in Missouri in recent years, and while that brings the potential for more drug abuse, health officials largely credit better efforts at pain management for the increase. An analysis found that the percentage of people using five major painkillers increased 90 percent between 1997 and 2005 in the United States...
Gaps found in teacher background checks (08/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Teachers with criminal records and histories of child abuse continue to work with children, despite state laws intended to bar such offenders from the classroom, a new state audit shows. A report released Monday by State Auditor Susan Montee concluded that imprecise language in those laws -- coupled with unclear guidelines offered to local school districts -- has allowed some teachers to improperly obtain state certification...
Region briefs 8/21/07 (08/21/07)
Show Me Center confirms Carrington as first concert The Show Me Center confirmed its first concert of the venue's 20th anniversary season Monday. Country musician and comedian Rodney Carrington will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Ticket sales start at 10 a.m. ...
Study: A common virus may contribute to obesity (08/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- In the buffet of reasons for why Americans are getting fatter, researchers are piling more evidence on the plate for one still-controversial cause: a virus. New research announced Monday found that when human stem cells -- the blank slate of the cell world -- were exposed to a common virus they turned into fat cells. They didn't just change, they stored fat, too...
Mexico abandons Gulf oil rigs ahead of Hurricane Dean (08/21/07)
TULUM, Mexico -- Hurricane Dean strengthened into a monstrous Category 5 storm Monday night as its first rain and winds began slamming the coasts of Mexico and Belize. Thousands of tourists fled the beaches of the Mayan Riviera as it roared toward the ancient ruins and modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula...
Central softball routs Perryville in opener (08/21/07)
The Central softball team began its season in resounding fashion Monday by routing visiting Perryville 8-0. Amanda Nichols fired a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and one walk. "She was on," Central coach Amy Blattel said. The Tigers pounded out 10 hits, led by Mia Russell with three. She also drove in two runs...
Jackson christens softball season with win over Chaffee (08/21/07)
Jackson senior Sheila Wade surrendered just one unearned run on four hits over eight innings Monday to lead the Indians past Chaffee 3-1 in both squads' season opener. "I think she came out and did a good job," Jackson coach Amanda Forester said. "She started toward the later innings working ahead of her batters and that definitely helped things out."...
Juniors battle for the starting QB job (08/21/07)
Southeast Missouri State opens its season in nine days at Division I-A Cincinnati. Second-year coach Tony Samuel has that much time to decide who will start the game at quarterback -- and he hinted Monday that he might use all of it. Samuel, speaking at his weekly media briefing, said the battle between juniors Houston Lillard and Victor Anderson is too close to call right now...
Beckham revives fading mania (08/21/07)
After a slow start, The English superstar has begun to contribute to the Galaxy on the field. By BETH HARRIS The Associated Press CARSON, Calif. -- A month into his hugely hyped arrival with the Los Angeles Galaxy, David Beckham has finally made a splash on the field...
U.S. places more emphasis on its perimeter shooting (08/21/07)
LAS VEGAS -- The United States has some cuts to make, but Michael Redd probably shouldn't be too concerned. The Americans have gone too long without a reliable perimeter threat, so they'd be wise not to send home one of the NBA's best. Inconsistent 3-point shooting has plagued the Americans while going without a title in their past three major international events, a problem they hope they've addressed with the additions of Redd and Mike Miller...
Atlanta Humane Society puts unwanted Vick jerseys to work (08/21/07)
ATLANTA -- When the bright red jerseys with the bold No. 7 started arriving in the mail, staffers at the Atlanta Humane Society were a bit surprised. Monday, however, about a dozen Atlanta Falcons football jerseys bearing the name and number of quarterback Michael Vick have been put to good use -- as animal bedding or, even more likely, rags to scrub up the mess that dogs leave behind...
Federer receives top seed for fourth consecutive year (08/21/07)
NEW YORK -- Three-time defending champion Roger Federer was seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open for the fourth consecutive year, and Justine Henin topped the women's seedings Monday. Thirteen players who have won Grand Slam titles are among the 32 men and 32 women seeded for the last major tournament of the year...
Rain washes out 3M Performance 400 for second straight day (08/21/07)
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The second straight day of rain washed out another effort by NASCAR on Monday to run the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The race, which was originally scheduled to be run Sunday, was rescheduled for 9 a.m. today...
Jenks' streak ends at 41 batters (08/21/07)
CHICAGO -- Bobby Jenks failed to break the major league record for consecutive batters retired before getting three outs to help the Chicago White Sox avoid their longest losing streak in 16 years with a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night...
Vick to plead guilty to dogfighting charges (08/21/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- More than football, Michael Vick's freedom is the question now. With three associates prepared to testify that he brutally executed dogs and bankrolled gambling, the NFL star agreed Monday to "accept full responsibility" for his role in a dogfighting ring and plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges...
Cards' bats fend off sweep (08/21/07)
CHICAGO -- Rick Ankiel showed off the arm that once made him a promising pitcher. His perfect peg from left field in the first inning cut down a runner and got the St. Louis Cardinals headed toward victory Monday. Several innings later, Ankiel demonstrated the power that's helped him make a remarkable transition with his fourth home run...
Science experiment: Milk magic (08/21/07)
Here's an experiment you can try after you've gobbled down your favorite cereal. Ingredients Milk Plate Liquid soap Food coloring Instructions STEP 1: Pour a small amount of milk into the plate and add food coloring...
Planning to plan: The need for time management (08/21/07)
The halls and classrooms at Cape Girardeau Central High School have filled once again with students eager to see old friends, ready to graduate and, most of the time, anxious to finish one task so they can get on to other activities. For many students, when class ends, practice begins; when clubs let out, the clock gets punched at work. Time management is vital to surviving school, work and extracurricular activities in high school...
Learning briefs 8/21/07 (08/21/07)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Cara N. McElmurry of Cape Girardeau has received the President's Plus Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2007-2008 academic year. A graduate of Central High School, McElmurry is the daughter of Herman and Regina McElmurry...
Getting literal: Soulja Boy song more about the moves (08/21/07)
The Associated Press The latest silly dance craze is as literal as it is abstract. "Crank That" involves minimalist lyrics -- sometimes mumbled, sometimes yelled -- and an intricate yet doable set of accompanying movements. Bored teenagers have embraced the fad, dancing along to stereos on the international stage of YouTube and generating millions of page-views as they watch others do the same. Beyonce can even be spotted on her concert tour performing the moves in between her own hits...
Paramount, Dreamworks to offer movies in HD DVD and drop support for Blu-ray high-def format (08/21/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will offer next-generation DVDs in the HD DVD format and drop support for Blu-ray, further complicating the race between the competing technologies. Monday's announcement affects the upcoming DVD releases of the blockbusters "Shrek the Third" and "Transformers," along with movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films...
Harold Sietman (08/21/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Harold Sietman, 79, of Oran died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran is in charge of arrangements.
Jimmy Miller (08/21/07)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Jimmy D. Miller, 70, of Mounds died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. He was born March 21, 1937, in Mounds, son of Ray and Nota Edwards Miller. He married Brigitte Martha Beck. Miller retired as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War...
Edith Midgett (08/21/07)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Edith Lilly Midgett, 85, of Dexter died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at her home. She was born Feb. 25, 1922, in Oil Trough, Ark., daughter of Willie and Bessie Williams Wallace. She and Charles Aubry Midgett were married Oct. 16, 1943, in New Madrid, Mo. He died Sept. 17, 1977...
Charles Hawkins (08/21/07)
ADVANCE, Mo.-- Charles D. Hawkins, 69, of Advance died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born March 15, 1938, at Brownwood, Mo., son of Charles A. and Lula Kirk Hawkins. He and Yolande Foland were married June 26, 2004, in St. Louis...
Eddie Phillips (08/21/07)
Thebes, Ill. -- Eddie M. Phillips of Thebes died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete with Jones Funeral Home.
LaFayette McCoy (08/21/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- LaFayette McCoy, 88, of Benton died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girar-deau. He was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Tuckerman, Ark., son of Fayette and Mary Ella Brandon McCoy. He married Jeroleen Shrum, who died Nov. 8, 1977...
John Ford (08/21/07)
John F. Ford, 88, of Cape Girar-deau died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Feb. 13, 1919, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Raymond and Kathryn Rogers Ford. He and Hazel Richardson were married Nov. 14, 1938, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo...
Births 8/21/07 (08/21/07)
Swofford; Robinson; Cureton; White; Horrell; McGill; Hanshew; Cox
Cape police report 8/21/07 (08/21/07)
Arrests; Thefts
Cape fire report 8/21/07 (08/21/07)
n At 4:57 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of Mason Street. n At 5:14 p.m., motor vehicle accident in the 3000 block of William Street. n At 5:46 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Themis Street. n At 7 p.m., a trash bin fire in the 2400 block of Bloomfield Road...
Out of the past 8/21/07 (08/21/07)
Purchase of Cape Bowling Lanes Inc., 111 S. Minnesota St., has been finalized between the new owner, Drury Development Corp., and the group that has operated the business -- Clyde Huff, Pauline Young and Edward L. Downs. Adolph Borgfield and Truman Stat­ler, both members of the Jackson Evening Optimist Club, were recognized as the two oldest members at the club's 59th annual convention held at the Ramada Inn in Cape Girardeau; Borgfield is a 40-year member of the Optimists, and Statler is a 41-year member.. ...
Tax proposal (08/21/07)
Even though the Cape Girardeau parks and recreation advisory board has been working for years on a plan for major improvements and a way to pay for them, it realized shortly after making a proposal in April that there were details to be worked out before submitting the package to voters. That plan called for $32 million of upgrades for both parks and recreation facilities, as well as storm-water improvements, to be funded with a half-cent sales tax that would generate about $4 million a year...
Kinder's words show true colors (08/21/07)
To the editor:During a recent speech in Sedalia, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder compared Democrats to "dumb animals that forget nothing and learn nothing." It is amazing and tragic that a statewide official would attack an entire block of Missourians and refer to them as nothing more than "dumb animals." The next day Kinder apologized for his "strongly partisan remark" and stated his eagerness in working with Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike. ...
Feds handling the Cooper case (08/21/07)
To the editor:I am flattered by the Speak Out caller who seems to believe I would do a better job of prosecuting Nathan Cooper than the federal prosecutors. Actually, this case has been handled completely by federal authorities from the get-go. The local police, sheriff's department and prosecutor were not involved...
Speak Out 8/21/07 (08/21/07)
Equal punishment; Cool-air funding; Costly cooling; Weekly testing; Party loyalty; Someone to hate; Why not in jail?; Mailbox crime; Nothing to lose; Smoking security; Delta's park; Toeing the line; Shopping for seniors; Courts can handle it; Late-night patrol; Movie chatter; Issue distortion; Less party loyalty
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