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Police find pot-growing operation (08/29/07)
Cape Girardeau police announced Wednesday they busted a marijuana growing operation at 1212 Good Hope St. Police said they served a search warrant at 5:51 p.m. Saturday and found growing marijuana plants and harvested marijuana plants in various stages of processing, according to a department press release. Police said they also found a handgun and drug paraphernalia...
Former Chaffee police chief becomes Scott City patrolman (08/29/07)
Former Chaffee, Mo., police chief Martin Keys has found new employment -- in Scott City. The Scott City Council voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the city's police board, which reviews applicants for open positions, to hire Keys as a patrolman, with a starting pay of $10.58 per hour plus benefits. Accepting the recommendation of the police board is typical practice for the Scott City Council...
Soldier adoption draws attention to Iraq's children (08/29/07)
When Cindy Raines of Cape Girardeau adopted a soldier through the "My Soldier" program at Manhattanville College, NY, she simply typed in troop support on her computer and found that for a $10 donation she could receive the address of a soldier plus a commemorative bracelet. ...
Chewed-up Michael Vick cards sell for $7,400 online (08/29/07)
The woman who paid $7,400 on eBay for 22 Michael Vick football cards, chewed up and slobbered on by two Cape Girardeau dogs, acknowledges she hadn't heard of the star football player before he was indicted for dogfighting. But Laura Norton-Dye, 40, of Cape Girardeau, wanted to send the message that local animal shelters need help -- and she challenged Vick to donate money himself...
Sales tax will apply to utilities (08/29/07)
A sales tax approved by Cape Gir­ardeau County voters in 2006 will be added to residential utility bills beginning Jan. 1. Revenue from the new road and law enforcement tax has lagged behind the money raised by the county's general revenue sales tax. In time, county officials thought the two would be nearly identical, but when they looked closely, they discovered they had overlooked a law requiring passage of an ordinance to apply it to utility bills...
Democrats have four interested in vacated House seat (08/29/07)
Cape Girardeau County Democrats have four potential candidates for the seat opened by Nathan Cooper's resignation, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't consider any others, party chairwoman Brenda Woemmel said Tuesday. Party leaders held a private meeting with two of the candidates last week, Woemmel said. Another meeting will be held soon -- she did not say where or when -- and more may be held before a nominating committee meets to select a candidate...
Cape considers regulating taxi companies (08/29/07)
The Cape Girardeau City Council is revamping its taxicab ordinance, and Tim Duffey wants to know why. "I wonder what this ordinance is aimed at," Duffey said when he first heard about it Tuesday. He owns a 2-year-old shuttle company, Designated Driver...
'Copycat' eBay auctions use photo of local dog (08/29/07)
When Cape Girardeau artist Rochelle Steffen first posted a series of Michael Vick trading cards that her dogs had chewed, she received some hate mail from angry Vick fans threatening her dog, Monte. Now, 13 days after Steffen listed the cards on eBay, as a response to Vick's arrest in connection with bankrolling dogfights, she discovered people are stealing Monte's likeness from her eBay profile and posting similar auctions without her permission, Steffen said...
A boost for bike traffic (08/29/07)
When Sarah Guebert lived in California, she bicycled to and from work each day. She'd do it again, weather permitting, in and around her Cape Girardeau neighborhood, if more and better bike trails existed. "It'd be nice, especially if they did it all over town," she said. Her neighbor heads out to Perryville Road "and comes back the way of the bike trail, in a big loop."...
Judge upholds Missouri's school funding method (08/29/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A state judge on Wednesday upheld Missouri's school funding method, generally rejecting claims by schools that it distributed money unfairly and inadequately. Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled that the state constitution provides no guarantee of absolute "equity, equality or adequacy in the dollars spent" or in the facilities available from one school district to another...
New law fuels handgun sales increase in SW Missouri (08/29/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A $10 discount -- of sorts -- for prospective handgun buyers is fueling a surge in sales for southwest Missouri's gun dealers. State law used to require a $10 sheriff's permit fee for handgun purchasers, but the Legislature dropped that requirement earlier this year...
Thieves swipe 25,000 feet of steel pipe in Springfield (08/29/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Theft of copper and other metals is a growing problem in Missouri and nationwide. But a weekend theft in Springfield stands out, at least for the owner of 25,000 feet of stolen steel pipe. Randal Schulze says the pipe was safe Sunday afternoon but that thieves somehow managed to steal it all by 7 a.m. Monday. Schulze said the thieves would need a forklift to load the pipe onto a trailer and that it would take the six trips to remove all of it...
St. Louis hopes to obtain part of Arch grounds (08/29/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The towering Gateway Arch "stands in splendid isolation," too far removed from downtown with too little activity around it, according to a report by a foundation headed by former Sen. John Danforth that proposes obtaining part of the Arch grounds from the federal government...
Naked man steals, does hula, steals beer at De Soto convenience store (08/29/07)
DE SOTO, Mo. (AP) -- The naked truth: Three eastern Missouri men were willing to go to extreme lengths to get some beer. That's the accusation after an incident in the early hours of August 18th at Fish's Quick Stop in De Soto. Store clerk Vicky Gaines says a masked man walked in and began doing the hula dance...
MO HealthNet program replaces Medicaid (08/29/07)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt lauded Missouri's reshaped Medicaid program as an innovative leap forward in health care for the needy. But opponents, including several Medicaid recipients, said the program leaves hundreds of thousands with inadequate coverage, or no coverage at all...
Blunt informed of candidates to fill vacancy on court (08/29/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The names of three candidates to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District were submitted Tuesday to Gov. Matt Blunt. The successful candidate will replace Edwin H. Smith, who resigned from the appeals court in July...
Mo. church shooting suspect charged with rape (08/29/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man accused of opening fire inside a southwest Missouri church was charged Tuesday in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl two days before the deadly shooting spree. Eiken Elam Saimon, 52, is charged with one count of second-degree statutory rape and one count of second-degree statutory sodomy, both felonies...
Police believe woman tried to flush newborn (08/29/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City police are investigating a 20-year-old woman who allegedly tried to flush her newborn son down the toilet at a McDonald's restaurant. Both the baby and the mother, a Kansas City resident who works at the McDonald's, are being treated at a hospital after the Monday afternoon incident. Police said the child is expected to survive...
Social worker, foster parents charged with using marijuana (08/29/07)
GRANBY, Mo. -- The foster parents of eight children have been accused of smoking marijuana with a state social worker who was checking on a child in their home. Granby foster parents Wayne Anthony O'Neal Sr., 32, and Christel J. O'Neal, 29, along with Nova G. Propes, 44, a caseworker with the Children's Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services, were charged Monday in Newton County Circuit Court with two counts each of second-degree child endangerment...
Illegal immigration targeted by directive (08/29/07)
O'FALLON, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt issued a directive Tuesday that will tighten oversight of state-financed construction projects to ensure that contractors don't employ illegal immigrants. The directive came one day after the Republican asked state law enforcement agencies to check the immigration status of people they arrest...
Former astronaut to use temporary insanity defense in romantic rival case (08/29/07)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former astronaut Lisa Nowak is pursuing a temporary insanity defense on charges that she assaulted and tried to kidnap a romantic rival, according to a court document released Tuesday. Nowak suffered from major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia and "brief psychotic disorder with marked stressors," defense attorney Donald Lykkebak wrote in his notice of intent to rely on the insanity defense...
Study: Mississippi ranked fattest state in the nation (08/29/07)
JACKSON, Miss. -- Experts say Mississippians need to skip the gravy, say no to the fried pickles and start taking brisk walks to fight an epidemic of obesity. According to a new study, this Deep South state is the fattest in the nation. The Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention, says Mississippi is the first state where more than 30 percent of adults are considered obese...
Judge approves Noriega's extradition (08/29/07)
MIAMI -- Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is a step closer to facing money-laundering charges in France after a federal judge approved his extradition Tuesday, less than two weeks before the end of his U.S. prison sentence for drug racketeering...
Camera gets stuck as it snakes into mountain in search for missing miners (08/29/07)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A robotic camera lowered into a mountain became stuck 10 feet from its target, forcing crews to come up with another route to attempt getting video of an area where six miners might be trapped, an official said Tuesday. The camera was pulled back from the hole, district manager Jack Kuzar of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration told reporters after briefing families in Huntington...
Abu Ghraib officer guilty of disobedience, not abuse (08/29/07)
FORT MEADE, Md. -- The Abu Ghraib prison case effectively ended Tuesday, and criminal responsibility for the detainee pictures that drew world outrage ended up rising no higher on the chain of command than staff sergeant. The only officer charged, Lt. ...
Robber demands $4, then waits for victim to make change from $10 (08/29/07)
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- A knife-wielding robber needed only $4, so he refused to take a $10 bill from his victim and waited while the man made change at a pizza parlor, police said Tuesday. He then took the $4 and ran off, only to be captured a few blocks away, police said...
Poverty rate drops to 12.3 percent (08/29/07)
WASHINGTON -- Five years into a national economic recovery, the share of Americans living in poverty finally dropped. The nation's poverty rate was 12.3 percent in 2006, down from 12.6 percent a year before, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Median household income increased slightly, to $48,200...
Pathologist: Beethoven inadvertently poisoned (08/29/07)
VIENNA, Austria -- Did someone kill Beethoven? A Viennese pathologist claims the composer's physician did -- inadvertently overdosing him with lead in a case of a cure that went wrong. Other researchers are not convinced, but there is no controversy about one fact: The master had been a sick man years before his death in 1827...
High school baseball New York judge upholds ban on metal bats in high schools (08/29/07)
NEW YORK -- A judge on Tuesday upheld New York's ban on metal bats in high school baseball games, saying it was not his place to overturn a law that was approved by a local government with the public's safety in mind. U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl said there is no clear evidence that metal bats cause more serious injuries than wooden bats but added the City Council is entitled to make the judgment that the risk is too great...
Central spikers down Perryville (08/29/07)
The Central volleyball team improved to 2-0 with a 25-21, 14-25, 25-20 win over visiting Perryville Tuesday night. Wendi Zickfield led the Tigers' attack with 13 kills. Taylor Kirn had 11 digs, Katie Scholl recorded 16 assists, and Carissa Wheeler and Rita Walter both had six blocks...
Temple is Big 12's top returning rusher (08/29/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- If Tony Temple plays like he did in the Sun Bowl loss to Oregon State last year, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel thinks this could be the Tigers' most successful season in decades. "It means we're probably in the Big 12 title game," Daniel said...
Southeast runners press on despite big loss (08/29/07)
Miles Krieger thought his first season as Southeast Missouri State's cross country coach went relatively well last year, with the men placing third and the women fifth at the Ohio Valley Conference championships. But Krieger looks for a stronger collective performance from his teams in 2007 -- namely top-three finishes for both squads...
Cards climb to .500, move into second (08/29/07)
HOUSTON -- New manager. Same old floundering Houston Astros. Chris Duncan shook off an August slump with a three-run homer and an RBI single and the St. Louis Cardinals ruined Cecil Cooper's managerial debut with a 7-0 win over the Astros on Tuesday night...
Playoffs stir interest down stretch of '07 season (08/29/07)
By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press HARRISON, N.Y. -- Playoff fever? No. Despite glitzy banners on the grandstands and a large "PGA Tour Playoffs" logo painted in the grass on a slope beneath the 13th tee at Westchester, The Barclays looked and felt like any other golf tournament. It happened to be one of the most exciting tournaments of the year, if that counts for anything...
Roddick, Sharapova collect opening victories (08/29/07)
NEW YORK -- The lady in red shanked a backhand wide, prompting Maria Sharapova's opponent to leap in the air and pump her fist and smile as though she'd won the match -- or, indeed, the U.S. Open championship itself. Uh, not quite. That little celebration by 51st-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy was for winning one game Tuesday night, allowing her to narrow the dressed-for-success Sharapova's lead to 6-0, 5-1...
U.S. defeats Mexico in Olympic qualifier (08/29/07)
LAS VEGAS -- It wasn't quite "40 minutes of hell." It was the best anyone has done yet against the United States. Nolan Richardson's Mexico team kept the game respectable into the second half before the Americans pulled away for a 127-100 victory Monday night in the second round of the FIBA Americas tournament...
Infusions capture herbs' flavors year-round (08/29/07)
So this was the year you finally got yourself organized enough to plant some herbs, and now the garden is bursting with fragrant greens and blossoms. Now what? Like many people, you're probably having trouble keeping pace with the bounty. The occasional batch of pesto or chive-flecked sour cream for your potatoes just aren't enough to use up your harvest...
New judges help maintain barbecue contest standards (08/29/07)
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- After four hours of intense study, the 60 students stood, raised their right hands, faced west and recited a pledge to uphold truth, justice and the American way. "I do solemnly swear to objectively and subjectively evaluate each barbecue meat that is presented to my eyes, my nose, my hands and my palate," the students chanted with their instructor as they looked in the direction of Kansas City, Mo...
When they read, the mail pours in (08/29/07)
It seems like I go for a long time with no reader mail, then all at once I receive several envelopes full of recipes waiting to make their way to your recipe files. This week was that week. This first recipe was given to me by Johnny and Betty Reed, volunteers at the Senior Center. ...
Totally tubular organizers: A recovering pack rat turns mail tubes into desk organizers (08/29/07)
The return of my students has, in grand fashion, coincided with the departure of a favorite co-worker and my subsequent move to (yet another) shared office. In the midst of all this, the reorganization that I started in my spare bedroom hit a snag from which it hasn't recovered since my last trip abroad...
Famed fossil unveiled on eve of tour (08/29/07)
HOUSTON -- After six years of planning and negotiations, and a controversy reverberating through the scientific community, the world's most famous fossil made her debut Tuesday. Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis, was unveiled during a media preview at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, where she will be the centerpiece of an exhibit opening Friday...
Enoch Murakami-Sentz (08/29/07)
Enoch Murakami-Sentz was stillborn Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Survivors include his parents, Dustin Sentz and Julie Murakami; grandparents, Jeanie Asher and Mark and Tammy Murakami, all of Cape Girardeau, Lucinda Jason of Olive Branch, Ill.; great-grandparents, Florence Asher and Shirley Murakami of Cape Girardeau; and an aunt and uncle, Stormy and Dustin Easton of Thebes, Ill...
Ernest Hazel (08/29/07)
Ernest Hazel, 76, of Scott City died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Conrad Dillow (08/29/07)
MAKANDA, Ill. -- Conrad Jackson "Pick" Dillow, 75, of Makanda died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 13, 1932, in Cobden, Ill., son of Claude E. and Dessie Casey Dillow. He married Jacqueline Whitlock. He later married Darlene Allen, who preceded him in death...
Sybil Wilson (08/29/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Sybil T. Wilson, 97, of Anna died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at Union County Hospital. She was born May 24, 1910, in Anna, daughter of William Isaac and Susan Brimm Tucker. She and Orville Wilson were married Dec. 9, 1933, in Mound City, Ill. He died Jan. 9, 1985...
Sarah McLeary (08/29/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Sarah Jacey McLeary was stillborn Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include her parents, Ryan McLeary and Jennifer Jensen; a sister, Lily McLeary; maternal grandparents, James and Judy Jensen, all of Advance; paternal grandparents, Sue and Kevin Holder of Advance, Johnny and Linda McLeary of Zalma, Mo.; maternal great-grandparents, Beverly Jensen of Kankakee, Ill., Jack and Dorothy Lewis of Bradley, Ill.; paternal great-grandparents, Junior and Irene Wade and Norma VanMatre; paternal great-stepgrandmother, Joyce Holder; and paternal great-great-grandmother, Sarah Wade, all of Advance.. ...
Births 8/29/07 (08/29/07)
Diebold; Beninati; Worley; Bundy
Cape police report 8/29/07 (08/29/07)
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Cape fire report 8/29/07 (08/29/07)
n At 6:08 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1400 block of Kurre Lane. n At 7:02 p.m., a motor vehicle extrication at 1000 Perry Ave. n At 7:05 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of South Benton Street. n At 10:07 p.m., gas odor at 1800 Stoddard St...
Out of the past 8/29/07 (08/29/07)
Centenary United Methodist Church has announced the addition of Dr. Ivan H. Nothdurft to its ministerial staff; he will be associate minister for education and evangelization. Construction is to begin immediately on the first of three phases of the Silver Springs Shopping Complex, to be built on the east side of Silver Springs Road; a project of the Drury Development Corp., the first phase provides for a building 240 feet long and 100 feet in depth; it will house a number of shops and service areas; total square footage of all three phases will likely be around 185,000 square feet.. ...
Chaffee police (08/29/07)
Chaffee appears to be making good progress in filling vacancies on its police force following resignations last month. Following the recommendations of the Police Personnel Board, the Chaffee City Council last week hired a new police chief. A new dispatcher also has been hired. Still to be filled are patrol positions...
Speak Out 8/29/07 (08/29/07)
Special accommodation; Not slacking off; Pansies with the media; Parking on courts; Future climate; Bus safety; School security; Sacrificing liberty; Getting the money; With icing, please; AC at middle school; Great story, photo; Low-income housing; Oran drinking; Finding a loophole; Fair list of supplies; Heave-ho to column; Helping the farmers
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