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Stories from Friday, December 7, 2007

No charges to be filed in Magill Hall fight (12/07/07)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle will not file charges in a fight that happened Monday morning on the Southeast Missouri State University campus that ended with one student being treated at a hospital. Swingle said in a news release Friday afternoon that there was no clear picture who was the aggressor in the fight, which occurred at Magill Hall. ...
Filing period for county elections begins Dec. 18 (12/07/07)
The filing period for most Scott County towns' April election ballots opens Dec. 18. Already Scott City Mayor Tim Porch has decided he will run for re-election. Porch was first elected in 2000, when Porch defeated Rodney Holloway and Pete Sturm. The mayor said his main reason for decided to run again is current ongoing projects that involve the city, such as the Ramsey Creek Bridge project and efforts to get a new Interstate 55 interchange constructed. ...
I-55 reduced to one lane between Cape and Scott City (12/07/07)
Interstate 55 from Route AB to Route 74 will be reduced to one lane starting today as MoDOT crews work to replace a guardrail. The work began at 8 a.m. today and is expected to continue daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 14. The northbound section of I-55 will be reduced to one lane...
Jackson shooting victim released from hospital (12/07/07)
Katherine Moshiri has been released from Saint Francis Medical Center, McCombs Funeral Home director Christi Guilliams said Thursday. Moshiri's 2-year-old daughter Meghan remains at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. Police suspect Katherine Moshiri's husband, Mir Shahin Moshiri, 36, shot Katherine Moshiri and her three children before killing himself Monday in Jackson...
Some families affected by mortgage fraud scheme struggle to find homes (12/07/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The past week has been a big shuffle for Kristi Orman and her three children. Orman lived in one of the homes that was part of the mortgage fraud scheme that hit Sikeston. She's known that she would eventually have to vacate her home, and had made arrangements to move into an apartment by Monday...
School tax shift covers $700K error (12/07/07)
Administrators in the Cape Girardeau School District contemplated sending out supplemental property tax bills after learning about a $700,000 mistake, the district's new finance director, Misty Clifton, said Thursday. Instead, the school board Tuesday approved a shift of taxes from the debt service fund to the capital projects fund to maintain operating funds at the budgeted level, Clifton said...
Cape, foundation developing slide show, video presentation on parks and storm-water tax (12/07/07)
The push for a parks and storm-water tax is being organized this month. Dan Muser, Cape Girardeau's parks and recreation director, said he is working with members of the city's Parks Foundation. Together they will develop a video and slide presentation and recruit members of the public to campaign...
On second thought... (12/07/07)
A deer reconsidered its intention to follow four other deer that had crossed North Sprigg Street on Thursday morning as vehicles approached near Blanchard Elementary School.
First rise in U.S. teen births since '91 (12/07/07)
ATLANTA (AP) -- In a troubling reversal, the nation's teen birth rate rose for the first time in 15 years, surprising government health officials and reviving the bitter debate about abstinence-only sex education. The birth rate had been dropping since its peak in 1991, although the decline had slowed in recent years. On Wednesday, government statisticians said it rose 3 percent from 2005 to 2006...
Some say No Child Left Behind has gone too far (12/07/07)
Attempts to reauthorize No Child Left Behind have come to a near standstill, delayed by fervent opponents seeking a loosening of requirements and supporters trying to salvage the no-excuses backbone. Once championed by President Bush as a bipartisan success, negotiations have stalled to the extent that a bill has not been introduced and hopes are slim the act will be reauthorized this year. If the 2001 law is not rewritten, the current form will remain in effect...
Correction 12/7/07 (12/07/07)
Jerry Swan's 3rd Annual Old-Fashioned Acoustic Christmas, Broadway Books and Roasting Company, is 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Some benefited from scheme (12/07/07)
Tom Dirnberger, Scott County's recorder of deeds, said some parties benefited from the housing fraud scheme. Some people sold their properties for more than they were worth. "Plus, they sold numbers of them, not just one or two," Dirnberger said...
Steele, Mo., man sentenced on firearms charge (12/07/07)
A Steele, Mo., man was sentenced to almost eight years in prison for unlawful possession of firearms. James P. Dalton, 40, was sentenced to 94 months in prison on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm in a court appearance Monday in U.S. District Court before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey...
Dogfighting suspect requests change of venue (12/07/07)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Steve Walsh, attorney for Curtis Pickering, filed a motion this week for a change of venue. The motion was taken up Wednesday by Judge Stephen Sharp and has been sent to the Missouri Supreme Court to assign a special judge. That judge will then come to Stoddard County and hear the motion for change of venue...
Unemployed single parent struggles to make ends meet (12/07/07)
Donations for Toybox can be dropped off at the Southeast Missourian office at 301 Broadway and should include the name of their recipient. Those who wish to donate cash or a check should make it payable to Toybox, P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63702...
'New media' joins First Friday offerings (12/07/07)
On the first Friday of every month Cape Girardeau's art crowd has plenty of viewing options, but those options are mostly in traditional visual arts genres like painting, ceramics and photography. Tonight the art crowd has a different option. Four laptops and four projector screens will be employed to show artistic expression through video, a genre commonly called "new media," at Broadway Books and Roasting...
Court supports church's stay on Mo. funeral picketing law (12/07/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A federal appeals court said Thursday that a Missouri state law limiting protests near funerals should have been put on hold while a judge determines whether it's constitutional. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis threw out a district court judge's decision denying the request for a temporary injunction of the law from a Kansas church that regularly protests at soldiers' funerals...
Wellston mayor given power to deny paychecks to council members (12/07/07)
WELLSTON, Mo. (AP) -- Members of the Wellston City Council now have a lot more incentive to make it to meetings. The council agreed this week to give the mayor power to deny paychecks to members who miss two consecutive regular or special meetings without an excused absence...
Blunt, Bond praise Limbaugh nomination (12/07/07)
Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh of Cape Girardeau was nominated to the federal bench Thursday by President George Bush. Limbaugh, a former Cape Girardeau County prosecutor and circuit court judge, was named to replace U.S. District Court Judge Donald J. Stohr of the U.S. Eastern District Court of Missouri. Stohr became a senior judge last December...
Judge Limbaugh nominated for federal post (12/07/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- President Bush on Thursday nominated Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. to fill a vacancy on the federal bench. Limbaugh would replace U.S. District Court Judge Donald J. Stohr of the U.S. Eastern District Court of Missouri...
Romney says he'd serve nation, not Mormon church, if elected president (12/07/07)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- His campaign at a crossroads, Republican Mitt Romney said Thursday his Mormon faith should neither help nor hinder his quest for the White House and vowed to serve the interests of the nation, not the church, if elected president...
New Orleans doctors deliver triplet boys, quadruplet girls within 24 hours (12/07/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- What do you have with three of a kind and four of a kind? A full hospital. Doctors at Ochsner Medical Center delivered triplet boys and quadruplet girls within 24 hours. Pamela Kocke's boys made their appearance early Tuesday, while Alisha Murphy's girls began showing up about 12 hours later, according to a hospital news release. All were doing well Wednesday...
Mall gunman released in 2006 after years in treatment centers (12/07/07)
OMAHA, Neb. -- The young man who killed eight people and committed suicide in a shooting rampage at a department store spent four years in a series of treatment centers, group homes and foster care after threatening to kill his stepmother in 2002. Finally, on Aug. 21, 2006, social workers, the courts and his father agreed: It was time for Robert Hawkins to be released -- nine months before he turned 19 and would have been required to leave anyway...
Bush promotes mortgage rate freeze (12/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration offered hope to beleaguered homeowners Thursday with a five-year freeze in loan rates for those who qualify, even as the number of bad mortgages jumped to the highest level ever. The plan represented the administration's biggest action yet to show it is dealing aggressively with the mortgage crisis. T...
Delta, Kelly to play for title of Chaffee basketball tourney (12/07/07)
Sara Blattel scored 20 points and Taylor Smith added 12 as Delta knocked off Oran 47-35 in the semifinals of the Chaffee girls basketball tournament Thursday. The Bobcats will face Kelly for the title Saturday. The Hawks beat Scott City 48-35 on Wednesday...
Top-seed ND falls in semis to Charleston (12/07/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Notre Dame was without two of its top players in Ryan Willen and Austin Greer when it took the court against Charleston in the semifinals of the SEMO Conference tournament on Thursday. Charleston's Jerquawn Sherrell said his team was aware of Notre Dame's vulnerabilities with the absence of Willen and Greer, both sidelined with injuries...
Jackson reaches final at Sikeston (12/07/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Jackson Indians looked overpowered against Sikeston in the first half Thursday, heading into the locker room down by 12. The Indians didn't just have to worry about stopping the Bulldogs' 6-foot-6 junior Michael Porter, who poured in 16 points before halftime...
DeLong earns regional volleyball recognition (12/07/07)
Southeast Missouri State sophomore Karleigh DeLong recently was named an All-Midwest Region honorable mention selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. DeLong is the first Southeast volleyball player to earn all-region recognition in five years, following Emily Scannell, who was also honorable mention in 2002...
Bad week gets worse for defending OVC champions (12/07/07)
It has not been a good two days for the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball program. It came out Wednesday that the NCAA decided in October that Southeast must vacate all its wins from the 2002-03 through 2005-06 seasons because of rules violations under the previous coaching staff...
Redhawks top 100 points in OVC-opening victory (12/07/07)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar said before the season that he wanted to ramp up his fast and furious style even more this year. The Redhawks were at their fastest and most furious Thursday night as they opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a 102-95 win over visiting Tennessee State...
Collins leads Redskins past slumping Bears (12/07/07)
LANDOVER, Md. -- Only days removed from burying a teammate, and without the benefit of a full practice, the Washington Redskins managed to win thanks to a backup quarterback who last completed a pass in 2004. Todd Collins came on for the injured Jason Campbell and threw for two touchdowns Thursday night, leading Washington to a 24-16 victory over the fading Chicago Bears that ended the Redskins' four-game losing streak...
Guillen, Gibbons receive 15-day drug suspensions (12/07/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons were suspended Thursday for the first 15 days of next season for violating baseball's drug policy, an indication how the sport might treat any players named in the Mitchell steroids investigation. Guillen and Gibbons were accused in media reports of receiving human growth hormone after January 2005, when it was banned by baseball...
St. Louis selects Indians outfielder in Rule 5 draft (12/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday selected outfielder Brian Barton with the 10th pick in the Rule 5 draft during baseball's winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. Barton, 25, was a member of the Cleveland Indians organization. He is a career .317 hitter, with a .417 on-base percentage, in 354 minor-league games since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005...
Media throng expected for Bonds' first hearing today in his perjury case (12/07/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- From Patty Hearst to the Jonestown Massacre, the Phillip Burton Federal Building here has hosted its share of high-profile trials over the years. But they may all pale in comparison to the spectacle of the Barry Bonds perjury case. More than 200 journalists and members of the public are expected to crowd the courtroom and a second overflow room today for a brief hearing that marks the home run king's first public appearance since he was indicted Nov. ...
Jones, Dodgers reach agreement (12/07/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones is set to give the Los Angeles Dodgers the dangerous slugger they sorely need. Now, they hope he bounces back from a miserable season. Jones and the Dodgers reached a preliminary agreement on a $36.2 million, two-year contract late Wednesday as action picked up on the final night of the winter meetings. ...
La Russa has firm words for Rolen (12/07/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa wants third baseman Scott Rolen back. But only on the team's terms. "He's got a contract to play, and we need him to play," La Russa said Wednesday at the baseball winter meetings. "And he's going to be treated very honestly. If he plays hard and plays as well as he can, he plays. And if he doesn't, he can sit. If he doesn't like it, he can quit."...
Return specialist Hall lost for remainder of season with ankle sprain (12/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Another day, another member of the St. Louis Rams is lost for the season due to injury. On Thursday, it was kick returner Dante Hall, who has been hobbled much of the season by a high ankle sprain. Rams coach Scott Linehan said the team has decided to put Hall, 29, on the injured reserve list...
neXt: The next generation, covered now (12/07/07)
It's lunchtime at Jackson High School, and it's book time upstairs in the library. The Gateway to Great Books discussion group is grabbing sodas and slices of pizza and getting settled in to discuss the two books that were last month's reading selection...
Hooked on Science: Scientific holiday ornaments (12/07/07)
Have you ever considered adding a little science to the Christmas tree? Well, using pipe cleaners and borax you can make ornaments that might get the entire family "Hooked on Science." Ingredients n Red and white pipe cleaners n Thread n Water n Borax...
Christmas greetings from the Nie family (12/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- A new report from the National Intelligence Estimate concludes that Iran's nuclear weapons development program has been halted since the fall of 2003, a stark contrast to the conclusions U.S. spy agencies drew just two years ago. -- The Associated Press...
West, Winehouse among leaders in Grammy nods (12/07/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Whether he wins or loses on Grammy night, the chances of more Kanye West awards show drama were high after he received a leading eight nominations Thursday. British singer Amy Winehouse received six nominations after months of personal problems that took the focus off her gritty, soulful music. Other top nominees included the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, T-Pain and Timbaland...
Long-lost Michelangelo sketch found (12/07/07)
VATICAN CITY -- A long-missing Michelangelo sketch for the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, possibly his last design before his death, has been found in the basilica's offices, the Vatican newspaper said Thursday. The sketch, drawn in chalk for stonecutters who were working on the construction of the basilica, was done by the Renaissance master in 1563, in the year before his death, L'Osservatore Romano reported...
Billy Joel releases anti-war song but doesn't sing on it, saying he's too old (12/07/07)
NEW YORK -- Billy Joel has released a new single, the anti-war "Christmas in Fallujah." But don't expect to hear his voice on it. At 58, Joel felt he was too old to sing the song, which was inspired by letters the Piano Man received from soldiers in Iraq. So he gave it to Cass Dillon, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Long Island...
Audrey Clark (12/07/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Audrey Faye Clark, 75, of Chaffee died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 11, 1932, at Chaffee to the late Charley and Gertrude McClain Leggett. Audrey married Daniel Clark Sept. 23, 1950. He preceded her in death Sept. 10, 2001...
Roy Blumenberg (12/07/07)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Roy Richard Blumenberg Sr., 93, of Bertrand, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at Bertrand Nursing Center. He was born July 12, 1914, in Allenville, son of Louis Lee and Ella Sophia Eggimann Blumenberg. The Blumenberg family moved to Mississippi County in 1922 when Roy was 8 years old. ...
Charles Travers (12/07/07)
Charles Travers, 73, of Jackson died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Billy Chapman (12/07/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Billy Chapman, 71, of Anna died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Norma Jones (12/07/07)
Norma Jones, 85, of Columbia, S.C., formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, at National Healthcare-Parklane in Columbia. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Helen West (12/07/07)
Helen Jean West, 63, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at her home. She was born April 9, 1944, in Marked Tree, Ark., daughter of Chalmer and Pearl Williams West. Survivors include a son, Keith West of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Sheryl Carothers of Peoria, Ariz., Angela Baker of Omaha, Neb.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren...
Victor Vandeven (12/07/07)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Victor George Vandeven, 87, of Leopold died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 3, 1920, at Leopold, son of Jacob and Rosina Elfrink Vandeven. He and Gertrude C. "Gertie" Jansen were married Sept. 20, 1945, at Leopold...
Births 12/7/07 (12/07/07)
Zyduck; Hepler; Thomas; Sander; Sostillio; Pecaut; Bailey
Cape police report 12/7/07 (12/07/07)
Arrests
Cape/Jackson fire report 12/7/07 (12/07/07)
n At 3:35 p.m., an alarm sounding at 212 S. Kingshighway. n At 6:13 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1500 block of Independence Street. n At 9:35 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street. n At 11:02 a.m., a vehicle fire at 301 S. Broadview St...
Out of the past 12/7/07 (12/07/07)
With the swollen Mississippi River still four feet below its expected crest, residents in its flood plains continue to evacuate their homes in parts of Southern Missouri and Southern Illinois; meanwhile, Gov. Kit Bond is in Washington to seek a federal disaster designation for 22 Missouri counties...
Michael Reagan's compelling story: A life testimony of grace (12/07/07)
By Lucas Presson "Twice Adopted: Loved by a President, Redeemed by God." This is the life story of Michael Reagan. Last week, Michael Reagan, the eldest son of the late President Ronald Reagan and actress Jane Wyman. spoke on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. While the university has hosted many great speakers over the years, the latest guest lecturer proved to be one of the most moving in recent history...
Building efficiency (12/07/07)
Watching hundreds of volunteers put up a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall is a study in efficiency. Cape Girardeau had an opportunity to see this amazing process unfold last week. On Wednesday morning the coordinated team of builders and support crews started with a concrete slab. By Sunday night, the building was basically completed...
Speak Out 12/7/07 (12/07/07)
Civilian regiment; Attend public schools; Protective orders; At least be thoughtful; Let Uncle Sam pay; Efficient dispatchers
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