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Stories from Saturday, December 22, 2007

Weather service issues wind advisory (12/22/07)
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory amid the heavy rain showers pelting Southeast Missouri. Meteorologists at the weather service's Paducah, Ky., office are predicting winds averaging 20 to 25 miles an hour and gusting to 45 miles an hour through 9 a.m. Sunday...
Eventful year may have led to more candidates for Cape school board (12/22/07)
The Cape Girardeau School District's tumultuous year appears to have attracted a larger number of candidates than usual to run in the school board election. Last year, only two people ran for two available seats. This year, less than a week after filing began, four people have said they will run...
Krajcir may make Cape County court appearance next week (12/22/07)
Authorities are hoping alleged serial killer Timothy Krajcir will be able make his initial court appearance in Cape Girardeau County on Thursday, Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said. Though Krajcir, 63, has a lengthy criminal history, including the recent conviction for the 1982 killing of Deborah Sheppard and several rapes in Pennsylvania, he has never been tried in Missouri...
Big Sky cancellations stranding some people (12/22/07)
Justin Dolan took an unexpected route home for Christmas. He'd booked a round-trip flight from Jacksonville, Fla., to Cape Girardeau on Big Sky Airlines, but it was canceled Friday morning. Instead of flying to Cincinnati, Ohio, and then to Cape Girardeau, he flew to Atlanta, then St. Louis and took a BART shuttle to his parents' home...
State to study area leases on buildings (12/22/07)
At a recent meeting of the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri, Mitch Robinson of Cape Gir?ardeau Area Magnet spoke about an effort to find new quarters for the agency away from the Marquette Building on Broadway in Cape Girardeau. That search, however, was stopped by the state Office of Administration, which provides the board's employees with offices in the state-leased space in the Marquette. ...
In Anna, Ill., exhibits show views cast in clay (12/22/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- During the last half of the 19th century, brothers Cornwall and Wallace Kirkpatrick operated a pottery here that produced utilitarian and sometimes eccentric ceramic pieces. The 2,000 to 4,000 ceramic tobacco bowls they turned into pipes each day were among the bread-and-butter items that allowed the brothers the freedom to create jugs and flasks shaped like pigs, along with pots writhing with snakes and political messages...
Wife of Ozarks Minutemen founder charged with making false report (12/22/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The wife of an Ozarks Minutemen founder has been charged with filing a false report after investigators determined her story about being raped and shot by three Hispanic men was untrue. Angela D. Wilburn, 44, was charged Thursday with filing a false report. She was released from the Greene County Jail after posting a $500 bond...
Devlin gets additional 170 years in prison (12/22/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Devlin, already sentenced to multiple life sentences for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two Missouri boys, received one final sentence Friday -- an additional 170 years on federal charges. U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton went well beyond the sentencing guideline of 30 years for Devlin, who pleaded guilty in October to six counts for making pornographic photos and videotapes of one of the victims, Shawn Hornbeck, and taking him across state lines on trips to Illinois and Arizona with the intent of sexually assaulting him.. ...
Hot holiday gifts for hunters: winter clothing, guns, Crocs (12/22/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- If people are walking around wearing wool socks inside camouflaged Crocs and carrying Benelli shotguns it can mean just one thing -- Christmas is nigh. Those items are among the hottest selling Christmas gifts at Southern Illinois sporting goods stores...
Old cell-phone network going off air, disconnecting OnStar cars (12/22/07)
NEW YORK -- When Adele Rothman bought her 16-year-old son a car in 2003, she made sure to pick one that had OnStar, the onboard communications and safety system. What the Scarsdale, N.Y., resident didn't know was that the OnStar system in the car was already doomed to die. The federal government decided in 2002 to let cellular carriers shut down analog cell phone networks, used by Rothman's Saab and about 500,000 other OnStar-equipped cars, after Feb. 18, 2008...
New Secret Santa continues tradition of doling out cash in Kansas City (12/22/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Susan Dahl had spent four months homeless in Colorado and just been on a harrowing 10-hour bus trip through sleet and snow. Hungry and broke, all she wanted to do was get back to family in Minnesota. That's when a tall man in a red coat and red hat sat next to her at the downtown bus station, talked to her quietly and then slipped her $100 on that recent December afternoon...
Oldest American World War I veteran dies at 109; two survive (12/22/07)
TOLEDO, Ohio -- J. Russell Coffey, the oldest known surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, has died. The retired teacher, one of only three U.S. veterans from the "war to end all wars," was 109. Coffey died Thursday at the Briar Hill Health Campus in North Baltimore, where he had lived for the past four or five years, said Gaye Boggs, nursing director at the nursing home. No cause of death has been determined, she said Friday. His health began failing in October...
Calif. family to sue insurer for denying transplant (12/22/07)
LOS ANGELES -- The family of a 17-year-old leukemia patient blamed Cigna Corp. on Friday for her death, saying the health insurance giant's initial refusal to pay for a liver transplant contributed to her death. "They took my daughter away from me," said Nataline Sarkisyan's father, Krikor, with tears in his eyes at a news conference at his attorney's office...
More than 1,000 Starbucks patrons treat next in line at Washington store (12/22/07)
MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- One woman's kindness to a fellow Starbucks patron resulted in more than a thousand others spreading the holiday-season generosity in this northwest Washington town. A regular patron at the chain had paid for the person in line behind her a few times before, according to The Everett Herald. But on Wednesday, her good deed set off a chain of 1,013 customers paying for the next person's drink...
After centuries, Nepal's living goddess struggles amid politics, modernity (12/22/07)
KATMANDU, Nepal -- The living goddess likes bubble gum. During a festival giving thanks for the monsoon rains, dozens of chanting worshippers pulled her enormous wooden chariot through the narrow streets of Katmandu's old city. Thousands of cheering people pressed forward, hoping for a blessing...
Venezuelan leader Chavez presides over regional oil summit in Cuba (12/22/07)
CIENFUEGOS, Cuba -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez presided Friday at a regional petroleum summit in Cuba, pressing his efforts to counter U.S. influence in Latin America and the Caribbean by suggesting more of his neighbors could pay for cheap oil with goods or services in lieu of cash...
Notre Dame claims Classic title as the sixth seed (12/22/07)
With its double-digit lead having dwindled to just two points with less than a minute to play, the Notre Dame girls basketball team seemed to be showing its youth. But after Farmington's Taylor Jensen missed the second of her two free throws with 53 seconds remaining, Farmington decided to test Notre Dame's mettle from the free-throw line...
OVC-leading Redhawks visit Tulsa (12/22/07)
TULSA, Okla. -- It has already been a sensational road trip for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team. No matter what happens today, that won't change. But an upset win at Tulsa would sure be a nice bonus for the Redhawks as they step out of Ohio Valley Conference play for the 4 p.m. tipoff...
Crusaders post 59-47 victory over Chaffee (12/22/07)
Bret Steffens poured in 17 points to lead Saxony Lutheran to a 59-47 victory against Chaffee in boys basketball action Friday. Austin Kwikkel added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Ben Courtois netted 13 points to help the Crusaders (5-2). Andy Hendrix led Chaffee with 14 points...
Showcase to provide full day of high school basketball (12/22/07)
Poplar Bluff will be playing for the first time in the Show Me Center. Vienna (Ill.) will face a Missouri team for the first time. Those are just a couple of reasons why the 20-year-old facility on the Southeast Missouri State University campus decided this was the year to join the shootout crowd, hosting a one-day basketball event...
Jackson rebounds from loss, places third (12/22/07)
Jackson junior Ashten Howard couldn't find the basket in the first half. After going 0-for-4 in the first two quarters, she sizzled in the second half, scoring 15 points to lead the Indians past Central, 55-50, in the third-place game Friday at the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic at the Show Me Center...
Briefly (12/22/07)
Christmas happenings scheduled in the area n St. John's United Church of Christ, 781 Route FF in Jackson, will present a Christmas cantata at the 10 a.m. service Sunday and a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 10 p.m. Monday. The church will be open for personal Communion and prayer from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 31...
May God be with us this season (12/22/07)
"... and His name shall be called Immanuel ..." Immanuel: God with us. Three words that both complicate and simplify the Christmas story. Of all the pictures of Christmas, the one painted with these words has the most value. These words complicate Christmas as we try to understand why an unlimited God would take on limiting flesh. ...
Spirits Club (12/22/07)
Every other Sunday, shortly after 2 p.m., Fred Grabel's Cape Girardeau home turns host to a microbrewing crew, otherwise known as St. Mark's Spirits Club. Grabel opens his garage and assembles sterilized equipment. Depending on the day, he either sets pots out over gas burners or carries bottles up from his basement. The men brew one week and return two weeks later to bottle the beer...
What is the Christmas spirit? (12/22/07)
"I don't have the Christmas spirit this year," I hear many people say. I wondered what that was. Merely because it was Christmas, was everyone expected to feel a certain way? Were all cares supposed to suddenly disappear? After it was over, would life be different forever? What was that Christmas spirit?...
Experts sound warning over mold on important collection of da Vinci drawings (12/22/07)
MILAN, Italy -- Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, the largest collection of drawings and writings by the Renaissance master, has been infiltrated by mold, officials said Friday. The extent of any damage is not yet known to the roughly 1,120-page Codex containing his drawings and writings from 1478-1519 on topics ranging from flying machines to weapons, mathematics to botany...
Cathy England (12/22/07)
Cathy Lynn England, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born April 13, 1951, in Mineola, N.Y., daughter of Arthur and Juanita Parrish England. She was a member of Cape First. Cathy went to be with her Lord and Savior after a long illness. She loved her dogs, to sing, and was a jokester. She received a bachelor of science degree in parks and recreation from the University of Missouri-Columbia...
Jackie Swinford (12/22/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Jackie L. Swinford, 53, of Chaffee died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at Heartland Care and Rehab in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Cynthia Stiles (12/22/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Cynthia A. Stiles, 50, of Perryville died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 27, 1957, in Mount Clemens, Mich., daughter of Paul and Shirley Lemonds Hamilton. Stiles worked in a medical office...
Thomas Roempagel (12/22/07)
Thomas E. Roempagel, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at his home. He was born March 31, 1946, in Mishawaka, Ind., son of Richard and Florence Coy Roempagel. He and Kyong A. "Kim" Roempagel were married Jan. 14, 1975, in Seoul, South Korea...
Births 12/22/07 (12/22/07)
Biler; Englehart
Police report 12/22/07 (12/22/07)
Theft
Fire report 12/22/07 (12/22/07)
n At 7:05 p.m., emergency medical service in the 800 block of Rodney Vista Boulevard. n At 12:03 a.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Park Drive. n At 12:22 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of North Park Avenue. n At 6:31 a.m., a fire alarm at 2025 Bloomfield St...
Out of the past 12/22/07 (12/22/07)
The Cape Girardeau Ministerial Alliance begins distributing about 1,400 gifts to flood victims who arrived here yesterday from Waukesha, Wis.; the gifts are a result of that town's efforts to help victims of the recent Mississippi River flood here; among the gifts are 480 blankets and 100 teddy bears...
Top 10 corn, ethanol myths (12/22/07)
Recently I read a Southeast Missourian article related to the negatives of ethanol. Here is a recent publication from the National Corn Growers Association clarifying 10 myths about ethanol. I feel both sides of this issue should be offered to your readers. -- Jane Cox, Delta...
Real violence (12/22/07)
Over the last two weeks, we've had two of the most violent shooting rampages in our region's history. First there was the shooting in Jackson where a man shot his wife, stepson and two daughters before shooting himself. Only the wife and her 2-year-old daughter survived. Then on Sunday the unthinkable happened again: a Perryville man shot his wife and two brothers-in-law and killed himself. Allen Kennon survived the gunshot...
Speak Out 12/22/07 (12/22/07)
Disability red tape; Train at grave site; Don't blame ethanol; Who's the lender?; Special program; Cat is returned; There goes the parking; Thanks for haircut; Great employees; Better than ever; Uplifting experience; Bring some cheer; Thanks for snowplows; Confusing system; This is victory?; Safe driving
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