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Transit authority ponders new leader (01/12/08)
Tom Mogelnicki has been interim director of the Cape County Transit Authority since April. Now, he wants the job permanently. Mogelnicki is one of four candidates interviewed this week for the job. Doug Richards, chairman of the transit authority's board, said a committee finished the last two interviews Friday. He hopes to get a full board meeting scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday to review resumes and committee recommendations...
Doctor found guilty on three possession charges (01/12/08)
A Cape Girardeau judge found Dr. Reno Cova guilty Friday on two counts of possession of controlled substances and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were the result of a search warrant served at the 64-year-old doctor's Cape Girardeau residence Feb. 16 of last year...
Pennsylvania charges Krajcir with 1979 murder (01/12/08)
Confessed serial killer Timothy Krajcir has now been charged with all nine murders authorities say he has confessed to. Pennsylvania became the last state to file charges against Krajcir on Friday, when Berks County District Attorney John Adams charged him with the 1979 murder of Myrtle Rupp...
Dairy interests call Blunt's ag proposals 'a start' (01/12/08)
Gov. Matt Blunt unveiled two proposals this week to combat two major problems facing Missouri agriculture -- the exodus of dairy from the state and the increasing average age of farm operators. The dairy proposal will establish Dairy Parlor Renovation Grants to help dairy farms renovate milking parlors, the structures where cows are milked...
Teen arrested for armed robbery in convenience store parking lot (01/12/08)
A 15-year-old was arrested in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Thursday night in a convenience store parking lot. According to Sgt. Barry Hovis of the Cape Girardeau police, a store patron told police was approached by three young males while getting out of his car at 1101 William St...
Saying goodbye to analog TV (01/12/08)
When television programming switched to color in the 1950s, you had to buy a new television set to see the colors. When programming changes to digital in 2009, you might not have to do anything. The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 requires all high-power broadcast stations to change from analog to digital broadcasts Feb. 17, 2009, freeing up airwaves for other uses such as emergency frequencies and for government sale to wireless companies...
Police arrest suspect in New Year's Eve shooting (01/12/08)
Cape Girardeau police arrested Shemiah L. Carter, 26, of Cape Girardeau, in connection with a shooting that occurred New Year's Eve at Rhodes 101 on South Sprigg Street. Carter allegedly shot Ushami Trawick in the chest while in the parking lot of the gas station. He faces charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Bond has been set at $200,000...
Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Alexander County (01/12/08)
Alexander County-The Illinois State Police continue to investigat a single car wreck that occurred during the early morning hours Friday, leaving one dead. The vehicle, a 1998 Lincoln, was traveling southbound on Illinois State Route 3, approximately two miles south of Illinois Route 127, according to a news release from the Illinois State police. The Lincoln crossed the northbound lane and left the roadway, striking an embankment and several trees...
Army unveils new name, sniffer vehicle for WMD school (01/12/08)
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- The U.S. Army's school for fighting chemical threats unveiled a new name Friday to reflect a broader focus on weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. Army Chemical School formally changed its name to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School...
Charges expected in animal seizure (01/12/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Charges are expected in connection with 48 animals rescued from a licensed veterinarian in Southeast Missouri. Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder said 45 dogs, a cat and two cockatiels were seized Friday from the vet, who is being evaluated...
Boone County judge sets aside license suspension for state senator with DWI (01/12/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A judge has reinstated the driving privileges of state Sen. Chuck Graham less than three months after the Columbia Democrat was charged with drunken driving. After a brief hearing Thursday in Boone County Associate Circuit Court, Graham's attorney said the mandatory driver's license suspension had been set aside. Under an agreement between his lawyer and prosecutors, Graham's driving privileges were restored...
St. Louis lawmaker pleads guilty to federal charge (01/12/08)
ST. LOUIS -- State Rep. John Bowman, a Democrat from St. Louis, pleaded guilty Friday to his role in a bank and credit-card fraud scheme. Bowman, who was in the Capitol halls this week for the legislative session's opening, pleaded guilty to bribing a bank officer, a misdemeanor. He faces up to one year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines...
Bush administration, states face off in fight over ID security act (01/12/08)
WASHINGTON -- Millions of air travelers may find going through airport security much more complicated this spring, as the Bush administration heads toward a showdown with state governments over post-Sept. 11 rules for new driver's licenses. By May, the dispute could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes, but privacy advocates called that a hollow threat by federal officials...
Delta officials tightlipped on meeting dealing with consolidation (01/12/08)
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. officials were mum Friday on the outcome of a board meeting at which executives could get the green light to enter formal talks with two competitors about a combination. Asked if the meeting in New York had been completed, board member Walter Massey responded, "I can't talk about that." He then hung up the phone...
Mannequin used as reminder to slow drivers down stolen from police car (01/12/08)
LACEY, Wash. -- Sure, Trevor was a dummy, but police want him back -- and whoever stole the uniformed mannequin from a patrol car could face felony charges. Trevor, outfitted with sunglasses and a uniform, routinely sat in a Lacey police car for a couple of hours at a time as a reminder to motorists to slow at key places in this town north of the state capital of Olympia. On Friday, police said, the driver's side window was broken and Trevor was nowhere to be found...
Bush administration, states face off in fight over ID security act (01/12/08)
WASHINGTON -- Residents of at least 17 states are suddenly stuck in the middle of a fight between the Bush administration and state governments over post-Sept. 11 security rules for driver's licenses -- a dispute that, by May, could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes or enter federal buildings...
Bank of America makes deal to buy Countrywide for $4.1 billion in stock (01/12/08)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a career defined by blockbuster deals, Bank of America chief executive Ken Lewis has taken his biggest gamble yet with an attempt to rescue the country's biggest mortgage lender, Countrywide Financial. Lewis may have become a market savior by buying the troubled Countrywide for about $4 billion in stock, and keeping the industry and regulators from the messy task of cleaning up the bankruptcy of a company that is servicing 9 million U.S. home loans worth $1.5 trillion...
San Francisco files papers to inspect property seized from tiger attack victims (01/12/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Personal property seized from the victims of a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo may contain evidence that they taunted the animal, provoking it to escape its pen, the city attorney's office argued in court documents. City officials believe that cell phones, clothing and the car belonging to the three victims could offer proof that they were intoxicated and threw objects into the tiger enclosure shortly before the maulings, according to documents filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court.. ...
Former track star sentenced to six months in prison (01/12/08)
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Marion Jones said she was scared. She said she was sorry. With a catch in her voice, she said her young sons needed her. "I ask you to be as merciful as a human being can be," she implored the judge. To no avail. The former Olympic track gold medalist was sentenced to six months in prison Friday for lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check-fraud scam...
San Francisco Zoo officials detail two animal security incidents since tiger attack (01/12/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Since a tiger escaped its pen and killed a person, a snow leopard has ripped a small opening in its wire cage and workers have had to dart a polar bear to goad it into its night enclosure, San Francisco Zoo officials said Friday. A nearly 100-pound snow leopard managed to rip a 4-inch hole in its wire mesh cage Thursday afternoon and got part of its head and paw out, zoo officials said. ...
Problems noted at D.C. home where girls were found dead (01/12/08)
WASHINGTON -- A woman found in her home with the decomposing bodies of her four daughters was suspected by a social worker of holding one of the girls hostage as early as April, city officials said Friday. An investigation into the family was closed weeks later because child and family welfare officials thought the family had moved to Maryland -- even though authorities there couldn't locate the family...
New York clones long-standing trees as part of plan to add a million more to city (01/12/08)
NEW YORK -- Squat, homely, dwarfed by stately oaks and poplars, and unnoticed by the tourists passing in horse-drawn carriages, it's a tree that only birds and nut-hungry squirrels could love. But the 100-year-old European beech on Central Park's Cherry Hill was the center of attention Thursday, chosen by city officials as the first of 25 "historical" trees to be cloned as part of a plan to add a million new trees to public spaces over the next decade...
Scientists: Asteroid unlikely to hit Mars (01/12/08)
PASADENA, Calif. -- The possibility of a collision between Mars and an approaching asteroid has been effectively ruled out, according to scientists watching the space rock. Tracking measurements of asteroid 2007 WD5 taken from four observatories have greatly reduced uncertainties about its Jan. 30 close approach to Mars so that the odds of impact have dropped to 1 in 10,000, the Near-Earth Object Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a posting on its Web site Thursday...
Iraq sees first snow in memory (01/12/08)
BAGHDAD -- The flakes melted quickly. But the smiles, wonder and excited story-swapping went on throughout the day: It snowed in Baghdad. The morning flurry Friday was the first in memory in the heart of the Iraqi capital. Perhaps more significant, however, was the rare ripple of delight through a city snarled by army checkpoints, divided by concrete walls and ravaged by sectarian killings...
Bush's Mideast tripcontinues to Kuwait amid lowered hopes (01/12/08)
KUWAIT CITY -- The United States dampened hopes Friday for swift agreement on a Mideast peace deal, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautioned against expecting a "blinding flash" of Arab backing for cooperation with Israel, their historic enemy...
Stalemate makes Yemenis largest group at Guantanamo (01/12/08)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The number of men held at Guantanamo Bay is declining rapidly, but there is no way out for most of the Yemeni detainees because their homeland's government and Washington are mired in a diplomatic impasse over security concerns...
Democratic activist meets with leaders in Myanmar (01/12/08)
YANGON, Myanmar -- Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with a representative of the ruling junta Friday for the first time in nearly two months, the government announced. Following the brutal suppression of anti-regime demonstrations last fall, Western nations and the United Nations have pressed the military to open a sustained dialogue with Suu Kyi to bring about democratic reforms...
Jackson downs Notre Dame with late shot (01/12/08)
There is something about Notre Dame that brings out the best in Jackson's Jake Leet. For the second time in two weeks, Leet burned the Bulldogs. This time the fire was especially hot. Leet, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, swished a jumper from about 17 feet away with 8 seconds remaining Friday night, lifting the Indians past the host Bulldogs 65-63...
Oran defeats St. Vincent 64-54 (01/12/08)
ORAN -- Oran senior Cody Romas admitted that his teammate Kody Campbell struggled offensively against St. Vincent for much of Friday night. But Romas added that Campbell, who averages a little more than 20 points per game, picked up his shooting and intensity when it mattered most...
Johnson leads Scott County Central past Charleston (01/12/08)
CHARLESTON -- Scott County Central showed on Friday that it has done something to fix that leaky baseline in its full-court press. The Braves won their fifth straight game, dominating defending Class 3 state champion Charleston 75-70 after limiting the Bluejays to 43 points through three quarters...
Sikeston breezes past Scott City 63-36 (01/12/08)
Sikeston opened a 20-point lead at halftime and never let up Friday. The Bulldogs ran away with a 63-36 victory against Scott City in a boys basketball showdown. Sherwin Jones hit five 3-pointers for Sikeston. Shae Simmons, who hit three 3-pointers, led the Rams with 11...
Redhawks duel Govs for first in OVC (01/12/08)
It has been a decade since the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team last won at Austin Peay. Southeast coach Scott Edgar figures that's long enough. "I like to think you can win somewhere at least every 10 years," Edgar said. "I think it's our time."...
Southeast women try to extend road streak (01/12/08)
After playing three of its past four Ohio Valley Conference games on the road, the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team faces three more OVC road contests. The way the season has gone so far, maybe that's not such a bad thing. Southeast (9-6, 4-2) is 1-2 in OVC games at the Show Me Center, while the Redhawks sport a 3-0 league record away from home...
Fasting for the hungry (01/12/08)
While most area residents are enjoying a Saturday morning breakfast, seven members of the youth group of the First Church of God are really hungry right about now. At noon Friday, the teens and young adults stopped eating and won't eat again until 30 hours have passed. ...
Briefly (01/12/08)
Briefly Father's Arms church features guest speaker The Rev. Ron McKinley of Jackson will be the guest minister Sunday at 10 a.m. at Father's Arms Fellowship, 1400 Main St. in Scott City. McKinley is a native of Scott City and graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Okla., in 1976. His message, "Breakthrough," aims to inspire and revitalize faith in this new year. A continental breakfast and fellowship will begin at 9:30 a.m...
Integrity affects our characters and the confidence of the people around us (01/12/08)
In early 2006 I had the privilege to work alongside a pastor who was a well-seasoned statesman. The tip of the iceberg of this gentleman's character and competence was his exemplary integrity. He went to great lengths to protect his integrity, preferring inconvenience over compromise...
In guilt or innocence, presence counts the most (01/12/08)
One of the most challenging times in my life was a year spent as student chaplain in the old St. Louis City Jail. Each day I entered the lockup I was frisked. I had to wear a clerical collar at all times so as to be immediately identifiable in case of trouble on any of the tiers (cellblock sections); it was, after all, a maximum-security facility...
Ringo Starr in Liverpool to headline Capital of Culture opening spectacular (01/12/08)
LIVERPOOL, England -- With a little help from his friends, ex-Beatle Ringo Starr returned home Friday to kick-start Liverpool's year in the spotlight as a European Capital of Culture. Starr will join Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart in headlining a huge outdoor concert, featuring about 600 local musicians, aerial performers and children...
Tom Long (01/12/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Tom Long, 61, of Houston, formerly of Advance, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Houston. Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Spencer Vickery (01/12/08)
Spencer Lee Vickery, 2, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 17, 2005, in Sarasota, Fla., son of Matthew Ray Fuller and Aleacia S. Vickery. Survivors include his father of Cape Girardeau, his mother of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; half brother, Tristen Vickery of Poplar Bluff; grandparents, Rebecca Jones of Covington, La., Ronald Vickery of Poplar Bluff, Randy Fuller of Brussels, Ill., and Valerie Smith of Cape Girardeau...
Wilma Stokes (01/12/08)
Wilma Stokes, 92, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James McClintock (01/12/08)
James McClintock, 83, of Scott City died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Alberta Swingle Crowe (01/12/08)
Alberta Pointer Swingle Crowe, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born Jan. 9, 1918, in Columbia, Mo., daughter of Leon Royce Pointer and Mary Frances Langston Eure Pointer. She and Morley G. Swingle were married July 21, 1942. He died July 10, 1964. She and Samuel Howard Crowe Jr. were married Jan. 8, 1969. He died Jan. 25, 1972...
Margaret Petty (01/12/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Margaret Anne Petty, 74, of Anna died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born Dec. 20, 1933, in Anna, daughter of Corliss Don and Bertha Marie Corbitt Keller. She and Frank Lyle Petty were married May 11, 1951, in Anna...
Kai and Kaden Hexamer (01/12/08)
Kai Martin and Kaden Douglas Hexamer, twin sons of Douglas Scott and Krystal Kay Martin Hexamer of Cape Girardeau, were stillborn Monday, Jan. 7, and Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, respectively, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Survivors include their parents; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Eva Hexamer of DeSoto, Ill.; maternal grandparents, Dianne Martin of Monona, Iowa, and Kermit Martin of Waterville, Iowa; uncles, Brian Hexamer of Creve Coeur, Ill., Jeff Hexamer of Folkston, Ga.; aunts, Katrina Bigler of Carbondale, Ill., Kolleen Thomas of Las Vegas, Jessica Martin of McGregor, Iowa; and several cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles.. ...
Millie Shreckengost (01/12/08)
Amelda "Millie" Shreckengost, 85, of St. Louis died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at Delmar Gardens Nursing Center in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 23, 1922, at Leopold, Mo., daughter of Gerhard and Anna Thele Vandeven. She married Maurice Shreckengost, who died June 23, 1983...
Cletus Heisserer (01/12/08)
KELSO, Mo. -- Cletus L. Heisserer, 71, of Richmond Heights, Mo., died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. He was born Feb. 2, 1936, at Kelso, son of August and Rosalia Glastetter Heisserer. He married the former Ernestine C. Klingler. Heisserer served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956...
Ettilee Westfall (01/12/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ettilee Westfall, 85, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 11, 1922, in Leechville, Ark., daughter of the late Harvey and Dora Holder. she married Flavel Westfall Feb. 20, 1940, at Benton, Mo. He survives of the home...
Dorothy Cooper (01/12/08)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Dorothy Cooper, 82, of Camden, S.C., formerly of Alexander County, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Kershaw County Medical Center in Camden. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.
Births 1/12/08 (01/12/08)
Landewee; Metzger; Sloper; Adams; Berry; Engelen
Police report 1/12/08 (01/12/08)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau police department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Harry D. Sloan, 17, 523 N. Middle St., was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, minor in possession by consumption and stealing...
Fire report 1/12/08 (01/12/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Thursday: n At 3:20 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of Amethyst Street. n At 3:54 p.m., an alarm sounding at 208 Linda St. n At 4:29 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Mount Auburn Road...
Out of the past 1/12/08 (01/12/08)
A request that the Cape Girardeau School District initiate a high school soccer program was made to the board of education last night by the Cape Girardeau Youth Soccer Association; Howard Aslinger, incoming president of that organization, said it would like to see a soccer program on both the senior and junior high school levels...
Clear the air (01/12/08)
By John Elliott The Missouri Bar recently voted to spend $500,000 on a political campaign to oppose efforts to modernize Missouri's process for selecting judges. They will likely paint this as an "educational" project, but it is really a campaign to prevent the judicial selection process from being opened to the press and the public, which would seriously dilute their influence. ...
Looking for answers (01/12/08)
Without rehashing the particulars of the shooting incident that led to then-16-year-old Jonathan McClard's arrest and sentencing to a 30-year prison term, suffice to say that the McClard family has, in recent weeks, endured a tragedy that most of us cannot begin to imagine, including being notified by Missouri prison officials that their son had committed suicide in his cell as he was about to be transferred to the adult correctional facility in Charleston, Mo...
Speak Out 1/12/08 (01/12/08)
Painless executions?; Let students decide; Wonderful tour; Don't annex us; Tragically wrong; Brighter future; Cigarette taxes; We don't want him; Complain to Congress; Secret investigation; The ugly side; Locking the doors; Heart goes out; Precious children; Matter of time; Blocking the street; Legislative plan
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