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Stories from Friday, March 14, 2008

Krajcir says he's upset with Mt. Vernon, Ill., police (03/14/08)
McCaskill coming to Cape Girardeau Tuesday (03/14/08)
18 counties will receive federal disaster aid (03/14/08)
Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr was relieved to learn that federal aid is on the way. On Feb. 29, Gov. Matt Blunt issued a formal request for federal aid to help 18 Missouri counties clobbered by ice storms that swept the state between Feb. 10 and 14. On Wednesday, he learned that aid was approved. Blunt's office announced the decision Thursday. Initial estimates put damage to public infrastructure at $13.8 million...
Man convicted of courthouse terror threats charged with statutory sodomy (03/14/08)
Duane Haffner, 24, of Jackson was arrested Tuesday in connection with statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl. According to the Jackson police, Haffner admitted to having a sexual relationship with the girl in interviews regarding the allegations against him...
Volunteers to clean Jackson's City Park (03/14/08)
Saturday is the second time volunteers are being invited to help clear Jackson's City Park of ice storm debris. Mayor Barbara Lohr said she plans to be at the park at 9 a.m. February's storms, she said, left more debris than could be cleared on the city's annual park cleaning date, which this year is April 26...
Cape County to get new Web site (03/14/08)
Cape Girardeau County is getting a new Web site. On Thursday, commissioners Larry Bock and Jay Purcell agreed to approve a design proposal from Web design company Element 74. The county will pay $9,500 for the initial design and a $79 monthly fee for maintenance and technical support...
Police arrest 3 in fight Thursday night (03/14/08)
Cape Girardeau police were called Thursday night to the intersection of Hanover and Cousin streets to a break up a fight involving a few dozen people. There were no injuries, but three people were taken into custody, police said. The fight first broke out around 6 p.m. Thursday, died down for a while, then began to start up again about an hour and half later...
Patton bank robber dressed like highway worker, deputy says (03/14/08)
PATTON, Mo. -- The man who robbed a Patton bank at gunpoint Thursday could be a prior offender, said Leo McElrath, chief deputy of the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department. The bank robbery was reported at 9:45 a.m., according to Misty Stevens, a dispatcher with the sheriff's department, who also notified police in Madison, Perry and Cape Girardeau counties. Officers from the FBI also responded...
Krajcir faces 5 new charges (03/14/08)
Sporting orange Cape Girardeau County Jail garb and thick black glasses made of rubber for safety, confessed serial killer Timothy W. Krajcir did not fit the image of a monster who allegedly preyed on Cape Girardeau women during the late 1970s and early 1980s...
Jackson School District has months of construction left (03/14/08)
Jackson school administrators hoped to host the district basketball tournament in a gleaming new gymnasium. But with a three-and-a-half-month construction delay due to weather, games were held elsewhere. Now administrators are crossing their fingers that the Events Center and other buildings will be complete by the start of next school year...
Burke declares St. Louis women who were ordained as priests excommunicated (03/14/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two St. Louis women who were ordained as priests in an organization called Roman Catholic Womenpriests are now declared excommunicated by Archbishop Raymond Burke. Rose Marie Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath were ordained in November, though the process is not recognized by the church, which does not ordain women as priests...
Child falls into protected area around bear exhibit (03/14/08)
ST. LOUIS -- A young girl fell over a protective railing bordering a sun bear exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo, sustaining a minor head injury in the fall. Zoo officials stressed Thursday the child did not fall into the exhibit itself. Zoo spokesman Wyndel Hill says the child, between the ages of 3 and 5, visited the zoo with her mother Wednesday...
Mo. lawmakers propose sales tax break to spur economy (03/14/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- If you're torn over whether to spend or save your federal tax rebate check, Missouri politicians want to give you an extra enticement to go shopping. A House committee on Thursday endorsed legislation that would exempt all items priced at $600 or less from state and local sales taxes on the weekend of June 27 through June 29...
Child-sex offenders in St. Louis face new law (03/14/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The city of St. Louis has a new law that could make it harder for some sex offenders to start a business in the city. The law, approved last month, was signed by Mayor Francis Slay last week. It prohibits people convicted of a sex offense against a minor from opening a business that caters to children...
KC police: Teen mom arrested after kids eat cocaine (03/14/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Police say they arrested a Kansas City teenager after her 2-year-old child and two other toddlers ate crack cocaine. Police say 17-year-old Tasha Cole admitted that she left the children with a friend while she went out to sell drugs earlier this week. Jackson County prosecutors on Thursday charged Cole with four felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child...
Hulshof: No more license office patronage system (03/14/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kenny Hulshof pledged Thursday to abolish the patronage system for state license offices and instead award them by competitive bids. Missouri governors have long picked political supporters to run the potentially lucrative local offices that handle driver's licenses and vehicle registrations. They are called "fee offices" because the contractors get to collect a fee for each transaction...
Jefferson City foster parents aim to reach 500 children (03/14/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Betty Chesnut is aiming for 500. That's not a batting average; that's how many foster children she would like to have opened her home to before she retires. So far, she and her husband Wayne have kept 449 children since 1976, some for an hour and others for up to seven years. They've only had two months in all that time without at least one extra child...
Clinton and Obama campaigns, Michigan discuss do-over primary (03/14/08)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Democrats are close to an agreement with presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama to hold a do-over primary. Party officials and the campaigns negotiated Thursday, and state Democratic leaders were hopeful an agreement could be reached today, said Democratic officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. ...
Sheriff recommends charging boyfriend in case of woman who got stuck to toilet (03/14/08)
NESS CITY, Kan. -- A man should be charged for allowing his girlfriend to sit on their toilet so long that her body became stuck to the seat, the sheriff said Thursday. Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple was among authorities who discovered the woman last month living in the bathroom of a mobile home she shared with her boyfriend, Kory McFarren...
House, Senate endorse budget plans that would allow tax increases, produce surpluses (03/14/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday rejected the idea of renewing many of President Bush's tax cuts as all three major presidential candidates interrupted their campaigns to cast their votes. The House approved a budget blueprint that would raise taxes by $683 billion over the next five years...
Katrina victims complain management company is getting rich on their misery (03/14/08)
NEW ORLEANS -- Two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of miserable homeowners are still waiting for their government rebuilding checks, and many complain they can't even get their calls returned. But the company that holds the big contract to distribute the aid is doing quite well for itself...
Gadgets with pre-installed viruses reach store shelves (03/14/08)
From iPods to navigation systems, some of today's hottest gadgets are landing on store shelves with some unwanted extras from the factory -- pre-installed viruses that steal passwords, open doors for hackers and make computers spew spam. Computer users have been warned for years about virus threats from downloading Internet porn and opening suspicious e-mail attachments. Now they run the risk of picking up a digital infection just by plugging a new gizmo into their PCs...
Body of kidnapped archbishop found in Iraq (03/14/08)
BAGHDAD -- The body of a Chaldean Catholic archbishop was found Thursday in a shallow grave in northern Iraq, two weeks after he was kidnapped by gunmen in one of the most dramatic attacks against the country's small Christian community. The discovery of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho's body came on a day that saw more violence elsewhere in Iraq. ...
Britons hit by 'sin taxes' on smoking, drinking, gas-guzzling cars (03/14/08)
LONDON -- Many Britons were resigning themselves to more puritanical lifestyles Thursday as they faced the prospect of "sin taxes" that will increase the cost of alcohol, cigarettes, gas-guzzling cars and, potentially, plastic bags. "Don't Drink or Drive" trumpeted the Sun newspaper after Treasury chief Alistair Darling unveiled the measures Wednesday in the government's annual spending plan...
Cross-border fire from U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan kills civilians in Pakistan (03/14/08)
TANGRAI, Pakistan -- U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan fired across the border into Pakistan in a strike targeting Taliban militants, and the Pakistani army said Thursday that civilians were killed. The attack illustrates Washington's concern the Taliban and al-Qaida are using Pakistan's lawless frontier as a base for attacks in Afghanistan...
Tibetan exiles arrested for marching in protest begin hunger strike (03/14/08)
DEHRA, India -- More than 100 Tibetan exiles began a hunger strike Thursday after police in northern India dragged them away from a six-month march to their homeland to protest China's hosting of the Olympic Games. The demonstrators had vowed to march from India to Tibet to coincide with the start of the Aug. ...
Burger bucket helps Delta snuff Eagles' surge in second half (03/14/08)
COLUMBIA -- After Delta's sizzling first half produced 28 points and an 11-point lead against a team whose defense had been dominant this season, the second half was shaping up a little differently. Previously unbeaten Meadville had closed to within five with less than a minute to play in the third period, and nearly came up with another defensive stop. ...
Jefferson handles pressure better than Braves (03/14/08)
The diameter of the rim and the size of the basketball never change. But pressure changes everything. For Scott County Central, a team that thrived all year putting defensive pressure on other teams, crunch time in Thursday's Class 1 state semifinal game against Jefferson was an occasion when the rims were tighter than normal...
Bobcats must deal with Cairo's Roberts in title game (03/14/08)
COLUMBIA -- If Delta coach Randy White needed some extra scouting for today's Class 1 girls basketball state championship game, it came in the form of a double overtime semifinal. And he got an eyeful from Brandie Roberts, the 6-foot forward who scored a career-high 41 points to lead Cairo Northeast past Macks Creek 68-61 on Thursday at Mizzou Arena...
Delta girls hand first loss to Meadville, reach Class 1 title game (03/14/08)
COLUMBIA -- Delta's Sarah Keys knew much was at stake, including family bragging rights, when she took the court Thursday morning with her Bobcats team in a Class 1 state semifinal contest against undefeated Meadville. Keys' mother, Mary Ann (Glaus) Keys, was a member of the 1980 Delta team, which was the last and only Bobcats team to play in the Class 1 title game, finishing second in the state...
Braves' pressure defense may mean trouble for Fair Play (03/14/08)
COLUMBIA -- The Fair Play boys basketball team committed 21 turnovers in its 54-42 loss to Glasgow in the second Class 1 semifinal boys basketball game Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Now the Hornets will have to brace for Scott County Central's defensive pressure...
Braves will have to wait for 13th title in Class 1 (03/14/08)
COLUMBIA -- Scott County coach Ronnie Cookson calmly said sometimes free throws bounce in and other times they do not after his team's Class 1 semifinal loss to Jefferson on Thursday. The Braves, trailing by two points with 1.5 seconds remaining, had their second-leading scorer, senior guard D.D. Gillespie, on the free-throw line with a chance to tie the game and possibly send it into overtime...
MU falls in first round of Big 12 tournament (03/14/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Aleks Maric had 17 points and 13 rebounds and muscled inside to make a key block in the final seconds to lead Nebraska past Missouri 61-56 on Thursday night in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. Maric, a 6-foot-11 senior, moved past Tyronn Lue and Erick Strickland into sixth place on the school's career scoring charts with his 38th double-double in a conference game, the most by any active Big 12 player...
Redhawks baseball opens weekend road series against Memphis (03/14/08)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team will try to get back on the winning track against a NCAA tournament squad from last season. Memphis earned its first regional berth since 1994, nabbing an at-large bid out of Conference USA after going 36-27 last year...
Pitching-needy Cards reach deal with Lohse (03/14/08)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals strengthened their thin rotation Thursday, reaching a preliminary agreement with pitcher Kyle Lohse on a $4.25 million, one-year contract. General manager John Mozeliak said the 29-year-old Lohse was flying in from California and would undergo a physical today at the team's spring training site. The exam is unlikely to include pitching because Lohse threw a 75-pitch bullpen session Wednesday...
Couples, Henry lead at Bay Hill (03/14/08)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Fred Couples made four birdies in his opening six holes, shot 5-under 65, and golf finally felt fun. Tiger Woods couldn't hit the green with a wedge, struggled to shoot even par, and he finally looked human. The Arnold Palmer Invitational delivered a few surprises Thursday, none bigger than the 48-year-old Couples booming tee shots, taking only 23 putts and finishing atop the leaderboard with J.J. Henry...
Mets trim Cards in 10 innings (03/14/08)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Carlos Beltran played center field for the first time since offseason arthroscopic surgery on both knees in a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday in 10 innings. Beltran went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and a walk and was lifted after batting in the fifth...
Pujols confident he can dodge elbow surgery (03/14/08)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Albert Pujols is confident he can make it through another season, and maybe even the rest of his career, without needing reconstructive surgery for an elbow that's hampered him off and on since 2003. The St. Louis Cardinals will do their part to keep their star in the lineup, promising plenty of rest that will allow him to keep building his Hall of Fame resume. They're easing him into the season, too. Pujols played in his 10th spring game Wednesday, with five games off...
neXt up 3/14/08 (03/14/08)
FRIDAY New movies: "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who" Rated G, running time 1 hr 28 mins @ Town Plaza Cinema "Never Back Down" Rated PG-13, running time 1 hr 46 mins @ Town Plaza Cinema "Doomsday" Rated R, running time 1 hr 45 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine...
Band of local high school students creates its own music venue (03/14/08)
In Adam Hillis' basement, Heartdown band members debate their style. One says they're punk rock. No, another argues, songs are more hard core, heavy. "It's alternative rock and kind of acoustic stuff," said Andrew Reed, the singer and songwriter...
Who's neXt 3/14/08 (03/14/08)
SCHOLARSHIPS Kyle Gilhaus of Cape Girardeau and Wesley Weber of Jackson have been awarded a MAP Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University next year. Kimberlie Hester of Chaffee, Mo., and Olimjon Mardanov of Cape Girardeau have been awarded a Missouri Leadership Award and a MAP Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University next school year...
Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett donates $1 million to Alzheimer's research (03/14/08)
LONDON -- Terry Pratchett said Thursday he is donating $1 million for research into Alzheimer's, the disease he was diagnosed with last year. The best-selling fantasy writer said it's "a shock and a shame" that less money was spent on Alzheimer's research than on fighting cancer. His donation will go to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, a British charity...
Stocks rebound from steep drop as S&P forecasts end is near for asset write-downs (03/14/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street rebounded from an early plunge to finish moderately higher Thursday, after Standard & Poor's predicted financial companies are nearing the end of the massive asset write-downs that have devastated the stock and credit markets...
Odean Harper (03/14/08)
Odean Harper Odean Harper, 81, of Oak Ridge died Thursday, March 13, 2008, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Robert Freeman (03/14/08)
Robert Freeman Robert Wyatt Freeman, 66, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 10, 2008, at his home. He was born July 3, 1941, in Broken Bow, Okla., son of Eldon T. and Classie Pruitt Freeman. He and Charlene Bohart were married Aug. 4, 1969. Freeman received a doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1968. He began his career as an associate professor of physics at Southeast Missouri State University in 1968, retiring in 1995...
William Crumpecker (03/14/08)
William Crumpecker William Curtis Crumpecker, 84, of Union, Mo., died Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Survivors include his wife, Alma; two sons, Curtis Crumpecker Jr. of Union, Eric Crumpecker of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Mary Steinhoff and Janie Pickett of Union; a sister, Margaret Huff of Orange, Texas; and eight grandchildren...
Clarence Hopper (03/14/08)
Clarence Hopper Clarence J. "Doots" Hopper, 102, of Rosehill, Kan., died Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at Lake Point of Rosehill. He was born Oct. 27, 1905, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Louis T. and Mary E. Tenkhoff Hopper. He and Floy Finley were married Sept. 12, 1927, in Anna, Ill. She died Jan. 18, 2000...
William Hopkins (03/14/08)
William Hopkins BENTON, Ill. -- William Franklin Hopkins, 72, of Benton, formerly of Alexander County, Ill., died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Southgate Health Care Center in Metropolis, Ill. He was born Sept. 13, 1935, in Alexander County, son of William Roy and Vesta V. Benefield Hopkins...
Michael Holland (03/14/08)
Michael Holland Michael Thomas Holland passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, in Lexington, S.C., after a brief illness. He had just turned 62 years old Jan. 24, 2008. He was born in Cape Girardeau to William Lester "Red" and Grace Louise Brucher Holland...
Fire report 3/14/08 (03/14/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 5:49 p.m., an illegal burn at 1423 N. Main St. n At 6:13 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of North Mount Auburn Road. n At 7:26 p.m., an alarm deactivation at 319 Park Drive...
Police report 3/14/08 (03/14/08)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau police department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Kelly C. Lenz, 19, of St. Louis was arrested on a probation violation warrant for being an absconder. n August G. Jones, 31, of 210 S. Hanover St., Apt. 8, was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended operator's license...
Out of the past 3/14/08 (03/14/08)
25 years ago: March 14, 1983 R.O. Hawkins of Jackson, former superintendent of the Jackson School District, dies at Deal Nursing Home; Hawkins, 79, was a teacher and administrator in the Jackson schools for 39 years. By virtue of their 74-69 defeat of Central Missouri State in the finals of the South-Central Regional on Saturday at Houck Field House, the Southeast Missouri State Indians advanced to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals; they will next play Bakersfield (Calif.) State College...
Sinkholes lure visitors from far, far away (03/14/08)
Those sinkholes in south Cape Girardeau have a lot of folks scratching their heads, and a bunch of them are so-called experts. Sinkholes come in all shapes and sizes. Some are just big enough to swallow a good-sized teenager. Others would accommodate a good-sized house...
Dinosaur on display (03/14/08)
There's a bit of excitement in Marble Hill today. At 1 p.m. a full-sized replica of what is being called the Missouri dinosaur is scheduled to be unveiled at the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History. The 30-foot replica of Hypsibema missouriense, a duck-billed dinosaur, is based on fossils found by Dan Stewart in 1942 near Glenallen in Bollinger County. ...
Speak Out 3/14/08 (03/14/08)
The media's role REGARDING THE handling of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's alleged involvement in the prostituting ring: A quick read of the liberal media finds none of the newspapers or television stations clamored for Spitzer to resign. Some suggested he didn't need to. That's a clear example of what conservatives are always concerned about when it comes to the media. The job of the media is to report. It isn't to change elections...
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