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Stories from Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cities, ministry make progress on debris (03/15/08)
The Southern Baptist Chainsaw Ministry will finish clearing storm debris from all but two local homes' yards today. The Rev. John Rhodes, New Bethel Baptist Church pastor, coordinated teams of workers, who helped elderly and low-income people clear their lots...
Some Patton residents rethink safety (03/15/08)
PATTON, Mo. -- Police are still searching for the man who robbed a Patton bank at gunpoint Thursday morning, according to Leo McElrath, chief deputy of the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department. The Patton community is rethinking their sense of safety, according to Lance Green of Green's Garden in Patton. His store is the next business over from the Security Bank and Trust that was burglarized...
Future of SEMO's nursing plan up in air (03/15/08)
The future of expansion plans to Southeast Missouri State University's nursing department, designed to address a nursing shortage in the state, is uncertain after legislative action this week. The university requested $1.12 million from the state to hire staff, develop an accelerated nursing program and create online classes. Gov. Matt Blunt scaled the request back to $426,624 in his budget recommendation...
Dinosaur replica unveiled at Bollinger County museum (03/15/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bollinger County's life-size dinosaur replica was greeted by a room full of community members eager to see it. Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, was the guest speaker for the Friday afternoon event at the Bollinger County Natural History Museum...
Confessed killer says wrong man was convicted for Illinois crime (03/15/08)
Confessed serial killer and rapist Timothy Krajcir began admitting his crimes to police several months ago. Now, apparently upset that a different man was wrongfully convicted in a Mount Vernon, Ill., attempted murder case, Krajcir is taking his claims to the media...
Three excommunicated for women's ordination (03/15/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Archbishop Raymond Burke has declared three women excommunicated for participating in a women's ordination that is forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church. Two of the women -- Rose Marie Hudson of Festus and Elsie McGrath of St. Louis -- were ordained as priests in November as part of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement that began in 2002...
Results of Washington D.C.'s 32-year handgun ban unclear (03/15/08)
WASHINGTON -- On Sept. 24, 1976, one of the toughest gun laws in the nation took effect in the District of Columbia, essentially outlawing the private ownership of new handguns in a city struggling with violence. Over the next few weeks, a man with a .32-caliber pistol held up workers at a downtown federal office at midday, a cab driver was shot in the head, and a senator was mugged by three youths, one carrying a revolver, near the U.S. Capitol...
Ala. retirement home tries second renovation to remove swastika shape (03/15/08)
DECATUR, Ala. -- From the ground, the Wesley Acres Methodist retirement home looks like any other building. But fly over in an airplane, and the outline is unmistakable: It's one big swastika. Prompted by complaints from a Jewish activist, the agency that owns the government-funded building is planning to alter its shape to disguise the Nazi symbol. The move comes just a few years after a $1 million design modification meant to quiet similar complaints from a U.S. senator...
Hospitalized man awake, talking for first time since ricin found at motel (03/15/08)
LAS VEGAS -- A man who may have been exposed to toxic ricin in his motel room a month ago has regained consciousness and was being questioned by investigators, authorities said Friday. Roger Bergendorff, 57, remained in critical condition in a hospital, where he has been since Feb. 14. Several vials of ricin powder were found in his room two weeks later...
Md. high court refuses to hear sniper's appeal for new trial (03/15/08)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's highest court on Friday rejected convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad's request for a new trial. The Court of Appeals decision was posted on its Web site, but the judges didn't offer a written ruling. Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were sentenced to life in prison in Maryland for the October 2002 sniper shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in that state, Virginia and the District of Columbia...
Pentagon: Top al-Qaida figure captured, taken to Gitmo (03/15/08)
WASHINGTON -- After secret interrogations, the CIA transferred to U.S. military cust­ody a high-level al-Qaida figure who helped Osama bin Laden escape from Afghanistan in 2001, the Pentagon announced Friday. Mohammad Rahim was detained last summer, CIA director Michael Hayden said, but the intelligence official didn't reveal where or by whom. ...
Trial lawyer dubbed 'King of Torts' pleads guilty to trying to bribe Mississippi judge (03/15/08)
JACKSON, Miss. -- Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, the legendary trial lawyer who made Big Business tremble every time he set foot in court, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to bribe a judge -- a crime that could send him to prison and spell the end of his storied legal career...
Happy days return to SCC with third-place win (03/15/08)
COLUMBIA -- The Scott County Central boys basketball team left Mizzou Arena with a win Friday afternoon. It wasn't quite the one they wanted. But in the program's first final four appearance since a 1994 state runner-up finish, the third-place finish in Class 1 would have to suffice...
Cookson's plans for 2008-09 season not definite (03/15/08)
COLUMBIA -- The Scott County Central boys basketball team may have the talent to return to the state's final four in the near future, but it is not certain who will be coaching the team. Ronnie Cookson, who came out of a long retirement last year to take the helm, no longer is adamant that he will not coach the team next year...
Braves' all-state forward departs on winning note (03/15/08)
COLUMBIA -- Senior Caleb Johnson pulled down four rebounds in his final high school game, while freshman Otto Porter finished with 11. Consider Friday's Class 1 state third-place game a changing of the guard. Johnson, who earned first-team all-state honors last year, led Scott County Central in rebounds this season, averaging 7.7 boards per game. But that's partly because Porter didn't move into the starting lineup until later in the season...
Delta girls forced to settle for second in Class 1 (03/15/08)
COLUMBIA -- The Delta girls basketball team waited until the wrong time for its worst first-quarter performance of the season. The Bobcats were shut out 14-0 by Cairo Northeast in the first period of the Class 1 championship game Friday afternoon. They failed to score their first basket until almost 9 minutes into the contest, and were routed by the Cats 54-32 at Mizzou Arena...
Bearcats show more than just Roberts (03/15/08)
COLUMBIA -- The Delta girls basketball team knew Northeast 6-foot senior Brandie Roberts was a strong shooter. The Bobcats said all they had to do was look at their scouting reports, which revealed that Roberts was the only scorer on the Cats who averaged double digits in points (20.1 points per game)...
Bobcats could not overcome Bearcats' size advantage (03/15/08)
COLUMBIA -- Delta entered Friday's Class 1 championship game against Northeast (Cairo) outscoring its opponents by an average of nearly 20 points per contest. Still, Northeast had its way against the Bobcats, outscoring them 14-0 in the first quarter before beating them 54-32 to claim the title...
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD Groves turns in All-American effort (03/15/08)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Scott City High School graduate Loren Groves repeated as an All-American on Friday during the NCAA indoor track and field championships. Groves, a Kansas State junior, placed sixth in the 20-pound weight throw on the University of Arkansas campus...
Smith wins heat, qualifies for NCAA 400 final (03/15/08)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Miles Smith appears to be in a strong position to make a run at an NCAA title. Smith, Southeast Missouri State's senior 400-meter standout, won his heat and tied for the third-fastest time Friday during the preliminaries at the NCAA indoor track and field championships on the University of Arkansas campus...
Redhawks baseball outlasts Memphis (03/15/08)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It took almost five hours, but the Southeast Missouri State baseball team finally outlasted the University of Memphis. Southeast pushed across an unearned run in the top of the 14th inning to post a 9-8 victory in Friday night's opener of a three-game series that lasted 4 hours, 50 minutes...
New beginnings, new services (03/15/08)
In the beginning, there was a committee. Facing dwindling membership and attendance, many churches are looking for ways to attract people to worship. Many are adding contemporary services that incorporate a less formal, less traditional atmosphere. Two local churches are beginning contemporary services soon: Grace United Methodist Church begins its Journey Worship at 11:15 a.m. ...
Pamela Littleton (03/15/08)
Pamela Jean Littleton, 37, of Oak Ridge died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 7, 1970, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Robert "Bob" and Nancy Mae Kent Littleton. Survivors include her mother of Cape Girardeau; five brothers, Joe and David Littleton of Cape Girardeau, Tim Littleton of Oak Ridge, Roger Littleton of Scott City, James Littleton of Farmington, Mo.; three sisters, Cheryl Smith of Cape Girardeau, Rhonda Sauerbrunn of Jackson and Becky Puchbauer of Uniontown, Mo.. ...
Carolyn Curley (03/15/08)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Carolyn S. Curley, 43, of Cairo, formerly of Mound City, Ill., died Friday, March 14, 2008, at Daystar Care Center. She was born March 18, 1964, in Cairo, daughter of Robert William and Mary Ann Foster Mitchell. Curley attended Barlow Baptist Church in Barlow, Ky...
Layton Keller (03/15/08)
Layton H. Keller, 83, of Jackson died Friday, March 14, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Walter Lessley (03/15/08)
Walter L. Lessley, 68, of Princeville, Ill., formerly of Millersville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe, Ill. He was born Sept. 15, 1939, at Delta, son of Dale and Ruby Allen Lessley. He and Glenda Austin were married Aug. 30, 1970, in Jackson...
Odean Harper (03/15/08)
Odean "Deanie" Harper, 81, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008, at her home in Jackson. She was born Feb. 7, 1927, in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., to Arley and Mary Ellen Butler Woodham. She and Glen Harper were married April 16, 1960, and would have celebrated their 48th anniversary this April...
Births (03/15/08)
Oliver Daughter to Jamel R. Oliver and Makenzie L. Cartwright of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008. Name, Jaelyn Marie. Weight, 7 pounds, 9 ounces. First child. Ms. Cartwright is the daughter of Toni Cartwright and John Abernathy and Bill and Libbi Cartwright, all of Scott City. She is employed with Scott City School District. Oliver is the son of Ted and Valerie Oliver of Altamonte Springs, Fla. He is employed by AT&T...
Police (03/15/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Property damage n Davis Glass, 215 Bessie St., reported damage to a sign. n Arena Golf, 2901 Hawthorne Road, reported damage to poles...
Fire (03/15/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 4:08 p.m., a citizen assist in the 1400 block of South West End Boulevard. n At 6:25 p.m., a citizen assist in the 600 block of South West End Boulevard...
Out of the past (03/15/08)
25 years ago: March 15, 1983 Robert A. Dempster, a prominent Sikeston, Mo., lawyer and a major benefactor of Southeast Missouri State University, has been named president of the newly formed Southeast Missouri State University Foundation. The Cape Girardeau City Council set a public hearing for March 28 to discuss converting Broadway to two-way traffic between Pacific and Lorimier streets; last fall, in response to public appeals, the council voted to change the street from one-way traffic; but as the deadline nears, more people say they want additional discussion of the issue.. ...
Changes are needed to provide protection (03/15/08)
By Robert Fulton More than three months have passed since the Moshiri family tragedy in Jackson. It is vital that lessons be learned from those events so there is less chance of future tragedies of this type. These events raise important questions about the procedures used by the courts, prosecutors, police and community service agencies. It is clear that current procedures do not provide adequate protection and support for families facing potentially dangerous situations...
Ready for disaster (03/15/08)
Here in Southeast Missouri, we never know what's going to hit. A few weeks ago we had the worst ice storm in recent memory. We have tornadoes in the area every year. We can have disastrous floods. We are in an earthquake danger zone. Red Cross officials recommend having a week's worth of supplies, including a gallon of water per person per day. In case of a major disaster like an earthquake, it could take that long for assistance to arrive from the outside...
Story reopens a family's wounds, creates a backlash (03/15/08)
To the editor: In regard to the article "Former Cape Girardeau reserve police officer serving 15 months for wire fraud": Reading this article today is no less hurtful than when my mom and I first learned of my father's wrongdoings. I understand that it is a matter of public record to report such incidents. However, the fact that one of your reporters was assigned the task of writing a full article on it is appalling...
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