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Stories from Monday, April 14, 2008

Passenger van hops curb, crashes into Cape house (04/14/08)
Everyone walked away from a car accident around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 1358 Kingsway Drive that left part of a house demolished and the dog that was home quite traumatized. A green four-door Honda hit the back driver's side of a 15-passenger van at the intersection of Leroy and Kingsway drives, causing the van to fishtail for a few feet and then lose control, according to Sgt. ...
Reynolds House's future may be decided today (04/14/08)
The fate of the historic Reynolds House may be decided today. Members of the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau, which owns the property, will meet in closed session this afternoon to discuss how the building will be used in the future. Possibilities include making the space a coffee house, restaurant, office or antique store...
Prominent Youth, a mentoring program, shut down amid embezzlement accusations at its founder (04/14/08)
Prominent Youth, an entrepreneurial program for teens, has shut down amid accusations its founder embezzled $3 million from his previous employer. Seven students in Southeast Missouri worked for the not-for-profit organization, which pairs youths with mentors to start their own businesses. The program was started in Kansas City in 2005 and expanded to Cape Girardeau in December...
Advocacy group for area children to train new volunteers (04/14/08)
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Missouri will be training a new class of volunteers over the course of the next month. Trained advocates have the power to change the lives of children in the 32nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties. ...
Area events planned to recognize victims of crime, sexual assault (04/14/08)
This week, two related commemorative events cross paths. The month of April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, while the week of April 13 to 19 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Each April since 1981, the Office for Victims of Crime has promoted rallies, candlelight vigils and commemorative activities to promote victims' rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf...
Notre Dame student group to hold dinner (04/14/08)
The Notre Dame Habitat for Humanity student group will be sponsoring a chicken and dumpling dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 21 in the Notre Dame Regional High School cafeteria. The menu also includes green beans, slaw, desserts and drinks. — From staff reports...
Community digest 4/14/08 (04/14/08)
Neighborhood group plans to meet Thursday Neighborhood Connections will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 101 N. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau. During the meeting, Old Town Cape executive director Marla Mills will introduce Jason Coulter, a neighborhood redeveloper. In addition, the group will work Saturday at Friends of the Park Day. The public is invited. For more information, call 651-4567...
As the Lawless investigation progressed, witnesses changed their stories (04/14/08)
Editor's note: In the beginning of 2006, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reopened a case resolved by Missouri courts in 1994. Unconvinced the right man was sent to prison for the murder of a Benton, Mo., college student named Angela Mischelle Lawless, Walter has been investigating old evidence. In less than two months, a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to retry the case. This is the second of three stories detailing old and new aspects of the case...
Ferrellgas accuses former employee of embezzling $3 million (04/14/08)
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ferrellgas Inc. has filed a lawsuit against a former employee, accusing him of embezzling at least $3 million from the propane gas company. Scott J. Beeson, a former manager of Ferrellgas' fleet department at its office in Liberty, is accused in the civil lawsuit of creating fake invoices and pocketing about $3 million. Beeson, who was fired in March, had worked for the company for more than 10 years...
St. Joe girl, 10, rescued by neighbors from house fire (04/14/08)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Neighbors rescue a 10-year-old St. Joseph girl from a house fire that fire officials say erupted when she was home alone. Firefighters were alerted to the fire in the city's Midtown at about 8 a.m. Monday by two boys knocking on the station house door across the street from the burning single-story home. The St. Joseph News-Press said neighbors pulled the girl out a north window...
Mo. Gov. candidate Hulshof threatens vetoes for unfunded mandates (04/14/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican governor's candidate Kenny Hulshof threatens to veto bills imposing unfunded state mandates on local government. Hulshof made his comments while speaking Monday to the Missouri Association of Counties. Rival Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Nixon were to speak to the group later in the day...
Woman's body found under foot bridge in St. Louis County (04/14/08)
FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) -- Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found under a foot bridge in St. Louis County. Police have not released the name of the 37-year-old victim. Neighbors say her mother found the body. The cause of death is not known...
Stun gun used on Mo. middle school student; officer suspended (04/14/08)
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- A school resource officer in suburban St. Louis is suspended with pay after allegedly using a stun gun on a middle school student. The president of the Maplewood-Richmond Heights school board tells KMOV-TV that the incident happened April 3rd at Maplewood Middle School. The student was taken to a hospital as a precaution...
Flooding Gasconade River claims Hartville man (04/14/08)
HARTVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- The second wave of flooding this spring claims a second victim. The Missouri State Water Patrol says 43-year-old Oscar Roberts of Hartville died Friday night. His body was found in the flooded Gasconade River. The Water Patrol's dive team responded after a Chevy Blazer was seen along flooded Highway E. No one was inside but the keys were in the ignition and the driver's window was down...
Talent to advise GOP state lawmakers' election committees (04/14/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent has a new job: help get Republican state lawmakers elected. House and Senate Republican leaders announced Monday that Talent would be their committees' honorary chairman. Talent was defeated in his 2006 re-election bid...
St. Louis brewers compete to create most 'extreme' new beers; companies follow suit (04/14/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Brewers in St. Louis are competing to create the next wave of "extreme" beers, including lemongrass flavored ales and a "barley wine" that contains 10 percent alcohol by volume. The craft brewers say it's getting harder to push the envelope when they create new beers, as the range of brewing creativity and boldness keeps expanding. But that isn't stopping them from trying...
Corps opens spillways on overfilled Mo. lake (04/14/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Relief may be on the horizon for Taney County residents whose homes and businesses flooded earlier this week after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the spillways at Table Rock Dam to lower water levels on a swollen Table Rock Lake...
Mo. behind other states in controlling meth-making ingredients (04/14/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri has long led the nation in meth lab busts. Yet the state has not adopted strict laws for obtaining meth's key ingredient, pseudoephedrine. The laws are credited with helping Oklahoma and Oregon see the biggest declines of meth labs of any states. ...
Mo. teen charged with killing father in home (04/14/08)
Mo. teen charged with killing father in home WASHINGTON, Mo. -- A small-town teenager is charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of his father. KSDK News reports that 19-year-old Adam Seamon was arrested early Saturday for killing his father with a shotgun. ...
Cost of getting driving records about to go up (04/14/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new law that will mean a big increase in the cost of obtaining Missouri driving records has raised concerns among the media. The Missouri Department of Revenue on May 1 will begin charging $7 per driving record. The cost of buying the database of all records will cost more than $28 million. Before, the cost of buying the whole database was about $2,000, according to The Kansas City Star...
Floodwaters recede after Poplar Bluff levee breach (04/14/08)
Floodwaters recede after Poplar Bluff levee breach POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Floodwaters are receding in Southeast Missouri after a levee along the Black River failed for a second time in recent weeks. Butler County fire chief Bob Fredwell said floodwaters had fallen below the level of the levee's breach by Sunday afternoon. ...
Price shopping for health care encouraged by Mo. house plan (04/14/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Whether tens of thousands of lower-income Missourians gain access to health insurance could depend on whether their neighbors are given the chance to shop for doctors like they would a new wide-screen television. A key lawmaker has laid down an ultimatum: There will be no expansion of government-subsidized health care unless patients get more information about how much their medical care will cost...
Ill. landmark 'Car Kabob' auctioned (04/14/08)
BERWYN, Ill. -- A towering sculpture of eight cars made famous in the movie "Wayne's World" is up for sale on eBay. The suburban Chicago landmark is named the Spindle and features cars from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s skewered on a metal spike. Bids open at $50,000, and the auction closes Thursday. The eBay listing says it will cost $100,000 to ship the 50-foot structure...
Mothers from polygamous sect write letter to Texas governor (04/14/08)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- The mothers of children removed from a polygamous sect's ranch in West Texas after an abuse allegation are appealing to Gov. Rick Perry for help, saying some of their children have become sick and even required hospitalization...
Oyster-eating champ slurps down 35 dozen to win New Orleans contest (04/14/08)
NEW ORLEANS -- Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti looked down at the litter of empty oyster shells in front of him and savored the sweet taste of victory. For Crazy Legs Conti, the bitter taste of defeat could be washed away only by beer. The Acme World Oyster Eating championship belt -- leather, with a silver dish featuring an oyster on the half-shell -- hung on Bertoletti's skinny hips. ...
Sludge tested in poor neighborhoods as protection from lead poisoning (04/14/08)
BALTIMORE -- Scientists using federal grants spread fertilizer made from human and industrial wastes on yards in poor, black neighborhoods to test whether it might protect children from lead poisoning in the soil. Families were assured the sludge was safe and were never told about any harmful ingredients...
Kentucky city commission to decide if goat is pet or livestock (04/14/08)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A central Kentucky planning board won't get Gale Warfield's goat, but the city commission might. Officials in Frankfort are discussing whether goats are livestock or pets. The issue came up in October when Warfield received a violation notice about the goat and duck she keeps as pets on her residential property. Warfield said the letter informed her that Szokie the goat had to go...
Va. Tech shootings' effect still felt on campus mental health treatment methods (04/14/08)
The rampage carried out nearly a year ago by a deranged Virginia Tech student who slipped through the mental health system has changed how American colleges reach out to troubled students. Administrators are pushing students harder to get help, looking more aggressively for signs of trouble and urging faculty to speak up when they have concerns. ...
Huge crowd expected to greet pope at White House on Wednesday (04/14/08)
WASHINGTON -- The leader of the world's Roman Catholics has been to the White House only once in history. That changes this week, and President Bush is pulling out all the stops: driving out to a suburban military base to meet Pope Benedict XVI's plane, bringing a giant audience to the South Lawn and hosting a fancy East Room dinner...
Iraqi government dismisses 1,300 soldiers, policemen after Basra fiasco (04/14/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's government moved Sunday to restore discipline within the ranks of the security forces, sacking more than 1,300 soldiers and policemen who deserted during recent fighting against Shiite militias in Basra. At the same time, Iraq's Cabinet ratcheted up the pressure on anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr by approving draft legislation barring political parties with militias from participating in upcoming provincial elections...
Politics-fatigued Italians vote in election that could put Berlusconi back in power (04/14/08)
ROME -- Italians fed up with the governing class and a stagnant economy voted Sunday in early parliamentary elections that could return conservative billionaire Silvio Berlusconi to power. The 71-year-old media mogul's main opponent is Walter Veltroni, a center-left former mayor of Rome who has promised deep reforms and an ideology-free approach to tackling the country's problems...
Quick chat at tropical resort seems to open new era for China, Taiwan (04/14/08)
BOAO, China -- China and Taiwan spent nearly six decades bickering, pointing weapons at each other and not talking face-to-face. But over the weekend, the two began what appeared to be a new effort to ease tensions that have long threatened to spark a war...
Redhawks' OVC title hopes take a hit at Jacksonville State (04/14/08)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team knew that its three-game series at Jacksonville State over the weekend would be a good measuring stick. Facing the Ohio Valley Conference's premier program over the past four years, the Redhawks would learn a lot regarding the legitimacy of their OVC regular-season title hopes...
Cards end first road trip with 7-4 loss to Giants (04/14/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- For at least two days, John Bowker has given Giants' fans reason to forget Barry Bonds. Bowker became the first San Francisco player to homer in his first two games, connecting Sunday in a 7-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Bowker had an RBI single in the second, then homered in the fourth after Bengie Molina reached on an infield single. The ball cleared the 25-foot wall in right field, landing in almost the same spot as his home run Saturday...
Immelman wins Masters (04/14/08)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Trevor Immelman has never felt better. Four months after he had a tumor removed from his back, Immelman handled the wind and pressure of Augusta National far better than anyone chasing him Sunday to win the Masters, the first South African in a green jacket in 30 years...
Central tennis wins two matches (04/14/08)
The Central boys tennis team improved to 7-1 on Saturday with victories over Columbia-Hickman and Jefferson City on a cold, blustery day in Columbia, Mo. Central defeated Columbia-Hickman 8-1, then slipped past Jefferson City 5-4. Brandon Gonzales and Garrett McMillan recorded wins in both singles matches...
Twins act closes for Redhawks tennis (04/14/08)
The opportunity to keep playing together and to experience a different part of the country led Bryce and Drew Kristal to Cape Girardeau. Four years later, the identical twin sisters from California have put the finishing touches on college careers that rank among the best in the history of Southeast Missouri State women's tennis...
Smith wins open 400 in nation's best time (04/14/08)
Southeast Missouri State track and field star Miles Smith again has the nation's fastest time in the 400-meters after winning at Saturday's Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. Smith, a senior All-American, clocked 45.84 seconds to capture his specialty in the meet hosted by the University of Tennessee...
Gamecocks sweep OVC baseball series, drop Redhawks to sixth (04/14/08)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- It is probably a weekend the Southeast Missouri State baseball team would just as soon forget. The Redhawks entered their three-game series at Jacksonville State in second place in the Ohio Valley Conference and just one-half game out of the top spot...
Johnson turns fuel gamble into victory (04/14/08)
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmie Johnson gave Hendrick Motorsports its first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the year, winning a fuel gamble Saturday night at Phoenix International Speedway. As leader after leader dove for the pits to take on gas in the waning laps, Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet stayed on track and the two-time reigning Cup champion made it to the finish, beating Clint Bowyer -- another gambler -- by 7.002 seconds...
Ochoa qualifies for LPGA Tour Hall of Fame with 11-shot victory (04/14/08)
MORELIA, Mexico -- Lorena Ochoa qualified for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame on Sunday, winning the Corona Championship by 11 strokes for her third straight victory and fourth in five starts this year. The Mexican star became the second-youngest player to qualify for the Hall of Fame, though she still must be a tour member for 10 years -- in her case, until 2012 -- to be eligible for induction...
J.K. Rowling to testify in bid to block publication of 'Harry Potter Lexicon' (04/14/08)
NEW YORK -- Author J.K. Rowling is eager to tell a judge this week that one of her biggest fans is in fantasyland if he believes a "Harry Potter" encyclopedia he plans to publish does not violate her copyrights. The showdown between Rowling and Steven Vander Ark is scheduled to last most of the week in U.S. District Court in Manhattan...
People on the move 4/14/08 (04/14/08)
Bank appoints Glastetter VP of mortgage lending Effective today, DeVonne Glastetter was appointed vice president of mortgage lending at First Community Bank. Glastetter has 25 years of banking experience and extensive community involvement with the Cape County Board of Realtors, Leadership Cape and the Excelsior Optimist Club. A resident of Jackson, Glastetter will have her office at the First Community Bank branch at 17 S. Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau...
Memo 4/14/08 (04/14/08)
Small business classes offered by extension The University of Missouri Extension Service is offering two classes for small businesses through the Small Business Development Center. The first, "Marketing — Think before you spend," will be at 6 p.m. ...
Step by step: Lawyer and sports agent outlines the art of being prepared (04/14/08)
Ronald M. Shapiro is a successful lawyer, professional sports agent and author. He represents more players in Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame than any other player representative. He's advised the management of teams in other professional sports on the art of negotiating. He founded the Shapiro Negotiations Institute, a seminar and consulting firm that has advised 350,000 professionals on negotiations and dealing with difficult people...
Sinking market maroons homeowners in unfinished projects (04/14/08)
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- At the new community of Seapine Estates, street names like Sea Foam Drive and Shoreline Road are meant to evoke a feeling of coastal tranquility. Instead, the two dozen or so residents of this New Jersey Shore development, near Atlantic City, feel anything but peace. The Pennsylvania builder went bankrupt last summer and halted work, leaving open foundations, unfinished homes and empty streets that have invited outsiders to dump trash, spray graffiti and race cars...
Kathy Rogers (04/14/08)
Kathy Rogers Kathy J. Rogers, 58, of Chaffee, Mo., died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Jo Shoen (04/14/08)
Jo Shoen Jo A. Shoen, 72, of Mound City, Ill., died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born in Mounds, Ill., May 16, 1935, daughter of Esaus and Myrtle Schellenberger Finchem. Shoen was a member of First Baptist Church in Mound City and was retired from Shawnee Development...
Florence Goettelmann (04/14/08)
Florence Goettelmann Florence A Goettelmann, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 19, 1919, in St. Louis, daughter of Joseph Patrick and Gertrude Wernsing O'Brien. She and Charles Goettelmann were married Sept. 16, 1944, in St. Louis...
Marjorie Johnson (04/14/08)
Marjorie Johnson Marjorie Ellen Johnson, 84, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the Life Care Center. She was born May 21, 1923, in Moran, Mich., daughter of Paul and Mabel Davis Luepnitz. She married the Rev. Roy Johnson June 14, 1962. He died Oct. 16, 1982...
Etson Eves (04/14/08)
Etson Eves Etson Eves, 96, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Samantha Ellis (04/14/08)
Samantha Ellis Samantha Marie Ellis, 17, of Thayer, Kan., died Thursday, April 10, 2008, at her residence in Thayer. She was born May 15, 1990, in Bartlesville, Okla., daughter of Tommy Joe and Lorena Marie Ellis. She was a member of the Osage Nation American Indian. She attended Woodland High School in Marble Hill, Mo., and graduated from Tulsa Job Corp...
Erwin Koch (04/14/08)
Erwin Koch Erwin O. "Jim" Koch, 90, of New Wells, Mo., died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 5, 1917, in New Wells, son of Martin and Maria Weinberg Koch Sr. He and Elsie Fritsche were married Nov. 6, 1937, in Farrar, Mo. She died Oct. 24, 2003...
Robert Miller (04/14/08)
Robert Miller OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Robert Clifford "RC" Miller, 81, of Olive Branch, Ill., died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at his home. He was born Jan. 16, 1927, in Alexander County, Ill., son of Eugene and Alma Webb Miller. He and Edith Foster were married Dec. 12, 1949...
Police report 4/14/08 (04/14/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Michael Triplett, 21, 503 Frederick St., was arrested on a warrant. n Jenelle Lewis, 24, 442 S. Sprigg St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear on a seat belt violation and failure to appear for improper registration...
Fire report 4/14/08 (04/14/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 6:57 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1400 block of Lexington Avenue. n At 7:21 p.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of North Sprigg Street...
Out of the past 4/14/08 (04/14/08)
25 years ago: April 14, 1983 Hoping that the recent defeat of a proposed merger with the Chaffee, Mo., school district represents a change of heart, the Delta School Board yesterday unanimously approved bringing a 45-cent school property tax increase before the voters again...
Education is an investment in the future of Missouri (04/14/08)
By Jason Crowell Over the past four years, I have worked to ensure that Missouri students have access to affordable, quality higher education. The Missouri Legislature has made great strides in this effort by making more scholarship opportunities available for students and increasing funding for our state universities. The steps we are taking directly benefit students in Southeast Missouri...
Lawyers and judges (04/14/08)
Some of my best friends are lawyers. I have a son-in-law who's a lawyer. Etc., etc., etc. But, like sloppy journalists and biased media people who hurt my profession, some class-action lawyers hurt the image of the legal profession and should be criticized by the bar, which generally remains silent...
Old Spa 151 building on Spanish Street turning over new leaf (04/14/08)
The new owner of the building at 151 S. Spanish St. that formerly housed Spa 151 on the River knows the old home has a stigma. But Kristina Schumer -- Tina to her friends -- also thinks the place "is a wonderful building" that will thrive when it is reborn as the eDen Salon & Boutique, an Aveda concept store specializing in beauty treatments from the well-known organic cosmetics supplier...
Serving a city (04/14/08)
On Friday, the newest Cape Girardeau City Council member, Mark Lanzotti, was sworn in, along with returning Councilwoman Loretta Schneider. Deb Tracy, also re-elected Tuesday, had a family commitment and couldn't make the afternoon meeting...
Tax equity (04/14/08)
A proposed constitutional amendment that would limit property-tax increases following mandatory statewide property reassessment in Missouri has passed the House by a wide, bipartisan margin. The Senate earlier in this session approved a change in state law that would have a similar effect, but asking voters to change the constitution would better withstand legal challenges, backers say...
Speak out 4/14/08 (04/14/08)
Shopping and taxes I HOPE the people of Cape Girardeau are happy with another sales tax increase. I will do as much shopping outside of Cape as I can. Cape has one of the highest sales taxes in the state. It looks like Jackson will see the rewards of Cape's vote...
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