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Stories from Saturday, May 10, 2008

Minor quake reported five miles from East Cape Girardeau (05/10/08)
At 4:29 a.m. Saturday, the Cooperative New Madrid Seismic Network reported a magnitude-2.5 earthquake five miles east of East Cape Girardeau, Ill. Such rumbles generally do not result in property damage, but they can be felt by people. Researchers offer a way for people to report the shaking at http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/shake/cus...
Former Poplar Bluff chamber executive's conviction affirmed (05/10/08)
ST. LOUIS -- An appellate court has affirmed the forgery conviction of a former Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce executive. Scott R. Faughn, 28, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., was convicted by a Cape Girardeau County jury in March 2007 of three felony counts of forgery. He was accused of forging checks on an account for the Highway 67 expansion project...
More than 1,000 to receive degrees (05/10/08)
After today, Stephanie Dambach will be the seventh person in her family to graduate from Southeast Missouri State University. "There's my grandma and grandpa, my dad, two uncles, a great-aunt," she said, recounting the list. Her younger brother, who will be in the audience today, is also a student at Southeast...
County auditor's computer records released by prosecutor (05/10/08)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle has released approximately 200 pages of documents reflecting Internet access on the computer on County Auditor David Ludwig's desk. The documents are a portion of what the Southeast Missourian requested last month under the Sunshine Law...
Back on duty (05/10/08)
Toben, one of the Cape Girardeau Police Department's two canines, began work again this spring after a two-month hiatus due to injury in the line of duty. Toben suffered a hernia in November when he chased a robbery suspect into a darkened building and the man began striking him...
Park board holds emergency closed meeting (05/10/08)
The Cape Girardeau County Board of Park Commissioners held an emergency closed meeting Sunday, giving members just a few hours' notice and without informing the Southeast Missourian, which has been pursuing details of a proposed sale of county park land...
Man wins $5,000 in 'Deal or No Deal' contest (05/10/08)
Man wins $5,000 in 'Deal or No Deal' contest CAMPBELL, Mo. -- A Campbell man got a deal recently that turned a losing lottery ticket into $5,000. Rondal Fisher Jr. entered a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket he bought earlier this year in a second-chance drawing online as part of the Missouri Lottery's "Deal or No Deal" promotion. ...
SEMO's Wallhausen to speak at commencement (05/10/08)
Southeast Missouri State University is looking no further than its own institution for a commencement speaker this year. Art Wallhausen, associate to the president, will deliver the address to 1,082 students today. Wallhausen has worked at the university since 1984, first as the coordinator of News Services and then as the assistant to the president, becoming associate to the president in 2000. He will retire this summer...
Dexter still trying to find way to update police station (05/10/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Despite being soundly defeated by voters in the April municipal election, Dexter officials are still trying to find a way to replace the city's outdated police station. "We still have several options on the table," said city admin-istrator Mark Stidham...
Bridge near Oran to be topic of hearing (05/10/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will host an informal public hearing about replacing the Route W bridge in Scott County from 4 to 7 p.m. June 5. An approach to the bridge, west of Oran, Mo., was washed out during the March floods. The bridge has been closed since...
Legal opinions differ on closed meetings, recordings (05/10/08)
During a closed meeting April 17 of the Cape Girardeau County Commission -- attended by the three county commissioners, Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle and County Auditor David Ludwig -- Ludwig was pressured to resign. Without telling anyone in the meeting, Jay Purcell, 2nd District commissioner, recorded the meeting on a digital recorder...
Immigration probe shows role for federal training (05/10/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri police officers next month will get special training to enforce federal immigration laws through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's training that could have come in handy when state troopers reviewing threats of violence against a northern Missouri lawmaker in 2006 also checked into allegations that then-Rep. Kathy Chinn had hired illegal immigrants on her Clarence, Mo., farm...
Gain for anti-smoking movement: No puffs allowed in private vehicles (05/10/08)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Some hospitals have banned smoking inside a person's own vehicle if it's on hospital property, a step viewed as logical by the anti-smoking movement but repugnant to its critics. "Many of us see this as the beginning -- and easiest part -- of a growing encroachment of government into people's private lives," said George Koodray, New Jersey coordinator for the Citizens Freedom Alliance...
Mo. judge rejects effort by Planned Parenthood (05/10/08)
The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Jackson County judge rejected an effort by Planned Parenthood to overturn a new Missouri law that tightens oversight of abortion clinics. The law classifies such clinics as outpatient surgery centers, which makes them subject to wider health and safety regulations. ...
Man who lost homes in Katrina claims $97M Powerball prize (05/10/08)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A construction company owner who lost two homes in Hurricane Katrina claimed a $97 million Powerball prize, a jackpot won off a ticket he bought at a convenience store where he stopped to buy his wife a gallon of milk. When he turned in the winning ticket, Carl Hunter became the largest Powerball winner in Louisiana's history. He won the jackpot in January, but the 73-year-old small-businessman waited nearly four months to claim the prize...
Military adds armor to Iraq vehicles as roadside bombs surge (05/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is reinforcing the sides of its topline mine-resistant vehicles to shore up what could be weak points as troops see a spike in armor-piercing roadside bombings across Iraq, The Associated Press has learned. The surge in attacks is putting the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) to the test, and so far they are largely passing. ...
Judge extends Fritzl's custody in captive daughter case (05/10/08)
VIENNA, Austria -- An Austrian judge ruled Friday that a man suspected of keeping his daughter captive in a dungeon for more than two decades and having seven children with her should remain in custody, an official said. The decision extends Josef Fritzl's pretrial detention by a month, St. Poelten provincial court spokesman Franz Cutka said. It was made during a routine, closed-door session required under Austrian law and will be re-evaluated in June...
Aid and rain on the way to Myanmar (05/10/08)
YANGON, Myanmar -- More aid is on the way to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar -- but so is the heavy rain. A week after Cyclone Nargis flattened low-lying villages and killed whole families at a time, the military junta agreed Friday to allow a U.S. cargo plane to bring in food and other supplies to the isolated country. Myanmar gave the green light after confiscating other shipments, prompting the U.N. to order a temporary freeze in shipments...
Train quarantined after passengers report illness (05/10/08)
TORONTO -- Authorities quarantined a train in Ontario Friday after a woman died and several others reported being ill. But a doctor later ruled out a serious infectious disease and said the train would likely soon resume its journey. Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer, said an elderly woman who died on the train did not have an infectious disease and the illnesses were unrelated...
Central's Johnson begins title quest at district meet (05/10/08)
It's Chase Johnson's time to shine. The calendar has flipped to May. A rough senior season of football is behind him. A roller-coaster basketball season that ended with a fifth loss to rival Jackson is over. They provided fuel for the spring. Anger, which he channeled into speed...
Central duo wins district doubles (05/10/08)
CREVE COEUR, Mo. -- One of the main responsibilities of a high school tennis coach is to place his players in districts to give them the best opportunity to advance to the state tournament. Each team is allowed to have two singles players and two doubles teams compete in the tournament, with only the top two from the district advancing to the state tournament in Springfield...
Southeast approves moves to assist Title IX compliance (05/10/08)
Southeast Missouri State acted quickly on recommendations made in a review of the athletics program, as the Board of Regents on Friday approved a funding plan proposed by university president Dr. Kenneth Dobbins to add three full-time positions, an unspecified number of part-time assistant coaches and two graduate assistants...
Redhawks face OVC's top prospect (05/10/08)
There will be plenty on the line when Southeast Missouri State and Eastern Kentucky play an Ohio Valley Conference baseball series this weekend. There also will be one of the nation's top professional pitching prospects on the mound. Strong-armed Christian Friedrich will lead EKU to Cape Girardeau for the three-game set at Capaha Field that begins with today's 1 p.m. doubleheader and concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday...
Church group plans blessing of the animals (05/10/08)
A legend surrounding St. Francis is that he preached to a flock of birds in a tree about the many reasons they should be thankful for God's love. The birds sat attentively listening and did not fly away until St. Francis told them they could leave...
Mothers are master builders (05/10/08)
Mom. Working mom. Household manager. Coach. Bouncer. Bodyguard. Craftsman. Nurse. There never seem to be enough titles to try to capture all that Mom is. At some time in our lives most of us will get caught up in some type of remodeling or redecorating project, whether it is one that we are personally involved with or one we are living vicariously through as we watch strangers redecorate, remodel and in some cases destroy their homes on television. ...
Church briefs 5/10/08 (05/10/08)
Handbell concert will be held at Grace United Methodist The handbell choirs of Grace United Methodist Church will present their spring concert at 7 p.m. May 18 in the church sanctuary. It will feature the children's 4 to 4 handbells, the Bells of Grace and the Grace Notes. Admission is free, and everyone is invited...
Mom had lots of wisdom (05/10/08)
Psychologists suggest ways to cope with life, be happy and feel less pain. Christian ministers offer God's plan for dealing with ups and downs and suffering. My mother had her own method of dealing with catastrophes, disappointments and rejection. When thing got out of hand, she would say, "You just have to take life as it comes."...
Homecoming party held for 'American Idol' star from Mo. (05/10/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- David Cook has to beat out the two other finalists to become the next "American Idol," but the shaggy-haired rocker is already a winner to Kansas City-area fans. They showed him a lot of hometown love Friday, with crowds of admirers braving wind and drizzle as they packed into the Kansas City Power & Light downtown entertainment district for a free Cook appearance...
Frank Breeden (05/10/08)
MOREHOUSE, Mo. -- Frank Breeden, 77, of Morehouse died Friday, May 9, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 29, 1931, at Lavall, Mo., son of James and Mary Littles Breeden. He and Emily Buckley were married in Corning, Ark. She died Dec. 9, 2000...
Betty Long (05/10/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Betty Lee Long, 77, of Bloomfield died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Golden Living Center. She was born Oct. 10, 1930, at Bloomfield, daughter of Riley and Kate Robison Hester. She and Jim Long were married Aug. 20, 1971, at Advance, Mo...
Norman Steffens (05/10/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Norman H. Steffens, 85, of Perryville died Friday, May 9, 2008, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. Young and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Harry Wareing (05/10/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Harry W. Wareing, 85, of Anna died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Union County Hospital. He was born Oct. 11, 1922, in Ware, Ill., son of William H. and Adella Luthy Wareing. He first married Rebecca Geraldine Dent, who preceded him in death. He and Barbara J. Ferguson were married Aug. 30, 1997, at Anna...
Debbie Johnson (05/10/08)
Debbie Sue Johnson, 44, of Jackson died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 3, 1963, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Charles Clay and Jane Ann Moore Copen. Johnson had worked at Beverly Koehler Bookkeeping Services...
Cecil James (05/10/08)
Cecil W. James, 81, of Jackson died Friday, May 9, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Bartley Ferrell (05/10/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Bartley C. Ferrell, 84, of Benton died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 23, 1923, at Bertrand, Mo., son of Ercy Earl and Mary Velda Alley Ferrell. He and Melba Kirkpatrick were married March 29, 1947...
Robert Cahill (05/10/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Robert "Bob" Cahill, 70, of Chaffee died Friday, May 9, 2008, at his home. He was born Nov. 14, 1937, in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Thomas and Molly Feldman Cahill. He and Margaret Cupples were married May 25, 1966. Cahill was retired from Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in Brooklyn. He was of the Catholic belief and a member of Chaffee Elks Lodge 1810...
Births 5/9/08 (05/10/08)
Davis Son to Jason Allen and Crystal Sue Davis of Sikeston, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 3:27 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008. Name, Caedmon Allen. Weight, 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Mrs. Davis is the former Crystal Reimann, daughter of Paul and Carol Reimann of Cape Girardeau. Davis is the son of Jim and Marsha Davis of Sikeston. He is youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Perryville, Mo...
Police 5/9/08 (05/10/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Michael J. Jones, 19, 1006 Locust St., was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court for failure to pay fines for no operator's license and failure to appear for trespassing; a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court for failure to pay fine for trespassing; an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation; and three Cape Girardeau County warrants for probation violation for burglary, probation violation for forgery and failure to appear for driving while suspended.. ...
Fire 5/9/08 (05/10/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 5:25 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2900 block of Bella Vista Drive. n At 8:05 p.m., a mutual aid at 5479 County Road 205. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past (05/10/08)
25 years ago: May 10, 1983 CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Despite a report claiming the land was only worth $2,500 an acre, the Chaffee City Council voted last night to purchase the land owned by the daughter of Mayor Robert Capshaw for $5,000; the land will be used to construct a new city water well and possibly a treatment plant...
Real-world training (05/10/08)
In the 1990s, autism rates exploded across the United States. While many debate the cause of this epidemic, a generation of children -- as many as one in 150 children -- will grow up facing tough real-world situations. It's one of the toughest scenarios a parent with a special-needs child faces...
Lockdown message was a prank (05/10/08)
To the editor: I would like for the parents of students in the Delta School District to know that there was a prank phone-texting Thursday at 2:28 p.m. saying that the school was on lockdown due to a shooting. This was very upsetting to me. A girl stole my daughter's cell phone out of her purse at school and texted my phone while I was at work. I want everyone to understand how upset I was and that my husband left work early to rush to Delta High School to see what was going on...
Speak Out 5/10/08 (05/10/08)
Neat sticker WHILE DRIVING around Sunday I saw the neatest bumper sticker. It said, "If it's not a child, then you're not pregnant." Amen. Cell-phone issues I DISAGREE with the comment that said if children can't have cell phones at school, then teachers shouldn't either. Schools and businesses should have cell phones in case of an emergency or a disaster. A bigger problem is people driving cars and talking on cell phones and people talking on cell phones in restaurants...
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