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Stories from Tuesday, June 3, 2008

10 dogs removed from Cape home, including one dead puppy (06/03/08)
Cape Girardeau police have removed 10 dogs, including a dead puppy, from a Middle Street home. The animals were discovered by a neighbor who heard one dog yelping and found four adult dogs tied up and five puppies running loose in the backyard of 220 Middle St. The neighbor said one female dog was unable to reach some water, so he pushed the pan closer...
Spa 151 gift certificates, cards to be refunded, attorney general says (06/03/08)
Customers left holding gift certificates and gift cards from Spa 151 on the River will get their money back, the Missouri Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday. After almost four months of working on complaints filed against Spa 151, which closed in late January, Attorney General Jay Nixon, in a news release issued Tuesday, announced that the former owners will pay up to $103,000 to redeem the cards and certificates...
Gas service returned to normal in area of leak (06/03/08)
Natural gas service has returned to normal after a construction worker ruptured a gas line in the 600 block of Charles Street this morning. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded about 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of Charles Street and Hawthorne Road, west of Arena Park...
Bear cub draws crowd near Advance (06/03/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- A major traffic issue was created on Highway 25 Monday afternoon when a young black bear climbed a tree next to the highway about two miles east of Advance on County Road 347. Four officers from the Missouri Department of Conservation were on hand to make sure that there was no contact between the bear and about 60 curious local residents, whose vehicles lined the side of the highway...
After series of delays, first legal hearing in new courthouse held Monday (06/03/08)
Nearly five years after the first shovelful of dirt was turned on the new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, the building is open for business. The first legal hearing in the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. United States Courthouse came Monday in a civil case, Bartoe v. ...
Proposal could ban some sign carriers (06/03/08)
Businesses could be banned from using people hired to hold signs near curbsides to draw potential customers if a new ordinance is passed by the Cape Girardeau City Council. On Monday, the board unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance, which amends Section 15-16 of the city code, prohibiting "selling or soliciting on public streets, rights-of-way, intersections, medians or sidewalks."...
Tower's ownership in question (06/03/08)
Each winter, a lighted star shines from the radio tower at Cape County Park North. The name of the tower's owner, however, is in the dark. That's what Dick Knaup learned after being asked by the county commission to identify who is responsible for the tower...
Cape council approves higher park fees, utility bills for 2009 (06/03/08)
After reminding those present that the city of Cape Girardeau will continue to support the sales tax holiday despite a loss of the revenue, the city council unanimously approved the first reading of the 2009 budget. The city will run with three fewer full-time employees and charge a total of 3.47 percent more for city-provided utilities such as water, sewer and refuse pickup...
Missouri Department of Corrections confirms its execution team is in place (06/03/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri appears ready to resume executions for the first time in nearly three years. The Missouri Supreme Court said late Friday it will set dates for a Cape Girardeau man and another death row inmate in "due course" while the Department of Corrections confirmed Monday for the first time that its execution team is in place...
Former students honor mentor and previous dance school owner (06/03/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The 38th annual Patti Simmons School of Dance recital on Saturday had a surprise finale so grand, it brought the former owner and director to laughter and tears. After the dancers performed and awards were presented, owner and director Melissa Seiler tearfully read a thank you to her former teacher, Patti Simmons Marriott, now retired...
Dexter man pleads guilty to rape (06/03/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter man originally charged with child molestation has now plead guilty to first-degree statutory rape. Christopher Abernathy, 35, was arrested in April on suspicion of the rape of a 2-year-old girl. Abernathy allegedly admitted to the charges to the Dexter Police Department...
Dutchtown's post office open for business again (06/03/08)
The Dutchtown post office opened to customers Monday morning for the first time since its evacuation March 18 due to the flood that temporarily ousted 15 families from their homes in the village of 99 people. For two and a half months, residents picked up their packages from the post office in Gordonville four and a half miles away, where all Dutchtown mail was rerouted until the flood repairs could be completed, said Mindy Lemons, postmaster at Dutchtown...
Sikeston native set to compete on talent show (06/03/08)
SIKESTON -- Fans of the NBC show "America's Got Talent" will see a familiar face when the show's third season premieres later this month. Sikeston native Neal Boyd -- also dubbed "The Voice of Missouri" -- will be a contestant, showing off his singing talents...
Elderly Springfield couple shot dead (06/03/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Springfield police say an elderly couple has been found dead of gunshot wounds at their home. Police Lt. Scott Leven said 84-year-old man called 911 Tuesday morning saying that his wife had shot herself, and that he was about to shoot himself. Officers secured the home and went inside about two hours later and found the man and his wife, who was 74, dead of gunshot wounds...
Another Mo. superdelgate backs Obama (06/03/08)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Presidential candidate Barack Obama claims another Democratic superdelegate from Missouri. State Representative Maria Chappelle-Nadal endorsed Obama in his bid for the party's nomination at a news conference today in the St. Louis suburb of University City...
Natural gas reps. tell Mo. regulators demand causing spikes (06/03/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Natural gas and utility industry representatives tell regulators increasing demand could fuel higher energy prices. Chris McGill with the American Gas Association says there are now two peak periods for natural gas demand. There's the traditional winter heating season, and one in summer because more electrical plants use natural gas...
Mo. AG requests Calif. stay same-sex marriage ruling (06/03/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he is joining 10 other states in asking the California Supreme Court to delay finalizing its ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. Nixon, in a letter to Chief Justice Ronald George, said that the court should hold off on implementing its decision until November. That's because the California secretary of state has certified a ballot measure that, if approved by voters, would overturn the court ruling...
Mother and daughter cited for stealing flowers from graves (06/03/08)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Two women have been cited for stealing flowers off gravesites at a St. Joseph cemetery, including some arrangements honoring war veterans on Memorial Day. Prosecutors said Monday that Jo Ann Milbourn and her daughter Rebekah Rutherford were cited after a man saw them May 27 with 30 containers of flowers in the back of their vehicle. The man -- Larry Whitmore -- placed one of the pilfered pots for his father, a World War II veteran...
St. Louis Children's Hospital ranked among best (06/03/08)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Children's Hospital is cited among the best in the nation in the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The 2008 edition of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" ranks St. Louis Children's as among the best in all seven specialty areas...
Volunteers discover rare baseball game at Independence, Mo., estate (06/03/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cleaning the Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence last summer, volunteers made a rare find in a cluttered third-floor bedroom: an 1893 Zimmer's Base Ball Game. The board game, which features a full-color board and portraits of 18 star players, is one of only about 10 known copies in the world. ...
Diesel fuel cleanup continues on Missouri River (06/03/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Clean-up work continues after a towboat began sinking and spilling diesel fuel in the Missouri River. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Larry Archer said diesel leaked from vents in the boat's fuel tanks after it ran aground Friday near West Alton. Divers over the weekend were able to close off the vents...
Public can weigh in on possible changes to Arch grounds (06/03/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The National Park Service is considering changes to the grounds of the famed Gateway Arch, and the public will have opportunities to share its opinions. Two "open house-style" meetings have been planned: the first meeting will be from 5 to 8 p.m. June 25 at the visitors' center in Forest Park in St. Louis. The second will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. July 1 in the Old Courthouse downtown...
Obama campaigning hard to clinch nomination today (06/03/08)
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama neared victory in the Democratic presidential race Monday on the eve of a final pair of primaries amid signs that Hillary Rodham Clinton was preparing to acknowledge defeat. Said a confident-sounding Obama: "I told her that once the dust settled I'm looking forward to meeting with her at a time and place of her choosing." That was from a conversation the two rivals had Sunday night. He did not describe her response...
First reunions begin for Texas sect families (06/03/08)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A judge on Monday ordered the immediate return of more than 400 children taken from a polygamist sect's ranch, bringing an abrupt end to one of the largest custody cases in U.S. history. Texas District Judge Barbara Walther, responding to a state Supreme Court ruling last week, signed an order filed by attorneys for the parents and Child Protective Services, allowing the parents to begin picking their children up from foster care facilities around the state...
Kennedy undergoes 'successful' surgery (06/03/08)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy underwent what his doctor called successful surgery Monday to treat his cancerous brain tumor, and told his wife shortly after that he felt "like a million bucks," a family spokeswoman said. Kennedy was awake for the 3 1/2-hour procedure at Duke University Medical Center, his doctor said. The Massachusetts Democrat is expected to undergo chemotherapy and radiation in coming weeks, and will likely remain at the North Carolina facility for about a week...
Despite damage, many Myanmar schools open (06/03/08)
THUWANA, Myanmar -- As students filed into Middle School No. 1 on Monday for the first day of classes since the cyclone hit Myanmar a month ago, all eyes stared skyward -- at the gaping hole in the roof. The school in Thuwana, a southern suburb of Yangon, was one of at least 4,100 that were damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Nargis, according to UNICEF...
China sets stern rules for foreigners going to Olympics (06/03/08)
BEIJING -- Foreigners attending the Beijing Olympics better behave -- or else. The Beijing Olympic organizing committee issued a stern, nine-page document Monday that covers 57 topics. Written in Chinese only and posted on the official Web site, the guide covers everything from a ban on sleeping outdoors to the need for government permission to stage a protest...
Redhawks show promise in .500 season (06/03/08)
Despite a season that fell short of his expectations, Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan has high hopes for next year. The key, said Hogan, will be to shore up a pitching staff that sprung too many leaks. So many leaks, in fact, that the Redhawks' 5.92 earned-run average was the worst in Hogan's 14 seasons at Southeast...
Safety tips (06/03/08)
n Learn to swim and swim well. No one should swim alone. Adults should practice "reach supervision," which means to be within arm's length of a child in case an emergency occurs. n Outfit everyone with proper gear. Children and adults who are not strong swimmers should use U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices when they are in or around water...
Coppola resolves Argentina film dispute (06/03/08)
By MAYRA PERTOSSI The Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Francis Ford Coppola's spokeswoman and a leader of the Argentine actors union have revealed more details that better explain a dispute over the production of "Tetro," his latest film...
Transformers, Johnny Depp win at MTV Movie Awards (06/03/08)
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- The "Transformers" have another chunk of metal to add to their collection. The blockbuster about robots in disguise took home the golden popcorn trophy for best film at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night, and Johnny Depp won two buckets for best comedic performance and best villain...
From bad to verse: Frost home vandals get poetic penance (06/03/08)
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Call it poetic justice: More than two dozen young people who broke into Robert Frost's former home for a beer party and trashed the place are being required to take classes in his poetry as part of their punishment. Using "The Road Not Taken" and another poem as jumping-off points, Frost biographer Jay Parini hopes to show the vandals the error of their ways -- and the redemptive power of poetry...
Jump in? (06/03/08)
Gators swim coach Steve Franklin has seen 3 year olds who could compete in every event at a swim meet, but he still doesn't think it's a good idea. The American Academy of Pediatrics says children are not developmentally ready for swimming lessons until after their fourth birthday. They recommend any pool time be supervised and serve only to introduce the child to water...
Health Calendar 6/3/08 (06/03/08)
CALENDAR Today n Breast-feeding class: 3 to 4 p.m. in the Generations Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. The class covers topics such as the benefits and techniques of breast feeding, family involvement and support. For more information or to register, call 651-5825...
Opinions on a certain age (06/03/08)
I was recently taken to task for using the term "women of a certain age" in one of my columns. The upbraider was an attractive, intelligent, seemingly progressive woman of 62; in other words, what the French would not hesitate to call a woman of a certain age...
Eva Moore (06/03/08)
Eva Moore ADVANCE, Mo. -- Eva Christine Moore, 91, of Advance passed away Sunday, June 1, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 22, 1917, near Advance, daughter of Bernice and Nellie Sims Moore. Eva worked as a bookkeeper many years at Morgan Funeral Home in Advance. ...
Louis Cordia (06/03/08)
Louis Cordia ST. LOUIS -- Louis E. Cordia, 85, of St. Louis, baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection Sunday, June 1, 2008, at his home. He was born at Richwoods, Mo., son of John Henry and Louise Cordia. Cordia retired as a truck driver with a freight company...
Jude Schultz (06/03/08)
Jude Schultz Jude Weldon Schultz, 10 days, died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. He was born May 21, 2008, in Cape Girardeau, son of Jared W. and Hannah Lucille Moore Schultz. Jude came into this world too early and left the same way. In the 10 days he was here he touched everyone who knew him. He was known as the "Wild Man" at Cardinal Glennon Hospital...
Betty Metcalfe (06/03/08)
Betty Metcalfe Betty Jo Werner Metcalfe, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, June 2, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Bonnie Wilcox (06/03/08)
Bonnie Wilcox Bonnie Fay Crain Wilcox passed away Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 23, 1920, in rural Columbus, Kan. Bonnie's parents were John and Frances Sales Crain. She married Homer Carl Wilcox on Jan. 26, 1939. Homer preceded her in death Aug. 2, 2000...
Edna Geringer (06/03/08)
Edna Geringer BIEHLE, Mo. -- Edna H. Geringer, 94, of Biehle died Sunday, June 1, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 10, 1913, in Crystal City, Mo., daughter of Frank Anton and Albertine Ruch Blechle. She and Ewald M. Geringer were married Nov. 19, 1935. He died April 24,1954...
Births 6/3/08 (06/03/08)
Coomer Daughter to Todd and Valerie Coomer of Cookeville, Tenn., Cookeville Regional Medical Center, 11:56 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2008. Name, Mylie Ava. Weight, 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Coomer is the former Valerie Barnes, daughter of Lloyd and Helen Barnes of Algood, Tenn. She is a medical transcriptionist at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Coomer is the son of Drew and Sue Coomer of Scott City. He is employed at Nissan North America Plant in Smyrna, Tenn...
Police 6/3/08 (06/03/08)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts n A burglary was reported in the 700 block of West Jackson Boulevard. n A burglary was reported in the 200 block of North Farmington Road. Miscellaneous...
Fire 6/3/08 (06/03/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 6 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3300 block of Kage Lane. n At 6:08 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South West End Boulevard. n At 9:22 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of Missouri Street...
Out of the Past 6/3/08 (06/03/08)
25 years ago: June 3, 1983 Charles N. Harris, a Cape Girardeau businessman whose interests ranged from automotive firms to plastics, dies at a local hospital at age 63; Harris was associated with his father in Harris Motor Co. from 1938 to 1972 and in Harris Truck and Trailer; he was one of the founders of Atlas Plastics and was associated with many other businesses...
Correction 6/3/08 (06/03/08)
An item in Sunday's police report incorrectly said Verlan Graham, 502 Sycamore St., Jackson, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Cassandra Whitledge was arrested in the incident, not Verlan Graham. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Correction 6/3/08 (06/03/08)
A headline and story in Sunday's Lifestyles section should have said this year's downtown golf tournament will be the First-ever Third Annual Louis J. Lorimier Memorial World-famous Downtown Golf Tournament and All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Buffet. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Correction 6/3/08 (06/03/08)
An item in Thursday's police report should have said Keith L. Monia, 47, 3719 Carolwood Drive, was issued a summons for unlawful use of a weapon, not arrested. The Cape Girardeau Police Department regrets the error.
Student transfers (06/03/08)
The current discussion about school transfers in the Cape Girardeau School District is good. The district has, over the years, attempted to make transfers within the district easier for students. But the district's policy, which allows principals and the superintendent to permit students to stay in familiar surroundings even when they move into the attendance area of another elementary school, is pretty much left up to each administrator. ...
Global warming deserves full debate (06/03/08)
To the editor: In his recent letter, Alan Journet suggests that there is a scientific consensus that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by human activity. He also seems to suggest that, given such a consensus, those who oppose or doubt his view on the matter should simply remain quiet and there should be no debate. Both of his suggestions are absurd...
Show support for honoring Skelton (06/03/08)
To the editor: Occasionally, people come along who greatly inspire those around them. Even when they are gone, the lives of the people they touched will never be the same. Staff Sgt. Bradley J. Skelton was one of those people. He entered the Missouri Army National Guard in 1984 while he was still in high school and served with the 1140th Engineer Battalion headquartered in Jackson until he was deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005. Upon his return, he retired from the National Guard...
Speak Out 6/3/08 (06/03/08)
War propaganda IN A recent column, David Limbaugh alluded to "propaganda against the war." Thanks to Scott McClellan, former White House press secretary, we now know that the wrongheaded invasion of Iraq (we should have used our military resources against Afghanistan) resulted from a Bush administration-orchestrated propaganda campaign to convince those inside and outside the government that Iraq (there were no weapons of mass destruction or al-Qaida threat in Iraq before the invasion) should be the main target. ...
Annual Golf Tournament Supporters Raise Funds While Having Fun (06/03/08)
Cape Girardeau, Mo. – It was a beautiful afternoon on May 19 when participants of the fifth annual Ken Hayden Memorial Golf Tournament hit the fairways. More than 120 golfers and 30 volunteers turned out for the event that raised $25,000 for Saint Francis Medical Center’s Cancer Care Fund...
Dexter's 'ambassadors' to the Magic Kingdom (06/03/08)
The Dexter Show Choir under the direction of MaryRuth Boone performed May 26 at Walt Disney World in Florida. The choir posed for photographers after their concert in the Rose Garden near Cinderella's Castle in the heart of Disney World. The choir was invited to perform in the Galaxy Palace Theater in Tommorowland. ...
Ice Block Racing (06/03/08)
Come join the fun in Marble Hill, June 28 from 11-3pm
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