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Judge denies motion to dismiss charges in 2005 shooting case (06/10/08)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- Circuit Court Judge David Evans denied the motion to dismiss charges against the man accused of the 2005 shooting death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. Also Tuesday, he denied a motion for a continuance in the case. Lance Shockley is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Sgt. ...
Senate confirms Limbaugh, Kays for federal bench (06/10/08)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has unanimously confirmed two Missouri judges to seats on the federal bench. The vote makes Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. and Circuit Court Judge David Gregory Kays the state's newest federal district court judges...
Weekend arson probably not related to other recent arsons, investigators say (06/10/08)
A deliberately set fire that did extensive damage to a home on Chesley Drive doesn't appear to be connected to a string of arsons in central Cape Girardeau, including one that killed a man on April 29. A dedicated arson squad with members from the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and the Missouri Fire Marshal's Office was working Monday on an investigation of the Chesley Drive fire, fire chief Rick Ennis said. ...
Dan Cotner can't quit making music (06/10/08)
Dr. Dan Cotner is all about music -- right down to his socks. Cotner, 85, has been playing instruments since he was in grade school and hasn't stopped since. He first got involved with the Cape Girardeau municipal band when he was 17, under his uncle Louie Kassel and his uncle's cousin Elmore Kassel, who shared the role of band president at the time. ...
Shockley attorneys file motion to dismiss charges (06/10/08)
Attorneys for Lance Shockley have filed a motion to dismiss all charges connected to the March 2005 shooting death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, according to court documents. Circuit Court Judge David Evans could hear the motion as early as tomorrow during a hearing at the Carter County Courthouse...
Nuisance abatement, city development discussed at study session (06/10/08)
Officer Ty Metzger reviewed nuisance abatement issues during a special Cape Girardeau City Council study session Monday night. So far this year, Metzger, two other full-time officers and one part-time worker have responded to more than 2,100 calls. Last year, 7,488 complaints were filed with the Cape Girardeau Police Department over trash, animals, zoning and tall grass...
Democratic women meet for picnic (06/10/08)
The Cape County Democratic Women's Club will be meeting at 6 p.m. today for a picnic at Arena Park Shelter 5. It will be potluck with meat, drinks and paper service furnished. Please bring a casserole or dessert and a lawn chair. For more information, call Faye Schreiner at 651-0702...
Sexual assault reported on River Campus Saturday (06/10/08)
Investigators from the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety are investigating a reported sexual assault on the River Campus. Officers from the department responded at 2:10 a.m. Saturday to a call from an emergency call box on the campus, department director Doug Richards said. ...
Dutchtown residents learn about buyouts at meeting (06/10/08)
With rain pounding on the roof and the Mississippi River rising due to heavy rains upstream, residents of Dutchtown learned Monday that a flood buyout isn't as simple as having people sign up to receive a check for their homes.Sheila Huddleston, a hazard mitigation officer with SEMA, outlined the process that could result in the purchase and destruction of homes damaged during the flooding caused by the massive rainstorm that hit the region March 18. ...
Jackson School Board to meet today (06/10/08)
The Jackson School Board will meet at 7 p.m. today at administrative offices at 614 E. Adams St. On the agenda is the consideration of approval of: bus routes for summer extended year; bid for purchase of bread and bread products; bid for dairy products; bid for purchase of grease, oil, transmission fluid and antifreeze; bid for purchase of tires; bid for purchase of gasoline and diesel fuel; eligibility criteria for free and reduced-price meals for students for the 2008 to 2009 school year; and Facility, Grounds and Safety Program evaluation.. ...
Okla. teen drowns near Doniphan (06/10/08)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- An Oklahoma teen drowned Saturday afternoon in the Current River south of Doniphan. Divers recovered the body of Tyler Snowden, 17, of Stafford, Okla., at 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Missouri State Water Patrol regional spokesman Dave Nelson...
No charges filed yet in Wyatt shootings (06/10/08)
WYATT, Mo. — A trio of shootings in Mississippi County last week remain under investigation, and no charges have yet been filed, the Sikeston Standard-Democrat reported. Darren Cann, Mississippi County's prosecuting attorney, said this morning the investigation is continuing, and "we hope to have it wrapped up soon." No representatives from the sheriff's department were available for comment. ...
Power restored to more than 300 AmerenUE customers in Cape (06/10/08)
Power has been restored to the over 350 AmerenUE customers who experienced an outage early this afternoon. The outage was caused by a tree falling on power lines on Henderson Avenue near its intersection with Dunklin Street, said Mike Cleary, a spokesman for AmerenUE...
Area man to compete in unusual championship (06/10/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Ro-sham-bo, shoot! And we're off to Vegas and on the map again. The game of rock, paper, scissors was recently the deciding factor for a Poplar Bluff man in winning a ticket to compete in a nationwide championship to be held June 21 to 22 in Nevada...
Kezer case report questioned (06/10/08)
A former Scott City police officer has found himself in the middle of Angela Mischelle Lawless' re-opened murder case, and now -- like many of the witnesses in the case some 16 years ago -- his story appears to have changed. The state of Missouri answered motions presented by Joshua C. Kezer's attorney Monday, and a judge set a court date for July 28 to rule on those motions as part of a wrongful incarceration case...
Professional bull riding event comes to Sikeston this weekend (06/10/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- For an exciting performance that will get people engaged, the Sikeston Jaycees say they have just the ticket for next weekend, when professional bull riding makes its return. "It's the longest eight seconds in the world," said Eric Sadler, this year's chairman. "It's action-packed and will keep you on the edge of your seat."...
Poplar Bluff man to compete in rock, paper, scissors championship (06/10/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Ro-sham-bo, shoot! And we're off to Vegas and on the map again. The game of rock, paper, scissors was recently the deciding factor for a Poplar Bluff man in winning a ticket to compete in a nationwide championship to be held in Nevada June 21 to 22...
Blunt signs bill targeting meth, granting nurses new powers (06/10/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Tuesday that lets certain nurses write prescriptions and requires pharmacies to keep electronic logs of purchases of cold medications used to make methamphetamine. Missouri pharmacists have kept a paper record each time someone buys cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine since a 2005 law limited purchases of the medicine...
Shootings leave 3 dead in St. Louis (06/10/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Four more people are dead in St. Louis in three separate shootings. The first happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday. Police say a man was found shot in the side. He was rushed to a hospital and later died. Another fatal shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officers say the victim was robbed and shot on the porch of a boarding home...
Columbia records first homicide of 2008 (06/10/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Columbia police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year. Capt. Brad Nelson said 22-year-old Nathaniel Bentley was shot in the head and died early Tuesday in what appears to be a home invasion robbery. Officers said several people were at the duplex when the shooting occurred shortly before 1 a.m...
Sporting News goes biweekly; announces daily digital news (06/10/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Sporting News is making major changes that reflect shifts in sporting news consumption. The St. Louis-based publication, which has been around since 1886, plans to launch a free digital sports newspaper -- Sporting News Today -- in July...
Significant flooding possible on Mississippi (06/10/08)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- Several towns along the Mississippi River are bracing for renewed flooding that forecasters say could reach near the record levels of 1993. Recent rains in Iowa and elsewhere to the north, combined with rains in northeast Missouri, have created a serious and potentially dangerous situation for residents in and near towns like Canton, La Grange, Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville in Missouri and Quincy and Grafton in Illinois, National Weather Service hydrologist Karl Sieczynski said Tuesday.. ...
Mo. AG claims dogs trained for diabetics didn't work (06/10/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The attorney general's office says consumers are getting ripped off by a mid-Missouri company claiming to train service dogs for people with diabetes. The lawsuit against Heaven Scent Paws, of St. Elizabeth, seeks an injunction forcing compliance with consumer protection laws, plus restitution payments and civil penalties...
St. Louis officer hurt in crash (06/10/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis police officer is hospitalized after her patrol car was involved in an early-morning accident. The single-car crash happened about 4:25 a.m. Tuesday when the cruiser struck a utility pole. The accident closed the busy intersection of Manchester and Kingshighway for some time...
Mo. court backs property owners facing condemnation threat (06/10/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court delivers a victory for property owners facing a government threat to take their land. Tuesday's unanimous ruling allows the owners of a suburban Kansas City shopping center to go to trial seeking millions of dollars of damages from the city of Gladstone...
Obama campaigns in St. Louis area today (06/10/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Barack Obama kicked off what is essentially the first week of the general election campaign by visiting Missouri on Monday, trying to shore up support in a bellwether state where his razor-thin victory during the Democratic primary campaign might signal a tough fight against Republican John McCain...
Torah valued at $30,000 stolen (06/10/08)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. — Police are searching for a Torah valued at $30,000 that was stolen from a St. Louis-area synagogue. The handmade scrolls have been missing from the Congregation Bais Menachem-Chabad in University City since May 24th. The Torah is the first five books of Hebrew scriptures. Authorities are trying to determine if the theft is connected to four similar cases across the country...
Oil falls, but gas goes farther past $4 (06/10/08)
NEW YORK -- Oil prices dropped Monday on a stronger dollar and a call from Saudi Arabia for a meeting to talk about prices it called unjustifiably high, but gas prices kept marching higher, leaving the $4 mark in the rearview mirror. The dollar improved against the euro after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said he would not rule out intervention to stabilize the U.S. currency. That provided some relief for oil, which is priced in dollars, after a record run-up Friday...
Michigan-shaped meteorite sells for $20K at auction (06/10/08)
DETROIT -- A meteorite resembling Michigan's Lower Peninsula has been sold at auction, but bidders weren't quite as smitten with the mitten as the seller expected. The 75-pound nickel-and-iron meteorite sold for $20,000 Sunday at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas. It had been expected to sell for $32,500 to $40,000...
National park officials' meeting draws fire (06/10/08)
WASHINGTON -- Leaders of the National Park Service will gather next month at a private resort in the Utah mountains for a summit meeting that some career officials say feels more like a $1 million exercise in political promotion. The national meeting, set for July 16 and 17 at Snowbird, Utah, will bring together more than 400 park superintendents and other top Park Service officials to hear from Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Park Service director Mary Bomar, Utah Republican Gov. ...
Probe of Texas gov. mansion fire to focus on video (06/10/08)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas fire officials brought in canine teams and a national arson investigation unit Monday to search for exactly how and where a devastating fire started inside the governor's mansion. They also interviewed more witnesses and viewed dozens of hours of video surveillance that helped them initially determine the weekend blaze was intentionally set, said state Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado...
Spotty state, federal rules govern crane industry (06/10/08)
NEW YORK -- Dan Mooney has no idea what it will take for his construction cranes to pass inspection. The crane company owner recently asked New York City officials for a list of safety hazards that inspectors look for. He was told that information wasn't public...
Discovery astronauts finishing up duties at international space station (06/10/08)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Shuttle Discovery's astronauts wrapped up their few remaining chores at the international space station Monday, flexing the robot arm belonging to the newly installed Japanese science lab and opening its attic. The two crews planned on saying farewell today, with Discovery heading out first thing Wednesday morning...
Old N.Y. wine region shifts to different vines (06/10/08)
BRANCHPORT, N.Y. -- A half-century ago, Vince Bedient spent his days chopping down trees for his father's sawmill, stealing time during harvest to haul farmers' grapes to a Welch's juice factory. His seasonal job soon had him daydreaming about the splendors of cultivating his own vineyard, and a mishap with an ash tree in the snowy woods in 1963 made up his mind fast...
Defense secretary makes pick for chief of Air Force (06/10/08)
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates launched the Air Force in a new direction Monday by announcing an unusual choice as the service's next uniformed chief and by declaring a halt to personnel reductions that he said had put the Air Force under too much wartime strain...
Attacker in Tokyo foretold mayhem in online messages (06/10/08)
TOKYO -- As mourners, some weeping, piled Japanese comics, flowers and other mementos at the scene of a deadly stabbing rampage, news came that the attacker had posted Internet messages saying he intended to kill people in the Akihabara district, the heart of Tokyo's comic book and youth culture...
U.S. calls in airstrike in northern Iraq (06/10/08)
BAGHDAD -- American soldiers called in an airstrike Monday during an attack on a house believed used by foreign fighters, killing five militants and capturing more than a dozen others, the U.S. military said. The firefight broke out early Monday when American soldiers, acting on information from an Iraqi prisoner, came under heavy gunfire as they approached the suspected hideout in a remote area of northwestern Iraq, the U.S. said in a statement...
Wide receiver could be out until Big 12 play (06/10/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander will be sidelined at least until the start of the Big 12 season after reinjuring his left knee. Alexander, a junior who had 37 receptions for 417 yards and two touchdowns last season, was scheduled for surgery Monday to repair a retorn ligament. It's the same knee he hurt in the Big 12 championship game in December, with resulting rehab sidelining him most of spring practice, and he was held out of the annual Black and Gold game...
Griffey hits No. 600 against Marlins (06/10/08)
MIAMI -- Ken Griffey Jr. completed his perfect power stroke and admired the arc of his 600th homer before rounding the bases Monday. Who could blame him for taking a little longer to watch this home run? The journey to the milestone took a lot longer than anyone expected...
Bears waive Benson (06/10/08)
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears thought Cedric Benson would be their next great running back. He'll instead go down as one of their biggest disappointments. The Bears waived Benson on Monday after his second alcohol-related arrest in a month, ending a rocky three-season tenure in which he failed to live up to expectations after starring at Texas...
U.S. Open leans toward public courses (06/10/08)
SAN DIEGO -- This never would happen at a tony club like Shinnecock Hills or Merion. Henrik Stenson wanted to see the golf course hosting the U.S. Open, so he arranged to play Torrey Pines last December. One of the top 20 players in the world, whose victories include a World Golf Championship, Stenson ordinarily would have called the head pro to set up a time, and the pro might have arranged to have one of the club's best players join him...
Lakers face daunting task in finals (06/10/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Frequent flyers, the Los Angeles Lakers were allowed an unlimited number of carry-on items for their trip home. It remains to be seen if any of them contained momentum. After losing two games in Boston, the Lakers returned to California on Monday in a hole as deep as Topanga Canyon. Over 96 minutes, they have looked nothing like the team that pulverized Denver, pushed aside Utah and swatted away San Antonio with ease on the way to winning the Western Conference title...
Cardinals to place Wainwright on DL (06/10/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will be placed on the 15-day disabled list today. The St. Louis ace injured his right middle finger while pitching in Houston on Saturday. He was examined Monday and found to have a sprain. It wasn't immediately clear how many starts Wainwright would miss. The Cardinals said the move will be retroactive to Sunday...
2008 high school track and field honor roll (06/10/08)
The top track performances in Southeast Missouri as reported in the Southeast Missourian, the Sikeston Standard Democrat, the Dunklin Daily Democrat, the Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic and the Dexter Daily Statesman this spring. Please report any additional information, corrections or names to Toby Carrig by e-mail at tcarrig@semissourian.com...
Berry ready for first taste of NCAA meet (06/10/08)
Southeast Missouri State senior Miles Smith is a veteran of NCAA national competition, earning four All-American honors in the 400 meters. Teammate John Berry, on the other hand, was thirsting to get a crack at a national meet during his final college season...
Groves eager to add to throwing resume (06/10/08)
Scott City High School graduate Loren Groves already has enjoyed a taste of the NCAA indoor track and field championships. Two tastes, in fact. And while Groves said they were fun, she is fired up about her first trip to the NCAA outdoor championships...
Area digest 6/10/08 (06/10/08)
Gorham, Underwood win flight Pat Gorham and Sonny Underwood teamed to shoot a 68 and win the championship flight at the Kimbeland Country Club's two-man best ball tournament. The team of Bill Fadler and Woody Fadler shot a 69 to tie with Ray Wilhelm and Jack Evans...
Paper creates e-mail group to broaden health news coverage (06/10/08)
The Southeast Missourian is taking advantage of technology to broaden its base for health sources in its news coverage. The newspaper has created a listserv -- or a group e-mail list -- for members of the health and medical community to become involved in health-care-related stories. The listerv will work as an online expert panel for reporters...
Book of love letters from 'Sex and the City' film doesn't exist (06/10/08)
NEW YORK — A consumer alert for the millions who have seen the "Sex and the City" movie: There is no such book as "Love Letters of Great Men," which Carrie Bradshaw reads while in bed with Mr. Big. The closest text in the real world apparently is "Love Letters of Great Men and Women: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day," first released in the 1920s and reissued last year by Kessinger Publishing, which specializes in bringing back old works...
Pamela Anderson to part with prized car for PETA (06/10/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Pamela Anderson may have a need for speed, but her favorite charity has a need for funds. That's why the former "Baywatch" babe is selling her prized Dodge Viper and donating the proceeds to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...
Health calendar 6/10/08 (06/10/08)
Today La Leche League: 10 a.m. The league is a community breast-feeding support group. Meeting locations vary. For more information, call Amy Kiehne at 573-579-4196. Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Education Series: 6:30 p.m. in Health and Wellness Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Osteoporosis and fracture management will be discussed. Call 331-5880 or 888-216-3293 for more information...
Pediatric dentist of the year offers hope to Kentucky school children (06/10/08)
A toothbrush may not mean a lot to most people, but for children Jenny Ison Stigers treats it can seem like an early Christmas gift. For the past 11 years, Stigers has operated a University of Kentucky mobile dental program that treats indigent elementary schoolchildren within a two-county region in the Bluegrass state. ...
Beverly Mayberry (06/10/08)
JONESBORO, Ill. — Beverly Mayberry, 50, of Jonesboro died Sunday, June 8, 2008, at her home. She was born March 4, 1958, in Anna, Ill., daughter of Holly E. and Ruby Garrett Treece. She and Wayne E. Mayberry were married Sept. 12, 1975, near Jonesboro...
Sharon Dodson (06/10/08)
WOLF LAKE, Ill. — Sharon Kay Dodson, 62, of Wolf Lake died Saturday, June 7, 2008, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. She was born Jan. 7, 1946, in East St. Louis, Ill., daughter of Harrison Joseph and Marguerite Elizabeth Wood Sorgea. She and Kenneth Dodson were married Aug. 27, 1966...
Urbane Bingham (06/10/08)
CAIRO, Ill. — Urbane F. Bingham, 66, of Cairo died Saturday, June 7, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Lorenzo Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Garden in Villa Ridge, Ill...
Thomas Hodge (06/10/08)
Thomas E. Hodge, 73, died Monday, June 9, 2008, at Monticello House in Jackson. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Chaffee. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Fruitland...
Births 6/10/08 (06/10/08)
Brown Daughter to Franchon Gineen Brown and Korey Houston of Thebes, Ill., Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2008. Name, Amiyah Jade. Weight, 2 pounds, 10 ounces. First child. Ms. Brown is the daughter of Mary Wiggins of Thebes. She is employed at Saint Francis. Houston is employed by J&B Construction....
Fire report 6/10/08 (06/10/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: At 8:34 p.m., a report of illegal burning in the 1300 block of Kenwood Drive. At 8:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of North Kingshighway...
Police report 6/10/08 (06/10/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs n Stephen R. Moyers, 48, of Marble Hill, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failing to maintain a single lane...
Out of the past 6/10/08 (06/10/08)
25 years ago: June 10, 1983 The Cape Girardeau city sanitation department is dumping its day-labor program as of July 1, ending a nine-year-old practice of hiring as many as six to seven workers daily to fill out the ranks of trash collection crews...
This and that (06/10/08)
Going to the Olympics? The No. 1 killer in the world's biggest (and most toxic) market: Just as the speed and scale of China's rise as an economic power has no clear parallel in history, its pollution problem is rising just as quickly. Nearly 500 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Only 1 percent of the country's 560 million city dwellers breathe air considered safe by the European Union. In fact, air pollution alone is blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year...
School partners (06/10/08)
A good relationship involving businesses and schools can have positive results that last a long time. That has been the aim of the Adopt a School program in Cape Girardeau with 19 schools, both public and private, participating. But fewer than half that many businesses have been involved with schools in recent years...
Speak Out 6/10/08 (06/10/08)
Positive about Rush DITTOS on the positive remarks about Rush Limbaugh in Speak Out. Dittos. Go, Rush. Game disparity WE RECENTLY moved here from another town. We have a son who plays in the Cal Ripken baseball league and a daughter who plays in the softball league. Our son got a nice uniform shirt and cap. Our daughter got a T-shirt. The boys' games have time limits, but the girls' games go on forever...
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