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Stories from Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cape man accused of statutory sodomy, child molestation (06/18/08)
Steven M. Trout, 27, of Cape Girardeau, faces charges of first degree statory sodomy and first degree child molestation in connection with a June 1 incident in which he alleged had sexual contact with a child. Officers from Cape Girardeau County arrested Trout on Tuesday. The allegations involve raping and sexually abusing a 6-year-old female, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department...
MoDOT plans work in Bollinger County (06/18/08)
Route EE, between Route K and County Road 204 in Bollinger County, will be reduced to one lane Thursday by MoDOT. The road will have a 12-foot width restriction while work crews patch the westbound lane.   Weather permitting work starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.  Route K, between Highway 72 and Route KK in Bollinger County, will be reduced to one lane, starting at 7 a.m. Thursday...
VA issues pharmaceutical scam alert (06/18/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VMAC) in Poplar Bluff has been alerted of a suspected scam threatening to withhold further medication refills from veterans who have not paid their medical bills. The scammers are calling veterans and requesting personal information and payment for the bills by credit card...
Truck school owner pleads guilty in federal court (06/18/08)
A St. Louis truck driving school owner was sentenced to 75 months in prison on multiple charges of bribery and fraud on Monday for a scheme involving a local license examiner, according to a release by U.S. District Attorney Catherine Hanaway. Mustafa Redzic, 40, owner of Bonsa Truck Driving School, was found guilty in April of this year in a scheme that involved Troy Parr, 52, of Dexter, Mo. Parr was a driver's license examiner in Sikeston, Mo., at the time of indictment in June 2007...
NCAA lays out punishment for Southeast basketball (06/18/08)
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has handed down its punishments to the Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball program.The following is a news release detailing the infractions and punishment: "The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has penalized Southeast Missouri State University for major and secondary violations in its women’s and men’s basketball program. "The case centers on recruiting violations in the women’s program, primarily involving impermissible housing, transportation and meals for prospective student-athletes who moved to the vicinity of the university in the summer before their first full-time enrollment. ...
Libertyfest and Air Show relocates to airport (06/18/08)
Saying they are "extremely disappointed," organizers of the 2008 Libertyfest and Air Show said today the event will move to Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. "River levels are projected to be at a level that will not allow for the river activities required to hold this event," said Chris Hutson, Old Town Cape Board president, in a written statement. ...
Bollinger County sheriff candidate has DWI record, debts unpaid (06/18/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Ryan McLeary, a Bloomfield, Mo., police officer and Republican candidate running for Sheriff of Bollinger County, has unpaid debts and a history of breaking the law, according to Missouri Case.net and documents from the city of Advance, Mo...
Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid counties prepare for river flooding (06/18/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — As the threat of flooding along the Mississippi River looms, Southeast Missouri towns are continuing to feel the effects of wet weather over the past six months — which are the wettest on record for the December-May period in the state's history...
Stories of Sprigg: Easy access for public services (06/18/08)
After 13 years of living at the corner of South Sprigg and Locust streets, Heidi Weaver has grown accustomed to hearing sirens as emergency vehicles race up and down the street in front of her well-manicured yard. "You listen to see how far away they are, then if they turn near your place, you check to make sure it's none of your neighbors," Weaver said...
Johnson's Shut-Ins to be open to swimmers June 26 (06/18/08)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today that Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park near Lesterville will be open to swimmers again this summer. The shut-ins area will officially open for public swimming at 8 a.m. June 26 and remain open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Aug. 24. The shut-ins area and the store are the only areas of the park that will open for the summer. Visitors will be able to visit the store from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m...
Veterans home gets new administrator (06/18/08)
Hal Dulle, executive director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, announced Tuesday that Viviane Rains will be the new administrator of the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Rains will take over the administrator position from Jan Rau, who accepted another position within the Missouri Veterans Commission...
Illinois celebration to include actors portraying Lincoln, Douglas (06/18/08)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- On Sept. 15, 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas met in Jonesboro for the third of the historic debates in the race for the Senate seat that helped launch Lincoln to the presidency. The town of Jonesboro, and the state of Illinois, will be celebrating the anniversary this summer, with Jonesboro putting on a three-day event from Sept. 12 to 14...
Municipal band to feature flute soloist (06/18/08)
The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band concert in the park will feature flute soloist Jennifer Willis at 8 p.m. today. The band will play "Moorside March," "Emperata Overture," "Concertino for Flute Solo" with Willis as the soloist. They will continue with "Broadway One-step," selections by George Gershwin, "The Gallant Seventh March," "Beguine Festival," "Home Stretch" and highlights from "Jersey Boys."...
Senate president expects Blunt to sign bill raising deputy pay (06/18/08)
The Missouri Legislature passed a bill May 29 that will bring better pay to county deputies, according to Senate President Pro Tem Mike Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, who was at the Bollinger County Courthouse on Monday. As Gibbons presented Bollinger County Sheriff Terry Wiseman, Bollinger County chief deputy Leo McElrath and Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan with signed copies of House Bill 2224, he said the bill will go before Gov. Matt Blunt next month...
Cape municipal band concert to feature flute soloist (06/18/08)
The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band concert in the park will feature flute soloist Jennifer Willis in tonight's free show. The band will play "Moorside March, ""Emperata Overture," "Concertino for Flute Solo" with Willis as the soloist. ...
Sikeston, Mo., man performs on TV talent program (06/18/08)
The producers of NBC's "America's Got Talent" thought enough of Sikeston's Neal E. Boyd to give him a long introductory segment telling his story of growing up poor in Southeast Missouri before making his performance the climax of this season's first show...
High water may force move of Cape Libertyfest (06/18/08)
The 2008 Libertyfest and Air Show may be forced to shift from the riverfront to Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. It all depends on the Mississippi River. This is the first year Libertyfest and the annual air show have combined events, set for 3 to 11 p.m. July 4 in downtown Cape Girardeau...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action (06/18/08)
Monday Action items n Approved the donation of an amount of up to $3,000 in matching funds to the Jackson Chamber of Commerce for the annual Independence Day fireworks display. n Accepted the 2007 City of Jackson Audit Report as prepared by Beussink, Hey, Roe, Seabaugh and Stroder LLC...
Public comment on Route W bridge ends June 19 (06/18/08)
SIKESTON -- Public comments on plans to replace the Route W bridge ends on June 19. The Route W bridge, located between Oran and Perkins, takes drivers over Ditch 35. It was severely damaged by March flooding and has been closed since that time. Andy Meyer, MoDOT project manager, said it's vital that drivers respect the closure signs, because the bridge is dangerous...
SEMO receives business award (06/18/08)
HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Southeast Missouri State University was honored at a Tuesday morning ceremony as the recipient of Southeastern Illinois College's Small Business Advocate of the Year award. The university's Innovation Center was honored for its entrepreneurial partnership with Southeastern Illinois College as the two institutions strive to create successful business ventures in 20 southeastern Illinois counties. ...
'People signs' limited in Cape (06/18/08)
The Cape Girardeau City Council agreed Monday to limit where businesses can place people holding advertising signs. The new ordinance prohibits selling or soliciting on public streets, rights of way, intersections, medians or sidewalks in the city. But private property can still be used, said Buford Snipes, who owns the Liberty Tax Service franchise on Kingshighway...
Dexter man sentenced to 15 years in connection with drug death (06/18/08)
DEXTER, Mo. — A Dexter man charged in connection with a 2007 death was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week. Larry Kenton Sanders plead guilty in a New Madrid County courtroom to the Class B felony of distribution of a controlled substance and the Class C felony of involuntary manslaughter...
Delta man with 9 DWI convictions to serve one year in prison (06/18/08)
A Delta man received a one-year jail sentence Monday for driving while revoked. Dallas Coomer, 57, pleaded guilty to the charge just before June 4 jury trial on the charge of driving while intoxicated. Circuit Judge William L. Syler dismissed the driving while intoxicated charge after hearing the state's evidence...
Prosecutor drops dogfighting charges against Tenn. man (06/18/08)
Dogfighting charges against Curtis Pickering were dropped last week after Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn dismissed the case. Stoddard County officers arrested Pickering, 29, of South Fulton, Tenn., along with two other men when police busted an alleged dogfighting ring near Dudley, Mo., in October...
Oran man charged with forcible rape (06/18/08)
ORAN, Mo. — Cameron M. Gettings, 17, of Oran, was arrested Monday and charged with forcible rape after allegedly assaulting a juvenile in Chaffee, Mo. According to a probable cause statement written and signed by Dustin Jarrell, of the Chaffee police department, the vicitm's borther, also a juvneile, cotnacted police and told them his sister had been raped...
Two injured in accident on I-55 (06/18/08)
A driver of a Chevy Malibu heading north on Interstate 55 apparently lost control, crossed the median and T-boned into a Nissan sport utility vehicle heading south Tuesday morning. The driver of the Malibu and the front seat passenger of the Nissan were taken away in ambulances, and the passenger in the Nissan reported minor chest pain, Lt. John Davis of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said...
Red Cross honors volunteers with awards at annual meeting (06/18/08)
The moment seemed like a blur to Oak Ridge High School senior James Slinkard. During his lunch hour earlier this year, Slinkard was eating with friends in the school's cafeteria when a classmate began choking on a slice of pizza. Moments later, Slinkard saved his friend's life thanks to CPR training he had received less than 24 hours earlier through an American Red Cross-certified course...
Mo. governor visits Hannibal; next stop Canton (06/18/08)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt is touring levees and meeting with emergency management officials and volunteers in Hannibal and Canton. In Hannibal, Blunt said the challenge facing Missourians would inspire their best. Blunt said that he asked President Bush for a disaster declaration for flood-affected parts of the state on Sunday...
In Hannibal, flood perception is worse than reality (06/18/08)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) _ After false reports that he had passed away, Mark Twain famously said, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." The same is true of his hometown. Would-be visitors are staying away from the town that relies heavily on the annual influx of 500,000 tourists as perception of the flood here is worse than the reality...
McCain campaigns in Missouri's conservative base (06/18/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain comes to southwest Missouri to discuss his energy proposals. It's McCain's second visit to the state since narrowly winning Missouri's GOP primary in February. McCain won largely because of strong suburban support. But he lost handily to Republican Mike Huckabee throughout southwest Missouri's generally more conservative counties...
Flooding may cause more Mississippi River levees to overflow (06/18/08)
WASHINGTON (AP) _ As many as 30 more levees may overflow along the Mississippi River from Burlington, Iowa, down to St. Louis, the government said Wednesday.Twenty levees already have been topped by flood waters this week, the Army Corps of Engineers said. ...
With sandbags and sweat, Mo. residents prepare for floods (06/18/08)
CANTON, Mo. (AP) -- Hundreds of volunteers stacked sandbags atop a levee here Tuesday evening, hoping the extra few feet of protection would save the town from record-level flood crests expected to hit this week. National Guardsmen, local residents, state prisoners and Amish families worked side by side as the swift Mississippi River current lapped near the top of the earthen wall...
Man arrested on drug charges in KC collapses, dies (06/18/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 51-year-old man arrested by Kansas City police on suspicion of drug possession has died after collapsing in jail. Police officials say Allen Streit swallowed a small plastic bag while he was being placed under arrest on suspicion of drug possession during a traffic stop Monday. Capt. Rich Lockhart said officers asked Streit repeatedly if he wanted to go to a hospital but he refused...
Endangered animals found in Missouri backyard cave (06/18/08)
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- State wildlife officials have found endangered cave fish and crustaceans in a natural spring on land owned by a state legislator. State Rep. Jim Viebrock, a Republican who represents western Greene County, said he first discovered the pale animals two years ago when he ventured into the cave opening that leads to the spring 22 feet underground...
Clarksville hangs on with prayers, volunteers (06/18/08)
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. -- An artists' town where the Mississippi River is expected to crest at record levels Saturday was hanging on with prayers from strangers and volunteers from as far away as sympathetic New Orleans. The historic town of 500 people, midway between St. ...
McCaskill questions InBev CEO about Anheuser-Busch (06/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill offered a Bud Light and a smile to InBev chief executive officer Carlos Brito on Tuesday, while telling him she would do everything she could to stop his company from buying Anheuser-Busch Cos. Brito requested the meeting with the Democratic lawmaker and other members of Missouri's delegation to reassure them about his company's proposal to buy the St. Louis-based beer giant...
River breaks through Ill. levee; more danger ahead (06/18/08)
GULFPORT, Ill. -- The rising Mississippi River broke through a levee Tuesday, forcing authorities to rescue about a half-dozen people by helicopter, boat and four-wheeler as floodwaters moved south into Illinois and Missouri. But even as the water jeopardized scores of additional homes and businesses, officials said the damage could have been worse if the federal government had not taken steps to clear flood-prone land after historic floods in 1993...
Police: Man told snake to 'get' officers (06/18/08)
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Police in Bridgeport say they arrested a man after he ordered his pet to attack two officers. Lucky for them, 9-foot-long pythons aren't very obedient. Police say 21-year-old Victor Rodriguez was charged with threatening officers and disorderly conduct after Monday's incident. No one was hurt...
Prices index jumps 1.4 percent in May (06/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices barreled ahead while housing and industrial activity faltered -- a blend of high-costs and slow growth that ensures the Federal Reserve's most likely move on interest rates next week will be no move whatsoever. Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues have made increasingly clear they're not inclined to cut interest rates further for fear of aggravating inflation. ...
Probe: Pentagon lawyers sought harsh interrogation (06/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks pursued abusive interrogation techniques once used by North Korea and Vietnam on American POWs despite stern warnings by several military lawyers that the methods were cruel and even illegal, according to a Senate investigation...
More gay couples wed in California (06/18/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Serenaded by a gay men's chorus, showered with rose petals and toasted with champagne, hundreds of tearful same-sex couples got married across the state Tuesday in what some are calling California's new Summer of Love. Wearing everything from T-shirts to tuxedos and lavish gowns, they rushed down to county clerks' offices to obtain marriage licenses and exchange vows...
Hamas: Cease-fire reached with Israel (06/18/08)
JERUSALEM -- The Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas militant group said Tuesday it has reached a cease-fire with Israel meant to halt a cycle of deadly Palestinian rocket attacks that rained hundreds of rockets on Israel in the past year and Israeli reprisals that have killed hundreds of Palestinians...
Pierce leads Celtics to 17th NBA title (06/18/08)
BOSTON -- On a new parquet floor below aging championship banners, the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA title and a first one -- at last -- for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen -- their Big Three for a new generation. After 22 long years, the NBA has gone green...
Cards receive good news on Carpenter's arm (06/18/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Buoyed by a second medical opinion, the St. Louis Cardinals are hoping that ace pitcher Chris Carpenter, whose surgically repaired elbow has bothered him the last few weeks, might still be able to join the rotation this year. Carpenter, the NL Cy Young Award winner in 2005, was examined Monday in Birmingham, Ala., by Dr. ...
Kansas City holds on to edge St. Louis 2-1 (06/18/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Two players who were minor league teammates until late last month gave the lowly Kansas City Royals another dose of interleague success. Mike Aviles homered to snap an eighth-inning tie and Kyle Davies worked seven sharp innings in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night...
Jackson's Schlick earns honor (06/18/08)
Jackson junior forward Bobbi Jo Schlick capped a successful soccer season by being the lone local Class 2 player to be selected to the all-state first team. Schlick helped the Indians reach the sectional round of the playoffs, where they lost to Hazelwood Central 1-0 on a goal in the final two minutes...
Jackson, Oran split (06/18/08)
The Jackson Senior Babe Ruth baseball team defeated Oran 4-3 in the first game, but dropped the second 11-8 on Monday. Jackson (10-4) scored all of its runs in the first inning of the first game. Spencer Sander, Garrett Fritsche and Ryan Bass all doubled in the win...
Felter pitches Scott County past Jackson (06/18/08)
JACKSON -- Scott County hurler Levi Felter, who pitches for the Kelly High School baseball team, said he decided to try out for the American Legion baseball team this summer for the first time because he wanted the opportunity to face better hitters...
Dealing with destructive deer (06/18/08)
Sure they're majestic and beautiful and you'll slow down on the highway to spot deer in fields. When one is in the backyard, people often scramble to grab the camera. But deer aren't so cute when you wake up to half-eaten begonias and destroyed sweet potato vines...
Random recipes from a birthday cookbook (06/18/08)
I celebrated my birthday last week, and my sister gave me a great cookbook, "The Wooden Spoon Cookbook: Authentic Amish Cooking." It is filled with more than 500 family recipes and some personal stories from the author. It is a really neat cookbook and a nice addition to my collection...
Replacing Russert likely to be tough task for NBC News (06/18/08)
NEW YORK -- Still reeling from Tim Russert's death, NBC News must now contemplate replacing the man who not only dominated the Sunday morning talk shows, but served as chief political commentator and ran the Washington bureau. The "Meet the Press" host had what was arguably the most important and far-reaching job in television news, particularly in an election year. He died of a heart attack Friday while preparing for another week's edition of "Meet the Press."...
High gas prices boost interest in Segways (06/18/08)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Paul Feeney didn't commute with the Segway his parents gave him for Christmas in 2005 until he moved close to work this spring. The battery-powered, energy-efficient scooter makes the 1.4-mile commute fun, the 35-year-old Sun Microsystems sales representative said...
Flooding delays coal deliveries to power producers (06/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- Extensive flooding in the Midwest has disrupted railroad networks and delayed coal shipments at a time when tight supplies already have contributed to higher prices for coal and electricity. Union Pacific Corp., the largest U.S. freight railroad, said Tuesday the floods' effects will reduce its quarterly earnings, and rail industry stock prices were battered on Wall Street...
Emil Ballance (06/18/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Emil Eugene "Gene" Ballance, 81, of Anna died Monday, June 16, 2008, at his home. He was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Louie and Gustia Lowe Ballance. He married Katherine Elder, who died March 27, 1988. He later married Dorotha M. Williams...
Martha Keen (06/18/08)
Martha Anne Keen, 66, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008, at Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was born to James and Clara Shoemaker July 7, 1920, near Perkins, Mo. She married Earl Keen Dec. 24, 1941. Born to this union were four children...
Jessie Hanschen (06/18/08)
Jessie L. Hanschen, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, June 16, 2008, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. She was born June 23, 1920, in Gordonville, to Jess and Ida Gerecke Quade. She and Walter "Hen" Hanschen were married March 14, 1945, at Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville. Hen passed away Jan. 14, 1991...
Angela Sides (06/18/08)
Angela Ann Sides, 48, of Jackson passed away Monday, June 16, 2008, at her home. She was born April 2, 1960, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of James and Shirley Green Schoen. Angela was devoted to her family and was of the Catholic belief. Loving survivors include two sons, James (Tammy) Sides; J.P. (Megan) Sides; a daughter, Angelica (Brian) Sides; her father, James Schoen; and four grandchildren, Lynden, Brantley, Bryce and Taylor Sides, all of Jackson...
Ronda Amelon (06/18/08)
Mrs. Ronda K. Amelon, 72, of Jackson passed away Monday, June 16, 2008, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, and after 9 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau...
Police report 6/18/08 (06/18/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Devon R. Strohmeyer, 19, of Jackson was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for driving while revoked and two Cape Girardeau County warrants, both for probation violation...
Fire report 6/18/08 (06/18/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 1:28 p.m., a still alarm in the 2800 block of Whitener Street. n At 9:04 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of Broadway. n At 10:02 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of North Main Street...
Out of the past 6/18/08 (06/18/08)
25 years ago: June 18, 1983 Rain dampens festivities at Riverfest in downtown Cape Girardeau; live entertainment gets washed away in the afternoon, but skies clear in the evening and the crowds return for fireworks. The Cheatham's Furniture Co. of Sikeston, Mo., has leased the old Montgomery Ward building at Main and Independence streets; the Cape Girardeau store will be the second Cheatham's Furniture outlet...
Politics can be a deadly game (06/18/08)
One of this summer's favorite pastimes is called "political bashing." It's a simple game where you wait for a politician to make virtually any comment and then you play Monday-morning quarterback and bash the politician's position. It's a equal-opportunity game played by both Democrats and Republicans...
Spirit of America (06/18/08)
We know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of generous and dedicated people in Southeast Missouri who represent the Spirit of America, and every July 4 we are honored to recognize the best of the best. Now is your chance to nominate a person you know for the Southeast Missourian's annual Spirit of America award, which will be announced at the Libertyfest celebration on Independence Day. ...
Speak Out 6/18/08 (06/18/08)
Sealing the roads AFTER NEARLY 40 years of eating dust, it is sure a beautiful sight to see the crews sealing the county roads again. Thanks to all who supported the road improvements. Delivery costs I AM one of Carly Wilson's delivery drivers. Her analysis of where the gas crunch leaves our business is quite accurate. ...
Libertyfest & Airshow Event Relocates Due to Flooding Forecast (06/18/08)
Cape Girardeau -- Libertyfest & Airshow, Cape Girardeau's 2008 4th of July celebration, will relocate to the airport due to river flooding and forecasts of future flooding. "River levels are projected to be at a level that will not allow for the river activities required to hold this event," stated Chris Hutson, Old Town Cape Board President. ...
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