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Stories from Friday, July 11, 2008

My survival: Freelance writer shares details from the day her husband tried to kill her (07/11/08)
Editor's note: Read the full account from Angie Rice and more stories about local women in the Summer 2008 issue of SHE magazine, coming July 20 in the Southeast Missourian. As a former reporter and freelance writer, I have written my fair share of headlines. ...
Warrants issued for suspects in Weds. shooting, car chase (07/11/08)
Police continue to search for two men believed to have been involved in a shooting incident that occurred early Wednesday evening, police spokesman Cpl. Jason Selzer said Thursday. Officers responded to the area of Sprigg and Maple streets around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday because of a report of shots fired...
Sales tax revenue down from 2007 (07/11/08)
Sales tax receipts for Cape Girardeau County declined sharply with the July payment from the state, leaving general revenue funds for the year 2.4 percent below the amount received through the same period in 2007. The July payment, representing sales tax collections reported to the Missouri Department of Revenue in June, was $529,500, a 7.2 percent decline from the $571,171 received in July 2007. ...
Arkansas man arrested for murder in Pemiscot County (07/11/08)
HAYTI HEIGHTS, Mo. -- A Pemiscot County resident found a dead body Tuesday morning at the rear of his farm shop just west of Hayti Heights, leading to the filing of murder charges. According to county authorities, after making the discovery, the person who discovered the body notified police, who immediately responded to the scene...
Scott County jails to house immigration inmates beginning in September (07/11/08)
Starting in September, the Scott County Jail will begin to house federal immigration inmates, Sheriff Rick Walter said at a Thursday meeting of the county commission. The new housing will begin Sept. 30, Walter said. The jail has 120 beds but is nearly at maximum capacity, and Walter said plans are being secured to handle any overflow...
Two Scott County residents angry about road dust; sales tax revenue in sharp decline (07/11/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County residents with concerns about detoured traffic using their road are still seeking a solution. During the regular Scott County Commission meeting Tuesday, Leon and Joyce Kielhofner presented Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger with their latest proposal for County Road 268: close it until the bridge on Route W between Oran and Perkins is back up...
Man to give horse and buggy rides at Central high school reunion (07/11/08)
Floyd Penny, a 1958 gradute of Cape Girardeau Central High School, said he will be giving free buggy rides today for classmates at the high school's class reunion at Arena Park. Penny said he, his wife and two friends will leave Penny's house off County Road 640 this afternoon in a horse-drawn parade buggy and arrive at 3 p.m. in Arena Park. Penny said he planned to travel down Highway 177 and then along Broadway to reach the reunion...
County commission appoints member to transit authority board (07/11/08)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission voted Thursday to appoint Bill Berry as a new member of the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority board. The appointment was to replace the position held by Donna Oldham. Berry, who has a background in finance, will serve a three-year term and will attend the next transit authority board meeting July 17...
County votes to sell strip of park (07/11/08)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission voted Thursday to sell 1.24 acres of Cape County Park North to Mid-America Hotels after the company increased its offer for the land to $350,000. The commission, which was split 2-1 on the deal, acted after Joe Sherinski, chairman of the Board of Park Commissioners, reported that he had spoken to the other six members of the board and that the body was in favor of the sale 6-to-1...
County gives 911 contract to Warner Communications after objections (07/11/08)
Despite objections and issues with the Missouri Sunshine Law, the Cape Girardeau County Commission voted 3-0 Thursday to enter into a written contract with the St. Louis-based company Warner Communications Corp. for the upgrades to and relocation of the 911 radio dispatch system in Cape Girardeau. The commission followed the recommendation of the Cape Girardeau County Enhanced 911 Advisory Board in its decision...
Slain Van Buren officer's father disappointed at latest trial delay (07/11/08)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- For the family of slain Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Dewayne Graham, it's like they lose their son over and over again. That was the sentiment of Carl Graham of Dexter, Mo., as he left the Carter County courthouse in Van Buren on Wednesday. The presiding judge in the case accusing Lance Shockley in the shooting death of Graham's son in March 2005 had dismissed the defense attorneys from the case...
Wife survives head blows, crash into pole (07/11/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action following a bizarre chain of events set in motion Tuesday when he learned he and his wife were being evicted. The charges stem from two attempts by Rodger D. Tillman to kill his wife, Linda, according to a probable-cause statement by detective Jerry Bledsoe of the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
Macon Co. sheriff: Alcohol involved in train death (07/11/08)
CALLAO, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a northcentral Missouri man is dead after being hit by a train that he ran toward while drinking with friends. Macon County deputies say Richard Scott of LaPlata and the others were partying outside a Callao home Thursday night when he set down his drink and ran for a passing train. Sheriff Robert Dawson said he believes that alcohol played a role in Scott's death...
Mo. judge dismisses e-mail lawsuit against Blunt (07/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A state trial judge dismisses a lawsuit filed against Gov. Matt Blunt over access to backup e-mail records. But Friday's ruling tossing out the case was delayed for 10 days to give the special investigators seeking access to e-mails from the governor's office an opportunity to amend their lawsuit...
10 Mo. state troopers finish immigration training (07/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ten state troopers completed special immigration training Friday, allowing the officers to start enforcing federal immigration laws in Missouri. Six troopers -- two each from Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis -- will be used to speed up processing after traffic stops, and the other four will be assigned to casinos in Kansas City and St. Louis. Their training at a federal police training center in Charleston, S.C., began last month...
Baby left in shopping cart in Lebanon, parents may be charged (07/11/08)
LEBANON, Mo. (AP) -- A southern Missouri couple may be charged after their 2-month-old baby was left in a shopping cart outside a Wal-Mart. Lebanon police say the couple had finished their shopping on July 4, loaded their car and drove off without taking the baby. A witness said he watched the couple drive away, leaving the baby behind...
No keys to Capitol dome, Mo. governor says (07/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt vetoes a bill giving every lawmaker a key to the Capitol dome. Blunt says Capitol Police and the Department of Public Safety had serious concerns. The Capitol dome is open to the public only on a limited basis. House and Senate administrators already have several keys, which lawmakers can borrow to take visitors up to the dome...
Reports: InBev, Anheuser-Busch talking (07/11/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After weeks of public bickering, Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.'s board is likely to accept a sweetened buyout offer from the Belgian-based brewer InBev SA as early as this weekend, a published report said. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both cite unnamed sources in reports Friday that the talks have become friendly...
Allstate settles in disputed records case (07/11/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Allstate Insurance Co. has agreed to settle an insurance case that had attracted national attention over the insurer's refusal -- and eventual agreement -- to provide key documents on how it evaluates and pays claims. The company's reluctance to release the records led to more than $7 million in fines from Jackson County Judge Michael Manners...
Missouri campaign contribution limits repealed (07/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The big bucks are back in Missouri politics. Missouri's on-again, off-again campaign contribution limits will be off effective Aug. 28 -- giving candidates plenty of time to take in big checks for November's general elections...
Jetton: Lt. gov. went too far (07/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Speaker Rod Jetton said Thursday that the lieutenant governor -- a friend and fellow Southeast Missouri Republican -- went too far in questioning the ethics of working as a political consultant and fundraiser while serving in the legislature...
Monsanto patent fight ensnares Mo. farm town (07/11/08)
PILOT GROVE, Mo. -- Soybean farmer David Brumback calls himself a loyal customer of Monsanto Co. His product of choice: genetically engineered seeds resistant to pesticides and weed killers. So when the biotech giant named Brumback and more than 100 other local farmers in a subpoena seeking five years of sales records, his first reaction was befuddlement. Then anger...
New Missouri law will give tax break for appliances (07/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri consumers willing to put up with a noisy dishwasher or outdated refrigerator just a little longer should be able to get a tax break on a new appliance next spring. Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Thursday creating a one-week state sales tax exemption on Energy Star-certified new appliances. The Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday will run from April 19 through 25 each year...
Jobless claims dip; labor market still weak (07/11/08)
WASHINGTON -- Fewer people signed up for unemployment benefits last week, but the dip was not enough to overcome continuing weakness in the country's labor market. The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications filed for unemployment insurance fell by a seasonally adjusted 58,000 to 346,000 for the week ending July 5. A year ago, the figure was lower, at 304,000, showing a deterioration in employment conditions...
Genes from Middle East families yield clues to how autism strikes (07/11/08)
WASHINGTON -- Harvard researchers have discovered half a dozen new genes involved in autism that suggest the disorder strikes in a brain that can't properly form new connections. The findings also may help explain why intense education programs do help some autistic children -- because certain genes that respond to experience weren't missing, they were just stuck in the "off" position...
Calif. Guard joins firefighting effort for first time in 30 years (07/11/08)
ALBION, Calif. -- Sweat rolled down Lisa Mirander's forehead as she hacked a tangle of saplings and brush down to bare dirt to prevent a wildfire from spreading. It was a tough job, but no harder than the 13 months she served in Afghanistan. California's wildfire season has become so severe so swiftly that for the first time in more than 30 years, National Guard troops have been deployed to fight the flames on the ground. ...
Dallas police find cocaine in car used by officers (07/11/08)
DALLAS -- Police didn't have to go far to find $400,000 worth of cocaine -- it was in an undercover car they'd been driving for two months. An officer cleaning the car at a patrol station Wednesday discovered the nearly 50 pounds of cocaine carefully hidden in hydraulically controlled compartments...
Rice says U.S. will defend Gulf; Iran tests missiles (07/11/08)
WASHINGTON -- Condoleezza Rice flexed America's muscles in the Middle East Thursday, forcefully warning Iran the U.S. won't ignore threats and will take any action necessary to defend friends and interests in the Persian Gulf. A fresh Iranian missile test prompted a show of force from Israel as well...
Backlog of DNA samples may hamper JonBenet case (07/11/08)
DENVER -- Unless he has another brush with the law someday and a DNA sample is taken from him, JonBenet Ramsey's killer might never be caught. Even worse, his DNA might already be in a police filing cabinet somewhere, still waiting, along with hundreds of thousands of genetic samples from convicted felons across the U.S., to be processed by a laboratory and entered into the national DNA databank...
Man sues Tennessee church over spiritual fall (07/11/08)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A man says he was so consumed by the spirit of God that he fell and hit his head while worshipping. Now he wants Lakewind Church to pay $2.5 million for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. Matt Lincoln says he is suing after the church's insurance company denied his claim for medical bills...
Award ceremony canceled when honorees not informed of event (07/11/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The police valor medals were in place, the furniture in the governor's Capitol office was rearranged and the reporters were assembled. But there was a suspicious void at the front of the room. The four police officers being honored for their composure while facing personal danger weren't there. No one had told them about Wednesday's ceremony...
Mulder lands in familiar place - 15-day disabled list (07/11/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- Cardinals left-hander Mark Mulder was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a shoulder strain, one day after he left his comeback start after facing only three batters. Mulder, coming back from two shoulder operations, complained of shoulder discomfort in his start against Philadelphia and threw only 16 pitches. The start was Mulder's first since September and the former 20-game winner hasn't won a game in nearly 25 months...
Team USA aims for redemption in Beijing (07/11/08)
Sooner or later, people will stop measuring every U.S. Olympic basketball squad against the Dream Team. U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski is hoping it's sooner. "There's only one Dream Team," said Krzyzewski, an assistant coach on that fabled squad. "That was '92. The mistake that our American people make is calling every team after a 'dream team.' This isn't Rocky I, II, III and IV...
Howard goes deep twice as Phillies win 4-1 over Cards (07/11/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard knows two ways to take the focus off his anemic average. Go deep. Drive in runs. "I can't control what people look at," Howard said. Howard homered twice, drove in three runs and continued to inch his batting average toward a more respectable level, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday...
Qualifying washed out (07/11/08)
JOLIET, Ill. -- With a line of strong storms moving through the area, NASCAR officials canceled Thursday night's Sprint Cup series qualifying at Chicagoland Speedway. The field for Saturday's race will be set according to car owner points, putting series points leader Kyle Busch on the pole position and Dale Earnhardt Jr. alongside him on the front row...
Luxembourg rider takes Tour lead (07/11/08)
SUPER-BESSE, France -- Kim Kirchen pulled on the yellow jersey Thursday at the Tour de France, the first Luxembourg rider in 50 years to lead cycling's showcase race. He finished fifth in the sixth stage, which was won by Italy's Riccardo Ricco. Kirchen was seventh in the Tour last year and simply is happy to have the jersey for now...
Stewart to become owner-driver in '09 (07/11/08)
JOLIET, Ill. -- Tony Stewart knows he's taking a gamble by leaving NASCAR's elite Joe Gibbs Racing team to join one that usually runs in the middle of the pack. But Stewart also can imagine what it might feel like to be in victory lane at the Daytona 500 both as a driver and a car owner, so it's a risk he's willing to take...
Home teams dominate baseball (07/11/08)
NEW YORK -- Fans who root, root, root for the home team are leaving ballparks a lot happier this year. Home teams have won nearly 57 percent of games, the highest figure in the major leagues since 1978. They had a 778-590 record entering Thursday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, which comes to a .569 winning percentage. Last year's mark was .542...
Creamer shoots 60 for five-stroke lead (07/11/08)
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Paula Creamer knew she was playing well. She was surprised just how well. Creamer birdied nine of the last 11 holes, including the final three, for a course-record 60 on the par-71 Highland Meadows layout Thursday. She held a five-stroke lead after the opening round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic...
Perry continues strong run at John Deere Classic (07/11/08)
SILVIS, Ill. -- Kenny Perry takes pride in his ability to absorb shots and bury them. And he's been doing plenty of both lately. While others wonder why he's skipping majors, Perry's enjoying one of his best runs in more than two decades on the PGA Tour. That trend continued Thursday, when he fired a 6-under 65 in the first round of the John Deere Classic, and it won't stop if he keeps playing this way...
Fans elect Longoria, Hart to All-Star team (07/11/08)
NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay rookie third baseman Evan Longoria and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart were elected All-Stars by fans in Internet balloting that ended Thursday. Longoria received 9 million votes and was followed by Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox, Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees, Brian Roberts of Baltimore and Jose Guillen of Kansas City...
Area digest 7/11/08 (07/11/08)
Smith to make professional debut Former Southeast Missouri State sprinter Miles Smith will run in his first professional race Saturday at the Cork City International Track and Field meet in Cork, Ireland. "I'm looking forward to starting my pro career on Saturday," Smith said in a news release...
Summer school: High school students across Missouri attend Missouri Scholars Academy (07/11/08)
Nina Scheibe doesn't mind being called a nerd. And she's in good company. The 330 Missouri teenagers who went to the Missouri Scholars Academy for three weeks in June don't mind calling it a nerd camp, either. The students — all about to enter junior year in high school — pretended to be college students from June 8 to June 28. They chose a major, picked a minor and stayed in the Mark Twain residential hall at the University of Missouri in Columbia...
Hooked on science: Air cannon (07/11/08)
Did you know you can build your own air cannon by using a few items from around the house? Grab an adult and then get these supplies. Materials Instructions STEP 1: Have an adult use a knife to cut a 5-inch hole in the bottom of the trash can. STEP 2: Cut a large square from the shower curtain. Make sure this square is large enough to stretch over the top of the trash can...
neXt up 7/11/08 (07/11/08)
Friday n New movies "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" Rated PG-13, running time 1 hour 50 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine "Journey to the Center of the Earth" Rated PG, running time 1 hour 32 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine...
Who's next 7/11/08 (07/11/08)
SCHOLARSHIPS n David Berry of Cape Girardeau received a Westminster College dean's scholarship and a scholarship from the Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club. He will play tennis at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. n Jordan Casper of Jackson received a Community College Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Review: 'Dark Knight' nearly lives up to the hype (07/11/08)
It's difficult to separate the movie from its mystique. Even under ordinary circumstances, "The Dark Knight" would have been one of the most hotly awaited movies of the summer blockbuster season. The loss of Heath Ledger to an accidental prescription-drug overdose in January has amplified the buzz around the film — and his crazed performance as the Joker — to extraordinary levels...
Movie review: Shallow 'Journey' gains depth in 3-D (07/11/08)
Hollywood wisdom through the ages has always been that no technological innovation — the transition from silent film to sound, black-and-white to color, hand-drawn animation to digital images — could ever make a bad movie into a good one...
Willie Ellis Sr. (07/11/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Willie James "Cadillac Willie" Ellis Sr., 67, of Sikeston died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at the Missouri Delta Regional Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Belene, Miss., son of James and Viola Wilson Ellis. He and Eddie Jean Bell were married in 1962...
Katherine Johnson (07/11/08)
Katherine Johnson, 53, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, July 5, 2008, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the House of Prayer. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with Joann McCulley officiating. Burial will be in Lorimier Cemetery...
Michael Gibson (07/11/08)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Michael Robert Gibson, 49, of Clarksville, Tenn., formerly of Cairo died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 5, 1958, in Cairo, son of Robert and Xandra Lentz Gibson. He married Karen Armstrong. Gibson was a logistics analyst with Bosch Braking System...
Virginia Newell (07/11/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Virginia Olene Newell, 72, of Arnold, Mo., formerly of Marble Hill, died at the home of a daughter in Arnold. She was born Aug. 3, 1935, at Scopus, Mo., daughter of Linus and Pearl Lincoln James. She and William "Bud" Newell were married Sept. 3, 1954. He died June 27, 1994...
Emma Smith (07/11/08)
Emma C. Wessel Smith, 93, of Boulder, Colo., formerly of Cape Girardeau County, passed away and went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, July 5, 2008, at the Hospice of Boulder County Care Center in Louisville, Colo. She was born July 14, 1914, in Gordonville, the last of nine children, daughter of the late William Henry and Emma Sievers Wessel. She and Robert Lee Smith were married in 1938 in Bonne Terre, Mo. He passed away Nov. 28, 2002...
Renee Conklin (07/11/08)
Renee M. Conklin, 37, of Jackson passed away Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Jackson Manor. She was born June 2, 1971, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Paul and Kathleen Heisdorffer Conklin. Renee was a member of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson. She formerly worked at VIP Industries in Fruitland. She graduated from Parkview State School in Cape Girardeau in 1992. She especially loved spending time with her nieces and nephews...
Births 7/11/08 (07/11/08)
Clay Son to Chad B. and Mindy R. Clay of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:34 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2008. Name, Cole Thomas. Weight, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Fourth child, second son. Mrs. Clay is the former Mindy Farrow, daughter of Tom and Judy Farrow of Jackson. She is employed at Monticello House. Clay is the son of Donna Clay of St. Louis, and the late Gary Clay. He is employed at Keller Motors...
Police report 7/11/08 (07/11/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Matthew D. Matchett, 50, of Washington, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving and failure to maintain a single lane...
Fire report 7/11/08 (07/11/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday: n At 9:32 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1800 block of Sherwood Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 4:39 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Lorimier Street...
Out of the past 7/11/08 (07/11/08)
25 years ago: July 11, 1983 Firefighter Sam Welker was injured last night in an apartment house blaze; flames were shooting from the windows when firefighters arrived at the building at 601 North St.; Welker suffered a cut on one arm when a window air conditioner firefighters were moving fell on his arm...
Guns and squirrels (07/11/08)
When it comes to interpreting the U.S. Constitution, I'm no expert. I have always believed -- and would like to continue to believe -- that the judicial branch of the federal government has a few experts of its own, particularly on the U.S. Supreme Court...
Political forecast (07/11/08)
Something to think about: As reported elsewhere, congressional Republicans are bracing for huge losses in November. Democrats are projected to gain over a dozen House seats, lifting their edge to at least 50. Dems are also expected to increase their Senate margin of 51 to 49 by four to seven seats, still shy of the 60 votes needed to be filibuster-proof...
Jane Randol Jackson (07/11/08)
Jane Randol Jackson is the first woman to receive the Spirit of America awards, sponsored by the Southeast Missourian and recognizing an individual who best exemplifies the best ideals of this great nation. But that's not what makes her stand out on the list of distinguished recipients who have served our community, state and nation so well. ...
This year's air show was great (07/11/08)
To the editor: My hat is off to the great planners who orchestrated the air show and fireworks at the airport, both day and night. My granddaughter loved the Golden Knights. I was impressed by the Lima Lima Flight Team. Its nighttime formations looked like spaceships. The SEMMA model plane fliers provided a great fill for the interludes. And the fireworks were, as my granddaughter said, fantastic...
Missouri plan best to pick judges (07/11/08)
To the editor: On July 31 Judge Stephen Limbaugh of Cape Girardeau will leave his seat on the Missouri Supreme Court to accept his appointment to the federal bench. Our state courts will lose an excellent jurist. Because this is Missouri, we can be sure that Limbaugh's seat on the court will be filled by a highly qualified lawyer who will not be beholden to special interests or corporations...
Model airfield a blessing in disguise (07/11/08)
To the editor: The move from Gordonville to Galaxy Park Model Airfield was a blessing in disguise. When we found out we would lose the Gordonville site, we had a year to find a new flying field. After looking at several sites, an article in our AMA magazine brought up the subject of landfills and Superfund sites as model flying fields. ...
Speak Out 7/11/08 (07/11/08)
Gordonville safety THE GORDONVILLE Police Department is two part-time officers. I'm sorry they aren't on duty in the morning and afternoons to pull over speeders. I've lived in Gordonville all my life, and speeding in town is not a major problem. These officers work nights and weekends to ensure our safety...
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