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Stories from Friday, July 25, 2008

Poplar Bluff church fire ruled arson (07/25/08)
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the fire that caused extensive damage to the Lively Stone Church of God at 522 Relief St. The fire, which was reported at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, was found to be an "incendiary fire, a set fire," according to Rod Hoelscher, an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office...
Scott County considers road repairs (07/25/08)
BENTON -- Scott County is exploring its options when it comes to repairing bridges and roads damaged by spring flooding. During Thursday's regular commission meeting, Joel Evans, county developer and director of emergency management, spoke with commissioners about possible plans for three areas near Rockview. ...
Sikeston DPS makes arrest in robbery case (07/25/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A teenager is in custody following an attempted robbery Thursday at convenience store in Sikeston. Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call around 2:30 p.m. Thursday of an attempted robbery at KD's Convenience Store at 903 W. ...
Blood trail leads to arrest of three (07/25/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Formal charges are being sought for three subjects in connection with an apparent attempted burglary early Wednesday. According to a news release from Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jim McMillen, a call was received about 4:10 a.m. Wednesday to report a stabbing. Officers responded to the 200 block of South Scott Street to find a 17-year-old with a severe cut to his right wrist. The subject was accompanied by two juvenile boys...
Who's next 7/25/08 (07/25/08)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Kaci Bennett of Zalma, Mo., and Justin Lemons of Sturdivant, Mo., received the Wylma Noll Memorial Scholarship to attend Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo. HONORS n Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center students participated in the National SKILLS USA competition in June in Kansas City. ...
Poplar Bluff Sonic robbed at gunpoint (07/25/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Authorities are searching for two men they believe robbed Sonic Drive-In employees at gunpoint early Wednesday. About 1:05 a.m., two female employees exited the South Westwood Boulevard restaurant after locking up for the night and were standing outside talking, Poplar Bluff Police officer Bryce Colvin said in his report...
Business, school leaders form council to improve work force (07/25/08)
Missy Marshall defines success as a time when employers no longer come to her, as Sikeston, Mo., Chamber of Commerce executive director, saying they can't find anyone to fill a job. Businesswoman Kathy Swan says it will be when graduation rates increase, college remedial rates decrease and skilled graduates remain in the area to work...
Briefly 7/25/08 (07/25/08)
Seminar set at Missionary Baptist Missionary Baptist Church will present a "Life Changing Seminar" highlighting career, college and GED options at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at 200 Broadway in Cape Girardeau. Representatives from Southeast Missouri State University, MERS, the Career and Technology Center, Workforce Development and the Adult Learning Center will be present...
Life of former professor, artist Rick Procter celebrated with music and memories (07/25/08)
Most people wouldn't recognize Rick Procter without a dance floor beneath him. And that's how a lot of people will remember him now that he's gone. The 74-year-old retired Southeast Missouri State University art professor, who never retired from art, died Sunday...
Autopsy on man found near floodwall reveals no trauma (07/25/08)
An autopsy Thursday showed no trauma to the partly decomposed body of a man found Wednesday morning by the floodwall near downtown Cape Girardeau. Lester L. Jeffrey Jr., 59, of Cape Girardeau was reported missing on Monday. City workers discovered his body about 10 a.m. Wednesday while mowing a grassy lot just north of Broadway...
Cape mayor asks for denial of casino ballot measure (07/25/08)
Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson joined the debate over a proposal to permanently ban new casino licenses in a letter asking Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to declare the measure unconstitutional. In the letter dated Wednesday, Knudtson used three arguments -- including one already rejected by a Cole County judge -- to urge Carnahan to deny a ballot slot for the casino-sponsored Schools First initiative. ...
Region missed federal target for ozone (07/25/08)
A four-county area of Southeast Missouri has exceeded the federal standard for ozone pollution, based on readings from a monitoring station in Farrar, Mo., in Perry County. On 36 days during the 2005-2007 period, the readings for ozone pollution were above the eight-hour standard of 75 parts per billion, according to figures from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. ...
Months of work go into Homecomers talent show (07/25/08)
Plenty of hard work by dancers, singers and organizers went into the Homecomers talent show Thursday. "It's unbelievable. Nobody can imagine what it is," said Linda Penzel about the work she has put in to prepare as director of entertainment for Homecomers. Penzel said she and the late Marybeth Williams began planning for this year's event about two years ago...
Scott County to cut 10 road projects (07/25/08)
Norman Brant, Scott County's highway administrator, is in the process of cutting 10 roads from the list of 2008 projects. The county's paving program will end a month early, he said. Brant blames oil prices. "It's affected everything. Asphalt has jumped $12, $14 a ton," he said. One contractor was unable to get sufficient asphalt oil, needed to coat the road before paving begins, he said...
Trial begins in videotaped sex killing of Mo. woman (07/25/08)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- The trial begins for a man accused of the 2006 videotaped sex killing of a suburban Kansas City woman. Forty-three-year-old Richard Davis faces 40 felony counts, including capital murder, kidnapping and rape in the 2006 death of 41-year-old Marsha Spicer, of Independence, Mo...
Four-day school week not option in Missouri (07/25/08)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- In more than a dozen states, public school districts have begun offering four-day weeks to cut their fuel costs. But in Missouri, that option does not yet exist. Current Missouri law does not permit that but some districts have begun inquiring, said Jim Morris, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Madison Co. recreation spot target of suits (07/25/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two lawsuits seek to shut down a privately owned recreation spot in eastern Missouri's Madison County, claiming it's unsafe. In the last 20 years, at least six people have died at the Offsets Quarry near Fredericktown. The owner, Gary Henson, admits there are rocks, ledges, and leftover pieces of rusty metal at the quarry, but said he warns people of those hazards before they enter...
Suspect in KC-area slaying freed, charges pending (07/25/08)
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (AP) -- A man who was taken into custody after a fatal shooting outside a suburban Kansas City bar has been released with charges still pending. Police in Grain Valley say 38-year-old Jesse Saldivar, Jr., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was shot to death during a fight early Thursday in the parking lot of Whiskey Tango. The suspect had told police that he fired the fatal shots and that he had put the gun he used on the hood of a car...
Audit finds problems with Mo. housing tax credit (07/25/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An audit reports that Missouri's housing commission is not properly verifying the value of donated properties. State auditors reviewing the affordable housing tax credit program, also said the Missouri Housing Development Commission has combined two tax credit programs when reporting to lawmakers about the benefits of the housing tax incentive...
Columbia parents charged in toddler's death (07/25/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The parents of a 2-year-old Columbia boy who died in June now face murder charges. An autopsy showed that Cortez Johnson died June 25 at University Hospital in Columbia from blunt force trauma to his head. Prosecutors on Thursday charged the boy's parents, 25-year-old Horace Johnson and 26-year-old Keyonda Lumpkins with second-degree murder...
St. Louis police board calls emergency meeting (07/25/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners is expected to discuss possible discipline for Chief Joe Mokwa at a meeting Friday. The board on Thursday announced an emergency meeting, presumably to discuss the investigation, which stems from use of vehicles at the city's impound yard. The meeting is closed to the public...
Church wants to buy empty Memphis Pyramid arena building (07/25/08)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The 32-story pyramid-shaped arena sitting empty beside the Memphis riverfront once held screaming crowds of sports and concert fans. Now, a Memphis church wants to fill it with worshippers. "Every time we've occupied a space, we've filled it," said Gary Faulkner, pastor of Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church, whose 5,000-member congregation is offering $12 million for the Memphis Pyramid...
Branson trout hatchery popular tourist draw (07/25/08)
BRANSON, Mo. — Branson is known as an entertainment mecca, where tourists from far and wide come to see name acts perform, do touristy things, shop, and relax. But a huge attraction in Branson is the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Missouri's largest trout producer. It welcomed its 6 millionth visitor on Sunday and consistently draws 250,000 visitors a year...
Flags in St. Louis to be lowered for slain firefighter (07/25/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Flags at state facilities in St. Louis County have been ordered lowered to half-staff today for a Maplewood, Mo., firefighter killed earlier this week. Ryan Hummert was shot Monday while responding to a truck fire in suburban St. Louis. Two police officers were also shot...
Inmates, others challenge Missouri's lethal injection method (07/25/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Inmates, families, clergy and legislators claim in a new lawsuit that Missouri's method of lethal injection violates state law. Meanwhile, a doctor who once performed executions in Missouri apparently has resurfaced in Arizona. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Cole County, said the Missouri Department of Corrections and director Larry Crawford did not comply with state requirements to provide public notice and invite comments on new execution procedures, or advise a legislative rules committee. ...
One person dead in New Hampshire storms that leveled several homes (07/25/08)
DEERFIELD, N.H. -- Violent storms on Thursday in a 25-mile-long swath of central New Hampshire destroyed several homes, damaged dozens of others and left at least one person dead, authorities said as police and firefighters went door-to-door searching for more possible victims...
Report urges overhauling how passports are issued (07/25/08)
WASHINGTON — The State Department urgently needs to overhaul the way it handles passport applications to avoid a repeat of the massive backlogs last summer that frustrated countless travelers, congressional investigators concluded. They said the department must develop a "comprehensive, long-term strategy" to meet rising demand for the identity documents. ...
Texas begins cleanup after Hurricane Dolly (07/25/08)
HARLINGEN, Texas -- Residents across southern Texas slogged through knee-deep muddy waters, tiptoed around downed power lines and dug through debris Thursday, but were thankful that Hurricane Dolly didn't pack the wallop they had feared. Downed power lines remained the greatest danger, and officials urged people to stay home one more day "unless it's life or death." One person in Matamoros, Mexico, died from electrocution after walking past a power line on the ground...
Votes of deceased people invalid in some states (07/25/08)
If you vote by mail, but die before Election Day, does your vote count? It depends on where you lived. Oregon counts ballots no matter what happens to the voter. So does Florida. But in South Dakota, if you die before the election, so does your vote...
Girls' math skills now measure up to boys' through 11th grade (07/25/08)
WASHINGTON -- Sixteen years after Barbie dolls declared, "Math class is tough!" girls are proving that when it comes to math they are just as tough as boys. In the largest study of its kind, girls measured up to boys in every grade, from second through 11th. The research was released Thursday in the journal Science...
Jobless claims increase as housing market gets weaker (07/25/08)
WASHINGTON -- Two cornerstones of the economy -- jobs and housing -- sank to new depths Thursday, with unemployment claims bolting higher and home prices recording one of their steepest drops on record. The bleak reports underscored the self-reinforcing cycle hampering the economy: As home prices sink, foreclosures rise, banks feel pressure to shy away from lending and employers cut jobs...
Iran ends cooperation with U.N. nuclear arms probe (07/25/08)
VIENNA, Austria -- Iran signaled Thursday it will no longer cooperate with U.N. experts probing for signs of clandestine nuclear weapons work, confirming the investigation is at a dead end a year after it began. The announcement from Iranian Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh compounded skepticism about denting Tehran's nuclear defiance, just five days after Tehran stonewalled demands from six world powers that it halt activities capable of producing the fissile core of warheads...
Serbia IDs the man behind Karadzic's false identity (07/25/08)
BELGRADE, Serbia -- The real Dragan Dabic has emerged -- and the 66-year-old construction worker was shocked Thursday to discover his identity had apparently been stolen by one of the world's most notorious war crimes suspects. Radovan Karadzic assumed Dabic's identity as a cover during the autocratic rule of his mentor Slobodan Milosevic, officials said Thursday, promising to track down anyone who helped the Bosnian Serb warlord stay on the run from genocide charges for nearly 13 years...
Former Argentine army commander sentenced to life in 'dirty war' trial (07/25/08)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- A court sentenced one of Argentina's most feared former military leaders to life in prison on Thursday for the 1977 kidnapping, torture and killing of four activists. Luciano Benjamin Menendez, 81, was commander of the regional Third Army Corps in Cordoba five years during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship...
Libya cuts off Switzerland's oil to protest Gadhafi's son's arrest (07/25/08)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Libya has halted all of its oil deliveries to Switzerland and barred Swiss ships from its ports to protest the arrest of Moammar Gadhafi's son in Geneva, a state-run shipping company said Thursday. Libya's General National Maritime Transportation Co. stopped oil shipments to Switzerland on Wednesday, said the head of the company, Ali Bilhajj Ahmed. The company says it is the only Libyan-based firm supplying oil to Switzerland...
Iraq banned from Beijing Olympics amid political feud in Baghdad (07/25/08)
BAGHDAD -- Just two weeks before the start of the Olympics, Iraq was told Thursday it's not welcome in Beijing because of a political feud in Baghdad that angered the games' guardians and exiled a country that arrived to a roaring ovation at the opening ceremony four years ago...
NCAA reinstates Redhawks' Hill for next season (07/25/08)
Southeast Missouri State basketball player Johnny Hill has been reinstated to play for the 2008-09 season, without penalty from the NCAA. Hill, who will be a junior, was suspended for the final three games of the 2007-08 season because of an NCAA investigation into events that took place when he attended Vashon High School in St. Louis...
Dunklin Co. overcomes Jackson to reach final (07/25/08)
Dunklin County moved one win away from its second consecutive District 14 championship with a come-from-behind 11-9 victory against host Jackson that began Wednesday night and ended in the wee minutes of Thursday morning at Legion Field. Post 303 had to rally after falling behind 7-1 after 2 1/2 innings...
Protest ends season for Scott County (07/25/08)
The American Legion District 14 baseball tournament played this week at Jackson's Legion Field was not void of controversy. Far from it. Wednesday night's 19-4 win by Scott County Post 369 over Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons Post 63 in an elimination game was at the center of the turmoil...
Hogan's heroes (07/25/08)
Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan has found a way to fill some of his summer hours. Hogan was so impressed with the American Junior Golf Association tournament last year at Dalhousie that he will take on the role of volunteer committee chairman this year...
Dunklin County marches to district title with win over Jackson (07/25/08)
JACKSON — Dunklin County Post 303 hurler Aaron McCaig had one bad inning Thursday. The other eight innings he dominated Jackson Post 158. After a rocky fifth inning when he gave up three runs and surrendered the lead, the right-handed McCaig battled back to toss a complete game, as Dunklin County beat Jackson 12-3 to win the District 14 American Legion baseball tournament at Jackson City Park...
Sastre takes lead out of mountains (07/25/08)
SAINT-ETIENNE, France -- No "crazy" attacks, conserve energy, and hope for the best in the time trial: Tour de France leader Carlos Sastre is tipping his strategy as the race creeps toward its finish in Paris on Sunday. The Spanish veteran didn't see the chance he was looking for to expand his lead against his top rivals in Thursday's 18th stage out of the Alps, which Germany's Marcus Burghardt won by heading a two-man breakaway...
Braun's blast caps sweep of Redbirds (07/25/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers are on quite a roll. The left fielder hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to cap his second straight four-hit game and lift Milwaukee to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Brewers' eighth straight win...
Home favorite Weir shoots 65, shares lead at rain-plagued Canadian Open (07/25/08)
Mike Weir gave Canadian Open fans what they came to see on another rainy day at drenched Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario. The Canadian player shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead with Anthony Kim and Eric Axley during the suspended first round. Only half of the players were able to finish the round that was delayed for 5 hours, 42 minutes...
Passing the crown: Meet Miss Homecomers 2007 and Miss Homecomers 2008 (07/25/08)
Laurie Jean Clippard, Miss Homecomers 2008 Age: 15 Grade: Sophomore School: Jackson High School Interests: Four-wheeling, bike riding, horse riding, shopping, hunting with dad, creekin, sports, hanging out with friends, church and youth group. What other titles have you held?...
Review: 'The Dark Knight' exceeds high expectations (07/25/08)
"The Dark Knight" is as close to cinematic perfection as any movie could ever hope to reach. Words cannot do it justice. This highly anticipated sequel to 2005's "Batman Begins" lived up to every expectation effortlessly, undoubtedly becoming a new classic...
Hooked on science: The collapsing soda can (07/25/08)
Did you know you can crush a can by using air? It's another experiment that might get you and your family "Hooked on Science." Materials n 1 empty soda can n Hot plate n Bowl n Water n Ice n Kitchen tongs Instructions STEP 1 : Fill the bowl with ice and water...
Batman's Bale asks for privacy in family assault allegations (07/25/08)
BARCELONA, Spain -- Batman star Christian Bale asked for privacy Thursday in his first comments since allegations he assaulted his mother and sister at a London hotel, saying the incident was personal. The Welsh-born actor brushed off questions about the alleged family dispute, saying he preferred to focus on the blockbuster movie "The Dark Knight," which had its premiere in Spain on Wednesday...
Don Ferguson (07/25/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Don H. Ferguson, 88, of Mount Vernon, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Charleston Rehab and Healthcare Center in Charleston, Ill. He was born July 22, 1920, in Cypress, Ill., to Benjamin Harrison and Lois Hileman Ferguson. He and June Clardy were married Dec. 17, 1948. She died March 27, 1979...
Byrcha Stevenson (07/25/08)
Byrcha Stevenson, 99, of Jackson died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at her home. Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until service time Saturday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pauline Griffy (07/25/08)
Pauline Griffy, 71, of Jackson died July 24, 2008, at her residence. She was born Aug. 3, 1936, near Bloomfield, Mo., daughter of Curtis and Eva Martin Eskew. She and Dale R. Griffy were married Aug. 31, 1956, in Dexter, Mo. He preceded her in death Dec. 18, 2002...
Bud Milligan (07/25/08)
Everett "Bud" Milligan, 78, of the Missouri Veterans Home died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, in the Emergency Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Oct. 17, 1929, at Steele, Mo., son of Raymond Buford and Vivian Elizabeth Cope Milligan. He and Icess Lorraine "Icy" Markland were married Aug. 1, 1960. She died Nov. 5, 2001...
Katie Kembel (07/25/08)
Katie Kembel, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born May 10, 1925, in Whitewater, daughter of Leslie D. and Ella Yount Finley. She and Emery Kembel were married July 3, 1948, in Osceola, Ark. He died June 27, 2007...
Kenneth Anderson (07/25/08)
Kenneth K. Anderson, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born April 16, 1921, in Custer, S.D., son of Gust and Blanche Waters Anderson. He and Mary Jo Suskey were married May 27, 1961, in Mason City, Iowa...
Blaik Moss (07/25/08)
ORAN, Mo. -- Kerrington Blaik Moss, 19, of Oran died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born May 17, 1989, in Cape Girardeau, son of Cheryl Sue Moss. He was engaged to Marki Coomer of Scott City. Moss attended Scott City High School...
Births 7/25/2008 (07/25/08)
Smoot Daughter to Charles Earl Lee Smoot Jr. and Lindsay Dawn Abercrombie of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2008. Name, Madison Dawn. Weight, 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Ms. Abercrombie is the daughter of John R. ...
Fire report 7/25/2008 (07/25/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 1:30 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of Doctors Park. n At 6:37 p.m., an alarm at 3020 Boutin Drive. n At 10:30 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3200 block of William Street...
Police report 7/25/2008 (07/25/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Maria A. Shepard, 23, of Dongola, Ill., was arrested on suspicion of stealing. n Joseph H. Boyer, 56, of Oak Ridge was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and driving while revoked, and a St. Francois County warrant for driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 7/25/08 (07/25/08)
25 years ago: July 25, 1983 The heat wave, which had baked the Midwest for a week, continued yesterday as temperatures skyrocketed above 100 degrees at Cape Girardeau for a record-setting sixth consecutive day; thunderstorms that helped break the grip of the deadly heat wave in other parts of Missouri essentially bypass Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri...
Changing the world (07/25/08)
It's unlikely that I will ever revolutionize the world, although I take credit for helping to coin, in the late 1960s, the term "Chinese restaurant syndrome" to describe the reactions some diners have to monosodium glutamate, or MSG, used as a flavor enhancer by many Chinese restaurants...
Running for water (07/25/08)
Jared Ritter is running today -- not away from anything, but toward the goal of raising more money for the "1,000 Wells" campaign supported by "Blood: Water Mission," a charity that uses donated funds for water wells in African countries. If all goes according to plan, Jared will run 20 miles from Cape Girardeau to Jackson and back...
Court followed original intent (07/25/08)
To the editor: I just read John Bierk's letter ("A case of judicial activism") concerning the Supreme Court's decision on the Washington, D.C., handgun ban, and must politely disagree. The Second Amendment was very clear: It is the right of the people (civilians) to keep and bear arms. ...
The right of ordinary citizens (07/25/08)
To the editor: Recently John C. Bierk of Cape Girardeau took the U.S. Supreme Court to task for granting us all (with restrictions) the right to keep and bear arms instead of limiting that right to a militia. My dictionary shows its first definition of "militia" as "an army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers." So who in our Founding Fathers' day would make up that army? It would be anyone not too young, too old or too disabled to serve in a militia. ...
Gun question clearly answered (07/25/08)
A recent letter criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. While I respect the opinion and the right to offer it, my support lies with the now-affirmed right to protect ourselves and our loved ones...
Rants have the opposite effect (07/25/08)
To the editor: I write taking issue with David Limbaugh's rant from July 14. First, he continues to harp on Michelle Obama for her statement regarding her pride in America, which was a sentence that even our first lady thinks was misconstrued. Then he complains that Barack Obama would like for our children to learn more languages, as they do in Europe -- as if there is something wrong with that...
Speak Out 7/25/08 (07/25/08)
The profit factor SO IF T. Boone Pickens' investments in alternate energy sources leads to cleaner, cheaper and more abundant energy for all of us, someone may not partake because he made his money in oil and might try to make a profit from his investments?...
EXPERIENCE LIFE AS IT WAS IN THE 1800'S - VISIT THE RED HOUSE INTERPRETIVE CENTER IN CAPE! (07/25/08)
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