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Stories from Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Charleston farmer grateful for Bush pardon (11/26/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Leslie Owen Collier was surrounded by cattle at a livestock auction when his cell phone rang. It was the White House. Twelve years after pleading guilty to federal charges in the deaths of three bald eagles, Collier learned his name was cleared — he was pardoned by President Bush...
Man arrested after high speed chase through Cape Girardeau onto I-55 (11/26/08)
A driver seeking to avoid a traffic stop led Cape Girardeau police officers on a chase Wednesday morning that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour on Interstate 55. Wayne W. Douglass, 21, of Mound City, Ill., ran his 2001 black Chevrolet Camaro into a ditch near mile marker 104 on I-55 after shredding the right rear tire during the high-speed chase. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (11/26/08)
Cape Girardeau police had some excitement this morning when they chased a Camaro from Broadway and onto Interstate 55, reaching speeds over 100 mph. The man driving the car, which had Illinois plates, was Tasered and arrested. ...
South Pacific Street fire was a false alarm (11/26/08)
The reported fire at 426 South Pacific St. turned out to be a false alarm. Responders left the scene minutes ago. Here is the earlier version of our story. A fire has been reported at 426 South Pacific St. in Cape Girardeau. No additional information is known at this time...
Official autopsy results in Dunklin County death could take six weeks (11/26/08)
DUNKLIN COUNTY, Mo. -- Authorities are waiting for autopsy results before ruling a cause of death in the case of a body found in a drainage ditch south of Kennett. According to Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, it could take up to six weeks before the final autopsy results are in. The official ruling cannot be made until then. Preliminary results reported Monday indicated the man could have died of hypothermia...
New Madrid high school students record stories of veterans as part of book project (11/26/08)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A high school writing project is preserving the stories of local soldiers with a book. "New Madrid's Hometown Heroes" was written by the 14 students in H. Riley Bock's 2008 English III class at New Madrid County Central High School...
Salvation Army preparing for large crowd at annual Thanksgiving meal in Cape Girardeau (11/26/08)
The Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau expects a much larger than normal demand for its annual Thanksgiving dinner, Maj. Ben Stillwell said Tuesday. With preparations underway at the headquarters at 701 Good Hope St., Stillwell said he expects both home deliveries and the number of visitors who will partake on-site will be significantly higher this year...
Perry County man gets four years for being felon in possession of firearm (11/26/08)
A Perry County man will serve almost four years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bradley Brawner, 40, was sentenced to prison Monday by U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber. On Nov. 8, 2007, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper investigating a one-car accident in Perry County traced the driver of the vehicle to the nearby Eagles Lodge...
National association taps Southeast's president as officer (11/26/08)
Dr. Ken Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dobbins' election was announced on the final day of the association's annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va. The association includes 430 member institutions from across the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands...
Area consumers prepare their holiday shopping plans (11/26/08)
Doug Sept is not a big fan of Black Friday. The Columbia, Mo., resident has already bought Christmas presents for family and friends he's visiting in Southeast Missouri. On Tuesday, Sept was enjoying a few minutes inside PMac Music in Cape Girardeau, searching for a CD for himself...
Holiday closes Southeast Missouri government offices, alters trash pickup schedules (11/26/08)
Federal, state and local government offices will be closed Thursday to observe Thanksgiving. Jackson and Scott City offices will also be closed on Friday, as are offices in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties and state offices. The city of Cape Girardeau's offices will be open Friday, along with federal offices...
Poplar Bluff man pleads guilty to child pornography charge (11/26/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man faces a maximum of 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Friday to possessing child pornography. Coy Delaney Alspaugh, 52, of the 200 block of County Road 527, entered guilty plea to one felony count of possession of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., according to the federal prosecutor's office...
Columbia man sentenced to prison for Van Buren pharmacy robbery (11/26/08)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- A Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of a Van Buren pharmacy. Tyler Ray Scott Hayward, 24, pleaded guilty to pharmacy robbery and was sentenced to prison by Presiding Circuit Judge David Evans, according to Carter County Circuit Clerk Cathy Duncan Terry...
Thanksgiving weekend starts tonight for police patrols (11/26/08)
Thanksgiving weekend starts at 6 p.m. today for police officers. That's when they step up patrols, looking to get drunken drivers off the street, distracted drivers back on track and those racing to meet family or friends to slow down. "We have extra officers on duty whose job it is to remove intoxicated drivers from the roadway," said Sgt. Kevin Orr of Cape Girardeau Police Department's traffic division...
Scott City toddler receives second bone-marrow transplant in a year to counter rare syndrome (11/26/08)
The Blankenship family knows deja vu. In 2002, their daughter, Kristan, was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare syndrome that causes the bone marrow to produce an excess of cells, which causes inflammation and eventually damages organs. In 2007, their son, Ethan Lee, was diagnosed with the same disease...
Deer harvest in Cape County up 10 percent (11/26/08)
Cape Girardeau County hunters fared better than hunters statewide during the main firearms deer season, which ended Tuesday. As of 11 p.m., they checked 1,417 deer, compared to 1,288 last year. Statewide, numbers were down; 200,599 deer were shot versus 214,494 last year...
Neal E. Boyd receives hometown honors in Sikeston (11/26/08)
Neal E. Boyd speaks about his experiences on "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday in front of family and friends at the Clinton Building in Sikeston, Mo., at an event sponsored by the Sikeston Area of Chamber of Commerce. Boyd received plaques from Sikeston, the Missouri House of Representatives and the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce. Check semissourian.com on Thanksgiving for a video interview with Boyd...
Bond talks about auto industry bailout at parts factory in Dexter (11/26/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, in a discussion with local EMCON officials and other area businessmen affected by the current automotive industry crisis, voiced his concerns Monday in Dexter with regard to the potential loss of jobs within Missouri's auto industry and detailed his bipartisan "rescue package."...
Title: Don't assume people can "see" your value...show them (11/26/08)
Content: Candidate's Background: Sandy had an extensive human resources background, yet it was hidden in a plethora of bullet points in a lengthy and somewhat redundant résumé. She was also seeking a management-level position and was finding the fact that she did not have a college degree hindered her search. She did not know how to position her experience to overcome the potential disqualifier...
3 die in crash on St. Louis bridge (11/26/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Three people are dead after a head-on crash on a Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis. The accident happened Tuesday night on the McKinley Bridge. KSDK-TV identifies one of the victims as 26-year-old Milton Dowell. His address was not immediately known. The names of the other victims were not released...
Widow whose husband died at Marion, Ill., VA settles wrongful-death lawsuit (11/26/08)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A widow whose husband died at a Southern Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital under fire for substandard care has agreed to settle her lawsuit against the government for $975,000, her attorney said. Katrina Shank had sought $12 million in her federal wrongful-death lawsuit. Her husband, 50-year-old Air Force veteran Robert Shank III of Murray, Ky., bled to death in August 2007, a day after undergoing gallbladder surgery at the VA hospital in Marion, Ill...
Commission recommends raises for Mo. judges, officials (11/26/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Most of its members were never appointed, but a citizens' salary commission went ahead Tuesday and recommended giving Missouri's elected officials and judges a pay raise if lawmakers approve one for state employees. Associate circuit judges also would receive a $1,500 pay boost in each of the next two years under the plan approved by the Missouri Citizens' Commission on Compensation. ...
Stocks don't flinch despite economic data (11/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- Bad news was no news to the American economy Tuesday. The government released a triple dose of discouraging data: The economy shrank over the summer even more than previously believed, and consumers reduced their spending by the largest amount in 28 years. During the same period, home prices fell to levels not seen since early 2004...
Rate of new cancers drops (11/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- The rate of new cancer cases finally may be inching down -- positive news but a gain that specialists worry could be derailed by economic turmoil. Death rates from cancer have been dropping slowly for years, thanks to earlier detection and better treatments. ...
Despite setbacks, tobacco trying to come back in U.S. (11/26/08)
MOUNT STERLING, Ky. -- Lindsay Pasley is an eager young man in what used to be an older man's game -- tobacco farming. He recently took 20 tons of his early prepared leaf to Clay's Tobacco Warehouse in Mount Sterling, due east of Lexington, Ky., in the Appalachian foothills, where he said he earned enough to "have a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas."...
Documents released in Hatfill anthrax investigation (11/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department released nearly 100 documents Tuesday that it used to falsely link scientist Steven J. Hatfill to the 2001 anthrax attacks. Search warrants and documents detailing what was recovered show the FBI seized clothing, financial records, VHS tapes, books and other papers from Hatfill's home in Frederick, Md., his car, and a locker he rented in Ocala, Fla...
Louisville gets Seuss-and-desist letter over holiday Whoville display (11/26/08)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- There will be no Whoville in Louisville this Christmas. The city of Louisville is scrapping plans to use the iconic Dr. Seuss village and characters as part of its annual Christmas display after receiving a cease and desist letter from Dr. Seuss Enterprises...
Official says Robert Gates to stay on as defense secretary (11/26/08)
CHICAGO -- Seeking experience in wartime, president-elect Barack Obama intends to re-enlist Defense Secretary Robert Gates as head of the Pentagon -- if only temporarily -- and has chosen a retired Marine general to be White House national security adviser, officials said Tuesday...
Researchers find wreckage of slave ship that sank in 1841 (11/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- Marine archaeologists have found the remains of a slave ship wrecked off the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1841, an accident that set free the ancestors of many current residents of those islands. Some 192 Africans survived the sinking of the Spanish ship Trouvadore off the British-ruled islands, where the slave trade was banned...
Some fearful Christians hope to flee town, Iraq (11/26/08)
TAL KAEEF, Iraq -- Young Christian women in tight jeans mingle easily with Arab matrons draped in black, head-to-toe robes. Both church spires and mosque minarets rise above the low-slung houses. Violence is rare. "The people here look out for each other -- Arabs, Christians, Kurds, Yazidis. If all of Iraq was like this, it would be a great place," said 1st Lt. Jeremy Glosson, leading a U.S. Army patrol through Tal Kaeef's medieval-like alleys...
Iowa shoots down Redhawks (11/26/08)
Any hopes the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team had of pulling off an upset ended early. Hot-shooting Iowa took advantage of the cold-shooting Redhawks by scoring 18 of the game's first 21 points. Things only got worse for the Redhawks, who were pounded 75-41 on Tuesday night in Iowa City, Iowa...
Redhawks' Davis earns academic All-American in volleyball (11/26/08)
Southeast Missouri State volleyball player Molly Davis has received one of the premier honors available to a collegiate student-athlete. Davis, a junior libero, on Monday was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American third team for her achievements on the court and in the classroom...
Southeast women suffer first loss at Florida State, fall 62-31 (11/26/08)
Florida State dropped out of the women's basketball national rankings following Sunday's upset loss to rival Florida. The Seminoles took out their frustrations on Southeast Missouri State. After much of Tuesday's first half was competitive, the Seminoles had their way with the Redhawks and romped 62-31 in Tallahassee, Fla...
Stauffer, Spada join all-OVC first team (11/26/08)
Four Southeast Missouri State football players received all-Ohio Valley Conference honors Tuesday, including two who made the first team. Voting was done by the league's coaches and sports information directors. Southeast senior linebacker Nick Stauffer and junior punter Doug Spada were first-team selections...
A Harte Appetite: The making of mincemeat (11/26/08)
The universe, they say, is full of mysteries, and the culinary world is no exception. Why, for example, is Boston cream pie called a pie when a child of 3 can plainly see that it's a cake? How come we call peanuts nuts when they are actually legumes? And why can't you count a piece of carrot cake as a serving of vegetables?...
Recipe Swap: Thankful for chips and dip, finger foods (11/26/08)
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I rest assured you have your menu planned, groceries purchased and your turkey properly thawed in the refrigerator. If you are planning to rush out and buy a big turkey to serve tomorrow, you may be a little too late; go for Cornish hens or a roasting chicken instead...
Review: `Four Christmases' is zero fun (11/26/08)
AP Movie Critic The size difference between Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon isn't the only thing keeping them apart in "Four Christmases." His signature rat-a-tat overconfidence and her pleasing girl-next-door perkiness turns out to be an awkward mix. Individually likable, Vaughn and Witherspoon never really seem to mesh as a couple...
Blockbuster to rent movies, shows using on-demand box (11/26/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Blockbuster Inc. will start renting movies and television shows through a new device that may give consumers another reason to bypass the struggling video chain's 7,500 stores. The system unveiled Tuesday relies on a small box that connects to television sets and stores video after it's downloaded over high-speed Internet connections...
Evelyn Coats (11/26/08)
Evelyn Coats Evelyn Coats, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Dec. 19, 1917, at Hornersville, Mo., daughter of Jesse and Mary Kennett Rose. She and Jesse O. Coats were married Dec. 7, 1941, in Jackson. He died Nov. 21, 2001...
Merlin Wingerter (11/26/08)
Merlin Wingerter PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Merlin A. "Curly" Wingerter, 73, of Perryville died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at his home. He was born Jan. 1, 1935, at Biehle, Mo., son of Frank and Bertha Schott Wingerter. He and Dorothy Balsman were married May 12, 1956...
Stanley Emmons (11/26/08)
Stanley Emmons Stanley Eugene Emmons, 69, of Cape Girardeau went home to be with his heavenly father Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. He was born Jan. 15, 1939, in Blodgett, Mo., son of Eugene and Mildred Angle Emmons. He and Nellie Reed were married Aug. 21, 1965, in Cape Girardeau...
Rick Holder (11/26/08)
Rick Holder Rick Duane Holder, 49, of Scott City died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1959, in Cape Girardeau, son of Everett Lee and Mary Lee Krieger Holder. He and Angelia Dawn Strickland were married June 7, 1979, in Scott City...
Births 11/26/08 (11/26/08)
Potter Son to Steven L. and Dawn S. Potter of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 9:28 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2008. Name, Noah Eli. Weight, 7 pounds, 9 ounces. First child. Mrs. Potter is the former Dawn Leible, daughter of Judy and Lonnie Stanley of Scott City. Potter is the son of Steve and Darlene Potter of Fagus, Mo...
Fire Report 11/26/08 (11/26/08)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n Emergency medical service on West Main Street. n A citizen assist on Carolyn Street.
Police Report 11/26/08 (11/26/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Jon D. Walter, 21, 308 Lorimier St., No. 310, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, domestic assault and assault. n A subject was in custody pending filing of formal charges for assault...
Out of the past 11/26/08 (11/26/08)
25 years ago: Nov. 26, 1983 Cape Girardeau will seek to recover legal costs involved in fighting the Westborough Mall suit; since April 1979, the city has sprint $18,831.16 in attorney fees and costs fighting the case; yet to be received is a bill in connection with the recently completed 10-day trial...
Effects of Bootheel uranium search could prove costly (11/26/08)
Something's going on down in the Bootheel. At this point, it is all still pretty much a mystery, but if all comes together, it is likely to be an environmental disaster. All that is known at this point is that a consulting firm -- Gustafson Inc. of Boulder, Colo. ...
One thing we have plenty of: Bailout questions (11/26/08)
I am thoroughly convinced that no one -- and I mean no one -- has an answer to our current economic woes. We seem to address one faltering portion of the national economy when yet another erupts. I wasn't around during the Great Depression, so I have no idea if a comparison is appropriate. I suspect not...
Regional upgrade (11/26/08)
Like most public libraries that are keeping up with technology and demands for more information services, Riverside Regional Library in Jackson needs more space. In February, the library will move to the former Fred's building on East Jackson Boulevard, more than doubling the space of the library's current location on South Union Street...
Speak Out 11/26/08 (11/26/08)
Proportional limits WHY DOES the mere suggestion of limitations on weapons set off gun-loving extremists? The Constitution protects our right to own some weapons but not others. The line has to be drawn somewhere. Owning a pistol is OK. Mixing massive amounts of ammonium nitrate with jet fuel for recreational use isn't. ...
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