[SeMissourian.com] Fog/Mist ~ 70°F  
River stage: 29.48 ft. Falling
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stories from Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fine art and craft sale held Saturday (12/02/08)
The Bonney Bank Fine Art and Craft sale will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, 101 N. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau. Featured artists include Barb Bailey, Sally Blankenship, Julie Bricknell, Leslie Compass, Danna Cotner, Anne Foust, Robin Hankinson, Margaret Lents, Diana Lilly, Ruth Schulte, Helen Towner, Marty Wingo and Woody Woodruff...
Recently uncovered document could have changed outcome of Joshua Kezer's murder trial, his former defense attorney testifies (12/02/08)
By Bridget DiCosmo Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A document discovered last week by the Missouri attorney general's office could have saved Joshua Kezer from his 1994 murder conviction, Kezer's former defense attorney said Tuesday. The document in question is a statement by key prosecution witness Shawn Mangus to Bill Stokes, then an investigator for the Scott County prosecuting attorney. ...
Cape Girardeau tornado sirens scheduled for tests Wednesday (12/02/08)
The city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University will test the tornado warning systems at noon Wednesday. The siren blasts will last approximately three minutes. The test will not be held during dangerous weather. The warning system notifies anyone outside citizens of any tornado warning issued in Cape Girardeau County...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/02/08)
Today is the first day in the hearing to determine whether or not Joshua Kezer was wrongfully convicted in 1994 for the death of Angela Mischelle Lawless, who was found dead near Benton, Mo., in 1992. This morning four witnesses took the stand to answer questions from Kezer's attorney and prosecutors.Click here to read about their testimony. ...
Missouri facing $340M budget shortfall (12/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Midyear spending cuts likely will be needed to counter a newly projected $342 million state shortfall, the budget adviser for Gov.-elect Jay Nixon warned Tuesday. The projected shortfall marks a stark and quick reversal for Missouri, which as recently as this summer touted an $833 million surplus. But the national economic recession has resulted in lower-than-expected tax revenues, even as state spending pressures have continued to rise...
Friends, family gather at vigil to show support for Joshua Kezer (12/02/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A small group of friends and family gathered Monday night at a Columbia church to show support for Joshua C. Kezer, convicted 14 years ago for the murder of a Southeast Missouri State University student. Today, a Cole County circuit judge will hear testimony challenging Kezer's 1994 conviction for the murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless and arguments that key evidence was withheld during his original trial...
Poplar Bluff rescue mission serves 1,100 on Thanksgiving (12/02/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Thanks­giving dinner was served to more than 1,100 people this year at the United Gospel Rescue Mission, said the Rev. Gregory Kirk, the mission's executive director. Describing the day as "fabulous," Kirk said, "We had tons of volunteers. We had to turn away some volunteering to deliver carryouts. ... We had a bunch of new volunteers, who never had volunteered before with us. It is great for us."...
Proposed Cape Girardeau ordinance would update taxi cab rules (12/02/08)
A proposed ordinance to update taxi cab requirements received a unanimous nod Monday from the Cape Girardeau City Council. Introduced in August 2007, the measure underwent retooling by a committee of city officials, transportation operators, representatives of the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence and police chief Carl Kinnison...
Math star and sisters won't have Christmas; Elderly woman asks for warm clothes (12/02/08)
Math star and sisters won't have Christmas Seven year old Taylor loves math. He also thinks monster trucks, Transformers, and super heroes like Spider-Man and Iron Man are great! But his mom is divorced with no child support, and Christmas will be spent at home with nothing under the tree. ...
Catholic ministries group plans pilgrimage to Italy (12/02/08)
This May, 35 students from Catholic Campus Ministries will see the church from a bigger perspective. They are planning a pilgrimage to Italy. "It's an incredible opportunity for students that are coming from a very small town to be exposed to a reality that is different from their reality," said the Rev. Patrick Nwokoye. He is organizing the trip for Southeast Missouri State University students...
Benton man charged with molesting child (12/02/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said today in a news release that a Benton man is in custody, charged with sexual offenses dating to 1999, with the most recent occurring in October of this year. Walter said Velton L. Taylor, 64, of rural Benton is in custody in the Scott County Jail, charged with first-degree statutory sodomy, first-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of second-degree child molestation. Bond has been set at $100,000...
81-year-old Cape woman raped at home (12/02/08)
An 81-year-old woman was raped after a man forced himself into her house Sunday evening in southeast Cape Girardeau. Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Sgt. Barry Hovis said the department currently has no suspects. The victim, who lived alone, described the rapist as being in his 20s, of medium build, about 6 feet tall and wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweat shirt with white trim...
Cape Girardeau County sheriff gets a 3 percent cap on spending for 2009 and beyond (12/02/08)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners have approved, in a 2-to-1 vote, an agreement to limit the county sheriff's department spending increases to 3 percent. The agreement was written as a memorandum of understanding. Sheriff John Jordan said he was happy with the decision...
Shakespeare, art, dance and music on tap at River Campus this month (12/02/08)
Southeast Missouri State University has announced multiple upcoming events. For tickets, call the River Campus Box Office, 518 S. Fountain St., at 573-651-2265. Tickets can also be purchased through MetroTix by calling 800-293-5949 or visiting MetroTix.com...
Springfield's red light law challenged (12/02/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A retired state trooper is challenging the city of Springfield over its use of red-light cameras. The cameras are being used to ticket the owners of vehicles that are recorded running red lights at one of the city's four busiest intersections...
Ex-aide to Missouri lt. gov. sent to jail (12/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The former chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for violating probation on a pornography conviction. Eric Feltner pleaded guilty in August to displaying sexually explicit materials and was placed on probation. One of the terms of his probation was that he not use the Internet except for business purposes...
CrimeStoppers seeks tips on felons with billboard ads (12/02/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Banking on the success of a Kansas City program, a St. Louis crime-fighting group hopes to nab wanted felons with the help of billboards in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers, which covers 20 counties in eastern Missouri andSouthern Illinois, said Monday it recently began posting wanted ads on standard and digital billboards to elicit tips leading to the arrest of fugitive felons. ...
Senator seeks to dampen river parties (12/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state lawmaker is trying to dampen the party scene on some of Missouri's popular floating streams. Newly proposed legislation would ban beer bongs, Jell-O shots, kegs and beaded Mardi Gras necklaces on state rivers. The bill by Republican Sen. Delbert Scott of Lowry City was among the first filed Monday before the 2009 legislative session...
Obama selects Clinton, Gates for cabinet (12/02/08)
CHICAGO -- Barack Obama announced a national security team Monday headed by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who fought him for the presidency, and Robert Gates, the man who has been running two wars for President Bush -- fitting choices by a president-elect who declared he wanted "strong personalities and strong opinions."...
Refill of drained Wis. lake about to begin (12/02/08)
LAKE DELTON, Wis. -- The road is back. The shoreline is reinforced. The dam is stronger. And maybe the dollar signs won't be far behind. The three dozen or so resort and restaurant owners that ring this south-central Wisconsin tourist village's namesake lake have been wringing their hands since heavy rains blew out a section of shoreline in June. The lake rushed through the breach and vanished, taking their livelihoods with it...
Recession declared; Wall Street tanks (12/02/08)
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans felt it already, but now it's official: The country is in a recession, and it's getting worse. Wall Street convulsed at the news -- and a fresh batch of bad economic reports -- tanking nearly 680 points. With the economic pain likely to stretch well into 2009, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday he stands ready to lower interest rates yet again and to explore other rescue or revival measures...
Retailers offer deals, big discounts on 'Cyber Monday' (12/02/08)
NEW YORK -- Retailers who saw post-Thanksgiving holiday sales drop off as the weekend progressed stepped up online promotions on the day known as "Cyber Monday" to try to get consumers tired of the crowds at stores to keep shopping. But after weeks of already heavy discounting both at regular stores and online, experts were doubtful the day would give much of a lift to what is still expected to be one of the weakest holiday seasons in years...
Governors press for stimulus bill by Inauguration (12/02/08)
WASHINGTON -- Facing severe cutbacks in state services as the recession deepens, the nation's governors pressed their case on Capitol Hill on Monday, asking for at least $40 billion to help pay for health care for the poor and disabled. The governors are also pressing for as much as $136 billion worth of infrastructure projects like road and bridge repairs as the Democratic-controlled Congress and president-elect Barack Obama prepare economic recovery legislation that Obama hopes to sign immediately upon taking office.. ...
Lawyer: Trampled Wal-Mart worker didn't have crowd control experience (12/02/08)
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A worker trampled to death when customers stormed a Wal-Mart for bargains on the day after Thanksgiving had no experience in crowd control and was placed at the entrance because of his hulking frame, police and a lawyer said Monday...
Only one U.S. soldier reported killed last month in Afghanistan (12/02/08)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- One American serviceman died in Afghanistan in November, a drop from earlier months the U.S. military attributed to their campaign against insurgent leaders, operations by Afghan and Pakistani forces and the onset of winter. U.S. ...
Highest tide in years floods historic Venice (12/02/08)
VENICE, Italy -- Venice could use a bailout. The city built on water has too much of it. Residents and tourists waded through knee-deep water Monday as they navigated the city's narrow streets and alleys, and its historic St. Mark's Square was inundated. Boxes of tourist merchandise floated inside the flooded shops around the square and even the city's famed pigeons sought refuge on rooftops and windowsills...
China: Six may have died from milk (12/02/08)
BEIJING -- China's Health Ministry said six babies may have died after consuming tainted milk powder, up from a previous official toll of three, and announced a sixfold increase in its tally of infants sickened in the scandal to nearly 300,000. It was the first time since Sept. 21 health authorities have revised the total number of babies sickened by milk powder adulterated with the industrial chemical melamine. The previous total was about 50,000...
Mumbai attack puts focus on Pakistan militant link (12/02/08)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The militant group blamed for the Mumbai attacks has roots in the disputed Kashmir region where Pakistan's military has faced off against India for decades. There have long been suspicions that Pakistan's military and intelligence services helped create, arm and train Lashkar-e-Taiba as a proxy force against India's much larger military...
Saxony boys rout Eagle Ridge (12/02/08)
Saxony Lutheran easily got the better of Eagle Ridge Christian in a historic boys basketball matchup Monday night. Eagle Ridge became the first area basketball team that competes in the Missouri Christian Schools Activities Association to play a Missouri State High School Activities Association member...
MU's Christensen takes Wyoming job (12/02/08)
The architect of the offense that vaulted Missouri back to national prominence and helped make quarterback Chase Daniel the school's first Heisman Trophy finalist is moving on to become the next coach at Wyoming. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel confirmed Monday that his offensive coordinator, Dave Christensen, would take the Wyoming job vacated when Joe Glenn was fired Nov. 23 after four losing seasons in six years...
Redhawks prep for OVC opener (12/02/08)
Back home after a week on the road, the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team is gearing up for the start of Ohio Valley Conference play. Southeast (2-4) will begin its 18-game OVC schedule with two home contests, Thursday night against Austin Peay (3-2) and Saturday night against Tennessee State (2-3)...
Top-ranked Alabama struggles for respect (12/02/08)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama has pushed aside all comers on its way to a perfect regular season, climbed to the top of the rankings and stuck around for quite awhile. Now, it's back to Square One for team No. 1: As an underdog in the Georgia Dome. No. 2 Florida is a 10-point favorite to topple the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta, where Alabama opened the season as an underdog to Clemson...
Fading Tigers will be big underdog vs. OU (12/02/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Last week there was no question that Missouri belonged in the Big 12 championship game, if only as the designated victim against any of three schools that were vying for the South title. But coming off uninspired play in a loss to Kansas that dropped the Tigers to co-champions of the North with a tiebreaker over Nebraska, maybe Missouri's stature isn't such a sure thing. ...
Armstrong will return for 2009 Tour de France (12/02/08)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Lance Armstrong will ride in the 2009 Tour de France, marking the first time he will compete in that race and the Giro d'Italia in the same year. "I'm committed to riding for the best guy," Armstrong said Monday, acknowledging the taxing schedule could leave him riding in a supporting role in France...
Williams, Slaton lead Texans past Jaguars (12/02/08)
HOUSTON — Mario Williams, Steve Slaton and the Houston Texans put on quite a show in their Monday Night Football debut. Williams had a season-high three sacks and forced a fumble and Slaton ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Texans to a 30-17 win over the slumping Jacksonville Jaguars...
Burress posts bond on weapons charge (12/02/08)
NEW YORK -- Taken to court in handcuffs, Plaxico Burress posted $100,000 bail on weapons possession charges Monday as the frenzy grew around the Giants star receiver who accidentally shot himself in a nightclub. Authorities said teammate Antonio Pierce was being investigated over his role in the weekend shooting, while the Super Bowl-champion Giants weren't sure what action they would take, if any, against Burress. ...
When you order decaf, you still get caffeine (12/02/08)
Some jittery people out there -- you can spot them gnashing their teeth, shaking like Jell-O and sweating profusely -- have grounds to suspect that the decaf coffee they are drinking is secretly laced with that demon caffeine. But, hey, don't get so jumpy and start a brouhaha with your barista over messing up the order. A 2006 study by University of Florida researchers found that the decaffeination process doesn't eliminate caffeine. It merely reduces the levels of the popular stimulant...
Last month to switch to 'green' asthma inhalers (12/02/08)
WASHINGTON — Last warning: Asthma inhalers go "green" Dec. 31, forcing patients still using the old-fashioned kind to make a pricey and even confusing switch. The medicine inside these rescue inhalers — the albuterol that quickly opens airways during an asthma attack — isn't changing. But the chemicals used to puff that drug into your lungs are...
Health calendar 12/2/08 (12/02/08)
Today n Chronic disease self-management: 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Health and Wellness Center conference room 2 at Saint Francis Medical Center. A six-week workshop for adults living with a chronic condition. Classes are interactive, where mutual support is meant to build confidence in participants' ability to manage their health while maintaining an active, fulfilling lifestyle. To register, call 331-5880...
In tune: Jerry Ganiel has spread his love of music around the country (12/02/08)
As a child, Jerry Ganiel spent his Saturdays sneaking into the church across the street to play the organ. During Sunday Mass, he watched the nun directing the choir and pretended he was the one leading their songs. And he can still hear his mother playing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" on piano more than 40 years ago...
Rush Limbaugh endorses Clinton for Obama's cabinet (12/02/08)
NEW YORK -- Rush Limbaugh has seldom been a fan of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. But the conservative radio pundit has given his blessing to her selection as the next secretary of state. He calls it "a brilliant stroke" by president-elect Barack Obama, who opposed Clinton for the Democratic nomination...
Stocks fall sharply Monday on consumer spending worries (12/02/08)
NEW YORK -- The reality that the nation is indeed in recession and that the downturn may well be prolonged sent Wall Street plunging Monday, hurtling the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 700 points and wiping out more than half of last week's big gains. All the major indicators fell more than 7 percent, with the Standard & Poor's 500 index down nearly 9 percent...
Customers stew as kosher meat becomes scarce after processor shutdown (12/02/08)
MIAMI -- Rabbi Moishe Silverman stood taking inventory of a meat freezer at South Florida Kosher, the supermarket and butcher shop where he works. Dressed in a yarmulke and tie and wearing a plastic apron over his white butcher jacket, he surveyed the piled boxes of chicken and beef...
Sharon Harris (12/02/08)
ORAN, Mo. — Sharon Lynn Harris, 66, of Oran died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, in the emergency room at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girar­deau. She was born Nov. 8, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Jess W. and Elsie Mae Ponder Phillips Sr. She and Donald Harris were married May 25, 1960...
Jesse Hayes (12/02/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Jesse Carl Hayes, 74, of Sikeston died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at Georgian Gardens Nursing Home in Potosi, Mo. He was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Greene County, Ark., son of Jesse and Alma Hayes. Hayes served with the U.S. Army in Germany...
Births 12/2/08 (12/02/08)
McIntyre Daughter to Garrett Ross and Katie Lynn McIntyre of Morley, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. Name, Kailyn Elyce. Weight, 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Mrs. McIntyre is the former Katie Heeb, daughter of John and Gayle Heeb of Sikeston, Mo. McIntyre is the son of Burley and Leslie McIntyre of Bell City, Mo. He is employed at Botkin Lumber Co...
Police report 12/02/08 (12/02/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Andrew G. Cook, 26, 201 N. Park Ave., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving with no insurance or license and striking a parked vehicle. ...
Fire report 12/02/08 (12/02/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 4:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of Boutin Drive. n At 7:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 800 block of Hickory Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 12/2/08 (12/02/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 2, 1983 A state budgetary ax that Gov. Kit S. Bond promises will fall on a number of Missouri agencies if the special session of the legislature fails to approve a proposed tax increase will also affect the Missouri National Guard; under budget cuts being threatened by Bond, the Guard would be forced to close 19 of its 63 armories as of Jan. 1...
Good time to buy (12/02/08)
End-of-the-year sales by car dealers have always provided good deals for consumers. This year, with all the gloomy financial news, car sales nationwide have been down. But dealers in the Cape Girardeau area are bucking the trend. And for consumers, that's more good news...
Stricter seat-belt laws aren't needed (12/02/08)
To the editor: Do the police really need another excuse to pull over and harass Missouri drivers? The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that seat-belt usage has increased from 55 percent in 1994 to 88 percent in 2008. In primary usage states like Missouri, seat belt usage rates are 89 percent. On high-traffic urban area expressways, seat-belt usage is over 90 percent. So at worst 11 percent of Missouri drivers are not buckling up...
Speak Out 12/2/08 (12/02/08)
Logical, intelligent I WISH there were more plain-speaking people like Michael Jensen. He says it like it is in plain language. Anyone could understand him. He's logical and intelligent. Level playing field ONCE AGAIN the liberals are calling for the Fairness Doctrine to be put into place. ...
Teen Fusion (12/02/08)
Teen Fusion was held at Grace Fellowship Family Worship Center 4 miles east of Marble Hill on Nov 22. It began with music from the R.M.C. Band from Rockford Ill Masters Commission. Teen Challange was on stage with a human video along with the teen youth group from Harmony Church. ...
Jr. Indians End 2008 Season (12/02/08)
The 5th grade Jackson Jr. Indians football team finished their season with a second-place finish at the Battle of the Barracks tournament in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, this past weekend. The record for their second season as a team was 7-5. They participated 4 tournaments and 2 local games. Coaches include Kris Jeffers, Rick Doughten, Mike Norrick, and Scott Starzinger...
Four Generations (12/02/08)
This is a four generation picture of Vivian Harris, Lynn Suhre, Tyson Suhre, and Addison Suhre.
December 2008
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat

Browse full calendar