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This afternoon on seMissourian.com (12/30/08)
Sheriff's deputies in Stoddard County were asked to defuse a rather strange hostage situation on Sunday, when a Dexter, Mo., man allegedly held three people hostage at a home.The Stoddard County sheriff says Toby Lacy, pictured above, held the people hostage saying he wanted to go back to prison, where he had apparently been in the past. ...
Woman killed in shooting near Patton (12/30/08)
Bollinger County deputies are investigating to a shooting in the Patton area which killed an adult female, said Dep. Jeff Woodard. A major case squad is in processing the scene at this time. Check back at www.semissourian.com for updates on this developing story or read Wednesday's paper edition of the Southeast Missourian...
Buchheit Trucking and Logistics adds Morehouse warehouse facility (12/30/08)
In a day when trucking companies throughout the country are struggling financially, one local trucking operation is bucking that trend. Scott City-based Buchheit Trucking has expanded its warehousing and logistics operation with the recent purchase of the former Rowe Manufacturing property in Morehouse, Mo. ...
Increased salt prices force transportation departments to get creative (12/30/08)
Ingreasing salt prices will raise the taxpayers' tab for keeping area roadways passable during icy weather this winter. But state and local government agencies costs range widely. The cost of road salt used by the Missouri Department of Transportation's District 10 is up a modest amount this season, according to Keith Gentry, MoDOT maintenance superintendent...
Driver assaulted after hitting child with car Christmas Day (12/30/08)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A child received minor injuries when struck by a car and the vehicle's driver was also assaulted Christmas Day. At 1:54 p.m. Thursday on E. 15th St., a 7-year-old child rode a bike into the path of a car driven by Chelsie Mott, 19, of Caruthersville. Mott's vehicle struck the bicycle, police said, knocking the child to the ground...
Reflecting national trend, local construction has decreased significantly in the past year (12/30/08)
The local construction industry, like its national counterpart, is struggling. New home construction permits are down almost 50 percent in Cape Girardeau for 2008 and they are off almost 40 percent in Jackson. Construction in unincorporated parts of the county fared better, but preliminary figures indicate that fewer than 225 new homes were built countywide, including Jackson and Cape Girardeau, down from about 300 in 2007...
High-speed chase ends in muddy Butler County field (12/30/08)
BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. -- Footprints across a muddy field led officers to a suspected parole violator following a high-speed chase before 8 p.m. Thursday between Poplar Bluff and Fisk. Michael Arin Slavings Jr., 34, of the 1300 block of Garner Street in Poplar Bluff was arrested on three warrants and on suspicion of 15 new charges, including armed criminal action and felony resisting arrest. He was booked in the Butler County jail...
Monday afternoon crash seriously injures Jackson man (12/30/08)
A Jackson man was seriously injured Monday afternoon in a two-car accident near U.S. 61, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports website.The accident occurred 5 miles south of Old Appleton at around 3:55 p.m. ...
Christmas Day standoff in Caruthersville ends peacefully (12/30/08)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Christmas Day standoff ended safely with the arrest of a suspect. Byron Greg Russom, 48, is charged with third-degree domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon after a three-hour standoff at a residence in the 1700 block of Edwards Street...
Concrete repairs reduce I-55 to one lane through Wednesday (12/30/08)
A section of Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane through Wednesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform concrete repairs in the northbound and southbound lanes. This section of roadway in the northbound lane is located from one mile south of Route D to one mile north of Route D. ...
Robbery reported in Old Appleton; Sikeston robbery victim dies (12/30/08)
Cape Girardeau County sheriff's deputies are searching for suspects in an armed robbery Sunday at the Amerimart gas station and convenience store in Old Appleton, one of several in the region this month. About 5:30 p.m., three men wearing ski masks entered the store at Route KK and U.S. 61 and demanded money, according to Sheriff John Jordan...
Bock closes Cape County Commission's year at final meeting (12/30/08)
With few items on the agenda for Monday, Cape Girardeau County Commission met briefly. Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones asked 1st District Commissioner Larry Bock, who retires this week, to lead the meeting. The commissioner went on to review checks totaling $773,481.89, taxes paid by Procter & Gamble for its local facilities, the final invoice for the $197,369 bridge on county road 274 and accept a study by Strickland Engineering on fixing the county jail's heating and cooling system at an estimated cost of $131,000.. ...
Kennett school leaders ask for more air testing after USA Today report (12/30/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Following a recent article in USA Today that listed H. Byron Masterson Elementary School on the North Bypass in Kennett as one of seven schools with the worst air quality in the nation, Kennett superintendent Jerry Noble contacted the Environmental Protection Agency to see if students were in danger...
Marble Hill working on flood buyouts for six properties along creek (12/30/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- In March, Marble Hill experienced significant flooding along Crooked Creek. Though it's been a long process, Marble Hill's Administrative Assistant Gary Shrum, said the town is completing its application to buyout six properties along the creek...
Fee to boost Mo. deputy sheriff pay challenged (12/30/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis County and St. Charles County executives are challenging a state law designed to boost pay for sheriff deputies. Lawmakers added a $10 fee that sheriffs can charge for serving subpoenas and other court documents. The money is deposited in a state fund to boost deputy salaries...
Police: Man stole truck to break into store (12/30/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Jennings man allegedly stole a tractor-trailer, then climbed on top of it to break into a convenience store from the roof. St. Louis police were called to a Quick Stop around 1 a.m. Tuesday, where they found the truck with a damaged steering column parked against the rear of the building. They called the fire department, which saw signs someone had entered the store from the rooftop...
Minor flooding experienced around Mo. (12/30/08)
ST. LOUIS -- In a year that has seen everything from floods to drought, ice storms to heat waves, one last round of weather woes should come as no surprise. Weekend storms brought up to 2 inches of rain through much of Missouri. Combined with snow melt, that's causing minor flooding along some rivers, including the Mississippi. No significant damage is reported or expected...
Economy threatens work with homeless (12/30/08)
ATLANTA -- In Atlanta and other top destinations for the homeless, a sense of urgency has settled over the efforts of advocates. The recession is catching many of the nation's largest cities in the middle of 10-year plans to reduce the number of chronically homeless, city by city, by sweeping parks and alleys for men and women and channeling them into apartments with built-in case workers...
Fallout begins after poor holiday season (12/30/08)
NEW YORK -- The fallout from the poor holiday season for retailers has begun, with the operator of an online toy seller filing for bankruptcy protection and more stores expected to do the same -- meaning more empty storefronts and fewer brands on store shelves...
Less trash reflects economic downturn (12/30/08)
ST. GEORGE, Utah -- The economic downturn has even reached the trash on the curb, and that's hurting some sanitation workers. Washington County is producing less trash, in part because consumption is down, and in part because homes and apartments are empty, officials at Allied Waste Services said...
Postal Service lifts curtain on 2009's stamps (12/30/08)
WASHINGTON -- Lucy and Ethel lose their struggle with a chocolate assembly line. Joe Friday demands "just the facts" with a penetrating gaze. A secret word brings Groucho a visit from a duck. People who grew up as television came of age will delight in a 20-stamp set included in the Postal Service's plans for 2009 recalling early memories of the medium...
Somali president quits amid world pressure (12/30/08)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Somalia's president resigned Monday after a four-year term in which his Western-backed government failed to extend its power throughout a country crippled by infighting and a strengthening Islamic insurgency. Abdullahi Yusuf's resignation, which comes amid international pressure, could usher in more chaos as Islamic militants try to gain power -- even though the government controls only pockets of the capital, Mogadishu, and the seat of parliament in Baidoa...
Israel says assault in Gaza will be 'war to the bitter end' (12/30/08)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel hit symbols of Hamas power on the third day of what the defense minister described Monday as a "war to the bitter end," striking next to the Hamas premier's home, and devastating a security compound and a university building...
Nine trials start in tainted milk scandal (12/30/08)
BEIJING -- Nine people went on trial Monday in connection with China's tainted milk scandal, state media reported, following the announcement of steps to compensate the families of hundreds of thousands of children harmed by contaminated infant formula...
Police: Six bodies found after Canada avalanches (12/30/08)
FERNIE, British Columbia -- Six bodies were recovered Monday, a day after two avalanches buried eight snowmobilers in western Canada's backcountry, police said. The bodies were found late Monday afternoon after a search team plowed through avalanche debris in Fernie in British Columbia's Elk Valley, about 550 miles east of Vancouver...
Snowmobilers missing after avalanches in Canada (12/30/08)
FERNIE, British Columbia -- Eight snowmobilers buried in avalanches were missing Monday in western Canada's backcountry, and rescuers searching for the men faced "extreme" risk themselves from crashing snow. Three other men from the group pulled themselves free Sunday and tried to claw through the snow for their companions, but gave up in anguish as they feared another slide...
Christmas Tournament semifinals: Second-half run carries Notre Dame past Jackson (12/30/08)
A short-handed Jackson team made Notre Dame work harder than some expected. But the Bulldogs finally were able to take control in the second half to move into the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament championship game. Second-seeded Notre Dame rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to clip third-seeded Jackson 50-39 in Monday's semifinals...
Christmas Tournament semifinals: Scott County races past Charleston (12/30/08)
Scott County Central senior Drew Thomas expected Charleston to give his team a tough game in the semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. But Thomas and the Braves had no trouble beating the Bluejays on Monday night. Thomas, who is friendly with many members of the Charleston team after playing AAU basketball with them this past summer, scored 24 points before resting on the bench with the other Braves starters for most of the fourth quarter...
Hornets withstand Wildcats' charge (12/30/08)
Advance made things a bit tougher than necessary. But the Hornets were more than happy to escape with a win. Advance held off Leopold's rally to prevail 57-52 in Monday's fifth-place semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. Seventh-seeded Advance will play fifth-seeded Central in today's 4:30 p.m. fifth-place game...
Hawks knock off Charleston to reach semifinals (12/30/08)
The Kelly girls basketball team handed Charleston its first loss of the season at the Twin Rivers tournament Monday. Debra Hall scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Hawks to the 49-32 victory. Sam Fischer snagged nine boards in the win. Londyn Backfisch finished with 14 points for Kelly (6-0)...
Attendance dips on Day 3 at Christmas Tournament (12/30/08)
The third day of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center attracted 5,457 people, the smallest crowd of the tournament so far and the smallest crowd for Day 3 since 2002, when that same number showed up. That was also on a Monday, as 2002 was the last time the tourney started on a Thursday...
Rams tame Panthers (12/30/08)
For a second consecutive game at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, Meadow Heights attempted a furious fourth-quarter comeback. The Panthers' press, which allowed them to erase a 17-point deficit Saturday against Delta, could not pull off the same feat Monday against Scott City at the Show Me Center...
Central survives vs. Kelly (12/30/08)
Kelly senior Josh DeBrock was impressed and somewhat surprised by Central's strong free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter Monday. "I was hoping we would catch a break, but we didn't," DeBrock said. The Tigers converted 19 of 23 free throws in the fourth quarter. Central sophomore Andrew Williams was 9 of 10 from the line during the final period after being held scoreless through the first three quarters...
Missouri escapes Alamo with W (12/30/08)
SAN ANTONIO -- Chase Daniel threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin in overtime and Missouri rallied to beat Northwestern 30-23 in the Alamo Bowl on Monday night. After the 25th-ranked Tigers scored on the opening possession of overtime, their defense delivered, too. Missouri sacked a backpedaling C.J. Bacher, forcing a fumble that left Northwestern with fourth-and-goal from the 32-yard line...
Missouri crushes Southeast (12/30/08)
The losing streak continued for the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team. Missouri scored 29 of the game's first 31 points during Monday's 60-31 romp in Columbia. Southeast fell to 4-8 with its fourth consecutive setback. The Redhawks have lost eight of their last nine games...
Study: Obesity surgery can reverse teens' diabetes (12/30/08)
NEW YORK -- Obesity surgery can reverse diabetes in teens, just as it does in adults, according to a small study. All but one of the 11 extremely obese teens studied saw their diabetes disappear within a year after weight-loss surgery, the researchers reported. The 11th patient still had diabetes, but needed much less insulin and stopped taking diabetes pills...
The truth about vitamins: Studies find they don't prevent cancer, other illnesses (12/30/08)
They were some of the most promising medicines of the 1990s -- wonder pills that appeared to fight cancer, heart disease, stroke and other ailments. Laboratory tests and initial studies in people suggested that lowly vitamins could play a crucial role in preventing some of the most intractable illnesses, especially in an aging population. ...
Health calendar 12/30/08 (12/30/08)
Saturday n Breast-feeding support group: 10 to 11 a.m. Call 877-231-2229 to verify location and register. A certified lactation consultant will lead group members in sharing successful breast-feeding techniques and to encourage confidence in their skills...
Fabricated Holocaust story creates anger, sadness (12/30/08)
NEW YORK -- It's the latest story that touched, and betrayed, the world. "Herman Rosenblat and his wife are the most gentle, loving, beautiful people," literary agent Andrea Hurst said Sunday, anguishing over why she, and so many others, were taken by Rosenblat's story of love born on opposite sides of a barbed-wire fence at a concentration camp...
BET, TV One beef up inauguration coverage (12/30/08)
NEW YORK -- BET and TV One, the television networks aimed primarily at a black audience, haven't paid much attention to presidential inaugurations before. This time will be different. Both are planning extensive coverage for Jan. 20, when Barack Obama will be sworn in as the nation's 44th president. While it will be followed as a news event, network executives said the installation of the first black president will be as much a celebration as a story...
GMAC gets $5B bailout (12/30/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department said Monday it will provide $5 billion to GMAC Financial Services LLC, the ailing financing arm of General Motors Corp., from the $700 billion bank rescue program. The government will receive preferred shares that pay an 8 percent dividend and warrants to purchase additional shares in return for the money, the department said...
John Brehmer (12/30/08)
John Brehmer DEXTER, Mo. -- John William Brehmer, 63, of Dexter died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at his home. He was born June 27, 1945, in Alva, Okla., son of Elmer W. and Lillie Looney Brehmer. He and Marilyn Heitfeld were married Sept. 3, 1966, in Fairmont, Okla...
Juanita Keith (12/30/08)
Juanita Keith Juanita Rose Keith, 85, passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Leroy Keith; a daughter, Rebekah Lee Keith Hazelwood; parents, Willis and Inez Dorsett; and a brother, Edmond Eugene "Jake" Dorsett...
Robert Rice (12/30/08)
Robert Rice MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Robert L. Rice, 74, of Mound City died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 8, 1934, in Mound City, son of William and Grace Knight Rice. He married Dorothy Rice, who preceded him in death...
Bonnie Raney (12/30/08)
Bonnie Raney Bonnie Raney, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at her home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley Embrey (12/30/08)
Shirley Embrey GRASSY, Mo. -- Shirley Jean Embrey, 51, of Decatur, Miss., formerly of Grassy, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 7, 1957, at Grassy, daughter of Luther James and Docia Alice Adams Rea...
Louise Moreton (12/30/08)
Louise Moreton WYATT, Mo. -- Lois Louise Kunz Moreton, 92, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 at her home in Wyatt. She was born Oct. 9, 1916, in Wyatt, daughter to the late Charles Anthony and Anna Lee Hutcheson Kunz. She lived her entire life in the community of Wyatt, where she was a life member of Wyatt United Methodist Church until its closing, and then moved her membership to Charleston United Methodist Church. ...
Thomas Fowler (12/30/08)
Thomas Fowler Thomas W. Fowler, 76, of Old Appleton passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at his home. He was born June 12, 1932, in Lake City, Ark., son of Thomas Franklin and Lizzie McCallaugh Fowler. He and Rosemary Kittle were married Aug. 23, 1952, in Lake City, Ark. She passed away Sept. 24, 1993...
Jackie Strack (12/30/08)
Jackie Strack Jacqueline S. "Jackie" Strack, 73, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 16, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, the only child to Louis A. and Georgia Burns Kasten. She and Robert "Bob" Strack were married Feb. 14, 1954. They were married 51 years when he passed away May 16, 2005...
Alvin Marberry (12/30/08)
Alvin J. Marberry, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Sept. 8, 1923, in Clarkton, Mo., son of Andrew J. and Effie Belver Marberry. He and Lillian M. Blank were married Oct. 20, 1943, in Cape Girardeau. She died Oct. 2, 1988...
LaVerne Palmer (12/30/08)
LaVerne Palmer MOUNDS, Ill. -- LaVerne Palmer, 93, of East Alton, Ill., formerly of Mounds, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at the home of a daughter with whom she had resided six years. She was born July 22, 1915, in Arlington, Ky., daughter of James "Jim" and Allie West Tucker. She married Clifton Roy Palmer, who died July 15, 1993...
Births 12/30/08 (12/30/08)
Ladd Daughter to Jason Wayne and Amanda Gail Ladd of Advance, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. Name, Kaitlyn Renae. Weight, 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Ladd is the former Amanda Wilburn, daughter of Darla and Donnie Bohnsack of Advance. She is a licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center. Ladd is the son of Jerry and Peggy Ladd of Advance. He is employed by Bollinger County Highway Department...
Police Report 12/30/08 (12/30/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Michael A. Mason, 41, 767 Cedar Lane, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and no headlight. Arrests n Randy S. Hawks, 39, 613 N. Spanish St., was arrested on suspicion of driving without a license, a stop sign violation, careless and imprudent driving and failure to yield to emergency vehicle...
Fire Report 12/30/08 (12/30/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 7:12 p.m., a box alarm at 2906 Beaver Creek Drive. n At 8:07 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of South Silver Springs Road. n At 11:08 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of Henderson Avenue...
Out of the past 12/30/08 (12/30/08)
25 years ago: Dec. 30, 1983 Sheri Whitledge, a Jackson High School student, was the winner of the American Legion County Oratorical Contest held recently at the American Legion Hall in Jackson; her oration title was "Our Flexible Living Constitution."...
Basketball and forecasts (12/30/08)
Is there a better place to be during the holidays -- outside the family -- than the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center? The mix of fans sitting in the crowd leads to relaxed conversation, and I've never been to a game without running into a friend I hadn't seen for years. One of my favorite images this year was Notre Dame teacher Steve Mosley sitting virtually in the center of the Notre Dame student section: a graybeard among the cheering teenagers...
Good time to buy (12/30/08)
The federal government has taken several steps to assist lenders and borrowers. Interest rates are at historic lows. The Federal Reserve has pumped billions of dollars into banks. Some Americans are taking advantage of the available credit to buy cars and houses. They are finding tremendous bargains. But to jump-start the economy there will have to be a significant increase in borrowing that, in turn, will generate more spending...
Highway lane lines hard to see (12/30/08)
To the editor: I drive through Jackson into Cape Girardeau on Highway 72 each day. Over the past three weeks I have noticed on dark, early mornings and evenings when it is raining that the yellow side lines and the white lane division lines -- actually, all lines on the road -- are almost impossible to see. This is a dangerous situation. I believe new line painting is in order as soon as possible...
Acts of kindness year around (12/30/08)
To the editor: We teach our children that Christmas is the time for giving, which is a wonderful lesson to instill in them. But as a father I will share with my son that every day should be the time for giving, that it does not have to be money or gifts, but it can be time or a kind word. ...
Thanks for another Toybox success (12/30/08)
To the editor: Cape Girardeau never ceases to amaze me. This year proved to be challenging for the annual Jaycee Toybox project. In our 34th year, we found the economic challenges that weigh so heavily on our hearts and minds did not spare our efforts in raising money for our children. However, we called out in need to the community, and your response was so great that we were able to make this holiday season a little happier for over 1,500 children...
Let 2009 be the year we focus on service to others! (12/30/08)
The Holiday Season often brings with it thoughts of doing good for our fellow man. Unfortunately, once the holidays fade, those thoughts of servitude often do so as well. Don't let that happen to you this year. Learn more about CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children )and how everyday citizens are making phenomenal differences in the lives of abused and neglected children in your community. ...
Humane Society's Featured Pet (12/30/08)
Silk is a spayed 8 year-old cat. She is looking for a new home and someone to love. Silk is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 573-334-5837. See more pets at www.semopets.org
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