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Sikeston teenager accused of rape of 80-year-old waives preliminary hearing (01/15/09)
A Sikeston, Mo., teenager accused in the home invasion and rape of an 80-year-old Cape Girardeau woman waived his right to a preliminary hearing today before Circuit Judge Gary Kamp in Cape Girardeau County.West faces charges of rape, attempted forcible sodomy, theft of a credit device and burglary after he allegedly forced his way into the woman's south Cape Girardeau home and raped her on Nov. ...
Shawnee High School closes early due to lack of heat (01/15/09)
WOLF LAKE, Ill. - Shawnee High School closed at 10 a.m. today due to the heating system not working properly. This is the third day since late December that the school has been without heat. Administrators plan to resume classes tomorrow....
Police think man who fled from deputy on Interstate 55 may be in Cape Girardeau (01/15/09)
NOTE: This story has been edited to reflect that the man was pulled over by a sheriff's deputy, not a state trooper. The name of the suspect who escaped from the custody of a Cape Girardeau County sheriff's deputy Wednesday evening has been released. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (01/15/09)
Back in December we wrote about the Sikeston, Mo., teenager who was charged with the shocking crime of raping an 80-year-old woman in her south Cape Girardeau home — a story that was widely read and talked about.The teenager, Mitchell West, appeared in a Cape Girardeau courtroom today and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. ...
Three Dexter men arrested in rash of business burglaries (01/15/09)
DEXTER, Mo. — Three men, all from Dexter, have been arrested following a rash of break-ins over the past year at local businesses. According to Det. Cory Mills, ongoing investigations within the Dexter Police Department have led to the arrests of 39-year-old James Donald Hopkins, 20-year-old Daniel Ryan Greer and 20-year-old Jeffery Keith Barker, all showing Dexter residences. ...
Inmate makes unsuccessful escape attempt (01/15/09)
An inmate made an unsuccessful attempt to escape from the custody of Jackson police Wednesday afternoon. At around 3:40 p.m., officer Jim Barker was placing the inmate in the back of his patrol car at the police station so he could be taken to the Cape Girardeau County Jail, said Jackson police chief James Humphreys. But the inmate managed to escape and ran the length of a football field before Barker recaptured the prisoner five minutes later...
Town hall meetings to be held on road paving in Cape Girardeau County (01/15/09)
First District Commissioner Paul Koeper wants to hear what the people of Cape Girardeau County have to say about paving county roads. He is planning at least four town-hall-style meetings in February, which he will attend with a representative from the county's road and bridge advisory board...
Census Bureau to hire about 140 in Cape Girardeau County for 2010 count (01/15/09)
Cape Girardeau is one of six Missouri cities where the U.S. Census Bureau plans to have regional offices for next year's population count. By spring 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau hopes to hire about 140 people in Cape Girardeau County and about 6,000 workers statewide. All the jobs will be temporary...
Cape Area Habitat for Humanity to hold day of service Saturday (01/15/09)
In response to soon-to-be first lady Michelle Obama's call for a day of service, Cape Area Habitat for Humanity will host a triple-build day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It's two days before the official day of service, but Walt Wildman, executive director of Cape Area Habitat, said Saturday is a better day to ask for volunteers to help build homes...
Wind chill advisory in effect through 10 a.m. today (01/15/09)
Many areas in Southeast Missouri are bracing for the lowest temperatures of the winter so far, which are prompting a wind chill advisory through 10 a.m. today. Bollinger, Cape Giradeau, Perry, Scott and Stoddard counties along with Alexander and Union counties in Southern Illinois will experience frigid Arctic air and north winds at 11 to 16 mph, with gusts up to about 25 mph...
Mo. temperature reaches 13 below (01/15/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Bitter cold has made it to Missouri, dropping temperatures to as low as 13 degrees below zero in the northern part of the state. The extreme cold arrived in the state Wednesday night, and by Thursday morning, much of the northern half of Missouri was shivering in below-zero weather. The National Weather Service says Green City and Unionville reached 13 below. Lancaster was 12 below, and Kirksville was 10 below...
Gov. Jay Nixon starts seeking bids for license offices (01/15/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has started seeking competitive bids to run the state's vehicle and driver's license offices -- entities that previously were awarded to political supporters. Nixon said Wednesday that the Department of Revenue has started the bid process for six of the state's 183 privately run license offices. His new revenue director, Karen Mitchell, said she hopes gradually bid out the rest by the end of the year...
Impeached governor gets cold reception in Illinois Senate (01/15/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Hours after Gov. Rod Blagojevich convened a new Illinois Senate and urged lawmakers to "find the truth," senators took the first steps Wednesday toward a trial to determine whether the impeached governor is booted from office for corruption and abuse of power...
US Airways plane to NC crashes into Hudson River (01/15/09)
NEW YORK (AP) — A US Airways pilot ditched his disabled jetliner into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines, but rescuers pulled all 155 people on board into boats as the plane sank...
Indiana money manager faces federal charges in ill-fated flight (01/15/09)
CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla. -- A daredevil money manager whose run from ruin was halted when investigators interrupted his suicide attempt at a Florida campground found his legal problems compounded Wednesday as authorities filed federal charges against him in the three-day ordeal...
Ex-cop charged with murder in Calif. train station shooting (01/15/09)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A former transit police officer has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of an unarmed and allegedly restrained black man in a racially charged case that has outraged residents and community leaders and set off violent protests...
Study: Checklist reduced number of surgical deaths (01/15/09)
ATLANTA -- Scrawl on the patient with a permanent marker to show where the surgeon should cut. Ask the person's name to make sure you have the right patient. Count sponges to make sure you didn't leave any inside the body. Doctors worldwide who followed a checklist of steps like these cut the death rate from surgery almost in half and complications by more than a third in a large international study of how to avoid operating room mistakes...
Students' families await sharpest tuition increases in years (01/15/09)
Most high school seniors and their families have not made final college plans for next fall. But they know this: It's probably going to cost more than they had planned. Even in good economic times, states and colleges have largely failed to hold tuition increases in line with inflation. Now as the slumping economy forces states to slash spending, students can expect the sharpest increases in years...
Blowing snow and frigid temperatures pound nation (01/15/09)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Arctic air extended its grip Wednesday with below-zero temperatures stretching from Montana to northern New England and frost nipping the Gulf Coast. A few ski areas in Vermont and northern Minnesota closed for the day because of the cold -- 38 below zero at International Falls, with the wind chill during the night estimated at 50 below...
Iranian president asks Arab leaders to stop Israel (01/15/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's president urged Arab leaders Wednesday to cut all contacts with Israel and use their political and economic influence to pressure the Israelis to halt their offensive in Gaza. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Al-Manar television, owned by the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah, that the leaders should also pressure Israel's Western backers to stop the fighting, which Palestinian health officials say has killed more than 1,000 people in the Gaza Strip...
First biofuelled flying vehicle departs London for Timbuktu (01/15/09)
LONDON -- A group of adventurers set out from London for Timbuktu, Mali, on Wednesday, planning to travel by flying car. The vehicle, which looks like a dune buggy with a huge fan and a paragliding wing attached, is called the Parajet Skycar. It was designed by self-taught engineer and inventor Giles Cardozo to fly at up to 70 mph and drive at about 120 mph...
Vatican 'tribunal of conscience' opens up to help combat decline in number going to confession (01/15/09)
ROME -- One of the Vatican's most secrecy shrouded tribunals, which handles confessions of sins so grave only the pope can grant absolution, is giving the faithful a peek into its workings for the first time in its 830-year history. The Vatican has long lamented that fewer Catholics are going to confession, the sacrament in which the faithful can receive forgiveness if they sincerely confess their sins to a priest...
China economy grew to world's 3rd largest in 2007 (01/15/09)
BEIJING -- China's economy grew to the world's third-largest in 2007, new data showed Wednesday, another milestone in the country's ascent in the global pecking order that puts it behind only Japan and the United States. China has grown tenfold in the past 30 years, and the revised data leapfrogged it ahead of Germany. But overtaking the United States is another matter...
Missouri romps past Colorado (01/15/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- DeMarre Carroll had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Missouri shot a season-best 63 percent while matching another season best with 12 3-pointers in a 107-62 rout of Colorado on Wednesday. The Tigers (14-3, 1-1 Big 12) won their 12th in a row at home after a lineup shakeup by coach Mike Anderson, putting the game away with a 19-0 first-half run without two starters...
Rams interview Garrett, Frazier (01/15/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams concluded a two-day interview with Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Wednesday, and later in the day began discussions with Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. General manager Billy Devaney is interviewing finalists in Los Angeles for the head coaching job, with the exception of Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, who met with the team in Baltimore on Sunday during a break in preparation for the AFC championship game...
Jackson edges Pirates (01/15/09)
PERRYVILLE -- Jackson junior point guard Whitney McNeely hasn't received as many minutes this season because she is recovering from ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus tears in her right knee, which she sustained in the middle of last July. But Jackson coach Sheila Haertling did not hesitate to insert McNeely into the game when Perryville started to use a full-court pressure defense in the fourth quarter of a tight ballgame Wednesday...
Cardinals drop plans to buy Class AAA team (01/15/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have dropped plans to purchase their top minor-league affiliate in Memphis, Tenn., citing concerns about the sour economy and uncertainty about what the economic downturn will mean for baseball, an official with the Memphis Redbirds said Wednesday...
Sikeston, Scott County won't play this year (01/15/09)
A meeting of the four schools involved in the potential changing of Feb. 10's slate of games to have Sikeston play Scott County Central for the first time since 1971 yielded no game for this season. Sikeston (10-2) is ranked No. 9 in the state's Class 4 boys basketball poll, while Scott County Central (12-1) is ranked No. 2 in Class 1 after finishing third in the state and second in the rankings last year...
Redhawks eager to grab wins at Show Me Center (01/15/09)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has been unbeatable on the road but not so hot at home in recent Ohio Valley Conference play. Southeast hopes its latest home performance means its on the verge of putting together a Show Me Center streak...
Redhawks host OVC frontrunner (01/15/09)
Morehead State steadily has climbed the Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball standings under Donnie Tyndall. Tonight the Eagles come to Cape Girardeau as the OVC co-leader for their 7:45 p.m. date at the Show Me Center with free-falling Southeast Missouri State...
Area calendar (01/15/09)
Baseball n Southeast camps: The Southeast Missouri State baseball program will host two prospect camps at Houck Field House for age 13 through seniors in high school Jan. 24 and 25 and Feb. 7 and 8. Cost: $95. Campers must bring their own workout gear. No cleats are permitted inside Houck Field House. Info: 986-6002...
Celebrating 60 years of adventures (01/15/09)
Jan. 15, 2009 Dear Julie, DC's parents have had an adventurous marriage. On missions and trips and assignments together they have spent weeks and months and even years in Thailand, India, Kenya, Guatemala, Tripoli, the Yucatan, floating down the Danube and in other places around the world. Dan had the privilege of being offered the delicacy of grubs while dining with natives in Ecuador. He partook. In Thailand their hotel was shelled by guerrillas...
Rival studios reach deal on 'Watchmen' release (01/15/09)
LOS ANGELES — The superhero film "Watchmen" will be watched by audiences after all — and on time. Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox settled their nearly yearlong dispute over the movie Thursday, the studios announced in a joint statement...
Artifacts 1/15/09 (01/15/09)
Adult piano lessons offered The Southeast Missouri Music Academy at Southeast Missouri State University will offer an eight-week adult piano class beginning Jan. 26. The class will meet from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Mondays. "Piano in a Flash" is for beginners or those wishing to brush up on beginning skills learned in the past. ...
Cape Girardeau native Tony Spinner rocks at Eagles banquet hall (01/15/09)
A concert at the Eagles banquet hall will have a slightly different flavor on Saturday. The hall — generally occupied by line dancing, country or country rock concerts — will host Tony Spinner and Friends, a classic rock group with a set list that includes songs more along the lines of Lynyrd Skynyrd or Ted Nugent...
New on DVD 1/15/09 (01/15/09)
"Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys" Filmmaker and co-star Perry offers up another domestic tale with this drama about two women (Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates) who hit the road to escape turmoil as their families tumble into adultery scandals, business corruption and other infamy. ...
good bets 1/15/09 (01/15/09)
Live music Doug E. Rees The Jackson singer/songwriter brings in a new guest, Casey Benefield. Where: Stooges, Jackson When: 7 to 11 p.m. today Live acoustic music Matt Murphy gets the party going solo. Where: Slingers...
Teri Wilson drives Miss Behavin' with the big boys in the monster truck arena (01/15/09)
What's sits nine feet off the ground, has tires big enough to sleep inside of and can crush any car like a paper cup? The big boys (and one girl) of the Mega Monster Truck Tour. Big Dawg will be there in addition to Rock Star, Undertaker and Monster Patrol. Hopefully, the boys will know how to behave in the presence of a lady — Miss Behavin', driven by Teri Olsen...
Restaurant recommends: Celebrations (01/15/09)
You don't need a reason to enjoy Celebrations, Pat and James Allen's upscale restaurant on Bellevue Street. The small, slightly hidden restaurant is like the carpet bag of restaurants. The outside is nondescript, but opens into a multiroom dining area with tables at every turn. The white walls are dressed up with large mirrors, colorful art and pictures of the staff and owners laughing and smiling with famous cooks...
Review: Winslet shines in "The Reader" (01/15/09)
"The Reader" is an unexpected treasure. It is wise, serious and, as life often is, emotionally complicated. Germans separated from the Nazis by a single generation find it hard to understand there is no difference between their parents and themselves. In turn the parents struggle with the persecution of their neighbors, not quite sure why it was them and not themselves, often aware how easily the roles could have been reversed...
Dismal holidays over, but retail outlook still dim (01/15/09)
WASHINGTON -- After the worst holiday season in 40 years, retailers expect to face more sales declines in the months ahead as the recession deepens, job losses mount and consumers retrench further. Retail sales plunged 2.7 percent in December, a record sixth straight monthly fall, and the first annual drop on government records dating to 1992, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. ...
Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave (01/15/09)
SEATTLE -- Apple Inc. co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs said Wednesday he is taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June -- just a week after the cancer survivor tried to assure investors and employees his recent weight loss was simply caused by a treatable hormone deficiency...
House votes to expand health insurance to 4 million more children (01/15/09)
WASHINGTON -- Making a down payment on president-elect Barack Obama's promise of universal health coverage, the House voted Wednesday to expand government-sponsored insurance to 4 million more children in working families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid...
Mary Burchyett (01/15/09)
McCLURE, Ill. — Mary Burchyett, 73, of McClure died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 1, 1935, in McClure, daughter of Dolphus and Thelma Darnell. She married Claude Earl Taylor, who died July 27, 1969. She later married Lester R. Burchyett, who died March 26, 2008...
Robert Myers Jr. (01/15/09)
Robert E. Lee Myers Jr., 67, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at his home. He was born June 21, 1941, in St. Louis, son of Robert E. Lee and Ruth Millhouse Myers. He and Mary Ellen Ruth Banfield were married May 30, 1968, in Waukegan, Ill...
Linda Spitler (01/15/09)
NEW MADRID, Mo. — Linda Ellen Spitler, 61, of New Madrid died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 21, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Theon and Cornetta Seyer. She and Charles Spitler were married June 27, 1970, in Kelso, Mo...
Pauline Koch (01/15/09)
Pauline Vee Carlton Koch, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 8, 1923, in Alton, Ill., daughter of John Thomas and Emma Clyde Harris Carlton. She and Albert F. Koch were married June 26, 1940, in Jackson. He died Aug. 14, 1985...
Loyd Ervin (01/15/09)
Loyd Ray Ervin, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at his home. He was born March 2, 1924, in Benton, Mo., son of John and Beulah Minter Ervin. He and Wilma Shirrell were married March 5, 1944, in Cape Girardeau. Ervin was a lab technician 43 years at Marquette Cement Co. and was a shop foreman 43 years at Cape Ready Mix. He retired in 1987. He was a member of First Church of God, was an avid fisherman and golfer and loved to hunt...
James Diebold (01/15/09)
James John Diebold, 59, of Scott City died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. He was born June 20, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of Herman Joseph and Ella Caroline Felter Diebold. He was formerly married to Diane Barton of St. Louis. Diebold was a former member of Knights of Columbus Council 6420...
J. Hugh Smith (01/15/09)
J. Hugh Smith, 74, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born June 24, 1934, in Kansas City, Mo., son of Randolph P. and Verna Mae Readdy Smith. He and Patricia Heath were married April 29, 1974, in Marble Hill...
Patricia Tiehes (01/15/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Patricia Ann Tiehes, 63, of Manchester, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at her home. She was born June 16, 1945, at Belgique, Mo., daughter of Edward L. and Marie C. Wood Modde. Tiehes was a registered nurse at Chrysler Motor Corp. and was previously a licensed practical nurse at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Valley Park, Mo., and American Legion Auxiliary Post 133 in Perryville...
Births 1/15/09 (01/15/09)
Seigart Daughter to Cody Seigart and Michelle Devon Long of McClure, Ill., 12:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Name, Jaida Devon. Weight, 7 pounds, 5 1/2 ounces. Second child. Ms. Long is the daughter of Michael and Valorie Long of McClure. She is a dental assistant. Seigart is the son of Valene Davis of Cape Girardeau and Clifford Seigart of Mounds, Ill. He is a merchandiser...
Fire report 1/15/09 (01/15/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 5:47 p.m., an illegal burn in the 1100 block of North Middle Street. n At 6:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2900 block of Beavercreek Drive. n At 7:29 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South West End Boulevard...
Police report 1/15/09 (01/15/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest n Sherrea T. Tate, 20, 3022 Mimosa Drive, Apt. 8, was arrested on suspicion of making a false report. Thefts n Macy's, 3049 William St., reported a theft of a purse...
Out of the past 1/15/09 (01/15/09)
25 years ago: Jan. 15, 1984 Cape Bible Chapel ordains four new elders during its Family Bible Hour: Bill Sweatman, Dan Greene, Randy Black and Roger Call; during the same service, six new deacons are installed: Harold Tilley, Darrell Gallaher, Wes Wade, Dan Price, Denny Roth and Bill Cobb...
In lean times, creativity is free (01/15/09)
Talking about the economy has become as monotonous as talking about the weather. The new small talk: "How's it goin'?" "Hey." An awkward silence stretches between the two acquaintances. They realize they don't have much in common, and both look at the walls and floor searching for a thread of common ground for conversation. Finally one of them finds something to fill the empty space...
Prayer 1/15/09 (01/15/09)
For the warmth of your love, O God, and spiritural shelter in the cold, we give thanks. Amen.
More nuclear power (01/15/09)
AmerenUE, looking to the future, knows that demand for electricity is going up. To meet that demand, Ameren must come up with more generating capacity. It already has a nuclear-powered plant in Calloway County near Fulton, Mo. Motorists driving along I-70 can see the plant's distinctive cooling tower on the horizon near the Missouri River to the south...
Speak up on FOCA (01/15/09)
On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all existing state laws protecting unborn children and created the right to abortion on demand for the full nine months of pregnancy. Since the notorious Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, close to 50 million unborn children have been aborted...
Speak Out 1/15/09 (01/15/09)
Can't hear the news EVERY workday I wake up about 5 a.m. to a clock radio. I like to listen to KRCU and get the news. Lately when I listen in the morning all I hear is the call-letter announcement and how glad KRCU is to be our public radio station. ...
Lt. Gov Peter Kinder with family on Senate floor (01/15/09)
Peter Kinder with nieces Louisa Kinder, Molly Kinder, Mia Kinder; nephews Hunter Kinder, Will Kinder and freind BI Howard
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (01/15/09)
Winston is a 6 month-old Dachshund/Terrier mix. He is very energetic and playful. Winston is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO, 573-334-5837. See more pets at www.semopets.org
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder with family in inaugural pararde (01/15/09)
Lt. Gov Peter Kinder with nieces, nephew and friend in inaugural parade
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