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Stories from Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Suicide threat leads to armed standoff in Dunklin County (05/19/09)
STEELE, Mo. -- On Monday members of the Kennett Police Department's Strategic Response Team were called to assist the Steele Police Department with an incident involving a man barricading himself in his home, threatening suicide. According to Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield, the department was notified that a Steele man was in possession of a firearm, threatening to do harm to himself...
Bids for Shawnee park project top estimates by almost $300,000 (05/19/09)
Cape Girardeau leaders plan a Thursday groundbreaking for the new Shawnee Community Centre, but angry city council members on Monday demanded answers about why bids for the project exceeded estimates by almost $300,000. "This is supposed to be something where everybody is sitting around the campfire singing 'Kumbaya,'" Mayor Jay Knudtson said to Dan Muser, director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department. ...
Sikeston women arrested after 'joyride' Saturday (05/19/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A joyride went a little too far for two Sikeston women over the weekend, who were injured in a vehicle pursuit and later arrested. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call at 11:03 p.m. Saturday in reference to a stolen vehicle. Officers located the car and then followed it on a pursuit, after the vehicle "took off at a high rate of speed," said Capt. Dan Armour...
Cape Girardeau School Board takes heat over new stipend system (05/19/09)
Teachers confronted the Cape Girardeau School Board about a new system of allocating stipends for extra duties during their meeting Monday. Julia Jorgensen, who heads the student recognition programs for the high school, said the process to establish the new payment schedule was not communicated with the staff...
McCaskill weighs in against New Life in federal courthouse debate (05/19/09)
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill jumped into the debate over using the old Cape Girardeau federal building as a homeless shelter, urging rejection of the application from New Life Evangelistic Center.
Man convicted of shooting wife with bow and arrow to have mental evaluation (05/19/09)
Merriel E. Housman Jr., convicted last month of shooting his ex-wife with a bow and arrow, will undergo a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation before he is sentenced, Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William L. Syler ruled Monday.
Cape Girardeau police chase ends at Town Plaza (05/19/09)
Two people were arrested Monday morning after a car chase that wound down several city streets, but never reached high speeds. And police received help in the effort from a former Marine.
Elementary student suspended for bringing BB gun to Southeast Missouri school (05/19/09)
SENATH, Mo. -- A Senath-Hornersville Elementary student was suspended last week after bringing a BB gun to school. The student brought the BB gun from his home, according to Senath police chief Omar Karnes. When asked about the gun, the student in question said he brought it to show to a friend, Karnes said...
Meeting planned to focus on Route W work (05/19/09)
MoDOT will host a public meeting focusing on the planned improvements to Route W in Cape Girardeau from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Osage Community Centre. The meeting will be in open house format, so visitors can talk individually to MoDOT personnel working on the project. ...
Deadly Stoddard County motorcycle crash among numerous accidents Sunday (05/19/09)
A deadly motorcycle crash in Stoddard County was among many accidents the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to Sunday. The fatal accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Route Z, 7 miles east of Bernie, Mo., when a 1985 Honda all-terrain vehicle driven by Michael D. ...
St. Louis County man with swine flu dies (05/19/09)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A 44-year-old St. Louis County man who was infected with swine flu has died. St. Louis County Health Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre says tests will be run to confirm if swine flu was the cause of death. The man's name was not released...
Obama touts plan for cleaner, more efficient cars (05/19/09)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is asking consumers to put their money -- up to $1,300 per new vehicle by 2016 -- behind his plan for higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and tougher rules on their greenhouse gas emissions. In return, Obama said Tuesday in unveiling the plan, drivers would make up the higher cost of more fuel-efficient, cleaner vehicles by buying less gas at the pump. ...
Philadephia, other cities find few funds for festivals (05/19/09)
PHILADELPHIA -- The leaders of the "Sunday Out" festival watched thousands brighten a gray day in early May by celebrating in the wet Philadelphia streets with multicolored umbrellas, rainbow-hued hats and colorful necklaces in the name of gay pride.
TARP repayments from big banks may start in June (05/19/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that approval for big banks seeking to repay bailout money could start in early June.
Housing construction, permits hit record lows (05/19/09)
WASHINGTON -- A modest rebound in single-family home construction in April raised hopes Tuesday that the three-year slide in housing could be bottoming. But with the supply of unsold homes bulging, foreclosures rising and prices falling, no broad recovery is expected until next spring at the earliest.
Senate passes credit card overhaul bill (05/19/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted on Tuesday to prohibit credit card companies from arbitrarily raising a person's interest rate and charging many of the exorbitant fees that have become customary -- and crippling -- to cash-strapped consumers.
Poll shows sink or swim for college grads (05/19/09)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- School's out, surf's up, summer beckons. Time for college students to see if they can stay afloat in the worst economy their generation has known. Young people are carrying a load heavier than they normally bear as they scatter from campuses, judging from an AP-mtvU poll that finds students anxious about their finances, job prospects after graduation and the pressures facing their folks back home...
P&G says Brawny paper towels copied Bounty (05/19/09)
CINCINNATI -- The Procter & Gamble Co. says rival Brawny paper towels have picked up some of Bounty's design. The Cincinnati-based consumer products company has filed a federal lawsuit charging Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific Corp. with trademark infringement and unfair competition...
Obama to introduce new emission, mpg standards (05/19/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to propose the first-ever national emission limits for cars and trucks as well as average mileage requirements of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 -- all costing consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle. Obama's plan couples for the first time pollution reduction from vehicle tailpipes with increased efficiency on the road. ...
Obama prods Netanyahu, Iran in Mideast talks (05/19/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday opened his deepest foray into the Middle East quagmire, telling Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu he must stop Jewish settlements and should grasp a "historic opportunity" to make peace with the Palestinians...
Bodybuilders flee drug testers (05/19/09)
BRUSSELS -- The Belgian bodybuilding championship has been canceled after doping officials showed up and all the competitors fled. A doping official says bodybuilders just grabbed their gear and ran off when he came into the room. "I have never seen anything like it and hope never to see anything like it again," doping official Hans Cooman said Monday...
Myanmar puts activist on trial (05/19/09)
YANGON, Myanmar -- Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was put on trial behind closed doors Monday with police surrounding the prison where the proceedings were held to deter supporters who claim she is being prosecuted to keep her out of politics...
Sri Lanka begins rebuilding after civil war (05/19/09)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Following more than a quarter-century of civil war, Sri Lanka faces the task of trying to reconcile and rebuild after its troops routed the last Tamil Tiger separatist rebels Monday and killed their leader. One of the world's most sophisticated insurgencies, the Tamil Tigers and their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, were brought down by a string of misjudgments and a government onslaught aimed at crushing the rebellion at all costs...
Bell City ends Advance's season (05/19/09)
ORAN -- Bell City's freshman starting pitcher worked his way into a jam in the first inning of Monday's Class 1 District 2 baseball quarterfinal. Josh Overbey hit Advance's Jacob Bond with a pitch then allowed a single to Cory Cooper with one out. The Hornets were licking their chops, eager to get off to a fast start...
Central's Simmons leads local golfers at state tourney with 77 (05/19/09)
Central senior Tim Simmons sits five shots off the lead after the first day of the Class 4 state golf meet. Simmons made it around the Rivercut Golf Course in 77 shots, tied for 25th. This is Simmons' third trip to the state tournament. His best finish came last year when he tied for 33rd...
Rams open title defense with rout (05/19/09)
CHARLESTON -- Thanks to an early offensive explosion, defending state champion Scott City cruised to an easy 11-1, six-inning victory over Meadow Heights in their opening-round game of the Class 2 District 3 baseball tournament Monday. Senior Josh Henson threw all six innings. He struck out four, scattered five hits, walked two and allowed an unearned run en route to the victory...
Crusaders shut out Woodland (05/19/09)
CHARLESTON -- Woodland had no answer for senior pitcher Bryant Steffens, or the solid defense behind him. Saxony Lutheran coasted to a 4-0 win in its Class 2 District 3 baseball opener Monday. Steffens pitched a complete-game shutout, scattering three hits and striking out three. He allowed just one runner to reach second base and retired the side in order in three of the seven innings...
Jackson soccer advances to title game in district (05/19/09)
The Jackson girls soccer team earned the opportunity to defend its district crown. The Indians advanced to the Class 3 District 1 title game with a 4-0 shutout of Northwest on Monday at Fox High School. Senior Bobbi Jo Schlick, who already signed to play at Southeast Missouri State in the fall, scored two goals, while Megan Davidson and Hannah Roach also scored in the victory...
Brewers' Weeks will miss remainder of season with wrist injury (05/19/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks will miss the rest of the season because of a tear in his left wrist, a severe setback for the NL Central leaders. Weeks hurt himself while striking out Sunday in St. Louis. He had an MRI exam Monday in Arizona, and it revealed the injury...
Ankiel, Carpenter may return Wednesday (05/19/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals hope center fielder Rick Ankiel and pitcher Chris Carpenter both can rejoin the team Wednesday. Ankiel bruised his right shoulder in a headfirst crash into the wall May 4. He's been playing in extended spring training games and is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday...
Owners may vote on adding two games (05/19/09)
New Orleans could get back in the Super Bowl rotation this week. NFL owners will award the 2013 Super Bowl to either New Orleans, Glendale, Ariz., or South Florida -- where their spring meetings will take place in Fort Lauderdale. And while nothing as definitive as selecting a Super Bowl site is expected, the owners could vote on a proposal to expand the regular season to 17 or 18 games, with a reduction in the preseason that would keep the overall total, minus playoffs, at 20 matches...
Penguins grab 1-0 series lead on Hurricanes in Eastern finals (05/19/09)
PITTSBURGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes probably expected Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby to make a difference. What they couldn't have anticipated was being beaten by Miroslav Satan and Philippe Boucher. Satan and Boucher scored their first goals of the playoffs and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury prevented Carolina from getting its offense going, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Monday night...
Brewers sweep Cards in three-game series (05/19/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Braden Looper carried a two-hitter into the seventh inning to beat his former team, Mat Gamel hit a three-run homer in his first career start and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8-4 victory Monday night...
Lambert-Allen matchup may be a wacky 'Idol' finale (05/19/09)
LOS ANGELES -- The final "American Idol" performance episode could be the weirdest concert ever televised. In one corner, there's over-the-top Adam Lambert, the dominating presence who transformed Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" into a sitar-infused spectacle and tackled "Whole Lotta Love," the first-ever Led Zeppelin tune performed on Fox's "Idol." From the outset, he's been the ambiguous rocker next door, most comfortable -- but not scary -- in eyeliner and studded leather...
Automakers, Obama announce mileage, pollution plan (05/19/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama wants drivers to go farther on a gallon of gas and cause less damage to the environment -- and be willing to pick up the tab.
Backs get bent out of shape (05/19/09)
Moving forward may be hurting your back. The average person bends forward hundreds of times a day -- to tie a shoe, pick up a penny from the sidewalk, reach into a file cabinet -- and that motion wears on the back. Chelsea Sellers, 20, thinks cheerleading caused a bulging disc in her back, and her job as a server in a local restaurant doesn't help. She said she's constantly bending, lifting and twisting at work...
Health calendar 5/19/09 (05/19/09)
This week's health events
Mildred Rivers (05/19/09)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Mildred Lea Rivers, 83, of Bell City passed away Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was born Aug. 31, 1925, at Dongola, Mo., daughter of Walter and Maude Reitman Bidewell...
Mary Nothaus (05/19/09)
Mary E. Nothaus, 85, entered into rest Thursday, May 14, 2009, in Rolla, Mo. She was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Glen Carbon, Ill., daughter of Vincent and Sophie Escher Adamick. She and Louis A. Nothaus were married March 31, 1964. He died Aug. 11, 1995...
Viola Fisher (05/19/09)
Viola E. Kiehne Fisher asleep in Jesus on Saturday, May 16, 2009. Beloved wife of the late Howard W. Fisher Jr.; loving mother of Sandra H. Emmenderfer; dear grandmother of Lee T. (Pam) Emmenderfer Jr. and Debbi (Mark) Steinbecker; dear great-grandmother of Amanda, Shelby and Kyle Steinbecker, and Grant Emmenderfer; sister of William (Jody) Kiehne; niece of Albertine Scherrer; dear aunt, cousin and friend...
Oscar Preusser (05/19/09)
Oscar Walter Preusser, 85, of St. Louis passed away Saturday, May 9, 2009, at his home. He was born March 31, 1924, in Shawneetown, son of Otto R. and Hedwig "Hattie" Hemman Preusser. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown. He and Viola Mae Ruesler were married Oct. 28, 1950, in Friedheim...
Jerome Westrich (05/19/09)
Jerome F. Westrich, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 22, 1918, in New Hamburg, Mo., son of David P. and Clara Klipfel Westrich. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Louise Klipfel. He and Ruth E. Joyce were married May 25, 1938, at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran, Mo...
Ed Ulmer (05/19/09)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Henry Edwin Ulmer, 57, of Morley died Monday, May 18, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 10, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of J.E. and Cona Casey Ulmer. He and Kathy Viola Slipis were married Aug. 1, 1971, in Morley...
Barbara Amelunke (05/19/09)
Barbara A. Smith Amelunke, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 18, 2009, at her sister's home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 2, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Woodrow Wilson and Frieda Ida Hente Smith. She and Glenn Amelunke were married June 2, 1957, in Cape Girardeau. He died March 21, 2000...
Allen Peterson (05/19/09)
Allen Peterson died Sunday, May 17, 2009. Beloved husband of Anna Mae Meade Peterson; dear father and father-in-law of Bonnie Kaye (Jack) Knowlan, James Byron (Diana) Peterson, and Ronald Allen (Milagros) Peterson; dear grandfather of Luke (Mary) Peterson, April (Phil) Muehring, Adam (Kelly), Eric (Jennifer) and Kirk (Alissa) Peterson, Erica (Matt) Russell, Garrett (Megan), Spencer (Lara) and Stuart (Courtney) Knowlan and Andrea Pineda; dear great-grandfather of Braxton, Colton, Cassie, Jessica, Jacob, Anna, Sarah, Sumner, Jonah, Caleb, Amber, Kate and Audrey; dear brother of Margie Lynch, Mary Hoffman, Betty Hockett and Ima Jean Risenhoover; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend.. ...
Births 5/19/09 (05/19/09)
Fulmer; Hardaman
Police report 5/19/09 (05/19/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Assaults Thefts Burglary Property damage Miscellaneous Jackson...
Fire report 5/19/09 (05/19/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday:...
Out of the past 5/19/09 (05/19/09)
25 years ago: May 19, 1984 Cape Girardeau County's Klaus Park, just southwest of the junction of Interstate 55 and U.S. 61, is being mentioned as a possible site for the Cape Girardeau multipurpose building; County Court Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep said the court would "seriously consider" donating the land if the site were requested...
Excerpts from Larry Rice's past: Homeless activist leaves trail of headlines (05/19/09)
Television preacher Larry Rice, who has applied to turn the old federal building in Cape Girardeau into a homeless shelter, certainly has a way with words. On one day he's telling viewers on his TV channel that his religious work is in dire need of money and implores them to go onto his website and contribute...
Fumigating politics in Illinois (05/19/09)
Politics in Illinois have a reputation, and it's not a good one. Aside from the one-liners and barbs that tend to accompany almost any mention of politics Illinois-style, politicians in the Land of Lincoln are still expected to serve the people of that state. The fact that so many top officials have been associated with corruption hurts all Illinois residents, and that's the real crime...
Prayer 5/19/09 (05/19/09)
In all of our thoughts, words and deeds, help us to have compassion for others. Amen.
Jackson couple join hands in marriage, National Guard at the same time (05/19/09)
JACKSON, Mo -- Matthew and Erin Tompkins gave each other a decidedly unique gift for their wedding six months ago -- they both joined the Missouri Army National Guard, embarking on a new life both as Citizen-Soldiers as well as husband and wife. "It all just came together and clicked," said Matthew, at his recent Recruit Sustainment Program drill at the Jackson armory. "We both want to go to college and we both wanted to join the military. This will allow us to do both."...
Christmas in May (05/19/09)
May 30 10:30am The Salvation Army will be celebrating the Tree of Lights Campaign. The event is free to the community and will be hosted at the Cape River Heritage Museum 538 independence Street. The Salvation Army Brass Band will include Jerry Ford and his musicial friends and will entertain you with Christmas music. ...
Out for a Stroll (05/19/09)
Darn it! I knew that as soon as I stopped for a potty break, someone would drive by. . . They can't see me from the waist down, can they?
A Special Bond (05/19/09)
This is a picture of my sister, Jeanne Kelpe, with her newly bought miniature Sicilian donkey, Zoey. Can't you just see the bonding happening?? Zoey is one month old here.
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