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Stories from Saturday, May 23, 2009

Downtown Chaffee building heavily damaged by fire (05/23/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A Friday morning fire in Chaffee heavily damaged one of the downtown's oldest structures. Firefighters from Scott City, Oran and Delta assisted the Chaffee Fire Department in putting out the blaze that began in the top floor apartment at 116 S. Main St. around 10 a.m. No one was injured, but residents living in the building that had been converted to apartments were forced to evacuate quickly. The fire also damaged the adjacent apartment building at 118 S. Main St...
Shockley gets death sentence in shooting of trooper (05/23/09)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- After denying a Carter County man's request for a new trial Friday afternoon, a judge sentenced him to death for gunning down a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. Lance D. Shockley, 32, of Van Buren showed little emotion as Presiding Circuit Judge David Evans sentenced him to death for the murder of Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr...
Cape's response to homeless shelter plan sent to federal agencies (05/23/09)
The response coordinated by Cape Girardeau city leaders in opposition to a proposed homeless shelter was delivered to three federal agencies Friday, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced. The package of letters will give a clear picture of community sentiment to the departments responsible for making a decision on whether to award the federal building at 339 Broadway to the New Life Evangelistic Center, said Emerson, a Cape Girardeau Republican. ...
Leadership of Optimist youth program changes hands (05/23/09)
Thomas Meyer has sold a lot of property in his life, but the sales job he's most proud of has nothing to do with real estate. Rather, it's been selling teenagers on the importance of getting involved in government and community. For 25 years Meyer coordinated the Optimist Youth in Government, which has won awards from Optimist International and has been adopted by several other Optimist chapters. ...
Chaffee license office up for bid (05/23/09)
Southeast Missourian CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Chaffee license office was among the most recent set of six state license offices offered to bidders. The Missouri Department of Revenue announced that it is accepting bids to operate the license office in Chaffee as part of an ongoing process of making the offices, once political plums handed out by governors, more responsive to taxpayers. ...
Rising river delays crop planting for some farmers (05/23/09)
With the Mississippi River expected to crest at or near 39 feet today, a flood warning issued by the National Weather Service for Cape Girardeau remains in effect until further notice. The river was at 38.8 feet, which is 6.8 feet above flood stage, as of Friday morning, having caused moderate flooding in the region over the past several weeks, inundating farmers' fields and wreaking havoc with planting schedules...
Genealogical society meets Tuesday (05/23/09)
The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 E. Washington St. in Jackson. The program, "Downtown Cape Revitalization," will be presented by Marla Mills, executive director of Old Town Cape. ...
2 men unharmed after Mo. scaffold collapses (05/23/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two painters escaped serious injury when a scaffold they were on gave way at the top of an eight-story building in downtown Kansas City. One of the poles used to secure the scaffold gave way Friday afternoon, sending one painter sliding off. ...
Religious leader urges mother, cancer-stricken son to return (05/23/09)
STOCKTON, Mo. -- Phillip "Cloudpiler" Landis was raised Mormon in western Washington and didn't think too much about what he considers his American Indian heritage until he went to prison. "What better place to have to sit and reflect upon what motivates you?" he said...
Missouri to pay $500,000 to settle suit against ex-governor (05/23/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state has agreed to pay $500,000 to a former gubernatorial aide to settle claims he was wrongfully terminated and defamed by Gov. Matt Blunt and his administration after questioning the office's e-mail deletion practices...
Iraq slaying verdict highlights combat stress (05/23/09)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- There's no question ex-soldier Steven Dale Green raped and killed a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdered her parents and sister. Still, jurors in Kentucky couldn't agree this week whether to sentence the 24-year-old to death for heinous crimes he committed while serving in Iraq, indecision that may signal growing public awareness of combat stress and its consequences, experts say...
New gun rule for national parks delayed to February (05/23/09)
WASHINGTON -- Not so fast, gun owners. A new law allowing loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges will not take effect until next year, the Obama administration said Friday. President Obama signed the gun law without comment Friday as part of a measure creating new rules for the credit card industry...
Liberty U. pulls plug on campus Democratic club (05/23/09)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Liberty University has told its fledgling College Democrats club it can no longer be a campus group, saying the party stands against the conservative Christian school's moral principles. Club president Brian Diaz said he got the word last week from the private university in Lynchburg, Va., founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell...
U.S. moving closer to making swine flu vaccine (05/23/09)
WASHINGTON -- Inching closer to a swine flu vaccine, the government is beginning to analyze two candidates for the key ingredient to brew one. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to deliver one or both to vaccine manufacturers by the end of next week so scientists can begin the months-long process of producing shots...
U.S. journalist freed in Iran arrives in America (05/23/09)
WASHINGTON -- An American journalist who spent four months in an Iranian prison was greeted Friday afternoon with cheers and hugs from friends as she returned to the United States. Roxana Saberi told reporters upon her arrival that singing the national anthem helped keep her going. "And it may sound corny, but I'm so happy to be home in the land of the free."...
Wisconsin mother found guilty of letting diabetic daughter die (05/23/09)
WAUSAU, Wis. -- A mother accused of praying instead of seeking medical help for her dying 11-year-old daughter was found guilty Friday of second-degree reckless homicide. A Marathon County jury deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours before convicting Leilani Neumann, 41, of Weston. She faces up to 25 years in prison, but no sentencing date had been set...
Analysts: GM bankruptcy may not be all that bad (05/23/09)
DETROIT -- With General Motors' long-anticipated day of reckoning a little more than a week away, nearly all signs are pointing to the wounded auto giant limping its way into bankruptcy court, but experts say that might not be as bad as once expected...
Strong quake shakes tall buildings in Mexico City (05/23/09)
MEXICO CITY -- A strong earthquake swayed skyscrapers in Mexico City and rattled colonial buildings in neighboring Puebla state Friday, sending frightened people into the streets. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and was centered 90 miles southeast of the capital. The Mexican seismological service measured it at 5.9...
U.K. expense scandal whistleblower defends actions (05/23/09)
LONDON -- A former SAS officer said Friday he acted as a middleman to help leak details of British lawmakers' expenses bills to a newspaper, sparking a scandal that has ousted the speaker of the House of Commons speaker and ruined the reputations of scores of legislators...
Hunt for pair in $6M bank error may lead to Hong Kong (05/23/09)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- From running a gas station to just plain running: A New Zealand couple who dropped out of sight after a bank error gave them a multimillion-dollar line of credit was being sought in Hong Kong, police said Friday. An international search was underway for the man and his girlfriend, who disappeared two days after a bank mistakenly handed them a credit line of 10 million New Zealand dollars ($6.1 million) -- 100 times their approved limit of NZ$100,000 ($61,000).. ...
Chaffee's Horman jumps to all-state (05/23/09)
Scott City's Stephanie Essner and Chaffee's Trenton Horman had strong showings Friday as the Class 1 and 2 state track meets got underway Friday in Jefferson City. Essner, the defending Class 2 state champion in the 400-meters who was last year's 200-meter runner-up, qualified for today's finals in all three of her events...
Redhawks soar, then plummet (05/23/09)
Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan entered the season figuring the only thing that could keep the Redhawks from having a really big year was subpar pitching. Hogan's worst fears were realized as the Redhawks' 6.76 earned-run average was by far the highest in Hogan's 15 seasons at Southeast...
Ludwig may beat Ankiel off DL (05/23/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick might return from the 15-day disabled list before Rick Ankiel, who was eligible to come back Wednesday. Ankiel has worked out with the team the last three days, but Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Friday that the center fielder didn't appear close to coming back. Ankiel has a bruised right shoulder and overall soreness from a headfirst crash into the wall after running down a fly ball at the warning track earlier this month...
James beats Magic at buzzer in Game 2 (05/23/09)
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers needed a miracle. LeBron James delivered. James made a fadeaway 3-pointer over Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu as the final horn sounded Friday night to give the Cavaliers, their season a heartbeat from major trouble, a 96-95 victory over the Orlando Magic that evened the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece...
WANTED: Young American to win Indy 500 (05/23/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Graham Rahal says IndyCar racing needs bigger names, higher-profile sponsors, more fans and a young driver to sell the sport. And he knows just the guy to do it. A 20-year-old American. "I'd love to be the face of this series, and I think the potential is there," Rahal said. "But you have to become successful first."...
Sabbatini, Mallinger lead at Nelson (05/23/09)
Rory Sabbatini followed an unconventional par with four consecutive birdies on way to a season-best 6-under 64 and a share of the second-round lead Friday with John Mallinger at the Byron Nelson Championship. Mallinger eagled both par 5s at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas, and made a 15-foot birdie putt on his final hole for a 65 to match Sabbatini at 8-under 132...
Blackhawks down Red Wings in OT (05/23/09)
CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp scored 1:52 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Friday night, cutting the Red Wings' lead in the Western Conference finals to 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday at the United Center. After a shot by Matt Walker, Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien scrapped for the puck in front of the net, and Samuel Pahlsson slid it across to Sharp, who drove it in for his second goal of the game...
Cards shut down Royals (05/23/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Lately, the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation has been virtually untouchable. Even struggling Todd Wellemeyer was dominant Friday night. "I want to get on that thing and keep riding it as long as we can," Wellemeyer said after taking a three-hitter into the seventh inning of a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals, the fourth straight solid outing by a Cardinals starter. "I don't think it's contagious. Maybe it is, I don't know. We'll keep the ball rolling, though."...
Area churches use ministry to heal wounds, offer path to recovery (05/23/09)
Amy Elfrink believes in change. As director of Fruitland Community Church's Celebrate Recovery program, Elfrink has seen how those in the recovery program have overcome such problems as alcoholism, abuse, divorce, gambling and financial loss. Some come three or four times, and others attend the program on a regular basis. ...
Briefly (05/23/09)
St. Andrews Choir performs patriotic concert St. Andrews Choir will perform its annual Patriotic Concert in honor of Memorial Day and veterans. The church's handbell group, the St. Andrew Mission Bells, will also perform. The groups plan to honor those who are in the military as well as those who have retired. The concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew, 804 N. Cape Rock Drive in Cape Girardeau...
God sees, God remembers, God knows (05/23/09)
Memorial Day weekend is many things to many people. To historians, it is Decoration Day. To schoolchildren, it symbolizes the nearing end of school and opening of the local swimming pool. For the outdoor grillers, it is the start of barbecue season. For our nation, it is the day to remember and honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to the service of our great country...
Reflections: Keep doing what you love (05/23/09)
"You are so gifted," I said to a widow who attends my church. "You're always doing something here." "Oh, I don't do much," she answered. "People keep asking why I continue doing all the work I do. But I enjoy it and I like keeping busy. I'm going to keep on as long as I can. I don't want to sit and do nothing."...
'Keyboard Cat' spreads on web, TV (05/23/09)
NEW YORK -- A new Internet phenomenon has drawn the interest of millions -- including Stephen Colbert. One of the most popular current online crazes is something called "Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat," a user-generated video meme. The formula is a simple. A clip is played of a pratfall or some unfortunate, self-inflicted accident. This is immediately followed by (always the same) old clip of a cat playing an upbeat tune on a keyboard...
Dorothy Cozad (05/23/09)
Dorothy Cozad MORLEY, Mo. -- Dorothy L. Foster Cozad, 90, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Morley, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in Fort Collins. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Old Morley Cemetery. Announcement courtesy of Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau...
Max Shemwell (05/23/09)
Max Shemwell CAIRO, Ill. -- Max Lee "Skip" Shemwell, 65, of Bardwell, Ky., formerly of Cairo, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at his home. There is no visitation. The funeral will be private. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements...
Myrtle Criddle (05/23/09)
Myrtle Criddle Myrtle B. Criddle, 96, formerly of Burfordville, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Wednesday at Haynes Chapel Congregational Methodist Church...
Virginia Graul (05/23/09)
Virginia Graul MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Virginia Lee Graul, 90, of Marble Hill died Friday, May 22, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Baker Cemetery near Marble Hill...
Mary Lynch (05/23/09)
Mary Lynch Mary L. Lynch, 79, of Jackson died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ralph Duffner officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Scott City...
Cleo Stevens (05/23/09)
Cleo Stevens ADVANCE, Mo. -- Cleo Proffer Stevens, 87, of Advance passed away Friday, May 22, 2009, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 1, 1921, at Swinton, Mo., daughter of Walter and Flora Belle Capps Proffer. She and Dennis Stevens were married June 17, 1944, in Denton, Texas. He died Feb. 26, 2004...
Irene Wiggins (05/23/09)
Irene Wiggins Irene Wiggins, 88, of Jackson passed away Thursday, May 21, 2009, in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 17, 1921, at Neelys Landing, daughter of Pearl and Maggie Foster McCain. She and Ralph J. Wiggins were married Jan. 20, 1940. He passed away Nov. 16, 1999...
Births 5/23/09 (05/23/09)
Pierce; Donley; Martin; Umfleet; Lowery; Bollinger
Fire report 5/23/09 (05/23/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Police report 5/23/09 (05/23/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Thefts
Out of the past 5/23/09 (05/23/09)
25 years ago: May 23, 1984 PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A sometimes-bitter dispute over the hiring of a new superintendent for the Perryville School District, which had led to the division of the district's board, comes to a head with the resignation of two board members, Orville Schaefer and Dale Thieret...
Free drugs (05/23/09)
U.S. pharmaceutical companies make drugs that save our lives and improve our quality of life. With little fanfare, many drug companies have programs that provide, in certain circumstances, free or reduced-cost prescription drugs to those who can't afford them. ...
Speak Out 5/23/09 (05/23/09)
Citing sources; Online classes; Business first; No joking matter; Kids are people too; Self-centered; Collateral damage; Dogs and children; An extremist; Disobedience
Prayer 5/23/09 (05/23/09)
You delight us in every way, O God, and we give thanks for it. Amen.
Rep.Lipke proves good man and politician are not an oxymoron (05/23/09)
Some of you may have read a couple local stories in the Missourian and the Cash Book Journal about HB 236, or "Kaitlyn's Law". I like to refer to it as "Kaitlyn's Law" since I happen to be Kaitlyn's mom. I approached State Rep. Scott Lipke when Kaitlyn and I were told by our local school district that if she chose to exercise her right to a "free appropriate public education" through age 21, she would not be allowed to participate in any senior class activities with her senior class- those students she began school with years ago. ...
485 mile bicycle ride to raise funds for Disabled American Veterans (05/23/09)
My husband, Will Adams is riding his bicycle from Cincinnati, Ohio to Cape Girardeau MO this Memorial Day weekend (485 miles) to raise money for Disabled American Veterans. He is a Gulf War veteran himself. His longtime friend, Mark Rightnowar who is also a Gulf War veteran is following him in a van as a support vehicle during the ride. ...
Itsey Bitsey Spider (05/23/09)
Living with my home nestled in the woods I see many different critters on a daily basis. This is one of the many different spiders that have taken up residence on my deck this spring. Although the spots on him/her look white in the photos, it actually looks almost blue to the naked eye...
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