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Mother accused of infant murder pleads not guilty (12/01/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A 24-year-old Campbell, Mo., woman accused of murdering her infant daughter in May appeared in court on Monday for a plea hearing, pleading not guilty to the charges. According to the Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Joanna Faucett and her attorney, public defender Charles Hirth, appeared before Judge Stephen Sharp, pleading not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder, a Class A felony...
Police look for cotton firebugs in Dunklin County (12/01/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Three cotton modules, belonging to Bill Anderson, located on Dunklin County Road 516 between Kennett and Senath, Mo., were apparently set on fire Sunday night. The Dunklin County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating the incident in an attempt to identify the individuals responsible for creating the damage. ...
Caruthersville man charged in Stoddard County stabbing incident (12/01/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Caruthersville, Mo., man was arrested in Dexter following a weekend stabbing incident that injured two. Matthew A. Kingston, 27, has been charged with two counts of the Class A felony armed criminal action, one count of the Class A felony assault in the first degree with serious injury and one count of the Class B felony assault in the first degree...
Former Cape Girardeau police officer charged with official misconduct, false report (12/01/09)
A Cape Girardeau police officer who left the force early this month was charged Monday with official misconduct and making a false police report. Michelle L. Gary, an officer until Nov. 13, will be in court Dec. 14 for arraignment on charges that she falsely reported a check as stolen to avoid bad check charges and took $100 to help a wanted fugitive obtain information about whether a warrant was active on a third person. Both charges are misdemeanors...
Cape Girardeau's Family Aquatic Center on track to open for summer (12/01/09)
The construction crews putting together the Lazy River, part of Cape Girardeau's new Family Aquatic Center, have been anything but lazy this fall. In July, Penzel Construction Co. won the contract to build the water park and expand the adjacent Osage Community Centre. ...
Commissioner pushes for data-based approach to Cape Girardeau County employee raises (12/01/09)
Every year since at least 1987 Cape Girardeau County employees have received a raise in pay. But Cape Girardeau County Commissioner Jay Purcell said today that any increase in salaries for county employees in 2010 should be based on quantitative data, such as a cost of living index or inflation...
Cape woman pleads guilty to receiving stolen property (12/01/09)
A Cape Girardeau woman accused of receiving property stolen in two late September burglaries pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to four years in prison. Misty Batterton, 25, waived a pre-sentencing investigation and asked to be sentenced immediately by Circuit Judge William Syler, assistant prosecuting attorney Jack Koester said. ...
Replacing Franklin school part of Cape district's facilities plan (12/01/09)
After deliberations and number crunching, Cape Girardeau School District officials decided to include plans to rebuild Franklin Elementary School as it progresses toward a bond issue. The facilities planning committee met Monday to discuss district construction and renovation plans. Neil Glass, director of administrative services, presented nearly $40 million in projects, including a new 50,000-square-foot elementary school...
Cable TV crew to film local child beauty pageant for 'Toddlers & Tiaras' episode (12/01/09)
BERNIE, Mo. -- The Show-Me Smiles Fantasy Pageant in the small town of Bernie has caught the attention of the producers of "Toddlers & Tiaras," a popular reality television show that explores the world of child beauty pageants. A 12-person production crew from The Learning Channel (TLC) will film the spectacle slated for 10 a.m. Dec. 13 in the Bernie Community Center. The local footage will appear in the show's third season that will begin airing the week of Memorial Day at the end of May...
Route K down to one lane today (12/01/09)
Route K in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane for pavement marking starting todaytuesday. Contractor crews will be working on the section of road between Siemers and Farrar drives. Work will continue from 6:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. until Thursday...
Fishing family would like tackle; veteran needs help with bills (12/01/09)
Fishing is at the top of the favorite activities list of this family with five children. The four oldest children, ages 4, 5, 7 and 8, have asked Santa for a fishing pole and a fishing tackle box. The youngest, age 2, can't handle a pole yet but, being a boy, he'd love some toys and a small bike to ride. The 8-year-old girl would love Hannah Montana music CDs and roller skates. The three boys would like to play together with remote control cars...
Number of HMO participants in Missouri declining (12/01/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A new study shows the number of Missourians participating in managed health care programs declined last year while the amount of premiums they paid rose. The Missouri Department of Insurance released its 2008 Health Maintenance Organization Annual Report on Monday...
FBI in St. Louis launches bank robbery website (12/01/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The FBI in St. Louis has launched a new website aimed at helping authorities investigate and solve bank robberies by posting profiles of suspects and surveillance-camera photos of robberies, the agency announced Monday. The website, www.bandittrackerstlouis.com, is modeled after similar ones with success in other cities, said St. ...
Long, bitter debate ahead for health care bill (12/01/09)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats called it a historic opportunity. Republicans called it a sham. Long-awaited debate over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul kicked off in the Senate with lawmakers trading bitter partisan words over the measure to remake one-sixth of the U.S. economy...
More consumers late on auto loan payments in third quarter (12/01/09)
NEW YORK -- More people were late with their auto loan payments in the third quarter as job losses continued, but amid rising delinquencies there are positive signs for the economy in certain states. The auto delinquency rate -- the rate at which payments fell behind 60 days or more -- edged up in the July-to-September quarter to 0.81 percent, from 0.80 in the same period last year, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion...
Laid-off workers face expiration of health benefit (12/01/09)
WASHINGTON -- An auto parts employee laid off from his job last year has been able to hang onto his health insurance because the federal government has picked up most of the tab. That subsidy ends Tuesday for Don Hall and thousands of other Americans...
Obama's Afghan plan: Bring in 30,000 to 35,000 more troops (12/01/09)
WASHINGTON -- After months of debate, President Barack Obama will spell out a costly Afghanistan war expansion to a skeptical public tonight, coupling an infusion of as many as 35,000 more troops with a vow that there will be no endless U.S. commitment. His first orders have already been made: at least one group of Marines who will be in place by Christmas...
Senate opens partisan debate on health care (12/01/09)
WASHINGTON -- Riven by partisanship, the Senate plunged into a widely anticipated debate Monday over sweeping health care legislation that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have vowed to approve and Republicans have sworn to block...
Growing job stress seen in benefits use (12/01/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Stressed-out workers are calling in sick more often and turning to employee assistance programs for help in greater numbers in the wake of layoffs at many firms, according to a new survey. Benefits consultant Watson Wyatt Worldwide Inc. ...
Online retailers rev up deals to keep up shopping momentum (12/01/09)
NEW YORK -- Retail websites kept amping up the deals Monday, the first day after Thanksgiving weekend's strong online sales, to try to maintain the momentum. Meanwhile, a research firm that tracks business at stores reported tepid sales and customer traffic for Friday and Saturday that confirmed a so-so start to the season for the bricks-and-mortar world...
Demjanjuk trial opens on Nazi death camp charges (12/01/09)
MUNICH -- John Demjanjuk sat in a wheelchair wrapped in a light blue blanket, his eyes closed and his face pale as his trial opened Monday on charges he helped kill 27,900 Jews as a Nazi death camp guard. Attorneys for the retired Ohio autoworker portrayed him as a victim -- of the Nazis and misguided German justice. But three German doctors testified the Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk was fit to stand trial...
Iran holds 5 U.K. nationals after yacht intercepted (12/01/09)
LONDON -- Iran is holding five British sailors after stopping their racing yacht in the Persian Gulf, the British government said Monday. The move could heighten tensions between Iran and major world powers, including Britain, that are demanding a halt to its nuclear program...
Leopold debuts with win at Woodland tournament (12/01/09)
The second-seeded Wildcats got all they could handle in their season opener Monday night before rallying past seventh-seeded Zalma 70-61 at the Woodland Invitational.
Ressel earns Big 12 special teams honor (12/01/09)
Jackson High School graduate Grant Ressel has been named the Big 12 special teams player of the week.
High school roundup: Hornets swarm Malden in tourney (12/01/09)
All the local high school action from Monday that was reported to the Southeast Missourian
Area digest 12/1/09 (12/01/09)
Dennis Roth of Jackson carded his first career hole in one Saturday at Kimbeland Country Club. Roth used a 9-iron to ace hole A, a par 3 playing 148 yards. Witnesses were David Hohler, Sam McCune and Gary Riggins. Susan Beth Scott of Cape Girardeau won a bronze medal in the 200 IM final Monday at the IPC Swimming World Championships 25m in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Scott was seeded seventh entering the final of the Class 10 event at the paralymic meet...
Bowden to make announcement on his coaching future (12/01/09)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Bobby Bowden says there will be an announcement on his coaching future at Florida State today. The legendary 80-year-old Florida State coach met with Florida State president T.K. Wetherell and athletic director Randy Spetman for an hour Monday...
Saints pound Patriots, improve to 11-0 (12/01/09)
NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints carved up Bill Belichick's defense, staying unbeaten with a dominant romp over the Patriots. Brees threw for a season-high 371 yards and five touchdowns, and the Saints harassed Tom Brady all game in a 38-17 victory over New England on Monday night...
John Daly hopes for quick return by Woods (12/01/09)
SYDNEY, Australia -- John Daly doesn't want to know the reasons behind Tiger Woods' late-night car crash. He just wants Woods healthy and back on the tour. Daly, a dual major winner who has had his share of off-the-course troubles, said Monday he doesn't share the public fascination with the facts behind Woods' accident outside his Florida home...
Rams' run defense remains a problem (12/01/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams' run defense has been horrible lately, even though the personnel's pretty much the same. It's becoming a weekly sore spot for rookie coach Steve Spagnuolo, who built his reputation on stopping opponents. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks more than doubled their NFL-low average with a season-best 170 yards in beating the Rams 27-17. Before that, the Rams (1-10) gave up a season-high 183 yards to Arizona, and 203 yards to the Saints...
Weiner likely to take over players' association (12/01/09)
NEW YORK -- The man poised to become the first new leader of baseball's powerful union in more than a quarter-century is a ballplayer's lawyer. Michael Weiner speaks plainly, wears jeans and sneakers to work -- and after more than 20 years with the Major League Baseball Players Association, knows his stuff...
Weis ousted as Fighting Irish coach (12/01/09)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Charlie Weis arrived at Notre Dame flashing Super Bowls rings and talking about outscheming opponents. He leaves one of college football's most prestigious programs without even matching the records of the two men who were fired before him...
Pelini: Huskers in Big 12 title game a year late (12/01/09)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has led the No. 21 Cornhuskers to a second straight nine-win season and into Saturday's Big 12 championship game against No. 3 Texas. An upset of the Longhorns at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, would put Nebraska in a BCS bowl just two years after the Huskers hit bottom in Bill Callahan's final year. Some might say reaching the Big 12 title game puts Pelini's rebuilding job right on schedule...
Tiger Woods withdraws from own tournament (12/01/09)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods withdrew Monday from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home. He said he would not compete again until next year. Woods said in a statement on his website that his injuries prevented him from playing in the Chevron World Challenge, which he hosts annually for a small, invited field...
Blues fall victim to Umberger's hat trick (12/01/09)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As the hats and caps rained down, R.J. Umberger smiled, pumped his fist and savored the moment. Umberger scored three goals for his second career hat trick to lead Columbus past the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Monday night, ending the Blue Jackets' five-game losing skid...
Nikolay Davydenko awed by winning ATP Finals (12/01/09)
LONDON -- Gazing at the big trophy beside him, Nikolay Davydenko was awed. His name was etched next to those of some of the greats: Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg. Davydenko had won the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, beating all three Grand Slam champions of 2009 along the way. The Russian defeated U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday's final...
Crowe to perform at National Tree lighting festivities (12/01/09)
WASHINGTON -- The carols around the National Christmas Tree are going to have some serious star power this year. Entertainers Sheryl Crow and Common are scheduled to perform at the tree lighting ceremony Thursday near the National Mall. Singers Jordin Sparks, Ray LaMontagne and Celtic Woman, and jazz musicians Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman also will join the stage...
Local expert discusses staying healthy for the holiday season (12/01/09)
Registered nurse Gayla Tripp, Infection Control Coordinator at Saint Francis Medical Center, responded to questions from the Southeast Missourian's health community e-mail. How worried should people be about throwing a holiday party and spreading sicknesses like the flu and H1N1?...
Let guests, not germs, mingle at holiday parties (12/01/09)
Is it safe to party when swine flu threatens to crash your bash? It's a question many revelers may be asking this year as the holiday party season coincides with an anxiety-provoking flu season. The good news: While it is true that mingling over punch and canapes can help spread the H1N1 virus, health and entertaining experts say it's possible to throw a holiday party without making everyone wear surgical masks and hazmat suits...
Study: Autism treatment works in children as young as 18 months (12/01/09)
CHICAGO -- The first rigorous study of behavior treatment in autistic children as young as 18 months found two years of therapy can vastly improve symptoms, often resulting in a milder diagnosis. The study was small -- just 48 children evaluated at the University of Washington -- but the results were so encouraging it has been expanded to several other sites, said Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer of the advocacy group Autism Speaks. ...
Kyong Lemons (12/01/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Kyong "Coffee" Lemons, 55, of Advance died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, in Clarksville, Tenn. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at Morgan Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ronnie Winchester officiating. Burial will be in Morgan Memorial Park...
Harvey Petot (12/01/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Harvey J. Petot, 76, of Perryville died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with the Rev. Milton Ryan officiating...
Carolyn Hunt (12/01/09)
Carolyn Yevon Hunt, 63, of Scott City died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 19, 1945, in Paragould, Ark., daughter of George and Curine Jacks Coyle. She married Roy Hunt, who preceded her in death. She was an assembly line worker at Lee Rowan in Jackson until her retirement. She was a member of Apostolic Lighthouse UPC in Scott City...
Dr. Jack Caldwell (12/01/09)
Dr. Jack R. Caldwell, 86, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at his home at Good Samaritan Village in Las Cruces, N.M. He was born Jan. 7, 1923, at Fruitland, son of Ben Ruff and Oma Caldwell. Caldwell was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, flying B-24 and B-29 bombers. Following the war he attended Southeast Missouri State University and the Illinois College of Optometry...
Doris Byrne (12/01/09)
Doris Anne Byrne, 92, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Aug. 30, 1917, in St. Louis, daughter of Fredrick and Grace Wheelhouse Laskwitz. She and John Byrne were married Nov. 22, 1945, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death in 1981...
Robert Alfultis (12/01/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Robert L. Alfultis of St. Louis died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. Dearest father of Michael (Tracy) Alfultis and Bryan (Tammy) Alfultis; cherished grandfather of Caden, Maddox and Isla Alfultis; and dear brother of Judith (Earl Ackers) Fears...
Dorothy Willer (12/01/09)
Dorothy Willer, 91, of Jackson passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 25, 1918, in Cape Girardeau, to Otto and Alma Hemmann Goehring. Dorothy was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. She attended Trinity Lutheran School and Central High School...
Births 12/1/09 (12/01/09)
Twin sons to David and Irene Kieffer II of Scott City, Southeast Missouri Hospital, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. Benjamin Isidore was born at 3:04 a.m. and weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces. Joseph Alvin was born at 3:06 a.m. and weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces. The couple also has two other sons and a daughter. ...
Fire report 12/1/09 (12/01/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Police report 12/1/09 (12/01/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Assault Thefts...
Out of the past 12/1/09 (12/01/09)
Cape Girardeau City Council member Loretta Schneider has been elected to the board of directors of Women in Municipal Government; the national group serves as a forum for communication among women and local officials within the framework of the National League of Cities organization...
Corrections 12/1/09 (12/01/09)
An article in Monday's Southeast Missourian should have stated there is an archery antlerless season in Cape Girardeau County. Those who have not filled their firearms permit may hunt with a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season dates of Dec. 19 through 29, which occurs statewide. During the remainder of archery season, which ends Jan. 15, archery antlerless permits may be used as well as regular archery deer and turkey permits. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Girardeau Goes Green invites focus-group volunteers (12/01/09)
In April, the Cape Girardeau City Council established a new advisory board. This board was charged with the task of developing recommendations to the council on cost-effective ways the city, through its day-to-day operations, can reduce its environmental impact, enhance sustainability and serve as a role model for the region in achieving these goals...
Higher ed funding (12/01/09)
The announcement last month that Missouri's state-funded colleges and universities will hold the line for a second year on tuition and fees came as good news to students and tuition-paying parents. But there are still enough uncertainties to be cause for concern...
GOP has good chance in 2010 (12/01/09)
I'm not alone in wondering how the electorate will respond in the 2010 elections. The 2006 congressional elections proved Democrats were no more prepared to lead than those they replaced, as they've failed to neither control the checkbook nor make substantial policy shifts matching their campaign rhetoric. The much-hyped yet poorly executed "hope and change" of 2008 seems to have lost its appeal to the Democratic base and many centrists...
Start over on Bloomfield Road (12/01/09)
We live on Bloomfield Road and agree with many of our neighbors that we should not disturb the beauty of this county road. The road is hazardous because people drive excessive speeds knowing they have little chance of a speeding ticket. Rather than spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to rebuild this road, why can't we install stop signs and even speed cameras to control traffic flow? I realize this solution is not as glamorous as some want, but it accomplishes the same thing for much less money. ...
Prayer 12/1/09 (12/01/09)
For the sights and sounds of a special season, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Hot Shot Basketball Contest (12/01/09)
The Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Dept. along with the Bank of Missouri will be holding the 21st Annual Hot Shot Basketball Contest at the Osage Community Centre on Sunday, Dec. 6th. The competition is for boys and girls ages 7-16. It will begin at 12:30p.m., with day of registration beginning at start at noon. ...
Safe House Texas Hold 'Em Tournament (12/01/09)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2009 CONTACT: Linda Garner Executive Director Safe House for Women (573) 335-7745 Safe House for Women is going all in for victims of violence with its 3rd Annual Texas Hold 'Em Tournament. It will be held Sunday, December 13, 2009 at VFW Post 3838, 1049 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau...
Entertaining the Veterans (12/01/09)
A snapshot of the local Dulcimer group in Cape Girardeau entertained the Veterans recently at the Missouri Veteran's Home . Pictured from left to right : Mary Maginel, Gail Crader, Rosemary Oxley, Laura Holmburg, and Marjorie Suedekum
Christmas Carolers (12/01/09)
Christmas Carolers greet you as you enter Saxony Manor, Just a few of many beautiful Christmas decorations at Saxony Village.
Cozy Christmas Cheer (12/01/09)
A beautiful giant tree gives a warm Christmas feeling at Saxony Manor in Saxony Village.
VFW Auxiliary 10495 Donates Flag (12/01/09)
November 20th, 2009 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #10495, Jackson Missouri, donated a new American Flag to the Sedgewickville Cemetary, Inc. The flag at the cemetary had been distroyed by recent storms. Auxiliary President, Pauline Nitch and Americanism Chairman, Dorthy Siebert presented the 4' X 6' Flag at Sedgewickville Missouri. The ladies installed the flag and raised it for all to enjoy. It was our honor to present this American Flag to the cemetary...
Zontians Honoring Fellow Zontian Amelia Earhart (12/01/09)
Amelia Earhart was a Zontian, so local Zontians went to see the movie "Amelia" to honor the life of a fellow Zonta member. Pictured from left to right: Angie Wilson, Jennifer Hendrickson, Cheryl Mothes, Laura Ritter, Carolyn Kempf, Charlotte Robinson and Lizbe Knote...
Southeast Missouri Hospital NICU Christmas Parade (12/01/09)
Southeast Hospital is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the region's FIRST Level THREE NICU. Southeast hosted a reception before the parade for SEH NICU graduates and then welcomed them to walk in the parade beside the beautiful float! Congratulations Southeast on 30 Magical Years!...
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