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University police investigating theft of electronics from dorm rooms (01/05/10)
The thief or thieves responsible for stealing more than $2,000 of miscellaneous high-tech items from Southeast Missouri State University dorm rooms Monday remain on the loose. The Southeast Department of Public Safety said it has four incidents of theft, where victims have reported cameras, televisions, video recording devices, iPods and cell phones stolen.
No injuries, minimal damage at Mimosa Drive apartment fire (01/05/10)
An apartment fire at 3001 Mimosa Drive on Tuesday resulted in no injuries and minimal damage. Firefighters were sent to the scene about 11:15 a.m. Cape Girardeau Fire Department battalion chief Steve Niswonger said on scene the fire was accidental and was the result of plumbers on the subfloor of the building soldering copper joints.
40 duck carcasses dumped on roadside in Stoddard County (01/05/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Authorities are trying to find out who discarded 40 ducks on the side of County Road 717 on the east end of the Cottonbelt area of Dexter. The birds, all contained inside two large trash bags, were found around 3 p.m. Thursday by a passerby who called in the finding to authorities...
Car hits tree, three injured near Grassy (01/05/10)
GRASSY, Mo. - Three people were injured after a their vehicle hit a tree off County Road 506 Monday afternoon. Around 1:15 p.m. a 1992 GMC driven by Michelle R. Smith, 38, of Jackson ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred 2 miles south of Grassy...
Public meeting on AmerenUE rate increase in Dexter today (01/05/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- AmerenUE has proposed an 18 percent rate increase in electric rates. The Missouri Public Service Commission is holding a public comment hearing today at the Dexter Armory on Highway 114 East in Dexter between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. for customers to comment or ask questions about the proposed increase...
State, local leaders encourage support for census count efforts (01/05/10)
State and local leaders gathered at the Cape Girardeau census office Monday to drum up support for the upcoming headcount.
Some historic buildings on Broadway may get facelift (01/05/10)
The new owner of some historic buildings on a block of Broadway says he has grand plans for the structures. Kenny Pincksten of Prestige Development said the buildings he purchased at 621 and 623 Broadway are being torn down for parking. Some of the bricks and timbers will be recycled for use on other recently acquired buildings on Broadway, Pinckstein said...
Cape Girardeau County will need voter approval to regulate subdivisions (01/05/10)
If Cape Girardeau County wants to regulate subdivisions it can do so, but only with voter consent, an assistant to the county commission said Monday. During Monday's county commission meeting, Robb McClary presented his findings on the issue, which was discussed in a joint meeting of the Cape Girardeau and Jackson planning and zoning commissions. ...
Cape school board plans special work session today (01/05/10)
The Cape Girardeau School Board will hold a special work session today to discuss the economics behind its construction and renovation plan. The district has been considering a bond proposal to fund projects throughout the district. The district facilities plan outlines nearly $40 million in construction and renovation, including an event stadium and auditorium at the high school...
Sikeston man arrested for allegedly stealing brass propane valves (01/05/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Authorities have arrested a Sikeston man for allegedly stealing 6,500 valves from his employer, Santie Oil. According to Sgt. James McMillen of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Derrick L. Collins is charged through the New Madrid County prosecutor's office on suspicion of taking the brass propane valves that are routinely removed from old 20-pound tanks at the propane business.
Cape Girardeau man's drug trial delayed while defense waits on police video (01/05/10)
A case against Zatrun Twiggs, a Cape Girardeau man charged with allegedly purchasing and distributing narcotics, was delayed again Monday when he appeared before Circuit Court Judge William Syler. "We are still in the discovery process with the state," said Jennifer Booth, Twiggs' attorney...
Man charged with armed robbery has case delayed (01/05/10)
A 19-year-old Cape Girardeau man charged with second-degree armed robbery remains in the Cape Girardeau County jail after his case was delayed Monday before Circuit Court Judge William Syler.
Cape Girardeau man charged with making knife from toothbrush while in jail (01/05/10)
A Cape Girardeau man was to be transferred from the Cape Girardeau city jail to the Cape Girardeau County Jail after he was allegedly caught with a homemade knife fashioned from a toothbrush handle while in the city jail.
Sikeston's milestone used to teach youth history (01/05/10)
SIKESTON --Sikeston's 150th birthday, which is being celebrated throughout the year, is providing an opportunity to teach even the youngest Sikestonians about their city's history. Beginning later this month, Sikeston Public Library will host a series of family nights for children in kindergarten through second grade and their parents centered around the year-long sesquicentennial...
Four women arrested in New Year's fight outside Sikeston bar (01/05/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Four women were arrested New Year's Day in connection with a fight at a Sikeston bar, according to the Standard Democrat. At 1:14 a.m. Friday, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety was advised of a disturbance at Stan's Wagon Wheel at 1036 County Line.
Two charged in Orman murder case have court dates; one gets change of venue (01/05/10)
Two of the three suspects in the Oct. 27 shooting deaths of a pregnant woman and her 15-year-old son appeared in court Monday, one to learn where she would be tried and the other to enter a formal plea of not guilty.
Cape Girardeau man arrested for allegedly molesting 13-year-old (01/05/10)
A Cape Girardeau man has been accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl. According to Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Cpl. Adam Glueck, the mother and the victim reported the incident Friday. Police arrested Willard King, 71, the same day.
Road work to reduce Route ZZ to one lane (01/05/10)
Route ZZ in Scott County will be reduced to one lane starting today while the Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine maintenance on a bridge between U.S. 61 and Route BB. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday...
City council ready for public comment on new zoning rules today (01/05/10)
Cape Girardeau City Council members, while sparing no praise for the city planning staff, showed Monday that they didn't like every idea that has been included in a draft zoning ordinance. The city hasn't overhauled its zoning rules since 1967. The latest draft will be open for public comment beginning at 6 p.m. today in the City Council Chambers of city hall at 401 Independence St...
Jackson officials support building of 48 senior apartments (01/05/10)
A Jackson senior housing development cleared one more hurdle to completion on Monday. During its meeting, the board of aldermen approved a resolution of support for the construction of the 48-unit apartment complex at Oak Hill Road and East Main Street. The proposed development sits on a property that was recently rezoned from a residential to commercial zone.
Parents who released balloon for lost daughter get reply (01/05/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Six years after losing her daughter, a Poplar Bluff woman received some comfort from a stranger in Mississippi. The loss at 20 weeks' gestation came as a devastating blow to Elizabeth Sagharichi and her husband, Mahmoud, one for which Elizabeth said there seemed to be no closure...
Jackson Board of Education agenda (01/05/10)
7 p.m. today Jackson Board of Education office 614 E. Adams St. Call to order Introduction of guests Adoption of agenda Presentation Approval of minutes Finance Public comments Action items...
Budget woes forces U of I to start furlough plan (01/05/10)
URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- The University of Illinois says its faculty and staff will be forced to take four unpaid furlough days as part of a plan to trim $82 million from the university's operating budget. President Stanley Ikenberry announced the furloughs and a hiring freeze in an e-mail to faculty and staff Tuesday. Ikenberry says the cuts are the university's response to a financial crisis resulting from a $436 million backlog of unpaid state appropriations...
Washington U. in running for big NASA project (01/05/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- NASA's next big space mission could be to Venus, to an asteroid or back to the moon. If it goes to the moon, St. Louis researchers will play a key role. NASA has announced three finalists for the New Frontiers program. One of them, called "MoonRise," would use an unmanned, robotically controlled lander to collect lunar rocks for further analysis. That project would be led by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis...
Stocks climb on reports, rising oil prices (01/05/10)
NEW YORK -- The stock market has extended its 2009 rally into the new year. Major stock indexes surged more than 1.5 percent Monday after improving news on manufacturing from China to the U.S. pointed to a strengthening global economy. The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 156 points...
AP: 2009 bankruptcies total 1.4 million, seventh-highest total (01/05/10)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- U.S. consumers and businesses are filing for bankruptcy at a pace that made 2009 the seventh-worst year on record, with more than 1.4 million petitions submitted, an Associated Press tally showed Monday. The AP gathered data from the nation's 90 bankruptcy districts and found 1.43 million filings, an increase of 32 percent from 2008. There were 116,000 recorded bankruptcies in December, up 22 percent from the same month a year before...
IRS to start regulating paid tax preparers (01/05/10)
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service plans to start regulating paid tax preparers, requiring them to register with the government, pass competency tests and adhere to ethical standards. The new regulations, announced Monday, will not be in effect for the current filing season -- individual tax returns are due April 15. ...
U.S. manufacturing in December stronger than expected (01/05/10)
WASHINGTON -- An unexpectedly strong report on manufacturing activity Monday bolstered confidence that the nation's factories will help sustain an economic recovery. The report by a private trade group signals that industrial production is likely to keep expanding in coming months, economists said. That could lead, in turn, to increased hiring and job creation...
Google ready to take wraps off new mobile phone (01/05/10)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Google is expected to kick off the new year by unveiling its vision for how a mobile phone should be made and sold. It's the latest step in the Internet search leader's quest for more control over how people surf the Web while they're on the go...
Third uninvited guest got into White House dinner (01/05/10)
WASHINGTON -- A third uninvited guest made his way into the White House state dinner for India's prime minister in November, the Secret Service said Monday. As the Secret Service was reviewing how an attention-hungry couple -- Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- got into the dinner without being on the guest list, officials discovered that a third person made it through security without an invitation as well. ...
Threats against federal judges, prosecutors are up (01/05/10)
WASHINGTON -- Threats to federal judges and prosecutors have jumped dramatically, according to a new government report issued Monday that found such threats more than doubled in the past six years. Three years after the husband and mother of a federal judge in Chicago were killed by a man angry over a court ruling, the report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine concludes there are still major gaps in reporting and responding to threats...
More names added to watch and no-fly lists (01/05/10)
WASHINGTON -- The government has added dozens of people to the lists of suspected terrorists and those barred from U.S.-bound flights, a crackdown that comes as President Barack Obama prepares to personally question and challenge his team about the state of national security...
4-ton statue stolen from Utah motorcycle shop (01/05/10)
LINDON, Utah -- Police say thieves must've used heavy equipment to make off with a four-ton statue mounted outside a Utah motorcycle shop. Lindon police chief Cody Cullimore said a back-hoe or a crane likely was required to move the $100,000 sculpture depicting an old-time speed racer. Employees discovered it was missing from the Timpanogos Harley-Davidson store in Lindon, where it had been erected two years ago...
Winter system drops record snow, chills southern states (01/05/10)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A bitter chill has settled in across the eastern half of the country, threatening crops, closing schools and making Charleston, S.C., feel more like New York City. Records snows were reported over the weekend in Vermont, and farmers in Florida scrambled Monday to save strawberries and tomatoes...
Planet-hunting telescope unearths hot mysteries (01/05/10)
WASHINGTON -- NASA's new planet-hunting telescope has found two mystery objects that are too hot to be planets and too small to be stars. The Kepler Telescope, launched in March, discovered the two new heavenly bodies, each circling its own star. ...
U.S. court rejects Zacarias Moussaoui's appeal (01/05/10)
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person to stand trial in a U.S. court in the Sept. 11 attacks, rejecting arguments that he was denied access to evidence and the right to choose his own attorney...
Deputies: Man used infant as stun gun shield (01/05/10)
DEBARY, Florida -- Authorities in Florida say a man accused of using an infant to shield himself from a stun gun has been charged with child neglect. A Volusia County Sheriff's Department charging affidavit says 39-year-old Jorge Garcia of Deltona held the infant in front of him and told a deputy to "Tase the baby" when the deputy pulled out a stun gun, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Monday...
Yemeni forces kill 2 al-Qaida militants in clash (01/05/10)
SAN'A, Yemen -- Yemeni security forces clashed with al-Qaida fighters Monday, killing two, the latest sign the embattled, longtime president is making good on vows that his country will cooperate with the United States in fighting the terror network...
High school roundup: Central swimmers bag victory at Poplar Bluff meet (01/05/10)
All the area high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Redhawks cure slow starts in win against Jacksonville State (01/05/10)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team identified one objective entering Monday night's game against visiting Jacksonville State. "Get out of the blocks early. We preached that," junior forward Cameron Butler. Mission accomplished. The Redhawks scored eight of the first 10 points and led from wire to wire during a 78-66 victory that broke a 14-game Ohio Valley Conference home losing streak dating back to the 2007-08 season...
Southeast women even OVC record with second-half rally (01/05/10)
Monday's contest was a real struggle for the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team, which trailed most of the way. But the Redhawks found a way to squeeze out a 56-53 victory over Jacksonville State that allowed them to sweep their two-game Ohio Valley Conference homestand...
Roberts' shooting sparks Redhawks (01/05/10)
Southeast Missouri State freshman Bailie Roberts picked up a charge on a drive to the basket with a little more than 13 minutes left in the second half Monday. The call didn't sit well with Roberts, who made the shot, which was wiped away. "I kind of took it personal that they kind of took a score out of our hand," Roberts said. "Coach had been talking about taking it the rim, so that's what I did and I ended up with the charge."...
Playoff teams look ahead, coaches look for work (01/05/10)
Around the NFL, it is known as Black Monday, the day after the season ends, when coaches get fired. Yet there are 12 teams thinking only about Super Sunday and how to get to the Super Bowl. The playoffs begin this weekend with the wild-card round. Recent results indicate teams playing on the opening weekend of the postseason have a good chance of getting to the big game. It's happened the last four seasons, with three of those clubs winning the championship...
Lowly Rams are on the NFL draft clock (01/05/10)
ST. LOUIS -- School pride trumps position envy for Adam Carriker, who says he wouldn't have a problem if the St. Louis Rams use the top pick in the NFL draft to take another Nebraska defensive tackle. No matter if he and Ndamukong Suh, generally considered the top prospect, might end up competing for the same job...
Boise State pulls out Fiesta Bowl win (01/05/10)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Boise State reached into its bag of tricks again and stunned Texas Christian in a Fiesta Bowl duel of unbeaten BCS busters. After the Broncos pulled off a gutsy fake punt at their own 33-yard line, Doug Martin scored the decisive touchdown to give No. 6 Boise State a 17-10 victory over third-ranked TCU on Monday night...
Boost your eye-Q for healthier eyes (01/05/10)
While many people are resolving to by more healthy in 2010, it is often easy to take good vision for granted, but there are ways to help maintain eye health. "Pretty much the eyes take care of themselves, but studies have shown that wearing sunglasses and reducing sun exposure to the eyes can reduce the risk of macular degeneration," said Dr. ...
Evidence lacking to support special diets for autism (01/05/10)
CHICAGO -- An expert panel says there's no rigorous evidence that digestive problems are more common in children with autism compared to other children, or that special diets work, contrary to claims by celebrities and vaccine naysayers. Painful digestive problems can trigger problem behavior in children with autism and should be treated medically, according to the panel's report published in the January issue of Pediatrics and released Monday...
Los Angeles judge sets Wednesday hearing in Roman Polanski sex case (01/05/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Roman Polanski's long-delayed criminal case will return to a courtroom for a hearing later this week, a court official said Monday. Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said Judge Peter Espinoza will convene a hearing on Polanski's case for Wednesday afternoon...
Herschel Burlison (01/05/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Herschel Ralph Burlison, 85, of Corydon, Ind., formerly of Sikeston, passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Indian Creek Health and Rehab Center in Corydon. He was born Nov. 25, 1924, at Vanduser, Mo., son of Ralph and Bertha Lee Burlison...
Thomas Kohnen (01/05/10)
Thomas H. Kohnen, 90, of Hendersonville, Tenn., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 4, 1919, in St. Louis to Henry and Teresa Kohnen. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Thelma Wemtz Kohnen; four children, Mary (Jess) Bolen of Cape Girardeau, Bob (Patti) Kohnen of Holts Summit, Mo., Joan (Mike) Jones of Hendersonville, Rose (John) Gibson of Alton, Ill.; a brother, Gerry Kohnen (Celeste); 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.. ...
Iva Wilkinson (01/05/10)
Iva Anna Kneezle Gibson Wilkinson, 96, of Barnhart, Mo., died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Mo. Born Dec. 23, 1913, at Benton, Mo., she lived in East Prairie, Mo., 30 years where she was a professional photographer 24 years, retiring in 1964...
Loretta Vaughn (01/05/10)
Loretta Anita Vaughn, 78, of Midwest City, Okla., passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Midwest Regional Medical Center. She was born June 21, 1931, in Scott City, to Frederick and Clara Enderle Scherer. Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, and an infant daughter, Carla...
Tom Conder (01/05/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Tom Conder, 71, of Poplar Bluff, formerly of Grassy, Mo., passed away at his home Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. He was born April 11, 1938, near Zalma, Mo., son of Sampson Conder and Glenda Randolph Conder Hood. He and Lorene Withrow Story were married Aug. 16, 1980, in Poplar Bluff...
Births 1/5/10 (01/05/10)
Daughter to David Russell and Tricia Darleen Gilliland of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 11:58 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. Name, Kristian Mariah Lynn. Weight, 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Second daughter. Mrs. Gilliland is the former Tricia Mahurin, daughter of Mike Mahurin and Marcia Mahurin of Cape Girardeau. Gilliland is the son of Teresa Gilliland of Miner, Mo., and David Gilliland II of Vanduser, Mo...
Police report 1/5/10 (01/05/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Assault Thefts Burglary Property damage Miscellaneous...
Fire report 1/5/10 (01/05/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: ...
Out of the past 1/5/10 (01/05/10)
The name of Cape Girardeau lawyer Kenneth C. McManaman has surfaced as a possible successor to the chairmanship of the Missouri Democratic Party, a post held by former Sikeston, Mo., banker Pat Lea until two months ago when he resigned to assume a new banking position in Arkansas...
Bloomfield Road: A better solution (01/05/10)
True or false? Cape Girardeau is the home to a major four-lane highway that comes to a sudden end with a "PAVEMENT ENDS" sign. No kidding, the answer is true. From the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, take "new" Highway 74 westbound across town to the I-55 interchange. Just past the interchange, the highway comes to an immediate end...
America in denial (01/05/10)
Everyone I know has major concerns about money. And nearly everyone agrees that it is a scarce commodity. Virtually everyone wants to have more. Even so, most Americans have no interest in learning about the function of money, where it originates, why it fluctuates in value or who has control over our money supply...
Melaina's magic (01/05/10)
Good ideas tend to attract good support. That was the case last month when the Cape Girardeau Noon Optimist Club approved a $100,000 commitment -- the largest in the club's history -- to Melaina's Magical Playground, an all-accessible playground to be built in Cape County Park North, once enough donations are received. The estimated cost of the playground is $500,000...
Speak Out 1/5/10 (01/05/10)
LET'S start the new year out right. When you go to the bank, please have a deposit slip ready. When you or the teller has to fill out a counter deposit slip, there is a greater risk of the deposit not posting correctly. The deposit slips that come with your checks are already encoded with your account number and make the process quicker and safer...
Prayer 1/5/10 (01/05/10)
For those who work outdoors in winter's weather, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
Say goodby to the greatest generation (01/05/10)
I went to my uncles funeral yesterday. He was 83 years old and was married to the same woman for 62 years. That says a lot about his character right there. He was with General Patton at the Battle of the Bulge when a German tank 88 main gun blew up near him. ...
"Can-struction" Day teaches lessons in charity and math at Franklin Elementary (01/05/10)
When Franklin Elementary third and fourth grade teachers challenged students to bring in canned food for an educational and charity project, they were overwhelmed with the response. Students rounded up cans of food which were donated to the FISH Pantry just before the Christmas vacation, but not until they had experimented with various ways to construct geometric and architectural shapes. ...
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