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Stories from Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cape Girardeau County woman sentenced to prison for stealing from family (03/23/10)
A 40-year-old Cape Girardeau County woman charged with mail, wire and bank fraud was sentenced in federal court Monday before U.S. District Judge Charles Shaw. Belinda Jo Perkins, charged with four felony counts of fraud, two counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of bank fraud was sentenced to 24 months for each count and will serve the terms concurrently...
Cape police say customer won't give back extra money from bank error (03/23/10)
Cape Girardeau police officers are still investigating a theft that occurred Friday at the Bank of Missouri, where a customer reportedly refused to return an excess amount of cash mistakenly given to him by a bank teller. The man entered Bank of Missouri to access a safety deposit box to exchange a large stack of mixed bills for a stack of $20 bills.
Oran High School gets DESE's Gold Star award (03/23/10)
Oran High School was chosen as one of six high-performing schools in the state and will now advance to be considered for a national award. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced late last week that school received a Gold Star award. The award was established by the department in 1991. It is given to schools that perform well while serving disadvantaged students...
Missouri's oldest documented person dies in Cape Girardeau (03/23/10)
Even at age 112 Florence Poe was never at a loss for remembering the names and places of her past.
Fire damages Cape Girardeau business Monday night (03/23/10)
A Monday night fire at the Carpet and Floor Center caused fire damage to the showroom where part of the roof also caved in, said assistant chief Mark Hasheider of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. Fire was coming out of the roof when firefighters responded to the business at 592 Commercial St. ...
More burglary charges for man accused of breaking into Cape church (03/23/10)
A Jackson man charged March 1 with breaking into a church in Cape Girardeau and damaging a Commerce Bank automated teller machine has been connected to burglaries at four Jackson businesses. Chance G. Breese, 19, already accused of breaking into First General Baptist Church and stealing keys, was charged Monday with second-degree burglary, a felony and misdemeanor theft for allegedly breaking into Jackson Laundry Mat at 119 S. Hope St.
Charter moving Cape's public access channels (03/23/10)
People who watch Cape Girardeau City Council or Cape Girardeau School Board meetings on cable television must remember to tune in different channels soon -- a change that could make viewing the programs more expensive. Charter Communications established what it calls a "public affairs neighborhood" on its digital system, which will become the new home for city programs currently available on Channel 5 or Cape Girardeau school programs aired on Channel 23. ...
Cape Girardeau man arrested for allegedly shooting Sikeston girl (03/23/10)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A Cape Girardeau man is in custody for the alleged shooting of a 16-year-old Sikeston girl, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. Willie Harvey, 18, was being held Monday morning in the New Madrid County Jail on a charge of first-degree assault.
Jackson Senior Center expanding dining area (03/23/10)
Increasing demand at the Jackson Senior Center has resulted in an expansion that will nearly double the size of its dining room. Scheduled to start in May and be finished in July, the $150,000 project will increase the dining room from 150 to 270 seats and the size of the building from about 7,200 to 8,500 square feet. More space also will allow for larger functions as well as an expanded dance floor for special occasions...
Buckeye Creek bridge on Highway 61 getting work (03/23/10)
Work to replace the Highway 61 bridge over Buckeye Creek in Cape Girardeau County is scheduled to begin Mon., April 5, weather permitting. During construction, the roadway will remain closed from Route KK to Route E. Date of the completion of the road work is anticipated to end in May. This is a First Design-Build Safe and Sound Project for Cape Girardeau County...
'Saturday Night Live' music director speaks to students at River Campus (03/23/10)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Leon Pendarvis, keyboardist and music director for NBC's "Saturday Night Live," discusses music arranging Monday with a group of Southeast Missouri State University students at the River Campus....
Globetrotters take the floor Wednesday at Show Me Center (03/23/10)
The Harlem Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals on Wednesday in what always turns out to be more than just a basketball game. The patriotic tricksters have appeared at the Show Me Center for several years and will again take the floor to entertain at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster and the Show Me Center box office. They are $24 to $59. The Show Me center website has a $5 coupon for select tickets...
High water closes ferry service (03/23/10)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is closed because of high water on the Mississippi River, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. The river level forecast indicates the ferry will likely have to remain closed until late in the week.
Area sheriff's department still searching for inmate who escaped Saturday (03/23/10)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The search continues today for a man who escaped from the New Madrid County Jail. New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens said today officers are continuing their efforts to locate Jermaine Spears, 28, of Steele, Mo.
In federal court: Illegal alien sentenced to 36 months for threatening officer (03/23/10)
In federal court The following information was released by the federal prosecutor's office for defendants appearing in federal court Monday before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. SENTENCED Name: Pedro Quino-Teodoro Age: 25 Charge: Two felony counts of tampering with a witness...
No people hurt, one cow killed in barn fire (03/23/10)
A century-old barn caught on fire just after 8 a.m. Monday at 2102 County Road 318, drawing crews from Gordonville, Cape Girardeau and Millersville. The barn was destroyed.
Jackson School Board agenda 3/23/10 (03/23/10)
7 p.m. Tuesday Board of Education office, 614 E. Adams St. Call to order Introduction of guests Adoption of agenda Recognition Approval of minutes Finance Public comments Action items...
Area sewer project gets grant, but delays may cause loss of financing (03/23/10)
A federal grant announced last week completed the financing package for the Allenville-Whitewater sewer project but deadlines for using money awarded last year could upset local plans. The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded a $465,000 Community Development Block Grant to Allenville for the sewer system intended to replace septic systems in the southwest Cape Girardeau County community. ...
Man charged with murder of Caruthersville resident (03/23/10)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo -- A man is in custody following the murder of a 64-year-old Caruthersville resident. Caruthersville police were called to Apartment 29 East Haven at 7 a.m. Saturday to investigate what the caller described as "an accident."
Dow, other indexes close higher (03/23/10)
NEW YORK -- Drug and hospital companies led stocks higher Monday after lawmakers ended months of uncertainty and approved the health care overhaul bill. The Dow Jones industrial average rose about 44 points. Broader indexes also climbed. Investors had expected the health care bill would pass the House, but the approval late Sunday removed some of the anxiety about health care that has dogged stocks of hospitals and drug makers. ...
Google ends four years of censoring Web for China (03/23/10)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. stopped censoring the Internet for China by shifting its search engine off the mainland Monday but said it will maintain other operations in the country. The maneuver attempts to balance Google's disdain for China's Internet rules with the company's desire to profit from an explosively growing market...
Money woes, scandal lead to ACORN disbanding (03/23/10)
CHICAGO -- The community activist group ACORN announced Monday it is folding amid falling revenue -- six months after video footage emerged showing some of its workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute...
President to sign health bill, take it on the road (03/23/10)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is poised to sign the landmark health care bill ushering in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the nation's history -- and then he'll hit the road to resume selling it to the public. Obama will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, on Thursday, the White House said, as he turns to seeing a companion bill through the Senate and talking up the overhaul's benefits on behalf of House members who cast risky votes...
Redhawks shoot for sixth straight win (03/23/10)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team will try to remain hot at home today while also avenging one of its early-season losses. Saint Louis University, which beat Southeast 10-6 on March 2 in St. Louis, pays a visit to Capaha Field at 3 p.m. The Redhawks wrap up their 10-game homestand at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a contest against Arkansas State...
Garcia shines in split-squad win vs. Astros (03/23/10)
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jaime Garcia is making a strong bid for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation. Garcia threw four crisp innings, David Freese and Joe Mather hit their first spring homers and a Cardinals split-squad beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on Monday...
Holliday finally returns (03/23/10)
JUPITER, Fla. -- While Matt Holliday returned for the St. Louis Cardinals, their biggest slugger still is dealing with some back problems. Albert Pujols was scratched from St. Louis' 13-8 split-squad victory over the Boston Red Sox with back tightness. The two-time defending NL MVP also missed a week this spring because of lower back pain he described as more like spasms...
Saint Francis Medical Center, Southeast Missouri Hospital promote prevention, screening for colon cancer (03/23/10)
Colorectal cancer does not discriminate. According the American Cancer Society, 146,970 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in 2009 and were spread throughout different demographic groups. Colorectal cancer, which includes colon and rectal cancer, caused 49,920 deaths last year...
Study: Mini clip is safer than heart-valve surgery (03/23/10)
ATLANTA -- Many Americans with leaky heart valves soon might be able to get them fixed without open-heart surgery. A study showed that a tiny clip implanted through an artery was safer and nearly as effective as surgery, doctors reported earlier this month...
Ivan Craig (03/23/10)
Ivan R. "Doc" Craig, 87, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Scott City, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Ratliff Care Center, where he had been a resident the past year. He was born March 17, 1923, in Fredericktown, Mo., son of P.M. and Barbara Betteuo Craig. He and Mary Baugh were married May 21, 1948. She passed away May 30, 1985. He and Farrell Cronenbold Lufcy were married June 29, 1990. She passed away Nov. 2, 2009...
Cloyd Walker (03/23/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Cloyd Walker, 93, a man about town who lived a most remarkable and joyful life, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Dexter. Cloyd was born Sept. 8, 1916, at Sturdivant, Mo., to Eugene and Mary Jane Walker. He was the sixth child with nine brothers and sisters: Paul, Jessie, Cledis "Joe," Truman, Wilburn, Georgie, Wanda, Harold and Mary Lou...
Michael Seabaugh (03/23/10)
Michael Paul "Grizz" Seabaugh, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born June 28, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, to Paul H. and Jewel Caraker Seabaugh. He and Glinda "Pitter" Ladd were married Sept. 3, 1968, at Gordonville...
Dorothy Thompson (03/23/10)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Dorothy Lou Byrd Thompson, 87, of Charleston died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 13, 1922, in St. Louis, to William Jennings "Bryan" and Lela Dixon Byrd. Thompson lived in Charleston most of her life where she had been employed with Basler Electric Co. and then was a CNA at Charleston Manor a number of years until her retirement...
William Young (03/23/10)
ORAN, Mo. -- William "Shorty" Young, 84, of Oran, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, went home to be with his beloved Lord on Monday, March 22, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, with his family by his side...
Terry Bass (03/23/10)
Terry Joe Bass, 48, of Jackson died Monday, March 22, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 5, 1962, in Chaffee, Mo., to Joe E. and Clara Conklin Bass. He and Linda Hunt were married July 10, 1987, in Cape Girardeau. Bass worked for Berlex Laboratories 15 years and then for Novartis Pharmaceuticals eight years...
Robert Jones (03/23/10)
*** Robert Jones Robert E. Jones, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Cody Boggs (03/23/10)
ORAN, Mo. -- Cody Ryan Boggs, 16, of Oran died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 2, 1994, in Cape Girardeau, son of Joe and Sally Wehmeyer Boggs. Cody was a sophomore at Oran High School. He was involved in Oran High School Art Club and was an avid gamer. He was a great son, brother, and just one great kid...
Donald Bernier (03/23/10)
Donald Bernier, 79, of Jackson died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Graveside service was held Monday at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo. Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson...
Leroy Sadler (03/23/10)
*** Leroy Sadler Leroy Sadler, 83, of Burfordville died Monday, March 22, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
Bonnie Grindstaff (03/23/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bonnie Jean Grindstaff, 86, of Marble Hill went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at her home, following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Marble Hill, daughter of Otto W. and Dora Mae Barks Reutzel. She and the Rev. Floyd Grindstaff were married Dec. 16, 1941. He died Feb. 8, 2006...
Evelyn Hoffmeister (03/23/10)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Evelyn Hoffmeister, 79, of Carbondale died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Oak Grove Rehab and Care Center in Carbondale. She was born April 22, 1930, in Clinton County, Ill., to William and Emma Martin Hanseman. She married Leslie Hoffmeister, who preceded her in death...
Kelso C-7 School (03/23/10)
Kelso C-7 School District A Honor Roll 2nd Grade: Riley Burger, Allison Colbert, Morgan Kern, Grant Menz, Kaylyn Michael, Josh Schmitt. 3rd Grade: Lexi Spurgeon, Emma Wilhelm. 4th Grade: Alex Burger, Ricky Hovis, Claudia Kern, Alyssa Moore, Drew Reischman, Kaitlyn Schiwitz...
Oak Ridge Middle and High School (03/23/10)
Oak Ridge Middle and High School 6th grade: Stephanie Carter, Dakota DeRousse, Jessica Hahs, Shianna Hengl, Madison LeGrand, Ashley Lemonds, Tessa Mangels, Abbie Matthews, Brandon Mize, Harley Rush, Autumn Schumer. 7th grade: Brooke Grable, Cody Kinder, Cierra Reimann, Chelsea Seyer, Gabe Shrout, Kaleb Siemer, Rebecca Slinkard, Kaylen Woods...
St. Augustine School (03/23/10)
St. Augustine School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Abagail Estes, Madison Heisserer, Danielle Kluesner, Grant Wilson. 5th grade: Ryan Adams, Sierra Delrosa, Adrianna Landewee, Casey Medlin, Holly Reinagel, Caleb Vetter. 6th grade: Madeline Essner, Elliot Glueck, Stephanie Jansen, Shiloh Kirn, Christina Scherer, Clayton Stull, Annie Ziegler...
Chaffee Elementary School (03/23/10)
Chaffee Elementary 3rd Quarter 3rd grade: Kaleb Ballard, Mackenzie Barger, Shana Burden, Cameron Eichhorn, Trenton Gramlisch, Alexis Hanback, Madeline Hendrix, Olivia Horrell, Collin Jackson, Douglas Lands, Max Noble, Kari Pepple, Madison Perry, Trey Stevens, Regan Swain, Bridgette Swinford, Landon Tenkhoff, Sydney Walker, Brianna Whitlock, Bailey Wiseman...
Jackson police/fire report 3/23/10 (03/23/10)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Property damage FIRE Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: ...
Cape fire report 3/23/10 (03/23/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/22/10 (03/23/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Arrests Summonses Assaults Thefts Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 3/23/10 (03/23/10)
A junior from Poplar Bluff, Mo., winning for the second year in a row, and a senior from Steele, Mo., took top honors in the 29th annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair that ended yesterday; the major awards went to Karen Stoll and Wende Hoskins...
New leads (03/23/10)
An unsolved 1992 murder case in Benton, Mo., took another turn recently that could possibly lead to a solution. The Scott County Sheriff's Department is following up on new leads resulting from the recent airing of "48 Hours Mystery." Sheriff Rick Walter said some of the leads provide new information that will give investigators something to work with...
Quote undermines our trust (03/23/10)
On Saturday President Obama appealed to the House Democratic Caucus to cast a "tough vote" for health care. The New York Times referred to the occasion as an "extraordinary session." The American people focused extraordinary attention on yet another tedious step in the legislative process. ...
Praise for new VA clinic in Cape (03/23/10)
Recently I had the good fortune to attend the ribbon-cutting for the new VA clinic in Cape Girardeau. It is now in the east wing of the old Barnes & Noble bookstore near West Park Mall. The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center management team from Poplar Bluff, Mo., was there and seemed pleased...
Bulldogs make good impression (03/23/10)
Congratulations to the Notre Dame Regional High School Bulldogs. As team hosts for the Missouri State High School Basketball Championships in Columbia, we had the opportunity to spend time with the basketball players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans from the Cape Girardeau area. ...
Speak Out 3/23/10 (03/23/10)
WHILE visiting elsewhere we decided to do some walking in the city park. The trail was wide enough to have a dividing line so walkers were to the right and bikers and skaters were to the left. It was great not to have wheelers speeding up on our backs. Let's improve our walking and riding trails...
Prayer 3/23/10 (03/23/10)
Give us laughter, O God, to rid our lives of sorrow, and help us to smile. Amen.
Scott City Students Attend Neuroscience Presentation (03/23/10)
On the evening of Thursday, March 18, a group of Scott City High School students attended the program "Navigating the Hemispheres of Neuroscience" presented by Scott R. Gibbs, MD, FACS and hosted by Southeast Missouri Hospital. The students were treated to dinner while enjoying the presentation by Dr. ...
Geography Bee Champion (03/23/10)
Joshua Vogel, a 7th grade student at Trinity Lutheran School was the school Geography Bee champion. He has also qualified to compete in the state competition on April 9th in Moberly, Missouri.
The Happy Color (03/23/10)
Yellow is the Happy Color of Spring, and is great to see after a long winter !
Hint of Spring (03/23/10)
The color of Spring can be seen popping up every where you look, My favorite colors are the colors of Spring.
Precious (03/23/10)
Precious is a lovable Pug Owner: Lawanna Montgomery - Cape Girardeau Precious is very good at being adorable and and is always happy and lovable.
Ellie (03/23/10)
This is Ellie 8 month old female kitten with big beautiful eyes. Owner: Beverly Gerken - Cape Girardeau Ellie's favorite past time is waiting for the paper to come out of the computer printer so she can pounce on it.
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