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Stories from Friday, May 14, 2010

Cape detective seeing more financial crimes (05/14/10)
Cape Girardeau Police Department detective Hank Voelker is opening new cases as fast as he's closing them. As a detective who investigates only financial crimes, Voelker said he investigates more than 300 cases per year. And since he joined the police department four years ago, he said, the problem is getting worse and criminals are finding new ways to steal people's identities...
Local salon donates hair clippings to help with oil spill cleanup (05/14/10)
Hairport store owner Diana King and her employees are doing their part to help prevent the oil spill off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico from reaching land. King's mother heard a news story on the Weather Channel about how beauty salons and barbers were saving and donating their cut hair to be used in the oil spill cleanup. King brought the idea to her shop to see if the employees would be interested...
SEMO regents may raise tuition for graduate students (05/14/10)
While Missouri undergraduate students will pay the same tuition at Southeast Missouri State University next year, graduate students face percentage increases in the double digits. The board of regents is scheduled to meet Saturday after commencement. The board will set tuition and increase other fees as the university works toward accommodating budget shortfalls in the next two years. Special committees were set up to trim the budget and find ways to enhance revenue...
Showcase of western swing music continues today and Saturday in Cape Girardeau (05/14/10)
The sounds of western swing bands from across the country will fill VFW Post 3838 today and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the sixth annual Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest Showcase.
Five seeking open spot on Cape Girardeau School Board (05/14/10)
Applicants including involved parents, a past school board member and a retired superintendent expressed interest in the open position for the Cape Girardeau School Board. Five people, David Goncher, Deneke' Murphy, Jerrie Heisserer, Jerry Siemers and Don Call, applied for the seat being vacated by Dr. Steve Trautwein. The deadline to submit an application was 5 p.m. Thursday...
Audit finds Perry County needs to do better job seeking bids for purchases (05/14/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A report from Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee's office warns that Perry County is in poor fiscal health and needs to do a better job of seeking competitive bids for major purchases for road work and feeding prisoners. The report, issued Wednesday, also questions the Perry County Commission's practices for closing meetings. ...
Bernie School Board freezes salaries (05/14/10)
BERNIE, Mo.--In yet another sign of the economic times and the diminishing school funding, Bernie's Board of Education voted this week to refrain from granting teachers their anticipated annual raise in pay for the 2010-11 school year. Certified teachers work with a salary schedule approved by the Board of Education that grants annual raises, referred to as "steps" on the schedule. ...
Route OO reduced for bridge repairs (05/14/10)
Route OO in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. The bridge is between County Road 365 and County Road 379. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday...
Cape Girardeau County to advertise board positions online; man confronts commissioner over lawsuit costs (05/14/10)
Future positions on county boards will now be advertised online. During its meeting Thursday the Cape Girardeau County Commission voted to advertise any available positions on its website, capecounty.us. Among the available positions a vacant seat on the SB40 board, which will be accepted through May 27...
Jackson Chamber of Commerce honors volunteers (05/14/10)
Volunteers at Southeast Missouri Hospital saved the entity nearly $1 million in 2009, Jim Limbaugh said Thursday. Limbaugh said those volunteers' donation of 58,000 hours of work underscore their motivation for giving up their free time. "That relates to our hospital and most organizations," said Limbaugh, executive vice president of planning and business development at the hospital. "This commitment to volunteerism can be measured in different ways."...
1,173 graduate Southeast on Saturday (05/14/10)
Southeast Missouri State University will award 1,173 degrees Saturday during spring commencement exercises. While many of the graduates took a traditional path to their degree, some were faced with obstacles. Sikeston, Mo., native Melissa McDowell was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a chronic disease affecting the secretory glands and causing lung infections and other severe complications. It has been a constant impediment in her 10-year pursuit of a degree...
Events fund scholarships to honor Oran teens (05/14/10)
ORAN, Mo. -- It's been almost a year since Oran High School students lost two of their classmates due to an automobile accident. But they, and other town residents, are working to keep the memories of Alexis Cummins and Austin Todt alive. On Saturday, they will host a 5K run/ mile walk to raise proceeds to fund scholarships in each of the teens' names...
IRS to offer taxpayer open house Saturday (05/14/10)
The IRS office in Cape Girardeau will be one of about 200 locations nationwide taking part in an open house Saturday to help small businesses and individual taxpayers resolve tax problems. According to an IRS news release, staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the local office, 137 S. Broadview St.
Cofer to lead Missouri State University (05/14/10)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri State University's Board of Governors has appointed James E. Cofer as the next president of the Springfield-based school. Cofer has been president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe since 2002. He's expected to take office by Aug. 1 to succeed Mike Nitzel, who announced plans last November to step down this year...
Midwest flooding kills one, closes roads and Amtrak line (05/14/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Flooding in the Midwest has killed one person, shut down roads, soaked farmland and caused an Amtrak train to be diverted. And it could get worse. National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said Thursday that several towns along the Missouri River will see moderate to major flooding by early next week. Roads will be closed, crops will get wet. Fuchs said that if projections hold, the airport at Jefferson City may have to temporarily close...
Lawmakers approve ban on K2 (05/14/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would make Missouri the second state to ban synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana. The legislation sent Thursday night to Gov. Jay Nixon would subject people who possess the synthetic substances to the same criminal penalties as those caught with real marijuana...
Failed charter school had $5 million debt (05/14/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A downtown St. Louis charter school that stopped operating last month owes more than $5 million to nearly 100 creditors. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported those figures on Thursday. When the Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy ceased operation in April, the city school district took over through the end of the school year...
BP to try smaller tube to stem Gulf oil gusher (05/14/10)
WASHINGTON -- BP officials said Thursday they would thread a small tube into a jagged pipe on the seafloor to suck oil to the surface before it can spew into the Gulf and add to a disaster apparently set in motion by a long list of equipment failures...
Stocks fall after drop in retail, financial shares (05/14/10)
NEW YORK -- A late-day slide left stocks lower Thursday following a disappointing forecast from department store chain Kohl's and a drop in financial shares. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down about 114 points after shooting up by nearly 149 on Wednesday. Stocks mostly made modest moves for much of Thursday's trading but fell in the final hour. The drop signaled that traders remain on edge and not sure about the market's direction...
U.S. war aim: Protect civilians first, then troops (05/14/10)
WASHINGTON -- A key to the U.S. approach to fighting the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan is this seemingly backward logic: The more aggressively you protect your own troops, the less secure they may be. The idea is that troops who put themselves at risk to protect innocents will ultimately help decrease violence against Americans. ...
Jobless claims down fourth straight week (05/14/10)
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment benefits dipped for the fourth straight week, a sign the job market is improving at a slow but steady pace. Employers, encouraged by a recovering economy, are hiring again. But they are not doing it at the level needed to reduce the jobless rate...
Millions of jobs that were cut won't likely come back (05/14/10)
WASHINGTON -- Fewer construction workers will be needed. Don't expect as many interior designers or advertising copywriters, either. Retailers will get by with leaner staffs. The economy is strengthening. But millions of jobs lost in the recession could be gone for good...
Lawyers jockey for lead slots in Toyota lawsuits over acceleration (05/14/10)
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Dozens of lawyers on Thursday jockeyed to take a lead position battling Toyota Motor Corp. in the hundreds of lawsuits involving its vehicles' sudden acceleration problems. U.S. District Judge James Selna will select lawyers to head three committees that will oversee key components of the litigation...
Searches in Times Square probe yield 3 arrests (05/14/10)
WATERTOWN, Mass. -- Three Pakistani men suspected of providing money to Times Square car bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad were arrested by the FBI in a series of Thursday morning raids across the Northeast, law enforcement officials said. The searches in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey were the product of evidence gathered in the investigation into the Times Square bomb attempt two weeks ago, but there was "no known immediate threat to the public or any active plot against the United States," FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz said.. ...
Thieves steal Ohio hearse, dump corpse, leave note (05/14/10)
CLEVELAND -- A corpse was taken for a ride in Cleveland, then dumped by thieves who stole a crematory's hearse and abandoned it with a note telling police where to find the body. Police on Wednesday found the woman's body, in a bag and on a gurney, at the intersection specified in the note...
Rogue Thai general aiding protesters shot in head (05/14/10)
BANGKOK -- A rogue army general working with anti-government protesters was shot in the head Thursday while talking to reporters in downtown Bangkok, triggering more clashes that left one demonstrator dead and worsening Thailand's political chaos...
U.S. war on drugs has met none of its goals (05/14/10)
MEXICO CITY -- After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread. Even U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn't worked...
9-year-old Libyan plane crash survivor reunites with relatives (05/14/10)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Still groggy from surgery, the Dutch boy who was the sole survivor of a Libyan plane crash that killed 103 people greeted an aunt and uncle with a smile Thursday after they rushed to his hospital room from Holland. But a Dutch Foreign Ministry official said 9-year-old Ruben van Assouw still may not realize the full extent of his loss because he has not yet been told his parents and older brother were killed in the crash Wednesday. ...
Offshore natural gas platform sinks off Venezuelan coast (05/14/10)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- A natural-gas platform sank off Venezuela on Thursday after workers escaped in lifeboats and the last few leapt into the Caribbean Sea. The oil minister said there was no threat to the environment and all 95 workers were safely evacuated...
New Zealand leader offends Maori with cannibal joke (05/14/10)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand's leader apologized Thursday for joking that he would have been part of the meal had he attended a dinner with a Maori tribe whose history includes cannibalism. Prime Minister John Key's quip further soured relations with the Tuhoe people that are already strained over their bid to win back ownership of tribal lands confiscated by a settler government 150 years ago...
Homeless Crusaders: Saxony Lutheran sends four to state golf tourney despite no home course (05/14/10)
The Saxony Lutheran golf team has gone through a season of detours, but the Crusaders have arrived in record numbers at their ultimate destination -- the Class 1 state golf tournament in Springfield, Mo.
High school roundup: Bobcats scoot past Blue Jays (05/14/10)
All the scores from Thursday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Ex-Redhawk Connolly accomplishes goal to graduate (05/14/10)
Dan Connolly left Southeast Missouri State before obtaining his degree because he had an opportunity to play in the National Football League. But Connolly always planned on reaching one of his goals from when he originally enrolled at Southeast in 2001...
Southeast stresses wins over personal records (05/14/10)
Southeast Missouri State's record-setting baseball offense is closing in on more school history. The Redhawks would much rather focus on wins as they continue their chase of an Ohio Valley Conference championship during their final home action of the season this weekend...
Astros complete sweep of Cards (05/14/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Bud Norris has been so dazzling against the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols referred to him as Chuck Norris earlier this week. It seemed more of a compliment than slip of the tongue, especially after the 25-year-old righty kicked sand in the Cardinals' faces once again. This time, he pitched the Houston Astros to a 4-1 win Thursday for a three-game sweep...
Family fun on a Friday night (05/14/10)
God help the Southeast Missourian employee who leaves on a Friday afternoon. He'll never get back into the parking lot. The building, if you've never been, stands watch on the corner of Broadway and Lorimier Street. We can see the N'Orleans out the front windows and the First Presbyterian Church and Common Pleas Courthouse out of the side. ...
LJLWFDGT (05/14/10)
I don't know of anything on this planet that lasts forever, except the common cold and freeloaders. But here's one thing that has a good start on forever: the first-ever Fifth Annual Louis J. Lorimier World-Famous Downtown Golf Tournament and All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Buffet...
Tunes at Twilight summer concert series kicks off (05/14/10)
The longer days herald the return of a Cape Girardeau tradition. Today marks the start of the annual Tunes at Twilight concert series at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo, sponsored by Old Town Cape. This series of free concerts spans two six-week sessions throughout the summer...
Scott Holt puts emphasis on message, not genre, in his music (05/14/10)
Scott Holt believes in the ability of music to transcend every border -- physical and cultural. "You can play music, and people from different countries and languages can appreciate it and understand it," he said. The Nashville-based musician will bring the Scott Holt Band to Southeast Missouri for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Stooges...
Best up: Stand-up comedian Mike Trainor (05/14/10)
Whiskey River takes a turn toward comedy Saturday with Mike Trainor. Trainor's comedy has been in Maxim magazine, on collegehumor.com, Sirius Satellite Radio and TruTV where he currently hosts the series "The Smoking Gun Presents." The show makes fun of dumb criminals, drivers and people in general. Trainor will perform his original comedy from 8 to 10 p.m. at Whiskey River on Independence Street. Admission is $10 at the door. Soundsystem will play music after Trainor's act...
Tyra Banks writing fantasy series (05/14/10)
NEW YORK -- Tyra Banks wants to spread some truth and a little fantasy. The talk show host and former model has agreed to a three-book deal with Delacorte Press for a fantasy series for young people. It's about a girl trying to keep up with the beauty game at an elite school for supermodels, or Intoxibellas...
ARTifacts 5/14/10 (05/14/10)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Student's art to hang in U.S. Capitol (05/14/10)
Prizes were awarded last week in the Missouri 8th Congressional District Student Art Competition sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. This year's best-in-show winner was Jackson High School senior Zack Petot. His mixed-media piece was selected for the honor out of more than 150 pieces submitted to this year's competition...
Carl Rehm (05/14/10)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Carl Raymond Rehm, 76, of Advance died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at his home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at Morgan Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Advance, with full military rites...
Anna Winn (05/14/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Anna Mae Winn, 84, of Anna died Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at her home. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Burial will be in Anna Cemetery...
Jack Penrod (05/14/10)
Loranza Dowel "Jack" Penrod, 67, of Reno, Nev., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Reno. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Announcement courtesy of Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau...
Albert Gross (05/14/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Albert E. "Pud" Gross, 77, of Perryville died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to service time Sunday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Military rites will be provided by VFW Post 4282...
Cynthia Fornkohl-Stoverink (05/14/10)
Cynthia Louise Fornkohl-Stoverink, 50, of Jackson died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at the home of her sister in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 9, 1960, in Cape Girardeau, to August William Fornkohl and Dorothy Louise Hand-Fornkohl. Cynthia was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and an alumni of Psi Chi Honor Society of Psychology...
Florence Rastl (05/14/10)
Florence D. Rastl, 85, of Jackson died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 23, 1925, in Millersville, daughter of William Howard and Emma Jane Wallis Summers. She and Goza M. Rastl were married Dec. 27, 1943, at Benton, Mo. He died Dec. 15, 1998...
Lucille Davis (05/14/10)
Lucille E. Davis, 98, of Monticello, Ill., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Piatt County Nursing Home in Monticello. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home is handling the arrangements...
Francesca Metz (05/14/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Francesca Marie Metz, 48, of Chaffee died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 4, 1962, in New York, N.Y., daughter of Frank and Eleanor Desdafano Cook. Survivors include her father, Frank Cook of St. Louis; fiance, Mark Sides; a son, Joseph Metz; a daughter, Lisa Poteete, all of Chaffee; a brother, Charles Cook of St. Louis; and a sister, Teresa Link of St. Louis...
Births 5/14/10 (05/14/10)
Son to Karyn Danielle Lefler of Greenville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:59 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010. Name, Benjamin Dale. Weight, 9 pounds, 7 ounces. Ms. Lefler is the daughter of Dan Lefler of Greenville and Donna McMillan of Jackson. Daughter to Jason Edward and Megan KoAnn Wells of Chaffee, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 6:27 a.m. ...
Jackson police/fire report 5/14/10 (05/14/10)
FIRE Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: * Emergency medical service on Broadridge Drive. * A motor vehicle accident on Jackson Boulevard.
Police report 5/14/10 (05/14/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following information. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI The Southeast Missouri State University reported the following items. Theft...
Fire report 5/14/10 (05/14/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 5/14/10 (05/14/10)
In a case of mistaken identity, an 8-pound shot put was turned in to Cape Girardeau police yesterday; the projectile, found near Lorimier Cemetery, was believed to be a Civil War-era cannonball. Cape Girardeau County officials are bracing for a lawsuit by the Jackson Exchange Bank and Trust Co. following a meeting Monday in which bank officials protested the county commission's decision to award the county depository bid for July 1985-July 1986 to Cape County Bank...
Prom night (05/14/10)
Proms have been held at a dozen or so area high schools in recent weeks. Based on photo galleries of these special-memory events posted on the semissourian.com website, most everyone had a great time. Southeast Missourian photographers have captured the enthusiasm that comes from dancing away the night while decked out in gowns and suits of every color and description...
Dire predictions were wrong (05/14/10)
In the mid-1970s I took an environmental issues course at Southeast Missouri State University. Some of the topics were global cooling, overpopulation and food shortages, natural gas reserves of only 10 years, oil reserves of only 20 years, nuclear fuel reserves of only 50 years and coal reserves of 100 years...
Watch for honeybee clusters (05/14/10)
We are in the middle of the swarming season for honeybees. Do not be surprised to walk out your front door to see a large cluster of bees, about the size of a gallon milk jug, hanging from your rosebush, mailbox or small tree. There's no need to be alarmed. ...
Speak Out 5/14/10 (05/14/10)
I understand that tractors are slow-moving and want to get an early start, but a slow-moving vehicle at 7:30 on Highway 177 is just plain dangerous. After a 12-hour shift, driving 20 mph has the potential for a lot of people to start dozing. The tractor could at least get over far enough for cars to pass...
Prayer 5/14/10 (05/14/10)
Prepare us, O God, to meet the responsibilities that we face. Amen.
Shelter of Hope thanks volunteers (05/14/10)
The Shelter of Hope, the home grown homeless outreach program founded by Chaplain Terry Wildman, gave awards Monday, May 10 to men and women in the area who worked to open the new Shelter of Hope thrift store at 733 Broadway. Awards were given to Bob Nelson and Martha Nelson of Cape Girardeau, Bob Robinson of Cape Girardeau, Rhonda Wildman of Cape Girardeau, Lucita McNeely of Scott City and Harvey Gaddy of Cape Girardeau...
Shelter of Hope to begin construction (05/14/10)
Chaplain Terry Wildman, President of The Shelter of Hope Inc. reports The Shelter of Hope will soon begin construction at their 320 South Sprigg St. location. The building, which was once a pool hall, was given to Shelter of Hope Inc. for one year rent free by Alliance Bank of Cape Girardeau...
Tickets Still Available For Pops Concert (05/14/10)
There are still tickets available for the Heartland Pops Band & Chorus Patriotic Concert Sun. May 23 at 2:15P.M. at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Jackson. The band will perform several John Philip Sousa marches as well as a tribute to Glenn Miller and Elvis Presley. ...
Capaha Tae Kwan Do (05/14/10)
Moo Sul Kwan students from the Lee H. Park Martial Arts Institute hold their semiannual outdoor workout this week at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau. Moo Sul Kwan celebrates 40 years of excellent martial arts training in Taekwando, Hapkido and Judo this year. To date there are more than 30 Moo Sul Kwan schools and training facilities across the country...
Male Summer Tanager Enjoying Dinner (05/14/10)
While gardening,I heard a (chur Puck sound that I was not familiar with. Low and behold it was a male and female Tanager feeding on bugs. Camera not ever too far, I was able to capture these lovely birds. Only seeing them close does one realize that they are not cardinals...
Montgomery Bank Seniors Club Carnival (05/14/10)
Montgomery Bank hosted a Seniors Club Carnival at their branch located at 200 S. Mt. Auburn Road. The carnival brought in 15 vendors to provide information and presentations to the over 150 senior attendees.
A rose by any other name... (05/14/10)
a couple of love roses in bloom
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