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Stories from Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bootheel man convicted of robbing bank, fleeing on bicycle (01/11/11)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Prosecutors say it took only 25 minutes of deliberation among a jury of seven men and five women to find a local man guilty of robbing a bank in 2009, then fleeing on a bicycle. The robbery happened at Focus Bank in Cardwell, Mo...
Cape Girardeau County Commission may ask state to drop statute on peripheral zoning (01/11/11)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission is mulling a move that would end the peripheral zoning debate once and for all -- by asking that the statute be stricken from the books. The commission is considering a resolution, which they expect to vote on by the end of the month, to ask Missouri lawmakers to repeal the state statute that allows the creation of peripheral zones, which met huge opposition last year from county residents when such an attempt was made...
Cape Girardeau smoking ban falls short of five council votes needed to put measure on ballot (01/11/11)
The Cape Girardeau City Council voted down an ordinance to put a citywide smoking ban on the April ballot, raising questions about what happens next. The council was expected to approve the ordinance to put the issue on the April 5 ballot, but three members -- Kathy Swan, John Voss and Meg Davis Proffer -- voted no, meaning it did not get the five votes required by charter for the council to put an initiative petition on the ballot...
Caruthersville armed robbery suspect arrested after crashing into police cars using stolen car (01/11/11)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A suspected armed robber was arrested Saturday but not before he caused major damage to the vehicle he allegedly stole and two police vehicles. Reginald Ricks, 24, of Caruthersville was being held Monday in the Pemiscot County Jail without bond following an early morning chase Saturday. ...
Fire destroys another vacant building in Cairo, Ill. (01/11/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Firefighters from several departments struggled to contain an explosive fire Monday in Cairo, Ill., where another vacant historic building was destroyed. Crews from Cairo, Mounds City, and Mounds, Ill., responded to the fire around 6:30 p.m. ...
Analysis finds meth flourishes despite tracking laws (01/11/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Electronic systems that track sales of the cold medicine used to make methamphetamine have failed to curb the drug trade and instead created a vast, highly lucrative market for profiteers to buy over-the-counter pills and sell them to meth producers at a huge markup.
Gov. Nixon reduces Clay death sentence (01/11/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri's governor decided to spare a convicted murderer's life Monday, a little more than a day before the man was scheduled to die by injection for a 1994 killing.
Jackson School Board approves evaluation of district's homeless program (01/11/11)
The Jackson School Board tonight is expected to consider a resolution authorizing the sale of bonds. It's a refinancing move, said Jackson superintendent Ron Anderson, a move that could save the district as much as $50,000 in interest on the $4.5 million remaining on the bonds. The bonds were issued for school construction in 2001...
Cape County Commission takes step to consider new Jackson courthouse (01/11/11)
County officials have taken the first step, though they caution that it's a preliminary one, that they believe would allow them to consider building a new centralized courthouse in Jackson instead of having government offices both there and in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau County Commission approves 2011 budget (01/11/11)
On a split vote, the Cape Girardeau County Commission approved the 2011 budget Monday morning. At $11.6 million, the budget projects only a slight increase over last year. Commissioner Jay Purcell was the only dissenting vote, declining comment afterward except to say, "I'm for smaller, more efficient government."...
Charges dropped, one man still sought in Stoddard County marijuana case (01/11/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Stoddard County sheriff's deputies are still in search of 31-year-old Don Murphy, who has eluded law enforcement since an Oct. 22 bust in rural Dexter that netted 240 pounds of marijuana. And charges have been dismissed against another suspect in the case...
Benton man arrested after allegedly brandishing shotgun, demanding fast food at McDonald's (01/11/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Scott County man is facing charges after allegedly backing up demands for fast food with a shotgun. Chris Brooks Heuring, 27, of rural Benton is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and driving while intoxicated. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said his department received a call at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday regarding a man with a shotgun at the drive-through window of the McDonald's restaurant on Highway 77 at the Interstate 55 interchange at Benton...
Calling a snow day can be tricky business, area school administrators say (01/11/11)
With forecasts calling for a couple of inches or more of snow through this afternoon, superintendents in Southeast Missouri are keeping a close eye on the weather this morning.
Sikeston man charged with conspiring to burn down own rental house (01/11/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man is charged with attempted to burn down his own rental property following an undercover investigation. Robert Gipson, 58, of rural Sikeston is charged with second-degree attempted arson and distribution of a controlled substance near government housing. He was released from custody after posting a $10,000 cash or surety bond...
Hearing set in case of area man accused of infant abuse (01/11/11)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Wayne County judge this week is expected to review the case of a Piedmont, Mo., man charged with causing serious injuries to his infant daughter by shaking her. Justin L. Rogers, 22, is not expected to appear Thursday before Associate Circuit Judge Randy Schuller on two felonies of first-degree assault, but Schuller is expected to look over his case, according to Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Ramshur...
Southeast Missouri State University lecture series endowed with $20,000 donation from Jackson couple (01/11/11)
The Dr. Robert W. Hamblin Lecture has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, thanks to the generosity of a Jackson couple. Scott and Dr. Stephanie Chamberlain donated $20,000 to establish the series. She is a professor of English at Southeast...
Missouri House passes health care resolution (01/11/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has passed a resolution urging state officials to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul and calling on Congress to repeal the law. The House approved the resolution Tuesday on a vote of 115-46...
Judge orders suspect in Arizona shootings held without bail (01/11/11)
PHOENIX -- Jared Loughner, head shaved, a cut on his right temple and his hands cuffed, stared at a packed courtroom Monday and sat down. His attorney, who defended "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, whispered to him. It was the nation's first look at the 22-year-old loner accused of trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords...
Southerners struggle to dig out from heavy snow (01/11/11)
ATLANTA -- Temperatures plummeted late Monday, turning slushy streets into sheets of ice across Southern states that are more accustomed to sunshine than snow. The wintry blast has grounded flights, cut power to thousands of homes and even forced Auburn University to cancel viewing parties for the national championship bowl game...
Witness: Jackson doctor bought 255 anesthetic vials (01/11/11)
LOS ANGELES -- A pharmacist testified Monday that the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death bought 255 vials of a powerful anesthetic in the three months before the singer died from a lethal combination of the drug and other sedatives. Dr. Conrad Murray purchased four shipments of the anesthetic propofol between April 6 and June 10, 2009, said Tim Lopez, owner of Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas, where Murray has a clinic...
High school roundup: Top seeds advance at Scott-Mississippi girls tournament (01/11/11)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Auburn wins BCS National Championship (01/11/11)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Auburn running back Michael Dyer never heard any whistle, so he just kept running -- past the tackler who thought he had Dyer down -- deep into Oregon territory. Dyer broke stride, then took off on a once-in-a-lifetime run in the final minutes, setting up a field goal on the last play that led No. 1 Auburn over the No. 2 Ducks 22-19 in the BCS championship game Monday night...
Redhawks Powell, Nutt nab OVC awards (01/11/11)
Powell, Nutt honored after Southeast extended its conference winning streak
Coyotes beat Blues with late goal (01/11/11)
Phoenix won 4-3 to extend St. Louis' losing streak to four games
Power Balance admits no science behind wristbands (01/11/11)
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Shaquille O'Neal swears by them. The Power Balance bracelet, he says, gives him a competitive edge on the court. It's no gimmick, he says. It's for real. It may be for him, but Australian authorities say the California-based company behind the wildly popular wristbands and pendants has no business claiming that they improve balance, strength and flexibility...
Study: Spacing babies close may raise autism risk (01/11/11)
CHICAGO -- Close birth spacing may put a second-born child at higher risk for autism, suggests a preliminary study based on more than a half-million California children. Children born less than two years after their siblings were considerably more likely to have an autism diagnosis compared to those born after at least three years...
Charles Stuckey (01/11/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Charles Stuckey, 75, of Union, Mo., formerly of Benton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Oltmann Funeral Home in Union. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Union...
Opal Laurentius-Scherer (01/11/11)
Opal Marie Laurentius-Scherer, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. She was born April 28, 1927, in Jackson, daughter of Henry Clemence and Mary Belle Baugh Koehler. She and Tony Laurentius were married Feb. 6, 1946. He died Aug. 19, 1988. She later married Cyril Scherer Oct. 8, 1994. He died May 3, 2007...
Rev. Willard Kassulke (01/11/11)
SULLIVAN, Mo. -- Willard John Kassulke, 71, of Sullivan was born Aug. 8, 1939, the first child of Otto and Leona Freitag Kassulke residing in West Milwaukee, Wis. He was baptized and confirmed at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. A year after confirmation he began studying for the ministry at Concordia Academy and Junior College in Milwaukee. ...
Herbert Balsmann (01/11/11)
Herbert Hugo Balsmann, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Oct. 20, 1928, in Uniontown, Mo., to Edward and Josephine Schott Balsmann. He and Rosa Lee Teaford were married July 2, 1955, in Cape Girardeau...
Annabelle Meyer (01/11/11)
Annabelle Meyer, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Charles Memorial Gardens in St. Charles, Mo...
Michael Shea (01/11/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Michael Shea, 56, of Bloomfield passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at his home. He was born May 20, 1954, in Anchorage, Alaska, the son of Robert Francis and Pricilla Lord Shea. Shea had lived in the Southeast Missouri area the past 13 years...
Shandra Costello (01/11/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Shandra Bird Costello, 41, of Advance passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 17, 1969, daughter of Michael and Shabie Proffer Bird. Shandra was a proud mother, a loving wife, a precious daughter, a protective sister, a loyal friend and a strong fighter...
Births 1/11/11 (01/11/11)
Son to Jerry Dale Linhart Jr. and Sarah Michelle Childers of Sikeston, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:41 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. Name, Jordan Chase. Weight, 5 pounds, 1 ounce. First child. Ms. Childers is the daughter of Ron and Merry Childers of Sikeston. Linhart is the son of Jerry and Michele Linhart of Cape Girardeau...
Jackson police and fire report 1/11/11 (01/11/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons Miscellaneous Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: ...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/11/11 (01/11/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/11/11 (01/11/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 1/11/11 (01/11/11)
Although spring is a long way off, the January air around here has been springlike; the pleasant weather has meant work on building projects has gone on with few interruptions. Cape Girardeau city officials have been asked to change the business licensing procedure to facilitate the establishment of a new venture here similar to the Sikeston Trade Fair, where merchants sell their wares in a large, warehouse-type building on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year; James E. ...
River Campus (01/11/11)
For over three years Southeast Missouri residents have enjoyed a host of events made possible by having a state of the art facility in the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus. What's more, the city is ahead of schedule in paying off its financial obligation...
Two sides to issue (01/11/11)
It is almost refreshing to read a daily newspaper that makes very little effort to show political neutrality. The Southeast Missourian apparently feels it necessary to daily repeat the conservative appeals to fear and mistrust. Personally, I find the endless tirade against the health care reform act repulsive. The misinformation that you continue to publish is not a service to the community...
More respect deserved (01/11/11)
I'm writing in regard to comments posted on the Southeast Missourian website relating to Morley Swingle. For disclosure, I've only met Mr. Swingle a time or two and doubt he would know me if we passed on the street. The professional nature of his job is such that at times you're going to make someone mad no matter what you do, and comments about a public official's job performance go with the territory of the job...
Speak Out 1/11/11 (01/11/11)
THOUGH Joe Sullivan made an attempt to rationalize away the Southeast Missourian's failure to publish on Dec. 31, the public is not in a forgiving mood. One articulate commentator said, "The Southeast Missourian sponsors the Christmas tournament and then decides not to publish anything about the final round until two days after it's over. That does not compute!"...
Prayer 1/11/11 (01/11/11)
O Lord, may we not be prideful, but approach your throne with humility. Amen.
McDonald's Donates to The Junior Acheivement (01/11/11)
McDonald's of Marble Hill sponsored at Junior Acheivement Night in December where McDonald's donated 25% of all proceeds between 4-8pm to The Junior Acheivement Program for the Marble Hill area. Junior Acheivement provides FREE economic education to Woodland Schools. ...
McDonald's Donates to The Salvation Army (01/11/11)
McDonald's on William Street hosted a Salvation Army Night on Dec. 21. McDonalds donated 25% of all proceeds between 4-8pm to The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is about 93.39% of their goal of $320,000 for 2010. Last years goal of $311,000 was reached on Jan. ...
My Dream for a Steam Engine..... (01/11/11)
Eyes filled with wonder, excitement and love for trains fill the air everywhere-from car windows to street corners nearby...these are the thoughts of boys and girls near and far when a train rolls into town. You see, I have a special request from my fellow Cape Girardeau countians..I have two sons, one who is little, 7 years, and one, not so little, 15 years, who have a huge life-long love of trains. ...
Winter Farm (01/11/11)
Farm in rural Scott County on a cold winter day
BOOTHEEL HARLEY DAVIDSON GIVES BACK LOCALLY (01/11/11)
Bootheel Harley Davidson gives back to the local community! The dealership sponsored a Polar Bear ridge in cooperation with the Patriot Guard Riders on January 1st at their 2100 E Outer Rd, Scott City location. Bootheel made a donation for every rider who braved the cold. ...
Southeast SportsCare Unveils Sportsmanship Award (01/11/11)
Southeast SportsCare presented its first Sportsmanship Award to Notre Dame Regional High School basketball player Jonathan Lynch at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Basketball Tournament. Tournament coaches were invited to submit the name of a team member who exemplified good sportsmanship both on and off the court. ...
Breakfast nut (01/11/11)
Nothing like a nut for breakfast.
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