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Stories from Friday, August 5, 2011

Most Orman family members unhappy with jury's life sentence recommendation (08/05/11)
When Jamie Orman was buried, her sister stood over her grave and made a promise. She would make sure Jamie's killer was brought to justice and put to death for his crimes. With Thursday's jury recommendation for Ryan Patterson of life in prison, Kelly Hoffman said that promise will never come true...
Jury chooses life in prison for Patterson (08/05/11)
After brief deliberation, the jurors in the Ryan Patterson capital murder case have decided whether he should live or die. They chose life.
Heat, dry weather may halve area corn yields (08/05/11)
The rain forecast for this weekend comes too little, too late for Southeast Missouri corn farmers. Some estimate July's hot, dry weather may have cut their yields in half. At Roger Schwab's farm outside Jackson, he's measured just four-tenths of an inch of rain since June 18...
New law bans Facebook connection of teachers, students (08/05/11)
Missouri teachers are looking closely through their social media connections to comply with a law signed July 14 by Gov. Jay Nixon that prohibits the connection of students younger than 18 with school employees online. Senate Bill 54, or the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, is quickly gaining the nickname "Facebook Law." Missouri is the first state to pass such legislation. The bill will go into effect Aug. 28...
Southern Illinois man accused of growing marijuana plants (08/05/11)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced Friday in a news release that Jeffery R. Flemming, 40, of 495 Wagon Wheel Road in rural Wolf Lake, Ill., has been charged with one count of unlawful production of marijuana plants, a class three felony. ...
Heat to return this weekend (08/05/11)
Forecasters expect the mid to upper 90s to return this weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. The advisory goes into effect at 11 a.m. Saturday and expires at 7 p.m. Sunday. Temperatures combined with high humidity are expected to produce heat indexes of 105 degrees or higher...
Cape Girardeau federal building auction extended again (08/05/11)
The auction of the former federal building in Cape Girardeau had less than an hour left on Friday when a new high bid extended the sale until Saturday. A bid of $470,003 was submitted in the U.S. General Services Administration's online auction of the building Friday afternoon, adding another 24-hour extension to the auction...
Millersville woman bound over for prescription fraud (08/05/11)
A Millersville woman charged with six counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance waived her preliminary hearing on Friday and was bound over to circuit court. Tara Farrow, 37, was arrested by Cape Girardeau police last month on suspicion of attempting to fraudulently purchase Adderall, prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, at John's Pharmacy...
Thursday bid extends federal building auction (08/05/11)
Hours remain to bid on the old federal building in Cape Girardeau -- again. A bid of $450,003 was submitted in the U.S. General Services Administration's online auction of the building Thursday afternoon, extending the auction until 1:07 p.m. today...
Two undocumented workers plead guilty to identity theft (08/05/11)
Two undocumented immigrants accused of falsifying paperwork to gain employment at a Cape Girardeau restaurant pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor identity theft and were ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs during a hearing Monday at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse...
Trial date, preliminary hearing set for Cairo arson suspects (08/05/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A trial date has been set for one man charged in connection with arsons in and near Cairo while the other awaits a preliminary hearing. Alexander County authorities have accused Richard Scott Pitcher, 18, of Cairo, and David Patrick, 22, of Arlington, Ky., of setting January fires on 33rd Street in Cairo and others near the Mississippi River levee. Both face two counts of arson...
MoDOT plans ribbon-cutting ceremony for Highway 34 bridges (08/05/11)
Three bridges on Highway 34 near Burfordville are expected to be open by Aug. 17. To celebrate completion of the bridges over the Whitewater Overflow, Whitewater River and Byrd Creek, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. that day. The event will be held beneath the Whitewater Overflow bridge, with parking available at Bollinger Mill. ...
Route CC in Scott County reduced for pavement repairs (08/05/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route CC from Highway 91 to Route W in Scott County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction Monday through Wednesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews overlay the roadway. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Pavement repairs set for Route M in Perry County (08/05/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route M from Outer Road 55 to Route H in Perry County will be reduced to one lane Monday and Tuesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Route V in Perry County reduced for pavement work (08/05/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route V from U.S. 61 to County Road 914 in Perry County will be reduced to one lane Tuesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signs will mark the work zone, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Vanduser voters approve joining rural fire district (08/05/11)
VANDUSER, Mo. -- Vanduser voters approved becoming a part of the Scott County Rural Fire Protection District. All 29 ballots cast in the election were in favor of the measure, according to Scott County Clerk Rita Milam. "I thought it would pass, but getting a vote of 29 to 0, that's amazing. ...
Poplar Bluff coach, teacher loses tenure for language (08/05/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff high school coach who faced termination for swearing during practices will keep his teaching job, but not as a tenured employee. The school board voted 4-3 to terminate Lance Bell, who held a tenured position as health teacher after five years in the district. Bell also served as head track coach and assistant football coach...
Mo. student test scores improve, miss federal mark (08/05/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri students scored higher this year on the state's annual English and math exams, but relatively few school districts met rising federal targets for annual progress.
Missouri teen pilot earns record (08/05/11)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- A northeast Missouri teenager is officially recognized as record-setting pilot. The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that Guinness World Records has officially recognized Dillon Barron of Hannibal for flying solo seven tail dragger aircraft to celebrate his 16th birthday on June 25, besting the previous mark of three...
Ameren 2Q profit falls on lower power sales (08/05/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ameren Corp. posted lower second-quarter earnings on higher revenue as electric rates rose but customers used less power. The utility on Thursday reported net income of $138 million on $1.78 billion in sales during the second quarter. That's down from net income of $152 million on $1.73 billion in revenue during the same period last year...
Military money on chopping block for debt reduction (08/05/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon got nearly everything it asked for during a decade of two wars shadowed by the Sept. 11 terror attacks and the rise of al-Qaida. No more. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen acknowledged that reality Thursday, saying the military is resigned to budget cuts of around $350 billion over a decade to meet the public clamor for reducing the nation's debt. ...
Dow falls 512 in steepest decline since 2008 crisis (08/05/11)
NEW YORK -- Gripped by fear of a new recession, the stock market suffered its worst day Thursday since the financial crisis in the fall of 2008. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 500 points, its ninth-steepest decline. The sell-off wiped out the Dow's remaining gains for 2011. It put the Dow and broader stock indexes into what investors call a correction -- down 10 percent from their highs in the spring...
Polygamist leader Jeffs convicted of child sex abuse (08/05/11)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A Texas jury convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault Thursday in a case stemming from two young followers he took as brides in what his church calls "spiritual marriages." The 55-year-old head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stood stone-faced as the verdict was read...
Va. Tech locked down for hours over report of gun (08/05/11)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- A report of a possible gunman at Virginia Tech on Thursday set off the longest, most extensive lockdown and search on campus since the bloodbath four years ago that led the university to overhaul its emergency procedures. No gunman was found, and the school gave the all-clear just before 3 p.m., about five hours after sirens began wailing and students and staff members started receiving warnings by phone, email and text message to lock themselves indoors. ...
Israeli military: Palestinians fire rocket, Israel hits back with airstrike (08/05/11)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's military says Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired a Grad rocket at southern Israel, and Israel retaliated with an airstrike. The military said the rocket exploded in an open area. No one was hurt. Israeli aircraft targeted the militants who fired the rocket late Thursday from eastern Gaza City. Palestinian hospital officials said two people were wounded...
Mubarak security chief's trial resumes in Cairo (08/05/11)
CAIRO -- A day after the start of Hosni Mubarak's historic trial, seven of his co-defendants were back in the courtroom Thursday on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising that toppled Egypt's longtime president. The hearing of former interior minister Habib el-Adly and six top police officials was broadcast live on Egyptian state television...
Floods threaten rural Haiti after Emily breaks apart (08/05/11)
L'ESTERE, Haiti -- Rivers rose to dangerous levels in Haiti's rural center Thursday even as Tropical Storm Emily broke apart and became a wet low pressure system after dumping rains over Haiti and the southwestern corner of the Dominican Republic...
McCartney says he's going to police over ex's hacking claim (08/05/11)
LONDON -- Former Beatle Paul McCartney said Thursday he would contact police over his ex-wife's claim that the couple had been spied upon by a British newspaper. In comments to U.S. television journalists delivered via videolink from Cincinnati, Ohio, McCartney said that he would be in touch with law enforcement as soon as he was finished with his summer tour...
Resident: Random killings in besieged Syrian city (08/05/11)
BEIRUT -- The flashpoint Syrian city of Hama endured a fifth day under military siege Thursday, with a resident saying people were being "slaughtered like sheep" in the streets and families were burying their dead in home gardens or roadsides rather than risk a trip to a cemetery...
Jackson graduate Ressel begins final season with Mizzou (08/05/11)
Grant Ressel admits that his ascent from unheralded walk-on fighting for a roster spot to one of college football's elite kickers sometimes is hard to believe. But the fact the former Jackson High School standout never stopped believing and kept working is a big part of what has made this real-life fairy tale come true...
Southeast Missouri State football team will have first practice Saturday (08/05/11)
The Southeast Missouri State football team officially begins preparations to defend its Ohio Valley Conference title Saturday when the Redhawks hold their first practice. Southeast players reported to preseason camp Thursday. They'll have a conditioning test today followed by Saturday's first of 14 scheduled practice days prior to the start of classes Aug. 22...
Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team picked to finish second in OVC (08/05/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team has been picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference. Southeast received one first-place vote and 134 total points in voting done by the league's coaches and sports information directors. Two-time defending OVC regular-season champion Morehead State is favored to repeat. The Eagles have not lost a conference game the past two years...
Molina begins suspension (08/05/11)
MIAMI -- St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina decided not to appeal a five-game suspension for bumping an umpire and spraying him with spittle, saying the punishment was fair. Molina received the suspension Thursday and began serving it hours later when St. Louis opened a four-game series at Florida. The Cardinals are chasing the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers and face them in a crucial three-game series beginning Tuesday...
Cardinals hook win in series opener vs. Marlins (08/05/11)
Pujols, Holliday hit home runs in St. Louis' 7-4 victory
Rent-to-own plan for U.S. (08/05/11)
The Washington wolves have finished their huffing and puffing for now. And as best I can tell, our straw houses of massive debt are intact. The plan approved by Congress is supposed to reduce the national debt by about $2 trillion over the next 10 years, and spending increases over the same period will be ... well, look at that. Spending will only increase by about $2 trillion!...
Spray-paint artist Travis Williams displays works at Aartful Rose (08/05/11)
Most artists take weeks or months to finish a painting, but for Travis Williams, the process takes only five minutes. The Aartful Rose will host local artist Travis Williams at its First Friday gallery reception from 5 to 10 p.m. today. In addition to his art, the reception will feature painting demonstrations by the artist that will showcase Williams' unconventional technique...
Country singer Pat Green focusing on what's next, including a show at the rodeo in Sikeston, Mo. (08/05/11)
Now in his third decade playing music, Pat Green writes the songs he wants to play. Green spent almost 10 years with corporate labels, playing the songs they wanted him to record. The country singer and songwriter has more than 20 years playing and eight records behind him but has left the big label and is looking to the future...
First Friday receptions for 8/5/11 (08/05/11)
FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTIONS Black Door Gallery ManArt, an all-male answer to the previous all-female show, will feature sculptures, paintings and drawings by men and men only. 124 S. Spanish St.; 225-7734 Aartful Rose Cape Girardeau native Travis Williams will display his celestial paintings. Williams will be at the gallery to paint live with his medium of choice: spray paint...
Harry Shum Jr. hopes to sing in 'Glee' season 3 (08/05/11)
NEW YORK -- Harry Shum Jr.'s character on "Glee" may be a member of the glee club but that doesn't mean he's gotten the chance to sing. There's a running joke on the show that his character, Mike Chang, is tone-deaf and his dancing ability makes him valuable to the New Directions show choir...
Gallery gets manly (08/05/11)
If it truly is a man's world, they've taken it back this month at Black Door Gallery. Last month, the gallery held Feminine Perspectives, an all-woman art show organized to highlight women in the visual arts. The show started in 2008. This year, the gallery will follow Feminine Perspectives with ManArt, an all-male art show to give them their time in the studio light...
Best bet: Roller derby doubleheader (08/05/11)
The hard-rocking roller girls are back at it; this time for a doubleheader Saturday. The Cape Girardeau Roller Girls will compete against the West Kentucky Rockin' Rollers and then take on the Red River Sirens. Tickets for this double-the-fun bout are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. ...
Lenora Richey (08/05/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Lenora R. Richey, 68, of Cairo, formerly of Springfield, Ill., died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Private service and burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements...
Roy King (08/05/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Roy Nathaniel King, 86, of Anna died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He served in the U.S. Army and Air Force during World War II. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ill...
Mary Kirk (08/05/11)
Mary Jane Woolridge Kirk, 87, formerly of New Madrid, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She had been a resident of Jackson Manor Nursing Home since January. She was born Sept. 30, 1923, at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, daughter of Harold Arthur and Mary Jane Edwards Woolridge...
Karen Illers (08/05/11)
Karen Lynnette Illers, 58, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 21, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Hurshel and Jean Richardson Camren. She and Mark Illers were married April 19, 1975, at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson...
Charles Croy (08/05/11)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Charles E. "Bull" Croy, 75, of McClure died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 30, 1936, in Clarksville, Tenn., to Charles and Grace Howell Croy. He and Maxine Prater were married 39 years...
Geraldine Lauck (08/05/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Geraldine Lauck, 90, of Perryville died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Independence Care Center in Perryville. She was born Dec. 5, 1920, in Perry County, daughter of Ben and Ida Leible Schnurbusch. Geraldine was born and raised in Apple Creek, Mo. She married August Lauck on June 3, 1941, at Apple Creek. He preceded her in death...
Charles Smithey (08/05/11)
THEBES, Ill. -- Charles William Smithey, 66, of Thebes passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at his home. He was born May 3, 1945, in Cairo, Ill., son of the late Virgil and Clara J. Dover Smithey. Charles was a retired construction laborer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/5/11 (08/05/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/5/11 (08/05/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Thefts...
Jackson fire report 8/5/11 (08/05/11)
Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Out of the past 8/5/11 (08/05/11)
Beginning next month, the Cape Girardeau School Board will move its monthly meeting from the central administrative offices and into the various buildings of the school district; the first meeting will be at Alma Schrader School. The Jackson Board of Aldermen last night announced plans to put a $750,000 bond issue on the November ballot to improve the city's water and sewer systems...
Tracker's birthday (08/05/11)
This month marks the 11th birthday of Tracker, the beagle mascot of the Southeast Missourian Jr. In addition to celebrating the beloved mascot, this month is also the 11th anniversary of the Southeast Missourian Jr., a publication of this newspaper written for and by young readers. So it's fitting that it was through a contest among children that Tracker received his name...
Great coverage on Jetton (08/05/11)
Thank you for your recent in-depth coverage of former Republican politician Rod Jetton. I have watched in awe and sadness over the last few years of his political and personal demise. I am elated that he seemingly now has his life back on track. For you see, when I was a 10 year-old little girl, he came and led a backyard Bible club in my neighborhood. Even at 16 he made quite the first impression and was just as charming and charismatic as I'm sure he was in his political career...
Speak Out 8/5/11 (08/05/11)
SUGGESTION to the senior citizens: Don't worry because they're not going to cut your Social Security. I'll tell you programs I would like see cut, the food stamps program and the welfare program. You have people who have never worked. I got into a discussion today with a guy about salaries for professional athletes. ...
Prayer 8/5/11 (08/05/11)
May we prove ourselves doers of the word, O God, and not merely hearers. Amen.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS YOUNG ATHLETES KICK OFF EVENT (08/05/11)
SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI YOUNG ATHLETES KICK OFF EVENT Hosted By: Sarah Mittrucker, Special Olympics volunteer, as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project Who: Families with children ages 3-7 years old with intellectual disabilities interested in learning about the Special Olympics Young Athletes program...
Dozer (08/05/11)
Dozer always looking for trouble
Melaina's Magical playground check presentation (08/05/11)
The Cape Girardeau Kiwanis club and various members of the club presented checks totalling $2100.00 to Jeff Cunningham to be used toward the new playground.
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