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Stories from Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Stoddard County Ambulance District transports seven for Home for the Holidays project (12/27/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The warm wood stove, the twinkling Christmas tree, the smell of home cooking coming from the kitchen: To Betty Larsen, a resident at Golden Living Center in Bloomfield, there's no place like home for the holidays. Larsen, 80, was one of seven nursing home residents the Stoddard County Ambulance District helped come home for Christmas this year as part of its 26th annual Home for the Holidays project...
More file in Perryville, Scott City elections (12/27/11)
The numbers of filings for municipal elections in Southeast Missouri is growing slowly, with a challenge now for the Ward 3 alderman seat in Perryville and a filing for the Ward 4 council seat in Scott City. Ronald Worl filed for Scott City's Ward 4 council seat. ...
Scott City keeping 911 center as Scott County consolidates (12/27/11)
As Scott County officials move toward consolidating 911 dispatching services with the Sikeston city government, the municipal government in Scott City plans to maintain its own separate 911 service. Sikeston and Scott County officials said earlier this month that they're taking the first steps to integrate the county's call center operations into a facility being built for the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
Cellphone ban for commercial drivers starts Jan. 3 (12/27/11)
With the new year comes a new rule for Missouri's commercial drivers -- no cellphones. Starting Jan. 3, commercial motor vehicle drivers -- including those behind the wheel of a school bus -- are banned from using hand-held mobile phones and push-to-talk cellphones while driving...
70-year-old Malden man victim of home invasion (12/27/11)
MALDEN, Mo. -- A 38-year-old Dunklin County man is incarcerated at the Dunklin County Justice Center facing a list of charges over a home invasion. On Dec. 19, Terry Kitrel, 70, of Malden experienced the home invasion, in which a man, later identified as Richard Jenkins, 38, allegedly knocked on his kitchen door, threatened him and demanded money, according to a report from the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department...
Area judge studies costs of criminals in Missouri (12/27/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- A local judge was among those tapped for ideas on saving the state money on prison costs while continuing to keep the public safe. David A. Dolan, circuit judge for the 33rd Judicial Court, was one of four judicial branch appointees chosen for the Missouri Working Group on Sentencing and Corrections...
Illinois man uninjured after train drags car 200 yards in Perry County (12/27/11)
A train dragged a car 200 yards from a railway crossing in Perry County on Monday morning. The Burlington Northern locomotive train was traveling north near Highway 51 when the driver of a Dodge Intrepid traveling north on the road at McBride's Crossing disregarded the gates and lights and struck the side of an empty train car, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Three cars were derailed, and the car was a total loss...
Scott City home damaged in Christmas night fire (12/27/11)
A Scott City home was extensively damaged after a fire that began in a vehicle ripped through the home's garage and attic Sunday night. Firefighters from Scott City, Chaffee and Scott County responded to a fire at 353 Route M around 11 p.m. and found the home's garage engulfed with the fire moving to the attic, according to a news release. The first police officer on the scene reported that the fire had started in a truck inside the garage, according to the release...
Greyhound fires driver who stranded passengers in Southeast Missouri (12/27/11)
ST. LOUIS -- A Greyhound bus driver who abandoned her bus and its passengers last month has been fired by the parent company. KSDK-TV reported the unidentified driver was terminated for not following company protocol. The bus was carrying 45 passengers to St. Louis from Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 18 when the driver pulled to the side of Interstate 55 two hours south of St. Louis and announced she was leaving...
‘Knockout King' claims Missouri victims (12/27/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Matthew Quain still struggles to piece together what happened after a trip to the grocery store nearly turned deadly. He remembers a group of loitering young people, a dimly lit street -- then nothing. The next thing he knew he was waking up with blood pouring out of his head...
Police: Neighbor chopped up Ind. girl with hacksaw (12/27/11)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A babysitter and trusted neighbor has confessed that he bludgeoned a 9-year-old Indiana girl to death with a brick then dismembered her, hiding her head, hands and feet at his home and dumping the rest of her remains nearby, police said Tuesday...
AP survey: Economy to pick up but still vulnerable (12/27/11)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy will grow faster in 2012 -- if it isn't knocked off track by upheavals in Europe, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists. Unemployment will barely fall from the current 8.6 percent rate, though, by the time President Barack Obama runs for re-election in November, the economists say...
Deer find haven at FBI shooting range during hunting season (12/27/11)
QUANTICO, Va. -- Call it a playground for Bambi and G-men, where imaginary criminals are hunted and deer are the spectators. The 547-acre FBI Academy, where some of the nation's best marksmen fire off more than 1 million bullets every month, happens to be one of the safest places for deer during hunting season...
Twin probes to study moon's gravity (12/27/11)
LOS ANGELES -- The moon has come a long way since Galileo first peered at it through a telescope. Unmanned probes have circled around it and landed on its surface. Twelve American astronauts have walked on it. And lunar rocks and soil have been hauled back from it...
Back in campaign mode, presidential hopefuls focus (12/27/11)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republicans in search of their party's presidential nomination are returning to campaign mode after a brief Christmas respite, with Rick Santorum planning a hunting trip with conservatives in Iowa and Mitt Romney phoning supporters...
Texas police: Man in Santa suit killed 6 relatives, self (12/27/11)
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Police in a Fort Worth suburb worked Monday to piece together a family history after a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit apparently shot six relatives and himself on Christmas. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said the shooter showed up in the Santa outfit shortly before gunfire erupted and that the family appeared to have been opening Christmas presents. Police responding to a 911 call found four women and three men dead, along with two handguns...
New powerful painkiller has drug abuse experts worried (12/27/11)
NEW YORK -- Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation's second most-abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse. The new pills contain the highly addictive painkiller hydrocodone, packing up to 10 times the amount of the drug as existing medications such as Vicodin. ...
Connecticut house fire kills five on Christmas; building torn down (12/27/11)
STAMFORD, Conn. -- A house severely damaged in a Christmas morning fire that killed three children and two grandparents, one of whom worked as Santa Claus at Saks Fifth Avenue, has been torn down. The building department determined that the $1.7 million house was unsafe and ordered it razed, Stamford fire chief Antonio Conte said...
Interpol seeking French breast implant maker's CEO (12/27/11)
PARIS -- The chief executive of a French company whose questionable breast implants are under international scrutiny is on the Interpol police agency's most-wanted list. Interpol's website says Jean-Claude Mas is wanted by Costa Rican authorities for crimes involving "life and health." It bears a photo of the 72-year-old Mas but does not elaborate on his alleged crimes or link to Costa Rica...
Today in History (12/27/11)
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2011. There are four days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 27, 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific. On this date: In 1831, naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle...
Nigerians fear more church attacks after 39 people killed (12/27/11)
MADALLA, Nigeria -- Women returned to clean the blood from St. Theresa Catholic Church on Monday and one man wept uncontrollably amid its debris as a Nigerian Christian association demanded protection for its churches. At least 35 people died at St. ...
Arab monitors head to Syria; opposition says district besieged (12/27/11)
BEIRUT -- The Arab League sent monitors to Syria on Monday even though President Bashar Assad's regime has only intensified its crackdown on dissent in the week since agreeing to the Arab plan to stop the bloodshed. Activists say government forces have killed several hundred civilians in the past week. ...
Delta boys basketball team rides third quarter past Kelly (12/27/11)
Delta senior Greg Brawley took matters into his own hands Tuesday. The guard scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Bobcats past Kelly 62-47 in their Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament consolation-bracket quarterfinal. Brawley helped Delta pull away the Hawks in the third quarter after the teams entered halftime tied 27-27...
Chaffee boys basketball team regroups to dump Meadow Heights (12/27/11)
Chaffee turned the tables Tuesday. The Red Devils were blown out by their bitter rival Monday night in the opening round of the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament. They were the ones dishing out the blow out Tuesday. The ninth-seeded Red Devils never trailed in an 85-29 rout of 16th-seeded Meadow Heights...
Second-quarter run carries Oak Ridge boys basketball team past Woodland (12/27/11)
Aaron Yount drained his second free throw to even the score early in the second quarter Tuesday. No. 14 seed Woodland was sticking with another better-seeded team, just like it did Monday with Scott County Central. But Tuesday's game followed a script similar to Monday's. The Cardinals' opponent reeled off a string of points to eliminate the suspense...
Scott City boys basketball team beats back rival Chaffee (12/27/11)
Scott City got off to just the kind of start it was looking for against rival Chaffee in Monday's opening round of the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament. The eighth-seeded Rams scored the game's first seven points and led all the way during a 66-41 victory over the ninth-seeded Red Devils at the Show Me Center...
Oran boys basketball team fends off Bell City (12/27/11)
Oran junior Kody Moore let his arm hang in the air for a couple of extra seconds after a few of his fourth-quarter free throws Tuesday. "That's just to make sure it goes in, that's all that is," he said. Moore's free-throw shooting down the stretch ended Bell City's upset bid during their consolation-bracket quarterfinal at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament...
High school roundup: Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team wins (12/27/11)
All the scores from Monday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Mizzou football team, Franklin rough up Tar Heels 41-24 in Independence Bowl (12/27/11)
SHREVEPORT, La. -- James Franklin's hard running and timely passing led Missouri to an easy win in its final game as a member of the Big 12. It also gives the Tigers plenty of hope heading into their new home in the Southeastern Conference. Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to help the Tigers easily beat North Carolina 41-24 in the Independence Bowl on Monday night...
People on the Move 12/26/11 (12/27/11)
The Jana Jateff unit with Mary Kay Cosmetics recently honored top performers for the quarter. Gail Sanchez of Jackson was named queen of sales. Jateff and Sanchez were recognized as top producers by the area. Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau members who participated in the Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting Dec. ...
Job market improving, retailers get boost at end of '11 (12/27/11)
After a tumultuous 2011, the economy is ending the year on an upswing. The job market is showing signs it's improving, holiday spending gave retailers a boost, gas prices are going down and stocks are higher. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits last week was half what it was at its peak in March 2009. ...
Arthur Bender (12/27/11)
Arthur H. Bender, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at The Lutheran Home. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau with the funeral will immediately following.
Harold Locke (12/27/11)
Harold W. Locke Jr., 83, of Jackson died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home Cape Girardeau.
Jerry Jackson (12/27/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Jerry Lee Jackson, 61, of Anna, formerly of Scott City, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 4, 1950, in Fornfelt, Mo., to William George and Dora Mae Henderson Jackson. He is survived by three brothers, Orley Jackson, Harvey "Hop" Jackson and "Billy Gene" Jackson all of Scott City; four sisters, Ruby Tackett of Zalma, Mo., Hazel Jackson of Chicago, Mary Lindner and Eula Jackson, both of Kalamazoo, Mich...
Lucille Swan (12/27/11)
Lucille Swan, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau where she was lovingly cared for by the staff. She was born March 11, 1918, in Kelso, Mo., to Nicholas and Mary Mirgeaux Menz. She married Blaine Swan on Dec. 9, 1943, in Scott City. He preceded her in death March 1, 2010...
Ethel Anderson (12/27/11)
Ethel P. Anderson, 96, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Ethel was born Aug. 9, 1915, in Crump to the late Kirby and Ida Mae Williams Crump. She married Paul Jamerson on Oct. 17, 1946, and he preceded her in death Sept. 4, 1962. She then married Charley "Lee" Anderson on June 22, 1968, and he preceded her in death Nov. 10, 1996...
John Hensley (12/27/11)
John Ace Hensley, 80, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. John was born Nov. 14, 1931, in Fornfelt to Marshall and Eva Davidson Hensley. He married Peggy Foulk, April 5, 1953, in Illmo. He is survived by his children, John David Hensley and wife Laura of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and Jo Donna Priest and husband Charles of Marble Hill, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Renee McCallister and husband Donald of Newbern, Tenn., Damien Ewens and wife Krista of Columbia, Mo., Stephanie Day and husband Mike of Cape Girardeau, Tiffany Alexander and husband Gary of Newbern, Tenn., Wendi Jo Harper and husband Frank of Cape Girardeau, John Thomas Hensley and wife Celia of Dyersburg, Tenn., Tennie Asher and husband Chad of Newbern, Tenn., Chrissy Elliott and husband Chris of Jackson and Kristi Lynn Ewens of Cape Girardeau; and 15 great-grandchildren.. ...
Beatrice Margrabe (12/27/11)
Beatrice P. Margrabe, 82, of Cape Girardeau went into the arms of Jesus to join her husband and family Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Chaffee, Mo., to Herbert Lee and Nellie Skelton Houseman. She married Herman J. Margrabe May 7, 1948, in Chaffee. He passed away Sept. 19, 2000...
Steve Wilburn (12/27/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Steven Phillip Wilburn, 34, of Benton died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Scott City. He was born Aug. 13, 1977, in Fort Stewart, Ga., to Terry Jerome "T.J." and Carolyn Jean Colvin Wilburn. He married Kenya Michele Brant on July 28, 2007, in Scott City...
William Griffith (12/27/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- William Earl Griffith Sr., 77, of Chaffee, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Mo. William was born Nov. 18, 1934, to the late J.R. and Zula Mae Whitis Griffith. He married Karen Moore on Oct. 15, 1960, and she survives...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/27/11 (12/27/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Assaults Thefts The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Jackson fire report 12/27/11 (12/27/11)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Out of the past 12/27/11 (12/27/11)
Sales tax receipts in Cape Girardeau County were up 11.81 percent in 1986, according to county Auditor H. Weldon Macke, who is at a loss to explain the substantial increase; the county received $2,524,916.58 from its half-cent sales tax during 1986...
Church ministries (12/27/11)
This past weekend many of us enjoyed a favorite Christmas tradition, exchanging gifts with family and friends. Most of us can find a way to buy gifts for those special people in our lives. However, for some in the area the extra purchases at this time of year are not financially possible. This is where many churches and other organizations in our community have stepped in...
Speak Out 12/27/11 (12/27/11)
THANK you to the photographers and volunteers who provided professional quality photographs for so many people at the House of Hope. You were making spirits bright. I was wondering if anybody else thought as I do. It seems to me like our television has gone to the dogs...
Prayer 12/27/11 (12/27/11)
O Heavenly Father, our Savior and Lord, great is thy faithfulness. Amen.
Two Sets of 5 Generations (12/27/11)
Two sets of 5 Generations gather for Christmas 2011. Pictured left to right: Great Grandpa Paul Friese, Loren Friese-Keele, Bailey Rees, Great-Great Grandma Jewel Friese, Holden Keele, Lain Rees, Amanda Friese-Rees, and Grandpa Craig Friese.
Belated White Christmas on the Farm (12/27/11)
Taken at Bob Michael Farms
Snow in Fruitland (12/27/11)
As you can see. Melted off roads & driveway.
Dec. 2011 Snow (12/27/11)
I am standing on the levee at our place and looking across the pond.
Snow in Cape Girardeau (12/27/11)
Woke up to snow this morning.
Snow in Sikeston (12/27/11)
Snow day!
Christmas (12/27/11)
Court House Palmyra MO.
Christmas tree in the front yard (12/27/11)
In my front yard, Valdez Ak
Snow on the Pines (12/27/11)
Photos from my son's front yard in Valdez Ak.
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