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Stories from Friday, January 27, 2012

Cape man missing since Jan. 15 (01/27/12)
A 59-year-old Cape Girardeau man has not been seen or heard from since Jan. 15 and police and concerned friends and family are asking the public for help. Bobby Hennecke was reported missing to police Jan. 20, though no one has heard from since Jan. 15, according to department spokesman Darin Hickey...
Cape County not top bidder for federal building (01/27/12)
News that was first broken publicly by a judge in open court on Thursday was confirmed later in the day by those in the know -- the Cape Girardeau County Commission was not the top bidder for the former federal building. Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy acknowledged that the top offer of $325,015 for the building did not come from county government...
Schools the site of more emergency shelters (01/27/12)
A growing number of emergency shelters in Missouri in recent years may mean more people scramble toward the nearest school the next time a tornado siren sounds. Since 2005, 32 facilities classified as "safe rooms" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been built statewide in public school districts or community colleges. Nine projects are in progress, according to the most recent information available from the agency...
Arson suspected in Sikeston car fire (01/27/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Arson is suspected in a vehicle fire that occurred late Tuesday. At 11:53 p.m., the Sikeston Department of Public Safety was alerted to a vehicle fire at 1317 Shelby Ave. The owner reported it was parked in the driveway and a neighbor alerted her to the blaze because she was asleep at the time...
Schwab won't seek re-election for public administrator (01/27/12)
Cape Girardeau County Public Administrator Phyllis Schwab, who for more than a decade has been the court-appointed guardian to those who have been deemed unable to care for themselves, said Thursday she will retire at year's end. Schwab announced she will not seek re-election to the post that she first won in 2000, a decision that will create another open seat in county government in this fall's elections...
Cape Girardeau County to test electronic poll books in February, April (01/27/12)
Cape Girardeau County poll workers may soon eliminate the use of paper logbooks to keep track of voters who have cast ballots on election day. Some Cape Girardeau County poll workers in the February and April elections will use iPads programmed to track and save voter information at St. Andrew's Church on Feb. 7. The church is the polling place for precincts 6 and 14.
Jackson woman appointed to state nursing home board (01/27/12)
Janice Unger of Jackson has been appointed to the state Board of Nursing Home Administrators. The nomination, by Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, was approved by the full Senate on Wednesday. Crowell described Unger as an active member of the nursing community and the former director of the Lutheran Home, saying "she is a great representative for Southeast Missouri."...
MoDOT schedules hearing to discuss Cape improvements (01/27/12)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing in Cape Girardeau on Feb. 16 to discuss plans for improvements to the intersections of Kingshighway/Mount Auburn Road and Route W/Lexington Avenue, according to a MoDOT news release. ...
Stoddard County man killed in crash with train (01/27/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A 43-year-old Dexter man lost his life Wednesday when his vehicle was struck by an eastbound Union Pacific train two miles west of his hometown. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kelvin E. Wooten was southbound on County Road 657, also known as Five Mile Road, when he failed to yield to the train, whose engineer was Payton B. Greeno, 41, of Bald Knob, Ark...
Anonymous donors help Humane Society with window repair (01/27/12)
Anonymous donors have given the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri almost $300 to help repair a window that was broken during a Wednesday morning burglary at the agency's shelter. The organization began receiving donations Wednesday after news that someone had broken a window Wednesday and stolen a donation jar that contained roughly $100 in change, an employee said. As of Thursday afternoon, the agency had received $250 in donations...
Four Friday morning wrecks on I-55 caused by ice (01/27/12)
Icy road conditions contributed to four single-vehicle accidents that took place on Interstate 55 Friday morning, police said. No one was hurt, Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey said. But two of the vehicles rolled over, one crossed the median and another slid off the road into the grass, he said...
Southeast called safest Missouri campus (01/27/12)
A new ranking lists Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau as Missouri's safest public four-year university. StateUniversity.com, a website for college information, released the ratings Wednesday. The ranking is based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officers...
I-55 Outer Road in Cape County closed for pipe replacement (01/27/12)
Interstate 55 Outer Road in Cape Girardeau County will be closed Monday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. This section of roadway is off of Route Y, between County Road 616 and County Road 614. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. ...
CORRECTION: Witnesses recount events surrounding fatal Cape Girardeau stabbing (01/27/12)
Ryan Harkey threw his hands in the air and began to run away during a Dec. 9 altercation with Jerry Conrad that led to Conrad's stabbing death. Conrad followed Harkey, and Harkey struck him in the back of the head. The Southeast Missourian and semissourian.com originally reported that a witness testified to seeing Conrad, the stabbing victim, throw up his hands...
Collision at William and Pacific in Cape; three injured (01/27/12)
First responders work the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred just before 5 p.m. Thursday at William and Pacific streets in Cape Girardeau. According to Cape Girardeau police, a red Mazda attempted to cross William Street heading south on Pacific and was struck by a black Buick traveling west on William Street. The driver and passenger in the Mazda and the driver of the Buick were taken to the hospital with what police classified as injuries ranging from mild to moderate...
Sikeston man charged with child molestation (01/27/12)
A Sikeston, Mo., man is in jail after authorities received a tip that he was inappropriately touching and photographing a child. Ronnie G. Newell, 41, is charged with first-degree child molestation, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department...
St. Louis hosts 1st big parade on Iraq War's end (01/27/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Since the Iraq War ended there has been little fanfare for the veterans returning home. No ticker-tape parades. No massive, flag-waving public celebrations. So, two friends from St. Louis decided to change that. They sought donations, launched a Facebook page, met with the mayor and mapped a route. On Saturday, hundreds of veterans are expected to march in downtown St. Louis in the nation's first big welcome home parade since the last troops left Iraq in December...
Mo. bow hunters post high deer, turkey numbers (01/27/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri conservation officials say this past year was a good one for archers hunting both deer and turkey. The Missouri Department of Conservation say hunters killed more than 52,600 deer during the four-month archery season that ended Jan.15. That's an increase of about 24 percent from 2010...
Corps: Damage from 2011 floods could mean more danger in 2012 (01/27/12)
NEW ORLEANS -- Damage from last year's record spring floods could leave many people along the Mississippi River in even more danger this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday. It says it's assessing the damage to levees, structures and navigation channels, and will begin notifying affected communities in February...
Missouri Supreme Court declines redistricting case (01/27/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday declined to strike down new state legislative districts, and suggested opponents of new state House districts take up their fight before a trial judge. Missouri's high court declined the request to block a new map for the 163-member state House but permitted a legal challenge to be filed in circuit court. ...
Economy gains as businesses spend more, fire fewer people (01/27/12)
WASHINGTON -- Businesses are growing more confident in the economy, investing in more equipment and laying off fewer workers. Government figures on manufacturing and unemployment claims released Thursday raised hopes on the eve of a report on how much the economy grew in the October-December quarter...
No energy industry backing for the word 'fracking' (01/27/12)
NEW YORK -- A different kind of F-word is stirring a linguistic and political debate as controversial as what it defines. The word is "fracking" -- as in hydraulic fracturing, a technique long used by the oil and gas industry to free oil and gas from rock...
Pentagon says number of Army, Marines to shrink as budget slows (01/27/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon outlined a plan Thursday for slowing the growth of military spending, including cutting the size of the Army and Marine Corps, retiring older planes and trimming war costs. It drew quick criticism from Republicans, signaling the difficulty of scaling back defense budgets in an election year...
Taco Bell enters crowded arena of fast-food breakfast options (01/27/12)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Yo quiero Taco Bell breakfast burrito! The Mexican-style fast-food chain that's best remembered for a 1990s ad in which a Chihuahua proclaimed "I want Taco Bell" in Spanish, introduced a breakfast menu Thursday at nearly 800 restaurants in 14 states...
N.M. immigrant license repeal falls short in first vote (01/27/12)
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Republican Gov. Susana Martinez suffered a temporary political setback Thursday in a bid to stop New Mexico from granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. A legislative committee shelved her proposal and approved a Democrat-backed alternative that continues to allow licenses for illegal immigrants but with new restrictions...
Today in History (01/27/12)
Today is Friday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2012. There are 339 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 27, 1967, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft...
Iran ready to return to nuclear talks (01/27/12)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran is ready to revive talks with the U.S. and other world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday, but suggested that Tehran's foes will have to make compromises to prevent negotiations from again collapsing in stalemate...
Somali captors move U.S. hostage after raid (01/27/12)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Pirates moved an American hostage at least three times in 24 hours and threatened Thursday to kill him after U.S. Navy SEALs rescued an American and a Dane in a bold, dark-of-night raid that raises questions about whether other Western captives are now in greater danger...
Bomb targeting NATO team kills 4 Afghans (01/27/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide attacker detonated a car laden with powerful explosives Thursday in southern Afghanistan, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding 31 other people, including three British aid workers, officials said. Britain's International Development ministry in London confirmed that three civilian members of the international aid team were among those injured in the blast. They were being treated for nonlife-threatening wounds, the ministry said...
Pakistan accuses Iran of killing six people on border (01/27/12)
QUETTA, Pakistan -- Iranian security forces on Thursday killed six Pakistani traders taking goats into Iran, a Pakistani official said. Iranian authorities were not immediately available for comment. The incident happened Thursday on the Iranian side of the border near the Pakistani town of Gwadar, said its deputy commissioner Abdur Rehman...
Egypt bans travel for U.S. official's son, nine others (01/27/12)
CAIRO -- Egypt banned at least 10 Americans and Europeans from leaving the country, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, raising tensions with Washington over a campaign by Egypt's military against groups promoting democracy and human rights...
EU still sees chance for Israel-Palestinian talks (01/27/12)
AMMAN, Jordan -- A low-level dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians is not at a dead end, the European Union's foreign policy chief said Thursday, hoping that contacts to get "real negotiations underway" will continue. "I don't think there's an impasse," Ashton told reporters following talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Jordanian capital...
Davos leaders look to China investments abroad (01/27/12)
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Chinese investment abroad is drawing scrutiny as global leaders increasingly look to China to prop up the world economy, even though some remain wary of the country's dominance. The head of one of China's biggest private equity firms said at the World Economic Forum on Thursday that foreign prejudice about Chinese investment is unfair and that Chinese investors are still learning a game that much of the world has been playing for decades...
High school roundup: Notre Dame's Bohnert hits milestone in win (01/27/12)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team downs Austin Peay (01/27/12)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team down Austin Peay 65-60 on Thursday.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team continues road quest vs. UTM (01/27/12)
The Redhawks pursue their first true road win Saturday against the defending women's OVC tournament champion
JUCO player gives verbal commitment to Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team (01/27/12)
It looks like the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will have an international flavor next season. Jessica Bygate, a New Zealand native who is a freshman a Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College, gave Southeast a verbal commitment this week...
Missouri hopes to learn from loss to Oklahoma State (01/27/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Frank Haith said it best the day Missouri rose to No. 2. No one big victory or one tough loss would define the team. The coach could not have anticipated those words to be tested so soon with one of the school's most impressive victories in recent seasons followed by an excruciating setback...
Saturday shopping (01/27/12)
A friend of mine recently told me he liked grocery shopping in New York City more than Cape Girardeau because he felt like part of a community. How could Cape Girardeau fall to New York City in terms of community and friendliness? I thought the notion was ridiculous until I heard the explanation...
Pressing issues in Cape Girardeau (01/27/12)
Many Cape Girardeans have taken an interest in two important issues of late: dress code revisions in the public schools, and a plan for turning the downtown portion of Broadway into a more aesthetically pleasing thoroughfare. That's good. Too often important -- and expensive -- decisions are made with little public input. It's good to know that there are still some issues that will ignite public debate...
Playing from the heart: Band Lullwater to play at Pitter's (01/27/12)
Whether it's hard-driving rock 'n' roll with a Southern twang, a souped-up folk number, or the feel of '90s grunge, whatever rockers Lullwater bring to Pitter's on Thursday will be from the heart. "We will be playing music from 'Silhouette' of course, and we are excited to let the people hear our new music, which is going to be on the [next] album," lead singer John Strickland said in a telephone interview from the band's tour bus as they were leaving a Chicago snowstorm...
Best Bet 1/27/12 (01/27/12)
The Voodoo Lounge Gypsies will be heating things up tonight at the River City Yacht Club as part of Bloom Heavy's Gypsy Madness. This musical and performance collective, which combines folk, bluegrass and gypsy, kicks their live show up a notch by adding fire performers. They will be joined by local band The Big Idea. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $5...
The Heartland Talent Showcase kicks off competition Feb. 4 (01/27/12)
Organizers of a new talent show series hope to build confidence and highlight talent in the area through several competitions that allow performers to show off their skills. The Heartland Talent Showcase will kick off the series of talent competitions with the Winter Benefit Concert on Feb. 4 with guest singer and master of ceremonies Neal E. Boyd...
Sundance festival full of surprises (01/27/12)
This review is from The Salt Lake Tribune. To continue reading, please visit sltrib.com.
Clooney at his brilliant best in ‘The Descendants' (01/27/12)
Paradise isn't what you think it is in "The Descendants," director Alexander Payne's moving comedy drama about a family in Hawaii that's far from perfect. Matt King (George Clooney) is "the backup parent," the one whom the children don't see as much, since he's working as a Honolulu lawyer...
ARTifacts 1/27/12 (01/27/12)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A new regional arts series, "Expressions," is airing at 9 p.m. every Thursday on WSIU-TV, with repeats of the show at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The weekly program is hosted by Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, an associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's School of Art and Design. ...
Charles Austin (01/27/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. — Charles E. "Eddie" Austin, 77, of Mounds died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at his home. Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Lough Jr. (01/27/12)
Charles M. "Bud" Lough Jr., 95, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Feb. 8, 2012, at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Owens officiating...
Loretta Elfrink (01/27/12)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Loretta Louise Elfrink, 87, of Holyoke, Mass., formerly of Leopold, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the Daughters of the Heart of Mary Retirement Home in Holyoke. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo. Parish prayers will be at 7...
Eloise Moore (01/27/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Eloise E. Lawson Moore, 102, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 20, 1909, in Vanduser, Mo., to Fred James and Bertha Elizabeth Campbell Williams. She and Elbert Lawson were married May 28, 1930, in Bloomfield, Mo. He preceded her Dec. 3, 1972. She later married Lawrence Moore May 16, 1978. He preceded in 1987...
Births 1/27/12 (01/27/12)
Daughter to Dwight Christopher and Dee Ann Bowman of Jackson, Southeast Hospital, 11:52 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Name, Emily Ann. Weight, 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Bowman is the former Dee Ann Thompson, daughter of Philip and Liz Thompson of Wynne, Ark. She is employed at Southeast Cancer Center. Bowman is the son of Greg and Trish Bowman of Cordova, Tenn. He is employed at Elder Care...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/27/12 (01/27/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n An 11-year-old boy was cited into juvenile court on suspicion of peace disturbance. @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n Heidi L. Weaver, 42, 616 Locust St., received a summons for improper placement of waste containers...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/27/12 (01/27/12)
Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday: * At 11:28 p.m., a medical assist on South Mount Auburn Road. * At 12:59 a.m., an alarm system activation on Towers Circle...
Jackson fire report 1/27/12 (01/27/12)
*** Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: * Emergency medical service on North Neal Street. * A citizen assist on Mulberry Street. * Emergency medical service on Grandview Drive.
Out of the past 1/27/12 (01/27/12)
Cape Girardeau city officials have dropped plans to open a new landfill on a 70-acre tract just north of here because a consulting engineering firm has concluded that the site is infeasible for such use due to geological factors. Post office boxes in Cape Girardeau are getting a new ZIP code; all post office boxes will have a 63702 ZIP code after Feb. 1, in order help the post office sort the growing number of letters here...
SEMO basketball (01/27/12)
After last year's dismal season, the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team is looking much improved this year. Coming into last night's game against Austin Peay at the Show Me Center the Redhawks had a record of 10-9 overall and 5-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference...
McCaskill's energy stance (01/27/12)
Sen. Claire McCaskill brought her so-called "Energy Tour" to Cape Girardeau recently where she again tried to airbrush away the inconvenient blemishes on her record, most notably her long-running support for the Obama administration's cap-and-trade initiative. "I am supportive of a cap-and-trade system to help address the world's climate change problems " she said in a 2008 interview with the St. Joseph News-Press. She was for cap-and-trade until she was against it...
CID suggestions (01/27/12)
To the Community Improvement District:Since being formed in 2010, the district is still struggling to get signatures of businesses within its borders. If the reasons for the formation of the district and the end result of better safety, beautification and cleanliness, let me make the following suggestions:...
Speak Out 1/27/12 (01/27/12)
JAN. 22 to 28 has been dedicated by Gov. Nixon as Missouri's School Board Appreciation Week. Thank you for volunteering your time to help improve academic performance. THE American Lung Association gives Missouri a failing grade for its tobacco control efforts. ...
Prayer 1/27/12 (01/27/12)
O God, may we be anxious for nothing, instead putting our trust in you. Amen.
Cloudy skies loom overhead (01/27/12)
Today started like most days lately, with cloudy skies overhead. I didn't really want to go to work today. I noticed the traffic in Interstate 55 northbound was heavier than usual. It didn't take long for me to come to the realuzation that there had to be a wreck somewhere, but I didn't see any emergency vehicle's. ...
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