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Cape man who attempted suicide pleads guilty to child molestation (09/05/12)
A local man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to child molestation. Quinton W. Headrick Jr., 43, pleaded guilty to felony child molestation and was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge William Syler on Tuesday. With the plea, Headrick admitted that he subjected a 12-year-old family member to inappropriate touching in April. ...
Judge prohibits closing of Tamms prison (09/05/12)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A Southern Illinois county judge Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order that, for now at least, blocks Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close several state correctional facilities, including the Tamms Correctional Center, in an effort to slash millions from the state budget...
Turnout low for Jackson DREAM meeting (09/05/12)
A consultant sought guidance on building designs to be included in a strategic plan for uptown Jackson Tuesday during a sparesely attended public meeting and another private meeting with property owners and school and church officials. Only two people attended the public meeting held Tuesday evening at the city library. A dozen property owners, school and church officials took part in a private meeting with consultants earlier in the day, said Michael Hemmer, project manager with PGAV Planners...
Cape council tables rental inspection ordinance (09/05/12)
Cape Girardeau's city council decided Tuesday night to take time to work through language revisions that would establish a licensing and inspection program for rental properties. Council members approved tabling the proposed ordinance that would create the program after lengthy discussion with representatives of the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors. ...
Mississippi County woman charged with fracturing infant's skull (09/05/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Bertrand, Mo., woman will be arraigned Wednesday in connection with an alleged assault that left an infant with a fractured skull. Maria Foy, 27, is scheduled to appear at 9:15 a.m. before Associate Judge T. Lynn Brown on a charge of first-degree assault. Foy was arrested Aug. 24 following an investigation led by Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore and deputy Janice McCameron...
Earthquake rumbles Bootheel on Monday morning (09/05/12)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake Monday morning near Portageville of 2.6 magnitude. The quake occurred at 7:12 a.m. and was centered six miles east/northeast of Portageville. No damage was reported, but some residents reported having felt the movement...
Southeast Missouri farmers appear on TV documentary (09/05/12)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Three Southeast Missouri farmers are helping tell the story of agriculture through a nationally syndicated documentary that broadcast locally last weekend. "Against the Grain: The Year Mother Nature Struck Back"
Ghost storytelling tickets now on sale (09/05/12)
The date, time and ticket sale information for an annual fall storytelling event at the River Campus are set. Brian "Fox" Ellis and Megan Hicks will be performing at Bedell Performance Hall starting at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at An Afternoon and Evening of Ghost Storytelling, presented by the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau and Southeast Missouri State University. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for those age 14 and under, and are now on sale at RiverCampusEvents.com...
Cape man arrested on drug, traffic charges (09/05/12)
Jeffery Cronenbold, 50, of Cape Girardeau was arrested Friday on drug and traffic charges, the Perry County Sheriff's Office said in a release Tuesday. "Cronenbold was stopped, and charged with a minor traffic violation" Perry County Sheriff Gary J. ...
In federal court: Man sentenced on illegal entry charges (09/05/12)
The U.S. attorney's office released the following information Tuesday for defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. SENTENCED Name: Alejandro Cruz-Guzman Residence: Mexico Age: 31 Sentence: Five months...
Police submit charges in elder abuse allegation (09/05/12)
Police have determined a suspect in assault allegations made last week by a 92-year-old female resident at a Cape Girardeau assisted-living facility, the Cape Girardeau Police Department announced Tuesday. The department has submitted charges to the prosecutor's office for review, according to an email from spokesman Darin Hickey. The suspect is not in custody at this time, Hickey said...
Kennett, Mo., man suspected of pouring hot grease on wife (09/05/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Officers with the Kennett Police Department have arrested a 40-year-old Kennett man on charges of first-degree assault and domestic violence. According to official reports, the arrest was made at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Kennett police were dispatched to 308 Liberty St. for a report that a woman had been assaulted by her husband and that he had poured hot grease on her...
Some Missouri electric bills to decrease (09/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Electric customers of Ameren Missouri will get a small break on their bills because of a decline in fuel prices. The Missouri Public Service Commission has reduced Ameren Missouri's fuel adjustment charge, effective Sept. 24. It's expected to save the average residential customer about 21 cents a month...
Month later, $1 M Powerball winner still absent (09/05/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A month after a million-dollar Powerball ticket was sold in St. Louis, the winner has yet to come forward. The ticket for the Aug. 4 drawing matched all five white balls, earning the holder a $1 million prize. The ticket with the white-ball numbers 19, 30, 48, 53 and 55 was purchased at Safi Amoco in St. Louis...
Gov. seeks to avoid veto override on tax bill (09/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ratcheted up the pressure on lawmakers to sustain one of his vetoes Tuesday by releasing data showing that a retroactive reinstatement of local vehicle taxes would primarily hit people who bought cars from fellow Missouri residents as opposed to consumers who went to out-of-state dealers...
First Lady says husband is ‘a man we can trust' (09/05/12)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- First lady Michelle Obama lovingly praised her husband Tuesday night in a prime-time Democratic Convention speech as a devoted spouse and caring father at home and a "man we can trust" to revive the nation's weak economy as president, beckoning the country to return him to the White House despite agonizingly slow recovery from recession...
Today marks 35th anniversary of Voyager 1 spacecraft launch (09/05/12)
PASADENA, Calif. -- Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space -- the first time a man-made object will have escaped to the other side...
In southern La., residents blame levees for floods (09/05/12)
LAPLACE, La. -- At the urging of residents who have long felt forgotten in the shadow of more densely populated New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will look into whether the city's fortified defenses pushed floodwaters provoked by Hurricane Isaac into outlying areas...
Weeks before Election Day, early voting kicks off (09/05/12)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Early voting in the presidential race begins this month, and in the weeks to come millions of people in key states will cast ballots that could prove decisive on Election Day. They did in 2008, when President Barack Obama's margin of victory relied to a great degree on early votes cast in such crucial states as Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa...
Social Security Administration explains why it bought 174,000 bullets (09/05/12)
WASHINGTON -- It didn't take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point bullets. Why is the agency that provides benefits to retirees, disabled workers, widows and children stockpiling ammunition? Whom are they going to use it on?...
Police: Buffalo, N.Y., man tried to eat bogus $50 bills (09/05/12)
DARIEN, N.Y. -- Authorities say a 35-year-old man tried to swallow several counterfeit $50 bills after he was caught trying to use the bogus money at a New York amusement park. The Genesee County Sheriff's Department says deputies were called to Darien Lake Theme Park and Resort on Sunday night after Larry Jones, of Buffalo, N.Y., bought french fries with a $50 bill...
Attorneys in Drew Peterson murder trial deliver closings (09/05/12)
JOLIET, Ill. -- Prosecutors in Drew Peterson's murder trial implored jurors Tuesday to use common sense in assessing the circumstantial case against him, while the defense said the state fell far short of proving the former Illinois police officer killed his third wife...
Today in History (09/05/12)
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 5, the 249th day of 2012. There are 117 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 5, 1972, terrorism struck the Munich Olympics as members of the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli delegation; 11 Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer were killed in the resulting siege...
More than 100,000 Syrians fled the country in August (09/05/12)
BEIRUT -- More than 100,000 Syrians fled their country in August, the highest monthly total since the crisis began in March 2011, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday. That exodus sharply increased the number of Syrians now living in neighboring countries, bringing the total number of refugees to 234,368 in the past 17 months, the agency said...
Separatist party wins power in Quebec election Tuesday (09/05/12)
MONTREAL -- A separatist party won power in Quebec on Tuesday night, potentially placing the French-speaking province on course for another referendum to break away from Canada. Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marios, who becomes Quebec's first female premier, replaces Liberal leader Jean Charest, who headed Quebec for nearly a decade...
Booed at games, Cameron sticks to austerity drive (09/05/12)
LONDON -- The public's verdict was clear: Prime Minister David Cameron and Treasury chief George Osborne faced a chorus of boos at London's Paralympic Games -- a rare flash of hostility toward their belief that a sharp austerity drive is the best way to repair Britain's debt-ravaged economy...
Stoner voters targeted in Dutch election campaign (09/05/12)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- With slogans like "Don't let your vote go up in smoke!", owners of the free-wheeling cafes where bags of hashish are sold alongside cups of coffee are mounting a get-out-the-stoner-vote campaign ahead of next week's Dutch election...
Notre Dame volleyball team sweeps Mules (09/05/12)
The Notre Dame volleyball team played five matches during the tournament it hosted over the weekend. The Bulldogs missed 44 serves and, to hear them tell it, allowed an unfathomable number of their opponents' tips to fall to the court on their way to winning the tournament's silver bracket...
High school roundup: Kelly softball improves to 6-0 (09/05/12)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball recruit not eligible first semester (09/05/12)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt did not get the news he was hoping for regarding freshman point guard C.J. Reese. Nutt said Tuesday that Reese was not approved academically by the NCAA Clearinghouse, meaning he will not be eligible to play for the Redhawks during the first semester...
Cardinals' Carpenter works simulated game with hopes of returning this season (09/05/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter threw 50 pitches Tuesday in a three-inning simulated game, taking another step in a bid to bolster the club's NL wild card chances. The 37-year-old right-hander underwent surgery in July to relieve nerve compression that resulted in numbness on much of the right side of his body, with the hope he could return for spring training. He upped the ante Tuesday, four days after working two innings in Washington...
Garcia effective in Cardinals' 5-1 victory (09/05/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Jaime Garcia always has been a better pitcher at Busch Stadium than on the road. The New York Mets saw just how much better the lefty can be. Garcia carried a shutout into the eighth inning, and Yadier Molina got his 1,000th career hit with an infield single that started a three-run second against rookie Matt Harvey in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-1 victory Tuesday night...
Ex-NFL star Michael Strahan becomes Kelly Ripa's co-host (09/05/12)
NEW YORK -- The only worry on Michael Strahan's mind when he made his entrance Tuesday as the new co-host of "Live!": "Don't trip," he summed up after the show. He didn't. When Kelly Ripa introduced him, the gap-toothed former football player jogged onto the morning show set and gathered her up in a bear hug, lifting her off her feet...
Viola Ainsworth (09/05/12)
Viola M. Ainsworth, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born June 15, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, to Charles S. and Clara Ethel Nichols Long. She and James A. Ainsworth were married in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death...
Hartley Bell (09/05/12)
PATTON, Mo. -- Hartley Morris Bell, 85, of Patton passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau. He was born March 19, 1927, in Tunnel Hill, Ill., son of George and Alma Branscum Bell. He and Patricia E. Clark were married June 9, 1988...
Rita Burk (09/05/12)
Rita L. Burk, 82, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 31, 1930, in South Bend, Ind., to Robert W. and Rena Stewart Lillard. At the young age of 18, Rita married Marl Burk on Feb. 1, 1949...
Sharlett Eftink (09/05/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Sharlett Ann Eftink, 56, of Chaffee passed away Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at the family home. She was born Jan. 28, 1956, in Chaffee, to Philip Aloysius and Doris Jean Klipfel Walter. Sharlett married Jerome Eftink on Nov. 23, 1974...
Sandra Farrow (09/05/12)
Sandra D. Farrow, 64, of Randles died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at her home. A private graveside committal service will be held at a later date. McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Lynda Hansen (09/05/12)
Lynda K. Hansen, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Lifecare Center. She was born Aug. 21, 1950, in Cape Girardeau, to Clyde and Juanita O'Daniel Wallis. Lynda worked at Thorngate Ltd. in Cape Girardeau. She was a former member of the UNITE union where she served as president and secretary...
Births 9/5/12 (09/05/12)
Daughter to William "BJ" Smith and Heather Phillips of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 12:14 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Name, Elynn Arabella. Weight, 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Third child, first daughter. Ms. Phillips is the daughter of Stephen Franklin and Tammy Phillips of Cape Girardeau. She is manager of Frontier Star LLC. Smith is the son of Danny Smith and Nadine Smith of Cape Girardeau. He is employed in facilities management at Southeast Missouri State University...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/5/12 (09/05/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Department of Public Safety released the following item. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/5/12 (09/05/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Jackson police and fire report 9/5/12 (09/05/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Out of the past 9/5/12 (09/05/12)
A committee studying future annexation of Cape Girardeau and Jackson basically split the difference yesterday; the committee met Friday to resolve a final area of disagreement, which was a four-square-mile area that includes the southwest intersection of Interstate 55 and U.S. 61...
Though other things change, our values should not be compromised (09/05/12)
As my 65th birthday approaches, I'm constantly reminded just how out of step I am with modern society. For example, I can't remember the exact moment that I fully abandoned today's musical offerings, but I suspect that may have been the first signal of societal withdrawal...
Pansy Glenn (09/05/12)
The Discovery Playhouse has quickly become a cornerstone for downtown Cape Girardeau. Since opening in 2010, the children's museum has attracted 60,000 visitors -- many local, but others from surrounding communities and states. Recently, Pansy Glenn of Kewanee, Mo., was named the new executive director for the facility. ...
Prayer 9/5/12 (09/05/12)
O Lord God, may we not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Amen.
Ride of the Week: 1947 Studebaker MS (09/05/12)
Make and model: 1947 Studebaker MS Owner(s): Don Kuntze Owner's hometown: Jackson, Mo Names of people in photo: Don Kuntze ** How I fell in love with my ride: It's an old truck that I can drive.
River City Players Ready For Opening Night... (09/05/12)
The third show of the 2012 season is upon us. "The Smell of the Kill" by Michelle Lowe and directed by Holly Raines will open on September 14. This is a mystery comedy and can be enjoyed by ages 12 and up. RCP has not done a show of this type where there are six characters but you only see the three women on stage. ...
Armstrong to be Guest Speaker at HWG (09/05/12)
The Heartland Writer's Guild (HWG) will meet at 2pm on Sunday, June 16th at the Steck House, next door to the First Presbyterian Church 206 E. Washington Street (near the Courthouse - signs at the corner of the highway and at the House) in Jackson. Carl Armstrong will be guest speaker. His newest book Rivers of Creativity was recently published via CreateSpace...
Marrow Donor Drive for Infant Fighting Leukemia (09/05/12)
Macy Sue's parents, Kevin and Ashley (Buchheit) Westmoreland, anticipated their first child's arrival with joy as any new parents would, but life took a drastic change of course on March 22, 2012 when their beloved baby Macy was born with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). 1Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer, and Macy is only one in five million infants born with the disease...
September Tournaments at Cape Jaycee Golf Course (09/05/12)
16th Annual Autumn Open September 8 Shotgun start at 8 a.m. $160 per team (does not include cart or trail fee), 40 team limit Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three places in four flights, depending on the number of entries in each flight. Skins and mulligans are available for purchase. Coffee and doughnuts will be served prior to the tournament's start, and hamburgers and chips will be served during the day...
Friday Game Nights Start 9/21 at Shawnee Center (09/05/12)
Friday Night Game Nights begin Sept. 21 at the Shawnee Park Center, from 5 to 8 p.m., for ages 5 to 18. Games will include Nintendo Wii, air hockey, table tennis, and board and card games. The entry fee is $2 per participant. Dates that the Friday Night Game Nights will be unavailable will be posted at the Shawnee Park Center and online at cityofcape.org/parks. For more information, contact Heather Davis at 573-339-6346 or hdavis@cityofcape.org...
NFL & NBA Game Day Trips with Parks & Recreation (09/05/12)
The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department has two opportunities available for discounted NFL and NBA tickets this fall, including transportation to games. Watch the Memphis Grizzlies take on the NBA Champion Miami Heat in Memphis on Sunday, Nov. ...
Coors Light Trail of Tears Triathlon Sept. 15 (09/05/12)
There is still time to register for the 23rd Annual Coors Light/Trail of Tears Triathlon on Sept. 15 in Cape Girardeau. Registration between now and Sept. 13 is $55 per individual and $65 per team entry. All paid participants will receive an event t-shirt and a post-race meal. Awards and door prizes will be handed out...
Airport Open House, Fun Day Sept. 22 in Cape (09/05/12)
Come down to the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport for the Airport Open House and Fun Day on Sept. 22. Event admission is free and open to the public. The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A pancake breakfast will be available at Sandy's Place Restaurant from 8 to 10 a.m...
Sobti receives tuition scholarship (09/05/12)
Through the generosity of Proctor and Gamble Paper Products Company, Sushil Sobti, a Cape Central High School member of the class of 2012, is the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship toward tuition at Washington University, St. Louis. A scholar, musician and athlete, Sobti was also active in the community, supporting efforts of the United Way, Southeast Hospital and Boy Scouts. ...
Cape Schools United Way team kicks off drive (09/05/12)
Team members representing the ten campuses of Cape Girardeau Public Schools kicked off their annual United Way Campaign this week, working to meet this year's goal of $24,000-- slightly more than district employees contributed last year. Individual employee support to United Way averaged $122.35 last year...
Ride of the Week: 50 Ford Custom Four Door (09/05/12)
Make and model: 50 Ford Custom Four Door Owner(s): Harold Robinson Owner's hometown: Jackson, Mo My car's name: Old Bess
Ride of the Week: 1964 Chevy Impala (09/05/12)
Make and model: 1964 Chevy Impala Owner(s): Dave and Phillis McLain Owner's hometown: Cape Girardeau, Mo 355 cu in Powerglide. 10 years since total restoration, built for Rt 66 trip. My car's name: Polar Bear I got tired of building 55-57 Chevys and for a change of pace started building Chevys from the 60s. This car is like one my parents had and I learned to drive at 16...
Morning storm (09/05/12)
Taken south of town from cell phone. Rare early morning storm covering Cape.
Zipping over Meramec Caverns (09/05/12)
Jacob Farrar's first 5,000 foot ziplining experience....across the river, through the woods, and back across the river. He was in complete AWE of his birds-eye view!
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