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Stories from Thursday, September 27, 2012

Residents sign petition over Old Sprigg rezoning (09/27/12)
Opponents of urban deer hunting won't be the only Cape Girardeau residents using the power of a petition to make sure their interests are represented during an upcoming city council meeting. Enough residents who live close to an area along Old Sprigg Street Road and Bertling Street proposed for a zoning change that would allow construction of a large apartment complex have signed a petition that makes approval by a two-thirds majority of council members necessary in order for the change to take effect.. ...
Suspect, victim in Cape shooting fatality each had criminal past, records show (09/27/12)
The Cape Girardeau man charged in the shooting death of Darcus T. Purl last week already had a criminal record that dated back more than a decade, a review of court records revealed Wednesday, including convictions for assaulting a police officer, disregarding protection orders and at least two counts of domestic assault...
Judge says Strack quarry permit no good (09/27/12)
Saxony Lutheran High School won another battle in court Wednesday in its fight against quarries operating near the school. Judge William Syler ruled that Strack Excavating LLC won't be able to continue operating its quarry near the school while it appeals Syler's decision from earlier this month invalidating its permit to operate the quarry...
Theme announced for Cape Girardeau's Christmas parade (09/27/12)
The theme for the 2012 Parade of Lights is "All I Want for Christmas," Old Town Cape announced in a release Wednesday. The parade is scheduled for Nov. 25, and begins at dusk at Capaha Park. The parade will proceed east on Broadway, then south on Main Street, and end at Main and Independence streets. ...
Government, business leaders focus on Missouri transportation issues at Cape summit (09/27/12)
Area businesspeople along with federal and state government officials gathered Wednesday in Cape Girardeau to hear about issues facing transportation and to give their ideas about how to address those issues at the first day of the Southeast Missouri Regional Transportation Summit...
‘Grease' opens to large audience at Bedell (09/27/12)
It's 5 p.m. opening night, and sophomore Michael Burrell is already hard at work, preparing for the role of Danny Zuko, the lead role in "Grease," the first production put on at the River Campus this school year by the SEMO Department of Theatre and Dance...
Cape County Commission cancels Thursday meeting (09/27/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission will not meet Thursday due to a lack of agenda items. Meetings are held Mondays and Thursdays each month at 9 a.m. at the county's administration building in Jackson. Pertinent address: 1 Barton Square, Jackson, MO...
Day finishes normally despite power outage at Cape Central High School (09/27/12)
Cape Girardeau Central High School was without electricity Wednesday afternoon but officials say classes will continue as scheduled through the remainder of the day. Superintendent Dr. Jim Welker said the outage is believed to have been caused by a transformer that caught fire away from the school building and fire crews and school staff were still on the scene shortly after noon. No details on what may have caused the fire were yet available from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department...
SEMO to receive grant for nursing program (09/27/12)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Wednesday that Southeast Missouri State University will receive a grant of more than $204,000 for its Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship. "This great opportunity for the university also helps address a critical need for nurses in our Southeast Missouri communities," Emerson said. ...
Two Cobden residents facing drug charges (09/27/12)
COBDEN, Ill. -- John R. Robinson, 45, and Judith R. Robinson, 46, both of Cobden were arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine production, according to a Wednesday news release by Union County, Ill., State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds. Both have been charged with one felony count of participation in methamphetamine production, one felony count of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and one felony count of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing waste. ...
Police departments to accept old medications (09/27/12)
The Cape Girardeau and Jackson police departments will be accepting unused and expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 40 S. Sprigg St. in Cape Girardeau and 525 S. Hope St. in Jackson. "This is the third year we have conducted this program, and we try to do three to four times a year," said Lt. ...
Sheriff candidates speak at Grassy Neighborhood Watch program (09/27/12)
Two men running in November for Bollinger County sheriff met the public Monday night at a meeting sponsored by the Bollinger County Farm Bureau and the Grassy Neighborhood Watch Committee. Republican candidate Darin Shell, who defeated incumbent Sheriff Leo McElrath in the August primary, will face independent candidate Stash Petton on Nov. 6...
Teen charged with assault on officer and resisting arrest (09/27/12)
A Wappapello teen is out on bond after he was arrested for attempting to strike a Stoddard County Sheriff's Deputy on Saturday, the final night of the Stoddard County Fair. Zachary Hunter Vonruden, 17, of Wappapello, Mo., was jailed and charged with third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest...
Akin, McCaskill both courting Republicans in Mo. (09/27/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- His spot on the ballot now guaranteed, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin began rebuilding support Wednesday among fellow Republicans who shunned him after a remark about "legitimate rape" while Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill honed an election strategy that will use Akin's own words to portray him as an extremist.
Aetna to pay $1.5 million in settlement with Missouri (09/27/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri insurance regulators said Wednesday that insurer Aetna agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty to settle allegations that the company violated requirements for health coverage of autism, contraception and abortions...
Mo. soldier identified as slaying victim (09/27/12)
KILLEEN, Texas -- A soldier from Missouri died in Texas after gunfire blamed on a buddy who allegedly wanted to help cure the victim's hiccups. Fort Hood officials late Tuesday identified the victim as 22-year-old Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young of Ash Grove, Mo...
SW Mo. man charged as ‘predatory sexual offender' (09/27/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A 68-year-old man with a long history of child sex abuse arrests in several states has been charged in southwest Missouri as a "predatory sexual offender" and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of sexually abusing a young girl this summer...
Lockout over; regular NFL refs to work Thursday game after agreement (09/27/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL's regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn't have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans. After two days of marathon negotiations - and mounting frustration throughout the league - the NFL and the officials' union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June...
'Moon River' crooner Andy Williams dies at age 84 (09/27/12)
BRANSON, Mo. -- For the older -- OK, squarer -- side of the generation gap, Andy Williams was part of the soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s, with easy-listening hits like "Moon River," the "Love Story" theme and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" from his beloved Christmas TV specials...
Slipping in polls, Romney assures voters ‘I care' (09/27/12)
WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Slipping in states that could sink his presidential bid, Republican Mitt Romney declared Wednesday that "I care about the people of America" and can do more than President Barack Obama to improve their lives. In an all-day Ohio duel, Obama scoffed that a challenger who calls half the nation "victims" was unlikely to be of much help...
Iran's Ahmadinejad pushes new world order during interview (09/27/12)
NEW YORK -- After an hour of fielding questions about Syria, sanctions and nuclear weapons, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had enough. Now, he said, it was his turn to choose the topic -- his "new order" which will inevitably replace the current era of what he called U.S. bullying...
Docs have role in older drivers quitting (09/27/12)
WASHINGTON -- Families may have to watch for dings in the car and plead with an older driver to give up the keys -- but there's new evidence that doctors could have more of an influence on one of the most wrenching decisions facing a rapidly aging population...
Filmmaker jailed for role in grenade launcher hoax (09/27/12)
PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man dressed his nephew in a sheet and sent him into a busy street with a fake grenade launcher, filming the masked teenager pointing the weapon at passing cars to see how long it took police to respond, authorities said. Michael D. Turley was arrested Monday, nearly two months after the film was posted to YouTube. He posted $5,000 bond and was released...
UC to pay $1M to settle pepper-spray suit (09/27/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The University of California has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC Davis last fall, according to a preliminary settlement filed Wednesday...
Perjury case against two Penn State officials proceeds (09/27/12)
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A judge upheld perjury charges Wednesday against two Penn State administrators accused of lying to a grand jury that investigated allegations ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children. Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover ruled against the motions by former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley that would have thrown out the count of perjury against each man...
Two children in Tennessee missing; bodies not found in fire (09/27/12)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two children initially believed to have perished in a Tennessee farmhouse fire along with their step-grandparents are now considered missing and perhaps in danger, investigators said Wednesday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the remains of 9-year-old Chloie Leverette and 7-year-old Gage Daniel were not found and the agency issued an endangered child alert for them Wednesday afternoon. ...
Gay people missing from political pro-gay marriage television ads (09/27/12)
MINNEAPOLIS -- In one TV ad, a husband and wife talk fondly of a lesbian couple who moved into their neighborhood. In another, a married couple speaks of wanting fair treatment for their lesbian daughter. A third features a pastor talking supportively about gay unions...
Barnes & Noble to launch new Nook HD in the fall (09/27/12)
NEW YORK -- Barnes & Noble is rolling out two new versions of its Nook tablet with sleek new hardware and a sharper high-definition screen. The bookseller's move heightens the already intense tablet wars heading into the holiday season. Barnes & Noble said Wednesday that its new Nook HD will come in two sizes, one with a 7-inch screen (measured diagonally), starting at $199, and one with a new 9-inch diagonal screen, called the Nook HD+, starting at $269...
Police: Student shoots self at Oklahoma junior high (09/27/12)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- A gunshot rang out at an Oklahoma junior high school before classes began Wednesday, terrifying teenagers who feared a gunman was on the loose. Soon, though, students learned no one else was in danger. One of their eighth-grade classmates had taken his own life, shooting himself in the head with a handgun in the hall, authorities said...
Police chief resigns; New Mexico force has gone to the dog (09/27/12)
VAUGHN, N.M. -- The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police force -- a drug-sniffing dog named Nikka. Dave Romero, attorney for the town, said Wednesday that police chief Ernest "Chris" Armijo decided to step down after news stories reported that he wasn't allowed to carry a gun because of his criminal background...
Poll: Most think health care law will be implemented (09/27/12)
WASHINGTON -- It still divides us, but most Americans think President Barack Obama's health care law is here to stay. More than 7 in 10 say the law will fully go into effect with some changes, ranging from minor to major alterations, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds...
Today in History (09/27/12)
Today is Thursday, Sept. 27, the 271st day of 2012. There are 95 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 27, 1962, "Silent Spring," Rachel Carson's groundbreaking as well as controversial study on the effects of pesticides on the environment, was published in book form by Houghton Mifflin...
Senegalese mark 10 years since their ‘Titanic' (09/27/12)
DAKAR, Senegal -- Ten years after one of the worst maritime disasters in history, a handful of survivors gathered in Senegal on Wednesday to pay homage to the victims of the Joola, a Senegalese ferry that sank off the coast of Gambia, killing 1,863 people...
Greek, Spanish riots shatter market calm (09/27/12)
ATHENS, Greece -- Europe's fragile financial calm was shattered Wednesday as investors worried that violent anti-austerity protests in Greece and Spain's debt troubles showed that the continent still cannot contain its financial crisis. Police fired tear gas Wednesday at rioters hurling gasoline bombs and chunks of marble during Greece's largest anti-austerity demonstration in six months. ...
Egypt's Morsi assumes major role in Mideast (09/27/12)
UNITED NATIONS -- Egypt's new president Mohammed Morsi assigned himself the heavyweight's role in the Middle East on Wednesday, declaring in his first speech to the United Nations that the civil war raging in Syria is the "tragedy of the age" and must be brought to an end...
Pakistan Taliban: ‘Amnesty' for bounty minister (09/27/12)
ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani Taliban announced Wednesday that they were giving a Cabinet minister an "amnesty," taking him off their hit list, because he offered a $100,000 bounty for the killing of an anti-Islam filmmaker. Separately, a breakaway faction of the Afghan Taliban announced its own bounty for those behind "Innocence of Muslims," the film that has sparked deadly protests across the Islamic world. The group is offering almost $500,000 in gold...
South Sudan-Sudan agree on some issues but not border (09/27/12)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan have reached nine agreements but did work out the issues surrounding the contested Abyei region or the demarcation of their shared border. South Sudan president Salva Kiir said the two countries would sign a "protocol of collaboration" today...
Guinea to see $2.1 billion of its debt canceled (09/27/12)
CONAKRY, Guinea -- More than $2.1 billion of Guinea's foreign debt is being canceled in a major boost for the deeply impoverished West African nation whose mineral riches were looted over decades of corrupt dictatorship, officials said Wednesday...
Rebels strike Syrian power center with two car bombs (09/27/12)
BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels struck deep in the fortress-like inner sanctum of President Bashar Assad's rule Wednesday in Damascus, detonating two car bombs that engulfed the army headquarters in flames. The suicide bombings and subsequent gunbattles in the Syrian capital killed at least five people, including a reporter for Iranian TV. The carefully orchestrated attacks highlighted the regime's growing vulnerability, even as the 18-month battle to bring down Assad is locked in a stalemate...
Perryville volleyball loses at Valle (09/27/12)
The Perryville volleyball team suffered a rare loss Wednesday night on the road. Class 1 powerhouse Valle Catholic remained undefeated by sweeping the Pirates 25-17, 25-16 in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Natalie Gremaud led the Pirates (16-3) with 11 kills. Ashley Bachmann served nine aces and Kaylie Hadler recorded seven digs...
Southeast senior safety making big plays as first-year starter (09/27/12)
Branden Spann paid his dues in his first three seasons with the Southeast Missouri State football team. Now Spann is reaping the rewards of his patience and persistence. The senior safety finally broke into the starting lineup this year after previously seeing limited action in a reserve role. He has made his presence felt in a big way...
Rams rookie kicker Zuerlein perfect so far (09/27/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Looking for a sure thing on offense three games into the Jeff Fisher era with the St. Louis Rams? It might be rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein, who is 8 for 8 and made a 56-yarder last week, just 1 yard shy of the franchise record, with plenty of room to spare...
Rams 1st-round pick back on field (09/27/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers, the team's first-round draft pick, could make his debut this week after recovering from a high right ankle sprain. Brockers was limited in practice Wednesday, but both the player and coach Jeff Fisher are optimistic about playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Brockers would be a week ahead of schedule after getting sidelined in the preseason finale with an injury that typically sidelines players for a month...
Norris pitches Astros to 2-0 win over Cards (09/27/12)
HOUSTON -- St. Louis manager Mike Matheny knows his lineup has the potential to score a lot of runs. It didn't live up to that potential against the last-place Houston Astros. Bud Norris pitched into the eighth inning for his first win since May 21, and Jose Altuve homered and the Astros avoided a sweep with a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, who are trying for the second NL wild card...
4-H members compete in trap shotgun competition (09/27/12)
Members of Cape Girardeau County's 4-H programs recently competed in a statewide trap shotgun competition in Linn Creek, Mo. Those in the competition were Gary Schweer; Dale Todt, the shotgun project leader; Spencer Lorenz; Emily Todt; and Paul Lichtenegger...
What's neXt 9/27/12 (09/27/12)
FRIDAY "Hotel Transylvania," rated PG @ Cape West 14 Cine "Looper," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "Won't Back Down," rated PG @ Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY SUNDAY NEXT WEEK "Taken 2," rated PG-13 "Frankenweenie," rated PG "Pitch Perfect," rated PG-13 "Resident Evil 6" PS3, XBox360...
Day of Music: Southeast to host Men's Choral Festival next month (09/27/12)
High school boys from around the area will get a chance to improve their vocal skills, learn songs and put on a performance, all in one day during the second annual Men's Choral Festival on Oct. 6. Dr. Peter Durow, the director of Choral Activities and Vocal Music Education at Southeast Missouri State University, is conducting the festival...
Hooked on Science: Create sound with aluminum rod (09/27/12)
Using an aluminum rod and rosin you can create an ear-piercing sound that will grab your attention along with every dog in the neighborhood. STEP 1: Firmly hold the center of the aluminum rod horizontally using the thumb and forefinger of one hand. STEP 2: Pinch and release a small amount of crushed rosin with the thumb and forefinger of the other hand...
Michelle Obama to appear on ‘Steve Harvey' show next week (09/27/12)
CHICAGO -- First lady Michelle Obama will appear on Steve Harvey's new daytime talk show. The show's producers say she will tape her appearance today. It's scheduled for broadcast Oct. 3. "Steve Harvey" is taped before an audience at NBC's studios in Obama's hometown of Chicago...
Margaret Barnes (09/27/12)
Margaret A. Hudgings Barnes, 70, of Jackson died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at her home. She was born Oct. 10, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, to Clay T. and Dorothy Schlue Hudgings Jr. Margaret attended Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Ind., and was a graduate of Logansport High School in Logansport, Ind. She enjoyed reading and being with family...
Sarah Borchelt (09/27/12)
Sarah H. Borchelt, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Gordonville, to Martin Peter and Clara Maria Eggers Hanschen. She and Benjamin Borchelt were married April 9, 1939, at Gordonville. He preceded her in death Jan. 17, 2007...
Effie Lang (09/27/12)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Effie P. Lang, 73, of Dongola died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Albert Simmons officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Dongola...
Fred Lindy (09/27/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Fred N. Lindy, 78, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Mary Naeter (09/27/12)
Mary Louise Naeter, 90, of Spanish Lake, Mo., daughter of Fred W. and Myrtle May McPherron Naeter, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Christian Hospital in St. Louis. Mary retired from Famous-Barr in St. Louis. Survivors include a close friend, Josephine Latham and her family of Ripley, Tenn.; and numerous cousins in Cape Girardeau and Texas...
Jerry Sadler (09/27/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Jerry L. "Bud" Sadler, 75, of Anna died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Revs. Paul Sadler and Mike Miller officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home by Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Team of Marion, Ill. Burial will be in Ebenezer Hall Cemetery...
Susanne Schonhoff (09/27/12)
Susanne K. Schonhoff, 68, of Cape Girardeau was called to her heavenly home Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. She was born Aug. 15, 1944, daughter of Edward and Onita Willer Popp. Sue was a member of Lynwood Baptist Church. God was first and foremost in her life. She had a deep love for her family. She was a former member of the Homemaker's Club and was active with Young Americans 4-H Club. She was employed many years at Schnuck's bakery, retiring in 2011...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/27/12 (09/27/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts The Department of Public Safety released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/27/12 (09/27/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Jackson police report 9/27/12 (09/27/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Out of the past 9/27/12 (09/27/12)
The third annual Outdoor Worship Service is celebrated by the congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel at Cape County Park South; the theme of the day is "How Our World Looks to God." Sixty-five couples, celebrating their fifth, 25th and 50th years of marriage, are honored at an afternoon Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral; officiating is Bishop John J. Leibrecht...
Limbaugh books (09/27/12)
The late Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. was an impressive individual. The longtime lawyer, who was born in Bollinger County and for whom the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau is named, practiced law until his death at age 104. He was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives for one term, served as president of the Missouri Bar, and was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 as a goodwill ambassador to India...
Landlord ordinance concerns (09/27/12)
A recent article appeared in this paper about Cape Girardeau's landlord ordinance that will be voted on Oct. 1. The article gave the impression that the Cape Girardeau Board of Realtors opposes the ordinance for reasons only affecting Realtors. The board's opposition is based on language of the ordinance. A draft of the ordinance was sent to the National Association of Realtors for their review...
Speak Out 9/27/12 (09/27/12)
Everybody that's of voting age should go see "2016: Obama's America," and then we should all start praying that he gets out of office and God will bless America again. Quick question. If Mitt Romney said he wasn't going to worry about the 47 percent who pay no federal income tax, does that mean he's not going to be concerned about the 55 percent of large corporations that don't either? Thanks...
Prayer 9/27/12 (09/27/12)
O Heavenly Father, may your name be exalted above the heavens. Amen.
Neal E. Boyd receives Right to Life endorsement (09/27/12)
Sikeston, Mo. -- State representative District 149 candidate Neal E. Boyd, R-Sikeston, is pleased to announce that he has received the endorsement of Missouri Right to Life, the oldest and largest pro-life group in Missouri. The group works to pass legislation protecting the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death...
Maple United Methodist Church turns 100 Years (09/27/12)
On Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and September 30, the congregation of Maple United Methodist Church will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their church. The Anniversary Celebration will begin with a gathering in the fellowship hall on Saturday evening at 5:30 where a time line, historical pictures and other memorabilia will be on display. ...
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