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Stories from Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Microlending company helping new businesses with capital, credit (10/23/12)
In one way or another, Terry Ludwig had been delivering packages to people for 28 years. Then a policy change last fall at the national delivery company where he worked as a subcontractor was about to leave him and many of his co-workers without a job...
Cole County jury to be shipped in for Clay Waller murder trial (10/23/12)
Clay Waller, who faces charges of first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence for his alleged role in the disappearance of his estranged wife Jacque, will go to trial Sept. 9 to 20 at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson...
Cape Girardeau man pleads guilty to office building vandalism (10/23/12)
A Cape Girardeau man accused of damaging a local office building pleaded guilty Monday to the crime of first-degree property damage in order to have a burglary charge against him dismissed. Travis Fornkohl, 32, admitted to Judge Benjamin Lewis at the county courthouse in Jackson that he intentionally damaged private property in June when he entered the Auburn Park Place building through an unsecured door and opened a six-inch water line. ...
Group forms in support of Jackson sales tax measure (10/23/12)
Jackson voters will ultimately decide whether a proposed one-quarter cent sales tax increase should fund operation of a new community center along with improvements to parks, but supporters of the proposition say its passage is likely. "We've had a really great response from people so far," said Tina Weber, a member of the city's park board who is leading CPR for Jackson, a group promoting passage of Proposition 1, which would increase city revenue by around $500,000 annually and fund the operation and maintenance of a donated community center building and improvements in the city's parks. ...
Area men charged in sexual abuse of minors (10/23/12)
Two area men have been charged in separate sex abuse cases involving children, with police saying in court documents that one turned himself in and the other admitted to the act under questioning. Gary K. Dupont, 37, of Jackson is facing felony charges that allege he had sexual contact with a girl younger than 14 years old. Dupont is being held on a $75,000 bond at the Cape Girardeau County Jail...
Cape man charged in first-degree robbery of pizza delivery driver (10/23/12)
A Cape Girardeau man is facing felony charges of armed robbery following an incident Saturday in which a local delivery driver was forced to hand over pizzas and an unspecified amount of cash to a man wearing a mask and brandishing a gun. Eric P. Russell, 40, was charged with first-degree robbery and remained in custody in lieu of $75,000 bond at the Cape Girardeau County Jail. ...
Southeast Showcase to raise money for Cancer Center (10/23/12)
The SoutheastHEALTH Foundation will hold the 24th annual Southeast Showcase from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Show Me Center. This year's theme is "Totally Rad '80s Retro Bash." Attendees will be able to sample foods and beverages from more than 47 area restaurants and vendors. Entertainment will be provided by the Shades of Soul band of Cape Girardeau. Partygoers can show up in Halloween costumes or casual dress. Attendees must be 21 and older...
Illinois man charged with child sex crimes (10/23/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- An Illinois man faces seven child sex abuse charges. Benson T. Poirier, 33, of Anna was charged with four felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and three felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to a news release from Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds...
Reward offered for tire theft from Marble Hill business (10/23/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Marble Hill auto body shop is offering a reward for information about stolen tires. Marble Hill police chief Scott Shaffer said that Sitze's Auto Body is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who broke into the business sometime between 1 and 6 a.m. Oct. 19 and stole 75 tires of various makes and sizes...
SEMO Board of Regents promotes two (10/23/12)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents approved two promotions to fill vacancies of retiring faculty, according to a news release Monday. Dr. Debbie Below was promoted to vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students. Dr. Bruce Skinner was promoted to associate vice president for student success and director of residence life...
Two area men charged with Iowa fishing violations (10/23/12)
WAPELLO, Iowa -- Two Southeast Missouri men face 74 counts and more than $43,000 in fines and civil damages for the alleged unlawful harvest of shovelnose sturgeon on the Mississippi River in Louisa County, Iowa. Robert Housman, 43, of Sikeston, Mo., was charged with 35 counts of unlawful take and possession of shovelnose sturgeon and two counts of setting entanglement gear (commercial fishing nets) in a closed zone for a total of $3,671.25 in fines. ...
Cairo bridge under inspection (10/23/12)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A contractor is conducting a detailed inspection of the U.S. 51/U.S. 60/U.S. 62 Ohio River bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The work began Monday and should continue for about two weeks. ...
Soybean harvesting (10/23/12)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com Carl Landewee runs the combine through 46 acres of soybeans belonging to Charles Hinkebein on Monday near Blomeyer, Mo. ...
U.S. 61 in Scott County reduced for signal repairs (10/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- U.S. 61/Main Street in Sikeston will be reduced to one lane at two intersections as Missouri Department of Transportation crews convert signals to flashing yellow lefts. The intersections are at U.S. 61 and Tanner Street and U.S. 61 and Lake Street...
Route WW in Stoddard County reduced for pavement repairs (10/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route WW in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane from U.S. 60 to Route J as Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal the roadway with a mixture of rock and oil. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Pavement work reduces Highway 34 in Wayne County (10/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 34 in Wayne County, between Route DD and Route FF, will be reduced to one lane while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
McCaskill cancels campaigning to be with ill mom (10/23/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has canceled campaign events for the remainder of the week to spend time with her critically ill mother. McCaskill campaign spokesman Caitlin Legacki said Tuesday that the Democratic senator is with her 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, at an intensive care unit of a St. Louis hospital...
Spence says Nixon ‘tool of special interests' (10/23/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican challenger Dave Spence on Monday described Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon as "a tool of special interests" such as labor unions and personal injury attorneys as he rallied with supporters nearly two weeks before Election Day...
Mo. legislative panel focuses on higher ed funding (10/23/12)
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- A panel of state lawmakers holds a hearing at the University of Central Missouri this week on creation of a funding formula for higher education institutions. Tuesday's hearing is the second of three scheduled by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Education...
Apple reveals iPad Mini starting at $329 (10/23/12)
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc. is refusing to stoop to the level of its rivals in the tablet market --it's pricing its new, smaller iPad well above the competition. On Tuesday, the company revealed the iPad Mini, with a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and said it will cost $329 and up...
Presidential candidates meet in last debate (10/23/12)
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- President Barack Obama sharply challenged Mitt Romney on foreign policy in their final campaign debate Monday night, saying, "Every time you've offered an opinion you've been wrong." The Republican coolly responded, "Attacking me is not an agenda" for dealing with a dangerous world...
Retirement worries grow; 30-somethings most uneasy (10/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- Younger Americans in their late 30s are now the group most likely to doubt they will be financially secure after retirement, a major shift from three years ago when baby boomers nearing retirement age expressed the greatest worry...
‘Little czar' in Ohio school drug ring sentenced to juvenile prison (10/23/12)
LEBANON, Ohio -- A teenager convicted of selling up to $20,000 worth of high-grade marijuana a month to high school students in southwestern Ohio was sentenced Monday to serve six months to three years in a juvenile prison by a judge who called him "a pretty fine young person that went down a bad trail."...
Male beluga whale mimics human speech, study says (10/23/12)
SAN DIEGO -- It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets' Swedish Chef. Surprisingly, scientists said the audio they captured was a whale imitating people. In fact, the whale song sounded so eerily human that divers initially thought it was a human voice...
Today in History (10/23/12)
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2012. There are 69 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1942, during World War II, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein in Egypt, resulting in an Allied victory...
Italian court convicts 7 for no quake warning (10/23/12)
L'AQUILA, Italy -- Defying assertions that earthquakes cannot be predicted, an Italian court convicted seven scientists and experts of manslaughter Monday for failing to adequately warn residents before a temblor struck central Italy in 2009 and killed more than 300 people...
Syria exposes Lebanon's mask of stability (10/23/12)
BEIRUT -- Potentially the most unstable country in the Middle East, Lebanon for the most part has stayed on the sidelines of the Arab Spring, keeping up appearances as an oasis of relative modernity, commerce and good times. But the spillover effects of the Syrian war are ripping off that thin veneer...
Pakistani army strategy in question after attacks (10/23/12)
MINGORA, Pakistan -- The Taliban's attack on a female teenage activist in this scenic corner of Pakistan's northwest was the latest in a series of assassination attempts by militant sleeper cells in the area over the last year, each carried out with targeted shots to the head...
Poplar Bluff outlasts Jackson volleyball team in Class 4 District 1 semis (10/23/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Jackson's comeback ran out of steam Monday night in the Class 4 District 1 semifinals. After taking the second game, the Indians were within a point early in the third before an 11-3 run by Poplar Bluff. The Mules advanced to the final with a 25-14, 21-25, 25-14 win...
High school roundup: Perryville volleyball team reaches district semis (10/23/12)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball player Johnson is ready to spread his wings (10/23/12)
The Southeast sophomore nearly left the men's basketball team after last season
Southeast Missouri State football team sees turnovers dry up during recent losses (10/23/12)
The turnovers have dried up for the Southeast Missouri State football team, and so have the wins. Turnovers were a prevailing theme during the Redhawks' 2-2 start, including a victory in their Ohio Valley Conference opener. The Redhawks led the OVC and ranked among the national leaders in turnover margin through four games at plus-seven (16 turnovers gained and nine turnovers lost)...
Cardinals lose 9-0 to Giants in Game 7 of NLCS (10/23/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie shortstop Pete Kozma moved to his right, only to watch the line drive off Hunter Pence's broken bat inexplicably change directions when the shattered barrel hit the ball a second and then third time. Three runs scored on a strange double that just about summed up the final three games of the NL championship series when almost everything went wrong for St. Louis, costing the defending champion Cardinals a return trip to the World Series...
Rams depart for London matchup against Patriots (10/23/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Ready or not, it's time for the St. Louis Rams to take their game overseas. The team was flying to London on Monday in preparation for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The Rams (3-4) might have an edge in game preparation, given they'll be training at Arsenal's soccer facilities, which coach Jeff Fisher described as completely self-contained...
Cheerleading needs sports safety rules, docs say (10/23/12)
CHICAGO -- Cheerleading isn't just jumping and waving pompoms -- it has become as athletic and potentially as dangerous as a sport and should be designated one to improve safety, the nation's leading group of pediatricians says. The number of cheerleaders injured each year has climbed dramatically in the last two decades. Common stunts that pose risks include tossing and flipping cheerleaders in the air and creating human pyramids that reach 15 feet high or more...
Study finds multivitamins lower cancer risk in men (10/23/12)
America's favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found. The result is a surprise because many studies of individual vitamins have found they don't help prevent chronic diseases and some even seemed to raise the risk of cancer...
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2012 continues (10/23/12)
Young children often place their toys, finger and other objects in their mouth as part of their normal development. This hand-to-mouth activity may put them in contact with lead paint or dust. The most common sources of lead exposure for children are chips and particles of old lead paint. ...
Ailing ‘Blue Bloods' actress calls CBS behavior ‘shameful' (10/23/12)
NEW YORK -- "Blue Bloods" cast member Jennifer Esposito is blasting CBS for sidelining her from the show. In Twitter postings, the actress has accused CBS of "absolutely shameful behavior" in putting her on unpaid leave from the Tom Selleck-starring police drama...
Emma Clippard (10/23/12)
Emma Mae Clippard, daughter of Shelley Lashley of Desloge, Mo., and Jared Clippard of Sedgewickville, Mo., died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at St. Mary's Health Center in Richmond Heights, Mo. Private graveside funeral services for Emma Mae Clippard will be held at Sedgewickville Baptist Church Cemetery...
Ioma Denton (10/23/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Ioma E. Denton, 82, of Marble Hill, Mo., died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 15, 1930, in Harvel, Mo., to Chester and Elsie I. (Stout) Horn. She and Wilson L. Denton were married Nov. 23, 1946. He preceded her in death July 13, 2005...
Rebecca Foister (10/23/12)
Rebecca Jean "Becky" Brown Huffman Foister, 56, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at a hospice care center after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was born April 24, 1956, at Southeast Hospital to Robert C. Brown Sr. and Dorothy Jean Whitson Brown. She married Ronald Gene Huffman and then James Richard Foister...
Donald Jones (10/23/12)
BENTON, Mo. — Donald Ray Jones, 64, of Benton died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Benton.
Albert Jordon (10/23/12)
Albert T. Jordon, 76, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. He was born June 25, 1936, in rural Cape Girardeau County to Trentis E. "Jack" and Lydia C. Muster Jordon. He and Sylvia "Bea" Moore were married March 28, 1969. They were married 41 years when she passed away June 25, 2010...
Marilyn Lewis (10/23/12)
Marilyn Elaine Long Lewis, 81, of Jackson died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 18, 1931, in Marble Hill, Mo., the daughter of Beecher and Hester Barks Long. She married Wayne Lewis in Desloge, Mo., on Aug. 16, 1953. He preceded her in death Dec. 8, 1996...
Louise Ligon (10/23/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Louise Ligon, 77, of Anna died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at her home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the the funeral home, with Bill Littrell and Dee Armes officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery...
Willie Rose (10/23/12)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Willie M. "Bill" Rose, 93, of Cairo died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo. An Elks memorial service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel...
Joseph Shea (10/23/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Joseph Alexander Shea, 77, of Perryville died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. A Catholic Vigil and Knights of Columbus wake will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday...
Lawanda Swink (10/23/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- LaWanda M. Swink, 84, of Anna died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in the Anna Rehab and Care Center in Anna. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at noon Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Larry Miller officiating. Interment will be in Big Creek Cemetery...
Donald Trowbridge (10/23/12)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- Donald Delano Trowbridge, 79, of McClure died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 8, 1933, in Homestead, Okla., to Donald and Alma Trowbridge. Donald served in the U.S. Army National Guard in Korea and was a member of the Cape Girardeau VFW Post 3838...
Leonard Vogel (10/23/12)
Leonard H. Vogel, a lifelong resident of Cape Girardeau County, passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 12, 1921, in Pocahontas, to Alfred Martin and Ida Marie Steiner Vogel, and was baptized Oct. 2, 1921, at Zion Lutheran Church. He and Inell Mason were married May 24, 1946, at the First Methodist Church in Rule, Texas. She preceded him in death March 31, 2010...
Dennis Whitlow (10/23/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Dennis R. Whitlow, 63, of Chaffee passed away Sunday, Oct. 21,2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 10, 1949, in Fairfield, Ill., to the late LeRoy and Mary Johnson Whitlow. He married Flora White on Nov. 23, 1968...
Cape Girardeau police report 10/23/12 (10/23/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 10/23/12 (10/23/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday...
Jackson police report 10/23/12 (10/23/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Out of the past 10/23/12 (10/23/12)
Clarence Comer, deputy U.S. Marshal stationed in Cape Girardeau, has received the highest honor of the Marshal's Service for his action in a hostage crisis involving a postman and an armed felon here; in a ceremony Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Comer was presented the Robert Forsyth Valor Award by U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese...
Student spending (10/23/12)
Students at Southeast Missouri State University play an important role in our local economy. A recent study by the university shows student spending has increased significantly over the years with rising enrollment. The study, presented at the October Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee, notes that in 2011 Southeast students spent $63.6 million. ...
Capital gains taxes (10/23/12)
Let me give a single reason to support the President's re-election: tax policy matters. The key issue here is why we tax capital gains at a lower rate than we tax earned income. If you work in retail and make $15 per hour or at McDonalds and make $7.35 per hour you are taxed at 15 percent. If you make more earned income you are taxed up to 35 percent...
Debt and tax increase (10/23/12)
Much discussion has taken place during the present campaign about cutting taxes and balancing the federal budget. This is not the first time these items have been on the national agenda. Taxes were cut during both Ronald Reagan's administration and during the presidency of the second George Bush. ...
Speak out (10/23/12)
Mark my words, you on the right. Debt and deficit fetishism will lead to a double dip recession accompanied by the decline and fall of the U.S. I hope some people don't get special privileges that waive the $50 inspection fee. Let me give you an example. There is a house in town that is run by another company that collects the rent and does maintenance, but it still has the old wiring. That house keeps getting rented out and electrical inspectors aren't called. I wonder why that is?...
Prayer 10/23/12 (10/23/12)
O Lord Jesus, with holy hands lifted up we praise your name. Amen.
HallelOOjah Fall Festival (10/23/12)
First Pentecostal Church will host a HallelOOjah Fall Festival on Saturday, October 27 from 4-6 pm for ages 4-11 The church is located at 3054 Lexington Ave, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 This is a free community event! It's an 'ALL-OUT' Fall Festival!...
Wiles named IAAP Girardot Executive of the Year (10/23/12)
Dr. Judy Wiles, Chairperson and Internship Coordinator of the Department of Management and Marketing at Southeast Missouri State University, was selected as the 2012 Executive of the Year for the Girardot Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) at its annual Executive Night Recognition Banquet on October 16...
Three Cape Public Schools teachers honored (10/23/12)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee honored three Cape Girardeau Public School District teachers-- Lee Ann Norris, Stacy Stapleton and Marty Vines-- at the Educator Appreciation Reception last week at The Venue in Cape Girardeau. ...
Encouraging Drill Results from this Uranium Junior (10/23/12)
With all of the volatility in the commodity space, the uranium sector has seen prices decline for some time, but it appears the market might be near a bottom. Obviously, it is extremely difficult to predict the price of any commodity, including uranium, but what we can do is focus on mining stocks that show strong potential in terms of having good management and ample reserves...
Viscious and Delicious Coed Div 2 Win First Place (10/23/12)
The Division 2 City League Fall Softball Coed Team, Viscious and Delicious holding their first place plaque after defeating Balls of Fury October 23, 2012 by a score of 6-4 at Shawnee South Sports Complex
Coca-Cola Pontiac 10-12-1996 to 10-29-2012 (10/23/12)
We were blessed with this little guy for 16 years!!!! He was one of the smartest and easy going little guy I could have ever asked for! As you can see from this picture, he would be a good sport with the crazy costumes I came up with for him! Harry Potter was his famous one!!! It was taken in 2007. I will miss him greatly along with other family and friends!!! Thanks to all the people who are helping me cope with our loss!!!...
Hawk's Landing (10/23/12)
While camping at Lake Wappapello, we saw this Hawk swoop down and catch this squirrel on the run. I couldn't believe how close he let me get. He wasn't about to give up his Dinner!
Good Samaritan: Stranger (10/23/12)
On tues the 22oct I was a cape Walmart. I have an old vw convertible and had the windows down. When I returned to the car there was a note in the seat stating my car was leaking antifreeze. I called home and spoke with my husband and he told me to drive it but watch be heat gauge. Thanks to this person for taking the time to care. I could've had a blown engine. Thanks to the stranger who cared! Judy Ruppel...
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