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Stories from Thursday, December 20, 2012

Suspect's mother: 'We may be fighters, we're not killers' (12/20/12)
Emannuel Ware heard the gunshot. He saw the body. From just outside the nightclub's doors, the 32-year-old Cape Girardeau man watched events unfold "like a horror movie." Most of the panicked clubgoers immediately broke for the exits, but not Ware. That's why he had a close view of what happened in the moments after a gunman sent Nicholas Gilbert collapsing to the floor...
Guns and ammo in high demand (12/20/12)
A wall normally stocked with assault rifles at Shooter's Gun Shop in Cape Girardeau is looking pretty bare. Store manager Rowdy Enderle said business is up about 300 percent compared to the same time last year, in large part because of worries that some form of gun control could become a reality after last week's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school....
Illinois closure of prisons gets a green light (12/20/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A Southern Illinois judge lifted an injunction Wednesday that had been stopping Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn from shuttering prison facilities in Tamms, Dwight, Murphysboro, Decatur and Carbondale, but the union opposing the move vowed to continue its legal battle. Aides offered no timetable Wednesday for when the transfer of inmates and staff might begin, but staff at Tamms suggested the movement of their inmates could begin within the next few days. To read the rest of this story, go www.thesouthern.com. ...
Cape woman charged with assault after alleged attack on neighbor (12/20/12)
A Cape Girardeau woman has been charged with second-degree assault, prosecutors said, after allegedly hitting another resident of her apartment building in the head -- causing her to need three stitches -- when the alleged victim asked the woman if she had seen anyone randomly knocking on doors...
Website ranks SEMO safest Missouri university (12/20/12)
Southeast Missouri State University was named the safest public, four-year university in Missouri for the third consecutive year by StateUniversity.com. The rankings are based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officials. For more information, visit www.stateuniversity.com/rank/safety_scor......
Zalma boy found at Cape Walmart (12/20/12)
Brent Jones is safe The missing 12-year-old Zalma, Mo., boy was found early Wednesday at the Walmart store in Cape Girardeau. Brent, who was reported missing Tuesday afternoon, had not been seen since he went to bed Monday night, according to Jim Bollinger of the Bollinger County Emergency Management Agency and Marble Hill [Mo.] Fire Department. ...
Chaffee man wins $50,000 lottery prize (12/20/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A Chaffee man won a $50,000 prize in the Missouri Lottery "Snow Globe Tripler" scratch-off game. Michael Bayer, 26, purchased a $3 ticket at Food Giant, 11934 State Highway 77 in Chaffee, while shopping, according to a Missouri Lottery news release. Bayer said he plans to give a portion of the money to charity, pay for home repairs and help family...
Revote in three 150th District precincts scheduled for Jan. 8 (12/20/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Voters in three Dunklin County precincts will revote Jan. 8 to decide the 150th House District race between state Rep. Kent Hampton and Tom Todd, a former House member. During a hearing in Dunklin County Circuit Court on Monday, Judge William Winchester III of Scott County ordered the Jan. 8 revote because some voters in the Campbell Rural, Campbell Ward 2 and Cotton Hill Rural precincts received incorrect ballots during the Nov. 6 general election...
Two arrested on drug charges near Chaffee (12/20/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Police say they seized 31 pounds of marijuana and arrested two people in Chaffee on Tuesday. The SEMO Drug Task Force said in a news release that officers intercepted the drugs, which were coming from El Paso, Texas, at 86 County Road 224 near Chaffee. ...
Perryville women arrested on drug distribution charges (12/20/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Two Perryville women were arrested Wednesday on outstanding warrants. Connie Sue Pritchard, 41, and Pandora Lynn Cowgur, 39, were arrested on warrants for drug distribution, according to a Perry County Sheriff's Department news release. ...
Route Z in Scott County reduced for drainage repairs (12/20/12)
Route Z in Scott County, between county roads 439 and 437, will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make drainage repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
New Bald Knob Cross lights to be turned on Saturday (12/20/12)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- The lights at the Bald Knob Cross of Peace in rural Alto Pass will shine once again after a pre-lighting ceremony Saturday. "We're glad to have gotten the job done before Christmas," said D.W. Presley, president of the Bald Knob Cross Board of Directors. "It's been a lot of work."...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 12/20/12 (12/20/12)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Routine business Appointments and possible action items Discussion and possible action; county advisory...
Dorena-Hickman ferry closed by high winds (12/20/12)
HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky transportation officials say the Dorena-Hickman ferry has been closed due to high winds. The ferry connects Kentucky 1354 in Hickman to Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena. Capt. Ed Floyd says there are sustained winds of about 30 mph and gusts of up to 40 mph. He says he expects the closure to remain in effect on Thursday and said it could extend into Friday...
Mo. Supreme Court asked to strike down animal shelter fee (12/20/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Animal advocates want the Missouri Supreme Court to strike down a law that has allowed state licensing fees to be charged to animal shelters. The fees, which can cost up to $2,500 a year, are causing "financial stress" for some not-for-profit shelters and diverting money that could otherwise be used to care for homeless dogs and cats, attorney David Cosgrove said Wednesday...
Man jailed for threats to St. Charles church (12/20/12)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- A St. Louis County man is jailed for allegedly threatening violence at a church. The pastor of the Matthias Lot Church in St. Charles told police that someone on Sunday night left three voice-mail messages threatening violence. The church message recording device captured the phone number of the caller, leading police to 26-year-old Derek Ficik of Maryland Heights...
Boy Scout troop finds marijuana operation (12/20/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some Kansas City Boy Scouts probably weren't prepared for the adventure they had on an unusual campout this fall, but they are being praised for their reaction when they stumbled across a marijuana growing operation. The discovery led to the arrest of two people and the destruction of marijuana plants worth about $40,000, The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday. ...
Concealed gun bill for teachers filed in Mo. (12/20/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- More than two dozen Missouri lawmakers are backing legislation that would allow teachers and administrators with concealed gun permits to carry weapons in schools. The legislation comes after 20 students and six adults were killed by a shooter at a Connecticut elementary school last week...
Stores brace for snow during final shopping days (12/20/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Midwesterners aren't the only ones who could get slammed by the storm that's expected to bring heavy snow, winds and rain to the middle of the country over the next couple of days. Stores could get hit too. With sales during the holiday shopping season disappointing so far, the nation's retailers are depending even more on these final days leading up to Christmas for a boost in business. Retailers are hoping the storm won't change shoppers' plans...
Big Midwestern snowstorm leads to 25-vehicle crash (12/20/12)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The first major snowstorm of the season began its slow eastward march across the Midwest Thursday, creating treacherous, sometimes deadly driving conditions and threatening to disrupt some of the nation's busiest airports ahead of the holiday weekend...
Bork, whose failed nomination made history, dies (12/20/12)
MCLEAN, Va. -- Robert H. Bork, who stepped in to fire the Watergate prosecutor at Richard Nixon's behest, and whose failed 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court helped draw the modern boundaries of cultural fights over abortion, civil rights and other issues, has died. He was 85...
Two inmates fled Chicago high-rise jail using rope (12/20/12)
CHICAGO -- Employees at a high-rise jail in downtown Chicago knew something wasn't right when they arrived at work and saw a makeshift rope fashioned from bed sheets hanging from the bars of a cell window about 20 stories above the ground. Inside the jail cell Tuesday morning, investigators found a broken window and bars inside a mattress, according to an FBI affidavit. Stuffed under blankets on two beds were clothing and sheets, shaped to resemble a body, the affidavit said...
President, House speaker are wrestling toward the edge of 'cliff' (12/20/12)
WASHINGTON -- Fiscal cliff talks at a partisan standoff, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner swapped barbed political charges on Wednesday, but he carefully left room for further negotiations on an elusive deal to head off year-end tax increases and spending cuts that threaten the national economy...
Shattered Newtown continues grim task of burying its young (12/20/12)
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- One by one by one by one, each with fresh heartbreak, hearses crisscrossed two New England towns on Wednesday, bearing three tiny victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre and a heroic teacher in a seemingly never-ending series of funeral processions...
Snowstorm heads from Rockies to Midwest (12/20/12)
DENVER -- A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains was causing problems for travelers as it spread across the Plains on Wednesday. The main east-west route across Colorado, Interstate 70, was closed from east of Denver to the Kansas line because of poor visibility due to blowing snow. Smaller highways also were closed in eastern Colorado...
Today in History (12/20/12)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 20, the 355th day of 2012. There are 11 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1812, German authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of the first edition of their collection of folk stories, titled "Children's and Household Tales."...
S. Korea's 1st female leader vows new N. Korea effort (12/20/12)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Park Geun-hye, daughter of a divisive military strongman from South Korea's authoritarian era, was elected the country's first female president Wednesday, a landmark win that could mean a drive to begin talks with rival North Korea...
Fear keeps Egypt's Christians from polls (12/20/12)
ASSIUT, Egypt -- A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week's referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is hiking Christians' worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives...
Central scoreboard (12/20/12)
John Griesman, left, Rocky Bodenschatz and Justin Sniadecki install one of two new scoreboards Wednesday in the Central Junior High gymnasium. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 donated both scoreboards, valued at approximately $13,000, and the labor to the school. "It's a good example of a union coming into this area and now they're giving back to the community," said Terry Kitchen, the school's athletic director...
Tourney semifinals prove intriguing (12/20/12)
The cream of the Kelso Supply Holiday Classic crop separated itself from the rest of the competition. Now things get interesting. The tournament's top four seeds -- Notre Dame, Central, Jackson and Saxony Lutheran -- each rolled to easy wins in Tuesday's first-round action at the Show Me Center. But none of the four coaches in the championship semifinals is looking past today's opponent...
Redhawks use a familiar formula to defeat New Orleans for the second time this season. (12/20/12)
Southeast Missouri State's second win of the season over New Orleans followed a similar script. The Privateers hung around for a half before the Redhawks pulled away to a convincing 94-71 victory Wednesday night. "We're always going to come out strong in the second half," senior guard Corey Wilford said. "That's how we won both games."...
Bradshaw likely will miss one game, maybe more (12/20/12)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach Ty Margenthaler said Allyson Bradshaw is likely to miss Friday's home game against Missouri State but he's optimistic she won't be out long. Bradshaw, a sophomore guard who is Southeast's leading scorer, did not play Sunday at Western Kentucky after suffering a left (non-shooting) shoulder injury during practice late last week...
Simpson garners NAIA honors (12/20/12)
Brooke Simpson racked up numerous honors on the volleyball court for Scott City High School. Major success has continued for Simpson on the collegiate level. Simpson, a junior outside hitter, was named an honorable mention NAIA All-American in her first season at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo...
Bradford's sack streak a sore subject (12/20/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford has never cared much for numbers and statistics. So the St. Louis Rams quarterback was surprised to find out he has been sacked in 30 successive games, the longest current streak in the NFL. "That's great to know, thanks," he chuckled...
Who's neXt 12/20/12 (12/20/12)
Jordan Reddin of Cape Girardeau made the president's list for the fall 2012 semester at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Mo. Reddin maintained a 4.0 grade-point average. Weber makes dean's list Julia Weber of Jackson has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. Weber maintained a grade-point average above 3.5...
Hooked on Science: Make Christmas tree icicles float (12/20/12)
Using a balloon and a few other materials from around the house, you can make Christmas tree icicles float in the air. Materials Instructions STEP 1: Cut three pieces of Christmas tree icicles about 6 inches in length. STEP 2: Tie a knot at each end of the Christmas tree icicles. Use scissors to remove any excess icicles beyond the knots...
Dorothy Arnzen (12/20/12)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Dorothy Louise Holzum Arnzen, 81, of Leopold, a well-known teacher and longtime resident of Bollinger County, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arnzen was born Dec. 25, 1930, in Laflin, Mo., to Leo Herman and Minnie Nenninger Holzum. She married Ervin J. Arnzen Sr. on March 31, 1951. He passed away Oct. 8, 2003...
Martha Ivester (12/20/12)
Martha Allene Ivester, 80, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. She was born March 26, 1932, in Miami to William and Martha Herndon Perry. Martha worked in her home as a child care provider most of her life and she and her husband, Harry, owned and operated Western Auto Store in Cape Girardeau a few years during the 1970s...
Brenda Pirtle (12/20/12)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Brenda Sue Pirtle, 62, of Bell City passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at the family home. She was born Feb. 22, 1950, in Painton, Mo., to the late Loomis Elden and Emma Naoma Edwards Pirtle. Brenda was a retired machine operator at Florsheim Shoe Co. in Chaffee, Mo. She was a member of Bell City General Baptist Church and Oran Needle Club...
John Shell (12/20/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- John Seaman Shell, 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at his home in Benton. He was born April 22, 1945, in St. Louis to Lester William and Angelyn Arminta Neal Shell. Shell was a member of Shriners for several years. He was a superintendent for many years with Wright-Mats Construction Co...
Births 12/20/12 (12/20/12)
Son to Darin Allen Crice and Ashley Brooke Sitze of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Name, Rider Allen. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Second son. Ms. Sitze is the daughter of Theresa and Scott Shaffer of Marble Hill. She is a radiological technician at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Crice is a heavy- equipment mechanic with Proppant Specialists...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/20/12 (12/20/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/20/12 (12/20/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police report 12/20/12 (12/20/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Out of the past: Dec. 20 (12/20/12)
The congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel begins Christmas week with a celebration of Holy Communion in a carol setting during the morning service; pastor of the church is the Rev. William A. Matzat. A candlelight march is held in the evening at Concord Theatre, 420 Broadway, followed by a worship service; preaching from an eight-foot ladder is the Rev. ...
Out of the past 12/20/12 (12/20/12)
The congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel begins Christmas week with a celebration of Holy Communion in a carol setting during the morning service; pastor of the church is the Rev. William A. Matzat. A candlelight march is held in the evening at Concord Theatre, 420 Broadway, followed by a worship service; preaching from an eight-foot ladder is the Rev. ...
Hope Seeds (12/20/12)
Recently, about 140 students at Cape Christian School filled 2,000 packets of okra seed to be sent to Haiti. The effort was connected to Hope Seeds, a not-for-profit organization that produces plant seeds that are sent to areas lacking agricultural resources...
Feeding the hungry (12/20/12)
Earlier this month, more than 2,600 volunteers gathered at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau to pack meals to be delivered to hungry children in needy areas. The two-day event, sponsored by La Croix Church, is connected with Feed My Starving Children, a Christian-based organization that distributes the food...
Speak out (12/20/12)
On Thanksgiving morning I witnessed a good deed that restored my faith in humanity. I was at a local convenience store. A customer drove up to the entrance but left his truck without putting it in park. Another customer was leaving and saw the truck start to roll backward. ...
Prayer 12/20/12 (12/20/12)
O Lord Jesus, may we diligently spend time in your Holy Word. Amen.
31 year Tradition continues at FOE #3775 (12/20/12)
A 31 year tradition was continued December 15, 2012 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3775 in Cape Girardeau. With a start of only about 20 baskets, it has grown to over 125 this year. Baskets were filled with many food items, while taking into consideration health issues like diabetes. Candy, oranges, apples, popcorn and candy were included, as well as Christmas gifts for those families having children...
Guardsman retires after nearly 30 years of service (12/20/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- With nearly 30 years of military service, Maj. Willie Smith, recently retired at a ceremony honoring his service and dedication. Smith, of Jefferson City, enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves 1982 and joined the Missouri Army National Guard in 1990...
US Bank donates $1500 to Notre Dame High School (12/20/12)
US Bank donated $1500 to Notre Dame Regional High School. The US Bancorp Foundation donates to organizations that offer support to programs that improve the educational and economic opportunities of low and moderate income families. Pictured are Tony Buehrle, Development Director for Notre Dame and Steve Green, Market President for US Bank...
US Bank donates $1750 to St Francis Medical Center (12/20/12)
US Bank donated $1750 to St Francis Medical Center. The money will go towards educational materials and resources to be used by parents of premature infants and critically ill neonates. Pictured from the left are Cooper McKelvey, Branch Manager for US Bank, Carrie Copeland, Development Officer & Grants Administrator for Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation, and Cindy Friend, Treasury Management Consultant for US Bank...
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