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Stories from Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Woman who admitted to selling drugs at Cape daycare gets jail time (01/08/13)
A 37-year-old Cape Girardeau woman was sentenced to four months of shock incarceration Monday, a little more than a month after she pleaded guilty to selling prescription pain pills from her Cape Girardeau day care. Keisha McReynolds was placed in handcuffs and taken into custody following the ruling handed down by Judge William Syler. From the gallery, her husband, James McReynolds, put his face in his hands as his wife was escorted from the Jackson courtroom by a bailiff...
Illinois senator, congressman tour Mississippi River work (01/08/13)
THEBES, Ill. -- Two federal lawmakers complimented efforts to deepen the bed of the drought-stricken Mississippi River, and promised to continue to bring the situation to the attention of the White House. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville -- along with representatives of the U.S. ...
Greek housing renovations proposed (01/08/13)
A project that would renovate the interior and exterior of Greek chapter houses at Southeast Missouri State University will be presented to fraternity and sorority membership for approval during the upcoming semester. The project, still in its formative stages, envisions 840-square-foot additions to the first-floor lounge space of each of the 10 chapter houses on "Greek Hill" by fall 2014. It also includes alterations to the exterior of the buildings...
Police release report on Thursday I-55 crash (01/08/13)
A Thursday crash that shut down traffic on Interstate 55 at Scott City was the result of one vehicle rear-ending another after a different crash slowed traffic. According to the accident report released by the Scott City Police Department, at about 7:50 a.m. ...
Cape, SEMO to work on projects throughout city (01/08/13)
A sharing of cost and effort by the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University will bring several small-scale improvement projects to areas on and near the school's main campus and River Campus. At Monday's council meeting, members of the city council approved the first reading of an ordinance that prompts an agreement between the city and university...
Charleston man charged with felony domestic assault in Cape (01/08/13)
Cape Girardeau County prosecutors on Monday filed charges against a Charleston, Mo., man that allege he left the mother of his child with a busted lip, a swollen eye and scratches across her arm and chest after an altercation during the weekend. DeParis D. Townsend, 21, was arrested Saturday on felony charges of domestic assault and remained incarcerated at the Cape Girardeau County Jail on Monday night in lieu of a $20,000 bond...
Jackson, Poplar Bluff bands to march in inaugural parade in Jeff City (01/08/13)
High school marching bands from Jackson and Poplar Bluff, Mo., will take part in the 2013 Inaugural Parade in Jefferson City, Mo., according to a news release from the office of Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday, and will conclude at the Missouri Capitol building. Five elected officials will be sworn in at noon after the parade...
Arkansas man pleads not guilty to charges he hit joggers on purpose (01/08/13)
An Arkansas man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he stole a car and then intentionally drove it into a group of joggers in downtown Cape Girardeau last fall. Vincent T. Anderson, a 19-year-old from Little Rock, Ark., pleaded not guilty in front of Judge William Syler. The judge, without explanation, then recused himself from the case before it was given to Judge Benjamin Lewis. Anderson will be in front of Lewis on Monday...
Aggravated DWI offender gets five-year sentence (01/08/13)
A Cape Girardeau man on was sentenced to five years in prison for a fifth driving-while intoxicated charge he received after leading police on a chase in which speeds topped 100 mph in October. Jeffrey A. Pirtle II was already considered an aggravated offender Monday when he changed his pleas to guilty to felony charges of drunken driving and resisting arrest. ...
Nationwide banking scam affects Bank of Missouri (01/08/13)
Bank of Missouri officials released a statement Friday advising customers to ignore calls from a telephone phishing scam that attempts to gather personal banking information. The fraudulent calls are being made to customers of banks across the nation. ...
Work on Academic Hall dome progresses Monday (01/08/13)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com New copper sheets glisten in the sun as workers continue the renovation of the Academic Hall dome Monday at Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Brownie mix recalled because of nut ingredients (01/08/13)
Gilster-Mary Lee of Chester, Ill., has recalled some of its brownie mix because of a lack of labeling about the presence of nuts. The company recalled its Food Club Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix because it contains undeclared walnuts. Cartons being recalled have a Nov. 28, 2013, expiration date and UPC No. 36800-13486. Consumers should return the product to the store or discard it. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall...
County commission considers raise for assistant prosecuting attorney (01/08/13)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners held a closed session to discuss personnel as part of their regular meeting Monday. An undisclosed personnel issue was taken up in the meeting along with a recommendation on the annual salary for first assistant prosecuting attorney Angel Woodruff. ...
BB gun suspected cause of broken windows in Cape (01/08/13)
The windows of five vehicles that were damaged Saturday night and early Sunday morning in Cape Girardeau are believed to have been the work of someone wielding a BB gun. According to Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jason Selzer, windows were broken in vehicles parked in the 700, 800 and 900 blocks of South Ellis Street, the 800 block of South Pacific Street and the 1100 block of South Sprigg Street. ...
Route U in Stoddard County reduced for bridge repairs (01/08/13)
Southeast Missourian ~ Route U in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane between County Road 639 and Field Road as contractor crews perform bridge maintenance. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Missouri victim fights sexual abuse by teachers (01/08/13)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The man who first coaxed love from Amy Hestir's heart treated her with kindness and affection. He showered the seventh-grader with praise and gifts. He made her feel special. What started as a schoolgirl crush evolved into a sexual relationship between a student and teacher...
Nixon to give Mo. State of State speech Jan. 28 (01/08/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver the annual State of the State address Jan. 28 to a joint session of the Missouri Legislature. The governor's office said Monday the speech is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the House chamber. Nixon will lay out his proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year that starts July 1 and discuss his policy proposals...
State tax-cut plans in 2013 tempered by caution (01/08/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Emboldened by big majorities and eager to lure businesses, Republican legislators and governors across the Midwest and South are planning to pursue hundreds of millions of dollars of tax cuts in the new year. They might raise some taxes, also...
U.S. banks try to clean up remaining mortgage mess (01/08/13)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. banks have taken another step to clear away the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis by agreeing to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homeowners. The deal announced Monday could compensate hundreds of thousands of Americans whose homes were seized because of abuses such as "robo-signing," when banks automatically signed off on foreclosures without properly reviewing documents. ...
Autopsy shows Chicago lottery winner died from cyanide poisoning (01/08/13)
CHICAGO -- With no signs of trauma and nothing to raise suspicions, the sudden death of a Chicago man just as he was about to collect nearly $425,000 in lottery winnings was initially ruled a result of natural causes. Nearly six months later, authorities have a mystery on their hands after medical examiners, responding to a relative's pleas, did an expanded screening and determined that Urooj Khan, 46, died shortly after ingesting a lethal dose of cyanide. ...
New Lego robotics kit talks to iPhones (01/08/13)
LAS VEGAS -- Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit. Lego announced Monday that a new, $350 Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections. That means Lego builders can use the devices as remote controls for their robots, or create simple programs that are then sent to the robots to control their actions...
Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA (01/08/13)
WASHINGTON -- Despite Republican misgivings, President Barack Obama announced Monday he will nominate former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, calling him "the leader our troops deserve." He also chose White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency...
Today in History (01/08/13)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2013. There are 357 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 8, 1963, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," on loan to the United States from the Louvre Museum in Paris, went on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., with President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, in attendance...
Indian women and men hope brutal rape will inspire change (01/08/13)
NEW DELHI -- Preeti Singh worries each time her 20-year-old daughter has a late night at the hospital where she's a medical student. If her daughter has to stay late, Singh tells her to wait for daylight to come home. "I was brought up with the fear that once it's dark you should be at home," said Singh, a 43-year-old kindergarten teacher in Bangalore, India's technology hub. "I can't shake that fear."...
Palestine's name change shows limitations while linked to Israel (01/08/13)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- With U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in his pocket, President Mahmoud Abbas wants official documents to carry a new emblem: "State of Palestine." But scrapping the old "Palestinian Authority" logo is as far as Abbas is willing to go in provoking Israel. He is not rushing to change passports and ID cards Palestinians need to pass through Israeli crossings...
Fighting in Syria as world slams Assad speech (01/08/13)
BEIRUT -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed disappointment with Syrian President Bashar Assad for rejecting the most important elements of an international road map to end the country's civil war -- a political handover and establishment of a transitional governing body...
High school roundup: Scott City girls advance with upset (01/08/13)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team defeats Murray State 70-58 (01/08/13)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team hasn't had much to smile about in recent years. This season is taking on a different vibe, a trend that continued Monday night. A 70-58 home rout of Ohio Valley Conference rival Murray State allowed the Redhawks to reach several notable milestones...
Bama bashes Notre Dame 42-14 in BCS title game (01/08/13)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Alabama romped to its second consecutive BCS championship, and third in four seasons, beating No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in a BCS championship game that was no classic after all. AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards and scored twice for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, which scored on its first three drives and cruised to the second-most lopsided BCS championship game victory Monday night.
Missouri plays first SEC game vs. Alabama (01/08/13)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri is so well-tested that its first-ever SEC game should not cause any extra anxiety. A 2-point decision over Bucknell, an overtime loss at UCLA and a neutral-site victory over Illinois have all helped the 10th-ranked Tigers (11-2) prepare for tonight's game against Alabama (8-5)...
Brain image study shows fructose may spur overeating (01/08/13)
Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn't register the feeling of being full as it does when simple glucose is consumed, researchers found...
2012 was bad year for whooping cough (01/08/13)
The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures. Whooping cough ebbs and flows in multiyear cycles, and experts said 2012 appears to have reached a peak with 41,880 cases. Another factor: A vaccine used since the 90s doesn't last as long as the old one...
Scarlet Fever: A Group A streptococcal infection (01/08/13)
Not as common as it was 100 years ago, scarlet fever -- scarlatina -- is a bacterial infection caused by group A Streptococcus or "group A strep." This illness affects a small percentage of people who have strep throat or, less commonly, streptococcal skin infections. ...
NBC execs say it's not a ‘shoot-'em-up' network (01/08/13)
PASADENA, Calif. -- NBC executives said Sunday they are conscious about the amount of violence they air in the wake of real-life tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting, but have made no changes in what has gone on the air or what is planned...
Billie Balsmann (01/08/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Billie P. Balsmann, 88, of Perryville died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Independence Care Center in Perryville. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Family Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today...
Tamara Baremore (01/08/13)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Tamara Star "Tammy" Baremore, 51, of Sedgewickville passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 30, 1961, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Lyman "Buck" Farrow and Patricia Bledsoe. She and Rodney Baremore were married April 14, 1992, in Gatlinburg, Tenn...
Dorothy Cook (01/08/13)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dorothy Alvine Cook, 86, of Marble Hill passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at the home of a daughter, surrounded by family. She was born Dec. 3, 1926, to James Jefferson and Myrtle Lillie Cook Garland. She and Odie Franklin Cook were married Feb. 19, 1944. He passed away June 10, 2009...
Leonard Hoffmeister (01/08/13)
Leonard C. Hoffmeister, 91, of Jackson passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau, surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 22, 1921, in Cape Girardeau, son of Alvin J. and Bertha Siebert Hoffmeister. He and Irene Vehlewald were married 44 years before she preceded him in death in 1994. He and Joy Ann Cronan were married May 15, 1998...
Virginia Porter (01/08/13)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Virginia Sue Porter, 77, of Olive Branch died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 17, 1935, in Mound City, Ill., to William and Mary Mahan Garrett. She and Freddie Porter were married Dec. 15, 1951. He preceded her in death May 21, 1986...
Births 1/8/13 (01/08/13)
Daughter to Mikela Rae Brown of Sikeston, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 1:35 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Name, Mireya Kelis. Weight, 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Second daughter. Ms. Brown is the daughter of Tina Readus of Jackson. She is employed by World Finance in Sikeston...
Cape Girardeau police report 01/8/13 (01/08/13)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/8/13 (01/08/13)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 1/8/13 (01/08/13)
A number of crosses were planted outside the Women's Health Center on North Kingshighway in the morning as a protest of the resumption of abortion procedures at the facility; Dr. Bolivar M. Escobedo indicates he won't be performing the abortions himself, but that three other area doctors will be doing the procedures...
Consider volunteering through Read to Succeed (01/08/13)
The new year presents itself with an opportunity to evaluate our lives and maybe even make a resolution or two. One of those may be to look for more ways to reach out and help others. Your United Way asks you to consider giving just one hour a week to make a real difference in the lives of our community's children...
What's over the edge of the fiscal cliff (01/08/13)
The fiscal cliff has passed, and it should be clear now that the driving force behind it was always taxes. Ronald Reagan said that a person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is not a 20 percent traitor, and it was the case in Congress that a majority voted for compromise, and a minority voted to go over the tax cliff...
Christmas miracle (01/08/13)
Ask Kelly Irvin if she believes in miracles and you're likely to get an enthusiastic yes. In March, Irvin, 24, was involved in a single-car accident while driving to her family's home in Leopold, Mo. Having sustained a traumatic brain injury and broken pelvis, she was transported to Saint Francis Medical Center and was in a coma. She underwent several procedures and was placed on a ventilator...
Prayer 1/8/13 (01/08/13)
O Lord Jesus, precious Savior, may your peace fill our hearts. Amen.
Oak Ridge FCCLA Toy Drive (01/08/13)
Every year, the Oak Ridge FCCLA club participates in several charities and community service projects. Last year, the school collected over 1,200 books to be donated to the patients at the Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. This year, Katie Newell and Emilie Beard collected toys to be taken to Cardinal Glennon.They collected an outstanding amount of 275 toys! In order to collect this many toys, Katie and Emilie took donations from the friendly customers at Big Lots, employees at Rubbermaid, FCCLA members of Jackson High School, and students and faculty attending the Oak Ridge school district. ...
MLK Day - Make it a day on, not a day off! (01/08/13)
Make it a day on, not a day off! Monday, January 21, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Your American Red Cross will be participating in this Day of Service by educating our community about fire safety and preparedness. Did you know that home fires are America's biggest disaster threat? They make up more than 94% of the 70,000 disasters the Red Cross responds to each year. And unlike other disasters, most home fires can be prevented...
Mickey Mouse communicates with Franklin Elementary (01/08/13)
When Franklin Elementary Teacher Elizabeth Speicher assigned a letter-writing exercise to her 4th-grade class she wasn't optimistic that her students would actually receive a reply from the famous Walt Disney character, Mickey Mouse. But they did! "I was really surprised," said Ms. ...
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