- Business notebook: Cape salon picked as one of nation's top 200 (4/17/17)
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- New policy for semissourian.com online commentary: No pseudonyms (4/17/17)59
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Going the distance: Several locals participate in Boston Marathon (4/18/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Scott County: M Kay Supply in Benton fills unique needs in community (4/14/17)
Last week in Jackson, police mounted a sting operation that lured people with felony warrants with the false promise of money. Those sought by police streamed into Jackson last week seeking checks from a sweepstakes that was a concoction of a sting operation that netted 23 arrests.
Officers from four Southeast Missouri counties participated in the operation called "lam scam." Five hundred people were sent the letters promising prizes. Fifty of them called to make an appointment to get a check. Sixteen of those had either paid their bond or were already arrested before the sting began.
Police can't run an operation like this very often because people trying to avoid arrest would get wise to it. At least some of them would.