- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)8
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
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.