- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Cape fines contractor $1,100 a day for street-project delays; contractor blames utility relocations (5/18/17)13
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Attorney general seeks bond revocation for embattled sheriff (5/17/17)3
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
- Revival of Oran police board urged amid timecard fraud, nepotism allegations (5/17/17)4
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.