- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)35
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Two in court on handgun charges
A Jackson man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to being a felon in possession of a handgun. A Marble Hill man was sentenced that same day to more than 16 years and four months in prison for the same charge.
Kenneth Shoemaker, 22, of Jackson faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine and a three-year supervised release.
With his plea, Shoemaker admitted that on March 7 he gave his consent for Cape Girardeau police to search his vehicle after they stopped him on Siemers Drive and Highway 74. They found a fully loaded Remington model 1100, 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun behind the seat. Shoemaker admitted that the firearm belonged to his grandfather.
He had been convicted earlier in Cape Girardeau Circuit Court of the Class C felonies of burglary and stealing.
James William Mathena, 37, of Marble Hill had been convicted in 1989 of distribution of methamphetamine and assault on a federal officer with a dangerous weapon, and convicted in 1999 of driving while intoxicated -- all felonies. The federal court considers him an armed career criminal according to U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
On June 11 Bollinger County law enforcement officers served a search warrant at Mathena's home and discovered five firearms. Mathena admitted that they were in his possession.