- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- 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)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)14
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Hustle and rustle
It's almost too weird, too Wild West-ish to be true.
But cattle rustling seems to be a problem in Missouri.
According to an Associated Press story, cattle experts say a trailer full of stolen calves can fetch $12,000, and a single calf can sell for $600.
Gov. Matt Blunt recently told a meeting of ranchers that a task force he created seems to be helping, but only slightly, as rustling numbers showed only a small decrease.
The task force of state and local law enforcement has led to 26 rustling arrests in Missouri, mostly in southwest and south-central areas of the state. Missouri is the nation's second-leading beef cattle state behind Texas.
It seems farmers and ranchers are under attack from thieves these days, whether it be meth cooks stealing anhydrous gas, scrap metal thieves or cattle rustlers. It's logical that, as more attention is given to the problem in Missouri, the problem could migrate to this part of the state as well.
This is another reminder to be aware of what's going on in rural areas and report suspicious activity to authorities.