Sentencing postponed in Perry County endangerment case
The sentencing of two Perry County parents who pleaded guilty in December to three counts of child endangerment has been postponed.
Michael and Emily Altom were scheduled to appear this afternoon in a Rolla, Mo., courtroom but their attorney requested the delay.
The Altoms were charged with child endangerment and voluntary manslaughter in September 2005 following the death of 4-year-old Ethan Patrick Williams, Emily Altom's son from a previous relationship. Ethan died of a severe drug-resistant staph infection that hospitalized him for 25 days.
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Scott County sees drop in sales tax revenue
Scott County is seeing a significant drop in its sales tax revenue received from the Department of Revenue in March. Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said during a meeting on Thursday that revenue was "considerably off" when comparing March 2009 to the same month in 2008. "It was $22,000 less," he said. "For the year, we're $20,000 behind total. So, we were a little ahead the first two months of the year, and then the third month wiped it all out and then some."
Report of intruder causes Friday lock down of Bootheel school
Holcomb Public School was on lock down late Friday afternoon following a report of an intruder on the campus grounds. According to Superintendent Jeff Bullock, there was a report of an intruder on the high school campus, which led school officials to call for the lock down.
Initial reports claimed that the intruder had asked a student if she wanted to buy a gun. But further investigation revealed that the gun claims were exaggerated.
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Check back later for updates on the postponement of the Altom case as details become available, as well as reports from the Cape Girardeau County Commission, Cape Girardeau City Council and Cape Girardeau School Board meeting.
Come back on Tuesday for more on these stories and a look at a local company that makes concrete paving stones for more than 500 retailers throughout the Midwest and such celebrities as former vice president Al Gore and country music artist Kenny Chesney.