- Witness says he saw man shoot Domorlo McCaster (8/19/16)2
- Logan's Roadhouse in Cape not closing; Ruby Tuesday fate still unknown (8/17/16)
- Students move into new fraternity housing at Southeast Missouri State University (8/18/16)2
- Mom angry her autistic son was left on bus; he later was discovered at bus lot (8/16/16)15
- Cape man to serve at least 21 months in prison for food-stamp fraud (8/16/16)5
- Southeast imposes 'interim suspension' of Sigma Nu fraternity over vandalism incident (8/19/16)21
- The Chrome Queens (8/21/16)2
- Pitmasters to descend on Arena Park for Cape BBQ Fest (8/19/16)2
- Store dedicated solely to Pokemon products will open soon in Cape (8/16/16)1
- Gender-neutral restrooms now available at Southeast (8/18/16)38
The Cape Girardeau Police Department's decision to close its Good Hope Street substation makes sense. The substation has helped reduce crime in the area, which in the mid-1990s was nearly out of control. And with the loss of federal Weed and Seed money that was paying the substation's rent and utility costs, the city could not justify keeping it open.
Water damage caused by leaks from an apartment above the substation only hastened the move.
The substation opened in 1998 when crack sales and crime in the Good Hope neighborhood were still burgeoning. Today, much of that kind of activity is gone.
But the crime only moved. There are streets and neighborhoods in the south side of the city -- problems in the 300 and 400 blocks of South Hanover were documented in a Southeast Missourian story nine months ago -- that are problem areas.
The Good Hope Street substation proved that police presence can have a positive effect on a neighborhood.
We hope the city will look for ways to increase police presence in areas of the city that need the kind of help Good Hope got.