Region digest 03/23/05

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Daughter charged in Advance shooting

ADVANCE, Mo. -- Stoddard County officials have arrested an Advance woman on suspicion of shooting her father at their home. According to Sheriff Carl Hefner, James Smith, 73, is in stable condition at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He had surgery Monday night to remove a bullet from his lower abdomen, Hefner said. Smith was reportedly shot once with a semiautomatic handgun. Pamela Smith, 39, is in the Stoddard County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond. She faces felony charges of domestic assault and armed criminal action. She is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Stoddard County circuit court. Hefner said he knew of no motive for the shooting. Officers were called to the Smith home about 10 p.m. Monday, Hefner said.

Impact awards to be given out April 16

Girl Scouts of Otahki Council will present the 2005 Women's Impact Awards at 8:30 a.m. April 16 in Southeast Missouri State University's Dempster Hall. The awards honor five women in leadership roles who have made a difference with their lives and serve as role models for all women and girls. This year's recipients are Iena Aslin, Dr. Betty Chong, Dr. Linda Godwin, Grace V. Hoover and Anita Meinz. Call 334-7741 or (800) 686-0106 to make reservations by April 8.

Cape police ticket 14 teenage drivers

In a two-month effort to encourage seat belt use among teenage drivers, Cape Girardeau police officers stopped 208 vehicles and issued 14 tickets for seat belt violations, according Sgt. Jack Wimp. Officers also issued two tickets for other violations. The effort was part of Operation Safe Teen, an enforcement and educational program to reduce injuries and deaths among young drivers. Police received a $2,160 grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation to conduct the operation in February and March.

Scott City police make marijuana arrest

A Scott City man faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Scott City police say they served a search warrant and arrested Brian Palmer, 26, of 702 Keely St. on March 13. Police chief Don Cobb said officers confiscated a pound and a half of marijuana, $1,400 in cash and four weapons. Palmer, free on $30,000 bond, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 4 in Scott County circuit court.

Cape County coroner elected to state board

Newly elected Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton was elected to the Missouri Coroners and Medical Examiners board of directors at a statewide conference last week. Clifton will represent 13 counties and help organize training and work for legislative issues that involve coroners and medical examiners. "I consider this an honor for a rookie coroner," Clifton said.

Teen injured in accident near Sedgewickville

SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- A Bollinger County teenager sustained moderate injuries Monday in a one-vehicle accident on Route K two miles north of Sedgewickville, Mo. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Crystal Bollinger, 16, of Patton, Mo., driving a 1997 Ford, ran off the roadway and overturned at about 6:30 p.m. She was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

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