- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)8
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- 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)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
Alcohol poisoning deaths rise
TALLINN, Estonia -- The death toll from a batch of homemade grain alcohol reached 33 in Estonia on Tuesday, and health officials raised the number of injured to 64 with more deaths expected.
Most victims consumed the poisonous brew, presumably tainted by methanol, last weekend in Parnu, a Baltic Sea resort.
Police believe the victims bought the "salaviin" -- which means "secret vodka" in Estonian -- because it was cheaper than commercial spirits. The home brew costs only about $2 a pint.
The average monthly pay in this former Soviet republic is about $300.
The poisoning of the homemade brew probably occurred inadvertently in the distilling process, police said. Illegal distillers sometimes add methyl alcohol in small quantities to make their brews more potent.