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Cape Girardeau police report 8/2/15 (08/02/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n William Cody Evan Jaquin, 19, 5579 Highway 25, was arrested on suspicion of stealing at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of domestic assault...
Jackson police report 8/2/15 (08/02/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Meghan E. Fox, 20, of Oran, Missouri, was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle. n Property damage was reported in the 500 block of North Farmington Road. n Assists were requested in the area of South Hope Street and West Jackson Boulevard; the area of East Main Street and North Lacey Street; and the area of East Jackson Boulevard and Donna Drive...
Three Dexter residents detained on sex-related charges with a child (08/02/15)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Stoddard County judge ordered court documents sealed Saturday in the arrest of three Dexter, Missouri, residents on sex-related charges involving a child. James Mylon Ballard and Paula Anna Ballard, both 41, and Samuel Matthew Poe, 30, were booked Thursday at Stoddard County Jail...
Doniphan man accused of fatally beating stepfather (08/02/15)
By DONNA FARLEY DONIPHAN, Mo. -- A Doniphan man was detained in the Ripley County Jail on Saturday, accused of beating his 72-year-old stepfather to death. Johnny H. Stanley, 43, is charged with murder in the Wednesday death of Irven Ronald Yarber, according to Ripley County Sheriff Ron Barnett...
Steele man arraigned on murder charge (07/31/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Steele, Missouri, man wanted in connection with the death of another Pemiscot County, Missouri, man has turned himself in to authorities. Ratio Frederick Armour, 26, turned himself in to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. He is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the July 3 death of 30-year-old Larry Turner of Hayti, Missouri...
Shots-fired suspect given mental health check (08/02/15)
No one was injured in a shots-fired incident Thursday night. Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Adam Glueck said police responded to the 3100 block of Themis Street about 11:30 p.m. after a report of shots fired inside a residence. Glueck said he would not comment on where the shots were fired, but said no injuries were reported. The suspect left the scene before officers arrived but was found Friday morning...
Defense, DA argue reasons to spare Colorado gunman's life (07/31/15)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Defense attorneys for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday for the Colorado movie theater shooter, urging jurors to consider his mental illness in his sentencing even though they rejected his claim of insanity when they found him guilty of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others...
Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention center (07/31/15)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to shut down a "deplorable" Baltimore jail that was the focus of a federal corruption investigation. Hogan said at a news conference Thursday the state would save $10 million to $15 million a year by closing the "deplorable" Baltimore City Detention Center. It houses hundreds of inmates awaiting trial or serving short sentences...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/31/15 (07/31/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Kathy Loueira Hannah, 36, 1927 N. Kingshighway, was arrested on three Cape Girardeau warrants for striking a stopped vehicle, driving while suspended and failure to show proof of insurance and a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear for traffic offense...
Jackson police report 7/31/15 (07/31/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Joshua M. Baker, 21, of Marble Hill, Missouri, was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear on a show-cause order. n Michael S. Bowman, 34, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear on original charges of careless and imprudent driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and displaying plates of another...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/30/15 (07/30/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Jacob William Zumwalt, 23, 542 S. Spring Ave., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Jonathan Brandon Ayuso, 20, 631 Napa Circle, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, a stop-sign violation and resisting a lawful detention...
Jackson police report 7/30/15 (07/30/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Eric S. Simpson, 26, 117 Legend Drive, No. 117, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant. n Melissa R. Bowen, 55, of Cape Girardeau was issued summonses for operating a motor vehicle while operator's license revoked and a lane violation...
Three juveniles charged in June drive-by shooting (07/30/15)
Three juveniles were taken into custody Wednesday in connection with a June 29 drive-by shooting at 401 S. Hanover St. in which a woman was injured critically after being shot in the head, the Cape Girardeau Police Department reported. The victim remains in a hospital and is being treated for "substantial injuries," the department reported in a news release Wednesday. Juvenile charges have been filed against the suspects...
Naylor man sentenced to 10 years for possessing child pornography (07/30/15)
A Naylor, Missouri, man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 10 years in federal prison for possessing sexually explicit images of young girls. Billy Joe Wertenberger, 26, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 117 months for felony possession of child pornography, assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Koester said...
Police continue search for shooting suspect (07/30/15)
No suspects are in custody after a Cape Girardeau man was shot Tuesday night. The 22-year-old man is expected to recover, Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Adam Glueck said. About 9 p.m., the man was shot in the parking lot of an apartment building at 210 S. Hanover St. He was shot once on the side of his body, Glueck said, and still was in the hospital Wednesday morning...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/29/15 (07/29/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Julia Marie Niemira, 17, 2021 Lacey St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive within a single lane. n Toni Lynn Wiseman, 37, of Chaffee, Missouri, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear for dangerous drugs...
Jackson police report 7/29/15 (07/29/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Codi D. Rodgers, 17, of Jackson was issued a summons for operating a motor vehicle without a proper license. n London R. Dykes, 17, of Jackson was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle...
Sikeston police flush out toilet-paper heist suspects (07/29/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A tip led to the arrest of three men who stole a trailer filled with $70,000 worth of toilet paper. Jimmie Smith, 51, of Memphis, Tennessee, was charged with felony theft/stealing of more than $25,000 and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Markel A. Eskridge, 42, and Eugene Pickens, 36, also both of Memphis, each were charged with felony theft/stealing more than $25,000...
Lawsuits settled in crash that killed teenager (07/29/15)
Three lawsuits have been settled in connection with a 2013 box-truck crash that killed a Glenallen, Missouri, teenager. Bobby Joe Abernathy, 36, pleaded guilty last year to vehicular involuntary manslaughter while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular assault in connection with the April 5, 2013, crash that killed 17-year-old Amelia Fisher...
Cape man awaiting sentencing in Belleville shooting (07/29/15)
A Cape Girardeau man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the Feb. 9, 2014, death of a Belleville, Illinois, man. Anthony P. Allen, 22, and two other suspects were arrested Feb. 9, 2014, after Darrin B. Hayes, 25, was found dead of gunshot wounds in his Belleville apartment, Lt. Michael Hundelt, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, said in a news release at the time...
Man injured in shooting in Cape (07/28/15)
A man was injured after shots were fired at the corner of William and South Hanover streets Tuesday night. About 9 p.m., an African-American male was shot in the back, according to witness Diedre Ward. Ward lives in the apartment complex at 210 S. Hanover St. and said she saw the victim get shot...
Police make extra patrols at Cape movie venue (07/27/15)
In the wake of a mass shooting last week in a crowded movie theater last week in Lafayette, Louisiana, police have agreed to help patrol Wehrenberg 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau for the near future. Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Cine general manager Kevin Dillon said the theatre's safety protocols always are in place, and the request for a police officer's presence is just an extra precaution...
Morley man accused of sex crimes with a girl (07/27/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A 41-year-old Morley, Missouri, man was arrested Friday and changed with sex-related crimes with a child. Terrial Tyler of Morley was charged with second-degree statutory sodomy and enticement of a child after Tyler was accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl, reported Scott County Sheriff's Capt. Jerry Bledsoe...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/26/15 (07/26/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked and no motorcycle helmet. n Jerrod C. Lynn, 20, of Sikeston, Missouri, was issued a summons for driving while intoxicated and being a minor in possession...
Police: 3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman (07/24/15)
LAFAYETTE, La. -- A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Louisiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before fatally shooting himself, officials said. The gunman, a 58-year-old "lone white male," fired his weapon "numerous times" before shooting himself at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, city Police Chief Jim Craft told a news conference...
Murder charge filed in weekend killing of Bloomfield man (07/24/15)
MALDEN, Mo. -- Floyd Mantel Young Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with a shooting earlier this month. Young, 22, is accused of having "knowingly caused serious physical injury to Dustin Greer by shooting him" with a deadly weapon, according to a complaint filed in the case...
Attack in St. Louis County raises concern about strangers (07/24/15)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- It was a parent's worst nightmare -- a complete stranger following a family home and molesting a child at knifepoint in her bed. Authorities say such a crime, which played out in St. Louis County last weekend, is exceedingly rare. Still, the attack of an 11-year-old girl in the Mehlville area has raised concern about stranger danger...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/24/15 (07/24/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Melody J. Anderson, 47, of Jackson was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain single lane and no headlights. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of stealing at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St...
Jackson police report 7/24/15 (07/24/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Kate L. Brase, 30, of Jackson was issued a summons for a stop-sign violation. n Mariah A. Islas, 20, of Cape Girardeau was issued summonses for failure to register a motor vehicle, failure to maintain insurance and operating a motor vehicle while operator's license suspended...
Dexter man arrested for arson (07/24/15)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Monday morning residential fire has led to the arrest of a Dexter man on suspicion of second-degree arson. James Higgs, 54, is suspected of having started a fire inside 815 N. Sassafras St. in Dexter, according to a probable-cause statement...
George Joseph found guilty of 2 counts of first-degree murder (07/24/15)
It took the jury about an hour and 40 minutes to find George Joseph guilty of the murders of his wife and son. Joseph was found guilty Thursday of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in the May 2013 shooting deaths of Mary and Matthew Joseph...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/23/15 (07/23/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Eric T. Collins, 37, 118 S. Hanover St., was issued a summons for driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and failure to signal...
Jackson police report 7/23/15 (07/23/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Theft was reported in the 200 block of South Union Avenue. n Property damage was reported in the 800 block of North Farmington Road. n An assist was requested in the 1100 block of West Jackson Boulevard...
Testimony in Joseph trial centers on dealings with Monia (07/23/15)
Try as she might, George Joseph's attorney, Cynthia Dryden, was unable to persuade Judge Benjamin Lewis to keep Keith Monia out of the discussion Wednesday. Much of the testimony on the third day of Joseph's murder trial focused on the defendant's financial situation, including his connection with Monia. Dryden raised several continuing objections to evidence and witness testimony throughout the day...
Dexter man gets 30 years in HIV-exposure case (07/23/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Butler County judge sentenced a Dexter, Missouri, man to 30 years in prison after saying he willingly and intentionally put sexual partners at risk for HIV. David Lee Mangum, 39, appeared before Presiding Circuit Judge Michael Pritchett for sentencing Tuesday afternoon...
Cape police investigate two rape reports (07/23/15)
This week, the police department reported two accounts of rape in the Cape Girardeau area. However, the reports aren't believed to be related, said Sgt. Adam Glueck. Both reports were delayed. The first, which came Monday, was delayed "a considerable amount of time," Glueck said...
Poplar Bluff woman indicted for bank fraud (07/23/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff woman is to be arraigned in U.S. District Court on Friday morning after her recent indictment for bank fraud. Stephanie Ann McCane, a former assistant to a loan officer at Southern Bank in Poplar Bluff, is to appear at 10:45 a.m. Friday in Cape Girardeau before U.S. Magistrate Judge Abbie Crites-Leoni on the two-court indictment, which recently was handed down by a federal grand jury...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/22/15 (07/22/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Jessica M. Jolly, 26, 207 S. Benton St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for contempt of court. n Keith B. Slinkard, 51, of Jackson was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for exploitation/enticement...
Jackson police report 7/22/15 (07/22/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Property damage was reported in the 500 block of West Main Street. n An assist was requested in the 100 block of Court Street. n Check the welfare was requested in the 3100 block of Old Cape Road...
Testimony: Joseph borrowed gun from friend before slayings (07/22/15)
George Joseph borrowed a gun from a friend after telling him Keith Monia had been making threatening phone calls, according to testimony Tuesday, the second day of Joseph's trial on charges he murdered his wife, Mary, and 18-year-old son, Matthew. Mary Joseph's brother, Steven Griffith, described George Joseph as "secretive" but said he trusted him and invested about $200,000 in retirement savings with him...
Malden man held in connection with shooting (07/22/15)
MALDEN, Mo. -- A Malden man is being held without bond after being accused over the weekend of shooting another man. Floyd Mantel Young Jr., 22, was charged Saturday with first-degree assault and armed criminal action, both felonies. A complaint filed in Dunklin County states Young "knowingly caused serious physical injury to Dustin Greer by shooting him" Saturday and did so by, with or through the assistance of a deadly weapon...
Joseph's double-murder trial begins (07/21/15)
It was a full first day for the jury sitting for the trial of Cape Girardeau murder suspect George Joseph. By the time court recessed just before 6 p.m., jurors had heard opening statements, testimony from nine witnesses and a 911 call, in addition to watching a video...
Murder suspect gets second mental-health review (07/21/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Bernie, Missouri, man accused of stabbing another man to death has been committed a second time to the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Allen Dale McCoy, 41, aka "Smurf," appeared Friday before Presiding Circuit Judge Michael Pritchett for a motion hearing in his case...
Double murder trial to begin Monday (07/19/15)
A Cape Girardeau man will go on trial this week on charges he murdered his wife and son. George Joseph is accused in the 2013 shooting deaths of his wife, Mary Joseph, and son, Matthew Joseph, at their home on West Cape Rock Drive. The trial had been set for September 2014, but was postponed after a motion by Joseph's attorney at the time, public defender Bevy Beimdieck, requesting more time to prepare...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/19/15 (07/19/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Armetrice F. Harris, 23, and Dmarie E. Stevenson, 56, both of 426 N. Frederick St., were arrested on suspicion of stealing food items at Sav-A-Lot, 121 S. Sprigg St...
Jackson police report 7/19/15 (07/19/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Gerald M. Jones, 27, of Millersville was arrested on suspicion of stealing. n James R. Mueller, 38, 629 N. Maryland St., was arrested on three Wayne County warrants...
Man charged in ambush shooting of St. Louis police officer (07/17/15)
ST. LOUIS -- A 23-year-old man St. Louis police say ambushed and opened fire on a uniformed sergeant was arrested Thursday and charged with four felonies in a shooting the police chief has decried as an attempted assassination. Prosecutors charged Dale LaVaughn Wolford Jr. ...
Cape police investigate shooting (07/17/15)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating a shooting that took place Wednesday night in the 2800 block of Whitener Street. Police received a report of the shooting at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sgt. Adam Glueck of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said in an email...
Hughes pleads guilty to wife's murder, gets 30 years in prison (07/17/15)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A Cairo man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to the shooting death of his wife. Chauncey Hughes Jr., 31, was scheduled to begin a second jury trial on five counts of murder Thursday at the Alexander County Courthouse. He instead pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/16/15 (07/16/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Skylar S. Simpson, 22, of Chaffee, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of stealing miscellaneous merchandise at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St. n Jason H. Grigsby, 49, 2818 Whitener St., was arrested on suspicion of prohibited acts/noises...
Jackson police report 7/16/15 (07/16/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Codi D. Rodgers, 17, 3826 County Road 324, was arrested on suspicion of passing counterfeit money. n Benjamin S. Freeman, 20, of Cape Girardeau was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle...
Chauncey Hughes murder retrial to begin Thursday (07/16/15)
After a number of setbacks and scheduling issues, a Cairo, Illinois, man tried once in the murder of his wife again will go before a jury beginning Thursday. Chauncey Hughes, 31, faces first-degree murder charges in the November 2013 shooting death of his wife, Heather Davis...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/15/15 (07/15/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Tricia A. Roberts, 28, homeless, was arrested on three Cape Girardeau County warrants for failure to appear for probation violation, larceny and failure to appear and on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for stealing...
Jackson police report 7/15/15 (07/15/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Bernard C. Cruz, 20, 610 Odus Drive, was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child. n Lindsey E. Seabaugh, 32, 3316 E. Main St., was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear on a show-cause order...
Domestic-violence victims can use high-tech notification tools (07/15/15)
Representatives from several area agencies learned how to use a tool for crime victims in Missouri during Tuesday's quarterly meeting of the Domestic Violence Community Response Task Force. The Missouri Victim Automated Notification System, or MOVANS, was created as a way to notify registered users of changes to an offender's custody or court status and as a way for victims to check on the status of a protection order...
Police search for Pemiscot County murder suspect (07/15/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Police are searching for a Steele, Missouri, man charged with the murder of a Hayti, Missouri, man earlier this month. Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell said a warrant was issued Friday by Pemiscot County Circuit Court for Ratio Frederick Armour, 26. Armour is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the July 3 slaying of 30-year-old Larry Turner of Hayti...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/12/15 (07/12/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Connor Andrew Luebbert, 23, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Keith Lavoy Mackins, 25, of Pulaski, Illinois, was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court for failure to pay fines for no operator's license and leaving the scene of an accident...
Benton-area man accused of having $23,000 in meth (07/12/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Benton-area man was arrested after drugs valued at an estimated $23,000 allegedly were found at his residence. Allen R. Basinger Jr., 34, is charged with drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, forgery, receiving stolen property and driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license...
Man convicted in Cape killing set for 2017 release (07/12/15)
A former Cape Girardeau resident is nearing the end of a 37-year-sentence for second-degree murder and theft. Information from the Missouri Department of Corrections indicates Brian "Andy" Abbott, 51, is scheduled to be released on parole March 3, 2017, with a sentence completion date of March 3, 2018...
Police urge precautions to prevent vehicle theft (07/10/15)
July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, and area law-enforcement agencies are encouraging people to protect their automobiles. Nearly half of vehicle thefts in the U.S. can be attributed to driver error, according to transportation.gov. "Here in Jackson, a lot of times what we hear is people simply just leaving the keys in the vehicle," Cpl. Rick Whitaker of the Jackson Police Department said. "Somebody comes along, door's open, they get in, and they go."...
Man charged with burglary, theft after laundromat heist (07/12/15)
A warrant was issued Friday for a Scott City man found with more than $400 in quarters in his truck after an alleged burglary. Larry D. Tanner, 27, has been charged with second-degree burglary and theft of property or services valued at more than $500 but less than $25,000, online court records show...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/10/15 (07/10/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of stealing. n Megan M. Sisk, 18, 906 S. Benton St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for probation violation...
Jackson police report 7/10/15 (07/10/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Becka Leeann Darby, 17, 382 County Road 324, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle without a valid license and resisting arrest by a law enforcement officer...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/9/15 (07/09/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of possession of a controlled substance, driving while revoked and driving while intoxicated. n Alicia D. Havel, 36, 45 S. West End Blvd., was arrested on a Franklin County warrant for failure to appear for stealing...
Jackson police report 7/9/15 (07/09/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Darrell A. Hinkle, 56, of Fredericktown, Missouri, was issued a summons for failure to stop at a stop sign. n Ashley R. Hedrick, 25, of Jackson was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle...
Horse dies after being shot at 'close range' near Puxico (07/09/15)
PUXICO, Mo. -- The Stoddard County Sheriff's Office was contacted late last week about the shooting death of a horse from the Jim Hutchcraft farm on County Road 483, southeast of Puxico. Hutchcraft reportedly returned home from work about 7 p.m. Thursday and found the horse lying dead behind his barn. Four other horses were unharmed...
16-year-old boy charged in shooting of Illinois cop (07/09/15)
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in the shooting of a Mounds, Illinois, police officer. About 7 a.m. Wednesday, Mounds officers responded to a report of an armed subject attempting to break into a residence, according to a news release from Illinois State Police...
Shot fired through home misses woman's head by 2 feet (07/09/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Butler County woman is lucky to be alive after a neighbor allegedly shot a bullet from a high-powered rifle into her trailer -- missing her head by two feet as she slept. Butler County sheriff's deputies arrested Keith Martin, 31, of Poplar Bluff at 11:17 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, a misdemeanor. He was booked at the county jail and released pending a review of the case by the prosecuting attorney's office...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/8/15 (07/08/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Andrea Danielle Burton, 19, of Thebes, Illinois, was arrested on suspicion of stealing at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St. n Michael Danny William Hardin Jr., 18, 707 Broadway, was arrested on suspicion of stealing at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St...
Jackson police report 7/8/15 (07/08/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Anthony L. Sinks, 37, of Cape Girardeau was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle. n Courtney F. Denny, 20, of Park Hills, Missouri, was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle...
Cape man faces domestic assault charges (07/07/15)
A Cape Girardeau man is facing charges after being accused of an domestic assault June 21. Charles M. Garmon Jr. has been charged with one count each of first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action, online court records show. About 11 p.m. June 21, officers responded to a Cape Girardeau home for a report of "shots fired," Sgt. Adam Glueck of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said in an email...
Body of man found in Pemiscot County (07/07/15)
HOLLAND, Mo. -- The body of a Hayti, Missouri, man who apparently was shot several times was discovered early Friday. Larry Wayne Turner, 30, was found lying in the front yard of a house on Highway F west of Holland in Pemiscot County at 6:55 a.m. Friday, according to a news release from the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department...
Robbery suspect to be tried in September (07/07/15)
A Cape Girardeau man will stand trial in September for his alleged role in a robbery. Jesse Boyer, 34, will appear for a jury trial Sept. 29 before judge Benjamin Lewis. Boyer is charged with once count each of armed criminal action and first-degree robbery in a beating and theft March 31 on North Middle Street in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/5/15 (07/05/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Jackson C. Sadler, 17, of Oran, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of being a minor in possession. n Della R. Wallace, 38, of Zalma, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of stealing at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St...
Jackson police report 7/5/15 (07/05/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Donail K. Coon, 55, of Sullivan, Illinois, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. n Eddie G. Bowen II, 28, 117 E. Park St., No. 1, was arrested on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a child...
70-year-old man accused of hitting brother with hammer (07/05/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, area man is in jail accused of repeatedly striking his brother with a hammer. Jerry E. Savat, 70, is in custody on charges of second-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a deputy went to Savat's residence early Friday morning about an assault...
Major Case Squad disbanded in shooting case (07/05/15)
Four days after a shooting in Cape Girardeau, the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad announced it no longer will investigate the case, leaving it to local authorities. Police responded Monday afternoon to 401 S. Hanover St., where a woman was found shot in the head in an apparent drive-by shooting. She was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting...
State police told to turn over Carbondale shooting records (07/03/15)
ST. LOUIS -- Illinois State Police improperly withheld information and must turn over investigative records sought by the father of a 21-year-old Carbondale woman killed in a shooting, the state attorney general's office has determined. Former Southern Illinois University student Molly Marie Young died in March 2012 at the apartment of her ex-boyfriend, Richie Minton, a Carbondale police dispatcher...
Standoff ends with man shooting himself to death (07/03/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control will investigate a standoff in which a man eventually took his own life. Greg Davis apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff that began about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday...
Reward being offered in drive-by shooting case (07/03/15)
After issuing a news release Wednesday, law-enforcement officials have found two eye-witnesses they were searching for in connection with a shooting in Cape Girardeau. However, no arrests had been made by Thursday afternoon. Police were searching for Deion "Lester" Phillips and Devon "Day Day da Kidd" Smith, both of Cape Girardeau, after beliving they witnessed the apparent drive-by shooting earlier in the week...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/2/15 (07/02/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges for possession of drug paraphernalia. n Nicole M. Guth, 35, 1516 Elfrink Drive, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for violation of court order...
Jackson police report 7/2/15 (07/02/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Mary S. Mylonas, 34, 116 Ash St., was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. n Mary K. Rinacke, 19, 800 Eastview Court, was arrested on suspicion of stealing...
Police seek witnesses to drive-by shooting (07/02/15)
Law-enforcement officials are asking for the public's help finding two eyewitnesses to the Monday shooting of a woman in the 400 block of Hanover Street in Cape Girardeau. The woman was sitting on the porch of a residence at 401 S. Hanover St. and was shot in the head during an apparent drive-by shooting. She remains in serious condition at a hospital, said Sgt. Adam Glueck of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/1/5 (07/01/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Anthony J. Mackins, 30, 24 S. Hanover St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for assault. n Amber N. Pigg, 23, of Sikeston, Missouri, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear...
Jackson police report 7/1/15 (07/01/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Jessica L. Booker, 28, of Jackson was issued summonses for failure to register a motor vehicle, failure to yield to a motor vehicle causing an accident and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license...
Oran man accused of stealing from storage units (07/01/15)
An Oran, Missouri, man was arrested and charged with stealing Friday. James K. Aurelio, 38, has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of theft under $500. The Scott County Sheriff's Office received reports last week of thefts from storage units near Oran, with laminate flooring and power tools being the primary items stolen...
No leads reported in drive-by shooting (07/01/15)
No suspects are in custody after a Cape Girardeau woman was seriously injured during an apparent drive-by shooting Monday. At 2:46 p.m. Monday, the Cape Girardeau Police Department responded to 401 S. Hanover St., said Cape Girardeau police spokesman Sgt. Adam Glueck. The victim was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting...
Woman seriously hurt in drive-by shooting (06/30/15)
A Cape Girardeau woman was injured seriously Monday after being shot in the head during an apparent drive-by shooting in front of 401 S. Hanover St., according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Sgt. Adam Glueck, a spokesman for the department, said police were sent to the residence at 2:46 p.m. The victim was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting, he said...
Slain-man call in Jackson turns out to be false alarm (06/29/15)
An emergency call brought Jackson police, a SWAT team and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to a home Sunday night in uptown Jackson. A man called police and said a man had been killed inside a residence at the 500 block of Nellie Street. But when police arrived, the only person inside was a woman who said she had no idea what was going on...
Man accused of copper-wire theft in Perry County (06/28/15)
A Desloge, Missouri, man is facing charges after allegedly stealing copper at an Perry County business. James E. Mahurin, 42, has been charged with second-degree burglary, theft of wire/electrical transformer or other device/pipe, first-degree trespassing, attempted theft wire/electrical transformer or other device/pipe and two counts of first-degree property damage...
Cape man found guilty of child molestation (06/28/15)
A Cape Girardeau man was found guilty Friday on two counts of first-degree child molestation. A jury of nine men and three women found Brendon Max, 29, guilty after an hour of deliberation, according to a news release from Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh...
Man convicted of sodomy with child commits suicide (06/28/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, man convicted of statutory sodomy Thursday later took his own life. A jury deliberated over three hours Thursday before finding Shannon Mouser, 40, guilty of one count of first degree statutory sodomy for having deviate sexual intercourse with a child less than 12 years of age at a residence in Scott County between March 16, 2003, to Dec. 1, 2004...
Sikeston man accused of sex crimes with a 12-year-old (06/28/15)
A Sikeston, Missouri,was arrested and charged with sexual crimes involving a child. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said Zachary Caleb Neal, 23, of Sikeston is charged with first-degree statutory sodomy and enticement of a child. Walter said an investigation revealed Neal met the 12-year-old victim through a social media website. Sexually-focused Internet conversations led to Neal meeting the victim at the child's residence, and Walter said Neal had sexual contacts with the child...
Murder suspect indicted on additional charges (06/26/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, man facing murder charges also has been indicted on charges of assault on a law-enforcement officer and armed criminal action. William Henry Applewhite III, 28, allegedly assaulted three officers at the Scott County Jail in May...
Sikeston man accused of sex crimes against child (06/26/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, man faces charges of sex-related crimes involving a child. Terry Allen Lewis, 35, is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy, child molestation in the first degree and two counts of sexual misconduct. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said investigators began working with the Scott County Children's Division after receiving information Lewis had sex-related contact with a female relative. ...
Burglary suspect arrested Friday at Cape motel (06/28/15)
A Cape Girardeau man wanted for failure to appear on burglary, theft and property-damage charges was arrested early Friday evening. David Rains, 35, was taken into custody without incident, SWAT commander Lt. John Davis said. Narcotics officers received information Friday that Rains was at the Holiday Lodge Motel and Apartments at 1918 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, Davis said. Officers arrived on the scene about 5:45 p.m., and Rains was arrested without a fight...
Man wanted for alleged sodomy arrested Friday (06/28/15)
A Cape Girardeau man was arrested early Friday morning on a warrant for statutory sodomy. Stanley T. Oakley, 30, was arrested about 4:30 a.m. by the Cape Girardeau Police Department, according to an email from Sgt. Adam Glueck. A juvenile victim and her mother reported in April that the girl, who is younger than 17, allegedly "agreed to and engaged in a sexual act with Oakley," Glueck said in an earlier email...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/26/15 (06/26/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. n Jason M. Kirby, 22, of Jackson was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated and exhibition driving. n Justin R. Depauw, 38, 101 S. Pacific St., was arrested on a Miner, Missouri, warrant for failure to appear...
Local man being sought on sodomy charge (06/26/15)
A warrant has been issued for a Cape Girardeau man charged with statutory sodomy. Stanley T. Oakley, 30, is being sought after an incident reported by a juvenile victim and her mother in April, according to an email from Sgt. Adam Glueck of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/25/15 (06/25/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Demetrius E. Robinson, 23, 610 Boxwood Drive, was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for probation violation. n A juvenile was cited into juvenile court for missing/being a runaway...
Man gets 7 years for killing son (06/25/15)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Stoddard County judge sentenced a Catron, Missouri, man to seven years in prison Monday afternoon in connection with the May 2012 shooting death of his son. A seven-woman, five-man jury convicted Charles C. Goforth of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action after an April trial...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/24/15 (06/24/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Melvin Dancy Jr., 44, homeless, was arrested on four Cape Girardeau warrants for three counts of failure to appear for driving while suspended and no insurance...
Jackson police report 6/24/15 (06/24/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Donna S. Rollett, 48, 811 Greensferry Road, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Hunter C. Eldridge, 21, of Glenallen, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of property damage, trespassing and unlawful use of a weapon...
Police seek wanted man in Cape apartment (06/24/15)
Officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department and Cape Girardeau Police Department searched a Cape Girardeau apartment for a wanted man Tuesday morning. David Rains, 35, is wanted on failure to appear for charges of burglary, stealing and property damage...
Man injured in motorcycle crash was fleeing police (06/23/15)
One man was injured when his motorcycle crashed near the 300 block of North Lorimier Street after fleeing a police officer Monday afternoon. Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Adam Glueck said before the crash, an officer tried to stop the motorcyclist for excessive speed at 2:48 p.m.. When the man fled, the officer pursued him about two blocks before discontinuing the pursuit because of safety concerns, Glueck said...
Suspect posts comment on police Facebook page before his arrest (06/23/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Despite a brag he "never ran from a gun" on a Poplar Bluff Police Facebook post seeking his whereabouts, Randy A. Wynn was apprehended without incident Monday. Authorities arrested Wynn, 31, of Poplar Bluff at 9:40 a.m. in front of the Black River Coliseum on suspicion of felonious restraint, armed criminal action, second-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and a parole absconder warrant. Police had searched for Wynn since Saturday afternoon...
Case continued in Gordonville slaying (06/23/15)
A man accused of shooting his stepdaughter appeared in Cape Girardeau County court Monday before Judge Benjamin Lewis. Ricky Schweain, 54, had his case continued after his attorney, Jennifer Slone, cited "a significant amount of discovery" in the case...
Man accused of shooting at vehicle appears in court (06/23/15)
A Cape Girardeau man facing charges after allegedly firing a weapon at a vehicle appeared in court Monday. Brandon King, 28, who had been scheduled to enter a plea, online court records show, had his case continued, but only after addressing the court...
Murder charge against Broseley man dismissed (06/21/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The state dismissed charges against a Broseley, Missouri, man in connection with the April shooting death of another man inside a Cynthia Street apartment. The case was "dismissed because of insufficient evidence in that Walter (Lee) Currie (Jr.) appeared to be acting in self-defense," said Butler County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Paul Oesterreicher, who dismissed the charge Monday, the same day the 21-year-old was supposed to appear for a preliminary hearing...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/21/15 (06/21/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Kaylon J. Grubbs, 28, 27 N. Ellis St., Apt. 6, was arrested on two Cape Girardeau County warrants for failure to appear for traffic offenses. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of domestic assault...
Jackson police report 6/21/15 (06/21/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests to not imply guilt. n Donna M. Parker, 29, of Clarkton, Missouri, was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear on charges of displaying the plates of another and failure to register a motor vehicle...
Jackson man pleads not guilty to shooting at insurance adjuster (06/21/15)
A Jackson man facing charges after he allegedly fired a weapon at an insurance adjuster has pleaded not guilty. Matthew Thomas Copen, 39, pleaded not guilty June 8 to unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Cairo man to be tried for murder next month (06/21/15)
A man accused of killing a Cairo, Illinois, woman earlier this year goes on trial next month. Online court records show Christopher H. Simpkins, also of Cairo, is scheduled for a jury trial beginning July 14. Cairo police conducted a check on Gloria F. Wiggins, 25, about 11:15 p.m. Feb. 26 at a residence on Elmwood Street and found Wiggins dead in the home...
3 charged with stealing irrigation wire (06/19/15)
Three men are facing charges in connection with theft of irrigation wire in Scott County. Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd has charged Marvin L. Burton Jr., 44, of Scott City, Marcus A. Bowers, 26, of Jonesboro, Illinois, and Joseph M. Reddick, 52, of Emporia, Kansas, with felony theft and property damage, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Office. Bond for each has been set at $5,000 cash only...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/19/15 (06/19/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Caleb W. Lee, 25, of Marble Hill, Missouri, was arrested on three Cape Girardeau warrants for failure to appear. n Lola A. Cox, 56, of Whitewater was arrested on a Fredericktown, Missouri, warrant for failure to appear for bad checks...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/18/15 (06/18/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Tonya M. Bruce, 40, of Perryville, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of stealing. n David R. Smith, 30, of Scott City was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for stealing...
Dexter man accused of sodomy with teen girl (06/17/15)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man is being held in the Stoddard County Jail on charges of first-degree sodomy/attempted sodomy. Lloyd Eric Anderson, 34, of Dexter was arrested because of allegations he sexually assaulted a 17 year-old girl at a residence June 14, according to a police report...
Park streaker charged with sexual misconduct, possessing meth (06/17/15)
A Cape Girardeau man found naked Tuesday in Arena Park is facing charges. Michael W. Marberry, 56, has been charged with sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, online court records show...
Man reports being shot in south Cape Girardeau (06/18/15)
A man was shot early Wednesday afternoon in south Cape Girardeau. Police and emergency personnel responded to a house in the 500 block of South Sprigg Street about 1:30 Wednesday. Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Adam Glueck said the victim, a 19-year-old Cape Girardeau man, was found inside the house...
Park streaker charged with sexual misconduct, meth possession (06/18/15)
A Cape Girardeau man found naked Tuesday in Arena Park is facing charges. Michael W. Marberry, 56, has been charged with sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, online court records show...
Dexter man accused of sodomy with teen girl (06/18/15)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man is being held in the Stoddard County Jail on charges of first-degree sodomy/attempted sodomy. Lloyd Eric Anderson, 34, of Dexter was arrested because of allegations he sexually assaulted a 17 year-old girl at a residence June 14, according to a police report...
Second suspect sought in Sikeston killing (06/18/15)
Second suspect sought in Sikeston killing SIKESTON, Mo. -- A second suspect is being sought in connection with the June 6 shooting death of TyRussell Davis. Kelvin Knight, 22, is being sought by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety on a warrant for murder, assault, robbery and armed criminal action...
Caregiver arrested for leaving kids in hot car (06/18/15)
KENNETT, Mo. -- On Tuesday, Kennett police were sent to the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot to check on two small children left in a vehicle. When officers arrived about 3:15 p.m., they found the children in the car with the windows rolled down, along with several worried witnesses...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/17/15 (06/17/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Angela R. Brune, 53, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Angelica H. Vickers, 29, of Marion, Illinois, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Jackson police report 6/17/15 (06/17/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Tyler S. Stone, 23, 502 N. Oak Hill Road, was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault and resisting arrest. n Jody M. Blevins, 43, 502 N. Oak Hill Road, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution...
Naked man on bicycle fails to elude police (06/17/15)
A man is in custody after trying to flee police at a Cape Girardeau park Tuesday. Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Adam Glueck said at least two reports came in about 4:30 p.m. of a naked man at Arena Park. Police arrived to find a man, naked except for his shoes, near the park's train...
Ex-Poplar Bluff streets chief faces trial (06/17/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A former Poplar Bluff street department superintendent has been ordered to stand trial in connection with the shooting of a woman during what apparently began as a child-custody dispute at his home. Accompanied by his attorney, Danny Moore, Jeremy W. Grable appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Swindle for a preliminary hearing in his case...
Illinois murder suspect moves closer to trial (06/17/15)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- The murder case against Travis Turner moved a step closer to trial Tuesday. Turner was unable to appear in court, but his attorney, David Lloyd, filed an oral motion to allow Turner to appear at trial wearing his own clothes, which is a standard request. The state voiced no objections...
Another Sikeston shooting leaves one injured (06/16/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man reportedly was shot twice in the back Saturday night. The victim was transported to a hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. This marks the fourth shooting in Sikeston in less than three weeks. On June 6, TyRussell Davis, along with a passenger in his sport utility vehicle, were shot in the Welter and Lee Street area, killing Davis and leaving the other victim with three gunshot wounds. ...
Two people arrested after armed robbery in Cape (06/16/15)
Two people are in custody after an armed robbery Saturday afternoon in downtown Cape Girardeau. Sumner Kyle Foster, 19, and Tarrington Lareese Marks, 20, both of Cape Girardeau, are charged with robbery and armed criminal action with bond set at $50,000 cash only for each, according to reports. Foster is a former resident of Charleston, Missouri, and Marks is formerly of Sikeston, Missouri...
Man jailed after woman attacked (06/16/15)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- An East Prairie man accused of severely beating a woman and holding her hostage is in jail. Brian K. Merryman, 38, of East Prairie is charged with two felony counts of first-degree domestic assault and felonious restraint...
Two men accused in shooting arrested in Cape (06/15/15)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A four-day search by law enforcement led to the arrests of two Charleston men wanted in connection with a shooting. Lamarcus Williams, 18, and Jadarius McCain, 19, were arrested Saturday in Cape Girardeau in connection with a shooting Tuesday in Charleston. The men are charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and property damage...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/14/15 (06/14/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Tyler J. Clark, 28, 3009 Mosley Lane, was arrested on a probation warrant for parole violation and on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana...
Jackson police report 6/14/15 (06/14/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Robert L. Crader Jr., 60, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant. n Tyler P. Hawn, 49, 323 E. Washington St., No. B, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication...
Police look for suspect in armed robbery (06/14/15)
Police are searching for a suspect in connection with an armed robbery Saturday afternoon in downtown Cape Girardeau. Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Rick Schmidt said police responded to a reported robbery near the intersection of Independence and Main streets...
Motions heard before George Joseph's murder trial next month (06/14/15)
Murder suspect George Joseph was in court Friday in one of his last appearances before his case goes to trial next month. During the motion hearing Friday, Jospeh's attorney, Cynthia Dryden, sought to revisit motions that had been overruled. The first was a motion to suppress, which Judge Benjamin Lewis overruled...
Man allegedly stabbed by girlfriend's son (06/14/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man is in serious condition after being allegedly stabbed several times by his girlfriend's 17-year-old son as she held him down. Butler County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Desean R. Bell and April L. Noyes, 37, both of the 600 block of Hart Street in Neelyville, Missouri, on suspicion of first-degree assault at 1:15 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of Lyla Lane...
Former minister's attempted-murder trial delayed (06/14/15)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Donald Lafferty is due in court in January after being originally scheduled to stand trial this month. The former minister faces charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson, armed criminal action and financial exploitation of an elderly/disabled person...
Man pleads guilty in HIV infections case (06/14/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Dexter, Missouri, man who admitted to exposing as many as 300 people to HIV has pleaded guilty. David L. Mangum entered the plea of guilty to two counts of recklessly risking infection of another person of HIV on Tuesday at the Butler County Courthouse...
2 arrested after burglary; 'incendiary device' found (06/14/15)
Two men were in custody after an investigation into a burglary on Cape Girardeau County Road 444. Christopher Overy, 28, of Oak Ridge and Zackary Stewart, 26, of Springfield, Missouri, each were charged with one count of burglary and stealing, according to the Facebook page Saturday of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office. Stewart also was charged with property damage...
Suspect arrested in connection with neck-slashing incident (06/14/15)
A Cape Girardeau man was in custody after an alleged assault Monday night. A 50-year-old man, also of Cape Girardeau, arrived about 10 a.m. Tuesday at police headquarters with a large laceration on the side of his neck, Sgt. Adam Glueck of the Cape Girardeau Police Department wrote in an email...
Without a trace: 50 years after she vanished, Beth Gill's family keeps searching (06/12/15)
Saturday will pass like any other for most people, but one local family likely will spend the day preoccupied with thoughts of their long-missing loved one. At age 2 1/2, Elizabeth Ann Gill went missing June 13, 1965 -- and the search continues. Headlines through the decades express the public's frustration with the fruitless investigations and mark the passage of time: "Another Lead Discarded as Hunt for Gill Goes On." "Betsy Gill Missing Now For 3 Weeks." "Betsy Gill Gone 13 Months, But Hunt Persists." "Betsy will be 21: Where Is She?". ...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/12/15 (06/12/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Robert J. Haynes, 22, of Sikeston, Missouri, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for contempt of court for failure to pay fines...
Prosecutor will seek death penalty in Parma shooting (06/12/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The man accused of killing a store clerk during a robbery will face the death penalty. New Madrid Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Lawson filed notice with the Circuit Court on Wednesday he will seek the death penalty for Deion D. Martin of Parma, Missouri...
2 charged in Perry County shooting (06/12/15)
Two people have been charged in connection with a shooting Wednesday in Perry County, Missouri. Perry County Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Hoeh has charged Dylan Taylor, 19, of Perryville, with one count of first-degree robbery, three counts of armed criminal action, three counts of first-degree assault and theft of a firearm, according to an email from the Perry County Sheriff's Department. All charges are felonies...
Program helps juvenile offenders payback community (06/12/15)
The upcoming move to a new facility at 2137 Rust Ave. also represents new opportunities for Cape Girardeau County's Juvenile Department. Once the department settles in and begins to adjust to its new surroundings, so will its community service and restitution project, "Operation Payback."...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/11/15 (06/11/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Jerrry L.C. Warren Jr., 32, 17 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear for driving while intoxicated. n Gary L. Lunsford, 65, 1928 Delwin St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear for fraud...
17-year-old shot in Shakertown; suspect in custody (06/11/15)
A 17-year-old was recovering from a gunshot wound Wednesday. Just before 11 a.m., the Perry County Sheriff's Office received a call about a person who had been shot and was at his sister's home at a mobile-home park near Shakertown, a subdivision on Route B south of Perryville, Missouri, the office stated in an email...
Shooting in Charleston seriously wounds man (06/11/15)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Two suspects are sought in connection with a shooting which that a Charleston man in serious condition. About 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Charleston Department of Public Safety received a call reporting a person shot in the 400 block of Walhausen Street. At the scene, officers found Javon Betts, 18, who was shot several times, according to Department of Public Safety director Robert Hearnes...
Next set of Roll Call events begins Thursday (06/10/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department has released the locations for its next three Neighborhood Roll Call events. They will be Thursday at College and Albert streets, June 18 at Good Hope and Benton streets and June 25 at Greenbrier Street and Nottingham Lane. All Roll Calls take place at 7 p.m...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/10/15 (06/10/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of trespassing. n Michael S. Cruz, 35, homeless, was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear...
Jackson police report 6/10/15 (06/10/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Diovionne R. Moore, 22, of Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of tampering with a motor vehicle. n Kasey A. Quinn, 20, 700 Olive St., was arrested on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol by consumption...
Church's music minister jailed on Peeping Tom conviction (06/10/15)
The music minister at a local church reported to jail earlier this month in connection with charges of invasion of privacy. Shane R. Steck, 35, of Cape Girardeau pleaded guilty in February to one count of second-degree invasion of privacy, a class A misdemeanor...
Kennett murder suspect released on bond (06/09/15)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Kennett man accused in the murder of his wife is out on bond, said Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff McCormick. Bond was set Thursday by Circuit Judge Robert Mayer at $1 million for Allan Branum, charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of his wife, Regena, in May 2014...
Kennett murder suspect released on bond (06/08/15)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Kennett man accused in the murder of his wife is out on bond, said Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff McCormick. Bond was set Thursday by Circuit Judge Robert Mayer at $1 million for Allan Branum, charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of his wife, Regena, in May 2014...
Monia trial in Cape Girardeau County likely delayed to 2016 (06/09/15)
Don't expect to see former businessman Keith Monia facing trial in Cape Girardeau County before 2016. Monia, who appeared in court Monday for a case review before Judge Benjamin Lewis, had his case continued to late September to allow time for his two other jury trials to take place...
Attitude, programs help ex-felons find jobs (06/07/15)
"What are you going to do now that you've graduated?" It's a common question this time of year. Many people know the feeling of being put on the spot when that question is asked, either by relatives at a graduation party or friends wondering whether they'll cross paths again. And despite having put in hours of study, training and going through interviews, many people still haven't found the right fit. A world of opportunity is waiting outside those doors. Now imagine those doors have bars.
Suspect in custody after fatal shooting in Sikeston (06/08/15)
A Sikeston, Missouri, man is in custody, and Sikeston police are investigating a shooting that left one St. Louis man dead and a Sikeston man wounded Saturday night. About 11:10 p.m. Saturday, police received a call of shots fired near Welter and Lee streets. ...
Dexter man accused of making terrorist threats (06/08/15)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter resident who faces several changes, including a terrorist threat, appeared for arraignment Thursday. Jason L. Teague, 38, of Dexter was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on May 27 at his residence. According to the probable-cause affidavit, trooper M. B. Foster contacted Teague at his home after receiving information from the Missouri Department of Transportation that Teague had made "several threats to employees on social media."...
Cape man accused of weapons violations after fight (06/07/15)
A Cape Girardeau man is facing weapons charges after allegedly firing a gun during an altercation. Elijah J. Lintz, 19, faces one count each of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action after an incident Tuesday at Benton Street and Jefferson Avenue in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/7/15 (06/07/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Bonnie M. Busse, 19, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of stealing an FM transmitter at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St. n Brooke M. Medley-Albrecht, 19, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and stealing an FM transmitter at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St...
Man accused of stabbing woman with screwdriver (06/07/15)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- An East Prairie man was accused of stabbing a woman with a screwdriver early Friday. Anthony George, 30, is charged with first-degree domestic assault, burglary and armed criminal action. At 4:22 a.m. Friday, officers with the East Prairie Police Department responded to a report of domestic violence at a residence, according to the department. ...
Computer system lets Cape turn data into maps and charts (06/05/15)
Through use of a certain computer system, Cape Girardeau's city departments are able to operate in a new way. Using geographic information systems -- GIS -- means being able to capture city, county, state and even federal data and manipulate them into maps and charts for department or public use...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/5/15 (06/05/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Tyler Jacob Michelson, 22, 1710 N. Sprigg St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. n Demontrae D. Hill, 19, 212 S. Ellis St., was arrested on suspicion of assault...
About 20 residents turn out for Neighborhood Roll Call (06/05/15)
About 20 concerned residents turned out to talk to police during the second Neighborhood Roll Call. The meeting, held Thursday evening at Sunset Boulevard and Themis Street in Cape Girardeau, lasted about 45 mintues. "There's been some thefts from vehicles and a couple of burglaries in this neighborhood in the last couple of weeks," Lt. Rodney Barker said of why he chose the Sunset and Themis area. "I think the big concern is the shooting that happened on Whitener two or three nights ago."...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/4/15 (06/04/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Angela R. Brune, 53, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Robert L. Thompson, 52, of Sikeston, Missouri, was arrested on a Marble Hill, Missouri, warrant for failure to appear...
Jackson police report 6/4/15 (06/04/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Bradley H. Reddick, 34, 313 N. Railroad, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and failure to maintain single lane. n Jonathan R. Joyner, 32, of Ballwin, Missouri, was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear on original charges of driving on park grass and failure to show proof of insurance...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/3/15 (06/03/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Matthew W. Taylor, 22, 623 Jefferson Ave., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for a traffic violation. n Two suspects were in custody pending formal charges of unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute...
Jackson police report 6/3/15 (06/03/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Derrell P. Spivey Jr., 32, of Sullivan, Indiana, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana under 35 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Cape Girardeau woman accused of shooting at ex-boyfriend (06/03/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A woman has turned herself in to police after reportedly shooting at her former boyfriend. At 1 a.m. Tuesday, a woman suspected in a shooting Monday turned herself in to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, according to Capt. Jim McMillen, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety's public information officer...
Suspect arrested after Sikeston man shot several times (06/03/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man was reported in serious but stable condition after being shot several times Monday. Officers from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety were sent about 10:40 p.m. Monday to 815 Ruth St., where they found a 26-year-old man with gunshot wounds...
Man fleeing vehicle stop runs over New Madrid officer (06/03/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A New Madrid police officer is recovering after a driver intentionally ran over him during a vehicle stop. Ron C. Murphy, 43, of New Madrid is being held in the Pemiscot County Jail pending the filing of charges, after a traffic stop that began at 3:53 p.m. Monday on Dawson Road, just west of First Street...
Mom faces 13 felonies after daughter dies, 2 found malnourished (06/02/15)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Stoddard County judge ordered a Malden, Missouri, woman to stand trial Friday on more than a dozen felony counts stemming from the 2014 death of her adopted daughter and the alleged neglect of two other adopted daughters. Tina Diann Burton, 46, originally was charged with second-degree murder and child abuse...
Fugitive sex offender recaptured near Delta (06/01/15)
A sex offender who had who removed his GPS monitoring device last week was apprehended Monday, the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department reported. Derek K. Kinder, 27, of Jackson was arrested after a short foot chase near Delta, according to a post on the department's Facebook page...
Mom faces 13 felonies after daughter dies, 2 found malnourished (06/01/15)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Stoddard County judge ordered a Malden, Missouri, woman to stand trial Friday on more than a dozen felony counts stemming from the 2014 death of her adopted daughter and the alleged neglect of two other adopted daughters. Tina Diann Burton, 46, originally was charged with second-degree murder and child abuse...
Fugitive sex offender recaptured near Delta (06/02/15)
A sex offender who had who removed his GPS monitoring device last week was apprehended Monday, the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department reported. Derek K. Kinder, 27, of Jackson was arrested after a short foot chase near Delta, according to a post on the department's Facebook page...
Account established to help student injured in hit-and-run accident (05/31/15)
Faculty and staff at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School have established an account at Montgomery Bank for a student who recently was injured in a hit-and-run accident. Arianna Harris, who had just completed seventh-grade, was walking across Independence Street from Amerimart to the school May 19 when she was struck by a vehicle and landed on the north side of the road, according to Cape Girardeau police...
Flying bullets cause property damage (06/01/15)
Property was damaged by bullets outside a Cape Girardeau home early Sunday morning. At 4:57 a.m., the Cape Girardeau Police Department received a report of six to eight shots heard in the 1500 block of Whitener Street. Later, a resident of a home in the block discovered bullet holes to her vehicle parked in front of the residence and one bullet that appeared to have struck the base of the foundation of her house, a Cape Girardeau Police Department public information officer Adam Glueck said...
Man accused of driving vehicle at deputy (05/31/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, man was arrested after being accused of driving his vehicle at a Scott County sheriff's deputy. O'Neal Wimberley Jr., 48, of rural Sikeston was charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and two misdemeanor counts of assault...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/31/15 (05/31/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Susan M. Kostecki, 45, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Samantha Renee Fisher, 23, of Sikeston, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of stealing at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St...
Jackson police report 5/31/15 (05/31/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Matthew W. Carmack, 24, 122 S. Bellevue St., No. 27, was arrested on suspicion of assault. n Edward L. Goforth Jr., 22, of Fredericktown, Missouri, was issued a summons for a seat-belt violation...
Sex offender from Jackson removes monitoring bracelet (05/31/15)
A registered sex offender still is at large after removing his monitoring bracelet Friday. Deputies from the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office were notified by the Missouri Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole on Friday that Derek K. Kinder, 27, of Jackson, who is a registered sex offender, had removed his electronic GPS monitoring bracelet...
Caruthersville man accused of attempted abduction (05/31/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Caruthersville man is in custody after a report of an attempted kidnapping. The Caruthersville Police Department received a call about 6 p.m. Thursday that a man had attempted to kidnap a juvenile. While officers were en route to the scene, they were notified the suspect had fled, according to the news release...
Three charged after police search Cape home (05/31/15)
Charges were filed against three of four individuals taken into custody Friday morning after the completion of a search warrant of a Cape Girardeau home. David P. Rains, 34, was charged with one count of burglary and stealing, one count of knowingly burning and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety, which was posted Saturday. According to the sheriff's department, he was released...
Sikeston police investigate shooting (05/29/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Officers from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety are investigating a shooting that took place Wednesday night. According to reports, a person was shot in the leg about 9:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Cole Street. The victim was taken to Missouri Delta Medical Center...
St. Louis man guilty in bank robberies (05/29/15)
A St. Louis man has been found guilty in two area bank robberies. After a one-day jury trial, Tyrice G. Royston, 36, was found guilty in federal court Wednesday of one count of bank robbery by force of violence in the March 2014 robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Essex, Missouri, according to a news release from the federal prosecutor's office in Cape Girardeau...
Lawsuit: St. Louis suburb's courts violate rights of poor (05/29/15)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses a St. Louis suburb of often violating the rights of the poor by jailing them because they can't pay small amounts of bond money. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis against 13,000-resident St. Ann alleges people unable to come up with bail amounts ranging from $150 to $350 frequently have to spend at least three days and sometimes a week in jail, constituting a "post-arrest, money-based detention scheme."...
Missouri group to examine human trafficking policies (05/29/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Legislature approved a measure to create a task force on human trafficking this session but failed to send the governor a measure aimed at cracking down on advertising sex with trafficking victims. The task force will be a path to coordinate disparate resources and provide more comprehensive, trauma-informed services to victims, Deborah Hume said Thursday. Hume is a founding member of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/29/15 (05/29/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Johnie P. Harrell, 61, 442 S. Spring Ave., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant. n Trent P. Tanchek, 36, of Benton, Missouri, was arrested on a probation and parole warrant for parole violation and burglary...
Jackson police report 5/29/15 (05/29/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Katelyn M. Bolen, 24, of Jackson was issued a summons for operating a motor vehicle while operator's license suspended. n Assault was reported in the 100 block of South Bellevue Street. n Assists were requested in the area of the city park and in the 2300 block of West Jackson Boulevard...
Parma murder suspect could face death penalty (05/29/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Deion Martin will know in just a few weeks whether he will face the death penalty. Martin, 21, who is charged in the shooting death of Brenda Smith on May 15, made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court...
Charges dropped against former Safe Harbor director (05/29/15)
Misdemeanor charges of animal abuse were dropped Thursday against Alice Wybert, the former president of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter near Jackson. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh dismissed the charges, according to a news release from his office, because of a consent judgment agreement recently reached between Wybert and the Missouri attorney general's office...
Local home invasion suspect arrested in Viburnum (05/29/15)
A third man sought in last week's home-invasion robbery in Jackson has been arrested. Evan Tillman, 23, of Jackson was arrested Thursday in Viburnum, Missouri, said Capt. Rodney Barnes of the Jackson Police Department. Tillman is charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of armed criminal action. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/28/15 (05/28/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Beverly A. Augustine, 66, 2130 Sherwood Drive, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Michael R. Webb Jr., 22, of Oran, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, crossing center lane and displaying plates of another vehicle...
Jackson police report 5/28/15 (05/28/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Jake A. Scroggins, 23, 954 W. Adams St., was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear on original charges of operating a motor vehicle while license revoked and failure to maintain a single lane...
Greenville man faces trial over shooting death (05/28/15)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Greenville man was ordered to stand trial Tuesday for his role in the shooting death of a man whose body was found lying next to his overturned all-terrain vehicle on a county road near Hiram, Missouri. Steven E. Jennewein, 34, appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Randy Schuller for a preliminary hearing on the charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action with Michael Burkman, 27, of Cape Girardeau and Brandon Norman, 25, of Lowndes, Missouri, in the Feb. ...
MoDOT employees threatened in Sikeston (05/28/15)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Missouri Department of Transportation's Southeast District's Sikeston headquarters was on high alert Wednesday after employees received a threat. "Some of their employees were threatened on social media, and MoDOT restricted the general public from coming into the building," said Sgt. Clark Parrott, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop E. "The employees are safe, and there's been no breach of their security."...
Man detained on child-sex charges (05/28/15)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- A Carter County man was arrested Tuesday on eight sex-related felonies stemming from alleged abuse of children. Johnny L. Hardwick, 41, of Fremont, Missouri, was charged Tuesday with four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, forcible rape, first-degree child molestation and two counts of incest by Carter County Prosecuting Attorney Ernie Richardson...
Police tracked down murder suspect through lottery tickets (05/28/15)
PARMA, Mo. -- A lottery ticket wasn't so lucky for a Parma man linked to a fatal robbery when he attempted to cash it in. Deion DeShawn Martin, 19, was arrested Sunday after law enforcement officials tracked his movements to St. Louis. Martin is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action in connection with the May 15 robbery at D and L One Stop in Parma, where employee Brenda Smith was shot and killed...
Warrant issued on Jackson home- invasion suspect (05/28/15)
An arrest warrant has been issued for a man police believe was involved in a Jackson home-invasion robbery last week. Evan Tillman, 23, of Jackson has been charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of armed criminal action. Tillman's bond has been set at $150,000 cash or surety, with the stipulation he may not possess any firearms, knives or other weapons, online court records show...
Man accused in Southeast Missouri robbery-killing (05/27/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A 21-year-old man is jailed without bond after being accused in the shooting death of a convenience-store clerk in his Southeast Missouri hometown. New Madrid County prosecutors have charged Deion Martin of Parma, Missouri, with one count each of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action...
Suspect in Gordonville slaying enters not-guilty plea (05/27/15)
Murder suspect Ricky Schweain waived formal arraignment Tuesday and entered a plea of not guilty. Schweain and his attorney, assistant public defender Leslie Hazel, appeared before Judge Benjamin Lewis in Division 1 Circuit Court in Jackson. Schweain, 54, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the March 26 shooting death of his stepdaughter, Melissa Luttrell, 27...
Suspect arrested in connection with Parma slaying (05/26/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- The New Madrid County Sheriff's Department reports an arrest was made in connection with the fatal robbery of a Parma, Missouri, convenience store May 18. "More information will be posted once the investigation is complete," said Sheriff Terry Stevens. ...
New Hamburg man briefly jailed for domestic assault charge (05/26/15)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- A New Hamburg man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic assault. Corey T. Crump, 22, of New Hamburg, was charged with a felony charge of second-degree domestic assault. On Saturday, a Scott County sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a woman who had been assaulted that morning, a news release stated. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/24/15 (05/24/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Two 15-year-old boys were arrested for assault. n Jeremy N. King, 38, 1208 S. Sprigg St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear for a traffic offense...
Jackson police report 5/24/15 (05/24/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Michael J. Eckstein, 33, 1445 Woodland Drive, No. C, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. n Robert L. Seabaugh, 25, of Altenburg, Missouri, was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle...
Suspect in killing of woman, teen son shot dead (05/24/15)
Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man accused of holding his former girlfriend captive in a crate at their home in western Missouri then fatally shooting her and her teenage son, was shot and killed Saturday, authorities said. Law enforcement officers killed James Barton Horn Jr., 47, at a state wildlife area in western Missouri, south of Knob Noster, Henry County Sheriff Kent Oberkrom said...
Mo. woman who said she was held captive for months found dead; Sedalia house surrounded by police (05/22/15)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Police have surrounded a home looking for the ex-boyfriend of a woman who was found dead Thursday, along with her teenage son, less than a month after the man was charged with holding her captive in a wooden box for months in western Missouri...
Police searching near Notre Dame for home invasion suspect (05/22/15)
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department spent several hours Thursday morning working with area police on a search for a suspect believed armed and dangerous. The manhunt took place in the area of Parkwood Lake Estates and Route K, near Notre Dame Regional High School...
Bloomfield bail bondsman gets 12 years on meth charge (05/22/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A former Stoddard County bail bondsman was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine. Stanley Leon Clark Sr. of Dexter, Missouri, pleaded guilty Monday to felony second-degree drug trafficking before Presiding Circuit Judge David Dolan in Scott County, according to a news release from Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver...
Police seek public's help in finding person of interest in Jackson robbery (05/24/15)
Two men were in custody, and police were looking for one person of interest after a home-invasion robbery Wednesday in Jackson. The robbery was reported at an apartment complex on Old Toll Road, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department...
Suspected hit-and-run driver to appear in court soon (05/24/15)
A man involved in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday that injured a Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School student has been issued several summonses but faces no criminal charges. Adam J. Mouser, 23, of Cape Girardeau was issued summonses for leaving the scene of an accident, having no insurance and driving with a suspended license, Cpl. Darin Hickey of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/22/15 (05/22/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of resisting arrest and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. n Timmy L. Burton, 54, of Mounds, Illinois, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to register as a sex offender...
Jackson police report 5/22/15 (05/22/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Gary W. Rainey, 32, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana under 35 grams and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. n Joshua T. Volkerding, 21, 3397 Route Y, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia...
Local officers honored at Respect for Law dinner (05/22/15)
Tables were packed Thursday night at the VFW hall in Cape Girardeau as law-enforcement officials were honored at the Evening Optimists' annual Respect for Law dinner and awards ceremony. In his keynote address, senior special agent David Diveley of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said this is the most chaotic time for law enforcement since the 1960s...
Suspected abductor waives extradition (05/22/15)
The suspect arrested in a Cape Girardeau adult abduction case appeared in court Tuesday in Grundy County, Illinois. Jeffery Lazier, 43, of Coal City, Illinois, was taken into custody May 15 in Yorkville, Illinois. He is accused of kidnapping a woman from Cape County Park South in Cape Girardeau on May 12 and sexually assaulting her...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/21/15 (05/21/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Madonna J. Bohnert, 57, of Jackson was arrested on a Sikeston, Missouri, warrant for failure to appear for expired registration. n Delanod T. Stone, 31, 1527 Hill St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for assault...
Man accused in beating, theft (05/21/15)
A Cape Girardeau man has been charged in a March 31 beating and theft on North Middle Street. Online court documents show Jesse Boyer, 34, has been charged with one count each of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. A witness told police a man later identified as Boyer struck the victim in the head with a gun and ran toward a house on North Frederick Street, according to a probable-cause statement filed in the case...
Jackson police initiative leads to multiple arrests (05/21/15)
A crime-prevention saturation event late last week led to several arrests in Jackson. The Jackson Police Department Special Response Team and Jackson Police Department Patrol Division conducted a crime prevention saturation Thursday and Friday, according to a news release from the department...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/20/15 (05/20/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Reggie E. Kindle, 32, 45 West End Blvd., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for driving while revoked. n Kellen M. Johnson, 20, of Jackson was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear...
Jackson police report 5/20/15 (05/20/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Cody A. Reid, 26, 1120 Apache Ave., was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear on a show-cause order. n Jeremy L. Rector, 20, 1023 Kent St., was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, being a minor in possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Junior-high student injured in hit-and-run accident (05/20/15)
A Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School student was injured in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday afternoon. The girl was crossing Independence Street from the Amerimart to the school when she was struck by a vehicle and landed on the sidewalk on the north side of the road, Cape Girardeau Police Department patrolman David Valentine said at the scene...
Shooting injures two in Charleston (05/20/15)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Two Charleston men were hospitalized after a shooting Monday evening. At 7:15 p.m. Monday, officers from the Charleston Department of Public Safety responded to a report of shots fired near the area of Vine and Elm (Sy Williams) streets. There, officers found a man with a gunshot wound, according to DPS director Robert Hearnes...
Jessie Bell convicted of second-degree murder (05/19/15)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Just after midnight Tuesday, the jury in the Jessie Bell trial returned a verdict, finding Bell guilty of second-degree murder in the death of James "Jimmy" Morrison.
Suspect charged in weekend shooting (05/19/15)
The name of a suspect involved in a Ranney Park shooting over the weekend was released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Dante L. Criddle, 23, of Cape Girardeau was charged with first-degree Class A felony assault and felony armed criminal action...
Woman shot, killed during robbery in Parma (05/19/15)
PARMA, Mo. -- A store clerk was shot to death during an apparent armed robbery in Southeast Missouri. New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens said Brenda Smith, 59, of rural Parma was shot and killed about 5:30 a.m. Monday as she and another employee were opening the D&L One Stop...
Schweain waives preliminary hearing (05/19/15)
A Cape Girardeau man accused of killing his stepdaughter waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday. Ricky L. Schweain, 54, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Melissa Luttrell, 27. About 4 p.m. ...
Suspect in custody after shooting at park (05/18/15)
A Cape Girardeau man was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds to his leg and abdomen, and another person was in police custody Sunday evening after a shooting at Ranney Park. In an email to media outlets, Cpl. Darin Hickey of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said a suspect had been arrested about 8 p.m., and police were not looking for any additional suspects...
Cape police, ATF execute search warrant on Broadway (05/17/15)
Cape Girardeau police in regular uniforms and tactical gear executed a search warrant about 5:30 p.m. Friday at a rental property in the 2000 block of Broadway. Cape Girardeau Police Lt. John Davis said officers were looking for property in the house...
Former principal gets probation for taking test for student (05/17/15)
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- A former Doniphan (Missouri) High School principal was placed on probation after he pleaded guilty to fraudulently using a former student's identification when he took a college placement test for that student. Ronald W. McCutchen, 54, of Park Hills, Missouri, entered an Alford plea and was "found guilty" of the Class B misdemeanor of identity theft before Presiding Circuit Judge David Evans on May 6 in Howell County, according to Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Miller.. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/17/15 (05/17/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Brittany N. Pagano, 26, 423 S. Hanover St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for a traffic offense. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of burglary...
Jackson police report 5/17/15 (05/17/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Michael L. Bell, 17, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on suspicion of assault and resisting arrest. n Randy J. Smith, 49, 2159 Litz Blvd., was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana under 35 grams and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia...
Arrest made in Cape kidnapping, rape (05/17/15)
An arrest was made in the adult abduction reported in Cape Girardeau last week. About 2 p.m. Friday, Jeffery M. Lazier, 43, of Coal City, Illinois, was taken into custody in Yorkville, Illinois, just west of Chicago, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Prosecution rests in Bell case; trial to continue next week (05/17/15)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- The state rested its case after calling its final two witnesses Friday in the murder trial of Jessie Bell. Patrick Turner, the brother of Bell's co-defendant, Travis Turner, testified first. Under questioning by prosecutor Tyler Edmonds, he testified he and several others had gone late April 11 or early April 12, 2014, to a house at 313 Douglas St. in Anna, Illinois, that his father, Ricky Turner, and Jennifer Smith were renting from James "Jimmy" Morrison...
Sikeston murder suspect faces more charges (05/15/15)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouiri, man jailed on murder charges faces additional charges after using a Taser on three officers during a weekend incident at the Scott County Jail. William Henry Applewhite III, 28, is charged with three counts of first-degree assault on corrections officers and armed criminal action. Bond is set at $100,000 cash only...
Jury sees video of interrogations in homicide case (05/15/15)
"I didn't kill him. I know that for a fact." Jessie Bell started out confident -- if sleepy -- in video of his interrogation the afternoon of April 12, 2014, the day Bell is accused of helping kill 46-year-old James "Jimmy" Morrison. The videos of two interrogations were shown Thursday in Union County, Illinois, Circuit Court...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/15/15 (05/15/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Jacob A. Roberts, 21, 1129 Lexington Ave., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and driving while revoked. n A suspect was in custody pending formal charges of domestic assault...
Joseph's financial issues may be used as evidence in trial (05/15/15)
A Cape Girardeau County circuit judge ruled Thursday financial matters involving George Joseph may be used as evidence during his upcoming trial. Joseph, 50, faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the May 30, 2013, shooting deaths of his wife, Mary, and their 18-year-old son, Matthew, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent suicide attempt at their home on West Cape Rock Drive in Cape Girardeau, court records show...
Photos released of truck believed to be involved in alleged abduction (05/15/15)
New photos of a truck believed to have been involved in an abduction in Cape Girardeau have been taken in Anna, Illinois. There appears to be a large dent on the rear quarter panel behind the rear tire on the passenger side of the truck, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/14/15 (05/14/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Robert D. Taylor, 31, 1014 Bloomfield St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia...
Testimony: Alleged murder victim was beaten to death (05/14/15)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- During the first day of trial for one of two Illinois men accused of murder, a forensic pathologist said he believed James H. "Jimmy" Morrison was beaten to death. Jessie Bell, 35, of Anna is charged with first-degree murder in the April 12, 2014, beating death of Morrison, 46, also of Anna. Bell is accused of hitting Morrison with his fists. A second man, Travis Turner, 26, of Dongola, is accused of hitting the victim with a piece of lumber...
Woman reports she was abducted in Cape Girardeau (05/14/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department and the FBI are working to investigate a report of an adult abduction. A woman told authorities Tuesday she was abducted for hours before escaping her captor. She said she was sitting in her vehicle in South County Park in Cape Girardeau when she was forced into a red extended cab Ford pickup truck. The abduction happened sometime between 11 a.m. and noon...
83-year-old man suspected in shooting (05/13/15)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- A shooting Monday at 107 W. Summit St. in Doniphan is being investigated by Doniphan Police. "I can confirm there was a shooting, the victim is in the hospital and the suspect is in custody," said Sgt. Joe Joiner. Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Miller, who was reviewing the police report Tuesday morning, identified the victim as Jerry Lee Wilson, 31, of Doniphan...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/13/15 (05/13/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Stephanie J. Brown, 36, 121 East Rodney Drive, was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for failure to appear for failure to yield right of way and no insurance; and on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear for fraud/false impersonation...
Jackson police report 5/13/15 (05/13/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Ethan A. Pack, 29, of Scott City was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant. n Sandra D. Coomer, 44, of Jackson was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle...
Illinois man accused of forgery, theft in Southeast Missouri (05/13/15)
A Sparta, Illinois, man is facing forgery and theft charges in Missouri. John C. Jeffers, 37, is accused of one count of stealing more than $25,000 and 16 counts of forgery between August 2012 and April 2014. In September, Brad Kueker of Kueker's Nursery near Perryville, Missouri, filed a police report after he discovered several forged checks written from the business' account, according to a probable-cause statement by Perryville police detective Ryan Worthington...
Jury selection begins in Illinois murder case (05/12/15)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Jury selection began Monday for one of two men accused in the beating death of an Illinois man. Jessie Bell, 35, of Anna, Illinois, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 2014 beating death of James H. "Jimmy" Morrison, 46, of Anna...
Lage pleads guilty in Velosity Electronics case (05/12/15)
A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing from a local business. Jeff Lage, 31, pleaded guilty to the class B felony of stealing $25,000 or more. Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis placed Lage on five years of supervised probation and ordered him to pay more than $70,000 in restitution to his former employer, Velosity Electronics, and serve 120 nonconsecutive days in jail...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/10/15 (05/10/15)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Cartez Shavon Wallace, 35, 414 S. Benton St., was arrested on a Sikeston, Missouri, warrant for failure to appear for traffic offenses. n Joan Elizabeth Renard, 56, 511 Bellevue St., was arrested on a warrant...
Jackson police report 5/10/15 (05/10/15)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Michael L. Willis, 54, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while operator's license revoked, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and violation of ignition interlock required...