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Man arrested for kidnapping and assault

Aug 27, 2014 -- 4:55pm


A Sikeston man faces kidnapping and assault charges after police say he took a woman against her will.  On the 14th, Harold Duff reportedly told the victim to call a man and break up with him. Instead, the woman called a friend, asking her to call police. Afterward, Duff blacked her right eye, placed her in the car, and attempted to drive her to the hospital.  However, Police say he took some prescribed medication to try to kill himself and started swerving. When he finally stopped at a gas station, she was able to run away and call police.  Duff was located Monday and taken into custody.

Woman accused of posing for photo with corpse

Aug 27, 2014 -- 4:40pm



A 24-year-old southwest Missouri woman has been arrested on an accusation that she posed with the body of a dead man and posted them on her Facebook page.  The Joplin Globe reports the Carl Junction woman is accused of posing with the body of 30-year-old Dennis Meyer, a Joplin man who was found dead last week in a rural Newton County driveway.  Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says he plans to submit a charge of abandonment of a corpse to the county prosecutor's office. He says authorities are still searching for a male suspect who also is pictured in the photos.  Copeland has said Meyer possibly died of a drug overdose. An autopsy has been performed, but authorities are waiting for a toxicology report.  

Kennett pharmacist sentenced on fraud charges

Aug 27, 2014 -- 4:23pm

The United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District says a Kennett pharmacist will serve six months prison and six more months of home confinement and pay $120,000 in restitution following his sentencing Thursday. 51-year old Brian Keith Mitchell pled guilty in April to billing for more expensive drugs than he actually dispensed to consumers from Mitchell Health Mart Pharmacy. In March, he entered into a separate federal civil settlement and repaid an additional $120,000 in damages.  As part of that civil settlement, he and his business were excluded from future participation in federal health care programs for five years. 



Blunt to discuss Executive Over-Reach

Aug 27, 2014 -- 4:15pm

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt will visit with leaders from across the region over tomorrow/today and Friday/tomorrow. He will start the two days by meeting with the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce at 9:30 am.  Local leaders are expected to share their concerns about executive over-reach and burdensome regulations. Blunt has recently introduced the “ENFORCE The Law Act” in the U.S. Senate to help ensure the executive branch faithfully executes the law.  He will also meet with leaders in Howell, Texas, Linn, Sullivan, and Putnam Counties.

University Closing Due to Water Main Break

Aug 27, 2014 -- 4:06pm

The main and River Campuses of Southeast Missouri State University are closing immediately due to a City of Cape Girardeau water main break that feeds the main campus.  Residence hall students are encouraged to return to campus on Monday. Offices will open and classes will resume at 8 a.m., Tuesday. Residence halls will be open for those students who need to remain on campus, but dining facilities will be available only in the Towers cafeteria, Rowdy’s, and at the River Campus.  The football game on Thursday, August 28th, against Missouri Baptist College will proceed with the 6 p.m. kick-off, and the women’s soccer match scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 29th, will be played as scheduled.


Man arrested for hit and run

Aug 27, 2014 -- 2:44pm

Kennett Police say a local man is facing charges after a hit and run that injured two people over the weekend.  Saturday night around 9:30, officers were called to Compress Road, where 54-year-old Clinton Queen and 58-year-old Vernon Pittman were hit by a dark colored SUV.  Queen was taken to the hospital and released. Pittman was flown to a hospital in Memphis and is still in critical condition.  Last/Tuesday night, police found a vehicle matching the description on Riggs Street.  42-year-old Joseph Stewart was brought in for questioning and then charged with first degree assault and felony leaving the scene of an accident.


Southeast Board of Regents meets

Aug 27, 2014 -- 2:43pm

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall. The Regents will consider a motion to go into a closed executive session for appropriate considerations regarding legal matters and personnel items.  No announcements of actions will be made following the meeting.

126 dogs, cats removed at Lebanon shelter

Aug 27, 2014 -- 12:46pm



The Humane Society of Missouri is taking 126 dogs and cats from the Lebanon Humane Society in southern Missouri.  Lebanon Humane Society board president Judith Koch says the new board was shocked at overcrowding and appalled by filthy conditions at the shelter. Plans are in place to bring the facility into compliance and restructure the organization, but Koch says the best alternative for existing animals is to have the state Humane Society care for them and put them up for adoption.  The animals include 65 cats, 49 medium-to-large dogs and 12 small-breed dogs.  The Humane Society of Missouri says all of the animals will be spayed and neutered. Some could be available for adoption as early as next week. 

Money is missing and the state auditor is catching some public officials with their hands in the cookie jar

Aug 27, 2014 -- 12:07pm

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich has been in office for 3 and a half years. In that time audits have shown 2-point-3-million dollars as missing or stolen and twenty eight public officials have been caught with poor practices of which twenty-two have been indicted with nine convicted! Schweich says as they continue the sweep for fraud and abuse they expect they have only found the tip of the iceberg. For example: in 2013 $79,766 was missing, and at least another $2,900 of concealed carry weapon (CCW) fees was gone in New Madrid County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated and an office manager was charged with felony theft. Schweich tells KZIM KSIM he wants YOU to help as a watch dog…"There are signs that someone is stealing your money. We go into an office and we see that only one person is doing it and we look at certain other things. For example, embezzlers almost never take a vacation because then somebody else has to take a look at the books. Embezzlers tend to give expensive gifts to coworkers and charities that are way beyond the kind of money that they make. So one of the best ways that we find them is when somebody gives us a tip." And it’s not just money. Officials and employees are stealing fuel or taking trips on the tax payer’s dime! To find out how to make an anonymous report or to look at the audits and who has been indicted go to and look under the audit reports tool. 

The most popular play area in the region is need of your support

Aug 27, 2014 -- 11:46am

When Jeff and Andrea Cunningham decided to build a playground in honor and memory of their late daughter Melaina they knew they would have to raise a lot of money. Their dream was to have a place where children of all abilities could play and navigate without obstruction. Andrea tells KZIM KSIM the popularity of Melaina’s Magical Playland has been very rewarding yet the work is not done. They are hosting the annual golf fundraiser at Kimbeland Golf Course in Jackson at Noon on Friday, September 5th… "The whole project was well over a million dollars to begin with. And those kinds of things require maintenance in order to keep it looking nice and to take care of repairs. We have continued to raise money but in addition we hope to be able to expand the playground and make some additions to it. So that's why continue to raise the money in things like this golf tournament." The shotgun start is at 1pm flowing lunch. It is all inclusive in a scramble format. There are only a few slots left however sponsorships are greatly needed. Call Cunningham at 986-9155 or print a form from the website at 

Southern IL Woman Gets 75 Years for Dad's Murder

Aug 27, 2014 -- 11:46am



A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for soliciting and aiding in the 2011 murder of her father.  Williamson County Judge John Speroni sentenced 55-year-old Cindy Stearns on Tuesday. She was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm for plotting to kill her father, 73-year-old Charles James of Freeman Spur. Speroni says Stearns was the most at fault in the murder even though she didn't shoot her father. 38-year-old Kate Bodie was sentenced to 50 years in prison for firing the shots. Bodie's 18-year-old son, Joshua Dallacosta, was sentenced to 45 years for similar charges.  James and his girlfriend were shot at Stearns' home after she invited them there to play cards. James died at the scene. His girlfriend survived.  

Meth lab allegedly found in Dexter home

Aug 27, 2014 -- 10:18am

A Dexter man is in jail after police and Stoddard County sheriff's deputies allegedly found an active meth lab in his home, according to the Daily Statesman. 35-year old Billy J. Robinson of 212 S. Mulberry St. in Dexter is being held on $50,000 bond. A report filed by deputy Keith Haynes of the sheriff's office says police served a search warrant Friday after an investigation into drug activity at the home. Police found an active methamphetamine lab, along with methamphetamine and digital scales. Robinson was at home alone when the warrant was served. Prescription pills also were found on him. Robinson is charged with the manufacture of meth and possession of methamphetamine.

Enrollment inches up at SEMO

Aug 27, 2014 -- 10:18am

Southeast Missourian

Southeast Missouri State University on Tuesday marked two consecutive decades of steady enrollment growth with a total student count of 11,580 -- up 2 percent from this time last year. Enrollment is expected to continue growing through the fourth-week census, when the figure is expected to top last year's record enrollment of 11,917 students. Southeast's fall 2014 semester began Monday. Beginning freshman enrollment has grown by 132 students, or 7.6 percent, and standing at 1,859 on Tuesday. Vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students, Debbie Below said one of the most significant areas of growth in beginning freshmen occurred in Cape Girardeau County, with 187 in 2013 versus 244 in 2014 -- a 30 percent increase. Dual-credit enrollment is up 169 students, or 37 percent, over this time last year. The number of students taking only online coursework is now 1,086. 

5 local charities benefit from pay it forward

Aug 27, 2014 -- 10:17am

The concept of pay it forward is not new, but what about Drive It Forward?  One local car dealership recently contributed to five charities after you bought new cars.  Cape Girardeau Honda General Manager, Chris Brown tells KZIM KSIM the two month program was successful and will be back--next summer or maybe sooner. Cape Area Habitat for Humanity, Safe House for Women Outreach, Love INC of Southeast Missouri, Teen Challenge Mid-America, and Hope Children’s Home each received $1,100.

Farms speak out to Congressman

Aug 27, 2014 -- 8:09am

As 8th District Congressman Jason Smith starts the last leg of his farm tour, he is not surprised by the sentiment he’s heard so far.  The fertile Bootheel grows cotton, rice, corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts and even catfish, and Smith tells KZIM KSIM each farm is just as important as the next. “Agriculture is truly the lifeblood of our district.  Although each farm is unique and each crop or animal raised is different, the message from each visit is the same: Washington regulations are hurting Missouri farm families. The information I am learning on the Farm Tour will help me fight oppressive regulations in Washington and advocate for common sense farm policy.” Smith will wrap up his tour Friday.  

It's confirmed: IHOP is coming to town

Aug 26, 2014 -- 9:56pm

Southeast Missourian


Plans for the old Pasta House building in Cape Girardeau are beginning to take shape -- in the form of a long-rumored IHOP restaurant. Apple Investor Group LLC controller Neal Dahya confirmed Tuesday that the company is planning to convert the building at 2046 William St. It is scheduled to open on Oct. 1.  However, the city's plan review specialist confirmed that right now no business licenses or permits are in place for the owner of the building, Pancake Holding LLC.

Man accused of stabbing person in the face

Aug 26, 2014 -- 7:55pm

A St. Francois County man is facing charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action.  Police say, on the 17th, Jessie Werley, of Leadington, stabbed a man in the left side of the face several times. The two were at a Union Street residence when the attack happened.  Police are not releasing any details about what led to the stabbing.  There were other people in the apartment at the time. The victim was taken to a local hospital and stayed in the ICU for several days, but is reportedly home recovering now. Werley was taken to the St. Francois County Jail and his bond was set at $200,000.

Labor Day Weekend at Bollinger Co Museum

Aug 26, 2014 -- 6:09pm

Bollinger County will have something for everyone this weekend. Administrator Patricia Welker says come for the Museum, but stay for the other fun events around the county--a special barrel race at the Rockin' JK Area on Labor Day, lawn mower races at the Patton Saddle Club, and a tractor pull in Scopus. If you stop by the Museum of Natural History between Thursday and Monday, you can visit a few new exhibits, like the Pterygotus, a life-sized 9 foot sea scorpion replica that is on the wall in the Geology room. Then stick around for the movie night at the Whippoorwill Lake Campground Friday night.

2.3 magnitude earthquake near New Madrid

Aug 26, 2014 -- 4:59pm

Did you feel a little rumble beneath your feet in the Bootheel this/Tuesday morning? A 2.3 magnitude earthquake centered seven miles south of New Madrid was recorded by the Center for Earthquake Research and Information in Memphis.  It hit at 9:06 a.m. eight miles north, northwest of Tiptonville, Tennessee and was 5.1 miles deep.

Independent Candidate to run for 8th Congressional

Aug 26, 2014 -- 4:57pm

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says one independent candidate has been certified to appear on the ballot for the November 4, 2014, general election. Terry Hampton submitted a sufficient number of valid signatures to be certified as an independent candidate for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. Four other individuals did not submit the required number of valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.


Cape board approves district tax rate

Aug 26, 2014 -- 4:56pm

Cape Girardeau residents will see no change in their school district tax rate for 2014-2015.  The School Board unanimously approved a tax rate of $4.1567 per $100 of assessed valuation. The total tax rate is unchanged from last year. A tax rate hearing was last week.  This year's budget is $53,353,071.

Poplar Bluff woman doing well

Aug 26, 2014 -- 4:53pm

Daily American Republic

The prognosis is good for a former Poplar Bluff woman who was critically injured earlier this month when she drank sweet tea laced with a highly toxic industrial cleaning solution at a Utah restaurant.  Jan Harding and her husband, Jim, who was the pastor at Temple Baptist Church from 1977 to 1982, were dining at Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan, Utah, after church on the 10th when she filled a cup with sweet tea.  The mix up sent Harding to a Salt Lake City hospital.  She is in the facility's burn unit, but friends say the prognosis is much better than anticipated with not nearly as much damage to her esophagus as expected.

Cairo murder case ends in mistrial

Aug 26, 2014 -- 4:35pm

Testimony and evidence were not enough for twelve people to reach a verdict in the murder case against Chauncey Hughes Jr. The judge declared a mistrial in the case after jurors placed a battery in a cellphone that was part of the evidence. That wasn’t the only problem, though.  One juror was reportedly uncooperative and refused to even discuss the case during deliberations. 30-year old Hughes is accused in the November 1st shooting death of his wife, 22-year old Heather Davis. The mistrial means Hughes will receive a new trial, with a different jury.

Bales of Pot Seized at Traffic Checkpoint

Aug 26, 2014 -- 4:09pm

Two men were arrested Sunday night, and a large amount of marijuana was seized at a traffic checkpoint in Ballard County.  The Ballard County Sheriff's Department says a vehicle with Texas plates came through a traffic safety checkpoint on U.S. Highway 51/60/62 near the entrance to Wickliffe Mounds around 11:40 pm. The driver gave deputies a Mexican driver's license, and the smell of marijuana was obvious to officers.  The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle, and a large object was spotted in the back seat. Deputies determined it was a 20 pound bale of marijuana. A vehicle search revealed a total of eight bales, weighing a total of 230 pounds, with an estimated street value of $460,000. 27-year-old Gael Martinez, and his passenger, 23-year-old Herverth Porfirio, both of Dallas, were arrested for trafficking over five pounds of marijuana and taken to the Ballard County Detention Center. 

Home invader arrested

Aug 26, 2014 -- 1:08pm



An 18-year-old is facing numerous charges after climbing into bed with a Marthasville couple. Mario Garcia is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree sodomy, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. He allegedly climbed through the window and into bed with a husband and wife. At that point, he reportedly attempted to have sexual contact with the female.  The Warren County Sheriff's Department says the home invasion happened around 2 a.m. Friday. The husband chased Garcia out of the house and caught him in the yard, holding him until police arrived.  Garcia is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.  

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