(AP) — A southeast Missouri man is hospitalized with third-degree burns following a house fire.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that the fire broke out just after midnight Thursday in Leadwood. By the time firefighters arrived the home was engulfed in flames.
The victim's mother, who lived next door, drove the man to a hospital, and he was later flown to a suburban St. Louis hospital.
The man's name has not been released, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
A group of business owners in downtown Cape Girardeau are hoping to develop a Community Improvement District, which will help keep the area attractive, clean and safe. Steering Committee Chairman, Jim Mauer tells KZIM/KSIM the goal is to enhance city services and build on what was started by the special tax district/downtown redevelopment. The proposed district would include a $0.678 tax per $100 assessed value, which is the same as the special tax district that no longer exists. The petition, which was signed by over 50% of the land owners in the proposed district, will be presented to the City Council Monday. If the Council approves it, a vote will be held within the district to approve the tax.
A West Frankfort, Illinois man who allegedly killed his wife will see his case go to trial after pleading not guilty Wednesday. 66-year old John Adams accused of fatally shooting his wife, 52-year old Kendra Turner Adams, in their home March 31. Adams' wife died from a gunshot wound to the back of her head. Family members say they are stunned and never suspected anything was wrong between the couple. Adams is behind bars under $2 million bond. A jury trial has been set for July.
Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to an income tax cut for individuals and many business owners. The vote Wednesday by the Republican-led House could set up a veto showdown with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon rejected a tax cut last year and has voiced concerns that this year's measure could jeopardize funding for public schools and services. The legislation would gradually cut Missouri's top individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent and phase in a new 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. The tax cuts would begin in 2017, but only if state revenues rise by at least $150 million. The bill also would increase a tax deduction for low-income residents and adjust Missouri's tax brackets based on inflation.
Five new structures, each housing a different step in the treatment process, are taking shape on North Kingshighway and, by September or October, City Officials hope to have them up and running. Public Works Director, Tim Gramling tells KZIM/KSIM the new $55 million plant will be more efficient than the current facility, but you won’t notice. The facility will produce 50% to 70% cleaner water that will be pumped into the Mississippi River. He adds they are planning an open house for the facility, which features upgraded technology, green technology, and a presentation and conference room that will host tour groups and provide space for training facility operators in Cape Girardeau and surrounding areas. Gramling says the city built the new facility to allow flexibility, knowing that DNR regulations will change in the future.
In an effort to make the 64th Annual Awards Banquet a bit more fun, the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce is putting a twist on the event as they “Roll Out the Red Carpet” Friday at the Sikeston Armory. Executive Director Susan Glasgow Lawrence tells KZIM/KSIM they are hoping to draw a bigger crowd this year as the potential winners have some knowledge after three nominees for each category have been notified. There will be ten awards, including the school system’s teacher of the year, a Jaycees award and a law enforcement award. Tickets are $40 and you can call 471-2498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. This year the event will feature a social hour at 5:30 pm before the awards.
A Missouri man who waited years to be sent to prison after being convicted of armed robbery is fighting for his release. Cornealious Anderson was sentenced in 2000 to 13 years and was told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. So Anderson didn't report and spent the 13 years turning his life around - getting married, raising three kids, learning a trade. He made no effort to conceal his identity or whereabouts. When authorities discovered the mistake last year, they arrested him. Now he's fighting for release, saying the government missed its chance to incarcerate him. Anderson's attorney, Patrick Megaro, says the last time anything similar happened in Missouri was 1912. In that case, the convicted man was set free.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 24 men in Missouri and Illinois for what officials call "egregious" immigration violations, including individuals who entered the country illegally and committed crimes. The arrests, made in a five-day roundup last week, were announced Tuesday. Arrests occurred in the Missouri counties of St. Charles and New Madrid, and in the Illinois counties of Champaign, McLean, Effingham and Jackson. ICE says 15 of those arrested were criminals with convictions that include sexual misconduct, felonious restraint and other charges. Others arrested were fugitives with outstanding deportation orders. ICE says 14 of the suspects are from Mexico, nine from Guatemala and one from India. An immigration judge will determine whether the suspects should be deported.
With the celebration of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Crown Hospice is hoping more people will volunteer to help bring peace and entertainment to people with a terminal illness. Community Educator Candy Wilfong tells KZIM/KSIM there is always a need for more volunteers because they serve 11 counties in southeast Missouri. Volunteers interact with the patients from painting fingernails to playing board games to reading or talking to patients. She says you could help do so many necessary things in the lives of people, whose time is numbered. Call 573-335-4800 to find out more about the volunteer program.
The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors. The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure endorsed on Wednesday would extend the benefit until 2017. State officials estimate more than 9 million prescription drug claims will be filed for 230,000 Missourians during the current budget year. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called on lawmakers to renew the program. The bill would also allow doctors to write epinephrine prescriptions to some locations, including restaurants and amusement parks. Those places could then keep an emergency supply of the drug that treats severe allergic reactions. It needs one more vote before moving to the House.
A Jackson student will be among the 30 high school sophomores to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy. FFA and 4-H member Sara Gholson was recently selected to spend the first week of June in northwestern Missouri learning about many of the unique opportunities available in agriculture. During the 2014 Missouri Agribusiness Academy, the students will visit the University of Missouri in Columbia, Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Trans Ova Genetics in Chillicothe, Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, and North Missouri Produce Auction in Jamesport. She is the daughter of Gary and Barbara Gholson.
The SEMO Pachyderms will host 8th District Congressman Jason Smith this Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau. In addition, Pachyderm Founder’s Day will also be celebrated. Congressman Smith became one of the youngest members of Congress at 32 years of age, when he won the special election on June, 2013, replacing long time member Jo Ann Emerson. He was previously a member of the Missouri House of Representatives for the 150th District and served as the Majority Whip and Speaker Pro Tem. Programs are open to the public, with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the program at 7:00 p.m. For more information on membership, contact Holly Lintner at (573) 200- 4073.
The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a St. Louis County woman for the suffocating death of her daughter in 2008. In a unanimous opinion issued Tuesday, the high court said there was sufficient evidence for a jury to convict Sharnique Jones, of Pine Lawn, of second-degree murder. Jones' convictions for second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child also stand. Authorities say Jones suffocated her daughter and tried to suffocate her weeks-old son by holding a cloth over his face. Police say the boy had been taken to the hospital several times because he had stopped breathing, prompting the inquiry into the girl's death. Jones is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for the murder charge.
A $5,000 reward is available for anyone with information about a house fire just south of Portageville on Highway T, April 10th around 10pm. Pemiscot County Sheriff's Spokesman Captain Ryan Holder says the fire is considered suspicious and Sheriff Tommy Greenwell confirms the death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy Friday showed 60-year-old Roy Jerrolds suffered a gunshot wound before someone set the house on fire. A truck believed to have belonged to Jerrolds was found near the Noranda plant. Anyone with information is asked to contact Captain Holder at 573-344-2310 or the arson hotline at 1-800-39-ARSON.
The 14th Annual Junior High and High School Boys and Girls Summer Basketball League seasons start the first week June, but now is the time to get your team together and registered. Shawnee Park Center Manager, Heather Davis tells KZIM/KSIM the deadline to turn in your team roster and the $225 registration fee is May 9th. School teams and traveling teams are a big part of the leagues, but Davis adds they also have fathers, who get their kids and their kids' friends together for a little summer fun. She says the leagues are open to 7th to 12th graders and you need at least 5 kids per team. There is no tournament, but each team is guaranteed to play at least 8 games at the Osage Center, the A.C. Brase Arena, or Shawnee Park Center. You can pick up registration forms at one of the buildings or download it from www.cityofcape.org/basketball.
Three Rivers College’s Student Ambassadors present a $1,000 check to the United Cancer Assistance Network (UCAN) of Poplar Bluff. The donation will go toward helping UCAN provide support and services for local cancer patients. Shown from left to right: Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Three Rivers College; Chris Adams, Director of Enrollment Services; Allen Blackman, Ryan Dement, and Dustin Chaney, Student Ambassadors; Melody Melloy, UCAN Poplar Bluff; Molly Lee, Shataria Flye, Arisa Coffer, and Amanda Walton, Student Ambassadors; and Jennifer Wendler, Welcome Center Manager.
Charter Communications customers are all digital and officials say the change went smoothly. Spokesman Wes Shirley tells KZIM/KSIM while some customers waited to the last minute, the switch did happen early this/Tuesday morning. He adds there may be a short wait in the store, but they have increased sales associates to accommodate you. Each customer will qualify for at least one free box for the first year, depending on their service package with Charter. He says you can still have a box mailed directly to your house if you do not want to wait in line at the store.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says a Kelso man is in custody on sexual related charges. 22-year old Justin A. Williams is charged with Statutory Rape and Child Molestation. Walter says his office received a call Monday afternoon reporting that Williams was molesting a young female at a residence in Kelso. Shortly before officers arrived on the scene, Williams fled from the residence on foot. Within 10 minutes Williams was located and taken into custody. During the investigation, Williams was questioned by Detective Jessica Martin regarding the alleged incident and confessed to acts of unlawful behavior with a 6 year old female. He is currently being held in the Scott County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
With today/Tuesday the last day to file your taxes without penalties, the Internal Revenue Service is warning for consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, as reported incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide. The IRS will always send you a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail and they never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. Potential victims may be told they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.
Other characteristics of this scam include:
· Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
· Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
· Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
· Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
· Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
· After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
· If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
· If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
· If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Missouri's unemployment rate increased in March, though the size of payrolls also grew. The Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday that the jobless rate grew to 6.7 percent from 6.4 percent last month. Employers added a net of 3,500 jobs in March. Top gainers were the construction and education and health services. Construction jobs grew by 2,000 and education and health services grew by 1,600. On the other hand, the leisure and hospitality sector declined by 1,900 jobs. Missouri's civilian labor force of about 3 million people grew by 8,450 during March. The labor force counts people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.
An investigation continues after a 35-year-old man was struck and killed by a semi while trying to cross Interstate 270 in north St. Louis County. Police say Renell Clower of St. Louis was crossing the westbound lanes in the Florissant area about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was struck by the tractor-trailer. The accident shut down all westbound lanes for several hours. All but one lane opened by 7 a.m. Police aren't sure why Clower was walking on the interstate.
A St. Louis-area man is accused of sexually torturing five women in his apartment over several years. Authorities Tuesday announced that 29-year-old Adam Michael Capriglione of south St. Louis County is facing 19 felony charges that include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, felonious restraint and domestic assault. He is jailed on $500,000 bond. Police spokesman Brian Schellman says an investigation began after one of the victims contacted police in January. Capriglione is accused of raping, sodomizing and torturing five women dating back to 2006. He also faces one count of sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly filming a child having sex in 2007. A phone message left with Capriglione's attorney, Joseph Green, was not immediately returned.
Authorities have identified the woman whose body was found floating in a pond near a west St. Louis County apartment complex. The victim was 71-year-old Manorma Dua, who lived nearby. An autopsy indicated that drowning was the likely cause of death, and police say there were no signs of foul play. St. Louis County detectives suspect suicide. A passerby crossing a walking bridge Monday morning saw the body in the pond. The apartment complex is in an unincorporated area, near the town of Ballwin.
A St. Louis woman is facing two counts of child abuse after a tip to the authorities. Cape Girardeau Police went to the 700 block of South Ellis Street around 12:45 Friday afternoon, with a Missouri Children's Division representative, to investigate a hotline call about possible physical abuse to two boys, ages 2 and 6. Officials found evidence to substantiate the claim and the boys' mother, 29-year-old Madonna D. Thurman of St. Louis, was arrested around 2 o’clock. The boys were taken into custody and released to the Missouri Children's Division. Online court records show Thurman pleaded guilty in 2007 to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.