The incoming president at Southern Illinois University will have to pay $250,000 if he leaves his new post within three and a half years. The Southern Illinoisan says there's a clause in Randy Dunn's four-year contract that requires him to reimburse the school. Dunn is president of Youngstown State University in Ohio, but announced he was leaving the job after seven months. SIU Board of Trustees Chairman Randal Thomas says the money covers the cost of another presidential search. SIU's board last month hired Dunn to succeed Glenn Poshard, who has said he plans to step down from SIU's helm at the end of June. Dunn has said he expects to begin work July 1.
The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is closed Wednesday due to high winds. Winds are out of the northwest in the 20 mile per hour range. They are expected to bump up to 30 mph with gusts possible up to 50 mph through the day. The ferry will be closed for the day. Captain Ed Floyd anticipates the ferry being able to open on the regular winter schedule on Thursday morning. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.
A 13 year old female who was reported missing from Red Bluff, California has been located. The Illinois State Police are reporting that on the 10th, at 8:45 pm the 13 year old female and 21-year old Randy Wilhoite, Jr, from Manchester, TN were located during a traffic stop by the Massac County Sheriff’s Department on I-24 eastbound at milepost 37. They were traveling in a 2011 Silver Nissan Sentra. Wilhoite is currently in Massac County Jail pending charges. The 13 year old female is in police protective custody and will be released to her parents.
Snow and ice has extended the Jackson R-2 School District's year to May 30th. Superintendent Ron Anderson told board members at Tuesday's meeting that the district has lost 14 days because of bad weather this year which is the most he has seen in his career. According to the calendar approved by the board in December 2012 for the 2013-14 school year, classes were tentatively scheduled to conclude May 21. Also because of weather, 53 days of construction have been lost on the district's new 105,000-square-foot elementary school at 455 N. Lacey Street.
A Fredericktown man has been arrested after his house was set on fire with his son inside. 45-year old Robert Crowell faces has been charged with 1st degree arson and endangering the welfare of a child. Law enforecement reports that they responded to a home on East Marvin Avenue just before midnight Sunday to find a home with fires started in various areas. Court documents cite Crowell as having started two fires in the living room, one in the kitchen, and one in a bedroom. He told investigators that he pushed his son out of the bedroom window after the fire started. He then reportedly took his son to his ex-wife's house where he threw out some evidence. Crowell is now in the Madison County Jail.
An East Prairie man who led law enforcement officers on a chase at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour was arrested Saturday. 36-year old Harold Matheney is in custody on charges of resisting arrest. According to Charleston Department of Public Safety Director Robert Hearnes, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on South Elm Street in Charleston. The driver fled out of town traveling south on Highway 105, at times driving in excess of 100 mph.
Planning to clean out those closets, basements, and attics? New Madrid is planning the perfect opportunity to sell those unwanted items. Chamber Executive Director, Christina McWaters tells KZIM/KSIM residents need to register to appear on the printed map that will be distributed as part of the 6th Annual Spring City Wide Yard Sale. She says it is just $2 to appear on the map, which will be available at all local convience stores as well as the New Madrid Bank and by email for those who are out of town. The event on April 4 and 5 will have just about any item you are looking for and continues to bring bargain hunters into town from all over Southeast Missouri. To have your sale listed on the Chamber Yard Sale Map, call 573-748-5300no later than March 28.
The number of Missouri residents using a federal website to enroll in health insurance is growing, but not as fast as had been projected. Figures released Tuesday show nearly 75,000 people had enrolled in health policies by March 1. That's up by more than one-third from the Feb. 1. Yet Missouri remains behind the enrollment targets originally set for federal health care law. The March 1 number is about where Missouri was expected to be on Feb. 1. Missouri was projected to enroll 118,000 people by March 31. Missouri is one of 36 states where the online insurance marketplace is being run by the federal government. Health care advocates intensified their efforts over this past weekend to persuade people to sign up for the insurance policies.
The Jackson Police Department is again preparing for reaccreditation. A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will be visiting later this month, and Police Chief James Humphreys tells KZIM/KSIM the public is being invited to meet with the team on March 24. There will be an in-person session starting at 5pm at Council Chambers in City Hall and phone calls will be fielded from 1-3pm at 243-2411. He says good comments are welcomed, but, really, they are looking for any feedback about how the department is handling/responding to calls.
Teens younger than 17 would need parental consent to use tanning machines that emit ultraviolet rays at salons under legislation endorsed by the Missouri House. The bill given first-round approval Tuesday would penalize tanning salons $500 for providing services to teenagers without parental consent. The legislation needs another House vote before moving to the Senate. State health officials would be charged with developing a standardized consent form for parents to use. Sponsoring Republican Rep. Gary Cross, of Lee's Summit, says the bill would protect children from exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer. Opponents argue that it is a burdensome government regulation on tanning businesses.
A $500,000 Community Development Block Grant will build a new senior citizens center in Barlow, KY. Governor Steve Beshear was in Ballard County Tuesday to announce the funding. The new building will be nearly 4,000-square-foot, have plenty of parking, as well as an activity room, a dining hall, a kitchen, office space and space for seniors to exercise. The Ballard County Senior Citizens Board is also contributing $88,000 to help fund the project.
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds and Union County Sheriff David Livesay say their offices will be teaming up to monitor Union County polling places on Election Day, Tuesday, the 18th. Prosecutors and Sheriff’s investigators will visit polling places throughout the County to ensure that voting rights are protected and that no improper activity occurs in or around polling places. They will be working closely with County Clerk Terry Bartruff to respond to any suspected violations. Violators could be arrested and face significant fines and jail or prison time. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The Dexter man charged with murder for a February 2013 shooting is answering for the crime in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court. The trial for Scott Evans, who is accused in connection to the killing 34-year-old Sean Crow of Bernie, started today/Tuesday. Authorities say someone shot Crow outside the Advance McDonalds. Someone found his body the next day inside his truck. Another Dexter man, Matt Cook, faces identical charges. Cook's case, which is being heard in Dunklin County, is set for trial in December.
Missouri residents and government agencies could not use drones to conduct surveillance without a warrant under legislation advanced by the state House. The measure would also prevent journalists and other organizations from using drones to observe private property without an owner's consent. State universities could still use unmanned aircraft to conduct educational research. Sponsoring Republican Rep. Kenneth Wilson, of Smithville, says the bill protects privacy rights. Opponents say the ban is unnecessary and could hurt business opportunities with companies that use drone technologies. Under the bill, any evidence collected from improper drone usage would not be admissible in court cases. The House gave the measure initial approval Tuesday. It needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.
With winter edging away and temperatures expected in the 60s this weekend, officials in Sikeston are inviting you to the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The day will start off with the 5K run to benefit the Special Olympics. Registration is just $25 and will get you a half price coupon for the Celebration. Historic Downtown Sikeston Director, Lynn Lancaster tells KZIM/KSIM the event at Malone Park will have something for everyone, with 30 handcrafted beers to sample, arts and crafts, Common Thread performing, an Irish Jig contest, and a miniature golf course. Tickets are $10 for the celebration, which will be from 12 to 4pm Saturday. Registration forms for the 5K can be downloaded from www.sikeston.org or picked up at DPS headquarters, City Hall or the Chamber.
The Jackson Recycling Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays beginning April 5. The expanded hours, which run through Oct. 25, will affect Saturdays only.
Located at 508 Eastview Court, the center accepts cardboard; newspapers; magazines; office paper; junk mail; Styrofoam; grocery bags; clear, green and brown glass; all plastic containers; aluminum, tin and steel cans; lead and rechargeable batters; and electronic waste.
For more information, call 243-2333 or 243-2300.
A Cape Girardeau County circuit judge has turned down Ryan Patterson's bid to have his conviction overturned. Patterson, who is serving three life sentences for the 2009 deaths of a pregnant Cape Girardeau woman and her 15-year-old son, filed a handwritten motion in January 2013, seeking to have the judgment against him vacated, set aside or corrected. In denying the motion, Judge William Syler rejected Patterson's claims that he had received "ineffective assistance" from his appellate attorney and that his case possibly had been tried by a tainted jury. At the February hearing, assistant prosecuting attorney Julie Hunter said Flottman opted to keep the jury because Pemiscot County had one of the state's highest percentages of African American residents. In court filings, Patterson, who is black, has raised questions about whether racial bias influenced the handling of his case. Patterson was convicted in August 2011 of killing Jamie Orman, her unborn child and her son, Derrick, as part of a failed scheme to murder Orman's boyfriend, John Lawrence, and burn his Missouri Avenue home to collect insurance money. At the time of the Ormans' deaths, Patterson was living with Lawrence's estranged wife, Michelle, who in 2011 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and testified against Patterson in exchange for a 15-year sentence. A third suspect, Samuel "Ray Ray" Hughes, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. In his motion, Patterson said Hughes and Michelle Lawrence lied about him in exchange for lighter sentences.
The Missouri Office of Administration is accepting management contract bids for the Cape Girardeau license office, a news release from the Missouri Department of Revenue said. Those interested must submit bids to operate the office by April 4.
A copy of the request for proposal bidders must use is available at dor.mo.gov.
Prospective bidders may tour the Cape Girardeau office at 112 S. Spanish St. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to the release.
In fiscal year 2013, more than 67,000 transactions were conducted at the Cape Girardeau office, generating $228,454 in agent processing fees, the release said.
The Missouri Department of Revenue oversees 182 license offices, each of which is operated by independent agents, the release said.
Contracts are awarded for one year with three one-year renewal options, according to the release.
Bids will be evaluated on areas such as expertise of the personnel proposed, methods proposed for performing the services and whether the individual or entity is a not-for-profit, political subdivision, a Missouri Certified Minority Business Enterprise, a Women Business Enterprise or a Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Enterprise
Multiple crews responded a business fire in Perryville at 8 o clock Monday night. Perryville Fire Department with Chester, Biehle and rural Perry County assisted fighting the fire at the Perryville Stave Company, off of Highway 61 and Huber Road. About $30,000 worth of wood chips used for flavoring wine and stave used to make wine barrels caught on fire. No one was hurt. The Missouri state fire marshall is expected to investigation Tuesday.
A Jackson man accused of causing an accident that killed a Glenallen teenager is back in jail and faces yet another lawsuit in connection with the April 5 crash. 34-year old Bobby Joe Abernathy was charged last year with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault after the Slumberland Furniture box truck he was driving crossed the centerline on Highway 34 and collided head-on with a sport-utility vehicle driven by Erin Cordell of Marble Hill injuring Cordell and killing her passenger, 17-year-old Amelia Fisher. Abernathy had been free on bond, but in December, a Cape Girardeau County circuit judge revoked his bond after he violated its conditions. A lawsuit filed last month on Cordell's behalf -- the third civil action filed in connection with the accident -- accuses Slumberland and Abernathy of negligence. During a preliminary hearing on the criminal charges, Abernathy's passenger, Eric Smith of Jackson, who also was injured in the crash, said Abernathy had been smoking marijuana all day before the accident. Cordell's petition cites Abernathy's history of traffic violations, including speeding and driving while intoxicated, in its claims of negligence on the part of Slumberland. The petition also alleges the furniture company had received a previous complaint about its drivers' actions but failed to address the complaint. In the petition, Cordell seeks compensation for her injuries and punitive damages. In November, Smith filed a similar case, and in April, Fisher's father, Christian Fisher, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Abernathy and his employer. The criminal case against Abernathy is set for trial May 28.
The Jackson Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry will receive a donation today/Tuesday thanks to the kindness and generosity of a local farmer. Mindy Petzoldt of Cape Girardeau County was selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. She selected the Food Pantry to receive a $2,500 donation. America's Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities. Launched nationally in 2011, the program has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is accepting candidates for the 100th Recruit Class. Candidates are required to possess 60 college credits, two years active duty military service with an honorable discharge, or two years of POST-certified, full-time law enforcement service. The application deadline is April 4th. The selection process for the 100th Recruit Class consists of written examination, fitness test, polygraph examination, background investigation, vision and hearing tests, psychological examination, medical exam, and drug test. Interested individuals can contact a recruiter at 1-800-796-7000, or visit www.motrooper.com to apply online. In commemoration of the 100th Recruit Class and this milestone in the history of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a special Recruit Patch Brochure was created. The brochure contains historical information about and photographs of Patrol recruit training.
Carbondale Police say a 27-year old man was arrested Sunday and charged with mob action, aggravated battery, and obstructing and resisting. Officers were called to the 700 block of East Grand Avenue around 2 a.m. Sunday, when they reportedly came upon two suspects battering a victim. The suspects fled, and officers were able to catch Mario Hernandez. The unnamed victim was treated at Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Hernandez is incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail.
The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling in the Cairo area that the US 60/62 bridge over the Mississippi River will be closed. The bridge connects Alexander County, Illinois, to Mississippi County, Missouri. The closure is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. and will extend through Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. The bridge will be open to all traffic from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. each night. Crews will be performing required annual safety inspection of the structure.
Preparations are underway for the Saint Francis Medical Center’s 7th annual Heart to Heart Luncheon next month. Keynote speaker, Zonya Foco, who is known as America’s nutrition leader, tells KZIM/KSIM the United States are 38th in the world for life expectance. This will be the second Heart to Heart Luncheon for Foco, who motivated the audience with her humor and knowledge in 2009. The event, which will feature exhibits and screenings prior to the keynote presentation, starts at 10:30 am at Drury Lodge, 104 S. Vantage Drive. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include the keynote presentation, cardiovascular health information, door prizes and a delicious heart-healthy meal.