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McCaskill Statement on VA Secretary Confirmation

Jul 29, 2014 -- 11:20pm

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she is pleased with the Senate’s bipartisan approval of the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  She says Robert McDonald has a lot of work ahead of him to restore a culture of accountability at the VA.  She says one of the things he will have to work on is ensuring that any employee retaliating against a whistleblower or who cooked the books on wait times is fired. Last week, she met with McDonald to discuss how best to reform the VA following recent reports of misconduct at facilities across the country, while ensuring whistleblowers who report concerns are protected from retaliation.  

 

Woman admits collecting dead mother's checks

Jul 29, 2014 -- 8:25pm

AP

 

An eastern Missouri woman faces sentencing Nov. 4 after pleading guilty to federal charges for collecting $138,000 in veteran's benefits in the name of her deceased mother.  The woman, 69-year-old Victoria Jean Briley of Wentzville, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in St. Louis to one count of theft of government funds.  Briley's mother died in 2006, but Briley had control over a bank account in her mother's name. Monthly payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs went into that account through May.  Briley admitted to investigators that she had been concealing her mother's death from the government.  

School districts in running for grant

Jul 29, 2014 -- 4:52pm

Daily Dunklin Democrat

 

The Monsanto Fund has announced the finalists for this year's America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grants—including Perry County, Malden and South Pemiscot school districts.  From January through March, farmers across the country nominated their local public school districts for the grants. Once nominated, these districts were eligible to submit completed grant applications in April.  Over the past month, a panel of educators from ineligible counties reviewed all of the grant applications. The strongest submissions were selected as finalists and will be sent to the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council for final review.  The winning grant recipients will be announced in early August. Last year, Grow Rural Education invested $135,000 in public school districts across Missouri to improve math and science curriculum. 

Three Rivers to coordinate New York Theater Adventure

Jul 29, 2014 -- 4:32pm

Three Rivers College’s Theater Department will hold an informational session for community members interested in joining a New York Theater Trip.  The meeting will be 5:30 p.m. August 21 in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Director Tim Thompson says it will be the second trip to New York.  The four-night trip will take place in June 2015 and include three theater shows, tours, attractions, and meals at notable New York restaurants. The price of the trip includes round-trip airfare, accommodations, and two meals, along with the shows, tours, and attractions. Participants will also have time to explore New York on their own. According to Thompson, the cost will be spread across seven months of installments, in order to make the trip more affordable.  For more information on the trip, which is open to both students and non-students, or the informational meeting, contact Tim Thompson at 573-840-9648 or tthompson@trcc.edu.

Redneck fundraiser for RSVP

Jul 29, 2014 -- 4:26pm

Tired of the same old fundraisers…RSVP/VIC is hoping you will take advantage of a new twist on a backyard sport.  It’s the Horseshoes 4 “Everyday” Heroes event and Executive Director, Tina Dohogne-Nations tells KZIM KSIM you have never played horseshoes like this--with toilet seats.  She adds there will be several different obstacles and ways to win.  The fun will be September 27th at Al Friga Farm off Highway 77 in Chaffee starting at 10 am. It is just $25 per person until September 5th. Sign up by calling 573-335-7555 or emailing rsvpvic@sbcglobal.com.

Cape Police investigate robbery

Jul 29, 2014 -- 4:19pm

Cape Girardeau Police are looking into a Monday night robbery on North Spanish Street.  Public Information Officer Darin Hickey tells KZIM KSIM officers were called to the 1500 block around 8:30.  Two men reportedly drove up to the home and demanded to see a person who had been staying at the home.  When they learned the person was not there, one of the men forced the resident inside.  As the suspects were leaving, one fired a shot down the alleyway.  They left with several hundreds of dollars in electronics.  Hickey says officers are following up on leads as the victims were able to provide a good description of the suspects and their car.

Fisherman catches alligator in Missouri pond

Jul 29, 2014 -- 3:20pm

AP

 

A man fishing in a small subdivision pond in suburban St. Louis might have expected to catch bass or crappie, but certainly not an alligator.  Conservation officials say Walter Bushmann was fishing Monday in a pond in the Summit subdivision of St. Charles when he caught an alligator estimated to be 2 to 4 years old. The Missouri Department of Conservation says it was a pet that had been released, since alligators can't survive in the wild as far north as Missouri.  Dan Zarlenga of the conservation department says it is common for people to release exotic pets like alligators once they reach a certain size. He believes the alligator was released this spring or summer since it could not have survived the winter cold.

One Person Dead After Franklin County Crash

Jul 29, 2014 -- 2:25pm

AP

 

The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating a deadly crash.  It happened just after 3:30 Tuesday morning on Route 148, south of Sesser.  Police say a vehicle driven by 51-year old Patrick Styve, of Sesser, left the road and hit a tree.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

Marion Names New Fire Chief

Jul 29, 2014 -- 12:32pm

AP

 

The Marion City Council unanimously approved Jerry Odum for the job Monday. He's a 26-year-veteran of the Marion Fire Department. Friends and relatives of Odum stopped by the council meeting to show their support.  Odum takes over for Jack Reed, who's retiring as chief this month to work at the Marion Parks and Recreation District.

21 picked up in drug roundup

Jul 29, 2014 -- 12:31pm

AP

 

A total of 21 people were arrested during an early-morning drug roundup in the Parkland Monday.  The St. Francois County Sheriff's Department reports the operation began at 4 a.m., with deputies joined by officers from Mineral Area Drug Task Force (MADTF), Missouri State Highway Patrol, Desloge Police, Farmington Police, Leadington Police, Ste. Genevieve Police, Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office, and Iron County Sheriff’s Office.  They served 21 individual arrest warrants, which were the culmination of a two-year narcotics investigation conducted by MADTF members in the St. Francois County and surrounding areas.  All of the cases involved either the sale or distribution of heroin, methamphetamine, or ICE. Only one case involved marijuana.  The 21 individuals arrested in today’s raids include

Amy I. Axley, 29, of Bonne Terre;

Alicia M. Baker, 28, of Park Hills;

Amanda L. Baker, 26, of Desloge;

Timothy L. Barron, 48, of Farmington;

Robert L. Blanton, 55, of Desloge;

Amber M. Boren, 32, of Park Hills;

Stacy D. Coleman, 51, of Park Hills;

Rachele N. Crocker , 31, of Farmington;

Felicia D. Hamblin, 23, of Farmington;

Jackie R. Johnson, 58, of Farmington;

Rebecca W. Johnson, 59, of Farmington;

Jessica A. Lange, 23, of Farmington;

Amber L. Lashley, 28, of Park Hills;

Keith M. Logan, 36, of Farmington;

Randy L. McEntire, 51, of Bismarck;

Darrell M. Plunkett, 36, of Bonne Terre;

Brenda L. Thurman, 46, of Farmington;

Gregory D. Thurman, 49, of Farmington;

Shawn A. Warden, 29, of Bonne Terre;

Justin A. Winch, 27, of Bonne Terre;

Braydon R. Wright, 23, of Desloge.

Free Immunizations Shots

Jul 29, 2014 -- 5:59am

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center will be partnering with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to provide two much needed immunizations at no charge.   Immunization Coordinator Sandy Gibbons tells KZIM KSIM the TDAP and Meningococcal vaccines are important for kids 11 to 26.  The idea is to make sure that students are in class that first day and that parents will have the peace of mind to know they are protected. The TDAP is required for all students entering the 8th grade. It prevents Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertusis. There will be clinics held at the Health Department on the 8th from 8:30-4:00 and the 13th from 7:30-4:00. You will need to bring immunization records and a Medicaid card if you have one.  

Sikeston man in custody for stealing

Jul 28, 2014 -- 8:51pm

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reports a Sikeston man is in custody for stealing.   27-year old Timothy Achter, of Dolly Street, has been charged with Stealing a Firearm and Stealing Less Than $500.  Sunday evening around 7 o’clock, Deputy Danny Finley responded to a Rainbow Lake Road home for the theft of a handgun and a cell phone. Using information supplied by the victim, and witness interviews, Finley determined that Achter was responsible. He was arrested and transported to the Scott County Jail. The stolen cell phone was recovered by Deputy Finley, and investigators continue to follow leads on the stolen firearm.  Achter remains in custody in the Scott County Jail. Bond set at $2,500 cash only.

PSC Sets Intervention Deadline In Ameren Cases

Jul 28, 2014 -- 8:50pm

Ameren Missouri has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission to adjust the fuel and purchased power adjustment charge on the bills of its electric customers.    In its annual FAC true-up filing, Ameren states the true-up reflects an over-recovery of approximately $2.5 million.  A typical residential electric customer currently pays an FAC of approximately $3.63 a month.  As a result of the filings, the FAC would increase to approximately $5.17 a month.  The proposed change would take effect in October 2014. Applications to intervene and participate in these cases should be filed no later than the 8th with the Secretary of the PSC.

Congressman: Wife didn't lobby on horse bill

Jul 28, 2014 -- 6:52pm

AP

 

A Republican congressman from Kentucky says his wife did not improperly spur him to introduce a bill concerning the possible abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses and there's no basis for an ethics complaint against him.  U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield spoke to reporters Monday on a conference call. Whitfield says he planned to file the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act regardless of his wife's role with the Humane Society. The U.S. House Ethics Committee notified Whitfield on June 10 that it received a referral from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.  Tennessee Walking Horses are shown throughout the United States. Soring - using an irritant to cause burning or blistering of the horses' legs in order to accentuate their gaits - occurs only in a few areas like Tennessee and Kentucky.

Police remove children after hostage situation

Jul 28, 2014 -- 5:48pm

A man and woman are in custody after Caruthersville Police responded to a domestic disturbance that escalated into a hostage situation.  Friday afternoon around 12:15, officers were called to the 600 block of Grand Avenue in reference to a “hysterical male requesting an officer." Officers found a 32-year-old woman sitting behind the front door.  She and her boyfriend had fought, and he reportedly threatened her with a knife before locking himself in the backroom with their 10-year old son. Officers spoke to man through the bedroom door. A short time later, he came out unarmed and was taken into custody. The child was also inside the bedroom and unharmed. The woman and the 34-year-old man, whose names were not released, are being held in the Pemiscot County Justice Center pending the filing of formal charges.  Though the number is not specified, Police say the children were taken from the home after it was deemed unfit.

Fire consumes shed, truck in Chaffee

Jul 28, 2014 -- 4:45pm

Southeast Missourian

 

An afternoon fire in Chaffee burned down a shed, totaled a truck and damaged an electrical pole, but left a home on the same property intact. No one was injured in the blaze at 111 West Parker Ave.  Chaffee Fire Chief Sam Glency says someone was working on a vehicle around shortly before 3 o’clock, when the engine ignited. The vehicle's owner tried to put out the fire with a small extinguisher and then a garden hose.  Chaffee was assisted by Oran and Delta fire departments. An Ameren Missouri crew also was on the scene at about 4 p.m. to repair the damaged electrical pole.

Contractor admits to role in bribery scheme

Jul 28, 2014 -- 3:31pm

AP

 

The owner of a Washington state manufacturing company has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, the fourth person to admit to a role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to The Boeing Company.   Jeffrey Lavelle, owner of J.L. Manufacturing of Everett, Washington, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to mail and wire fraud. Sentencing is Oct. 27. Former Boeing procurement officer Deon Anderson pleaded guilty earlier this month, admitting he took bribes from companies seeking to sell parts for military aircraft in exchange for providing them with confidential information such as competitor bids. Another contractor and a consulting firm owner have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Presbyterian Church named in abuse lawsuit

Jul 28, 2014 -- 3:22pm

AP

 

A minister is taking his own denomination to task, claiming in a lawsuit that the Presbyterian Church was partly responsible for sexual abuse he suffered as a teenager.  The Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer, a 31-year-old youth minister in Toledo, Ohio, is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit whose defendants include the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the First Presbyterian Church of Fulton, Missouri, and his alleged abuser, Jack Wayne Rogers.  Schondelmeyer says he was sexually abused at a youth conference in Maryland in 2000. The suit claims Rogers was a lay minister allowed to chaperone despite a 1992 child pornography conviction.  An attorney for the denomination declined comment.  Rogers has a long criminal history and is housed in a federal prison on child porn and obscenity convictions. He does not have an attorney.  

SE hospital has a new family centered NICU!!!

Jul 28, 2014 -- 3:16pm

The tiniest of people will benefit the most from a new era ushered in at SE Hospital. The Family Centered Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is an 8-suite unit with single family suites! Medical Director of the NICU, Dr. Paul Caruso tells KZIM KSIM how it differs from the old way of doing things… "The idea is to bring the family into the NICU to allow them to participate in the care more with their baby, and to spend more time with their baby, give them individual space or suites in order to have some private bonding time with their baby." Caruso says one out of every eight babies has to go into the NICU which equates to over 1-hundred-fifty each year. In Missouri we have a premature birth rate of 12-percent of which one-fourth are due to controllable factors. Parents who live far away are given rooms, free of charge, to stay near their new arrivals. Plus the auxiliary made NICU cameras available so other family members can see the child via remote viewing on a secure site. The family NICU has subdued lighting and minimal noise levels to promote healing. 

Grayson conviction holds under appeal

Jul 28, 2014 -- 12:04pm

Daily Statesman

An appeals court has affirmed the July 2013 conviction of Moses Grayson, a former Dexter man sentenced in Dunklin County to 50 years in prison for forcible sodomy and first-degree burglary involving a Dexter woman. Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver said word came last week the Court of Appeals upheld the conviction. It came to light after the 2013 sentencing that Grayson had been charged with having two sexual relationships with underage victims when he was 21 years old, with one victim being 13 at the time. Both relationships were alleged to have involved some level of forcible compulsion. In both of those cases, Grayson had been charged with felony statutory rape and felony endangering the welfare of a child, to which he pleaded guilty and served three years in prison. The forcible rape charge will require Grayson to serve a minimum of 85 percent, or 25 1/2 years. If at that point he is paroled on the first charge, he will begin his second sentence. He will be required to serve a minimum of 50 percent, possibly as high as 80 percent, of the burglary sentence. Now 37 years old, Grayson will not be eligible for release until he is at least 71. If he serves the full sentence, he will be 86 at the time of his release.

Rail traffic resumes after train derailment

Jul 28, 2014 -- 12:03pm

Daily Statesman

Workers had cleared debris and were busy rebuilding 1,500 feet of track Friday morning in Dexter so regular freight traffic could resume. Union Pacific information officer Mark Davis says workers and independent contractors worked through the night Thursday to remove overturned cars and clean up after 14 cars on a southbound train derailed early Thursday morning about a half-mile north of the Tyson Foods plant in east Dexter. Davis said 50 to 60 workers were called in to help with the cleanup. The cause of the derailment remains under investigation. Team members will review the mechanical components of the train, including rail cars. They also will investigate the actions of the two employees on the train and any others in the area at the time of the accident.

Ava man arrested for driving into parked cars, fleeing

Jul 28, 2014 -- 11:58am

AP

 

Jackson County Sheriff says an Ava man was arrested Saturday night for allegedly driving into several parked cars and then fleeing.  49-year old William Modglin was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident and DUI. He was taken to the Jackson County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.  Police responded to several reports of a black Chevrolet pickup truck that struck several parked cars and left the scene. A truck fitting the description with Modglin driving was located minutes later. The incident occurred about 11 p.m. on Main Street during the Campbell Hill Picnic. Police said many people witnessed the incident. 

Time to go to work and have some fun! Corporate games are almost here!!

Jul 28, 2014 -- 11:46am

September brings fall weather AND the Corporate Games put on by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department! If you like to play softball, basketball or ANY kind of ball or billiards, horseshoes and many other sports this is a great way to be active and get to know your coworkers better! Manager of the Shawnee park Center, Heather Davis tells KZIM KSIM if your company has 1-hundred or more employees you are division 1. If ninety-nine or fewer you are in division 2. She tells KZIM KSIM don’t worry if you are an even smaller entity as they have a place for you too! "We do give the smaller businesses the option of partnering with other businesses as well. So if you have 20 people in your business and you [artner with another that has 20 people you have a larger pool to choose form then." The entire Corporate Games event ends with a trivia night finale and a mystery challenge! Promote teamwork in the work place! To sign up go to the city website under the parks tab. Fees and registration information can be found there. Games run from September 14th through the 26th.

McCaskill urges new VA clinics, including in Cape

Jul 28, 2014 -- 11:33am

Southeast Missourian

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat, and others sent a letter last week to the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees, urging them to approve a provision to build 26 VA clinics, including one in Cape Girardeau. The national legislation was proposed in June after allegations of long wait times and secret waiting lists at Veterans Affairs hospitals. The bill is still in conference. A staff member in McCaskill's office said the information they have on the status of the conference committee is based on news accounts. But there seem to be significant disagreements between the House and Senate. In the VA's fiscal year 2015 budget request, the proposal includes leasing about 43,000 square feet, including 290 parking spaces, for a community-based outpatient clinic in Cape Girardeau to support the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.

Two boys involved in accidental shooting at Kelly face possible suspensions

Jul 28, 2014 -- 11:11am

Southeast Missourian

Two Kelly High School students face possible school suspensions of up to a year as a result of the accidental shooting death of classmate Kaden Robert a month ago. One boy's mother, Libby Urhahn, confirmed Friday that although nothing is finalized, the Kelly's school district board of education is considering punitive measures because of the involvement of a weapon on school grounds. District superintendent Farah Jones said Thursday a decision had not been made. Police say the 15 year old Robert was killed after a friend accidentally discharged a gun in the parking lot of the school as four boys were leaving after playing basketball. Robert died June 24 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. No charges were filed, but the case is considered ongoing.
 

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