An eastern Missouri man is facing charges for allegedly striking his pregnant girlfriend with a car, putting it in reverse, and trying to run down the woman's mother. KMOV-TV reports that 21-year-old David Lee Bullock was arrested Monday night on Sullivan. He is charged with domestic assault, armed criminal action and third-degree assault and jailed on $50,000 bond. He does not have a listed attorney. Police say Bullock and his 21-year-old girlfriend argued earlier in the evening. The woman and her mother were outside a motel when they reportedly saw Bullock's car speeding toward them. Bullock's girlfriend was struck. A witness said Bullock threw the car in reverse and tried to strike her mother. The victim is hospitalized in serious condition.
A routine traffic stop Friday night abruptly turned into a high-speed chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies. The warrant affidavit says Stoddard County Sheriff’s Deputy Cody Wilson pulled over 40-year old Andrew Lee Bell, of Cape Girardeau, at State Highway 25 and County Road 672 for operating a vehicle without a functioning license plate light. Bell had multiple warrants through Scott and Dunklin Counties, including a felony warrant for passing bad checks. Bell refused to exit the car and sped off. The deputy contacted dispatch and Missouri State Highway Patrolman Matt Foster set up spike strips at State Highway 25 and State Highway AF. Bell allegedly reached speeds over 98 MPH and swerved into oncoming traffic lanes while passing vehicles. The spike strips successfully deflated Bell's front left tire, but Bell continued north on Highway 25. The deflated tire came off, but Bell continued driving on the rim causing damage to Stoddard Street and throwing sparks. He bailed from the car when it caught fire, but started running west on foot. After submitting to officer, he refused to put his hands behind his back and was tased. Bell was formally charged with a warrant for felony resisting arrest and bond was set at $20,000 cash. He remains in jail at this time.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reports an Oran area man is in custody for crimes against a child. 37-year old Jesse John Branson, of State Highway CC, has been charged with the Class D Felony of Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child and the Unclassified Felony of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree. Monday, Detective Jessica Martin responded to a complaint that a five year old child had been sexually assaulted. She conducted a full investigation of the allegations. Branson was arrested, and a search warrant executed by detectives and patrol deputies at his residence. Evidence believed to support the criminal case was seized. No further information is being released by the Sheriff at this time due to the age of the victim and the sensitive nature of the case. Branson remains in custody in the Scott County Jail. Bond has been set by the court at $100,000.00 cash only.
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region CEO Scott Caswell says “Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead. Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.” Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand. Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:
Butler County: July 25 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Walgreens, 110 N. Westwood Blvd. in Poplar Bluff
Cape Girardeau County: July 23 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Church of Christ, 310 N. Shawnee in Jackson; July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Francis Medical Center, 211 St Francis Drive in Cape Girardeau; July 31 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Culvers, 295 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau
Dunklin County: July 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, 1301 First St. in Kennett; July 30 from 3 - 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 300 College Ave. in Kennett
Jackson County (Ill.): July 23 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day St.s, 7168 Old Route 13 in Carbondale; July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive in Carbondale; July 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Center for Medical Arts, 2601 W. Main in Carbondale; July 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SIH System Office, University Mall, 1239 E. Main in Carbondale; July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Health Services, 374 E. Grand in Carbondale
Perry County (Ill.): July 24 from 12 - 5 p.m. at Marshall Browning Hospital, 900 N. Washington in Du Quoin
Perry County (Mo.): July 22 from 12 - 6 p.m. at Perry Park Center, 800 City Park Drive in Perryville; July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Keller Motors, 1795 S. Perryville Blvd. in Perryville; July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Perry County Memorial Hospital, 434 N. West St. in Perryville
Scott County: July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lawless Harley Davidson, 2100 E.Outer Road in Scott City; July 28 from 2 - 7 p.m. at Assembly of God, 312 Dearborn in Scott City; July 30 from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Bank of Missouri, 315 Crites in Scott City
Stoddard County: July 28 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Walgreens, 904 W. Business U.S. 60 in Dexter
Williamson County (Ill.): July 28 from 12:30 - 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 300 S. 17th St. in Herrin; July 30 from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Marion First Church of God, 104 Broeking Road in Marion; July 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pepsi MidAmerica, 2605 W. Main St. in Marion
Do you live next to a home that is unkempt? Cape Girardeau is hoping to empower you and others to help keep your neighborhoods clean, safe, and drug-free. City Planner, Jennifer Criblez tells KZIM KSIM the Neighborhood Development Initiative was taken to the City Council this week to get its blessing and start members thinking about who would make good leaders for the neighborhood association. The program will have a two year trial period to evaluate its success. She says it is not just about fixing the “bad.” The program will be about highlighting the great work and things. Two pilot neighborhoods have been identified to participate in the initiative. Charter Neighborhood 1 stretches north to south from Highway 74 to Hackberry Street and east to west from Ranney Avenue to Beaudean Lane. Charter Neighborhood 2 encompasses the area from Second Street to East Cape Rock Drive and spans east to west from Rand Street to Big Bend Road. Those interested in learning more about the initiative or becoming a neighborhood leader may contact Criblez at 339-6327 email@example.com.
The Franklin County, Illinois, Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a man suspected of leaving the scene of a crash involving personal injury Monday night. Capt. Rick Veldman says 43-year old Carl Thomas was identified as the driver of a car that crashed into a tree at South Marcum campgrounds on Rend Lake. The sheriff's office responded shortly after 10:30, when a good samaritan called it in while helping a female passenger. The woman had a severe head injury. It was unclear if Thomas was also injured as he had fled into the woods. The passenger was treated at the crash site by ambulance personnel and then flown to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. A ground search was conducted by a state police K9 unit, personnel from the sheriff's office and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake, but those efforts were unsuccessful. Anyone with information on Thomas' whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 618-438-4841 or call the anonymous tipline at 618-439-9561.
One of two men accused of killing a southwestern Illinois woman and dismembering her body has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 65 years in prison. A Madison County judge sentenced 29-year-old Patrick Chase of Alton to 45 years on a first-degree murder charge and 20 years on a charge of dismembering a human body. Chase pleaded guilty to both counts moments earlier. Authorities charged Chase and 32-year-old Brandon Chittum of Collinsville in the death of 30-year-old Courtney Coats of Alton. She had been missing for nearly a month before her body was found last December near an Illinois River bridge in Greene County. Prosecutors say Chase and Coats were lovers and apartment mates when the killing happened during an argument. Chittum has pleaded not guilty and awaits trail.
If you haven’t heard of the organization “Options for Women Help for Families” they are hoping to change that. Executive Director Michelle Scherer, with Board President Pastor Irvin Brooks invite you to visit their office at 354 S. Silver Springs Suite E, right in front of West Park lanes. They offer services to women in unplanned pregnancies via advocacy, referral services, mentoring and even give a first trimester ultrasound. They had a ribbon cutting last spring and are now looking to the future. They were on the KZIM KSIM Morning Meeting with Faune Riggin and said they are pro life and hope to thwart unwanted pregnancies before they happen… "We also hope to do abstinence education. Tha's one of our major missions in our local schools. Today many think 'they're going to do it anyway' and they do have a lot of negative influences on tv and in their peers and so on but hopefully the education taht we can give is at least going to give them another side to look at or to think about and make a proper decision with." The charity also offers the “earn while you learn” curriculum. You can sponsor them and attend a fundraiser on Tuesday October 7th at the KofC Hall in Jackson at 6:30pm. The banquet for Life will feature thalidomide baby Tony Melendez who plays the guitar with his feet and speaks about A Gift of Hope. For reservations or to sponsor call 339-2032.
North and Southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane, with a 12 foot width restriction as contractor crews perform bridge pavement repairs to the US 62 and I-57 overpasses. The restrictions will begin at 6 a.m. Friday and continue through 3:30 p.m. August 1st. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
Charity groups that serve underprivileged families and women in crisis pregnancies are calling on the General Assembly to override the veto by Governor Jay Nixon of House Bill 1132. Including the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC). General Counsel Tyler McClay says the legislation proposed modest increases of 500-thousand dollars for each of three tax credits: The pregnancy resource credit would have gone from 2-million-dollars to 2-point-5; the maternity home credit the same amounts; and the food pantry credit from 1-point-2-5-million to 1-point-75 million. He tells KZIM KSIM this decision compares credits for historic buildings with those that help people…"The Governor wants to see reform of all the tax credits before he agrees to increase what we call these benevolent tax credits. And so that's the debate and it's a debate that's been going on in the General Assembly for several years now." McClay says this decision takes money away from the hungry Missouri’s most vulnerable population. MCC will be working with legislators to push for an override. The bill passed the House on a vote of 121 to 25 and the Senate 30 to 1.
Roger Fields might not have died in the line of duty, but friends and colleagues want to make sure the late police officer's achievements are honored. Doug Austin spoke to the Cape Girardeau County Commission at its regular meeting Monday morning on behalf of Seniors and Lawmen Together to ask for approval of a memorial monument. It would be placed in Cape County Park North near the memorial built in 2010 to recognize the 48 officers from Southeast Missouri killed in the line of duty. Fields, who died in March of a health condition, was a driving force in SALT. The former Cape Girardeau assistant police chief was instrumental in making the existing memorial a reality, so Austin said it was fitting a memorial for Fields rest near it. The new memorial would consist of two pieces. The first is a bench that will sit near the entrance to the fallen officer’s memorial. The placement isn't final and Austin said the group was "trying to stay flexible," but they would like it to face a large American flag to the west. The bench will be inscribed with a phrase many have used since Fields' death: "Because of Roger Fields, the badge shines brighter today." The second piece will be a large rock featuring a plaque with a depiction of Fields and his badge. The memorial will be paid for by SALT through donations and the group was working with park officials as it moved forward. The commission gave unanimous. A dedication ceremony is planned for Oct. 13, Fields' birthday.
Route 51 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane as MODoT crews perform bridge maintenance today through Thursday. Work will begin at 7 a.m. and go to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, between Greason Street and Stoddard County line. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
After renovating the Center in Kennett, Three Rivers College is going to purchase the building. College Spokesman, Jonathan Atwood tells KZIM/KSIM the Board of Trustees made the decision at a recent meeting. The college had a three year contract on the building, and Atwood says now they will not have to worry about renewing it. The college will buy the facility for $750,000. It occupies a little more than half of the of the 27,000-square-foot building. The remaining space was rented to another tenant until the end of June. Trustees also received an update on construction projects. The Sikeston campus is on-target to be complete in October, while the new main entrance and Poplar Bluff classroom building have experienced delays.
The New Madrid County Jail is closed, indefinitely, amid concerns it may lose insurance. The County Commission opened bids Monday morning from jails in Scott, Mississippi and Pemiscot Counties. Although details of the bid were not available, Sheriff Terry Stevens tells KZIM/KSIM the commission voted to enter into a contract with Pemiscot County. He says his office is working on moving the inmates from Scott to Pemiscot and hope to have everyone settled by this afternoon following their court hearings.
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A Butler County jury unanimously decided last week the May 24 death of a Neelyville farmer was a justifiable homicide. The inquest was started because Butler County Sgt. Brandon Lowe shot 59-year old Frank "Sid" Smody while responding to a burglary call. The call was to Smody’s daughter’s house. She and the deputy walked the property but found nothing. As they were standing on the porch there were two shots fired. Lowe went to investigate. Smody, who was also walking the property carrying a gun, refused to lower his gun when approached by the deputy. Lowe testified he identified himself several times, but Smody “did not believe him.” Lowe reportedly warned Smody if he came any closer, he would shoot. The jury deliberated for 30 minutes.
A murder case two years in the making came to an end today/Monday when a local man was sentenced to life in prison. Steven Lee Williams appeared before Cape Girardeau County Judge William Syler, who enforced a sentence of life in prison. In June, Williams was found guilty of second-degree murder for the death of Darcus Purl. The two were reportedly arguing over a woman when shots were fired. Both men suffered gunshot wounds; Purl’s were fatal.
A suspect in the May 20 robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Morley, Missouri, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. 31-year old Alexander Trotter, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery charge. As part of the guilty plea agreement, Trotter will forfeit any property taken from his getaway vehicle and cannot appeal any sentence in the case unless it is higher than federal sentencing guidelines recommend. He faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or a combination of fines and imprisonment. In addition, Trotter also potentially faces a period of supervised release of up to three years. Sentencing is at the discretion of U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. and will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 20.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reports a Sikeston area man in custody for burglary, tampering, and drug charges. Friday morning around 5:30, Corporal Justin Wooten responded to a burglary in progress, where the home owner had the suspect at gun point in a bathroom of the home. When the Corporal arrived, 20-year old Kaiden Lambert was handcuffed and lying in the hallway of the residence foyer. In addition to stolen property recovered from Lambert’s truck, officers say he spray painted “FU” with gold paint on the side of a blue Ford Taurus at the residence. Lambert was charged with Burglary in the First Degree, Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, Stealing, Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. Bond was set by the court at $5,000.00 cash only.
A Poplar Bluff man will spend over 13 years in prison in connection to a November 2012 shooting. United States District Judge Stephen Limbaugh, Jr. was recently sentenced 31-year old Artari Amos, of Poplar Bluff, to 160 months on one felony count of Being a Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. On November 13th, 2012, Poplar Bluff police officers received a report of shots fired. The officers responded and detained Amos, after witnesses said he had a handgun. A search of the area led to the discovery of a Ruger, .45 caliber pistol. Amos had been previously convicted of three prior felonies and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.
After four successful years of hosting the Global Leadership Summit – Cape La Croix Church is doing it again. Senior Pastor Ron Watts says August 14th and 15th Fourteen BIG names will be giving Christ-centered speeches and interviews via satellite from a church in Chicago. He tells KZIM KSIM they have had phenomenal success and are sharing those secrets with you. So who should sign up to attend? "To help people get better at leadership wherever they lead. Whether it is in education, government, business, or in the church. It is streaming to us from the satellite live and so it is very participatory, feels like you're there. I think there will be around 90-thousand people across the country watching it live or there in Chicago - or by viedo." This is two full days with people like Tyler Perry, Bill Hybels (high bellz), Jeffery Immelt (CEO GE), Carly Fiorina (Former CEO HP) and more. Log on to LaCroixChurch.org for registration information and fees.
A local man who loves geneology and has traced his roots in the area back nine generations, or two-hundred-seventeen years, wants to take over leadership of the Recorder of Deeds Office in Cape Girardeau County. Drew Blattner says he has thirteen years experience with deeds and marriage records which he says are the two main responsibilities of that office. He tells KZIM KSIM he has been the Assistant Director of the Cape County Archive Center for the last six and a half years dealing with preserving documents from as far back as the 1790-s so he feels he is qualified…"The records are issued from the office. All the deed records, all the marriage records, They are all public records and I want to provide basically unlimited access to all public records. The way things are now, certain copies are very hard to access for the public, particularly the records that are housed in the archive center. And I think they should be open as they are public records and that is my main reason for running." Drew is the son of David or Noretta Blattner. He and his wife Ashley are expecting a baby girl in August. He is facing incumbent Scott R. Clark on the Republican ballot August 5th.
St. Louis police are investigating the fatal shooting of one woman and the wounding of two others that took place at 4:50 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Thrush Avenue in the Baden neighborhood. At about 1 a.m. Monday, a man in the same block of Thrush was shot several times in the back. He survived. Detectives are investigating whether the two incidents are connected. Police have released few details about either shooting. Officers arrived on the scene Sunday night and found three women shot. Their identities have not been released. The women were taken to a local hospital, where one was pronounced dead and the other two were listed in critical but stable condition. Police said they are searching for the boyfriend of one of the victims, and they allege he is the shooter. Anyone with information in the triple shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.
The police department here has issued a missing persons alert for 47-year old David Brangenberg, of the 1st block of Yellowstone Court. Brangenberg's family last spoke with him on July 5. Family members have tried numerous times, unsuccessfully, to reach him since then. Brangenberg's vehicle, a dark gray 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck, bearing license plate 3WH 485, is also missing. The family reported him missing on Saturday. Anyone with information on Brangenberg's whereabouts is asked to call police at 636-278-2222.
Missouri Highway Patrol troopers report a Chester, Illinois, couple died in a crash Saturday night after the driver left the road and overturned. The fatal accident happened shortly after 9 o’clock on Route T west of Woodridge Lane in Perry County. 38-year old Bret Chandler and 33-year old Toree Chandler were pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say Bret Chandler was driving eastbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the right side of the road. He attempted to regain control of the vehicle and traveled off the left side of the road. The vehicle entered a creek bed, overturned and hit several trees.
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A preliminary hearing has been set in the murder case pending against Jeremy Corcoran, 37, of Kennett, Missouri.
Corcoran, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 7 shooting death of Andy Tijerina of Kennett.
Corcoran appeared in 35th Circuit Court on Wednesday before Division II Judge John Spielman, who scheduled the hearing date for Aug. 12.