A fatal accident in Perry County Friday morning is believed to have been caused by black ice. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C Public Information Officer, Justin Wheetley tells KZIM/KSIM that 28-year old Dewayne Phillips of Marion Arkansas was southbound on I-55 near the 126 mile marker when he lost control of his car and it hit the cable barrier. Phillips’ 4-year old passenger, Michael Phillips of Burlington, Iowa, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and his two other minor passengers were taken to Perry County Hospital for minor injuries. The accident occurred around 5:20 a.m.
Cape Girardeau Police say an investigation is ongoing into an incident that ended with bullets embedded in a home daycare. Public Information Officer, Darin Hickey tells KZIM/KSIM they received calls around 1 p.m. about shots fired in the 400 block of Benton Street near the intersection with Jefferson Street. He adds schools in the area were locked down for a time as a precaution. He says while there have been no charges filed in connection to this case, one person from the car was taken into custody for outstanding warrants.
The Carbondale Park District will announce the final design for the Super Splash Park Outdoor Aquatic Center Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Carbondale Civic Center, 200 S. Illinois Avenue. Among the facility’s planned features are a lazy river, competition pool, zero-depth entry leisure pool, play structures, water slides, a bathhouse and a concession stand. Officials have raised more than $700,000 of a $900,000 campaign, which will supplement a $2.5 million federal grant. The plan is to open the park late May 2015.
The entire city of Wardell will be without water starting 8 a.m. Monday, March 10. Mayor David Byrd says the water will be shut off while the tanks are checked. It is unknown how long the water will be off, but Byrd says it will most likely be several hours.
The Stoddard County Sheriff is asking for helping finding a missing teen. Officials say 14-year old Kaitlynn Rogers disappeared Thursday night from Dudley, but was last seen in Dexter. She is 120 pounds wearing a white tee shirt and black sweats. Anyone who sees her should call the sheriff's office at 573-568-4654.
Midwest weather hasn't felt much like spring the past two weeks but the big pelicans on a pair of southern Illinois lakes are nonetheless headed north after leaving winter homes on the Gulf of Mexico. T.J. Benson is an avian ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. He tells the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale that the birds on Crab Orchard Lake and Rend Lake are white pelicans. Benson says they pass through Illinois twice a year travelling between summer homes in North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada and their winter habitat. He says the birds are hard to miss. They're huge with wing spans of almost 8 feet. The pelicans may have gone unnoticed in the past but Benson says their population is getting larger for reasons that aren't clear.
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A Sikeston inmate in the Mississippi County Detention Center has added to her legal troubles by assaulting a corrections officer. Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore says the incident took place Wednesday afternoon, following the arrest of 24-year old Dianna Pummill on a Sikeston municipal warrant. Corrections staff were reportedly mid-way through the booking process when she became defiant and refused to comply with the various intake procedures. Corrections Officer Faith Altamirano came to the booking area and advised Pummill to comply with the booking procedures. At that time Pummill shoved Altamirano and kicked her in the shin.
Drs. Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman of Cape Girardeau were among four winners of the 2014 McReynolds Award, given annually by the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, to recognize individuals or groups that have demonstrated long-term commitment to preservation. The ceremony, held Thursday in the Capitol rotunda in Jefferson City, Mo., was led by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who said: "It's a great honor to be part of this well-deserved award for the Kellermans, They truly have given their hearts and souls to the cause of historic preservation in the Cape Girardeau area, and their efforts and contributions will be felt for many years to come." The Kellermans, active in preservation since 1971, restored the Oliver-Leming House in Cape Girardeau. The home was residence to Marie Watkins Oliver, designer of Missouri's state flag that was adopted in 1913. From left are Kinder, Bert and Mary Mary Ann Kellerman and state Rep. Kathy Swan of Cape Girardeau.
Union County is receiving a $20,000 planning grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services to establish a Juvenile Justice Council in the First Judicial Circuit. Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds says the newly formed council will provide a forum for the development of a community-based interagency assessment of the local juvenile justice system; develop a juvenile justice plan for the prevention of juvenile delinquency; and make recommendations for more effective utilization of community resources to deal with juveniles who are involved in crime, are truant, or who have been suspended or expelled from school.
The Cape Girardeau Police Department is hosting open houses for you to come view the current police department building and its facilities. Public Information Officer, Darin Hickey says the outside of the building does not really give away the needs inside. The city is currently looking at the possibility of replacing the police department and Hickey says they want the public to see the needs for more space, technology, and upgrades. The tours of the building will be offered by officers--the 11th from 2 to 4pm, the 14th from 10 to 12pm, and the 18th from 5 to 6pm. Police Chief Wes Blair will lead the last tour and it will be followed by a sit-down meeting with him from 6 to 8pm.
Illinois' public universities are warning of serious perils if the state's temporary income tax increase is allowed to expire as scheduled in January. Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard says institutions of higher education are anticipating a 30 percent decrease in funding next year because of an expected $1.5 billion reduction in state revenues. Poshard told a Senate appropriations committee Thursday that budget cuts would mean larger class sizes, having more classes taught by adjunct professors instead of tenured faculty and an increase in tuition. Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas says the state's backlog of bills has already created budget headaches for his institution. Both presidents say increasing the state's minimum wage as Gov. Pat Quinn wants could heighten budget problems, requiring millions more to pay their student workforces.
A new report shows fewer Illinois children are without health insurance, but the number of cases of child abuse is climbing. The annual report released Thursday comes from a non-partisan organization advocating for policies concerning children called Voices For Illinois Children. The report shows the percentage of children without health insurance fell from 6 percent to 3 percent since 2008. It also found Illinois has "significantly narrowed" racial and ethnic disparities in children's health insurance coverage. But cases of child abuse and neglect have risen 13 percent since 2006. Some of the largest increases were in DuPage, Kane, Macon, Vermillion and Will counties.
A Franklin County woman faces a negligent homicide charge in the northern Arkansas death of a Wildwood man who pulled over to help after he saw her car crash on an interstate. Fifty-one-year-old David P. Moessner was struck and killed on Feb. 28 by a different driver. The public relations manager at AT&T in St. Louis was driving with his wife to visit their daughter at the University of Arkansas. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 23-year-old Alexandra A. Adams of Washington wrecked her SUV in an I-540 construction zone near Springdale, Ark. Moessner was on the highway shoulder trying to help Adams and an injured passenger when he was hit by another car that had swerved to avoid halted traffic. Adams is also charged with driving while intoxicated.
Carbondale Police Department officials say they are looking for the suspect who allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint Wednesday. Police say they were called to the 500 block of South Wall Street around 8:30 p.m., where the victim claimed to be approached by an unknown suspect who demanded money while armed with a handgun. The suspect, who police say was a black male wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and a red bandana over his face, reportedly fled the scene in a southwest direction. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Police Department at (618) 457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at (618) 549-COPS (2677).
A Sikeston man faces felony charges after allegedly cutting two roommates with a broken beer bottle. 22-year old Marcalino Martinez was charged by the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney's Office with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and two felony counts of armed criminal action. Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers responded Monday night around 8:45 to a home on Moore Street. Police say a Hispanic male, who did not speak English, had a 4-inch cut on left side of the neck and a second male, who spoke broken English, had a small cut on his forehead. Officers say two more Hispanic men with blood on them were found in the area, and one of them was Martinez, who was identified as the attacker. Police say he had cuts on his hand.
Officials are hoping for a good turn out this Saturday as they get kids signed up for the spring and summer youth leagues. Southeast Health Sports Care Program Manager, Matt Carter tells KZIM/KSIM the Sign Up Saturday will be more than just about sports. There will also be a SafeAssured ID booth, as well as health and fitness screenings, but not ones that are school qualified, along with a host of other booths and local organizations. The free event is for kids between three and 14. It will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Osage Center. The first 200 kids in the door get a free t-shirt. The event is a partnership with the Cape Girardeau's Parks and Recreation Department.
Kentucky transportation officials are suing the crew of a cargo ship that struck and collapsed part of a bridge over the Tennessee River in western Kentucky. The state Transportation Cabinet says in a lawsuit moved to federal court this week that it spent at least $7 million to repair the Eggner's Ferry Bridge after the Delta Mariner struck it on Jan. 26, 2012. The cabinet's lawsuit says the ship's crew ignored warnings from the U.S. Coast Guard about the bridge's navigation lights being out. The Associated Press says a message left for Seattle-based Foss Maritime, the owners of the cargo ship, was not immediately returned Thursday. The wreck caused a 322-foot section of the span to collapse. The bridge carries traffic from near Aurora, Ky., to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Officials say the Dorena-Hickman Ferry will reopen on the normal winter schedule on Friday morning. The ferry has been closed since March 2nd due to ice on the landings in Kentucky and Missouri. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.
Five other states are joining Missouri's fight against a California egg law regulating the living conditions of chickens. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster last month filed a lawsuit against the measure set to take effect next year. It bars the sale of eggs produced by hens kept in cages that don't meet California's size and space requirements. The state attorneys general contend the California law violates the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by effectively imposing new requirements on out-of-state farmers. The five other states joining Thursday are Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Iowa. Those states and Missouri produce 20 billion eggs per year, and 10 percent of that production is sold in California. The Humane Society of the United States criticized the lawsuit, saying it wastes taxpayer dollars.
A realistic school shooting drill at a southeast Missouri high school prompted several teachers concerned about their safety to seek legal advice from the local prosecutor. The Daily Journal newspaper of Park Hills reports that four Farmington High School teachers called the St. Francois County prosecuting attorney on Tuesday about the drill, which was held on a professional development day. The prosecutor's office advised the teachers to either leave the training or file a complaint. No teachers did so, but the training was stopped once the school learned of the complaints. Superintendent Matt Ruble says teachers were given the option in advance to opt out of the active shooter training, which used plastic pellet guns powered by compressed air.
Police in Illinois are looking for several suspects in connection to counterfeit money being circulated in Carbondale. Police say early last month four people used counterfeit bills to buy items at a business in the 1900 block of South Illinois Avenue. They were seen leaving the business in a white 4-door Chevy Malibu. Anyone with information about the counterfeit money or the subjects pictured below is asked to call the Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200.
Union County, Illinois State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds says you need to be alert this tax season as it is a prime time for thieves looking to steal your identity or use your identity. According to Edmonds, tax refund fraud commonly occurs when stolen identity information is used to file a tax return in the victim’s name and the thief then obtains the refund that would be due to the victim. Tax refund fraud has been reported in Union County before and Edmonds urges the public to protect identifying documents and information as the tax deadline approaches.
Union County officials are postponing their Rising Up for Change Coalition event due to the winter weather the area received over the weekend. The "Mixing it up: Underage Drinking, Drugs & Parties, What You May Not Know" program will now be the 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. Sheriff David Livesay and State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds will be on hand at the Anna Jonesboro High School auditorium for the educational event, where the changing face of underage drug and alcohol abuse will be the main topic of discussion. The event was originally scheduled for tonight/Thursday night.
Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri’s trade mission to Canada has resulted in the state’s first-ever trade agreement with Ontario. The agreement, signed today/Thursday, establishes a comprehensive framework for future trade, collaboration and economic growth including expanded collaboration, trade and investment and enhanced regional and bi-national competitiveness. Nixon says even without an agreement, Ontario purchased $2.6 billion in Missouri goods last year, and now there is the foundation for more trade. While in Toronto, Nixon has held meetings with government officials as well as major Canadian companies that have or may be considering investments in Missouri, including Magna International and BMO Financial.