The wheels of justice continue to turn, albeit slowly, in the case against two men accused of killing a Cape Girardeau tattoo artist. The body of 38-year old Samuel "Tick" Francis was found in a septic tank northeast of Bonne Terre July 25th, 2013, a day after federal investigators executed a search warrant on the home of one of the men accused of killing him. He had been missing since December 2012. Melvin Scherrer of Bonne Terre and Brent Bouren of St. Louis face state charges in connection with Francis' death. The two were also among 25 people charged last September in a federal drug-trafficking case involving the manufacture and distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine. Scherrer has yet to appear in St. Francois County court on the murder charge. Meanwhile, Bouren is set to go to trial September 19th.
The United Way of Southeast Missouri kicked off its 2014 campaign today/Thursday at Cape West 14 Cine. This year’s goal will be one-million dollars. Campaign supporters were recognized, volunteers introduced, and this year’s theme “Connect the Dots” was unveiled. Executive Director Nancy Jernigan talked about significant results achieved with United Way funding including:
85% of kindergartners being ready for school
99% of students in Read to Succeed experiencing success
88% of students in after-school programs on track to graduate
428 contacts with parents to support student success
the graduation rates increasing to 87%
4,000 families having received food
441 seniors continuing to live independently
3,800 students learning about healthy personal and family relationships
Illinois State Police say a man is facing charges following an accident that injured him and his passenger. This/Thursday morning around 5:30, 61-year old Melvin Brown, of Cleveland, Ohio, was southbound on I-57 in Union county when his semi crossed into the median, travelled between the two overpass bridges, and crashed onto the North Lick Creek Road. He was ejected from the cab. He and his passenger were taken to a local hospital. Police are charging Brown with DUI (drugs), Possession of cocaine <2.5G, failure to wear seatbelt, and improper lane usage.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reports a Sikeston man is in custody on traffic and drug charges. 40-year old Markel Charles Fitchpatrick, of Vernon Avenue, has been charged with the Class C Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, the Class A Misdemeanor of Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While Revoked. Wednesday around 11:45 p.m., Corporal Justin Wooten and Deputy Robyn Merideth were traveling east on Highway U when a white Ford F-150 pickup bearing Missouri plates swerved off the roadway and into a building construction site in Blodgett. Fitchpatrick said he worked at the site. Inside the building officers found a bag containing a syringe and a substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine. He remains in custody in the Scott County Jail. Bond has been set at $2,500.00 cash or surety.
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The Reynolds County Sheriff's Office says Dorothy N. Brooks has been located by a Reynolds County Deputy. She had been involved in a traffic accident and her vehicle was a short distance from the roadway.
Original story 1:05pm
The Reynolds County Sheriff's Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing person incident that occurred in Ellington at 12:15 P.M. on August 27, 2014. 66-year old Dorothy N. Brooks is white, hgt 5'4", 150 lbs, Grey hair, Brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a green and white striped shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes with green laces. Brooks, had a doctors appointment in Poplar Bluff Wednesday. She called to reschedule the appointment after leaving the residence. She was last seen on Highway U in Carter County and has not returned home yet. Anyone seeing the missing person, suspect, associate, or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Reynolds County Sheriff's Department at agency phone: 573-648-2491.
Silver 2012 Ford Edge bearing Missouri, AB8G5P
Thanks to his Startups for Soldiers Act, Secretary of State Jason Kander is now waiving fees for starting a new business for armed services members. He says you just have to be a Missouri resident and show proof of active service in the National Guard or military. “As a veteran, I know the skills we learn in the military translate into every field, but it can be difficult to make sure employers know how those skills are relevant to them. The Startups for Soldiers Act helps ensure we utilize the talent our servicemen and women have developed once they return home by making it easier for them to start their own businesses.” The bill was sponsored by Representatives Jeff Roorda and Charlie Davis.
Three people were found dead in a home near Fenton this afternoon, the Jefferson County Sheriff's office said. The three victims, two men and one woman, were found inside the split-level home in the 600 block of Walnut Ridge. Authorities say they may have been dead for two days. Saline Valley Fire Chief Bob Dunn said they found very high levels of carbon monoxide inside the house Thursday afternoon. There was no sign of foul play, and all three victims appeared to have been overcome while they were sleeping. Authorities believe a car had been left running in the garage, which is beneath part of the house. The keys were in the ignition and it was in the "on" position although it had stopped running. A family member found the victims and called police.
Over the past several weeks, the following individuals were arrested because of ongoing drug investigations involving the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force. Officers from the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jackson Police Department, Sikeston Department of Public Safety and Cape Girardeau County Sherriff’s Department, along with federal agencies assisted in the arrests. Numerous arrests are still pending.
1. Angela Solak, 28 years of age, Distribution of a controlled substance, $40.000 bond
2. Mathew Martin, 36 years of age, Distribution of a controlled substance, $40.000 bond
3. Vashon Bell, 27 years of age, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond
4. Keturah Williams, 37 years of age, Distribution of a controlled substance, $40,000 bond
5. Amanda Price, 27 years of age, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond.
6. Torress R. Baker, 33 years old, three counts of Distribution of a controlled substance, $50,000 bond.
7. Samuel L. Preastly III, 41 years old, two county of Distribution of a controlled substance, $40,000 bond.
8. Brandon M. Depree, 31 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond.
9. Antonio Long, 25 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond.
10. Dwaun T. Thiele, 29 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond.
11. Nathan E. Smith, 32 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, total bond $90,000.
12. Jeremy J. Haynes, 25 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond
13. Benjamin Grothe, 37 years old, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, $30,000 bond
14. Billy W. Jordan, 27 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $35,000 bond.
15. Anthony P. Allen, 21 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond.
16. Kayla J. Shuffit, 20 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond
17. Darion T. Harris, 17 years old, Unlawful use of a weapon, $40,000 bond
18. Danny L. Dunning JR, 36 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $45,000 bond
19. Levin Ray, 31 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $25,000 bond
20. Andrea Madison, 28 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $25,000 bond
21. Jimmie Warf, 39 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond
22. David Smith, 29 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $35,000 bond
23. Kimberly D. West, 47 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $35,000 bond
24. Latonio T. Jones, 31 years old, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, $35,000 bond
25. Crystal L. Harris, 21 years old, four counts of distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond
26. Kevin K. Dow, 49 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond
27. Candace D. May, 29 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $20,000 bond
28. Robert L. Chapman, 32 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $30,000 bond.
29. Chelsy N. Stone, 23 years old, Distribution of a controlled substance, $20,000 bond.
30. Diana R. Liley, 37 years old, two counts of Distribution of a controlled substance, $40,000 bond.
31. Justin E. King, 31 years old, two counts of Distribution of a controlled substance, $45,000 bond.
32. Daniel T. Harmon, 32 year old male, three counts of Distribution of a Controlled substance, $30,000 bond.
33. Carl A. Boitnott, 23 year old male, two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, $40,000 bond.
34. Jordan T. Modicue, 26 years old, three counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, $35,000 bond.
A St. Francois County community is mourning the loss of its police chief. Leadwood Chief of Police Dale Newman reportedly died late Wednesday evening. The Park Hills Daily Journal reports the chief likely died of a heart attack, he was not on duty at the time. Newman was appointed chief of police in February of 2012 to fill the vacancy of Chief Jerry Hicks Sr. who had died weeks earlier as result of an on-duty automobile accident. Newman served as the chief of police in Ste. Genevieve for five years prior to taking the position in Leadwood two-and-a-half years ago. Newman, in his mid 40s, began his law enforcement career in Cape Girardeau. He took five years off from police work before taking the job in Leadwood.
Three children were taken to the Hospital following the discovery of a meth lab at a Herrin home. Police responded to the 700 block of North 16th Street about 6 p.m. for a welfare check and found the active lab and children, ages 1, 3 and 4. 31-year old Robert Walker and 24-year old Amanda Walker were charged with aggravated participation in meth manufacturing and taken to Williamson County Jail. The Southern Illinois Enforcement Group assisted the Herrin Police Department with the case. The children were placed in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
While the Southeast Missouri State University campus remains closed, with classes to resume and offices set to reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, several adjustments in schedules have been made. The payment deadline for new or added enrollment after July 28 that was originally due on Friday, Aug. 29, has been extended to Wednesday, Sept. 3. Distribution of iPads to College of Education students in Memorial Hall, Room 107 will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and continue through Thursday, Sept. 4. Hours of distribution at this location are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and are open to all remaining College of Education students, regardless of grade level. ITV classes originating at the main campus are cancelled. ITV classes originating from regional campuses will go on as planned, but will be recorded for later access by main campus students. Testing Services in Kent Library will remain open Thursday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 29, for scheduled tests and appointments. The Towers Open Computer Lab will continue to operate on its normal holiday hours. For the complete schedule, visit http://www.semo.edu/it/ and reference “IT Computer Labs” information. Southeast Bookstore is operating on its normal schedule, but Textbook Rental is closed. The Campus Health Clinic is closed except for previously scheduled appointments. The Student Recreation Center-North is operating on its normal schedule.
Student Recreation Center-North hours are:
Thursday, Aug. 28: 5:30 a.m.-midnight
Friday, Aug. 29: 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31: Noon-7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 1: Noon-midnight
Student Aquatic Center hours are:
Thursday, Aug. 28: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 29: 5:30-7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30: Noon-6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31: Noon-5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 1: Noon-8 p.m.
Student Recreation Center-South hours are:
Thursday, Aug. 28: Open through 9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 29: 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30: Closed
Sunday, Aug. 31: Closed
Monday, Sept. 1: Closed
A southwest Missouri fire department that was considering extending benefits to an employee who is in a same-sex marriage has been told the state's Constitution won't allow it. Last week, the Ozark Fire Department appeared ready to change its policy so it could offer the benefits to female captain Andi Mooneyham. The Springfield News-Leader reports the department's attorney told its board that the Missouri Constitution does not allow the policy change because of an amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Jay Johnson, a fire board member who supported changing the policy last week, said the board apparently has no recourse. Mooneyham says she plans to seek other legal opinions to determine if there is some way to receive the benefits.
A Kennett pharmacist was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday after pleading guilty to health-care fraud. The Daily Dunklin Democrat reported that 51-year old Brian Keith Mitchell was sentenced to six months in prison and six additional months of home confinement, and ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution. Mitchell Health Mart Pharmacy was placed under two years' probation. In April, Mitchell pleaded guilty to one felony count of health-care fraud and appeared for sentencing before U.S. Eastern Missouri District Court Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. in Cape Girardeau. Mitchell admitted billing for more expensive drugs than he actually dispensed, issuing unauthorized modifications to prescriptions, improper prescription labeling, dispensing without prescription and record-keeping violations.
Every year dozens of people take on the famed Coors Light Trail of tears Triathlon. Aquatics Manager with Cape parks and Rec, Patrick Watson says they conquer a 7-hundred meter swim in lake Boutin, a cross country 15-mile bike ride, followed by a 4-mile run. Which luckily is mostly downhill. Watson tells KZIM KSIM this isn’t for the faint of heart but you can participate no matter what your level of fitness… "This race attracts everybody from someone who is knocking this thing out in an hour and a half to the person who has decided part way through their life that they want to rededicate themselves to fitness. A rtiathlon is a great way to do that. There is a variety of workouts between the swimming biking and cross training. You can just make it your own thing and go at your own pace. Just go out there and have fun no matter if you're a professional or if you juts get off the couch and decide to try something new." If you want to have a relay team your options are; men’s, women’s, youth, and masters. Early registration fees will continue until tomorrow but you can sign up right until the day of the race. This is a USA Traithlon sanctioned event so bring your photo ID and USAT card. A one day member ship is available. There will be food and awards at the finish line. All bike leg racers are required to wear a helmet. For more information call 339-6340. Race time is 9am.
The Missouri Public Service Commission is scheduled to hold formal evidentiary hearings beginning early next year in an electric rate case filed by Ameren Missouri. Hearings will be in Jefferson City starting February 23rd, 2015 through March 13th.There will also be local public hearings in this rate case, but they have not be scheduled yet. On July 3rd, Ameren filed papers seeking to increase annual revenues by approximately $264 million (9.65%).
In order to keep deputies on the street instead of processing paperwork, the Scott County Jail is implementing policy changes. Chief Deputy, Major Kenneth Kinder tells KZIM KSIM the policy means deputies will no longer go to other agencies to pick up arrestees, meaning deputies could respond faster to needs within the county. The policy also addresses the issue of bond and will require inmates to be in the County’s custody in order for them to accept the bond and associated paperwork. While the changes are meant to strengthen security and ensure inmates rights are protected, Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden told the city council he had concerns about longer waits before people could bond out.
The all clear for Southeast Missouri State University and the surrounding area will come late Friday morning when water tests are expected to come back, following a water main break Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Cape Girardeau Public Works Director, Tim Gramling tells KZIM KSIM the break was fixed around 8:30 Wednesday night. It occurred after a two foot section of pipe collapsed, but Gramling says the biggest obstacle was the fact that it was in a tight place so close to the Power Plant. He adds water has been and still is safe. Water pressure has been low but should resume soon.
A more than 14 percent increase in electrical rates and a new restriction on mobile homes being brought into or moved to another location in the city are now official. Council members approved the two ordinances after second readings during their monthly briefing session Monday. The electrical rate increase is necessary because the electrical system did not meet required debt service coverage for fiscal year 2014, because of the uncertain future of the wholesale power market, and the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities received a negative outlook from the Fitch Rating Service. Mayor Jerry Pullen said the total increase of 14.3 percent on residential users, which is expected to generate approximately $2.5 million in additional revenue for BMU, will go into effect in two stages. The first rate effective Monday will increase the rate 7.1 percent. Based on average use, the increase will result in bills received on or after Oct. 1 being $5.20 higher. The remaining 7.2 percent increase starts April 1, so bills on or after May 1 will go up $5.46 for an average user. Commercial rates will be raised about 16 percent and the industrial rate will go up 6 percent to remain competitive in attracting new and/or expanding industries.
The gavel has been passed from one Donna to another. As of Monday night, Donna Medlin is officially no longer mayor of Bloomfield, and Mayor Pro Tem Donna Deardorff is. The Daily Statesman reported that technically, Deardorff will continue to serve as Mayor Pro Tem until April, which would be the end of Medlin's mayoral term. Medlin had publicly announced her resignation as mayor of Bloomfield two weeks earlier. She cited health reasons as the primary issue for stepping down.
Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA serves children who are caught in the middle of family issues and need representation in court situations. They are in desperate need of volunteers but also in need of funding. Sixty-percent of all monies used in support of advacate training and serving kids comes from the local community with very little from grants and outside sources. They are hosting a scavenger hunt on Saturday, September 13th from 3 til 7pm beginning at Bel Air Grill. Executive Director Linda Nash tells KZIM KSIM teams of up to four people will be sent out and about and meet back at Bel Air and have judges evaluate their findings! "We are looking for landmarks. We are going to do photo set ups of their team. We are going to be loking for items like - not even that we've planted but that they have to find. They just have to find it and bring it in." You need to hurry to get teams registered to get T-shirts printed. There will be food and drinks at the finish line. There is also a costume contest with prizes starting at 100-dollars! The top team in the scavenger hunt will get 4-hundred-dollars! Second will win 200 and third gets 1-hundred. Call 335-1726 to sign up. Or go to semocasa.com
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Carter County Prosecuting Attorney Rocky Kingree filed a motion to dismiss the petition filed earlier this month challenging his qualifications to become Division II associate circuit judge in Butler County. Kingree hopes for a dismissal for lack of standing, or in the alternative, a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. A resident of Ellsinore, Kingree listed his Van Buren law office when he filed his declaration of candidacy. He said Wednesday morning he has not "officially moved," but previously said he would establish his residence in Butler County prior to the election as required by the Missouri Constitution. However, the state Constitution also requires candidates to meet other qualifications as provided by law. The one-year residency law became effective Aug. 28, 2013.
In his motion, Kingree is seeking to dismiss a three-count petition filed by Ted Thompson, an assistant Butler County prosecuting attorney, against himself and Butler County Clerk Tonyi Deffendall in an attempt to have him removed from the general election ballot.
A Jackson woman who pleaded guilty last year to federal fraud charges now faces allegations she falsified documents in an effort to obtain a lighter sentence. Cynthia Raymond pleaded guilty in September to five counts of filing false income tax returns and one count of aggravated identity theft. According to a plea agreement filed in federal court, Raymond filed about 98 false tax returns under 36 clients' names without their knowledge, claiming excessive refunds and diverting some of the money into her personal bank account. Sentencing in the case initially had been set for December but has been delayed several times. In March, Raymond's attorney, assistant federal public defender Tim Burdick, requested the case be continued so his client could undergo treatment for medical issues. Last week, federal prosecutors filed a motion to enhance Raymond's offense after she allegedly filed false documents as part of an Aug. 15 memorandum seeking probation, restitution and community service instead of prison time. Raymond had her attorney submit two letters and an email message purported to be from two doctors -- one treating her for a back problem, and one treating her for ovarian cancer. Aug. 19 federal prosecutors state one doctor denied writing either the letter or the email. Sentencing had been set for earlier this month, but prosecutors requested a continuance to investigate Raymond's claims concerning her medical history. On Aug. 20, Burdick filed a motion to withdraw as Raymond's lawyer. The court sustained the motion and appointed Dionne M. Scherff to replace Burdick.
A status conference hearing in the case is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 4.
TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
James Kane, 40, a Florida man who beat up his girlfriend's 72-year-old father because the man would not give his blessing for the two to wed.
Kane had asked for permission to tie the knot with his girlfriend, however the older man said no.
Kane didn't like his answer so he punched the man repeatedly in the face.
Police arrived to see the victim with cuts and bruises and arrested Kane.
Despite being beaten up, the victim didn't want to press charges.
AND THEN THERE'S .....
A 15-year-old New Jersey boy, who thought he could slide down a zip line using a T-shirt.
With his friends filming the event, the boy climbed onto a platform, draped the shirt over the zip line and slid down, but didn't get far.
According to a friend, "He got stuck and he was not able to slide down the line. He couldn't go any further and he had to let go."
The 30-foot fall left the teen with a broken femur and a foot injury.
OR HOW ABOUT .....
Doctors in Brazil, who declared 54-year-old Valdelucio Goncalves dead, only to realize he was wasn't.
Goncalves' brother, Walterio, was let into the morgue to dress the body when he noticed the body bag wriggling then raising and falling as if he was breathing.
The brother also said, "I went crazy and shouted for the medical team, so they could see what was happening. They checked him and confirmed that he was still alive."
The Menandro de Farias Hospital, whose doctors declared Goncalves dead, has launched an investigation.
OKAY, ONE MORE .....
A skycap for Southwest Airlines, who was supposed to wheel an 85-year-old passenger to the gate to catch a flight, but apparently got distracted and left the elderly woman parked and forgotten.
The woman was to board a flight in Newark for Denver, but halfway to the gate the attendant inexplicably walked away.
She missed her flight, and her other daughter in Denver went into panic mode when she didn’t see her mom getting off the plane.
Southwest Airlines officials eventually realized the mistake and put the woman on a later flight to Denver.
The airline says a processing error at check-in did not alert employees at the gate to her special need, which is her wheelchair.
Southwest gave her two $100 vouchers for future travel. Southwest, admits it could have handled the situation better.
The recent heat wave isn’t just affecting humans and pets. Soaring temperatures are making air conditioners work harder to cool your home. Ameren Missouri Manager of Energy Efficiency, Cara Dolly tells KZIM KSIM now is the perfect time to replace that air conditioner on its last leg. Many contractors are already familiar with the utility's rebate programs and can help you get the most for your money. And if that’s not the problem, she has a few tips for saving on your electric bill--like keeping the temperature set between 75 and 78 degrees, turning it up when you leave or go to sleep, and using fans. Also she says make sure there are no lamps or TVs near your thermostat as they emit heat. For more on the rebate programs, visit: AmerenMissouri.com/ActOnEnergy.
Labor Day is typically a day of rest, but the soldiers and civilians at Fort D will be busy preparing for fall. Patty House tells KZIM KSIM you should make plans to join local re-enactors as they demonstrate rifle and cannon fire and dutch oven cooking. She says they have had a great summer season so far, with hundreds turning out for the events, and she hopes you will be one of them. Monday’s event gets underway at 9am. Fort D Historic Site is located at 920 Fort Street, off of Sprigg Street, four blocks south of MO Rte 74.