Sikeston City Council members will be looking at next fiscal year’s budget in the next few weeks with their first official discussion to be the 28th. City Manager, JD Douglass tells KZIM/KSIM the budget was made public Wednesday. It includes an increase in the end of the year fund, meaning the city expects to take in more revenue than it spends on expenses. The budget also includes increased money for emergency and public safety services as well as a cost of living increase. He says the majority of funding for the city comes from sales tax and so they are looking at ways to draw more people to shop and do business. Douglass expects the final version of the budget to be approved in early June.
The Dunklin County water system is under an emergency disinfection. Customers of the Water District #2 should contact the Dunklin County Public Water district office at 573-738-2162 for instructions on receiving a supply of safe drinking water while the system undergoes emergency disinfection efforts, which started at 4 p.m. Wednesday. This impacts 900 customers. The Dunklin County Public Water District #2 will remain on a boil water order until the water storage tanks are repaired, disinfection is complete and water quality testing confirms water quality has been restored. Bottled water will be available at the District #2 office.
The Cape Girardeau City Council will be holding its annual retreat tomorrow/today giving new members an in depth look at all the projects currently underway. City Manager, Scott Meyer tells KZIM/KSIM the morning starts at 8 o’clock with updates and then a look at next year’s budget after lunch. He says the budget includes very conservative projections for the year's revenues. Meyer adds members will also discuss the future of the city, including the Fire Tax, and the Transportation Trust Fund. Another topic of discussion will be the Ward 3 Temporary Council Position. The retreat will be at the Osage Center.
The season is underway the Cape Farmer’s Market, but it will not be where you are used to seeing it. Market Organizer, Marilyn Peters tells KZIM/KSIM the Thursday market has moved to the parking lot behind the West Park Mall, but all your favorites are still there. The market draws from 75 miles around Cape and includes just about every produce or homebaked good you can think of. The market opened last week and Peters says the new location was not a deterrent for shoppers. It is open from Noon to 5pm each Thursday through November 20th, rain or shine.
A local man is pleading not guilty to the murder of 40-year old Marsha Ann Brown. Brandon Banks appeared in Jackson County Court Wednesday for arraignment. Police say the 28-year old fatally shot Brown and then dumped her body on Highway 51 near Makanda, Illinois, where it was discovered by a passerby January 14th. Banks was arrested two days later at a St. Louis home and extradited to Illinois recently. Banks faces a minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
Students at Southeast Missouri State University are working hard to combat food insecurity in the area. Since being created a year ago, the SEMO Food Alliance has provided about 2,000 meals to the homeless. Dr. Gerri Goldman helped launch the program when she issued a challenge to her macro practice class to come up with a project that would help a specific population. Students discovered that, in Cape Girardeau alone, there was a 14 percent “food insecurity” rate among adults and 21 percent among children, with an even higher amount in Scott City. The SFA works closely with Chartwells, Southeast’s dining services provider and the food is donated to New Beginnings. The SEMO Food Alliance is looking for new volunteers as it moves toward making this a self-sustainable project at the University.
The remains of a Paducah soldier, who disappeared during World War II, have been sent home. WPSD-TV reports the remains of William T. Carneal, which were discovered in Saipan, arrived back in Paducah on Tuesday. He will be interred Friday after a ceremony. Carneal's remains were found in 2013 along with dog tags, a high school ring and American coins. Sandy Hart of the Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum in Wickliffe said Carneal enlisted in October 1941. He was reported missing in action in 1944 and declared dead a year later. His great-niece, Suzanne Roberts, says the family is grateful that the remains were found and returned.
Illinois agriculture officials say there have been hundreds of cases of a deadly pig virus in Illinois. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports there were 360 cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea in Illinois through March. But hog farmers weren't required to start reporting the illness until last week. PED has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May. Illinois is among the hardest-hit. The disease has been blamed for recent increases in bacon and pork prices and farmers have struggled to control the virus, because little is known about how it spreads. Piglets are most at risk. The virus doesn't affect humans. The Illinois Pork Producers Association says the virus has spread throughout the state and is impacting large and small farms.
The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June. Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are currently held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August. But the bill endorsed on Wednesday would move the primaries to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June. Supporters say the earlier primaries would give the winners more time to compete for November's general election. But opponents argue it could also cause lawmakers to campaign more aggressively during the legislative session, which runs through mid-May. The measure needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.
The Supreme Court says there will be no new sentencing hearing for a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky. The justices in a 6-3 ruling Wednesday refused to overturn Robert Keith Woodall's death sentence for abducting and killing Sarah Hansen on Jan. 25, 1997, after forcing her from a convenience store in Greenville, Kentucky. A federal court ruled that the judge at Woodall's state trial should have instructed the jury not to draw any negative conclusions about his refusal to take the stand at his 1998 capital sentencing hearing. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling. But the high court reversed, finding that trial judge was under no obligation to instruct the jury about drawing adverse conclusions.
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Six individuals now face charges related to property damage in Dexter between September 2013 and mid-October 2013, including the Oct. 12th incident that left significant damage to four downtown business storefronts. Following a 10-week investigation, police arrested 27-year old Joshua Eugene Miller, of Campbell. Surveillance footage led police to Miller and implicated others, including 20-year old Lindsey Stallings of Dexter. Stallings, who was driving, also implicated four others in the rampage that left thousands of dollars in damage on Stoddard, N. Walnut, and N. Elm Streets—17-year old Timothy Gage Murphy, 18-year old Megan Murphy, 21-year old Christopher Marfell, and a juvenile subject. The juvenile told police he witnessed Miller, Marfell and Murphy throwing rocks at about 30 different vehicles. Each is charged with inflicting approximately $3,500 in damage to downtown businesses and parked vehicles.
A Cincinnati restaurant owner is suing former Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds over the name of the Precinct, a restaurant he co-owns in downtown St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jeff Ruby filed a federal lawsuit against Edmonds' business late last year. The suit alleges that Edmonds' steakhouse infringes on the Ohio restaurant group's trademark. The St. Louis Precinct features police and sports memorabilia and is located next to the new city police headquarters building. The Precinct in Cincinnati opened in 1981 and occupies a former police patrol building. Edmonds played for the Cardinals from 2000 to 2007. He later played for the Cincinnati Reds before retiring from baseball in 2011.
The Dunklin County Sheriffs' Office is reporting a large cache of items taken into custody after a search warrant was served at the Stop N Go Convenience Store on Highway 412 in Cardwell. Officers had access to the convenience store, the dwelling used as a residence and all outbuildings. Law Enforcement confiscated drug paraphernalia, 3 machines believed to be used as gambling devices, a number of digital scales and a recording devise. The Sheriffs' Office is working closely with the Prosecuting Attorney for the filing of formal charges.
Tickets are available for the 13th Annual Wine Festival Friday night at the Bavarian Halle. Community Counseling Center Foundation, Executive Director Mary Burton tells KZIM/KSIM the night will include 10 wineries and plenty of food to go with it as well as a few other goodies, like the wine baskets that will be auctioned off as well as a 12 person winery tour. One winery will be new this year and you can pick your favorite flavors and purchase them that night. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, which opens at 6 o’clock. There will also be entertainment. CCCF serves five counties—Perry, Madison, Bollinger, Ste. Genevieve, and Cape Girardeau.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to place a daytime lane and load width restriction on the US 45 Ohio River Bridge between Paducah, KY, and Brookport, IL, starting Monday, the 28th. A 7 ft. maximum load width will be enforced to allow repairs to the steel decking on the Brookport Bridge. You should be prepared to encounter one-lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. This work is expected to take 3 to 4 days to complete, weather permitting.
The Governor’s Office today released the following statement from Gov. Jay Nixon regarding his decision on the petition for clemency from William Rousan:
The request for clemency from convicted murderer William Rousan has been reviewed in detail, and earlier today my counsel provided me with a final briefing on this petition. After careful deliberation, I have denied this petition. Clemency is a process and a power of the Governor I do not take lightly. Each request is considered and decided on its own merit and set of facts.
William Rousan masterminded and participated in the murders of Grace and Charles Lewis, in order to steal cattle from the Lewis farm. Mr. Lewis was gunned down as he was mowing his lawn, and Mrs. Lewis was then killed at their home as part of this cold-blooded plot. The death sentence handed down by the jury was appropriately given, and my denial of clemency is another step in the process of that sentence being carried out.
Earlier this month, I took part in a ceremony in the State Capitol as part of Crime Victims Rights Week in Missouri. Remembering those who are victims of crime is an important part of strengthening those rights, and so I ask that the people of Missouri remember Grace and Charles Lewis and keep their family in their thoughts and prayers.
The Jackson Board of Aldermen is planning the annual Fourth of July celebration, which will bring back some favorites. Alderman Larry Cunningham provided the board Monday night with an update from the Independence Day Celebration Committee. The fireworks display is estimated to cost between $12,000 and $14,000. So far the event will feature mud volleyball, the Jackson Elks Beer Garden, helicopter rides, car shows, an antique tractor display, pony and kiddie train rides, a hot air balloon display, plastic duck races, a golf ball drop from a helicopter, the armored troop transport display, and a motorless parade.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says there are no federal solutions to many problems confronting governments. The Republican lawmaker spoke Tuesday to a session of the Missouri House in Jefferson City. Blunt urged the legislators to resist when they're told the federal government is best suited to address a problem unless they have been persuaded the issue is too big for state government alone. Likewise, Blunt says legislators often should push back when told state government is better suited than local officials to tackle an issue.
Springs varying temperatures and weather patterns can bring challenges for motorists and boaters. Large amounts of rainfall cause rivers and lakes to become swollen. Missouri State Highway Patrol Public Information Officer, Captain Tim Hull says many times the right decision is to stay out of and off the water. Spring weather also brings changes in traffic patterns as there are more drivers on the road and an increase in motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Troopers encourage you, behind the wheel of a car or a boat, to protect yourself by making sure everyone is properly restrained in a safety device.
A Missouri Senate committee has adopted a state budget provision to prohibit public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition rates to students living in the country illegally. But the Senate Appropriations Committee softened the outright ban and instead opted to prevent institutions from "knowingly" offering discounted tuition. The decision came Tuesday as the committee resolved the final sticking points in its budget proposal for the next fiscal year. Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says universities can't always investigate whether students are lawful residents. The House included an overall ban in its budget proposal after a St. Louis Community College decided to offer cheaper tuition rates for those students. The Senate language would bar colleges from recruiting students from other countries to attend Missouri schools at in-state rates.
A Missouri House panel has endorsed a bonding proposal that calls for spending at least $200 million on a new state mental health facility in Fulton. The measure would authorize a total of $400 million of bonds subject to voter approval later this year. The House Budget Committee advanced its measure Tuesday. Senators earlier approved a $600 million bonding plan for the Fulton State Hospital, higher education institutions and other state facilities. The Senate version would not require voter approval. Projects in the Senate bonding measure would be for repair or renovation of existing facilities - except for the Fulton campus. The House version doesn't have that restriction.
St. Louis police say a 16-year-old boy was shot to death early Tuesday on the city's north side. The victim was identified as Noah Barnes. He was found lying face down in the middle of the street when officers arrived to the 1900 block of Clara Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday for a call of shots fired. Barnes was shot in the head, torso, back, arms and leg and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A southwest Missouri youth football coach accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl is now facing rape and sodomy charges. Greene County prosecutors added the new charges against 46-year-old Craig Michael Wood of Springfield on Monday. Court documents indicate the additional charges in the February death of Hailey Owens stem from newly available autopsy results. Hailey was abducted while walking home from her best friend's house, just two blocks from her own home. Neighbors reported watching in horror and unsuccessfully giving chase as Hailey was pulled into a pickup truck that sped away. She was found dead hours later in the basement of Wood's home. Wood is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday. His public defender says he plans to ask for a delay because of the new charges.
Cape Girardeau Police say a 16-year old boy is facing an assault charge after firing shots on South Frederick Street. Public Information Officer, Darin Hickey tells KZIM/KSIM they received a call around 9:30 Saturday night. Residents told officers a car pulled up while they were outside and the driver fired several shots at them. One shot hit a parked vehicle. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and a juvenile matching descriptions given by those outside the home. The boy was taken into juvenile custody.
The Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in Burfordville is preparing for a full weekend with the annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive. Site Administrator, Leslie McDaniel tells KZIM/KSIM there will be opportunities to see more than normal, with self-guided tours, candle dipping and live music. Saturday they will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Burfordville Covered Bridge, the oldest of the four remaining covered bridges in the state, was built in 1858 and stretches 140 feet across the Whitewater River, which powers the mill. To get to the historic site, take Highway 34 to Highway OO to Highway HH in Cape Girardeau County.