The Missouri Department of Economic Development says Pepsi MidAmerica will expand to Cape Girardeau and construct a new customer service center in the Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park. The expansion project includes a $3.1 million capital investment and is expected to create 74 new jobs. Gov. Jay Nixon says the expansion is not only good news for Cape Girardeau, but great news for the region and the state. Pepsi MidAmerica is a family owned company that was founded in Marion, Ill. in 1935. Today, the company is the largest privately held Pepsi franchise in the nation, serving southern Illinois, western Kentucky, northwest Tennessee, a small portion of northeast Arkansas and south central and southeastern Missouri. The company operates 12 customer service centers, including facilities in West Plains, Kennett, Poplar Bluff, and Sikeston. While Pepsi MidAmerica currently serves the Cape Girardeau area, the company does not have a physical customer service center nearby. The new facility will improve the company’s market share and brand presence. SOC”
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the Obama Administration’s announcement to extend the government comment period and further delay the Keystone XL Pipeline is appalling. Blunt adds the pipeline would help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create thousands of American jobs immediately and this decision is unacceptable. Blunt has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to authorize the construction and operation of the project.
People interested in getting into the medical marijuana business in Illinois say the proposed financial requirements are discouraging, if not prohibitive. Nick Williams is a partner in a new company founded by owners of a Bloomington-based eyeglasses chain. They plan to apply for a medical marijuana dispensary license, using their experience running 22 eyeglasses dispensaries in three states. But Williams says he's worried that the financial requirements for growers may drive up prices. The state's new law allows only licensed cultivation centers to grow medical marijuana and patients wouldn't be allowed to grow their own. Proposed rules require growers to pay $225,000 in first-year fees, have $500,000 on hand and obtain a $2 million escrow account or surety bond. The public has 45 days to comment on the draft rules.
Charleston Department of Public Safety says one man was injured Friday afternoon in a shooting on Elm. Chief Robert Hearnes says a man in his mid-40s was found in a vehicle in the 200 block around 3 o’clock. He suffered life-threatening injuries from a gunshot. An investigation is under way.Anyone with information is asked to call 573-683-3737.
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A man accused of murdering his son while under the influence of bath salts will stand trial in November. 40-year old Charles Goforth, of Catron, was arrested in May 2012 and charged with the Class A felony of second degree murder and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action for allegedly shooting and killing his son, Patrick Goforth. Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver says the case has been scheduled for Nov. 21st, 24th and 25th. The first day will serve as a pretrial conference for both attorneys to file any necessary pretrial motions.
A St. Louis priest who was previously charged with felony child endangerment and witness tampering in Lincoln County has been arrested again on suspicion of having sex with a minor. St. Louis prosecutors are reviewing the Thursday arrest of the Rev. Joseph Jiang and expect to decide whether to file criminal charges later Friday. The Archdiocese of St. Louis says it has revoked the priest's canonical privileges and that the abuse report came from the family of a child who had previously complained of being bullied by classmates. The previous charges against Jiang were dismissed in November 2013. The 30-year-old priest from China was assigned to the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, where he lived with and was mentored by Archbishop Robert Carlson.
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A driver was killed Thursday afternoon when his vehicle struck a concrete culvert. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported the death of 59-year old Robert Lenox, of Hayti. The death brings the Troop E's fatality count for the year to 17. Lenox was driving northbound on Route J, one mile north of Hayti shortly after 2 o’clock when his vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway then struck a concrete culvert. An ambulance took Lenox to the Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:24 p.m.
More than 350 pounds of soda tabs will be donated to the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charity thanks to a friendly competition between Perry County Middle School classes. Each 5th and 6th grade community time classroom collected soda tabs from September to March. Fifth graders collected 150 pounds of tabs, and sixth graders 209.5 pounds. This is the fourth time the school has teamed up with the local McDonalds for this service project. Robyn Valleroy's class collected the most for 5th grade at 40 pounds. Tammy Sadler's class collected the most for 6th grade at 59.5 pounds. Darlene Hudson of Perryville McDonald's picked up the PCMS tabs, which will support the St. Louis-area Ronald McDonald House. It takes approximately 1,267 to make one pound, so the fifth and sixth grades collected approximately 455,487 soda tabs!
Businesses looking to locate in the Perryville Industrial Park, and those already there, will now benefit from fiber-optic services. Perry County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Scott Sattler tells KZIM/KSIM city, county and AT&T officials gathered Thursday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate. The network is a way to draw new business in by offering state of the art infrastructure to connect in this global market. The site is now one of 14 in Missouri. The system provides virtually unlimited bandwidth. The investment is part of $2.55 billion AT&T has spent on its networks in Missouri over the past four years.
With the Cape Girardeau City Council considering a Community Improvement District Monday, the Show Me Institute is warning of possible issues. Director of Local Government Policy, David Stokes tells KZIM/KSIM officials could be doing everything right in Cape, but the public should keep an eye on the program. Many programs run into problems with boards misusing tax payer funds for private projects. He adds while he would like to see the board of directors include tax payers, if you are mindful of how they spend money and make sure there is proper oversight, the downtown district could really benefit from the program. The CID in Lake Lotawana, outside Kansas City, failed and defaulted on its bonds in 2010.
The Poplar Bluff Police Department says you should be on the lookout for a potential scammer claiming you have unpaid parking tickets. Police say the suspect calls victims and asks for payment over the phone for the tickets, addressing the victim by name and threatening to send police to make an arrest. The suspect apparently has the ability to make caller ID display a false number. The Poplar Bluff Police Department never solicits fine payments by phone, mail, email, or fax. Anyone receiving such a call is encouraged to hang up and call your local law enforcement agency immediately.
The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold hearings in June for the complaint cases filed by Noranda Aluminum, Inc. and 37 individual customers against Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri. The complaints, filed February 12, allege Ameren is earning in excess of its authorized return on equity. Hearings are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. June 23 and run through June 27 in Jefferson City. The Commission anticipates making a decision in this complaint case by late August. In a separate complaint case, Noranda alleges the rate it currently pays is now unreasonable because of low aluminum prices and other business conditions. Hearings in this case are scheduled to begin June 4, with a ruling expected at the end of July.
A teenage girl is hospitalized and her mother badly injured from an alleged dog attack. The Mississippi County Sheriff's Department says two residents face felony charges. 45-year old Richie Lee Davis, and 43-year old Linda Lynn Teague, both of Wyatt are each charged with one count of assault in the 2nd degree. Sheriff Keith Moore says that Sunday evening they received a call about a pit bull attack. Deputies met with a victim and her mother, whom had also been bitten. The dog has a history of aggression and has previously attacked, or attempted to attack, several other Wyatt residents, according to police documents. The report alleges that the pet owners failed to provide adequate control over their animal; and as a result, an innocent young girl was mauled and her mother was very seriously injured. Davis and Teague are jailed with bonds set at $25,000 each.
A southern Illinois man has pleaded guilty in the death of his 23-month-old son, who died in a hot car while his father passed out after drinking. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 33-year-old Wayne M. Hubert of O'Fallon entered the plea Thursday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life of his 6-year-old daughter, who was left unattended inside the home. A complaint says Hubert strapped 23-month-old Nathan into a car seat last June in a vehicle parked in his driveway. Officials say he went into his home, drank alcohol and passed out. The mother later came home and the child was found. The coroner's office said the boy's body temperature was 104.6 degrees. Hubert faces four years in jail and two years of supervised release. SOC”
The Scott City School Board are joining an appeal process with the State Tax Appeal Commission over Ameren Missouri's 2013 taxes. Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd says Ameren is refusing to pay taxes for the 2013 tax year. Superintendent Diann Ulmer says the school district could lose $21,000 to $22,000 a year. Scott and 15 other counties assessed the company's taxes based on the standard taxing calculations, but Ameren is claiming the taxable property is valued at nearly half of the $75,959,104. Four school districts in the county—Scott City, Oran, Kelso and Scott County Central—are affected. The deadline to make a decision on joining the appeal is May 1.
The MS Society is hosting its annual walk at Capaha Park Sunday, the 27th, with registration starting at noon. Volunteer, Walt Wildman tells KZIM/KSIM you the goal is to raise money, but there is no minimum to walk and it is open to all ages. There will be food, music, fun and fellowship. Wildman has participated for the past seven years and encourages you to join them in raising money to improve treatment for Multiple sclerosis. Register at gatewaymswalk.org.
The operator of the Bridgeton Landfill in suburban St. Louis will pay nearly $7 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of homeowners living nearby who claimed that noxious odors and an underground fire lowered property values and harmed their quality of life. The settlement was announced Thursday. It calls for the landfill, a subsidiary of Republic Services, to pay $6.8 million to residents of more than 400 homes. A federal magistrate judge has given preliminary approval. Operators of the landfill near Lambert Airport have spent more than $100 million on efforts to contain the underground smoldering, which is near a site where nuclear waste is buried, and to eliminate a smell so strong that residents have said they are sometimes hesitant to leave their homes.
An investigation continues after a St. Charles police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly came at officers with a gun and a knife. Officers were called to a home Wednesday night. Police say 52-year-old Martin Brown was threatening people and setting off fireworks. As officers approached, Brown allegedly threatened them with a handgun and a knife. Authorities say the officers tried to convince the suspect to put down the weapons but he made another threat, then advanced toward the officers. Police say a stun gun was ineffective. An officer then shot Brown, who was taken to a hospital, where he died. No one else was hurt. The officer involved in the shooting is a 13-year-veteran. He is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
Missouri House members have approved a pair of measures allowing early voting, though some lawmakers contend it would be too limited. On Thursday, the House approved a constitutional amendment and companion legislation, each by a vote of 126-24. The measures would allow early voting for nine days, with polls to be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and four hours on Saturday. There would be no early voting on Sunday. An initiative petition also has been proposed that could appear on this fall's ballot. It would allow early voting for six weeks, including weekends for the final 21 days before an election. Some Democratic opponents say the House proposal is too limited and called it a distraction from the initiative petition.
A nurse at the Veterans Administration hospital in St. Louis is facing federal charges accusing him of stealing pain medication from the hospital and from patients. Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of 59-year-old Richard Goldman of Chesterfield, Mo. He is accused of one count of health care fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Authorities say Goldman used the name and patient information for two patients at the John Cochran Medical Center. Goldman does not yet have a listed attorney.
Pemiscot County Sheriff’s officials say three men are charged with murder after an investigation into the death of 60-year-old Roy Jerrolds. Gunner Lee Pind, Kevin Slayton, and Cody Legrand were also charged with armed criminal action, first degree burglary, theft/stealing, and second degree arson. Jerrolds’ body was found in his blazing home on Highway T the 10th and an autopsy proved he was shot. His funeral was today/Thursday. Authorities were offering a $5,000 reward for information about the shooting. It is unclear if it will be paid out.
Three new faces will be seen on the Perry County School District 32 campuses next school year and they stopped by last week for a visit. Future assistant superintendent Jeanie White, new career center director Craig Hayden, and high school Principal Rich Thomas met with students and staff to learn a little more about the district before taking their positions July 1st. White is currently the junior high principal and Grade 7-12 Instructional Leader at LaClede Co. R-I. Hayden is currently assistant principal at Cape Central High School, and was previously an assistant principal at Perryville High School. Thomas is currently principal at Scott County Central High School.
A St. Louis man has been sentenced to four years in prison for burning a dog alive. A judge on Thursday sentenced 23-year-old Wesley Reid, who pleaded guilty to one count of animal abuse and one count of burning property. The incident happened in August. Reid set fire to the dog because the owner had failed to pay a $50 debt. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 3-year-old pit bull named Zeus was tied to a fence when Reid doused him with gasoline and started a fire. The dog was burned over 75 percent of his head and had to be euthanized. Reid's attorney, Michael Mahon, asked for probation.
A small-town Missouri mayor's public support of a Kansas shooting suspect has led to the resignation of one of his elected colleagues. Marionville alderwoman Jessica Wilson tells the Springfield News-Leader she is stepping down in protest of comments made by Mayor Danny Clevenger. The repair shop owner said in an interview with KSPR-TV that he shared some of his friend Frazier Glenn Cross' racist and anti-Semitic beliefs. The 73-year-old white supremacist from the nearby southwest Missouri town of Aurora faces charges of shooting three people to death outside a suburban Kansas City Jewish community center and retirement home. Clevenger has declined subsequent interview requests.
Southern Illinois University officials say the school's incoming president will begin work May 1. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Randy Dunn's start date is about two months earlier than what was initially expected. His early arrival means retiring President Glenn Poshard will also step down next month. Dunn had been set to start work July 1, the day after Poshard's retirement. Dunn left his position as president of Youngstown State University last month. Dunn was chairman of SIU-Carbondale's education administration department in 2004 when he took leave to serve as state superintendent of Illinois' public schools.