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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
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10 Things to Know for Today (02/09/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP, SANDERS LOOK TO EMERGE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH WINS Their victories would lend needed credibility to the unexpected candidates' pursuit of their parties' nomination...
New Madrid man accused of molesting 12-year-old (02/09/16)
SIKESTON - A New Madrid, Missouri, man was arrested Friday on suspicion of molesting a 12-year-old girl in Sikeston, Missouri. Demetrio Hernandez-Garcia, 33, is charged with felony statutory sodomy and child molestation. The girl told a school counselor about the incident and also told officers at the Beacon Health Center that Hernandez-Garcia kissed her, placed his hand on her genitals and made her touch his genitals, according to a probable-cause report. ...
Chaffee man admits theft from aunt, uncle's home (02/09/16)
ORAN, Mo. - A Chaffee, Missouri, man reportedly admitted to stealing prescription drugs and jewelry from his aunt and uncle's house in Oran, Missouri. Joshua L. Dennis, 31, was arrested by Oran police and charged with felony counts of second-degree burglary and theft...
Federal disaster-recovery center opens in Cape Girardeau (02/09/16)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - A federal disaster-recovery center has opened in Cape Girardeau to aid people and businesses affected by the recent winter flood. Housed at the Salvation Army, 701 Good Hope St., the center officially opens today. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center will be closed Sunday, FEMA officials said...
Your local weather forecast for Feb. 9 (02/09/16)
Today will be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of light snow, mainly before 11 a.m. with a high near 32 then becoming partly cloudy tonight with a low around 18. There will be a northwest wind 10 to 15 mph throughout the day and evening. Mostly sunny on Wednesday with a high near 32 while Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. ...
Sheriff's deputies seize drugs, arrest three (02/08/16)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A narcotics investigation led to the arrest of three Mississippi County residents. Julius Devar Parham, 37, and Terri Nicole Mayabb Brown, 36, of East Prairie, are each charged with the felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Stephanie Lynn Thomas, 25, of East Prairie, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance...
New I-55 interchange at Kelso, Scott City to be discussed Thursday (02/08/16)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- MoDOT officials will be at Scott City's City Hall Thursday evening to discuss and gather input on the proposed Scott City Interchange project. The public hearing is being held for the new interchange that would be located east of Kelso and south of Scott City and improve connectivity and relieve traffic congestion, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation...
One on One: New mayor balances family life and politics (02/08/16)
Editor's Note: One-on-One is a series where reporters take the opportunity to speak with Southeast Missouri residents in-depth. If there is someone you would like the newspaper to go one-on-one with, email us at news@standard-democrat.com. PARMA, Mo. -- Running for mayor is tough. Being mayor is tougher...
Noranda files for bankruptcy (02/08/16)
MARSTON - Once the region's leading employer, Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation has filed for bankruptcy. The company announced its decision today on its website to file voluntary petitions for a court-supervised restructuring process under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. ...
10 Things to Know for Today (02/08/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP AIMING FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE WIN Rival Republican candidates, including Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter what the outcome Tuesday...
Eagle pride for Super Bowl Panthers (02/06/16)
The New Madrid County Central High School Eagles showed their pride in NMCC graduate Kony Ealy on Friday with a special pep rally prior to the 50th annual Super Bowl game. Ealy, a North Carolina Panther, will play in today's Super Bowl game and his hometown fans wanted him to know they were backing him...
A 'Rising Star' in education: Local teacher honored for work at Richland (02/06/16)
SIKESTON -- It will be presented in his name but the credit goes to the Richland School District in Essex and its students, according to Kyle Carter. Carter learned Jan. 25 that he is one of 13 teachers honored by the Journalism Education Association in 2016 with the Rising Star Award...
SHS royalty (02/06/16)
Cara Vogel was crowned as the 2016 Winter Homecoming Queen at Sikeston High School before the Sikeston and Poplar Bluff Friday night at the Sikeston Field House. Her escort was Jordan Wheatley.
Help available for recovery from winter weather woes (02/06/16)
SIKESTON -- Area residents who were impacted by weather events occurring across the state in late December and early January may be available for assistance from the federal government. The key to receiving that help, officials say, is to act now. On Jan. 21, Scott and Cape Girardeau counties were the only Southeast Missouri counties among the 33 counties in the state included in the federal disaster declaration for weather events occurring Dec. 23 through Jan. 9...
Grant funds enable SEMO Food Bank to distribute more healthy food to needy (02/05/16)
SIKESTON -- Southeast Missouri Food Bank has received an $18,000 grant to help its Grocery Rescue Program. The Grocery Rescue Program recovers nutritious food that is close-dated, slightly ripe or too plentiful and puts the food into the hands of hungry Southeast Missourians. The rescued food comes from grocery stores and farms and would otherwise go into landfills...
10 Things to Know for Today (02/05/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. FIREWORKS FLY IN FIRST ONE-ON-ONE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE Hillary Clinton accuses Bernie Sanders of subjecting her to an "artful smear" regarding her Wall Street links while Sanders suggests the former secretary of state is a captive of America's political establishment...
Sikeston DPS arrests burglar (02/04/16)
SIKESTON -- A burglary suspect caused more than a $1,000 in damage, netting himself just over $50 and an arrest. The owner of Merick's Sandwich Shop, 901 East Malone Ave., discovered the business was burglarized as he opened for business Wednesday. Apparently sometime after 8 p.m. Tuesday, the business was entered through a window...
Court date set for man accused of videotaping man in local restroom (02/04/16)
SIKESTON - As the Sikeston Department of Public Safety continues its investigation into allegations of invasion of privacy in the bathroom at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri, they are seeking other possible victims. DPS Capt. Michael Williams said the the department is working diligently with the full cooperation of the YMCA to investigate the allegations that Earl A. ...
Sikeston phone scam under investigation (02/04/16)
SIKESTON -- A caller threatening to shut off local businesses' utilities is a scam artist. According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, some local businesses reported receiving phone calls from a man identifying himself as representing the Board of Municipal Utilities. The caller demands payment for services or if payment isn't made threatens to shut off the business' utilities...
Help with "Circuit Breaker" tax credit application offered (02/04/16)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Area senior citizens who could use a break might consider a trip to the Scott County Courthouse or Sikeston for help applying for Missouri's Circuit Breaker tax credit. Donna Taylor of Financial Fitness Services will again be at the Scott County Courthouse in space provided by Mark Hensley, Scott County collector of revenue, to help eligible seniors fill out forms for the state rent and property tax credit...
Job fair set up (02/04/16)
Staff at Three Rivers College Sikeston campus begin the set-up for the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Community Resource and Job Fair, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the TRC campus, 1400 S. Main. Designed to assist the more than 400 former employees of Noranda Aluminum Co. who were recently laid off from their jobs, the job fair will include more than 50 employers and job prospects along with information on training and transition opportunities. Pictured from left are: Ben Gordon, coordinator of Distance Learning Services; Dawlton Gifford, with the school's work-study program; Amber Spears, assistant coordinator of Academic and Career Outreach Services; and Amanda Taylor, coordinator of Academic and Career Outreach Services.
Tip of woman's pinky finger bitten off during fight (02/03/16)
SIKESTON -- A woman was arrested after biting off the tip of another woman's pinky finger at a Sikeston bar. According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety, about 9:57 p.m. Friday DPS officers were notified by the emergency room personnel at Missouri Delta Medical Center of a second-degree assault. ...
Sikeston father, son face assault charges (02/03/16)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston father and son face felony charges after allegedly assaulting a man with a flashlight Tuesday. James W. Applewhite Jr., 30, and James William Applewhite Sr., 66, are each charged with first degree felony assault and felony armed criminal action...
New Madrid County begins 2016 with surplus (02/03/16)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Some earlier financial steps are paying off for New Madrid County. In presenting the county's 2016 budget, County Clerk Clement Cravens pointed out the county ended 2015 with a budget surplus of over $500,000 providing a beginning reserve balance of more than $4.1 million for this year...
Sikeston man arrested for videotaping man in restroom (02/03/16)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of videotaping men in various stages of undress in a YMCA bathroom. Earl A. Madison, 19, is charged with three counts of felony invasion of privacy. Invasion of privacy is classified as a class D felony, carrying a maximum sentence of seven years of imprisonment or up to a year in a county jail...