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Checking it out (08/29/15)
Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety had the opportunity to inspect the Stoddard County Ambulance District's new mass transport vehicle. The vehicle can hold 10 patients on stretchers or 16 walking wounded, according to David Cooper, manager of the ambulance district. ...
Free shooting clinic emphasizes safety (08/29/15)
NEW MADRID - Already a veteran shooter, 12-year-old Quin Hunter hopes to take advantage of the opportunity to improve his gun skills with the help of some of the top instructors before dove season's opening day on Tuesday. Quin attended last year's instructional skeet shoot offered by professional shooting instructor Willis Corbett. Corbett is returning to New Madrid for another instructional skeet shoot from noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday...
Communication key to keeping kids safe from Internet crime (08/29/15)
SIKESTON -- Cell phones maybe the main source of communication for most youth today, but keeping an open line of communication with their parents can protect them from becoming a victim to online predators. Last month the FBI launched a campaign to identify victims in one of the largest sextortion cases in U.S. history. Sextortion is a growing Internet crime in which young girls and boys are often targeted, the FBI said...
Malco Theatre breaks ground (08/29/15)
SIKESTON -- From a cotton field, new businesses will grow leading to a more prosperous community, said those behind the Cotton Ridge Development. At Friday's groundbreaking for the new Malco Theatre, an eight-cinema complex, officials touted this is just the beginning of further development in the area...
Mississippi County man facing felony assault charges (08/28/15)
CHARLESTON -- A Mississippi County man is facing felony assault charges after an investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department. On Wednesday afternoon, Jonathan Lee Hawkins, 22, of Bertrand a municipal inmate housed for the Bertrand Police Department became disruptive in the booking area of the Mississippi County Detention Center, according to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore,...
Martin waives right to preliminary hearing (08/28/15)
NEW MADRID -- A man accused of the murder of a Parma woman has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Deion Martin, 21, who is charged with first degree murder, first degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action, was in court Thursday afternoon with his attorneys, Beth Ann Davis-Kerry and Robert E. Steele of the public defenders office. The attorneys informed New Madrid County Associate Judge Joshua Underwood the scheduled hearing would not be necessary...
East Prairie man arrested after high speed chase (08/28/15)
CHARLESTON - An East Prairie man is in custody following a high speed chase through Mississippi County. Harlin Van Owens, 23, is charged with the felonies of attempted assault on a law enforcement officer, driving while revoked, property damage, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and resisting arrest by fleeing, following a a high speed pursuit that began in East Prairie...
Show Time (08/28/15)
Students in the Sikeston High School Marching Band were busy this week preparing for their first performance at Friday's football game. Darren Steelman directs the band members as they perform "The Star-Spangled Banner.
Sikeston man jailed for illegal weapons, drugs on Thursday (08/28/15)
SIKESTON - Illegal weapons and drugs were discovered during a search of a Sikeston residence. At 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers served a search warrant at 608 Branum St. after the Sikeston's Criminal Investigative Unit received information a subject had illegal weapons and controlled substance at the home...
Benton Neighbor Days switches talent show to open division, cash prizes (08/28/15)
BENTON -- The Benton Neighbor Days Talent Show is looking to add performers of all types and ages at is annual competition next weekend. "In years past, we've always done the Heartland Idol, where the winner (of our talent show) goes on to the Mid-South Fair in Memphis, Tenn.," said Susie Proctor, who is coordinating this year's talent show. "This year it's an open division for any age and any talent."...
Patriot Guard looking to expand in SE Missouri (08/28/15)
(SMNS) -- "Standing for those who stood for us" -- That is the motto of the nationwide organization, Patriot Guard Riders. The organization was founded in 2005 and is a mixed grouping of everyday people, including several motorcycle riders. Its dedicated members, who form an Honor Guard at military funeral services and burials, help show respect for fallen heroes, their families and communities, and serve to protect mourners and communities from harassment by potential protestors. ...
10 Things to Know for Today (08/28/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PICTURE EMERGING OF GUNMAN'S TROUBLED PAST The perpetrator of the on-air shooting in Virginia had a long history of confronting and bullying co-workers at a succession of television and customer-service jobs...
Sikeson police looking to identify theft suspect (08/27/15)
SIKESTON -- Police are looking to identify a man who allegedly stole from a Sikeston business earlier this month. About 3:45 p.m. Aug. 7, Sikeston Department of Public Safety was called to Slusher's Farm and Home on South Main Street in Sikeston, where a worker said a white male came into the store around 2:20 p.m. ...
IOOF building in Sikeston needing repairs; can be bought for a dollar (08/27/15)
SIKESTON - For $1 someone can own a Sikeston landmark. The International Order of Odd Fellows building, located at the corner of Kingshighway and Center Street, is for sale and can be bought for just $1. But the 107-year-old building is showing its age and in need of repairs...
Strebler featured on PopTV's 'Don't Blink' (08/27/15)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston native and mentalist Morgan Strebler is entertaining people on the streets with his mind-bending talents in a weekly, national television program. Strebler, who is also a psychological illusionist, is one of 16 magicians featured on "Don't Blink," which airs at 11:30 p.m. Thursdays on PopTV Network...
Teens charged as adults in June drive-by shooting in Cape (08/27/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU (SMNS) -- Criminal charges have been filed against two teenagers accused of critically injuring a Cape Girardeau woman during a drive-by shooting in late June, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor's office...
SEMO enrollment drops for first time since 1994 (08/27/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- After 20 consecutive years of enrollment growth at Southeast Missouri State University, there is a slight decline in the number of students enrolled this fall, according to totals released by the university. Total fall enrollment at the university was 11,411 as of Tuesday, according to a Southeast news release. The enrollment figure comes second to the university's historic high of 11,580 in fall 2014 and represents a decline of 1.5 percent...
Fall Kickoff (08/27/15)
Sikeston Department of Public Safety Officer Henry Franklin helps Arianna Bridges try on a fireman's helmet Wednesday during Tanner Street Church of God's fall kickoff.
DPS, DEA arrest two wanted for distributing heroin (08/26/15)
SIKESTON - Two Michigan men wanted on federal indictments for distributing heroin were arrested by Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers. Justin Jenkins, 27, and Henry Hall, 23, of Benton Harbor, Mich., were arrested for their federal indictments out of the western district of Benton Harbor. Both were indicted for possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin...
New look: Basic design for new sign OK'd (08/26/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston City Council members are hoping for a better looking representation of a cotton boll but have given their OK on the basic look and colors for new city signs. Linda Lowes, director of governmental services, presented the Council with "the basic sign design" for new wayfinding signs and monument signs to be placed around the city beginning this fiscal year...
Cape Girardeau man faces assault, armed criminal action charges (08/26/15)
SIKESTON -- A Cape Girardeau man faces charges after he and two teens were arrested for firing shots last week in Sikeston. Ralph Holmes, 19, of Cape Girardeau is charged with attempting to assault a law enforcement officer (B felony), armed criminal action and resisting arrest by fleeing (D felony)...
J-turns are a safer, more affordable option for highway crossings (08/26/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Are you willing to go the extra mile to arrive safely? A public hearing will be held later this fall by the Missouri Department of Transportation's Southeast District to gather comment on two J-turn projects listed in MoDOT's Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan...
Charleston man will be arraigned for kidnapping, sodomy (08/26/15)
CHARLESTON -- A Charleston man is in custody after his weekend arrest on felony kidnapping, sodomy and domestic assault charges. Timothy Easton, 47, will be arraigned at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday before Mississippi County Associate Judge S. Rob Barker on a felony charges of kidnapping, first degree sodomy or attempted sodomy and second degree domestic assault...
R-6 Board sets tax levy, approves additional early payoff of bonds (08/26/15)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston R-6 Board of Education set its tax levy during a special session Tuesday at the district's Central Office. "The purpose of this special board meeting is to conduct a public hearing in which citizens may be heard on the property tax rate proposed and set by the Sikeston R-6 School District and for the board to consider the tax levy for the 2015-2016 school year," Superintendent Tom Williams said at the beginning of the meeting...
Miner Board approves leaner budget (08/26/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com MINER -- One fewer hotel in town has resulted in a slightly leaner budget for the city of Miner in its fiscal year beginning Sept. 1. The Miner Board of Alderman approved the city's operating budget for Fiscal Year 2016 during a special meeting Tuesday...