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Local woman killed in crash (11/28/14)
EAST PRAIRIE -- An East Prairie woman was killed after her vehicle overturned Wednesday in Mississippi County, marking the 56th fatality in the Troop E region. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 8:45 p.m., 24-year-old motorist Deanna K. Davidson of East Prairie was traveling northbound on Route B, four-tenths of a mile south of County Road 416, when her vehicle ran off the road, struck a ditch and overturned...
Benton community marks 15th annual craft sale (11/28/14)
BENTON -- The annual Winter Wonderland of Treasures sale has made such a name for itself over the past 15 years, organizers have to turn away vendors who want to be included. This year event organizer Judy Scherer said she had to turn away over 100 vendors after she'd already booked 60 spaces for the fundraiser, which will be from 8 a.m. ...
10 Things to Know for Today (11/28/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. 1. ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, SHOP! The official start of the holiday shopping season begins and with it, the first sign on whether it's going to be a happy holiday for retailers...
Search warrant yields felony arrests for drugs and gun (11/26/14)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Two Sikeston women are facing drug and weapon charges after being arrested during a search of their home Tuesday. Regina Reed, 32, is charged with two class B felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute charges and unlawful possession of a firearm, a class C felony...
Woman charged with credit card theft (11/26/14)
BENTON -- A Kelso woman is facing fraud charges after using another person's credit card. Rena Elizabeth Miller, 44, is charged with the felonies of theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit device. At approximately 11:20 a.m. Nov. 20, Cpl. Justin Wooten met with a victim who stated she had received a statement from the credit card company indicating the card had been used, and that she owed a minimum payment. The victim stated the card had not been used since 2008...
Sheriff's Department finishing year within budget (11/26/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The Mississippi County Sheriff's Department is on track to end the year without going over budget. "We have a month to go but it looks good -- really good," said Darrell Jones, commissioner, during the regular weekly County Commission meeting held Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday...
Closed landfill gets good report, needs monitoring (11/26/14)
BENTON -- Scott County's closed landfill should get good marks but still requires monitoring. Dennis Ziegenhorn, county commissioner, said during the County Commission's regular meeting Tuesday that county officials met Thursday with a Missouri Department of Natural Resources official at the landfill located on hilly ground south of Benton...
Radical Christmas aims to have biggest yet, plans to serve 1,000 children (11/26/14)
SIKESTON -- Over 30 area churches are coming together for a fourth year with a goal to bring 1,000 Sikeston-area children a happy Christmas. "Putting others' needs above your own is a powerful experience this time of year," said Brad Aycock, Radical Christmas team member and executive pastor at First United Methodist Church in Sikeston...
10 Things to Know for Today (11/26/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SECURITY REINFORCEMENTS CONTAIN CHAOS IN FERGUSON The deployment of hundreds of additional National Guardsmen prevented a second night of riots in the Missouri town...
Fire department sales tax will be on April ballot (11/25/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com MINER -- Miner voters will be asked to approve a sales tax to fund the city's fire department. The Miner Board of Alderman approved in a split vote during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday putting a 10-year quarter-cent sales tax on the April 7 ballot to fund fire protection and emergency management services...
Sikeston representative pushes Missouri prescription pill tracking (11/25/14)
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) --A Missouri lawmaker is continuing to push for a prescription medication database despite several previous failed attempts. State Rep. Holly Rehder said Monday that she will refile the same legislation that died in the Senate last session. The Sikeston Republican says next year might be different because of heightened awareness of prescription pill abuse...
10 Things to Know for Today (11/25/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CHAOS FILLS FERGUSON STREETS Looting and arson spread in the Missouri town after a grand jury declines to indict a white policeman for killing unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown...
With no indictment, chaos fills Ferguson streets (11/25/14)
FERGUSON (AP) -- Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown _ a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot...
Drug investigation leads to arrest of Sikeston area man (11/25/14)
BENTON - An investigation which began in October ended Monday with the arrest of a Sikeston man on multiple drug charges. Matthew Dwight Simms, 25, was charged Monday with the felony of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. ...
Two suspects nabbed for recent downtown robbery (11/25/14)
DEXTER -- A quick response from both law enforcement and the local community helped lead Dexter Police to the arrest and subsequent charging of two individuals -- David Troy Dagley, of Malden; and Daniel Richard, of Bernie -- with second-degree burglary...
Blind man goes hunting with help from sons, app (11/25/14)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Blind for most of his adult life, a local man packed up a rifle and went on his first deer hunt last week with the help of his sons. "I can't say it's a habit or anything, but I have always liked hunting," said 51-year-old Danny Sisco of Doniphan, Missouri. "When I was younger I got out and walked in the woods, but I have never shot anything. Of course you have to see them to shoot them."...
Pseudoephedrine sales down in Missouri, but meth problem remains (11/25/14)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Methamphetamine crimes have been a chronic problem in Southeast Missouri. Modern technology and cooperation from local governments have significantly helped law enforcement officers combat the issue, but officials said the state has not yet managed to solve its meth problem...
Your local weather forecast (11/25/14)
Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 30. Mostly cloudy on Wednesday with a slight chance of rain and snow before 9 a.m, then a 50 percent chance of rain and a high near 45 then becoming mostly cloudy on Wednesday night with a low around 31. ...
Fall Festival (11/24/14)
Laynie Brown adds finishing touches to her elf Saturday during the Fall Festival at Matthews Elementary in Matthews.
City will get sharp increase in employee health insurance cost (11/24/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The city will renew its self-funded health insurance plan for employees despite a sharp increase in the premiums. The Sikeston City Council accepted the renewal offer from HealthSCOPE Benefits during their regular monthly briefing session Monday...
Man and woman arrested after drug investigation (11/24/14)
BENTON -- A Sikeston area couple is in custody following a narcotics investigation by the Scott County Sheriff's Department. James M. Woods, 59, is charged with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Alesha K. Gonzalez, 33, is charged with the misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Man uses false name, charged with forgery (11/24/14)
BENTON -- A Scott County man used his brother's name in an attempt to get out of jail and now faces additional charges. Kyle Nathan Irvin, 28, no permanent address, was transported to the Scott County Jail on Nov. 16, by another agency on unrelated charges. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, when Irvin was booked into the jail, he identified himself as Andrew P. Irvin, his brother, and signed that name...
Oran woman arrested for stealing jewelry (11/24/14)
BENTON - An Oran woman was arrested for stealing jewelry from a business. At 2:22 p.m. Saturday, Scott County Sheriff's Deputy Zac Harris responded to Boomland on Highway 77 east of Benton where employees at the business identified Kelley R. Prochak, 44, as stealing multiple rings from a counter near a register. Harris watched the store's surveillance video and observed a recording of the theft...
'The Pony Expresso' (11/24/14)
Buck Brawn, left portrayed by sophomore Preston Tilley, places an engagement ring on the left ring finger of a very shocked Star Bright, played by junior Skie Pinkley, during Richland's performance of "The Pony Expresso" at Richland R-1 School on Friday night...
10 Things to Know for Today (11/24/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. UNCERTAINTY OVER FERGUSON DECISION FEEDS ANXIETY The grand jury weighing whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown apparently didn't reach a decision Friday, and there has been no official confirmation on when it will reconvene...