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Learning to swim (07/02/15)
A young swimmer taking lessons at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston dives into the pool as instructors teach diving during a recent session. Lessons are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings and evenings at the pool.
No Friday edition will be published due to holiday (07/02/15)
SIKESTON -- The Standard Democrat will not publish a paper Friday in observance of Independence Day, and the offices will be closed. However, the Standard Democrat's Weekender edition will be delivered on Friday to enable the newspaper's carriers to enjoy the July 4th holiday...
Celebrate with care (07/02/15)
SIKESTON -- As the Fourth of July holiday nears, residents are reminded to have fun celebrating and to also exercise cautions. "Firework use can be a fun activity for both young children and adults, but they can also be dangerous," said Capt. Jim McMillen, public information officer with Sikeston Department of Public Safety. "Always be aware of areas that may catch fire."...
Getting a bang out of celebration (07/02/15)
MINER -- For Debbie Lee, the Fourth of July wouldn't be complete without friends, barbecue and, of course, fireworks. Lee and her two friends passed through Sikeston Tuesday following a trip to Memphis, Tenn. Along their way, they decided to stop and pick up some fireworks in Miner...
Negotiation efforts failed in standoff (07/02/15)
NEW MADRID -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control will investigate a standoff where a man eventually took his own life. Greg Davis apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following an incident which began at around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday...
Second murder suspect in custody (07/02/15)
SIKESTON -- The second suspect in shooting death of TyRussell Davis is in custody. Sikeston Department of Public Safety officials reported Wednesday afternoon that Kelvin Knight, 22, was arrested by the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department and that SEMO Major Case Squad officers left Wednesday to bring him back to Sikeston for questioning by investigators...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/02/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT GREECE IS BRACING FOR More chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks as the country and its creditors halt talks on resolving the deepening financial crisis until a national referendum on creditor proposals is held this weekend...
Second murder suspect caught (07/01/15)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The second suspect in shooting death of TyRussell Davis is in custody. Sikeston Department of Public Safety officials reported Wednesday afternoon that Kelvin Knight, 22, had been arrested by St. Louis authorities and that SEMO Major Case Squad officers were on their way to bring him back to Sikeston for questioning by investigators...
R-6 Board adopts FY16 budget; includes pay raise (07/01/15)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston R-6 staff members will receive one of the largest pay raises in recent years in the new school year. The Sikeston R-6 Board of Education adopted on June 23 the $33-million budget for the new fiscal year, which officially begins today...
July Calendar Girl: Elizabeth Rataj (07/01/15)
Correctional officers will be first to take union vote (07/01/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Correctional officers will be the first employees of the Scott County Sheriff's Department to decide whether or not to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. "Those votes will take place on July 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the conference room at the jail," said Scott County Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger...
Human remains found; may be those of missing Bootheel man (07/01/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE - The believed remains of a man missing for nearly a year were discovered Monday evening. A family member of Jerry Lynn Carr, 34, who was reported missing to Caruthersville Police Department on Aug. 22, 2014, contacted Caruthersville officers at 5:45 p.m. Monday. The family member stated they had found what they believed to be Carr's remains in a tree line off County Road 363, just outside the Caruthersville city limits...
Standoff in New Madrid (07/01/15)
Anniston man jailed following burglary investigation (06/30/15)
CHARLESTON - A Mississippi County man is behind bars following a burglary investigation. Stanley G. Johnson, 55, of Anniston, is charged with the felonies of second degree burglary, stealing a motor vehicle and theft/ stealing of property valued at more than $500. Also he is charged with misdemeanor second degree property damage for damage caused to the victim's residence during the theft...
10 Things to Know for Today (06/30/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CRUNCH TIME ARRIVES FOR GREECE With the European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday, Athens might lose any possible access to the remaining rescue loans it contains...
City fireworks display set for Friday night (06/30/15)
DEXTER - As the nation prepares to celebrate our independence on July 4, the city of Dexter is ready to celebrae a day early. According to Dexter City Administrator Mark Stidham, the city's fireworks display is scheduled for the evening of Friday, July 3 at Dexter's East Park...
Woman seriously hurt in drive-by shooting (06/30/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Cape Girardeau woman was injured seriously Monday after being shot in the head during an apparent drive-by shooting in front of 401 S. Hanover St., according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Sgt. Adam Glueck, a spokesman for the department, said police were sent to the residence at 2:46 p.m. The victim was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting, he said...
Poplar Bluff spends $1.5M for 911 center, but center only gets $10K (06/30/15)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff opened a new 911 center last week with an estimated $10,000 in technology provided by Information Systems Intelligence, a Michigan company the city council gave more than $1.5 million in December for a "disaster recovery plan."...
Your local weather forecast for June 30 (06/30/15)
Today will be mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. with a high near 88. There will be increasing clouds tonight with a 20 percent chance of showers and a low around 71. Mostly cloudy on Wednesday with a 70 percent chance for showers and a high near 82 while Wednesday night will have an 80 percent chance for showers and a low around 71. Thursday will be cloudy with a 70 percent chance for showers with a high near 83 then becoming mostly cloudy...
Oran man arrested on stealing charges (06/29/15)
BENTON -- An Oran man faces charges in connection with thefts from storage units in Scott County. James Keith Aurelio, 38, of Oran is charged with stealing. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said his office received reports last week of multiple thefts from storage units near Oran. Laminate flooring and power tools were among the the primary items stolen...
Sikeston man is in custody for sexual contact with 12-year-old (06/29/15)
BENTON - A Sikeston man was arrested after having sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl. Zachary Caleb Neal, 23, is charged with first degree statutory sodomy and enticement of a child. Bond is set at $50,000. An investigation by the Scott County Sheriff's Department revealed that Neal met the 12 -year-old victim through a social media website, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter...
Stolen gun recovered; East Prairie man arrested (06/29/15)
EAST PRAIRIE - A stolen loaded gun was recovered and an East Prairie man arrested in connection with the theft. At approximately 12:50 p.m. Friday, an East Prairie police officer responded to a report of a stolen firearm. The firearm, a Cobra .380, was reported loaded at the time of the theft, according to a news release...
Two Zalma residents killed in fiery crash (06/29/15)
ZALMA - Two Bollinger County residents were killed when their vehicle overturned and caught fire. James R. Wade, 57, and Angela R. Freeman, 49, of Zalma were the 30th and 31st fatalities reported for 2015 in the Troop E area following an accident at 8 p.m. Sunday...
Ready to ride (06/29/15)
More than 1,000 riders enjoyed cooler temperatures Saturday as they took off for the annual Tour de Corn. The bicycle ride, which draws participants from across the United States and even abroad, is part of East Prairie's Annual Sweetcorn Festival.
One jailed after traffic stop yields narcotics and a concealed weapon (06/29/15)
EAST PRAIRIE - A traffic stop led to the discovery of narcotics and a concealed weapon. The East Prairie Police Department reported the arrest of Alexander Brown, 22, of East Prairie on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute...