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Tuesday accident (08/24/16)
A man was struck by a car while riding a bike Tuesday morning on North Main Street.
Exhibit, contest entries needed for annual Benton Neighbor Days (08/24/16)
BENTON, Mo. -- Local residents who've captured eye-catching photographs or created impressive handmade crafts may want to consider entering them in the upcoming annual Benton Neighbor Days open-class exhibit. Set for Sept. 2 and 3 at the Benton City Park, the annual Neighbor Days have for years included the tradition of various exhibits by local 4-H members and community residents...
Mississippi County woman jailed on drug charges after being found with bath salts (08/24/16)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Mississippi County is currently in jail on drug charges after being found with bath salts. According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, a deputy observed a driver of a vehicle he was looking for in reference to a trespassing call. The deputy turned his vehicle around and approached with his lights and siren and saw that the male had exited the vehicle and a female was behind the wheel...
Local health care providers awarded DRA grant (08/24/16)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- To reduce chronic diseases that affect the area, Mississippi County health care providers were recently awarded a Delta Regional Authority grant for over $500,000. Grants are funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy which is housed within the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. ...
Charleston man charged with alleged assault with broom (08/23/16)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston man faces charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend with a broom. Jeffrey A. Groves, 50, is charged with felony first degree domestic assault, according to online court records. On Aug. 4 Mississippi County sheriff's deputy Alvin Marcum received a walk-in complaint from a female involved in a domestic assault, according to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore. ...
Morehouse man dies after being struck by vehicles (08/22/16)
SIKESTON -- A Morehouse man died after being struck by a vehicle early Monday in Sikeston. At 5:47 a.m. Monday, officers with Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to a motor vehicle crash where James Hopper, 29, of Morehouse was walking along Highway 60 near Keystone Drive and was struck by multiple vehicles and killed, according to Sgt. Jon Broom, public information officer for Sikeston DPS. Hopper was pronounced dead at the scene...
Helping hand (08/22/16)
The Sikeston Rotary Club raised $80,000 in supplies and cash donations and after paying for the semi and U-Hauls to deliver the supplies, sent $3,500 to Gulfport Orange Grove Rotary Club for the recovery effort. The semi and U-Haul are currently on their way to Louisiana but anyone still wishing to donate can contact the Sikeston Rotary Club...
Show-Me Mass Care: Exercise will test plans for assisting survivors of a major SE Missouri earthquake (08/22/16)
SIKESTON -- Beginning today, local emergency managers and disaster responders will test plans for evacuating and sheltering potential victims of a catastrophic New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake. The exercise, Show-Me Mass Care, involves state, local and federal officials, along with volunteer and faith-based groups, simulating how they would assist survivors of a major southeast Missouri earthquake move out of the region and into temporary shelters around the state...
Sikeston man found guilty of wife's murder (08/20/16)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man has been found guilty of murdering his wife. Stevie Lott, 44, was found guilty of second degree murder, armed criminal action and being a felon in possession of a firearm Thursday at a bench trial in front of Judge Benjamin Lewis in Jackson, Mo...
Sikeston man gets 20 years for drug charges (08/20/16)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for two counts of distributing a controlled substance. Thomas Voneedo Jr., 38, was sentenced by Judge David Dolan Thursday, receiving a 15-year sentence for selling hydrocodone pills and five years, which will run consecutive, for selling marijuana...
Dement new head of road district (08/20/16)
SIKESTON -- With the recent death of Sikeston Special Road District Commissioner Larry Tetley, Sikeston farmer Edward Dement has been appointed to complete his term. According to Missouri statutes, in cases when a board member resigns, moves from the district or dies, the road district board members appoint a new commissioner to finish the term...
New Madrid, Stoddard County men among those pardoned by governor (08/20/16)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has granted pardons to six men and one woman, each of whom has completed his or her sentence and has become a law-abiding citizen. "The executive power to grant clemency is one I take with a great deal of consideration and seriousness," Nixon said on Friday. "In each of these cases warranting a pardon, the individual has demonstrated the ability and willingness to be a contributing member of society."...
Some areas received above-average and record August rainfall this week (08/20/16)
SIKESTON -- This week's heavy rainfall has already created above-average totals and broken records in some places for the month of August. The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., said Paducah has had over 8 inches of rain, making it the wettest August record. Normal rainfall for the whole month is 2.76 inches...
Local man faces charges for threatening, harassing juvenile (08/19/16)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Mississippi County man faces charges after allegedly harassing and threatening a juvenile. Paul M. Patrick, 40, is charged with two counts of second degree assault and harassment motivated by discrimination to frighten or disturb another person...
Football season set to kick off (08/19/16)
High school football season begins tonight with all local teams in action.For full coverage of tonight's game, see the Sunday sports section of the Standard Democrat or view our stories and photos online at www.standard-democrat.com. Also, don't forget to play our weekly Pigskin Pickem Contest where you can win weekly prizes and have a chance to win a television at the end of the season.
#HelpBatonRouge: Sikeston groups unite to assist flood victims in Louisiana (08/18/16)
SIKESTON -- Two Sikeston organizations are joining forces to provide disaster relief supplies to families impacted by the recent flooding in Louisiana. In response to the floods and destruction in Baton Rouge, La., and Livingston Parish, La., the Sikeston Rotary Club is spearheading efforts, assisted by Spread Hope Now and Gulfport-Orange Grove, Miss., Rotary Club, to take a truckload of cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods to the victims of this devastation...
Mississippi County man facing two assault charges (08/18/16)
A Mississippi County man is facing charges in two separate assaults.
First day of school (08/18/16)
Wednesday marked the first day of school for all Sikeston R-6 students.
One jailed after giving false name to deputy (08/18/16)
ANNISTON, Mo. -- A Mississippi County man was arrested on outstanding warrants after trying to give officers a false name. According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, a vehicle stop was conducted in Anniston and the driver could not provide a valid license, giving his name and hesitating when giving his date of birth. After remembering the date, the driver said he couldn't remember his social security number...
Portageville man faces felony child abuse charges (08/17/16)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A Portageville man is in custody awaiting arraignment on felony child molestation and sodomy charges. Steven Douglas Weinkauf, 22, is charged with three counts of first degree statutory sodomy-deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old and three charges of first degree child molestation...
An insightful day: Fisher Delta Research Center Field Day set for Sept. 2 (08/17/16)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- The Fisher Delta Research Center will offer presentations on the latest developments in agriculture during its annual Field Day on Sept. 2. "This is always an exciting time where we can share a small sample of the professional research the team does here every day," Director Trent Haggard said. "Truthfully, we wish we had more time to share more of what we do."...
East Prairie man arrested on drug charges in Mississippi County (08/17/16)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Details have been released on an East Prairie man who was arrested on drug charges in Mississippi County. According to the East Prairie Police Department, they received information on Thursday that a male with a warrant from Cape Girardeau, known as Jason Hercik, 38, was exiting Susanna Wesley FLC. ...
Changes to rodeo were embraced by crowds (08/17/16)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo saw plenty of changes this year, and because it was well received by the crowds and revenue, rodeo fans can except them to be back next year. The rodeo kicked off Wednesday and the Jaycees invited two police officers, two EMTs and two firefighters. ...
Parma man sentenced on federal charges involving farm subsidy, insurance fraud (08/16/16)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A Parma man was sentenced on Tuesday to prison on federal charges involving farm subsidy and crop insurance fraud. Bobby David Lowrey, 49, was sentenced to 24 months in prison on multiple charges involving federal crop insurance fraud, theft of government property and wire fraud. He appeared for sentencing before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. in Cape Girardeau...
Oran man dies in Monday crash (08/16/16)
MORLEY, Mo. -- An Oran man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Monday in Scott County. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 6:45 p.m. on U.S. Highway 61, two miles south of Morley, as the northbound vehicle driven by Bradley A. Bollinger, 64, of Oran ran off the road, struck a fence and a tree...