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Woman armed with butcher knife robs business (12/21/14)
SIKESTON - A woman who robbed a convenience store armed with a butcher's knife was quickly taken into custody with the assistance of the store's staff and patrons. On Sunday the Scott County Court charged Amanda Carr, 29, of Cape Girardeau with felony robbery and armed criminal action...
DPS battle fires Saturday night (12/21/14)
Officers work to keep flames from neighboring homes while fighting a fire on Wilson Street, one of two fires they responded to on Saturday night. The first fire reported to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety was at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday at 803 Woodruff. ...
Juden to lead Missouri Police Chiefs Association (12/20/14)
SIKESTON -- Leading the state's police chiefs over the next year will have challenges but keeping things running smoothly here won't be one of them, according to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden. "First off, I'm very honored and humbled that my peers thought enough of me to put me in the position that one day would lead to me being president," Juden said when asked about becoming president of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association in January...
Charleston Christmas Concert is Sunday (12/20/14)
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston community will come together Sunday afternoon to celebrate Christmas with music. The public is invited to the program which begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church, located at 1700 E. Marshall St. It will include performances by organist Terry A. Parker; soloists Mary Katherine Branum and Kerry Davis; the Sam C. and Jane Goodin Memorial Handbell Choir and the River Bend Brass along with a reading by Bill Hunter...
Christmas often the toughest time of year for those at Refuge (12/20/14)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston House of Refuge offers a safe place for women and children in need year-round. The average woman stays 90 days at the shelter, which means some women and their children will spend Christmas there this year. "This is the hardest time of the year for women and children at the shelter, and we (staff and volunteers) try to go out of our way to make sure every family has what they need -- and want," said Jill Hill Brown, manager and volunteer coordinator of the Refuge, which keeps its location confidential to the public.. ...
Scott County deputy gets Medal of Valor from Gov. Nixon (12/19/14)
BENTON - A Scott County deputy who risked his life to pull two railroad employees from an overturned train engine as flames surrounded it was honored Thursday for his heroism. Scott County Deputy Justin G. Wooten was one of 10 Missouri law enforcement officers awarded the Missouri Medal of Valor by Gov. Jay Nixon in a ceremony in the state Capitol...
Bus drivers deliver coats to students (12/19/14)
SIKESTON -- Nearly 75 students in the Sikeston R-6 School District received new winter coats Thursday, thanks to their bus drivers. After seeing the need of winter coats for some of the students, the bus drivers decided to organize a new coat drive to keep children warm this season, according to longtime R-6 bus driver Orlando Ray...
And the winner is... (12/19/14)
Sikeston High School Class of 1972 conducted a raffle drawing recently at Pizza Inn in Sikeston. Drew Meadows of Sikeston drew the winning ticket as Soozi Hovis looked on. The winner of the Sabona bracelet was Tina Ahlfield. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life...
County gets 'fair' rating on audit (12/19/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Inmates booked into the Scott County Jail no longer have to pay for an ID bracelet. The most recent audit of Scott County was released by State Auditor Tom Schweich last week with the county's overall performance rated as only "Fair."...
Two arrested for New Madrid County robberies after year-long investigation (12/19/14)
NEW MADRID - A year-long investigation has led to the arrest of two men involved in a series of thefts. Rickey V. Smith and Edward E. Cummings of Memphis, Tenn., are charged with the theft of a "large amount of money" on Dec. 12, 2013, from the Flying J Truck Stop...
Extension approved for county's last disaster recovery project (12/19/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- It is official: Mississippi County has until May 8 to complete the last remaining disaster recovery project from the spring 2011 flooding and activation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway. The county was notified that all projects from that event have to be closed out, including paperwork, by May 8 to be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements...
10 Things to Know for Today (12/19/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SPY'S PARENTS SEARCH FOR SON AFTER CUBA-U.S. DEAL Neither Cuban nor American officials have confirmed that Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, whom Obama hailed as one of Washington's most valuable assets, was spirited off the island...
6 injured in I-55 accident (12/18/14)
SIKESTON -- Six people were injured in a near head-on collision that delayed motorists on Interstate 55 for hours Wednesday in Scott County. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 1:10 p.m. on Interstate 55, just north of Sikeston, at the 68.2 mile marker. Northbound motorist Patricia A. Robinson, 27, of Caruthersville drove the wrong way on the interstate and caused a near head-on collision with southbound motorist, Michael R. Sophie, 33, of St. Louis...
Benton man is accused of child molestation (12/18/14)
BENTON -- A Benton area man is in custody after a child molestation investigation by the Scott County Sheriff's Department. Dustin Sauceda, 20, of Benton has been charged with the unclassified felony of attempted statutory rape in the first degree by attempting sexual intercourse with another person under 14 years old...
School board races begin to form in area (12/18/14)
SIKESTON -- Filing for local school board elections began Tuesday, and some districts already have contested races. Board members in the Sikeston R-6 School District whose three-year terms will expire in April are vice president David Jones and member Chris Hodgkiss. Filing for candidacy in the district so far are Heather Drury, Jay Elliott, Matt Tanner and Hodgkiss...
Bell ringers still needed in Scott County (12/18/14)
SIKESTON -- It's not too late to do a good deed this Christmas. Volunteer bell ringers are needed for the remainder of the month at multiple sites in Scott County: Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, Food Giant and Boomland in Miner, Sikeston and Benton, respectively...
School board races begin to form (12/18/14)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Filing for local school board elections began Tuesday, and some districts already have contested races. Board members in the Sikeston R-6 School District whose three-year terms will expire in April are vice president David Jones and member Chris Hodgkiss. Filing for candidacy in the district so far are Heather Drury, Jay Elliott, Matt Tanner and Hodgkiss...
10 Things to Know for Today (12/18/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT DROVE OBAMA'S DECISION ON NORMALIZING WITH CUBA The president was driven in part by realizing that the policy toward Cuba was isolating the U.S. from the rest of the world...
School board races begin to form (12/17/14)
SIKESTON -- Filing for local school board elections began Tuesday, and some districts already have contested races. Board members in the Sikeston R-6 School District whose three-year terms will expire in April are vice president David Jones and member Chris Hodgkiss. Filing for candidacy in the district so far are Heather Drury, Jay Elliott, Matt Tanner and Hodgkiss...
Local man sentenced for 2013 homicide (12/17/14)
BENTON - A man will spend 35 years in prison in connection with a 2013 death of a Sikeston resident during a family gathering. Joseph Thornton, 27, learned his fate during a sentencing hearing before Judge Benjamin Lewis, circuit judge in Cape Girardeau. Thornton had entered guilty pleas on Sept. 30 for the death of Jeremy Johnson and multiple assaults of others at a party on April 28, 2013, in Sikeston...
Shop with a hero (12/17/14)
Local law enforcement agencies have been taking part in "Shop With a Cop" events.
Sheriff's dept. disrupts drug delivery, arrests 2 (12/17/14)
CHARLESTON - A trespassing complaint turned into a narcotics investigation leading to the arrest of two Mississippi County residents. Ronnie Dale Brawner Jr., 33, and Ashley Nicole Cobb, 30, of East Prairie are to be arraigned today in Division II of Mississippi County Circuit Court. Brawner is charged with distribution of a controlled substance near government housing and trespassing while Cobb is charged with possession of a controlled substance...
Scott County officials are surprised with an early 'gift' (12/17/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Christmas came early at the Scott County Courthouse. "The court reporter who works for Judge Dolan discovered some red tile under the carpet behind the courtroom," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday. "It's like a Christmas present for the county."...
Woman faces multiple charges after arrest for shoplifting (12/17/14)
BENTON - A Jackson woman is in custody on charges stemming from a shoplifting investigation. Genny M. Jones, 28, is charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and the misdemeanors of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and stealing...
Scott County deputy is among 10 law enforcement officers honored by governor (12/17/14)
JEFFERSON CITY - A Scott County Sheriff's deputy is one of 10 law enforcement officers from across the state who will be awarded the Missouri Medal of Valor. Gov. Jay Nixon will present the medal to Scott County Deputy Justin G. Wooten in a ceremony in the state Capitol on Thursday. Wooten and the other officers will receive medals for extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism to save the lives of Missourians during 2013...