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Former deputy waives preliminary hearing

December 19, 2014 AP No Comments

A former Leadwood officer and more recently a Madison County deputy appeared in court Thursday afternoon to waive his preliminary hearing.  The Baily Journal of Park Hills reports 31-year old Eric Smith, of Perry County, waived his right to the hearing and asked to have a public defender removed from his case. He indicated he intends to hire a private attorney. His case was bound over and scheduled at the circuit court level on Jan. 15 for an arraignment.  Smith is charged with felony stealing, accused of stealing $40,000 from a woman. He is out on bond.  Smith is accused of stealing $40,000 from a woman while he was off duty in plain clothes. During the investigation, $26,875 in cash was found in Smith’s home. He admitted to stealing the money from the woman.  This isn’t the first time Smith has faced felony stealing charges while being a commissioned law enforcement officer. When he was working at Leadwood Police Department he was charged in Perry County with stealing and stealing by deceit, both Class C felonies.  His one-day trial in that instance was held in Cape Girardeau in August of 2013 on a change of venue. The judge found him not guilty of the charges.


Burglary arrest in Cape Girardeau   

December 19, 2014 Local No Comments


Cape Girardeau Police say a second person was taken into custody this week in connection to a robbery earlier this month.  Public Information Officer, Darin Hickey says 17-year old Kody Stewart, of Cape, was arrested Wednesday for class A Felony robbery in the 1st degree, class B felony burglary in the first degree and felony armed criminal action for his alleged involvement in a robbery that occurred on the 1st in the 100 block of N. Park St. where three subjects forced their way into a residence at gun point and took items from the victim.   Hickey says through a separate investigation, 19-year old Brian Jones, of Cape, was arrested on the 4th and charged with class A Felony robbery in the 1st degree, class B felony Burglary in the 1st Degree, felony armed criminal action and receiving stolen property in regards to the investigation.


Glenn House offering Christmas themed tours

December 19, 2014 Local No Comments

The Glenn House, located on 325 South Spanish in Cape Girardeau is offering Christmas themed tours this holiday season. Each room will be different with themes ranging from traditional, to teddy bears and snow & ice. Historic Association of Greater Cape Girardeau President Tom Grantham says that there have been hundreds of hours put into setting up this display, and that it has been a “labor of love.” He tells KZIM-KSIM that he was contacted by descendents of the Glenn family, which led to this year’s theme.

The house will be open for tours each Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the month. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children, and can be picked up in advance at the Cape Convention and Visitors Bureau or at the door. For more info call the Visitors Bureau at 335-1631.

2 jailed on drug charges   

December 19, 2014 Local No Comments

Daily Statesman


Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner reports the arrest of two individuals who were involved in illegal drug activity. On the 17th, as a result of an ongoing drug investigation, Stoddard County Sheriff’s office, along with members of Dexter Police Department, served a search warrant at a residence located at 718 W. Oak Street in Dexter.  A female was stopped leaving the residence. Located inside were 12 packages of crystal methamphetamine packaged to sell, along with packaging material and drug paraphernalia.  Also located in the female’s purse were two packages of methamphetamine. 38-year old Renea Deprow, of Dexter, was charged with the class C felony of possession of controlled substance. Her bond is $15,000.00 cash only.  Also arrested was 67-year old Dallas Junior Cluck, of Dexter, for the Enhanced Class A felony of possession with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance. Cluck’s bond was set at $30,000 cash only.  Both subjects remain in the Stoddard County Jail.


Tamms Man Sentenced on Federal Gun Charge 

December 19, 2014 AP No Comments

A Tamms, Illinois, man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison on a federal gun charge.  United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton says Tuesday, 21-year-old Keithy Carter, a/k/a Darnell Carter, was sentenced for a federal firearm violation.  Carter, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, was sentenced to five years ten months in prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, and a fine of $200.00.  He possessed a 9mm pistol in Tamms and that had been used the day before by another individual to commit a homicide in Jackson County.

Overdose Leads to Arrest of Paducah Woman 

December 19, 2014 AP No Comments

A Paducah woman has been arrested, after police say she gave some of her prescription medication to another woman who overdosed.  Paducah Police say the investigation began in October when officers were called to a North 34th Street home where they found a semiconscious woman with a bottle of Clonazepam belonging to 42-year-old Jennifer Sutton in her hand.  Detectives soon learned that Sutton had filled the 30-day supply of Clonezepam just days prior to the other woman’s overdose. The bottle was reportedly empty when police found it.  Sutton is charged with third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. She turned herself in Thursday afternoon and was booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.

Five Paducah Residents Face Drug Charges 

December 19, 2014 AP No Comments

Five Paducah residents face drug charges, after police responded to a complaint at a Paducah mobile home park.  The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department received tips that meth was being made at a mobile home in Woodlawn Mobile Home Park.  Wednesday, detectives went to search the trailer on Meacham Lane, and found four people inside. Detectives found several components that are used to make meth in a locked backpack hidden in a closet. Marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription medication, and drug paraphernalia were also found as well as a recent meth lab outside the home.  Police said 24-year-old Johnathan Bledsoe, 23-year-old Samantha Gagnon, 33-year-old Austin Lockhard, 23-year-old Bryan Cook, and 52-year-old Randall Gordon are all facing charges related to drug possession and manufacturing.

Fire destroys Scott City home

December 19, 2014 Local No Comments

Southeast Missourian

When Monty Keesee heard the pops Thursday afternoon, he initially thought they were gunfire.  Keesee said he saw a man run past the new apartment where he was painting some boards. Moments later, he said, the man “came busting in the door,” asking him to call 911 because his house was on fire.  No one was hurt in the fire, which started a little after noon Thursday in an attached garage at 729 Grove St., spreading quickly through the two-story house. Scott City Fire Chief Jay Cassout says Keesee ran across the street to find the front of a truck burning and the garage fully involved in flames.   The garage was totally engulfed, and it was going into the house at that point. The cause of the fire had not been determined Thursday afternoon, but Keesee speculated a spark might have ignited some fumes in the garage. The man and woman who lived in the house were uninjured, and their children were not home. Crews from the Scott City, Cape Girardeau, New Hamburg-Benton-Commerce and Gordonville fire departments responded to the blaze, which took about an hour and a half to bring under control. Cassout said the house was a total loss.

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