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Dorena-Hickman resumes service

March 30, 2015 Local No Comments

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry plans to resume service this morning after being shut down by floodwaters since March 13th.  Floodwaters on the Mississippi River dropped over the weekend, allowing the ferry to go back into service today. The ferry crew is clearing sand and debris from the Missouri landing this morning and expects to resume normal operation by about 8:00 a.m., today.  The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

Senator Blunt hopeful for Leonard Wood hospital

March 29, 2015 Local No Comments

The hospital at Fort Leonard Wood may have a rough year ahead, but there could be light at the end of the tunnel.  Senator Roy Blunt tells KZIM KISM he was pleased during a recent Appropriations Committee meeting with Surgeon General of the Army, Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho.


The General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, had been marked as a priority for upgrades by the Surgeon General, but due to a lack of funding those upgrades have not happened.


Saint Francis Accepting Scholarship Applications Now

March 29, 2015 Local No Comments

Applications for the 2015 Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program funded by the Saint Francis Foundation and Auxiliary are now available. Foundation Development Officer, Danielle Torbet tells KZIM KSIM they are looking for students who have successfully completed one year of an accredited healthcare program and have at least a 3.0 grade point average.


The program will award 23 scholarships of up to $2,000. Applications and all required documentation must be turned in to the Foundation by 5 pm on June 29th. Since 1980, more than $533,000 have been given out. Applications are available at For more information, please contact the Foundation at 573-331-5790.


One arrested, one sought in child abuse case   

March 27, 2015 Local No Comments

Daily Statesman


A local woman is in custody, and her boyfriend is expected to soon be likewise, concerning the alleged abuse of a child.  According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Dexter Police Detective Cory Mills, police were dispatched to the residence of 26-year old Kayla Langley Wednesday, after receiving a report of bruises on the 3-year old child.  During the initial interview with police, Langley repeated her story about the child slipping and falling in the bedroom. She further admitted seeing Jason Ryan slap the child numerous times within the previous three days. On Thursday, Stoddard County Juvenile Services took the child into protective custody. The child was transported to be examined at Dr. Claudia Preuschoff’s office in Poplar Bluff, and the preliminary findings of the exam indicated that the injuries were consistent with child abuse.  Langley is charged with first degree endangering the welfare of a child. Ryan, who has not yet been apprehended, is charged with the class C felony of abuse of a child.

Domestic assault leads to arrest

March 27, 2015 Local No Comments

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Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reports an Oran area man arrested for domestic assault.  29-year old Mitchell Ryan Kennard, of 204 Haw, has been charged with the Class C Felony of Domestic Assault 2nd. Thursday, Walter and other deputies responded to the area of Russell and Bloomfield Street for a report of Kennard walking in the area with a knife.  He told the deputies he had gotten into a fight with the victim over their children and left the scene to calm the situation.  The victim stated they did argue, but she attempted to leave and he grabbed her by the head slamming it into the wall twice leaving a hole and breaking the light plate.  He also hit her in the face with a closed fist.  Kennard remains in custody at the Scott County Jail. Bond was set by the court at $1,500.00 cash only.


10 teens arrested following assault

March 27, 2015 Local No Comments

Standard Democrat


Ten teenagers were arrested by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety following the assault of a man Wednesday evening.  DPS received call shortly after 5 p.m. reporting a disturbance involving a fight between youth and a grown man.  A 28-year old man reported he was assaulted by a group of 10-12 young black males after telling them to not climb on the GED school building on Greer Avenue.  One of the teens reportedly started the assault by striking the victim with a stick, then they all joined the assault.  While the group fled the scene after the attack, DPS officers were able to locate them pretty quickly.  Eight of the minors ranging in age from 12-16 were arrested for second degree assault while the oldest two teens, ages 17 and 18, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance.


Siren test in Jackson

March 27, 2015 Local No Comments

Monday, April 6th, at 10:00 AM, the City of Jackson will be conducting an audible test of the tornado sirens. This test will be a 3 minute sounding of the Tornado Sirens. If there is inclement weather, the alternate testing date will be on April 8 at the same time of day.  As a reminder, officials say the sirens sound when there has been a tornado warning issued for Cape Girardeau County or when a funnel cloud has been seen by trained weather spotters. This is a good time to practice your family disaster plan. If you have any questions, contact Jackson Fire Rescue at 573-243-1010.

Owners of facility for disabled in serious legal trouble 

March 27, 2015 AP No Comments

The owners of a facility for disabled residents are in some pretty serious legal trouble two years after an investigation began. Last week, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joe Goff Jr. of the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed charges against 54-year old Donald Halter and his wife, 50-year old Christina Halter, of rural Bismarck, the owners of Park Hills Manor LLC.  The Daily Journal of Park Hills reports the Halters are charged with two Class A felonies of financial exploitation of a disabled person; the Class C felony of Medicaid fraud; the Class D felony of Medicaid fraud; the Class C felony of stealing by deceit; two counts of the unclassified felony of failure to file an income tax return; and the unclassified felony of attempting to evade income tax.  Bond is set at $50,000 per person. As of Thursday night, the Halters had not turned themselves in.

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