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Protect Young Wildlife

March 5, 2015 Local No Comments

Every spring, the Missouri Department of Conservation office receives many phone calls about Orphaned animals. Reprsentive from the department, Jordie Bardaski tells KZIM KSIM that this is just how animal mothers act and that they are not abandoning their children.

It’s been advised that if you do find any animals on your property, to leave them be and try to keep your pets like cats and dogs away from them. Removing baby animals from their natural habitat almost insures that they will not survive due to not being able to learn survival skills from their parents.  The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center’s upcoming Nature Center at Night Program will focus on young wildlife and what to do when they are encountered on March 12th from 5-8pm. Ne registration is required and all ages are welcome to attend.

Cape Girardeau County Receives 14.3 Million dollars due to EITC

March 5, 2015 Local No Comments

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a claim the IRS estimates 4 out of 5 eligible taxpayers claim but that some do not claim it because they are unaware what it really is. If you are individual who is self-employed, have a service job in a private household, are a childless taxpayer or live in a rural area, you might be eligible to receive a tax claim that can average 2 thousand dollars and can even get up to 6 thousand dollars. This tax claim also helps taxpayers who look after children, whether they be foster, biological or even grandparents raising their grandchildren. IRS Media Relations Representative Michael Devine tells KZIM KSIM how much residents in Southeast Missouri received last year due to the EITC.


To find out more about the EITC including if you would qualify and updating or filing your tax return, you can log onto and use the EITC Assistant self-help tool.

Payday loan sites shuts down in Missouri

March 5, 2015 State No Comments

Attorney General Chris Koster says he has obtained an agreement with eight online payday loan operations to shut down in Missouri, provide $270,000 in consumer restitution, and erase all loan balances.  Martin “Butch” Webb acted through numerous business entities operating from a Native American reservation in South Dakota, including Payday Financial, Western Sky Financial, Lakota Cash, Great Sky Finance, Red Stone Financial, Big Sky Cash, Lakota Cash, and Financial Solutions, which were not licensed to do business in the state.  The Attorney General’s Office received 57 complaints from consumers who were collectively charged approximately $25,000 in excess fees.  The investigation revealed as many as 6,300 others in the same situation.


First Friday with the Arts Postponed

March 5, 2015 Local No Comments

Due to the recent weather, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, and other arts galleries and businesses in Downtown Cape, will postpone the First Friday with the Arts event to Friday, March 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.  The VSA Poetry Workshop, scheduled for Saturday, March 7th, will also be postponed. The rescheduled date for this literary workshop will be Saturday, March 28th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Brookport Police Arrest Man on Drug Charges

March 5, 2015 AP No Comments

A man faces drug charges, after officers reportedly found more than two pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.  Brookport Police Officers responded Monday evening to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a home on Unionville Road. The resident told police they had recently been threatened and did not recognize the vehicle. When officers arrived, they found the vehicle at a business next door to the home.  The driver was identified as 31-year-old Augustine Vega, who has a history of encounters with police. They searched Vega’s vehicle and reportedly found a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police said later in the search they found about two and a half pounds of marijuana in mason jars and $1340 in cash.  Vega was arrested on drug charges and taken to the Massac County Jail.

Craft Breweries Win Alcohol Distribution Battle

March 5, 2015 AP No Comments

Craft breweries have won a victory over Anheuser-Busch after the state Senate voted to force the beverage giant to sell the two Kentucky companies it owns that distributes its products.  The Senate on Wednesday voted 23-13 to ban brewers from owning distributors. The bill has already passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and a spokeswoman for Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear says the governor will sign it into law.  The bill means Anheuser-Busch must sell the Louisville distributor it has owned since 1978 and an Owensboro distributor it purchased last year. Craft breweries worried the St Louis based large brewery would only sell and market its own products if it owned distributors.  Anheuser-Busch said the bill represents an assault on its property rights and warned it would put 200 jobs in jeopardy.

Sentenced to 15 years for molestation 

March 5, 2015 Local No Comments

A Farmington man was sentenced to time in prison for child molestation.  55-year old William Jason Cook was sentenced to 15 years in prison for two counts of child molestation.  He was originally charged with five counts of first-degree statutory rape and four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy.  According to court records, a girl told her mother and authorities that Cook molested her several times over a period of seven to nine years. She said he threatened her not to tell anyone.  The girl also made allegations against Cook involving other children.  When interviewed, he denied molesting or inappropriately touching the girl or any other child.

Portageville man pleads guilty to murder and burglary

March 5, 2015 Local No Comments

Attorney General Chris Koster says a Portageville man pled guilty to first degree murder and first degree burglary in the death of a former police officer and Marine.  29-year old Gunner Pind was sentenced in Pemiscot County Circuit Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Koster says Pind entered the Pemiscot County home of 60-year old Roy Jerrolds, shot him in three times in the back of the head and stole several items including guns and electronics.  Pind later set the house on fire to attempt to cover the crime, but Jerrolds’ body was discovered before the house fully burned.  A week later, he was investigated for stealing from a job site, and a camera belong to the victim was found among his possessions. Pind pled guilty to murder in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, armed criminal action, felony stealing and arson in the second degree. The Attorney General’s Office assisted Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney Jereme Lytle on the case.

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