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Girl Found Safe, Kidnapper In Jail

Oct 25, 2012
Poplar Bluff Police Departmen / St. Louis Public Radio

  A Poplar Bluff man is behind bars after allegedly kidnapping a girl,Abigail Berthoff, Wednesday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Butler County Sheriff and Poplar Bluff Police arrested registered sex offender Jeffrey Dean Shelton at 1:50 Wednesday afternoon.

Darron Moore of the Poplar Bluff police department says they found Shelton with the girl about ten miles south of Poplar Bluff.

The Butler County prosecutor charged Shelton with 2nd Degree Domestic Assault, Felonious Restraint, 1st Degree Burglary and Child Kidnapping.

Cape Girardeau Public Transit Still Growing

Oct 24, 2012
Southeast Missouri State University

The Cape Girardeau Transit Authority says their public transit services are experiencing a growing ridership.

While several public transportation services across Missouri are battling against low ridership, the CGTA says their numbers remain high.

The CGTA provides public transportation for all citizens of Cape Girardeau County: over 75,000 people.

Clay Waller Trial To Stay In Cape Girardeau County

Oct 22, 2012
Laura Simon / Southeast Missourian

Clay Waller will go to trial in Cape Girardeau County, but the jury will be imported from elsewhere in the state.

Waller was in Cape Girardeau County Court on Monday, and judge Ben Lewis set the dates for Waller’s murder trial for September 9 through September 20, 2013.

Waller’s defense attorney requested the trial be moved to another county due to intense local media attention.

Instead, the jury will come from Cole County in central Missouri. Jury selection will be held there on September the fifth and sixth.

Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise In Missouri

Oct 21, 2012
Flickr[Kratka Photography] / KRCU

Prescription drug abuse in on the rise nationwide, and Missouri is increasingly becoming a supplier of illicit pharmaceuticals.

Missouri is the only state that does not have a prescription drug monitoring program. 

Scott Collier is the DEA’s Diversion Program Manager in St. Louis. Collier says monitoring systems allow physicians to see if an individual has gone to multiple doctors within the past few days seeking the same prescription.

New York Bomb Suspect Had Southeast Missouri Ties

Oct 18, 2012
A cornerstone at the New Federal Reserve Bank.
Flickr4jazz / Flickr

The suspect who attempted to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank has ties to southeast Missouri.

The FBI arrested Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis on Wednesday when he tried to ignite 1,000 pounds of inert explosives.

Nafis studied at Southeast Missouri State University for one semester.

The 21-year old attended Southeast in the spring 2012 semester. He is no longer enrolled at the university.

Nafis took 12 hours of entry level classes at Southeast. Nafis aspired to study cyber security but never took any upper level courses.