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Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Scheduled Thursday

Oct 15, 2014
Great Shakeout / Shakeout

Millions of people will participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills on Thursday, October 16. Several institutions in Cape Girardeau County are participating to the Great Central U.S. Shakeout scheduled for 10:16 a.m.

The event aims at preparing families and organizations to survive and recover from big earthquakes and practice how to “drop, cover and hold on” during such natural events. This protocol consists of dropping to the ground, taking cover by getting under a desk or table, and holding on until the earth stops shaking.

Illinois State Police

Clifford Williams Sr. has been arrested and is facing multiple charges after he confessed to killing his wife at Birds Point New Madrid Levee in Mississippi County, Mo.  

According to the probable cause statement, Williams contacted the Illinois State Police on Sunday and stated he was going to turn himself in to the Charleston police.

SALT Dedicates Memorial to Roger Fields

Oct 9, 2014
City of Cape Girardeau

Seniors and Lawmen Together (SALT) are dedicating a memorial to honor the late Roger Fields on Monday, October 13. Fields’ memorial will be adjacent to the existing Law Enforcement Memorial in Cape County Park North.

Fields was the Assistant Chief of Police for the Cape Girardeau Police Department. He passed away March 30, 2014 at the age 50.

Doug Austin, recording secretary of SALT, worked with Fields for many years. He said the ceremony will honor Fields for his efforts in building the Law Enforcement Memorial.

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Three cities in Southeast Missouri were ranked the top ten most dangerous cities in the state by the Home Security Shield company.

Sikeston ranked first in violent crimes.Poplar Bluff ranked seventh and Cape Girardeau ranked ninth.

According to the report, there were 24.14 violent crimes reported per 1,000 residents in Sikeston.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) considered violent crime to be , “murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.”

The California-based group “We Copwatch” has raised more than $7,000 to purchase small video cameras. The group donated the cameras to residents of Canfield Green, the apartment complex where Michael Brown was shot.

So far, they have distributed about 100 cameras to monitor police and ensure accountability. They plan to pass out another hundred cameras early next week.

Jacob Crawford is an organizer with “We Copwatch.” He’s staying in Ferguson helping train residents on how to effectively use their cameras. He says monitoring cops is an act of defense.