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Uncle and girlfriend charged in killing of his 20-year-old niece, Missouri sheriff says

An investigation into a 20-year-old woman’s death has led to murder charges for her uncle and his girlfriend, according to Missouri authorities. Lawrence Schanda, the woman’s 48-year-old uncle, and Teresa Baumgartner, his 59-year-old girlfriend, were charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the killing on July 1, according to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office.
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Millersville Couple Charged With Murder Of Jessi Wilfong

(Cape Girardeau County, MO) The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office are filing additional charges to two individuals involved in the murder of 20 year old, Jessi Wilfong of Marquand. A Millersville couple, 48 year old Lawrence Schanda and 59 year old Teresa Baumgartner are facing charges of Murder in the First Degree, Armed Criminal Action, and Tampering With Physical Evidence in a Felony Investigation on Friday, July 1st. On Saturday, June 18th Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department received information which led deputies to a location in close proximity to a previously searched residence. The investigation revealed the site of a recently dug portion of ground inside a barn structure where the remains of Wilfong were buried. An autopsy performed Monday, June 27th determined the cause of death was a homicide. It is believed Schanda and Baumgartner acted together to cause the death of Wilfong and then took significant steps to conceal her body in an effort to hamper the investigation. The Honorable Frank E. Miller issued warrants for the arrest of Schanda and Baumgartner for the charges and set a $5 million cash only bond.
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Major case squad activated in missing Bollinger County woman case

BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad has been activated and is currently investigating the disappearance of 26-year-old Kaylee Eaves. Eaves was reported missing in Bollinger County on Thursday, June 30 after she didn’t arrive for work. The Bollinger County Sheriff’s office said Eaves...

Rally for abortion rights held in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Rallies for abortion rights continue one week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Protesters gathered at Freedom Corner in Cape Girardeau on Friday afternoon, July 1. That’s at the intersection of Broadway and West End Boulevard. The high court’s ruling returned the...

Crews battle early morning fire in Cairo

CAIRO, Ill. (KFVS) - Firefighters are on the scene of a structure fire on the 500 block of 31st Street in Cairo. Crews were called to the fire around 3:30 a.m. At this time, it is not clear at to what is on fire. Stay with Heartland News for updates.

Cities of Morley, Scott City under boil water orders

SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – The cities of Morley and Scott City are under separate boil water orders. A new gas main is being installed in Scott City and impacted the water. If tests come back the order could be lifted as early as Saturday in Scott City. Residents...

Cardinals Bullpen surprises Naile with signed champagne bottle

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KFVS) - Charleston native James Naile seems to be getting more comfortable with his role as a Cardinals reliever. His nerves have settled a bit, in part thanks to the St. Louis pitching staff. Naile said some of his fellow teammates recently surprised him with a special...

Sikeston DPS trains for Active Bystander Law-Enforcement

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – In 2020, George Floyd was killed leaving many to consider whether the police tactics used were appropriate or not. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking to find a solution through a special police training course. The course is ABLE, an acronym for...

Hunter Ralls catches 'break' in solid outing for Catfish

Cape Catfish pitcher Hunter Ralls has been looking for a “break,” as in his breaking ball being more effective against Prospect League hitters, and he just may have found it. Coming off a pair of mediocre outings earlier in the month, the Southeast Missouri State senior threw very...

Saint Francis Foundation Power of One campaign raises over $200k

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) -The Saint Francis Foundation Power of One campaign raised a total of $208,000, exceeding its goal. Money raised through Power of One will help areas of need for patients of Saint Francis Healthcare System, their families, colleagues and the community. “We are so very proud of...

Racing is back at Benton Speedway

BENTON, Mo. (KFVS) - When Benton Speedway closed in 2014, there was no plan for it to re-open. Even Rob Russell didn’t have that intention after buying the property. “We began to clean up (the property )and fix it up,” said Russell. “Everyone just assumed that we were going to fix (the track).”

Prep notes: Dutchtown offensive lineman commits to Purdue, ex-Zachary pitcher nets honors

Ethan Fields originally planned to commit next week. On July 7, to be exact. The plan made sense because that will be his mother’s birthday and Fields’ number is No. 77. After a recent visit to Purdue, the Dutchtown High senior offensive lineman decided not to wait. His commitment to the Boilermakers was first announced on social media Thursday.

Missing woman’s body found buried in barn

A Cape County woman who has been missing since May 19 has been found murdered and her body buried under a Millersville barn. The Cape County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on June 22 charged Teresa L. Baumgartner with “tampering with physical evidence in a felony investigation” in connection with the disposal of the body.