Crime & Safety

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There have been so many big developments this week in the Russia story that it's tough to keep them all straight.

Here's what you need to know.

Cohen admits lying to Congress

What happened? Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen admitted on Thursday that he and others working for Trump negotiated with important Russians over a possible Trump Tower in Moscow well into the presidential campaign in 2016.

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With temperatures dropping, many people are turning to space heaters to warm their homes. Sikeston city Fire Marshall, Rick Colbert has a few warnings about this method.

Colbert says to make sure to have a three foot zone between heaters and children or furniture. But his number one tip for heating your home is to avoid using extension cords for space heaters and any appliances, as it could very easily create a fire.

Cut Caesar salad off the menu this week: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a multistate E. coli outbreak is underway, and romaine lettuce is to blame.

Thirty-two people are sick, including 13 who were hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. An additional 18 people were sickened in Canada.

Evidence points toward romaine lettuce as the likely source, but the CDC can't get more specific than that.

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Sikeston native David Robinson spent 17 years and 9 months incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Five months and one day after his release he spoke publicly for the first time, addressing family and supporters in Rose Theatre on Southeast’s campus following a preview screening of a documentary detailing his journey.

“I was supposed to die in prison,” Robinson told the audience, with tears in his eyes. “But we overcame that.”

The City of Cape Girardeau

Next month, the Cape Girardeau Police Department will unveil the beginning phases of a new crime prevention program aimed at housing. A cooperative effort between property owners, managers, residents and the police department, the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program will ultimately aim at reducing crime on rental properties, and at making them a more appealing place to live for residents.

Community service officer, Richard Couch says Phase 1 will discuss management training and the landlord-tenant law, and Phase 2 will include a property security assessment.