Man recalls run-in with men accused of murder in Reynolds County, MO

CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

We are learning more about the two men accused of murder in Reynolds County, Missouri, especially David Young.

One Carter County man said not too long ago he found Young knocking on his door.

“No phone call, nothing like that. I didn’t know they were coming. They just showed up,” said Bruce, a Carter County resident.

He owns a home in Carter County and said David Young helped seal his driveway some years ago.

So, he was surprised when in 2016 he showed up at his door, with Timothy Callahan sitting in a truck.

“He kind of looked a little bit nervous to me, to be honest with you. I asked him for a paper or something so if I changed my mind I could call him or something,” Bruce said.

Which Bruce kept just in case.

When the news in Reynolds County about a double murder and triple shooting broke, he was shocked.

“I said you won’t believe this, but these two men that Sherae Honeycutt had posted pictures of, are the two men that came to our house,” Bruce said.

According to court documents, door knocks are something David Young has experience with.

In Gasconade County, he allegedly extorted a couple for over $18,000, and another couple in St. Francois County for more than $11,000. Totaling over $30,000.

“The fact that these same people showed up at our house I wonder if we weren’t in their sights,” Bruce said.

It’s still unclear what caused Young and Callahan to allegedly stop at the Nance’s house that day, but Reynolds County Sheriff Stout said if you ever get an unannounced door knock, you have to be careful.

“Be very careful. Make sure who he is, ask him for his driver’s license, some kind of an ID, and get a phone number saying, ‘well, if I’m interested I’ll contact you later,” Sheriff Stout said.

Which is exactly what Bruce did.

Bruce said he believes his faith kept him safe.

“I think he was just watching over us. I sure do.”

Both David Young and Timothy Callahan are facing two counts of first-degree murder in Reynolds County.

They were arrested in Ohio outside Cincinnati, and are expected to be extradited back to Missouri in the coming weeks.

Sikeston High School remembers long time educator after unprecedented donation

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

Students at Sikeston High School are getting a chance at a new scholarship all thanks to an unprecedented donation from a man who dedicated his entire life to the district.

“I was astounded, I mean, he just – he was such a great guy,” said Sikeston High School senior Brett Johnson. “And for him to give that much money, and care that much – it was just humbling to hear that he cared about us that much.”

Bob Depro became a teacher at Sikeston High School right out of college and was the voice of Sikeston Sports for about half a century until he died suddenly on December 12, 2016.

On October 18, his estate surprised the school with a $1.7 million dollar donation for scholarships.

“I had no idea. I think he had planned that for quite some time,” said his cousin Gerald Settles.

Settles says Mr. Depro never married and had no children.

Sikeston Schools was his life.

“It was an honor to him,” Settles said. “He was very dedicated to that, and tried his very best to make every game.”

Coach Greg Hollifield says he knew Mr. Depro planned to take care of the kids in some way but gave them far more than money.

“Mr. Depro calling their name out when they’d make a shot,” Hollifield said. “Especially a three-point shot. He had a very specific way of announcing it, and all of our players and fans just truly loved that.”

“It was just Bob,” Settles said. “That’s who he was.”

Now. the kids that loved him so much have the chance for Mr. Depro to impact their lives one more time through The Bob Depro Scholarship.

“I would be honored to know that even though he worked so hard he still Is working hard, and I could have his name on something that would help my future,” Johnson said.

“There’s no doubt it’s going to give kids an opportunity to do great things, and the students are excited about it, and what an opportunity and Mr. Depro’s made this possible,” Hollifield said.

The Sikeston Public Schools Foundation is currently forming a committee to organize the scholarship.

They hope to have it ready for students to apply by the end of this year.

Settles says Mr. Depro also donated large sums of money to other organizations that impacted his life. Mostly in the Sikeston area:

  • $1.7 million to The Sikeston Public Schools Foundation
  • $250,000 to Southeast Missouri State University where he was an instructor and received his undergraduate degree.
  • $250,000 to The University of Mississippi at Ole Miss where he received his master’s degree.
  • $100,000 to Historic Downtown Sikeston.
  • $100,000 to The Sikeston Public Library.
  • $100,000 to The YMCA of Southeast Missouri.
  • $100,000 to Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.

2 suspects in deadly triple shooting extradited to Reynolds Co., MO

REYNOLDS COUNTY, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

Two men facing murder charges in connection to a triple shooting were extradited to Reynolds County, Missouri on Wednesday, November 1.

They appeared in court for their arraignment and the case was set for Nov. 15.

Timothy Callahan, 44, of Potosi, Mo., and David Young, 67, of Ironton, Mo., both face charges of murder in the shooting deaths of James and Janet Nance.

They appeared before a judge in Ohio on Monday, October 30.

Court documents show Callahan is facing charges in Reynolds County of two counts of first-degree murder, and three counts of armed criminal action, and one count each of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault or attempt/serious physical injury or special victim.

Young is facing charges in Reynolds County including two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, first-degree robbery,  first-degree assault or attempt/serious physical injury or special victim.

Both men were arrested in Hamilton Township, Ohio on Saturday, Oct. 28.

During the arraignment on Monday morning, Young waived extradition to Missouri.

Callahan when before Warren County Judge Timothy at 1:15 p.m. He waived extradition to Missouri as well.

They both face charges in Ohio for being a fugitive from justice.

Sheriff Tom Stout believes Young was extradited back to Gasconade County first. Callahan was expected to come back to Reynolds County.

Officers with the Hamilton Township Police Department and the Warren County Tactical Response Unit executed a warrant in Cozzadale, Ohio after they received a tip about the wanted fugitives. A follow-up warrant was executed in Deerfield Township where the two men were detained.

According to investigators with the Hamilton Township Police Department, investigators from the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol immediately responded to Hamilton Township to interview Callahan and Young.

They were both in the Warren County Jail and appeared in court in Warren County, Ohio.

Reynolds County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Randazzo alleges in court documents that Young and Callahan went to the home of James and Janet Nance on Oct. 18 to rob James Nance. His wife and her friend arrived at the home during the robbery, according to court documents.

James and Janet Nance, both of Ellington, and a third woman were all shot in the head, according to Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Stout.

James Nance, 86, died from his injuries on Saturday, Oct. 21. His wife, Janet Nance, 72, died at a St. Louis hospital the day of the shooting.

A second female victim, age 73, was able to talk to investigators about what happened.

Sheriff Stout said he never expected what he saw at the Nance’s home that afternoon.

“I walked in and seen these two helpless people laying there with gunshots to their heads,” he recalled.

All three victims were shot execution style according to Stout. The second female victim was shot twice in the head and was the only survivor.

“She’s going to have to live with this the rest of her life, and wonder – what’s behind me,” Stout said.

Stout said the men came away from the Nance’s home with a few thousand dollars.

“It’s not worth it, you know I mean, a million dollars is not worth a life, but when you’ve got three laying there, and robbery for say – two or three thousand dollars – that don’t add up,” Stout said

Stout said he’s looking forward to getting the men back in Reynolds Count to go trial for first-degree murder.

“I hope they know what they did, and they will never forget it, because you treated my residents of Reynolds County wrong, and don’t ever forget it. I won’t,” he said.

Reynolds County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Randazzo said more charges are coming Monday, Oct. 30 and he’s going to take this case as far as he can.

“The death penalty is on the table, and that’s not something I’m willing to negotiate away,” Randazzo said.

He said the murders nearly two weeks ago in his county are unlike anything they’ve seen here before.

“I can’t help but think about my grandparents, and you see a set of grandparents that were home, that were just living in retirement that had some nice things and were taken advantage of,” Randazzo said “They were taken advantage of at first for robbery, and ultimately resulted in their death.”

The second female victim helped investigators track down Young and Callahan.

“That was the most critical piece of evidence information that we’ve had,” Randazzo said. “The living victim was able to provide information with regard to suspects with regard to how the crime happened. What happened to her and the other victims.”

He said he wants to make sure the men pay for the lives he says they’ve taken.

“I don’t believe the death penalty is right for every murder case,” Randazzo explained. “It’s supposed to be used in the most heinous, the most violent, and the most grotesque actions, and I certainly think those fit the pattern and fit the mold here for me to seek the death penalty.”

THE INCIDENT:

The shooting happened inside a home on Highway 106 about five miles from Ellington around 4 p.m. on Oct. 18.

Sheriff Stout said nothing seemed to be out of place or stolen from the home where the shooting took place. They later learned the men got away with money.

The two suspects were believed to be driving a blue vehicle.

According to investigators, two witnesses saw a vehicle matching this description leave the Nance residence. They said it turned onto Route F and traveled north.

Investigators learned that on the evening of Oct. 18 a blue 1998 Pontiac Sunfire with Missouri registration “AF2C0M” was towed on MO Route 32 near Boss, Mo. in Dent County. The vehicle was owned and operated by David Young, according to court documents.

The next day witnesses said Young was traveling with a man identified as Timothy Callahan. One witness stated that Young said Callahan shot three people in the back of the head and had to shoot one person twice because they “wouldn’t die.”

Young indicated that he was there when the shooting happened, according to court documents.

On Oct. 21, investigators found the Pontiac Sunfire at Young’s last known address in the 1300 block of Trapp Rock Road in Ironton, Mo. There, officers interviewed Young’s girlfriend Linda Brown, who also lives at the home. Brown said the last time she saw Young was on Oct. 19 and that he was scheduled to appear in Gasconade County Court on Oct. 20.

Court records show that Young was facing a felony charge of financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person. According to the probable cause statement, Young tried to get a couple in St. Francois County, Missouri to pay him $4,800 to repair a barn that the insurance company said should cost about $1,300. Young did not appear in court and has an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest with nationwide extradition stemming from these charges.

On Oct. 26, investigators learned that Young and Callahan were staying at the Red Cedar Lodge, Bonne Terre, Mo. Officers spoke with hotel staff and reviewed surveillance video which confirmed both suspects had stayed at the hotel and checked out in the early morning hours of Oct. 26.

Information from the hotel showed that Callahan rented one room under his name and provided his Missouri Driver’s License identifying himself to staff. Surveillance video from the hotel showed that Young and Callahan were traveling in a U-Haul rental truck with Arizona registration “AG69982.” This vehicle was rented by Callahan in Poplar Bluff, Mo. and was due to be returned in St. Louis on Oct. 25.

The U-Haul was returned to a U-Haul location near Cincinnati, Ohio on Oct. 27, according to police. Young has a daughter in the Cincinnati area who confirmed that Young and Callahan were staying at a motel in Deerfield Township, Ohio.

On the morning of Oct. 28, at the request of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Warren County Ohio Tactical Team executed a search warrant at the Best Western Mason Inn and located both Callahan and Young. Officers arrested Young on his outstanding arrest warrant and held Timothy Callahan as a person of interest in the Nance murders and the assault.

Investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Office traveled to the Hamilton Township, Ohio Police Department on Oct. 27 to interview Callahan and Young.

In an interview, Callahan reportedly admitted that he and Young traveled to the Nance residence on Highway 106 on Oct. 18 for the purpose of committing a robbery at the Nance residence.

Court records show that Callahan told investigators that he and Young drove Young’s 1998 Pontiac Sunfire to the home. He said both he and Young were armed with a .22 caliber revolver and a 9mm handgun. Callahan stated that they stole cash from James Nance.

Callahan stated that he shot James Nance, Janet Nance, and the third victim in the back of the head with the .22 caliber revolver. He and Young then fled the scene.

Cape Girardeau businesses new, tried-and-true prepare for SEMO homecoming

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

Homecoming is a huge tradition here for Cape Girardeau.

On October 14, Broadway Street will be full of people, and businesses are getting ready.

Some have been around for a while, and others are having their first homecoming.

Last Call bar on Broadway and Sprigg is ready to go.

General Manager Cory Huskey says last year they had around 2,200 customers on Homecoming, and this year they expect even more.

“I mean, we definitely look forward to it. It’s a day where we definitely pack in ten times the amount of people that we do on a normal night. It’s definitely a big event. It takes a lot of planning, a lot of execution with vendors in between our liquor sales and beer sales. It’s definitely a big day for us,” Huskey said.

Baristas, is the new coffee shop in The Marquette Tower.

Managing Partner Keller ford says they are excited to be a part of the tradition.

“It’s a big deal, I mean, everybody – even people that went to SEMO, graduated and came back, or just people that lived in Cape and moved away – they all come back. The parade’s a big deal. The game’s a big deal. It will be hopping in downtown Cape and we’re just happy that we’re here and open and we can kinda be a part of that,” Ford said.

Both Baristas and Last Call will be starting early tomorrow.

Baristas is going to have some fun coffee tastings, pumpkin spice lattes, and bloody marys will be flowing.

Last Call will start pouring drinks at 8 a.m., and there is a $3.00 cover charge for live music, and they will be open until 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

Southeast Missouri State University changes math classes to factor into students major

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

Math may be a little easier at Southeast Missouri State, but don’t put away your calculators just yet – the curriculum will be tailored to your type of degree.

An equation University officials say has better outcomes.

For every student college algebra is almost a right of passage.

A requirement that brings something special to their education.

“It was one of those classes I took because I had to have it,” said Southeast Missouri State University junior, Kaitlyn Orr.

Okay, so maybe not.

“Not because I felt like it was going to benefit me in the long run personally, and it was kinda hard, and kinda stressful,” Orr said.

Next fall at Southeast Missouri State University math will be factored into your type of degree.

“So, for the arts people, they’re not going to be dividing polynomials, they’re not going to be looking at rational functions, and finding out what x is equal to or what y is equal to,” said Math Department Chairperson Tamela Randolph.

Instead Randoph says they’ll be looking at more statistics, and even some geometry.

For math related majors – they’ll be moving into a precalculus class, and carrying over the algebra.

They even have a course that sums up the content future teachers, just like Orr.

“It’s really going to benefit them in the long run as opposed to me doing random algorithms and stuff like that for a different classroom,” Orr said.

Randolph says it’s beyond getting kids in the classroom – it’s about getting them to cross that stage at graduation.

“So, hopefully they’ll retain, they’ll stay, they’ll get through that mathematics class in one semester, and go on to graduate from here,” Randolph said.

“It makes me feel like I’m going to go in 100-percent, all hands on deck, ready to go in the classroom when it comes to my student teaching. My first day of class – no matter what it is,” Orr said.

These changes are part of following recommendations by The Missouri Math Pathways Task Force.

Formed in 2014 from a Missouri House Bill – it aims to make math more effective for students in the state.

Local reaction to U.S. Government’s decision to issue travel warning for Cuba

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

It looks like this thing with Cuban travel has gotten really serious.

U.S. officials say you should not go there.

It’s a warning, not a ban, but the U.S. has stopped issuing visas for now, and it’s pulling more than half its embassy personnel out of Cuba.

This is all because several U-S diplomats have recently been attacked in Cuban hotels.

President Trump says things in Cuba are not good.

“They did some bad things….some very bad things….they did some bad things in Cuba,” President Trump said.

We wanted to ask a local travel expert about what’s going on.

Carolyn Sandgren with Elite Travel in Cape Girardeau says she’s still planning to visit Cuba in January despite the travel warning.

Sandgren says the warning isn’t a ban, and that travelers are still free to visit the island as long as they have a visa.

She says it’s always good to take precautions.

What the warning means is if something serious happens the island would have limited staff.

Sandgren says since there isn’t a travel ban to the country – if you changed your mind – it may be difficult to get your money back.

“At this point I do not foresee a lot of refundability being put in place. The feedback we’re getting from the cruise lines, the hotels, and the companies that feel that it is okay to progress, are not offering us waivers, but that could change as this all plays out,” Sandgren said.

Sandgren says if you have travel insurance the refund process process would be much easier.

Sandgren tells me the most important thing is to use your ‘true north,’ and if you have reservations about your trip – you should think it through.

Southeast Missouri State University President has visited Cuba twice.

President Vargas did not give his opinion on the U.S. government’s decision to stop issuing visas in Cuba indefinitely, but he says traveling to Cuba offers a unique educational opportunity.

In the past, Vargas has said the island could offer students the chance to learn about world economics.

But today, he told me he understands the safety concerns, but points out – travel of any kind can be risky.

“If you are concerned about safety – there are many places where you need to be worried about safety. You’ve heard probably – Every country or so has places that are unsafe. So, we need to be careful. We need to make decisions that are consistent with what we’re trying to do,” Dr. Vargas said.

Again,  Dr. Vargas has been to Cuba twice.

Once was in May of 2016 with former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Sikeston native goes viral as ‘Nacho Man’ during Cardinals vs. Cubs game

St Louis, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

First there was rally squirrel, then rally cat, and now – Nacho Man.

At the September 25 Cardinal’s game a star was born after his nachos ended up on the field.

Andrew Gudermuth is a Sikeston native, and that night was even more special than it seemed on T.V.

“It was definitely a night to remember,” Gudermuth said.

Gudermuth’s grandpa bought Cardinals tickets for him, his girlfriend, mom, and cousin to celebrate with front row seats his mom beating cancer.

“My mom had chemo for a year, and so we couldn’t actually go,” Gudermuth said.

Gudermuth’s favorite thing to get at Busch – the nachos.

“I was craving those nachos for about a week until the game, and I got my nachos, and I was about to sit down, and then all of the sudden here comes Russell out of left field, spears my girlfriend into the chair, and then kicks my nachos out of my hand,” Gudermuth said.

Then reality set in.

“I was very sad that my nachos had hit the ground, and then I realized my girlfriend was probably in pain,” Gudermuth said.

Addison Russel of The Cubs was nice enough to take a selfie with the Sikeston native and his crew.

Then both the Cubs and Cards brought back a gift.

“The Cardinals outdid themselves, and gave me loaded nachos again, and he came over with plain chips and a cup of cheese,” Gudermuth said.

Gudermuth said he gained some respect for the Cubs, but of course – the Cards outdid them – even if they didn’t win the game.

“Even though it was a loss, it was probably one of the greatest moments ever,” Gudermuth said.

Now “Nacho Man” is internet famous, but he said the best part is it was a memorable night for him and his mom.

“She was beyond excited. She was photobombing, enjoying it, and laughing at it, it was – it was awesome. It is so surreal. I can’t even grasp how that happened in one night,” Gudermuth said.

Nacho Man said after that he caught three foul balls during the game. What luck.

He’s hoping to make it on the blooper reel at Busch during rain delays – until the end of time.

Expansion of Scott City railroad tie plant concerns city leaders, residents

SCOTT CITY, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

An existing Scott City company, North American Tie & Timber wants to expand, and build a facility to treat railroad ties.

However, to do that they would be using some toxic chemicals, and they’d be using them right near the center of town.

A meeting was held in Scott City on Monday night, September 25 where residents voiced concerns about the expansion.

The proposed site for the building is between Main street and the railroad tracks.

Those chemicals, collectively, are called creosote.

The vapors can reportedly irritate the skin, damage the eyes, and, if ingested, can cause kidney or liver problems, unconsciousness, or even death.

The proposal even has Mayor Pro-Tem Norman Brant saying he doesn’t want it in city limits – period.

Many residents echoed his sentiment.

“It’s like having a dump right across the street,” said Corwin Easley who works in Scott City.

The proposed plant would be across the street from homes, businesses, and downtown Scott City.

North American Tie & Timber is looking to expand its business by treating railroad ties with creosote.

“We’re hoping with the pollution that they’re going to put in our air, and the potential fire hazard that we can – they’ll just stop. They won’t come to town,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Norman Brant.

Brant said the company’s business manager Alvin Bates surprised him with the proposal.

“They asked for a building permit for storage building, but they sent us plans for a creosote plant. It was totally different,” Brant said.

City council minutes from September 11 show Bates attended the meeting and said they plan to move forward.

Three Sons Automotive is just across the street from the proposed lot.

The owner said- he’s not worried about the development and believes regulations will keep toxins out.

Easley works across the street as well, but sees things differently.

“I can imagine a lot of ramifications to property values in the area. People in this area considering moving if they were already along those lines. That being the end of it,” Easley said.

Mayor Brant said- he hopes they can figure out a solution.

“This is a railroad town. I realize you’ve got to have tracks, and to hold the tracks you’ve got to have ties, but there’s got to be places outside of city limits for this stuff. Not right in the middle of a town,” Brant said.

Mayor Pro-Tem Brant said this is still in the very early stages, and there are a lot of steps the company will need to go through.

According to City Council Meeting minutes from September 11 – Bates said the plant would bring about 30 jobs to Scott City.

We reached out to Mr. Bates for comment, but were unable to leave a message.

Survivor contestant from Heartland prepares for premiere

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

On September 27, a new season of Survivor premieres on CBS, but for people in Cape Girardeau, one contestant might look a little familiar.

Jessica Johnston grew up in Cape Girardeau, where her parents still live.

She talked to KFVS reporter Sherae Honeycutt about her journey from the Heartland to Survivor.

Johnston said she will never forget the day when “Survivor Producer” popped up on her cell phone.

“He was like, you made it, and I just went crazy. It’s just awesome, you know – It’s a once in a lifetime experience,” Johnston said.

Johnston signed up for The Amazing Race a while back, but instead was asked to join season 35 of Survivor.

“Thousands of people want this, and life led me to it, and I’m just honored,” Johnston said.

The nurse grew up in Cape Girardeau, but lives in Louisville now.

This season’s theme is Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. The show was filmed in Fiji last spring for a little over a month.

Johnston is part of the “Healer” tribe.

“I think being a nurse practitioner fits perfectly for the healer tribe, because we do a lot of healing. We love on patients. We provide comfort,” Johnston said.

Johnston graduated Cape Central High School in 2005.

Her senior party theme, believe it or not, Survivor.

“We had this huge billboard with the Survivor logo on it, and my classmates signed it,” Johnston said.

They brought it back out for her 10-year class reunion.

“It was just really special. Looking back it’s hysterical. I never thought 10 years later I would be playing the game survivor for real,” Johnston said.

Jessica’s mom, Vickie will be cheering her on at home.

“I know there were some hard times there. They don’t get a lot to eat. They use a lot of energy. So, she made some good friends I think when she was there. Overall it was the best experience that she’d had in her life,” said Vickie Johnston.

Jessica agrees, but is still nervous about next week’s premiere.

“You don’t have a clue what you said. What you did. You kinda lose focus of all of that in the game playing, so there’s an aspect of vulnerability I’m nervous about, but I think people that know me know my heart, and will support decisions I made on the show,” Johnston said.

She is headed to Los Angeles for premiere night, but plans to Facetime with her parents during the show.

Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers premieres on September 27 at 7 p.m. on KFVS.

Residents of Cape Girardeau mobile home park evicted to make way for rezoning project

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – Original Post

Moving day is most days at Cape Girardeau’s Star Vue Mobile Home Park.

That’s because the owner of the land wants to bring something different to the city.

The owner of the Star Vue Mobile home park says rezoning the land for a new development would be an improvement to Cape Girardeau.

Residents got a letter back in July telling them it’s time to go to make way for a new development.

Resident Guy Cook says he doesn’t want to go nor can he afford to leave.

“I thought I’d found a place where I could be for the rest of my days. Didn’t work out that way,” Cook said.

That’s because property owner, Bradley Schlosser, wants to rezone this land from mobile to residential. Saying he wants “a nice development that would be an improvement of the existing development.”

Cook and other tenants got a letter from Bertrand Law Firm saying if they are gone by October 1st – they would give them $500.

“Had no idea. Totally blindsided,” Cook said.

Cook says moving his trailer would cost around $3,000.

“I don’t think that’s fair. I don’t think that’s a very good way to do business. I don’t think it’s ethical for one thing,” Cook said.

Trae Bertrand owns Bertrand Law Firm and is the Chairman of Cape Girardeau’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

They will decide if Schlosser can have his property rezoned.

According to meeting minutes from August, Bertrand recused himself, meaning he didn’t talk about it and didn’t vote.

In the meantime, Guy Cook just wants the ability to get out of their way.

“It’s going to be a heavy loss. I’ll have to try to borrow the money somewhere and I don’t know if I’ve got good enough credit to do that or not,” Cook said.

Cook says even though the process is legal – it doesn’t feel right.

“I’m not real happy about it, but they’ve conformed to the letter of the law, so there’s nothing I can do but go,” Cook said.

Cape Girardeau’s City Attorney Eric Cunningham says it is legal for Bertrand to manage the eviction process for Star Vue Residents, but not anything involving the planning and zoning of that property.

The mobile home park is located at 1927 N Kingshighway St.

Bertrand tells KFVS he will continue to remove himself from discussions or voting on the topic.

The topic of rezoning the property was tabled at the last planning and zoning commission meeting, meaning no vote was taken.

Their next meeting is set for Wednesday, October 11.