A Cape Girardeau man was arrested last week and charged with several felony counts of burglary and stealing after a joint investigation into a burglary spree that spanned five counties in Southeast Missouri.

Since the in-custody death of an inmate at a Cape Girardeau hospital after an attempted suicide in March, the Perry County Jail has been plagued by a rash of suicide attempts, including four in the past four months — at least some of which appear to have been staged. Perry County Sheriff's Office officials, always unsure of an inmate's intentions, must treat every incident the same, often leaving an already short-handed jail staff nearly overwhelmed.

A second set of charges were filed this week against a local man accused of engaging in the multi-year sexual abuse of a family friend’s child.

Deputies from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Perryville men, a Perryville woman, and one St. Mary woman last week on various drug charges after a search at a Perryville residence. In the same incident, a Cape Girardeau man was arrested on several drug and weapon charges.

Garrick E.R. Recker, 28, of Lenzburg, Ill., was sentenced Thursday to more than 15 years in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine ring, according to statement by Donald S. Boyce, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.  

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