KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Coverage From Callaway Coverage From Callaway en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:03:03 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Two in custody after high speed chase http://www.komu.com/news/two-in-custody-after-high-speed-chase/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-in-custody-after-high-speed-chase/ Coverage From Callaway Sun, 19 Feb 2017 6:36:27 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two in custody after high speed chase

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Two people were arrested after taking law enforcement on a high speed chase throughout mid-Missouri Sunday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

Sargeant Scott White said the drivers had been spotted by other agencies around 3:40 p.m. near the Lake of the Ozarks.

Highway Patrol spotted the car on Route BB north of Route 44 around 4:15 and started following it.

The car then took Highway 54 eastbound, where the Fulton Police Department had deployed spike strips in order to slow it down.

The car kept going before stopping at a Fastlane Convenience Store.

The people in the car were taken into custody there.


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Two suspects arrested in kidnapping and assault case http://www.komu.com/news/two-suspects-arrested-in-kidnapping-and-assault-case/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-suspects-arrested-in-kidnapping-and-assault-case/ Coverage From Callaway Thu, 16 Feb 2017 9:47:21 AM Emily McCarter, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two suspects arrested in kidnapping and assault case

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested two women in connection with a kidnapping, assault and stealing case on February 15.

Brianna Cavins of Columbia and Mikayla Collins of Jefferson City are being held in the Callaway County Jail after a 22-year-old female victim from the Jefferson City area reported they held her against her will.

Deputies responded to County Road 4038 just outside of Jefferson City at 3:45 p.m. on February 15 where they found the assault victim.

She reported Cavins and Collins assaulted her extensively and left her along the county roadway. The victim also said they stole items from her possession upon leaving.

The victim sustained moderate injuries and Callaway County EMS transported her to a Jefferson City hospital where she was treated and later released. 

Both suspects were located in Fulton later in the afternoon and arrested.

The investigation is ongoing and further arrests and charges could be upcoming.

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Grundy County CAFO appeal sheds new light on Callaway County CAFO suit http://www.komu.com/news/grundy-county-cafo-appeal-sheds-new-light-on-callaway-county-cafo-suit/ http://www.komu.com/news/grundy-county-cafo-appeal-sheds-new-light-on-callaway-county-cafo-suit/ Coverage From Callaway Tue, 1 Nov 2016 6:52:05 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Reporter Grundy County CAFO appeal sheds new light on Callaway County CAFO suit

COLUMBIA — A decision from a Grundy County appeal heard Tuesday could bring more clarity to a Callaway County case involving concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals heard the Grundy County case arguments, as well as three other cases, at the MU School of Law Tuesday afternoon.

The case involved an appeal from Trenton Farms, which was looking to acquire land in Grundy County for a CAFO for swine. Hickory Neighbors United filed a complaint, saying the Department of Natural Resources failed to consider the CAFO was located in a 100-year floodplain, and also failed to require proof the CAFO could stay financially stable.

Despite some differences in specific details, the appeal bears multiple similarities to a case in Callaway County involving an appeal from the group known as Friends of Responsible Agriculture, or FORAG, to the development of a CAFO in the county.

The common element of both cases lies in determining the continuing authority involved. The Department of Natural Resources defines the continuing authority as "the permanent organization responsible for operation, maintenance and modernization of the facility described in the permit."

"[Continuing authority] is a buzzword for these limited liability companies that form pretty easily and do not have to have any money," said Philip Glenn, president of Glenn Acres Farm Inc. "In fact, it's very hard to find out who the corporate leadership is and when the time comes, if things haven't gone too well, they fold those companies and they shift operations to another LLC."

Glenn is a neighbor of the proposed CAFO in Callaway County and a member of the FORAG board of directors.

According to the Department of Natural Resources' Clean Water Commission, any group that applies for a permit must prove it is a continuing authority by the department's definition.

If the Grundy County CAFO is found not to be a continuing authority, that could hold true for the Callaway County CAFO as well.

Robert Brundage, the attorney for Trenton Farms, said one of the core issues in the dispute was over whether the regulation requires the facility to show it has the financial resources to operate, maintain and modernize the facility.

"The Missouri Clean Water Commission failed to follow and apply the plain meaning of their continuing authority regulation," Brundage said in his appeal argument.

Glenn said, in the end, he wants to see more research on how to handle waste from the CAFOs, which he said is essentially untreated, raw sewage being spread on the land.

"A lot of people look at us as being just disgruntled neighbors but it's more an issue of clean water," Glenn said. "When you're talking about the concentrations of these operations and three million gallons of hog waste a year being spread with no nutrient management plan on how to handle that, we're concerned for the county and the state of Missouri."

The Callaway County suit has been ongoing since 2014.

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Two arrested after police chase near Fulton http://www.komu.com/news/two-arrested-after-police-chase-near-fulton/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-arrested-after-police-chase-near-fulton/ Coverage From Callaway Tue, 4 Oct 2016 12:22:07 PM Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two arrested after police chase near Fulton

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning after a disturbance call led to a police chase outside of Fulton.

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the area of Larry Court off State Road NN for a reported disturbance. At the scene, deputies said Jordan Raps, age 30 of Fulton, entered a house unlawfully while James Wills, age 28 of Fulton, repeatedly struck a car with his car. Before deputies arrived to the scene, the two men drove away.

Later in the morning, a deputy saw the suspects' car on County Road 202. Wills drove away when the deputy tried to stop his car. He eventually stopped and put his car in reverse, hitting the deputy behind him. 

The deputy held Wills and Raps, his passenger, at gunpoint while awaiting backup. Wills ran, but deputies caught and arrested him.

Wills was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer and driving while intoxicated.

Raps was booked on suspicion of trespassing, but was later released. 

Both Raps and Wills were under the supervision of the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole for previous charges. 

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Two arrested after deputies find stolen property in Callaway County http://www.komu.com/news/two-arrested-after-deputies-find-stolen-property-in-callaway-county/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-arrested-after-deputies-find-stolen-property-in-callaway-county/ Coverage From Callaway Mon, 18 Jul 2016 7:41:09 PM Carter Woodiel, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two arrested after deputies find stolen property in Callaway County

HOLTS SUMMIT - Callaway County sheriff's deputies arrested two men on theft charges after the deputies say they found a wealth of stolen property near Holts Summit Sunday.

25-year-old Cole Robinett and 24-year-old Joshua Temmen, both from Holts Summit, were arrested in connection with the deputies' findings.

The property was connected to several recent burglaries in Callaway County, according to officials.

Officials say the deputies discovered power tools, construction equipment and video game consoles at the 12000 block of County Roads 4012 and 4031.

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office conducted the search with the help of the MUSTANG drug task force.

Officers arrested Robinett for second-degree burglary and two other stealing-related charges. Temmen was also arrested for stealing and for driving with a revoked license. 

Both Robinett and Temmen posted bond. Officials say more arrests could be on the way in connection with the ongoing investigation.

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Man believed safe after driving truck into creek http://www.komu.com/news/man-believed-safe-after-driving-truck-into-creek/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-believed-safe-after-driving-truck-into-creek/ Coverage From Callaway Sun, 3 Jul 2016 5:20:57 PM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter and Shannon Sankey, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man believed safe after driving truck into creek

CALLAWAY COUNTY — A man missing after driving his truck into Auxvasse Creek near County Road 139, about 10 miles from Fulton Sunday night, was believed to be safe with family Monday.

In a news release, the Callaway County Sheriff's Department said it pulled over the man at the intersection of County Road 123 and County Road 108.

Officials also said deputies attempted to arrest the man, but he fought the deputy and ran away. He then allegedly drove his truck into the creek to avoid the police. He got out of his truck but was swept downstream.

The Callaway County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol were searching for the man. MSHP troopers were stationed along the Missouri River to look out for the man.

Five units, including two boats were at the scene.

Relatives arrived later and accused police of pulling the man over and macing him.

Police were unable to confirm the identity of the man as of Sunday afternoon or whether he was dead or alive. However, police were able to find his truck about 150 feet downstream.

The Sheriff's Department has reason to believe the man has made it to shore and is fine. Additional felony charges are pending.

The Department is withholding the suspect's identification at this time.

[Editor's Note: this story has been updated with the latest information available.]

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Vultures causing power outages in Fulton http://www.komu.com/news/vultures-causing-power-outages-in-fulton/ http://www.komu.com/news/vultures-causing-power-outages-in-fulton/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 17 Jun 2016 3:42:11 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Reporter Vultures causing power outages in Fulton

FULTON – The city of Fulton has experienced a series of power surges recently caused by vultures flying into power lines.

The affected lines run from Fulton to Columbia. When the vultures, which linger around the Columbia landfill, fly into them, some places in Fulton experience power issues.

The landfill is working with the city of Fulton to combat the issue.

A worker at the landfill said some trees, where the vultures were gathering, were removed in an effort to discourage the birds from staying near the landfill.


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Three arrested in drug bust at Fulton prison http://www.komu.com/news/three-arrested-in-drug-bust-at-fulton-prison/ http://www.komu.com/news/three-arrested-in-drug-bust-at-fulton-prison/ Coverage From Callaway Sun, 22 May 2016 4:28:21 PM Carter Woodiel, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Three arrested in drug bust at Fulton prison

FULTON - Two women and one man were arrested Sunday morning in Fulton on drug charges. Police believe they tried to smuggle drugs to a prison inmate.

Callaway County sheriff's deputies arrested Dorothy Oliver, Terry Lambert and Laniesha Dill at 10:53 a.m. at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center, a prison in Fulton.

Police say they arrested the trio after they arrived at the prison to visit an inmate and discovered two types of drugs in their vehicle. 

Officers suspicion of drug activity stemmed from an investigation from the Sheriff's office and the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Oliver, Lambert and Dill were sent to the Callaway County Jail, and were each held on $4,500 bond, according to police.

Police say their investigation is ongoing, and more arrests could take place in the future.


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High-speed chase west of Columbia leads to two arrests http://www.komu.com/news/high-speed-chase-west-of-columbia-leads-to-two-arrests/ http://www.komu.com/news/high-speed-chase-west-of-columbia-leads-to-two-arrests/ Coverage From Callaway Sun, 22 May 2016 5:13:07 PM Carter Woodiel, KOMU 8 Digital Producer High-speed chase west of Columbia leads to two arrests

COLUMBIA - A high-speed police chase that started west of Columbia early Sunday morning led to two arrests, including one on suspicion for stealing a car, according to the Boone County Sherriff's Department. 

Boone County Sheriff's deputies first saw Melinda Vandeventer, 20, on Highway WW, when acting on a tip about a stolen car. Once spotted, police say Vandeventer sped off.

Vandeventer, a Columbia resident, was driving about 100 miles per hour at one point during the chase before she drove off the road shortly after entering Callaway County, according to police.

Chasten Jordan, 33, was also in the car. Police say Both Vandeventer and Jordan were uninjured in the accident.

Vandeventer was arrested on suspicion of five different charges, including tampering with a motor vehicle, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $10,145. 

Jordan, a Mexico resident, was also arrested on suspicion of tampering and drug paraphernalia charges, as well as for failing to appear in court for earlier charges. Her bond was set at $16,000.


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Two in custody believed to be connected to Callaway Co. double homicide http://www.komu.com/news/two-in-custody-believed-to-be-connected-to-callaway-co-double-homicide/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-in-custody-believed-to-be-connected-to-callaway-co-double-homicide/ Coverage From Callaway Tue, 26 Apr 2016 8:41:18 PM Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two in custody believed to be connected to Callaway Co. double homicide

COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department confirmed deputies took two people into custody Tuesday night.

Lt. Lance Robbins said they were believed to be involved in a double-homicide investigation in Callaway County.

There was a heavy police presence on County Road 324 near Carrington Pits Picnic area, west of Fulton. A helicopter flew over the area.

Robbins said Boone County deputies were working with the Callaway County Sheriff's Office.

Boone County deputies were waiting on search warrants for a room at the Welcome Inn on North Providence Road connected to the two suspects, Robbins said.

He said deputies also located a suspect's vehicle.

(Caileigh Peterson contributed to this report.)



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Voter ID, ethics measures up next in Missouri legislature http://www.komu.com/news/voter-id-ethics-measures-up-next-in-missouri-legislature/ http://www.komu.com/news/voter-id-ethics-measures-up-next-in-missouri-legislature/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 26 Mar 2016 9:45:43 AM The Associated Press Voter ID, ethics measures up next in Missouri legislature

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A number of Republicans' priorities have yet to be voted on at the midway point of what's already been a sometimes tumultuous legislative session in Missouri.

With the session ending May 13, the Republican-led Legislature has a little less than two months to try to pass a budget and legislation that would require voters to show ID at the polls and put forth to voters a constitutional amendment that would create protections for some businesses that object on religious grounds to providing goods or services for same-sex marriages.

The religious objections measure already disrupted work in the Senate for two weeks after Democrats staged a failed 37-hour filibuster and used stall tactics.

Another Democratic filibuster in the Senate appears likely after lawmakers return Monday on the voter ID proposal.


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Two structure fires early Saturday morning in Jefferson City http://www.komu.com/news/two-structure-fires-early-saturday-morning-in-jefferson-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-structure-fires-early-saturday-morning-in-jefferson-city/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 26 Mar 2016 5:31:31 AM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two structure fires early Saturday morning in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY — Two structure fires occurred early Saturday morning in Jefferson City.

At 12:44 a.m., the Jefferson City Fire Department (JCFD) was dispatched to 602 E. McCarty Street where a fire was reported at a four-unit apartment building.

Firefighters confirmed everyone was out of the building. One person was treated for injuries sustained during the evacuation.

The first units to arrive found smoke coming from an upstairs apartment and were able to limit damage by extinguishing a fire which originated on a stove. Other apartments had minor smoke damage.

10 residents are currently unable to return to their apartments. The Red Cross is providing assistance to displaced residents. 

Damage is estimated at $25,000.

At 2:18 a.m., Jefferson City firefighters were dispatched to 2307 Schott Road to help the Cole County Fire Department with a different structure fire.

The first arriving units found a mobile home 80% consumed by flames. Everyone was out of the building.

Cole County firefighters extinguished the fire with assistance from the JCFD.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.  The mobile home was a total loss. 

The Jefferson City Fire Department said it would like to remind everyone the importance of working and properly maintained smoke detectors.

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Sheriff's office: Ax-wielding suspect shot after confronting deputy http://www.komu.com/news/sheriff-s-office-ax-wielding-suspect-shot-after-confronting-deputy/ http://www.komu.com/news/sheriff-s-office-ax-wielding-suspect-shot-after-confronting-deputy/ Coverage From Callaway Thu, 24 Mar 2016 9:50:52 PM Rose Schmidt and Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producers Sheriff's office: Ax-wielding suspect shot after confronting deputy

CALLAWAY COUNTY — The Callaway County Sheriff's Office confirmed a suspect was shot after confronting a deputy with an ax Thursday evening.

Sgt. Scott White with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Troop F Division of Drug and Crime Control was investigating the incident, which happened on County Road 411.

The sheriff's office said authorities were called to a home near Old Highway 54, southwest of Fulton, for a domestic dispute. 

When the deputies arrived, they encountered a 21-year-old male wielding an ax. Officers report the man refused to step down, at which point he began to approach and was shot once.

White said the suspect received first aid before being flown to University Hospital with serious injuries. He is in stable condition.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include further information about the circumstances of the shooting and an update on the suspect's condition.

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Woman accused of hitting deputy with car http://www.komu.com/news/woman-accused-of-hitting-deputy-with-car/ http://www.komu.com/news/woman-accused-of-hitting-deputy-with-car/ Coverage From Callaway Tue, 22 Mar 2016 9:33:02 PM Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Woman accused of hitting deputy with car

CALLAWAY COUNTY - A car chase through multiple cities ended with a deputy injured and the Callaway County Sheriff's Office arresting a woman. The suspect was wanted on felony charges in Morgan County.

Deputies arrested Ashley Stone, 32, of Barnett, on County Road 348 near New Bloomfield on charges of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and a felony warrant for narcotics. 

Deputies said they were surveying Tow Pro, a towing facility right outside of Jefferson City, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. They received information that Stone would come to the business to claim a vehicle.

When Stone arrived at Tow Pro, deputies said they ordered her to get out of her vehicle, but she accelerated and hit a deputy with her vehicle. This led the deputy to fire his gun at her vehicle, but she was not hit, according to the sheriff's office.

Authorities said Stone then led deputies on a car chase through Holts Summit and New Bloomfield, before her vehicle broke down, and she was taken into custody.

The sheriff's office said Callaway County Emergency Medical Services treated Stone at the scene for minor injuries before she was taken to the Callaway County Jail.

A local hospital is evaluating the deputy.

The Holts Summit Police Department, Cole County Sheriff’s Office, and Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted with the chase.

Deputies said Tuesday night that the jail is holding Stone without bond.


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Holts Summit police searching for pharmacy burglar http://www.komu.com/news/holts-summit-police-searching-for-pharmacy-burglar/ http://www.komu.com/news/holts-summit-police-searching-for-pharmacy-burglar/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 11 Mar 2016 8:37:13 AM Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Holts Summit police searching for pharmacy burglar

HOLTS SUMMIT – Investigators are looking for a suspect who broke into St. Mary's Pharmacy early Friday morning.

According to the Holts Summit Police Department, officers were dispatched to an alarm at the pharmacy at 140 Northstar Drive around 3 a.m.

Video surveillance from the business shows the suspect carrying a “Spiderman” backpack. The suspect was also wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt, khaki pants and red gloves.

According to the department, St. Mary's Pharmacy was broken into almost a year ago and police were able to catch the suspect within a day.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Holts Summit Police Department at 573-896-4678. For individuals who want to remain anonymous call the Callaway County Crime Stoppers at 573-592-2464.

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Proposed bill could establish task force on school security http://www.komu.com/news/proposed-bill-could-establish-task-force-on-school-security/ http://www.komu.com/news/proposed-bill-could-establish-task-force-on-school-security/ Coverage From Callaway Mon, 7 Mar 2016 8:29:40 PM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter Proposed bill could establish task force on school security

JEFFERSON CITY - A bill proposed Monday night would establish a task force on school safety improvement if passed.

Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack, proposed House Bill 2118 to the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

The proposed task force would be required to study school security features and practices.

The task force would be established with the intention to decrease the chances a crisis could happen and protect life and property.

"A lot of our parents are concerned for their smaller children," lobbyist Luana Gifford said. "Every time you turn on the TV there's been a mass shooting or an incident at school through bullying and everything."

Gifford said she believes the task force will be able to address these issues and give recommendations for school districts to follow.

"We have to provide a safe place for learning to take place," Gifford said. "For learning to take place, the children need to feel safe and not threatened and upset during the day."

No one at the hearing opposed the bill.


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Local radio league honors anniversary of "Iron Curtain" speech http://www.komu.com/news/local-radio-league-honors-anniversary-of-iron-curtain-speech/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-radio-league-honors-anniversary-of-iron-curtain-speech/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 4 Mar 2016 6:24:15 PM Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter Local radio league honors anniversary of

FULTON - A Callaway County radio league honored the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill's famous speech at Westminster College on Friday. 

The Callaway Amateur Radio League established a radio station to transmit worldwide Friday evening. The group's radio operations allowed people to make contact with the station and discuss Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain" speech, which informed the world of the spread of communism in Europe after World War II and took place at Westminster College.

"We do this to honor Winston Churchill," league member Dave Phelps said. "He's a world figure who forecast the spread of communism, and he was absolutely true."

Phelps and other league members said they transmit on the anniversary every five years to honor the speech. They said the event meant a lot to the Fulton community, and the radio transmission is a way to remember that.

"There are still a lot of people around here that were around in 1946," Phelps said. "Remembering the speech has a bit of nostalgia to it for them."

Phelps said people were excited for the speech because it also meant President Harry S. Truman, a Missouri native, would be visiting Fulton.

"At that time Fulton wasn't really known for anything," Phelps said. "It was a big deal for people to be able to see both the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of England in their hometown."

Phelps and other members said the transmission's impact isn't limited to Fulton.

"It's something special connected with our town, and it's something we can provide other people around the country and around the world to remember Churchill's speech and the history here at Fulton," league member David Mueller said.

He said the amount of people contacting the station during the anniversary broadcast has more than doubled in the past ten years, to more than 500. Phelps said the last time the league transmitted for the anniversary, 17 European stations reached out.

"People make contact for many reasons," Mueller said. "Some just want to stop in to tell us where they're listening from, others ask us questions about the speech and the event and others share their opinions and add to the discussion that way."

Phelps said people in England especially like to listen because they like to hear how others remember Churchill.

The transmission will continue into Saturday, which marks 70 years since the March 5, 1946 speech.

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Missouri bill would allow legislators to become lawyers http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-bill-would-allow-legislators-to-become-lawyers/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-bill-would-allow-legislators-to-become-lawyers/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 27 Feb 2016 4:29:03 AM The Associated Press Missouri bill would allow legislators to become lawyers

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri proposal would allow lawmakers to become lawyers or judges after serving for two years, but the sponsor says he won't try to pass the bill.

Rep. Robert Ross says he sponsored the bill as a tongue-in-cheek move to show why continuing professional training is needed.

Ross says he proposed the legislation after an attorney told lawmakers that receiving a license to practice allows lawyers to provide a range of services. Ross says further education is sometimes needed.

The Yukon Republican said he doesn't want to become an attorney or judge.

Legislation passed in 2007 barred public universities from denying jobs to lawmakers because they don't have graduate degrees.

Critics at the time said it gave an advantage to lawmakers looking to work as professors after leaving office.

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Numerous cars catch fire at overflow lot off Old Hwy. 40 http://www.komu.com/news/numerous-cars-catch-fire-at-overflow-lot-off-old-hwy-40/ http://www.komu.com/news/numerous-cars-catch-fire-at-overflow-lot-off-old-hwy-40/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 26 Feb 2016 4:28:05 PM Paxton DiBlasi, KOMU 8 Reporter and Fan Feng, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Numerous cars catch fire at overflow lot off Old Hwy. 40

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Fifty to 70 cars were damaged or destroyed from a massive fire Friday afternoon at Marcy Motors overflow lot off of Old Hwy 40. (See video below,)

Dense smoke poured from the burning vehicles, and at times it was so thick it blocked out the sun from certain angles.

KOMU 8's reporter on the scene heard loud pops, and according to the fire chief, they were the sounds of tires and airbags popping. 

Gene Nichols said he started the fire in a pit behind his home to burn garbage.

"It was boxes, clothes, some paper, but it wasn't that much. Like I said, turn your back on this stuff and it'll get ya," Nichols said.

He said that he ran to the front of his house to fill a bucket with water from a spigot, and when he returned, the fire was out of control.

No one was injured.


Editor's note: The story has been updated for clarity and with new information. 

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Missouri Republican gubernatorial hopefuls square off http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-republican-gubernatorial-hopefuls-square-off/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-republican-gubernatorial-hopefuls-square-off/ Coverage From Callaway Mon, 22 Feb 2016 9:28:33 PM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri Republican gubernatorial hopefuls square off

JEFFERSON CITY— Three of the four Republican gubernatorial hopefuls faced each other for the first time Monday night in Jefferson City.

Businessman John Brunner, former Missouri House speaker Catherine Hanway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder took the stage at the Revel building, formerly known as the Lohman Opera House in the debate.

According to his campaign, non-profit organizer Eric Greitens could not attend due to a scheduling conflict.

The Missouri Times hosted the event, with publisher Scott Faughn handling host duties.

The event was sponsored by Missouri Right to Life, johncombest.com and the Missouri Alliance for Freedom.  

Discussion topics included repealing the Affordable Care Act, the recent MU protests and gun control.

"I don't know that any of the issues will completely convince anyone, but it gives folks a good opportunity to see how the candidate lands on their feet and responds to questions," lobbyist Sam Licklider said.

The Democratic Party is expected to be represented by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

KOMU 8 News will hold its own Republican gubernatorial debate on March 17.

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