KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Coverage From Callaway Coverage From Callaway en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 17 Feb 2018 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 FNF Week 9: North Callaway team takes advantage of four-day school week http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-north-callaway-team-takes-advantage-of-four-day-school-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-north-callaway-team-takes-advantage-of-four-day-school-week/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 13 Oct 2017 3:43:29 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter FNF Week 9: North Callaway team takes advantage of four-day school week

KINGDOM CITY - Time formerly spent in the classroom is now being spent in the film room.

No, players on the North Callaway football team aren't playing hooky. They're just taking advantage of having Mondays off from school - every week.

"I think they enjoy that time on Monday," said North Callaway's head football coach Kevin O'Neal. "We get to spend a little more time in film, we're not rushed or anything and I think it has paid off this year having a successful year. I think the kids have adapted to it well."

The North Callaway School District adopted a four-day school week earlier this year, and this is the first season the Thunderbirds have not had class on Mondays.

"I think the kids enjoy having the three days off. The days are a little bit longer that we are here, but I think classroom time and the kids' response in the classroom has been great," O'Neal said.

The added work time on Mondays allow both the players and coaches to have more free time over the weekend.

"In the old days when I coached football, the staff would have to spend Sundays at my house and we worked all day," North Callaway Activities Director Michael Emmons said. "Now our coaches get Sunday off."

For O'Neal, the extra day gives him more time to spend with his two sons.

"During football season they don't get to see me a whole lot, so I try to make it a point to give Saturday and Sunday to those guys," he said.

North Callaway has dropped only one game this season, an opening night loss to Southern Boone. Since then it has won seven in a row.

O'Neal credits the team's success to the hard work of its seniors.

"That class has worked hard. They worked hard in the offseason. It's no mistake why we're having the success we're having, it's because of the work they put in and hopefully they remember that hard work does pay off and it's paying off for them this year," he said.

The Thunderbirds play Montgomery County on Friday to close out the regular season.

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FNF Week 7: Fulton sophomore to sing anthem at St. Louis Blues game http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-7-fulton-sophomore-to-sing-anthem-at-st-louis-blues-game/ http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-7-fulton-sophomore-to-sing-anthem-at-st-louis-blues-game/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 29 Sep 2017 4:57:21 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter FNF Week 7: Fulton sophomore to sing anthem at St. Louis Blues game

FULTON - Alex Armstrong rarely gets stage fright.

He's sang for legislators in Jefferson City, for basketball games at Mizzou Arena and, on November 24, he'll sing the national anthem before the St. Louis Blues game against the Nashville Predators.

"In my mind, I could do it right now and I'd feel completely fine," Armstrong said, "because it is that much fun. The feeling is good, it's not a nervous feeling."

Armstrong is a sophomore at Fulton High School, where he is involved in theatre and also runs cross country for the team, which placed third in the Class 3 state championships last year.

"For me, my breath support when I'm singing helps me with my running. My breath support and how I breathe during a song is the same as what I do in cross country," he said.

Armstrong was one of more than 600 people to send in audition tapes to the Blues for a shot at singing the anthem before a game in the upcoming season. He was one of 30 to receive an in-person audition and eventually earned a spot in the top nine.

His mother, Donna Armstrong, said she remembers when she first heard from a Blues representative.

"He said, 'Just to let you know, nine were selected but Alex was the top winner,' and I was like, 'That's awesome,'" she said.

Alex Armstrong said, after seeing his competition at the auditions, he wasn't sure if he would get chosen.

"Honestly, I was thinking that I wasn't going to win," he said, "because of all the people that we saw. I'm glad that some of those people did get it."

He said the biggest obstacle he's faced has been his voice changing.

"I didn't take it as hard because I knew it was going to happen and I was preparing myself for it because it was happening to other people," Armstrong said. "It was still really hard to deal with in my mental being because you're used to singing a certain way and it's like, 'Oh no, you can't sing like you used to.'"

Armstrong has adjusted to that inevitability and now has his sights set on Scottrade Center, where he'll sing the anthem in front of around 19,000 Blues fans.

His mother said, "I used to get nervous, but I don't get nervous for him anymore just because of his talent. This is what he's meant to do."

While he's still only in 10th grade, Armstrong said he hopes to one day reach the bright lights of Broadway.

"When you sing during Broadway shows, it's emoting something, it's not just singing a song. It's putting a message across," Armstrong said. "That's what I hope to be doing and that's what I'm working towards."

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Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff for fallen marine http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-flags-to-be-flown-at-half-staff-for-fallen-marine/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-flags-to-be-flown-at-half-staff-for-fallen-marine/ Coverage From Callaway Mon, 14 Aug 2017 3:07:26 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff for fallen marine

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens made a proclamation Tuesday that U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in every Missouri county and the City of St. Louis fly at half-staff Aug. 15 to honor Sgt. Talon Leach.

Leach, 27, and 15 others died when the KC-130 transport plane crashed in Mississippi. All but one were U.S. Marines; the 16th victim was a Navy corpsman.

A Fulton-area native, Leach went to North Callaway High School.

In addition, Gov. Greitens ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Callaway County fly at half-staff Aug. 16-22.

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Two women arrested following multi-county chase http://www.komu.com/news/two-women-arrested-following-multi-county-chase/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-women-arrested-following-multi-county-chase/ Coverage From Callaway Thu, 10 Aug 2017 7:13:49 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two women arrested following multi-county chase

BOONE COUNTY - Two women are in custody after a vehicle pursuit led deputies through Boone, Callaway, Montgomery, and into Warren county. 

Boone county deputies were originally alerted to a possible stolen 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 near Stadium Boulevard in Columbia.

Information obtained indicated the vehicle was stolen in Arnold, MO.

Deputies attempted a traffic stop but the driver refused, instead traveling eastbound on I-70 at high speeds.  The pursuit continued into Callaway County where assistance was given from Callaway County deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers.

Tire deflation devices were used and it continued into Montgomery county, eventually becoming disabled on I-70 in Warren County.

Samantha Rachels, 23, of St Louis and Diane Williams, 44, of O’Fallon were taken into custody without further incident. 

Rachels was charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, felony resisting arrest, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle as well as careless and impudent driving involving an accident. No bond has been set.

Williams was charged with second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. No bond has been set. She also had previous arrest warrants out for two counts of first-degree tampering and obstructing police.


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Voters to decide on tax levy to increase North Callaway school funding http://www.komu.com/news/voters-to-decide-on-tax-levy-to-increase-north-callaway-school-funding/ http://www.komu.com/news/voters-to-decide-on-tax-levy-to-increase-north-callaway-school-funding/ Coverage From Callaway Thu, 3 Aug 2017 5:54:05 PM Casey Edwards, KOMU 8 Reporter Voters to decide on tax levy to increase North Callaway school funding

CALLAWAY COUNTY - After a drop in state funding, the North Callaway R-1 School District is asking voters to approve an increase in the operating tax levy.

If approved, the levy would increase from $3.13 to $3.88. According to the school district’s website, the owner of a $150,000 home would pay $17.81 more per month in taxes.

In order to hear feedback from the community, the district hosted a public forum at North Callaway High School on Thursday.

The levy would allow the district to update school buses and technology as well as increasing staff salary. North Callaway School District Superintendent Bryan Thomsen said increasing salaries helps keep talented teachers at North Callaway schools.

“We have a really strong teaching staff and we sometimes lose some to districts that pay a little more money,” Thomsen said.

Jenny Bondurant is a parent and school board member in the North Callaway District. She said if teachers aren't paid enough, it has a negative impact on students.

"When we're not able to keep up with salaries, we put ourselves in a hole and really put our kids at risk," Bondurant said.


Thomsen said a committee of volunteer parents and staff worked to educate North Callaway voters on the tax levy.

A decrease in state funding for K-12 education prompted budget cuts in school districts, but Thomsen said, if state funding increased enough to cover costs, the tax levy could be rolled back. But he said that doesn't rule out more levy increases if there are more cuts.

“If a trend continued and it would decrease more, then the school district would definitely have to evaluate how are we going to deal with those withholdings,” Thomsen said.

The election is Aug. 8. Voters in the Centralia R-VI School District will also decide on a similar levy.

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Suspect at large following chase across mid-Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/suspect-at-large-following-chase-across-mid-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/suspect-at-large-following-chase-across-mid-missouri/ Coverage From Callaway Thu, 3 Aug 2017 6:38:36 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Suspect at large following chase across mid-Missouri

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Authorities are searching for a suspect who led them on a chase early Thursday morning.

Jefferson City Police tried to pull over a small passenger car after a failure to yield, but the car instead led them on a chase across mid-Missouri towards Holts Summit.

The driver eventually crashed into a ravine just off of Highway 54 near route AA and La Char Drive north of Holts Summit.

The suspect managed to escape on foot and is still at large. Authorities are still working to gather information on the identification of the individual.

KOMU has confirmed that a Callaway County deputy assisted police as well.

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Sheriff: Holts Summit man in custody after scuffle with deputies http://www.komu.com/news/sheriff-holts-summit-man-in-custody-after-scuffle-with-deputies/ http://www.komu.com/news/sheriff-holts-summit-man-in-custody-after-scuffle-with-deputies/ Coverage From Callaway Tue, 1 Aug 2017 4:40:58 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Sheriff: Holts Summit man in custody after scuffle with deputies

CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Holts Summit man is facing charges of assaulting deputies after a foot chase ended in a scuffle Monday before noon, according to the Callaway County Sheriff's Offices.

Deputies said they responded to a home in the 12000 block of County Road 4031 near Holts Summit in attempt to locate Zachary Fewins.

Fewins was wanted in Cole County for felony charges including a probation violation and motor vehicle theft. 

Deputies said they attempted to take Fewins into custody, but he ran. He continued resisting after deputies subdued him, the sheriff's office said. At the time of Fewins’ arrest, he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, deputies said.

An arresting deputy was injured in the incident and transported to a Jefferson City hospital with moderate injuries.  The deputy is expected to be released from the hospital Monday night.

Fewins was taken to the Callaway County Jail and was being held with no bond on charges of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, attempted escape from custody and possession of a controlled substance, in addition to the charges on the existing warrant.

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Fulton teen arrested following police discovery of stolen car http://www.komu.com/news/fulton-teen-arrested-following-police-discovery-of-stolen-car/ http://www.komu.com/news/fulton-teen-arrested-following-police-discovery-of-stolen-car/ Coverage From Callaway Tue, 18 Jul 2017 7:42:16 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Fulton teen arrested following police discovery of stolen car

FULTON - Police arrested a teenager Monday night after learning the truck he was driving had been stolen.

Officers were dispatched to the area of Walker Lane and West Seventh Street regarding a suspicious vehicle. When they arrived, they pulled over a white GMC truck without license plates.

While investigating the driver, 18-year-old Justin Atterberry, officers learned the GMC truck was stolen from a business in Mexico, Missouri. 

Atterberry was arrested on suspicion of first-degree tampering and property damage. He was taken to the Callaway County Jail where he was released pending a $5,000 surety bond.

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Marine from Callaway County identified as victim in plane crash http://www.komu.com/news/marine-from-callaway-county-identified-as-victim-in-plane-crash/ http://www.komu.com/news/marine-from-callaway-county-identified-as-victim-in-plane-crash/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 14 Jul 2017 9:41:55 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager and Lindsay Hornecker, KOMU 8 Reporter Marine from Callaway County identified as victim in plane crash

CALLAWAY COUNTY - A mid-Missouri Marine has been identified as one of the victims in a military plane crash in Mississippi on Monday.

Sergeant Talon Leach, 27, and 15 others died when the KC-130 transport plane crashed. All but one were U.S. Marines; the 16th victim was a Navy corpsman.

Leach was aboard a KC-130 refueling tanker flying from a Marine installation at Cherry Point, North Carolina to a naval air field in El Centro, California when it crashed into a farm field in Mississippi.

A Fulton-area native, Leach went to North Callaway High School.

Those who knew him praised him for his service. Christine Kleindienst, a neighbor to the Leach family, “considered him a hero for going into the military.”

His former youth and music leader at his church, Cathy Woodson, praised him for the type of man he was. 

“And he was a bright and fun and engaging young man. He was always the first to volunteer to help out with any projects or to be apart of things, and he was so kind to everyone, unless they didn’t deserve it in his opinion," said Woodson. 

"I guess we all feel like these things happen to kids far away or to families far away, they’re never close by, very rarely people you know for sure and to have one this close and him to be apart of our lives growing up on so many occasions, you just don’t think its ever going to happen to you, and I know for sure this family was so proud of him and all of the things he had achieved," said Woodson.

Leach was a decorated Marine with awards including the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, the global war on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and three Certificates of Appreciation.

Family members said they are not ready to talk at this time. Leach is survived by his parents, two sisters and widow.

According to a news release from the Marines Corps, Leach had been deployed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, a campaign to remove the threat posed by ISIS terrorists.

“I just know that he carried those qualities with him as he went into the service then and served our country, and I couldn’t be prouder of him and more thankful for him," said Woodson. 

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. Air Force mortuary personnel have collected the remains from the crash and will move them to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for processing.

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Local health department to host disaster preparedness exercise http://www.komu.com/news/local-health-department-to-host-disaster-preparedness-exercise/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-health-department-to-host-disaster-preparedness-exercise/ Coverage From Callaway Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:09:59 PM Alexis Reese, KOMU 8 Reporter Local health department to host disaster preparedness exercise

AUXVASSE – The Callaway County Health Department is hoping to educate more community professionals with its fifth annual “Disaster Preparedness Exercise.”

The department is joined by its community partners such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other Region F counties. 

Kent Wood, an Environmental Public Health Specialist at the department, said the event was created to make sure local professionals are prepared for the worst.

“We do this so in case of a disaster, each one of us can react,” he said. “We know what our roles are, and we know who we can depend on when we are in the field.”

During the event, a scenario will be provided. The scenario will be based on a disaster, and those in attendance must react as if the scenario were a real life disaster. Wood said this year’s scenario will be different.

“A lot of folks continuously do a weather-related, tornado incident,” he said. “Those are beneficial. But we need to be practicing on many different fronts.”

Pam Phelps, the director of the Callaway County Medical Reserve Corps, said disasters have a whole new meaning these days.

“The idea of emergencies, disasters and being prepared takes on a totally different picture anymore,” she said. “It’s not just tornadoes and ice storms.”

Phelps said communication among members is essential in times of crisis.

“Just knowing how each other works, how they think, the process itself, helps immensely,” she said.

Wood said he is excited for the exercise.

“I want to see the responses from these folks,” he said. “It’s going to be something we’ve never done before, and it’s going to be something different.”

Officials did not want to divulge the specific scenario ahead of the event. 

The exercise will take place at 9 a.m. Friday at the Callaway Youth Expo Center.

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Man allegedly throws firework during first of two assaults http://www.komu.com/news/man-allegedly-throws-firework-during-first-of-two-assaults/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-allegedly-throws-firework-during-first-of-two-assaults/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 7 Jul 2017 5:58:06 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man allegedly throws firework during first of two assaults

FULTON - A man was arrested after allegedly attacking two people Thursday night.

The Fulton Police Department first responded to a report of an assault in the 100 block of W. Ninth Street.

Brandon D. Byrd, 32, allegedly threw a firework at a female victim, hitting her in the chest.  Byrd left before police arrived; the victim said she wasn't hurt.

Just over an hour later, officers responded to a second assault, this one in the 400 Block of W. Fourth Street. In this instance, Byrd allegedly hit a male victim in the face several times.  Byrd again left before police arrived. The victim was bleeding from the head and face but refused medical attention.

Police later found Byrd near Memorial Park. Byrd allegedly tried to run away, but was caught and taken into custody.

Byrd was arrested for two separate charges of assault and resisting arrest and was taken to the Callaway County Jail. Bond is set at $1,500.

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Axe-wielding Fulton man taken into custody http://www.komu.com/news/axe-wielding-fulton-man-taken-into-custody/ http://www.komu.com/news/axe-wielding-fulton-man-taken-into-custody/ Coverage From Callaway Tue, 4 Jul 2017 7:40:50 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Axe-wielding Fulton man taken into custody

FULTON - An axe-wielding man was taken into custody Monday night by Fulton Police Officers and Callaway County Deputies following a verbal dispute.

Per a release, Fulton Police first responded to the 200 block of East 6th Street regarding a verbal dispute in which Daniel Nash, 44, threatened physical harm with an axe. 

Nash allegedly fled from officers and barricaded himself in the house, where authorities took him into custody without further incident.

No one was injured during this investigation.  Nash was taken to the Callaway County Jail for unlawful use of a weapon and felony resisting arrest.  He was given a no bond for both charges.

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Callaway County Commission approves funding for port study http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-commission-approves-funding-for-port-study/ http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-commission-approves-funding-for-port-study/ Coverage From Callaway Tue, 27 Jun 2017 4:22:01 PM Max Cotton, KOMU 8 Reporter Callaway County Commission approves funding for port study

CALLAWAY COUNTY – A proposed port in Jefferson City is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Callaway County Commission voted June 23 to approve providing its portion of the funding necessary for a feasibility study of a possible multimodal port in Jefferson City.

Callaway County will contribute $47,600 to the study, which it is sharing with Cole County, Jefferson City and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann and Western District Commissioner Roger Fisher voted in favor of the proposal, while Eastern District Commissioner Randy Kleindienst voted against it.

The proposed multimodal port, which would include access to barge, rail and highway transportation, would be a joint venture among Cole County, Callaway County, Jefferson City and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce. The agencies would create a port authority that would own and maintain the port. 

"There's an increased interest in providing transportation on the rivers," Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce President Randy Allen said.

He said the port would allow companies to decrease their environmental footprint because barges can carry a lot more products than trucks at one time.

"You can transport a lot more via barge, much less expensive, than you can with trucks," Cole County Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman said.

He said the port would make it much easier for mid-Missouri's agriculture industry to export its livestock and crops.

Bushman also said the Missouri National Guard may be interested in using the port to ship military equipment.

The feasibility study will also help determine the best location for the port.

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Fulton man charged following vehicle chase and crash http://www.komu.com/news/fulton-man-charged-following-vehicle-chase-and-crash/ http://www.komu.com/news/fulton-man-charged-following-vehicle-chase-and-crash/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 24 Jun 2017 3:51:51 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Fulton man charged following vehicle chase and crash

FULTON - A man was taken into custody and charged Friday night after leading authorities on a chase through the city. 

A Fulton Police officer noticed a dark colored Buick with license plates that did not belong to that vehicle and the driver of the vehicle to be Kavin B. Vance.

According to a press release, Vance was known to have a felony revoked driver’s license status and multiple warrants out for his arrest.

The officer tried to pull Vance over, but he sped away leading authorities on a chase before eventually crashing into a utility pole, stop sign and a chain link fence.

Vance fled the crash scene on foot into Carver Park until officers caught up and took Vance into custody.

While searching Vance and his vehicle 2 bags of marijuana were located.

Vance was released into the custody of the Callaway County Jail where he was charged.

Fulton Police say that charges may change and/or be added at a later time. Vance is currently being held without bond

There were no injuries reported and no police vehicles were involved in any accidents.

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Airplane crash in Callaway County injures two http://www.komu.com/news/airplane-crash-in-callaway-county-injures-two/ http://www.komu.com/news/airplane-crash-in-callaway-county-injures-two/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:43:14 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Reporter Airplane crash in Callaway County injures two

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an initial 911 call Saturday morning reporting an airplane flying low and then crashing into the woods

Deputies arrived at the crash near the 6000 block of State Road O east of Fulton just before 10:00 a.m. 

Five passengers were onboard the airplane at the time of the crash.  Two of the five passengers had received minor injuries.  The others were not injured.

Deputies say the airplane was enroute to the Elton Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton when the plane experienced a mechanical failure. The airplane crashed into the woods. 

Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators remain on-scene and the investigation is ongoing at this time. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been contacted for standard procedure, though it was unclear Saturday afternoon when the agencies' investigation would be conducted.

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Hannah Cole Elementary - Mrs. Shewmake's Kindergarten http://www.komu.com/news/hannah-cole-elementary-mrs-shewmake-s-kindergarten/ http://www.komu.com/news/hannah-cole-elementary-mrs-shewmake-s-kindergarten/ Coverage From Callaway Mon, 19 Jun 2017 9:14:02 AM Hannah Cole Elementary - Mrs. Shewmake's Kindergarten

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Callaway County deputies warn of potential jury duty scam http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-deputies-warn-of-potential-jury-duty-scam/ http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-deputies-warn-of-potential-jury-duty-scam/ Coverage From Callaway Thu, 15 Jun 2017 8:32:18 PM Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Callaway County deputies warn of potential jury duty scam

CALLAWAY COUNTY - The Callaway County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens after multiple people have reported getting phone calls from a man claiming to be a sherriff's deputy.

According to deputies, the man is telling people that they have a warrant for their arrest because they failed to show up for jury duty. The man reportedly then asked citizens for personal information such as their social security number to get rid of the warrant.

The sheriff's office said it is against its practice to notify citizens via telephone that a warrant had been issued for their arrest. Deputies remind citizens that since it is not possible to resolve an arrest warrant over the phone, law enforcement officers or court officials would never ask you to give them personal or private financial information on a phone call.

While deputies said there are penalties for not appearing for jury duty, they are never handed out over the phone. Citizens will instead be contacted in person by either a deputy or court official. 

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Storm damages MoDOT facility and private property http://www.komu.com/news/storm-damages-modot-facility-and-private-property/ http://www.komu.com/news/storm-damages-modot-facility-and-private-property/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 19 May 2017 2:52:31 PM Max Cotton, KOMU 8 Reporter Storm damages MoDOT facility and private property

CALLAWAY COUNTY – Mid-Missourians are dealing with the after effects of Friday morning's storm.

Skydive Flying V Ranch in eastern Callaway County, will be closed for business for the next few months according to owner Van Pray.

Pray, who lives on the property, said the damage to his property will cost at least a few hundred thousand dollars.

"Me and my wife were sleeping in the house and I heard, woke-up to the scream of the wind, grabbed her and ran to the basement," Pray said.

He said he came back up about ten minutes later and saw a significant damage to the airplane hangar and another building on his property completely destroyed. 

Fortunately for Pray, many friends and neighbors help him clear the damage.

"This is going to be cleaned up very fast. I'm very grateful for all the help," Pray said.

He tried to remain positive despite the damage.

"You can be woe is me or you can be, I can think I can build a new building," Pray said with a chuckle.

Pray was not the only victim of storm damage.

A Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance facility in New Florence was also damaged in the storm.

The storm knocked the power out, blew garage doors and damaged the salt tent and main building at the facility.

"Right now, we're trying to get the doors off that were tangled up, we are also working with some contractors to try to get some temporary repairs done so that we, we're able to make sure our salt is covered and our employees themselves have been out most day trying to clean up trees and stuff that have actually blown down on our roads," MoDOT District Traffic Maintenance Engineer Jennifer Hinson said.

She said repairs could take up to two or three months.

Hinson said does not know how much the repairs will cost.

There were no reported injuries or deaths from the storm.

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3 families rescued from floods in Callaway County http://www.komu.com/news/3-families-rescued-from-floods-in-callaway-county/ http://www.komu.com/news/3-families-rescued-from-floods-in-callaway-county/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 29 Apr 2017 7:37:04 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Reporter and Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer 3 families rescued from floods in Callaway County

CALLAWAY COUNTY — First responders rescued three families from their homes in Callaway County Saturday during floods that swept through the mid-Missouri area.

The rising water forced first responders from Callaway County and the Jefferson City Fire Department to conduct a water and rescue mission around 5 p.m.

Crews were notified that eight people were stranded in their homes along County Road 411, according to a Facebook post from the Callaway County Sheriff's Office. The homes are located just off the Middle River, which trapped the surrounding area in high water.

Crews arrived at 3 p.m., and multiple boats were needed before the families could be safely rescued.

Firefighters carried at least three children and two adults to safety. Officials said crews were successful in saving everyone involved.

Rising water levels led to multiple water rescue calls throughout the day. 

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to include more information.]

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Opponents of confined animal operations back proposed ordinance http://www.komu.com/news/opponents-of-confined-animal-operations-back-proposed-ordinance/ http://www.komu.com/news/opponents-of-confined-animal-operations-back-proposed-ordinance/ Coverage From Callaway Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:51:41 PM James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter Opponents of confined animal operations back proposed ordinance

FULTON - An ordinance proposed in Callaway County could complicate potential confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) construction. It could make it difficult to construct any CAFO in western Callaway County.

Western County Commissioner Roger Fischer drafted the ordinance in late March, which would place mandatory minimum distances between a new CAFO and existing CAFOs, private dwellings and populated areas.

Fischer said the ordinance is meant to help mitigate the spread of diseases that could be fostered among animals in the CAFO.

He said the more distance the better between humans and animals that are in confinement.

"It does reduce the likelihood that a human would contract it: a disease or virus from the CAFO," Fischer said.

Callaway County is ripe for CAFO construction.

Fischer's proposed ordinance says, "It is easy to apply for operating permits in our exceptionally well-located county, with access to workers from both Columbia and Jefferson City. As these operations become larger and larger, it is important to protect the farmers and residents of Callaway County from ill effects of such operations."

Tom Brunette has lived in western Callaway since 2006. He worries that if CAFO operations pop up around his home, the sale value of the land he lives on will plummet. 

He knows of a house with a lake that's been on the market three or four years despite a drop in price.

"They can't move it because it's so close to the CAFO, because of the smell. So, is that right? I don't think so," Brunette said.

Brunette is part of Friends of Responsible Agriculture, a group of people who live in the area and are fighting new CAFO construction. The group has been supportive of Fischer's ordinance. 

Fischer said he worries the construction of a milk plant in northeast Columbia could spur CAFO construction in western Callaway. 

"It's gonna be a rather large facility and they're gonna rely on a lot of livestock to supply milk to that dairy facility," Fischer said.

KOMU 8 News reached out to Aurora Organic Dairy, the company that is set to operate the dairy facility in northeast Columbia. 

The company said in an email, "We source between 75-80 percent of the milk we process from company-owned farms. To fill in our supply for the Columbia facility, we may work with local or regional organic dairy farmers. If there isn't enough supply to meet our needs nearby, we will identify possible producers in surrounding states. So, we wouldn't expect this ordinance to impact our facility in Columbia."

"One CAFO is like a spoke on a wheel," Brunette said. "If you have one CAFO, there's other CAFOs that have to be built around that CAFO to be able to support it. So you're not looking at just one CAFO coming in, you're looking at many."

When asked if his proposed ordinance would make it difficult to build a CAFO in western Callaway County, Fischer said only that the area is densely populated and loses about a third of its acreage to the Mark Twain National Forest. 

"The only comment that I've basically gotten from people is they don't understand why it's only western county instead of the entire county," Brunette said.

Fischer said western Callaway County is home to half of the county's population, so building CAFOs in that area could pose a greater health risk than more sparsely populated areas.

Ultimately, though, Fischer said he worries CAFOs could saturate Callaway County.

"There is no reason to believe that Callaway County would not be an optimum place to do that," Fischer said. "We have an opportunity for people to come into Callaway County and set up a big dairy CAFO to feed this new mega plant in Boone County, he said.

Fischer said he worries that the milk plant is coming from out of state.

"They didn't go to school with me, they didn't send their kids to go to school where my kids went, they didn't go to church with me. I don't know 'em. And they are gonna come here, they will set up these CAFOs, and they, as much as they want to be community partners, they're probably not gonna be the best neighbors."

Fischer said his goal is to protect Callaway County and maintain it as a family-friendly county. 


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