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. () () Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:04:31 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 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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Callaway County EMS makes life-saving donation http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-ems-makes-life-saving-donation/ http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-ems-makes-life-saving-donation/ Coverage From Callaway Wed, 12 Apr 2017 3:09:57 PM Jessica Porter, KOMU 8 Reporter Callaway County EMS makes life-saving donation

FULTON – Callaway County EMS donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to St. Peter Catholic Church and School as part of its public access AED program. 

School principal Teri Arms said in recent years there's been a need for the AED. 

"We've had a couple of instances of older parishioners at church having issues and it prompted the health parishioner here to contact the ambulance district," said Arms. 

The device analyzes the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, delivers an electrical shock to help re-establish a heart rhythm. 

They're most commonly used when someone suffers from sudden cardiac arrest. According to the American Red Cross, cardiac arrest is one the leading causes of death. 

For each minute that defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival for a person decreases by 10 percent.

With a lot of activities going on at the school, the parish approved the school purchasing a second AED to have in the building. 

Over the next few months, the school plans to provide training sessions for parishioners, church members and students. Arms said they may even train young students.

"I've seen students as young as eight be trained, so I think we could go down to the third and fourth grades and have responsible students learn to be aware to help in times of need."

According to Callaway County Training Officer Kelly Drennan, all of the schools in the county have at least one AED.

She said time is of the essence during an emergencies. 

"The AED should be used in any sudden cardiac arrest whether it be in the mall or the grocery store. The shock is a good intervention but it needs to be done as quickly as possible."

Arms said she hopes the AED makes a difference.

"We've got infants and we've got elderly parishioners here," said Arms. "Heart conditions and heart disease is not something that chooses an age so we're here and hopefully this will help in any situation that we would need it." 

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Callaway County man charged with rape, domestic assault http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-man-charged-with-rape-domestic-assault/ http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-man-charged-with-rape-domestic-assault/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:04:32 AM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Callaway County man charged with rape, domestic assault

CALLAWAY COUNTY - After fleeing deputies for a week, a Callaway County man has been charged with three counts of second-degree rape, seven counts of domestic assault, kidnapping, and property damage.

Rusty Rudd, 26, of Portland will remain in the custody of the Callaway County Jail on no bond.

On the morning of March 23, Callaway County Sheriffs deputies responded to a domestic disturbance/sexual assault at a home near Portland. The victim was found at the home, was taken to a Columbia hospital, where they were treated and later released.

At the time, Rudd was identified as the suspect, but he fled the scene. Thursday morning, deputies found Rudd and arrested him before being taken to the Callaway County Jail.


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Callaway County group sues over hog farm vote http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-group-sues-over-hog-farm-vote/ http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-group-sues-over-hog-farm-vote/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 31 Mar 2017 3:14:07 PM James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter Callaway County group sues over hog farm vote

CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Callaway County neighbor group is suing the Missouri Department of Natural Resources over a scheduled Clean Water Commission vote to approve a proposed hog farm.

The commission has already voted on an operating permit for the proposed confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) twice before. Both times the commission failed to approve an operating permit for the facility.

It's part of a legal battle almost three years in the making.

The Friends of Responsible Agriculture (FORAg) has been fighting a proposed 10,000 hog CAFO near their homes since June 2014.

They worry a CAFO in their neighborhood could pose a risk to their water supply and devalue their property.

Jeff Jones, a member of the group and farmer who lives near the proposed facility, said the commission needs four votes to either approve or disapprove an operating permit for the CAFO. So far, they haven't met that mark.

"They're in a deadlock," Jones said. "I guess they were hoping that a third vote would bring about the fourth vote to accept or deny the permit." 

FORAg's lawyer, Stephen Jeffery, said the Clean Water Commission was set to vote on the CAFO's operating permit April 5. 

Jeffery said in an email because the commission already considered and failed to pass the permit, "the commission lacks the power to reconsider the Callaway Farrowing permit on April 5, 2017 and conduct any more votes on the permit."

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said Friday the Clean Water Commission needed to "take further action" in the case but hadn't reached a final decision on the facility.

On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green ordered the commission not to consider the operating permit until the court says otherwise.

Jones said, if the operating permit were approved, "it'd be devastating. It was best explained to me that my operation in this area probably should be sold before that happens because it won't make a low sale on land in this area, it'll make a no sale."

That's why Jones and his group support a county ordinance, proposed by Western District Commissioner Roger Fischer, to regulate the construction of any new CAFOs in Callaway County.

The proposed ordinance would establish minimum distances between a new CAFO and property that unassociated citizens reside or gather. Fischer said it's aimed at mitigating the spread of viruses animals might get when they're housed in the CAFO.

"The greater the distance between the humans and the animals that are in confinement," Fischer said, "It does reduce the likelihood that a human would contract a disease or virus from the CAFO."

Fischer said his proposed ordinance is not targeted at CAFOs, but is aimed at improving public health.

Nonetheless, it would impact the way CAFO operations grow in Callaway County, including the one Jones and his group oppose.

"They've already had two opportunities to pass this thing, so we want to hold them accountable that it has not passed and that we should stop voting on it," Jones said.

A hearing for the new lawsuit is set for April 24 at 1:30 p.m.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to invlude the response from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.]

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Fulton man arrested on suspicion of stealing from city warehouse http://www.komu.com/news/fulton-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-stealing-from-city-warehouse/ http://www.komu.com/news/fulton-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-stealing-from-city-warehouse/ Coverage From Callaway Wed, 29 Mar 2017 6:20:46 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Fulton man arrested on suspicion of stealing from city warehouse

FULTON - An area man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of stealing, trespassing and property damage.

The Fulton Police Department responded just before 3:00 p.m. to the City Warehouse, where a large amount of electric wire and miscellaneous items had been stolen.

Police said their investigation led to Randall Moore. According to the press release evidence linked Moore, 47, to another report of stealing in Fulton.

Moore was taken to Callaway County Jail and charged with two felony counts of stealing, two counts of trespassing, and one count of property damage. He was being held without bond.

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2 teenagers charged in ATV theft http://www.komu.com/news/2-teenagers-charged-in-atv-theft/ http://www.komu.com/news/2-teenagers-charged-in-atv-theft/ Coverage From Callaway Wed, 29 Mar 2017 5:56:10 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer 2 teenagers charged in ATV theft

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Two teenagers were arrested Wednesday and accused of ATV theft.

According to a release, Callaway County Sheriff's Office deputies responded just outside of Fulton, Tuesday for a reported theft of an ATV. The victim reported that someone unknown had just stolen an ATV from their property and driven it away from the scene.

The release said deputies located the stolen ATV in a wooded area near a residence along County Road 318 around 6 p.m. The ATV was recovered, processed, and returned to the owner.  

Deputies arrested Taylor Fields and Tristin Dudley, both 17, on pending charges of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. 

Fields and Dudley were released to the Callaway County Jail. Fields later posted a bond of $4,500.00 and was released from the Callaway County Jail pending a court appearance. Dudley remained in jail on $4,500.00 bond.


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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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