KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 28 May 2017 01:05:24 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Man dead in St. Louis after standoff, gunfire with police http://www.komu.com/news/man-dead-in-st-louis-after-standoff-gunfire-with-police/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-dead-in-st-louis-after-standoff-gunfire-with-police/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 6:54:33 PM The Associated Press Man dead in St. Louis after standoff, gunfire with police

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who barricaded himself inside a home repeatedly fired at officers before one of them shot and killed him.

KMOV-TV reports police say 33-year-old Jamie J. Robinson was armed with a shotgun when he holed himself up inside a house late Friday, then talked of harming the officers and killing himself. Authorities say he fired at least 11 rounds at officers.

Police say that after Robinson fired at police, one of them fatally shot Robinson.

No officers were injured. The standoff forced the closure of several streets.

Police say Robinson was found to have more than 180 rounds of ammunition with him.


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Police seek driver suspected in fatal road-rage shooting http://www.komu.com/news/police-seek-driver-suspected-in-fatal-road-rage-shooting/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-seek-driver-suspected-in-fatal-road-rage-shooting/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 6:46:39 PM The Associated Press Police seek driver suspected in fatal road-rage shooting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police say they are searching for a man who shot two people, killing one of them, in a vehicle he had fumed during a suspected road-rage confrontation.

Police spokesman Darin Snapp says a bald man about 4:15 p.m. Thursday began yelling at the victims through their car window, insisting they were driving too slow.

Snapp says that when the man pulled up to pass them, the victim sped up and pulled up next to the suspect and started arguing. Snapp says that's when that driver was fatally shot in the head, and a woman in the car was grazed by a bullet.

The suspect then fled the scene.


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Former NFL Players open business in Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/former-nfl-players-open-business-in-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-nfl-players-open-business-in-columbia/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 5:06:07 PM Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 News Reporter Former NFL Players open business in Columbia

COLUMBIA - A new business pushes it’s clients to their limit and has them sweating bullets.

Two former NFL players and Mizzou football players Jerrell Jackson and Micheal Egnew opened Athletics Performance Institute last week.

The gym is an addition to the All-Star Performance Institute. API has cheer and tumbling, sports performance training, adult training and boot camps.

Clients worked out at API's second boot camp Saturday in their new location. API has individual and group sessions.

Jackson said when he played in the NFL he learned importance physical training.

“I was blessed to be able to get a full scholarship at Mizzou,” Jackson said. “Once I graduated, I made it to the NFL, played three years in the NFL and I understood that as an athlete your body was your biggest investment. Which means you really have to put your body through some stress in order for you to reach those goals.”

Jackson said he focuses on providing his clients with the tools, and motivation to stay committed.

“Being in this position and knowing I’m inspiring others, motivating others, man it’s just like an ultimate goal of mine," Jackson said. "I just feel blessed.” 

Jackson said he grew up in a poor neighborhood and he continues to push himself because others look up to him.

“I’m still pushing to be great,” Jackson said. “People in my neighborhood see that. They always hit me up, they always contact me and say 'bro we so proud of you man. Keep it up you inspiring everybody to be great.' And that’s what it means as a minority that the same kid that grew up in that neighborhood made it out.”

Jackson said he’s blessed, but anyone can accomplish their goal with hard work and staying committed.

“Just inspiring people in my similar situation,” Jackson said. “And letting people know that it don’t matter who you are, where you started, who your family is, if you started with a million dollars or what you know. You can make it, you just have to work hard and be persistent.”

Jackson said he trains a wide variety of clients.

“Right now I have a kid that’s 12-years-old and I have a lady that’s 57-years-old,” Jackson said “It’s so broad. It’s men, women, short, tall, young, old.”

API client, Catherine Miller said API is for everyone regardless of where you are in your fitness journey.

“It didn’t matter what size, shape, where you were in your journey,” Miller said. “If you’ve never exercised, if your just coming back. Everyone wants to see you succeed. And that’s like the best atmosphere to be in.”

Miller said she rearranges her schedule to make it to workout classes.

“I hate missing class,” Miller said. “Like I hate missing class and if I know I have a meeting for work that I have to go to so I’m like hey can I trade classes and like come in the morning which is tough for me. It’s like a 5:30 class, and I’m not even a morning person but I’m willing to get up and come at 5:30 in the morning because I don’t want to miss those workouts.”

Miller said seeing her transformation has been worthwhile and caused her to invite her friends.

“You want to have your friends who have been struggling, like 'hey why don’t you come with me? Like I know a place that you can become success at.' So I’m all about telling my friends, bringing folks here because I wanted them to be successful like I’ve been.”

Client Kelly Holtkamp has been working out with Jackson since last fall. Holtkamp said she's seen major changes and encourages others to join.

“I’ve lost 6 inches in my stomach which is critical,” Holtkamp said.  “And just give it a try, I’ve been going to gyms and working out all my life and I’ve never experienced the enthusiasm and the support as genuinely as this.”

Another client Victoria Thompson said working with supportive people, like Jackson and the API staff, has made the difference.

“He just cares about you and your progress so much that you don’t have any other option but to be great," Thompson said.

Jackson said opening a business would not have been possible without the support of his co-owner Micheal Egnew, All-Star Performance Institute owner Melissa Wilhite and head trainer Jordan Brewer.  


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Yard sale supports refugees in mid-Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/yard-sale-supports-refugees-in-mid-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/yard-sale-supports-refugees-in-mid-missouri/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 4:47:38 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 News Reporter Yard sale supports refugees in mid-Missouri

COLUMBIA - A resettlement agency supporting refugees had a surplus in donations, so it decided to sell some of its items to fulfill a more pressing need: donations.

Refugee and Immigration Services with the Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, central Missouri's resettlement agency, held a yard sale Saturday to raise money.

Some of the organization's clients, or refugees, were able to take items from the rummage sale at no cost.

"Anything they want, they can just have," said Alex Ringling, Refugee and Immigration Services' community outreach coordinator.

Ringling said the clients took hundreds of dollars worth of donations free of charge. They took items like couches, strollers, books, dishes and other items.

The general public had the opportunity to purchase items at the sale. The money collected will go toward the organization's refugee resettlement fund.  

"When we're tight on funds for a family maybe in higher need, we can pull from that money source to help them out with things," Ringling said.

The yard sale came at a time when the United States has decreased the number of refugees it resettles.

According to The Associated Press, President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January decreasing the refugee limit from 110,000 to 50,000 this fiscal year.

Grace Wildenhaus, Refugee and Immigration Services' kids education and volunteer coordinator, said the increase in donations came after the holidays and the change in the political climate.

"With an overwhelming support from the community and then unfortunately a lower number of refugee arrivals, we just had a surplus and were looking to move some of these things to create a better organizational system and fund raise a little bit for the refugee resettlement program," Wildenhaus said. 

Wildenhaus said the organization needed to free space to help it better support refugees. 

For the first few months, the organization helps refugees with bills and other unexpected circumstances. Its goal is to help refugees become financially independent.

Refugee and Immigration Services' case managers set up, furnish and grocery shop for refugees when they first arrive to the U.S. By getting rid of extra donations, Wildenhaus said. Refugee and Immigration Services will be able to better support refugees since the organization's space will be more organized.

Wildenhaus said the organization may hold another yard sale later in the summer to get rid of unusable items.

To learn how to be involved with the Refugee and Immigration Services, visit its website.

 


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Viewers send in photos of Missouri storms http://www.komu.com/news/viewers-send-in-photos-of-missouri-storms/ http://www.komu.com/news/viewers-send-in-photos-of-missouri-storms/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 4:21:14 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Viewers send in photos of Missouri storms

As of 6:00 p.m. 23,491 Electric Cooperative member-consumers are without power

As of 5:37 p.m. Saturday, Ameren reports that 14,475 people are without power.

As of 5:25 p.m. Saturday, Ameren reports that 10,947 people are without power, most of which can be attributed to heavy storms throughout the state.

Thank you for sending in photos!


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Native American culture highlighted at tenth annual pow wow http://www.komu.com/news/native-american-culture-highlighted-at-tenth-annual-pow-wow/ http://www.komu.com/news/native-american-culture-highlighted-at-tenth-annual-pow-wow/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 3:48:35 PM Eric Graves, KOMU 8 News Reporter Native American culture highlighted at tenth annual pow wow

JEFFERSON CITY - Traditional Native American food, crafts and dancing can be found at the tenth annual "For the People" Pow Wow, held at the Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds. 

The Pow Wow is a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Values and the Jefferson City Jaycees.

A pow wow is a social event where Native American people can get together and enjoy dancing, food and various vendors, according to Greg Olson, one of the events organizers.

The Pow Wow serves two purposes, according to Olson. It brings together the Native American population in Missouri, along with educating all visitors of the Pow Wow about Native American culture.

Traditional dances to the beat of a drum, native food being made right in front of you and speakers who have been around the culture their entire lives are all ways the pow wow educates visitors.

The Pow Wow brings in honored guests who have been apart of the Native American culture and taught it for many years to speak at the event.

This year the honored guests were Larry Sellers, Ed Smith, and Steve Tamayo.

Sellers says this pow wow not only educates visitors about culture, but also teaches good moral values.

“What we do is we teach our little ones, our children, the values that we’re supposed to function with," Sellers said. "To help them grow up that way, as an adult, so they know how to be a better human being.” 

The pow wow is one of three that happens in the mid-Missouri and brings together Native Americans from across the state of Missouri.

According to Olson, the Native American population in Missouri is very spread out, so the Pow Wow provides a great place for Native Americans to come together and share in their culture.

It is not a coincidence that this pow wow is being held on Memorial Day weekend either.

A large part of the Pow Wow is honoring veterans and those who have fought for our country, which is something important to Native Americans, according to Olson.

“Service in the armed forces, that's a big thing for Native Americans," Olson said. "They have a long tradition of being warriors.” 


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Teens arrested in relation to armed robbery http://www.komu.com/news/teens-arrested-in-relation-to-armed-robbery/ http://www.komu.com/news/teens-arrested-in-relation-to-armed-robbery/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 3:46:15 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Teens arrested in relation to armed robbery

COLUMBIA - Two teens were arrested early Saturday morning in relation to an armed robbery Friday night.

Columbia Police officers responded to the 5000 block of Bethel Street in reference to a robbery with a gun.

James C. Yearwood, 18, allegedly pointed a gun at a man and demanded property. He then allegedly took property from the victim and fled the area in a red van.

According to a statement from CPD, officers later located the van, occupied by Yearwood and a 16-year-old girl, at a Petro Mart Convenience Store located at 5481 St. Charles Road.

Yearwood and the girl were was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery. Yearwood additionally was charged on suspicion of armed criminal action.


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Person taken to hospital after Boone County crash http://www.komu.com/news/person-taken-to-hospital-after-boone-county-crash/ http://www.komu.com/news/person-taken-to-hospital-after-boone-county-crash/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 2:53:36 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Reporter Person taken to hospital after Boone County crash

BOONE COUNTY - One person was extricated from a vehicle and taken to the hospital after a car crash on Tom Bass Road near Highway 63, Trooper Nicholas March with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. 

March said a white Dodge pickup was driving northbound on Tom Bass Road and a blue Chevrolet pickup was turning left onto Highway 63. 

Someone in the blue pickup truck was taken to the hospital and was the only one in that vehicle, March said. Three people were in the white pickup truck and none were taken to the hospital, he said. 

 


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Ninth annual Pedaler's Jamboree continues to grow http://www.komu.com/news/ninth-annual-pedaler-s-jamboree-continues-to-grow/ http://www.komu.com/news/ninth-annual-pedaler-s-jamboree-continues-to-grow/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 2:24:27 PM Kyreon Lee, KOMU 8 News Reporter Ninth annual Pedaler's Jamboree continues to grow

COLUMBIA— The start of the ninth annual Pedaler’s Jamboree was held on Saturday.

Nine years ago when the event first began, it only had around 400 participants. This year and previous years before, the event had more than 2,000 registered participants.

Pedaler’s Jamboree is a music festival designed for bikers and non-bikers to enjoy a weekend full of festivities.

Participants departed from Flat Branch Park, which is the beginning of the MKT Trail and followed it down to the Katy Trail to reach the final destination 30 miles away at Boonville’s Kemper Park.

Registered bikers are able to camp out over night at Kemper Park for free.

Bicyclist Carla Buckingham traveled from Iowa to participate in the Pedaler’s Jamboree and said that the event is held on a special weekend.

“I’m excited for the Pedaler’s Jamboree, this will be my first time,” Buckingham said. “I’m also excited about the fact that this is Memorial Weekend and we should be respectful of those who died on the battlefield for us.”

This year’s events were spread out between Huntsdale, Rocheport, Franklin and Boonville. Bikers were able to stop at their convenience to enjoy live entertainment at each stop.

Events included live stage music from multiple artists, with the band Ha Ha Tonka headlining. A fireworks show, a newly introduced BMX Bicycle Stunt show and other entertainment, along with a variety of food vendors and a Craft Beer Cellar.

Bicyclist Steve Reed said the Pedaler’s Jamboree promotes motivation.

“I think it’s great to encourage other people to get out and ride,” Reed said. “There are a lot of us in our group that ride on our own occasionally commute to work by bike, but I think when people see thousands of other folks out on a bike, they realize it’s a lot of fun.”

To see the schedule for the weekend please visit their website.


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Columbia hosts 29th Salute to Veterans Air Show this weekend http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-hosts-29th-salute-to-veterans-air-show-this-weekend/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-hosts-29th-salute-to-veterans-air-show-this-weekend/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 2:10:33 PM Shade Bullock, KOMU 8 News Reporter Columbia hosts 29th Salute to Veterans Air Show this weekend
COLUMBIA - The 29th Annual Salute to Veterans Air Show is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Regional Airport. The air show is free to the public and includes a variety of acts and activities for everyone to enjoy.  
 
Parking is limited at the event due to airport maintenance, but there are shuttle buses available that will be transporting people from the AV14 [Trow bridge] Parking Lot located on Ashland Road at East Campus Drive in Columbia and the Jefferson City Airport to the front gate of the event. A round-trip ticket on the bus costs $5 per person.
 
Coolers, backpacks, picnic baskets, alcohol, and pets are not allowed at the event.
 
"Security is very high because we want to protect the people who are coming here to enjoy this air show," said Mary Posner, the Chairman of the Air Show. 
 
U.S. Army Special Operations Parachute Team "Black Daggers," will be performing for the first time in eleven years. Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Figel, a Black Dagger parachuter, said, "We will be opening the show with the national anthem, flying black and red parachutes with smoke and in the afternoon we are going to show you what the tactical side is with a combat equipment jump." 
 
Some of the other performers include the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team "SkyHawks," University of Missouri Joint Service Drill Team, D.H.100 "Vampire" Jet Aerobatic Demonstration, and the U.S. Navy VFA-122 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet TACDEMO Team. 
 
The celebration does not end after the air show is over. On Monday, May 29, beginning at 8:00 a.m. there will be a wreath laying on veterans memorials at the Boone County Courthouse, followed by the 29th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade with aircraft flyovers. Immediately after the parade, a military ceremony will be held at the Columbia College Athletic Field.
 

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Holts Summit man airlifted to hospital following three-vehicle wreck http://www.komu.com/news/holts-summit-man-airlifted-to-hospital-following-three-vehicle-wreck/ http://www.komu.com/news/holts-summit-man-airlifted-to-hospital-following-three-vehicle-wreck/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 1:08:14 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Holts Summit man airlifted to hospital following three-vehicle wreck

JEFFERSON CITY - Three people were taken to hospitals by emergency personnel following a three-car wreck Saturday morning.

A Chevrolet Camaro was heading eastbound on the 2100 block of Missouri just after midnight when it struck a curb and crossed over into the westbound lanes, hitting a Ford Focus and a Dodge Dart.  

The driver of the Chevrolet, Brennan Nichols, and Julie Brown, driver of the Ford, were taken to a local hospital by EMS. The passenger of the Chevrolet, David Williams, was flown to a Columbia hospital. 

All injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. 

All three vehicles were listed as totaled and towed from the scene.


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Columbia public pools open for the summer, need staff http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-public-pools-open-for-the-summer-need-staff/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-public-pools-open-for-the-summer-need-staff/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 11:29:10 AM Carolina Brigagao, KOMU 8 News Reporter Columbia public pools open for the summer, need staff

COLUMBIA – Public pools in Columbia opens for Memorial Day weekend, but they are still looking for more people to hire.

Columbia Parks and Recreation started opening the city pools Saturday, May 27. Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center is the first one to open.

Albert-Oakland, the largest of the four outdoor pools in Columbia, with the facility holding up to 1,000 people, currently has only 17 staff members out of a desired 30. 

Allison Anderson, head manager of Albert-Oakland pool, and a six summer veteran of Columbia public pools, said the lack of workers is due to lack of awareness.

"I don't think there is not enough awareness about life guarding. When you go to the pool, the first thing you notice is probably not the life guard. I know I didn't," Anderson said. "I don't think people really know this is a job you can have. Because I think when people think of jobs they think of long term." 

The aquatic centers are looking for more then just lifeguards Janel Twehous, aquatic supervisor for the city of Columbia, said.

"We are alway looking for lifeguards. We run anywhere from 145 to 175 on staff, and thats including lifeguards, swimming instructors, cashiers, concession, management staff. But we are still looking for a couple more lifeguards for sure," she said.

Anderson said that she loved the past six summers she worked in the aquatic facilities in Columbia. 

"I love it. I always have fun here," she said. "The relationship and the friends you meet. I have friends that I've meet in this pool when I was 16 that I still talk to almost everyday. You are with each other every single day. You have a lot of fun -- you get to swim." 

Ciara Clawson, assistant manager of Albert-Oakland pool, and Anderson said to be hired as a lifeguard, a person has to be over 15-years-old and undergo training. 

Columbia has six aquatic facilities; four outdoors and two indoors.

"We are waiting for you guys to out here and swim. It's going to be a great summer. You are going to have a lot of fun and you are going to be safe," Anderson said.

Lake of the Woods, Douglass Family Aquatic Center and Little Mates Cove at Twin Lakes will open on Saturday, June 2.

 

Columbia Public Pool Hours:

Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center-12 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Lake of the Woods-1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Douglass Family Aquatic Center- 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Little Mates Cove at Twin Lakes-11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

  


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City panhandler program makes strides in Springfield http://www.komu.com/news/city-panhandler-program-makes-strides-in-springfield/ http://www.komu.com/news/city-panhandler-program-makes-strides-in-springfield/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 11:13:46 AM The Associated Press City panhandler program makes strides in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two months after the idea was first introduced to leaders in Springfield, Missouri, the city's new plan to help connect panhandlers to job opportunities and other resources is taking shape.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that two informational meetings were held May 22 for volunteers to help with the eight-week pilot program, Wheels to Work.

The program was created by the city and partner organizations like the Council of Churches, Crosslines and One Door, in response to an increased number of complaints about people who stand by busy roads asking for food and money.

Buses will stop at six target intersections to pick up panhandlers who then have the opportunity to shower, eat a hot meal, do laundry and search for employment.

The city hopes to start in June.


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Man dead in St. Louis after gunfire with police, standoff http://www.komu.com/news/man-dead-in-st-louis-after-gunfire-with-police-standoff/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-dead-in-st-louis-after-gunfire-with-police-standoff/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 11:09:51 AM The Associated Press Man dead in St. Louis after gunfire with police, standoff

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who exchanged gunfire with officers during an hours-long standoff has been found dead.

Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson confirmed the 33-year-old suspect's death after the shooting late Friday but had no other immediate details. A news conference was expected Saturday.

Police say the confrontation happened after the suspect armed with a shotgun barricaded himself inside an apartment building.

The man's identity was not released.

No officers were injured.

The standoff forced the closure of several streets.


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State Legislature passes electricity rate incentives http://www.komu.com/news/state-legislature-passes-electricity-rate-incentives/ http://www.komu.com/news/state-legislature-passes-electricity-rate-incentives/ Continuous News Sat, 27 May 2017 5:13:41 AM The Associated Press State Legislature passes electricity rate incentives

 

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers have passed a proposal in a special session that supporters hope will bring hundreds of jobs to the southeastern part of the state. 

Senators voted 24-5 on Friday to send the measure to Gov. Eric Greitens. The bill will allow aluminum smelters, steel mills and other major electricity users to negotiate lower electricity rates for longer contracts than is allowed under current law.

The bill is designed to lure two companies to New Madrid in southeastern Missouri. The region has struggled economically since a major aluminum smelter closed last year when it filed for bankruptcy.

The bill received relatively widespread support, but some lawmakers were concerned that residential customers could face higher electricity rates to offset the special discounts for big manufacturers. However, analysis by the state Public Service Commission indicates that average consumers won't see significant rate increases under most scenarios. 

 


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Columbia man sentenced for threatening attorney in federal court http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-man-sentenced-for-threatening-attorney-in-federal-court/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-man-sentenced-for-threatening-attorney-in-federal-court/ Continuous News Fri, 26 May 2017 8:04:38 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Columbia man sentenced for threatening attorney in federal court

JEFFERSON CITY – A father was sentenced in federal court Friday for threatening the attorney who represented one of his son’s co-defendants in a drug-trafficking conspiracy case in Columbia.

Bruce Wayne Stephens, 71, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to eight years in federal prison without parole. Stephens has remained in federal custody since his arrest in October.

Stephens was found guilty in December of obstructing justice by threatening another person because of his participation in an official proceeding.

Stephens is the father of Malcolm Desean Redmon. Redmon was sentenced in September to over 24 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Boone County from November 2011 to August 2014.

Stephens made threats against those involved in the prosecution of Redmon as a form of retaliation. He primarily targeted Brian Risley, the attorney at the time representing one of Redmon’s co-defendants, Vershawn Edwards.

While the case against him was pending, Redmon was involved in threatening opposing witnesses and cooperators.

Stephens confronted Risley at the federal courthouse for Edwards’s sentencing hearing in September, on the same day as Redmon’s sentencing hearing. Stephens repeatedly said, “snitches, snitches belong in ditches.”

Stephens confronted Risley again after he left the courthouse, saying to him “snitches, you a … snitch … I will kill you, kill your wife, kill your family.”

Stephens has faced 34 separate criminal convictions since he was 19-years-old and served multiple stints in the Missouri state prison system. 

When testifying in his own defense at trial, Stephens said that he did not make any threatening statements in the courtroom while attending the Edwards sentencing hearing. The court found that Stephens committed perjury. 

Stephens claimed his use of language came only after Risley assaulted him and court security officers mistreated him by being indifferent both to the assault and to Stephens’s need to use the bathroom. Stephens also testified that he didn't make any threatening statements to Risley outside the courthouse. 

 


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Officials prepared for possible severe weather at Lake of the Ozarks http://www.komu.com/news/officials-prepared-for-possible-severe-weather-at-lake-of-the-ozarks/ http://www.komu.com/news/officials-prepared-for-possible-severe-weather-at-lake-of-the-ozarks/ Continuous News Fri, 26 May 2017 7:56:33 PM Max Cotton, KOMU 8 Reporter Officials prepared for possible severe weather at Lake of the Ozarks

OSAGE BEACH – People going to Lake of the Ozarks this Memorial Day Weekend may encounter severe weather, dampening the first weekend of peak boating season.

Thunderstorms are expected to roll in Saturday afternoon and continue into the evening.

Missouri State Highway's Water Patrol is working with local police and fire departments to ensure all tourists stay safe during the holiday weekend, and not just when it comes to possible severe weather.

"When there's an alert or warning, you know, do take it serious and just be prepared and don't think it won't happen because that's usually what happens, when you don't think it will, it will," Osage Beach Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Scott Stafford said.

MSHP Sergeant Scott White said people should stay alert to weather patterns and seek shelter if they see lightning in the area.

"One thing about Memorial Day Weekend, it's nothing new to Lake of the Ozarks. The sheriff's departments down there, the fire departments, the local police departments and the patrol are fully aware of the people that come down to Lake of the Ozarks for Memorial Day Weekend," White said

He also said MSHP will have 16 troopers patrolling the water throughout the weekend.

Stafford also said people should also remember not to drink and boat.

In 2016, MSHP troopers arrested 21 people for boating while intoxicated Memorial Day Weekend.


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Jefferson City man seriously injured in motor scooter accident http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-man-seriously-injured-in-motor-scooter-accident/ http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-man-seriously-injured-in-motor-scooter-accident/ Continuous News Fri, 26 May 2017 7:53:30 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Jefferson City man seriously injured in motor scooter accident

JEFFERSON CITY - A motor vehicle collision left a man seriously injured Friday morning.

Elmer Redcay, 62, was northbound on Eastland Drive on his motor scooter when a southbound Chevrolet Impala hit him while trying to turn left into a McDonald's parking lot.

Redcay was ejected from his vehicle. Officers and emergency personnel found him on the ground with serious injuries before taking him by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

He was wearing a Department of Transportation approved helmet. 

The driver of the Chevrolet Impala was not injured.

The crash is under investigation by the Jefferson City Police Department Traffic Unit.


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Gas prices jump leading up to Memorial Day Weekend http://www.komu.com/news/gas-prices-jump-leading-up-to-memorial-day-weekend/ http://www.komu.com/news/gas-prices-jump-leading-up-to-memorial-day-weekend/ Continuous News Fri, 26 May 2017 6:56:03 PM Finley Walker, KOMU 8 Reporter Gas prices jump leading up to Memorial Day Weekend

COLUMBIA - Gas prices leading up to Memorial Day Weekend went up in Mid Missouri by about ten cents.

According to GasBuddy.com, the cheapest gas in Columbia on Friday was $2.21 per gallon. In Jefferson City gas was averaging $2.24. Just two weeks earlier, gas was $2.15.

There was a similar trend in prices around Memorial Day Weekend last year. GasBuddy.com reports on May 27, 2016, also the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, gas averaged $2.15 in Jefferson City. Two weeks before, gas was $2.01.

GasBuddy data showed a consistent spike of about ten cents in gas prices during the weeks leading up to Memorial Day in 2015 as well.

GasBuddy Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague explained the spike in prices was most likely caused by increased demand.

"It’s really important for people to understand that, right now, it costs gasoline stations, with taxes at about 35.7 cents a gallon, and $1.60 to buy from the refiner, costing about $1.95 to buy the gasoline to begin with," McTeague said. "10 to 15 to 20 cents a gallon isn’t out of the extraordinary when it comes to a retail margin, that’s to cover the cost of monitoring credit cards, things like being able to pay for the electricity to turn on your pumps."

McTeague said he believes the jump in prices these past few weeks isn't the beginning of an upward trend, and prices will return back to normal.

"The up and down here is just the retail operating costs, and that tends to increase sometimes, other times it can decrease," McTeague said. "I think after tonight [May 26] you’ll see prices drop five or six cents a liter, in fact if you look at our live ticking averages, they’ve dropped substantially in many counties."

According to McTeague, even though prices have increased in the past couple of weeks, they are relatively low compared to past years. McTeague said consumers should not be concerned that prices will continue to increase during the summer months.

 


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Missouri OKs over $6M of business incentives for 680 jobs http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-oks-over-6m-of-business-incentives-for-680-jobs/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-oks-over-6m-of-business-incentives-for-680-jobs/ Continuous News Fri, 26 May 2017 5:06:00 PM The Associated Press Missouri OKs over $6M of business incentives for 680 jobs

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri economic development officials have authorized more than $6 million of incentives to several businesses that could create more 680 jobs.

The business expansions were announced by Gov. Eric Greitens' administration with relatively little fanfare this week. They came as lawmakers met in a highly publicized special session to authorize discounted electric rates for potential steel and aluminum businesses that could create hundreds of jobs in southeast Missouri.

The tax breaks and job training incentives include about:

  • $2.1 million for 3M to expand in Springfield, adding 90 jobs.
  • $2 million for DST to expand in Kansas City, adding 415 jobs.
  • $1.7 million for Envision to expand in St. Louis County, adding 132 jobs.
  • $500,000 for Blue Buffalo to expand in Joplin, adding 46 jobs.

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