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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department responded at 8:16 p.m. Saturday to a shooting outside of a home at 2800 Isherwood Drive.

Officers say a man was shot and taken to the hospital. Police found shell casings in the back of the residence and they are still looking for the shooter. Nobody was inside the home at the time of the shooting. The investigation is ongoing. 

This story will be updated when more information is available. 

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Kids in Boone County got a chance to make meals with mom http://www.komu.com/news/kids-in-boone-county-got-a-chance-to-make-meals-with-mom/ http://www.komu.com/news/kids-in-boone-county-got-a-chance-to-make-meals-with-mom/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 7:08:16 PM Justice Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter Kids in Boone County got a chance to make meals with mom

COLUMBIA- On Saturday, Meals with Mom brought together mothers and their children to make homemade pizza rolls and desert.

The class gave the pairs a chance to participate in trust activities and “get to know you” activities all while bonding over food.

Meals with Mom normally takes place once a month, and the you can register and find more information here.

The company that hosts this event also does private events and parties.

This event was a way with mothers in Boone County to connect with their children, in a special and unique way!

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Man sentenced to life for killing 15-year-old Missouri girl http://www.komu.com/news/man-sentenced-to-life-for-killing-15-year-old-missouri-girl/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-sentenced-to-life-for-killing-15-year-old-missouri-girl/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 5:58:36 PM The Associated Press Man sentenced to life for killing 15-year-old Missouri girl

WARSAW (AP) — A 51-year-old Springfield man already in prison on drug charges has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 15-year-old girl and dumping her body in Truman Lake.

Anthony Balbirnie had previously been found guilty of second-degree murder, statutory rape and other charges in in the 2012 death of Khighla Parks of the Willard area.

Balbirnie stood trial in Cooper County. The Missouri Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case.

Balbirnie was also sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Balbirnie has also been charged with murder in connection with the 2008 death of 31-year-old Theresa Mohler.

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Former Joplin officer pleads guilty to federal misdemeanor http://www.komu.com/news/former-joplin-officer-pleads-guilty-to-federal-misdemeanor/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-joplin-officer-pleads-guilty-to-federal-misdemeanor/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 5:32:46 PM The Associated Press Former Joplin officer pleads guilty to federal misdemeanor

JOPLIN (AP) — A former Joplin police officer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for offering to help a woman get charges against her dropped in hopes of developing a relationship with her.

Brian Rogers pleaded guilty this week in federal court in Springfield to violating the woman's civil rights, a misdemeanor.

Joplin police said in a statement Friday that the department learned in December that Rogers sought a relationship with a woman he had cited in October with driving while intoxicated. Police asked the FBI to conduct a criminal probe. Rogers resigned in January.

The Joplin Globe reports that court records show Rogers told the FBI he hoped helping the woman get her case dismissed would lead to a "friendship and then a sexual relationship."

No sentencing has been set.

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Two teenagers arrested after reported fight over marijuana http://www.komu.com/news/two-teenagers-arrested-after-reported-fight-over-marijuana/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-teenagers-arrested-after-reported-fight-over-marijuana/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 5:20:57 PM Katie Parkins, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two teenagers arrested after reported fight over marijuana

FULTON - Fulton Police arrested two siblings Saturday morning at a residence on the 900 block of Lyle Street.

Officers said the brother and sister were arguing over marijuana. When they responded to the dispute, officers discovered marijuana and marijuana-related paraphernalia inside the residence and took both siblings into custody.

17-year-old Kailey Rubin was arrested for possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Her brother, 19-year-old Brendan Rubin, was arrested for felony distribution of no more than 5 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He was also taken into custody for an active felony warrant for dangerous drugs out of St. Charles County.

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Man accused of beating significant other with hammer http://www.komu.com/news/man-accused-of-beating-significant-other-with-hammer/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-accused-of-beating-significant-other-with-hammer/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 4:03:06 PM Katie Parkins, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man accused of beating significant other with hammer

COLUMBIA - A 41-year-old man was accused of beating his significant other with a hammer Friday, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Officials said Steven Holcomb was taken into custody Friday around 6 p.m. He faces two charges of second-degree domestic assault. His bail is set at $10,000 per count.

His significant other is doing okay, according to officials at Boone County Sheriff's Department.

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German celebration creates lasting history http://www.komu.com/news/german-celebration-creates-lasting-history-in-area/ http://www.komu.com/news/german-celebration-creates-lasting-history-in-area/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 3:52:04 PM Samantha Kummerer, KOMU 8 Reporter German celebration creates lasting history

JEFFERSON CITY - The Old Munichburg Association brought the community out to celebrate German culture during Saturday's Oktoberfest. 

The annual festival was held in the city's historic German neighborhood, Old Munichburg. Germans settled in the area during the 19th century, setting up businesses and schools.

“As Jeff City has of course evolved and become more americanized, some of those German influences have disappeared a little bit, so it’s important for us to have the festival so we can remember those German ties and the ancestry and our heritage and celebrate that," said Becky Bocklage, the president of the Old Munichburg Association. 

One of the association members, Susan Ferber, said many people have fond memories of the area even if they are not still living in the neighborhood.  

Today the German heritage is seen in the architecture of local buildings and churches in the south-side neighborhood. The Old Munichburg Association works to preserve the history through the funds collected during the Oktoberfest. 

The association works on various beautification projects and renovations that celebrate the area's history. 

Oktoberfest is the assocation's primary fundraiser to complete the projects. 

Money through food sales, merchandise and vendor fees go to the assocaition's budget. 

Dancers, traditional meals, a beer garden and a dachshund derby celebrated the traditional heritage. Saturday's activities were more americanized than Friday's with vendors selling food and crafts. 

While the festival is important to the association, Bocklage said it is also important to the city and vendors involved. 

"The folks come from all over to Jefferson City. They get a chance to see our beautiful city, our capital, to visit not only our neighborhood but other neighborhoods," Blockage said. 

For the vendors, the event also offered the opportunity to get out in the community. 

Vanessa Koller operates Beef Stick Bills and sells most of her beef sticks at festivals like Oktoberfest throughout mid-Missouri. 

"We don't sell in stores and we like it that way. It's mom-and-pop," Koller said. 

Saturday's Oktoberfest was the 16th hosted in the city and has grown from 500 people to 10,000 said the event's coordinator. 

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MU Children's Hospital teams up with the tigers http://www.komu.com/news/mu-children-s-hospital-teams-up-with-the-tigers/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-children-s-hospital-teams-up-with-the-tigers/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 3:15:32 PM Shelly Hagan, KOMU 8 Reporter MU Children's Hospital teams up with the tigers

COLUMBIA - MU Children's Hospital held a tailgate for the MU vs. Delaware State football game Saturday.

With help from the MU Athletic Department and Veterans' Hospital, the Children's Hospital organized a tailgate for sickle cell and cancer patients and their families. 

The tailgate, which began at 1 p.m. in the Veteran's Hospital parking lot, included food, drinks, t-shirts, activities and giveaways.

The MU Athletic Department provided 175 tickets for the patients and their families. LeAnn Reeder, a child life specialist at MU Children's Hospital, said all the tickets were used.  

"This is an event for our patients and families to get out and enjoy things outside the hospital. They don't have to worry about, think about their disease today," Reeder said. 

This is the 16th year that MU Children's Hospital has hosted the football event, which is a part of Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

Nine year old Natalia Frock, an Astrocytoma brain cancer patient, has been going to the event for five years with her father Matthew Bruce.  

Bruce and his girlfriend Natasha Cole said Frock loves the Missouri Tigers.

"Before her first time coming here, she was so pumped. She still has her MU foam finger from the first time she came," Cole said.



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Missouri vs. Delaware State Live Blog http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-vs-delaware-state-live-blog/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-vs-delaware-state-live-blog/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:04:45 PM Jake Schnierow, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri vs. Delaware State Live Blog

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Tigers took on the Delaware State Hornets on Saturday. The Tigers looked to bounce back after a tough loss last week against SEC rival Georgia.

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Passenger fatally struck in Kansas City area http://www.komu.com/news/passenger-fatally-struck-in-kansas-city-area/ http://www.komu.com/news/passenger-fatally-struck-in-kansas-city-area/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 2:50:51 PM The Associated Press Passenger fatally struck in Kansas City area

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 25-year-old man was struck and killed after he got out of a vehicle stopped along a Kansas City area highway.

The Kansas City Star reports that police say the victim asked an Uber driver to pull over along Interstate 435 early Saturday because he was feeling sick.

Police say the driver stopped on the highway shoulder and the passenger got out. As the man vomited, a car left the roadway and struck the victim and the vehicle he had been in.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released his name.

Police say the drivers of both cars suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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Lock tosses five TD passes, Missouri beats Delaware State 79-0 http://www.komu.com/news/lock-tosses-five-td-passes-missouri-beats-delaware-state-79-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/lock-tosses-five-td-passes-missouri-beats-delaware-state-79-0/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 2:22:21 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Lock tosses five TD passes, Missouri beats Delaware State 79-0

COLUMBIA - Missouri Tigers' quarterback Drew Lock threw for 402 yards and five touchdowns, including four to wide receiver J’Mon Moore, on the way to a 79-0 blowout win over the Delaware State Hornets.

The 79 points are the most the Tigers have scored in a game, beating their previous record of 69.

The win boosted Missouri’s record on the season to 2-2. The Hornets fell to 0-3 on the season with the loss.

The Tigers scored on their first drive of the game. Lock led Missouri on a 94-yard drive capped off by a two yard rushing touchdown from running back Ish Witter. Kicker Tucker McCann added the extra point and Missouri led 7-0 with 13:13 remaining in the first quarter.

Following a Delaware State punt, the Tigers got the ball back and scored a touchdown on their second drive of the game. The drive spanned six plays and 99 yards, including a four yard touchdown strike from Lock to Moore with 9:12 left in the first quarter. After McCann's extra point attempt was no good, Missouri's lead remained 13-0.

Missouri was unable to find the end zone on their third drive of the day, but they did put points on the scoreboard thanks to a 31-yard field goal from McCann to expand their lead to 16-0 with 5:36 on the clock in the first quarter.

Later in the first quarter a Michael Scherer interception return to the Delaware State five yard line set up Missouri's next touchdown. Lock found Moore in the end zone for the second time in the quarter, this time from six yards out to increase the Tiger's advantage to 23-0 after a successful McCann extra point.

 Missouri's next touchdown was set up by a 51-yard punt return to the Hornets' nine yard line by Chris Black. The Tigers scored a touchdown for the fourth time in the first quarter on a nine yard toss from Lock to Moore with 2:15 to play in the quarter. McCann's point after try made the score 30-0 Tigers.

Running back Damarea Crockett scored Missouri's next touchdown with 10:57 left in the second quarter on a two yard run. McCann's extra point was good and Missouri's lead stretched to 37-0.

Lock found Moore through the air for the fourth time in the game on a one yard connection with 7:17 to go in the second quarter. McCann added the extra point to push the Tigers' advantage to 44-0.

Crockett punched the ball in from 11 yards away with 5:21 remaining in the second quarter for his second touchdown of the game. McCann made the point after to boost Missouri's lead to 51-0.

Lock's fifth touchdown pass of the game came on a 34-yard hook up with wide receiver Emanuel Hall with 2:16 on the clock in the second quarter. McCann's extra point made the score 58-0 Missouri.

The Tigers led the Hornets 58-0 at halftime.

The two teams agreed to play 10 minute quarters in the second half.

Missouri backup quarterback Marvin Zanders replaced starter Drew Lock for the second half of the game. Zanders scored on an 11-yard touchdown run with 5:47 to play in the third quarter. McCann made the extra point and the Tigers' lead grew to 65-0.

Zanders then added a touchdown through the air on a two yard toss to wide receiver Eric Laurent with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter. McCann's extra point made the score 72-0.

Zanders scored his third touchdown of the game and his second on the ground on a 14-yard run with 8:16 left in the fourth quarter. McCann made his 10th extra point to put the Tigers up 79-0.

Missouri now turns their attention to next week's game at LSU. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Injuries reported when car hits onlookers before parade http://www.komu.com/news/injuries-reported-when-car-hits-onlookers-before-parade/ http://www.komu.com/news/injuries-reported-when-car-hits-onlookers-before-parade/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 1:51:48 PM The Associated Press Injuries reported when car hits onlookers before parade

HAZELWOOD (AP) — St. Louis area police said injuries have been reported after a car hit people waiting for a homecoming parade to begin.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police say multiple injuries were recorded Saturday when the vehicle spun out of control and into onlookers waiting for start of the Hazelwood West High School homecoming parade.

Hazelwood police say none of the injuries were life-threatening and it is unclear how many people were taken to hospitals.

Police said the incident occurred near an intersection when a Ford Mustang spun out of control after striking another vehicle.

The 17-year-old driving the Mustang was taken into custody facing charges of careless and imprudent driving and second-degree assault.

The accident is under investigation.

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Shots fired in south Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/shots-fired-in-nouth-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/shots-fired-in-nouth-columbia/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:54:29 PM Jalyn Henderson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Shots fired in south Columbia

COLUMBIA - This morning officers confirmed a report of shots fired in the area of Arlene Drive and Gillespie Bridge Road.

Yesterday evening, officers arrived on Arlene Drive and found a car and house that had been shot at. Officers said witnesses described seeing a black male in his late teens to early 20's wearing dark clothing running from the area.

At this time there are no reports of injuries and no arrests have been made. 

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1 dead after vehicle plunges into Kansas City area lake http://www.komu.com/news/1-dead-after-vehicle-plunges-into-kansas-city-area-lake/ http://www.komu.com/news/1-dead-after-vehicle-plunges-into-kansas-city-area-lake/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:15:43 PM The Associated Press 1 dead after vehicle plunges into Kansas City area lake

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One person was killed when a vehicle plunged into a Kansas City area lake.

The Kansas City Star reported the vehicle landed in Bales Lake at Blue Valley Park on Friday evening. Police said another person in the car is hospitalized with serious injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The victim's identity hasn't been released.

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Missouri boy mows lawns for free for single moms, disabled http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-boy-mows-lawns-for-free-for-single-moms-disabled/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-boy-mows-lawns-for-free-for-single-moms-disabled/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:30:43 AM The Associated Press Missouri boy mows lawns for free for single moms, disabled

ROGERSVILLE (AP) — A 13-year-old Missouri boy who's mowing lawns for free for single mothers, senior citizens and the disabled isn't letting typical teenager distractions cut into his charitable ambitions.

The Springfield News-Leader reports while other young kids may be with friends or playing video games, Christian Williams of Rogersville is doing a grass-grooming service project.

The effort called Raising Men Lawn Care Service was started last year by Rodney Smith Jr. The Alabama A&M University student challenged himself to mow 40 yards for those in need and within two weeks reached 100. Smith challenged young people to do the same. Williams accepted.

He started mowing for free this month and has done at least six yards. For every 10 yards he mows, Smith will send him a different colored T-shirt.

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Records closed on Trump's failed bid for Kansas City casino http://www.komu.com/news/records-closed-on-trump-s-failed-bid-for-kansas-city-casino/ http://www.komu.com/news/records-closed-on-trump-s-failed-bid-for-kansas-city-casino/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:50:02 AM The Associated Press Records closed on Trump's failed bid for Kansas City casino

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully to buy a Kansas City casino in 1999, but documents from that aborted effort aren't public because he withdrew his application for a Missouri gaming license.

The Kansas City-based Hale Center for Journalism reports news outlets and the Democratic National Committee are interested in obtaining the records, but they're out of luck.

A Missouri Gaming Commission attorney says the files are protected from public scrutiny under state law because the commission never acted on the application.

Trump offered to pay $15 million for the Hilton Flamingo Casino, which is now the Isle of Capri. But state regulators complained that he wasn't providing information required to receive a state gaming license.

The casino eventually was purchased by a different company for $22.5 million.

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Puppies give students purpose http://www.komu.com/news/puppies-give-students-purpose/ http://www.komu.com/news/puppies-give-students-purpose/ Continuous News Sat, 24 Sep 2016 8:35:28 AM Alyssa Salcido, KOMU 8 Reporter Puppies give students purpose

COLUMBIA – Puppies with Purpose, a CHAMP Assistance Dogs, Inc. program gives puppies the opportunity to train to become assistance or service dogs. However, before they can be sent off to training, they need to be raised, socialized and housebroken.  

That’s where the student volunteers behind the program come in. PWP Volunteer Kaylynn Bumphis is currently raising her second pup, Gemma.

Some people ask Bumphis why she doesn't just get a dog she can keep.

“Outside of the financial benefits the program offers like helping pay for the dog’s necessities and things, it just a better cause,” Bumphis said.

Gemma’s half brother, JC is also in the program. He is being raised by PWP Volunteer Abbey Cumnock.

Cumnock says she has an aunt who uses a wheelchair and has looked into getting a service dog. However, since there is already a shortage it’s been a tough process for her.

“There’s a very small amount of dogs that are able to do this service, so if me raising this dog could help someone like my aunt get a service dog, it makes being upset about losing the dog worth it,” said Cumnock.

Both volunteers admitted they didn’t realize how much of a commitment raising a puppy was. Cumnock compares it to raising a child. She said the puppies teach you a lot of responsibility and time management skills.

Bumphis said she’s never done anything harder.

“Every time you see a service dog, you don’t think about where they come from… and there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that goes into raising them," Bumphis said. "I’ve never worked so hard for something, and become so passionate about something."

Bumphis said watching her puppy grow is a feeling of pride.  

“It’s almost like a mom with her kids in college. You want the kids to graduate, even though you’re sad that they want to leave you… in your head you are like ‘Ok this is so worth it, go ahead and go, grow up and go into the world.’”

When the puppies leave their raisers they still need to complete training before they can officially become a service or assitance dog. Once official, they try to pair the dog up with its best match. 

DVM and Director of Puppies with Purpose, A CHAMP Assistance Dogs, Inc Program, TerriAnn Tucker-Warhover clarified. CHAMP places their assistance dogs with many individuals who have disabilities that have limited incomes. PWP provide assistance dogs to anyone who qualifies.

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Man accused of breaking into MU sorority house http://www.komu.com/news/man-accused-of-breaking-into-mu-sorority-house/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-accused-of-breaking-into-mu-sorority-house/ Continuous News Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:40:39 PM Katie Parkins, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man accused of breaking into MU sorority house

COLUMBIA - A 23-year-old man is accused of breaking into the MU Alpha Chi Omega sorority house Thursday.

John Arthur Taylor faces charges of second-degree burglary and property damage.

Another MU sorority, Phi Mu, emailed its members with details of the crime.

That email said the suspect did not enter the house by force, but waited until a member opened the door and went in the house behind her. He then went to the third floor and spray-painted house property, according to the email, and no one was hurt.

Taylor's bond is set at $5,500 with the conditions that he is not allowed on the premises of 900 Richmond Avenue.

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Car and motorcycle collide on Brown School Road http://www.komu.com/news/car-and-motorcycle-collide-on-brown-school-road/ http://www.komu.com/news/car-and-motorcycle-collide-on-brown-school-road/ Continuous News Fri, 23 Sep 2016 9:53:40 PM Katie Parkins, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Car and motorcycle collide on Brown School Road

COLUMBIA - A car and motorcycle collided at the intersection of Brown School Road and Highway 763 Friday evening.

A 16-year-old female was driving the car. Police said she turned left on Brown School Road into the path of the motorcycle, which collided into the passenger side of the car.

The motorcyclist, Austin Bopp, was ejected and suffered a broken arm and a head injury.

Witnesses said the driver of the car was talking on a cell phone at the time of the crash. They said she appeared unharmed.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.



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Person reported with weapon triggers police response http://www.komu.com/news/person-reported-with-weapon-triggers-police-response/ http://www.komu.com/news/person-reported-with-weapon-triggers-police-response/ Continuous News Fri, 23 Sep 2016 7:55:38 PM Katie Parkins, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Person reported with weapon triggers police response

JEFFERSON CITY - Two people told police they saw someone with a weapon on the 400 block of Brooks Street Friday evening. 

One officer who responded said they saw a person who could have had a weapon, but could not confirm that.

The person was described as wearing camouflage, a tactile vest, a cloth hoodie that covered their face, with something slung across their body.

The Jefferson County Police Department and Cole County Sheriff's Department searched for the person for an hour and a half but could not find them.

According to JCPD Sgt. Steve Dappen, there was no known crime involved since Missouri allows open carry.


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