KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Breaking News Breaking News en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:02:15 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Police suggest DWI charge on CPS worker after crash on the job http://www.komu.com/news/police-suggest-dwi-charge-on-cps-worker-after-crash-on-the-job/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-suggest-dwi-charge-on-cps-worker-after-crash-on-the-job/ Breaking News Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:36:09 AM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Reporter Police suggest DWI charge on CPS worker after crash on the job

COLUMBIA - The driver of a Columbia Public Schools truck was arrested and police suggested charging him with a DWI this morning after he veered off the road, split a power line and came to a stop in front of a residence on West Boulevard in Columbia. Jeffrey Cole, a 27-year-old CPS employee, was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the accident. He was taken into custody from the scene.

Water and Light crews are working on fixing the power line that was damaged by the truck.

West Boulevard between Lathrop Road and Rollins Road is expected to be closed for most of Tuesday.  


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Missouri will not accept bowl bid http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-will-not-accept-bowl-bid/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-will-not-accept-bowl-bid/ Breaking News Mon, 30 Nov 2015 4:33:04 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri will not accept bowl bid

COLUMBIA - Gary Pinkel has officially coached his final game. The Missouri football program announced through a press release Monday that it would not accept a bowl bid this season.

Athletics Director Mack Rhoades said finding the team's new head coach is now priority No. 1.

"Our focus remains on identifying the right leader for our program and moving forward with the transition process," Rhoades said.

In the meantime, Missouri named Quarterbacks Coach and Associate Head Coach Andy Hill as the team's interim head coach. He will carry out head coaching functions until the team hires a permanent replacement.

This is the second time in four years that the Tigers have failed to make a bowl game. The last time came in their inaugural season in the SEC in 2012.

With 40 bowl games this season, 80 Division-1 teams have to play in a bowl game. That means a handful of 5-7 teams will play an extra game, even though a .500 record has traditionally been a prerequisite to making a bowl game.

Missouri will not be one of those teams.


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Three kids, 1 adult safe after Jefferson City house fire http://www.komu.com/news/three-kids-1-adult-safe-after-jefferson-city-house-fire/ http://www.komu.com/news/three-kids-1-adult-safe-after-jefferson-city-house-fire/ Breaking News Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:51:35 PM Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Christian Piekos, KOMU 8 Reporter Three kids, 1 adult safe after Jefferson City house fire

JEFFERSON CITY - Four people were safe after a structure fire at a house in Jefferson City Monday night.

Division Chief Jason Turner said three children and one adult got out of the house, and there were no injuries.

He said a child playing with a match or lighter could have started the fire, but the fire department is still investigating the cause. Firefighters said the fire started in the back of house. The back of the house was heavily damaged from the fire.

The Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched at 9:04 p.m to 1409 East Miller Street, Turner said. The fire was out before 10 p.m. The Jefferson City Police Department was also on the scene.

Another adult who lived at the house was at work at the time of the fire. Turner said the American Red Cross will give the family temporary assistance because there is too much damage to live in the house currently.


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Recap of MU football team's support to protest against racism http://www.komu.com/news/recap-of-mu-football-team-s-support-to-protest-against-racism/ http://www.komu.com/news/recap-of-mu-football-team-s-support-to-protest-against-racism/ Breaking News Sun, 8 Nov 2015 3:19:53 PM Luke Slabaugh, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Recap of MU football team's support to protest against racism

COLUMBIA - The Board of Curators of the University of Missouri plan to meet Monday morning at 10:00 a.m., to talk about the racial unrest that's escalated on the MU campus this past week.

MU Football Coach Gary Pinkel is supporting his football players as they put all football-related activities on hold in a show of solidarity with students protesting racism on campus.

Pinkel tweeted a photo of the team, coaches included, all interlocking arms inside Sells Dining Hall. Pinkel included the caption, "The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. #ConcernedStudent1950".

Moments later, Media Director Chad Moller met reporters outside the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex (MATC) to say the football team would release a statement Sunday evening. Moller said he was aware of the photo, but didn't know Pinkel had tweeted it. He said Pinkel and his staff support the protest.

"You saw the photo," Moller said.

 

Moller and Pinkel sent out a news release shortly after 4 p.m. which said, "Today, Sunday, there will be no football practice or formal team activities. Our focus right now is on the health of Jonathan Butler, the concerns of our student-athletes and working with our community to address this serious issue. After meeting with the team this morning, it is clear they do not plan to return to practice until Jonathan resumes eating. We are continuing to have department, campus, and student meetings as we work through this issue and will provide further comment tomorrow [Monday] afternoon."

Pinkel did not meet with media members after the team got together. Several Missouri football players and coaches filed in and out of the training complex, declining comment on any issues related to the meeting.

Missouri redshirt sophomore tight end Jason Reese expressed his pleasure the team made an organized decision.

"I feel great," Reese said. "I love my team. Love them."

Several African American members of the football team took a picture Saturday night with campus activist Jonathan Butler, who is on a hunger strike. Defensive back Anthony Sherrils tweeted out the photo, and an explanation the team would not play or participate in anything football related until UM President Tim Wolfe resigned or was fired.


Reese said he didn't know when the team would practice again.

"Whenever this gets resolved," Reese said. 

Both Sherrils and running back Russell Hansbrough said there was no practice. Sherrils said the coaching staff originally planned one, but decided to cancel it in place of a team meeting. The players met on their own around 9:30 a.m. before Pinkel and the staff joined them at 10 a.m. Reese said the team wouldn't talk until it issued a statement.

 "I can't speak on that subject. I'm sorry," offensive lineman Nate Crawford said.

"We're not allowed to say anything," said Connor McGovern, another offensive lineman.

Several players expressed satisfaction with how the meeting went. Former Missouri wide receiver L'Damian Washington met with players outside the MATC. Senior linebacker Michael Scherer had a positive response for how united he felt the team was.

"Very," he said, pumping his fist in the air.

The Kansas City Star reports if Missouri does not play against Bringham Young University at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday, their contract would require MU to pay $1 million.

Check the video in the top left corner for a recap of the weekend's events.

[This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information available.]


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Search underway for a missing man in Osage County http://www.komu.com/news/search-underway-for-a-missing-man-in-osage-county/ http://www.komu.com/news/search-underway-for-a-missing-man-in-osage-county/ Breaking News Sat, 5 Sep 2015 8:28:16 PM John Zupon, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Search underway for a missing man in Osage County

OSAGE COUNTY - Authorities have temporarily called off the search for a man who went missing in Osage County.

Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon said the search would resume on Sunday morning. 

Several agencies were searching Saturday night for 30-year-old Cody Rush.

"Upon arrival, sheriff's deputies have been in contact with family members who said that 30-year-old Cody Rush was last seen here at their campsite around 10 o'clock last night," Dixon said.

Dixon said Rush was last seen Friday near the Bonnots Mill River Access. Dixon said the Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisting in the search and had four or five boats in the water Saturday night to help with search and recovery efforts.

Dixon said Rush was camping near the Osage River at a campsite off County Road 416 when he was reported missing.

Along with MSHP boats, Linn Fire Protection District was also responding Saturday, Dixon said.

Dixon said that Cody is approximately 6'2 and 225 pounds. He has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. Dixon said he was last seen wearing a dark t-shirt with jeans.

The department asked if anybody has any information on Rush's whereabouts to please call the Osage County Sheriff's Department. 

This is a developing story. KOMU 8 News will bring you more details as they are confirmed.


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Hitman Casey Lewis sentenced to life in prison with no parole http://www.komu.com/news/hitman-casey-lewis-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-with-no-parole/ http://www.komu.com/news/hitman-casey-lewis-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-with-no-parole/ Breaking News Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:21:51 AM Phil Bergman, KOMU 8 Reporter Hitman Casey Lewis sentenced to life in prison with no parole

COLUMBIA - The hit man in a murder for hire plot was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole Friday. 

Casey Lewis was convicted of first-degree murder after a three day trial.

Lewis was hired by James Thompson to kill Thompson's lover, Brian Daniels, in 2013. The murder of Daniels happened exactly two years ago.

On March 2, Thompson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his actions in the murder. 

At Friday's sentencing, Lewis' attorney asked for a retrial due to what he calls flaws in the first trial, specifically that Thompson did not take the stand and that there was a lack of evidence found at the scene of the crime and a lack of evidence that linked Lewis to the crime scene.

The sister of Brian Daniels sent in a letter to the judge as part of the sentencing trial. It is not known yet what was written on that letter.

Justin Carver, the defense attorney for Lewis, said while he and Lewis were not expecting to be granted a retrial, they were upset with how the process went. 

"Casey Lewis had no opportunity to confront James Thompson about these statements. His story isn't believable and shouldn't have been submitted into evidence," Carver said. "That's why Casey Lewis was convicted of this crime. Understanding that he has been sent to life in prison without the possibility of parole, I think that's just plain wrong."  

Carver also said the trial itself was very rough for Lewis. 

"When the verdict was announced, I was standing right next to him, his knees started to buckle, it looked like he got hit with a bat," Carver said. "He was just in complete shock that this was the verdict rendered in this case." 

Since his arrest 2013, Lewis has served time in both Oklahoma and Missouri.

Carver said Lewis plans on appealing the sentence and will file a motion in ten days. 


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Education leaders discuss idea of free community college http://www.komu.com/news/education-leaders-discuss-idea-of-free-community-college/ http://www.komu.com/news/education-leaders-discuss-idea-of-free-community-college/ Breaking News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:20:30 PM Conner Handel, KOMU 8 News Education leaders discuss idea of free community college

JEFFERSON CITY - Free community college available to students is part of Missouri's new higher education plan discussion. Organizations from across the state are giving suggestions on how to improve the plan.

The Missouri Community College Association said at the Jan. 29 public hearing in Jefferson City the organization wants the state to continue funding the A+ Program.

Rob Dixon, the executive director of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), explained the purpose of the program.

"The A+ Program provides funding for students in schools to go and get free tuition for community colleges," Dixon said. "It's based on their performance, their behavior and a variety of other performance factors that they have to meet in order to comply with the program."

Dixon said he and the MCCA are looking for more state funding to support the students at state colleges.

"Certainly that is part of our legislative agenda," Dixon said. "Continuing to insure the promise that we have given to the students in Missouri for the last 20 years is part of that as well."

He said the program took a hit in funding last year and is now trying to recover.

"At the end of 2014 there were some challenges in funding for the A+ Program, so the state legislature was working to increase the funding," Dixon said.

President Obama announced the possibility of a similar national program earlier in January. Dixon said he is interested in the president's plan, but there is not enough information out yet for it to enter higher education plan discussions.

"On that particular plan, the details have not come out yet, and so we're just waiting to see what that is," Dixon said. "But Missouri has a plan that works and that's the A+ Program so we certainly hope the support for that program will be there."

The higher education meetings will continue through June, and a new plan will be submitted in January.


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St. Louis police: Officers fatally shoot man armed with gun http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-police-officers-fatally-shoot-man-armed-with-gun-64907/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-police-officers-fatally-shoot-man-armed-with-gun-64907/ Breaking News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 3:42:27 AM The Associated Press St. Louis police: Officers fatally shoot man armed with gun

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis police chief says officers have fatally shot a 19-year-old who refused their orders to drop a gun.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KDSK-TV report officers on Wednesday night spotted a vehicle that was reported stolen last month in St. Louis. Officers were following the car when it hit a wall.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says officers were approaching the vehicle when 19-year-old got out holding a gun with an extended clip that could hold as many as 30 rounds.

Dotson says the 19-year-old refused to drop it when officers asked, and both officers opened fire, wounding him. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. He was not immediately identified.

Dotson says the car's 19-year-old driver cooperated with officers and was taken into custody.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

St. Louis police officers fatally shot a 19-year-old who was riding in a stolen car after he confronted them and refused to drop a gun with a magazine that could hold dozens of rounds, authorities said.

Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, officers on patrol spotted a vehicle that was reported stolen last month, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KDSK-TV.

Two officers followed the car and approached it after it hit a wall near an alley, Dotson said. When the officers approached the vehicle, the 19-year-old got out holding a gun with extended magazine that could hold as many as 30 rounds, he said.

Officers told the man to drop the gun, and when he refused to do so, both officers opened fire, wounding him, according to Dotson. The chief said there were witnesses to the shooting.

Police said the 19-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Dotson said the car's driver, who was also 19, cooperated with officers and was taken into custody.

Dotson didn't identify the dead passenger but said he had a criminal history that included auto theft and burglary.

The police chief said both officers had worked for the department for about eight years. KMOV reports neither was injured.

About an hour after the shooting, a few protesters were at the scene changing, "No justice, no peace," the newspaper reported.

 


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Callaway County Suspects Arrested for Drugs http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-suspects-arrested-for-drugs/ http://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-suspects-arrested-for-drugs/ Breaking News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:35:35 AM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Callaway County Suspects Arrested for Drugs

CALLAWAY COUNTY - The Callaway County Sheriff's Office and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force arrested 41-year-old Randall Haymart and 31-year-old Joni Wolfe on drug related charges Monday.

The agencies executed a warrant at 5139 Old US Highway 40 in Callaway County when they found drugs packaged for sale, including over three pounds of marijuana ranging from low to high grade, methamphetamine, and prescription medication. They also found paraphernalia associated with distribution and use of drugs, several firearms,and a video surveillance system.

Haymart and Wolfe were transported to Callaway County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and unlawful use of a weapon. A third unidentified resident was detained but later released without charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

 


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Schnucks Recalls Devil's Food Cake http://www.komu.com/news/schnucks-recalls-devil-s-food-cake/ http://www.komu.com/news/schnucks-recalls-devil-s-food-cake/ Breaking News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:57:59 PM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Schnucks Recalls Devil's Food Cake

COLUMBIA - Schnucks Bakery issued a voluntary recall Monday on all Devil's Food Cakes decorated with pecans sold in 98 stores across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.

A news release from Schnuck Market, Inc. on the recall warned anyone with a pecan or nut allergy that consumed this product may be at risk for serious reaction.

Lori Willis, Schnuck Market, Inc. director of communications, said the company discovered the issue during an ingredient and label review. Although pecans were visible on top, they were not disclosed on the label and no pecans were baked inside.

"There is a very little individual chance of causing an allergic reaction because pecans were visible on top, but we wanted to play it safe and alert our customers," she said.

Customers are urged to check "Schnucks Bakery 8" Devil's Food Cake" and "Schnucks Bakery ½ Devil's Food Cake" for the pecans.

There have not been reports of illness associated with the recall, but if customers are worried about a potential allergic reaction they should contact their physician. The specified products may be returned for a full refund.

Willis noted Schnuck Market, Inc. won the 2009 Black Pearl Award, presented by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). She said Schnucks strives to adhere to those standards daily.

"We have a dedicated staff and are proud of our food safety," she said.

Customers with questions can contact the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400.


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Mexico Man Sentenced in Sexual Assault Case http://www.komu.com/news/mexico-man-sentenced-in-sexual-assault-case/ http://www.komu.com/news/mexico-man-sentenced-in-sexual-assault-case/ Breaking News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:17:09 AM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mexico Man Sentenced in Sexual Assault Case

MEXICO - An Audrain County judge sentenced Andrew Thompson, 34, Monday on seven counts of sexual assault for sex crimes involving a 12-year-old girl. A jury convicted Thompson of the crimes in April.

Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger said Thomas will get 75 years in prison total. A judge sentenced him to consecutive terms of 25 years on three individual counts of statutory sodomy. In addition, he received 25 years on a fourth count of statuary sodomy, 15 years for the child molestation charge and four years on each of two sexual misconduct charges. Those charges will be served concurrently with the original three.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ashley Turner tried the case in April. 

"The sentence in this case is appropriate and firm given the circumstances of this case," said Turner. "This brave, smart and beautiful young woman had the courage to stand up and tell what happened to her. Andrew Thompson had no remorse for what he put this young woman through. Child sexual abuse is a cowardly crime. It's a secret crime that makes a child feel as if they've done something wrong, and can scar a child's body and their spirit. That's why it is so important to investigate these cases professionally and to prosecute them aggressively."

Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger said the community showed commendable support for the victim throughout the trial. 

"It says wonders about our community when an envelope of support surrounds a young woman who needs its support to share her story," Shellabarger.

 

 

 

Editor's note: Story has been updated to include quotes.


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Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Woman in Wrong Way Crash http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-man-pleads-guilty-to-killing-woman-in-wrong-way-crash/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-man-pleads-guilty-to-killing-woman-in-wrong-way-crash/ Breaking News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 9:54:13 AM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Woman in Wrong Way Crash

JEFFERSON CITY - Dennis Leporin, 29, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and driving the wrong way on a highway for causing the 2013 crash that killed a 19-year-old woman.

Prosecutors charged Leporin for hitting a Saturn Ion while driving a Ford Ranger pickup the wrong way on Highway 54 on March 7, 2013. 19-year-old Chelsea Frederickson was driving the Ion and was pronounced dead on the scene. The car's passenger, Jasper Richmond, was flown to University Hospital in Columbia and survived. Leporin was taken to a hospital for moderate injuries.

Leporin has a history of driving offenses. He was charged for driving while intoxicated in 2011 and for operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner in 2008.

Fredrickson's boss and coworkers at Lutz's BBQ were distraught when they heard she had died.

"She was one of those rare employees that was always happy to come to work every day," owner Burl Lutz said. "She was like a daughter to some of our employees and we are going to miss her."

Leporin's sentencing is scheduled for August 13.


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Woman Drowns After Car Rolls into Lake http://www.komu.com/news/woman-drowns-after-car-rolls-into-lake/ http://www.komu.com/news/woman-drowns-after-car-rolls-into-lake/ Breaking News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 8:32:37 AM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Woman Drowns After Car Rolls into Lake

COLUMBIA - A 27-year-old woman died Sunday after the vehicle she was riding in ended up in the lake at the Rocky Fork Conservation area near Finger Lakes State Park.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, but the cause of death is believed to be drowning. Divers recovered the body of Jerriah Gio'Vonna Jordan near the lake's boat ramp.

Deputies say Jordan's 28-year-old boyfriend was the driver of the vehicle. According to testimony of the boyfriend given to deputies, the car rolled down the ramp into the lake. The boyfriend was able to escape but unable to rescue Jordan, and ran to a nearby highway to attract the attention of emergency officials.


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Drug Bust Made Near Middle School http://www.komu.com/news/drug-bust-made-near-middle-school/ http://www.komu.com/news/drug-bust-made-near-middle-school/ Breaking News Sun, 15 Jun 2014 5:21:06 PM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Drug Bust Made Near Middle School

SEDALIA - Police made a significant drug bust Saturday night at a home less than a mile away from Smith-Cotton Jr. High School.

Authorities from multiple agencies within Sedalia served a search warrant at 916 South Kentucky Avenue. Inside, they found a "large quantity" of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and other evidence within the residence that led police to believe Allen was selling drugs from the home.  

They arrested 40-year-old Paula Allen and 45-year-old Ernest Motley within the dwelling and transported them to Pettis County Jail. Jail officials said Allen is being held on a $100,000 bond and Motley for $50,000.

Allen was charged with first degree drug trafficking, distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana within 2000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and five counts of possession of a controlled substance. Motley was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and controlled substances (methamphetamine and marijuana). 


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Kim Anderson's Contract Finalized http://www.komu.com/news/kim-anderson-s-contract-finalized/ http://www.komu.com/news/kim-anderson-s-contract-finalized/ Breaking News Fri, 13 Jun 2014 4:47:11 PM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Kim Anderson's Contract Finalized

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Athletic department announced the terms to the contract of men's basketball head coach Kim Anderson.

The Mizzou alum is in the midst of his first year with the team. His annual base salary is set as $300,000, and the maximum he will be able to make is $2.45 million.

Between apparel, media, public relations and camps, Anderson is guaranteed $1.1 million. This increases by $100,000 each year Mizzou has more than 20 wins and a NCAA Tournament appearance.

Anderson can bring in another $1.25 million dollars in incentives throughout the season. The largest incentive is if the Tigers win the National Championship. If they win, he will receive an additional $400,000.

Anderson said he is happy the contract is settled but said it was not the most important thing to accomplish.

"We had a lot of work to be done following the press conference and [the contract] process was pushed to the back burner because, quite frankly, it wasn't the most pressing issue for our program as a whole," he said. "I know a lot of folks worked to get this process complete and I want to thank them for their efforts."

Mizzou Director of Athletics Mike Alden said he is excited to see what Anderson will do for the program.

"We are excited about the future of our Men's Basketball program at Mizzou," he said. "We certainly appreciate the support of Dr. Loftin, our University leadership and our staff as we work together in building successes in our program. Kim is doing a terrific job already in his first 2 months with the Tigers and we have exciting opportunities under his guidance."

 


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Evidence Presented in Columbia Murder Trial http://www.komu.com/news/evidence-presented-in-columbia-murder-trial/ http://www.komu.com/news/evidence-presented-in-columbia-murder-trial/ Breaking News Thu, 12 Jun 2014 9:44:53 AM Nicole Neidenberg, KOMU 8 Reporter and Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Evidence Presented in Columbia Murder Trial

COLUMBIA - New evidence was presented Thursday morning in the trial of Domionte Cheatum for the June 2013 murder of Anthony Unger outside a laundromat on Conley Road.

Prosecutors charged Cheatum with second degree murder, first degree robbery and criminal action in the incident.

In day two of the trial, Thursday, pictures of Unger's gunshot wounds were shown in color to the jury. Color photos were chosen in order to properly identify Unger's body, who had multiple tattoos.

Alan Mitchell, a Columbia Police Department detective for the forensic evidence team, also provided testimony and evidence to the jury.

Mitchell said six shell casings were found near the vehicle Unger died in. Three were found in the driver's seat, two in the passenger seat and one in the passenger back seat. Two bullet holes were found in the driver's side of the vehicle as well as around 22 fingerprints throughout the car. Marijuana was also found in the car.

Mitchell established police were looking for Unger's blood. Unidentified blood was found on Jocelynn Brown, the owner of the car.

Brown testified against Cheatum Wednesday. She identified Cheatum as the shooter in court, but named a different trigger man in her original statement to authorities.

A different Columbia Police detective testified the department searched Samuel Butler's home and found marijuana in Butler's bedroom. Butler faces the same charges as Cheatum for the murder. His trial is July 2.

Cheatum was expected to take the stand later Thursday.

[This story has been changed to reflect the correct person who was expected to testify later Thursday.]


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Lt. Bruce Britt Honored with Red Cross Lifesaver Award http://www.komu.com/news/lt-bruce-britt-honored-with-red-cross-lifesaver-award/ http://www.komu.com/news/lt-bruce-britt-honored-with-red-cross-lifesaver-award/ Breaking News Thu, 12 Jun 2014 8:41:11 AM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Lt. Bruce Britt Honored with Red Cross Lifesaver Award

JEFFERSON CITY - The Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross will be giving former Columbia firefighter, Lt. Bruce Britt the organization's Lifesaver Award.

He will be awarded the honor posthumously, and is among nine other Lifesaver Award recipients. Britt died during rescue efforts in February when a walkway collapsed at the University Village Apartments. His wife, Leigh, will accept the award on his behalf at the Lifesaver Award event on June 24.

Brittany Vuerhrlen, the project manager and volunteer resource specialist for the American Red Cross, said the committee felt Britt's actions were deserving of the honor.

"Lt. Britt's actions were heroic and beyond his call of duty," she said.

Britt was on the second-floor walkway of the structure attempting to communicate with a resident when the structure collapsed. He suffered fatal injuries and was transported to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Attorney Rick Barry filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the University of Missouri on behalf of Britt's family. The university responded to the suit May 12 and denied all wrongdoing.

"That building was a trap waiting to kill someone," Barry said. "And it killed him."

Barry said the family sought at least $25,000 in damages. Documents released by MU show concerns with the complex "over the past five to ten years." Concerns included the reinforcing beams and concrete patching for some of the decks.

The University of Missouri Board Of Curators cited the Fireman's Rule as exemption of responsibility. The rule states firefighters are prevented from suing those whose negligence caused the fire that either caused the firefighter's injury or death.

The Curators said Britt's death was as a result of "in whole or in part by the negligence, comparative fault, or intentional acts of others in particulars presently unknown."

The University of Missouri cited "very questionable" framing on several walkways at the complex. It announced March 12 the complex would close June 30. Demolition is expected to begin on the site in mid-July or early August.


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Multiple Agencies Work Together To Make Two Arrests http://www.komu.com/news/multiple-agencies-work-together-to-make-two-arrests/ http://www.komu.com/news/multiple-agencies-work-together-to-make-two-arrests/ Breaking News Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:14:41 AM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Multiple Agencies Work Together To Make Two Arrests

MOBERLY - Police from multiple agencies made two arrests following an extensive investigation.

The Moberly Police Department reported it worked with members of the North Missouri Drug Task Force, Macon Police Department Canine Unit and Randolph County Sheriff's Department to arrest 52-year-old Steven Robert Judy on June 5.

He was arrested for two felony arrest warrants for failure to appear on assault charges.

Police arrested Judy at Walker Automotive after receiving a tip. He tried to flee on foot, but Judy was eventually detained and is in custody on a $105,000 bond.

During the investigation, police also arrested 50-year-old Sonny Hardin for possession of a controlled substance. Hardin had methamphetamine.

Police said more charges against Judy are pending, and they are working with the FBI to see if federal charges will be added. The investigation is ongoing and more suspects may be arrested.

 


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Two Correctional Officers are Victims of Assault http://www.komu.com/news/two-correctional-officers-are-victims-of-assault/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-correctional-officers-are-victims-of-assault/ Breaking News Fri, 30 May 2014 3:07:59 PM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two Correctional Officers are Victims of Assault

LICKING - Two correctional officers suffered "moderate injuries" after they were stabbed by a prisoner at the South Central Correctional Institute Friday morning.

David Owen, the Director of Communications for the Missouri Department of Corrections, said the officers are in good and stable condition.

"As always, the safety and security of the public, staff and offenders is the highest priority of the department," Owen said. "Any incident of violence is taken seriously and reviewed to make sure all the appropriate actions are taken."

Owen said the incident is currently under investigation, and eight Corrections Emergency Response Teams are searching the facility for any additional contraband.

The names of the officers are not being released because the investigation is ongoing.

(Tyler Hastedt contributed to this report).


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Body Found in Car in Creek After Man, Child Reported Missing http://www.komu.com/news/body-found-in-car-in-creek-after-man-child-reported-missing/ http://www.komu.com/news/body-found-in-car-in-creek-after-man-child-reported-missing/ Breaking News Thu, 6 Mar 2014 2:15:37 PM Meg McLeod, KOMU 8 Reporter Body Found in Car in Creek After Man, Child Reported Missing

MOBERLY - A man's body has been pulled from a car lodged in a creek off Highway EE.

Coroner Gerald Luntsford said the car is that of missing Moberly man, John Clardy, believed to have been travelling with his 2-year-old son.

KOMU 8 News received a tip Thursday concerning the disappearance of Clardy, a Moberly resident whose family says has a history of seizures. A family member said he and his son Caeden Clardy went missing Wednesday afternoon.

According to Clardy's cousin, Clardy was last seen Wednesday around 1 p.m. Family members said Clardy was on a new medication and was not supposed to be driving.

Prior to his disappearance, family members said Clardy was slurring his speech and had trouble following conversation.

Clardy's cousin posted this on Facebook in an effort to get the word out.

Clardy's cousin added Clardy did not leave home with his wallet, license, diaper bag or anything else for his son.

KOMU 8 News has a reporter at the scene and will bring you more updates throughout the afternoon.


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