KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 17 Mar 2018 HH:03:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Families gathered at 10th annual magic show to support drug-free behavior http://www.komu.com/news/families-gather-at-10th-annual-magic-show-to-support-drug-free-behavior/ http://www.komu.com/news/families-gather-at-10th-annual-magic-show-to-support-drug-free-behavior/ News Sat, 17 Mar 2018 5:32:13 PM Monica Madden, KOMU 8 Reporter Families gathered at 10th annual magic show to support drug-free behavior

JEFFERSON CITY - At least 100 parents and children gathered at the Miller Performance Center on Saturday for an afternoon filled with magic to benefit the Council for Drug Free Youth. 

The main event featured Gillam Family Illusions who performed a variety of magic tricks and comedic acts. All funds raised from the 10th annual magic show go toward CDFY's programs that educate youth on drug and alcohol prevention. 

Both old and new fans came to support CDFY and the Gillam's entertainment. One audience member, Shelby Christian, said she had Aaron Gillam as a teacher in high school and came to support his family. 

"We had a blast in his classroom so it's fun to see him on stage," Christian said. "I think my favorite part about it is hearing all the kiddos react to what they see." 

The Gillam family has been involved with the council for over ten years. The matriarch of the family, Denise Gillam, has directed one of its most well-known programs, Safety Kids for the past ten years. 

Judy Brooks, one of the founders of CDFY, said this event helps show youth that they can have substance-free fun. She said one of the council's goals is for children to learn how to say no to substances and influence their peers to do the same.

"You just don't realize the temptation that these kids have and you don't know some of the effects while they are happening," Brooks said. 

The council has 13 different programs for children from kindergarten to high school. Brooks said if it weren't for fundraisers like the magic show, they wouldn't be able to run these programs. CDFY hosts three main events throughout the year to fund its programs.

CDFY targets educating children about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drug usage. Brooks said it is currently working to expand its programs to Osage County.

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Florida Gulf Coast women pull off upset of Missouri 80-70 http://www.komu.com/news/florida-gulf-coast-women-pull-off-upset-of-missouri-80-70/ http://www.komu.com/news/florida-gulf-coast-women-pull-off-upset-of-missouri-80-70/ News Sat, 17 Mar 2018 5:24:52 PM The Associated Press Florida Gulf Coast women pull off upset of Missouri 80-70

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — China Dow scored 21 points and played stingy defense in the paint against Missouri star Sophie Cunningham, and No. 12 seed Florida Gulf Coast pulled off an upset in the Lexington Regional with an 80-70 win Saturday against the fifth-seeded Tigers.

Cunningham took over on the low block to get Missouri (24-8) going and scored a season-high 35 points — most by a Tigers player in an NCAA tournament game — and made 14 of 16 free throws. But she didn't get much help.

Dow made two free throws with 1:12 left as the Eagles kept pushing until the final buzzer to run their winning streak to 11 games with a 21st victory in the last 22 games.

Florida Gulf Coast (31-4) will play Monday against the winner of Saturday's second game between No. 4 seed Stanford and 13th-seeded Gonzaga. If Stanford moves on, Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer will face Eagles coach Karl Smesko after VanDerveer won her 900th career game against him at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in November 2013.

Leading scorer Rose Julien — averaging 13.4 points — added 12 points for Florida Gulf Coast, which is in the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in seven years with Division I postseason eligibility and won an NCAA game for the first time since beating Oklahoma State in 2015.

The scrappy Eagles stayed within 36-32 on rebounds to Missouri without having a single 6-footer on the roster.

Lauren Aldridge's 3-pointer with 2:13 left in the third cut FGCU's lead to 54-50 then Tytionia Adderly immediately hit from deep on the other end and the Eagles led 61-53 going into the fourth.

Florida Gulf Coast didn't immediately get the kind of 3-point looks it is so used to, but the Eagles patiently kept pushing the ball in transition and drove to the basket and kicked out to start creating those crucial open looks from deep.

Mizzou won its SEC Tournament opener and earned a third straight NCAA berth, the first time the program has done so since 1984-86, but missed out on earning at least one victory in three straight tournaments for the first time in school history.

Florida Gulf Coast got key minutes off the bench from Jessica Cattani, who hit two quick 3-pointers during an 8-3 second-quarter run, then Cunningham converted back-to-back layups for Missouri. Cattani finished with 10 points.

Late in the second after Dow hit a 3-pointer on the other end then pounded with Cunningham inside and other FGCU defenders swarmed, Cunningham still was able to find a way to almost underhand the ball up and into the hoop. Dow hit another 3 the next time down and her team led 41-32 at halftime.

Once the Eagles began clogging the paint and making it harder for the Mizzou posts, FGCU got key stops that allowed it to speed up the tempo — leading to a 6-0 run over the last 1:39 of the first quarter as the Tigers were held without a field goal in the final 4:21 of the first and missed four shots.

Cunningham, Mizzou's leading scorer at 18 points per game, ended the drought with a quick layup early in the second.


Florida Gulf Coast: The Eagles converted just 23 of 37 free throws, probably something that will be a focus going into the second round Monday. ... FGCU missed its first four shots before Nasrin Ulel's driving layup at the 7:36 mark of the first quarter. ... The Atlantic Sun Conference champions use the hashtag "RAININGTHREES" as a catchphrase for their 3-point prowess. They have made 414 3s this season, 10 off Sacramento State's single-season record of 424 set in 2014-15.

Missouri: The Tigers shot 4 for 24 on 3s. Cunningham notched her 13th game this season with at least 20 points. Jordan Frericks had two early blocked shots to help the Tigers establish their defense in the paint and on the perimeter.

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Weapons charge dropped against teen in school guns case http://www.komu.com/news/weapons-charge-dropped-against-teen-in-school-guns-case/ http://www.komu.com/news/weapons-charge-dropped-against-teen-in-school-guns-case/ News Sat, 17 Mar 2018 4:23:05 PM The Associated Press Weapons charge dropped against teen in school guns case

LEE'S SUMMIT (AP) — Authorities say charges have been dropped against a teen initially accused of being among a group who brought guns onto Lee's Summit High's campus.

The Kansas City Star reports that 18-year-old Landon Mikle no longer faces a felony weapons count. The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office says a closer review of evidence led to the dismissal.

Eighteen-year-old Tynan B. Mullen, 17-year-old Tanner Nicholson and 19-year-old Scott Ryan are still each charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony count punishable by up to four years in prison.

A witness reported seeing suspects in a car with an assault-style rifle, a shotgun and a handgun after classes ended for the day on March 1 at the school. Court documents say at least one suspect threatened a person and flashed the guns.

Lee's Summit police later tracked down the car at a home and found the AR-15 rifle and other weapons.

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Missouri lawmakers, health agency fight over Bourbon virus http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-lawmakers-health-agency-fight-over-bourbon-virus/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-lawmakers-health-agency-fight-over-bourbon-virus/ News Sat, 17 Mar 2018 4:19:26 PM The Associated Press Missouri lawmakers, health agency fight over Bourbon virus

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers frustrated about lack of information about a sometimes deadly virus have slashed the state health department's budget.

The House Budget Committee this past week approved eliminating 10 staffers in the Department of Health and Senior Services' director's office and cutting the administration's budget roughly in half.

The budgeters also proposed moving oversight of a laboratory that tests for diseases from the health department to the Department of Public Safety.

The move comes after Republican Vice-Chairman Rep. Justin Alferman, of Hermann, and other lawmakers have spent weeks asking for data on the number of people who have tested positive for antibodies for the Bourbon virus. Meramec State Park Assistant Superintendent Tamela Wilson died from complications of the virus last summer after an infected tick bit her.

The virus was first discovered in 2014 after a Bourbon County man in eastern Kansas contracted flu-like symptoms and later died after being bitten by ticks. There's relatively little known about the virus so far because there have been so few reported cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Department of Health and Senior Services has resisted providing testing information, arguing that releasing the data could lead to violations of patient privacy. In response, Alferman pledged "painful cuts" if the agency doesn't give the numbers.

"I can simply not accept the department's answer of, 'No, don't worry. It's not a big deal. Take our word for it,'" Alferman said. "The public should know. We had a state employee of the Missouri parks department pass away from this disease, and the department refuses to give us answers."

Alferman said he had not been contacted by anyone from the department as of Friday afternoon since the proposed cuts were approved by the committee. A call seeking comment from the Department of Health and Senior Services was not immediately returned Friday.

Some House Democratic budgeters raised concerns about the impact the funding cuts could have on state health department services. Celesta Hartgraves, acting deputy director of the agency, told the committee this week that cutting administrative staff would likely lead to less oversight of abuse in senior services.

"I understand that this is a way to exert pressure," said Democratic Rep. Peter Merideth, of St. Louis. "My question remains: Who suffers from this choice?"

It's still early in the budgeting process, and the proposal still needs approval by the full House and Senate. That means there's time left, if lawmakers choose, to restore the cuts before sending the spending plan to Gov. Eric Greitens for approval.

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Vendors from all over attend a craft fair for exposure http://www.komu.com/news/vendors-from-all-over-attend-a-craft-fair-for-exposure/ http://www.komu.com/news/vendors-from-all-over-attend-a-craft-fair-for-exposure/ News Sat, 17 Mar 2018 3:25:22 PM Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 Reporter Vendors from all over attend a craft fair for exposure

COLUMBIA – Vendors and craft makers of all trades participated in the Columbia Spring Vendor and Craft Fair on Saturday.

Parking and elbow space were limited as people poured in for two dollars a ticket.

About 130 vendors showed up to participate. Trevor Jett and his wife organized the event. He said they have organized similar events in Fulton and other mid-Missouri areas, but this is their first one in Columbia.

“We saw that we could probably put on and help a lot of direct sellers and homemade crafters get their products out in the community,” Jett said.

Jett said the goal is to help small businesses. He said about 75 percent of their vendors are hand made crafters.

“It’s very satisfying,” he said. “A lot of the vendors so far today have come up and thanked us and want us to do more vendor shows for them.”

As of Saturday, there are not any more shows planned, but Jett said he hopes to do more in the future.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to local charities in the Columbia area.

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Former police chief pleads guilty after money disappears http://www.komu.com/news/former-police-chief-pleads-guilty-after-money-disappears/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-police-chief-pleads-guilty-after-money-disappears/ News Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:44:37 AM The Associated Press Former police chief pleads guilty after money disappears

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former interim police chief in a St. Louis suburb has admitted that $7,000 disappeared after a police raid, but he insisted he didn't take it.

The AP 47-year-old Michael Thomas Smith, of Cedar Hill, pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud. He said money seized during a marijuana-related search in Byrnes Mill in 2014 was not entered into evidence or mentioned in police reports.

He said the money disappeared because of his failure to supervise the investigation or to investigate potential misconduct.

Two occupants of the home that was raided were charged, but the charges were dropped when the disappearance of the money was discovered.

The initial indictment accused Smith of taking money on three occasions. He pleaded guilty to one count.

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Resident evacuates home fire in Holts Summit http://www.komu.com/news/resident-evacuates-home-fire-in-holts-summit/ http://www.komu.com/news/resident-evacuates-home-fire-in-holts-summit/ News Sat, 17 Mar 2018 8:53:15 AM Leo Rocha, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Resident evacuates home fire in Holts Summit

HOLTS SUMMIT -- A fire erupted in the 1000 block of County Road 4036 at 4:30 a.m. on March 17. Eighteen firefighters responded to the scene with six fire apparatuses.

Waking up to the sound of the smoke detector, the homeowner saw that the fire completely surrounded their bedroom. They immediately left the house to call 911.

Holts Summit Fire Protection District contained the fire and prevented damage to the majority of the house with support from New Bloomfield Fire, Callaway County Sheriff's Department and Callaway Ambulance.

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Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is fired -- and fires back http://www.komu.com/news/ex-fbi-deputy-director-andrew-mccabe-is-fired-and-fires-back/ http://www.komu.com/news/ex-fbi-deputy-director-andrew-mccabe-is-fired-and-fires-back/ News Sat, 17 Mar 2018 4:56:40 AM Laura Jarrett and Pamela Brown, CNN Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is fired -- and fires back

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who had risen to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.

McCabe had more recently been regularly taunted by President Donald Trump and besieged by accusations that he had misled internal investigators at the Justice Department.

In a blistering statement Friday night, McCabe said his firing is part of a larger effort to discredit the FBI and the special counsel's investigation.

"This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally," McCabe said. "It is part of this Administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel's work."

Shortly after midnight, Trump tweeted.

"Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy," Trump said. "Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!"

McCabe had been expected to retire this Sunday, on his 50th birthday, when he would have become eligible to receive early retirement benefits.

But Friday's termination could place a portion of his anticipated pension, earned after more than two decades of service, in significant jeopardy.

The origin of his dramatic fall stems from an internal review conducted by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. That report -- the details of which have not been publicly released -- is said to conclude that McCabe misled investigators about his role in directing other officials at the FBI to speak to The Wall Street Journal about his involvement in a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to a source briefed on it.

CNN reported on Wednesday that the findings in Horowitz's report on McCabe were referred to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, staffed with career officials, who recommended McCabe's termination. McCabe, accompanied by his lawyer, tried making a last-ditch effort Thursday to avoid the firing, meeting with officials at the deputy attorney general's office at the Justice Department for several hours while Sessions was traveling, but to no avail.

"After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)," Sessions said in a statement late Friday. "The FBI's OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions."

Horowitz's office is continuing to investigate how the Justice Department and FBI handled sensitive investigations leading up to the 2016 presidential election -- including the probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server -- and a more global report is expected this spring. That closely watched report, which Trump has derided as "already late," could prove devastating for former and current top officials at the Justice Department and FBI depending on the findings, as the President has sought to weave a narrative of biased "deep state" holdovers from the Obama administration determined to undermine his presidency.

McCabe alleged that the report's release was sped up "only after" his testimony suggested that he would corroborate Comey's accounts of his conversations with Trump.

"Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey," McCabe said in a statement. "The OIG's focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens."

A representative for McCabe said he learned from a press release that he had been fired by Sessions. A Justice Department spokesperson pushed back, saying, "Mr. McCabe and his attorney were informed in advance of any news media."

McCabe's representative said he received an email on his FBI account shortly before the Justice Department notified the media, but he was not regularly checking that account, since he was on leave from duties at the bureau.

While former FBI officials say a lack of candor is a death knell for an agent's career, Sessions' decision to fire McCabe presented unique political complications.

Trump often used McCabe as a political punching bag on the campaign trail given his wife's purported past ties to Clinton -- going so far as heckling Sessions over the summer for failing to fire McCabe -- despite the fact that Trump had interviewed McCabe just weeks prior about serving as FBI director after he ousted James Comey. In December, Trump made a cryptic reference to McCabe's approaching retirement, tweeting: "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!"

The full implications of McCabe's firing on his pension remain to be seen, but he could potentially stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. Retirement benefits for federal employees are based on several variables in employment history, but McCabe's salary is not public and the FBI declined to release it to CNN.

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Shorthanded Mizzou falls to Florida State in NCAA Tournament http://www.komu.com/news/shorthanded-mizzou-falls-to-florida-state-in-ncaa-tournament/ http://www.komu.com/news/shorthanded-mizzou-falls-to-florida-state-in-ncaa-tournament/ News Sat, 17 Mar 2018 1:25:22 AM Matt Weller, KOMU 8 Sports Shorthanded Mizzou falls to Florida State in NCAA Tournament

NASHVILLE - A tumultuous season for Missouri Basketball came to an end Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the shorthanded Tigers couldn't keep up with Florida State, losing 67-54.

Eighth-seeded Mizzou got off to a disastrous start, shooting just 21% in the first half and trailed the Seminoles by 22 at the break. Head Coach Cuonzo Martin said the team struggled to adjust in the absence of senior forward Jordan Barnett, who was suspended following a DWI arrest last week.

"We had three big guys on the perimeter and we haven't played that way all year," Martin said. "When you got a big guy whose not used to playing on the perimeter, that's not easy."

Martin inserted Jontay Porter into the starting lineup in Barnett's absence, moving senior Kevin Puryear to the small forward position. The younger Porter brother struggled all night, shooting just 1-7 and finishing with two points.

Martin also gave more minutes to Michael Porter Jr., who said this week he was at about "70 percent". Porter Jr. struggled in his second game since returning from injury, shooting 4-12 for 16 points in 28 minutes.

"I was second guessing myself and it was really frustrating," Porter Jr. said. "I'm not myself yet. My conditioning isn't there yet but it's the NCAA Tournament and you have to give your team everything you have."

A 10-1 run to start the second half put Missouri within 13, though, as Kassius Robertson connected on a trio of three pointers to get the Tigers' offense going.

Mizzou would close the gap to as little as six points with just under ten minutes remaining, but Florida State responded with a 15-0 run to put the game away.

"We got to six and we were right there," Porter Jr. said. "But we got tired and they hit a couple big time shots to get it back to double digits. They played a great game."

Porter Jr. said he has not made a decision about whether to enter the NBA Draft, but said coming back for his sophomore year is "definitely not out of the question". He said he will make the decision in the next few weeks as he talks with "the people close to him".

Martin said he will tell both Porters to do what is best for them and their family. He said if Porter Jr. projects to be a top pick, it would be really hard for him to turn that down and he wouldn't want or expect him to do that. 

With the loss, Missouri ends the season 20-13.

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Suspect in Moniteau County attempts to disarm deputy, chokes K-9 http://www.komu.com/news/suspect-in-moniteau-county-attempts-to-disarm-deputy-chokes-k-9/ http://www.komu.com/news/suspect-in-moniteau-county-attempts-to-disarm-deputy-chokes-k-9/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 8:34:21 PM Naomi Klinge, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Suspect in Moniteau County attempts to disarm deputy, chokes K-9

CALIFORNIA - A man attempted to choke a K-9 unit after trying to disarm a deputy during a traffic stop early Friday morning.

Moniteau County Sheriff deputies pulled over Skyler Williams, 31, on U.S. Highway 50 and Forrest Road for an equipment violation, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. 

After agreeing to a search of his car, Williams reportedly ran back to grab a semi-automatic handgun from inside the car.

Williams started fighting with the deputies, who tried to tase him. He then attempted to take a deputy's gun from its holster. 

K-9 Officer Apollo attacked Williams, who tried to choke the dog as he attempted to run away. Apollo sustained no injuries. The deputies sustained minor injuries and cuts.

California police officers arrived, tased Williams again and took him into custody. 

After a more extensive search of the car, deputies found meth, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and a semi-automatic handgun, the press release said.

Williams has been transported to Moniteau County Jail and is facing charges on distribution of controlled substance for meth and marijuana, four counts of assault, unlawful use of a weapon, disarming a police officer in the performance of his duties, resisting arrest, and assault on a Police Animal. His bond is set at $250,000.

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Girl Scout troops sending cookies to troops overseas http://www.komu.com/news/girl-scout-troops-sending-cookies-to-troops-overseas/ http://www.komu.com/news/girl-scout-troops-sending-cookies-to-troops-overseas/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 7:39:25 PM Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 Reporter Girl Scout troops sending cookies to troops overseas

COLUMBIA – Troops were helping troops on Friday, thanks to a local dentist.

For the rest of the month, Cherry Hill Dental is inviting Girl Scout troops to come in and sell their famous cookies, all for a good cause.

The office will buy cookies from the troop, then send those cookies overseas to service members as part of the Troop 2 Troop program.

“You know the saying that baseball and apple pie is American. I think the third thing on the list would be Girl Scout cookies,” Vietnam veteran William Malone said.

Every box of cookies purchased by the office will be sent to the troops overseas.

Malone said when he was overseas, he remembered being sent the cookies, and said it reminded him of home.

“It reminded you of your family,” he said. “It reminded you of the good times.” 

According to the office, there have been about 26 Girl Scout troops visiting in the past week and a half.

“I really like it,” said Girl Scout Aya Cosby, “It actually makes the people in the military feel at home because they’re out there working hardest in different countries that they’re not even from. They don’t feel like they’re at home most of the time.”

Cherry Hill Dental is paying for each box of Girl Scout cookies out of its own pocket.

“Believe me, when you’re over seas and away from your family and being shot at, the best thing is a box of cookies,” Malone said.

The Troop 2 Troop program ends April 1.

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Missouri defends 241-year prison sentence for 16-year-old http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-defends-241-year-prison-sentence-for-16-year-old/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-defends-241-year-prison-sentence-for-16-year-old/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 7:29:20 PM The Associated Press Missouri defends 241-year prison sentence for 16-year-old

WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri is defending a prison sentence for a man who committed robbery and other crimes on a single day when he was 16 and now isn't eligible for parole until he's 112 years old.

State Attorney General Josh Hawley says in a U.S. Supreme Court filing that defendant Bobby Bostic's 241-year sentence for 18 crimes does not violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Hawley says a 2010 Supreme Court's ruling that outlawed life sentences for people under 18 who didn't kill anyone applies only to a sentence for one crime.

The former St. Louis judge who sentenced Bostic disagrees. She now believes the term is unjust and is backing Bostic's high-court appeal. There's no timetable for when the justices will decide whether to hear his case.

Now 39, Bostic has been in prison for more than 20 years.

State and federal courts around the country have ruled differently about whether young people convicted of crimes can be sentenced to prison for terms that the American Civil Liberties Union, representing Bostic, said "exceed their life expectancy."

The retired judge, Evelyn Baker, is among more than 100 current and former judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers who are calling on the Supreme Court to throw out the sentence as grossly unfair. Among those supporting Bostic are former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr, and former Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr.

In December 1995, Bostic and 18-year-old Donald Hutson robbed a group of six people who were delivering Christmas presents for the needy, the ACLU said in its appeal on Bostic's behalf.

They fired a gun at two victims, grazing one and missing the other, Hawley said in Missouri's brief. The robbers then carjacked a woman and Hutson robbed and fondled her before releasing her, according to the ACLU's brief. The two men threw the guns in a river and used the money to buy marijuana.

Hutson took a plea deal and got 30 years. Bostic went to trial and lost.

At Bostic's sentencing, Baker said, "You made your choice. You're gonna have to live with your choice, and you're gonna die with your choice because, Bobby Bostic, you will die in the Department of Corrections."

Later, she said, "I feel nothing for you. I feel the same thing for you that you apparently felt for those victims and you feel for your family."

But in an essay published in the Washington Post in February, Baker wrote, "Scientists have discovered so much about brain development in the more than 20 years since I sentenced Bostic. What I learned too late is that young people's brains are not static; they are in the process of maturing."

The Supreme Court has used essentially the same reasoning in barring life sentences for juveniles who didn't kill anyone and in throwing out mandatory life terms for people who kill before they turn 18.

The ACLU wants the court to apply the 2010 ruling to Bostic.

But Hawley, in the state's brief filed Thursday, said there are several reasons the high court should not disturb the Missouri court rulings upholding the sentence. Among them was that the 2010 Supreme Court ruling doesn't apply to Bostic because he "was sentenced to multiple, consecutive terms in prison for committing multiple crimes, and who will be eligible for parole in great old age."

Hawley is seeking the Republican nomination to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in one of the nation's most closely watched races this year.

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Three MKT Trail bridges reopen sooner than expected http://www.komu.com/news/three-mkt-trail-bridges-reopen-sooner-than-expected/ http://www.komu.com/news/three-mkt-trail-bridges-reopen-sooner-than-expected/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 6:56:24 PM Sarah Hempelmann, Zixuan Zhao, and Sydney Olsen, KOMU 8 Reporters Three MKT Trail bridges reopen sooner than expected

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department completed construction on three MKT Trail bridges about two weeks earlier than planned.

Bridges 5, 7, and 8 re-opened March 16, as well as the Stadium Boulevard trailhead access point. The department estimated the contractor would finish the project around March 31.

Mike Snyder, Parks and Recreation Planning and Development Superintendent, said replacing the bridges was necessary due to their old age.

“Most of these bridges are 100-year-old railroad bridges. They were designed to carry trains, but even so they're 100 years old, and so they will all need to be replaced over the next 20 years or so," Snyder said.

Snyder said contractor Boone Construction finished the project early due to its hard work and good weather.

Zahir Oresc uses the trails to walk his dog twice a day. He said, "This is great. This is great. I've been waiting for this to open up. I think this section is really beautiful, with all the cliffs and the cut out."

Oresc said the "real blessing of Columbia" is the trail system.

Snyder said the department has already replaced six of the 13 bridges, thanks in part to a tax that was renewed in 2015. He said the tax will be up for renewal in about four years, allowing the public to approve replacing more bridges.

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UPDATE: Holts Summit man arrested, accused of rape http://www.komu.com/news/update-holts-summit-man-arrested-accused-of-rape/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-holts-summit-man-arrested-accused-of-rape/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 5:25:25 PM Emily Hannemann, KOMU 8 Digital Producer UPDATE: Holts Summit man arrested, accused of rape

COLUMBIA – Columbia police and Callaway County sheriff’s deputies worked together to arrest a man for sexual offense charges stemming from a CPD investigation.

Anthony Todd Rowell, 48, was taken into custody on March 14 at a house outside Holts Summit without incident, following officers’ surveillance. During that time, officers served a search warrant and collected a taser with a long strand of hair attached to the striking end, among other items.

Rowell was arrested for Felony Rape in the First Degree and Felony Kidnapping. He was transported to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, then released to Columbia Police Department for transport to Boone County Jail.

Rowell had previously been arrested by Columbia police for an attempted abduction on Jan. 25. During that incident he spoke to a woman, grabbed her hair, and pulled her toward his car window.

Rowell had also been arrested for an incident in November 2017. A woman who had been drinking with friends at Harpo's and Ten Below Bar said she didn't remember leaving the bar, but remembered being in a gold mini-van with a man yelling at her.

She said the man had tased her, used the taser to threaten her and held her head between her legs. The woman recalled two male subjects. She also said she was taken to another location where "bad things happened to her" and was later driven to another location and pushed out of the van. A DNA profile led investigators to Rowell.

Court documents indicated he works as an Uber driver.

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Columbia Farmers Market moves in preparation for new location http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-farmers-market-moves-in-preparation-for-new-location/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-farmers-market-moves-in-preparation-for-new-location/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 3:35:22 PM Ian Nickens, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia Farmers Market moves in preparation for new location

COLUMBIA – It's that time of year again... the spring farmers market is back, but this time at a temporary location so construction crews can start working on a new complex for it later this year.

Saturday's Spring Kickoff farmers market, and all of the other farmers markets for the next few months, was at the Parkade Center instead of the classic lot next to the Activity Recreation Center.

There were 35 vendors, selling things from vegetables to dairy to honey. The produce featured food from both the spring and fall seasons.

"We'll start seeing a lot of spring products: greens, some radishes and things like that," Columbia Farmers Market Executive Director Corrina Smith said. "You'll still see some storage props from last fall, winter, like sweet potatoes and squashes, onions."

The farmers market will move from Parkade to its new site, located in the same place as the old one right next to the ARC, after crews finish construction. The farmers market board doesn't have an exact date for when crews break ground, but once it gets started, it won't be too long until Columbia can see the finished product.

"We should have a contractor selected late March/early April, then some time mid-April to early May we'll break ground," Smith said. "We're estimating four to six months construction."

The new location has been years in the making. The farmers market partnered with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture to get the funds necessary to start construction.

"Getting this project finally underway and completed in a timely manner, that's what everybody is looking forward to," President of the Farmers Market Board of Directors John Corn said. "Our temporary location is kind of make-do because we have a large group of vendors to provide a place for. It will be in the neighborhood of 80 plus that will be selling this year."

The farmers market says the benefits that come with the new building will be worth all the work. 

One of the prominent features of the new structure is that it has a roof and roll-down walls to protect shoppers from the elements.

"We'll have a roof over our heads, we won't have to worry about rain or very sunny, hot July days or even snow," Smith said. 

The farmers market will also be able hold more vendors than before.

The facility will also come with an outdoor nature playground where children can learn more about agriculture and nature, a multi-purpose building for all sorts of other events, and a new trail.

After the new farmers market complex is complete, vendors will be able to sell their products every Saturday of the year.

Until then, market-goers can find the Columbia farmers market at the Parkade Center off of I-70 Business Loop West every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Higher educators weigh in on the walkouts http://www.komu.com/news/higher-education-employees-weigh-in-on-the-walkouts/ http://www.komu.com/news/higher-education-employees-weigh-in-on-the-walkouts/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 2:58:36 PM Jalyn Johnson, KOMU 8 Reporter Higher educators weigh in on the walkouts

COLUMBIA - Some schools across the country took disciplinary actions against students who participated in walkouts to support the students and victims in the Parkland Shooting.

For high school students, those disciplinary marks such as suspension or expulsion go on the record they send to colleges and universities during the application process.  Fortunately, for any students who have applied or will be applying to universities in the Columbia area, they don't have to worry about their applications being looked at in a negative light.

The Vice President for Enrollment Management at Stephens College said it would almost be a bonus for the admissions office to see something like that on a applicant's transcript.

"We expect and want students who engage in civic issues and so step out if they see or perceive social injustice. We want them to speak and reach out," Brian Sajko said.

Sajko went on to say it's inspiring to see the younger generation being engaged in their world and speaking up for social issues.

Rob Crouse, Director of Media and Public Relations at Westminster College said in an email that while colleges have the right to choose how they handle these kinds of situations, they have to realize they would be stepping on students' rights.

"Out of respect for free speech and on a campus where open dialogue and the development of social consciousness are encouraged, we believe not treating these perspective students any differently is the proper course of action," Crouse said.

"I would be ashamed for higher ed if there was a school that would discipline someone for speaking up for social issues," Sajko said.

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MoDOT reassures about bridge construction following Miami collapse http://www.komu.com/news/modot-reassures-about-bridge-construction-following-miami-collapse/ http://www.komu.com/news/modot-reassures-about-bridge-construction-following-miami-collapse/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 2:57:32 PM Mackenzie Huck, KOMU 8 Reporter MoDOT reassures about bridge construction following Miami collapse

JEFFERSON CITY - The death toll in the pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami increased to six on Thursday, and workers are still cleaning up the rubble.

The bridge was built using ABC, or accelerated bridge construction, technology. That same technology was used in the building of the I-70 bridges at Range Line, Garth and West Boulevard. However, MoDOT said drivers have nothing to worry about.

Sally Oxenhandler, MoDOT customer relations manager, said there are no pedestrian bridges built with the same design-type as the one that collapsed in Miami. 

Scott Stotlemeyer, assistant state bridge engineer for MoDOT, said ABC technology is made up of two different parts.

"One of those parts is pre-fabricated elements and the other aspect is to have a lesser impact on traffic during the construction," Stotlemeyer said. "So instead of taking 2 years to build something, we can build something in 6 months."

Stotlemeyer said MoDOT has been using the first part of ABC technology for several years with success.

"We've been using the pre-fabricated bridge element of it for upwards of 30 years," Stotlemeyer said. "We've been using pre-cast portions for a ling time so we are well-versed in that technology and no one should have any worry about that at all."

Pre-fabricated elements and ABC technology allow parts to be assembled outside of the work site, and then "slid into place." Stotlemeyer said this technique, used by the construction company Emery Sapp and Sons to create the I-70 bridges, is different from that of the construction company in Florida, which used a self-propelled transporter to move it in to place.

Stotlemeyer said the bridge collapse in Florida will not discourage the use of ABC technology in the future. 

"There are a few benefits to this kind of technology," Stotlemeyer said. "It's faster, and with the pre-fabricated elements you can have duplication and you improve quality. When these are built in a factory, you can control the environment, the humidity, the temperature, the materials that go into it. You can do things when you need them so they can be onsite on time."

Chip Jones, employee of Emery Sapp and Sons said ABC technology is also faster and safer.

"It may be a little more expensive, but if you look at it in terms of safety of drivers and workers, it really is more beneficial," Jones said. "It minimizes the traffic backups and detours, keeps the flow of traffic moving and reduces the time it takes these bridges to get built. Building faster is not always a bad thing in terms of safety."

Stotlemeyer and Jones said they did not want to speculate what went wrong in Miami.

"I heard the federal highway was going to send in people to investigate and they were going to start their work today," Stotlemeyer said. "I don't know if it was load-wise, design-wise or if there was work done to it, but we'll find out soon.

Stotlemeyer said he wants to emphasize Missouri bridges built with the same technology are safe.

"I'm not going to say it never could happen, but we really don't have bridges of that type here," Stotlemeyer said.

Jones agreed, saying comparing pedestrian bridges and vehicle bridges is "like comparing apples and oranges." 

Stotlemeyer said any bridge that is open in Missouri is safe.

"If we deem something dangerous, we close it," Stotlemeyer said. "If it's open, it's safe. It may be a little deteriorated and may not look that great, but it is safe for use."

By law, Missouri's vehicle traffic bridges are inspected every two years and pedestrian bridges are inspected every five. 

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the bridge collapse in Miami.

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Hear me roar: Women veterans honored at VA hospital http://www.komu.com/news/hear-me-roar-women-veterans-honored-at-va-hospital/ http://www.komu.com/news/hear-me-roar-women-veterans-honored-at-va-hospital/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 2:44:13 PM Maia McDonald, KOMU 8 Reporter Hear me roar: Women veterans honored at VA hospital

COLUMBIA - As Women's History Month continues, the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital is doing its part to honor the accomplishments of women veterans in Missouri. In an event Friday afternoon, the history of women in service was front and center.

"Today we honor our women veterans during Women's History Month. It's an opportunity for us to take time to listen to their stories and for them to understand the health benefits that they're eligible for," said Cindy Stivers, women veteran program manager.  

Community members and VA hospital staff all came out to hear the stories of women who've served at some point during their life. Attendees got to hear about the good, the bad and everything in between for women veterans, young and old.

"I was in the army. I was a mail clerk. I did that from the end of '67 until the end of '68," said Adrienne Errickson, who enlisted during the Vietnam War. 

Errickson has mostly fond memories of her time serving.

"It was great," she said. "I didn't mind no guns 'cause I'm afraid of guns but you meet people from the fifty states, people you never thought you'd be friends with. They had similar likes as you did. We liked to march. We marched everyday we loved it."

Now retired, Errickson volunteers for causes related to veterans affairs. Friday's event was a chance for her to meet women, many of whom have stories like hers. 

"This year there was mostly VA people," Errickson said. "I met a Marine. Just everybody's here. They're all coming for the companionship, being a part of an organization where we all have similar things. We might not be able to talk to Jane Doe, but we can talk to the military people so it's fun."

For Stivers, who is also a veteran herself, the annual event always reminds her of her own service.

"I served in the Marine Corps from 1990 to 1994," Stivers said. "I'm actually from rural Missouri. Macon, Missouri. As I exited the military, I came back to Missouri. I  used a lot of my benefits from my G.I. Bill to get my masters degree."

Decades after her own service, Stivers says more can be done for these veterans. 

"A lot of us live in a rural area so the communication to the rural veterans is not as easy as it is in Columbia or St. Louis about the resources that we have here," Stivers said. "So just getting the information out there 'cause when we go back to that rural area we go back to being a mother or a wife and sometimes we put that uniform behind us."

Jean Handy-Hamilton, who spoke at the event, recounted some of the struggles she remembers from her time serving. 

"It was hard. In basic training they make you do things that you've never done before in your life. But there was also push-back from men. In the very beginning, male push-back, in the late eighties there was push-back. But I pushed through and a lot of women pushed through and it made the time rewarding. Because if you show them you can do the job and change one person's mindset. It's worth that."

Since she enlisted, Errickson said many things have changed. However, she says her time in the military has remained a bright spot in her life. 

"When I enlisted it didn't really mean anything. When I got through with basic, it was just the pride that that was my flag. I took it personally. 'This is my army. My military. My country,' and I just love it. I love my country. I loved serving."

Handy-Hamilton believes that things have come a long way since women were first allowed to enlist in the military, but there's still room for improvement.

"Women, they started in the nineties letting them do some special combat missions," she said. "Now there's women in special forces. There's women generals. Women are serving and the opportunities that the military has for women are limitless and they're pushing for more. Women are over fifty percent of the population. We shouldn't be just seventeen percent of the military."

Editor's Note: a previous version of this story incorrectly spelled Cindy Stivers' name and title. These errors have been corrected.

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New Haven students still hoping to win playground http://www.komu.com/news/new-haven-students-still-hoping-to-win-playground/ http://www.komu.com/news/new-haven-students-still-hoping-to-win-playground/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 1:07:11 PM New Haven students still hoping to win playground

COLUMBIA - As voting for Project Playground comes to a close on Friday, teachers and students at New Haven Elementary are still hoping to rise out of second place.

The school is about 5,000 votes behind New Vernon Elementary in Indiana.

Sarah Maddox teaches kindergartners as New Haven. She said the contest has turned out to be about so much more than winning a playground. 

"I think the take away is number one, this community cares about us and that's an amazing thing," Maddox said. 

She also said throughout the process the students learned learned new things about themselves.

"Students have a voice, there is power in writing and going for things you believe in," Maddox said.

A company called Culturelle sponsored and put together the Project Playground contest. New Haven competed with hundreds of schools nationwide and ended up in the top five for the last round.

Maddox said the community support has been a confidence builder for both students and teachers. 

"For them to see how many people care about out teeny tiny little school, that's been very powerful for them and for the teachers," Maddox said. 

Carole Garth is the principal at New Haven Elementary. She said the confidence aspect of the process is something the students should be proud of.

"Those votes have given our kids confidence to advocate for themselves and to be proud of the efforts they've made here," Garth said.

With only hours left to vote, Garth said the school has no plans of giving up even if the result doesn't work out in their favor.

"If we don't win, another group of students did and that's good too," Garth said. "We'll go to plan B and we'll make it happen." 

If you'd like to vote for New Haven you can do so on Culturelle's Project Playground page. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m.

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Parents of Kenneth Suttner settle wrongful death lawsuit http://www.komu.com/news/parents-of-kenneth-suttner-settle-wrongful-death-lawsuit/ http://www.komu.com/news/parents-of-kenneth-suttner-settle-wrongful-death-lawsuit/ News Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:19:21 PM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Parents of Kenneth Suttner settle wrongful death lawsuit

FAYETTE - The parents of Kenneth Suttner, who committed suicide after allegedly being bullied at work, settled a wrongful death lawsuit in court on Tuesday.

The proposed settlement was filed Monday, and Judge Patricia Joyce approved it Tuesday. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Suttner's former manager at Dairy Queen, Harley Branham, faces charges related to his death. Branham had an involuntary manslaughter charge against her dropped in January; she's still charged with stalking, harassment and assault.

A coroner's inquest in January 2017 found bullying was a main contributor to Suttner's suicide in December 2016. 

The Glasgow school district, which the inquest ruled was also party responsible by not doing enough to stop bullying, has an ongoing lawsuit with the coroner's office over records from the inquest.

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