KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:07:59 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Crowd steals from Kansas City convenience store http://www.komu.com/news/crowd-steals-from-kansas-city-convenience-store/ http://www.komu.com/news/crowd-steals-from-kansas-city-convenience-store/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 7:43:42 PM The Associated Press Crowd steals from Kansas City convenience store

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A crowd of about 50 people converged on a Kansas City convenience store, with some in the crowd stealing items from the store.

The Kansas City Star reported the crowd entered the convenience store before dawn Sunday. Some in the crowd paid for their goods and distracted the cashiers while others ran out carrying items without paying.

No one was reportedly hurt.

Police released a video of the incident and asked the public's help in identifying the individuals suspected of shoplifting.

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Missouri daycare operator sentenced for failing to pay taxes http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-daycare-operator-sentenced-for-failing-to-pay-taxes/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-daycare-operator-sentenced-for-failing-to-pay-taxes/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 7:34:44 PM The Associated Press Missouri daycare operator sentenced for failing to pay taxes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former owner of two Missouri daycare businesses has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for failing to pay about $890,000 in taxes.

The office of the U.S. attorney for the western District of Missouri says 47-year-old Lynn Jordan of Parkville was sentenced Friday to two years in prison without parole for failing to pay $891,572 in payroll and other taxes.

The office said Jordan formerly owned daycare businesses in Parkville and Platte City. Jordan also has to repay the money.

Jordan pleaded guilty in February to failing to pay over to the Internal Revenue Service about $891,572 in employment taxes withheld from her employees paychecks from 2009-2012. The office said she used the money to pay for her own personal expenses and expenses of her family.

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Mother of man fatally shot by Kansas City police sues http://www.komu.com/news/mother-of-man-fatally-shot-by-kansas-city-police-sues/ http://www.komu.com/news/mother-of-man-fatally-shot-by-kansas-city-police-sues/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 7:27:23 PM The Associated Press Mother of man fatally shot by Kansas City police sues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mother of a 24-year-old man fatally shot by Kansas City police in 2013 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and the officer who shot her son.

The Kansas City Star reported that Narene Stokes-James filed the lawsuit on Thursday. Her son, Ryan Stokes, was shot and killed by a police officer at the end of a foot chase in downtown Kansas City.

Police said Stokes, a black man, had a gun and did not obey commands to show his hands. Stokes' family disputes that he had a gun and say he might not have heard the commands.

The police officer was not indicted in the shooting.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

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Authorities boost security at Marian Days celebration http://www.komu.com/news/authorities-boost-security-at-marian-days-celebration/ http://www.komu.com/news/authorities-boost-security-at-marian-days-celebration/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 7:22:03 PM The Associated Press Authorities boost security at Marian Days celebration

CARTHAGE (AP) — Authorities are increasing security at a festival that draws tens of thousands of Vietnamese Catholics to southwest Missouri each year.

The Joplin Globe reported that Carthage police are starting roadblocks Monday — two days earlier than normal. The Marian Days celebration begins Thursday on the grounds of the Congregation of the Mother of Co-Redemptrix, a Vietnamese monastery.

Police Chief Greg Dagnan said the stepped-up policing efforts won't be obvious to most of the participants. But he said the added measures are being planned because "of everything that's going on around the country and the world."

The event began in 1977 as a way to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus. The celebration also reunites families and friends separated after the fall of Saigon in 1975.

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Kinder talks record in office in bid for Missouri governor http://www.komu.com/news/kinder-talks-record-in-office-in-bid-for-missouri-governor/ http://www.komu.com/news/kinder-talks-record-in-office-in-bid-for-missouri-governor/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 7:16:29 PM The Associated Press Kinder talks record in office in bid for Missouri governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said his experience in office and past success in elections make him the best choice for governor.

Kinder is touting his record of more than two decades as an elected official as he vies for the GOP nomination.

He faces a competitive primary Aug. 2. His Republican opponents are suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner, ex-Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens and former U.S. Attorney and House Speaker Catherine Hanaway.

Brunner and Greitens are playing up their status as political newcomers. But Kinder said his time in office proves his conservative record.

Kinder won election in 1992 to the state Senate, where he served for 12 years. He was elected lieutenant governor in 2004.

Kinder is the only GOP gubernatorial candidate who's won statewide office.


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Columbia residents can catch a free ride on Election Day http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-residents-can-catch-a-free-ride-on-election-day/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-residents-can-catch-a-free-ride-on-election-day/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 7:05:28 PM Jack Barlow, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia residents can catch a free ride on Election Day

COLUMBIA - Getting to the polls can be difficult on Election Day, but COMO Connect will help Columbia residents. The organization will offer free rides throughout the city all day Tuesday, August 2 and will continue to do so on future election days.

"This year we implemented a new policy of making all of our routes free on Election Day. So we have been doing that all year thus far and will continue to do so for the August and November elections," the Columbia Public Works Department's Multi-Modal Manager Drew Brooks said.

One of the buses giving free rides will be the city's electric bus. Columbia was the first city in the state of Missouri to have one, and it will get three more in August. Columbia's Public Transit System, COMO Connect, received a $1.7 million dollar grant on Wednesday. Columbia was one of 20 cities to receive the grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The city will use the money from the Low or No Emissions Vehicle Program to buy three new 30-foot long electric buses to replace three diesel buses from the fleet. 

The new electric buses are estimated to save the city 70 percent on maintenance costs compared to the current diesel buses. The announcement of the grant came right before three electric buses are supposed to arrive in mid-August.

Brooks said the city put together a solid proposal for the grant, and he believes the fact the city has the technology and the state's first electric bus went a long way in receiving the grant. 

The city plans to use the new electric buses on the busiest routes including the core connector routes and the evening Tiger Line routes.

More electric buses could be on the horizon for the city as a resolution for five additional 40-foot electric buses will be proposed to the city council on August 15. 

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Interim Chancellor Hank Foley fills in as athletic director http://www.komu.com/news/interim-chancellor-hank-foley-fills-in-as-athletic-director/ http://www.komu.com/news/interim-chancellor-hank-foley-fills-in-as-athletic-director/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 2:56:59 PM Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Interim Chancellor Hank Foley fills in as athletic director

COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced Friday he will take over for Interim Athletic Director Wren Baker who is taking a job as athletic director at University of North Texas. 

Wren worked with the university's athletic department for the past 14 months. His departure comes after the resignation of former Athletic Director Mack Rhoades who left for Baylor. 

Foley said in a statement, "I am confident we will continue to attract top-notch candidates and select a new director for athletics that will bring about even greater success for Mizzou." 

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New bike lanes in place for Hinkson Creek pedestrian bridge http://www.komu.com/news/new-bike-lanes-in-place-for-hinkson-creek-pedestrian-bridge/ http://www.komu.com/news/new-bike-lanes-in-place-for-hinkson-creek-pedestrian-bridge/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 2:14:16 PM Khaki Martin, KOMU 8 Reporter New bike lanes in place for Hinkson Creek pedestrian bridge

COLUMBIA -  Cyclists were out on Friday enjoying new bike lanes along the shoulder of Forum Boulevard. The new lanes are part of the Hinkson Creek pedestrian bridge project.

The engineering supervisor for Columbia's Public Works Department, Allison Anderson, said a pedestrian bridge should be completed by late August.

"This project is part of the non-motorized Get About funds that we're doing. It's a project just to get people from the Katy Trail across the Hinkson Creek and up through Forum that way," Anderson said. 

The lanes are five-feet wide, going in both directions of traffic, and run side-by-side on the same side of Forum Boulevard. The bike lines currently run from Crestwood Lane up to Hinkson Creek Bridge, right before Wilson's Fitness Center.

Anderson said installing both bicycle lanes of traffic on the same side of the road was not ideal.

"Originally we were going to do both sides, but we had some easement acquisition issues," she said.

According to Anderson, Public Works tried to get permission from the Woodrail Homeowner's Association to build the bike lanes on each side of traffic, but some property owners would not permit the City of Columbia to draw bike lanes within their property lines.  

Anderson explained, "Where you come off the bridge, we would have had to go through private property to be able to get up to the shoulder, and we weren’t able to get that easement. So we just kept it all on one side. That shoulder’s wide enough so that we could put both the bike lanes on one side."

Anderson said although more space between lanes is ideal, it's still safer than having bicycles ride on the main road.

"Forum is just a very busy street. You have all the traffic turning in and out of Wilson's right there too that backs up. You're trying to watch for traffic, but also keep an eye on pedestrians, it's just a lot for drivers or pedestrians to keep track off," she said. 

Minor work still needs to be completed before the bridge opens to pedestrians and cyclists.

“There’s still a lot of handrail that needs to be put up...some signs need to go up as well," she said.  

Public Works also filmed an informational video about the pedestrian bridge, which will be released before construction is completed.


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Completion of Missouri River Bridge repairs delayed indefinitely http://www.komu.com/news/completion-of-missouri-river-bridge-repairs-delayed-indefinitely/ http://www.komu.com/news/completion-of-missouri-river-bridge-repairs-delayed-indefinitely/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 1:26:12 PM Laurel Bloom, KOMU 8 News Completion of Missouri River Bridge repairs delayed indefinitely

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Department of Transportation announced Friday that due to unforeseen complications, the Missouri River Bridge project will no longer be finished by the end of August.

When crews sandblasted the bridge to remove paint, they found more structural damage and rusted rivets.

"We found a lot more of that than we suspected. I don't think we completely suspected we wouldn't find anything," MoDOT district engineer David Silvester said. "There's just no way to know when it's all covered up with paint."

Silvester was not able to predict when the project will be finished, but said it will definitely be after Labor Day.

The additional repairs will cost about $500,000. That additional cost is on top of the $7 million the project originally cost.

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Kansas man charged in death of woman in Missouri apartment http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-man-charged-in-death-of-woman-in-missouri-apartment/ http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-man-charged-in-death-of-woman-in-missouri-apartment/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 8:28:38 AM The Associated Press Kansas man charged in death of woman in Missouri apartment

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with killing a woman in a Missouri apartment where officers found three children hiding under a blanket.

Thirty-one-year-old Derrick Williams, of Kansas City, Kansas, is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Denise Gayle. He's also charged with three counts each of armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Court records say officers responding to a report of gunfire and screams found a naked Williams outside the apartment. The records say that Williams told police they would find a dead woman inside the building and that he killed her.

One of the children found hiding in the apartment told police, "He killed my mom."

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Man guilty of killing wife with drug-laced Kool-Aid mixture http://www.komu.com/news/man-guilty-of-killing-wife-with-drug-laced-kool-aid-mixture/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-guilty-of-killing-wife-with-drug-laced-kool-aid-mixture/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 7:58:03 AM The Associated Press Man guilty of killing wife with drug-laced Kool-Aid mixture

WINONA (AP) — A southern Missouri man has been convicted of killing his wife by giving her Kool-Aid laced with prescription drugs.

The Missouri attorney general's office says in a news release that jurors found 37-year-old Jason McClurg, of Winona, guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the May 2014 death of 32-year-old Stephanie McClurg.

Court records show he looked up overdose information online and that his first effort to poison her didn't work, so he tried again.

He also was convicted of escaping from the Shannon County jail in Eminence after his arrest. The escape happened when he and other inmates were taken outside to watch a Fourth of July fireworks show. He was captured a couple days later at a camper trailer near his hometown.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 13.

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More than 2 dozen break-ins on 1 St. Louis County street http://www.komu.com/news/more-than-2-dozen-break-ins-on-1-st-louis-county-street/ http://www.komu.com/news/more-than-2-dozen-break-ins-on-1-st-louis-county-street/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 7:37:32 AM The Associated Press More than 2 dozen break-ins on 1 St. Louis County street

OAKVILLE (AP) — St. Louis County police are investigating after more than two dozen break-ins were reported on a single street.

The crimes happened last weekend on Burgundy Way Drive in south St. Louis County. Residents told KMOV-TV that thieves went door-to-door and car-to-car looking to steal whatever they could. Residents suspect the thieves are heroin addicts.

No arrests have been made.

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Fleeing car hits house in St. Louis http://www.komu.com/news/fleeing-car-hits-house-in-st-louis/ http://www.komu.com/news/fleeing-car-hits-house-in-st-louis/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 7:32:11 AM The Associated Press Fleeing car hits house in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis home is damaged after suspects fleeing police crashed into it.

KTVI-TV reports that the accident happened Thursday afternoon. Police spotted a stolen 2000 Dodge Stratus and when they tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver sped away.

Police say the driver lost control and the vehicle jumped a sidewalk, slammed into the home and caught fire.

The homeowners were away on vacation. The house was so badly damaged that the city declared it unsafe and had it condemned.

The suspects, ages 16 and 18, ran from the scene but were captured in a nearby yard. They were treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

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Man killed, another found wounded nearby in Kansas City http://www.komu.com/news/man-killed-another-found-wounded-nearby-in-kansas-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-killed-another-found-wounded-nearby-in-kansas-city/ News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 6:22:33 AM The Associated Press Man killed, another found wounded nearby in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police have found a man dead and another victim critically wounded nearby.

Police said in a news release that officers found the first victim in a driveway Thursday night while responding to a report of gunfire. The man was declared dead at the scene.

Officers learned that another person was wounded a short time later on another block in the area. Police said it wasn't immediately known if there was a connection between the crime scenes.

The names of the victims weren't immediately released. Authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward.

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Debate on Proposition 1 for airport expansion continues http://www.komu.com/news/debate-on-proposition-1-for-airport-expansion-continues/ http://www.komu.com/news/debate-on-proposition-1-for-airport-expansion-continues/ News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 9:29:56 PM Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 News Debate on Proposition 1 for airport expansion continues

COLUMBIA - Opponents and supporters of Proposition 1 met at Columbia's Activity and Recreation Center (ARC) Thursday night to voice their opinions on the measure featured on the primary ballot come Tuesday, August 2. 

If Proposition 1 passes, it would put in place a sales tax of 4 to 5 percent on hotels. The money raised from that tax would fund a $38 million terminal at the Columbia Regional Airport. 


Former Columbia Mayor, Bob McDavid, was amongst the 30 some participants at the forum. McDavid, a long-term advocate for the Columbia Regional Airport, shared his high praise for the measure. "The problem is that we have an airport terminal that was built in 1969, pre-TSA and its just woefully inadequate," McDavid said. 

McDavid said air service in Columbia is doing well, and the industry is growing exponentially. "We have twice the passengers that we did four years ago," McDavid said. 

An antiquated and overcrowded building is what  McDavid said he believes leaves a bad impression on tourists coming to Columbia. "If you're a visitor coming to Columbia and you land at Columbia Regional Airport, you get off the plane and what you see is two double-wides," McDavid said. 


Edward Baker owns the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Baker said he is proud of his deep connections to Columbia and involvement in the hotel and lodging industry for over thirty years. Baker expressed concerns of past taxes on his industry and what they have actually been used for. 

Initially Baker supported the tax, but he said that the open-wording of the past ordinance allowed the funds to go into non-related projects. "They lied to us in '99 and took the funds that we voted on as taxpayers. The voters passed an ordinance, 'they' being the city overruled us and took the money," Baker said. 

Baker said he fears that the Columbia City Council will not uphold what the voters want the tax money to go to by using the terminology "economic development."

"The verbiage of the ordinance, they could take all the money and use it for whatever they want," Baker said. 


Currently, in both St. Louis and Kansas City the sales tax on hotels is roughly 17 percent. Right now in Columbia the sales tax on hotels is roughly 12.5 percent. 


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Police search for murder suspect accused of shooting teen http://www.komu.com/news/police-search-for-murder-suspect-accused-of-shooting-teen/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-search-for-murder-suspect-accused-of-shooting-teen/ News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 8:29:09 PM Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Police search for murder suspect accused of shooting teen

COLUMBIA – Police arrested one man and are searching for another man in connection with a shooting that killed a teenage boy Wednesday night. 

According to a press release, 17-year-old Marquez Reed was shot by a man in the passenger seat of a car near the intersection of Allen Street and LaSelle Place around 8 p.m. 

After an ambulance took Reed to a hospital, doctors pronounced him dead.

Police are searching for Tyrone James Jr., 18, who has been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action. His bond will be set at $1,000,000. Police said he is armed and dangerous.

Columbia Police Department Detectives arrested Jadarius C. Sanders, 18 on Thursday morning for felony hindering prosecution and felony tampering with physical evidence. According to CPD, Sanders admitted he drove the vehicle that was involved in the shooting. His bond is set at $100,000.


According to court documents, Sanders said Reed and the passenger, who Sanders identified as James, got in an argument. Reed punched James through the window, and then Sanders heard gunshots. Immediately after, Sanders saw James putting an item into his backpack. 

Sanders also said while he was driving away James made a phone call and said he had shot someone. 

Police served warrants at 105 Park Avenue, 2613 Quail Drive and 4200 W. Bethany in search of evidence relating to this incident.

CPD is asking anyone with information about James’ location to contact them or Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. Police specified that citizens should not confront, apprehend or approach James. 

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include the latest information.)

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St. Louis former prosecutor gets probation http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-former-prosecutor-gets-probation/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-former-prosecutor-gets-probation/ News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 7:14:59 PM The Associated Press St. Louis former prosecutor gets probation

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis city prosecutor has been sentenced to probation for helping cover up a police detective's beating of a handcuffed man.

Bliss Barber Worrell pleaded guilty in October to misprision of a felony, or helping conceal a crime. She admitted failing to tell officials what she knew about the attack. She also admitted helping file a bogus charge against the victim.

She was sentenced Thursday to 18 months on probation and 140 hours of community service.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Worrell testified Tuesday against the former officer, Thomas A. Carroll, who was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in federal prison for violating the man's civil rights when he beat him at a police station in 2014.

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Bald eagle rescued at Table Rock Lake http://www.komu.com/news/bald-eagle-rescued-at-table-rock-lake/ http://www.komu.com/news/bald-eagle-rescued-at-table-rock-lake/ News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 6:52:36 PM The Associated Press Bald eagle rescued at Table Rock Lake

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An injured bald eagle got a little help from a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

The Springfield News-Leader reports operators of a houseboat at Table Rock Lake on Saturday found the bald eagle on their boat, apparently unable to fly, so they sought help from the patrol, which has officers in boats on the lake.

Trooper Andy Ward managed to catch the bird and bring him to conservation agents who took it to the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield.

Zoo spokeswoman Joey Powell said the eagle has a broken leg that healed, but there appears to be nerve damage, possibly limiting the bird's ability to fly. She said the bird can't be release to the wild, but the zoo will work to find the bird a home.

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Man found guilty of murder in Kool-Aid killing http://www.komu.com/news/man-found-guilty-of-murder-in-kool-aid-killing/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-found-guilty-of-murder-in-kool-aid-killing/ News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 6:25:25 PM Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man found guilty of murder in Kool-Aid killing

SHANNON COUNTY – A jury found a man guilty of murdering his wife in May 2014. He was also found guilty of one count of escaping from confinement.

Prosecutors said Jason McClurg gave his wife, Stephanie McClurg, a poisonous concoction of Kool-Aid and prescription medications. When he was being held in the county jail after being arrested, McClurg escaped and was arrested again two days later.

McClurg’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 13.

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Eagle Picher laying off 135 from Joplin site http://www.komu.com/news/eagle-picher-laying-off-135-from-joplin-site/ http://www.komu.com/news/eagle-picher-laying-off-135-from-joplin-site/ News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 6:00:35 PM The Associated Press Eagle Picher laying off 135 from Joplin site

JOPLIN (AP) — Eagle Picher Technologies is laying off 135 workers in Joplin.

Sean Parker, vice president of human resources told The Joplin Globe Thursday that this round of layoffs is in addition to 90 layoffs the company announced in late May. That is a total of about 225 layoffs, or nearly one-fourth of the company's workforce this spring.

He said 130 people were laid off Thursday from the company's headquarters, with the other five coming from another location in Joplin.

Parker said layoffs are needed to allow the company to meet its goals have now been completed.

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