KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:01:45 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Highway 63 northbound reopened after vehicle fire http://www.komu.com/news/highway-63-northbound-reopened-after-vehicle-fire/ http://www.komu.com/news/highway-63-northbound-reopened-after-vehicle-fire/ News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 9:49:07 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Highway 63 northbound reopened after vehicle fire

BOONE COUNTY - The northbound lanes of Highway 63 near Hinton Road were closed after the engine compartment of a vehicle was fully engulfed in flames around 7:45 p.m. Sunday evening. No one was injured.

Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp said a sheriff's deputy driving southbound turned around and made contact with the four-door sedan before fire crews extinguished the fire.

Blomenkamp said the northbound lanes were closed for approximately 20 minutes. 


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Rideshare regulations speed through Missouri House http://www.komu.com/news/rideshare-regulations-speed-through-missouri-house/ http://www.komu.com/news/rideshare-regulations-speed-through-missouri-house/ News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 7:50:33 PM The Associated Press Rideshare regulations speed through Missouri House

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are hoping to expand services to Missouri customers under proposed statewide regulations for the app-based companies.

The proposal requires background checks for drivers, vehicle inspections and includes a rider nondiscrimination policy.

The bill has largely drawn bipartisan support, but some are concerned that the statewide regulations don't go far enough to ensure safety. The proposal also includes a provision saying drivers don't have to pay local taxes.

Two House committees have approved the bill. A similar measure proposed last year stalled when it reached the Senate.

Uber currently operates in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield.


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Another Missouri school district considers 4-day week http://www.komu.com/news/another-missouri-school-district-considers-4-day-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/another-missouri-school-district-considers-4-day-week/ News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 7:46:03 PM The Associated Press Another Missouri school district considers 4-day week

GRANBY (AP) — Another Missouri school district is considering whether to join 18 others that have adopted a four-day school week.

East Newton Superintendent Todd McCrackin says the district is considering the change because of an expected drop of about $350,000 in next year's budget. He says the decrease would come from less state funding and declining enrollment.

The Joplin Globe reports that nine of the 18 districts using a four-day week adopted it for this year, when the state saw a $398 million gap between what a school funding formula called for and the money allocated to schools.

McCrackin said the plan would eliminate Monday classes and add 30 minutes to an hour of classes to each school day. After gathering public response, the district hopes to decide by February.

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UPDATE: Suspect in triple stabbing taken into custody http://www.komu.com/news/update-suspect-in-triple-stabbing-taken-into-custody/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-suspect-in-triple-stabbing-taken-into-custody/ News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 6:40:19 PM DJ Pointer and Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producers UPDATE: Suspect in triple stabbing taken into custody

CAMDEN COUNTY - Deputies took a suspect who stabbed three people Sunday into custody without incident. The suspect is awaiting formal charges.

The incident happened around 3:50 p.m. in Lake Ozark at the 1400 block of Carol Road, which is off of Horseshoe Bend Parkway. 

The Camden County Sheriff's Office reported that the suspect, a 24-year-old white male, fled the residence after the stabbing. One female victim refused treatment at the scene, and two male victims were taken to Lake Regional Hospital by Ambulance.

The Camden County Sheriff's Office described the suspect as 5'10", 160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was possibly wearing a dark long sleeve shirt.

The sheriff's office advised people to lock their doors and to refrain from picking up hitchhikers.

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to clarify the location of the incident and to reveal the suspect has been taken into custody.) 

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Man sought after alleged shooting involving Missouri trooper http://www.komu.com/news/man-sought-after-alleged-shooting-involving-missouri-trooper/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-sought-after-alleged-shooting-involving-missouri-trooper/ News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 4:27:55 PM The Associated Press Man sought after alleged shooting involving Missouri trooper

MARSHALL (AP) - Missouri authorities are searching for a suspected parole violator they say exchanged gunfire with a state trooper after a chase.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the trooper escaped injury during the alleged confrontation with 35-year-old Troy Bateman of Marshall.

The patrol says that the trooper began pursuing a vehicle for alleged traffic charges Friday night in Saline County before the suspect's vehicle crashed at an intersection. After trading gunfire with the trooper, the patrol says, the suspect fled into a field.

The patrol says Bateman has an active warrant for a burglary-related parole violation, and he's wanted in connection with the Friday night encounter with the trooper.

The patrol cautions residents that Bateman is believed to be armed with a handgun.

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Cafe Berlin closes after break in http://www.komu.com/news/cafe-berlin-closes-after-break-in/ http://www.komu.com/news/cafe-berlin-closes-after-break-in/ News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 2:19:55 PM DJ Pointer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Cafe Berlin closes after break in

COLUMBIA - A break in at popular downtown restaurant Cafe Berlin forced the restaurant to close Sunday, according to a Facebook post.

"We had a bad break-in last night and the restaurant hs been destroyed. This is serious," the post said.

The restaurant posted three pictures that showed the conditions of the restaurant and many customers have responded to this recent event.

Cafe Berlin's post says that they we'll keep everyone updated as they know more information.

The restaurant recently posted this message on Facebook following the break in post. 

"To those responsible for last night's destruction, for those grieving, angered, and scared by this action, and for those who already know what it's like to be targets of violence, we respond as we always have AS A COMMUNITY with LOVE, PERSEVERANCE and SOLIDARITY. This event has reminded us once again how important spaces of community organization and togetherness are and the work it takes to protect and maintain them. We will not be intimidated or discouraged. The outcry of support and care has filled us with love and motivation to continue to practice nurturance, creativity, and quick effective responses to hate and violence. Thank you to everyone who has offered support in all their forms: words, pizzas, tears, coffee, hugs, full trash bags and full hearts-WE LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU!"

The restaurant announced Sunday afternoon that it plans to open for the 8 p.m. music festival as well as for brunch Monday morning.

To see more of Cafe Berlin's post visit link below.


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Mid-Missourians react to ice storm http://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourians-react-to-ice-storm/ http://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourians-react-to-ice-storm/ News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:07:44 PM Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 News Reporter & Shanna Grove, KOMU 8 News Reporter Mid-Missourians react to ice storm

COLUMBIA - Mixed reactions came out of mid-Missouri Sunday as the weekend ice storm began to wind down.

While MoDOT and road crews worked all weekend throughout the state, some Missourians were still finding difficult  road conditions in some areas.

Eldon resident Betty Scroggins said gravel roads have proven especially difficult to navigate.

"They've been keeping the main roads pretty clear," Scroggins said. "But the back roads, they don't."

Overall, Scroggins said the ice storm proved to be "pretty bad."

Sections of the state were hit harder than others, prompting some Mid-Missourians to question whether the anticipated scale of the storm was over-estimated.

Live Doppler Eight First Alert Weather Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke said, "The moisture didn't trend exactly where we had thought at times, but overall mid-Missouri did see the ice-accumulation we were expecting, with about one-quarter of an inch minimum throughout mid-Missouri and more than that south of I-70 through the three-day event."

Gewecke also explained, "Ice and freezing rain is extremely difficult to forecast because there are multiple variables depending on only a few degrees difference. If temperatures would have been even two or three degrees colder at the surface at times, it would have been a different story."

Joseph Morris is the owner of J-N-J Liquor & More in Brazito, Missouri. Morris said he thinks the storm was overestimated to some extent, but thought road crews getting out early prevented issues.

"I think this time here they anticipated it being worse than what it is," he said. "They got out right off the bat, before it ever hit, got a layer of salt down." 

Morris said he was not upset about the amount of advisories put out both before and during the storm.

"It's always better to be safe, than sorry. Don't wait 'til it happens and then decide to try to react," he said.

MoDOT was still advising Missourians Sunday to be cautious and mindful of the weather conditions as the storm wrapped up.

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Lake Ozark prepares for next stage of storm http://www.komu.com/news/lake-ozark-prepares-for-next-stage-of-storm/ http://www.komu.com/news/lake-ozark-prepares-for-next-stage-of-storm/ News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 5:42:22 AM Shanna Grove and Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 Reporters Lake Ozark prepares for next stage of storm

LAKE OZARK - After being stuck indoors waiting for this ice storm to end, some people might be getting a little restless.

Many people have been venturing out despite MoDOT's continued recommendations to stay off the roads as much as possible. 

Tommy Tobin took to the roads and spent the afternoon in the city's outlet malls. 

“We were getting a little stir crazy in the motel, so we decided to come out and do some shopping,” Tobin said.

Lake Ozark Fire Protection District Chief Mark Amsinger is still asking residents to remain cautious because the ice storm is not finished yet.

"Up to this point it's been minimal calls, normal calls we've had. However, we're right in the middle of the system, so don't let that fool everyone," Amsinger said. "They are still expecting more dangerous weather, more icing and that. Again try to stay home. Heed the advisories, heed the warnings."

Chief Amsinger also mentioned residents are not the only ones put in danger when storms like this are rolling through. By venturing out despite warnings to stay inside, residents run the risk of putting first responders in danger as well.

As of Saturday evening, MoDOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch said conditions on the major roads in the area are clear, and MoDOT will have full crews in Saturday night.

According to Lynch, "Supplies and equipment are in good shape." 

MoDOT will have full crews working around the clock well into the early hours of Sunday morning, in an effort to address the weather conditions of the next wave of the ice storm. 



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UPDATE: Driver ejected from vehicle, dies in car crash http://www.komu.com/news/update-driver-ejected-from-vehicle-dies-in-car-crash/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-driver-ejected-from-vehicle-dies-in-car-crash/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 9:45:18 PM Katie Pylipow, KOMU 8 Digital Producer UPDATE: Driver ejected from vehicle, dies in car crash

MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A man died at the hospital after a car crash on I-70 Saturday night, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

Around 7 p.m., 34-year-old David Risberg was driving East near mile marker 169 when he drove off the left side of the road and hit a median cable. His car overturned and he was ejected from the vehicle, the report said.

Risberg was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries where he was pronounced dead around midnight, according to the report. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

According to MoDOT, the left lane of I-70 eastbound near the 169 mile marker was closed temporarily due to the crash, but it was reopend around 8 p.m.

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Woman, 74, killed in southeastern Missouri house fire http://www.komu.com/news/woman-74-killed-in-southeastern-missouri-house-fire/ http://www.komu.com/news/woman-74-killed-in-southeastern-missouri-house-fire/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 4:22:55 PM The Associated Press Woman, 74, killed in southeastern Missouri house fire

FREDERICKTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old woman was killed in a house fire in southeastern Missouri's Madison County.

KFVS-TV says Lucille Francis' body was found after the fire that was reported after 11 p.m. Friday.

Cherokee Pass Fire Chief Bill Starke said two relatives who were visiting Francis managed to escape after breaking out a bedroom window.

State fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

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Kansas man dies when van wrecks on Missouri freeway http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-man-dies-when-van-wrecks-on-missouri-freeway-84306/ http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-man-dies-when-van-wrecks-on-missouri-freeway-84306/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 3:29:00 PM Associated Press Kansas man dies when van wrecks on Missouri freeway

PLATTE CITY (AP) — Missouri authorities say one of 13 occupants of a van was killed when the vehicle crashed north of Kansas City.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 35-year-old Maung Hnin of Kansas City, Kansas, was ejected from the van during the crash early Saturday on Interstate 29 in Platte County and was hit by another vehicle. He died at the scene.

The patrol says three other occupants of the van were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries. Others in the van declined treatment.


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Pulaski County man points rifle at deputies http://www.komu.com/news/pulaski-county-man-points-rifle-at-deputies/ http://www.komu.com/news/pulaski-county-man-points-rifle-at-deputies/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 2:43:52 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Pulaski County man points rifle at deputies

PULASKI COUNTY - A man was arrested after pointing a rifle at deputies and possibly endangering a female and several small children on Saturday morning.

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Busch, deputies were sent out for a well-being check for a male subject at around 9:30 a.m. The subject threatened to shoot himself and first responders prior to deupties' arrival.

The suspect came to the door with a rifle and pointed it at deputies. A struggle followed, with the suspect's weapon firing one shot. The suspect also pointed the rifle at the second deputy on scene. The subject was tazed and taken into custody without injuries.

An investigation by detectives determined the suspected had fired numerous rounds before deputies arrived on scene. 

The suspect was arrested, transported to the Pulaksi County Jail and placed on a 24-hour charging hold. Detectives recommended charges of unlawful use of weapon, two charges of assault on law enforcement officer, endangering the welfare of a child, felon in possession of a firearm and armed criminal action. 

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Columbia Public Works temporarily scales back operations http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-public-works-temporarily-scales-back-operations/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-public-works-temporarily-scales-back-operations/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 2:43:42 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Columbia Public Works temporarily scales back operations

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works sent home all but eight members of its street crew Saturday afternoon because of the winter storm's minimal impact so far.

With the forecast calling for additional rounds of freezing rain Saturday night and into Sunday morning, a full street crew will report at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release. A full crew has been treating the roads since 7:00 a.m. Friday.

As of Saturday afternoon, Columbia Water and Light crews were sent home. Crews may return later today. However, no electrical outages or issues had been reported.

Passengers flying through the Columbia Regional Airport are encouraged to check with their airline regarding flight status.

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Missouri man gets 20 years for sexually abusing girl http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-man-gets-20-years-for-sexually-abusing-girl/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-man-gets-20-years-for-sexually-abusing-girl/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 1:32:08 PM The Associated Press Missouri man gets 20 years for sexually abusing girl

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man has been ordered to spend two decades in prison for sexually abusing a girl over a seven-year period dating to when she was 12 years old, ultimately impregnating her.

A Greene County judge sentenced 38-year-old Epifanio Chaidez of Springfield on Friday.

Chaidez was convicted in November 2015 of statutory sodomy and statutory rape counts.

Authorities say Chaidez sexually abused the victim, now in her 20s, from 2004 to 2011. The victim testified during Chaidez's trial that the abuse culminated with her becoming pregnant with Chaidez's baby when she was 16.

The state had sought a life sentence for Chaidez, who requested probation.


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MU officials urge students to check forecast before returning http://www.komu.com/news/mu-officials-urge-students-to-check-forecast-before-returning/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-officials-urge-students-to-check-forecast-before-returning/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:55:59 AM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer MU officials urge students to check forecast before returning

COLUMBIA - University of Missouri officials continue to monitor the forecast and urge students to check the weather in preparation for the beginning for the semester on Tuesday.

“Depending on the route they are taking, ice could still be a significant factor on Monday,” said Gary Ward, vice chancellor for operations. “Some roads might be fine while others could be hazardous. Students and parents should check the road conditions along their travel routes before making a decision to come to campus.”

Classes are scheduled to begin Tuesday. Students who have difficulty returning campus will need to contact their professor to find out what they missed, according to a news release.


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Ex-FBI agent recalls helping find 2 missing boys decade ago http://www.komu.com/news/ex-fbi-agent-recalls-helping-find-2-missing-boys-decade-ago/ http://www.komu.com/news/ex-fbi-agent-recalls-helping-find-2-missing-boys-decade-ago/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:09:55 AM The Associated Press Ex-FBI agent recalls helping find 2 missing boys decade ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former FBI agent who played a key role in cracking the disappearance of two Missouri boys, one of whom had been missing for nearly five years, is rejoicing in the 10-year anniversary of their rescue.

Lynn Willett tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that saving Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck from Mike Devlin's suburban St. Louis apartment in 2007 was "a significant day for all of us."

Ownby was 13 when Devlin abducted him from a school bus stop in rural Franklin County. Four days later, he was found in Devlin's apartment along with Hornbeck, who had been missing since he was kidnapped in 2002 at the age of 11.

Devlin later was convicted and is serving multiple life sentences.

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Columbia trash collection delayed http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-trash-collection-delayed/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-trash-collection-delayed/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:30:21 AM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Columbia trash collection delayed

COLUMBIA - There was no trash collection in the city Friday due to the winter weather.

According to a press release from the city, the next date for Friday's residential and commercial collection will be Saturday, Jan. 21.


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Ex-IRS worker accused of false tax returns, ID theft http://www.komu.com/news/ex-irs-worker-accused-of-false-tax-returns-id-theft/ http://www.komu.com/news/ex-irs-worker-accused-of-false-tax-returns-id-theft/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:15:31 AM The Associated Press Ex-IRS worker accused of false tax returns, ID theft

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former Internal Revenue Service employee is accused in a 15-count federal indictment of filing false tax returns.

Grand jurors in Kansas City, Missouri, indicted 48-year-old Carla Lachelle Mitchell of Kansas City, Kansas, on Friday on 10 counts of filing false tax returns and five counts of aggravated identity theft.

The indictment alleges Mitchell was working as a contact representative at the IRS from 2006 to 2015 when she prepared false federal income tax returns for 2011, 2012 and 2013 for 13 of her friends and family, as well as herself.

Mitchell allegedly included several false entries to lower the individual tax liability or to increase the refunds on the questioned returns.

Online court records do not show whether Mitchell has an attorney.

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Missouri senators renew effort to get Delta Queen cruising http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-senators-renew-effort-to-get-delta-queen-cruising/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-senators-renew-effort-to-get-delta-queen-cruising/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:08:38 AM The Associated Press Missouri senators renew effort to get Delta Queen cruising

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators are renewing efforts to get the legendary riverboat the Delta Queen cruising again on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Legislation filed this past week by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Roy Blunt would reinstate an exemption for the Delta Queen to a federal law that prohibits overnight excursions on wooden vessels. The law was passed in 1966, but the Delta Queen was granted an exemption until 2008. It has been docked since then.

The 285-foot-long, 88-cabin vessel, immortalized in poems and songs, is in dry dock in Houma, Louisiana. Last year, the company opened a restaurant and gift shop in Kimmswick, Missouri, and plans to move the riverboat to the Missouri site if cruising is allowed.


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COMO Connect paratransit services suspended Saturday http://www.komu.com/news/como-connect-paratransit-services-suspended-saturday/ http://www.komu.com/news/como-connect-paratransit-services-suspended-saturday/ News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 7:57:51 AM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer COMO Connect paratransit services suspended Saturday

COLUMBIA - COMO Connect's paratransit services will not be running Saturday due to inclement weather.

However, regular fixed route bus service will continue as usual, according to a news release. Riders should expect delayed routes as drivers use caution on possible icy pavement. 

COMO Connect will continue to evaluate road conditions to determine any potential changes to fixed routes. 

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