• Cole County Sheriff warns of jury duty scam Posted on 23 October 2017 at 4:05pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Sheriff's Office is warning of a scam similar to one that has popped up in the area several times over the past few years.

    Victims reported receiving calls from someone identifying themselves as Deputy Kevin Woodson, who told them they missed jury duty. The caller then tells them if they pay with money orders, they will avoid warrants for their arrest.

  • 86-year-old man dies days after shooting; wife also killed Posted on 23 October 2017 at 3:23pm

    ELLINGTON (AP) — An 86-year-old southeast Missouri man has died, days after a gunman killed his wife.

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol says James Nance of rural Reynolds County died Saturday. His 72-year-old wife, Janet Nance, died at a hospital on Wednesday, the day of the shooting.

  • Multi-car accidents slow traffic on Highway 63 North Posted on 23 October 2017 at 3:12pm

    COLUMBIA - Two separate crashes on Highway 63 North slowed traffic Monday morning between the Stadium Blvd. and Broadway exits. 

    The Columbia Fire Department responded to a first call at 9:58 a.m. near the Stadium Blvd. exit for an accident involving multiple vehicles. Fire Chief Brad Fraizer said victims of the crash were taken to Boone Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

  • Protests may affect St. Louis vote to give raise to police Posted on 23 October 2017 at 2:32pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Voters in St. Louis will soon be asked to weigh in on a half-cent sales tax increase that would be used to give officers a raise.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the special election's timing could make its passage a challenge as St. Louis police face criticism and lawsuits over its handling of recent protests. The protests followed last month's acquittal of a former St. Louis officer who fatally shot a man.

  • Laps taken around state capitol for human trafficking awareness Posted on 23 October 2017 at 2:06pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The outer walkways of the state capitol temporarily turned into a track to raise awareness for sex trafficking.

    Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition (CMSHTC) held the first ever “Diamond’s March - 500 Laps for Freedom” on Sunday afternoon. Participants registered online prior to the vent and gathered sponsors to pledge monetary amounts to the number of laps a participant would complete. 

  • Columbia police ask public for help finding runaway teenager Posted on 23 October 2017 at 1:50pm

    COLUMBIA - Police are asking the public to help find a teenager who reportedly ran away and may be trying to get to western Missouri.

    Officials said Trinity Spohn, 13, ran away from a home and was last seen in the area of Business Loop 70 and Seventh Street on Sunday afternoon.

  • Thefts from motor vehicles on the rise Posted on 23 October 2017 at 12:56pm

    COLUMBIA- The Columbia Police Department reports it has received 655 calls of car burglaries in 2017. That is 207 more calls than this time last year.

    The report also says Columbia citizens have had more than $332,000 worth of property stolen from motor vehicles this year. Thieves are forcing entry into the cars and taking easily accessible items, including guns.

  • Jefferson City ranks zero for municipal equality Posted on 23 October 2017 at 12:54pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Human Rights Campaign annually releases an evaluation of municipalities across the country rating their effectiveness in establishing equality for persons in the LGBTQ community. Jefferson city scored a zero out of 100 possible points for this year's index.

    Criteria like non-descrimination laws, municipality as employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and relationship with the LGBTQ community are all taken into consideration when determining the scores. Jefferson City satisfied none of these areas.

  • Columbia police officers voice frustration with City Manager's office Posted on 23 October 2017 at 11:48am

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia police officers' union criticized City Manager Mike Matthes' office Monday for testifying on behalf of a defendant who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors last year.

    Cezan Stock pleaded guilty to careless driving and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. He was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation, but was incarcerated for a probation violation in April.

  • Reports gives insight into reinstatement of police captain Posted on 23 October 2017 at 11:13am

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A report obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers insight into why the city's Civil Service Commission reinstated a fired police captain who altered a police report.

    Ryan Cousins, who is black, alleged in a lawsuit that race played a role in his 2016 firing. The commission ruled last month that his actions were worthy of only a reprimand.