• Arraignment scheduled for Moberly man facing felony sex charges Posted on 22 October 2017 at 10:00am

    Moberly - An arraignment is scheduled Monday for a Moberly man facing several felony charges ranging from incest, rape or attempted rape, to domestic assault.

    Moberly Police arrested 38-year-old Carl Edward Sheets on Tuesday.  His bond was set at $500,000 cash.

  • Suspect unknown after armed robbery at O'Reilly Auto Parts Posted on 21 October 2017 at 11:10pm

    COLUMBIA - An armed robbery occurred Saturday night at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store on Cooper Drive.

    CPD officers were dispatched at about 8:30 p.m. An investigation revealed a man entered the store with a handgun and demanded money from the employee. The suspect fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

  • One man hospitalized after shooting near central Columbia Posted on 21 October 2017 at 10:56pm

    COLUMBIA - One man was taken to a local hospital for a gunshot wound received Saturday night.

    CPD officers were dispatched at about 8:00 p.m. after receiving reports of shots heard in the 200 block of Business Loop 70 East.

  • Missouri River cleanup raises awareness of water quality Posted on 21 October 2017 at 8:38pm

    NEW FRANKLIN - The Missouri River Relief organized about 250 volunteers Saturday to remove trash from the Missouri River as part of their fourth large cleanup of the year.
    Special attention was focused this week on education and environmental cleanliness, coming to a close with the organization’s cleanup event today.
    Jen Davis works with the Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit that started in Columbia 16 years ago, to address the growing problem of trash in the river. She said they have seen the amount of trash decrease, which she credits partially to the awareness they have raised, as well as the physical work of volunteers in regularly removing garbage.
    “Since 2001, we have worked with over 20,000 volunteers,” Davis said. “We are completely dependent on the passion and efforts of our volunteers.”
    They do receive funding from the city, as well as grants, but the work is done by citizens who volunteer their time to clean. 
    The organization wants people to experience the river firsthand.
    “Oftentimes, we are the vehicle for their first ever experience of the river, and we see that they take a sense of ownership from that experience,” Davis said.
    Today, volunteers cleaned about 10 miles of the Lamine River to about five miles below the Franklin Island Conservation area.
    About 10 motor boats brought teams of volunteers to spots along the river that had trash, allowing each group over an hour to clean their area and return with the garbage they extracted.
    Tires, refrigerators, large appliances and litter from storm drains are among the items volunteers find in drains. These items wash into the river, especially during floods, from nearby fields or from city streets into drains that lead to the river.
    The Missouri River Relief wants to remove as much trash as possible before the Missouri River connects with the Mississippi River and eventually the ocean. Because of the strain large cities put on the river, they put particular focus on the sections of the river south of Kansas City and St. Louis, with big cleanups in those areas every year, Davis said.
    Missouri River Relief volunteers went to Omaha, Nebraska earlier this year and partnered with groups there to remove trash, although they typically focus on the lower parts of the Missouri River.
    However, their ultimate goal is preventing trash from ending up in the ocean, “and sometimes we have to cross state lines to do that,” Davis said.
    This issue affects local communities as well as the state as a whole; Davis said most people are not aware of how reliant people are on the river, and how important it is for various aspects of life. Because environmental safety is such a large, broad issue, it connects the Missouri River Relief volunteers with people across the country.
    Davis said many people hold the misconception that there is a way to filter trash before it reaches the river, but that is not the case in this area.
    “People think, 'Of course the trash gets filtered out,' but the trash goes into the storm drains and that goes directly into the streams,” Davis said. “Things like cigarette butts any sort of litter you see in the streets, unless it gets picked up, will eventually end up in the river.”
    Efforts are focused on addressing the problem once it gets to the river, not stopping the trash before it gets there, she said.
    “That’s just the way it is, as far as I know, in most places, and that’s why we have the giant trash gyres in the oceans; because trash just washes down from all of our rivers and ends up in the ocean.” Davis said.
    Over 50 percent of the drinking water comes from the river, so the quality of the water is important, Davis said. She remains optimistic that as more people become aware and get involved, the conditions will improve, and sees events like today’s cleanup as an important part in that overall process.

  • Police respond to reports of shots fired at McDonalds on Stadium Posted on 21 October 2017 at 8:36pm

    COLUMBIA - Officers responded to reports of shots fired at about 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the McDonald's Restaurant on Stadium Boulevard.

    Police say no property damage or shell casings were found.  There were no reported injuries.

  • Four hospitalized following multi-car crash Posted on 21 October 2017 at 7:24pm

    BOONE COUNTY – Four people were injured in a three-vehicle collision at Obermiller Road Saturday afternoon according to a sergeant with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

    Officials transported them to the University Hospital with moderate injuries.

  • Mud run supports honor flight and veterans Posted on 21 October 2017 at 6:48pm

    FULTON - Dozens of trucks raced though the mud to raise money for the Central Missouri Honor Flight Saturday at Fulton Jaycees 7th Annual Graveyard Splash.
    Fulton Jaycee volunteer Barb Deville said the proceeds will go towards the Central Missouri Honor Flight and back to the community. 
    "We always support our veterans," Deville said. "They're near to my heart. My family has a lot of veterans. We wanted to honor them as well as bring in some of the veterans from Mexico."
    Veterans were escorted by Callaway County Sheriff's Department and motorcycles from Mexico to Fulton.
    "There were about 35 motorcycles that led the bus load of veterans from the veterans home in Mexico Missouri to Callaway County fairgrounds in Fulton," John Johnson, head of the motorcycle escort said.
    Racers traveled from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee and parts of Missouri to show support.
    Missouri Mud Madness Mud Race Association is a non profit organization that runs mud races all over Missouri. President Shawn Yelton said $500 they made from the race will be donated to the Central Missouri Honor Flight.
    "Today, the purpose is we got lots of veterans from the veterans home and we're showing our tribune to them," Yelton said. "These men fought for our freedom. This is our way of giving back to them."

  • Bike lanes in Holts Summit promote cyclist safety Posted on 21 October 2017 at 4:49pm

    HOLTS SUMMIT- New bike lines were painted in Holts Summit Thursday to make cycling safer and more accessible.

    The sharrows, or shared-lane markings, were painted along South Summit Drive from the Holts Summit Fire Protection District building all the way to Highway 54, a stretch of about 3 miles. Each of the sharrows is painted approximately 500 feet apart.

  • Pitch competition gives local entrepreneurs starting platform Posted on 21 October 2017 at 4:42pm

    JEFFERSON CITY- Local entrepreneurs walked away with some cash Saturday after an annual pitch off competition.

    The sixth annual “Pitch It & Win It” competition puts competitors up against each to pitch best new idea for a business. The eleven entrepreneurs had ten minutes to pitch their idea and ten minutes to answer questions from the panel of judges.

  • St. Louis school districts sues 32 teachers who quit early Posted on 21 October 2017 at 4:35pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis public school district is suing 32 teachers for breaking their contracts by leaving their jobs early.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the district filed nearly identical lawsuits this summer against teachers who left the district in 2015 or 2016.