• 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 10 Posted on 23 October 2017 at 1:18am

    COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Nine Play of the Week! This week's nominees are from Helias High School, North Callaway High School and Blair Oaks High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.

  • Fulton man arrested for kidnapping, domestic abuse Posted on 22 October 2017 at 6:47pm

    FULTON - Fulton police arrested a man Sunday on suspicion of kidnapping and domestic assault.

    Someone called the Fulton Police Department to check up on the resident of an apartment. When officers arrived, they found a woman tied up with ropes inside.

  • Jefferson City ranks poorly on support for gays, lesbians Posted on 22 October 2017 at 5:07pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's capital city scored poorly in a recent ranking of cities evaluating which places offer the most support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

    The Kansas City Star reports Jefferson City was one of just 10 cities in the report that received a score of zero on the Human Rights Campaign's report. That group advocates on behalf of the LGBT community.

  • Halloween pet photos raise money for Second Chance animal shelter Posted on 22 October 2017 at 4:58pm

    COLUMBIA - Pet owners brought their dogs and cats to Lizzi and Rocco’s pet store for a halloween themed photoshoot.

    For a $10 donation the owners get a print and digital version of their photo with their pet.

  • Act of kindness leads to cancer fundraiser for Columbia family Posted on 22 October 2017 at 4:35pm

    FULTON - Through an exchange in the Columbia Mothers of Multiples Facebook group, Katie Hanney gave and delivered a nursing pillow to Lea Wood for free. Months later, Wood organized a fundraiser for Katie and the Hanney family, because Katie's 2-year-old daughter Ellie is undergoing treatment for a cancerous brain tumor in St. Louis.

    The Hanney family lives in Columbia and goes back and forth between mid-Missouri and St. Louis. The family is paying to live in both cities while Ellie undergoes radiation therapy. Wood wanted to help cover the cost.

  • 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.