• Highway Patrol fires Trooper Anthony Piercy in Ellington drowning Posted on 15 December 2017 at 9:42pm

    COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed it has fired Trooper Anthony Piercy.

    KOMU 8 spoke to Capt. John Hotz, who confirmed the termination, effective Friday.

  • St. Louis police arrest suspect hiding in Columbia Posted on 15 December 2017 at 9:29pm

    COLUMBIA - St. Louis officers arrested a suspect that was on the run in a duplex on Sears Court in Columbia on Friday.

    Authorities from St. Louis said they couldn't make a lot information public as the investigation is ongoing. However, an officer confirmed arresting a suspect who was hiding in Columbia.

  • State Education Board Commissioner application process raises questions Posted on 15 December 2017 at 9:02pm

    COLUMBIA - The application for the top education position in the state, Missouri State Education Board Commissioner, opened Friday leaving residents less than a month to apply.

    The position was filled until Dec. 1, when Gov. Greitens' appointees voted out Margie Vandeven, even though they have not yet been approved by the Senate.

  • 300 workers lose jobs after firm abruptly closes Posted on 15 December 2017 at 8:42pm

    BLUE SPRINGS (AP) — A commercial real estate records company based in suburban Kansas City has abruptly shut down, leaving about 300 people out of work less than two weeks before Christmas.

    WDAF-TV reports that workers at Xceligent's Blue Springs headquarters received an email Thursday afternoon telling them to pack their belongings and be out of the building within 30 minutes. They say they received no severance or payment for accrued time off.

  • Pet found dead after Columbia house fire Posted on 15 December 2017 at 8:29pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department say a house fire that killed a cat Friday afternoon started in the kitchen.

    Fire crews responded to a residential structure fire in the 500 block of Hunt Avenue around 2:30 in the afternoon.

  • Missouri police help kids celebrate Christmas Posted on 15 December 2017 at 6:00am

    JEFFERSON CITY - Some Jefferson City kids are getting the chance at a Merry Christmas this year with the help of several Missouri law enforcement groups.

    The Jefferson City Police Department is hosting its annual Operation T.O.Y.S. (Take Our Youth Shopping) event. 

  • Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, raping Kansas deputy Posted on 15 December 2017 at 5:51pm

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Blue Springs, Missouri, man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping a sheriff's deputy in Johnson County, Kansas.

    The Kansas City Star reports that 25-year-old William Luth will face a recommended sentence of more than 40 years in prison after entering the plea Friday. A second suspect, Brady Newman-Caddell, is due in court Thursday.

  • 10 people from Missouri, Kansas indicted in meth conspiracy Posted on 15 December 2017 at 5:07pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ten people are facing federal indictment in a $5.4 million methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

    Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Larson of Missouri's Western District announced the indictments Friday. The suspects range in age from 25 to 65 and live mostly in the Kansas City area.

  • Missouri Business Flash: Portable coffee shop comes to Columbia Posted on 15 December 2017 at 4:49pm

    COLUMBIA - Several new businesses will open in Columbia at the start of the new year.

    Wheely's Cafe, a portable coffee shop, is one new business that is focused on budding entrepreneurs.

  • UPDATE: Silver advisory now cancelled for woman with dementia Posted on 15 December 2017 at 4:43pm

    INDEPENDENCE - Police have now cancelled an endangered silver advisory for a 73-year-old woman with dementia who might have been heading from Independence to Lake of the Ozarks.

    Police did not provide further details about Betty Jean Chitwood's whereabouts.