Police respond to reports of human trafficking attempts
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 7:24pm
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department and the Columbia Police Department issued a joint statement Wednesday calling recent rumors of attempted human trafficking "unsubstantiated."
On Sunday, a Twitter thread about a student's possible experience of attempted trafficking in Missouri went viral, and around the same time other posts emerged about the issue in Columbia. Several viewers commented with experiences they'd seen on social media, including one on Clark Lane:
Missouri corrections officers win $113.7 million in lawsuit
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 6:51pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A jury has awarded Missouri prison guards compensation for work they performed before and after their shifts.
A Cole County jury on Tuesday awarded $113.7 million to 13,000 current corrections officers or those who worked at the Department of Corrections since 2007.
Lawyer involved in Greitens' case to be investigated
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 6:49pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate allegations that a lawyer for the ex-husband of the woman who had an affair with former Gov. Eric Greitens violated a gag order.
Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in a one-sentence order issued Tuesday that Gerard "Jerry" Carmody will investigate a "charge of indirect criminal contempt" against Albert Watkins, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Loop wins grant to revitalize corridor and create jobs
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 5:03pm
COLUMBIA - A grant and 10 year plan want to help revitalize an old section of Columbia and make it a hub for small businesses, but some business owners along the area said the plan is not enough.
Smart Growth America awarded the Business Loop Community Improvement District a grant Wednesday to support local small-scale manufacturing along the Business Loop Corridor. The organization helps communities build economic development.
Rural school districts affected by $200 million lack in transportation funding
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 3:22pm
KINGDOM CITY - Many rural school districts aren't getting enough from the state to pay for transporting students.
Last year North Callaway R-1 School district needed $500,000, but the state only gave it $91,000.
Man arrested following chase which prompted modified school lockdowns
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 11:16am
BOONE COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man Wednesday morning following a chase throughout eastern Boone County.
The chase started at around 9 a.m. after deputies went to a home on Santa Barbara Road to talk to Christopher Simms. According to the sheriff's department, Simms evaded deputies and led them on a chase.
UPDATE: Westbound I-70 back open after crash near Kingdom City
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 9:09am
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Both westbound lanes of I-70 east of Kingdom City were back open following a crash Wednesday morning.
Three semi trucks were involved in the crash. As one was slowing down to exit, a second rear-ended it, and a third rear-ended the second one, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.
Medical marijuana initiator sues to remove two competing ballot measures
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 8:13am
COLUMBIA - Two medical marijuana November ballot measures are going to court ahead of the election, less than three months away.
Brad Bradshaw is the organizer of Amendment 3, one of the medical marijuana measures certified. He is seeking removal of his competitors, Amendment 2 and Proposition C.
Report details sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania's Catholic Church
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 7:20am
(CNN) -- A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 "predator priests" have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.
"We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost or who were afraid ever to come forward is in the thousands," the grand jury report says.
Man shot by northern Missouri deputy, hospitalized
Posted on 15 August 2018 at 7:11am
BEVIER, Mo. (AP) — A suspect is hospitalized after being shot by a sheriff's deputy in north-central Missouri.
Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker says a deputy pulled over a pickup truck for a traffic stop around 4 a.m. Tuesday in the small town of Bevier, about 190 miles northwest of St. Louis.