• Columbia Police Department opens new substation in high crime area Posted on 15 August 2018 at 8:36pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department opened a new substation in northeast Columbia on Wednesday. It's located off of Paris Road near the intersection of Quail Drive and Sylvan Lane, in a space provided by the Columbia Insurance Group.

    "This has actually been in the works for several years," said the group's senior vice president, Gina Gervino. "We reached out to the city and let them know we wanted to participate." 

  • Columbia police chief speaks on downtown violence Posted on 15 August 2018 at 8:28pm

    COLUMBIA – In his first comments on the extended period of weekend violence in downtown Columbia, Police Chief Ken Burton said at least some of the incidents have a gang element.

    "We believe some of them are gang-related, others have just been disturbances and people had firearms on when they happened and shots got fired," he said.

  • Police respond to reports of stalking, harassment, 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 reporting instances of stalking, harassment and attempted trafficking.

  • 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.

  • JCPS prepares teachers, staff for school year with active shooter training Posted on 15 August 2018 at 5:20pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Teachers and staff spent their last day before the new school year not just preparing lesson plans - they also took part in active shooter training. 

    "I don't want kids to not be able to come to school and not feel safe. We need to tell these kids why we are doing what we are doing," said Jefferson City Police Department Sgt. Jason Payne to the faculty and staff at West Elementary on Wednesday. 

  • 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 on the street said the plan is not enough when it comes to fixing a bigger problem in the area. 

    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.