KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2019, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 20 Oct 2019 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 'People are not our enemy': The Crossing addresses backlash in Sunday sermon https://www.komu.com/news/people-are-not-our-enemy-the-crossing-addresses-backlash-in-sunday-sermon/ https://www.komu.com/news/people-are-not-our-enemy-the-crossing-addresses-backlash-in-sunday-sermon/ Continuous News Sun, 20 Oct 2019 4:03:34 PM Mikayla Easley, Columbia Missourian, Peyton Headlee, KOMU Reporter 'People are not our enemy': The Crossing addresses backlash in Sunday sermon

COLUMBIA — David Cover, a co-pastor at The Crossing, addressed the controversy over last week's sermon by fellow co-paster Keith Simon during Sunday's services.

Simon had discussed gender dysphoria, which led to public backlash and several businesses to dissolve partnerships with the church, including the Ragtag Film Society.

On Sunday, in his sermon titled "What Makes Your Life Worth It?," Cover reminded his congregation they can learn from the experience while recognizing a "bigger picture."

"People are not our enemy. They are God's image and they are God's opportunity for us to be transformed with ever increasing glory as we learn to practice love and forbearance and kindness and gentleness and goodness," Cover said during his sermon.

Members of The Crossing had positive reactions to Cover's sermon. Mike Ireland, who has attended the church for over seven years, said he thought the sermon was reassuring.

"I was just encouraged that the church responded in the way I hoped they would, which was in love and patience," Ireland said.

The Crossing posted an FAQ on its website addressing last Sunday's sermon. In addition, Simon further explained his sermon in an opinion piece published in the Columbia Missourian.

Tiffani Smith, who has been a member of the church for 10 years, said the acceptance of diverse opinions is something she loves about The Crossing and keeps drawing her back.

"It's never 'if you come here, you don't have to be in lockstep and agree with everything I say,'" Smith said. "It's more like, 'this is what we believe, we've come around to this belief. Read the Bible, see what you think, let it kind of sit with you for a while and then if you come around to agree with us that's great. If not, you know, that's okay. You're still welcome here.'"

The audio from Cover's sermon can be found on The Crossing's website.


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Teenage boy killed in Rice Road shooting https://www.komu.com/news/teenage-boy-killed-in-rice-road-shooting/ https://www.komu.com/news/teenage-boy-killed-in-rice-road-shooting/ Continuous News Sun, 20 Oct 2019 1:15:13 PM Naomi Klinge, Emily Wolf, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Teenage boy killed in Rice Road shooting

COLUMBIA - A 13-year-old boy was killed in a shooting in the 4400 block of Rice Road Saturday night, Columbia police said in a release.

Columbia Police responded to a report of a shooting just before midnight and found a 13-year-old boy with a serious gunshot wound. He was taken to a trauma center and was pronounced dead at around 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the release.

Police identified 19-year-old Cameron White as a suspect, and arrested him a few blocks away on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree.

The victim's family has been notified.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man who has been taken from them and our community much too early," Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones said in the release.

The boy attended Oakland Middle School, and Michelle Baumstark, community relations director for Columbia Public Schools, said the school will have counselors available to students and staff.

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of one of our students last night," Baumstark said in an email. "Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our student."

Police said there is no additional information available as this remains an active case. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

(Editor's Note: A previous version of the story listed the suspect's charges as "first-degree murder" based on an original press release. The press release has since been corrected to say the charge is involuntary manslaughter in the first degree.)


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One injured in Jefferson City weapons offense https://www.komu.com/news/one-injured-in-jefferson-city-weapons-offense/ https://www.komu.com/news/one-injured-in-jefferson-city-weapons-offense/ Continuous News Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:27:36 AM Naomi Klinge, KOMU 8 Digital Producer One injured in Jefferson City weapons offense

JEFFERSON CITY - One person was transported to the hospital in relation to a weapons offense Sunday morning, according to Jefferson City police.

Police responded to reports of a shooting in the 700 block of Madison Street at around 3 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, they found no one with gunshot wounds, but learned a person had been taken to the hospital with injuries.

The 21-year-old victim had been injured in the torso, and police say the victim would not give them any statement about the injuries. His wounds are being considered non-life threatening.

Police said this was not a random shooting, based on initial information from the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident are asked to contact Jefferson City police at 573-634-6400 or CrimeStoppers at 573-659-TIPS (8177).


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FBI data: 584 child homicide victims in St. Louis since 1990 https://www.komu.com/news/fbi-data-584-child-homicide-victims-in-st-louis-since-1990/ https://www.komu.com/news/fbi-data-584-child-homicide-victims-in-st-louis-since-1990/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 9:34:54 PM The Associated Press FBI data: 584 child homicide victims in St. Louis since 1990

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Children in St. Louis have been the victim of homicides at 10 times the national rate for decades, according to a newspaper's analysis of FBI data.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the city's child homicide rate is far greater than that of other cities of a similar size; it is quadruple that of Indianapolis and Kansas City, Missouri, triple Milwaukee's, and double that of Baltimore.

Twelve children ages 17 and younger have been homicide victims in St. Louis this year, an alarming figure that has prompted Gov. Mike Parson to assign Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers to help out in the city. The analysis found that 584 children have been killed in the city since 1990, and that 418 of those were in the predominantly black north St. Louis.

"Even if not another bullet went into someone's body in St. Louis, nobody else gets hurt, our children have collectively experienced enough violence for a lifetime," said Washington University trauma surgeon Laurie Punch, an expert on gun violence.

Emma Harrington knows the pain all too well. Two of those child victims called her "granny."

Harrington's house was full of kids in 1991, when two of her daughters and six of their children lived with her. One of the grandchildren was 7-year-old Aaron, a high-achieving second-grader.

In October 1991, Aaron was playing with four other children in the front room when a shot was fired into the home. Aaron was struck in the heart.

"I got shot! I got shot!" the little boy yelled out. He quickly collapsed. He was dead by the time the adults got him to the hospital.

Three people were soon arrested. A 17-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. A 15-year-old who police believe fired the fatal shot was acquitted at trial. Prosecutors dropped the case against the third suspect, a 16-year-old.

Witnesses told detectives that the shooting stemmed from an ongoing gang feud.

Harrington thought about moving after Aaron was killed, but never saw much of a choice.

"Where am I going?" she said. "When you're poor, you're not going anywhere."

Within a couple years of Aaron's death, Harrington was raising 10 children — nine grandchildren along with Derrion Williams, the child of her daughter's friend who was born while his mother was in prison. Harrington didn't want the child to end up in foster care, so she picked him up from prison five hours after his birth and raised him. He called her granny.

In September 2008, when Derrion was 16, he was riding in a car with two other teens when another car pulled up next to them in a gas station and shot him. He was one of 16 children and teens killed in St. Louis that year.

The deaths of the children "wrecked us," Harrington said. "It really did. Something like that destroys a family on down the line."


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Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral https://www.komu.com/news/trump-drops-plan-to-host-g-7-at-doral/ https://www.komu.com/news/trump-drops-plan-to-host-g-7-at-doral/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 9:19:49 PM The Associated Press Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is reversing his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders' meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort.

Accused of using the presidency to enrich himself, Trump announced a rare backtrack on Twitter on Saturday night.

He writes that, "based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020." He says his administration "will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately."

The president's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulavey, held a press conference Thursday announcing the choice of Doral for the summit. He insisted his staff had concluded it was "far and away the best physical facility."


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Mizzou suffers heartbreaking 21-14 loss to Vanderbilt https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-suffers-heartbreaking-21-14-loss-to-vanderbilt/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-suffers-heartbreaking-21-14-loss-to-vanderbilt/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 7:02:44 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou suffers heartbreaking 21-14 loss to Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, TN - The Missouri Tigers suffered a heartbreaking 21-14 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores in their homecoming game.

Mizzou traveled to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt in an attempt to go 3-0 in SEC play.

It was a very slow game with both teams unable to get anything going through the first quarter. Vanderbilt started off the second quarter with a methodical drive and marched down the field for the first score of the game by Ke'Shawn Vaughn.

Mizzou answered with a touchdown pass from Kelly Bryant to Albert Okwuegbunam to tie up the game at 7-7. After a pair of empty possessions, Vanderbilt blew past the Mizzou defense with a 61 yard catch and run from Ke'Shawn Vaughn for a touchdown to go into halftime up 14-7.

It was a rough third quarter for the Tigers as the offense couldn't get anything going. When it looked as if it couldn't get any worse, it did. Junior safety Tyree Gillespie committed a blatant helmet to helmet hit on Vanderbilt quarterback Mo Hassan that got him ejected for targeting and sent Hassan to the sideline.

The very next play, Vanderbilt's backup quarterback Riley Neal threw an interception to Cameron Wilkins. The turnover led to a 6 yard touchdown rush by Larry Rountree III to tie the game 14-14 going into the fourth.

Vanderbilt capitalized on its first drive of the fourth quarter going 65 yards for the game sealing touchdown.

Mizzou kicker Tucker McCann missed two field goals, one from 48 yards out and the other from 50.

Vanderbilt picked up a win going into its bye week. The Commodores play South Carolina on November 2 while Mizzou looks to next week when it travels to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on October 26.


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Heavy police presence after crash on U.S. 63 Connector https://www.komu.com/news/heavy-police-presence-after-crash-on-u-s-63-connector/ https://www.komu.com/news/heavy-police-presence-after-crash-on-u-s-63-connector/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 6:03:47 PM Spencer Humphrey, KOMU 8 Reporter Heavy police presence after crash on U.S. 63 Connector

COLUMBIA - Police were seen searching the area near the scene of a crash Saturday afternoon.

Police responded to a crash on the U.S. 63/I-70 Connector around 3:30 p.m. KOMU 8 News crews on scene saw police inspecting a motorcycle.

A short time later, some officers left the scene. KOMU 8's crew saw police searching the area near Hinkson Creek and Business Loop 70.

Columbia police did not immediately respond to a request for information. 


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Blues Shutdown By Canadiens, Lose 5-2 https://www.komu.com/news/blues-shutdown-by-canadiens-lose-5-2/ https://www.komu.com/news/blues-shutdown-by-canadiens-lose-5-2/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 5:02:19 PM Nick Swanson Blues Shutdown By Canadiens, Lose 5-2

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues fell to the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Saturday.

The Canadiens opened up Game 2 of the season series against the Blues with a solid offensive series that led to a goal by Jordan Weal. The Blues, looking to bounce back, answered soon after with a goal of their own from Jaden Schwartz to tie up the game 1-1.

The Blues couldn't maintain the momentum going into the second period, allowing a score from Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher after a mere six seconds of play. The Canadiens went on to mount an offensive assault against the Blues with goals from Jonathan Drouin and Nick Suzuki to extend the lead to 4-1 going into the third period.

It appeared the game was over until Blues forward David Perron scored in the final minute to bring the score to 4-2. The celebration didn't last long, however, as just seconds later Canadiens defensemen Shea Weber pushed the game officially out of reach with the fifth goal of the night for Montreal to bring the score to 5-2.


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Community celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month https://www.komu.com/news/community-celebrates-disability-employment-awareness-month/ https://www.komu.com/news/community-celebrates-disability-employment-awareness-month/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 4:43:31 PM Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 Reporter Community celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month

COLUMBIA - Community members came together Saturday for a Walk and Roll-A-Thon in recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The event was hosted by People First of Boone County, a self-advocacy organization run for and by people with disabilities.

"The group believes strongly disability rights are civil rights and that people with disabilities are entitled to an included life in the community, which means employment," Boone County Family Resources manager Mark Satterwhite said.

The organization said people with disabilities are the most unemployed and underemployed demographic in the United States. Less than 15 percent of Missourians with disabilities have jobs, according to the organization.

People First helped Katie Kinder find employment as a clerical assistant at Alternative Community Training in Columbia. She said the group is a family and has empowered her to speak up for herself.

"Our disabilities don't define us. We're still able to do things," Kinder said.

Jason Mize, the organization's vice president, said people with disabilities are often hard workers and very reliable. He hopes more businesses hire and learn about people with disabilities.

"I think people should hire people with disabilities. Get to know us. Get to learn about us. See what we can do, what we need help on, if any help at all. Maybe you'll find out something you never knew about us," Mize said.

The event began at Stephens Lake Park with Columbia City Council member Karl Skala reading a proclamation declaring October as Disability Employment Awareness month in the city. 


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Groups ask Missouri gun dealers to help fight gun suicides https://www.komu.com/news/groups-ask-missouri-gun-dealers-to-help-fight-gun-suicides/ https://www.komu.com/news/groups-ask-missouri-gun-dealers-to-help-fight-gun-suicides/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 3:37:16 PM The Associated Press Groups ask Missouri gun dealers to help fight gun suicides

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Grassroots organizations are working across Missouri to persuade gun-related business owners to join efforts to limit access to guns or encourage safe storage for potentially suicidal customers.

One of the initiatives, Safer Homes Collaborative, sends part-time field coordinators to hundreds of gun shops, pawn shops and firearms training facilities across the state. The coordinators, who are gun owners themselves, ask the retailers to display educational materials and provide temporary storage of firearms. The retailers also are asked to complete a one-hour training to identify potentially suicidal customers and delay the sale of a gun or encourage safe storage.

With gun safety a hot button political issue across the country, coordinators say some people are suspicious of their work, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported .

"The perception is that this is gun control," said Katie Ellison, the collaborative's director. "Another challenge falls under the fear and stigma categories. They say, 'I'm here to sell a firearm, I'm not a mental health professional. This is not my expertise.'"

Joe Gilbert, who manages a gun shop in Columbia, was skeptical when he was approached about the Safer Homes Collaborative last winter. The coordinator who visited his store, Kurt Dudenhoeffer, asked Gilbert to post educational material containing 10 rules of safe gun handling written by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. But the group adds an important 11th suggestion: Consider temporarily storing a weapon somewhere outside the home if someone living there may be suicidal.

Gilbert said he joined the effort after his research found the Safer Homes Collaborative didn't lobby, legislate or protest. Eventually he became a board member, took the training and is now a trainer to help others spot potentially suicidal customers.

"It's just about reducing access to lethal means when a person is at risk," Gilbert said, "and that is something I agreed with wholeheartedly."

Similar programs exist across the state, including a collaboration between the Eastern Missouri Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the NSSF, a trade association. The two groups have developed educational materials and a website to help retailers understand suicide and encourage firearms storage options.

Research shows many people think about suicide for a long time but act impulsively, and the likelihood they will kill themselves increases dramatically if they have access to weapons during weak moments.

Research indicates that having a gun in the home when someone is contemplating suicide is one of the biggest risk factors for a fatality, said Dr. Bart Andrews with Behavioral Health Response, which provides mental health crisis services in the St. Louis region. "The data is overwhelming. Guns don't make people suicidal, but people who are suicidal who have access to firearms are a lot more likely to end up dead than people who are suicidal who don't have access to firearms."

Missouri has the 13th highest suicide rate in the nation and suicides have increased by 53.5% in the last decade, according to state data released last month. More than a dozen studies show that access to firearms triples one's risk of death by suicide, not just for the gun owner but for everyone in the household.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com


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Columbia police hold annual Xbox with a Cop event https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-police-hold-annual-xbox-with-a-cop-event/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-police-hold-annual-xbox-with-a-cop-event/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 3:20:07 PM Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia police hold annual Xbox with a Cop event

COLUMBIA - Community members got the chance to challenge Columbia police officers in their favorite video games during the department's annual Xbox with a Cop event on Saturday.

"It's a chance for kids in the community to come out and have a good time with officers in a very comfortable environment where we are not responding to an incident or arresting people," Officer Maria Phelps said. "It is to build a trust and rapport with people that we serve because they ultimately are part of the community we serve."

The department transformed its incident command vehicle into a gaming center for the event. Children also had a chance to dunk officers like Assistant Chief Brian Richenberger and test their skill at putting out fires with the Columbia Fire Department.

"We want to put the message out that we are human too and that we want to help the community too. We are here for them," Phelps said.

Phelps, who coordinated the event, is a member of the department's community outreach and crisis negotiation units. She said she got the idea for the event while talking with a community member in the library.

"Somebody came up to me and said what you need to do is go to the high schools and play video games with these kids," she said.

The event, which took place at the intersection of White Gate and Towne Drive, was in her assigned area. Phelps said the children in her area have become more familiar and comfortable with her.

"The kids are coming in. They know us. They come up to us to report a crime they were a victim of," she said. "They have told us if they didn't know us, they would not have reported the crime."

It is developing that trust that allows officers to serve the community most effectively, Phelps said.

"If people don't trust us, they are not going to tell us the information that we need to know to make arrests and reduce crime," she said. "If that's the case, we are giving all the power to the criminals and they feel like they can keep doing what they are doing and the crimes escalate."


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Demonstrators rally for first ever National Period Day https://www.komu.com/news/demonstrators-rally-for-first-ever-national-period-day/ https://www.komu.com/news/demonstrators-rally-for-first-ever-national-period-day/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 2:39:33 PM Destinee Patterson, KOMU 8 Reporter Demonstrators rally for first ever National Period Day

COLUMBIA - Demonstrators rallied at Speakers Circle on Saturday for the first ever National Period Day. 

Organizers said they want to bring awareness to menstruation. 

"It's not really something people want to talk about," rally participant Kit Frazen said.

Columbia was one of 55 locations across the country where rallies took place.

"There's so many things that people don't realize when the word menstruate comes up," said Erica Overfelt, president of the student organization Period @ Mizzou. "People that menstruate have to pay more just for buying menstrual products." 

Thirty-four states across the U.S. have a tax on feminine products, also known as the tampon tax. Missouri is among the states on that list.

According to the Tax Foundation, states have been hesitant to eliminate the tampon tax because it would lead to an increase in taxes for other items with a sales tax.

Overfelt said she wants to stop the tax disparity between menstrual products and other non-essential products. 

"Another luxury product that isn't taxed is Viagra, and that's just something we want to stop," Overfelt said. 

According to a recent St. Louis University study of about 200 women in poverty, two-thirds of women in the St. Louis area could not afford menstrual products.

"I have the ability and privilege to provide myself these products, but I know there are so many women who have to go hours on end without being able to provide themselves with proper healthcare," Frazen said. 

Overfelt said she wants to take these issues to legislators in Jefferson City.

"It's easily forgotten, and it shouldn't be easily forgotten," Overfelt said. 


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Saline County children abducted in 2017 found in Texas https://www.komu.com/news/saline-county-children-abducted-in-2017-found-in-texas/ https://www.komu.com/news/saline-county-children-abducted-in-2017-found-in-texas/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 1:57:05 PM David Medina, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Saline County children abducted in 2017 found in Texas

SALINE COUNTY — Three Saline County children abducted in 2017 were found in Arlington, Texas on Thursday, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

In August 2017, Shawn Rodriguez took her three children and was believed to have headed to California, a news release said.

This year, the father of the children was given full custody of the children and the children were officially listed as missing by local authorities. 

In August, a warrant for parental kidnapping was issued for the arrest of Shawn Rodriguez in Saline County. 

Saline County authorities reached out to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for assistance in August, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The case was later referred to the United States Marshals Service in the Western District of Missouri. 

Deputy marshals worked with Saline County authorities, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Information Analysis Center. 

The departments began to follow leads and this month narrowed the search area to the Dallas-Forth Worth area. 

On Thursday, deputy marshals and local task force officers from the Northern District of Texas located Rodriguez and the three missing children, officials said.

Rodriguez is in custody on the arrest warrant and is waiting to be extradited back to Missouri, the release said.

The children were taken to the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services while they wait to be reunited with their custodial parent, the release said.


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Jefferson City police request other drivers come forward with information after fatal crash https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-police-request-other-drivers-come-forward-with-information-after-fatal-crash/ https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-police-request-other-drivers-come-forward-with-information-after-fatal-crash/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 1:07:35 PM David Medina, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Jefferson City police request other drivers come forward with information after fatal crash

JEFFERSON CITY - One Lincoln man is dead following a crash between a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer Friday night on Highway 179 at Highway 50. 

According to a news release from the Jefferson City Police Department, Bryan Bock, the motorcycle driver, was heading northbound on Highway 179, approaching the ramps to and from eastbound Highway 50. Bock died from his injuries.  

Nirvair S. Padda, the tractor-trailer driver from Ontario, Canada, was initially heading southbound on Highway 179 and was making a left turn onto the eastbound Highway 50 on-ramp.

Police said they began receiving calls about the crash around 10:23 p.m. 

Callers reported the motorcycle was on fire.

Jefferson City police said in a Facebook post that drivers who were in the area between 10:15 p.m. and 10:25 p.m. should contact the department. People with information can call (573) 634-6400 and ask for the traffic unit supervisor.


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UPDATE: Columbia Water and Light says power should be restored https://www.komu.com/news/update-columbia-water-and-light-says-power-should-be-restored/ https://www.komu.com/news/update-columbia-water-and-light-says-power-should-be-restored/ Continuous News Sat, 19 Oct 2019 10:05:28 AM David Medina, KOMU 8 Digital Producer UPDATE: Columbia Water and Light says power should be restored

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Water and Light department said it believes all power has been restored in Columbia.

About 3,300 residents lost power Saturday morning. The department said the outage started around 8 a.m.

In a Facebook comment, the department said it does not know the exact cause of the outage yet, and it will likely be Monday before it hears from the engineering team.  According to an earlier post from the department, two circuits may have tripped, causing the power outage. 

The city says if you still need to report a power outage you can call the city at (573) 875-2555. 


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Mexico feasts on Fulton for the 54 Bowl win https://www.komu.com/news/mexico-feasts-on-fulton-for-the-54-bowl-win/ https://www.komu.com/news/mexico-feasts-on-fulton-for-the-54-bowl-win/ Continuous News Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:51:33 PM Quinn Ritzdorf, Columbia Missourian Mexico feasts on Fulton for the 54 Bowl win

MEXICO - The trophy for the 54 Bowl might as well have been a dog bowl, rather than the highway sign Mexico hoisted after it devoured Fulton Friday in a 42-6 win. 

Mexico running back Dante Billups gobbled up yards against Fulton's weak run defense, thanks to the large holes opened up by the offensive line. When the Bulldogs didn't run, they relished in their passing game led by quarterback Ty Prince and wide receiver Isaiah Reams.

Mexico was able to feed on Fulton's costly mistakes, like muffed kicks and failed trick plays. The Hornets were able to put together a scoring drive in the in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Mexico's next game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Moberly. Fulton's next game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Missouri Military Academy. 


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Injuries plague Tolton football in latest loss https://www.komu.com/news/injuries-plague-tolton-football-in-latest-loss/ https://www.komu.com/news/injuries-plague-tolton-football-in-latest-loss/ Continuous News Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:48:54 PM Emma Moloney, Columbia Missourian Injuries plague Tolton football in latest loss

WARSAW - The final score of Friday’s Tolton football matchup — 44-20, in favor of the other team — looked just like any other game this season.

But as various Trailblazers left Warsaw High School on crutches, holding ice packs to their limbs and covered with medical tape, one thing was clear: This battered and bruised team had put up a fight.

“I think it’s important for them to know what the feeling of a game like this feels like,” Egnew said. “This is one of the only games we were competitively in it for a long time … this is one that they understood that they lost, but that they could have won.”

Tolton came out strong in the first quarter with a touchdown by senior running back Connor Fogue on the Trailblazer’s first drive.

When the Wildcats answered on the next drive with a touchdown of their own, the Trailblazers appeared unphased. The team worked its way back downfield with ease, and junior quarterback Gabe Pfenenger reached the end zone to put Tolton ahead 13-6.

“We did some really good things in the first half,” Egnew said. “The guys that really love football came out and played, and I think they did really well.”

The Trailblazer offense refused to let up, as junior wide receiver Dylan Block evaded defenders left and right to score the team’s third touchdown. Though Warsaw responded with one touchdown of its own, Tolton managed to hold off the Wildcat offense and maintain its lead heading into the half.

With the Trailblazers leading 20-14, Egnew took his players into the locker room after the back-and-forth half for an intense halftime conversation.

“We really called on the guys to come out and continue to fight a little harder,” Egnew said.

Confident, the Trailblazers jogged back to the sideline prepared for and expecting an equally competitive second half. 

But that wouldn't be the case.

In a complete reversal from the first half, the Wildcats came onto the field with a vengeance and tied the Trailblazers almost immediately.

Throughout the third and fourth quarters, the Trailblazers were plagued with injuries and struggled to contain an unrelenting Warsaw offense. Wildcat runners slipped through Tolton’s defensive gaps, and a series of interceptions and fumbles kept the ball out of the Trailblazer’s hands for most of the second half.

“Sometimes you have these unfortunate games where you just have too many injuries from your seniors and upperclassmen and you just can’t hang on,” Egnew said. “By the third quarter we were playing guys in places they had never played before.”

Three unanswered Warsaw touchdowns and a safety later, Tolton was down 44-20 and wouldn't score from there. 

Despite yet another loss, Egnew doesn’t believe his players have anything to hang their heads about on the bus ride home.

“This was one of those games where you start off well, and we just weren’t able to last,” Egnew said. “But what we’re doing is we’re trying to build and learn how to fight. Right now, we’re young … this is one of those years we’re going to have to build and continue on. That’s just how it has to go.”

Tolton will celebrate senior night and its final regular season home game at 7 p.m. Friday against Christian High School.


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Rock Bridge comeback falls just short of stunning Helias https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-comeback-falls-just-short-of-stunning-helias/ https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-comeback-falls-just-short-of-stunning-helias/ Continuous News Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:45:55 PM Liad Lerner, Columbia Missourian Rock Bridge comeback falls just short of stunning Helias

JEFFERSON CITY — Fourth-and-goal, four yards to go.

Rock Bridge had once again clawed its way back after another poor first-half performance. Down 27-10 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bruins trailed by just seven with half a minute left in the game.

A few minutes earlier, Rock Bridge safety Tre Manuel intercepted Helias quarterback Zachary Wolken for the second time in the quarter, setting up the drive that ended on this final, crucial fourth down. The Bruins marched the ball down to the 3-yard line, but were stuffed three straight times by the Crusader defense.

Now it was do-or-die. Score and go to overtime, or fail and lose for the first time in a month.

Grant Hajicek took the snap, rolled to the left and pitched the ball to running back Bryce Jackson. The lane was sealed, so Jackson took a step back and kept trying. It still wasn’t there.

He doubled back and ran to the right. He was cut off there, too. He tried one last effort down the middle.

He didn’t make it.

Game over. Helias 27, Rock Bridge 20. The Bruins fell to 3-5 with the loss.

“We came back and fought to try to get back in the game,” Bruins' coach Van Vanatta said. “But we had the ball on the 3-yard line and we didn’t get it done. They wanted it a little bit more than us in the end.”

But how did the Bruins make it so close in the first place? It seemed impossible against one-loss Helias after the first half, when Rock Bridge had no answer for Wolken’s high-tempo, quick passing offense.

Wolken was 14-for-20 for 185 yards and one touchdown, a 62-yard deep ball to a wide-open Dylan Weaver, in the first half. A blocked punt returned to the 5-yard line set up a quick rushing touchdown from Alex Clement to give the Crusaders (8-0) a 14-3 lead heading into the break. It could have been even more if not for a dropped pass on 4th-and-3 and a goal-line fumble from running back Carson Brauner.

“We had a good plan (to deal with Helias’ offense), but it was just blown assignments,” Vanatta said. “One play doesn’t lose the game. There were a lot of plays where we didn’t execute.”

Meanwhile, Hajicek, Wolken’s counterpart, struggled, completing just three passes for 17 yards in the first half.

Bryce Jackson ran 33 yards up the middle on Rock Bridge’s first snap of the game, which set up a 42-yard field goal from Will Norris. But then the offense sunk back into its pattern of slow starts and disappeared for the rest of the half, only converting one more first down before the break.

“I don’t have an answer for (Rock Bridge’s slow stars this season),” Vanatta said. “We’re not getting ready and focused to play (before the game).”

But inexplicably, Rock Bridge’s offense once again came alive in the second half.

A 50-yard field goal from Vito Calvaruso extended the Crusaders’ lead to 17-3; but in response, Hajicek found Brant Bowers for 42 yards. Then he found Spencer Nivens for 32 yards. Then Bryce Jackson grabbed Rock Bridge’s first touchdown of the night with a 7-yard run.

Calvaruso kicked another field goal, this one from 42 yards, to make it 20-10, and then the Crusaders really seemed to put a stamp on the game. Corner Griffin Buschjost picked off Hajicek near the end of the third quarter, and Clement burst 71 yards untouched up the middle on the next play.

Seventeen point deficit. One quarter remaining.

But Hajicek and the Bruins would not quit.

Nivens gained 37 yards on a double-reverse trick play that led to a 13-yard pass from Hajicek to Max Vanatta in the end zone. 27-17.

Manuel grabbed his first interception around midfield with seven minutes left. Then Hajicek pulled off a miracle of a play when he broke four tackles in the backfield and dumped the ball off to Jackson, who plowed through a defender en route to a 25-yard gain. Norris converted a 38-yard field goal and all of a sudden it was a one-possession game.

Manuel grabbed his second interception on a deep third-and-nine attempt from Wolken, and now there were three minutes left for Rock Bridge to go 43 yards and complete a stunning comeback.

Hajicek found Nivens for 25 yards, and then fought through a crunching tackle on a quarterback sneak to convert a third-and-two.

First-and-goal on the 3-yard line. Four consecutive stops.

Game lost.

“It’s tough,” Vanatta said. “You win with class and you lose with grace. We had our opportunity and we didn’t capitalize. They wanted it a little bit more than us in the end.”

Rock Bridge will return home to face Francis Howell on senior night at 7 p.m., Friday.


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Suspect in deadly Marshall shooting captured in Mississippi https://www.komu.com/news/suspect-in-deadly-marshall-shooting-captured-in-mississippi/ https://www.komu.com/news/suspect-in-deadly-marshall-shooting-captured-in-mississippi/ Continuous News Fri, 18 Oct 2019 9:10:06 PM Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Suspect in deadly Marshall shooting captured in Mississippi

MARSHALL - The suspect in a pair of shootings in early October has been caught out of state, police announced Friday.

Terrelle Palmer, 41, was arrested in Mississippi, Marshall police said in a Facebook post.

Palmer is the suspect in a pair of shootings that killed 52-year-old Calvin Bosley and injured three others on October 3.

Police found three people with gunshot wounds in a South Olson Avenue home just before 11 a.m. Two were taken by helicopter to Columbia, and one was treated at Marshall's Fitzgibbon Hospital.

About an hour later, police learned about a second shooting on West Vest Street. One victim of that incident walked to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment.

Police say the two shootings are related.

Palmer has been a member of Missouri State Highway Patrol Sex Offender registry since 1995 for Statutory Rape in the 1st degree. The victim was 12 years old.

Marshall police say Palmer will be extradited back to Saline County. He has not yet been charged in connection to the shootings.


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Man sentenced for 2016 involuntary manslaughter case https://www.komu.com/news/man-sentenced-for-2016-involuntary-manslaughter-case/ https://www.komu.com/news/man-sentenced-for-2016-involuntary-manslaughter-case/ Continuous News Fri, 18 Oct 2019 6:31:09 PM Gabriela Gonzalez, KOMU 8 Reporter Man sentenced for 2016 involuntary manslaughter case

CALIFORNIA - A man heard his sentence on Friday after killing a 20-year-old three years ago for drunk driving.

Joshua Blankenship pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, after getting into a car crash on August 13, 2016 that killed Graden Lovelace.

According to Blankenship, he got drunk at two bars in Jefferson City. He said he then decided to drive above the speed limit. He crashed with Lovelace in an intersection of Highway 50.

The state of Missouri charged Blankenship with first degree involuntary manslaughter. Blankenship has been on probation for the past three years. The judge sentenced Blankenship to seven years in prison on Friday. After completing his sentence, Blankenship is ordered to not step foot in a business that has the main goal of selling alcohol.

Graden Lovelace's father, James Lovelace, said it took the family three years of going from court to court for a judge to sentence Blankenship.

"Next thing you know, three years have gone by," James Lovelace said.

James Lovelace said even though he's glad the sentence is over, he decided not to make Blankenship's time in prison his main concern.

"I'm also sorry for Blankenship's parents and for him," James Lovelace said. "Because they're going to have to spend that time away from their son."

James Lovelace father, Don Lovelace, said the court did all it could.

"In my opinion, there is no real justice for death, but I think they've done as good as they can do," Don Lovelace said.

KOMU 8 News reached out to Blankenship's attorney, but she said she did not want to comment on the case.


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