KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 18 Dec 2018 HH:12:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Charles Erickson seeks release from prison for Kent Heitholt murder https://www.komu.com/news/charles-erickson-seeks-release-from-prison-for-kent-heitholt-murder/ https://www.komu.com/news/charles-erickson-seeks-release-from-prison-for-kent-heitholt-murder/ News Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:16:29 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Charles Erickson seeks release from prison for Kent Heitholt murder

BOWLING GREEN - Charles Erickson, who is serving time in prison for the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, says his detention is unlawful and he should be set free.

Erickson filed a petition on December 11 in Pike County, where he is being held at the Northeast Correctional Center, seeking a writ of habeas corpus, a legal method to determine whether detainment is lawful or not. He was convicted in 2004 for Heitholt's murder, along with Ryan Ferguson. Ferguson's conviction was later vacated in 2013.

The 98-page petition claims Erickson's "frailties and experiences" made him susceptible to coercion by Columbia Police, who the petition claims got Erickson to falsely confess and plead guilty.

"Now after almost fifteen years in prison, Charles seeks the same justice as Ryan [Ferguson] and petitions this court for a Writ of Habeas Corpus," the petition said.

It continues: "The only reason Charles became, and now remains, incarcerated is that aggressive police and prosecutors exploited his vulnerabilities, including his past experiences, psychological disorders, youth, cognitive dysfunction, and substance abuse, to coerce Charles to confess and plead guilty to a crime he did not commit. Some of the methods they used included: wrongfully withholding exculpatory evidence, unlawfully fabricating evidence they would use to deceive Charles into falsely believing he committed crimes, and applying unconstitutional pressure that deprived him of the volition and knowledge necessary to offer a constitutionally adequate guilty plea."

The petition concludes Erickson deserves habeas corpus relief to fix the injustice of his wrongful detention due to "a defective guilty plea," and claims Erickson is innocent of the crimes for which he is serving prison time.

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Columbia man convicted of assaulting relatives files motion of acquittal https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-man-convicted-of-assaulting-relatives-files-motion-of-acquittal/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-man-convicted-of-assaulting-relatives-files-motion-of-acquittal/ News Tue, 18 Dec 2018 9:05:36 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Columbia man convicted of assaulting relatives files motion of acquittal

COLUMBIA - A man awaiting sentencing for attacking his grandparents filed a motion Friday, seeking acquittal on one of the three assault charges he faces.

A jury found Brian Kelley guilty in late November of three counts of domestic assault; Kelley was found not guilty of conspiring to commit murder. Authorities arrested him after learning about an apparent plot to kill Kelley's grandparents and hide their bodies.

Kelley is scheduled to be sentenced for the assault charges in late January.

His motion claims the court erred in overruling a number of objections or motions by Kelley's defense team, as well as in granting various motions by the state. It requests the court either grant an acquittal on the one domestic assault charge or give Kelley a new trial on that charge.

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Man accused in death of infant son pleads guilty https://www.komu.com/news/man-accused-in-death-of-infant-son-pleads-guilty/ https://www.komu.com/news/man-accused-in-death-of-infant-son-pleads-guilty/ News Tue, 18 Dec 2018 8:55:15 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Man accused in death of infant son pleads guilty

CALIFORNIA - A Fortuna man pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the 2017 death of his young son.

Matthew Hamm was charged with murder and abandonment of a corpse after deputies found the child's body in Hamm's home. Court documents said the body had been burned.

Hamm first told investigators the boy choked and died, but later admitted to hitting him with a mug after the child spilled some water. He said he was mad a family member hadn't come to pick up the boy.

Hamm is scheduled to be sentenced in mid-February.

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Missouri woman who drove car into Kansas River pleads guilty https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-woman-who-drove-car-into-kansas-river-pleads-guilty/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-woman-who-drove-car-into-kansas-river-pleads-guilty/ News Mon, 17 Dec 2018 6:34:53 PM The Associated Press Missouri woman who drove car into Kansas River pleads guilty

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri woman who told police she intentionally drove into the Kansas River while trying to kill herself and her two young children pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Scharron Dingledine, 26, of Columbia, entered the plea Monday in Douglas County Court in Lawrence, Kansas. As part of the plea, she won't be eligible for parole for 25 years, The Lawrence Journal-World reported .

Prosecutors say Dingledine drove a car into the Kansas River near downtown Lawrence in August. Rescuers pulled Dingledine and her 1-year-old son, Elijah Lake, from the water but were not able to save her 5-year-old daughter, Amiyah Bradley. Her body was recovered from the river the next day. Elijah was critically injured.

A probable cause affidavit released in the case says Dingledine told police that she had a fight with her boyfriend, she was voluntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital for several hours on Aug. 2, one day before she drove her car into the river in downtown Lawrence, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of her hometown of Columbia.

After she was released from the hospital, her boyfriend agreed to take her to a shelter. But when he stopped at a store, Dingledine drove off in his car, with the children inside, she told detectives. She later stole another vehicle near Columbia and drove to the Kansas City area, where she spent the night in the vehicle. She drove to Lawrence Aug. 3 and was "feeling depressed and worried about the consequences of her actions" on the previous day, according to the affidavit.

The document said she drove to the Kansas River, parked and let the children walk around and put their feet in the water. She said she decided the river was a good way to kill herself and she decided to kill the children "because she didn't want anyone else to have them."

She told detectives she accelerated into the river while the children were unrestrained in the front seat. She said she knew neither child could swim and "would likely die," according to the affidavit.

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Denico Crawley sentenced to 105 years https://www.komu.com/news/denico-crawley-sentenced-to-105-years/ https://www.komu.com/news/denico-crawley-sentenced-to-105-years/ News Mon, 17 Dec 2018 6:06:06 PM Blythe Nebeker, Digital Producer Denico Crawley sentenced to 105 years

COLUMBIA- Denico Crawley, the man convicted of murder stemming from the case of Quenten Hurt, was sentenced to 105 years in prison today.

A jury found Crawley guilty of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, assault and drug possession in November. 

Hurt was shot and killed in 2017 at the I-70 and Highway 63 Connector. 

The driver, Chelsea Hyde, was also shot three times and investigators said she had an intimate relationship with Crawley prior to the incident. 

Earlier this month, Crawley's defense team filed a motion for a new trial, citing court errors. 

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Jury trials for defendants in Carl DeBrodie case to be rescheduled https://www.komu.com/news/jury-trials-for-defendants-in-carl-debrodie-case-to-be-rescheduled/ https://www.komu.com/news/jury-trials-for-defendants-in-carl-debrodie-case-to-be-rescheduled/ News Mon, 17 Dec 2018 5:45:41 PM Naomi Klinge, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Jury trials for defendants in Carl DeBrodie case to be rescheduled

CALLAWAY COUNTY - A jury trial for two defendants in the death of Carl DeBrodie has been postponed, according to court records.

A pre-trial hearing for defendants Sherry Paulo and Mary Paulo was expected to be held today, but court records indicate the hearing was rescheduled. The jury trials were expected to be held Wednesday for Sherry Paulo and Thursday for Mary Paulo, but they were delayed.

A hearing to reschedule the trials has been set for Monday, Dec. 24. 

DeBrodie's body was found in a storage unit in Fulton over a year ago. According to court documents released May 30, Debrodie endured extensive physical abuse leading up to his death. His body was found encased in concrete a week after he was reported missing. Police believe he was actually missing months before it was reported.

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Columbia City Council closer to select hiring firm to find new city manager https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-city-council-closer-to-select-hiring-firm-to-find-new-city-manager/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-city-council-closer-to-select-hiring-firm-to-find-new-city-manager/ News Mon, 17 Dec 2018 2:37:52 PM David Estrada, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia City Council closer to select hiring firm to find new city manager

COLUMBIA - Council members agreed to narrow down the number of hiring companies who applied to be in charge of searching for the new city manager by the end of the week. 

The following firms submitted an application to be in charge of the search process:

  • EFL Associates
  • Serpico Talent Solutions
  • The Novak Consulting Group
  • Strategic Government Resources
  • Springsted Waters Executive Recruitments
  • Management Partners
  • CPS HR Consulting
  • GovHR USA
  • Slavin Management Consultants

Instead of coming up with a list of three or four finalists, council members decided to rank the companies, individually, and send that information to human resources by Wednesday. 

Mayor Brian Treece said the hiring firm would help combine the input of all council members on what they are looking for in the next city manager. 

Treece also said the council is looking for a firm who would also incorporate the citizens' input into the hiring process. 

"We have a very engaged citizenry here that wants to have an input on how we select the next city manager," he said. "One of the questions I have is what is that public input process, how  are we going to gather that public input and communicate that to the city council."

In selecting a hiring firm, Treece said he is considering who each firm would gather as potential candidates for the city manager job. 

"To me, that's probably a city manager of a town that has slightly smaller population than Columbia that is looking to move up or perhaps the deputy city manager of a city with a larger population," he said. 

At a Nov. 26 council special meeting, Margrace Buckler with the city's Human Resources Department said the hiring firm would take care of background checks, interviews, contract negotiation and employment agreement. 

It would also create a report with a smaller pool of recommended candidates for the council to choose from.  

In 2005 and 2010-11, the city used an external hiring firm to hire a city manager. The last search cost Columbia $26,000.

Buckler said the current search for a city manager could cost between $20,000 - $30,000.

On Jan. 3, council members would conduct closed meetings with three or four hiring firms. From those companies, council members would also choose one firm to hire. 

After that, city council would vote on a resolution to approve the contract with a hiring firm at the Jan. 21 meeting. 

Mike Matthes announced his resignation on Nov. 20. Six days later, city council authorized a mutual severance agreement with Matthes and appointed John Glascock as interim city manager. 

Matthes served as city manager since May 1, 2011.

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Driver uninjured after semi-truck crashes into front lawn https://www.komu.com/news/driver-uninjured-after-semi-truck-crashes-into-front-lawn/ https://www.komu.com/news/driver-uninjured-after-semi-truck-crashes-into-front-lawn/ News Mon, 17 Dec 2018 2:16:18 PM Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter Driver uninjured after semi-truck crashes into front lawn

COLUMBIA – Emergency crews spent most of Monday morning removing a semi-truck from a front yard after it veered off the road.

Around 9:30 a.m., a semi-truck veered off of West Broadway and ended up on its side near Thistledown Drive. Crews spent most of the morning working to remove the truck.

The truck was finally towed away just after 12:30 Monday afternoon.

Residents who lived nearby said the crash shook them. Mary Withrow watched it from her window.

“I just happened to look out right when it veered off into my yard,” Withrow said. “I was shaken up, but I ran outside to make sure he was okay.”

Columbia Police said the driver was okay and walked away from the crash without any injuries. After the crash, Withrow said drivers were stopping on the side of the road to help the truck driver.

“They were stopping everywhere and running towards the truck,” Winthrow said. “They were climbing on top of it to help him out of the cab.”

Like Winthrow, the truck driver was also shaken up after the crash. Winthrow invited him into her house while they waited for first responders to arrive.

“He was in shock,” Winthrow said. “I tried to talk with him and ask him about his family and try to get his mind off of it.”

Winthrow said she felt for the driver and was praying for him.

Police said it was not clear what caused the semi-truck to veer off the road.

For Winthrow, the scene Monday morning was a familiar one. It is not the first time Winthrow has had a vehicle end up in her front yard.

“Three cars have run into our yard,” Winthrow said. “They’ve barely missed hitting our cars.”

Given the history of crashes, Winthrow said she would like to see a curb installed to prevent more cars from drifting into her grass.

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Demolition will close parts of Missouri Boulevard https://www.komu.com/news/demolition-will-close-parts-of-missouri-boulevard/ https://www.komu.com/news/demolition-will-close-parts-of-missouri-boulevard/ News Mon, 17 Dec 2018 1:34:06 PM Natalie Rice, KOMU 8 Reporter Demolition will close parts of Missouri Boulevard

JEFFERSON CITY - Motorists are advised to avoid the area near Missouri Boulevard this evening, from the intersection of West Dunklin Street to the U.S. 54 East on/off ramps due to a full closure from the demolition of a pedestrian bridge. The work will take place during the hours of 8:00 P.M. Monday to 7:00 A.M. Tuesday.

Capital Paving and Construction LLC is removing the bridge as part of their demolition work taking place at the old St. Mary's Hospital property.

Drew Leary, the project manager, said that the number one priority is the "safety of the traveling public and [their] employees."

The Chicago based group, Farmer Holding Company is planning to redevelop the site with the help of tax increment financing, and will choose to build a $44.6 million project involving Lincoln University or a $30.9 million project with only commercial space. The Jefferson City Council approved the plans in August 2017.

The project entails rebuilding portions of the hospital by reusing some of its existing portions. FHC is anticipating to establish a complex with retail, restaurant and office space.

Travelers shouldn't worry about the project cutting into their morning commute. "Everything that is going to inhibit motorists will be taken care of tonight," said Leary.  

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Girl accidentally slain as parents attend Christmas party https://www.komu.com/news/girl-accidentally-slain-as-parents-attend-christmas-party/ https://www.komu.com/news/girl-accidentally-slain-as-parents-attend-christmas-party/ News Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:00:48 PM The Associated Press Girl accidentally slain as parents attend Christmas party

FLORISSANT (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old sister in suburban St. Louis while their parents were attending a Christmas party.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police say Maliyah Palmer was shot in the head Friday night in Florissant after her brother found a 9 mm handgun in a dresser drawer in his parents' bedroom. Maliyah died later at a hospital.

The children's 16-year-old sister was watching her younger siblings at the time.

Police initially released a statement describing what happened as a "tragic accident" and said no charges would be filed. But on Monday, Chief Timothy Lowery said the statement was premature and that prosecutors would make the ultimate charging decision after the investigation is complete.

Lowery said the situation was "tragic and terrible."

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Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi' https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-poacher-ordered-to-repeatedly-watch-bambi-/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-poacher-ordered-to-repeatedly-watch-bambi-/ News Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:18:16 AM The Associated Press Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie "Bambi" as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Walt Disney movie at least once each month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents are calling one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history.

Prosecutors say the deer were killed for their heads, with their bodies left to rot.

Berry was convicted in southwest Missouri's Lawrence County of illegally taking wildlife. Three relatives and another man also were caught in connection to the poaching case. They've paid $51,000 in fines and court costs.

Berry also was sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.

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Missouri Public Service Commission holds hearing for Grain Belt Express https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-public-service-commission-holds-hearing-for-grain-belt-express/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-public-service-commission-holds-hearing-for-grain-belt-express/ News Mon, 17 Dec 2018 8:20:55 AM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri Public Service Commission holds hearing for Grain Belt Express

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Public Service Commission held a hearing on the Grain Belt Express on Tuesday.

In July, the Missouri Supreme Court sent the project back to the commission so it could determine "whether Grain Belt’s proposed utility project is necessary or convenient for the public service."

A document from Grain Belt Express submitted to the Public Service Commission said the transmission line would deliver wind energy from western Kansas, "allowing load-serving entities and buyers in Missouri and elsewhere to be able to purchase this low-cost, renewable energy."

The power would be transported into Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east, according to the document.

The document said the project would bring 500 megawatts of power to Missouri. The remaining 3,500 megawatts would go to the other states

The line across 206 miles of the state would run through the central Missouri counties of Chariton, Randolph and Monroe, according to the proposed route map.

Marilyn O'Bannon, whose parents' farm is located on the proposed route, said she does not feel it is right for the Grain Belt Express "to get the right of eminent domain to take our farmland."

"This isn't going to benefit us in any way," she said. "It is going to hurt agriculture, which is the No. 1 industry in Missouri." 

O'Bannon said landowners along the proposed route have united over the last five years in opposing the project.

"So it's been five years, five years of having a dark cloud hanging over our heads," she said.

Renew Missouri, a nonprofit focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, said it "generally supports" the project because it would bring more renewable energy to the state, according to its executive director.

James Owen said there is no efficient way to deal with energy, but there is "absolutely a public need."

Owen said he sees both sides of the argument, since transmission lines were placed on his family's farm a few years ago.

The document submitted to the commission said the Grain Belt Express would create more than 1,500 jobs in Missouri during the construction phase. It could create as many as 28 permanent jobs in the state, according to the document. 

In total, the project would cost about $2.35 billion. Of that figure, $525 million would be attributed to Missouri, according to the document. 

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Missouri man pleads guilty in $2.4M cattle fraud scheme case https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-man-pleads-guilty-in-2-4m-cattle-fraud-scheme-case/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-man-pleads-guilty-in-2-4m-cattle-fraud-scheme-case/ News Sun, 16 Dec 2018 9:48:54 PM The Associated Press Missouri man pleads guilty in $2.4M cattle fraud scheme case

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 57-year-old southwestern Missouri man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a $2.4 million wire fraud scheme and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Dwight Moody Cox, of Ozark, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count. He owns Dwight Cox Cattle Co., which bought cattle for clients and grazed the cattle on land Cox owned or rented. When the cattle reached a specified weight, Cox shipped the cattle to the clients.

Prosecutors say Cox carried out a scheme in which he falsely claimed that he had purchased about 3,250 head of cattle under a contract with the Texas Beef Cattle Company of Amarillo. The Texas company paid him more than $2.5 million for the cattle.

But when the company requested the cattle shipped to it in early 2018, Cox admitted he had only 147 head of cattle and had submitted 35 false invoices to make it appear he had more.

Cox will be sentenced at a later date.

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Police investigating robbery at Virginia Avenue parking garage https://www.komu.com/news/police-investigating-robbery-at-virginia-avenue-parking-garage/ https://www.komu.com/news/police-investigating-robbery-at-virginia-avenue-parking-garage/ News Sun, 16 Dec 2018 6:45:18 PM Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Police investigating robbery at Virginia Avenue parking garage

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri sent out an MU Alert just before 6 p.m. Sunday to warn people about a robbery in the area.

According to MU Alert, the victim went to the Virginia Avenue garage to buy a cell phone, but was assaulted and had his money stolen.

Police said the suspect left the garage in a white vehicle heading south. The driver is described as 5 foot and 3 inches tall Hispanic man. The passenger is an African America man with glasses and they do not have a weapon. 

Authorities sent out an "all clear" at 6:48 p.m. through its MU Alert System. 

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Boone County History and Culture Center holds annual Winter Wonderland https://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-history-and-culture-center-holds-annual-winter-wonderland/ https://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-history-and-culture-center-holds-annual-winter-wonderland/ News Sun, 16 Dec 2018 6:12:56 PM Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter Boone County History and Culture Center holds annual Winter Wonderland

COLUMBIA- From model trains to decorated window panes, there was fun for all ages at the Boone County History and Culture Center’s annual Winter Wonderland Sunday afternoon.

This was the second weekend this year the Culture Center has held the event. It featured a display of model and toy trains as well as seasonally decorated rooms in the Maplewood House next to the center.

For some, the model trains brought back childhood memories.

“I used to have a train set when I was a kid,” Joshua Intveld said. “I used to set it up in the basement and run it around the house, so this brings back memories of that train set.”

The model trains were donated for the center to use by members of the community.

Intveld said his father came to see the displays last weekend and suggested it might be a good idea to bring his three-year-old son.

“We have a three year old, and (his grandpa) thought all the presentations and the displays would be fun for him,” Intveld said

For intveld, it was a chance to show his son a toy he spent hours playing with as a kid.

“We’ve seen sets in stores, so my son knows about it,” Inveld said. “He was very excited about it. He loves all of the things that make sounds and make lights and move.”

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MU Health Care, SSM Health to host third forum on potential hospital merger https://www.komu.com/news/mu-health-care-ssm-health-to-host-third-forum-on-potential-hospital-merger/ https://www.komu.com/news/mu-health-care-ssm-health-to-host-third-forum-on-potential-hospital-merger/ News Sun, 16 Dec 2018 5:22:20 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Reporter MU Health Care, SSM Health to host third forum on potential hospital merger

JEFFERSON CITY - SSM Health and MU Health Care will host the last of three scheduled public forums Monday night on the proposed sale of SSM's mid-Missouri ministries to MU Health Care.

The forums come as the group Coalition for Choice has raised concerns about how the sale would impact patients' health care services in Jefferson City.

"A Coalition for Choice was created to oppose healthcare monopolies and to advocate for consumer choice in Missouri healthcare," a news release from the group said.

In August, the Catholic, not-for-profit health system said it was in "exclusive discussions" with MU Health Care to transfer ownership of its ministries in mid-Missouri, which include its hospitals in Jefferson City and Mexico.

The first forum was held Monday, Dec. 10 in Jefferson City, and the second forum was held Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Mexico.

More than 100 people attended last Monday's forum.

Hallie Gibbs II, a board member for the coalition, said the turnout at the Jefferson City forum demonstrates that community members want "choice and they want alternatives in their health care."

"They're very passioned at the last forum that they do not want to see a University of Missouri monopoly in health care here," said Gibbs, who also serves as the coalition's general counsel.

He said people hope St. Mary's Hospital will find an alternative.

Jonathan Curtright, the MU Health Care CEO, said it was "fantastic that we got so much feedback from the community" at last week's forum.

"I love and cherish that zeal and that passion, and we will get better because of that zeal and passion moving forward," Curtright said.

Beyond Monday night's forum, community members can provide their feedback online, said Jesslyn Chew, MU Health Care's public relations manager.

“We are thrilled to have so much community interest in this, and we want feedback," Chew said. "We encourage feedback and are happy to hear from those who are interested and engaged in this process.” 

Chew said a definitive agreement would be finalized by early next year and the closing would be contingent upon conditions, including regulatory approvals. 

The community will be able to ask questions to leadership from MU Health Care and SSM Health, according to a news release.

The forum will be held at the Missouri Special Olympics Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City. It is expected to start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.

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MU football assistant coach arrested https://www.komu.com/news/mu-football-assistant-coach-arrested/ https://www.komu.com/news/mu-football-assistant-coach-arrested/ News Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:12:32 AM Ethan Illers and Naomi Klinge, KOMU 8 Digital Producers MU football assistant coach arrested

COLUMBIA - A University of Missouri assistant football coach was arrested Saturday on a warrant from Miller County after failing to appear at a January court date stemming from a traffic ticket. 

According to online records from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, MUPD arrested 56-year-old Vernon Hargreaves. He was later released after posting $1,000 bond.

A spokesperson from MU said an officer with MU Police pulled Hargreaves over for speeding near the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Monk Drive Saturday morning. 

The spokesperson said after stopping Hargreaves, the officer learned of an active arrest warrant for Hargreaves for failure to appear in court in Miller County. His original charge was for no insurance and failure to register a vehicle, according to the spokesperson.

Hargreaves has been a member of the football coaching staff since December 2017 coaching inside linebackers. He has 34 years of collegiate coaching experience. 

"We are aware of Vernon's situation and are in the process of gathering additional information," Deputy Athletics Director Nick Joos said in an email. "Once we have completed that process, we will be able to offer additional comment."

Hargreaves was not seen at MU football practice Sunday afternoon.

We will continue to update this story once new information becomes available. 

The MU football team faces Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl on December 31st at 2:45 p.m. CT in Memphis. 

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UPDATE: Two arrested in Fulton on suspicion of dealing cocaine, meth https://www.komu.com/news/update-two-arrested-in-fulton-on-suspicion-of-dealing-cocaine-meth/ https://www.komu.com/news/update-two-arrested-in-fulton-on-suspicion-of-dealing-cocaine-meth/ News Sun, 16 Dec 2018 7:08:48 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer UPDATE: Two arrested in Fulton on suspicion of dealing cocaine, meth

FULTON - Two people were arrested on various drug charges Sunday morning.

According to a release, Police stopped a vehicle on William Woods Ave near Dunham Drive for a traffic violation at around 1:00 a.m. During the stop, officers found a passenger allegedly with illegal drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine and various pills. Multiple items related to drug dealing were found as well.

Yashim Smith was arrested and taken to the Callaway County Jail on suspicion of delivery and distribution of a controlled substance as well as four counts of possession of a controlled substance. Smith was taken to the Callaway County Jail on $24,500 bond.

The driver, Elmer Jackson was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest from a failure to appear in court. He was taken to the Callaway County Jail with a bond of $10,525. 

UPDATE 8:03 a.m.:

Per a second release, Smith originally told officers that his name was Ameir, after a relative, and allegedly signed jail documents with a relative's name. Law enforcement learned he had a warrant for failure to appear on controlled substances for $25,000 cash out of Cole County and a no bond parole absconder warrant.

He was additionally charged with forgery.

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Symphony of Toys concert includes holiday music, toy donations https://www.komu.com/news/symphony-of-toys-concert-includes-holiday-music-toy-donations/ https://www.komu.com/news/symphony-of-toys-concert-includes-holiday-music-toy-donations/ News Sat, 15 Dec 2018 9:45:37 PM Stephanie Hamann, KOMU 8 Reporter Symphony of Toys concert includes holiday music, toy donations

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Symphony will play holiday music Sunday for the Symphony of Toys concert. Students in the Missouri Symphony Conservatory will also perform in the concert.

In the theater lobby, guests can make donations to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps. The toys need to be unopened and new.

Karen Kanakis is a soloist in the concert. She said the concert features "a beautiful blend music."

"There's a little something for everyone in this concert," she said. Kanakis sings multiple songs, like "O Holy Night." Her husband is also a soloist.

Annika Moser, a student in the Conservatory, said she loves the Christmas music, including "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

"It's a really good way to end the concert and start the Christmas season," she said. "For me at least, it's a nice break from school and finals and everything like that."

The concert is from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and free for children under 18.

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Columbia College awards veteran degree posthumously https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-awards-veteran-degree-posthumously/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-awards-veteran-degree-posthumously/ News Sat, 15 Dec 2018 7:59:33 PM Savannah Rudicel, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia College awards veteran degree posthumously

COLUMBIA - Columbia College had a special moment during the graduation ceremony Saturday to honor a student who died in a car crash.

Business management student Andrew Helmreich, 28, died in late October, just before completing his degree. The college awarded his family with a diploma to recognize his efforts. His family said they don’t know how to thank the college.

“For them to do this and to honor my brother, it means more than they will ever know,” his sister, Lauren Helmreich, said.

Lauren Helmreich said her brother worked hard for his degree and his family is proud to celebrate his accomplishments through their grief.

“It’s tragic to lose him. It was seven days after his 28th birthday and it’s just unimaginable,” she said. “The pain is really raw, but we’re here today to honor him and I can’t be more proud of the person that he was.”

Andrew Helmreich served in the United States Army for five years. He completed a tour of Afghanistan in 2014. He joined a group for student veterans when he enrolled in Columbia College.

“He decided to get involved in our student veterans club and to help take it to another level, and we were really excited to see Andrew help invigorate our student veterans,” said Keith Glindemann, director of veterans services.

Glindemann said leaders like Andrew Helmreich make a big difference in the academic success of other veterans.

“Many of these students are transitioning from combat to the classroom. They’ve had a little different experience than some of their peers who are just entering in through the traditional route,” Glindemann said. “Knowing that somebody else can help guide them and pull them in the right direction can make them not feel so alone.”

Lauren Helmreich said after he returned from service, he brother was more determined to help the family business, Downtown Appliance. She said he became more dedicated to his relationships as well.

“When he came back home, it was the closest we’ve ever been,” Lauren Helmreich said. “We would go out to dinner, and we would spend time together all the time and just hang out and have fun. I mean we had literally become best friends.”

Glindemann said Andrew Helmreich offered friendship to anyone.

“It’s amazing that in his 28 short years, he touched so many people,” Glindemann said. “That’s why I work in veterans education because of students like him.”

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