KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2020, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 17 Feb 2020 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Blind Missourians presenting 2020 agenda to lawmakers https://www.komu.com/news/blind-missourians-presenting-2020-agenda-to-lawmakers/ https://www.komu.com/news/blind-missourians-presenting-2020-agenda-to-lawmakers/ News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 7:34:39 PM Marisa Rios, KOMU 8 News Reporter Blind Missourians presenting 2020 agenda to lawmakers

JEFFERSON CITY - Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri will spend two days at the capitol, presenting their concerns and advocating for the blind.

Dacia Cole, Columbia chapter vice president, said there are 7-8 chapters all around Missouri coming to Jefferson City. Cole said they all bring their concerns each year around this time. There is a full agenda, but the group has a few main concerns.

"Every year, the annual review is sent as a certified piece of mail and currently that's a problem because a lot of blind people live on their own or even if they don't, they don't always have someone who comes and brings their mail everyday," Cole said. "If you get a certified mail sticker on the front door or stuck in the mailbox, and the mailman doesn't ring the doorbell to notify, then the blind person has to go to the post office and that isn't always convenient."

Cole said a lot of blind people don't have a way to get to the post office. In this case, they may have to pay for an Uber or hire a friend, which costs extra money. Cole wants to change this with a policy that wouldn't require certified mail. 

One of the issues the NFB wants to discuss is ensuring children have the right to braille literacy. 

"Only 10 percent of most blind read braille and that's because they're not taught braille because school districts fight teaching it," Cold said. "We're fighting to make it so that children can be taught braille because a lot of times their vision will deteriorate. If they don't learn braille, they can become illiterate."

NFB member Gary Wunder is attending the annual event Monday and Tuesday. He said their group will also support House Bill 1540, a bill that would allow the recording of IEP meetings. Wunder said another concern involves being able to vote independently and privately. 

"In some situations, we have to either bring somebody with us or get a judge from the Republican Party and a judge from the Democratic Party to listen to how we vote," Wunder said. "There are machines that can do this, but they only get rolled out for federal elections. We are looking for them to be rolled out on all elections."

Cole said their main reason for going down is to be equal with everyone and have the same opportunities as everyone else. 

"As a whole, it's our goal to fight for that person to have the right to say I need this," Cole said.

The National Federation of the Blind of Missouri won't stop its fight here. It will continue to keep in touch with legislators after this, and have its message heard across many platforms. 


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Rock Bridge students start discussion on gun violence https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-students-start-discussion-on-gun-violence/ https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-students-start-discussion-on-gun-violence/ News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 7:07:35 PM Sara Moyers, KOMU 8 Reporter Rock Bridge students start discussion on gun violence

COLUMBIA – Members of Rock Bridge High School’s Students Demand Action group hosted a forum Sunday where local leaders answered questions about gun violence and the status of gun legislation in Missouri. 

Community leaders in attendance included Rep. Martha Stevens, Rep. Kip Kendrick, and Health Policy Officer at the Missouri Foundation for Health, Jessi LaRose.

As Friday marked the two-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, many acknowledged the importance in the timing of this conversation.

During the forum, Rock Bridge High School principal Jacob Sirna explained how the Columbia school district is adjusting policies to increase students’ safety. 

“I think Columbia Public Schools is absolutely taking this seriously,” he said.

Recent changes to school protocol at Rock Bridge have included reducing available entrances during school days, hiring staff to oversee the entrances, reinforcing windows to make them shatterproof and updating security cameras.

“There’s this really important job that we have to do to educate all the students that come into our building. And we cannot do that if we do not feel safe coming into a school,” Sirna said. 

In addition to addressing gun violence in schools, Stevens and Kendrick acknowledged their interests in various gun violence reforms.

“We have legislators that have filed legislation to address this issue: to get guns out of the hands of folks that are domestic violence abusers,” Stevens said.

Kendrick also addressed the possibility of using funds for Boone County Children’s Services to better serve victims of gun violence in the area. 

Columbia saw a sharp increase in gun violence last fall which prompted both community members and lawmakers to push for change, but LaRose believes more research is needed before preventative legislation can have a larger impact.

“There’s been a lack of funding over the past several decades to study the impact of gun violence," she said. "So with that lack of funding and resources, there’s some gaps in what is known about what legislation is most effective.” 

LaRose said the Missouri Foundation for Health recently partnered with the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research to work on closing gaps and knowledge in research. 

Audience members also actively participated in the discussion and were able to further the discussion by asking personalized questions to the panel of community leaders. 


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Teen dies in Laclede County car accident https://www.komu.com/news/teen-dies-in-laclede-county-car-accident/ https://www.komu.com/news/teen-dies-in-laclede-county-car-accident/ News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 5:48:22 PM Chase Matteson, Digital Producer Teen dies in Laclede County car accident

LACEDE COUNTY- One teen died and three others suffered injuries in a single-car-accident Saturday afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle was identified to be Eva Grantham, 17, of Lebanon. The car travelled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. The accident occured at 12:25 p.m. 

Grantham suffered serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

The other three individuals involved were not identified by name on the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

It was a 16-year-old male that passed away in the accident. A 16-year-old female sustained serious injuries and a 15-year-old male sustained minor injuries. The 16-year-old female was taken from the scene with Grantham for treatment.

The 16-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:00 p.m.

This is Troop I's fourth fatality in 2020.


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New Go COMO's Blue Route begins Monday https://www.komu.com/news/new-go-como-s-blue-route-begins-monday/ https://www.komu.com/news/new-go-como-s-blue-route-begins-monday/ News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:00:26 AM Elyse Schoenig, KOMU 8 Reporter New Go COMO's Blue Route begins Monday

COLUMBIA - A new route and a new bus shelter will be added at the intersection of Rice Road and Ballenger Lane Monday. Go COMO hopes the new adjustments will satisfy riders' needs and provide a safer boarding experience.

Several residents living along Rice Road said they use public transportation to get to work everyday. Many of them agree the new route will bring important changes.

"With the weather the way it is, it's too cold to walk several miles," said Montrel Banks.

He said he thinks the new route will benefit him and his neighbors who rely on public transportation.

"I can't go to work soaking wet. I can't get home from work at 12 at night, I have to walk," he said.

Banks and other residents said they hope the city will also consider expanding hours of service.

"Not only do they need to expand the bus route, but they need to extend the hours," Banks said. "There are people that work all times of the day and all times of the night."

Previous stops at Meadowvale Court and Ballenger Lane will be removed.

Schedule books with new route information provided by Go COMO are available at Wabash Station, 126 N. 10th St.


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Various narcotics siezed from Vienna home, woman arrested https://www.komu.com/news/various-narcotics-siezed-from-vienna-home-woman-arrested/ https://www.komu.com/news/various-narcotics-siezed-from-vienna-home-woman-arrested/ News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 4:43:25 PM Chase Matteson, Digital Producer Various narcotics siezed from Vienna home, woman arrested

VIENNA- On Thursday, February 13, Task Force Officers, Vienna Police Department, and the Maries County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a Vienna home. Inside the property, officers seized various narcotics and arrested a woman.

The city of Vienna covered the arrest in a Facebook post.

During the search of the property, officers found suspected methamphetamine, prescription drugs, marijuana and a variety of drug paraphernalia.

Laurie C. Pierce, 59, of Vienna was arrested by the Vienna Police Department and transported to the Maries County Jail. Pierce is being held without a bond until her first court appearance.

According to the post, Pierce was formally charged with two counts of Class D felony Possession of Controlled Substances, Class A Misdemeanor of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Class A misdemeanor of Possession of Under 35 grams of Marijuana.


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Police arrest 2 teens in connection with fatal shooting https://www.komu.com/news/police-arrest-2-teens-in-connection-with-fatal-shooting/ https://www.komu.com/news/police-arrest-2-teens-in-connection-with-fatal-shooting/ News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 4:00:28 PM The Associated Press Police arrest 2 teens in connection with fatal shooting

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (AP) — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last week, and authorities are pursuing a third teen.

St. Louis County authorities say a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Patrick Leeper on Wednesday.

Authorities say the shooting in Uplands Park, Missouri, happened during a botched robbery. An arrest warrant accusing a 17-year-old of second-degree murder was also issued in connection with the case.

Details of the charges against the two teens in custody weren't immediately released. The two teens in custody are being held in St. Louis County Juvenile Detention.


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No injuries after fire at unoccupied home in Hallsville https://www.komu.com/news/no-injuries-after-fire-at-unoccupied-home-in-hallsville/ https://www.komu.com/news/no-injuries-after-fire-at-unoccupied-home-in-hallsville/ News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 2:19:37 PM No injuries after fire at unoccupied home in Hallsville

HALLSVILLE- A house fire broke out off North Frink Road Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters found a fire in the attic of an unoccupied home. Crews had to rip off the ceiling and parts of the roof to find the fire. Officials are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The fire crew confirmed nobody was in the house or hurt from the fire.

Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Reporter, was on the scene and talking to neighbors. Witnesses said there were about nine firefighter trucks on site and there was a large smoke cloud.


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Missouri police chief arrested, charged with assault https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-police-chief-arrested-charged-with-assault/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-police-chief-arrested-charged-with-assault/ News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 11:32:00 AM Andrew Havranek, KY3 Missouri police chief arrested, charged with assault

CAMDEN COUNTY — Linn Creek, Missouri Police Chief Greg Berry was arrested Saturday afternoon by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. His arrest stems from an off-duty incident on Oct. 10, 2019.

Berry had been suspended from his Chief of Police position since Oct. 11.

During an interview in December, Linn Creek Mayor Jeff Davis said the incident happened while Berry was off duty. The investigation was handed over to the Attorney General's Office.

"Anytime it involves - especially with it being a chief of police - any information that would normally go to the Camden County prosecutor's office or such is probably going to be turned over to a higher court," Davis told KY3/KSPR's Andrew Havranekin December.

Berry has been charged with fourth degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor. He is out of the Camden County Jail on an own recognizance bond.


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Two in serious condition after early morning crash https://www.komu.com/news/two-in-serious-condition-after-early-morning-crash/ https://www.komu.com/news/two-in-serious-condition-after-early-morning-crash/ News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:41:12 AM Claire Colby, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two in serious condition after early morning crash

COLUMBIA — Two women were seriously injured after head-on collision between a Prius and a semi-truck early Sunday morning, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports. 

The crash happened at about 12:55 a.m. on Interstate 70 near Midway. 

Sara McCahon, 27, and Elizabeth McCarthy, 23, both of Columbia, were transported to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

Howard Salickram, 68, of Orlando, Florida, was not injured, but the semi-truck he was driving faced serious damage. 

Boone County Fire Protection District, Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Columbia Fire Department and Mizzou EMS all helped respond to the crash. 


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15th Annual Chili Cookoff fundraises for Boys & Girls Club of Columbia https://www.komu.com/news/15th-annual-chili-cookoff-fundraises-for-boys-and-girls-club-of-columbia/ https://www.komu.com/news/15th-annual-chili-cookoff-fundraises-for-boys-and-girls-club-of-columbia/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 7:50:27 PM Avery Everett, KOMU 8 Reporter 15th Annual Chili Cookoff fundraises for Boys & Girls Club of Columbia

COLUMBIA - Thousands of people and more than 300 gallons of chili filled the Expo Center Saturday for the 15th Annual Rootin' Tootin' Chili Competition.

The competition, hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia, featured over 40 different chilis. From classic red to buffalo chicken, attendees and judges voted for their favorite to win top prizes. But, it wasn't all about the recipes. The biggest celebration was that all proceeds go directly back to the local Boys & Girls Club.

The Executive Director Valorie Livingston said the proceeds will fund after school and summer programs.

"Raising this money is what allows us to keep prices affordable," Livingston said. "Our goal this year is to raise $115,000."

This is the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia's biggest fundraiser every year since they started it 15 years ago. Last year, they raised over $100,000.

"We started this with the concept of four or five chili teams competing against each other, and now it has blossomed over the past 15 years to have 40 chili teams," Livingston said.

Ashley Taillon of First State Community Bank competed this year in the cook-off. She said the main reason she signed up to participate was to help support the club.

"The Boys & Girls Club is such a great group," Taillon said. "We definitely want to support them in anyway by raising any money we can."

Some of Taillon's competitors in the competition were children from the Boys & Girls Club. Taelen Kemp and Mikel Hall said their favorite part of the day was spending time in the kitchen. They will also see the donations go into effect firsthand.

"I'm excited for the Boys and Girls Club," Kemp said. While at the club, Kemp said he likes "to see my friends, have fun and also have time to do my homework."

Livingston said the best part of the event is the end result.

"The more money we can raise the more kids we can serve," Livingston said.


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Runners raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research https://www.komu.com/news/runners-raise-money-for-multiple-sclerosis-research/ https://www.komu.com/news/runners-raise-money-for-multiple-sclerosis-research/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 6:44:52 PM Marina Silva, KOMU 8 News Runners raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research

COLUMBIA — Runners braved the cold weather Saturday morning for the R.A.M.S 5K.

R.A.M.S is a nonprofit MU organization that raises money for people with Multiple Sclerosis. It stands for Rockin' Against Multiple Sclerosis.

According to MU Health Care, more than 400,000 people in the United States have MS. It affects the central nervous system.

R.A.M.S hosts multiple fundraisers from October to February to support those who struggle with the disease. 

This year the event was held on MU's campus, which is different from previous years when it is held at Stephen's Lake Park. The goal was to have more students come out to the event by having it on campus. This year, 200 more students showed up than in previous years.

"R.A.M.S is a campus run organization run by students," said Brock Winslow, one of the organization's directors. "There about 32 of us we are trying to raise $100,000 for MS clients." 

Their goal is to raise $100,000 this year.


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73-year-old Missouri man killed; son arrested https://www.komu.com/news/73-year-old-missouri-man-killed-son-arrested/ https://www.komu.com/news/73-year-old-missouri-man-killed-son-arrested/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 5:28:45 PM The Associated Press 73-year-old Missouri man killed; son arrested

FESTUS (AP) — Police in eastern Missouri say a 73-year-old man has been shot to death, and his 42-year-old son was arrested and charged with killing his father.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reports that someone reported the shooting Saturday morning inside a home in Festus. Sheriff's deputies who arrived at the home found the injured man, who has not yet been identified.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials say the man's son, Nathan Schweppe, who also lived at the home was arrested at the scene. He was later charged with first-degree murder and domestic assault.

Schweppe is being held on $750,000 bond.


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MSHP shares "important reminder" in Facebook post https://www.komu.com/news/mshp-shares-important-reminder-in-facebook-post/ https://www.komu.com/news/mshp-shares-important-reminder-in-facebook-post/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 4:44:44 PM Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer MSHP shares

COLUMBIA - One of Missouri State Highway Patrol's vehicles was struck by a semitruck late Thursday night.

MSHP shared the photos of the vehicle on Facebook.

A trooper was helping a driver on I-35 at mile marker 100 when a semitruck hit MSHP's vehicle and continued driving, according to the post. The trooper was not injured. 

The department shared the post to remind drivers to move over for vehicles stopped on the side of the road. MSHP is asking anyone with information regarding the crash to contact Troop H at (816) 387-2345.


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Former City Manager Don Allard dies in Colorado https://www.komu.com/news/former-city-manager-don-allard-dies-in-colorado/ https://www.komu.com/news/former-city-manager-don-allard-dies-in-colorado/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 4:10:30 PM Columbia Missourian Staff Former City Manager Don Allard dies in Colorado

COLUMBIA - Don Allard, who served as Columbia’s city manager for 12 years, died Wednesday in Arvada, Colorado, after a battle with cancer. He was 90.

Allard served as city manager in Columbia from 1962 to 1974. In that role, he oversaw construction of the water treatment plant, the regional wastewater treatment plant, the Columbia Regional Airport and the implementation of a municipal trash collection system.

He moved to Arvada in 1974 where he was appointed deputy city manager and eventually city manager, according to the city of Arvada website.

In 1993, he was elected to the Arvada City Council, where he served for 24 years.

In addition to his role in city government, he also served on many local boards in Arvada, including the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority, the Arvada City Charter Review Committee, Metro Water Reclamation District Board, Colorado Municipal League and Colorado Association of Special Districts.

He was born March 3, 1929, in southeast Missouri as the second of two sons born to John and Edna Allard. He graduated from Poplar Bluff High School.

He then earned a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration from MU and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.

Allard spent two years in the armed services during the Korean conflict. When his time in the military ended, Allard went back to Missouri and began what would become his 40-year career managing local governments.

During a retirement ceremony in November 2017, Allard was honored by current and former Arvada leaders and others who praised his integrity as a public servant.

He ended his speech that day with a variation of a quote made famous by Chief Joseph, stating: “I will do good government no more forever.”

He is survived by his daughters, Jane Allard and Beth Constantinou and her husband Nakies Constantinou, and grandsons Kai Constantinou and Herschel “Huck” Gray.

A celebration of life reception will be held Wednesday at the Arvada Center. He will be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.


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Two candidate forums planned in lead-up to Columbia School Board elections https://www.komu.com/news/two-candidate-forums-planned-in-lead-up-to-columbia-school-board-elections/ https://www.komu.com/news/two-candidate-forums-planned-in-lead-up-to-columbia-school-board-elections/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 3:41:38 PM Claudia Khaw, Columbia Missourian Two candidate forums planned in lead-up to Columbia School Board elections

COLUMBIA - Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Columbia School Board. Although there are less than two months left until the election, all four candidates will have a chance to promote themselves at two forums next week. 

The four candidates are Chris Horn, David Seamon, Jonathan Sessions and Helen Wade. Wade and Sessions are running for reelection. The election will be April 7.

The Columbia Missouri National Education Association, a local school union, will be hosting a School Board candidate forum Thursday, Feb. 20 at Paxton Keeley Elementary School. 

"It's a chance for Columbia Public School teachers, staff and the public to learn the positions of the candidates," said Monica Miller, a district teacher and coordinator for the event. "There will be a set of questions, but the audience is invited to write their questions on a card."

The event starts at 6:30 p.m., but there will be "mingle time" before it begins where Columbia residents will have a chance to get to know the candidates, Miller said.

The CoMo Special Education Parent Teacher Association will also be hosting a candidate forum Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:15 p.m. at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. This forum will provide an opportunity for those involved with students with special needs to talk to the candidates.

All four candidates have indicated they will be in attendance at both forums. 


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Nonprofit hosts community day in Jefferson City https://www.komu.com/news/nonprofit-hosts-community-day-in-jefferson-city/ https://www.komu.com/news/nonprofit-hosts-community-day-in-jefferson-city/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 2:59:11 PM Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter Nonprofit hosts community day in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY - Local nonprofit Building Community Bridges held its monthly community day Saturday afternoon.

Saturday's event had a Valentine's day theme. Attendees played in bounce houses and decorated sugar cookies

Outreach Coordinator, Gabby Jahr, said the event was a safe and fun way to get out of the cold.

"We know that it gives them an alternative to doing bad stuff really is the big thing and it's free," she said. "That's the biggest thing for low income and anybody just to bring the community and everybody together."

Many families spend Saturday mornings playing sports or other activities, but Jahr said not all families are able to.

"There's kids that first off, can't afford it don't have a ride to it," she said. "Their parents are at work, their parents are absent for whatever reason. So, they can come here and be a part of it."

Organizers want community days to be welcoming to everyone, regardless of their age or who they are.

"There's elderly that maybe don't have kids, they don't have grandkids, they can come here and be a grandparent," Jahr said. "There's parents that, you know, are just single adults that don't have children don't have anybody. They can come here and be a part really, we just want to welcome any type of people."

Jahr said the event is a chance for kids to get out of the house and expend some energy.

"No matter what they came from whatever's going on at home, they got a break from that," she said. "They got three, four hours out of the house and run around and burn off some energy. Not only does that help the kids, but that helps their parents definitely."


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Missouri farm awarded $265M in suit against BASF and Bayer https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-farm-awarded-265m-in-suit-against-basf-and-bayer/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-farm-awarded-265m-in-suit-against-basf-and-bayer/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 2:41:43 PM The Associated Press Missouri farm awarded $265M in suit against BASF and Bayer

CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A jury has awarded $265 million in punitive damages to a Missouri peach grower who sued Bayer and BASF over damage to his orchards that he says was caused by the weedkiller dicamba drifting onto his trees.

The award Saturday came a day after the jury awarded $15 million in actual damages to Bill Bader, of Campbell.

Bader says dicamba drifted onto his peach trees from other farms. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the jury agreed with the lawsuit's contention that Bayer and BASF committed negligence and conspired together.

Bayer's attorneys said the company will appeal.


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Harley-Davidson dealership raises money for juvenile diabetes research https://www.komu.com/news/harley-davidson-dealership-raises-money-for-juvenile-diabetes-research/ https://www.komu.com/news/harley-davidson-dealership-raises-money-for-juvenile-diabetes-research/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 2:36:21 PM Isabella Ledonne, KOMU 8 News Harley-Davidson dealership raises money for juvenile diabetes research

COLUMBIA -The mid-Missouri Harley-Davidson hosted its monthly event today to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

The Columbia dealership held a motorcycle ride through mid-Missouri where bikers could stop at participating restaurants and bars. After the ride, everyone gathered back at the dealership for live music and a charity raffle.

All of the proceeds from the raffle and donations will go straight to the foundation. Event Coordinator Sammie Walker explained how they choose the charity they donate to each month.

"It makes it a lot more meaningful when our Harley-Davidson family can relate," Walker said. "One of our service technicians, his wife, and one of his children have type one diabetes so this relates to them for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation today."

Next month the dealership is planning a similar event for breast cancer research.


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Missouri crash killed 2 Kentucky moms, daughters https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-crash-killed-2-kentucky-moms-daughters/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-crash-killed-2-kentucky-moms-daughters/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 2:28:30 PM The Associated Press, KSDK and Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Missouri crash killed 2 Kentucky moms, daughters

LAKE ST. LOUIS — Authorities in eastern Missouri said two Kentucky mothers and their 12-year-old daughters were killed in a head-on crash near Lake Saint Louis on Friday. The accident is now a criminal investigation, according to St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar.

Lohmar said authorities are awaiting toxicology reports on the driver who caused the crash, and that the driver has a history of drug charges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Carrie McCaw and her daughter, 12-year-old Kacey McCaw, and Lesley Prather and her daughter, 12-year-old Rhyan Prather, were on their way to a weekend volleyball tournament in Kansas City when their minivan was hit head-on by a pickup truck on Interstate 64.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Juston Wheetley, the pickup truck was headed eastbound and crossed a grassy median and drove into oncoming westbound traffic. The accident happened around 11 a.m. on Friday.

Two people died at the scene and two others died at a nearby hospital. "They were all transported to hospitals as fast as possible. And, of course, it’s hard to identify kids when they don’t have IDs on them and the two adults are dead,” Wheetley said.

Lesley Prather was a firefighter at the Louisville Division of Fire in Kentucky.

"With heavy hearts and tremendous sorrow, we mourn the tragic deaths of Engine 22 Firefighter Lesley Prather, along with her daughter Rhyan, and their friends Carrie McCaw and her daughter Kacey, daughter and granddaughter of retired LFD Major Dave Urton," said a news release from the division.

All four of the victims were from Louisville, Kentucky. Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson said the pickup driver suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

There was an Acura behind the minivan that was also involved in the accident. The two people inside were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"Just looking at the damage of the vehicles, it was a horrendous impact," said MSHP Cpl. Dallas Thompson. "And the people in the minivan, they probably didn't even have a chance to avoid the crash at the time."


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Police: 43-year-old man killed in Kansas City shooting https://www.komu.com/news/police-43-year-old-man-killed-in-kansas-city-shooting/ https://www.komu.com/news/police-43-year-old-man-killed-in-kansas-city-shooting/ News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 11:26:15 AM The Associated Press, The Kansas City Star Police: 43-year-old man killed in Kansas City shooting

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City say a 43-year-old man has died after being shot in the Paseo West neighborhood just blocks from Interstate 70.

The Kansas City Star reports that officers were called to the area around 2 a.m. Saturday for reports of a shooting. Kansas City police spokesman Capt. David Jackson says a group of people had been drinking together and “someone got shot."

Jackson says the victim was taken to a hospital and died from his injuries just before 9 a.m. His name has not yet been released. Police say no arrests have been made in the case and that they have no suspect information.


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