KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Top Stories Top Stories 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 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/ Top Stories 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/ Top Stories 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/ Top Stories 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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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/ Top Stories 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/ Top Stories 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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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/ Top Stories 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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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/ Top Stories 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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Pharmacy hosts Infant CPR Basics class https://www.komu.com/news/pharmacy-hosts-infant-cpr-basics-class/ https://www.komu.com/news/pharmacy-hosts-infant-cpr-basics-class/ Top Stories Fri, 14 Feb 2020 2:49:58 PM Sydney Moran, KOMU 8 Reporter Pharmacy hosts Infant CPR Basics class

JEFFERSON CITY - Whaley's West Side pharmacy is taking extra steps to make young families feel comfortable if an emergency situation arises with their young one.

Whaley's hosts monthly classes geared towards parents to help them make life easier.

"We've covered topics ranging from breast feeding, to starting solids, to car seat safety," Marketing Director Ilana Holland said.

This is Whaley's Mommy and Me's first CPR basics class. Holland said it's perfect timing, since February is American Heart Month. Whaley's lactation consultant and Holland work hand in hand to provide free classes to the community.

"It's something we like to do to give back, and make sure all care givers are prepared and knowledgeable," Holland said.

The event is a basics class. Attendees will not be CPR certified. But Holland said it helps make caretakers more comfortable. Holland said the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross will host CPR certified classes that last about a day. Having the basics is something that can help keep your kids safe.

"I'm a mom myself and understand how important it is," Holland said. "Even just a small mean can turn into an emergency."

Infant CPR requires the use of two fingers to push below the sternum. Someone performing CPR will need to perform 30 compressions and two rescue breaths. They will then repeat the process until their baby regains consciousness.

"We do see a lot of young families in our pharmacy," Holland said. "We just think this is something every caregiver needs to know if they're going to be around little ones."

The American Heart Month focuses on raising awareness for heart disease. The National Heart, Blood, and Lung institute encourages people to be healthy to avoid heart disease.

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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/ Top Stories 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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Miller County teacher receives 20 years for sexual contact with students https://www.komu.com/news/miller-county-teacher-receives-20-years-for-sexual-contact-with-students/ https://www.komu.com/news/miller-county-teacher-receives-20-years-for-sexual-contact-with-students/ Top Stories Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:27:38 PM Leah Vredenbregt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Miller County teacher receives 20 years for sexual contact with students

MILLER COUNTY - Former School of the Osage teacher Mark Edwards was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for sexual contact with students.

Edwards, 47, of Eldon, was charged in April 2018 for child molestation, statutory sodomy, and two counts of sexual contact with a student, according to previous KOMU 8 reporting. He pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2019.

A sentencing hearing was held Feb. 6, 2020, and then was reset for Friday, Feb. 14. He was sentenced to 20 years with lifetime supervision.

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Alleged arsonist set fire to his parents' house to claim insurance money https://www.komu.com/news/alleged-arsonist-set-fire-to-his-parents-house-to-claim-insurance-money/ https://www.komu.com/news/alleged-arsonist-set-fire-to-his-parents-house-to-claim-insurance-money/ Top Stories Fri, 14 Feb 2020 3:34:02 PM Rosemond Crown, KOMU 8 Reporter and Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 News Producer Alleged arsonist set fire to his parents' house to claim insurance money

VIENNA – The Maries County Sheriffs Department has arrested Gary Martin Travers Jr., of Jefferson City. The Maries County Prosecutor said Travers was responsible for setting fire to a house on Highway 28 in Vienna last August. The house exploded and injured 6 volunteer firefighters at the Vienna Fire Protection District.

Neighbors in the area told KOMU the house belonged to Travers' parents but it had been abandoned.

A Maries County Sheriff's Office lieutenant told KOMU there's reason to believe the fire was set to claim insurance money.

Assistant Chief Mark Buschmann, Chase Lenning, TJ Jeremy, Mark Honse and Mason Smith were all injured in the blaze.

Fire chief Michael Smith said five of the injured firefighters have since returned to work. One of them is expected to return this week.

“It’s a big relief for us,” Smith said. “It’s a huge burden off our shoulders that we can put this to rest. “

According to a Facebook post from the Office of Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman, prosecutor Tony Skouby has charged Travers with six counts of Assault 2nd Degree - special victim, which is a class B Felony and one count of Arson 2nd Degree - resulting in a serious injury, also a class B felony.

These felonies carry a possible sentence of 5 to 15 years each for a possible maximum sentence of 95 years.

The prosecutor said the investigation is ongoing and officials may make more arrests soon. According to the Facebook post, the investigation is ongoing and more arrests may be possible.


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MU student charged with raping woman in January https://www.komu.com/news/mu-student-charged-with-raping-woman-in-january/ https://www.komu.com/news/mu-student-charged-with-raping-woman-in-january/ Top Stories Fri, 14 Feb 2020 12:28:11 PM Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager MU student charged with raping woman in January

COLUMBIA - Police arrested a student at the University of Missouri on Thursday on suspicion of rape.

Prosecutors have charged Giovanni Hawver, 21, with rape and sodomy after an incident in late January. Hawver is in the Boone County jail on $100,000 cash-only bond.

According to court documents, the victim told police Hawver took her to his apartment, where he raped her "while [she] was incapable of consenting due to extreme intoxication. The woman said she'd had several alcoholic drinks, to the point of vomiting several times while with Hawver, and "described experiencing losses of memory during this time frame."

The probable cause statement said video surveillance showed Hawver carrying the victim over his shoulder into his apartment building. At one point, another person helped Hawver get the victim up from the floor. Police said the victim looked to be "heavily intoxicated." They added Hawver appeared "to be in control of all his movements at the time."

During a later phone call between Hawver and the victim, according to court documents, Hawver said he was worried about whether the victim "told anyone he had 'taken advantage' of her.

The probable cause statement said Hawver and the victim had never met before the night of the incident.

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Missouri Ethics Committee fines Greitens Campaign two years later https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-ethics-committee-fines-greitens-campaign-two-years-later/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-ethics-committee-fines-greitens-campaign-two-years-later/ Top Stories Thu, 13 Feb 2020 1:42:47 PM Morgan Riddell, KOMU 8 News Digital Producer Missouri Ethics Committee fines Greitens Campaign two years later

JEFFERSON CITY - State ethics regulators have fined Former Missouri Governor Eric Greiten's campaign $178,087 for campaign violations.

Greiten's team, however, considers this a win, saying that he was cleared for having knowledge of the violations himself, but remains responsible since the campaign was under his name. 

His team calls it a "full exoneration" by the Missouri Ethics Commission on allegations of breaking a non-disclosure agreement with The Mission Continues during a campaign financial meeting.

Complaints were filed against A New Missouri, Inc and Greitens for Missouri committee in July, 2018.

The Missouri House panel had been investigating him, but once he resigned in June, 2018, they had no authority to continue.

Missouri Rep Jay Barnes was leading the House investigation until Greitens resignation. He then filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) in July, who continued the investigation.

"Overall, the MEC issued 23 subpoenas, conducted 20 interviews, and reviewed roughly 8,000 documents, emails and videos. Over the last two years the Greitens campaign incurred costs of over $1.3 million defending against the allegation," his legal representation said in a press release.

A consent order from the Missouri Ethics commission says Greitens campaign can pay $38,000 of the fine in the next 45 days and be done with the case as long as he commits no further violations.

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Maries County Sheriff's Office arrest man for August arson https://www.komu.com/news/maries-county-sheriff-s-office-arrest-man-for-august-arson/ https://www.komu.com/news/maries-county-sheriff-s-office-arrest-man-for-august-arson/ Top Stories Thu, 13 Feb 2020 5:18:00 PM Bill Finn, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Maries County Sheriff's Office arrest man for August arson

MARIES COUNTY - Gary Martin Travers Jr., of Jefferson City, has been arrested by the Maries County Sheriffs Department for an arson that injured six Vienna fireman in August of last year. 

According to a Facebook post from the Office of Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman, prosecutor Tony Skouby has charged Travers with six counts of Assault 2nd Degree - special victim, which is a class B Felony and one count of Arson 2nd Degree - resulting in a serious injury, also a class B felony.

These felonies carry a possible sentence of 5 to 15 years each for a possible maximum sentence of 95 years.

The arrest took place this morning at Travers Jefferson City home, and he is currently in the Maries County jail on a no bond warrant.

The Maries County Sheriffs Department worked with Jefferson City Police to make the arrest.

According to the Facebook post, the investigation is ongoing and more arrests may be possible.

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MU Health Care hires several former Pinnacle providers https://www.komu.com/news/mu-health-care-hires-several-former-pinnacle-providers/ https://www.komu.com/news/mu-health-care-hires-several-former-pinnacle-providers/ Top Stories Thu, 13 Feb 2020 5:04:17 PM Bill Finn, KOMU 8 Digital Producer MU Health Care hires several former Pinnacle providers

COLUMBIA - MU Health Care and the MU School of Medicine announced that they have hired several former Pinnacle Regional Hospital family medicine doctors.

The three doctors hired are Mona L. Brownfield, MD, Robert H. Koch, MD, and family nurse practitioner Lori Weekley.

MU Health Care also hired Jennifer Hackman, a physical therapist, who also saw patients at Pinnacle Regional Hospital.

“We are pleased these providers are joining our team," Jonathan Curtright, MU Health Care chief executive officer, said. "They bring a wealth of knowledge in caring for families at all stages of life as well as a deep commitment to the people of Cooper County.”

MU is currently searching for a clinic location in Boonville, but until one is found, the recently-hired providers will see patients at MU Health Care’s Family Medicine - Fayette clinic.

A date for when the providers will begin to see patients will be set after they officially join the MU Healthcare team.

The news of the providers joining MU Health Care comes on the same day that Pinnacle Regional Hospital's parent group announced plans to reopen the Boonville hospital.

More details about how to schedule appointments with the providers will be upcoming.

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Pinnacle health plans to reopen hospital following bankruptcy filing https://www.komu.com/news/pinnacle-health-plans-to-reopen-hospital-following-bankruptcy-filing/ https://www.komu.com/news/pinnacle-health-plans-to-reopen-hospital-following-bankruptcy-filing/ Top Stories Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:52:38 AM Morgan Riddell, KOMU 8 News Digital Producer Pinnacle health plans to reopen hospital following bankruptcy filing

BOONVILLE - Pinnacle Healthcare System, Inc, Pinnacle Regional Hospital, Inc and their affiliates have filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

The filing will allow for restructuring of debts according to a press release from Lori Davies, Pinnacle Marketing Manager.

Part of their plan following bankruptcy proceedings is to allow the Boonville hospital and clinic to re-open and resume services.

"The reorganization proceedings will enable our companies to continue our mission of providing high quality and cost effective medical and surgical services in our communities," Davies said.

During the bankruptcy proceedings, the Overland Park hospital, clinics and medical practices will maintain usual operations.

The hospital in Boonville closed in January due to what Pinnacle called "economic hardship of bringing the facility into compliance" with state regulations. A Target 8 investigation found Pinnacle had not been paying employees' health insurance. A lawsuit filed against the company accused it of taking health care premiums out of their paychecks, but not giving that money to the insurance company.

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Court documents: spinal therapist tried to grab victim's chest https://www.komu.com/news/court-documents-spinal-therapist-tried-to-grab-victim-s-chest/ https://www.komu.com/news/court-documents-spinal-therapist-tried-to-grab-victim-s-chest/ Top Stories Thu, 13 Feb 2020 12:12:12 PM Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager Court documents: spinal therapist tried to grab victim's chest

COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed one charge of sexual abuse against the owner of a Columbia spinal therapy clinic Tuesday.

Brooks Travis, 45, was also an assistant wrestling coach at Tolton High School but was dismissed recently.

The probable cause statement filed in the case said the abuse happened while Travis and the victim were driving in Columbia. The victim told police she had picked up Travis and another person to give them a ride to a restaurant off Clark Lane. She said Travis got in the front seat while the other person got in the back.

As they drove, according to the victim, Travis made sexual comments and tried to grab her breasts, making contact at one point. She told Travis to stop repeatedly and kept swatting his hands away. The victim said Travis appeared to be drunk at the time.

At one point the victim said she threatened to pull the car over and make the two passengers walk. She told police Travis said he wouldn't get out and started to be aggressive. The victim changed subjects, telling police she "was scared and believed it would escalate to a rape."

Once they arrived at the restaurant, according to the probable cause statement, Travis took out his ATM card and handed it to the victim, saying he'd "pay her to have sex with him." She gave it back, saying "it wasn't going to happen," and said he tried to grab her chest one more time.

The victim then called someone to report what happened, saying she was worried Travis would try to do this to another woman. She then called her mother and the police.

Officers arrested Travis late Saturday; he later posted his $1,500 bond.

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Third person pleads guilty in federal court for Carl DeBrodie case https://www.komu.com/news/third-person-pleads-guilty-in-federal-court-for-carl-debrodie-case/ https://www.komu.com/news/third-person-pleads-guilty-in-federal-court-for-carl-debrodie-case/ Top Stories Thu, 13 Feb 2020 8:25:08 AM Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager Third person pleads guilty in federal court for Carl DeBrodie case

COLUMBIA - Another person connected to the death of Carl DeBrodie pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday.

Anthony Raymond Kaulana Flores pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying records in a federal investigation. Flores worked at Second Chance Homes, the care facility where DeBrodie lived. 

DeBrodie died in 2016, according to court documents, but wasn't reported missing until a year later. The documents said Flores signed a statement falsely saying he had seen DeBrodie alive on April 16, 2017, the day before DeBrodie was reported missing. Flores had also provided false spoken statements as well.

DeBrodie's body was later found on April 24, 2017, encased in concrete inside a storage unit.

Flores could get up to 20 years in federal prison. He previously pleaded guilty to a state charge of making a false report, and was sentenced to 8 months in jail with credit for time served.

In November 2019, Sherry Paulo and Anthony R. Flores pleaded guilty to federal charges for "willfully failing to provide necessary medical care. Both admitted in their plea agreement they did not seek medical care for DeBrodie, and he later died while in Flores’s and Paulo’s home.

In the agreement, Paulo admitted that she put DeBrodie's body in a trashcan and transported it to his residence, where she and Flores "put it in a wooden crate and filled the wooden crate with cement." Later transporting the crate to Paulo’s storage unit.

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Columbia Public Works prepping for deep freeze https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-public-works-prepping-for-deep-freeze/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-public-works-prepping-for-deep-freeze/ Top Stories Wed, 12 Feb 2020 7:02:03 PM Noah Culpepper, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia Public Works prepping for deep freeze

COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri is preparing for a drastic freeze Thursday morning.

Temperatures are expected to plummet with some places in the single digits, and on Thursday temperatures are not forecast to rise above the mid-teens.

In light of the severe cold, the Columbia Department of Public Works is making plans to keep the city streets clear, although they will be doing it without the help of salt.

"Salt works best when the temperature is right around freezing," said Public Works spokesperson Barry Dalton. "A lot of the events have been around the 15 to 25 degree area, which about the area where salt gets challenged in its effectiveness. When it hits 10, 15 degrees, salt doesn't work."

Dalton also pointed out the city has not skimped on salt use this winter.  It's  already spread nearly 4,700 tons of salt. For comparison's sake, that is about the weight of half of Paris' Eiffel Tower.

"This is the most salt we've used in a winter since 2014," said Dalton.

Some Columbia residents were surprised to learn how much salt the city had used.

"That's a really big number! I think we're going to need a lot more" said Tricia Morgan, a Columbia elementary school teacher.

Julia Lahue said she thought the city ought to be salting the roads more to keep driving conditions safe, but gaped when she learned how much Columbia had been salting. 

"That's crazy that they went through that much," she said. "That's insane."

With salt being rendered ineffective by the extreme cold, Dalton says the public works crews will focus on plowing priority streets, with around 22 snowplows being deployed at any given time.

"We're continuing to aggressively treat the priority routes," he said. "Most homes are within a block or two of a priority route, so we try to keep those priority routes near normal, particularly when there is a threat of slick conditions with plummeting temperatures and wet roads."

He added the public works crews will be working around the clock to keep the priority roads as clear as possible.

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True/False Film Festival announces film lineup https://www.komu.com/news/true-false-film-festival-announces-film-lineup/ https://www.komu.com/news/true-false-film-festival-announces-film-lineup/ Top Stories Wed, 12 Feb 2020 6:48:32 PM True/False Film Festival announces film lineup

COLUMBIA - There will be a total of 48 films shown during the 4-day event.

Columbia resident Molly Pozel waited at Ragtag Cinema with friends Wednesday until the lineup was released at 6 p.m.

Ragtag Cinema is just one of the seven places festival goers will be able to see the films.

"I've become fans of really small directors and been able to see their kind of premiere films. And then, I'm hoping that some of those directors come back," Pozel said.

Pozel said she still enjoys the works of bigger-named directors. "Being able to sneak away and get to a really small line and be in a more intimate space...I really like that."

This will be Molly Pozel's seventh year of participating in the True/False Film Festival.

"My favorite thing about the festival is being able to interact with filmmakers and seeing all the people in town, and being able to cultivate relationships with people that are just talking about art for an entire weekend," Pozel said.

There's one film Pozel said she's most excited about.

"'Welcome to Chechnya' looks like it'll be, I mean I'm interested just in the summary, but it looks like it's already definitely going to be at Jesse, which I think means that they're really behind it and expect a big crowd." 

For a full list of films, you can go to their website or click here.

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