New Bloomfield recommits to police deal with Holts Summit
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 11:31pm
NEW BLOOMFIELD - The Holts Summit Police Department will include New Bloomfield in its coverage area again in 2019.
The decision came during the Tuesday meeting of the New Bloomfield Board of Alderman. The contract will cost the town $35,000 over one year.
Former addict praises Boone County's drug court, 20 years after it began
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 7:56pm
COLUMBIA - A year and a half ago, Rhonda Watson found herself at a crossroad: Go to prison or go to a drug treatment court.
She chose the latter part, and now says she is "very grateful."
Man sentenced in conspiracy that included 27 robberies
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 7:12pm
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 24-year-old Missouri man was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for participating in a conspiracy involving at least 27 armed robberies, which ended when police fatally shot one suspect.
Deonte Collins-Abbott, of Grandview, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court. He admitted to committing eight armed robberies in February and March 2016. Collins-Abbott said he and co-conspirators robbed businesses in Blue Springs, Independence, North Kansas City, Raytown, Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas.
ABB bought by Hitachi, impact on Jefferson City site unclear
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 5:53pm
JEFFERSON CITY - This week Hitachi announced a takeover of ABB, worth a purchase price of $11 billion.
It's unclear what impact the announcement will have on ABB's Jefferson City plant. ABB is the sixth-largest employer in the city with 700-plus employees.
Former city employees are frustrated with salaries, lack of action
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 4:18pm
COLUMBIA - Retired employees of the Columbia Electric Utilities are frustrated with the city for its lack of action in implementing better policies towards their employment and salaries.
On Monday, the group released a report stating the changes they'd like to see made, and why they are essential. In the report, they expressed how they believe this matter to be crucial towards Columbia’s overall infrastructure and asked the city why no action has been taken.
Activists concerned by prosecutors joining police union
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 3:40pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Supporters of criminal justice reform are questioning a move by assistant prosecutors in St. Louis County to join a police union, as well as the timing of the vote just weeks before a change-minded prosecutor takes office.
Assistant prosecutors and investigators voted Monday to join the St. Louis Police Officers Association, a union known for its fierce and unyielding loyalty to officers.
Missouri approval for Grain Belt Express power line still uncertain
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 2:34pm
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Public Service Commission held the first of two formal hearings to determine whether an interstate power transmission project meets requirements of convenience and necessity.
The hearings come after the Missouri Supreme Court sent back the Grain Belt Express Clean Line case to the commission for its approval. The hearings are a chance for the parties involved to address any changes on the evidence in the case.
Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 1:28pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Tuesday to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March.
The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine guns, according to a senior Justice Department official.
Charles Erickson seeks release from prison for Kent Heitholt murder
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 11:16am
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.
Columbia man convicted of assaulting relatives files motion of acquittal
Posted on 18 December 2018 at 10:05am
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.