• Maries County deputies ask for help identifying burglars Posted on 16 August 2019 at 10:45pm

    COLUMBIA — Maries County deputies asked the public for help identifying two people who broke into a church and stole guitars. 

    Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman posted surveillance footage showing a man and woman enter Kingdom Life Revival Church on Hwy 68 in the Vichy area. They are seen approaching equipment on the stage.

  • Cars 4 Kids postponed due to weather Posted on 16 August 2019 at 7:04pm

    COLUMBIA - The Cars 4 Kids event scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to rain in the forecast. Organizers are planning a new date.

    Cars 4 Kids founder Victor Nieves works in the Pathology Department at the Women's and Children's Hospital. When he realized how hard it can be to take care of a sick child, he wanted to help.

  • Central Missouri humane society prepares for adoption event Posted on 16 August 2019 at 6:47pm

    COLUMBIA - Over 50 cats and dogs will be available for adoption at the Central Missouri Humane Society for a $20 adoption fee on Saturday.

    The event comes from a partnership that NBC and Telemundo has with hundreds of shelters across the nation. It's a national pet adoption drive that encourages families to adopt a pet and give an animal a loving home. According to the associate director of the Humane Society Michelle Casey, this is the the first time they've held the event.

  • Mother says a bus driver let her son off at wrong stop Posted on 16 August 2019 at 5:41pm

    COLUMBIA - One Columbia mother said a school bus driver let her son get off the bus more than a mile from home.

    Heather McKinney and her family moved to Missouri from California just over a month ago.

  • State Rep. Reisch responds after losing Twitter lawsuit in federal court Posted on 16 August 2019 at 5:24pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - A U.S. District Judge ruled against State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, in a lawsuit about her Twitter account blocking users.

    In June 2018, a Centralia man filed a lawsuit in federal court, seeking to bar Reisch from blocking him or anyone from her Twitter page based on their viewpoints or content.

  • CPD: Preliminary autopsy couldn't determine gender or age of infant remains Posted on 16 August 2019 at 4:46pm

    COLUMBIA - A preliminary autopsy performed on Friday could not determine the gender or age of the infant remains found in north Columbia on Thursday.

    Assistant Police Chief Jeremiah Hunter said the child was found in "such a state of decomposition" that no new details could be determined.

  • 4.2 magnitude earthquake reported in Kansas Posted on 16 August 2019 at 4:38pm

    KANSAS CITY (AP) — A series of earthquakes shook parts of Kansas on Friday morning near Hutchinson, knocking down ceiling tiles and breaking some windows.

    The largest earthquake measured 4.2 and struck around 8 a.m., with an epicenter about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from Hutchinson. The U.S. Geological Survey received reports that it was felt in Topeka; Ponca City, Oklahoma; and even Kansas City, Missouri, which is some 200 miles (322 kilometers) from Hutchinson.

  • City of Columbia apologizes for selfies near death investigation scene [embedded content] Posted on 16 August 2019 at 3:21pm

    COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia apologized after a community relations worker took a selfie at a crime scene. 
    According to a news release, Thursday, August 15 was national City Hall Selfie Day, a way to honor and show pride in local government service. Thursday was also the day someone found the remains of a young infant along a wooded area in northern Columbia. 
    During the day and investigation, a community relations team member assigned to the police department took two selfies of CPD officers near the scene and posted them to the department's Twitter account. 

    The photos depicted officers who were smiling for the photo. The city said in a press release Friday, they were not meant to "take away from the extremely serious nature of the incident, the loss of life of a young infant or to otherwise be disrespectful." 
    "We understand that this was not an appropriate situation or location for these types of photos to be taken and we sincerely apologize to our community, on behalf of the unknown infant child, and to the Columbia Police Department,'' Community Relations Director Steven Sapp said.
    The department promises to maintain "high standards" for Columbia Police Department and our community.

  • UPDATE: Donation fund established for injured firefighters Posted on 16 August 2019 at 1:34pm

    VIENNA - A relief fund has been established for six firefighters injured Friday fighting a fire turned explosion at a home on Highway 28.

    The Vienna Fire Fighters Relief Fund was established at Maries County Bank. The Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman asked people to donate to the fund if they were able.

  • MoDOT partnering with ride share company to prevent impaired driving Posted on 16 August 2019 at 4:14am

    COLUMBIA - MoDOT is teaming up with a major player in the ride-share industry as part of this year's 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign.

    Lyft will be offering discounted rides in Missouri for the duration of the campaign. It runs from Friday, Aug. 16 until Labor Day.