• Community members call for accountability, change after weekend shootings Posted on 5 July 2020 at 8:31pm

    COLUMBIA - Several community members talked about the need to hold each other along with leaders accountable following a double homicide in Columbia over the weekend.

    Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones spoke at a news conference Sunday afternoon to give details on the overnight shooting on the city's east side. It left one 38-year-old and one 11-year-old dead and three others injured.

  • Sunday COVID-19 Coverage: Boone County reaches new high of active cases Posted on 5 July 2020 at 7:09pm

    As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. 

    You can find an active map of confirmed COVID-19 cases county by county here, COVID-19 cases in Missouri broken down by county. 

  • Human remains recovered near Gasconade River Posted on 5 July 2020 at 6:26pm

    MARIES COUNTY - The Maries County Sheriff's Office recovered human remains near the Gasconade River on Sunday, according to a Facebook post.

    In the post, the Sheriff's Office said, "It is unknown if foul play was involved, but I will keep the public informed the best I can."

  • CPS parents weigh risks, options of school year Posted on 5 July 2020 at 2:00pm

    COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public School District released plans for reopening in the fall and said on June 22 that it will be encouraging students to wear masks.

     "The district will expect students to wear masks, and we respect and understand that there will be exemptions as not all students will be able to wear a mask," the district said in a release.  

  • One-year-old dead after being hit by car Posted on 5 July 2020 at 2:37pm

    CAMDEN COUNTY — A one year old boy was killed at about 9:50 a.m. July 4 after being hit by a car. 

    He was hit while in the road near 803 Shawnee View Drive, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. 

  • UPDATE: Police reveal details in overnight double homicide Posted on 5 July 2020 at 11:57am

    COLUMBIA — UPDATE: In a press conference on Sunday, Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones provided details on an overnight shooting in east Columbia which left two dead and three injured.

    The two victims who died were Tara Knedler, 38, and Ri'ajauhna, 11. Ri'ajauhna's last name was not released by CPD at the family's request. 

  • Top Missouri Democrat stepping away from state party duties Posted on 4 July 2020 at 7:22pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Democratic Party’s chairwoman is stepping aside until at least September.

    The Kansas City Star reported that Jean Peters Baker announced this week that she’s stepping back from her state party duties because of recent developments in her job as Jackson County prosecutor.

  • Missouri brothers charged in death during planned drug deal Posted on 4 July 2020 at 5:29pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Jackson County, Missouri, prosecutor says two brothers have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the shooting death of a man in a south Kansas City park.

    Jean Peters Baker announced charges Friday against 29-year-old Terry L. Williams and 20-year-old Tyree L. Williams. The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday near Ruskin Way Park, Kansas City police said.

  • Independence Day underscores freedom disparities for Black Columbia man Posted on 4 July 2020 at 4:45pm

    COLUMBIA - The Fourth of July is a day which commemorates freedom.

    But this year’s holiday follows weeks of protests against 400-plus years of racial injustices, causing some to give pause as to what independence really means.

  • Community members gather to honor veterans and law enforcement Posted on 4 July 2020 at 4:23pm

    COLUMBIA - A rally was held at the Boone County Courthouse Saturday morning in an effort to show support for veterans and law enforcement officers. 

    John Martin, organizer of the rally, said this event was important because the annual Memorial Day Parade was canceled due to COVID-19.