• Police search homes for 2nd suspect in Kansas bar shooting Posted on 9 October 2019 at 3:56pm

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A fugitive suspected of taking part in a mass shooting last weekend at a Kansas bar that killed four people and wounded five others was given probation last year for trafficking contraband in prison instead of more time behind bars.

    Hugo Villanueva-Morales could have faced up to nine years in prison for the trafficking contraband conviction. Instead, he was freed by the same Leavenworth County, Kansas, judge who made news this year when he reduced the sentence of a convicted sex offender because he said the 13- and 14-year-old girls the man abused were actually the "aggressor," The Kansas City Star reported.

  • Bicentennial Bridge becomes community debate Posted on 9 October 2019 at 3:08pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The city council announced the Bicentennial Bridge is expected to officially have a contractor by November 1 of this year, but the announcement has had mixed opinions from the community.

    "Jefferson City is always looking for something fun to do and something new to do so I think for citizens to get in the way of progress through private funding makes us look ungrateful," Nathan Hays said.

  • Woman charged in Darnell Gray death case released on bond Posted on 9 October 2019 at 2:56pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The woman facing charges in the death of a young boy was released from jail late Wednesday morning.

    Sheriff John Wheeler of the Cole County Sheriff's office confirmed Quatavia Givens bonded out shortly after 11 a.m. Her original bond was $100,000 but in September, the judge gave her a lower bond and a list of conditions to be met while out of jail.

  • CPD increases foot patrol for Homecoming weekend Posted on 9 October 2019 at 4:49pm

    COLUMBIA - If you see more police around on Saturday, don't be alarmed. 

    With M.U. homecoming just days away, the Columbia Police Department (CPD) wants to ensure everyone's safety.

  • One arrested for allegedly shooting at car in Jefferson City Posted on 9 October 2019 at 11:44am

    JEFFERSON CITY - Police are investigating a report of shots fired in central Jefferson City.

    A news release said JCPD received multiple reports of a weapons offense at about 9:20 Wednesday morning.

  • EmVP: Project Switched helps children with disabilities play independently Posted on 8 October 2019 at 9:35pm

    COLUMBIA - Physical therapists with MU Healthcare's Children's Therapy Center and an army of volunteers came together to help make playtime a little easier for children with disabilities.

    The annual event is called Pascale's Pals Switched. It's an event where volunteers learn how to rewire toys to put a bigger, easier to use, button on them.

  • Neighbor and mother both charged in connection with rape of 16-year-old Posted on 8 October 2019 at 8:42pm

    CALLAWAY COUNTY- Two Fulton women are charged in connection to a rape case involving a 16-year-old boy. 

    24-year-old Hayleigh Mertell is charged with second degree sodomy and second degree rape with a 16-year-old boy. Samantha Strahl, the boy’s mother, is charged with first degree endangerment of a child. 

  • Mayor Treece suggested two council members should "evaluate" their positions Posted on 8 October 2019 at 7:13pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia council member Ian Thomas confirmed Mayor Brian Treece suggested he resign over what became a criminal matter in September. However, he wasn't the only council member the mayor suggested should resign.

    Mayor Brian Treece suggested Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas and Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp should "evaluate whether they can continue to serve with the trust of their constituents," in an earlier drafted email statement on September 5th, sent to at least three other council members. 

  • Centralia police officer charged with sex crime involving minor Posted on 8 October 2019 at 5:52pm

    ST. LOUIS - An officer from the Centralia Police Department was charged by federal prosecutors on Tuesday with using interstate commerce in an attempt to illicit sexual conduct with a minor, according to a news release.

    Clint Baer, 41, was charged after he contacted what he believed to be the mother of a 14-year-old girl through a social networking site in March 2019.

  • National grant set to boost business on Columbia Business Loop Posted on 9 October 2019 at 7:00pm

    COLUMBIA – Representatives from two separate Columbia organizations announced a $40,000 national grant from Recast City on Wednesday. The grant comes with access to tools and resources from Etsy and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

    The two partner groups, The Loop Community Improvement District and Jabberwocky Studios, are both located on Interstate 70 Business Loop. The goal is to support local businesses by creating a “one-stop shop” for makers, artisans and small-scale manufactures to help kickstart their shops with this grant.