ICYMI: Same-sex ruling, water rescue in top 5 stories this week

4 years 2 weeks 1 day ago Friday, October 03 2014 Oct 3, 2014 Friday, October 03, 2014 11:00:00 PM CDT October 03, 2014 in News
By: Hanna Battah, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Here's a look at what happened this week in mid-Missouri, in case you missed it.

5. People gather at vigil for Mizzou student who died unexpectedly

More than 100 people stopped by MU's Alpha Gamma Rho house Tuesday night to hold a vigil for a member who died.

19-year-old Cale Boedeker died Monday night. Boedeker had a history of diabetes, but the Columbia Police Department said it cannot say if that was related to his death.

Boedeker was a part of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and a sophomore at MU, majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife.

 

4. Boone County roads closed due to flooding

After several inches of rainfall Wednesday night and Thursday, dozens of Boone County roads closed due to flooding. Boone County Emergency Management listed 24 roads closed.

 

3. I-70 reopens after four semi-truck accident

Interstate 70 reopened shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday after four semi trucks crashed west of Stadium boulevard near the Sorrells overpass. The crash caused the westbound lanes of I-70 to be shut down for nearly three hours.

Firefighters said the wreckage pinned down one of the drivers. They used rescue tools to free the trapped driver. CFD Battalion Chief John Metz said the injuries were non life-threatening.

Columbia Police Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said the driver is James Warriner, 63, of Holden.

Stroer said the crash started when two tractor trailers traveling westbound collided briefly, knocking off an outside mirror on one of the trailers. The driver of that trailer swerved to avoid the second tractor trailer, causing the trailer to separate from the tractor and overturn.

A third tractor trailer crashed into the pileup and a fourth crashed into an embankment attempting to avoid the wreck.

 

2. Father and 8-month-old child safe after flood water rescue

Boone County firefighters rescued a man and his 8-month old child after their vehicle died while trying to drive through deep floodwaters.

The rescue happened near Harmony Creek on Strawn Road just before 6 p.m.

Chief Scott Olsen said the crews waded out to the vehicle with life jackets and helped the stranded father carry his child to safety.

Olsen said neither the father nor the child were injured in the rescue.

 

1. Missouri judge sides with married same-sex couples

A Missouri judge ruled Friday the state must recognize same-sex marriages that were legally performed in other states.

Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled the Missouri Constitution and state laws banning same-sex marriage are invalid for unions legally performed in other states.

At the end of September, seven of 10 plaintiff couples were present in the Kansas City courthouse for the suit fighting for Missouri's recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside the state.

 

 

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