Police chief explains vision of community policing to activist group

October 23, 2019

At a Wednesday night meeting of Race Matters, Friends, Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones answered questions from members on the future of Columbia Police Department's approaches to community policing, traffic stops and school safety.

Attorney general talks scams on elderly at local senior center

October 22, 2019

"You're just seeing a greater sophistication of the scam artist," Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in an interview.

Completion of fifth planned public housing renovation celebrated Tuesday

October 09, 2019

The Columbia Housing Authority plans to renovate four more public housing projects by 2025. 

Community members mull solutions, causes of gun violence in Columbia

October 07, 2019

"Where do we start? What do we do?" asked Sharla Hyler, a guidance secretary at Muriel Battle High School, at a discussion about ways to prevent further gun-related violence in the city.

UPDATE: Two men arrested after theft of 66 guns from pawnshop

September 28, 2019

Tyler Hilderman was arrested Thursday after admitting his involvement in stealing 66 guns Sept. 16 from Tiger Pawn, according to a probable cause statement. 

Five deaths in 10 days: Community shaken by spike in gun violence

September 24, 2019

Five people have died in shootings this month — as many as died in all of 2018. It's the highest number of homicides in Columbia in a single month since at least 2001. 

UM System curator David Steelman looking to open medical marijuana facilities

September 13, 2019

Steelman filed to establish Natural Healthcare of Missouri, LLC, which has applied for state licenses to operate a cultivator, dispensary and infusion manufacturer in Boonville.

Over 30 pounds of marijuana seized from car on I-70

September 10, 2019

The Missouri State Highway Patrol tweeted about the bust Sunday evening.

New documentary seeks to educate on CAFOs' 'right to harm'

August 30, 2019

A film screening Friday evening was followed by a panel discussion on the role of CAFOs in rural communities and hope for environmentally friendly alternatives.

Mehrdad Fotoohighiam acquitted of first-degree arson

August 28, 2019

A Boone County jury deliberated late into the night on Tuesday and half of Wednesday before returning the verdict.

Jury deliberates into the night on fate of Columbia man accused of arson

August 27, 2019

A Columbia jury spent hours deliberating on whether or not Mehrdad Fotoohighiam is responsible for an arson that destroyed Marcia Green's trailer home in December 2014.

Jury hears recordings of defendant accused of arson, attempted murder

August 23, 2019

Mehrdad Fotoohighiam is on trial for first-degree arson and is accused of paying his employee James Hall $500 to burn down a trailer home.

Trial begins for Columbia businessman accused of arson, attempted murder

August 21, 2019

Mehrdad Fotoohighiam is being tried on several charges — including attempted murder — for hiring someone to set fire to a mobile home occupied by Marcia Green.

Police investigate infant's remains found on Providence Road

August 15, 2019

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Missouri Planned Parenthood abortion case dismissed without prejudice

August 13, 2019

The ruling cited a case, which may go before the U.S. Supreme Court, that questions whether abortion clinics can be required to retain physicians with admitting privileges to local hospitals.

Man charged with stalking woman, spreading nude images

August 12, 2019

Maximilian Olthuis, 25, a dual citizen of Germany and the Netherlands, allegedly made frequent unwanted contact with a woman, including meeting her at her workplace to present a gift.

Columbia man arrested in connection with gun store robberies

August 12, 2019

Frank Bonaparte allegedly stole 39 handguns from the Powder Horn Gun and Archery store. He's also accused of burglaries at Dollar General and Springmart.

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