Four juveniles taken into custody relating to shots-fired incident

Monday, March 23, 2009 | 7:18 p.m. CDT; updated 8:34 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 23, 2009

The Columbia Police Department has taken four juveniles into custody after investigating reports of shots fired in the 1400 block of Raleigh Drive on Sunday night, according to a release from the Police Department.

When officers arrived at the scene on Sunday, they were told by witnesses where the shots originated. The release said that officers located shell casings at the back of the home and entered the residence. Upon entry, they found a handgun and stolen items.

According to the release, the weapon used in the incident had been reported stolen in a burglary. Police also recovered property from several burglaries in the Northridge subdivision, including a vehicle from Boonville driven by the suspects. 

The juveniles, ages 14, 14, 15 and 16, were taken into custody by Columbia Police.  Three of them have been remanded to the Boone County Juvenile Authorities, according to the release.

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Tiff Cross March 23, 2009 | 11:45 p.m.

If all these shootings are still going on... why did they lock the 16 people up a few months ago as a gang when crimes are still going on?

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Ray Shapiro March 25, 2009 | 12:26 p.m.

Teenagers at home, shooting guns. Illegal use of an out of town vehicle. Stolen property.
This incident took place just before midnight.
Did these kids live alone?
Were they abandoned?
Were any adults charged with endangering the safety of minors?
What gang do these boys belong to?
Throw the book at them!
I would also suggest that we start with a curfew for children 12 years and younger, in a town such as ours, and reasonably enforced. A different approach should be used for minors who are older than 12.
It is important, for the safety of our neighbors, that we try to prevent crimes before they happen. I would recommend that we encourage 12-15 year olds to participate in less "juvenile delinquent" behaviors by having more "parental supervised" youth activities at the Armory, ARC and after school centers. More youth and family friendly activities need to be organized by Parks and Rec and by our churches. Parents need to encourage their youngsters to attend and the programs and activities need to be age and culturally appealing. MU and CPS could also partner to open up "drop-in" centers, aka a safe place to hang out. The school's need to develop meaningful Parent-Teacher-Youth Associations from K through High School.
Columbia Courts need to incorporate a Family Court mentality into their Juvenile Court system where parental responsibility and accountability is developed, nurtured and expected. Parents of juvenile delinquents should be required to go to parenting classes. Their children should also be required to attend. Many of them will be breeding, soon enough.
The Family Court structure in St. Louis looks real good, on paper. I would suggest that this town use it as a blueprint.
Our courts also need to stop treating 13-20 year old gang members with kid gloves. Many of the younger kids are being recruited into these gangs by older members.
Recruiting youths into a gang should be a severe crime vis a vis corruption of a minor. Start punishing the gang recruiters and we might put another dent into their little organizations.
Responsible residents need to take action against Columbia's growing drug problems, gun problems, gang activities, juvenile delinquency and decaying family dynamics.

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Charles Dudley Jr March 25, 2009 | 3:21 p.m.

They could institute the curfew as follows.

13 and under Sunday thru Thursday 9pm Friday & Sat 10pm

14 - 18 yr olds Sunday thru Thursday 11pm Friday & Sat 12am

If caught out let their parents bail them out like any other person arrested and let their parents talk to Judge Carpenter too.

Just my opinion. Tough love is what is really needed.

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