Keep Columbia Free President Mark Flakne arrested for assault, unlawful use of weapon

Monday, April 29, 2013 | 2:37 p.m. CDT; updated 10:19 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 30, 2013

COLUMBIA — Keep Columbia Free President Mark Flakne was arrested Saturday early morning at his residence at 2408 Basswood Drive.

Flakne, 41, was charged with third-degree domestic assault and the unlawful use of a weapon. 

Officers were dispatched to the residence regarding a disturbance. They arrested Flakne at 12:46 a.m. Latisha Stroer, public information officer for the Columbia Police Department, said joint communications workers advised officers about complaints that a husband had threatened to shoot his wife in a vehicle. 

According to the police incident report, the wife said she and her husband had been parked in the driveway of a residence on Amaryllis Drive. She said she wanted to drive because he had been drinking and that he brandished a firearm inside the vehicle. 

There is no mention of a blood alcohol content because officers were called to the residence later, Stroer said. They did not witness the suspect driving. He was arrested at home without incident. 

Keep Columbia Free is a nonprofit organization involved in local government.

Flakne was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $5,500 bond. 

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.

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