A busted box [Photo]

A tree branch grows through an electrical meter box in a resident's backyard at Regency Mobile Home Park on Oct. 27. Many people living at the park complain about exorbitant electrical bills, and some trailers use as much electricity as a 3,000 square-foot home. Columbia Water and Light officials have investigated two complaints but have not come up with any definitive cause, or answer to, the issue.

Community policing [Photo]

Columbia Police Officer Brandon Crites participates in community policing, stopping to talk with residents Nov. 11. Crites sees Regency as a personal project, but because the park is on private property, he and other officers are limited by rules much different than those on city property. A few days after this photo was taken, the residents — one not pictured here — were arrested for burglarizing a home.

Abandonment and infestation [Photo]

Many homes in the Columbia Regency park are abandoned and left to rot for months on end, sometimes becoming a breeding ground for mice and snakes and other infestations. The Office of Neighborhood Services can cite the park for those health violations.

George Gradow [Photo]

George Gradow is president and owner of Churchill Group, which owns Columbia Regency and similar mobile home parks across the country.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Regency Trailer Park [Graphic]

Folks living in the Regency Trailer Park are tired of rampant crime and a leasing system they say is taking advantage of them. Click the cameras below to take a look at life in the park and attempts to curb crime.

Photos and reporting by Brad Racino. Graphic by Patrick Sweet and Robert Dibrell.


Regency topped the list of police calls for all trailer parks in Columbia for the first eleven months of 2010.

At Columbia Regency, residents caught between rock and hard place [Slideshow]

Residents of Columbia Regency mobile home park deal with a multitude of problems — inexplicably high power bills, rampant crime, persistent property neglect. Residents say that park managers seem to be indifferent to the issues, and the city is often powerless to help.

TIGER TIPOFF Fast Break food edition [Graphic]

Missouri freshman guard Ricky Kreklow [Photo]

So far, Missouri freshman guard Ricky Kreklow hasn't let a hefty appetite at team dinners weigh him down. “Ricky will eat a salad, spaghetti and a steak, and then say he wants some more food," Tigers junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe said.

Former MU wrestler Nick Marable adjusts to coaching [Photo]

Nicholas Marable, assistant strength and conditioning coach for Missouri wrestling, works with the 165-174 weight class giving individual instructions. Marable is in his first season coaching after wrestling for the Tigers last season.

Wright looks on [Photo]

Johnny Wright looks on as the testimony of Harry Moore is conducted on Thursday at the 13th Circuit Court for Boone County.

Visions from the past as film shown in Wright trial [Photo]

The public watches the video recording of Harry Moore's interrogation in 1985, conducted by Detective Chris Egbert on Thursday. Moore told Egbert that Johnny Wright showed him the body of Becky Doisy in the back of Wright's car in 1976.

Rock Bridge's boys basketball player Manuale Watkins versus Hickman [Photo]

Rock Bridge sophomore Manuale Watkins drives for a layup against Hickman on Dec. 16. Watkins, who tied for a team-leading 14 points in that game, and the Bruins face the Kewpies again on Friday.

Missouri gymnast Mary Burke [Photo]

Missouri's Mary Burke enters Saturday's Metroplex Challenge as the top-ranked gymnast in the Big 12. Burke is the reigning conference Gymnast of the Week for the past two weeks.

Nick Schnelle walks downtown [Photo]

Nick Schnelle walks along Ash Street on an unshoveled sidewalk in a first person experiment to discover the quality of the clean up of sidewalks in Columbia on Monday. From his journey, Schnelle found that walking in Columbia after a snowstorm wasn't as much of an issue as it was just a hassle.

1000 point race [Graphic]

Harry Moore testifies [Photo]

Harry Moore, Johnny Wright's roommate in 1976, listens to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Hicks' question during his testimony in the Becky Doisy case on Thursday.

Two surgeons use robots to view in three dimensions [Photo]

The two surgeons look at a true three-dimensional image as they control the robotic arms of the new dual-console Da Vinci Surgical System that is new at University Hospital. This simulation shows off how doctors are able to perform precision maneuvers allowing for less invasive surgery.

Joe Moseley testifies [Photo]

Joe Moseley, former Boone County prosecuting attorney, testifies before the court during Johnny Wright's trial for the murder of Becky Doisy on Thursday. Moseley was the prosecuting attorney when Wright's roommate, Harry Moore, came forward with information that Wright showed him the body of Doisy in 1976.

Dr. Jerry Rogers discusses robotic surgery at MU [Photo]

Dr. Jerry Rogers, chair of the Department of Surgery at MU Health Care, highlights what the new robotic surgical system is able to do, through the control of trained doctors, on Thursday afternoon at the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center at the MU School of Medicine.