Dismissal, disbelief

While photographers’ cameras flashed in his face, Richard Williams, free after about 14 months at the Boone County Jail, kissed the forehead of his 3-year-old son.

The reunion with his wife, Melissa Brown, and son, Caleb, in the lobby of the State Public Defender’s office Wednesday came just a little more than four hours after he’d been notified that 10 counts of first-degree murder against him had been dropped.

Release shocks victims’ families

Levita Neugebauer, of Houston, Mo., said she was “dumbfounded” by the news of Richard Williams’ release. Neugebauer’s brother, Odas Lesley, was one of the 10 people prosecutors had been saying Williams had killed.

Her brother was admitted to Truman Veterans Hospital on June 27, 1992, with a diagnosis of pulmonary disease and hemoptysis. He died the next month.

New lab results led Crane to act

More than a year after his arrest and less than three months before his scheduled jury trial, the former Truman Veterans Hospital nurse charged with killing 10 patients was released from jail.

All 10 counts of first-degree murder against Richard Williams were dismissed at Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Crane’s request on Wednesday morning. Crane said he recently received lab tests that scientists said provided “no definitive conclusions” that the patients died as a result of being injected with succinylcholine, a muscle relaxant.

New outdoor mall to replace Biscayne Wal-Mart

The Biscayne Wal-Mart will soon be torn down, and a preliminary plan for the site has been distributed to some Columbia Mall retailers.

Anchored by the Famous-Barr, Biscayne Commons will be replaced by a new outdoor mall to be called The Shops at Stadium, said Craig Van Matre, attorney for the Kroenke Group.

Research aims at managing Internet spam

MU researchers have devised a plan that would clean “spam” out of the inboxes of e-mail users who dislike the unsolicited messages while helping ad-friendly users save some money.

The model, developed by Clyde Bentley, an associate professor of journalism at MU, and doctoral student Anca Micu, aims to satisfy customers, Internet Service Providers and advertisers at the same time.

Safety projects for pedestrians in budget plans

The city council is hoping to make pedestrians downtown safer in the upcoming year.

The city council has included pedestrian safety programs in the proposed budget for next year. These programs include expanding pedestrian crosswalk countdown timers and pedestrian flag programs in Columbia.

Columbia man held in fatal stabbing

A 32-year-old former Columbia man was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the stabbing of a 45-year-old man from Kansas City, Kan.

Thomas Lipp was found Tuesday in the Edwards area near the Lake of the Ozarks with wounds from an ice pick.

Bunge to talk to NCAA about Clemons

ST. LOUIS — The NCAA wants to talk to the ex-girlfriend of former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons, apparently about her allegations that Clemons received payments and clothing and was given the answers to a test while at a community college, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

The woman, Jessica Bunge, has said in depositions and interviews that someone within the basketball program routinely gave Clemons money; that coach Quin Snyder gave Clemons clothing; and that she saw Clemons copy the answers to a test at a Barton County, Kan., community college.

Finding best secondary first priority

For the first time in Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel’s three years, his team might have the depth it needs to win.

Pinkel said he was pleased with his team’s energy at the first practice Wednesday on Faurot Field’s new FieldTurf.

Sports Illustrated features Missouri, Show-Me Games

Show-Me State Games athletes have been honored with medals at the games, but their recognition isn’t over.

The Aug. 11 issue of Sports Illustrated, which became available Wednesday, paid tribute to the games with half of a six-page section as part of SI’s 50th anniversary celebration.