Boy, 6, lone suspect in killing

JEFFERSON CITY — A 6-year-old has been taken into custody as the only suspect in the shooting death of his grandfather, said Cole County Sheriff John C. Hemeyer.

“Statements made lead us to believe he is responsible for the death of his grandfather,” Hemeyer said during a press conference Saturday night.

Power plant to sell credit for pollution

The Municipal Power Plant began negotiations Thursday that will bring it more than $1.2 million in revenue, all from selling pollution rights.

Plant Supervisor Tad Johnsen formalized negotiations with the Ameren Energy division of fuels and services, a gas and electric provider, to use it as a broker for the power plant. It will sell the right to generate 6,071 tons of sulfur dioxide allowances, according to a report Johnsen wrote.

Judge blocks state’s new weapons law

Local stakeholders expressed mixed reactions to a judge’s ruling on Friday that blocked Missouri’s concealed gun law.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer issued a permanent injunction against the conceal-and-carry law, saying it violates a provision of the Missouri Constitution that says the right to bear arms “shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.” The ruling blocks a law passed by the Missouri General Assembly to override Gov. Bob Holden’s veto.

New chapter in textbooks

Last fall, MU senior Andrew Zumwalt read an article online about buying textbooks overseas.

“I thought ‘This is something I can use,’” he said.

Director dreams big for Kemper property

When Boonville’s economic development director, Sarah Gallagher, thinks of the shut-down Kemper Military School, she sees it as the center of Boonville’s economic activity for the next 100 years.

Gallagher has endless ideas for the use of the property, which the city purchased for $480,000 in April.

Rocky Mountain low

BOULDER, Colo. — Almost every game in Missouri quarterback Brad Smith’s highlight reel displays something he hasn’t done before.

Personal highs to school records and conference and national player of the week awards are included.

A matter of time

Andrew Spain and his fellow paramedics sit in the University Hospital emergency room, making small talk, when their handheld radio crackles: “Medical emergency.” Details follow as they rush to their ambulance, Medic 20, hop in and flip on the sirens.

Spain’s partner grabs a road map and gives directions as Spain tries to balance medical urgency with safe driving. The heavy ambulance corners well but the ride is bumpy.

Intensity, chance to win fade

BOULDER, Colo. — Gary Pinkel prides his team on many things, but intensity is always first on the list.

After Missouri dominated the likes of Nebraska and Texas Tech, the Tigers looked as if they had found a passion to match Pinkel’s. After the Tigers’ loss to Colorado on Saturday, though, Pinkel grasped for words about MU’s schizophrenic performance.

Balanced Kewps earn district title

The season continues for the Hickman Kewpies.

The Kewpies won their first District 6 championship in three years by defeating the Jefferson City Jays 42-16 on Friday night at Hickman. It was Hickman’s first home victory against the Jays since 1984.

A paradise lost

When I stepped out of the battered minivan in Bukit Lawang in northern Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest island, I had a huge grin on my face, and not just because I had survived a hair-raising drive.

Word had it that the village was actually illegal, situated as it was inside the supposedly protected Gunung Leuser National Park. The idea of an illegal village appealed to the closet Indiana Jones in me — hence the grin.

Flood potential hits home with lax regulation

Fred Stolle paints a bleak picture of Indonesia’s forests.

Stolle, a research associate with Global Forest Watch at the World Resources Institute, said logging in Indonesia is rampant. “Basically, everyone with a chainsaw is cutting the forest,” Stolle said. In recent years, government officials have linked deforestation to devastating floods in areas ranging from Mexico to the Mekong Delta. A flood in Indonesia, widely attributed to logging, killed more than 200 people.

Cornell runs away with state crown

JEFFERSON CITY — He thrust his fists into the air as he crossed the finish line, grinning as the race officials handed him his official place card. No. 1.

At the state cross country meet on Saturday, Hickman junior Tim Cornell finished in 16 minutes, 1.33 seconds to win the Class 4 boys’ race.

Enns earned acclaim for MU museum

Dr. Wilbur R. Enns had a passion for insects.

Enns, a professor emeritus of entomology at MU, was a world authority on mites and blister beetles and focused most of his research on these two groups of invertebrates. Dr. Enns also worked extensively with insect systematics and insect taxonomy, the classification of insects.

Child support scofflaws face state action

Parents who neglect their child support can now fear for the security of their professional licenses.

“If noncustodial parents don’t pay what is owed their children, the state has an obligation to take whatever legal action it can to recover that money,” Attorney General Jay Nixon said in a press release Friday.

Pastor celebrates 30 years

The Rev. John Prenger credits a vision for leading him four years ago to “a little white country church in a grove of trees — a real fixer-upper.”

With two assistants, Prenger preaches at Saints Francis and Clare Church in Hatton Chapel and presides over about 25 members. Prenger said the church, which is just northwest of Columbia off Route E on Hatton Chapel Road, is one of three Charismatic Episcopal Churches in Missouri. This type of church embodies a convergence of liturgical, charismatic and evangelical components of the Christian church.

Plaintiff awarded $325,000 in surgery lawsuit

The simple act of baking Halloween cookies with her young daughter this year brought 26-year-old Carrie Ratliff of Higbee to tears. Because she has reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a debilitating nerve condition, she could not hold the mixer needed to make the holiday treats.

In a civil trial that began Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court, Ratliff charged Dr. Ronald D. Carter, a surgeon practicing at Columbia Orthopaedic Group, with causing her RSD by performing an unnecessary carpal tunnel surgery on Dec. 11, 1997. Ratliff’s cookie-baking experience is just one example her attorneys gave of how RSD affects her everyday life.

Fighting hunger from afar

The Rev. Zacchaeus Masake’s return to Kenya will mark one more step in winning the fight against food insecurity in his country, and Boone County residents can take some of the credit.

Masake and community members from Columbia, Centralia and Hartsburg are integral links in a chain of aid organized by the Foods Resource Bank.

Survival chances drop 7 percent each minute

In a medical emergency, every second counts.

“Any time someone has to wait longer for an ambulance, the risk of something severe happening increases,” said Andrew Spain, a University Hospital paramedic.

Decades of worship

In a back bedroom, Joan Hahn has filled bookshelves with her work on genealogy and now she has a new project: copying old documents to help organize the history of Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church, which celebrates its 175th anniversary today.

Boxes of black and white photos, some too old to identify, sit on a bed in Hahn’s guest room. Crumbling receipts, yellowed newspaper clippings and handwritten correspondences between church members dating to the 1800s cover a card table.

Exercising, one step at a time

I don’t like to exercise. In fact, my dislike borders on hate. What’s the use of sweating for no good reason? When I lift weights, my muscles ache. I never got into “the zone” when I ran, I just got out of breath. And riding a bike hurts my derrière.

I used to be into sports. I played racquetball and even won a couple of trophies. I was a dynamite catcher on our softball team. I had a mouth that would intimidate even the most fearless wannabe hitter. If I didn’t catch the pitch with my mitt, my thighs were large enough to stop even a zinger — and I have permanent bruises to prove it.