Radio brings tips to police

Immediately after the Jan. 10 shooting of Columbia Police officer Molly Bowden, Capt. Mike Martin got in his car and drove t?????? Group studios to get the word out to radio listeners via CrimeStoppers. It was 5:30 a.m., before most Columbia residents get their news from either television or newspapers.Within minutes, citizens began calling in tips about the shooting.

Infant in serious condition

A 2-month-old girl was in serious condition at University Hospital Monday evening, two days after her father brought her to the hospital with a fractured skull, broken arms and three cracked ribs and then left. The father, Shaetwyn Allen, 24, of 108 E. Forest Ave., was arrested at his home at 1 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of child abuse. He was charged Monday with felony child abuse and was being held at Boone County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Blunt requests aid for Missouri farms

Gov. Matt Blunt toured Missouri farms last week, monitoring the dismal effects of the drought that have devastated farmers and left some crops beyond repair. Now Blunt has taken the next step in a promise to request financial aid for Missouri farmers.Blunt sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on Friday, requesting that he declare 109 of Missouri’s 114 counties, including Boone, natural disaster areas for agriculture.

Drought causes cracks in MKT, Katy trails

The heat and drought are creating cracks on the MKT and Katy trails, potentially causing problems for runners and cyclists. The cracks range in size from 1 to 3 inches in width and from 6 to 10 feet in length along the surface of the trails.“I guess it’s the drought that’s kicking us,” said Ken Roberts, manager of Boone County maintenance, which takes care of the trails.

Manual labor due to grandpa’s ideas

August is here already, so it’s time for me to examine my summer workload and determine how many of my goals I have actually accomplished. First on my list was household repairs, which I am happy to say I completed all of them. Getting my outdoor spigot working correctly was the final thing on the list, and that bit of work was completed last weekend. I did not finish my gardening projects, and so they will have to go on next year’s list. Except for lilies I have a difficult time growing flowering plants. Every year I promise to devote some time to tending my soil, but before I know it the garden is overgrown with weeds. The first big job for next year will be taking up the bricks in the patio and laying down landscape fabric before replacing them. Over the years, I’ve tried everything else in my determination to stamp out the grass. This is one of my pet projects, where I refuse to get help. My grandfather was a carpenter and a bricklayer and so I have insisted on laying all these bricks myself, because wherever my grandfather is residing since he passed away, I want him to know that in spite of his predictions, I did in fact learn how to do something worthwhile.

MU football tickets selling

As Coach Gary Pinkel and the Tigers begin practice for their season opener against Arkansas State in Kansas City on Sept. 3, the Tigers’ ticket office said 27,000-28,000 season tickets have been sold so far.That’s down from last year, but on average for a normal season.

On a final note

Several hundred Columbia residents parked themselves on the grass for a final fling on the fringe of summer Sunday night — the season finale of the Shelter Gardens Concert Series.

They lounged on blankets and perched on lawn chairs — some fanning faces with concert programs, others picking over a picnic dinner. Cicadas buzzed. Dogs tested the length of their leashes, and the temperature cooled down from the upper 80s.

Fire chief eliminates position

Fire Chief Steve Paulsell ap-pears to be consolidating his power. The Boone County Fire Protection District Board has eliminated Rob Brown’s chief-of-staff position, and battalion chiefs will now report directly to Paulsell.

Paulsell said in a written state-ment released Friday that he made the decision to reorganize in May. It was voted on Thursday in a closed session attended by board members, Paulsell and Assistant Chief Sharon Curry. The move is just the first step in a larger, yet-to-be-detailed reorganization effort, the district’s spokesman, Capt. Gale Blomenkamp, said.

Meteorologists predict the unpredictable

In anticipation of an advancing storm, Patrick Market looked to the south through a door-sized pane of glass. The sky was clear but hazy. A cloudless Jefferson City was being baked by temperatures in the mid-90s.

But Market, an MU assistant professor of atmospheric science, looked at the radar image of a storm — appearing as a giant green egg with a red yolk — and predicted Columbia would see rain by 6 p.m., or definitely by midnight.

U.S. aims to buy avian flu vaccines

WASHINGTON — Mass production of a new vaccine that scientists believe can protect against an avian flu outbreak could begin as early as mid-September, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Sunday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the government is ready to move ahead with ordering significantly more than the 2 million doses it acquired from a French vaccine maker before testing began earlier this year to jump-start the U.S. vaccine stockpile in case the tests were successful.

Visiting overlooked scenery

Wearing a camouflage-patterned baseball cap, Justin Stegeman, 12, stands, looking out over the Eagle Bluffs Wetlands.

The sound of a buzzing engine comes down the river. Scott Bell, a member of the Missouri Waterfowl Association, points more than 100 feet below, showing Justin a flat-bottomed motorboat boat poking out from between the trees. Bell shows him where ducks would fly over the fields in hunting season.

MU’s parking shifts gears

Addition and subtraction are integral to MU's parking equation.

“Every day I'm in the process of adding more parking or losing parking. It is never done,” said Jim Joy, director of parking and transportation.

Police look into woman's death

The death of a 74-year-old woman Saturday is under investigation by Columbia police.

Officers arrived at a residence in the 800 block of Again Street to assist medics with an unresponsive woman at 10:18 a.m. after a report from a family member, Sgt. John White said.

In search of the pink planarian

Roxie Campbell is listening intently to her crew. “Iso 1,” a voice calls out from a few feet away. “Iso 4,” another answers without skipping a beat. “Iso 2” … “Iso 10” … “Iso 1.”

Campbell is seated on a clay bank in the black depths of Devil’s Icebox Cave, a hundred feet or so under Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Campbell, a park naturalist for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, knows the ins and outs of Devil’s Icebox. She’s the leader of this research expedition.

Shoppers save on school supplies

Zach Ziegelbrin loaded his new computer into the bed of a white pickup Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Best Buy.

“He said it’s for college,” said Ziegelbrin’s stepfather, Chip Bixby. “I know it’ll be for games.”

Rotarians give input on fixed tuition

In a preview of what Elson Floyd will experience on his “tuition tour,” the president of the University of Missouri System fielded an array of questions and concerns Friday about a fixed tuition plan he has been considering.

“We just simply want to hear from Missourians,” Floyd told members of the Columbia-South Rotary Club at their weekly meeting. He was there to begin developing a sense of whether fixed tuition is feasible for the four-campus system.

Suspected driver charged with smuggling

A man police say was a driver of the van involved in a June crash that left five dead on Interstate 70 was indicted Friday on a charge of conspiring to transport illegal aliens within the United States.

A federal grand jury indicted Gelson Omar Mancilla-Santiago, 22, of Guatemala, on the conspiracy charge and on a charge of illegally entering the United States after deportation, according to a statement issued by the U.S. District Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Moms, multiples make splash

Trey is the elusive troublemaker. Drake likes to dress up. Carly is athletic. Peyton is the emotional one. Mary and Rob Kiesling know that even though their quadruplets started life together, the 4-year-olds have adopted unique personalities.

Brother Gage, 10, has each of his siblings pegged and is at the age when he uses that knowledge to “push their buttons,” Mary says.

Like a rolling stone

By the end of this week, Scott Owen will have lugged his belongings in his car nearly a thousand miles. He moved from his old duplex on Rangeline Street to his girlfriend’s apartment on Richmond Avenue to his parent’s home in Kansas City and back to Wolpers Hall at MU — five miles from where he started.

The reason? Owen is one of many students every year who find themselves in limbo between the end of one apartment lease and the start of another, a time commonly referred to as the turnover season. The real problem, students say, isn’t sleeping on a friend’s couch or floor; it’s finding a place to store belongings.

Fire chief terminates three staffers

Two Boone County Fire Protection District volunteer firefighters and a paid staff member were fired Thursday shortly after a two-hour closed meeting of the board of directors.

Volunteers Todd Burke and Jerry Jenkins and Rob Brown, formerly the fire district chief-of-staff, were fired for undisclosed reasons.