Police shooting Suspect dies

A 23-year-old Columbia man died Tuesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after separate shootings sent two Columbia police officers to the hospital.

The man, Richard Thiel Evans, shot himself in the head after police tried to apprehend him near his parents’ Park De Ville home Tuesday morning. Evans, son of former Columbia city attorney David Evans, died about 4:45 p.m. at University Hospital.

Shootings lock down 2 schools

The shootings in Columbia’s Park DeVille neighborhood occurred as students were arriving at nearby Smithton Middle School, where the school day begins at 7:50 a.m.

Teachers and staff at Smithton worked to quickly get children off buses and to a secure location inside the school, said Jacque Cowherd, deputy superintendent of Columbia Public Schools.

First shooting captured on videotape

When Columbia police officer Molly Bowden made what appeared to be a routine traffic stop at 9:50 p.m. Monday, it was recorded by a video camera mounted on her dashboard.

Although the video has not been released, Police Chief Randy Boehm said it includes important evidence of the shooting of Bowden.

Evans’ records show a violent history

Richard T. Evans had a history of violence and drug use, according to court records.

Evans was charged with second-degree property damage of his parents’ home in March 1999, according to court records, and was sentenced to shock detention and counseling. He was also ordered not to have unlawful contact with his parents, David and Kathryn Evans.

Victim gives stabbing details

With the help of one of the victims, police are beginning to piece together a blow-by-blow account of the stabbing at a Columbia convenience store that left one man dead and another man critically injured.

According to the probable cause statement filed by Columbia police Detective Tim Giger, Deandre Terry, 20, of Columbia was stabbed in the heart while trying to help his friend Ricky Murray, 32, also of Columbia, as he was being stabbed.

Leads still sought in MU researcher’s death

Capt. Brian Weimer of the MU Police Department said investingators do not have any new leads in the investigation of the death of MU researcher Jeong Im.

Im, 72, was found stabbed to death in the trunk of his burning car Friday afternoon. The car was found in the Maryland Street parking garage at MU.

Drama fosters diversity

Anguished immigrants huddle together in the pit of a slave ship making its way to the United States. It’s a small but disturbing example of how diversity was created in this country.

Six performers involved in the InterACT Teen-to-Teen Theatre group will act out this scene and many others Thursday in an effort to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States. The group will perform the original production, “The Promised Land … Harmony in Diversity,” at the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration.

Blunt reverses state union rule

JEFFERSON CITY — At his first press conference as Missouri’s governor, Matt Blunt shot down measures supporting collective bargaining by state workers and signed several cost-cutting measures.

And the Republican chief executive hinted the first cuts won’t be the last, or the deepest.

Support pours out for Bowden

Fellow police officers. Firefighters. Friends and family. Members of her church.

They came to University Hospital to help in any way they could.

Blunt looks to the future

As Gov. Matt Blunt stood on the Capitol steps taking the oath of office to become Missouri’s 54th governor Monday, Columbia resident Pat Tull couldn’t help but notice Blunt’s youth.

“He talked a lot of about the future,” said Tull, 76, “Well, he is pretty young and I am pretty old, so we will have to see if all that vim and vigor he has will make him successful.”

Student’s killer gets 25 years

Taron Crawford, 20, of Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the shooting death of MU sophomore Charles Blondis.

Taron Crawford has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the shooting death of an MU student.

Tsunami aid is early tax break

The federal government has decided to be charitable with those who have been charitable.

President Bush signed a bill into law Friday that allows taxpayers the option of deducting tsunami-related donations made before this Jan. 31 on their 2004 or 2005 tax return.

Slain scientist recalled as thoughtful, kind

Many of Jeong Im’s friends and co-workers still talk about him in the present tense, as if he might show up any minute at the laboratory where he worked or at a neighbor’s doorstep, vegetables from his garden in hand.

They remember him as a kind and thoughtful man with a sense of humor that reflected his intellect, a hard worker with a passion for science and a respected elder in Columbia’s tightknit circle of Korean immigrants.

Police seek answers in stabbing

Police on Monday were still trying to sift through conflicting stories about what sparked a disagreement that ended in a fatal stabbing at a Columbia convenience store Thursday afternoon.

“At one point, we heard that it involved some type of road rage incident,” said Capt. Mike Martin, investigative commander for the Columbia Police Department. “At another point, we were told it involved some type of money issue.

Suspects sought in violent robbery

Two Columbia residents were robbed at gunpoint Saturday evening in the 1700 block of Monroe Street. One victim suffered serious head injuries and is in critical condition at University Hospital.

The victims reported that they answered the door to a young female who asked to use the phone. Three men wearing masks and armed with handguns then entered the home and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

One-party system needs one more

Some of my neighbors are absolutely delighted that one of the things we left behind in the old year was two-party government. They are thrilled with the idea that there are no more worrisome checks and balances that have to be dealt with. A concerned friend keeps trying to warn people about the dangers of that kind of situation to no avail. She keeps talking about what happened in Hitler’s Germany, but of course, that’s history and thought to be therefore dead and buried. Still, I’m glad she has the courage to keep trying, even though it seems like a hopeless case.

One party government has always been a mistake, even though it works in favor of some individuals. I remember how thrilled people were in the Reagan era when they felt everything was coming up roses. Personally, I believe that the corporate corruption that we have been experiencing in the past few years has is roots in the deregulation process that symbolized for me, the Reagan years. The reality of a handful of individuals owning the huge chunk of the nation’s wealth, while the rest of the people struggle over a tiny part of it, I find morally and ethically unhealthy.

Suspect charged in cop shootings

Richard Thiel Evans, 23, of Columbia was arrested Tuesday morning and charged in connection with the shooting of two Columbia police officers during a 9½ -hour span Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Officer Molly Bowden was shot three times while conducting a routine vehicle stop of a 1998 black Mitsubishi Galant at the corner of Forum and Nifong at 9:50 p.m. Monday. Evans, the lone person in the vehicle, reportedly shot at Bowden with a handgun. Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said the shot missed Bowden, who then ducked behind Evans’ vehicle. Boehm said Evans walked to the back of the car and shot Bowden. While she was on the ground, Evans shot her two more times at close range, Boehm said. One bullet hit Bowden in the neck and two hit her in the upper torso. All three shots were located above the bullet proof vest she was wearing. Two people driving east on Nifong spotted Officer Bowden lying on the ground and notified police dispatcher of the officer’s injuries. Bowden was She was taken to University Hospital where she is listed in stable but critical condition.

Working to save the farm

John Poehlmann sees a vast expanse of rolling farmland when he goes to work at MU’s South Farm, but he also sees encroaching development.

Poehlmann is superintendent of the South Farm, one of four MU farms around Columbia. MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, or CAFNR, uses the farm as an agricultural laboratory for teaching and research.

Police seek leads in death

Police are looking for two sport utility vehicles seen in the Maryland Avenue parking garage around the time MU researcher Jeong Im was found stabbed to death in his burning car on Friday.

MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer said in a statement Sunday afternoon that the first vehicle, a blue SUV, was parked in the third-level driving lane of the garage. The second SUV, of unknown color, was parked with its back hatch open. A man and a woman were standing next to it, according to the statement.

Growing need strains Boone County WIC program

At its current rate of growth, a government program in Boone County that assists women and children with nutritional needs could be forced to turn away dozens of people in the next few months.

Carolyn Ezzell, a nutritionist and coordinator for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, estimates that as many as 100 people per month will be denied assistance if state funding is not increased. WIC will have to wait until the end of February to find out whether it will receive more funding.