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Columbia police chief discusses body cameras, community policing at Muleskinners event

In a speech to the Muleskinners, Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said he has worked to improve accountability in the department and implemented wider use of body cameras.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of distributing child porn

Investigators from the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force  arrested Gary Steven Daniel, 6627 S. Maple Meadows Drive, after an investigation that began in September.

Five arrests made in Lake of the Woods Road burglary

Three suspects were arrested Thursday and two were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of burglary and stealing at a home on Lake of the Woods Road.

Hickman choir director faces felony charges in stalking incidents

Matthew Felts, Hickman High School choir director, was charged with three counts of first-degree stalking in connection to stalking incidents that took place in December.

Shots fired on Washington Avenue

Police responded to shots fired Wednesday morning on the 600 block of Washington Avenue. There were no reported injuries.

Texas criminal court halts Wednesday execution of Garcia White

Garcia White's lawyers argued he may have been mentally impaired when he waived his right to an attorney during interrogations.

 

Columbia watchdog activist no longer has to wear GPS while under house arrest

In order to get Matthew Akins' bond reduced, the defense argued that he had sustained employment and had passed a series of drug tests.

Electronics stolen during armed home invasion in north Columbia

One of the culprits threatened an occupant of the home with a gun.

Man robs Eagle Liquor at knife point

The suspect is described as a male wearing a blue sweatshirt, jeans, white tennis shoes and a white mask covering the bottom of his face.

Man shot Saturday morning in Columbia

An unnamed man has been hospitalized after being shot early Saturday morning in the 200 block of Hickman Avenue.

 

UPDATE: Police identify pedestrian killed in vehicle collision

A 24-year-old MU visiting scholar from China was killed Thursday night in a collision with a vehicle at Providence Road and Carter Lane.

Kansas City police squad targets illegal firearms market

Kansas City's gun squad opened 100 investigations last year, and 2015 is hardly letting up.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of starting fire at ex-girlfriend's house

Michael Midgyett, 33, was arrested by Columbia police on Wednesday for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home on Monday and starting a fire. The woman told officials that CDs, DVDs and several articles of clothing were missing from her home.

 

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of enticement of teen

Michael S. Moore, 44, was arrested Friday on suspicion of the attempted enticement of a child and second-degree attempted statutory rape, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force.

Jury deliberates in murder-for-hire trial

In closing arguments, prosecutors described first-degree murder suspect James Thompson as a con man and manipulator who infiltrated Brian Daniels' life and eventually had him murdered so he could cash in on Daniels' fortune.

 

James Thompson takes stand in murder-for-hire trial

During his six-hour testimony, James Thompson, on trial for first-degree murder,  said it wasn't his idea to make himself the sole beneficiary of Brian Daniels' will. That was Daniels' idea, he claimed, because the two were lovers.

Columbia man involved in Jan 4. shooting turns himself in to police

Devin Jackson, 23, is being held under on of unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon as of Wednesday afternoon.

Phone records highlighted day three of murder-for-hire trial

Evidence introduced Wednesday included cellphone records of calls and text messages sent from defendant James Thompson’s phone to suspected hit man Casey Lewis. The defense for Thompson, accused in the 2013 murder of Brian Daniels, was scheduled to present evidence Thursday morning.

First witnesses testify in murder-for-hire trial

The trial of a Columbia man accused of arranging a murder-for-hire began Monday. Suspect James Thompson allegedly paid Casey Lewis to help him break into the home of Columbia resident Brian Daniels and shoot him.

Arson suspected in Columbia church, funeral home fires

Patrols of churches are being stepped up in response to problems that have been reported in recent months at about half a dozen churches throughout the city.

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