A $14,000 grant from the Youth Community Coalition is intended to fund compliance checks, party patrols and "shoulder taps."
The city took the company that owned the strip mall to court for failing to demolish and clean up the site.
Police advise would-be buyers and sellers to meet inside a public place to stay safe.
A Columbia man and his girlfriend were the victims of an armed robbery on the 1800 block of Heriford Road on Saturday evening.
The people who make up the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force strive to separate the horror of their work from the good things in their lives. That's difficult to do when crimes against children are the main focus of that work.
Columbia police think the same man is involved in at least nine burglaries in East Campus. The man enters unlocked homes, and at least one incident ended in sexual assault, police say.
Robert Coleman and Joshua Courtois, both of Mineral Point, and Zackary Jarvis and Jeffrey Rousan, both of Potosi, have been arrested on charges of third-degree assault of a Gumby's Pizza employee.
When the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District vacated Ferguson's 2005 convictions, it left the door open for him to face charges again if prosecutors decided they had the evidence to go forward.
Ryan Ferguson was released from prison Tuesday after serving almost eight years of a 40-year sentence in the 2001 slaying of Kent Heitholt. Columbia police issued a statement Wednesday morning saying that any new leads would be pursued by investigators.
The trial of a Columbia man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Brian Daniels case has been moved from December to sometime in the summer of 2014.
Alyssa Bustamante plead guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in 2009.
Marcus Montez Smith, 41, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of kidnapping, rape and armed criminal action.
The suspect told a judge he had no idea the porn was being downloaded to his computer via a file-sharing program.
The incident occurred near the Aspen Heights clubhouse at about 2 or 3 a.m. Nov. 1 or Nov. 2.
A woman was walking near Sanborn Field around 2 a.m. Friday when a man approached her and grabbed her breast. He fled after she resisted.
Quillan Jacobs, 22, of Columbia was arrested on suspicion of wielding a handgun during an argument at Club Vogue early Saturday. He also had crack cocaine in his pocket, according to Columbia police.
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight said his office had a conflict of interest with the case. Knight was the assistant prosecuting attorney during Ferguon's trial, according to Missouri Case.net.
A car crashed into the historic Conley House early Friday. The driver was taken to University Hospital with no visible injuries but complained of pain, police said.
More than 12 years after Kent Heitholt's death, the man originally convicted in his slaying may soon be released from prison. On Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District overturned Ryan Ferguson's 2005 murder conviction.
If the state decides it will try to keep Ryan Ferguson behind bars, Kathleen Zellner said she will be ready. "If (the prosecutors) want a battle, we're always up for a fight." Her record of legal victories suggests that's no empty boast.