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Cattle rustling increases in southwest Missouri

In the past six weeks, 177 head of cattle have been stolen from six farms in Jasper County. Thefts have also been reported in Barton, Lawrence and Dade counties.

Columbia man charged with possession and promotion of child pornography

Videos of child pornography were found during a Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force investigation. The investigation has not been completed, but a man has been charged.

UPDATE: Rob Sanders, a veteran policeman, was fired from the department

Officer Rob Sanders was fired Wednesday after an internal affairs investigation into his use of excessive force against Kenneth Baker, 38, a Columbia resident. Sanders, a patrol officer, was an 18-year veteran of the department.

Missouri judge to revisit Paula Hall murder conviction

Her attorney argued that the conviction should be overturned because errors by the prosecutor violated Hall's due process rights. Prosecutors said the errors did not affect the outcome of the trial.

Derrick Washington found guilty of deviate sexual assault

The former Missouri running back was charged with the Class C felony in connection to an incident that occurred on June 19, 2010. He could face up to 7 years in prison.

Columbia police officer fired over use of excessive force in holding cell

Holding cell tapes of the Aug. 15 incident show a man who had just been pepper-sprayed during his arrest being violently pushed down and injured by the officer.

UPDATE: Former roommate backs testimony of Washington's accuser

On Wednesday, a former roommate of the woman accusing former MU football player Derrick Washington acknowledged under cross-examination that she did not initially tell campus police about Washington's alleged actions.

Two men rob Break Time on Nebraska Avenue

Two men robbed a Break Time convenience store early Wednesday morning, fired a gun into the shelves and took money and cigarettes.

Ex-Missouri House member fined for campaign violations

Talibdin "T.D." El-Amin of St. Louis has been fined more than $500,000 for violations going back to 2006. He was recently released from federal prison on corruption charges. 

Cape Girardeau man to be sentenced for stealing Kinder's car

Jacob Shepard, 18, pleaded guilty to stealing Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's car and ramming it into a brick wall. Shepard could spend up to seven years in prison for stealing and four years for property damage.

Three Kansas City residents shot to death

Two men and one woman were found shot to death in a home early Tuesday morning. This is the second triple-homicide in three days in Kansas City.

Columbia Police Department audit finds 'loose' regulation of firearms

Two shotguns and a shotgun barrel remain unaccounted for after an audit of the department's weapons, and a company has been hired to suggest improvements to the agency's property room policies.

Another defendant in Hobson shooting gets 15 years

A St. Louis man was sentenced on Monday for his role in the robbery of Aaron Hobson, who was shot to death in the parking lot of a south Columbia convenience store last fall.

Columbia Police Department to crack down on impaired drivers Sept. 19-25

Policet didn't disclose the location or date of this weekend's checkpoint.

Callaway County sheriff: Close proximity of two homicides rare

Sheriff Dennis Crane said two unrelated incidents on Sept. 2 and Sept. 9 in which three people were killed were rare for Callaway County.

US violent crimes decrease by 12 percent

There were 3.8 million violent crimes last year, down from 4.3 million in 2009, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The violent crime rate has fallen by 70 percent since 1993.

Police to implement extra enforcement for Child Passenger Safety Week

Missouri law enforcement officers are teaming up for Child Passenger Safety Week. According to the National Institutes of Health, car accidents are the leading cause of accidental death among children.

Man in Kansas City airport bomb scare has detention hearing

The Pennsylvania man was taken into custody on charges that he tried to take a fake bomb through the airport security checkpoint. The hearing scheduled for Thursday will determine whether he will continue to be detained.

Three caught in Puerto Vallarta indicted over U.S. bank robberies

The three Macon residents were arrested in Mexico and deported the next day. Prosecutors said the suspects are linked to a holdup at a Columbia bank and a robbery of a credit union in Texas.

Police report numerous catalytic converter thefts

The Columbia Police Department and MU Police alert residents of increasing catalytic converter thefts in major parking lots around the city.

 

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