Police and citizens review board given deadline to settle differences

Mayor Bob McDavid identified seven key differences of opinion between the Columbia Police Department and the Citizen's Police Review Board at Monday's council meeting.

Peppers Nightclub owner charged with multiple offenses

Karon Rowe, owner of Peppers Nightclub, was released from jail after posting a $9,500 bond. She was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful conversion of food stamps and promoting prostitution.

Judge rules 'Alligator man' can have his gators back

A Boone County judge ruled Friday that Ken Henderson can have his reptiles back on the condition that he creates a more permanent home for them in Jackson County.

Linked shootings prompted formation of gang task force

 A task force was created on the suggestion of Lt. Ken Gregory on Friday, July 22, and began work on Monday. Its work led to 11 arrests this week.

Cause of Cosmo-Bethel Park fire likely 'smoking material'

Tuesday evening's fire at Cosmo-Bethel Park was determined Friday to be caused by "improperly disposed of smoking material." Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver said the department is not investigating the fire further.

Defense wins motion in Kahler slaying case

Chief Judge Phillip Fromme of the Osage County District Court ruled that evidence about a relationship between Kraig Kahler's wife and another woman can be heard during his trial.

Defendant in Hobson killing pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Daron Peal, 23, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 12. Peal and seven other defendants were arrested Oct. 23 in connection with the killing of Aaron Hobson.

Robbery reported at Martinsburg Bank in Columbia

Police are searching for a man who robbed Martinsburg Bank on Wednesday afternoon.

Police seek suspects in Jimmy John's armed robbery

Police have not yet identified two males who demanded money from employees and then left the scene on foot with an as yet undisclosed sum of money.

Police seek suspects in attempted armed robbery at Taco Bell

Columbia police said they are looking for two men described as suspects in an attempted armed robbery at a Taco Bell on Monday night.

Juror questioning opens in trial of former Water and Light chief Kraig Kahler

Nearly 300 prospective jurors were interviewed using a questionnaire about 20 pages long at Lyndon High School in Lyndon, Kan.

Cole County judge dismisses claim in Ryan Ferguson's latest appeal

Part of Ferguson's latest appeal for release from prison or a new trial was dismissed Friday by Judge Daniel Green.

Columbia police begin using downtown security cameras

Cameras installed in four locations in downtown Columbia will begin recording for police use Friday. 

Wrongfully convicted Missouri man awarded $15.5 million

Ted White was freed in 2005 after a legal battle that began in 1998 when he was wrongfully accused of molesting his stepdaughter.

Defendant in Hobson killing denied home detention

Lee Carter's $1 million cash only bond was changed to a $1 million bond. The case's seven other defendants have upcoming court dates through October 31.

UPDATE: Arrest made in Blind Boone shooting

No suspect yet in Tuesday stabbing

 The male victim, who was stabbed in the back with a 6-inch blade, was taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Police and review board to talk about improving their relationship

Mayor Bob McDavid has asked the police and the board to submit reports on the "current status" of the review board along with recommendations for what the City Council should do about the board.

Man arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct at Ellis Library

As of Tuesday, no charges had been brought against a man suspected of exposing himself to an occupant of an adjacent stall in an Ellis Library restroom.

Boone County Animal Control confiscates reptiles from 'alligator man'

The "alligator man," Ken Henderson, is charged with suspicion of animal neglect, abuse and abandonment. Boone County Animal Control requested that he pay a nearly $2,600 fine at a court hearing Monday.