MU Extension program given grant funding to connect children, parents in prison

The program, called 4-H Living Interactive Family Education, works to improve the relationships between children and incarcerated parents through "enhanced visitation," which involves more interaction than normal prison visitation.

Columbia man faces new charge of statutory rape

A Columbia man in jail on previous charges now also faces an additional charge of second-degree statutory rape, according to police.

Ryan Ferguson gets October hearing for new evidence in murder case

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green said the court will hear new evidence from the defense of Ryan Ferguson in his latest legal effort to to get a new trial. Ferguson was convicted in 2005 in the killing of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt. 

Selection of potential jurors in Kahler murder trial finishes early

The Osage County District Court picked 52 prospective jurors for the capital murder trial of former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler. The court will narrow the group down Friday to 12 jurors and three alternates.

Jury selection begins in the capital murder trial of Kraig Kahler

Some potential jurors knew too much about the case against former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler — and had firmly set opinions about the charges against him: four counts of capital murder in connection with the slayings of his estranged wife, her grandmother and his two daughters.

Capital murder trial for Kraig Kahler begins in Kansas today

The trial of James Kraig Kahler of Meriden is scheduled to last at least three weeks in Osage County District Court. If convicted, Kahler could receive the death penalty, which is by lethal injection under Kansas law.


Search warrant yields large amount of cocaine

Police recovered 98 grams of powder cocaine, 110 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Ryan Ferguson case stays in spotlight despite setbacks in court

Ryan Ferguson's case continues to draw national attention with a "Dateline NBC" episode set to air Friday night, but his progress toward a new trial is indiscernible.

Former NBA player arrested for gun in St. Louis airport

Darius Miles was arrested Wednesday after a loaded gun was found in an X-ray during his security screening. He was later released, and no charges have been filed.

Peppers Nightclub reopens after health violations, still faces injunction

The county is seeking an injunction to close the business for one year.

Ted Bundy's DNA to be added to national database

A vial of serial killer Ted Bundy's blood was found in a county clerk's office in Florida. The discovery could potentially solve cold cases from the 1970s.

Columbia man arrested after discovery of drugs at his home

Police served a warrant Tuesday to 4265 W. Bethany Drive after an investigation led them to believe there was a drug distribution occurring, according to a police department news release. 

Hackers leak personal information of 73 Columbia law enforcement officers

More than 7,000 officers’ personal information was released by hacker group AntiSec, and the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association homepage has been down since last week.

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.