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Crime

Missouri man won't be retried for mother's 1993 slaying

Dale Helmig has always maintained his innocence in the 1993 death of 55-year-old Norma Helmig.

Kahler's son among witnesses to testify Monday

Sean Kahler is expected to testify on Monday in the capital murder trial of his father, former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler.

Police looking for man connected with bank robbery

Columbia police were looking for a man who robbed the Regions Bank on South Providence Road on Saturday morning, a spokeswoman said.

Final jury selection for Kahler trial concludes in an hour

The 15 men and women selected for the jury in the trial of former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler will begin hearing witness testimony Monday morning.

Four men arrested in connection with assault and burglary

Suspects arrested in the SWAT raid at 3709 Blue Cedar Lane have been announced.

Arrest made in connection with Check 'n Go robbery

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action and first degree robbery.

Meth lab discovered; two arrested

Police arrested two Columbia residents after finding a meth lab in a residence Wednesday night, and relatives took custody of a 4-year-old boy who was at the home. 

SWAT Team apprehends five in connection with home invasion, assault

Two were injured in the assault at one house, police said, and the suspects were arrested at a second location. 

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. 

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