Man pleads guilty to murdering Steak 'n Shake workers

Anthony Akins pleaded guilty to two reduced counts of second-degree murder Monday for the 2008 killing of two Steak 'n Shake employees.

Bomb squad responds to suspicious package at Columbia Police Department

The Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad determined that the package, brought in by a worried Columbia resident from his home, was harmless.

Man arrested in connection with Rent 1st burglaries

Ricardo D. Thompson was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, first-degree property damage and felony stealing, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.


Fifth suspect arrested in connection with business burglaries

Four people were arrested May 26 in connection with the same crime after Boone County Sheriff's Department deputies served two search warrants.

Columbia man arrested in child molestation case

James Clayton Dinwiddie, 49, was arrested early Thursday morning in connection with reports in May of child molestation and statutory sodomy.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography

Joseph Kreiser, 46, was arrested Friday morning on one count of possession of child pornography, according to a news release.

Columbia homeless man pleads guilty to Schneider murder

Ricky Lee Gaddy is expected to serve a life sentence for slaying Jerry Edward Schneider.

Man charged in Turner murder granted continuance

Ryan Bridger was granted a continuance Tuesday by Judge Deborah Daniels. Bridger is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Aletha M. Turner.

Police make arrest in robbery, sodomy case

David Lee Maxwell was arrested early Tuesday morning on robbery and sodomy charges.

Shots fired in Peppers Nightclub parking lot

A 17-year-old male was taken to a local hospital after he was found by Columbia police with gunshot wounds in a vehicle that was leaving the scene.

Man arrested at traffic stop in connection with Flow's Pharmacy burglary

Louis Michael Patti, 28, confessed at the traffic stop to involvement in two separate robberies of the pharmacy, a May 20 robbery of Boone County National Bank and a bank robbery in the Kansas City area.

Boone County Sheriff's Department warns residents of asphalt scam

The Missouri Attorney General's Office reported several incidents of asphalt scams, and the Boone County Sheriff's Department is urging residents to avoid unsolicited offers from home improvement salespeople.

Former suspect in 1990 Chillicothe murder refuses to testify

An appeals hearing this week in Columbia is addressing the 1995 conviction of Mark Woodworth.

Columbia hearing might determine Chillicothe murder conviction retrial

A Boone County judge will recommend to the Missouri Supreme Court whether Mark Woodworth, who was previously convicted of murder, deserves a retrial.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds death sentences for Kansas City murder

Two men who pleaded guilty to the 1989 kidnapping, rape and death of a Kansas City girl. They recently appealed to avoid the death penalty, but the court rejected their argumement.

Erickson gets new attorney after lawyer moves to drop him as client

Charles Erickson got a new attorney after Kathleen Zellner made a motion to drop him as a client. It was a preemptive move on Zellner's part in order to avoid a conflict of interest with co-defendant, Ryan Ferguson.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of distributing cocaine, marijuana

The 24-year-old, Larry McBride, was also arrested on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Arrests made in connection with burglaries at businesses

The burglaries occurred Thursday morning at several businesses in an east Columbia office complex.

Columbia police warn residents about phone scam

Scam callers are asking for credit card or bank information for the Columbia Police Department or the Columbia Police Officers Association.

Arrest warrant issued for registered sex offender

After past convictions and a gun- and drug-related arrest in April, Shawn Michael Turner is wanted for not reporting a change of address, in addition to probation and parole violations.