Reports of violent crime in Columbia fewest since 2008, police data show

Reported forcible rape saw the largest increase from 2012 to 2013, probably because the FBI changed its definition of rape beginning in 2013, Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

Burglaries hit 5-year high during MU's past winter break, but, overall yearly numbers declined

A total of 96 burglaries occurred between Dec. 14 and Jan. 20, according to a Columbia Police Department release. In 2012, the Police Department recorded 66 burglaries between Dec. 15 and Jan. 21.

MU student identifies two suspects in sex offense in Laws residence hall

Originally classified as a burglary, the case has been reclassified as a sex offense after further investigation.

Sasha Menu Courey's family releases statement in response to investigation

An ESPN report released last week has put MU under scrutiny for failing to investigate reports that Sasha Menu Courey, a former swimmer and student at MU, was sexually assaulted by members of the football team. Menu Courey committed suicide in 2011.

Laws Hall resident assaulted in her room

Two men entered a woman's room in an MU residence hall early Sunday morning, and one of them assaulted her. They fled after she reached for her cellphone.

Shots fired early Sunday morning at north Columbia sports bar

The victim was shot at several times while sitting in her car outside the bar. She was not injured, and officers located two bullet holes in the victim's vehicle along with seven shell casings on the ground.

Aspen Heights to re-evaluate security after hundreds of 911 calls

Since Aspen Heights opened in August, Columbia police have received more than 200 calls from the gated community. A forum in February will address the complex's safety.

2 men arrested in robbery of U.S. Cellular in Columbia

Jamaar L. Curtis, 31, and Antonio L. Banks, 22, were arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery, felonious restraint and armed criminal action.

Ellis Library arsonist sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison

Christopher Kelley, who was found guilty of starting fires in MU's Ellis Library and a Stephens College classroom, was sentenced to more than six years in prison.


Columbia arsonist who set fires to MU's Ellis Library and a Stephens College facility faces a lengthy sentence. Christopher C. Kelley

Columbia residents robbed in home at gunpoint

Two men armed with a handgun forcibly entered a home Thursday in southern Columbia.

Two men rob U.S. Cellular with handgun

Two men stole money and cellphones from the U.S. Cellular store on Grindstone Parkway, police said. No one was injured.

Two Columbia men arrested in connection with attempted burglary, assault

A Boone County Sheriff's Department news release describes an incident where two men entered a residence in the 1800 block of Prathersville Road without permission, after being told a man they knew was inside the residence.

Man struck with bottle during attempted robbery near Hickman High

Nothing was taken from the victim and he was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Sturgeon man seriously injured after downtown Columbia stabbing incident

The victim was taken to a local hospital for a serious knife wound.

Man shot in armed robbery, no arrest has been made

A man was hospitalized with a gun shot wound to the shoulder after an armed robbery early Thursday morning in northeast Columbia.

Sturgeon man wanted for allegedly bilking relatives out of $109,000

The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Jan. 3 issued a warrant for Farrel Gene Pride, 44, for alleged financial exploitation of the elderly.

Columbia man arrested after threatening 2 women, infant with knives

The man resisted arrest until a Taser was deployed. He was not injured from Taser deployment.

Derrick Copelin back in Boone County after being arrested in New Orleans

Derrick Copelin is one of three suspects connected to the Jan. 2 death of Dontay Tolston. 

Suspect charged in Saturday shooting, in which two people were injured

Damerian Cheatum, 17, has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

UPDATE: Police arrest teen in shooting that injured two near Optimist Park

Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect for Saturday's shooting that left two men injured.