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Crime

Student charged with writing racist graffiti outside Hatch Residence Hall

Benjamin Elliott, 18, was charged with second-degree property damage motivated by discrimination.

Boone County Sheriff's Department makes felony drug arrest

The two men were pulled over for speeding late Wednesday night, and a consented search of the car led to the discovery of a felony amount of marijuana, officers said.

Police: Columbia driver hits pedestrian at College Avenue and Rollins Street

The pedestrian was transported to University Hospital, and a court summons was issued to the driver.

Columbia man charged with three counts of possessing child pornography

The police received a tip and were led to a computer in Joel W. Hartenbower's home. They found pictures and videos of children engaged in sexual acts.

Student, professor assaulted at Missouri School of Journalism

Two people were assaulted early Tuesday afternoon in the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU.

Boone County Sheriff's Department conducts sobriety checkpoint

The Boone County Sheriff's Department and Hallsville Police Department conducted a  checkpoint Saturday night in the 5800 block of St. Charles Road. In all, 13 people were arrested.

Sheriff's Department units in process of moving to new building

After two years of planning and construction, three units from the Boone County Sheriff's Department will move to a new building as early as this month.

Columbia woman charged with possession of child pornography

Kristen Lamb, 20, turned herself in to authorities Friday after an investigation into the distribution of child pornography from a computer in the Columbia area.

Evidence links man who committed suicide to sexual assault

Columbia police said evidence links Todd Rehkop tothe sexual assault that occurred on Conley Road on Tuesday night. 

UPDATE: Authorities uncertain why man committed suicide on I-70

Descriptions of this man and his truck are similar to those of a man connected to three incidents on Tuesday night, police said.

Man who drove into church had 0.24 blood alcohol content, police say

The bond for Scott Andrew Robinson, who police say drove into the First Presbyterian Church, is reduced from $60,000 to $6,000. He will face a series of restrictions when he is released.

Columbia man charged with possession of child pornography

Investigators say they found what is thought to be at least 30 videos and possibly hundreds of photographs of child pornography in the home of a 26-year-old Columbia man.

Hallsville man arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine possession

The Boone County Sheriff's Department pulled over Michael W. Tinker, 40, because the car he was driving had license plates registered to another vehicle. Tinker is not suspected of attemting to sell the methamphetamine.

UPDATE: Suspect in attempted assaults commits suicide on I-70

The suspect allegedly assaulted one woman in a grocery store parking lot Tuesday night and attempted to assault two other women before shooting himself in the head.

MU police seeking information about rape near Laws Residence Hall

The attack occurred between 4 and 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds Ernest Lee Johnson death sentencing

Ernest Lee Johnson was sentenced to death in 1995 for killing three workers at a Columbia convenience store. 

Columbia Police Department's use of firearms and Tasers decreases

A comparison between the Columbia Police Department's 2009 and 2010 Internal Affairs reports shows a decrease in the use of firearms, Tasers and pepper spray in 2010.

Missouri again leads nation in meth lab incidents

There was a 10 percent increase over 2009 in meth lab busts and seizures in Missouri.

Columbia police's new PR chief has deep law enforcement experience

For Sgt. Jill Wieneke of the Columbia Police Department, being the public information officer in a town full of reporters is hardly less stressful than her old jobs. One of them: going undercover to catch drug dealers.

Man injured in apparent drive-by shooting at Columbia gas station

The 28-year-old victim was shot in the arm at the station at Business Loop 70 and Range Line Street, police said.

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