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Crime

Man assaulted with ceremonial sword, officials say

A Columbia woman was charged with second-degree domestic violence and armed criminal action after waving the sword in a threatening manner, a sheriff's official said.

Man wanted on suspicion of first-degree statutory rape

The Boone County Sheriff's Department is searching for William J. Strickland, 19, on suspicion of first-degree statutory rape of a 12-year-old girl who has become pregnant.

Columbia man arrested on multiple warrants

Columbia police and Boone County Sheriff's deputies found the man hiding in a closet.

Columbia police chief addresses local ACLU members

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton held a dialogue Friday night with a group that has often objected to police policies.  He spoke to the local chapter of the ACLU about several controversial subjects, including SWAT enforcement and the use of Tasers.

Internet task force changes name to avoid confusion

The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force has changed its name to more accurately reflect its personnel.

Investigation nets arrest for cocaine distribution

Apartment unit destroyed in fire

There were no people inside the building at the time of the fire, according to the Boone County Fire Protection District.

SWAT involved in arrest of Columbia man

Edward C. Whitaker was taken into custody by SWAT on suspicion of second-degree burglary and failure to register as a sex offender.

UPDATE: No arrests made in shooting near Creasy Springs

A man who was shot on Tuesday was released from the hospital the next day.

UPDATE: Man in good condition after shooting near Creasy Springs Road

Police said they do not yet have a suspect in the shooting. The victim's name and exact age have not been released.

Audrain County man pleads guilty to murdering drifter

Chad Michael Harvey pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and killing James William Boyd McNeely and then abandoning his body in December 2009.

Columbia woman robbed at gunpoint

A Columbia man was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of the robbery.

PlayStation scare incites task force to warn parents and children

The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force concluded an investigation into a man posing as a police officer while chatting on a Sony PlayStation 3 with a 15-year-old boy from Moberly.

Rolla man charged with enticement of a child

The man tried to solicit sex from a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Red Roof shooter pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Blake Logan pleaded guilty Thursday at a pretrial conference a day before the one-year anniversary of Nicole Crumby's murder..

Fake computers sold in Columbia parking lots

The Columbia Police Department said the computer boxes contained a block of wood and an extension cord.

Police investigate $36,000 in thefts from two trailers

Construction vehicle, tools, laptop computer and other electronics are among the items stolen from the two sites, police say.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of child pornography after Internet tip

The investigation began in late August. Weeks later, Brian Michael Rufener was arrested on two counts of suspicion of possession of child pornography in the first degree and one count of promoting child pornography.

Kelsi Poe released from University Hospital

The woman had been in the hospital since Sept. 4, when she fell from a stairwell at Quinton's Bar and Deli.

New sentencing matrix shows Missouri judges the cost of prison

The matrix is part of an effort to reduce recidivism rates and keep punishments consistent across Missouri counties.

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