Missouri jurors will wait while their honesty is checked

Starting in January, judges will have to give attorneys a chance to research claims made by jurors.

Downtown police force becoming data-driven

The downtown police force is using data from MU and a Wisconsin police department to guide its operations.

Anthropologist to examine recovered remains

Goshen Church in Hartsburg near recovery from vandalism

Members of Goshen Primitive Baptist Church in Hartsburg are nearly finished repairing the tombstones damaged by vandals June 26-27.

Body likely belonged to man missing since May, examiner says

A medical examiner said the body, suspected to be Edward Acosta's, suffered injuries consistent with a fall.

UPDATE: Columbia police recover skeletal remains from bottom of bluffs

A hiker discovered the remains of a body Friday night. Items belonging to Edward Acosta, who was reported missing on May 30, were found near the body. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Missouri transportation agency warns of paving scams

The Department of Transportation warns Missourians of driveway paving scams.

UPDATE: Several reports of shots fired related, police say

The Columbia Police Department says four recent reports of shots fired are related. The separate incidents occurred within a one-and-a-quarter mile radius of one another.


Shots fired in 500 block of W. Ash Street

At least three shots were fired early Thursday afternoon, no one was injured.

Vandals damage more than 80 tombstones at Hartsburg cemetery

Vandals caused $2,000 worth of damage to tombstones at Goshen Primitive Baptist Church's cemetery in Hartsburg last weekend. The Boone County Sheriff's Department had no suspects Wednesday. Members of Goshen Primitive Baptist Church have started to repair some of the tombstones.

UPDATE: Tuesday shootings could be related to Sunday incidents

Police investigated several reports of shots fired Tuesday night, which they think are related to similar reports from Sunday, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

UPDATE: Fields found guilty of first-degree murder

Seven days of proceedings in the Tausha L. Fields murder trial came to a close late Tuesday. After nearly nine hours of deliberation, the jury found Fields guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2004 death of Mitchell W. Kemp, one of her former husbands.

UPDATE: Standoff on West Broadway and McBaine Avenue ends with arrest

After a several-hour standoff, Duran Goto Pipes was arrested outside his apartment at 221 W. Broadway. A warrant had been issued for his arrest after an assault reported on June 14.


Woman, 49, gets 5 years in statutory rape case

Melody R. Link, 49, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of second-degree statutory rape. She was arrested last year after an investigation into her relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Shots fired at Hinkson Avenue and William Street

Shots were fired in the Hinkson Avenue and William Street area from one or two vehicles at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. There are no reported injuries.

Court denies Rios' appeal of conviction for 2004 murder

Steven Rios, the former Columbia police officer convicted twice for the murder of Jesse Valencia, was denied an appeal Tuesday.

Columbia police officers to conduct compliance checks in near future

The Columbia Police Department plan to conduct compliance checks by sending underage people into businesses to attempt to buy alcohol.

UPDATE: Jurors in deliberation in Fields murder trial

As of Tuesday around noon, the jury was sent to deliberation for the first-degree murder trial of Tausha Fields. The verdict is to be based on what her involvement exactly was in the murder of Mitchell W. Kemp, one of her former husbands.

Jury begins deliberations in Fields' murder trial

Tausha L. Fields faces life in prison in connection with the 2004 shooting death of her ex-husband, Mitchell Kemp. The jury began deliberations Tuesday morning.

Former IARA director pleads guilty in funding terrorism

Mubarak Hamed is the third Columbia defendant to plead guilty in a conspiracy to funnel money to Iraq in violation of federal sanctions.