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.

Both sides rest their case Monday in Fields trial

Testimony in the Tausha L. Fields murder trial ended Monday. Fields did not take the stand. Proceedings will continue at 9 a.m. Tuesday with closing statements and jury deliberation.

Defense stresses Fields' cooperation with detectives

Testimony focused on Tausha Fields’ involvement with detectives during the search for Mitchell Kemp’s body on the sixth day of Fields’ trial.

Man held on $500,000 bail for trying to run officer over

Police said Ashraf Habimana attempted to run over an officer with a vehicle that was reported stolen. He was arrested after colliding with a silver Dodge Stratus on Nifong Boulevard.

Man arrested on suspicion of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident

Police said John Talbert rammed his vehicle into another woman's car after trying to get her to pull over.

Major case squad investigates Cape Girardeau fatal shooting

A shooting in Cape Girardeau Saturday has been taken by the Cape Girardeau and Bollinger County Major Case Squad for investigation. It is currently looking for information from people who saw or spoke with the victim before his death.

Missouri judge gives treasurer 1 year to pay money back

Judge Kevin Selby told Gene Paul Boyd at his sentencing Friday that Boyd had one year to repay the $376,000 he stole from the town over nearly two decades or face jail time.

Fields' attorneys plan to question Boone County detective Monday

Proceedings began June 21 in the murder trial of Tausha L. Fields. Over the course of one week, attorneys from both sides heard testimony from 19 witnesses for the prosecution. The trial resumes 8 a.m. Monday at the Boone County Courthouse, but the defense hasn't yet announced when Fields will take the stand.