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Second suspect arrested in connection with rape of 14-year-old girl

The girl reported to the Columbia Police Department that she was assaulted while spending the night at the home of a family friend.

Citizens suggest SWAT changes to Columbia City Council

Two Columbia residents presented a proposal to address citizen concerns with the Police Department following a Feb. 11 SWAT raid.

UPDATE: Police recover red car, items taken after shooting

Police now think the suspect or suspects, who on Friday shot a 19-year-old man three times, specifically targeted the man because of witness reports that items were stolen from the scene, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Shooting on south side of Columbia puts man in critical condition

A 19-year-old man was in stable condition after being shot multiple times during a possible "home invasion-style robbery," according to the Columbia Police Department.

Juvenile jumps off Jefferson City bridge, police still searching

A 16-year-old male in custody of the Division of Youth Services jumped into the Missouri River from the Jefferson City bridge Friday.

Suspects interviewed in connection with west Columbia thefts

A vehicle containing stolen property was found in west Columbia this morning. Five suspects were arrested in connection with larcenies from vehicles.

UPDATE: Man no longer sought in Callaway County truck arson fires

The man in a photo the Missourian ran in an earlier article is no longer a suspect or being sought by the Callaway County Sheriff's Department, said Tim Osburn of the department.

Police have arrested man in connection with armed robbery

A juvenile male was arrested Thursday in connection with the armed robbery of a Wise Guys pizza delivery driver.

Columbia man stopped twice on suspicion of driving while intoxicated

Robert Mitchell Eckerle, 48, was pulled over twice within a three-hour span. Eckerle already had at least three convictions for either driving while intoxicated or driving with excessive blood alcohol content.

Former Mizzou wide receiver pleads guilty to assault

Former Missouri wide receiver Tommy Saunders was sentenced to 15 days in the Boone County Jail after pleading guilty to assaulting a man on South Ninth Street.

Police looking for suspects in armed robbery of delivery driver

Police are searching for three suspects who robbed a Wise Guys pizza delivery driver at gunpoint on Sunday. No one was injured.

Decision on Jetton trial date postponed

A trail date has yet to be set for former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton's second-degree assault charge. The decision of when to hold trail is being pushed back.

Cole County teen murder suspect can't continue classes

Attorneys for Alyssa Bustamante had asked that the Cole County Sheriff's Office pay for her to enroll in a distance learning program.

UPDATE: Columbia Police Department still dealing with backlash about SWAT raid

"We did some things wrong," said Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton at a Monday afternoon press conference held at the Columbia Police Department. "And I'm telling you, it won't happen again."

Columbia police announce further changes to SWAT policy

The decision to execute a drug warrant will now be made by higher-ranking officers, Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Eight arrested during Columbia sobriety checkpoint

More than 350 vehicles were stopped Saturday night as part of the Columbia Police Department's sobriety checkpoint.

Columbia Police Department changes some SWAT team procedures

The Columbia Police Department has changed its process for deciding when to use its SWAT team for drug busts, Police Chief Ken Burton announced at a news conference Monday.

Kansas man sentenced to prison, fine for attempted child trafficking

A man from Overland Park, Kan., was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine after he pled guilty and was sentenced Monday to sex trafficking of a child

New Franklin's incoming police chief arrested on suspicion of DWI

On Thursday, New Franklin's incoming police chief failed a field sobriety test and refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test.

UPDATE: SWAT raid prompts Columbia police review of policies

The fatal shooting of a dog during a Columbia Police SWAT team raid in February has prompted death threats after the YouTube video went viral, Chief Ken Burton said at a news conference Thursday.

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