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Crime

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.

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. The judge said if Boyd doesn't make restitution in time he should "pack a toothbrush."

Fifth day of trial shows videos of Tausha Fields, detectives

Friday morning during Tausha Fields' murder trial, videotapes were shown from voluntary interviews Fields' did in Alabama preceding her arrest.

Detective testifies in Fields trial about search for victim's body

Boone County Sheriff's Department Detective David Wilson testified about how Tausha L. Fields was involved with finding the body and the admitted lies she told to investigators during the process.

Woman issued summonses for cat abuse did not appear in court

Susan Kohler, who is accused of keeping 32 cats in a Motel 6 room, failed to appear for her court date Friday.

Columbia police chief: Decision to place downtown cameras to be based on data

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton is still reviewing the data involved in making a decision about downtown cameras. He expects to present information to the City Council in about a month.

Jefferson City bank robber appears to be man who robbed Columbia bank

A man robbed the River Region Credit Union in Jefferson City on Wednesday, and police say he seems to be the same man who is the suspect in robbing the Landmark Bank in Columbia on June 18.

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