Violent crimes increase in Columbia from 2008 to 2009

Despite a national drop in violent crimes, Columbia saw an increase in aggravated assaults and forcible rapes between 2008 and 2009, according to an FBI report.

New group meets to promote police accountability, community improvement

CoMo Citizens, a newly formed group in Columbia, aims to open dialog and cooperation with the police department to help prevent further incidents like the Feb. 11 SWAT raid.

MU graduate copes with effects of sexual assault

J. woke up with no memory of the night before and a condom wrapper next to her bed. It was the beginning of a months-long ordeal that has no end in sight.

Columbia hit-and-run victim in 'good condition'

A pedestrian, struck by an unidentified vehicle Saturday night near Henderson Road on U.S. 40, described as being in "good condition."

Columbia police's internal investigation finds no wrongdoing by SWAT officers

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said the officers involved in the Feb. 11 incident acted appropriately and announced more changes to department policy.

DWI patrol results in six arrests

Four sheriff's department deputies patrolled from 11 p.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday. The patrol was funded by a grant through Partners and Prevention at MU.

Car crashes into house on Bethel Church Road

A 21-year-old Columbia woman was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, resisting a lawful detention and careless and imprudent driving involving an accident.

Resolution would send second Columbia oversight board member to training

The Citizen Review Board hopes to send a second member to a conference of the National Association for Citizen Oversight of Law Enforcement. The City Council originally voted to send only one person to the training, but now, with a revised cost estimate, the council will revisit the request.

Citizens Police Review Board hears police Taser policy

The Columbia Police Review Board heard a presentation Wednesday night on the Columbia Police Department's Taser policies.

Teen charged with armed robbery for February incident

Germion Forrest, 16, has been charged in connection with a Feb. 28 purse-snatching at Forest Village Apartments. The police are still searching for two suspects.

Columbia church reports possible money-wiring scam

According to a Columbia Police Department press release, the United Church of Christ might have been a victim of a phone call scam for money.

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.