Columbia man charged with physically, sexually assaulting ex-girlfriend

A Columbia man is facing multiple charges after being accused of sexually assaulting, punching and threatening his ex-girlfriend.

Raymond Williams, 32, was charged Monday with kidnapping, two counts of rape or attempted rape, sodomy or attempted sodomy, domestic assault, second-degree property damage, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence.

Williams was arrested around midnight Sunday and is currently being held in Boone County Jail without bond.

A probable cause statement written by Officer Nicholas Glandon detailed the assault.

On Sunday, Williams allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend after she broke up with him the previous day, according to the statement. The ex-girlfriend ended up with a broken nose, cheekbone and hand. Williams also allegedly broke the woman’s glasses while punching her.

Williams then allegedly forced the woman at knifepoint to get in a car and drive to Jefferson City, leaving their two children home alone, according to the statement. On their drive back, Williams stopped at a location near their apartment and allegedly tried to dispose of evidence of the assault by burning a couch cushion, clothes and towels, all of which were covered with blood.

When they returned to the apartment, Williams attempted to sexually assault her repeatedly, according to the probable cause statement.

The next day, Williams’ ex-girlfriend drove him to Jefferson City, dropped him off and then drove back to Columbia.

— Jacob Horton

Ragtag launches new fundraiser with films selected by locals

The Ragtag Film Society will soon launch a new fundraiser featuring six films selected by six prominent Columbians.

The fundraiser, CoMo Famous, will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 at Ragtag Cinema, 10 Hitt St. The society chose six community members who each picked a favorite film to screen for one night. They will compete for the most money made in ticket sales.

“The funds raised for CoMo Famous will ensure that Ragtag Film Society can continue to screen the best of independent film at Ragtag Cinema every day,” Jodi Mitori, development and communications director of the society, said in a news release. The funds will also help support the True/False Film Fest.

Here are the 2019 contestants and films, as well as the film screening dates:

  • “RBG,” Sept. 17 — Brianna L. Lennon, Boone County Clerk.
  • “Fried Green Tomatoes,” Sept. 18 — Anastasia Pottinger, Rogue Studios.
  • “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Sept. 24 — J.D. Calvin, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
  • “No Impact Man: The Documentary,” Sept. 25 — Barbara Buffaloe, City of Columbia.
  • “Do the Right Thing,” Sept. 26 — Nikki McGruder, Inclusive Impact Institute.
  • “Dirty Dancing,” Oct. 1 — Erica Pefferman, Columbia Marketing Group.

The winner of the competition will be announced Oct. 3. Tickets for the six movies are now available at

— Thea Chen

Shooting in Shoppes parking lot leaves one man with injured leg

A man was shot in the leg Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the Shoppes at Stadium.

The Columbia Police Department responded to a report of a possible robbery and shooting that they received around 3:40 p.m, according to a news release from the department.

The police said the shooting victim and witnesses didn’t want to share much information. But officers and detectives did learn that the victim agreed to meet another person in the parking lot to sell a marijuana cartridge for a vaping unit.

An argument broke out, and the other person showed a handgun before shooting the victim, according to the release.

The victim signed a document saying he’d decline to pursue any prosecution, according to the release. The police had no information to share about a suspect.

The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. He was treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital.

— Missourian staff

Dogs abandoned near Rocheport rescued by local activists

Able and Blackie, two dogs abandoned in a Rocheport trailer park for months, were running out of time to be rescued.

Fortunately, the dogs will be finding new homes with the Fayette-based animal rights groups PAWS and Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue after the Missourian reported on the dogs’ predicament Sunday.

Nancy Shepherd, co-chairman of PAWS, said as a lover of older labs, she couldn’t help but take in Able herself.

“My husband and I normally have a two-dog rule, but this time we’re breaking it,” she said.

Shepherd said she’s been doing rescue work her whole life and that Able will have the perfect home on her 200-acre farm, where he’ll be unchained the rest of his life.

“He’s already playing with other dogs. He’s so grateful to have freedom,” she said. “It’s the perfect life for a dog because they have no rules except we love them and they come home.”

Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue, a group based in Columbia that specializes in rescuing neglected and abused dogs, rescued Blackie on Monday afternoon, said Jill Swain, assistant director.

From there, Blackie will be brought to the Unchained Melodies training facility, fitted for a collar and harness, and rehabilitated with local foster families for future adoption, Swain said.

Supervising editor is Tynan Stewart.

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