Danny Jo Harbison, 34, was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

Harbison allegedly stole a car and a cellphone at gunpoint Sunday on Crofton Hall Road in northern Boone County.

The victim, identified as L.K.F. in a probable cause statement written by Boone County Sheriff’s Detective Chris Lester, reported that a red vehicle had stopped in front of her while she was driving. A man got out of the car, approached her and asked for directions to a nearby town, Lester wrote.

L.K.F. reportedly turned to the direction of the town. When she turned back to face the man, he was pointing a gun at her. He told her to get out of her 1998 Town and Country Chrysler minivan and took her cellphone before driving away in the van.

Lester said that he learned the man was Harbison during his investigation and that the victim later identified him in a photo lineup.

Sheriff’s Detective Tom O’Sullivan said investigators believe Harbison was with another person in the red car. The investigation is ongoing.

— Katharine Finnerty

Columbia man jailed for alleged sexual abuse

A 62-year-old Columbia man reportedly entered a woman’s apartment Monday and sexually abused her.

Spencer Jordan Jr. was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of first-degree sexual abuse and kidnapping.

Jordan allegedly went into the victim’s apartment in the 1600 block of Hanover Boulevard and got on top of the woman, who was sitting on her couch, according to the probable cause statement. When he began to fondle her, she tried to push Jordan off her and told him to stop, the statement said.

Pitts said police were dispatched at 5:40 p.m. Monday, and Jordan was arrested at 11 p.m. Thursday night.

He remained in the Boone County Jail on Friday afternoon in lieu of $11,000 bond.

— Katharine Finnerty

Kelly admits violation during run for mayor

Chris Kelly accepted responsibility last month for violations he and his campaign associates made during his run for Columbia mayor earlier this year, concluding an investigation by the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The violations emerged in March when Mayor Brian Treece’s campaign team filed a formal complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission regarding an in-kind donation to Kelly’s campaign from Columbia Marketing Group, a subsidiary of the corporation Columbia Business Times.

The Missouri Constitution prohibits corporations from making contributions to campaign committees, thus putting Kelly, Campaign Treasurer Nikki Krawitz and the campaign committee Friends of Chris Kelly in violation.

Upon learning about their violation, Kelly and his team paid $950 to Columbia Marketing Group for its work, and he attached an amendment to his most recent campaign finance report to reflect the transaction as an expense.

Kelly and Krawitz signed a consent order outlining their errors last month that was then approved by the Missouri Ethics Commission July 10.

The order states no further action will be taken in the case.

— Tom Coulter

Ingredient restaurant closes permanently

The popular lunch spot Ingredient True Eatery has closed its doors permanently.

Owner Barry Ogden, who lives in the Kansas City area, could not be reached to talk about the reasons he shut down the business. John Ott, who owns the building at 304 S. Ninth St., confirmed it was closed.

Ott said the owner had lost interest in the business and had not been involved in its day-to-day operations for some time.

He said that he posted the for-lease sign in its window mid-week and that he thought Ogden would be happy to sell the business concept and the equipment, if there were an interested buyer.

— Missourian Staff

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