Police: Teen arrested Sunday said he wanted to kill someone

A teenager who was arrested Sunday after a shots-fired report had displayed a weapon and said he was looking to kill a person who had disrespected his friend, police say.

According to a probable cause statement from Officer Brittany Williams, a woman told police that Daniel Ayers and another male approached her house in the 5300 block of Silver Mill Drive to ask where “GT” was.

Ayers displayed a gun after knocking on the woman’s door, the police said.

The woman said Ayers told a juvenile in the home that “he was going to kill GT.” She showed officer Williams a Snapchat video of Ayers holding an AR pistol and said it was the same gun he was holding on her front porch.

Ayers wanted to kill GT because GT had “disrespected 9,” a “recently deceased friend of Ayers,” the victim told police. According to reporting from the Columbia Daily Tribune, “9” was a nickname used by E’quan Spain, who was fatally shot Sept. 14 in Columbia.

Shortly after Ayers left the woman’s house and walked to a neighboring duplex, several people called the police to report shots fired in the area. Ayers was arrested for assault in the fourth degree and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to a probable cause statement from Officer Kyle Joseph, police on Sunday also arrested Le’andre J. Mitchell on charges of stealing a firearm after they found him to be involved with the shots fired. They received permission from the homeowner to search Mitchell’s residence and discovered a Springfield XD-40 caliber handgun.

The gun had been reported stolen from a vehicle near Mitchell’s residence. Mitchell admitted to possessing the firearm. He then allowed police to search his phone, where they observed him “brandishing the stolen handgun” in an image from Sunday afternoon.

Columbia police arrested Michael L. Anderson III on Sept. 20 in connection with Spain’s death. Police also issued a warrant for the arrest of Aaron Harris for his alleged role in the shooting of Spain.

On Wednesday night, Columbia Police responded to reports of shots fired just after 7 p.m. off Rice Road.

— Maria Benevento

Race to the Dome postponed till November

The 10th annual Race to the Dome on the Missouri River has been rescheduled for Nov. 2.

The canoeing and kayaking event had been scheduled for Saturday, but high water on the Big Muddy has forced the postponement, Steve Schnarr of Missouri River Relief said in a news release. The race is a fundraiser for the group.

The Race to the Dome, so named because it ends near the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, features two options. Participants can paddle 15.8 miles from Hartsburg to the Wilson Serenity Point at Carl R. Noren Access on the north side of the river at Jefferson City. Or they can begin the race at the Providence access on Perche Creek, which leads to the Missouri River, then continue on to Jefferson City. That course is 27.6 miles long.

Those interested in racing can register through midnight Oct. 31 at the race website. The cost per paddler is $55.

— Missourian staff

South Rock Quarry to close Sunday night for film production

Part of Rock Quarry Road will be closed from 11 p.m. Sunday until 5:45 a.m. Monday for a film production, according to a news release.

The road will be closed between Missouri 163 and the property at 6150 S. Rock Quarry Road.

Spectrum Studios, a production studio and equipment rental service in Columbia, requested the road be closed in order to shoot scenes for a film, according to the news release.

Randy Sinquefield, president of the studio, said he couldn’t share the details of the project until it is completed.

Spectrum Studios produces different types of digital content such as commercials, music videos, films and documentaries, according to its website. The studio has been operating out of Columbia since 2007.

Drivers shouldn’t attempt to drive around or move the barriers in place and should find an alternate route, according the news release.

Concerns with the closure can be directed to Boone County Resource Management at 573-886-4480.

— Skyler Rossi

MU receives $4 million grant to turn biomedical research into products

The University of Missouri has received a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead 16 Midwestern universities to commercialize products from biomedical research.

The Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC), based at MU, will support investigators across six contiguous states to commercialize their research innovations. The collaborations will initiate a link between MU and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and will include collaboration with MU campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis.

The consortium will be led by William Fay, MU School of Medicine senior associate dean for research; Sheila Grant, MU associate vice chancellor of research and strategic initiatives and MU College of Engineering associate dean of research; and Bill Turpin, MU interim associate vice chancellor for economic development, according to a UM System press release announcing the grant.

The consortium will develop partnerships that give researchers the training and resources needed to validate the clinical and commercial feasibility of their innovations. It will also provide researchers with funding and mentorship necessary to develop products that prevent and treat diseases.

The NIH grant includes $994,707 for the first year then $980,957 each succeeding year until August 2023.

— Ashley Jones

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