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Man who visited schools to 'bless them' gets probation

Jun. 14, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man who told officers he was visiting Columbia schools to "bless them" has pleaded guilty to first-degree trespassing. KMIZ-TV reports that 53-year-old Kelvin Joe, of Columbia, was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after entering the plea Wednesday. Joe was given a...

$10,000 reward for tips on Columbia cold case murders

Jun. 12, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — CrimeStoppers of Columbia is offering a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to arrests in 15 unsolved murders in Boone County since 1978. Terry Robb, board president of the organization, said in a news release Monday that it is frustrating some of the murders have gone unsolved for more...

Columbia woman dies after being hit by vehicle

Jun. 2, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A 25-year-old woman has died after being hit by a car in downtown Columbia. Columbia police say in a news release that Katie Paul died Saturday night. She and another pedestrian were struck by the car earlier in the night. They were taken to with life-threatening injuries. Officials...

Northwest Missouri sees divide over wind power projects

May. 24, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The public divide over wind farms starts with the term itself. Atchison County in the northwest corner of Missouri is home to what, thus far, is the largest wind-power project in the state. A landowner and a business leader see the wind turbines as bright, white, spinning beacons of...

Many calls to Missouri elder abuse hotline going unanswered

May. 22, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Only about half of last year's nearly 92,000 calls to Missouri's hotline to report abuse of the elderly were answered and the situation has only gotten worse, according to state records. From January through April this year, only about 39 percent of calls to the Missouri Elder Abuse...

Police arrest suspect in naked break-ins of 2 Missouri homes

May. 20, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Police in central Missouri say they have arrested a suspect after reports that a naked man broke into two homes. Interim Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones said the man got into homes about a half-mile apart early Saturday. He said police believe he tried to enter other homes. In both...

Man seeks funds for incubator to help minority entrepreneurs

May. 19, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia man launched a business, published a children's book and created a nonprofit after serving eight years in prison. Cory Crosby now has his heart set on opening a business incubator that welcomes Columbia's minority entrepreneurs. Crosby is trying to fundraise $100,000 to open...

Missouri system approved 5 percent increase in tuition

May. 15, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Undergraduate students at all University of Missouri System schools will face a 5 percent increase in tuition for the next academic year. The UM System Board of Curators on Wednesday approved the increase, which ranges between $14.20 and $17.30 per credit hour. Only nonresident...

PI sentenced on gun count, avoids murder charge in shooting

May. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri private investigator who told authorities he fatally a shot a man two years ago in self-defense has been sentenced to two years in federal prison on a firearms charge but won't be charged with murder. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 54-year-old Ricky Gurley was...

FCC authorizes $22 million for broadband in rural Missouri

May. 14, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The federal government has approved spending $22.4 million during the next decade to expand broadband access in rural Missouri. The FCC announced Tuesday that the money is designed to help provide access to 13 counties and 7,400 Missouri homes and businesses without broadband. The...