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Suspect says he was visiting schools to 'bless them'

Apr. 18, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Court records say a man charged with trespassing at a Columbia middle school told officers he was visiting schools in the area to "bless them." Kelvin Joe is jailed on $10,000 bail on the felony. The Columbia Missourian reports that Joe was first given a "No Trespassing" warning April...

Teen charged with killing man who was trying to fix vehicle

Apr. 18, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A teenager who is suspected of fatally shooting a man as he was trying to fix a vehicle in Kansas City has been arrested at his father's home in Columbia. Eighteen-year-old Bryant Brown was taken into custody Tuesday and charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and armed criminal...

Columbia library evacuated briefly after threat received

Apr. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Operations have resumed at a Columbia library after it was evacuated because of a threatening message on social media. Columbia Police Sgt. Chad Gooch says patrons and employees were asked to leave the library for about an hour Tuesday after staff at Daniel Boone Regional Library...

Evidence indicates possible motive in abortion clinic fire

Apr. 15, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Evidence gathered in the investigation of a fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia indicates the suspect believes he is on a mission to protect the unborn. Wesley Brian Kaster, of Colombia, is a suspect in a Feb. 10 fire at the clinic. He faces charges of using explosive...

Man suspected of illicitly filming library patrons arrested

Apr. 15, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of filming patrons of a Columbia library in a bathroom and fleeing to Iceland. The Columbia Missourian reports that 43-year-old Jay Paul Robinson was arrested in Chicago and transferred Sunday to the jail in Boone County, Missouri. He faces...

Columbia airport reopens after closing last week

Apr. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia Regional Airport is back in business after closing last week over safety concerns. Flights began arriving and departing from the airport on Sunday, although some scheduled flights from Chicago were delayed by weather. The airport closed Tuesday after airlines canceled flights...

Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant finds new home at Missouri

Apr. 12, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — By the end of last season, Missouri fans were enjoying quarterback Drew Lock's final days running the Tigers' offense and wondering who would take over this fall. The answer came in a Twitter post the night of Dec. 4 when Kelly Bryant announced he was transferring to Missouri. The...

Missouri's Boone County joins opioid lawsuit

Apr. 12, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Another Missouri county is suing some of the nation's biggest drug companies over the opioid epidemic. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a resolution was approved Thursday naming a St. Louis firm to represent Boone County in the class-action lawsuit. The suit is pending in the...

Former inmate writes children's book to explain absence

Apr. 12, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Cory Crosby spent much of his time in prison wondering how to explain to his children why he wasn't a part of their life. But lacking the right words, he took the tools he had on hand, pens and paper and a love for illustration and writing, and used those to express what he could not...

Planned Parenthood seeks stay in Columbia clinic case

Apr. 11, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Planned Parenthood is asking a federal appeals court to delay a ruling on a case involving whether abortions will resume at its Columbia clinic. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a motion filed by the organization asks the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to wait until the U.S. Supreme...