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2 of 5 Missourians hurt as boat explodes still hospitalized

Jun. 17, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two of five people from Kansas City remain hospitalized after their boat exploded on the Lake of the Ozarks. The 25-foot Chris Craft boat exploded and caught on fire Saturday afternoon at the Millstone Marina & RV resort. A preliminary report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol...

Missouri woman dies after golf cart overturns

Jun. 17, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

ELDON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 47-year-old woman died after her golf cart overturned. The patrol says Tisha Vanbarneveld, of St. Charles, was injured Saturday when she was thrown from the golf cart after it went off a road and overturned in Eldon. She was flown to University...

2 more suspects arrested in child abduction case

Jun. 17, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two women are charged with helping a relative who left Missouri with her daughter five years ago despite not having custody of the child. A Missouri State Highway Patrol report says 23-year-old Julianna Pagano and 59-year-old Valerie Pagano, of Rocheport, are charged with...

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...