• Lucky's Market in Columbia to stay open as other locations close Posted on 21 January 2020 at 9:19pm

    COLUMBIA—Lucky's Market in Columbia will remain open, while the two other Missouri stores, and others across the country will close.

    Lucky's Market will be shutting down "as many as 32 of its 39 stores" nationwide, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

  • Man and dog travel 50 states in 50 weeks, make a stop in Columbia Posted on 21 January 2020 at 6:05pm

    COLUMBIA - One man and his dog are wrapping up a cross-country adventure that is far from ordinary. Michael Angelo Brown and his year-old pup Atlas have been "globetrotting" together as a part of their mission to travel to 50 states in 50 weeks.

    Brown and his English Cream Golden Retriever are only two states away from the finish line. Before reaching Kansas and Nebraska, the duo made a stop in Columbia on Tuesday.

  • City of Columbia preparing for possible winter weather Posted on 21 January 2020 at 6:00pm

    COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia is preparing on Wednesday morning for possible winter weather. A 22 person work crew will begin work on the roads at 7 a.m. The crew will salt the streets of priority routes to help minimize impact. 

    The City of Columbia urges residents to monitor the winter weather for their morning commute and drive safely in the event of winter weather.

  • New City of Columbia Fire Chief hopes to be accessible to the community Posted on 21 January 2020 at 5:42pm

    COLUMBIA - New Fire Chief Andy Woody always knew he wanted to be a firefighter because he grew up around fire stations as a kid, watching his father be a firefighter. 

    Woody became a firefighter at the age of 18 in Springfield, Missouri. In 2015, he became a training officer for the Searcy Fire Department in Arkansas and then moved to fire chief in 2017, according to a City of Columbia press release. 

  • TARGET 8 FOLLOW-UP: Father's latest push for coroner training bill Posted on 21 January 2020 at 4:29pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Tuesday marks what Jay Minor is hoping will be the first day of his last legislative session. Minor is fighting for justice for his son, Jayke Minor, who died in 2011. 

    A 2018 KOMU Target 8 Investigation detailed a flawed autopsy from the Howard County Coroner, who ruled his cause of death to be a drug overdose solely due to Jayke's history. The new bill will update training requirements. 

  • Columbia Police searching for man in stealing case [embedded content] Posted on 21 January 2020 at 4:25pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a stealing suspect. The man pictured has so far not been identified.

  • Pinnacle Hospital employees head to job fairs in search of a fresh start Posted on 21 January 2020 at 4:11pm

    BOONVILLE - Kelsey Breshears only worked at Pinnacle Hospital for a year, and now she's on the hunt for a new job again.

    "I really don't want to travel," she said. "But at this point in time, the jobs in Boonville are sparse. So if you can at least get your foot in the door somewhere semi-close, it's worth it."

  • Bill would eliminate life sentences for Missouri minors Posted on 21 January 2020 at 3:31pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Bobby Bostic wasn't supposed to see freedom after his prison conviction at age 16 - his sentence was for more than two centuries. But House Bill 2201 could change this.

    Rep. Nick Schroer, R-O'Fallon, is working with the judge who convicted Bostic in 1997 to change criminal sentencing reform for minors. Judge Evelyn Baker sentenced Bostic on 18 charges for armed robbery, among other things. She spoke in a press conference Tuesday on why the legislation and her ruling should be overturned.

  • Walmart shooter fired gun toward employees, customers Posted on 21 January 2020 at 3:19pm

    COLUMBIA - The man accused of opening fire inside of Walmart on West Broadway on Friday night threatened to kill store employees before firing a gun in their direction, according to newly released court documents.

    Police said the incident started when an employee of a Walmart approached a person who was in a restricted area of the store. The individual, 18-year-old Jamie Anton Jackson, began to have a physical confrontation with the employee.
    Jackson was carrying a firearm with an extended magazine in his waistband and the employee was able to take the magazine from him, police said. The employee could not take the firearm and Jackson ran toward the front of the store.
    According to a witness, Jackson was seen pacing with a gun while saying "I'm going to cap you guys, you don't know who I am." While standing outside, he then fired six shots at employees and customers who were standing near the front door. At least two store windows were damaged, but no injuries were reported.
    Jackson fled, but was later arrested at a nearby hotel. When interviewed by police, he admitted to firing the gun. According to the probable cause statement, he also admitted to placing the firearm in the floorboard of his car. Police later determined it was defaced and stolen.
    This is not the first time he has been found with a stolen gun. The probable cause statement points out that in January 2018 he was arrested for 1st degree robbery with one.

    Jackson is charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, property damage, stealing a firearm, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a defaced firearm and making a terrorist threat.

  • STORM MODE: Next round of winter weather possible Wednesday afternoon [embedded content] Posted on 21 January 2020 at 8:44pm

    MID-MISSOURI - A multi-day storm system is on its way to Missouri and could lead to icy roads and minor snow accumulations from Wednesday through Friday. Temps will be KEY during this upcoming event. Please stay tuned and keep checking back for updates.

    The KOMU 8 First Alert Weather Team is in Storm Mode 2 on our zero to five scale for Wednesday, meaning impacts to roads are possible and you will want to stay tuned.