• Virtual town hall outlines beginning steps to redefining community policing in Columbia Posted on 8 August 2020 at 9:47pm

    COLUMBIA – The call to improve community policing is on the rise, especially in the wake of nationwide protests after the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.

    In Columbia, a virtual town hall brought together community and law enforcement leaders to discuss beginning steps. Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones, interim University of Missouri Police Chief Brian Weimer and Lt. Michael Hestir, who serves as the training and recruitment supervisor for the Columbia Police Department, attended.

  • Saturday COVID-19 Coverage: David Barton Elementary employee tests positive for COVID-19 Posted on 8 August 2020 at 5:41pm

    As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. 

    You can find an active map of confirmed COVID-19 cases county by county here, COVID-19 cases in Missouri broken down by county. 

  • Missing woman found dead in Pike County [embedded content] Posted on 8 August 2020 at 4:08pm

    PIKE COUNTY - A woman who the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported missing and "possibly in danger" Thursday was found dead in Pike County Saturday morning. 

    The MSHP said in a tweet Thursday morning that the Monroe City Police Department was searching for Amanda Johnston, 32. 

  • Two men charged in fatal shooting at Warrensburg party Posted on 8 August 2020 at 3:20pm

    WARRENSBURG, Mo (AP) — Two Warrensburg man have been charged in a shooting at a large birthday party that left one woman dead and two other people injured.

    Twenty-five-year-old Evan Lanigan and 28-year-old Christian Harrison were each charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and several other counts in the Aug. 1 shooting in Warrensburg that killed 18-year-old Maliyah Lakey. Witnesses told police Lanigan pulled a gun during an argument with Harrison, leading to a large fight. Lakey's body was found in an alley near the house. A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old female who were also shot were treated at were treated at area hospitals. 

  • One 15-year-old dead, another airlifted after UTV crashed into truck head-on Posted on 8 August 2020 at 1:32pm

    OSAGE COUNTY - One 15-year-old died and another was airlifted to University Hospital after they hit a truck head-on while driving a UTV Friday.

    According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, two 15-year-olds were riding in a UTV on County Road 413 west of Highway A in Osage County.

  • MAC cancels fall football season due to virus Posted on 8 August 2020 at 11:48am

    (AP) - The Mid-American Conference has become the first league competing at college football's highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19 concerns.

    MAC schools rely heavily on revenue from playing road games against power conference teams. Most of those games were canceled when the Power Five went to exclusively or mostly conference schedules.

  • Computer sales rise this tax holiday weekend Posted on 8 August 2020 at 11:45am

    COLUMBIA - The tax holiday weekend is here and shoppers are bumping up computer sales. From Aug. 7-10 shoppers can buy certain items like school supplies, clothes, and computers without the sales tax. 

    Due to COVID-19 rates increasing daily, more students are leaning towards online courses. 

  • Man charged in Joplin shooting death at a storage unit Posted on 8 August 2020 at 11:17am

    JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old Carthage man is charged with first-degree murder in a December 2019 shooting death of a man at a storage unit.

    Mason Roach is also charged with armed criminal action after 36-year-old Jonathan Powell was shot at the storage unit in west Joplin.

  • Hundreds sick across 43 states due to salmonella from onions Posted on 8 August 2020 at 10:18am

    (CNN) -- A salmonella outbreak caused by onions is expanding and has infected 640 people from 43 states. At least 85 of them have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

    "If you don't know where your onions are from, don't eat, serve, or sell them or any food prepared with them," the CDC said Friday.

  • Daughter, CPD ask for help in Columbia missing man case Posted on 7 August 2020 at 10:16pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for help in locating a Columbia man who was last seen on July 25. 

    58-year-old Clayton Jacobs was last seen leaving his home on his white 2020 Honda Ruckus scooter.