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Parks and Rec employee dies in accident

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on July 8, 2011. COLUMBIA — A Columbia Parks and Recreation Department employee died Friday morning in a work-related accident near the MKT Trail. The city employee got trapped between the cab and the bed of the dump truck, said Battalion Chief Steve Sapp of the […]

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Public Defender rejetcts triple homicide suspect’s appeal

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Nov 19, 2010. COLUMBIA — The Missouri State Public Defender System on Friday turned down a second application  from the man arrested in October in relation to a triple homicide in Callaway County. Joshua William Maylee’s request was denied in a counsel status hearing, Callaway […]

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Man, mother arrested in assault case

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Nov 5, 2010. COLUMBIA — A Columbia man and his mother were arrested early Friday morning for suspected involvement in a stabbing incident, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said. Ja’Vante Thomas, 18, and his mother, Jennifer Thomas, 34, were taken into custody after a heated […]

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Arrests on Homecoming game

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Oct 24, 2010. COLUMBIA — As thousands of Missouri fans, spurred by a victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, rushed the field Saturday night, law enforcement wasn’t taken by surprise. “Plans were in place,” MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer said. “It’s not like it happened […]

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Police respond to nine burglaries

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Oct 24, 2010. COLUMBIA — Nine burglaries were reported over the weekend. The incidents occurred between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. It is likely that perpetrators took advantage of people leaving their homes for […]

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Senator’s brother arrested on drug charge

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Oct 22, 2010. COLUMBIA — William McCaskill, brother of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, was arrested Wednesday in his hometown of Holts Summit on a warrant for felony drug possession. McCaskill, 48, was charged with drug possession on Aug. 31, and a warrant was issued for […]

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Playstation scare

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Oct 8, 2010. COLUMBIA — The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force wants to remind folks that they never really know whom they are talking to on the Internet. Detectives with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department assigned to the task force and the Moberly Police Department concluded an […]

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Indictment in embezzlement case

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Sept 24, 2010. COLUMBIA — A former bank manager and treasurer of a defunct Columbia youth soccer league has been indicted on charges of embezzling $30,000. A federal grand jury indicted Michael Robert Rettke, 41, of Columbia, on Thursday, according to a news release from […]

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Man arrested for alleged sexual assault

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Sept 24, 2010. COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested a 52-year-old man Thursday night on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 2009, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. Kenneth Ray Dothage, of 2199 East Highway 163, was arrested on suspicion […]

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Family files lawsuit against police raid

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Sept 20, 2010. COLUMBIA — A Columbia Police SWAT raid that happened in February has prompted a lawsuit against the city of Columbia, according to an attorney of the family targeted by the raid. The lawsuit was filed before noon on Monday in the U.S. […]

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