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Directors of the Boone County 911 center are piecing together what happened Thursday after a nearly five-hour emergency system delay. Center employees began receiving calls from citizens around 2:23 that their 911 calls were not being answered. Joe Piper, Deputy Director of Boone County Joint Communications, said it wasn’t soon after citizens’ concerns that he realized the impact of the delay. 

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Following three days of vigils held over the weekend, the family of Gaspar Soto-Reza is calling on the Boone County Sheriff’s Department to deepen its investigation into the man’s death.


Soto-Reza was first reported missing on Sunday, August 2 at a sub-division lake north of Columbia. The sheriff’s department and Boone County Fire Protection District located his body in the lake two days later.


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The Columbia Fire Department and Boone County Fire District are negotiating how they will divide responsibility for emergencies in and around Columbia. Currently, the two departments respond jointly to calls in certain areas along city limits.


UPDATE: Rescue workers have recovered the body of a 17-year-old boy who went underwater in a creek near Columbia while swimming with friends.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Paul Reinsch says the boy's body was recovered around 11 a.m. Friday.

Reinsch says authorities were contacting the boy's family before releasing his name.

Boone County fire Capt. Martina Pounds says local, county and state workers searched for the boy until about 11 p.m. Thursday and resumed the search Friday morning.

Boone County Fire Protection District officials will ask voters to approve a bond issue during the general municipal election this April.

Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp says half of the proposed $14 million bond would be spent on apparatus and equipment. The other half would go toward improving the fire district’s facilities. Voters passed a 12-year bond issue for the Fire District in 1998. After paying off that bond in 2009, the board of directors considered extending the bond issue, but decided not to do so due to the poor state of the economy.

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The Boone County Fire Protection District repaid more than $200,000 in misused funds to the Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday, settling a federal audit from the year 2009.