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Crime
7:51 am
Fri July 25, 2014

All Columbia police officers to wear body cameras

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The Columbia Police Department plans to outfit all of its uniformed officers with body cameras.

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Shots Fired
4:26 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Police investigating five shots fired incidents in Columbia

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Columbia Police officers responded to five separate incidents of shots fired over the weekend.

At 8:15 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to shots fired at the intersection of Garth Ave and Oak St. A gunshot victim with non-life threatening injuries was driven to the hospital in a personal vehicle.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Two bills passed to strengthen penalty of disarming police

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Two bills to further protect on duty officers are currently awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature.  The Columbia Police Officers' Association has supported legislation that would make it a felony to disarm a law enforcement agent of any weapon, not simply their handgun. 

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Crime
8:07 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Attorney files lawsuit over Ferguson case

Ryan Ferguson
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An attorney for a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's slaying was overturned has filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking $100 million.

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Crime
8:31 am
Fri February 14, 2014

CPD Deputy Chief retiring to lead national organization

Deputy Chief Dianne Bernhard
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Columbia Police Department Deputy Chief Dianne Bernhard announced her retirement on Thursday. Bernhard accepted an offer to be the Executive Director of Concerns of Police Survivors, a national organization that provides resources for families and co-workers of police officers killed in duty.

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Snow accidents
11:26 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Be careful out there: Snow last week coincided with spike in vehicle accidents, stalls

Traffic on snowy College Avenue in Columbia
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Most everyone knows driving in the snow can be dangerous, and numbers from last week seem to confirm it.

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Crime
11:08 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Violent crime decreases in Columbia in 2013

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The Columbia Police Department released its Uniform Crime Reporting data for 2013. The report shows a violent crime index of 3.76, which means there are 3.76 violent crimes committed per 1,000 people in Columbia. The index hasn’t been this low since 1985. Columbia PD has had to adjust to a shortage of available staff. Public Information officer, Latisha Stroer, says an increase in retirements has played a role.

“We’re at the lowest number of officers that we have been since 1993. We’ve had the highest number of retirements last year, we have a large number of officers retiring again this year. Every department nationwide has had problems with recruiting officers, new officers, and people wanting to come into this profession,” Stroer said.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Matthes says he won't reinstate former police officer Rob Sanders

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Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes announced he will not reinstate former officer Rob Sanders to the Columbia Police Department.

Sanders was fired in 2011 for use of excessive force on an inmate. Surveillance video released by the police department shows Sanders shoving the inmate into a wall in a holding cell. 

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Crime
8:43 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Columbia PD cracks down on jaywalkers

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The Columbia Police Department is cracking down on pedestrian and bicycle violations along Providence Road to increase safety awareness. 

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Crime
9:12 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Lack of mentors, 'no-snitch' culture contribute to violence in Columbia, say police, community

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The Columbia Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence convened Wednesday evening to investigate community violence with help from the Columbia Police Department. 

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Politics
9:53 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Mayor McDavid backs off police officer property tax proposal after public forum

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Just over a week after introducing the idea of a new property tax to fund the hire of 35 new police officers in Columbia, Mayor Bob McDavid has decided it's not necessary after all.

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Politics
1:08 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

McDavid announces plan to reduce crime in Columbia

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid speaks on how he plans to reduce crime in the city.
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Speaking before a crowded conference room at City Hall, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid opened his press this morning conference bluntly.

"Columbia has too much crime," he said, as a slide behind him read the same.  "Nobody here disputes that."

Crime in Columbia has been a growing concern among residents and government officials – so much so that McDavid has come up with a six-point plan he thinks could lessen violent crime in Columbia.

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Crime
6:53 am
Thu July 25, 2013

CPD: 'Clerical error' misclassifies May shooting

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Columbia police say a clerical error caused the Missouri Highway Patrol to classify an unsolved fatal shooting as a justifiable homicide.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a monthly statistical report compiled by the patrol lists a 21-year-old white male as the shooter in the May 19 death of 25-year-old Brandon Coleman.

Coleman's family and some community leaders have criticized Columbia police for not making an arrest in a case police say remains under investigation.

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Crime
7:14 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Man shot and killed in McKee Park

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Columbia police say a man was killed in a shooting at a city park. The shooting occurred late Sunday at McKee Park in northeast Columbia.

Police say a man died from gunshot wounds after being taken to a hospital. His name has not been released but police say he was a black male in his late teens or early 20s.

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Crime
7:21 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Motorcycle crash in Columbia kills one

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A 29-year old has died following a motorcycle crash in Columbia this weekend. The Columbia Police Department said Brandon E. Bainter lost control of his motorcycle early Sunday morning. He was traveling on Broadway toward Westwood Avenue when he went off the left side of the road. The motorcycle then hit a utility pole.

He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said excessive speed is believed to be a factor.

   

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Crime
8:31 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Columbia employs iPhone technology for parking violations

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Columbia Public Works is using a new form of technology to enforce parking regulations. The department has started using smart phones to document parking tickets, correspond with other agencies involved in issuing the tickets, and to take photos of the parking violations.

This technology will replace the currently used devices which use outdated technology and have caused complications in communication. Columbia Parking Supervisor Tanner Morrell says the phones are simplifying the communication between the agencies involved in issuing tickets.

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Crime
2:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Who's behind the Columbia downtown-shooting video?

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The Columbia Police Department is continuing to investigate a shooting in downtown Columbia Saturday night.  Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, three young men were shot near the intersection of 10th Street and Broadway.  While the incident has some concerned about the safety of Columbia’s downtown area, a video of the shooting captured by a bystander has sparked a reaction from many residents.

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Politics
8:49 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Missouri's racial disparities in traffic stops mirror national trends

The Missouri attorney general's annual report on racial profiling shows little progress, despite efforts in Columbia to increase dialogue on the issue.

A new report showing that African-American drivers are more likely to be stopped by police in Missouri is consistent with finding across the United States, according to a researcher that worked on the state report released by Attorney General Chris Koster.  The report measures the racial disparity index,  a system to measure and compare the frequency that drivers of various ethnicities are stopped and the racial proportion of the population.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Church holds active shooter training

Columbia Police Department. Two officers recently held an active shooter training day at Alive in Christ Lutheran Church.
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When Michael Hestir visited Alive in Christ Lutheran Church earlier this month, he wasn't there to worship. He was there to help churchgoers prepare for a possible emergency.

Hestir, a sergeant of the Columbia Police Department, has been going to churches around Boone County for the past five years to raise awareness on church violence and how to act.

In the past decade, America has seen an increase in people coming into church buildings and taking lives.

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Crime
9:12 am
Tue May 7, 2013

2012 Columbia Police report: Fewer incidents require police intervention

The 2012 annual police report reveals a decrease in the number of incidents in Columbia requiring police intervention. The 438 incidents in 2012 in which police had to use force are significantly fewer than the 604 reported in 2011. The report also showed that officers drew firearms on 285 occasions this past year, a 37 percent decrease from 2011. Sergeant Barbara Buck of the Internal Affairs Division said the police department is being proactive in its efforts to reduce crime in Columbia.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Columbia city council approves funds for Armored Personnel Carrier

Columbia's  city council members have approved funds to purchase an Armored Personnel Carrier for the Columbia Police Department.

The Department plans to replace its current vehicle with the Lenco BearCat, at a cost of about $200,000. Council members approved the appropriation at Monday night's city council meeting.

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said it is essential to have such a vehicle in case of gun violence.

Crime
8:23 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Columbia PD to conduct sobriety checkpoints around St. Patrick's Day

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The Columbia Police Department received multiple grants to help better patrol roads for drunk drivers and youths not wearing seat belts. The grants, provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traffic & Highway Safety Division, will go towards enforcing youth seat belt use and sobriety checkpoints.

Columbia Police Traffic Unit Supervisor Sergeant Curtis Perkins said the goal of the grant provided for the youth seat belt enforcement is to have a visible presence.

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Weather
5:43 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Columbia police team with towing companies to clear roads

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Police are working with private towing companies to remove stalled and abandoned vehicles to make way for snow plows. The Columbia Police Department said they've received more than 180 calls in Boone County since Thursday morning. Calling the police station is not recommended as a way to locate your towed vehicle.

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Crime
10:07 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Columbia PD reports decrease in crime since 2011

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If Columbia seems less dangerous these days, there may be a reason. Data from The Columbia Police Department show that crime rates have decreased since 2011 with the exception to reported rape and sexual assaults.

Columbia police have looked at past crimes and trends in the city, and have adapted to prevent future crimes. Columbia Police Department Spokesperson Latisha Stroer recalls recent changes.

“We had some violence that occurred in and around Douglas Park,” Stroer said. “We had two-man units placed there to help this relationship with the community and that area.”

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Crime
1:10 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Update: Victim, suspect ID'd in Truman VA hospital homicide

78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw was the man killed by another patient at Truman Veterans Hospital on Friday, Columbia police spokesperson Sgt. Joe Bernhard said in a release. 

Bernhard said Hill was involved in an assault at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. He died from the injuries he sustained in the assault. The release said no weapons were involved in the assault, but didn't go into further detail.

Politics
3:57 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid stresses importance of airline deal

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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid plans to run for a second term and is putting extra importance on issues that he says still need resolving. McDavid thinks transportation is the key to improving Columbia’s economy in the coming years.

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Crime
4:51 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Captain Dianne Bernhard appointed Deputy Chief of Columbia Police Department

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Chief Ken Burton announced the new Deputy Chief of the Columbia Police Department this morning. Captain Dianne Bernhard, a 20 year police veteran will now be responsible for overseeing the work of the police department's three main bureaus: Patrol, Operations Support and Administrative.

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Crime
11:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Columbia Police Department names Deputy Chief finalists

From left: Administrative Support Captain Dianne Bernhard, Internal Affairs Lieutenant Shelley Jones and Public Relations Unit Sergeant Jill Schlude.
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The Columbia Police Department says even though it conducted a nationwide search to find the new Deputy Chief of Police, the three finalists for the job are all officers currently with the department.

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Politics
11:09 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia Police Captains now "at will" employees

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The Columbia City Council has approved an amendment that changes the status of Columbia's Police Captains from classified to unclassified employees. Under the new classification the police captains lose their right to due process and are now "at will" employees under Police Chief Kenneth Burton.

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Business
7:15 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Columbia businesses evacuated after gas leak downtown

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A gas leak Tuesday evening in Columbia caused emergency officials to evacuate several businesses and close down a section of Ninth Street South.

At 4:59 p.m. the Columbia Fire Department responded to reports of a gas odor outside the construction site at 308 Ninth Street South, according to James L. Weaver, public information officer with the Columbia Fire Department.

Several nearby businesses were closed including Starbucks, Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery, Weaver said.

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