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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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6:08 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Apartment complex cooperates with police

Aspen Heights photo by Michael Losch/KOMU via Flickr
Credit KOMU

Recent incidents involving robbery, gun fire, and large parties at Aspen Heights housing complex have encouraged the Columbia police department to step in. Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard says the beat sergeants and the sector lieutenant are now working with Aspen Heights management to improve safety and security. He says the management has been requesting a courtesy officer, or off duty police officer, on site to look over things.

“I think it’s just small things that need to happen and have to set expectations for the tenants and enforce the rules,” Bernhard says.

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12:07 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Columbia police investigating homicide at Truman VA Hospital

Columbia Police say they are investigating a homicide at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia that happened on Friday. In a press release, police say the suspect and victim were both patients at the VA Hospital, and that the suspect is currently in custody. Police aren’t releasing any other information right now.

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5:41 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ferguson family starts billboard campaign

. The Ferguson family started billboard campaign Monday and the composite image is a newer version of the pervious composite produced by Columbia police based on the information from an eye witness.
Maoling Xiong KBIA

Ryan Ferguson’s family started a billboard campaign Monday, encouraging the public to provide information about a composite image of a man possibly linked to the 2001 murder of Columbia Tribune editor Kent Heitholt.

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4:52 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

'Columbia Cease fire Initiative' aims to prevent violent crimes and assaults


The Columbia Police began the ‘Columbia Cease fire Initiative’ on Wednesday which compiles the names and photographs of individuals and close associates suspected of being involved with several shootings over the last four months.

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4:30 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Columbia Police investigation confirms incidents at CPOA/FOP golf tournament

The Columbia Police Department says an internal investigation confirmed that people were served drinks off the bare breasts of women at a Columbia Police Officers Association/FOP Lodge 26 golf tournament.

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12:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Man dies after reportedly jumping from downtown garage

A man died after jumping off the parking garage at 5th and Walnut in Columbia Thursday morning.

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9:25 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Mo. police, union investigate misconduct claim

Columbia Police and union officials are looking into claims that topless waitresses participated in a recent union fundraiser.

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AM Newscasts
10:11 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Newscast for Friday, June 22, 2012

Lorri Auer Flickr

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon to address 2013 budget
  • Columbia Police release internal complaint numbers
  • Yahweh's Restoration Ministry to broadcast on national television
9:31 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Columbia Police release internal complaint numbers

Lorri Auer Flickr

The Columbia Police Department is moving toward more transparency in dealing with internal complaints within the department. Earlier this month police voluntarily released a list of internal complaints against officers for the past year -- the first time they've done so. 

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4:01 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Bank robbery puts 3 Columbia schools on modified lockdown Thursday

Three Columbia schools were on modified lockdown for about an hour Thursday afternoon.

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7:44 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Rios murder conviction upheld

The Missouri Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of Steven Rios - a former Columbia police officer - in the 2004 killing of a college student Rios was in a relationship with.

Rios was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder for the death of Jesse Valencia, a 23-year-old University of Missouri student.

Rios is serving a life sentence.

Science, Health and Technology
9:17 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Police discuss heroin increase

Emily, a former heroin addict, talks about her struggle for sobriety at the town-hall meeting. Emily, who didn't share her last name with reporters, has been sober for five months, the longest stretch since she was 13.
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Columbia Police started seeing an increase in the number of heroin-related arrests and overdoses beginning about six months ago. Heroin is now the number-one drug the department investigates. Last night police held a town-hall meeting to inform residents about the growing threat.

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PM Newscasts
5:45 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Newscast for May 24, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newscast, including:

  • The announcement that the University of Missouri Press is closing
  • "FASTCAT" is the new bus line in Columbia that will run between the MU campus and downtown Columbia
  • The Columbia Fraternal Order of Police continues to call for the removal of Chief Ken Burton
  • The Missouri Council of the blind wants a Columbia chapter
4:20 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

FOP still pushing for removal of Chief Burton

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton
KBIA file photo

Columbia Police policies have changed but a police union is still calling for bolder action.

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10:42 am
Tue May 15, 2012

MU freshman quarterback arrested for leaving scene of accident

Corbin Berkstresser was arrested Tuesday morning.

Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser was arrested Tuesday morning for leaving the scene of an accident.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:13 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

MoDOT to crack down on youth impaired driving

The Missouri Department of Transportation is cracking down on youth impaired driving.

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PM Newscasts
5:18 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Newscast for March 30, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A lawsuit between southeast Missouri farmers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • A battery acid leak affecting Columbia Police Department and Joint Operations
  • Missouri Gaming Commission new rule regarding casino exclusion list
  • More corn planted this year since end of Great Depression
  • State Auditor Schweich releases report about misuse of federal funds
AM Newscasts
8:51 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Newscast for March 21, 2012

Legislation in Jefferson City calls for increased security at the Capitol.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, I'm Scott Kanowsky:

  • Missouri legislators wrangle with state budget.
  • Columbia Police will step up security during spring break.
  • Missouri Senate considers a bill putting more security cameras in the state capitol.
PM Newscasts
5:22 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Newscast for March 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The status of the Missouri budget.
  • What the Columbia Police Department is doing to prepare for Spring Break burglaries.
  • A Missouri law that would push tougher penalties on hunters who accidentally kill someone.

PM Newscasts
5:59 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Newscast for February 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Joplin looking for weather radios
  • New video camera for Columbia Police
  • True/False Film Festival chooses its lead documentary
  • Politicians to meet in Columbia to discuss flooding issues
4:54 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

New camera in downtown Columbia

KOMUnews Flickr

The nonprofit group Keep Columbia Safe donated almost three thousand dollars for a camera upgrade at the intersection of 10th and Cherry in Columbia.

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PM Newscasts
6:36 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

KBIA Newscast for January 4, 2012

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Regional news form the KBIA newsroom, including:

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8:24 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Columbia police plan training on bias-free policing


Columbia’s police department is conducting a day-long training next week on respectful community policing. It’s part of a larger effort and community discussion on improving the relationship between the police and the public. JESSICA PUPOVAC has this…

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