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Man involved in head-on collision charged with murder

The 20-year-old driver involved in a head-on collision resulting in a woman's death has been charged with second-degree murder, according to court records. Lukas Evans, of Columbia, was charged on Friday and a warrant was issued for his arrest. His bond was set at $1 million with the condition he no


Federal judge stops Planned Parenthood's attempt to resume abortions in Columbia

A federal judge denied Friday an attempt from Planned Parenthood to resume being able to perform abortions at its Columbia location, according to court records. In December, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, which operates the Columbia facility, filed an injunction that sought to allow it to start pe


Police respond to multiple business break-ins in south Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Columbia Police responded to multiple burglaries off of Peachtree Drive early Saturday morning. ABC 17 News is still working to confirm details, but police have confirmed a burglar broke into several businesses around the area.


City of Columbia to distribute surplus used computers

COLUMBIA, Mo. - - Surplus computers in Columbia found new homes on Saturday. The City of Columbia, Voluntary Action Center and Downtown Optimist Club partnered to provide used computers to people enrolled in the VAC through the Homes for Computers Program..


Felon runs from crash in southern Boone County

BOONE COUNTY, Mo. - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is working to locate a suspected felon who fled from a crash on Highway 63 southbound around 9 a.m. According to Sgt. Scott White, troopers received information about a non-injury crash involving one car about 2 miles south of Mt. Pleasant.


Search for Columbia man suspected of murder continues in Fulton

FULTON, Mo. - Authorities in Fulton are asking for the public's help in the search of a man suspected of murder. Garland Wisley, 60, of Columbia, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in January in connection with the shooting death of John Albers.


Murder warrant filed in north Columbia killing

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A warrant has been issued for first-degree murder and armed criminal action in a January killing on Weymeyer Drive. The warrant was issued Friday for Laron Nesbitt, 24, who is an inmate in the Boone County Jail, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release. He is accused in


Crash report: 4-year-old struck by police officer's car didn't leave sidewalk

A uniform crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol offers more details on the death of 4-year-old Gabriella Curry, who was struck by a police officer's car at Battle High School on Jan. 4.


Prosecutors file charges in deadly Columbia crash

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A Columbia man faces a murder charge for a deadly crash last Saturday. Lukas S. Evans, 20, faces charges of second-degree murder and leaving the scene of an accident. Evans collided with Jordan Hoyt, 37, on Feb. 16 on West Boulevard.


FBI and DOJ investigating Missouri prison where workers are accused of sexual assault

Federal agencies are investigating a western Missouri women’s prison where current and former workers have been accused of sexually assaulting inmates. Karen Backues Keil is one of four women who have sued over the alleged abuse at Chillicothe Correctional Center. But court documents filed this mont


Columbia police confirm third shooting in three days

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Columbia Police Department has found evidence of gunfire for the third time in three days. Officers were sent to the 2300 block of Sears Court for reports of shots being heard at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Columbia Police Department spokesman Jeff Pitts said.


Fulton woman dies in fatal Columbia crash

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Columbia police investigated a fatal head on crash at Route WW and Hominy Creek Bridge Thursday morning. Investigators say three vehicles were involved when Eunice McCaleb, 79, of Fulton, crossed the center line of Route WW and struck Wendy Garcia-Raygoza, 24, of Fulton. The third ve


Second annual Black Expo fosters business relationships

They met as strangers and left as partners. Marissa Whitley Tago and Davina Rode took advantage of the opportunities presented at Columbia College's Black Business Expo on Saturday. Rode's family-owned restaurant, Rooten Tooten BBQ, is preparing for its grand reopening in March. After learning about


Section of Old 63 in Columbia closed due to trash fire

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Fire Department stated firefighters were working a garbage fire on Old U.S. Highway 63 Friday afternoon. The fire department tweeted a pile of debris caught fire in a privately-owned trash truck.


Former Catholic priest faces new charges after abusing boys in Illinois, Missouri and California

CLAYTON, Mo. -- A former Catholic priest is facing new charges a decade after being declared sexually violent and admitting he abused about 30 boys in Illinois, California and Missouri.


Boone County Fairgrounds up for sale and could return to Columbia

COLUMBIA - The Boone County Fairgrounds has three potential buyers after the lease is up in December of 2019. The potential buyers are Veterans United Home Loans, UPS, and JC Events. Jeff Cook owns JC Event and is also the Boone County Fair President.


Murder charge filed in December shooting death

Boone County prosecutors on Friday charged a man with murder in the death of a Columbia man who killed a local activist. Laron Christopher Nesbit, 24, of Calumet City, Illinois, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Jan. 17 death of 20-year-old Deonte Gainwell. Nesbit


Five deaths in Columbia crashes so far in 2019

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Five people have died in Columbia traffic crashes in the first two months of 2019, more than half the amount that died in all of 2018. Wendy Garcia-Raygoza died in a head-on collision Thursday morning on East Broadway near the Hominy Creek Trail. Columbia police said Eunice McCaleb c


One with life threatening injuries after east Columbia crash

COLUMBIA, Mo. - One person was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash on E Broadway near Keene Street. According to officials with the Columbia Fire Department, crews responded to the crash with entrapment at 7:50 a.m. Two people had injuries from the crash, a


Bill could let Missouri inmates serving life get hearing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Missouri inmates sentenced to life without parole could get a shot at a parole hearing under a criminal justice reform bill being considered by state lawmakers.