Jefferson City police arrested a man wanted in a Texas murder. 33 – year old Kenneth Williams was arrested Wednesday after officers staked out a home on North Ten Mile Drive. Williams was sought in connection with the June death of a woman in Chambers County Texas. A woman with Williams .. Alexandra Barnes .. was arrested for felony charges of helping him avoid arrest.
Flooded low water crossings and power lines knocked down by falling trees seems to be the worst of the damage is our immediate area from last night’s storms. Jefferson City crews says limbs knocked out power to several areas including part of Broadway. In Holts Summit heavy rain and high winds hit the area in the first round of storms that came through. Tornado warnings were issued for Cole, Callaway, Boone and Moniteau counties. Emergency officials caution that flooded areas are still not safe to drive through.
Severe storms pushed through mid-Missouri Wednesday night.
Flash flood warnings are in effect through Friday morning for Benton, Boone, Camden, Cole, Howard, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Pettis, Phelps and Pulaski Counties.
*ABC 17’s Lindsey Berning went to the location where emergency crews were dispatched to the intersection of Garth Ave. and Sexton Road around 8:15 PM Wednesday night for a water rescue. People on the scene told ABC 17 the intersection was taped off for three stalled cars in the standing water at the intersection. ABC 17 saw crews clearing out storm drains to recede water and also push off one vehicle to a nearby parking lot. The intersection was reopened at about 8:45 PM Wednesday night.
*ABC 17’s Trevor Beshear reports Cole County road crews are working to cleanup power lines near Broadway and Cedar Way in Jefferson City that were knocked down by a tree limb.
Walmart on Grindstone Pkwy. in Columbia was closed due to flooding and damage to skylights Wednesday nights.
The ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather team gathered several storm damage reports from across the area Wednesday night.
In Sedalia, power poles were blown down over Highway B, and 17 roads were completely covered in water. A radio station was flooded and had to be taken off the air due to water coming into the studio. Over 50 vehicles were stranded in the city due to flooding.
Also in Pettis County, 5″ to 6″ of flood water was moving over the roadway.
In Columbia, MoDOT was dispatched after 5″ to 6″ of water was rushing over I-70 at mile marker 130. Several Columbia roads had flash flooding early Wednesday night.
A funnel cloud was reported in south Columbia at 7:40 p.m. near Rock Bridge Elementary.
In High Point in Moniteau County, trees and power lines were downed. Tree branches and power lines were reported down in Cole Camp and in Ionia in Benton counties.
In Stover, wind damage to trees was reported.
A tornado warning was issued for Benton County, which is where large 12″ diameter trees were downed in Warsaw. The National Weather Service in Springfield reported the Benton County Sheriff’s Office observed a possible damage path through Warsaw, with several trees uprooted and mobile homes with damage. There were also water rescues ongoing before midnight with water getting into homes.
Jefferson City firefighters think a house fire Wednesday may have started thanks to a malfunctioning kitchen appliance. Crews were called to the home in the 3000 – block of Stadium View Court around 5pm. The fire was quickly brought under control. Most of the damage was in the kitchen and surrounding rooms. A dog died in the fire.
Jefferson City’s First Christian Church is holding its annual “New To You” sale this July 4th from 8AM to 2PM, at 327 East Capitol Avenue. We talked about the event with Rev. Beau Underwoodon KWOS Open Air:
A Callaway County man faces statutory rape charges after allegedly having sex with a 16 – year old girl. 34 – year old George ‘Will’ Ferguson is accused of forcing sex on the intoxicated 16 – year old in the fall of 20-14. The girl told investigators she had gotten drunk at the bar in Mokane and went to his Tebbetts home with Ferguson. The victim claimed she’d had sex with Ferguson twice while she was 16. He first denied the incidents but later admitted to them.
A Cole County judge has dismissed the lawsuit alleging the state Senate was violating Missouri’s open records and meetings law.
The suit accused the Senate and three senators of violating the sunshine law by keeping Progress Missouri from videotaping some Senate hearings. The Senate countered that the state Constitution gives it the authority to set rules for its hearings, including rules to control who records.
Cole County Judge Jon Beetem said the Senate is operating within the powers granted to it by the state Constitution, and it is up to the courts to protect that authority.
Beetem further said there is no right granted by the U.S. Constitution for a public entity to record or photograph open government meetings.
Progress Missouri is considering whether to appeal the ruling.