A popular mid Missouri bowling alley and night club are a total loss after an apparent electrical fire early Monday morning. Rainbow Lanes and Hooks Bar and Grill at the Osage River burned to the ground. Firefighters were on the scene at the Junction of Highway 50 and 63 east of Jefferson City most of the day Monday. The blaze was one of three within 24 hours in the Jefferson City area.
An 88 year old Columbia man pleads guilty to reduced charges in the stabbing death of his wife. Donald Rowland faces a seven year sentence for involuntary manslaughter for last year’s death of Betty Rowland. Rowland was originally charged with murder in the case. He tried to commit suicide after stabbing his wife and told police the couple wanted to die rather than be a burden to their families.
The fire at the Rainbow Lanes bowling alley at the Osage River was so intense that firefighters had to scramble to safety just before the roof collapsed. The fire at the Osage County 50 – 63 junction started around 3:30am. Initial crews called for assistance from the Jefferson City Fire Department who had to use their largest unit to battle the fire. Seven departments helped out at the scene.
Water had to be shuttled in just to fight the fire. Investigators are working on a cause but think the fire had been burning for quite a while before it was spotted.
Fire fighters in Jefferson City have had a busy last 18 hours or so. A couple dozen firefighters were needed to put out an apartment fire on Cherry Street Sunday morning. Fire was shooting through the roof of the old house when firefighters arrived just after ten Sunday morning. The building is considered a total loss. The Red Cross is helping up to 15 residents of the apartment building and two neighboring buildings that suffered heat and smoke damage.
Just after ten oh clock last night…crews were called to the city’s east side to fight a fire at a former used car dealership. The two alarm fire apparently started the garage area of the building on the grounds of the old Cohen Auto Sales. Firefighters fought the flames and heavy ice build up on the building and in the parking lot as the fought to put out the blaze that left the building a total wreck.
Boone County sheriff’s deputies may never know why a Boone County man killed two house mates and seriously injured a third. The sheriff’s department says 28 year old C.J. Parker shot 53-year-old Deborah Koontz and her 51-year-old brother Donald Wilson to death inside the Santa Anna Drive condominium they all shared Saturday night. A third resident, 44-year-old Willie J. Mays is said to be in critical condition at University Hospital in Columbia. Parker was killed in a shootout with a Boone County deputy moments after the shootings.
TEXAS COUNTY – The Missouri State Highway Patrol held a news conference Friday morning on a mass homicide that happened overnight near Tyrone.
Sgt. Jeff Kinder confirmed nine people were deceased. Of the nine, seven are suspected homicides. Authorities said the suspected shooter shot himself. They also said an elderly woman died of natural causes. One other person was injured.
Sgt. Kinder said this is a difficult case to cover.
“In our job we see a lot of bad stuff, and this is bad,” Sgt. Kinder said. “This is also hard on the police officers who are working out there. It’s not natural to see that sort of thing. And I’m sure they were as shocked as a lot of the people are in this room.”
There are multiple crime scenes. They consist of five homes in Texas County and a separate scene in Shannon County. That is where authorities said they found a car with a deceased shooter inside.
Several media reports indicate the Missouri State Highway Patrol had a mobile command post set up near the intersection of Highway 137 and Route H.
The Texas County Sheriff and the Missouri Highway Patrol are investigating the case.
“I believe we have seven investigators with our division of drug and crime control,” Sgt. Kinder said. “They are still working active crime scenes in Texas and the one in Shannon County also.”