Author Archives: Warren Krech

  1. jcfd chief remembers his days at ‘ground zero’

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    Your memories of ‘Nine – Eleven’ may include the images of the planes flying into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. But new Jefferson City Fire Chief Matt Schofield remembers seeing a smashed New York ladder truck and the wreckage at Ground Zero …

    Schofield was part of the Missouri Task Force One search team that worked in Lower Manhattan in the days immediately after ‘Nine – Eleven’.

  2. a columbia killer meets his maker

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    Earl Ringo, Jr. has been put to death by the state of Missouri for killing two people at a Columbia restaurant in 1998. The Department of Corrections says Ringo died by lethal injection at 12:31 a.m. The execution happened after both Governor Jay Nixon and courts refused to grant a stay or clemency.

    Ringo was convicted for the deaths of Joanna Baysinger and Dennis Poyser at the Ruby Tuesday on Bernadette Drive. The murders happened during a robbery committed by Ringo and Quinton Jones. Baysinger was a manager at the restaurant at the time, and Poyser was a delivery driver. Jones later pleaded guilty to the charges against him and testified against Ringo.

    Ringo’s attorneys tried unsuccessfully to halt the execution, citing concerns about one of the drugs the state uses in lethal injections. They said the drug, midazolam, could dull his senses and leave him unable to express any pain or suffering during the process.

  3. fulton woman gets prison for robbery and beating

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    A guilty plea gets a Fulton woman ten years behind bars. 59 – year old Pamela Carter admits to abducting, robbing and beating Sara Spencer outside the Fulton Wal Mart in October of 20-12. The victim was later dumped along a rural Callaway County road. Carter also admitted to robbing the Holiday Inn that same month.

  4. j-c high principal is out

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    Jefferson City High School’s principal resigns. Jeff Dodson stepped down Monday. District officials say Dodson was concerned that complaints about discipline issues had made it difficult for him to do his job. Sharon Longan will take over as interim principal at J-C high.

  5. mayor struemph outlines jcmo budget for 20-15

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    Are you getting a pay raise and an extra day off next year?  You might .. if you work for Jefferson City government … Mayor Eric Struemph proposes that city staff get President’s Day off in 20-15 and a 2 – percent raise . Struemph’s 29 – (m)million dollar spending plan includes funds for a bus route to serve the new St. Mary’s Health Center. He presented the plan to the Jefferson City council last night.

  6. a trooper won’t be charged after a drowning at the lake

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    A special prosecutor says she will not file criminal charges against a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper in the drowning of a man who fell from the trooper’s boat on the Lake of the Ozarks.

    Monday’s announcement by Amanda Grellner follows last week’s conclusion by jurors at a coroner’s inquest that the death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson was accidental. The jury found that Trooper Anthony Piercy was not criminally negligent in the May 31 drowning.

    Ellingson, a college student from Clive, Iowa, was being transported by Piercy after being arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Ellison was handcuffed when he somehow went into the water. His life vest came off, and he drowned.

    Grellner said the trooper’s actions did not meet the legal definition of criminal recklessness.


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    You’ve heard the stories about the 1954 riot at the M-S-P prison. Shots fired .. buildings burning .. inmates killed .. guards wounded. A special event ‘It’s A Riot’ will mark the 60th anniversary next week …

    The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Diane Gillespie says an event next week will include tours of the Marmaduke Home and a history lesson on the riot.

  8. JC’s New Fire Chief On KWOS Open Air

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    Jefferson City’s new Fire Chief is Matt Schofield.  He may be new to the Chief  job, but he’s no stranger to the JCFD.  Here’s our interview on KWOS Open Air:

    icon for podpress  KWOS Open Air 9/5/14: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

  9. jay barnes is more than ready for this week’s veto session

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    Your state lawmakers and Governor Jay Nixon are sure to ‘tangle’ this week. State Representative Jay Barnes says the governor has vetoed almost 150 – (M) million dollars in spending …

    The veto session begins Wednesday. Nixon’s vetoes include about 6 – (M) million needed for Lincoln to base its nursing school at the old St. Mary’s. He claims the legislative budget is 800 – (M) million dollars out of balance.

  10. man accused of pulling a knife in a bar

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    Fulton police arrested a man Friday night for holding a woman at knifepoint in a bar. Witnesses say Mathew James Hamilton began brandishing a knife and making threats toward the woman just after midnight Saturday. Hamilton is held in the Callaway County jail on 23-thousand-500 dollar bond on several charges including armed criminal action and assault.