A man accused of setting his wife on fire is back in the courtroom and the verdict is ‘guilty’. 46- year-old Willard Hunt had his first trial halted in June because of a problem with evidence. This second trial was moved to Carroll County because of the extensive media coverage at the time of the crime. Prosecutors say Hunt poured gas on his wife and their house and then lit the fire. The woman was burnt over 40 percent of her body.
A Jefferson City woman dies in a Kingdom City crash. Troopers say 82 – year old Lauraine Wildhaber was killed when the pickup she was riding in was broad-sided by a semi on Highway – 54. Wildhaber’s husband .. Ken .. the driver, suffered moderate injuries. The South Carolina trucker had only minor injuries.
A bicyclist is hit and killed in Cole County. The patrol says 21-year-old Christopher Gill was riding his bike in a ditch on Heritage Highway south of Jefferson City yesterday (mon) evening. He then went on the road and an SUV hit him. Gill died at the scene.
On 10-11-14 at approximately 2 a.m., the Jefferson City Police Department’s 9-1-1 Communications Center began receiving calls of an assault at 2519 Missouri Blvd, also known as Steak and Shake. When responding officers arrived they observed the victim, a 44-year old Cole County resident, lying on the ground, conscious and breathing but with blood coming from the back of his head. The victim was transported by ambulance to Capitol Region Medical Center for treatment. The victim’s head injury was serious enough that he was later transferred to a hospital in Columbia. It was later learned that the victim had sustained two fractures to the back of his skull and is in serious condition.
During the interviews that took place that evening and over the next few days, Ryan Kelly, 24, of Jefferson City, was arrested on October 13th for the crime of Assault 1st degree. He is currently incarcerated in the Cole County Jail pending charges.
Jefferson City Police Detectives are continuing to investigate and interview witnesses in the case.
Is a Jefferson City elementary school out of control? About 50 parents of children at Moreau Heights Elementary school say teachers at the school are bitten and kicked on a daily basis, students are hurt in fights…and teachers are not backed up by the administration. The charges were levelled at a school board meeting Monday night where a large crowd called for new leadership in the district.
A former Princeton professor is now among those arrested during protests over the past few days in Ferguson. Civil rights activist Cornel West was one of the 13 arrested Monday at the Ferguson police headquarters.
County Police said some protestors told authorities that they wanted to be arrested. Arrests were made after the crowd started pushing into the officers' shields and forcing through the line of police.
Six other people were arrested for blocking traffic when they sat in the middle of a busy road.
Several hundred people attended the organized four-day long protest in Ferguson and other parts of St. Louis.
A mid Missouri man is in jail in Lake Ozark after leading police on a wild car chase over the weekend. Police say William Smith was high on drugs when the chase began on Highway 54 near Big Surf early Saturday morning. Smith drove in the wrong lanes of highways at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. He sped through parking lots, drove on the golf course at Tan Tar A, and damaged at least one police car before his car blew a tire in front of Menards in Lake Ozark. He’s held on several charges and 15-thousand dollars bond.
It was a deadly weekend on mid Missouri roads. Four people died, and two children seriously injured in a head-on wreck on Highway 50 in Morgan County Friday night. The Missouri Highway Patrol says a car driven by 22-year old Kelsey Toebben of Jefferson City was trying to pass a semi near Otterville…when it collided head on with a car driven by 42 year old Phillip Allen of Rolla. Toebben and a passenger in her car…25 year old Justin Gaddis of Knob Noster died in the crash…as did Allen and his wife Carin. The Allen’s two children were seriously injured and flown to a Kansas City hospital.
A wreck on Route C in Russellville took the life of one man and left three others seriously injured. 47-year-old Albert Meissner died when the car he was driving was struck head on by a truck driven by 43-year- old Salvatore Coombs which had crossed the center line of the road. Meissner’s wife Cherre and the couple’s two children were seriously injured.