Mid-Missouri News
Former Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to stealing and fraud

A former CEO will spend at least five years in prison after a plea deal today. Former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole pleaded guilty to felony stealing and securities fraud in relation to the failed Mamtek project in Moberly. Attorney General ...Read More

More locally produced food could be coming to school lunches

(AP) - Missouri is offering grants to help get more locally produced food into school meals and snacks. The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced in a news release that applications will be accepted through October 31. To qualify for competitive ...Read More

Local control and teacher tenure questioned on ballot measure

(AP) - Missouri voters are likely to hear a lot about good teachers and local control in the coming months. Public education groups are gearing up for a big battle with prominent political donor Rex Sinquefield over a proposed constitutional ...Read More

Strong rain marks start of September

It's an extremely wet, and potentially dangerous, start to September. Strong storms rolled into the area starting late Monday afternoon. A lightning strike caused a small fire at an apartment on Eastwood Drive near the Interstate 70/Highway 63 connector in ...Read More

Cole County burglary suspects on the loose

A worker reports a robbery at Bee Line Snack Shop. A clerk was preparing to open the store on Old Lohman Road just west of Jefferson City at about 5:30 a.m. Monday when she noticed someone trying to break into ...Read More

Fraud plea possible today for ex-Mamtek CEO

A plea on fraud and theft charges could be coming Tuesday, for the former CEO of a failed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly. Bruce Cole faces five felony counts over the Mamtek plan, which got $39 million dollars in local ...Read More

Several lane closures coming on Highway 63

A small repair Wednesday could spell big traffic headaches for about a week. The northbound lanes of Highway 63 over Grindstone Creek will be getting some repairs starting Wednesday night, closing one lane of the bridge until sometime Saturday. The ...Read More

County adds $240K to defend Ferguson lawsuit

(AP) It appears Boone County is bracing itself for a big legal fight. The Daily Tribune reports commissioners Tuesday could add another $240,000 in budget revisions, as they prepare for Ryan Ferguson’s civil lawsuit. That pushes the budgeted defense total ...Read More

Updated funeral protest law now in place

(Missourinet) Missouri now has an updated law to ban protests at funerals in the state – one that is based on law that has withstood a challenge in court. Missouri law already required protesters to stay 300 feet away from ...Read More

Loan program announced for Ferguson businesses

(Missourinet) Businesses that have been impacted by unrest following the shooting death of Michael Brown August 9 are being offered no-interest loans. $1-million dollars is being committed to the program, divided evenly among the state’s small business loan program, the ...Read More

Body Cameras coming for police in Ferguson

(AP) - Police in the St. Louis suburb where a white officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old will soon wear body cameras while on patrol. KMOV-TV reports that Ferguson police are being trained to use and wear the battery-powered ...Read More

UPDATE: Missing Pilot Grove Girl Found

**UPDATE** Chawnette Hazlett has been found, according to her mother's Facebook page. Angela Hazlett updated her status at about 10:00 p.m. Friday night saying that Chawnette was found safe. No further details were released. **ORIGINAL STORY** A girl from Pilot ...Read More

Shooting of 6-year-old child was premeditated

We now know that 27-year-old Scottie Willet is the man accused of murdering a 6-year-old child is Callaway County. Sheriff Dennis Crane says Willet had been living in the home of the victim as an acquaintance of the family. He ...Read More

CPS achievement data shows overall gains

Overall, it's a pretty good report card for Columbia Public Schools. The district showed improvement on MSIP 5/Annual Performance Report (APR), scores in the MAP and ACT exams, and AP class placement. APR jumped from 79.6% in 2013, to 80.4% ...Read More

Forecaster calls for wet Labor Day Weekend

It’s not exactly the best football forecast. ABC 17 Stormtrack Meteorologist Brittany Beggs says highs should be in the 80’s over Labor Day Weekend, but some rain rolls in starting Friday afternoon. "It's gonna be spotty overnight, so we're gonna ...Read More

Missing Jefferson City boy found safe

A five-year-old Jefferson City boy is now OK, after concerns overnight he was kidnapped. We got the Endangered Person Advisory late Thursday night for Cameron Thomas. Authorities believed his non-custodial father, Melvin Thomas, took him from the mother’s house on ...Read More

Katfish Katy’s meth problems

Katfish Katy may have a meth problem. Deputies busted five people at the campsite on the Missouri River west of Columbia Thursday morning, saying they were running a significant drug operation. Authorities found almost a pound of meth and digital ...Read More

U Wrench It owner arrested

He is a business owner, and now he’s a suspected drug dealer. Earl Witt, 52, owner of U Wrench It, was handed a federal indictment at a court appearance Thursday. The indictment alleges that Witt was found with pot he ...Read More

Suit claims police brutality at Ferguson protests

(AP) - A federal lawsuit alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The five plaintiffs in ...Read More

Unemployment, casino bills among new Missouri laws

(AP) - Dozens of new Missouri laws are taking effect, including ones that could make it harder for some fired employees to collect unemployment benefits and easier for high rollers to bet big bucks at casinos. Thursday marked the standard ...Read More