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Jeff Haldiman

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Bridge switch starts tonight

Work to switch traffic on the westbound U.S.54/63 bridge over the Missouri River in Jefferson City to the eastbound bridge so the westbound structure can be painted will begin at 7 p.m. today.

Callaway County soldier honored with monument

After a year of work, a monument to honor a Callaway County soldier killed in Kuwait will be erected at the end of the month.

Aldermen sworn in

Holts Summit’s mayor and board of alderman members took their oaths of office Monday night at the board meeting.

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3 charged in Jefferson City school bus shooting

Three people have been charged in connection with the shooting of an individual Wednesday afternoon, as well as hitting a bus carrying Jefferson City Public School students.

Former Jefferson City resident missing in Siberia

Colin Madsen vanishes from guest house in bitter cold

A Russian search using helicopters pressed on for a 25-year-old Jefferson City man Wednesday, three days after officials say he went missing in below-freezing conditions after venturing out before dawn from a guest house in a mountainous stretch of southern Siberia.

State skewered over handling of federal funds

State Auditor Nicole Galloway reported 18 deficiences in an audit of the state’s management and spending of federal dollars administered by state agencies.

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Unbridled generosity

It’s often been said that Central Missouri residents are known for helping their neighbors in a time of need.

Bridge closing date expected this week

While preparatory work for painting the westbound Missouri River Bridge in Jefferson City continues, the exact date for when the bridge will close for major repairs could be announced as early as Tuesday.

Missouri weather as unpredictable as ever

The Show Me State’s reputation for unpredictability will hold up this spring, according to officials at the University of Missouri’s Climate Prediction Center.

Preliminary work begins Wednesday on Missouri River bridge

Westbound bridge to close for 120 days in April

Motorists crossing the Westbound U.S. 54/63 Missouri River bridge in Jefferson City will soon begin seeing signs of work as contracting crews get ready to paint and repair the bridge.

Ag economist: Bleak outlook for farming

In the last few years, farmers have seen record prices and high profitability, but that may not be the case in 2016, according to a University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist.

Catholic diocese eyes ties to Girl Scouts

After reviewing a letter from a St. Louis archbishop, Bishop John Gaydos will consult with pastors and parent leaders of parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City regarding the diocese’s future involvement with Girl Scout programs.

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Missouri transportation officials hopeful for funding solution

For the first time in several years, transportation officials said they are optimistic the General Assembly could provide a financial solution for funding future transportation needs in Missouri.

Missouri Lottery marks anniversary with new Scratchers game

The Missouri Lottery’s first Scratchers game was played 30 years ago.

High-speed chase leads to multiple charges

A Fulton man is facing multiple charges after leading authorities on a two-county vehicle chase Friday night.

Jail use climbs as crime rates decline

Cole, Callaway counties mirror national trends, officials say

Cole and Callaway counties mirror a national trend of growth in inmate population that’s seen in a 45-year analysis of jail statistics.

Charges filed in weekend shooting in Callaway County

A man from California, Missouri, has been charged in connection with a weekend shooting in Callaway County involving a sheriff's deputy from that county.

Patrol investigates Callaway County shooting incident

The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances of an incident in which a Callaway County Sheriff's deputy shot a suspect overnight.

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Weekend deaths of 3 teen girls stuns Holt Summit

Three blue-painted crosses soon will stand on the side of eastbound U.S. 54 in Holts Summit, symbolizing young lives lost over the weekend. Seventeen-year-old Haley Bloebaum decorated the crosses Tuesday in remembrance of her two best friends — Elizabeth Moses, 17, and Miriah McDaniel, 17 — and McDaniel’s cousin, Meggan Fowler, 13, all of Holts Summit, who died in a two-vehicle accident.

Body found in Missouri River

Man's body believed to be the same as officials searched for near Rocheport Monday night.

Pro-pot group sues MUSTANG drug task force

An association that believes marijuana prohibition is a failed policy in Missouri has sued the MUSTANG Drug Task force saying it has failed to obey state laws regarding open public meetings and records.

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Fire victim: ‘I lost just about everything I own’

Blaze heavily damages Holts Summit apartments

Children playing with matches or a lighter Friday afternoon apparently set a bed on fire that spread and heavily damaged a three-story apartment building in Holts Summit.

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DirecTV, KOMU at impasse over contract

It’s been more than a month since area DirecTV customers lost signals to KOMU-TV and its affiliate CW network after the satellite service and local broadcaster failed to come to a contract renewal agreement.

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Officers post photo to show support for slain colleague

Current lawmen and former colleagues of a Jefferson City police officer who was killed on New Year’s Day 2011 took to Facebook to remember him as the murder trial of his wife got underway this week.

Theft ring active in Mid-Missouri counties

Authorities say burglars are targeting rural homes, businesses in Callaway

Authorities believe suspects in several thefts from rural areas in four central Missouri counties live in the area.

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Winter storm pounds Missouri

Winter Storm Warning in effect until midnight


Holts Summit theater to close

The owners of the Summit Plaza Theater in Holts Summit have confirmed the theater will be closing its doors.

Couple charged in infant’s death

Charges were filed Thursday against the mother of a 9-month-old boy found dead in a Holts Summit mobile home Wednesday and her boyfriend.

Man sentenced in 2008 child abduction in New Bloomfield

A Houston, Texas, man was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for helping to hide a Cole County girl in July 2008 from authorities, after he and the girl’s mother took the child in an attempt to deny her father his custodial rights.

Couple charged in three-year old's death

A Morgan County couple has been charged in the death of a three-year old boy.A Morgan County couple was charged Friday in the death of a Stover child after they allegedly tried to conceal a fatal beating by staging a fake hit and run accident.

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Alyssa Bustamante sentenced to life in prison for killing 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten

"If I could give my life to bring her back, I would," those are the words from Alyssa Bustamante to the family of her victim, Elizabeth Olten, prior to Bustamante receiving a life sentence in prison for the killing that took place in October 2009.

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Bustamante sentencing expected Wednesday morning

A Boston psychiatrist told Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce this morning that no scientific study has shown a connection between the anti-depressant drug Prozac and an increased incidents of suicides or violence, including murder.

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Bustamante’s journal recounts how she killed 9-year-old girl

A journal of Alyssa Bustamante matter of factly described how she killed 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in October 2009 and described the experience as ‘ahmazing,’ according to testimony Monday in her sentencing hearing.

Prescription drug part of Bustamante defense

Alyssa Bustamante’s prescription for Prozac may have helped lead her to killing Elizabeth Olten, 9, a consulting psychiatrist testified Monday afternoon.

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Bustamante pleads guilty to killing 9-year-old neighbor

Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to an amended charge of second-degree murder and a separate charge of armed criminal action for the Oct. 21, 2009, killing of a 9-year-old neighbor who had been visiting Bustamante’s younger sister.

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Bustamante pleads guilty to murder

At a half-hour hearing Tuesday morning, Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree murder and a charge of armed criminal in connection with the Oct. 21, 2009, death of Elizabeth Olten.

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‘Motion hearing’ set Tuesday in Bustamante murder case

A motion hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Alyssa Bustamante murder case.

Bustamante trial to be held in new federal courthouse

Trial delayed 3 more weeks, until Jan. 30, 2012

Jeff City woman faces charges after allegedly stealing car in Callaway

A warrant has been requested for a Jefferson City woman whom officials say admitted to stealing a car in Callaway County Tuesday morning following a brief pursuit by authorities in the capital.

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Missouri 179's daily travelers look for a new route

Jefferson City public works officials have been looking at what effects closing Missouri 179 would have on local traffic.

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Holts Summit man faces charges after leading police in high-speed chase

A Holts Summit man was charged Monday in connection with a high-speed chase through residential areas of Jefferson City on Sunday afternoon.

Olten family: Bustamante confession gone

Elizabeth Olten’s family “is devastated over the loss of the confession,” spokeswoman Pam Cafourek said Wednesday, one day after Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce suppressed some evidence in the state’s case against Alyssa Bustamante.

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Sandbagging begins around thrift store

They’ve seen what can happen when flash flooding reaches their building. And with the threat of long-term flooding taking place, officials at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Michigan Street are not wanting to take any chances.

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Wife to be arraigned today on murder charges

The first court appearance for a Holts Summit woman accused of killing her husband, a former Jefferson City police officer, is scheduled for this morning at the Callaway County Courthouse in Fulton.

Man held on charges of killing wife at McDonald's

A Jefferson City man is being held by authorities Saturday after fatally shooting his wife in a restaurant Friday night.

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Man charged with killing 3

Facing three counts of first-degree murder, a Holts Summit man appeared Friday afternoon in a Callaway County courtroom, a day after he was captured in what authorities had called a statewide manhunt.

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Man charged with killing 3

Facing three counts of first-degree murder, a Holts Summit man appeared Friday afternoon in a Callaway County courtroom...

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Maylee charged with murder and assault for Callaway County shootings

The Callaway County Prosecutor's Office has charged Joshua Maylee with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with a triple homicide investigation.

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Triple–murder suspect still at large

The manhunt for a Mid-Missouri gunman believed to have targeted and killed three Callaway County residents and wounded a fourth continued Wednesday night.

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Search continues for Mid-Missouri gunman

3 rural Holts Summit residents killed, 1 hurt

HOLTS SUMMIT, Mo. -- The manhunt continued overnight for a Mid-Missouri gunman believed to have targeted and killed three Callaway County residents and wounded a fourth.