Stories for September 2010


Thursday, September 30

Catholic school locked down after trespassing

Man had repeatedly visited school

Issues of faith and security were the cause of a school lockdown Wednesday at St. Joseph's Cathedral School in Jefferson City.

Deep hole needed for cooling historic KC museum

When the mansion that houses the Kansas City Museum was built, the cooling system was open windows.

Missouri woman accused of rape, sodomy

A southeast Missouri woman faces a long list of charges for allegedly having sexual relations with up to four teenage boys.

St. Louisan admits selling counterfeit goods

Sentencing will be in January for a St. Louis man who admitted to selling a large volume of counterfeit merchandise.

13 meth labs found at Missouri home

SCOTT CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Three people in southeast Missouri face charges after 13 methamphetamine labs were discovered at their home.

Prosecutor reviewing St. Joseph officer's death

A county prosecutor is reviewing what authorities have called the accidental, fatal shooting of a St. Joseph police officer by a fellow officer.

Japan apologizes to former POW from St. Louis

Nearly seven decades after Japanese troops captured Earl Szwabo during World War II, the suburban St. Louis man has received an apology.

St. Peters weighs smokeless tobacco ban

ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) -- Smoking has long been banned at city buildings in the St. Louis suburb of St. Peters. Smokeless tobacco could be next.

Wednesday, September 29

Camdenton tops Lady Jays in volleyball

CAMDENTON, Mo. -- The Camdenton Lady Lakers captured a 25-16, 25-19 win over the Jefferson City Lady Jays on Tuesday.

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Lady Jays fall 5-1 to Troy

The Jefferson City Lady Jays lost 5-1 Tuesday to Troy at the American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex.

Helias downs Hickman in volleyball

The Helias Lady Crusaders pulled out a 25-11, 27-25 win over Hickman on Tuesday.

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Helias rolls past Osage

The Helias Lady Crusaders improved to 9-3 with a 7-2 win Tuesday over the School of the Osage Lady Indians at Washington Park.

Missouri's cold medicine database to go online

Consumers wanting to buy certain cold and allergy medicines in Missouri soon will be checked in a statewide database intended to catch people involved in making the illegal drug methamphetamine.

Lincoln takes 16th at women's golf tourney

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Lincoln women's golf team took 16th in the 18-team Grand Canyon Fall Invitational on Tuesday at the Coldwater Golf Club.

Monday, September 27

PERSPECTIVE: Absentee voting begins; ballot issues clarified

There are more indications the November General Election is drawing near, as absentee voting opened this week.

ANALYSIS: Family attacks grow in Missouri Senate race

The Missouri Republican Party convened a conference call of the state’s media this past week to express their political outrage about a coffee pot shared by a Senate campaign manager and a union director.

4 Mid-Missouri residents hurt in crash

Four Tuscumbia residents suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Miller County.

Steven and Jan Houser give community a musical soul

Conducting with both her body’s sway and her distinctive left hand cue, the worship music flows from Jan Houser and her piano through the choir’s voice, hopefully to touch congregation members’ souls Sunday mornings at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, where she is music director. Her humble yet equally talented husband, Steven, can be found singing in the choir’s back row, providing interlude on his saxophone, or quietly making technical adjustments for Jan throughout a Sunday’s service, too.

Judge Hamilton lauded at retirement reception

Gene Hamilton served community for 28 years

Hundreds of friends and colleagues gathered at a reception Friday night in Fulton to honor Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton on his retirement. During the reception, speakers lauded Hamilton not only for his exceptional legal skills but also his high standards of excellence he maintained during his long career as a prosecutor and judge.

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Students collect change to help missionaries in Peru

A church in Pisco Playa, Peru, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2007 and re-opened in May 2010. The students at Immaculate Conception School held a “penny war” this week to help support the schoolchildren in that area.

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New mansion preservation director reorganizes docent program, events

A new face in the Governor's Mansion, Laura Bennett-Smith, joined Missouri Mansion Preservation as the executive director just over a year ago and has since found little chance for rest. Plans for reorganizing holiday events are under way and include the mansion taking on a different look than even the most frequent of visitors may not recall from years past.

Several travel writers to visit Jefferson City

Sarah Stroesser wants everyone to know what a great place Jefferson City is. With the help of four new visitors, that might happen. Stroesser, communications director for Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, announced that four writers for various publications from both in and out of state are visiting the area through Tuesday to profile different interesting aspects of the city and surrounding area.

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16 Lincoln students hurt as car hits bus

Students all treated and released; group of 30 returning from pageant in Atlanta expected back on campus today

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Some college students involved in a crash on Interstate 75 at East Ridge on Sunday credited their bus driver’s quick thinking for minimizing the impact. All the students from Jefferson City’s Lincoln University declined to give their names after an adviser told them not to. About 30 students were returning from the Miss Historically Black Colleges and Universities Pageant in Atlanta, where one had placed second. They were near the northbound welcome center at East Ridge, Tenn., when police said Esdras Lopez Chavez, 23, lost control of his Ford Mustang and hit the bus in the right front corner. The impact knocked the bus over one lane and nearly into the concrete median wall, students said. Initially, 16 students were taken to four Chattanooga area hospitals, where all were treated and released.

Thursday, September 23

SEC official pressed on delays in Ponzi case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators pressed the Securities and Exchange Commission's chief enforcement official Wednesday to explain why the agency has yet to demote or fire staffers who waited 12 years to bring charges against an alleged major Ponzi scheme.

Abbott recalls infant formula on bug contamination

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts.

Egnew making his mark at tight end at Missouri

Michael Egnew is second on the team in receptions (29) and yards (257) after three games. It's exactly what the junior envisioned when he was being recruited after watching the exploits of Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker.

See You At The Pole draws nearly 30

Custodian Darryl Davenport's radio squawked that students were standing in the rain around the flag pole Wednesday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City.

JCHS junior accused of school bus assault

A Jefferson City High School junior could face a suspension, after allegedly assaulting two middle-school students in a school bus incident about 7:23 a.m. Wednesday.

Fulton police rescue family with help of young girl

A young Fulton girl played a key role in helping her family out of a dangerous situation early Wednesday.

Three defendants still face charges in Apache Flats break-in, death

Two more people have accepted plea bargains in connection with last October's home invasion, robbery and killing at an Apache Flats mobile home park.

Despite set vote, trash debate continues

Residents unhappy over timeline, procedures

The question of when residents will vote on a proposed ordinance to remove mandatory participation in Jefferson City's trash contract may have been answered at Monday night's City Council meeting, but there are still some unanswered questions.

Panel named on Jefferson City multipurpose

Last week, Jefferson City's parks director said the steering committee to gauge public interest in a multipurpose building would be a good cross-section of the community.

Wednesday, September 22

Regulators OK restart plan for Michigan pipeline

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Federal regulators said Wednesday they have approved a plan to allow a pipeline that leaked at least 820,000 gallons of oil in southern Michigan this summer to gradually restart.

Woman accused of shaking baby waives arraignment

The lawyer for a Taos woman accused of shaking an infant in her care in August waived her arraignment Tuesday on a charge of felony child abuse.

Newark, NJ, schools to receive Facebook donation

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The public school system in New Jersey's largest city is poised to receive $100 million from the founder of Facebook.

Chrysler suspends workers caught boozing on tape

DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler says it has suspended some plant workers caught by a Detroit television station drinking alcohol and smoking what appeared to be marijuana during breaks.

Six injured in collision

Five Jefferson City residents and a Eugene man were involved in a two-car accident at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday on Missouri 17, south of Cedar Knoll Drive, in Cole County.

Absentee voting applications accepted

Applications are now being accepted for absentee voting through Nov. 1 for those wishing to vote in the Cole County clerk's office.

Lake Expressway ribbon-cutting scheduled

A ribbon-cutting for the U.S. 54 Expressway is planned at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, on the new westbound lanes near the Camden/Miller county line at Lake of the Ozarks.

Pavers, bricks being sold for bike path

Pam Boatright wants to help people leave their lasting impression on Jefferson City, one brick at a time.

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Foundation works to prevent teen suicide

It is a scary fact, but teen suicide is a reality. Every 100 minutes, a teen commits suicide.

Dogs rescued from Camden County breeder

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued more than 100 dogs from a licensed breeder in Camden County on Tuesday.

Historic Preservation Commission moving ahead on Jefferson City projects

Jefferson City's Historic Preservation Commission is looking to fulfill some of its priorities from the recently approved Preservation Plan.

New Bloomfield names interim superintendent

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Thomas C. Baugh has been hired to become the interim superintendent of the New Bloomfield R-3 School District.

Lung problems delay Poe's recovery

Kelsi Poe's family expects that, any day now, she'll begin physical therapy at the Rusk Rehabilitation Center.

Congress to send small business bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A long-delayed bill to help struggling small businesses with easier credit and other incentives to expand and hire new workers is poised to clear its final hurdle.

Miller Performing Arts Center

When the Jefferson City High School alma mater refers to “... The Red and Black will always wave over JC, JC ...,” it may not be repetition for musical affect.

Tuesday, September 21

Neighbors speak against rentals

On Monday night, the members of the Tanner Bridge Road community proved that making your voice heard could effect change.

Sunday, September 19

To preserve the historic building, the Wallendorf Cabin was moved to a new location

On the move

With ties to agriculture through early German immigrants and to national history through a Civil War battle that almost was, the Wallendorf Log Home certainly is a historic city Landmark.

Friday, September 17

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Helias runs over MICDS

Published: Thursday, September 16, 2010 11:10 PM CDT The Helias Crusaders concentrated on their run game at practice this week.

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Helias’ emphasis on run game pays off with win over MICDS

The Helias Crusaders concentrated on their run game at practice this week. It was time well spent, as the Crusaders ran around, over and through the MICDS Rams on Thursday night in a 40-20 victory at Adkins Stadium.

Police: Man targeted governor

Suspect mistakenly stabbed dean

A man accused of stabbing a Kansas City college official intended to instead attack Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and mistakenly believed he had done so, police said Thursday. The suspect, 22-year-old Casey Brezik, did not know Nixon and had no particular beef with the governor, but he decided to attack him because he was a top government official, Kansas city police spokesman Darin Snapp said.

Attorney: Change redefines number of households served, reduces amount trash company pays city

The current status of Jefferson City’s contract with Allied Waste may soon be for the dustbin. Michelle Gleba, Jefferson City communications manager, announced Thursday morning the City Council will hear the introduction of an ordinance to change the terms of the trash contract to alter the number of households that will be served and the amount Allied Waste will have to pay the city.

Wednesday, September 15

OUR OPINION: Your Opinion: A forum to exchange ideas, not endorsements

Allow us to offer our opinion about your opinions. First, our thanks to all contributors. In our opinion, the forum is at its best when it serves as an exchange of ideas that advance a community conversation.

Tuesday, September 14

OUR OPINION : Opportunity to help formulate strategic plan

Opportunity soon will be knocking. A three-part strategic plan for economic development shepherded by the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce is about to enter its second phase, titled Opportunities.

Monday, September 13

OUR OPINION : Safe drivers contributed to reduction in fatal accidents

Drivers, start receiving compliments. You have played an integral role in helping decrease traffic fatalities to their lowest level in more than 50 years.

Friday, September 10

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JCTV on YouTube

The newest JCTV programing is coming to a computer near you. With online social media more prevalent in everyday life, station manager Gloria Enloe said JCTV has now gotten on board with the movement by adding some new platforms. Enloe said that close to six months ago, she and others at JCTV decided to launch a Facebook page for the station. But just two weeks ago, Enloe said, the station took the next step when they added a JCTV YouTube station to the fold.

City wins green grant

The newest developer of the Jefferson City riverfront might just be the federal government. In a Wednesday announcement, a government program called “Greening America’s Capitals” named Jefferson City as one of five state capitals to receive federal assistance to help develop neighborhoods surrounding the Capitol that incorporates green building and infrastructure strategies.

Audit: Tax credits need better oversight

Review coincides with panel’s work to curb tax credits

A state audit released Wednesday chided Missouri officials for poor oversight and inflated estimates of the economic benefits the state receives from a pair of business tax credit programs. The report from Auditor Susan Montee came the same day a commission appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon began a review of Missouri’s many tax credits with a goal of recommending the elimination or reduction of some of them.

Thursday, September 9

Audit: Tax credits need better oversight

A state audit released Wednesday chided Missouri officials for poor oversight and inflated estimates of the economic benefits the state receives from a pair of business tax credit programs. The report from Auditor Susan Montee came the same day a commission appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon began a review of Missouri’s many tax credits with a goal of recommending the elimination or reduction of some of them.

Friday, September 3

Family in dispute over el Jimador name on new restaurant

A family dispute over who controls the right to use the name "el Jimador" already is in court, but negotiations are under way to see if an agreement can be reached and a trial avoided.

Choosing our character

With three school-aged children, Shawna Carlson is eager to support the Characterplus program, which announced Thursday the 12 values to be promoted during the next five years.

Thursday, September 2

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Jays, St. Rita will collide in East St. Louis

Playing on Sunday has landed the Jefferson City Jays in a time machine.

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Helias' size up front will be key to stopping Francis Howell

The offensive and defensive lines knew they would have shoulder the load early this season for the Helias Crusaders.

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Man charged in hostage situation

Cole County prosecutors have filed five charges against the Jefferson City man who was taken into custody after a potential hostage situation in northwestern Jefferson City on Monday evening.

Wednesday, September 1

Grenade found in home's basement

Authorities were called Tuesday afternoon to dispose of a grenade found in a Jefferson City home.

Teen charged with two robberies on LU campus

A Jefferson City teen is in custody in connection with robberies that occurred earlier this month on the Lincoln University campus.

Suspect in shooting, police chase charged

The man believed to be involved with a shooting and police chase Thursday night on Jefferson City's east side is in custody and was charged Tuesday.

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Parents learn how to make math fun at home

In daily life, parents have the opportunity to reinforce their child's math skills.

Staffing at new jail debated

Although no final number was agreed on Tuesday, it seemed both the Cole County Commission and Cole County Sheriff's Department were coming to more of an understanding about how many people will be needed to run the new jail when it opens next year. Tuesday was the first meeting since commissioners and Sheriff Greg White had discussed a report from County Auditor Jim LePage which used National Institute of Corrections information and concluded the new jail would need 41 employees. White said he and his staff would stand by the LePage report recommendation because they have to give people time off and much of their training is done in groups.

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Watch out: Neighbors fight crime

This week, about 20 neighborhood watch groups will be getting together throughout Jefferson City, and police are hopeful this year's observance of National Night Out Against Crime will spur an increase in watch programs.