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Jeff Haldiman (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0254
Jeff Haldiman reports on Cole County government, including the County Commission and the county's 16 offices. He also covers public safety agencies, including the Jefferson City police and fire departments, Cole County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, as well as the Cole County Associate and Circuit Courts.

3 road projects on tap around US 50 East

Published Dec. 9 2016

The eastern side of Cole County will see three major construction projects taking place next year.

Jail program trims overcrowding

Published Dec. 8 2016

A pre-trial release screening and supervision program (PTS) started in 2013 is continuing to meet its goal of reducing overcrowding...

County departments seek pay increases for employee retention

Published Dec. 7 2016

In August, the Cole County Commission heard from department heads under their direct supervision about budget needs, and most of...

Local teen wins statewide essay contest

Published Dec. 4 2016

Grace Craighead, an eighth-grade student at Trinity Lutheran School in Jefferson City, is a statewide winner of the "It Can...

Christmas spirit comes to life

Published Dec. 3 2016

With temperatures finally in the range to help inspire a Christmas spirit, the typical large crowds of bundled-up area residents...

Up-and-coming comedians to present acts at Avenue HQ

Published Dec. 1 2016

Three up-and-coming comedians are coming 8:30 p.m. Friday to Avenue HQ in Jefferson City.

New Cole County ambulance director hired

Published Nov. 30 2016

Jerry Johnston, an ambulance director from the State of California, has been named the new director of the Cole County...

More time needed for window work

Published Nov. 30 2016

Installation of new windows at the Cole County Courthouse and Annex likely won't be done until March 3.

Capitol policeman gets Medal of Valor

Published Nov. 29 2016

Missouri Capitol police officer Charles Gerhart on Monday was one of 10 public safety officers from around the state to...

Gill faces new charges in robbery after shooting

Published Nov. 29 2016

The Holts Summit man already charged with shooting a woman earlier this month at County Park has also been charged...

Melissa Johnson shares what GIS is all about

Published Nov. 27 2016

Have you ever wondered where your school district boundaries are? Or what voting precinct you live in? Or who owns...

Man sought for shooting at County Park

Published Nov. 22 2016

The Cole County Sheriff's Department is searching for a man accused of shooting a woman Monday afternoon at County Park.

Certified Nov. 8 election results show Republicans dominated Cole County

Published Nov. 20 2016

Republican candidates dominated the Nov. 8 general election, with Democrats carrying only a handful of precincts in Jefferson City and...

Area drug search forced 'lockouts' in JC schools

Published Nov. 19 2016

Some Jefferson City Public Schools buildings were placed on "lockout" status Friday morning due to police activity in the area.

Bridges expected to be open today ahead of schedule

Published Nov. 13 2016

MoDOT officials believe all the work to get both the Missouri River bridges in Jefferson City fully reopened to three...

Red Kettle Campaign kicks off

Published Nov. 13 2016

The Salvation Army kicked off its 2016 Red Kettle Campaign with a ceremony Saturday at Jefferson City's Capital Mall, and...

Fatal stabbing suspect in custody

Published Nov. 11 2016

The man wanted in a double fatal stabbing Wednesday night was taken into custody Thursday morning suffering from what appeared...

Annual Christmas Bazaar to offer more than food

Published Nov. 11 2016

You'll find good food and homemade goods at the 56th annual Cathedral of St. Joseph Christmas Bazaar and Turkey Dinner...

Getting the drill down cold

Published Nov. 10 2016

Snow is not in the local forecast yet, but MoDOT workers spent Wednesday getting ready for winter weather.

3 arrested after Wednesday shooting

Published Nov. 10 2016

Three individuals were taken into custody after shots were fired Wednesday morning in a Jefferson City neighborhood that has been...