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Jeff Haldiman

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Malfunctioning heater suspected in Cohen Auto fire

Fire investigators do not believe there was anything suspicious about a fire Sunday night that destroyed a Jefferson City auto business.

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Leader of the pack

Scout leader, mom has love of volunteering

Michelle Gabelsberger is a typical volunteer.

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Nixon’s choice as Patrol’s next commander discusses leadership ideas

As he awaits possible confirmation by the state Senate, Maj. Bret Johnson - the man who would be the next head of the Missouri Highway Patrol - already has ideas about what his top priorities would be once he takes over the position.

Heart Star, Child bring message to life at annual Heart Ball

The 24th annual Mid-Missouri Heart Ball takes place Saturday evening at Capitol Plaza Hotel, and the American Heart Association named Patty NcNelley this year’s “Heart Star” for the event, which is sold out.

County weighs selling some property tracts

Four suggested lots include Renns Lake

Some property owned by Cole County deemed no longer necessary will be sold publicly and more could be coming, including possibly Renns Lake.

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Boys & Girls club launches fund-raising for new building

The Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson City is building a new home on the Lincoln University campus and, in order for that to be a reality, they have to raise $2.2 million to build the facility.

Cole County Commission to evaluate nonprofit funding

The policy of agreements to provide funds for nonprofit agencies will likely get more attention during the next year’s budget process for the Cole County Commission.

County contracts approved with local nonprofits

The Cole County Commission has approved agreements to provide funds to several nonprofit agencies. The county provides the money not as a donation, which is prohibited, but through a contract.

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Fred Rademan: Helping provide parks, recreation

In March 1977, Fred Rademan came to work at the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department after going from job to job. He's been involved in every aspect of maintenance in the department over those 37 years, from brush-hogging to helping to build some of the latest playgrounds in the parks.

Jefferson City teen tries to flee for second time

Police return boy to Prenger center in short time

Dixon challenges license revocation

Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has appealed the state Public Safety department decision to revoke his law officer’s license.

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Osage County commissioners seek Dixon ouster

The Osage County Commission wants Sheriff Michael Dixon out of office after the state Public Safety department on Monday revoked his license to be a law officer.

Local man arrested for armed robbery

A Jefferson City man has been charged with first-degree robbery for stealing a purse at gunpoint on Sunday night.

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Working his way up the ranks

After work as jailer and deputy, Lt. Aaron Bollinger leads key department for sheriff

In his 17 years at the Cole County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Aaron Bollinger has held just about every position in the department.

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Bridge demolition to close expressway

East to west traffic on the Whitton Expressway will be disrupted during the Feb. 6 weekend when two bridges over the thoroughfare are removed as part of the Lafayette Street Interchange project.

Rural prosecutors challenge proposed changes

Six of Mid-Missouri’s 10 prosecuting attorneys are part of the nearly 40 percent of all Missouri prosecutors who don’t like two bills filed in the state Senate this year, proposing changes in Missouri’s prosecuting attorney system.

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Mall improvement plan heads to Jefferson City Council

Changes made to ease concerns of residential neighbors

After making some changes to plans following a meeting with neighbors, the Jefferson City Planning and Zoning Commission approved a rezoning proposal and additional proposals by the owners of Capital Mall to make improvements to their property.

Vogel files for Jefferson City mayoral race

A fourth candidate in the race for Jefferson City mayor filed for the April election on Wednesday morning.

Supreme Court blocks Welch’s early release

Larry Welch will stay in prison, for now.

$62 million Cole County budget OK’d

2 percent salary increase approved for county workers

The Cole County Commission on Monday unanimously approved a $62 million budget for 2015, a million dollar increase from 2014.

Are grand juries needed?

State Rep. Brandon Ellington, D-Kansas City, wants Missouri voters to eliminate the grand jury, and has introduced a bill for lawmakers to consider, to place a constitutional amendment on next year’s statewide general election ballot.

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Shiela Pearre — Keeping the city’s accounts straight

For Shiela Pearre, chief accountant for Jefferson City’s finance department, the job is always changing.

Date set to approve 2015 Cole County budget

By law, the county has until the end of the month to approve a budget. But, the Cole County Commission has scheduled a meeting for Jan. 12 to approve the 2015 budget.

Cole County ambulance calls reach projected level for 2014

The calls for service for the Cole County Ambulance Service in 2014 stayed at the level officials projected.

New employees in county budget talks

The Cole County Commission has until the end of January to finish the county’s budget for 2015 and is looking at possibly funding additional personnel in some departments.

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Register voices pride in changes in office

Cole County Clerk Marvin Register has seen many changes during his 12 years in office. But the three-term officeholder says things are well in hand as he leaves office.

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Larry Rademan wraps up his 20 years as county recorder

A new recorder of deeds will be coming into office in Cole County after the first of the year.

Bushman: Cole County needs long-range plan

‘It all comes down to money,’ commissioner-elect says

One of the top issues Republican Sam Bushman will face as he comes into the county commissioner's office is how to deal with space needs for Cole County government.

Outgoing commissioner: Cole County’s position has improved

When he was elected Cole County presiding commission in 2006, Marc Ellinger promised he would serve two terms in office. Eight years later, he says much of what he wanted to get done has been accomplished.

Cole County Commission continues to mull need for long-range plan

Cole County officials still want to put together a long-range plan for county facility needs.

5 teens charged in drive-by shooting

Columbia youth embroiled in dispute with two JC victims

Five Columbia teenagers were charged Tuesday in connection with the shooting of two juveniles in Jefferson City on Monday.

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Two men injured in drive-by shooting

Police stop car near Boone County line; six arrested

A drive-by shooting Monday afternoon left two men injured in Jefferson City, and six suspected assailants were arrested after their car was stopped near the Boone County line.

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Baby Emily, her family continue to touch people’s lives

A Christmas Wish, part 2: Defying the odds

In 2001, readers of the News Tribune were introduced to Emily Kramer, better known as Baby Emily. She was born with a rare condition known as DiGeorge Syndrome.

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Special Learning Center strives to expand abilities of every child

Whether helping a child with cerebral palsy learn to walk or giving a child who is deaf the gift of sign language, the Special Learning Center (SLC) is here to help expand the abilities of every child.

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Her special project

In her second year as Capitol Projects’ director, Tami Bock knows the value of her workforce

For 28 years, Tami Bock has had an extended family that’s included hundreds of people.

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Local costs tabulated for last week’s NAACP march

Local law enforcement agencies spent nearly $16,000 in extra costs to provide security for last week’s “Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City” march.

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Demolition work starts on Lafayette interchange

Destruction before construction

Work has begun on the Lafayette Street interchange with the U.S. 50/63 Expressway in Jefferson City.

Volunteers to lay wreaths on veterans' graves

Saturday will mark the fifth anniversary of the Wreaths for Heroes program in Jefferson City, and the organizer believes it’s served two purposes.

LU irks residents with bid to change Lafayette Street to University Avenue

A proposal to change the name of a Jefferson City street is drawing strong opposition and some in the black community see it as an attempt to “obliterate our history.”

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Joe Schulte — natural fit for Jefferson City Parks and Recreation

For 37 years, Joe Schulte has been coming to his job with the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department and has not used a single day of sick leave.

Chamber updates city, county on economic development efforts

The definition of success in economic development was discussed Thursday at a meeting of local elected and business leaders at the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Marchers endure counter-protest in Rosebud

'We’ve received far more support than we’ve seen negativity'

More than halfway through their journey to the Capital City, marchers on a 120-mile journey from Ferguson were met with opposition Wednesday as they journeyed through Mid-Missouri.

High-speed chase ends in crash

A Jefferson City man was one of two people who were treated for serious injuries after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit Tuesday night.

Month left to finish budget

County commission begins ironing out final details

Department heads and county elected officials made brief presentations to the Cole County Commission Monday, as commissioners start working to get the budget done by January.

Charge dismissed in murder case — again

For the second time a charge against a man authorities believed may have been involved in the murder of a Jefferson City man has been dismissed. Now a tampering with physical evidence charge against Adam Moore-Duncan, 25, Jefferson City, has been dismissed.

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Jefferson City firefighters train in the trenches

Twenty-five Jefferson City firefighters spent part of their Friday morning training for trench rescue situations at the department’s Hyde Park Training Facility.

Search continues for missing Freeburg dinosaur

The search for the mascot of an Osage County business continues.

USS Jefferson City to dock at new home in Pearl Harbor

The USS Jefferson City submarine is scheduled to be at its new home base of Pearl Harbor sometime early next week.

County law enforcement on standby for Ferguson protests

Local law enforcement officials are being kept informed about what is taking place in Ferguson as a grand jury weighs possible criminal charges against the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this year.

Commission approves proposed 2015 Cole County budget

The Cole County Commission has approved the recommended budget from the county auditor for 2015.