Stories by Jeff
Racial percentages in JC closer to population split
As in Ferguson and other communities, the latest numbers show that black drivers in Jefferson City are more likely to be stopped and subsequently arrested than their white counterparts. But unlike the cases in Ferguson, the percentages of stops more closely reflects the region’s population, local law enforcement officials say.
Zak Wilson wields great influence as youth coach
During much of the year, the place to find Zak Wilson is out on one of the many Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department fields coaching children in various sports.
The spring-like weather Sunday allowed Mid-Missourians to get back outside to enjoy various activities. Unfortunately, it also led to more criminal activity.
SSM Health intent on finding a buyer for hospital complex
At this time, SSM Health has no plans to tear down the old St. Mary’s Hospital facility.
Attorney General Chris Koster is warning Missourians of two scams involving individuals impersonating employees of the Missouri Attorney General’s office or other law enforcement or state attorneys’ general offices.
Although nothing has been decided, talks continue about future space needs for Cole County government offices. On Wednesday, commissioners and elected officials discussed potential solutions.
Fire investigators do not believe there was anything suspicious about a fire Sunday night that destroyed a Jefferson City auto business.
Fire ravages area bowling alley, nightspot; patrons lament loss of Osage County landmark
The cause of an early Monday morning fire that destroyed a longtime nightspot in Central Missouri may never be known.
Scout leader, mom has love of volunteering
Michelle Gabelsberger is a typical volunteer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police return boy to Prenger center in short time
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has appealed the state Public Safety department decision to revoke his law officer’s license.
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.
A Jefferson City man has been charged with first-degree robbery for stealing a purse at gunpoint on Sunday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A fourth candidate in the race for Jefferson City mayor filed for the April election on Wednesday morning.
Larry Welch will stay in prison, for now.
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.
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.
For Shiela Pearre, chief accountant for Jefferson City’s finance department, the job is always changing.
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.
The calls for service for the Cole County Ambulance Service in 2014 stayed at the level officials projected.
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.
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.
A new recorder of deeds will be coming into office in Cole County after the first of the year.
‘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.
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 officials still want to put together a long-range plan for county facility needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Destruction before construction
Work has begun on the Lafayette Street interchange with the U.S. 50/63 Expressway in Jefferson City.
Saturday will mark the fifth anniversary of the Wreaths for Heroes program in Jefferson City, and the organizer believes it’s served two purposes.
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.”
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.
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.
'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.
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.