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Jeff Haldiman

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Body found in Missouri River

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

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JCPD struggles to attract diverse applicants

The Jefferson City Police Department does not believe its staff reflects the diversity of the community, but officials are struggling to attract more minorities to the profession.

Wrongful death lawsuit dismissed in Bustamante case

A mother’s wrongful death civil lawsuit against the teen who killed her 9-year-old daughter has been dismissed. Confidentiality of the teen’s patient records may have doomed the lawsuit.

Johnson fined for peddling marijuana outside business

The owner of a Jefferson City barber shop and event venue charged in November 2011 with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute has been ordered to pay a $100 fine.

Charges filed in Jefferson City murder

Suspect held without bail for murder that occurred about 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

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DNR Earth Day event promotes conservation

Focusing on the future

Friday, youth from schools across the area came to the Capitol grounds and went through various exhibits where they could test their knowledge of nature, make crafts from recycled materials as well as get young trees to plant at home.

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Laying it all on the line

Jefferson City firefighter retires after 42-year career

When the Jefferson City Fire Department expanded to three shifts in 1973, Lonnie Brandt was among the new members to come on board.

Goodwill seeking donor who left $1,900 in clothing

Officials at Goodwill are looking for someone who donated a piece of clothing earlier this month in Jefferson City that had $1,900 inside of it.

Cole County Commission delays property sales decision

The Cole County Commission has been discussing selling some county-owned property deemed no longer necessary, including Renns Lake, since February.

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Robot parade at mall shows 4-H branching into science

For the second year, a robot parade was held at Capital Mall featuring robots and floats that were completed by members of the S&L Robotics Team. Their 4-H group participates in competitions and is actively involved in many community service activities.

Jefferson City man charged for exploiting disabled people

A Jefferson City man is facing five counts of financially exploiting disabled people.

Contract for Cole County stormwater improvements approved

Commission discusses Thursday Night Live funding, St. Martins’ leash law

The Cole County Commission has approved a contract with Stockman Construction for Woodward Lake Subdivision stormwater improvements and asphalt overlay. Also at Thursday’s commission meeting, commissioners indicated they would approve $2,500 for an amended schedule of Thursday Night Live events in downtown Jefferson City in September and October.

Cole County Commission signs drug task force grant agreement

The Cole County Commission has signed the agreement for MUSTANG Drug Task Force grant money for 2014-15 after rejecting the contract last November with the Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) when county officials said the terms of the contract were changed without their knowledge.

Commission OKs fix for Dunklin Street TIF district

The Cole County Commission has approved a plan to correct issues with the Dunklin Street Tax Increment Financing District.

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New Cole County clerk says election went smoothly

For his first election as Cole County clerk, Steve Korsmeyer said things couldn’t have gone smoother.

JC, Springfield banks merging

No changes expected in personnel, location at Home Savings

If all goes as planned, Home Savings Bank of Jefferson City will have a new name later this year.

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JC police: Fixing in-car cameras became too expensive

Officers re-evaluate where new devices will be used

The Jefferson City Council will soon be asked to approve a police department request to purchase new in-car cameras since the department has no operational cameras left.

20% turnout forecast for Jefferson City, school races

Tuesday will be Steve Korsmeyer’s first election as Cole County clerk, and he’s expecting a good turnout and a busy day. Usually, municipal elections generate a low voter turnout, but Korsmeyer believes this election could be different.

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Phyllis Powell — Keeping the city on track

Between work and home life, Jefferson City Clerk Phyllis Powell doesn’t have to worry about not being busy. If you’ve been to a City Council meeting, you’ll see Powell sitting next to the mayor keeping the records and minutes of the meetings.

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Police: Spokesman wrote 'can't take being unemployed again'

The note left by the Missouri auditor's spokesman before his apparent suicide said "I just can't take being unemployed again."

Grand jury indicts 3 for murder of Jefferson City man

Three men charged in connection with the killing a Jefferson City man in February have been indicted by the Cole County grand jury.

Cole County OKs contracts for street, stormwater improvements

The Cole County Commission signed an agreement Tuesday for design work on a stormwater and street improvement project for an area south of Jefferson City off U.S. 54.

Profile of a traffic stop

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.

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A force on the sidelines

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.

Warm weather brings crime among outdoor activities

The spring-like weather Sunday allowed Mid-Missourians to get back outside to enjoy various activities. Unfortunately, it also led to more criminal activity.

No wrecking ball in old SMHC future

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.

AG warns of 2 scams

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.

County's quest for office space shifts to old St. Mary's building

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.

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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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End of the Rainbow

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.

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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.