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Feb. 7, 2014

Police seek suspect in hit-and-run accident

Posted to Police Beat by Jackie Olson on Feb. 7, 2014 at 7:57 p.m.

The Columbia Police Department is searching for a woman who struck a city vehicle, injuring the worker inside, and then fled the scene. A silver Mercury SUV fled after striking a city of Columbia John Deere tractor as it worked to clear snow early Wednesday morning, according to a department ...

Jan. 24, 2014

Ellis Library arsonist receives 6.5-year sentence

Posted to Police Beat by Jackie Olson on Jan. 24, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

Christopher Kelley, the 28-year-old convicted of arson in April 2013, will serve a six-and-a-half-year sentence without parole for his arson and vandalism of Ellis Library and a Stephens College classroom in 2011. Police said that Kelley set fires and broke computer monitors, windows and security cameras inside Ellis Library in ...

Jan. 19, 2014

Police investigate downtown stabbing

Posted to Police Beat by Claire Boston on Jan. 19, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.

Columbia police are investigating an early morning assault near Hitt Street and Broadway. Officers were dispatched to 1101 E. Broadway around 1:36 a.m. Sunday in regards to a disturbance involving several males. The police located a white vehicle that was leaving the area at the intersection of Broadway and Providence ...

Jan. 1, 2014

Suspect arrested in Dollar General robbery

Posted to Police Beat by Jordan McFarland on Jan. 1, 2014 at 11:52 p.m.

A 47-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection to a Monday afternoon armed robbery of the Dollar General on the 3700 block of Monterey Drive. Investigators arrested suspect Kenneth Malone at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. During Malone’s apprehension, investigators recovered the pellet gun he used in the incident as well ...

Dec. 23, 2013

CPD responds to separate armed robbery, shots fired incidents

Posted to Police Beat by Claire Boston on Dec. 23, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.

Three victims reported a home invasion at the 1100 block of Elleta Blvd. on Monday night. The victims were at home when three suspects armed with handguns entered through an unlocked front door, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. The suspects demanded money and property. They ran from ...

Nov. 12, 2013

Police respond to report of rape in Aspen Heights

Posted to Police Beat by Mara Somlo on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:27 p.m.

Columbia Police Department officers responded to University Hospital on Monday in reference to a forcible rape that occurred in the Aspen Heights apartment complex. The assault reportedly occurred around 2 or 3 a.m. on either Nov. 1 or Nov. 2. The female victim, 19, was walking near the clubhouse parking ...

Nov. 11, 2013

Sexual assault report near MU campus leads to Clery Release

Posted to Police Beat by Mara Somlo on Nov. 11, 2013 at 7:33 p.m.

An account of sexual misconduct was reported across the street from MU's campus near the 1400 block of Bouchelle Avenue around 2 p.m. Friday. The female victim told Columbia Police Department officers a male stopped her while she was walking home. The suspect grabbed the victim's breast, leaving the area ...

Nov. 8, 2013

Police search for missing woman

Posted to Police Beat by Mara Somlo on Nov. 8, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.

A missing woman might be in the company of man who is wanted on a felony warrant for her domestic assault. The Columbia Police Department is actively searching for Cassandra Leaann Laronge, a 27-year-old who has been missing since Oct. 26. Laronge was staying with a friend in the 100 ...

Oct. 30, 2013

Victim identified in I70 fatality

Posted to Police Beat by Mara Somlo on Oct. 30, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.

Police have identified the victim in a fatality that occurred near the 130 mile marker of westbound Interstate 70 on Saturday morning. The victim's identity was confirmed Wednesday as Ennis Marquis Patrick, 36, Columbia. Confirmation of the identity, which was suggested through the personal items found at the scene, was ...

Oct. 27, 2013

Shots fired near Stadium Boulevard and Bernadette Drive

Posted to Police Beat by Beatriz Costa-Lima on Oct. 27, 2013 at 2:44 p.m.

The Columbia Police Department is investigating reports of shots fired shortly after midnight Sunday morning near Stadium Boulevard and Bernadette Drive. Officers responded to the area after receiving multiple calls reporting shots heard and cars driving away in the area, according to a CPD news release. Two males with gunshot ...