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Columbia man charged with 23-year old rape

A Columbia man was arrested this week for a rape that police say occurred 23 years ago. The victim told police she was assaulted at a party after a night of drinking. A rape test kit used at University Hospital has since matched a DNA profile of 53-year-old Lonny Caldwell of Columbia, who was present at the party. Boone County …

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State Fair cancels arena events for 2024

There will be no events in the arena at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia this year, the fair announced Thursday. Rodeo, bull riding, demolition derby, motocross, tractor pull – all cancelled for 2024 while construction of a new indoor facility is completed. Construction of a new 140,000 square foot, enclosed arena will begin this summer and is expected to …

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Noodles and Company fire ‘suspicious’

Fire marshals are calling the fire that destroyed Noodles and Company on 9th street in downtown Columbia “suspicious.” The investigation is active and ongoing. Fire officials are asking the public for help. The fire was Sunday morning, March 17. They’re interested in anyone seen in the alleyway between the structure and the apartments directly to the north. If you have …

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Late withdrawals extend some candidate filing periods

Late withdrawls by candidates within two days of Tuesday’s close of the filing period for 2024 elections cause the filing period to re-open for four days in the following week. So filing for the U.S. House of Representative’s seat from the third Congressional District, which includes Columbia, Jefferson City and much of mid-Missouri, will remain open until April 5. This …

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Sheriff, Treasurer draw challengers

There will be a couple of elected offices contested in Boone County this year. Dustin Stanton, the egg farmer and Republican from Centralia is seeking a rematch with Democrat Boone County Treasurer and Jena Redel. And former deputy Charles Blair will again challenge B Sheriff Dwayne Carey. In 2020, Blair became the only candidate to ever take on Carey, who …

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