Recent News

Two Injured In Rt. 3 Head-On Collision In Rural Red Bud

March 4, 2017
Two people were injured, one seriously, in a head-on collision overnight on Rt. 3, on the east end of Monroe County, a couple miles west of Red Bud. A semi-truck and a pickup collided just before 1 a.m. Saturday morning, March 4, near the turn-off to Ames Road. The driver of the pickup, Corey Koester... Read More

Possible Severe Thunderstorm To Arrive Later This Afternoon

February 28, 2017
A thunderstorm with potential to be severe in nature will arrive in the St. Louis Metro East this afternoon. The affected area includes Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties. A very warm and unstable air mass will evolve across the region. This warm air may result in record high temperatures this afternoon, but more importantly... Read More

Columbia Man Charged With Receipt Of Child Pornography

February 27, 2017
Steven D. Blosser, 40, of Columbia, was arraigned in court Feb. 24, on a federal indictment charging him with receipt of child pornography. The charge alleges that, from on or about Sept. 16, 2015, until on or about Feb. 19, 2016, Blosser knowingly received child pornography, to include four image files. Trial is scheduled for May 1.... Read More

​Large Brush Fire North Of Columbia

February 27, 2017
Several area fire departments were dispatched at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 27, to put out a brush fire along the 2500 block of Davis Street Ferry Road in rural East Carondelet (Bixby neighborhood just west of I-255). The 90-acre area is composed of a dense thicket of trees, brush and undergrowth. Dry conditions and a... Read More

​SUV Slams Into Millstadt Home – No One Injured​

February 25, 2017
There were no injuries Saturday evening, Feb. 25, when a Ford Explorer slammed into the front of a home along East White Street in Millstadt. The Feazel family was not home at the time of the accident. According to the initial report, just before 6 p.m., the Ford Explorer was traveling northbound on Breese Street when... Read More

School Officials Reassure Safety After Social Media Post Targets CHS

February 23, 2017
Earlier this week, Columbia High School officials and local law enforcement responded to reports of a student sharing a potentially threatening social media post on the Snapchat app. School officials and the Columbia Police Department are reassuring students and parents that the situation is under control and that proper actions have been taken. CPD investigators... Read More

Fire Destroys Old Leber Farmhouse

February 19, 2017
The Old Ray Leber Farmhouse off Old Baum Church Road in rural Foster Pond was destroyed in a fire late Saturday night, Feb. 18. No one had lived at the place for several months. A relative said a smokehouse was located on the side of the house, and that may have sparked the blaze.   ... Read More

Instagram Post Leads WPD To Begin Investigation

February 6, 2017
A picture posted on Instagram by a Waterloo school student may lead to felony charges. On Saturday, Feb. 4, Waterloo School Superintendent Brian Charron contacted the Waterloo Police Department. Charron stated he received images forwarded electronically by concerned parents. A WCUSD student posted the images of multiple firearms to the phone app Instagram. The WPD... Read More

Kempf Arrested After Theft From Parents’ Home

February 6, 2017
Adam Kempf, 34, has been charged with the theft of $40,000 in cash and property from the home of his parents along Andy Road in rural Waterloo. The theft was reported Jan. 31 to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Kempf is suspected of taking cash, two guns and jewelry, with a total estimated value of... Read More

Arrests Made Following Columbia Car Break-Ins

February 6, 2017
Two young men have been arrested and charged in connection with burglarizing vehicles parked in the West Park area of Columbia. Cody Atkins, 19, of Columbia, and Carter Simmonds, 18, of Cahokia, were each charged with four felony counts of burglary. The two are awaiting an upcoming appearance at the Monroe County Courthouse. Last week... Read More