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Fire Destroys Two-Story Burksville Barn

A metal barn was destroyed Thursday morning in a fire in rural Burksville. Firefighters from Waterloo, Maeystown and Red Bud were dispatched at 8:15 a.m. to a home in the 5700 block of Lemen Road (just off JJ Road). Firefighters were met with intense heat and small explosions from fuel tanks (pick-up truck, lawnmower and……

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Vehicles Stolen From Columbia Dodge Dealership

A group of car thieves hit Columbia late Monday night. They rolled out of town with two vehicles undergoing repairs from the Columbia Dodge Dealership on Rt. 3. A third vehicle, which was previously stolen in Missouri, also was spotted by officers in the vicinity before it fled at high speed on I-255. At 11:23……

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Two Arrested Stemming From June Vandalism At Columbia High School

Two young men, one from St. Louis and one from Waterloo, were arrested Monday in connection with breaking into Columbia High School on June 9 and causing criminal damage. Columbia Police detectives worked with CHS staff, School District IT personnel and information provided by the public to crack this case. Soon after the crime occurred,……

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Waterloo Man Arrested In Columbia After Fleeing Police

Residents on Columbia’s south end saw some early fireworks the afternoon of July 4. A Waterloo man attempting to flee a traffic stop was tazed prior to being arrested by county deputies. Jerry D. Edwards, 59, was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding police, aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession……

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Car Break-Ins On The Uptick

The Columbia Police Department has received an increased number of reports of thefts to unlocked vehicles.  Chief Jerry Paul once reminds citizens to not leave valuables inside unlocked vehicles, especially overnight. In addition, he asks citizens to keep their car / truck door’s locked, to never leave keys in the ignition, and never leave an……

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Nasal Swab Tests Can Be Inaccurate

Make sure you get a proper, accurate covid-19 test, reports the Monroe County Health Department.  It came to their attention that some test sites are not be properly administering covid-19 tests. This is resulting in inaccurate results.  “Any test site that asks you to swab your own nose has a high probability of being an……

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New Officers At CVFD…. Rich Dreher Hands Over President’s Gavel To His Son

Rich Dreher has been answering to the Columbia fire whistle since 1961; he has no plans of quitting any time soon. The stalwart did turn over one of his duties over to his son, longtime firefighter Cole Dreher. Cole was named the new president of the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, a title his pop has held……

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Dupo Police Chief And An Officer Injred In I-255 Accident

Dupo Police Chief Kevin Smith and an auxiliary police officer in the passenger seat were injured June 19 in a single-vehicle accident along I-255. They were in pursuit of an ATV when their police truck slammed into a washed-out embankment in the median of the highway.  Both were rushed to a St. Louis hospital; Smith……

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Pedestrian Injured In Rt. Accident West Of Red Bud

A man standing in a driveway in front of rural Red Bud home along Rt. 3 was struck by a vehicle involved in a June 17 collision on the highway. The man, Red Bud resident James Cowell, 73, received non-life-threatening injuries.  According to the report, at 8 p.m., Cowell, 73, was standing next to his……

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No Bull!!! Big Beef Closes I-255 Over J.B. Bridge

A bull is happy to be back inside its pen; the black beauty  took an unexpected journey June 24 a few miles away from home – a farm in rural East Carondelet. He had got around the fenceposts a few days before and had spent this week strolling in the bottoms north of I-255.  Just……

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