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‘Motion hearing’ set Tuesday in Bustamante murder case

A motion hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Alyssa Bustamante murder case.

Bustamante trial to be held in new federal courthouse

Trial delayed 3 more weeks, until Jan. 30, 2012

Two charged in Cole Co. murder investigation

Two men from California, Missouri have been charged in connection with the murder of a man in an Apache Flats mobile home park on Sunday night.

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Murder suspect shot in hotel lobby

An alleged murder suspect was shot in the lobby of the Capitol Plaza Hotel on Saturday night in Jefferson City.

Judges replace new state Senate districts with newer map

The six-judge panel charged with drawing new House and Senate district boundaries for the Missouri Legislature on Friday filed a revised Senate plan with Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, replacing the map released Nov. 30.

Helias priest put on leave

A priest who works at Helias High School has been put on leave while authorities investigate information that was found on his school computer.

JC mother: Son to be released

The mother of one of three American students arrested in Cairo says news of their pending release is the best Thanksgiving gift.

Kehoe selling car dealerships

Starting next Monday, it will be Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln.

Sweet sentenced to 10 years

Mother pleads guilty to negligence in infant son’s drowning

Rachel Sweet will spend most of the next decade in prison.

Judge Grants Motion to Suppress Evidence in Bustamante Case

Motions were heard in judge's chambers this week

Shikles bound over to Circuit Court

Jon Travis Shikles, 26, was bound over to Moniteau County Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 17, after waiving Preliminary Hearing on a second degree murder charge in Associate Circuit Court.

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Man's body found in alley

The Highway Patrol was investigating the death of an unidentified man whose body was found early Thursday near an alley less than three blocks from the downtown square.

High Point Election Results

Results from the High Point Municipal Election held Tuesday, April 5. Election results have not yet been certified.

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Two found dead in Clarksburg

On Monday, Feb. 28, officers of the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol were called to Academy Street in Clarksburg as local residents listened on scanners. Shortly after the initial calls, officers closed off access to Academy Street except for local residents. It was later reported that two people, a man and woman were found dead at a residence in the small town. A press release received from the Sheriff's Department confirmed the deaths of Charles E. Wood, 51, and Judy M. West, 61. The preliminary results of the Medical Examiner indicated both died from gunshot wounds to the head. The death of West was ruled a homicide and Wood was ruled a suicide. According to the press release of March 1, "These deaths remain under investigation, but it appears at this point to be a murder / suicide." According to other sources, the two may have been dead for a week or more.

School closings, announcements for Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Here is a list of school closings for our area by county.