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New champ stands tall Howard County oak is honored. BY RUDI KELLER rkeller@columbiatribune.com | 815-1709 FRANKLIN — An enormous northern red oak, a grand old remnant of the forests that filled the bottoms and hills along the Missouri River, stands on the edge of Jim Weyland’s farm overlooking Sulphur Creek. No one knows exactly how old the oak is. But they do know precisely how big it is — big enough to be the state champion. It is 98 feet tall, spreads its limbs 74 feet and is 18 feet in circumference. Those measurements, taken in April by the Missouri Department of Conservation, show that it is 16 inches fatter and a foot taller than when it was last measured in 1996. Weyland, who has owned his farm for 41 years, said as he plows his fields he regularly finds scraping tools made by American Indians who inhabited the region. “They spent the winter in this area,” he said today during a visit to the tree. “That tree was probably there when they was here.” The tree was measured this year as part of a department program to verify the measurements of every champion tree in the state. There are 111 trees on the department’s list, including the famous bur oak in the McBaine river bottoms of Boone County. There are seven more Boone County trees on the list, but Weyland’s oak is the only one in Howard County. Each tree’s measurements are converted to points for comparison. Weyland’s oak scored 333 points. The national champion northern red oak, in Shelburne

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Falls, Mass., scored 476 points. Regional Forestry Supervisor Susan Troxel-Dewitt, who measured Weyland’s tree, said she was surprised to receive the call asking if the department could measure the tree. It was in the state records from the 1996 measurements as the state’s second-largest northern red oak. It was not possible to re-measure the previous champion in southeast Missouri, she said, but she was unsure why. Northern red oaks are good sources of food for wildlife and produce a hardwood used for furniture, flooring and other goods. The champion tree program helps highlight the quality of Missouri forests, Troxel-DeWitt said. “Everyone wants to know what is the biggest, what is the best, what is the largest specimen,” she said. The program accepts applications to measure large trees through the department’s website. Weyland, 81, doesn’t visit the tree much. He’s at work at Weyland’s Furniture in Boonville three days a week and takes care of 30 cows, seven heifers, 15 calves and two bulls on his 104-acre farm adjacent to the University of Missouri Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center. Reaching the tree involves a 10-minute ATV ride to the edge of his farm, where the moss-covered roots grip the soil on a hill sloping toward the creek. He said he got a laugh watching Troxel-Dewitt and her husband measure the girth of the tree 4½ feet above the ground. The slope from one side to another exceeds that distance. “They had a terrible time getting a measurement,” he said with a grin.

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They spent the winter in this area. That tree was probably here when they was here.” — JIM WEYLAND, owner of land in Howard County where champion red oak lives, referring to American Indians

Jim Weyland stands next to a northern red oak tree on his property that the Missouri Department of Conservation recently named a state champion tree. It is 98 feet tall and 18 feet around.

Reactions mixed after Scouts’ change Alternative kids groups benefit. BY LAURA MAZURAK lmazurak@columbiatribune.com | 815-1721 The Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to allow openly gay youth members has elicited mixed reactions in Mid-Missouri, with some misgivings from both opponents and proponents of the change but no widespread outcry apparent. Scout representatives from around the country voted May 23 to allow gay boys to be members in the century-old youth organization. Although gay leaders are still banned, the vote has been seen as marking a progressive move for the values-based program that touts “loyalty to God” in its oath. Many churches have strongly

opposed the policy change, but gay rights groups believe the decision does not go far enough. “It’s a good first step, but I’m still disappointed that the policy discriminates against leaders,” said Alex Sable-Smith, a former Eagle Scout and fourth-year medical student at the University of Missouri. Sable-Smith, who is gay, said he thinks the policy sends a conflicting message. “It reinforces the misconception that” being gay “is a phase you can grow out of,” he said. Before the national vote, the local Great Rivers Council, which oversees 8,000 Scouts across northern and Mid-Missouri, voted 50-28 in favor of supporting the measure allowing gay Scouts. Doug Callahan, executive director of the Great Rivers Council, said the majority of responses he has received since

the passage of the measure have been positive. “A small minority is unhappy, but we’ll reach out to those families,” Callahan said. “We’ll help them locate an organization or a church that can better meet their needs and values.” Churches provide 70 percent of funding for Boy Scout troops across the country. The Mormon and United Methodist churches plan to continue to support the Boy Scouts, but the Southern Baptist Convention has voiced disapproval. The Associated Press reported that the Southern Baptist Convention, at its annual meeting this week, is expected to encourage churches to end support of Boy Scouts. As an alternative to Scouting, Southern Baptist churches are promoting Royal Ambassadors, a boys’

program that pairs campouts with Bible studies. John Martin, minister at the Southern Baptist-affiliated Heritage Baptist Church in Columbia, said he wishes the Boy Scouts’ policy had not changed. “It’s not a healthy choice for Boy Scouts to promote unhealthy lifestyles,” he said. Although Martin said he didn’t think any of his congregants have ties to the Boy Scouts, he said he encourages others to look into Royal Ambassadors. Messages seeking comment from several other local Southern Baptist ministers were not returned. Secular alternatives to the Boy Scouts are also seeing a surge in interest nationwide. The BadenPowell Service Association, a co-ed organization focused on teaching

leadership and outdoor skills, had 10 members in 2010 but has grown to encompass 34 charter groups that average 20 to 25 members each, including two in St. Louis and one in Washington, Mo. “There’s always been controversy, and we’re definitely benefitting from people being upset at BSA policy,” said David Atchley, the national Baden-Powell Service Association commissioner, who is from Washington, Mo. Atchley, a former Scout, said that by not addressing other discrimination issues, such as the exclusion of girls and atheists, the Boy Scouts organization is just “kicking the can down the road.” “It’s 2013, and policies need to reflect that,” Atchley said. “All youth and adults should be able to gain what is to be gained from Scouting.”

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Rock Bridge alumna takes Miss Missouri crown A Rock Bridge High School graduate was crowned Miss Missouri on Saturday night. Thirty women from across the state convened this weekend during the 43rd annual pageant at Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Mo., to see whose talent and smile would win the crown and a $10,000 scholarship. Shelby Ringdahl, a 21-year-old from Columbia who was competing as Miss Springfield, said the moment she was announced as Miss Missouri has become a blur of “overwhelming

joy.” “I just felt very humbled,” she said this morning. Ringdahl said it was on her bucket list to compete in the Miss Missouri pageant. “Now that it’s actually happening, it’s unreal to me,” she said. She will represent Missouri during the Miss America Pageant on Sept. 15 in Atlantic City, N.J. Pam Richter, director for the Miss Springfield pageant, said local pageants — which qualify women for Miss Missouri — can be kept open so anyone in the state can compete, or they can be closed, which means a

contestant has to be from within a 60-mile radius. “We chose to keep our pageant open, and that’s how we got Shelby,” Richter said. Ringdahl is studying musical theater at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. According to the Miss Missouri website, her charitable platform was helping abused children through Court Appointed Special Advocates programs. She also received an additional $250 scholarship as the overall talent winner for her singing performance.

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akdenney@columbiatribune.com | 815-1719 A bill slated for a final vote next week from the Columbia City Council to allocate surplus funds includes $126,741 to assist in an effort between the city and a coalition of community groups to establish a day center for the homeless. The funds — part of the surplus left from the city’s fiscal 2012 budget — would be used to secure a site for a day center that also could serve as a severe weather shelter for homeless residents when needed, Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp said. He proposed the city use surplus funds for the project. Trapp said the center would give local service providers a centralized location to allow them to reach out to homeless people. He said maintaining the facility as a day center rather than an overnight shelter would prevent it from becoming a draw to attract homeless people from other communities. “No one’s going to move to Columbia for a day center and a bed during hot or cold weather,” Trapp said. Trapp said the day center could feature showers and laundry facilities and could give homeless people a physical address for use on job applications. “The answer to homelessness is not shelters,” Trapp said. “It’s providing affordable housing. It’s a reduction in poverty.” The total surplus from the city’s fiscal 2012 budget was $1.9 million, which was generated in part by city departments that receive general fund revenue holding the line on spending. At its May 20 meeting, the city council passed a measure to allocate $951,741 back to city departments, and at its meeting last Monday, it approved a measure to use $326,855 for an interior restoration of the J.W. “Blind” Boone Home on North Fourth Street. Spending for the day center is included in a measure that would allocate the remaining $626,741 of the surplus on items including $200,000 for an infrastructure project selected by residents via an online poll and $100,000 for infrastructure projects suggested by the city’s Disabilities Commission. The council gave the bill a first reading at last Monday’s regular meeting. The Columbia Interfaith Resource Center applied last year to receive federal Community Development Block Grant funds to build a day center, but Randy Cole, the city’s community development coordinator, said the group’s application was turned down because the group had not yet identified a location for the facility. Cole said that after a site is acquired, the city likely would issue a request for proposals for another group to develop the site. Trapp said it would be likely that the city would maintain ownership of the land on which the facility is located.

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A SECOND CHANCE

Two are held in shooting Police are still seeking others. BY JODIE JACKSON JR.

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Second Chance Executive Director Valerie Chaffin watches over Craig, a 2-year-old cat who was found tied up in a garbage bag and covered in ticks and fleas, on Wednesday as he recovers at Horton Animal Hospital.

Abuse of cats draws notice One was rescued, but another died. BY CATHERINE MARTIN cmartin@columbiatribune.com | 815-1711 It might not seem like it, based on the first part of his story, but Craig is a lucky cat. Last week, Craig was bound with string around his neck and stuffed in a garbage bag. He was left in a house under construction near Harrisburg. Although the restraints would have been tight enough to kill him, they were loose enough that Craig could still make noise. A Second Chance volunteer heard his cries and came to his rescue. “His meow saved his life,” Second Chance Executive Director Valerie Chaffin said. Although Craig was saved last week, another local cat was not. On Wednesday, a 3-month-old kitten had its claws ripped out and was thrown into a fire at the Green Hills Trailer Park on Route VV north

of Columbia. Boone County sheriff’s deputies and Animal Control officers found the kitten badly injured. It was taken to the University of Missouri Veterinary Clinic and euthanized. Sheriff’s Detective Tom O’Sullivan said he believes the people responsible for torturing that kitten were residents of the trailer park or associated with people living there, which makes it unlikely it was connected to Craig’s abuse. O’Sullivan sent out a news release yesterday noting a reward was available for information leading to the arrest of suspects who tortured the kitten. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 573-875-8477. The reward’s existence, Chaffin said, is noteworthy because in the past, incidents involving dogs have received more attention. “Dogs seem to have more value to the public than cats do,” she said, something that might be attributed to the higher number of

feral cats and the rate at which cats multiply. But she sees the reward as a step forward. “If this little guy had to die to get people aware that animal cruelty is animal cruelty regardless of the animal, he didn’t die in vain,” she said. Though Craig survived, he faces a few challenges. He was taken to Horton Animal Hospital after being rescued and was treated for fleas and ticks and tested for feline leukemia. He tested negative, which meant Second Chance could take him in and find him a home. For now, Craig needs a temporary place to stay. Second Chance has space for cats at its facility, but before Craig can be around other animals, he needs to learn to bond with people, said Diann Stelzer, who is in charge of cat intake for Second Chance. “He would need somebody who could really spend a little bit of time with him and get him used to being in a house around people,” she said.

Craig is an example of an animal that needs a “special needs” foster home, Chaffin said. His needs are more psychological, but some animals have medical needs. Stelzer used the example of Tango, a shorthaired orange tabby she is fostering that has feline immunodeficiency virus. Tango gets food through a feeding tube, receives IV fluids and takes medicine twice a day. “We have very few foster homes that can take care of medically intensive foster care animals, but we need them,” she said. Other pets just need foster families that have time to spend with them — “someone who has time to play with them and brush them and be able to give them medication if possible,” Stelzer said. Second Chance is having an event at 5 p.m. today at its adoption center west of Columbia at 24687 Highway 179, allowing visitors to see cats available for adoption. Cat adoptions cost $9 through Sunday.

jjackson@columbiatribune.com | 815-1713 Two people were arrested last night on suspicion of seconddegree murder in connection S. Butler J. Brown with a Sunday night fatal shooting, but police say neither person her car and got into the black car, fired the shots that killed Jeffer- and an unknown person got into son City resident Anthony Brown’s car. According to the probable cause statement, Brown Unger. Columbia police Sgt. Joe Bern- told police that the unknown hard said this morning that more suspect asked Unger, “Do you arrests and additional charges got the shit?” and Unger replied, could be forthcoming. Also, city “Do you got the money?” When leaders plan to schedule a news the unknown man said he had conference for tomorrow after- the money on him, Unger got noon at City Hall to discuss the out, retrieved the marijuana from under the hood and got recent rash of violence, back into the car. At that which includes three point, the unknown man other shootings and a went back to the black rape in a span of nine car for a moment, got days. back into Brown’s car Samuel D. Butler, 26, and displayed a handof Holts Summit and gun, telling Unger, “I Joycelynn Brown, 22, of need you to give it to Jefferson City were arrested in connection Anthony Unger me.” Brown said she decidwith the death of Unger, 25. Two unidentified men — one ed then to get out and run. She of whom was the triggerman in told police that was when she Unger’s homicide — are being heard “several” gunshots. After sought by police. Butler is being the black car left the scene, held in the Boone County Jail on Brown told police she came back a $1 million cash-only bond, and to her car and found Unger Brown’s bond was set at bleeding and unresponsive. The probable cause statement $500,000. “This was a drug transaction,” for Brown’s arrest said she was Bernhard said this morning. “It charged with second-degree was a drug rip-off, basically,” murder because Unger was killed with Brown and Unger as the “by being shot as a result of the attempted perpetration” of felosellers and Butler as the buyer. Court documents detail ny distribution of a controlled Brown’s account of the incident, substance and that Brown was starting with Brown giving Unger “acting in concert” with Unger. The probable cause statement a ride to Columbia from Jefferson City so Unger could sell a for Butler’s arrest said he was half-pound of marijuana to But- charged with second-degree ler for $1,400. She told police that murder because Unger was killed she saw Unger fill a large Ziploc- during the attempted secondtype bag with marijuana and degree robbery “committed by place it under the hood of her the defendant, acting together with another ....” car. “If you take part in a crime The two met up with Butler and two other unidentified men that leads to somebody else’s in front of the Hy-Vee at 21 Con- death, you can be charged with ley Road. Butler got in Brown’s murder also,” Bernhard said, car and followed the black car to noting that police believe Brown another parking lot at 21 Conley. was a part of the drug transacBrown said Butler got out of tion that led to Unger’s death.

akdenney@columbiatribune.com | 815-1719 In the coming weeks, demolition is set to begin on a cluster of buildings on the east end of the Stephens College campus where a local real estate developer plans to construct a new college-preparatory academy for high-achieving high school students from rural Missouri counties. Stephens’ Hillcrest Hall, the private college’s auditorium/natatorium complex, two houses on

He said the first demolition is expected to occur next month, and the job is expected to be finished in October. Farnen said the residential academy will be constructed on the northwest corner of Broadway and William Street, where Hillcrest Hall now stands. He said 50 to 60 juniorand senior-level high school students will be enrolled in the academy initially, but it will be built to accommodate 100 students in case demand for enrollment increases. Farnen said the south lot was purchased to give the academy space to expand, but he said that space will likely remain an open,

grassy field for the first two years while the academy’s growth rates are determined. He said there is potential for new living space for the academy’s students to be constructed on the lot. “It could be done if it directly relates to the needs of the academy,” Farnen said. The planned sale of the property to Hagan was announced last year, and because of a recent wave of new student housing in the central city, Stephens officials emphasized that the site would not be used for any multifamily housing unrelated to the academy.

Man pleads guilty in 2011 fatal crash on Interstate 70 A former Columbia man whose vehi- indictment, and he had been set for a cle hit and killed two people along jury trial starting tomorrow. However, at yesterday’s plea hearing, he Interstate 70 in 2011 pleaded pleaded guilty to the lesser guilty yesterday in Boone charges and was sentenced to County Circuit Court to two 10 years in prison on each, to counts of involuntary manbe served concurrently. slaughter. Columbia police said the Earl W. Hutcherson fatally incident happened around 8 struck Edward Taggart and Gilp.m. on the eastbound shoulbert Love on the shoulder of der of I-70 near the 129.6-mile I-70 on July 14, 2011. The charges against Hutcherson, E. Hutcherson marker. Taggart, 72, of Prairie Home, and Love, 73, of Auxnow a St. Louis resident, were upgraded from involuntary manslaugh- vasse, were putting gas into a van on ter to second-degree murder in a 2012 the side of the interstate when they

were hit by a Toyota 4Runner driven by Hutcherson, police said. Police said Hutcherson, 62, made statements referring to the use of a cellphone before the crash and that alcohol also was believed to be a factor. According to court documents, Hutcherson admitted to consuming four to five beers just before the crash. Love and Taggart worked for a car auction service delivering vehicles and were working together at the time of the incident, Dana Bailey, Taggart’s daughter, said in 2011. — By the Tribune’s staff

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As for the buildings set to be razed to make way for the academy, Stephens and the city’s Historic Preservation Commission have been working to salvage historic materials from the sites to limit the amount of materials that would end up in the city’s landfill and to make additional materials available for historic preservation buffs who might want certain pieces to complete projects, said Patrick Earney, a member of the preservation commission. Brian Treece, chairman of the preservation commission, said city officials are searching for a site to store salvaged materials from his-

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Dorsey Street and one house on Broadway will be demolished to make way for the Hagan Scholarship Academy. The academy is expected to open in 2015, said Mark Farnen, a spokesman for Dan Hagan, the founder of the Hagan Scholarship Foundation. The foundation was founded in 2009 to provide financial support for students from rural communities. Farnen said Hagan has completed the purchase of the properties from Stephens and the Klifton Altis Trust, and crews are working to clear asbestos from the buildings before they are knocked down.

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Police chief wants curfew for youths Members of city council aren’t so sure. BY ANDREW DENNEY akdenney@columbiatribune.com | 815-1719 In response to recent violence in the city, Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton proposed yesterday that the Columbia City Council approve a youth curfew and council members said they would support hiring more police officers. Burton and council members presented their proposals during a City Hall news conference, after which City Manager Mike Matthes said he plans to include three new positions for the Columbia Police Department in his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. In the past two weeks, there have been four shootings in the city that have resulted in injuries or death, including a Sunday night homicide and a June 15 shooting at Tenth Street and Broadway that resulted in three injuries. The victims ranged in age from 19 to 23. Burton said he knows a youth curfew would not have kept many of the perpetrators or victims in the recent shootings off the streets — they have mostly involved adults, police say. But he said that in reviewing a YouTube video that shows the shooting at Tenth and Broadway, he saw bystanders who

The thugs — I don’t think anyone cares if they go out and ... shoot each other. But they’re subjecting us, as the citizens of this city, and our families to that same violence, and I’m ready for it to stop.” — KEN BURTON, Columbia police chief

appeared to be in their early teens and could have been hit by stray bullets. “The thugs — I don’t think anyone cares if they go out and have an argument and they shoot each other,” Burton said. “But they’re subjecting us, as the citizens of this city, and our families to that same violence, and I’m ready for it to stop.” Burton said the department’s downtown unit — because it had worked the previous six weekends — had been given the weekend off when the June 15 shooting occurred. Yesterday evening, police announced that 20-year-old Eric Cravens was arrested on suspicion on three counts of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action in connection with the shooting incident. Burton said the Columbia Ceasefire Initiative, an effort launched last fall to work with other agencies to quell violence within city limits, is still in operation. He said the initiative is focusing on gang-related activity and that some recent violent incidents have been spontaneous.

With regard to a curfew, Burton said if the council would not approve his proposal, the decision should be left to Columbia voters. He said if passed, the law establishing a curfew should come with a two-year sunset to give city leaders an opportunity to assess its effectiveness. Council members at the news conference questioned Burton’s proposal, noting that it wouldn’t have kept many of the perpetrators in recent events out of trouble. Reading from prepared remarks, Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said it often can be difficult to tell the difference between a 17-year-old and someone in his or her early 20s, which could lead to “intimidation” or “harassment.” “We need to have a comprehensive and effective approach to this problem and not jump to automatic or over-simplistic responses,” Hoppe said. Mayor Bob McDavid said in an interview after the news conference that he “supports the conversation” about a curfew, but he did not say whether he supported the idea.

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Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton speaks yesterday during a City Hall news conference regarding the recent shootings in Columbia. Burton suggested a curfew for Columbia youths.

With regard to Matthes’ plans to propose three more officers for the department, McDavid said that amount is “probably not” enough and that per-capita funding for the police department has not kept up with the city’s growth. Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp, Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas and Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser each said they would support the formation of a task force to address violence, something Nauser proposed at the council’s June 17 regular meeting. Nauser said the city has not done enough to address a “growing criminal gang element” and that leaders should focus on “prevention, intervention and strong enforcement” to deal with crime. “If we fail, we will once again be standing here addressing the community not only because of another shooting, but another death,” Nauser said.

Downtown suspect arrested Columbia police have arrested way to watch a fight and begin to Eric Marice Cravens, 20, on suspi- argue with someone in the group. The witness said she saw Cracion of three counts of first-degree assault and one count of armed vens reach into the vehicle and criminal action in a June 15 shoot- retrieve a handgun and then fire the handgun toward the ing at Tenth Street and large group. The witness Broadway that resulted in said she was standing near three people suffering one of the victims about 20 non-life-threatening injufeet from Cravens when ries. shots were fired. Cravens was arrested at Two 23-year-olds and a 4:13 p.m. yesterday after 19-year-old were injured in officers stopped him at the shooting, according to 3500 Clark Lane, Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bern- Eric Cravens previous reports. According to the statement, one hard said in a news release. He is being held on a $300,000 victim was hit in the left ankle and right calf, one victim was shot in cash-only bond. According to a probable cause the right wrist and the other victim statement filed yesterday, a wit- was grazed on the right knee. Police said they found four 9 ness alleges she saw Cravens and a passenger exit a vehicle, approach mm casings and four .32-caliber a group of about 50 people who casings at the scene. — Andrew Denney had gathered at Tenth and Broad-

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akdenney@columbiatribune.com | 815-1719 South Columbia residents using nonmotorized transportation now have access to more of the city’s trail system with a newly completed concrete trail connecting Greenbriar Drive with the University of Missouri Recreation Trail. The trail provides improved access to about 1,500 homes in the Green Meadows Road area, said Mayor Bob McDavid at a ribboncutting ceremony for the trail yesterday evening. The event included remarks from Gov. Jay Nixon. “It’s wonderful seeing hundreds of folks here tonight on this nice, cool fall evening,” Nixon said jokingly to a large, sweating crowd gathered in the evening sun and 90-degree heat to watch the ceremony. The half-mile Greenbriar Trail was a GetAbout Columbia project. The total cost was $971,037, which

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Visitors walk on the Greenbriar Trail in Columbia yesterday before Gov. Jay Nixon’s dedication of the trail. Nixon also launched his “100 Missouri Miles” challenge, which aims to get all Missourians to each complete 100 miles of outdoor activity by the end of this year.

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was paid for with federal nonmotorized transportation funds. After the ceremony, Nixon, city officials and attendees took the trek up the new trail, weaving up a large, wooded hillside to Greenbriar. As the touring group reached the top of the trail, Luis Martinez was weaving a bicycle through the bodies to make his way to his house, which is just across Greenbriar from the entrance to the trail. He said he was supportive of the trail when it was proposed and can

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now use it to quickly reach Reactor Field for work. “It takes me five minutes to get to work,” Martinez said. Jacque Soper, who lives a few houses down from Martinez, was barbecuing with her family in her driveway and talking to passers-by as they came off the trail. When the trail was first proposed for her neighborhood, she said, she was less than excited

about the idea. “I wasn’t jumping up and down,” Soper said. But, she said, since the trail was finished, she has found the trail users coming down her street to be friendly. Assistant Public Works Director Dave Nichols said the city was able to obtain right of way on MU property to build the trail, and the city purchased two lots on Greenbriar to allow entrance into the trail.

Nixon used his appearance to announce that Missouri had been named by American Trails magazine as this year’s Best Trails State and to promote his “100 Missouri Miles” challenge. The objective of the challenge is for Missouri residents to each travel 100 miles by cycling, running, swimming, paddling or using a wheelchair on any of Missouri’s trails or waterways. Participants

Police hit man with Taser during arrest for assault charge A man with a history of domestic assault convictions was arrested yesterday after a scuffle with police that resulted in the suspect being tased. Around 5 a.m., Columbia police responded to the 4800 block of Clark Lane looking for Zachary P. Connor, 25, of 1305 White Oak Lane, who was wanted on charges related to a June 14 domestic assault report, Officer Latisha Stroer said. When Connor came out of a bedroom, Stroer said, he began cursing at officers, went back into the bedroom and then pointed at officers with his hand in

the shape of a pistol. He ran toward officers and was forced to the ground, she said. An officer deployed a Taser, and Connor was taken into custody. In the June 14 incident, Connor is suspected to have assaulted a woman for an hour while her children were present. Stroer said Connor allegedly forced his way into the woman’s Claudell Lane residence and began choking and punching her, pulling her hair and slamming her head into a wall, telling her he wanted her to die. She lost consciousness, Stroer said, but she eventually was able to call

police from a nearby apartment. While the woman was calling police, Stroer said, Connor allegedly found her and continued the assault, chasing her into a hallway, where he pushed and kicked her then dragged her down the stairs. Connor and the woman had previously been in a relationship, Stroer said. Police saw bruises, scratches and other marks on the woman and extensive damage to her apartment. Connor is being held in the Boone County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, six counts of second-degree

assault of an officer, first-degree burglary, seconddegree domestic assault, first-degree child endangerZ. Connor ment and firstdegree property damage. His total bond was set at $400,000, cash only. Court records show Connor has a history of convictions, including a 2009 guilty plea to second-degree domestic assault and first-degree child endangerment. — By the Tribune’s staff

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can create an account at 100missourimiles.com to log their progress and compare their scores with other Missourians. As of this morning, more than 4,000 participants had signed up for the challenge, logging more than 85,000 miles. Nixon has issued a challenge for Missourians to collectively reach 100,000 miles on the state’s trails by Sunday.

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