Martrell Smith pleads guilty in Boone County

A Columbia man pleaded guilty Friday morning in Boone County Circuit Court to his role in connection with a brutal January 2014 drug-related killing. 22-year-old Martrell Smith had been charged with second degree murder in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Dontay Tolston in the 2000 block of Newton Drive in Columbia.


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Avoiding identity theft during tax season

Avoiding identity theft during tax season

Thousands of Americans are eligible to receive tax refunds in 2015, which is prime time for identity thieves. BBB is warning the public about scams they should be on the lookout for during tax season, along with some tips to consider when filing your taxes?

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Ask questions before signing up for a new gym in the new year

If you're like millions of Americans, you may have made a New Year's resolution to get fit in 2015. Losing weight is one of the most common New Year's resolutions and if you're pledging to lose pounds this year by joining a gym, BBB recommends asking some questions before signing on the dotted line. BBB does recommend consulting a doctor for an over-all health assessment before starting any…

CoMo Entertainment owner Ben Bradley responds to missed court dates, payments

"If you report otherwise, I will come out, and I will come after you, and I will name you in a lawsuit and I will name your station in a lawsuit," CoMo Entertainment owner Ben Bradley told ABC 17's Jillian Fertig in a phone conversation Tuesday.

Protecting yourself from scams, identity theft in the new year

Every year, some of us make New Year's resolutions that are broken before we've gotten used to writing the new dates on our checks or other documents. BBB has some resolutions for 2015 that may be formidable, but they can help anyone become a savvy consumer in the New Year.

Man arrested after LU fundraising scam

A man was arrested after Lincoln University warned of a fundraising scam toward local businesses and residents.

IRS scam targets more mid-Missourians

More mid-Missourians are being targeted by scammers posing as the government so the real IRS has issued a new warning.

Safe shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the most popular holiday shopping days of the year. The Better Business Bureau wants to help make your shopping adventures go as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips for shopping on Black Friday:

Cole Co. Sheriff warns of Publisher's Clearing House Scam

The Cole County Sheriff's Department is warning people about a Publisher's Clearing House scam.

What to watch for when winterizing your home

Frost warnings and falling leaves signal the need to winterize your home and vehicles to save energy and prepare for cold weather emergencies. Snow and ice can add to your commute or cause damage to your home. Be prepared for blizzards, blackouts and other winter storm-related problems by keeping important supplies in one place. A home emergency kit should contain bottled water, a first aid kit,…

CoMo Entertainment owner Ben Bradley responds to accusations

The owner of the Columbia Party Bus said he is working with the Missouri Attorney General's office to make sure customers who were treated unfairly are refunded.

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