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Columbia PD Searching For Suspect

Columbia Police Officers are searching for a man who led them on a chase yesterday. According to reports, officers were called to the Boone County Courthouse about a suspicious vehicle.

Police found the vehicle and identified the plates as those of Donald Buckner, when approached by officials, the driver fled away at speeds that were too fast for police to stop him safely.

Buckner, who also goes by the name of Donald Vonzelle Buckner or Donald Mashoud Bucker, has a warrant for his arrest for felony assault with a $25,000 bond and he may be armed.

Jefferson City Man Shoots Car

A Jefferson City man is under arrest after Jefferson City Police say that he shot at a car full of people after a dispute about a cell phone sale. According to police, 23 year old Danial Lowe fired at a car full of several occupants including a 3 year old child and fled the scene.

Officials were able to locate his vehicle and performed a search of his home in the 600 block of East McCarty Street. During the search, several guns were found along with 20 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana, scales and packaging materials. Lowe is currently in the the Cole County Jail with pending charges of 1st degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, and possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

Callaway County Spill

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is in the process of containing and cleaning up a large manure fertilizer spill in Callaway County. The incident occurred near Highway J and County Road 230.
An area resident said he noticed "foul smelling black water" flowing through a creek on his property. DNR investigated and said an estimated 10,000 gallons of liquid manure fertilizer was spilled, contaminating an area tributary that flows into Millers Creek in the Mark Twain National Forest and say that the pollutant most likely came from a major spill at the Pork Master operation.

Mexico Man Claims Innocence

The Mexico man accused of killing his wife is saying that he is innocent and that the killing was an accident. Ricky Harding Jr, who is charged with murder in the death of his wife, Summer Harding in May, says he will fight the charges.

According to Harding Jr, his wife shot herself while walking up the stairs. Highway Patrol Troopers say that a call was never made to 911 to report the incident. Harding Jr is also accused of dragging his wife to the garage and leaving her to die along with leaving 4 children in the home while he fled.

Harding Jr's next court date is scheduled for October 31st.

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