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Poll methods for presidential debates questioned

5 hours 54 min ago
A scientifically questionable method of jamming opinion polls together could leave Ohio Gov. John Kasich on the sidelines of the first GOP presidential debate in his own state.

High-school baseball: Westerville Central slugs its way to state tournament

6 hours 5 min ago
The Warhawks smacked 11 hits, including five for extra bases, in defeating Olentangy Liberty 9-6 on Friday afternoon to earn the central district’s ticket into the Division I state tournament.

Expansion of New Albany ZIP code spurs confusion

6 hours 35 min ago
Scott Corrigan doesn’t much care for manicured lawns and structured development. He likes his home in the country. He enjoys a dandelion or two. So he did not appreciate what arrived in the mail last month — notice that his mailing address is changing from Pataskala to New Albany and New Albany’s 43054 ZIP code.

No charge in fatal Port Columbus airport shooting

6 hours 38 min ago
A grand jury declined to bring charges against police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man who lunged at an officer with a knife at Port Columbus airport in January, a prosecutor said Friday.

Toxic-spill cleanup ups Veterans Memorial demolition costs $1.4 million

8 hours 30 min ago
More unexpected costs have surfaced in Franklin County’s teardown of Veterans Memorial, but county officials say the extra work won’t jeopardize its plan to hand the site off to developers in July. County Commissioners are expected to vote on Tuesday to pay an additional $1.4 million to clean up oil that spilled from four electrical transformers that someone vandalized in search of copper wire in March.

Ohio judge gives defendant choice: be pepper-sprayed or go to jail

11 hours 3 min ago
PAINESVILLE, Ohio — An assault suspect who pepper-sprayed someone in the face at a fast-food restaurant received similar treatment in court as punishment from a Cleveland-area judge embracing the principle of “an eye for an eye.”

Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters denied access to trustee records

11 hours 37 min ago
Fired Ohio State University marching-band director Jonathan Waters can’t have broad access to trustees’ records that he had argued might help prove his gender-discrimination case, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

Toddler drowns in pond just hours before little brother born

12 hours 4 min ago
A Marion County toddler drowned early this morning in a pond, just hours before her mother gave birth to her little brother. A family member called 911 at 9:22 a.m. after finding the 18-month-old girl, Jaylynn Adamson, in the front yard pond of the home in the 7200 block of Mount Olive-Green Camp Road in southwestern Marion County, said Lt. Jason Dutton, of the Marion County Sheriff’s office.

Theater review | 'Buyer & Cellar': Actor pulls off CATCO's one-man one-act

12 hours 6 min ago
Andrew Levitt is more than up to the challenge of performing all the characters in the nearly two-hour one-act "Buyer & Cellar" at CATCO.

Marion police fight rise in heroin use despite cuts

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:14pm
Of the 11 people Marion County law-enforcement officials announced they arrested in a crackdown on heroin, five were charged with dealing the drug, according to court records. The other six were charged with drug possession and other less-serious crimes.

Deal for water plant irks Delaware County

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:00pm
Despite objections from Delaware County officials, the city of Columbus appears to be close to purchasing almost 100 acres in southwestern Delaware County for use as a water-treatment facility.

Homicide suspected after woman's body found near Chillicothe

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 8:53pm
An investigator with the Ross County sheriff’s office said the death of a woman whose body was found today in the Chillicothe area is being investigated as a homicide. The woman has not been identified.

High pollen levels continue to plague allergy sufferers

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 8:41pm
Pollen levels remain high across central Ohio, much to the misery of allergy sufferers, said Brian Huxtable, an air pollution control specialist at the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency in Dayton. Tree pollen has been the culprit for the past few months, causing itchy eyes and runny noses. Pine pollen is particularly bad right now, resulting in yellow clouds that coat everything in their path. As tree pollen tapers off in the next few weeks, grass pollen is about to hit its peak, Huxtable said.

Accused COTA shooter, acquitted this morning, faces additional charges

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 8:38pm
A man acquitted of shooting a passenger on a Central Ohio Transit Authority bus will remain in jail on charges that he threatened to shoot a key witness in the case. Felony charges of intimidating a witness and retaliating against a witness were filed against Anthony Saunders III early this morning, about three hours before a Franklin County jury found him not guilty of 12 counts of felonious assault.

Therapy dog's funeral includes music, tennis balls

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 8:22pm
A dog that helped others grieve was the focus of grieving herself at a Downtown funeral home this morning. A funeral for Tara, a 13-year-old grief-therapy dog, was held at Schoedinger Midtown Chapel on E. State Street. Tara died on Tuesday.

Woman sentenced to probation for endangering daughter

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:29pm
A Far East Side woman whose then-boyfriend critically injured her 3-year-old daughter was placed on probation for three years today. Tiffany Sweitzer, 23, pleaded guilty in March to one count of child engendering in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Southwest Ohio lawmaker Pete Beck’s fraud case now in judge’s hands

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:36pm
CINCINNATI — A former Ohio lawmaker accused of defrauding a technology company’s investors out of millions of dollars is expected to learn a judge’s verdict Tuesday. A Hamilton County judge heard closing arguments this week in Pete Beck’s case. Judge John Andrew West plans to announce his decision Tuesday morning after a 10-week trial for the 62-year-old certified public accountant.

Sobriety checkpoint set for tonight in Westerville

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 1:25pm
Westerville police and Franklin County deputies will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 9 tonight until 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. The checkpoint will be set up near 320 S. State St. in Westerville.

Navigating drone rules a challenge for Licking County agency

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:21am
NEWARK, Ohio — As a kid, Todd Fortune spent hours messing around with his small collection of remote-control airplanes, fine-tuning his ability to maneuver a toy aircraft using just his two thumbs on a controller. Now, he’s applying those skills for Licking County’s Planning and Development department, flying a new county-owned, unmanned aircraft — commonly known as a drone — outfitted with a camera to provide aerial perspectives on potential planning and development areas.

Ohio Politics Now: House, Senate likely to clash over school funding

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 8:55am
The road to a two-year budget isn’t likely to be easy especially when it comes to a school funding formula. “A legislative school-funding fight could be looming large in the coming weeks as the Senate plans to scrap the House-passed plan and possibly leave some districts with funding cuts,” Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel writes.