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Escaped inmate caught after 22 years on the lam

2 hours 5 min ago
A London Correctional Institution inmate who escaped 22 years ago has been caught in Indiana and will return to complete at least five years of his sentence for grand theft, the State Highway Patrol announced yesterday. Investigators learned on Dec. 12 that Roger D. Perdue, 71, was living with a woman, possibly his wife, and preparing to leave their home in Kokomo, Ind., where he had been living under an assumed identity.

Franklin County EMA decides to keep director

2 hours 12 min ago
Community leaders will hire an outside consultant to try to fix communication and personality conflicts at the county’s lead disaster-preparedness agency. The executive committee of Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security made that decision on Wednesday while also choosing to retain Michael R. Pannell as the agency’s director.

Woman, 62, shot during North Side break-in

2 hours 16 min ago
An woman is in life-threatening condition after police say she was shot during a break-in last night at her North Side apartment.

Man dies after car falls on him at South Side auto lot

2 hours 16 min ago
A man died yesterday after the car he was repairing at a South Side auto lot fell on him. Columbus police homicide detectives said the man’s death appeared to be an accident. He was about 60 years old, but police were working yesterday to confirm his identity and locate relatives.

State panel OKs speeding up I-270/Rt. 315 interchange fix

2 hours 19 min ago
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s plan to fix interchanges along the northern section of I-270 should finish earlier than expected. The Transportation Review Advisory Council, which sets priorities for high-priced transportation projects, yesterday moved the start of construction on the final phase of the “North Side Fix” up from 2024 to next year.

Ethics inquiry leads to federal judge’s resignation as Ohio State trustee

2 hours 28 min ago
U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley has agreed to step down from the Ohio State University board of trustees to end an Ohio Ethics Commission inquiry into his longstanding relationship with the school. Marbley’s resignation, effective Jan. 30, is part of a settlement with the commission, which had been investigating whether the judge broke state law by serving as both a university trustee and an adjunct law professor at Ohio State.

Video: Hanukkah at the Columbus Zoo

2 hours 40 min ago
The Festival of Lights joined Wildlights last night at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Vigil held for man gravely hurt in Downtown crash that killed Ohio State student

2 hours 58 min ago
About 125 people gathered last night at Gahanna Lincoln High School’s football field to pray for a miracle for Bill Lewis, the Columbus city mobility engineer gravely injured on Friday when a crash sent a bus hurtling onto a Downtown sidewalk. But in a sense, a miracle has already occurred. “Surgeons are saying he is defying all the odds in his survival,” said family friend Jennifer Hansen.

Termination ruling on former Marion-Franklin principal months away

3 hours 5 min ago
There were 14 days of testimony by 43 witnesses. More than 100 exhibits were introduced into evidence. The termination hearing for former Marion-Franklin High School Principal Pamela Diggs ended yesterday, but it will be late March before the hearing officer will issue his ruling on whether Columbus City Schools should fire her for her role in the district’s data scandal.

Newark man admits cutting up woman’s pet dog

3 hours 18 min ago
A man admitted yesterday that he killed and mutilated a dog in Newark on Wednesday. Harley J. Paynter, 19, of 435 Ballard Ave., pleaded guilty in Licking County Municipal Court yesterday to the animal-cruelty charge along with additional charges of drug abuse and underage alcohol consumption.

Dublin acquires land from Wendy’s for new connector road

3 hours 31 min ago
Dublin will pay Wendy’s $812,327 for 3.71 acres on which the city plans to build an east-west connector in the Bridge Street District.

Olentangy district’s pay for substitutes going up

3 hours 37 min ago
The Olentangy school district will pay substitute teachers and tutors more in 2015 to help the district stay competitive with nearby school systems, officials said.

Group aims for 2015 ballot issue to legalize marijuana

3 hours 40 min ago
Ohioans could be voting on a marijuana ballot issue next year unlike any in the country, involving 10 wealthy individuals who would essentially invest to obtain the right to grow and sell marijuana wholesale for personal use by residents 21 or older. Marijuana would be taxed, with the proceeds somehow distributed to government entities.

Drivers whiz through Victorian Village streets

3 hours 55 min ago
An orange cone has replaced the flexible traffic sign that used to warn Neil Avenue drivers that pedestrians can cross at the intersection with Collins Avenue. A car or a truck took out the sign, which was part of an enhanced crosswalk designed to slow traffic and make the area safer for pedestrians. So far, the sign, cone and crosswalk haven’t worked, according to the city and people who live in the area.

Honda’s new Marysville museum highlights its manufacturing savvy, vehicles made in Ohio

6 hours 26 min ago
At the new Honda museum, a supercar is to your right and robots seem to be around every corner. And, just when you might think this is too exotic, there is a minivan. The automaker gave a preview yesterday of the Honda Heritage Center in Marysville, a museum that will open to the public on Jan. 5.

Worthington results disappoint; shares fall

6 hours 30 min ago
Worthington Industries’ disappointing results for the company’s vehicle-cabs business and problems in its sales to the oil and gas industry took a toll on its share price yesterday.

Huntington buys Wyandotte building

6 hours 32 min ago
Huntington Bancshares has bought Columbus’ first skyscraper, the 11-story Wyandotte Building, the latest in what has been a string of investments that the bank has made in the downtown areas of several cities where it has a significant presence.

Downtown YWCA, Granville Inn among historic-preservation projects getting tax credits

6 hours 58 min ago
The state has awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits totaling about $6.1 million to four central Ohio projects.

DeWine sues Dayton contractor for allegedly shoddy work

7 hours 13 min ago
A Dayton contractor who also did work in central Ohio is being sued by the state for doing what it is calling shoddy work and failure to complete projects after accepting payment.

Pair sentenced to life in prison in insurance-related slaying

8 hours 31 min ago
Two men convicted of killing a man two years ago in a scheme to collect on his life-insurance policy were sentenced today to life in prison with no chance of parole. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David E. Cain described Maxamillion Williams, 20, and Dartanian Hawkins, 31, as cold-hearted killers who preyed upon a “totally innocent victim.”