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Sherrod Brown wants federal funding for Columbus-Westerville COTA bus line

5 hours 49 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Federal funding for a proposed bus line that would run from Westerville to downtown Columbus may be in jeopardy, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. Brown, Central Ohio Transit Authority officials and others met this morning at Columbus State Community College to urge for funding for COTA’s Cmax project.

Woman tells police she shot and killed intruder

6 hours 4 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};One person has been killed in a shooting this morning on the East Side. Columbus police were called at 10:15 a.m. to the 600 block of S. Hampton Road. The victim died there at 10:19 a.m.

Fight with friend led to Ohio House page forging letter under rep's name

6 hours 29 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};A 20-year-old former Ohio House page who forged a letter under the name of a Dayton-area representative who was fighting to become the next speaker of the House, pleaded guilty today to a pair of first-degree misdemeanors. Carlos Arrigo, an Ohio State University student from Greentown, Pa., was given a $500 fine and required by Franklin County Judge Colleen O’Donnell to write letters to three victims for guilty pleas to attempted forgery and attempted identity fraud.

County aid agencies will retain some taxes in Dublin deal

6 hours 38 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Franklin County agencies that receive property tax money will retain some of the taxes from the $300 million Bridge Street Corridor development in Dublin over the next 30 years under a tax-increment financing agreement. Dublin plans to establish a 30-year tax-increment financing district around the corridor to set aside new property taxes there to help finance the development. Instead, county officials negotiated an agreement that will continue to draw on that tax base starting in year 16.

ODNR: All docks, other structures on state side of Buckeye Lake dam have to go

6 hours 40 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};The state has released its edict to the more than 370 residents who live adjacent to the Buckeye Lake dam: the docks, decks, patios and all of the other structures built on the state-owned side of the earthen dam have to be removed, at the owners’ expense. Letters were mailed to residents today, stating that all structures must be removed by Nov. 1.

Drive-by shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole

7 hours 41 sec ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};A man convicted last week of killing a woman in a North Linden drive-by shooting was sentenced today to life in prison with no chance of parole, plus 55 years. On Friday, a Franklin County jury found Brian W. Hill, 47, guilty of aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

Classes canceled at Denison after missing student found dead

7 hours 26 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};A missing Denison University student has been found dead this morning, university officials said. Wendell Jackson, a junior from the Chicago area, was last seen between 5 and 6 p.m. on Sunday studying at an academic hall on campus, said Ginny Sharkey, a university spokeswoman. His body was found today at the university's Biologicial Reserve.

Columbus schools to pay more for police officers

8 hours 24 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};The Columbus City Schools would pay more for police services in its high schools, under a contract that the school board will consider renewing at a meeting tonight. The district would pay the city just under $925,000 to have 17 police officers and a sergeant in its schools through the end of June 2016. That’s almost a 9 percent increase over the about $850,000 the district paid last school year.

Ohio Politics Now: A look at Joyce Beatty's undecided vote on the Iran nuclear deal

9 hours 19 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Congressional lawmakers will likely take a vote on the Iran nuclear deal this month and Rep. Joyce Beatty, R-Jefferson Twp., “ is among the Democrats under intense scrutiny as a vote to approve or reject President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear deal approaches,” Dispatch Washington reporter Jessica Wehrman writes. Beatty,who has talked to community groups and those in her district who are both for and against it as well as the president himself, has not committed to a yes or no vote.

Man dies after East Side shooting

10 hours 42 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};A 22-year-old man has died after he was either stabbed or shot on the East Side late Monday night.

Toledo man sentenced for biting off ear of wife’s lover

11 hours 19 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};TOLEDO — A man who bit off part of the ear of his wife’s lover after finding them in bed together was sentenced to six months in a correctional treatment center on Monday.

Investigation continues in West Jefferson building collapse

12 hours 49 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};The West Jefferson police chief doesn’t wax poetic about the scene out on Rt. 40 on Sunday morning. Roused from his sleep at 6 a.m., Terry Ward hit the corner of West and Main and saw what he saw.

Raymond Williams | 1937-2015: Street preacher was an ‘angel on assignment’

13 hours 10 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Raymond Williams preached the gospel to people Downtown, whether they wanted to hear it or not. Always decked out in a suit and tie, hair and beard forming a ring of gray around his face, he stood near Broad and High streets and energetically proclaimed his message.

Obama a ‘dictator,’ says ex-Ohio congressman after Mount McKinley name change

13 hours 14 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};WASHINGTON — Angry Senate and House Republicans from Ohio question President Barack Obama’s legal authority to remove President William McKinley’s name from the country’s tallest mountain and restore its original Native American name of Denali. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, whose district includes Canton, where McKinley lived as an adult, said lawmakers are sending a letter to the White House on the issue, pointing out that Congress created Mount McKinley National Park in Alaska in 1917.

Humane Society offers $5,000 reward in cat-cruelty case

13 hours 26 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};The Capital Area Humane Society is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a young male who abused a cat that later had to be euthanized. The reward is for as much as $5,000. Witnesses said they saw a 16- to 20-year-old on a bicycle drag a cat by a leash on Greenfield Drive in Franklinton about 11 a.m. Thursday. He then started swinging the cat over his head and slammed it to the ground.

Kasich talks national security at forum in Michigan

13 hours 32 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Gov. John Kasich took a hawkish tone on Monday during a suburban Detroit forum on national security, saying President Barack Obama has neglected the military and calling for counterattacks when the U.S. is hit by a cyberattack from another country.

Errors still present in Columbus schools’ 2014 audit

13 hours 40 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};More than two years after Columbus schools officials promised to end data changes that have led to criminal convictions and firings, district auditors were still finding what they described as “significant errors” in how district employees tracked student attendance.

Justice Insider: Craigslist drug ad meant to draw attention

14 hours 28 sec ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};On an almost daily basis, the Justice Insider meets law-abiding folks who are sick and tired of the reach of the drug trade and the collateral damage to their neighborhoods.

Joyce Beatty faces tough vote on Iran nuke deal

14 hours 10 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};WASHINGTON — During the years she has served as a congresswoman for her central Ohio district, Rep. Joyce Beatty has rarely cast truly controversial votes, but now Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, is among the Democrats under intense scrutiny as a vote to approve or reject President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran approaches.

Central Ohio’s most dangerous intersections

14 hours 31 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};As a local agency was releasing its annual list of central Ohio’s most-dangerous intersections on Monday, emergency crews were on their way to one of the worst, responding to yet another crash there. The wreck happened about 7:30 p.m. at Morse Road and Cleveland Avenue. And though no one was seriously hurt, the crash showed why that North Side crossroad has been in the top 10 of worst intersections for years.