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Weinland Park residents show neighborhood pride with signs

5 hours 34 min ago
The sign is modeled after the Las Vegas landmark, but its inspiration is strictly central Ohio: Welcome to Fabulous Weinland Park Columbus. For the past month or so, drivers heading north on N. 4th Street have spied it, just past E. 5th Avenue. But where did it come from? Sean Storey and Chris Picot are the men behind the sign — their second in the neighborhood.

Pedestrian killed in Prairie Township

5 hours 37 min ago
Witnesses who saw a driver hit a pedestrian and speed away early this morning chased the driver down, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said. The pedestrian, Freddy L. Jeffers Jr., 35, was crossing West Broad Street about 3:30 a.m. today when he was hit. Some witnesses stayed with Jeffers; others followed the Nissan Altima that hit him.

Sheriff's IDs woman killed in Far West Side crash

6 hours 38 min ago
The Franklin County sheriff's office is investigating a fatal crash on the Far West Side that killed a woman early this morning. The crash happened at 1:06 a.m. near the intersection of Norton and Bausch roads in Prairie Township, the sheriff's office said.

Teenager convicted in gang killing

9 hours 24 min ago
A Near East Side youth repeatedly shook his head no at each guilty verdict he heard yesterday in his trial for a gang-related murder last year. A Franklin County jury deliberated two hours before finding that Jesean M. Callender, 17, had killed a 15-year-old boy from a rival gang behind a South Linden duplex.

U.S. not prepared to deal with widespread Ebola, experts testify

9 hours 28 min ago
WASHINGTON — On the same day that the fourth U.S. patient with Ebola began to receive treatment in a New York City hospital, U.S. House members expressed grave concern today that the United States remains unprepared for a pandemic of the disease.

Kent State-area police caution: Don’t be a drunk princess

9 hours 34 min ago
Some college students need a little advice on how to best enjoy Halloween, so a man who has seen more than a few Halloweens and thousands of college students has some tips. These words of wisdom came ahead of anticipated frivolity by Kent State University students from the chief of police in Brimfield Township, population approximately 3,343. The chief’s territory is just south of the university in northeastern Ohio.

Upgrades planned for Alum Creek park

9 hours 44 min ago
A new marina, updated playgrounds and the removal of pit toilets are among $4.5 million of upgrades planned for Alum Creek State Park in Delaware County.

State moves to close last Cincinnati abortion clinic

9 hours 46 min ago
The Ohio Department of Health has taken the first step toward potentially closing the last abortion clinic in Cincinnati. Planned Parenthood’s Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center could be closed unless it secures an agreement with a local hospital to accept patients for emergency treatments.

Muslims welcome West Side mosque

9 hours 50 min ago
A West Side mosque that is holding its grand opening on Saturday is indicative of a burgeoning Muslim population that has worship sites bursting at the seams across central Ohio. The Abubakar Asiddiq Islamic Center is raising $3 million to pay for the center of about 15,000 square feet on nearly 10 acres of land at 591 Industrial Mile Rd. Another $1.5 million is expected to be raised to finish the second floor later.

Prison reform on Green agenda

9 hours 52 min ago
Anita Rios says running as a third-party candidate for governor comes with a freedom not available to her mainstream rivals.

Pickaway County man, wife die within hours of each other after crash

9 hours 54 min ago
An elderly couple whose car was broadsided at a busy Pickaway County intersection this week have died. Sheriff Robert Radcliff said that Ada Lou Deal, 86, and her husband, 87-year-old Arthur Deal, didn’t appear at first to be seriously injured in the crash at the intersection of Rts. 23 and 762 around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Firearms instructor guilty in accidental shooting of student

9 hours 55 min ago
A Violet Township trustee who accidentally shot and wounded a student who was taking his concealed-carry class last year resolved the criminal case against him yesterday. Terry J. Dunlap Sr., 74, pleaded no contest in Fairfield County Municipal Court to a misdemeanor charge of negligent assault. Visiting Judge Teresa Liston then found Dunlap guilty.

Former bank manager pleads guilty to embezzling $4.1 million

9 hours 58 min ago
A well-known Ross County businessman pleaded guilty yesterday to embezzling $4.1 million from the Huntington National Bank where he worked. Joseph P. Molnar, 50, of Chillicothe, was the managing director of the bank’s community-development corporation when he stole the money by diverting developers’ fees into his personal accounts from 2005 to 2012, Internal Revenue Service Special Agent Anne Nightingale testified in U.S. District Court.

No absentee ballots for folks in jail

9 hours 59 min ago
CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that organizations conducting voter outreach did not have the right to sue the state of Ohio on behalf of voters arrested and jailed the weekend before Election Day.

Columbus considering ban, tax on plastic grocery bags

10 hours 10 min ago
Do you favor plastic bags at your Columbus grocery store? The city might try to break you of your habit. Mayor Michael B. Coleman is considering measures to reduce the use of plastic grocery bags in the city. That could mean charging fees, providing incentives for using reusable bags or enacting an outright ban.

Guide to Life: What to consider before taking the home-buying plunge

10 hours 26 min ago
For years, the conventional wisdom on housing was simple: Never rent when you can buy. Then came a little thing called the crash of 2008, when housing values plummeted, thousands of homeowners faced foreclosure and a lot of credit was destroyed. The decision to buy (or not) isn’t strictly a financial calculation. Those facing the choice, experts say, should consider five key questions.

2 sobriety checkpoints planned for tonight

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:04pm
Two sobriety checkpoints are scheduled in Perry Township tonight. The first, on Bethel Road east of Kenny Road, will run from 9 to 11 p.m. The second, on Sawmill Road north of I-270, will run from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

This may be the best weekend to catch brilliant fall colors

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:03am
If ever you could call Ohio flamboyant, this would be the weekend. It’s the big show. The last gasp, even. It’s likely to be your last chance to get out and enjoy the full beauty that is Ohio in the fall. The trees have hit their peak and will fade fast.

Police review finds officers acted within policies in shootings

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:55am
A Columbus police sergeant acted within policy last fall when he shot and killed a suicidal woman on the Northwest Side. Sgt. Jeffrey Baker shot Julie Caudill, 43, at her Ponset Street house on Oct. 25, 2013, after she opened the door holding a handgun.

Photo: Quite a pitcher’s mound

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:47am
The Peoli United Methodist Church in Tuscarawas County is surrounded by fall colors as sunshine moves in after a recent rainstorm. The cemetery next to the rural church southeast of Newcomerstown includes the grave of Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Denton “Cy” Young, who was born in nearby Gilmore.