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Woman indicted in fatal 2014 wreck on I-70 near Pickerington

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:08pm
A Columbus woman has been indicted on four criminal charges, including aggravated vehicular homicide, for the hit-skip crash that killed a Belmont County woman on a motorcycle last year. Christina R. Robinson, also known as Christina Stanton, 24, of the West Side, was indicted by a Fairfield County grand jury today on counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, as well as vehicular assault, tampering with evidence and failure to stop after an accident, all third-degree felonies.

Advocates talk 'over-criminalization' of mentally ill

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:37pm
Incarcerating mentally ill Americans by the tens of thousands is “a national disgrace,” Illinois Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said at the National Alliance on Mental Illness state conference today in Columbus. Dart, a former prosecutor and Illinois state legislator, has drawn national attention for his efforts to reform how mentally inmates are treated at the Cook County Jail, the largest single-site jail in the country.

Police say 3 put themselves at risk after championship game

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:56pm
Two photojournalists and an Ohio State University graduate had placed themselves at risk when they were stricken by the pepper spray and tear gas deployed by officers during the campus-area pandemonium that followed the Buckeyes’ national-championship football win in January, Columbus police say.

Culprit in deadly botulism outbreak narrowed to six food samples

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:33pm
Preliminary tests show that six food samples taken from a Lancaster church potluck have tested positive for botulism, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Twenty cases of botulism have been confirmed among those who attended the potluck at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church on Sunday, said Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Michelle LoParo.

Police identify officer involved in shooting

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:25pm
Columbus police have released the name of the officer who they say shot at a Fairfield County man during a Wednesday night drug raid in Franklinton. Officer April Redick joined the Police Division in 2005.

Ginther flush with cash in mayoral bid

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:33pm
Closing in on $2 million in total contributions for his mayoral campaign, Columbus City Council President Andrew J. Ginther is continuing to dominate the four-way race when it comes to money. Ginther’s most-recent campaign-finance report, released yesterday, shows that since the previous report in January, he stacked $611,000 on top of the $1.2 million from his previous report.

Prodigies, people with autism have genetic link, Ohio State researchers say

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:50pm
Researchers at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have found a genetic link between people with autism and prodigies. The link shows up as a marker on one of the 23 chromosomes humans have and could provide more clues about how autism and prodigy develop in children. The finding doesn’t mean a cure for autism is imminent, but it could help scientists understand autism. And down the road, it could help geneticists understand how to block autism from manifesting in children.

Home-canned food was at Lancaster potluck in botulism outbreak

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:07pm
Food served at a Lancaster potluck and collected from a dumpster, parishioners’ homes and an assited-living center is at a state laboratory in Reynoldsburg. Officials hope it will reveal the source of a botulism outbreak that has sickened about half the people who ate at the Sunday gathering. The more than 20 foods include home-canned items, which are often implicated in outbreaks such as this. Beets, vegetable soup and two samples of pears appear to be home-canned. The list, provided by the Ohio Department of Health, also includes potluck staples, including pasta salad, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw.

Foster parent indicted on sexual-battery charges

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:56pm
Officials at the Buckeye Ranch plan to ask the state to revoke the foster-parent license of a South Side man who was indicted yesterday on 12 counts of sexual battery. Herbert C. King Jr., 42, is accused of engaging in oral and anal sex acts with a teenage boy who had been placed in his home at 3801 Barkwillow Lane.

Sobriety checkpoints set for tonight

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:18pm
Columbus police will set up two sobriety checkpoints tonight and early Saturday. The first, from 9 to 11 p.m. tonight, will be on Morse Road east of Westerville Road. The second, from 1 to 3 a.m. Saturday, will be on Stelzer Road north of Easton Way.

Driver sentenced to probation for hit-skip crash that injured bicyclist

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:02pm
The driver in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a bicyclist more than a year ago in Norwich Township was placed on probation today for three years as part of a plea agreement. Randall E. Pennington, 43, of Royal Meadow Lane in Grove City, pleaded guilty in February to failing to stop after a crash and attempted tampering with evidence for replacing his broken windshield.

Board of Elections takes early voting to senior centers, nursing homes

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:51am
In the weeks before an election, the Franklin County Board of Elections sends poll workers to about 70 senior centers and nursing homes to help elderly people cast their ballots.

Women held captive in Cleveland home for decade release a memoir

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:32am
NEW YORK -- When Amanda Berry's toddler daughter had night terrors and started screaming and running around the room, Berry couldn't always get to her - because she was chained and couldn't move that far. Big, heavy chains were a regular part of Berry's life for years as she, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive in a Cleveland home by Ariel Castro before finally escaping in 2013. So were repeated rapes and other abuse.

Ohio Politics Now: Panel recommends more police training

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:53am
After months of reviewing police training in the state, a panel concluded that that Ohio needs to “expand and improve training and entry-level qualifications for its 34,000 officers.” “Ohio lags behind many states in police training, and more attention must be paid to helping officers deal with the mentally ill and deciding when to use — and not use — deadly force, the group said,” Dispatch Randy Ludlow writes.

Columbus schools will hire 65 to work with special-education students

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:21am
Columbus City Schools will need to hire 65 new employees to work with special-education students next school year, to be in compliance with state and federal laws. The new hires come after the district admitted last fall to giving passing grades to some special-education students who hadn’t earned them. State Auditor Dave Yost uncovered the problem during his investigation into data-rigging within Columbus schools.

Youngstown State removes posters for 'straight pride' week

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:20am
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Posters promoting a "straight pride" week at a northeast Ohio university have been removed after student leaders said the message went beyond free speech.

No closure of I-71

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:05am
Starting at 8 p.m. today, the Ohio Department of Transportation will close all westbound lanes of I-670 between I-70 and I-71. Because of expected wet weather this weekend, ODOT will not close I-71 north between I-670 and I-70 as it had previously announced. The freeway and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

Photo: What a week for nature lovers

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:00am
In recognition of Earth Day, groundskeepers Jeffrey Buehler, left, and John Hutt plant a sourwood tree yesterday on the northeast side of the Statehouse. The day before, on the actual Earth Day, a beehive on the grounds was dedicated. The tree planting, delayed by wet ground, would have been appropriate today, Arbor Day.

Police investigate serious multi-vehicle crash on South Side

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:59am
Columbus police are investigating a four-vehicle crash on the South Side that sent at least two to the hospital. At 6:28 a.m., police were called about a crash at High Street and Rathmell Road, police said.

Ohio State suspends sorority for 2 years

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:35am
Ohio State University is suspending its chapter of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority for two years after a school investigation reported hazing and alcohol abuse in the group. The punishment shuts down the sorority until May 2017 and forces the group to move out of its house on E. 15th Avenue.