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Dublin parents plan to ask a lot of questions at next week's school board meeting about a former teacher facing federal child pornography charges. They're organizing through the Facebook group "Dublin Residents against Sexual Harassment in our Schools." Former Dublin Scioto High School teacher Gregory Lee's personnel file shows many complaints of inappropriate behavior over two decades.

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A Franklin County jury found Lincoln Rutledge guilty of murdering a Columbus Police officer during a standoff last year, the county prosecutor announced Thursday afternoon.

Steve Stivers

A Westerville man has been charged with threatening to "assault, kidnap or murder a United States official" after leaving several threatening voicemail messages with Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers' office.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana has undergone surgery and will need further operations, after being shot by a man who opened fire with a rifle on an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress in Alexandria, Va. Scalise was the most seriously injured of four victims of the shootings.

Pickaway County Sheriff's Office

A former fashion model from Pickaway County sentenced to prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband's ex-wife has had her conviction overturned.

In 1969, Philip Zimbardo, a psychologist from Stanford University, ran an interesting field study. He abandoned two cars in two very different places: one in a mostly poor, crime-ridden section of New York City, and the other in a fairly affluent neighborhood of Palo Alto, Calif. Both cars were left without license plates and parked with their hoods up.

The 58-year-old neighbor of a family killed in a fire in Akron last week has been charged with aggravated murder and arson.

Stanley O. Ford is accused of setting the fire on Fultz Avenue that killed seven people: Angela Boggs and her longtime boyfriend Dennis Huggins, as well as children Jered Boggs, 14; Daisia Huggins, 6; Kylle Huggins, 5; Alvia Huggins, 3; and Cameron Huggins, 1.

Akron Deputy Police Chief Kenneth Ball says investigators also have refocused their investigation into an unsolved fatal arson fire a year ago on the same street.


The judge overseeing the retrial of former UC police officer Ray Tensing still says she expects to be able to seat a jury in Hamilton County.

A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who escaped state charges of misusing a state law enforcement database now faces federal cyberstalking charges.

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Kids under 13 can’t be charged with rape in Ohio. But the Ohio Supreme Court will decide if they can be charged with other sex crimes if both involved in the act were under 13. The court heard arguments in a case involving a 12-year-old and a nine-year-old.

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A judge has dismissed charges of unauthorized use of a law enforcement database against a former Ohio State Highway Patrol post commander.

A Licking County court is reviewing how and why a domestic violence suspect was released early from jail weeks before fatally shooting three people, including a woman he was accused of assaulting and a police chief.

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Authorities investigating the slayings of eight family members in southern Ohio have taken a trailer linked to the family of one victim's ex-boyfriend.

Following a shooting that ended in the deaths of four at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville on Friday, authorities have identified the gunman as 43-year-old Thomas Hartless.

Esther Honig

Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed that Kirkersville police chief Steven Eric Disario was killed along with two female employees of Pine Kirk Care Center during a shooting at the nursing home on Friday morning. The suspect was also found killed. 

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With a rising homicide rate, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs says violent crime in the city will get more attention this summer as officers ramp up their efforts in vulnerable neighborhoods.  

A to Z Recycling on East 17th Avenue in Columbus.
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A crackdown on illegal scrap yard activities that found grave markers, beer kegs, copper wire and tons of shredded plastic has wrapped up with a sixth conviction of a Central Ohio company.

A 26-year-old Dayton man is accused of planning to fly to Syria to join ISIS. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Laith Waleed Alebbini at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport Wednesday afternoon.

Ohio Attorney General's Office

Just before the anniversary of the Pike County killings, the Ohio Attorney General's Office released a video at the request of surviving family members who are pleading for information that could help move the case forward.

Sam Hendren

The call to 911 came in at 7:49 a.m. on April 22, 2016.  In the hours that followed, authorities would find eight members of the Rhoden family shot to death at four rural Pike County locations. 

The family of O'Bryan Spikes wants answers.

"Innocent people should not have to fear for their lives at a dance club," says his sister, Raquice Mitchell.

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Authorities are hoping a reward will help them capture the man accused of shooting an elderly man at random Sunday and posting the grizzly footage on Facebook. Mayor Frank Jackson is asking anyone with information on Steve Stephens to come forward.

Mt. Sterling Chamber of Commerce

The Madison County grand jury has indicted the former mayor of the village of Mt. Sterling on multiple felony and misdemeanor counts, including theft in office.

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manhunt is underway in Ohio and surrounding states for a man accused of posting a Facebook video as he gunned down an elderly man.

Columbus police say they’re getting frustrated at a lack of cooperation from the nine victims in a Sunday morning shooting at a rented party hall in South Linden.

A manhunt is under way for a suspect whom Cleveland police say filmed his fatal shooting of an elderly man, in a video that he posted to Facebook.

In a later video, also posted to Facebook on Sunday afternoon, a man purporting to be Steve Stephens, the accused shooter, says he has killed more than a dozen other people. Police have not verified that claim.

Cleveland police have identified the homicide victim from the video as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

A report by the Ohio Inspector General finds that inmates at the Marion Correctional Institution built contraband computers and used them to commit crimes. 

A Youngstown man facing three counts of murder apparently committed suicide by jumping off a fourth-floor courthouse balcony Monday morning.

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A man accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a recycling bin partially submerged in a creek has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder.

A Hamilton County grand jury is indicting Cornell Beckley with two counts of murder in the Cameo Night Club shooting .

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