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Columbus Police now say the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy inside a Hilltop home this week is being investigated as a homicide.

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A 12-year-old boy is dead after police say he inadvertantly shot himself while mishandling a gun inside a Hilltop home Monday evening.

Transforming Struggling Neighborhoods

Jan 29, 2020
Smart Columbus self-driving shuttles are coming to Linden.
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Residents in the Linden and Hilltop areas of Columbus have heard promises and solutions before. Over decades, they’ve watched their neighborhoods slide further into poverty, homelessness, joblessness and crime.

Acting Deputy Columbus Police Chief Jennifer Knight oversees the PACT team, which replaced the controversial Vice Unit.
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Columbus Police's Vice Unit made a lot of mistakes during its heyday, says Acting Deputy Chief Jennifer Knight.

Retired pastor and activist Gary Witte says he's underwhelmed by the city's plan for the Hilltop.
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Hilltop activists and community leaders have mixed reactions to a comprehensive new city plan for the neighborhood.

A city worker walks past vacant houses in the Hilltop neighborhood.
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Columbus has released a comprehensive plan for the Hilltop neighborhood. The nearly 200-page document lays out the history of the area, recent data on everything from employment to schools and housing to crime, and a 27-point plan for its future. 

Mykeisha Roberts, Columbus health commissioner, speaks at a press conference at Barack Community Center on Nov. 26, 2019.
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Mayor Andrew Ginther announced that the city of Columbus is seeing a reduction in violent crime, giving credit to an expanded Columbus Police initiative.

Lee Alderson in front of his barbershop in the Hilltop.
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Ohio’s U.S. representatives are splitting along party lines as Congress moves forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Trump over his soliciting of political favors from Ukraine. In Central Ohio, the physical distance is short between lawmakers sitting at different ends of that spectrum.

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It was April 1 at exactly noon when Crystal Logan got the phone call: Her daughter Jenea and her son Donell had been shot.

Rev. Meredith McDougle (center) with the new Hilltop Circulator.
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In a past life, as registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Columbus City Council member Mitchell Brown says he got a keen understanding of the challenges aging Ohioans face.

Elizabeth Brown

Columbus City Council will introduce the capital improvement budget, which they developed with community input, at its meeting Monday night.

Bill Huffman, volunteer with the Greater Hilltop Area Commission stands in front of old Westland Mall.
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The future of the old Westland Mall may come into focus sooner rather than later, following the recent sale of a Sears store and auto shop. Some longtime West Side residents say it's about time to look forward.

Columbus Police bike officers at a protest in downtown Columbus in 2018.
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Columbus Police roll out their annual Safe Streets program on Monday.

Deputy Chief Richard Bash, flanked by Mayor Andrew Ginther, explaining the ShotSpotter system.
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Columbus is continuing its rollout of a system that can quickly detect gunshots and their source.

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On Tuesday, Columbus officials will lay out their plans for a new Hilltop early learning facility before the city school board.