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One man is dead and another charged with tampering with evidence after what the Columbus Division of Police calls an accidental shooting.

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It’s been 10 months since Deaonte Dwayne Bell was killed in a shooting at the Nelson Park Apartments on Maryland Avenue on Columbus’ East Side. Three other people were killed at the apartments in the year before Bell’s death.

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To little surprise, the opioid crisis and Columbus’ record number of homicides in 2017 were repeatedly referenced during Mayor Andrew Ginther’s first of several community forums being held ahead of his upcoming State of the City address.

Homicides in Cincinnati were up nearly 15 percent last year compared to 2016.

But police officials told city council's Law and Public Safety Committee Monday that the increase was not nearly as large as some nearby cities.

The number of homicides jumped from 62 to 71, according to Assistant Police Chiefs Paul Neudigate and Mike John. John showed the committee a slide with photos of all 71 homicide victims to make a point that they were not just numbers.

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Columbus saw its deadliest year yet in 2017, with 143 homicides, a record that was last broken in the midst of the cocaine epidemic a quarter-century ago.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs says it's not just the opioid epidemic that's to blame for the rising number of deaths – it's also that the number of of police is far short of where it should be. The numbers back her up: Columbus lags behind comparable cities in the size of its police force, and the department is struggling as a result.

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A disgruntled postal worker accused of fatally shooting his supervisor at a United States Post Office in Dublin, and then killing a postmaster outside her apartment, is scheduled to be arraigned on charges including aggravated murder.


A Christmas Day death that police are now calling a homicide is considered to be Columbus' 140th of the year, breaking the previous record of 139 set in 1991.

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Columbus has tied its record for homicides in a single year after an overnight shooting became the 139th killing of 2017.

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After a weekend with three more deaths from shootings, Columbus Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs issued a "call to action and a call to peace" on Monday afternoon.

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Columbus Police say a teenager and a Hilltop resident were killed in a shooting in the west Columbus neighborhood on Monday.

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At Stew's Barber Shop on Sullivant Avenue, Armando McKnight is giving a client a cut.

“Right now, I'm giving him a line-up,” McKnight says. “This is like detailing a car. The cut is done and now I'm just perfecting the edges.”

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Antonio Stargell says he still gets angry thinking about his son's death.

“He got shot day after Mother's Day, 2016, with some friends,” Stargell says.

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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced a comprehensive neighborhood safety strategy on Thursday, expected to be submitted at next week’s City Council meeting.

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As Columbus sees its 111th homicide this year — already more than the total number of homicides in 2016 — Mayor Andrew Ginther announced he would expand existing efforts to reduce gun violence in the city.

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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.