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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.

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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.

Body camera footage shows of a Columbus Police Officer who punched a man on Heyl Avenue last week.
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UPDATE: On June 28, City Attorney Zach Klein dismissed charges against Jonathan Robinson. Read our original story below.

A weekend incident on Columbus’ South Side is forcing city officials and residents to once again wrestle with the lines of justifiable use of force by police officers.

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Columbus Police say two teenagers were shot in an incident near Lockbourne Road Tuesday night.

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.

Applicants hoping for a spot at Parsons Village Two fill out paperwork at The Reeb Center.
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At the Reeb Center, dozens of Columbus residents file through a small gymnasium. They’re submitting applications for a spot in a 60-unit development dedicated to seniors going up a block away on the corner of Parsons Avenue.

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.

Houses in Weinland Park

More working families in Columbus could soon realize their dream of becoming homeowners through a new affordable housing program.

Andrew Ginther

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Andrew Ginther touted Columbus’ work to improve neighborhoods—particularly Linden. Looking forward, the mayor emphasized plans for housing, health, climate change and education.

Columbus' CelebrateOne initiative has a simple goal: help more kids reach their first birthday. Now, some barbershops, beauty and nail salons are helping the city spread the word about infant mortality.

Mayor Ginther speaking about Safe Streets at the Reeb Center on Columbus' South Side
Nick Evans

Columbus' Safe Streets program began in the Linden neighborhood last year, and its success prompted expansion to the Parson’s corridor and the Hilltop. But the latest results are not as promising as the pilot.

Interim Superintendent John Stanford fielding comments from Linden-McKinley students.
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At a table in the Linden-McKinley STEM Academy gymnasium, students argued and pleaded with interim superintendent John Stanford not to shift high schoolers to East High. The move could happen in 2020 under a broad facilities reorganization now under consideration by Columbus City Schools.

Iesha Campbell
Nick Evans

A facilities advisory board is recommending a broad reorganization for Columbus City Schools. Some residents on the far South Side are wary of the change.

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The Driving Park neighborhood sits three miles east of Downtown Columbus and south of busy Livingston Avenue. Some residents remember the area filled with neighbors who took care of their property and cared for their children. 

Today, some say too many homes sit vacant or developers buy them up, restore them and sell them for more than current residents can afford. 


An apparent drive-by shooting Tuesday morning on Columbus' south side injured an 11 year old boy.