Quentin Smith was found guilty in the deaths of Westerville Police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli on Friday, November 1, 2019.
Fred Squillante / Pool/Columbus Dispatch

Jurors head back to court Monday for the sentencing phase of the trial for Quentin Smith, the man convicted of murdering two Westerville police officers.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., center and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speak during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University.
John Minchillo / AP

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Steve Brown discusses the Democratic candidate debate in Westerville. WOSU reporter Nick Evans and Ohio Public Radio Statehouse bureau chief Karen Kasler join the show.

Protesters including gun rights groups are in downtown Westerville for the Democratic debate at Otterbein University on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Reporters are milling around Otterbein University's campus, the site of Tuesday’s debate in Westerville, but the media aren't the only ones gearing up for the event. Protesters have filled the area around the school as well.

Don Miller lives in Westerville. He says people tend to get along by focusing on where they agree.
Nick Evans / WOSU

It’s a big day in Westerville. The suburb becomes the center of American politics on Tuesday night as 12 Democratic candidates take the stage for the latest presidential primary debate.

Otterbein University, located in the central Ohio suburb of Westerville, is preparing for thousands of people to flock to its campus to watch the fourth Democratic presidential debate. The party sees this as an opportunity to try and win over a block of voters that usually vote for Republicans.

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET, Mon. Oct. 14

The focus of the last two weeks has been President Trump and the congressional impeachment inquiry. But next week, Democrats running for president will take center stage again.

A dozen candidates, the most so far on one stage, will gather Tuesday for the fourth primary debate in Westerville, Ohio, at Otterbein University. The debate, which is sponsored by CNN and The New York Times, will air on CNN at 8 p.m. ET and will also be simulcast on local NPR stations.

Democratic presidential candidates former vice president Joe Biden, left, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., right, stand on stage for a photo op before the start of the the Democratic primary debate on June 27, 2019.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

There are 19 candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring to run for President next year, but just a dozen are expected to appear on next month’s debate stage in Westerville. 

Democratic candidates on stage at a presidential primary debate at Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019.
Eric Gay / Associated Press

The Democratic National Committee announced that the next Democratic presidential debate will be held at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

The city of Westerville is considering passing an ordinance to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people.
Reuben Yau / Flickr

Westerville's City Council is working on an ordinance to ban discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in employment, housing and public accommodations. 

Musicologie co-founder and teacher at Kay Barker demonstrates how to play an instrument.

Justin Swain is a young man I’ve gotten to know over the years. He’s a fine baritone and a well-rounded, locally trained musician. Recently Justin has been posting about a business of which he is a part, Musicologie.

City of Gahanna

Tons of great questions about Central Ohio have been rolling into WOSU's Curious Cbus project lately. Though a majority of your questions are about the people and places in Columbus, we also get plenty about the cities and towns around the region.

Adora Namigadde

The Westerville Police are hosting a community forum about human trafficking on Monday evening.

State of Ohio / Governor's office

Gov. John Kasich delivered his final "State Of The State" address on Tuesday, from Otterbein University in Westerville. His speech will began at 7 p.m. You can stream it below, courtesy of ideastream.

Adora Namigadde

April Zobel owns In the Bag Massage in Westerville, a small medical massage therapy clinic in a nondescript office park. A few chairs and a flat-screen television greet visitors who enter the lobby.

Funerals For Slain Westerville Officers Set For Friday

Feb 14, 2018
David B. Meleca Architects

Funeral arrangements have been announced for two Westerville Police officers shot to death over the weekend.