Zach Klein

Ohio Investigative Unit

Columbus authorities have temporarily shut down the Aftermath nightclub after state agents discovered "flagrant" violations of COVID-19 health restrictions this weekend.

Mourners gather for a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.
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The cities of Columbus and Dayton, along with the national gun control group Everytown and Ohio resident Meghan Volk, are suing the Ohio Attorney General's Office over the state’s gun background check system. The lawsuit targets a problem in Ohio that’s been known for years.

Weapons for sale at Mad River Armory and Range in Springfield.
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The cities of Columbus and Dayton are suing Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office over what they call a failure to update the criminal background check system used to investigate potential gun owners.

Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley speaks to members of the media Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, outside Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District after a mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning in Dayton
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Ohio Democrats are trying to stir up support for a future challenger against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), whose vote for new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett sparked an online fundraiser.

In this May 20, 2005, file photo, plumes of steam drift from a cooling tower of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant along Lake Erie in North Perry, Ohio.
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Columbus and Cincinnati have filed a lawsuit to halt increased electricity fees tied to HB6, the nuclear power plant bailout at the center of a federal racketeering probe.

U.S. Atty. David DeVillers (speaking) and ATF Special Agent in Charge Roland Herndon at a press conference announcing the new prosecution strategy.
Nick Evans / WOSU

To address a sharp uptick of gun violence in Central Ohio, U.S. Attorney David DeVillers is shifting his office’s focus firearm offenses. He’s creating what he terms “hot zones” in the Linden and Hilltop neighborhoods to fast track prosecutions into federal courts.

City Atty. Zach Klein and Columbus Councilmember Shayla Favor.
Nick Evans / WOSU

A sharp reduction in federal funds is cutting into the budgets of organizations that assist survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking around Ohio.

Mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
Nati Harnik / Associated Press

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is joining 32 local and tribal governments opposing recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service.

Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

Franklin County was the last county in Ohio to allow evictions to take place without the landlord showing up in court. That has now changed. 

Arnett Howard in front of the Mt. Vernon post office branch.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Updated September 3, 2020: The U.S. Postal Service plans to reopen the Mt. Vernon Branch September 10.

The Mt. Vernon branch of the U.S. Postal Service sits at one end of a non-descript strip mall. When Arnett Howard pulled up on a recent afternoon, he was confused to find the doors locked and signs in the window directing people to other branches.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein
Nick Evans / WOSU

City Attorney Zach Klein announced a new policy to decrease arrests for warrants stemming from non-violent offenses on Thursday. 

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University and the city of Columbus have thrown their support behind a lawsuit that seeks to pause the Trump administration's ban on international students enrolling in online-only classes this fall.

Police and demonstrators on Broad and High Streets.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Columbus Police in riot gear returned to downtown Sunday afternoon, intent on forcing protesters out of city streets—and using chemicals like pepper spray to do so.

A Columbus Police officer aims a pepper spray cannister at a protester's face on May 30, 2020.
Katie Forbes / Kforbesphotography

Columbus will adopt a set of restrictions on police use of force known as #8CantWait, even as the campaign’s organizers insist the policies should be considered merely a first step. 

Franklin County jail in downtown Columbus.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

A small group of lawyers and activists known as the Columbus Freedom Fund has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations to bail out protesters arrested during recent demonstrations. The group's sudden rise to prominence, however, has raised questions: Who are they, and how exactly are they using the money?