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Federal judge content to let former treasure hunter Tommy Thompson sit in jail | Columbus Dispatch Federal judge content to let former treasure hunter Tommy Thompson sit in jail
Former treasure hunter Tommy Thompson learned Friday that his indeterminate sentence of civil contempt will definitely continue.A judge even noted that the applicable case law includes a defendant who spent seven years in jail before "purging himself" of civil contempt by complying with a judge's order.Thompson, 65, has been in jail since December 2015 after prosecutors sa
Columbus Dispatch | August 19, 2017
Judge postpones sentencing of convicted terrorist to get more answers | Columbus Dispatch Judge postpones sentencing of convicted terrorist to get more answers
In an unexpected decision, a judge postponed the sentencing of a terrorist saying he needed answers to many questions before he could arrive at a just penalty that would protect the public and be fair to the defendant.While Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud and his attorneys stood waiting at a podium, U.S. District Judge James L. Graham spent about 45 minutes outlining a litany of concerns Friday. They ran
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Demand eclipses supply of viewing glasses for solar event | Columbus Dispatch Demand eclipses supply of viewing glasses for solar event
The power of the sun is not lost on Elaine Helen McWhirter.The six-year survivor of melanoma ensured her eyes would be protected by solar eclipse glasses for Monday's event and also bought about two dozen pairs for friends and family. The 56-year-old Clintonville resident bought the Reynoldsburg Pearle Vision store's last five pairs Friday at $7.99 each plus tax."For a few dollars, you c
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
One fugitive MS-13 gang member caught, second remains on the lam | Columbus Dispatch One fugitive MS-13 gang member caught, second remains on the lam
One of two fugitive members of the MS-13 drug gang operating out of Columbus was arrested Friday morning in New Jersey, according to the U.S. attorney's office.FBI agents apprehended Jose Manuel Romero-Parada, 22, formerly of Indianapolis, Ind., about 11:30 a.m.Romero-Parada was one of 15 individuals recently indicted for allegedly conspiring to extort and launder money in support of the
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
G-J board picks London's Blind as next treasurer | This Week Community News G-J board picks London's Blind as next treasurer
The Gahanna-Jefferson school board has announced its intent to hire Kristine Blind as its next treasurer.Blind, current treasurer of the London City Schools, is scheduled to begin Oct. 10."We're very excited to welcome Ms. Blind to our district," said Beryl Piccolantonio, board president. "She brings extensive experience, having served as a treasurer for nearly two decades."She said the board was
This Week Community News | August 18, 2017
Man pleads guilty in Downtown library shooting | Columbus Dispatch Man pleads guilty in Downtown library shooting
A man's decision to pull a gun instead of throw a punch during a confrontation at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will cost him up to 12 1/2 years in prison.John W. Steward III, 28, pleaded guilty Thursday to felonious assault with a gun specification and inducing panic for the June 11 incident, in which he shot a man in the ankle and sent dozens of library patrons r
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Central Ohio clergywomen's bond with Hillary Clinton included in new book | Columbus Dispatch Central Ohio clergywomen's bond with Hillary Clinton included in new book
Even though the women live hundreds of miles from her and lead vastly different lives, the Revs. Anna Guillozet and April Casperson feel a kinship with Hillary Clinton.During Clinton's campaign, the women were chatting on Facebook with a group of about 115 other United Methodist clergywomen about supporting the Democratic nominee for president.  The wom
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Ohio State finds enough dorm rooms for its 7,000 sophomores | Columbus Dispatch Ohio State finds enough dorm rooms for its 7,000 sophomores
In the school's second year of requiring sophomores to live on campus, Ohio State University officials say there is enough room for every student who has requested to live in a dorm.And though the 7,000 sophomores are campus-bound, local leaders hope the surrounding University District is becoming a place for everyone, too.As the sophomore rule continues, University District leaders are begin
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Immigrants sell homemade goods, build skills at Hilliard Farm Market via New Neighbors group | Columbus Dispatch Immigrants sell homemade goods, build skills at Hilliard Farm Market via New Neighbors group
With the afternoon sun beating overhead, a handful of women meet under the shade of a blue canopy at the Hilliard Farm Market.Most of them are new to the U.S., having immigrated from Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Japan and elsewhere. On Tuesday afternoons, they come to the market to practice their English, interact with the local community and do business.These budding
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Retired Worthington teacher killed in Montana grasslands fire | Columbus Dispatch Retired Worthington teacher killed in Montana grasslands fire
A Columbus woman died Tuesday while on vacation in northern Montana when the SUV she was riding in sparked a raging grassland fire that engulfed her vehicle.Pauline H. Siegel, 58, of the Northwest Side, had been a passenger in an SUV on a grass-covered road in Gildford, Montana, which ignited a series of grassland fires that spread to the SUV, according to the Havre Daily Newsin Havre, Montan
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Serial rapist gets 22 years for 1996 attack on Near East Side | Columbus Dispatch Serial rapist gets 22 years for 1996 attack on Near East Side
Anthony Smith will be locked up until he's at least 85 years old before he can begin serving a prison term for his latest rape conviction.The victim of that attack appeared relieved Friday when 22 years was added to the time Smith already is serving for two other rapes.She cried softly in the front row of a Franklin County courtroom when Common Pleas Judge Kim Brown gave S
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Donation helps growing Columbus Jewish Day School look forward | Columbus Dispatch Donation helps growing Columbus Jewish Day School look forward
When Rabbi Tali Zelkowicz stood before the students on their first day of school Thursday, she spoke about something — and someone — she had been hoping to introduce for several months.She gestured to the teachers around the gymnasium, standing behind the approximately 40 students in grades one through six, and pointed out that they each had a partner or another teacher
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Federal judge content to let former treasure hunter sit in jail | Columbus Dispatch Federal judge content to let former treasure hunter sit in jail
Former treasure hunter Tommy Thompson learned Friday that his indeterminate sentence of civil contempt will definitely continue.A judge even noted that the applicable case law includes a defendant who spent seven years in jail before "purging himself" of civil contempt by complying with a judge's order.Thompson, 65, has been in jail since December 2015 after prosecutors sa
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Late, incomplete school supplies earn distributor SchoolKidz an F | Columbus Dispatch Late, incomplete school supplies earn distributor SchoolKidz an F
Tyler Abram’s daughter had been looking forward to getting her new backpack all summer.She picked it out in the spring when Abram’s wife placed a school supply order through Jefferson Elementary School's PTO program with SchoolKidz, a school-supply distribution company."She was really, really excited about it," Abrams said. "Talked about it all summer."So it was heartbreaking for the G
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Judge postpones sentencing of convicted terrorist to get answers to questions | Columbus Dispatch Judge postpones sentencing of convicted terrorist to get answers to questions
A federal judge unexpectedly postponed the sentencing of a terrorist Friday in Columbus, saying he had many questions before he could arrive at a penalty that would be fair and protect the public."This is a serious case, to say the least, and leaves the court with some troubling issues," U.S. District Judge James L. Graham said at the beginning of the hearing. "I am not yet in
Columbus Dispatch | August 18, 2017
Municipal court, closed by waterline break, to reopen Friday | Columbus Dispatch Municipal court, closed by waterline break, to reopen Friday
The Franklin County Municipal Court building will reopen Friday morning after being closed since Wednesday afternoon by a waterline break that flooded public elevators.Crews have corrected electrical issues caused by the water and dried out the elevators, said Joe Lombardi, Columbus' director of finance and management."There will still be some moisture, but most of it has been taken care
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
Shortening swine exhibits, hand washing could prevent pig-to-human flu transmissions | Columbus Dispatch Shortening swine exhibits, hand washing could prevent pig-to-human flu transmissions
Researchers are advising people who visit county fairs to take precautions so they don't catch swine flu.The group, who were surveying pigs for another research project, discovered several cases of pig-to-human transmission of a certain strain of the influenza virus, H3N2.It's important to prevent such transmissions because they raise the risk of a strain running rampant in hum
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
Ohio University to offer stadium beer sales | Columbus Dispatch Ohio University to offer stadium beer sales
Bottoms up, Bobcat fans. Peden Stadium plans to expand beer sales at football games this season.Ohio University announced the change this week in response to feedback from customer surveys, joining other Ohio schools offering beer at games.Beer won't be sold on the stadium's student side, but many still spoke in favor of at least having the option to drink. Some also said they're ha
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
Driver pleads guilty in fatal crash near Upper Arlington | Columbus Dispatch Driver pleads guilty in fatal crash near Upper Arlington
A 24-year-old Northwest man could be sentenced to as many as 6 1/2 years in prison after admitting Thursday he was driving recklessly when he caused a crash that killed one person and injured another on New Year's Eve 2015.Daniel P. Merz of Wyandotte Road pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. He will be sentenced on Oct. 12 by Franklin County Co
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
Everyday hero: Death of son led art teacher to volunteer at Dowd Center | Columbus Dispatch Everyday hero: Death of son led art teacher to volunteer at Dowd Center
Nicole Gnezda knows that art can reveal parts of someone's life they might not want to talk about.Gnezda, 65, of Worthington, volunteers with children at the Dowd Education Center, which is run through the Homeless Families Foundation.She teaches an art program in which she uses her art therapy training to help the children address some of the issues that come out in their drawings. The children w
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
As school starts again, online teachers have to prepare, too | Columbus Dispatch As school starts again, online teachers have to prepare, too
School starts this week in 16 local districts. Classrooms across central Ohio have been bustling with the hopeful activity of teachers setting up for a fresh new school year.That's no less true for classrooms that operate in cyberspace. Teachers of students who go to school online are tweaking their plans, posting lessons and trouble-shooting students' technical problems by phone before the school
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
UPDATE: Worthington man faces new charge for crime involving children | This Week Community News UPDATE: Worthington man faces new charge for crime involving children
The Columbus Division of Police has charged Jonathan Ringel, 25, of Annagladys Court in Worthington with a fourth-degree felony count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, according to court documents from the Franklin County Municipal Court.Ringel was charged while he was in the custody of the Worthington Division of Police. Columbus police could not be reached immediately for comment, bu
This Week Community News | August 17, 2017
Theodore Decker: Is America nearing point of no return? | Columbus Dispatch Theodore Decker: Is America nearing point of no return?
Mark Boyd sat in an umbrella's shade Wednesday afternoon, keeping an eye on the children passing his Whitehall house after their first day of school.He has promised to make sure a neighbor's daughter gets home safely. The stretch of road fronting Beechwood Elementary School bustled with other neighbors, parents and young crossing guards holding up chartreuse signs."All of us right i
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
Restaurant Review | Brown Bag Delicatessen: Expert sandwich creations make excellent picnic fare | Columbus Dispatch Restaurant Review | Brown Bag Delicatessen: Expert sandwich creations make excellent picnic fare
Deal-conscious culture-vultures (isn’t that all of us?) need look no further than the "pay-what-you-want" summertime plays staged in Schiller Park by Actors’ Theatre of Columbus. To bolster such a sultry evening of low-cost entertainment, it’s hard to beat toting along inexpensive, picnic-ready meals from nearby Brown Bag Delicatessen.Join the conversation at Facebook.com/columbu
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
Municipal court remains closed after waterline break | Columbus Dispatch Municipal court remains closed after waterline break
The Franklin County Municipal Court building remains closed Thursday after a waterline break on the sixth floor Wednesday afternoon damaged public elevators.The city should know by mid-afternoon whether the building, at 375 S. High St., will reopen Friday, said Joe Lombardi, Columbus' director of finance and management. In the meantime, the building is open only to law enforcem
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
City leaders lovin' McDonald's overhaul | This Week Community News City leaders lovin' McDonald's overhaul
McDonald's plans to raze its restaurant on Delaware's north side and replace it with a new building with "custom traits" selected to represent the city.Delaware City Council on Aug. 14 approved McDonald's Real Estate Group's plan to demolish the 4,700-square-foot restaurant at 2091 U.S. Route 23 N. The company plans to build a new 3,900-square-foot building to replace the existing structure, which
This Week Community News | August 17, 2017
Former Mount Sterling clerk sentenced to 10 days for theft in office | Columbus Dispatch Former Mount Sterling clerk sentenced to 10 days for theft in office
LONDON — A former administrative assistant and utilities clerk in the village of Mount Sterling was sentenced Thursday to two years of community control, 10 days in jail and ordered to repay more than $20,000 after pleading guilty to theft in office last month.Bonnie Liff, 59, spoke only a few hushed words, telling Madison County Common Pleas Court Judge Ea
Columbus Dispatch | August 17, 2017
Andes trip challenged UA teacher | This Week Community News Andes trip challenged UA teacher
After 10 years of teaching Spanish to high school and middle school students, Becky Searls had pretty much honed her classroom lesson plans to a science.But when she took a four-week trip to Ecuador and Peru this summer to learn about cultures and languages in the Andes Mountain region, she realized her standard practices might not be the most effective way to reach her sixth- and seventh-grade st
This Week Community News | August 16, 2017
Apartment complexes can apply for rebates on electric car chargers | Columbus Dispatch Apartment complexes can apply for rebates on electric car chargers
Hoping to encourage the use of electric cars, Smart Columbus is offering to spend a total of $170,000 in rebates to owners and developers who install charging stations in apartment and condo developments."We're curious to see what they want to do, too," Bud Braughton senior project manager for Smart Columbus, said. "This is all learning for us."The rebates are offered because studie
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017
Muslim group sues white-supremacist website founded by Worthington man | Columbus Dispatch Muslim group sues white-supremacist website founded by Worthington man
A national Muslim advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the world's most-visited white-supremacist website, the Daily Stormer, and the central Ohio native who founded it.Muslim Advocates says Andrew Anglin, of Worthington, published a defamatory article in June stating that Muslim-American comedian Dean Obeidallah was responsible for the May bombing at an Ariana Grande conc
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017
Bridge Park: 8-story hotel expected to open Sept. 1 | This Week Community News Bridge Park: 8-story hotel expected to open Sept. 1
After a year of construction, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin in Bridge Park is ready to open its doors Sept. 1.The eight-story, 100,628-square-foot hotel is capped by a rooftop bar that will serve lunch and dinner and offer a full drink menu.The Vaso rooftop bar -- which will open about two to four weeks later than the rest of the hotel -- features an elevator that allows guests to access the area w
This Week Community News | August 16, 2017
Man found shot to death at Northeast Side apartment complex ID'd | Columbus Dispatch Man found shot to death at Northeast Side apartment complex ID'd
Columbus police have identified a 21-year-old man who was shot and killed at a Northeast Side apartment complex Tuesday night.Muhannad Osman Ahmed Afdal was shot near the 2400 block of Goldengate Square at Abbey Lane Apartment Homes at 9:06 p.m. Tuesday.A man who called 911 told dispatchers that he heard a gunshot and Afdal was wounded on the second floor near his apartment. Everyone ran, he
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017
Whitehall man acquitted of murder gets four years for having a gun | Columbus Dispatch Whitehall man acquitted of murder gets four years for having a gun
A man who was acquitted of murder last month for his role in a fatal shootout outside a Whitehall apartment complex was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for carrying a gun during the incident.Donald M. Nelson, 28, formerly of Whitehall, took the witness stand during his July trial and told jurors that he had a revolver in his waistband but never pulled it when gunfire broke out in
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017
Women sentenced for their roles in fatal home invasion | Columbus Dispatch Women sentenced for their roles in fatal home invasion
Two Lima women pleaded guilty to felony charges this week for their roles in the Thanksgiving day murder of a Logan County man.As part of an agreement with Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart, Jasmine Lewis pleaded guilty to complicity to murder and Tatiana Freeman to complicity to aggravated robbery.Lewis was sentenced Monday in Logan County Common Pleas Court to life in prison wi
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017
Teen to be prosecuted as adult in fatal Far South Side shooting | Columbus Dispatch Teen to be prosecuted as adult in fatal Far South Side shooting
Daiquan T. Hughes, who was 17 when he was accused of killing a man by shooting him repeatedly outside a Far South Side apartment complex last year, will be prosecuted as an adult.Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge Dana S. Preisse made the ruling Wednesday, three months after finding probable cause, or a reasonable belief, that Hughes was responsible for the Oct. 31 death of 42-year-old
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017
Sorority's request for bigger house with less parking raises concerns | Columbus Dispatch Sorority's request for bigger house with less parking raises concerns
The University Area Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to recommend the city reject a proposal by Zeta Tau Alpha sorority to build a new house on East 15th Avenue that would be 44 percent bigger than the one standing there now.Doreen Uhas-Sauer, president of the neighborhood commission, said the group felt that the size of the house being proposed at 84 E. 15th Ave. as well as plans to c
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017
Police chase: Driver jailed in Pickaway County | This Week Community News Police chase: Driver jailed in Pickaway County
A driver who led Grove City and Groveport police on a chase Aug. 9 was apprehended by Pickaway County sheriff's deputies at a gas station in Circleville on Aug. 11.Harold L. Brown, 52, 1 Cyrus St., Commercial Point, is being held in the Pickaway County jail.According to Grove City police reports, Brown was driving a pickup truck that Groveport police and U.S. marshals tried to stop in a parking lo
This Week Community News | August 16, 2017
Bicyclist killed in early morning hit-skip in Clinton Township | Columbus Dispatch Bicyclist killed in early morning hit-skip in Clinton Township
A 41-year-old man riding his bicycle was struck by a vehicle in Clinton Township and later died early Wednesday morning, according to the Franklin County sheriff's office.Joshua Richardson III was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center at 3:38 a.m. after the collision on Agler Road just west of Fern Avenue. He died at 8:55 a.m.The vehicle that struck Richardson never stopped after the collision,
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017
Muslim group sues white-supremacist website founded by Worthington native | Columbus Dispatch Muslim group sues white-supremacist website founded by Worthington native
A national Muslim legal advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in Columbus against the world's once most-visited white-supremacist website, the Daily Stormer, and the central Ohio native who founded it.Andrew Anglin, who grew up near Worthington, defamed Muslim-American comedian Dean Obeidallah, 47, in June by writing that he was responsible for the May bombing at an Ariana Grande concer
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017
Waterline break floods portions of Franklin County Municipal Court | Columbus Dispatch Waterline break floods portions of Franklin County Municipal Court
A waterline burst on the sixth floor of the Franklin County Municipal Court building Wednesday afternoon, which limited public access into Wednesday night.The line broke around 1:30 p.m. The water cascaded down to the lower floors and down the elevator shafts, according to security personnel.As a precautionary measure, only Franklin County Municipal Court clerk personnel, security, law enforcement
Columbus Dispatch | August 16, 2017