Dean Narciso, The Columbus Dispatch

Dean Narciso

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Dean:

Gahanna and New Albany residents square off against proposed Sheetz near roundabout

The 6,131-square-foot store would be on 4.2 acres owned by The New Albany Company. → Read More

Rising asphalt costs squeeze road work budgets in central Ohio

How often communities repave roads is a complex process of computer analysis, financial health and the expectation of residents for smooth rides. → Read More

A South Side Speedway plays opera 24/7. Is it to deter loitering and is it working?

A South Side Speedway has been blasting 24-hour opera from its speakers in what could be an effort to deter the homeless from loitering. → Read More

Libraries to open in Gahanna, Powell as Columbus celebrates sesquicentennial

On Saturday, there will be family-friendly activities, performances, prizes and refreshments at all of the branch libraries except Marion-Franklin. → Read More

Central Ohio communities mull lower train speed limits after East Palestine derailment

Train speeds, especially through populated areas with cars carrying hazmat payloads, are under review in light of East Palestine derailment. → Read More

Delaware County Sheriff Martin to retire in April

Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin has announced his retirement after serving three terms. His last day will be April 17. → Read More

ODNR to capture, relocate Hilliard's wild turkeys for safety

For two years, wild turkeys have annoyed motorists but endeared themselves to Hilliard residents. Now their days there are ending with relocation → Read More

Hilliard 'phishing' scheme costs city $219,000, finance director his job

Hilliard's finance director was fired and an assistant quit amid a phishing attack that cost the city almost a quarter million dollars last year. → Read More

Genoa Township stop signs ruled illegal, to be removed

Townships cannot enforce stop signs they install without the blessing of the county engineer. A recent case in Delaware County illustrates the issue. → Read More

Railroads self-inspect track and cars as feds hamstrung by limited resources

Railroads are responsible for regularly inspecting tracks and equipment. Federal Road Administration does inspections too, but not all the time. → Read More

Central Ohio emergency crews confident in plans to respond to train derailments

Officials say they have plans and training to minimize damage from a catastrophe, such as a train derailment. → Read More

Libraries, museums and arts centers offer programs for Black History Month in Columbus

February is Black History Month, and libraries and museums are great places to find family-friendly events. → Read More

Unwanted? Expired? It's no problem as animal shelters accept donated medical supplies

Sterile gauze pads, syringes, breathing tubes and plastic gowns all are useful at shelters that house and foster unwanted, sick or injured animals. → Read More

Cleveland man: Plan to force Columbus residents to pay for street parking an 'investment'

A Cleveland man faced down Far North Side residents from whom he wants to collect $120 per month per vehicle when he appeared in a courtroom Tuesday. → Read More

WWII veteran's medals, including Purple Heart, returned to his Ohio family with answers

Relatives of George M. Gillilan had stopped seeking answers to how the World War II soldier died until a Dutch filmmaker's surprise discovery. → Read More

Harrowing kidnap of infant twins capped by joyous reunion, gifts of thanks

Strangers braved treacherous roads on Christmas Eve to drop off gifts for the family of Kason and Kyair Thomas at an East Side church → Read More

Surprise fees for street parking in Columbus subdivision halted by Franklin County judge

Residents of a subdivision on Columbus' Far North Side may be forced to pay $120 monthly fees for parking spots in front of their homes. → Read More

Columbus man who shot at I-71 motorists in Delaware County receives 25-year sentence

Johnathon Myers, 21, of Columbus, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a March 11 shooting spree along Interstate 71 in Delaware County. → Read More

Get to know your drain: City of Delaware residents now can adopt storm drains

Delaware residents are being asked to "adopt" a storm drain, monitor it for debris and leaves and become more aware of the environment. → Read More

Senior services levies pass with ease

Voters in Franklin and Delaware counties approved levies for senior services. → Read More