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Past articles by Eric:

Columbus gun owners wary of city's new ammunition restriction

Some Columbus gun owners are concerned about being labeled criminals under the city's new magazine restrictions. → Read More

Body cam footage shows police exchanging gunfire with man who fired into NE Side bar

Body camera footage released Tuesday by Columbus police shows the burst of gunfire officers exchanged with a man outside a pub on the Northeast Side. → Read More

Three Columbus officers identified who exchanged gunfire with Pataskala man, wounding him

The names of the three Columbus police officers who reportedly exchanged gunfire with a 39-year-old man Saturday, wounding him, have been released. → Read More

Judge: Ohio State not liable for student's death at 2020 unsanctioned fraternity party

An Ohio judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Chase Meola, an Ohio State student shot and killed near campus in 2020. → Read More

Columbus police identify two victims killed in West Side shooting

Columbus police identified the man and woman fatally shot in a vehicle in the early hours of Sunday following reports of gunfire on the West Side. → Read More

Columbus police: Two dead, one injured after West Side shooting in vehicle

Columbus police say two people are dead and one is injured after a shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning on the city's West Side. → Read More

Sobriety checkpoint planned on Columbus' South Side. Here's where it will be.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office announced that a sobriety checkpoint is planned from 8 p.m. Friday to 12:30 a.m. → Read More

Man killed in early morning shooting at Sheetz gas station on Columbus’ Southeast Side

One person has died in the early hours of Friday morning after a shooting at a gas station on Columbus’ Southeast Side near U.S. Route 33. → Read More

Columbus officer injured after armed robbery suspects crash into cruiser during chase

Two armed robbery suspects are in custody after crashing into a Columbus police cruiser during a pursuit on the Northeast Side, injuring the officer. → Read More

Warming center for homeless near Ohio State University closes after stabbing

A warming center for people who are homeless at the former Summit on 16th United Methodist Church closed Monday after two men were stabbed on Feb. 10. → Read More

Thousands of fish found dead days after train derailment, toxic spill in East Palestine

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates that at least 3,500 fish have been killed near East Palestine following a nearby train derailment. → Read More

'An epidemic of violence': Columbus faith leaders, activists lament two police shootings

Within one week, Columbus police shot two men in separate incidents, one of whom died, drawing condemnation among activists and faith leaders. → Read More

Columbus Urban League receives $3 million from JPMorgan Chase for minority entrepreneur program

A new initiative headed by the Columbus Urban League to support Black and minority-owned businesses will get a boost in funding from JPMorgan Chase. → Read More

Amid annual count, much is planned this year in Columbus to help the homeless find housing

The "point-in-time" tally will help housing advocates understand the extent of homelessness in Columbus as they prepare for efforts in the year ahead. → Read More

Experts hope FDA approval of Alzheimer's drug is gamechanger for Ohioans with disease

Clinical trials of lecanemab, to be marketed as Leqembi, have shown that it may modestly slow the pace of cognitive decline early in the disease. → Read More

Rental assistance applications paused by IMPACT Community Action amid funding uncertainty

IMPACT paused accepting new application on Dec. 5 for rental assistance, but agency leaders hope to resume scheduling appointments in mid-February. → Read More

Director ousted at Columbus Coalition for the Homeless after procedures not 'adhered to'

The Columbus Coalition for the Homeless terminated the employment of its director amid apparent conflicts over operating procedures. → Read More

Notley expands programs in Columbus to help nonprofit agencies amid historic struggles

Notley, based in Austin, Texas, expanded its presence in 2022 in Columbus by launching two programs providing funding and resources to area nonprofits. → Read More

Looking to help? Here's how to assist Columbus nonprofits before the end of the year

Many Greater Columbus nonprofit agencies are undertaking special efforts during through the end of the year to help those in need. Here's how to help. → Read More

Hanukkah means more amid rise in antisemitism for Jewish people in Greater Columbus

For many Jewish people, celebrations have an added resonance this Hanukkah season amid a wave of antisemitism both in Ohio and across the country. → Read More