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Recent articles by Eric:

Columbus babysitter convicted in baby girl's 2002 death freed after charges dismissed

Kim Hoover-Moore will be released after 18 years in prison after a medical expert recanted his testimony that was crucial in her conviction. → Read More

Two killed within 9 hours on Columbus' Northeast Side after 10-day break in homicides

Columbus had reached 170 homicides so far in 2021 as of Wednesday, a half-dozen away from setting another annual record for killings. → Read More

Columbus firefighter becomes second within a month to die after contracting COVID-19

Greg Bauer, a firefighter at the Columbus Division of Fire's Station 21 on Columbus' East Side, died Monday morning after contracting the coronavirus. → Read More

Family offers reward for info that helps locate Hilliard man who disappeared in 2017

Nearly four years ago, Joseph P. Perri walked out of his friend's West Side home where he was temporarily living and was never seen again. → Read More

Powell man celebrates his 26th year of marriage by running in his first Columbus Marathon

Sandeep Rustagi, 54, ran in his first marathon to celebrate his 26th year of marriage. It was the first Columbus Marathon in two years because of COVID-19. → Read More

Proposed changes would allow City of Columbus to crack down on inoperable vehicles

The city plans to overhaul its code for enforcing inoperable vehicles illegally abandoned on public streets to make it easier to tow them away. → Read More

First half of October in Columbus marked by four homicides, ongoing gun violence

In the first half of October, Columbus police have been dispatched more than 40 times on reported shootings, including four homicides. → Read More

Man accused of operating unlicensed funeral business in Columbus indicted in Lucas County

Shawnte Hardin, 41, who is accused of operating several businesses in Lucas, Cuyahoga, Summit and Franklin counties since at least 2019, faces 37 charges. → Read More

Veteran Columbus police officer dies from COVID-19-related complications

Officer James Strozyk, 49, spent his entire career with the Columbus division and most recently was on the patrol bureau in Zone 2 on the East Side. → Read More

COTA to roll out first two electric buses amid plan to phase out diesel vehicles by 2025

Bus riders in Columbus may board an electric vehicle next week as the Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to phase out its diesel bus fleet by 2025. → Read More

Report claims 17 gangs with about 480 members behind nearly half of Columbus 2020 homicides

A national research center found that a small group of individuals were behind nearly half of Columbus' homicides between a nine-month period in 2020. → Read More

Greater Columbus' two Level I trauma centers see surge in gunshot wound patients

Grant Medical Center and The Wexner Medical Center, Columbus' two level 1 trauma centers, are handling dual pandemics as gun violence reaches records levels. → Read More

Five-mile stretch of Interstate-71 in Columbus ranks as deadliest in Ohio, analysis finds

Tech company MoneyGeek analyzed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data to identify where fatal crashes most commonly occur in Ohio. → Read More

Columbus firefighter dies after month-long battle with COVID-19 contracted in line of duty

Frank D. Duff died Sunday after he became symptomatic with COVID-19 in mid-August, which was traced to an exposure he received while in the line of duty. → Read More

Columbus reaches, passes 150th homicide with two fatal shootings hours apart, one near Ohio State

Columbus reached its 150th homicide of the year after a man was fatally shot Thursday afternoon near Ohio State, prompting a university safety notice. → Read More

Panelists discuss: What will it take for Columbus police to rebuild community trust?

The Columbus Urban League and YWCA Columbus co-hosted a panel whose participants discussed how to rebuild trust between officers and residents. → Read More

Ohio records record-high hate crimes in 2020 after state submits updated data to FBI

Following a technical glitch, Ohio resubmitted data to the FBI indicating that hate crimes in 2020 increased dramatically over 2019. → Read More

Columbus police search for Far East Side man suspected in fatal shooting after argument

Columbus police are looking for Brian K Smith, who is suspected of fatally shooting another man Saturday night at McNaughten Commons after an argument → Read More

Columbus man among 12 motorists killed in Ohio during Labor Day Weekend, state patrol says

Twelve people were killed in a dozen separate crashes over the Labor Day weekend, including one in Columbus. → Read More

Woman killed in crash with tractor-trailer in Grandview Heights

Kimmerly Moore-Kelley, 52, was killed Tuesday when she drove into an intersection in Grandview Heights and her Jeep was hit by a tractor-trailer. → Read More