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Past articles by Jim:

Man arrested for fatal October shooting at a Far East Side pub

Columbus police arrest Shawn Mapp for the murder of Adrian Hardy on the back porch of Donerick's Pub House on the Far East Side. → Read More

Deputy police chief wants harsher penalties for 'johns' patronizing Columbus prostitutes

Columbus police Deputy Chief Jennifer Knight wants Columbus City Council to enact harsher penalties for "johns" patronizing prostitutes. → Read More

Fewer people died on Ohio roads over Thanksgiving weekend, but COVID effect uncertain

Fatalities on Ohio roads were down by 50% this Thanksgiving holiday weekend compared to 2019, but the coronavirus effect is uncertain. → Read More

Federal lawsuit over Columbus police pepper spraying of protester in 2017 to go to trial

Ellen Hana Abdur-Rahim sued Columbus after she was pepper sprayed by a city police officer during a 2017 protest Downtown. Her case will go to trial. → Read More

Three more Ohio counties join Franklin in highest-risk purple ranking for COVID-19

Franklin County is now joined by three other counties in having the highest COVID-19 rating of "purple" for disease spread. → Read More

One person critically injured in a crash on Interstate 71 near Polaris Parkway

At least one person is critical from a crash on Interstate 71 near Polaris Parkway. One person is in trauma arrest. → Read More

Man dies after he goes to South Side house for help after being shot

Columbus police are investigating the circumstances of a shooting on South Side. A man showed up in bad shape at the house of acquaintance. → Read More

Columbus police identify a man found shot to a death on a Hilltop street

Columbus police release the identity of a man who was found shot dead on a Hilltop street early Friday morning. → Read More

A person suffers non-life threatening injuries in officer-involved shooting at drug store

One person was injured in an officer involved shooting at a drug store on the East Side Thursday night. The person shot was not seriously hurt. → Read More

Man arrested in New Albany area for murder in the stabbing death of his grandfather

Man was arrested for murder in the stabbing death of his grandfather. Columbus police SWAT officers arrested him Thursday in the New Albany area. → Read More

Area hospital systems will limit visitors starting Wednesday because of COVID-19 spike

Starting Wednesday, all three major hospital systems in the Columbus area are banning visitors with certain exceptions because of a surge in COVID-19. → Read More

Columbus Metro Parks mandate masks as COVID-19 infections rise

Metro Parks visitors 10 and older will have to wear masks as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. → Read More

Suspect critically injured after being shot in operation led by federal ATF agents

A suspect was critically wounded when they were shot on the Near East Side during a federal ATF operation accompanied by Columbus police. → Read More

One person killed in crash on Interstate 70 on West Side

A person has died as a result of a single-vehicle crash Tuesday night on the West Side, Columbus police said. → Read More

COVID case jump leads Pickerington to hold off return to classrooms four days a week

A spike in COVID-19 cases has led Pickerington schools to delay returning to in-person classes four days per week. → Read More

The Last Rhino: Columbus Zoo mourns the loss of Rosie

Rosie, a black rhino at Columbus Zoo, had to be euthanized because of old age. She was the only rhino at the zoo. → Read More

A person is critically injured after a motorcycle crash on Interstate 670 Downtown

A person is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash on Interstate 670 Downtown Monday afternoon. The victim was taken to OhioHealth Grant. → Read More

Ohio reports another 4,541 COVID-19 cases Sunday

Ohio reported 4,541 new coronavirus cases Sunday. That is about 1,000 cases fewer than Saturday, but health officials have cautioned several times in the past that numbers could lag on weekends. There were 11 deaths and 102 hospitalizations, which were both lower than the three-week average. The U.S. recorded 126,742 cases Saturday, the third day in a row the total exceeded 126,000, according to… → Read More

A fired Columbus police officer fights for job, says he was victim of discrimination

Kevin Morgan II was fired by Columbus police in 2015. He is fighting his termination in federal court, claiming racial discrimination. → Read More

About 150 rally in Columbus to urge states to 'Count Every Vote' in presidential race

About 150 attended a "Count Every Vote" rally Tuesday night in Downtown Columbus. Similar rallies were held in Chicago, Pittsburgh and other cities. → Read More