Marc Kovac, The Columbus Dispatch

Marc Kovac

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Marc:

Franklin County to purchase Northland Performing Arts Center, lease to Harmony Project

The Franklin County commissioners plan to purchase the Northland Performing Arts Center for $2 million; Harmony Project to lease and manage location. → Read More

Expanded broadband, bonus pay for child care workers among panel's ideas for more equitable Columbus economy

Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Committee offers recommendations to help ensure all Greater Columbus residents recover economically after pandemic. → Read More

Student fights at Columbus schools prompt calls for district action by Far South Side parents

Far South Columbus commissioners, parents, others call for action, brainstorm ideas to stop ongoing violence by Columbus City Schools students. → Read More

Investigators: Deadly explosion at East Side paint factory caused by equipment malfunction

Columbus Division of Fire and other investigators conclude East Side paint factory explosion and fire accidental, caused by equipment malfunction. → Read More

Columbus man dies Monday of injuries after being shot Monday in South Linden

Columbus man was found with a gunshot wound to the head early Sunday morning in the 1500 block of East 25th Street. He died from his injuries Monday. → Read More

Another MS-13 gang member receives lengthy prison sentence for racketeering conspiracy

Alberto-Arbarngas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering, with prosecutors saying he was involved in multiple murders and other crimes. → Read More

Former Columbus man gets six months in prison for shouting slurs, threatening neighbors

Douglas Schifer was sentenced to six months in prison after shouting anti-Semitic slurs and threatening his former Olde Towne East neighbors. → Read More

Franklin County to pay $2.5M to settle lawsuit over women photographed at county jail

Nearly 700 women could share in $2.5 million settlement OK'd by the Franklin County commissioners over inmates who were stripped and photographed. → Read More

Franklin County commissioners remind Columbus Zoo of required oversight on tax levy spending

The Franklin County commissioners approved a formal resolution reminding the Columbus Zoo of its oversight duty when spending levy funds. → Read More

Franklin County auditor announces $5 million in property tax refunds to schools, others

Franklin County auditor announces $5 million in property tax refunds for schools, cities, other public offices, the third consecutive year of refunds. → Read More

Columbus NAACP leader fears for safety of Black community following Rittenhouse verdicts

The local NAACP president said the Rittenhouse not-guilty verdicts jeopardize Black community. Protest at 6 p.m. Friday scheduled for Statehouse. → Read More

Pedestrian killed by motorist driving in reverse on Hamilton Avenue in South Linden

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday after being struck by a vehicle being driven in reverse on Hamilton Avenue in South Linden. → Read More

Former Canal Winchester man indicted for bomb threats, phoned threats to local judge

Federal indictment filed Thursday alleges Yousif Mubarak made threatening phone calls to local judge and Greater Columbus schools and businesses. → Read More

Mistrial declared after hung jury in civil case of man killed by Columbus Police officers

A mistrial was declared Wednesday following a hung jury in a federal lawsuit brought by the estate of Henry Green, who was killed by police officers. → Read More

Franklin County plans $1,500 in bonuses for most employees working during pandemic

Up to $1,500, split over three paychecks, will be paid to eligible Franklin County employees who have helped to maintain services during the pandmeic. → Read More

Franklin County commissioners begin deliberations on proposed $536 million 2022 budget

The proposed $536 million Franklin County budget is up slightly from current spending and includes about $12 million for the new West Side jail. → Read More

Hilliard man who won $1 million on lottery ticket admits filing tax fraud, hiding cash overseas

Mustafa Shalash pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return after winning $1 million on a lottery ticket. → Read More

Franklin County turnout over 23% unofficially; elections board eyes Nov. 19 for certification

Turnout in Franklin County was over 23% Tuesday, but those totals will change as provisional and outstanding absentee ballots are added. → Read More

Incumbents Reyes, Cole, join newcomer Vera in election to Columbus City Schools board

Ramona Reyes and Michael Cole win reelection to Columbus City Schools board; Christina Vera unseats James Ragland for third spot on Tuesday's ballot. → Read More

Dozens of races in Greater Columbus to be decided Tuesday; polls open until 7:30 p.m.

Greater Columbus voters set to decide dozens of races and issues, following a month of early voting and Election Day polls open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. → Read More