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Past articles by Earl:

Buiness owner going to prison for second time for cheating the IRS

For those keeping score, it's "the tax man": 2, Richard D. Schultz: 0.For the second time in 15 years, the Westerville resident will be going to prison, this time for 33 months, and paying a huge restitution, this time $1.64 million, for again cheating the Internal Revenue Service.U.S. District Judge James L. Graham sentenced Schultz, 67, on Thursday. The judge had rejected the first plea deal… → Read More

Feds drop deportation case after ICE's Columbus traffic stop challenged

Zenon Natividad Cruz was driving with his wife to work early on the morning of Feb. 5, 2016, when the inside of their vehicle lit up with blue flashing lights.A police officer was pulling them over. Natividad Cruz couldn't think of what he had done wrong. Whatever it was, he wasn't going to argue: He and his wife had come to the United States illegally 20 years earlier.What followed was 18 days… → Read More

Art Schlichter’s NFL retirement funds may be seized to pay those he defrauded

COLUMBUS — Federal prosecutors want to seize the retirement funds of former Ohio State University and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter, who is in prison for cheating investors in a sports-ticket scam. Schlichter, 57, still owes more than $2.2 million from judgments in federal courts in the southern districts of Indiana in 2001 and in Ohio … → Read More

Delay in Muslims' citizenship leads to lawsuits

Omar Mousa Jaafar became a U.S. citizen this month in a process that his attorney said was needlessly delayed more than two years by a policy that targets → Read More

Woman injured in crash earlier this month dies

A Columbus woman has died of injuries she suffered in a one-car crash on Nov. 4.About 9:45 that evening, Alicia Lawton, 58, was driving alone in her 2011 Toyota RAV4 east on Interstate 70 near the S. Hamilton Road overpass. Her vehicle drifted left into the grassy median and struck a post supporting an overhead sign.Lawton, who lived in the Northland neighborhood, was transported to OhioHealth… → Read More

Internal review clears officers for shooting bank-robbing 'Buckeye Bandit'

The two Columbus police officers who wounded the so-called Buckeye Bandit, ending his suspected string of 26 bank robberies, acted within division policy when they shot him, an internal investigation has found. During an Oct. 21, 2016, robbery of a KeyBank on Frantz Road, a teller slipped a tracking device in the bundle of more than $53,000 she handed bandit Ikechi W. Emeaghara. Lt. Eric David… → Read More

Columbus police identify victim in Sunday night shooting

Police released the name of a man killed in a Northeast Side shooting Sunday evening, the latest of three homicides reported in Columbus over the weekend. → Read More

Judge rules dog can stay in clash that pits Ohio State sorority sisters

COLUMBUS (TNS) — Whether the strained sisterly bonds between Ohio State Chi Omega chapter members Madeleine Entine and Cary Goldman can be repaired is unknown. What is known is that Cory, Entine’s 8-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel assistance dog, will remain in their sorority house. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley granted Entine’s … → Read More

Two dead, one in critical condition in Northeast Side shooting

Two men died and one was left in critical condition Friday night after a gunfight at a Northeast Side home. Columbus Police said James Bernard Willis III, → Read More

Judge rules dog can stay in clash that pits Ohio State sorority sisters

Whether the strained sisterly bonds between Ohio State Chi Omega chapter members Madeleine Entine and Cary Goldman can be repaired is unknown.What is known is that Cory, Entine's 8-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel assistance dog, will remain in their sorority house.On Friday, U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley granted Entine's request for a preliminary injunction to prohibit the… → Read More

Judge rules dog can stay in clash that pitted two Ohio State sorority sisters

Cory will stay with roommate Madeleine Entine at the Chi Omega house, a federal judge ruled Friday morning.U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley issued a → Read More

Former Ohio State student sentenced on terrorism charges

A former Ohio State University student who admitted sending money to a top terrorist was sentenced to 27½ years in prison Monday.Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 39, pleaded guilty on Jul 7 in federal court in Toledo to one count of conspiracy to provide and conceal material support or resources to terrorists and one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.The crime of violence was to solicit… → Read More

Overnight storms close roads, knock out power in central Ohio

Closed roads and inoperable traffic lights will greet some Monday morning commuters after storms dumped up to 4 inches of rain across central Ohio overnight. And some residents might still not have power that was knocked out by high winds downing trees. A flood warning was in effect Monday morning for Raccoon Creek near Granville in Licking County. Crews closed roads that were under water in… → Read More

More charges filed in OXYwater fraud case

A third defendant in a sports-drink fraud case was hit with more charges Thursday when a federal grand jury in Columbus issued a superceding indictment → Read More

Woman dies of injuries from Tuesday crash

A 25-year-old Columbus woman involved in an early morning traffic crash on Tuesday died Friday morning of her injuries, Columbus police said.Deonna Boone → Read More

Sunken gold from shipwreck could be sold

A court-appointed receiver has asked a Franklin County judge to approve the sale of $30 million of gold brought up from the SS Central America shipwreck → Read More

Ohio State wins lawsuit against ex-athlete over T-shirt designs

Ohio State University's latest trademark-infringement victory is against a small Short North T-shirt shop founded by a former Buckeyes basketball player. → Read More

Man's family files wrongful death lawsuit against Columbus police

Two Columbus police officers used excessive force when they killed a 25-year-old man during an encounter on a Far East Side street last year, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court.The wrongful-death suit contends that Officers Matthew Baase and John Narewski confronted Deaunte Bell-McGrew on Oct. 29, 2016 "in a fashion that unnecessarily created a dangerous situation."A Franklin… → Read More

Communities suing drug distributors want access to transaction information

A federal judge in Columbus signed an order Friday allowing communities in Ohio and elsewhere that blame drug companies for the opioid crisis to subpoena → Read More

Canadian pilot hauling cocaine gets 8 years in prison

The pilot of a Canadian plane loaded with 290 pounds of cocaine that was forced to land at Ohio University's airport was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday.Sylvain Desjardins, 48, could have faced a mandatory minimum of 12 years in prison had he not pleaded guilty.U.S. District Judge Algenon A. Marbley considered Desjardins' acceptance of responsibility when imposing sentence, Assistant… → Read More