Bethany Bruner, The Columbus Dispatch

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Recent articles by Bethany:

Funeral arrangements announced for Columbus firefighter who died from COVID

Columbus firefighter Greg Bauer, 56, died earlier this week from complications from COVID-19. A funeral service will be held Tuesday. → Read More

North Linden man sentenced to life in prison without parole for 2018 murder

Traquan Workman, 24, was sentenced in Franklin County Common Pleas Court Thursday. Workman was convicted in September of killing Donovan Clemens in 2018. → Read More

Got unused or expired prescription drugs? You can safely get rid of them on Saturday

A drug takeback event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at a number of locations across Franklin County. → Read More

Columbus police offering gift cards for guns at buyback event — while supplies last

Columbus police say those turning in firearms at Saturday gun buyback will not need to provide identification or proof of ownership. → Read More

Hear from Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant in forum today

Bryant will be interviewed at noon by Dispatch Managing Editor Kelly Lecker. Their conversation will be livestreamed on and the Metro Club's YouTube channel. → Read More

Four-year-old girl killed in Wednesday morning crash in North Linden

The crash occurred around 2:10 a.m. near the intersection of Arlington and Cleveland avenues. → Read More

Bodies turning up in a Columbus storefront Tuesday are the latest for unlicensed funeral operator

Is the man behind the operation found storing two bodies in a Near East Side storefront running an unlicensed do-it-himself funeral operation? → Read More

Attorney for Columbus cop charged with drug trafficking: 'He's innocent, he did nothing wrong'

John Kotchkoski appeared in U.S. District Court Friday afternoon for a detention hearing. → Read More

Man charged with murder after woman found dead in Madison Township fire

Firefighters responding Thursday to a Madison Township home found the body of a woman who had apparently been strangled and set afire, records show. → Read More

Two arrested for drug trafficking are among at least 12 Columbus cops to face criminal charges since 2019

Columbus police narcotics officer Marco Merino, 44, ordered held in jail pending trial after detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Columbus. → Read More

Police identify officer, man killed in Wednesday shooting near Eastland

Police said 26-year-old Kyle Veyon, of North Linden, was shot outside an apartment complex near Eastland on Wednesday morning. → Read More

Here's what we know about two Columbus police officers charged with drug trafficking

John Kotchkoski and Marco Merino were arrested Tuesday and accused of trafficking cocaine and fentanyl. → Read More

How an FBI sting led to arrests of two Columbus cops for drug trafficking: a timeline

Here's what we know of the allegations from documents filed in United States District Court about the investigation into the two officers. → Read More

Body parts found in Far West Side condo during search warrant for alleged drug trafficking

Columbus police homicide detectives, Franklin County coroner and Ohio BCI investigators called to condo where body parts found. → Read More

Two drivers killed in separate traffic crashes on Columbus' Northeast Side

The crashes occurred around two and a half hours apart in separate areas of the Northeast Side. → Read More

Columbus police officer responding to person with knife call critically shoots one

A Columbus police officer shot and critically wounded one person around 10 a.m. Wednesday on the 2400 block of Kimberly Parkway. → Read More

As carjackings and thefts rise, Columbus police revamp effort targeting young thieves

With car theft numbers on the rise once again, Columbus police are starting to restart an operation targeting the teen perpetrators. → Read More

Family offers $10,000 reward for information leading to arrest in ride-share sexual assault

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers and the family of the female victim are offering the reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. → Read More

Columbus homicide detectives arrest suspects in three cases, including one from 2018

Travis Knisley, of Ross County, was found shot in a Near East Side intersection on Sept. 16. Xavier Wilks, 29, is charged with murder in the case. → Read More

Columbus police identify officer, man in shooting during stolen car incident on Far West Side

Officer David Drenning, an eight-year member of the Columbus Division of Police, has been identified as the officer who discharged his gun Wednesday. → Read More