Tara Morgan, WTTE FOX 28

Tara Morgan

WTTE FOX 28

Columbus, OH, United States

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  • WSYX ABC 6
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Recent articles by Tara:

Columbus police records reveal volatile history at house where officer killed Andre Hill

You may never have known about a certain Columbus house until it hit the national spotlight nearly one year ago this December. The house on Oberlin Drive, where fired Columbus police officer Adam Coy shot and killed Andre Hill just days before Christmas 2020, had a history with Columbus police. This story revolves around the people who lived in the house and the circumstances that brought police… → Read More

Xenia florist accused of bailing on brides arrested in separate case

A Xenia florist accused of accepting payments from brides and bailing on weddings is now in jail in a separate case. Desiree Pace was arrested by the Greene County Sheriff's office Wednesday. She's charged with passing bad checks at a Xenia nursery in 2019. Back in August, 6 On Your Side Investigates was at the court hearing that Pace didn't show up for. She's also facing a theft by deception… → Read More

Derogatory slurs alleged in EEO complaint by officer charged in federal drug case

Derogatory slurs toward Mexicans are among the allegations by a Columbus police narcotics officer in a discrimination complaint filed six months before his arrest in a separate federal drug case. Officer John Kotchkoski, who’s been relieved of duty, filed the complaint with four other officers back in April. Two detectives pulled out of the complaint, according to Columbus police records… → Read More

Records show domestic violence, drug use for 1 of 2 Columbus officers charged by feds

6 On Your Side Investigates digs deeper into the backgrounds of two Columbus police narcotics officers charged in a federal drug case. The FBI arrested officers John Kotchkoski and Marco Merino last month. They're accused of distributing nearly 8 kilos of fentanyl. Merino is also charged with accepting bribes to protect what he thought were shipments of cocaine. RELATE |Chief says CPD… → Read More

More than two dozen apply for second Columbus Assistant Police Chief job

Twenty-seven people applied for the second Columbus police Assistant chief position. Among the applicants, 16 from within the Columbus Division of Police. The job posting closed last week. Columbus Public Safety spokesman, Glenn McEntyre, said previously, the posting allows for Chief Elaine Bryant to move forward with plans to build out her leadership team. Bryant has authorization to hire up to… → Read More

Collin Wiant's parents relieved new law named for their son takes effect this fall

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Colllin's Law, Ohio's Anti-hazing Act, which takes effect in October. The law is named for the son of Kathleen and Wade Wiant, who died in November 2018 during his freshman year at Ohio University. Collin's Law not only makes hazing a felony in Ohio but also a crime if you become aware of hazing and don't report it. MORE | Gov. → Read More

Personnel records released for 3 Columbus officers charged in 2020 protests

6 On Your Side Investigates is digging deeper into the histories of the three Columbus officers chargedin the summer 2020 protests. Officer Traci Shaw was hired in 1999. She's a recruit training officer, use of force expert witness for the Division and serves on the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission. Columbus Police Officer Traci M. Shaw is facing criminal charges stemming from last… → Read More

Newly posted Columbus Assistant Chief job offered to Detroit Police Captain

The Columbus Police Assistant Chief job posted on Monday has already been offered to a Detroit Police Captain. 6 On Your Side Investigates obtained the conditional offer letter from Public Safety Director, Ned Pettus to LaShanna Potts, contingent on medical screening, drug test and background investigation. The offer letter reveals the salary would be $96. 03 per hour or $199,742. 40 annually. → Read More

Internal report cites Columbus officers' belief of new community expectations

A revealing seven-page letter offers explanations for a dramatic drop in traffic stops in the city of Columbus. Acting Patrol Commander Tim Myers attributed the dramatic decline in officer-initiated activity, including traffic stops in the last 14 months to three things: the pandemic response, the 2020 summer workload, and the belief by officers of the expectations for how the community wants to… → Read More

Emotional plea by Stone Foltz's parents to Ohio Senators to pass stronger hazing law

The parents of Stone Foltz pleaded with Ohio Senators to help them keep a promise to their son on his deathbed. Shari and Cory Foltz testified during a third Senate committee hearing on Collin’s Law, the Ohio Anti-Hazing Act. The Fotlz’s said the law needs to pass now before a new college year begins. They believe their son, Stone Foltz, would be alive today if the law had been on the books. → Read More

Columbus makes change in psychological services for police

The city of Columbus has halted services with a firm it hired for police and fire pre-employment psych screenings. 6 On Your Side Investigates first reported last month, the owner of API or the Association for Psychotherapy, Dr. Amy Marzella Spiess, doesn’t have a state license and could be told to stop altogether. We called the practice on East Broad Street and were told it is still open. → Read More

Interim Columbus Police chief not turning in badge upon retirement just yet

Interim Columbus Police Chief Michael Woods is sticking around the division after retiring. Woods agreed to serve as interim chief in January after Mayor Andrew Ginther announced former Columbus Chief Thomas Quinlan would be re-assigned and a new national search would begin. MORE: Columbus Police chief search continues amid recent police shooting. Ginther has said the new police chief hire will… → Read More

Interim Columbus Police chief not turning in badge upon retirement just yet

Interim Columbus Police Chief Michael Woods is sticking around the division after retiring. Woods agreed to serve as interim chief in January after Mayor Andrew Ginther announced former Columbus Chief Thomas Quinlan would be re-assigned and a new national search would begin. MORE: Columbus Police chief search continues amid recent police shooting. Ginther has said the new police chief hire will… → Read More

New social media policy adopted for all Columbus public safety employees

Columbus Public Safety has adopted a new social media policy for all public safety employees. 6 On Your Side obtained the new policy as part of a request for the end result of the investigation into Deputy Chief Ken Kuebler and his personal Twitter. The city hired Baker Hostetler for $50,000 last summer to investigate Kuebler. External Communications and Civic Engagement Policy by WSYX/WTTE on… → Read More

New social media policy adopted for all Columbus public safety employees

Columbus Public Safety has adopted a new social media policy for all public safety employees. 6 On Your Side obtained the new policy as part of a request for the end result of the investigation into Deputy Chief Ken Kuebler and his personal Twitter. The city hired Baker Hostetler for $50,000 last summer to investigate Kuebler. External Communications and Civic Engagement Policy by WSYX/WTTE on… → Read More

Columbus officers resign from training academy graduates as others step up to coach

Nearly two hundred seasoned Columbus police officers are training new ones in a hot political climate. More than three dozen new officers are well into their field training program. A program where some officers have bowed out while others have stepped up to train the next generation. The job is a demanding one and has its rewards. It’s also a target for criticism and can be deadly. → Read More

Columbus officers resign from training academy graduates as others step up to coach

Nearly two hundred seasoned Columbus police officers are training new ones in a hot political climate. More than three dozen new officers are well into their field training program. A program where some officers have bowed out while others have stepped up to train the next generation. The job is a demanding one and has its rewards. It’s also a target for criticism and can be deadly. → Read More

Mother of young man in prison gets personal about Columbus gun violence

A Columbus mother is sharing her personal story about the impact gun violence has had on her own life. “Our boys weren't raised that way, we’re not that type of a family that is into crime using a gun for violence,” said Angela Pope-Hancock. Pope-Hancock’s cousin was shot and killed last September, her son is in prison in a separate gun crime case and she even came face to face with a gun. She… → Read More

6 On Your Side Investigates uncovers drug crisis in the Franklin County Jails

Franklin County Jail staff are fed up and afraid for their lives and the lives of those under their watch. 6 On Your Side Investigates uncovered a big problem with the smuggling and abuse of illegal drugs at Jackson Pike and the main jail downtown. We obtained and reviewed hundreds of emails and reports from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. → Read More

6OYS Investigates questions raised about hundreds of Franklin county jail releases

Some in law enforcement call into question a system it believes is lacking in oversight and accountability in keeping tabs on people out on bond. 2020 left its mark in more ways than one. 174 for Columbus detectives. The alarming number of homicides just last year including an OSU student shot and killed in the street, and a White Castle manager gunned down on the job. But it wasn’t just… → Read More