John Futty, The Columbus Dispatch

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The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Judge Jim O'Grady tries to put lawsuit settlements behind him as he seeks reelection

Financial settlements in two hostile-workplace lawsuits, as well as a switch to the Democratic party, have created turmoil in Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Jim O'Grady's bid for reelection. → Read More

Jury acquits nurse charged in death of patient at Northwest Side nursing home

Jessica Caldwell, one of seven workers at a Northwest Side nursing home charged with neglecting two patients, one who died, found not guilt in jury trial → Read More

Former attorney slain behind his South Linden home likely was robbery victim, police say

A year after resigning from the practice of law, John D. Moore Jr. was fatally shot Friday in an apparent robbery behind his South Linden home → Read More

Murder of one boyfriend, stabbing of another leads to life sentence for Columbus woman

Danielle Ennis is off to prison for life with no chance of parole for 23 years after admitting she killed one boyfriend and critically wounded another → Read More

Two bodies discovered during search of vacant storefront on East Livingston Avenue

State investigators confirm finding two bodies Wednesday during a search of a vacant storefront in the Driving Park area but won't say anything else. → Read More

Driver who fired handgun at semi-rig while leading pro-Trump caravan on I-270 gets probation

Pickup driver who argued he was defending himself when he fired a gun at a semi-rig while leading a caravan of Trump supporters on I-270 gets probation → Read More

Murder charge reduced for defendant based on video of fatal shooting in Hilltop alley

Video evidence prompted Franklin County prosecutors to reduce a murder charge to negligent homicide in a fatal shooting in an alley on the Hilltop. → Read More

Franklin County judge moves to another courtroom amid mask dispute with colleague

One courthouse suite wasn't big enough for two Franklin County judges with differing approaches to the court's mask mandate. One has left the floor. → Read More

Man overcomes severe agoraphobia to complete Franklin County Municipal Court program

Of the 377 people who have graduated from Franklin County Municipal Court's mental-health program, few have impressed the judge more than James Nesser. → Read More

Fired OHSAA director sues association for breach of contract

Jerry Snodgrass files lawsuit against OSHAA for firing him as executive director, alleging that his termination in 2020 violated terms of his contract → Read More

Franklin County ballot features seven contested races for Municipal Court judge seats

Franklin County voters will decide seven contested races for Franklin County Municipal Court, including four seats vacated by retirements or death. → Read More

Motorcycle driver killed in crash on I-70 in Licking County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the death of a motorcyclist who went off I-70 in Etna Township in Licking County and crashed. → Read More

Columbus man with urine fetish sentenced to prison for possessing child pornography

A Northwest Side man with a history of trying to collect urine from boys is headed to another prison stint, this time for possessing child porn. → Read More

After speed-enforcement cameras went dark, Brice police apparently stopped writing tickets

Under legal challenges for years over its speeding-ticket system, Brice has paused the practice and has filed no speeding tickets in recent months. → Read More

Three Columbus police officers resign, face criminal charge for 'time theft' and 'double dipping'

After an internal investigation that began in late 2020, three Columbus police officers resign as part of plea deal amid allegations of "time theft" → Read More

ShotSpotter helps Columbus police response, but not used as key court evidence, officials say

In some areas of Columbus, residents don't call 911 to report gunfire. ShotSpotter is used to speed police response, but it's not used as key evidence in cases, officials say. → Read More

Police bike patrols aim to make summer visitors feel safe in Columbus parks. Here's how it's gone

After separate shootings in Columbus parks killed two teenage girls, police on bikes are patrolling targeted parks to connect with visitors. → Read More

Driver sentenced to seven years for fatal, wrong-way crash in University District

More than three years after causing a wrong-way fatal crash by driving drunk, Samuel D. Sharifi gets seven-year prison sentence. → Read More

Five infamous tales of Columbus doctors charged with high-profile crimes

As central Ohioans await the murder trial of Dr. William Husel, here are some memorable cases from the past of criminal charges against local doctors. → Read More

Defendants acquitted of their crimes, but they already spent years in jail awaiting trial

Three defendants, each of whom spent more than two years in jail awaiting trial, have been acquitted by Franklin County juries this year. → Read More