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Columbus Bump Stock Ban in Effect After Appeals Court Ruling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state appeals court decision means Ohio’s capital city has resumed banning bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to be fired rapidly. Two gun rights groups sued Columbus after it enacted the ban last year. A Franklin County judge then ruled that municipalities can’t regulate bump stocks under… Read More

Columbus Officers Face Discipline in Stormy Daniels Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police say five officers from the department’s now-disbanded vice unit face discipline for a raid on a strip club last year that resulted in the arrest of Stormy Daniels. The department said Wednesday that the officers could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to firing. The officers include a commander,… Read More

State Official Says Youth Behavioral Facility Clean, Safe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The director of Ohio’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has toured a youth behavioral facility after reports of alleged violence and sexual abuse against children and staff and describes its environment as clean and safe. WBNS-TV reports Director Lori Criss’s statement after recently touring Sequel Pomegranate in Columbus said… Read More

Petitions to Get City Ticket Tax Issue on Ballot Fall Short

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say opponents of two new taxes on arts, sports and entertainment ticket sales in Ohio’s capital city didn’t collect enough valid signatures to put the matter on the November ballot. The Columbus Dispatch reports the elections board validated less than half of the 22,000-plus signatures submitted for a referendum. They were short… Read More

Columbus Attorney Orders End to Cash Bond for Minor Crimes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The attorney for Ohio’s capital city has ordered prosecutors to stop asking for cash bonds for minor, nonviolent crimes to reduce jail populations. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says it’s time to address over-incarceration and overcrowded jails. Klein says the U.S. jails a disproportionate number of people compared to other countries…. Read More

Strip Club Dancers Sue Vice Cops, Claim Retaliatory Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Six Ohio strip club dancers accusing police of malicious prosecution say they were wrongly charged under retaliation by two officers from a Columbus vice unit that was later disbanded. Their lawsuit alleges the women were charged in 2017 and 2018 because officers targeted Kahoots Gentlemen’s Club in retaliation for firing a… Read More

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Expanding To New Areas Of The State

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A dozen medical marijuana dispensaries have been given certificates of operation. Dispensaries in Northeast and Eastern Ohio have been open for a few weeks. But there haven’t been any in central Ohio, until earlier today. The chilly weather didn’t keep Columbus resident Michael Doctor from standing in line at the opening of the Columbus Terrasona dispensary…. Read More