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Franklin Township man commits suicide outside Statehouse

A Franklin Township man killed himself outside the front door of the Statehouse Downtown on Monday evening. Authorities were called just after 6 p.m. to a shooting, which occurred up the steps and at the entrance to the Statehouse, on the S. High Street side. MarShawn M. McCarrel II, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol.

Columbus council awards $100,000 to nonprofit run by ex-member Michelle Mills

The Columbus City Council has awarded a $100,000 contract to fight infant mortality to a nonprofit agency headed by a former council member who resigned last year amid ethics questions. St. Stephen’s Community House received the grant through a unanimous vote from the seven-member council on Monday night.

More than 40 windows vandalized at Columbus school on Hilltop

Someone shot out more than 40 windows at West Mound Elementary on the Hilltop, potentially doing tens of thousands of dollars in damage and likely using a BB gun. Students at West Mound, at 2051 W. Mound Street, were never in any danger because the vandalism occurred while school was out, said Scott Varner, spokesman for the Columbus schools district. Officials first noticed damage to 23 windows when they arrived for the day Friday morning; then, over the weekend, the vandal or vandals struck again, hitting 19 more windows, Varner said.

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