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Kent State Halloween partiers be warned: They're police, not strippers

Some college students need a little help when it comes to how best to enjoy Halloween, so a police officer who has seen a more than a few Halloweens and thousands of college students has some advice.

Mosque to celebrate grand opening on Saturday

A West Side mosque that is holding its grand opening on Saturday is indicative of a burgeoning Muslim population that has worship sites bursting at the seams across central Ohio. The Abubakar Asiddiq Islamic Center is raising $3 million to pay for the center of about 15,000 square feet on nearly 10 acres of land at 591 Industrial Mile Rd. Another $1.5 million is expected to be raised to finish the second floor later.

Guide to Life: What to consider before taking the home-buying plunge

For years, the conventional wisdom on housing was simple: Never rent when you can buy. Then came a little thing called the crash of 2008, when housing values plummeted, thousands of homeowners faced foreclosure and a lot of credit was destroyed. The decision to buy (or not) isn’t strictly a financial calculation. Those facing the choice, experts say, should consider five key questions.

Violet Township trustee convicted of accidentally shooting student in concealed-carry class

A Violet Township trustee who accidentally shot a student who was taking his concealed-carry class last year resolved the criminal case against him today. Terry J. Dunlap Sr., 74, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of negligent assault in Fairfield County Municipal Court. Visiting Judge Teresa Liston then found Dunlap guilty.

Jury returns guilty verdict in gang-related slaying

A Franklin County jury has found a Columbus teenager guilty of killing a 15-year-old from a rival gang behind a South Linden duplex last year. The Common Pleas jurors deliberated for two hours this afternoon before concluding that Jesean M. Callender, 17, gunned down Kaewaun D. Coleman on Jan. 17, 2013, as a crowd gathered for a fight in an alley behind 2055 Cleveland Ave.

Pickaway County couple die of crash injuries

An elderly couple whose car was broadsided at a busy Pickaway County intersection Wednesday afternoon have died. Sheriff Robert Radcliff said that Ada Lou Deal, 86, and her husband, 87-year-old Arthur Deal, didn’t appear at first to be seriously injured in the crash at the intersection of Rts. 23 and 762 around 2 p.m.

City to consider measures to reduce plastic bag use in Columbus

In a turnaround, Mayor Michael B. Coleman is considering measures to reduce plastic grocery bags in Columbus. That could be anything from charging fees and providing incentives for using reusable bags to an outright ban. “He’s resolved to do something with this issue,” said Coleman’s spokesman Dan Williamson. “He wants to understand the options.” When asked about plastic bag fees or bans in the past, Coleman repeatedly said he preferred to recycle them.

Former bank manager pleads guilty to embezzling $4.1 million

A well-known Ross County businessman pleaded guilty today in federal court to embezzling $4.1 million from the Huntington National Bank where he worked. Joseph P. Molnar, 50, of Chillicothe was the managing director of the bank’s community development corporation when he stole the money by diverting developers’ fees into his personal accounts from 2005 to 2012, Internal Revenue Service Special Agent Anne Nightingale testified today.

2 sobriety checkpoints planned for tonight

Two sobriety checkpoints are scheduled in Perry Township tonight. The first, on Bethel Road east of Kenny Road, will run from 9 to 11 p.m. The second, on Sawmill Road north of I-270, will run from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

U.S. not prepared to deal with widespread Ebola, experts testify

WASHINGTON — On the same day that the fourth U.S. patient with Ebola began to receive treatment in a New York City hospital, U.S. House members expressed grave concern today that the United States remains unprepared for a pandemic of the disease.

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