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Ohio GOP pays $60,000 for John Kasich's use of Mark Kvamme jet

The Ohio Republican Party’s bankrolling of Gov. John Kasich’s early campaigning for the presidency included paying nearly $60,000 to a company associated with ally Mark Kvamme for the use of his private jet. The party’s state candidate fund filing this morning disclosed the payment of $59,960 for plane expenses to a company named N872MK — the registration number on Kvamme’s twin-engine turbo-fan jet. The six-or-seven-passenger plane can land at smaller airports, meaning Kasich and his team can get quickly to and from even remote campaign stops in places like New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Columbus Jewish community to host kosher BBQ fest

Hamburgers and hot dogs sizzled on Stuart Appelbaum’s grill at a recent backyard gathering in Bexley. Daniel Newman had one question: Where’s the brisket? Appelbaum’s cookout was small — no brisket — but the menu will be broader, with a decidedly Jewish flair, at the upcoming Buckeye Kosher BBQ Festival.

House: Charter school bill could allow exclusion of poor-performing schools in ratings

The charter school sponsor evaluation controversy that led to the resignation of a top state school choice official could be made legal under a bill aimed at improving transparency, oversight and performance of Ohio’s billion-dollar charter school system. That is how House Republican leaders are interpreting some Senate-added language to House Bill 2. House leaders have faced sharp criticism for failing to move the bill before the summer recess, even though the bill appeared to have enough support to pass the chamber and go to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

Man sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing, photographing child

A Far West Side man who sexually abused a child for six years and photographed the abuse was sentenced today in federal court to 18 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost also ordered Jeremiah R. Malfroid, 34, to register as a sex offender and to be on supervised release after prison for the rest of his life. “I can’t really think of an offense that is any worse than this,” Frost said, calling Malfroid’s crimes “disgusting.” Malfroid faced as many as 30 years in prison. The mandatory minimum sentence for the charge is 15 years.

Sobriety checkpoint set in Franklin Township

A sobriety checkpoint is scheduled for tonight in southwestern Franklin County. Members of the Franklin County DUI Task Force will be checking drivers between 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Frank Road east of Rt. 62 (Harrisburg Pike) in Franklin Township. The task force reminds anyone who will be consuming alcohol to plan for a designated driver or make other arrangements. To comply with constitutional protections against unlawful search, the location of a checkpoint must be made public in advance of setting it up.

Pizza-delivery driver killed in East Side shooting

A man died late Thursday night after he was shot trying to deliver a pizza to a vacant address on the East Side, Columbus police said. Officers were initially called shortly after 10:30 p.m. after a van with a Papa John’s Pizza sign on its roof crashed into a pole at the intersection of S. Hamilton Road and Kimberly Parkway.

Marion Gray | 1919-2015: Shrapnel remained inside decorated World War II vet for rest of life

He was among the first wave of soldiers to hit Omaha Beach on D-Day. As a medic, Marion Gray dragged a wounded soldier from the surf to dry land into a barrage of fire raining down from the Germans perched on the cliffs, and he ended up showered with shrapnel in his left arm and left foot.

Ohio Politics Now: Who is supporting John Kasich's campaign with donations?

The public got a first look at who is contributing to the group’s supporting Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign Thursday and the donor list “reads like a who’s who of prominent Ohio political donors,” Dispatch reporter Jessica Wehrman and Washington bureau chief Jack Torry write.

John Kasich's donor list has Ohio all over it

Some of Ohio’s wealthiest families are financing an effort backing the presidential campaign of Gov. John Kasich, according to documents filed Thursday with the Internal Revenue Service. Abigail S. Wexner, wife of Leslie Wexner, founder of The Limited, contributed $1 million while John P. McConnell, the chief executive officer of Worthington Industries, contributed $500,000 to Kasich’s effort.

Three on Columbus council paid for football trip after bribe probe revealed

Three of four Columbus City Council members who went to the Big Ten Championship football game in December as guests of John Raphael — the Columbus lobbyist at the heart of a red-light camera bribery scandal — paid for their trip this summer after that scandal became public and they learned of the federal investigation. Council members Shannon Hardin, Eileen Y. Paley and Michelle M. Mills all now say they sent $250 to cover the cost of bus transportation, food, drinks and admission to a private box at the game after news broke of the federal bribery investigation on June 19.

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