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Police identify man killed in Near East Side shooting

Columbus police have released the name of a man who was shot to death inside a Near East Side apartment this evening. Marc A. Davis, 36, was pronounced dead after he was shot multiple times in the apartment on Woodland Avenue, just north of the Harvard Avenue intersection. County records show that Davis lived at the apartment.

Ginther among those being investigated over trip to Big Ten title game

Columbus mayoral candidate Andrew J. Ginther has a new plan to improve ethical conduct at City Hall as federal investigations and ethics questions have swirled around him and other Columbus elected officials. Ginther, the City Council president, announced on Thursday at City Hall that he wants more disclosure from lobbyists and elected officials and to assign city employees to act as ethics advisers for officeholders.

Death-penalty opponents marching from Lucasville to Columbus

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Cars and trucks whizzed by about a dozen people walking on blistered feet on Thursday along Rt. 23. The group of death-penalty opponents were on day four of an 83-mile, weeklong journey to Columbus, where they plan to hold a rally on Saturday near the Statehouse.

CMHA to privatize housing management, lay off workers

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority will lay off 41 employees as it begins to transfer its remaining public-housing units to private management. The housing authority will continue to own the 1,392 units, but will hire a company to handle property management beginning on March 1. That means residents still will use federal public-housing vouchers to pay their rents, but the housing authority won’t employ property managers, security officers and maintenance people for the units.

Poll: Slight majority in Ohio backs legalizing ‘personal use’ of pot

An overwhelming number of Ohioans would be OK with legalizing medical marijuana, while a smaller number — but still a majority — back legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a poll released on Thursday. What’s unclear is whether those people will vote for Issue 3, ResponsibleOhio’s plan to legalize both types of marijuana use. The issue is on the ballot statewide. The Quinnipiac poll showed support among Ohio voters for medical marijuana at 90 percent and for recreational use at 53 percent.

Retired firefighter, son sentenced in string of pharmacy robberies

A retired Westerville firefighter and his son were sentenced to prison on Thursday for robbing three pharmacies to get prescription pills. Jeffrey T. Young, 50, was sentenced to four years and Aaron J. Young, 22, to eight years by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard A. Frye. Prosecutors and defense attorneys had recommended a sentencing range of four to nine years for each man.

Newark man pleads guilty to possessing explosives

NEWARK, Ohio — A Newark man who had a collection of explosives when police arrested him in August pleaded guilty on Thursday to a single count of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance, a fifth-degree felony. Jay West, 30, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years’ probation, Licking County Court officials confirmed. He was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine.

Madison-Plains classes closed on Friday for impetigo outbreak

All Madison-Plains schools will be closed on Friday because of an outbreak of the highly contagious skin infection impetigo. Superintendent Tim Dettwiller told WBNS-TV (Channel 10) that about 60 students in the district who were showing signs of the infection were sent home today.

State school board president withholding some documents from auditor

State Board of Education President Tom Gunlock has refused to release internal communications requested by state Auditor Dave Yost for his annual audit and probe into the Ohio Education Department’s rigging of charter-school evaluations. In a letter, Gunlock told Yost that communications between department attorneys and employees regarding the evaluations are protected under attorney-client privilege.

County Democratic chairman calls Scott ad misleading

The chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Party wants Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott’s mayoral campaign to pull its latest radio ad off the air because it incorrectly implies that the party has endorsed Scott.

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