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Former Columbus man sought on child-porn charges

A former Far West Side man has been charged in federal court with creating both real and digitally altered pornographic images of children. The complaint against Jeremiah R. Malfroid, filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Columbus, accuses the 33-year-old of taking 239 photographs of a man sexually abusing a 4- to 6-year-old girl. Malfroid’s face can be seen in five of the images.

North Korea releases Ohio man detained for having a Bible

The State Department and a spokesman for President Barack Obama have confirmed that a Dayton-area man has been released after a five-month detention in North Korea. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that Jeffrey Fowle of West Carrollton was on his way home this afternoon to rejoin his family.

Olentangy school board member turns to Supreme Court in fight with other members

The Ohio Supreme Court is being asked to overturn lower-court ruling holding that Olentangy school board members did not violate open-meetings laws while exchanging emails underlying an eventual decision. Board member Adam White filed the appeal last week in the case he brought against his four fellow school board members in the Delaware County district alleging that they illegally “deliberated” via email.

Trick-or-treat times

Most central Ohio communities have scheduled trick-or-treating for Oct. 30.

Trial starts in slaying of 15-year-old near Linden-McKinley

Witnesses will identify Jesean M. Callender as the teenager who fatally shot a 15-year-old boy during a gang dispute near Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, a prosecutor told jurors this morning as Callender’s murder trial began in adult court. Callender, 17, fired a 9mm handgun into a crowd gathered for a fight in an alley behind 2055 Cleveland Ave., killing Kaewaun D. Coleman on Jan. 17, 2013, Franklin County Assistant Prosecutor Jason Manning said in his opening statement.

Rock attack victim poised to return to Ohio home

A middle school teacher who was severely injured when a rock was dropped from a highway overpass onto her vehicle three months ago has recovered enough to head home to Ohio.

Central Ohio’s jobless rate falls to 4.3 percent

Central Ohio’s unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in September, matching the post-recession low for the region, according to state figures released this morning. The regional unemployment rate first hit 4.3 percent in April and then rose to 4.9 percent in July before starting to fall again. The rate had been 4.4 percent in August.

‘Don’t touch my girlfriend,’ Chicago man tells Obama in awkward moment

President Barack Obama voted in Chicago yesterday, and an awkward joke led to a funny moment at the polls. Obama took advantage of early voting in part to encourage Democrats to vote. But a Chicago man who was there with his girlfirend stole the show.

Ohio teen collapses at haunted house, dies

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A 16-year-old girl collapsed at a haunted house attraction in southwest Ohio and died of a heart abnormality. Christian Faith Benge had only one working lung due to a birth defect, and her heart apparently became enlarged as a result, said her mother.

Urbana driver sentenced to 30 months after Marine’s death

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio driver has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after a hit-and-run crash killed a U.S. Marine from Virginia.

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