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Justice Insider: Lights, camera, action in the courtroom

dispatch.com — The officials weren't exactly powdering their noses in Ross County Common Pleas Court a couple of weeks ago, but if they would have, no one probably would have blamed them. Reporter Holly Zachariah gives us this report: Two documentary film crews from national cable networks and media companies were in town to film the murder trial of Jason McCrary from gavel to gavel.

Justice Insider: Duck gets police escort

dispatch.com — During a month filled with violent and tragic news, we could all use a smile. How about an injured duck receiving a police escort back to its pond? The injured bird is back on its webbed feet thanks to Gahanna Police Officer Dean Blamer, who rescued it July 7, Reporter Alissa Widman Neese reports.

Justice Insider: Columbus police showered with support

dispatch.com — There are always people who, in the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, reach out to the grieving with love and comfort. Those people showered Columbus police offices in the past few days with gifts and gratitude. Police told some of those stories on Facebook after five officers in Dallas were killed by a gunman during what had been a peaceful protest Thursday.

Dispatch named Ohio's best large daily newspaper by Society of Professional Journalists

dispatch.com — For the second time this year, a journalism organization has named The Dispatch as Ohio's best large daily newspaper. The award was one of 31 given to The Dispatch in the 2016 Ohio's Best Journalism Competition by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists chapters of Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.

Police investigate shooting on I-670

dispatch.com — Columbus Police say a woman was shot inside a vehicle on I-670 this morning. Officers were called to exit 2A about 2 a.m. on a a domestic violence report. Heather Szymaszek, 41, had been shot in the face. The suspect, identified as John P.

Justice Insider: ‘Lost’ Lamborghini draws plenty of police

dispatch.com — Once in a blue moon, the Justice Insider is granted some time off to enjoy his life. This seems like a great idea to his editor, until she realizes that she'll have to write the Insider column, which means trying to maintain the wit and and humor readers expect in this space.

DUI checkpoint planned for Delaware County

dispatch.com — Several police agencies are planning to conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 9 tonight to 1 a.m. Saturday on Rt. 23 in Delaware County. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Delaware County Sheriff's Office and Powell Police are planning the checkpoint, which is paid for with a federal grant.

Main Library reopens Saturday with special events

dispatch.com — The Columbus Metropolitan Library is ready for the big debut of the Main Library. The reimagined library features glass walls that look out onto Downtown and Topiary Garden at the Old Deaf School. There are wide open spaces such as the reading room, and a renovated children's area.

Man arrested in 2010 shooting that left bystander paralyzed

dispatch.com — Police have arrested a man in the 2010 shooting that left a 25-year-old woman paralyzed from the neck down. Alexandria "Alix" Reese was driving a friend home on May 27, 2010 when she was shot in the neck by a man or men who were firing at a group of people across the street.

Authorities seek video in Pike County homicide investigation

dispatch.com — More than two weeks after eight family members were shot to death in Pike County, authorities are asking for any video that might help them solve the case. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released a statement today asking for any video from nearby residents or businesses that could be relevant to the case.
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Jul 22, 2016

Follow the money flowing to ward initiative campaigns in Columbus  https://shar.es/1Z0WpH 

Jul 21, 2016

RT @CLEpolice: Public square right now. Demonstrations remain peaceful, no arrests. Ppl dancing in fountain. 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 https://t.co/j8PtFKlvdG

Jul 21, 2016

This teen punched an old man, videotaped it, then stood over the man with his friends and laughed. Sad story.  https://shar.es/1Zaji2 

Jul 20, 2016

Trump's offer to Kasich to be running mate: Be in charge of both domestic, foreign policy  https://shar.es/1lLLqf 

Jul 18, 2016

Woman who finds Pokemon hunter in yard warns of her own hunting skills  https://shar.es/1lSFqO  via

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