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Justice Insider: Justices laid low in Licking County

dispatch.com — The scales of justice were just a little off-kilter in Licking County Monday. Amid a multimillion-dollar renovation project at the Licking County Courthouse, the last two of the four Justice statues that typically guard the 140-year-old courthouse were removed from their rooftop perch, Reporter Jennifer Smola noticed.

Justice Insider: Raccoons saved from water, trash cans

dispatch.com — Whitehall's animal-control officer might not specialize in water rescue, but thanks to his quick thinking, a wild critter survived a terrifying trip downstream. A swift current and heavy downpour recently sent a baby raccoon floating down the flooded Mason Run. Whitehall resident Gerald Dixon watched the scene unfold, after mistaking the creature's frantic cries for a lost cat.

Justice Insider: Redneck jokes are not a crime

dispatch.com — Police deal with a wide range of complaints and issues. But an Athens County woman learned last week that hurting someone's feelings is, in fact, not a chargeable offense. Reporter Mary Beth Lane reports that a Guysville woman called deputy sheriffs on Aug.

Justice Insider: Pokemon tags along to news conference

dispatch.com — An unexpected visitor popped into a Columbus police news conference last week. It was covered in feathers - and comes from a game that's certainly ruffling a few in central Ohio. Sgt.

Cleveland Cavaliers honored in butter at Ohio State Fair

dispatch.com — This year's Ohio State Fair butter sculpture is all about calves ... and the Cavs. The display features the usual butter cow and calf. But the sculpture also pays homage to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their NBA championship. Sculptors created a butter championship trophy, along with - in all their creamy glory - Cavaliers' mascots Moondog and Sir CC.

See the Ohio State Fair butter sculptures over the years before today's unveiling

dispatch.com — The big reveal of the Ohio State Fair butter sculpture is at noon today. Last year, the sculptors honored the Ohio State University football team. What inspired them this year? We can't say yet. But in the meantime, look back at the butter sculptures through the years.

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.
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Aug 19, 2016

Sign seen today: Drop your dads off here. OSU neighborhood says please, more lewd signs at Ohio State move-in day  https://shar.es/1wXwR3 

Jul 29, 2016

She walked 8 miles to her rapist's trial to ensure his conviction. One homeless woman's story:  https://shar.es/1Z7SmK 

Jul 26, 2016

FWIW I was hoping butter sculpture would be @KingJames head on a calf. Get it? Calves? Cavs? @cavs @OhioStateFair  http://bit.ly/2aecNsH 

Jul 26, 2016

Coroner refuses to release final autopsies in Pike County killings  https://shar.es/1ZgQLl 

Jul 22, 2016

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

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