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Justice Insider: Thief steals Pokemon cards - all of them

dispatch.com — Who says this summer's Pokemon Go craze is dwindling? In Westerville, a man apparently still on a quest to "catch 'em all" is accused of stealing every pack of Pokemon trading cards from the Wal-Mart on East Schrock Road, Reporter Alissa Widman Neese tells us.

Public invited to conversation about heroin

dispatch.com — The Columbus Dispatch is hosting a community forum to discuss the heroin epidemic and what can be done about it. Panelists will include people who have experienced heroin's hold firsthand. There will also be experts who will talk about how to find help, and efforts to help addicts.

Justice Insider: Was slain UDF robber a victim? Police back off that label

dispatch.com — When is a victim not considered a victim? This was the debate raging on the Columbus Police Facebook page over the past two days. On Sunday, police posted an item on Facebook about 25-year-old Courdney Deonte Sims, who police say robbed a Franklinton UDF store on West Broad Street.

Justice Insider: Plea sought in ex-prosecutor’s DUI case

dispatch.com — Here's an update on a case the Insider first brought you in March: More than five months after an assistant Franklin County prosecutor was charged with driving while intoxicated and causing a crash that injured a motorcyclist at a Downtown intersection, the case has yet to be presented to a grand jury.

Justice Insider: West Side shooting was a real pain

dispatch.com — Officers investigating a shooting on the West Side last week had quite the mess to sort out when they arrived on the scene. Columbus Police were called to the 700 block of Greenfield Drive on Aug. 22 on the report of a shooting.

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.
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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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