8 teens freed over COVID back in trouble, including one charged in a murder

Youths being held in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center are seen as poor candidates for release while their cases are pending.

Kim A. Browne, administrative judge of Franklin County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, said as much in early April. She expressed hesitation about releasing anyone during the coronavirus pandemic, calling those detained in the facility “very, very high safety concerns.”

But after an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the detention center in early May, Browne ordered the release of eight youths on house arrest with electronic monitoring devices to reduce the detention center population.

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Boyfriend found guilty in woman’s stabbing death

As he was being detained by police outside the North Side apartment building where his girlfriend was found fatally stabbed, Jared Thomas Ferguson provided his name and then said something surprising that was captured on an officer’s body camera.

“I’m the one you’re looking for,” he said.

While it didn’t qualify as a confession, it was consistent with other evidence and testimony pointing to his involvement, all of which resulted in Ferguson’s conviction Friday for the murder of his girlfriend, 60-year-old Lisa Baker.

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Justice indicted on charges accusing her of shooting at 4 deputies, wounding 2

A woman accused of shooting and wounding two Franklin County sheriff’s deputies when they tried to serve a probate court order at her North Linden home last week was indicted Thursday on four counts of felonious assault.

Monica Greer Justice, 53, was charged with one count each for the two wounded deputies and for two other deputies who were on the front porch of the home when the shots were fired, Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

The county grand jury indictment also included gun specifications on each of those counts and two additional counts of possessing a gun despite a previous felony conviction.

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Murder victim one of three women raped by South Side man

A 49-year-old Columbus man has pleaded guilty to rape and aggravated murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a garage behind a South Side house early last year, as well as the rapes of two other women.

Troy L. Hairston, formerly of the South Side, could be sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for the murder, plus as many as 33 years for the rapes, when he appears Sept. 10 before Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French.

The murder victim, 47-year-old Tonya L. Daniels, was found Feb. 24, 2019, in the 900 block of Seymour Avenue.

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Prosecutors argue for second death penalty trial in Reagan Tokes murder case

Prosecutors want another shot at putting a convicted killer on death row. Brian Golsby was sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping and murder of Ohio State student Reagan Tokes. But Thursday morning, prosecutors argued to three judges that there was prejudice during the penalty phase and want a new jury.

It’s an unusual move for prosecutors to get the state to retry a death penalty case.

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Judge sentences man to life after pleading guilty to stabbing ex-girlfriend to death

A Franklin County judge has sentenced a man to life with the possibility of parole for stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death.

Tyrone Lauderdale plead guilty to killing 44-year-old Ranae Baxter at her Westerville home in June 2019.

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Editorial: Ohio lawmakers should finish drug sentencing reform

The Ohio General Assembly is finally moving closer to passing long-sought legislation to slow the pipeline of minor drug offenders into Ohio prisons.

Whether passage of Senate Bill 3 alone will do what many advocates have clamored for is another question.

With the legislation pending for more than a year, it is surprising how long it has taken lawmakers to get even this close to enacting the bipartisan criminal justice reform sought by diverse interests.

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Investigators: DNA evidence, social media helped bring charges after ADAMH building damage

$275,000 worth of damage: it’s what investigators said you see unfold in videos they shared with ABC6/FOX28 from the night of May 30.

"Actually shows them breaking into the place, as well as lighting a couch on fire," said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien.

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Two charged with firing pellet guns at COTA bus during protest

Two Columbus men are accused of firing pellet guns into a passing COTA bus during a June 24 protest outside City Hall.

Gage A. Patrick, 18, of the Milo-Grogan neighborhood, and Salvatore J .Sowell, 24, of the Near East Side, were indicted Thursday by a Franklin County grand jury on felony counts of vandalism, inducing panic and disrupting public service.

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South Linden man admits to stabbing death of wife

A 50-year-old man was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 11 years in prison after admitting that he fatally stabbed his wife in their South Linden home.

Antonio M. Torres pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the May 2, 2019, death of 47-year-old Rocio Torres. She was pronounced dead that morning after a daughter discovered the body at the couple’s residence in the 1300 block of East 23rd Avenue.

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