Man gets 15 years for 2014 rapes, said he and co-defendants thought “it would be a fun thing to do"

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced Wednesday that a man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping two women in 2014.

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Killer refuses to cooperate, gets 5 years added to sentence

A man who pleaded guilty to being the triggerman in a 2013 homicide on the South Side received an additional five years in prison Tuesday for failing to cooperate in the prosecution of his co-defendants. 

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Man indicted, accused of killing former Ohio State cheerleader

COLUMBUS (WCMH) —  Dalon Smoot was indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury on charges he shot and killed former Ohio State University cheerleader Gearld Lee Bishop II.

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Father gets nine years in prison in heroin overdose death of 11-month-old

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–A father of a toddler who died of a heroin overdose will spend nine years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

According to investigators, 11-month-old Dominic Dickinson died as a result of ingesting narcotics while in the care of his parents, May 13, 2015 at a residence in the 1400 block of Blaine Drive, where the family lived.

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Man gets life with no parole for raping girls while mother watched

A man who raped his girlfriend's two daughters while she was in bed with them won't have a chance to molest another child.

Alberto P. Hernandez, 55, was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole by a Franklin County judge who expressed outrage at the crimes.

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Former OSU head drum major pleads guilty to sexual battery


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Former OSU head drum major and instructor Christopher Stewart Kitchen has reached a plea deal in a year long rape and kidnapping case.

This morning, Kitchen pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery. It was one of five total charges he was facing. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the other four charges.

Kitchen was originally charged last year on two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery and one count of offenses involving underage persons.

Court documents allege Kitchen and a 19-year-old woman went out drinking on April 15, then walked to his Columbus home. The woman reported that Kitchen refused to return her to her home and sexually assaulted her in his bedroom as she tried to escape and told him to stop, an investigator said in an affidavit filed in court.

“He encouraged her that he has sufficient contacts that he could help her with some routines and help her get in to a position where she could eventually be one of the drum majors for the marching band,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.

Kitchen led the band as head drum major in 2006-07. He was a drum major instructor in 2015, teaching the leaders of the marching band.

“He certainly was in a position of authority in the eyes of the victim,” said O’Brien.

Kitchen will have to register as a sex offender. His full sentencing will be on June 29th.

The victim was in court for today’s hearing. She did not want to speak.

“Because of the position of authority he had with her in connection with the case, the state will be asking for some prison time on the date of sentencing,” this according to O’Brien.

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2 plead not guilty to charges of rape, livestreaming rape

An 18-year-old Ohio woman accused of livestreaming the rape of her 17-year-old friend with a social media app was trying to record the assault as evidence, the woman's attorney said Friday in a defense a prosecutor flatly dismissed.

Marina Lonina pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple charges including rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexual matter involving a minor. A judge set bond at $125,000 for Lonina, a student at New Albany High School, outside Columbus.

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Bond denied for suspect in SWAT shooting

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The man accused of shooting a Columbus Police SWAT officer Sunday was denied bond this morning.

Lincoln Rutledge, 44, is accused of shooting SWAT officer Steven Smith during a standoff on April 10.

Officers were attempting to serve a warrant for aggravated arson at an apartment at 14 West California Avenue.

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Four suspects arraigned in dog fighting ring

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–  Eleven people were questioned in a suspected dog fighting ring Tuesday. Today four of those 11 were charged with a felony count of dog fighting.

Three of the four had little to say in court, but one of them was forthcoming with investigators when they initially questioned him about the alleged dog fighting ring.

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Scott VanDerKarr, judge who helped addicts, resigns

Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Scott VanDerKarr, one of the first judges in Ohio to give drug offenders a second chance by creating a special docket that has grown to 200 addicts, is resigning after 20 years on the bench.

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