Two men convicted and sentenced for human trafficking ring in Central Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two men responsible for a human trafficking ring in Central Ohio were convicted and sentenced on Friday. The Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, and Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan announced the news.

A 17-month investigation conducted by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force found that Curtis Gossett, with the assistance of others including Jeffrey Bagley, recruited women from the streets and jail, used narcotics to control their victims and trafficked dozens of women for commercial sex in Columbus.

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Former Columbus vice officer indicted in the shooting death of Donna Castleberry

COLUMBUS— A Franklin County grand jury has indicted former Columbus Division of Police Vice Officer Andrew Mitchell.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien speaks on the indictment:

The grand jury met over the past two days to consider evidence regarding the fatal officer-involved shooting of Donna Castleberry during an alleged prostitution sting.

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Murder suspect charged with rapes of two other women

A Columbus man accused of killing a 47-year-old woman in February now is facing charges that he raped two other women during a five-month span, the Franklin County prosecutor’s office announced Thursday.

Troy L. Hairston, 48, of the South Side, had turned himself in to Columbus police on March 8 and, police said, he confessed to killing Tonya L. Daniels, 47, whose body was found Feb. 24 in a garage behind a home in the 900 block of Seymour Avenue.

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Former Columbus officer pleads guilty in child porn case

Dean P. Worthington, who resigned from the division last month, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

A former Columbus police sergeant could be sentenced to as long as 19 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to child pornography charges, but the judge in the case said he will consider probation.

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Woman suspected in February heroin overdose death is seventh indicted this year

If you deal to someone who dies you might be looking at prison time. The stern message by Franklin County's top prosecutor after the latest in a string of indictments of suspected heroin dealers.

Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says survivors are helping police track down the dealers and in some cases cell phones point investigators in the right direction.

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Man sentenced to 9 years for rape live-streamed on Periscope

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A Columbus man was sentenced to nine years in prison for the rape of a minor while it was being streamed live on social media.

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School shooting plan thwarted at Hilliard Davidson, prosecutor says

HILLIARD, OH (WCMH) – A Hilliard Davidson High School student is in custody after prosecutors said he was planning a school shooting.

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Editorial: O’Brien for prosecutor

The Dispatch strongly endorses Ron O’Brien for re-election as Franklin County prosecutor in the Nov. 8 election. O’Brien, a Republican completing his fifth term, is the county’s longest-serving prosecutor. He remains dedicated; he starts early and typically is the last county official out of the building.

The Dispatch strongly endorses Ron O’Brien for re-election as Franklin County prosecutor in the Nov. 8 election.

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Wrong-way I-270 driver who thought he was on a different highway indicted

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Man sentenced 25 years to life after accomplice dies during 2015 burglary

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced Wednesday that a man will spend 25 year to life behind bars after a 2015 robbery that turned deadly. 

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