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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Ron O'Brien is Ohio's top prosecutor, group says

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien has been named Prosecutor of the Year by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

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County’s specialized courts give offenders a chance at new lives

I respond to Wednesday’s op-ed column by Jack D’Aurora regarding the use of drug courts to reduce Ohio’s inmate population.  D’Aurora pointed out many of the benefits of drug courts, but the need for specialized dockets extends beyond drug-treatment courts.

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