COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien has been named Prosecutor of the Year by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.Read more
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.Read more