WOSU News Archives For March 2004

Judge finds probable cause in highway shooter case

12:00AM
March
31, 2004

After a two-and-a-half-hour preliminary hearing, a judge Tuesday found probable cause for the case against suspected highway shooter Charles McCoy Junior to proceed.

State executes man convicted in dismemberment slayings

12:00AM
March
30, 2004

The state has executed a former prison slaughterhouse worker convicted of killing a couple, dismembering their bodies and stashing parts in trash bins around Columbus. Fifty-two-year-old William Wickline is the eleventh inmate to die by injection since Ohio resumed executions five years ago. He was pronounced dead at 10:11 am at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

William Wickline arrives at Lucasville for execution

12:00AM
March
29, 2004

A man convicted of killing and dismembering a Columbus couple over a drug debt has been moved from death row to the Lucasville prison that houses the state’s execution chamber.

Gas prices affect local government

12:00AM
March
25, 2004

While many drivers are complaining about higher gas prices, the latest spike at the pump is also affecting some government agencies, schools and other public organizations as they fuel their fleets.

Complaints against Children Services Pt 1

12:00AM
March
23, 2004

Franklin County Children’s Services provides care for more than 72-hundred children in Central Ohio. The agency is required to investigate all referrals of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected or dependent. While referrals have increased during the last several years, critics of the agency say in too many cases families are being split.

Complaints against Children Services Pt 2

12:00AM
March
23, 2004

Earlier this month, Franklin County Children’s Services overcame formal opposition to win voter approval of a 1-point-9 mill property tax levy. By winning at the polls, the agency avoided staff lay-offs and other cutbacks. But, critics of the agency say it still needs to be more accountable in its handling of custody cases.

Shooter suspect in court Monday

12:00AM
March
22, 2004

The man suspected in a string of 24 highway shootings was allowed to skip his first court appearance since arriving back in Ohio last weekend.

Highway shooting suspect ready to return to Ohio

12:00AM
March
19, 2004

A spokesman for the Clark County, Nevada District Attorney’s office says Charles Mccoy Jr. is ready to return to Columbus. McCoy is the suspect in the 24 highway shootings in central Ohio.

March Madness arrives in Columbus

12:00AM
March
19, 2004

The N-C-A-A basketball tournament comes to Columbus today, but most people still will have to watch it on television. Games at Nationwide Arena sold out long before the schedule was announced. When regional teams Cincinnati and Kentucky were sent to the city, tickets became even tougher to find.

Highway shooting suspect caught in Las Vegas

12:00AM
March
17, 2004

Las Vegas police say someone recognized a man suspected in two-dozen sniper shootings at a casino last night and called authorities. Police spokesman Jose Montoya says Charles A. McCoy Junior was arrested this morning after he returned to his motel room near the Stardust casino.