A Delaware County Grand jury Thursday indicted 39 year old Matthew Rausenberg of Columbus on 32 counts alleging sex crimes against children in his classroom. First Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer outlined the charges saying Rausenberg faces life in prison, if convicted.
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Former Mifflin High School principal Regina Crenshaw has entered another not guilty plea to charges she failed to report the sexual assault of a student. Crenshaw appeared yesterday in Franklin County Juvenile Court after her case was moved from Municipal Court. A developmentally disabled female student was allegedly assaulted in the school auditorium last March. Two male students were later charged in the case.
Members of the Downtown Development Office met at City Hall this afternoon to present a new building project that could bring new jobs to the area. And the new project could change the face of the Arena District.
It’s Halloween and many people will be searching for treats or maybe even tricks. But some may go looking for something more out of this world, and central Ohio offers plenty of outlets.
Several school tax levies will appear on Franklin County ballots in November. Supporters say additional money is needed for things like curricula, buildings and operating expenses. But recent real estate revaluations may cause voters to think twice about approving more taxes.
During the mid-1970s enrollment in Columbus Public Schools was at its peak with more than 100,000 students. But today that number is only about 60,000 and may continue to decline. The system says new charter schools and private school vouchers are contributing to the decline. Now the board is facing the possibility of shutting down some schools.
There has been another home invasion in the German Village area. For the third time in a month, masked men Tuesday morning broke into a home, tied up and then robbed its owner.
With frost in the forecast, Gas and electric companies are bracing for more delinquent customer accounts.
Halloween generates some startling profits. Retailers expect to earn more than 3 billion dollars in Halloween related sales. And in recent years, amusement parks here in Ohio and around the nations are cashing in on the holiday.
A government study says $1.2 billion in Army National Guard equipment is in the Middle East, raising concerns that preparedness at home may be jeopardized. A study by the Government Accountability Office says 64,000 pieces of equipment have been taken oversees. But the Ohio National Guard says most of its equipment is still in the state. WOSU’s Sam Hendren reports.
As contract talks between Columbus bus drivers and COTA drag on, the future of a light rail project is more uncertain. Supporters of the proposed half-billion dollar northern corridor project believe it could help ease the city’s transportation problems. Critics say buses are far more efficient and flexible. Add to the mix COTA’s ongoing financial problems and a lack of public support – in the form of tax money – and it seems the light rail project has been derailed.