WOSU News Archives For December 2005

Columbus’ First Lady Sentenced in drunk driving case

12:00AM
December
21, 2005

The wife of Mayor Michael Coleman, Frankie Coleman, pleaded guilty today to a drunk driving charge and was sentenced to three days in jail, fined 250 dollars and given restricted driving privileges. Mrs. Coleman was arrested in October by Bexley Police following an accident on Cassingham Road. A breath test found she had a blood alcohol level of .271.

Frankie Coleman sentenced to 3 days in jail for DUI

12:00AM
December
21, 2005

The wife of Columbus mayor Michael Coleman will serve jail time for her drunken driving conviction. Frankie Coleman this morning changed her plea this morning to the most serious drunken driving charge and was sentenced to serve the mandatory 3 days in jail.

Columbus School Board votes to close 11 schools, delays decison on 12th

12:00AM
December
20, 2005

The Columbus Board of Education Monday afternoon voted to close 11 schools before next fall. The board accepted most of the reccomendation presented by a school-closing task force. It’s put off a decision on closing a 12th school.

Local Residents Rush to Ship Holiday Gifts

12:00AM
December
19, 2005

Today is expected to be the busiest day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service in Columbus. Nationwide, the Postal Service expects to deliver some 900 million pieces of mail.

More Ohio Counselors Trained to Treat Combat Stress Among Returning Veterans

12:00AM
December
19, 2005

The Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services has begun training more counselors to screen and treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or P-T-S-D. The training comes as more than 4,000 Ohio National Guard troops have served overseas since the start of the Iraq War.

Former OSU coach thankful suit is over

12:00AM
December
16, 2005

The trial in fired OSU men’s basketball coach Jim O’Brien’s wrongful termination law suit ended this afternoon. The decision is now in the hands of a judge. OSU fired O’Brien in 2004 after he gave thousands of dollars to a Yugoslavian player. The case hinges on whether or not the player was an OSU basketball recruit at the time he received the money.

Expert says Iraqi currency risky investment

12:00AM
December
15, 2005

In October 2003, Iraq introduced its new currency. Now some companies are offering it to the public. One company recently bought a quarter page ad in the Columbus Dispatch. But some experts believe it’s a risky investment.

Roger Blackwell Gets Six Years in Prison

12:00AM
December
15, 2005

Former Ohio State University marketing professor Roger Blackwell is headed to federal prison next month for his convictions on insider trading, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy charges. He was also ordered to pay a seven-figure fine. WOSU’s Tom Borgerding was in federal district court today and files this report.

Dupont fined more than $10 million over Teflon reporting

12:00AM
December
14, 2005

DuPont agreed to pay the Federal Environmental Protection Agency $16.5 million to resolve accusations that it withheld important health information regarding a chemical used to make Teflon. A group trying to get DuPont to stop using the chemicals says it’s satisfied with the settlement.

Roger Blackwell faces sentencing Thursday

12:00AM
December
14, 2005

As former Ohio State University marketing professor Roger Blackwell prepares for his sentencing tomorrow on federal crime convictions, he’s counting on a little help from his friends as he goes before the judge.