WOSU News Archives For: July 10, 2012

Once Homeless, Columbus Entrepreneur Starts Bicycle Tour Business

Once homeless, now Darren McGowan is a small businessman in downtown Columbus
10, 2012

There’s a Columbus native who’s overcome adversity to realize a dream. Darren McGowan beat bouts of depression and homelessness to open a small business downtown.

Goodale Park Fountain Could Flow Again Soon

Goodale Park Pond Fountain
Friends of Goodale Park board and the Columbus Recreation and Parks think the fountain could be spewing water again soon following installation of a clay sealant around the fountain's base.
10, 2012

The situation has been up and down at the pond at Goodale Park the past 20 months, literally. The installation of a new fountain created more problems than supporters imagined. But WOSU reports there’s some good news…maybe.

Columbus To Add Tracking Devices To City Vehicles

Vehicles like this Columbus city truck will soon be equipped with GPS devices to track their speed and location.
July 10, 2012

Columbus City Council members on Monday approved spending $1.9 million for GPS tracking and monitoring systems in its vehicles.

Akron Man Gets New Trial After 17 Years Behind Bars

Dewey Jones was sentenced to life in prison for the 1993 murder of 71-year-old Neil Rankin. Jones had a lengthy criminal record prior to the conviction, but has always maintained he was not involved in Rankin's murder.
July 10, 2012

Dewy Jones was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 for the murder of an elderly man, but new DNA evidence raised questions about the conviction.

Signatures Questioned On City Council Reform Effort

Workers identified as Jon and Willis gather petition signatures at an Earth Day event in downtown Columbus.
10, 2012

Elections officials say the petition to move Columbus to a ward-based council system fell woefully short, with some pages not containing a single valid signature, hundreds of signatures not matching those on voter registration cards, and many signatures appearing to be in the same hand writing.