WOSU News Archives For: June 10, 2013

Downtown Columbus Stabber Found Not Guilty By Insanity

John W. Mallett faced multiple charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.
10, 2013

A man who stabbed four people in a downtown Columbus office building last year has been declared not guilty by reason of insanity.

Lancaster Jail Overcrowded, Fails To Meet State Standards

Sheriff Dave Phalen says the three jail buildings in Lancaster should hold up to 133 inmates but regularly hold about double that number.
June 10, 2013

The most recent state inspection reports show the Fairfield County jail system often holds twice its maximum number of inmates and doesn’t meet minimum standards.

Budget Provision Would Let Casinos Keep Pics Of Customers

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Ohio's four voter-approved casinos have hundreds of cameras for security and monitoring gambling operations.
June 10, 2013

A provision in the Ohio Senate’s budget proposal would let the state collect and save camera images of each casino customer who redeems earnings for cash.

Gay Rights Groups Spar Over Possible Ballot Issue

Activist Ian James with Freedom to Marry Ohio angered some members of the Human Rights Campaign by announcing a measure to legalize gay marriage in Ohio would appear on a ballot in 2014.
June 10, 2013

The latest fight over legalizing gay marriage in Ohio isn’t about gay marriage itself, but rather when to put a proposal before voters.

Mogadishu Calls For Some Somalis In Columbus

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Basra Mohamed is a radio host for a community station in Columbus. She programs to the city's large Somali population and says some are returning to Somalia after two decades of civil war.
10, 2013

Thousands of Somalis came to Columbus during the past 20 years to escape civil war. Columbus soon had the second largest Somali community in the United States. The immigrants set up businesses, enrolled in schools and made new lives for themselves. But now some are returning home. A small group is going back to rebuild a devastated nation.