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Whitehall Man Who Kicked in US Capitol Window During Riot Arrested

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Whitehall Man Who Kicked in US Capitol Window During Riot Arrested

By Jake Zuckerman An Ohio man who kicked in a reinforced window shutter at the U.S. Capitol during the violent insurrection Jan. 6 was arrested in connection with his role in the raid. Footage from the crowd captures Troy Faulkner, of Whitehall, kicking in a reinforced window shutter that prosecutors say was worth $1000. While Faulkner […]

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Columbus Gears Up for Armed Protests This Weekend

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Columbus Gears Up for Armed Protests This Weekend

Updated 01/15/2021: This article has been updated to include information on City of Columbus Downtown campus closures. Coming just over a week after the insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol, and the FBI warning of more armed, pro-Trump protests planned in all 50 states ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, local […]

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Ohio Bartender and Her ‘Militia’ Group Joined Capitol Breach

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Bartender and Her ‘Militia’ Group Joined Capitol Breach

By Jake Zuckerman A Champaign County bartender who runs a self-identified militia, joined by three others in her unit, drove to Washington D.C. last week to join what descended into a seditious mob invasion of the U.S. Capitol. Jessica Watkins, 38, a bartender, said she doesn’t consider herself as having committed a crime — she said […]

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Governor Activates Ohio Guard Ahead of Planned Protests, Says He ‘Assumed’ a Peaceful Transition

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Governor Activates Ohio Guard Ahead of Planned Protests, Says He ‘Assumed’ a Peaceful Transition

By Marty Schladen As he called up the National Guard Tuesday to prepare for a possible attack on the Statehouse, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said he didn’t anticipate President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attack on a peaceful transition of power. DeWine said he was activating 500 members of the Ohio Guard to protect the Statehouse […]

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No Arrests at Clashing Protests at Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal No Arrests at Clashing Protests at Ohio Statehouse

By Jake Zuckerman A pugilistic day of political demonstrations that included two brawls between far-right demonstrators insisting the presidential election was stolen and Black Lives Matter activists ended with no arrests Wednesday. At least two rounds of fisticuffed rumbles with an array of participants broke out at different points through the afternoon along with some more […]

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Ohio Elected Officials Respond to Violent Situation in DC

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ohio Elected Officials Respond to Violent Situation in DC

This afternoon, pro-Trump protestors marched toward the US Capitol Building in Washington DC following a planned rally event where President Donald Trump spoke to his supporters. Many of the protestors then decided to violently and illegally enter the Capitol building, fighting law enforcement officials and endangering the lives of many elected officials, government employees, journalists […]

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Militia Groups Appear at Statehouse Rallies for Trump, Biden

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Militia Groups Appear at Statehouse Rallies for Trump, Biden

By Jake Zuckerman Two loosely defined cohorts showed up at the Statehouse on Saturday after news outlets projected Joe Biden won the presidential election: Biden fans came to gloat and Donald Trump fans came to allege voter fraud. There were heated arguments, hymns sung over a PA, and horns blaring. A car performed a burnout before […]

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