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Shoplifting Up Nearly 70% in Columbus Over Past Seven Years

Walker Evans Walker Evans Shoplifting Up Nearly 70% in Columbus Over Past Seven Years

Over 4,500 shoplifting charges were filed in Columbus in 2015, which represents a 11.2 percent increase from 2014 and a 69.3 percent increase from 2008. The numbers come from the City Attorney’s office today, which aims to remind customers that the issue affects them just as much as it affects the businesses. “Retail theft is […]

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City of Columbus Ends Contract with Redflex

Walker Evans Walker Evans City of Columbus Ends Contract with Redflex

A representative at the Office of Mayor Michael B. Coleman issued a release today notifying the public that the City of Columbus is officially terminating its contract with Redflex, the company that operated the red light traffic cameras in the city. The termination of the contract comes as a recommendation by City Attorney Rick Pfeffier. […]

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City Attorney Says Redflex Contract Complied With City Code

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Attorney Says Redflex Contract Complied With City Code

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that Karen Finley, former executive for the red light camera company Redflex, pleaded guilty to bribing a number of as-yet unnamed elected officials in Columbus city government. In his initial statement on the matter, City Council President and mayoral candidate Andrew Ginther, who’s come under scrutiny due to his […]

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Mayor Coleman Proposes Harsh Punishments for Negligent Landlords

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Mayor Coleman Proposes Harsh Punishments for Negligent Landlords

The office of Mayor Michael Coleman has announced an aggressive new plan to fight urban decay in Columbus. According to a press release issued by the Mayor’s office Monday, the proposal would allow the city to penalize owners of unsafe properties to the tune of $1,000 a day until the properties are brought to acceptable […]

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City Attorney Pfeiffer Launches Neighborhood Video Series

Walker Evans Walker Evans City Attorney Pfeiffer Launches Neighborhood Video Series

The best way to get to know your neighborhood is to get out there and explore it in person. Or, as Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer likes to put it: “take a mosey”. “Moseying is an expression I’ve used for decades,” said Pfeiffer. “It means getting out into the community, visiting neighborhoods, talking to people […]

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Harsher Penalties Planned for Negligent Property Owners

Walker Evans Walker Evans Harsher Penalties Planned for Negligent Property Owners

Property owners that ignore orders from code enforcement may soon face harsher penalties. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is asking City Council to approve an update to City Code that double the maximum fine from $500 to $1000 and triple the maximum jail time from 60 days to 180 days. Business penalties would also jump from […]

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900 Abandoned Homes to be Demolished in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans 900 Abandoned Homes to be Demolished in Columbus

Mayor Michael B. Coleman kicked off a new initiative today to combat vacant housing in Columbus. The city has identified 900 of the 6,200 vacant homes in Columbus as dangerous and uninhabitable, and be razing the buildings over the next four years. “Despite the efforts we have made in the past, the scourge of vacant […]

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