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Ohio ‘militia’ members planned Capitol violence in November, prosecutors say

BY: - January 29, 2021

Members of an unregulated Ohio militia began plotting a violent attempt to overturn the presidential election just days after cable networks first projected President Joe Biden had won, federal prosecutors say. A grand jury handed up indictments against three people Wednesday, including Jessica Watkins, 38, and Donovan Crowl, 50, two members of the self-described “Ohio […]

Oath Keepers’ leader wanted to ‘storm the capitol in Ohio,’ feds say

BY: - January 19, 2021

Authorities charged a leader of the Oath Keepers and two members from Ohio for their role in planning and executing a breach of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 as Congress was voting to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Jessica Watkins, 38, and Donovan Crowl, 49, both of Champaign County, are facing six […]

Non-violent, heavily armed demonstration forms at Statehouse

BY: - January 17, 2021

A cohort of armed men stood at the Statehouse steps calling for unity. A conspiracy theorist with a megaphone yelled about dangerous vaccines, 9/11 and the 2020 election. A Black Lives Matter activist simply waved a flag in celebration of the looming inauguration of a new president. The entire Sunday crowd of roughly 100 stood, […]

The last Statehouse protests ended in fistfights. Now officials worry for inauguration violence.

BY: - January 15, 2021

It was a peaceful protest outside the Ohio Statehouse. Then it was a crowd of Proud Boys wailing on Dejuan Sharp. The brawl came a few hours later. Sharp, a Black man, attended the Jan. 6 protest along with other Black Lives Matter activists when, by his account, a Proud Boy in a baseball helmet […]

Ohio man joins raid on U.S. Capitol: ‘I shouldn’t have kicked in the window’

BY: - January 14, 2021

An Ohio man kicked in an reinforced window shutter at the U.S. Capitol during a seditious mob raid on Congress last week, footage shows. Troy Faulkner can be clearly seen on the exterior of the Capitol in a “Faulkner Painting” sweatshirt bearing the company phone number. Footage shows him successfully kicking the shutter in after […]

Ohio bartender and her ‘militia’ drove to D.C. to join the Capitol breach

BY: - January 13, 2021

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 she didn’t […]

Ohio Board of Ed member organized bus trip to D.C. for “Stop the Steal” rally

BY: - January 12, 2021

A state Board of Education member organized a bus trip to Washington D.C. to participate in a “Stop the Steal” event, which descended into a chaotic, seditious mob raid on the U.S. Capitol as Congress voted to affirm the presidential election. Kirsten Hill, who was elected to a four-year term in 2018, organized for a […]

Ohio ‘militia’ group joined invasion of U.S. Capitol

BY: - January 12, 2021

A self-identified Ohio militia unit stormed the U.S. Capitol last week along with hundreds, if not thousands of others, part of a failed effort to overturn the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. The group, which calls itself the “Ohio State Regular Militia,” strongly resembles a unit that appeared at the Ohio Statehouse under the same name […]

Ohio GOP lawmakers, without evidence, cry fraud on Biden win

BY: - November 9, 2020

As a presidential election teetered toward Joe Biden, several House Republican lawmakers in Ohio took to their social media accounts to allege, without evidence, systemic voter fraud. The state lawmakers largely parroted President Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night and subsequent campaign messaging, which alleged a wide-ranging conspiracy essentially accusing several cities of pulling Democratic votes […]

A quiet election night winner? The coronavirus

BY: - November 5, 2020

Even hours before polls closed Tuesday, it was clear the virus that causes COVID-19 was in for a good night in Ohio. COVID-19 is infecting, hospitalizing and killing record numbers of Ohioans at an accelerated clip, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health. More new infections were reported Tuesday than any day during […]

Thousands head to polls as COVID-19 afflicts record numbers of Ohioans

BY: - November 3, 2020

On March 16, the state health department reported that 13 more Ohioans tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the cumulative known caseload to 50. Just after 10 p.m., Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued an order delaying the primary election, scheduled for the next day. The announcement seemingly […]

As pandemic worsens, legislature still refuses mask mandate at the Capitol

BY: - October 5, 2020

The new coronavirus has killed more than 209,000 Americans — including 4,925 Ohioans — and infected the leader of the free world and the quarterback of the New England Patriots alike. Yet still, Ohio’s legislative leaders have rebuffed any requirement that members and their staff wear masks at the Capitol. Facial coverings are among the […]