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Columbus police sergeant arrested on 4 felony counts of child porn

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The former public information officer of the Columbus Division of Police has been indicted on four felony counts related to child pornography.

Sgt. Dean Worthington is accused of downloading pornographic images involving minors to his personal cell phone.

10TV reports prosecutors got a tip from social media site Tumblr about a questionable image that was posted back in May.

An investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force lead to Worthington.

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Prosecutors also told 10TV that a search of Worthington’s phone revealed he had downloaded videos and images of young boys engaged in sexual acts with adults.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien told 10TV they had no reason to believe any of the videos or images were of children from central Ohio.

Worthington was relieved of duty last week.

His attorney says he will plead not guilty at his arraignment on Friday.

Worthington has been with the department since 1996 and became a spokesman in September 2017.

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Suspect in shocking Upper Arlington Halloween murder pleads not guilty

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Update: The Upper Arlington woman accused of killing her father and injuring her mother in a Halloween shooting has pleaded not guilty to all five charges against her.

According to Franklin County Clerk of Courts records per This Week News, Kristin C. Roth, 31, was arraigned November 8 and was being represented by the Franklin County Public Defenders Office. Her next court appearance has not yet been scheduled.

Stay tuned for more as this develops.

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10/01/2019: Halloween turned horrific in Upper Arlington after a woman killer her father and injured her mother in a shooting.

According to NBC4i, Kristin Roth, 31, has been charged with the aggravated murder of her father and felonious assault of her mother.

Police were called around 6:30pm on October 31 (during Upper Arlington's trick-or-treat) on the report of a shooting on Colchester Rd. Officers found James Roth, 61, and his wife Elizabeth Roth, 60, both shot multiple times.  

They were transported to an area hospital where James Roth was pronounced dead. Elizabeth Roth is reportedly in stable condition.

Witnesses on the scene provided key information, which led officers to Kristen Roth's home Merrifield Pl. She was arrested without incident and taken to the Franklin County Jail.

The City of Upper Arlington posted the following message on its website:

The Upper Arlington Police Division would like to thank residents in the area of Colchester Rd who cooperated with first responders and helped officers quickly clear the streets of children and families just as Beggar’s Night was beginning. This was instrumental in keeping everyone safe.

Additionally, we would like to thank all of our law enforcement partners who also responded to this tragedy, specifically Hilliard Police Division, Columbus Police, and the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI).

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Community Relations Officer at 614-583-5197.

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Off-duty deputy shot in face during fit of road rage

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In a fit of violent road rage, an unidentified person shot a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy in the face.

Deputy Jim Church was driving home around 11pm Friday night in the North Linden area after getting his dog groomed. According to ABC6 per Columbus Police, the suspect became angered with Deputy Church's driving and fired five rounds into his vehicle.

Deputy Church was hit once in the right cheek. He was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Deputy Church was released Saturday and is recovering at home.

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Bizarre Crime: Woman breaks into Franklinton home to bathe toddler

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You may think you've been part of a bizarre situation, but I guarantee it will pale in comparison to what one Franklinton mother experienced recently.

Areica Hill woke to find another woman inside her home, getting ready to give her 2-year-old son a bath.

Elizabeth Hixon, 22, was arrested and charged with burglary.

NBC4i reports Hixon claimed she entered the home to provide care to the young boy, who was outside the residence. During a phone call with NBC4i, Hixon's mother said she believes her daughter's heart was in the right place.

Hill, who had never met Hixon, hopes additional charges will be filed against her.

Hixon has posted bond.

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