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Members of the Boogaloo Boys attend protest Sunday at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Sunday protests quiet; officials brace for more

Jan. 17, 2021 6:15 PM EST

The Latest on demonstrating Sunday at statehouses across the country. ___ After a small, peaceful protest at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine says security levels will remain high in Columbus for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. DeWine praised demonstrators for exercising their free...

Ohio state troopers provide security at the Ohio Statehouse as armed protestors look on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Security was stepped up at statehouses across the U.S. after FBI warnings of potential armed protests at all 50 state capitols and in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Small crowd of protesters mingle, argue at Ohio Statehouse

Jan. 17, 2021 5:28 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Concerns over violent protests at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday faded as a small number of armed but peaceful demonstrators were considerably outnumbered by state troopers and National Guard members during an afternoon rally. More than two dozen protesters, some armed with...

With the U.S. Capitol in the background, members of the National Guard change shifts as they exit through anti-scaling security fencing on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Guard troops pour into Washington as states answer the call

Jan. 16, 2021 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the busload and planeload, National Guard troops were pouring into the nation's capital on Saturday, as governors answered the urgent pleas of U.S. defense officials for more troops to help safeguard Washington even as they keep anxious eyes on possible violent protests in their own...

Police: Boy, 3, and girl, 4, found unsecured gun; girl shot

Jan. 16, 2021 11:05 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 4-year-old Ohio boy and a 3-year-old girl got hold of a handgun belonging to an adult when it discharged, wounding the girl, authorities said. Columbus police said they were called to the home shortly after 3 p.m. Friday and found the girl with a single gunshot wound. She was taken...

Ohio Statehouse maintenance employees board up the windows of the building behind the United Spanish War Veterans Memorial statue in preparation for planned weekend protests in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The Statehouse and all state buildings in downtown Columbus will be closed Sunday through Wednesday. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Ohio gov. activates more National Guard as Columbus shutters

Jan. 15, 2021 12:38 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 1,000 Ohio National Guard members have now been activated to head to Washington in preparations for anticipated armed protests ahead of Joe Biden's presidential inauguration, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday. The request came from the U.S. National Guard Bureau on Thursday...

Ohio AG moves to block another $102M in FirstEnergy fees

Jan. 14, 2021 2:08 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's top lawyer asked a court Thursday to block FirstEnergy Corp. from collecting special fees from customers that were set up under a now-tainted nuclear bailout bill to allow the company to maintain record-high profits even if electricity sales dip. Republican Attorney General...

FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 file photo, the Ohio National Guard directs traffic away from the debate hall in Cleveland where the first presidential debate between Republican candidate President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden was being held. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 that he has activated 580 National Guard men and women in preparations for potentially armed protests at the U.S. Capitol and the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Ohio Statehouse, state offices to close amid protest threat

Jan. 14, 2021 1:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Statehouse and other state buildings in downtown Columbus will be closed through Inauguration Day as police officers, National Guard members and state troopers provide security and authorities prepare for possible protests by supporters of President Donald Trump, Gov. Mike DeWine...

FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 file photo, the Ohio National Guard directs traffic away from the debate hall in Cleveland where the first presidential debate between Republican candidate President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden was being held. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 that he has activated 580 National Guard men and women in preparations for potentially armed protests at the U.S. Capitol and the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Ohio gov. activates National Guard ahead of potential riots

Jan. 12, 2021 10:33 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine activated 580 National Guard members Tuesday in preparation for what the FBI identified as massive armed protests planned in Columbus and every state capital in the country leading up to Inauguration Day. “People have the right to protest. They do not have...

Keith Ferrell, president of the union representing Columbus police officers, discusses the union's intent to wait on additional facts before deciding whether to challenge the firing of officer Adam Coy, terminated after he fatally shot Andre Hill last month, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Ferrell said the union

Union still deciding action on officer fired in Hill's death

Jan. 11, 2021 3:23 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The union that represents Columbus police officers hasn't decided yet whether to formally challenge the firing of the officer who shot and killed Andre Hill on Dec. 22. The city fired officer Adam Coy, who is white, days after he shot and killed Hill, a Black man, who walked out of a...

Woman killed, 2 other people wounded in house party shooting

Jan. 11, 2021 9:46 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A shooting at a house party in Ohio's capital city has left a woman dead and two other people injured, authorities said. It's not yet known what sparked the gunfire, which was reported around 4:10 a.m. Sunday. Columbus police said the party was held in a Merion Village home rented...