Top news stories during March 23-29

March 29, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comAbout 2,300 lunches and desserts were served Thursday at the annual Deli Day at Temple Israel. The event raises money for Temple projects and the Wynnton Neighborhood Network. View more photos from Deli Day at


1. Woman fights to keep her daughter's killer in prison: Dana Reynolds has fought for 26 years to keep her baby's killer behind bars. Officials say one reason he's nearly served his entire sentence is because she attended every parole hearing. Reynolds likely will face her four-month-old's killer for possibly the last time very soon when he is released.

2. Columbus police charge mother's boyfriend with murder of 23-month-old: Damian Belle, 19, has been charged with the murder of Ki'Ja Bassett after police say he punched the little girl in the face and dropped her on the head on a kitchen floor. Belle told police the girl fell in the bathtub. The child's mother left the baby in Belle's care less than two week after she filed a report saying Belle beat her in their mobile home's bedroom.

3. Ex-teacher who had sex with teen requests new trial: The former Veterans Middle School teacher convicted last year of charges stemming from a months-long sexual affair with a teenaged student is seeking a new trial. Cristina Preston, 46, was convicted of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, statutory rape and sexual assault on a person in custody.

4. Sheriff's office deputy fired for inappropriate contact with inmates: Twenty-five year veteran Harold Harper was fired March 20 after he had inappropriate contact with three inmates, according to a Sheriff's office investigation. Officials said Harper never had physical contact but did give them his cellphone and put $19 on one inmates account so she could purchase things from the jail commissary.

5. Northside High principal warns parents of shooting threat: The threat of a school shooting spread this week when someone posted the picture of the threat on social media. Officials increased security, but Northside High principal James Wilson said everything ran smoothly despite the few extra patrol officers.


A passenger the driver said she didn't know stole her vehicle in front of police after an officer pulled her over to perform a DUI check. The car was later recovered. Read more at

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