Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein




Zach Klein
Columbus City Attorney
77 North Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-645-7385
[email protected]


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2019 Press Releases

12/19/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Comments on Affordable Care Act Court Ruling

12/9/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Asks Board to Deny Parole to Man Sentenced to 28-100 Years for Attempting to Kill Four Police Officers

11/21/19    Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff, City Attorney Combine to Shut Down Dangerous Drug House

11/15/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Named Finalist in National Ideas Challenge

11/1/19    City Attorney, United Way Announce Unique Partnership to Increase Earned Income Tax Credit Opportunities

10/29/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Formally Launches Intimate Partner Homicide Prevention Project

10/14/19    Lingerie Store Doubling as Strip Club Busted by the City

10/10/19    State Agents Help City of Columbus Shut Down ‘Sports Bar by Day/Illegal After-Hours Club by Night’

10/9/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down Linden Drug Den

9/18/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Issues Statement on Decision to Prosecute Detective Accused of Dereliction of Duty

9/12/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Leads Cities’ Opposition to Trump Administration’s Medical Care Refusal Rule

9/6/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down Violent East Side After-Hours Club

9/4/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down West Side Property with ‘Revolving Door’ of Drug Dealers

8/29/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Issues Statement on Attorney General Yost’s ‘Blatant Power Grab’ to Take Over Opioid Lawsuits

8/20/19    Columbus City Attorney Announces Groundbreaking Program to Address Underlying Causes of Crime and Recidivism

8/7/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Issues Policy Dismissing Misdemeanor Marijuana Charges

8/1/19    City of Columbus Announces Victory in Preserving Gun Safety Laws

7/10/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Offering Latest in Series of Free Community Legal Clinics

7/10/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down Two East Side Drug Houses

7/3/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Comments on Trump’s Decision to Back Down on Census Citizenship Question

6/27/19    Columbus City Attorney Secures Conviction in Daycare Child Endangering Case

6/26/19    Columbus Man Sentenced to Jail in Ethnic Intimidation Case

6/19/19    D.E.A. Investigations Help Columbus Shut Down Franklinton ‘Drug Distribution Center’ and Hilltop Drug House

6/13/19    City of Columbus Wins Competitive Grant to Prevent Intimate Partner Homicides

6/10/19    U.S. House of Representatives, 20 States, 13 Municipalities, Advocacy Groups, and Experts File Briefs in Support of City of Columbus v. Trump to Stop Unlawful Sabotage of Affordable Care Act

6/5/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Announces New Bail Reform Initiative

5/31/19    City Attorney, Sheriff Team Up to Shut Down Illegal Massage Parlor Near Worthington

5/30/19    Columbus Shuts Down Two More Drug Houses—with One Known to Be ‘Open for Business’ All Day and All Night

5/28/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman Announce New Local/Federal Initiative to Target Dangerous Domestic Abusers

5/15/19    In a First for Columbus, City Strikes Down Three Drug Houses in One Day

4/23/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Announces Latest in Series of Free Community Legal Clinics

4/16/19    ‘Stooges’ Returns, Antics Ensue - Infamous bar shut down in 2017 began operating again as illegal after-hours club, immediately increasing crime

4/11/19    Infamous Slumlord Back in Jail Following Latest Conviction

4/10/19    City of Columbus Doubles Down Again, Boarding Up Two More Drug Houses

4/4/19    Columbus Cracks Down on Crack Houses, Shutting Down Two in One Day

4/3/19    Columbus City Attorney, Franklin County Sheriff Team Up to Shut Down Illegal Massage Parlor

3/19/19    City of Columbus Sues Ohio to Stop Controversial New Gun Rules from Going into Effect

3/14/19    City of Columbus Shuts Down Violent After-Hours Club in Arlington Park

3/12/19    Columbus City Attorney Dismissing Pending Cases Charged By Officer Andrew Mitchell

3/11/19    Columbus City Attorney Secures Conviction in High Profile Ethnic Intimidation Case

2/28/19    City of Columbus Shutting Down Drug Operation’s West Side Headquarters

2/25/19    Columbus Wins Sweeping Victory Against State of Ohio in Environmental Lawsuit

2/14/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Warns of the Prevalence, Dangers of Stalking

2/13/19    Columbus Division of Police and City Attorney Zach Klein Partner to Round-up Domestic Violence Abusers

2/12/19    Columbus City Attorney Advances Victim Advocacy Services with New Trauma-Informed Care Approach

1/31/19    North Linden Property Becomes First Drug House Targeted for Board-Up in 2019

1/29/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Reacts to Sentencing of Chiropractor Ryan Smith

1/25/19    Coalition of Cities Led by Columbus Amends Lawsuit in Fight Against Trump’s Unlawful Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act

1/24/19    Columbus City Attorney Sues Owner of Historic Franklinton Building

1/15/19    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Welcomes Latest Court Victory Against Trump Administration

1/8/19    Columbus City Attorney’s Year-End Review Reveals Priorities for 2019


2018 Press Releases

12/28/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Announces Dismissal of Crew Lawsuit

12/18/18    Columbus Officials Announce Settlement of Largest Public Nuisance Lawsuit in City’s History

12/14/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down West Side ‘Meth Mart’

11/15/18    City Attorney Looking to Shut Down Two Clintonville Drug Houses (and an RV)

10/17/18    West Side Story: City Attorney Shuts Down Another Drug House

10/15/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Fifth Crime-Plagued Carryout This Year

10/10/18    Columbus City Attorney Secures Three Federal Grants to Expand Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

10/2/18    One Year After Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Columbus City Attorney Appeals Bump Stock Ruling

10/1/18    City Attorney Secures Emergency Order to Board Up West Side Drug ‘Fortress’

9/28/18    Columbus City Attorney Announces Support in Legal Defense of Wage Equity for Women, Minorities

9/24/18    Columbus City Attorney Announces Series of Free Community Legal Clinics

9/19/18    Columbus City Attorney Files Largest Public Nuisance Lawsuit in City’s History

9/13/18    Columbus City Attorney Goes to Court to Shut Two Drug Houses in Two Days

9/13/18    Columbus City Attorney Leads Nationwide Coalition Challenging Federal Government’s Restrictions on Reproductive Health Care Funding

8/24/18    Columbus City Attorney Klein Issues Response to President’s Visit to Children’s Hospital

8/14/18    Columbus City Attorney Files Appeal of Court’s Bump Stock Decision

8/9/18    City of Columbus Secures Emergency Order to Board Up West Side Apartment Building

8/2/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Sues Trump Administration for Sabotaging the Affordable Care Act

8/1/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Announces Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

8/1/18    Columbus City Attorney Leads Nationwide Effort By Municipalities to Support Planned Parenthood’s Lawsuit to Protect Title X Funding

7/27/18    Judge Allows U.S. Census Lawsuit to Move Forward

7/24/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Advocates Against Parole for Defendant Who Shot Officer

7/18/18    Columbus City Attorney Releases Legal Review of ‘Community Defense Act’

7/18/18    Charges Dropped Against Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda

7/16/18    City of Columbus to Provide Free Drug Disposal Bags to Public through Police and Fire

7/13/18    Columbus City Attorney Wins Major Ruling to Keep Guns Away From Violent Criminals

7/13/18    City of Columbus Secures Court Order to Shut Down Short North Carryout

7/5/18    Columbus’ Hotel/Motel Permit Ordinance Leads to ‘Win-Win’ for Community, Operator

7/2/18    Columbus City Attorney Files Legal Brief in Response to Gun Lawsuit

6/29/18    Everytown for Gun Safety Joins Columbus City Attorney in Legal Defense of Gun Reforms - Will Serve as Co-Counsel in Litigation to Protect Recent Regulations

6/21/18    10th District Court of Appeals rules in City’s favor to send Columbus Crew case back to the trial court

6/20/18    City Attorney Klein Offers Support and Help to End Trump Administration Policy of Separating Children and Families

6/13/18    City Attorney Sues Repeat Offender Considered One of Columbus’ Worst Code Violators

6/12/18    City Attorney Klein Commends Sens. Portman, Brown for Empaneling Bipartisan Judicial Commission

6/5/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down North Linden Property that Was Scene of Cocaine and Heroin Trafficking, Drug Overdoses, Prostitution and Violence Against Women

5/8/18    Columbus City Attorney Files Motion to Preserve Evidence Days Before ECOT Computers Are Sold

5/1/18    City of Columbus Joins U.S. Census Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

4/27/18    In Landmark Case, City of Columbus Uses Nuisance Abatement Code to Shut Down Alleged Human Trafficking OperationPrivacy

4/26/18    Columbus City Attorney Releases Memo on Body Worn Cameras and Medical Treatment Privacy

4/12/18    City of Columbus Files Additional Charges Against Disgraced Chiropractor

4/12/18    Joint Investigation with Dublin Police Leads to Emergency Board-Up of ‘Cocaine Condo’

4/10/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Third Crime-Plagued Carryout this Year

4/9/18    Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein Takes Action in Lawsuit to Keep The Crew in Columbus

3/28/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Linden Drug House Used to Drop off ‘Lifeless’ Bodies of Overdose Victims

3/22/18    Columbus City Attorney Approves Charges Against Unlicensed Contractor

3/20/18    Columbus City Attorney Teams Up with Bricker & Eckler to #SaveTheCrew

3/9/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Troubled Carryout in King-Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood

3/2/18    City Attorney Shuts Down Fourth West Side Drug House this Year

2/27/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Troubled Linden Carryout

2/12/18    City of Columbus Shuts Down Linden Drug House that Doubled as Fugitive Hideout

2/9/18    City Attorney and The Ohio State University College of Public Health Convene Meeting to Address Opioid Epidemic at Colleges and Universities

2/1/18    Columbus Joins Legal Effort to Protect Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

1/31/18    Columbus, Franklin County Partners with Nationwide and OhioHealth to Convene Businesses to Address Opioid Epidemic

1/29/18    City Attorney’s Office Reaches Agreement to Demolish West Side Drug House

1/25/18    City Secures Second Drug House Emergency Board-Up in Past Two Days

1/24/18    City Shuts Down West Side Drug House Called a ‘Stark Danger’ to the Community and Police Officers


2017 Press Releases

11/20/17    City Shuts Down 'Deplorable' Drug Den

10/26/17    City Shuts Down Illegal After-Hours Club Operating on West Side

10/19/17    City Sues California Investment Company

9/27/17    City Shuts Down West Side Drug House After More than 1.5 Kilos of Marijuana and Heroin Found During Police Raid

9/21/17    City Shuts Down Violence-Plagued Nightclub with Troubling History of Shootings, Assaults, Violence Against Women

9/7/17    Three Shot at Stooges, City Says Enough

8/4/17    City Shutting Down West Side Drug House Where Stockpile of Weapons, Drugs Found Onsite During Police Raids

8/3/17    City Secures Emergency Board-Up of Troubled Carryout: Scene of Fraud, Shootings, Violent Assaults, Drug Trafficking, Rape

6/30/17    City Boarding Up Seventh West Side Drug House This Year

6/21/17    City Shutting Down Notorious East Side Strip Club

6/20/17    City Targets Drug House in Clintonville

6/7/17    Five Arrest Warrants Issued for the ‘Cologne Cowboy’

6/5/17    In Flurry of Filings, City Attorney Targets Drug Houses in All Five Police Zones

5/23/17    City Looks to Shut Down Hotel Plagued by Shootings, Drug Trafficking, Prostitution

4/21/17    City Attorney’s Latest Neighborhood Documentary Highlights the Hilltop

3/23/17    Partnering with Local Hospitals, AG's Office for Domestic Violence ‘Advanced Training’ Conference

2/8/17    City Attorney Continues Aggressive Efforts to Shut Down Drug Havens

1/12/17    City Attorney Targeting Weinland Park Carry Out Deemed a Chronic Nuisance

1/11/17    Theft Stats Drop in Columbus for First Time in Six Years


2016 Press Releases

12/20/16    City Releases Annual 'Holiday Hoodlums' List

12/09/16    ‘Red Bull Rapscallion’ Latest Example of ‘Niche-Market’ Shoplifting Trend

11/30/16    City Secures Emergency Board-Up of Troubled Carryout

11/15/16    Thief Turning 'Trash' into Treasure

11/04/16    City Attorney Takes ‘Civil’ Approach in Fight Against Drug Epidemic

10/18/16    Woman Stabs Self, Applies for Victim of Crime Funds

10/4/16    Authorities Searching for 'One-Man Demolition Derby'

10/3/16    Clintonville Highlighted in City Attorney's Neighborhood Documentary Series

9/28/16    City Seeking Two-for-One Shutdown of Drug LandLord

9/06/16    Ezekiel Elliott Press Release

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7/19/16    City Seeks to Shut Down Drug Trafficking 'One-Stop Shop'

6/30/16    City Attorney Releases Annual July 4th Public Service Announcement

6/09/16    Eight Arrest Warrants Issued for Grove City Man Known as the 'Faucet Fanatic'

5/04/16    Convicted Felon Accused of 'Goodwill Hunting'

4/21/16    ‘Dental Hygiene Hoodlum’ Wanted after Stealing More than $2500 Worth of Teeth Whitening Kits

4/05/16    Bad Judgment Brings Unwanted Attention to Accused Thief

3/16/16    City Attorney Again Participating in National Campaign to Curb Drunk Driving

1/27/16    Columbus Sees a New Twist on Tailgating

1/14/16    City Attorney Releases 2015 Theft Statistics for Columbus, Ohio


2015 Press Releases

12/30/15    City Attorney Releases Public Service Announcement - "What goes up, must come down"

12/21/15    'Downton Abbey Addict' Arrested

12/8/15    Columbus Releases Its Annual 'Holiday Hoodlums' List

11/12/15    Authorities Searching for the ‘Downton Abbey Addict’

11/5/15    The ‘Paleo Diet Pilferer’ Strikes Again

10/14/15    With Halloween Approaching, ‘Sweet Tooth Swindler’ Still on the Prowl

9/8/15    Authorities Declare: ‘One of the Stupidest Scams We’ve Seen’ Is Proving Effective in Central Ohio

8/3/15    City Attorney’s JusticeNet Program Helps Facilitate Central Ohio Man’s Arrest in Georgia

7/15/15    ‘Energy Drink Addict’ Wanted by Authorities

7/1/15    City Attorney Releases Photo Red Light Camera Procurement Review

6/30/15    City Attorney Releases New Public Service Announcement

6/16/15    Arrest Warrants Issued for Local Man Known as the 'Boy Band Bandit'

5/11/15    City Attorney Launches Season Two of Neighborhood Documentary Series

3/16/15    City Attorney Joining National Effort to Curb Drunk Driving

3/12/15    City Attorney Releases Public Service Announcement

2/23/15    Authorities Searching for the 'Paleo Diet Pilferer'

1/27/15    Braveheart Bandit's Freedom Taken

1/21/15    Domestic Violence and Stalking Unit Helping Implement New Program in Franklin County

1/21/15    Professional Shoplifters Hit Retailers' Bottom Line in 2014 More than Ever Before


2014 Press Releases

11/18/14    City Attorney Releases Second Installment of Neighborhood Documentary Video Series

11/10/14    City Attorney, Humane Society Teaming Up to Search for Clues on Animal Cruelty Cold Cases

10/22/14    'Craiglist Con Man' Strikes Again

8/28/14    City Attorney Launching Neighborhood Documentary Series

8/11/14    City Attorney Partnering with Homeless Coalition

7/15/14    Child Endangering Suspect Arrested

6/25/14    City Shuts Down Third Crime-Plagued Hotel in North Columbus

5/28/14    Authorities Searching for the ‘Soda Pop Swindler’

5/27/14    Hotel Known as 'One Stop Shop' for Drugs and Prostitution Shut Down

5/14/14    Former 'Dirty Dozen' Animal Abuser Wanted Again

4/2/14    City Wins Lawsuit Against Developer Accused of Cutting Down Hundreds of Trees in Reservoir Buffer Zone

3/26/14    City Attorney Chief of Staff Named 'Prosecutor of the Year'

3/5/14    'Hi-Def Hoodlum' Wanted by Authorities

1/22/14    Another Hotel Known for Prostitution and Drug Trafficking Shut Down

1/21/14    Owners of Troubled Hotel Found Guilty of Maintaining Public Nuisance

1/16/14    City Attorney Releases Theft Statistics for 2013


2013 Press Releases

11/6/13    ‘Baby Formula Bandit’ Wanted by Authorities

11/1/13    City Attorney Pfeiffer's Documentary on Domestic Violence Premieres this Weekend

10/7/13    Authorities Searching for Electronics Thief

9/5/13    ‘One-Woman Crime Wave’ Wanted Again

7/31/13    ‘Name-Brand Bandit’ Strikes Again

7/25/13    Arrests Made in Animal Cruelty ‘Summer Sweep’

7/17/13    City Attorney's Office Announces Summer Sweep for Animal Cruelty Cases

7/8/13    Man Accused of Breaking Into His Neighbors' Cars

6/18/13    Authorities Searching for Copper Thief with History of Indecency and Violence

5/1/13    Authorities searching for offender whose criminal career spans decades

4/2/13    Suspect with seven prior OVI convictions considered a danger after trying to avoid number eight

3/8/13    Columbus Chief Prosecutor Appointed to Ohio Supreme Court Commission

3/7/13    Chief of Staff Hedrick Wins Award for Developing Warrant Program

2/26/13    Authorities Searching for 'Craigslist Con Man'

1/15/13    City Attorney’s Office Releases More 2012 Data

1/10/13    City Attorney’s Office Releases 2012 Theft Stats


2012 Press Releases

12/27/12    City Attorney’s Office Releases Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’

11/14/12    Suspect with Twenty Aliases and Nine Dates of Birth Sought by Authorities

10/11/12    Ex-Con Wanted for Stealing, Abandoning Step-Son at the Scene of the Crime

09/14/12    Senior Citizens Help City Attorney Shut Down Illegal After-Hours Club

08/28/12    Authorities Searching for Another Wanted Graffiti Vandal

08/24/12    Notorious Graffiti Vandal to Spend 238 Days in Jail

08/21/12    New Episode of "Fugitive Files" Focuses on Animal Cruelty Warrants

08/01/12    Fugitive Wanted for Violating Probation, Failing to Pay Restitution to Victims

07/09/12    Authorities Searching for Hospital Scrub Scofflaw

06/29/12    City Attorney Takes Fugitive Program to the Airwaves

06/27/12    City Attorney's Effort to Enforce Arrest Warrants Has Far-Flung Impact

06/20/12    Prosecutors hoping to bring ‘petty but persistent’ thief to justice

06/15/12    Seminar on ‘Bath Salts’ and Other Illicit Drugs Being Held Today

06/13/12    City Attorney Pfeiffer Hosting Seminar on ‘Bath Salts’ and Other Illicit Drugs

05/30/12    Suspect Sought by City Attorney's Office Has a History of Violence

05/08/12    Serial Thief Sought by City Attorney's Office

04/17/12    Fugitive Wanted on 10 Charges

03/29/12    Alleged Member of Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Theft Ring Arrested

03/22/12    Assistant City Attorney Appointed to Work with United States Attorney’s Office

03/13/12    Man wanted for beating his two-year old nephew, assaulting his elderly grandmother

03/01/12     City Attorney Receiving Recognition for Use of Social Media

02/22/12     City Attorney Recoups Record Amount

01/19/12     Thief wanted for stealing Dyson vacuum cleaners and deodorant

01/12/12     City Attorney Traces Bad Apples to Washington

01/12/12     City Attorney Tracks Down Absentee Landlords in Tacoma

01/5/12     Police Arrest Fugitive of the Week


2011 Press Releases

12/19/11     Restive Fugitive Wanted for Resisting Arrest

11/15/11     Career Criminal is the City Attorney's Latest Fugitive of the Week

11/3/11     Twitter, Facebook and Media Coverage Help Lead to Fugitive's Arrest

10/31/11     Red-Headed Thief Caught Red-Handed

10/12/11     City Attorney Announces Latest Fugitive of the Week

09/19/11     Beauty Product Bandit Still on the Loose

09/14/11     City Attorney Pfeiffer Unveils a Documentary on Vacant and Abandoned Properties

08/11/11     Columbus' Most Wanted Voyeur In Custody

07/19/11     Columbus City Attorney Targeting Columbus' Most Wanted Voyeur

06/17/11     Graffiti Vandal Wanted in Columbus Located in Northeast Ohio

06/10/11     Strategic Response Bureau Arrests another Fugitive of the Week

05/27/11     Public Pressure Convinces Graffiti Vandal To Surrender

05/23/11     City Attorney Targets Another Offender Running from Justice

05/20/11     Most Wanted Graffiti Vandal in Columbus Arrested

05/09/11     Fugitive Caught after Three Years Running from Justice

05/09/11     Mother/Daughter Band of Thieves Wanted

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