A Grove City man died Nov. 27 one day after being assaulted in Franklinton.
William E. Taylor, 55, of Wynridge Drive, died at Mount Carmel West from injuries he suffered after being beaten in the head and body with what Columbus police reported as a large metal or wooden object, possibly a pole or board.
The incident occurred just after 9 a.m. Nov. 26 on Rodgers Avenue just north of West Gay Street. A witness reported the incident.
Police arrested Joseph L. Williams, 51, of Virginia Avenue, Columbus, at the scene. He was initially charged with felonious assault, but the charge was revised to murder after Taylor died.
Grove City police responded to Taylor's home Nov. 26 after his mother reported her car, which she had allowed her son to drive, was missing.
The woman told police Taylor had taken the car Nov. 23 with the understanding he would return it on Nov. 26. She said the whereabouts of her car, valued at $25,000, was unknown.
* A Columbus woman was arrested Dec. 3 on a felony charge of receiving stolen property after police discovered her sitting in a stolen car in a store's parking lot in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road.
While driving through the parking lot at 12:45 a.m. an officer spotted someone's foot resting on the car's dashboard. He noticed there was no front license plate on the car. He drove to the rear of the vehicle and observed a temporary tag. When he checked the number on the tag, he discovered the car had been reported stolen out of Columbus.
The officer approached the car and found Taylor K. Alexander, 19, of Canonby Place, Columbus, sitting in the back seat. Alexander said she was waiting for two friends, a man and a woman, who were in the store. She said her male friend was the car's owner. She said she had met the man earlier that night on a dating app.
A man and woman exited the store and began walking toward the car, but walked past the vehicle. The male kept looking back at police, even after he had walked a good distance past the vehicle. Alexander told police the female was her friend, but she didn't know the man.
Another officer arrived and detained the man and woman. Both of them told police consistent stories that Alexander was in possession of the car and had driven them to the store. When an officer patted down the man, he found a bank card belonging to another person. The man told police he had found the card in the store and was planning to turn it in.
Alexander was arrested and charged after she admitted to police she had stolen the car two days earlier from a hotel in Columbus.
The car's owner was notified her car had been recovered.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* Police were dispatched at 9:42 a.m. Dec. 2 to a store in the 3200 block of Broadway on a report of a breaking and entering.
An employee of a nearby restaurant told police a customer had reported the store's front window had been shattered. The restaurant employee said the window was intact when she arrived for work at 7 a.m. and another restaurant employee said she noticed the damage when she arrived at 9:30 a.m.
The store owner arrived and after checking reported that a laptop computer, two tablets and at least two demonstration phones were missing. Miscellaneous merchandise had been removed from the shelves and strewn around the store.
* Officers responded just after 1:30 a.m. Dec. 4 to a restaurant in the 3500 block of Broadway after a burglar alarm sounded.
When they arrived, officers observed that the front glass had been broken. They searched the building, but found no one inside. They found pry marks on the front door and noted that a cash register drawer had been pried open.
The restaurant owner arrived and confirmed that a gun, valued at $400, and an unknown amount of money had been stolen from the office.
* A Phoenix, Arizona, woman called police Dec. 6 to report her SUV had been stolen while she was shopping at a store in the 5900 block of Hoover Road.
The woman told a dispatcher she had been in the store for about 15 minutes and came out to find her vehicle was missing.
Just as an officer was arriving at the scene, the woman reported she found her SUV in an aisle of the parking lot and that two male teens had exited the vehicle and ran north toward the Buckeye Ranch.
Officers were unable to find the two suspects. Representatives from the Buckeye Ranch were notified and told police there had been no recent reports of students leaving the facility.
The victim looked in her SUV and told police her purse had been stolen. She said she had left her vehicle unlocked with a spare key in the center console while she went into the store.
* An employee of a Columbus construction company reported Nov. 27 that a lock was cut off of a box and several tools stolen at a construction site in the 5300 block of North Meadows Drive. Total loss was $2,139.
* Officers responded Dec. 1 to Richard Avenue Elementary School, 3646 Richard Ave., on a vandalism report. A custodian told police someone had shot a pellet gun at a door on the north side of the school, breaking the glass pane and causing $500 damage. The incident occurred between 1 and 2:35 p.m. Dec. 1.
* A resident in the 2500 block of Hilldale Drive told police several pieces of jewelry were stolen from her apartment. The items were stolen between 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Total loss was $11,509.
* Officers responded at 6:16 a.m. Nov. 25 to a breaking and entering and theft in progress at a business in the 5300 block of North Meadows Drive.
Security observed two male suspects on video surveillance taking copper from a construction area.
One suspect had left the scene on foot and the other left in a maroon car, driving north on North Meadows. The vehicle was last seen after it reversed course and headed south toward London-Groveport Road.
A police officer observed the car, which had no license plate light, and stopped the vehicle at the intersection of North Meadows and London-Groveport.
The driver was identified as Anthony Goodwin Jr., 32, of Knights Bridge Drive East, Pickerington.
Goodwin told police he was driving to a friend's house. Officers observed a duffel bag on the back seat with a large copper pipe laying beneath the bag. Other pieces of copper pipe were found inside the bag.
A security officer from the business came to the scene and identified the copper as being stolen from the construction site.
Goodwin was arrested and charged with a felony count of breaking and entering and taken to the Franklin County jail. The other suspect remained at large.
The total value of the stolen copper was $1,295.
* Officers responded at 2:30 a.m. Nov. 25 to a report of a robbery that had occurred at a store in the 3100 block of Broadway.
A clerk told police the male suspect entered the store wearing a skull mask, black hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, black sweatpants and gold reflective sunglasses.
The man demanded the clerk give him five packs of cigarettes and all the money in the store safe. The clerk said he complied, giving the man the cigarettes and about $135 in cash.
He said the suspect had his hand in the waistband of his sweatpants, implying he had a weapon.
Officers searched the area, but were not able to find anyone matching the suspect's description.
* A resident in the 4200 block of Kathryn Place told police her pickup truck, valued at $500, was stolen from an apartment parking lot.
She said the theft occurred between Oct. 26 and Nov. 9 while she was in the hospital. She said she originally thought the truck may have been repossessed because she missed a payment. An officer contacted the auto loan business, which confirmed the vehicle had not been repossessed.