A 24-year-old Columbus man faces felony charges after Worthington Division of Police officers reportedly found him unconscious in his vehicle on the lawn of a local school building – with a gun in arm's reach.
Worthington police officers responded to a report of a vehicle on the front lawn of Worthington Christian High School, 6670 Worthington Galena Road, at 5 a.m. June 24.
They found the man "slumped over the wheel" in the front seat and the vehicle still running.
They woke the man and found a handgun on the passenger seat.
The man was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and police are requesting a grand-jury indictment for a fifth-degree felony count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
In other recent Worthington police incident reports:
* A Worthington resident told police someone stole $160,000 from her retirement account.
The woman reported the theft the morning of June 21. She told police the theft occurred between December 2014 and March 2016.
She told police she believes a former spouse stole the money by forging her signature.
* A 13-year-old Worthington girl told her parents an elderly man she did not know approached her near the corner of Dublin-Granville Road and Oxford Street on the afternoon of May 31 and asked her to "come to his house."
The incident was reported on the afternoon of June 22.
* Police received three more reports of stolen or forged checks that were sent through the mail from June 15 to 19. Since early 2017, many residents and others from surrounding communities have reported payroll checks being stolen and forged.
The thefts are being investigated by the local office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Despite 13 people being indicted on mail-theft and bank-fraud charges in October 2017, the case still remains open and is being investigated, said Worthington police Sgt. Jim Moran.
He said he hopes residents would begin avoiding unsecured outdoor mail drops.
"People need to be aware that there's a situation that's being investigated," Moran said. "Mail your mail inside the post office."