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Dublin celebrates Black History Month by highlighting its place along the Underground Railroad

News Channel 4 - 1 hour 39 min ago

DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) -- As Black History Month rolls on, we continue to honor the achievements and struggles of African Americans throughout our nation's history.

What you may not know is that the City of Dublin has deep ties to the Underground Railroad and several unique landmarks in the city honor the legacies of past trailblazers today.

"If you look closely, you will see a nod to our history and our Underground Railroad history," said Christine Nardecchia, the director of Outreach and Engagement for the City of Dublin.

Nardecchia is describing The Watch House that sits at the entrance of Coffman Park and the Dublin Community Recreation Center, and the nod Nardecchia is referring to is a reference to the helping hand lent to slaves seeking their freedom in the mid 1800s.

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"Throughout history, the Scioto River has been a really important thoroughfare to many cultures, particularly during the time of the underground railroad," Nardecchia said.

The Dublin Arts Council on Riverside Drive is situated right along the Scioto River, not far from the Dr. Eli Pinney House in historic Dublin. Pinney's home served as a safe place for slaves along the Underground Railroad.

For years, visitors could still see an opening from the tiny brass pipe he installed in the home, called a listening tube.

"Conductors were able to communicate and those seeking their freedom from the south up through Canada were able to find refuge in his stables and barns behind his home," Nardecchia said.

Thanks to the efforts of residents and the Dublin Historical Society, city leaders have been able to preserve historical landmarks like the Pinney House and those at Lucy Depp Park not far away.

"That bell was an incredible symbol for ringing that bell when it was safe to come out," Nardecchia said.

Abraham and Lucy Depp were Black farmers whose home also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad in the nearby town of Shawnee Hills.

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"I think it's a sense of pride, a sense of comfort, and we are a global community of choice here," Nardecchia said about the city's commitment to celebrating its diverse history.

In addition, Dublin has two elementary schools named after these families and the legacies they leave behind, and with three weeks left to celebrate Black History Month, city leaders encourage residents to both educate and participate.

"In order for people to thrive and live their best lives, it's incumbent upon every community partner who facilitates our lifestyles here, to keep that history and vibrancy front and center," Nardecchia said.

Whether it's supporting Black-owned businesses, reading a book, or watching a movie or documentary, Dublin officials said there are many ways to participate in Black History Month. For events in Dublin or suggestions on other ways you can participate, visit the City of Dublin's website.

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Suspects sought in death of man found in Tesla trunk

News Channel 4 - 2 hours 36 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Columbus police have released surveillance photos and video of two people they said are connected to the death of a Maryland man.

The body of Hajid Jordan, 44, of Howard County, Maryland, was found in the trunk of a Tesla Model 3 that was abandoned in the parking lot of a business on the 600 block of Hilliard Rome Road on Jan. 24. Police said the Tesla was abandoned 10 days earlier, with the registration showing it was a rental car.

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Jordan’s body was found with a gunshot wound, police said.

The Columbus Police Homicide Bureau said the surveillance video shows two people walking away from the car.

Anyone with any information can contact Columbus police at 614-645-0907, email Det. Kelley at tkelley@columbuspolice.org, or call Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477 (TIPS).

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After 3 bodies found in Dublin, coroner determines who used gun

News Channel 4 - 2 hours 39 min ago

See a previous report on the suspected murder-suicide at a Dublin home in the video player above.

DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) -- An autopsy report has ruled a 54-year-old man died by suicide after he was found dead with his wife and son in their Dublin home last month.

Rajan Rajaram, 54, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the report from the Franklin County Coroner's Office. Rajaram, along with Santhalatha Rajan, 51, and Anish Rajan Rajaram, 19, were found dead in their home in the 7000 block of Balfoure Circle in January.

Investigators said the victims were all family: a mother, father and son.

Officers went to the home just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 18 after a friend of one of the residents called to request a well-being check. Detectives said in their initial investigation that all three died from apparent gunshot wounds in a suspected murder-suicide.

Officers did not see signs of forced entry inside the home. They also believe the bodies had been inside the house for several days. The three bodies were identified two days later on Jan. 20.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline available 24/7. To reach the 24/7 Crisis Text Helpline, text 4HOPE to 741741.

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Dollar General agrees to 'price check' its Ohio stores, attorney general says

News Channel 4 - 2 hours 46 min ago

See a recent report on Ohio Dollar General stores temporarily closing in the video player above.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - Dollar Generals in Ohio have work to do after reaching an agreement with the state attorney general.

NBC4 investigated local stores on claims of discrepancies in their pricing between what was advertised on shelves and what was charged at the checkout lanes. When county auditors looked into the reports and confirmed the issue, Yost sued Dollar General in November for using deceptive pricing practices. Based on testing from the Butler Department of Weights and Measures, the stores were overcharging at rates ranging from 16.7% to 88.2%.

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Dollar General denied the accusations in court filings, citing a lack of proof and also referencing other regulations that actually permit them to overcharge. However, following a brief shutdown of its Ohio stores in January, the corporation has reached an agreement with the attorney general.

"This is just a step in the process," Yost said. "Litigation is not over, but this is a step in the right direction."

Butler County Common Pleas Court issued a stipulated order as part of the agreement, which requires Dollar General to take steps to match shelf tags to register prices. Employees at the stores will also have to only charge what was advertised on a store shelf if the customer notices they are being charged more at checkout.

Dragon Donuts closes its location near Grandview Heights

The company will have to train all of its employees on the price match policy and also put signs in its Ohio stores to inform customers about it as well. District managers for Dollar General will also be required to check prices on 25 store products, in each store in the state, every 45 days.

The agreement averts a temporary restraining order that would have forced Dollar General to charge the prices advertised. Dollar General also did not have to admit liability, or that a price discrepancy existed in any instance, as part of the agreement.

Read the court order by clicking here.

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Another $237M granted to Honda battery plant in Fayette County

News Channel 4 - 3 hours 12 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's privatized economic development office has finalized an agreement with Honda to infuse $237 million into development of a massive battery plant project that the Japanese automaker plans to use to transform the state into its North American electric vehicle hub.

JobsOhio posted details of the package of three grants on Wednesday. They include a $140 million economic development grant for the plant Honda is building jointly with LG Energy Solution of South Korea, a $10 million workforce grant for the project itself, and $87 million to retool Honda's existing facilities.

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The money, payable over the next 10 years, comes on top of the approximately $156.3 million in tax incentives and infrastructure improvements that the state of Ohio is putting toward the project.

Officials say the battery plant will be located in rural Fayette County, about 40 miles southwest of the state capital of Columbus.

Honda and LG have agreed to create 2,527 new jobs and more than $140 million in new payroll, including 2,200 jobs through the Honda-LGES battery plant and 327 through Honda’s retooling. Honda has said it is investing $700 million and adding 300 jobs at three of its own Ohio factories to prepare them to start making EVs and components.

Honda and LG have committed at least $4.2 billion in capital investment to the two efforts. JobsOhio said that amounts to $17.72 for every $1 it is investing.

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Mild week, rain and wind Thursday

News Channel 4 - 4 hours 48 min ago
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

Skies will turn cloudy through this evening, with temperatures in the mid-40s.

Low pressure will travel northeast through the mid-Mississippi Valley tonight. Showers will become more numerous overnight and linger Thursday morning.

A high wind watch and wind advisory are in effect Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A narrow line of embedded storms could bring strong winds ahead of a cold front in the forenoon.

Winds will continue to be strong in the afternoon and evening, as low pressure tracks across Lower Michigan. Temperatures will peak near 60 degrees.

Friday will be mainly cloudy and cooler. Upper level low pressure will shift east, pulling down colder air into Ohio early in the weekend, with a few snow showers. Quick moderation will follow on Sunday, with sunshine.

A secondary low could bring additional rain later on Friday, ending as flurries early in the weekend, with the return of seasonably cold air.

Forecast
  • Wednesday: Cloudy, little cooler. High 47
  • Tonight: Periods of rain. Low 43, rising to 50
  • Thursday: Showers early, windy, warmer. High 62
  • Friday: Mostly cloudy, brisk. High 46 (38)
  • Saturday: Early flurries, mostly cloudy, colder. High 38 (29)
  • Sunday: Sunny, mild. High 47 (24)
  • Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 52 (33)
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Mild day ahead of rain & strong wind

News Channel 4 - 4 hours 56 min ago
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Partly sunny, high 49
  • Tonight: Rain, mild, 43
  • Thursday: Warm, windy, rainy, high 60
  • Friday: Showers later, high 48
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, cooler, high 37
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, high 46
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Wednesday!

It's a mild day ahead of the next round of rain. 

Tonight, a warm front will move through the area  kicking up a sting southerly breeze and brining in rain showers. Rain will start after 9 p.m. and continue into Thursday’s morning drive.

Rain showers will continue through the afternoon as wind gusts reach over 50 mph.  Because of this, high wind watches are set to go into effect Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Rain showers will taper off Thursday night and we’ll be left with a mostly cloud sky.  Temperatures will stay seasonally mild on Friday with a low in the mid to upper 30s and highs in the mid to upper 40s.  

Colder air moves in for the start of the weekend.  Highs will only reach the mid to upper 30s with a few flurries.  

Have a great day! 

-Liz 

Have a great day!

-Liz

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Intel in Ohio: What jobs in New Albany are available?

News Channel 4 - 5 hours 57 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Intel semiconductor fabrication plants under construction just east of Columbus got a nod -- for the second year in a row -- from President Joe Biden during his Tuesday night State of the Union.

“Outside of Columbus, Ohio, Intel is building semiconductor factories on a thousand acres -- a literal field of dreams,” Biden said as he touted domestic manufacturing jobs during the prepared remarks in front of Congress.

Excitement about the semiconductor company's growing presence in central Ohio also buzzed at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Tuesday morning, where attendees were prompted to give Intel Ohio General Manager Jim Evers a standing ovation as he took the stage.

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Construction is still in its early stages. Intel has previously said it plans for the mega-site, recently officially given the moniker of "Ohio One," to be online by the end of 2025.

But since July -- around when construction began -- job applications have come online to fill at least some of the 7,000 construction and 3,000 full-time roles the chipmaker has routinely said this project will create.

Job listings at Intel, Bechtel as of early February

Gilbane is almost finished with excavation work at the site of the eventual plants, Evers said Tuesday. 

“Now, our great GC [general contractor] Bechtel takes the baton, and has already been mobilizing onto the site,” he told the crowd at Mershon Auditorium. 

As of Tuesday, Bechtel’s website lists 35 roles with openings at the site in New Albany. Those positions include survey technicians, field technicians, civil field engineers, concrete field engineers, various superintendents, and project analysts, among others. 

The engineering company announced it had won the bid to lead the construction of the chip-making plants in late November.

Separate from Bechtel's construction postings, Intel’s jobs page also currently has 35 roles with openings posted that are categorized as in Ohio, all of which are either entry-level, full-time opportunities or internships. This is an expansion of the 14 openings the tech firm had available in July 2022.

The previous postings were oriented toward management, but the latest positions are geared toward 2023 college graduates. Intel listed them as for people who earned either their bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree in a number of fields of study, including materials science; chemical, electrical, or mechanical engineering; computer science, physics, and chemistry.

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Dragon Donuts closes its location near Grandview Heights

News Channel 4 - 6 hours 40 min ago

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A local donut shop chain has closed the doors to its location branded for Grandview Heights.

Dragon Donuts confirmed on Feb. 1 the closure of its shop, located at 1288 W. 5th Ave. in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood, on social media. It did not give a specific date for when the store would shut down, but as of Tuesday the company had disabled online ordering for that location.

"This decision did not come lightly. Unfortunately, our Grandview location will be closed permanently," the company wrote.

Nearly a year prior to its recent shutdown, the store near Grandview also suffered a burglary. Columbus police said a suspect broke in through the front door and left with the cash register and a lock box, which both contained money.

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A husband-and-wife team first opened Dragon Donuts in 2018 at a Grove City storefront, and specialized in made-to-order cake doughnuts and offered toppings including traditional glazes, powdered sugar, peanut butter and bacon. From there, it expanded in 2020 to both an Easton Town Center location and one near Grandview Heights. Its debut location in Grove City has also since shut down.

However, not all hope is lost for Dragon Donuts fans. The chain, while now down to one store, confirmed it would be keeping that one open.

"You can still get your donut fix at our Easton location! We hope to see all of your faces," the company added in its closing post.

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Ohio seeks federal funding to study Amtrak passenger route

News Channel 4 - 7 hours 33 min ago

A previous report can be seen in the player above.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Another step towards high-speed rails in Columbus was made this week by the governor's office.

Gov. Mike DeWine's office is seeking federal grant money to study the revival of two Amtrak passenger rail routes connecting Ohio cities. Those routes are 3C+D Corridor route, which would connect Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton, and a Cleveland-Toledo-Detroit route. DeWine's office have directed the Ohio Rail Development Commission to apply for this first phase.

“This is the first step of many in this process. We have a lot of questions that need to be answered before we make any commitments,” said DeWine in a statement. “The information we gather from this effort will help us make informed decisions about federal opportunities for passenger rail in Ohio.”

Should the application succeed, $500,000 would be given for each proposed route from the Federal Railroad Administration to develop a plan. The application is due by March 27.

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Proposals to expand Amtrak services in the state developed momentum in May after DeWine asked the Ohio Rail Development Commission to explore the feasibility and cost of Amtrak’s expansion.

In January, Amtrak released a plan of the location and stops of a potential Columbus station, planning to locate it at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, near the intersection of High Street and Nationwide Boulevard. Amtrak's plan also includes proposed new station in Delaware and out-of-state expansion to Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.

More than a decade ago, a similar proposal from Gov. John Kasich did not come to fruition due to maintenance costs. To see Amtrak's full proposal, follow this link.

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42-year-old suspect named in deadly west Columbus shooting

News Channel 4 - 8 hours 44 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Police have issued an arrest warrant after a 33-year-old man was shot and killed in west Columbus last month.

Ron D. Robinson, 42, has been identified as a suspect in connection to the murder of Justin A. Douglas, 33, and the assault of another 33-year-old victim, according to the Columbus Division of Police.

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Officers originally responded at 5:31 p.m. on Jan. 6 to the 3600 block of West Horizons Drive after a report of a shooting in the area. Police found Douglas suffering from a gunshot wound and he was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m.

The Columbus Police Homicide Unit is currently investigating and ask anyone with information to call 614-645-4730 or contact the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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Columbus police searching for two home invasion, robbery suspects

News Channel 4 - 9 hours 5 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Columbus police are seeking assistance in locating a pair of home-invasion suspects accused of robbing a family at gunpoint in South Linden.

On Monday, police responded to a 911 call on the 1200 block of East 22nd Avenue. The victims, a family of four adults and one toddler, told police they were held at gunpoint while two people removed valuables from their home.

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The victims reported that the suspects threatened to kill them if they didn’t give them money. The suspects fled the scene and headed east toward Medina Avenue.

  • Columbus police are searching for two individuals suspected of a home-invasion, robbery in South Linden (Courtesy/Columbus Division of Police)
  • Columbus police are searching for two individuals suspected of a home-invasion, robbery in South Linden (Courtesy/Columbus Division of Police)
  • Columbus police are searching for two individuals suspected of a home-invasion, robbery in South Linden (Courtesy/Columbus Division of Police)
  • Columbus police are searching for two individuals suspected of a home-invasion, robbery in South Linden (Courtesy/Columbus Division of Police)

The police robbery unit asking help in identifying the suspects pictured above. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Robbery Unit at 614-645-4665 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477 (TIPS).

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Ohio proposal would require parent's approval for child's social media use

News Channel 4 - 9 hours 17 min ago

A story about the study of children's use of social media can be seen in the player above.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Under an Ohio proposal that's part of the state budget plan, social media platforms would have to get a parent's approval before letting a child 16 or younger sign up.

The Social Media Parental Notification Act was submitted as part of Gov. Mike DeWine's 2023-24 executive budget. If it becomes law, social media sites would have 90 days to get in accordance.

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Companies like Facebook (Meta), Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat, and other social media and online gaming apps would be required to create a separate splash page when someone enters their age as 16 or younger. The app would then be required to obtain parental approval and send a letter with written confirmation to the parents.

In the event a parent or legal guardian doesn't allow their child to use the social media app, the company must "deny access or use of the online website, online service, online product, or online feature by the child," according to an information sheet from DeWine's office.

The proposal is being advocated by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

"Social media companies are making billions from products that can be very harmful to our kids, [and] we need to give parents more tools to protect their children," he wrote in a social media post.

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Man accused of armed robbery at Whitehall Speedway

News Channel 4 - 10 hours 40 min ago

WHITEHALL, Ohio (WCMH) -- Police are looking for a man they say held up a Speedway store clerk in Whitehall at gunpoint and stole cash.

According to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, police went to the Speedway gas station in the 4700 block of East Broad Street about 2 a.m. Jan. 20 after reports of a robbery. When police arrived, the male suspect was gone and officers spoke to the store clerk.

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The clerk told police the man entered the store wearing a grey sweatshirt and a black facemask only showing his eyes. He grabbed a canister of Pringles and had the item scanned by the clerk. Once the till drawer opened, the suspect held the clerk at gunpoint and demanded the money inside the drawer.

The clerk gave the suspect the bills, which he put inside a backpack. The man then left the store with police unaware if he drove away or left on foot. Additionally, the clerk told police the same suspect came to the store the night before and appeared to be casing the business for a robbery. Photos captured on surveillance video of the suspect can be seen below.

  • Courtesy Photo/Central Ohio Crime Stoppers
  • Courtesy Photo/Central Ohio Crime Stoppers
  • Courtesy Photo/Central Ohio Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information on the suspects.

Anyone with information can call the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477 or send a tip to stopcrime.org. All tips are anonymous.

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BalletMet's 'Dorothy and the Prince of Oz' performing this weekend

News Channel 4 - 11 hours 40 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A ballet inspired by the events after 1939's "The Wizard of Oz" is returning to Columbus this weekend for six performances.

BalletMet's "Dorothy and the Prince of Oz" is performing at the Ohio Theatre this Friday through Sunday. The family-friendly ballet is returning after its debut during the 2017-18 season, choreographed by BalletMet’s Artistic Director Edward Liang

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"It is its own story -- completely different from 'The Wizard of Oz' -- and that’s what makes it so fun," said Liang. "Most people know the story of the wizard, but not many know what happened after that story concluded. This ballet tells that story."

  • "Dorothy and the Prince of Oz" is performing at the Ohio Theatre this Friday through Sunday. (Courtesy Photo/Jennifer Zmuda)
  • "Dorothy and the Prince of Oz" is performing at the Ohio Theatre this Friday through Sunday. (Courtesy Photo/Jennifer Zmuda)
  • "Dorothy and the Prince of Oz" is performing at the Ohio Theatre this Friday through Sunday. (Courtesy Photo/Jennifer Zmuda)

Featuring life-sized puppetry and extravagant costumes, the show follows Dorothy as she is summoned by Glinda the Good Witch to save the Kingdom of Oz. Throughout her journey, Dorothy falls in love with the prince as she tries to break the spell cast on him.

In addition to standard performances, BalletMet is allowing theatre-goers to view the production's senior dress rehearsal on Friday morning. View all performance times below:

  • Feb. 10: 11 a.m. senior dress rehearsal and 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 11: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 12: 2 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $38.70 to $112.20 and can be purchased online here and at the CAPA Ticket Center, 39 E. State St. To purchase tickets by phone, call 614-229-4848.

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Residents voice concern about proposed data center facility in New Albany

News Channel 4 - 12 hours 10 min ago

NEW ALBANY, Ohio (WCMH) -- Mark Baranoski observes his creek every day. 

The Blacklick Creek is not just his -- but about 500 feet of it runs through the backyard of the Plain Township house he and his wife, Emily Eby, bought more than 30 years ago. Baranoski said he looks for noticeable changes in the stream of water, which is more generally surrounded by development projects in a variety of stages.

“We just want to protect the creek,” said Baranoski, who also at one time volunteered for the watershed partnership Friends of Blacklick Creek.

Baranoski and about a dozen other residents attended an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency information session and public hearing Monday night in New Albany that went over wetland permit applications proposing sizable data centers on both sides of Beech Road. 

Several voiced concerns about effects to the wetlands, as well as the Blacklick Creek, which flows directly south of the proposed project area.

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In January, Amazon Data Services bought close to 400 acres of land at three connected plots along Beech Road, touching the Franklin County border. The purchase totaled more than $116 million, according to Licking County auditor’s records. 

But the permit applications to construct on those same parcels, which include wetlands, were submitted to the EPA in November by MBJ Holdings, a subsidiary of The New Albany Company -- the real estate developer with a portfolio of projects including the New Albany International Business Park.

A spokesperson for Amazon previously declined to comment on its plans for the recently acquired land. The e-commerce and IT service management company already has seven data centers in central Ohio, according to Baxtel, an online tracking resource. Three are in New Albany. 

The two EPA filings do not disclose who would be running the data centers, either. But they describe facilities, one with 18 data center buildings and another with 11, to the east and west of Beech Road -- projects totaling 12.2 million square feet.

“It just feels like we are at a funeral”

Baranoski was only one of two people to offer official public comment at the Monday meeting, saying he worries about run-off from construction. “I am very concerned with the continued degradation of the Blacklick Creek,” he said. 

Earlier in the meeting, one resident remarked that each public meeting about surrounding projects has felt like a funeral. 

The public comment period on the wetland applications closes Monday. According to an EPA spokesperson, the agency “will conduct a technical review of the permit applications and consider public comments” -- with a final decision coming no later than early June. 

Data center construction could begin as soon as spring 2023, according to the EPA filings, and Amazon does not necessarily need to wait for the permitting process to finish to kick off construction. 

As long as it possesses a construction storm water permit, it is authorized to work on the upland areas that would not affect the wetlands, according to the spokesperson.

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LeBron James becomes NBA's all-time leading scorer

News Channel 4 - 12 hours 28 min ago

LOS ANGELES (WCMH) -- A seemingly unbreakable basketball record that has stood for nearly 40 years has been broken by an Akron, Ohio native.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James became the NBA's all-time leading scorer in regular season play after posting 38 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. James' performance got him up to 38,390 career points to pass hall of fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who broke Wilt Chamberlain's record back in 1984.

The 38-year-old from Akron, who needed 36 points to pass Abdul-Jabbar, broke the mark in his 1,409th career regular season game, 150 games less than what it took Abdul-Jabbar to reach his 38,387 career points. Besides being the all-time leading scorer, James is also the only NBA player to reach at least 10,000 points, rebounds, and assists in his career.

NBA All-Time scoring leaders PlayerTotal PointsLeBron James (2003-Present)38,390 (18.5 seasons)Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969-1989)38,387 (20 seasons)Karl Malone (1985-2004)36,928 (19 seasons)Kobe Bryant (1996-2016)33,643 (20 seasons)Michael Jordan (1984-1993, 1995-1998, 2001-2003)32,292 (15 seasons)Dirk Nowitzki (1998-2019)31,560 (21 seasons)Wilt Chamberlain (1959-1973)31,419 (15 seasons)Shaquille O'Neal (1992-2011)28,596 (20 seasons)Carmelo Anthony (2003-Present)28,289 (20 seasons)Moses Malone (1976-1995)27,409 (20 seasons)

Since James was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 out of St. Vincent/St. Mary's high school, he has won four NBA Finals, won four NBA MVPs and Finals MVPs, has been named an All-Star 19 times, made all-NBA first team 13 times, won two Olympic gold medals with the USA, was named to the NBA's 75th anniversary team last year, and is now the top scorer in the league's history.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, hands the ball to Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James after passing Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

He will also certainly become the first NBA player to reach 40,000 career points, a feat he is likely to accomplish this season.

James will be off to Utah soon to play in his 19th NBA All-Star Game and sixth straight as a captain. Following the break, he will look to rally the Lakers towards an NBA Playoff berth as Los Angeles sits two games outside the top-eight in the Western Conference.

The Lakers lost to the visiting Thunder 133-130.

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Alcohol suspected in a Marion County collision, killing one, injuring two

News Channel 4 - 12 hours 40 min ago

MARION, OHIO (WCMH) – A man is dead after a head-on collision on Marion-Cardington Road East in Pleasant Township and alcohol is suspected to be a factor, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The OHSP is investigating a crash in Marion County involving a 2007 Dodge Dakota, which was heading west on Marion-Cardington Road, near State Route 423. The Dodge drove left of the centerline into the eastbound lane, where it struck a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. The Cruze careened off of the south side of the road and hit an embankment.

Pronounced dead at the scene was 30-year-old Tyler Johnson of Marion. OSHP said Johnson was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

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The Dodge drove off the north side of the road and overturned injuring the driver and a juvenile girl. The driver was taken to Marion General Hospital with serious injuries and later transferred to Grant Medical Center. The juvenile passenger was also taken to Marion General before being taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She escaped with only minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation and the OHSP said alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

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Ohio's only Black-owned bank gets approval to open in Columbus

News Channel 4 - 13 hours 10 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce was cleaning pepper spray off his skin in the summer of 2020 when a metaphorical lightbulb sparked above his head.

The Black elected official – who had just been maced by Columbus police while peacefully protesting the murder of George Floyd – wanted to do more to uplift central Ohio’s communities of color. That’s why, two years ago, Boyce devised an ambitious plan to open what has become the only Black-owned bank in Ohio in an effort to boost Black households’ access to capital.

“The unbanked and underbanked are disproportionately in low-income communities,” Boyce said. “So our goal is to provide people with a pathway to access those resources.”

Commissioner Kevin BoyceKevin L. Boyce (Courtesy Photo/Franklin County Commissioners)

Boyce’s vision culminated in the creation of Adelphi Bank, which earned its official stamp of approval from the Federal Depository Insurance Corporation on Jan. 18, according to the bank’s CEO Jordan Miller, the former president of Fifth-Third Central Ohio.

The bank’s name and its King-Lincoln Bronzeville headquarters at 800 E. Long St. were intentionally selected as a callback to the former Adelphi Loan and Savings Company, which became central Ohio’s first Black-owned bank in the 1920s but defaulted during the Great Depression, Boyce said.

“It was a place where African-American entrepreneurs, homeowners and residents were able to access capital to do things like start a business or buy a home, so we picked up that legacy and started there,” Boyce said.

To date, there are 20 Black-owned depository institutions in the U.S., according to the FDIC. Besides Adelphi Bank, which is slated to open to the public in coming months, there are none in Ohio.

As white people are more likely to hold leadership roles at U.S. financial institutions, they’re also more likely to have a bank account, according to a 2021 report from the Federal Reserve. At 27%, Black adults are the most underbanked demographic in the country, the report found.

At the end of 2020, the homeownership for Black families sat at 44% compared with 75% for white families, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which Boyce said is a problem since homeownership is key to generating wealth.

“At traditional institutions, who they are lending money to for mortgages and the underwriting process, generally speaking about 1% are for African-Americans,” Boyce said. “What that means is that the wealth gap is not growing at the pace that we need it to grow at to keep up with the growth of society.”

From redlining to restrictive covenants – which functioned to control where Black people could live or open a business – Miller said long-held distrust of financial institutions among Black households also drives the racial disparity in bank usage.

Miller’s father fell victim to banks’ discriminatory lending when he was denied a mortgage in the 1950s, he said, and a similar fate often rang true for Black business owners. 

“If you were a African-American citizen, and you only sell your goods and services to other African-American citizens, you’re going to get capped out pretty quick, right? But if you’re a majority citizen, you can sell to anybody,” Miller said.

Like the Italians who stepped in to help Miller’s dad finance his home, Boyce said he envisions Adelphi Bank – whose board and executive leadership is 95% Black – as a beacon for central Ohio’s communities of color looking to access capital.

“Our sort of motto is ‘It’s not a no but how?’” Boyce said. “How do we get to where you need to be to access the resources you need for college, or a mortgage, or a car loan or a business loan?”

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Police recover rearview mirror of car that killed cyclist in Eastland

News Channel 4 - 13 hours 17 min ago

COLUMBUS, OHIO (WCMH) – A man riding his bike in the Eastland area died after being hit by a car Tuesday night.

Columbus police said that at 9:14 p.m. a cyclist riding southbound on South Hamilton Road was hit by an unknown car also traveling south on South Hamilton Road at the intersection of Refugee Road. The crash knocked the man off of his bicycle and he was pronounced dead at 9:22 p.m.

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The unknown vehicle fled the scene before police arrived, but a white-colored, passenger side rearview mirror matching a 2009-2013 model Toyota Camry was recovered. The crash remains under investigation.

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