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Columbus ranks sixth-best city for commuters

News Channel 4 - 33 min 31 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Of all the metro areas in the United States, Columbus takes the No. 6 spot when it comes to commuting.

An analysis from Clever Real Estate positioned Ohio’s capital city as the sixth-best metro area in the country for commuters, as the 82% of Columbus residents who drive to work spend less of their annual income on commuting costs while enjoying a quicker commute than the average U.S. resident.

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Using data from the country’s 50 most populous metro areas, the Clever Real Estate study based its rankings on a handful of factors, including the annual fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, hours lost to traffic, and the distance of the commute.

“I was a little surprised, but I think that Columbus has been working and working to improve,” Patty Olmsted, senior business outreach coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, said.

How much do Columbus residents spend on their commute each year?

Columbus commuters spend about 16% of their annual income, or $6,602, on commuting – whether that be toward maintenance costs, insurance premiums, or filling up the tank. 

The average U.S. commuter, on the other hand, spends about 19% of their annual income, or $8,466, on driving to work each year, about 28% more than what a Columbus commuter spends.

Time to Work (minutes)Annual Hours Lost to Traffic% of Income Spent on CommutingAnnual Cost of CommuteNational Average283219%$8,466Columbus241316%$6,602Data provided by Clever Real Estate

Not only do Columbus residents dish out less of their paychecks toward commuting, but they also enjoy faster arrival times to work.

The 24-minute one-way commute for Columbus residents is about 15% quicker than the 28-minute commute for the average U.S. worker, the Clever study found.

Leading the rankings is Buffalo, New York, where the average commute is 22 minutes, followed by Salt Lake City; Milwaukee; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Cleveland.

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As for the cities least ideal for commuters, the Clever study clocked Detroit as No. 1 – where drivers spend 29% of their annual income on commuting costs – followed by Atlanta; New York; Riverside, California; and Los Angeles.

What about bicyclists? Public transit passengers?

Harvey Miller, director of Ohio State University’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, said the Clever Real Estate study doesn’t paint the whole picture of commuting in Columbus.

While most Columbus residents – or 82% of the city’s population, according to SMART Columbus – drive a single-occupant vehicle to work, Miller said the Clever analysis neglects bicyclists, pedestrians, and those who opt for public transit as their ride to work.

“How fast or the miles per hour you can travel and how much gas costs – it’s really only measuring the convenience for drivers, and that's not a full depiction of commuting,” Miller said.

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A single traffic crash on I-71 or State Route 315 can shut down an entire corridor for more than an hour, Miller said, constituting a “brittle” car-dominated system that’s not built to respond to accidents.

Pointing to reports of a car that crashed into a Short North business on Sunday, Miller said the “epidemic of crashes” on Columbus’ streets disproportionately harms vulnerable pedestrians and low-income people of color who are less likely to own a vehicle.

“What we need is a more resilient system that can handle shocks like that, or if the freeway floods, people are going to need a wider array of choices around town,” he said.

How can Ohio make commutes even simpler?

While Miller expressed concern about the ability of the city’s roads and highways to accommodate an additional 1 million residents projected to move to Columbus by 2050, he and Olmsted pointed to programs that have made a dent – and continue to improve – the state of mobility in Ohio.

Miller praised LinkUS, a “well-thought-out,” multi-pronged initiative he said will ease the city’s reliance on cars by proposing the installation of high-quality rapid transit lines, wider sidewalks, and increasing the visibility of crosswalks.

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“It can really help to give people choices besides driving around town,” he said.

As thousands of Ohioans transitioned to remote work over the course of the pandemic, Olmsted said companies moving back to an in-person work environment amid “the Great Resignation” are increasingly looking for creative ways to attract and recruit workers. 

One way to do that, she said, is by easing employees’ commuting challenges and making transportation to and from work more accessible.

“It's as big to retain your employees right now as it is to get them, and this commuting, this cost of commuting to work, companies are starting to realize it's important,” Olmsted said.

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Gohio Commute, a program launched by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, allows Ohioans to compare travel times and costs of various routes to work – whether that’s by bike or by bus, Olmsted said.

“It’ll tell them if there’s bike routes, if there’s safe sidewalk routes to walk, it would tell them if there’s people who want to carpool,” she said.

To incentivize commuters to drive less and opt for more sustainable modes of transportation, the program offers central Ohio companies up to $5,000 – matched dollar to dollar by MORPC – to implement workforce programs that encourage employees to leave their cars at home.

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Employers can subsidize monthly transit passes or offer rewards to employees who carpool or use alternate modes of transportation to get to work, she said.

“As long as it’s going to get cars off the road and help people get to work and really do what this study is saying – trying to reduce that cost of people commuting,” Olmsted said.

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Deputies investigate shooting near Lincoln Village

News Channel 4 - 33 min 35 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio BCI have a large area near Lincoln Village blocked off as they investigate a shooting.  

Deputies say the shooting happened overnight in the 400 block of S. Murray Hill RD.  

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One person was found shot inside a vehicle that was sitting on the lawn of the home, according to deputies. The victim was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.  

No suspect information has been released, and deputies continue to investigate.  

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Showers & evening storms Wednesday

News Channel 4 - 1 hour 12 min ago
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Rain & PM storms, high 73
  • Tonight: Showers tapering, low 61
  • Thursday: Partly cloudy, high 82
  • Friday: Mostly sunny, hot, windy, humid, high 90
  • Saturday: Rain & storms, high 85
  • Sunday: Mostly cloudy, colder, high 69
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Wednesday!

Rain will start to pick up from west to east by mid to late morning today, but it will be light to start. We'll then get a bit of a break before heavier rain and a few storms move in this afternoon. The better chance of strong to severe storms looks to stick along and south of the Ohio River, and those will arrive later tonight. Currently Pike County is under a marginal risk for severe weather, but the greatest threat there will be the potential for some localized flooding. Highs will top out in the low 70s Wednesday.

Thursday looks to remain mostly dry, with temperatures topping out in the lower 80s. We could see a light shower and a few rumbles of thunder overnight Thursday with a boundary lifting north. But for the most part, mostly dry conditions remain in place as we end the workweek.

Friday will be the hottest day of the year, and right near record-breaking, with highs topping out in the upper 80s to low 90s in the south. Humidity will also be on the up and up to end the workweek, and it will be breezy, even gusty at times.

That high humidity to end the workweek will all feed into rain and storms that build in during the day on Saturday. We'll see temperatures in the low to mid 80s Saturday, with high humidity with rain kicking off the day and storms arriving by afternoon.

On the heels of a cold front, temperatures on Sunday will drop to the upper 60s with decreasing cloud cover. Temperatures remain cooler to kick off the next workweek, with temperatures near 70 on Monday and mostly sunny skies.

-McKenna

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Parent, doctor encouraged by FDA COVID-19 booster approval for children

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 21:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – It’s another step forward in the fight against COVID-19 as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still needs to give its recommendation, but that is expected soon.

When the booster officially becomes available, doctors said parents should have a conversation with their pediatricians about when children should receive the shot.

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One doctor said he knows families who have been waiting for this.

Sarah Frank has a son, 7, who got vaccinated just as soon as he could back in the fall.

“I’m glad that option is out there,” she said of the pending approval of the booster shot. “Every available measure for protection is great.”

Now, Frank is figuring out when her son can bet the booster.

“I don’t know a whole lot about the new booster just yet, but I feel like between my pediatrician and I, we can probably figure out when is the right time for my kiddo to get that,” she said.

The FDA said children in that age group will be able to get the booster at least five months after their second shot.

“There’s certainly some pent-up demand for that age group,” said Dr. Derek McClellan, pediatric medical director for Central Ohio Primary Care.

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He said when a child should get the booster will vary from child to child. If a child is going to be traveling a lot, seeing older loved ones, or going to camps over the summer, getting the booster would be more urgent. But generally, he said, it is not as pressing for children as it is for at-risk adults.

“A lot of it does come down to talking to your individual pediatrician about what are the risk factors for your family because not all families are created equal,” McClellan said.

Frank has mixed feelings about the FDA announcement because she also has a four-year-old who is still too young to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I just thought it's really exciting on one hand that the 5-11-year-olds have another way to stay safe,” she said. “I’m just anxious for the little ones.”

A group of advisers with the CDC is set to meet later this week to discuss approval of the booster.

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First-of-its-kind trauma care conference Saturday in Columbus

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 21:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – After the last two years, many people may be living with trauma, and the Columbus Department of Public Safety wants to help those people.

On Saturday, the department will host a first-of-its-kind Trauma Care Conference entitled “Healing Columbus: Awareness, Education, and Direction.”

According to the department, trauma can be an event or a series of events that someone sees as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening, affecting mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. The department cites such events as upheaval during the pandemic, record violence in Columbus, or more specific personal experiences like abuse, grief, or bullying.

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Saturday’s event will teach attendees what trauma is, how to see it in others, how it affects the brain, and what can be done to lessen its impact.

Experts from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s STAR (Stress Trauma and Resilience) program, Big Lots Behavioral Health Services and The Center for Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Columbus Public Health’s CARE (Community, Action, Resilience and Empowerment) Coalition will be on hand to offer information, guidance and help with childhood trauma, adult trauma, and community-based trauma.

The day-long event will be held at the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith at 1200 Brentnell Avenue in Columbus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While free to the public, registration is required. Click here to register.

For more information, click here.

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Arrest made in fatal shooting on Columbus' southwest side

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 19:06

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man is facing murder and other charges after allegedly being part of a group that fired guns into a southwest Columbus apartment, killing one woman, in April.

Isaiah Xavier Nashon Alexander, 20, is scheduled to be in court Friday to face one count of murder, six counts of felonious assault, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of discharging a firearm, all of which are carrying firearm specifications.

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Surveillance video obtained by Columbus police allegedly shows a gray vehicle back up in front of the apartment.

According to police, Alexander was one of four people who got out of the car, and fired guns into an apartment on the 1300 block of Vida Court in the early hours of April 25. The group then got into a car and fled the scene, police said.

Sorenta Hylton was found suffering from a gunshot wound and later pronounced dead at Grant Medical Center.

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Police said in addition to Hylton, there were several other people in the home at the time of the shooting, including three children, but none were injured.  

There is no word on if any other suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

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Ohio State Marching Band will be treated to 'Top Gun: Maverick' screening

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 18:37

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- After a halftime performance drew the attention of actor Tom Cruise, he promised the Ohio State University Marching Band a special screening of the new "Top Gun: Maverick" movie.

This Friday, Cruise is set to deliver on that promise.

On May 20, members of the band will be able to see the film one week before it opens nationwide.

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The halftime performance, a tribute to the original 1986 "Top Gun," happened during the Buckeyes' Nov. 13 game against Perdue.

Cruise delivered a message to the band in December as it was preparing to travel to the Rose Bowl.

“The Top Gun tribute was fantastic. What a phenomenal performance – thank you!” Cruise wrote in a letter. “I’d love for you all to be my guests for a special screening of Top Gun: Maverick in Columbus this Spring.”

The band also received t-shirts for all members, and the studio will be providing other promotional items for the screening, according to Ohio State University.

All 2021 members of the band are invited to the screening, with more than 200 students and staff expected to be in attendance.

It is not known what part Cruise, if any, will play in the May 20 screening.

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Video shows moment girl, 8, shot at Weinland Park

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 16:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Four shootings at Columbus parks in just three weeks, with the most recent Saturday at Weinland Park.

Columbus police have released surveillance video from the park.

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The shooting, which injured an 8-year-old girl, happened around 6:15 p.m. About three minutes after the girl is shot, the police arrive at the scene.

Whatever fight police said was happening before the shooting stopped as soon as people there realized what happened.

In the video above, the girl is highlighted on the left; the people involved in the argument on the right. The video has been edited to not show the girl being shot.

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According to court documents, the suspect, Torrence Ahart, 28, told police the shot he fired was supposed to be a warning shot to break up the fight. Police said the fight Ahart said he was trying to break up involved mace and knives.

At last check, the girl is stable at the hospital and Ahart is due back in court later this month.

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Columbus Urban League's summer program keeps kids engaged

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 16:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Hundreds of Columbus youth are taking part in a summer program that will keep them engaged and proactive over the summer.

Through a six-week program, the Columbus Urban League offers teens between the ages of 14 and 18 the chance to learn from experienced professionals in several different career fields. Participants also receive workplace readiness, training and pay of up to $15 an hour.

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"This is how we keep our young people engaged in positive ways for the summer," Stephanie Hightower, president and CEO of the Columbus Urban League, said.

David Helm, a former participant in the summer youth program, said his time with the Columbus Urban League changed his life.

Helm, now a Wild Indigo nature coordinator with Grange Insurance Audubon Center, said the experiences he had during the six-week program led him to the career he has today.

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Tasked with engaging central Ohio's communities of color in nature programming, Helm said connecting people with nature was a life-long passion, but it hadn't fully developed until he joined Columbus Urban League's summer program.

"I was surrounded by people who looked like me, you know learning soft skills, going through workforce development, and really professionalizing us that we really don't get in our communities a lot," Helm said.

Hightower said the Columbus Urban League plans to enroll more than 600 students into this year's program.

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Not only does the six-week course provide kids with success, but Hightower said it also keeps them away from crime and violence during the summer months.

"We have to provide opportunities where our young people can engage, and this is one of those ways we believe that we can keep kids in a positive light, that they won't get involved in negative activities," she said.

The summer youth program, which runs from June 20 to July 29, is sponsored through the Franklin County Commissioners. To sign up, visit the Columbus Urban League's website.

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Eyes of Freedom stops in Columbus for Memorial Day

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 15:58

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – There are several events this week at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum leading up to Memorial Day.

The goal is to remember and honor those who died in service of our country.

The Eyes of Freedom exhibit opens Wednesday and will be on display through the holiday. The exhibit pays tribute to the 23 Ohio-based service members who fought and died together in Iraq in 2005.

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One of the Marines who fought alongside those service members

The exhibit first debuted at the Ohio Statehouse in 2008; since then, it has traveled across the country making more than 300 stops. So, this is a homecoming and a debut at the museum in downtown Columbus.

Eight panels of life-size portraits and a pair of boots worn by each service member sit beneath them, now holding gifts and mementos from loved ones.

"The mission began by honoring these specific fallen from one company in Ohio,” said Marine veteran Mike Strahle, who fought alongside the 22 fallen Marines and one fallen Navy Corpsman depicted in the Eyes of Freedom exhibit.

The fallen veterans were all from the Ohio-based Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 35th Marine regiment.

"We travel the country, using these men and their likeness to honor everyone, not just the fallen; anyone that's ever dawned a uniform,” Strahle said.

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The Eyes of Freedom was originally supposed to make a stop at the museum for Memorial Day in 2020. But like so many events, the tribute to these fallen heroes was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andy Cloyd, Museum Director: "It's been almost 20 years since that happened, so we still want to keep this story alive and keep their names honored and what better place to do it than here at the museum," said museum director Andy Cloyd.

In 2018, the Eyes of Freedom exhibit added the Silent Battle sculpture to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder and advocate for veteran suicide prevention.

The exhibit offers visitors the chance to write a message on an empty dog tag and place it at the base of the Silent Battle soldier sculpture to honor a fallen service member or offer encouragement to a veteran battling PTSD.

For more information on all the events at the museum leading up to Memorial Day, click here.

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Gas prices reach record highs across the U.S.

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 15:53

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The price at the pump continues to rise in central Ohio and across the country.

According to GasBuddy, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel was a record high of $4.51 per gallon on Tuesday morning. By early afternoon, the national average was even higher, at $4.53 per gallon.

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Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said the national average for diesel is $5.56 per gallon, which is also an all-time high.

"Both of those are moving in the wrong direction, but gasoline prices are moving more in an upward direction than diesel," De Haan said.

Many gas stations across central Ohio sold regular unleaded fuel for $4.49 per gallon on Tuesday. De Haan said he thinks those prices will stay above $4 per gallon throughout most of the summer.

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"I think Columbus is going to see more upward pressure than downward pressure," he said. "Gas prices will probably stay somewhere in the low to mid or even upper $4 a gallon range. It's not impossible that prices could hit $5, but at this point, I still think it's kind of improbable that we'll hit $5 this summer."

For more information on gas prices in your area, click here.

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Inflation hits Columbus food pantry as costs soar, demand increases

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 15:45

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Inflation is impacting nearly everything, and now it's taking a toll on local non-profits.

At Lutheran Social Services (LSS) food pantry, the need for food is so great that it is having trouble keeping up.

Director Jennifer Fralic said the pantry started seeing the demand for food increase around February, with its numbers nearly double what they were this time last year.

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“If you think about it, you are used to operating on one level and then you kind of double the amount you’re doing, and all of this has happened at a time of food scarcity,” Fralic said.

She said in just 45 minutes Tuesday, 40 families made their way to LSS in South Columbus to pick up their meals for the week.

Fralic said the rapidly rising price of food is making it hard to keep up with the demand.

The pantry buys the majority of the food it distributes but relies heavily on donations from local grocery stores, which are also feeling the burn.

“Our meat donations have gone down about 50 percent as the number of people we are serving increases about 50 percent,” Fralic said. “So you can imagine the kind of decisions we have to make about being able to equitably distribute the things we do have.”

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David Irick is in charge of buying the food LSS gives out. He said that in the last few months, the budget to buy that food has been stretched thin.

“Costs have probably almost doubled from the food banks down to us over the past year,” Irick said. “We are paying probably over a dollar a pound of shelf staple items right now.”

He said it's also costing more to gas up the delivery trucks.

Volunteers and employees said they have not had to turn people away, but they are worried that time will come if the trend continues.

“It's putting a lot of pressure on us just trying to provide what our clients want and what they are asking for,” Irick said. “And in some cases, us not being able to do it, it doesn't feel good not being able to give people what they need.”

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Fralic said they expect to give out about 1.7 million meals this year.

Lutheran Social Services is always accepting donations from the community as well.

Fralic said you can either give monetary donations or physical food donations at one of their food drives. For more on how you can help, click here.

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FDA warns against making homemade baby formula amidst shortage

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 15:45

(WCMH) -- A Better Call 4 alert for parents and caregivers of young children.

You've surely seen or heard by now that inflation, supply chain issues, and product recalls have led to a shortage of baby formula across the U.S. 

That shortage is sending many families scrambling for ways to feed their babies, and some are getting creative, even trying to make formula themselves.

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Now, many parents are turning to social media, seeking advice from Facebook groups, and finding recipes online for homemade formulas, some dating back to the 1960s.

But in a post on its website, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration "strongly advises" parents against making their own baby formula, adding that it can seriously harm your child.

While formula sold in stores is generally regulated to ensure there are enough nutrients, the FDA said that may not be the case with the versions made at home. Potential problems with homemade formulas include contamination, as well as the lack of or inadequate amounts of critical nutrients.

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The FDA said that can lead to serious issues, like severe nutritional imbalances or foodborne illnesses, both of which can be life-threatening.

The FDA also states it has recently received reports of hospitalized infants suffering from hypocalcemia, or low calcium, that had been fed homemade infant formula.

So far, none have been reported at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

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If you're a parent or caregiver, there are some other, safer options to try to make sure your baby is fed.

See what the FDA has to say about it here.

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Tanker sprawled across I-270 south closes lanes at E. Main St., driver critical

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 14:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- I-270 south is closed at E. Main Street due to a tanker overturning across the road, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The tanker is sprawled, blocking all four lanes with crews on the scene working to remove the tanker from the road.

Columbus Fire Chief Jeff Geitter said the driver of the tanker is in critical condition and that one other person was transported in stable condition.

Columbus Police Sgt. James Fuqua said the driver was ejected as a result of the crash.

Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash and the tanker being empty resulted in no hazmat response, according to Columbus Fire.

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ODOT provided an update on where traffic is blocked on social media. It reads:

The ramp lanes of I-270 SB are CLOSED between Main St. and I-70. Southbound traffic can exit at Main St., but the exit to I-70 is CLOSED. All southbound through lanes to the left of the barrier wall are open.

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Texas group treks across U.S., stops in Columbus to celebrate Memorial Day

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 13:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One group on a cross-country mission is encouraging Americans to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Carry The Load, a Dallas, Texas-based advocacy group for military members and veterans, arrived in Columbus Tuesday as part of its 10th-annual National Relay that kicked off on April 28.

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Over the course of 32 days, across 20,000 miles, participants will walk for service members and first responders who have lost their life serving our country.

"We need to make sure we're respecting their memory and keeping their name alive, really," Jeremiah Kincaid, a volunteer with Carry The Load, said.

While many Americans spend Memorial Day weekend at pool parties or cooking out with family and friends, it's for that shared purpose that these volunteers walk.

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"I ask every person to carry for someone on their back, and I want to hear their story," Tom Wendling, a former Dallas police officer and volunteer with Carry The Load, said.

For Wendling, that person this year is former Columbus firefighter Frank Duff Jr., who passed away after contracting COVID-19 while on duty last September, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

"It's very important to me to reach out to the community out here and carry for someone who's gave the ultimate sacrifice," Wendling said.

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Kincaid, a U.S. veteran himself, said he walks for those he served with and the families he's met along the way.

"I remember stories from doing the Dallas walk four years ago -- stories I heard that just don't go away, you remember them forever," Kincaid said.

"How do you stand there without breaking, without tearing up? To talk with a Gold Star mother who's buried three of her kids, it's tough."

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In additional to emotional support, Carry The Load has raised nearly $33 million since 2011 to help with recovery services, like counseling, adaptive training, service dogs, suicide prevention, job placements, home improvements and scholarships for children of the fallen, according to its website.

This year, Carry The Load hopes to raise another $2 million towards those services, existing to unite the country and fulfill one common goal.

"We need to make sure we remember that people did sacrifice their lives so we could get together, have that day off," Kincaid said.

Carry The Load's visit to Columbus ended with a rally at the National Veteran's Memorial and Museum. The National Relay will culminate on May 29.

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Missing girl from Galion found by Fostoria PD, man she was with arrested

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 13:13

GALION, Ohio (WCMH) -- A 15-year-old girl has been found after being reported missing Monday evening in Crawford County, according to the Galion Police Department.

Emma Moore was located by the Fostoria Police Department after being last seen on Sunday in Galion, according to the Ohio Attorney General's office.

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The Ohio AG's office did state when Moore went missing, she was seen with Shannon Pullom, 33, in Sunbury on Sunday.

Pullom was arrested by the Seneca County Sheriff's Office on a child protection order offense on Monday afternoon.

No further information is known at this time.

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What Ohio governor gave 3 local law agencies for drug enforcement

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 13:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - Gov. Mike DeWine gave out $3.6 million in funds Tuesday for 41 Ohio law enforcement agencies to use on their drug task forces.

Named the 2022 Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Fund, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Delaware County Sheriff's Office and Fairfield County Sheriff each saw six-figure grants from the Office of Criminal Justice Services. The governor said the intention was for them to use the money in efforts to combat drug trafficking, pharmaceutical diversion and organized crime within the drug trade.

“These grants are flexible so drug task force commanders can tailor their plans to the greatest benefit for their local communities," DeWine said.

Of the $3.6 million, the three local agencies saw nearly half a million of it. That money breaks down as follows:

  • Delaware County Sheriff's Office: $118,209.17
  • Fairfield County Sheriff: $130,557.84
  • Franklin County Sheriff's Office: $166,481.26
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While these three agencies saw sizable grants from the fund, others were dramatically smaller. The Logan County Sheriff's Office saw only $8,330.16, and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office received $7,546.87.

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The grant program arrived on the heels of a major February drug sting in Franklin County, where multiple agencies came together to arrest 79 people and seized $5 million in cocaine, heroin and fentanyl. The previous year has seen similar arrests and drug seizures as the Franklin County Sheriff's Office executed search warrants. In a related drug effort, a local task force began handing out free Narcan in May as the team noted a surge in drug overdoses in the county.

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View the full list of law enforcement agencies who received a grant by clicking here.

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Puppy with a Purpose 'Brutus' visits NBC4 for the first time

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:55

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — NBC4's newest Puppy with a Purpose, Brutus, stopped by the station Tuesday morning for his first visit with staff members and to check out his new studio digs.

The adorable golden Labrador retriever pup got a chance to sniff around and received plenty of love, hugs and pets from the morning anchors he will be sharing screentime with on Fridays.

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Brutus will make his debut on 'NBC4 Today' Friday, May 20, starting at 6 a.m. Viewers will be able to watch him grow and learn about his journey to becoming a full-fledged service dog every Friday thereafter.

Born in California, Brutus arrived in Columbus in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 12, after a cross-country flight. After getting showered and cleaned up, Brutus began getting used to his surroundings.

As he is becoming familiar with his new backyard, new home and all new smells he is also starting his 18-month training process.

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Brutus will be NBC4's third Puppy with a Purpose, where the station partners with Canine Companions, a non-profit that trains service dogs to help children, adults and veterans with disabilities — free of charge.

And, to follow every moment of Brutus cuteness viewers can follow him on social media:

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Dashcam, GPS catch Columbus truck thieves in the act

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 10:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The owner of a stolen work truck was able to get his vehicle back and got video of the culprits thanks to the help of a GPS and dashcam.  

A Facebook post from Columbus police states that on Monday, the victim had his work truck stolen from in front of his house at about 6:26 a.m. Later, the victim found the truck using a GPS tracker, and was able to pull dash camera video filmed of the suspects when they stole it.  

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NBC4 has blurred the image of the second suspect due to the possibility they may be a juvenile.

Police asked anyone with information about this crime or the suspects to call Det. Beard at 614-645-2091 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.  

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Ohio State will play Notre Dame at 7:30 week 1

News Channel 4 - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 10:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH/AP) — The Ohio State Buckeyes will kick off their 2022 football season under the lights at the Horseshoe when they host Notre Dame.

The OSU athletic department said OSU will play the Fighting Irish at 7:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN in week one.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be in Columbus for the highly anticipated game featuring first-year head coach and former Buckeye linebacker Marcus Freeman taking on his alma mater.

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Many thought ABC might have to give up the Notre Dame-Ohio State game as a way for Fox to let Joe Buck out of his contract early to join Troy Aikman in the “Monday Night Football” booth. But ESPN executive vice president of programming Burke Magnus said that wasn’t considered.

“Fox has the No. 1 overall pick with the Big 10. That has historically and appropriately every year been Ohio State-Michigan. We knew that Notre Dame-Ohio State was going to come to us at No. 2, and then we weren’t going to let that go,” Magnus said. “That’s just an enormous matchup to kick off the season. Labor Day weekend has become such a franchise for us. It’s clear of NFL competition, and there are so many meaningful college football games played.”

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