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One person in critical condition after two shot in Columbus' Driving Park neighborhood

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 21:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person is in critical condition after two were shot in the Driving Park neighborhood on Monday night.

At about 10:26 p.m., Columbus police responded to a shooting in the 800 block of Studer Avenue. Two people were transported to Grant Medical Center -- one in critical condition and another in stable condition.

The highly poisonous plant spreading throughout Ohio; how to recognize and get rid of it

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Craft Brewery, coffee shop with Der Dutchman pastries opens in Lewis Center

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 09:00

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (WCMH) -- A combo craft brewery and coffee shop with cocktails from Watershed Distillery and pastries from Der Dutchman is now open.

Standardized Brewing is welcoming patrons at 5920 Evans Farm Drive, inside Lewis Center's Evans Farm development, after hosting a grand opening celebration last week. The spot is run by a group of Evans Farm residents, who wanted to "provide high quality coffee and craft beer in a space that integrates work and life into the fabric of a family anchored environment," the company's site states.

  • Named Standardized Brewing, the new joint is welcoming patrons at 5920 Evans Farm Drive. (Courtesy Photo/Standardized Brewing)
  • Named Standardized Brewing, the new joint is welcoming patrons at 5920 Evans Farm Drive. (Courtesy Photo/Standardized Brewing)
  • Named Standardized Brewing, the new joint is welcoming patrons at 5920 Evans Farm Drive. (Courtesy Photo/Standardized Brewing)
  • Named Standardized Brewing, the new joint is welcoming patrons at 5920 Evans Farm Drive. (Courtesy Photo/Standardized Brewing)

The shop is home to a range of brews, a cocktail menu created in collaboration with Watershed Distillery, and freshly roasted coffee from One Line Coffee. Options include nitro cold brew, pour over drip, espresso and more. A selection of small bites along with donuts and pastries from Der Dutchman round out the menu.

Standardized is one of several new businesses popping up in Evans Farm, along with a butcher shop home to an extensive collection of wine and beef produced from the owner’s personal ranch is now open. Named Prime + Vine, the shop specializes in American Wagyu beef farmed from owner Jeff Gaylor’s cattle ranch in Knox County.

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Other businesses in the development include ice cream shop CRMD, known for its neon flavors that can be ordered in a waffle cone or a puffle, also known as an egg waffle. Columbus-based taco joint Yabos Tacos is also open in Evans Farms, serving up unique takes on Southwestern dishes.

Standardized is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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The highly poisonous plant spreading throughout Ohio; how to recognize and get rid of it

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 06:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The plant that is said to have been used to execute Socrates could also be in your backyard, as the highly poisonous plant continues to spread throughout Ohio. 

Poison Hemlock is a flowering plant that is part of the carrot family and can be fatal if ingested by humans or animals. Chief Botanist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Richard Gardner said the non-native plant, which was relatively rare until about 30 years ago, is becoming more common and spreading throughout the state.

“It’s been in Ohio as early as the mid-1850s at least, brought in as an ornamental plant because of its unique foliage and white flowers,” Gardner said. “It was actually planted in people’s landscaping, and it has been spreading.”

The biennial plant has fern-like leaves and white flowers, which usually begin to bloom between June and August. It can grow up to 10 feet tall,  but more commonly grows to around six to eight feet, according to Gardner. 

  • (Photo Courtesy/Ohio Department of Natural Resources)
  • (Photo Courtesy/Ohio Department of Natural Resources)
  • (Photo Courtesy/Ohio Department of Natural Resources)
  • (Photo Courtesy/Ohio Department of Natural Resources)

Poison Hemlock typically grows along fence lines, in irrigation ditches and in moist environments. The plant can be found in every state in the country, with the exception of Alaska, Florida, Hawaii and Mississippi, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

“Poison hemlock likes full sun but can grow in partial shade,” Gardner said. “It can’t handle extremely dry, well-drained soil.”

In Ohio, the poisonous plant is most abundant in the western part of the state, but it has now spread to all 88 counties. The plant could be confused for parsley or wild carrot, Gardner said, but ingesting it could be a fatal mistake. 

“This is a very deadly plant,”  Gardner said. “It has alkaloids in its sap to protect it from things eating it – herbivores. All parts of the plant are poisonous, so you don’t want to ingest any of it.”

Eating any part of the plant can result in it attacking one’s nervous system and heart, according to Gardner. Most of the time, hemlock is only poisonous if ingested and people will not get a rash from touching it, according to the Cleveland Clinic. But even without eating the plant, Gardner said there are other ways one could suffer from a reaction, so people should be cautious around it. 

“If you’re cutting it and the sap flies into your eyes or if you have a cut or something and the sap gets in the cut, you certainly can have a reaction to it,” Gardner said. “If you’re chopping it down or mowing through it the sap can get airborne and can go through your nose or mouth.”

If someone thinks they may have ingested the poisonous plant, Gardner said they should go to the emergency room.


Symptoms of hemlock poisoning

Symptoms of hemlock poisoning can occur almost immediately after ingesting the plant, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Symptoms include sweating, vomiting, dilated pupils, excess salivation, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, confusion, muscle weakness, twitches, tremors and seizures. 

In more severe cases, hemlock poisoning can cause delayed symptoms such as slow heartbeat, low blood pressure, muscle paralysis, muscle breakdown, muscle death, kidney failure and central nervous symptom depression. 

For those with livestock or pets, symptoms of hemlock poisoning typically appear within an hour after the plant is ingested, and animals can die from respiratory paralysis within two to three hours, according to the USDA. 

Signs an animal has ingested the plant include trembling, salivation and frothing, lack of coordination, dilated pupils, rapid pulse and convulsions. 

How to remove the plant from your property

State law mandates that property owners cut or destroy prohibited noxious weeds, including poison hemlock. 

Small infestations of poison hemlock can be removed by hand. It is strongly recommended that hands are protected with gloves, arms are protected with long sleeves and eyes are protected with safety goggles, according to Ohio State University.  Plants should be dug out, with the entire root removed. The plants should then be placed in a plastic bag in the trash.

Herbicides are likely the safest option for removal.  The non-native weed is susceptible to a wide range of herbicides – Crossbow and Remedy Ultra has the best rating for controlling poison hemlock, followed by glyphosate (Roundup), dicamba and Cimarron Max, according to OSU. 

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Westerville's Memorial Day tradition continues with Field of Heroes run

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 05:30

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- More than 400 people gathered in Westerville on Sunday morning for the 16th annual "Field of Heroes 5K run".

Runners and walkers honored everyone who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. “There’s a whole group of people that made sacrifices that allow us to be the position that we are. We can be grateful for a moment and thankful,” said Andrew Tompkins, co-chair of 2024 Field of Heroes.

All of the participants got to cross the finish line after passing through a sea of red, white and blue with 3,000 full sized American flags on display. Participants and other community members got to dedicate them to their own personal heroes.

Tompkins served in the army for seven years. He says walking through the field is an opportunity for anyone to reflect. “Seeing all the flags in a line reminds me of my friends standing in formation,” Tompkins said.

Jeff Miller is a Westerville resident and says he’s done this race for years. “It’s very surreal when you’re running through those flags because you know each one means something to somebody,” said Miller.

Proceeds made from the race will go toward the M.A.S.H Pantry & Resource Center, a pantry reserved for veterans. “We are just trying to give back. The community wants to give back,” said Ralph Smith, the treasurer of M.A.S.H Pantry & Resource Center. “We’re so blessed to have them do this for us.”

Events honoring service members continued Sunday after the race including a reading of the names on the dedicated flags.

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What's open and closed in Ohio on Memorial Day

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 05:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Many central Ohio stores and restaurants are open for Memorial Day, while a few businesses are operating with modified hours or are closed. Find which retailers are open or closed below.

Is mail delivered on Memorial Day?

FedEx

  • Offices and services are closed on Memorial Day, except for FedEx Custom Critical.

United States Postal Service

  • The USPS recognizes Memorial Day as one of 11 federal holidays and is closed. There is no mail delivery, caller service, or Post Office Box service. All services resume on Tuesday.

UPS

  • Locations are closed Memorial Day and delivery service is not available, except for Express Critical.
Is the library open on Memorial Day?

Columbus Metropolitan Library branches

  • All locations across Columbus are closed on Memorial Day.
Are restaurants and stores open on Memorial Day?

Aldi

  • Aldi stores are operating limited hours on Memorial Day.

Best Buy

  • Many Best Buy stores will be open for holiday hours.

Big Lots

  • Locations are open for regular hours on Memorial Day.

BJ's Wholesale

  • The wholesale retailer is open for regular hours on Memorial Day.

Costco

  • Stores are closed on Memorial Day.

CVS

  • Locations are open on Memorial Day with varying hours.

Dollar General

  • Locations are open on Memorial Day.

Dollar Tree

  • Stores are open on Memorial Day.

Dunkin'

  • Locations are open, but hours may vary.

Easton Town Center

  • Easton is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Family Dollar

  • Locations are open on Memorial Day.

Giant Eagle

  • Giant Eagle and Market District locations are open for normal hours on Memorial Day.

Home Depot

  • Home Depot is open on Memorial Day.

Kohl's

  • Kohl's is open for normal hours on Memorial Day.

Kroger

  • Kroger stores will be open for Memorial Day, though hours may vary by location.

Lowe's

  • Stores are open on Memorial Day.

Macy's

  • Stores are open with regular hours on Monday.

Meijer

  • Stores are open on Memorial Day.

Petco

  • Petco locations are open on Memorial Day.

PetSmart

  • Stores are open on Memorial Day.

Sam's Club

  • Locations are open with shortened hours on Memorial Day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Plus members and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Club members.

Starbucks

  • Stores are open on Memorial Day with varying hours.

Target

  • Locations are open on Memorial Day.

Trader Joe's

  • Stores are open on Memorial Day with varying hours.

Topgolf

  • Topgolf is open on Monday.

Walgreens

  • Stores are open with varying hours.

Walmart

  • Walmart stores are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Whole Foods Market

  • Whole Foods are open for varying hours on Memorial Day.
Categories: Ohio News

Counties with the most veterans in Ohio

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 04:30

There are roughly 19 million veterans living in the U.S., according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Though, the VA anticipates the percentage of the U.S. population with military experience will continue to decline over the next couple of decades—by 2046, it expects the number of living U.S. veterans to decrease by 35%.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the most veterans in Ohio using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of residents that are veterans based on the Census' 2020 5-year estimate.

California, Texas, and Florida are home to the most veterans, and Wyoming, Vermont, and Washington D.C. home to the least. American veterans live in virtually all of the country's 3,142 counties.

Keep reading to see where the most veterans live in Ohio.

#50. Sandusky County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (3,606 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 157
--- Korean War: 277
--- Vietnam War: 1,193
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 671
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 507

#49. Logan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.0% (2,779 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 52
--- Korean War: 240
--- Vietnam War: 1,116
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 548
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 378

#48. Scioto County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.0% (4,722 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 55
--- Korean War: 351
--- Vietnam War: 1,906
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 735
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 556

#47. Muskingum County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (5,353 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 200
--- Korean War: 202
--- Vietnam War: 1,793
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 851
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,329

#46. Tuscarawas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (5,749 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 257
--- Korean War: 520
--- Vietnam War: 2,380
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 848
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 884

#45. Clermont County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (12,816 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 218
--- Korean War: 783
--- Vietnam War: 4,903
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,142
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,448

#44. Shelby County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (2,957 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 60
--- Korean War: 157
--- Vietnam War: 1,175
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 508
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 482

#43. Carroll County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (1,758 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 41
--- Korean War: 120
--- Vietnam War: 729
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 233
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 209

#42. Paulding County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (1,168 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 24
--- Korean War: 132
--- Vietnam War: 486
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 157
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 87

#41. Allen County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (6,453 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 253
--- Korean War: 585
--- Vietnam War: 2,048
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,082
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,179

#40. Stark County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (23,845 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 829
--- Korean War: 2,041
--- Vietnam War: 8,554
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 4,421
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,775

#39. Coshocton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (2,300 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 52
--- Korean War: 171
--- Vietnam War: 1,070
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 211
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 152

#38. Fairfield County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (9,767 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 210
--- Korean War: 837
--- Vietnam War: 3,234
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,270
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,835

#37. Morrow County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.3% (2,254 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 72
--- Korean War: 137
--- Vietnam War: 841
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 472
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 395

#36. Pickaway County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (3,825 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 53
--- Korean War: 255
--- Vietnam War: 1,535
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 515
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 812

#35. Lawrence County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (3,947 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 114
--- Korean War: 302
--- Vietnam War: 1,658
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 631
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 539

#34. Harrison County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (1,021 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 33
--- Korean War: 93
--- Vietnam War: 455
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 155
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 114

#33. Morgan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (988 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 37
--- Korean War: 65
--- Vietnam War: 477
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 97
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 165

#32. Crawford County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (2,819 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 83
--- Korean War: 266
--- Vietnam War: 970
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 545
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 496

#31. Ross County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (5,260 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 69
--- Korean War: 198
--- Vietnam War: 1,821
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,319
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 762

#30. Meigs County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (1,553 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 55
--- Korean War: 175
--- Vietnam War: 626
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 237
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 163

#29. Knox County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (4,157 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 84
--- Korean War: 270
--- Vietnam War: 1,686
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 818
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 476

#28. Hocking County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (1,947 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 92
--- Korean War: 121
--- Vietnam War: 796
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 433
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 247

#27. Monroe County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (977 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 35
--- Korean War: 195
--- Vietnam War: 421
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 90
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 112

#26. Guernsey County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (2,720 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 62
--- Korean War: 191
--- Vietnam War: 1,264
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 405
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 370

#25. Miami County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (7,311 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 261
--- Korean War: 441
--- Vietnam War: 2,344
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,795
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,160

#24. Preble County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (2,858 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 100
--- Korean War: 242
--- Vietnam War: 1,125
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 657
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 293

#23. Champaign County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (2,755 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 31
--- Korean War: 187
--- Vietnam War: 1,030
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 587
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 414

#22. Marion County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (4,694 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 134
--- Korean War: 335
--- Vietnam War: 1,453
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,003
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 570

#21. Trumbull County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (14,546 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 426
--- Korean War: 1,367
--- Vietnam War: 5,903
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,931
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,597

#20. Adams County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (1,937 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 24
--- Korean War: 132
--- Vietnam War: 744
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 483
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 201

#19. Perry County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (2,546 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 28
--- Korean War: 116
--- Vietnam War: 994
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 552
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 437

#18. Pike County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (1,971 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 40
--- Korean War: 133
--- Vietnam War: 744
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 410
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 212

#17. Richland County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (8,741 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 329
--- Korean War: 589
--- Vietnam War: 3,219
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,806
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,471

#16. Erie County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.3% (5,487 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 156
--- Korean War: 521
--- Vietnam War: 2,122
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 827
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,070

#15. Licking County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.3% (12,545 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 364
--- Korean War: 900
--- Vietnam War: 4,766
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,592
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,731

#14. Jefferson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.3% (4,971 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 131
--- Korean War: 373
--- Vietnam War: 1,824
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,026
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 641

#13. Brown County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.3% (3,138 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 198
--- Korean War: 371
--- Vietnam War: 1,239
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 376
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 308

#12. Jackson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (2,316 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 27
--- Korean War: 246
--- Vietnam War: 728
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 337
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 389

#11. Henry County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (1,942 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 22
--- Korean War: 178
--- Vietnam War: 689
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 277
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 223

#10. Montgomery County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (38,803 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,186
--- Korean War: 2,578
--- Vietnam War: 13,285
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 9,024
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 7,619

#9. Highland County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (3,098 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 107
--- Korean War: 286
--- Vietnam War: 1,038
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 584
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 380

#8. Ashtabula County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.5% (7,218 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 208
--- Korean War: 463
--- Vietnam War: 2,597
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,099
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 978

#7. Clinton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.7% (3,121 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 65
--- Korean War: 172
--- Vietnam War: 968
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 800
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 523

#6. Washington County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.8% (4,748 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 172
--- Korean War: 391
--- Vietnam War: 1,615
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,081
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 840

#5. Ottawa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (3,291 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 250
--- Korean War: 180
--- Vietnam War: 1,224
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 457
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 620

#4. Columbiana County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.4% (8,458 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 204
--- Korean War: 545
--- Vietnam War: 3,084
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,728
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,161

#3. Noble County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.5% (1,229 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 23
--- Korean War: 108
--- Vietnam War: 491
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 116
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 93

#2. Clark County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.7% (11,087 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 355
--- Korean War: 575
--- Vietnam War: 4,275
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,591
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,726

#1. Greene County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.9% (15,544 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 336
--- Korean War: 1,047
--- Vietnam War: 4,531
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 5,058
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 5,392

Categories: Ohio News

Flags ordered to be lowered at half-staff for Memorial Day

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 04:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Flags across Ohio and the United States have been lowered to half-staff in honor of Memorial Day.

Gov. Mike DeWine issued the order this weekend that all flags at public buildings and grounds throughout the state will be lowered from 12:01 a.m. to noon on Monday.

Counties in Ohio with more rainfall over the past year than average

Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day in the late 1860s after the Civil War and was commemorated on May 30. In 1971, the name was changed to Memorial Day and it became a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday of May.

Click here to see a full list of Memorial Day services, parades, and events across central Ohio.

Categories: Ohio News

Spotty shower chances, cooler weather pattern this week

News Channel 4 - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 02:10
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Isolated showers, breezy, high 77
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, low 60
  • Tuesday: Spotty showers, high 74
  • Wednesday: Sct'd rain, high 71
  • Thursday: Clear skies, high 72
  • Friday: Mostly sunny, high 76
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Monday!

Following some early morning showers, we cleared up pretty quickly, and we'll be looking at lots of dry time into the daytime hours. Just an isolated, light shower chance expected this afternoon. We will be a bit breezy, and also much cooler than we have been, with highs dropping back to the upper 70s.

For our Tuesday, expect partly cloudy skies, with spotty shower chances at times. Not a washout, but I would keep the umbrellas handy. Highs top out in the middle 70s.

We'll still be looking at some shower activity Wednesday, with scattered rain expected. This looks to be the coolest day of the extended period, with highs only reaching the lower 70s.

We finally clear up into Thursday, with lots of sunshine, and temperatures beginning to warm. Expect highs in the lower 70s Thursday, but we warm into the middle 70s by Friday.

-McKenna

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Funding approved for repair and relocation of Linden War Memorial

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 21:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Funding has been approved for the repair and relocation of a central Ohio war memorial which was hit by cars twice in recent years.

The Linden War Memorial honors veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It holds a special place in the heart of George M. Walker Jr.

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“When I was a young, as a Boy Scout I marched in parades and we had the memorial service here every Memorial Day," Walker said.

Walker is a lifelong Linden resident and an Army veteran. He said it's tough to look at the shape the memorial is in now. The American flag is torn, and part of the monument is in storage. It was hit by a car in 2019, then again in 2021

“It’s deteriorating, they have had a couple accidents here, right here in Linden, it's not being well maintained, used to have whole bunch of flowers all around, it was a beautiful sight," Walker said.

He hopes it will be beautiful again. At its meeting on May 20, city council approved a bit more than $90,000 to fix and move the memorial.

“What we found with the Linden War Memorial is it's currently in the middle of a very busy stretch of Cleveland Avenue," said Cameron Keir, Chief Communications Officer for the Columbus Department of Development. “So we worked very closely with the community, we reached out to veterans groups and community leaders and both told us we needed a better place for the community to gather around this memorial, to hold events that you would expect around a memorial.”

The park is being moved from its current location at Cleveland Avenue and Westerville Road to Linden Park so it doesn't get hit again, according to Keir. Walker wished he'd been part of the conversations on plans for the memorial, but said he's glad repairs are on the way.

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“The people that were contacted, they’re people like me, they served time in the military so they feel the same way I feel and the thing is as long as someone's taking care of what needs to be taken care of, it doesn’t matter where it's set at, as long as it's being taken care of," Walker said.

Keir said the hope is the work is done in time for a new dedication around Veterans Day.

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One dead after single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in Guernsey County

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 20:10

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (WCMH) -- A Coshocton man is dead after a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle Sunday afternoon.

The crash occurred at 2:50 p.m. in Guernsey County, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The release said a 2003 Harley Davidson Motorcycle driven by Raymond Guinther, 73, was traveling northbound on Eighth Street Road before traveling off the right side of the roadway. The motorcycle struck a ditch, ejecting Guinther and overturning the vehicle. Guinther was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The Cambridge Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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One dead after shooting at Blendon Township hookah lounge

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 13:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One man was killed early Sunday in a shooting at a Blendon Township hookah bar.

Blendon Township police were called to the No Cap Hookah Lounge and Grill at 4490 Cleveland Ave. about 3:30 a.m. Devon Ball, 38, was taken to Riverside Hospital Methodist in critical condition, and he later died from his injuries.

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The investigation is ongoing between Blendon Township police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 614-882-8500 or email bnance@blendontwp.org.

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Weather Alert Day: Rain, few heavy storms with wind

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 11:25
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH ACROSS CENTRAL OHIO UNTIL 8 P.M.

A long line of strong storms is moving into central Ohio from the southwest, with the threat of damaging winds, hail and heavy downpours.

Clouds thickened ahead of a warm front and a complex of rain and storms lifting east-northeast ahead of a warm front into the region late this afternoon, with the potential for heavy rain and gusty winds through early evening. Temperatures will reach the low 80s, then fall back into the low 70s with widespread rain.

A second round of strong storms will develop southwest of Ohio, with low pressure tracking from the central Plains to the western Great Lakes overnight.

The greatest risk of severe weather will be in southern Indiana, southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky, though heavy rain and some wind will accompany any clusters of storms moving across central Ohio ahead of a cold front.

The rain will taper off to a few showers early Monday. Winds will increase from the west, gusting between 20-30 mph. Temperatures will stay in the 70s on Memorial Day, with lingering clouds and a few showers. Some periods of afternoon sun and drier conditions will provide opportunities for outdoor activities throughout the day.

The week will be noticeably cooler, as upper-level low pressure hangs around, along with a few scattered showers Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs will only reach the low 70s. Sunshine will return later in the week.

Forecast
  • Sunday: Clouds thicken, showers, storms. High 82
  • Tonight: Showers, storms return late. Low 67
  • Memorial Day: Early showers, mix clouds and sun, breezy. High 77
  • Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, few showers p.m. High 74 (59)
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, cool, shower possible. High 68 (55)
  • Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 71 (49)
  • Friday: Sunny. High 77 (51)
  • Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 79 (53)
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Father, son killed in Pickaway County crash

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 10:00

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- A crash in Pickaway County Wednesday night resulted in the death of a father and son.

The Sheriff's Office said that just before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 15-year-old John Curtis was driving a Hyundai with his father, 46-year-old Joe Curtis. John Curtis did receive his learner's permit, according to the sheriff's office.

The Hyundai was going east on Kingston Adelphi Road near Zanes-Trace Road when John Curtis drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected, and went into wrong-way traffic, per the PCSO.

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The Hyundai crashed into a Ford driving in the westbound lane of Kingston Adelphi Rd., which caused the Hyundai to go into a ditch with the Ford coming to a rest on top of the Hyundai, per the PCSO. Both John and Joe Curtis were trapped in the vehicle as a result of the crash.

Joe Curtis was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:10 p.m. while his son was flown to Grant Medical Center and was later taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. On Saturday, John Curtis died as a result of his injuries from the crash. The sheriff's office did not specify if the driver of the Ford sustained injuries.

The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the crash.

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Is mail delivered on Memorial Day?

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 09:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Is Memorial Day one of the holidays recognized by the United States Postal Service?

Residents expecting mail or packages on Monday will have to wait an extra day as deliveries will be put on pause for Memorial Day. The United States Postal Service recognizes Memorial Day on May 27 as one of 11 federal holidays and is closed. There is no mail delivery, caller service, or Post Office Box service. All services resume on Tuesday.

UPS locations are also closed and delivery service is not available, except for Express Critical. FedEx offices and services are closed as well on Monday, except for FedEx Custom Critical.

Amazon delivery services are also suspended on Memorial Day.

Customers needing USPS services can use the self-service kiosk available at select offices. The kiosk accepts debit and credit cards and can handle 80% of all transactions conducted at the retail counter, such as buying stamps, mailing a package, or shipping a letter by express or priority mail. Find kiosk locations here.

The USPS' next holiday they observe will be Juneteenth National Independence Day, which takes place on June 19.

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Police continue to investigate 2017 fatal shooting of teen in east Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 06:00

A previous report can be seen in the player above.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Central Ohio Crime Stoppers are asking for help from the community as the investigation into a 2017 homicide in east Columbus continues.

On June 29, 2017, a shooting was reported at East Main Street and James Road near a BP gas station just before 2 a.m. Officers found a teenager who had multiple gunshot wounds and transported that victim to Grant Medical Center in stable condition.

At around 3 a.m. police found a second victim, 16-year-old Marquelis Barnes, who was found in the front yard of a nearby address with multiple gunshot wounds. Barnes was pronounced dead by medics at 3:06 a.m.

According to Crime Stoppers, police revealed in its investigation that both victims were in an altercation with another group of men. No suspects have been identified at this time.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information that leads to the arrest of any person(s) responsible for this homicide. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477 or submit a tip at stopcrime.org. All tips are anonymous.

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Counties in Ohio with more rainfall over the past year than average

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 04:30

During the past winter, parts of California experienced massive amounts of rain and snow. Though it momentarily eased the frequent drought periods that had been affecting the state, the surge in rainfall flooded roads, knocked out power, and broke levees. Fueled by multiple converging atmospheric rivers, the state's infrastructure was not able to capture all of the excess water, meaning water shortages could again return during future dry spells.

Climate change can both intensify rainfall and also extend droughts. Warmer temperatures increase rates of evaporation, pulling more water from the ocean and causing more precipitation overall. Data indicates single-day precipitation extremes are happening more frequently. Conversely, more evaporation also dries out surface water and soil, leaving less fresh water available. Even as the moist air from oceans and other sources returns to land as rain, sleet, or snow, inconsistent wind patterns and currents mean it isn't distributed evenly. That's why even as some counties experienced their wettest year on record, others experienced their driest.

Nationwide, 43% of counties reported precipitation over the past year greater than their long-term average. A 1,000-year event dumped 25 inches of rainfall over 24 hours in Fort Lauderdale on April 13. Nevada desert regions experienced thunderstorms and heavy rain in June. Severe weather through the mid-Atlantic in August brought tennis ball-sized hail to West Virginia and softball-sized hail and flash flooding in Maryland.

Using data from the National Centers for Environmental InformationStacker identified counties in Ohio that received the most precipitation from September 2022 to August 2023 compared to their average annual precipitation from 1901 to 2000. In the case of a tie, the amount of precipitation over the past year served as a tiebreaker.

Read on to see which counties reported more precipitation over the past year than usual.

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#42. Hamilton County

- Precipitation over the past year: 41.2 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 0.3 inches above average (#67 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 2.9 inches above statewide average

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#41. Madison County

- Precipitation over the past year: 38.3 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 0.4 inches above average (#68 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 0.0 inches below statewide average

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#40. Greene County

- Precipitation over the past year: 40.2 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 0.5 inches above average (#64 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.9 inches above statewide average

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#39. Erie County

- Precipitation over the past year: 35.2 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 0.7 inches above average (#62 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.0 inches below statewide average

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#38. Noble County

- Precipitation over the past year: 41.3 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 0.7 inches above average (#64 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.0 inches above statewide average

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#37. Summit County

- Precipitation over the past year: 36.9 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 0.8 inches above average (#71 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.3 inches below statewide average

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#36. Logan County

- Precipitation over the past year: 37.3 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 0.8 inches above average (#72 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.0 inches below statewide average

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#35. Franklin County

- Precipitation over the past year: 39.3 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.0 inches above average (#57 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.1 inches above statewide average

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#34. Licking County

- Precipitation over the past year: 40.8 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.1 inches above average (#56 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 2.5 inches above statewide average

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#33. Washington County

- Precipitation over the past year: 41.9 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.1 inches above average (#59 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.7 inches above statewide average

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#32. Medina County

- Precipitation over the past year: 37.3 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.2 inches above average (#63 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.0 inches below statewide average

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#31. Belmont County

- Precipitation over the past year: 42.1 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.2 inches above average (#53 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.8 inches above statewide average

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#30. Wayne County

- Precipitation over the past year: 37.8 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.3 inches above average (#56 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 0.5 inches below statewide average

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#29. Delaware County

- Precipitation over the past year: 39.3 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.4 inches above average (#58 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.0 inches above statewide average

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#28. Huron County

- Precipitation over the past year: 37.4 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.4 inches above average (#57 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 0.9 inches below statewide average

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#27. Jefferson County

- Precipitation over the past year: 40.4 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.6 inches above average (#54 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 2.1 inches above statewide average

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#26. Crawford County

- Precipitation over the past year: 39.4 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.9 inches above average (#53 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.1 inches above statewide average

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#25. Butler County

- Precipitation over the past year: 42.5 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.9 inches above average (#57 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 4.2 inches above statewide average

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#24. Champaign County

- Precipitation over the past year: 39.9 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 1.9 inches above average (#58 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.6 inches above statewide average

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#23. Clark County

- Precipitation over the past year: 40.8 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 2.1 inches above average (#56 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 2.5 inches above statewide average

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#22. Stark County

- Precipitation over the past year: 39.5 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 2.2 inches above average (#51 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.3 inches above statewide average

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#21. Lorain County

- Precipitation over the past year: 36.9 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 2.2 inches above average (#54 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.4 inches below statewide average

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#20. Muskingum County

- Precipitation over the past year: 41.4 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 2.3 inches above average (#52 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.1 inches above statewide average

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#19. Ashland County

- Precipitation over the past year: 39.6 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 2.4 inches above average (#44 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 1.3 inches above statewide average

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#18. Guernsey County

- Precipitation over the past year: 42.1 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 2.7 inches above average (#43 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.8 inches above statewide average

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#17. Ashtabula County

- Precipitation over the past year: 42.5 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 2.9 inches above average (#45 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 4.2 inches above statewide average

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#16. Morrow County

- Precipitation over the past year: 42.2 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 3.0 inches above average (#42 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.9 inches above statewide average

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#15. Coshocton County

- Precipitation over the past year: 42.0 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 3.2 inches above average (#41 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.7 inches above statewide average

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#14. Harrison County

- Precipitation over the past year: 42.6 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 3.2 inches above average (#38 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 4.4 inches above statewide average

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#13. Mahoning County

- Precipitation over the past year: 40.5 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 3.3 inches above average (#42 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 2.3 inches above statewide average

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#12. Holmes County

- Precipitation over the past year: 41.6 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 3.4 inches above average (#39 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.3 inches above statewide average

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#11. Portage County

- Precipitation over the past year: 40.6 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 3.6 inches above average (#39 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 2.4 inches above statewide average

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#10. Monroe County

- Precipitation over the past year: 46.2 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 3.9 inches above average (#40 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 7.9 inches above statewide average

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#9. Richland County

- Precipitation over the past year: 42.0 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 3.9 inches above average (#32 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.8 inches above statewide average

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#8. Trumbull County

- Precipitation over the past year: 41.8 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 4.1 inches above average (#35 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 3.5 inches above statewide average

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#7. Columbiana County

- Precipitation over the past year: 42.4 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 4.4 inches above average (#28 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 4.1 inches above statewide average

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#6. Knox County

- Precipitation over the past year: 44.0 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 4.6 inches above average (#29 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 5.7 inches above statewide average

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#5. Carroll County

- Precipitation over the past year: 43.5 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 4.7 inches above average (#28 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 5.2 inches above statewide average

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#4. Tuscarawas County

- Precipitation over the past year: 43.8 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 5.3 inches above average (#23 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 5.5 inches above statewide average

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#3. Cuyahoga County

- Precipitation over the past year: 43.0 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 7.2 inches above average (#11 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 4.8 inches above statewide average

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#2. Geauga County

- Precipitation over the past year: 46.8 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 8.1 inches above average (#13 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 8.5 inches above statewide average

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#1. Lake County

- Precipitation over the past year: 46.8 inches
- Comparison to 1901-2000 average: 9.3 inches above average (#9 rainiest September-August period since 1895)
- Comparison to state's precipitation over past year: 8.5 inches above statewide average

This story features data reporting and writing by Emma Rubin, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 44 states.

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Weather Alert Day: Tracking strong storms later Sunday

News Channel 4 - Sun, 05/26/2024 - 04:05
QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Sunday: Late PM t-storms, high 85
  • Tonight: Strong storms continue, low 67
  • Monday Scattered t-storms, high 77 (59)
  • Tuesday: Spotty showers, high 74 (55)
  • Wednesday: Showers & cooler, high 70 (49)
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny, high 73 (51)
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Sunday will start off calm and partly cloudy. As the day goes on could will build up. Temperatures will make their wat to the mid 80s. Winds will be from the south at 10-15 mph. Changes will come by the late afternoon hours. Central Ohio will be under a slight risk for severe weather, with areas to the south and west of the city under an enhanced risk.

There will be a two primary rounds of storms. The first will move through by the late afternoon. The second will arrive late Sunday night into early Memorial Day Monday.

The biggest threat from these storms will be for strong damaging winds. Large hail and isolated flooding also have decedent chances for occurring. An isolated tornado risk is there, but it is very small, even in central Ohio's counties under that enhanced risk.

Once the severe risk passes, general showers and thunderstorms will last through the morning hours of Memorial Day Monday. Highs Monday will only be in the upper 70s. There will be a few more chances for scattered showers for the first half of the upcoming week, then plenty of sunshine returns by Thursday. That sun will last through the first day of June.

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Police evacuate parking garages at Easton after shots fired

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 19:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Police have increased their presence at Easton Town Center after shots were fired at the shopping center on Saturday night.

Shots were fired at Easton Town Center around 8:49 p.m. Nobody was injured, according to the Columbus Division of Police.

Five in custody after stolen Kia strikes police cruiser

Law enforcement officials evacuated the mall's parking garages and have increased their presence in the area after the incident. 

Police have not yet released any further information.

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Five in custody after stolen Kia strikes police cruiser

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 15:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Multiple people are in custody after a stolen Kia struck a police cruiser in Old North Columbus on Friday afternoon.

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A stolen red Kia crashed into a Columbus police cruiser around 3:20 p.m. near the intersection of North Fourth Street and Wyandotte Avenue. The incident began when the vehicle failed to stop and fled from police, according to the Columbus Division of Police.

Five suspects were taken into custody -- police could not share their ages at this time. No injuries were reported.

Police have not released any further information as of 5:40 p.m.

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Warm start to holiday weekend, storms likely later on Sunday

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 14:00
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

We'll see a mix of clouds and sun, with a few scattered showers along a weak cold front moving through the eastern half of the state. Temperatures will warm to the mid-80s.

The front will stall near the Ohio River overnight, as winds become light, allowing for some patchy valley fog. Morning lows will dip into the upper 50s away from the city.

The next likelihood for showers and storms will arrive Sunday afternoon and evening, as the front lifts back to the north, while acting as the path for a complex of showers and storms moving east, but likely weakening across Ohio. a

A second round of stronger storms will develop with low pressure tracking from the central Plains to the western Great Lakes after midnight, with damaging wind and hail potential, although becoming less severe with eastward progression.

Showers and a few storms will linger on Memorial Day, but there should be some dry hours. Winds will increase behind the cold front from the west, gusting from 20-30 mph. Temperatures will cool down into the mid-70s with cloud cover and a few periods of afternoon sun.

Next week will be noticeably cooler, with scattered showers lingering through midweek with disturbances rotating around upper-level low pressure. High will only reach the low 70s.

Forecast
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, showers east. High 83
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 62
  • Sunday: Clouds increase, showers, storms  p.m. High 84 
  • Memorial Day: Mix clouds and sun, few showers. High 77 (68)
  • Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, cooler, showers. High 74 (59)
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, shower possible. High 68 (55)
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 70 (49)
  • Friday: Sunny. High 77 (51)
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