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Victims identified in fatal King-Lincoln Bronzeville shooting

News Channel 4 - 1 hour 45 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Columbus Division of Police has identified two young men fatally shot in Columbus Tuesday evening, police announced Thursday.

Police found Eugene Daniels III, 20, and Jordan Cameron, 22, shot dead on the 1300 block of Atcheson Street in the King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood after responding to shots fired around 6:20 p.m. The men were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police said Wednesday morning that witnesses to the incident saw another man shoot both victims. The unidentified suspect then ran away heading east.

Columbus police asked anyone with information to contact its homicide unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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Ohio's COVID-19 cases hit milestone unseen in months

News Channel 4 - 2 hours 11 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Ohio Department of Health on Thursday reported 9,997 new COVID-19 cases for the past week, going under 10,000 for the first time in nearly six months.

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The state has seen consistently smaller case rates, breaking a 10-week pattern in the past two weeks. Prior to July, the state’s COVID-19 spread had not broken 20,000 new cases in nearly five months. Ohio has not had new cases dip below 10,000 since April 28, when it reported 8,731. It immediately went up to 11,013 during the week of April 29. Later in July, cases climbed over 20,000 and stayed above that threshold for 10 weeks in a row.

Dublin woman found guilty in husband’s death

ODH began reporting COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations weekly instead of daily in mid-March after new infections slowed to a low level after the omicron wave. Over the past week, the state averaged around 1,428 new coronavirus cases per day. Ohio saw fewer people hospitalized with the virus as case numbers also dropped. The 369 hospitalizations reported by ODH in the past seven days (about 53 per day) are a noticeable drop from 432 last week and 523 the week prior.

While cases and hospitalizations are down, more people died from COVID-19 in the past week. ODH said 94 died from the virus, up slightly from 89 deaths the week prior.

COVID-19 metricTotalChange (past 7 days)Cases3,153,743+9,997Hospitalizations127,180+369Deaths39,950+94*Ohio Department of Health reports weekly on Thursdays. Nov. 8 election: How Ohio Issue 1 could change how judges set bail

A total of 7,197 Ohioans started the COVID-19 vaccination process in the past seven days. Another 6,607 finished vaccination by getting their second dose. Around six in 10 Ohioans are partially or fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 metricTotalChange (past 7 days)Vaccinations started (one dose)7,480,468+7,197– % of all Ohioans64.00%– % of Ohioans 5+67.59%Vaccinations completed (two doses)6,933,662+6,607– % of all Ohioans59.32%– % of Ohioans 5+62.89%*Ohio Department of Health reports weekly on Thursdays.
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Ex-Columbus vice officer gets 18 months in prison for unlawful search at gentlemen's club

News Channel 4 - 3 hours 56 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A former Columbus vice officer will spend 18 months in prison for violating the civil rights of a gentlemen's club owner.

A federal judge sentenced Steven G. Rosser, 46, of Delaware, on Thursday for unlawfully searching and seizing the owner of the Dollhouse, a gentlemen's club on Karl Court, and his vehicle without probable cause in 2018, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker.

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Rosser, who was fired from the Columbus Division of Police in 2020 for his role in the 2018 arrest of adult actress Stormy Daniels, had been a 19-year veteran of the force, Parker said. He served on the now-disbanded vice unit from April 2013 until October 2018.

The 46-year-old officer attempted to frame the Dollhouse owner for cocaine possession, and a "miniscule amount" of cocaine, about 0.017 grams, was planted on the scene, according to Parker. Rosser then falsified documentation to hide the scheme.

A jury convicted Rosser of conspiring to violate an individual's civil rights at his trial in February, where prosecutors said the Dollhouse owner wasn't the first person to accuse Rosser of unlawful search and seizure.

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In March 2015, a federal indictment claimed Rosser was involved in a fight at Nick's Cabaret, a gentlemen's club on East Dublin Granville Road in Columbus. He reportedly searched and seized the victim without probable cause, landing the victim a five-day stint in Franklin County jail until charges were dismissed.

The federal indictment also alleged Rosser and other defendants conspired to commit wire fraud by routinely reporting false and fraudulent special duty hours.

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Dublin woman found guilty in husband's death

News Channel 4 - 4 hours 16 min ago

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A Franklin County jury has found a woman guilty of murdering her husband in the couple's Dublin home.

The verdict was reached Thursday in the trial of Holli M. Osborn, 46, of East Liberty, who was found guilty on two counts of murder in the death of her 50-year-old husband, Dr. Christopher D. Osborn, in 2018. Osborn made bond and has been released from custody since June 2019, court records indicate.

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The verdict comes just hours after the Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge dismissed a juror who had been seen on the court’s livestream, placing an alternate juror on the bench and ordering deliberations to restart.

Over the course of the two-week long trial, prosecutors have argued that Osborn drunkenly shot her husband three times while he slept in bed at the couple’s Dublin home on July 18, 2018. Defense attorneys, however, contend that there’s not enough evidence linking Osborn to the crime.

Dublin police officer Gwen Whittaker took the stand on the trial’s first day on Sept. 27, where she testified that Osborn appeared to be impaired as authorities questioned her at the couple’s home after the body was found.

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“She was very unsteady on her feet,” Whittaker said. “She had glassy and bloodshot eyes; she was slurring her speech incredibly bad to the point I had to ask her to repeat two or three times.”

Upon authorities’ arrival, prosecutors said they found two guns beside the bed, with traces of Osborn’s DNA discovered on the trigger and grip of one of the weapons. Prosecutor Daniel Lenert said there was even gunshot residue on Osborn’s eyebrows.

But defense attorney Kevin Gall said “there’s two major things DNA can’t tell us”: how and when it may have appeared. Residue could have been transferred to Osborn, Gall said, while she was in custody of the Dublin police.

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“That is not arguing either way – that is highlighting things the state cannot prove to you,” Gall said in his closing arguments Wednesday.

Jurors heard from 15 witnesses during the course of the trial, some of whom presented text messages as evidence of Dr. Christian Osborn's alleged infidelity and spoke of the nature of the Osborns’ relationship.

“Their relationship was described as up and down,” Lenert said in his closing arguments. “They would love each other, then they would fight, makeup, rinse, repeat.”

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Delaware man to serve up to 19.5 years for sexual battery, child porn

News Channel 4 - 4 hours 47 min ago

DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH) – A Delaware man was sentenced on nine of 20 indictments filed on sexual battery and child pornography charges.

Brian Baldwin, 48, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual battery and five counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor on Sept. 21 at the Delaware County Common Pleas court.

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According to court documents, Baldwin was originally indicted April 7 on 20 total counts – seven for pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, five for sexual battery, five for unlawful sexual content with a minor and three for illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material or performance.

He submitted a change of plea from not guilty to guilty for the nine counts on Aug. 2 and he was sentenced to 16-to-19.5 years in prison. Four counts are to be served consecutively, while five counts were ordered to run concurrently.

Baldwin must register as a Tier II sex offender and will then face a mandatory period of post-release control for five years.

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Clouds, another mild day, before a blast of chilly air arrives for weekend

News Channel 4 - 5 hours 57 min ago
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

A weak disturbance aloft will bring considerable cloudiness and a stray sprinkle, with clouds thinning later in the day. Temperatures will reach the low 70s.

A few showers could develop across the norther part of the state tonight ahead of a strong cold front that has limited moisture. Morning readings will be in the upper 40s and low 50s under cloudy skies, with departing showers in the east.

Quite blustery and unseasonably cool weather will arrive Friday. Sies will be partly to mostly cloudy Friday, and temperatures will be 15-20 degrees cooler, topping out in the mid-to upper 50s.

Frost is possible early Saturday and Sunday, with morning lows in the mid- to upper 30. Skies will be sunny through the weekend.

Temperatures in East Lansing Saturday afternoon for the OSU-Michigan State game will be in the mid-50s, under sunny skies, with a 4 p.m. kickoff.

The weather will gradually moderate to seasonal levels next week, under mostly sunny skies.

Forecast
  • Thursday: Mostly cloudy, some sun, mild. High 73
  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, breezy, scattered showers. Low 51
  • Friday: Mostly cloudy, brisk, much cooler. High 58
  • Saturday: Sunny, crisp. High 57 (38)
  • Sunday: Sunny. High 64 (37)
  • Monday: Sunny. High 67 (41)
  • Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 71 (45)
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, few showers. High 70 (51)
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Adopt Andy for $18 and get a forever friend who loves attention

News Channel 4 - 9 hours 7 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - The Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has 130 dogs ready to be adopted into a new 4Ever Home.

This week's pet of the week is "Andy." This 1-year-old has had a tough start. When he was found on the streets, he had health issues that were causing him to lose his fur.

"He's had some medical care and has really turned around and has grown all that fur back," Foster Care Coordinator Ivy Dorow said. "He's just a young guy and is very eager."

Now, the American Pit mix is ready to be adopted for the price of a dog license, which is $18. This guy is lovable and gentle. He needs a home that will reassure him with consistency and order. He is ready for training as long as you have plenty of treats.

ANDY

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ID: 160537
Age: 1.1 Year
Breed: American Pit Bull (Mix)
Adult Size: Large
Weight: 53.4 lbs
Sex: Male (Neutered)
Adoption Amount: $ 18

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Date In Shelter: 3/11/2022
Age: 3 Years 5 Months 1 Week
Breed: Pit Bull Mix
Weight: 66 Ibs
Size: Extra Large
Primary Color: Tan
Secondary Color: White
Sex: Neutered Male
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Date In Shelter: 7/25/2022
Age: 7 Years 9 Months 1 Week
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Weight: 63 Ibs
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Ohio State at Michigan State: three things to know

News Channel 4 - 9 hours 37 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Ohio State has lived the good life to this point in the season, going 5-0 and having all of its games at home.

For the first time, the Buckeyes will be packing their bags and heading out on a trip, to take on struggling Michigan State. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Ohio State has won 15 of the last 18 meetings, including eight in a row in East Lansing.

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Even though the Buckeyes have been dominant against the Spartans (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten), coach Ryan Day isn’t taking anything for granted or leaving anything to chance.

He knows that life on the road in the Big Ten is never easy, no matter the record of your opponent.

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"It's hard to win up there,” he said. “It’s a new challenge for us, new test. We expect a top-10 team when we go to East Lansing. We know we got our hands full."

Day admitted that it is “unique” that the Buckeyes haven’t ventured away from Ohio Stadium yet this season, but doesn’t expect preparation to be much different than any other week.

“It is a tough, tough place to play,” Day said. “Certainly a great stadium and a great environment. And it's gonna be hard to win up there. It always is. And it was the first time we're going on a road. You know, it's been a unique year that we are in week six and we haven't played a game on the road. It's been great, but we're going to a good rhythm. But now we're gonna go get our first conference road game.

“We know that we got our hands full this week. So we've got to have a really good Tuesday and Wednesday practice to go on the road.”

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The Buckeyes high-powered offense has not suffered much in road games, averaging 7.36 yards per play going back to 2019. That speaks to the talent and efficiency of the offense, and Day expects more of the same.

OSU should have running back TreVeyon Henderson, who missed last week’s game against Rutgers because of an injury suffered during warmups. In his place, Miyan Williams rushed for 189 yards and tied an Ohio State record with five touchdowns.

Michigan State is 115th nationally against the pass, so this could be a week for quarterback C.J. Stroud to reclaim his hold on the top spot in the Heisman Trophy race. The sophomore had just 154 yards and two touchdowns against Rutgers, well below his usual video-game numbers.

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It wasn’t all that long ago when Steele Chambers was trying to avoid being tackled. He came to Columbus to throw his hat into the crowded running back corps, and averaged over eight yards per carry in limited playing time during 2019 and 2020. Chambers is a competitor, so when the coaches approached him with the idea of moving to defense, he jumped at the chance.

Now he’s the one doing the tackling, and doing it well.

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"He's a full linebacker,” defensive coordinator Jim Knowles said. “Steele is. I didn't know him when he was a running back, but Steele was in there. I've continued to see improvement, even through the season, in his tackling. He's really starting to pick up how to tackle at this level."

Chambers is second on the team in tackles with 30, and he’s been active in creating havoc, with 4.5 tackles for loss and an interception against Rutgers. He became a running back again after his interception but was ultimately tackled after a gain of 12 yards.

“I busted on Steele for that return,” Knowles said. “I said that’s why you’re not a running back anymore.”

The linebacker crew was a huge liability in 2021, but with Chambers and leading tackler Tommy Eichenberg, it has become a real strength.

Embracing a defensive mindset has been a big part of the smooth transition for Chambers.

"Just playing more,” Day said about why Chambers is better this season. “There's so many different job descriptions for a linebacker, and the more he's done them, the better he's been."

The defense has gone from a unit that ranked 59th in total defense in 2021 (5.33 yards per play) to one that’s 10th in 2022, allowing 4.52. The linebackers are playing faster and smarter, which made Knowles smile.

"I'm pleased,” he said. “We have seen some success, but defense is such a right-now proposition. We don't have three of four years to put this system in to make it a premiere defense. It's gotta happen right here, right now.

“Stopping people on the next play is a habit. So when it comes time when you need to stop them, you can't just pull that out of your pocket."

Spartans dealing with adversity

Less than a year removed from an 11-win season, Michigan State is limping into the game with the Buckeyes.

The defense suffered a blow early when linebacker Darius Snow was lost for the season and was hindered even more when All-America safety Xavier Henderson suffered a leg injury from which he has not returned. Even dynamic receiver Jayden Reed missed a game after cutting his leg on a metal bench sliding out of bounds.

To say things have not gone according to plan for coach Mel Tucker’s crew would be an understatement.

“You will always be defined on how you handle adversity, how you respond to adversity,” he said. “Not just on the football field, but beyond. Outside of football, in life, you’re going to be in adverse situations. It doesn’t get any easier as you go. If you’re sitting around waiting for the easy bus to come around, the easy bus isn’t coming.”

After opening 2-0, Michigan State has dropped three straight, allowing 100 points to Washington, Minnesota and Maryland.

And now the high-flying Buckeyes, owners of the top scoring offense and third-best total offense, come to town.

“The challenge is that they’re very balanced,” Tucker said of Ohio State’s offense. “They’re extraordinary in the run game and also in the pass game, and they have, arguably, the best quarterback in the country. Everyone’s at the point of attack on every play.”

Michigan State has yet to intercept a pass this season and has been bullied at the line of scrimmage against physical running teams. So pulling off an upset would seem like a monumental task. But it’s the mindset Tucker is presenting to his team.

“First of all, you have to believe. That's one,” said Tucker, who was a Nick Saban assistant at Michigan State in 1998 when the Spartans knocked off the top-ranked Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. “And you have to strip the name off the jersey. You go to work and preparation and be willing to play the next play. Just take it from the meeting room to the practice field.”

One of the few bright spots has been transfer running back Jalen Berger, who leads the team with 301 yards and four touchdowns after coming over from Wisconsin. He’s averaging over five yards per carry and has shown explosiveness, breaking off nine runs of 10 yards or more.

Michigan State is 13th in the conference in allowing third down conversions, so they need to find more toughness and power against an opponent who makes a living out of converting third downs (second nationally at over 60 percent).

“The most important thing is what we do next,” Tucker said. “Anger, frustration, woulda-coulda-shoulda — all those things — they don't really help you move forward, because it's all about what we have to do right now. So you learn from the past, whether it's good or bad, and you own it.”

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Get out and do something this weekend in central Ohio

News Channel 4 - 10 hours 7 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- From "Hamilton" at the Ohio Theatre to the Columbus Italian Festival downtown, there's no shortage of things to do this weekend in central Ohio.

Iliza Shlesinger: Oct. 7
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger brings her “Back in Action” tour to Columbus.
Palace Theatre – 34 W. Broad St. Tickets. 7 p.m. 

Columbus Mac and Cheese Festival: Oct. 7
The 5th annual Mac and Cheese Festival features samples from favorite central Ohio restaurants.
Easton Town Center – 160 Easton Town Center. Details. 4 to 8 p.m.

Declan McKenna: Oct. 7
Declan McKenna brings his “Zeros” tour to Columbus, with special guest Annie DiRusso. 
Kemba Live – 405 Neil Ave. Tickets. 7 p.m.

Columbus Italian Festival: Oct. 7-9
The Columbus Italian Festival returns with live entertainment, food, shopping, and more. 
168 E. Lincoln St. Details. Times vary. 

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans: Oct. 8
The Ohio State Buckeyes will face off against the Spartans in OSU's first away game of the season.
Follow NBC4 Sports for updates. 4 p.m. 

Columbus Brewing Company Market Weekend: Oct. 8-9
Columbus Brewing Co. is hosting its third and final Market Weekend featuring more than 70 vendors, food, family-friendly activities, and more.
Columbus Brewing Co. – 2555 Harrison Rd. Details. Times vary. 

The Who: Oct. 9 
The Who brings its “The Who Hits Back” tout to Columbus. 
Schottenstein Center – 555 Borror Dr. Tickets. 7:30 p.m. 

"Hamilton:" Through Oct. 23 
The award-winning musical “Hamilton” returns to the Ohio Theatre nearly three years after its first visit to Columbus.
Ohio Theatre – 39 E. State St. Tickets. Times vary.

Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival: Through Oct. 29
Families can enjoy hayrides, campfires, a petting zoo, kettle corn, scarecrow making, apple butter, and more. 
Freeman’s Farm – 6142 Lewis Center Rd. Details. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends. 

Young’s Jersey Dairy Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival: Through Oct. 30 
Pick-your-own pumpkin patch, corn maze, wagon rides, pumpkin treats, and other fall favorites. 
Young’s Jersey Dairy – 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd. Details. Times vary. 

Ohio Renaissance Festival: Through Oct. 30 
This 16th century village comes to life with live entertainment, food, shops, and more. 
Renaissance Park – 10542 OH-73. Details. 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekends. 

Fall festivals and events in central Ohio
Central Ohio is hosting seasonal festivals, featuring Halloween events and more. View the full list here.

Orchards open for apple picking in central Ohio 
Fall is here and central Ohio orchards are welcoming guests for fruit picking, hayrides, corn mazes, and much more. View the full list here

Orchards open for apple picking in central Ohio 
Fall is here and central Ohio orchards are welcoming guests for fruit picking, hayrides, corn mazes, and much more. View the full list here

For more events, view NBC4’s community calendar.

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Nov. 8 election: How Ohio Issue 1 could change how judges set bail

News Channel 4 - 11 hours 7 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One of the ballot initiatives in front of Ohio voters Nov. 8 will ask whether judges should have to consider public safety when setting bail for people facing criminal charges.

Issue 1 seeks to enshrine in the Ohio Constitution a judge’s authority to consider certain public-safety factors when determining bail. The proposed amendment stems from an Ohio Supreme Court ruling in early 2022, and although supporters say Issue 1 aims to return courtrooms to the status quo, opponents argue it looks at the purpose of bail incorrectly. 

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In January, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the initial $1.5 million bail set in a murder, burglary, and robbery case out of Cincinnati was “excessive.” 

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The court, in its decision, said bail solely serves to ensure defendants return when they are due in court and that “public safety is not a consideration.”

Republican lawmakers -- including Reps. Jeff LaRe (R-Violet Township) and D.J. Swearingen (R-Huron) -- sought to reverse that decision, introducing a joint resolution in the Ohio House to get the constitutional amendment before voters. 

It passed the House in May and the Ohio Senate in June. 

According to the legislative text, “public safety” might include factors such as the risk an accused person might pose to the community, how serious the offense was, and whether they have a previous criminal record. 

Issue 1: TO REQUIRE COURTS TO CONSIDER FACTORS LIKE PUBLIC SAFETY WHEN SETTING
THE AMOUNT OF BAIL
The proposed amendment would:
• Require Ohio courts, when setting the amount of bail, to consider public safety, including the seriousness of the offense, as well as a person's criminal record, the likelihood a person will return to court, and any other factor the Ohio General Assembly may prescribe.
• Remove the requirement that the procedures for establishing the amount and conditions of bail be determined by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

“All we’re trying to do is get things back to the way they were,” LaRe said. “This really comes down to public safety, and safety for our communities."

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Generally, bail is the conditional release -- financial or otherwise -- of a person who is accused of a crime before their court date, with a promise to return to court.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters called Issue 1 “his baby" and said he believes it would deter Ohio from becoming a "wasteland of crime" by re-equipping judges with a tool to keep people who are potentially violent behind bars.

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Gov. Mike DeWine told Fox News this week he supported Issue 1, and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has also voiced their support.

But opponents said it misses the mark.

“We don’t think Issue 1 is bail reform, whatsoever,” said Patrick Higgins, the American Civil Liberties Union Ohio Policy Counsel. “It entrenches a failed status quo in our state constitution.”

Piet Van Lier, a senior researcher for Policy Matters Ohio, said he believes Issue 1 was written to “intentionally mislead” Ohioans about broader conversations related to overhauling the state of bail. Van Lier said judges could instead deny bail entirely, which requires a hearing.

“We all want to be safe, right?” Van Lier said. "Cash bail was never about public safety."

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State Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) and Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) are also opposed, as is The Bail Project -- an organization seeking to get rid of cash bail altogether -- which called what is laid out in Issue 1 “a problem that does not exist.”  

A strong majority of Ohioans, or 82%, said in a recent Siena College poll they would vote for Issue 1 come Election Day. Eight percent said they would vote against it, and 10% said they didn't know or declined to answer.

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Warm & cloudy Thursday, strong cold front drops weekend temps

News Channel 4 - 12 hours 9 min ago
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Increasing clouds, high 75
  • Tonight: Isolated shower, cloudy, low 48
  • Friday: Partly sunny, high 58
  • Saturday: Clearing, cool, high 57
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, high 63
  • Monday: Mainly sunny, high 67
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Thursday!

We've got one more warm day in the forecast before a strong cold front drops our temperatures going into the weekend. For Thursday, expect increasing cloud cover, a slight breeze, and temperatures topping out in the low to middle 70s. We will see a few peaks of sunshine, and I won't completely rule out a light sprinkle across part of the area. Other than that Thursday remains mostly dry.

A strong cold front pushes through overnight and into Friday, which will bring the chance of an isolated shower or two, but nothing heavy. Friday morning, temperatures still start out in the mid to upper 40s, but by the afternoon, daytime highs only reach the mid to upper 50s. We will still hang on to plenty of cloud cover for Friday and it will be a bit breezy.

High pressure of Canadian origin builds in as we head into the weekend, which helps clear skies up, so we will see lots of sunshine Saturday, but highs remain in the mid to upper 50s. By Sunday, temperatures warm slightly into the lower 60s with sunshine. Expect morning lows both Saturday and Sunday to start in the middle 30s, bringing the chance for frost, especially in our northern counties.

Temperatures rebound a bit next week, working their way into the upper 60s by Monday.

-McKenna

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How legalized sports betting could affect Ohio’s youth

News Channel 4 - Wed, 10/05/2022 - 21:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Legalized sports betting in Ohio starts in January, and experts in gambling addiction are hoping to draw attention to an increasing number of young people taking part.

Experts said the act of gambling can begin young, with activities that mimic the act being embedded into popular video games. One gambling counselor said communication with children is crucial as legalized sports gambling gets closer to the palm of your hand.

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"It's proven from the minute we open the casinos, that it's in our backyard now, so yeah, it's going to be more accessible,” said Maryhaven certified gambling counselor Bruce Jones.

Jones said as the state inches closer to legalizing sports betting, it’s important to address the prevalence of gambling not only with those legally allowed to do so, but with Ohio’s youth as well.

"I'm actually seeing an 18-year-old right now, that student here in Ohio, coming in with a good history of gambling,” Jones said.

According to data gathered by the National Council on Problem Gambling, between 60% and 80% of high school students report having gambled for money in the past year. Of those, 4% to 6% of high school students are considered addicted to gambling. The study concluded the pandemic and easy access to gambling have heightened risks for young adults.

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Jones said the habits can start in an unlikely source – video games. Many popular games feature a loot box where players can pay real money to achieve items to help them advance in the games, a concept that can often be a slippery slope.

“You know, that's a definition of gambling,” Jones said. “Anytime you put something you value on a chance of getting something more."

So how does one prevent addiction among children? Jones said communication is key, discussing gambling and the risks that come with it, and he said it’s also crucial to be aware of the signs of a problem.

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“Follow the money,” he said. “If they are borrowing money away from the home or whatever for you know, be isolating more. And they brag about their wins, not so much their losses."

Anyone who thinks they have a problem with gambling can contact the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio by clicking here or calling 800-589-9966.

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Community rallies for boy injured in homecoming parade

News Channel 4 - Wed, 10/05/2022 - 20:25

SUNBURY, Ohio (WCMH) – A community rallied together Wednesday to show its support for an 11-year-old boy who was seriously injured at a homecoming parade last Friday.

Kenny Zedekar was walking in the Big Walnut parade when he tripped and was run over by a float. He is now on day five in the hospital.

The community held a prayer vigil Wednesday for Kenny, who suffered a pelvic fracture, lacerations to his liver, and multiple cuts to his face in the accident. They said that while the last few days have not been easy, Kenny is a fighter.

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“We just adore him,” said Christina Burton, Kenny’s aunt.

The Sunbury community is wrapping its arms around Kenny while he recovers from the accident. Burton said he does have a long road ahead of him.

“He’s been making small progress as far as letting us know he can hear us, showing us that he is in pain or that he is comfortable,” she said.

Burton said Kenny was walking in the Big Walnut Homecoming parade when he reached down to grab some candy. He fell over and was run over by a parade float.

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The Sunbury community came together for a prayer vigil Wednesday, praying for Kenny’s healing, his family’s healing, and the community’s healing.

“It's amazing,” Burton said. “It really gives me the hope that I needed and the faith that I needed because I was struggling at first.”

Burton said that on Wednesday, Kenny smiled for the first time since the accident. But through the last few days of wondering what will happen to her nephew, she said it’s the community’s support that keeps her family going.

Dozens showed up at the vigil dressed in “Kenny Strong” shirts.

Burton’s best friend, Kimberly Hill-Hott helped make the shirts. She said it's been so nice seeing how many people want to support Kenny and his family.

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“It's just amazing how the community is coming together and wants to be there and support him and her and the family,” Hill-Hott said.

“Sunbury is a special place,” said Andrew Scholz, lead pastor with City North Church. “Somebody said it tonight from the stage: ‘When one person here hurts, everybody hurts.’ It’s a tight-knit community.”

The Big Walnut Local Schools District and the City North Church, where the vigil was held, are offering counseling services to anyone affected by the accident.

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Police: Spat over boyfriend's stuff results in shooting

News Channel 4 - Wed, 10/05/2022 - 18:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Columbus police said a woman was shot in the knee after an altercation over a man's property on the east side of the city Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses at the scene told police that the suspect, Faith Fiore, 22, went to a home on the 1500 block of Loretta Avenue at approximately 3:17 p.m. to pick up property that belonged to her boyfriend. During an argument, Fiore allegedly pulled out a handgun, shooting a 20-year-old woman in the knee, police said.

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Fiore was held at the scene of the shooting by witnesses until police arrived. She has been charged with felony assault.

The victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition and is expected to fully recover from her injuries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4291.

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Man dead after Perry County crash

News Channel 4 - Wed, 10/05/2022 - 18:33

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) -- One man is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Monroe Township, Perry County, Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Lancaster post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 2003 Ford F-150 driven by James Martin, 70, of Glouster, was driving east on SR-155 at approximately 3:29 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said Martin drove off the left side of the road, hitting a downed tree and a brush pile.

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Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ohio State Highway Patrol said Martin was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

State police were assisted at the scene by the Perry County Coroner's Office, Perry County Sheriff's Office, Corning Police Department, Corning Fire Department, Crooksville EMS, and the Shawnee Fire Department.

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Man shot in southeast Columbus double shooting dies

News Channel 4 - Wed, 10/05/2022 - 18:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One of two men shot Tuesday night in southeast Columbus has died.

Columbus police said Daeshawn Simington, 25, died Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, the shooting was reported at 10:56 p.m. on the 600 block of East Morrill Avenue, behind the Columbus police crime lab.

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Simington was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition. Officers at the scene confirmed a second victim was shot in the bicep.

According to police, the two victims were involved in an altercation with the suspected shooter, who fled the area after the altercation.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio CrimeStoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).

This is the 109th homicide in Columbus for 2022.

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CPD chief: Policy reviews, changes underway after fatal shooting of suspect by officer

News Channel 4 - Wed, 10/05/2022 - 16:49

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Columbus Division of Police Chief Elaine Bryant said the department is reviewing its policies following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in August.

Columbus police officer Ricky Anderson shot and killed Donovon Lewis on Aug. 30 while executing an arrest warrant. Anderson remains on paid administrative leave.

When asked about the investigation into the incident, Bryant said, “The only thing that I can really say about that is BCI is still in the middle of investigating this case."

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NBC4’s Kerry Charles spoke with Bryant, an assistant chief, and a deputy chief Wednesday, and while Bryant couldn’t say more about the investigation, she did say the division is reviewing its policies regarding how officers serve the city.

“One of the things you have to do is you have to consistently look at your policies, you have to consistently review things that are going on in your agencies to determine if you can do them better, for things that can be changed for not only the betterment of the department but also for the community as a whole,” Bryant said.

One of those changes is stopping the execution of pre-planned misdemeanor warrants, including domestic violence or non-violent felony warrants, from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. This affects cases without the prior approval of a lieutenant or above.

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Officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant for Lewis on gun-related and domestic violence charges at 2:30 a.m. at Lewis’ Hilltop apartment. Officers first removed two men from the unit, then tried to get Lewis’ attention through a door. One second after the door was opened, Anderson shot an unarmed Lewis who was in his own bed. Lewis later died.

His family called for the policy change hours before an internal memo announcing it was sent to the division. This was just more than a week after the shooting.

Lewis’ case isn’t the only case being looked at within the department. In May 2021, minor league basketball player A.J. Davis lost his legs after a traffic accident in which the other driver was allegedly under the influence of drugs or alcohol. That driver has not yet been charged.

Davis was driving with his young daughter and at just before 10 p.m., he pulled over on an exit ramp from I-70 to get food and drink out of his trunk for a man who was homeless. That is when a car slammed into him. Davis fell to the ground but was able to pull himself to the front seat of his car to check on his then-5-year-old daughter. Doctors ultimately had to amputate Davis’ legs.

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According to the police report, investigators believe the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol and/or marijuana, but she was not charged.

Several requests for an update made to the detective in the case have not been returned.

When asked about the case, Bryant said the commander and a sergeant within the unit handling the investigation are no longer in those positions.

“There's some reorganization within the department and we're doing case reviews and determinations on lots of things, and that is one of the units that we are looking at,” Bryant said. “We don't have the answer specifically that you're looking for right now, but this new team, we're trying to get answers to try and make a determination on where we are with that.”

The crash took place before Bryant was named chief, saying she wasn’t even aware of the case, but promises a full review of it and the unit that handles crash investigations.

Bryant said there are other policies that could be changed in the future.

“We've added training for our officers, we've added management training,” she said. “We've actually had companies come out and do the training that we are on par with 21st century policing.

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“One of the things we wanted to make sure is that when you get promoted, what type of training do you have to go out and be a manager and be a supervisor to make those type of decisions, so we wanted to provide them that training.”

Bryant points to her community advisory board as a resource she said helps to determine what policies need to be changed. The chief and her team said all policies are reviewed every three years.

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Grand jury declines to indict officers in Andrew Teague shooting

News Channel 4 - Wed, 10/05/2022 - 16:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A grand jury declined to indict two officers on homicide charges in the 2021 fatal shooting of Andrew Teague, the Franklin County prosecutor's office announced Wednesday.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Michael Severance and Columbus Division of Police Officer John Kifer faced homicide charges after fatally shooting Teague, 43, on March 5, 2021.

Teague, who had an outstanding warrant for felonious assault, led officers on a high-speed pursuit going the wrong way on I-270 before crashing into multiple vehicles. He then climbed out of his car and fired shots at officers before Severance and Kifer returned fire, killing Teague, according to the prosecutor's office.

The case was sent to a grand jury in July 2021.

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Forbes picks 3 Ohio cities for next Under 30 Summit sites

News Channel 4 - Wed, 10/05/2022 - 15:53

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCMH) – Ohio’s major metro areas could be home to the next list of names on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.

Forbes selected three Ohio Cities – Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus – to host its next three Under 30 Summits, a four-day annual networking conference that attracts thousands of young leaders and entrepreneurs, CEO Mike Federle announced Wednesday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

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The 105-year-old American business magazine chose the Buckeye State’s three major cities for the summit’s sites until 2025 based on a number of factors: education, cultural diversity, and “most of all, a base of young talent,” Federle said.

“Somewhere we have some sort of the next wave of leadership,” he said. “And believe me, we look at a number of host candidates and cities every year.”

Rather than choosing one host city for a three-year period, Federle said it’s the first time the summit will bounce across three cities, starting with Cleveland in 2023, Cincinnati in 2024 and finally, to Columbus in 2025. With the seventh largest economy in the U.S. and 177,000 students who graduate from college each year, Federle called Ohio the “forefront of renaissance in infrastructure and manufacturing.” 

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Whether it be Cleveland’s world-class microbreweries or Intel’s $20 billion semiconductor chip manufacturing factories coming to central Ohio, JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef, whose company will sponsor the summits, said the Forbes partnership is an opportunity to showcase the Buckeye State to the rest of the world.

“We don't always agree who the best NFL team or the best baseball team is […] but we do all agree the American dream is alive and well and thriving here in Ohio,” JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef said.

Forbes’ most recent summit concluded in Detroit on Friday, featuring a number of young music stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Hailey Bieber, along with “exclusive networking opportunities, local culinary experiences” and even a “legendary bar crawl,” the company’s website said.

“If you're looking for a great place to do business, an affordable place to live, a high quality of life and yes, great weather […] Ohio is calling you and we look forward to working with Forbes to highlight the great environment we’ve created in this space,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said. 

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Bar with central Ohio ties destroyed in Hurricane Ian

News Channel 4 - Wed, 10/05/2022 - 15:50

GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH) -- Owners of a southwest Florida restaurant with roots in central Ohio are trying to figure out their next steps after Hurricane Ian destroyed their pizza place.

Jackie and Greg Chapin grew up in Gahanna and own Gatsby's Pizza in Bonita Springs, Florida. It's known as a buckeye gathering spot there.

“The restaurant was totally underwater and totally destroyed and this was our only income," said Jackie Chapin.

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Ever since the water receded, she's been going to the restaurant to see what she can salvage. Decades of memories and hard work are in the debris. They've owned Gatsby's in Florida on and off since 2003.

Greg's battled health issues since 2010 and has been in the hospital for the past month so he's been unable to see the restaurant.

“He still doesn't understand how bad it is but he’s starting to, and he just started crying," said Chapin. "He just burst out in tears, he’s like I had 40 years, 40 years of my life I put into this business, and he just can't believe it's gone.”

Greg first opened Gatsby's in Gahanna in the late 1970s. The Chapins sold it about 20 years later before moving to Florida. They sold it to Doug Vance who at the time was one of their bartenders. Many patrons of Gatsby's in Gahanna make it a point to go to the Chapins' Gatsby's in Florida.

“These are friends of ours, these are our co-workers, i worked alongside these people that have this business and I want to help them," said Vance who co-owns the Gahanna restaurant with his wife, Gina.

Over the years, the Chapins and Vances have remained good friends. Vance said Gatsby's Bar and Grill will be fundraising for Gatsby's Pizza with a portion of pizza sales supporting the Chapins.

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"It's not much but it's a little bit we can do and if everybody rallies together, we can beat this," said Vance.

The future of Gatsby's Pizza is uncertain, according to Chapin. Whether they reopen or not, she hopes to keep in touch with the customers.

"This was our livelihood and it was his life. He just looked so forward to coming here every day just to talk to people, people looked forward to seeing him. We’re going to miss our customers very much in this place," she said.

Family members have started a fundraiser for the Chapins. If you want to help, it can be found here.

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