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Former Lancaster shoe factory will be converted into commercial space and apartments

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/05/2024 - 03:30

LANCASTER, Ohio (WCMH) -- A building that once housed the Fairfield Shoe Company will be converted into a commercial space that includes apartments.

The renovation of a century-old factory at 219 N. Columbus St. will usher in "The Shumaker" -- a mixed-use project that will include 60 residential apartments and five short-term rentals. The property will additionally feature three interior courtyards.

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Built in the early 1900s, the building being used for The Shumaker once housed the Fairfield Shoe Company, which employed nearly 2,000 people and was manufacturing 20,000 pairs of shoes a year by 1919. Given that history, Urban Restorations renamed the building to The Shumaker to acknowledge its history.

Stephanie Bosco, Lancaster's economic development director and executive director of the Lancaster Port Authority, said that the gears started turning on the project more than two years ago when former mayor David Scheffler and former economic development director Mike Pettit met with Bob Schilling, president of Urban Restoration.

"This redevelopment is already attracting and enabling the type of growth and quality of life Lancastrians are looking for including more retail and downtown living options," Bosco said. "This will be a catalyst for more development in downtown Lancaster."

On Jan. 29, The Shumaker announced that Urban Restorations received a $2 million tax credit from a state program that provides tax credits to help finance mixed-use projects, such as recently announced changes to the former Kroger Bakery in Columbus.

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“This project is going to be a gateway for this quarter of our downtown to new development, much-needed residential space and more commercial space," Lancaster Mayor Don McDaniel said. "We are already getting more interest in revitalizing this section of our downtown, so we are excited to see what the future holds as The Shumaker comes to fruition.”

Urban Restorations also received funding from the Ohio Department of Development and a federal tax credit of 20% of the renovation cost.

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2025.

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Two dead after shooting at Downtown, Columbus night club

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/05/2024 - 03:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Two people are dead after an overnight shooting at a Downtown, Columbus night club.

Police responded to a shooting at 1:15 a.m. Monday morning at the Noir Lounge night club in downtown, southwest of the Columbus Commons at West Cherry Street. Officers found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds near the front door of the lounge.

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Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, though police do not know what led to the shooting or have any suspect information. The identities of the victims are also not known at this time as the investigation continues.

Investigators will be viewing outside security camera footage for any details that may lead to additional information. A portion of South High Street is partially closed early Monday morning between Rich Street and Main Street.

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Mild sunshine and dry weather persists through midweek

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/05/2024 - 02:31
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Mainly sunny, high 50
  • Tonight: More clouds, low 28
  • Tuesday: Partly cloudy, high 50
  • Wednesday: Mainly sunny, high 51
  • Thursday: Mainly cloudy, high 57
  • Friday: Sct'd rain, high 56
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Monday!

We start the day with a few clouds out, mainly north of I-70. Those clouds will thin out into the afternoon, giving way to mainly sunny skies, but they will give us quite the temperature gradient into the afternoon. Expect highs in Columbus, and south of I-70, in the upper 40s and lower 50s. To the north of I-70, temperatures will be a bit cooler, topping out in the low to middle 40s.

More clouds build in tonight. We start with some clouds Tuesday, but then we'll see the return of lots of sunshine by the afternoon, with highs topping out close to 50 in the city.

By Wednesday, expect continued sunshine, with only a few clouds out. Highs top out in the lower 50s during the afternoon, continuing our stretch of sunny, above-average weather.

Clouds return Thursday, and continue to build throughout the day. Expect highs in the upper 50s Thursday, with breezy conditions. It looks like we'll remain dry most of Thursday, before our next system arrives overnight and into Friday.

That system will bring us scattered showers at times on Friday. Doesn't look like a washout, but still a day to keep the umbrellas handy. Highs stick in the middle 50s.

We'll see the chance for a few spotty showers into the weekend, but once again, doesn't look to be a washout.

-McKenna

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Operation Under Triple Digits gets underway in Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 19:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A Columbus area nonprofit is bringing the community together to focus on reducing violence in the city.

Columbus recorded 149 homicides in 2023. Now, Mothers of Murdered Columbus Children (MOMCC) is working to reduce that number and encourage everyone to stop the violence.

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Operation Under Triple Digits had its official launch on the streets of Linden on Sunday. Its mission is to combat the high homicide numbers.

People of all ages took to the streets to share this message.

"We know that any life loss, especially to violence, is a tragedy, so we don't celebrate under triple digits," MOMCC Founder and CEO Malissa Thomas-St. Clair said. 

MOMCC said under 100 is the effort’s starting goal.

"We saw there wasn't a year we could find where Columbus, Ohio, was under triple digits,” Thomas-St. Clair said. “And we started to talk about the why. Why are we always above 100 lives lost to violence? And then the name was birthed.”

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"We're losing kids, one by one and they're under a certain age and we're losing a whole generation, so we just needed to just stop that," MOMCC member Anita Akins said. 

Akins lost her son in 2012. She said his death is still unsolved even after almost 12 years.

"It seems like yesterday,” she said. “So sometimes I lose count because this is, like, I replay the same day every day.”

Akins said he would be proud of the work this group is doing today.

The idea is to use crime data to drive decision-making and work with other community organizations, residents, faith-based networks, elected officials and law enforcement.

"This neighborhood has gone through so much,” Franklin County Coroner Dr. Nathaniel Overmire said. “We at the coroner's office unfortunately are out here a lot working on homicides and suicides. Ultimately, we need, as a community, to come together. It's all about love and partnership."

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"To be out here just means a lot to support, everybody and my nana and my mom to, like, help them, I guess, get through the losses," MOMCC Youth Division member Deshjauna Jones said. 

The organization is asking people to sign a pledge to reduce homicides in the city. There are plans to have other Under Triple Digits events all over the city in the coming months.

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Beautiful weekend, mild weather will continue with February sunshine

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 15:33
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

A ridge of high pressure over the Great Lakes is bringing lots of sunshine and mild weather for early February. Low pressure in the southern Plains will be forced well south of the Ohio Valley by the blocking ridge of high pressure. 

The departing system in the Southeast will draw down slightly cooler air to start the workweek, though still above average temperatures for early February.

The skies will be mainly clear for the next several days, except for some high, thin clouds. Temperatures will reach the mid-40s Monday, with a northerly breeze.

Morning lows will dip into the cold mid-20s through midweek, followed by mild afternoons after a chilly start.

Milder southwesterly winds will develop midweek, as high pressure shifts farther east, sending readings climbing into the 50s, as much as 15 to 20 degrees warmer than normal. 

Clouds will increase on Thursday ahead of a disturbance tracking eastward that will bring showers on Friday, tapering off early in the weekend.

Forecast
  • Sunday: Sunny, mild. High 52 
  • Tonight: Clear, cold. Low 27
  • Monday: Mostly sunny. High 46
  • Tuesday: Sunny, mild. High 49 (27)
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 53 (29)
  • Thursday: Partly sunny, breezy, warmer. High 58 (38)
  • Friday: Showers. High 56 (47)
  • Saturday: Showers a.m., some sun. High 55 (48)
  • Sunday: Partly sunny. High 53 (40)
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The Spectrum: Immigration deal abandoned; Ohio Senate polling

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 13:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – This week on The Spectrum:

  • A bipartisan immigration deal falls apart in Congress after hardline Republicans said the proposal was dead on arrival in the House of Representatives.

“They walked away from everything dealing with immigration reform and borders because they want to be able to run on that,” Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) said.

Hear why Beatty blames partisan politics for the gridlock in Washington, and from Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio) on why the deal fell apart.

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  • Ohio taxpayers are still footing the bill for two coal plants subsidized by the tainted House Bill 6.

“To the tune of $153,000 per day,” Common Cause Ohio’s Catherine Turcer said.

Hear why state leaders are facing pushback for their calls to repeal the remaining portions of the bill.

  • Democratic strategist Greg Haas and Republican strategist Terry Casey join the roundtable to discuss those Ohio Senate poll numbers as well as the on-again, off-again deal for border security.

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Five-star cornerback Na'eem Offord commits to Ohio State for 2025

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 10:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Buckeyes are looking likely to have a shut down secondary in the near future as another five-star cornerback has committed to Ohio State.

Alabama native Na'eem Offord has announced his decision to become a Buckeye in 2025. Offord is considered the No. 6 overall prospect in the country, according to 247Sports. He is one of just six recruits in the 2025 class that currently has a five-star rating.

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Offord plays for Parker high school in Birmingham, stands at 6'1", has played both offense and defense as well as competed in track & field. His fastest 200-meter dash was timed at 22.35 seconds.

This is the second five-star cornerback prospect that has committed to Ohio State. Devin Sanchez, who is the No. 4 ranked prospect in the country, is also set to come to Columbus in 2025. The Buckeyes' 2025 class currently has eight player commitments.

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Westerville native Brad Robbins shares lessons learned from rookie NFL season

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 05:30

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- While the 49ers and the Chiefs prepare for the Super Bowl, a Westerville native fresh of his first year in the NFL already has his sights set on next season.

On a Friday night at Westerville North High School, Brad Robbins was in the gymnasium rooting for the visiting Westerville South Wildcats in a crosstown showdown on the basketball court.

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"It's unbelievable. Our offseason just started. It feels really good to be back and watch some of the boys playing," Robbins said. "South vs. North. Really excited to be here watching."

The 2017 graduate of Westerville South just finished his rookie season as a punter with the Cincinnati Bengals and is already thinking of how to be a better player.

"For me as a punter, I'm going to be working on being directional. Being accurate in direction. Being accurate with hangtime and distance as well. Improving in overall consistency," Robbins said. "The biggest jump in someone's career is from year one to year two. So looking forward to that."

Robbins admits he's got a lot to improve on, but he's used to criticism. After all, the central Ohio product played for Michigan from 2017 to 2022 before becoming a sixth-round pick for the Bengals last year.

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"There's so many people in our locker room that are super nice and super good role models so just being able to listen to those guys and take what they say to heart and apply what they say and become a vet quick mentally," Robbins said.

And as he watches high school athletes play, he knows a lot of young players are looking up to him as he lives his dream of playing in the NFL.

"As a high schooler, it takes that passion and that grit and really understanding that it's going to be a grind to get to this point," Robbins said. "And even when you get to this point, keep grinding to be the best you can be. So just fall in love with that grind."

Just a piece of advice from someone whose career in the NFL is just getting started.

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Atmospheric rivers: How they affect a storm's moisture content

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 05:00
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The term "atmospheric river" refers to a long plume of water vapor, moisture emanating from the subtropics.

An atmospheric river is not a storm, but instead behaves like a fire hose that shifts with the approach of a storm system. The channel of moisture is typically 250 to 375 miles wide and about 2,000 miles long.

Remarkably, an atmospheric river is capable of carrying as much as seven to 15 times the typical amount of water released in a single day through the Mississippi River, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Storms arriving from the North Pacific tap the corridor of moisture, which enhances the potential for very heavy rain and mountain snow as the sopping air is lifted thousands of feet, cooling and condensing into precipitation. The supply of water vapor is being aided by evaporation from the pool of warm water (3 to 4 degrees above normal) in an El Niño pattern.

Moisture slamming into the Pacific Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada mountains usually unloads copious amounts of low-elevation rain and mountain snow. Rainfall in Central and Southern California in the coming days will total 2 to 6 inches, with locally 8 to 12 inches on the south (upslope) side of the San Gabriel Mountains and other ridges.

Over the interior, several feet of snow are expected in the Sierra Nevada, where the snowpack is only about the normal amount, so the heavy snow is welcome.

Atmospheric rivers are not limited to the North Pacific, but do occur in other parts of the world, where the upper-level winds tap tropical moisture. Surges of moisture from the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic contributed to widespread flooding in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast in mid-July 2023, and again in early January 2024.

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Industries with the highest employment in Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 04:30

The COVID-19 pandemic radically altered the U.S. economy, with unemployment peaking at 14.7% in April 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). While jobs have been gaining since, millions of out-of-work Americans are still searching for jobs.

Before COVID-19 gutted the economy, the United States' economic landscape was rapidly changing, with health care, computer systems design, and scientific industries leading a push for more employment. On the flip side, industries like wired telecommunications, postal service, and textile production are showing a rapid decline. With the development of newer and more advanced technologies every day, the job landscape is shifting and so are the pay demands and prerequisite skills. There is a strong correlation between advanced education and a higher salary—workers with higher education levels have higher wages and lower unemployment rates. Of course, it should be noted that obstacles remain for universal access to quality higher education.

Stacker compiled a list of industries with the highest employment in Columbus, OH Metro Area using data from U.S. Census Bureau. Industries are ranked by number of employees as of 2019.

Keep reading to see which industries in Columbus are the surest bets for employment.

#19. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 1,502 (0.1% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +82.7%

National
- Employed: 799,011
- Percent of total employment: 0.5%
- #19 most common industry nationwide

#18. Management of companies and enterprises

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 2,017 (0.2% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +14.0%

National
- Employed: 232,031
- Percent of total employment: 0.1%
- #20 most common industry nationwide

#17. Utilities

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 10,564 (1.0% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +26.6%

National
- Employed: 1,272,369
- Percent of total employment: 0.8%
- #18 most common industry nationwide

#16. Real estate and rental and leasing

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 18,669 (1.7% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +15.6%

National
- Employed: 3,034,330
- Percent of total employment: 1.9%
- #15 most common industry nationwide

#15. Arts, entertainment, and recreation

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 18,823 (1.7% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +42.3%

National
- Employed: 3,532,697
- Percent of total employment: 2.2%
- #14 most common industry nationwide

#14. Information

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 22,853 (2.1% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +24.3%

National
- Employed: 2,959,616
- Percent of total employment: 1.9%
- #16 most common industry nationwide

#13. Wholesale trade

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 29,961 (2.7% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +5.2%

National
- Employed: 4,013,368
- Percent of total employment: 2.5%
- #13 most common industry nationwide

#12. Administrative and support and waste management services

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 46,651 (4.2% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +31.7%

National
- Employed: 6,766,918
- Percent of total employment: 4.3%
- #12 most common industry nationwide

#11. Other services, except public administration

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 47,809 (4.3% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +22.2%

National
- Employed: 7,584,054
- Percent of total employment: 4.8%
- #9 most common industry nationwide

#10. Public administration

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 47,937 (4.3% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: -3.4%

National
- Employed: 7,140,292
- Percent of total employment: 4.5%
- #11 most common industry nationwide

#9. Transportation and warehousing

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 57,114 (5.2% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +48.3%

National
- Employed: 7,665,636
- Percent of total employment: 4.8%
- #8 most common industry nationwide

#8. Construction

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 59,205 (5.3% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +39.7%

National
- Employed: 11,036,894
- Percent of total employment: 7.0%
- #7 most common industry nationwide

#7. Accommodation and food services

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 76,001 (6.9% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +21.7%

National
- Employed: 11,801,878
- Percent of total employment: 7.4%
- #5 most common industry nationwide

#6. Professional, scientific, and technical services

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 78,715 (7.1% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +39.4%

National
- Employed: 11,765,340
- Percent of total employment: 7.4%
- #6 most common industry nationwide

#5. Finance and insurance

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 80,571 (7.3% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +15.9%

National
- Employed: 7,263,440
- Percent of total employment: 4.6%
- #10 most common industry nationwide

#4. Manufacturing

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 100,160 (9.0% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +26.6%

National
- Employed: 15,770,698
- Percent of total employment: 9.9%
- #3 most common industry nationwide

#3. Educational services

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 100,475 (9.1% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +17.5%

National
- Employed: 14,839,461
- Percent of total employment: 9.3%
- #4 most common industry nationwide

#2. Retail trade

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 130,858 (11.8% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +16.5%

National
- Employed: 17,216,634
- Percent of total employment: 10.8%
- #2 most common industry nationwide

#1. Health care and social assistance

Columbus, OH Metro Area
- Employed: 171,648 (15.5% of total employment)
- Change in employment from 2010 to 2019: +35.5%

National
- Employed: 22,131,751
- Percent of total employment: 13.9%
- #1 most common industry nationwide

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One person critical after being hit by car in southeast Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 04:27

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person was taken to the hospital early Sunday morning after being hit by a car in southeast Columbus.

Just before 1 a.m., Columbus police officers were called to the intersection of Chatterton Road and Legion Lane after reports someone was hit by a vehicle, according to a police dispatcher.

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One person was found injured and was taken to Mount Carmel East in critical condition. A police dispatcher said the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.

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Two men critically injured after Franklinton shooting near bar

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 04:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Two men have been hospitalized after being shot early Sunday morning in the Franklinton neighborhood, located west of downtown Columbus.

According to a police dispatcher, officers were sent to the 940 block of Sullivant Avenue near The Patio Bar just after 2:45 a.m. Two men were found injured from gunshot wounds, per Columbus police.

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Both victims were taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition, per a police dispatcher.

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Sunshine and mild this Sunday, warm temp continue

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/04/2024 - 03:07
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Mild & sunny, high 52
  • Tonight: Mostly clear, low 29
  • Monday: Few clouds, high 48 (27)
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny, high 49 (30)
  • Wednesday: Partly cloudy, high 52 (38)
  • Thursday: Clouds building w/ rain late, high 56 (47)
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Thanks to high pressure across the region, Sunday will bring more sunshine with even warmer temperatures. Highs across central Ohio will reach the low 50s. That will have our high temps running about 15 degrees above normal for the beginning of February. The mild conditions and clear skies will be great for most outdoor activities. A light breeze from the northeast will come in at around 5-10 mph.

Tonight skies will start off mainly clear, but as the night progresses we will see a few more clouds build in. By the morning it will be partly to mostly clear. Another round of frost will try to form by the time we wake up. Lows will fall to the upper 20s.

The vast majority of this week will have be filled with plenty of sunshine. The first half of the upcoming week will keep temperatures right around the 50 degree mark. As the week goes on temps will move into the mid 50s.

We will start the week dry; however, our next round of rain will try to makes its way into central Ohio by the end of the work week. Clouds will begin to build up again on Thursday with scattered rain chances beginning Thursday night into Friday. More scattered rain shower chances will linger through parts of the weekend.

-Bryan

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Make-A-Wish fundraiser goes to The Prom

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/03/2024 - 20:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Make-A-Wish Prom 2024 event has come and gone. It was an opportunity for people to come out and enjoy some good food and drinks while raising money for a good cause. 

The proceeds of the event are going toward helping Make-A-Wish make life-changing wishes come true for children with critical illnesses. 

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Saturday’s event was held at the Huntington Field Club at Lower.com Field. While a final fundraising amount isn’t known yet, last year’s event raised more than $118,000 for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. 

Kicking off the prom this year was Ohio State University’s dance team, which performed to get the crowd ready to party all night long. 

“We just have a ball, an absolute great time here on the dance floor,” Erika Jurrans-Hutchinson, founder of The Prom 2024, said. “We get to do some amazing things for these kids and raise some really fabulous money.” 

The event used to be called the “Mom Prom,’ but this year it has a new name. Hutchinson said she came up with the idea on her patio during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The opportunity for us to raise this money and to raise these funds for these kids is really why we all do it,” she said. 

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Right now, more than 300 kids in central Ohio are waiting for a wish. One family had their daughter’s wish granted in December, sharing their story at Saturday’s event.

“Our daughter Lola is three and a half years old,” said Lola’s father Jake Kaufman. “She was diagnosed with something called the Zellweger Spectrum Disorder, around her first birthday.”

“What we landed on for a wish for Lo was a golf cart,” said Lola’s mother Sara Kear. “Lo loves being outside, it’s one of her absolute favorite things. She is kind of outgrowing the little push car that we push her in around our neighborhood, so this golf cart will allow her to be outside, taking rides with us for the rest of our lives.”

They said that Lola being granted her wish was life-changing and an experience they’re grateful for. 

“When you’re nominated for a wish, it’s a reminder of the terrible things that you’re facing,” Kaufman said. “Make-A-Wish does such an incredible job making everything feel celebratory, everything feels really honoring of our child, of Lola, and the other kiddos. So, it’s really an incredible organization.”

The theme of the prom was The 80's. Everyone dressed the part and was ready for a night filled with food, drinks and, of course, dancing. 

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“With all the money raised, it allows us to grant more wishes, which is our goal for the night,” Make-A-Wish advisory board member Ali Dorsett said. “The more money, the more wishes and being able to have a fun, celebratory event like this, knowing that we’re making an impact on these little kids’ lives, it means a lot.”

Dorsett said being able to help grant wishes means a lot to her. 

“I helped grant a wish in college,” she said. “That was one of my most memorable moments in my college career. I knew I wanted to get back involved with Make-A-Wish, and this has been like the perfect opportunity to be a part of the board.” 

Organizers hope the event grows bigger next year, allowing Make-A-Wish to put smiles on more kids’ faces.

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Ohio's first measles case of 2024 reported

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/03/2024 - 16:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has identified the state's first case of measles in 2024.

The department said the infected child is from Montgomery County, and ODH is working with Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County to identify and notify those who may have been exposed to the disease.

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According to Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County, the case was first reported on Jan. 29 in a patient at Dayton's Children's Hospital's emergency room. The department said people in that area on Jan. 29 and on Jan. 31 may have been exposed.

One case of measles was reported in the state in 2023. However, in 2022, 90 cases were reported, with the outbreak centered in central Ohio with 85 of those reported cases. Those were the first cases of the disease in Ohio since 2019.

ODH said measles is extremely contagious and can spread through coughing or sneezing. The department said 90% of people who come into contact with a measles patient, if those people aren't immunized, will become infected.

Symptoms of measles include a rash, fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, and red, watery eyes. Normally, the rash will last about 5 or 6 days. It begins at the patient's hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and then down the body. Other complications from the disease include diarrhea and ear infections. About one in five children who contracts measles will be hospitalized with complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, or brain swelling, the public health department said. 

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends all children receive two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, starting with the first shot when between the ages of 12 through 15 months, with a second shot between the ages of 4 to 6 years old.

“Measles can be a very serious illness for anyone,” Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, ODH director, said in a press release. “The key to preventing measles is vaccination. If you are not vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get the vaccine.”

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Beautiful weekend, mild weather continues next week

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/03/2024 - 12:20
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

A ridge of high pressure will build down from Canada to the Mid-Atlantic region, bringing lots of sunshine and mild weather for early February. Low pressure in the southern Plains to remain well south of the Ohio Valley.

The skies will be mainly clear for the next several days, except for some high, thin clouds arriving from the southwest. Temperatures will reach the upper 40s to low 50s. Morning lows will dip slightly below freezing.

Next week looks to be quiet and unseasonably mild. A weak cold front will bring a slight cool-down early in the week. Temperatures will rebound into the 50s midweek, with a southwesterly flow behind high pressure.

Clouds will return on Thursday ahead of a disturbance tracking eastward that will bring showers on Friday, tapering off early in the weekend.

Forecast
  • Saturday: Sunny. High 46
  • Tonight: Clear, chilly. Low 30
  • Sunday: Sunny, milder. High 51
  • Monday: Mostly sunny. High 47 (29)
  • Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 49 (28)
  • Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 52 (29)
  • Thursday: Clouds increase, breezy. High 56 (37)
  • Friday: Showers. High 55 (48)
  • Saturday: Showers a.m., mostly cloudy. High 53 (43)
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Ohio mom accused of faking child's cancer for money pleads not guilty to all charges

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/03/2024 - 11:47

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CALDWELL, Ohio (WCMH) -- A Pleasant City woman accused of faking her daughter's serious illness for money has pleaded not guilty, citing a specific reason, to an increasing stack of charges against her.

Noble County deputies arrested 41-year-old Pamela Reed on Jan. 8 on a charge of petty theft. Since Reed's case moved from Noble County Court to the Noble County Court of Common Pleas, the charges against her have increased and some have been elevated. As of Saturday, Noble County Common Pleas Court records showed Reed faces the following felony charges:

  • Telecommunication fraud
  • Two counts of endangering children
  • Grand theft
  • Eight counts of forgery
Pamela Reed. (Courtesy Photo/Noble County Sheriff's Office)

Court records obtained Friday showed Reed pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Jan. 25. Her defense team then submitted a motion for a competency evaluation, and the court referred her to an Ohio forensic diagnostic center.

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The Noble County Sheriff's Office began investigating Reed when it said a local school sent in a tip about a possible theft by deception. As the school grew concerned with her child's continued absence, Reed gave the school paperwork showing they had been diagnosed with leukemia. However, school staff told the sheriff's office that they had debunked that by calling the healthcare provider listed on Reed's paperwork.

Reed had taken at least $7,725 in donations that were intended to offset costs for her daughter's medical treatment. However, she admitted in interviews with detectives that her child never had cancer, according to the sheriff's office. To keep up the charade, a detective wrote in an affidavit that Reed altered documents from the girl's healthcare provider, shaved her head and obtained seizure medication for her.

Reed has a status hearing for her case on Feb. 9, according to court records. From there, she has a 10 a.m. status conference on March 25, and a potential jury set for 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 2.

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Think you're overpaying at the vet? See how much it costs to vaccinate your dog in Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/03/2024 - 04:30

Although it’s not quite from the moment they’re born, dogs are susceptible to a range of dangerous and fatal viruses shortly after birth. Like humans, female dogs provide passive immunity, or maternal immunity, to their puppies as protection against viruses even while they’re in utero. Most of the protective antibodies are passed on to puppies through their mother’s milk, but this only supports your dog’s immune system until they’re 12 weeks old. This is why it’s essential to schedule a series of vaccinations against diseases like Bordetella, canine distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis, rabies, Lyme disease, and influenza for your puppy.

And, as a responsible pet owner, you must ensure their vaccinations are up to date annually. Just like us, dogs should complete a yearly visit with their vet who will conduct a physical exam to check in on the animal’s health, recommend maintenance like dental cleaning, and administer vaccinations that have lapsed. While the sum of a complete vaccination series can average $200, treatment of any of these diseases can cost thousands.

Where you live can impact exactly which vaccinations are recommended and how much those cost. For dogs living in a metro area like any of the 25 included on this national list, their level of exposure to various diseases through boarding, dog parks, or dog walking services is greater than those living in more suburban or rural settings. For example, a vaccination against Bordetella—a highly contagious virus that causes kennel cough—is often required for dog services in cities.

Conversely, dogs that are more likely to pick up ticks, like those living near or frequently visiting wooded areas, are at a higher risk of contracting Lyme disease. Therefore, the Lyme disease vaccine should be a priority for these dogs, but not necessarily for those living in city centers where fleas, heartworm disease, and intestinal parasites are often a larger concern than ticks. It's important to consult with your dog’s veterinarian about which vaccines are required or recommended based on your location and lifestyle.

ManyPets used data from Banfield Pet Hospital’s price estimator tool to break down the cost of vaccinating a dog in your city. The average cost mentioned refers to the average among the 25 most populous cities.

Columbus by the numbers

- Average vaccination cost: $32.01 ($1.34 less expensive than average)
--- Bordetella: $29.18
--- Distemper Parvo DAPP: $34.11
--- H3N2 and H3N8 influenza: $46.19
--- Leptospirosis: $20.88
--- Lyme disease: $37.47
--- Rabies: $24.24

study conducted by the University of California, Davis (published in 2014) found that dogs who contracted leptospirosis, which attacks the kidneys and liver, were hospitalized for an average of 11 days and racked up a treatment bill of more than $5,000. Treatment of parvovirus can cost up to $2,500. The fatality rate for dogs acquiring parvovirus who are unvaccinated, improperly vaccinated, or have lapsed vaccination is 90% when untreated. And without a rabies vaccination, dogs are susceptible to a viral disease that has no cure, can’t be treated with medication, and virtually always fatal.

Operating a business in a metro area is often more expensive than operating that same business in a rural area due to higher overhead costs. Veterinary practices and even vaccination clinics are no exception to this rule of real estate. These overhead costs are typically absorbed by you, the pet owner, who pays the bills for services like vaccination administration. Even within metro regions, costs can vary.

Keep reading below to see which of the 25 most populous cities have the most and least expensive dog vaccination costs.

Cities with the most expensive dog vaccination costs

#1. San Francisco, California: $38.91 average vaccination cost ($5.56 more expensive than average)
#2. San Jose, California: $37.06 average vaccination cost ($3.71 more expensive than average)
#3. San Diego, California: $36.16 average vaccination cost ($2.81 more expensive than average)

Cities with the least expensive dog vaccination costs

#1. El Paso, Texas: $30.87 average vaccination cost ($2.48 less expensive than average)
#2. Nashville, Tennessee: $31.24 average vaccination cost ($2.11 less expensive than average)
#3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: $31.24 average vaccination cost ($2.11 less expensive than average)

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Plenty of sunshine and a taste of springtime this weekend

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/03/2024 - 03:42
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Mostly sunny, high 49
  • Tonight: Clear skies, low 26
  • Sunday: Mild & sunny, high 53 (25)
  • Monday: Few clouds, high 50 (28)
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny, high 49 (29)
  • Wednesday: Partly cloudy, high 52 (36)
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

A massive ridge of high pressure is settled over the majority of the Great Lakes. This means we are in store for an absolutely beautiful weekend across central Ohio. There will be a few clouds hanging around this morning, but then skies will clear later on in the afternoon. High today will reach the the upper 40.

Tonight skies will remain clear and a few areas of frost may form. Lows will fall into the mid 20s. These lows are only a few degrees above average for this time of year. This is one in a series of many quiet and chilly nights during our otherwise mild stretch of weather this upcoming week.

Sunday will bring more sunshine with even warmer temperatures. Highs across central Ohio will reach the low 50s. That will have our high temps running about 15 degrees above normal for the beginning of February. The mild conditions and clear skies will be great for most outdoor activities.

The vast majority of this week will have be filled with plenty of sunshine. The majority of the week will keep temperatures in the low to mid 50s. We will remain dry; however, our next round of rain will try to makes its way into central Ohio by the end of the work week. Clouds will begin to build up again on Thursday with scattered rain chances beginning Thursday night into Friday.

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Drug charges against two Columbus police officers related to earlier case, court records show

News Channel 4 - Fri, 02/02/2024 - 20:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A federal court docket shows the Thursday arrests of two Columbus police officers, accused of stealing and selling cocaine, is related to a previous drug trafficking case involving two more Columbus officers.

On Thursday, former Columbus officers Joel Mefford, 34, of London and John Castillo, 31, of Grove City were arrested. Indictments against the pair include accusations of stealing from evidence rooms and investigation scenes, as well as passing off the narcotics to another individual to be sold.

  • Joel Mefford. (Courtesy Photo/Northwest Ohio Corrections Center)
  • John Castillo. (Courtesy Photo/Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
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Mefford is accused of stealing 20 kilograms of cocaine from the Columbus police property room in April 2020, replacing it with fake narcotics. He also is alleged to have deposited more than $72,000 in cash from the cocaine sales into his personal bank account.

An indictment against Castillo alleges that in February 2021, he took around 10 kilograms of cocaine from a home during an investigation and did not turn it into evidence. He allegedly planted two kilograms at the house to be discovered by law enforcement, but stored the leftover cocaine in another person’s basement to be sold by another individual.

A federal court docket states that judges believe this case is related case is related to a different case involving Columbus police officers, John Kotchkoski and Marco Merino, who were arrested in 2021 for conspiring to traffic drugs.

  • John J. KotchkoskiJohn J. Kotchkoski
  • Marco Merino

Both Kotchkoski and Merino pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic more than eight kilograms of fentanyl — enough to kill more than one million people. Merino was sentenced to nine years in prison. Kotchkoski will be sentenced in May.

Court documents did not specify how these two cases are connected. 

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