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One dead in fatal hit-skip motorcycle crash in Franklin Township

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 19:19

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person is dead and investigators are searching for a vehicle after a hit-and-run crash involving a motorcycle in Franklin Township Monday evening.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened at approximately 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Brown Road and Frank Road.

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A Honda Civic 4-door was turning from Frank Road onto Brown Road and drove in front of a 2002 Honda motorcycle driving west on Frank Road, which caused the motorcycle to hit the rear passenger side of the Honda, the sheriff's office said.

The Civic then fled the scene driving north on Brown Road without stopping, police said.

The driver of the motorcycle was taken to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m.

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The sheriff's office said the Honda is a tan/gold early 2000s Civic LX with aftermarket wheels that looked like six-spoke wheels and a small spoiler on the trunk. Photos of the suspect vehicle can be seen below.

  • Vehicle suspected to be involved in a hit and run crash in Franklin Township on Monday, June 17. (PHOTO COURTESY FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)Vehicle suspected to be involved in a hit and run crash in Franklin Township on Monday, June 17. (PHOTO COURTESY FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)
  • Vehicle suspected to be involved in a hit and run crash in Franklin Township on Monday, June 17. (PHOTO COURTESY FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)Vehicle suspected to be involved in a hit and run crash in Franklin Township on Monday, June 17. (PHOTO COURTESY FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 614-525-6113.

The sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by Franklin Township police and Columbus Division of Fire medics.

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Franklin County addressing the effects of trauma on children

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 18:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) and Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) are working with other local partners to prevent traumatic childhood experiences from affecting long-term health.

Those who work in the space refer to those experiences as ACEs, adverse childhood experiences. They can include violence, abuse, losing a loved one, and a variety of socioeconomic-related challenges, according to Joe Mazzola, health commissioner with Franklin County Public Health.

"Some things that a lot of our families have had to go through, and so those experiences, and there's a lot of research over the last 10 to 15 years, those experiences really have an impact on long-term health for an individual and their families," he said.

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With grant funding from the county, FCPH brought HPIO in. HPIO examines health-related challenges and solutions. It discussed some of those at a conference on Monday.

"We’re trying to bring as many partners together to work together and so we’re not working in silos in Franklin County but we’re working together, we can make better use of our resources, more collaboration and just trying to get better outcomes for our children and families," said Becky Carroll, director of policy research and analysis with HPIO.

Other community groups, agencies, and organizations were also in attendance, talking about what is working and what holes they said needed to be filled.

"In our work, we want to highlight ways to reduce risk factors for ACEs but also highlight ways to support parents and to build up more of those protective factors among our kids," Carrol said.

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Easton, Polaris bucking national mall trend

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 17:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – For decades in the U.S., malls were the place to be. City Center Mall in Downtown Columbus was a hot spot in the 1990s, and Eastland and Westland malls were thriving.

That eventually led to some shopping giants like Easton Town Center and Polaris. This month, Easton is marking its 25th anniversary.

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Most of those other malls have now faded from view, a retail trend that's not specific to central Ohio. The malls that have survived are pivoting to a new model. 

Lee Peterson from WD Partners is a national retail expert based in Columbus. He's studied retail trends for decades. Lee and other retail experts say the data is clear---malls are not dying. But they're fighting a common opponent.

“The expression is, ‘You don't have to go to stores anymore; you have to want to go to the stores,’” Peterson said. “Time is the real enemy of stores right now.”

Yet malls remain competitive. According to Coresight research data from 2023, retail sales at malls grew 11%, and store occupancy rose to 95%, the highest level since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“All in all, retail metrics are at their best level ever,” said Brandon Isner, head of retail research for CBRE, a commercial real estate services company.

Greenstreet, a retail analytics firm, completed a recent evaluation of our two main malls in central Ohio. It ranks Easton Town Center as an “A+” mall with 94% of its current space occupied. Polaris ranks as an “A-“ mall with 92% of its space occupied.

Store space into entertainment areas, more varied food service, offices and even housing are breaking out of the "mall mold."

Brands have figured out that their retail stores are not just to sell things; they can process returns and customers can pick up online orders in-store and save on shipping. So many brands still think an in-person presence is critical to their overall sales strategy.

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Required religious release policy for schools pushed at Statehouse hearing

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 17:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- There is a new effort at the Ohio Statehouse to ensure religion can be taught to public school students during the school day, bringing out more than 100 supporters to testify in favor of its passage.

“It would help me affirm my beliefs and it would help everyone else with that same thing and their mental health,” Johnstown-Monroe Public Schools seventh-grader Caleb Reed said.

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“Released time,” as currently defined in state law, means “a period of time during which a student is excused from school to attend a course in religious instruction conducted by a private entity off school district property.”

Although already in state law, it only permits schools to adopt a policy; it does not require it. That is why Reps. Gary Click (R-Vickery) and Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) brought forward House Bill 445, to change existing law from “may” to “shall adopt a policy.”

“About 75% of schools already have policies; however, there are some school districts that don’t have policies and this will fix that problem,” founder and CEO of LifeWise Acedamy Joel Penton said.

LifeWise Academy already has programs in schools across Ohio to teach Christianity through a released time program.

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“Before- and after-school programs are great, Sunday school is great; however, many, many parents want their children to receive bible school education during school hours,” Penton said.

But some, like Ohio Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood), question the need for such a law.

“For as long as there’s been education in the state of Ohio, children have been able to, and their parents, have been able to figure out how to get them to religious-based trainings after school, around their schedules,” Antonio said.

Under both the current and the proposed law, the course must be taught by a private entity off of school district property, and parental consent is required. Students who participate would also be responsible for any missed schoolwork.

“I think we need to be mindful and sensitive to the need of all kids, but at the same time, there still is a separation of church and state,” Antonio said.

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But parents and students who advocate for the bill, like Caleb and Cindy Reed, said the lift would not be that heavy.

“In essence, Caleb would’ve gone once a week during his lunch and recess at his and my choice to do that,” Cindy said. 

The Reed’s school board at Johnstown-Monroe recently voted not to have a released time program. NBC4 did ask for a statement, and the district directed us to its October board meeting where the issue was addressed.

During the meeting, board president Tim Swauger said board members hear and understand the concerns of parents and “these are not easy decisions.” Swauger ultimately argued that students are only in class for so many hours a year so, “any minute that affects or impacts those make it very difficult,” for him to approve that measure.

It was a sentiment Antonio agreed with.

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“Anything that takes kids out of their school day concerns me, for sure,” she said. “If we’re going to see our kids succeed in their academic studies, we need to prioritize that for their school day. There’s a lot of other time available after school, on weekends, to be able to pursue private, individual pursuits for sure.”

“I have too many things competing for after-school programs,” Caleb said.

If enacted, the bill would not only apply to Christianity courses. Any religion would be able to implement an off-campus released time program.

The bill now awaits its next hearing and opponent testimony.

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Police: Naked man punches officer in south Columbus

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 16:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man is jailed Monday after he allegedly punched a Columbus police officer in the face.

According to court documents, Dasean Barnes, 35, of Lebanon, Ohio, is charged with one count of assault on a police officer.

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At approximately 6:41 a.m., Columbus police responded to a call of a naked man walking in the area of South High Street and Sycamore Street. When officers arrived, they saw the suspect, identified as Barnes, wearing a pair of loose-fitting cargo shorts that kept falling down, according to court records.

When officers attempted to take custody of Barnes, he allegedly ran from the scene. During the chase, Barnes punched a Columbus police officer once on the left side of his face, causing damage to the officer's eye, court records state.

Barnes was arrested and taken to Franklin County Jail for processing. He is scheduled to appear in Franklin County court on Tuesday.

The officer remains at a local hospital. According to the city's police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, the officer may require surgery.

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ODOT unveils plan to improve US 23 traffic

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 16:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The U.S. 23 corridor through Delaware County should become a lot safer after Ohio officials announced plans to rehabilitate the roadway.

Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Transportation announced Monday the details of phase one of U.S. 23 Connect, a plan that should improve traffic along a 23-mile stretch from Columbus to Waldo.

According to a statement from DeWine and ODOT, this phase of the project would eliminate almost all of the 39 traffic signals on this stretch of the roadway, the only signals between I-270 in north Columbus and Toledo; if completed, this would leave seven or fewer signals on the road.

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The plan also calls for wider lanes, adding several interchanges, and constructing overpasses.

There were nine fatal crashes and 72 people were injured on this stretch of road between 2020 and 2024, according to ODOT. The state also said that the stretch of road is now exceeding its capacity by 30%, which results in additional crashes and traffic congestion.

The average rush-hour commute is currently 40 minutes to travel this 23-mile stretch; by 2050, ODOT estimates that the same commute could exceed 75 minutes. Should all of the recommended proposals be put into place, the current commute time could be cut to less than 30 minutes, ODOT said.

"This small stretch of U.S. 23 is a vital corridor for freight, and those living and working in this area depend on it - but this road is not on par with the other routes that connect our major cities and even some of our mid-sized communities," DeWine said in a statement.

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ODOT estimates the project will cost between $1.4 and $1.9 billion, with the state already spending $17 million on initial designs for the project.

The plans developed by the state are not final, and the public will be afforded the opportunity to speak out on them in five upcoming public meetings over the next few months. As such, a starting date for construction has not been set.

The first meeting is scheduled for Aug. 6 at a time and place to be announced. To keep up with the meeting schedule, follow ODOT on Facebook and X, sign up for email updates here, or call ODOT at 740-833-8268.

For more information on the project, click here. The recommendations from the U.S. 23 study can be read in the document below.

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Preventing heat-related illness during high temperatures

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 16:00
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Emergency medical professionals said even minutes outside in extreme heat can impact your body, but added that everyone reacts differently.

Dr. Daniel Bachmann with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said heat exhaustion symptoms can be as simple as tiredness, headache, dizziness and vomiting. He said it's just important to be aware of what your body is telling you.

“It's about paying attention to what some of the advisories, you know, we'll tell you,” he said. “So, for instance, just like in the cold, where we limit our time or the prolonged time when we're outside, we need to do the same thing in heat. So if you have to be outside for work or for other reasons, you need to have intermittent or interval time inside, or at least in a cooler environment.”

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Bachmann said it’s important to stay hydrated. He said there isn’t a set amount of water to drink for every person because it depends on what you are doing; if you are working outside in the heat, you should drink about a quart of water an hour to replace the fluids you lost from sweating.

“Water is tough because of the humidity,” he said. “One of the main mechanisms for cooling for the body is sweating and by sweating, you lose a lot of fluids, which means that you need to replace those fluids with water or other, you know, a similar type of fluid.”

The heat doesn’t just impact humans; it is also impacting our pets. Veterinarians said the heat can cause problems fast if you are not cautious.

Veterinarian Dr. Emily Stambaugh with Ohio State University’s Spectrum of Care Clinic said there are signs that your pet is too hot.

She said if you are going to walk your dog on the pavement, do it during morning and night hours, and that grass is a cooler alternative for midday.

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Stambaugh said even just minutes of constant heat can cause your pet to overheat.

“The biggest things I would really be looking out for this week with all of this heat is I would make sure you're not noticing any excessive panting, making sure that, you know, you're not noticing any type of lethargy or just really inactivity inside and indoors, making sure that you're having water available at all times,” she said. “It's really, really going to be important with all of this heat.”

Stambaugh said putting an ice cube in your pets' water can help them cool down and it can be fun for them. She said you can also take your dog swimming, but be sure they know how to swim before just letting them go in. She said there are life jackets available for pets.

If your pet is experiencing any of the heat-related symptoms or an increased heart rate, take them to the vet immediately.

The City of Columbus will be opening five cooling centers Wednesday for people to escape from the heat. They plan to keep the centers open until the heat subsides.

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The centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The locations include Dodge, Driving Park, Glennwood, Linden, and Marion Franklin community centers. Columbus Recreation and Parks said these centers are all about relaxing.

To help beat the heat, the city is also waiving admission fees to city pools and extending ours from 1 p.m. to 8 pm.

Kenton Curtis Jr, the assistant director of Columbus Recreation and Parks, expects it to get busy and there are capacity limits.

“They have to make sure that they have the right number of swim goers as relates to swimmers, and so there may be a waiting period. So just be patient and take advantage of the spray ground,” Curtis said.

He said if you do find yourself in a line try to wait for your turn in your air conditioned car or at a splash pad.

Curtis said all of the staff is trained in basic first aid if you do have a heat emergency at that time. If it is a serious emergency, he said to call 911.

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Blue Jackets fire coach Pascal Vincent

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 15:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Blue Jackets' new team president wasted little time in making his presence felt.

The team announced Monday afternoon it had fired coach Pascal Vincent after one season. The move came less than three weeks after Don Waddell was named president of hockey operations and general manager and less than one year after Vincent was elevated to head coach weeks before the season.

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“As I spent time with Pascal over the past few weeks, I found him to be an outstanding person and smart hockey coach who worked very hard last year under trying circumstances, but I believe a change behind the bench is in our team’s best interest,” Waddell said.

The Blue Jackets went 27-32-12 in their only season under Vincent, finishing last in the Metro Division. They have the fourth overall pick in the NHL draft, which will take place June 28-29.

The fate of the rest of the coaching staff is unknown. "No further decisions regarding the club's coaching staff will be made at this time. The search for a new head coach will begin immediately," a statement from the team read.

Vincent came to the Jackets in 2021 as an assistant under coach Brad Larsen and was retained by Mike Babcock, who was hired in 2023 before resigning shortly before the season over allegations of violating players' privacy by asking to look at their phones.

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“I’m very disappointed. We got it wrong and that is on us," team president John Davidson said when Babcock resigned.

After the season, the team hired Waddell on May 29 and made Davidson a senior adviser.

Vincent's successor will be the Blue Jackets' 11th coach since the team began play in 2000, and their third head coach in two years.

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Five hospitalized, one in custody after stolen vehicle crash in Franklinton

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 14:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Five people are in the hospital after a stolen vehicle crash in Franklinton on Monday afternoon.

A police dispatcher said that the crash occurred a little after 4 p.m. at the intersection of West Broad Street and North Davis Avenue. Five people were taken to a hospital with one in stable condition, other in unstable condition, and one child and two other people in unknown conditions.

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Two people have been identified as suspects who allegedly stole the vehicle. One of those suspects is in custody while another is on the loose, according to police.

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The Memorial returning to its original start time for 50th edition in 2025

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 12:54

DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) -- The annual Memorial Tournament will be returning to its usual spot on the calendar as it celebrates its 50th edition.

Jack Nicklaus announced in a statement that the 2025 Memorial at Muirfield Village will return to its original start time with festivities beginning on Memorial Day. The 50th edition of the tournament will begin on May 29, 2025 and conclude on June 1.

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"The TOUR has acted in the best interest of the Memorial Tournament, and we, in turn, have always supported the TOUR and its initiatives," wrote Nicklaus in a statement. "That is why a year ago when the TOUR presented us its new business model, we were willing to work with them and move the 2024 date to a week before the U.S. Open."

The 2024 tournament took place one week after Memorial Day week and preceded the U.S. Open. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler won the tournament in Dublin two weeks ago with an 8-under score through 72 holes.

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Buckeyes football swap UConn for new non-conference opponent in 2025

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 12:01

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Ohio State is replacing one of its non-conference opponents for the 2025 football season.

The Buckeyes announced they will no longer play Connecticut for the 2025 season, which was scheduled to take place on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State and Connecticut mutually agreed to cancel the game

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Ohio State is replacing UConn with Grambling State from the Southwestern Athletic Conference. This will be the first meeting between the two schools. When the two teams meet, it will be Ohio State's first game against an FCS school since Youngstown State in 2023.

The Tigers will come to Columbus to face the Buckeyes on Sept. 6 after Ohio State's Aug. 30 home game against Texas. OSU's third non-conference opponent will be the Ohio Bobcats, who will play at the Horseshoe on Sept. 13, 2025.

Ohio State 2025 opponents

Home

  • Texas (Aug. 30)
  • Grambling State (Sept. 6)
  • Ohio (Sept. 13)
  • Minnesota
  • Penn State
  • Rutgers
  • UCLA

Away

  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Purdue
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Grambling State is one of the most successful HBCU football teams of all-time having won 15 Black college football national championships. As a member of the SWAC, the Tigers have won 26 conference championships.

Last season, Grambling State went 5-6 in the team's second season under former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson. The Tigers last winning season came in 2019 when they went 6-5.

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Heat continues to increase, when could pop-up storms arrive?

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 10:56
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Few storms, high 94
  • Tonight: Warm and muggy, low 74
  • Tuesday: Pop-up showers, high 95 (75)
  • Wednesday: Hot & muggy, high 96 (73)
  • Thursday: Blistering heat, high 97 (72)
  • Friday: Near record warmth, high 97 (74)
  • Saturday: Chance of t-storms, high 94 (74)
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

It's going to be a hot work week. A heat advisory is in effect until Friday evening. Day time high temperatures will reach the mid-upper 90s while the heat index will exceed 100 degrees almost every day this week.

Today there will be the chance for a pop-up thunderstorm or two by the afternoon. The latest update from the Storm Prediction Center has portions of central Ohio under a marginal risk (1/5) for severe weather this afternoon. Some of the pop-up showers and storms could bring strong and gusty winds. Air temperatures will top off in the mid 90s with a heat index over 100 degrees.

Overnight the small storm chance will continue, but most will stay rainless. Temperatures will only drop to the mid 70s for our overnight low, which is about 15 degrees above normal. Humidity will be high enough that tonight will still feel very muggy.

Tomorrow there will be a few more chances for a pop-up storm or two, but the hear will continue and it is not expected to move anytime soon. Temperatures return to the mid 90s with a heat index in the low 100s. This will repeat almost every day this work week. Stay cool central Ohio.

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Search for escaped Ohio sex offender enters 5th day

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 10:37

GROVE CITY, Ohio (WCMH) – Police have yet to find an armed and dangerous registered sex offender, who escaped custody Thursday after being accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

Grove City police said on Monday that 38-year-old Quinntel Bagley remains wanted as an escaped prisoner. Police said that if anyone sees Bagley or knows any information to contact police immediately. They warned the public not to approach the escaped suspect as well.

On Friday, Grove City police released bodycam videos from the two officers escorting Bagley out of Fairfield Medical Center. The recordings showed the group walking out of the entrance, with one officer holding onto Bagley's arm and a female officer walking alongside a few feet away.

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Within seconds of walking onto the parking garage's pavement, Bagley bolted away from the officer's grasp. Bagley then broke into a home and stole a car outside of the hospital in the 700 block of Pleasantville Road, according to Lancaster police.

He was seen driving a silver or grey Hyundai Santa Fe at the intersection of Coonpath Road and Old Millersport Road. Grove City police later said they had found the car abandoned in the area of U.S. Route 33 near the Hamilton Road exit.

A registered Tier II sex offender, Bagley had served 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping and felonious assault in 2012. Three counts of rape, two counts of felonious assault and one count of kidnapping were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Bagley had about three of five years remaining of post-release control when he was arrested Thursday.

  • Quinntel Bagley. (Courtesy Photo/Grove City Police)
  • Quinntel Bagley escapes from officers June 13 after being arrested. (Courtesy Photo/Grove City Division of Police)
  • Quinntel Bagley escapes from officers June 13 after being arrested. (Courtesy Photo/Grove City Division of Police)
  • Quinntel Bagley escapes from officers June 13 after being arrested. (Courtesy Photo/Grove City Division of Police)
  • A witness captured Quinntel Bagley running into the woods behind an apartment complex. (Courtesy Photo/Mattie Garrett)
  • Highway cameras capture police finding an abandoned car after a registered sex offender allegedly seized it and used it to escape arrest. (Courtesy Photo/Ohio Department of Transportation)
  • Highway cameras capture police finding an abandoned car after a registered sex offender allegedly seized it and used it to escape arrest. (Courtesy Photo/Ohio Department of Transportation)
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Suspect climbed through Columbus Wendy's window to assault employee, police say

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 09:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A man accused of climbing through a fast food drive-through window and assaulting an employee in east Columbus has been arrested.

According to court documents, Columbus police responded to reports of an assault on May 30 at a Wendy’s on East Main Street in Eastmoor. Two employees told police that at 5:50 a.m., a man was banging on the drive-through window at the restaurant, holding up a cellphone with the store manager’s name on it, implying there was a phone call from him.

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One employee opened the window, assuming the manager wanted to speak with him. The man asked for a woman, who was also working inside the Wendy’s, which was not yet open at that time. While one employee walked away to find the other employee, the man climbed through the drive-through window to look for the woman.

The man, later identified as 44-year-old William Foster, followed the woman to the manager’s office and allegedly struck her in the head several times before she fell to the ground. Foster reportedly took the woman’s cellphone and walked out of the office.

Police said after the woman got back up, she ran from the office and climbed outside through the drive-through window. She attempted to get into the driver’s side door of Foster’s vehicle. Foster followed the woman out of the drive-through window and shoved the woman away from the vehicle before leaving the scene.

A cell phone belonging to the victim was found inside the restaurant, police said, and the incident was captured on video surveillance.

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The manager was interviewed and positively identified Foster from a photo array. The manager told police that Foster and the victim were living in his basement.

Foster, who admitted to police he assaulted the victim, was arrested Saturday and appeared before a judge in Franklin County Municipal Court on Monday. He was charged with aggravated robbery, issued a $750,000 bond, and is next scheduled to appear in court on June 25 for a preliminary hearing.

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Columbus area Chick-fil-A restaurants offering free fries this week

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 09:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Summer is fast approaching, and Columbus area Chick-fil-A restaurants are celebrating with free food.

According to a Chick-fil-A spokesperson, participating restaurants in and around Columbus are offering free medium waffle fries this week, Monday through Saturday. Waylon Willoughby, Local Owner-Operator of Chick-fil-A Polaris Parkway, said he hopes the promotion will be “the perfect way to kick off summer for our guests.”

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The promotion is valid through the Chick-fil-A app and while supplies last. To claim the offer, customers can download or open the app to redeem the reward. The reward is limited to one per person.

The restaurant chain has seen an influx of Columbus area locations open within the past year, including locations in Clintonville, Worthington, Lewis Center, and New Albany.

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Annual coffee festival moving to new location in Hilliard

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 09:00

HILLIARD, Ohio (WCMH) - An annual festival featuring central Ohio's local coffee roasters is returning later this year at a new location.

The 9th annual Columbus Coffee Festival is set for Oct. 5-6. The festival was originally held at the Ohio Village at 800 E. 17th Ave., but is moving to the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard this year.

This is due to a renovation project at Ohio Village called "Campus 2.OH," through the Ohio History Connection. The Ohio Village will close after the state fair ends Aug. 4 and will remain closed until 2026.

Since its launch in 2016 by Columbus Underground, the two-day festival has brought in thousands of attendees to meet with several local coffee shops from central Ohio.

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Along with coffee, the festival also offers food trucks, vendors, entertainment and more. Attendees also receive a collectable mug, while coffee sampling is included with the price of admission to the event, according to the event website.

The festival is still in the planning process and is accepting musician applications for the event. The festival noted on its website it has "new things planned this year."

For additional information on the Columbus Coffee Festival, click here.

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One Local Cantina in central Ohio will shut its doors

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 08:30

View a previous report on Columbus' 2024 restaurant openings in the video player above.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A Columbus taco chain is closing one of its locations, the company has confirmed to NBC4.

A representative of Local Cantina, a restaurant serving Mexican-inspired cuisine and craft beverages, confirmed by email that it will soon be shutting the doors to its Short North location at 600 N. High St. On Friday, a sign posted on the restaurant's door gave notice of the closure.

Originally rumored to be closing on June 9, the Short North location's final day has yet to be determined, according to Local Cantina. The spokesperson did not respond when asked to provide a reason for the closure.

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In total, Local Cantina currently has 13 Columbus-area locations, one in Dayton, and another in Florida. The 12 remaining locations in central Ohio include:

  • Grandview (1423 Grandview Ave.)
  • Dublin (4537 Bridge Park Ave.)
  • Hilliard (3975 Main St.)
  • Canal Winchester (20 W. Waterloo St.)
  • New Albany (5525 New Albany Road W.)
  • Brewery District (743 S. High St.)
  • Clintonville (3126 N. High St.)
  • Grove City (3937 Broadway)
  • Gahanna (101 Mill St. #100)
  • Upper Arlington (1670 W. Lane Ave. Suite 150)
  • Westerville (667 N. Cleveland Ave.)
  • Trolley Barn (1644 Oak St.)

Local Cantina began in the Columbus area over a decade ago.

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Live updates: Central Ohio heat wave begins in earnest Monday

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 07:15

This story will be updated with the latest information regarding Monday's excessive heat.

Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Central Ohio has entered its first major heat wave of the summer season.

The entire region is under an excessive heat watch from Monday until Friday as temperatures will be close to reaching triple-digits each day. City organizations have issued advisories and warnings in an effort to assist residents on how to stay safe this week. Cooling centers and pools

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Storm Team 4 is calling for a high of 94 degrees with a heat index above 100 for most of the day, making "feels-like" temperatures even hotter. Monday will bring humidity and mugginess as well, which will increase chances for an isolated pop-up storm later in the day.

How to stay safe

If you are planning to stay outside for long periods of time today, doctors recommend staying extra hydrated and taking multiple breaks in the shade. Dr. Bradley Raetzke, Assistant Medical Director of Emergency Services with Riverside Methodist Hospital, said there was an uptick over the weekend of people with heat-related illnesses.

Doctors recommend drinking water every 10 to 15 minutes of outdoor activity and that you are drinking 12 to 16 ounces of water during that time. If not, you could end up needing help. Columbus Public Health's recommendations include:

  • Drink plenty of water. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Stay in air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have an air conditioner, use movie theatres, malls, libraries and other public places that are cool.
  • Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar because they will dehydrate you.
  • Eat light meals.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid strenuous activities, and limit them to morning and evening hours.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
  • Check on family members, friends and neighbors.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
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The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission currently does not have central Ohio under an air quality alert. High temperatures can often lead to higher pollution levels in the air but Monday's air quality is likely to stay moderate through the day.

View the latest Air Quality Index for Columbus, provided by AirNow and the Environmental Protection Agency, below:

Cooling centers, pool hours

During excessive heat waves, city cooling centers tend to operate to help people navigate the high temperatures while pool hours can also be extended.

Columbus Recreation and Parks announced that cooling centers will be open starting on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dodge, Driving Park, Glenwood, Linden, and Marion Franklin will be the centers open for those 12-hour time periods.

Starting Wednesday, all department pools and spray grounds will have extended hours. Pools will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. with the $1 admission fee waived while the Blackburn, Linden, North Bank, and Scioto Southland spray grounds will open from noon to 8 p.m.

Weather alerts

Stay weather aware with Storm Team 4 and the alerts for where you live. Refresh this page as the National Weather Service updates alerts by county.

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Superman movie to begin filming in Ohio today; film crews spotted building set

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 06:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A new Superman movie will begin filming in Ohio on Monday, with cameras rolling where a crew was seen building a film set earlier this month.

The DC Studios movie titled simply "Superman" is filming in Cleveland starting on Monday through July 16 and then in Cincinnati from July 17 to 18, according to northeast Ohio agency Angela Boehm Casting. The start of filming comes after NBC4's northeast Ohio sister station, Fox 8, captured a crew building a movie set on Cleveland's Public Square.

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The set includes a generic bookstore with the letter "S" in the sign that appears to be an homage to the classic Superman font. In addition, a nearby appliance store selling "refrigerators, televisions and hi-fi stereos" is adorned with a retro aesthetic and Superman's signature blue coloring.

  • The start of filming comes after a crew was seen building a movie set on Cleveland's Public Square. (NBC4 Photo)
  • An appliance store selling is adorned with a retro aesthetic and Superman's signature blue coloring. (NBC4 Photo)
  • The set includes a generic book store with the letter "S" in the sign that appears to be an homage to the classic Superman font. (NBC4 Photo)
  • An appliance store selling is adorned with a retro aesthetic and Superman's signature blue coloring. (NBC4 Photo)

Angela Boehm had posted casting calls for the movie, calling for Ohioans to apply to be background actors earning $12 per hour. Calls were also posted for stand-in actors, who are working firsthand with director James Gunn, and are earning $13 per hour. The Greater Cleveland Film Commission also announced that "Superman" was accepting applications from those wishing to work as a member of the crew.

Angela Boehm and the commission referred to the film as "Genesis," the movie's code name listed in an Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit application that states the project is receiving $11,091,686 in tax credits. The application also says the movie is expected to hire 3,254 Ohio residents to take part in the production.

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DC's Ohio-related expenses are projected to exceed $36 million, which makes up about 10% of the movie's total budget of more than $363 million. Gunn, an American filmmaker, also wrote the movie, which started filming on Feb. 29.

The last possible production date in Ohio is marked for Aug. 23, according to the film's tax credit application. Broken down, the application says the production in Ohio accounts for 133 days for preparation, 37 for shooting and 31 for wrap. That means 25% of Gunn's movie is being filmed in Ohio.

Gunn, also the director of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" trilogy, is relaunching DC's cinematic franchise with American actor David Corenswet as Clark Kent, replacing British actor Henry Cavill who first starred as Superman in 2013's "Man of Steel." Rachel Brosnahan from "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" as Lois Lane and Nicholas Hoult from "The Great" as Lex Luthor round out Gunn's cast.

"Superman" is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 11, 2025.

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One hospitalized after rifle fired during Islamic ceremony in west Columbus

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 05:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – One of the biggest Islamic holidays was interrupted by gunfire in west Columbus, hospitalizing one person early Monday morning.

According to Columbus police, gunfire broke out during a ceremony for Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. The observance took place at Glenview Park on North Eureka Avenue early Monday morning, when police say an unidentified man produced a rifle and began firing the weapon at 1:57 a.m.

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One man was struck in the knee and was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Police said none of the attendees were able to identify the shooter.

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Celebration of the Offering which indicates the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage, is celebrated following the sighting of the crescent moon, which began at sunset on Sunday. Eid al-Adha represents a time of prayer, reflection and sacrifice.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Columbus Police Felony Assault unit at 614-645-4141 or central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).

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