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Infant's death leads to arrest of Reynoldsburg woman

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 10:30

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (WCMH) -- A 51-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to the death of an infant in October.

According to Reynoldsburg police, Tammra Straughter was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder and endangering children. Straughter was operating an at-home child care service with police saying a five-month-old boy died in her care on Oct. 9.

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Before Straughter's arrest, she was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury. The jurors wrote in their indictment described that she allegedly engaged in abuse of the child that resulted in "serious physical harm" in the use of discipline that was "excessive under the circumstances."

She is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday morning.

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Woman tells police she was kicked out of moving car

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 10:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A woman is recovering after suffering a head injury when she was reportedly kicked out of a moving car on the far east side of Columbus.

According to a police report, officers were called Saturday morning to OhioHealth Pickerington Methodist Hospital where a woman checked herself in with a severe head laceration. The woman told police that a man pushed her out of a moving vehicle the night before.

Police said that the woman and suspect, 32-year-old Jerode Perry, were arguing after leaving a bar late Friday night when Perry allegedly reached across her in the front seat and opened the passenger door. Perry then reportedly used his right foot to kick the woman and forced her out of the car, which was traveling at approximately 30 MPH near the intersection of Chatterton Road and Falcon Bridge Drive in the Walnut Heights neighborhood.

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The woman’s head reportedly struck the pavement, and she lost consciousness. Upon waking, she told police she walked home, then checked herself into the hospital at 6 a.m. Saturday. Her injury above her right eye required 20 stitches.

Perry, who is charged with domestic violence and assault, faced a judge at an arraignment hearing Monday morning. He was issued a $25,000 bond and was ordered to have pre-trial supervision as a condition of said bond.

Dating back as far as 2016, Perry has been charged with domestic violence and assault three times (2016, 2018, 2022). Other charges have included aggravated menacing, criminal damaging and endangering, and possession of marijuana.

He pleaded guilty to domestic violence in 2016 and 2018. All other charges were dismissed.

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Columbus-based bubble tea chain coming to Gahanna

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 09:00

GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH) – A Columbus-based bubble tea chain is coming to Gahanna. 

A Bubbles Tea and Juice Company will open in Gahanna's Creekside District at 121 Mill St. The Bubbles storefront will be owned and operated by Darrel and Alexandria Grumman. Bubbles in Gahanna is one of the first franchise-owned locations for the company. 

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“Our goal is to be a family-oriented operation, like a place for everyone to come and feel welcome and hang out and have some good treats,” Alexandria said. 

  • Owners Darrel and Alexandria Grumman with their children. (Photo Courtesy/Darrel Grumman)
  • (Photo Courtesy/Darrel Grumman)
  • (Photo Courtesy/Darrel Grumman)

Bubbles offers a variety of smoothies, bubble teas, cold-pressed juices and acai bowls. The Gahanna shop will carry everything on Bubbles’ traditional menu; “Boozy Bubbles,” which are offered at select locations, will not be available. 

The Grummans said they have plans to bring more Bubbles locations to central Ohio, or as they like to say, “bring Bubbles to the ‘burbs.” 

“We get a lot of feedback that [people] love the drinks, they want to get their kids or themselves a bubble tea, but they don’t want to go into a mall to get it necessarily and so how convenient would it be to have it in our neighborhood,” Darrel said. “So that’s kind of been our goal, is to get it closer to the people.”

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Bubbles opened its first location in the North Market in 2005. Since then, the company has spread with 12 locations across Ohio, and three more on the way. Among its storefronts are locations in Tuttle Crossing Mall, Polaris Fashion Place, Easton Town Center, and Ohio State’s campus. 

Bubbles in Gahanna will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony sometime in April, according to the Grummans. Updates on an opening date can be found on their Facebook page

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Knife-wielding man killed by Columbus police identified

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 08:51

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man fatally shot by a Columbus police officer while allegedly brandishing a knife has been identified.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office confirmed Monday morning that 26-year-old Colin Jennings died after being shot multiple times by police last week in east Columbus. Columbus police said they would give an update on the shooting at 1 p.m. Monday after canceling a Friday press briefing.

On Thursday morning, officers responded to the 500 block of North Nelson Road for a call of a man brandishing a knife, cutting himself, and fighting with another man.

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Police said that when officers arrived, they immediately came into contact with Jennings, who then charged at the officers with a large knife, yelling at them to shoot him. When Jennings failed to listen to police commands, one of the officers fired their weapon, hitting the man.

Medics took Jennings to Grant Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:05 a.m. No officers were injured in the incident.

The Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the incident, which is standard procedure for any shootings involving police officers.

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The news conference scheduled for last Friday was postponed because the man's next of kin had yet to view police body camera footage.

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Police searching for suspects in robbery of south Columbus Dollar General

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 08:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Columbus police are searching for two masked suspects who were seen robbing a south Columbus Dollar General store late last week.

According to an incident report two masked men were seen on video surveillance robbing a Dollar General store in the 1600 block of Parsons Avenue in the Vassor Village neighborhood on Feb. 21 just after 8:30 p.m.

Two suspects are wanted for aggravated robbery at a south Columbus Dollar General, Feb. 23, 2024. (Courtesy/Columbus Division of Police)

Police said that the two suspects brandished firearms and demanded that two clerks give them cash from the store registers. The suspects then fled the scene with cash in hand.

The victims were uninjured during the incident.

CPD is asking that anyone with information on this crime or the identity of the suspect(s) to contact Columbus Police Robbery Unit at (614) 645-4665 or to remain anonymous, contact Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477).

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Man stood over victim and shot him several times, police say

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 06:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A man accused of standing over a victim and shooting him several times in the middle of a south Columbus street was arrested and faced a judge over the weekend.

On Saturday, police arrested 46-year-old Shawn Higgs, who is accused of shooting another man several times near the intersection of East Whittier Street and Parsons Avenue.

According to court documents, officers responded to reports of a shooting at 11:52 a.m. and discovered a man lying in the middle of East Whitter Street with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to Grant Medical Center with extremely critical injuries. No update on his condition has been given as of Monday morning.

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Police said video surveillance in the area revealed that Higgs arrived on a black electric bike at a COTA bus stop at the Southern Orchard intersection when a COTA bus arrived, and the victim exited the bus. The video showed the two having a conversation before Higgs shoves the victim, who proceeds to walk east on Whitter Street.

Higgs allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the man. The man continues to try to walk away before falling down in the street. Higgs reportedly stood over the man and shot him several more times before leaving the scene on the electric bike.

Shawn Higgs (right) and Elizabeth Ferrell (left) were arrested in connection to a south Columbus shooting on Feb. 21, 2024. (Courtesy/Columbus Division of Police)

The video also showed Higgs tossing his helmet down before leaving. A woman was reportedly with Higgs was then seen picking up the helmet and fleeing the scene. Elizabeth Ferrell, 41, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.

Higgs, charged with felonious assault, was issued a $500,000 bond in Franklin County Municipal Court and ordered to appear at a preliminary hearing on March 5.

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U.S. Senate race in Ohio: Republicans debate; lawsuit against Moreno comes to light

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 06:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- In Ohio's U.S. Senate race, last week was marked by a debate among the top three Republicans and details about a lawsuit against one GOP candidate.

On March 19, the Republican primary for Ohio's U.S. Senate race will decide who among state Sen. Matt Dolan, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and businessman Bernie Moreno will face incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. The general election will take place on Nov. 5.

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Here are developments from the past week.

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The three Republicans met for the first time in a debate hosted by NBC4 and other Nexstar stations in Ohio in January. The second debate took place Monday at the University of Findlay.

On the issue of the minimum wage, LaRose called it a "government intervention" that has a distorting effect on the market. Moreno and Dolan said the minimum wage was never intended to be a living wage.

"The Democrats under Sherrod Brown want to turn a minimum wage into a livable wage," Dolan said.

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On abortion, Dolan, despite being pro-life, targeted his opponents for their stances. He said that Brown wants abortion to be the main issue of the election, saying LaRose previously called for a six-week abortion ban and is undecided on exceptions, and that Moreno is pro-life with no exceptions. He claimed Issue 1 -- which enshrined abortion as a right in the state constitution -- had outperformed Brown in many counties throughout the state.

LaRose touted his pro-life history and his endorsement from Ohio Right to Life. Moreno said that what sets him apart is that he spends his own money on pro-life causes, implying that Dolan and LaRose do not.

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Another lawsuit against Moreno came to light over his past as a businessman. Previously, lawsuits against Moreno regarding wage theft and discrimination were uncovered.

The lawsuit dates to 2015, involving Gabriel Despres, once a friend and business associate, who accused Moreno of failing to honor an agreement.

Despres said Moreno brought him to Cleveland to work at a car dealership as a minority franchisee. In April 2005, Despres signed a compensation plan with Moreno and M1 Motors that said he would receive an annual incentive of 10% net profits from the dealership before taxes but after the owner's salary. At the end of the year, Despres said that Moreno proposed they instead put the money back into the business.

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A follow-up arrangement indicated Despres would receive 10% interest in all of Moreno's dealerships that would be sold in 15 years for $50 million. But after going through financial and personal issues, Despres found himself at a crossroads. He had repeatedly asked Moreno for financial assistance outside of their arrangement, and Moreno eventually asked Despres to resign from the company in 2013, which he did.

Court documents show that multiple counts against Moreno were dismissed for various reasons. According to the court, the oral agreements between Despres and Moreno were "too vague and indefinite to be enforceable." The case against Moreno was eventually dismissed with prejudice after a settlement conference in March 2017.

While the results of the settlement are unclear, the case appears to have turned out in Moreno's favor.

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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) endorsed Moreno. The endorsement is Moreno's 12th from a U.S. Senator.

"Bernie is a conservative outsider and successful businessman who will fight the Biden administration’s attacks on American agriculture and help put our country back on track," Hyde-Smith said.

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Biotech company Amgen expands into New Albany

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 05:00

NEW ALBANY, Ohio (WCMH) -- A biotechnology company has arrived in Licking County with a $474 million facility.

Amgen, a biotech company established in California, is the latest tech company to come to New Albany. The plant is located at 4150 Ganton Parkway, southwest of State Route 161's interchange with Beech Road. It will employ the equivalent of 400 full-time staff members.

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Since 1980, Amgen has been an innovator in biotech, reaching millions of patients worldwide. Amgen uses "the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illness", according to its website. Through four core therapeutic areas -- oncology, inflammation, general medicine and rare disease -- the company produces medicines that address diseases with limited treatment options or provide a viable option to what is otherwise available.

An Amgen representative explained how the company chose New Albany.

"We conducted a thorough search starting with 10-15 U.S. markets across a rigorous six-month evaluation," Elissa Snook said. "Central Ohio -- and, specifically, New Albany -- met a lot of our needs. We were attracted to the growing and diverse talent pool and the positive business climate in the region."

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The New Albany plant is Amgen's most digitally and technologically advanced facility. At 300,000 square feet, the facility is expected to achieve carbon neutrality by 2027, Snook said.

Amgen is partnering with Columbus State Community College for an 18-month manufacturing apprenticeship at the site. The program will be aimed at those who are new to the field or changing careers, Snook said. Ohio State University will also see benefits, with Amgen offering internships and co-op programs, supporting students in the College of Arts and Science through grant funding, and more to the college.

"Amgen is a strong supporter of the communities in which its staff work and live, and we have developed strong relationships with many leading community, industry and academic organizations in central Ohio," Snook said.

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Gas price hikes take a week off in Columbus

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 04:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – After several weeks of increases, Columbus gas prices have dropped to close out the month of February.

For the first time in six weeks gas prices have fallen, 12.1 cents per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 500 stations. The current price is 17.7 cents per gallon higher than one month ago and 13.2 cents higher than this time one year ago.

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The cheapest gas station in the Columbus area was priced at $3.02 a gallon, while the most expensive was $3.39, a difference of 37 cents per gallon. In Ohio, the average price of gas is also down 14.2 cents from one week ago, averaging out at $3.15, while nationally, gas prices dropped by just 1.9 cents to $3.24 per gallon.

According to Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, predicts the decline, while welcome, is likely temporary.

"Motorists have finally seen a bit of a break in the recent rise in the national average, with more states seeing drops than increases in the last week," said De Haan. "It's likely only a matter of time before we see the rise re-engage and prices start to head higher, but we'll take any break that we can.”

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Family-owned Lucky's Market to open second Columbus store this spring

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 04:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A family-owned grocery store with two Cleveland locations is nearing the end of construction on a second Columbus market.

Lucky's Market is opening this spring in Victorian Village as part of the mixed-use redevelopment of Thurber Village at the corner of Collins and Neil avenues. The 21,000-square-foot store will be operated by the Saltzman family, who have been in the grocery business since 1930 and acquired Lucky's Clintonville location at 2770 N. High St. in 2020.

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"My family is in our fifth generation of ownership, we all live in Ohio and are made up of Buckeye alumni and former Columbus residents," said Aaron Saltzman, vice president of Lucky's. "This store will be the latest addition to our growing family of locally owned and operated grocery stores in Ohio."

  • Lucky's Market is opening this spring in Victorian Village as part of the mixed-use redevelopment of Thurber Village. (NBC4 Photo/David Rees)
  • Lucky's Market is opening this spring in Victorian Village as part of the mixed-use redevelopment of Thurber Village. (NBC4 Photo/David Rees)

The Victorian Village store will be home to farmers market-style produce, a bakery, hot made-to-order sandwiches, Boar's Head products and Lucky’s famous bacon and ground-in-house sausage. The new location will feature an extensive amount of beer, wine, seltzer, and ready-to-drink can cocktail selections, emphasizing Ohio and Midwest favorites.

Work on the Thurber Village redevelopment began in October 2022, including constructing a 13,000-square-foot CVS and an apartment building with 225 units. Development firm Casto demolished a former Giant Eagle to make way for the new additions.

Casto has owned the site since 2005 after purchasing the property for $6.2 million, according to the Franklin County auditor's office. The development firm said it collaborated for several years, including input from the Harrison West Society and surrounding communities, to create the site's redevelopment plan.

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"We've heard many requests about the desire for a grocer in this location and we are delighted to deliver this wonderful community amenity with such an experienced and successful operating partner in the Saltzman family," said Eric Leibowitz, vice president of Development and Leasing at Casto.

The Saltzman family is the long-time owner of Dave's Markets, a grocery store chain in northeast Ohio. Three generations are active in its business today. Lucky's Market originated in 2003 in Boulder, Colorado, with the brand's Ohio stores acquired by the Saltzman family in April 2020.

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Death of girl, 11, in west Columbus ruled suspicious

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 03:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The death of an 11-year-old girl is being ruled as suspicious, according to Columbus police.

Officers arrived at the Wedgewood Village Apartments at around 11 p.m. Sunday night on reports of a girl who was suffering from cardiac arrest. The girl was taken to Doctors West hospital where she later died.

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Police said medical examiners believe the girl’s death to be suspicious and a homicide unit was called out to the Holly Hill residence to process the scene. They have not yet released information on what may have led to her death.

No other information was available.

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$60 million in Ohioans' student loans forgiven, with more expected: Are you eligible?

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 03:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – More than 7,500 Ohioans will see their student loan balances wiped clean in the coming weeks, with more borrowers expected to follow suit.

Federal loan servicers began processing loan forgiveness for 150,000 borrowers across the country on Friday, totaling $1.2 billion in student loans. Ohioans will see $60 million in their loans forgiven.

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All forgiven borrowers are enrolled in the Saving on a Valuable Education, or SAVE, plan, an income-driven repayment plan that sets monthly payments based on borrowers’ family size and discretionary income. Borrowers enrolled in the SAVE plan have their balances cleared after 20 or 25 years of monthly payments, but the borrowers under this round of forgiveness were targeted for early debt relief.

It’s the Biden Administration’s latest round of targeted loan forgiveness since President Joe Biden’s sweeping student debt-relief proposal was rejected by the Supreme Court last June. The U.S. Department of Education will continue to forgive loans early for eligible borrowers on a “regular basis,” according to a news release. 

To be eligible, borrowers must:

  • Be enrolled in the SAVE plan
  • Have made at least 10 years of payments
  • Originally took out less than $12,000 in loans (original principal balance, not current balance)

Borrowers who took out more than $12,000 in original loans can become eligible for early forgiveness; for every additional $1,000, they must make an additional year of monthly payments.

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Those whose balances will be zeroed under this round of forgiveness were notified via email and do not need to take action. It may take a few weeks for the forgiveness to be processed, the education department noted.

Ohio ranked fifth among states in both number of borrowers and amount forgiven under the SAVE plan early forgiveness. Texas ranked first in both categories, with nearly 15,000 borrowers being forgiven $116.6 million in student loans.

What is the SAVE plan?

The SAVE plan, which has expanded in the past year, is designed for low- and middle-income borrowers who pay no interest on their loans so long as they make monthly payments. Monthly payments are based on discretionary income and those who earn less than 225% of the federal poverty line pay $0 each month.

For those who earn above 225% FPL, monthly payments are valued at 10% of their discretionary income. In July, monthly payments will be reduced to 5% of a person’s discretionary income.

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Beautiful day Monday before rain, storms return tomorrow

News Channel 4 - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 02:11
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Mostly sunny, high 63
  • Tonight: Increasing clouds, low 49
  • Tuesday: Rain & storms, high 65
  • Wednesday: Rain to snow, high 62
  • Thursday: Clearing, cold, high 40
  • Friday: Partly cloudy, high 51
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Monday!

If you can, get outside today to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures. We are looking at close to the warmest day of the year thus far, with mainly sunny skies, and just a light wind. Highs top out in the lower to middle 60s for Columbus.

Changes arrive tomorrow as our next system makes its way into the Ohio River Valley. Expect Tuesday to start with a few scattered, light showers during the morning commute. We'll then see breaks in the showers through midday and early afternoon, before more rain, and thunderstorms, move in during the evening and overnight hours.

The Storm Prediction Center has our area under a "marginal" level 1-out-of-5 risk for severe weather for storms during the evening and overnight into Wednesday.

It is a low end risk due to timing of these storms, mainly arriving late and overnight, and losing some of their energy. But nonetheless, we will be watching for the potential of isolated wind damage, and hail.

We then see a transition from rain to a wintry mix and some light snow showers as temperatures fall throughout Wednesday. Only looking at very light accumulations, at best. Highs fall from the 60s Wednesday morning, through the 40s during the afternoon.

By Thursday, clouds begin to clear, but temperatures fall. Expect highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s in the city.

We start a warming trend once again on Friday, with highs in the lower 50s, and just an isolated shower chance as a quick ripple looks to work through the region.

The weekend looks pretty fantastic!

-McKenna

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Organizations team up to stop domestic violence across Ohio

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 20:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Nearly 30 organizations across central Ohio have teamed up to analyze potentially preventable domestic violence deaths.

Law enforcement, elected officials and community partners are working to save lives and provide a safe space for victims.

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Organizations such as the Center for Family Safety and Health track domestic violence deaths to figure out how to stop them.

"Last year was really exhausting, and I can't even imagine what it was like for the police,” Center for Family Safety and Healing Court Systems Coordinator Sandy Huntzinger said. “Honestly, we can't say why it's happening or why we saw such a significant increase last year. I do think that the housing crisis has played a significant role in it because more people are forced to stay together because of the cost of housing.”

Despite a grim trend, the center said it is seeing improved interventions with the help of strong community partnerships.

"I do believe that with the work that we have been doing for the last few years together, we've made a real difference not only in the lives of survivors but within the greater community," Huntzinger said. 

In 2023, the center found that the most domestic violence fatalities by far in Franklin County involved a gun. For victim’s ages, most were either in their 20s or 40s.

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"Intimate partner and domestic violence is based on power control, for the most part,” Huntzinger said. “We look at it more from a societal perspective, so physical, psychological, economic, financial, spiritual abuse.”

The Ohio Domestic Violence network tracks fatalities on a different timeline. They look at deaths from July of one year to June of the next. Data for 2022-2023 showed more than 100 domestic violence fatalities across the state. 

"The most important piece to our fatality report is really about bringing awareness that this can happen in any Ohio county, in any community," Ohio Domestic Violence Network Policy Director Maria York said.

Both organizations look through news reports and speak with police to try and get the clearest data they can.

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"We also know because it's not a scientific way that we're counting the data,” York said. “There's probably or definitely cases that we are missing. So it's really just the tip of the iceberg. It’s about connecting survivors with resources, spreading awareness and holding people accountable.

"Since the Violence Against Women Act went into effect in 1994, what we have seen is a decrease in men being killed rather than women,” Huntzinger said. “The homicides of women have remained consistent. What we really need to begin to see is this cultural shift about what we know as a community and a culture about domestic violence. And so men need to be speaking up to other men about violence and it not being okay. We need the court systems and all responders to hold individuals committing these acts of violence accountable.”

ODVN is trying to get victim support legislation through the Ohio Statehouse.

One proposed law would enhance penalties and sentencing ranges for convicted felony domestic violence offenders. Another would prohibit convicted domestic violence misdemeanor offenders from owning a firearm. 

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"We really need to look at it from a bigger systemic response, that survivors are doing everything they can to stay as safe as possible in the situation they're in, and yet, we're still not holding those committing the acts of violence truly accountable for their behavior," Huntzinger said. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, help is available. There are a number of resources available to victims, from shelter programs to service providers.

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Bonner's buzzer beater snaps Ohio State's 17-game road losing streak

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 16:54

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WCMH) -- Another Sunday and another shocker by the Ohio State men's basketball team.

Dale Bonner hit a three-pointer to beat the buzzer, lifting the Buckeyes to a 60-57 win over Michigan State and ending the team's 17-game road losing streak dating back to New Year's Day 2023.

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After trailing by ten at the half, Ohio State chipped away at the Spartans' lead. With six seconds to go, the Buckeyes drove the ball up the floor, with Bruce Thornton providing Bonner the opportunity to take the three-point shot from the left wing over Michigan State's Tyson Walker.

Devin Royal scored a career-high 14 points in the win as Ohio State improves to 16-12, 6-11 in Big Ten play. The win also marked the first on the road for interim head coach Jake Diebler.

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Is Columbus the Best Beer City in the USA?

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 15:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The City of Columbus is in the running for USA Today’s Best Beer City.

The contest includes 20 cities selected by a panel of beer experts for hosting the best beer scenes in the nation. In addition to Columbus, cities including Austin, Denver, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia are included because of their strong number of up-and-coming breweries, beer bars, and home brewing communities.

So, what do local experts say sets Columbus apart?

“We now have about 50 breweries in central Ohio and a lot of people have explored them through things like the Ale Trail, but you know, we really have more variety and opportunity to enjoy more craft beer than we ever have before,” said Bethia Woolf with Columbus Food Adventures.

Voting ends Monday at noon. To vote, click here. The winners are set to be announced on March 8.

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Celeste Taylor scores 20 as No. 2 Ohio State beats Maryland 79-66 to claim share of Big Ten title

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 14:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Celeste Taylor scored 20 points and No. 2 Ohio State clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a 79-66 win over Maryland on Sunday.

Jacy Sheldon had 17 points and three more players scored in double figures for the surging Buckeyes (24-4, 15-1 Big Ten), who won their 14th straight game with two to go in the regular season. They can capture the conference title outright with a win in either.

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Cotie McMahon finished with 15 points despite picking up her fourth foul on a technical in the third period and spending considerable time on the bench. She scored five, including a 3-pointer, and had three rebounds after re-entering the game with 6:13 left.

“Maryland played great. They really had some great stretches there,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “But I was really proud of our kids for making sure we had the poise to execute and do the things necessary to come away with the win.”

Bri McDaniel had 21 points and Brinae Alexander added 16 for the Terrapins (16-11, 8-8), who had their four-game win streak snapped.

Taylor scored 13 points, going 3 for 4 from 3-point range, as the Buckeyes led 44-31 at the half. Ohio State was 7 for 14 from beyond the arc in the first half.

  • Maryland forward Allie Kubek, left, and Ohio State forward Cotie McMahon, center, reach for the ball in front of forward Rebeka Mikulasikova (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Ohio State guard Jacy Sheldon (4) shoots next to Maryland forward Allie Kubek (14) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Maryland guard Emily Fisher, right, and Ohio State guard Madison Greene (0) fight for control of the ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Maryland guard Bri McDaniel (24) shoots as Ohio State guard Taylor Thierry (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Maryland guard Bri McDaniel, left, is fouled by Ohio State guard Jacy Sheldon, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Maryland guard Jakia Brown-Turner (11) drives past Ohio State forward Cotie McMahon (32) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Ohio State guard Jacy Sheldon (4) defends as Maryland guard Shyanne Sellers shoots in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Ohio State led by as many as 15 in the third quarter, but Maryland closed the deficit, with Jakia Brown-Turner's fast-break layup reducing the lead to five at the end of the period. But the Buckeyes slowly opened it back up in the fourth.

“I really thought we won it on the offensive end,” McGuff said. “We had a stretch there where we settled for way too many 3s, and we got a little more balanced in our offense down the stretch and just some better shots.”

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps haven't been able to beat a team ranked in the AP Top 25 all season. They had the Buckeyes in range but were overpowered down the stretch.

“Ohio State just wore us out,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.

Ohio State: Before the conference tournament, the Buckeyes will look for revenge against Michigan, which dealt them their last loss on Dec. 30. The finale will be a big one — at No. 4 Iowa against Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes. Ohio State beat then-No. 2 Iowa 100-92 in overtime Jan. 21 in Columbus.

“We want to outright win it, so we're just trying to stay focused," Taylor said. “It's pretty cool right now. Honestly, we didn't talk about it. But I think it's just getting back into the gym and working in practice and getting ready to beat a team that we have our only loss to in the conference.”

UP NEXT

Maryland: Hosts Wisconsin on Thursday.

Ohio State: Hosts Michigan on Wednesday.

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The Spectrum: Franklin prosecutor's race; artificial intelligence

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 13:00

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

“This is essentially a CEO job for the third longest, largest law firm in the county,” said Shayla Favor, candidate and current Columbus City Councilmember.

Early voting begins in Ohio’s March 2024 primary: how, where and when to vote

See how Favor is responding to criticism for entering the race after winning reelection to city council.

“There’s nothing worse than bad actors, whether in the state or out of the state, creating misleading informational materials to be used to convince people to make a decision that is so important,” Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) said.

Court hands win to victims of OSU doctor Strauss

Now, there is an effort at the Ohio Statehouse to ensure the law is clear and that voters are protected.

  • Saturday marked two years since Russia invaded Ukraine, and now help is on the way, but it’s not the long-awaited aid package from Congress.

“That will result in thousands of lives being saved every year,” retired Brigadier General Mark Arnold said.

Gov. DeWine readies rules to limit gender-affirming care for trans minors

Hear how Arnold is delivering hope to the war-torn country with the help of central Ohioans.

  • The three Republicans running for the GOP Senate nomination said they would support a national abortion ban, despite Ohioans voting to protect abortion access just three months ago. Are they out of step with voters? Republican strategist Terry Casey and Democratic strategist Greg Haas weigh in at the roundtable.

Follow NBC4's The Spectrum on Twitter for the latest political news you need to know.

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Warming trend, rain and storms midweek

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 12:24
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

After a wintry Saturday, with temperatures in the 20s and a wind chill in the teens, a southerly flow on the western side of high pressure is sending temperatures back toward 50 degrees under partly sunny skies.

Tonight will be partly cloudy clear and chilly, with morning readings in the low to mid-30s.

Monday will be even warmer, as readings climb to 60 degrees. Clouds will arrive in the evening ahead of the latest Pacific storm that will develop east of the Rockies, before tracking across the Midwest.

Showers and windy conditions will prevail on Tuesday, with the chance for a thunderstorm later in the day. Rain will become widespread at night and continue on Wednesday. A strong cold front will push across the state, and the rain could end as a short period of wet snow.

High pressure will build in during the latter part of the week, resulting in sunshine. After a seasonably chilly Thursday, the weekend looks to be breezy and warmer.

Forecast
  • Sunday: Partly sunny, breezy. High 51
  • Tonight: Some clouds, not as cold. Low 34
  • Monday: Mostly sunny, breezy, warmer. High 62
  • Tuesday: Showers, windy. High 65 (50)
  • Wednesday: Showers, breezy. High 62 (59)
  • Thursday: Clearing, cooler. High 42 (27)
  • Friday: Partly cloudy. High 51 (28)
  • Saturday: Partly cloudy, mild. High 61 (33)
  • Sunday: More clouds. High 57 (35)
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Why you can't bet on college player props in Ohio

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 10:30

Do you believe you have a gambling problem? Click here for a list of resources, or call the Ohio Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-800-589-9966.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- March Madness is fast approaching and for Ohio sports bettors looking to wager on the basketball tournament, they will not be allowed to bet on players.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission sent an agreement to approve a request from the NCAA to ban betting on college athletes. This would ban sportsbooks from offering bets on college football or basketball players' individual statistics for games.

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In the NCAA's request to the state of Ohio, they brought up concerns that pertain to college player prop bets with harassment of student athletes from bettors a primary concern brought forth.

Other reasons the NCAA gave towards banning bets on college athletes include preventing players from betting on themselves and fixing their statistics, with the NCAA claiming that college athletes could be more prone to be addicted to sports betting.

As of this writing, most sportsbooks available in Ohio have already stopped offering college basketball player prop bets. However, multiple continue to offer a market to bet on who will win the 2024 Heisman Trophy in college football.

College sports betting in Ohio will now only be limited to betting on team props, game outcomes, and total points in games. According to the OCCC, only 1.35% of sports wagers made in Ohio in 2023 were on college player props.

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