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Proposal unanimously rejected for high-rise tower on empty Franklinton lot

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 05:00

View a previous report on the "boutique hotel" proposal in the video player above.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A proposal that would have put a high-rise development on a 0.1-acre lot in Franklinton was unanimously struck down by an area commission last week.

The Franklinton Area Commission rejected the Rob Ellis-owned Pink Development and Construction's proposal Tuesday in a 12-0 vote. Since a house on the lot was demolished in 2019, the parcel of land at 278 S. Glenwood Ave. has remained empty.

Members of the commission expressed concern for the appropriateness of the high-rise on that parcel, according to Trent Smith, the executive director of the Franklinton Board of Trade, who attended the meeting. A representative from the Franklinton Area Commission itself did not respond to a request for comment.

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Originally submitted as an 11-story "boutique hotel" with 41,731 square feet of total floor space featuring 81 apartments, retail space and more, the proposal had been revised with multiple significant changes leading up to its presentation. Changes to the proposal included that it would no longer be a hotel and would be 20 stories instead of 11.

With no plans for on-site parking, the building would feature a valet car tunnel and loading area. Renderings of the proposal showed a nail bar, retail shop, 11th-floor bar, amenity deck and infinity pool among Ellis' plans for the development.

  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)
  • Rendering of the 11-story building proposed for Franklinton. (Courtesy Photo/City of Columbus)

Smith said the vote was not a rejection of affordable housing in Franklinton, but a rejection of this proposal.

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Ohio has one of the worst economies in the country, study says

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 04:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A recent study has named Ohio as one of the states with the worst economies in the country. 

To determine the states with the best economies, WalletHub analyzed economic indicators for all 50 states and Washington D.C. The personal finance company examined three key dimensions  – economic activity, economic health and innovation potential – across 28 different metrics. Some of those metrics include median household income, business growth and unemployment rate. 

Ohio ranked No. 42 in the country, making it the state with the 10th worst economy, according to WalletHub. The Buckeye state did slightly better in its rankings for economic health (No. 39) and innovation potential (No. 33). 

Completing the top 10 states with the worst economies is Mississippi (No. 51), Hawaii (No. 50), West Virginia (No. 49), Arkansas (No. 48), Louisiana (No. 47), Kentucky (No. 46), Rhode Island (No. 45), Iowa (No. 44) and Maine (No. 43).

Source: WalletHub

Despite WalletHub’s study, Forbes recently named Ohio as one of the best states in the country to start a business. The state has also had numerous recent investments from Intel, Amgen and Honda, which Ohio Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Stivers said makes him believe the state is on the right track. 

“While we don’t want to put too much weight on any one index, we do pay attention to these reports, because we believe we can learn from every rating,” Stivers said. “Just last year, CNBC ranked us [number] 12 in its ‘Top States for Business’ list. The WalletHub study is very heavily weighted toward high-tech industries, and it shows that we need to do more to keep building and growing more in that sector.”

The state with the best economy in the country is Washington, the study claims. WalletHub noted Washington has the second-highest share of jobs in high-tech industries in the U.S. and the fourth-highest percentage of firms that are listed on the Technology Fast 500 list. The Evergreen State was followed by Utah, Massachusetts, Texas and California. 

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After a three-week decline, Columbus gas prices jump up 22 cents

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 03:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – After a three-week drop in prices throughout the Columbus area, the cost of a gallon of gasoline has bounced back by over 20 cents.

According to GasBuddy’s survey of 500 stations in the Columbus area, the average gas price jumped up by 22.1 cents per gallon to an average of $3.49. The recent increase cuts into a three-week decline of 36.4 cents per gallon, before prices averaged $3.62 in mid-May.

The current price is still 9.6 cents per gallon lower than one month ago and 7.8 cents per gallon lower than this time one year ago. In Ohio, the average price of gas also rose by 22.7 cents per gallon, from $3.23 per gallon to $3.45 per gallon.

Columbus Gas Prices Tracker

The cheapest gas station in the Columbus area was priced at $2.91 a gallon, while the most expensive was $3.60, a difference of 69 cents per gallon. Nationally, gas prices also inched up by 1 cent to $3.41 per gallon.

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said while relief at the pump took a turn in the wrong direction, it is expected to be short-lived and summer travelers and should continue to see declining prices heading into July.

"Since the national average price of gasoline fell to its lowest June level since 2021 last week, we've seen the drop in prices take a break, with some states seeing a small rise over the last week,” De Haan said. “Thankfully, I expect this to be more like a short timeout, with an eventual return to falling gasoline prices in most states.”

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Jason, Travis Kelce buy stake in Columbus-based beer brand

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 03:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Jason and Travis Kelce, who are already partners with a Columbus-based apparel company, are also now the co-owners of central Ohio craft beer brand.

The NFL star brothers announced last week they are taking on new roles as significant investors and operators of Garage Beer, a brewing company sold in several states and headquartered in Columbus. The pair have been in talks with the brand for several years, and will now be "involved in every aspect of the business" from brewing and distribution to sales and marketing.

"People crave quality and simplicity, and Garage Beer nails both for me," said Jason, a former center for the Philadelphia Eagles, in a release. "We are light beer drinkers and Garage is the best light beer. For me, the brand fits my lifestyle, and having a few beers is a great excuse to get the neighbors together."

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Garage Beer was founded in Cincinnati, where the Kelce brothers both played college football for the University of Cincinnati. Beyond Ohio, the brand's beer is sold in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and New Jersey, with plans to expand into new states later this year.

"I think everyone knows I like to have a couple beers now and then, so being an owner of Garage Beer and heavily involved in making the best light beer is exciting," said Travis, the Kansas City Chiefs' tight end, in a release. "There is nothing better to bring people together than an ice-cold beer, and for Jason and me that is what beer is all about -- friends, family and fun."

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While Garage Beer marks the first time the brothers are operating a business together, the pair already collaborates with Columbus-based Homage as the official apparel partner of their "New Heights" podcast. Taylor Swift, Travis' girlfriend, helped skyrocket Homage's sales after she was seen wearing a "New Heights" hat at the Coachella music festival.

"The 'New Heights' Dad hat spiked a staggering 170x when Swift was spotted wearing it at Weekend One of the Coachella music fest in Indio, California," a company spokesperson told NBC4 at the time. "The company has restocked inventory now four times."

Less than a month later, Homage announced it landed an investor known for Marvel's "Deadpool" movies: Ryan Reynolds. The brand received a round of capital from the actor's Maximum Effort Investments, a firm that "makes movies, TV series, content, ads, and cocktails for the personal amusement of [Reynolds]." Maximum's other projects include the "Deadpool" movies, a gin distillery and Welsh soccer team Wrexham AFC.

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Heat alerts for Central Ohio as heat index values near triple digits

News Channel 4 - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 02:57
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Sunny, muggy, iso. storm, high 94
  • Tonight: Iso. storm, warm night, low 74
  • Tuesday: Isolated storms, hot, high 95
  • Wednesday: Partly cloudy, muggy, high 96
  • Thursday: Hot, muggy, high 97
  • Friday: Mainly sunny, high 97
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Monday!

The very hottest days of the year are here, with temperatures soaring into the mid to upper 90s much of this week. "Feels-like" temps will be even hotter as our humidity increases, which gives us that higher heat index.

For our Monday, expect air temps in the mid 90s, with heat index values into the triple digits. We'll be very muggy today, with mostly sunny skies. As a result of the heat and humidity, parts of the area could see a quick, isolated pop-up storm later in the day.

Tuesday will be a similar setup, with air temps in the mid 90s and "feels-like" temps in the triple digits. Once again, we'll be looking at isolated storms.

This hot stretch continues, with temperatures into the mid to upper 90s through the end of the workweek. Humidity drops slightly, but it will still be fairly sticky out.

Make sure you're staying hydrated, wearing light colors, and taking breaks in the A/C. Always check pavement for your pets to make sure it's not too hot for their paws. And make sure you've got the sunscreen handy all week!

-McKenna

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How to stay safe in this week's heatwave

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 20:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- As central Ohio prepares for a heatwave, experts have some important tips if you do have to spend time outside this week.

Hydration, shade, and rest are all important things to remember. The heat is already having an impact and some hospitals expect that to continue as the week – and the first spell of 90 degree-plus days in 2024 -- goes on.

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A doctor with Riverside Methodist Hospital said there were quite a few people with heat-related illnesses over the weekend.

"We've already seen quite an uptick because of all the events around Columbus,” Riverside Methodist Hospital Assistant Medical Director of Emergency Services Dr. Bradley Raetzke said. “Things like the air show, the Pride festival. We've really seen an uptick in people who have actually been quite sick because of the heat.”

If you are out in the sun and start to feel sick, Raetzke said there are a few symptoms to watch for.

"Lightheadedness, feeling of thirst, feeling of tired, all things can be the early signs of heat injury,” he said. “The other things that are more serious include the lack of ability to sweat as well as nausea and vomiting.”

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Raetzke recommends that for every 10 to 15 minutes of outdoor activity that you are drinking 12 to 16 ounces of water during that time. If not, you could end up needing help.

"Things that we typically see as people coming in towards noon or later in the afternoon and people who have been in construction, landscaping, and have really been outside for most of the day," Raetzke said. 

Keeping that water bottle handy could keep you out of a trip to the doctor.

"Watch out for yourself and watch out for your family members, people may not actually understand that they're feeling the symptoms of heat," Raetzke said. 

The time to go to the hospital is when you’ve been in the shade, drank water and still feel sick.

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Ohio State's Neal Shipley earns low amateur status at U.S. Open in Pinehurst

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 20:10

PINEHURST, N.C. (WCMH) -- For the second time this year, Ohio State University golfer Neal Shipley finished a major championship as a low amateur, joining an elite group of golfers in the process.

Shipley finished the U.S. Open at Pinehurst with a score of 6-over for the championship, which follows his low amateur finish at the Masters earlier this year. Few golfers have been low amateurs at both tournaments in the same year, including Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and most recently Viktor Hovland in 2019. He's the first Buckeye to accomplish the feat since Jack Nicklaus in 1960.

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"I think it means I've got some big shoes to fill because the guys who have done it before have obviously gone on to have some great careers," Shipley said. "I'm just really happy with the career that I've had as an amateur and the legacy hopefully that I'll leave."

Shipley was locked in a tight battle with his Sunday playing partner, Luke Clanton, who was also vying for the low amateur honor. The rising junior at Florida State bogeyed three of his final five holes to finish two strokes behind Shipley, who birdied at holes 13 and 16 during Sunday's final round.

"We wanted to win, and we wanted to get that, especially there's nothing else to really win out here with where the leaders are at, so it was definitely on our mind," Shipley said.

The U.S. Open marked Shipley's final competition as an amateur as the Ohio State graduate turns pro next week, making his debut on the PGA Tour Americas next week in Western Canada.

"I went out there last year for the Pacific Coast Amateur. We were in Vancouver. The people there are very nice. That stereotype is true," Shipley said. "A lot of the golf courses are tree-lined and old-style. It's a little bit different type of golf than we see in the States. But really excited for that opportunity."

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Teen dies in Morrow County crash

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 16:07

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) -- A teenager is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Chester Township, Morrow County, Saturday night.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Mt. Gilead Post, Brandon Campbell, 16, of Fredericktown, was driving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on County Road 194 near County Road 21 in Chester Township at approximately 11:48 p.m.

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The Jeep drove off the right side of the road, hitting a tree and flipping over, police said. Campbell, who police said wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the crash.

OSHP was assisted at the scene by the Fredericktown EMS, Big Walnut Fire Department, Morrow County EMS, and the Morrow County Coroner's Office.

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Heat wave settles in, isolated afternoon storms

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 14:23
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

An air quality alert is in effect for Franklin, Delaware, Licking and Fairfield counties until 10 p.m. for rising ground-level ozone levels. The greatest risks affect the elderly, active children, and people with respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD.

An excessive heat watch is in effect Monday through Friday for all of Ohio. The humidity will be on the rise, pushing the heat index to near or slightly above 100 degrees, making for potentially dangerous conditions if you are not properly hydrated.

High pressure in the Northeast will bring full sunshine and a light southeast breeze, with low humidity. Afternoon temperatures will approach 90 degrees. Skies will turn partly cloudy later tonight, with morning readings in the upper 60s.

Summer heat will arrive this week with an expanding heat dome centered in the Southeast.

Rain chances will be limited to isolated pop-up thunderstorms over the next few days. Any storms will be slow-moving in light winds aloft and capable of some downpours, with a very humid air mass.

High temperatures will reach the mid- to upper 90s into next weekend, under blazing sunshine and scattered clouds.

Forecast

  • Sunday: Sunny, hot. High 91
  • Tonight: Few clouds, warm. Low 69
  • Monday: Partly sunny, hot, sticky, isolated p.m. storms. High 94
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, hot, stray storm p.m. High 95 (74)
  • Wednesday: Partly cloudy, hot, stray storm. High 96 (75)
  • Thursday: Sunny, hot. High 97 (74)
  • Friday: Sunny, hot. High 97 (73)
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, scattered storms. High 94 (75)
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The Spectrum: Ohio's school voucher program; Pride Month in Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 13:15

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

  • Ohio’s school voucher system is costing the state more money than ever before, but is it leveling the educational playing field or hurting public schools?

“I have absolutely no doubt that the end game is to basically eviscerate the public school system,” Charlie Wilson, a former education law professor at Ohio State University, said.

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“The state has a constitutional responsibility to provide education to our kids, and we just think that parents are in the best position to figure out exactly the right fit,” Rabbi Eric Frank, president of School Choice Ohio, said.

See which schools state data shows that many of the vouchers are going to.

  • Celebrating Pride in central Ohio. Hear how Columbus became one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly cities in the country, and how one man’s activism paved the way for future generations.

“We put Columbus on the map,” Steve Shellabarger, an LGBTQ+ activist and Columbus Pride icon, said. “Before then, everyone thought it was only on the East Coast and the West Coast that there was any gay activism.”

  • At the roundtable, Republican strategist Mehek Cooke and former Democratic congressional candidate Morgan Harper address the conviction of Hunter Biden and Ohio’s school voucher program.
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19-year-old dead in southwest Columbus domestic incident

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 10:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A 19-year-old is dead after a domestic incident Sunday morning in southwest Columbus.

Columbus police said a text was received about a domestic incident at 7:30 a.m. near the 4600 block of Parkwick Drive. The victim, Brooke Devinney, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead as a result of injuries from the incident, per CPD.

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Police said when officers arrived, a male suspect was seen leaving the home where the incident occurred and was chased on foot. The suspect is currently not in custody.

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'Birds perched like statues' on Columbus apartment roof raise questions

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 08:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Some interesting bird behavior intrigued a woman living near Quarry Trails Metro Park.

Chelsea Giesken recently posted pictures on social media of three large birds of prey perched on the roof of her apartment building with their wings outstretched.

"Hello neighbors! I’m curious to see if anyone knows what this means?" she wrote in the caption. "There are 3 vulture looking birds perched like statues at my apartment. They don’t move at all and keep their wings extended."

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Some commenters hypothesized the animals were actually statues meant to prevent birds from nesting.

"if they are still there right now and in the same position then they are statues to prevent birds from nesting in those vents they are placed on," offered one neighbor in the comments. "if you look around on top of bigger buildings or those billboards you will see owl statues. They also are used to stop birds from nesting. They are basically bird-shaped scarecrows."

Others guessed they were indeed real and were either turkey or black vultures.

"Turkey vultures in what is called their Heraldic pose and yes it's to dry out their wings," one commenter wrote. "They are ugly to look at except when they take flight and soar in the sky quite majestically. They are not aggressive and are helpful in cleaning up nature's garbage (dead stuff)."

(Photo Coutesty: Chelsea Giesken)

William Babb with the Division of Wildlife confirmed the pictures appeared to be of turkey vultures. In an email, Babb said this behavior is usually seen when the birds are "drying their wings or warming up in the morning."

Giesken said she watched the group of birds, known as a committee, for about five minutes outside her apartment during the late afternoon. She added that about an hour later when her boyfriend returned home, the vultures were no longer on the roof.

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On its website, ODNR describes the birds as "large" with a six-foot wingspan, so the sight of the three expanding their wings must have been impressive to see in person.

Other information on the agency's site about the scavengers included that they appear bald but have many small feathers on their head to keep them clean when feasting on dead animals. Also, adults have heads that are bright red, while young vultures have heads that are black.

In flight, turkey vultures can be distinguished from hawks and crows by their extensive soaring and distinctive broad "V" wing formation. At night, they often gather in large roosts. Their preferred habitats are deciduous forests and woodlands, and they primarily feed on carrion.

Additionally, turkey vultures are listed by ODNR as a "fairly common summer resident in Ohio."

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Columbus Police searching for answers after fight between bothers turns deadly

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 06:00

For an earlier report on this story view the video player above.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Columbus police and Central Ohio Crime Stoppers are seeking assistance in solving a two-year-old, east Columbus homicide.

According to Columbus Police, the shooting occurred at approximately 9:05 p.m. on the 200 block of South Ashburton Road. It was reported that 33-year-old Phillip Moore was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition, but he was later pronounced dead at 9:37 p.m.

It was originally reported that an argument between Moore and his brother led to the shooting, however police have not named any suspects, despite having interviewed persons of interest.

Police also said the shooting was believed to be in self-defense.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrime.org and submit your tip.

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Highest-rated Middle Eastern restaurants in Columbus, according to Tripadvisor

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 04:30

Middle Eastern food has gained significant popularity over the years, enjoying a jump of more than 30% in its inclusion on restaurant menus. Some of the most popular Middle Eastern dishes are baba ghannouj, hummus, falafel, tahini, tabouleh, pita bread, and (of course) baklava. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated Middle Eastern restaurants in Columbus on Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Restaurants on this list may have recently closed.

Keep reading to see if your favorite restaurant made the cut, and to discover new spots you haven't been to yet.

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#19. Tandoori Grill

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (16 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Indian, Asian
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 808 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43214-1900
Read more on Tripadvisor

#18. Eat greek

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (26 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (5.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1329 Cameron Ave, Columbus, OH 43035-9663
Read more on Tripadvisor

#17. Aladdin's Eatery

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (18 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 7227 N High St Ste 106, Columbus, OH 43085-2574
Read more on Tripadvisor

#16. Aladdin's Eatery

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (47 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2931 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202-1144
Read more on Tripadvisor

#15. Kabob Grill

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (13 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mediterranean
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3947 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43228-1446
Read more on Tripadvisor

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#14. Mr. Hummus Grill

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (14 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: not available
- Type of cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1450 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2002
Read more on Tripadvisor

#13. Aladdin's Eatery

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (51 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Middle Eastern, Lebanese
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1423 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212-2853
Read more on Tripadvisor

#12. Cafe Istanbul Bexley

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (53 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Middle Eastern, European
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2455 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209
Read more on Tripadvisor

#11. Firdous Express

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (29 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
- Price: $
- Address: 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215-1622
Read more on Tripadvisor

#10. Pita Hut Grille

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (28 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
- Price: $
- Address: 4965 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214-1523
Read more on Tripadvisor

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#9. Pita House

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (30 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
- Price: $
- Address: 2996 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43209-1965
Read more on Tripadvisor

#8. Mezze Mediterranean Cuisine

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (45 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mediterranean
- Price: $
- Address: 5326 N Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH 43230-1318
Read more on Tripadvisor

#7. Sababa

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (44 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mediterranean
- Price: $
- Address: 6280 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213-1572
Read more on Tripadvisor

#6. Nazareth Restaurant & Deli

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (93 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 5239 N Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH 43230-1315
Read more on Tripadvisor

#5. Mazah Meditteranean Eatery

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (86 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1453 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212-2853
Read more on Tripadvisor

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#4. Cafe Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (148 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3983 Worth Ave, Columbus, OH 43219-6117
Read more on Tripadvisor

#3. The Olive Tree Lebanese & Mediterranean Cafe

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (159 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3185 Hilliard Rome Rd, Columbus, OH 43026
Read more on Tripadvisor

#2. Lavash Cafe

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (187 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mediterranean
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2985 N High St # 43202, Columbus, OH 43202-1103
Read more on Tripadvisor

#1. Brassica

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (261 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mediterranean
- Price: $$ - $$$
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Air quality and heat alerts in effect for central Ohio

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 04:29
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Clear skies, high 91
  • Tonight: Mostly clear, low 69
  • Monday: Few showers, high 94 (75)
  • Tuesday: Pop-up showers, high 95 (74)
  • Wednesday: Very sunny, high 96 (74)
  • Thursday: Blistering heat, high 97 (73)
  • Friday: Near record warmth, high 97 (75)
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

All 88 counties in Ohio are under an excessive heat watch this week. This watch stretches from the lower peninsula of Michigan all the way to the middle of West Virginia.

Today the sunshine continues, but the warmer temperatures begin. Thankfully the humidity will be low, so the heat index and the air temperature will be close to the same. An air quality alert is in effect for portions of central Ohio until 10 pm.

Tonight will be mostly clear, but a very warm night. Temperatures will only fall to near 70 degrees. Winds will be mainly quiet, and for not the humidity wont be too oppressive.

Tomorrow there will be the chance for a pop-up thunderstorm two by the afternoon, but that is not the biggest detail about Monday. The heat will impact the vast majority of central Ohioans. Temperatures will approach the mid 90s with a heat index close to 100.

All this week an excessive hear watch will be in effect for the entire state. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90s with heat index values staying near 100 degrees.

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Air Quality Alert issued in central Ohio on Father's Day

News Channel 4 - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 04:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Central Ohioans looking to celebrate Father's Day on Sunday will have to keep an eye on how much time they spend outside.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission issued an Air Quality Alert for multiple central Ohio counties from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday affecting Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Greene, and Licking counties. The MORPC is projecting pollution levels above 100 on Sunday, which is categorized as being unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Weather alerts from Storm Team 4

Storm Team 4's Sunday forecast lists a clear day with a high of 95 with very small wind gusts up to five miles per hour. All of central Ohio will go under an excessive heat watch starting Monday as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-high 90s all week.

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

Ways to stay safe

The MORPC recommends multiple safety precautions to take to avoid excessive exposure during the upcoming temperature spike. Ohioans should plan outdoor activities for the morning when pollution levels are lower, and shorten time outside as well.

They also recommend practices to reduce pollution levels. Among those include:

  • Carpool, if possible, bike, walk or take the bus instead of driving alone.
  • Refuel your vehicle after 8 pm.
  • Do not idle your vehicle, exhaust contributes to air pollution.
  • Mow your lawn in the evening hours and avoid the use of gas-powered lawn equipment.
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Juneteenth Ohio event continues at Genoa Park

News Channel 4 - Sat, 06/15/2024 - 20:13

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – An event celebrating freedom returned to Columbus this weekend.

Saturday was day one of the Juneteenth Ohio event at Genoa Park, with attendees listening to music, eating food, getting health screenings, and shopping.

Organizers said the event is all about bringing people together.

Juneteenth marks the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, with the last of the enslaved people in America being declared free. Event organizer said the holiday is all about moving forward.

Organizers said they look forward to putting on the celebration every year and want it to be a place where people feel safe.

“We’ve done a good job at that, so for the most part, they are relaxed,” organizer Mustafaa Shabazz said. “They are spending dollars. They’re looking for great entertainment. They are basically celebrating freedom the way it’s supposed to be celebrated in 2024.”

The event continues Sunday from noon until 10 p.m.

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One more day to catch the Columbus Air Show

News Channel 4 - Sat, 06/15/2024 - 20:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Hundreds of people made their way to Rickenbacker International Airport Saturday for day two of the Columbus Air Show.

After the United Air Force Thunderbirds wowed the crowd with their finale performance, attendees hung out and checked out what else the event has to offer.

Throughout the day, attendees walked around visiting vendors and checking out aircraft. But during the Thunderbirds’ performance, all eyes were glued to the skies. Children lined the fence hoping to get an autograph from the Thunderbird pilots.

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Whether you’re a child or an adult, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the show.

“I think it’s even better because it gives us a future to look forward to,” Felix Huertas, a Vietnam veteran, said. “They’re up there wearing their uniforms putting their life and limb at risk for us.”

“It’s just awesome seeing how big the planes are and going in them and seeing the cockpit,” show attendee Valentina Vergamini said. “I mean, how often do you get to do that?”

Sunday is the last day of this year’s show, with gates opening at 9 a.m. For more information, click here.

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One hospitalized after southwest Columbus stabbing

News Channel 4 - Sat, 06/15/2024 - 19:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person is in critical condition after a reported stabbing on the southwest side of Columbus.

According to a Columbus police dispatcher, the incident was reported at 7:42 p.m. on the 2400 block of Hotchkiss Street.

There is no word on any suspects at this time. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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Man in killing of teen last September pleads guilty, sentenced

News Channel 4 - Sat, 06/15/2024 - 19:15

Watch a previous report on this case in the video player above.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One of the teenagers accused in the killing of a teen during a gun transaction last September has been sentenced after pleading guilty.

Mi'quel D. Bowles, 19, plead guilty Friday to a third-degree obstructing justice charge in the shooting death of 17-year-old Imperial Stewart in late September 2023.

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Mi'quel Bowles was sentenced to three years in prison, with a 257-day time served credit. He will also be subject to up to two years of probation when he finishes his prison sentence.

Stewart was reported missing on Sept. 20, last being seen in the North Liden section of the city. His body was found in a field on Oct. 3.

Court records state that Stewart tried to buy a gun from Michael Bowles, Mi'quel's brother, while inside a car. Michael Bowles then allegedly shot Stewart when a 16-year-old boy in the car tried to steal the gun from Stewart.

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In addition to Mi'quel Bowles, seven other people have been charged in the crime:

  • Michael Bowles, 20 -- one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, and one count each of aggravated robbery, abuse of a corpse, and weapon under disability.
  • 16-year-old (at the time of arrest) male -- murder and obstruction of justice charges
  • Tywisha Peterson, 40 -- one charge of obstructing justice. She is the mother of Michael and Mi'quel Bowles.
  • Michael R. Bowles Jr., 37 -- one charge of tampering with evidence. He pleaded guilty in December 2023 but has yet to be sentenced.
  • Geene Dumas, 41 -- one charge each of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
  • Raymor Dumas, 44 -- one charge each of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
  • 17-year-old (at the time of arrest) female -- one count each of obstruction of official business, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest. She admitted to the obstruction charge on Feb. 22.

Michael Bowles, Peterson, and Geene and Raymor Dumas all had discovery hearings in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Friday. All have plead not guilty to their respective charges.

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