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Large cash reward for information on Fairfield County man missing for six months

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 06:00

LANCASTER, Ohio (WCMH) – The family of a Fairfield County man who went missing six months ago is offering a large cash reward for information that could lead to his return home.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers said the parents of 44-year-old Michael Messmore, of Lancaster, are offering $10,000 for any tips that could help find their son. Messmore was last seen on Aug. 21, 2023, after he left parents’ home that night and never returned.

Michael Messmore, of Lancaster, missing since Aug. 21, 2023. (Courtesy/Ohio Attorney General's Office)

A missing person’s report for Messmore was filed on Aug. 24. Since his disappearance his cellphone has either been turned off or no longer charged.

Crime Stoppers is promoting the reward for any information leading to Messmore’s whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office at 740-652-7900, Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip.

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States sending the most people to Ohio

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 04:30

Fewer Americans moved in 2022, according to the latest census data, but of those who did, 1 in 5 moved to a different state.

Population growth has returned to pre-pandemic norms; Southern states continued to record influxes in population, while the Northeast saw the biggest drops, particularly in New York and Pennsylvania. These trends largely continued into last year, according to United Van Lines' annual movers study. States with the most inbound moves in 2023 were Vermont, Washington D.C., South Carolina, and Arkansas, which moved up 14 spots from the year before.

Stacker compiled a list of states sending the most people to Ohio using data from the Census Bureau. States are ranked by the number of people who moved to Ohio from a different state in 2022.

Keep reading to find out which states sent the most people to Ohio.

#25. Louisiana

- 2,047 people moved to Ohio from Louisiana in 2022, making up 1.02% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #14 most common state for people moving away from Louisiana

#24. Washington

- 2,929 people moved to Ohio from Washington in 2022, making up 1.46% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #26 most common state for people moving away from Washington

#23. Missouri

- 2,945 people moved to Ohio from Missouri in 2022, making up 1.47% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #18 most common state for people moving away from Missouri

#22. Alabama

- 3,028 people moved to Ohio from Alabama in 2022, making up 1.51% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #8 most common state for people moving away from Alabama

#21. Maryland

- 3,284 people moved to Ohio from Maryland in 2022, making up 1.64% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #14 most common state for people moving away from Maryland

#20. Wisconsin

- 3,514 people moved to Ohio from Wisconsin in 2022, making up 1.75% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #10 most common state for people moving away from Wisconsin

#19. Massachusetts

- 3,523 people moved to Ohio from Massachusetts in 2022, making up 1.75% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #18 most common state for people moving away from Massachusetts

#18. Georgia

- 4,155 people moved to Ohio from Georgia in 2022, making up 2.07% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #13 most common state for people moving away from Georgia

#17. South Carolina

- 4,476 people moved to Ohio from South Carolina in 2022, making up 2.23% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #11 most common state for people moving away from South Carolina

#16. Colorado

- 4,849 people moved to Ohio from Colorado in 2022, making up 2.41% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #17 most common state for people moving away from Colorado

#15. Arizona

- 5,224 people moved to Ohio from Arizona in 2022, making up 2.60% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #13 most common state for people moving away from Arizona

#14. North Carolina

- 5,592 people moved to Ohio from North Carolina in 2022, making up 2.78% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #13 most common state for people moving away from North Carolina

#13. New Jersey

- 6,277 people moved to Ohio from New Jersey in 2022, making up 3.13% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #12 most common state for people moving away from New Jersey

#12. Tennessee

- 6,283 people moved to Ohio from Tennessee in 2022, making up 3.13% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #9 most common state for people moving away from Tennessee

#11. Virginia

- 7,309 people moved to Ohio from Virginia in 2022, making up 3.64% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #14 most common state for people moving away from Virginia

#10. New York

- 8,431 people moved to Ohio from New York in 2022, making up 4.20% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #15 most common state for people moving away from New York

#9. Illinois

- 8,652 people moved to Ohio from Illinois in 2022, making up 4.31% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #14 most common state for people moving away from Illinois

#8. Texas

- 10,239 people moved to Ohio from Texas in 2022, making up 5.10% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #16 most common state for people moving away from Texas

#7. West Virginia

- 11,095 people moved to Ohio from West Virginia in 2022, making up 5.53% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #1 most common state for people moving away from West Virginia

#6. Pennsylvania

- 11,399 people moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 2022, making up 5.68% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #9 most common state for people moving away from Pennsylvania

#5. California

- 11,924 people moved to Ohio from California in 2022, making up 5.94% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #22 most common state for people moving away from California

#4. Indiana

- 12,230 people moved to Ohio from Indiana in 2022, making up 6.09% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #3 most common state for people moving away from Indiana

#3. Michigan

- 12,753 people moved to Ohio from Michigan in 2022, making up 6.35% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #4 most common state for people moving away from Michigan

#2. Kentucky

- 13,836 people moved to Ohio from Kentucky in 2022, making up 6.89% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #1 most common state for people moving away from Kentucky

#1. Florida

- 16,831 people moved to Ohio from Florida in 2022, making up 8.38% of new residents that moved from another state

-- It was the #10 most common state for people moving away from Florida

This story features data reporting and writing by Elena Cox and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 51 states.

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Sunshine and warmer temperatures this Sunday

News Channel 4 - Sun, 02/25/2024 - 03:58
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather
  • Today: Mostly sunny, high 51
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, low 36
  • Monday: Warm & sunny, high 61 (49)
  • Tuesday: Scattered rain, high 65 (56)
  • Wednesday: Showers & T-storms, high 64 (25)
  • Thursday: Mostly cloudy, high 42 (28)
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Sunday will bring plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures. Southerly winds will bring in the warm air and temperatures will make their way to the low 50s across the area. Any snow that didn't melt yesterday will have a much better chance of melting today.

Overnight tonight skies will be partly to mostly clear. Low temps will be above normal for this time of year only dropping to the mid 30s. Wind speeds will also calm down again. Overall expect a quiet night across central Ohio.

The upward temperatures will continue into the upcoming week. 60s will return as early as Monday. We are keeping our eye on our next weather maker. Rain showers will make a return by Tuesday with the chance for thunderstorms mainly Tuesday night and Wednesday. Currently the threat for severe weather is low, but we will continue to monitor this coast to coast storm as it approaches the area.

On the back end of the system, temps will fall to the 40s with an isolated snow flurry chance. We'll warm back up to the 60s by the weekend.

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Twins who grew up in foster system walk for Darnel Taylor

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 21:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – There are more than 400,000 kids in foster care across the United States, and twin brothers who were placed in the foster care system are on a mission to fight for every single kid.

Davon and Tavon Woods, originally from South Carolina, formed Foster Kids Matter. The brothers said their time in the foster care system was not ideal.

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The brothers went 17 years not knowing anything about their biological parents.

They spend their Saturday afternoon in Columbus, walking a mile in honor of Darnel Taylor, the 5-year-old boy whose legal guardian, Pammy May, is accused of killing him.

The Woods said when something like this happens, they feel it’s important that they show up.

"I mean, that's what we do because so much kids go through so much and they feel like they don't have a voice, so that's what we do, we are a voice for the voiceless,” Tavon Woods said. “So much kids, they go on about life that's been in foster care and many of us can never open up their mouth. And we just doing that part of speaking up and raising awareness."

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"My question to the world is, you know, when is it, when is it going to, when is it going to stop?” Davon Woods said. “You know, when are the people in the world going to start taking these cases seriously? Because what we've been seeing is just child after child and it's like after the kid dies, people talk about it for a couple of weeks and then it's just like another child that's forgotten."

The brothers hope to one day open a facility for kids who are currently in the foster care system.

Maye appeared in Franklin County court this week on charges of murder and kidnapping. A judge set her bond at $4 million.

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Boys and Girls Club names Youth of the Year

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 21:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A teen from the Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio was named the 2024 Youth of the Year Saturday, part of an annual competition where months of preparations go into picking a winner.

Doug Wolf, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio, said the club looks for a young person who demonstrates leadership and qualities like academic success and good character.

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Four finalists all took the stage and delivered a speech before the winner, TeAndre Willis, 16, was named.

Willis said the award is the happiest he’s felt in forever.

“The Boys and Girls Club really helped me grow into who I am now by just being a place where I could come and, you know, not be ridiculed for who I am or what I do or what I like,” he said. “It is just a place where I could show up and be myself.”

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“He has demonstrated a strong commitment to who he is,” Wolf said. “Wherever or whenever you see TeAndre, he's the same human being and he's committed to service and helping others.”

The Youth of the Year award comes with a $10,000 scholarship.

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Man run over by monster truck in Marion

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 19:47

MARION, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man is hospitalized after being run over by a monster truck during an event at the Marion County Fairgrounds Saturday night.

At approximately 8 p.m., Marion County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a man, 56, who was working as part of the safety staff for Monster Truck Wars at the fairground's coliseum when he was injured.

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The man was taken to Marion General Hospital and then later flown to Grant Medical Center. His condition is not known at this time.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Police: Woman stabbed by son in Newark

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 18:43

NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH) -- A woman is in critical condition after allegedly being stabbed by her son Saturday afternoon in Newark.

According to Newark police, the stabbing took place at a home on the 300 block of Woods Avenue at approximately 4:42 p.m.

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Police said the 24-year-old son of the victim fled from the house but was arrested about half a mile away near Hoover Street and Mt. Vernon Road.

The victim, 49, was flown by helicopter to a Columbus hospital.

Newark detectives will present their case to the Licking County Prosecutor's Office for the charge of attempted murder.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Newark police at 740-670-7215.

NBC4 is not naming the suspect because he has not been formally charged and to protect the identity of the victim.

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Cucho Hernández leads defending-champion Crew past Atlanta United 1-0 in season opener

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 16:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — MLS Cup MVP Cucho Hernández picked up where he left off last season, scoring 27 minutes into the match to spark the defending champion Columbus Crew to a 1-0 victory over Atlanta United in an opener on Saturday.

Hernández was in the right place at the right time, redirecting a deflection by Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan — on a shot by Diego Rossi — into the net.

Crew receive championship rings before season opener

Patrick Schulte finished with three saves to earn the clean sheet for the Crew. Guzan stopped two shots for Atlanta United.

Thiago Almada, who led the league with 19 assists last season and finished third in the MVP voting, had a shot on goal for Atlanta United, as did Giorgos Giakoumakis and league newcomer Bartosz Slisz

Columbus improves to 10-7-4 all-time against Atlanta United.

The Crew begin their quest to become the fourth club in league history to win back-to-back titles and the first since the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011-12.

Columbus beat Atlanta United 4-2 in the rubber-match of a three-game series on its way to the title last season. The Crew beat Los Angeles FC 2-1 in Columbus to win the Cup.

Crew manager Wilfried Nancy is trying to become the fourth head coach to take his team to the MLS Cup in each of his first two seasons and the first to turn it into two championships.

Darlington Nagby has won the MLS Cup four times, the last two with the Crew. Nagby and Aidan Morris are aiming to be the first Crew members to win three Cups. The Galaxy's Landon Donovan won a record six MLS Cups.

The Crew travel to play Minnesota United on March 2. Atlanta United returns to action on March 9 in a home opener against the New England Revolution.

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Crew receive championship rings before season opener

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 13:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- For the third time, members of the Columbus Crew are adding some championship bling to their wardrobe.

Before Saturday's season opener against Atlanta United, Crew players, coaches and club leaders each received a 10-karat yellow gold, diamond-studded championship ring to commemorate the club's 2023 Major League Soccer Cup title.

The ring, designed by the Jostens jewelry company, celebrates the uniqueness of the Crew's championship season, including "Impossible is an option" -- a quote by Crew Head Coach Wilfried Nancy -- and the date of the MLS Cup title game, 12-9-23, engraved on the outside palm of the ring. In addition, each player will have their names and jersey numbers included on their individual ring.

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Each ring has approximately 250 diamonds.

“We appreciate Jostens’ care, thoughtfulness and craftsmanship to help design a ring that is fitting for the Crew’s incredible story in 2023 and winning our Club’s third MLS championship,” Crew Vice President of Soccer Administration and Operations Jaime McMillan said in a statement.

The Crew secured its third championship with a 2-1 win over Los Angeles FC.

Fans interested in owning their own version of the ring can find it by clicking here. Warning, though: there are 96 available, each costing $10,000. Jostens, however, is offering more affordable jewelry options for fans to celebrate the championship.

The Crew won its season opener, beating Atlanta 1-0.

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Wintry start to weekend, milder Sunday with sunshine

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 13:18
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

Much colder air followed in the wake of a fast-moving Alberta clipper that left a swath of 1 to 3 inches of snow.

Temperatures hovered near freezing this afternoon only a day after readings reached the upper 50s. Gusty northerly winds brought a wintry wind chill in the teens, despite bright afternoon sunshine.

Tonight will be quite cold and mostly clear, with readings falling into the upper teens, as winds diminish.

Sunday will bring more sunshine and a quick switch back to milder conditions after a cold morning, as winds turn southerly behind high pressure sliding farther east.

Monday looks great—sunshine and 60 degrees. A Pacific system will push onshore and then east of the Rockies early in the week. Windy conditions will develop on Tuesday with showers and a few storms ahead of the low-pressure area tracking across the Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes.

A trailing cold front will swing through the state Wednesday morning, which will bring a return to seasonably chilly weather on the last day of February.

Forecast
  • Saturday: Mainly sunny, blustery, cold. High 32
  • Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 19
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, breezy, mild. High 51
  • Monday: Mostly sunny, warmer. High 62 (36)
  • Tuesday: Showers, windy. High 65 (51)
  • Wednesday: Showers, breezy. High 58 (56)
  • Thursday: Clearing, cooler. High 42 (27)
  • Friday: Partly cloudy. High 50 (28)
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Three killed in Jackson County plane crash

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 12:08

JACKSON, Ohio (WCMH) -- Three people are dead after a plane crash Saturday afternoon in Jackson County.

A spokesperson with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a plane crashed at around 12 p.m. near the James A Rhodes airport in Jackson, Ohio. Three people have died as a result of the crash, per the sheriff's office.

$1 million worth of illegal drugs and firearms netted in Zanesville bust

Barton Road and Keystone Station Road will be closed as law enforcement investigates.

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$1 million worth of illegal drugs and firearms netted in Zanesville bust

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 10:30

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- Two people have been arrested after law enforcement officials seized over $1 million worth of drugs and firearms in Zanesville.

The Muskingum County Prosecutor's Office said that 39-year-old Codey Starkey and 36-year-old Chiquita Rush were arrested and face multiple drug trafficking charges and having weapons under disability. Starkey also faces a tampering with evidence charge after trying to flush drugs down the toilet.

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A plethora of drugs were seized by officers in the Zanesville-Muskingum County joint drug unit with a street value between $700,000 and $1 million. Among the drugs and objects found and seized included:

  • 2.2 pounds of fentanyl ($170,000 street value)
  • 0.5 pounds of cocaine
  • 1 pound of meth
  • 1 pound of marijuana
  • Firearms
  • Cash
Courtesy Photo/Muskingum County Prosecutor's Office

In addition to trafficking charges related to fentanyl, cocaine, meth, and marijuana, Starkey and Rush also face charges pertaining to trafficking psilocybin mushrooms and ecstasy. Both had personal property and vehicles seized as well.

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Man charged with attempted murder after shooting at Columbus gentleman's club

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 06:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man was arrested early Saturday morning and charged after a shooting at a Columbus gentleman's club with a history of criminal activity.

Columbus police say they were called to The Doll House at 1680 Karl Court just before 12:30 a.m. after a report of a shooting. Officers found the suspect, 48-year-old Shanon Santoro, detained by security at the club.

Snow emergencies in central Ohio for February 24, 2024

Police determined that Santoro had fired a gun after a confrontation with staff and that one adult was shot in the upper body. Police did not specify the victim's condition. Santoro was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

The club was put under scrutiny by the Columbus City Attorney’s Office after a fatal shooting in January 2023 where three others were injured and a Sep. 2022 shooting in which five people were injured. In Feb., the city attorney’s office filed a lawsuit against The Doll House and asked to have it shut down due to an influx of crime, citing 50 incident reports since Jan. 2021.

In March 2023, the club and a nearby apartment complex caught on fire.

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Truro Township fire chief cited for DUI, speeding near Granville

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 06:00

GRANVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) – A fire chief in an eastern Franklin County township was cited for speeding and operating a vehicle while under the influence in Licking County.

According to an Ohio State Highway Patrol impaired driver report, Jeffrey Sharps, fire chief for Truro Township, was pulled over about 10 p.m. Feb. 6 on State Route 16 in Granville Township. A deputy reported Sharps was recorded driving 64 mph in a 45-mph zone.

The report said the deputy asked Sharps several times where he was coming from but did not get a response. When Sharps reportedly said he wasn’t sure, the deputy said he detected a strong odor of alcohol from inside the vehicle.

The deputy noted that Sharps’ eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. When asked to get out of the car, Sharps handed the deputy his identification card and said, “I’d rather not,” and, “I’m a half-mile from home.”

During sobriety tests, Sharps was observed swaying and had trouble getting into a starting position for the walk-and-turn test. He also reportedly did not remember instructions during the one-leg stand test and counted back from 67 to 43 when asked to count from 68 to 53. He told the deputy that he'd had two cans of beer, the report said.

Sharps was placed under arrest for operating a vehicle while impaired. At the Granville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, he refused a breathalyzer test and was issued a citation for speeding and OVI. An attorney pleaded not guilty on Sharps' behalf during an arraignment hearing on Feb. 8. A future court date has yet to be scheduled.

Sharps has been employed with the Truro Township Fire Department since 2012, first as an assistant fire chief, then as chief in 2018. Truro Township encompasses most of Reynoldsburg and surrounding neighborhoods.

Truro Township trustees did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

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Snow emergencies in central Ohio for February 24, 2024

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 05:03
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Widespread snow in central Ohio overnight Saturday has put multiple counties under a snow emergency.

After around 1-3 inches of snow has fallen in the region, seven central Ohio counties are currently under a level one snow advisory, as of 8 a.m. Saturday. A winter weather advisory is in effect for multiple counties until 12 p.m.

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You can check the latest forecast for central Ohio here. You can also follow LIVE VIPIR Radar as well as updates on the latest road conditions as they are treated Saturday.

The Ohio Department of Transportation urges defensive driving and keeping a lookout for snow plows. Columbus’ Warrior Watch gives real-time updates on when streets were last treated.

This story will be updated throughout Saturday.

Level 1

“Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.”

  • Coshocton County
  • Guernsey County
  • Licking County
  • Logan County
  • Madison County
  • Marion County
  • Muskingum County
  • Perry County
  • Pickaway County
  • Union County
Level 2

“Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.”

No central Ohio counties are currently under a level two emergency.

Level 3

“All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel, or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.”

No central Ohio counties are currently under a level three emergency.

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How road conditions in Ohio have deteriorated since 2000

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 04:30

The United States boasts an impressive interstate network of 4.2 million miles of roads—but underlying that reputation is a backlog of $786 billion in needed repairs, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. On average, the society estimates, American motorists spend a collective $130 billion on extra vehicle repairs and fuel costs as a result of driving on poor-quality roads and bridges.

In 2000, 82.6% of U.S. roads were considered acceptable to drive on, according to federal standards, which look at how rough or smooth a road surface is based on how much vibration a car's suspension has to absorb while driving on it. By 2020, a smaller share—81%—of U.S. roads were rated acceptable.

TruckInfo.net used Bureau of Transportation Statistics data to analyze how road conditions in Ohio have changed over the past two decades, as part of a larger analysis of U.S. road conditions. The analysis considers the change in the share of roads considered to be in acceptable condition.

Ohio once boasted over 96% of roads in acceptable condition, but that amount has since dropped to 83.69% as of 2020. Cleveland was also ranked sixth among U.S. cities for worst maintained roads, resulting in an estimated average of $887 extra in vehicle maintenance costs for Cleveland-based drivers.

Road condition is determined by the International Roughness Index, which measures deviations from pavement surfaces significant enough to affect driving. Roads with IRI values below 170 are considered to be in acceptable condition, while anything above 170 is considered poor condition. Data represents the percentage point change from 2000 to 2020.

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Fewer roads are in acceptable condition in 2020

Across the country, the change in the share of roads in acceptable condition over the past two decades does not appear to be a significant downgrade. However, the nationwide change can be misleading because while some states have improved their road infrastructure, some states have seen a massive decrease in road quality.

States like Rhode Island and Washington have seen over 20% of their roads degrade into poor condition. Other states, including Arkansas and Oklahoma, have conversely seen significant improvements in the quality of their roadways, and are planning to invest more by implementing state-initiated projects and tax hikes. California, which has seen road conditions improve, depends on higher-than-average gas taxes to fund road repair and construction. To learn more about changing road conditions in each state, read the national analysis.

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten, writing by Colleen Kilday, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 51 states.

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Snow ending this morning, sunshine by afternoon

News Channel 4 - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 03:38
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: AM snow/ PM sun, high 35
  • Tonight: Mostly clear, low 25
  • Sunday: Sunny & breezy, high 50 (36)
  • Monday: Warm & sunny, high 60 (49)
  • Tuesday: Rainy and windy, high 65 (50)
  • Wednesday: Showers & breezy, high 55 (30)
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Snow showers will continue to move their way through central Ohio on Saturday morning. When all is finished around 1-2 inches of snow accumulation are expected. Later this afternoon skies will start to clear and sunshine will return to the area. Cold air will continue to move in and temperatures will only top off in the mid 30. It will be a very breezy day as well with winds gusting close to 30mph at times.

Clear skies will stick around tonight. Low temps will fall to the mid 20s tonight. Wind chill values will drop to the low teens. Winds will calm down significantly and begin to shift in direction. For those who did not get to see the full moon , tonight will be the next best thing with a nearly full waning gibbous.

Sunday will bring plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures. Southerly winds will bring in the warm air and temperatures will make their way to the low 50s across the area. The upward temperatures will continue into the upcoming week. 60s will return as early as Monday, and rain showers will make a return by Tuesday.

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One dead after shooting in New Albany

News Channel 4 - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:16

NEW ALBANY, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person is dead after a shooting in New Albany on Friday evening.

Police were called to the 7000 block of Stapleton Drive in the Central College neighborhood on the report of a shooting at 6:49 p.m., according to the Columbus Division of Police. One person was pronounced dead at 6:58 p.m.

‘Hilltop Rise’ aims to improve neighborhood, help businesses grow

Police have not released any further information as of 7:15 p.m.

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'Hilltop Rise' aims to improve neighborhood, help businesses grow

News Channel 4 - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Business is growing in the Hilltop. It’s been a little more than a year since the economic development corporation Hilltop Rise hired its first Executive Director, Morgan DeBoth. Her job is to help business owners thrive and bring the Hilltop to its full potential.

DeBoth said her goal when starting this job was to build relationships and trust. She feels she's accomplished both of those things.

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“I think with any community, our small businesses are the heart,” DeBoth said.

DeBoth said there are 400 small businesses in the Hilltop. Many of which she has watched blossom in her year on the job.

“I think what has been the biggest success for me is we've been able to take that feedback and really make some changes,” DeBoth said. “We have gone out into the community and had over 250 conversations with folks garnering a lot of feedback, creating connections. And I think that it has been transformational as far as trust goes.”

DeBoth said the Hilltop often gets a bad wrap for being unsafe. Her goal is to show people the good in the area. She’s helping to do that by advocating to clean up physically, upgrade infrastructure and bring in more foot traffic. Something business owners like Terri Nino said they have experienced.

“We've had such a great year. Not only in the studio, we just have people come from all different areas,” Nino said.

Nino is about to celebrate seven years of her business, Clay Street Ceramics. She said especially in this past year she and other business owners have built a community amongst themselves. Nino said people in Columbus are taking notice.

“I think people are just ready to support our businesses. They see that we're really working hard to bring something new and different to the Hilltop, to bring something fun and entertaining,” Nino said.

DeBoth said she's seen a lot of job growth too with businesses taking over industrial space in the area. She said this year Hilltop Rise has started a monthly empowering business series to give owners networking opportunities.

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

News Channel 4 - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 16:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- There soon could be two sets of laws impacting access to gender-affirming care in Ohio.

Barring legal challenges, House Bill 68 to ban gender-affirming care for minors will be enacted on April 24. Another set of similar measures proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine after he vetoed HB 68 will also soon be finalized.

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"It was never our intention to restrict care," DeWine said. "What we were trying to do is make sure the quality of care was good. That, to me, was the most important thing."

"We know these rules are still going to impact access to equitable healthcare," said Rhea Debussy, director of external affairs for Equitas Health. "The governor's proposed administrative rules still directly run counter to evidence based standards of care."

DeWine's rules include a list of standards for minors to receive prescriptions, like hormones, including a requirement that they undergo at least six months of mental health counseling. The rules also require aggregate data to be reported by providers within thirty days of treatments like gender-reassignment surgeries, gender-transition services or a diagnosis of a gender-related condition, which is Debussy said is a point of concern.

"The question is why does the state want this information? What’s the purpose?" Debussy said. "Folks are concerned that the data may be misconstrued in specific ways and be used as a future attempt to attack gender-affirming care."

Still, after opening the rules to public comment, DeWine said they the rules have been tweaked and are ready for implementation.

"Could there be some small changes made? Yes, there could be. But it’s not going to be anything that anybody is going to get too excited about," he said. "After listening to what people had to say and taking look at this, we made the changes we thought were necessary."

"Politicians should not be making patients healthcare decisions for them," Debussy said.

Regardless of DeWine's rules, HB 68 will be in effect in about two months. DeWine said part of the rule-making process was in anticipation of a lawsuit

"We don’t know what courts are going to do,” DeWine said. “And so, I think having these rules in place, if in fact there is a stay issued by the courts, having those rules in place just make sense.”

“When it comes down to HB 68, we are every confident it will be struck down,” Debussy said. “These proposed administrative rules, along with HB 68 are clear examples of government overreach in pursuit of a radical anti-trans agenda.”

DeWine said right now he “cannot put a date” on when the rules will be officially finalized and enacted.

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