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King Day service calls for nonviolence amid turbulent times

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 12:27

ATLANTA (AP) — Speakers at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration in Atlanta called Monday for a renewed dedication to nonviolence following a turbulent year in which a deadly pandemic, protests over systemic racism and a divisive election capped by an attack on the U.S. Capitol strained Americans' capacity for civility.

“This King holiday has not only come at a time of great peril and physical violence, it has also come during a time of violence in our speech — what we say and how we say it,” said the Rev. Bernice King, the slain civil rights leader's daughter. "It is frankly out of control and we are causing too much harm to one another.”

The coronavirus pandemic forced the annual King Day service at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church online during the 35th celebration of his birthday as a national holiday. His family was among a sparse group wearing masks and sitting far apart amid mostly empty pews as others delivered remarks remotely.

Bernice King said the toll of the pandemic, lingering outrage over killings of unarmed Black people and the deadly siege in Washington by supporters of President Donald Trump all underscore an urgent need to pursue what her father called “the beloved community” — a world in which conflict is solved nonviolently and compassion dictates policy.

She quoted her father’s words from more than 50 years ago: "There is such a thing as being too late.”

“We still have a choice today — nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation,” Bernice King said, again reciting the words of her father. "This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos and community.”

U.S. Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock, Ebenezer's pastor, appealed for unity following his election in a runoff election Jan. 5.

“Let us stand together, let us work together,” Warnock said, calling the COVID-19 pandemic a reminder that all people are “tied together, as Dr. King said, in a single garment of destiny.”

“Because we’re dealing with a deadly airborne disease, my neighbor coughs and I’m imperiled by the cough of my neighbor,” Warnock said. "That doesn’t make my neighbor my enemy. That means that our destiny is tied together.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. Had he lived, he would have turned 92 on his birthday last Friday.

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Coronavirus in Ohio Monday update: 4,312 new cases, 81 additional deaths

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 11:45

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state. 

As of Monday, Jan. 18, a total of 831,066 (+4,312) cases have been reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 10,281 (+81) deaths and 43,351 (162) hospitalizations.

On Friday, Ohio reached a grim milestone: 10,000 people in the state have died from COVID-19. 

Central Ohio health officials announce Phase 1B of vaccine rollout

DeWine said that 361,000 people in the state have received at least the first dose of one of the two-step vaccines from manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna.

On Friday, the state launched a website showing all 750 vaccine distribution sites that will be open starting next week, when the state will begin the next phase of its vaccination program, making it available to residents 80 and older.

Although there are 425,000 Ohioans who are 80 and older, DeWine said the state expects to receive only about 100,000 doses for distribution next week. The state plans to expand the vaccine offering to those 75 and older the following week, then those 70 and older on Feb. 1, and then those 65 and older on Feb. 8. That may lead to adjustments in the vaccine plan as the weeks go on.

“We will have to take it literally one week at a time,” DeWine said.

DeWine said that over time, vaccine production should increase, and additional manufacturers may receive approval for their vaccines, leading to increased availability in the state and distribution at more and larger facilities.

DeWine said the state is offering the vaccine to those 65 and older in the next phase because they have accounted for 87% of the deaths from COVID-19. Also in the next phase are those with certain medical disorders and those who work for school districts.

Even with hospitalizations on the decline, experts say COVID-19 cases could still peak

Local health departments around the state have begun announcing, or will soon announce, details of how to register to receive a vaccine and where they will be able to receive it. Those include departments in FranklinDelawarePickaway and Union counties in central Ohio.

Nineteen states are on the latest state travel advisory list. The travel advisory advises people not to travel to those states with a COVID-19 positivity rate of 15 percent or higher, or if they do, to quarantine for 14 days after returning.

Ohio’s current positivity rate is 17 percent.

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Q&A with an accountant: what you need to know about filing your 2020 taxes

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 11:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)-- Falling in line with the rest of the year, the 2020 tax-filing season will be different than in years past. The date to start filing taxes was pushed back Friday by the IRS, and once that window opens up, calculating your taxes will be different, too.

IRS delays start of tax season to Feb. 12

Owner and President of BBI Accounting in Columbus Jerry Rhodes says the biggest challenge people are going to have this year is reconciling stimulus payments.

Rhodes answered more common questions about filing 2020 taxes:

Q: Do you need to report COVID-19 stimulus money?

A: Yes, but not as income.

"It does not necessarily count as income, but we have to reconcile if people who should have received it, did receive it and if they didn't, they can claim it when they file their returns. We need to make sure people who shouldn't have received it and did receive it have a way of paying that back," Rhodes explained.

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Q: Can you write off money spent on making a home office?

A: Not unless you're self employed.

"If you're self employed, you can always claim a home office deduction, but if you're furloughed or working from home for a major employer and you get a W2 every year, there's not necessarily an advantage for that unless your employer agrees to reimburse you," said Rhodes.

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Q: Do you have to pay taxes in the city your office building is in for the months you worked from home?

A: TBD

"This is still under contention," Rhodes stated. "Columbus has made a pretty strong argument that they should continue to hold Columbus city payroll tax for people who were working in the city and would otherwise still be working in the city of Columbus. I'm sure that's up for debate, up for renegotiation for 2021 if people who are definitely decide they're not coming back to the office in downtown or anywhere in Columbus. Perhaps they're going to continue to work from home in a suburb."

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Q: Is writing less money off for childcare going to impact potential refund amount?

A: Possibly

"That's always possible, but keep in mind the childcare credit is a pretty small credit on an individual's tax return. I'm not saying it's not large for some people, but they maximum childcare credit is $600 per child," added Rhodes.

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Q: Will paying less student loan interest going to impact potential refund amount?

A: Yes

"The maximum student loan interest deduction is $2,000. If you deduct that from your taxes, you're probably saving a couple hundred dollars... and some of those loans could have gone into forbearance which mean that maybe someone would have had a $2,000 student loan interest deduction and it goes down to $0. It's going to have an affect on the scale of the hundreds on their return," explained Rhodes.

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Volunteers spend MLK Day of Service delivering meals

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 10:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - Some in Central Ohio used the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as a “day on” Monday.

The federal holiday has become a national day of service, with groups and individuals paying tribute to the famous civil rights leader by helping others.

“This is what he wanted. This was part of his dream,” said Dawn Smith. “We want to live it, see it through.”

For the fourth consecutive year, Smith spent the day volunteering with LifeCare Alliance. This year, her sister and 16 year old son joined the tradition.

“I hope he continues this tradition,” Smith said of her son. “Not only during this time, but any time someone is in need, he will be there to help.”

Joelle Khouzam organized a group of volunteers from her law firm to drive for the organization’s Meals on Wheels program.

“You hate to think of somebody not able to get their meals simply because we’re all taking a holiday,” she said. “You do what you can in your own small way.”

Monday’s volunteers followed the protocol adapted for the LifeCare Alliance program during the COVID-19 health crisis.

“During the pandemic, we had to change our method of picking up our meals and delivering our meals and everything,” explained communications director Michelle Jones.

The organization set up its own drive-thru operation for volunteers to check in and pick up meals with limited contact. They deliver the food directly to clients around the city, many of whom are older, homebound adults or those with medical conditions or disabilities.

Jones said, “Many of our people are unable to stand for any length of time to prepare their meals and during the pandemic they’re not having anyone come into their home.”

She explained the demand for meals has skyrocketed by 65 percent during the pandemic, with many high risk clients suddenly confined to their homes. Monday, volunteers planned to deliver close to 3,000 meals.

Volunteers must limit their direct contact with clients when they drop off meals, but some hoped the service itself would be a gesture of goodwill.

“I just hope more people out there spread kindness, love and make this world and this country a better place,” Smith said.

LifeCare Alliance is always accepting volunteers and referrals for its services.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here or call 614-444-MEAL(6325).
To refer yourself or someone else for meals or other services, click here or call 614-278-3130.

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Best friends fighting for same Olympic goal

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 10:04

The road to a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team is not easy. In fact, it's a grind.

"Oh yeah, if I was here by myself, I don't know if I'd still be here," said gymnast Sean Melton.

His friend and fellow gymnast, Alec Yoder, agrees. "It's easier to climb that mountain if you're doing with your friends and with your teammates, people pushing you to be better."

Yoder, a native of Indianapolis, and Melton, a native of Orlando, said they have been pushing each other now for more than five years. First, in college as teammates at Ohio State. And now, as Olympic hopefuls.

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"We just get each other. Everything we do really matches up. The way we work. The way we chill. The things we do inside the gym and outside the gym. The way we eat. The way we sleep. All this stuff," said Yoder.

The two are more than friends. They have lived together, vacationed together, and won championships together.

"When you want to go somewhere great, you want to surround yourself with people that are great, that are chasing the same things as you so that was an instant connection," said Melton. "It's not a teammate thing. It's not a friend thing. It's legit a brotherhood."

But the reality is, they are both chasing the same dream. To qualify for Team USA in the Tokyo Games. And there are only so many spots on the men’s gymnastics team.

"A lot of people have asked us, is that something that is going to be something that drives your brotherhood away if one person makes the team and the other one doesn't," said Yoder, "And me and Sean have talked about this so many times. If he makes the team and I don't, then that's a win because one of us made it."

"It's a win-win for us, unless we both don't make it, but I don't see that happening so hopefully one of us will make it, or both of us," said Melton.

And so, the grind continues for the two friends, with dreams of walking into the Olympic Stadium always on their minds.

"[It] Gives me chills every time I think about it," said Melton. "It's always a great thing to think about and get you excited, get your blood pumping."

"It's always been my dream. And until the day I achieve it, it will be my dream," said Yoder. "I think about it every day. I think about it every night. And it's my passion. It's what I love. And it's what I'm doing."

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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields declares for NFL draft

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 09:34

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Justin Fields made official Monday what had been expected, that the quarterback will leave Ohio State after his junior season and make himself available for the NFL draft.

Fields, 6 feet 3 and 228 pounds from Kennesaw, Georgia, leaves Ohio State with a 20-2 record as the starter after transferring from Georgia before the 2019 season. He announced his decision in a post on social media.

Next Chapter. pic.twitter.com/Q4iWJop4WI

— Justin Fields (@justnfields) January 18, 2021 Here are Buckeyes who are leaving early for the NFL draft, and who’s not

"My path to The Ohio State University was not a direct one, but I could not have asked for a better final destination," Fields wrote in the post. "Buckeye Nation, you immediately adopted me as your own and for that I am forever grateful. It has been the honor of my life to wear the Scarlet and Gray and represent The Ohio State University."

Fields is projected as a first-round draft pick, usually ranking behind Trevor Lawrence of Clemson among quarterbacks. The first overall pick in the draft is held by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are coached by former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

The draft is scheduled for April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland

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Man in stable condition following attack, stabbing in southeast Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 19:56

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- A man is in stable condition Sunday following a stabbing in his home in south Columbus.

According to Columbus Police, officers responded to a call for a stabbing on the 1800 block of Lockbourne Road at approximately 5:37 p.m.

Officers found the victim, a 60-year-old man, suffering from multiple stab wounds.

The victim told officers that he had a friend, who he knew as Dustin, over to his home when for no reason, Dustin stabbed the victim multiple times.

The victim told police that Dustin stabbed himself in the neck during the incident. The suspect then fled from the scene.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4141.

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I-70 West closed following crash

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 19:51

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- A portion of I-70 West is closed on Columbus' west side following a crash Sunday night.

According to OHGO, I-70 West is closed past Hilliard-Rome Road south.

Drivers are urged to find an alternate route.

No further information is available at this time.

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One injured in north Columbus shooting

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 16:59

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- One person was taken to a local hospital in serious condition following a shooting in north Columbus Sunday night.

According to Columbus Police, officers responded to a shooting call on the 1700 block of Northridge Road at approximately 6:19 p.m.

The victim, identified as an 18-year-old man, was taken to Ohio State University-Main hospital in serious condition. Police said the victim is expected to survive his injuries.

According to police, the victim was in a parked car when an unknown person approached the driver's side and shot him multiple times.

The victim was shot three times, police said.

Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4141.

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Two sides meet peacefully at protest on snowy Ohio Sunday

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 16:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Armed Trump supporters, and Black Lives Matter activists, both showed up to Sunday's planned protest in front of a heavily-guarded Ohio Statehouse.

Ohio State Patrol's troopers in black and the Ohio National Guard in camouflage guarded the steps and the statues as people began arriving at 12:15 p.m. On Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine had authorized the guard's mobilization.

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As sleet and then snow fell on the Statehouse, small groups of people with signs and flags began to fill the square.

In front of the cenotaph, a bald man in fluorescent orange and yellow shoes with pink socks and shorts, in a t-shirt that said: "Dancing for Peace" on one side, and "The Dancing Trucker" on the other, began vibing to the music playing in his headphones.

Dancing trucker turns up at inauguration protest to promote peace

By 12:35 p.m. the crowd had thickened, with a handful of people carrying signs. Some of those were Biden/Harris and Black Lives Matter signs, with a large group of Black Lives Matter protesters joining the crowd. Two people from opposing sides held a vigorous discussion, but walked away from each other peaceably.

By 1 p.m., the crowd was about 50 percent Black Lives Matter with the other half waving various flags and signs, some with tactical clothing and guns. One man wore a Revolutionary War re-enactment wig and clothing and carried a rifle.

Under a steady fall of snow, and then wind and sleet, the main group of inauguration protesters left at lunchtime, around 1:30 p.m., and the crowd thinned out until only the troopers, the guards, and the statues graced the Statehouse grounds.

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Even with hospitalizations on the decline, experts say COVID-19 cases could still peak

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 16:19

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Ohio Department of Health data shows roughly 3,700 Ohioans are hospitalized because of COVID-19.

The United States Surgeon General took to Twitter Sunday to talk about hospitalizations.

The data on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard shows COVID-19 hospitalizations have decreased by approximately 800 cases over the last two weeks.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, along with a nationwide hospitalization graph, tweeted hopeful news for the country, showing that hospitalizations have finally peaked and started trending downward.

Hopeful news America- hospitalizations have finally peaked and started trending down. Mitigation + vaccinations is working, so keep it up! We’ve got 2-3 more rough weeks at least so we must stay the course, but know that your efforts are ⬇ hospitalizations and will save lives! pic.twitter.com/Fmt2jurrTi

— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) January 17, 2021

Adams said the graph shows mitigation and vaccinations are working, but that there are still a few rough weeks ahead.

OhioHealth Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Joseph Gastaldo said it is a positive thing that hospitalizations in Ohio and across the nation are going down. However, Gastaldo notes hospitalizations in some areas of the country are increasing, saying it’s too early to tell if hospitalizations have, in fact, peaked, especially due to new variants of the virus being discovered in the U.S.

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"It is positive but, again, it’s one lagging indicator,” Gastaldo said. “What does that mean moving forward with the more easily transmissible variants? What does that mean moving forward with hopefully people getting more vaccines? Is that necessarily the peak for our country for hospitalizations? I don’t know yet."

Both Gastaldo and Adams are also reminding everyone that mask wearing, good hygiene, and social distancing is as important as ever.

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Dancing trucker turns up at inauguration protest to promote peace

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 15:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man wearing a t-shirt "Dancing for Peace" on one side and "The Dancing Trucker" on the other drove from Cincinnati to Columbus to promote peace.

John Drury, a trucker who loves to dance, vibed in front of the cenotaph in fluorescent orange and yellow shoes with pink socks and shorts to the music playing in his headphones.

"I just wanted to do my part," said Drury, when NBC4 caught up with him. "I know there are hundreds of people up there, kind of standing for the same thing, and it's just me, you know, kind of doing the opposite, wanting peace.

"People love drama. They love chaos, and conflict. That's human beings. So I'm kind of different in that aspect."

Drury is a trucker from Cincinnati, so Columbus was a short drive for him. He says he lost a lot of weight doing Zumba, and now dances for exercise.

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Franklin County coroner identifies man killed in hit-skip crash

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 13:42

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- The Franklin County Coroner has identified a 23-year-old Columbus man as the person killed during a hit-skip crash on Jan. 9.

According to Columbus Police, the man has been identified at Franklin Johnson Jr.

At about 7:33 a.m. on Jan. 9, officers were called the report of a dead person lying in to the south side of E. Broad Street near Cardinal Park Drive.  

Police: Bicyclist killed along E. Broad Street in hit-skip crash

Officers and medics arrived on scene and pronounced Johnson dead.  

Police said Johnson was traveling on a bicycle eastbound in the right lane of E. Broad Street when he was struck from behind by a vehicle.  

The driver and the vehicle did not remain on scene, according to police, but a vehicle of interest was later located and impounded to be analyzed by officers.  

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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THE SPECTRUM: Gov. DeWine on Ohio's 2021 rebound; insurrection and impeachment in Washington D.C.

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 12:21

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – This week on The Spectrum:

* Between the COVID-19 pandemic, economic struggles, and calls for social justice, 2020 was a year of chaos.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is hopeful 2021 will be a year of recovery.

NBC 4’s Colleen Marshall holds a one-on-one interview with the governor as he looks to help Ohio rebound in 2021.

* The fallout from the insurrection on Capitol Hill continues as the House of Representatives impeaches President Donald Trump for a second time.

Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty explains why Democrats are pushing so hard for the president’s removal, even though he leaves office in just a few days.

* Republican strategist Matt Dole and Democratic strategist Keary McCarthy talk about impeachment, insurrection, and the inauguration in this week’s all-star roundtable.

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Snowy Sunday, light accumulations and mainly wet roads

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 12:18

WINTRY WEEKEND

A band of snow and flurries, with brief heavier bursts, will pivot through central leaving up to a an inch of snow on colder and grassy surfaces, mainly higher terrain, but melting on pavement during the daylight hours.

Cold, most air is circulating around a stubborn upper-level low over the Ohio Valley. Spokes of energy spinning around low pressure aloft are causing persistent snow showers that will persist through the early tonight. Watch for slippery spots as temperatures dip below freezing later this evening.

High pressure will nudge the moist air east on Martin Luther King Day, allowing for some drying, though a few flurries could linger in the early part of the day. Skies will remain cloudy and temperatures will hover near freezing.

A weak clipper system will bring a little light snow late Monday night and early Tuesday, with a reinforcing shot of cold air midweek. Some sunshine is will finally break through Wednesday, though temperatures will remain below freezing all day.

Thursday will bring a brief warmup as winds turn westerly and a southern disturbance adds clouds, and possibly a light wintry mix. Temperatures will dip back into the low to mid-30s heading into next weekend with dry conditions.

Forecast

Evening: Snow showers, drizzle. Near 32
Tonight: Flurries continue (dusting), slick spots. Low 28
MLK Day: Few flurries early, cloudy, cold. High 32
Tuesday: Flurry early, clouds break p.m. High 34 (26)
Wednesday: Generally cloudy, cold. High 30 (22)
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, little milder. High 38 (27)
Friday: Mostly cloudy, colder. High 34 (27)
Saturday: More sunshine. High 29 (19)

Have a good evening! -Ben

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Coronavirus in Ohio Sunday update: State reports 5,200 + new cases

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 11:30

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest numbers in the state's fight against COVID-19

As of Sunday, Jan. 17, a total of 826,754 (+5,247) cases have been reported in Ohio since the pandemic began, leading to 10,200 (+65) deaths and 43,189 (141) hospitalizations.

On Friday, Ohio reached a grim milestone: 10,000 people in the state have died from COVID-19. 

Central Ohio health officials announce Phase 1B of vaccine rollout

DeWine said that 361,000 people in the state have received at least the first dose of one of the two-step vaccines from manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna.

On Friday, the state launched a website showing all 750 vaccine distribution sites that will be open starting next week, when the state will begin the next phase of its vaccination program, making it available to residents 80 and older.

Although there are 425,000 Ohioans who are 80 and older, DeWine said the state expects to receive only about 100,000 doses for distribution next week. The state plans to expand the vaccine offering to those 75 and older the following week, then those 70 and older on Feb. 1, and then those 65 and older on Feb. 8. That may lead to adjustments in the vaccine plan as the weeks go on.

“We will have to take it literally one week at a time,” DeWine said.

Central Ohio remains red in latest coronavirus advisory map; Hamilton County lone purple

DeWine said that over time, vaccine production should increase, and additional manufacturers may receive approval for their vaccines, leading to increased availability in the state and distribution at more and larger facilities.

DeWine said the state is offering the vaccine to those 65 and older in the next phase because they have accounted for 87% of the deaths from COVID-19. Also in the next phase are those with certain medical disorders and those who work for school districts.

Local health departments around the state have begun announcing, or will soon announce, details of how to register to receive a vaccine and where they will be able to receive it. Those include departments in FranklinDelawarePickaway and Union counties in central Ohio.

Nineteen states are on the latest state travel advisory list. The travel advisory advises people not to travel to those states with a COVID-19 positivity rate of 15 percent or higher, or if they do, to quarantine for 14 days after returning.

Ohio's current positivity rate is 17 percent.

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Two women shot while leaving after-hours club

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 11:13

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Two gunshot victims told police they were attacked while leaving an after-hours club early Sunday.

Police were called to the area of E. Main St. and S. Hampton around 3:45 a.m.

As police headed to that scene, a call came in front Grant Hospital of two walk-in shooting victims.

One of the women suffered from a wound to her right thigh, while the second victim was shot in the backside.

The women told police they were leaving an after-hours club and were walking to their car when a vehicle pulled up and someone fired multiple shots.

Both women are expected to survive their injuries.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call CPD at 614-645-4141.

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16-year old girl shot; police looking for suspect

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 11:02

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police say a 16-year old girl was shot in the right arm on the 200 block of S. Burgess Avenue.

Police were called to the scene around 10:45 p.m. Saturday.

The victim was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital and is expected to recover.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call CPD at 614-645-4141.

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Protesters start gathering at Ohio Statehouse

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 10:10

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A small group of protesters gathered early Sunday morning at the Ohio Statehouse.

Couple of dozen people have showed up, so far I’ve seen three rifles. Person on the megaphone is talking about Russian interference and now “straight white male pride.” @nbc4i pic.twitter.com/Hyesmf5qRC

— Adrienne Robbins (@ARobbinsTV) January 17, 2021

Columbus police and state troopers prepared over the last week for possible wide-scale protests at the Statehouse. Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan said Friday they will be working with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio National Guard to ensure that protests remain peaceful.

“There will be no tolerance for illegal activity, no tolerance for property destruction, or causing harm to others, or defacing our symbols of government,” said Chief Quinlan.

Chief Quinlan said after what we saw happen at the U.S. Capitol, they hope to be overprepared but underwhelmed.

“We can’t claim that we were, that we didn’t have advanced notice. January 6 made it very clear to everyone and any responsible police chief in this country is on notice,” said Chief Quinlan.

People not involved in protests are asked to avoid the downtown area.

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More flurries, clouds and cool temps to end the weekend

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 04:59
COLUMBUS QUICK FORECAST:
  • This morning: Chance for snow showers, less than 1/2″. Low around 30
  • Today: Cloudy & seasonally chilly, snow showers later. High 36
  • Tonight: Snow showers, snow totals less than 1/2". Low 27
  • MLK Jr Day: Few flurries, otherwise cloudy & chilly. High 33
  • Tuesday: Chance for snow showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. High 36
  • Wednesday: Partly Sunny. High 34
  • Thursday: Snow showers early changing to rain. High 41
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Good morning and happy Sunday!

We're watching for more snow showers and chilly temperatures as we wrap up the weekend and head into the workweek.

We’ll wrap up the weekend with more chilly temperatures and snow showers. Temperatures will start off around 30 degrees, then only climb to a high in the low to mid 30s. Light snow showers and flurries will stick around and keep the theme of only creating a dusting to 1/2″ mostly just in the grass. With colder temperatures though, we could see a few slick spots on the roads, especially overnight and first thing in the morning.

Monday, a weak area of high pressure will build in, but this won’t be strong enough to bring back sunshine. Instead, we'll see some morning flurries and more clouds. Temperatures will stay chilly, and below normal only reaching a high around freezing.

Another cold front will move in on Tuesday, bringing with it more clouds and snow showers.

Dry weather and the chance for some peeks of sunshine will return on Wedensday. Temperatures will remain seasonally chilly, starting off in the low to mid 20s, then only topping off in the mid 30s.

We'll see a boost in temperature on Thursday back up to the low 40s. But, milder temperatures will be paired with rain showers.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

-Liz

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