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Pedestrian hit by car near Hollywood Casino

News Channel 4 - 44 min 4 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A person was hit by a car near Hollywood Casino on Columbus' west side Sunday night.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened on the 200 block of Georgesville Road outside the casino property at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Northbound Georgesville Road is closed from Shopper Lane South Avenue to Hollywood Drive as deputies investigate the accident.

There is no further information available at this time.

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Big 10 women's tournament bracket released

News Channel 4 - 1 hour 55 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The bracket for the Big 10 women’s basketball tournament has been announced and the Buckeyes now have an idea of what is in store this week.

On Friday, Ohio State, as the No. 1 seed, will face the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 8 Maryland and No. 9 Illinois. Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m.

Record-setting Caitlin Clark scores 35 as No. 6 Iowa defeats No. 2 Ohio State 93-83

The tournament starts Wednesday with play-in games No. 12 Purdue facing No. 13 Northwestern and No. 11 Minnesota facing No. 14 Rugters.

In addition to the Maryland vs. Illinois game, Thursday will see No. 5 Nebraska face the winner of the Purdue/Northwestern contest; No. 7 Penn State facing No. 10 Wisconsin; and No. 6 Michigan playing the winner of the Minnesota/Rutgers game.

In addition to the Buckeyes, No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Indiana, and No. 4 Michigan State all earned byes into the quarterfinals, which begin Friday.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, and the final on Sunday.

The Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten title and the top seed when the team beat Michigan on Feb. 28.

Thornton, Gayle guide Ohio State to 84-61 victory over Michigan

Ohio State finished the regular season with a 25-4 overall record and 16-2 in the Big 10. The Buckeyes fell to Iowa in the regular season finale Sunday 93-83.

View the full bracket below.

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One hospitalized after Fairfield County water rescue

News Channel 4 - 3 hours 16 min ago

LANCASTER, Ohio (WCMH) – One person was rushed to the hospital after a water rescue in Fairfield County Sunday night.

According to a Greenfield Township Fire Department spokesperson, witnesses saw a kayak overturn in the Greenfield Dam Wildlife Area in Lancaster at approximately 6 p.m.

16-year-old dead in Union County crash

The person was pulled from the water approximately an hour later by the Fairfield County dive team with emergency medical personnel working to resuscitate them, the spokesperson said.

The person was rushed to Fairfield Medical Center River Valley Campus, but there is no word on their condition.

In addition to Greenfield Township Fire, first responders from Fairfield County, Pleasant Township, Walnut Township, and Bloom Township responded to the scene.

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Ohio amendment would put citizens in charge of redistricting

News Channel 4 - 4 hours 14 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- While thousands may have gathered for the Arnold Sports Festival, it wasn't the only event co-founder Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared at this weekend.

A coalition of people and organizations, including the actor and former California governor, came together to advocate against gerrymandering.

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Citizens Not Politicians hosted a panel to get out its message, pushing for Ohio citizens to be the ones leading the redistricting process.

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute, which pushes a “post-partisan” message, joined the conversation.

The groups are trying to end gerrymandering, which is when the boundaries of an area of voters are changed to favor one political party over another. They said people across the state are collecting signatures to put an amendment on Ohio’s November ballot to stop this.

The group is proposing the creation of a 15-member Ohio Citizens Redistricting Commission made up of Republican, Democrat, and Independent citizens. They say this group would lead the redistricting process, not the politicians who are the ones who create the maps right now.

"We have some of the most gerrymandered maps in the country, and so we are here to terminate gerrymandering to really raise awareness about the Citizens Not Politicians amendment, which would ban politicians and lobbyists from drawing maps," Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio Jen Miller said. 

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Ohio's current state Senate and House maps had to be redrawn six times after the state Supreme Court ruled five times that the proposed maps were too partisan.

"It's important for the institute to get out and find out what voters are thinking and also just to talk about redistricting and redistricting reform all over the country," Academic Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute Christian Grose said. 

Citizens Not Politicians needs a little more than 413,000 signatures from 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties to get the amendment on the ballot. The group said it is on track to reach that goal.

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More sunshine, warming trend before rain returns Tuesday

News Channel 4 - 7 hours 52 min ago
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

Skies turned mostly sunny, as drier air arrived with high pressure southeast of the region, allowing temperatures to warm up into the mid-60s in a southeasterly flow.

Some clouds will move back in late tonight and Monday, but there will be some sunshine, which will boost temperatures to reach 70 degrees, he best day of the week.

A cold front dropping slowly southeast will trigger some showers beginning late Monday night into Tuesday. Indications are that off and on showers will persist into Wednesday, as a wave moves along the frontal boundary.

Dry weather and some sunshine will return briefly late in the week, before the next system moves in from the southwest next weekend.

Forecast
  • Sunday: Clouds linger, late clearing. High 65
  • Monday: Partly sunny, warmer. High 71 (48)
  • Tuesday: Showers, storm. High 69 (53)
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, few showers. High 58 (48)
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 58 (40)
  • Friday: Mostly cloudy, rain later. High 57 (41)
  • Saturday: Showers, breezy. High 55 (47)
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Record-setting Caitlin Clark scores 35 as No. 6 Iowa defeats No. 2 Ohio State 93-83

News Channel 4 - 7 hours 59 min ago

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Caitlin Clark scored 35 points in her final regular-season home game, becoming the NCAA’s all-time scoring leader in No. 6 Iowa’s 93-83 win over No. 2 Ohio State on Sunday.

Hannah Stuelke scored 23 points and Gabbie Marshall added 12 for the Hawkeyes (26-4, 15-3 Big Ten), who secured the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament behind the regular-season champion Buckeyes (25-4, 16-2), who had their 15-game winning streak snapped.

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Clark, who announced on Thursday that she would enter the WNBA draft after the season despite having another year of eligibility remaining, made two free throws with less than a second left in the first half to eclipse Pete Maravich's 3,667 career points. Clark has 3,685 points heading into the postseason.

The Hawkeyes were facing a similar scenario last season, when they defeated regular-season champion Indiana on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Clark. But there was no need for late drama as Iowa took control of this game in the first half.

The Hawkeyes went on an 18-3 run in the first quarter to take a 25-10 lead. Ohio State rallied in the second quarter to get within four points twice, and trailed 44-39 after Rikki Harris’ 3-pointer with seven seconds left before a wild sequence of events closed the half.

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Stuelke was fouled on a layup attempt with three-tenths of a second left. Cotie McMahon was then called for a technical foul after the play for bumping Clark during the dead ball. Stuelke hit her two free throws, then Clark hit two to break Maravich’s record, and Iowa led 48-39 at halftime.

The Hawkeyes kept control in the second half, leading by as much as 17 points.

Jacy Sheldon led Ohio State with 24 points. Rebeka Mikulasilova had 14, Taylor Thierry had 11 and Cotie McMahon and Celeste Taylor each had 10 points.

Ohio State keeps No. 2 ranking in AP poll with two regular season games left

Kate Martin added 11 points for Iowa.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: There were times when the Buckeyes lost their composure — besides McMahon’s technical foul. Rikki Harris got a technical foul in the second half. Four of Clark’s points came off the techs.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes might have suffered a serious loss for the postseason when guard Molly Davis was injured with 6:42 left in the first half. Davis, who has started 27 games this season and came in averaging 6.3 points per game, fell to the court and grabbed her kn ee. She was carried from the court. Davis played a key role in Iowa’s run to the national championship game last season.

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The Spectrum: Franklin Co. prosecutor race; Vance on federal shutdown

News Channel 4 - 8 hours 36 min ago

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

“I have a record of doing the things that I want to focus on when I get to this office,” candidate Natalia Harris said.

Bill would rid of foreign contributions for issue campaigns in Ohio

Hear Harris discuss how the county’s top attorney can better serve the community.

“We need some explicit promises from the Biden administration,” Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) said.

Hear what Vance said needs to happen to reach a long-term deal.

DeWine takes step to better Ohio mental health treatments

“At the end, it’s the people of Ohio losing,” Ohio Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Nickie J. Antonio said.

What are the projects that could be delayed if lawmakers don’t agree?

  • At the roundtable, Democratic former state senator Lou Gentile and Republican strategist Mike Gonadakis talk about infighting at both the Statehouse and on Capitol Hill, as well as new questions about the beginning of life making couples around the country worry about the fate of their frozen embryos.

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

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East Columbus homicide remains unsolved over three years later

News Channel 4 - 15 hours 36 min ago

For a previous report on this story view the video player above.

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Columbus police and Central Ohio Crime Stoppers are seeking leads in a 2020 homicide that left one woman dead, east of Downtown, Columbus.

On Oct. 18, 2020, police responded to reports of a shooting at a BP gas station on East Broad Street in the Old Towne East neighborhood, just east of Interstate 71. Upon arrival officers found 25-year-old Loubna Lassadi inside a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

16-year-old dead in Union County crash

Lassaadi’s boyfriend told police that an unidentified individual shot at them nearby and that he drove to the gas station for help. He described the suspect’s car as a black SUV.

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 centralohiocrimestoppers.org to submit your tip.

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Bicyclist critically injured in north Columbus hit-skip crash

News Channel 4 - 15 hours 40 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle while on a bicycle in north Columbus late Saturday night.

Columbus police said that just after 11 p.m., an adult bicyclist was going north on Sinclair Road near the Morse Road intersection. The bicyclist was hit by a vehicle also going north and the vehicle did not stop after the collision, per CPD.

16-year-old dead in Union County crash

The victim was taken by medics to Riverside Methodist Hospital in critical, life-threatening condition. Police have classified this crash as a hit-skip and are looking for information on the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 614-645-4767 or at 614-461-8477 if they wish to remain anonymous.

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How to get or renew a fishing or hunting license in Ohio

News Channel 4 - 16 hours 36 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Hunting and fishing licenses for 2024-25 are now on sale in Ohio from the Division of Wildlife.

Fishing licenses for Ohio residents are $25. They are valid for one year and can be purchased 30 days before their expiration date. For anyone older than 16 to fish in Ohio public waters, a fishing license is a requirement.

Hunting licenses for Ohio residents are $19 for adults and $10 for youth hunters. Licenses are valid immediately and last through Feb. 28, 2025. Regardless of age, everyone wanting to hunt or trap in Ohio is required to carry a license.

Multiyear hunting and fishing licenses are also available. Three-year, five-year, 10-year and lifetime licenses are all on sale.

Licenses can purchased on the Division of Wildlife's website, on the Department of Natural Resources' mobile app HuntFish OH or at participating agents statewide. Licensing agents can be found on the ODNR at this link.

The HuntFish OH mobile app allows deer and turkey hunters to check their harvest, allows anglers to find boat ramps, public waters, and wildlife areas, and allows users to purchase permits, report wildlife sightings and read regulations.

Funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses benefit wildlife management and habitat conservation efforts in Ohio. The money also helps support improvement to fishing access, shooting ranges and wildlife areas.

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Demand for these healthcare jobs is increasing most in Ohio

News Channel 4 - 17 hours 6 min ago

Scrubs could become an essential part of the wardrobe for millions more Americans as healthcare jobs grow across the country.

The aging U.S. population is rapidly increasing demand for many jobs in the health sector, which has become the fastest-growing part of the national economy. Although many medical jobs require advanced degrees—physicians, nurses, surgeons, etc.—the role growing fastest across most states is generally accessible to anyone with a high school diploma.

The job? Home health and personal care aides. The U.S. expects to add close to a million jobs in this profession over the next decade. These aides monitor and assist people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, including hospice. They often work in individuals' homes or in group homes and day services programs. After COVID-19 devastated nursing homes, surveys have found fewer Americans are willing to live in them as they age. As a result, even more families may discover ways to use full-time or part-time in-home aides for end-of-life care.

An analysis including more than 70 other healthcare jobs projected all but three states to add home health and personal care aides in the highest numbers. In just three states—Colorado, Florida, and South Dakota—did registered nurse job growth outpace home health.

As a percentage of current jobs, roles seeing the most growth are slightly more varied. Most commonly, nurse practitioner jobs are growing the most among 40 of the 50 states and Washington D.C. In Arizona, for instance, the volume of nurse practitioner jobs is expected to grow 100.8% over the decade—in other words, jobs will double. Massage therapist jobs are increasing fastest in six states, with the most significant change in New York at 75% growth. These statistics provide insight into how jobs are changing relative to their current employment. However, they don't shine as much light on which careers will offer the most job opportunities to future Americans.

To provide that insight to potential future healthcare workers across America, Medical Technology Schools identified the healthcare positions expected to add the most jobs in Ohio from 2020 to 2030, as part of its broader national analysis. Occupations are ranked by the number of jobs to be added in that time frame, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by Projections Central. Initial ties were broken by the percent growth in jobs, though some ties may remain.

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#25. Nurse anesthetists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 230
- Percent growth in jobs: 7.6% (#26)

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#24. Psychiatric technicians

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 230
- Percent growth in jobs: 16.0% (#12)

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#23. Surgical technologists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 280
- Percent growth in jobs: 7.3% (#27)

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#22. Pharmacy technicians

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 420
- Percent growth in jobs: 2.5% (#51)

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#21. Diagnostic medical sonographers

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 490
- Percent growth in jobs: 16.0% (#12)

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#20. Dental hygienists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 500
- Percent growth in jobs: 5.8% (#38)

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#19. Dental assistants

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 560
- Percent growth in jobs: 5.7% (#40)

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#18. Radiologic technologists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 580
- Percent growth in jobs: 6.4% (#35)

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#17. Massage therapists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 610
- Percent growth in jobs: 16.7% (#11)

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#16. Phlebotomists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 760
- Percent growth in jobs: 12.7% (#18)

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#15. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 810
- Percent growth in jobs: 6.8% (#31)

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#14. Occupational therapists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 810
- Percent growth in jobs: 13.3% (#17)

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#13. Nursing assistants

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 890
- Percent growth in jobs: 1.4% (#53)

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#12. Physical therapists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 1,250
- Percent growth in jobs: 14.0% (#15)

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#11. Physician assistants

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 1,290
- Percent growth in jobs: 28.5% (#4)

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#10. Occupational therapy assistants

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 1,370
- Percent growth in jobs: 31.4% (#2)

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#9. Respiratory therapists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 1,390
- Percent growth in jobs: 21.4% (#9)

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#8. Speech-language pathologists

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 1,540
- Percent growth in jobs: 23.7% (#8)

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#7. Physical therapist assistants

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 1,700
- Percent growth in jobs: 26.6% (#6)

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#6. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 1,720
- Percent growth in jobs: 4.2% (#46)

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#5. Medical assistants

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 3,560
- Percent growth in jobs: 13.5% (#16)

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#4. Medical and health services managers

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 4,240
- Percent growth in jobs: 28.6% (#3)

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#3. Nurse practitioners

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 4,690
- Percent growth in jobs: 48.6% (#1)

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#2. Registered nurses

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 9,380
- Percent growth in jobs: 7.1% (#28)

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#1. Home health and personal care aides

- Projected jobs added, 2020-2030: 22,980
- Percent growth in jobs: 24.0% (#7)

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

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16-year-old dead in Union County crash

News Channel 4 - 17 hours 15 min ago

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- A teenager died Saturday evening after a crash in Union County where the vehicle became submerged in a creek.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says that 16-year-old Blake Gorton of Woodstock, Ohio was driving a Chevrolet Silverado just before 11 p.m. on US Roue 36 near Connor Road. The vehicle crossed the center line and traveled off the roadway, eventually hitting a guardrail and overturning down an embankment.

One dead after being hit by vehicle in south Columbus

The Silverado ended up submerged in Treacle Creek. Authorities arrived to the scene where Gorton was pronounced dead as a result of the crash. The OSHP is continuing to investigate.

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Sunday starts off cloudy, sunshine later this afternoon

News Channel 4 - 18 hours 28 min ago
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Clouds clearing, high 64
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, low 48
  • Monday: Partly sunny, high 72 (51)
  • Tuesday: Scattered rain showers, high 69 (46)
  • Wednesday: Chance of rain, high 58 (41)
  • Thursday: Mostly cloudy, high 56 (39)
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

The warmer temperature trend continues across the area. This time day time highs will make a return to the mid 60. Skies will start off gray, but later this afternoon clouds will start to break up. By this evening we will be mainly clear.

Overnight a few more clouds will pop back up, but skies will only become party cloudy. Winds will remain fairly light coming out of the southeast. Lows will fall to the upper 40s.

The warming trend will continue into Monday where highs will reach the low to mid 70s. Clouds will increase as the day progresses ahead of an incoming cold front. That front will move through by Tuesday and will bring rain showers with a rumble of thunder or two. At the moment we are not tracking the threat for severe weather, but it is something we will continue to monitor.

By the end of the work week we'll see high temps falling back into the mid 50s, but that is still around ten degrees above average for this time of year. Above normal temps are expected through at least the middle of the month.

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Charles F. Kurfess, former Ohio Speaker and judge, dies

News Channel 4 - Sat, 03/02/2024 - 15:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Former Ohio Speaker of the House Charles F. Kurfess died Friday. He was 94 years old.

Kurfess, born in 1930, was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1956 and would represent parts of northwestern Ohio in the House until retiring in 1978. During his tenure, he served as Speaker from 1967 to 1972.

Following his retirement from the House, he served as a judge in the Wood County Court of Common Pleas.

Kurfess was named by Presidents Nixon and Ford to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

In a statement, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called Kurfess “a true public servant who represented Northwest Ohio so very well.”

“Through the years when I visited Bowling Green, I would often see him, and I always enjoyed our conversations,” the governor said.

Current Ohio Speaker Jason Stephens said Kurfess worked for all Ohioans.

“His love for Ohio and desire to serve is an example for all of us,” Stephens said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Kurfess graduated with a BA from Bowling Green State University before moving on to Ohio State University Law School, graduating with his Juris Doctorate in 1957.

Visitation hours are scheduled for 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on March 8 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5520 Fremont Pike, in Stony Ridge. Funeral services will be held at the church on March 9 at 11 a.m.

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Gray start to weekend, warming trend Sunday

News Channel 4 - Sat, 03/02/2024 - 14:38
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

Clouds are lingering in the wake of a southern disturbance moving off to the east. Skies will brighten as drier air works in from the west, allowing temperatures to drift up into the low 50s, after a damp and chilly Friday.

The persistent clouds will begin to break on Sunday, with milder air. More sunshine is expected Monday in a southerly flow, with temperatures reaching the low 70s.

A cold front will trigger some showers beginning late Monday night into Tuesday. Indications are that off and on showers will persist through midweek as the front stalls and a wave moves along the boundary.

Dry weather and some sunshine will return briefly late in the week, before the next system sweeps northward from the southern Plains.

Forecast
  • Saturday: Cloudy. High 51
  • Tonight: Clouds linger. cloudy. Low 43
  • Sunday: Partly sunny. High 65
  • Monday: Mostly sunny, warmer. High 72 (49)
  • Tuesday: Periods of rain, thunderstorm. High 64 (53)
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, few showers. High 58 (46)
  • Thursday: Partly sunny. High 58 (42)
  • Friday: Mostly cloudy, showers late. High 56 (41)
  • Saturday: Showers. High 48 (38)
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Ohio 'incel' who planned to kill college women is sentenced to prison

News Channel 4 - Sat, 03/02/2024 - 06:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A self-described incel who pleaded guilty to planning to shoot women at a university in Ohio has been sentenced to prison. 

Tres Genco, 24, of Hillsboro, was sentenced Thursday to six years, eight months. Genco admitted he plotted to commit a hate crime and was arrested by federal agents in July 2021 and has remained in custody since.

Genco identified as an incel or “involuntary celibate.” The incel movement is a predominantly male online community that harbors anger toward women. Genco maintained profiles on an incel website from at least July 2019 through mid-March 2020 and posted more than 450 times on the site, according to court documents.

Genco wrote a manifesto that said he would “slaughter” women “out of hatred, jealousy, and revenge.”  The day he wrote his manifesto, Genco searched online for two sororities, including one at Ohio State University, according to federal prosecutor Kenneth Parker. 

Genco also posted online about how he sprayed “some foids (women) and couples” with orange juice in a water gun, saying it was an “extremely empowering action.” He compared his actions to known incel Elliot Rodger. In May 2014, Rodger killed six people and injured 14 others, including shooting individuals outside a University of California sorority house. Before his attack, Rodger shot a group of college students with orange juice from a water gun.

Law enforcement agents discovered a note of Genco’s that indicated he hoped to kill 3,000 people with a reference to the same date as Rodger’s attack. The note said Genco intended to attend military training, according to Parker.

In 2019, Genco purchased tactical gear, a Bowie knife, a skull mask, magazines and clips for several firearms, among other items. Later that year, he attended Army Basic Training in Georgia before being discharged for entry-level performance in conduct in December 2019.

Genco’s court documents also allege that he surveilled an unspecified Ohio university on Jan. 15, 2020. That same day, he searched online for topics including “planning a shooting crime” and “when does preparing for a crime become an attempt?”

On March 11, 2020, Genco screenshotted information on his phone about radio codes for Columbus police and Ohio State University police. He also accessed the Facebook pages for one of the university’s sororities.

The next day, Highland County sheriff’s deputies responded to Genco’s residence. At the residence, officers found a firearm with a bump stock attached, several loaded magazines, body armor and boxes of ammunition. Inside the residence, police officers found a modified Glock-style 9mm semiautomatic pistol, with no manufacturer’s marks or serial number. 

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The best zoos and aquariums in Ohio, according to visitors

News Channel 4 - Sat, 03/02/2024 - 04:30

Whether you're looking to occupy the kids for a day or take that special someone out on a date, zoos and aquariums can serve as great outings for all ages.

As of September 2023, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums reports that there are 213 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in the United States, which see about 183 million visitors each year. Though zoos and aquariums have often been maligned for keeping animals in captivity, AZA-accredited facilities provide much more than a chance to ogle caged lions or fish in a tank. Visiting one may afford you a valuable opportunity to help your favorite wild animals.

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are committed to promoting species conservation and animal welfare, prioritizing caring for endangered animals and funding initiatives to preserve natural habitats like savannas and rainforests. Buying an entrance ticket (and maybe a souvenir or two) can help support ecological conservation efforts both inside and outside the zoo or aquarium, so you can enjoy your visit knowing that your purchases are going to good use.

Besides showcasing exotic species from faraway locations, zoos and aquariums also often feature restaurants and concession stands, educational programs, and unique activities, making them a great choice for a fun day out.

Of course, certain zoos and aquariums are better than others, standing out among the ranks thanks to their exhibits, high-quality dining options, increased accessibility, and more. To help you plan your next trip, Stacker compiled a list of the best zoos and aquariums in Ohio, according to Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor ranks businesses using a combination of metrics, including overall rating, reviews, and number of page views. As a result, a business with a 5/5 overall rating might rank lower than one with a 4/5. Data is as of February 2024. Zoos and aquariums that are AZA-accredited are noted accordingly.

Note: The photos in this article are stock images and do not depict the zoos or aquariums listed.

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#11. Safari Junction, Home Of Valley Exotics

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3 reviews)
- Address: 2961 US Route 127 South Eaton, Ohio
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#10. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

- Rating: 4/5 (11 reviews)
- Address: 4850 Powell Road Columbus, Ohio
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#9. Butterfly House

- Rating: 4/5 (49 reviews)
- Address: 11455 Obee Road Whitehouse, Ohio
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#8. Lagoon Deer Park

- Rating: 4/5 (174 reviews)
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#7. Greater Cleveland Aquarium

- Rating: 3.5/5 (844 reviews)
- Address: 2000 Sycamore St. Cleveland, Ohio
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#6. African Safari Wildlife Park

- Rating: 4/5 (1,080 reviews)
- Address: 267 South Lightner Road Port Clinton, Ohio
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#5. Akron Zoo

- Rating: 4.5/5 (832 reviews)
- Address: 500 Edgewood Ave. Akron, Ohio
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#4. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,702 reviews)
- AZA accredited
- Address: 3900 Wildlife Way Cleveland, Ohio
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#3. Toledo Zoo

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,869 reviews)
- Address: 2 Hippo Way Toledo, Ohio
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#2. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,709 reviews)
- Address: 4850 Powell Road Powell, Ohio
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One dead after being hit by vehicle in south Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sat, 03/02/2024 - 04:19

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person is dead after being hit by a vehicle early Saturday morning in south Columbus.

A police dispatcher said that officers were called to the intersection of Leach Drive and Parsons Avenue just before 1 a.m. on the report a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. Authorities arrived and found one person injured.

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The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:55 a.m. Columbus police is continuing to investigate.

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Temps continue warming trend this weekend

News Channel 4 - Sat, 03/02/2024 - 03:45
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Some clouds clearing, high 55
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, low 55
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, high 68 (48)
  • Monday: Partly sunny, high 73 (52)
  • Tuesday: Spotty showers, high 65 (48)
  • Wednesday: Chance of rain, high 58 (42)
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Much of Central Ohio will wake up to some foggy conditions this Saturday morning. Fog will lift and visibility will improve as the day progresses. During the afternoon temperatures will warm into the mid 50s and clouds will begin to clear a little bit.

Overnight skies will start off partly cloudy and clear out a bit more by the early morning hours. Lows will fall into the mid 40s. Winds will stay mainly light across the area. Though it will be a mild nigh, temperatures are still running well above normal for this time of year.

Tomorrow will by mostly sunny. A beautiful day is in store as temperatures make their way to the upper 60s. The warming trend will continue into Monday where highs will reach the low to mid 70s. A cold front will move through Monday night into Tuesday and will bring rain showers and a slight drop in temperatures.

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Pelotonia organizers aim to break record number of riders

News Channel 4 - Fri, 03/01/2024 - 21:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - The 16th Pelotonia Ride Weekend may still be five months away on Aug. 3 and 4, but the fundraising and recruiting has already begun. 

"We opened up registration yesterday at noon. We've had our best registration that we've ever had," said CEO of Pelotonia Joe Apgar. 

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He's been with the organization for about eight years but is in his first year at the helm as Chief Executive Officer.

He's aiming high for the 2024 ride. Around 6,500 riders participated in last year's ride. He wants more this year. 

"We're shooting for over 7,000. I'd love to have 75,000 this year, would be amazing,” Apgar said.

Apgar said they're aiming for a new fundraising record, too. The record is $27.4 million. He said if they reach that 7,000 rider mark, the goal is in sight.

For those who missed the launch party in Columbus Friday, there's no reason to worry. Apgar said people can sign up throughout the year. 

"We have people sign up until the day of the event. So, registrations open now, but it goes through, really, Aug. 2. It's the opening ceremony, Aug. 3 and 4 is our ride weekend. Then we've actually got a fall event we're doing for the second time this year. So, Sept. 28 is Gravel Day. It's on gravel, dirt trails, sort of getting offroad. It's a different style of cycling, a whole different style of bike. It's hills and climbing, it's adventurous," Agpar said.

Kathleen Green is entering her 15th year as a Pelotonia rider. She's now a team captain and helps recruit new riders and spearheads fundraising efforts. A lot of times, she said that's the toughest part.

"Most people say they're intimidated by the fundraising. I always tell them, it's not about you. You're not putting the money in your pocket. And if you don't ask people you're making the choice for them," Green said.

As for the actual bike riding, participants can choose a route that works for them come race weekend. There are routes starting at 20 miles all the way up to the two-day 155 mile route.

"It's just like riding a bike. You just get on and you ride what you can, you do what you can, and you build your base and before you know it you go from 20 to 100 miles," Green said.

Green started riding 15 years ago after her brother died of colon cancer. Then in 2020, cancer struck again. 

"In 2020, I lost my boyfriend to glioblastoma, and we met through cycling. So now that's primarily who I ride for is in his memory. Since I lost my boyfriend to glioblastoma, his doctor is actually part of a research team that is making strides in treating glioblastoma. So I like to think that I've had a part in that," she said.

All the money raised by Pelotonia goes to fund cancer research at the James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

"It's one of the best cancer research programs not only in the country but in the world. We have it right here in our own backyard," said Apgar.

Jim Coleman is a longtime Pelotonia rider as well. He's participated in every ride since the inception 16 years ago. 

"It seemed like a great idea, and I had no idea when I did it how it would grow and how it would become such a big part of my life," Coleman said. 

He rode for a long time because he enjoyed cycling and he wanted to support cancer research. His story became more personal in the last couple years. 

"Cancer showed up on my front porch. And it was just really different at that time. What's amazing is the people I've been riding with, friends or just acquaintances all came to our aid. And really were amazing," Coleman said. 

The Pelotonia community became a family. 

"They were riders, they were friends, they were family. And then we kind of all became this huge community of people fighting for this common cause," said Coleman.

Now, he's helping recruit more riders as a team captain for Team Ruscilli. 

"We're finding new people that either, they love cycling or the cause is very personal to them. I have two first time riders in the first 36 hours on Team Ruscilli,” Coleman said.

More information on how to join a team or to give to the cause can be found at Pelotonia.org.

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