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One critical after shooting near downtown Columbus nightclub

News Channel 4 - Sat, 08/13/2022 - 04:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person is in critical condition after a shooting overnight Saturday in downtown Columbus near a nightclub, per police.

Columbus police state that they received reports of a shooting close to 1:45 a.m. near the XO nightclub on East Long Street. At the scene, officers found one person with a gunshot wound in critical condition.

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According to CPD, two people were detained at the scene as the investigation continues.

No further information is known at this time.

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Cool and dry start to the weekend

News Channel 4 - Sat, 08/13/2022 - 04:16
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • This morning: Mostly clear & cool, low 55
  • Today: Increasing clouds, high 80
  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, chance for showers late, low 62
  • Sunday: Showers & rumbles, high 75
  • Monday: Showers linger, high 79
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, high 80
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny, high 80
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Good morning and happy Saturday!

We're getting a taste of fall this weekend thanks to below normal temperatures.

Early this morning, temperatures are falling to the low to mid 50s, which is 10-15 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year, but still not quite to the record low of 48 degrees set in 1967.

Today clouds will start to build in as high pressure moves out and the next system builds in to the east. Thanks to a cool start to the day and increasing clouds this afternoon and evening, temperatures will only reach a high around 80 degrees, which is about 5 degrees below normal for this time of year.

Tonight, clouds will keep building in ahead of the chance for showers. Showers will become more widespread after midnight, and stick around through the morning.

Rain and even a couple of rumbles of thunder will stay in the forecast Sunday as a system moves through the area. Temperatures will be about 10 degrees below normal and only reach a high in the mid 70s.

A few showers will carry into the start of the week. But after a soggy start to the day on Monday, clouds will clear through the afternoon as another round of high pressure moves in.

High pressure will stay in charge through the week. This will help to keep out the clouds and give us comfortable temperatures starting off with lows around 60 and highs around 80 degrees.

Have a great weekend!

-Liz

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One person in critical condition after Rosslyn Avenue house fire

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 20:57

SHARON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person is in critical condition after a house fire was reported at Rosslyn Avenue on Friday night.

Worthington, Upper Arlington and Columbus fire divisions all responded to a call around 9:50 p.m. of a residential fire. The person was transported to a local hospital and the fire has been contained.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Former FBI agent on the search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 20:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The search of former President Donald Trump's home in Mar-A-Lago has caused a stir across the internet. Some of that chatter includes violent threats to FBI agencies across the country.

Former FBI agent Harry Trombitas said, based on his experience, the FBI must’ve had good reason for conducting a search on former President Trump's home. He also said this is not the first or last time an incident like this will cause people to make threats to law enforcement.

“When a search of this magnitude was conducted, everybody knew there was going to be a real firestorm,” Trombitas said.

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Trombitas said based on what he knows, he can’t find any wrongdoings on the FBI's part in the search of the former president's home. As for the way the situation played out, he has one small criticism.

“Our lack of response for three days was disappointing, and I think it allowed the people who get their information from the internet that may or may not be accurate and I think that allowed that to perpetuate itself to the point where people were very angry,” Trombitas said.

He said those three days allowed people to think the search was politically motivated, resulting in threats being made toward the FBI and even one materializing in Cincinnati where 42-year-old Ricky Shiffer tried to break into the FBI office armed with a rifle and a nail gun.

NBC News is reporting that Shiffer's motive behind the attack stems from anger about the search. This is due to Shiffer's posts on social media leading up to and during the attack.

“After an incident like the search of Mar-A-Logo, it really can cause people to ratchet up their hatred about what's going on and, again, I don’t know if that's what happened in Mr. Shiffer’s case, it appears to based on the accounts,” Trombitas said.

Trombitas said what could’ve helped is the bureau making a statement Monday like the one U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland gave Thursday.

“That kind of reassured people that hey we acted appropriately we followed the rule of law,” Trombitas said. “More information will become available at some point, but everybody needs to take a deep breath and just understand that you can’t know everything right now."

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Trombitas said it is not easy to obtain a search warrant for a former president's home, so the FBI must’ve gone through a serious process to make sure the search was justified. We still don’t have many specific details on the recovered documents. Trombitas said that will come out if the affidavit is released.

“The affidavit will speak for itself when it becomes available, if it becomes available, I guess so that the American people can understand what led up to the search at Mar-A-Lago, when they conducted the search, why they conducted the search. I think all those things will be answered,” Trombitas said.

Trombitas said the FBI does their best to be independent and not show any favoritism. He wants to assure the public the FBI is here to protect and not hurt.

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Child shot twice in leg on Doulton Court

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 19:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A child was shot twice in the leg on Doulton Court on Friday night.

Officers responded to a call around 8:40 p.m. that a child was shot multiple times in the leg. The child was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

NBC4 will continue to update this story as details become available.

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Browns' Deshaun Watson apologizes 'to all the women I have impacted'

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 18:56

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCMH) — Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson apologized Friday “to all the women I have impacted" after being accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions.

Watson, who is facing a potential year-long NFL suspension, spoke before Cleveland's exhibition opener in Jacksonville — his first game since Jan. 3, 2021, with the Houston Texans.

Watson was suspended six games earlier this month by independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson, who concluded he violated the league's personal conduct policy with “egregious” and “predatory” behavior.

As part of her decision, the retired federal judge noted Watson's lack of remorse.

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Watson was asked in a pregame interview with the team's in-house TV crew Friday for his response to Robinson's position that he hasn't been contrite.

“Look, I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation,” Watson said in the interview. "The decisions that I made in my life that put me in this position I would definitely like to have back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I am a true person of character and I am going to keep pushing forward.”

This is the first time Watson has publicly apologized for his alleged behavior. In his two media interviews since joining the Browns in March, he had said only that he had “no regrets” while acknowledging his actions had negatively impacted “so many people.”

Watson was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting the women during the therapy sessions in 2020 and 2021. He has always denied wrongdoing and grand juries in two Texas counties declined to indict him on criminal complaints.

The three-time Pro Bowler settled 23 of 24 civil lawsuits.

However, he's still facing discipline from the league, which appealed Robinson’s penalty and is seeking a full-season ban along with a significant fine over $5 million and for Watson to undergo evaluation and treatment before he could be reinstated.

The appeal is now with Peter C. Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

There's no timetable on Harvey's decision. It's also possible the sides could work out a settlement. On Thursday, a person familiar with Watson's defense told AP that the 26-year-old would agree to an eight-game suspension and $5 million fine.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the high-profile case.

Watson has continued to practice and was excited about making his debut with Cleveland, which traded three-first-round picks to Houston for him in March and signed him to a five-year, $230 million contract.

Depending on Harvey's ruling, Watson could be away from the Browns for an extended period. He was asked what kind of personal growth he hoped to make.

“I know I have a lot of work to put in, especially on the field to be able to make sure I’m ready to play whenever that time comes whenever I can step back on the field," he said. "But also, the biggest thing is I want to continue counseling and I want to make sure that I’m growing as a person, as an individual for my decision-making on and off the field.

“I want to make sure that I’m just evolving in the community as much as possible, and that is for the Cleveland community, that is the NFL community and beyond.”

If Watson is suspended indefinitely, he would not be able to practice or play in the preseason so he was looking forward to facing the Jaguars.

“I’m super excited,” he said. “I’m excited to get out there with my new teammates and go out there and compete. Each and every snap, I want to make sure I cherish that because I’m not sure when the next time I’ll be able to get out there with those guys."

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Mother of man killed by Columbus police drops appeal of wrongful death lawsuit

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 16:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The mother of a 23-year-old man killed by Columbus police is dropping her federal appeal after officers were found not liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Henry Green was shot and killed in 2016 during a confrontation with officers Zachary Rosen and Jason Bare who were working undercover in the South Linden neighborhood, according to court records.

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Shortly after, Green's mother, Adrienne Hood, filed a wrongful death lawsuit which she alleged that the officers, both of whom are white, used excessive force and failed to identify themselves to her son as law enforcement.

A federal judge dismissed Hood’s wrongful death suit in 2017 and granted Rosen and Bare qualified immunity. In February 2018, the Columbus Division of Police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations determined that both officers acted within division policy during the shooting -- resulting in no criminal charges filed against the officers.

But, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the federal judge’s ruling that dismissed the wrongful death suit in September 2020 after reviewing the last shots that Rosen and Bare fired at Green.

In November 2021, a mistrial was declared in the civil case after federal jurors reached a deadlock -- and the case was retried for a second time.

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Hood then filed an appeal in May before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in hopes of reversing a jury’s late April decision that held Columbus police officers Zachary Rosen and Jason Bare not liable for Green’s death.

Court documents did not reveal why Hood dropped the appeal.

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FBI search home of man who attacked agency's Cincinnati office

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 16:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The FBI confirms agents were "conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity" at an address linked to the man investigators say attacked the agency's Cincinnati office Thursday.

Ricky Shiffer, 42, was killed in what authorities describe as a shootout with officers in Clinton County, following a chase and hours-long standoff after Shiffer fired a nail gun at the FBI office. The agency said Shiffer was also carrying an assault-style rifle.

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According to records kept by the Ohio Secretary of State, Shiffer was registered to vote at an address on W. 3rd Ave. in Columbus' Short North neighborhood.

Erin Bitzer and Chloe Merritt, who live in the apartment building, told NBC4 they were returning home from work Thursday evening around 5:00 when they saw the block had been cordoned off by law enforcement. The women said they were not allowed in the building, which had been evacuated.

Bitzer said they went to dinner and returned around 8:30. The scene was still active.

"They said that it would probably be even more -- like a lot longer," Merritt said.

The women said they spent the night at a friend's home because they were unable to return. The yellow crime scene tape was gone Friday morning.

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An FBI spokesperson would not provide any additional information Friday on the activity on 3rd Ave. or the investigation following Thursday's incident in southwest Ohio.

"I'd like to know and be informed, at least," Merritt said. "We just moved in here and the unknowns were a little bit scarier, I think, than anything else."

The women said they did not know Schiffer, who is linked to other addresses in Ohio and Florida, according to public records.

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Health officials concerned as Ohio surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 15:55

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) -- The state of Ohio has surpassed 3 million COVID-19 cases, a grim milestone that is having local health officials raising concern.

Mount Carmel Infectious Disease Doctor Mike Herbet says despite less virulent variants, the high transmission is a concern.

“The current strains seem to be less virulent so that means there are fewer cases of severe illness and hospitalization,” said Herbert. “But there are more cases in the community than ever.”

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He also says the number of cases in our community is probably actually higher than what’s being reported due to at-home testing.

“We don’t even have a careful accounting of all the community cases because of the prevalence of home tests,” said Herbert. “So everyone has a home test and none of those get reported to the databases.”

This milestone comes as much of the country has relaxed COVID-19 restrictions and returned to activities at a pre-pandemic level, disregarding public health officials recommendations like mask wearing and staying up to date on your vaccinations -- something Herbert said is a cause for concern.

“I think we worry everyday that the next variant may again cause more severe illness and result in more hospitalizations, ICU stays and deaths,” said Herbert. “Anything that we can do to keep the pandemic in check right now will decrease the risk of resistance developing.”

Herbert says resistance can mean more deadly variants leading to a rise in hospitalizations and deaths.

“Anything that we can do right now to decrease the incidences of infections in the community will decrease the number of mutations that occur which could potentially lead to more serious disease down the road,” said Herbert.

The high transmission levels and case number has left experts like Herbert encouraging community members to not stray too far from recommended guidelines.

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“In this period of time where we’re still at the highest levels of transmission and case rates it’s important that we continue to follow all of the public health recommendations,” said Herbert. “So that includes masking when you’re indoors and it also includes masking when you’re in crowded outdoor areas.”

In addition to this, Herbert said you should not be waiting for a new COVID-19 booster vaccine that may be appearing in early fall to get up to date on your vaccines.

My current recommendation is to get every booster that you’re eligible for,” said Herbert. “There may be another shot in a month or two that may be better than the current booster but that shouldn’t prevent you from getting a booster now.”

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Man dies after crash in Perry County

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 15:29

BEARFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) -- One man is dead after a crash involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck in Perry County on Friday morning.

Jerry Ruwodlt, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Ruwodlt was driving north on SR-555 in his motorcycle when he crashed into Matthew Carpenter, 42, traveling south in a semi-truck.

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Police said Ruwodlt's motorcycle glided to the left and struck the semi-truck. Carpenter was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear protective gear.

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Columbus parents deciding if kids will attend school amid strike

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 15:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Parents in the Columbus City School District are working to figure out their back-to-school plans with the first day of class just 12 days away.

The district and the teachers' union have reached a stalemate when it comes to contract negotiations. The union is taking steps towards a potential strike and the district put forth an alternative return to the school plan that includes remote learning if teachers choose to strike.

NBC4’s Karina Cheung spoke to parents who say they're considering if they'll send their kids to school at this point. Several parents question if remote learning is the right way to start the school year and other says if a strike does happen, their child will not attend the first day of class online.

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“Immediately I dropped my phone, and I was so upset," said Kelli Mallow. That was Mallow's first reaction to hearing about Columbus City School's alternative plan to open the school year.

Remote learning is how the district would hold classes if there was a teacher's strike. Mallow said as soon as she heard remote learning would be a possibility, she talked to her husband.

“I told him this can’t happen because I don’t think that our kids actually get to learn that way -- they’re very distracted by home life,” Mallow explained.

The district and the teacher's union are currently at odds when it comes to a new teacher's contract. The Columbus Education Association filed its notice of intent to strike and picket Thursday since Wednesday’s contract negotiation meeting ended with no agreement.

“Our entire childcare plan was relying on schools being back in session this year, gonna have to probably rely on grandmother daycare,” said Patrick Barnacle, who has a rising second grader.

He says he stands with teachers and if they strike, he will too. Barnacle says if a strike is authorized his student will not be logging on for remote learning.

“There’s no world in which that I think it’s right for us to cross a picket line and not be in unity with the teachers,” Barnacle said.

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Mallow says she also supports teachers in their fight for a new contract. She's considering her options when it comes to the first day of class and is still holding on to hope that the district and union will schedule a bargaining session and reach an agreement.

“I mean all of them, take deep breaths and re-look at the negotiations because I mean I’m not in any of their situations but I don’t see that they’re asking for too much, so I think they need to think about what they’re doing and the impact it’s going to have," said Mallow.

The union will make its decision on whether or not it will declare an official strike on the Aug. 21 -- three days before the first day of class.

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The search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home explained

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 14:55

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- There were 11 classified documents found in former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. Legal experts said having classified documents in a setting that is unclassified is a crime, but it is still unclear whether the documents are still top secret.

“What is classified or what is not classified is decided by the executive and that is the President of the United States,” former federal prosecutor David DeVillers said.

DeVillers said there are reasons to have classified documents in different settings -- but that setting has to have a special safe or skiff. He said, Trump could have decided those documents are no longer classified while in office.

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“He would have had to have done so when he was president,” DeVillers said. “There’s a new president now who may disagree about whether these are classified or not.”

DeVillers said a big question mark is still the affidavit. If that is unsealed, it would explain investigators concluded that a crime was committed.

“They’d have to explain how they know that, how they think the evidence is going to be there which shows who told them it was there,” DeVillers said.

A search warrant can be requested at any time during an investigation, so this search does not really tell us how far along the Department of Justice is in their case.

“Sometimes people do it at the beginning, sometimes they’ll do it at the end to tie up loose ends in the investigation,” defense lawyer David Axelrod said.

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Axelrod said, in general, obtaining a search warrant is easy. He said probable cause is a low standard, but when it comes to searching a former president’s home, it is more difficult to get that signed off.

“They certainly would not want to go in with probable cause, get a warrant, gear up the forces, get all this TV coverage and then have to say ‘never-mind,’” Axelrod said.

We still do not know what those classified and top secrets documents are. NBC4 will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

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African lion dies at Columbus zoo

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 13:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A lion at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium died earlier this week, the zoo announced on Friday.

African lion Kazi died Aug. 9 at nearly 16 years old. Kazi's mobility started to significantly decline after the animal health team found multiple areas of spinal arthritis and spinal cord compression, the zoo said on Facebook. After failed treatment, the team decided to perform humane euthanasia.

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"Kazi was the core of our pride -- no matter what was happening with the dynamics of the group, they would all gravitate towards her," the zoo said. "We will miss Kazi tremendously, and her legacy will live on with the pride."

Kazie came to the Columbus zoo in 2007 and had one litter in 2015 with another lion named Tomo.

The zoo said Kazi lived a long life, as the median life expectancy for lions in human care is 16.9 years.

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Cop goes cowboy: Video shows Columbus officer lassoing highway cow

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 12:56

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A Columbus cop became a cowboy Tuesday night after lassoing a loose highway cow back to safety.

Bodycam footage released by Columbus Division of Police on Friday shows the moments after a 32-cattle trailer overturned on the ramp from Interstate 70 East to I-270 North on the West Side around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, giving one cow the perfect opportunity to escape.

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One police officer diligently fashioned a 100-foot rope into the lasso he eventually used to return the cattle to its owner, the 14-minute long bodycam video shows.

"Hang on buddy, hang on!" the officer said as he sat on top of a cruiser while following the cow along the left shoulder of the highway.

Two initial attempts to lasso the cow failed, and about halfway through the video, the cattle tried to divert its chasers by galloping in the opposite direction.

Officers followed suit, turning their cruiser around and eventually catching up to the loose cow -- who found a long stretch of grass on the side of the highway, racing alongside dozens of cars stopped in traffic, the video shows.

The third lasso throw did the trick -- after the cow briefly collided into the police cruiser -- and officers successfully restrained the cattle with the rope.

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Video: I-71 chase after man tried breaking into Ohio FBI building

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 10:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - Video released Friday by the Ohio Department of Transportation showed the aftermath of an attempted break-in at the FBI Cincinnati office and the lead-in to a nearly six-hour standoff.

The majority of the video showed suspect Ricky Shiffer, 42, trailing ahead of a single marked patrol car with the lights off as he fled on Interstate 71, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Shiffer had tried Thursday to breach the FBI's visitor screening center by firing a nail gun at staff and raising up an ArmaLite-model rifle, then got in his car and drove away.

Shiffer stayed ahead of the pursuing law enforcement at points including Jeremiah Morrow Bridge and I-71's exit to State Route 123. However, a traffic camera at the State Route 73 exit captured harrowing moments where Shiffer's white Ford Crown Victoria weaves in between trucks before shifting over to take the SR-73 exit. At this point, multiple law enforcement cars had joined the chase with lights on.

A still from an I-71 traffic camera shows the white Ford Crown Victoria that suspect Ricky Shiffer drove trying to get away from pursuing officers. Ohio State Highway Patrol said he later started a shootout with law enforcement on a nearby overpass. (Courtesy Photo/Ohio Department of Transportation)

Shiffer would go on to take the road onto the bridge over I-71 before getting out of the Ford, using it as cover and shooting at authorities, according to OSHP. This led to an almost six-hour standoff that eventually ended with them shooting and killing Shiffer.

The standoff caused a major traffic backup as authorities shut down a portion of I-71 between Columbus and Cincinnati.

Traffic is routed off of Interstate 71 as law enforcement engages in a standoff with a suspect. (NBC4 Photo/Jon Edwards)
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Beautiful weather to start weekend, showers return Sunday

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:09

Sunshine will be abundant today and Saturday. Afternoon temperatures will reach the pleasant upper 70s, and morning lows Saturday will be in the 50s, with upper 40s in the cooler areas to the north and east, reflecting a refreshing change after a steamy start to August.

A disturbance will drift across the region later in the weekend, bringing some showers on Sunday and Monday. Highs will dip down into the mid-70s with clouds and occasional rain.

Temperatures will remain on the pleasant side through next week, with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. Dry weather will return beginning Tuesday, with only an isolated shower chance midweek.

Forecast
  • Friday: Pleasant sunshine, low humidity. High 78
  • Tonight: Mainly clear, cool. Low 56
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, showers at night. High 78
  • Sunday: Mostly cloudy, few showers, storms. High 75 (62)
  • Monday: Mostly cloudy, shower in spots. High 81 (63)
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 80 (62)
  • Wednesday: Partly sunny, late shower. High 79 (60)
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 81 (60)
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Ohio FBI standoff suspect: Did he live in Columbus?

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 07:28

See a previous press conference where the Ohio State Highway Patrol explained the standoff situation in the video player above.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - A man named as the shooter that tried to break into the FBI's Cincinnati office and later got in a standoff with authorities may have been from Columbus.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed Friday that the suspect's name was Ricky Walter Shiffer, and that he was 42 years older. Troopers also identified Shiffer as a resident of Columbus. Shiffer died during the Thursday standoff with law enforcement when he raised a gun, leading to officers shooting him.

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However, there is a different report on where Shiffer was living prior to the FBI attempted break-in. NBC4 checked Franklin County Court of Common Pleas records and found Shiffer had an open case filed in June 2022. In the defendant information for Shiffer, it lists a Saint Petersburg, Florida apartment building as his home address.

NBC4 also went to four other addresses in Columbus where Shiffer was listed as living at, but did not find anything that indicated Shiffer still called any of them home. Another record uncovered by NBC4 found a Nebraska address listed for Shiffer.

Traffic is routed off of Interstate 71 as law enforcement engages in a standoff with a suspect. (NBC4 Photo/Jon Edwards)

Shiffer was accused of firing a nail gun at staff and holding up an assault rifle at the FBI's visitor screening center in Cincinnati before he got in a car and drove away. He fled along I-71 before getting off and turning onto an overpass, while firing shots at pursuing cars. The FBI said he got in two different shootouts with its agents and other law enforcement, and then used his car as cover in a standoff that lasted for nearly six hours.

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Targeted shooting at Columbus home hits 2 people, police say

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 05:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - Two people went to the hospital Thursday night after being struck by gunfire, according to the Columbus Division of Police.

CPD sent officers at 10:38 p.m. to a home near the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Bretton Woods Drive after getting a report that someone had fired shots. Before they got there, a witness called from down the street and said they found a victim yelling for help after he had been shot. About 10 minutes later, CPD said a third call came in when a woman showed up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds in her legs.

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Investigators found that someone, or multiple people, was targeting a home in the area. They had shot both the man and the woman while trying to shoot up that house, according to CPD.

CPD said the man and the woman are stable after getting treatment, and it expects both to survive their gunshot injuries. Investigators don't have a suspect description available at this time, and don't know if there is one or multiple suspects.

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CPD asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact its Felony Assault Unit at 614-645-4141.

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Columbus Beerfest returns to Kemba Live

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 04:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Marking 10 years at Kemba Live, the Columbus Summer Beerfest is back this Saturday. 

The Columbus Summer Beerfest is this Saturday, Aug. 13, at Kemba Live.

The annual two-session festival features multiple regional and local breweries offering hundreds of craft beers. The festival has been the “biggest beerfest of the summer” in Columbus since 2012, with proceeds benefiting non-profit Animal Rescue Partners in their mission to find homes for animals in need.

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“The event offers an inexpensive way to sample sometimes very expensive beers, often while learning about the brews directly from the brewers and distributors,” said the festival in a release. “Beyond the beer, attendees can also expect live music, lawn games and other popular festival staples, such as the silent disco.” 

Visitors will also find a few food booths inside the festival, with non-alcoholic beverages. The only outside food and beverage permitted inside are sealed bottles of water and pretzel necklaces. 

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The festival is broken up into two sessions: the day session from 2 to 5 p.m., and the night session from 8 to 11 p.m. 

Regular admission tickets for either session are on sale for $45, which includes 25 sampling tickets and a 5 oz. souvenir beer mug. Festival-goers can also opt for the $55 early admission tickets, which includes an additional hour of event time for either session, 25 sampling tickets and an 8 oz. souvenir beer mug. Regular and early admission tickets increase $10 if bought on the day of the event. 

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The festival also offers $25 designated driver tickets for advance online purchase only, which includes a $5 food truck coupon and free bottled water and soft drinks. Designated drivers may enter with either regular or early admission ticket holders. 

The Columbus Summer Beerfest will be at Kemba Live, 405 Neil Ave., this Saturday, Aug. 13. View more details here.

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Leaving the helmet behind: Motorcycle deaths jump 40% in Ohio since 2017

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 03:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – It’s a deadly time for motorcyclists in Ohio.

With fewer riders opting to wear a helmet or take a safety course, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise in the Buckeye State, jumping by 42% from 2017 to 2021, according to data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Motorcycle-related crashes over the five-year time period rose slightly by 4%.

"Anytime we see an increase in motorcycle crashes or an increase in risky driving by motorcycles, obviously that's concerning because motorcycles have inherently more risk than a car with a protective cab and everything else," OSHP spokesperson Sgt. Brice Nihiser said.

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Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatalities of motorcycle operators and 41% effective in preventing fatalities of their passengers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

But helmet use remains largely unpopular among motorcyclists in Midwest states like Ohio, with just 45% of riders in 2021 opting to wear one in the region – down from the 53% of riders who chose to do so in 2020, according to data from the NHTSA.

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While Ohio law requires riders under 18 and novice license holders to sport a helmet, the choice to wear one is up to adult motorcyclists, Nihiser said.

“You should always be wearing a helmet because that’s going to protect you that much more in a crash,” Nihiser said. “It’s going to prevent serious injuries, possibly death.”

Of the 223 motorcycle fatalities recorded in 2021, 156 involved riders who weren’t wearing a helmet – positioning Ohio as the No. 3 state when it comes to the highest number of non-helmeted deaths, the NHTSA found. 

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Michele Piko, statewide coordinator for Motorcycle Ohio, said for some older generations of motorcyclists and advocacy group ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Ohio, mandatory helmet laws are seen as infringing upon riders’ freedom of choice.

“If Ohio would go out and say, ‘No, we need to be a mandatory helmet state,’ ABATE would push back with, ‘No, it’s our right; it's our freedom,’” Piko said.

Less training? Higher risk of casualties, Piko said

Motorcycle Ohio, a subdivision within the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, is tasked with investigating fatal motorcycle crashes throughout the state, Piko said. Those investigations uncovered that the great majority of riders who died in a crash never took a motorcycle safety course.

Safety courses, while not mandated for adult riders under Ohio law, are required for motorcyclists under 18 to obtain a license, Piko said.

“We can teach them how to negotiate a curve and possibly save their life,” she said.

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Of the 223 motorcycle fatalities recorded in 2021, Motorcycle Ohio found that just 16% of riders who died took a motorcycle safety course – a statistic Piko said may have been impacted by Covid-19.

“We weren’t able to train as many students in the past, and now those students are out there on the road not trained,” she said.

Although that percentage dropped to 10% in the first seven months of 2022, Piko said enrollment numbers in this year’s training courses are up 16% from last year – a hopeful sign that more motorcyclists are committed to staying safe on Ohio’s roadways, she said.

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The onus of safety training and awareness isn't solely on motorcyclists, Piko said. Motorists driving in a car are also responsible for keeping the roads safe, as many motorcycle crashes and fatalities result from drivers who fail to yield for motorcyclists.

"If they would've taken that other second to look again, they may have saw them and wouldn’t have hit them," she said. "That's somebody's loved one out there on the road."

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Ohio nearly topped the charts in terms of the highest rates of alcohol-involved motorcycle fatalities, ranking No. 6 relative to other U.S. states for the greatest percentage of motorcycle fatalities – 32% – that involved someone who was legally impaired (a blood alcohol content over 0.08) in 2021, according to data from the NHTSA.

And with 21% of motorcycle deaths in 2021 involving someone who was “severely impaired,” a blood-alcohol content over 0.15, the Buckeye State tied for sixth place with Nevada.

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Nihiser encouraged all motorists to choose a sober driver, whether that's a rideshare or a friend, to prevent future fatalities.

"That's going to keep you safe," Nihiser said. "That's going to keep everyone else safe on the roads as well."

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