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Summerlike weekend, isolated storms

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 11:36

Our quiet, summer-like pattern will become a little more active this weekend as the humidity increases, with an upper-level wave of low pressure over the Appalachians lifting northeast. Temperatures will reach the low 80s for the fifth consecutive afternoon -- about 10 degrees above normal.

A slow-moving cold front trailing a surface low-pressure area over southern Canada will be the focus for scattered late-day showers and isolated storms that will linger through the early evening before diminishing overnight. Coverage will be spotty, though a localized storm can contain gusty winds and brief heavy rain.

Sunday will be another unseasonably warm June day, with puffy clouds and sunshine, and readings in the low to mid-80s. Storms will develop over the Midwest and cross Indiana later in the day but stay west of Ohio until later Sunday night. A weakening band of showers and storms will cross the state between midnight and dawn on Monday.

The weather looks to be a little cooler and more seasonal next week, with highs in the low 70s. Clouds will break up early Monday, as showers exit the eastern part of the state. Dry weather will continue until a cold front approaches from the west by Thursday, with showers and storms.

Forecast
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, scattered showers/storms. High 82
  • Tonight: Evening shower in spots, light fog late. Low 63
  • Sunday: Partly sunny, warm, storms at night. High 85
  • Monday: Early showers, clearing p.m. High 75 (61)
  • Tuesday: Partly cloudy, seasonal. High 71 (55)
  • Wednesday: Partly sunny, late storm. High 72 (52)
  • Thursday: Mostly cloudy, few showers/storms. High 76 (57)
  • Friday: Partly sunny, warm, isolated shower. High 82 (61)
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Owners find missing dog with help of Columbus-based nonprofit

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 11:23

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) - “Oh my God. I’ve been crying all morning,” was how Brynn Pennell started the story of how Remy the lost dog was reunited Saturday morning with her father in Columbiana.

Remy, a nine-month-old Aussie-Doodle, broke free from his leash on Sunday, May 8, and for a week had been running free along Rt. 164 southeast of Columbiana.

Rick Pennell, who bought Remy from a breeder a month ago, along with his daughter Brynn, had done everything possible to find him. They even solicited the help of the non-profit group “Lost Pet Recovery,” whose volunteers provide cameras and then monitor them 24 hours a day.

On Friday, Remy was spotted along Kelly Park Road near Rt. 164, where a baited trap and camera were set up.

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But as word spread of Remy’s sighting, “some people starting chasing him, which you’re not supposed to do,” said Brynn Pennell.

Remy was on the run again.

Also on Friday, it was decided to have Remy’s breeder bring the dog’s two sisters to the Pennell house and walk them around the neighborhood, hoping their scent would attract Remy home.

“We didn’t know what else to do,” said Brynn.

It was also decided to move the camera to her father’s house in Columbiana and set food out to try and lure Remy home.

Then, at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the camera at the Pennell house was triggered by movement. It was Remy.

The picture from the surveillance video of Remy showing up at the Pennell house and eating food.

The director of Lost Pet Recovery, Don Corsmeier, was monitoring the camera from his home in Columbus and immediately called Rick Pennell.

“Remy ate all the food and then took off again,” said Brynn

But at 9:30 a.m., Remy returned.

“My dad spotted him in the neighbor’s yard. He went outside, sat in the front yard and let Remy come to him,” said Brynn. “They looked at each other for about 10 minutes and then Remy crawled onto his chest.”

“Bringing the sisters in is what did it,” said Brynn. “I know it was.”

Remy, she said, was dirty and “is walking with a pretty bad limp.” They were planning to take him to an emergency room to have him checked out.

The Pennells had offered a $250 reward for her safe return of Remy. “We are planning to donate it to Lost Pet Recovery,” said Brynn.

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Columbus turns pink for 30th Komen Race for the Cure

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 10:56

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- After two years of cancellations due to COVID-19, the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure returned to downtown Saturday for its 30th anniversary.

Crowds packed into the new location at North Bank Park where more than 7,000 people registered to participate, including more than 700 survivors and breast cancer patients.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther kicked off the main 5K race along with multiple co-hosts, including NBC4's Robin Haynes.

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"This is the first time we've been together and share our stories and hope with one another and encourage and support everyone no matter what stage of the cancer they are in," said Lydia Kemerling-Back, a survivor of 23 years.

Coupled with 200 volunteers, Komen Columbus aimed to raise more than $1 million at the race to support local breast cancer programming and fund global research.

Komen Columbus has raised more than $30 million for research and medical treatment since 1993.

To learn more about Komen Columbus, click here.

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CPD: Suspect stole cases of soda after smashing phone of store manager

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 09:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Columbus Police are investigating after they say someone stole two cases of soda and smashed a phone in a Linden store.

According to police, the suspect tried to steal items for sale in a store on the 3000 block of Cleveland Ave. on May 5.

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They were approached by the store manager and became aggressive before the manager attempted to call police, per the media release.

CPD state the suspect grabbed the manager's phone, smashed it, pushed the manager to the floor, and then stole two cases of soda before leaving, per police.

Anyone with information can contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4035.

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CPD: Man shot in chest by accident after he tried to break into garage

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 08:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man was shot accidentally overnight in North Linden after allegedly breaking into someone's garage, according to Columbus Police.

Columbus Police state officers went to the 1100 block of Carolyn Ave. just before 3:15am Saturday on a report of a shooting.

Police say officers were advised a 71-year-old man woke up after he heard someone breaking into his garage and then confronted the suspect, a 32-year-old man, with a gun.

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During a struggle between the two, the gun went off accidentally and the suspect was shot in the upper chest, per Columbus Police.

CPD report that the man was transported to Riverside Hospital in critical condition and is expected to recover.

Anyone with information can contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4141.

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Columbus Police investigate east side shooting

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 05:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Columbus Police are investigating an overnight shooting that occurred on the city's east side.

CPD state that one person was shot in the leg on Majestic Drive North just before 12:40am Saturday.

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The condition of the victim and information on the suspect are not known at this time.

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Columbus nonprofit helping man find his lost puppy

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 04:52

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) -- An intense search for a lost dog is now on its sixth day around the city of Columbiana and the family of the dog is doing everything possible to find him.

His name is Remy, a nine-month-old Aussie-Doodle, and at this point, the best hope of finding him is to trap him.

Friday afternoon in a field off Kelly Park Road near Route 164, southeast of Columbiana, father and daughter Rick and Brynn Pennell walked toward the spot where Friday morning Brynn came face to face with her dad's lost dog named Remy.

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"He stands and stares at me for about 30 seconds and then he just slowly walks away back over. So I don't think I scared him but I don't think he was attracted to me," said Brynn.

"He'd been with me about three weeks. Just got my backyard fenced in," said Rick.

After Rick recently retired he decided to get a dog. He settled on Remy who on Sunday broke free of his leash and took off.

"So until one o'clock in the morning, all day Sunday into Monday morning we were out driving around looking for him at various sightings that were called in," said Rick.

In the days since Remy's disappearance, the Pennells have searched a five-mile radius around Columbiana on foot and with drones. Lost dog signs have been posted. They've also set baited traps and secured the help of the Columbus-based Lost Pet Recovery -- a nonprofit formed in 2017.

"And try to get donations to help fund things, you know the equipment, the gas cost for running all over the state of Ohio," said Don Corsmeier with Lost Pet Recovery.

The trap was provided by the Columbiana County Dog Warden. The camera monitoring the trap was donated by Lost Pet Recovery. It's activated by movement. Rick showed triggering the camera. If it would have been Remy, the Pennells would have been notified.

"Every time we put a trap out, there's a camera on it. No exceptions," said Corsmeier.

Remy was pictured Friday afternoon running through a field. He's dirty and appears to be walking with a limp. The search is taking an emotional toll.

"My daughter keeps coming back and forth from Cleveland and does a tremendous job with her job and helping me," said Rick.

Since leaving the Pennells around 4 p.m. there have been 15 sightings of Remy along Route 164.

If you see him, call Columbiana Police at 330-482-9292 who will call the Pennells. Don't chase him -- you won't catch him. It's his territory. Stay still, avoid eye contact and, if possible, let the dog come to you.

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Best counties to retire to in Ohio

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 04:30

Buyers and sellers of real estate alike—when asked what are the three most essential considerations about a property—will nearly always reply "location, location, location." While this answer is sometimes tongue-in-cheek, it is often quite accurate, and this reply perhaps applies to retirees more than any other demographic. Settling down after a lifetime of working and perhaps raising a family calls for the perfect location: a spot where you can enjoy life with as few concerns as possible.

When seniors aged 65 years or older decide on where they want to live out their golden years, they consider very specific factors, such as the cost of living, government services, health care facilities, weather and overall climate, crime rate, outdoor recreational activities, eating establishments, cultural and entertainment opportunities, and more.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to retire in Ohio using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, healthcare, recreation and weather. Read more about Niche's methodology here.

Location is critical as retirees determine where to spend their senior years enjoying favorite activities; however, it’s a very unique decision based on a multitude of preferences and needs. Whether it be bustling downtowns or access to parks, affordable home prices or cultural amenities like museums, retirees seeking to settle in a permanent spot are sure to find a private paradise in any of these counties recommended by Niche because, in the end, there is no place like home—no matter the location.

Read on to discover the best counties to retire to in Ohio.

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#25. Richland County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B+), weather (C-), outdoor activities (B+)
- Top places to live: Lexington (A-), Ontario (B+), Shelby (B-)

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#24. Warren County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B-), weather (C+), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: Mason (A+), Landen (A+), Springboro (A+)

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#23. Sandusky County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (A-), weather (C+), outdoor activities (B+)
- Top places to live: Fremont (B), Clyde (B), Ballville (B)

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#22. Van Wert County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Van Wert (B), Wren (A-), Ridge Township (B+)

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#21. Darke County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (A-), weather (C+), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Versailles (A-), Greenville (B-), Union City (C+)

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#20. Lake County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B), weather (C-), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: Kirtland (A), Mentor (A), Willoughby (A-)

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#19. Clark County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B+), weather (C+), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Enon (B), New Carlisle (B-), Holiday Valley (B-)

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#18. Stark County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B+), weather (C), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: North Canton (A), Greentown (A-), Uniontown (A-)

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#17. Delaware County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (C+), weather (C+), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: Powell (A+), Sunbury (A-), Delaware (A-)

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#16. Summit County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B), weather (C-), outdoor activities (A)
- Top places to live: Hudson (A+), Fairlawn (A+), Reminderville (A+)

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#15. Monroe County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (A), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Jackson Township (B), Sardis (B-), Malaga Township (B-)

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#14. Geauga County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B), weather (D+), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: South Russell (A+), Bainbridge (A+), Chesterland (A-)

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#13. Trumbull County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (A-), weather (C-), outdoor activities (B+)
- Top places to live: Cortland (B+), Hubbard (B+), Howland Center (B+)

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#12. Guernsey County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B+), weather (B), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Byesville (B-), Cambridge (C+), Westland Township (B)

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#11. Hamilton County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B), weather (C+), outdoor activities (A)
- Top places to live: Madeira (A+), Montgomery (A+), Blue Ash (A+)

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#10. Montgomery County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B), cost of living (B), weather (C+), outdoor activities (B+)
- Top places to live: Oakwood (A+), Centerville (A+), Kettering (A)

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#9. Crawford County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (A-), weather (C), outdoor activities (B+)
- Top places to live: Crestline (B), Galion (B-), Bucyrus (B-)

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#8. Tuscarawas County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (B+), weather (B-), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: Dover (A-), Bolivar (B+), New Philadelphia (B)

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#7. Mahoning County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (B+), weather (C-), outdoor activities (B+)
- Top places to live: Canfield (A+), Poland (A), Boardman (A-)

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#6. Miami County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (B+), weather (C+), outdoor activities (B+)
- Top places to live: Tipp City (A), Troy (B+), Covington (B)

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#5. Greene County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (B), weather (C+), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: Yellow Springs (A+), Beavercreek (A+), Bellbrook (A)

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#4. Washington County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (B+), cost of living (A-), weather (B), outdoor activities (B)
- Top places to live: Marietta (B+), Belpre (B), Devola (B)

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#3. Erie County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (B+), weather (C+), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: Milan (A-), Huron (A-), Sandusky (B)

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#2. Noble County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A), weather (B-), outdoor activities (C+)
- Top places to live: Caldwell (C), Wayne Township (B), Olive Township (B-)

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#1. Ottawa County

- Niche grades: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (B+), weather (C+), outdoor activities (A-)
- Top places to live: Port Clinton (B+), Oak Harbor (B), Curtice (B)

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Warmer weather continues this weekend alongside thunderstorms

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 04:15
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • This morning: Partly to mostly cloudy, low 63
  • Today: Partly sunny, p.m. showers & storms, high 83
  • Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, low 62
  • Sunday: PM showers & storms, high 84
  • Monday: AM showers clearing, high 73
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny, high 73
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, rain later, high 72
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Good morning and happy Saturday!

We're starting off the weekend warm and dry ahead of the next round of showers and thunderstorms.

Early this morning, clouds are building in and we're left with warm and dry conditions. Lows will slowly fall to the low to mid 60s, which is about 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year.

Through the day, clouds will increase alongside a southeasterly breeze which is ushering in more warm, moist air. Despite the clouds, it 's going to be another day with highs jumping into the mid 80s, which is about 10 degrees warmer than normal. Dew points will be in the low to mid 60s, the air will be a little humid as well. By the afternoon, showers and thunderstorms will start to bubble up and become more widespread this evening.

Showers and storms will continue this evening and overnight. After midnight, showers will taper off and we'll be left with a mostly cloudy sky.

Sunday, clouds will start to break up as we head through the afternoon. This will aid in bringing temperatures back up to the mid 80s. But, just like today the warm and moist air in place will be ahead of another chance for rain and storms.

After a dry day, rain and t-storms will start to bubble up by sunset and carry through the overnight hours ahead of a cold front. This chance for storms will continue Monday morning as the front moves through the area. After a wet start to the day, drier conditions will move in Monday afternoon followed by some sunshine and more seasonal temperatures reaching highs in the 70s.

Have a great weekend!

-Liz

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One shot outside night club near Ohio State campus

News Channel 4 - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 04:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A person was shot overnight Saturday outside Bullwinkles Night Club near the Ohio State University campus, according to police.

A Buckeye alert was sent at 2:15am that shot were fired at the club located on N. High St.

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Columbus Police say the victim was shot in the leg and was transported to a hospital in stable condition.

Roughly 30 minutes after the alert to the shooting, a second Buckeye alert said the suspect was in custody which Columbus Police confirmed.

No further information is known at this time.

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Columbus nonprofit wants to distribute 10,000 Narcan packs

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 21:13

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) – Members of a Columbus-based nonprofit are standing up to prevent drug overdoses.

This Must Be The Place, a nonprofit combining arts and addiction treatment, distributed free naloxone, or Narcan, at the Franklinton Friday festival to prepare people to save a life.

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One of the co-founders William Perry said he struggled with addiction most of his life and watched too many of his friends fall victim to drugs.

Now, he has made it his mission to save others.

“We try to go to the places where we can reach them the most,” Perry said. “We want to reach people exactly where they are at and put this life-saving Narcan into their hands and hopefully get as much out there as we can.”

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This Must be the Place attends events to give away the opioid overdose-reversal drug, which it obtained from the Ohio Department of Health.

Perry said the nonprofit also teaches people how to properly use the life-saving reversal medication.

“We make sure that every person that walks away with it knows exactly what to do with it, they know the signs to look for, and they know I am going to administer this and call 911 and this will save someone's life,” Perry said.

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Dozens of people walked up to Perry's booth to grab a pack to keep on hand just in case.

Nagy Youssef, a physician at The Ohio State University, was one of the many people who visited Perry's booth. He said he supports Perry's mission, as he used Narcan on a patient in the hospital a few days ago.

“It does help. It does reverse a lot of the things that can suppress your respiration when you start wheezing and actually die,” Youssef said. “So it is very serious and very important.”

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Perry said he wants to take his operation to the next level and is reaching out to local bars to persuade them to keep Narcan at their business.

This Must Be The Place -- whose goal is to distribute 10,000 packs of Narcan this summer -- is also attending music festivals around the country to arm concert-goers with Narcan.

For more information about the nonprofit, visit its website.

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8-year-old girl hospitalized after west side shooting

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 20:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- An 8-year-old girl was hospitalized after a shooting on the city's west side.

Around 9:30 p.m. Friday, police responded to reports of a shooting on the 900 block of Campbell Avenue in Franklinton, according to the Columbus Division of Police.

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The 8-year-old victim was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital in stable condition, police said.

Eleven people were detained on the scene, according to police.

This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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One hospitalized, road closed after east side crash

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 19:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person was hospitalized and a road has been shut down following a traffic accident on the city's east side.

Around 9:15 p.m. Friday, two vehicles were involved in an accident that has shut down Courtright Road between Groves Road and East Deshler Avenue, according to the Columbus Division of Police.

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One person was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, police said.

This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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CPD: Suspected overdose now investigated as homicide

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 17:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- What was first presumed to be an overdose death is now being investigated as a homicide, Columbus police said.

At approximately 7:18 p.m. Thursday, police and Columbus firefighters responded to reports of an overdose at the 100 block of West Cooke Road in Clintonville, where an unresponsive 53-year-old man was pronounced dead, according to a Friday news release from the Columbus Division of Police.

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After the coroner's office found "suspicious injuries" to the victim, Columbus police said they are now investigating the death as a homicide.

The victim's death, whose identity is being withheld until police notify family members, marks the 45th homicide of 2021, police said.

Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is encouraged to contact the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure coming to Columbus

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 16:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Just two years ago, Karen Gandarillas had the next stage of her life all planned out.

“I was going to retire at the end of last year. I was going to buy a quilting machine and I was gonna buy a Mustang,” she said.

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But in February 2020, a routine screening changed the course of her life.

“In three days, I went from thinking I was perfectly healthy to breast cancer of one of the types that are most aggressive,” she said.

The life-altering diagnosis is why Gandarillas is supporting Team Karen in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Columbus on Saturday, where thousands of runners are expected to participate in the 3.1 mile race. The annual event has raised more than $30 million for local breast health programs and national breast cancer research.

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Gandarillas said she has what's called triple negative breast cancer, which has since spread to her spine and brain, affecting her ability to speak -- but not her optimism.

“Anything and everything could be feeding that…and they don't know what it is. There’s not really any drugs that are effective in fighting those two, so you just wait until a spot shows up, and we radiate,” she said with a smile. 

Despite the volatility of Gandarillas' cancer, she said she remains optimistic because she knows where her hope lies.

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"I get up and I spend every morning -- every morning that I can -- I spend out here and I get me Jesus on!" she said. "I’m so thankful that I have another day and I ask him for another couple days, and I don’t focus too much other than that."

The head of Team Karen is her husband Rich, who recently surprised her with a bright red Mustang -- one of her dreams she thought cancer had made impossible.

“In the window, he had ‘For KJG…my initials…and I didn’t know he would bless me with such a nice car,” she said. 

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As much as Gandarillas loves her new mustang, she said it’s the racers in pink tomorrow that mean the most to her.

"I have a lot of cards and such that...My goodness. I just have so many friends that god has blessed me with," she said. "All these wonderful family and friends have been pouring out there hearts to me to ‘please do everything you can. You’ve got the strength. You can do this.’ And I’m not going to let them down, and God’s not going to let me down."

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Columbus restaurants stifled by inflation, rising fuel costs

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 15:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- As Ohio's restaurant industry took a hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the challenges are hardly over as inflation and high fuel costs enter the equation.

Tony Tanner, owner of TB&G Meats in Columbus and co-owner of Grandview Heights restaurant Cleaver, is invested in several parts of the restaurant industry.

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Although business has begun to pick up at his franchises, Tanner said the cost of fuel is hurting his businesses.

“It’s really the gas prices — I mean, this little van that we drive is doubling our gas costs, so we unfortunately had to pass that on to our customers just to stay alive really,” Tanner said.

Tanner delivers meat to several other restaurants in the Short North and beyond, where restaurant-related costs are also on the rise.

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“There’s all these other hidden costs that people don’t even think about like nitrile gloves," he said. "We were talking about earlier, we used to pay $30 a box, and now they’re $90 for a whole case of them, so that’s felt across every restaurant in the city.”

John Barker, president and CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association said, “It’s just strange times I think for all of us -- consumers, the public in general, business owners -- it’s a very odd time.”

While restaurant traffic is picking up, Barker said people are still dealing with inflation which is at a 41-year high and impacts everything from food supply chains to gas prices.

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Barker said he is hopeful that the U.S. Congress will act soon to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which provided federal financial assistance to restaurants, bars and other businesses impacted by the pandemic, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“In that (Restaurant Revitalization Fund) is also some money for places like shuttered venues, minor league baseball, gyms other businesses that really got hard hit by the pandemic, and that we believe will be up for a vote, in consideration next,” Barker said.

At Cleaver, Tanner said the restaurant has noticed more fuel surcharges with some of their partners, and Cleaver itself added a surcharge on the meat wholesale side, too. He expects it will be eliminated once gas prices come down.

Tanner said he's keeping his eye on gas prices, adding that if it goes down, “That’s probably where we would feel an immediate little less pressure.”

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How can Ohioans improve their fuel efficiency amid rising gas prices?

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 15:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- As gas prices climb across the country, drivers may be looking for ways to improve their fuel efficiency.

According to Jenni Hoover, the service manager at Alternative Auto Care, proper maintenance can go a long way toward increasing gas mileage.

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Hoover said keeping a car's filters and fluids changed will help. Those fluids include break fluid, power-steering fluid and oil.

She also recommends that drivers keep their tires properly inflated by checking their pressure once a month.

"They lose air over time, whether it be a leak or just naturally, they do lose air, so you do want to check them at least once a month," she said.

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If drivers can avoid accelerating quickly and slamming on their breaks, Hoover said that too will help with fuel efficiency.

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Execution delayed again, lack of drugs cited

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 15:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man on death row received on Friday news of another reprieve for his execution.

Gov. Mike DeWine moved the execution date of Kareem Jackson from Sept. 15, 2022, to Dec. 10, 2025, citing an ongoing problem with drug suppliers.

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Previously, the Governor's office had moved Kareem Jackson's executions date from July 10, 2019, to Jan. 16, 2020. In October 2019, the governor moved the date to Sept. 16, 2020.

Kareem Jackson was sentenced to death for two execution-style slayings in 1997.

"Governor DeWine is issuing this reprieve due to ongoing problems involving the willingness of pharmaceutical suppliers to provide drugs to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), pursuant to DRC protocol, without endangering other Ohioans," Gov. DeWine's office said in a press release.

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Warm weekend with showers & storms

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 15:09
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, low 61
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, PM showers & storms, high 83
  • Sunday: PM showers & storms, high 83
  • Monday: AM showers clearing, high 74
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny, high 73
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, rain later, high 72
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Friday!

A beautiful end to the workweek in Columbus after a fourth day in a row of sunshine and temperatures in the low to mid 80s! As we head overnight, cloud cover continues to increase, and temperatures will bottom out in the low 60s to kick off the weekend, then some changes are on the way.

Saturday starts off mild and dry, with a few isolated showers around, but for the most part, we'll remain dry during the earlier part of the day. A slow-moving cold front crossing the Mississippi Valley, trailing a storm over southern Canada, will be the focus for scattered late-day showers and isolated storms that will linger till around midnight, but weakening after sunset. A localized storm can contain gusty winds and brief heavy rain, but the risk of severe weather is marginal, and mostly sticking to our far western counties. Highs will be in the low 80s.

Clouds will hang around on Sunday, and temperatures will once again rebound into the low 80s, but a second cold front will approach from the west Sunday evening, with scattered showers and storms likely into the overnight hours, ending early Monday. Our forecast area is under the slight risk category for an isolated severe storm. Our greatest threat will be the potential for localized damaging winds and small hail.

Temperatures will be a bit more seasonal next week, with highs in the low 70s. After a dry day on Tuesday, showers will return midweek.

-McKenna

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VIDEO: Bicyclist hit by Hilliard City Schools bus

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 15:08

HILLIARD, Ohio (WCMH) - A new video released by Hilliard City Schools shows the moment a school bus hit a bicyclist when the two shared a lane on the road.

The bus crashed into a man biking on the right side of Davis Road around 3 p.m. Thursday, between Walker Road and Audubon Avenue, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

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Video released Friday, which displays cameras at both the front of the bus and by the driver's seat, showed the bus going towards the bicyclist. The bus driver tries to pass the bicyclist while they're both in the same lane.

The bus hits the bicyclist about 10 seconds into the video, while the driver was trying to pass the man on the bike. The bus driver takes a little more than 10 seconds to stop the bus after hitting the bicyclist, showing little reaction after hitting the bicyclist from what is visible from the driver's camera.

The students and driver of the bus weren't hurt, but the bicyclist was taken to Riverside Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office hasn't said as of Friday evening if the bus driver or bicyclist will face any repercussions for the crash.

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