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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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Paralyzed sportscar driver Michael Johnson racing at Mid Ohio

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 14:40

LEXINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) — Racing season at Mid Ohio officially kicks off this weekend with the IMSA Sportscar Series. Michael Johnson will be one of those drivers trying to take the checkered Saturday.

But before he made his way to Lexington, Johnson stopped by Nationwide Children's Hospital on Thursday to talk about his journey as a paralyzed driver.

He was injured in a motorcycle crash at 12 years old and was paralyzed from the mid chest down, but he never let it stop him from racing. He was the first and only paralyzed driver licensed by IndyCar before making the switch to sportscar racing in 2016.

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"The biggest message I can give out is to always keep pushing and never give up," Johnson said.

From go carts, to IndyCar, to sports car racing, Johnson has always kept pushing.

"If you tell yourself that you can do it, that gives you just that extra push to keep going and that will inspire other people as well," he said.

The 29 year old has inspired kids like Michael Fenster, a former OHSAA state champion in track.

"What my goal would be is it's not even a 'Oh you have a adaptive program? It's like oh you don't?,'" Fenster said. "Growing up you're just like 'I'm going to go to do track' and everyone's like 'OK. Go for it.'"

The New Albany grad is just one of many kids who have benefitted from the help of Dr. Jonathan Napolitano.

"We found a gap that needed filled and jumped right in," Dr. Napolitano said.

In 2018, Dr. Napolitano helped nationwide Children's Hospital launch the first and only adaptive sports medicine program in the U.S.

"I think the fact that they view themselves as an athlete and we can support them as an athlete really makes the onus on the rest of us as a society to start viewing this population as athletes as they are," he said.

Part of seeing them as athletes is creating the technology to make that possible, like the steering wheel in Johnson's car that allows him to accelerate, brake and shift gears.

The hand control system is actually an advantage for him because of his background in motorcycle racing where he won 14 national titles by 12 years old. But there are pitfalls as well.

"I don't have a lot of feeling for what the car is doing so if the car is sliding around or if the car is doing something it shouldn't be doing, sometimes it takes me a little bit longer to understand that and recognize it," Johnson said. "That's always hard to set the car up so that it handles the way you want it to in the race."

But adapting to his situation is what's allowed Johnson to thrive.

"Showcasing what I can do and what I have overcome to someone that is maybe a freshly injured patient . . . shows them that I never gave up and they surely can keep going," he said.

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Got allergies? Columbus doctor recommends masking up

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 14:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Signs of spring are everywhere across Columbus, and so is the burden of allergy season.

"You can't fight spring," Tucker Taylor, a Columbus resident with allergies, said.

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Every year, Taylor said his allergy symptoms seem to grow worse.

"For the folks that are having a bad year, it does seem like the worst year ever sometimes," Dr. Robert Stone, a physician at Central Ohio Primary Care, said.

Central Ohio Primary Care witnesses an influx of patients with allergies when spring comes around, Stone said. But the length of allergy season, he said, seems to be growing.

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"We see quite a bit in the fall and sometimes even other seasons as well, but spring is definitely the time when the pollen is at their highest," Stone said.

A warmer climate and rising levels of carbon dioxide are large contributors to lengthier pollen seasons and higher pollen counts, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

With COVID-19 cases also on the rise, Stone said it may help to wear your mask out in public again.

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"Masking actually can really help with allergies, too -- especially the N-95 masks," Stone said. "They can help to eliminate pollens, so you don't breathe the pollens in as much."

Allergy-ridden Ohioans like Taylor said Stone's advice to mask up is something he is already considering.

"That was one good thing about COVID is that when I was wearing the mask seriously, I did not have any allergy issues," Taylor said.

If you find yourself experiencing symptoms like fever, muscle aches, and loss of taste and smell, those are signs of COVID-19 -- not allergies. Ohioans noticing COVID-19 symptoms should take a test and contact a doctor.

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Local church providing 200,000 meals to Ukrainians displaced by war

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 13:59

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- It’s been nearly three months since Russia invaded Ukraine, and local efforts to support those impacted by the war continue to grow.  

Members of the Genoa Baptist Church in Westerville are working to make sure those displaced by the war don’t go hungry in the process. 

On Friday, more than 200 people made up assembly lines -- scooping food, filling backs, and packing boxes -- including a Ukrainian refugee who only arrived in the United States on Monday. 

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"Just to know that this person came here from Ukraine, and now she's helping. She knows people personally," marvels Linda Fitzpatrick, a volunteer and 12-year member of the church. 

Valeria didn't speak English, but through translation, she told NBC4, "I am very happy to be with these wonderful people. Thank God that I am with you and can help Ukraine. I am grateful to all Americans for caring and helping my country. Many thanks from all Ukrainians. You are the best! We will definitely win!" 

More than 1,000 volunteers signed up after a call for help just three weeks ago. Each one dedicated to making sure no Ukrainian goes hungry. 

"I got to do this nine years ago when we did this for the Philippines, and just knowing we can be the hands and feet -- Ukraine is so far away, but yet we're reaching and we're touching people," Fitzpatrick adds. 

Volunteers are meticulously packing meals one-by-one. 

When the work is done, more than 216,000 meals will be sent to displaced victims in Ukraine, Poland, and surrounding areas. 

"We feel like we can make a difference," encourages Frank Carl, the church's lead pastor. "There's so many things happening in the world we don't feel like we can anything about. But, certainly God wants the church to be actively involved in caring for the needs of other people." 

The meals are made possible by an organization called Heaven Sent Ministries. 

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"When we first began, I was confronted by a starving child. That's what really motivated me and moved me into doing this," recalls Lyle Mullins, the organization's founder, and president. 

Their ministry has shipped food to 20 countries across the world, helping feed millions of malnourished children and adults. 

These meals will arrive to Ukrainians in just a matter of weeks. 

And while for the volunteers it's no small task, it's a huge helping hand to so many with so little right now. 

"The world becomes a lot smaller when we're helping each other and I really recommend anybody to do whatever you can to help these people," Fitzpatrick reflects. "It's the most sad situation." 

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Ohio marijuana legalization struck from ballots in deal with state officials

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 12:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - A settlement between a coalition and state officials means voters won't get to choose whether to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio in 2022, but could at a later date.

The agreement was formed Friday between the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, House Speaker Bob Cupp and Senate President Matt Huffman after the coalition sued them. Two lawmakers in April tried to introduce the coalition's ballot initiative to create a 2022 statewide vote to legalize marijuana, but this was met by conflicting interpretations on whether the coalition handled it properly according to the Ohio Constitution.

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The settlement means that the coalition's petition to add recreational marijuana legalization to ballots will instead go up for review in 2023. LaRose will send the petition before the state legislature on Jan. 3, which will start a four-month period for lawmakers to consider the proposal.

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“We are delighted to have reached this settlement, which has preserved our initial signatures, provided the General Assembly with a second opportunity to consider the proposed statute, and established a clear path to ballot access in 2023," said Tom Haren, one of the coalition's petitioners.

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The settlement also means that the 136,729 signatures the coalition gathered will be included when the proposal goes before the Ohio General Assembly. If lawmakers don't take action on the petition by May 3, 2023, the coalition will begin collecting more signatures for a new petition for the November 2023 ballot.

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Woman robbed at daycare on Ohio State campus

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 12:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Ohio State University police issued a public safety notice Friday after a robbery at a daycare center.

According to Ohio State police, at about 10:45 a.m., a woman was walking in the parking lot of the Child Care Center in the 700 block of Ackerman Road. A group of people got out of a car, stole her purse and knocked her to the ground.

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The woman was hit in the head and suffered minor injuries. Ohio State police said she was not a student or a faculty or staff member, nor was she a family member of anyone at the daycare.

The group got back in the car, which was last seen heading east on Ackerman Road.

Anyone with information may call contact Ohio State police at 614-292-2121.

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Maryland man charged in 2021 north Columbus double murder

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 11:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Police have identified a Maryland man they're looking for that is accused of killing two people at an apartment in north Columbus in 2021.

Police announced Friday they have charged Daniel A. Newsome, 28, of Maryland, with two counts of murder and issued a warrant for his arrest. Newsome is wanted in connection with the deaths of Christina Antoline, 40, and Randall M. Davis, 66.

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On Aug. 23, Columbus police went to an apartment in the 800 block of East Dublin Granville Road after the complex manager reported she found an unresponsive woman in the residence. Investigators also found a man in the bedroom as well, and identified the pair as Antoline and Davis. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.  

The Columbus Division of Police continues to investigate and asked anyone with information to call the CPD Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730, or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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Car hits tree, streetlight after Columbus driver loses control

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 11:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - A Friday morning crash in southern Columbus has left a driver hospitalized after they lost control of their car.

Around 7:37 a.m., a black Lincoln sedan was heading south on Shook Road south of Spiegel Drive, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, when the driver lost control of the vehicle, striking both a tree and a streetlight post.

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Emergency medical crews responded and took the driver to Grant Hospital in critical condition, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies ask anyone with more information about the crash to call the Crash Investigation Unit at 614-525-6113.

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Grocery items with the greatest price increase in April

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 10:30

Inflation rose 0.3% in April and 8.3% year-over-year, according to April Consumer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Wednesday, May 11. The most recent numbers represent a modest reprieve from March's staggering 1.2% month-over-month increase. 

Stacker analyzed the Consumer Price Index data to determine which common grocery store items saw the largest price increases in April. 

Despite the overall pace of headline inflation easing, the cost of groceries alone increased 10.8% since April 2021—the largest annual increase in 42 years.  This increase was driven largely by a rise in prices of meat, poultry, fish, and eggs—up 14.3% year-over-year and the largest 12-month increase since 1979. 

Looking more recently, April marked a 1% month-over-month increase in food at home prices. While this is down from the 1.5% gains recorded in March, it is still the 17th consecutive month the food costs, on the whole, have risen.

Fresh fruit was the only major food category that saw a price reduction, dipping 0.5% from the previous month.

Line chart showing 12 grocery items with the greatest increase in price in April 2022

1 / 2Emma Rubin // Stacker

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Dairy prices rose 2.5% in April, marking the largest monthly increase in 15 years. 

A slow rebound from pandemic-related supply chain disruption and higher costs of necessary operational expenditures like grain for cows and fuel for equipment are contributing to rising dairy prices. 

Meat prices have also been impacted by higher labor costs, commodity prices, and growing consumer demand.

The index for eggs increased 10.3%—or nearly 50 cents—in April as many commercial poultry farms around the country culled tens of millions of chickens amid a highly infectious avian influenza outbreak.

Bar chart showing 10 low-cost grocery items with the greatest increase in price in April 2022

2 / 2Emma Rubin // Stacker

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The average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit per person is about $121 per month: less than $1.40 per meal for an individual. While these benefits are meant to help offset some financial burdens at the grocery store, they are not adjusted for month-over-month changes in inflation. 

Even slight price variances of historically low-cost items can significantly impact budget-conscious consumers as inflation increases.

Staple items, including wheat, flour, and chicken, are not immune to price fluctuations caused by war. Vulnerable populations will feel the impacts on their grocery bills. 

Chicken feed costs were impacted by Russia’s war in Ukraine; ingredients including sunflower meal and wheat are primarily produced by Russia and Ukraine. Those increases were passed down to consumers via higher poultry costs.

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Kendrick Lamar bringing ‘The Big Steppers Tour’ to Columbus

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 10:19

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Kendrick Lamar will be stopping in Columbus later this summer during his upcoming world tour.  

“The Big Steppers Tour” is scheduled to take place at the Schottenstein Center, Tuesday, August 16.  

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So far, this is the only scheduled stop in Ohio for the tour.  

Tickets will go on sale at 12 p.m., Friday, May 20, on oklama.com.  

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'No confidence' in Franklin County sheriff, local police union votes

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 10:06

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - A union representing Franklin County-area law enforcement said Friday that its members have voted "no confidence" in Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin's ability to carry out his duties.

The vote came from Franklin County deputies, city officers, suburban agency officers and retired officers, all members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge #9. FOP President Jeff Simpson said the vote against Baldwin overwhelmingly leaned in favor of the "no-confidence" decision, and told NBC4 about perceived issues that made it come to fruition.

"The complete lack of his presence," Simpson said. "The inability to communicate with his deputies... He takes no accountability for operational decisions within the sheriff's office whatsoever."

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The vote comes three weeks after a similar no-confidence vote for the chief deputy. Baldwin gave a statement in response to the union's vote around 1 p.m.

“The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is poised to enter a new era as we prepare to open the new, state-of-the-art James A. Karnes Corrections Center, increase and diversify our staff by more than one hundred deputies and civilians, and prepare to implement body-worn cameras," Baldwin said. "In addition, the sheriff's office is expanding its Wellness Initiative and creating agency-wide communications teams to ensure we are meeting employees' needs and addressing concerns. The sheriff's office will remain focused on moving forward in a positive direction with the goal of doing an even better job of serving the people of Franklin County."

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Baldwin, elected as Franklin County sheriff in 2016, won reelection in 2020 for another term til 2025. He previously served as a lieutenant with the Columbus Division of Police, where he worked for 31 years.

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2022 CAPA Marquee Award winners announced

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 09:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts has announced the winners of the 2022 CAPA Marquee Awards, which honors musical theatre productions by participating central Ohio high schools.

The student showcase, presented in the style of Broadway's prestigious Tony® Awards, was held on Tuesday at the Ohio Theatre, CAPA said in a release. The event included performances from the nominees for Best Musical Production, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Actress in a Leading Role, plus opening and closing numbers with nominated students.

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  • UAHS 42ndStreet credit: Mitchell Media
  • Wyatt Kerns credit: Mitchell Media
  • Bella Price credit: Mitchell Media
  • CAPA Marquee Awards credit: Mitchell Media

A total of 18 central Ohio high schools participated by submitting a 2021-22 musical theatre production for review by the educational program’s team of judges. Nominations were made in 11 categories including Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Musical Production, Best Direction, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Student Orchestra and Outstanding Technical Execution.

The 2022 CAPA Marquee Award winners are:

  • Outstanding Student Orchestra sponsored by The DiMarco Family Fund of The Columbus Foundation
    Dublin Jerome High School, The Addams Family
  • Backstage Excellence sponsored by Liz Riley
    Costuming Guild, Bishop Watterson High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Outstanding Student Designer sponsored by The Pam and Jack Beeler Family Fund of The Columbus Foundation
    Joshua Pearson, Olentangy Berlin High School, Set Design, Mamma Mia!
  • Outstanding Technical Execution sponsored by Mary Beth and Luke McCormick
    Upper Arlington High School, 42nd Street, Stage Manager: Edith LeBlanc
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role sponsored by Huntington
    KK Murphy, Upper Arlington High School, Maggie Jones in 42nd Street
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role sponsored by Johnson Investment Counsel
    William Baumann, Westerville North High School, Chef Louis in Disney’s The Little Mermaid
  • Outstanding Ensemble sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
    Olentangy Liberty High School, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins
  • Best Direction sponsored by Denison University
    David O’Roark, Worthington Christian School, The SpongeBob Musical
  • Best Musical Production
    Upper Arlington High School, 42nd Street
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role sponsored by White Castle
    Bella Price, Westerville South High School, Alice Murphy in Bright Star
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role sponsored by Danbert, Inc.
    Wyatt Kerns, Worthington Christian School, Squidward Q. Tentacles in The SpongeBob Musical
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Wyatt Kerns and Bella Price, winners of Best Actor and Actress in a Leading Role, will now compete nationally at The 2022 Jimmy Awards/National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Kerns and Price will participate in a week-long program in New York City, which includes intensive professional training led by Broadway theatre professionals and industry experts. The week will culminate in a talent showcase performed live in front of an audience on a Broadway stage.

Kerns is a graduating senior from Worthington Christian Upper School where he has been a member of the theatre department, on stage and behind the scenes. He enjoys studying music theory, composing music, reading, dancing in tap class and continuing his study in voice. He will be attending The Ohio State University School of Music to study choral music education with a minor in vocal performance.

Price is a graduating senior from Westerville South High School. She has been heavily involved with her school’s theatre program for four years. She enjoys writing, playing guitar and piano, and expanding her wardrobe. Price will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Fall 2022.

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'Feeding frenzy': Bill aims to slow Wall Street purchases of Ohio homes

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 04:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The influx of out-of-town and private investment firms seizing single-family homes in Ohio led one state lawmaker to devise a plan to even the playing field for local homebuyers.

A bill introduced by Sen. Louis Blessing (R-Colerain Township) on Monday aims to stifle investors’ ability to buy foreclosed homes at public auctions in Ohio, give individual tenants, homebuyers and housing nonprofits a leg up in the bidding process.

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“You start reading and hearing stories about people trying to buy homes and getting, you know, shut out because they lost to an institutional investor that was able to bid $50,000 cash above asking price,” Blessing said.

To even the playing field, Blessing said Senate Bill 334, modeled after similar legislation in California, bars investment firms from placing a bid on a foreclosed property until 45 days after the home is listed for sale.

Tenants living in the property are in the first tier of eligible buyers, and residents looking to buy the house for at least a year are next in the line-up. 

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If no bids are placed, housing-oriented nonprofits and local governments can place a bid – a tiered system that will give individual residents and nonprofits the opportunity to beat wealthy investment firms to the punch, Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano said.

“The goal of the legislation is again to get local residents to that first bite at the apple,” Stinziano said. “Doesn’t prohibit (private investors), but at least gives a window of time in which local residents would be able to invest in their own community versus outside entities.”

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In Ohio’s three largest cities – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati – real estate investors funneled about $750 million toward purchasing single-family homes in 2021, according to an analysis by real estate company RedFin.

Those investors accounted for 16% of Franklin County’s single-family home purchases in 2021, more than double its rate six years ago, Stinziano said. That percentage is even higher in majority-minority neighborhoods, he said.

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“It is something that we feel is in response to the impact COVID and real estate market has had and where outside money is able to come in and make a big dent in the housing availability,” Stinziano said.

One of the largest real estate investors in Franklin County is Vinebrook Homes, a company that specializes in acquiring and leasing single-family homes, according to its website.

The company – whose website states that it’s plugged into the housing market in 23 major U.S. cities – purchased at least 637 single-family Franklin County properties in 2021 alone, according to data provided by the auditor’s office.

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Private investment firms with a “boatload of resources” and cheap debt often place cash bids on homes just hours after they’re listed online, according to Carlie Boos, executive director of the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio.

When corporate investors are willing to waive contingencies and purchase homes with no inspection, sight unseen, Boos said they’re contributing to a “feeding frenzy” that’s leaving the “average Joe” high and dry.

“That’s just not a fair fight,” Boos said. “In that scenario, a human being is going to lose to a computer algorithm from Wall Street every single time.”

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Jeaneen Hooks, an associate vice president of the Columbus Urban League, said out-of-town investment firms aren’t always readily accessible to tenants living in their properties.

Maintenance concerns are less likely to be addressed by foreign investors, resulting in an uptick in code violations, Hooks said. And private companies often jack up rent and mortgage payments – hitting low-income, marginalized Ohioans the hardest.

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“Some of those relationships that we've seen with outside investors have been unproductive, unsafe, and have created some unfair situations and living conditions for our residents,” Hooks said.

While Blessing said he’s not out to get private investors through his introduction of SB 334, evening the playing field for local residents has benefits that extend beyond maintenance issues and rising rents.

“The ability to purchase a home that's affordable, form a family, build intergenerational wealth and really have a solid stake in the community, which is hard to do if, you know, your rent or your mortgage is eating up 50% of your paycheck or more,” Blessing said.

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Blessing acknowledged that his legislation is not a panacea for solving Ohio’s affordable housing crisis. But, he hopes it will be a drop in the bucket in giving local residents the upper hand at having a stake in their community.

“Is it such a bad thing to give an individual the opportunity to put some sweat equity into that, live in it, and now they’ve got, you know, they’re building wealth?” he said. “I think that’s a good thing.”

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Warm weekend, scattered showers

News Channel 4 - Fri, 05/13/2022 - 02:20
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

An expansive ridge of high pressure in the East will bring another June-like day, with temperatures reaching the low 80s. High clouds will increase, spilling west across the Appalachians, as a spinning area of low pressure drifts across the Carolinas and begins lifting northward.

Strong storms will persist along a frontal boundary in the Upper Midwest that has been blocked from moving east. Over the weekend, a cold front trailing low pressure over Ontario, Canada, will encroach from the west and the upper-level system will absorbs the remnants of the southern storm.

Showers will develop with increasing humidity Saturday afternoon but remain widely scattered. Temperatures will top out in the low 80s. Spotty rain will taper off in the evening, but a few showers and isolated storms will develop Sunday and Monday as a couple of disturbances work eastward, dragging a secondary cold front across Ohio.

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

Forecast
  • Friday: Mix clouds and sun, isolated shower east. High 82
  • Tonight: Mostly clear, mild. Low 61
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, shower/storm p.m. High 81
  • Sunday: More clouds, Scattered showers, storm p.m. High 82 (63)
  • Monday: Early showers, cooler. High 73 (58)
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 73 (53)
  • Wednesday: Showers. High 72 (53)
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Black leaders address opioid crisis, drug abuse stigma in central Ohio

News Channel 4 - Thu, 05/12/2022 - 21:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Black community leaders are drawing attention to the growing opioid crisis in Franklin County.

Through an event called "Opioid Community Conversation," dozens of residents and leaders joined together for a meeting around opioid awareness here in Columbus.

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"We want to promote community advocacy, with people who come here tonight," said Dana Lavender, program manager with the African American Male Wellness Agency.

The event was hosted by the African American Male Wellness Agency and touched on several topics including the rising number of opioid overdose deaths in Ohio, especially among the Black community.

"With opiates it's a process, it's a road to recovery," said Christina Goins, a community health manager with CompDrug.

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Goins works with CompDrug, an opioid treatment program, and said one of the issues she finds most apparent is the lack of awareness around opioid addiction in the Black community.

"Our rates and our numbers continue to rise, and so it's important to have these conversations so people are aware, they're educated," said Goins.

Without information and education, local emergency services say more harm is done.

"It destroys families," said Lt. Isaac Toliver, with the Columbus Division of Fire.

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Toliver supervises the Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Teams (RREACT), which responds to non-fatal overdoses in the community, as well as bringing individuals to treatment.

He said it's through conversations like this that opioid overdoses can be prevented.

"It's huge, I mean education is key, and then you see the increase in the African American community. So, I know for us over the last year, being out in the community doing different walks, and being involved like this has really opened the doors for us," said Toliver.

On Monday, the African American Male Wellness Agency plans to hold a virtual meeting, where they'll be providing Narcan training.

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17-year-old girl missing from Chillicothe

News Channel 4 - Thu, 05/12/2022 - 21:30

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH) -- A 17-year-old girl was reported missing from Chillicothe.

Braelynn Fink -- who is 5-foot-4, 120 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes -- never returned home from Unioto High School in Chillicothe on Thursday, according to the Ross County Sheriff's Office.

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Anyone with information pertaining to Fink's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the sheriff's office at 740-773-1185.

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City Council to distribute grant funding to end youth violence

News Channel 4 - Thu, 05/12/2022 - 21:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - The city of Columbus is working to keep kids out of trouble during the summer months.

Historically, violence ticks up during the warmer time of year. Last summer, city council distributed about $6 million in grants to 11 different groups working to help kids, according to Councilmember Emmanuel Remy, who serves as chair of the Public Safety Committee.

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"There’s never enough money to go around and the need is great," Remy said.

On Thursday night, those 11 organizations presented their results to the council. They also shared their plans for this summer and how they would use more grant funding, if they got it.

"It was great to hear the successes our partners experienced last year and look forward to augmenting that and supporting that coming into 2022," Remy said.

Many of the programs focus on leadership development, entrepreneurship, life skills training, job training and placement, and personal development.

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The city council hopes to have this year's funds distributed before school ends, and other organization interested in applying for the grants should contact the offices of Remy and Council President Shannon Hardin.

“It's very important to me to make sure our young people have the support, they feel supported," said Geno Tucker, CEO and founder of Urban Scouts, a grant recipient that offers landscaping, cosmetology and bike repair trainings, as well as mental health services.

“I want make sure we can provide them the space and opportunity to see something different so they can be something different," Tucker said.

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Lancaster motorcyclist dead after crashing into Jeep on State Route 661

News Channel 4 - Thu, 05/12/2022 - 20:07

GRANVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) -- A motorcyclist is dead after crashing into a car in Licking County.

At approximately 6:07 p.m. Thursday, Jason T. Farmer, 43, of Lancaster, was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on State Route 661 in Granville Township near Cambria Mills when he hit a northbound Jeep Wrangler with a trailer attached, according to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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As the Jeep attempted to turn left into a private drive, the 43-year-old motorcyclist crashed into the vehicle, the OSHP said.

Farmer, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, died after being taken to Mount Carmel East, according to the OSHP.

The crash remains under investigation, and the OSHP urged drivers to wear safety equipment while operating a motorcycle.

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