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Free home title protection alerts at auditor's office

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 15:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)--The Franklin County Auditor's Office hopes to give property owners peace of mind with an extra layer of protection against title theft and fraud.

Imagine opening a piece of mail with a mortgage refinancing offer and it's not addressed in your name, or you stop receiving official documents in the mail.

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"So, in my time as the County Auditor, we've heard from a number of property owners concerned about title theft," said Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano.

He noted a change of name or address documents could be a red flag a property owner has fallen victim to title theft or fraud.

"It was just that unknown, knowing that these documents exist over here, that there are people with technological capabilities that may be able to cause some problems."

His office explained that of the 60,000 properties that get registered and filed through his office, there have been three to four cases that caught their attention. Recently the auditor's office unveiled a new property e-alert system to add more protection for property owners.

"We're excited that it's a free service that allows for that additional protection and security that we've heard that's so important to property owners and so we want to continue to build that out."

To register for the program, simply visit the auditor's website and add your email address to start receiving any notifications about your home.

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"It might not even be title-related, if there's a value change, something the auditor's office does regularly, then if you register that property, you'd be notified of that change to the property."

Since the program's launch, Stinziano said the response has been great.

"We also encourage you to view your property, make sure the record's correct, or if there's any other diligence or things that we need to clean up on our side, to take advantage of that."

If you believe you might be a victim of home title theft, he urges you to contact his office right away.

"We do have a fraud hotline if anyone has any concerns if it's on their property or other functions throughout the county, we encourage them to contact the Franklin County Auditor's office and we will use our resources or get in touch with the appropriate law enforcement if needed."

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CCS juggles virtual vs in-person learning district-wide

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 15:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)--Columbus City Schools is four days back from break and is still juggling staffing issues due to coronavirus and is pushing some school buildings to go virtual.

South High School student Daizhon Cox wants to be in the classroom.

“For South, we haven’t been in you know all week and today’s Thursday, so this is the fourth day virtual,” said Cox.

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He's frustrated not knowing what's next.

Staffing issues have some Columbus City Schools going virtual. Some for a day and others for longer.

“For me, I’d rather you, ‘tell us hey you know what you’re going to be at home for the next two weeks until we get enough subs or we get enough teachers to come back,’” said Cox.

The district addressed remote learning at Tuesday’s school board meeting

“It’s no secret we’re having some staffing challenges since the return,” said Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon.

A mom, Manda Thaxton, said she's lucky her 2nd grader has been in-person all week.

“Last week we got a message from her teacher saying, 'Hey just be ready make sure your Google Classroom is ready to go because at any moment this can happen.'"

Thaxton is a full-time caretaker for an elderly family member. She recalled the struggles of virtual learning.

“Because I have a child that is hyperactive changing schedules is really, really rough on her mental health she doesn’t deal well with surprise changes,” said Thaxton.

Cox said he hopes his school is off the virtual list for Friday.

“You know kids are starting to say that’s unfair right now,” said Cox. “I have friends that’s in school right now learning but also I have some friends at home that’s not doing anything so it’s just a matter of this isn’t fair.”

The district is monitoring the number of staff calling out sick every day. Columbus City Schools is getting out their list of virtual schools as early as they can and some buildings may be added day of.

The following schools will be in remote learning and will NOT hold in-person classes on Friday, January 7:
Beatty Park Elementary School

  • Buckeye Middle School
  • Burroughs Elementary School
  • Devonshire Alternative Elementary School
  • Dominion Middle School
  • Duxberry Park Alternative Elementary School
  • East Columbus Elementary School
  • Fairmoor Elementary School
  • Hilltonia Middle School
  • Huy Elementary School
  • Independence High School
  • Johnson Park Middle School
  • Maize Elementary School
  • Moler Elementary School
  • Oakland Park Alternative Elementary School
  • Oakmont Elementary School
  • Parsons Elementary School
  • Sherwood Middle School
  • South High School 7-12
  • West Broad Elementary School
  • West High School
  • Windsor STEM Academy PreK-6
  • Woodward Park Middle School and 6th Grade at Walden
  • Yorktown Middle School

Families who need a Chromebook computer can pick up a device from the school between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Teachers and staff at these schools are expected to report on-site for their normal work schedule. The remainder of CCS schools will be in person and operate on their normal bell schedules on Friday, Jan. 7.

A total of three (3) will return to in-person learning on Friday, January 7:

  • Linden-McKinley STEM Academy 7-12
  • Walnut Ridge High School
  • Whetstone High School

Athletics for Friday, January 7

  • All middle school athletic practices and games for the remote schools are canceled.  
  • All high school athletic practices and games will continue as planned.
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Columbus man sent to prison for 18 years after robbing two auto parts stores

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 14:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A Columbus man has been sentenced to over 18 years in prison for robbing two auto parts stores at gunpoint.

Craishon Russell, 32, was sentenced Thursday in federal court, said Kenneth Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Russell had pleaded guilty to robbery and a firearms charge.

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According to court documents, on June 5, 2019, Russell robbed an AutoZone on East Main Street in Reynoldsburg, getting away with $1,400 in cash. Ten days later, he robbed an O'Reilly Auto Parts store in Canal Winchester.

Employees at each store described tattoos that matched Russell.

On June 19, 2019, Columbus police stopped Russell on a complaint of waving a gun and then arrested him.

Russell, known as "Diablo," was indicted in June 2020, and he pleaded guilty in July 2021. His sentenced totaled 225 months.

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Parents hope expanded booster recommendations could keep students in school

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 13:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - Federal regulators are now recommending COVID-19 booster shots for Americans as young as 12. Some Central Ohio parents hope the expanded eligibility will help keep their students in school.

Wednesday evening, the CDC director endorsed a committee recommendation for children ages 12 to 17 to receive Pfizer booster shots. The brand is currently the only one of three options authorized for children under 18.

The agency recommends those who received the Pfizer vaccine, now get a booster shot five months after the initial two-dose series. If you got the Moderna series, it says the extra dose should be six months later. Recipients of the Johnson & Johnson brand should get a booster two months after the single-dose vaccine.

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“A booster raises your antibody levels. Higher antibody levels provide protection against infection. That’s what a booster is all about,” explained Dr. Joseph Gastaldo, an infectious disease specialist at OhioHealth.

Additionally, the FDA is also now recommending all Americans age 5 and older who are immunocompromised receive an extra shot 28 days after the original vaccine series. The third dose would be considered part of the initial series and most patients would also need a booster months later.

The new guidance comes as health experts blame the omicron variant for record-high COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Dr. Gastaldo said data is just starting to emerge about the vaccine and booster shot’s effectiveness against the contagious strain.

“With omicron out there, more people are vulnerable to get a post-vaccination infection. And right now, if you get infected with omicron you’re out for a few days. And that’s really happening in all parts of our society,” he said.

This week, dozens of Central Ohio schools have announced delays and transitions to remote learning because of widespread staffing absences.

Michael Peden said he’s also noticing more children absent from class, particularly in his son’s 7th grade class.

“There’s so many other reasons why they’re not in school - being sick, family illnesses and stuff like that,” he said. “[COVID-19] is not one thing we need right now. We’ve got to stay in school.”

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The Columbus father of 4 was bringing his 10 year old and 7 year old daughters to Columbus Public Health (CPH) Thursday to receive their second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

“Midas, our 4-year-old, he hasn’t had the option to have the shot yet. So we’re just trying to keep him healthy as much as possible,” Peden explained, adding his wife is also pregnant with the couple’s next child.

Now that the CDC has expanded its booster recommendations, he plans to bring his middle school son to the health department for a booster shot.

“Just keeping them healthy, keeping their brother healthy, keeping the next person healthy,” Peden said. “These shots mean everything. It’s going to protect them in the long run.”

Thursday, CPH staff said it was waiting on official guidance from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health before beginning to administer booster shots for the younger age group. Dr. Gastaldo expected OhioHealth to begin its boosters for 12-17 year olds as soon as it operationalized its supply of boosters. Nationwide Children’s Hospital plans to start offering the booster shots for ages 12-17 on Monday, January 11. Appointments can be made on the NCH website.

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List: Counties in central Ohio with snow emergencies

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 13:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Multiple counties in central Ohio are under snow emergencies Thursday.

These counties are under a Level 1 snow emergency on Saturday at 9:50 a.m.:

  • Athens
  • Hocking
  • Morgan
  • Perry
  • Pike
  • Vinton
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Here is what each Snow Emergency level means:

LEVEL 1
Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

Central Ohio Closings and Delays

LEVEL 2
Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3
All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

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Schmidt's restaurant in German Village closing for a week because of COVID-19 illnesses

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 13:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A German Village restaurant is closing for about a week.

Schmidt's announced Thursday it is closing its restaurant because of key members of its team and their families contracting COVID-19.

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"We have made the decision to close in order to give everyone a week-long break to get healthy," a news release said.

The Schmidt name as a Columbus meat packing company dates to the 1880s, with the restaurant in German Village opening in 1967.

The company's food trucks will remain in operation, with one parked in front of the restaurant as long as it is closed, weather permitting. And the online shop will remain open.

The restaurant tentatively plans to reopen Friday, Jan. 14

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Certain surgeries being postponed at central Ohio hospitals

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 13:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Certain surgeries at hospitals in central Ohio are being put on hold.

The Central Ohio Trauma System announced Thursday that adult hospitals across several counties have agreed to postpone nonessential surgeries requiring an overnight stay through Jan. 21. The move comes in response to increasing hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

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The counties in the affected area are:

  • Athens
  • Belmont
  • Coshocton
  • Crawford
  • Delaware
  • Fairfield
  • Fayette
  • Franklin
  • Gallia
  • Guernsey
  • Hardin
  • Harrison
  • Hocking
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Knox
  • Lawrence
  • Licking
  • Logan
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Meigs
  • Monroe
  • Morrow
  • Muskingum 
  • Noble
  • Perry
  • Pickaway
  • Pike
  • Ross
  • Scioto
  • Wyandot
  • Union
  • Vinton
  • Washington

Each hospital will decide how it will identify patients, a news release said.

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SaaS Capital merges with Columbus firm, raises $128M fund for tech startup loans

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 12:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST)--Two firms that specialize in loans for subscription software startups – with past borrowers including CoverMyMeds and Updox – have merged and raised a new, $128 million fund.

Columbus-based Dreadnought Capital merged last year into Seattle's SaaS Capital under the SaaS name, the firm said Thursday in announcing the fund. Co-managing directors Rob Belcher, from SaaS, and Dreadnought founder Steve Jaffee, also named two new managing directors.

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Three startups already have signed term sheets and are working toward closing their loans, said Stephanie Fortener, who joined Jan. 1 from Columbus.

"We have a great pipeline," Fortener said. "It’s really enabling founders to grow their business with non-dilutive capital. ... It’s a great stepping stone to really successful outcomes."

Fortener had been a partner at Dreadnought since 2019. At year's end, she stepped down from her dual role as vice president of Crane Investment Co., the private equity and investing arm of Columbus-based Crane Group where she worked 14 years. Crane is a limited partner in this and the previous three Dreadnought funds.

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In Seattle, Randall Lucas also joined as managing director. Jaffee, formerly of Columbus, has moved to the Denver region, but the firm is operating virtually. The CFO is in Cincinnati and the marketing chief is in Dayton.

A Columbus native, Fortener said her location is advantageous for working with startups on the East Coast and in the UK.

The fund surpassed its $125 million "hard cap" with enthusiastic return investors, and two from past portfolio companies that were acquired. It exceeds the combined separate funds that each had contemplated before joining forces.

"We kept virtually all our investors, and almost to a person they increased," Jaffee said in an interview. "It's a snowball effect."

SaaS lends $2 million to $20 million, exclusively to private business-to-business software-as-a-service companies reaching the growth stage. It's an alternative to giving up equity to venture capital. Along with steady interest, the firm gets a "kicker" payment if a portfolio company goes public or is acquired, Jaffee said.

"The stage of growth from $1 million to $20 million in annual recurring revenue is incredibly value-creating for founders and shareholders of SaaS companies," Belcher said in a news release. "With this new, larger fund, we are poised to support even more companies accelerate growth in an equity-efficient manner."

SaaS had closed loans to CoverMyMeds, later acquired for $1.44 billion, and Dublin's Updox LLC, acquired for $143 million in 2020. Both are Central Ohio bootstrapping success stories, having grown largely through revenue with little outside equity.

Dreadnought's Central Ohio loans included Oris Intel LLC, another bootstrapped success acquired for an undisclosed amount in 2019.

Facilities Management eXpress LLC, or FMX, still growing in Grandview Heights, has had loans from both.

Jaffee launched Dreadnought in 2016 with a $6 million fund, switching from traditional VC. He was formerly a partner with Columbus-based Reservoir Venture Partners. The firm's three funds totaled $31 million.

Crane invested in all three, anchoring the third, Fortener said. That's when she started the dual role as Dreadnought partner. She liked the focus on one industry and direct work with founders, in contrast to Crane's broader and often arm's length investments in stocks, private equity, real estate and some lending.

Fortener also is on the board of Rev1 Ventures, another source of deal flow, she said. She's president at Columbus Humane and on the board of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

SaaS Capital was an investor in Dreadnought and a frequent handoff partner, making larger loans to later-stage companies. Its founder retired last year, and Jaffee said he sees Fortener as his natural successor.

"She's done a great job, and borrowers love her," he said.

Fortener's father, Randy Fortener, was the previous president of Crane Investment; now he's CEO of Columbus private equity firm Cozzins Road Capital.

Stephanie Fortener said her 14 years with Crane were "transformative."

"It is truly a family in all senses possible," she said. "But for this opportunity I never would have left."

For more business headlines, go to ColumbusBusinessFirst.com.

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Greg Studrawa out as Ohio State's offensive line coach

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 12:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa is no longer with the Buckeyes, according to an Ohio State spokesperson.

The Buckeyes ranked No. 1 in total offense in 2021 but ranked 50th in rushing offense (180 yards per game).

Studrawa was OSU's o-line coach for six seasons. In his first five seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes ranked top 10 nationally among Power 5 teams in rushing yards per game (more than 230 per game).

Studrawa was the offensive line coach for two seasons at Maryland prior to coming to Ohio State. Prior to Maryland, he spent seven years on Les Miles’ LSU staff, winning a national championship and two Southeastern Conference titles.

Studrawa is the second departure since Ohio State's Rose Bowl win over Utah after safeties coach and defensive play caller Matt Barnes took the defensive coordinator job at Memphis.

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New CEO takes over at City Barbeque

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 12:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST)--There’s a new boss at City Barbeque for the first time in the chain’s 22-year history.

The Dublin-based restaurant brand Thursday said founder and CEO Rick Malir moved into a new executive chairman role while Mike Muldoon, previously president and chief operating officer, is the new CEO.

The changes were effective Jan. 1.

“Twenty-two years ago, we opened the first City Barbeque in an old donut shop in Ohio, and today I’m just as eager to start this new chapter, both in my life and the life of the company we’ve been able to build,” Malir said in the release. “And I’m excited to have Mike lead City Barbeque as we continue to grow. He embodies our values and is a terrific fit to lead us going forward.”

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Muldoon joined the company in 2019. His 25 years in the industry include being president and CEO of RMH Franchise Corp., an Atlanta-based franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar that was operating more than 160 restaurants at that time.

Malir has led City Barbeque since the first unit opened on Henderson Road in Northwest Columbus in 1999. He and his team grew the business to 26 units by 2016. The company has more than doubled in size in the past five years after a 2016 investment from Los Angeles-based private equity firm Freeman Spogli & Co.

City Barbeque has 53 restaurants today. The company teased more expansion for its 2022 plans in the Thursday announcement though it did not share any details beyond that. It has added local units at Polaris and Hamilton Quarter in the past few years and will be opening a new prototype in Circleville. It has locations in Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, and other states as well.

For more business headlines, go to ColumbusBusinessFirst.com.

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Coronavirus in Ohio Thursday update: Another day of more than 19,000 new cases

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 11:10

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

Numbers as of Thursday, Jan. 6 follow:

TotalChangeNew cases2,132,266+19,442Hospitalizations98,730+453ICU admissions11,956+43Deaths*29,674n/a*–Deaths are updated twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Fridays Franklin County among highest Ohio COVID-19 case rates as omicron drives new infections

The 21-day case average is above 14,900.

The department reported 9,738 people started the vaccination process, bringing the total to 7,032,160, which is 60.16% of the state’s population. And 31,977 received booster shots.

The Ohio Hospital Association reported the following numbers related to COVID-19 patients:

Hospitalized patients
with COVID-19

No.Percent of
total beds
Percent of total
beds availableTotal6,53625.9%15.7%In ICU1,31328.98%14.17%On ventilator87717.87%56.85%

Ohio’s nursing homes said they’re facing a staffing shortage that is getting worse every day. The official number of reported COVID-19 cases could be significantly underestimated, according to health leaders. The disparity comes from an unknown number of unreported at-home rapid test results. Influential government advisers are strongly urging that teens as young as 12 get COVID-19 boosters as soon as they’re eligible, a key move as the U.S. battles the omicron surge and schools struggle with how to restart classes amid the spike.

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Police seek public's help solving Columbus' first homicide of 2022

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 10:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Columbus police are seeking the public's help in solving the city's first homicide of 2022.

About 12:35 a.m. Monday, officers were sent to the 2900 block of Indianola Avenue on the report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found 25-year-old Andrew Santiago suffering from a gunshot wound. Santiago was pronounced dead at the scene.  

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Det. Anthony Johnson asked for anyone in the area whose doorbell camera may have captured relevant footage to contact police. He said he is particularly interested in a small- to mid-sized gray vehicle that was seen in the area at the time. He believes an altercation may have preceded the shooting.

Two photos of the Santiago were released:

A news conference was called Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the case. Sgt. James Fuqua said police will be "forward facing" in dealing with homicides this year as part of their efforts to reduce violent crime. There were a record 204 homicides in the city in 2021. Members of Santiago's family also spoke.

Anyone with information may call the homicide unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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Take a look: Most expensive homes sold in Franklin County in December

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 10:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A $5 million purchase in Grove City led all Franklin County home sales last month, as every home in the top 20 sold for at least $1 million.

NBC4 analyzed daily property sale records from the Franklin County auditor’s office and filtered for “one-family dwellings” so not to include things like apartments, duplexes or unrelated land purchases.

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Below are the 10 most expensive homes sold in Franklin County in December.

Excluding duplicate conveyances and transfers for $0, 1,849 single-family home purchases were made in Franklin County last month. The average price was $262,341, and the median price was $232,500. Twenty properties sold for $1 million or more.

The 10 most expensive homes sold in Franklin County last month:

10. This home at 5105 Squirrel Bend Road in Upper Arlington sold for $1,319,000 on Dec. 2.

9. This home at 2040 Upper Chelsea Road in Upper Arlington sold for $1,360,000 on Dec. 8.

8. This home at 7593 Fenway Road in New Albany sold for $1,384,000 on Dec. 15.

7. This home at 7528 Fenway Road in New Albany sold for $1.4 million on Dec. 10.

6. This home at 4615 Yantis Drive in New Albany sold for $1.5 million on Dec. 6.

5. This home at 324 Jackson St. in Columbus sold for $1.5 million on Dec. 3.

4. This home at 4112 Stannage Close in New Albany sold for $1.6 million on Dec. 10.

3. This home at 170 Thurman Ave in Columbus sold for $1,650,000 on Dec. 2.

2. The second-highest purchase last month was three parcels sitting on about six acres at 614 and 658 Rome Hilliard Road, which sold for $2,199,000 on Dec. 23. Below are the homes at those addresses (two at 614 and one at 658).

1. This home sitting on 3.59 acres at 4242 Hoover Road in Grove City sold for $5 million on Dec. 20 to a national funeral services company.

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Eagles making tour stop in Columbus

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 07:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Eagles will be stopping in Columbus during their upcoming tour.  

The Eagles’ "Hotel California” tour, featuring Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Deacon Frey and Vince Gill, will be coming to Nationwide Arena, April 19.  

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The concert will also feature an orchestra and choir as well as “Hotel California” in its entirety followed by a set of the band’s greatest hits.  

Tickets go on sale January 14, at 10 a.m.  

Check Eagles.com for complete tour and ticket information.

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Franklin County among highest Ohio COVID-19 case rates as omicron drives new infections

News Channel 4 - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 06:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Omicron has replaced delta as America's dominant COVID-19 variant, and new cases are reaching record levels in Ohio and nationwide.

The Buckeye State continues to break case records as this highly contagious strain soars. Last week the state saw its most cases ever in a week — 121,813 — including a record one-day count of 20,598 on Dec. 31.

Omicron accounts for more than 95% of new U.S. cases, according to Tuesday data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reflects the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Genetic sequencing by the Ohio Department of Health is a couple of weeks behind, but state health leaders expect the data to soon show omicron as Ohio's dominant strain.

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ODH often references the rate of onset cases per population over the past two weeks as it keeps track of the virus’ spread. Ohio’s rate of onset cases per 1,000 residents in the past two weeks is 17.51 as of Tuesday, Jan. 4.

That's close to triple the 6.64 per 1,000 when NBC4 ran the numbers about a month ago.

Leading Ohio in that metric are the following 10 counties, which include Franklin but are mostly located in the northern part of the state.

10. Stark County: 18.84 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 370,606
  • New cases in past two weeks: 6,982
  • Total cases: 65,952
  • Total hospitalizations: 3,503
  • Total deaths: 1,326

9. Mahoning County: 19.10 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 228,683
  • New cases in past two weeks: 4,368
  • Total cases: 43,285
  • Total hospitalizations: 1,815
  • Total deaths: 876

8. Franklin County: 20.78 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 1,316,756
  • New cases in past two weeks: 27,368
  • Total cases: 219,288
  • Total hospitalizations: 4,984
  • Total deaths: 1,966

7. Medina County: 21.41 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 179,746
  • New cases in past two weeks: 3,849
  • Total cases: 33,394
  • Total hospitalizations: 1,131
  • Total deaths: 401

6. Portage County: 22.92 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 162,466
  • New cases in past two weeks: 3,724
  • Total cases: 28,332
  • Total hospitalizations: 1,503
  • Total deaths: 335

5. Lorain County: 25.06 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 309,833
  • New cases in past two weeks: 7,764
  • Total cases: 56,483
  • Total hospitalizations: 3,055
  • Total deaths: 735

4. Lake County: 25.35 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 230,149
  • New cases in past two weeks: 5,834
  • Total cases: 42,971
  • Total hospitalizations: 1,223
  • Total deaths: 557

3. Summit County: 25.69 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 541,013
  • New cases in past two weeks: 13,898
  • Total cases: 95,663
  • Total hospitalizations: 7,178
  • Total deaths: 1,316

2. Erie County: 26.77 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 74,266
  • New cases in past two weeks: 1,988
  • Total cases: 15,810
  • Total hospitalizations: 1,158
  • Total deaths: 219

1. Cuyahoga County: 28.55 cases per 1,000

  • Population (2019): 1,235,072
  • New cases in past two weeks: 35,263
  • Total cases: 237,937
  • Total hospitalizations: 11,000
  • Total deaths: 2,864

As for the remaining counties in NBC4’s coverage area, they rank as follows (of 88 counties):

  • Delaware County: 16.06 cases per 1,000 in the past two weeks (17th)
  • Fairfield County: 15.16 (19th)
  • Crawford County: 15.11 (21st)
  • Union County: 14.32 (22nd)
  • Licking County: 14.12 (24th)
  • Marion County: 14.03 (25th)
  • Pickaway County: 13.91 (27th)
  • Morrow County: 13.67 (30th)
  • Fayette County: 12.62 (36th)
  • Hocking County: 12.49 (38th)
  • Ross County: 12.22 (40th)
  • Madison County: 11.47 (45th)
  • Knox County: 11.14 (48th)
  • Pike County: 10.73 (50th)
  • Perry County: 9.22 (62nd)
  • Hardin County: 8.00 (75th)
  • Morgan County: 7.79 (77th)
  • Athens County: 7.23 (80th)
  • Coshocton County: 6.34 (84th)
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Man, 83, shot in attempted carjacking at southeast Columbus car wash

News Channel 4 - Wed, 01/05/2022 - 20:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man was shot during an attempted carjacking Wednesday night outside a car wash in southeast Columbus.

Columbus Police said that at approximately 5:41 p.m., an 83-year-old man was standing outside his car in a car wash bay on the 6700 block of Refugee Road.

Two unknown suspects then approached the man and demanded his car keys, police said. For some unknown reason, police said one of the suspects shot the man and fled on foot without stealing the vehicle.

The victim is expected to survive his injuries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4665.

Surveillance photos of the suspects are below.

  • Suspects wanted in connection with the shooting of an 83-year-old man during an attempted carjacking in southeast Columbus on Jan. 5, 2022.
  • Suspects wanted in connection with the shooting of an 83-year-old man during an attempted carjacking in southeast Columbus on Jan. 5, 2022.
  • Suspects wanted in connection with the shooting of an 83-year-old man during an attempted carjacking in southeast Columbus on Jan. 5, 2022.
  • Suspects wanted in connection with the shooting of an 83-year-old man during an attempted carjacking in southeast Columbus on Jan. 5, 2022.
  • Suspects wanted in connection with the shooting of an 83-year-old man during an attempted carjacking in southeast Columbus on Jan. 5, 2022.
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