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COTA suspends fares Monday due to Snow Emergency level

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 04:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- COTA says transit fares for Monday will be suspended due to the Level 2 snow emergency in Franklin County.  

"Fares are suspended to encourage customers to use COTA instead of driving in these conditions and it also helps speed up the boarding process so buses can stay on schedule," a spokesperson with COTA stated in a release.

List: Counties in central Ohio with snow emergencies

COTA encourages riders to get to their transit stop early and stay back from the curb to allow buses room to make a safe stop.  

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Betty White's 100th birthday: Ohio town recalls her brief, stormy time there

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 04:30

BELLE CENTER, Ohio (WCMH) -- History sleuths dug into town archives to find out about Betty White's time there, and discovered a tale of two worlds.

Betty White -- who died Dec. 31 but would have turned 100 years old on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 -- told The Daily Beast that her marriage was short-lived on the family's Belle Center chicken farm, where her live-in in-laws sent her outside to kill the family's dinner.

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"I said, 'No way!'” White wrote in a 2011 article. "That was a real trauma because I’m such an animal nut. I couldn’t hack it, so I split and came back to California. We were married eight months, and it was a very bad mistake early on."

The story goes deeper than that. A wedding announcement showed White was taking poultry classes at Ohio State University in Columbus with her dashing husband, Captain Richard Barker.

This wedding announcement was in the Belle Center Herald-Voice on Aug. 16, 1945.  According to Logan Historical Society, Barker's parents and mother’s mother lived on Torrence St. in Belle Center. "Dick" and Betty may have lived on the farm.

Betty White called him "Dick," but Barker was known around Belle Center -- about 65 miles northwest of Columbus in Logan County -- as Bud. Beth Marshall, an assistant curator at the Logan Historical Society, found this 1939 high school graduation photo. It's easy to imagine that Barker would have been handsome in uniform.

Frederick Richard "Dick" Barker, in his Belle Center High School 1939 graduation photo.

"One of our volunteers used to visit with (Dick) at the diner, but she can’t recall ever knowing where the chicken farm was, but she is asking some of the old-timers around Belle Center," Marshall said in an email to NBC4's Cynthia Rosi.

It's likely the Barkers never owned the farm that White talks about in her memoirs but rented it.

"Our volunteer is also good at genealogy websites, so she did find a marriage record that on July 9, 1945, Frederick R. Barker married a Betty M," Marshall said.

But there was a chasm between Dick and Betty. This insight comes from historical society volunteer Judy Snyder, whose husband was a child when White and her husband called round.

"Bud had brought along his pet raccoon, and it relieved itself on Betty’s shoulder during the visit," Snyder said.

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White had married an airman called Dick, only to find he was just a country boy named Bud -- with a chicken farm and a pet raccoon.

The actress soon left for her glamorous life, but Bud had come home.

Betty White through the years
  • FILE - Actress Betty White poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 5, 1982. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
  • FILE - Actress Betty White stands with Ted Knight at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 13, 1981. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Randy Rasmussen, File)
  • FILE - Actors from the television series "The " Golden Girls" stand together during a break in taping Dec. 25, 1985 in Hollywood. From left are, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Betty White. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
  • FILE - Actress Betty White in 1965. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo, File)
  • FILE - Actress Betty White poses for a portrait on the set of the television show "Hot in Cleveland" in Studio City section of Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
  • FILE - Actress Betty White poses for a portrait following her appearance on the television talk show "In the House," in Burbank, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
  • FILE - Betty White poses for photographers on the red carpet before Comedy Central's "Roast of William Shatner," Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, in Los Angeles. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Rene Macura, File)
  • FILE - Betty White accepts the legend award at the TV Land Awards at the Saban Theatre on Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
  • FILE - Former cast members of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, sans Mary Tyler Moore, are reunited for the Museum of Television and Radio's 9th annual Television Festival in Los Angeles on March 21, 1992. From left are Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White and Ed Asner. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Craig Fujii, File)
  • FILE - In this May 18, 1976 file photo, cast members of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show," pose with their Emmys backstage, at the 28th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. From left are, Ed Asner, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)
  • FILE - Allen Ludden and his wife Betty White plays a game of cards in their home in Westchester, N.Y. on April 29, 1965. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Bob Wands, File)
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Columbus gas prices down nearly 5 cents

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 04:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Gas prices in the Columbus area have dropped in the past week.  

According to GasBuddy, the average price of gas in the Columbus area is $3.05, which is 4.6 cents cheaper than the previous week.  

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Prices in the area are 2 cents higher than a month ago, and 65.9 cents higher than a year ago.  

GasBuddy reports the cheapest gas station at $2.69 a gallon, while the most expensive is $3.37. 

Nationally, the average price of gas increased 1.2 cents, to $3.31 a gallon.  

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Man killed in Jackson Co. ATV crash

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 03:54

WELLSTON, Ohio (WCMH) -- An early morning ATV crash left a man dead in Jackson County, Monday. 

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at about 12:45 a.m., troopers responded to the 3000 block of Sour Run Road on the report of a four-wheeler crash.  

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Troopers say a 2017 Can-Am Outlander was traveling southeast on Sour Run Road when it struck a tree that had fallen across the roadway.  

The driver of the ATV, Adam W. Preston, 35, of Wellston, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Sour Run Road was closed for approximately three hours because of the crash but has since reopened.  

The crash remains under investigation.  

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Snowy start to the week

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 03:24
  • This morning: Snow showers, low 23
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Morning snow showers, then cloudy and breezy, high 30
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, high 36
  • Wednesday: Cloudy, high 39
  • Thursday: Partly sunny & cold, high 26
  • Friday: Sunshine. High 24 (13)

Good morning and happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Winter weather advisories & winter storm warnings remain in effect this morning.  Snow and mixed precipitation will lead to slick roads and hazardous travel conditions. 

Early this morning, snow showers are thinning, but we'll be left with a few more flurries.  Roads will be slick from not only last night's snow and new flurries, but also from the cold temperatures.  Early morning lows are falling into the 20s, but feel more like the teens thanks to a northwest breeze.  

The chance for flurries will continue through the afternoon as a weak disturbance moves through.  A chilly breeze will stay out of the northwest gusting around 30 mph, this will make our high of 30 degrees feel more like the upper teens. 

Overnight, we'll stay under a mostly cloudy sky.  Winds will relax some and stay closer to 10-15 mph as temperatures fall down to the teens.  Winds will start to shift out of the south on Tuesday, which will help to kick in a warming trend.  Highs will only reach the low to mid 30s on Tuesday, but climb toward the 40 degree mark Wednesday. 

Wednesday, a cold front will sweep through the area, bringing in more clouds and a slight chance for evening and overnight showers.  Behind the front, it will be a cold end to the week with temperatures Thursday and Friday only reaching the mid 20s, which is more than 10 degrees below normal. 

Have a great day!


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Best places for sledding in Columbus, central Ohio

News Channel 4 - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 03:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - With the first significant snowfall of the season approaching, it's time to embrace your inner child and grab a sled.

The Columbus area has several great sledding hills, so bundle up, grab your sled and go play in the snow! Here are our favorite sledding hills in the Columbus area:

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Located on Alkire Road in Galloway, Battelle Darby features one of the steepest sledding hills in the area. The sledding area is near the canoe access point and the Ohio to Erie trailhead.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

If you’re looking for a hill that is the perfect compromise between a steep slope and a gentle undulation, Blacklick Woods is the place for you. The golf course features a moderate hill that is fun for all ages.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

Headed out with smaller children? Blendon Woods, located off of East Dublin-Granville Road in Westerville, is your best bet for family sledding. The hill is perfect for kids ages 8 and under. When you enter the park, take a right at the Y and you’ll be at the sledding area.

Clinton-Como Park

Located on the west end of Weber Road in Clintonville, Clinton-Como’s hill is great for kids who want a little more adventure, but it’s not so steep that you’ll be winded dragging the sled back to the top.

Highbanks Metro Park

Need a park that offers a thrill ride and something for younger children? Highbanks Metro Park has it all! Located in Lewis Center, Highbanks features a steep slope for the adrenaline junkies and a tiny, gentler hill for the little ones, both in the Big Meadows picnic area.

Schiller Park

A perennial favorite, the sledding hill at Schiller Park in German Village offers enough of a thrill for the older kids but isn’t too steep. Parking is limited, so you may be in for a bit of a walk

Scioto Grove Metro Park

If you’re near the Grove City area, Scioto Grove offers a lot of fun for winter sports enthusiasts. The sledding hill is located in the park at the Arrowhead Picnic area.

Scioto Park (Leatherlips Park)

Located in Dublin, Scioto Park offers both a gentle hill for the younger kids and a steep hill for more advanced sledders. As an added bonus, the park features a walkway back to the top of the hill. Check their website to see if the hill is open.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

Another Westerville-area favorite, Sharon Woods’ sledding hill offers a long run on a medium slope, making it perfect for sledders and snowboarders alike. The park is located on Cleveland Avenue across from Mount Carmel Saint Ann’s. Use the entrance north of the main park entrance.

Walnut Woods Metro Park

If you’re looking for a sledding hill for little kids on the southeast side, Walnut Woods in Groveport is the place for you. There’s a kiddie sledding hill in the Buckeye Area, near the dog park.

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One dead in Ross County crash

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 20:40

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Ross County Sunday afternoon.

According to the Chillicothe post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash happened on US-23 at approximately 5:20 p.m.

OSHP said a 2017 Dodge Challenger driven by Michael A. Ward, 27, of Chillicothe, was driving north on US-23 when it traveled into the median and crossed into the southbound lanes.

The Challenger struck a 2014 Ford Flex driven by a 66-year-old Chillicothe woman.

Ward was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ross County Coroner.

The driver of the Flex and her passenger, a 73-year-old Chillicothe man, were taken to Adena Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Columbus police: Teen shot while taking out the trash

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 20:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Police said a 13-year-old boy was shot while taking out the trash Sunday night in southeast Columbus.

Officers responded to the 900 block of South Champion Avenue at approximately 7:30 p,m, for a report of a shooting.

According to police, the victim was apparently taking out the trash when he was approached by four other males. After an exchange of words between the people involved, one of the suspects pulled out a semiautomatic handgun, shooting the victim once in the side of his abdomen, police said.

Police did not release the boy's condition.

Police are investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4141.

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Weather causes brief shutdown of John Glenn airport

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 19:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Sunday's winter weather caused a brief shutdown of John Glenn International Airport's two runways.

According to an airport spokesperson, both runways closed at approximately 7:10 p.m. due to an ice buildup and reopened at 7:57 p.m.

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Crews at the airport will continue working through the night to keep the airfield clean.

On Sunday, there were a total of 59 delays and 36 cancelations in total at John Glenn: 14 canceled and 33 delayed departures and 22 canceled and 26 delayed arrivals.

Nationwide, 3,931 flights in to, out of, or within the United States have been delayed or canceled over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend due to the weather, according to FlightAware, a digital flight tracking and data platform.

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List: Counties in central Ohio with snow emergencies

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 18:04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Counties across central Ohio, including Franklin County, have issued snow emergencies as Sunday's winter weather passes through.

Below is an updated list of the emergency levels and the counties that have declared them. NBC4 will update this story on Sunday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 17. Check back for updates.


  • Coshocton
  • Delaware
  • Fairfield
  • Fayette
  • Franklin
  • Jackson
  • Licking
  • Morgan
  • Muskingum
  • Perry
  • Pickaway
  • Pike
  • Ross


  • Athens
  • Highland
  • Hocking
  • Vinton
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Here is what each Snow Emergency level means:

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

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.

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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Circleville man charged with arson after building fire

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 18:02

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- A Circleville man is under arrest after the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office said he intentionally set fire to a building Sunday.

The sheriff's office said a deputy on patrol noticed a large amount of smoke near US-23 north of Huston Street at about 10:46 a.m. Sunday. The deputy drove toward the smoke and discovered a building that was fully engulfed in flames.

The building appeared to be abandoned, but the sheriff's office said it looked like people had been staying inside.

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After interviewing witnesses to the fire, sheriff's deputies arrested Richard Hill Jr., 36, and charged him with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony.

Hill was taken to Pickaway County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Circleville Municipal Court Tuesday.

Fire departments from Pickaway Township, Circleville, Harrison Township, Scioto Township, Tarlton, Clearcreek, and Southwest Pickaway all responded to the building to fight the fire.

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Road crews ask for patience as storm hits central Ohio

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 16:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Crews across central Ohio are ready for the first significant winter storm of the year, vowing to be out as long as it takes to clear the roads.

I-670 is one of many roads the Ohio Department of Transportation pretreated leading up to Sunday’s storm.

ODOT crews began pretreating the roads with the salt and water mixture Thursday, and trucks loaded up in the department’s Westerville garage Sunday.

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The plan is to have ODOT crews working on the interstates, state routes, and U.S. routes throughout central Ohio, with drivers working throughout the night.

However, like many other industries, ODOT is seeing a driver shortage, which the department said could result in a longer clear time for some routes.

“One plow route takes anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes,” said ODOT spokesperson Brooke Ebersole. “When we didn’t have this driver shortage, one plow driver was assigned one route. Now because we are facing this significant deficit, one driver is taking two, sometimes even three routes.”

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As a result of the driver shortage, Ebersole is asking drivers to remain patient as crews do their best to tackle the roads.

The city of Columbus will have more than 40 drivers ready to tackle the city’s streets Sunday night.

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Hardware stores stock essential winter storm needs

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 13:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Many central Ohioans are getting a glimpse of the first significant snowfall of the year Sunday, taking the pre-storm opportunity to hit their local hardware store to get prepared for the evening storm.

A spokesman for Schreiner Ace Hardware said the business knew the snow would eventually come, and now that it has, it can confidently say it’ll have enough supplies for anyone who comes through the doors.

“I have to say we're excited to see the first snow come in, first time this year,” said Michael Lynch, operations director for Schreiner Ace Hardware.

Snow tonight, heavy in the east, increasing wind early Monday

Customers stocked up on gloves, tools, shovels, ice melt, and other winter storm essentials.

“We’re always prepared and ready for you,” Lynch said.

With the first measurable snowstorm coming later in the winter season, Schreiner has had no issues keeping its shelves stocked.

“Snow is so hard to predict,” Lynch said. “We sort of go off the idea that we’re going to get snow, so we had a full truck that came in October and now another truck of ice melt three days ago.”

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Lynch said while the COVID-19 supply chain issues haven’t significantly affected the shop, there have been some hiccups.

"Luckily not with ice melt or shovels,” he said. “With other stuff, we definitely have. Just like everybody else. We've been doing everything we can to stock our shelves."

Lynch added that while things can always change, he’s confident customers can go to any of the four Schreiner Ace Hardware stores in the area and find what they need.

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The Spectrum: Ohio's Senate race; Biden agenda stalled in Congress

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 12:55

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

  • Josh Mandel is still the frontrunner to take Ohio’s open Senate seat this fall, but new polling numbers from the Mandel camp show that lead may be slipping as his challengers step up.

    The polling was paid for by a political action committee backing the former state treasurer. In July, the lead showed 40 percent of Republican favored Mandel. At that time, J.D. Vance was second with 12 percent.

    January’s numbers show Mandel still leading, but down by 14 points; former Republican party chairperson Jane Timken surged into second place with 15 percent, and banker Mike Gibbons is up 11 points to 14 percent.

    Hear what Mandel and Gibbons have to say about the numbers and the pending Republican primary.
  • This week, President Joe Biden called on the U.S. Senate to change the filibuster rule to allow passage of voting rights bills.

    In a fiery speech in Atlanta, Biden said the future of the nation’s elections is at stake.
  • At the all-star roundtable, Republican strategist Mehek Cooke and Democratic strategist Derrick Clay discuss the voting rights bill as well as the Ohio Supreme Court rejecting the statehouse’s redistricting maps.
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Snow tonight, heavy in the east, increasing wind early Monday

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 12:04


A major winter storm developing in the Southeast will churn northeast along the Eastern Seaboard, with a weaker reflection moving across the Cumberland Plateau into southern West Virginia this evening.

A wintry mix will spread north to the I-70 corridor late this afternoon. Little accumulation will occur initially, but the snow will accumulate quickly this evening through tonight, with a wintry mix becoming all snow in the southeastern part of the state.

Accumulations will range from a light coating northwest to 2-4 inches in the Columbus area. Four to 6 inches will fall in areas just south and east, where a Winter Storm Warning includes Licking, Fairfield and Pickaway counties. Eastern portions of the state could see as much as 6-10 inches of snow.

Increasing winds (15-30 mph) late tonight and Monday morning will create hazardous travel conditions, especially near and east of the I-71 corridor.

Martin Luther King Day will be windy and cold, with lake-effect snow showers and temperatures in the 20s. Low pressure will move off into the Canadian Maritimes by Tuesday, as high pressure brings fair and seasonably chilly conditions midweek.

A cold front will cross the state later Wednesday with a shower possible, followed by sharply colder weather later in the workweek.

  • Sunday: Becoming clouds, light snow at times. High 32
  • Tonight: Snow (2-4"), heavier east, tapering off late, breezy. Low 23
  • Martin Luther King Day: Snow showers, windy, cold. High 29
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 34 (22
  • Wednesday: Mainly cloudy, shower possible. High 39 (29)
  • Thursday: Partly sunny, colder. High 27 (19)
  • Friday: Sunshine. High 26 (13)

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Coronavirus in Ohio Sunday update: Latest numbers expected at 2 p.m.

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 11:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health is expected to release the latest numbers related to the coronavirus pandemic in the state at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The ODH announced Friday that cases for the next several days will be inflated due to a processing lag caused by the unprecedented number of cases reported. There was also a processing enhancement implemented Thursday, according to the ODH, that will expand Ohio’s capacity to process a higher volume of lab results.

“As COVID-19 cases have reached all-time highs, driven largely by the highly contagious Omicron variant, the system reached its processing capacity, resulting in a multiple-day backlog of tens of thousands of results. In addition, there are some positive test results that involve a further manual review by state epidemiologists,” the ODH stated in a release.

Numbers as of Saturday, Jan. 15 follow:

TotalChangeNew cases2,357,990+50,299Hospitalizations102,129+125ICU admissions12,266+39Deaths*30,922N/A*–Deaths are updated twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Fridays

The 21-day case average is above 21,200.

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The department reported 6,057 people started the vaccination process, bringing the total to 7,106,305, which is 60.79% of the state’s population. And 23,562 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 availableTotal6,15325.1%18.2%In ICU1,20327.29%16.99%On ventilator82916.51%61%

The White House announced the federal website to request free COVID-19 tests opens Jan. 19. Scientists warn that omicron’s whirlwind advance practically ensures it won’t be the last version of the coronavirus. Researchers from the University of Cardiff find masks may actually make wearers appear more attractive

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Four rescued manatee calves transported to Columbus Zoo for care

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 08:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced Sunday that four manatee calves have been transported from Orlando to Central Ohio.

SeaWorld and DHL Express teamed up with the Columbus Zoo to transport the four rescued manatees from SeaWorld's rescue and rehab center in Orlando to Columbus to continue the next phase of rehab.

Members of the zoo team will care for the manatees until they gain enough weight to return to Florida waters when conditions are favorable.

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“We are incredibly proud that—even from our location in the Midwest—the Columbus Zoo is working with dedicated partners to take an active role in helping these amazing animals in crisis" said Becky Ellsworth, curator of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Shores & Aquarium region "It is truly devastating to see what is happening to manatees."

Recently, preliminary data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission show that from January 1 to December 31, 2021, there were 1,101 reported manatee deaths in Florida—almost double the five-year average.

All four manatees were rescued as calves in Florida and have been in care at SeaWorld for the past 12-18 months. The manatees names are Lizzo, Cardi-Tee, MaryKate, and Ashley.

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MLK Day march and celebration to take place at Columbus City Hall

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 07:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The City of Columbus has confirmed it will host a march and celebration to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Columbus City Hall on Monday.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday where community members will march and then see the illumination of city hall in honor of MLK.

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Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus City Council President Shannon G. Hardin, and Director of Neighborhoods Carla Williams-Scott are set to be in attendance at the annual event.

NBC4 anchor Kerry Charles is among multiple guests for Monday's event as he will kick-off the opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m. The closing ceremony is scheduled to take place around 5:30 p.m.

Those in attendance are strongly encouraged to wear masks and follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

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One injured in bar shooting near the Hilltop as police find four guns inside

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 05:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Columbus police are investigating an overnight shooting at a bar near the Hilltop that resulted in one injury.

Police say that at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, patrol officers went to the 3000 block of Sullivant Ave where a 25-year-old male victim was shot in the ankle and hip infront of a bar.

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The victim was transported to the hospital in stable condition and is expected to survive.

Police checked inside the bar and found four handguns on the ground and different illegal substances after witnesses told them an altercation took place before the shooting.

Witnesses said the victim was in an altercation with multiple people in front of the bar when one male fired three gun shots and hit the victim twice, according to police.

Anyone with information on the incident can contact Columbus Police at 614-645-6818 or Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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Crime Stoppers seek information on October 2020 homicide

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 05:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is looking for information on a 2020 homicide that resulted in the death of Giant'e Adaway for its "Crime of the Week."

On October 28, 2020, patrol officers responded to a shooting in northeast Columbus and were told at the scene that Adaway was transported to the hospital by a resident of a complex on Enclave Blvd.

Adaway died as a result of his injuries on October 31, 2020.

No suspect has been named at this time.

Anyone with information can call the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477 or send a tip to

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