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Vandals paint over Black Lives Matter memorial faces at Franklinton gallery

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 10:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Vandals targeted a Black Lives Matter memorial in Franklinton overnight on Saturday, affecting more than half of the mural.

Photos sent to NBC4 showed that vandals used white spray paint to cover up multiple faces on the "Stolen Joy" mural by Katie Golonka. The Franklinton Arts District's executive director said this piece on the Vanderelli Room art gallery - intended as a memorial to 45 Black and brown Americans killed in incidents with police - was the main target of the vandalism.

The vandals' paint hit 28 different faces on the mural. By Monday morning, plain squares of color covered up what the vandals had done.

  • Stolen Joy, a mural by Katie Golonka and a Black Lives Matter memorial, vandalized in Franklinton. (NBC4 Photo/Cyn Rosi)
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  • The "Stolen Joy" mural as it appeared before the vandalism. (Courtesy Photo/Franklinton Arts District)

The artist Golonka created "Stolen Joy" in the summer of 2020, while civil unrest over the death of George Floyd was at its peak, according to the Franklinton Arts District. It has been a front-facing staple of the Vanderelli Room in the two years since, up until it was hit with white paint.

"Stolen Joy" also wasn't the only art piece on the Vanderelli Room that was painted over in the vandalism.

  • (Courtesy Photo/Franklinton Arts District)
  • (Courtesy Photo/Franklinton Arts District)

A Google Maps photo showed what the mural looked like before being vandalized.

The Franklinton Arts District's executive director shared a statement regarding the "Stolen Joy" vandalism.

“We are deeply saddened by the most recent vandalism displayed at The Vanderelli Room ... And other artists whose work was vandalized represent the values of inclusion that we advocate for in the Franklinton Arts District. We stand together as a community and will not let the hate of others silence the message that there is an outbreak of racism in our country. The outpouring of support for the Vanderelli Room is a sign that art can impact culture in a positive way.”

Franklinton Arts District

NBC4 also reached out to the gallery's owner for comment, but did not heard back as of noon Monday.

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Three dead after back-to-back motorcycle crashes in Crawford County

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 10:21

BUCYRUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Less than 30 minutes after a motorcycle crash near Bucyrus killed two people, a 35-year-old motorcyclist crashed and died less than 10 miles away.

At approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday, Michael Ramon Sanders Jr., of Willard, Ohio, was driving northbound in a Kawasaki Ninja 250 motorcycle in Sandusky Township when he failed to negotiate a curve, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Sanders then crashed into a southbound Honda Civic at the intersection of State Route 96 and McIntyre Road.

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Sanders, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, died after being taken to Bucyrus Community Hospital and later to Grady Memorial Hospital, the OSHP said.

The driver of the Honda Civic, along with two of the three passengers in the car, suffered minor injuries, according to the OSHP.

Just 30 minutes before, two men were killed in a motorcycle crash on Leesville Road near State Route 598 in Jefferson Township -- less than 10 miles away from the Sandusky Township crash that left Sanders dead.

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NBC4’s Stuff The Backpack school supply drive August 9 at CAS

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 10:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – NBC4 is inviting the public to Stuff The Backpack at CAS on Aug. 9!

Viewers and local businesses are encouraged to bring backpacks and needed supplies. NBC4’s Stuff The Backpack supply drive will take place at 2540 Olentangy River Road in the parking lot of the CAS campus.

Ease Logistics will be on-site to transport donated backpacks to the Stuff The Backpack warehouse.

AUG. 9, 4:30 PM- 7:30 PM

During the supply drive, NBC4 will also hold a CALL4 fundraiser, viewers can donate directly to Stuff The Backpack volunteers over the phone. Stuff The Backpack CALL4 lines will be staffed by organizations like CAS, CME Federal Credit Union, and United Way of Central Ohio. Additionally, NBC4 will open up the CALL4 Lines Tuesday Morning from 5 a.m. -7:30 a.m. for viewers to make monetary donations during "NBC4 Today" and NBC's "TODAY" show. Stuff The Backpack would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and partner organizations.

To donate now please click here:

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Local teachers spend hundreds of dollars each year buying supplies for their classrooms. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 94% of public school teachers pay for school supplies, without being reimbursed. This year will be especially difficult for schools, teachers and families, as our community deals with the financial impact of the health crisis. In 2021, Stuff The Backpack will provide essential supplies to public school districts across Franklin and Licking Counties. 

Every $10 donation provides at least one student with a school bag and a packet of essential supplies:

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All donations are 100% tax-deductible through NBC4’s Stuff the Backpack fiscal sponsor, the United Way of Central Ohio. 

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Ohio State ranked No. 2 in preseason USA Today coaches poll

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 10:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- As Ohio State Buckeyes football season looms, preseason polls are starting to flow in and the first major one has been released.

The Buckeyes have been ranked No. 2 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll just behind the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, marking seven consecutive seasons in the preseason top-five for OSU.

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Ohio State received five first-place votes as they earn its second No. 2 ranking in the preseason coaches poll in the last three seasons.

Rounding out the top-five are the defending national champions Georgia at No. 3, Clemson at No. 4, and the Buckeyes' first opponent, Notre Dame, coming in at No. 5.

No. 2 Ohio State will play No. 5 Notre Dame on September 3 under the lights at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Last season's Big Ten champions Michigan are the second-highest ranked Big Ten school at No. 6. Cincinnati enters the preseason poll at No. 22 just one year after making the College Football Playoff.

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Franklin County overdose deaths down by 4% in 2021

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 09:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Overdose deaths in Franklin County declined ever so slightly in 2021, but the coroner's office continues to sound the alarm on the "dramatic" rise in overdose fatalities in recent years.

The 825 overdose deaths recorded in Franklin County in 2021 mark a 4% decrease compared with the 859 deaths in 2020, according to a report from the coroner's office. Yet the 825 fatalities -- the great majority of which were caused by fentanyl -- represent a 52% jump in drug-related deaths since 2017.

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"Franklin County experienced a significant number of overdose deaths for yet another year," the coroner's report said. "During the past few years, the county has seen a dramatic increase in overdose deaths, which mirrors what is seen in several other counties across the United States."

Overdose deaths in Franklin County in 2021 declined by 4% from the year before, according to a report from the Franklin County Coroner's Office.

Residents between the ages of 35 and 44 accounted for the largest percentage, 25%, of total overdose deaths in 2021, following closely by those between the ages of 45 and 54, the coroner's office found.

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Fentanyl remains the No. 1 overdose-inducing drug in Franklin County, with 89% of overdose deaths in 2021 attributable to the potent opioid, the coroner's office said. That's a 3% increase from the fentanyl-related fatalities in 2020.

The coroner's office recorded an uptick in the involvement of three other drugs -- cocaine, amphetamines and alcohol -- in 2021's overdose fatalities.

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Cocaine-related deaths surged from 36% to 43%; amphetamine-involved overdoses increased from 4% to 18%; and alcohol-related fatalities jumped from 14% to 18%, according to the coroner's office.

As fentanyl, cocaine, amphetamine and alcohol-related deaths soared in 2021, the coroner's office recorded downfalls in the number of overdose fatalities involving other drugs, like heroin and natural and semi-synthetic opioids.

Not a single overdose death in 2021 was caused by heroin, the coroner's office said, and natural and semi-synthetic opioids -- like oxycodone, methadone and morphine -- declined from 19% to 8% of overdose deaths.

White men accounted for most 2021 overdose deaths

While Franklin County is witnessing a gradual decline in the number of non-Hispanic white men who die from an overdose since 2017, they accounted for the majority of 2021's overdose fatalities, the coroner's office said.

Since 2017, Franklin County saw a steady downfall in overdose deaths among non-Hispanic White men and women but a concurrent increase in drug-induced fatalities among non-Hispanic Black men and women.

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The racial gap when it comes to fentanyl-related deaths narrowed significantly in 2021, with fentanyl contributing to 88% of overdose deaths among the non-Hispanic white population and 90% of deaths among the non-Hispanic Black population.

But fentanyl continues to hit Black men the hardest, with fentanyl accounting for 91% of overdose deaths among Black men, 89% among white men, 88% among Black women, and 85% among white women, the coroner's office found.

While cocaine plagued Black residents at higher rates than whites in 2021, white people in Franklin County accounted for the most overdose deaths involving amphetamines, according to the coroner's office.

Where did most overdose deaths occur in Franklin County?

The majority of overdose deaths occurred on the west side of Franklin County in the 43228 zip code, jumping from 4% in 2020 to 9% in 2021, the coroner's office said. That's a geographical change from 2020, when most overdose fatalities happened in the 43207 zip code, the southern region of Franklin County.

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Zip codes trailing behind 43228 when it comes to overdose deaths in 2021 include 43204, 43207, 43223 and 43224, according to the coroner's office.

Overdose fatalities among homeless people in Franklin County accounted for 5%, or 44, of the total overdose deaths in 2021. That's up from the 8 drug-related deaths among homeless people recorded in 2017.

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Three men hold Gahanna resident at gunpoint to steal firearms

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 09:36
Photo of the suspect's entering the vehicle

GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH) -- Gahanna Police are looking for three men who allegedly held a resident at gunpoint to steal multiple firearms.

According to police, the three suspects went to a house on the 400 block of Barwood Avenue on August 3 just before 1:20 p.m. to supposedly purchase a gun that was shown to be for sale on social media.

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One of the suspects pulled out a handgun once inside the house while another took the firearms from the resident before they left, per police.

Photo of the suspect's vehicle

Gahanna PD says the men are believed to be in their late teens and drove away in a white Chevrolet Cruze with slight damage to the front passenger side headlight.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gahanna Police at 614-342-4240.

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Community garden planned for neighborhood at Mid-Ohio Farm at NBC4

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 05:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The point of the Mid-Ohio Farm at NBC4 is to address the needs of others. One of the targets of the farm will be the nearly 2,500 people who live in the neighborhood.

Generally, the people who live on Riverview Drive are new Americans from all over the world and Ohio State University students. Typically, they have to deal with transportation barriers. The nearest grocery store is about a mile away.

Imagine carrying all of your weekly groceries that distance. Plus, we've all gone home and realized we forgot to grab a couple of items. This distance between the residents on Riverview Drive and a grocer can be overwhelming at times.

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"It can be a bit of a far walk for a lot of neighbors that live here,' said Emily Miller with the Riverview International Center. "This community garden could really benefit from the food insecurity in this neighborhood."

Some of the people have been creative in growing vegetables they enjoyed from their homeland.

"A lot of our neighbors are trying to grow vegetables in Home Depot buckets on our fence line," said NBC4 General Manager and Vice President Ken Freedman.

From using buckets to rearranging parking lots, the need for fresh produce is strong in the area. People are using what limited green space that is available to grow food -- pots on their patio, cultivating next to the apartment buildings -- whatever the landlord allows.

"This is a parking lot. They moved the concrete over and made a triangular part, added dirt, made a barrier showing 'this is ours,' and started planting here," said Riverview International Center Interim Director Diane Linton. "These neighbors over here have used the whole front side and back of any green space they have to make gardens."

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Imagine that you've moved to another country and have no plans to return home anytime soon. Would you miss your mom's meatloaf or the local pizza you ordered every weekend? The answer is probably yes. The food they are growing reminds them of home.

"These times mean we have something from our country which means a lot," said Asana Ferdousin, who is from Bangladesh.

She lived there when she first became a citizen and has since moved to her own house and grows a garden there also.

"When we have the time, we can grow our own type of vegetables. That would be very nice for us to get some fresh country-like vegetables," Ferguson said.

A section of the Mid-Ohio Farm at NBC4 will have a community garden. The area will provide a place that is controlled and set up specifically for them, not cars and foot traffic. There, residents can grow the produce they choose, whether it's local or from their home country.

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Drunk driving arrests, crashes down across Ohio

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 04:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – After a night of drinking, more Ohioans are now opting to call an Uber instead of being drunk behind the wheel as they did in 2021.

State troopers arrested or cited 9,182 Ohioans on OVI charges in the first seven months of 2022 – a nearly 80% decline compared with the 11,766 OVI enforcements made during the same time period in 2021, according to data obtained from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Maybe it’s that motorists understand that safety is a shared responsibility between us and them, and they’re choosing to get that sober ride, get that sober driver to take them home if they’ve been drinking,” OSHP spokesperson Sgt. Brice Nihiser said.

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Crashes involving an OVI are also down throughout the state, Nihiser said.

After OVI-related traffic crashes spiked in the first half of 2021, state troopers recorded 6,417 crashes involving an OVI in the first seven months of 2022 – about a 20% decrease from the 8,041 documented last year.

Franklin County mirrors the statewide trend, witnessing declines in both OVI arrests or citations and OVI-related crashes by about 32% and 24%, respectively, since the same time period in 2021, according to the OSHP.

“If there’s a crash reduction, especially an OVI crash reduction, that’s something that we’re always going to be happy to see,” Nihiser said.

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Blue to pink: Artists paint condemned Whitehall homes

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 03:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Artists have transformed the street front of a 50-acre site of ruined homes in Whitehall with color that runs from deep blue to vibrant pink and bright green.

Twenty-three colors show the color gradient between blue and pink, as well as hues of green, in the homes that face Hamilton Road at the condemned Woodcliff Condominiums.

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"We have a thing about abandoned things," said Mandi Caskey, co-founder of street artist group Catalyst Columbus, which approached the City of Whitehall with the idea. "We saw an opportunity to bring some color to the neighborhood and show the local community that someone cares, and things are about to change."

Whitehall plans to demolish the buildings and redevelop the site with 1,000 residential units, and 250,000 square feet of office space, as well as 50,000-75,000 square feet of ground-floor restaurant and retail space. An 80-acre Whitehall Community Park will be integrated into the design with walking paths, wildflowers, and meadows, with access to the Big Walnut Creek.

Caskey said her team came up with the idea while making a site visit for a sculpture Whitehall commissioned. While the team was there, they saw the opportunity for public art to happen.

Catalyst Columbus worked for several days painting the houses, finishing on July 30. Whitehall paid for the paint, but the artists volunteered their time.

Painting the ruined homes was also an opportunity to train younger artists on equipment needed for large projects.

"There are a lot of artists that don't get the ability to use certain tools, so I got to train artists how to use boom lift and paint sprayer. We did get a sponsorship from Whitehall which paid for the paint and the lift," Caskey said.

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"They approached the city because we engaged them for a sculpture a while ago... and they approached us with this project," said Deputy Director of Public Affairs Megan Meyer. "These structures are prime for accessible public art, to make them beautiful as they are in transition."

Catalyst Columbus previously tackled a now-demolished downtown bridge during the pandemic, painting "We are stronger together" with 50 gallons of paint.

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Columbus gas prices down 20 cents, average approaches $3.50

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 03:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Columbus gas prices continue to drop as the average price is now closing in on $3.50 a gallon.

GasBuddy is reporting the average price for a gallon of gas in the Columbus area is $3.58, which is 19.8 cents cheaper than the previous week. That is more than a dollar cheaper than a month ago, but 47.4 cents higher than a year ago.

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Nationally, gas has dropped 15.8 cents, down to $4.01 a gallon on average.

The cheapest gas station in the Columbus area was priced at $3.09 a gallon, while the most expensive was $4.93.  

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More warm & muggy pop-ups to start the week

News Channel 4 - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 03:07
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • This morning: Spotty shower, muggy. Low 73
  • Today: Mix clouds and sun, storms later. High 89
  • Tonight: Chance showers & t-storms. Low 72
  • Tuesday: Showers, storms. High 84
  • Wednesday: Morning showers, some clearing. High 81
  • Thursday: Sunny, less humid. High 82
  • Friday: Sunny. High 80

Good morning and happy Monday!

We're stuck in a pattern of warm and muggy conditions leading to more pop-ups.

Early this morning, a round of rain and thunderstorms in moving into the northern part of the state. These showers are losing some momentum as they move east, but areas north of I-70 will see a wet start to the day.

Even if you're not waking up to showers, widespread there is plenty of warm and humid air in place. Temperatures are staring off in the low 70s and will climb to the upper 80s again this afternoon, but will feel more like the mid 90s thanks to the humidity. Just like we experience this weekend, heat and humidity will help fuel pop-up thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

Tonight, a slow moving cold front will start to push into the northwest corner of the state. This will aid in fueling more showers and thunderstorms into the day Tuesday. Tomorrow will start off with a muggy low around 70, but only climb to the low 80s thanks to more widespread cloud cover and showers.

As the front continues to slide southeast, the chance for showers and storms will continue on Wednesday.

Have a great day!


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Child, 3, nearly drowns in southeast Columbus

News Channel 4 - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 20:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A three-year-old child is hospitalized Sunday night after nearly drowning in a home pool in southeast Columbus.

According to Columbus police, medics responded to a call at 8:15 p.m. Police said the child was found in a pool of a home on Mouzon Drive.

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The child was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in critical condition, but as of approximately 9:30 p.m., their condition was changed to stable but still life-threatening, police said.

There is no further information available at this time.

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Ross County couple charged in kidnapping

News Channel 4 - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 18:26

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH) – Two people are charged with kidnapping after allegedly holding a woman against her will, then leading law enforcement officers on a pursuit Saturday in Ross County.

According to the Ross County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday at approximately 2:15 p.m., deputies responded to a call near State Route 772 and Potts Hill Road about a woman who was the victim of an abduction.

The woman told deputies she had been held against her will by a man and a woman and was able to give deputies a description of the alleged suspects’ vehicle.

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The vehicle was located on SR 772 near Liberty Hill Road and was stopped by a deputy, but fled from the scene when a Chillicothe police officer stopped to assist, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff’s deputies and Chillicothe officers pursued the suspect vehicle north on SR 772 when police tried to use Stop Stix near Chillicothe. The sheriff’s office said the suspects swerved the vehicle and allegedly tried to run over a Chillicothe police officer.

The pursuit ended when the suspects’ vehicle and the attached camper got stuck in an alleyway near South Paint Street and East Fifth Street in Chillicothe.

The man, Anthony Jernee, 45, and the woman, Terri Diaz, 48, were taken into custody without further incident, the sheriff’s office said.

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Jernee is charged with kidnapping, felonious assault, and failure to comply with a peace officer. Diaz is facing charges of kidnapping, felonious assault, failure to comply, and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Both are in custody at the Ross County Jail.

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Two dead in Crawford County motorcycle crash

News Channel 4 - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 16:51

BUCYRUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Two men are dead after the motorcycles they were driving crashed in Crawford County Sunday afternoon.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened at approximately 1:36 p.m. Sunday on Leesville Road near State Route 598.

According to the sheriff's office, a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Gary Sprague, 54, of Bucyrus, was traveling west on Leesville Road with a 45-year-old female passenger.

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Sprague failed to negotiate a curve in the road and traveled into the eastbound lane, hitting a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Timothy McDaniel, 57, of Galion, the sheriff's office said.

Both Sprague and McDaniel were pronounced dead at the scene by the Crawford County Coroner, the sheriff's office said.

The female passenger was taken to OhioHealth Mansfield with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash is still being investigated.

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Local leaders stress misinformation spread during monkeypox outbreak

News Channel 4 - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 16:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw just how quickly misinformation can spread especially with social media.

Now as the United States deals with the monkeypox virus outbreak, local leaders are stressing the importance of stopping misinformation.

“I think it’s critically important in order to get messaging out it,” said Director of Stonewall Columbus, Densil Porteous. “Harkens back for some of us to moments of HIV, AIDs when misinformation was being put out or misunderstood information was being put out.”

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According to The Centers for Disease Control, monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but it is transmitted through close, personal contact and can impact anyone.

However, with the current rise in cases disproportionately impacting men who have sex with men, misinformation about the virus’s spread and who can get it is an ongoing issue.

“I think again it is important to understand that this is a transmissible virus, that can be transmitted through skin to skin contact, through close contact in those particular moments,” said Porteous. “So that I think, is what we need to ensure people are thinking about.”

Right now vaccine doses are limited meaning health officials are using them for community members who may be at a higher risk.

We do see that right now much of the equity and need for focus within the community of men who have sex with men,” said Porteous. “And so it has been great to see sort of that language being targeted explicitly as information has been rolling out.”

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But with a rise in cases and President Joe Biden declaring a public health emergency, infectious disease doctor Matthew Bauer is hopeful we’ll move towards more of a mass vaccination event to prevent the spread.

“Currently I think we’re moving in that direction pretty fast where this should be available to the general public,” Bauer said.

Bauer said Equitas Health will also be giving an additional 200 vaccines sometime this upcoming week. He is hopeful even more vaccines will be available in the Columbus area in the near future.

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80 dogs rescued from condemned home in Ohio

News Channel 4 - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 16:24

(NewsNation) — Dozens of chihuahuas and shih tzus were found living in a condemned house in Ohio. All of the dogs, who were found by a probation officer, needed serious help with flea infestations and skin infections, among other issues.

The Licking County Humane Society in Heath, Ohio, took in all 80 pups, cleaned them up and workers there are helping the animals find new homes. Thirty-eight are already adopted or on their way to being adopted.

Elycia Taylor, the program and communications director of the humane society, told NewsNation Friday night that this was worst case her organization has ever dealt with.

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"There are a lot of issues that come into play when you deal with hoarding cases," Taylor said. "When we initially went to the owner of the home, he had told us they were probably only around 30 dogs. So he didn't even really know what he was dealing with."

Given their history, the dogs were understandably timid around people at first, Taylor said, but the ones in foster home are already adjusting well.

"Dogs are amazing. They are so easily able to fall in love with humans once again, and they did," she said.

If you'd like to learn more about the puppies or make a donation, you can follow this link.

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Ohio State Fair ends with annual livestock auction

News Channel 4 - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 16:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Ohio State Fair wrapped up Sunday in its traditional way: the sale of champions for this year’s top junior livestock exhibitors.

The auction sold the animals of 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) exhibitors who were crowned the grand and reserve champions for market beef, barrow, lamb, chickens, goats, turkey, and Swiss cheese exhibits.

This year’s winners came from all over Ohio.

Emotions ran high as a bidding war for this year's grand champion steer smashed all prior records -- $225,000 paid by S and S Volvo of Lima to rising high school junior Ryleigh Egbert from Auglaize County.

Last year, sales from the Sale of Champions totaled nearly $400,000 going to those winners as well as the Youth Reserve Program, which provides scholarships, 4-H and FAA program funding, and more.

Since starting in 1968, the Youth Reserve Program has awarded more than $4.1 million in scholarships to approximately 44,000 youth.

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Black Men's Health Week kicks off with worship service

News Channel 4 - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 16:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – This week is Black Men’s Health Week, and to kick off the events, dozens of people gathered at the City of Grace for a worship service Sunday.

The service was a high-energy, impactful service brought to the community by the African American Male Wellness Agency (AAMWA).

The agency will be hosting different events all week long, offering a variety of free health screenings.

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Agency Vice President Kenny Hampton said the group chose to start this week’s events with the worship service to uplift and energize the community.

AAMWA hopes to screen thousands of men this week and bring awareness to closing the gap in healthcare.

“There’s a gap that exists right now with African American men that are leaving here at 67 years old and our counterparts at 79,” Hampton said. “So while we are doing that, we want to make sure that we are spirit, mind, and body, all those things this week to help impact our men.”

For more on this week’s events, all leading up to Saturday’s African American Male Wellness Walk, click here.

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Collegiate baseball team run by Ohio University students

News Channel 4 - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 15:32

ATHENS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League wrapped up the baseball season in late July, playing 38 games against teams around Ohio and Indiana, but it wasn't without its problems.

Frequent storms in the first half of June and through much of July forced frequent game delays for the Southern Ohio Copperheads, a student-run program at Ohio University. All of the home games were played at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens.

The unique program acquaints student personnel with the field of sports management, including ticket sales, player operations, broadcasting, and business management. Charlie Clegg, the student general manager of the Copperheads and a senior at Ohio University, said the crowd size in Athens averaged around 2,000 during most games. Players gain a great deal of knowledge from the sports experience and interaction with enthusiastic fans.

Dylan Hoerner, a Copperheads pitcher who currently attends Edison State Junior College in Piqua, hopes to earn a scholarship to a four-year college. Teammate Kyle Ratliff, who played centerfield and attends Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, is thinking about the Major League Baseball draft.

The final home game of the season was played on Saturday, July 23, against the Sandusky Ice Haulers, followed by a road game the next afternoon in Newark against the Licking County Settlers.

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The Spectrum: Time running out for Boy Scout settlement; Ohio sports betting

News Channel 4 - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 12:48

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

  • Time is running out for thousands of Ohioans who were victimized by Boy Scouts to get a piece of a multi-billion dollar settlement.
    Efforts are underway to make sure those who were abused have more time to come forward.
  • As Capitol Hill heads into summer recess, lawmakers are dealing with a flurry of activity, including a bill that will help veterans sickened by burn pits.
    “I hope we’ve learned our lesson there,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). I think we have.”
    In addition, representatives are weighing in on a controversial visit by the House’s top Democrat to Taiwan.
    “I don’t really care what China thinks about what Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi did,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
  • Ohio isn’t all in with sports betting just yet. Why some are arguing the proposed rules for gaming don’t match up with the spirit of the law.
  • On the all-star roundtable, Republican strategist Matt Dole and former Ohio Senator Lou Gentile on Ohio’s not-so-special primary election and what issues will bring voters to the polls for November’s election.
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