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More muggy pop-ups this weekend

News Channel 4 - Sat, 08/06/2022 - 03:45
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • This morning: Showers & t-storms, low 71
  • Today: Scat’d PM storms, muggy, high 84
  • Tonight: Iso. t-storm clearing, low 71
  • Sunday: Pop-up p.m. t-storms, muggy, high 88
  • Monday: Mix clouds and sun, storms later, high 87
  • Tuesday: Showers, storms, high 80
  • Wednesday: Showers ending, late clearing. High 81

Good morning and happy Saturday!

More rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast this weekend, alongside warm and muggy conditions.

Early this morning, we'll see a few spotty showers, otherwise, just more warm and humid conditions with lows in the 70s.

This afternoon, a southerly breeze will aid in bringing in more warm and moist air into the area. High temperatures will reach the mid 80s, but feel closer to 90 degrees. As we heat up, we will also see a more widely scattered chance for showers and thunderstorms. The biggest concern with these storms will be pockets of heavy rainfall.

Because of the chance for heavy rain falling on already saturated areas, a flood watch will remain in effect for southeast Ohio until Sunday evening. This includes Morgan, Perry & Athens counties.

Tomorrow and Monday will look very similar to today. After a warm and muggy start to the day, the chance for showers and thunderstorms will increase in the afternoon.

By Tuesday, our attention will shift to a change heading our way. This change is a cold front which will trigger more showers and thunderstorms, and like the name implies cooler temps.

Cooler and drier air will be in place for the end of the next workweek.

Have a great weekend!


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Police searching for man possibly tied to Waverly death

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 20:46

WAVERLY, Ohio (WCMH) -- Pike County police are looking for a man after authorities received a call of an unresponsive man in Waverly.

On Aug. 4 at 1:36 p.m., officers responded to calls that Deric Lansing, 42, was unresponsive at 5711 State Route 220, according to the Pike County Sheriff's Office. Lansing was pronounced deceased.

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Authorities are now looking for Charles Jeffrey Meddock, 50, who may have information. Meddock is 5'10 and 250 pounds, and was last seen driving a silver 2013 Kia Forte with an Ohio handicap license plate number 643ZEF.

Pike County police is asking anyone with information to call the sheriff's office at 740-947-2111.

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'Walk a mile in her shoes': Delaware County raises awareness for sexual violence and abuse

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 20:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Thousands of victims of sexual violence and abuse suffer in silence. Friday, men and women in Delaware County gathered to raise awareness for the issue by walking a mile in her shoes, both literally and figuratively.

Sexual violence and abuse cases are being spotlighted in Ohio right now with some celebrities at the center of it all. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is to remind victims that they are not alone, and they can take the power back together.

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“We know that many crimes go unreported due to victims feeling like they won't be heard, maybe they won’t be believed -- there is a stigma to being a victim sometimes," said Adam Moore, Interim Police Chief for Delaware City. "This is an event for people of all ages to see that if you’ve been a victim of a crime, we want you to come forward."

People of all ages and genders donned the shoes of their choice, from stiletto heels to platforms.

“It is a humorous way of getting at a really important issue which is empathy," Moore said. "That's understanding what it is like to be in someone else's position."

As they made their lap, people stopped to watch and listen to the clicks of their heels and the sound of their chants. Some of the walkers say the walk was painful but also gave them strength.

Dana Wisecarver works in juvenile court. He walked in Friday's event because he said he sees too many of these cases locally. He said he wants people to know that it is okay to report the crime.

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“I would like to make sure that people aren’t afraid to step up and talk," Wisecarver said. "If this is happening you have support, you have advocates here with the prosecutor's office and juvenile court and victims' advocates, we are here."

Delaware law enforcement wants to remind anyone that if they are a victim of sexual abuse to come to them -- they said they will hear you out, be there for you and investigate the crime to the best of their ability.

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Amid possible strike, 9 Columbus schools to start year without AC

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 17:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Nine Columbus City Schools will start the academic year without building-wide air conditioning.

A year ago, the district told NBC4 Investigates' Jamie Ostroff every building would have an updated HVAC system by the end of this summer.

The cause of the delay? Supply chain issues.

Of the nine schools that won't have AC by the first day of school on Aug. 24, the district says five of them will have it by Sept. 12. Another should have its new HVAC installed by the end of September.

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Still, Columbus Alternative High School, Mufflin Middle School and Hubbard Elementary School will remain without building-wide air conditioning for the 2022-2023 school year. Even though the district can't control supply chain hang-ups, the teachers' union says this is unacceptable.

The three schools were among the last 16 Columbus City School buildings without AC, following a five-year improvement plan that wrapped up in 2021. Thanks to a $44 million federal funding boost last year, the district said it could put HVAC systems in all of its schools.

At the time, the district told us all 16 projects were on track to be finished by the end of the summer.

"Promises were made and promises are not being kept," said Regina Fuentes of the Columbus Education Association.

Fuentes is the spokesperson for the CEA -- now at a standstill in contract negotiations with the school board. Adequate air conditioning is one of several items on the union's list of demands.

"I feel for my students every single time I see them freezing, or burning hot, you know, because when they're too hot, they put their heads down," said Fuentes. "And there's no learning happening."

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I told Fuentes what the school board told me: the projects were delayed by supply chain issues. She said the problems run deeper than that.

"You know, it's a likely situation. However, this is not a new problem. The district has been dealing with complaints about our HVAC for years," said Fuentes. "The broader picture is that we've worked conditions that are unsafe and fully resourced for our students.”

A Columbus City Schools spokesperson said a contract should be in place this fall, to put HVAC systems in two of the three schools next summer.

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Homicide investigation opens after man dies from three-year-old head injuries

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 16:45

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Columbus police are investigating an incident that left a 41-year-old man with head injuries leading to his death more than three years later.

On Dec. 22, 2018, Gerald Terrell was struck by an individual outside of his home in the 1400 block of Zenner Dr. at 3:00 a.m., according to Columbus police. Terrell fell to the ground, hitting his head, and was transported to a local hospital.

The initial investigation was conducted by the Felony Assault Unit.

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After Terrell passed away earlier this year on Jan. 12, the Franklin County Coroner's Office has now ruled the incident a homicide. Authorities say Terrell's death is a result from the injury suffered in December 2018.

The suspect is known, but their name is being withheld at this time, Columbus police said.

Columbus Police Homicide Unit is asking anyone with information to call 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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Ryan, Vance build campaign momentum for Ohio's senate race

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 16:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- In less than 100 days, you will vote for statewide representation like governor and U.S. senator. Republican J.D. Vance and Democrat Tim Ryan are both making their run for that senator’s seat.

Recent polls show Ryan pulling ahead of Vance. This week, Vance launched his first campaign TV advertisement and said he will continue building momentum in the days leading up to the November election. Ryan said his lead in the polls won’t slow his campaigning.

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“I’m running an American campaign for America and Ohioans,” Ryan said. “And I think people are tired of trying to put people in a box or politicians thinking they can only be in one box or another.”

A point both candidates agree on is the recently passed PACT Act by the U.S. Senate to address healthcare for veterans exposed to toxins while serving.

“The specific legislation -- I’d be lying if I said I know anything about it other than it takes care of veterans,” Vance said. “Which sounds like a good idea to me.”

“He didn’t know about the burns pit legislation which, to me, is an absolute disqualifier,” Ryan said. “This burns pit legislation has been on the agenda for two years.”

Despite rhetoric from each side, both candidates say they are confident in their campaign.

“Tim Ryan is running the biggest gaslighting campaign maybe in the history of American politics,” Vance said. “And all we have to do is tell the truth about him and we’re going to win this race.”

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“I will beat J.D. Vance by leaps and bounds because he’s a California guy supported by a California billionaire,” Ryan said. “And clearly doesn’t like Ohioans because he hasn’t been around.”

Vance is not currently in office and Ryan is not running for re-election in the U.S. House, so whoever does not win this senate race will not have a position in Ohio politics.

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Columbus City Schools Back to School Family Resource Fair

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 15:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — NBC4 is proud to be the media sponsor for the 2022 Ready to Go Back to School Family Resource Fair with Columbus City Schools.

Get your family Ready to Go for the 2022-2023 school year with one of the largest back-to-school events in Columbus. The Columbus City Schools Back to School Family Resource Fair is open to the public and focused on giving supplies to Columbus City Schools Students so they are ready to go for the start of school.

Click Here To Register Today!

This event is in partnership with NBC4’s Stuff The Backpack. There will be free backpacks, books, and school supply giveaways. Help with Chromebooks, bus stop information, and starting school enrollment. Health screenings, immunization information, and no-cost tools for your families’ safety and wellness.

Plus, lots of music, food, and fun!

Columbus City Schools Back to School Family Resource Fair
Fort Hayes Campus, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd.
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Is your student up to date on required school immunizations, or need a sports physical? Nationwide Children's Hospital will offer comprehensive wellness exams for CCS students at no charge to families.

The American Red Cross is also hosting a blood drive.

Click Here to Sign Up Now!


Nationwide Foundation, American Red Cross Resilient Community Project, Making A Difference, Mount Vernon District Improvement Association & NBC4.

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Columbus fashion creatives designing Hilton Downtown uniforms

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 15:01

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Before the grand opening of its new tower, the Hilton Columbus Downtown is redesigning their employee uniforms, with help from the Columbus Fashion Alliance.

"The kids they're excited about it, because a lot of them don't get these opportunities to work with a corporate sponsor, or a partnership like this," said Kevin Black, Production Manager for the Columbus Fashion Alliance.

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Black says they've employed a group of fashion designers and creatives for the project, including local youth from the Columbus College of Art and Design. The project also uses local manufacturers here in Columbus, for the materials, fabrics and suits.

"Even down to like buttons, and the size of button holes, I mean, small things like that really matter," said Black.

In a statement provided to us by Hilton Columbus, general manager, Christian Coffin said, "A big part of our focus with the new tower at Hilton Columbus Downtown is to truly shine a spotlight on the incredible talent that's right here in our backyard."

It's that focus, which is inspiring future designers here in Columbus.

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"For the youth that are witnessing this, to see that the community is interested in actually supporting our local creatives, it gives them a space to realize that they can have a budding career in Columbus," said Black.

The new uniforms will be worn by front desk employees once the Hilton's second tower opens, in late August or early September. Further, designs for other employees will follow throughout the year.

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Parents react to Columbus teachers possible strike

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 15:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Columbus Education Association has taken action. Members and its Legislative Assembly voted last Thursday night to take its next steps -- issuing a strike notice now that teacher contract negotiations with Columbus City Schools have reached a standstill.

The first day of class is 19 days away. There are a lot of questions as to what happens next.

To be clear, the union's vote is one of many steps before a strike would happen, but it's at the forefront of the community's mind.

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Summer is soon coming to an end and now is the time many are preparing to go back to the classroom. For families in the Columbus City School district there is some uncertainty.

“I’m kind of used to things not being normal I think, so I think it made it easier to go into this with no expectations,” said parent Joe Hoye.

A 10-day strike notice was issued after the Columbus Education Associations union meeting Thursday. It's among the first steps in potentially declaring a strike.

Hoye has two kids enrolled in the district. He says the pandemic and virtual learning has opened his eyes to what teachers are responsible for.

“It’s given me you know and insight into just kind of what goes on and have a whole, I already had a lot of respect for teachers but whole another level of respect for teachers after that," said Hoye.

NBC 4’s Karina Cheung did reach out to Columbus City Schools asking if it had a strike plan it would like to share and if not, when parents would have notice of it. A spokesperson did not answer the specific questions and said there are no additional details at this time.

The board did schedule a special meeting on Monday to discuss negotiations with public employees.

“It’s still kind of disappointing because you’d think we have this all figured out by now,” said Andrew Smith.

Smith is a Columbus resident with kids enrolled outside of the district. He worries about the impact a potential strike could have on his neighbors.

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“Everybody’s life is different," said Smith. "Some people need childcare, some people rely on that schedule starting with their kids with school and throwing that off can you know cost them money or cost them time and those things are important as well — it’s a hard thing to juggle I’m sure.”

The union has until Aug. 11 to file for a strike and a strike could start August 22. That's the first day teachers are scheduled to be back.

And if teachers do strike? Hoye was asked if he would support teachers. He responded, "100%, I do.”

The contract between CEA and the district expires Aug. 21. Students are scheduled to return to class on Aug. 24.

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Columbus health officials, local leaders call for more Monkeypox vaccines

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 15:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Six hundred doses of the Monkeypox vaccine have been administered within the Franklin County community, but health officials and local leaders say we need more -- something they are hopeful will happen since the president declared a Public Health Emergency.

Infectious Disease Doctor for Equitas Health Dr. Matthew Bauer said this type of preventative care is needed as we see case numbers rise within our community.

“It is increasing pretty fast so we are trying to focus on trying to get these vaccines available to the public as fast as possible," said Bauer.

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Ohio doesn't have nearly as many cases as places like New York or California, which has lowered the numbers of vaccines the CDC is allotting the state. Still, since the state's first case in mid-June, case numbers have risen to 38 -- A pace Dr. Bauer and others are trying to slow.

“We are anticipating that with the state of emergency declared yesterday that we hopefully will start receiving more vaccines here in Ohio,” said Bauer.

Despite the 600 vaccines given and more on the way, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus, Densil Porteous said there's still a need, especially in the high-risk community of men who have sex with men.

“I think there is definitely a need to increase the availability of vaccines in our community," said Porteous.

While the virus is impacting the gay community at a higher rate, the virus can impact anyone which is a reason Bauer is hopeful we're moving towards vaccinating everyone.

“I think right now the focus is giving it to some of the patients and our community members that may be at higher risk," said Bauer. "However, I am hopefully that this will transition into more of a mass vaccination effort."

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Mass vaccination is a prevention measure Porteous is hopeful we learned to initiate quickly after dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have been able and opportunic enough to be able to see what is happening in San Francisco and New York and then Chicago and we should be able to respond in time in that regard," said Porteous.

Bauer said he is hopeful more vaccines are on the way to the Columbus area in the near future.

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Grand jury rules deputy justified in shooting man with pellet gun

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 14:02

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) -- A grand jury ruled a Union County deputy was justified when he shot and killed a 33-year-old man.

Union County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Matejko shot and killed Matthew Todhunter on May 30 after authorities received several 911 calls from people saying Todhunter was in their home with a gun, according to Marysville police. A grand jury found Matejko's actions were justified, Union County Prosecutor David Phillips said in a news release.

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Callers said children were inside the home and that Todhunter told one child this "was the night [Todhunter] was going to die," Phillips said. Callers also said there was an encounter during which Todhunter pulled a gun on and threatened to shoot his estranged wife.

About 6:30 p.m., Matejko arrived at a Marysville home spotting a truck with Todhunter inside. Todhunter's girlfriend and her mother were on the scene and told to stand aside, according to Phillips.

The deputy told Todhunter to put his hands up repeatedly, then told him to get out of the car three times, according to bodycam and dashcam released by authorities.

Todhunter got out of the car and pointed to what appeared to be a Glock-style handgun. Within one second of telling Todhunter to drop the gun, Matejko fired at least five shots, dropping Todhunter to the ground.

After the shooting, one of the women yelled at the deputy that Todhunter was holding a BB gun. Authorities confirmed Todhunter was holding a pellet gun.

Emergency crews took Todhunter to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation confirmed Todhunter was suicidal and ruled the manner of death as a suicide and the cause of death being "law enforcement forced action."

“The statements Todhunter made to his family members immediately prior to the shooting showed his apparent suicidal intentions,” Phillips said in a news release. “Simply put, the deputy was faced with an immediate threat of deadly force and was compelled to respond with deadly force."

Philips said there was no way the officer could determine this was a "replica firearm." An officer is justified in using deadly force when there is probable cause for an officer to believe that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm or death, either to the officer or to others – even if he is mistaken, Philips said.

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Suspect identified in February shooting death in Hilltop

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 12:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A man is wanted for the murder of a 19-year-old in the Hilltop neighborhood in February.

Josiah Herring

Columbus police said Friday an arrest warrant has been issued for Josiah Herring, 21.

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Police say they responded to a report of shots being fired in the 300 block of Whitehorne Avenue the night of Feb. 23. They found Dameire Thornton, 19, suffering from a gunshot wound, with him dying shortly after.

Police ask anyone who knows where Herring is to contact the homicide division at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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Flood Watch: Humid weekend with periods of rain, and storms

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 11:40
Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

A flood watch is in effect for southeastern Ohio along and south of a Chillicothe-Zanesville line through Sunday.

A wave of showers and storms fed by abundant moisture streaming north from the Gulf of Mexico will shift north and east during the day, with locally 1-2 inches of rain in heavier downpours.

A cold front has stalled over Ohio and will wash out, keeping the weather warm and muggy this weekend. The high humidity will continue fuel rain chances into early next week, but with dry hours and more widely scattered rain coverage.

High temperatures will generally be in the low to mid-80s through the weekend, though warming to the upper 80s on Sunday, with fewer showers and times of sun.

A cold front will bring more opportunities for showers and thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday. Cooler and drier air will move in later in the week and bring pleasant temperatures and more sunshine.

  • Friday: Showers, storms, cloudy and muggy. High 80
  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, muggy, few showers. Low 71
  • Saturday: Mostly cloudy, sticky, scattered showers, storms. High 86
  • Sunday: Partly sunny, pop-up storms p.m. High 87 (71)
  • Monday: Mix clouds and sun, storms p.m. High 86 (72)
  • Tuesday: Showers, storms. High 80 (70)
  • Wednesday: Partly cloudy, shower. High 81 (65)
  • Thursday: Sunny, less humid. High 83 (63)
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Pedestrian killed on I-270 near Grove City identified

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 11:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A woman who was struck and killed while apparently walking on Interstate 270 near Grove City has been identified.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Michelle Sauer, a 50-year-old from Ashville, on Friday.

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The sheriff's office reported that Sauer was in one of the lanes of I-270 East between the exits for I-71 and U.S. 23 at about 5 a.m. Monday when she was struck by a car driven by a 30-year-old man from Columbus. The driver stopped and waited as medics came to the scene and pronounced Sauer dead.

The eastbound lanes of I-270 were closed as the accident was investigated. The sheriff's office reported the incident remains under investigation.

This was the first of two people to be killed while walking around I-270 within a week. A teenager from Grove City was hit Wednesday night, but the driver in that incident left the scene before emergency crews arrived.

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One dead in crash on I-71 in Delaware County

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 11:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - One person died in a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon that has restricted traffic in the southbound lanes of Interstate 71 in Delaware County.

(Courtesy Photo/Ohio Department of Transportation)

Traffic cameras from the Ohio Department of Transportation showed two of three lanes blocked around 1 p.m. by emergency crews responding to the scene. The crash happened north of the Gemini Place exit. Photos from the camera appeared to show that a car broke through a guardrail and fell into a ditch.

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The Ohio State Highway reported reported that one person died in the accident.

The crash has created a major traffic backup, as seen on a traffic camera on I-71 at Bale Kenyon Road.

(Courtesy Photo/Ohio Department of Transportation)

ODOT warned drivers to avoid the area. This is a developing story.

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Ohio Jan. 6 rioter pleads guilty to involvement in storming Capitol

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 09:58

WASHINGTON (WCMH) - A Whitehall man that the FBI named as being involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots in 2021 changed his plea to guilty Friday morning.

Troy E. Faulkner previously pleaded not guilty to seven charges filed against him in federal court for the Southern District of Ohio. These included:

  • Destruction of government property
  • Obstruction of an official proceeding
  • Entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds
  • Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds
  • Engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds
  • Disorderly conduct in a Capitol building
  • Stepping, climbing, removing or injuring property on the Capitol grounds

Faulkner instead entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors during a Friday hearing, specifically pleading guilty to just one of the charges: destruction of government property. A judge set his sentencing for Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. and granted two of Faulkner's requests, according to court documents NBC4 obtained. Faulkner asked for the court to remove his GPS monitor and for permission to use medical marijuana, and both were granted pending sentencing.

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Faulkner caught the attention of FBI agents when Whitehall police recognized him in a video from that incident. Photos attached to court documents showed Faulkner kicking out a Capitol Building window while wearing a jacket that had his last name on it. Five people died and more than 140 were injured in the chaos that ensued inside the building and the aftermath.

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Support NBC4's Stuff the Backpack and the Columbus Crew at the Back To School Bash Match

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 08:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Columbus Crew fans can support Crew and NBC4's Stuff the Backpack at Field on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

Saturday's game won't just be any match — it will be a Back To School Bash Match!

Crew fans have the opportunity to help “Stuff Just One” by:

  1. Dropping off donations in the West Lobby or outside the AEP Gate, or
  2. Adding a $10 donation to the purchase of Discount Family Section Tickets

Fans can arrive early to take part in special pre-match activities and giveaways! Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.  Learn more at:

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Dublin Irish Festival celebrates 35th anniversary, returns to Coffman Park

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

DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) – The Dublin Irish Festival returns to Coffman Park this weekend, celebrating its 35th anniversary. 

Back after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will welcome 100,000 guests Aug. 5 through 7. Classic staples of the festival are all set to return, including Irish dance, music, food and more. 

“We are so excited to come home to Coffman Park for our 35th anniversary of the Dublin Irish Festival,” said Alison LeRoy, Dublin’s Director of Community Events. “It means we will be bringing back traditional elements while adding in new components to the one-of-a-kind Festival experience.”

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Since 1988, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what the festival calls the “world’s largest three-day Irish celebration.” The festival will feature a number of concerts, Irish dance, shopping and more.

Guests are welcome to Coffman Park beginning at 4 p.m. Friday with the first event, the Irish Community Parade, kicking off at 4:45 p.m. and the festival dedication at 5 p.m. The festival will continue from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. 

In celebration of the 35th anniversary, the festival has put together a list of 35 things to know before you go, including how guests should plan to pay for food and beverages and must-see attractions. View the list here

Admission tickets are sold at the festival gate for $20 or $15 for seniors age 60 and up, students and military members with an ID. Children 10 and under are free. Tickets can also be bought in advance online here

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To plan out your visit to the festival, download the Dublin Irish Festival app. Guests will find the full festival schedule, map, vendors, attractions and more within the app. Plus, push notifications will remind festival goers of upcoming must-do events. 

The festival will be at Coffman Park, 5600 Post Rd., through Sunday. View more information here and view parking maps and shuttle pickup locations here

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For sale: Historic home near Intel's Ohio site for $850,000

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 04:30

NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH) -- Colonnades lead from a four-car garage to this eleven bedroom mansion built by the storied Weiant family -- complete with pocket doors, mahogany floors and a private tunnel to escape into the gardens.

There are only two stoplights between the house on Marne Road before the streets turn into a freeway all the way to Columbus. Getting to the new Intel site is a short 20-minute commute on State Route 161.

Additionally, there's another four-bedroom residence that comes with the property, plus a pool house which can be used as yet another home.

The house also has a historically significant past. Two publicly celebrated people lived at the home: Inventor Warren Weiant; and his equally groundbreaking daughter-in-law Eleanor Smith Weiant, a champion swimmer and advocate for disabled people.

A family of firsts

The home's history begins with wealthy inventor Warren Weiant, whose father moved the family to Licking County in 1866, according to Madison Township history.

"Warren Weiant was a local industrialist, and he had no fear of doing something for the first time," said Shawn Redman, of Sotheby's, who is handling the sale of the property for the current owners, the Plikerd family. "Weiant owned a bakery that became very successful. He brought electricity to his bakery so they could bake 24 hours a day.

"What started out as a local bakery, turned into an enormous supply for other companies. The bakery was later sold to Nabisco."

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Weiant built several homes in the area, and started the first bus line in Ohio so that residents could reach downtown Newark. The Weiant family moved into the American Craftsman-style home on Marne Road in 1905, which Weiant owned until his death in 1926.

Greenhouse success

Weiant also grew vegetables, and at one time had the largest greenhouse operation in the country. Redman said that when the family bought the land in 1904 the property was 100 acres, and they paid a lot of money for it.

"People made a lot of fun of him because it was all marshland," said Redman. "But he had been on a trip to Michigan and saw where celery, and other root vegetables grew in moist, wet, marshy land in 'bad' soil. He brought that here."

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Weiant added tomatoes, which meant greenhouses. According to Madison Township History, the operation covered many acres, all under glass, with two trains stopping daily to take produce to market as far away as Chicago.

The greenhouses eventually broke down under storms, said Redman, although in the 1980s he recalled that the Weiant business still made hanging baskets.

In comes Eleanor

"The house was originally built and finished in 1905 for the main part of the house, and then in 1913 his oldest son was married and they did an addition to the home and basically doubled the size of it," Redman explained.

The woman Warren Weiant Jr. married was Eleanor Smith, an accomplished swimmer with world records to her name, said Redman. The couple met at a swim meet.

Eleanor and her sister, Ruth Smith Miller, were known as Ohio's Greatest mermaids, competing nationally and setting world records for swimming, according to the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities which Eleanor founded. The sisters were also the first women to swim and compete nationally with Ohio State University's men's swim team in the early 1920s.

Disabilities activist

Of course, the house on Marne Road has a pool. But swimming wasn't all there was to Eleanor.

She became an activist for people with developmental disabilities, opening one of the first schools in the state to serve those children. Eleanor also lobbied legislators to get funding for children with disabilities.

"When Eleanor died on Nov. 13, 1985, at age 82, the entire Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities closed for a day in her honor," the website recorded.

Warren Weiant Jr and Eleanor Smith Weiant had three children: Warren III, Edmund, and Sally.

And two more homes thrown in

"As it stands today, there's a nice two-story guest cottage off to the east -- it's a four-bedroom home, very sweet," Redman said during a tour of the home. "And then we have the pool house out in the back yard, a self-sustaining residence if you want it to be."

Redman sees several potentials for the property: a multi-family, intergenerational home, a lodge or guesthouse, or a respite and care facility.

Whoever buys it, however, will find the energy of innovators and inventors baked into the walls, with reading nooks, writing corners, and high-quality craftsmanship tooled into the simplest details.

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Stolen truck smashes into Columbus camera store for burglary

News Channel 4 - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 04:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - Columbus police are looking for a burglar who used a truck as a battering ram Friday morning to get into a camera store.

The utility truck used in the burglary was also stolen from BBR Utility Contractors, according to investigators at the scene. Someone had gotten ahold of the vehicle and used it to smash through the front entrance of Midwest Photo, at 2887 Silver Dr. near Old North Columbus.

Police said they believe a second suspect also acted as a getaway driver, as the burglar left the stolen truck inside the entrance. A photo taken at the scene showed parts of the ceiling had been pulled down when the truck plowed through the entrance, and wreckage from the crash littered the floor of the store.

Several CPD officers were at the scene as of 5:26 a.m. Investigators there told NBC4 that the burglar made off with several items from Midwest Photo, but did not have further details. The store's website indicates that it sells professional photo and video cameras, tripods, lighting kits, gimbals and more. Many of the products for sale on the website start at $500 or more.

No details about the suspects were available as of Friday morning.

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