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Columbus City Schools, several other major districts cancel classes Wednesday

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 03:27

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Most major school districts, including Columbus City Schools, are canceling or delaying classes as snow, sleet and freezing rain moves through central Ohio.

WEATHER ALERT: Classes at all Columbus City Schools are CANCELLED today (2/20) because of this morning's winter conditions on roads and sidewalks.

— ColumbusCitySchools (@ColsCitySchools) February 20, 2019

Columbus State Community College has also canceled classes due to the snow and icy conditions.

CLOSINGS & DELAYS:

County School Athens Beacon School : 2 Hour Delay Federal Hocking Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Nelsonville-York City Schools : 2 Hour Delay Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Trimble Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Belmont Barnesville EVSD : Closed Champaign Mechanicsburg E.V.S.D. : 2 Hour Delay Triad Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Urbana City Schools : 2 Hour Delay Urbana University : 2 Hour Delay Clark Clark State Community College : Opening at 12:00 PM Clark-Shawnee Local Schools : Closed Northeastern Local School District : Closed Springfield City Schools : Closed Springfield-Clark County CTC : Closed Coshocton Central OH Tech College-Coshocton : 2 Hour Delay Coshocton City Schools : Closed Coshocton County Career Center : Closed Hopewell Industries : Closed Ridgewood Local Schools : Closed River View Local Schools : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Crawford Buckeye Central Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Bucyrus City Schools : 2 Hour Delay Colonel Crawford Local Schools : Closed Crestline EVSD : 2 Hour Delay Fairway School : 1 Hour Delay Good Hope Christian Preschool : 1 Hour Delay Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Delaware All R Friends - Delaware : Closed Alpha Industries : 2 Hour Delay Big Walnut Local Schools : Closed Buckeye Valley Local Schools : Closed Delaware Area Career Center : Closed Delaware Christian Schools : Closed Delaware City Schools : Closed Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities : 2 Hour Delay Genoa Christian Academy : Closed Huntington Learning Center Lewis Center : Opening at 12:15 PM Liberty Early Education Center : Closed New Hope Preschool : Closed Olentangy Local Schools : Closed Polaris Christian Academy K-8 : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 2 Snow Emergency Sourcepoint : Opening at 10:00 AM Sourcepoint - Meals on Wheels : Closed SourcePoint offsite Dining Center : Closed Village Academy : Closed Fairfield Amanda-Clearcreek Local Schools : Closed Berne Union Local Schools : Closed Bloom-Carroll Local Schools : Closed Fairfield Career Center : Closed Fairfield Center for Disabilities : Closed Fairfield Christian Academy : Closed Fairfield Co. Head Start : Closed Fairfield Union Local Schools : Closed Fisher Catholic High School : Closed Forest Rose School : Closed Lancaster City Schools : Closed Lancaster Montessori School : Closed Learning Never Ends - Fairfield Co. : Closed Learning Never Ends - South Location : Closed Liberty Union-Thurston Local : Closed Pickerington Local Schools : Closed Redeemer Lutheran Preschool : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Walnut Township Local Schools : Closed Fayette Fayette Christian School : 2 Hour Delay Fayette County Commission on Aging : No Meals on Wheels, No Meal In-House Miami Trace Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Franklin A + Children's Academy School : Closed A Better Choice Daycare & Learning Cente : Closed A Childs Garden : Closed A Plus Arts Academy : Closed Academy for Urban Scholars : Closed Addventures : Closed All R friends - Franklin : Closed Bears Preschool : Closed Beautiful Savior Lutheran School : Closed Bexley City Schools : Closed Bexley United Methodist Preschool : Closed Blvd Presbyterian Church Preschool : Closed Brice Christian Academy : Closed Bridgeway Academy : Closed Briggs Road Baptist Church : No AM Preschool Brookwood Academy : Closed Buckeye Preparatory Academy : Closed Calumet Christian : Closed Canal Winchester Local Schools : Closed CDCFC Head Start : Closed Central High School : Closed Cesar Chavez College Preparatory School : Closed Christ Lutheran Childrens Center : Closed Clintonville Academy : Closed Columbus Academy : Closed Columbus Adventist Academy : Closed Columbus Arts and Tech. Acad. : Closed Columbus Bilingual Academy North : Closed Columbus Catholic Schools : Closed Columbus City Schools : Closed Columbus Collegiate Academy - Dana : Closed Columbus Collegiate Academy - Main : Closed Columbus Early Learning Center : 2 Hour Delay Columbus Humanities Arts Tech : Closed Columbus Jewish Day School : Closed Columbus Metropolitan Library : Opening at Noon Columbus Montessori Ed. Center : 2 Hour Delay Columbus Preparatory Academy : Closed Columbus School for Girls : Closed Columbus State Community College : Closed Columbus Torah Academy : Closed Connected Pathways Early Learning Center : Opening at 9am Cornerstone Academy : Closed COSI : Opening at Noon Cypress Christian School and Preschool : Closed David Lutheran Preschool : Closed Dublin City Schools : Closed Dublin Community Preschool : Opening at 12:30 PM Dyslexia Institutes of America : Closed Early College Academy : Closed Eastland Career Center : Closed Eastland Preperatory Academy : Closed Eastwood SDA Jr. Academy : Closed Educational Academy for Boys and Girls : Closed Felbry College Of Nursing : 2 Hour Delay First Community Church : No AM Preschool Flex High School : Closed Focus Academy of Northern Columbus K-8 : Closed Focus Learning Academy - East : Closed Focus Learning Academy - SW : Closed Focus North High School : Closed Forest Park Christian School : Closed Fortis College : 2 Hour Delay Franklin Co. Board of DD : Closed Franklin University : 2 Hour Delay Franklinton Preparatory Academy : Closed Future Leaders Enrichment Center : Closed Gahanna Christian Academy : Closed Gahanna Early Experience Center : Closed Gahanna-Jefferson City Schools : Closed Gloria S. Friend Christian Academy : Closed Good Hands Habilitation Center : Closed Goodwill Columbus : No Transportation Grace Christian School Blacklick : Closed Graham Elementary and Middle School : Closed Graham School : Closed Grandview Heights City Schools : Closed Great Western Academy : Closed Grove City Christian School : Closed Groveport Community School : Closed Groveport Madison Local Schools : Closed Hamilton Local Schools : Closed Harrisburg Pike Comm. School : Closed Harvest Preparatory School : Closed Haugland Learning Center : Closed Hilliard City Schools : Closed Horizon Science Academy High School : Closed Horizon Science Academy Middle School : Closed Horizon Science Academy Primary : Closed Infinite Learning Center : Closed Inspire Elementary School : Closed Kiddie Kare - Groveport : Closed Kids Kingdom Childcare and Learning Center : Closed Kings and Queens Learning Center : Opening at 9:00 AM Kipp Columbus : Closed Learning Never Ends : Closed Life Skills Center of North Columbus : Closed Life Skills Columbus Southeast : Closed Little Kings & Queens Playhouse : Closed Little Lambs Childrens Center : Opening at 8:30 AM Little Tigers Learning Center : Closed Madison Christian School : Closed Mansion Day School : Closed Marburn Academy : Closed Mary Evans Child Center : Closed Mater Dei Academy : Closed Meadows Academy : Closed Messiah Christian School : Closed Metro Early College Schools : Virtual : ACT Postponed Midnimo Crosscultural Middle School : Closed Millennium Community School : Closed Montessori Childrens House : Closed Mountview Christian Pre-School : Closed New Albany Montessori School : Closed New Albany Plain Local Schools : Closed New Beginnings School & Daycare : School Closed : Daycare Open Noble Academy Columbus : Closed Northside Christian School : Closed Oakstone Academy : Closed Oakstone Community Schools : Closed Ohio Dominican University : 2 Hour Delay Ohio State School of CosmetologyTHE Barber School : Closed Our Kidz Enrichment Child Care Centers : Closed Our Lady of Bethlehem Elementary : Closed PALS Chrysalis Health Franklin County : Closed Patriot Preparatory Academy : Closed Perkins Playhouse Learning Center : Opening at 7:00 AM Polaris Christian Academy Early Learning Center : 2 Hour Delay Precious Jewels Early Learning : Closed Primrose School Of Johnstown Road : 2 Hour Delay Primrose School of Worthington : 2 Hour Delay Reach Educational Services : Closed Reynoldsburg City Schools : Closed Shepherd Christian School : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Sonshine Christian Academy : Closed South Columbus Prep Academy : Closed South-Western City Schools : Closed St. Brendan Elementary School : Closed St. Brigid of Kildare : Closed St. Cecilia Elementary School : Closed St. Johns Early Education Center : Closed St. Matthew Elem. : Closed St. Paul Lutheran : Closed Stonybrook ELC : Closed Success Kidz West : Closed Sullivant Ave. Comm. School : Closed Summit Academy Elementary and Middle School : Cancelled Summit Academy Transitional High School : Closed Sunrise Academy School : Closed Sweet Peas Childcare Center : Closed The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University : Closed The Childhood League Center : Closed The Gardner School : 2 Hour Delay The Silver Lining Group-Columbus : Staff Report 9:45AM : Clients Report 10AM Theatre Street Dance Academy : Closed Tree of Life Christian Schools : Closed United Preparatory Academy - Main : Closed United Preparatory Academy - State : Closed Upper Arlington City Schools : Closed Upper Arlington Library : Opening at 12:00 PM Veritas Academy : Closed Wellington School : Closed Westerville City Schools : Closed Westerville Public Library : Opening at 12:00 PM Whitehall City Schools : Closed Worthington Adventist Academy : Closed Worthington Christian Schools : Closed Worthington City Schools : Closed Worthington Public Library : Opening at Noon Xenos Christian School : Closed Zenith Academy : Closed Guernsey Cambridge City Schools : Closed East Guernsey Local Schools : Closed Mid-East CTC - Buffalo : Closed Rolling Hills Local Schools : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Hardin Ada EVSD : 2 Hour Delay Hardin Northern Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Kenton City Schools : 2 Hour Delay Ridgemont Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Riverdale Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Simon Kenton School : 2 Hour Delay Upper Scioto Valley Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Hocking Hocking Valley Industries : Plan B Laurelville Headstart : 1 Hour Delay Logan-Hocking Local Schools : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Knox Centerburg Local Schools : Closed Centerburg Senior Services : Closed Central OH Tech College-Mt. Vernon : 2 Hour Delay Danville Local Schools : Closed East Knox Local Schools : Closed Eastern Knox County Hot Meals Program : Closed Faith Lutheran Christian Preschool : Closed Fredericktown Local Schools : Closed Knox County Career Center : Closed Mount Vernon City Schools : Closed Mt. Vernon Seventh Day Advent Elem. : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Station Break Senior Center : Closed YMCA of Mount Vernon Preschool : Closed Licking Blessed Sacrament Elementary : Closed C-Tec of Licking County : Closed Cent. OH Tech.College - Pataskala : 2 Hour Delay Central OH Tech College : 2 Hour Delay Eagle Wings Academy : Closed Flying Colors Preschool Union Street : Closed Granville Christian Academy : Closed Granville EVSD : Closed Heath City Schools : Closed Hosanna Lutheran Childhood Center : Closed Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools : Closed Lakewood Local Schools : Closed Liberty Christian Acad. - East : Closed Licking Co. Christian Academy : Closed Licking Heights Local Schools : Closed Licking Valley Local Schools : Closed Newark Catholic High School : Cancelled Newark City Schools : Closed North Fork Local Schools : Closed Northridge Local Schools : Closed OSU-Newark Campus : 2 Hour Delay PALS Chrysalis Health Licking County : Closed Par Excellence Academy : Closed Phoenix Central : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Sonshine Preschool : Closed Southwest Licking Local Schools : Closed St Edward Preschool Granville : Closed St. Fran. DeSales Elem. - Newark : Closed TLS North East Johnstown : Closed Welsh Hill School : Closed Logan Benjamin Logan Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Indian Lake Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Ohio Hi-Point Career Center : 2 Hour Delay Riverside Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay : No Morning Preschool Madison Fairhaven Schools : Closed H.E.L.P. House : Closed Jefferson Local Schools : Closed Jonathan Alder Local Schools : Closed London City Schools : Closed Madison-Plains Local Schools : Closed Shekinah Christian School : Cancelled Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Tolles Career and Technical Ctr. : Closed Marion Elgin Local Schools : Closed Marion City Schools : Closed Pleasant Local Schools : Closed Ridgedale Local Schools : Closed River Valley Local Schools : Closed St. Mary Elem. - Marion : Cancelled Tri-Rivers JVS : Closed Morgan Morgan Local Schools : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Morrow Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools : Closed Gilead Christian Early Childhood Center : Closed Gilead Christian School : Closed Highland Local Schools - Sparta : Closed Morrow Co DD : Closed Mount Gilead EVSD : Closed Northmor Local Schools : Closed Muskingum Bishop Fenwick School : Closed Bishop Rosecrans High School : Closed East Muskingum Local Schools : Closed Foxfire Community Schools : Closed Maysville Local Schools : Closed Mideast CTC - Adult Center : 2 Hour Delay Mideast CTC - Zanesville : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency West Muskingum Local Schools : Closed Zanesville City Schools : Closed Noble Caldwell EVSD : Closed Noble Local Schools : Closed Ohio Daymar College Columbus : Opening at 10:00 AM Perry Crooksville EVSD : Closed New Lexington City Schools : Closed New Lexington Headstart : Closed Northern Local Schools : Cancelled Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Southern Local Schools : Closed Pickaway Circleville City Schools : 2 Hour Delay Creation Station Christian Preschool : 2 Hour Delay Foundations to Grow On Preschool : 1 Hour Delay Logan Elm Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay New Hope Christian Academy : 2 Hour Delay Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Teays Valley Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Trinity Lutheran Christian Preschool : 1 Hour Delay Westfall Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Pike Scioto Valley Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Waverly City Schools : 2 Hour Delay Richland Clear Fork Valley Local Schools : Closed Lucas Local Schools : Closed Madison Local Schools - Mansfield : 2 Hour Delay Mansfield City Schools : No AM Preschool Ontario Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay St. Mary, Mansfield : 2 Hour Delay Ross Adena Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Chillicothe City Schools : 2 Hour Delay Paint Valley Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Pickaway- Ross County JVS : 2 Hour Delay Pioneer Center : 2 Hour Delay Ross Co. Senior Center : 2 Hour Delay Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Union-Scioto Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Walnut Street Children's School : Opening at 10:00 AM Union Community And Seasoned Citizen Center : Closed Fairbanks Local Schools : Closed Harold Lewis Center : Closed Marysville Public Library : Opening at 12:00 PM Marysville Schools : Closed Memorial Hospital Mobile & Comm Meals : Mobile and Community Meals Cancelled North Union Local Schools : Closed Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Windsor Senior Center : Closed Vinton Snow Emergency : Level 1 Snow Emergency Vinton County Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Washington Warren Local Schools : 2 Hour Delay Wayne Dalton Local Schools : Closed Wyandot Council on Aging : Closed

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Categories: Ohio News

Columbus City Schools Board of Education moves forward with modified facilities plan

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Students at some Columbus City Schools will not be in the same building this time next year.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved modified recommendations to a facilities proposal to address overcrowding and building utilization at six Columbus schools. The changes will roll out over the next two years.

The recommendations include:

  • Current sixth grade students at Ecole Kenwood French Immersion, Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy, and Hubbard Mastery will remain at the three schools for seventh grade during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Columbus North International seventh through 12th graders will co-locate with Columbus Global Academy sixth through 12th graders. Those students will move to the former Brookhaven High School on Karl Road at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Dominion Middle School students will relocate to the North High School building on East Arcadia Avenue during the second half of the 2019-2020 school year.

Back in the fall, the district's Facilities Task Force recommended relocating ninth through 12th graders from Columbus North International and Dominion Middle School. Parents pushed back against the idea, bringing up their concerns such as safety and school feeder patterns.

The district says the modified plan addresses parents' concerns and overcrowding issues at the school.

The district will also begin a year of planning to create a middle and high school immersion program to form a new feeder pattern with Ecole Kenwood, Columbus Spanish Immersion and Hubbard Mastery. The anticipated launch will be in the 2020-2021 school year.

Columbus City Schools say it will open a new middle school immersion plan in the 2020-2021 school year. This will relocate sixth through eighth graders at Columbus Global Academy to the former Dominion Middle School site. The plan will also include a phase-down of the Columbus North International program to serving grades nine through 12 only.

The district will begin planning for needed maintenance projects at the three buildings to be impacted too.

Categories: Ohio News

Liberty Township hears from new medical director for first time

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 20:09

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Liberty Township residents heard from their new medical director for the first time Tuesday.

Dr. Ashish Panchal addressed the packed house at the township trustee meeting.

He provided an introduction presentation and told the people of Liberty Township he is committed and primarily focused on patient care.

He talked about training that will be going on about dealing with strokes and heart attacks. He is also looking to implement virtual reality training and making sure all the areas under his watch are on the same page with protocol when responding to calls.

When asked by the public about the toll the ongoing issues of the township has placed on firefighters and EMS, Dr. Panchal said he is aware they are currently doing their jobs under a high-level of stress.

"I see our medics right now and what they're going through right now is challenging," he said.

"And those are issues that need to be managed. And I say that because all these grand plans I have when it comes to developing all these different pieces, I think those things go much smoother with a group of individuals who have that stability and that strength of culture."

Fire Chief Thomas O'Brien also presented information to the trustees and told them he's "really excited" with the township's new direction and thinks it's a "great thing."

Trustees also voted with a 2-1 approval on a measure that was placed on the agenda Monday night by Trustee Melanie Leneghan, which asked Delaware County for $1 million a year for services the township provides.

Currently, the county pays $250,000 a year. Leneghan said the ask is a conservative figure and much-deserved.

However Trustee Shyra Eichhorn said it is asking too much too soon.

"Right now, we have a committee getting together of the fire chiefs in the area and they're going to be looking at the county as a whole," she said. "And then [they are] coming back and making some recommendations. I think we need for that information to come in, first, before we start talking about the dollars."

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus firefighter taken to hospital after house fire

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus firefighter was taken to a hospital after a house fire on Tuesday.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said firefighters responded to a home in the 1700 block of Rainbow Park.

Martin said the fire was in the basement but the house was overall pretty smoky.

A firefighter was on the second level when he became disoriented and started to run out of air in his tank, according to Martin.

The firefighter issued a mayday alert and called for help.

Martin said once the firefighter was out of the house he was taken to Grant Medical Center because he may have breathed in smoke.

The cause of the fire was accidental, Martin said.

He said sparks from a home remodeling project were left smoldering after people left the house.

No one else was hurt.

Categories: Ohio News

Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing 13-year-old girl

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:07

COSHOCTON, Ohio – The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing 13-year-old girl last seen on Saturday.

The sheriff’s office told the Coshocton Tribune Kendall Helms was reported missing from her brother’s home on North Third Street around 1 a.m. Saturday.

Helms is described as 5-feet 5-inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds.

Helms was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans with holes in the legs and black boots with 3-inch heels.

The newspaper reports she may be carrying a teddy bear with a pink sash.

She may also have a medical bracelet on her left wrist and a clear mesh choker.

If anyone has any information on where Helms may be, they are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 740-622-2411.

Categories: Ohio News

Gov. DeWine to announce proposed gas tax increase

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine will announce Thursday his proposed recommendation for increasing the state gas tax to address a chronic shortfall in spending on road renovations, the governor said at an annual forum sponsored by The Associated Press.

DeWine, a Republican, said there are no other solutions outside a gas tax increase while warning that any increase simply keeps Ohio from falling behind. He wouldn't provide details or say what the proposed increase would be.

"This is only status quo," DeWine said. "It is just to keep us where we are today and with the ability to do some safety projects that absolutely need to be done."

Ohio's road maintenance and infrastructure are facing an "impending crisis" unless more funding is provided for those types of projects, Jack Marchbanks, Ohio Department of Transportation director, said earlier this year.

Contracts for road maintenance that totaled $2.4 billion in 2014 may drop to $1.5 billion in 2020, and a $1 billion gap remains in the department budget, Marchbanks said.

DeWine also stood by his decision earlier this year to postpone an Ohio execution because of a federal judge's ruling that inmates could suffer severe pain under the state's current lethal injection method.

He has ordered the state prisons system to come up with a new three-drug method and acknowledged that that system —whatever it is — will then face court challenges.

DeWine, Ohio's four statewide elected officials, and leaders of the House and Senate gathered Tuesday at the annual AP event.

Earlier Tuesday, GOP Attorney General David Yost said Ohio was not approached to join a new lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Yost was joined by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Treasurer Robert Sprague and Auditor Keith Faber. All are Republicans.

The statewide elected officials all say they support Trump, but don't agree with him on every issue. LaRose called Trump's characterization of the media as the enemy of the people as "dangerous."

During an afternoon session, state GOP chairwoman Jane Timken said she believes Ohio will remain a battleground state, despite recent solid Republican sweeps. Democratic chairman David Pepper, answering a question about brain drain, said investments in urban areas to create "really attractive cities" are key to retaining and attracting young people.

Also Tuesday, House Speaker Larry Householder and Senate President Larry Obhof, both Republicans, and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes and Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, both Democrats, discussed legislative priorities for the year.

The lawmakers agreed that additional spending is needed to deal with problems with the condition of Ohio roads, including potholes on thoroughfares across the state. They disagreed about whether a gas tax was the best approach. Householder said he wants to study infrastructure needs first and wait on considering a tax. Yuko said Ohioans are already spending thousands of dollars repairing cars instead of roads.

The legislative leaders also:

— Backed the general idea of changes to the criminal justice system as Ohio struggles with overcrowded prisons. Obhof said he wants to see the prison population reduced. Sykes, who is black, said she's concerned about the overrepresentation of minorities in the incarcerated population.

— Signaled little support for any proposals to reduce the use of labor-scale wages on some public construction projects. Householder called it the "wrong direction at this time." Sykes said the idea would set the state back.

— Predicted sports wagering will come to Ohio following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the option for states. Householder predicted wagering will come to Ohio but doesn't know what it will look like. Yuko agreed, but warned it won't be the "cash cow" some people expect for state revenue. Obhof said he remains skeptical of allowing sports wagering.

Categories: Ohio News

Police: Thief stole electronics, money from Ohio State dorm rooms

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:45

Ohio State University police said someone has been entering unlocked dorm rooms at the university and stealing items like electronics, cash and credit cards.

Police said they are investigating five burglaries from unlocked, unattended residence hall rooms in Blackburn, Houston, Nosker and Taylor.

The crimes happened between February 8 and 18 at various times during the day.

Anyone with information related to these crimes, or the suspect’s identity, is encouraged to call University Police at 614-292-2121.

Categories: Ohio News

Staying safe while driving on slushy roads

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:41

With another round of snow on the way to central Ohio, a slick Wednesday morning commute is likely.

The worst of the snow is expected to hit during the morning rush hour and this snow will be heavy and wet which means you'll need to watch out for slushy roads.

One thing you may not know is that driving on slush is a lot like driving on wet ice, which isn't easy. The snow can fill the treads of your tires which makes braking, accelerating and turning much harder.

Slush can also make changing lanes on the freeway very dangerous. If you can avoid changing lanes, don't do it. But if you have to try to do it over a patch in the road where the slush isn't as deep and isn't as dense.

And when you make those lane changes do it gradually and approach any rows of slush at a shallow angle. That's because slush grabs onto your tires which can slow you down. If you drive through it as the wrong angle you can lose control of your vehicle.

It can't be said enough: take it slow when driving in snow and slush. Keep in mind that when you drive through it slush's natural tendency to grab onto your tires means that if you do lose control gently lifting your foot off the gas can go a long way towards slowing you down and getting you back on track.

Categories: Ohio News

Delaware man sentenced for rape of 2 underage girls

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:52

A Delaware man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for sexually abusing two underage girls, ages 11 and 12.

David R. Morris was indicted in August 2018 after the abuse was reported to law enforcement.

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien said Morris told detectives that the youngest victim was the aggressor.

Morris pleaded guilty to three counts of rape with force and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

If Morris is released from prison, he will be classified as a Tier III sex offender and serve five years of post-release control.

Categories: Ohio News

New Short North parking plan now being enforced

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:39

After a month-long warning period, Short North officials are enforcing a new parking process.

Parking Enforcement officers are now using an in-car computer system to check the license plates of cars parked on un-metered streets. Each officer's car is equipped with cameras on its roof.

"It can read license plates either from the left and right of the car," explained Enrique Robledo, a parking enforcement supervisor. "From here it tells us if it has a permit or if it's paid in the zones that we check."

Once a photo is taken of the license plate, a notification is sent inside the officer's car. The officer then uses a handheld device to double check the information.

"I select the vehicle, and it tells me the information here," said Robledo. "It'll say no paid time and that's where you issue the citation."

Officers can drive 20 - 40 mph while patrolling the area.

"Enforcement does go pretty quickly," Robledo explained.

Ticket prices range from $30 - $50 each.

There were 2,850 active resident permits and 2,036 active guest permits issued in the Short North.

Categories: Ohio News

Trump says he has 'absolute right' to declare emergency

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he expected to do "very well," against the suit, adding that he had an "absolute right" to make the declaration.

"I think in the end we're going to be very successful with the lawsuit," Trump said, arguing that the opposition was political.

A group of 16 states, including California, New York and Colorado, filed a lawsuit Monday against Trump's emergency declaration. The lawsuit filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco alleges Trump's declaration is unconstitutional.

All the states involved in the lawsuit have Democratic attorneys general.

Using a broad interpretation of his executive powers, Trump declared an emergency last week to obtain wall funding beyond the $1.4 billion Congress approved for border security. The move allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets.

Democrats have seized on the move as an example of executive overreach. The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a press release Tuesday that stated: "No one is above the law. Republicans must join Democrats to uphold the Constitution and stand with the American people - against the President's brazen assault."

Trump argued Tuesday that the wall was needed to "stop drugs and crime and criminals and human trafficking." He has repeatedly sought to paint a dire picture of conditions at the border, though illegal border crossings are down from a high of 1.6 million in 2000.

After weeks spent battling with Congress over border funding and what constituted a wall versus a fence, Trump said: "I can call it a barrier, but I think I don't have to do that so much anymore, we'll call it whatever we want."

Trump's use of the emergency declaration has drawn bipartisan criticism and is expected to face numerous legal challenges. A top White House adviser said Sunday that Trump was prepared to issue his first veto if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump singled out California for its lead role in the suit, seeking to link the state's high-speed rail project to his plan for the wall.

On Twitter, Trump claimed the "failed Fast Train project" was beset by "world record setting" cost overruns and had become "hundreds of times more expensive than the desperately needed Wall!"

The estimated cost for a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train has more than doubled to $77 billion. That's about 13 times more than the $5.7 billion Trump sought unsuccessfully from Congress to build the wall.

Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the rail project "as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long." He said the state would focus on completing a shorter segment in the state's Central Valley while seeking new funding sources for the longer route.

Categories: Ohio News

Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 13:38

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a person who lives in the building or was visiting someone there reported seeing the three together the night in question last month. However, he said video evidence allowed investigators to determine the report wasn't credible.

Guglielmi said the two brothers did meet with prosecutors and police Tuesday in a Chicago courthouse. There was no immediate information about what they discussed.

Smollett said two masked men hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, beat him and looped a rope around his neck. But last week, police announced that the "investigation had shifted" following interviews with the brothers and their release from custody without charges. Police have requested another interview with Smollett. They have declined to comment on reports that the attack was a hoax.

Smollett's lawyers have said the actor was angered and "victimized" by reports he may have played a role in staging the attack.

"Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying," the statement from attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said in a statement late Saturday.

Anne Kavanagh, a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers, said they would "keep an active dialogue with Chicago police on his behalf." Kavanagh didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, reported he was physically attackedwhile he was getting a sandwich around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 near his home in downtown Chicago. He said the men shouted the slurs and yelled "This is MAGA country," an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again." Smollett also said the attackers poured some kind of chemical on him.

Police looked through hours of video surveillance from the area but found no footage of an attack. They did find and release images of two people they said they wanted to question.

On Wednesday police picked up two brothers at Chicago's O'Hare Airport as they returned from Nigeria and questioned them about the attack. They also searched the apartment where the men live.

The men, who had been held for nearly 48 hours on suspicion of assaulting Smollett, were released Friday. Guglielmi said the next day that information police received from the men "has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation."

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Ohio man admits killing 13-year-old while he was high on meth

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 13:19

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say a convicted sex offender who admitted killing a 13-year-old Ohio girl while high on methamphetamine has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nick Iarocci says the plea spares 48-year-old John Richard Bove from a potential death penalty but also spares Kara Zdanczewski's family from a recounting of her 2017 murder.

Bove pleaded guily Friday to charges including aggravated murder and rape.

Messages seeking comment were left with Bove's attorneys.

WEWS-TV reports a police affidavit indicates Bove told investigators he took the girl intending to trade her back to her family in exchange for a drug debt her father owed.

Her body was later found in a field roughly 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland.

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Ohio State Spring Game tickets go on sale Friday

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:24

Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 22 for the Ohio State Buckeyes annual spring game.

The 2019 LifeSports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide, is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 at Ohio Stadium with a noon start time. Parking is free.

General admission prices are $5 plus a limited number of $15 reserved club seats. Children under the age of 6 are free in the general admission areas.

Current Ohio State students get in free with a valid OSU ID.

Construction on the north end of the C Deck will reduce seating capacity for the spring game.

Tickets can be purchased at http://go.osu.edu/19FBSpringGameTix, in person at the OSU Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 3).

Group tickets – $4 for groups of 50 or more – are available by calling the Group Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select Option 2).

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Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court bench after lung cancer surgery

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:15

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back on the Supreme Court bench on Tuesday, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer.

Wearing her customary black robe and ornamental collar, the 85-year-old justice walked unassisted to her seat beside Chief Justice John Roberts when the court began its public session. Ginsburg smiled as the justices stood before taking their seats, but no mention was made in the courtroom of the fact that she was returning after an absence.

As she often does, Ginsburg asked the first question during the hourlong argument, and nothing about her appearance or demeanor seemed out of the ordinary. She went on to speak about a half dozen times. The case the court was hearing involves a 2011 patent law, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, with the justices being asked to answer whether the United States Postal Service counts as a "person" under the law.

Ginsburg's first question was to attorney Beth Brinkmann, who was arguing for Alabama-based Return Mail Inc. The company owns a patent that was invalidated after a challenge by the Postal Service. Ginsburg wanted clarity on Brinkmann's argument in the case. Later, Ginsburg asked attorney Malcolm Stewart, arguing for the government on behalf of the Postal Service, why it would be that the government is treated differently under the law, with the government getting "two bites of the apple" while "everybody else gets just one."

It was not clear how the case would come out, with both liberal and conservative justices seeming unsatisfied by arguments on both sides.

Ginsburg had returned to the Supreme Court building on Friday for the first time since her surgery in December, but that was for the justices' private conference. She also was captured on camera on Monday by the TMZ website walking through a Washington airport.

Ginsburg was absent from the court in January as she recovered from the surgery. She missed six days on which the court heard a total of eleven arguments. But the court said she participated in the court's work during her absence.

The court will hear one more argument on Wednesday before hearing cases again on three days next week.

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'#MeToo' painted on statue of WWII sailor kissing nurse

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:44

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida want to know who spray-painted "#MeToo" on the leg of a statue depicting a sailor and a dental assistant kissing at the end of World War II.

Sarasota police said in a news release that officers found the phrase painted in red on the left leg of the woman in the "Unconditional Surrender" statue in Sarasota early Tuesday. The paint covered the length of the nurse's leg.

Police said officers didn't find any spray paint bottles in the area. No other objects were defaced.

Authorities estimate the damage to the statue at more than $1,000. They say the incident occurred sometime Monday afternoon or evening.

George Medonsa, the sailor who kissed dental assistant Greta Zimmer Friedman, died Sunday at 95.

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3 additional wrongful death lawsuits filed against Mount Carmel, former doctor

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:22

COLUMBUS — Three additional wrongful death lawsuits were filed Tuesday against Mount Carmel Health System, its former Dr. William Husel and nurses and pharmacists.

This brings the total to 19 wrongful death lawsuits filed in wake of the scandal at Mount Carmel in which 34 patients are believed to have received excessive doses of pain medications.

Most of the cases involved patients who the hospital has said were near death. Many were on ventilators and were given drugs like fentanyl as life support was being removed.

The hospital has said 28 of the patients are believed to have received potentially fatal doses. Six others received doses that went “beyond providing comfort” but were likely not the causes of their deaths, the hospital said.

Husel was fired December 5 following an internal investigation by the hospital. Twenty-three employees - including nurses, pharmacists and managers were placed on leave as a result of the investigation. Husel and his attorneys have previously declined to comment.

The latest wrongful death lawsuits involve patients:

  • Michael Walters, 57, who died Oct. 11, 2017
  • Virginia Brokamp, 72, who died on May 7, 2017
  • Sherry White, 73, who died on Sept. 26, 2014

Attorneys of Leeseberg and Valentine represent the families of these patients and more than a dozen others.

The law firm of Leeseberg and Valentine said that two of the latest patients named in these latest lawsuits were not part of the original group identified by the hospital. Brokamp and White were among the additional patients who the hospital later discovered their doses went “beyond providing comfort.”

In a statement, Leeseberg and Valentine said that:

“Michael presented to Mount Carmel on October 6, 2017 due to respiratory failure concerns. Michael was living in a skilled nursing facility, where he had lived for a few years due to a stroke. He was admitted to the ICU, but despite aggressive treatment his condition declined. In the early morning hours of October 11, 2017, shortly after the family agreeing to make Michael a DNR, Dr. Husel ordered 500 mcg of Fentanyl to be given by IV push, which order was approved by the pharmacist and administered by the nurse at 4:12 AM. This was approximately 30 hours after Dr. Husel provided lethal doses of 500 mcg each to Timothy Fitzpatrick and Beverlee Schirtzinger late on October 9, 2017. Michael died just 7 minutes later.

Lawsuits were also filed on behalf of the family of Virginia Brokamp (age 72) and Sherry White (age 73). Brokamp died on May 7, 2017 minutes after receiving a 200 mcg dose of Fentanyl from Dr. Husel. Sherry White died back on September 26, 2014, after receiving 200 mcg of Fentanyl ordered by Dr. Husel. Sherry White is the earliest known patient involved in the inappropriate and excessive doses of Fentanyl being ordered by Dr. Husel.”

In reports released last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, state health inspectors noted that in 24 of the 27 patient cases reviewed, Dr. Husel used an override to bypass the hospital pharmacy and gain access to pain medications through the hospital’s automated medication dispensing machine.

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VIDEO: Flying puck narrowly misses hockey commentator's head at CBJ game

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:50

An NBC Sports analyst was within inches of getting seriously injured by a hockey puck during Monday night's Columbus Blue Jackets game.

Pierre McGuire was standing between the two benches as the Tampa Bay Lightning faced off against the Jackets when the puck came flying in his direction.

With virtually no time to react, the puck came within inches of McGuire's face before it struck a camera.

Watch the commentator's close call:

"Tonight - we REALLY go 'Inside the Glass.'" - @JohnForslund

A close call for @NHLonNBCSports' Pierre McGuire in his usual broadcast position between the benches during the @BlueJacketsNHL v. @TBLightning game on @NBCSN.

"It's all part of what goes on down here." - McGuire pic.twitter.com/4FgztGJakB

— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) February 19, 2019

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Chanel: Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld has died

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:54

PARIS (AP) -- Chanel's iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years old.

Such was the enigma surrounding the German-born designer that even his age was a point of mystery for decades, with reports he had two birth certificates, one dated 1933 and the other 1938.

Chanel said Lagerfeld died early Tuesday.

Lagerfeld was of the most hardworking figures in the fashion world holding down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi from 1977, and Paris' family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983.

Lagerfeld's designs quickly trickled down to low-end retailers, giving him an almost unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:47

WASHINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020.

The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary in 2016 and told Vermont Public Radio on Tuesday that he planned to again seek the nomination.

Sanders has reshaped Democratic politics and earned a loyal following with his passionate defense of liberal proposals including free college tuition and single-payer health care. But he will face off against several other Democratic candidates who also want to appeal to the party's base.

Still, Sanders' name recognition, fundraising prowess and passion for liberal policies makes him a top-tier 2020 presidential contender.

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