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Is your text worth $192? Cops cracking down on distracted driving

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If you think waiting until a red light to check your phone will keep you under polices’ radar, you’re wrong.

Cops are cracking down on distracted driving through the end of September and are dishing out pretty hefty citations for violators.

Ohio State’s campus, Clintonville, north and south Linden and areas bordering Upper Arlington, and Worthington are the target areas of six officers assign to the blitz.

In the first two weeks, officers have stopped about 300 cars and issued 170 citations. The fine is $192, reports NBC4i.

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One of the assigned officers said 39 of his last 100 violators were on Facebook.

Per Ohio law, texting while driving is a secondary offense for drivers 18 and older, AKA officers would have to have another reason for pulling you over before charging you with texting and driving.

However, texting while driving is a  primary offense in Columbus.

But Columbus and some other municipalities in Ohio have local laws making texting while driving a primary offense.

The Columbus law says:

No person shall operate a vehicle while using a mobile communication device to 1) Compose, send or read a text message; or 2) Send, read, create, play or interact with internet-based content.

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One hospitalized after Clintonville-area Kroger shooting

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One person was taken to the hospital after being shot at the Clintonville-area Kroger Wednesday night.

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There are no details surrounding the shooting or information about the suspect(s) yet, but the victim was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital in stable condition, reports 10TV.

The shooting happened around 10:40 PM in the parking lot of the Kroger, located on the corner of North High Street and North Broadway.

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VIDEO: Stay Puft man stolen from 16-Bit by “sly motherf&[email protected]

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This is why we can’t have nice things. According to a post shared to the 16-Bit Bar+Arcade Facebook page, a heist team of caucasian YoPros made off with the establishment’s beloved Stay Puft Marshmallow man statue.

As security footage of the scene shows, several tank-topped bros distracted the door man with the old “will you take our picture” bit, while a female associate clumsily fumbled the figure out the door concealed under a jean jacket.

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The incident took place at the Dublin location of 16-Bit Bar+Arcade over Memorial Day weekend.

If you think you recognize anyone in the footage, please share your tips with 16-Bit by DMing them on Facebook or Instagram (@16bitbar) or emailing [email protected]. Please help spread this video around and see if we can’t bring Stay Puft home where he belongs!

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Gahanna man charged with beating uncle to death with bat

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A Gahanna man has been charged in the beating death of his uncle over a game of pool.

Police say 34-year-old Cameron Goodrich and his uncle, identified as 59-year-old Dino Goodrich, got into an argument at 285 Muskingum Drive just before midnight on Tuesday.

10TV reports the disagreement escalated until Cameron grabbed a baseball bat and struck his uncle.

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Dino was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Gahanna Division of Police is investigating this death as a possible homicide. Cameron has been detained by police and will be charged with murder.

Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact the Gahanna Division of Police Investigative Bureau at 614-342-4240.

On June 4, 2019 at approximately 11:49 pm the Gahanna Division of Police received a 9-1-1 call of a domestic fight…

Posted by Gahanna Division of Police on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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