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“You’re a rude n****r.” Local contractor caught being racist on video

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A Columbus man is speaking out after a local contractor called him n****r several times outside of his home over a traffic disagreement.

“A man followed me from the interstate exit to my house, and then proceeded to berate me with the most disrespectful word to any African American,” wrote Charles Lovett in the caption of the photo he took.”

The driver of the company car, Jeffrey Whitman of Uriah’s Heating, Cooling, & Refrigeration, was upset because he thought Lovett cut him off in Morse Road traffic near I-71 and Sinclair Road.

“I just want to let you know what a n****r you are,” Whitman said to Lovett.

He continued the offensive name calling, saying, “You’re a rude n****r.”

Responses to reviews of Uriah’s on BBB are all signed “Jeffrey W****** Owner.”

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He then asked Lovett, “You got a job?” and “You paid for that?” in reference to his car, reports ABC6. 

The confrontation about the traffic right of way goes on for a few more minutes before Lovett eventually tells Whitman, “Have a good day, sir. Enjoy your life.”

In response to the video which has 1.2 million views and has been shared more than 35,000 times, Whitman issued the following statement, per ABC6:

“To Charles Lovett and the community,
I apologize for my use of the n word towards Charles Lovett on Tuesday, July 24th. I understand that using the n-word was not only hurtful towards Lovett as an individual, but hurtful towards the Black community at large. Using the word was dehumanizing, unacceptable, and inexcusable. My actions reflect an unhealthy mindset I have developed and I need to work to change. I have served the Black community for the last 9 years, installing furnaces and water heaters with pride. My actions that day are not a reflection of my feelings towards the Black community. I also understand that racial tensions in America are higher than before, and I regret my part in contributing to that tension. I realize that words are hollow without action, and because of the hurt I have caused, I hope I have the opportunity to give back to the Black community that I have harmed in a meaningful way.”

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Horny hoodlums snatch $2,000 worth of merchandise from adult store

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Columbus Police are seeking the public's help in identifying four individuals who stole lingerie and other, um, "goods" from the Lions Den store at 1144 Alum Creek Drive late Monday night:

https://twitter.com/ColumbusPolice/status/1163521235692740609

Staff at the store estimated the value of the stolen goods at around $2,000.

Is that a banana in your pocket, or did you just rip off a $600 "item" from Lion's Den? Police are asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 614-645-2072, or to email [email protected]

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Local thief steals shotgun from very unexpected place

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One thief gave new meaning to the word "brazen" late last night by committing a burglary in the last place you'd expect.

Police are on the lookout for a suspect who broke into a Clinton Township police cruiser over night, making off with a shotgun. The vehicle was parked at the police station at the time of the theft.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations was called to the Clinton Township Police Department at 3820 Cleveland Avenue early this morning in response to the robbery.

Police say they are dusting for fingerprints and using a K9 dog to help identify a suspect. The ATF has also been notified about the situation.

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First-of-its-kind high school helps students break cycle of addiction

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Students recovery from substance use disorders often relapse upon leaving treatment and returning to their old school. A newly opened school on the city's east side seeks to help young people break the cycle of addiction through dedicated care and attention.

Heartland High School is Ohio's first school specifically for students recovering from addiction. The inaugural class consisting of 8 students will receive a recovery-centered education that aims to create a sense of belonging, self-confidence and purpose.

The purpose of a recovery high school is to give students in recovery a high-quality education in a safe and supportive environment that is specifically conducive to substance use recovery.

Heartland High School will receive and maintain a charter issued by the state board of education. Students will be awarded a state-recognized diploma upon graduation.

Heartland High School is located at 760 E. Broad Street in Columbus. For more information, visit heartlandhighschool.org.

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