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Update: Apartment complex accident kills man, child

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Update: A second victim of the Hartford On the Lake Apartments accident involving a vehicle driving into a pond has died.

Eleven-year-old Leta Galagalo, who was rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital following the accident, was pronounced dead Monday afternoon.


07/08/2019: A neighborhood is calling for change after an apartment complex accident killed one man and put several minors in extreme peril.

Chaltu Guyo, 39, from Columbus, was attempting to park his 2008 Toyota Highlander at the Hartford On the Lake Apartments at 4505 Lakeside St. N Saturday afternoon when he lost control.

With no barrier to stop the vehicle, it plummeted into the lake below with Guyo, Dereje Kume, 55; Milkessa Kebede, 9; Kananissa Kebede, 7; and Leta Galagalo, 11 all inside.

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Neighbors quickly sprang into action and pulled two children from the water before rescue crews arrived. Firefighters then pulled the rest of the family to shore.

According to ABC6, Kume was trapped in the submerged car for at least 20 minutes before being brought to the surface. He was taken to Mount Carmel East where he died Sunday morning. The 11-year-old was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Now, the people who helped rescue the family are calling for fences or gates so that accidents like this can be avoided in the future.

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Browns or Bust: Obetz threatens to evict Crew SC if NFL players don’t make appearance

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The ins and outs of sports politics are just as messy in Ohio as anywhere. Still, one wouldn’t think that the small village of Obetz would be a hotbed for controversy that involves local government, Major League Soccer, and The National Football League. And yet, here we are.

According to a report from the Dispatch, Obetz village administrator Rod Davisson is insisting that Browns/Crew owner Jimmy Haslam bring the Cleveland Browns to his town for a mini-training camp, or a comparable event.

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If Haslam doesn’t make something happen, it seems Obetz will terminate the lease on the Crew SC’s training-facility, which is located in the same sports park that houses Fortress Obetz.

If Obetz doesn’t get what it’s asking for, the Crew would be asked to leave the training facility by December 2020. The Browns have already offered to host a youth football camp in Obetz, but apparently village officials have their sights set firmly on a larger scale event.

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“Detailed-as-Disney” Easton named #1 retail experience in America

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Just in time for its 20th anniversary, Easton Town Center has been selected by Chain Store Age Magazine as the No. 1 Retail Center Experience in America for 2019.

Al Urbanski of Chain Store Age attributes the massive success of the shopping development to local billionaire Les Wexner, “who laid down a new beat and melody for attracting consumers to retail,” wrote Urbanski.

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However, Yaromir Steiner, whose Steiner + Associates manages the property, believes its their nervousness that won them the award.

“Yes, we are doing well, but we are always looking forward to see what we need to change, how we need to adjust,” Steiner said.

Despite Easton’s genesis, the 3 million-square-foot development was called “as-detailed-as-Disney” and “Midwest’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination,” in the glowing write-up.

To read the Chain Store Age article about Easton Town Center, please click here.

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Update: City Council passes major reform on marijuana possession

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Update: Smoke ’em if you got ’em: Columbus city council passed sweeping marijuana reform laws last night, essentially decriminalizing possession of up to 200 grams.

Under the new law, the fine for possessing less than 100 grams of marijuana has been reduced to just $10, and $25 for between 100 and 200 grams. Penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia have also been done away with.

The new guidelines will go into effect in 30 days.

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07/17/2019: It’s not easy being green, but if Columbus City Council has its way, it might get a lot easier to hold some green.

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On Monday, July 22, the council will vote on legislation that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city.

If the measure is passed, those caught with up to 100 grams of cannabis would face just a $10 fine, with amounts between 100 and 200 grams earning a $25 penalty.

The council’s proposed measure would also contradict penalties enforced at the state level, meaning possession of up to 200 grams would no longer carry the threat of jail time.

A public hearing is planned this Thursday before the possibility of this new legislation getting the green light next week.


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