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Racist business owner sentenced for viral road rage exchange

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Remember the racist business owner who was caught on video calling a black man the ‘n-word’ last summer? We’ve got an update on him.

Jeffrey Whitman, owner of Uriah’s Heating and Cooling, pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation, a reduction from the original disorderly conduct charge, reports NBC4i. He was given a six-month suspended jail sentence and a $500 fine for the road rage episode.

The victim, Charles Lovett, is disappointed with the sentencing and wishes Whitman would’ve been given more jail time.

The July incident stemmed from Whitman believing Lovett had cut him off in Morse Road traffic near I-71 and Sinclair Road.

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

Lovett captured the encounter on video and posted it to Facebook where it quickly went viral.

So this is happened to me this morning. 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. I wasn’t going to post it, because I felt that I should’ve known and did better in handling the situation, by just walking away and going into my house. But I’m human. Nobody, African American Mexican Puerto Rican deserves what’s been happening to us across the United States here lately. This incident is just one of many sadly. 😔 #IamBetterThanThis #UriahsHeatingAndCooling (if you’re in Columbus, OH; you can watch it and my interview tonight on NBC4 & ABC6 & FOX28 tonight)

Posted by Charles Lovett on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Soon after the altercation, NBC4i caught up with Whitman who told reporters he did not regret calling Lovett the ‘n-word.’ He’s since changed his mind.

“I would like to apologize to Mr. Lovett and his family. What I’ve done, and, ugh, I deeply regret it, and it is genuine,” said Whitman in court.

Also in court, Whitman admitted to losing his $400,000 a year business and is looking into filing bankruptcy.

Whitman’s lawyer Mark Collins said he had received professional help, counseling, and participated in outreach with the African American community.

Lovett has since gotten his Concealed Carry Permit because he says he lives in fear, reports NBC4i.

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

Mike Thomas

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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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Crime Spree: Man accused of committing 12 crimes in 30 minutes

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In a criminal rampage worthy of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games, Columbus police say a local man racked up a dozen crimes in just 30 minutes earlier this month.

29-year-old Rodney Edward King, Jr. allegedly committed his sprint of misdeeds on Aug. 6 between 9:54 PM and 10:15 PM.

King allegedly robbed the residents of five different apartments before throwing a rock at a cab on the street. He then threatened a COTA bus driver with a screwdriver, striking him on the foot.

King faces 10 felony charges and 2 misdemeanors, including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, aggravated menacing and Criminal Damaging or Endangering.

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Disturbing: Hundreds of animals seized from local pet shop, home

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In a scene that's being described as "disturbing," hundreds of animals, both dead and alive, were removed from a local pet store and residency Tuesday.

Columbus Humane agents seized about 100 reptiles, more than 90 dogs and puppies, and more than 50 livestock animals (turkeys, goats, pigs) from the Petting Zoo Pet Shop on West Broad Street and the owner’s residence on Demorest Road, reports 10TV.

The rescue and recover mission was the culmination of a months-long investigation into multiple complaints of improper caring of animals.

Columbus Humane will soon make available a list of supplies needed to care for the surviving animals.

Once the owner is in custody, charges will be filed.

https://www.facebook.com/columbushumane/posts/10157012717698591
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