Connect with us

Crime

Racist business owner sentenced for viral road rage exchange

614now Staff

Published

on

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.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

“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.

Continue Reading

Crime

Upper Arlington woman charged in shocking Halloween murder

Regina Fox

Published

on

Halloween turned horrific in Upper Arlington after a woman killer her father and injured her mother in a shooting.

According to NBC4i, Kristin Roth, 31, has been charged with the aggravated murder of her father and felonious assault of her mother.

Police were called around 6:30pm on October 31 (during Upper Arlington's trick-or-treat) on the report of a shooting on Colchester Rd. Officers found James Roth, 61, and his wife Elizabeth Roth, 60, both shot multiple times.  

They were transported to an area hospital where James Roth was pronounced dead. Elizabeth Roth is reportedly in stable condition.

Witnesses on the scene provided key information, which led officers to Kristen Roth's home Merrifield Pl. She was arrested without incident and taken to the Franklin County Jail.

The City of Upper Arlington posted the following message on its website:

The Upper Arlington Police Division would like to thank residents in the area of Colchester Rd who cooperated with first responders and helped officers quickly clear the streets of children and families just as Beggar’s Night was beginning. This was instrumental in keeping everyone safe.

Additionally, we would like to thank all of our law enforcement partners who also responded to this tragedy, specifically Hilliard Police Division, Columbus Police, and the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI).

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Community Relations Officer at 614-583-5197.

Continue Reading

Crime

Off-duty deputy shot in face during fit of road rage

Regina Fox

Published

on

In a fit of violent road rage, an unidentified person shot a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy in the face.

Deputy Jim Church was driving home around 11pm Friday night in the North Linden area after getting his dog groomed. According to ABC6 per Columbus Police, the suspect became angered with Deputy Church's driving and fired five rounds into his vehicle.

Deputy Church was hit once in the right cheek. He was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Deputy Church was released Saturday and is recovering at home.

https://twitter.com/ColumbusPolice/status/1188075902044954629
Continue Reading

Crime

Bizarre Crime: Woman breaks into Franklinton home to bathe toddler

Regina Fox

Published

on

You may think you've been part of a bizarre situation, but I guarantee it will pale in comparison to what one Franklinton mother experienced recently.

Areica Hill woke to find another woman inside her home, getting ready to give her 2-year-old son a bath.

Elizabeth Hixon, 22, was arrested and charged with burglary.

NBC4i reports Hixon claimed she entered the home to provide care to the young boy, who was outside the residence. During a phone call with NBC4i, Hixon's mother said she believes her daughter's heart was in the right place.

Hill, who had never met Hixon, hopes additional charges will be filed against her.

Hixon has posted bond.

Continue Reading
X