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Locals not going with the tow, suing Shamrock for illegal practices

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You come back to your parking spot after a night out on the town, only to find your car is missing. Your mind begins to race. Could it have been stolen? Then you notice the sign: tow away zone.

Sometimes, getting towed is merely the price you pay for your own lack of awareness. In other situations, towing can seem downright predatory. According to two Pickering residents who have filed a lawsuit against a local towing company, the practice might even be illegal.

The two plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against Westerville-based Shamrock Towing in Franklin County Common Pleas Court this week, claiming the company has illegally towed thousands of vehicles from “private tow-away zone” lots in the last four years.

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The lawsuit claims that Shamrock’s “tow away zone” signage does not meet Ohio state laws that regulate towing, and that the “private tow-away zone” signs that Shamrock provides to its customers are illegal.

Under Ohio law, “private tow-away zone” signs must include details on exactly who is allowed to park on a property, or the business name or address of the property to which the lot belongs. The suit alleges that Shamrock’s signs fail to meet these requirements.

If the suit is successful, it is estimated that Shamrock would have to pay upwards of $2.5 million in damages to those who are part of the class action.

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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.

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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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Rossi or Ratssi? Rodents force closure at Short North restaurant

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Someone is getting assigned to some “Charlie Work” after The Rossi Bar and Kitchen was served a red sticker by the Columbus Public Health Department.

The Short North restaurants was issued an emergency order yesterday because of “rodent activity in the basement prep area.” Reportedly, inspectors discovered dead rats in traps and excessive rat feces in the bowels of the 895 N. High St. building.

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Rossi will remain closed until the facility is cleaned, holes in the basement are repaired, and the rats are under control, according to a post from Tom Sussi, a local licensed and insured Private Investigator.

Sussi added that sources informed him that employees are not being paid on time.

Rats!The rodents forced a popular Short North restaurant to shut its doors.The Columbus Public Health Department…

Posted by Tom Sussi on Thursday, August 15, 2019

In an Instagram post, Rossi announced it’d be closed “for the next few days due to emergency repair.”

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Zoo welcomes “adorable, bright, alert” baby

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All anyone wants in life is to be described as “adorable, bright, alert” and the Columbus Zoo’s newest baby got those labels after only one month of life. Staff has been fawning over the female Siberian musk deer born on July 19.

The yet-to-be-named fawn was born weighing less than two pounds—normal for the breed. Her spots will soon give way to an all-over brown coat, according to the zoo.

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The zoo says the fawn and mom are currently behind the scenes while she continues to grow big and strong.

Siberian musk deer are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

We’re fawning over this new baby! On July 19, a female Siberian musk deer was born to parents Lady Stetson (mom) and…

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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