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“Man literally rotted to death” at local healthcare facility

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A patient at a local healthcare facility suffered one of the worst deaths imaginable after several employees failed to provide even the most minimal level of care.

“One man literally rotted to death because of their neglect,” wrote Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. “And we are paying them to take care of our family members. I am apoplectic.”

This heinous event and more allegedly unfolded at Whetstone Gardens and Care Center, 3710 Olentangy River Rd, in 2017.

Watch Yost’s address here.

In addition to the patient who reportedly rotted to death, another patient was found to have suffered physical harm as a result of improper care. This patient is also deceased.

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Seven employees at an Ohio care home have been indicted, including two employees and one contracted nurse practitioner who are facing involuntary manslaughter charges and four employees who are facing charges related to falsifying patient care records or neglect, reports Newsweek. In total 34 charges have been filed against the seven healthcare workers.

Nurses Sandra Blazer, Jessica Caldwell, and nurse practitioner Kimberly Potter were brought up on involuntary manslaughter charges by a grand jury in Franklin County Wednesday. Nurses Akosua Ayarkwa, Sheila Dains, Illuminee Muhongere, and Maegan Van Syckle were indicted on charges related to falsifying patient care records or neglect.

A legal representative for Whetstone Gardens said the employees were fired when management learned of the neglect.

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Upper Arlington woman charged in shocking Halloween murder

Regina Fox

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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.

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

Regina Fox

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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.

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Bizarre Crime: Woman breaks into Franklinton home to bathe toddler

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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.

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