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One shot at wild weekend AirBNB party in Merion Village

Mike Thomas

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In the immortal words of iconic musical duo LMFAO, “party rock is in the house tonight. Everybody just have a good time.”

Unfortunately, a “good time” took a turn for the worse during a party at an AirBNB in Columbus’ Marion Village neighborhood over the weekend.

According to a report on NBC4i.com, neighbors of the AirBNB called police several times late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, as it seemed a party taking place in the residence was getting “out of control.”

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The neighborly apprehensions were proven correct when this rager turned into a full-blown shootout. It was only after shots were fired that police responded at the scene.

According to Columbus police, one man was shot in the incident. He was taken to Grant Medical Center and is in stable condition.

According to reports from the scene, there is still some trash left in the yard from Saturday’s party, along with visible bullet holes in the house.

UPDATE: In light of the incident described in this piece, a representative of Air BnB reached out to (614) with the following statement, as well as a detailed description of some of their company policies:

“The reported behavior is appalling and violates everything our Columbus community represents. We’ve removed this listing as well as the booking guest from our platform as we investigate, and we stand ready to support Columbus PD. Our thoughts are with the victim and the Merion Village neighbors.

Background:

  • Background Checks and Watch Lists: While no background check system is infallible, we screen all hosts and guests globally against regulatory, terrorist, and sanctions watch lists. For United States residents, we also run background checks looking for prior felony convictions, sex offender registrations, and significant misdemeanors. We are working with additional governments around the world to identify where we can do more background checks.
  • 24/7 Global Response & Assistance: In the rare event that any issue should arise, Airbnb’s global Customer Service and Trust and Safety teams are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 11 different languages to help make things right with rebooking assistance, as well as refunds, reimbursements, and support programs like our Host Guarantee and Host Protection Insurance. If, for instance, you arrive at a listing and it’s not as advertised, all you need to do is reach out to our team and we are here to help.
  • Host Guarantee: Hosts are protected by our Million Dollar Host Guarantee, which covers listings for up to $1,000,000 USD in damage — and it’s free for all hosts and every single booking.
  • Insurance: Our Host Protection Insurance provides home sharing hosts with additional protection against third party claims of property damage or bodily injury up to $1,000,000 USD.
  • Neighbor Tool: We want to do everything we can to help our community members be good neighbors in the places they call home, which is why we launched our Neighbor Tool. Anyone can go to airbnb.com/neighbors to share specific concerns they might have about a listing in their community. Hosting is a big responsibility and those who fail to meet our standards and expectations will be subject to suspension or removal.”
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New construction at I-70 split means more traffic for now

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Changes coming to a busy stretch of highway near Children’s Hospital could lead to serious-short term traffic headaches.

According to a report from 10TV, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced two changes to I-70 downtown which are set to begin this August.

First, traffic moving in both directions of I-70 will be shifted to the westbound bridge that carries traffic from the east side, past downtown, for one year. The bridge will host one westbound lane, as it does right now, along with the two eastbound lanes of I-70.

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In the next phase, Parsons Avenue will close between East Main Street and Mooberry Street for 60 days to demolish the existing roads, eventually re-building I-70 east over Parsons Avenue. Drivers should use Grant Avenue instead.

ODOT officials say that bringing I-70 to the top layer will eliminate the need for lane changes that lead to congestion and can cause accidents.

These changes mark the first of many planned projects for roadways in this area.

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Ohio legislation could bring marijuana possession fines down to $10

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

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

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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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Extreme, dangerous heat could be coming to central Ohio this week

Mike Thomas

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Freeze some ice packs, buy a spare fan, and get that rickety old AC unit serviced now—serious heat is on its way to the region later this week.

If forecasts from meteorologist Ross Ellet of 13 ABC in Toledo are accurate, central Ohio could be in for a scorching 111-degree day sometime between Thursday and Saturday. Note that this figure reflects the heat index, or the temperature it “feels like.”

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While our own NBC4’s forecast shows a slightly more conservative estimate, the projected heat index for Friday is still in the triple-digits at 107 degrees.

Extreme heat can be dangerous and even life-threatening, especially for the elderly and the very young. Be sure to check on vulnerable neighbors who may be without air conditioning during this summer heat wave, and keep your pets indoors and well-hydrated.

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