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“We are open as a community,” Westerville signs pro-refugee resolution

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As of Tuesday night, refugees are officially allowed to resettle in Westerville, following the passage of a resolution by the Westerville City Council. The resolution passed by a vote of 7-0.

“It does not commit any city resources, it doesn’t obligate us to a certain number of refugees or anything of that sort. It simply says that we are open as a community, as we have been in the past,” said Westerville City Manager David Collinsworth, per 10TV.

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Ohio has given the green light to refugees seeking asylum since President Trump sign an order in September saying the federal government should resettle refugees only in communities where the state and local governments have consented.

An affiliate of Community Refugee & Immigration Service told 10TV that the agency resettle approximately 250 refugees in Central Ohio.

In a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Christmas Eve, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made it clear that the state will welcome more refugees from “all corners of the globe.”

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Kahoots suit blames disbanded Vice unit for closure

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The fallout from Columbus' embattled former vice squad continues, as a new lawsuit has been leveled against officers by the owners of Kahoots.

According to WOSU, Icon Entertainment Group, which owned club operations at the now-closed gentleman's club on Kenny Road, has sued former Columbus Vice officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster. The suit claims that Rosser and Lancaster's improper enforcement activities are the reason that the club went under.

Rosser and Lancaster were among the officers who arrested porn star Stormy Daniels at Columbus' Sirens Gentleman's Club in 2018. In addition to this new suit, several former Kahoots dancers sued Rosser and Lancaster for unlawful arrests, claiming the officers targeted the dancers in retaliation for the club firing a police informant.

The Columbus Vice Unit was disbanded in the spring of 2018 following multiple FBI investigations into its officers' conduct. Rosser and Lancaster are still employed by the department in other roles.

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Dublin will never be the same with new pedestrian bridge, opening soon

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Get those walking shoes ready because we have an official open date for the pedestrian bridge connecting the city of Dublin's historic district to the Bridge Park development.

According to 10TV, the new bridge spanning the Scioto River will open to the public on March 13. A community celebration and dedication will take place that day from 7pm- 11pm at the West Plaza.

Opening celebrations for the new bridge will land right between Dublin's annual State of the City address on March 12 and the "Greenest, Grandest" St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14.

“We couldn’t be prouder to open this pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Scioto River, which has been a vision of the Dublin community and Dublin City Council for decades,” says Megan O’Callaghan, Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer in a news release.

“We know the end result is something Dublin residents can be extremely proud of. From the sleek main tower and suspension design to the 'S' shaped bridge deck and special lighting features, this is truly a unique bridge that will serve as one of Dublin’s defining City icons.”

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Man identified in apparent fall at Ohio State construction site

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Update: The body discovered at a construction side on Ohio State University's campus has been identified.

Fox8 reports foul play is not suspected in the death of Corey Ray Bias, 20, of Johnstown. He was a third-year political science major.

A call came in on Friday morning about a man appearing to be on some scaffolding about five or six stories up and then falling off.

Columbus fire crews arrived at the site near Neil and West 11th avenues around 6:30am, but Fox8 reports it appeared he had been on the ground for some time and was not breathing.

Both Ohio State and Bias' high school in the Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools are making counselors available for students.

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01/17/2020: A body was discovered at a construction site on Ohio State University’s campus Friday morning.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State University Police were first called the area of Neil Avenue and 11th Avenue near the dorm Mack Hall around 6:30am.

The university said there is no ongoing threat.

No additional details were released as the investigation continues.

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