Lisa Rantala, WTTE FOX 28

Lisa Rantala

WTTE FOX 28

Columbus, OH, United States

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  • WTTE FOX 28
Past:
  • WSYX ABC 6
  • FOX Baltimore

Recent articles by Lisa:

Civic leaders want to meet with CCS parents to discuss school fights & violence

Civic leaders in south Columbus are calling ABC6 On Your Side Problem Solvers to follow up on a franchise investigation into school violence that aired this week. Problem Solver Lisa Rantala spoke with parents and students affected by what they call increased tensions, fighting, and attacks. She featured the social media pages now highlighting and posting the in-school assaults. → Read More

Traveler wants answers after truck totaled in secured Columbus Regional Airport lot

During the busiest travel weekend of the year, one passenger called ABC6 On Your Side Problem Solvers to say he found his truck totaled at Rickenbacker Airport after returning to Columbus. "Damage, damage, damage,” said Regis Martin in a video he sent to ABC6 On Your Side Problem Solvers. Images from this month show tires and rims stolen from Martin’s truck, which had been placed up on cinder… → Read More

Columbus officer on suicide watch in jail, other denied release from federal custody

A day before Columbus Police officer John Kotchkoski asks a federal judge for his release, Delaware County Jail administrators say they placed him on suicide watch in their facility. Federal agents charged Kotchkoski and fellow narcotics officer Marco Merino this week for their alleged roles in a conspiracy, bribery, and drug distribution case involving kilograms of fentanyl and cocaine. John… → Read More

US attorneys recommend no bond for CPD officers charged in massive federal drug case

Two Columbus Police officers assigned to the department’s narcotics unit could face life in prison for their alleged roles in a drug case. Officers Marco Merino and John Kotchkoski are accused of possessing and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute massive amounts of drugs and taking bribes to protect drug shipments traveling throughout Columbus and other parts of central Ohio. "It's… → Read More

Columbus mom exercising rights as a renter to get problem property fixed facing eviction

A Columbus mother of five desperate to get her problem property fixed now finds herself facing eviction. Mekol Womack told ABC6 On Your Side Problem Solvers that she applied to put her rent in escrow until unhealthy living conditions were repaired by her landlord. After that, her landlord filed an eviction case against her. "I hate talking about it because it just makes me mad," Womack said… → Read More

Franklin County Dog Shelter adopts out missing Yorkie with tag days after she got loose

A Columbus dog mom called WSYX On Your Side Problem Solvers for help after she claims her four-year-old Yorkie, Bella, got loose and was adopted out by the Franklin County Dog Shelter within days. "They adopted her out.. and it's like taking, it's like taking somebody's child," said Ellette Rollins through tears in the middle of her Elaine Road living room. "I'll get up and holler ‘Bella’ but I… → Read More

City attorney to meet with owners of crime-ridden apartments amid a rash of gun violence

The Columbus city attorney plans to meet with the owners of Southpark apartments, where men and children were shot in a recent rash of deadly gun violence this week. Zach Klein told ABC6 On Your Side Problem Solvers that if operators of the property cannot clean up their act, he will take them to court. MORE l 3 shot, including 12-year-old boy in South Franklinton early Wednesday. → Read More

Columbus tenants claim they're flooded out of homes on property nearing seizure & sale

On paper, the current code violations against the owners of Colonial Village Apartments off Livingston Avenue reach more than 200. However, a week after a Franklin County Municipal judge granted a permanent injunction on the property and ordered it up to code, tenant Charles Walker showcases his flooded apartment and hallway to ABC6 On Your Side Problem Solvers. "See this water? See this water… → Read More

Linden area drug house shut down after On Your Side Problem Solvers report

The City of Columbus announced Thursday it has shut down a drug house in the Linden Area. This comes just weeks after neighbors there called ABC 6 On Your Side Problem Solvers demanding action. Neighbors along Kenmore Road said they've complained about a home with felons carrying guns and selling drugs for months, but no one listened. Days after we told their story, police searched the house and… → Read More

Safety or rent? Columbus mom forced to choose during warnings of affordable housing crisis

A mother desperate to keep her girls safe called, ABC6 On Your Side Problem Solvers to ask why the Community Shelter Board would place her in a problem property. Rebekah Ndolo said she left the shelter in December and moved into the Wedgewood Apartments on the west side. Now, she wants out. “It's scary. It's scary,” Ndolo told Problem Solvers. “I don't want (my children) to think that doing… → Read More

$100,000 worth of drugs found in home neighbors reported to On Your Side Problem Solvers

After months of complaints regarding a possible drug house in the Linden neighborhood and neighbors feeling like the city was not listening, Columbus police say they searched the home to find $100,000 worth of drugs, four guns, and $21,000 cash inside. "That amount of narcotics is enough to literally supply an entire portion of the city, specifically Linden," Sgt. James Fuqua told ABC 6 On Your… → Read More

Teen accused of shooting 2 young children in Franklinton due back in court

A 16-year-old wanted in a Franklinton shooting that injured 2 children is due back in court next week. Shaliq Nyshawn Bing, 16, started firing into a crowd from a dark-colored SUV, according to police. Two children, ages 4 and 7, were on their bikes and hit by the gunfire. Both were rushed to the hospital. RELATED | Two children injured in shooting near Franklinton. The incident occurred along… → Read More

Columbus mother shot at 23 times while parking car at east side strip mall

Surveillance video from an east Columbus eatery captured a violent attack against a mother of two who was attempting to park her car. In front of Fisher Fish and Chicken, the video shows three suspects jump out of their red car and run to the SUV driven by Jessica Marzett. Within ten seconds, police say the suspects fired at Marzett 23 times. "They heard the shots. We had customers on the… → Read More

Court omissions, redactions leaving more questions than answers in Ma'Khia Bryant custody

The death of a Columbus teenager shot and killed by police captured national headline and calls for several federal investigations. It happened on April 20th when Columbus Police were called to a foster home on Legion Lane. Once arrived, Ma'Khia Bryant, 16, can be seen on police body camera with a knife in her hand and approaching another girl at the scene. Inches away with the knife up,… → Read More

Court omissions, redactions leaving more questions than answers in Ma'Khia Bryant custody

The death of a Columbus teenager shot and killed by police captured national headline and calls for several federal investigations. It happened on April 20th when Columbus Police were called to a foster home on Legion Lane. Once arrived, Ma'Khia Bryant, 16, can be seen on police body camera with a knife in her hand and approaching another girl at the scene. Inches away with the knife up,… → Read More

Grieving Columbus mom who lost her teenage son to gun violence claims 'all kids have guns'

A Columbus mother is now forced to bury her 15-year-old son who police say was learning remotely from home and gunned down by another 15-year-old teenage boy. Tre Von Dickson was shot and killed at his east Columbus apartment last month by a boy his mother Shawna Brady told ABC 6/FOX 28 he knew from his football league. Police say Dickson fired his own gun and wounded his young killer before he… → Read More

Grieving Columbus mom who lost her teenage son to gun violence claims 'all kids have guns'

A Columbus mother is now forced to bury her 15-year-old son who police say was learning remotely from home and gunned down by another 15-year-old teenage boy. Tre Von Dickson was shot and killed at his east Columbus apartment last month by a boy his mother Shawna Brady told ABC 6/FOX 28 he knew from his football league. Police say Dickson fired his own gun and wounded his young killer before he… → Read More

At least 50% of eligible Franklin County high school students interested in COVID shot

Columbus City Schools delayed meeting with parents on school vaccination clinics as Nationwide Children’s Hospital tried to vaccinate 15,000 teens these next few weeks. CCS holds virtual engagement sessions for parents to answer questions on specific topics. Thursday’s topic included the Pfizer vaccine that Ohio 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds are now eligible to take and its availability. → Read More

At least 50% of eligible Franklin County high school students interested in COVID shot

Columbus City Schools delayed meeting with parents on school vaccination clinics as Nationwide Children’s Hospital tried to vaccinate 15,000 teens these next few weeks. CCS holds virtual engagement sessions for parents to answer questions on specific topics. Thursday’s topic included the Pfizer vaccine that Ohio 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds are now eligible to take and its availability. → Read More

School districts see spikes in potential graduation rates with law adjusting requirements

During a year of education struggle, some school districts are on track for spiking graduation rates due to a new law passed last month. Several suburban districts in central Ohio are starting to see graduation rates of nearly 100%. “If we have students not able to graduate this year in large percentages, that’s cause for concern in the whole world of education,” Kevin Miller with the Buckeye… → Read More