Lu Ann Stoia, WSYX ABC 6

Lu Ann Stoia

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  • WSYX ABC 6
  • WTTE FOX 28
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  • Dayton 24/7 Now

Recent articles by Lu:

'I am a child molester' Former Chillicothe Boy Scout leader apologizes on social media

A former church youth leader and Boy Scout leader is taking to social media to admit he is a child molester. In a Facebook post Sunday Bill McKell said “My name is Bill McKell, and I am a child molester.... There is no excuse for what I have done. I sincerely apologize and seek forgiveness of each person I have caused to suffer hurt and shame. ” McKell said he abused young boys and teenagers for… → Read More

Columbus City Council committee holds virtual hearing on 'demilitarization' of police

Columbus City Council held a public hearing Tuesday about the “demilitarization” of police and their equipment. It was a virtual hearing that started at 4:00 p. m. with city council member Elizabeth Brown leading the questions that could be a part of re-shaping what the department looks like moving forward. Brown said the “presence of officers should never look and feel to residents like we are… → Read More

Demonstrators detaining buses and cars near downtown Columbus protests

While there have been thousands of peaceful protestors in downtown Columbus over the past few weeks. Citizens are increasingly concerned and frustrated over people detaining and harassing motorists and even COTA buses. While there have been thousands of peaceful protestors in downtown Columbus over the past few weeks. Citizens are increasingly concerned and frustrated over people detaining and… → Read More

Vandals target Christopher Columbus statues as city contemplates their place in history

The word “rapist” was spray-painted on the Christopher Columbus statue outside City Hall on Wednesday. At the Statehouse, the words “killer” and “slaver” also were written on the sidewalk next to the Christopher Columbus statue. Police are reviewing surveillance video after another statue at Columbus State Community College was vandalized for the second time. This comes one day after… → Read More

Dr. Acton urges calm during demonstrations and healthy practices as we battle COVID-19

In their latest briefing, state leaders are urging everyone to stay safe and healthy as the demonstrations continue. Ohio Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton normally focuses on the coronavirus, but Tuesday she addressed another public health crisis with an emotional plea. “These moments could tear us apart,” said Acton. “Our children are watching us right now. We are scared. We are their… → Read More

Downtown restaurants hoping workers come back to the office soon

Restaurants across central Ohio are now open for dine-in customers. But in downtown Columbus, many people are still working remotely and not frequenting their usual lunch spots. At Cinco restaurant at Broad and High Streets, tacos are considered essential. So are hungry customers. Normally about 87,000 people work in downtown offices. But as the pandemic continues, only a fraction of those… → Read More

Food pantry closing Grubb Street facility a surprise to clients

Nearly one-third of food pantries around the nation have had to close in recent weeks. Many food banks have seen a big drop in food donations, some as much as 75 percent. Despite the closures, staff layoffs, and dwindling resources, the demand for food has in most cases never been higher. The Holy Family Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry announced on Facebook they would be closing at the end of this… → Read More

Central Ohio restaurants welcoming dine-in customers with new COVID-19 restrictions

There are about 23,000 restaurants across Ohio, after Thursday’s dine-in re-opening about 80% of them have their doors open to customers. According to the Ohio Restaurant Association, by the end of May they expect 85% will be operating. While some are still evaluating what they will do, ORA Executive Director John Barker said at least 3% will not serve customers again. “These are mainly the… → Read More

Ohioans can make a hair appointment or visit a restaurant patio on May 15 as state reopens

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday that outside dining at restaurants and bars will resume on May 15th, and inside dining will resume on May 21st. Also, barbershops, spas, hair and nail salons are set to open on May 15th. Restaurants and bars will have to create a floor plan that follows social distancing rules. On all entryways there will be COVID-19 symptoms posted, asking compliance… → Read More

Flooding adds insult to injury for Central Ohioans dealing with coronavirus

The coronavirus is plenty for families to deal with right now, but Mother Nature is also giving them a punch in the gut. At the Little Theatre Off Broadway, the curtain will not be going up any time soon. It’s in the heart of the community and flooding has caused some major damage. “Everything is flooded. All the chairs, props, everything,” said John Heckman, the maintenance man who was shocked… → Read More

Muskingum University choir in Music City when twisters hit sending prayers to Nashville

A Muskingum University choir group is on their way home after a stop in Nashville put them in the path of the deadly tornadoes. There are 41 students and their advisors who had been on tour and stopped at the “Music City” for a day of sightseeing. Most of the students had just returned to their hotel rooms at the Millennium Maxwell House in North Nashville around midnight when they began getting… → Read More

New behavioral health center opening at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is getting ready to open the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion on March 10. Friday they celebrated the completion of America’s largest center dedicated to child mental health on a pediatric medical campus. The 386,000 square foot Pavilion will help meet a growing need as 11 percent of children ages eight to 11 and 22 percent of teens ages 13 to 18 have a mental… → Read More

Teens in West Columbus steal hearse with casket in the back, take joy ride, police say

It was no funeral procession. Teenagers hijacked a hearse that was left running next to the Jerry Spears Funeral home with keys in the vehicle. According to the Columbus Police report, “the hearse had a deceased person in a casket in the back of the vehicle. ” Bobby Pardon was traveling east on West Broad Street near the funeral home when he was struck by the hearse. → Read More

Franklin County Coroner discussing rash of overdose deaths, homicides

A disturbing trend in Franklin County revealed at a Wednesday news conference. Coroner Anahi Ortiz said three manners of death—homicides, suicides, and overdoses are on the rise in 2020. Ortiz said suicides and homicides rose 40 percent. “Youth under 18 accounted for about 28 percent of those victims, and 80 percent of the victims were African American compared 60 percent in 2019,” Ortiz said.… → Read More

Columbus working to prevent teen violence on the front lines

Recent teen gun violence has the city “doubling down” on efforts to reduce the crime. One of the violence prevention programs already established in the city is the APPS program. It stands for Applications for Purpose and Pride and was created in 2011. Mario Martin is leading APPS and said he took his previous rage and turned it into a passion for his work. “I lost one of my closest friends in… → Read More

Newark neighborhoods concerned about multiple fires started by "a human act"

Fire Chief Patrick Connor said they are investigating 18 fires that have happened in the Licking County city since January first, doubling the number they fought during the same time in 2019. Connor said a majority of the 18 fires were either arson fires or “started by a human act. ” Connor said he does not think they are dealing with a serial arsonist, but some people are being investigated for… → Read More

Wexner steps back from L Brands, sells majority of Victoria's Secret to equity firm

Ohio’s richest man is stepping back from the company he founded that made him a multi-billionaire. Les Wexner is leaving L Brands as the company sells a majority of Victoria’s Secret to a private equity firm. Wexner said Thursday, “it’s the beginning of an important new chapter in the evolution of this enterprise. ” Victoria’s Secret has been dealing with falling sales and increasing… → Read More

Worker killed in Licking Co. cave-in identified as federal authorities begin investigation

A federal investigation is underway by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) after a worker was killed in a trench collapse at a construction site on Honda Hills Road in Bowling Green Township. Licking County Randy Thorp said a man was trapped in a ditch that collapsed and other workers were attempting a rescue with a backhoe and shovels. Drew Oswald,39, of Baltic, Ohio died… → Read More

Efforts underway to reduce pedestrian-vehicle crashes in central Ohio

Columbus is growing. That means more people, more traffic, and more danger on the roads. The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Council (MORPC) said Monday the number of pedestrian-vehicle crashes has gone up in the region over the past five years. Stephen Patchan, Assistant Director of Planning & Sustainability for MORPC said “We are increasing in population, which means more people are driving and… → Read More

Explosion leaves retirement village in South Columbus rattled

It may be several days before investigators release the cause of a blast that happened at a retirement community in Hamilton Township early Tuesday. WSYX. Fire Chief Ralph Shillingburg said they are securing the property with a fence after an explosion around 6:40 a. m. Shillingburg said a man and woman were taken to the hospital in critical condition, but their names will not be officially… → Read More