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Recent articles by Haley:

Mayor announces work group for civilian review board, members talk goals

The ability to investigate police conduct and even subpoena authority: that's the kind of power Mayor Andrew Ginther wants a civilian review board to have. "In one way or another, we will seat a civilian review board for the city of Columbus," said Mayor Ginther. He announced Wednesday members of a working group that will help shape what that board looks like and what powers members have. → Read More

Family says car hit by falling tree, power lines during Central Ohio storms Wednesday

The City of Westerville is cleaning up after storms Wednesday took down trees, knocking out power for neighbors. "You couldn't see anything, because the wind and rain. It was like we were saying it was like a movie," said Eric Heminger. Heminger told ABC6/FOX28 that he was driving with his wife and two of his children along West Park Street in Westerville Wednesday evening. → Read More

Columbus schools likely to have virtual prom, graduation; schools still planning

It is a question ABC6/FOX28 continues to get from many viewers: what about high school graduations? Thursday afternoon, Columbus City School leaders took on that question and many more from students during a virtual town hall. The team is still in the planning phase, but prom and graduation, of course, won't be traditional, because so many people can't be in close proximity. It's a situation all… → Read More

Retailers, dentists prepare to reopen in May, work on safety plans

Shoppers will soon get to look through the colorful and stylish outfits inside Fabtique along Lane Avenue. "It is not going to look the way that it did before the outbreak occurred," said co-owner Amber Wilson. Gov. Mike Dewine made the call Monday to allow retail to reopen in mid-May. "We are super excited," said Wilson, "we are very like cautiously optimistic. "Wilson said they will start… → Read More

Ohio businesses prepare to re-open May 1 as they await direction from Governor DeWine

Some business owners across Central Ohio are desperate for income and information during the COVID-19 pandemic. "We just need help. We are desperate right now," said Sonia Albers, Owner of Relax Wellness Day Spa and Salon in Grove City. Many businesses are preparing in case they can re-open May 1st. Governor Mike DeWine has said more details will be coming regarding the gradual re-opening. → Read More

Inside look at Central Ohio medical teams; anesthesiologists take precautions

ABC6/FOX28 is getting an inside look at people working to fight COVID-19 in Central Ohio hospitals, some working in potentially dangerous situations. So much of the job of anesthesiologists and respiratory therapists has to do of course with breathing, dealing with ventilators for example. The world health organization said it appears COVID-19 spreads if you make contact with respiratory… → Read More

How stores plan to limit customers under new stay-at-home order; garden centers adapt

Husband and wife team Brian and Bee Kocher voluntarily shut down their business, Fisher's Gardens in Reynoldsburg, about two weeks ago out of an abundance of caution. Since, they've transitioned to phone orders. "Are our employees willing to interact with the general public? Because that is kind of scary at this point and I can't expect them to do that you know if they don't want to," said Brian… → Read More

Coronavirus impacting Ohio jails, Franklin County inmates being tested for virus

The coronavirus pandemic is having a big impact on jails across Ohio. Last week, the recommendation from the state was to release certain low-level inmates to try and slow the spread by decreasing jail populations. "What you’re seeing around the country is a lot of jails scrambling to identify folks that are in need of incarceration or those that may be able to be let out because of the COVID-19… → Read More

Two confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Franklin Co., update on testing in Central Ohio

There are two confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 in Franklin County, as well as 28 confirmed cases in Columbus and Worthington. "Unfortunately today we are announcing our first death of a Columbus resident from COVID-19," said Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. It's a tragic milestone. Franklin County Public Health confirms an 84-year-old woman has died. Columbus Public… → Read More

Licking County dealing with major floods, first official case of coronavirus

Roads are still closed and water levels remain high across Licking County Friday as the community works overtime to deal with the floodwaters and it's first confirmed case of COVID-19. “We do have a 27-year-old female in Licking County, she was just diagnosed,” said Health Commissioner Joe Ebel. The team is working on details of the case as so many try to clean up after flooding. → Read More

Business owners, employees uneasy, working out next steps as restaurants close

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's announcement that all bars and restaurants are shutting down as of Sunday night to combat COVID-19, lead to a lot of emotion from owners and employees. “Extremely anxious, I worry about my staff because they are not just staff, they are friends, they are family, you know? It is hard and I worry about them,” said Beth Melick, owner of Mac’s, A Proper Pub in the Short… → Read More

'We don't take this lightly': Columbus schools detailing 3 week break due to COVID-19

Ohio's largest school district is making the call for its 50,000 students: no class starting Monday through April 3rd for all Columbus City Schools. "We understand this could be inconvenient for many of our families and our students, and those are part of our discussions. We don’t take this lightly," said Scott Wortman, with Columbus City Schools. This comes as Gov. → Read More

Two horses recovering after being seized in Fairfield Co., one around 600 lbs. underweight

Far from full recovery, a young horse is finally back on her feet after being unable to get up. "If she was down and unable to get up, especially you know in the cooler temperatures, she likely would have died. And honestly, her condition is still fairly guarded that she could still die," said Dr. Laura Hostnik, an Assistant Professor of Equine Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University. Two… → Read More

Columbus Police mourn loss of 'honorary officer' who won awards for stopping crimes

Columbus Police are mourning the loss of one of their "honorary police officers. " The people that love Jeff Clark say his legacy can inspire a community: do what you can to help others. Clark was once homeless, but through it all, he stepped up to help others and even stop crimes. Columbus police are honoring the life of honorary officer Jeff Clark. (Columbus Police) "He was the most optimistic… → Read More

Mental health driving conversations for Buckeye coaches Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann

Some of Ohio State's top coaches are talking about mental health awareness. It is a topic in the spotlight more than ever. In late January, Ohio State Basketball guard D. J. Carton announced he was stepping away from the team to strengthen his mental health. "I am hopeful... that we can get him on a path towards health, towards improved health. That is the only priority," said men's basketball… → Read More

'Intent is basically everything': Experts weigh in as William Husel murder trial nears

With the trial of former Mount Carmel doctor William Husel quickly approaching, ABC6/FOX28 is looking into the doses the men and women received before their deaths. Husel is facing 25 murder charges, with families left grieving. Husel has pleaded not guilty, with attorneys claiming it was comfort care. “I’ve been a prosecutor for 22 years and I have not seen a 25-count murder indictment," said… → Read More

Future of drag shows at German Village bar in jeopardy after complaints

The atmosphere is positive at drag bingo night inside Wunderbar in German Village Tuesday night. But, the bar recently got a zoning code violation for operating so-called cabaret type performances too close to a church or school, with St. Mary’s within walking distance. The bar is at the former site of the first-ever Max & Erma's Restaurant. A post online started a lot of discussion. Harry… → Read More

Veteran's family concerned about potential brewery, city says plans fit zoning

A new house means new possibilities for Paige and Eric Sponseller and their four boys. "They also have their own room so that’s a big deal to them. They have always shared a room with one other sibling," said Paige Sponseller. They just moved into their Marysville Habitat for Humanity home, after veteran Eric served multiple tours overseas. "I was in the Air Force for four years and I was… → Read More

Neighbors weigh in on proposed plan to build hotel in German Village

Could work on a new hotel break ground any time soon in German Village? That was the big, and at times emotional, discussion at a German Village Commission meeting in downtown Columbus Tuesday night. "We don't have to settle. We can wait and we need to do it right," said one neighbor to the commission. "It embraces German Village, while still giving us the ability to evolve," said another… → Read More

Family remembers mom, kids after murders, wants answers about future of death penalty

On Thanksgiving in 2010, a mother and two kids were found stabbed to death in North Columbus. More than nine years later, loved ones are still grieving and fighting for the mom and kids. Police said 31-year-old Tia Hendricks, her 10-year-old daughter Tahlia and 2-year-old Tyron were found. Since then, Caron Montgomery, Hendricks' former boyfriend and father of the two-year-old has been convicted… → Read More