Tara Morgan, WSYX ABC 6

Tara Morgan

WSYX ABC 6

Columbus, OH, United States

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Recent:
  • WSYX ABC 6
Past:
  • WTTE FOX 28
  • KABB FOX 29

Recent articles by Tara:

Mayor Ginther says he will not resign amid confusion on police response to protests

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther spoke one-on-one with ABC 6/FOX 28 about how police responded Sunday evening to protesters after both sides clashed downtown. “Obviously they’ve gone through a significant amount of training and they’re getting guidance from their sergeants, their lieutenants, commanders and deputy chiefs and chief of police. I have not had any officer ask me or question what… → Read More

Barcelona restaurant using reservations to help with contact tracing as it preps to reopen

Lots of restaurants are on the path forward but others are staying closed a little while longer. Barcelona in German Village is planning to be proactive in the fight against COVID-19 when it reopens next month. “The day that the governor announced we were able to start patio seating and indoor dining yesterday that phone was ringing within five minutes," said Scott Heimlich, owner of Barcelona.… → Read More

Columbus police officers offered overtime to help with restaurant compliance checks

Police officers are protecting Columbus Public Health workers as they protect you while dining out. 6 On Your Side Investigates obtained a Columbus police email asking officers if they want overtime to help with restaurant compliance checks. We wanted to find out why police officers needed to be along for the ride. “We sent out all 5 teams yesterday," said Columbus Public Health Commissioner,… → Read More

Possible surge in complaints expected as more business reopens in Ohio

As Ohio gets back to business, health departments are keeping a close watch for non-compliance issues. There’s been a steady stream of complaints but a surge may be coming as life returns to a new normal in this pandemic. “The orders are there to protect their patrons and to protect their employees,” said Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus Public Health Commissioner. → Read More

COVID-19 survivor donates convalescent plasma to help coronavirus patients in Columbus

A COVID-19 survivor steps up to help strangers sickened by the coronavirus here in central Ohio. 6 On Your Side Investigates first brought you the story of Damea Alexander last week. He is a nurse who recovered from COVID-19 after taking hydroxychloroquine prescribed by his family doctor. Alexander got the call to donate convalescent plasma. “I was excited I’m happy to see how this works,” said… → Read More

Delaware County assisted living community's call for help answered

An assisted living community in Delaware county is working together with health experts on a path forward after 6 On Your Side received emails about the community struggling in the COVID-19 crisis. Emails came into our newsroom about The Inn at Bear Trail about not getting what it needed to help keep the coronavirus from spreading. One woman shared the letter she received from the community’s… → Read More

Disappointment as salons not in the first wave of Ohio's reopening

Governor Mike DeWine says he knows people want to get their hair cut but says he needs to look at the numbers first after this first round of businesses reopen in Ohio. "A great desire to do hair and I fully get that and we're going to get there," said Governor DeWine. Ohio isn't ready to get you back in the barber chair or in the salon. There is disappointment and some understanding among those… → Read More

Doctor sees success in using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 as heart risk concerns mount

The anti-malaria medication, hydroxychloroquine, is under the microscope in a clinical trial after making national headlines. Last week, the FDA warned against using the drug outside a hospital setting or clinical trial citing heart risk concerns. The drug has been widely touted by President Donald Trump as a coronavirus game changer. → Read More

Hotels, restaurants, salons paint bleak picture to Ohio Economic Recovery Task Force

The struggle is worsening for hotels, restaurants, and salons. Industry experts say some may never bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio House Economic Recovery Task Force received a bleak picture from key industries as they discuss how to reopen Ohio. But one state senator says it can be done, even if it takes weeks to months to do it safely. “Many of our operators are significantly… → Read More

Doctors tell state task force they're ready to get back to business with backlogs growing

Doctors and dentists are ready to get back to business but want to be sure you’re comfortable first. The Ohio Economic Recovery Task Force discussed how to best move forward during a virtual meeting today. “Yeah, I’d be willing and able at any time assuming it’s safe to proceed,” said orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ian Thompson. Three medical professionals expressed to the task force not only a desire… → Read More

Highlighting the Helpers: Country star Lee Greenwood hails performance by ODOT worker

Country superstar Lee Greenwood is hailing a special performance of his legendary song, "God Bless the U. S. A. " Ohio Department of Transportation employee, Lee Baxter, sang the song for a video thanking frontline workers. It featured other ODOT employees along with bridges around the state illuminated in red, white and blue lights. “It’s not the first time I had somebody do that and it’s… → Read More

Young mother fearful and frustrated as she waits for coronavirus test results

A young mother says she’s left in limbo after being tested for coronavirus and can’t get the results. She said she’s left with many questions, and all she wants is to get better and hug her 5-year-old daughter again. “I feel like s---. I know I’m not allowed to say that, but that’s the best way I know how to describe it,” said the 26-year-old mother. She’s scared and fearing the worst is about… → Read More

Construction companies answering the call to donate masks to hospital workers in Columbus

From construction sites to hospitals, the call for protective gear is being answered in Columbus. The White House asked construction companies to donate masks to hospitals to boost their supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve actually had dozens of our partners already reach out,” said Roland Tokarski, OhioHealth VP, Construction Real Estate and Facilities. OhioHealth is on the… → Read More

Family wants answers after video shows deputy slamming man to the Ross County Jail floor

A man arrested in his own home ends up in the operating room after a jail takedown. It happened on November 25 at the Ross County Jail. Chillicothe police arrested James Stewart for disorderly conduct intoxication after police and medics were called to the home he shares with his ex-wife. In the Ross County Jail surveillance video, you can see deputy Timothy Claytor slamming Stewart to the floor… → Read More

Your dog or your home? Veteran forced to make tough choice

A Vietnam veteran calls 6 On Your Side Investigates after being told to either get rid of his dog or move out. Willie Williams is a disabled veteran who lives at Freedom’s Path on the Chillicothe VA Medical Center campus. He says he called 6 On Your Side Investigates because he didn’t know where else to turn. Williams, a Marine and Vietnam veteran, is worried about becoming evicted and isn’t… → Read More

Search warrants reveal timeline of an Ohio University pledge's final moments

Search warrants reveal what Athens police discovered in the hours, days and months after Collin Wiant’s death last November. The warrants also show the suspects involved gave police and the university varying statements. The warrants were for the Silver Serpent store in Athens, Wiant’s dorm room and 45 Mill street which was the unofficial annex of Sigma Pi. According to court documents, the… → Read More

Following the money: democratic presidential hopefuls reveal third-quarter fundraising

The democratic presidential hopefuls for 2020 have revealed their third-quarter fundraising numbers ahead of the democratic debate at Otterbein. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading the pack after raking in $25. 3 million over the past three months. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s haul is slightly lower at $24. 6 million but up from over $19 million in the second quarter. Both Sanders and Warren are… → Read More

Attorney calls what a Miami student endured a horrific nightmare after 18 charged

A Columbus attorney is calling what one student endured during a March hazing incident at Miami University a nightmare. “He was beaten from literally from his head to his toe with paddles that had been spiked with nails,” said attorney Rex Elliott. Elliott says his client was kicked, repeatedly beaten and forced to drink enormous amounts of alcohol all on one March night at Miami University… → Read More

Couple suing after construction materials uprooted them from their new home

A federal lawsuit blames toxic construction materials for uprooting families from Central Ohio homes. Two years ago, a strong chemical smell permeated the O’Byrnes brand-new home in the Chestnut Commons neighborhood in Pickaway County. During our recent visit, Joe O’Byrne borrowed an indoor air quality monitor. The reading in his basement fluctuated between green and yellow. Joe said green means… → Read More

Law enforcement recommends developing family plan for active shooter situations

Developing a plan for you and your family is key in order to be ready for an active shooter situation. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office offers CRASE or Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training. It focuses on how to react to an active shooter whether it’s in the workplace or at a concert. Detective Tony Casper is an instructor on counter-terrorism tactics. He says don’t be… → Read More