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Recent articles by Maria:

Columbus Police ask for community's help to curb teen violence

The flashing lights, the gunfire. It's what Jessie Schorr heard as he was home with his fiance and kids. "It's terrifying," he said. Schorr lives a few houses down from where a 14-year-old was killed on Loretta and Medina Avenues. "I didn't know he was 14," said Schorr. "I have sons too. I can't imagine what his parents are going through. "Police say 14-year-old Nysier Terry died at the hospital… → Read More

FOP urging city that it wants to be a part of Columbus police reform discussions

As Columbus prepares for what could be another weekend of massive protests against police brutality, the city has made changes to how police respond to big gatherings and marches. But local law enforcement says they were never able to give their input on these changes. As Columbus prepares for what could be another weekend of massive protests against police brutality, the city has made changes… → Read More

Neighbors in Upper Arlington left cleaning up after storms roll through

The sounds of wood chippers and chain saws echoed throughout Upper Arlington. Many neighbors spent the day clearing debris and trying to clear off trees and limbs that toppled on their roofs. Debbie Manofsky was home when the winds started picking up on Wednesday. "It got so dark and rained so quickly and hard, I did not hear it," she said. She didn't hear the tree crashing in her backyard, but… → Read More

A mother's emotional plea as the search for missing Highland County teen continues

Highland and Ross county detectives continue to search for 18-year-old Madison Bell. Her mother, Melissa Bell, is hoping someone knows where her daughter is. "Maddie if you're watching this, please whoever has you, think Maddie, think and make a decision and get away. Get away and come home, "said Melissa Bell. Maddie Bell went missing Sunday morning in Greenfield in Highland County. She was… → Read More

Gym owners across the state file lawsuit against Ohio Department of Health

Friendship Fitness in Dublin just one of 35 gyms across Ohio now suing Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health for keeping their business still shut down. "So we had to take whatever steps are available to us," said Jeff Binek, the CEO of Friendship fitness. "We've emailed, phone calls to the Governor's office, and eventually now having to take things to the courts. " Binek… → Read More

Can I still get a divorce during the coronavirus pandemic?

Ohio's lockdown has put a strain on so many things such as finances, schools and even marriages. But that doesn't mean you can't end your marriage now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Divorce attorney Andrew Grossman says there's plenty to consider if you look to get a divorce now or you're in the middle of getting one. "In my firm we've don dozens of final hearings by zoom with judges on… → Read More

Urban and Shelley Meyer team up with Central Ohio charities to help feed 20,000 people

It's a new campaign to help those struggling because of the Coronavirus. And it's being spearheaded by some familiar Buckeyes. Urban and Shelley Meyer's commitment to Buckeye Nation is unwavering, and they want to help. "Columbus is our home," said Urban Meyer. "Anything we can ever do to help our home we will try to do. "The couple is teaming up with Corso Ventures, the Make-A-Day foundation,… → Read More

Arnold Sports Festival fans frustrated, kept out of competitions because of COVID-19 fears

Arnold Sports Festival officials responded Thursday to the order from Governor DeWine and the State of Ohio Health Department to prevent fans from watching most of the competitions. "We did try to fight for fans to watch sporting events," said Daniel Ketchell the Chief of Staff for team Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ketchell says they tried to give athletes competing for the chance to have their loved… → Read More

Is your robot vacuum cleaner spying on you?

Susan Huffman loves her Roomba vacuum. "I love to clean and I don't have a lot of time these days with two very busy active teenagers and a full-time job. Also, I'm running the house by myself, so I really wanted one, " she said. So for the past year "Ruby," yes, people name their Roombas, has been sweeping her home -- collecting dirt and mapping out the inside of where she lives. "It's great! I… → Read More

To compete with online sales, retail stores making shopping trips an 'experience'

For Eusebio Martin Zamora, walking into a store is what he prefers. But getting shoppers inside is a challenge with sales at some companies like Kohl's and L-Brands just now reporting a decrease in fourth-quarter earnings. "I'd rather go in and try on shoes or a shirt or even touch the water and understand what it looks like," said Zamora. Marketing professor Bruce Ramsey with Franklin… → Read More

Pickerington family urging driver of hit and run to come forward

Family and Franklin County investigators hope 'time' will help solve a 2013 northeast side hit and run. The family of Jacob Zang speaking out about the case, they say the holidays are tough now that he is no longer with them. "We always start the day off and go to Mass, New Year's for him and then go out to the cemetery. It's hard," said Shelly Zang Jacob's mother. It was New Year's around 4:35… → Read More

Whitehall police want 13-year-old suspect to turn himself in

He's only 13, but his alleged crime isn't Child's play. Whitehall Police have an attempted murder warrant out for Gregorio Canchola, and tonight they have a message for him that they hope he hears. "We would encourage him to come forward, to come forward with his parents. Come forward with an attorney. We want to hear his side of the story," said Deputy Chief Daniel Kelso. Right now police say… → Read More

Living on *ichigan Avenue difficult for Buckeye fans

When you're a Buckeye Fan like Holly Lorton everything is decked out in scarlet and gray. She flies an Ohio State flag proudly, has signs supporting the Buckeyes and her ceramic goose is wearing team colors. She says she even tailgates every home game. So with so much love for OSU - why would she live on *ichigan Avenue? "We get that question all of time, " she saidIt's a street that, especially… → Read More

Where are they now? Catching up with former Buckeye offensive lineman Evan Blankenship

Like apple pie and baseball... country music and football are intertwined. So after playing football at The Ohio State University, former Buckeye Evan Blankenship did not try out for the NFL. Instead, he headed to Nashville. "I was always the one who represented the football team at the student-athlete talent shows," said Blankenship. Blankenship spent his college career playing both sides of… → Read More

Trying to alleviate traffic: COTA and City of Columbus study Ohio State Game Day traffic

If you're heading to a Buckeye game then you know traffic gets backed up. COTA and the City of Columbus are now studying how to alleviate some of that traffic. "We want to know how we can get buses, bikes and scooters through high traffic areas like a football game day, " said Jeff Pullin the Public Information Officer for COTA. " What we're going to do is create a dedicated bus, bike and… → Read More

Mayor Ginther unveils 2020 Columbus City budget proposal

At Glenwood Community Recreation Center Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther unveiled his $965 million proposed operating budget for 2020. "This year's budget is all about neighborhoods and our residents," said Ginther. The mayor wants to add 70 new firefighters and 90 new police officers. Ginther says that it will bring the highest number of first responders in the city's history. He also wants to add… → Read More

Where are they now: Catching up with former Buckeye Doug Datish

When former Buckeye Doug Datish's company receives a call, he knows he can help save lives. Datish, who played for the Buckeyes from 2002-07, is co-owner of a Detox and short term Rehab Center in Jamestown, Pennsylvania. The Football Fever caught up with him at the Alpine Springs Rehabilitation & Recovery Center, one of two centers he runs. "If you know anything about addiction, you know when… → Read More

Holiday shopping sales start early in Central Ohio

Apparently, it's not too early to start your holiday shopping. Stores in Central Ohio are already rolling out pre-black Friday deals. Dr. Doug Ross, a marketing professor at Franklin University says it's a good time to be a shopper. "The shopper always wins in this kind of atmosphere, and Walmart started October 25th," he said. Deals at stores and on-line are already underway. One reason for the… → Read More

Where are they now? Catching up with former Buckeye cornerback Ty Howard

Ty Howard, 45, is no longer picking off passes in the Buckeye secondary. The Football Fever's Maria Durant caught him at his home, picking up his son. "He just has a lot of energy. It's contagious," Howard said. Howard is a hometown boy. He graduated from Briggs High School about 27 years ago. He was recruited by Penn State and that team up north but chose to stay in Columbus and stay close to… → Read More

United Way - E3: Educate, Empower and Elevate

It's been a three-year journey so far but next May, Shadena Carter will graduate from Ohio Dominican University. "I'm a double major in risk management and insurance. As well as business administration," said Carter. Carter says she's always wanted to go back to school but because of some bad life choices, she never thought it would happen. Until now, when the single mom and recovering addict… → Read More