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Columbus airport to be renamed after John Glenn

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 4:45 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 5:21 PM

Airport to be renamed after John Glenn

The main airport in Ohio’s capital will be renamed John Glenn Columbus International Airport to honor the American hero if a bill moving swiftly through the Statehouse becomes law.

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, is spearheading the name change to honor Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth and a four-term United States senator. Rosenberger said Tuesday that he has lined up support from Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, Gov. John Kasich, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Franklin County commissioners and others.

“I had a chance to catch both Sen. Glenn and Annie Glenn yesterday at a function before they took off and said ‘Would you mind if we did this?’ And of course he is extremely humble and would never look to seek anything like that but was extremely touched,” Rosenberger said. “I think it is very befitting for his honor.”

Glenn, now 94, has lived a storybook life. The small-town Ohio boy married his childhood sweetheart, Annie Castor, and served as a fighter pilot in two wars, a test pilot, an astronaut and a U.S. senator.

In 1998 he returned to space on a nine-day mission aboard the Discovery space shuttle, becoming the oldest American in space. Last year, Ohio State University elevated the John Glenn School to the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Glenn is now the last of the original Mercury 7 astronauts still living.

Rosenberger said he expects minimal cost to the name change because he anticipates signs would be changed out as needed over time.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate or fitting honor than to have John Glenn’s name on central Ohio’s largest airport,” said Dale Butland, who served on Glenn’s Congressional staff. “He’s been called the last genuine American hero and when you think of everything he was a part of — WW II, Korea, the early space program, his friendship with the Kennedys, and 24 years in the U.S. Senate — I’m not sure we could have held the last half of the 20th century without him.”

The Ohio House will vote on the bill Wednesday, Rosenberger said.

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‘I can’t stay’: DUI suspect flees fatal wreck, cops say

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:54 PM

Benjamin Harris Rollins (DeKalb County jail)
Benjamin Harris Rollins (DeKalb County jail)

Two years before a deadly head-on crash last Friday night, Benjamin Harris Rollins had been charged with DUI and lost his license.

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So when a witness helped pull Rollins from his 2007 Toyota Camry, which he’d been driving home from Moon Shadow Tavern in Tucker, Georgia, he had something to mention.

“I don’t have a license,” he said, according to arrest warrants. 

Then: “I can’t stay.”

He fled Lavista Road on foot, police said. Left at the scene were Edward Freeland Harris, who died in the other car, and Leigh Harris, who was badly injured.

Also, a woman identified in the warrants as Rollins’ ex-girlfriend remained in his car. 

By the time police found Rollins later that night, he was injured and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. He also allegedly smelled of alcohol and admitted he’d been drinking.

Police researched further and saw that his license was still suspended from the previous pending DUI case. 

He was booked in the county jail the next day on charges that include vehicular homicide, DUI, driving with a suspended license and hit-and-run.

Efforts to reach family of the Harrises, both 52, weren’t immediately successful. 

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Humidity builds with threat of storms to start Memorial Day weekend

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Temperatures climbing with the chance for storms over the next few days.

Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures holding in the lower 80s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Air Pollution Advisory in effect for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties
  • Increasing clouds, warmer night ahead
  • Scattered T-storms expected to start holiday weekend
  • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day

WHIO Weather App will keep you weather aware 

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Tonight: Skies will become partly cloudy as increasing humidity arrives. Temperatures will rise overnight, holding in the middle 60s.

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Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with scattered thunderstorms developing by afternoon. Highs will climb into the lower to middle 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy skies and humid conditions are expected with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s with a heat index in the lower 90s.

Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine is in the forecast for Monday but it will remain hot and humid. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees. 

  • Fun fact: The hottest Memorial Day on record is 95 degrees back in 1895!

>> 5-Day Forecast

Tuesday: Expect partly cloudy skies with muggy conditions and a high near 90 degrees.

Wednesday: Skies will become mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms developing. Highs will drop back into the middle 80s. 

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Columbus police seek help finding endangered missing man

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:53 PM

Stanley Lapczynski
Stanley Lapczynski

An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Columbus man. 

Stanley Lapcynski, 79, suffers from dementia and was last seen around noon Friday when he left his residence but did not return.

He stands 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a Home Depot shirt and blue jeans.

He is believed to be driving a dark green 2001 Chevrolet Aveo with Ohio plate FFW4599.

Anyone with information is urged to call police or the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit at 866-693-9171.

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Family of woman slain in drive-by shooting frustrated with lack of info from police

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:48 PM

Family of woman slain in drive-by shooting hold vigil

The family of Sherrell Wheatley is frustrated that Dayton police have not given them any new information about the drive-by shooting that left the 62-year-old woman dead. 

As many as 60 family members and friends turned out Friday evening to remember Wheatley, who was felled by gunfire the evening of May 19. 

Homicide investigators have offered no public statements about a suspect or person of interest in the slaying. 

Wheatley was struck down in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue as she was walking near a home police believe was targeted in the gunfire. 


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At the vigil, family and friends were given the chance to share their memories of Wheatley and several people took the opportunity to speak, said Janett Jones-Gilliard, a cousin. 

As many as 60 people turned out Friday evening, May 25, 2018, to remember Sherrell Wheatley, a mother and grandmother gunned down by stray gunfire on May 19. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

"We have no idea," she said, when asked about where the investigation is at this point. 

"Haven't heard a word" from police about the case, she said. 

"We miss her. We love her," Jones-Gilliard said of Wheatley. 

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