With streetlights out, vandals paintball Columbus neighborhood

With streetlights out, vandals paintball Columbus neighborhood


4 YOU… NBC4 AT 6PM STARTS NOW!” “THAT’S AN EASY TARGET FOR ANYONE TO DO ANYTHING AT THAT TIME. IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE CITY OF COLUMBUS STREET LIGHTS WORKING PROPERLY.” MIKE: TONIGHT, PEOPLE IN ONE COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOOD SAY THEY’RE TIRED OF LIVING IN THE DARK — AND REACHED OUT TO NBC4 FOR HELP. MIKE: THANK YOU FOR STAYING WITH US TONIGHT AT SIX. I’M MIKE JACKSON. COLLEEN: AND I’M COLLEEN MARSHALL. NEIGHBORS SAY THEIR STREET LIGHTS STOPPED WORKING, AND VANDALS CAME IN… CREATING QUITE THE MESS TO CLEAN UP. COLLEEN: RESIDENTS WHO LIVE ALONG FOX CHAPLE DRIVE CALLED OUR NEWSROOM IN HOPES OF GETTING THE LIGHTS TURNED BACK ON IN THEIR FAR EAST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD. MIKE: NBC4’S ROB SNEED IS WORKING TO GET ANSWERS FROM THE CITY ABOUT WHAT’S BEING DONE AFTER SEVERAL COMPLAINTS WERE FILED. ROB: FOLKS OUT IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD TOLD ME THEY FEEL FRUSTRATED. THEY’VE BEEN IN THE DARK TOO LONG. AND VANDALS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE. ROB: “PAINTBALLS. ROUGHLY ABOUT 60 70 WAS COLLECTED THROUGHOUT THE INDIVIDUAL HOMES… IT WAS VERY DISTURBING WAKING UP TO THIS FINDING THIS ALL OVER PROPERTIES.” THURSDAY DEANNA GOOCH AND HER NEIGHBORS WOKE UP TO PAINT SPLATTERS. NATE THOMAS, RESIDENT: “A COUPLE OF MY OTHER NEIGHBORS WERE ALL OUT WASHING PAID OFF OF OTHER PEOPLE’S GARAGE DOORS AND CARS. NO RESPECT. NO RESPECT AND HALF OF THEM DON’T LIVE HERE.” NATE THOMAS LIVES ACROSS THE STREET FROM GOOCH. BOTH OF THEM SAY THIS IS A NICE QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD AND THIS USUALLY DOESN’T HAPPEN HERE. THEY SAY AN EVEN BIGGER ISSUE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE VANDALISM… THESE STREET LIGHTS HAVEN’T WORKED IN A WEEK. DEANNA GOOCH, RESIDENT: “I CONTACTED THE CITY OF COLUMBUS THEY WAS NOT SURE WHY WE HAD THE LIGHTS OUT. THEY COULD NOT PROVIDE INFORMATION TO US, SO I WAS CONCERNED AS TO WHY THE LIGHTS WERE OUT.” SHE SAID CITY OFFICIALS NEVER FIXED THE ISSUE SO SHE REACHED OUT TO NBC4 FOUR HELP. I CONTACTED THE CITY’S PUBLIC UTILITIES DEPARTMENT TO FIND OUT IF THEY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON. A SPOKESPERSON TOLD ME THEY SENT CREWS OUT THERE OVER THE WEEKEND AND FIXED A CIRCUIT ISSUE. “THE LIGHTS WERE OUT HERE LAST NIGHT YES.” I REACHED BACK OUT TO CITY OFFICIALS THIS MORNING. WITH IN THE HOUR, CREWS WERE BACK OUT… REPLACING BULBS AND CHECKING STREET LIGHTS. THE CITY CONTACTED ME AND SAID THE ISSUE IS NOW FIXED. THESE RESIDENTS HOPE THIS WILL NOW DETOUR VANDALS FROM STRIKING AGAIN. ROB: CITY OFFICIALS TELL ME IF RESIDENTS STILL HAVE THE SAME ISSUE WITH THE LIGHTS… THEY SHOULD CALL THE CITY’S 311 NUMBER. LOCAL 4 YOU, ROB SNEED, NBC4. COLLEEN:

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  • Bernie Alderman says:

    Kids will be kids. They could be shooting real guns.. Now you gonna try to pass more laws? Maybe ban paintball guns you fucks? Media is the enemy of the people.. Go away

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