What you missed in Columbus for June 7
Casey Goodson's shooter plans to retire as sheriff's deputy; Alrosa Villa slated for affordable housing; Memorial and USMNT insanity, and more.
On Friday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Franklin County Sheriff's SWAT deputy Jason Meade is planning to retire next month. Meade, a 17-year veteran, fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. in December and has been on administrative leave since the shooting. His disability retirement will take effect July 2.
Meade alleged that Goodson drove past the deputy and waved a gun after Meade had completed an unrelated search for a different suspect. Goodson's family has said the 23-year-old had a concealed carry permit for his gun and was carrying sandwiches while trying to enter the family's North Side home when Meade shot him. The Franklin County Coroner's Office reported that Goodson was shot six times in the torso, five of them in his back. No camera footage of the exchange between the two exists.
In February, Alive wrote about the simple but complex life of Casey Goodson.
In a reverse Vax-a-Million situation, golfer Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament after testing positive for COVID-19. Rahm had a six-shot lead with 18 holes left to play and would have netted $1.6 million if he'd won. Instead, that cash prize went to 29-year-old Patrick Cantlay after he defeated Collin Morikawa in a playoff.
In more bizzaro world news, long-running North Side rock club Alrosa Villa, where former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott was shot and killed during a 2004 show, is slated to become the site of a 180-unit affordable housing complex.
For the definitive story on the Alrosa shooting, revisit former Columbus Monthly editor Eric Lyttle's 2005 feature, which includes this haunting section:
"The blood, so much blood. It had to be wiped up. Sodden rags and empty bleach bottles accumulated. The carpet on the stage, on the floor-it could never be salvaged. It shouldn’t be salvaged. The stains. The memories. [Alrosa Villa owner Rick Cautela] began tugging at it, tearing at it, ripping it from the floor, discarding it in shreds behind him. Stains, those horrible stains, had soaked through the carpet and into the wood in places. He began dismantling parts of the stage. Three or four times he stopped, stepped outside and threw up. And then he’d return, compelled to do this chore.
Three hours passed. Four. Five. His wife called periodically, worried, asking the same question: “When will you be home?” He couldn’t answer. He couldn’t leave. Eventually she came to him, bringing donuts, trying perhaps to do what she knew only time could do: heal. The same reason, she knew, he was staying. “I thought in my mind if I could just clean it up, then it didn’t happen, it never happened,” says Cautela."
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is seeking proposals from four companies to use body cameras on staff at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution and the Ohio State Penitentiary. "This should reduce the amount of force that's necessary to begin with. Some of the things that happen are literally crimes against our corrections officers. I expect ... those to stop or decrease. As well as, there is accountability for us. Body cameras are a two-way street," Ohio DRC Director Annette Chambers Smith told the Dispatch.
In one of the most raucous, tense soccer matches in recent memory, the U.S. Men's National Team defeated Mexico 3-2 late Sunday night to win the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League championship. Christian Pulisic put the team up 3-2 on a penalty goal, but Mexico had a shot to equalize late in the game after a handball in the box. Lining up to defend Mexico's penalty kick was Ethan Horvath, the backup goalkeeper who was only in because starting keeper (and former Columbus Crew player) Zack Steffen left the match with an injury.
With the game on the line, Horvath... actually, just watch it: