What you missed in Columbus for Nov. 22

Tragedy strikes a Christmas parade in Wisconsin, CPD deputy chief relieved of duty, COVID cases again on the rise and more from the weekend

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
November 21, 2021; Waukesha, WI, USA; Abandoned chairs, blankets and other items remain along W. Main St. in downtown Waukesha after a vehicle plowed through the Christmas Parade, leaving multiple people injured on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Scott Ash-USA TODAY NETWORK

Tragedy struck Waukesha, Wisconsin, when a driver behind the wheel of a red SUV plowed through a Christmas parade, killing at least 5 and injuring more than 40, according to information released by the city.

Police said they have a person of interest in custody and were examining whether the driver might have been fleeing another crime when he hit paradegoers.

Videos, images and first-hand accounts that surfaced on social media on Sunday were harrowing, with one father talking about going “from one crumpled body to another” in search of his daughter. “My wife and two daughters were almost hit,” Corey Montiho told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Please pray for everybody. Please pray.”

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The Columbus Division of Police relieved Deputy Chief Jennifer Knight of duty following Knight’s failure to show up for a random drug test. Knight described the move as “a personal attack,” while her attorney, Zach Gottesman, described it as “retaliatory.” Columbus Public Safety spokesman Glenn McEntyre said the actions taken were dictated by city policy.

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise in Ohio as we head into Thanksgiving week. According to Axios, more than 6,300 cases were reported in the 24 hours leading up to Nov. 17, making it the highest one-day count since October. Hospitalizations are also on the rise, with more than 2,800 coronavirus patients in the hospital, a 23 percent increase. Meanwhile, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday (House Bill 218) that would weaken COVID restrictions in the state, including a clause that would prohibit any business, public or private, from requiring a person to show proof of vaccination. The bill would need to be passed by the Ohio Senate and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine to become law.

More:Columbus concert venues embrace vaccination proof but potential Statehouse threat looms

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Vice President Kamala Harris visited Columbus on Friday to promote the new $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which will direct billions of dollars to the state for rehabbing bridges and roads, modernizing airports and expanding broadband access, among other things.

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Ohio State delivered one of the more impressive wins of the entire college football season on Saturday, stomping No. 7 Michigan State by a final score of 56-7, though the game wasn’t even that close, to be honest. Buckeye quarterback C.J. Stroud completed 32 of his 35 passes, throwing for 432 yards and six touchdowns before watching from the bench as backup Kyle McCord finished off the game. Stroud’s performance was so impressive that it vaulted him to the top of the Heisman chase, according to U.S. sportsbooks. Up next for the Buckeyes: Saturday’s game with the rival Michigan Wolverines.

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Finally, new bird just dropped.