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Author: Gary Gardiner

Police officers killed investigating 911 call – Photo Gallery

Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were killed Saturday when they responded to a dropped 911 call at an apartment on Crosswind Drive. Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said officer Joering, 39, died at the scene and, Morelli, 54, died at a local hospital. He said the officers were responding to a “potential domestic situation” and were fired on almost as soon as they entered the building to investigate.

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Remembering the Knights Inn – Now the Aloft

The Aloft Hotel opened this week on Heatherdown Drive replacing the Knights Inn which the city purchased and demolished after it fell into disrepair and was abandoned. The hotel, with a spectacular steel horse sculpture at its entrance, is one of two new hotels in the city. Photo Gallery at link.

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Police Reports – Feb. 6, 2018

A man and a woman were arrested in Westerville after a report involving a man allegedly trying to steal a television resulted in a chase. According to reports, officers were alerted to a man “casing” various businesses and attempting to steal high-priced items. A description of the man and a vehicle were given to loss-prevention teams at Westerville-area businesses.

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Uptown Streetscape planning timeline

Mike Heyeck, Chairman of the Westerville City Council, invites public participation in plans for streetscape improvements in Uptown Westerville. Public input will be at the March 13, 2018, city council meeting. Possible plans for the upgrades will be heard at the March 5, 2018, meeting.

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The Boar gets mounted

The Boar sculpture is mounted on the wall above the kitchen at Barrel & Boar restaurant in Uptown Westerville. The restaurant, moving into the space at 8 North State that was home to 8 State Bistro, has its final inspections early in the week. It plans to open as soon as the inspections are complete and permits are issued.

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WOCC to go black – Westerville TV begins

WOCC will fade to black on December 31, 2017. To continue our programming, the City will launch “Westerville TV” exclusively online at It will be the portal for live and on-demand video from public meetings, community events and more, including news, weather, and school announcements.

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2017 Year in Review in Photos

2017 Year in Review in Photos   It’s been a great year with many wonderful moments to share. Here are just a few of the extraordinarily large number of exposures I made in 2017. Not everything is included. Just a quick scan of the highlights of each month and displayed in no particular order. Can’t wait to see what happens in the new year. Larger view online at Adobe.    Larger view online at...

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