Pickerington City Council met Nov. 6 with the council chambers at Pickerington City Hall illuminated by flashlights and one flickering candle due to a power outage.
Mayor David Shaver told council he would soon provide the finance committee with a finished version of a joint economic development district (JEDD) agreement involving Pickerington, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Violet Township and Bloom Township.
Shaver said neither the finance committee nor the council should attempt to renegotiate subtle points of the agreement because it would be difficult for the five parties to renegotiate.
In addition to the mayor, Councilwoman Cristie Hammond and Councilman Jeff Fix attended the meetings with the other municipalities. City staff, including City Manager Judy Gilleland, also attended.
After the finance committee reviews the agreement, a public hearing will be scheduled before the JEDD appears before council, Shaver said. The timeframe would place the hearing and the first council vote in early December.
Murder case and a robbery
On Nov. 3, three men wearing dark clothing entered the Simsbury Court home of Rodriccos A. Williams and shot him.
According to a press release issued by the Pickerington Police Department, Williams left his home after the attack and collapsed in a neighbor’s yard. He was transported to Grant Hospital and later pronounced dead.
Pickerington Police Chief Mike Taylor could not comment on the ongoing investigation, although he did expect his department to file a report soon. He did not know when to expect the autopsy results.
Taylor emphasized that Pickerington residents are safe.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is assisting with the investigation.
On Nov. 6, police responded to a reported robbery of CVS on Hill Road.
Taylor told Pickerington City Council that it was an armed robbery; however Pickerington Police Communications Supervisor Carolyn Sharp said the department is not classifying it as an armed robbery.
Four suspects were apprehended "textbook-style" at the intersection of State Routes 204 and 256, Taylor said. All four allegedly possessed cocaine and marijuana.
The police department could offer no more information at press time.