1. Deorio’s pizza closes doors after 55 years at Cross Country Plaza: It’s had a more than half-century run at Cross Country Plaza in Columbus, but the once-popular pizza and Italian food restaurant Deorio’s has closed its doors for good at 3201 Macon Road. The eatery was known for its pizzas, grinders and Italian dishes such as spaghetti and lasagna. Online reviews indicate that Deorio’s has experienced some high and low points in recent years, although it still maintained a loyal following.
2. Sister describes her last moment with Carver High grad before he was killed: Antoinette Luckett laughed as she spoke about the phone conversation she had with her brother hours before he was shot and killed late Friday on Farr Road. “We were arguing because he wanted me to send him some money to buy some shoes,” said Luckett, 27. “This was an every two-day thing, because he would always want some money for some clothes and shoes.” Luckett had no idea it would be the last time she would speak with 18-year-old Richard Vaughn Cummings Jr., her best friend and only sibling.
3. Chef prepares to open upscale seafood restaurant in downtown Columbus: A Columbus chef is preparing to bring a seafood restaurant to downtown Columbus next month. Sonya Patterson is working to open Blu Crabs in the old Empire Building on 12th Street, she said this week as she was working inside the nearly 2,000 square feet of space. “It will be fine-dining seafood,” Patterson said earlier this week of the menu. “For my land lovers, there will be some chicken, pork or beef somewhere on the menu.”
4. Kevin Hart making trip back to Columbus for comedy show: The RiverCenter for the Performing Arts announced on Facebook popular comedian Kevin Hart is making his way back to Fountain City for a show. Hart will be performing in the Bill Heard Theatre Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. as part of his “Irresponsible” tour.
5. Task Force seizes $5,240 worth meth during 40th Street raid: One man was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and two others face drug possession charges after a Metro Narcotics Task Force raid on 40th Street Friday morning. Agents arrested Louie Mattocks, 46, Paul Laney, 51, and Jacqueline Laney, 50. Mattocks faces one count each of trafficking meth, possession of drug related objects, possession of marijuana, possession of Ecstasy, possession of Xanax bars and clonazepam, and drug related objects.