What you missed in Columbus for July 15

Andy Downing
Interim Chief Thomas Quinlan is bringing back the Columbus police vice unit that he disbanded four months ago, but this time in a new format and with more community involvement. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch file photo]

The Columbus Vice unit, which was disbanded four months ago, will be revived in a new format under Interim Chief Thomas Quinlan, the Dispatch reported. The unit, which will return with more community involvement, will be billed as PACT, or the Police and Community Together team. A press conference to discuss the changes is scheduled for later today. The vice squad was disbanded in the aftermath of a couple of high-profile cases, including the July 2018 arrest of adult film star Stormy Daniels (the charges were subsequently dropped) and the August 2018 killing of Donna Dalton, who was shot by former vice officer Andrew Mitchell, who was indicted on state charges for her murder. Revisit Joel Oliphint’s in-depth November 2018 profile of Dalton from Columbus Alive.

Atlas Obscura, billed as “the definitive guidebook … to the world’s most wondrous places” recently featured Columbus' Gates of Hell, writing that “this sinisterly named tunnel is in the most unlikely location: behind a Tim Horton’s in Ohio’s capital." The author also explored the mythology behind its awesome alternate name (that’d be the Blood Bowl, for those keeping score at home) and cautioned that the tunnel is technically off-limits to the public, so would-be explorers take heed.

On Sunday, Dave Alvin played the first of two concerts at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza, during which he performed the entirety of his 1994 album King of California. Dispatch reviewer Curtis Schieber wrote that Alvin was in fine form, skillfully capturing the setting in songs like "Bus Station," which was alive with “the scent of fast food coffee, the looks from bleary eyes, and the population of strangers brought together in a characterless environment.” The second show takes place tonight.