Ohio town misses grant to rehab 'spooky' house

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WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- A Columbus suburb has lost out on grant money it sought in an effort to take over a home where a "ghost-hunting" teen was shot in the head.

Worthington applied for $250,000 through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to buy, fix and resell what Rachel Barezinsky and her friends referred to as "the spooky house." She survived the August 2006 shooting at the house.

The owner was sent to prison. He has said he didn't mean to hurt anyone but considered Barezinsky and her friends trespassers for sneaking around outside.

City officials had said they wanted to fix the vacant home and called it a "marker of blight."

Worthington's economic-development manager tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/yzC1nh ) the city has no more plans to deal with the property.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com