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ODNR, Licking County Sheriff looking for missing 22-year-old man in Blackhand Gorge

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 19:12

HANOVER TWP. -- The Licking County Sheriff confirmed a 22-year-old man went missing in Blackhand Gorge Sunday.

According to Licking County Sheriff's Office Colonel Chad Dennis, the Newark man was with several friends on a raft floating down Blackhand Gorge when they reached Rock Dam. The man fell off the raft and went under.

According to Dennis, several people in the area tried to help the man but he never resurfaced. Witnesses said their attempts to reach him were thwarted by fast-moving water.

First responders also said the fast moving water hampered divers from entering the water.

The call came into the 911 center about 4:15 p.m. Sunday. After several hours of searching, rescuers were unable to locate the man and suspended the search due to poor lighting. Additional search efforts will resume over the next few days.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources arrived on scene a little after 8 p.m. with a boat with sonar capabilities, according to Dennis.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com as this story develops.

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People angry over Sanders slam the wrong Red Hen

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:24

SWEDESBORO, N.J. — People have been flooding a Red Hen restaurant with angry calls and negative reviews since White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was told to leave — but they've got the wrong Red Hen.

Restaurant managing partner Elizabeth Pope tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the New Jersey eatery has received at least 600 phone calls from people mistaking it with another similarly named one in Virginia.

The owner of the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, asked Sanders to leave the restaurant Friday, citing the concerns of employees.

Pope says people have threatened the Swedesboro restaurant and staff, prompting the restaurant to proclaim its lack of affiliation with the Virginia restaurant on Facebook.

When asked if Pope would turn down Sanders, she said the press secretary would be welcomed like anyone else.

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First lady: kindness and compassion are important in life

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:14

TYSONS, Va. — Melania Trump said Sunday that kindness, compassion and positivity are important traits in life.

The first lady helped SADD — Students Against Destructive Decisions — open its annual national conference at a hotel just outside Washington. The appearance followed her trip last week to the U.S.-Mexico border to see the effect on children of her husband's "zero-tolerance" policy against illegal immigration.

It also followed her recent announcement of a campaign called "Be Best" that's about adults helping children be their best selves.

"I feel very strongly that it is the job of adults to provide you with the tools you need to become the best you can be in all areas of life," she said during brief remarks to about 450 students and adults attending the conference. "That is why I am here today. I believe in SADD's mission of empowering you to confront the risks and pressures you are challenged with every day."

"Kindness, compassion and positivity are very important traits in life," she continued. "It is far easier to say nothing than it is to speak words of kindness. It is easier to judge quickly than to take time to understand. It is often easier to see a glass half empty rather than half full."

"Nevertheless, you have the power to be the positive force in so many people's lives," added the first lady, who is the mother of a 12-year-old boy. "Show respect to each other. Treat your community like your family, and look out for one another."

SADD was founded in 1981 as Students Against Drunk Driving but changed its name and mission in the late 1990s to focus on prevention of all behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to middle, high school and college students, including substance abuse, traffic safety and bullying.

Mrs. Trump said she was "inspired" when she first heard about the organization and the conference. The audience erupted into loud squeals and cheers when she was introduced by Dylan Mullins, of Marlboro, New Jersey, who is SADD's National Student of the Year.

Mullins said the first lady's campaign aims to highlight programs and organizations, like SADD, that seek to help young people overcome some of the issues they face every day.

Before she addressed the gathering, which concludes Wednesday, Mrs. Trump met with the organization's leadership and helped make blankets the group is donating to shelters, said her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

As audience members awaited the appearance, they rocked out in their seats to music by Justin Bieber, Neil Diamond and Journey.

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'Gunshots and horror': San Diego shootout wounds 2 officers

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:03

SAN DIEGO — A man opened fire on police and firefighters at a San Diego condominium, wounding two officers and sending bullets into nearby units before he was found dead, authorities said Sunday.

Police Chief David Nisleit said the two male officers were expected to recover, with one in serious condition and the other with less serious injuries, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported .

"It's the worst call you can ever get," Nisleit told reporters. "When you get that call, your stomach just sinks, and you're just hoping that nobody dies."

He didn't release the names of the wounded officers, saying one of them has three years of experience on the force and the other has 18.

Three officers had responded to a report of a violent disturbance and knocked on the door. They got no response but smelled what they believed was smoke and called the fire department, police said.

They forced open the door, and "they were met by gunfire," Nisleit said.

Two officers fired back in a gunbattle that sent bullets into nearby condos. Authorities evacuated people from the complex and sent in a robot to check on the suspect, whose name wasn't released.

Police found him dead, but it was not clear if he died in the shootout or killed himself. Nisleit said officers have been called to the condo in the past but did not elaborate.

Triston Peyton, 18, who lives in the complex, said he heard an argument and then gunfire about 30 minutes later.

"At first I thought it was trash cans banging or something, I didn't really take it as serious," he said. "And then I heard more gunshots go off and then I was like, 'Go upstairs, go upstairs' to my little brothers and sisters that were in the house."

Peyton said his younger siblings were scared and he told them to stay in the bathroom and lock the door. He looked outside, hearing more shots and seeing broken glass about 30 steps from where he lives.

In video he took, two barrages of gunfire are heard amid wailing sirens and emergency lights. Responders run down the street near a firetruck and glass breaks.

Peyton said he saw a bloodied officer walking out of the complex.

"That's basically all I saw tonight, just gunshots and horror," he said.

Matthew Bezrouch, who lives a few doors down from the suspect's condo, told the newspaper that he heard at least 20 rounds after officers tried to enter.

"It was fast," Bezrouch said. "They were screaming, 'Two officers down, bleeding!'

He said he heard one last gunshot after more officers arrived.

Megan Ashdown, 23, and her boyfriend, William Blood, 24, said they heard 15 or more shots as they watched TV.

"We got in bed, locked the door and turned out the lights," Ashdown said. "We were too scared to look out the window."

Police later got the couple out.

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California wildfires destroy buildings, force evacuations

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:12

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. — Wind-driven wildfires destroyed buildings and threatened hundreds of others Sunday as they raced across dry brush in rural Northern California.

The Pawnee Fire that broke out Saturday near the community of Clearlake Oaks has destroyed 12 buildings and threatened an additional 600 as it burned out of control across about 2.5 square miles. Authorities ordered people to evacuate all homes in the Spring Valley area, where about 3,000 people live.

"What we're stressing is that people, when they get the evacuation order, they heed it immediately and get out and stay out until it is safe to return," state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox said. "This is one of four large fires burning in Northern California. It's a good reminder that fire season is upon us."

Erratic wind and heat gripping a swath of California from San Jose to the Oregon border drove the flames, which were north of the wine country region where devastating wildfires killed 44 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses last October.

Farther north, a fire spanning about three-quarters of a mile in Tehama County destroyed "multiple residential and commercial buildings," Cal Fire said. But firefighters appeared to be making good progress — it was nearly halfway contained and some evacuees were allowed to return home, authorities said.

The largest of the fires, a second one in Tehama County, consumed 5.5 square miles, but no buildings were reported burned. Some homes were threatened and some had been evacuated, Cox said, although he did not have specific numbers. It was partially contained.

A smaller fire in neighboring Shasta County was three-quarters contained and had damaged no structures.

The cause of each blaze was under investigation Sunday. No one was reported hurt.

More than 230 firefighters using helicopters, bulldozers and other equipment were battling the Pawnee Fire in a rugged area that made it difficult to get equipment up close.

"It's kind of the worst possible combination," Cox said.

Matthew Henderson, who was in the area taking photographs, said he saw the fire jump a road at one point, briefly cutting off access to part of Spring Valley until firefighters pushed it back.

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VIDEO: Angry customer's rampage inside nail salon caught on camera, goes viral

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 14:47

Surveillance video shows an angry woman trashing a nail salon in Hazelwood, Missouri, pushing over a display of nail polishes and sending dozens of bottles crashing all over the floor. As she walks past the front desk, she knocks items off, sending them flying, and narrowly misses fellow customers while trashing the salon in an anger-filled rampage.

Sara Nguyen, owner of the Happy Nails Salon, shared the footage of her salon getting vandalized on Facebook on Saturday. "This woman vandalized my nail salon, because she was unhappy with services received earlier in the day," Nguyen wrote. "She was offered a repair or refund but she was still not satisfied with the options. We offered to refund and take [the] nails off. She wanted a new set with the refund."

Nguyen explains that the suspect "returned 4 hours later, using very foul language around other customers and vandalized the nail salon." Several surveillance cameras captured the incident from different angles. In one clip, the woman pushes over a display of nail polish, which nearly hits another customer seated in a what appears to be a waiting area. In another clip, she knocks over supplies on the salon's front desk. Nguyen also shared images of the broken items all over the floor.

The compilation of surveillance videos has been viewed over 87,000 times. The " target="_blank">Hazelwood Police Department shared Happy Nails Salon's footage on Facebook a day after officers responded to the property damage report on Friday afternoon. They say they have credible leads to the suspect's identity and are working on taking her into custody. "We appreciate everyone's concern for this matter and we will provide an update when we have it," Hazelwood Police Department wrote with the now-viral video.

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Trump wants those who 'invade' sent right back

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 14:30

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday compared people entering the U.S. from Mexico to invaders and said they should be immediately sent back without appearing before a judge.

The American Civil Liberties Union said in response that such a step would be illegal and violate the Constitution that Trump swore to uphold.

"We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country," the president said on Twitter as he was being driven to his private golf club in Northern Virginia. "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order."

We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2018

"Most children come without parents ... Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years!" he continued. "Immigration must be based on merit - we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!"

....Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit - we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2018

"What President Trump has suggested here is both illegal and unconstitutional," said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. "Any official who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws should disavow it unequivocally."

Trump has been criticizing immigration judges for weeks, both exaggerating the number currently hearing cases and saying that hiring more — as some members of Congress have proposed — would be unnecessary.

Trump made his anti-illegal immigration stance a centerpiece of his presidential campaign and he has pushed for strict policies since taking office. He said during a campaign appearance Saturday in Las Vegas that being for "strong borders, no crime" is a winning issue for Republicans to run on in November's congressional elections.

But he bowed to public pressure last week and reversed a policy of separating adults and children who enter the U.S. illegally together at the border with Mexico, though his "zero-tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting all illegal border-crossers remains.

The House is expected to vote on immigration legislation this week, though its fate is uncertain.

Trump told House Republicans last week that he was "100 percent" behind the effort but tweeted days later that they were "wasting their time" voting before the midterm elections.

About a dozen protesters gathered at the entrance to Trump's club Sunday afternoon as he prepared to leave, including a woman holding a sign that said "Trump Should Be Caged" and a man wrapped in a Mylar blanket. Some of the separated children were seen using the blankets on government-distributed video of their holding conditions.

Further up the road, a lone man stood with a sign with Trump's headshot and the words "Thank You."

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Woman dies after motorcycle crash in Ross County

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 13:34

ROSS COUNTY, Ohio -- A 50-year-old woman died from her injuries after a motorcycle crash Sunday morning in Ross County.

The woman, Lynette Hess, of South Salem, was a passenger on a 2010 Harley-Davidson Softail driven by a 43-year-old man when the motorcycle went off the right side of the road, struck a fence, a tree and overturned, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The motorcycle was eastbound on Lower Twin Road.

The man was taken to Grant Medical Center win non-life-threatening injuries. Hess was taken to Adena Regional Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased.

Helmets were not worn by both occupants of the motorcycle.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Teen's random act of kindness for blind and deaf man on airplane goes viral

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 11:28

A California teen stepped up to help a blind and deaf man who was alone on a flight and needed help communicating. Her random act of kindness has touched thousands of people who have seen her story shared by her mom on Facebook.

Clary Daly was on an Alaska Airlines flight with her mom Jane last week, but it wasn't the plane they were supposed to be on. Their original flight home from Boston was canceled, and they had to race to make an earlier flight. Jane writes that they made a mad dash to the airport and just made it. Clara now believes the flight change was supposed to happen for a profound reason.

Shortly after takeoff, a flight attendant made an announcement, Jane says. She asked if anyone on the plane knew sign language. "Clara has been studying American Sign Language so she rang the flight attendant button," Jane writes on Facebook. "They explained that the passenger was not only deaf but also blind. The only way you can communicate with him was by signing into his hand."

"They thought that he might need something and they weren't sure how to communicate," Clara told CBS Los Angeles. So, she walked over to the man's seat to see if she could help. She signed into the palm of his hand and helped him communicate with the flight attendants. "Several times he requested her assistance throughout the flight," Jane writes.

She helped him ask for water, and how much time was left for the flight. Clara was happy to get up and help him whenever he needed, then "toward the end of the flight, he asked for her again, and this time he just wanted to talk. She spent the remainder of the flight until landing with him," Jane writes.

"He didn't need anything. He was just like lonely and wanted to talk," Clara told CBS Los Angeles. The teen from Calabasas was happy to do so. Her only worry was that she might spell something wrong when signing into his hand. Clara is dyslexic and says English is already hard for her. But she overcame multiple barriers and helped the stranger communicate -- something he probably couldn't have done without her there.

Clara says since she is dyslexic, she started learning sign language about a year ago because she "saw sign language as a way to communicate without having to read and write." Her parents, Jane and Bill, told CBS Los Angeles they could not be prouder of their daughter.

Jane took photos of Clara's good deed and shared them on Facebook after they landed back home in California. She says their original flight was direct to Los Angeles, but the new flight they were put on had a layover in Portland. Timothy, the man Clara helped, was flying to Portland. If it weren't for the flight change, they would've never met him.

Jane shared photos of her daughter's good deed when they finally arrived back home in Los Angeles. "She'll probably kill me for posting this, but - Proud of my girl," the happy mom wrote. The photos of Clara helping Timothy went viral, but Clara says "Doing something like that is just like what anyone would have done."

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East Columbus church prepares to renovate after explosion damages doors and windows

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 10:55

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The members of St. Dominic's Catholic Church, whose windows and doors were damaged after an explosion last Friday, held masses at Holy Rosary & St. John's Church, where their pastor also serves.

"We haven't lost any of our spirituality," said Jo Alexander, a lifelong member of the church. "Our faith is still strong."

A home on North 20th Street that sits across from St. Dominic's sanctuary exploded Friday. A preliminary investigation determined that a gas leak involving scrappers taking metal from the house caused the explosion.

"I was a little worried because I know the neighborhood," said Alexander. "And, I grew up in that neighborhood."

Father Joshua Wagner arrived to the scene just moments after the explosion occurred.

"The last thing you want to see as a pastor is driving up to the church and there's 12 firetrucks surrounded and police cars," said Father Wagner. "It was like, what's going on? Is somebody hurt? Is the church OK? Those are my questions."

Two people were injured inside the home but there were no other injuries. Wagner says he is now speaking a message of hope and restoration to his parishioners.

"I think people are feeling shocked and I think they're sad," said Father Wagner. "I think they are hopeful, however, because St. Dominic's is full of great people."

Father Wagner hopes to hold masses in the church next week. He says it will take 6 to 12 months for the stain glass windows to be repaired, however, the church can worship with boarded windows.

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Emergency responders searching for man in Hocking River

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 08:38

ATHENS, Ohio - A man is missing after he jumped into the Hocking River, according to the Athens Fire Department.

Authorities say at 8:00 Saturday night, a white male in his late 20s jumped into the river upstream at 2 Whites Mill Drive waterfall in the city of Athens.

He then became lost in the water, according to emergency responders.

Rescue crews could not find the man and have launched rescue boats to search for him.

Stay with 10TV for updates on this developing story.

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Volunteers help wounded warriors in central Ohio enjoy the water

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 07:17

POWELL - Adaptive Sports Connection is partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project for a Water Sports Weekend in central Ohio.

About 70 veterans -- along with other adults with disabilities -- got the chance to do things like kayak, wakeboard, and water ski at Adventure Center in Powell.

One veteran braved a new adventure with a little obstacle in his way. Jeffrey Daniels is legally blind but still wanted to give water skiing a try.

Daniels and his best friend have been on many journeys, so this chance to water ski for the first time posed a challenge. With a little help, Daniels was on his feet for the ride of a lifetime.

“I'm enjoying and conquering a whole lot of things in life that I wouldn't have dreamed of,” said Daniels.

The event runs through Sunday.

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Police search for alleged thief from vehicles in New Albany, Gahanna area

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 07:02

COLUMBUS - It has been more than a month since someone broke into a car at the New Albany High School and stole a purse that was left inside, according to police.

On May 20th, a theft from a vehicle occurred around 8:40 a.m. at the New Albany High School. Within 15 minutes, the victim’s credit card was used at two different Kroger locations.

The suspect also purchased a total of $6,000 worth of Visa Gift Cards.

It is believed the same suspect is responsible for three vehicle break-ins at Rocky Fork Metro Park resulting in similar purchases of Kroger and Visa Gift Cards.

If you have any information, you can give an anonymous tip to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477). You could earn a cash reward.

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Ohio police officer killed by hit-and-run driver; suspect in custody

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 06:52

MENTOR, Ohio - A northeastern Ohio police officer has died after being struck by a vehicle. According to Mentor Police, the suspect was taken into custody and has not been charged yet.

The officer who worked for the Mentor Police Department was assisting with a traffic stop and was struck by a vehicle around 1:00 Sunday morning. A driver struck him but did not stop.

Police across the state are looking for a late-model, dark-colored Jeep Wrangler which will have sustained damage to its right front and possibly right side.

The Mentor Police Department is advising local area body shops to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Anyone with information on the identity of the driver is asked to contact Mentor Police at (440) 205-3293.

Mentor, Ohio is located about 25-miles outside Cleveland.

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Woman critical after crash that closed major ramp in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 04:14

COLUMBUS - Police shut down a busy ramp in west Columbus as they worked to investigate a crash.

Officers closed the ramp from I-70 east to I-270 north on the west side. A vehicle crashed on the ramp.

Medical crews transported one woman from the scene for critical injuries.

There is no word right now from authorities on when they will be able to reopen the ramp.

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Shots reportedly fired in road rage incident in downtown Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 02:38

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police is investigating a case of road rage where shots were fired.

Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting in front of a café located at 129 E. Nationwide Boulevard at approximately 7:24 p.m. on Saturday.

The victim told police he was driving down S. High Street near a group of motorcycles. He said as he was waiting to turn left onto E. Nationwide Boulevard, one of the individuals got off of his motorcycle, walked up to the driver's side of the vehicle, and punched him in the face through the open window. The victim says the group followed him as he turned onto Nationwide.

According to a media release, after the victim pulled into the parking lot of the café on Nationwide, one of the motorcyclists used a collapsible baton to smash out his passenger side window. The man told police he again attempted to get away from the group by heading west on E. Nationwide. At that point, the victim says one of the motorcyclists produced a handgun from a backpack and fired four to five shots. None of those shots hit the victim or his vehicle.

Detectives are asking that any businesses along E. Nationwide Boulevard between N. High Street and N. 4th Street review their surveillance video to see if this incident or any portion of the incident was captured on video.

Anyone with additional information on the crime is asked to contact Columbus Police Assault Detective Deryl Kowalski at 614-645-4189 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS(8477).

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Convicted sex offender accused of groping child in Goodale Park

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 01:52

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police arrested a convicted sex offender after witnesses reported seeing the man grope an 11-year-old child.

According to a media release from Columbus Police, the victim was at ComFest in Goodale Park with his family when the suspect walked by him in the opposite direction and grabbed the victim's groin. The suspect took off running after the victim's sister screamed. The victim's parents, along with Special Duty police officers working the festival began chasing the suspect. A festival-goer tackled the suspect after seeing the commotion and held him until officers arrived.

Police charged 36-year-old Todd Robert Gavorcik with one count of Gross Sexual Imposition (F-3). Gavorcik is a registered sex offender, according to Columbus Police. A search of the Franklin County Sex Offender Registry shows Gavorcik was convicted back in 2008 of Gross Sexual Imposition, Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition, and Illegal Use of Minor in Nudity Oriented Material.

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Body of missing swimmer recovered in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 00:46

COLUMBUS - A swimmer is dead after going missing on Saturday evening.

Emergency crews were called to the quarry at Runaway Bay in west Columbus. Witnesses tell 10TV that one person went missing while a group of people was swimming in the quarry.

Dive teams came out to search for that person. Dispatchers confirm one person was pronounced dead at 11:41 Saturday night.

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Police looking for suspect after person stabbed to death in northeast Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 20:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police are searching for a suspect after a person was stabbed in northeast Columbus.

This happened in the 4000 Block of Portobello Drive Saturday night, according to Columbus police.

Police say the person was pronounced dead at the scene at about 9:34.

There is no suspect description at this time.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

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No charges for 5 teens who mocked drowning man, didn't help

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 18:52

COCOA, Fla. — Five Florida teenagers will not be prosecuted after they videotaped and mocked a disabled man as he drowned and didn't help.

Prosecutors told Florida Today the teens could not be prosecuted because there is no state law that requires a bystander to help or get assistance for someone who is in danger.

The teens spotted 31-year-old Jamel Dunn struggling in a pond last July, but instead of helping they videotaped him and then posted it online.

In the video, the teens are heard laughing and yelling at Dunn, telling him that he is going to drown and that they are not going to help him. They call him "dumb."

State Attorney Phil Archer said in a statement Friday called the teens "callous" but under the law they couldn't be prosecuted.

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