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Firefighters suspended over porn tape leaving department

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 18:05

AKRON, Ohio — Akron officials say one firefighter has resigned and another won't be allowed to return to work after they were suspended without pay for making a sex tape on city property.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports a city document released Friday says provisional fire Lt. Deann Eller resigned and that her partner, Lt. Arthur Dean, will remain on unpaid leave pending final discipline and is not "eligible for continued service" with the department.

An attorney for the couple, who have been in a long relationship, said neither he nor his clients could comment.

Eller and Dean worked at separate fire stations. The station where the sex tape was made hasn't been identified.

They were suspended after fire officials received a tip that videos they had made had been posted online.

Categories: Ohio News

BNSF: Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 17:50

DOON, Iowa — An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a railroad official said Saturday.

BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said 14 of 32 oil tanker cars just south of Doon in Lyon County leaked oil into surrounding floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River. Williams had earlier said 33 oil cars had derailed.

Nearly half the spill — an estimated 100,000 gallons — had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed approximately 5 miles downstream, Williams said. Skimmers and vacuum trucks were being used to remove the oil. Crews will then use equipment to separate the oil from the water.

"In addition to focusing on the environmental recovery, ongoing monitoring is occurring for any potential conditions that could impact workers and the community and so far have found no levels of concern," Williams said.

Officials still hadn't determined the cause of Friday morning's derailment, but a disaster proclamation issued by Gov. Kim Reynolds for Lyon and three other counties placed the blame on rain-fueled flooding. Reynolds visited the derailment site Saturday afternoon as part of a tour of areas hit by recent flooding.

Some officials have speculated that floodwaters eroded soil beneath the train track. The nearby Little Rock River rose rapidly after heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday.

A major part of the cleanup work includes building a temporary road parallel to the tracks to allow in cranes that can remove the derailed and partially-submerged oil cars. Williams said officials hoped to reach the cars Saturday.

The train was carrying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Stroud, Oklahoma, for ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons (20,817 imperial gallons) of oil.

Beaudo said Saturday that the derailed oil cars were a model known as DOT117Rs, indicating they were newer or had been retrofitted to be safer and help prevent leaks in the event of an accident.

The derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, about 150 miles from the derailment site. The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.

Omaha's public water utility — Metropolitan Utilities District — said it was monitoring pumps it uses to pull drinking water from the Missouri River.

Rock Valley, Iowa, just southwest of the derailment, shut off its water wells within hours of the accident. It plans to drain and clean its wells and use a rural water system until testing shows its water is safe.

Categories: Ohio News

Tree falls on camper in Ohio, killing woman and granddaughter

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 16:38

BATAVIA, Ohio — Authorities say a large tree has fallen on a camper in southwest Ohio, killing a woman and her young granddaughter.

The Clermont County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Patricia Brandenburg and her 2-year-old granddaughter were killed when the tree fell early Friday at a campground in Franklin Township.

Brandenburg's 51-year-old husband, David, and the toddler's twin sister weren't injured. The Sheriff's Office did not provide the sisters' names.

The Sheriff's Office says there was light rain but no reported storms in the area when the tree fell. A local fire chief says recent heavy rains may have uprooted it.

The campground is about 40 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

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Ohio woman found guilty in toddler's drowning death at day care

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 15:23

ELYRIA, Ohio — An Ohio woman has been found guilty in the death of a toddler who crawled beneath a fence and drowned in a swimming pool at her home day care.

The Morning Journal reports a Lorain County judge found 49-year-old Elizabeth Zenda, of Pittsfield Township in northeast Ohio, guilty of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangering Friday in the October 2016 death of 22-month-old Annie Flynn.

The toddler's 21-month-old cousin also was found in the pool that day. He was revived but still suffers from brain damage.

Authorities say the toddlers got into the pool after crawling through a 7-inch gap beneath a swinging gate.

Zenda testified she did not sit outside with the children while they played but believed her backyard was safe.

Sentencing is July 26.

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Trump pushes tough immigration stance in Nevada appearance

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 15:04

LAS VEGAS — President Donald Trump pressed his tough immigration stance at a Nevada political convention Saturday, telling hundreds "we have to be very strong" to keep people, including violent gang members, from entering the country illegally.

Trump was in Las Vegas to boost the candidacy of Dean Heller, the only Republican U.S. senator seeking re-election in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Trump and Heller have papered over their once prickly relationship to present a united front in their shared goal of helping Republicans maintain, if not expand, their thin 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Heller was among the officials waiting on the sweltering airport tarmac to greet Trump.

In remarks to several hundred people attending the Nevada GOP Convention, Trump portrayed himself as tough against illegal immigration, saying at one point, "I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border."

But he excluded any mention of the fact that, following a massive public outcry, including from members of his own family, he reversed course earlier this week and ended the practice of separating families illegally crossing the southern border into the U.S.

Trump sharply criticized Heller's Democratic opponent, Rep. Jacky Rosen, and tagged her with one of the derisive nicknames he's fond of giving his opponents: "Wacky Jacky."

"Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas. Do you believe this?" Trump said, resurrecting his nickname for Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a vocal Trump critic. "When you see that, that's not the senator you want," he added.

Rosen quickly responded on Twitter: "Is that the best you've got @realDonaldTrump?"

Is that the best you've got, @realDonaldTrump?

Let's fight back – chip in now: https://t.co/zAiy2LEuxw https://t.co/sSAWCPFYJh

— Jacky Rosen (@RosenforNevada) June 23, 2018

Outside the hotel, at least 300 people protesting Trump's policy of separating families at the southern border were stretched along a sidewalk outside the Las Vegas casino where the president met behind closed doors with supporters before addressing the Nevada GOP convention. His motorcade drove past a smaller group of people holding signs that said "Resist" and "History Has Its Eyes On You."

Trump was also holding a separate event promoting tax cuts he signed into law six months ago before flying back to Washington.

Heller, a past critic of Trump, had renounced Trump during the campaign as someone who "denigrates human beings." Heller suggested he wouldn't vote for Trump, but later said he did. Heller also received a $2,000 donation from Trump in 2015 but gave it to charity.

Once in office, Trump publicly scolded Heller for holding up the GOP's long-promised effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. He later repaired his relationship with Trump and helped deliver the rewrite of U.S. tax laws to Trump's desk.

Trump intervened in Nevada's Senate race in March and persuaded Heller's main challenger, Danny Tarkanian, to step aside and run for a U.S. House seat instead. Heller has said he didn't ask Trump for the favor.

Accompanying Trump to Las Vegas were top former top campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, now acting as outside advisers to the president. Lewandowski joined Trump days after he responded with "Wah-wah" during a Fox News Channel appearance after another panelist raised the case of a 10-year-old disabled girl who had been separated from her parents under Trump's immigration policy.

Attendees lined up to have their photos taken with Lewandowski before Trump took the stage.

Trump has stepped up the pace of his political appearances in recent weeks.

He campaigned in Minnesota this week for a GOP House candidate, to be followed by a stop Monday in South Carolina to boost Gov. Henry McMaster's fortunes in a Republican gubernatorial runoff on Tuesday.

Trump is also scheduled to appear in North Dakota on Wednesday on behalf of Republican Kevin Cramer, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat seeking another six-year term in a state Trump won by 36 percentage points in 2016.

Categories: Ohio News

1 person in critical condition after motorcycle crash in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 14:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One person was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition after a motorcycle and car crash in west Columbus.

This happened in the area of Dublin Road and Splitrock Road around 4:07 p.m. Saturday, according to Columbus police dispatchers. Eastbound Dublin Road is closed in the area.

No further information is immediately available.

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

Categories: Ohio News

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 13:27

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday she was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, becoming the latest administration official to experience a brusque welcome in a public setting.

Sanders tweeted that she was told by the owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, that she had to "leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left."

Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018

She said the event Friday evening said far more about the owner of the restaurant than it did about her.

"I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so," Sanders said in the tweet from her official account, which generated 22,000 replies in about an hour.

Sanders' treatment at the restaurant created a social media commotion with people on both sides weighing in with their critique, including her father, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

"Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the 'Hate Plate,'" Huckabee said in a tweet, quickly generating 2,000 replies in about 30 minutes. "And appetizers are 'small plates for small minds.'"

On Yelp, a reviewer of the restaurant from Los Angeles wrote: "Don't eat here if you're a Republican, wearing a MAGA hat or a patriot."

But many reviewers were also supportive of the restaurant owner's actions.

"12/10 would recommend. Bonus: this place is run by management who stuck up for their beliefs and who are true Americans. THANK YOU!!!!" said a reviewer from Commerce City, Colorado.

No one answered the phone at the restaurant, which was not scheduled to open until the evening. Lexington is about a three-hour drive from the nation's capital and is in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

The separation of families trying to enter the U.S. at the southern border has intensified political differences and passions that were already at elevated levels during the Trump presidency.

Earlier in the week, Trump's homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, cut short a working dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington after protesters shouted, "Shame!" until she left.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio 12th District Republican candidate files lawsuit against Husted

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 13:09

A Republican candidate who ran in the Congressional 12th District primary back in May has filed a lawsuit.

Melanie Leneghan filed a complaint in court against Secretary of State Jon Husted and the Muskingum and Franklin County Boards of Election questioning if proper procedures were used for an official recount that was supposed to take place on June 6.

Leneghan lost a close race in the May 8 Primary to Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson, of Zanesville.

The complaint says that the Muskingum County Board of Elections unsealed ballots two days before the scheduled recount and then counted them one day before without giving notice. Leneghan also claims that unverifiable, fraudulent votes were used in 16 precincts in Muskingum County. Leneghan claims in the documents that if those ineligible ballots are removed she would win the election by about 1,400 votes.

She is requesting the court compel the board to remove the fraudulent votes from 16 precincts and amend the results, certify and declare the new winner or hold a new election in Muskingum County.

The lawsuit asks Secretary Husted to conduct an investigation and then report it to Attorney General Mike DeWine. It also requests the Franklin County Board of Elections to properly certify the results of the recount.

Categories: Ohio News

Vinnie Paul, co-founder, drummer of Pantera, dies at 54

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 11:29

Vinnie Paul, co-founder and drummer of metal band Pantera, has died at 54.

Pantera's official Facebook page posted a statement early Saturday announcing his death. The label of Hellyeah, his most recent group, confirmed the death but neither statement mentioned Paul's cause of death.

His real name was Vincent Paul Abbott. He and his brother, Dimebag Darrell, formed Pantera in 1981. Dimebag, whose real name was Darrell Lance Abbott, was shot to death while on stage with the band Damageplan in 2004.

The two brothers founded Damageplan in 2003 after Pantera broke up.

Paul was most recently in the band Hellyeah, a heavy metal supergroup which included Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.

"Today, the world not only lost a legend, but also a genuine human being who lived to put a smile on the faces of everyone he met," Hellyeah's label Eleven Seven Music said in a statement. "May he be reunited with his brother as we all strive to continue his legacy."

Alice Cooper tweeted Paul's impact on music was "immeasurable." Tributes poured in from others in the rock and metal communities, including Slash and the bands Disturbed and Megadeth.

Categories: Ohio News

US House candidate who beat Sanford seriously hurt in wreck

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 11:11

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina lawmaker who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid was seriously injured in a vehicle crash on Friday and will require weeks of recovery and more procedures, a spokesman said.

State Rep. Katie Arrington underwent surgery for her injuries and was recovering Saturday at a Charleston-area hospital, said Arrington spokesman Michael Mule.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Arrington and a friend were traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 17 around 9 p.m. Friday when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction hit their vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene, according to Sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio. The driver of Arrington's vehicle, a friend identified as Jacqueline Goff of Mandeville, Louisiana, also sustained serious injuries.

Mule said the Summerville Republican sustained a back fracture, as well as several broken ribs, and underwent surgery to remove portions of her small intestine and colon.

Mule said Arrington would need more surgeries, as well as a stent to repair the partial collapse of the primary artery in her legs, and would need to stay in the hospital for two weeks. He told news outlets that Arrington was alert and talking Saturday morning.

"Katie asks for your continued prayers for the deceased and the deceased's family, as well as prayers for a quick recovery for Katie and her friend," Mule said in a statement.

Arrington, 47, defeated Sanford in a GOP primary earlier this month, repeatedly highlighting Sanford's criticism of President Donald Trump. The president himself weighed in hours before polls closed on Election Day to endorse Arrington and denounce Sanford as "nothing but trouble."

In a tweet Saturday, Trump said his "thoughts and prayers are with Representative Katie Arrington of South Carolina, including all of those involved in last nights car accident, and their families."

Sanford, a former South Carolina governor, had never lost an election before the June 12 congressional primary, even after a high-profile extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.

Sanford posted a link to a story about the wreck on Twitter, adding in a post: "Our thoughts and prayers this morning go to Katie Arrington, her family and those involved in last night's automobile accident."

In a message posted to Twitter on Saturday, Democratic nominee Joe Cunningham said that he was suspending his campaign until further notice.

Categories: Ohio News

Amber Alert canceled, children safe; suspect and vehicle have not been located

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 09:21

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY - An amber alert has been canceled by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office and both children have been located safely; suspect and vehicle have not been located.

On June 23, 2018, around 7 a.m. grandparents of Justin Wallace woke up to find both Aaron Rollins and Justin Wallace missing on Maplewood Circle in the city of Urbana.

Justin Wallace is described as a male, age 7, 4'5" tall, weighs 72 and has black hair. No clothing description was given.

Aaron Rollins is described as a white male, age 9, is 4'5" tall, weighs 72, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high top tennis shoes.

The suspect is Jamie Rollins described as a white female, age 39, 5'3" tall, 223 pounds, and has red hair and blue eyes. She is the non-custodial mother to Aaron Rollins. No clothing description was given.

The vehicle involved is a taupe 2015 Kia Optima Ohio plate number 347YSL.

Call or dial 911 if you see the child, the suspect or the vehicle. You can also call 1-877-AMBER-OH (1-877-262-3764) or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

Categories: Ohio News

Hocking County Sheriff's Office have located missing 13-year-old girl

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 08:55

UPDATE: The juvenile has been located, according to the Hocking County Sheriff's Office.

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HOCKING COUNTY - The Hocking County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 13-year-old girl who went missing from Logan, Ohio.

Kimora Zinn was last seen at her Logan home around 10 p.m. Friday.

Authorities say Zinn is described as 5'7" tall, weighs about 155 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the Hocking County Sheriff's Office at 740-385-2131.

Categories: Ohio News

Man convicted of rape cleared by DNA, released from prison

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 08:32

CLEVELAND — A man sent to prison over 15 years ago has been released after a judge found DNA evidence cleared him of raping a woman.

Forty-one-year-old Christopher Miller was released Thursday in Cleveland. He was sentenced to 40 years in 2002 on charges including rape in an attack on a Cleveland Heights woman.

The Ohio Innocence Project pushed for updated testing that found DNA from two men convicted of a similar crime but none from Miller.

Miller said Thursday he had done everything he could to prove his innocence.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office says investigators can't say Miller wasn't somehow involved, and charges such as robbery or burglary could be refiled after further investigation. They say he had the woman's cellphone.

Miller said he traded drugs for the phone.

Categories: Ohio News

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | June 23, 2018

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 07:14

Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have an outdoor yard, many of you probably walk your dog(s) on a daily basis and multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry, little friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to both you and your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This now is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this weekends "Furr-cast."

We have made it to the weekend and that means the rain will finally end, right? Well, due to the unfortunate events of this meandering system, we'll see chances for rain again today but it'll be fairly light and scattered. There's a chance for a few storms in the afternoon, but the severe threat for the day is non-existent. Rain will diminish later this evening, so take advantage of your longer walks then!

Sunday will be a touch warmer with highs in the low-mid 80's but we'll see less rain, which is a plus. Rain will be spotty and mainly in southern Ohio later in the day. A few wet paws will be possible in the morning but mainly because of the saturated grounds.

The start of the week will be dry, but unfortunately, we don't have any big dry stretches of weather in the forecast. Rain and storms return late Tuesday into the mid-week with unsettled weather lingering into the late week. On top of that, temperatures will begin to climb back into the 90's after the mid-week, so we will need to shift our attention back to the dangers of warm weather.

While it's common sense to not leave your pets or children unattended in vehicles, one may be surprised by how fast things can "heat up" inside a car even with the windows cracked! It's extremely important for your pet's health that you avoid leaving them in the car. In as soon as 10 minutes, a car can heat up by nearly 20 degrees! In cases such as this and how temperatures will pan out next week, it's best to leave the pets at home rather than putting their health at risk.

Another pet safety tip is to avoid paved or concrete roads or sidewalks when temperatures are warming up, especially later in the day when the sun has already been up for several hours under mostly sunny skies. These types of surfaces can heat up extremely fast and while the air temperature isn't too hot, the grounds can be much, much warmer. In cases such as this, it's important to keep their paws on grassy, cooler surfaces. An easy test to tell if the grounds are too hot for your pets is to simply place the back of your hand on the ground for 7 seconds. If it is too hot for you, then it's likely it will be too hot for your pet's paws and that it could easily damage their skin!

The "Barking Message" for next week:
  • Afternoon highs in the 90's late next week, so make sure you keep your dogs hydrated!
  • Keep your walks short when temperatures are above 80 degrees. Plain and simple!
  • Never leave your pets unattended in your car, even for just a few minutes with the windows cracked!
  • Avoid blacktop or concrete surfaces when we have a lot of sun and warm days! You can easily damage their paws, so stick to the grassy surfaces!

Each Friday, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog! Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents!

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Woman who shot boyfriend in videotaped stunt tried to resist

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 06:47

ADA, Minn. — A transcript released Friday shows a woman tried to resist as her boyfriend urged her to shoot him for a videotaped stunt in Minnesota that ended in his death.

The Norman County prosecutor also released portions of the video Pedro Ruiz III took with his girlfriend, Monalisa Perez, at their home in Halstad last year.

Ruiz, 22, shows off the .50-caliber Desert Eagle handgun and the bullet he wanted Perez to fire at him as he held a hardcover encyclopedia against his chest. The couple planned to post the video on YouTube.

In the video, Ruiz calls himself "the crazy Pedro" and said he wanted to see if a .50-caliber bullet can go through a book.

"The most trustworthy person that I trust in this world is my girlfriend, Monalisa," Ruiz said in the video "So if I die, I'm pretty much ready to go to heaven right now."

According to the transcript, Perez pleads with her boyfriend "I can't do it, babe. I'm so scared." Ruiz tells her, "As long as you hit the book, you'll be fine. Come on."

"Babe, I'm not doing this, I can't," Perez said.

"Come on," Ruiz replied.

"Babe, if I kill you what's gonna happen to my life. Like no this isn't OK," she said. "I don't want to be responsible."

The bullet went through the book, killing Ruiz. Video of the shooting and aftermath were not released by Norman County Attorney James Brue, who called those portions "clearly offensive to common sensibilities."

Perez, 20, of Redfield, South Dakota, was sentenced earlier this year to 180 days in jail for second-degree manslaughter. Her sentence will be served in 30-day installments each year for six years.

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Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:57

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people.

The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in New York City and Spokane, Washington, by four different Planned Parenthood affiliates covering New York City and the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska and Washington.

Planned Parenthood says the lawsuits are intended to protect the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program from what they termed ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculums.

"Young people have the right to the information and skills they need to protect their health," Dawn Laguens said in a press release, vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "The Trump-Pence administration is trying to impose their abstinence-only agenda on young people across the country."

Evidence shows such programs do not work, Laguens said.

An email sent to the Health and Human Services public relations office was not immediately answered on Friday.

In previous court documents, the agency has said it has the right to change its funding priorities.

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program has served about 1.2 million teens in 39 states since it started in 2010. The Trump administration in April announced it would remake the program to push abstinence-only counseling.

Last year, the agency informed recipients of 81 teen pregnancy prevention grants that it would terminate their grant agreements two years early, meaning this year. That decision was made after President Trump appointed Valerie Huber as chief of staff for the Office of Assistant Secretary of Health.

After her appointment, Huber wrote an article decrying the lack of federal funding for abstinence education and questioned the effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention grants.

In April, a federal judge in Spokane blocked the Trump administration from cutting the grants. Judges in Seattle, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have made similar rulings.

Supporters of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program credit it with helping to lower the teen pregnancy rate 41 percent since 2010. But the agency has issued past statements calling the program ineffective.

Congress created the $110 million program in 2010 to support and develop evidence-based ways to reduce teen pregnancy. In 2015, HHS awarded the 81 grants that were to last five years.

The lawsuits were filed by Planned Parenthood of New York City; Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands; Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; and Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho.

They contend that abstinence-only programs can contain false and misleading information and stigmatize teens who have sex.

"Most people have had sex by the time they're 18," Planned Parenthood said in a press release.

In addition to the agency, the lawsuits name as defendants HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Huber.

Categories: Ohio News

Board again rejects mercy for Ohio killer despite juror's concern

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:47

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Parole Board on Friday again rejected a request for mercy from a condemned killer who fatally stabbed a man two decades ago, despite an ex-juror's revelation that he now regrets his vote in favor of a death sentence.

The board ruled 8-1 against sparing death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts, set to die in October for killing Fred Hicks at Hicks' Cincinnati home in 1997.

The board's ruling said clemency is not warranted.

"The vicious and gratuitous murder of Fred Hicks immediately following the brutal slaying of Judith Sue Crawford was so heinous that the mitigation presented does not outweigh the aggravating factors in this case," the board said.

Republican Gov. John Kasich has the final say. A message was left with his spokesman.

Tibbetts' attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Erin Barnhart, said in a statement Friday that Tibbetts faces execution because the jury "did not receive complete and accurate information about his background during sentencing proceedings." The governor has the power to "prevent an unjust death sentence from being carried out in the public's name," Barnhart added.

The guilt of Tibbetts, 61, has never been in doubt. In addition to the death sentence Tibbetts received for Hicks' killing, the inmate also received life imprisonment for fatally beating and stabbing his wife, 42-year-old Judith Crawford, during an argument over Tibbetts' crack cocaine habit.

The 67-year-old Hicks had hired Crawford as a caretaker and allowed the couple to stay with him. The impact of Tibbetts' traumatic and chaotic childhood on his later behavior was on trial before the Ohio Parole Board during a January 2017 hearing. The board recommended against clemency by an 11-1 vote.

Tibbetts is not deserving of clemency in part because Hicks' killing was "particularly senseless and gratuitous," the board said at that time. The board also said that the psychological link that Tibbetts' attorneys allege exists between his traumatic childhood and the murders is "belied by the fact that Tibbetts was largely able to refrain from violence for many years preceding the murders."

After that decision, a man who served on Tibbetts' jury saw information about the inmate's childhood and realized it was far worse than jurors were told at trial.

Last week, ex-juror Ross Geiger said Tibbetts' upbringing was presented as a debate between his attorneys, who said his background was terrible, and prosecutors, who said it wasn't that bad.

Thus, Geiger said he was surprised when he came across information presented to the board last year that documented horrific facts about Tibbetts' early years, which jurors never heard.

"It was like just a different story," Geiger told the board June 14 in a rare follow-up clemency hearing.

When Tibbetts was a boy, he and his brothers were tied to a single bed at night, were not fed properly, were thrown down stairs, had their fingers beaten with spatulas and were burned on heating registers, according to Tibbetts' application for mercy last year.

The only hints of Tibbetts' childhood at trial came from the lone witness who was called to talk about factors that might go against a death sentence, Geiger said. The witness was a psychiatrist who spoke briefly to members of Tibbetts' family.

"I was just struck and frankly upset that information that was available was not even addressed, other than in very summary fashion," Geiger said.

The board said in its ruling Friday that while it believes Geiger came forward with the best of intentions, "members are not convinced that his decision would have been different had the information been presented in the same manner at trial."

A message seeking comment on the board's ruling was left Friday for Geiger and for the Hamilton County prosecutor.

County prosecutors have previously argued that Tibbetts' background does not outweigh his crimes. That includes stabbing Crawford after he had already beaten her to death, and then repeatedly stabbing Hicks, a "sick, defenseless, hearing-impaired man in whose home Tibbetts lived," they told the parole board.

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Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:44

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals, a policy that's being met with criticism by groups that train service dogs and the people who use them.

The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban as an "enhancement" to its policy on animals in passenger areas. Delta will also limit travelers to a single emotional support animal per flight. The changes, announced this week, take effect July 10.

"It's a bit nuts because Delta is actually my preferred airline to fly with my service dog," said Fiona Gilbert of the San Francisco area, who said she flew about 300,000 miles with Delta in the past year with her pit bull-type dog, Koda.

Gilbert has a degenerative neurological condition, and Koda can sense when she might have a seizure and then get help if needed, she said.

"He's basically my alert system," she said. "He's my emergency response system. I trust him more than I trust myself when it comes to not feeling well. He's been trained to get help if I need him to. Koda and I are a team - we're inseparable."

Now, Gilbert has 20 trips planned with Delta later this year and is scrambling to figure out what to do.

Delta said its ban on pit bull-type dogs responds to "growing safety concerns" after several employees were bitten, the airline said in a statement.

"We must err on the side of safety," Delta said in a statement Friday. "Most recently, two Delta employees were bit by a pit bull traveling as a support animal last week. We struggled with the decision to expand the ban to service animals, knowing that some customers have legitimate needs, but we have determined that untrained, pit bull-type dogs posing as both service and support animals are a potential safety risk."

The bite happened during the boarding process for Delta flight 295 from Atlanta to Narita, Japan, the airline said.

But the ban is prompting a social media backlash and is being criticized by several animal groups.

Delta "should resist unwarranted breed prejudice and rescind its breed ban," Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said in a statement Thursday.

Figuring out exactly which dogs fall under the policy could be a challenge.

"Pit bull is an arbitrary label - there's no standard definition of what makes a dog a pit bull," said Regina Lizik, the communications and fundraising manager at Animal Farm Foundation in Bangall, New York, which provides service dogs to people with various disabilities. Gilbert's pit bull was trained there.

"It's all about that individual dog and their ability to do this work," Lizik said. "All dogs are individuals."

Delta's statement says "pit bull type" dogs will be banned, but lists "Bull type dogs" on its online list of prohibited animals, which includes reptiles, spiders, and goats, among others.

Gilbert said she understands Delta's desire to keep its employees safe. She said she supported the airline in March when it announced new policies for service animals. Delta and United officials said at the time that they'd seen a sharp rise in the number of support animals and that some passengers were bringing all types of animals on board.

"The irony is that I switched airlines to Delta when I got a service dog because they have the nicest flight attendants, and they are a wonderful company to fly with," Gilbert said.

Gilbert said she hasn't received complaints about Koda curled up by her feet on Delta flights in the past. Service dogs such as Koda are "much more polite and less disruptive than some passengers I've been on planes with," she said.

"Most people don't even know there's a 75-pound dog sitting there until we get up to leave," she added.

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Woman who took dead butterfly from exhibit gets probation

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:12

CINCINNATI — A woman who took a dead butterfly from an Ohio botanical garden has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 36-year-old Jaime Revis was sentenced to six months' probation after entering the plea Thursday. She was arrested in April for taking a blue morpho butterfly from the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati.

Revis' lawyer said she had previously been told by a conservatory employee that she could take dead butterflies that would otherwise be thrown away. The attorney called the incident a misunderstanding.

The Springfield Township woman said she uses the butterflies in her photography.

In addition to probation, Revis agreed to a lifetime ban from the conservatory and to take a critical thinking class.

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Repeat flooding causes concern for people living in Westerville neighborhood

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:06

WESTERVILLE - The rain that came down overnight Thursday into Friday caused major flooding for one neighborhood in Westerville.

Megan Healy says she knows when heavy rain will wreak havoc for her neighborhood. The Westerville native has lived on Stoneshead Court most of her life.

"We’ve been through probably a dozen floods,” Healy said. “Even just in the last four years since I took over the house, we’ve flooded every year.”

Many neighbors living in the cul-de-sac attempted to beat the flooding, moving their cars to higher ground and lining their garages with plastic and sandbags.

“In the past and even this time it could come up several inches in previous years it’s come up not in term of inches but in terms of feet,” neighbor John Hermiller said.

Neighbors say the drainage pipes can’t accommodate the development that has taken place around their street over the last decade. Healy says homes, cars, and memories have become collateral to high water.

“We got five feet of water in the house and things that I can’t replace, things from loved ones who are no longer here, things from my childhood. You’re just throwing it all away because you can’t fix it,” Healy said.

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