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Statewide alert issued for boy abducted out of southwestern Ohio

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:55

MIAMISBURG - A statewide alert has been issued for a child that was abducted, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said on August 13 around 4 p.m., Atticus Phillips, 2, was reportedly abducted from the 500 block of East Maple Street.

Phillips is described as a white, has blondish hair, hazel eyes, is about 3-foot tall, and weighs approximately 35 to 40 pounds.

Phillips was reportedly abducted by his mother Kelsy Hannah, 20. She is described as 5-foot-7, weighing 210 pounds, with red hair and green eyes, according to the dispatch center.

Hannah is believed to be possibly driving a 1999 gold Chevrolet with Ohio an Ohio registration GGJ3645.

She may have fled to other family members residences in Montgomery County, Kentucky, or Tennessee.

According to the sheriff's office, the child may be in an immediate threat of danger.

Anyone who sees the child, suspect, or vehicle is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 225-4357 or call 911.

Categories: Ohio News

Northbound 315 ramp reopens to Medical Center Drive in OSU campus area

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:34

The northbound State Route 315 exit ramp to Medical Center Drive/King Avenue reopened Wednesday.

New Cannon Drive, between King Avenue and the exit ramp, also reopened.

Construction work on Cannon Drive near the Wexner Medical Center will continue through 2019.

Detour signs will be posted. Dates are weather dependent and subject to change. These closures support the Cannon Drive Relocation project. Additional details and project updates will be shared on the Cannon Drive web page.

It is not a coincidence that the ramp opening comes as Ohio State students begin to move in this week on campus.

The entrance ramp to SR-315 from Cannon Dr. and 12th Ave. will remain closed through a portion of November, according to Ohio State University spokesman Dan Hedman explained.

The project will straighten and elevate Cannon Drive, supporting future growth of the university and the Medical Center, according to the Ohio State University website. It will do that by:

  • Creating 12 acres of developable land
  • Serving as future flood protection
  • Creating an eventual north-south connection between King and Lane Avenues
  • Enhancing green space in the Olentangy River corridor

One of the main goals, according to Hedman, is to limit traffic in the area to allow patients and visitors easier access to campus during construction.

Students and staff inconvenienced by the changes have the option to use the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) for free.

The MedCenter Express provides 3-minute pickup intervals during peak hours (shift changes) with direct service to the Herrick Drive Transit Hub.

For more information, please visit the Cannon Drive Relocation website. (https://fod.osu.edu/cannondrive)

Categories: Ohio News

Austin City Council votes to move forward with MLS stadium

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:16

The Austin City Council has decided to move ahead with a stadium plan that could prompt Columbus Crew SC to leave its home city after 22 years.

Austin delayed the vote a week, but the council passed the vote 7-4 to enter formal and final negotiations with Crew owner Anthony Precourt.

Precourt bought the Crew in 2013 and has been pushing for a move to Austin since 2017. If successful, the move would uproot a bedrock MLS franchise and give the league its third Texas team. The Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas are the others.

The Austin metropolitan area has just over 2 million people and remains the largest city in the country without a major sports franchise.

The stadium plan is strongly supported by Austin Mayor Steven Adler, but some council members have resisted giving Precourt 24 acres to build a privately funded, 20,000-seat stadium. Critics call it a giveaway by Texas’ capital city and argue Austin could better use the space for parkland or affordable housing.

Precourt initially wanted downtown space for a picturesque venue on the river. Austin refused to make such a deal and instead has considered a tract of land near new retail and condominium developments north of downtown.

Some Columbus fans are fighting to keep their team at home. The fan group Save the Crew has gathered thousands of future ticket pledges and produced its own design for a potential new stadium in downtown Columbus, while hoping new investors will offer to buy the Crew.

Precourt also faces a lawsuit from the state and city seeking to block the move. It cites an Ohio law that owners of teams that use tax-supported facilities and accept state financial assistance must give at least six months’ notice and allow local investors the chance to buy the team. The law was enacted after the NFL’s Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996.

Statement from Save The Crew spokesperson David Miller:

"No matter what happens in Austin, TX, the future of Columbus Crew SC will be determined in Columbus, where we have over 11,000 pledges for 2019 season tickets, a vision for a new downtown stadium a short walk from the Ohio Statehouse, and over 350 businesses of both local and national caliber ready to step in and support this team. The only thing missing is new, local ownership.

“Columbus is a soccer community through and through, and we are eager to support this team, in this city, for generations to come. Glory to Columbus.”

Statement from Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther:

“Major League Soccer chose Columbus as the home of the Crew SC. We were the first city in the U.S. to build a soccer-specific stadium that hosted hundreds of games and international soccer competitions.

When MLS and Precourt Sports Ventures indicated they wanted a downtown sports stadium, we entered into negotiations in good faith, rallying private investors and public support – including commitments for 10,000 season ticket holders for 2019 -- to develop a comprehensive stadium plan. Unfortunately, MLS and PSV have not operated with the same intentions. The McKalla Place site proposal in Austin, for example, sits more than 10 miles from the city’s center – three times the distance between the Columbus Crew’s current stadium and downtown.

Clearly, the decision to move Crew SC to Austin was made long before today’s vote in Texas, with no consideration to the history of the team or the integrity of soccer in the U.S.

We believe MLS and PSV have a responsibility to our fans – and to every resident in Columbus -- to keep Columbus Crew SC in its home.

We will continue our fight to keep the Crew where it belongs – in Columbus.”

Statement from Precourt Sports Ventures:

“Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) is extremely pleased that Austin City Council has voted to authorize negotiations and execution of agreements with PSV for a privately funded Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium and park at McKalla Place.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Austin City Council for passing today’s momentous resolutions. We thank council for acknowledging the groundswell of support to help bring MLS to Austin.

We have been incredibly honored to work alongside the growing community of volunteers, families, and supporters who have proudly persevered to make this historic vote possible. Your efforts have helped make a difference at each step of the pursuit and we wish to thank you very much for your support.

We also wish to extend our special thanks to Mayor Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Tovo and all council members for their ongoing leadership and vision, and to all city staff who have worked diligently with Council to prepare for the passage of today’s important resolutions.”

Categories: Ohio News

Mark Wahlberg discusses Columbus and car dealership on the "Late Show"

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:43

Actor Mark Wahlberg made an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night to discuss his latest movie and they ended up discussing his new business venture in Columbus.

Recently, Wahlberg opened Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet at 3900 West Broad Street, the former location of Bobby Layman Chevrolet.

Colbert brought up the dealership and took a playful jab at the city asking if Wahlberg was planning to go into the witness relocation program when choosing Columbus.

Wahlberg responded by talking about his love of cars and the city.

“I love being in Columbus, we’re about to open a Wahlburgers there, we’re already in Cleveland and we have the best deals,” Wahlberg replied.

At that point, Colbert asked Wahlberg to sell him a vehicle. Check out the full interview below.

Categories: Ohio News

President Trump to headline Republican state dinner in Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Donald Trump will return to Ohio later this month to headline the Ohio Republican Party's state dinner.

The president's appearance at the Aug. 24 event in Columbus was announced Wednesday by Chairman Jane Timken.

The visit is a coup for Timken, a Trump loyalist who ousted the state GOP's previous chairman in January after the president personally intervened on her behalf.

Trump also will attend a fundraiser while he's in town for U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, who's seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown this fall.

The president last visited central Ohio on Aug. 4 to rally for U.S. House candidate Troy Balderson, a Republican state senator. The race between Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor is still too close to call.

Categories: Ohio News

Memorial bench honoring fallen Westerville police officers vandalized 

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:30

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- A memorial bench set up to honor two fallen Westerville police officers is now covered in scratches and curse words.

The bench outside of McVay Elementary School serves a remembrance for Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli. It was installed at the school last week.

A parent noticed the vandalism Wednesday and reported it to the school. Photos show curse words and racial slurs etched on the panels.

Damage to a memorial bench honoring fallen Westerville police officers | Photo edited to censor curse words and racial slur)

The bench has since been removed for repair.

Officers Joering and Morelli were killed in the line of duty in February. Their funeral drew in thousands of people, including law enforcement agents across the country.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles experiences statewide computer network outage

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:04

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is experiencing a statewide computer network outage, leaving driver’s unable to get their licenses and plates.

According to a Facebook post, the network outage happened Wednesday morning. The post advised customers that you should call ahead before visiting your local deputy registrar.

Technicians are working to fix the problem, but there is no time given when everything will be restored.

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

Categories: Ohio News

Patch Tuesday, August 2018 Edition

Krebs on Security - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:52

Adobe and Microsoft each released security updates for their software on Tuesday. Adobe plugged five security holes in its Flash Player browser plugin. Microsoft pushed 17 updates to fix at least 60 vulnerabilities in Windows and other software, including two “zero-day” flaws that attackers were already exploiting before Microsoft issued patches to fix them.

According to security firm Ivanti, the first of the two zero-day flaws (CVE-2018-8373) is a critical flaw in Internet Explorer that attackers could use to foist malware on IE users who browse to hacked or booby-trapped sites. The other zero-day is a bug (CVE-2018-8414) in the Windows 10 shell that could allow an attacker to run code of his choice.

Microsoft also patched more variants of the Meltdown/Spectre memory vulnerabilities, collectively dubbed “Foreshadow” by a team of researchers who discovered and reported the Intel-based flaws. For more information about how Foreshadow works, check out their academic paper (PDF), and/or the video below. Microsoft’s analysis is here.

One nifty little bug fixed in this patch batch is CVE-2018-8345. It addresses a problem in the way Windows handles shortcut files; ending in the “.lnk” extension, shortcut files are Windows components that link (hence the “lnk” extension) easy-to-recognize icons to specific executable programs, and are typically placed on the user’s Desktop or Start Menu.

That description of a shortcut file was taken verbatim from the first widely read report on what would later be dubbed the Stuxnet worm, which also employed an exploit for a weakness in the way Windows handled shortcut (.lnk) files. According to security firm Qualys, this patch should be prioritized for both workstations and servers, as the user does not need to click the file to exploit. “Simply viewing a malicious LNK file can execute code as the logged-in user,” Qualys’ Jimmy Graham wrote.

Not infrequently, Redmond ships updates that end up causing stability issues for some users, and it doesn’t hurt to wait a day or two before seeing if any major problems are reported with new updates before installing them. Microsoft doesn’t make it easy for Windows 10 users to change this setting, but it is possible. For all other Windows OS users, if you’d rather be alerted to new updates when they’re available so you can choose when to install them, there’s a setting for that in Windows Update.

It’s a good idea to get in the habit of backing up your computer before applying monthly updates from Microsoft. Windows has some built-in tools that can help recover from bad patches, but restoring the system to a backup image taken just before installing updates is often much less hassle and an added peace of mind while you’re sitting there praying for the machine to reboot successfully after patching.

Adobe’s Flash update brings the program to v. for Windows, macOS, Chrome and Linux. Most readers here know how I feel about Flash, which is a major security liability and a frequent target of browser-based attacks. The updates from Microsoft include these Flash fixes for IE, and Google Chrome has already pushed an update to address these five Flash flaws (although a browser restart may be needed).

But seriously, if you don’t have a specific need for Flash, just disable it already. Chrome is set to ask before playing Flash objects, but disabling Flash in Chrome is simple enough. Paste “chrome://settings/content” into a Chrome browser bar and then select “Flash” from the list of items. By default it should be set to “Ask first” before running Flash, although users also can disable Flash entirely here or whitelist and blacklist specific sites.

By default, Mozilla Firefox on Windows computers with Flash installed runs Flash in a “protected mode,” which prompts the user to decide if they want to enable the plugin before Flash content runs on a Web site.

Adobe also released security updates for its PDF Reader and Acrobat products.

As always, please leave a note in the comments below if you experience any problems installing any of these updates.

Categories: Technology, Virus Info

A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:35

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons be deflated?

The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they're a very small part of environmental pollution.

This year, college football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games, a move that's part of its sustainability efforts. In Virginia, a campaign that urges alternatives to balloon releases at weddings is expanding. And a town in Rhode Island outright banned the sale of all balloons earlier this year, citing the harm to marine life.

"There are all kinds of alternatives to balloons, a lot of ways to express yourself," says Kenneth Lacoste, first warden of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, who cites posters, piñatas and decorated paper.

Following efforts to limit plastic bags, the push by environmentalists against straws has gained traction in recent months, partly because they're seen as unnecessary for most. Companies including Starbucks and Disney are promising to phase out plastic straws, which can be difficult to recycle because of their size and often end up as trash in the ocean. A handful of U.S. cities recently passed or are considering bans. And the push may bring attention to other items people may not have considered — like festive balloons.

"The issue of straws has really broadened the marine debris issue," says Emma Tonge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. People might not realize balloons are a danger, she says, because of their "light and whimsical" image.

Balloons are not among the top 10 kinds of debris found in coastal cleanups, but Tongue says they're common and especially hazardous to marine animals, which can also get entangled in balloon strings.

Chelsea Rochman, an assistant professor of ecology at the University of Toronto, says people should think systemically about waste and pollution, but that efforts to bring attention to specific products shouldn't be dismissed as too minor.

"If we said that about everything, we wouldn't get anything done," she says.

Already, a few states restrict balloon releases to some extent, according to the Balloon Council, which represents the industry and advocates for the responsible handling of its products to "uphold the integrity of the professional balloon community." That means never releasing them into the air, and ensuring the strings have a weight tied to them so the balloons don't accidentally float away.

Lorna O'Hara, executive director of the Balloon Council, doesn't dispute that marine creatures might mistake balloons for jellyfish and eat them. But she says that doesn't mean balloons are necessarily causing their deaths.

Clean Virginia Waterways still thinks balloons can be harmful. Included in its report last year: A photo of a soaring bird with a deflated balloon trailing behind it.

The report addresses the "rising concern" of balloons, which also often use helium, a non-renewable resource. It notes the difficulty of changing a social norm and that even typing "congrats" in a Facebook post results in an animation of balloons. It even claims the media play a role and that some groups conduct balloon releases "just so reporters will cover the event."

"We don't want to say don't use them at all. We're saying just don't release them," says Laura McKay of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

Some states such as California ban balloon releases for other reasons. Pacific Gas & Electric, which serves northern and central California, says metallic balloons caused 203 power outages in the first five months of this year, up 22 percent from a year ago.

Lacoste thinks other towns, particularly those along the coasts, will also ban balloons as people become more aware of environmental issues. He notes that plastic bags were once seen as harmless, but many places now ban them.

Categories: Ohio News

Ham-Astronauts among First Nine Astronauts Scheduled to Fly on Commercial Spacecraft

ARRL News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:29

Three radio amateurs are among the initial nine NASA astronauts scheduled to fly on commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station. Others in the group are studying for their ham licensing exams in order to take part in Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school radio contacts, or because they have expressed interest in supporting ARISS events. The women and men c...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

Back to School: College savings plan changes

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:51

Back to school can get expensive from clothes to supplies and that's before they head off to college.

This year there are changes to those college savings plans.

A financial expert breaks it all down for 10TV.

As kids head back to school, parents you may want to think years ahead - to college.

"If you have a child that's 5 or 6 of age and you're looking to pay for college. You're looking to pay $200,000 for undergrad," says portfolio manager and owner of Libertas Wealth Management, Adam Koos.

This year there are changes to college savings plans like the 529.

The biggest change is an increase in the state of Ohio tax deduction, which has risen from $2,000 to $4,000.

"If you have 3 kids and you put away $4,000 then you can write off that on your tax return for every child, it's a huge increase," Koos explains.

Also new this year is what you can use that money for, including religious and private high schools and elementary schools.

But if your child decides not to go to college, there are options of what to do with those savings.

"There is a 10 percent penalty for the money you take out but you can transfer it to any family member at no cost," Koos explains.

And if your child gets scholarships, you can take that money out dollar for dollar without penalty.

Koos says the important thing to do, which may be tough for some parents, is to put yourself first.

"What you need to do is a financial plan to make sure your retirement is taken care of, then max out the tax deduction for the 529 plan and look at other avenues for college savings," he says.

Koos says regardless of how much you're able to save, it all adds up, even if it's $50 a month.

"Let's say it grew and you have $8,000, that can pay for a lot of books, a laptop, food," he says.

To open up a 529 plan you need a social security number but Koos says you can start saving before your child is even born if you open it up in your name then transfer it to your children.

Categories: Ohio News

Weed-killing chemical linked to cancer found in some children's breakfast foods

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:48

A new report found glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical that some health authorities link to cancer, in a number of popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children.

The study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas and snack bars. Thirty-one out of 45 tested products had levels higher than what some scientists consider safe for children.

Recently, some scientists, doctors and activists around the world have worked to keep glyphosate out of crops due to concerns that it is a dangerous carcinogen.

"We're very concerned that consumers are eating more glyphosate than they know," said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at EWG. He has been working to improve food safety standards for more than a decade. He said he and his team at EWG had a lab test involving "45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats" and found glyphosate – the active ingredient in the Monsanto weed-killer Roundup – in all but two.

"I was shocked," said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, who heads the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"We don't know a lot about the effects of glyphosate on children," Lowry said. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them."

EWG used its own, more stringent standards to conclude that products with excessive levels of the herbicide included Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Cheerios, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Great Value Instant Oats, and Back to Nature Classic Granola. Glyphosate was even found in a few organic products, though most had non-detectable levels.

The World Health Organization says glyphosate is a "probable carcinogen," and California lists it as a chemical "known to the state to cause cancer."

Monsanto disputes that, saying in a statement, "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use."

Of EWG's study, Monsanto says "even at the highest level reported… an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life in order to reach the EPA's limit" for glyphosate residues.

But just last week, a jury in California ordered Monsanto to pay one man $289 million in damages after he claimed the company's weed killers caused his cancer. EWG's Faber is skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits.

"We don't think it does enough in particular to protect children," Faber said.

"It is time now for them to step up and do their jobs to ban glyphosate," said Zen Honeycutt, who heads Moms Across America, a group formed to raise awareness about toxic exposures. Her family switched to an organic-only diet after her three sons developed allergies and other health problems.

"We want to trust that what is in the grocery store is safe and the shocking reality is that in many cases it's not," Honeycutt said.

In a statement, Quaker said: "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products. Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits of the safety standards set by the EPA and the European Commission as safe for human consumption." General Mills told CBS News: "Our products are safe and without question, they meet regulatory safety levels. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow."

Categories: Ohio News

1 critical after motorcycle and car collide in south Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 05:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Division of Police says one person is in critical condition after a collision between a car and a motorcycle.

Investigators say the crash happened Wednesday just before 7 a.m. near the Jackson Pike Jail.

One person was transported to Grant Medical Center in critical condition, according to police.

One lane on Jackson Pike which is also State Route 104 was closed while they processed the scene.

The road reopened just before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The crash remains under investigation.

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

Categories: Ohio News

Police: Ohio woman shoots police officer husband, kills herself

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:59

Authorities say a woman has shot and wounded her police officer husband in Ohio and then fatally shot herself.

The shootings occurred Monday afternoon at a home in Painesville, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland.

Painesville Police Chief Dan Waterman said Tuesday that 27-year-old Gates Mills police officer Dylan Hustosky called 911 Monday afternoon to report that his wife, 29-year-old Kayleigh Hustosky, had shot him in the arm.

A SWAT team was summoned when Kayleigh Hustosky didn't respond to police phone calls. She was found dead several hours later after a robot and drones failed to detect any movement inside the home.

Dylan Hustosky was flown to a Cleveland hospital where he's in stable condition.

The couple's 3-year-old son was away visiting relatives when Dylan Hustosky was shot.

Categories: Ohio News

AG Mike DeWine unveils body armor grants, FOP critical of delay

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:53

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state's injured worker fund is setting aside a portion of its safety grant funding to help local police agencies pay for bulletproof vests.

The Republican gubernatorial nominee advanced the plan Tuesday. It follows an Associated Press report in June on a union grievance stating more than 50 Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents are wearing expired bulletproof vests despite pleas to management to get the vests replaced.

DeWine says the grant program with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will make up to $40,000 available to a local law enforcement agency with a 25 percent local match.

The Fraternal Order of Police says it is grateful for the added financial help but "dismayed" that DeWine is politicizing a police safety issue.

Categories: Ohio News

Twitter suspends Alex Jones' account for week after tweet company says incites violence

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:50

Twitter says it is suspending the account of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company's rules against inciting violence. The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their "battle rifles" ready against media and others.

Jones won't be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account for seven days, though he will be able to browse Twitter.

The Twitter account for his "Infowars" show was not affected.

Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have taken down material published by Jones, reflecting more aggressive enforcement of hate speech policies after online backlash.

But Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company's decision last week not to ban Jones, saying Jones hadn't broken any rules.

And the Times says Twitter's weeklong suspension of Jones' Twitter account "stops short of a full ban of Mr. Jones from Twitter and leaves many questions unanswered about what actually gets people booted off the service. The company's policy calls for the short-term suspension of an account after repeated violations, but Twitter declined to clarify how many offenses would terminate Mr. Jones's account permanently."

Categories: Ohio News

Christine Hallquist, transgender candidate, wins nomination for Vermont governor

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:44

Vermont made history Tuesday night, with Christine Hallquist, a transgender candidate, winning the Democratic primary in the race for governor. Hallquist will face Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who held off his challenger despite backlash from his own base over gun restrictions he signed into law earlier this year.

If Hallquist is successful in November, she would become the nation's first transgender governor from a major political party.

Hallquist, 62, defeated three other Democrats. Her platform included higher-paying jobs for Vermont residents, health care for their families and better education for their children.

She took to Twitter late Tuesday night to thank supporters, writing "this is Vermont's victory!"

On to November! Thank you all for your support - this is Vermont's victory!

Join us→https://t.co/ONRg5t7VZJ

Donate→https://t.co/WdplXlJP7N #vtpoli #victory #bluewave #tearitupsister #firsttransgov pic.twitter.com/C5HBocqhrU

— Christine Hallquist (@christineforvt) August 15, 2018

Earlier Tuesday, Hallquist was interviewed on CBSN's "Red & Blue" with Elaine Quijano, and said "it will be historic for the nation" if she were to be nominated.

"I'm proud to be the person to help the nation widen its moral compass," she added. "Vermonters are going to elect me for what I'm going to do for Vermont."

"Vermont has always been a leader in civil rights," she said. "We have some of the best transgender protection laws in the country. It's a state that's really welcomed me with open arms."

Hallquist, a former electric company executive at Vermont Electric Co-op, has said that she is running for governor based on her managerial ability and with a progressive campaign that focuses on economic development for rural Vermont.

In her interview, Hallquist said she "has a long vision for Vermont" and wants to make internet access available to everyone.

"I will connect everyone and every business with fiber optic cables so every Vermonter can be connected to the internet," Hallquist said. "What we're seeing in rural Vermont and rural America is the same thing that happened in the 1930s ... when the cities had electricity, rural America did not. Sixty percent of the land mass in Vermont can't connect to the Internet -- and it's so critical for business."


— Christine Hallquist (@christineforvt) August 15, 2018

Hallquist also spoke about health care and her economic agenda during her CBSN interview.

"Let's stop making profits on people sick and dying. Let's approve Medicare for All. Let's get people to a living wage. There's been a systematic attack on the working class for over 30 years now. And so we've got to change this."

The Associated Press reports that she had won support from The Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs LGBTQ candidates. They have called her a "game changer."

The Victory Fund's president and CEO also took to Twitter on Tuesday night to congratulate Hallquist.

"Christine's victory is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality and is especially remarkable given how few out trans elected officials there are at any level of government," Annise Parker wrote.

Categories: Ohio News

Oak Hills mobile home clubhouse catches fire near Grove City

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:42

GROVE CITY, Ohio - Firefighters are investigating what caused a mobile home park clubhouse to catch fire early Wednesday morning.

Multiple fire crews were called just before 6 a.m. to 5965 Harrisburg Georgesville Road on a report of a fire.

Firefighters from Jackson Township, Columbus, and Madison County fire arrived to find smoke coming from the Oak Hills mobile home park clubhouse building.

Officials say they quickly contained the fire, but there is significant damage to the roof.

it is unclear how the fire started, but it appears to have started in the rear of the structure, according to investigators.

The fire remains under investigation.

Categories: Ohio News

Afghan officials: Taliban attack in north kills 30 troops

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:28

A Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in northern Afghanistan killed at least 30 soldiers and police, officials said Wednesday, as life gradually returned to normal in parts of the eastern city of Ghazni after a massive insurgent attack last week, with sporadic gunbattles still underway in some neighborhoods.

Mohammad Safdar Mohseni, the head of the provincial council in the northern Baghlan province, said the insurgents set fire to the checkpoints after the attack late Tuesday in the Baghlan-I Markazi district. Dilawar Aymaq, a parliamentarian from Baghlan, confirmed the attack, which targeted a military checkpoint and another manned by the so-called local police, militias recruited and paid by the Interior Ministry.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, Afghans emerged from their homes and some shops reopened in Ghazni, where the Taliban launched a coordinated offensive last Friday, overwhelming the city's defenses and capturing several neighborhoods. Afghan forces repelled the initial assault and in recent days have struggled to flush the insurgents out of residential areas where they are holed up.

The U.S. and NATO have launched airstrikes and sent military advisers to aid Afghan forces as they fight for the city, which is just 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the capital, Kabul, and has a population of some 270,000 people.

Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said Wednesday that "life is getting back to normal" after at least 35 civilians were killed in recent days. But he said wounded people are still arriving at the city's only hospital, which has been overwhelmed by the casualties.

Hundreds of people have fled the fighting in Ghazni, which has killed about 100 members of the Afghan security forces.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Zabul province early Wednesday, killing four police, according to the provincial police chief, Mustafa Mayar, who said another three officers were wounded. He said seven attackers were killed and five were wounded during the battle, in which the Taliban used artillery and heavy weapons.

The Taliban have seized several districts across the country in recent years and carry out near-daily attacks targeting Afghan security forces. The assault on Ghazni was widely seen as a show of force ahead of possible peace talks with the United States, which has been at war in Afghanistan for nearly 17 years.

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Report: Pennsylvania priests abused over 1,000 children

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:20

A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she'd had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him.

Those children are among the victims of roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania who molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, according to a sweeping state grand jury report released Tuesday that accused senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., of systematically covering up complaints.

The "real number" of abused children and abusive priests might be higher since some secret church records were lost and some victims never came forward, the grand jury said.

While the grand jury said dioceses have established internal processes and seem to refer complaints to law enforcement more promptly, it suggested that important changes are lacking.

"Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability," the grand jury wrote in the roughly 900-page report. "Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all."

Top church officials have mostly been protected and many, including some named in the report, have been promoted, the grand jury said, concluding that "it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal."

In nearly every case, prosecutors found that the statute of limitations has run out, meaning that criminal charges cannot be filed. More than 100 of the priests are dead. Many others are retired or have been dismissed from the priesthood or put on leave. Authorities charged just two, including a priest who has since pleaded guilty.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the investigation is ongoing.

The investigation of six of Pennsylvania's eight dioceses— Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton — is the most extensive investigation of Catholic clergy abuse by any state, according to victim advocates. The dioceses represent about 1.7 million Catholics.

Until now, there have been just nine investigations by a prosecutor or grand jury of a Catholic diocese or archdiocese in the United States, according to the Massachusetts-based research and advocacy organization, BishopAccountability.org.

The Philadelphia archdiocese and the Johnstown-Altoona diocese were not included in the investigation because they have been the subject of three previous scathing grand jury investigations.

The grand jury heard from dozens of witnesses and reviewed more than a half-million pages of internal diocesan documents, including reports by bishops to Vatican officials disclosing the details of abusive priests that they had not made public or reported to law enforcement.

The grand jury concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and other diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability. They failed to report accused clergy to police, used confidentiality agreements to silence victims and sent abusive priests to so-called "treatment facilities," which "laundered" the priests and "permitted hundreds of known offenders to return to ministry," the report said.

The conspiracy of silence extended beyond church grounds: police or prosecutors sometimes did not investigate allegations out of deference to church officials or brushed off complaints as outside the statute of limitations, the grand jury said.

Diocese leaders responded Tuesday by expressing sorrow for the victims, stressing how they've changed and unveiling, for the first time, a list of priests accused of some sort of sexual misconduct.

James VanSickle of Pittsburgh, who testified he was sexually attacked in 1981 by a priest in the Erie Diocese, called the report's release "a major victory to get our voice out there, to get our stories told."

The report is still the subject of an ongoing legal battle, with redactions shielding the identities of some current and former clergy named in the report while the state Supreme Court weighs their arguments that its wrongful accusations against them violates their constitutional rights. It also is expected to spark another fight by victim advocates to win changes in state law that lawmakers have resisted.

Its findings echoed many earlier church investigations around the country, describing widespread sexual abuse and church officials' concealment of it. U.S. bishops have acknowledged that more than 17,000 people nationwide have reported being molested by priests and others in the church.

The report comes at a time of fresh scandal at the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church. Pope Francis last month stripped 88-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of his title amid allegations that McCarrick had for years sexually abused boys and committed sexual misconduct with adult seminarians.

One senior American church official named in the grand jury report is Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who leads the Washington archdiocese, for allegedly helping to protect abusive priests when he was Pittsburgh's bishop. Wuerl, who was bishop of the Pittsburgh diocese from 1988 to 2006, disputed the allegations.

Terry McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org said the report did a good job of highlighting the two crimes of church sex abuse scandals: the abuse of a child and the cover up by church officials that allows the abuse to continue.

"One thing this is going to do is put pressure on prosecutors elsewhere to take a look at what's going on in their neck of the woods," McKiernan said.

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