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Man accused of killing 2 Westerville officers appears in court for motion hearing

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:08

COLUMBUS - The man accused of killing two Westerville officers last year appeared in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court Friday morning.

During the motion hearing, they went through 39 motions for Quentin Smith.

In February 2018, Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were shot and killed when responding to a 911 hang up call.

Pretrial hearing for Quentin Smith – the man accused of killing Westerville Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering:

The prosecutors are looking to get the death penalty for Smith, but a recent court case indicates that Ohio's method of execution could be unconstitutional.

Therefore, Governor Mike DeWine has put a halt on all executions in the state of Ohio until a clearer ruling is made.

During Smith's trial, the defense attorney asked if Smith could appear unrestrained and with regular clothes. A ruling was made by the judge that Smith didn't have to wear handcuffs or a stun-belt but would need to wear leg shackles.

More motions are expected to come in from the defense attorney. The next time they will appear in court to go over these motions is April 19.

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Arena Football League announces return of Columbus Destroyers

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:49

The new Arena Football League in Columbus has a name known to the city: The Destroyers.

The league along with team officials made the announcement Friday at Nationwide Arena.

It was announced two weeks ago that Columbus would be the sixth city to earn an AFL team for the league's reorganization in 2019.

The season is scheduled to begin at the end of April with each of the league's six teams playing 12 regular season games.

The Destroyers will play on the road for the first three weeks of the season before their home opener at Nationwide Arena on May 18.

Columbus Destroyers Schedule

  • April 27: Columbus @ Albany
  • May 4: Columbus @ Atlantic City
  • May 10: Columbus @ Baltimore
  • May 18: Columbus vs. Albany
  • May 25: Columbus vs. Washington
  • June 1: Columbus @ Philadelphia
  • June 7: Columbus vs. Atlantic City
  • June 15: Columbus vs. Baltimore
  • June 22: Columbus vs. Philadelphia
  • June 28: Columbus @ Baltimore
  • July 14: Columbus vs. Albany
  • July 20: Columbus @ Washington
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Man arrested in connection with multiple Lancaster business break-ins

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:47

LANCASTER - Lancaster police have made an arrest in connection with multiple break-ins at businesses in the area.

Between November of 2018 and January of 2019, several Lancaster area businesses suffered substantial loss as a result of these of break-ins during closed business hours.

The break-ins occurred by either forced entry or the removal of normally stout business front windows. It was believed many of these businesses were victimized by the same person.

Police were able to collect DNA evidence along with specific footwear patterns that eventually linked 18-year old Jason J. Lawson Jr. to the break-ins.

On Thursday, detectives conducted an additional follow-up investigation leading them to secure formal charges against Lawson with anticipated future charges connecting him to over thirteen break-ins.

The businesses affected by the break-ins include Horizon, Chris’ Pawn Shop (twice), Massey’s Pizza, Aldi, Moo Moo Car Wash, Nancy’s Scoops, TCR Computer, Rome 116, Great Clips, LuLu Nail Spa, Hibachi Express, and Waterbeds and Stuff.

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'Empire' producers cut Jussie Smollett from season's last episodes

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:37

CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett's character on "Empire" will be removed from the final two episodes of this season in the wake of his arrest on charges that he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself last month in downtown Chicago, producers of the Fox TV show announced Friday.

The announcement came a day after Smollett turned himself in to police, appeared in court on a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report, and left jail after posting bond.

"While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays," ''Empire" executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer said in a written statement. "We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of 'Jamal' from the final two episodes of the season."

Smollett, who is black and gay, plays a gay character on the show that follows a black family as they navigate the ups and downs of the recording industry.

Police said Smollett planned the hoax because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career. Before the attack, he also sent a letter that threatened him to the Chicago studio where "Empire" is shot, police said.

As authorities laid out their case against Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie.

Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage the attack in January, including telling them specific slurs to yell, urging them to shout "MAGA country" and even pointing out a surveillance camera that he thought would record the beating.

"I believe Mr. Smollett wanted it on camera," police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters at a Thursday morning news conference. "But unfortunately that particular camera wasn't pointed in that direction."

Smollett's legal team issued a statement Thursday night, calling the actor a "man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence." The statement called Johnson's news conference "an organized law enforcement spectacle."

"The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett," the statement read.

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House Dems introduce measure to block national emergency declaration

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:34

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border.

The move sets up a fight that could result in Trump's first veto. It starts the clock on a constitutional clash between Trump and Democrats and sets up a vote by the full House as soon as next week.

The Democratic-controlled House is sure to pass the measure, and the GOP-run Senate may adopt it as well despite Trump's opposition.

Any Trump veto would likely be sustained, but the upcoming battle will test Republican support for Trump's move, which even some of his allies view as a stretch — and a slap at lawmakers' control over the power of the federal purse.

A staff aide introduced the measure during a short pro forma session of the House in which Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., presided over an almost empty chamber.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has promised that her chamber will "move swiftly" to pass the measure, predicting in a letter to colleagues that "the resolution will be referred to the Senate and then sent to the President's desk."

Should the House and the Senate initially approve the measure, Congress seems unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities in each chamber that would be needed later to override a certain Trump veto.

The measure to block Trump's edict will be closely watched in the Senate, where moderates such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., have signaled they would back it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is only a reluctant supporter of Trump on the topic.

The battle is over an emergency declaration Trump has issued to access billions of dollars beyond what Congress has authorized to start erecting border barriers. Building the wall was the most visible trademark of Trump's presidential campaign.

Congress last week approved a vast spending bill providing nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles (89 kilometers) of border barriers in Texas' Rio Grande Valley while preventing a renewed government shutdown. That measure represented a rejection of Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to construct more than 200 miles (322 kilometers).

Besides signing the bill, Trump also declared a national emergency and used other authorities that he says give him access to an additional $6.6 billion for wall building. That money would be transferred from a federal asset forfeiture fund, Defense Department anti-drug efforts and a military construction fund. Federal officials have yet to identify which projects would be affected.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the resolution's sponsor and has already garnered support from a majority of the Democratic-controlled House as co-sponsors.

Castro's measure says Trump's emergency declaration "is hereby terminated." Castro chairs the 38-member Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Pelosi wrote that the Republican president's "decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated."

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KL0S Wins the February QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 07:52

The winning article for the February 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “Installing Coax Crimp Connectors” by Dino Papas, KLØS. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issue today.


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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 07:42

No sunspots are visible since January 30. The lack of sunspot activity has persisted for over 3 weeks, as of February 21. This past week (February 14-20) the average daily solar flux was only marginally higher, rising just barely from 70.4 to 70.6. Geomagnetic indicators were lower, with average daily planetary A index declining from 8.1 to 4.9, and average daily mid-latitude A index (measured ...

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Ohio lawmakers pushing to fix error that could ban some guns

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 07:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers are moving quickly to fix a mistake in an Ohio bill that gun rights advocates say could inadvertently ban several types of legal guns.

At issue is legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms and limits local governments' ability to pass gun laws, among other changes.

Gun advocates say a misplaced paragraph in the bill unintentionally lumped a variety of long guns into a prohibited category. They say lawmakers should fix the problem before the law takes effect in late March.

Bills to address the error have been introduced by state Sen. Kristina Roegner, a Republican from suburban Akron, and Rep. Phil Plummer, a Dayton Republican and a former Montgomery County sheriff.

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Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 04:45

WASHINGTON — William Barr has been attorney general for just one week but is on the cusp of staring down what will almost certainly be the most consequential decision of his long career: how much of the special counsel's findings to make public.

The position catapults him from Justice Department outsider free to theorize and speculate on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to the man at the center of the legal and political firestorm that will accompany its looming conclusion.

With Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein preparing to exit after supervising the day-to-day investigation for nearly two years, and with Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker now replaced in the top job, Barr is in the hot seat: He is responsible for navigating the department through congressional and public demands for details of Mueller's findings while dealing with a White House that may challenge, or even stifle, the conclusions.

Friends say Barr is accustomed to pressure-cooker situations by virtue of his experience as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush and other senior Justice Department jobs. He oversaw the department's response when Los Angeles erupted in riots after the Rodney King verdict and when Cuban inmates took hostages at a federal prison in Alabama. He blessed Bush administration pardons in the Iran-Contra scandal and offered legal advice on the White House's ability to invade Panama.

In this case, though, no less than the fate of Donald Trump's presidency may hang in the balance of whatever Barr decides.

"I'm sure it's going to be a tough set of decisions and circumstances, but Bill doesn't shy away from tough situations," said former Justice Department colleague Timothy Flanigan. "He's not likely to sit there fretting over what does this mean for his legacy or his long-term political viability."

Although Barr carefully weighs difficult decisions and consults others before making them, once he's made them, "he doesn't kind of circle and fret," Flanigan said.

Key decisions are expected soon as Mueller shows signs of concluding his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to Barr that explains his decisions to pursue or decline prosecutions. That could be as simple as a bullet point list or as fulsome as a report running hundreds of pages. Barr will then have to decide how much of Mueller's findings should be disclosed to the public.

At his confirmation hearing last month, Barr was noncommittal about what he would do, though he said repeatedly that he supported making as much public as possible, "consistent with the law." He said in his congressional testimony that he will write his own report summarizing Mueller's findings for Congress and the public.

"I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and will let no personal, political or other improper interests influence my decisions," he said.

Barr has noted that department protocol says internal memos explaining charging decisions should not be released. The attorney general is required only to say the investigation has concluded and describe or explain any times when he or Rosenstein decided an action Mueller proposed "was so inappropriate or unwarranted" that it should not be pursued.

Democrats could use Mueller's findings as the basis of impeachment proceedings and have threatened to subpoena them if they are withheld from Congress. It's not clear what the White House or Trump's lawyers may do to learn details of Mueller's findings. But they may try to block the public release of any report that they believe could expose private conversations between the president and his staff.

Hovering in the background is the 2016 decision by then-FBI Director James Comey to break Justice Department norms in the Hillary Clinton email investigation by publicly criticizing the Democratic presidential candidate even while saying she wouldn't be charged. Barr has said repeatedly that he disagrees with Comey's decision and considers it a mistake.

It's unclear what Mueller will place in his report and how far it will go in answering the central question of the investigation — whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia — or how much he will reveal about whether the president sought to obstruct justice through firing Comey and other actions.

Barr made clear at his confirmation hearing that he agreed Russia had meddled in the 2016 election and that Mueller's investigation, contrary to Trump's claims, is not a "witch hunt."

But his view on the obstruction question is more nuanced. As a private citizen, he sent the Justice Department a memo last June arguing that Trump couldn't be investigated for firing Comey because a president has discretion to hire and fire subordinates. He has since sought to make clear that he believes that a president can be guilty of obstructing justice in other ways, such as by destroying evidence or instructing witnesses to lie.

It's not clear if Mueller will make recommendations about the president, though Barr has said he sees no reason to revisit Justice Department legal opinions that say a sitting president cannot be indicted.

Barr, who friends say was reluctant to return as attorney general, has made clear that at age 68, he feels empowered to do the right thing and not care about the consequences. But that doesn't mean it will be easy.

"I'm kind of glad it's him," Flanigan said, "and not me."

Categories: Ohio News

Man arrested in Ohio for having 3 wives in 3 states awaits extradition

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 04:35

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Maine prosecutors say New Hampshire will have first dibs on a man who is accused of being married to three women in different states.

Forty-three-year-old Michael Middleton is being held in Ohio while awaiting extradition to New Hampshire, where he's charged with bigamy. Officials say he married a New Hampshire woman while also being married to women in Alabama and Georgia.

But Maine prosecutors tell the Journal Tribune he's also wanted in Maine for charges of domestic violence assault and violation of a protective order in York County. They say he's also wanted for failure to pay a fine for operating under the influence and operating without a license in Presque Isle.

Middleton was arrested in Franklin County, Ohio. It's not known if he has an attorney.

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Piecing it Together: How you're making it work in the North Country

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 22:00
What does it take to piece together a life in the North Country?
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Empire State Mines announces major layoffs at Fowler zinc mine

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 22:00
A zinc mine in St. Lawrence county is laying off more than 100 workers this week.
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Audio Postcard: Even in winter, Ausable Marsh is full of life and color

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 22:00
In warmer seasons, the Ausable Marsh is a paradise for paddlers, bird watchers and sun bathers. It lies on the western shore of Lake Champlain just south of Plattsburgh in the town of Peru. It turns out the marsh is also a gorgeous place to visit on a winter afternoon, full of quiet and color.
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NY pilot program would fund child care at community colleges

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would provide on-campus child care for single parents attending community college.
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Group that promotes development near Canada border expanding

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 22:00
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) An organization that promotes economic development in areas near the Canadian border in northern New England and upstate New York is expanding the areas eligible to receive the assistance.
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Heard Up North: a gooey, chocolately winter treat

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 22:00
Even in winter, a sweet, gooey, caramelized banana is just a campfire away. Banana boats are part S'mores and part Banana Split. The roasted bananas were a big hit earlier this month at the Waverly Winterfest in St. Regis Falls.
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State ethics panel criticized at hearing on sexual harassment

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 22:00
A recent legislative hearing on sexual harassment in state government focused in part on the role of the state's ethics commission in investigating charges of alleged abuse.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks, 2/22/19

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 22:00
It looks like Saturday will be the day. Sunday we’ll see a wintry mix turning to rain showers with highs near 40 in some areas. Summits winds on Sunday are forecast to be 50-60 mph (35 to 45 mph elsewhere) and stronger gusts everywhere.
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Dublin officer received minor injures during arrest of suspect

Channel 10 news - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 21:06

DUBLIN, Ohio - A Dublin police officer received minor injuries during the arrest of a suspect Thursday night, according to a spokesperson for the department.

Dublin police said officers responded to the 6000 block of Riverside Drive shortly before 10 p.m. for a report of a suspicious person.

When officers arrived, the suspect resisted being arrested and an officer tased the suspect before making an arrest.

Police said the officer was hurt at the scene but his injuries are minor.

The name of the suspect was not released and charges were not announced.

Categories: Ohio News

School district: Ohio 4th-grader has died one day after flu, strep diagnosis

Channel 10 news - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 20:17

An Ohio fourth-grader has died after she was diagnosed with influenza and strep throat the day before, according to her school district.

Mason City Schools says Sable Gibson was diagnosed Tuesday with influenza and strep throat, leading to cardiac arrest later in the day. She died Wednesday evening.

Mason is a city in Warren County located in southwestern Ohio.

The district announced it would have additional counselors at Western Row Elementary to work with students who may need help processing.

"It's moments like these that we come together as a community to walk alongside one another and care for each other," the district said in a Facebook post Thursday.

A funeral service for Sable is scheduled for Saturday in Mason, the school district said in a separate post.

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