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Cincinnati officer shoots, kills dog attacking other dog

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:46

Cincinnati police say an officer shot and killed a dog that attacked another dog in a park.

WCPO-TV reports the incident happened Monday evening in Eden Park. Lt. Steve Saunders says the dog, which wasn't on a leash, attacked a dog that was walking with its owner. Police say the officer shot the attacking dog after trying to use a Taser to slow it down.

No people were injured during the incident.

Police say both owners are cooperating with the investigation.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio Museum seeks to buy president's life insurance application

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:34

The William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Ohio has launched an online fundraiser to buy a life insurance policy application filed by the former president more than five years before his assassination.

The Repository in Canton reports the museum is seeking $4,750 through GoFundMe to purchase the document for its permanent collection.

McKinley's handwritten application for a $50,000 life insurance policy is dated July 30, 1896. It contains information about the ages and deaths of his grandparents, as well as his claim that he never consumed alcohol or took tobacco or other drugs in excess.

The museum in Canton has collected more than $1,800 since the fundraiser was launched in late July. It will have to seek other funds if it doesn't meet the goal by Aug. 15.

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Firefighter dies battling massive fire in Northern California, officials say

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:20

A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer season.

Meanwhile, a firefighter died Monday battling a massive blaze in Northern California -- the sixth fatality in a matter of weeks.

State fire officials didn't immediately provide details of the death, which occurred north of San Francisco where the largest fire in recorded state history, the Mendocino Complex Fire, has been burning since July 27.

Mendocino Complex Fatality 8.13.18 #mendocinocomplex @MendoSheriff @MendocinoNF @LakeCoSheriffCA @GlennCountyOES @CAL_FIRE pic.twitter.com/ZipRF0vhzV

— CAL FIRE Mendocino (@CALFIRE_MEU) August 14, 2018

CBS Sacramento reports that the firefighter was the first recorded fatality from the Mendocino Complex. Two other firefighters had previously been injured fighting the fire.

Two other wildfires in Northern California have claimed five other firefighters and six other lives.

In Montana, Glacier's Sprague Creek campground was closed and evacuated, a day after a fast-moving fire triggered the evacuation of dozens of guests from the historic Lake McDonald Lodge late Sunday night.

Park officials said in a statement that structures on the north end of Lake McDonald were lost, but they did not provide details on the number and type. The fire grew to between 2 and 4 square miles by Monday afternoon.

"It just completely exploded. Yesterday we were watching it grow all day, and now it's so smoky you can't see anything," said Kyersten Siebenaler with Glacier Outfitters, which rents boats in Apgar, a small community at the south end of the lake.

The outfitting company was trying to help tourists who evacuated find places to stay on the east side of the park, where it was not as smoky, Siebenaler said.

A second campground, a motel and private residences inside the park's boundary also were evacuated. A 30-mile stretch of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed to traffic. The road, with breathtaking views of the park's mountainous interior, is a major draw for tourists.

Triple-digit temperatures across parts of the state -- paired with lightning from passing thunderstorms -- set the stage for several new large fires to take hold in Montana in recent days.

Among them was a 3-square-mile fire that triggered an evacuation order for residents of 15 houses southwest of the town of Ennis, Montana. The fire was burning in challenging mountain terrain with a mix of pine, fir and spruce trees, said fire information spokesman Dave Sabo.

Montana had a slow start to this year's fire season following a record-setting 2017 in which more than 2,400 square miles burned. This year's fires so far have charred a combined 30 square miles of the state.

Deadly wildfire burns Northern California

In Colorado, a wildfire in the southwestern portion of the state ignited by lightning July 29 had burned across 34 square miles by Monday.

Wildfires flare up regularly at many of the large national parks that dot the U.S. West, often burning in densely-forested, backcountry areas where their effects are limited. This year's blazes threaten to have a magnified impact coming at the height of the summer tourist season.

More than 400,000 visitors last month passed through the west entrance of Glacier, near McDonald Lake. That was almost half the park's total. August is typically just as busy, and a protracted shutdown of part of the park could hurt the tourist-driven local economy.

"We're hoping this is short-lived," said Danny McIntosh, marketing manager for Glacier Park Collection by Pursuit, which operates Motel Lake McDonald. McIntosh said all of the guests in the motel's 28 rooms were relocated to other accommodations run by the company.

Yosemite was scheduled to reopen Tuesday after being largely closed since July 25 because of smoke from fires in remote areas that choked the scenic Yosemite Valley.

The closure caused upheaval for thousands of tourists whose summer trips were cancelled. Visitors were warned to expect limited hours and services as the park returns to normal.

The fire burning in Glacier was one of several started in the park by lightning on Saturday evening. Windy, dry conditions on Sunday caused the blaze to spread rapidly, in full view of tourists and people who live and work around Lake McDonald, a 9-mile body of water ringed by steep-sided mountains.

Two planes from Canada were brought in to help battle the blaze, but officials said high winds prevented their pilots from flying close enough to the fire to be effective.

The lake was partially closed to boaters while the planes were scooping up water to drop on the fire, Siebenaler said.

Crews were expected to stay on scene through the night to protect houses and other structures from the flames.

It's the second year in a row that wildfires prompted evacuations around Lake McDonald. A blaze in the area last year destroyed the Sperry Chalet, an iconic backcountry lodge built in 1914. Work recently started on rebuilding the chalet. It was not immediately known if construction had to be halted due to the fires.

Taylor Creasey of Whitefish said she and a friend drove up to the lodge Sunday afternoon after they heard about the fire, the Missoulian newspaper reported. She posted a video on Facebook of huge plumes of smoke hanging over burning ridges around the lake.

"We didn't expect to see anything that crazy," Creasey said Monday. "It was so cold there, but at the same time really hot - you could feel the heat radiating across the lake. It was windy and cold and hot all at the same time."

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Judge sets bail for adults arrested at New Mexico compound

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:10

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Monday cleared the way for five defendants who were arrested on child abuse charges at a remote New Mexico compound to be released pending trial despite authorities' suspicions that the group was training children to use firearms for an anti-government mission.

Judge Sarah Backus set a $20,000 bond for each defendant and ordered that the two men and three women wear ankle monitors, have weekly contact with their attorneys, not consume alcohol and have no firearms.

Police raided the property — a squalid makeshift living compound near the Colorado state line — more than a week ago in response a report of children living in filth, severe hunger and dangers including a leaky propone tank. Five adults were arrested and 11 children were placed in state custody.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj provided some of the children with firearms training — including tactical skills such as "speed loading" guns and firing while in motion. Aside from some rifles, handguns and ammunition, authorities say they found books on being effective in combat and building untraceable assault-style rifles.

Defense attorneys argued that prosecutors were unfairly painting their clients as armed militants as the rifles and handguns found on the property are common guns that can be bought at retail stores and their clients made no aggressive efforts to defend their compound as authorities closed in to serve search warrants earlier this month.

"There was no gun battle, there was no resistance," said Tom Clark, the attorney representing Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.

Clark said his client had permits to carry his weapons and no criminal record — accusing prosecutors of holding adults at the compound to an unusual standard because of their race and Muslim faith.

"They are black and they are Muslim," Clark said. "If these were white people of Christian faith who owned guns, it's not a big deal. ... But they look different and they worship different than the rest of us."

Prosecutors denied any discriminatory treatment based on religious background or race, and warned that the defendants came to New Mexico with their children on a violent and dangerous mission.

"This was not a camping trip and this was not a simple homestead of the kind that many people do in New Mexico," said Deputy District Attorney Timothy Hasson.

Judge Backus said prosecutors failed to articulate any specific threats or plan against the community, despite providing concerning information.

"What I've heard here today is troubling, definitely. Troubling facts about numerous children in far from ideal circumstances and individuals who are living in a very unconventional way," Backus said.

Despite the release terms, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj is likely to remain in jail pending a warrant for his arrest in Georgia on accusations that he abducted his own son, Abdul-ghani, from the boy's mother in December and fled to New Mexico. The four other defendants — Jany Leveille, Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj — may be released on house arrest as soon as Tuesday.

Family members say the remains of a boy found at the compound last week are those of Wahhaj's disabled son, though state medical examiners have not yet identified the body conclusively. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe testified Monday that the remains of a young boy were found inside tunnels that had been dug from inside the compound to an opening 100 feet (30 meters) away.

Testimony from an FBI agent shed some new light on the fate of the disabled child Abdul-ghani.

Agent Travis Taylor described interviews with two children from the compound, ages 13 and 15, after they were taken into protective custody by the state.

The 15-year-old described attempts to cast demonic spirits from Abdul-ghani's body through a ritual that involved reading passages from the Quran while Siraj Ibn Wahhaj held a hand on the boy's forehead, and that Abdul-ghani apparently died after one of the sessions, Taylor said.

He said the children were told that Abdul-ghani would be resurrected as Jesus and "would instruct others on the property about what corrupt institutions to get rid of," in reference to financial and government institutions that might include schools.

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Williams wins Cincinnati opener; Murray first-round victim

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:58

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Serena Williams bounced back from the most lopsided loss of her career, cruising past Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 at the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner who returned to the tour this year after the birth of her first child, needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Gavrilova. She'll face eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in Tuesday's second round.

"You've got to be able to go back-to-back," said Williams, a two-time Cincinnati champion. "I don't get byes anymore right now. I'm OK with it."

Williams lost to Johanna Konta 6-1, 6-0 in San Jose, California, before withdrawing from last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Tenth-seeded Novak Djokovic regrouped after blowing a 3-0 second-set lead to get past Steve Johnson, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The reigning Wimbledon champion failed to convert eight match points before he finally put Johnson away.

Wild card Stan Wawrinka, working his way back from two left knee surgeries, advanced with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over 12th-seeded Diego Schwartzman.

In Monday's final match, unseeded Alize Cornet stunned 11th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 1-6, 7-5, 6-0.

Earlier Monday, Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, clearing another obstacle for Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out Sunday night to prepare for the U.S. Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto.

Murray had his best result since missing 11 months following hip surgery when he reached the quarterfinals in Washington two weeks ago. But he had a hard time adjusting to the Cincinnati courts.

"The start of the match was not good," he said. "It was a pretty bad first set. After that, it was a little better."

Federer, seeded second, has won in Cincinnati a record seven times but hasn't played here since winning in 2015. In 2016, he had a knee injury, and in 2017 he had back problems.

"Cincinnati has always been a good tournament for me," said Federer, the reigning Australian Open champion. "I was sad not to play here last year, and two years ago there wasn't a chance. I'm glad to be back."

Even with the top-ranked Nadal missing, Federer liked the strength of this field, especially with Murray and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic having recovered from injuries.

"That's why you have such a good, exciting draw," Federer said before Murray's match was over. "It's a pity Rafa isn't playing. He would have added massively to that part of the draw."

Grigor Dmitrov, the defending champion who is seeded fifth, was not entirely upset about Nadal's absence.

"When Rafa is missing, he's missed, not so much by the players as much as the fans," he said. "All joking aside, I love spending time with Rafa and practicing with him and playing with him. I would be the last person to say I wouldn't want to play with him."

Monday's first full day of main-draw competition opened with 13th-seeded Madison Keys holding off Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round. Wild-card Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, also came from behind to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.

Tenth-seeded Julia Goerges was losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 3-2 when she retired because of a lower left leg injury. Advancing were Annett Kontaveit, Aryna Sabalenka, Lesia Tsurenko, wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova, and qualifiers Rebecca Peterson, Ajia Tomjanovic, Viktoria Kuzmova.

On the men's side, Sam Querrey ground out a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) win over fellow American and ninth-seeded John Isner. Querrey gained an edge with a mini-break on the fifth point of the second tiebreaker when Isner sailed a forehand wide of the backhand sideline. Querry closed out the 2-hour, 7-minute match with an ace that survived a challenge by Isner.

Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3, and 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta topped Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Other winners were Leonardo Mayer, Jeremy Chardy, Benoit Paire, Peter Gojowczyk, Denis Shapovalov and qualifier Bradley Klahn.

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2018-08-26 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:34
Date: Sunday Aug 26, 2018
Time: 6:24 AM
Duration: 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above SE
Departure: 10° above ESE

2018-08-28 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:34
Date: Tuesday Aug 28, 2018
Time: 6:15 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 26°
Approach: 11° above S
Departure: 23° above ESE

Pedestrians injured in crash outside parliament in London

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:24

LONDON (AP) — A motorist crashed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday, heightening tensions in a city that has seen four vehicle-based terror attacks in less than 18 months.

Two people were hurt, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Armed police swooped into the area, arresting the driver and cordoning off streets surrounding the heart of Britain's government. Police appealed to the public to stay away, and the Westminster Tube station was closed.

Images from Sky News and social media showed a man in a puffy black jacket who was surrounded by police and led away in handcuffs from a silver car.

Eyewitnesses described the car as being driven at high speed before hitting carriers. Several suggested it was deliberate.

"The car drove at speed into the barriers outside the House of Lords. There was a loud bang from the collision and a bit of smoke," Ewelina Ochab told The Associated Press. "The driver did not get out. The guards started screaming to people to move away."

Jason Williams, 45, from Kennington, also saw a car moving at high speed.

"It looked deliberate. It didn't look like an accident," he said. "How do you do that by accident? It was a loud bang."

The area was the site of a terror attack in March 2017, when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people. Masood abandoned his car and then stabbed and killed a police officer before being shot dead in a courtyard outside Parliament.

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Geek News Central - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 01:38

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How to find and delete where Google knows you've been

Channel 10 news - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 23:16

Even if "Location History" is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location.

Here are some things you can do to delete those markers and keep your location as private as possible. But there's no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP address, a numeric designation that can be geographically mapped. Smartphones also connect to cell towers, so your carrier knows your general location at all times.

To prevent further trackingFor any device:

Fire up your browser and go to myactivity.google.com . Sign into Google if you haven't already. On the upper left drop-down menu, go to "Activity Controls." Turn off both "Web & App Activity" and "Location History." That should prevent precise location markers from being stored to your Google account.

Google will warn you that some of its services won't work as well with these settings off. In particular, neither the Google Assistant, a digital concierge, nor the Google Home smart speaker will be particularly useful.

On iOS:

If you use Google Maps, adjust your location setting to "While Using" the app; this will prevent the app from accessing your location when it's not active. Go to Settings - Privacy - Location Services and from there select Google Maps to make the adjustment.

In the Safari web browser, consider using a search engine other than Google. Under Settings - Safari - Search Engine, you can find other options like Bing or DuckDuckGo. You can turn location off while browsing by going to Settings - Privacy - Location Services - Safari Websites, and turn this to "Never." (This still won't prevent advertisers from knowing your rough location based on IP address on any website.)

You can also turn Location Services off to the device almost completely from Settings - Privacy - Location Services. Both Google Maps and Apple Maps will still work, but they won't know where you are on the map and won't be able to give you directions. Emergency responders will still be able to find you if the need arises.

On Android:

Under the main settings icon click on "Security & location." Scroll down to the "Privacy" heading. Tap "Location." You can toggle it off for the entire device.

Use "App-level permissions" to turn off access to various apps. Unlike the iPhone, there is no setting for "While Using." You cannot turn off Google Play services, which supplies your location to other apps if you leave that service on.

Sign in as a "guest" on your Android device by swiping down from top and tapping the downward-facing caret, then again on the torso icon. Be aware of which services you sign in on, like Chrome.

You can also change search engines even in Chrome.

To delete past location trackingFor any device:

On the page myactivity.google.com , look for any entry that has a location pin icon beside the word "details." Clicking on that pops up a window that includes a link that sometimes says "From your current location." Clicking on it will open Google Maps, which will display where you were at the time.

You can delete it from this popup by clicking on the navigation icon with the three stacked dots and then "Delete."

Some items will be grouped in unexpected places, such as topic names, google.com, Search, or Maps. You have to delete them item by item. You can wholesale delete all items in date ranges or by service, but will end up taking out more than just location markers.

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Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn't mention him

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain after delivering remarks that failed to mention the ailing senator.
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Trump claims Gov. Cuomo told him he wouldn't run against him

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - President Donald Trump is claiming that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called and told him that he wouldn't challenge him for the presidency.
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Debate date set for Cuomo, Nixon in NY governor race

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon are set to debate late this month after a back-and-forth over the faceoff.
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New York plans meetings to address recycling problems

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York environmental officials are looking for solutions to recycling problems in municipalities around the state.
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President Trump signs $716 billion defense bill at Fort Drum

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 gives troops their largest pay increase in nearly a decade and starts laying the groundwork for the president's proposed Space Force.
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It's still hard for military spouses to transfer their professional licenses. Here's why.

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
Military families move a lot, which makes it hard for service members' spouses to maintain steady careers - especially if they need a professional license. Licensure requirements vary from state to state, and transferring your license takes a lot of time and money. Most states have laws that are supposed to make it easier, but that doesn't always happen.
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Man works to restore one of the oldest cemeteries in Ohio

Channel 10 news - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 18:54

"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."

That was once said by Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Two-thousand years later, just off State Route 26 in Morrow County, those same words ring true.

Tim Foor says it needed to be done.

"It's been in rough shape for quite some time," he said.

Records kept the Pagetown Cemetery in Bennington Township up-to-date until 1948. By that time, Foor says grazing cattle had knocked over and destroyed many of the headstones.

The last burial recorded at the cemetery was 1876. The first burial was in 1821.

"This is the only record of them," Foor said. "There's no birth certificates. No death certificates. The only thing we have is a stone with their name and date on it."

Foor says Bennington Township is paying him about $5,500 to restore the cemetery. It's a process that includes a lot of scrubbing of a biological solution to help remove mold and bring back the natural color of the stone.

Right now there are about 60 stones visible, but records indicate there could be as many as 220.

Foor has been taking a tool to lightly puncture the ground. He's checking to see if the rod hits the stone. If it does, he carefully digs up pieces and places them together to form the original headstone.

He does it for pride. For history. For family.

"The big obelisk in the center is my first cousin, four times removed, Marcus Page," Foor said.

And in the process, Foor says he's connected with family he never knew he had.

"I had a woman from California actually talk to me," he said. "Turns out, we're actually cousins because my third great-grandfather is also her fourth great-grandfather."

Foor says it's a sense of accomplishment, helping to restore the markers of some of Morrow County's founders.

"When you walk out of here at the end of the day and you've set up somebody's stone, you're kind of giving them a name again," he said. "Just kind of makes you feel good about what you're doing."

Foor says the same restoration that he's doing is the same type that's approved for Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D. C.

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Columbus scooters allowed on streets and sidewalks for now

Channel 10 news - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 17:04

COLUMBUS - Twenty-three-year-old Marccedes Davenport of Columbus was enjoying his first ride on a Lime motorized scooter when suddenly he found himself on the ground.

Davenport was riding the two-wheeler on the sidewalk and was crossing the entrance into the Statehouse garage when a car didn't see him and the two crashed into other.

No one was hurt, and police didn't issue a citation. The reason is there are no laws in the city against riding a scooter on the street or the sidewalk.

"The other day I had a guest who almost got wiped out by one because they don't know to look for them, " Short North business manager Phillip Skunza said.

Until the city of Columbus decides how to regulate scooter drivers, City Attorney Zach Klien's Office issued this statement to the division of police: "We have instructed the Division of Police that they are allowed to be ridden on both (street and sidewalk). This does not mean, however, that scooters can be ridden recklessly, while impaired, or in violation of other laws."

Lime scooters cost $1 to unlock and 15 cents a minute to ride. They can be located and unlocked using the Lime app and can be left anywhere, although the company urges users not to block sidewalks.

Bird, another scooter company, operates the same way.

The scooters can travel up to 15 mph and can cover about 15 miles on a charge. Riders have to show a driver’s license to confirm that they are 18 or older.

Columbus City Councilmen Emmanuel V. Remy also issued a statement regarding how the city plans to address the issue of safety going forward: “Motorized scooters also known as electric personal assistive mobility devices are here in Columbus. We look forward to assessing the impact of this mode of transportation in the City, and how it aligns with our values for safety, mobility, and inclusiveness.”

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President Trump signs $716 billion defense bill at Fort Drum

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 17:00
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 gives troops their largest pay increase in nearly a decade and starts laying the groundwork for the president's proposed Space Force.
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Investigator’s firm could receive $500K for Ohio State investigation

Channel 10 news - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:28

COLUMBUS – A New York law firm hired to conduct an investigation for The Ohio State University could receive $500,000 for its efforts, 10 Investigates has learned.

The money still has to be approved by the state’s controlling board, which could occur at a meeting later this month.

According to documents filed with Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton could receive as much as a half million dollars for investigating issues for OSU.

Mary Jo White, the former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has years’ worth of experience investigating high-profile matters, including representing numerous boards, organizations and schools in connection with sensitive sexual harassment and sexual abuse investigations, her firm wrote in response to the attorney general’s request for special counsel.

“Our team brings a wealth of experience to these sensitive matters, especially in its interactions with witnesses, law enforcement and other stakeholders and includes a former member of both the Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence Units of the Manhattan DA’s office,” the law firm wrote in responding to the Ohio Attorney General’s request for special counsel for “a single-matter.”

A spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office would not specify what the scope of their work involved, although we know the university has hired White to lead the investigation surrounding Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and how he handled allegations of domestic abuse involving his former wide receivers coach, Zach Smith.

The university is also dealing with two other scandals – including allegations by former athletes that were molested by a former team physician, Dr. Richard Strauss, who died from suicide several years ago. The university also is dealing with the fallout over allegations that a former club diver, Estee Pryor, was coerced and sexually abused by her former assistant dive coach, Will Bohonyi, who the university later fired in 2014 for violating university policy. The incident was never shared publicly and university police did not notify state or federal prosecutors despite the diver’s attorney alleging they possessed photographs and video of her involved in sex acts while she was underage. The university police closed their 2014 investigation at Pryor’s request but re-opened in January of 2018 after she went back to authorities with concerns. Neither Strauss nor Bohonyi have been criminally charged.

Courtney Smith, Zach Smith’s ex-wife, has alleged that she was the victim of domestic abuse. Zach Smith has denied those allegations. Records show that Zach Smith was arrested in 2009 for aggravated battery involving Courtney. At the time, Zach was working as an assistant for Urban Meyer at the University of Florida. The charges were dropped nine days later.

In 2013, Dublin Police records show Smith was arrested for drunken driving, but those charges were later reduced. Powell Police have recorded numerous responses to complaints from both Courtney and Zach Smith over the past several years. Of critical importance is an October 2015 incident in which Courtney alleged she was the victim of domestic abuse. Zach Smith denied that and was never arrest or charged.

Meyer was placed on paid administrative investigation Aug. 1, the same day Courtney Smith went public with her allegations in two separate interviews claiming that she told Urban Meyer’s wife Shelley about her domestic abuse. Meyer had told reporters in late July that he was unaware of the specifics of the 2015 incident but later released a statement saying his words failed him and that he followed the proper procedures in reporting what he knew at the time to his superiors at OSU.

Zach Smith was fired by OSU in late July.

The university is expecting to wrap up its investigating into the matter by Aug. 19.

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