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3 generations of family face drugs charges after suspected overdose of Dublin teen

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:27

A 17-year-old Dublin girl is dead of a suspected drug overdose. Three generations of a Grandview family are facing charges in connection with her death.

According to Grandview Police, they are all members of a family drug trafficking enterprise:

Sixty-seven-year-old Shirley Alexander, her son 44-year-old William Alexander, and his son, 20-year-old Caleb Alexander.

According to court records, all three live in the same home in the 1200 block of Broadview Avenue in Grandview.

In just the last year, police have responded to four suspected overdoses at the same address.

The most recent in March ended with the death of a 17-year-old girl.

911 Caller: "Apparently my son came home and there's this female in our basement. We don't know if she's dead or alive. But she's unresponsive. She shows up at our house every once in a while and crashes here without us even knowing in our basement. I don't know what's going on. They just told me to call- they woke me up and told me to call 911."

That girl, 17-year-old Haleah Myers was a former student at Dublin Coffman and Dublin Scioto High Schools. She died 4 days later of a suspected overdose.

Evidence uncovered when police responded to the home led to the arrests Wednesday of all three Alexanders.

Caleb Alexander is charged with Felony Tampering with Evidence. Court records say he admitted to throwing "used hypodermic needles in the trash can" that night and tossing white powder into the toilet, which "testing verified as heroin."

William Alexander is charged with Felony Possession of Narcotics. Police say the night of Myer's suspected overdose, they found "white powder" that lab results found to be Fentanyl. And "In the previous three overdose calls, (he) was either the person who called 911 for help or he was the person overdosing."

Shirley Alexander is charged with Permitting Drug Abuse, also a felony. Police say she owns the home, and was allowing "her son and grandson to traffic drugs out of it." They say she was in the home during each of the overdose calls. Thursday in court her attorney said she has no criminal record and is not a drug user. But police say she was no victim: They say search warrants show she was "supplying her son and grandson money to purchase the (drugs)."

Police call this is an ongoing investigation. They say additional charges could be filed, and more arrests could be made.

They expect Haleah Myer's autopsy report with an official cause of death, soon.

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Detectives seize cocaine, heroin and guns from Whitehall home

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 14:36

An investigation into trafficking drugs in Whitehall resulted in the seizure of several drugs and an arrest.

The Whitehall Division of Police along with the Columbus Division of Police InTac Unit executed a search warrant on Thursday.

Detectives seized 91 grams of cocaine, 51 grams of heroin and 82 grams of marijuana. They also found $41,044 in cash and 15 guns, seven of which are reported stolen.

Thirty-four-year-old Earl Hines was arrested and charged with possession of drugs. Police said he could later be indicted on having weapons under disability and receiving stolen property.

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Ohio teachers want cost of living allowance restored

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 14:04

On Thursday, a group of about fifty Ohio teachers, mostly from the Cincinnati area, protested in front of the State Teacher's Retirement System's building on East Broad Street.

The teachers carried signs and chanted, "Restore Our COLA now." Last year, trustees voted to freeze the cost of living allowance for retired teachers for at least five years.

The purpose of COLA is to allow retired teachers to keep up with the cost of inflation. Mike Mulcahy taught math for 35 years before he retired in 2006.

"The benefits come to me, and then they decide 'oh we were just kidding about that.' We're going to take your COLA away," said Molcahey.

In April 2017, STRS trustees voted to suspend the cost of living allowance for five years. The boards says the freeze was part of a long-term plan to financially strengthen the retirement system, which is currently 75 percent funded.

"The board is looking out for the new teacher as well as the retiree, and they're trying to balance it and make sure it's a fair and equitable solution for all," said Nick Treneff, STRS Director of Communication Services. STRS estimated if it didn't suspend COLA, it would have taken 50 years for the retirement system to be 100 percent funded.

Prior to the protest, the president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers spoke at the STRS Board Meeting, and challenged the trustees financial forecast.

"I believe that you are not using accurate investment returns and actuarial projections. You should not be waiting for five years to revisit the COLA issue. I would like to remind you, the STRS funds are not your money," said Julie Sellers.

To learn more about the STRS decision to freeze COLA, click here.

Protestors said it's not right for STRS to fund the system off of the back of retired teachers.

"If they do not restore the COLA before 2022, the average teacher in Ohio right now, the average retired teacher, will lose $12,000 a year every year for the rest of their life, even if they restore the COLA," said retiree Bob Buerkle.

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Summer Quest: Camp saves kids and mothers in recovery

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:54

A summer camp in downtown Columbus is helping children learn the dangers of addiction while allowing their mothers to get treatment for opioid addiction.

It's called Summer Quest and it's funded by Franklin County ADAMH, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and Amethyst -- a local drug and alcohol treatment recovery program which operates under Alvis.

Every child who attends has a mother battling addiction. Thirty-two children ages five to 17 participate.

It's free and mothers who've sent their children say without the camp, they wouldn't be able to help themselves,

"This is the best me I've ever been this is the happiest I've ever been I did not know this was possible, " says Joy Preston.

Preston says she began drinking at age nine with her adopted mother and turned to any drug she could find afterward.

Stephanie Fowler says she was addicted to crack cocaine. She decided to get help after losing her children, her house, and her job.

"I knew I needed help when my life became unmanageable I started losing everything," she says.

The camp is run by Laura Sutter. She says the main goal of the camp is to break the cycle of addiction. To make sure the children of these moms don't follow in their footsteps.

"These kids have been through a lot. They've seen a lot; they've hurt a lot. They've been part of their mother's addiction," she says.

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Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:41

WASHINGTON — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the probe in a tweet hours after The Associated Press reported the allegations. They were included in a federal civil rights lawsuit with a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino youths held for months or years at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center. The AP report also cited an adult who saw bruises and broken bones the children said were caused by guards.

Northam, a Democrat, said the allegations were disturbing and directed the state's secretary of public safety and homeland security and the Department of Juvenile Justice to report back to him "to ensure the safety of every child being held there."

Children as young as 14 said the guards there stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.

"Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me," said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15 years old. "Strapped me down all the way, from your feet all the way to your chest, you couldn't really move. ... They have total control over you. They also put a bag over your head. It has little holes; you can see through it. But you feel suffocated with the bag on."

In addition to the children's first-hand, translated accounts in court filings, a former child-development specialist who worked inside the facility independently told The Associated Press this week that she saw kids there with serious injuries. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to publicly discuss the children's cases.

In court filings, lawyers for the detention facility have denied all the allegations of physical abuse. The incidents described in the lawsuit occurred from 2015 to 2018, during both the Obama and Trump administrations.

Many of the children were sent there after U.S. immigration authorities accused them of belonging to violent gangs, including MS-13. President Donald Trump has repeatedly cited gang activity as justification for his crackdown on illegal immigration.

Trump said Wednesday that "our Border Patrol agents and our ICE agents have done one great job" cracking down on MS-13 gang members. "We're throwing them out by the thousands," he said.

But a top manager at the Shenandoah center said during a recent congressional hearing that the children did not appear to be gang members and were suffering from mental health issues resulting from trauma that happened in their home countries — problems the detention facility is ill-equipped to treat.

"The youth were being screened as gang-involved individuals. And then when they came into our care, and they were assessed by our clinical and case management staff ... they weren't necessarily identified as gang-involved individuals," said Kelsey Wong, a program director at the facility. She testified April 26 before a Senate subcommittee reviewing the treatment of immigrant children apprehended by the Homeland Security Department.

Most children held in the Shenandoah facility who were the focus of the abuse lawsuit were caught crossing the border illegally alone. They were not the children who have been separated from their families under the Trump administration's recent policy and are now in the government's care. But the facility operates under the same program run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. It was not immediately clear whether any separated children have been sent to Shenandoah Valley since the Trump administration in April announced its "zero tolerance" policy toward immigrant families, after the lawsuit was filed.

It also was not immediately clear when federal authorities first learned of the abuse claims and whether any action was taken. Spokespeople for the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, did not respond to multiple requests for comment Wednesday and Thursday.

Robert Carey, who served as director of Refugee Resettlement under the Obama administration, said Tuesday he only heard about the complaints at the Shenandoah center after he left office in January 2017. Had he known, Carey said, he "would have been all over that trying to figure out what needed to be done, including termination of contracts."

Following AP's report about the abuse accusations, Virginia's two Democratic senators said Thursday they would seek to investigate conditions inside the Shenandoah facility.

In a tweet, Sen. Tim Kaine said: "Deeply troubled by this report. We need answers on what happened at this facility, and my staff and I are going to demand them."

Deeply troubled by this report. We need answers on what happened at this facility, and my staff and I are going to demand them. https://t.co/kqEFYQSPOt

— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) June 21, 2018

Sen. Mark Warner said at a public forum on immigration issues that he will seek to visit the detention center.

The Shenandoah lockup is one of only three juvenile detention facilities in the United States with federal contracts to provide "secure placement" for children who had problems at less-restrictive housing. The Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility in California has faced litigation over immigrant children mischaracterized as gang members. In Alexandria, Virginia, a multi-jurisdiction commission overseeing the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center has said it will end its federal contract to house young immigration detainees when it expires in September.

The Shenandoah detention center was built by a coalition of seven nearby towns and counties to lock up local kids charged with serious crimes. Since 2007, about half the 58 beds are occupied by male and female immigrants between the ages of 12 and 17 facing deportation proceedings or awaiting rulings on asylum claims. Though incarcerated in a facility similar to a prison, the children detained on administrative immigration charges have not yet been convicted of any crime.

Virginia ranks among the worst states in the nation for wait times in federal immigration courts, with an average of 806 days before a ruling. Nationally, only about half of juveniles facing deportation are represented by a lawyer, according to Justice Department data.

On average, 92 immigrant children each year cycle through Shenandoah, most of them from Mexico and Central America.

Wong said many of the 30 or so children housed there on any given day have mental health needs that would be better served in a residential treatment unit. But such facilities are often unwilling to accept children with significant behavioral issues, she said.

Wong and other managers at the Shenandoah center, including Executive Director Timothy J. Smith, did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment this week.

Financial statements reviewed by AP shows the local government commission that operates the center received nearly $4.2 million in federal funds last year to house the immigrant children — enough to cover about two-thirds of the total operating expenses.

The lawsuit filed against Shenandoah alleges that young Latino immigrants held there "are subjected to unconstitutional conditions that shock the conscience, including violence by staff, abusive and excessive use of seclusion and restraints, and the denial of necessary mental health care."

The complaint filed by the nonprofit Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs recounts the story of an unnamed 17-year-old Mexican citizen apprehended at the southern border. The teen fled an abusive father and violence fueled by drug cartels to seek asylum in the United States in 2015.

After stops at facilities in Texas and New York, he was transferred to Shenandoah in April 2016 and diagnosed during an initial screening by a psychologist with three mental disorders, including depression. Besides weekly sessions speaking with a counselor, the lawsuit alleges the teen has received no further mental health treatment, such as medications that might help regulate his moods and behavior.

The lawsuit recounts multiple alleged violent incidents between Latino children and staff at the Shenandoah center. It describes the guards as mostly white, non-Spanish speakers who are undertrained in dealing with individuals with mental illness. The suit alleges staff members routinely taunt the Latino youths with racially charged epithets, including "wetback," ''onion head" and "pendejo," which roughly translates to dumbass in Spanish.

A 16-year-old boy who said he had lived in Texas with his mother since he was an infant ended up at Shenandoah in September after a police officer pulled over a car he was riding in and asked for ID, which he couldn't provide. As one of the few Latino kids who is fluent in English, the teen would translate for other detainees the taunts and names the staff members were calling them. He said that angered the guards, resulting in his losing such modest privileges as attending art classes.

"If you are behaving bad, resisting the staff when they try to remove you from the program, they will take everything in your room away — your mattress, blanket, everything," he said. "They will also take your clothes. Then they will leave you locked in there for a while. This has happened to me, and I know it has happened to other kids, too."

The immigrant detainees said they were largely segregated from the mostly white juveniles being held on criminal charges, but they could see that the other housing units had amenities that included plush chairs and video gaming consoles not available in the Spartan pods housing the Latinos.

In their sworn statements, the teens reported spending the bulk of their days locked alone in their cells, with a few hours set aside for classroom instruction, recreation and meals. Some said they had never been allowed outdoors, while the U.S.-born children were afforded a spacious recreation yard.

The Latino children reported being fed sparse and often cold meals that left them hungry, though meals of American fast food were occasionally provided. Records show Shenandoah receives nearly $82,000 a year from the Agriculture Department to feed the immigration detainees.

The lawsuit said the poor conditions, frequent physical searches and verbal abuse by staff often escalated into confrontations, as the frustrated children acted out. The staff regularly responded "by physically assaulting the youth, applying an excessive amount of force that goes far beyond what is needed to establish or regain control."

In the case of the Mexican 17-year-old, the lawsuit said a staff member who suspected him of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forcibly tore off his clothes for an impromptu strip search. Though no forbidden items were found, the teenager was transferred to "Alpha Pod," described in the lawsuit as a unit within the facility designated for children who engage in bad behavior.

The lawsuit said Latino children were frequently punished by being restrained for hours in chairs, with handcuffs and cloth shackles on their legs. Often, the lawsuit alleged, the children were beaten by staff while bound.

As a result of such "malicious and sadistic applications of force," the immigrant youths have "sustained significant injuries, both physical and psychological," the lawsuit said.

After an altercation during which the lawsuit alleged the Mexican teenager bit a staff member during a beating, he was restrained in handcuffs and shackles for 10 days, resulting in bruises and cuts. Other teens interviewed as part of the court case also reported being punished for minor infractions with stints in solitary confinement, during which some of the children said they were left nude and shivering in cold concrete cells.

Academic studies of prison inmates kept in solitary confinement have found they often experience high anxiety that can cause panic attacks, paranoia and disordered thinking that may trigger angry outbursts. For those with mental health issues, the effects can be exacerbated, often worsening the very behaviors the staff is attempting to discourage.

A Guatemalan youth sent to the center when he was 14 years old said he was often locked in his tiny cell for up to 23 hours a day. After resisting the guards, he said he was also restrained for long periods.

"When they couldn't get one of the kids to calm down, the guards would put us in a chair — a safety chair, I don't know what they call it — but they would just put us in there all day," the teen said in a sworn statement. "This happened to me, and I saw it happen to others, too. It was excessive."

A 15-year-old boy from Mexico held at Shenandoah for nine months also recounted being restrained with a bag over his head.

"They handcuffed me and put a white bag of some kind over my head," he said, according to his sworn statement. "They took off all of my clothes and put me into a restraint chair, where they attached my hands and feet to the chair. They also put a strap across my chest. They left me naked and attached to that chair for two and a half days, including at night."

After being subjected to such treatment, the 17-year-old Mexican youth said he tried to kill himself in August, only to be punished with further isolation. On other occasions, he said, he has responded to feelings of desperation and hopelessness by cutting his wrists with a piece of glass and banging his head against the wall or floor.

"One time I cut myself after I had gotten into a fight with staff," the teen recounted. "I filled the room with blood. This happened on a Friday, but it wasn't until Monday that they gave me a bandage or medicine for the pain."

The lawsuit alleges other immigrant youths held at Shenandoah have also engaged in cutting and other self-harming behaviors, including ingesting shampoo and attempting to choke themselves.

A hearing in the case is set for July 3 before a federal judge in the Western District of Virginia.

Lawyers on both sides in the lawsuit either did not respond to messages or declined to comment, citing strict confidentiality requirements in the case involving children.

The child development specialist who previously worked with teens at Shenandoah told AP that many there developed severe psychological problems after experiencing abuse from guards.

"The majority of the kids we worked with when we went to visit them were emotionally and verbally abused. I had a kid whose foot was broken by a guard," she said. "They would get put in isolation for months for things like picking up a pencil when a guard had said not to move. Some of them started hearing voices that were telling them to hurt people or hurt themselves, and I knew when they had gotten to Shenandoah they were not having any violent thoughts."

She said she never witnessed staff abuse teens first-hand, but that teens would complain to her of injuries from being tackled by guards and reveal bruises. The specialist encouraged them to file a formal complaint.

Though lawyers for Shenandoah responded with court filings denying all wrongdoing, information contained in a separate 2016 lawsuit appears to support some of the information contained in the recent abuse complaints.

In a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Shenandoah center, a former staff member said he worked in a unit called "Alpha Pod" where immigrant minors were held, "including those with psychological and mental issues and those who tend to fight more frequently."

The guard, Trenton Farris, who denied claims that he punched two children, sued the justice center alleging he was wrongly targeted for firing because he is black. Farris said most staff members at the facility are white, and that two white staff members involved in the incident over which he was fired went unpunished.

Lawyers for the center denied the former guard's claims, and the case was settled in January.

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First lady's 'I don't care' jacket causes a stir

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:29

First lady Melania Trump boarded a flight to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents wearing a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?"

The green hooded spring military jacket has the words written graffiti-style on the back.

When asked what message the first lady's jacket intended to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message."

Mrs. Trump wore a different pale yellow jacket when the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children's Center, which houses 55 migrant children.

The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe. In public appearances, the first lady has worn designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Del Pozo, Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy and Valentino, often with daringly high Christian Louboutin heels.

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Plea deal possible in murder case over woman set on fire

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge in the trial of a man who authorities say caused his ex-girlfriend's death by setting her on fire has told attorneys in the case to consider the possibility of a plea agreement.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the judge made the reminder Wednesday to defense and prosecuting attorneys in the case of 42-year-old Michael Slager. He is charged with aggravated murder in 33-year-old Judy Malinowski's death.

Slager previously was sentenced to 11 years in prison on aggravated arson and felonious assault charges. Malinowski was doused in gasoline and set ablaze in August 2015 in Gahanna. She died last year.

The prosecutor says he won't discuss a potential plea with Malinowski's family without "a reasonable" proposal from the defense.

Slager's attorney says he can't disclose discussions with his client.

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Girl, 9, fatally shot while sitting inside car in Cleveland

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:02

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old girl sitting in a car while her mother went inside a building to pick up her son has been shot and killed in Cleveland.

The girl has been identified as Saniyah Nicholson, of Maple Heights. Cleveland police say she was shot in the forehead about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police say the girl was sitting in the car with an adult sister when she was shot. Police have not said whether the sister was wounded.

Cleveland City Councilman Joe Jones says he was told by Cleveland police that the girl was shot when a group in a car traded gunfire with a group on foot.

No suspects have been arrested.

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Report: 13 bald eagles found dead in Maryland died by poisoning

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:58

FEDERALSBURG, Md. -- Thirteen bald eagles found dead on a Maryland farm in February 2016 died by poisoning, according to a report obtained by Annapolis radio station WNAV.

In March 2016, officials had said the animals did not die of natural causes, but no further explanation was made available. WNAV reports that they received necropsy reports on the animals from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) last week which indicates the bald eagles died from poisoning by carbofuran, a toxic pesticide.

According to the station, carbofuran was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 and that decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011.

WNAV cited Cornell University's Pesticide Management Education Program's description of carbofuran's effects on birds: "Carbofuran is highly toxic to birds. One granule is sufficient to kill a small bird. Bird kills have occurred when birds ingested carbofuran granules, which resemble grain seeds in size and shape, or when predatory or scavenging birds have ingested small birds or mammals which had eaten carbofuran pellets."

The station shared the USFWS report with the Washington Post which reports that authorities have yet to determine who poisoned the bald eagles.

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Police: Man accused of exposing himself, grabbing woman in northwest Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police need help identifying a man accused of exposing himself, masturbating and grabbing a woman’s buttocks in northwest Columbus.

The Columbus Division of Police describes the man as possibly Asian with a ponytail.

The first incident reported in northwest Columbus occurred February 17 at about 1 a.m. at a Shell Gas Station at 2800 Bethel Rd.

The following incidents proceeded:

  • June 4 at 11:42 p.m. at 2800 Bethel Rd. Shell Gas Station
  • June 11 at 11:43 p.m. at 4865 Sawmill Rd. Hydro Spray Carwash
  • June 17 at 9:24 p.m. at 2800 Bethel Rd. Shell Gas Station

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Huffman in CPD's Sexual Assault Unit at 614-645-0106 or mhuffman@columbuspolice.org.

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What happens now to 2,000 kids already separated from families?

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:48

Officials tasked with carrying out the president's executive order to temporarily stop migrant families from being separated still have questions about how to implement parts of the order. This was evident Wednesday evening, when conflicting guidance was given to reporters about whether the federal government would now reunite families that have already been separated.

Initially, Ken Wolfe, a spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Health and Human Services Department, told CBS News' Weijia Jiang there would not be special efforts made to reunite children who have already been separated from their families as a result of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, despite Mr. Trump's executive order temporarily ending the separations. He was speaking for the office that oversees the process to place children after they're separated from their parents.

However, late Wednesday evening, the senior communications director for the same division, Brian Marriott issued a statement saying that Wolfe's guidance was not correct.

"An ACF spokesperson misspoke earlier regarding the Executive Order signed today by the president," Marriott said "It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter." He went on to say, "Reunification is always the ultimate goal" and the administration is "working towards that" for the unaccompanied children currently in HHS custody.

But according to a statement by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, border patrol says that children will not be reunited until after their parents are prosecuted.

"Family unity will be maintained for families apprehended crossing the border illegally, and they will be transferred together to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Border Patrol will continue to refer for prosecution adults who cross the border illegally. For those children still in Border Patrol custody, we are reuniting them with parents or legal guardians returned to Border Patrol custody following prosecution," the statement reads.

The federal government has already separated more than 2,000 children from families who crossed the southern border, and placed them in government facilities. But not all have remained near the border. According to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, 350 children have been sent to a shelter in New York in the last two months.

On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, senior Justice Department official Gene Hamilton wasn't clear on how the implementation of the executive order would play out.

"There will be implementation phase that follows -- certainly the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services will be working and collaborating closely on the best way to implement this EO," he said. "I can't speak for their equities on this call. I'm not an operator and I can't pretend to tell precisely what they are going to do."

He did not answer a question about what happens to children currently separated from their parents.

"I'm going to have to defer to DHS and HHS as to the specific answers to that question," he said.

Once children are separated from their families at the border, they are placed into the "unaccompanied alien children"(UAC) program — even if they arrived with an adult, Jiang reports. For minors in the UAC program, the sponsorship process -- finding family members or other potential sponsors -- will proceed as usual, Wolfe told Jiang. It's not yet clear whether Marriott was also saying that this guidance was also not correct.

Facing immense pressure to change the family separation policy, Mr. Trump on Wednesday surprised Capitol Hill with his announcement that he would sign an executive order amending the policy. But, as CBS News' Paula Reid has reported, based on a source familiar with the matter, the executive order Mr, Trump declared would "solve" the problem of separation while parents are prosecuted for illegally crossing the border is really only good for 20 days. The order does not override the 1993 Flores v. Reno Supreme Court case, which says that detained migrant children cannot be held in government detention facilities for more than 20 days.

Essentially, this means that after the 20-day mark, children may still be separated from their parents.

"Right now, we have the lawful authority to detain family together for up to 20 days," Hamilton said. "What we are seeking is a modification of that so we can detain beyond 20 days, the entire family unit together. And I'm sure you can appreciate most of these cases involving someone who is seeking relief or protection from removal take longer than 20 days to adjudicate ... and so it's critically important that Judge Gee act and allow these cases to continue to be adjudicated while the families stay detained in a safe setting together."

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to request for comment on the matter of reuniting children and families.

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IARU Welcomes Member-Society for St. Kitts & Nevis

ARRL News - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:19

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has welcomed the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (SKNAARS) as its newest member-society. IARU member-societies on May 28 completed voting on the proposed admission of SKNAARS to the IARU to represent St. Kitts & Nevis.

SKNAARS does not claim to represent Anguilla, which is already represented in the IARU by the Anguilla Amateur Radio So...

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Melania Trump visits detention center in Texas

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:22

First Lady Melania Trump has arrived at a detention center in Texas housing immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

First lady Melania Trump visits Texas detention center housing immigrant children separated from their parents:

"First Lady Melania Trump has arrived in Texas to take part in briefings and tours at a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally and a customs and border patrol processing center," the White House's Office of the First Lady said in a statement. "Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families."

Trump first spoke out against separation at the border on Sunday, saying that she "hates" seeing children taken away from their parents.

Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order ending the policy of separating immigrant families who cross the border illegally. Under the administration's zero-tolerance policy, all adults caught illegally crossing the border are to be prosecuted. While adults await legal processing and prosecution, their children are put in the custody of a division of the Health and Human Services Department.

The president's executive action is not a permanent fix. It does not override the Flores consent decree, which means that the children could still likely be separated from their parents after 20 days.

In his Cabinet meeting Thursday, Mr. Trump mentioned that his wife would visit the border.

Images and audio depicting children in these detention centers crying for their parents, who face deportation and other illegal immigration processes, have caused a national uproar.

The family separation policy has caused a bipartisan outcry from lawmakers and governors. And all five living first ladies have spoken out against the measure, which stems from Attorney General Jeff Sessions' zero-tolerance policy for illegal immigration at the southern border.

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"Dancing thief" caught on camera stealing scratch-offs while busting a move

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:11

Police in Missouri have released surveillance video of a woman dancing inside a convenience store, hoping someone can help identify her. Her dancing isn't a crime, but she can be seen lunging over the counter and grabbing rolls of scratch-off lottery tickets and is now wanted for theft.

The surveillance video shows the woman dance her way through the QuickTrip in southwest St. Louis County, as her male accomplice distracted the only store clerk. While the accomplice and clerk were in the back of the store, the woman was in the front, dancing and periodically grabbing scratch-offs from behind the counter.

The police department released the footage and added audio from Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" to it, hoping people would watch it and recognize the woman.

"Money moves? We think not," the St. Louis County Police Department wrote on Facebook, quoting the Cardi B song. "We're trying to ID this female wanted for stealing scratchers tickets from the QuikTrip," the department wrote. "While the video of her face isn't completely clear, we're hoping someone recognizes those dope dance moves." Police say the woman left the store with her accomplice in a Chrysler.

The thief may have had fun dancing her way through a crime, but her efforts won't pay off. Once a lottery ticket is deemed stolen, it is no longer valid, KTVI reports. Stolen tickets have been to identify a suspect if they try to cash it in.

A QuickTrip spokesman said a person of interest has been identified and was taken into custody, according to KTVI.

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John Glenn Astronomy Park grand opening

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:03

LOGAN, OHIO - The summer solstice is Thursday and while it is most commonly known for the start of summer and the longest day of the year, it is also a very special day for those in the Hocking Hills area.

Members of the Friends of Hocking Hills State Park (FHHSP) will be revealing their latest project Thursday evening, The John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP).

The JGAP grand opening will take place June 21 at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony along with other activities, rain or shine.

According to FHHSP President, Julieann Burroughs said this project has been years in the making.

The JGAP is committed to helping spread the knowledge of science by exploring the wonders of the sky, both day and night.

In the observatory, there’s a retractable roof, allowing for the public to use the powerful telescopes within the observatory to view the wonders of the sky.

“You get to see all the stars in the sky, the entire galaxy, all the constellations, all the planets and with the powerful scopes on each of these telescopes, the powerful lenses, you can see amazing things at night,” said Burroughs.

The outdoor plaza is constructed to allow for daytime studies of the sun, Earth, North Celestial Pole and other feature. There’s also a standing sundial that allows visitors to interact with the movement of the sun.

After the grand opening, the park will be open to the public this upcoming weekend. Use of the observatory will be during scheduled programs set to take place every Saturday & Sunday at 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting),

The plaza area, however, will be open 24/7 to the public. There are electrical outlets conveniently placed along plaza walls for those to bring their own telescopes to view the wonders of the sky at night.

“The lack of light pollution and elevated terrain make this the prime location for an observatory site,” Burroughs adds.

Burroughs said that this park will inspire young minds in the years to come while preserving the ever-lasting legacy of John Glenn.

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New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:00

WASHINGTON — Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.

The findings don't prove viruses cause Alzheimer's, nor do they suggest it's contagious.

But a team led by researchers at New York's Mount Sinai Health System found that certain viruses — including two extremely common herpes viruses — affect the behavior of genes involved in Alzheimer's.

The idea that infections earlier in life might somehow set the stage for Alzheimer's decades later has simmered at the edge of mainstream medicine for years. It's been overshadowed by the prevailing theory that Alzheimer's stems from sticky plaques that clog the brain.

Thursday's study has even some specialists who never embraced the infection connection saying it's time for a closer look, especially as attempts to block those so-called beta-amyloid plaques have failed.

"With an illness this terrible, we cannot afford to dismiss all scientific possibilities," said Dr. John Morris, who directs the Alzheimer's research center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He wasn't involved in the new research but called it impressive.

The study also fits with mounting evidence that how aggressively the brain's immune system defends itself against viruses or other germs may be riskier than an actual infection, said Alzheimer's specialist Dr. Rudolph Tanzi of Massachusetts General Hospital. With Harvard colleague Dr. Robert Moir, Tanzi has performed experiments showing that sticky beta-amyloid captures invading germs by engulfing them — and that's why the plaque starts forming in the first place.

"The question remained, OK, in the Alzheimer brain what are the microbes that matter, what are the microbes that trigger the plaque?" explained Tanzi, who also had no role in the new research.

The team from Mount Sinai and Arizona State University came up with some viral suspects — by accident. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, wasn't hunting viruses but was looking for new drug targets for Alzheimer's. The researchers were using complex genetic data from hundreds of brains at several brain banks to compare differences between people who'd died with Alzheimer's and the cognitively normal.

The first clues that viruses were around "came screaming out at us," said Mount Sinai geneticist Joel Dudley, a senior author of the research published Thursday in the journal Neuron.

The team found viral genetic material at far higher levels in Alzheimer's-affected brains than in normal ones. Most abundant were two human herpes viruses, known as HHV6a and HHV7, that infect most people during childhood, often with no symptoms, and then lie dormant in the body.

That wasn't unusual. Since 1980, other researchers have linked a variety of bacteria and viruses, including another type of herpes that causes cold sores, to an increased risk of Alzheimer's. But it was never clear if germs were merely bystanders, or actively spurring Alzheimer's.

The new study went farther: Researchers used computer models to check how the viral genes interacted with human genes, proteins and amyloid buildup, almost like the viruses' social media connections, Dudley explained.

"We're able to see if viral genes are friending some of the host genes and if they tweet, who tweets back," Dudley said.

They found a lot of interactions, suggesting the viruses could even switch on and off Alzheimer's-related genes. To see if those interactions mattered, the researchers bred mice lacking one molecule that herpes seemed to deplete. Sure enough, the animals developed more of those amyloid plaques.

"I look at this paper and it makes me sit up and say, 'Wow,'" said Alzheimer's Association scientific programs director Keith Fargo.

He said the research makes a viral connection much more plausible but cautioned that the study won't affect how today's patients are treated.

If the findings pan out, they could change how scientists look for new ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer's, said Dr. Miroslaw Mackiewicz of NIH's National Institute on Aging. Already, NIH is funding a first-step study to see if an antiviral drug benefits people who have both mild Alzheimer's and different herpes viruses.

Just having a herpes virus "does not mean you're going to get Alzheimer's," Mass General's Tanzi stressed. It may not even have penetrated the brain.

But in another study soon to be published, Tanzi showed biologically how both HHV6 and a cold sore-causing herpes virus can trigger or "seed" amyloid plaque formation, supporting the Mount Sinai findings.

Still, he doesn't think viruses are the only suspects.

"The Mount Sinai paper tells us the viral side of the story. We still have to work out the microbe side of the story," said Tanzi, who is looking for bacteria and other bugs in what's called the Brain Microbiome Project. "The brain was always thought to be a sterile place. It's absolutely not true."

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Damaged Ohio roadways costing drivers $12 billion annually

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:55

Pothole complaints soared this past winter as roadways around central Ohio took a beating thanks to some extreme weather.

But today, a new report, released by TRIP, a national transportation research group, revealed our roadways could be worse off than we thought.

The new study found that deteriorated and damaged roads and bridges are costing Ohio drivers $12 billion statewide each year. In the Columbus urban area, over $1,900 per driver.

Why? Drivers are paying more in operating costs driving on roads in need of repair, losing time and fuel and the costs of crashes related to damaged roadway features.

Local leaders aren't surprised but say they have a plan.

“I think the biggest thing for us is continuing to work with those that are trying to push forward economic development in the city and make sure that we're creating opportunities for jobs to be created for our citizens, make sure there's opportunities for people then to get to those jobs or get to those health centers, education centers, whatever it is that's being developed,” said Jennifer Gallagher, director of the Department of Public Service for the City of Columbus.

Another idea, suggested by Cornell Robertson, Franklin County engineer, would be to implement what's known as a Transportation Improvement District across the county.

The idea is to bring communities together by compiling money ahead of time, in preparation for when projects arise.

For more information on the report itself, click here.

You can also check out some of the projects around central Ohio by clicking here.

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Defense: preserve most evidence in Florida school shooting

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:49

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Defense attorneys for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz are asking a judge to order investigators to preserve most evidence in the case, except for the building where the Valentine's Day massacre took place.

A hearing was set Thursday on motions seeking to preserve evidence including field notes made by law enforcement officials that may have some bearing on the case. The motions don't object to the planned destruction of the crime scene building where 17 people died and 17 others were wounded in the attack in February.

Delayed until a July 16 hearing is another defense motion seeking to prevent public release of Cruz's statement to detectives after the shooting. The Cruz lawyers say it would jeopardize his fair trial rights.

Nineteen-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted.

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Columbus Zoo announces 2 baby giraffes to be born end of summer

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced Thursday two giraffe calves are expected to be born at the end of summer.

The zoo made the announcement during a Facebook live video for World Giraffe Day.

The calves are due in August and September, according to Adam Felts, Curator of Heart of Africa and Asia Quest.

Felts says the pregnant female Masai giraffes are Cami and Zuri. They have a gestation for 477 days.

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Supreme Court rules for states in online sales tax case

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:46

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that impacted online sales tax collection.

The high court ruled Thursday to overturn those decisions. They had resulted in some companies not collecting sales tax on every online purchase. The cases the court overturned said that if a business was shipping a product to a state where it didn't have a physical presence such as a warehouse or office, it didn't have to collect the state's sales tax. Customers were generally supposed to pay the tax to the state themselves if they don't get charged it, but the vast majority didn't.

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