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Ohio tests new clearance idea in Giant Eagle to sell off unwanted liquor

Channel 10 news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's Division of Liquor Control is testing a new clearance store idea meant to offload unwanted liquor at a premium price.

The state opened its first Last Call store in Columbus Thursday for a test run through this weekend and next. The Columbus Dispatch reports the clearance sale is meant to get rid of liquor that has been discontinued, isn't moving quickly in regular stores or liquor that is simply overstocked by the state.

Liquor Control Superintendent Jim Canepa says there are a variety of products available, "sort of a treasure hunt." He says he was inspired to have the state hold a warehouse sale for liquor while shopping for clearance shoes.

The Last Call store is currently a short-term test, but officials say it could be permanent if successful.

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Volunteers join search for girl whose parents were killed

Channel 10 news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 05:47

BARRON, Wis. — One-hundred volunteers have joined the search for a Wisconsin girl who went missing earlier this week and whose parents were shot and killed in their home.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald requested the help of volunteers on Thursday in the hopes of finding clues as to the whereabouts of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who isn't a suspect in her parents' deaths. He said Wednesday that investigators believe she's alive but in danger and he urged the public to continue calling in tips.

The sheriff's office posted on Facebook Thursday afternoon that so far "nothing of evidentiary value has been recovered."

Deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, dead in their home in Barron, a rural community about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis.

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Teen crash rates on the rise in Ohio, lawmakers call for change

Channel 10 news - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 01:44

COLUMBUS - Teen crash rates are on the rise in Ohio, leading lawmakers to call for change.

A proposed bill would create a year-long permit, ensuring teens practice their driving skills across all seasons with an adult present before hitting the road on their own. It would also bump up the nighttime driving protections from midnight to 10 p.m.

The jointly-sponsored legislation, House Bill 293, is being championed by state representatives, Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon).

“As a parent and grandparent, I know how important the safety of our children is,” Scherer said in a released press statement. “I am hopeful that we can get this bill to the Governor’s desk in this General Assembly.”

The push comes as a new study shows that the number of people killed or injured in Ohio teen driver crashes jumped 15 percent in just two years, according to AAA. In fact, in 2017, 116 teens died in crashes on Ohio’s roads. The study also found that new teen drivers, ages 16-17 are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.

But teens are not the only people impacted. Two-thirds of people killed or injured in these crashes that involve teen drivers are people other than the teen drivers themselves.

One factor to blame is inexperience, according to AAA. That’s where House Bill 293 comes into play, with the goal of giving teens more exposure to driving throughout a full 12 months of their permit and nighttime practice under the supervision of an adult.

The bill would not keep teens from driving after 10 p.m., rather, it would require an adult to be present, with exemptions for teens headed to or from work, school or religious activities after 10 p.m.

H.B. 293 passed out of the Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety committee earlier this year, on Feb. 28, 2018, and is currently awaiting a House floor vote. To continue, the bill would need to pass the House and Senate by the end of the year to become law.

The attention to this issue is timely, with Teen Driver Safety Week just around the corner. Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 21 through Oct. 27, encourages parents to speak with their kids about staying safe behind the wheel. For more information, click here.

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The Latest: Judges weigh state court's power over Trump

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) Appeals court judges weighing President Donald Trump's bid to shut down a former "Apprentice" contestant's defamation suit against him are asking a hypothetical question: Could a New York court order the president to jail if he were to buck an order in the case?
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Lake Champlain company wants to sink its own ferry boat - on purpose

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:00
One of the Lake Champlain Transportation Company's boats could end up at the bottom of the lake. The Champlain has carried people and their cars between New York and Vermont since the 1950s, but because of a decline in ridership on one of its routes, the ferry company doesn’t need it anymore. Instead of selling the vessel, or disassembling it and selling the parts, the company is studying whether preserving it underwater - sinking it near Burlington - makes the most sense. But not everyone is a fan of the idea.
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New Adirondack High Peaks trail: easy access to crazy views

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:00
The Mt. Van Hoevenberg East trail is a quick 1.7-mile outing for hikers and snowshoers. The payoff is awesome.
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Preview: TAUNY celebrates 25 years of folklife

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:00
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York will celebrate 25 years of honoring some of the best traditional artists with a Folklife Fair on Sunday, October 28. From basket weaving to storytelling, TAUNY has honored 129 individuals, groups, places, and events, that make the North Country so special, with North Country Heritage Awards. On Sunday, October 28. The Folklife Fair will include an afternoon of demonstrations, music, food, and hands-on activities shared by award recipients and others. TAUNY director Jill Breit says the event will honor 25 years of traditional arts and recognize those carrying the region’s arts and skills forward. She says it'll be a reunion, of sorts.
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NTSB hasn't fully examined limo in NY crash that killed 20

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:00
WASHINGTON (AP) A criminal case is preventing federal safety officials from conducting a full examination of the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people nearly two weeks ago in upstate New York.
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Challenge for indicted Republicans: Win re-election

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:00
Winning re-election while indicted is a rare feat in U.S. history.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks, 10/19/18

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:00
Leaves are coming down making some roads and trails slippery, but there is still plenty of peak leaf color in warmer locations, leaf color is peak in the Lake George and Lake Champlain valleys.
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Comptroller race pits incumbent DiNapoli against three challengers

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:00
Among the statewide races, the contest for state comptroller often gets little attention from voters. But there's still lots of interest in the post itself; incumbent Tom DiNapoli faces three challengers.
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Veteran finds peace with yoga, shares with other veterans, first responders

Channel 10 news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 20:32

GROVEPORT, Ohio - It does not matter what road we travel. The destination, likely, will lead us here.

"Here" in this case is Harrison Farm in Groveport. Rob Rubio originally had his doubts.

"I was like, you know, what the heck," he said. "Why not?"

So, he drove a half-hour away from his Bexley home to Harrison Farm.

The farm is tucked away off Berger Road. It looks like it jumped off the canvas of an acrylic painting. It is secluded. It is peaceful.

It is why Greg Feldman chose it.

"The first time I came out to the farm, I was absolutely blown away by this place," Feldman said.

Feldman did not always teach yoga. He did not always have an audience of chickens, ducks, and goats.

"It is a little odd, I will admit," he laughed.

It is the result of what he used to be.

"I am a combat veteran of 10 years with the United States Army and Army Reserve," he said.

When he finished with service, like many veterans, something was missing. He says he could not plug back in to normal, everyday life.

"The best way I can explain it is like I did struggle," he said. "I did have trouble reaching out to people and talking to people."

That all changed, he said, when a friend took him to his first ever yoga class. He was hesitant.

He goes so far to say this friend had to drag him there.

But, 20 minutes later, he said every stereotype he had was gone.

And then six months in he said he found what he was missing.

"I found a way to find a little peace in the civilian world," he said.

A little peace. Who doesn't want or need a little peace? A better question, perhaps, who needs it most?

"They tend to always want to do more for somebody else than they ever will for themselves," he said.

That thought was enough for Feldman. After taking yoga for a year-and-a-half he went through a nine-month process to become certified to instruct the courses.

"It is very beneficial for anybody that has been in the military or anybody in a public service field," he said.

He offers free classes once-a-week at the VA. He also offers classes at Harrison Farm for a small fee, where all the money goes back to helping veterans and first responders.

Rubio has been a Capital University police officer for three years. Yoga, he says, never crossed his mind to be a stress-reliever.

"It's good to zone out and just remember just slow down and just think about life because you're constantly there for other people and it's kind of good to just do something for yourself and just forget about work," Rubio said.

It's why Feldman chose "here." His road. His path that others are now traveling.

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Man wins big at Pumpkin Show, names pumpkin after deceased brother

Channel 10 news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 19:53

The biggest stories are the best stories.

The ones that stem from something unbelievable.

"Some guy gave me a giant pumpkin seed," Tom Wolf said. "I put it in the ground and this is what came out."

That's not what's unbelievable about Wolf's story. What is is the story behind it.

"It makes you believe in faith," he said.

Growing up, Wolf's six siblings Debbie, Lisa, Greg, Andrea, John and Tony loved Halloween. For Tony, though, it was his absolute favorite.

"Every year, [Tony] used to carve a pumpkin out and set it on his head," he said. "[We] used to stuff a flannel shirt full of straw and every year he'd place "Please Take One" [on the costume] and he would scare little kids if they took more than one handful."

Tony was outgoing and smiley, Wolf says. Then, 19 years ago, he was driving to Columbus when a car accident took his life.

Tony Wolf died 19 years ago in a car accident. He was 27 years old.

"If anybody's ever lost a brother or sister, or if a parent ever lost a kid...it's been 19 years and it feels like yesterday," he said.

The family found a way to remember Tony. It's been an October tradition for the last 15 years.

"And, every Halloween we'd go out and put a pumpkin on his grave," Wolf said.

When Wolf's mother passed away four years ago, her family laid her beside Tony.

And, then, something happened.

Wolf thinks when the dirt was moved a seed got in. The next Fall, they found this. A pumpkin patch.

"What was super unique is that pumpkin plant gave us seven pumpkins, which that's how many kids my mom had," he said.

The Nancy Martin Award at Circleville's Pumpkin Show is given to the prettiest pumpkin of them all. Wolf won it this year with his 382-pound pumpkin that he grew in his backyard. When he was asked to name his prize, he could only think of one: Tony.

"It was amazing that the one I named after my brother, Tony, which was named Pumpkin Head on Halloween, that he got this award," he said.

The best stories do stem from something unbelievable. But memories stem from those we love.

"I think they believe I got it right this year with growing a pumpkin," Wolf said of his brother and mother.

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Report: Woman found in Upper Arlington park was placed in container, set on fire

Channel 10 news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:10

UPPER ARLINGTON – Officials have provided additional information regarding the investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found burning in Upper Arlington.

Bobbie Renee Simpson was found at Burbank Park Sunday morning after a passerby reported a fire. Once the fire was extinguished, crews found her body.

According to the preliminary autopsy report, Simpson’s body had been placed in a container and then set on fire.

The report also said there were obvious signs of trauma to the body.

An officials ruling of death has not been determined.

According to records, Simpson's address was listed as "streets of Columbus." Friends say she stayed around the west side.

There is a vigil planned for Thursday night at Burbank Park to honor Simpson.

Upper Arlington police are asking anyone who may have seen Simpson recently or has any information related to the investigation to contact them at 614-583-5160.

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Trump says looks like Khashoggi dead, threatens consequences

Channel 10 news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:49

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday it "certainly looks" as though Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him.

As the U.S. toughened its response to Khashoggi's disappearance, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pulled out of a major Saudi investment conference Thursday amid global pressure. However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said the kingdom should be given more time to investigate before the U.S. lays any blame or considers action.

Trump, who has insisted that more facts must be known before making assumptions about Khashoggi, did not say on what he based his statement on the writer's demise two weeks ago. He commented as he left Joint Base Andrews for a political trip to Montana.

Asked if Khashoggi was dead, he said, "It certainly looks that way. ... Very sad."

While Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of the murder in Istanbul of Khashoggi, a U.S.-based writer who has been critical of Saudi leaders, Trump has cautioned against a rush to judgment against an important Mideast ally. And Pompeo, just back from talks with Saudi and Turkish leaders, said earlier Thursday that the U.S. needed more facts before deciding "how, or if" to respond.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced, "We have decided I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia." The Saudis had hoped to use the forum, billed as "Davos in the Desert" to boost their global image, but a number of European finance ministers and many top business executives have pulled out as international pressure on Riyadh has intensified over Khashoggi.

Turkish reports say Khashoggi was brutally murdered and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate by members of an assassination squad with ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudis have dismissed those reports as baseless but have yet to explain what happened to Khashoggi, who was seen on video entering the consulate but has not been seen since.

Trump has rejected talk that his reluctance to act is providing cover for the Saudis. And a senior U.S. official said Pompeo had warned the Saudi crown prince that his credibility as a future leader was at stake, reflecting the administration's concern about how the case could affect relations.

Pompeo, who returned late Wednesday from an emergency visit to Riyadh and Ankara to impress on senior officials in both nations the need for a credible investigation, said:

"I told President Trump this morning that we ought to give them a few more days to complete that so that we, too, have a complete understanding of the facts surrounding that, at which point we can make decisions about how, or if, the United States should respond to the incident surrounding Mr. Khashoggi."

Pompeo declined to comment on what the U.S. believes might have happened to Khashoggi but made clear Washington takes the situation "very seriously." He said that Saudi leaders, including the crown prince, "assured me that they will conduct a complete, thorough investigation of all of the facts surrounding Mr. Khashoggi, and that they will do so in a timely fashion, and that this report itself will be transparent for everyone to see, to ask questions about, and to inquire with respect to its thoroughness."

He cautioned, however, that whatever response the administration might decide on would take into account the importance of the long-standing U.S.-Saudi partnership. "They're an important strategic ally of the United States, and we need to be mindful of that," he said.

Although Pompeo suggested the U.S. could wait another several days for results of the Saudi investigation an official familiar with his meetings in Riyadh and Ankara said he had been blunt about the need to wrap the probe up quickly. U.S. lawmakers from both parties have expressed outrage over Khashoggi's disappearance and reports of his murder and have been calling for consequences, including possible sanctions against Saudi Arabia.

The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the private meetings and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Pompeo had told the crown prince that "time is short."

The official also said the Pompeo had warned Prince Mohammed that given the allegations it would be "very difficult for you to be a credible king" without a credible investigation into the case. The crown prince is next in line for the throne, which is held by his ailing, aged father King Salman.

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Former Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn testifies in rape trial, denies forcing sex

Channel 10 news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:20

A former Ohio State football player, now accused of rape, took the stand Thursday.

A woman says Bri'onte Dunn raped her in her home in August of 2017.

Dunn has refused any plea deals, insisting he is innocent.

The woman testified that on August 20, 2017, Dunn forced himself on her in her apartment.

He denies that, saying she performed oral sex on him.

He says he attempted intercourse but was unable to perform.

"Are you telling us you touched different parts of her body?" asked defense attorney Joe Landusky.
"Yes," Dunn answered.
"Was it consensual?"
"Yes."
"Was she fighting you or screaming like she said?"
"No."

That day, she contacted police and underwent a sexual assault exam.

Dunn was charged with multiple counts of rape and arrested.

His accuser admitted contacting him multiple times after his arrest, at one point calling him 27 times.

"I said to her, 'You lied on me and said all this stuff about me and messed up my reputation and my name.' Her response was, 'What do you want me to do, call the football people and tell them I lied?'"

Jurors heard that recorded phone call, and the woman admits she offered to tell police she lied.

"You also ask her multiple times how do we fix this," said prosecutor Jennifer Rausch.
"Yes," Dunn answered.
"And you said zero times, 'go tell police the truth,'"
"No."

"Do you know why she would accuse you of such a heinous crime?" asked Landusky.
"I thought about it," answered Dunn. "I don't know if she was that mad that I didn't give her what she wanted, which was for her to come to Canada with me and have a baby. She was telling me that she loved me, and at that moment, before I left that night, I told her that I don't think things will work out."

Prosecutors dropped one of the three rape counts against Dunn.

Each count related to a specific sex act, and they said there wasn't the evidence to support one of those counts.

The case now goes to the jury.

If convicted, Dunn faces up to 22 years in prison.

Click here to watch the accuser's testimony.

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Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US

Channel 10 news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, U.S. meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service on Thursday predicted a warmer than normal winter for the northern and western three-quarters of the nation. The greatest chance for warmer than normal winter weather is in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Montana, northern Wyoming and western North Dakota.

No place in the United States is expected to be colder than normal, said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the government's Climate Prediction Center.

The Southeast, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic can go any which way on temperature, Halpert said.

Overall the winter looks a lot like the last few, Halpert said.

"The country as a whole has been quite mild since 2014-2105," Halpert said.

Winter weather expert Judah Cohen, of the private company Atmospheric and Environmental Research, uses different indicators to predict winter for the National Science Foundation. He also forecasted a warm winter, heavily based on weak snowfall in Siberia.

PRECIPITATION

Halpert said the southern one-third of the United States and much of the East Coast could be hunkering down for a wetter than normal December through January. The chances are highest in southeastern Georgia and much of northern and central Florida.

Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, parts of Idaho, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are forecast to be drier than normal, with the biggest likelihood in Hawaii, Montana and Michigan.

The middle belt of the nation and some of the north from California to New York can go any which way on precipitation.

The weather service's forecast doesn't look at snow likelihood.

EL NINO

Halpert said the biggest factor in the forecast is a likely El Nino, the natural warming of parts of the central Pacific Ocean that influences weather worldwide.

The El Nino hasn't quite formed yet, but it's almost warm enough. Meteorologists predict there's a 75 percent chance it'll be around this winter. But it will be weak, not strong like the El Nino that helped lead to the record warm 2015-2016 winter, Halpert said.

BACKGROUND WARMING

While El Nino is the biggest factor in the forecast, long-term warming from human-caused climate change is a factor, too, Halpert said.

"All things being equal, the slight kick we get out of the climate signal does tilt things toward the warm side," Halpert said.

But it's not enough to outweigh other factors if they push toward cold.

"Even on a warming planet," he said, "it doesn't mean winter goes away and it's never cold again."

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Franklin County deputy injured during chase

Channel 10 news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:46

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio – A Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy said he was injured on Thursday while he was in a foot chase.

The sheriff’s office said this happened in the area of Wilson Road and West Broad Street around 11:40 a.m.

After the deputy told dispatchers over the radio he was involved in a foot chase, they could not reach him.

It was later learned the deputy somehow lost consciousness.

The deputy then was able to let dispatchers know he was injured and on a trail.

When the deputy was located he was taken to a local hospital.

The sheriff’s office described the deputy’s condition as stable.

The deputy is with the Community Response Unit.

It is unclear what kind of injury the deputy sustained.

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Man found dead in southeast Columbus apartment; death considered suspicious

Channel 10 news - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus police are investigating after a man was found dead in southeast Columbus.

Police said officers were called to an apartment in the 4600 block of Refugee Road around 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday for a well-being check.

Curtis Moorer, 61, was found dead inside.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy but the cause and manner of death are still being investigated, according to police.

If anyone has any information about what may have happened, they are asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4730.

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