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Man arrested after SWAT standoff in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 07:26

COLUMBUS -- A man was arrested by Columbus Police after a SWAT standoff in east Columbus.

Police said they received a call Sunday just before 1.a.m about a man who barricaded himself with a gun inside a home in the 3400 block of Oakcrest Road.

The suspect had a warrant for domestic violence, according to police.

No other information was immediately available.

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

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Police searching for suspect that robbed McDonald's at gunpoint

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 05:04

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -- Police are searching for a suspect that robbed a McDonald's at gunpoint in Reynoldsburg.

On April 11, 2018, just after 10 p.m., the suspect entered the McDonald's on Brice and Main street.

Investigators say the suspect hid in the bathroom until the lobby doors were locked and then held the store manager at gunpoint to open the safe.

The manager described the suspect as a black man with an eyebrow piercing.

If you have any information, call 614-461-TIPS. You can earn a cash reward.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol investigating fatal crash in Hocking County

Channel 10 news - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 02:40

LAURELVILLE, Ohio -- Troopers with the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a single fatal crash in Hocking County.

It happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Thompson Ridge Road.

Jonathan T. Lemon, 25 of Laurelville was driving a Dodge Ram eastbound on Thompson Ridge Road when his vehicle crossed the centerline.

Lemon returned to the correct side of the roadway and then traveled off the right side of the road. His pickup struck an embankment, several trees, and then overturned, according to investigators.

He was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Slow and steady: Finishing the race was a big win

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 21:14

Every runner has a story about their journey to the finish line.

It's a special moment to cross any finish line.

That's what our 10TV crew captured right here. Jennifer Steward finished the race in just under four hours. She was fifth-to-last, but that clearly didn't matter.

She was in a horrible motorcycle crash and seriously injured herself. She had a rod put in her leg.

Jennifer says she ran all 13.1 miles today to find herself again. It was the first race she had ever won.

Her sister, Angela McIntosh, who also finished the half marathon, gave her a big, teary, proud hug.

The family surrounded them at the finish line, cheering them on and gave Jennifer flowers.

They said they will run another race, but may do it on a bicycle next time.

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Bottom's up: Browns begin climb with bold moves in NFL draft

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:21

CLEVELAND — From the start, the Browns took chances in the NFL draft.After 0-16, what did they have to lose?

Cleveland's selection of polarizing Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick was a major surprise, and the Browns followed with another shocker, taking Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4 — several slots higher than most mock drafts predicted.

The team addressed the need to replace retired left tackle Joe Thomas and added a running back and defensive end on the second day as new Browns general manager John Dorsey was praised for bold moves and sound strategy.

But Saturday's choice of troubled Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway in the fourth round and Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Simeon Thomas were curious.

Callaway failed a drug test at the NFL combine and his alarming list of legal issues with the Gators plunged him from potentially being picked in the first round to No. 114. And Thomas missed time in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for academic reasons and NCAA violations. He was one of 13 players charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief after they were accused of entering a dorm room and taking $2,400 worth of items.

Shortly after making the Callaway pick, Dorsey left the team's draft room to defend the controversial choice. Dorsey told reporters the team was satisfied it had done its homework on Callaway's background, just as it had on Mayfield, whose Heisman Trophy-winning year began with an offseason arrest.

"Character is important," Dorsey said. "I think it's a case-by-case basis and you sit and meet individuals, and then you begin to understand what they are as people. If you sit there and understand his situations and his life story, you can see a guy that actually loves the game of football."

Callaway's passion notwithstanding, his selection seems at odds with the Browns' message of adding quality people to change their culture.

But Dorsey, hired in December, has a track record for picking players at risk. While Kansas City's GM, he drafted wide receiver Tyreek Hill, cornerback Marcus Peters and tight end Travis Kelce despite all bringing off-field baggage into the league. Each has made multiple Pro Bowls.

Dorsey feels Callaway would have been one of the top two receivers drafted if not for his off-field problems, which include a season-long suspension in 2017 during an investigation into felony credit card fraud, marijuana possession and a sexual assault complaint.

Browns coach Hue Jackson acknowledged the team's draft class might not be choir boys.

"Obviously, there are some guys that are in this group that have some spots on them," he said. "But trust me, we've done our due diligence in making sure that we vetted it all out and we feel very good about these guys in our organization. There's no question that we have the resources in place to help them through it and we'll kind of go from there."

Here are some other takeaways from a draft the Browns hope begins their turnaround:


Mayfield will go from No. 1 pick to No. 3 quarterback. For now.

Jackson anointed Tyrod Taylor his starter as the Browns want to bring Mayfield along slowly. But Jackson knows things can change once training camp opens and Mayfield could move up the depth chart.

"Right now, Tyrod is the starter," Jackson said. "If Baker can understand the National Football League and all the rigors and the grinding that you have to go through, I am not going to ever stop a player from being the best he can be. But we have a plan and I want to work that plan as much as we can.

"Now, can a player supersede that? You never know. I have not had that happen. Right now, this team is going to be led by Tyrod Taylor."


Mayfield might have been the top choice from the outset for some inside the Browns' organization. Not Jackson. He was skeptical about the Heisman winner until his pro day.

"The ball jumps off his arm," Jackson said. "He has a quick arm. He is very accurate with the ball. From there, obviously, spending some more time with him when he came here. Baker Mayfield from a football IQ standpoint is as good as I have been around. He has tremendous arm talent, more so than anybody knows."


Second-round pick Nick Chubb compared his running style to Miami's Frank Gore. Jackson sees the former Georgia star as ideally suited to run in Cleveland and as a nice complement to Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson.

"A guy that is very physical, very tough," Jackson said. "He can create runs on his own. This is a guy that if we are going to run the football the way that we plan on running it, you have got to have good backs. With him and Carlos and Duke, we feel like we have some guys that we can do that with."


Victories. Cleveland is 1-31 under Jackson. But it clearly has made progress talent-wise in the offseason.

The Browns did not draft a tackle after losing one of the best players in franchise history, Joe Thomas, to retirement.

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Seven Buckeyes drafted into the NFL in 2018

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:00

COLUMBUS – The 2018 NFL Draft came to its conclusion Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but not before two additional Ohio State Buckeyes were selected in Rounds 4 through 7, giving the program a total of seven picks in this year’s draft.

This year’s seven draft picks gives Ohio State a total of 40 draft picks under coach Urban Meyer in his six seasons as coach. The seven were tied for second-most from one school in this draft and were the most from one school in the Big Ten Conference.


Denzel Ward at Ohio State

Ward played three seasons with the Buckeyes before electing to forego his senior season to make himself available for the draft. He had an outstanding junior season in 2017, earning consensus All-America honors and first-team all-Big Ten accolades after recording 17 passes defended with 15 pass break-ups and two interceptions, including one interception in the Big Ten championship win over Wisconsin. The 17 passes defended is the fourth-highest single season total in school history.

Billy Price at Ohio State

Price is one of the great offensive linemen in Ohio State’s storied history. A two-time All-American, including a unanimous All-American in 2017, Price is one of just six Buckeye offensive linemen to win a major national award, joining Jim Parker, John Hicks, Orlando Pace, LeCharles Bentley and Pat Elflein with that honor when he was named the recipient of the Rimington Trophy in 2017 as the nation’s outstanding center. Price also was named the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year in 2017. The two honors capped an outstanding career for Price, who not only was a two-time team captain but who also set the record for starts and consecutive starts as a Buckeye with 55. He joined Elflein and Tyquan Lewis for the school record for games played, as well, at 55.

This Nov. 11, 2017, photo shows Ohio State offensive lineman Billy Price playing against Michigan State during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) FRIDAY

Tyquan Lewis at Ohio State

Lewis, who graduated in December 2016 with his degree in sociology was a two-time team captain who started 36 times and finished his career with 112 tackles, including 36.5 tackles-for-loss and 23.5 sacks. He was honored by the Big Ten three times, including twice being named first-team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. In 2016 he was named the league’s defensive lineman of the year. Lewis was a leader of Ohio State defenses that ranked in the Top 10 nationally in total defense three times: No. 6 nationally in total defense in 2016 and No. 9 in both 2017 and 2015.

Jerome Baker at Ohio State

A big-play maker, Baker was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes who elected to bypass his fourth and final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. A true junior in 2017, Baker played in 33 games and started 25 times. He led the Buckeyes in tackles in 2017 with 72 total stops, and he finished his career with 158 tackles. Included were 17.5 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks. He also had two interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and two pass break-ups. He was second on the team in tackles in 2016 with 83 total stops.

Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Sam Hubbard at Ohio State

Hubbard graduated from Ohio State in December of 2017 with his degree in finance and elected to bypass his fourth and final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. He was a first-team Academic All-American in 2016 and played in 40 games for his career and made 22 starts at defensive end. He ranks 15th all-time at Ohio State in both sacks, with 17, and tackles-for-loss, with 154. He contributed 29.5 tackles for loss during his career and 116 tackles. In addition to his Academic All-America honor, Hubbard was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Sam Hubbard tackles Saquan Barkley (Photo: Dave McMannis) SATURDAY

Jalyn Holmes at Ohio State

Holmes, a true senior for the Buckeyes in 2017 and a team captain, played in 51 games and made nine starts in 2017 along a defensive line overflowing with talent. Holmes played in 11 games during the Buckeyes’ 2014 national championship season and he was a part of bowl victories over Alabama (Sugar Bowl), Oregon (CFB national championship game), Notre Dame (Fiesta Bowl) and USC (Cotton Bowl). He also was on Big Ten title-winning teams in 2014 and 2017. A two-time all-conference honoree, Holmes racked up 84 career tackles along with 14 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks. He is nearing completion of his degree in family resource management.

Courtesy: OSU Jerry Emig @BuckeyeNotes

Jamarco Jones at Ohio State

Jones graduated with his degree in family resource management in December 2017, in less than four years. His work in the classroom mirrored his work on the field, where he was a leader along the offensive line and a two-year starter who played in 50 games and started 27 consecutive games at left tackle as a junior and senior. He was an all-conference honoree twice, including first-team all-Big Ten in 2017 by both the coaches and the media polls. His play also helped the Buckeyes rank among the Top 20 rushing teams in the nation four consecutive years, including 11th in 2016, 11th in 2015, ninth in 2014 and 17th in 2017 at 243.2 yards per game. The Buckeyes led the Big Ten in rushing three consecutive years between 2015 and 2017.

Ohio State offensive lineman Jamarco Jones during the Fiesta Bowl | AP Photo/Rick Scuteri


According to Ohio State's official football twitter page, several Buckeyes have been signed in free agency.

Safety Damon Webb was signed by the Tennessee Titans.

Tight End Marcus Baugh was signed by the Oakland Raiders.

Linebacker Chris Worley was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Defensive Lineman Tracy Sprinkle was signed by the Carolina Panthers.

Quarterback J.T. Barrett was signed by the Indianapolis Colts.

Defensive Lineman Michael Hill was signed by the Detroit Lions.

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U of M alumnus Charles Woodson guarantees win over Ohio State during commencement speech

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 15:51

ANN ARBOR -- Charles Woodson always came to play when he was on the field, especially against Ohio State.

As a cornerback for Michigan, as well as in the NFL, he was one of the best in the league and is destined for Canton.

Saturday, he didn’t mince words.

While delivering a commencement speech to the University of Michigan Class of 2018, he guaranteed a win against Ohio State this season.

Woodson recounted his playing days briefly, paying special attention to icon Desmond Howard, who returned a punt for a touchdown against OSU, as did Woodson.

“I have something that’s been on my mind that I have to tell you guys. You know I talked about Desmond and myself running down that sideline for a victory against ‘You Know Who’ and you know what? You guys haven’t experienced that feeling very much against that school. And it hurts my heart. It really does.

"So, I am telling you here today. In 212 days from now, your Michigan Wolverine team will go down to Columbus, march into that stadium, and we will beat ‘You Know Who’ to bring that familiar feeling of victory back to the University of Michigan again.”

The guarantee comes at about the 9:00 mark.

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Trump betting on large, friendly crowd at Michigan rally

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 14:58

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was betting on a big crowd and a friendly reception at a Saturday evening rally in Michigan — one of the states in the Upper Midwest that Hillary Clinton counted on in 2016 but saw slip away.

LIVE: President Trump speaks at a Make America Great Again rally in Michigan:

In fact, Trump was the first Republican presidential nominee to capture Michigan since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

"Look forward to being in the Great State of Michigan tonight," Trump said in a tweet hours before the event in Washington Township, Michigan, which is about 40 miles north of Detroit.

Look forward to being in the Great State of Michigan tonight. Major business expansion and jobs pouring into your State. Auto companies expanding at record pace. Big crowd tonight, will be live on T.V.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2018

He also tweeted: "Major business expansion and jobs pouring into your State. Auto companies expanding at record pace. Big crowd tonight, will be live on T.V."

Also scheduled to air on cable television Saturday night was a Washington tradition that Trump says he's happy to skip: The White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Trump said in a fundraising pitch that he had come up with something better than being stuck in a room "with a bunch of fake news liberals who hate me."

He said he would rather spend the evening "with my favorite deplorables."

During the 2016 campaign, Clinton drew laughs when she told supporters at a private fundraiser that half of Trump supporters could be lumped into a "basket of deplorables" — denouncing them as "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it."

Clinton later did a partial rollback, said she had been "grossly generalistic" and regretted saying the label fit "half" of Trump's supporters. But she didn't back down from the general sentiment.

Trump soon had the video running in his campaign ads, and his supporters wore the "deplorable" label as a badge of honor.

Macomb County, the site of Trump's rally, is among the predominantly white counties known as a base for "Reagan Democrats" — blue-collar voters who abandoned the Democratic Party for Ronald Reagan, but who can be intriguingly movable.

Democrat Barack Obama won the county twice in his White House runs, then Trump carried it by more than 11 percentage points.

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Man who killed Maine sheriff's deputy now in custody

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 12:22

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — The search for a man accused of killing a sheriff's deputy came to an end Saturday on the fourth day of an intense manhunt in the woods of central Maine.

The Maine Department of Public Safety reported that 29-year-old John Williams was in custody but provided no details of the arrest. A state police spokesman declined to say whether Williams had been apprehended, or had turned himself in.

Williams was wanted in the fatal shooting of Cpl. Eugene Cole early Wednesday after the two had an encounter on a darkened roadside in Norridgewock. Officials say the 29-year-old Madison man also stole Cole's cruiser and robbed a convenience store.

Cole became the first law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in nearly 30 years in Maine, leaving the community of 3,500 stunned.

Images show an exhausted and shirtless Williams being taken out of a wooded area at 1:15 p.m. He was put into the back seat of an unmarked state police vehicle and whisked away.

Maine State Police detectives lead John Williams toward a police cruiser Saturday, April 28, 2018, on Norridgewock Road in Fairfield, Maine, following a four-day manhunt. (David Leaming/Waterville Morning Sentinel via AP)

"I'm just glad it ended peacefully, and no one else got hurt," said Tasha Raymond, whose kids have been forced to play indoors for the past four days.

The arrest brought some closure to the deputy's family and relief to local residents who've been "on edge," said Larry Tilton, a friend of Cole's.

Helicopters, armored vehicles and scores of state, federal and local officers poured into Norridgewock during the search.

On Saturday, about 150 law enforcement officers remained in the area as searchers took advantage of improving weather to use ground patrols and aircraft to focus on a certain section of woods where they believe Williams might be hiding.

The wife of the slain deputy known for showing kindness implored his killer Saturday to turn himself in, or at least reach out to police.

Sheryl Cole promised to Williams that he'd be treated way her late husband would've treated him: "with dignity and respect."

It's unclear what preceded the shooting.

But Cole, 62, had been involved in the arrest of Williams' girlfriend several days earlier, and Williams was worried about being arrested himself for failing to appear in court in Massachusetts on firearm charges the day of the shooting.

Williams was angry about his girlfriend's arrest and he'd told a friend that "as of tomorrow, I'll be a fugitive." The friend said Williams was acting paranoid and noticed that he had body armor in one of his bags.

Cole was a 13-year veteran of the department who was known for being respectful and patient in his dealing with people. Sheriff Dale Lancaster described him an "outstanding employee, one of the finest deputies."

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Siblings reunite after surviving crash that killed their parents and baby sister

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 12:07

FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- A brother and sister from Texas have been reunited in a hospital bed several weeks after being injured in a head-on crash on April 7.

The family of seven was struck while driving by a truck on Highway 87 near Sterling City, Texas. The children's parents, Jim, 31, and Karisa Clemens, 29, as well as their 2-month-old sister, Juliana, were killed. The four remaining children were hospitalized, fighting for to survival, according to People Magazine.

Early this week, Zachary, 5, and Angela, 8, were photographed holding hands together as they lay in their hospital beds. It was their first time together since the crash.

Nicholas Clemens, 2, was released from the hospital into his grandmother’s care, according to KTXS. Wyatt Clemens, 4, still is being treated at Cook Children's Medical Center.

Friends and family members set up a memorial and medical fund for the family which has raised more than $37,000 so far. A fundraiser set up on Facebook has raised more than $106,000.

Many people are sharing and posting the children's recovery on Facebook.

“Through it all the family from both sides continue to love, support and pray for these children. It has been a sacred experience serving these special little ones," Teresa Burrell wrote on Facebook. "Thank you again for your prayers and support. We feel so blessed.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety said they are continuing to investigate the crash that killed the childrens' parents and baby sister.

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About 1,800 Ohioans have DUI arrests reaching double digits

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:00

COLUMBUS — About 1,800 Ohio residents have been arrested 10 or more times driving under the influence, state arrest data show.

About two-thirds of Ohioans arrested for drunken driving are only charged once, according to an analysis by The Columbus Dispatch.

Columbus defense lawyer Benjamin Luftman said about 90 percent of his drunken-driving clients are first-time offenders.

"They thought they were OK to drive, and they made a mistake," he said.

The remaining one-third has multiple arrests and some have multiple convictions for drunken driving. The analysis found 11 people who have 17 arrests, five who have 18, five with 19 and two people with 20 arrests, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety data.

A first-time conviction for driving while impaired carries either a mandatory three-day jail sentence or three days in a driver intervention program, plus a six-month license suspension.

Judges can dole out lifetime license suspensions for repeat offenders. The Dispatch found in 2014 that such suspensions are rare.

Drunken drivers often avoid jail time for early offenses because judges reserve stiff punishments for violent offenders, Lancaster Assistant Law Director Stephanie Hall said.

A recent state law gives judges the right to require convicted drunken drivers to install a device in their car that measures their blood-alcohol level before they can drive.

Under Ohio law, a driver is considered impaired with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

The number of crashes involving drunken drivers has increased in Ohio in recent years, according to the State Highway Patrol. In 2013, 350 people were killed in crashes that resulted in an OVI charge, and 8,140 were injured. Those figures rose to 430 killed and 8,672 injured in 2016.

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Cap City's top runners take home a win

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 10:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Saturday marked the 15th Cap City Half Marathon in downtown Columbus.

"All I wanted to do was do something in Columbus to celebrate the active, healthy lifestyle," said David Babner, race director. "It’s a huge testament to what Columbus is all about."

This year's Cap City race winner is Evan Schwartz of the Columbus Running Company.

"When I saw the finish line, I thought – just give it your all," Schwartz said in an interview with 10TV moments after crossing the finish line.

First-time marathoner and Ohio University student Joshua Park finished the race second.

"I didn’t really know what I could do," Park said. "So, in a way, it’s just kinda good I didn’t have any expectations."

Minutes later, Molly Bookmyer, of Fleet Feet Columbus, was the first female runner to cross the finish line.

"Honestly, I just came here, and I just wanted to compete and feel strong. So, that’s what I did."

14,000 people participated in this year's Cap City races.

You can watch team coverage here.

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As states consider taxing opioids, drug-makers push back

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 09:26

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to pay for it.

Bills introduced in at least 15 states would impose taxes or fees on prescription painkillers. Several of the measures have bipartisan support and would funnel millions of dollars toward treatment and prevention programs.

In Montana, state Sen. Roger Webb, a Republican, sees the approach as a way to hold drugmakers accountable for an overdose epidemic that in 2016 claimed 42,000 lives in the U.S., a record.

"You're creating the problem," he said. "You're going to fix it."

Opioids include prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin as well as illegal drugs such as heroin and illicit versions of fentanyl. Public health experts say the crisis started because of overprescribing and aggressive marketing of the drugs that began in the 1990s. The death toll has continued to rise even as prescribing has started to drop.

A Pennsylvania opioid tax bill was introduced in 2015 and a federal version was introduced a year later, but most of the proposals arose during the past year. The majority of them have yet to get very far, with lawmakers facing intense pressure from the pharmaceutical industry to scuttle or soften the legislation.

Drugmakers and distributors argue that it would be wrong to tax prescription drugs, that the cost increases would eventually be absorbed by patients or taxpayers, and that there are other ways to pay for addiction treatment and prevention.

"We have been engaged with states to help move forward comprehensive solutions to this complex public health crisis and in many cases have seen successes," Priscilla VanderVeer, a spokeswoman for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said in a statement. "However, we do not believe levying a tax on prescribed medicines that meet legitimate medical needs is an appropriate funding mechanism for a state's budget."

Two drug companies that deployed lobbyists — Purdue Pharma and Pfizer — responded to questions with similar statements.

A spokesman for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, which represents drug distributors, said a tax would mean that cancer patients and those in end-of-life care might not be able to get the prescriptions they need.

The pharmaceutical industry has emphasized that the name-brand drug companies that make up its members already give rebates to states for drugs funded by Medicaid. Those rebates amount to billions of dollars nationwide that states could use to address opioid addiction, the trade group says.

State legislation to tax opioids comes as manufacturers and distributors are defending themselves in hundreds of lawsuits filed by state and local governments seeking damages for the toll the overdose epidemic has taken on communities.

David Humes, whose son died from a heroin overdose in 2012, has been pushing for an opioid tax in Delaware, which did not increase funding for addiction treatment last year as it struggles to balance its budget.

"When you think about the fact that each year more people are dying, if you leave the money the same, you're not keeping up with this public health crisis," he said.

Humes, a board member of the advocacy group AtTAck Addiction, supports legislation that would dedicate opioid tax revenue for addiction services.

The lead sponsor of an opioids tax bill, state Sen. Stephanie Hansen, said drug companies told her they already were contributing $500,000 to anti-addiction measures in Delaware, where there were 282 fatal overdoses from all drugs in 2016, a 40 percent increase from the year before.

"My response is, 'That's wonderful, but we're not stopping there,'" said Hansen, a Democrat.

She said if her tax measure had been in place last year, it would have raised more than $9 million.

The drug industry's current spending on anti-addiction programs has been a point of contention in the Minnesota Legislature. There, the overdose rate is lower than most states, but opioids still claimed 395 lives in 2016 — an increase of 18 percent over the year before.

State Rep. Dave Baker, a Republican whose son died of a heroin overdose after getting started on prescription painkillers, said opioid manufacturers and distributors should pay for drug programs separately. He said the rebate — about $250 million in 2016 in Minnesota — is intended to make up for overcharging for drugs in the first place.

Another Republican lawmaker, state Sen. Julie Rosen, said she walked out of a meeting this month with drug industry representatives, saying they were wasting her time.

"They know that they're spending way too much money on defending their position instead of being part of the solution," she said.

Representatives of the pharmaceutical industry say they have met with Rosen multiple times and are "committed to continue working with her."

Drug companies have a history of digging in to defeat measures that are intended to combat the opioid crisis. A 2016 investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found makers of opioids and their allies spent $880 million on politics and lobbying from 2006 through 2015.

The industry so far has succeeded in stalling the Minnesota legislation, which would charge opioid manufacturers by the dosage. With the bill facing resistance, Rosen and a Democratic co-sponsor, state Sen. Chris Eaton, said they are considering changing tactics and amending it.

That could include raising the $235 annual licensing fee on opioid manufacturers or requiring drug-makers and distributors to pay $20 million a year based on the proportion of opioids they sell in the state. That approach is based on one adopted earlier this spring as part of the budget in New York — the only state to implement an opioid tax so far.

Eaton, whose daughter died from a heroin overdose in 2007, said her goal is to find a way to create and fund a structure that will ensure addiction treatment is "as routine as treating diabetes or cardiac arrest."

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4 teens headed to Ohio school prom hurt in single-car crash

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 09:14

MASON, Ohio — Authorities say four teens headed to a high school prom in Ohio have crashed their car and are hospitalized.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office says the crash occurred around 6 p.m. Friday in Liberty Township. The teens are students at Monroe High School.

WLWT-TV reports sheriff's deputies say the 2013 Tesla sedan was speeding when it crested a hill and crashed. Two of the teens were ejected from the car and one was trapped.

One of the teens was flown to a Cincinnati hospital while the other three were taken to a nearby hospital. Their conditions weren't known Saturday.

The Sheriff's Office says it's continuing to investigate.

Liberty Township is roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Cincinnati.

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Last Jeep Wrangler JK rolls off assembly line at Ohio plant

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 08:37

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio assembly plant has made its last Jeep Wrangler JK, bringing an end to its 12-year production run.

Fiat Chrysler's plant in Toledo has built more than 2 million Jeep Wrangler JK vehicles since 2006. The last one rolled off the assembly line Friday.

The plant will begin preparing to make a new Jeep pickup truck in the first half of 2019.

The Toledo complex has been making the new version of the Wrangler since January.

Ending production of the old Wrangler will mean temporary layoffs for about 1,700 workers.

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Woman killed in Athens County crash

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 08:03

ATHENS COUNTY – Troopers with the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a crash that killed a woman on Friday.

It happened around 2:35 p.m. on State Route 13 near Alderman Road.

Cieona Vaido, 21, of Glouster, was driving northbound on SR-13 in a 2003 Nissan Sentra when she drove left of the center and traveled off the side of the road striking an unoccupied parked semi-trailer.

Vaido was pronounced dead at the scene by the Athens County Coroner's Office.

Vaido was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to OSHP.

The crash remains under investigation.

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NFL Draft: Hurst, Crosby, Hines among best left for day 3

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 08:02

With four rounds left in the NFL draft, there are still plenty of gems left to be unearthed.

The draft concludes with rounds four through seven Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The most interesting player still left on the board is Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who had his left hand amputated when he was a child.

Griffin was a star for the unbeaten Knights last season and then lit up his combine workouts, running a sub-4.4 in the 40-yard dash. He is undersized for a linebacker in the NFL at 6-foot and 227 pounds, but his athleticism and tenacity will likely earn him a spot. Where is to be determined.

Six more intriguing players available heading into Day Three of the NFL draft.

Maurice Hurst, DT, 6-1, 292, Michigan

Hurst was an All-American and one of the most productive defensive players in the country last season. No FBS player received a higher grade from Pro Football Focus, the analytics website that reviews film of every game and grades every play. Hurst had a heart condition discovered during the combine that has apparently scared away teams. He is also undersized for a tackle with short arms — though there were similar complaints about All-Pro Aaron Donald coming out of college. Hurst is not at that level as a prospect, but if his health is OK, there is little doubt who is the best player still available.

Tyrell Crosby, OT, 6-5, 309, Oregon

Crosby is a steady run blocker who might be better off at guard, but he is also a player who many evaluators viewed as not far off many of offensive linemen already taken. The Packers have the first pick of the fourth round and could use help along the offensive line.

Kyle Lauletta, QB, 6-3, 222, Richmond

After five quarterbacks were taken in the first round, only one went in rounds two and three (Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph to Pittsburgh in round three). Who is the next quarterback to go? Maybe Lauletta from an FCS school. Physically, Lauletta doesn't jump out. His arm is OK. But he played well against better competition in the postseason and is accurate with good mechanics and decent mobility. Mike White from Western Kentucky and Luke Falk from Washington State are the other quarterbacks most likely to be drafted Saturday.

Antonio Callaway, WR, 5-11, 200, Florida

Callaway has had a litany of off-field issues and could go undrafted because of them. But he also has first-round talent. Will some team take a chance? There are other good options left at receiver including Clemson's Deon Cain, who also had some off field problems in college though nothing compared to Callaway, Daesean Hamilton of Penn State, Equamimeous St. Brown of Notre Dame and Keke Coutee of Texas Tech.

Nyheim Hines, RB, 5-8, 198, North Carolina State

There is no shortage of talented running backs left, but Hines might be the most interesting prospect still on the board at that position. He's not an every-down back at that size, but Hines was a dominant do-it-all speedster who led the Atlantic Coast Conference in all-purpose yards last season. He could contribute returning kicks and be an interesting addition to a creative offensive team. More traditional runners such as Tennessee's John Kelly, Alabama's big Bo Scarbrough and Arizona State's Kallen Ballage are just a few of the other running backs likely to go in the fourth and fifth rounds.

Josey Jewell, ILB, 6-1, 235, Iowa

Jewell was a tackling machine and All-American with the Hawkeyes, the type of linebacker that is easy to envision having a 10-year career as a steady two-down player. Micah Kiser from Virginia and Tegray Scales from Indiana also fill that bill. All are likely to be gone by round six.

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Sentencing changed for man accused of cyberstalking Delaware County sheriff

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 07:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has changed what was meant to be a sentencing to a hearing on a man's request to withdraw his guilty plea to a charge of harassing Delaware County sheriff for nearly 20 years via letters, emails and websites.

A criminal affidavit filed last year said the harassment began in 1999 when Columbus resident William Young was arrested by Russell Martin, who was a Delaware County deputy and is now the county sheriff.

Young pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to a charge of cyberstalking.

Young now wants a trial, saying he surprised to learn he was facing a maximum five years even after pleading guilty.

The government says Young waited too long to withdraw the plea.

U.S. District Judge Michael Watson will hold the hearing Tuesday.

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Firefighters contain Marion building fire after small propane tank explosion

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 06:32

MARION - A small explosion at the Marion Public Health building downtown caused many streets to shut down Friday afternoon, according to the Marion Star.

Marion Fire Department Captain Wade Ralph said it happened around 4 p.m. when a 20-pound propane tank exploded, sending shrapnel across the roof as Marion firefighters battled the blaze.

K&W Roofing had a crew working on a project at the building since mid-March. The workers were laying large sections of rubber roofing when those materials are believed to catch fire.

At the time, there were 5 people on the roof and seven inside the building. Everyone was able to evacuate once the firefighters arrived on scene.

No one was injured from the fire.

The fire remains under investigation, and it's unclear how much damage was caused by the fire.

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Pacers even series, force Game 7 by blowing out Cavs 121-87

Channel 10 news - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 06:21

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers will force LeBron James to go the distance to remain unbeaten in first-round series.

Behind Victor Oladipo's 28 points and first career postseason triple-double, the Pacers sent the series back to Cleveland and pushed the defending Eastern Conference champions to the brink of an early exit and a possible summer of unrest with a 121-87 rout on Friday night.

"I just went out there and played. I did everything with confidence. I just played read and react," Oladipo said. "This game is over. It means absolutely nothing right now."

If he can play that way one more time, the Pacers could reach the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time since 2014.

History does not bode well for the Pacers. James is 12-0 all-time in first-round series and home teams have a major advantage in Game 7.

But the Pacers have defied the odds all season and this series has been no exception.

Their Game 1 victory, in Cleveland, ended James' record-setting, 21-game winning streak in the first round.

In Game 6, Indiana handed the Cavs their first loss in a closeout game in 14 tries dating to 2009 and ended James' 11-game winning streak in closeout games.

It wasn't even close.

While James finished with 22 points, seven assists and five rebounds, coach Tyronn Lue opted to keep four of his five starters including James on the bench for the entire fourth quarter because Cleveland trailed by 25.

"They just took it to us (in the third)," James said. "They made shots. We missed shots. We didn't counter what they were doing defensively or offensively and it just turned the game wide open."

Indiana did it by playing old-school postseason basketball — hard, aggressive and relentless.

It showed.

Kevin Love hurt his left wrist on a hard fall midway through the second quarter and wound up scoring just seven points while shooting 3 of 10 from the field. Lue provided no injury update after the game.

James took a shot, too, cutting the side of his left eye when he ran into Thaddeus Young's elbow on a drive late in the first half. No foul was called. James continued to play with a large bandage and needed stitches after the game to close the gash.

"I thought they really played fast and tried to attack us early," Lue said. "I don't even remember (what happened to start the second half). I really don't. It happened so quickly."

But the biggest difference was Oladipo, who had struggled mightily against the Cavs' relentless defense the previous four games.

This time, he relaxed and got his teammates back in sync on a night he finished with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, went 11 of 19 from the field and 6 of 8 on 3s.

It was enough to keep the Pacers in charge most of the game.

"This was probably the most complete game we've played," Lance Stephenson said. "We got the lead and they never got back into a groove. We played smart basketball. We played lockdown defense, and I think the biggest part was we fed off their mistakes."

The Cavs never led after the Pacers used a 12-2 run to erase a 22-17 first-quarter deficit.

They led 57-47 at halftime, extended the margin to 92-67 after three and led by as much as 36 before closing it out.


Cavaliers: The 34-point margin was Cleveland's worst playoff loss since James returned for his second stint with the team. ... Cleveland has only lost eight playoff games against the East since 2015 — three in this series. ... Jeff Green scored 13 points and Rodney Hood had 12 as the Cavs committed 15 turnovers and were 12 of 38 on 3s.

Pacers: Have not lost three straight games since snapping a five-game skid in early January. ... Indiana has been eliminated by James' teams in four of its last six playoff appearances. ... The Pacers produced their highest point total in the series Friday. ... Seven players scored in double figures: Domantas Sabonis had 19, Darren Collison had 15, Stephenson had 12 and Bojan Bogdanovic and Young each had 10.


James was asked after the game if he had given any thought to the possibility Sunday's game could be his last in Cleveland.

"No, no," James said. "The thought that if we don't play well this will be my last game of the year, that will probably hit my mind. But, um, I haven't thought about (the future)."

James is expected to become a free agent this summer and many believe he could leave his hometown team for the second time in his career.


Pacers coach Nate McMillan artfully dodged a pregame question about whether he thought James generally received the benefit of the doubt on most close calls.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett did not.

Hogsett signed an executive order declaring that "unlike some cities, goaltending remains an illegal action in the game of basketball - for all players, on all teams, without exception." The proclamation continued: "Indiana is the center of the basketball universe, and sometimes that means we have an obligation to stand up and defend the basic rules of the game."

It was an obvious shot at the call the NBA acknowledged was missed with 3 seconds left in Game 5.


Cavaliers point guard George Hill missed his third straight game but does appear to be on the mend. He participated in the Cavs' morning shootaround, with a wrap around his injured back. And he participated in a pregame workout before he was deactivated.

Just 90 minutes before game time, Lue still didn't know whether Hill would play.

"Not sure," he said. "He had a workout so we'll see."


Game 7 will be played Sunday.

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