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No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:14

Trump administration officials say they have no clear plan yet on how to reunite the thousands of children separated from their families at the border since the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally is criminally prosecuted.

"This policy is relatively new," said Steven Wagner, an acting assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services "We're still working through the experience of reunifying kids with their parents after adjudication."

Federal officials say there are some methods parents can use to try to find their children: hotlines to call and an email address for those seeking information. But advocates say it's not that simple.

In a courtroom near the Rio Grande, lawyer Efren Olivares and his team with the Texas Civil Rights Project frantically scribble down children's names, birthdates and other details from handcuffed men and women waiting for court to begin. There are sometimes 80 of them in the same hearing.

The Texas Civil Rights Project works to document the separations in the hopes of helping them reunite with the children.

They have one hour to collect as much information as they can before the hearing begins. The immigrants plead guilty to illegally entering the U.S., and they are typically sent either to jail or directly to an immigration detention center. At this point, lawyers with the civil rights group often lose access to the detainees.

"If we don't get that information, then there's no way of knowing that child was separated," Olivares said. "No one else but the government will know that the separation happened if we don't document it there."

Olivares has documented more than 300 cases of adults who have been separated from a child. Most are parents, but some are older siblings, aunts, uncles or grandparents. Some are illiterate and don't know how to spell the children's names.

More than 2,000 minors have been separated from their families since early May. The children are put into the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the aim of keeping them as close to their parents as possible and reuniting the family after the case goes through the courts, said Wagner.

But it's not clear that's working.

According to Olivares, the agency is generally "very willing to help," often helping to find a child even if there's a misspelling in the group's records. But if a child has been transferred out of a government shelter — including if the child has been deported — agency representatives won't give any information.

"Sometimes the parent gives us contact information for a relative," Olivares said. "If they have the phone number right and the phone number is working ... we call that number and sometimes we're able to locate that relative and ask them what they know."

In May, the Department of Justice adopted the zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally is criminally prosecuted. Children can't be jailed with their parents. Instead, after the adult is charged, children are held briefly by Homeland Security officials before being transferred to Health and Human Services, which operates more than 100 shelters for minors in 17 states.

The department has set up new facilities to manage the influx of children, and Wagner said they were prepared to expand as more children come into custody.

The children are classified as unaccompanied minors, a legal term generally used for children who cross the border alone and have a possible sponsor in the U.S. willing to care for them. Most of the more than 10,000 children in shelters under HHS care came to the U.S. alone and are waiting to be placed with family members living in the U.S.

But these children are different — they arrived with their families.

"They should just give the kids back to their parents. This isn't difficult," said Lee Gelernt of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Gelernt represents a Brazilian asylum seeker in a closely watched lawsuit that seeks a nationwide halt to family separation. The woman, identified as Mrs. C in court documents, was split from her son for nearly a year after entering the country illegally in August near Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

On Tuesday, Olivares' team had seven people left to interview with five minutes left. They took down just the names, dates of birth, and countries of origin of the children.

"One woman (said), 'What about me, what about me?'" Olivares said a few hours later. "She wanted to give us information because she realized what we were trying to do."

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Developing: Stefanik spokesman says she's working on border kids fix

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
Stefanik declined an interview but a spokesman says she's working with GOP leaders to find a solution.
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Some of the best shows to catch at Ottawa Jazz Fest

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
The Montreal jazz festival, starting at the end of the month, is one of world's premiere concert series. But the Ottawa Jazz Fest is giving Montreal a run for its money.
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Tri-Lakes Takes: Two wins on clean air for the Adirondacks

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
States and green groups won two lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week. Federal district court judges found that the EPA, under administrator Scott Pruitt, failed to enforce part of the Clean Air Act.This issue involves the Adirondacks in several ways, and here to talk about that is Peter Crowley, managing editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise newspaper.
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Immigrant children held in NY, Cuomo says the state will sue

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
The New York Daily News reports this morning that over 300 children are being held separately from their migrant parents here in New York.Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement yesterday announcing plans to sue the Trump administration over the family separation policy.
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Lawmakers to wrap up 2018 session

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Lawmakers in the New York state Legislature plan to wrap up the 2018 session.
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Cooperator set to testify soon in Buffalo Billion case

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) A key cooperator for the prosecution in the criminal case that grew from a development project known as the Buffalo Billion may begin testimony Wednesday.
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17 jails split $3.75M for treating heroin-addicted inmates

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than $3 million is being allocated to 17 county jails across New York to treat heroin- and opioid-addicted inmates.
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North Country at Work: mail boat memories on Cranberry Lake and Long Lake

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
For many watery North Country locales, mail boat service was (and in some places, still is) the difference between life as a hermit and enjoying contact with the outside world. Operating a mail boat is a particularly rare (and enviable) job, but was common across the region by the late 1800s and early 1900s, when visiting city tourists were traveling to remote locations within the Adirondacks, but still wanted contact with back home.
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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner enters the governor's race

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is entering the race for governor against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. The long-time Democrat is the candidate for a newly formed political movement.
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Cuomo says he will sue federal government over detention of immigrant children

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
Governor Cuomo says he plans within the next several days to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the treatment of immigrant children separated from their parents. He says around 70 children are being held at facilities in New York.
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Dog show-off highlights a haven for man's best friend

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:00
If you ask any dog owner about their beloved friend, they'll tell you that their dog is the best at everything. He does the best tricks, is the friendliest, and the smartest of any dogs you'll ever meet. Last Saturday, North Country residents could finally prove their claims at the first annual Dog Show-Off, hosted by the Potsdam Community Dog Park.
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Man accused of inappropriately touching girl in pool at Zoombezi Bay

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 20:13

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio - A man is in custody after he is accused of touching a girl inappropriately at Zoombezi Bay, and there may be more victims according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said a girl notified Zoombezi Bay staff that a man was touching her inappropriately in the pool Monday afternoon.

The staff called the sheriff's office and removed the man from the pool.

The man was identified as 33-year-old Philip Lohbauer. He is in custody at the Delaware County jail.

Lohbauer is charged with a third-degree felony count of gross sexual imposition.

He was arraigned on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the zoo said their team responded quickly. The spokesperson also said safety and security are important to staff and they are working with the sheriff's office on the investigation.

The sheriff's office said Lohbauer has been banned for life from Zoombezi Bay property.

Investigators believe there could be more victims. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Delaware County Sheriff's Office tip line at 740-833-2830.

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SN 668: Lazy FPU State Restore

Security Now - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:57

This week we examine a rather "mega" patch Tuesday, a nifty hack of Win10's Cortana, Microsoft's official "when do we patch" guidelines, the continuing tweaking of web browser behavior for our sanity, a widespread Windows 10 rootkit, the resurgence of the Satori IoT botnet, clipboard monitoring malware, a forthcoming change in Chrome's extensions policy, hacking apparent download counts on the Android store, some miscellany, an update on the status of Spectre & Meltdown... and yes, yet another brand new speculative execution vulnerability our OSes will be needing to patch against.

Hosts: Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte

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Police: Missing 12-year-old girl last seen in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police are looking for a 12-year-old girl last seen on the west side of Columbus on Tuesday.

Police said Kenisha Smith was last seen in the area of Sullivant Avenue and Lechner Avenue around 3 p.m.

She is 5’4” tall and weighs about 125 pounds.

She has black hair and brown eyes.

She was wearing a black shirt, a Nike sweatshirt, and light blue jeans.

If anyone has any information they are asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4624.

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FBI assessing civil rights complaint after Franklin Township officer resigns

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:29

The FBI is now investigating an incident of alleged excessive force involving a former Franklin Township police officer.

Rob Wells resigned after cell phone video surfaced in May showing him kicking a suspect.

On page four of Wells' administrative review, a letter from the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the Franklin Township Police Chief Byron Smith says it's assessing a civil rights complaint regarding the incident that occurred on or about May 1, 2018.

The letter goes on to say officers from the Franklin Township Police Department were involved in an incident with Anthony Ray Foster Jr., resulting in Foster's arrest. During the arrest, an officer from FTPD allegedly used excessive force causing bodily injury to Foster.

The FBI requested copies of documents related to the incident.

The 53 pages of records give a summary about what led up to the cell phone recording.

A document signed by Rob Wells says "do to the totality of the circumstance of the suspects actions which were consistent with him fleeing, this officer (Wells) attempting to use a stunning technique by kicking suspect in the upper torso/shoulder area; This officer (Wells) stepped on vehicle debris, went to the ground and used a controlling strike with forearm/hand striking to upper torso/back area pushing the suspect back down to the ground."

The Franklin Township Police chief requested on May 8th, that BCI investigate the alleged case of excessive force.

Rob Wells resigned from the Franklin Township Police Department on May 6.

10TV uncovered earlier this month Wells had a troubled work history.

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Trump: "You have to take the children away" while parents are prosecuted

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:28

President Trump suggested Tuesday while he wants to "solve family separation," splitting the family is part of the process. "I don't want children taken away from parents, and when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally -- which should happen -- you have to take the children away."

The administration continues to grapple with the specter of children being taken from their parents as it faces a nationwide outcry over the "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting all illegal entries at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mr. Trump said that family separation is "the only solution" to stopping illegal immigration and said that the policy exists "as a result of Democrat-supported loopholes in our federal law," although the recent spike in the number of children being held apart from their parents is a product of the ramped-up enforcement of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' zero-tolerance approach.

"These loopholes have created a massive child smuggling trade. Can you believe this?" Mr. Trump said. "In this day and age, we're talking about child smuggling. We're talking about women smuggling, in this day and age."

He described what he claimed to be child smugglers as "very sophisticated" and claimed they're the reason the family separation policy must be in place.

"The smugglers know these rules and regulations better than the people that drew them, as a result there has been a 325 percent increase in minors and a 435 percent increase in the smuggling or attempted smuggling of families and minors into our country," he said. "We're stopping them all the time, by the thousands, but they still get through. We have no wall, we have no border security."

Mr. Trump said he does not support family separation, but ultimately put the onus on Congress to pass legislation allowing families to stay together. He seemed to reject the idea of more immigration judges, an idea which is central to Sen. Ted Cruz's proposed bill to solve the problem. On the other hand, Mr. Trump also complains that asylum cases take too long, although installing more judges would address the problem.

In his remarks, Mr. Trump also criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying that "Mexico does nothing for us," while also calling out Mexico's own border security efforts.

"We can no longer be the stupid country we want to be the smart country," Mr. Trump said, adding that Mexico is "not sending their finest (people)."

On Monday, at a White House event billed as a meeting of the president's National Space Council, much of the president's remarks were also focused on the immigration debate where he once again faulted Democrats for the administration's policy.

"The U.S. will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility, it won't be," Mr. Trump said. He added that if Democrats would "sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly" with regards to immigration legislation.

Mr. Trump will meet later today with Republican members of Congress on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to discuss ongoing efforts on immigration legislation, among other topics.

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Former opiate addict hopes new Franklin County initiative will save lives

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:53

An initiative from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) in Franklin County, in partnership with 21 local businesses and organizations hopes to prevent the next generation of opioid addicts.

The Ohio Opioid Education Alliance will target parents and caregivers to talk to their children and to not be in "denial" about opiate abuse.

"I think every preventative measure that we can come up with, especially for our youth, will be advantageous for us to do," David Sigal said.

Sigal has worn many hats. He's the founder at Loud Life, an organization that inspires and empowers those affected by addiction. He's a motivational speaker. He's also an addict. In May, he celebrated seven years clean.

It started with a volleyball injury in high school. He became addicted to medication and before he knew it he went to the streets for opiates and heroin.

"People keep seeing heroin," he said. "But, there's a gap. How did we get to heroin? Well, we were using and abusing pills. Over-medicated."

That's something ADAMH is helping to fight by bringing more awareness to parents about prescription medication like Hydrocodone and Oxycodone, which Sigal calls synthetic heroin.

"A lot of high school kids are having these parties where they just have a bowl full of pills and everyone just grabs something and sees what happens," Sigal said.

Sigal applauds the new Franklin County initiative, believing every little bit helps. He has also taken the matter to Washington D. C. He says on behalf of Sen. Rob Portman he recently went to talk about a potential new nationwide measure with politicians that would use non-addictive medications for the first 73 hours of treatment to help reduce addictions due to prescription meds.

"We want to show people that there is hope," Sigal said. "But, we have to work together and we need Washington to agree with us on this."

Sigal says Loud Life has talked to more than 100,000 students and has helped to put 400 people in recovery.

ADAMH says if parents talk to children about addiction, they will be 50 percent less likely to use them.

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5,000 pigs killed in Fayette County barn fire

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:33

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ohio – Approximately 5,000 pigs were killed in a barn fire in Fayette County on Tuesday according to the Fayette County sheriff’s office.

The fire started around 1 p.m. at the Straathoff Swine Farm on Old Route 35 in the southeastern part of the county.

Many fire departments responded to the fire from Fayette, Ross, Highland, Pickaway, and Greene counties.

One firefighter was taken to Fayette County Memorial Hospital to be treated for an arm injury. The firefighter was released.

A cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Murder charge filed for person of interest in Upper Arlington homicide

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:30

Authorities have charged a person of interest in the murder of a man in Upper Arlington last week.

According to court documents, Jeffrey Blaire Harrison has been charged with one count of murder.

The incident happened June 11 around 4:30 p.m. at the China Dynasty restaurant on West Lane Avenue. Authorities say Charles McCoy was stabbed to death.

Initially, police charged Jeffery Lamar Smith but those charges were dropped.

On June 15, police identified Harrison as a person of interest. Harrison is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, 195 pounds.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the vehicle or Harrison, please contact the Upper Arlington Police Division at 614-583-5160.

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