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Two dead after being hit by Christmas-themed train in Massachusetts, officials say

Channel 10 news - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 03:48

WAREHAM, Mass. -- Two people were hit and killed by a Christmas-themed train Saturday night in Wareham, CBS Boston reports. The train is similar to a Polar Express ride that regularly travels through Wareham during the holiday season.

A South Coastal Scenic train hit a man and a woman who investigators believe were on the tracks at the time.

"The train was a scenic train carrying numerous passengers at the time of impact, and originated in Buzzards Bay. No passengers riding on the train were injured," the Plymouth District Attorney's office said.

Witnesses said hundreds of people, including children, were on board. They were forced to wait on the train for hours while police investigated.

No further information is currently available.

Categories: Ohio News

Clinton County detox center now open for business

North Country Public Radio - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 22:00
The North Country has a new detox center to help people safely go through withdrawal from alcohol, heroin, and other drugs. The 18-bed Recovery Campus in Schuyler Falls, near Plattsburgh, helps fill a huge gap in services. At a ribbon cutting ceremony late last month, officials called the new facility "a beacon of hope."
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New Lewis Center Brewery adds to growing local industry

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 20:46

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio - What started as an idea between a few friends has contributed to a growing industry in central Ohio.

Olentangy River Brewing Co. is the city’s newest brewery focused on craft beers, joining nearly 50 others in the area.

“We are really focused on community,” co-founder Ryan Wilkins said.

“What we are hoping that we can do is create a space that people in Lewis Center and in all of central Ohio can gather and feel like it’s their home.”

It is the growing thirst for what’s on tap - be it a sweet American amber ale or a double IPA – that has this business owner confident about his new endeavor.

“It was interesting to see how all the other breweries welcomed us to town.”

“They said 'Come check out our place, we want to share recipes with you, we want to talk about ideas and how we get things done,' ” Wilkins said.

Based on the data, Ohioans have the craft beer industry down to a science.

The Brewers Association, a national organization representing craft brewers, ranks Ohio at 11 for its number of craft breweries.

The association counted 225 breweries in 2017. The economic impact of the business is on the rise. In 2017 breweries brought more than $3.2 billion to the state.

“There have been a few different waves of beer growth," Wilkins said. "I mean it just continues to grow pretty much exponentially."

Wilkins is hopeful his new business, which offers a warm family atmosphere as well as coffee for those early birds, will be one of the success stories in a competitive field.​

Olentangy River Brewing Co. is located at 303 Green Meadows Dr. in Lewis Center, near the Nationwide Conference Center

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Alert issued for woman with dementia missing from Mount Vernon

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 20:37

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Knox County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a woman with dementia who was reported missing Saturday.

A statewide missing adult alert was issued Saturday night for 80-year-old Betty Shaw.

The alert stated Shaw was last seen on Crooked Street in Mount Vernon at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Shaw is 5-feet 4-inches tall, weighs 170 pounds, and has gray hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a red coat.

She was seen driving a black 2016 Dodge Ram with Ohio license plate number DZ29GB.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call 911.

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76 people killed, nearly 1,300 unaccounted for in California wildfires

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 19:49

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says emergency responders have made progress in finding people who had been reported missing in the wildfires but the list of those unaccounted for is now nearly 1,300.

Honea pleaded Saturday with the public to check out the list and to call in if they are safe. Honea says the list is growing because authorities continue to cull names from phone calls, emails and reports that came in in the early hours of the wildfire that started Nov. 8.

Authorities also say they found five more bodies Saturday in Northern California's Camp Fire, bringing the death toll to 76.

The Camp Fire in Butte County is the deadliest in the country in at least a century. Honea says authorities have tentatively identified 63 of the 76 dead.

Four bodies were found in the devastated town of Paradise, population 27,000, and one in nearby Concow.

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Cleveland Heights police issue Amber Alert for 6-month-old abducted by mother

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:14

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - An Amber Alert has been issued after a mother took her six-month-old daughter in Cleveland Heights in northeast Ohio, according to police.

Police said 26-year-old Alexis Barnes abducted six-month-old Emery Seals Saturday morning from a home in the 2600 block of Noble Road.

Police said Alexis is not able to care for Emery and lost custody of her in July.

The mother is considered to be mentally unstable and there is a concern for the child's well-being, according to police.

The child was last seen wearing a white, orange, and gray hat and outfit along with a fluffy white coat.

The mother was last seen in a black robe and she may have changed clothes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cleveland Heights Police Department at 216-321-1234.

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Democrat Andrew Gillum officially ends bid for Florida governor

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 15:47

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Democrat Andrew Gillum ended his hard-fought campaign for Florida governor on Saturday, just hours before counties must turn in their official results following days of recounting ballots.

Gillum, in a video that he posted on Facebook, congratulated Republican Ron DeSantis but vowed to remain politically active although he gave no clues as his future plans. His term as Tallahassee mayor ends next week.

"This has been the journey of our lives," said Gillum, who appeared in the video with his wife, R. Jai Gillum. "Although nobody wanted to be governor more than me, this was not just about an election cycle. This was about creating the kind of change in this state that really allows the voices of everyday people to show up again in our government."

Gillum's announcement came as most Florida counties were winding down their hand recount in the state's contentious U.S. Senate race.

The smattering of results publicly posted on Saturday showed that Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was only gaining a few hundred votes in his bitter contest with outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican.

State officials ordered a manual recount earlier in the week after a legally required machine recount showed that Scott led incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson by about 12,600 votes. More than 8 million voters cast ballots in the race.

Florida's high-profile race for governor was close as well, but not enough to trigger a hand recount.

Counties have until noon on Sunday to file their official results, but it appears the gap is too far for Nelson to close. Nelson's campaign has remained quiet as the final count has gotten closer.

Nelson and Democrats filed several lawsuits following the close election, challenging everything from the state's signature mismatch law to deadlines for mail-in ballots.

The Nelson campaign managed to secure only one victory in court. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker gave voters until 5 p.m. Saturday to fix their ballots if they haven't been counted because of mismatched signatures. Nearly 5,700 ballots were rejected because signatures on ballot envelopes did not match signatures kept on file by election officials.

But Walker rejected additional lawsuits, including one that sought to change the rules used while inspecting hand ballots.

If the 76-year-old Nelson loses, it would likely spell an end to a lengthy political career that stretches back four decades. Nelson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000. A win for Scott would mark his third victory since the multimillionaire businessman launched his political career in 2010. In each race, Scott has barely edged his Democratic opponent.

State law requires a machine recount in races where the margin is 0.5 percentage points or less. Once that recount was complete, if the differences in any of the races are 0.25 percentage points or less, a hand recount is ordered. Local canvassing boards only review ballots where a vote was not recorded by voting machines.

Back in 2000, the state became the target of ridicule during the chaotic recount of the presidential election that was ultimately won by George W. Bush by 537 votes.

The stakes aren't quite as high this time around, but there have been plenty of problems, especially in two Democratic strongholds in South Florida

On Saturday, the top elections official in Broward County acknowledged publicly that her office had misplaced more than 2,000 ballots.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel posted video where Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said that 2,040 ballots had been "misfiled."

"The ballots are in the building," Snipes tells members of the canvassing board responsible for doing the hand recount.

It was another snag for Snipes, who has already been under fire for the way her office has handled the election and recount. Some Republicans have been calling for Gov. Scott to remove her from office.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio State survives in OT, beating Maryland 52-51

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 14:42

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Ohio State went to overtime to avoid one of the most stunning upsets in this college football season, defeating Maryland 52-51 Saturday when the Terrapins failed to convert a 2-point conversion after the potential game-tying touchdown.

Favored by 14½ points, Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) trailed by two touchdowns in the third quarter and 45-38 with under two minutes left before rallying to a pivotal victory.

After a 5-yard touchdown run by Dwayne Haskins gave the Buckeyes the lead to start overtime, Tayon Fleet-Davis scored to get the Terrapins within a point. Interim coach Matt Canada decided to end it right there, going for 2, but Tyrrell Pigrome's pass to Jeshaun Jones was off target.

The victory kept the Buckeyes in the hunt for the Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Ohio State concludes the regular season next week in a game against Michigan that will decide the Big Ten East winner.

The Buckeyes never led until overtime against the upstart Terrapins (5-6, 3-5). Haskins ran for three touchdowns and was 28 for 38 for 405 yards and three TDs.

Ohio State finished with a whopping 688 yards, including 203 on the ground by J.K. Dobbins, but the defense allowed 535 yards and seven touchdowns.

Maryland freshman Anthony McFarland had touchdown runs of 81 and 75 yards in the first quarter and finished with 298 yards rushing — seven short of the school's single-game record.

The Terps took a 45-38 lead when Chigoziem Okonkwo recovered a fumble by McFarland in the end zone with 1:41 left. Haskins then orchestrated a 50-yard, beat-the-clock drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Binjimen Victory with 40 seconds remaining.

Up 24-17 at halftime, the Terrapins garnered further momentum on Ohio State's first drive of the second half when RaVon Davis picked off a deflected pass and took it 37 yards for a score.

The Buckeyes answered with a 73-yard scoring drive that featured a pair of penalties against Maryland, including a pass interference call on a third-and-7. After Ohio State pulled even in the fourth quarter, Maryland moved back in front on a 27-yard touchdown pass by Pigrome, who was making his first start of the season after Kasim Hill sustained a season-ending knee injury last week.

Pigrome went 6 for 13 for 181 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: It goes without saying that the Buckeyes must play much, much better next week to beat Michigan. The offense had no trouble moving the ball, but three turnovers proved costly. The defense, needless to say, was awful against a one-dimensional team that repeatedly peeled off huge runs.

Maryland: Despite putting forth a great effort against a Top-10 team on Senior Day, the Terrapins still can't seem to get the offense and defense working in sync. Last week, four turnovers were too much to overcome in a loss to Indiana. In this game, the defense couldn't back a strong outing by a big-play offense that gave the Buckeyes headaches all afternoon.

PERFECT NO MORE

The Terrapins had scored on all 25 trips to the red zone this season, and Maryland freshman Joseph Petrino was the only kicker in the nation without a miss on a field-goal try (10 for 10) before both streaks ended in the second quarter. After reaching the Ohio State 18, the Terrapins lost ground before Petrino misfired on a 49-yard attempt.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: The stakes couldn't be much bigger when the Buckeyes look to beat Michigan for a seventh straight time next week.

Maryland: With one last chance to become bowl eligible, the Terrapins travel to Penn State next Saturday.

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Mother in migrant caravan makes appeal to Trump: "Open the doors for us, I beg you"

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 14:13

With each passing day, more migrants make it to Mexico's side of the U.S.-Mexico border. But for those who make it across, another difficult journey through the American asylum process, which requires them to prove they've fled persecution at home, awaits.

More than 75 percent of asylum cases from Central America were denied from 2012 to 2017, CBS News' Adriana Diaz reports.

Those odds aren't deterring a Nicaraguan family that Diaz met in Mexico. They hope to receive political asylum in the U.S.

When asked why, Idenia Molina Rocha held up a newspaper. She said it shows her family on the front page, along with a photo of their home. They support those who are against their president, and they're being persecuted for those beliefs.

Rocha claims that pro-government forces opened fire on her 14-year-old son in July and detonated a homemade bomb that lodged shrapnel in his leg, forcing him to hobble on crutches along the caravan route. Rocha's son said he was with a friend when they were shot at. He said his friend pushed him down and was killed. When they retreated to the mountains, he said people helped take the shrapnel out with nail clippers, but he thinks there are still pieces in his leg.

Rocha said "wanted" signs for her family were posted in town, so they left Nicaragua, traversed Guatemala and eventually made it to southern Mexico. They stayed there a month and then word spread about a caravan approaching.

Rocha, appealing directly to President Trump, said, "I would get on my knees and beg."

"Don't send us back," she said. "We're walking and scared. You say you will militarize the border but I pray to God that with our evidence of persecution you won't send us back. I fear for my family's life. Please Mr. Trump, open the doors for us, I beg you."

After using the issue of migrant caravans as an election campaign issue, Mr. Trump has once again focused on it. In a series of tweets Friday, he questioned the motive of migrants who are planning to seek asylum in the U.S., calling it a "BIG CON."

One woman told CBS News' Diaz she won't cross illegally but will instead seek asylum at an official port of entry. She's part of a group of LGBT migrants that is among the early arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many said they were persecuted in their home countries because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Earlier in the journey in southern Mexico, Diaz met a transgender woman who claims she was targeted in Honduras by gang members and was attacked by more than a dozen armed men who broke into her home. She said she's been beaten up and has a scar from the attack but doesn't like to show it because it traumatizes her more. She fears for her life in Honduras since the gang members know where she lives and have a photo of her.

Still, if she makes it to the U.S. border and presents her asylum case, the odds are against her.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus woman arrested on Live PD Friday night

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 12:47

COLUMBUS - A Columbus woman was arrested on live television Friday night by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office was featured on A&E's 'Live PD', a show that follows law enforcement agencies across the country during their shifts.

During the show, deputies served a warrant for 23-year-old Storm Wisener.

According to court records, she was wanted on several warrants related to misdemeanor theft charges in Franklin County.

A warrant was also issued for her arrest out of Delaware County where she was indicted on felony charges of breaking and entering and possessing criminal tools and another misdemeanor theft charge.

Deputies searched the house for several minutes before Wisener was located hiding behind boxes.

After she was found, deputies suggested she get dressed before they took her outside. While that was happening, sounds of a pornographic video played in the background.

The sheriff's office then tweeted "Cover your eyes children... I don't think Storm was watching." Wisener is scheduled for arraignment on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Franklin County Municipal Court.

Live PD airs again on Saturday at 9 p.m. on A&E.

Categories: Ohio News

Eyes on 2020? Ohio GOP governor, Democratic senator mulling

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 11:12

CINCINNATI — An all-Ohio presidential election in 2020?

You would get very long odds in Vegas against that happening. It is possible, though, with two of the state's most popular politicians considering runs.

Republican Gov. John Kasich says he hasn't decided about 2020, but he has probably had more Sunday morning TV airtime the past couple years than most televangelists. He's well-acquainted with the early primary state of New Hampshire, where he returned Thursday for a series of public appearances.

After comfortably winning re-election Nov. 6 for his third term in the U.S. Senate, Democrat Sherrod Brown acknowledged Monday he has gotten a lot of encouragement and is now "seriously looking" at running for president.

With insights from Josh Pasek, a political scientist who's just to the north at the University of Michigan, here are reasons why such a 2020 showdown might happen. And why it probably won't.

HOW KASICH COULD WIN:

Since joining the 2016 Republican presidential race more than three years ago, Kasich has presented himself as the contrast to Donald Trump. He has rebuked Trump for divisiveness. He has trolled him back on Twitter about links to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Kasich has said the Trump-era Republican Party has moved away from traditional GOP principles. He has shown willingness to break with his party by expanding Medicaid in Ohio through Democratic President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

If the special counsel probe, new investigations looming from a Democratic-majority House and-or Trump's combative style causes Republicans to seek an alternative, well, Kasich's standing right over there.

WHY KASICH WOULDN'T WIN:

In 2016, Kasich defeated Trump in only one primary — Ohio's.

Short of impeachment, an economic plunge or other crisis, it's extremely unlikely that Republicans would give up on a sitting president, especially one who has shown political resilience.

Pasek said the Kasich-Trump rivalry "really is a battle for what the future of the Republican Party is" and there were signs this month that some suburban voters have Trump fatigue. But Trump still has the upper hand.

Kasich keeps flirting publicly with an independent or third-party run. History is against him there.

HOW BROWN COULD WIN:

Trump knocked down the "Blue Wall" states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in 2016 while decisively winning Brown's home state, traditionally a swing state. Brown, a former congressman whose won his first Ohio election in 1974, has shown the kind of populist, blue-collar appeal that Trump garnered in those states. He also has a long liberal record to please the party's traditional base.

Brown has proven ability to attract big-time special-interest campaign donations. He has withstood negative ad barrages in recent campaigns. While Republicans swept the other partisan statewide offices on Election Day, Brown got more votes than any of them and had 53 percent of the total.

Pasek says Brown isn't familiar to many rank-and-file Democrats outside of Ohio, but he added that's not necessarily a bad thing. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are among other Democrats who weren't well-known nationally at this stage of their presidential campaign cycles.

WHY BROWN WOULDN'T WIN:

After an election remarkable for the successes of Democratic candidates of diverse gender, race and sexuality, a 66-year-old white guy from Ohio might not excite people. Pasek says there are "a lot of competing visions" in the Democratic Party at this point, and it's not clear yet where Brown fits in.

There's also the question of whether Brown has the "fire in the belly" to pursue the presidency. Running means many very long days of retail campaigning, many nights on the road in Iowa and New Hampshire. Brown has joked that rather than being president, his life's dream was to be centerfielder for the Cleveland Indians.

100 YEARS LATER?

It's happened. Republican Sen. Warren G. Harding, from the community of Blooming Grove some 60 miles (96 kilometers) north of Columbus, defeated Democratic Gov. James Cox , from the village of Jacksonburg, nearly 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of Dayton. The 100th anniversary of that election will be in 2020.

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Baby giraffe, Ubumwe, dies at Columbus Zoo

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 10:52

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s newest addition, a female baby giraffe named Ubumwe, passed away Saturday.

Ubumwe, who was born Oct. 30, died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday of unknown causes, according to the zoo.

In a Facebook post, the zoo said, "The team of animal care professionals have monitored her and her mother, Zuri, around the clock since her birth. While she had previously been energetic and nursing as appropriate, her care team noted yesterday afternoon that Ubumwe’s behavior and appearance began to change."

The zoo will not have more information on the cause of her death until a necropsy is conducted, and a pathology report is received.

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President Trump to visit California fire scene as death toll rises

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 08:32

PARADISE, Calif. — President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, as confusion continued over how many people remain unaccounted for.

Authorities confirmed a new death toll of 71 and say they are trying to locate 1,011 people even as they stressed that not all are believed missing.

California's outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats and vocal critics of President Trump, planned to join the president Saturday. Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom welcomed President Trump's visit, declaring it's time "to pull together for the people of California."

The blaze that started Nov. 8 all but razed the town of Paradise, population 27,000, and heavily damaged the outlying communities of Magalia and Concow. It destroyed more than 9,800 homes and at its height displaced 52,000 people.

Details of President Trump's itinerary had not been released late Friday.

This patch of California, a former Gold Rush region in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is to some extent President Trump country, with Trump beating Hillary Clinton in Butte County by 4 percentage points in 2016.

But President Trump has stirred resentment among survivors over comments he made two days after the disaster on Twitter, then reiterated on the eve of his visit.

In an interview taped Friday and scheduled for broadcast on "Fox News Sunday," President Trump said he was surprised to see images of firefighters removing dried brush near a fire, adding, "This should have been all raked out."

Asked if he thought climate change contributed to the fires, he said: "Maybe it contributes a little bit. The big problem we have is management."

Those comments echoed his initial reaction to the fires Nov. 10 when he blamed the wildfires on poor forest management and threatened then to withhold federal payments. President Trump subsequently approved a federal disaster declaration.

"If you insult people, then you go visit them, how do you think you're going to be accepted? You're not going to have a parade," Maggie Crowder of Magalia said this week outside an informal shelter at a Walmart store in Chico.

But Stacy Lazzarino, who voted for President Trump, said it would be good for the president to see the devastation up close: "I think by maybe seeing it he's going to be like 'Oh, my goodness,' and it might start opening people's eyes."

Firefighters returning to a command center in the neighboring city of Chico after a 24-hour shift Friday were reluctant to weigh in on President Trump's visit, but some shared their thoughts.

Nick Shawkey, a CalFire captain from rural Northern California, said President Trump's visit was the mark of a good leader. But to imply the state was to blame for mismanaging the forests was based on a misunderstanding because much of the forest land in California is controlled by the U.S. Forest Service, he said.

"The thing he's tweeting about is his property," Shawkey said.

Paul Briones, a firefighter from Bakersfield, predicted President Trump's visit would be a huge boost to the community, showing "that this on a national level is a priority."

More than 5,500 fire personnel were battling the blaze that covered 228 square miles (590 square kilometers) and was 50 percent contained officials said.

Firefighters were racing against time with a red flag warning issued for Saturday night into Sunday, including winds up to 50 mph and low humidity. Rain was forecast for mid-week, which could help firefighters but also complicate the challenging search for remains.

"It's a disheartening situation," Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference Friday. "As much as I wish we could get through this before the rains come, I don't know if that's possible."

The number of people unaccounted for grew to more than 1,000 on Friday. But Honea acknowledged the list was "dynamic" and could easily contain duplicate names and unreliable spellings of names.

The roster probably includes some who fled the blaze and do not realize they've been reported missing, he said.

"We are still receiving calls. We're still reviewing emails," Honea said. "This is a massive undertaking. We have hundreds and hundreds of people working on this."

Families searching for loved ones have scoured shelters and social media and say they understand the chaos of the situation, But the wait for information is agonizing.

For one family, good news arrived by telephone.

Monica Whipple said Friday she was boarding a plane back to North Carolina from Northern California when she got a call two days ago that her mother, Donna Price, had been found alive. Price had been presumed missing but was tracked down at a shelter.

"It was so crazy, I started crying in front of everybody," Whipple said. "She's doing OK."

For too many others, the wait to learn a loved one's fate has ended with bad news.

Sol Bechtold searched for his 75-year-old mother, Caddy, posting flyers of her on bulletin boards and searching for her in shelters.

On Thursday, Bechtold went to the Butte County Sheriff to provide DNA samples. As he was driving back to his home in Pleasanton, California, he got a call from an officer with the coroner's unit of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office and was told his mother's remains were found in her home in the community of Magalia. The home had burned down to its concrete foundation.

"It's hard to realize your mother is gone," Bechtold said.

Family members remembered her personality, her wonderful heart and great smile, he said. She raised four children.

"It's been a pretty emotional 24 hours. Lots of tears," he said.

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Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | November 17, 2018

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 08:00

Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have a large backyard, many of you probably walk your dog, or dogs, on a daily basis, and maybe even multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry, little friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to either you or your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This now is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this weekends "Furr-cast."

Quiet start to the weekend with mostly cloudy to overcast skies. Overall, conditions will be fair to go out to a local dog park and burn off some energy, especially if you and your pet have been cooped up over the past couple of days. For those in northern Ohio, there is the possibility for a wintry mix but it will be scattered.

You may wake up to a few wet spots on the roads Sunday morning, so be prepared for a few wet paws. Also, now is a good time to get into the habit of clearing your pets' paws after your walks as we're starting to see more roads and sidewalks being treated with salt. The remainder of the day will be similar to Saturday with temperatures in the low to mid 40's under mostly cloudy skies. There will be a chance for a wintry mix during the day but it will be scattered.

Another shot of a wintry mix will be possible early on in the week but we'll see some much-needed conditions come our way for the holiday. Not only will skies clear out for Thanksgiving but it'll be one of the warmest days in over 10 days. Nothing crazy warm but temperatures in the 50's sound very nice considering the recent weather we've had.

Now that we have our first taste of winter this weekend, it's important to put your cold weather safety plan into use.

Know the signs before you subject you and your pet to the cold weather. Many dogs love the cold & snowy weather but there are also many breeds that aren't built to be outside for prolonged amounts of time.

The "Barking Message" for next week:
  • Keep your walks short this weekend, plain and simple!
  • Next chance for some wet paws on Sunday and early next week.
  • Put good use to your cold weather pet safety plan.

Each Friday, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog. Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter and Facebook at Ross10tv. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.

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Michelle Obama's memoir sells more than 725,000 copies

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 07:31

NEW YORK — First-day sales for Michelle Obama's "Becoming" topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts.

Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady's memoir include hardcover, audio and e-books editions for the United States and Canada. "Becoming" was released on Tuesday, the same day Mrs. Obama launched a national book tour. Crown also announced that it had raised the book's print run from 1.8 million copies to 2.6 million. Reviews of the book, which traces Obama's journey from Chicago's South Side to the White House, have been positive, with The Washington Post praising its "impressive balance in telling the truth of her challenges while repeatedly acknowledging her lucky life."

"Becoming" had the biggest opening of any books in 2018 by Crown's parent company, Penguin Random House. But at least one other book this year, from Simon & Schuster, did start higher: Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" sold around 900,000 copies after one day.

"Becoming" is well exceeding the pace of previous memoirs by first ladies. In 2003, Hillary Clinton's "Living History" had first week sales of around 600,000 copies, at a time when audio sales were tiny and e-book sales non-existent.

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Florida high school massacre panel considers recommendations

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 05:28

SUNRISE, Fla. — The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre began discussions Friday on what recommendations it will make regarding student safety, mental health, and steps to prevent future school shootings.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Commission didn't pass any specific recommendations Friday at its latest gathering to consider the Feb. 14 attack that killed 14 students and three staff members at the school in Parkland. But it decided it will focus its initial batch of recommendations on less controversial areas such as school hardening before addressing difficult issues like mental health.

The 14-member panel must file its initial report to outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, his successor and the Legislature by Jan. 1.

State Sen. Lauren Book, a member of the commission, said she expects all legislators will read the report and take it seriously, given the magnitude of the tragedy.

"We all within the Legislature come from different backgrounds and different knowledge bases," Book said. "Giving some information is good, getting too much into the weeds is dangerous."

Stoneman Douglas social studies teacher Ernie Rospierski, who herded students down a stairwell and used his body to barricade the door behind them after being grazed by two bullets, told commissioners to be "very careful" about putting more safety requirements on teachers because they are already overworked. But, he said, the panel needs to begin writing "the playbook" for preventing future tragedies.

"Until that is finished, we are going to see this again and again," Rospierski said.

The commissioners decided not to go through their items publicly Friday. They said they would review possible recommendations accumulated by their staff individually, submit suggestions and concerns and then debate them publicly at their meeting next month.

Meanwhile, the attorney for the sheriff's deputy who was on the campus during the massacre started a charity website to raise money for the man's legal defense. Joseph DiRuzzo III started a GoFundMe page for now-retired Broward County sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson in hopes of raising $150,000 "to defend him against any spurious claims of criminal liability." As of Friday afternoon, $40 had been raised before the drive appeared shut down.

DiRuzzo noted the GoFundMe page in a lawsuit filed this week to block Scott Peterson from being forced to testify before the commission. Many commissioners have called Peterson "a coward" for not charging into the building with his handgun and confronting the shooter, who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

Security video shows Peterson arrived outside the three-story building where the killings happened shortly after the shooting began, about the same time the gunman finished slaying 11 people on the first floor. Peterson drew his handgun, but retreated to cover next to the neighboring building. The video shows Peterson never left that spot for 50 minutes, even after other deputies and police officers arrived on campus and went inside.

Panel members have said they believe Peterson's inaction allowed suspect Nikolas Cruz to climb to the third floor, where five students and one teacher were killed. They believe if Peterson, 55, had confronted Cruz and engaged him in a shootout he could have killed him or given others more time to reach safety.

DiRuzzo said in his lawsuit that as the first deputy on scene, Peterson was the incident commander charged with coordinating law enforcement's response until relieved by a superior. DiRuzzo said Peterson was never relieved and fulfilled that duty by directing officers into the building and ordering the closing of the school and surrounding streets.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the panel's chairman, said Friday that DiRuzzo's lawsuit is "a work of fiction."

"Peterson did not do his job. Peterson is a failure, and he should be embarrassed and held accountable for what he did not do," Gualtieri said.

Also Friday, the commission learned that eight of the state's 67 countywide school districts haven't filed safety assessments mandated after the massacre.

State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, a commission member, said Friday there's little she can do to districts that don't file the assessments, which were due Oct. 31. She said one county's report was delayed because of Hurricane Michael and others are completed but awaiting approval of their district school boards.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, a commission member, said the new state law should require the suspension of a district's superintendent and board chair if the deadline is broken.

The panel has been meeting periodically since April and includes law enforcement, education and mental health officials, a legislator and the fathers of two dead students.

Cruz, a 20-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student, is charged with the slayings. He has pleaded not guilty, but his attorneys have said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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State Route 315 closes between I-70 and I-670 for floodwall testing Saturday

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 05:25

COLUMBUS-- City officials will close State Route 315 in both directions between I-70 and I-670 for several hours starting Saturday morning.

The closure is due to crews testing the Franklinton Floodwall gates that cross SR-315 near Spring Street. Once every three years, federal safety regulations require that the six gates extending along the Scioto River between I-670 and Frank Road are tested.

Detours for this closure include Interstates I-70 and I-71, as well as West Broad Street.

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Police identify woman hit and killed with her own vehicle

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 05:08

CLEVELAND — Authorities have identified a 33-year-old Cleveland mother as the woman killed when two men entered her family's vehicle and struck her with it.

Cleveland police say Lesley Dejesus Gonzalez was painting at a church Thursday afternoon with her two children and their father when she saw two men enter the family's car. She was struck by the vehicle after she and her husband attempted to intervene.

Dejesus Gonzalez was declared dead at the scene. No one else was hurt.

Authorities say the suspected carjackers sped off in the vehicle, which police later found abandoned on a road.

Police statements say two men were taken into custody Thursday but were later released when investigators found they were not involved. Authorities have made no arrests in the ongoing investigation.

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Hero in Florida yoga studio shooting to get $30,000 for law school

Channel 10 news - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 02:49

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University's president and board of trustees have committed $30,000 of their personal money to help cover law school costs for a man credited with confronting a shooter at a Tallahassee yoga studio and giving others time to escape.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports FSU President John Thrasher and the board made the commitment Friday.

Joshua Quick is a second-year law student at Florida State. He has been called a hero for struggling with 40-year-old Scott Beierle, who opened fire Nov. 2 at the Hot Yoga studio. Quick has said he grabbed Beierle's gun after it jammed, and hit him.

Two people were killed, and five others were injured. Other students at the studio have said Quick's actions prevented Beierle from shooting more people. Beierle killed himself before authorities arrived.

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