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Columbus man brings back 'Star Wars' yard decoration for Halloween

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It appears Bill Plessinger has started a Halloween tradition.

Last year, he built an Imperial Walker from the Star Wars franchise and put it on display in the front yard of his home. It took him 3 months to build.

Plessinger said it was something he had wanted to do for a few years.

The Imperial Walker stands 17-feet tall and you can check out the display on West Beaumont Road.

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3 hurt in south Columbus crash

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three people are hurt after a crash in south Columbus, police said.

Columbus police said the crash happened in the 4500 block of U.S. 23, just south of I-270, shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

One person was taken in life-threatening condition but police said that person's condition has since been upgraded and is no longer in life-threatening condition.

Two others were taken to a hospital in stable condition.

U.S. 23 was closed in the area of the crash but it has since reopened.

A separate crash on the ramp from I-270 eastbound to U.S. 23 in south Columbus is causing traffic backup as well, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

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2018-10-24 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Wednesday Oct 24, 2018
Time: 7:22 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 20°
Approach: 10° above S
Departure: 20° above SE

2018-10-25 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Thursday Oct 25, 2018
Time: 6:32 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above SE
Departure: 10° above SE

2018-10-26 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Friday Oct 26, 2018
Time: 7:14 AM
Duration: 4 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 53°
Approach: 10° above SW
Departure: 36° above E

2018-10-27 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Saturday Oct 27, 2018
Time: 6:23 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 26°
Approach: 11° above S
Departure: 25° above ESE

2018-10-28 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Sunday Oct 28, 2018
Time: 5:34 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 13°
Approach: 13° above ESE
Departure: 12° above ESE

2018-10-28 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Sunday Oct 28, 2018
Time: 7:07 AM
Duration: 6 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 59°
Approach: 12° above WSW
Departure: 10° above NE

2018-10-29 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Monday Oct 29, 2018
Time: 6:17 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 70°
Approach: 69° above SSE
Departure: 10° above ENE

2018-10-30 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Tuesday Oct 30, 2018
Time: 7:01 AM
Duration: 4 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 28°
Approach: 21° above WNW
Departure: 11° above NE

2018-10-31 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Wednesday Oct 31, 2018
Time: 6:11 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 30°
Approach: 30° above NNE
Departure: 12° above NE

2018-11-01 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:34
Date: Thursday Nov 1, 2018
Time: 6:54 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 18°
Approach: 17° above NW
Departure: 11° above NNE

Woman accusing former Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn of rape testifies

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:04

The woman accusing former Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn of rape took testified in his trial Wednesday.

Dunn is charged with three counts of rape from the August 2017 incident, which he adamantly denies.

Before the jury was allowed into the courtroom, the defense argued jurors should hear about a previous allegation of rape she made against a different man.

"When the police arrived to investigate a (2016) rape that you had told your boyfriend about, are you telling us right now under oath, that you lied to the police?" asked defense attorney Joe Landusky.

"Yes," answered the woman, who 10TV is not identifying.

"And you told them that no sexual activity had taken place?" asked Landusky.

She answered, "Correct."

The defense argued this constituted a false allegation of rape, and that jurors should hear it.

The judge disagreed, and the jury was seated.

In opening statements, Landusky said this was about a woman spurned, not sexually assaulted.

"She fell in love. She said you are now my boyfriend, I love you, I want to have your baby. I want to be the wife of an NFL football player. Because my client didn't say goodbye in an appropriate way, he has now become a rapist."

The 26-year-old woman said she and Dunn dated briefly in the summer of 2017.

She says they were broken up on August 20, 2017, when he called her at four in the morning for a ride.

She testified, "I said where do you want me to take you? He said back to your apartment. I said no, you're not coming back to my apartment. We're not seeing each other anymore. I don't feel comfortable with you staying there."

She said she he agreed to call an Uber from her apartment.

Instead, she testified, he got into bed with her.

She says twice he tried to initiate sexual contact, the first time, stopping at her request.

"He was touching me, groping me outside of my clothes. I told him to stop again. That time he didn't stop."

She says he initiated intercourse, saying "I screamed and he stopped and pulled away"

"He noticed I was crying he was like, what's wrong? I was like, I told you I didn't want to have sex. I think he said I'm sorry, and got off of me and rolled over."

After going into the bathroom, she said she returned to her bed and lay down with Dunn.

She said a few hours later, he woke up.

"I was expecting and hoping he would come talk to me about what happened. But he just left."

She reported the incident to police that day and underwent a sexual assault exam.

She admits she continued to contact Dunn, in hopes he would apologize.

"If I believed he was really sorry about it, I wouldn't have reported it."

She said she also told Dunn she would tell police she had lied.

Asked if she had lied to police, she said, "No."

The defense also played two recorded phone calls of the accuser asking to meet with Dunn after the alleged rape.

In the recordings, Dunn tells her to leave him alone.

She offers to drop everything, and tell people in the football community that she lied.

Thursday, Dunn is expected to testify in own defense.

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Circleville police searching for missing 20-year-old woman

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:15

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – Circleville police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Police said 20-year-old Courtney Young was last seen Sunday evening on East Mound Street in Circleville.

Young is 5-feet 2-inches tall and weighs 100 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police said they do not suspect anything suspicious at this time.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Circleville police at 740-474-8888.

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Columbus police on scene of barricade situation on the near east side

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Police are on the scene of a barricade situation on the near east side of Columbus.

The scene is in the 500 block of North Ohio Avenue.

Columbus police said the situation is related to a shooting that happened around 5 p.m. Wednesday. No additional details on the shooting were released.

Stay with 10TV for updates on this developing story.

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Drug-resistant salmonella hits Ohio

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:49

Ninety-two people from 29 states have been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Twenty-one people were sick enough that they had to be hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

According to the CDC, seven cases have been reported in Ohio.

The CDC has not identified a common source of contaminated chicken. Rather, it says there's evidence that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources contain the strain known as Salmonella Infantis that is making people ill.

Testing revealed that the Salmonella strain involved in the outbreak is resistant to many types of antibiotics.

Investigators have identified the outbreak strain in raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry.

The CDC says consumers do not need to avoid eating properly cooked chicken, and it its not advising retailers to stop selling raw chicken products.

How to protect yourself and your family from Salmonella

Health officials say the outbreak should serve as a reminder to always cook raw chicken carefully and thoroughly, as it may contain germs can that spread around food prep areas and make people sick.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service advises that all raw chicken products, including chicken breasts, whole chickens, and ground poultry such as chicken burgers and chicken sausage, should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should also be cooked to 165°F.

Health experts do not recommend washing raw poultry or meat, as bacteria in poultry and meat juices can spread to other foods, utensils, and surfaces.

To prevent cross-contamination, thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken. If possible, use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats.

Additionally, the CDC does not recommend raw diets for pets, as this can make animals, as well as people handling the raw food, sick.

Finally, to prevent the spread of germs, wash your hands frequently, especially before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.

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Social media game encourages self-harm and suicide

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:31

The Momo Challenge is a mystery game that is gaining popularity across the world. Some say it's a hoax, but a 10-year-old in Galion says it almost made her take her own life.

"It was creeping me out," said Ashlynn Hill, a fifth grader.

The Momo Challenge starts with videos on YouTube that show a dark-haired, bulgy-eyed girl character named "Momo." The videos entice people to text specific phone numbers to chat with her through WhatsApp, a free texting and video calling app.

Once in a conversation with her, she encourages you to self-harm, even commit murder.

"One of the things it asked me to do was to kill someone else. And I did not feel right with that," Ashlynn said. "It didn’t make me feel safe at all. It felt like the game itself was going to come out of my iPad or something."

Despite "The Momo Challenge" being promoted as "mystery gaming," Ashlynn says the game felt very real to her.

"I thought you had to listen to it," she said.

After several days of texting with "Momo," Ashlynn's mom says she got a call from her school.

"[They] said that Ashlynn was with the counselor and that she had had a plan to kill herself," said Kimberly Clark. Clark says she went to the school and immediately took her daughter to the closest hospital.

After an evaluation, Ashlynn was transported to a juvenile mental health facility.

"...because at the hospital Ashlynn had admitted to trying to suffocate herself and that she had plans of getting a rope and hanging herself," Clark explained.

Ashlynn spent six days in that facility and is now on medication for depression.

Dr. Megan Schabbing, director of psychiatric emergency services for OhioHealth at Riverside Hospital says even social media games can be considered as cyberbullying.

"Children who have not yet figured out who they are or what they are all about are at such a high risk of being influenced," Dr. Schabbing said.

She says it's best to monitor your child's social media access and know exactly the games they are playing and how they work.

"It may seem as if your child is just playing a game, but unless you are there checking in frequently to know exactly who they are interacting with, and how these apps are working, you don’t really know what’s going on," said Dr. Schabbing. "Not having your child even engage in any activity online that you’re not fully aware of the potential implications — that’s a good first step."

For tips on managing your child's access to social media, click here.

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22 burger chains given "F" over antibiotics -- only 2 get "A" rating

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:04

Twenty-two of the top 25 U.S. burger chains -- including McDonald's, Burger King, White Castle and Five Guys -- received a failing grade in a review assessing their practices and policies on antibiotics use in their beef products. Only two chains were given an "A" rating.

The scores were published Wednesday in a report called "Chain Reaction IV: Burger Edition," which was produced by the Center for Food Safety, Consumer Reports, Food Animal Concerns Trust, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Friends of the Earth, and Natural Resources Defense Council.

The report says 22 chains received "F" grades "for lacking any announced policy to source beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics."

Wendy's received a "D-" because 15 percent of its beef is sourced from producers that cut the use of tylosin, an antibiotic, by one-fifth, it says.

Only two chains -- Shake Shack and BurgerFi -- received an "A" rating. "Both companies currently serve only beef raised without antibiotics," the report says.

The report notes that while Fuddruckers, Steak 'n Shake and Farmer Boys -- which received "F grades" -- have no antibiotics policies, they offer a burger option made of beef raised without antibiotics.

Overuse of antibiotics in livestock can cause resistant bacteria to spread, putting humans at risk of developing life-threatening infections. The report says many meat producers give animals antibiotics to encourage quicker growth or stave off disease, calling it a routine practice.

"When antibiotics stop working, diseases become harder to treat, life-saving surgeries riskier to perform, and a scrape on the knee can even turn deadly," Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives in the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, said in a news release Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls antibiotic resistance "one of the biggest public health challenges of our time." The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it "one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today."

"Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die," the CDC says.

The WHO says antibiotic resistance is a natural occurrence accelerated by the misuse of antibiotics in both animals and humans.

In a statement, McDonald's spokesperson Lauren Altmin said "preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics for future generations is highly important" to the company.

"In 2016, McDonald's fully implemented its pledge to no longer serve chicken treated with antibiotics important to human medicine in its US restaurants, which led to the 2018 implementation of an antibiotic use policy for broiler chicken in markets around the globe. McDonald's is currently finalizing a global antibiotics policy for beef, to begin roll out before the end of 2018," Altmin said.

In-N-Out Burger said it "remains committed to beef that is raised without the use of antibiotics important to human medicine. We've had many discussions with our suppliers to explore ways to accomplish this goal."

The report urges burger chains and lawmakers to take action.

"While restaurants and major meat producers have critical roles to play in stopping the overuse of antibiotics, the government must also act to achieve the kind of lasting, industry-wide change needed to fully protect public health," the report says.

"Policymakers should only allow beef producers to use medically important antibiotics under the guidance of a licensed veterinarian, and to treat animals diagnosed with an illness or to control a verified disease outbreak," it says.

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Father of woman found burned in Upper Arlington park shares his pain

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:53

The family of the woman found burned in an Upper Arlington park is sharing his pain over her death.

Twenty-three-year-old Bobbie Renee Simpson's father is back in Columbus to mourn his daughter's death. Her body was discovered in Burbank Park Sunday after a passerby reported a fire.

Simpson had been picked up three times in the last year for soliciting on the west side but her father says that record shouldn't define her. He's thankful to see friends and family honor her memory.

“That’s for Nay-Nay, that’s the brightest star in the sky,” said Robert Simpson. “Why, why, why, I mean, it don’t make no sense.”

The family says there is a vigil planned for Thursday at Burbank Park to honor Bobbie Simpson.

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CCAD student dies after being hit by vehicle in Westerville

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:32

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – A Columbus College of Art & Design has died after being hit by a vehicle in Westerville, according to police.

Sara Rupel, of Mount Vernon, was hit by a vehicle on October 11 just after 7 a.m. in the 300 block of South Cleveland Avenue.

Police said Rupel died from injuries sustained in the crash on October 12.

A spokesperson for CCAD said Rupel was a first-year animation student and was known as Milo on campus.

The spokesperson said Rupel was active in the campus community while being involved in Queer Alliance and working as a Student Assistant for Student Affairs.

The spokesperson said this is a tragedy for the CCAD family and are providing support for any students who need it.

Westerville police have not said if any charges were filed in connection to the crash.

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