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Honoring the Bond: OSU veterinary social worker helps people cope with loss of pet

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 22:49

COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) -- Losing a pet can feel like losing a family member, but a program at The Ohio State University's Veterinary Medical Center is helping to ease the pain.

"Honoring the Bond" is one of about 30 programs with a full-time social worker to help support those making end-of-life decisions for their pet.

"I've had multiple owners that say to me, 'You're asking me to kill my dog, or my cat, or my horse.' It feels like they're killing their animal and that's a very profound thing to think about," said Joelle Nielsen, a social worker spearheading the program.

Here is Nielsen's role as a veterinary social worker:

  • Act as a liaison between the animal owner and veterinary medical team
  • Provide crisis intervention during difficult situations
  • Assist in processing difficult decisions (quality of life assessments, treatment decisions)
  • Be present before, during, and/or after euthanasia
  • Facilitate family discussions with children
  • Provide assessment and referral for further follow-up resources, such as
    • counselor/therapist referrals
    • pet loss support group referrals
    • book lists for anticipatory loss and/or pet loss

"There are a lot of people that feel very isolated. They'll say to me, 'Do you think I'm crazy? Why am I acting this way,'" Nielsen said. "You're normal. This is OK. You're not crazy or whatever. Really, a lot of times, that's what people are looking for."

Mark Conwell said he and his wife benefited from the program during the loss of their two Golden Retrievers, who were service dogs.

"It's hard because you are never ready to lose your animals," Conwell said. "They're almost like children."

The program helped Conwell connect with other grieving pet owners through an annual remembrance ceremony and art event.

"Not everybody has the same mentality when it comes to pets, but when you do find those people who share the perspective you have, you can find that sense of comfort when you have a community surround you," Conwell said.

There are a few things pet owners get to do to cope with the loss: Don't compare your experience to others, find an outlet for your emotions, ask for help.

Nielsen said one of the best things pet owners can do is to think about what they want their pet's end-of-life care to look like. How do you feel about petting your pet down? At what point will you know it's time to make that decision? It's not something you want to think about, but it can help down the line.

"Thinking about how will I know instead of it becoming a crisis where we are in the emergency room asking people to make a big decision like that," Nielsen said.

If you would like to read more about how to cope with the loss of a pet and check out other resources, click here.

Social work services are only available to clients of The Ohio State University's Veterinary Medical Center.

If you are currently in the VMC, you may ask a member of your pet's medical team or client services to call the Honoring the Bond program.

To contact a social worker directly, you may also call (614) 247-8607 or send e-mails to CVM-OSUVET.HonoringTheBond@osu.edu.

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Rust scores OT winner, leads Penguins past Blue Jackets 1-0

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:31

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust scored a power-play goal at 3:02 of overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 on Thursday night.

Rust controlled a bouncing puck at the top of the crease and fired it past Joonas Korpisalo for the winner and his 10th goal of the year.

Tristan Jarry stopped 17 shots for his third shutout in his last four appearances. Jarry, who has five career shutouts, and three this season, established a franchise-record 177-minute, 15-second shutout streak before the run ended during Tuesday’s home loss to Montreal.

Korpisalo, who beat Pittsburgh on Nov. 29, made 31 saves. Columbus has lost four of five and six of nine.

Six of the last 14 games between Pittsburgh and Columbus have been decided after regulation.

Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois was whistled for slashing 1:25 into overtime, which led to the winning goal. Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang became the second defenseman in team history to record 200 career power-play points with an assist on the winner.

The Penguins won for the fourth time in five games and the seventh time in 10 contests. Pittsburgh has points in 16 of its last 21 games, which includes 12 wins. The Penguins won their ninth straight home game against Columbus, dating to Dec. 21, 2015. Pittsburgh has 13 wins in its last 15 home games overall.

Star forward Evgeni Malkin didn’t play for Pittsburgh because of an illness. He is one goal from becoming the fourth in franchise history and eighth active in the NHL to score 400 goals. Malkin has six goals and 21 points in his last 14 games.

Captain Sidney Crosby missed his 15th game and Nick Bjugstad his 13th, both because of core muscle surgery in November, and Pittsburgh played Thursday without three of its top four centers. The Penguins have also been without top defenseman Brian Dumoulin and forward Patric Hornqvist, who missed their fifth straight games with lower-body injuries.

Pittsburgh last played without Crosby and Malkin on April 9, 2017, a 3-2 loss at the New York Rangers in the Penguins’ regular-season finale. The Penguins have won 15 of their last 21 in the regular season without Crosby and Malkin, including seven of the last nine at home.

Entering the third period in a scoreless tie, Pittsburgh led Columbus 18-11 in shots.

Jarry made a first-period pad save on Oliver Bjorkstrand on a breakaway. In the second, Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson tripped Sonny Milano on another breakaway, resulting in a failed power play. Jarry stopped Dubois on a third-period breakaway.

Pittsburgh’s Teddy Blueger also missed the net on a breakaway in the third.

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Sheriff: Child pornography found inside Pickaway County home; man arrested

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:27

COMMERCIAL POINT, Ohio — The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office says a man was arrested Thursday after several devices were found at his home that contained child pornography.

Police say officials with the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office and the Franklin County ICAC Task Force searched a home in the 100 block of Cottonwood Place in Commercial Point.

Officers arrested a man who lived at the home, 39-year-old Andy Anderson. He was taken to the Pickaway County Jail.

Anderson is charged with pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

The case remains under investigation.

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Lobbyist had hand in Ohio bill sparking ectopic pregnancy confusion

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker who proposed legislation extending insurance coverage to a procedure considered medically impossible as a way of fighting abortion worked closely on the bill with a conservative lobbyist, newly released emails show.

State Rep. John Becker, a southwestern Ohio Republican, got help from Barry Sheets, a lobbyist for the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, as he crafted a measure that's since drawn international scrutiny for its questionable medical grounding, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday.

The bill prohibits insurers from covering abortion services, but provides an exception for the a procedure “intended to reimplant” an ectopic pregnancy in a woman's uterus.

Becker told the newspaper he never researched whether re-implanting an ectopic pregnancy into a woman's uterus was a viable medical procedure before including it in the bill. Sheets declined comment.

"I heard about it over the years," Becker said. “I never questioned it or gave it a lot of thought.”

Another bill that's since been introduced in Ohio's Republican-led House subjects doctors to potential murder charges who don't try everything to save the life of a mother and fetus, “including attempting to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy into the woman's uterus.”

The emails show Sheets encouraged Becker to push back after a Maryland geneticist questioned the scientific journal articles he was using to defend the provision. One was from 1980 and one was from 1917.

“These 'case reports' are published in major medical journals, which one would have to assume are peer-reviewed for medical accuracy (verified) before being published," Sheets wrote to Becker in emails first requested by Equity Forward as part of a national review of anti-abortion access legislation.

To the geneticist's concerns that Becker was promoting a rarely used procedure without knowing the possible side effects, Sheets responded, to a forwarded email, “That's a good one.”

“The ‘side-effects’ are that the embryo was carried to full-term and a baby was given birth to, according to the 'case reports,'” Sheets wrote. “What are the 'side-effects' on the current treatment for ectopic pregnancies on the embryo? Oh, that's right — death.”

Becker told The Enquirer he hadn't seen the two studies until after The Enquirer requested examples of research in May. He now acknowledges that there's no standard operating procedure for reimplanting ectopic pregnancies.

"But these are documented," he told the newspaper. "They should get the medical journals corrected if this is wrong."

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said it is cruel to spread misinformation that might make women facing ectopic pregnancies believe there is a viable procedure available to them.

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1 person dead after shooting in north Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One person has died after a shooting that happened in north Columbus.

Columbus police say the shooting happened on Thursday in the 800 block of East 13th Avenue. A call about the shooting was received just before 9:20 p.m.

The victim was taken to OSU Medical Center where they died.

The victim's name has not been released.

Police have not issued any information about a suspect.

Stay with 10TV for more information on this developing story.

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Ohio State DE Chase Young wins Chuck Bednarik Award

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:31

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young has been named the recipient of the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the nation’s top defensive player.

Young is the first Buckeye to win the award.

In 2019, Young leads the nation is sacks (16.5), sacks per game (1.50), sack yards (117) and tackles-for-loss per game (1.91).

His 21.0 total TFLs ranks fourth while is 129 total TFL yards and six forced fumbles are second.

Young’s 2019 season accolades now include:

  • Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year
  • Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award winner
  • First Team All-Big Ten
  • Ted Hendricks Award winner
  • Nagurski Trophy winner
  • Chuck Bednarik Award winner

Young was also named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy along with the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards.

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Ohio mother’s international fight for her child heard in U.S. Supreme Court

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:21

For the first time in history, the United State Supreme Court will decide a case that could define the term "habitual residence."

It's a vague term that's used in cases of international child abduction. It's also at the heart of a case involving an Ohio mother whose daughter was ordered to live with her father in Italy.

Michelle Monasky, an American citizen, met and married her Italian husband and moved to Italy.
Three years later, she gave birth to a girl.

Shortly after, Monasky claims her husband became abusive. She lived in a safe house, then fled to her parents’ home in Ohio with her 8-week old to seek a divorce.

Andrew Zashin is her attorney.

“She was actually awarded money damages for being beaten by her husband,” he said.

The case took a turn when her ex-husband filed what's called the “Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction."

In that case, an Italian court determined the child's habitual residence was Italy, and forced the mother to return the child to the father.

“Habitual residence doesn't apply under the terms of the treaty. Therefore, the United States is where it should be had in terms of custody proceedings,” he said.

So, the case went before the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes the high court could be convinced that the treaty was misapplied and that the child's true residence is the U.S. where she is a citizen.

“For parents who move between countries, this could have tremendous impact,” Zashin said.

Today, the mother has supervised visitation of the child in Italy, but since 2015, has been fighting to bring the child home.

Monasky's attorney hopes his appeal to the high court will allow the mother and child to return to the U.S.

But after arguing the case, he left feeling the judges were confused about how to define "habitual residence.”

“They seem to be a bit flummoxed. If there is a failure of the convention, then somehow this child is left in limbo, that is absolutely not correct,” he said.

He said if the Hague convention treaty does not apply, then domestic relations law applies.

The Supreme Court could rule on the case next spring or summer.

You can read more about the case here:https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca6/18-3590/18-3590-2019-03-27.html

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Lancaster business owner pays off Walmart layaways, school lunch debts

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:32

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Ohio — He may not look like Santa Claus, but Brad Hutchinson sure has the heart of jolly ol' Saint Nick.

"It’s Christmas time," he said. "It’s all about the time of giving, and that’s what I try to do."

He's not just trying — he's doing.

Hutchinson, the chairman of Company Wrench and owner of several other local businesses, just delivered some Christmas cheer to several shoppers at the Lancaster Walmart. He spent around $8,600 to pay off 41 layaway accounts.

"Everybody puts stuff on layaway, they pay the deposit in good faith thinking that they’re going to do this for their family for Christmas gifts," Hutchinson said. "I waited 'til the last day because I figured those were the people who, they’d done it in good faith but then realized that they just didn’t have the money, maybe the car broke down, whatever the case may be, but they didn’t have the money to get the stuff out of layaway."

This was just the latest move in what has become a history of giving for Hutchinson. He started trying to find ways to give back to his community four or five years ago. But he is quick to point out that it starts with his employees first. He considers them family.

This year, he spent about $200,000 to pay for bonuses for his roughly 200 employees spread throughout his companies.

But when there is still money left over to give, he finds a way to get it to those who need it the most.

"I try to find people who I think need it and can use it, but they’re not asking for it," Hutchinson said. "And then it’s an even bigger surprise for them."

A couple of years ago, Hutchinson said he paid off school lunch debt for all of the county districts — Lancaster City, Fairfield Union, Berne Union, Bloom-Carroll and Amanda-Clearcreek. The total was around $14,000.

Last year, he paid off 1,100 past-due utility bills.

This year, he wanted to return to helping the schools. He made that decision even before deciding to pay off the Walmart layaway accounts.

"I grew up poor, you know, and, to me, you got kids that are on free lunch, they live in poverty, I get it, and then these folks that have the school lunch debt are the kids who probably have parents who are working but just, they fall short in some areas, and they need a little help bridging the gap," Hutchinson said.

The challenge was that, this year, that countywide school lunch debt had ballooned to nearly $40,000.

So, Hutchinson says he enlisted the help of three fellow businessmen, Lloyd Helber, Leonard Gorsuch and Monte Black. They are splitting that total four ways. Hutchinson asked his friend the city's economic development director, Mike Pettit, to call each district to get the lunch debt totals.

He says the checks were put in the mail this week.

"Donations like this one really set the tone and really enable educators and students to do great things," said Chad Belville, superintendent of the Fairfield Union Local School District.

He was thrilled to hear Hutchinson would be paying off his district's school lunch debt once again this year. He says the total has vastly increased, from $2,000 to $3,000 a few years ago to more than $12,000 so far this school year.

"We made the decision about three years ago that we wouldn’t do alternate lunches, we wouldn’t restrict kids from charging lunches, so every child, K through 12, has the ability to have lunch every single day, the same lunch as their peers, regardless of how much money they owe on their lunch account," Belville said.

It was an easy decision morally but a hard one financially. The debt that builds up eventually has to be covered, with the funds coming out of the general fund. Still, Belville was determined it was the right thing to do. That's why Hutchinson's generosity means so much.

"This type of situation, whenever you have a donor come in and is willing to pay all of the debt of the district, it literally impacts all 2,000 kids, K through 12, of Fairfield Union, because that frees up money that we can spend on services elsewhere," Belville said.

Meanwhile, Hutchinson is determined to continue spreading holiday cheer as long as he can.

"As long as I can afford to do it, I will do it, yes," he said.

It turns out, Hutchinson isn't the only secret Santa operating in Ohio this holiday season.

Walmart confirms someone else spent more than $15,000 to pay off 100 layaway accounts at the Logan Walmart.

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2019 deadliest year in Ohio for left-of-center crashes since 2014, OSHP says

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:27

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Since 2014, The Ohio Highway Patrol reports the number of traffic deaths due to cars crossing the center lane of the road.

So far this year, 118 deaths have been recorded so far this year. That's the most since 2014.

Seventeen people between the ages of 21 and 25 years old made up the most deaths involving those types of crashes so far in 2019.

OSHP reports the month of September was the deadliest month this year, with 16 fatal left-of-center crashes.

The Patrol found Friday was the deadliest day for a left-of-center crashes with 20, followed by Tuesday (19) and Sunday (18).

OSHP says the number one time for a left-of-center fatality was between 2 p.m and 3 p.m. with 14 crashes.

Npw, proposed legislation in the state is aiming to cut down on these numbers.

House Bill 51 would require the Ohio Department of Transportation to put centerline rumble strips on all two-way, undivided state highways with speed limits that exceed 45 miles per hour.

The strips vibrate when a car crosses over them and alerts a driver when they are drifting.

ODOT says it's working with lawmakers to make this happen and already plans to install 500-600 miles of rumble strips a year.

State Representative Tim Ginter (R - District 5) is the lead sponsor of the bill.

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High-speed chase that caused crash violated policy; discipline recommended for three deputies

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:06

An internal Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigation says the deputies involved in a chase and crash violated policy.

The November 11 chase through west Columbus reached speeds of 95 miles an hour.

And one of the deputies involved was disciplined earlier this year for a chase that killed a pedestrian.

Franklin County cruiser video shows the chase.

It began at 1:55 in the afternoon, when a deputy noticed the plate on this Ford F-150 came back to an Acura. The driver refused to stop.

The pursuit moves from Georgesville Road to Sullivant Avenue.

In a 35 mile an hour zone, speeds reach 75 miles an hour, then 89, then 94 miles an hour.

The truck blows through two red lights, then a third, where feet from a school bus it collides with an SUV at the intersection of Sullivant and Glenwood.

The Sheriff's Office says 59-year-old Joseph Collins was the driver who wouldn't stop.

He was hospitalized- and faces a list of charges.

Three others he crashed into suffered minor injuries.

Now an internal Sheriff's Office investigation obtained by 10tv says this crash never should have happened.

A Sheriff's Office Major and Chief Deputy both say this chase violated policy.

A notice to Lieutenant Ed Schillig says the pursuit "reached dangerous speeds and put the public at greater risk of harm. You failed to cancel the pursuit and you drove in the pursuit without due regard for the safety of yourself and others."

Schillig was the second car in the chase.

The deputy leading the chase, William Richards, "should have canceled the pursuit himself," realizing the "risk of harm to the public and the deputy sheriffs involved...outweighed the risk of continuing the pursuit."

Also in violation, according to investigators: Sgt Craig Sprang, the supervisor monitoring the chase.

Sprang failed "to terminate the pursuit despite knowledge that the original offense was a misdemeanor traffic violation, and that speeds had...exceeded 70 miles per hour on a residential street...passing bicyclists, medics, schools and school buses."

Investigators save their harshest criticism for Schillig, who was disciplined just months ago for failing to terminate this February pursuit that turned fatal.

In that incident, video from his cruiser showed him chasing a stolen car as it drove into oncoming traffic.

It also showed the stolen car hit pedestrian Arthur Smith, sending him flying into the air and crashing onto the pavement. Smith later died.

Of the November incident, investigators write:

"Lt. Schillig's...failure to...terminate the pursuit, is very problematic."

"He failed to act as a responsible supervisor."

The chain of command has recommended Deputy Richards and Sergeant Sprang receive disciplinary counseling.

Because of his previous discipline for this same violation, Lieutenant Schillig faces a hearing before his discipline is decided.

In all three cases, the Sheriff will make the final decision.

The day before the crash that killed Arthur Smith, 10TV aired an investigation into concerns about pursuits by the Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after Smith's accident, Sheriff Dallas Baldwin made changes to the policy, urging tighter supervision.

The Sheriff's Office says since then, the number of pursuits is down 34 percent.

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Hearing dates set for Sequel Pomegranate as state threatens hospital license; CEO departs

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:52

COLUMBUS (WBNS) – Hearing dates have been set for mid-January for Sequel Pomegranate to defend the license of its acute hospital after the state threatened to pull it following an October incident in which a child was beaten and kicked by a nurse during a restraint.

The hearing dates before the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are set for both January 14 and 15. Additional dates could be added if necessary.

In wake of that October incident, a nurse and mental health associate were fired, the two women told 10 Investigates.

10 Investigates has also learned Angela Nickell is no longer acting as CEO of Sequel Pomegranate. Nickell wrote on Facebook in mid-November that she left her job.

A person who answered the phone Thursday at Sequel Pomegranate said that Nickell was no longer the CEO. A subsequent voicemail left at Sequel Pomegranate was not returned.

Nickell did not respond to multiple messages seeking comment. Through a spokesman, Sequel Pomegranate’s parent company – Sequel Youth and Family Services – declined to comment.

Nickell’s departure as CEO follows six months of reporting by 10 Investigates in which former patients, parents and employees have expressed concern about repeated incidents of teen-on-teen violence, staff-on-teen violence and staffing problems.

In wake of our reporting, Gov. Mike DeWine order the head of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – which licenses Sequel Pomegranate - to tour the psychiatric facility for teens ages 12 to 17.

Following her tour, Lori Criss declared the facility to be “clean, safe and therapeutic…” But on the same day of her visit, July 25, records show her own department was made aware of an allegation from a teenaged girl who alleged she was sexually assaulted by another teen and taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Days later, on August 8, another allegation of alleged abuse.

That same month, OMHAS cited Sequel Pomegranate and asked it to create a plan of correction to address children who were being improperly restrained. Staffers were retrained this fall – but unannounced visits continued by both the state, Franklin County Children Services and Disability Rights Ohio.

In late October, records from the state show a child on the acute hospital side of Sequel Pomegranate was struck and kicked while being restrained. That’s what prompted the state to threaten to pull Sequel Pomegranate's acute hospital license.

Recently obtained police body camera shows teens running away or going missing from the teen psychiatric facility continues to be a problem.

A copy of an intake report from Franklin County Children Services shows since August there have been at least 12 complaints of alleged neglect, physical or sexual abuse leveled against the facility. One of those complaints was found to be unsubstantiated. The rest were being reviewed.

Both FCCS and OHMAS continue to make both announced and unannounced visits at Sequel Pomegranate in part to review the use of restraints and note any changes to staffing or procedures. The three most recent visits by FCCS included interviews with staffers and teens whose names were redacted. Most staffers who were interviewed said they liked their jobs and used restraints rarely or only as a last resort.

The teens who were interviewed noted that they felt safe but also mentioned witnessing fights, bullying and restraints.

Two teens said they recalled a teenage girl suffering a broken arm during a recent restraint. One teen said it was the girl’s fault and that the staff did the restraint properly. Nickell told the FCCS inspector that the state inspector “reportedly had no concerns with how the restraint was completed.”

In March, Sequel Pomegranate’s parent company announced that it was starting to adopt the Ukeru behavior management program, which according to a news release, said it’s a program that “minimizes the use of restraints.”

Sequel Pomegranate has not fully adopted that program yet, according to the most recent FCCS site visit report.

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The Wilds welcomes second rhino calf born in the last two months

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:25

The Wilds has announced the birth of a female white rhinoceros calf, the second to be born at the conservation center in a little over a month.

The calf was born in the early morning hours of Friday, December 6, 2019.

The calf is the 22nd white rhino to be born at The Wilds and the fourth fifth-generation white rhino born at the center.

Counting Asian one-horned rhinos, another species that lives at The Wilds, this calf marks the 30th rhino to be born at The Wilds since the first rhino was born at the facility in 2004.

The Wilds said the rhino calf has been named Bing.

Bing and her 10-year-old mother, Anan, who was also born at The Wilds, are doing well and continue to bond.

Staff notes that Anna is being very attentive to her newborn. Bing is her third calf.

This is the second offspring for Bing’s father, 21-year-old Kengele, who was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

His first calf, Scout, was born at The Wilds on October 23, 2019 to mother, Agnes.

Guests may have the opportunity to view Bing and Anan, along with the other rhinos, in the rhino barn during a Winter at The Wilds tour within the coming weeks.

Tours are available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. through April. For more information, visit TheWilds.org.

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Two Newark City Schools students arrested for calling in false active shooter reports

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 13:54

Two 11-year-old Newark City Schools students have been arrested after police say they called in false active shooter reports.

According to Newark police, they received reports from Heritage Middle School, Liberty Middle School and Wilson Middle School on Thursday morning.

Officers responded to each of the calls but determined there were no threats.

During their investigation, police discovered the calls were made from inside one of the schools and the students used a phone capable of making calls through the internet.

The two were arrested at Liberty Middle School and taken to a juvenile facility.

Newark City Schools posted the following statement to social media:

"The following message was just sent out to our families:

We are calling to inform families that Newark Police have arrested two students who they believe made various phone calls to the 911 center alleging active school incidents today. Once again, there was never an actual threat or incident today. We would like to thank Newark Police for their swift action in apprehending the suspects, and also the Licking County 911 Center Staff for their work today. We appreciate our partners in keeping students safe every day."

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Court won't halt lawsuits against former Mount Carmel doctor in murder case

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 13:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — William Husel, who pleaded not guilty to murder in 25 patient's deaths has been unsuccessful in his latest bid to pause more than a dozen related lawsuits while the criminal case is pending.

A state appeals court dismissed the appeals from Husel and his former employer, Mount Carmel Health System, for procedural reasons over the past two weeks.

A review by Mount Carmel found the intensive care doctor ordered excessive painkillers for about three dozen patients who died over several years. He was fired in December 2018.

His current lawyers shy away from publicly discussing Husel's motivations, but his previous attorney in the criminal case said the doctor was providing comfort care to dying patients, not trying to kill them.

Husel's lawyer in the civil cases argued that allowing those to proceed during the criminal case would hurt the doctor's ability to defend himself because he would invoke his constitutional rights against self-incrimination. That, in turn, would hinder Mount Carmel's ability to defend itself, the hospital system contended.

A Franklin County judge declined to pause the lawsuits, and the state court didn't get into each side's arguments in considering the subsequent appeals. It merely concluded the judge's decision wasn't a final one that could be appealed.

Now the lawyers involved are beginning the monthslong process of collecting documentation — such as hospital policies and emails — and arranging to take sworn statements from scores of people, such as nurses and pharmacists who administered and approved medications, attorney David Shroyer, who represents some of the families, said Thursday.

“Our clients, every single one of them, wants to know: How did this happen?" he said.

Shroyer said he doesn't anticipate Husel would give a sworn statement until after the criminal case.

Messages seeking comment on the dismissal of the appeals were left for the hospital system and Husel's lawyer.

Though others administered the drugs and could face professional disciplinary action, no one but Husel is being prosecuted. He was charged only in cases involving 500 to 2000 micrograms of the powerful painkiller fentanyl — amounts so large that prosecutors said they point to his intent.

Mount Carmel faced more than 30 related lawsuits and has agreed to more than $13 million in related settlements so far.

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Watch live: House Judiciary Committee continues debate over impeachment articles

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 12:55

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is moving beyond the hearing room.

House committee members are debating and voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday. But the political battle over Trump's fate is sweeping across the Capitol, the White House and Washington on the cusp of the 2020 election year.

Watch live — The House Judiciary Committee continues debating amendments to the two articles of impeachment against President Trump:

At issue are two articles of impeachment charging Trump with obstructing Congress and abusing power, stemming from his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's family. Meanwhile, millions of dollars in military aid that Congress had approved wasn't being delivered to the U.S. ally.

All around these facts, political combatants are standing up staffs and strategies to deal with an expected House vote next week. Trump has devised a list of witnesses in a Senate trial, but it's become clear that Republicans have other ideas.

Here's what to watch:



Impeachment is a process, and it's heading through tedious territory.

On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee continued churning through the “markup” - consideration of changes to — the articles of impeachment.

Majority Democrats show no signs of willingness to make substantial changes. But that's not stopping the panel from speaking, arguing over what happened the last time they considered impeachment and offer revisions. By noon, the panel had only debated and voted on one article — by Rep. Jim Jordan, which was defeated. This step is expected to culminate later in the day with a party line vote to send the articles to the full House.

But the session is more than box-checking, given the constitutional gravity of impeachment. Sending the articles to the full House for a vote next week would put Trump on the brink of becoming only the third impeached president in American history.



The wait is on for moderates like Michigan's Elissa Slotkin and Virginia's Abigail Spanberger, national security experts who flipped Trump-won districts in 2018. Members of this group were among the last to sign onto an impeachment inquiry. How they'll vote is a test of strength for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and of confidence for these members as they head into their first re-election campaigns.

But it's not a passive waiting game. Pelosi has said she won't "whip" or lobby members for their impeachment votes. But she has dangled some implicit incentive for these members, in the form of trade deal many of them like — as well as a defense authorization bill that passed the House on Wednesday.

Her lieutenants are quick to emphasize the House is giving these moderates accomplishments to take home to their constituents.

“They got elected basically saying that they were capable pragmatic problem solvers, right?” said Rep. Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “So these are the problems that they're solving.”


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Pelosi isn't saying who she'll choose to prosecute the House's case in a Senate trial in January. But watch the jockeying among Democrats to be on the team of managers who will march across the Capitol and into the Republican-controlled Senate, with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.

The early thinking is that the team will include House members who are lawyers and who had high profiles on the committees that conducted the proceedings. Those panels are led by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. But historically, the managers also have included former prosecutors, of which there are several on those panels. Also, Pelosi is known for elevating first-term members who helped flip the House from Republican control and gave her the speaker's gavel for the second time.

Pelosi said she'll make the announcement "when the time is right."



A vote to impeach Trump would send the articles, or charges, to the Senate for a trial on whether to convict and remove Trump from office. That would require a two-thirds majority in the GOP-controlled chamber, an unlikely prospect.

But there's intensifying talk among Senate Republicans, some of it in concert with the White House, about what the trial might look like. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the trial would be the first order of business when Congress resumes in January. But fiercely protective of his 53-47 majority, McConnell has made clear he wants none of the spectacle that Trump desires. He wants a quick trial not mucked up by witnesses.

Watch for Republicans trying to change Trump's mind.

“If you start opening up to witnesses, you start opening up to all witnesses,” said Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a Trump ally. “I think the president's got to really decide, to what extent does he want to start going down that road versus just making a strong case?”



Trump wants vindication, and he sees Republicans not just as defenders but as partners in punishing Democrats.

In recent weeks, the president has devised a wish list of witnesses for the Senate trial, relishing the opportunity for his lawyers to finally cross-examine his accusers and argue the case that his actions toward Ukraine, including the July 25 call when he asked for a “favor,” were “perfect.”

Trump's team has argued that the president would call such witnesses as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the still-anonymous intelligence community whistleblower, or even Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

The president, fond of displays of Republican loyalty, has given GOP members added incentive for defending him on Thursday. Later in the evening, the Trumps are hosting lawmakers at the White House for an annual holiday party.

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FCC votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 11:10

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers, where counselors answered 2.2 million calls last year.

A law last year required the Federal Communications Commission to study assigning a three-digit number for suicide prevention. The FCC said in a report that there is overwhelming support for a three-digit number because it would be easier for distressed people to get help.

Thursday's vote starts the months-long process to make that happen. The next step is a comment period before the FCC moves to an order.

The government’s action comes as suicide rates have increased across the U.S. over the past two decades, and dramatically so — by more than 30% — in half of U.S. states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 45,000 deaths in 2016. The report noted that from 1999 to 2016, suicide increased in every state except Nevada. It also noted that suicide rates are higher with at-risk populations, including veterans and the LGBTQ community.

“More than 20 veterans die by suicide every day and more than half a million LGBTQ youth will attempt suicide this year alone,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “A shorter, simpler suicide hotline number could be a game-changer.”

The new, shorter number would likely lead to more calls, which in turn would mean more expenses for crisis centers already struggling to keep up. If the number of calls to the hotline doubled, centers would need an extra $50 million a year to handle the increase, the FCC said, citing the federal agency that funds the hotline, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The FCC determined that it would be better to have a new number that's only for the hotline, rather than one that's currently used for other purposes, such as 911. Advocates say that having a dedicated number, along with a message that mental health is of equivalent importance as medical emergencies, could help reduce the stigma of calling the number.

“The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in a crisis,” said Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life, a suicide prevention nonprofit. “No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency."

While the increase in calls might cost more, he said, it saves money in the long run because more people will be calling 988 instead of 911, which involves sending first responders and costs thousands of dollars.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, said people making calls because of suicidal thoughts can often be helped just by talking them through it, without needing to send a first responder.

Holton added that having first responders present doesn't always help people in crisis because they aren't necessarily trained to deal with mental health issues.

Although 988 won't be available by text, there are other texting services available. Lines for Life offers a text service by texting 273TALK to 839863.

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UFC returning to Columbus at Nationwide Arena in March 2020

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:14

The UFC is returning to Columbus for the first time in 11 years.

The company will host "UFC Fight Night" on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Nationwide Arena.

UFC has yet to announce any competitors or bouts.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10 a.m. online and at the Big Lots Box Office.

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Trump criticizes Greta Thunberg after she's named Time's Person of the Year

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 07:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, a day after she was named by Time as its Person of the Year, calling her selection “ridiculous."

The Swedish teen has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists after leading weekly school strikes in Sweden that inspired similar actions in about 100 cities worldwide. She has drawn large crowds with her fiery appearances at protests and conferences over the past year and a half.

In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump said, “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend!”

He added: “Chill Greta, Chill!”

Thunberg responded Thursday by changing her Twitter profile bio to read: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”

It's not the first time Trump has lashed out after not being recognized for his influence. In 2015, Trump attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for “ruining Germany” after she was named Person of the Year, when he was listed as a runner-up.

Trump is the second world leader to take aim at Thunberg this week, after her concern over the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon drew a harsh rebuke from the Latin American nation’s president Tuesday.

“Greta said that the Indians died because they were defending the Amazon,” Jair Bolsonaro said. “It’s impressive that the press is giving space to a brat like that,” he added, using the Portuguese word ”pirralha.”

Thunberg responded by changing her bio on Twitter, where she has over 3 million followers, to say “Pirralha.”

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Columbus City School bus involved in crash in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 07:12

COLUMBUS – A Columbus City School bus was involved in a crash Thursday morning in east Columbus.

It happened just after 8 a.m. at the intersection of South Hamilton Road and Dundee Avenue.

According to police, the crash involved a school bus and a pickup truck.

Eight students were on the bus at the time of the crash and nobody was injured.

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Bill would give Florida workers 3 months of paid family leave

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 05:08

TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP) — Florida employers could soon be legally required to let workers take three months of paid family leave to bond with newborn children, newly-fostered kids or newly-adopted ones.

Bills were filed this week in both the state Senate and House. If passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor, the legislation would take effect on July 1, 2020.

Called the "Florida Family Leave Act," it would apply to employees who have been employed at the same business for at least 18 months.

"Such family leave must be without loss of pay or diminution of any privilege, benefit, or right arising out of the person’s employment," the Senate bill said.

The Senate version was introduced by Senator Janet Cruz of Tampa, and the House version was brought forth by Rep. Tracie Davis of Jacksonville. Both lawmakers are Democrats.

Click here to read the full text of SB 1194 and HB 889.

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