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Police: Man wanted in north Columbus homicide considered "armed and dangerous"

Channel 10 news - 1 hour 13 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Police Detectives say want to find Hasani Lateef Goosby, Jr who is considered to be armed and dangerous.

They believe he is responsible for the shooting death of Todd Ellis Lancaster.

On April 13, police responded to a shooting on Larkhall Lane. Officers found Lancaster inside a residence there, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Lancaster later died at Grant Medical Center.

Authorities say they filed a warrant for Goosby who is still at large on the charge of murder.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614)645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614)461-TIPS.

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Pompeo nomination hits turbulence ahead of Senate vote

Channel 10 news - 1 hour 17 min ago

President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, is facing so much opposition from Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the panel could be forced to take the unusual step of sending the nomination to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire on Tuesday became the latest member of the committee to announce her opposition, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., recently said he would vote no. Both supported Pompeo as CIA director last year.

Pompeo is still expected to have enough votes in the full Senate to replace Rex Tillerson, who was fired by Trump. But as support peels away, his confirmation may come down to a handful of senators. The backlash ahead of the panel's vote is a rare rebuke for such a high-profile Cabinet pick, and sets Pompeo on a potentially uneven path for the new job.

"I continue to have deep concerns regarding Mr. Pompeo's past statements and policy views, particularly in regards to the LGBTQ community, American Muslims and women's reproductive rights," Shaheen said in a statement, after calling the former Kansas congressman Tuesday to tell him she would be opposed.

Shaheen said Pompeo's previous roles "are fundamentally different from that of Secretary of State, who represents American values around the world."

Rarely has the panel failed to back a nominee, and some said not since President George W. Bush nominated John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has the committee declined to recommend a White House pick.

Republicans have a narrow Senate majority, which gives them a single-vote advantage on the panel. But with stiff opposition from Democrats — and at least one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, opposed — the committee may have few other options when it convenes as soon as next week.

"We'll see," said the committee's chairman, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

Under Senate rules, if the nominee does not have support in the committee, the panel could report to the full Senate unfavorably, which would send a strong rebuke to the White House, or simply report without a recommendation. It also could take no action.

One top committee Democrat, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, said he was still reviewing his decision. Senators submitted more than 100 questions for the nominee after his initial hearing, and many are waiting for those responses.

Trump initially tapped Pompeo as CIA director, one of his first Cabinet nominees in 2017, and they became close allies. But some Democrats have faced resistance for their votes, and Pompeo is having a tougher path as the nominee for secretary of state over his hawkish foreign policy views and comments about minorities, having suggested that Muslims should denounce extremism and gay people should not be able to marry.

During his confirmation hearing last week, Pompeo told senators it's unlikely he'd resign if Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Of the more than a dozen Democrats who supported Pompeo's nomination as CIA director in 2017, at least four, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, now oppose his nomination for State.

"The Secretary of State is a very different role than CIA director, and it's not the kind of position you learn on the job," Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday. "I sense a certain disdain for diplomacy in Mike Pompeo that I believe disqualifies him from being our next senior diplomat."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who also backed Pompeo earlier, declined to say Tuesday how he would vote.

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Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

Channel 10 news - 1 hour 25 min ago

President Donald Trump said that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful."

Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "got along really well" in their recent secret meeting, and he declared, "We've never been in a position like this" to address worldwide concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons.

But speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, after the allies met at Trump's Florida resort, he made clear that he'd still be ready to pull the plug on what is being billed as an extraordinary meeting between the leaders of longtime adversaries.

"If I think that if it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful we're not going to go. If the meeting when I'm there is not fruitful I will respectfully leave the meeting," Trump told a news conference. He also said that a U.S.-led "maximum pressure" campaign of tough economic sanctions on North Korea would continue until the isolated nation "denuclearizes."

Abe echoed the sentiment.

"Just because North Korea is responding to dialogue, there should be no reward. Maximum pressure should be maintained," he said.

Trump has said his summit with Kim, with whom he traded bitter insults and threats last year as North Korea conducted nuclear and missile tests, could take place by early June, although the venue has yet to be decided. It would be the first such leadership summit between the two nations after six decades of hostility following the Korean War.

Other than the threat posed to by North Korea's weapons of mass destruction, another issue overhanging the summit plans is the fate of three Americans detained there. Trump said that was under negotiation and there was a "good chance" of winning their release, but he wouldn't say whether that was a precondition for sitting down with Kim.

Pompeo raised the question of the three Americans in his meeting with Kim, a U.S. official said.

Trump also said he had promised Abe he would work hard for the return of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea. Tokyo says at least a dozen Japanese said to have been taken in the 1970s and 1980s remain unaccounted for.

News of Pompeo's trip to North Korea, which took place more than two weeks ago, emerged on Tuesday, as lawmakers weighed whether he should be confirmed to become secretary of state. Trump and Republican senators held up his highly unusual, secret mission as sign of Pompeo's diplomatic ability. But the prospect of his confirmation hung in the balance as Democrats lined up against him.

Sen. Robert Menendez, top-ranking Democrat on the committee that will have the first vote on confirmation, expressed frustration that the CIA chief had not briefed him on the visit that took place more than a week before Pompeo's public hearing last Thursday.

He is the most senior U.S. official to meet with a North Korean leader since Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met with Kim's father in Pyongyang in 2000.

"Now I don't expect diplomacy to be negotiated out in the open, but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be secretary of state, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specific questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit," Menendez said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote on the nomination next week. Pompeo, whose hawkish foreign policy views and comments about minorities have raised Democratic hackles, would replace Rex Tillerson, who was pushed out by Trump last month.

In the U.S. Senate, Republicans have a single-vote advantage on the 21-member panel that will have the first say on Pompeo's nomination. With nine of the 10 Democrats already declaring they will oppose Pompeo, and at least one Republican, Rand Paul of Kentucky, also opposed, the panel could be forced to take the unusual step of sending the nomination to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation.

Trump said Wednesday he expects Paul to come through on Pompeo. The president called Paul and the senator agreed to meet with Pompeo, but Paul's spokesman said, "Nothing else has changed."

As for opposition by Democrats, Republican Cory Gardner, who chairs an Asia subcommittee, said in an interview that they "want to play partisan politics."

Despite meeting Pompeo on Tuesday, Gardner said he hadn't been briefed on the trip and was awaiting more information about it. Still, he said the fact that the meeting happened gave weight to Pompeo's testimony last week that the administration was committed to the "complete and verifiable denuclearization" of North Korea and sustaining sanctions pressure.

It is not unprecedented for U.S. intelligence officials to serve as conduits for communication with Pyongyang. In 2014, the then-director of U.S. national intelligence, James Clapper, secretly visited North Korea to bring back two American detainees. Clapper did not, however, meet with Kim, who has only in recent weeks emerged from international seclusion after taking power six years ago and super-charging North Korea's push to become a nuclear power. Kim met last month with China's president and is to meet South Korea's leader April 27.

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LeBron scores 46, Cavaliers hold off Pacers to even series

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:12

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.

Dazzling from the start, James scored the game's first 16 points and had 29 at halftime, dominating the way he has in so many previous postseasons.

But in a season in which nothing has been easy for the Cavs, Cleveland was lucky that Indiana's Victor Oladipo missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left.

Kevin Love scored 15, but Cleveland's All-Star center injured his left hand, the same one he broke earlier this season, with 3:43 left. Love's status could affect the remainder of this series — and perhaps Cleveland's season.

Kyle Korver added 12 points, all on 3s, and made several hustling plays for the Cavs.

Oladipo scored 22 — he was in early foul trouble — and Myles Turner 18 for the Pacers, who shocked the Cavs with an overpowering win in Game 1.

Indiana clawed back from an 18-point deficit and was within 95-92 when Oladipo, who scored 32 in the opener, somehow came free but missed maybe his easiest shot in two games. James grabbed the rebound and made three free throws over the final 22 seconds as the Cavs avoided falling behind 2-0 on the series.

Game 3 is Friday night in Indianapolis.

The 33-year-old James was expected to be more aggressive than in Game 1, when he was unusually passive, deferred to teammates and suffered the first playoff-opening loss of his career.

But James was his unstoppable self again, and there wasn't a whole lot the Pacers could do about him in the first half.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue shook up his starting lineup, going with Korver and J.R. Smith over Jeff Green and Rodney Hood. Green didn't score in the opener and Hood only started because Korver was dealing with a sore right foot.

While the changes weren't that surprising, Oladipo leaving after 62 seconds was stunning.

Indiana's lightning-quick guard picked up an offensive foul and then got his second when he knocked over James, who was setting a screen.

With Oladipo off the floor, the Pacers didn't have an offensive answer to James.

Nobody does.

The three-time champion was in attack mode from the start. After not attempting his first shot in the opener until 1:52 remained in the first quarter, he dropped a short jumper just 16 seconds into Game 2.

And he was just getting started.

James made his first five attempts and scored Cleveland's first 16 points, making a pair of 3-pointers and then picking up assists on 3s by Love and Korver. James outscored the Pacers 20-18 in the first 12 minutes.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Shot 6 of 22 on 3-pointers. ... Oladipo became the fourth player in Pacers history with at least 30 points and six 3-pointers in a postseason game in the opener, joining Reggie Miller, Chuck Person and Paul George. ... Dropped to 22-22 in Game 2s, including 6-18 on the road.

Cavaliers: Improved to 40-0 when leading after three quarters. ... It was the 20th time James has scored at least 40 in the playoffs. ... Lue refused to reveal his lineup changes two hours before tip, saying by doing so he would give the Pacers — or any team in the postseason — and advantage. "Being strategic in the playoffs, if you tell your lineup, they can see what matchups they want to do and who's going to guard who, what matchups they want to guard," Lue explained. ... James needs 56 rebounds to become the seventh player in league history with 2,000 in the playoffs.

UP NEXT

Game 3 is Friday night.

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Police: Man causes $27K worth of damage at home; tackled at Upper Arlington field

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:43

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio - A man is in custody after causing damage to a home in Upper Arlington according to police.

Upper Arlington Police told 10TV the man was playing basketball around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when he left the court and broke into a home.

Police said he caused $27,000 worth of damage inside the home and in the process received several cuts.

He then stripped down to his boxers and went over to the lacrosse field at Hastings Middle School according to police.

Police said lacrosse team staff went toward the man as they believed he was in distress.

He took a swing at one of them before people at the field tackled him, according to police.

After officers put him in handcuffs, he got up to run off but was quickly tackled again.

The man is in custody at the Upper Arlington Police Department.

10TV is not identifying the man because charges have not been filed but police said the man will be charged with multiple felonies.

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Reports: Teens involved in Waverly stabbing had sit-down meeting the day before

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:42

The stabbing that took place at Waverly High School on April 6 might have been the result of a lingering feud, according to police reports.

On Thursday, April 5, one day before the stabbing, Waverly police were called to the school just after 9 a.m. on the possibility of a bullying case.

Police talked with the victim and her foster parents who told an officer: "The [victim] has been getting bullied by the [suspect] for a month."

The student added, "The [suspect] has been telling me she was going to fight me and that she didn't like me."

Police then called the suspect to the office where she said "The [victim] has been saying she was going to fight me for a while she just hasn't yet."

Then, according to reports, the two girls were brought together by police trying to work out a solution. The report says both girls put the blame on each other.

According to the report, the officer suggested the girls stay away from each other and not talk. The report says "everyone involved agreed this was the best way to handle the situation."

Superintendent Ed Dickens told 10TV, Wednesday, "Both sets of guardians agreed with the meeting outcome and felt that was the end of the disagreement. So, I absolutely feel that the situation was handled as best as it could have been."

The next day was a different story.

According to reports, a Waverly School resource officer was dispatched to the high school cafeteria around 8 a.m.

Before he got there he noticed a teacher was escorting the suspect to the office. The officer says he asked her what happened and she replied: "I stabbed her."

The police report states the weapon was a knife with a black handle and about a three-and-a-half inch silver blade.

A breakdown of surveillance video that has not been released says it shows the suspect just before 8 a.m. walking over to the victim in the cafeteria and engaging in conversation before the victim stands up to walk away.

That's when the report says the knife was pulled and the suspect stabbed the victim one time in the back.

According to the family of the victim, she is doing good and is at home, recovering. The suspect has been charged with attempted murder and felonious assault. 10TV is not releasing the name of either student because they are juveniles.

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New leads on Shawn Grate's alleged victim in Marion come from isotope testing

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:19

The key to identifying a "Jane Doe" victim out of Marion County could be in the hands of her accused killer.

Investigators hope suspected serial killer Shawn Grate will help them identify the woman selling magazines he admitted to killing in 2007.

Grate is about to go on trial in Ashland County, for the murders of two other women, but he's claimed to have killed others.

There's new information about his alleged victim in Marion County.

She could be one of the women in a stack of photos sitting on Sheriff Tim Bailey's desk.

"Every time we get a lead that looks pretty good, half way decent, you take it out to the end, it doesn't go anywhere," Sheriff Bailey said.

Sheriff Bailey says the investigation to identify "Jane Doe" has been frustrating.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has tracked down thousands of leads on their victim over the last two years, but still no matches.

"It was our intention to go up and see if he could help us eliminate that's not her, that's not her, that's not her," Sheriff Bailey said.

The next move for investigators is to talk to the man who admitted to killing her.

Shawn Grate might recognize someone in the pile of pictures on Sheriff Bailey's desk.

The photos are of missing women from the southern part of the country. That's where investigators believe "Jane Doe" is from, after sending her bones to be analyzed.

It's called an isotope test.

"The results told us that she was likely born in the United States, based upon the isotopes in her bones that she had probably lived somewhere in like Florida or central Texas," Ohio BCI Criminal Intelligence Analyst Samantha Molnar said.

Working closely with Ohio BCI on the case, Molnar suggested science could help solve it.

"I know that somebody is out there looking for her and so if there's anything that I can do to help bring her home to her family, I want to do that," 'Molnar said.

Molnar says "Doe's" remains went to the University of South Florida for testing, where a tooth and a rib determined she's from somewhere south.

This is the first missing persons case in Ohio they've done isotope testing for.

"We are looking at missing persons cases down in that region," Molnar said.

Now, Molnar and Marion County detectives are looking for pictures of women who fit their victim's description, hoping Shawn Grate might identify one.

A potential break in the case could be in the photos on Sheriff Bailey's desk.

But investigators need their suspect to cooperate.

"May be another 10 years, but we'll keep at it," Sheriff Bailey said.

Sheriff Bailey says detectives will show Grate the pictures once his trial in Ashland County is over.

He says the Marion County prosecutor will also wait until then to decide if charges will filed against him in the Jane Doe murder.

Project LINK of the Missing Persons Unit at the Ohio Attorney General's BCI, offers free assistance to those searching for a loved one who has been missing for more than 30 days.

You can contact BCI at 855-BCI-OHIO and file a missing person report with the local police.

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Sheriff’s office identifies body found in Franklin County basement

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:04

HARRISBURG, Ohio – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body found in a basement in Harrisburg Monday evening.

The sheriff’s office said 20-year-old Hanna Geiger was found by the landlord inside a duplex in the 1000 block High Street.

Geiger was initially reported missing from Washington Court House in early March.

Sheriff’s investigators said the initial investigation indicated Geiger died from a drug overdose.

The Franklin County coroner is performing an autopsy in an attempt to determine the exact cause of death.

Two people are charged in connection with the death.

Court documents obtained by 10TV show Angela M. Nichols, 36, and Andrew Nichols, 32, were each charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. Both will be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Criminal complaints filed in court reveal the defendants are accused of hiding the victim’s body, cleaning the area where the victim died with Clorox, and disposing of both the victim’s vehicle and cell phone.

Investigators said based on decomposition, it’s possible her body was concealed in the home for about a month.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted at the crime scene.

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A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Southwest Flight 1380

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:00

There was a loud boom, and the plane started shaking violently. Air whooshed through the cabin, and snow-like debris floated down the aisle as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Some passengers wondered if they would ever hug their children again. At least one bought in-flight Wi-Fi as the jet descended so he could say goodbye to his loved ones.

A blown engine on a Southwest Airlines jet Tuesday hurled shrapnel at the aircraft and led to the death of a passenger who was nearly sucked out a broken window of the Boeing 737.

The terrifying chain of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among the 149 passengers and crew members and drew across-the-board praise for the cool-headed pilot who safely guided the crippled jet to an emergency landing in Philadelphia during the 22-minute crisis.

A BANG, THEN 'DEBRIS IS FLYING IN YOUR FACE'

Alfred Tumlinson was traveling with his wife back to Corpus Christi, Texas, after attending a Texas Farm Bureau gala in New York City. About 30 minutes after the flight took off from La Guardia Airport, they heard a boom at about 32,000 feet over Pennsylvania, and the plane started descending.

A second bang followed, said Marty Martinez, a 29-year-old digital marketing specialist heading home to Dallas. That was when he saw a window blown out about two rows ahead of him on the other side of the plane.

Air rushed through the rapidly depressurized cabin, and "all this debris is flying in your face, down to the aisle of the plane, into the back of the plane," Tumlinson said.

As those aboard frantically started putting their masks on and helping others with theirs, passengers and crew members rushed to reach a woman in the 14th row who was being sucked out head-first through the opening, even though she was wearing a seatbelt, according to investigators.

By at least one passenger's account, half her body was outside the plane.

A HERO IN A COWBOY HAT

A man in a cowboy hat, rancher Tim McGinty of Hillsboro, Texas, tore his mask off and struggled to pull the woman in. Andrew Needum, a firefighter from Celina, Texas, came to help, and the two of them managed to drag her back inside.

"It seemed like two minutes and it seemed like two hours," McGinty told reporters, a bandage on an arm he scraped while trying to save the woman.

McGinty's wife, Kristin McGinty, who was also on board, later told USA Today: "Some heroes wear capes, but mine wears a cowboy hat."

When a flight attendant asked if anyone knew CPR, retired school nurse Peggy Phillips got out of her seatbelt, and she and the firefighter laid the grievously injured woman down. The two of them began administering CPR for about 20 minutes, until the plane landed.

Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old Wells Fargo bank executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, didn't survive.

"If you can possibly imagine going through the window of an airplane at about 600 mph and hitting either the fuselage or the wing with your body, with your face, then I think I can probably tell you there was significant trauma," Phillips told ABC.

CALM IN THE COCKPIT

When the engine blew, it caused the plane to abruptly bank an alarming 41 degrees to the left, and the aircraft began to vibrate, National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt said Wednesday.

Inside the cockpit, pilot Tammie Jo Shults calmly communicated the severity of the situation.

"Injured passengers, OK, and is your airplane physically on fire?" an air traffic controller could be heard asking in a recording of the transmissions.

"No, it's not on fire, but part of it is missing," Shults said. "They said there's a hole and, uh, someone went out."

The air traffic controller responded with seeming disbelief: "Um, I'm sorry, you said there was a hole and somebody went out?"

"Yes," Shults said.

SAYING FAREWELL VIA THE INTERNET

Some passengers took to social media to say their goodbyes to friends and family.

Matt Tranchin, who was heading home to Dallas, began texting his eight-months-pregnant wife and his parents that he loved them and telling them things he wanted his unborn son to know if the plane crashed and he didn't make it.

Martinez decided to buy in-flight Wi-Fi service. He searched for his wallet, then found himself fumbling to enter his credit card information as the plane shook. He said it seemed to take him forever as he kept typing in the wrong numbers.

He eventually made a Facebook Live post showing him and other passengers with oxygen masks on, the wind whipping in the background. He said he went with Facebook Live instead of texting people individually because he wanted to communicate with as many loved ones as possible.

"I had this feeling that I wasn't going to survive this, and having to think, who do I reach out to first? Do I text my mom, do I text my dad, my brother, my sister?" he said. "That was a very difficult position to be in, to think who is most important to your life and in what order?"

'I THOUGHT IT WAS THE END OF MY LIFE'

As the plane descended steeply but steadily toward Philadelphia, the cabin was noisy from the open window, but the passengers were mostly quiet, maybe because they had their masks on, said passenger Amanda Bourman, of New York.

"Everybody was crying and upset. You had a few passengers that were very strong and they kept yelling to people, you know, 'It's OK! We're going to do this!'" Bourman said. "I just remember holding my husband's hand, and we just prayed and prayed and prayed."

For Kristopher Johnson, a single thought flooded his mind: his wife and 13-month-old son Jakob.

"I thought it was the end of my life," Johnson, an assistant principal at East Montana Middle School in El Paso, Texas, told People.com. "I thought I'd never be able to see my son or my wife or my family again. That was the first thing that rushed through my head."

Kathy Farnan, a 77-year-old from Santa Fe, New Mexico, said people seated near her in the front, away from the damage, remained relatively calm. "There was no panic. Everybody was good. I think it was too early in the morning. People are running on half asleep," she said.

Eric Zilbert, an administrator with the California Education Department, said even the children "did very well."

'NERVES OF STEEL'

Passengers praised Shults for her professionalism during the emergency. Shults, one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy, was at the controls when the jet landed, according to her husband, Dean Shults.

She got a round of applause from the passengers after putting the plane down safely. She walked through the aisle and talked with passengers to make sure they were OK afterward.

"She has nerves of steel, that lady," Tumlinson said. "I'm going to send her a Christmas card, I'm going to tell you that, with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome."

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Police investigating suspicious van at Vineyard Church near Westerville

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:15

COLUMBUS -- Columbus police are investigating a suspicious van near the Vineyard Church on Cooper Road.

A 10TV crew on the scene said Cooper Road is blocked in the area.

According to Columbus Fire, police arrested someone on Tuesday night and their van is at the church.

A family member of the person arrested told authorities to be careful as the van may or may not have explosives.

Battalion Chief Steve Martin said nothing can be seen in the van.

The bomb squad is responding as a precaution.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com as this story develops.

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Should simulated gunfire be part of active shooter training in high schools?

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:38

Thursday morning students at Pickerington High School North will hear simulated gunfire inside the school.

Using blanks, a member of the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office will fire several rounds to give students a sense of what it will sound like in the event a real school shooting was happening.

It's all part of the district's training, it says, to better prepare students and not to be complacent.

"It's an unfortunate reality. We'd rather not teach this lesson. Being able to hear what a gunshot sounds like in a school, it doesn't sound like a firecracker in a school, it sounds different," says David Ball Director Of Public Information for Pickerington Local Schools.

Which is why the district says simulating gunfire is critical for the exercise, and doesn't see it as traumatizing students.

The Fairfield County Sheriff"s department recommended the simulated gunfire as part of the active shooter training.

"I mean if we're going to do it let's do it the best way to do it and be prepared the best way we could be," says Chief Deputy Alex Lape.

Chief Deputy Lape doesn't buy the criticism it's traumatizing to students.

"As far as the way our society is today, they could watch the six o'clock news and become more traumatized from that than they would be experiencing this drill," he says.

But Larry Henson, a parent whose child attends the high school, says he and others don't see it that way.

"My daughter is completely on edge. They don't pump smoke in the hallways for a fire drill and they don't pump in sounds of a freight train to simulate a tornado, it just didn't make sense to me," he says

The district sent this letter to parents warning them about the use of simulated gunfire at school:

Dear PHSN Students and Parents,

The safety of our students and staff is the primary concern for Pickerington Schools. As part of our commitment ensuring we maintain safe and secure buildings, we perform periodic drills and training exercises to prepare for the unlikely possibility of an actual emergency.

In addition to training students and staff about their roles in situations such as building fires, tornados, bomb threats, or active shooters, realistic drills also help the district identify areas for improvement.

On Thursday, April 19th, Pickerington High School North will be working with local law enforcement and fire agencies to conduct an active shooter drill. This drill will include simulated weapon sounds, which will be used to create a realistic exercise within our building.

We often hold such drills without notifying parents and students in advance. In this case, we are communicating with you prior to the training because of the heightened concerns some students may still harbor as a result of the Florida shootings in February and the subsequent issues that happened at North in the following weeks. We are opting to avoid possible undesired panic by giving everyone advance notice about this training.

In the future, we will hold training sessions without such notice, as that provides a more realistic exercise that more effectively prepares us for situations we pray will never occur.

While Henson says he appreciated that, he took issue with the idea the school may conduct training without warning in the future.

"That's where I have an issue if you give me a notice it gives me advance notice whether I want my child to participate," he says. Henson says he is keeping his daughter home from school Thursday. The district says it wasn't aware of other parents who are keeping kids home.

Parents who chose not to send their kids to school tomorrow during the simulated gunfire have the option to do that, but the district says there will be a consequence.

"We would consider that an unexcused absence the expectation is that kids are in school," says Ball.

Fairfield County says it used simulated gunfire in active shooter training since at least 2006.

This year, Fairfield Central High School and Lakeview Junior High participated in this kind of drill.

Columbus and Hilliard School districts say they've never used simulated gunfire involving students, however, it has used it for staff.

Other districts like Marion have used simulated gunfire with both students and staff.

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Three indicted, two given $1M bonds for drug trafficking

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:25

DELAWARE -- A Delaware County Grand Jury returned an indictment Wednesday morning against 25-year-old Jose Jr. Del Rio of California, 34-year-old Gerardo Marroquin-Perez of Columbus, and 57-year-old Salvador Gomez of California.

Wednesday afternoon, Del Rio and Gomez each received $1 million bonds in Delaware County Common Pleas Court, while Marroquin-Perez awaits arraignment in the Delaware County Jail.

Charges for the trio come after they were pulled over on April 5, as part of an ongoing investigation.

“The men were traveling south from Toledo in two separate vehicles when they were pulled over in Delaware County,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “ A search of the vehicles resulted in the seizure of a massive amount of drugs, 4.4 pounds of cocaine all coming to the central Ohio area.”

Del Rio, Marroquin-Perez and Gomez each are charged with two counts of trafficking in drugs and two counts of possession of drugs – all first-degree felonies carrying a major drug offender specification, and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity – also a first-degree felony.

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OSU police issue alert about suspicious man

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:16

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University issued an alert on Tuesday about a suspicious man.

Police say at about 1:15 a.m. April 13, a man approached a female student near High Street and Woodruff Avenue, said he was an undercover police officer and offered to walk her home.

The student accepted but she grew suspicious and uncomfortable during the walk.

Police said the man followed her into a residence hall and left when she checked in at the front desk.

The man did not show any police identification and did not touch the student.

OSU police said they have not been able to identify the man or confirm if he is indeed a police officer.

The man is described as black, around 5-foot-9-inches tall, and weighs between 180 and 195 pounds.

He has black hair with a fade on the side.

He was wearing a black sport coat, a white and gray-checkered button-down shirt, navy blue denim jeans and light brown leather boots or shoes.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call OSU police at 614-292-2121.

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Police: Suspect threatened to stab employees in east Columbus store robbery

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:57

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police are looking for a suspect that robbed a Dollar General store in east Columbus.

Police say on April 18, 2018, the suspect went inside the Dollar General in the 1500 block of East Livingston Avenue and began putting merchandise in her jacket.

The suspect was then confronted by employees and left the store on foot, according to police.

Employees followed the suspect into the parking lot and demanded that she return the stolen merchandise.

Investigators say the suspect then pulled out a knife and threatened to cut them.

The suspect was described as a black woman, 40 to 55 years old, 6' to 6'3" 240 pounds.

Witnesses say she was wearing a light brown jacket, gray sweatpants, and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbus Police Robbery Unit at 614-645-4665.

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Court blocks Ohio law that diverts money from Planned Parenthood

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:39

A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law that tried to divert public money from Planned Parenthood in an anti-abortion push by GOP lawmakers.

The Ohio law targeted the more than $1.4 million in funding that Planned Parenthood gets through the state's health department. That money, mostly from the federal government, supports certain education and prevention programs.

The law would bar such funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions.

The restrictions, which had been slated to take effect in 2016, were signed by Republican Gov. John Kasich during his failed presidential bid.

A federal judge blocked the law that same year. Wednesday's ruling from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld that lower-court decision.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region had sued the state, saying the law violated their constitutional rights by denying them the funds "in retaliation for" providing abortions.

Planned Parenthood said Ohio's law would not force any of its 28 health centers in the state to close but the legislation would deprive thousands of patients of access to services such as HIV tests and breast and cervical cancer screenings.

The group's attorneys argued the law was unconstitutional because it required, as a condition of receiving government funds, that recipients abandon their constitutionally protected rights to free speech and to provide abortion services.

Wednesday's decision said the money at issue had nothing to do with abortion, while noting that state and federal law have prohibited the use of government funds to pay for abortions for decades.

The state wrongly concluded "that because Ohio has the right to refuse to fund abortion, it necessarily has the right to refuse to provide any funds to abortion providers, regardless of how the funds are to be used," said Judge Helene White, writing for the majority three-judge ruling.

The state's attorneys had argued that Planned Parenthood was trying to override state policy choices and that no entity has a constitutional right to receive public money.

The state is deciding whether to ask the full appeals court to hear the case or appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, said Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

Under the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, women have a constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb, generally around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood is a national target because of its role as the largest U.S. abortion provider.

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Police: One dead after construction accident at Mount Carmel Grove City

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:20

GROVE CITY – One person has died as a result of a construction accident in Grove City, according to police.

It happened around 12:50 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Grove City building under construction.

According to the 911 call obtained by 10TV, the person fell down an elevator shaft.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com as this story develops.

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Thursday's snow likely the last flakes in central Ohio this season

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

April 2018 has definitely been snowier than usual. We usually get 1.1” of snow for the month but we’ve seen 2.6” so far and it doesn’t look like we’re done just yet.

Some light snow will be possible early Thursday morning. It’s not expected to add up to a whole lot but some flakes could still fly. That’s the bad news.

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The good news is that these look like they could be the last snow showers of the season. That’s because a warming trend is expected to take hold heading through the weekend and into next week.

Temperatures will get back into the mid to upper 60s which is where we should be for this time of year.

And when you look ahead to the last week of April highs that are near-average, possibly a shade above, are in the forecast. Again, this would mean the mid to upper 60s.

When we look even further ahead into the first part of May the jet stream is forecast to retreat to the north.

The jet stream is a river of fast-moving air high in the atmosphere. Not only does it steer weather systems around the globe but it also separates cold air to the north from warmer air to the south.

If it lifts to the north of the region, as computer forecast models are predicting, we’ll see mild conditions taking hold.

Keep in mind that when it comes to weather it’s tough to say anything with 100% certainty, especially this far into the future. But the overall pattern appears to be trending warmer which would mean that we should be wrapping up with snow very soon.

If anything changes we’ll keep you posted with the latest forecast on-air and online.

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$1.27 million settlement approved for family of teen killed at Ohio State Fair

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:20

A financial settlement of $1.27 million has been approved to settle claims by the family of 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell.

Jarrell was killed in July 2017 when the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair broke apart.

The settlement, which according to court records is only partial, involves Jarrell’s family, Amusements of America, the operator of the Fire Ball, and Comspeq and Soil Consultants, two companies that inspected the ride before the July 26 crash.

Attorneys for Jarrell’s family say they are “continuing the case against KMG (the Fire Ball’s manufacturer) and other potential defendants.”

The exact amount of the settlement is $1,271,195.40. It includes $19,168.98 in funeral expenses, $317,798.85 in attorney’s fees, and $63,438.98 for expenses relating to the legal case. The remaining $870,788.59 would go to Jarrell’s parents.

"At the time of his untimely death, Tyler Jarrell was 18 years old,” the settlement papers read. “He was a senior at Franklin Heights High School, where he was a 4-year member of the NJROTC. He was also a 4-year member of the Active Quarter Master Explorers with the Columbus Division of Police, and he had just enlisted July 21, 2017, with the U.S. Marine Corps and would have begun his service this year."

"Tyler had an extremely bright future....(he) was an amazing young man- he was what every parent hopes and dreams their child will be."

The settlement required the approval of a Franklin County Probate Court Judge, who signed off on the proposal Wednesday.

The Fire Ball crash injured seven others, four of them critically.

On Tuesday, a Licking County Court approved a settlement for Jennifer Lambert. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and is currently at an intermediate care facility.

Lambert's attorney says “it is unknown whether she will ever be self-supporting.”

Under her settlement, Lambert is set to receive $1,103,953.31 out of a total $1,769,703.40.

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Gov. John Kasich orders flags lowered in honor of Barbara Bush

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Governor John Kasich has ordered flags at public buildings and grounds in Ohio flown at half-staff in honor of the late first lady Barbara Bush.

Governor Kasich's resolution on Wednesday ordered the flags lowered until Bush's burial.

A family spokesman said Bush died Tuesday at age 92. She was the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of President George W. Bush.

Kasich's order said the flags would be lowered in honor of Bush's life and service. She was one of two first ladies who had a child who was elected president.

The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

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Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe cause

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:04

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria.

Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to more than 1.4 million customers as outrage grew across the island about the state of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority. It is the second major outage in less than a week, with the previous one affecting some 840,000 customers.

"This is too much," said Luis Oscar Rivera, a 42-year-old computer technician who just got normal power back at his house less than two months ago. "It's like the first day of Maria all over again."

Several large power outages have hit Puerto Rico in recent months, but Wednesday was the first time since the Category 4 storm struck on Sept. 20 that the U.S. territory has experienced a full island-wide blackout. It snarled traffic across the island, interrupted classes and work and forced dozens of businesses to temporarily close, including the island's largest mall and popular tourist attractions like a 16th-century fort in the historic part of Puerto Rico's capital.

Backup generators roared to life at the island's largest public hospital and at its main international airport, where officials reported no cancellations or delays. Meanwhile, the power company said its own customer service center was out of service and asked people to go online or use the phone.

Power company spokeswoman Yohari Molina told The Associated Press that crews were investigating what caused the blackout, saying she had no other details.

Officials said restoring power to hospitals, airports, banking centers and water pumping systems was their priority. Following that would be businesses and then homes.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the capital of San Juan, said the outage would not interrupt the last of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, which is being played on the island. She said all emergency systems at Hiram Bithorn stadium are functioning and that tower lights and additional security will be placed at the stadium's parking lot.

Angel Figueroa, president of a union that represents power company workers in Puerto Rico, told reporters that it appears a failure caused the entire electrical grid to shut down to protect itself. He said the union is investigating why a breaker at a main power station in the island's southern region did not function when the outage occurred. He noted it was the same problem that caused a 2016 power outage that affected the entire island.

Rivera said he worries that such serious power outages are still occurring as the new Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1, approaches.

"If there's a slight storm, we're going to be worse off than we are right now," he said.

Federal officials who testified before Congress last week said they expect to have a plan by June on how to strengthen and stabilize the island's power grid, noting that up to 75 percent of distribution lines were damaged by high winds and flooding. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the federal power restoration efforts, said they hope to have the entire island fully energized by May. Some 40,000 power customers still remain without normal electrical service as a result of the hurricane.

The new blackout occurred as Puerto Rico legislators debate a bill that would privatize the island's power company, which is $14 billion in debt and relies on infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry average.

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