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Woman dies after motorcycle crash in Ross County

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 13:34

ROSS COUNTY, Ohio -- A 50-year-old woman died from her injuries after a motorcycle crash Sunday morning in Ross County.

The woman, Lynette Hess, of South Salem, was a passenger on a 2010 Harley-Davidson Softail driven by a 43-year-old man when the motorcycle went off the right side of the road, struck a fence, a tree and overturned, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The motorcycle was eastbound on Lower Twin Road.

The man was taken to Grant Medical Center win non-life-threatening injuries. Hess was taken to Adena Regional Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased.

Helmets were not worn by both occupants of the motorcycle.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Teen's random act of kindness for blind and deaf man on airplane goes viral

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 11:28

A California teen stepped up to help a blind and deaf man who was alone on a flight and needed help communicating. Her random act of kindness has touched thousands of people who have seen her story shared by her mom on Facebook.

Clary Daly was on an Alaska Airlines flight with her mom Jane last week, but it wasn't the plane they were supposed to be on. Their original flight home from Boston was canceled, and they had to race to make an earlier flight. Jane writes that they made a mad dash to the airport and just made it. Clara now believes the flight change was supposed to happen for a profound reason.

Shortly after takeoff, a flight attendant made an announcement, Jane says. She asked if anyone on the plane knew sign language. "Clara has been studying American Sign Language so she rang the flight attendant button," Jane writes on Facebook. "They explained that the passenger was not only deaf but also blind. The only way you can communicate with him was by signing into his hand."

"They thought that he might need something and they weren't sure how to communicate," Clara told CBS Los Angeles. So, she walked over to the man's seat to see if she could help. She signed into the palm of his hand and helped him communicate with the flight attendants. "Several times he requested her assistance throughout the flight," Jane writes.

She helped him ask for water, and how much time was left for the flight. Clara was happy to get up and help him whenever he needed, then "toward the end of the flight, he asked for her again, and this time he just wanted to talk. She spent the remainder of the flight until landing with him," Jane writes.

"He didn't need anything. He was just like lonely and wanted to talk," Clara told CBS Los Angeles. The teen from Calabasas was happy to do so. Her only worry was that she might spell something wrong when signing into his hand. Clara is dyslexic and says English is already hard for her. But she overcame multiple barriers and helped the stranger communicate -- something he probably couldn't have done without her there.

Clara says since she is dyslexic, she started learning sign language about a year ago because she "saw sign language as a way to communicate without having to read and write." Her parents, Jane and Bill, told CBS Los Angeles they could not be prouder of their daughter.

Jane took photos of Clara's good deed and shared them on Facebook after they landed back home in California. She says their original flight was direct to Los Angeles, but the new flight they were put on had a layover in Portland. Timothy, the man Clara helped, was flying to Portland. If it weren't for the flight change, they would've never met him.

Jane shared photos of her daughter's good deed when they finally arrived back home in Los Angeles. "She'll probably kill me for posting this, but - Proud of my girl," the happy mom wrote. The photos of Clara helping Timothy went viral, but Clara says "Doing something like that is just like what anyone would have done."

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East Columbus church prepares to renovate after explosion damages doors and windows

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 10:55

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The members of St. Dominic's Catholic Church, whose windows and doors were damaged after an explosion last Friday, held masses at Holy Rosary & St. John's Church, where their pastor also serves.

"We haven't lost any of our spirituality," said Jo Alexander, a lifelong member of the church. "Our faith is still strong."

A home on North 20th Street that sits across from St. Dominic's sanctuary exploded Friday. A preliminary investigation determined that a gas leak involving scrappers taking metal from the house caused the explosion.

"I was a little worried because I know the neighborhood," said Alexander. "And, I grew up in that neighborhood."

Father Joshua Wagner arrived to the scene just moments after the explosion occurred.

"The last thing you want to see as a pastor is driving up to the church and there's 12 firetrucks surrounded and police cars," said Father Wagner. "It was like, what's going on? Is somebody hurt? Is the church OK? Those are my questions."

Two people were injured inside the home but there were no other injuries. Wagner says he is now speaking a message of hope and restoration to his parishioners.

"I think people are feeling shocked and I think they're sad," said Father Wagner. "I think they are hopeful, however, because St. Dominic's is full of great people."

Father Wagner hopes to hold masses in the church next week. He says it will take 6 to 12 months for the stain glass windows to be repaired, however, the church can worship with boarded windows.

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Emergency responders searching for man in Hocking River

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 08:38

ATHENS, Ohio - A man is missing after he jumped into the Hocking River, according to the Athens Fire Department.

Authorities say at 8:00 Saturday night, a white male in his late 20s jumped into the river upstream at 2 Whites Mill Drive waterfall in the city of Athens.

He then became lost in the water, according to emergency responders.

Rescue crews could not find the man and have launched rescue boats to search for him.

Stay with 10TV for updates on this developing story.

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Volunteers help wounded warriors in central Ohio enjoy the water

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 07:17

POWELL - Adaptive Sports Connection is partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project for a Water Sports Weekend in central Ohio.

About 70 veterans -- along with other adults with disabilities -- got the chance to do things like kayak, wakeboard, and water ski at Adventure Center in Powell.

One veteran braved a new adventure with a little obstacle in his way. Jeffrey Daniels is legally blind but still wanted to give water skiing a try.

Daniels and his best friend have been on many journeys, so this chance to water ski for the first time posed a challenge. With a little help, Daniels was on his feet for the ride of a lifetime.

“I'm enjoying and conquering a whole lot of things in life that I wouldn't have dreamed of,” said Daniels.

The event runs through Sunday.

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Police search for alleged thief from vehicles in New Albany, Gahanna area

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 07:02

COLUMBUS - It has been more than a month since someone broke into a car at the New Albany High School and stole a purse that was left inside, according to police.

On May 20th, a theft from a vehicle occurred around 8:40 a.m. at the New Albany High School. Within 15 minutes, the victim’s credit card was used at two different Kroger locations.

The suspect also purchased a total of $6,000 worth of Visa Gift Cards.

It is believed the same suspect is responsible for three vehicle break-ins at Rocky Fork Metro Park resulting in similar purchases of Kroger and Visa Gift Cards.

If you have any information, you can give an anonymous tip to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477). You could earn a cash reward.

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Ohio police officer killed by hit-and-run driver; suspect in custody

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 06:52

MENTOR, Ohio - A northeastern Ohio police officer has died after being struck by a vehicle. According to Mentor Police, the suspect was taken into custody and has not been charged yet.

The officer who worked for the Mentor Police Department was assisting with a traffic stop and was struck by a vehicle around 1:00 Sunday morning. A driver struck him but did not stop.

Police across the state are looking for a late-model, dark-colored Jeep Wrangler which will have sustained damage to its right front and possibly right side.

The Mentor Police Department is advising local area body shops to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Anyone with information on the identity of the driver is asked to contact Mentor Police at (440) 205-3293.

Mentor, Ohio is located about 25-miles outside Cleveland.

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Woman critical after crash that closed major ramp in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 04:14

COLUMBUS - Police shut down a busy ramp in west Columbus as they worked to investigate a crash.

Officers closed the ramp from I-70 east to I-270 north on the west side. A vehicle crashed on the ramp.

Medical crews transported one woman from the scene for critical injuries.

There is no word right now from authorities on when they will be able to reopen the ramp.

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Shots reportedly fired in road rage incident in downtown Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 02:38

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police is investigating a case of road rage where shots were fired.

Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting in front of a café located at 129 E. Nationwide Boulevard at approximately 7:24 p.m. on Saturday.

The victim told police he was driving down S. High Street near a group of motorcycles. He said as he was waiting to turn left onto E. Nationwide Boulevard, one of the individuals got off of his motorcycle, walked up to the driver's side of the vehicle, and punched him in the face through the open window. The victim says the group followed him as he turned onto Nationwide.

According to a media release, after the victim pulled into the parking lot of the café on Nationwide, one of the motorcyclists used a collapsible baton to smash out his passenger side window. The man told police he again attempted to get away from the group by heading west on E. Nationwide. At that point, the victim says one of the motorcyclists produced a handgun from a backpack and fired four to five shots. None of those shots hit the victim or his vehicle.

Detectives are asking that any businesses along E. Nationwide Boulevard between N. High Street and N. 4th Street review their surveillance video to see if this incident or any portion of the incident was captured on video.

Anyone with additional information on the crime is asked to contact Columbus Police Assault Detective Deryl Kowalski at 614-645-4189 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS(8477).

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Convicted sex offender accused of groping child in Goodale Park

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 01:52

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police arrested a convicted sex offender after witnesses reported seeing the man grope an 11-year-old child.

According to a media release from Columbus Police, the victim was at ComFest in Goodale Park with his family when the suspect walked by him in the opposite direction and grabbed the victim's groin. The suspect took off running after the victim's sister screamed. The victim's parents, along with Special Duty police officers working the festival began chasing the suspect. A festival-goer tackled the suspect after seeing the commotion and held him until officers arrived.

Police charged 36-year-old Todd Robert Gavorcik with one count of Gross Sexual Imposition (F-3). Gavorcik is a registered sex offender, according to Columbus Police. A search of the Franklin County Sex Offender Registry shows Gavorcik was convicted back in 2008 of Gross Sexual Imposition, Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition, and Illegal Use of Minor in Nudity Oriented Material.

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Body of missing swimmer recovered in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 00:46

COLUMBUS - A swimmer is dead after going missing on Saturday evening.

Emergency crews were called to the quarry at Runaway Bay in west Columbus. Witnesses tell 10TV that one person went missing while a group of people was swimming in the quarry.

Dive teams came out to search for that person. Dispatchers confirm one person was pronounced dead at 11:41 Saturday night.

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Police looking for suspect after person stabbed to death in northeast Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 20:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police are searching for a suspect after a person was stabbed in northeast Columbus.

This happened in the 4000 Block of Portobello Drive Saturday night, according to Columbus police.

Police say the person was pronounced dead at the scene at about 9:34.

There is no suspect description at this time.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

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No charges for 5 teens who mocked drowning man, didn't help

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 18:52

COCOA, Fla. — Five Florida teenagers will not be prosecuted after they videotaped and mocked a disabled man as he drowned and didn't help.

Prosecutors told Florida Today the teens could not be prosecuted because there is no state law that requires a bystander to help or get assistance for someone who is in danger.

The teens spotted 31-year-old Jamel Dunn struggling in a pond last July, but instead of helping they videotaped him and then posted it online.

In the video, the teens are heard laughing and yelling at Dunn, telling him that he is going to drown and that they are not going to help him. They call him "dumb."

State Attorney Phil Archer said in a statement Friday called the teens "callous" but under the law they couldn't be prosecuted.

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Firefighters suspended over porn tape leaving department

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 18:05

AKRON, Ohio — Akron officials say one firefighter has resigned and another won't be allowed to return to work after they were suspended without pay for making a sex tape on city property.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports a city document released Friday says provisional fire Lt. Deann Eller resigned and that her partner, Lt. Arthur Dean, will remain on unpaid leave pending final discipline and is not "eligible for continued service" with the department.

An attorney for the couple, who have been in a long relationship, said neither he nor his clients could comment.

Eller and Dean worked at separate fire stations. The station where the sex tape was made hasn't been identified.

They were suspended after fire officials received a tip that videos they had made had been posted online.

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BNSF: Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 17:50

DOON, Iowa — An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a railroad official said Saturday.

BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said 14 of 32 oil tanker cars just south of Doon in Lyon County leaked oil into surrounding floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River. Williams had earlier said 33 oil cars had derailed.

Nearly half the spill — an estimated 100,000 gallons — had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed approximately 5 miles downstream, Williams said. Skimmers and vacuum trucks were being used to remove the oil. Crews will then use equipment to separate the oil from the water.

"In addition to focusing on the environmental recovery, ongoing monitoring is occurring for any potential conditions that could impact workers and the community and so far have found no levels of concern," Williams said.

Officials still hadn't determined the cause of Friday morning's derailment, but a disaster proclamation issued by Gov. Kim Reynolds for Lyon and three other counties placed the blame on rain-fueled flooding. Reynolds visited the derailment site Saturday afternoon as part of a tour of areas hit by recent flooding.

Some officials have speculated that floodwaters eroded soil beneath the train track. The nearby Little Rock River rose rapidly after heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday.

A major part of the cleanup work includes building a temporary road parallel to the tracks to allow in cranes that can remove the derailed and partially-submerged oil cars. Williams said officials hoped to reach the cars Saturday.

The train was carrying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Stroud, Oklahoma, for ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons (20,817 imperial gallons) of oil.

Beaudo said Saturday that the derailed oil cars were a model known as DOT117Rs, indicating they were newer or had been retrofitted to be safer and help prevent leaks in the event of an accident.

The derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, about 150 miles from the derailment site. The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.

Omaha's public water utility — Metropolitan Utilities District — said it was monitoring pumps it uses to pull drinking water from the Missouri River.

Rock Valley, Iowa, just southwest of the derailment, shut off its water wells within hours of the accident. It plans to drain and clean its wells and use a rural water system until testing shows its water is safe.

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Tree falls on camper in Ohio, killing woman and granddaughter

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 16:38

BATAVIA, Ohio — Authorities say a large tree has fallen on a camper in southwest Ohio, killing a woman and her young granddaughter.

The Clermont County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Patricia Brandenburg and her 2-year-old granddaughter were killed when the tree fell early Friday at a campground in Franklin Township.

Brandenburg's 51-year-old husband, David, and the toddler's twin sister weren't injured. The Sheriff's Office did not provide the sisters' names.

The Sheriff's Office says there was light rain but no reported storms in the area when the tree fell. A local fire chief says recent heavy rains may have uprooted it.

The campground is about 40 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

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Ohio woman found guilty in toddler's drowning death at day care

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 15:23

ELYRIA, Ohio — An Ohio woman has been found guilty in the death of a toddler who crawled beneath a fence and drowned in a swimming pool at her home day care.

The Morning Journal reports a Lorain County judge found 49-year-old Elizabeth Zenda, of Pittsfield Township in northeast Ohio, guilty of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangering Friday in the October 2016 death of 22-month-old Annie Flynn.

The toddler's 21-month-old cousin also was found in the pool that day. He was revived but still suffers from brain damage.

Authorities say the toddlers got into the pool after crawling through a 7-inch gap beneath a swinging gate.

Zenda testified she did not sit outside with the children while they played but believed her backyard was safe.

Sentencing is July 26.

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Trump pushes tough immigration stance in Nevada appearance

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 15:04

LAS VEGAS — President Donald Trump pressed his tough immigration stance at a Nevada political convention Saturday, telling hundreds "we have to be very strong" to keep people, including violent gang members, from entering the country illegally.

Trump was in Las Vegas to boost the candidacy of Dean Heller, the only Republican U.S. senator seeking re-election in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Trump and Heller have papered over their once prickly relationship to present a united front in their shared goal of helping Republicans maintain, if not expand, their thin 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Heller was among the officials waiting on the sweltering airport tarmac to greet Trump.

In remarks to several hundred people attending the Nevada GOP Convention, Trump portrayed himself as tough against illegal immigration, saying at one point, "I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border."

But he excluded any mention of the fact that, following a massive public outcry, including from members of his own family, he reversed course earlier this week and ended the practice of separating families illegally crossing the southern border into the U.S.

Trump sharply criticized Heller's Democratic opponent, Rep. Jacky Rosen, and tagged her with one of the derisive nicknames he's fond of giving his opponents: "Wacky Jacky."

"Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas. Do you believe this?" Trump said, resurrecting his nickname for Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a vocal Trump critic. "When you see that, that's not the senator you want," he added.

Rosen quickly responded on Twitter: "Is that the best you've got @realDonaldTrump?"

Is that the best you've got, @realDonaldTrump?

Let's fight back – chip in now: https://t.co/zAiy2LEuxw https://t.co/sSAWCPFYJh

— Jacky Rosen (@RosenforNevada) June 23, 2018

Outside the hotel, at least 300 people protesting Trump's policy of separating families at the southern border were stretched along a sidewalk outside the Las Vegas casino where the president met behind closed doors with supporters before addressing the Nevada GOP convention. His motorcade drove past a smaller group of people holding signs that said "Resist" and "History Has Its Eyes On You."

Trump was also holding a separate event promoting tax cuts he signed into law six months ago before flying back to Washington.

Heller, a past critic of Trump, had renounced Trump during the campaign as someone who "denigrates human beings." Heller suggested he wouldn't vote for Trump, but later said he did. Heller also received a $2,000 donation from Trump in 2015 but gave it to charity.

Once in office, Trump publicly scolded Heller for holding up the GOP's long-promised effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. He later repaired his relationship with Trump and helped deliver the rewrite of U.S. tax laws to Trump's desk.

Trump intervened in Nevada's Senate race in March and persuaded Heller's main challenger, Danny Tarkanian, to step aside and run for a U.S. House seat instead. Heller has said he didn't ask Trump for the favor.

Accompanying Trump to Las Vegas were top former top campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, now acting as outside advisers to the president. Lewandowski joined Trump days after he responded with "Wah-wah" during a Fox News Channel appearance after another panelist raised the case of a 10-year-old disabled girl who had been separated from her parents under Trump's immigration policy.

Attendees lined up to have their photos taken with Lewandowski before Trump took the stage.

Trump has stepped up the pace of his political appearances in recent weeks.

He campaigned in Minnesota this week for a GOP House candidate, to be followed by a stop Monday in South Carolina to boost Gov. Henry McMaster's fortunes in a Republican gubernatorial runoff on Tuesday.

Trump is also scheduled to appear in North Dakota on Wednesday on behalf of Republican Kevin Cramer, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat seeking another six-year term in a state Trump won by 36 percentage points in 2016.

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1 person in critical condition after motorcycle crash in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 14:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One person was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition after a motorcycle and car crash in west Columbus.

This happened in the area of Dublin Road and Splitrock Road around 4:07 p.m. Saturday, according to Columbus police dispatchers. Eastbound Dublin Road is closed in the area.

No further information is immediately available.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

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Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

Channel 10 news - Sat, 06/23/2018 - 13:27

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday she was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, becoming the latest administration official to experience a brusque welcome in a public setting.

Sanders tweeted that she was told by the owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, that she had to "leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left."

Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018

She said the event Friday evening said far more about the owner of the restaurant than it did about her.

"I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so," Sanders said in the tweet from her official account, which generated 22,000 replies in about an hour.

Sanders' treatment at the restaurant created a social media commotion with people on both sides weighing in with their critique, including her father, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

"Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the 'Hate Plate,'" Huckabee said in a tweet, quickly generating 2,000 replies in about 30 minutes. "And appetizers are 'small plates for small minds.'"

On Yelp, a reviewer of the restaurant from Los Angeles wrote: "Don't eat here if you're a Republican, wearing a MAGA hat or a patriot."

But many reviewers were also supportive of the restaurant owner's actions.

"12/10 would recommend. Bonus: this place is run by management who stuck up for their beliefs and who are true Americans. THANK YOU!!!!" said a reviewer from Commerce City, Colorado.

No one answered the phone at the restaurant, which was not scheduled to open until the evening. Lexington is about a three-hour drive from the nation's capital and is in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

The separation of families trying to enter the U.S. at the southern border has intensified political differences and passions that were already at elevated levels during the Trump presidency.

Earlier in the week, Trump's homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, cut short a working dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington after protesters shouted, "Shame!" until she left.

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