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Sunbury man found guilty sexually assaulting 3 minors

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:14

A 51-year-old man from Sunbury was found guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault against three minors, including rape and gross sexual imposition.

The Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office said David Nunley was charged in February 2019 after an investigation by the sheriff’s office.

“No child should have to endure being a victim of sexual violence,”Delaware County Prosecutor Melissa Schiffel said. “I applaud the victims for speaking out and thank the Sheriff’s Office for a thorough and professional investigation.”

Nunley was found guilty of five counts of rape, attempted rape, gross sexual imposition and endangering children.

The prosecutor’s office said the crimes happened between December 1, 2009 and June 1, 2016.

Nunley still faces a ruling on six sexually violent predator specifications. Those will be ruled on by a judge next week.

A sentencing hearing will be set after that ruling. Nunley faces life in prison.

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Police investigating homicide at Westerville home; 1 in custody

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:02

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Police are investigating a homicide that took place at a Westerville home Friday.

Westerville police say it happened Friday morning at a home on Kanpur Place. Police identified the victim as 44-year-old Ranae Baxter.

Tyrone Lauderdale, 42, turned himself in to the Montgomery County Jail and is in custody of the Dayton Police Department. He is charged with one count of murder in Baxter’s death.

Lauderdale called his daughter and said he stabbed and killed his girlfriend, according to court records.

The incident remains under investigation with Westerville Police, Kettering Police, Dayton Police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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Woman's body recovered at nature preserve near Hocking Hills

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:22

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said a woman’s body was recovered Thursday in a remote location at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve near Hocking Hills State Park.

The Hocking County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 55-year-old Dana M. Busson of Doylestown.

The investigation into Busson’s death is ongoing.

ODNR is reminding all visitors to stay on the trail and follow park safety instructions.

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Minneapolis cop who shot 911 caller sentenced to 12½ years in prison

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:47

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 apologized to the woman's family Friday for "taking the life of a perfect person," just moments before a judge brushed off a defense request for a light sentence and ordered him to prison for 12½ years.

Mohamed Noor was convicted in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia. Noor shot Damond when she approached his squad car in the alley behind her home.

Noor's lawyers had argued for a light sentence, saying sending him to prison would only compound the tragedy, and that incarceration wouldn't let him do service to make amends for killing Damond.

But Judge Kathryn Quaintance sentenced Noor, 33, to a term identical to the recommendation under state guidelines.

"The act may have been based on a miscalculation, but it was an intentional act," Quaintance said. "Good people sometimes do bad things."

Noor, his voice breaking several times as he spoke publicly about the shooting for the first time, apologized repeatedly to Damond and her family.

"I have lived with this and I will continue to live with this," Noor said. "I caused this tragedy and it is my burden. I wish though that I could relieve that burden others feel from the loss that I caused. I cannot, and that is a troubling reality for me."

Noor said from the moment he pulled the trigger he felt fear, and he was horrified to see Damond's body on the ground.

"Seeing her there, I knew in an instant I was wrong," Noor said. "The depth of my error has only increased from that moment on. Working to save her life and watching her slip away is a feeling I can't explain. ... It leaves me sad, it leaves me numb, and feeling incredibly lonely. But none of that, none of those words capture what it truly feels like."

Noor's attorneys argued in a court filing ahead of Friday's sentencing that nobody would benefit from a long sentence, and that being in prison would keep Noor from making amends for killing Damond by doing good works in the community. They submitted letters of support that they said showed that Noor is a kind and peaceful man who has tried to be a bridge between Somali Americans in Minnesota and the larger community.

Tom Plunkett, Noor's attorney, made the case for a lenient sentence saying the victim can't be forgotten but what's best for the community and Noor must also be considered.

"I have never stood up at sentencing with anyone my entire career that's done more or worked harder to be a good person, to earn the gifts he's been given," Plunkett said. "That's who Mohamed Noor is."

But prosecutor Amy Sweasy called for the 12.5-year sentence recommended under state guidelines.

"The law is not concerned necessarily with what's good for the community," Sweasy said. "The court must give a sentence proportional in severity to the crime committed."

A jury convicted Noor in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who was engaged to be married a month after the shooting. Noor shot Damond when she approached his squad car in the alley behind her home. He was fired from the department in March.

Don Damond, Justine's fiance, said in court Friday that every time he sees the alley where she walked barefoot and in her pajamas toward the police car he relives the moment.

"In my mind I beg you to turn around," he said, speaking of a "lost future" of decades filled with "love, family, joy and laughter." He said Justine was his soul mate and he misses her "every day, every moment."

"We both lived with our hearts open, caring for others," an emotional Don Damond said.

Noor testified during his trial that a loud bang on the squad car scared him and his partner, and that he saw a woman at his partner's window raising her arm. He said he fired to protect his partner's life. But prosecutors criticized Noor for shooting without seeing a weapon or Damond's hands, and disputed whether either of them really heard a bang.

Justine's father John Ruszczyk, in a statement read in court, asked for the maximum sentence and called her killing "an obscene act by an agent of the state."

"Justine's death has left me incomplete — it is as if I have lost a limb or a leg," he said in the statement. "I have lost my daughter, I have lost those private conversations over tea."

Noor sat quietly at the defense table with hands clasped, staring straight ahead and showing no emotion as victim impact statements were read.

Damond's death sparked bewilderment and outrage in both the U.S. and her native Australia. The case was also fraught with race. Damond was white, and Noor is Somali American, leading some to question whether the case would have been handled the same if the victim had been black and the officer white. While the city agreed to a $20 million settlement with Damond's family soon after Noor's conviction, it has yet to settle with the family of Jamar Clark, a black man shot by police in 2015, though in that case police said Clark was struggling for an officer's gun.

Plunkett and fellow defense attorney Peter Wold proposed to Judge Kathryn Quaintance that she creatively sentence Noor to turn himself in to a county detention facility for a week every year on the anniversary of Damond's death and on her birthday while he was on probation. They also proposed an annual period of community service.

Under Minnesota's sentencing guidelines, Noor's presumptive sentence for third-degree murder was 12½ years, although the judge had the flexibility to impose a sentence anywhere from about 11 to 15 years without providing justification. Any bigger variation would have required an explanation. The presumptive sentence on the manslaughter count was four years.

Noor had been held since his conviction in the most secure unit at the state's maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights for his own safety, Corrections Department spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald said Thursday. He was kept alone in his cell but had the same privileges as other prisoners in the unit and was let out for recreation time, she said.

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West Point identifies cadet killed in rollover crash as 22-year-old from New Jersey

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:43

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Military Academy has identified the cadet killed in a vehicle rollover during a training exercise as a 22-year-old from New Jersey.

West Point on Friday announced that Cadet Christopher J. Morgan of West Orange, New Jersey, died when the vehicle carrying cadets overturned in wooded terrain Thursday morning.

West Point says 19 cadets and two soldiers operating the vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries. All the cadets have been treated and released.

Morgan was a law and legal studies major in the Class of 2020. He was a recruited athlete and a standout member of the Army wrestling team.

“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally and spiritually,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent, U. S. Military Academy. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.”

West Point cadets will hold a vigil to honor Morgan on Friday night.

A memorial ceremony and private funeral service will be held at the academy 50 miles north of New York City next week.

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Former Mount Carmel doctor charged with murder released from jail after posting bond

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 10:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A former Mount Carmel doctor who was charged with murder in connection with 25 patient overdose deaths has been released from jail after posting bond.

Dr. William Husel was indicted on Wednesday and made his first court appearance later in the day.

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Husel pleaded not guilty to all counts and his bond was set at $1 million.

To date, 35 patients have been identified as having received excessive doses of pain medication – 29 of the patients, the hospital says, received potentially lethal doses of pain medications.

The murder charges were brought only in cases that involved fentanyl doses of at least 500 micrograms.

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4.7 million gallons of sewage released into river during Ohio tornado outbreak, officials say

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 08:40

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say 4.7 million gallons of untreated sewage was released into a river during Ohio's Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

The Dayton Daily News reports county sewer workers had to divert wastewater directly into the Stillwater River after two pump stations lost power during the storms.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed and many more were damaged during the outbreak that saw at least 18 tornadoes touch down in western Ohio.

Dina Pierce is a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. She says existing river water and additional rainfall diluted the sewage and moved it downstream through the Great Miami River. Pierce says for that reason officials didn't sample the river for contamination.

Federal workers have begun assessing tornado damage.

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US commander says he believes Iran threat still 'very real'

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 06:09

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has chosen to "step back and recalculate" after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude the threat is gone, the top commander of American forces in the Mideast said.

In an interview with three reporters accompanying him to the Gulf, Gen. Frank McKenzie said he remains concerned by Iran's potential for aggression and he would not rule out requesting additional U.S. forces to bolster defenses against Iranian missiles or other weapons.

"I don't actually believe the threat has diminished," McKenzie said Thursday. "I believe the threat is very real."

McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, and other military officials are trying to strike a balance between persuading Iran that the U.S. is prepared to retaliate for an Iranian attack on Americans, thus deterring conflict, and pushing so much military muscle into the Gulf that Iran thinks the U.S. plans an attack, in which case it might feel compelled to strike preemptively and thus spark war.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have worsened since President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and several world powers and reinstated sanctions on Tehran. Last month, in response to what American officials characterized as an imminent threat, the U.S. announced it would rush an aircraft carrierand other assets to the region.

The U.S. also blamed Iran for last month's attacks on oil tankers in a United Arab Emirates port.

On Thursday, United Nations ambassadors from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Norway told U.N. Security Council members that investigators believe those attacks were led by a foreign state using divers on speed boats who planted mines on the vessels. They did not name Iran.

Earlier, the Saudi ambassador to the U.N., Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, said Saudi Arabia also blames Iran for the sabotage.

Iran has consistently dismissed allegations that it was involved in the recent attacks on the oil tankers or was preparing to attack American troops in the region.

In Baghdad, McKenzie told reporters from The Associated Press and two other media organizations that U.S. redeployments to the Gulf have "caused the Iranians to back up a little bit, but I'm not sure they are strategically backing down."

The general said the U.S. is showing enough force to "establish deterrence" without "needlessly" provoking its longtime adversary. He said he is confident in the moves he has made.

"We've taken steps to show the Iranians that we mean business in our ability to defend ourselves," he said, referring to the accelerated deployment to the Gulf area of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, four Air Force B-52 bombers and additional batteries of Army Patriot air-defense systems.

Trump, speaking beside French President Emmanuel Macron in Caen, France, said U.S. sanctions are crippling Iran's economy, possibly yielding a diplomatic opening.

"And if they want to talk, that's fine," Trump said. "We'll talk. But the one thing that they can't have is they can't have nuclear weapons."

Speaking at the Baghdad headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, McKenzie said he also has repositioned surveillance aircraft to more closely monitor the situation in the Gulf and in Iraq, where the U.S. has 5,200 troops on the ground, and has given Iran a "new look" by introducing more aerial patrols by land- and carrier-based fighters.

"Cumulatively, all of these have caused them to sort of step back and recalculate the course that they apparently were on," he said.

McKenzie did not mention it, but other officials have said that in early May Iran had cruise and perhaps short-range ballistic missiles configured for potential use aboard a small number of dhows sailing off its coast. More recently, those missiles, which were deemed a potential threat, were offloaded, officials have said.

McKenzie stressed that the danger of conflict with a decades-old American adversary has not passed.

"I hesitate to say that deterrence has been established," he said. "We continue to see possible imminent threats" of a potential Iranian attack.

He said he could not be more specific due to the classification of the intelligence, which he said is as clear and compelling as any he has seen in years.

McKenzie, a veteran of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, took command of Central Command in late March, shortly before the onset of the latest surge in tensions with Iran. He previously directed the staff that supports the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The general said he, not the White House, initiated the May 5 moves to accelerate the deployment of the Abraham Lincoln carrier group and to dispatch B-52 bombers.

He said the intelligence on Iranian threats in the first days of May was "compelling" and that the threats were "advanced, imminent and very specific."

The pattern of intelligence on Iranian preparations for potential attacks emerged as the Trump administration took a pair of highly public actions meant to penalize Iran. The first was the State Department's designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. The second, perhaps more consequential, move was a April 22 announcement that waivers for American sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil would not be renewed when they expired May 2, meaning Iran lost vital oil export revenues.

U.S. intelligence was then picking up what Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week looked like a pattern of Iranian plotting against U.S. and other targets in the region. Dunford said that on May 3, the U.S. sent a message to Iranian officials "just to make it clear they understood that we would hold them accountable should something take place in the region."

Two days later, Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, announced the movement of the carrier, prompting an explosion of questions about what new threats Iran had posed to prompt such a highly unusual White House declaration. McKenzie said the carrier request was his, in consultation with Dunford, and that he faced no political pressure to make the request.

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Gov. DeWine outlines overhaul for county jail inspections

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 05:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is more than doubling the size of the state's jail inspections team.

The change comes following a review that was prompted by discrepancies in reports about a county jail in Cleveland where eight inmates died in 2018.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's 2017 report showed few issues with the Cuyahoga County jail other than overpopulation. But a year later, U.S. marshals found "inhumane" conditions and civil rights abuses.

DeWine said Thursday in announcing the changes that adding more staff will allow inspectors to do more comprehensive reviews of the jails.

The Republican governor wants inspectors to be able to do unannounced inspections. He's also wants jails to be required to tell inspectors when there's an inmate death or violence behind bars.

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Coroner: Franklin County overdose deaths through March up from 2018

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 05:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coroner for the county that includes Ohio's capital city says the number of fatal overdoses during the first three months of 2019 grew from the total for the same period last year.

Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz on Thursday reported preliminary figures of 120 overdoses from Jan. 1 through March 31.

Ortiz says that's an 8% increase from the same three months in 2018. She says the deaths continue to be driven by opioids, including fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller.

Fatal overdoses attributed to carfentanil, an opioid more powerful than fentanyl, increased slightly. The coroner says cocaine-related deaths also rose.

Ohio saw a record 4,854 unintentional fatal overdoses in 2017, the most recent year for which statewide data is available.

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Family, friends remember Amber Evans following release of coroner's report

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 19:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Like so many fathers, Brian Peters felt a special connection to his daughter.

"[We] just had this connection that I just always had to her that I just always felt," he said.

It's why on that night when the phone rang, he says he already knew.

"I was asleep and my phone rang and I was scared to answer it," he said. "I just knew. I was scared to answer the phone."

His daughter, 28-year-old Amber Evans, was missing. It was January 28th. Her car was found near the Scioto Mile, but no sign of her. Almost two months later, her body was found in the Scioto River. Thursday, the Franklin County Coroner's Office said Evans died by suicide.

"There's no such thing as closure in a situation like this," Peters said.

"Amber was our backbone," Tammy Fournier Alsaada said. "The person that brought us together."

Alsaada worked with Evans at the People's Justice Project; an organization that fights for safe, healthy and equitable lives for people of color. Alsaada says Evans's main focus was the youth.

"She was fierce," Aramis Sundiata said of Evans. "She was a fierce leader."

Sundiata worked with Evans, too.

"When someone like her affects so many people, it's like when they are gone, you see how much they affected people and it's a trip because you don't know how far it really goes until they're gone and then all the sudden, you're like 'Oh, my gosh, what do we do'," he said.

Peters also feels that void.

"She just had that kind of personality about her that she genuinely cared about people and made you feel good about yourself," Peters said. "She had a way of taking your burdens and pain and feelings and you just would open up and share with her and she would take that and hold that and you would leave her feeling better."

Gone, but not forgotten. Those who knew her and loved her say her spirit will be with them every day moving forward.

"She desires that we continue to spread the love that she showed us," Alsaada said. "She was just unconditional love."

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Judge: Trial for former Mount Carmel doctor has potential to extend beyond 2019

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio — William Husel remains locked in a single cell inside the Franklin County Jail on a $1 million bond.

The criminal case is considered the largest in U.S. history involving someone from the medical profession and has attracted national media attention.

Husel is charged in the overdose deaths of 25 patients between 2015 and 2018. He pleaded not guilty to all 25 counts of murder Wednesday.

According to investigators, he ordered doses that were 10 to 40 times greater than deemed medically appropriate.

Husel's attorney, Richard Blake, refutes any notion his client intentionally killed his patients.

Even before Husel stands trial, the case will prove a challenge for attorneys on both sides.

The first hurdle: Finding an impartial jury. Husel's attorney says he would explore a change of venue.

"I have great faith in the citizens of Franklin County, but I have to do what's in the best interest in Dr. Husel," Blake said.

Then there's the case of seating a jury who know nothing about the case.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook tells 10TV he expects he'll need to poll between 300 and 400 potential jurors.

He says he doesn't expect the trial to start until the end of this year, but that may be a challenge as well.

The judge says the trial could last three to four months, which could intersect with the Christmas holiday and potentially push the case into next year.

Jail administrators tell 10TV that Husel has not received any visitors.

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Panera Bread locations contributing to tornado relief efforts for Dayton area

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 19:24

Panera Bread locations around Ohio and northern Kentucky are using the sales from bakery cookies to contribute to relief efforts in Dayton after the area was hit hard by tornadoes last week.

Covelli Enterprises, a franchisee of Panera Bread, announced the launch of a campaign called “Chip in for Dayton” in nearly 100 Dayton, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and central Ohio bakery-cafes, the company announced Monday.

From June 3 to June 16, for every cookie sold, Panera will donate 25 cents to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund — which was created by The Dayton Foundation — to help provide relief for those affected by the tornadoes and storms.

The company also announced that Covelli Enterprises Owner and Operator Sam Covelli worked with vendors to source donations for victims, including 35,000 bottles of water what was delivered to The Foodbank in Dayton.

“We’re doing all we can to help the situation in our Dayton-area neighborhoods, and we invite all other community stakeholders to do the same,” Covelli said. “Our goal is to give the people in the region as many ways to get involved in the relief effort as possible. We want the families affected to know they have our support and they are not alone in this.”

Covelli Enterprises says the Panera bakery-cafes in Dayton and central Ohio will raise additional funds throughout June through the Change Roll-up program at the registers.

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Trump says he "would've been honored" to serve in Vietnam War

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 16:38

PORTSMOUTH, England (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday joined world leaders to praise alliances and military service ahead of the anniversary of the D-Day invasion, just hours after offering no regrets when asked about whether he wished he had been able to serve in the Vietnam War.

Trump's comments came in a wide-ranging interview in which he also dismissed the significance of climate change, defended his choice of words about the American-born Duchess of Sussex and suggested he was looking into new gun regulations banning silencers. Later, while Europe slept, he lashed out at actress and singer Bette Midler and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., via Twitter.

The onslaught of disjointed news and commentary threatened to distract from Trump's purpose for the visit — to pay tribute to the veterans of the battle that shifted the course of World War II 75 years ago. Ahead of his trip, some worried the unpredictable president would inject politics into the typically solemn ceremony. While Trump did not veer off script during the memorial — expressing reverence for the bravery of veterans — his comments before the event expressed none of that sensitivity concerning service in Vietnam.

In the interview with Piers Morgan that aired Tuesday, Trump was asked if he wished he had served in Vietnam. "Well, I was never a fan of that war, I'll be honest with you. I thought it was a terrible war. I thought it was very far away," Trump said. "At that time, nobody had ever heard of the country."

Trump received a series of deferments to avoid serving in Vietnam, including one attained with a physician's letter stating that he suffered from bone spurs in his feet.

Trump was then asked whether serving in the military generally was something he would have liked. Trump said he would not have minded at all and talked about how he had beefed up spending on defense as president.

"I would have been honored, but I think I make up for it right now," Trump said. "I think I'm making up for it rapidly because we're rebuilding our military at a level it's never seen before."

Trump's first two days in the United Kingdom were all about honoring him, as Queen Elizabeth II and the British government showered him with a grand arrival ceremony, a state dinner and personal tours of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Churchill War Rooms. The next two days are meant to focus on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, and the soldiers who fought and died saving Europe from Nazi Germany.

Trump did his part with a 90-second recitation of some of the prayer that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to a worried nation just getting word of the fighting.

Trump, with images of an American flag and Roosevelt projected behind him, read to the crowd, "Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day, have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization and to set free a suffering humanity."

The president sat in a VIP area between Queen Elizabeth II and first lady Melania Trump. Some 300 World War II veterans also attended the seaside ceremony. Trump joined in giving a standing ovation to a group of vets who appeared on stage as the commemoration began.

The queen provided the keynote address in unusually personal terms.

"When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, some thought it might be the last such event. But the wartime generation, my generation, is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today," she said.

After the event, Trump visited with American World War II veterans who were among Allied troops on D-Day. He had lunch and met briefly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before heading to Ireland for an airport meeting with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and a stay at his golf course in the village of Doonbeg, his first visit to the country as president.

Trump and Merkel discussed Libya and conditions in West Africa during their roughly 10-minute meeting, said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Trump used his interview with Morgan to dispute any notion that he meant insult when he used the term "nasty" in discussing the American-born Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The phrase generated a lot of media coverage in the United Kingdom. Trump worked diligently to explain that he was speaking specifically on her comments about him, not about her.

Trump said: "She was nasty to me. And that's OK for her to be nasty, it's not good for me to be nasty to her and I wasn't."

He said the controversy did not come up when he spoke with Markle's husband, Prince Harry, who "couldn't have been nicer."

Trump was also asked about whether he would support banning silencers after a gunman in Virginia used two semi-automatic handguns, a silencer and extended ammunition magazines to slaughter 12 people at a municipal building.

Trump said a silencer ban was something "I'm going to seriously look at." But he also was quick to emphasize his opposition to restricting access to guns. He repeated his claim that "in London, you have stabbings all over" and said he had read a story describing how "your hospital is a sea of blood, all over the floors." Similar comments in the past have provoked anger from British doctors and legislators.

Trump said he discussed climate change at length with Prince Charles.

"We were going to have a 15-minute chat. And it turned out to be an hour and a half. And he did most of the talking," Trump said. "He is really into climate change, and I think that's great."

Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, didn't indicate he was moved by the arguments he heard. "I believe that there's a change in weather and I think it changes both ways," Trump told Morgan, a former contestant on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice."

Trump's after-midnight tweets showed anew that the president has a hard time overlooking criticism, taking on an actress who has been critical of him on Twitter but who also offered an apology when she discovered a quote attributed to Trump had not occurred. Trump called her a "washed up psycho."

Midler replied: "I want to thank everyone who came to my defense last night during my personal Battle of the Bulge with he who must not be named. Your wit and good nature really lifted my spirits; as a newly washed up psycho, I am very grateful for your thoughts and prayers."

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Mount Carmel patient families react to news of murder charges against Husel

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 16:23

COLUMBUS (WBNS) – Jim Allen left work to stand outside the Franklin County jail Wednesday morning with his sister, Lisa Coleman.

They said they had to be here.

“I was at work today. I don't know. I got some text that this was on the news, it just kind of flooded my emotions, and it just slapped me in face and it became even more real,” Allen said.

They wanted to catch a glimpse of Dr. William Husel being brought into jail. They watched as a Columbus Division of Police pulled into the jail.

Husel was charged Wednesday with 25 counts of murder related to the deaths of Mount Carmel patients between 2014 and 2018.

“Today is a good day,” Lisa Coleman said. “We want to do this for our father, and for the other patients who couldn't be here today, work or not able to, or just couldn't stomach this today. I want him to know we are not afraid and not going to back down. We are going to be at every court hearing. We want justice for our father and for the other patients.”

Coleman’s father, Jim Allen, was one of 35 patients to have received an excessive dose of pain medication while under the care of Dr. William Husel.

Brothers Jacob, Jeremy, Robert and Stephen Hodge sit at a table in a cramped room inside a Columbus law office, Wednesday.

They say what they miss the most is everything about their mother.

"Everything," Jeremy said. "Visiting, family dinners, family gatherings...everything."

Sue Hodge was their mother. She was a former patient of Dr. William Husel. Her sons say in April of 2018 she was admitted to the hospital thinking she had a heart attack, but it was later determined that wasn't the case. Hours later, they say, she was dead after receiving 800 micrograms of fentanyl under Husel's care.

"I don't have any bad wishes on him, but I'm sure he's going to get what he deserves," Christopher Thomas said.

Thomas' mother, Jan, was another former patient who died in 2015 under Husel's care. Thomas says even with the indictment, closure is still a long way's away.

David Austin says every time he closes his eyes, he sees his wife of 37 years, Bonnie.

"[She was] the love of my life," he said, holding back tears.

In September, Bonnie went to Mount Carmel after having a heart attack and a collapsed lung. A short time later, he says, she was dead.

"I lost it," he said. "I just lost it."

He says he didn't think to blame Dr. Husel at the time. After all, he says Husel was the doctor and Austin thought he knew what he was doing. Now that trusted doctor sits in jail awaiting his day in court. Austin says he'll be there, too.

"Oh yeah," he said. "I plan on being there, yes."

So will the Hodge brothers.

"I want to be there to see everything through for the comfort of me," Robert said.

Until then, these families wait and hope closure is on the horizon.

"One day at a time," Austin said. "Just take it one day at at time and see what happens."

Dr. Husel, whose medical license has been suspended by the state medical board, has been accused of ordering excessive doses of pain medications for patients who were in the intensive care unit.

Mount Carmel Health System fired Husel in December after an internal investigation raised questions and concerns about his patient care. Those concerns turned into 25 counts of murder on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said they chose to focus on patients who received 500 micrograms of fentanyl or more.

All of the patients died and all were in the intensive care unit at Mount Carmel under Husel’s care between 2014 and 2018.

Husel entered a not guilty plea during his court appearance Wednesday. His attorney, Richard Blake, said he did not intend to euthanize these patients and was providing “comfort care.”

The patient overdose scandal has rocked the Mount Carmel Health System – the federal agency in charge of patient safety and hospital oversight, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, had threatened to pull Mount Carmel’s Medicare funding in wake of the patient overdose scandal.

Mount Carmel has avoided that by installing a series of corrections that now limit how much medications can be given to patients and requiring pharmacy approval before medications are given when patients are being removed from ventilators.

Nearly all the patients were given the pain medications when they were being removed from the ventilators.

State health inspectors – acting on behalf of CMS – found that Husel used an override function to bypass the hospital’s pharmacy and gain access to large doses of fentanyl and other medications.

State health inspectors found that in 24 of the 27 patient cases they reviewed, Husel used an override function to gain access to the medications.

10 Investigates spoke Wednesday to Amy Pfaff, the daughter of Beverlee Schirtzinger, one of five Husel patients who the hospital says could have seen her condition improve with treatment. Her mother died on October 9, 2017 – one of two patients to receive a 500 microgram dose of fentanyl on the same day.

She disagreed with a question when asked if she considered Husel a “monster.”

“I think that is a harsh word, I wouldn't really label him as anything. I'm just kind of numb to him right now, and what he did to my mom. I would not say a monster, more or less just wanting to know why and I doubt that I will ever know why,” she said.

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Space at Scioto Grove Metro Park dedicated to Reagan Tokes

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 16:20

GROVE CITY, Ohio — More than two years after Reagan Tokes was murdered, her family gathered in the Grove City park where her body was found to dedicate a memorial in her honor.

The tranquility garden at Scioto Grove Metro Park has a path that resembles an angel from above. There also are five buckeye trees as a nod to her time as a student at The Ohio State University.

Her mother, Lisa McCrary-Tokes, says there are many other elements that honor her daughter: the water feature, which represents her astrological sign, Pisces, a water sign. Her favorite color — turquoise blue — also is used on the plaque and there is plenty of wildlife, which Tokes loved.

"I used to have this crushing sensation where I almost couldn’t breathe when we would pull in, and I don’t feel that any longer," McCrary-Tokes said. "Obviously, for us, the pain and the tragedy never goes away, and we carry that with us every day. But we need to keep moving forward and there is still an amazing, beautiful world out there, and we have to learn how to move forward. And we carry her with us in our hearts every day and that will never change."

Reagan Tokes was 21 years old when Brian Golsby kidnapped, robbed, raped and killed her.

Part of the Reagan Tokes Act already was signed into law. That part allows for indefinite sentences for felony offenders, depending on behavior. The second part of the act has to do with better oversight of violent criminals once they are released from prison.

Golsby was on GPS monitoring when he murdered Tokes. He is serving life in prison.

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Despite earlier backlash, 'Drag 101' class goes off without a hitch in Delaware

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 14:58

DELAWARE, OHIO — Dozens of people rallied in Delaware on Wednesday afternoon to show support for a class that drew nationwide criticism.

"I’m super excited that the people of Delaware and the surrounding areas came out to support the program," said class host Selena West. "I mean, it really shows that the minority is the loud voice of the people who didn’t want the program, and the majority of the people are here supporting it."

The "Drag 101" class was originally scheduled to be held at the Orange Branch of the Delaware County District Library. But there was a large public outcry and West says she was receiving threats. Library leaders eventually decided to cancel the class, citing safety concerns. The library director later said the decision was "in no way a victory" for anyone.

That cancellation may have sparked even more support for the event. Secret Identity Comics offered to open its doors and even more young people signed up for the class. On top of that, community members decided to organize a rally across the street from the shop to show support.

"We needed to come together as a community and show the world what Delaware, Ohio, is about, and that we are about supporting people regardless of what you may look like on the outside, that love is love," said Nichole Moats.

She helped to organize the rally with Spencer Webb.

"Growing up here in town, I felt very responsible just to kind of step up and organize this rally," Webb said. "I just wanted to show people that we are human beings as well and that Delaware does have the diverse community that everywhere else does. We exist among everyone else here."

West says the class went from about five people up to nearly 15. And she says a lot of the backlash was misplaced.

"Drag can be sexual, but so can dance, so can all different types of theater. There are shows on Broadway that you’re not going to send them to, and then you might send them to the Lion King," West said. "There are different facets of drag. What we’re talking about here today are the building blocks of drag – makeup, characterization, nothing to do with sex or gender."

Mothers Amy Allan and Kara Keibler were there to support their daughters taking the class. Neither parents nor the media were allowed inside the shop for the class.

"I wasn’t worried because I know this community better than the people who started spewing stuff and this is exactly what I thought would happen, so we would have been here wherever it moved," Keibler said.

Their daughters both emerged from the class smiling, holding flowers they said had been donated. They said one student was chosen from the class to be made over by Selena West. And they were both happy to have had the experience.

"Ignorance is everywhere, and it’s kind of our jobs as parents to expose things like this," Keibler said. "If my daughter can be a better makeup artist, I’m all for it."

In the end, none of the vocal detractors showed up to disrupt the class. And that was fine by West.

"The main message is – drag is art, it’s an art form and what we do is performance art. And that’s what I want them to take away. Even if they’re not interested in drag, maybe they take one tip away from this class that I’m teaching, maybe a makeup tip, maybe a hair tip, maybe learning the history of something that they did not know about," she said. "I’m disappointed at local representatives and people in power speaking out against events like this when they should be focusing on real issues that affect Ohioans, like the drug issues and people who don’t have jobs, maybe focus on big issues like that."

West says the public backlash has actually helped. She now has ten more classes around the state. A "Drag 102" class for adults is being planned for a gym in downtown Columbus.

Categories: Ohio News

2019-06-03 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 21:34
Date: Monday Jun 3, 2019
Time: 10:42 PM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 53°
Approach: 22° above WNW
Departure: 41° above S

2019-06-04 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 21:34
Date: Tuesday Jun 4, 2019
Time: 9:53 PM
Duration: 4 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 81°
Approach: 44° above NW
Departure: 14° above SE

2019-06-04 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 21:34
Date: Tuesday Jun 4, 2019
Time: 11:29 PM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above WSW
Departure: 10° above WSW

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