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Crew fans hopeful soccer will stay in Columbus despite Austin's vote

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 18:31

There are many that think the vote inside the chambers of Austin City Council, Wednesday, signals the beginning of the end for soccer in Columbus.

With a 7-4 vote, city council cleared the way for the Columbus Crew SC to move to Texas.

"It's been a long, emotional process," Columbus Crew SC owner, Anthony Precourt, said. "We're thrilled to move forward, the work starts now and we're bringing Major League Soccer to Austin, Texas."

So, is this the end of soccer in Columbus?

"Eh, that's not true," David Miller said.

Miller is with the Save the Crew movement.

"I think MLS would be extraordinarily foolish to move the original MLS team out of its home," he said.

He says, yes, it definitely seems that Austin is in the beginning stages of getting its own team. But, he says there's no wording in what was approved that names Columbus Crew SC as that team.

"I think that it's very easy for [MLS] to snap their fingers and say Austin gets an expansion team and the Crew stays in Columbus," Miller said.

He doesn't see the league abandoning Columbus completely. He says the support has been incredible over the last 10 months with 11,000 excited ticket-holders for next season, an ambitious downtown stadium design and more than 350 local and national businesses that want to keep the Crew in Columbus.

Also, he says, let's not forget, there's a lawsuit.

"Which could potentially force the Crew to stay in Columbus," Miller said.

Back in March, the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the city of Columbus filed suit saying Precourt Sports Ventures didn't follow Ohio law with proper communication before talks of uprooting the team.

If a ruling is in favor of the Crew, Miller hopes the league will allow Precourt to sell.

"If the result of this 10 months of stress and heartache is that we have a local owner who supports his community and supports fans, then I think that looking forward two decades from now we'll look back on this as a positive development in the history of Columbus Crew SC," he said.

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Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:49

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official.

Trump also threatened to yank the clearances of a handful of individuals, including former top intelligence and law enforcement officials, as well as a current member of the Justice Department. All are critics of the president or are people whom Trump appears to believe are against him.

Trump in a statement denounced Brennan's criticism and spoke anxiously of "the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior." The president described his own action as fulfilling his "constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information."

However, Democratic members of Congress said it smacked of an "enemies list" among fellow Americans and the behavior of leaders in "dictatorships, not democracies." Brennan, in a phone interview with MSNBC, called the move an "abuse of power by Mr. Trump."

"I do believe that Mr. Trump decided to take this action, as he's done with others, to try to intimidate and suppress any criticism of him or his administration," he said, adding that he would not be deterred from speaking out.

Trump's action, critics and nonpartisan experts said, marked an unprecedented politicization of the federal government's security clearance process. It also was a clear escalation in Trump's battle with members of the U.S. intelligence community as the investigation into Russia election meddling and possible collusion and obstruction of justice continues.

And it came in the middle of the president's latest controversy — accusations of racism by former adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman and his bitter reaction to them. Trump's statement, distributed to reporters, was dated July 26, 2018, suggesting it could have been held and then released when needed to change a damaging subject. The White House later released a new version without the date.

Trump, his statement read by his press secretary, accused Brennan of having "leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration."

"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nations' most closely held secrets," Trump said.

Brennan has indeed been deeply critical of Trump's conduct, calling his performance at a press conference last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland "nothing short of treasonous."

Brennan continued that criticism on Wednesday. "I've seen this type of behavior and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats for many, many years during my CIA and national security career. I never, ever thought that I would see it here in the United States," he said.

Brennan said he had not heard from the CIA or the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that his security clearance was being revoked, but learned it when the White House announced it. There is no requirement that a president has to notify top intelligence officials of his plan to revoke a security clearance. "The president has the ultimate authority to decide who holds a security clearance," the ODNI said in a statement.

Former CIA directors and other top national security officials are typically allowed to keep their clearances, at least for some period, so they can be in a position to advise their successors and to hold certain jobs.

Trump's statement said the Brennan issue raises larger questions about the practice of allowing former officials to maintain their security clearances, and said that others officials' were under review.

They include former FBI Director James Comey; James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former national security adviser Susan Rice; and Andrew McCabe, who served as Trump's deputy FBI director until he was fired in March.

Also on the list: fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from the Russia investigation over anti-Trump text messages; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok exchanged messages; and senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, whom Trump recently accused on Twitter of "helping disgraced Christopher Steele 'find dirt on Trump.'"

Ohr was friends with Steele, the former British intelligence officer commissioned by an American political research firm to explore Trump's alleged ties with the Russian government. He is the only current government employee on the list.

At least two of the former officials, Comey and McCabe, do not currently have security clearances, and none of the eight receive intelligence briefings. Trump's concern apparently is that their former status gives special weight to their statements, both to Americans and foreign foes.

Former intelligence officials are also wondering how far Trump will go, according to a former senior intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity to share private conversations he's had with people who have worked in the field.

They said Trump has moved from threatening to revoke security clearances of former intelligence officials who have not been involved in the Russia investigation to former officials who did work on the probe. And they wonder if he will next choose to target those who currently work on the investigation, which Trump has called a "witch hunt."

The CIA referred questions to the White House.

Clapper, reacting on CNN, called Trump's actions "unprecedented," but said he didn't plan to stop speaking out. Asked what linked those threatened by the White House, Clapper said he and the others have been outspoken about the Trump administration, have "directly run afoul of it" or have taken actions the president dislikes.

"So I guess that's what we all have in common," Clapper said.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's press secretary, insisted the White House wasn't targeting only Trump critics. But Trump did not order a review of the clearance held by former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who was fired from the White House for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian officials and later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Democrats, and even some Republicans, lined up to denounce the president's move, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., slamming it as a "stunning abuse of power." Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, warned that a "dangerous precedent" was being set by "politicizing the way we guard our national secrets just to punish the president's critics."

And California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, tweeted, "An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American."

Maryland Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen tweeted, "Trump is now categorizing dissent and free speech as 'erratic behavior.'" He added, "Leaders behave like this in dictatorships, not democracies."

Several Republicans also weighed in, with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., saying, "Unless there's something tangible that I'm unaware of, it just, as I've said before, feels like a banana republic kind of thing."

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had previously dismissed Trump's threat as nothing more than presidential "trolling."

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Bride brings wedding to father at Wexner Medical Center

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:03

RICHWOOD - Steve Price hoped someday to watch one of his four daughters be married inside the 100-year-old hay barn he worked years to restore.

Other children had married and had receptions inside the barn, but none was married inside. Janea was set to be the first.

But when a severe case of pancreatitis left her dad bedridden in the hospital, Janea thought that maybe her dad would get better in time for the wedding. He didn't.

Not to be deterred, Janea decided there was no chance she would let her dad miss this important day.

"There were thoughts of me not even getting married. I had the perfect man and I talked to my dad and he said you're getting married whether I'm there or not," she said.

The two share a special father-daughter bond.

"He's just an amazing guy and I'm very blessed for him to be my dad, " she said.

So with some quick planning, she and her wedding team decided to surprise her dad at the Wexner Medical Center.

Janae wasn't going to allow a father/daughter dance to be missed.

With the help of Steve's nurse, he convinced him it was time to get an X-ray, but it was a lie. His daughter was waiting for him along with the wedding party.

The two danced to Darius Rucker's " It Won't Be Like This For Long." But there was more.

"For him not to be able to walk me down the aisle it was very difficult because that's always been his dream to do that," she said.

With the help of an iPad and a camera inside that old barn, Steve was able to attend the wedding virtually. He was even heard giving his daughter away.

August 11, 2018, won't mean a lot to most of us, but to this bride and her family, a memory was made that can not be erased.

Thanks in part to technology that allowed a dad to walk down the virtual aisle with his daughter, and left a father/daughter bond unbroken.

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Missing Ohio hiker found alive on flank of Mount St. Helens

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:12

COUGAR, Wash. — An Ohio man has been found alive on a flank of Mount St. Helens, nearly one week after he set out on a day hike and failed to return, authorities said Wednesday.

Rescuers found Matthew B. Matheny, 40, of Warren, Ohio, on a flank of the volcano in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state, the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said in an emailed statement.

Matheny was flown to a hospital in a helicopter, but further information about his condition was not immediately available.

Friends last saw Matheny on Aug. 9, when he borrowed a car and headed to Blue Lake Trail on the southwest side of St. Helens. They reported him missing after he failed to return, prompting an extensive search. A sheriff's deputy found the borrowed Subaru Outback at the trailhead on Saturday.

About 30 search-and-rescue personnel, assisted by helicopters, tracking dogs and a drone operated by the sheriff's office had been searching for Matheny daily, The Daily News of Longview, Washington, reported. Matheny's friends and family also have been at the search scene.

Searchers on Tuesday decided to focus on a 1-square-mile (2.6-square-kilometer) area based on cell phone signals and a computer model that sought to predict Matheny's movements.

Charlie Rosenzweig, chief criminal deputy for Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, called it "extremely unusual" that someone would survive such an ordeal, the newspaper reported.

According to the Washington Trails Association, Blue Lake Trail is a short walk through meadows and tall fir trees to Blue Lake. Beyond the lake hikers can access other trails and ridges, leading to views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams.

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Whitehall 2-year-old on life support; 2 charged including mother

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:41

WHITEHALL, Ohio – A mother and a man are charged after a 2-year-old boy was injured in Whitehall, according to documents filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Court records show on Tuesday afternoon in an East Broad Street apartment, 27-year-old Tyreese Gray became frustrated with the child and “forcefully pulled him off the bed” before pushing the child to the bathroom.

The child did not want to go into the bathroom and Gray grabbed him by the head, turned him toward the door and smacked him in the back of the head, according to court records.

This caused the boy to then hit his head when he fell into a vanity.

The boy suffered severe injuries and is now on life support according to court documents.

Gray is charged with felonious assault.

According to court records, the child’s mother, 20-year-old Jquanna Davis, is charged with endangering children.

She is accused of failing to provide medical care to the child multiple times when emergency medical care was needed and allowed the child to be in the care of Gray who hurt the child on several occasions.

Both were arraigned on Wednesday.

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Church helped former priest accused of abuse get Disney job

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:44

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A sweeping grand jury report into child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said church officials gave a former priest a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they'd fielded at least one allegation about him sexually abusing a boy.

The ex-priest, Edward Ganster, left the priesthood in 1990, moved to the Orlando area and went on to work at Disney World before he died in 2014.

The report said Ganster worked at the theme park for 18 years. Ganster drove the train at the Magic Kingdom, according to an obituary in the Orlando Sentinel, which said Ganster worked there for 15 years.

Disney World did not respond to a request for information.

Ganster, who became a priest in 1971, was working at St. Joseph's Church in Easton in the late 1970s when a woman complained to a monsignor that Ganster had gotten in bed with her 13-year-old son on an overnight trip and "hurt" him, the report said. The boy also told his mother that "something happened" in the confession booth, it said.

The monsignor told her Ganster would be given counseling and Ganster was promptly reassigned, the report said.

About a decade later, Ganster was on sick leave at a Catholic mental health hospital as he sought to leave the priesthood and get married.

Ganster wrote the Diocese to say he would apply for a job at Disney World and wanted to use the Diocese as a reference, the report said.

Allentown's bishop, Thomas Welsh, wrote to Orlando's bishop that Ganster's problems were "partially sexual" and that he couldn't reassign him. A monsignor separately assured Ganster that he would get a positive reference.

"I am quite sure that the Diocese will be able to give you a positive reference in regard to the work you did during your years of service here as a priest," the monsignor wrote, according to the report.

A diocese spokesman, Matt Kerr, said he knows of no reference letter, or if one was written.

"That should not have happened," Kerr said. "It would not happen today."

More than a decade after Ganster left the priesthood, a man contacted the Allentown Diocese to report that Ganster had victimized him when he was 14 and an altar boy some two decades earlier, the report said.

Ganster fondled, groped and beat him repeatedly, once dragging him across a living room floor by his underwear and once beating him with a metal cross, the report said.

Years later, in 2015, the mother of another victim contacted the Allentown Diocese to report that Ganster abused her then 12-year-old son in 1977, the report said.

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Drug manufacturer recalls thyroid medication

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:28

A drug manufacturer is recalling thyroid medication because the drug was made with active ingredients, which were not sourced to proper FDA standards.

Westminster Pharmaceuticals issued the voluntary recall for all lots of Levothyroxine and Liothyronine 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg, & 120 mg tablets.

To date, the company has not seen any reports of injury nor illness related to the recall.

The products that are being recalled are in 100-count bottles.

Patients taking these medications are urged to replace their pills with a new bottle.

For the full list of recalled medications, click here.

Anyone with questions or concerns can call Westminster’s Regulatory Affairs department by phone at 888-354-9939.

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Target to open new store near New Albany in 2019

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:13

Target has announced plans to open a new store next year near New Albany.

The store will be part of the new development near the intersection of Hamilton Road and State Route 161.

It will be Target’s 16th store in the Columbus metro area. The store will hire approximately 125 employees.

“We look forward to opening our newest store in Ohio to serve both the Columbus and New Albany communities. This full-size Target store will feature our latest design thinking to offer guests a shopping experience that’s even easier and more inspiring,” said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, Target.

The store will also offer Order Pickup, which allows guests to order on Target.com and pick up the items at the store in less than an hour.

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Statewide alert issued for boy abducted out of southwestern Ohio

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:55

MIAMISBURG - A statewide alert has been issued for a child that was abducted, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said on August 13 around 4 p.m., Atticus Phillips, 2, was reportedly abducted from the 500 block of East Maple Street.

Phillips is described as a white, has blondish hair, hazel eyes, is about 3-foot tall, and weighs approximately 35 to 40 pounds.

Phillips was reportedly abducted by his mother Kelsy Hannah, 20. She is described as 5-foot-7, weighing 210 pounds, with red hair and green eyes, according to the dispatch center.

Hannah is believed to be possibly driving a 1999 gold Chevrolet with Ohio an Ohio registration GGJ3645.

She may have fled to other family members residences in Montgomery County, Kentucky, or Tennessee.

According to the sheriff's office, the child may be in an immediate threat of danger.

Anyone who sees the child, suspect, or vehicle is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 225-4357 or call 911.

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Northbound 315 ramp reopens to Medical Center Drive in OSU campus area

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:34

The northbound State Route 315 exit ramp to Medical Center Drive/King Avenue reopened Wednesday.

New Cannon Drive, between King Avenue and the exit ramp, also reopened.

Construction work on Cannon Drive near the Wexner Medical Center will continue through 2019.

Detour signs will be posted. Dates are weather dependent and subject to change. These closures support the Cannon Drive Relocation project. Additional details and project updates will be shared on the Cannon Drive web page.

It is not a coincidence that the ramp opening comes as Ohio State students begin to move in this week on campus.

The entrance ramp to SR-315 from Cannon Dr. and 12th Ave. will remain closed through a portion of November, according to Ohio State University spokesman Dan Hedman explained.

The project will straighten and elevate Cannon Drive, supporting future growth of the university and the Medical Center, according to the Ohio State University website. It will do that by:

  • Creating 12 acres of developable land
  • Serving as future flood protection
  • Creating an eventual north-south connection between King and Lane Avenues
  • Enhancing green space in the Olentangy River corridor

One of the main goals, according to Hedman, is to limit traffic in the area to allow patients and visitors easier access to campus during construction.

Students and staff inconvenienced by the changes have the option to use the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) for free.

The MedCenter Express provides 3-minute pickup intervals during peak hours (shift changes) with direct service to the Herrick Drive Transit Hub.

For more information, please visit the Cannon Drive Relocation website. (https://fod.osu.edu/cannondrive)

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Austin City Council votes to move forward with MLS stadium

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:16

The Austin City Council has decided to move ahead with a stadium plan that could prompt Columbus Crew SC to leave its home city after 22 years.

Austin delayed the vote a week, but the council passed the vote 7-4 to enter formal and final negotiations with Crew owner Anthony Precourt.

Precourt bought the Crew in 2013 and has been pushing for a move to Austin since 2017. If successful, the move would uproot a bedrock MLS franchise and give the league its third Texas team. The Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas are the others.

The Austin metropolitan area has just over 2 million people and remains the largest city in the country without a major sports franchise.

The stadium plan is strongly supported by Austin Mayor Steven Adler, but some council members have resisted giving Precourt 24 acres to build a privately funded, 20,000-seat stadium. Critics call it a giveaway by Texas’ capital city and argue Austin could better use the space for parkland or affordable housing.

Precourt initially wanted downtown space for a picturesque venue on the river. Austin refused to make such a deal and instead has considered a tract of land near new retail and condominium developments north of downtown.

Some Columbus fans are fighting to keep their team at home. The fan group Save the Crew has gathered thousands of future ticket pledges and produced its own design for a potential new stadium in downtown Columbus, while hoping new investors will offer to buy the Crew.

Precourt also faces a lawsuit from the state and city seeking to block the move. It cites an Ohio law that owners of teams that use tax-supported facilities and accept state financial assistance must give at least six months’ notice and allow local investors the chance to buy the team. The law was enacted after the NFL’s Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996.

Statement from Save The Crew spokesperson David Miller:

"No matter what happens in Austin, TX, the future of Columbus Crew SC will be determined in Columbus, where we have over 11,000 pledges for 2019 season tickets, a vision for a new downtown stadium a short walk from the Ohio Statehouse, and over 350 businesses of both local and national caliber ready to step in and support this team. The only thing missing is new, local ownership.

“Columbus is a soccer community through and through, and we are eager to support this team, in this city, for generations to come. Glory to Columbus.”

Statement from Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther:

“Major League Soccer chose Columbus as the home of the Crew SC. We were the first city in the U.S. to build a soccer-specific stadium that hosted hundreds of games and international soccer competitions.

When MLS and Precourt Sports Ventures indicated they wanted a downtown sports stadium, we entered into negotiations in good faith, rallying private investors and public support – including commitments for 10,000 season ticket holders for 2019 -- to develop a comprehensive stadium plan. Unfortunately, MLS and PSV have not operated with the same intentions. The McKalla Place site proposal in Austin, for example, sits more than 10 miles from the city’s center – three times the distance between the Columbus Crew’s current stadium and downtown.

Clearly, the decision to move Crew SC to Austin was made long before today’s vote in Texas, with no consideration to the history of the team or the integrity of soccer in the U.S.

We believe MLS and PSV have a responsibility to our fans – and to every resident in Columbus -- to keep Columbus Crew SC in its home.

We will continue our fight to keep the Crew where it belongs – in Columbus.”

Statement from Precourt Sports Ventures:

“Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) is extremely pleased that Austin City Council has voted to authorize negotiations and execution of agreements with PSV for a privately funded Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium and park at McKalla Place.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Austin City Council for passing today’s momentous resolutions. We thank council for acknowledging the groundswell of support to help bring MLS to Austin.

We have been incredibly honored to work alongside the growing community of volunteers, families, and supporters who have proudly persevered to make this historic vote possible. Your efforts have helped make a difference at each step of the pursuit and we wish to thank you very much for your support.

We also wish to extend our special thanks to Mayor Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Tovo and all council members for their ongoing leadership and vision, and to all city staff who have worked diligently with Council to prepare for the passage of today’s important resolutions.”

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Mark Wahlberg discusses Columbus and car dealership on the "Late Show"

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:43

Actor Mark Wahlberg made an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night to discuss his latest movie and they ended up discussing his new business venture in Columbus.

Recently, Wahlberg opened Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet at 3900 West Broad Street, the former location of Bobby Layman Chevrolet.

Colbert brought up the dealership and took a playful jab at the city asking if Wahlberg was planning to go into the witness relocation program when choosing Columbus.

Wahlberg responded by talking about his love of cars and the city.

“I love being in Columbus, we’re about to open a Wahlburgers there, we’re already in Cleveland and we have the best deals,” Wahlberg replied.

At that point, Colbert asked Wahlberg to sell him a vehicle. Check out the full interview below.

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President Trump to headline Republican state dinner in Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Donald Trump will return to Ohio later this month to headline the Ohio Republican Party's state dinner.

The president's appearance at the Aug. 24 event in Columbus was announced Wednesday by Chairman Jane Timken.

The visit is a coup for Timken, a Trump loyalist who ousted the state GOP's previous chairman in January after the president personally intervened on her behalf.

Trump also will attend a fundraiser while he's in town for U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, who's seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown this fall.

The president last visited central Ohio on Aug. 4 to rally for U.S. House candidate Troy Balderson, a Republican state senator. The race between Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor is still too close to call.

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Memorial bench honoring fallen Westerville police officers vandalized 

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:30

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- A memorial bench set up to honor two fallen Westerville police officers is now covered in scratches and curse words.

The bench outside of McVay Elementary School serves a remembrance for Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli. It was installed at the school last week.

A parent noticed the vandalism Wednesday and reported it to the school. Photos show curse words and racial slurs etched on the panels.

Damage to a memorial bench honoring fallen Westerville police officers | Photo edited to censor curse words and racial slur)

The bench has since been removed for repair.

Officers Joering and Morelli were killed in the line of duty in February. Their funeral drew in thousands of people, including law enforcement agents across the country.


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Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles experiences statewide computer network outage

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:04

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is experiencing a statewide computer network outage, leaving driver’s unable to get their licenses and plates.

According to a Facebook post, the network outage happened Wednesday morning. The post advised customers that you should call ahead before visiting your local deputy registrar.

Technicians are working to fix the problem, but there is no time given when everything will be restored.

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

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A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:35

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons be deflated?

The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they're a very small part of environmental pollution.

This year, college football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games, a move that's part of its sustainability efforts. In Virginia, a campaign that urges alternatives to balloon releases at weddings is expanding. And a town in Rhode Island outright banned the sale of all balloons earlier this year, citing the harm to marine life.

"There are all kinds of alternatives to balloons, a lot of ways to express yourself," says Kenneth Lacoste, first warden of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, who cites posters, piñatas and decorated paper.

Following efforts to limit plastic bags, the push by environmentalists against straws has gained traction in recent months, partly because they're seen as unnecessary for most. Companies including Starbucks and Disney are promising to phase out plastic straws, which can be difficult to recycle because of their size and often end up as trash in the ocean. A handful of U.S. cities recently passed or are considering bans. And the push may bring attention to other items people may not have considered — like festive balloons.

"The issue of straws has really broadened the marine debris issue," says Emma Tonge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. People might not realize balloons are a danger, she says, because of their "light and whimsical" image.

Balloons are not among the top 10 kinds of debris found in coastal cleanups, but Tongue says they're common and especially hazardous to marine animals, which can also get entangled in balloon strings.

Chelsea Rochman, an assistant professor of ecology at the University of Toronto, says people should think systemically about waste and pollution, but that efforts to bring attention to specific products shouldn't be dismissed as too minor.

"If we said that about everything, we wouldn't get anything done," she says.

Already, a few states restrict balloon releases to some extent, according to the Balloon Council, which represents the industry and advocates for the responsible handling of its products to "uphold the integrity of the professional balloon community." That means never releasing them into the air, and ensuring the strings have a weight tied to them so the balloons don't accidentally float away.

Lorna O'Hara, executive director of the Balloon Council, doesn't dispute that marine creatures might mistake balloons for jellyfish and eat them. But she says that doesn't mean balloons are necessarily causing their deaths.

Clean Virginia Waterways still thinks balloons can be harmful. Included in its report last year: A photo of a soaring bird with a deflated balloon trailing behind it.

The report addresses the "rising concern" of balloons, which also often use helium, a non-renewable resource. It notes the difficulty of changing a social norm and that even typing "congrats" in a Facebook post results in an animation of balloons. It even claims the media play a role and that some groups conduct balloon releases "just so reporters will cover the event."

"We don't want to say don't use them at all. We're saying just don't release them," says Laura McKay of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

Some states such as California ban balloon releases for other reasons. Pacific Gas & Electric, which serves northern and central California, says metallic balloons caused 203 power outages in the first five months of this year, up 22 percent from a year ago.

Lacoste thinks other towns, particularly those along the coasts, will also ban balloons as people become more aware of environmental issues. He notes that plastic bags were once seen as harmless, but many places now ban them.

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Back to School: College savings plan changes

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:51

Back to school can get expensive from clothes to supplies and that's before they head off to college.

This year there are changes to those college savings plans.

A financial expert breaks it all down for 10TV.

As kids head back to school, parents you may want to think years ahead - to college.

"If you have a child that's 5 or 6 of age and you're looking to pay for college. You're looking to pay $200,000 for undergrad," says portfolio manager and owner of Libertas Wealth Management, Adam Koos.

This year there are changes to college savings plans like the 529.

The biggest change is an increase in the state of Ohio tax deduction, which has risen from $2,000 to $4,000.

"If you have 3 kids and you put away $4,000 then you can write off that on your tax return for every child, it's a huge increase," Koos explains.

Also new this year is what you can use that money for, including religious and private high schools and elementary schools.

But if your child decides not to go to college, there are options of what to do with those savings.

"There is a 10 percent penalty for the money you take out but you can transfer it to any family member at no cost," Koos explains.

And if your child gets scholarships, you can take that money out dollar for dollar without penalty.

Koos says the important thing to do, which may be tough for some parents, is to put yourself first.

"What you need to do is a financial plan to make sure your retirement is taken care of, then max out the tax deduction for the 529 plan and look at other avenues for college savings," he says.

Koos says regardless of how much you're able to save, it all adds up, even if it's $50 a month.

"Let's say it grew and you have $8,000, that can pay for a lot of books, a laptop, food," he says.

To open up a 529 plan you need a social security number but Koos says you can start saving before your child is even born if you open it up in your name then transfer it to your children.

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Weed-killing chemical linked to cancer found in some children's breakfast foods

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:48

A new report found glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical that some health authorities link to cancer, in a number of popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children.

The study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas and snack bars. Thirty-one out of 45 tested products had levels higher than what some scientists consider safe for children.

Recently, some scientists, doctors and activists around the world have worked to keep glyphosate out of crops due to concerns that it is a dangerous carcinogen.

"We're very concerned that consumers are eating more glyphosate than they know," said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at EWG. He has been working to improve food safety standards for more than a decade. He said he and his team at EWG had a lab test involving "45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats" and found glyphosate – the active ingredient in the Monsanto weed-killer Roundup – in all but two.

"I was shocked," said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, who heads the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"We don't know a lot about the effects of glyphosate on children," Lowry said. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them."

EWG used its own, more stringent standards to conclude that products with excessive levels of the herbicide included Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Cheerios, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Great Value Instant Oats, and Back to Nature Classic Granola. Glyphosate was even found in a few organic products, though most had non-detectable levels.

The World Health Organization says glyphosate is a "probable carcinogen," and California lists it as a chemical "known to the state to cause cancer."

Monsanto disputes that, saying in a statement, "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use."

Of EWG's study, Monsanto says "even at the highest level reported… an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life in order to reach the EPA's limit" for glyphosate residues.

But just last week, a jury in California ordered Monsanto to pay one man $289 million in damages after he claimed the company's weed killers caused his cancer. EWG's Faber is skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits.

"We don't think it does enough in particular to protect children," Faber said.

"It is time now for them to step up and do their jobs to ban glyphosate," said Zen Honeycutt, who heads Moms Across America, a group formed to raise awareness about toxic exposures. Her family switched to an organic-only diet after her three sons developed allergies and other health problems.

"We want to trust that what is in the grocery store is safe and the shocking reality is that in many cases it's not," Honeycutt said.

In a statement, Quaker said: "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products. Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits of the safety standards set by the EPA and the European Commission as safe for human consumption." General Mills told CBS News: "Our products are safe and without question, they meet regulatory safety levels. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow."

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1 critical after motorcycle and car collide in south Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 05:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Division of Police says one person is in critical condition after a collision between a car and a motorcycle.

Investigators say the crash happened Wednesday just before 7 a.m. near the Jackson Pike Jail.

One person was transported to Grant Medical Center in critical condition, according to police.

One lane on Jackson Pike which is also State Route 104 was closed while they processed the scene.

The road reopened just before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The crash remains under investigation.

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

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Police: Ohio woman shoots police officer husband, kills herself

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:59

Authorities say a woman has shot and wounded her police officer husband in Ohio and then fatally shot herself.

The shootings occurred Monday afternoon at a home in Painesville, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland.

Painesville Police Chief Dan Waterman said Tuesday that 27-year-old Gates Mills police officer Dylan Hustosky called 911 Monday afternoon to report that his wife, 29-year-old Kayleigh Hustosky, had shot him in the arm.

A SWAT team was summoned when Kayleigh Hustosky didn't respond to police phone calls. She was found dead several hours later after a robot and drones failed to detect any movement inside the home.

Dylan Hustosky was flown to a Cleveland hospital where he's in stable condition.

The couple's 3-year-old son was away visiting relatives when Dylan Hustosky was shot.

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