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Police: 1 Killed, 1 injured after shooting in north Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 09:19

COLUMBUS – Columbus Police are on the scene of a fatal double shooting in north Columbus.

It happened just before 11 a.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of Ottawa Drive.

Authorities confirm one person has died and the other victim was taken to Grant Medical Center and is expected to be okay.

No suspect information was immediately available.

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

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Crime of the Week: Family looking for answers in death of 15-year-old boy

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 08:05

COLUMBUS - A family is looking for answers in the death of a 15-year-old boy who was found dead in an alley in north Columbus.

Police said on May 11 around 11:30 p.m. D'Ante Smith was found in an alley on Bremen Street after he was unresponsive with obvious gunshot wounds.

Police have surveillance images of someone who was walking with Smith before his death.

If you have any information, you can give an anonymous tip to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS.

You can earn a cash reward.

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Dispute at beloved bakery roils Ohio college town

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 07:24

OBERLIN — Students at Oberlin College have long enjoyed pastries, bagels and chocolates from Gibson's Bakery, a century-old, family-owned business near campus. That sweet relationship has turned bitter amid hotly disputed accusations of racism, roiling a school and town long known for their liberal politics.

The dispute, which began in November 2016 with the arrest of three black Oberlin students who tried stealing wine from Gibson's, is now a lawsuit in which the exasperated bakery owners accuse the college and a top dean of slandering Gibson's as a "racist establishment" and taking steps to destroy the family's livelihood.

Caught in the middle are longtime residents of this town of 8,300 people, many of whom identify themselves as liberals but who have patronized Gibson's for decades. Many believe the timing was right for the conflict to boil over; the arrests came the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, electrifying students who had long heard suspicions of racial profiling at Gibson's.

"I can understand why people were looking for some outlet for their frustration, but it's just counterproductive to bend that anger towards a small family business that to my knowledge is not guilty of the sort of racial profiling that people accuse it of," said retired Oberlin professor Roger Copeland.

The three students were arrested after punching and kicking the white shopkeeper. The 18- and 19-year-old students said that they were racially profiled and that their only crime was trying to buy alcohol with fake identification; the shopkeeper, Allyn Gibson, said the students attacked him after he caught them trying to steal bottles of wine.

The day after the arrests, hundreds of students protested outside the bakery. Members of Oberlin's student senate published a resolution saying Gibson's had "a history of racial profiling and discriminatory treatment."

Few colleges put the "liberal" into "liberal arts" more than Oberlin, which in the early 1800s became the first in the country to regularly admit women and minorities. But it also more recently has become, for conservatives, a symbol of political correctness gone awry and entitled youth.

News articles in 2015 quoted students decrying the school dining hall's sushi and Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches as cultural appropriation. The divisive, voice-of-a-generation actress Lena Dunham, famously a 2008 Oberlin alumna, was quoted in Food & Wine magazine as saying, "The press reported it as, 'How crazy are Oberlin kids?' But to me, it was actually, 'Right on.'"

With Oberlin's reputation preceding it and news of the Gibson's protests spreading online, bikers and out-of-town counter-protesters soon converged on the town to jeer students and buy doughnuts from Gibson's. Conservatives derided the students on social media as coddled "snowflakes" with a mob mentality, while students attacked the store as a symbol of systemic racism.

The three students arrested at Gibson's pleaded guilty in August to attempted theft and aggravated trespassing and said in statements required by a plea agreement that their actions were wrong and that the store wasn't racist.

Even so, students continue to boycott Gibson's over perceived racial profiling, causing business to suffer. Pressed by a reporter to provide evidence or examples of profiling, they said only that when black students enter the store, they feel as though they're being watched.

"Racism can't always be proven on an Excel sheet," said Kameron Dunbar, an Oberlin junior and vice chair of the student senate.

Copeland and other residents say the accusations of racism are unfounded.

"I've never seen evidence; it's always hearsay," Copeland said. "When your fellow student is shutting down a conversation because he or she is made uncomfortable, it leads to a hive mentality."

On Nov. 7, the Gibsons sued Oberlin and Meredith Raimondo, vice president and dean of students, for slander, accusing faculty members of encouraging demonstrations against the bakery by suspending classes, distributing flyers, and supplying protesters with free food and drink.

It says Raimondo took part in the demonstration against Gibson's with a bullhorn and distributed a flyer that said the bakery is a "RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION."

Today, the lawsuit says, college tour guides continue to inform prospective students that Gibson's is racist.

Dave Gibson, the bakery's owner, says the lawsuit is about standing up for his right to crack down on shoplifting without being branded as a racist. The suit says Oberlin demanded that he stop pushing criminal charges on first-time shoplifters and call school deans instead.

"I have not taken a paycheck since this happened more than a year ago," Gibson said in an email. "Sometimes you have to stand up to a large institution. Powerful institutions — including Oberlin College — and their members must follow the same laws as the rest of us."

Gibson's loses thousands of dollars to theft, the lawsuit said. It rejects any accusations of racial bias, pointing to police figures in the past five years that show only six out of 40 adults arrested for shoplifting at the bakery were black.

The school said in a statement after the lawsuit was filed that it and Raimondo deny Gibson's claims and that the college has stopped buying the bakery's goods, ending what had been a decades-long relationship. Raimondo did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Attempts by the Oberlin Business Partnership to mediate between the school and bakery ended in failure, said partnership Director Janet Haar, with neither side appearing to be interested.

The clash has inspired Oberlin senior Jake Berstein, who said he witnessed the initial altercation, to produce a podcast trying to create a conversation that "isn't being had" between the two sides.

"Gibson's has become all that is wrong with America," Berstein said. "It's a classic case of those political bubbles that don't communicate with each other, and don't want to."

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Officials: One type of whale, after deadly year, could become extinct

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:48

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.

North Atlantic right whales are among the rarest marine mammals in the world, and they have endured a deadly year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said there are only about 450 of the whales left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017.

The situation is so dire that American and Canadian regulators need to consider the possibility that the population won't recover without action soon, said John Bullard, the Northeast Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. The high year of mortality is coinciding with a year of poor reproduction, and there are only about 100 breeding female North Atlantic right whales left.

"You do have to use the extinction word, because that's where the trend lines say they are," Bullard said. "That's something we can't let happen."

Bullard and other NOAA officials made the comments during a Tuesday meeting of the regulatory New England Fishery Management Council. Mark Murray-Brown, an Endangered Species Act consultant for NOAA, said right whales have been declining in abundance since 2010, with females hit harder than males.

The U.S. and Canada must work to reduce the human-caused deaths of the whales, Murray-Brown said. Vessel-strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are two frequently cited causes of the whales' deaths.

"The current status of the right whales is a critical situation, and using our available resources to recover right whales is of high importance and high urgency," he said.

The animals give birth in temperate southern waters and then head to New England and Canada every spring and summer to feed. All of this year's deaths were off of New England and Canada.

Some recent scientific studies have shed some light on why whale deaths have ticked up. One, published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, stated that the whales move around much more than previously thought. Some scientists have posited that whales might be venturing outside of protected areas in search of food, putting themselves in harm's way.

In another study, published last month in the journal Endangered Species Research, scientists examined right whale feces and found whales that suffer long entanglements in fishing gear produce hormone levels that indicate high stress. The stress negatively impacts their ability to reproduce even when they survive entanglement, scientists said.

"My colleagues are trying to find solutions so we can find out how they can continue to fish, but not entangle whales," said a study co-author, Elizabeth Burgess, an associate scientist with the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium in Boston.

A five-year NOAA review of right whales that was released in October said the animals should remain on the endangered list. It also included recommendations to protect the species. They included developing a long-term plan for monitoring the population trends and habitat use, and studying the impact of commercial fishing on right whales.

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Princes William and Harry choose sculptor for Diana statue

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:45

LONDON — Kensington Palace says Princes William and Harry have chosen sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley to create a statute of their mother, Princess Diana, to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.

Rank-Broadley, whose image of Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on British coins since 1998, will complete the work by 2019. The statue will be placed on the grounds of Kensington Palace, where Diana once lived.

The princes said in a statement Sunday that the statue is meant to create "a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother" and to remember her life and legacy.

The princes added they had been touched by the kind words and memories shared with them about Diana this year, as the world recalled her death in a Paris car accident in 1997.

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Early praise for 'The Last Jedi' after elaborate premiere

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:40

LOS ANGELES — There were cheers, gasps, droid photo opportunities, casino games and more than a few standing ovations at the jam-packed world premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Saturday night in Los Angeles, which many are already praising online.

Rian Johnson, the writer, and director of the eighth installment of the franchise, dedicated the night to the late Carrie Fisher, who died after filming had completed.

"She's up there flipping the bird and saying, 'Don't bring this night down with solemn tributes,'" Johnson said on stage at the Shrine Auditorium.

It was in that spirit that Johnson excitedly introduced his cast, including Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Hamill and composer John Williams, who Johnson called one of the "greatest living film composers" were among the few who got standing ovations.

"Let's watch a Star Wars movie!" Johnson exclaimed as the cast took their seats, the lights dimmed and the yellow Star Wars logo and iconic scrawl appeared on screen to signal the start of the film. The enthusiastic audience laughed and cheered throughout much of the two-and-a-half-hour film. One audience member even shrieked "What?!" at a key scene deep in the film.

The elaborate premiere featured a massive assault vehicle and a procession of Stormtroopers and droids that preceded the first showing of the film in advance of its Dec. 15 release. The mood was joyous and pregnant with anticipation for the highly anticipated and guarded film, which sees the return of Hamill's Luke Skywalker as well as Fisher's final performance.

Formal reviews won't be out for a few days, but journalists and others at the screening who shared their initial reactions online said: "The Last Jedi" packed the adventure expected in a Star Wars film, but took it into new territory.

J.J. Abrams, who directed 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and will return to direct Episode IX told The Associated Press that the film was "great" and that "Rian killed it."

"Logan" director James Mangold also praised the film's director, calling the movie "a great chapter of a blockbuster franchise," that also had Johnson's "voice shining through."

Producer Adam F. Goldberg wrote that the film made him feel like a kid again.

Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican said the film "will shatter you and then make you feel whole again."

Many who posted online about the premiere said they were still processing the film.

Attendees at Saturday's premiere were the first people outside of the cast, filmmakers and top executives at Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm who had seen "The Last Jedi." Director Edgar Wright, Patton Oswalt, Greta Gerwig, "Stranger Things" actor Gaten Matarazzo, and Constance Zimmer were among the attendees Saturday.

Wright, who makes a cameo appearance in the film as a rebel, added on Twitter that the film was, "Really great."

At the after-party, which was modeled after Canto Bight, a casino-based city in the Star Wars galaxy seen in "The Last Jedi," attendees could play blackjack, roulette and craps to win commemorative Star Wars pins.

Fans at the premiere were also treated to up-close looks at new characters, including an elite squad of guards clad in red armor as well as a collection of droids, including the droids C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8, who walked and rolled down the red carpet before the film's stars arrived.

"It's a Star Wars movie, and the energy tonight is pretty amazing," said a beaming Andy Serkis, who plays the villain Supreme Leader Snoke.

Ridley, who plays Rey, arrived wearing a shimmering dress adorned with stars. Ridley was in good spirits, saying about her dress, "I mean, it's just fun. It's fun. And I feel fun. And it's got stars on it."

Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran wore a bright red dress with a lengthy train behind it. John Boyega, who earlier in the day tweeted that he might miss the premiere because a snowstorm had snarled travel out of Atlanta, arrived sporting a dark blue tuxedo and turtleneck.

Secrecy about the film remained in place on the red carpet. Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, told a reporter looking for details on the film, "I'm going to let you work out everything for yourself."

"The Last Jedi," which arrives in theaters on Dec. 15, is one of the year's biggest releases. Early box office projections are for the film to debut in the $200 million range for its first weekend.

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Pope urges nuclear disarmament, climate-change solutions

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:33

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is calling for a world without nuclear arms and for effective measures to combat climate change.

Addressing the faithful Sunday in St. Peter's Square, he stressed what he called "the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament." Francis said working to protect the dignity of the weakest and most disadvantaged implies "also working with determination to build a world without nuclear arms." He urged people to put intelligence and technology at the "service of peace and true progress."

A strong crusader for the environment, Francis also expressed hope that people will realize the "need to adopt truly efficient decisions to fight climate change" while also combatting poverty.

Francis then cited the suffering from a cyclone in India that has left fishermen missing and from flooding in Albania.

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Fire reported at Johnstown-Monroe High School near football stadium

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:06

JOHNSTOWN - The Monroe Township Fire Department is investigating a fire that reportedly happened at the school's concession stand near the football stadium.

Licking County dispatchers told 10TV the fire happened around 3 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of South Oregon Street. There were no injuries at a fire at a high school football field Sunday morning.

Authorities said they are still on scene working to determine the cause of the fire as of 6:30 a.m.

There were no injuries reported.

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

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South Carolina serial killer says there are more victims

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 05:25

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A South Carolina man convicted of killing seven people says he has more victims who have not been discovered.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that, in an eight-page letter, Todd Kohlhepp wrote that he tried to tell investigators and informed the FBI, but he said: "it was blown off." He also wrote, "At this point, I really don't see a reason to give numbers or locations."

Don Wood, chief division counsel with the FBI's Columbia office, said the agency has a pending investigation, but wouldn't comment specifically on what the FBI is doing.

The 46-year-old Kohlhepp pleaded guilty in May to seven counts of murder for killings that took place over more than a decade, all as he ran a real estate business. He was sentenced to life in prison.

His string of crimes was uncovered in 2016 after police rescued a woman chained at the neck in a storage container and investigators found a body buried in a shallow grave. The woman told investigators she saw Kohlhepp shoot and kill her boyfriend, who went with her for a cleaning job on the suspect's property.

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Three people shot, one in critical condition in southeast Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 02:34

Three people have been shot in southeast Columbus, according to Columbus police.

It happened on Lockbourne Rd. north of Refugee Rd.

Emergency personnel transported one person to Grant Medical Center in critical condition.

The conditions of the other two victims are unknown.

Police do not have information on a suspect.

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Girls of Color Hack #CBUS

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 22:35

They are plugged in and as creative as they come.

Delivering a message that transcends technology.

More than 50 girls from Franklin County high schools came to Franklin University over two days to hack #CBUS.

Girls of Color Hack #CBUS is a positive initiative helping girls to build apps intended to empower young women.

Olivia Evans is a junior at Pickerington Central High School, "We have like a social page for when there's like social problems like relationships like when there are red flags in life, abusive relationships and stuff," she said from the event sponsored by non-profit Tech Corps.

Marjorie Mendez says encouraging others to collaborate is part of the theme and not easy at this age, "Especially in technology fields where you don't see a lot of us in here it's really nice to like see a room full of people who think just the way you do."

The friendships form instantly and the results can be impactful, especially when creating things like websites to help young girls who are struggling with everyday issues of growing up. "It's honestly really fun and empowering to learn something that you think of in your mind and be on a computer screen for millions to see," Mendez said.

It is certainly not the most common way we see teenagers using technology these days and Mendez believes that just adds to the experience,

"I take away something new that I've never done before and other people have never done before. And then we take away a memory that only we have."

Tech Corps says this is just one of many programs it offers, and hopes it inspires young people to consider technology fields in the future.

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Recordings of Pilot president's epithets could disrupt trial

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:38

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Secret recordings of one of the defendants uttering racial epithets are threatening to disrupt the federal fraud trial of former executives and sales staffers at the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

With the trial about to take a monthlong recess for the holidays, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier said that he would allow prosecutors to present the recordings of former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood using what he called "vile, despicable, inflammatory racial epithets," and disparaging the city of Cleveland and its pro football team.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys said they will research whether those comments are inflammatory enough to warrant separate trials for Hazelwood's co-defendants.

"Mr. Hazelwood's utterances are beyond the pale," Collier said. "Several subordinates of Mr. Hazelwood were present. Mr. Hazelwood was in a position of authority over them."

The judge said he decided to allow the government to play the tapes because Hazelwood's attorneys have presented him as too skilled a businessman to engage in practices that could hurt Pilot's reputation. If his comments had become public while he was Pilot's president it could have led to boycotts and lawsuits by African-American employees, Collier said.

Pilot in a statement called the statements "saddening and troubling."

"This kind of behavior is not acceptable, tolerated or reflective of the values of the company. No current team member of Pilot Flying J was present or participated in these conversations," the statement said.

With the first month of the trial completed, here's what has been learned so far:

REBATE FRAUD

While the four defendants in the case — former President Mark Hazelwood, former Vice President Scott "Scooter" Wombold, and former sales representatives Heather Jones and Karen Mann — maintain their innocence, 14 other former members of the Pilot sales team have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme to shortchange trucking customers on diesel rebates. Jimmy Haslam was not charged and has denied any prior knowledge of the scam. The company paid a $92 million penalty to the federal government and settled a class action lawsuit for $85 million. Prosecutors say the scheme ran from at least 2008 until agents raided the company's headquarters in 2013. One former executive testified that the fraudulent practices at Pilot began small and then spread. "We kind of slid into it," former northeast regional sales director Arnie Ralenkotter said.

STAR WITNESS TO COME?

Prosecutors have been building their case with testimony from an array of former Pilot employees from the lower and middle ranks of the sales team. They have detailed how the company preyed on less sophisticated trucking customers unlikely to be able to keep up with the complex discount system. Former Vice President John "Stick" Freeman, whom the government describes as the architect of the fraud scheme, has yet to take the stand. But he has been featured prominently in others' testimony and in undercover recordings played for the jury, including one in which he boasts that Haslam "loved it" when the sales team swindled customers. "He knew — absolutely," Freeman said in the recording. Freeman pleaded guilty in July.

DEFENSE STRATEGY

Defense attorneys have signaled that Haslam will feature prominently in their efforts to persuade the jury of reasonable doubt. Hazelwood's lawyers have said that that Haslam's relationship with Freeman will be "highly relevant" to the case. "Make no mistake about it, Jimmy Haslam III and (his father) Jim Haslam II were in charge of this company," attorney Anthony Drumheller said. "This was a family company they owned and strongly managed." Wombold's lawyer, John Kelly, said his client did not participate in the scheme, and even saw his professional prospects eclipsed by those like Freeman who were directly involved in the fraud.

'JIMMY, WE'VE BEEN CAUGHT'

Investigators were denied in an effort to lure Haslam into discussing the fraud scheme in a recorded phone conversation before agents descended on the company's Knoxville headquarters in 2013. Former sales executive Brian Mosher testified that agents had him call Haslam to say, "Jimmy, we've been caught." Mosher said Haslam replied: "I understand there are some folks at your house," and then handed the phone to a lawyer in Pilot's legal department. Court filings submitted before the trial suggested that investigators' plans may have been thwarted by Mosher's wife passing along word that the FBI was at the house to Wombold, who in turn informed Hazelwood.

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Human bones found by workers at Cleveland demolition site

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:30

CLEVELAND — Police say what's believed to be a human skull has been found by workers demolishing an abandoned apartment building in Cleveland.

Cleveland.com reports workers found the skull Thursday while moving debris from the building's foundation.

A police report says an investigator from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office went to the scene and told officers that the skull appeared to be human. The investigator then found pieces of what appeared to be human vertebrae.

A spokesman from the Medical Examiner's Office didn't respond to a message seeking comment Saturday about whether it's been determined that the skull and bones are human.

Neighbors said the building became abandoned years ago.

Cleveland police homicide detectives are investigating.

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'Last Jedi' premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:13

LOS ANGELES — Stormtroopers marched the red carpet as Star Wars music blared and fans cheered Saturday at the world premiere of the latest installment in the beloved space opera franchise.

The elaborate premiere for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" included a procession of Stormtroopers and a squad of elite guards clad in red armor walking the red carpet. Fans cheered, some waving stuffed Porgs, a new character being introduced in the eighth film in the core Star Wars franchise.

The procession of characters took them down a red carpet set up under a towering model of an assault vehicle and into a tented area where photos and interviews were taking place before the film's premiere. The characters, including the droids R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8, arrived before the film's stars.

Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, arrived wearing a shimmering dress adorned with stars. Ridley was in good spirits, saying about her dress, "I mean, it's just fun. It's fun. And I feel fun. And it's got stars on it."

Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran wore a bright red dress with a lengthy train behind it.

"It's a Star Wars movie, and the energy tonight is pretty amazing," said a beaming Andy Serkis, who plays the villain Supreme Leader Snoke.

Secrecy about the film, which has only been screened for a select VIPs, was still in place. Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, told a reporter looking for details on the film, "I'm going to let you work out everything for yourself."

"The Last Jedi," which arrives in theaters on Dec. 15, is one of the year's biggest releases and includes the return of Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher's final role. Early box office projections are for the film to debut in the $200 million range for its first weekend.

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Dozens of crashes on slick roads during first snow fall of season

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 19:59

COLUMBUS -- The snow looked beautiful coming down Saturday, if you were watching from inside. But if you were out on the streets, it made for some ugly driving conditions.

Along U.S. 33 near Hamilton Road Saturday night, eight cars were piled up, with several other vehicles off the side of the highway. On Olentangy River Road, 10TV cameras didn't see accidents, but some frightening near-misses on a street that looked more like a skating rink.

Between ODOT and the City of Columbus, hundreds of crews were treating the roads, with mixed results.

"It seemed like maybe it took a little too long, because there were a bunch of accidents on 315," driver Brian Keenan said.

Multiple cars slid off Trabue Road Saturday afternoon, one of them crashing into a used car lot. There were multiple crashes on 270 near Cemetery Road and Roberts Road.

Hilliard and Dublin Police tweeted this warning to drivers:

"All roads are extremely icy. Please only drive if necessary and use extreme caution."

"You would think living in Ohio that we'd probably be used to it," Keenan said.

"I just take it slow and always watch out for what's around me," driver Megan Carnes said. "Make sure I know what's going on at all times, and leave enough stopping distance."

Police warned about tricky conditions, including re-freezing through the overnight and into Sunday.

Police report no serious injuries from Saturday's crashes.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield wins Heisman Trophy as top college player

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 19:02
NEW YORK - Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman Trophy, completing a climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players in the history of college football.

The brash, flag-planting Sooners star became the sixth Oklahoma player to the win Heisman in one of the most lopsided votes ever.

Stanford running back Bryce Love was the runner-up, making it five second-place finishes for the Cardinal since 2009. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman winner, was third, the best finish by a returning winner since Tim Tebow of Florida in 2008.

Mayfield received 732 first-place votes and 2,398 points. Love had 75 first-place votes and 1,300 points and Jackson received 47 and 793. Mayfield received 86 percent of the total points available, the third-highest percentage in Heisman history.

Mayfield is the third player to win the Heisman heading to the College Football Playoff. The second-ranked Sooners meet No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. He is the first senior to win the award since Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006.

Mayfield finished fourth in the Heisman voting two years ago and third last year. He entered this season as one of the favorites and jumped toward the front of the pack when he led the Sooners to an early victory at Ohio State that he celebrated by planting the OU flag in the Horseshoe turf.

He later apologized for that, but that has been Mayfield's career. Spectacular play fueled by grudges, slights and trying to prove doubters wrong. Moxie is the word that gets attached to Mayfield often, but at times poor judgment has gotten him in trouble on and off the field.

Those were really the only marks on Mayfield's Heisman resume because his play has been consistently stellar. He has thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns this season for the Big 12 champion Sooners (12-1). For his career, Mayfield is eighth in FBS history in yards passing (14,320) and sixth in touchdown passes (129). He is likely to leave college with the two best single-season passer ratings in major college football.

Pretty good for a scrawny kid who grew up in Austin, Texas, rooting for Oklahoma, but did not receive a scholarship offer out of high school from either the hometown Longhorns or his beloved Sooners.

At Lake Travis High School, Mayfield won a state championship at a school that regularly pumps out Division I quarterbacks. Mayfield was undersized at 6-1 and received just one offer from a Power Five program — Washington State.

Instead, he walked-on at Texas Tech and started eight games as a freshman. With a glut of quarterbacks in Lubbock, Mayfield left and had only one school in mind.

Oklahoma had Trevor Knight, coming off a Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama and with three more seasons left of eligibility, but that did not dissuade Mayfield. His departure from Texas Tech was contentious. At first, he lost a year of eligibility, despite not being on scholarship. Texas Tech could have given permission to waive the lost year, but did not.

Mayfield eventually got that year of eligibility back when the Big 12 tweaked its rules, but he never did let it go. For his last game against Texas Tech this season, he wore the "Traitor" T-shirt that some Red Raiders fans wore when he first returned to Lubbock with Oklahoma.

Later in the year, it was Kansas — or all teams — that tried to get the volatile Mayfield off his game. Jayhawks captains refused to shake his hand during the pregame coin flip. They trash-talked Mayfield and even took a late hit at him. He responded by screaming profanities and making a lewd gesture that television cameras caught. That led to a public apology from Mayfield, his third this year.

The first came after he was arrested in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in February for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing. He pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors and paid a $300 fine. The second came after that flag planting in Columbus, Ohio, after the Sooners beat the Buckeyes. Mayfield said before that early season showdown that the Buckeyes had irked him by celebrating on the Sooners' field in 2016.

Mayfield joins Jason White and Sam Bradford as Oklahoma quarterbacks who won the award since 2003. Only Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC have won more Heisman trophies with seven each.

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Police end barricade situation on Sutton Avenue

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 18:31

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Police and SWAT were able to end a barricade situation on Sutton Avenue Saturday evening.

The situation started in the late afternoon as a domestic violence situation, according to police.

Two women escaped from the home after calling the police. Police said a man retreated to the basement. He later came out while SWAT was on the scene.

According to police, the man threatened to blow up the house with propane.

The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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Three counties under a snow emergency in Central Ohio

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 18:19

Roads in Central Ohio turned icy and slick Saturday.

Columbus Police reported more than 30 crashes. Hilliard and Dublin police warned residents on twitter about icy conditions. Gahanna police were only responding to injury accidents Saturday evening because of so many crash reports.

Ross, Coshocton and Pike counties are under a level one snow emergency.

Here is an explainer of snow emergency levels in Central Ohio:

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Drive cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.

LEVEL 3: Roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it's absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. Employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. During a Level 3 emergency, drivers may be subject to arrest and/or fines.

When a Level 2 or 3 is issued, motorists are advised to seek public transportation. In a Level 3 emergency, conditions are not safe and driving is limited to emergency personnel and personal emergencies. One purpose for issuing a Level 3 snow emergency is to enable snow removal equipment to adequately clear roadways without the obstacle of motorists. Citations could be issued for reckless or unnecessary driving during a Level 3 emergency.

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Woman burns down Cincinnati home trying to kill bed bugs

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:56

CINCINNATI -- Authorities said that three people were injured and 10 people were left homeless after a woman accidentally started a fire while trying to kill bed bugs with rubbing alcohol at a multi-family home in Cincinnati.

WXIX-TV reports it's the second time in two weeks that a fire sparked by attempts to kill bed bugs has caused extensive damage in Cincinnati.

Officials say the fire late Friday heavily damaged a five-unit building and sent three people to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Their injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

The Red Cross is finding lodging for three teenagers and seven adults. CBS affiliate WKRC reports that the damage is estimated at $250,000.

Eight people were left homeless on Nov. 28 when a 13-year-old boy set fire to an apartment building after dousing a bed bug with alcohol.

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Snow slows or shuts down much of normally sunny Deep South

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:43

ATLANTA — An unusually heavy December snowfall across much of the Deep South tapered off Saturday, icy road conditions were still a threat and thousands remained without electricity throughout the region.

Forecasters warned that moisture on the roadways could freeze overnight and cause black ice to form. The National Weather Service said that even after snow flurries ended by midday, areas including metro Atlanta would still be cold enough for transparent layers of thin ice to form on bridges and other elevated roadways.

The frigid temperatures behind a cold front combined with moisture off the Gulf of Mexico to bring unusual wintry weather to parts of the South.

Preliminary reports to the weather service showed up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snowfall in northwest Georgia, with 7 inches (18 centimeters) of accumulation in parts of metro Atlanta. Another 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow was reported in Anniston, Alabama, while up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) were reported in Mississippi. Rare flurries were even reported in New Orleans.

"It's very, very abnormal and rare that we would get totals like that this time of year," said Sid King, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in the Atlanta area. "It's really not even winter yet. I would not be surprised if we broke a lot of records."

But the snow wasn't expected to outlast the weekend. King said warming temperatures and sunny skies should melt most of it in time for shivering Southerners to return to work and school Monday.

At the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which holds the world record for annual number of passengers, airport spokesman Reese McCranie said more than 400 flights were cancelled Saturday. That's after nearly 1,200 cancellations Friday.

Not everyone was anxious to flee. Members of a central Florida family found their way to Atlanta specifically to witness the white drifts.

"It's beautiful," said Tim Moss, while his two sons and wife threw snowballs at each other near a McDonald's parking lot early Saturday. He said the family - including his mother - made a spontaneous decision late Friday to leave 80-degree weather in Florida and drive seven hours to see snow for the first time.

"A lot of people who live here are staying in," said Moss. "They don't want to get out in it. But we want to get out and run around in it."

The snowstorms knocked out electricity to thousands across the South. More than 334,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity Saturday afternoon in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. About 235,000 of those still in the dark were in Georgia.

Southern Pine Electric Co-operative had more than 10,500 customers without power Saturday in south Mississippi. The co-op had more than twice that many outages at the storm's peak, utility spokesman Brock Williamson said. He said getting everyone's electricity restored could take days.

"This may be the first time we've ever dealt with a winter storm that's created so many outages," he said.

In Atlanta, a fallen power line was blamed for electrocuting a man late Friday. Bystanders tried to warn the man before he walked into the dangling live wire, Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said Saturday. He said it was unclear if the wire was downed because of the icy weather.

A freeze warning was in effect Saturday for parts of northern Florida, southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia. The weather service said freezing temperatures can harm vulnerable plants and animals.

Snow had moved further east by Saturday, dumping up to 14 inches (35 centimeters) in parts of North Carolina before heading into the Mid-Atlantic. Virginia State police reported hundreds of crashes blamed on icy weather. Parts of the Northeast and New England are also expecting a share of the snowfall this weekend.

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