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Authorities identify man found dead in southeast Columbus apartment after fire

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Division of Fire has identified the man found dead in an apartment after a fire on the southeast side of Columbus Friday night.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said neighbors saw smoke coming from the door and windows of an apartment in the 2300 block of Hudson Bay Way.

They knocked on the doors and windows trying to alert anyone inside and called 911.

When firefighters arrived they put out a small fire in the apartment, Martin said.

Martin said one person, identified as 52-year-old Curtis Crowder, was found dead inside.

Investigators were called to the scene.

"We do not know if the fire was a result of the occupant's death or the death was the result of the fire at this time," Martin said.

The fire department said no one else was hurt.

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10 Investigates: Has "Live PD" changed how the sheriff's office does its job?

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:32

High-speed chases make for great television, but tragic real-life consequences.

10TV has uncovered questions about the safety of the actions of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The people raising those questions are high-ranking officers from the Columbus Division of Police.

"They (the Sheriff's Office) don't have a strong enough pursuit policy," said one CPD Commander. "They chase everything. And if they're coming into the city more, that creates a danger within the city of Columbus."

In an internal email obtained by 10TV, a CPD Sergeant writes, "We are seeing more and more activity from the county... they seem to play by a complete different set of rules than we do. I've seen them driving (lights and sirens) for a (no driver's license offense)."

A third Columbus Police Supervisor said, "if you're chasing a bunch of cars that don't need chased; they're going to get somebody killed."

Columbus Police sources say the problem has come to a head since the Sheriff's Office joined the popular reality crime show "Live PD."

"They never take calls in the city," a CPD Supervisor said. "Now they're showing up on our shootings and robberies. They're trying to get into extra stuff to make good TV."

10TV took those concerns to Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin.

Glenn McEntyre: "Do the cameras change behavior?"
Sheriff Baldwin: "I think they can. And that was an issue I talked about with our command staff and our deputies early on. And we have reinforced a couple of times. to make sure that you're not playing to the camera. You're there to do a job. You're paid to be in a particular area. If the camera happens to catch it, that's fine. If it's a slow night in your area, it's a slow night."

Monday starting at 5 p.m., 10 Investigates reveals the concerns of Columbus law enforcement, and why they believe "Live PD" has changed how the Sheriff's Office does its job.

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Local health officials currently seeing increase in flu diagnoses

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:16

As a suburb of Cincinnati mourns the death of fourth grader Sable Gibson, a warning comes from local public health officials regarding an increase of reported flu cases.

According to Gibson’s parents, the fourth grader died after being diagnosed with both strep throat and the flu. Alex Jones, assistant health commissioner with Franklin County Public Health says although she can’t speak specifically to the suburban Cincinnati death, she says a secondary illness accompanying the flu is not uncommon.

“Anytime your immune system is weakened by the flu, or it could conversely start one of those other viruses, and then you contract flu at the same time," Jones says.

Jones says locally, the peak of flu season is typically the mid to end of winter but right, now everyone should be on alert as central Ohio is currently experiencing an increase of flu cases.

“We are seeing pretty much widespread high incidents of flu right now,” Jones said.

This public health worker says this flu season, central Ohioans have a better chance of being protected because this year’s vaccine is proving to cover more strains than last season.

“As we know, that’s the number one protector against flu in any flu season," Jones said.

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First responders call off search of Scioto River after report of someone in the water

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus rescue teams searched the Scioto River in downtown Columbus after a report of someone going into the water.

The Columbus Division of Fire was called to the river around 5:15 p.m. Friday.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said crews will be able to search the water for about an hour in current temperatures.

Martin said the search was called off after 6 p.m. without anyone being found.

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Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court.

The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department also would prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers, and require stricter financial separation. Clinic staff would still be permitted to discuss abortion with clients.

The move was decried by women's groups and praised by religious conservatives, but it could be some time before women served by the federal family program feel the full impact.

Women's groups, organizations representing the clinics, and Democratic-led states are expected to sue to block the policy from going into effect. Administration officials told abortion opponents on a call Friday that they expect legal action, according to a participant.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.

Planned Parenthood, whose affiliates are major providers of family planning services as well as abortions, said the administration is trying to impose a "gag rule," and launched a full campaign to block it.

"I want our patients to know this — we will fight through every avenue so this illegal, unethical rule never goes into effect," said Planned Parenthood's president, Dr. Leana Wen.

She said the new policy would prevent doctors from referring women for abortions "even if your life depended on it."

The American Medical Association said in a statement the Trump administration is trying to impose a gag rule "for all intents and purposes."

"The patient-physician relationship relies on trust, open conversation and informed decision making and the government should not be telling physicians what they can and cannot say to their patients," said the AMA.

Planned Parenthood and other groups representing the clinics say the new requirements for physical separation of facilities would be costly and all but impossible to fulfill. Planned Parenthood said the administration is making another attempt to drive it out of business, after efforts to deny funding failed in Congress.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed that argument. "They've been saying for years they don't co-mingle their funds, so this should be easy for them," she told reporters at the White House. "Physically separate and financially separate."

Religious conservatives see the administration's action as a way to break down what they call an indirect taxpayer subsidy of abortion providers.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, called it "a major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers' forced partnership with the abortion industry."

The regulation was published Friday on an HHS website. It's not official until it appears in the Federal Register and the department said there could be "minor editorial changes." A department official confirmed it was the final version.

Known as Title X, the family-planning program serves about 4 million women annually through independent clinics, many operated by Planned Parenthood affiliates, which serve about 40 percent of all clients. The grant program costs taxpayers about $260 million a year.

Leaders of health associations representing black and Latino health care providers and patients joined Wen at a news briefing to decry the new rule They said women from their communities make up more than half the beneficiaries of Title X grants and would be disproportionately harmed by the changes.

But abortion opponent Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said the administration rule "does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide health care to women but do not perform abortions." Her organization is a political advocacy group that backs anti-abortion candidates.

An umbrella group representing family planning clinics, including those not affiliated with Planned Parenthood, said the administration is trying to impose its ideology.

"This rule intentionally strikes at the heart of the patient-provider relationship, inserting political ideology into a family planning visit, which will frustrate and ultimately discourage patients from seeking the health care they need," Clare Coleman, head of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said in a statement.

Although abortion remains politically divisive, the U.S. abortion rate has dropped significantly, from about 29 per 1,000 women of reproductive age in 1980 to about 15 in 2014. Better contraception, fewer unintended pregnancies and state restrictions may have played a role, according to a recent scientific report. Polls show most Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

The Trump administration's policy echoes a Reagan-era regulation that barred clinics from even discussing abortion with women. It never went into effect as written, although the Supreme Court ruled it was an appropriate use of executive power.

The policy was rescinded under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule took effect requiring "nondirective" counseling to include a full range of options for women.

The Trump administration is now rolling back the Clinton requirement that abortion be discussed as an option along with prenatal care and adoption.

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OHSAA investigating after hockey player, parents claim nothing done amid racial slur use

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:20

Fights are part of hockey, but there's now an investigation into what sparked one at the end of the Olentangy Berlin High School game against Troy Saturday.

A player claims he was called a racial slur and nothing was done about it.

His parents, Jamie and Teresa Stevenson said this isn’t the first time a racial slur has been used against one of their sons in a hockey game. They want it recognized and they want change.

“If there’s a way that the league can really put down some policy and make sure the first people in that line of defense have to be the referees, they’ve got to be equipped to do something, even if they don’t hear it,” said Jamie.

The OHSAA is investigating and said the coaches and referees said they didn’t hear it. They said it’s the policy for a player to be disqualified if such a comment is heard.

The Stevenson’s son was ejected from the game along with four Troy players, all for fighting.

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How do children die from the flu? Ohio girl's death raises concerns

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:13

In a tragic story that's making headlines across the country: A fourth-grade girl from Ohio died just one day after being diagnosed with strep throat and influenza.

According to a Facebook post from Mason City Schools, Sable Gibson was diagnosed Tuesday morning, went into cardiac arrest Tuesday afternoon and died Wednesday evening.

Also this week, reports came in of a New Jersey toddler who died from the flu earlier this month.

While this year's flu season has been milder overall than last year's, to date 41 children have died across the country from flu-related causes.

The number of flu-related deaths varies widely from year to year, but even during a relatively mild flu season the illness claims thousands of lives. The CDC reports that over a three-decade period starting in the mid-1970s, the number of flu deaths in the U.S. ranged from a low of about 3,000 a year to as many as 49,000 in a bad year.

Last year's flu season was particularly deadly, claiming the lives of more than 80,000 Americans, including a record 185 children.

While most people will recover from a bout with the flu, complications can arise, some of which can be severe or fatal. The illness can turn deadly for anyone, but it is most dangerous for adults over the age of 65 and children under the age of 5.

How can the flu lead to death?

The influenza virus itself can lead to death if it leads to serious breathing problems and severe dehydration. However, the more common scenario is a complication from the infection, explains Dr. Claire Bocchini, an infectious disease specialist at Texas Children's Hospital.

She says bacterial pneumonia is the most common complication from the flu that leads to death.

"This happens because the flu virus injures the lungs and causes inflammation that then makes it easier for bacteria to invade the lungs and cause a very serious infection," Bocchini told CBS News. "The bacterial infection can make it hard for children to breathe, and their lungs struggle to get enough oxygen for their body."

Another complication that can lead to death is sepsis. This occurs when the body overreacts to an infection. Sepsis can affect multiple organ systems, sometimes causing organ failure and resulting in death.

Other rare complications from the flu that can be fatal include infection of the heart (or myocarditis), which can cause sudden death or heart failure, and infection of the brain (or encephalitis), which can lead to seizures and dangerous swelling of the brain.

Young children and older adults are most at risk for these complications, as well as pregnant women and anyone with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and neurologic conditions.

When to seek emergency medical attention

If the flu becomes severe, it's important to seek medical attention right away to prevent further complications.

According to the CDC, emergency warning signs in children include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In teenagers and adults, warning signs can include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, confusion, dizziness, and severe or persistent vomiting.

If you or your child have these symptoms, it is important to get medical treatment right away.

How to protect your family

The best defense against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot each year. If you or your child have not received the flu vaccine yet this year, experts say it is not too late. Flu season peaks in winter but can linger into the spring.

While the flu vaccine doesn't guarantee that you won't get sick, doctors say it does reduce the chances, and if you do get sick it may be less severe.

If you have a young child who develops flu-like symptoms, such as fever, body aches and fatigue, it is important to see your pediatrician to see if an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu (also available as generic oseltamivir), Relenza or Rapivab is needed.

Other steps the CDC recommends to prevent flu include:

  • Avoid close contact with others, including hugging, kissing, or shaking hands.
  • Move away from people before coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
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Proposed Ohio law would require teens to learn to interact with law enforcement at traffic stops

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:08

When it comes to learning how to properly interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop, the Ohio Department of Public Safety provides driving instructors with a video and these few tips:

  • Pull over at the nearest intersection
  • Roll down the driver's side window
  • Keep hands in plain view
  • Present drivers license and registration and insurance
  • Be cooperative and polite
  • Do not argue with the officer
  • Obey officer's direction


But State Senator Sandra Williams believes the state isn't doing enough to educate young drivers, so she proposed additional education.

Under Senate Bill 16 introduced this week, the measure would require the State Board of Education to adopt a model curriculum on traffic stops and other police interactions that would be taught in grades 9-12. The Department of Public Safety also would be required to adapt aspects of the curriculum for use in driver education classes seeking drivers licenses or learners permits.

Under the proposal, high school students would learn about their constitutional rights on issues like unlawful search and seizures, the rights of passengers in a car and the right to videotape law enforcement.

Williams says in her research provided by the Ohio Highway Patrol, 423 people were charged with obstruction of official business in 2018. From 2013-2017, 1,882 people were charged with the same crime.

"At times, these instances have led to unnecessary, deadly outcomes for both law enforcement and civilians. Many members of law enforcement believe that charges such as these can be avoided with increased public awareness on what to do when stopped by law enforcement," she said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Misty Waller agrees.

"Our job is difficult. We are in a difficult position most of the time and I think the more people understand where we are coming from, the easier it is for them to understand what they need to do," she said

The bill also requires law enforcement to be refreshed on proper behavior when dealing with citizens.

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Columbus Post Office hiring up to 100 city carrier assistants

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:07

The Columbus Post Office is hosting two job fairs as they are looking to hire up to 100 people to fill City Carrier Assistant positions.

The starting salary is $17.29 per hour with some benefits. The post office says these positions may lead to full-time employment.

The first job fair will be held February 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2200 Innis Road. The second will be March 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 850 Twins Rivers Drive.

For those unable to attend, the Postal Service has an employment website. For more information, click here.

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Chicago judge sets $1 million bond for R. Kelly

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 11:53

CHICAGO — A judge on Saturday gave R. Kelly a chance to go free while the R&B star awaits trial on charges that he sexually abused four people, including three minors.

Watch: R. Kelly was set to appear in court Saturday after being indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. set bond at $1 million, meaning that the 52-year-old Grammy winner must post $100,000 to be released or remain behind bars until he is tried on the allegations that date back as far as 1998 and span more than a decade.

Kelly turned himself in late Friday and spent a night in jail before being taken to the courthouse. He stood with his hands behind his back and said to the judge, "How are you?"

His attorney, Steve Greenberg, said Kelly is not a flight risk and told the judge, "Contrary to the song, Mr. Kelly doesn't like to fly." One of Kelly's best-known hits is "I Believe I Can Fly."

The bond equals $250,000 for each of the four people Kelly is charged with abusing, the judge said.

Greenberg said Kelly "really doesn't have any more money," suggesting that others had mismanaged his wealth. Still, he said he expected that Kelly would be able to come up with enough money for bail.

Asked later how Kelly could find the cash, Greenberg said, "That's none of your business."

The judge called the allegations "disturbing." The singer-songwriter looked down at the floor as the judge spoke.

Kelly's DNA was found in semen on one of the accuser's shirts, and semen found on one worn by another was submitted for DNA testing, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said.

Kelly met one of the accusers when she was celebrating her 16th birthday party at a restaurant and another when he signed an autograph during his 2008 trial on child-pornography charges, Foxx said.

Prosecutors said they have a video of another accuser that shows R. Kelly having sex with her when she was 14.

A fourth accuser told prosecutors that she thought she was going to braid R. Kelly's hair, but that he instead tried to force her to give him oral sex. The woman, who was 24 at the time, was able to pull away, but Kelly ejaculated on her and spit in her face, Foxx said.

After the hearing, Greenberg told reporters that he thinks all four of the accusers are lying.

"He did not force anyone to have sex. He's a rock star. He doesn't have to have nonconsensual sex," Greenberg said.

Watch: Michael Avenatti, who says he represents six people in the case and released a tape to prosecutors, and Kelly's attorney speak to media members following an appearance in court Saturday (Note: Viewer discretion advised for language)

Kelly has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves. He was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

Robert Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. He broke into the R&B scene in 1993 with his first solo album, "12 Play," which produced such popular sex-themed songs as "Bump N' Grind" and "Your Body's Callin'."

He rose from poverty on Chicago's South Side and has retained a sizable following. Kelly has written numerous hits for himself and other artists, including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. His collaborators have included Jay-Z and Usher.

The jury in 2008 acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges that centered on a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. He and the young woman allegedly seen with him denied they were in the 27-minute video, even though the picture quality was good and witnesses testified it was them, and she did not take the stand. Kelly could have gotten 15 years in prison.

Charging Kelly now for actions that occurred in the same time frame as the allegations from the 2008 trial suggests the accusers are cooperating this time and willing to testify.

Because the alleged victim 10 years ago denied that she was on the video and did not testify, the state's attorney office had little recourse except to charge the lesser offense under Illinois law, child pornography, which required a lower standard of evidence.

Each count of the new charges carries up to seven years in prison. If Kelly is convicted on all 10 counts, a judge could decide that the sentences run one after the other — making it possible for him to receive up to 70 years behind bars. Probation is also an option under the statute.

Kelly was charged a week after Michael Avenatti, the attorney whose clients have included porn star Stormy Daniels, said he gave prosecutors new video evidence of the singer with an underage girl.

At a news conference Friday, Avenatti said a 14-year-old girl seen with R. Kelly on the video is among four victims mentioned in the indictment. He said the footage shows two separate scenes on two separate days at Kelly's residence in the late 1990s.

During the video, both the victim and Kelly refer to her age 10 times, he said.

Avenatti said he represents six clients, including two victims, two parents and two people he describes as "knowing R. Kelly and being within his inner circle for the better part of 25 years."

Legally and professionally, the walls began closing in on Kelly after the release of a BBC documentary about him last year and the multipart Lifetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly," which aired last month. Together they detailed allegations he was holding women against their will and running a "sex cult."

#MeToo activists and a social media movement using the hashtag #MuteRKelly called on streaming services to drop Kelly's music and promoters not to book any more concerts. Protesters demonstrated outside Kelly's Chicago studio.

In the indictment, the prosecution addressed the question of the statute of limitations, saying that even abuse that happened more than two decades ago falls within the charging window allowed under Illinois law. Victims typically have 20 years to report abuse, beginning when they turn 18.

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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:10

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor, police in Florida said Friday.

Jupiter police told reporters the 77-year-old Kraft hasn't been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. Kraft has denied wrongdoing.

Police said details about the charges against Kraft will not be released until next week.

The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando. Hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued in recent days as result of a six-month investigation and more are expected. Ten spas have been closed and several people charged with sex trafficking have been taken into custody.

Police said they secretly planted undercover cameras in targeted massage parlors and recorded the interactions between men and the female employees.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Kraft said they "categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."

The Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month in Atlanta over the Los Angeles Rams, their sixth in the last 18 seasons, making them the most successful team in pro sports during that span. In four other seasons, they made the Super Bowl.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said he was shocked to learn Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was paying for sex inside a strip-mall massage parlor, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

"We are as equally stunned as everyone else," Kerr said.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, which would prosecute the case, had no comment.

Kraft lives in Massachusetts and has a home in the Palm Beach area. He is a frequent guest of President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club. Though a Democrat, he is friendly with Trump.

Kraft's wife Myra Hiatt died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander since 2012.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a message Friday seeking comment. Under league policy, players, owners, coaches and other employees can be punished for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in" the NFL.

"Ownership and club or league management have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline when violations of Personal Conduct Policy occur," the policy says.

Most people charged for the first time for soliciting a prostitute in Florida are allowed to enter a diversion program, said attorney David Weinstein, a former prosecutor. Kraft would probably have to perform 100 hours of community service and pay to attend an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking, he said.

Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey, whose agency has been involved in the investigation, told reporters earlier this week that the prostitutes are victims who have been trapped into the trade.

"These girls are there all day long, into the evening. They can't leave and they are performing sex acts," Currey said, according to TCPalm. "Some of them may say tell us they're OK, but they're not."

Kraft, who made his initial fortune through a packaging company, was a Patriots season ticket owner when he purchased the team's previous stadium in 1988, then used his leverage to buy the team in 1994 for $172 million to keep if from moving to St. Louis.

He hired Bill Belichick to be his coach in 2000 and the team subsequently drafted quarterback Tom Brady, launching their nearly two decades of success.

But there also have been issues involving team actions under Belichick.

In 2007, the Patriots were caught filming signals from New York Jets coaches; New England was suspected of doing so against other teams, as well, and that was confirmed later on. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fined the Patriots $250,000 and stripped them of their 2008 first-round draft pick. Belichick was fined $500,000, the most an NFL coach ever was fined.

In the 2014 AFC championship game, the team — specifically, star quarterback Tom Brady — was accused by the Indianapolis Colts of doctoring footballs.

The NFL concluded that Patriots employees were involved in deflating the footballs and Brady was "at least generally aware" it was being done. After lengthy legal battles, Brady served a four-game suspension at the beginning of the 2016 season and the Patriots were fined $1 million — the heftiest for a team in league history. New England was stripped of a first-round and a fourth-round draft choice.

Neither Kraft nor Belichick were implicated after the investigation.

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Mount Carmel: 5 patients affected by excessive doses could have improved with treatment

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:43

COLUMBUS – Mount Carmel Health System announced Friday that it has identified an additional patient who has received an excessive dose of pain medication – now bringing the total number of patients affected to 35. The hospital also said it has identified five cases where the patients’ conditions may have improved with treatment.

The hospital did not identify who those patients were but said: “We also have been investigating whether any of the affected patients received excessive doses of pain medication when there was still an opportunity for treatment to improve their immediate condition. We are aware of five cases in which this possibility is a concern, and we are reaching out to the loved ones of these patients to share this information.”

The hospital’s statement went on to say:

These events are heartbreaking, unacceptable and inconsistent with the values and care processes of Mount Carmel. As we work to understand how this happened, we continue to implement meaningful changes to ensure they never happen again. So far, we have:
• Added a new protocol to set maximum appropriate doses for pain medication in our electronic medical record system;
• Implemented a new escalation policy for deviations in our pain medication protocols;
• Restricted the ability to bypass pharmacy review of medication orders;
• Increased clinician education on standards and practices regarding end-of-life care;
• Implemented numerous other initiatives to ensure patient medication safety;
• Initiated a review of our culture of safety initiative to identify what needs to change; and
• Engaged independent experts who are assisting us with this process.

All told – 35 patients are believed to have received excessive doses of pain medication between 2014 and 2018. The hospital fired ICU intensivist Dr. William Husel, who treated these patients, and placed 23 employees including 14 nurses, 6 pharmacists and three additional employees that included members of management on leave. One pharmacy manager, Janet Whittey, is no longer with Mount Carmel. The hospital has declined to say if she was fired or quit.

This announcement by Mount Carmel comes one day after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it would not be terminating Mount Carmel West from participating in the Medicare program – as was originally indicated in a January letter to Mount Carmel. Prior to Friday’s announcements, it was known that thirty-three patients who died attended Mount Carmel West; one attended Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville. It was not clear Friday morning where the 35th patient attended. Twenty-nine of the patients received potentially fatal doses, the hospital has said.

Last week, CMS released documents on Mount Carmel West and Mount Carmel St. Ann’s. State health inspectors working on behalf of CMS found that the hospital failed to establish a system to monitor or prevent large doses of medications from being accessed via an override. In 24 of the 27 patient cases reviewed, Dr. Husel used an override function on the hospital’s medication dispensing machine to access large doses of pain medications – including fentanyl.

This story will be updated.

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Google Doodle celebrates "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin on his 57th birthday

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:31

Crikey! The February 22 Google Doodle is dedicated to the original crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin. Irwin, who died in 2006, would've turned 57 years old on Friday. February 22 is also National Wildlife Day this year, coincidentally.

Google's interactive doodle shows several drawings of Irwin in his element – with crocodiles, on a boat with his dog, preforming a wildlife show, and with his children and wife.

Irwin died at age 44 in September 2006, while filming an underwater scene for a television series. A stingray's stinging barbs pierced his heart. His daughter, Bindi, was just 8 years old at the time, and his son, Robert, was 3. In 2017, over a decade after his death, Irwin's widow, Terri, and their children announced they were returning to Animal Planet, with a new show premiering in 2018.

The family has carried on Irwin's conservation work in Australia, running a zoo, a wildlife preserve and supporting projects that try to save endangered animals worldwide.

On Friday, Terri Irwin commented on the Google Doodle, tweeting: "Many thanks to @Google for commemorating Steve's life so beautifully on this special day." Son Robert said it was the "perfect way to celebrate his birthday, sharing everything he did to make the world a better place."

Thank you for always being my guiding light. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4mFgmDGTxA

— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) February 21, 2019

Daughter Bindi, now 20 years old, shared her own tribute to her father on his birthday. "Thank you for always being my guiding light," she tweeted, sharing a photo of herself as a baby with her dad and a koala.

Google has also released a trends page, showing the global interest and search terms people use around wildlife, CNET reports. A special feature was also added to Google Assistant. Just say "Hey Google, crikey" and the assistant will give you facts about Irwin and his work.

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Man accused of killing 2 Westerville officers appears in court for motion hearing

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:08

COLUMBUS - The man accused of killing two Westerville officers last year appeared in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court Friday morning.

During the motion hearing, they went through 39 motions for Quentin Smith.

In February 2018, Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were shot and killed when responding to a 911 hang up call.

Pretrial hearing for Quentin Smith – the man accused of killing Westerville Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering:

The prosecutors are looking to get the death penalty for Smith, but a recent court case indicates that Ohio's method of execution could be unconstitutional.

Therefore, Governor Mike DeWine has put a halt on all executions in the state of Ohio until a clearer ruling is made.

During Smith's trial, the defense attorney asked if Smith could appear unrestrained and with regular clothes. A ruling was made by the judge that Smith didn't have to wear handcuffs or a stun-belt but would need to wear leg shackles.

More motions are expected to come in from the defense attorney. The next time they will appear in court to go over these motions is April 19.

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Arena Football League announces return of Columbus Destroyers

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:49

The new Arena Football League in Columbus has a name known to the city: The Destroyers.

The league along with team officials made the announcement Friday at Nationwide Arena.

It was announced two weeks ago that Columbus would be the sixth city to earn an AFL team for the league's reorganization in 2019.

The season is scheduled to begin at the end of April with each of the league's six teams playing 12 regular season games.

The Destroyers will play on the road for the first three weeks of the season before their home opener at Nationwide Arena on May 18.

Columbus Destroyers Schedule

  • April 27: Columbus @ Albany
  • May 4: Columbus @ Atlantic City
  • May 10: Columbus @ Baltimore
  • May 18: Columbus vs. Albany
  • May 25: Columbus vs. Washington
  • June 1: Columbus @ Philadelphia
  • June 7: Columbus vs. Atlantic City
  • June 15: Columbus vs. Baltimore
  • June 22: Columbus vs. Philadelphia
  • June 28: Columbus @ Baltimore
  • July 14: Columbus vs. Albany
  • July 20: Columbus @ Washington
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Man arrested in connection with multiple Lancaster business break-ins

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:47

LANCASTER - Lancaster police have made an arrest in connection with multiple break-ins at businesses in the area.

Between November of 2018 and January of 2019, several Lancaster area businesses suffered substantial loss as a result of these of break-ins during closed business hours.

The break-ins occurred by either forced entry or the removal of normally stout business front windows. It was believed many of these businesses were victimized by the same person.

Police were able to collect DNA evidence along with specific footwear patterns that eventually linked 18-year old Jason J. Lawson Jr. to the break-ins.

On Thursday, detectives conducted an additional follow-up investigation leading them to secure formal charges against Lawson with anticipated future charges connecting him to over thirteen break-ins.

The businesses affected by the break-ins include Horizon, Chris’ Pawn Shop (twice), Massey’s Pizza, Aldi, Moo Moo Car Wash, Nancy’s Scoops, TCR Computer, Rome 116, Great Clips, LuLu Nail Spa, Hibachi Express, and Waterbeds and Stuff.

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'Empire' producers cut Jussie Smollett from season's last episodes

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:37

CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett's character on "Empire" will be removed from the final two episodes of this season in the wake of his arrest on charges that he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself last month in downtown Chicago, producers of the Fox TV show announced Friday.

The announcement came a day after Smollett turned himself in to police, appeared in court on a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report, and left jail after posting bond.

"While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays," ''Empire" executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer said in a written statement. "We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of 'Jamal' from the final two episodes of the season."

Smollett, who is black and gay, plays a gay character on the show that follows a black family as they navigate the ups and downs of the recording industry.

Police said Smollett planned the hoax because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career. Before the attack, he also sent a letter that threatened him to the Chicago studio where "Empire" is shot, police said.

As authorities laid out their case against Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie.

Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage the attack in January, including telling them specific slurs to yell, urging them to shout "MAGA country" and even pointing out a surveillance camera that he thought would record the beating.

"I believe Mr. Smollett wanted it on camera," police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters at a Thursday morning news conference. "But unfortunately that particular camera wasn't pointed in that direction."

Smollett's legal team issued a statement Thursday night, calling the actor a "man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence." The statement called Johnson's news conference "an organized law enforcement spectacle."

"The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett," the statement read.

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House Dems introduce measure to block national emergency declaration

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:34

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border.

The move sets up a fight that could result in Trump's first veto. It starts the clock on a constitutional clash between Trump and Democrats and sets up a vote by the full House as soon as next week.

The Democratic-controlled House is sure to pass the measure, and the GOP-run Senate may adopt it as well despite Trump's opposition.

Any Trump veto would likely be sustained, but the upcoming battle will test Republican support for Trump's move, which even some of his allies view as a stretch — and a slap at lawmakers' control over the power of the federal purse.

A staff aide introduced the measure during a short pro forma session of the House in which Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., presided over an almost empty chamber.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has promised that her chamber will "move swiftly" to pass the measure, predicting in a letter to colleagues that "the resolution will be referred to the Senate and then sent to the President's desk."

Should the House and the Senate initially approve the measure, Congress seems unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities in each chamber that would be needed later to override a certain Trump veto.

The measure to block Trump's edict will be closely watched in the Senate, where moderates such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., have signaled they would back it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is only a reluctant supporter of Trump on the topic.

The battle is over an emergency declaration Trump has issued to access billions of dollars beyond what Congress has authorized to start erecting border barriers. Building the wall was the most visible trademark of Trump's presidential campaign.

Congress last week approved a vast spending bill providing nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles (89 kilometers) of border barriers in Texas' Rio Grande Valley while preventing a renewed government shutdown. That measure represented a rejection of Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to construct more than 200 miles (322 kilometers).

Besides signing the bill, Trump also declared a national emergency and used other authorities that he says give him access to an additional $6.6 billion for wall building. That money would be transferred from a federal asset forfeiture fund, Defense Department anti-drug efforts and a military construction fund. Federal officials have yet to identify which projects would be affected.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the resolution's sponsor and has already garnered support from a majority of the Democratic-controlled House as co-sponsors.

Castro's measure says Trump's emergency declaration "is hereby terminated." Castro chairs the 38-member Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Pelosi wrote that the Republican president's "decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated."

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Ohio lawmakers pushing to fix error that could ban some guns

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 07:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers are moving quickly to fix a mistake in an Ohio bill that gun rights advocates say could inadvertently ban several types of legal guns.

At issue is legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms and limits local governments' ability to pass gun laws, among other changes.

Gun advocates say a misplaced paragraph in the bill unintentionally lumped a variety of long guns into a prohibited category. They say lawmakers should fix the problem before the law takes effect in late March.

Bills to address the error have been introduced by state Sen. Kristina Roegner, a Republican from suburban Akron, and Rep. Phil Plummer, a Dayton Republican and a former Montgomery County sheriff.

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Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 04:45

WASHINGTON — William Barr has been attorney general for just one week but is on the cusp of staring down what will almost certainly be the most consequential decision of his long career: how much of the special counsel's findings to make public.

The position catapults him from Justice Department outsider free to theorize and speculate on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to the man at the center of the legal and political firestorm that will accompany its looming conclusion.

With Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein preparing to exit after supervising the day-to-day investigation for nearly two years, and with Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker now replaced in the top job, Barr is in the hot seat: He is responsible for navigating the department through congressional and public demands for details of Mueller's findings while dealing with a White House that may challenge, or even stifle, the conclusions.

Friends say Barr is accustomed to pressure-cooker situations by virtue of his experience as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush and other senior Justice Department jobs. He oversaw the department's response when Los Angeles erupted in riots after the Rodney King verdict and when Cuban inmates took hostages at a federal prison in Alabama. He blessed Bush administration pardons in the Iran-Contra scandal and offered legal advice on the White House's ability to invade Panama.

In this case, though, no less than the fate of Donald Trump's presidency may hang in the balance of whatever Barr decides.

"I'm sure it's going to be a tough set of decisions and circumstances, but Bill doesn't shy away from tough situations," said former Justice Department colleague Timothy Flanigan. "He's not likely to sit there fretting over what does this mean for his legacy or his long-term political viability."

Although Barr carefully weighs difficult decisions and consults others before making them, once he's made them, "he doesn't kind of circle and fret," Flanigan said.

Key decisions are expected soon as Mueller shows signs of concluding his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to Barr that explains his decisions to pursue or decline prosecutions. That could be as simple as a bullet point list or as fulsome as a report running hundreds of pages. Barr will then have to decide how much of Mueller's findings should be disclosed to the public.

At his confirmation hearing last month, Barr was noncommittal about what he would do, though he said repeatedly that he supported making as much public as possible, "consistent with the law." He said in his congressional testimony that he will write his own report summarizing Mueller's findings for Congress and the public.

"I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and will let no personal, political or other improper interests influence my decisions," he said.

Barr has noted that department protocol says internal memos explaining charging decisions should not be released. The attorney general is required only to say the investigation has concluded and describe or explain any times when he or Rosenstein decided an action Mueller proposed "was so inappropriate or unwarranted" that it should not be pursued.

Democrats could use Mueller's findings as the basis of impeachment proceedings and have threatened to subpoena them if they are withheld from Congress. It's not clear what the White House or Trump's lawyers may do to learn details of Mueller's findings. But they may try to block the public release of any report that they believe could expose private conversations between the president and his staff.

Hovering in the background is the 2016 decision by then-FBI Director James Comey to break Justice Department norms in the Hillary Clinton email investigation by publicly criticizing the Democratic presidential candidate even while saying she wouldn't be charged. Barr has said repeatedly that he disagrees with Comey's decision and considers it a mistake.

It's unclear what Mueller will place in his report and how far it will go in answering the central question of the investigation — whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia — or how much he will reveal about whether the president sought to obstruct justice through firing Comey and other actions.

Barr made clear at his confirmation hearing that he agreed Russia had meddled in the 2016 election and that Mueller's investigation, contrary to Trump's claims, is not a "witch hunt."

But his view on the obstruction question is more nuanced. As a private citizen, he sent the Justice Department a memo last June arguing that Trump couldn't be investigated for firing Comey because a president has discretion to hire and fire subordinates. He has since sought to make clear that he believes that a president can be guilty of obstructing justice in other ways, such as by destroying evidence or instructing witnesses to lie.

It's not clear if Mueller will make recommendations about the president, though Barr has said he sees no reason to revisit Justice Department legal opinions that say a sitting president cannot be indicted.

Barr, who friends say was reluctant to return as attorney general, has made clear that at age 68, he feels empowered to do the right thing and not care about the consequences. But that doesn't mean it will be easy.

"I'm kind of glad it's him," Flanigan said, "and not me."

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