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Thousands without power in parts of west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:21

COLUMBUS -- More than 9,000 American Electric Power customers were without power in west Columbus on Wednesday.

Parts of Upper Arlington, Grandview and the university area lost power.

An equipment failure is believed to have caused the outages, according to AEP Ohio. They expect power to be restored to those areas by 12:30 p.m.

The Columbus Division of Police is directing traffic at the following intersections:

  • King Avenue & Olentangy River Road
  • W. 5th Avenue and Olentangy River Road
  • Lane Avenue and Kenny Road

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Resources:

View current outages via the AEP Ohio Outage Map >>

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Ohio Dept. of Education reports log-in issue with statewide tests

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:45

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Education has reported a log-in issue in its statewide tests scheduled to happen Wednesday.

The state website shows this alert affecting AIR, the vendor distributing the tests:

Test Delivery System (TDS) Login Issue

AIR is currently experiencing a problem with the login system for accessing the assessments. We are actively working to resolve this issue. A portal announcement will be made once this has been fixed and the assessments are available.

Students actively testing are not impacted by this issue.

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

Columbus City Schools tells 10TV the district is impacted.

"This is the first outage of this kind that we experienced with the state system," a spokesperson said. "We have not 'cancelled' testing but will look to reschedule, if needed. It’s important to remember that there is a window for state testing - it doesn’t just have to be on one single day - and our schools can adjust schedules as needed, if this outage is prolonged today."

We were informed this morning by AIR (Ohio’s testing vendor) of a problem with its login system for accessing tests. AIR is actively working to resolve the issue. Districts will be notified when assessments are available. #OhioEd pic.twitter.com/2fhbUyc4gW

— OH Dept of Education (@OHEducation) April 18, 2018

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

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Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine, praised for "nerves of steel"

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:51

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) -- A Southwest Airlines pilot who made an emergency landing Tuesday after the jet apparently blew an engine, got hit by shrapnel and lost a window, is being praised for her "nerves of steel" in helping to prevent a far worse tragedy after the catastrophe killed one passenger and left seven others hurt. Tammie Jo Shults was at the controls of the Dallas-bound Flight 1380 when it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, said her husband, Dean Shults.

The twin-engine Boeing 737 that left New York with 149 people board was hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said. The pilot took the plane into a rapid descent as passengers using oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling braced for impact.

Shults was among the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. military, according to friends and the alumni group at Shults' alma mater, MidAmerica Nazarene.

Shults was a 1983 graduate of the university in Olathe, Kansas, where she earned degrees in biology and agribusiness, said Carol Best, a university spokeswoman told The Kansas City Star.

Passenger Alfred Tumlinson, of Corpus Christi, Texas, lauded Shults and her crew for their professionalism.

"She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I'm going to send her a Christmas card - I'm going to tell you that - with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome," Tumlinson said. "The lady, the crew, everything, everybody was immaculate. They were so professional in what they did to get us on the ground."

Shults' brother-in-law, Gary Shults, said her husband also is a Southwest pilot and told him she had made the emergency landing.

"She's a formidable woman, as sharp as a tack," said Gary Shults, a dentist in San Antonio. "My brother says she's the best pilot he knows. She's a very caring, giving person who takes care of lots of people."

Passengers said she walked through the aisle and talked with them to make sure they were OK after the plane touched down.

"The pilot, Tammy Jo was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly," passenger Amanda Bourman wrote on Instagram.

U.S. transportation Secretary Elaine Chao extended her sympathies to the loved ones of the passenger who died, Jennifer Riordan, of New Mexico, and praised the pilot, crew and others who were on board.

"I commend the pilots who safely landed the aircraft, and the crew and fellow passengers who provided support and care for the injured, preventing what could have been far worse," Chao said in a statement.

Travelers said fellow passengers dragged Riordan back in as the sudden decompression of the cabin pulled her part way through the smashed window.

National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt said it was the first passenger fatality in an accident involving a U.S. airline since 2009.

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President Trump calls sketch released by Daniels 'a total con job'

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:24

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a porn actress is pulling "a total con job" by promoting an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump years ago.

The sketch depicts a white male in his 30s or 40s and carries a description of him as "lean but fit." Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, told ABC's "The View" on Tuesday that it's the man who menaced her and her young daughter and warned her in 2011 to stay quiet about a 2006 tryst with Trump.

In an early morning tweet from his Palm Beach estate, President Trump said: "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!" It appeared to be the first time President Trump tweeted directly about the porn actress.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti shot back on Twitter, noting a recent FBI raid on President Trump's personal attorney's office, saying it uncovered "EXISTING documents and recordings showing con job after con job pulled on REAL people and very REAL American citizens (who didn't know it)."

He added that President Trump was a "completely unhinged, undisciplined opponent who is prone to shooting himself in the foot."

Avenatti has increased a $100,000 reward to $131,000 for information leading to the man's identification. The figure could be a reference to the $130,000 that Daniels says she received from President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen just before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence. Daniels is seeking to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.

The case took on new significance last week when FBI agents raided Cohen's office, looking for information on topics including the payment to Daniels.

President Trump answered questions about Daniels for the first time recently, saying he had no knowledge of the payment made by Cohen and didn't know where Cohen had gotten the money. The White House has consistently said President Trump denies the affair.

After Daniels first alleged on CBS' "60 Minutes" several weeks ago that she had been threatened, a lawyer for Cohen demanded that she publicly apologize to Cohen for suggesting he was involved. Daniels responded by filing a revised federal lawsuit accusing Cohen of defamation.

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Dublin resident injured, Bowling Green student killed in northwest Ohio crash

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:37

Bowling Green, Ohio – The Wood County Sheriff say two Bowling Green student teachers were heading to school for work when they were involved in a crash that happened Wednesday morning north of Fostoria.

22-year-old Brianna Redd, of Dublin, was driving south on State Route 199 when she hit a vehicle traveling northbound. First responders transported Redd to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital where she is expected to recover from her injuries.

Redd's passenger 27-year-old Shawn Brennan was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Wood County Sheriff Office.

Bowling Green University President Dr. Rodney K. Rogers notified the University of the loss of one of its students sharing a Facebook Post.

Authorities said the driver of the other vehicle 42-year-old Sarah Hottenstein was extracted from her vehicle.

The accident is still under investigation.

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Presidents, first ladies praise Barbara Bush's dedication

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:27

HOUSTON (AP) — Presidents, first ladies and many others who knew Barbara Bush are praising her devotion to the nation, her family and literacy.

President Donald Trump said among Mrs. Bush's greatest achievements "was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well."

.@FLOTUS Melania and I join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush: pic.twitter.com/4OW72iddQx

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018

Former President Barack Obama said he and former first lady Michelle Obama will "always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House, but we're even more grateful for the way she lived her life — as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit."

Our statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush: pic.twitter.com/MhTVYCL9Nj

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 18, 2018

Mrs. Bush died Tuesday at age 92, family spokesman Jim McGrath said. She had decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on "comfort care" at home in Houston.

A funeral is planned Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, which Mrs. Bush and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, regularly attended. Mrs. Bush will lie in repose Friday at the church for members of the public who want to pay respects. Saturday's service will be by invitation only, according to the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter called Mrs. Bush the "matriarch of a family dedicated to serving, she urged volunteerism as a way for all citizens to participate in our nation's progress."

George H.W. Bush was at his wife's side when she died and had held her hand all day Tuesday, according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at the former president's office in Houston.

Their son, former President George W. Bush, said his family's "souls are settled because we know hers was."

"Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions," he said. "To us, she was so much more."

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US officials say Pompeo has met with NKorea's Kim

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:21

CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, two officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The highly unusual, secret visit comes as the enemy nations prepare for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim within the next couple of months.

The officials spoke about Pompeo's trip on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The Washington Post, which first reported Pompeo's meeting with Kim, said it took place over Easter weekend — just over two weeks ago, shortly after the CIA chief was nominated to become secretary of state.

Trump, currently at his Florida resort hosting Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea were holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a possible summit with Kim. He said five locations were under consideration for the meeting, which is slated to take place by early June.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump and Kim have not spoken directly.

Kim's offer for a summit was initially conveyed to Trump by South Korea last month, and the president shocked many when it was announced that he had accepted. U.S. officials have indicated over the past two weeks that North Korea's government has communicated directly with Washington that it is ready to discuss its nuclear weapons program.

It would be the first ever summit between U.S. and North Korea during more than six decades of hostility since the Korean War. North Korea's nukes and capability to deliver them by ballistic missile pose a growing threat to the U.S. mainland.

The U.S. and North Korea do not have formal diplomatic relations, complicating the arrangements for contacts between the two governments. It is not unprecedented for U.S. intelligence officials to serve as a conduit for communication with Pyongyang.

In 2014, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper secretly visited North Korea to bring back two American detainees.

At his confirmation hearing last week to become the top U.S. diplomat, Pompeo played down expectations for a breakthrough deal on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons at the planned Trump-Kim summit, but said it could lay the groundwork for a comprehensive agreement on denuclearization.

"I'm optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation and will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America and the world so desperately need," Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

After a year of escalating tensions, when North Korea conducted nuclear and long-range missile tests that drew world condemnation, Kim has pivoted to international outreach.

The young leader met China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing in late March, Kim's first trip abroad since taking power six years ago. He is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone between the rival Koreas on April 27.

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Ohio school bus driver fired after young student left on alone bus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:10

MASON, Ohio (AP) — A substitute school bus driver in southwestern Ohio has been fired after a sleeping child was left unattended on a bus.

School officials in Mason tell WXIX-TV that the driver failed to do a mandatory check of the bus, leaving the young child behind. The student attends the Mason Early Childhood Center.

Officials say they immediately apologized to the child's family and notified police and Child Protective Services.

The district is putting new procedures in place to notify parents when a child does not show up to school.

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New report breaks down if the air where you live can make you sick

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:29

Allergies are unavoidable in pollen-prone states like Ohio. But allergies aren’t the only springtime concern residents face.

April marks the second month of Ozone Season, a time of year when particle pollution is at its highest. That particle pollution can be a combination of irritants such as dirt, dust, soot or smoke. It can come from car exhaust, power plants, factories and even construction sites.

Ozone season begins each spring as the days get a little warmer and the typical seasonal allergies grow more present, impacting the health of many people across central Ohio.

For this reason, the American Lung Association (ALA) releases a yearly report, titled the State of the Air Report, which allows anyone to check the quality of the air where they live.

The ALA also released a smartphone app, called State of the Air, giving people the option to check their conditions anywhere, at any time.

For some, like Cindy Groeniger, an American Lung Association board member, having those resources can help plan a more comfortable day when ozone levels are at their highest.

“You can tell. You can just like, cut the air with a knife,” Groeniger told 10TV. “I actually will get very short of breath and feel like I’m suffocated so, you know, it’s either go inside or I have to go into my car and make sure my air conditioning is on.”

While everyone is impacted by air quality, those with asthma, COPD, the elderly and young children are most at risk to experience symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath caused by high levels of ozone pollution.

Groeniger explained that anyone can play a role in keeping ozone levels down. Some of the easiest ways she suggested include to avoid idling in the car, allowing exhaust fumes to seep out and to avoid burning materials such as plastic, and even wood treated with chemicals.

The 2018 State of the Air Report tracked several trends in the United States.

. More than four in 10 Americans (41.4%) live in the 215 counties earning an “F” for fail, meaning those counties had unhealthy ozone or particle pollution in the years 2014 to 2016.
. Many cities experienced more days with dangerous levels of ozone in 2016, showing that ozone continues to be an urgent threat to health.
. Particle pollution levels continued to drop, especially in year-round particle pollution averages.

Find more tips for improving ozone levels here. You can read more about the ALA State of the Air Report here.
Learn more about the air quality in central Ohio by clicking here.

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Firefighter injured after deck collapses in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Emergency crews took a firefighter to the hospital after he was hurt while battling a fire in West Columbus.

Firefighters were called to a working structure fire on Derrer Field Drive around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was coming out of the top floor of an apartment building when firefighters arrived.

A firefighter was standing on a deck battling the flames when the deck collapsed. That firefighter was transported to Mt. Carmel West in stable condition.

According to the fire chief on the scene, a couple of people on the scene had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to four upstairs units. Officials did not know the total number of people displaced by this fire.

Investigators are coming to the scene to begin their efforts to determine how this fire started.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blue Jackets fall in double OT to Washington; lead series 2-1

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-2 in Game 3 the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Tuesday night.

It was the third time in three games that the Blue Jackets and Capitals went at least one overtime with Game 3 going to double overtime.

This was the first game of the series at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

The game started out at a fast and furious pace on the ice but neither team scored a goal in the first period.

Matt Niskanen scored for Washington in the second period to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

Later in the second period, a Capitals goal by Brett Connolly was reversed by officials after it was determined the Capitals were offsides.

The Blue Jackets added a goal of their own when Pierre-Luc Dubois scored, also in the second period.

John Carlson scored on the power play for Washington with a little more than five minutes to go in the second period.

Washington took 2-1 lead into the third period.

In the third period, Artemi Panarin tied it up at 2 when he scored early on.

Lars Eller scored the game-winning goal for Washington in the second overtime.

The Blue Jackets lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.

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How late have we seen snow in central Ohio?

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:30

Even though it may feel like it, saying we're getting a never-ending parade of snow this month in central Ohio is a bit of an exaggeration. It is safe to say that this April has been snowier than usual, though.

The average snowfall for the month of April is 1.1". By the second day of this month we had 1.4".

In fact, nine of the 17 days in April 2018 have had at least a trace amount of snow, that's more than half so far. And after the 0.3" of snow we got today (April 17th) we're sitting at a total of 2.6" of snow so far this month!

This has a lot of people wondering when will it all end? Sadly it's tough to pinpoint specifics of the forecast more than a week to 10 days out but we can look for trends along with reinforcements or reversals in the overall weather pattern that far out.

Having said that, computer forecast models are hinting at the possibility of a little snow very early on Thursday but that's the last of it expected in the extended 10-day forecast.

That's good news for those of us who are ready for warmer weather...on a regular basis. But how common is late season snow in the area?

Believe it or not snow in May is not unheard of. In the 132 years that snow records have been kept in Columbus the climate records show 16 years that the month of May has gotten at least a trace amount of snow. That's 12.1% of the time!

The latest we've seen snow was back on May 15, 1904 when a trace fell. The last time we had snow in May was back in 1989 when 0.8" fell on the 7th which is actually the highest one-day snow total of any day for the month.

As I mentioned before, it's tough to nail down forecast details a few weeks out but the overall pattern looks to be trending towards average if not slightly above average temperatures for the end of April and the beginning of May.

For a little perspective, the average high during that timeframe is in the mid-60s to right around 70.

That same time frame is calling for below average rainfall. If this comes to pass that would that mean we'll have a fairly quiet stretch of dry and pleasant weather to round out what has been a brutal month so far.

This could be great news for the May flowers that we're expecting to follow our April showers. We'll keep you posted on any changes in the forecast thinking.

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Man found dead in south Columbus alley

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police are investigating after a male was found dead in an alley in south Columbus.

Police said officers were called to an alley near East Markison Avenue and Wilson Avenue around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The person has not been identified.

No other information has been released.

The homicide unit with the Columbus Division of Police told 10TV they did not respond to the scene.

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Dick's destroying all the guns it pulled from its shelves

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:10

Dick's Sporting Goods is destroying all the guns and accessories that it stopped selling earlier this year after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The retailer said Tuesday that it is in the process of destroying all the firearms it pulled from its shelves, rather than trying to return them to their manufacturers.

Dicks made headlines in February when, in the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it banned the sale of assault-style rifles and the sale of all guns to anyone under 21. Other retailers followed suit, including Walmart, which also raised its minimum-age rules for firearms.

Dick's is based in the Pittsburgh area. The company's decision to destroy the guns was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Browns' Jackson: team still undecided on QB for No. 1 pick

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:07

CLEVELAND — As the NFL draft nears, the Cleveland Browns are still doing their homework on quarterbacks.

The final exam is quickly approaching, but the No. 1 pick remains an unknown to everyone, including coach Hue Jackson.

On Tuesday, Jackson dismissed reports that general manager John Dorsey has settled on a quarterback and said the top prospects — Southern California's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and UCLA's Josh Rosen — remain in contention to be selected by the Browns.

"I think they all are (in the mix) today," he said. "I think we haven't settled on that yet."

Coming off a 0-16 season, the Browns, who haven't been able to adequately fix their quarterback problem for years, are being thorough in their evaluation of what is considered a very strong QB class.

Jackson and Dorsey have attended pro days and private workouts and the team has hosted the top four quarterbacks, along with 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, at its headquarters in Berea, Ohio.

Jackson insists Dorsey hasn't made up his mind on the top choice.

"When I say this I mean it, John Dorsey and his group, they don't come up for air," Jackson said. "This is 24 hours, seven days a week, through the weekend. I've worked more on the weekends here than I ever had to be a part of this. That's what John does. There's no detail that we're going to leave unturned. So there's a lot of time being spent to get this right."

The Browns' diligence and secrecy hasn't slowed a daily assault of mock drafts and guesses as to what the team might do.

Jackson said he blocks out all the noise, and chuckled at a report than Dorsey was favoring Allen.

"Everywhere you turn, that's what everybody is talking about," he said. "I'm not concerned about those things because I know what goes on here in the building every day. I talk to John Dorsey three, four, five times a day. I think all kinds of things get said. I mean, I laughed at that. When I say John Dorsey goes dark, he goes dark.

"Whoever thinks they're finding John Dorsey, trust me, you're not finding him. So I think there are a lot of things that get said that I know aren't true. And if there was a consensus that John would've come to at this point, he would've told me. So I know that's not the case."

And while his boss hasn't made a decision, Jackson, too, remains noncommittal on who Cleveland should select.

"I'm the same way. I'm sifting through my side of it, too," he said. "Again, this has been good for me to learn even a different way of looking at it. I go back, and myself and (quarterbacks coach) Kenny (Zampese) and (offensive coordinator) Todd (Haley), we've had great dialogue and conversation and I think we're still all going through it, too.

"And there are times they want to pull me in to talk about it and I'll say, 'No. not yet,' because I want to make sure that I'm sure. I don't want to be, 'It's this one. Well, no it's that one. It's based on this.' I think you need to really know and feel very comfortable about that decision when we get there."

Regardless of whom they pick, Jackson said recently acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be his starter.

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Kucinich was paid $20K by pro-Syrian government group

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:03

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a candidate for Ohio governor, reported Tuesday earning speaking fees from a group with sympathies toward the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Kucinich, a Democrat, reported receiving $20,000 for a speech last year from the Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees. Business filings list the group as a parent organization of the pro-Assad Syrian Solidarity Movement. The report was part of an amended financial disclosure filing requested by the Ohio Ethics Commission.

The U.S. and its allies last week destroyed sites of Syrian chemical weapons that Assad is accused of using on his own people.

On its website, the Syrian Solidarity Movement praises Assad's government and criticizes what it characterizes as a "false western narrative about Syria."

Kucinich's campaign spokesman, Andy Juniewicz, said Kucinich's speech was delivered at a peace conference hosted by the association.

Juniewicz said Kucinich supports peace in the Middle East and has personally pressed Assad to admit he has chemical weapons and to pledge to abide by international agreements. He said the speech supported the idea of advancing peace in the region.

Juniewicz said the Ethics Commission wrote Kucinich's campaign Monday seeking additional information on its required financial disclosure filing.

Paul Nick, the commission's executive director, said letters requesting further information from mandatory filers don't necessarily imply wrongdoing. He said some omissions are mere oversights; other times they can rise to legal violations.

Warren City Law Director Gregory Hicks, a supporter of rival candidate Democrat Richard Cordray, also had written to complain about the filing, which he said was inappropriately vague about money Kucinich had earned through his speeches.

Hicks suggested in an interview that the omissions were meant to hide affiliations that might hurt Kucinich's reputation.

In his letter, Hicks said the former congressman has spoken over the years to the new-age Light Party of Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Burning Man, a summer cultural event that espouses "radical self-expression." Hicks also said Kucinich appeared twice in 2017 on Russia Today, a Russian government-funded television operation known simply as RT.

Hicks told Nick "there is significant evidence that Russia Today pays guests of their show," but Kucinich's campaign said Kucinich was not compensated for appearances it described as interviews.

"The inclusion of the comments about Russia Today is obviously a calculated attempt to smear Mr. Kucinich," Juniewicz said.

Kucinich's revised filing included no income from Russia Today or any of the other organizations Hicks alleged had been omitted.

Hicks acknowledged supporting Cordray's gubernatorial bid. He said neither Cordray nor his campaign asked him to write the letter.

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Man charged with rape, kidnapping in Fayette County

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:55

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ohio – A man is in jail, accused of raping, assaulting and holding a woman against her will according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Donald Bennett, 46, of Bloomingburg, was arrested Sunday and charged with domestic violence, rape, aggravated menacing and two counts of kidnapping.

Deputies were called to a home in the 6000 block of White Oak Road in northeast Fayette County early Saturday morning to a respond to a domestic-related call.

The sheriff’s office said a woman Bennett knew was invited over for dinner Friday night.

When the woman arrived, she said Bennett was agitated and physically and sexually assaulted her according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said when she tried to leave, he would not let her.

The sheriff’s office said Bennett is also accused of threatening the woman with a gun.

The woman was treated for injuries.

Bennett is being held at the Fayette County Jail in lieu of bond.

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Teen arrested in death of 98-year-old Ohio woman found in closet

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:38

WADSWORTH — A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in the death of a 98-year-old woman found inside a closet at her Ohio home.

Wadsworth police Chief Randy Reinke says officers found Margaret Douglas' wallet during a search of the teenager's home on Monday.

Douglas' body was discovered by officers on April 9. Douglas was last seen alive six days earlier.

Reinke said Tuesday police focused on the teen in Douglas' death because of break-ins and other crimes committed in the area. Reinke says the teen lives near Douglas' home in Wadsworth, about 40 miles south of downtown Cleveland.

Reinke says the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office has indicated Douglas was strangled. The city prosecutor is expected to seek charges against the teen in Medina County Juvenile Court.

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Dom & Dave: Blue Jackets bring playoff series home, Morgan Hughes with #SaveTheCrew

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:30

You've seen them yell at each other in a poorly lit room on a shaky cell phone feed, but now, it's time to step it up.

Dom Tiberi and Dave Holmes are teaming up to discuss the top sports stories of the day among other topics.

Watch Dom & Dave every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 6:45 p.m. on 10TV.com or the 10TV Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 17 Topics

  • Columbus Blue Jackets bring their 2-0 series lead over the Washington Capitals into Nationwide Arena
  • #SaveTheCrew: Morgan Hughes, the man behind the movement, talks about the latest with Crew SC

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Ohio Attorney General warns of scammers on Tax Day

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's that time of year again.

A time when Americans rush to pay their taxes before Tuesday's midnight deadline.

And with that mad rush brings opportunities for scammers, warns the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

A WBNS employee received a suspicious call Tuesday claiming that he and his loved ones owed thousands of dollars and demanded their personal information.

10TV News called the suspicious numbers back.

When a WBNS reporter identified himself, the woman on the other end of the line hung up.

We also checked in with the Attorney General's Office to see if the office had seen an increase in the number of scam-related tax calls.

Spokeswoman Kate Hanson told 10TV News that the office has received nearly 200 complaints in April.

In March, the Ohio Attorney General’s Help Center logged more than 340 reports of tax scams, compared to about 160 in January and 280 in February.

"It's still good to be very cautious," Hanson said. "If you get a phone call threatening you, that's likely a scam."

The Ohio Attorney General's Office also released these tips to avoid a scam earlier this month:

  • Don’t trust threatening callers. If you receive an unexpected phone call from someone who threatens to arrest you for not paying taxes, be very skeptical, especially if you never received any written notice.
  • Avoid making payments over the phone. Don’t trust someone who demands that you pay immediately over the phone using a gift card or by sending a wire transfer. These are preferred payment methods for scam artists because once sent, it’s very difficult to trace or recover the money. The real IRS won’t demand that you pay over the phone using one of these specific methods.
  • Don’t respond to illegal robocalls in any way. Don’t interact with the caller, and don’t call a number left on your phone or in a message. Responding to a scam call can result in even more calls because it lets con artists know that your phone number belongs to a real person.
  • Don’t always trust caller ID. Scammers may “spoof” a phone number, making the number on your caller ID appear to be from the IRS, even when it’s not. For example, a call may appear to be coming from a 202 (Washington D.C.) area code, when it’s actually coming from another country.
  • Check into call-blocking options. Find out if services are available through your phone carrier, your phone itself, or third-party apps to help you stop unwanted calls.

IRS or U.S. Treasury impersonation scams can be reported to the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at www.treasury.gov/tigta or 800-366-4484. Consumers also can contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515 for help detecting a scam.

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