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Video shows Franklin County Sheriff's pursuit that killed pedestrian; disciplined lieutenant appeals

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:45

A dangerous police pursuit tops speeds of 100 miles per hour, and ends with a man's death.

Sixty-one-year-old Arthur Smith was hit by a stolen car during the chase and died three months later.

The pursuit by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office happened in February. But now we are getting a first look at the cruiser video of the chase, and the internal investigation of it.

The sheriff's office says its officer should have stopped the chase, long before it turned deadly.

The 12-minute chase begins when Lieutenant Ed Schillig clocks "a Chevy sedan going 74 mph in a 60 mph zone."

He activates his lights and sirens, but the Chevy speeds away. He runs the car's plates, and it comes back as stolen. Speeds climb quickly.

"We are a mile from Diley Road," Schillig radios. "Speeds are 110."

The stolen car weaves in and out of traffic. The pursuit continues onto southbound Hamilton Road.

Schillig radios speeds are down to 60 miles an hour, as the car drives into oncoming traffic.

Arthur Smith, in a red shirt pushing a cart, comes into view on the cruiser camera.

Schillig shouts, "Oh crap!!" as the stolen car hits Smith, sending him flying into the air and crashing onto the pavement.

"He just hit someone! He just hit a human!" Schillig shouts.

The stolen car continues, weaving through stopped traffic and school buses, onto Winchester Pike and through front yards, where the chase comes to an end.

Five juveniles, between the ages of 12 and 16, flee, only to be chased down by responding deputies.

They are all captured out of camera range but can be heard on Schillig's microphone.

"I'm sorry," says one a boy.
"You knew you were in a stolen car," Schillig says.
"No I didn't I promise you!" the boy says.
"Bull****!" Schillig yells.
"I'm only a kid," the boy says.
"I don't give a f***!" Schillig shouts. "You just killed somebody!"

The children were all prosecuted, four of them for receiving stolen property.

The 16-year-old driver, Ramadhan Muridi, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

But an internal investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office found this chase should have been called off long before it got to Arthur Smith.

In disciplinary notices, supervisors write:
"Lt Schillig should have realized that the pursuit had reached dangerous levels of driving for both the subject and himself. As the highest ranking Patrol supervisor on duty, Lt. Schillig failed to critically evaluate the situation and terminate the pursuit."

Schillig responded, "I disagree...that the pursuit had reached such a dangerous level that it should have been discontinued...I felt comfortable continuing the pursuit."

He was ultimately given a written reprimand for violating the Sheriff's Pursuit Policy, which he is appealing.

10TV spoke with the son of Arthur Smith.

Anthony Smith said, "It should have been noticed, especially in his position, that the chase had entered into dangerous territory before it was too late."

The Sheriff's Office said Lieutenant Schillig was not available for comment.

The crash that killed Smith happened one day after 10TV aired an investigation of the sheriff's office pursuit policy.

Since then, the sheriff has made changes to his pursuit policy.

Governor Mike DeWine has also called for a statewide standard on police chases, something Sheriff Baldwin says he supports.

You'll find our previous investigation, under this story:

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Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:28

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein's prison death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, the medical examiner's office said Friday.

Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Aug. 10, touching off outrage and disbelief over how such a high-profile prisoner, known for socializing with powerful people including presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, could have gone unwatched.

The Bureau of Prisons said Epstein had apparently killed himself, but that didn't squelch conspiracy theories about his death.

Epstein, who was charged with sexually abusing numerous underage girls over several years, had been placed on suicide watch last month after he was found on his cell floor on July 23 with bruising on his neck.

But multiple people familiar with operations at the jail say he was taken off the watch after about a week and put back in a high-security housing unit where he was less closely monitored, but still supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.

Attorney General William Barr says officials have uncovered "serious irregularities" at the jail. The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general are both investigating Epstein's death.

Jail guards on duty the night of Epstein's death are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates every half-hour as required, according to several people familiar with the matter.

A guard in Epstein's unit was working a fifth straight day of overtime and another guard was working mandatory overtime, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the lacked authorization to publicly discuss the investigation.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who is in charge of the criminal case against Epstein, asked the jail's warden this week for answers about the earlier episode, writing in a letter Monday that it had "never been definitively explained."

The warden replied that an internal investigation was completed but that he couldn't provide information because the findings were being incorporated into investigations into Epstein's death.

The Associated Press often does not report details of suicide methods, but has made an exception because Epstein's cause of death is pertinent to the ongoing investigations.

The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Thursday that the autopsy revealed that several bones in Epstein's neck had been broken, leading to speculation his death was a homicide.

Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson issued a statement Thursday in response to those articles, saying: "In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum."

The medical examiner's ruling came a day after two more women sued Jeffrey Epstein's estate, saying he sexually abused them.

The suit, filed Thursday in a federal court in New York, claims the women were working as hostesses at a popular Manhattan restaurant in 2004 when they were recruited to give Epstein massages.

One was 18 at the time. The other was 20.

The lawsuit says an unidentified female recruiter offered the hostesses hundreds of dollars to provide massages to Epstein, saying he "liked young, pretty girls to massage him," and wouldn't engage in any unwanted touching. The women say Epstein groped them anyway.

One plaintiff now lives in Japan, the other in Baltimore. They seek $100 million in damages, citing depression, anxiety, anger and flashbacks.

Other lawsuits, filed over many years by other women, accused him of hiring girls as young as 14 or 15 to give him massages, then subjecting them to sex acts.

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Columbus Division of Police announces new Therapy Dog Unit

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Division of Police is adding some emotional support to its ranks through a new Therapy Dog Unit.

Columbus police announced Friday the addition of five therapy dogs to the department. The dogs and their handlers are being trained and will be certified to help those who have experienced trauma.

“The new unit will help bring a greater level of compassion to officers’ everyday duties,” the announcement read.

An introductory press conference for the dogs and their handlers will take place Monday, Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

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Ohio State installs new locks to classrooms around campus

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio — There's a lot of excitement on The Ohio State University’s campus. New students are finding their way around, upperclassman are reconnecting with friends. Meanwhile, the university is working on protecting students in case the unthinkable happens.

As a group of cheerleaders walk campus working on a scavenger hunt — they admit safety isn't at the top of minds.

“Not every day, but it does cross my mind when something pops up on the news,” said freshman Paige Osborn.

Ohio State hasn't been immune to violent attacks on campus. In a 2016 attack, Abdul Razak Ali Artan rammed his car into a crowd of people, then took out a knife and attacked students. Thirteen people were sent to the hospital, and Artan was shot and killed by an Ohio State police officer.

“After 2016, we took a look at our response and we did a lot of things really well that day. We also identified a few things that we think we needed to improve upon,” said Robert Armstrong, Director of Emergency Management and Fire Prevention for Ohio State.

One area the university realized it could improve was adding locks to all classrooms and making them universal.

“It does give them another layer of security,” Armstrong said.

If there is an active shooter on-campus, students and instructors now have the ability to lock the door to barricade it to keep themselves safe inside the classroom.

“They realize they now have a little more control over what actions they can take if there is a secure in place order issued,” Armstrong said.

That helps these students focus on the reason they are here.

“I'm glad they are checking, doing rounds, making sure we are safe and that they are proactive,” said senior Olivia Adams.

“I was wasn't that worried in the first place, but knowing that makes me a lot more comfortable. It's nice knowing they are taking proactive measures,” said freshman Carly Zinnecker.

So far, they have installed about 400 locks with a little more than 50 to go.

Ohio State is also posting all Buckeye Alerts to electronic billboards across campus to make sure students get the message.
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Student loan debt weighs on Ohio State students as they arrive to campus

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Most students who graduate from an Ohio college will leave with more than a diploma — they'll also leave with a student loan debt of more than $30,000.

Among the students with the highest student loan debts are those who graduate from the University of Dayton ($35,740), Wittenberg University ($34,155), and Xavier ($32,131).

The average student loan for incoming freshman at Ohio State is about $6,000.

Ohio State students Brenna Hess, a sophomore from Illinois studying finance, and Kendra Asiedu, a Junior from Westerville studying international studies and pre-med said student loan debt is a constant worry.

"It keeps me awake a night," Hess said.

So, how much will they owe when they graduate? Hess estimated approximately $30,000-$35,000.

Asiedu says her tally will be about $20,000 a year.

Hess and Asiedu both hold down jobs while going to school. They say it's the only way they afford to pay back what they owe.

"It does keep me up at night. Maybe I should pick up that extra shift at work now just so I can start paying off those loans," Hess says.

Nationally, 10.7% of people with college loans are, on average, 90 days delinquent on their loan payments.

A student is considered to be in default on a student loan if they have not made a payment in more than 270 days.

The official student loan default rate for a school is calculated by measuring how many students are in default three years after graduation. Note that the default rate only takes into account federal loans, not private.

So if you have a $5,500 loan that earns 6.8% interest, you would owe $310 a month in interest payments.

Over four years of failing to pay that interest would cost you an additional $1,500.00.

Both Hess and Aseidu say they try to not let the stress of student loans impact their college experience but it's hard not to.

"It's stressful. I catch myself not going to some events so I can work," says Hess.

Both know finding a job immediately following graduation is crucial so they don't fall behind on their payments.

"It's overbearing that I have to get a job to pay this off in six months," says Asiedu.

The Ohio State University released a statement to 10TV regarding ways its working to reduce the burden of debt for students:

"President Drake has prioritized making an Ohio State education more affordable in ways that help reduce the debt burden on students. This academic year, the university is investing $45 million in ADDITIONAL need-based aid through our affordability grant program, expanded Land Grant Opportunity Scholarships and the Buckeye Opportunity Program. With this year’s investment, the university has committed more than $150 million in additional need-based aid since 2015."

There are ways to reduce your student loan debt: Enroll in a community college, which is less expensive and if you can live at home, you'll save even more money. Start working before you step foot on campus. If you do need take out a loan, use a federal loan that has lower interest rates to save money.

Tips to Save For College:

  • Ohio parents who open a CollegeAdvantage — Ohio 529 Plan account, Ohio‘s college savings plan, enjoy the benefit of federal and state tax-free growth on the money they save as well as up to a $4,000 State of Ohio tax deduction for each beneficiary.
  • Only borrow what you have to. Just because your FASFA allows you to borrow money doesn't mean you have to take out all of the money you are allotted. Be mindful of accruing interest and consider only accepting a loan for the money you actually need.
  • Loan consolidation is an option if you have multiple federal loans. After you leave school, you may consider combining all of your loans into a single loan with one loan servicer. This option can make it easier for you to organize and track payments since you are only making one monthly payment to one loan servicer, rather than multiple monthly payments to multiple servicers.

More tips can be found here.

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Trump wants to bring back mental institutions to address mass shootings

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:04

President Trump says he wants to reopen mental institutions as a way to address mass shootings, an idea he pushed twice Thursday and has floated before.

The president's insistence that mental illness is the cause of mass shootings has disconcerted mental health professionals who insist that most people with mental illness are non-violent. These experts also say people afflicted with mental illness are more likely to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrator and fear the president's language only further stigmatizes those struggling with mental health issues.

"I do want people to remember the words 'mental illness,'" the president told reporters on his way to a rally in New Hampshire Thursday afternoon, responding to a question about gun control.

"These people are mentally ill and nobody talks about that. But these are mentally ill people, and people have to start thinking about it. I think we have to start building institutions again because, you know, if you look at the '60s and '70s, so many of these institutions were closed...But a lot of our conversation has to do with the fact that we have to open up institutions. We can't let these people be on the streets."

The president reiterated that thought at his rally hours later, insisting the U.S. "will be taking mentally deranged and dangerous people off of the streets." He didn't say exactly how that might happen.

"We are working very hard to make sure we keep guns out of the hands of insane people and those who are mentally sick and shouldn't have guns. But people have to remember however that there is a mental illness problem that has to be dealt with. It's not the gun that pulls the trigger, it's the person holding the gun," the president said to thunderous applause.

"Years ago many cities and states I remember so well closed mental institutions for budgetary reasons...We're going to have to give major consideration to building new facilities to those in need, we have to do it. And at the same time we will be taking mentally deranged and dangerous people off of the streets so we won't have to worry so much about that, a big problem. We don't have those institutions anymore and people can't get proper care."

Trump also floated opening new psychological institutions last year after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At the time, the idea went nowhere.

"Part of the problem is we used to have mental institutions...where you take a sicko like this guy," the president said last year. "We're going to be talking seriously about opening mental health institutions again."

But mental health experts rebuked the idea.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Acting CEO Angela Kimball said the president "should be talking about better care and earlier access to intensive treatment, not revisiting the shameful institutions of our past."

"Words matter, Mr. President. 'These people' are our friends, neighbors, children, spouses. They're not 'monsters,' 'the mentally ill' or 'crazy people' — they're us. Talking about reinstitutionalization only further marginalizes and isolates the one in five people with mental illness. Instead, we need to be talking about the power of early treatment and effective intervention to change lives."

Although psychiatric hospitals still exist in the U.S., their numbers have declined precipitously in recent decades. This is do to a combination of factors, including laws that made it harder for the government to involuntarily commit people in many jurisdictions, as well as budget cuts at the state and local level.

Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole contradicted Trump's assertion that mental health is a major factor in mass shootings. "Mental health is not the problem," she recently told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett on CBS News' "The Takeout" podcast.

"My experience has been, that these are individuals that, if there is a mental health issue, they still are able to function very strategically, and in a very cold-blooded and callous manner. So, mental health is not the problem," O'Toole said. Fewer than 25% of mass shooters are clinically diagnosed with mental health issues, O'Toole added.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that roughly one in five adults in the U.S., or more than 46 million people, "experiences mental illness in a given year."

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Activists say thousands of Ohioans at risk of illegal voter roll purge

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting-rights activists say thousands of Ohioans are at risk of being illegally removed from state voting rolls, a figure questioned by the state's elections chief.

The League of Women Voters of Ohio and other groups asked Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose Thursday to pause the process that will remove some 235,000 voters Sept. 6.

League Executive Director Jen Miller says her organization is exploring all options to stop the process, including lawsuits or ballot initiatives.

LaRose previously enlisted the help of the League and other community organizations to locate targeted voters and help them straighten out their registrations before the deadline.

LaRose oversees Ohio's stringent series of warnings that begin after a voter's failure to participate in election activity from a given address for two years.

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Deputies investigating woman’s fatal stabbing in Logan County

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:17

DeGraff, Ohio – A 36-year is dead and deputies are searching for her killer following a stabbing on East Miami Street Friday morning.

According to Logan County Sheriff’s Office, authorities say they received a 911 call around 7 a.m. to a residence in DeGraff.

First responders transported a female victim to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellfontaine where she later died from her injuries.

Sheriff Randall Dodds says they have a suspect and are attempting to locate the person.

The names of the suspect and victim have not been released.

Riverside schools were placed on lockdown while authorities search for the suspect.

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Marysville music teacher resigns after allegations of inappropriate use of social media

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:14

A music teacher in Marysville has resigned following allegations of inappropriate use of social media.

The Board of Education accepted the resignation of Jacob Newland on Thursday.

Newland worked as a music teacher, assistant marching band director, choir director and show choir co-director for Marysville Schools.

According to a letter sent to parents, the district said they immediately contacted police when they learned about the allegations on Monday.

They said the allegations did not involve any current students.

Newland was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday and he submitted his resignation Wednesday.

The district says the music teacher position will be filled by a substitute teacher while they search for a replacement.

You can read the district’s letter below.

Dear Marysville Families;

Last evening the Board of Education accepted the resignation of Jacob Newland music teacher, assistant marching band director, choir director and show choir co-director for Marysville Schools.

This resignation follows an investigation and allegations of inappropriate use of social media. We gained knowledge of the incident Monday afternoon and acted immediately. Following our safety protocol, we immediately informed the Marysville Police Department. The allegations did not involve any current students from Marysville Schools, but implied behavior that was inappropriate for an education professional. Mr. Newland was placed on administrative leave Tuesday, August 13th pending the investigation results. His resignation was received the following day.

For the start of the school year, the position will be filled with a substitute teacher. Rest assured, we will work diligently to find a replacement to best serve our students as we move forward.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this situation. Thank you for all you do to make the safety and security of the Marysville Schools a priority. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.


Tom Cochran

MHS Principal

Ken Chaffin

ECHS Principal

Michelle Kaffenbarger

BMS Principal

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Woman sues for gun ban in Kroger grocery stores after father's murder

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 08:05

Kellie Watson said she was just finishing her workday last October when she received a phone call from her 12-year-old son.

"It was unbelievable to hear the fear and panic in his voice," she said.

Her son told her that her father, 69-year-old Maurice Stallard, had been shot. Stallard had been shopping for school supplies with his grandson at a Kroger grocery store in Louisville, Kentucky, when a gunman opened fire, killing two – including Stallard.

Watson said the only thing that stopped the alleged gunman from shooting her son was that he ran.

"If he hadn't run, I probably would not have my son or my father right now," she said.

Watson and her mother, Charlotte Stallard, filed a civil lawsuit against Kroger last week asking the chain to ban guns in its stores. "Who would have known that Kroger would allow people to just walk in, carry their guns on their waistband and just pull them out?" she said.

Currently, Kroger does not have a policy prohibiting customers from bringing firearms into their stores. The company released a statement on its website stating that their longstanding policy on the issue is to follow state and local gun laws and to ask customers to be respectful of others while shopping.

"You don't need a gun to buy groceries," said Ron Johnson, the Stallard family's attorney. "…You can't carry a gun into your school, you can't carry a gun into the courthouse… And what we're simply saying is grocery stores need to do the same thing."

The alleged gunman, Gregory Alan Bush, was indicted by a federal grand jury for hate crimes. This October, a judge will determine if Bush is mentally competent to stand trial.

Speaking about her father, Watson said, "To think that this man, as loving and caring as he was, to have been taken from us in the way that he was taken, because of someone else's hate… it's unbelievable at times."

The lawsuit details more than two dozen gun-related incidents resulting in eight deaths inside and outside of Kroger stores nationwide.

"The duty of a store in Kentucky is to provide a safe place to shop. That is the law," Johnson said. "So retailers like Target and Starbucks have said, 'Having guns in our stores is not consistent with having a safe place to shop,' so they don't allow guns."

"Can a judge force an entity like Kroger to change its policy?" asked "CBS This Morning" national correspondent Jericka Duncan.

"All a judge or a jury can do is give damages to those who are harmed when Kroger doesn't meet its duty," Johnson said.

Watson said she hopes her lawsuit will help make public spaces safer and keep other families from suffering similar losses. "It is traumatic. It is violent. It is dramatic. It is painful…" she said. "We have to do something to try to prevent these things from happening again to others."

A spokesperson from Kroger told CBS News they do not comment on pending litigation, but they extended their deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the senseless violence.

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Homeowner shot in leg during home invasion in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:42

COLUMBUS - Columbus police are investigating a shooting where a homeowner was shot in the leg during a home invasion Friday morning.

The incident happened just after 6:35 a.m. in the 800-block of Kenwick Rd.

Investigators told 10TV two people were asleep inside the home at the time when two men entered the house.

An altercation started when the suspects asked the homeowners to ‘give us what you got.’ One suspect shot the homeowner in the leg. He was taken to Grant Medical Center and he is expected to be OK.

Authorities told 10TV they have a limited description of the two men who entered the home - one wore a mask.

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Trump has talked about buying Greenland for US

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to put his mark on the world map, President Donald Trump has talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the U.S.

A Trump ally told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Republican president had discussed the purchase but was not serious about it. And a Republican congressional aide said Trump brought up the notion of buying Greenland in conversations with lawmakers enough times to make them wonder, but they have not taken his comments seriously. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Anyway, Greenland said it's not on the market.

"We have a good cooperation with USA, and we see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our country and the possibilities we offer," the island's government said on its website. "Of course, Greenland is not for sale."

Still, it wouldn't be the first time an American leader tried to buy the world's largest island, an autonomous territory of Denmark.

In 1946, the U.S. proposed to pay Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island.

Neither the White House nor Denmark commented Thursday. Trump is set to visit Denmark next month.

The story was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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2 OVI checkpoints scheduled for Friday night in Knox County

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:08

MOUNT GILEAD - The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be holding an OVI checkpoint Friday night in Mount Vernon and Knox County.

The checkpoint will be held between 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. State Route 13 just South Main Street and US-36 on Coshocton Avenue in Knox County.

The OVI checkpoint is done to deter motorists from driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a release.

OSHP is reminding drivers if you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Why are the locations and times of a sobriety checkpoint released?

Guidelines issued by the NHTSA instruct law enforcement to “aggressively” publicize the locations.

The goal, according to the NHTSA, is to not only to deter impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, but also to assure the protection of constitutional rights for both police and the public.

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Latino actors, writers pen 'letter of solidarity' amid fears

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:09

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are leading a group of more than 150 writers, artists and leaders who have written a public "letter of solidarity" to U.S. Latinos after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and an immigration raid in Mississippi.

The letter, published Friday in The New York Times and in a handful of Spanish-language newspapers, says the signers stand with U.S. Latinos who may feel "terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of attacks," citing the shooting in El Paso, which targeted Hispanics, and another shooting in Gilroy, California. The two attacks killed nearly two dozen Latinos.

A huge immigration raid of Mississippi poultry plants this month that rounded up 680 mostly Latino workers, leaving behind crying children searching for their detained parents, also has unnerved some Hispanics.

"We have been smeared by political rhetoric and murdered in violent hate crimes. We have been separated from our families and have watched our children caged," the letter said. "But, we will not be broken. We will not be silenced."

The letter says such "indignities and cruelty" won't diminish the contributions Latinos have made to the U.S., and it urged Hispanics to keep standing up to bigotry.

Signing the letter were some of the most important Latino figures in entertainment, art, literature and activism, including novelist Sandra Cisneros, Academy Award-winning actress Rita Moreno, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, singer-actress Jennifer Lopez and Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The violence has some Hispanics looking over their shoulders, avoiding speaking Spanish in public, and seeking out escape routes amid fears they could be next.

The shootings and the raid come against a backdrop of racially charged episodes that include then-candidate Donald Trump referring to Mexican immigrants as "rapists"; Trump, as president, referring to migrants coming to the U.S. as "an invasion"; and viral videos of white people chastising Hispanics for speaking Spanish in public.

Longoria told The Associated Press that she and Ferrera got the idea for the letter after they talked and found out they were both depressed and sad after the El Paso shooting.

"Once we started talking to other people, we found out others were feeling the same way," Longoria said. "Instead of us all suffering alone we wanted to unite and tell our community that is going through all of this ... we are with you and we will fight for you."

Longoria said the letter is not meant to take political sides but to reach out to Americans regardless of party to say Latinos are hurting.

Ferrera told The AP that Latinos have been subjected to a number of racist attacks recently, but the El Paso shooting and the Mississippi raid were "just soul-crushing" for some.

"We wanted to do something to let people know we aren't growing to lie down and take it," America said. "We are going to stand up and fight."

Mónica Ramírez, a civil rights lawyer and activist who helped organize the letter, called it a "letter of love" and hopes it changes some hearts.

"We also wanted to make sure that people understand that our community is powerful and we have many allies," Ramírez said. "We don't want other groups to be targeted."

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1 critical after shooting near Downtown Columbus

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 04:45

COLUMBUS - Columbus police are investigating a shooting that sent one person to the hospital Friday morning near Downtown Columbus.

It happened just after 6:15 a.m. near South Ohio Avenue and East Main Street.

Authorities on the scene told 10TV one person was taken to Grant Medical Center in an unknown condition.

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

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Man arrested after chase, crash involving Pickerington police cruiser

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 02:46

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Pickerington Police captured a man who hit a police cruiser during an attempt to elude officers.

A sergeant tells 10TV that an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a car in a new complex, Redbud Commons apartments on Diley Road. According to police, the driver did not stop and hit the officer's cruiser during an attempt to escape.

The driver ended up crashing into some trees at Hill Road and Diley Road.

That person then took off on foot, but officers caught him nearby.

Police did have to use a taser on the suspect.

There are no reports of anyone being injured from the two crashes.

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Marion Police need help identifying pedestrian killed by train

Channel 10 news - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 02:14

MARION, Ohio - Marion Police are investigating a pedestrian death involving a train.

Someone called the Marion County Combined Dispatch Center just after 10:30 Thursday night to report the crash, which happened east of the Leader Street train overpass. The reporting party indicated that there was an individual lying between the rails before impact with the train.

Officers found a body in the area. He's described as a white man, approximately mid-thirties with tattoos along the right arm, right chest and exterior right calf. The man was wearing a black and gray "Throwdown" MMA style t-shirt and a pair of black Under Armour shoes.

The Marion Police Department has made several attempts to identify the man but is now seeking the help of the community.

If you have information regarding the identity of this individual, contact the Marion Police Department at 740-387-2525.

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'My mom is a hero': Woman killed after helping driver on I-71 remembered

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:37

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A woman who died after helping another driver on I-71 is being remembered.

Sherran Lancaster, 50, died Sunday - almost two weeks after the crash July 30.

It happened on I-71 northbound near 5th Avenue in Columbus. A vehicle was disabled in the left lane and several other drivers stopped to assist. Police said that is when another driver struck one or more of the vehicles that stopped, which resulted in other vehicles and people being hit.

Lancaster's family told 10TV she was the type of person who would give her heart if she could.

"She did what she would normally do in a situation like that. She sees someone in need, she would help," said her daughter, Shenecia Lancaster.

Police are still investigating the crash. So far, no charges are filed.

Lancaster's children said the only thing that keeps them going is knowing their mom died the way she lived: helping others.

"My mom is a hero in a sense, one way or another," said her son, Douglas Benniefield.

Shenecia Lancaster added, "Her life didn't go unnoticed. She did a good deed. She died helping someone else."

There is a GoFundMe set up to help pay for Lancaster's funeral. We are told it was her dying wish to be buried with family in Richmond, Virginia.

For more information, click here.

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Kings Island introduces its ‘tallest, fastest and longest’ rollercoaster for spring 2020

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:48

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio — Kings Island on Thursday introduced what it calls the "tallest, fastest and longest" rollercoaster coming to the park.

The rollercoaster, called "Orion", is one of seven giga coasters in the world — that class of rollercoasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

Introducing Orion, the tallest, fastest and longest steel roller coaster at Kings Island! Opening spring 2020. Learn more: https://t.co/SRzqHIYHqN #KingsIsland #KI2020 pic.twitter.com/7z14dG29x5

— Kings Island (@KingsIslandPR) August 16, 2019

The rollercoaster will be located in the park's new Area 72, and includes a 300-foot drop, seven more hills and 5,321 feet of track. The park says the coaster can reach speeds up to 91 mph.

The ride is set to open in spring 2020. Learn more about the ride here.

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Trump ties US success to 2nd term: 'You have to vote for me'

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:15

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to reassure his supporters about the state of the U.S. economy despite the stock market volatility and told rallygoers in New Hampshire, a state that he hopes to capture in 2020, that their financial security depends on his reelection.

"Whether you love me or hate me you have to vote for me," Trump said.

Speaking to a boisterous crowd at Southern New Hampshire University, Trump dismissed the heightened fears about the U.S. economy and a 3% drop Wednesday in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which was fueled by a slowing global economy and a development in the bond market that has predicted previous recessions. Avoiding an economic slump is critical to Trump's reelection hopes.

"The United States right now has the hottest economy anywhere in the world," Trump said.

Trump, who reached the White House by promising to bring about a historic economic boom, claimed, as he often does, that the markets would have crashed if he had lost his 2016 bid for the presidency. And he warned that if he is defeated in 2020, Americans' 401(k) retirement accounts will go "down the tubes."

The president also defended his tactics on trade with China. He has imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion of imports from China and has threatened to hit the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese imports with 10% tariffs. He has delayed that increase on about half of those items to avoid raising prices for U.S. holiday shoppers. He said China wants to make a trade deal with the U.S. because it's costing the country millions of jobs, but claimed that the U.S. doesn't need to be in a hurry.

"I don't think we're ready to make a deal," Trump said.

Trump's rally was the first since mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, killed 31 people and wounded dozens more. The shootings have reignited calls for Congress to take immediate action to reduce gun violence. Trump said the U.S. can't make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, but he advocated for expanding the number of facilities to house the mentally ill without saying how he would pay for it.

"We will be taking mentally deranged and dangerous people off of the streets so we won't have to worry so much about them," Trump said. "We don't have those institutions anymore, and people can't get proper care. There are seriously ill people and they're on the streets."

Along with discussion of the economy and guns, Trump hit a number of other topics, accusing the European Union of being "worse than China, just smaller"; bragging about his 2016 electoral victories in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania; and calling it a "disgrace" that people were throwing water on police officers in New York.

The rally was interrupted about a half an hour in by a handful of protesters near the rafters of the arena. As the protesters were being led out, a Trump supporter wearing a "Trump 2020" shirt near them began enthusiastically shaking his fist in a sign of support for the president.

But Trump mistook him for one of the protesters and said to the crowd: "That guy's got a serious weight problem. Go home. Start exercising. Get him out of here, please."

After a pause, he added, "Got a bigger problem than I do."

New Hampshire, which gave Trump his first GOP primary victory but favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election, is doing well economically, at least when using broad measures. But beneath the top-line data are clear signs that the prosperity is being unevenly shared, and when the tumult of the Trump presidency is added to the mix, the state's flinty voters may not be receptive to his appeals.

An August University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll found that 42% of New Hampshire adults approve of Trump while 53% disapprove. The poll also showed that 49% approve of Trump's handling of the economy and 44% disapprove.

Some Democratic presidential campaigns are holding events to capitalize on Trump's trip. Joe Biden's campaign set up down the street from the arena to talk to voters and enlist volunteers. A group for Pete Buttigieg's campaign gathered in nearby Concord to call voters about his support for new gun safety laws. And Cory Booker urged Trump to cancel the speech and instead order Congress to take immediate action to prevent gun violence.

At 2.4%, New Hampshire's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was among the lowest in the nation. But wage growth is significantly below national gains. Average hourly earnings rose a scant 1.1% in New Hampshire in 2018, lagging the 3% gain nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In other ways, like the home ownership rate — first in the nation — and median household income — seventh in the U.S. — the state is thriving, according to census data.

New Hampshire's four Electoral College votes are far below that of key swing states like Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan, but its influence can prove powerful in close election years like 2000, when George W. Bush's victory in the state gave him the edge needed to win the White House.

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