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Trump says more must be done to protect children

Channel 10 news - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:25

As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.

"We must do more to protect our children," Trump said, adding that his administration was working hard to respond to the shooting in Parkland that left 17 dead.

After past mass killings yielded little action on tighter gun controls, the White House is trying to demonstrate that it is taking the issue seriously. The president, a strong and vocal supporter of gun rights, has not endorsed more robust changes sought by gun control activists. But the White House cast the president in recent days as having been swayed by the school shooting in Florida and willing to listen to proposals.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump indicated he wants to strengthen the background check system, but offered no specifics.

Trump said: "Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!"

Asked at a press briefing Tuesday if Trump was open to reinstating a ban on assault-type weapons, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said White House officials "haven't closed the door on any front." She also said that the idea of raising the age limit to buy an AR-15 was "on the table for us to discuss."

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat and leading advocate for tighter gun controls, said Trump's directive suggested the president was aware of fresh energy on the issue and called it a sign that "for the first time" politicians are "scared of the political consequences of inaction on guns."

A bipartisan legislative effort to ban bump stocks last year fizzled out. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced in December that it was reviewing whether weapons using bump stocks should be considered illegal machine guns under federal law.

Under the Obama administration, the ATF had concluded that bump stocks did not violate federal law. But the acting director of the ATF told lawmakers in December that the ATF and Justice Department would not have initiated the review if a ban "wasn't a possibility at the end."

The Justice Department had not made any announcement regarding its review when Trump on Tuesday signed a memorandum directing the agency to complete the review as soon as possible and propose a rule "banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns."

Reacting to Trump's memo, the department said in a statement that it "understands this is a priority for the president and has acted quickly to move through the rulemaking process. We look forward to the results of that process as soon as it is duly completed."

A day earlier, Trump sent another signal he had been swayed by the Parkland shooting and the dramatic calls for action in its aftermath. A White House statement said Trump was looking at a bill that would strengthen federal gun background checks. On Wednesday, he will host parents, teachers and students at the White House for a "listening session" that will include people impacted by mass shootings in Parkland, Columbine, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut.

The president was moved by a visit Friday with Florida victims in the hospital and is trying to work on solutions, said a person familiar with his thinking who sought anonymity to discuss internal conversations.

Among the steps sought by gun control advocates: closing loopholes that permit loose private sales on the internet and at gun shows, banning assault-type weapons and to passing laws to enable family members, guardians or police to ask judges to strip gun rights temporarily from people who show warning signs of violence.

The Parkland shooting also has prompted the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature to take a fresh look at gun control legislation, although so far GOP leaders are refusing to endorse calls to ban assault rifles. Still, the discussion of some types of gun control legislation is a dramatic turnaround for Florida, which has earned the nickname the "Gunshine State" for its gun policies.

The federal background check bill was developed in response to a mass shooting last November in which a gunman slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church. It would penalize federal agencies that don't properly report required records and reward states that comply by providing them with federal grant preferences. The measure, which is pending in the Senate, was drafted after the Air Force acknowledged that it failed to report the Texas gunman's domestic violence conviction to the National Criminal Information Center database.

The GOP-controlled House paired the background checks bill with a measure making it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines. The concealed carry measure, a top priority of the National Rifle Association, would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons.

Murphy said any attempt to combine background checks with concealed-carry provisions would significantly jeopardize the chances of passing bipartisan reform of the background checks system.

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Amazon customer service scam targets your financial data

Channel 10 news - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:22

If you've got a problem with an Amazon.com (AMZN) order and need to reach customer support, you're just the kind of person criminals are eager to speak to.

A recent scam targets customers who want to get an Amazon customer service representative on the phone. The fraudsters are posting fake Amazon service numbers that show up in online searches, according to Krebs on Security. When the victim calls the number, the scammer picks up and asks for detailed personal information such as bank account and credit card information.

It's no surprise that scammers are focusing Amazon.com, the biggest online retailer, and its customers. Yet the customer support scam targets customers at a point when they may be more willing to hand over sensitive data, in the hope they'll receive a refund for their Amazon Prime service or merchandise.

So how can customers avoid falling for this con? For one, chatting with an Amazon customer service rep through its site guarantees you are reaching an employee. Secondly, make sure you call Amazon's actual customer support number, 1 (888) 280-4331.

"Whenever we become aware of actions like the ones you describe, we take steps to stop them," Amazon said in an emailed statement. "If you're concerned about your account, please contact Amazon customer service immediately using the help section on our website."

Other Amazon-related scams have emerged recently, including an international online retail scam. In that case, one couple was surprised to receive unordered packages from Amazon. It had neither a return address or an order number, which meant the couple couldn't return it.

This scam is called "brushing," where an online seller purchases their own product and ships it to a real address. Then the seller writes a fake review while posing as the buyer. The goal? To present glowing reviews from "genuine" shoppers in an effort to game the system and push their products to the top of Amazon's pages.

Amazon has battled fake reviews for years, with mixed success. As with any retail experience, consumers should view the reviews with a "caveat emptor" attitude and keep an eye out for fraudulent reviews. Experts say a lack of genuineness in tone, such as being over-the-top in praising a given product, can be a tip off.

"We are investigating inquiries from consumers who have received unsolicited packages as this would violate our policies," the spokesperson said. "We have confirmed the sellers involved did not receive names or shipping addresses from Amazon. We remove sellers in violation of our policies, withhold payments, and work with law enforcement to take appropriate action."

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Mass shooting plot at SoCal high school thwarted by alert security guard

Channel 10 news - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:00

WHITTIER, Calif. -- Authorities say they've thwarted a student's plot for a mass shooting at a Southern California high school.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that a security guard at El Camino High School in Whittier overhead a "disgruntled student" threaten to open fire on the school on Friday, just two days after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida tells The Associated Press deputies discovered "multiple guns and ammunition" after searching the student's home.

Officials wouldn't provide additional details but scheduled a news conference for Wednesday.

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"I absolutely reject everything the NRA is putting out," ex-member says

Channel 10 news - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:55

NEW YORK -- The latest poll from Quinnipiac University shows two-thirds of Americans now support stricter gun laws, including half of gun owners. That's the highest level of support ever measured.

A hunter since he was a kid, and a Marine for 20 years, Joe Plenzler was a proud member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). That's until he saw an ad last year that targeted opponents of the gun rights group.

"I'm a Second Amendment supporter and I absolutely reject everything the NRA is putting out right now," Plenzler said.

He gave up on the group, who counts 5 million members. But he didn't give up on the idea of finding common ground.

"I think if you ask a single American, gun owner or non-gun owner, they want to make sure that their families are safe and protect their families and they want to have safe communities to live in," he said.

"I always find that there's far more agreement in this country on the gun issue than you could possibly imagine," said Richard Feldman, a former NRA lobbyist. "But we never ask the right questions first."

Feldman now runs the Independent Firearm Owners Association.

"Who here thinks it's a good idea for violent, predatory felons, crazed, emotionally charged lunatics and unsupervised juveniles to have access to guns?" Feldman said. "No one ever raises their hand and says, 'Yeah, that's a good idea.'"

A gun rights advocate for more than 30 years, Feldman thinks as long as their Second Amendment rights are protected, many of the 75 million gun owners in the U.S. are actually open to some restrictions.

"I've always said that when people said, 'Well, you're against gun control,' I'd go, 'That depends.' I'm in favor of gun control laws that are intended to -- and, in fact, do -- keep guns out of those three identified groups' hands," Feldman said.

Feldman is among those who believe the emotions in the wake of the Parkland shooting will fade in terms of affecting public policy.

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Police looking for 2 men charged in Jan. 1 double homicide

Channel 10 news - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:52

Police are looking for two men who have been charged in a January 1 double homicide, the second and third of 2018.

Police announced the charges via press release Wednesday morning, naming Christian Dequan Dillion, 19 and Mario Marshawn Wade, 18, as the suspects and charging them with murder.

Columbus police said two people were killed and another was critically injured in a shooting in west Columbus at 11:43 p.m. Jan. 1 in the 600 block of South Hague Avenue.

When officers arrived on scene, they located three victims at the home suffering from gunshot wounds.

Police say 23-year-old Keith Brian Williams III was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marlazia Lashonda Jones-Mattox, 21, was transported by to Mount Carmel West Hospital in critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m., according to police.

Police say Jones-Mattox was 35 weeks pregnant. Doctors were able to deliver her baby boy, who is currently in critical condition at Nationwide's Children's Hospital.

A third victim, who has yet to be identified, was transported to Mount Carmel West Hospital and was in critical condition at the time. Police say he sustained severe permanent injuries and has yet to be questioned.

Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to call 614-645-4730 or 614-461-TIPS.

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Suit wants marijuana grower licenses revoked

Channel 10 news - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:43

COLUMBUS — A lawsuit filed by some unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana in Ohio claims state regulators failed to follow their own rules last year when they awarded provisional licenses for growing facilities.

Several groups including CannAscend Ohio LLC filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus. The lawsuit challenges the Ohio Department of Commerce's process for awarding the provisional licenses to 12 companies for large-scale growing facilities.

The lawsuit alleges various failures in the licensing process, including "scoring errors, undisclosed conflicts of interest, and undisclosed loopholes in the security of information." It asks a judge to revoke the licenses and prevent the department from issuing operators' permits to the companies.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Gostomski said Tuesday that the department can't comment on pending litigation.

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Otterbein University offers full-tuition scholarships to Officer Joering’s daughters

Channel 10 news - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:20

Otterbein University has offered full-tuition scholarships to three daughters of fallen Westerville Police Officer Eric Joering.

Chief of Staff Kristi Robbins made the announcement Tuesday evening at the Westerville City Council meeting.

At the same meeting, council voted unanimously to retire Officer Joering's K9 partner, Sam, and let him go home with his family.

Officer Joering was killed along with Officer Anthony Morelli on February 10 while responding to a 911 hang-up call.

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Westerville K9, Sam, officially retires to live with Joering family

Channel 10 news - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:50

Westerville City Council voted unanimously, Tuesday night, to officially retire K9 officer, Sam, and let him go home with his partner's family: the family of Westerville police officer, Eric Joering.

Joering's wife and three young daughters were there to receive their dad's K9. One of the girls wore Officer Joering's police badge around her neck.

Officer Joering and Officer Anthony Morelli were killed in the line of duty, Saturday, Feb. 10, after responding to a 911 hang-up call.

"There's nothing better than those three girls getting to be with that dog," Westerville Police Chief, Joe Morbitzer, said.

Morbitzer says he recognizes the comfort value the family and Sam will be for each other in this time of grieving.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, Otterbein University Chief of Staff Kristi Robbins announced the university will be offering full-tuition scholarships for each of Joering's daughters.

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Road work ahead: Short North construction expected to last 5 more months

Channel 10 news - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:41

Some are calling it the nightmare on High Street when referring to the stretch of construction in the Short North.

Local shops say it's impacting business and neighbors say they can't get anywhere.

"It definitely has been a headache," Miko Cordero said.

You could call it a migraine too and the pounding sound of construction isn't over yet.

"We just experienced it last week where it was really bad. This whole sidewalk was pretty much inaccessible," House Beer bartender Lauren Schmitz said.

Schmitz says House Beer is feeling the pain.

"The customers that do make it in, a lot of them are local, live upstairs, or nearby. Otherwise I'm not really seeing any other people from outside the nearby areas," Schmitz said.

Near Third Avenue and almost all the way to Goodale Boulevard, orange obstacles along High Street are keeping customers from businesses.

"When I come to work I have to cross the street maybe 3 times just to get here so," Schmitz said.

Demolition has also taken precious parking meters off the market.

"Being a patron of bars down here, I wouldn't even want to deal with parking," Schmitz said.

While the sight of orange might give some an instant headache, it's also a sign of growth.

"I've lived here for 2 1/2 years and every time I blink there's something that, something new that comes up," Cordero said.

And sometimes, the pain just comes with it.

"We're just looking forward to being done with construction you know," Cordero said.

Business owners say they are looking forward to the next Gallery Hop weekend.

Columbus city officials say according to private developments, at least two of the projects on High Street are expected to be finished by July of this year.

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2018-02-24 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Saturday Feb 24, 2018
Time: 6:41 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 21°
Approach: 10° above S
Departure: 21° above SE

2018-02-25 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Sunday Feb 25, 2018
Time: 5:51 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above SE
Departure: 10° above SE

2018-02-26 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Monday Feb 26, 2018
Time: 6:32 AM
Duration: 4 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 52°
Approach: 10° above SW
Departure: 36° above E

2018-02-27 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Tuesday Feb 27, 2018
Time: 5:41 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 26°
Approach: 11° above S
Departure: 23° above ESE

2018-02-28 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Wednesday Feb 28, 2018
Time: 4:51 AM
Duration: 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 13°
Approach: 13° above SE
Departure: 11° above ESE

2018-02-28 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Wednesday Feb 28, 2018
Time: 6:24 AM
Duration: 6 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 60°
Approach: 10° above WSW
Departure: 10° above NE

2018-03-01 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Thursday Mar 1, 2018
Time: 5:35 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 68°
Approach: 57° above SSW
Departure: 22° above ENE

2018-03-02 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Friday Mar 2, 2018
Time: 4:45 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 19°
Approach: 19° above E
Departure: 19° above E

2018-03-02 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Friday Mar 2, 2018
Time: 6:17 AM
Duration: 5 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 29°
Approach: 16° above W
Departure: 11° above NE

2018-03-03 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Saturday Mar 3, 2018
Time: 5:27 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 48°
Approach: 48° above NNW
Departure: 10° above NE

2018-03-04 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:34
Date: Sunday Mar 4, 2018
Time: 4:37 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 16°
Approach: 16° above NE
Departure: 13° above NE

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