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Superintendent charged with child rape sues to get back job

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 15:52

BELLEFONTAINE — An Ohio school superintendent charged with child rape has sued to get his job back.

The Springfield News-Sun reports former Indian Lake Schools superintendent Patrick O'Donnell claims in a lawsuit filed in Logan County that he was unfairly fired and that a state referee said the district should wait to decide his job status until after the criminal case concluded.

He was fired Nov. 20. The 52-year-old O'Donnell was indicted on rape and other charges in July after being accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

His wife, 47-year-old Heather O'Donnell, was charged with child endangering for failing to report allegations to police. She is on unpaid leave from her position as superintendent of an education services center.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

School officials say the firing was justified.

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Health officials say Ohio flu hospitalizations are up

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 15:19

COLUMBUS — The state says Ohio flu hospitalizations are higher than usual and much worse than a year ago.

The Ohio Department of Health says the state saw 92 flu-related hospitalizations during the week that ended Dec. 2 and has seen 257 hospitalizations overall since the flu season began.

The agency says those numbers are above the five-year average for December and higher than last year, which saw 19 flu-related hospitalizations during the same week and 83 hospitalizations overall for the period.

The state and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot.

Dr. Clint Koenig (KOH'-nihg), the Health Department's Medical Director, says pregnant women and infants are at high risk for serious flu complications.

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Ohio couple told again to get rid of 'support' goats

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 15:08

BOWLING GREEN — An Ohio couple who say their three goats have helped ease the husband's depression has been ordered once again to get rid of them.

The Blade reports that Justin and Amanda Held were told during a court hearing Friday in Bowling Green they must remove the animals from their property for a misdemeanor zoning violation to be dismissed.

It's not the first time the Helds and the village of Grand Rapids have butted heads over the goats. The couple removed the goats last year after the village cited them but brought them back earlier this year when a doctor certified them as emotional support animals.

The village cited the couple again in September.

Amanda Held says that while they'll comply, she'll continue fighting for the goats and her husband's happiness.

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Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:46

JACKSON, Miss. — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy.

As Trump gazed at an exhibit on Freedom Riders at the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, demonstrators near the site held up signs that said "Make America Civil Again" and "Lock Him Up." Some shouted "No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA."

Trump spent about 30 minutes at the museums, gave a 10-minute speech to select guests inside and then flew back to his Florida estate, skipping the public schedule of the dedication ceremony held outside on a chilly day. He spent more time getting to Jackson than he did on the ground.

Trump's remarks steered clear of addressing the anger that his participation had sparked leading up to the dedication. In a deliberate voice and rarely diverting from his prepared words, the president sought to honor the famous and the anonymous for their efforts on behalf of freedom for all.

"The civil rights museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to bring down Jim Crow and end segregation, to gain the right to vote and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality. And it's big stuff. That's big stuff," he said.

"Those are very big phrases, very big words. Here we memorialize the brave men and women who struggled to sacrifice and sacrifice so much so that others might live in freedom," he said.

The national president of the NAACP and the mayor of Mississippi's capital city said they kept their distance from Trump because of his "pompous disregard" for the values embodied by the civil rights movement.

Derrick Johnson, head of the nation's oldest civil rights organization, and Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said at a news conference that they looked forward to a "grander opening" of the museum that they can attend.

Johnson, a Mississippian, charged that Trump opposes labor rights, education, health care and voting rights for all Americans.

"We will never cede the stage to an individual who will fight against us," Johnson said. "We will not allow the history of those who sacrificed to be tarnished for political expediency."

Johnson and Lumumba spoke to about 100 supporters, including some who participated in the civil rights demonstrations of the 1960s, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center. Once the first public school built for African-Americans in Jackson, it's now a museum to black history and culture.

Lumumba called Trump to task for "his pompous disregard for all of those factors that will not enable us to stand with him today."

The state's attorney general, Jim Hood, criticized Republican Gov. Phil Bryant for inviting Trump. "It threw cold water in the face of people who fought the battles for civil rights," Hood said.

Bryant, who introduced Trump, spoke of "the emotion that comes over you in waves as you see the past, the struggle, the conflict. I'm so very proud today that the president of the United States was here to see and witness it."

Trump reflected on the past and hoped for a bright future, drawing on the achievements of civil rights veterans:

"Today we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice. We pray for inspiration from their example. We want our country to be a place where every child from every background can grow up free from fear, innocent of hatred and surrounded by love, opportunity and hope. Today we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past and dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality, justice and peace."

He called the museums "labors of love — love for Mississippi, love for your nation, love for God-given dignity written into every human soul. These buildings embody the hope that has lived in the hearts of every American for generations, the hope in a future that is more just and more free."

Singled out by the president was Medgar Evers, the Mississippi NAACP leader who was shot to death outside his home in 1963. His widow, Myrlie, was in the audience for Trump's speech and drew a standing ovation when he acknowledged her.

Trump said Medgar Evers "knew it was long past time for his nation to fulfill its founding promise to treat every citizen as an equal child of God." Evers, Trump said, now rests in Arlington National Cemetery "beside men and women of all races, backgrounds and walks of life who've served and sacrificed for our country. Their headstones do not mark the color of their skin but immortalize the courage of their deeds."

Myrlie Evers did not mention Trump in her remarks a short time later at the public ceremony outside the museum. "Regardless of race, creed or color, we are all Americans. ... If Mississippi can rise to the occasion, then the rest of the country should be able to do the same thing," she said.

Among the high-profile figures to stay away was U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights movement. Lewis, who was among scores of Democratic lawmakers who skipped Trump's inauguration in January to protest his record on race, said Trump's presence at the museum opening was an insult.

The White House accused Lewis and others of injecting politics into a moment it said could be used to bring people together.

Trump has been accused of harboring racial animosity, and critics cite his blaming of "both sides" for deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the summer. Trump has also relentlessly criticized NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality largely directed at African-American males.

During the presidential campaign, Trump called for a "complete and total shutdown" of Muslims entering the U.S.

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PM announces on state TV Iraq's war against IS has ended

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

BAGHDAD — After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country's security forces drove the extremists from all of the territories they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced the victory in an address to the nation aired on Iraqi state television Saturday evening.

"Honorable Iraqis, your land has been completely liberated," he said. "The liberation dream has become a reality. We achieved victory in difficult circumstances and with God's help, the steadfastness of our people and the bravery of our heroic forces we prevailed."

"The flag of Iraq is flying high today over all Iraqi territory and at the farthest point on the border," he added, standing before the most senior members of Iraq's security forces.

Following al-Abadi's remarks, his office declared a public holiday Sunday in celebration of the victory, according to an official statement from the prime minister's office.

Iraqi forces mopped up the last pockets of IS fighters from Iraq's western deserts Saturday, securing the country's border with Syria, a step that marked the end of combat operations against the extremists.

"All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian border," said Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah, a senior Iraqi military commander, in a statement Saturday afternoon.

The U.S. applauded the prime minister's announcement.

The U.S. offers "sincere congratulations to the Iraqi people and to the brave Iraqi Security Forces, many of whom lost their lives heroically fighting ISIS," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a written statement, using an alternative acronym for IS.

"Our coalition will continue to stand with Iraq to support its security forces, economy and stabilization to help ensure that ISIS can never against threaten Iraq's people or use its territory as a haven," said Brett McGurk, U.S. special presidential envoy to the anti-IS coalition, in a statement posted to his official Twitter account.

"We mark today's historic victory mindful of the work that remains," he added.

Iraq's government remains faced with significant security threats, an economic crisis and the enormous task of rebuilding swaths of territory decimated by the IS fight.

IS fighters overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory, including Mosul, the country's second-largest city and Tikrit, the capital of Iraq's central Salahuddin province in the summer of 2014. The following year, IS fighters also overran Anbar's provincial capital of Ramadi.

Over the past 3 ½ half years, Iraqi ground forces closely backed by the U.S.-led coalition and mostly Shiite paramilitary forces backed by Iran have slowly retaken all of that territory.

The pace of the anti-IS operation accelerated last year as coalition-backed Iraqi ground forces prepared for the assault on Mosul that was formally launched in October 2016.

After more than nine months of mostly grueling urban combat, Al-Abadi declared victory over IS in Mosul in July.

In the months that followed Iraqi forces retook a handful of other IS-held towns including Tal Afar in August, Hawija in September and Qaim in October. In November, Iraqi forces retook the last Iraqi town held by IS — Rawah, near the border with Syria.

However, IS fighters remain capable of carrying out insurgent attacks in Iraq, and the group has recovered from past setbacks.

IS insurgent networks continue to pose a threat to Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, a senior Iraqi security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The official said intelligence gathering would become increasingly important in the post-military phase of the fight against IS.

"The triumph of military operations alone is not enough without stability," government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said, explaining that rebuilding in the wake of military victories against IS remained a "big challenge" for the Iraqi government.

Additionally, some 3 million Iraqis remain displaced by the fight against IS, according to the United Nations.

Al-Abadi also remains faced with a political and military stand-off with the country's Kurdish region over a referendum held on independence.

Federal government troops remain deployed throughout a string of disputed territories claimed by both Baghdad and Iraq's Kurds — who were also backed by U.S.-led coalition forces in the fight against IS. While Baghdad and Irbil have both stated a willingness to talk, negotiations to end the dispute have not yet begun.

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Man dead after crash in Delaware County; car submerged in Scioto River

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 08:46

DELAWARE COUNTY – Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed a man on State Route 257 in Delaware County.

Authorities tell 10TV they found the car submerged in the Scioto River Saturday morning but are not sure the exact time of the crash.

OSHP says the victim was driving northbound on SR-257 when he went off the road, struck a tree, and went into the river.

The victim's name has not yet been released.

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

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Police: Missing New Jersey mom was likely abducted

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 06:30

PATERSON, N.J. — Family and police are searching for a 24-year-old single mom who disappeared from a parking lot on Tuesday night, reports CBS New York. Paterson police told the station that it appears likely Shanaya Coley was abducted.

The station reports that a neighbor called 911 to report witnessing a violent altercation.

Shanaya Coley's vehicle, a 2013 Nissan Altima, apparently was used as a getaway car by whoever allegedly took the young mom

Officers arrived to find blood and Coley's glasses on the ground. They said they believe the suspect used Coley's car -- a dark, 2013 Nissan Altima that had been parked in front of her apartment building -- as a getaway vehicle.

It's unknown if she was targeted by someone she knew, or if the apparent violence was random.

"I haven't slept, I've just been driving around hoping to see something, anything, hopefully her car," Coley's sister Vernadette Fields said.

"If you wanted the car you could have left her where she was," Fields said. "Let her go if you have her. There's no reason, there's no reason for all this, all this heartache."

Family members told CBS New York that Coley dotes on her 3-year-old son, Amir, whose birthday is at the end of the month. They also described her as a caring, hardworking staffer at an assisted living facility who had no enemies.

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Who bought the world's most expensive painting?

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 06:06

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C., says that a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that sold for $450 million at an auction in New York was purchased by a member of the royal family on behalf of a museum in the United Arab Emirates.

The embassy says Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud bought the painting, titled "Salvator Mundi," for the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi so it could be displayed there at the newly opened branch of the Louvre museum.

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times both reported Thursday that Bader was acting as a proxy for Saudi Arabia's crown prince.

The identity of the owner and ultimate destination of the artwork plays a big role in whether the sale is taxed. Unless the owner decides to hang the work in Manhattan — or has it shipped out of the country using the wrong type of carrier — New York City won't get any taxes.

The state's laws are structured so that out-of-town buyers don't get hit with a big tax bill.

An expert says if the city taxes them, its status as a global center for art sales might be jeopardized.

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Millions of potentially explosive air bags still on the road

Channel 10 news - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 04:54

Fewer than half of the 41 million potentially explosive air bag inflators made by Japanese company Takata have been replaced in the several years since the largest auto-safety recall in U.S. history.

Some Honda employees are going door-to-door knocking, hunting for roughly 100,000 cars with the most dangerous defective Takata air bags that have up to a 50/50 chance of failing. Faulty Takata air bags have killed at least 13 people in the U.S.

Millions of mailers, phone calls and even targeted Facebook ads haven't gotten to everyone, so Honda has 500 people working in so-called "pit teams," canvassing neighborhoods nationwide. They're looking for unrepaired 2001-2003 Hondas and Acuras.

Teams carry replacement airbags allowing a technician to remove the defective one on the spot.

Honda's Ed Cohen said going door to door to inform customers is "unprecedented."

"It has never been done before," Cohen said. "The challenge here is that these vehicles are 14, 15, 16 years old. They change hands one to three times."

In Orlando, Jose Ramon Rivera watched as a pit team changed the air bags in his 2001 Honda that he bought two years ago.

But there's a second challenge for the automaker: As many as 144,000 vehicles with the dangerous air bags may have ended up in scrap yards, and some have been repaired and resold.

Karina Dorado, 18, didn't know her car was salvaged from a junkyard. She was nearly killed when its Takata air bag deployed in March.

Tim McMillon actively seeks out older wrecked Hondas. He removes the air bags before putting them in his Orange City, Florida, salvage yard.

He's pulled about 100 defective air bags so far this year. "It's out of the car, it's out of the system, Honda knows about it -- it's gone," McMillon said.

Honda says it's been able to get about 80,000 of these dangerous air bags from salvage yards, and another 50,000 or so have been found from the canvassing effort this year. But many more remain to be found.

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Postal workers putting in extra hours to deliver mail on time

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:21

The Postal Service says you might be seeing delays in mail arrival because they are bombarded with packages.

It's projecting a 10 percent increase in package volume this holiday season, compared to last year.

That means mail carriers are working extra hours to deliver, and the mail might get there later than usual.

Mail carrier Ed Ralston really loves his job.

He says he doesn't mind working the long hours because it's his busiest time of the year.

"It's just been crazy. I mean 12 hour days. I usually get here about 6:30 in the morning, we run some of the larger parcels, so we'll do, I do maybe 40, 50 parcels during the morning," Ed Ralston said.

Ralston says he could make two or three trips back to the Upper Arlington post office to pick up some of the 5,000 packages it gets every day.

"There's so many that they have to process, that they have to end up giving us a cut off time so we can get out and start carrying at least some of our mail," Ralston said.

The Postal Service says it hired season workers to deliver early mornings, at night, and on Sundays to help lighten the load.

Even still, Ralston is sometimes delivering mail until 8 p.m. He tries his best to get mail delivered as fast as he can.

"When it gets dark, it's hard on us because it multiplies the time because we just can't see. If you notice that your mail carrier is getting their late almost every day, kind of leave the light on for him, help him out as far as being able to see," Ralston said.

Ralston tells his customers to be patient.

"We're doing the best we can. We're getting everything out. Everything, every night, we clear out the station," Ralston said.

He knows who's on his route after all. That's why he loves this job so much.

"You know I know these people, I know their kids, you know I know them by names. It's kinda nice to get to interact with a lot of the people out here," Ralston said.

And he'll always deliver, even in the dark.

"We just continue to do what we gotta do," Ralston said.

The Postal Service says it expects to deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail, nationwide during the holiday season this year.

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Obama: Protect democracy or risk taking path of Nazi Germany

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:11

Former President Barack Obama says Americans must be vigilant in their defense of democracy or risk following the path of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

At a speech this week, the former president told the Economic Club of Chicago that "things can fall apart fairly quickly" if Americans don't "tend to this garden of democracy."

During the speech, Obama pointed to Hitler's rise to power in Germany as he implored the audience to "pay attention ... and vote."

Obama also defended the media. He said the press "often drove me nuts" but that he understood that a free press was vital to democracy.

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Trump says US 'cannot afford' Roy Moore loss in Alabama

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:09

President Donald Trump on Friday urged voters to elect a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, warning that America "cannot afford" to have a Democrat win the hard-fought campaign instead.

Trump gave a boost to the campaign of GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore during a raucous campaign rally in the Florida panhandle, near the state line with Alabama.

"We cannot afford, the future of this country cannot afford to lose the seat," Trump said, referring to his party's razor-thin 52-48 advantage in that chamber of Congress.

Trump said Moore's opponent, Doug Jones, is a "liberal Democrat" who would be "completely controlled" by Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi in the House and Chuck Schumer in the Senate.

"He's their total puppet and everybody knows it," Trump said during a wide-ranging speech that included riffs on the U.S. immigration system and the nation's economic performance since he took office. He touched briefly on the closely watched Senate race that will be decided when voters in next-door Alabama go to the polls Tuesday.

"We need somebody in that Senate seat who will vote for our Make America Great Again agenda, which involves tough on crime, strong on borders, strong on immigration," Trump continued.

Trump had reinforced his support for Moore earlier Friday by tweeting a similar message.

Moore, who is 70, has been dogged by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including accusations that he molested two teenage girls and pursued romantic relationships with several others while in his 30s. Moore has denied the allegations.

The White House said the rally wass a campaign event for Trump. But the location — so close to the Alabama state line and feeding its television markets — stoked speculation that it was a backdoor way for the president to boost Moore's campaign without actually setting foot in the state.

"It's not that he's not going to Alabama. It's that he is going to Pensacola," White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters on board Air Force One as Trump flew to Florida. "Pensacola is Trump country. This is a part of the state that voted overwhelmingly for the president in 2016. He'll be traveling back to Florida from time to time, and it's a key state."

Shah said the president and White House have made clear that the Moore allegations are "troubling and concerning" and "should be taken seriously." He also noted that Moore has maintained his innocence, and said that should be considered as well.

"Ultimately his endorsement is about the issues," Shah said.

Trump tweeted earlier Friday that the "LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already." Republicans currently have a 52-48 GOP edge in the Senate. He also criticized Jones as being "bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military"

Moore tweeted that he agreed with Trump.

"You're right Mr. President! We can't Make America Great Again with another radical liberal in the US Senate," he said. "I look forward to working with you to pass the America First Agenda!"

Trump, who overcame allegations of sexual misconduct to win last year's presidential election, looked past the charges against Moore and formally endorsed the former Alabama judge this week for the seat once held by Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general.

Top Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, had called on Moore to step aside after the allegations were made public.

Friday's campaign rally will be Trump's first since September, when he went to Alabama to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange.

Strange lost the GOP runoff election to Moore.

Trump's visit to the Florida panhandle comes in the final days of the Alabama Senate special election campaign. The crowd included some Alabama voters who traveled across the border for the rally.

"These are lies, just malicious lies," said John Maddalena, head of the south Alabama chapter of "Bikers for Trump." Maddalena and his wife, Alisha, rode to the Trump rally from their home near Montgomery, Alabama.

Alisha Maddalena described herself as a "strong woman" who still doesn't believe Moore's accusers.

"You let him sit there and pass judgment on people" as a jurist "for 40 years and don't say anything?" she asked. "You wait until he's running for the Senate to come up with this? That makes you suspicious."

"I'm a strong female," she continued. "If things like that happen to you, you need to come out immediately."

Others were Trump supporters eager to see the president in person.

Forrest Holt, 71, came to Pensacola from neighboring Gulf Breeze with his Marine buddies for the rally.

"We love Trump, because he doesn't back down from anybody," said Holt, who said a tax cut is his top priority.

Holt gave Trump credit for Republicans on Capitol Hill advancing competing bills through the process, but said he's not worried about the details.

"They're on the right track," he said. "I pay my fair share, and I just want everyone else to pay theirs too."

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Ex-aide: Rep. Franks offered $5m to carry his child

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 18:22

A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother.

The eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan told Franks that he would refer the allegations to the Ethics Committee and urged him to step aside.

The former staffer said the congressman at least four times asked if she'd be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. Franks, in his statement announcing his resignation, said he and his wife, who have struggled with infertility, have twins who were carried through surrogacy.

The former aide said the conversations took place in private, sometimes in the congressman's car, and that she repeatedly told him she wasn't interested. She said she never filed a formal complaint because until recently she didn't know where to go, but that his behavior had made her feel uncomfortable.

The Associated Press verified the identity of the staffer and confirmed that she worked in Franks' office. She asked that her name be withheld out of concern for her privacy,.

"During my time there, I was asked a few times to look over a 'contract' to carry his child, and if I would conceive his child, I would be given $5 million," she said, adding that she refused to look over the contract and has never seen a copy.

The woman said the requests shocked her, and made her feel afraid that if she didn't agree, she would face professional consequences. She said she spoke to another aide in the office, who had also been approached about surrogacy.

The aide cited the surrogacy requests as "a main reason" for leaving the office, adding that she felt retaliated against after turning down the congressman, ignored by Franks and not given many assignments.

A spokesman for Franks would not comment on whether the congressman offered aides money in exchange to act as surrogates.

Franks, a staunch conservative, said in his statement Thursday that he never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have sexual contact with any member of his congressional staff.

The surrogacy process typically involves removing an egg from the mother, fertilizing it with sperm from the father, then placing the fertilized egg in the uterus of the surrogate, who carries it to term.

Franks, 60, said he had become familiar with the surrogacy process in recent years and "became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others."

He said he regrets that his "discussion of this option and process in the workplace" with two female staffers made them feel uncomfortable.

Ryan on Thursday said in a statement that he was briefed on the allegations last week, and found them to be "serious and requiring action."

Ryan said that he presented Franks with the allegations, "which he did not deny," and filed them with the House Committee on Ethics.

A senior congressional official said Ryan's general counsel was contacted about two weeks ago by someone with information about "troubling behavior" by Franks involving a former staffer. Ryan's lawyer interviewed two women with similar complaints and verified them through a third party. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the deliberations.

Andrea Lafferty, President of Traditional Values Coalition, said she is the one who reported Franks' conduct to the speaker's office. Lafferty told AP that the former aide came to her about a year ago and told her about the surrogacy requests. Lafferty said she contacted Ryan's office last month, after the staffer agreed to discuss the incident with leadership.

"I was approached last year about the situation, she came to me wanting some advice about how to handle this. She came to me shaking and sobbing, and she shared a story that I think is horrific, a powerful man hiring young women, procuring staff, to potentially surrogate children for him," Lafferty said. "I accompanied (the former aide) to the meeting in the speaker's office where she said Congressman Trent Franks offered her $5 million if she conceived him a child."

Franks' net worth of nearly $33 million makes him one of the wealthier members of Congress. While surrogacy regulations and costs vary from state to state, services typically run in the range of the low hundreds of thousands of dollars. The former aide said she never received details about payment or where the process would occur.

Franks is one of three lawmakers to step aside in a week as sexual misconduct allegations rocked the Capitol.

He said in a statement Friday: "Last night, my wife was admitted to the hospital in Washington, D.C., due to an ongoing ailment. After discussing options with my family, we came to the conclusion that the best thing for our family now would be for me to tender my previous resignation effective today, December 8th, 2017."

On Thursday, liberal Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his resignation after facing allegations of sexual harassment by at least eight women. Franken said some of those accusations were false and that he remembered others differently than his accusers did. He said he'd depart in a few weeks.

On Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., resigned effective immediately. He faced accusations from women of improper sexual behavior that he's contesting.

Franks, an abortion opponent, drew a sharp response from Democrats during a 2013 House committee debate when he said, "The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low." He sought to clarify the comment, saying later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent.

Franks is a strong backer of President Donald Trump, represents a district encompassing suburbs north and west of Phoenix.

Before winning election to Congress, he served in the Arizona Legislature and founded the Arizona Family Research Institute, an organization associated with Dr. James Dobson's "Focus on the Family." The group later changed its name to the Center for Arizona Policy, and continues to be a force at the Arizona Capitol. It pushes anti-abortion, religious freedom and school choice legislation and publishes a yearly scorecard tracking how lawmakers vote on its proposed bills.

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Video shows man begging in fatal police shooting

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:55

Authorities have released the unedited video of an Arizona police officer fatally shooting an unarmed man outside his hotel room as officers responded to a call that someone there was pointing a gun out a window.

The 18-minute body-camera video was released shortly after former Officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford was acquitted Thursday on a murder charge in the January 2016 shooting death of Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas.

The release of the full video marks the first time the face-to-face encounter between officers and Shaver has been available to the public outside a courtroom. It was played at the beginning of Brailsford's trial in late October.

The footage, taken from Brailsford's point of view, shows the shooting and the tense moments leading up to it.

Officers ordered Shaver to lie down face-first in the hallway and not make any sudden movements or risk being shot.

At one point, Shaver puts his hands behind his back.

"Hands up in the air!" yelled Sgt. Charles Langley, who was leading the police team that responded to the call. "You do that again, we're shooting you."

"Please do not shoot me," Shaver said, sobbing.

He was ordered to crawl toward officers. As he inched forward, he reached toward the waistband of his shorts, leading Brailsford to open fire. He said he believed Shaver was grabbing a handgun to fatally shoot him.

Authorities have said it looked as though Shaver was pulling up his loose-fitting basketball shorts that had fallen down as he crawled.

No gun was found on Shaver's body, but two pellet rifles related to his pest-control job were later found in his hotel room.

While the acquittal clears Brailsford of criminal liability, Shaver's widow, Laney Sweet, and Shaver's parents have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against the suburban Phoenix city of Mesa.

Brailsford served as a Mesa officer for about two years before he was fired for violating department policy.

Portions of the video had been released in May 2016 after The Associated Press and other news organizations requested that it be unsealed. The previously released footage showed officers taking cover in a hotel hallway as they waited for Shaver and a woman to exit his room and ended just before they walked out.

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Delaware Co. cemetery owners sent to prison for defrauding dozens of victims

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:42

The owners of a Delaware County cemetery are heading to prison, after taking money for headstones and burial vaults they didn't provide.

Prosecutors say they stole from some 70 victims and took money intended for the final resting places of loved ones, to a casino instead.

The Martins took the money, but in exchange, these families say they got anything but peace.

"My mother worked to be able to afford what he stole from us," said Dorothea Perry, through tears. "I don't know how he can sit there and not look at me."

The Martins own Fairview Memorial Garden in Delaware County, along with a cemetery in northeastern Ohio, and one in Pennsylvania.

The attorney now managing Fairview says the issues under the Martins' watch included people buried in the wrong place, misplaced grave markers, and vaults and headstones paid for, but never provided.

"To go to the cemetery and my dad's headstone is not there, not being able to put out flowers properly, it's unbearable the amount of pain they have caused," said Elizabeth Andrews.

"My parents always taught me that if you cannot say anything nice, not to say anything at all. Today is not one of those days," said Susan Barr. "Today I come to you representing just one elderly couple out of many. These are the real heroes who pre-planned to reduce stress during a time of grief. You spit on their plans."

"Shame on the both of you for taking advantage of people at their most vulnerable," said Christine Taynor.

The Martins say Fairview was mismanaged when they bought it in 2008.

They say there was no money to make good on commitments already made.

"I cannot begin to tell you how horrible I feel about this situation," said Ted Martin. "We didn't want this situation to ever happen. We did everything in our power to make sure this never happened."

"My husband and I were so overwhelmed by the amount of families that no funds were left to cover for their burial, that we took our paychecks and went to the casino to try to win," said Arminda Martin. "And sometimes we did, and we could put money back into the companies. But it was never going to be enough."

The judge sentenced Ted Martin to five years in prison, Arminda Martin to four and a half years in prison, and ordered them to pay more than $183,000 to their victims.

Fairview Cemetery is now in the hands of a court-appointed receiver.

He says he is working to sell the cemetery to new owners and try to recoup the money owed to victims.

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Fire engulfs California retirement areas, racehorse stables

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:38

Flames engulfed retirement communities built on golf courses, thoroughbreds in racehorse stables and other usually serene sites as the San Diego area became the latest front in California's wildfire fight.

The fire broke out Thursday amid dry, windy conditions that would be extreme for any season but are especially stunning just two weeks from winter.

It grew to 6 square miles in a matter of hours and burned dozens of houses as flames tore through the tightly packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook, known for its avocado orchards and horse ranches.

Three people were burned while escaping the flames and at least 85 buildings were destroyed, authorities said. Out of 10,000 people who fled homes, about 900 were in shelters.

Trees were charred for miles along a winding highway in the community of Bonsall and some houses lay in ruins on a road not far off. At one home, a goose and a rooster remained, the latter crowing repeatedly Friday.

The fire, on the eastern border of the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton, was uncontained, although winds subsided significantly overnight. Forecasters said they would return later in the day but be less widespread.

Authorities said 1,000 firefighters battled the flames with help from a fleet of air tankers and helicopters. Significant resources also were being deployed to stamp out a new, small fire that began to the east in the Cleveland National Forest near the mountain town of Alpine.

Meanwhile, firefighters northwest of Los Angeles gained some control over the largest and most destructive fire in the state, which has destroyed 430 buildings. The blaze in Ventura County has grown to 206 square miles (533 square kilometers) since igniting Monday.

Fire crews also made enough progress against other large fires around LA to lift most evacuation orders.

The fire 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of San Diego razed rows of trailer homes in the retirement community, leaving charred and mangled metal in its wake. It wasn't immediately known what sparked the blaze next to State Highway 76, but strong winds carried it across six lanes to the other side.

Cynthia Olvera, 20, took shelter at Fallbrook High School.

She had been at her Bonsall home with her younger sister and nephew when her father called from the family nursery to say the fire had reached the gate of their sprawling property.

After starting to drive away, the family turned around to recover forgotten personal documents — but it was too late. Trees were ablaze and flames were within 10 feet (3 meters) of the house.

"I didn't think it would move that fast," she said.

Her older sister wanted to drive in to save her husband's car, but Olvera told her: "Don't do it. It's not worth it."

Her sister heeded the advice and the family made it safely to the school. But the flames followed them, and the family had to pack up again when evacuation orders came for the high school.

The family went to a second shelter, not knowing if their house survived.

As the flames approached the elite San Luis Rey Downs training facility for thoroughbreds, many of the more than 450 horses were cut loose to prevent them from being trapped in their stables, said Mac McBride of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Herds of horses galloped past flaming palm trees in their chaotic escape of a normally idyllic place.

Horse trainer Scott Hansen said he knows that some of his 30 horses at the facility died.

"I don't know how many are living and how many are dead," he said.

The California Horse Racing Board said about 25 horses were killed when eight barns burned and others in adjacent pastures were unaccounted for. Surviving horses were taken to Del Mar racetrack and all of Friday's races at Los Alamitos Race Course were canceled as the racing community mourned.

Along the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara, tiny communities had so far survived close calls. Slopes along U.S. 101 were blackened, but homes still stood at La Conchita and Faria Beach. Sections of Carpinteria were under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, but no flames were in sight.

Inland, the biggest fire burned in mountains near the town of Fillmore, but only outlying areas were evacuated. It also remained a threat to Ojai, a scenic mountain town of 7,000 people dubbed "Shangri-La" and known for its boutique hotels and New Age spiritual retreats.

Ash fell like snowflakes on citrus orchards scattered around town Thursday and on Spanish-style architecture. Some businesses closed, but staples could be found at Pat's Liquor, where Hank Cheyne-Garcia loaded up with supplies to fuel through another edgy night keeping watch on the fire.

"It got a little too intense yesterday with the wind kicking up," he said. "There was just so much smoke. Yesterday you couldn't see the street."

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Retired school employees facing freeze on cost of living benefit

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:59

The Ohio Association of Public School Employees says beginning January 1, nearly 80,000 retired school workers will receive a smaller than expected pension check in the mail.

Earlier this year, Ohio lawmakers approved a plan by the State Employees Retirement System to freeze a three percent cost of living adjustment, or COLA, for the next three years.

The change impacts school bus drivers, secretaries, food service workers, custodians, and school librarians.

SERS argued the change was necessary if it was going to continue to provide health care benefits to retirees.

OAPSE said retired members receive an average benefit of $1,184 a month. The three percent COLA would increase that by about $426 a year.

Reatha Goshay said it may not sound like a lot of money, but after spending 35 years as a food service employee for the schools, she deserves every penny.

"I worked hard for that. I think I deserve it. I need it," said Goshay.

The union said it's planning legal action.

In July, the State Teachers Retirement System froze COLA benefits for retired Ohio teachers for up to five years.

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State awards money to support technological solutions to fight opiates

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:28

The first step in the state's effort to find new innovations to fight the opiate crisis has been taken. Ten million was just awarded to seven projects in the works to become reality. One from a company here in Columbus, Sollis Therapeutics.

Their new approach to relieving sciatic nerve pain could eliminate a big need for opioids. Sciatica is a debilitating condition in the lower back that shoots pain down the legs.

Sollis was able to reformulate an approved blood pressure medication, Clonodine. In pellet form, it can be injected epidurally.

“This actually blocks the signaling from one nerve to another,” said COO Bryan Jones. “You can prevent the pain signal from being transmitted to the brain.”

It's a quick procedure and the effects last, just one injection should take care of the pain.

Getting any drug approved and on the market is a long, costly process. They have just one clinical trial left and need about $50 million to make the idea a reality, receiving $2 million through the Ohio Third Frontier is a much-needed boost.

The company thinks the drug should get through the final phase of FDA approval and be on the market in the next three years.

The second phase, the Opioid Technology Challenge is still going on. The state welcomes ideas from anyone.

Two-hundred and seventy-five have been received already. It is open until December 15. Eight million will be awarded.

For more information, click here.

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Grand jury clears Columbus police officer in shooting death outside St. Ann's hospital

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:23

The Franklin County Grand Jury has decided to not bring charges against a Columbus police officer who shot and killed a man outside Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital.

On April 6, Westerville medics requested police to go with them to a patient transport in the 600 block of Garden Terrace Road.

Police said the patient, later identified as 39-year-old Christopher Wade, was experiencing psychological issues. Officers arrived at the scene and were asked to follow medics to the hospital.

Wade walked out of the ambulance at the hospital and began to head toward the emergency room entrance while carrying a bag.

Witnesses told police Wade looked back, saw an officer, then reached down into the bag and pulled out what officers thought was a gun.

Columbus police said the officer repeatedly asked Wade to get on the ground and drop the gun but did not comply. The officer fired at Wade, striking him.

Police said Wade’s gun was later identified to be a BB gun.

The officer who fired at Wade was identified as Nathan Komisarek, a 14-year veteran.

The Franklin County Grand Jury reviewed the case on Friday. No indictment was filed.

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Central Ohio gears up for wintry weather this weekend

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:01

Even with the smallest amount of snow in the forecast, the City of Columbus has started to anti-ice. But in preparation for Saturday, there is still plenty of salt on hand to make sure those roads aren't slick.

“The City of Columbus has up to 85 trucks that can be ready to put into service if the events warrant,” said Jeff Ortega, Department of Public Service.

Once the snow falls, be sure to go to warriorwatch.columbus.gov to see what city streets have been serviced in the past 72 hours and to check the priority level of your street.

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