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State Fire Marshal investigating a house fire in Hebron

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

HEBRON, OHIO - The State Fire Marshal Office is investigating what destroyed a house in Hebron early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called at 1:47 to a home located in 100 block of Newark Street in Hebron.

The Hebron Fire Chief says there is extensive damage to the front of the home and the entire structure is close to a total loss.

Authorities say a neighbor called 911 and told firefighters that the resident who lived at the home was seen exiting, but they have not been able to locate him at this time.

The Hebron Fire Chief says it unclear how the fire started and they are looking to locate a male in his 60's who they believe lives at the home.

This fire remains under investigation.

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

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Some police dogs now have cameras, too

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 06:22

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police dogs have always helped their human counterparts through their eyes and nose, and now some of the dogs are getting their own backup — cameras that transmit live video.

The devices generally attach to dogs' backs on a vest and transmit video to a handler watching from a screen, possibly on their wrist or around their necks. It's so the officers can better assess what they are up against before they go into a situation.

"If we have a really close encounter with armed people it doesn't work out well for anyone," said Shawn Gore, Portland, Oregon, police K-9 officer. "If we can gain distance it gives us lots of options to negotiate and de-escalate."

David Ferland, executive director for the United States Police Canine Association, a training program for police dogs, said departments generally use the cameras when dogs go out to look for suspects, missing people or explosives — for the dog's safety and for intelligence gathering.

Ferland doesn't have statistics but he suspects fewer than 5 percent of agencies have the cameras because they are so expensive. Most cost between $6,000 and $20,000, he said.

But some K-9 academies are already training dogs with vests and cameras so they get used to them, Ferland said.

K-9 cameras started gaining traction about a decade ago after departments saw their success in helping dogs in the military, he said.

Law enforcement agencies generally pay for the cameras through donations or use forfeiture or drug seizure money, which is how Portland is paying for its cameras. That police agency has used 10 cameras on its 10 K-9s since about 2012 and is in the process of getting newer cameras, costing about $20,000 each.

Tactical Electronics started making K-9 cameras in 2006 and has sold 5,000 to 6,000 to law enforcement and military around the world, said Addie Ventris, the company's marketing director.

In Wisconsin, the Muskego Police Department recently bought its first camera for its dog, Sirius, said K-9 Officer Shawn Diedrich.

"Being able to get a layout of an area — whether it's out in the woods or in a house or it's in a business, the camera will start to give us that layout so when officers have to go into that environment they can do it more safely," Diedrich said.

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Sheriff feels 'outpouring of support' in missing girl case

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:39

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin sheriff thanked volunteer searchers who helped canvass the area surrounding the home of a 13-year-old girl who is believed to have been abducted and whose parents were killed.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a Facebook post Tuesday that investigators were assessing several items that volunteers found during an expanded search for clues that might lead them to Jayme Closs, but none of them seemed to be linked to her disappearance as of Tuesday evening.

As many as 2,000 volunteers from in and around the Closs family's hometown of Barron and as far away as the Minneapolis area, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) to the southwest, heeded the call for volunteer help. They walked through swamps, cornfields and woods in chilly weather.

"The outpouring of hope and support from the community and law enforcement has been overwhelming," Fitzgerald said, adding that Jayme is believed to still be missing and endangered.

Fitzgerald said authorities had received more than 1,400 tips as of Tuesday and had closed 1,100 of them while continuing to work the others. Some of those tips led authorities to conduct Tuesday's expanded search.

After being instructed to proceed slowly, to yell "Stop!" if they see anything and to wait for the authorities to come check it out, volunteers fanned out in lines to search marshes, wooded areas and fields. Video posted on Twitter by a KMSP-TV reporter showed searchers walking in a grid pattern, using the sticks to bat down tall grass and vegetation.

Reporters tracking various search groups tweeted that volunteers were told to look for anything that could be a clue, such as a cellphone, piece of clothing or gun.

Jayme Closs has been missing since sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call early on the morning of Oct. 15 found the door to her family's home near Barron kicked in and her parents, James and Denise Closs, dead inside. They had been shot. Investigators believe Jayme was abducted and ruled her out as a suspect on the investigation's first day.

Joe Scheu, a retiree from the nearby village of Haugen, said he was taking part in Tuesday's search because he has a 13-year-old granddaughter and he wanted to help out. He said the violence in the case is terrible and that he feels sorry for Jayme.

Jill Robinson, who lives about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south in Eleva, drove to Barron with a friend to join the search.

"I guess I'm not doing anything different than I would hope someone would do if it was one of my loved ones in this situation right now," said Robinson, 48. "I just think anytime it hits close to home like this, it just makes you think it could be you or one of our loved ones."

Investigators are also searching for two cars — a red or orange Dodge Challenger and a black Ford Edge or black Acura MDX — that may have been near the Closs family's home on the night of the attack, Fitzgerald said. He didn't have information about the cars' license plates.

Relatives plan to hold a funeral for James and Denise Closs at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Cameron, a village next to Barron. The funeral will be preceded by an 11 a.m. visitation.

Fitzgerald said he planned to provide another update in the case on Wednesday afternoon.

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Wall Street skeptical of Tesla's promise to post net profit

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:35

Tesla is showing some promising signs that it will make money as advertised in the third quarter, but Wall Street isn't buying it.

The electric car and solar panel maker delivered more than 80,000 vehicles from July through September, and CEO Elon Musk told employees late in the quarter that it was close to profitability.

Still, of 15 analysts who follow the company, not one expects Tesla to make money. As a group, they expect a net loss of $173.8 million, or 95 cents per share.

"We'd be really very surprised if they posted a profit for the third quarter," said Garrett Nelson, an analyst for CFRA Research. "This is a company that lost over $3 per share each of the last two quarters. To go from that to all-of-a-sudden profitable would take a dramatic improvement."

There also were warning signs from the company about reduced profit margins in China due to import tariffs charged by that country in response to U.S. tariffs, Nelson said.

Tesla has achieved profitability before, but only in two quarters since becoming a public company in 2010. It has never posted a full-year profit and it lost $717 million in the second quarter and burned through more than $739 million in cash.

In a cheerleading email to employees as the third quarter closed in September, Musk wrote that Tesla was close to "proving the naysayers wrong." The company, he wrote, must execute well on Sept. 30, the quarter's final day. "If we go all out tomorrow, we will achieve an epic victory beyond all expectations. Go Tesla!" wrote Musk, who has been pledging profitability since early May.

Musk and Tesla have defied the odds before by successfully upending how electric cars are designed, produced and sold. Last quarter, Tesla nearly doubled production of its crucial Model 3 sedan just as Musk had promised, hitting 53,000. The Palo Alto, California, company delivered more than 83,000 vehicles in the quarter, over 80 percent of what it delivered in all of last year. There also were reports, however, that it was having trouble delivering Model 3s after producing them.

The company has also been plagued with one controversy after another, much of it self-inflicted as a result of Musk's erratic behavior. During the last quarter, he ran afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which filed a lawsuit alleging that he misled investors by falsely declaring on Twitter that he had lined up financing to take Tesla private. The SEC wanted to oust Musk as CEO as punishment, but in a settlement, Musk agreed to step down as chairman for three years. Musk and Tesla will each pay $20 million to resolve the case, and he also must have someone monitor his company-related tweets.

Now all eyes are back on Tesla's financial performance. Nelson said posting a profit under national accounting standards hinges on how much money the company made per vehicle. He also said the accounting standards allow for Tesla to take some sales from the fourth quarter and put them on the books for the third quarter in order to realize more revenue. But that would make it profitability harder in the fourth quarter.

Tesla's stock soared 12.7 percent on Tuesday to $294.14, largely because a longtime short-seller reversed course and said it would invest in Tesla for the long haul.

Citron Research, which had bet against Tesla stock for years, wrote in a note posted on its website that Tesla is destroying the competition. It produced charts showing that the mass-market Model 3 was the top-selling U.S. luxury car during the first half of the year, more than doubling its closest competitor, the Mercedes C Class. Another chart showed Tesla's Model S sedan atop the U.S. large luxury car market with an estimated 8,000 sales.

Citron wrote that Tesla is not just pulling customers from luxury automakers but also taking sales from Toyota and Honda.

"As much as you can't believe you are reading this, we can't believe we are writing this," Citron wrote.

Tesla has $1.3 billion in debt payments coming by early next year, raising concerns from analysts that it will have to borrow cash or issue more stock. It's already $10 billion in debt.

But Citron wrote that a strong quarter could make another capital infusion unnecessary. "Tesla will be generating more than enough cash to fund both aggressive growth plans and build cash on the balance sheet," the company wrote.

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Former VP Biden to campaign for Democrats in key Ohio area

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:31

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will try to rally Democratic support in a northeast Ohio area where Republican Donald Trump drew cross-over voters.

The gubernatorial campaign of Richard Cordray said Tuesday that Biden will headline an Oct. 29 rally at Youngstown State University. The Vindicator newspaper reported earlier that a fundraising event also is planned.

Cordray was the federal consumer protection chief in the Barack Obama administration. He's in a tight race with Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. John Kasich.

Trump did unusually well for a Republican presidential candidate in the area in 2016, boosted by blue-collar voters who traditionally went Democratic. He ran just behind Hillary Clinton in Mahoning County which includes Youngstown and won neighboring Trumbull County as he carried Ohio.

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More than 1 million absentee ballots requested in Ohio

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State election officials say more than a million absentee ballots have been requested ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.

The Ohio Secretary of State's Office says an estimated 1,053,697 absentee ballots had been requested and 332,663 had been cast statewide as of Oct. 19. The office said Tuesday that at that same point in 2014, a total of nearly 810,000 absentee ballots had been requested by Ohio voters and more than 272,000 ballots had been cast.

Officials say this year's totals include more than 8,620 absentee ballots requested from military and overseas voters and nearly 2,160 that have been cast.

Voters will choose a new governor, decide a U.S. Senate race and other state and federal races, and vote on a statewide drug sentencing issue.

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Japan confirms ID of journalist freed from Syria

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:15

TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirmed Wednesday that a man freed from Syria is a Japanese freelance journalist who was kidnapped three years ago and said he appears to be in good health.

The man was identified as Jumpei Yasuda, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said.

"We are extremely pleased that we have confirmed the safety of Mr. Jumpei Yasuda," Kono told reporters. He said Japanese Embassy officials met with Yasuda at an immigration center in southern Turkey near the border with Syria, where he has been protected since he was freed Tuesday. Kono said Yasuda appeared to be in good health.

Yasuda was kidnapped in 2015 by al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known at the time as the Nusra Front, after contact with him was lost in June that year. A war monitoring group said he was most recently held by a Syrian commander with the Turkistan Islamic Party, which mostly comprises Chinese jihadis in Syria.

The news of Yasuda's release came late Tuesday from Qatar, which helped in efforts for his release along with Turkey and other countries in the region, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, thanking them for their support.

Asked if any ransom was paid, Suga said, "There is no fact that ransom money was paid."

Yasuda's parents earlier said they couldn't wait to see their son return home.

"I was just praying for his safe return," his mother Sachiko Yasuda, 75, told Japan's NHK public television as she and her husband stood in front of their home outside Tokyo, holding a "thousand cranes" well-wishing origami ornament that she had added to every day for three years.

Yasuda started reporting on the Middle East in the early 2000s. He was taken hostage in Iraq in 2004 with three other Japanese, but was freed after Islamic clerics negotiated his release.

His last work in Syria involved reporting on his friend Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was taken hostage and killed by the Islamic State group.

Contact was lost with Yasuda after he sent a message to another Japanese freelancer on June 23, 2015. In his last tweet two days earlier, Yasuda said his reporting was often obstructed and that he would stop tweeting his location and activities.

Several videos showing a man believed to be Yasuda have been released in the past year.

In one video released in July, a bearded man thought to be Yasuda said he was in a harsh environment and needed to be rescued immediately.

Syria has been one of the most dangerous places for journalists since the conflict there began in March 2011, with dozens killed or kidnapped.

Several journalists are still missing in Syria and their fates are unknown.

Those missing include Austin Tice of Houston, Texas, who disappeared in August 2012 while covering the conflict, which has killed some 400,000 people. A video released a month later showed him blindfolded and held by armed men, saying "Oh, Jesus." He has not been heard from since.

Tice is a former Marine who has reported for The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, CBS and other outlets, and disappeared shortly after his 31st birthday.

Another is British photojournalist John Cantlie, who appeared in Islamic State group propaganda videos. Cantlie has worked for several publications, including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph. He was kidnapped with American journalist James Foley in November 2012. The IS beheaded Foley in August 2014.

Lebanese journalist Samir Kassab, who worked for Sky News, was kidnapped on Oct. 14, 2013, along with a colleague from Mauritania, Ishak Moctar, and a Syrian driver while on a trip in northern Syria.

In March 2014, two Spanish journalists — correspondent Javier Espinosa and photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova — were released six months after being kidnapped by an al-Qaida-linked group.

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Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:08

NEW YORK (AP) — In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It's whether there will be a wave at all.

Top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats' narrow path to the Senate majority has essentially disappeared, a casualty of surging Republican enthusiasm across GOP strongholds. At the same time, leading Democrats now fear the battle for the House majority will be decided by just a handful of seats.

"It's always been an inside straight, and it still is," Democratic pollster Paul Maslin said of Democrats' outlook in the Senate, where they need to pick up two seats while holding on to several others in Republican-leaning states to seize the majority. "If it had been a different year, with a different map, we might have had a terrific sweep. That would be a long shot."

While the trend may be troubling for Democrats, the evolving political landscape remains unsettled two weeks before Election Day, even with millions of votes already cast across 20 states.

There are signs that the Democrats' position in the expanding House battlefield may actually be improving. Yet Republican candidates locked in tight races from New York to Nevada find themselves in stronger-than-expected positions because of a bump in President Donald Trump's popularity, the aftermath of a divisive Supreme Court fight and the sudden focus on a caravan of Latin American immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S. border.

Democrats say they never assumed it would be easy.

"It's still much closer than people think, with a surprise or two in the wings," New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, told The Associated Press.

The midterm elections will decide whether Republicans maintain control of Congress for the final two years of Trump's first term. Even if Democrats lose the Senate and win the House, they could block much of Trump's agenda and use subpoena power to investigate his many scandals. Some in the party's far-left wing have also vowed to impeach the president, while others promise to roll back the Republican tax overhaul and expand health care coverage for all Americans.

Democrats have enjoyed an overwhelming enthusiasm advantage for much of the Trump era. They hope an explosion of early voting across states like Florida, Texas and Nevada is further proof of their enthusiasm gap.

It took voters in the Houston area less than six hours Monday to set a new opening day record for early voting during a midterm election. And in some Florida counties, two and three times as many voters cast ballots on the first day of early voting Monday compared to four years ago.

Public and private polling, however, suggests the GOP is getting more excited as Nov. 6 approaches.

"Republican enthusiasm doesn't quite equal the white-hot enthusiasm of Democratic voters, but the Kavanaugh hearings got it pretty close," said GOP consultant Whit Ayres.

He also attributes the party's strong position on an unusual Senate map. Democrats are defending 26 seats of the 35 seats in play, including 10 in states that Trump carried in 2016. Ayres calls it "maybe the most Republican-leaning map of our lifetimes."

He expects the GOP to maintain the Senate majority, perhaps adding a seat or two to its current 51-49 edge. Others have begun to envision the GOP picking up as many as four or five new seats.

Democrats, meanwhile, have effectively protected their Senate candidates in states across the Midwest — Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — that helped give Trump the presidency in 2016. They are increasingly pessimistic about picking up any seats, however.

The Tennessee Senate contest, in particular, has shifted sharply in Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn's direction in recent weeks, while Democratic pickup opportunities in Arizona and Nevada are now considered toss-ups. In a measure of the deep uncertainty that has defined the Trump era, only one Democratic incumbent — North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp — is seen as most in danger of losing.

After Heitkamp, Democrats facing the greatest risk of defeat are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and perhaps Bill Nelson of Florida. Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke has shattered fundraising records and developed a national following, but polls have consistently given Republican Sen. Ted Cruz a significant lead against him.

In the race for the House, both sides acknowledge the prospect of a wipeout-style wave is shrinking.

It's not that Democrats won't be able to wrestle the House majority. But Republican lawmakers are increasingly optimistic, in part because of Trump's recent performance as the GOP's campaigner in chief.

Republicans say the often-volatile president has been surprisingly on-message during his campaign events, touting the strong economy and doubling down on the Kavanaugh fight to promote his efforts to fill courts with conservative jurists. And while Trump has been criticized by members of his own party for his handling of the case of the death of a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, operatives say the matter appears to be having little impact on voters.

On a conference call last week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., urged rank-and-file lawmakers to pony up extra cash and help for tough races. They see hopeful signs in Iowa, Florida and Kansas.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., emerged from the call saying it's going to be a "dogfight" to the finish.

There are signs, however, that Democrats are expanding the House battlefield as Election Day approaches.

Republicans in recent days have pumped new money into House districts held by Republicans in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and New York, suggesting they're on the defensive. Already, Democrats invested in nearly 80 races, including more than a dozen legitimate pickup opportunities in districts Trump carried by at least 9 points.

Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to claim the House majority.

The massive battlefield remains a problem for Republicans, who have struggled to match Democratic fundraising and face several first-time candidates not yet tainted by Washington.

Still, Dan Sena, the executive director of the House Democrats campaign arm, recently predicted Democrats would win the majority by only two seats.

The Republican shift is not playing out as planned.

The GOP hoped its tax cuts would fuel their midterm message. After they proved unpopular, Republicans largely abandoned their most significant policy achievement in the Trump era in favor of a more familiar message of anger and fear.

The super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, which is expected to spend $100 million before Election Day — most of it on attack ads — highlighted the shifting landscape in a memo to donors.

"The polling momentum that began with the Supreme Court confirmation hearings has continued, and the environment has continued to improve," wrote Corry Bliss, executive director of the Congressional Leadership Fund. Still, he wrote, "20 races that will decide the majority remain a coin-flip."

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Utah university slay suspect was sex offender, records show

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 04:00

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah student and track athlete who was shot and killed on campus by a former boyfriend had filed a police complaint against him after she learned he was a sex offender and broke off the relationship, authorities said Tuesday.

Investigators had been working to build a case after receiving the report from 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey, a senior from Pullman, Washington, university police chief Dale Brophy said. He declined to disclose further details on the report.

McCluskey was found shot in a car Monday night near on-campus student housing. Her attacker, 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, killed himself overnight at a church when police tracked him down after linking him to the killing through a description, clothing and evidence at the scene, authorities said.

The victim's mother, Jill McCluskey, said her daughter had filed a harassment complaint after breaking up with Rowland.

Lauren McCluskey had dated Rowland for about a month then ended the relationship on Oct. 9 when she learned he had lied about his age, name and criminal history, Jill McCluskey said in a statement. It wasn't clear how the two met.

Jill McCluskey said she had been talking on the phone with her daughter as she returned from a night class and heard her yell, "'No, no, no!'" A few minutes later, a woman picked up the phone and said all of Lauren McCluskey's belongings were on the ground.

"I thought she might have been in a car accident," Jill McCluskey said. "That was the last I heard from her."

Rowland spent nearly a decade in prison after pleading guilty to trying to lure an underage girl online and attempted sex abuse charges, according to court records.

He was charged with two separate crimes in September 2003, said Paul Amann, the prosecutor on the case.

Rowland had been caught in an online sex crimes sting when a police officer posed as a 13-year-old girl. After he was charged, a woman came forward to report he had sexually assaulted her after a separate online meeting a few days earlier.

"He was just out of control. He had no self-control," Amann said Tuesday.

Rowland pleaded guilty to enticing a minor over the internet and attempted forcible sex abuse in an agreement with prosecutors, records show. His defense attorney did not immediately return a call Tuesday seeking comment.

Rowland was released from prison in 2012 after serving eight years and has twice been sent back from halfway houses after violating his parole, Utah prison spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted said. He was most recently paroled in April and was living on his own.

Rowland was prohibited from owning a gun on parole and it was unclear how he obtained one.

Initial reports of the shooting sparked panic on the Salt Lake City campus. University officials ordered students to stay in place for about three hours as they searched for the gunman.

University of Utah student Jonas Woychick said he was playing pool when he got a message about an on-campus shooter. He and eight other students waited in a bathroom for two hours until they learned it was safe.

"I didn't know if this shooter was going for other people, or if he was just targeting one person," said Woychick, who is from Boise, Idaho.

Lauren McCluskey was majoring in communication and was excited to graduate next spring, said her mother, a professor at Washington State University, adding that her daughter was a Washington state high jump champion in high school and loved to sing.

University President Ruth Watkins said classes were canceled Tuesday and a vigil would be held Wednesday night.

"As a campus community, we share grief over this tragic loss of life," Watkins said in a statement.

Athletics Director Mark Harlan said counselors and psychologists were available to support McCluskey's teammates, coaches and friends. He said she was a proud Ute and an outstanding student-athlete.

"This isn't right," Harlan said. "I don't really have any words. My heart goes out to her family. ... When something like this happens, it defies any logic, any reason."

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South Carolina lottery website showing one Mega Millions jackpot winner

Channel 10 news - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 00:16

Someone may be $1.6 billion richer this morning.

The South Carolina Education Lottery is showing on its website that one ticket matched all five numbers and the Megaball in Tuesday night's record jackpot drawing.

The winning numbers were 5-28-62-65-70 and the Megaball was 5.

The Mega Millions website has not yet been updated to show if there were any winners. There could still be winning tickets sold in other states.

10TV is continuing to follow this breaking story and will bring you any updates as soon as they become available.

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Numbers announced for $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 21:02
  • 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5
  • Megaplier 3x

The jackpot's estimated cash value is $913 million, an option favored by most winners. Otherwise, the jackpot is doled out over 29 years. If nobody matches Tuesday's numbers, officials say the next drawing will be Friday for an estimated $2 billion jackpot.

Mega Millions has more than 302 million possible number combinations. Lottery officials had expected to sell 75 percent of them by Tuesday night's drawing, where Mega Millions host John Crow announced the winning numbers.

"A million dollars is life changing. But a billion dollars is extraordinary," Crow told CBS News. "So that excitement, that enthusiasm that is generating right now is what's great about this jackpot."

Mega Millions tickets are $2 and are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Officials say the previous record Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, which was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in the drawing on March 30, 2012.

"Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said about Tuesday's drawing. "It's hard to overstate how exciting this is — but now it's really getting fun."

Powerball will hold its drawing Wednesday night for a jackpot estimated at $620 million or a cash value of $354.3 million.

Odds of winning

The odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.

Who buys lotto tickets?

About two-thirds of Americans gamble. Last year, they spent $72.97 billion on traditional lottery tickets, according to Gallup.

On average, that's $206.69 per person. "Our obsession with lotteries, with gambling, is that unicorn feeling of, like, 'maybe it'll be me,'" CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger said. She points out that some people don't necessarily play to win.

"They just want to take a moment out of their day to consider how to dream big," Schlesinger said.

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu. Massachusetts residents have the biggest taste for playing the odds, spending almost $763 per year on lottery tickets, the study found. North Dakotans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $44 per year on the lottery, or the lowest average figure among residents of all 50 states.

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Michigan inmate's deal to reveal remains included Xbox

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 19:18

FULTON, Mich. — A man serving a life sentence in the death of his estranged wife led authorities to where he buried her body in Michigan eight years ago in exchange for an Xbox, according to authorities.

Doug Stewart, 37, will also be allowed to participate in some prison programs, the Sturgis Journal reported .

Stewart took detectives on Monday to a wooded area in Kalamazoo County where he had buried 32-year-old Venus Stewart. He'd left two stumps at the site as a landmark.

"I knew I couldn't forget where she was," he told WWMT-TV.

Doug Stewart was living in Virginia when his estranged wife disappeared in April 2010 from her parents' home in Michigan. She had moved after accusing her husband of domestic violence and molesting their daughter, according to police reports.

Stewart is housed in a veterans unit at the Saginaw Correctional facility that sometimes offers special incentives. He requested multiple perks, most of which were denied, but prison staff approved the Xbox request because they were already exploring the idea, said Chris Gautz, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

The gaming console was donated and is available to all members of the housing unit, but it isn't connected to the internet and inmates can't access to violent games, Gautz said.

Doug Stewart was convicted of first-degree murder in 2011, based largely on the testimony of Ricky Spencer. Spencer told authorities that he had been persuaded to impersonate Doug Stewart while the man drove to Michigan.

Authorities have been visiting with Stewart annually since his sentencing to try and get information about the body's location.

"The criminal portion has been closed. We just kept at it to help find closure for Venus' family," said Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Todd Peterson.

Stewart had long maintained that he hadn't been involved in the killing but said things changed when his sister began to reconcile with his wife's family. He said he hopes to make amends with the family.

"I let them know I didn't want this burden on the family or even selfishly myself. I didn't want it anymore," he said. "It's a horrible pain knowing you're hurting people. Even beyond the crime you committed."

Tests are being conducted on the remains, but authorities say they are confident they have found Venus Stewart.

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Pataskala Police warn of spike in break-ins, robberies

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 18:42

PATASKALA, Ohio - Pataskala police are warning of an increase in break-ins and robberies.

Leighanna Visintine and her family work hard for what they have.

Sadly, the cameras outside her Pataskala home are needed so they can hopefully keep what they have.

"The last four months, we've been broken into three times," she said.

She said burglars, twice, broke into her husband's construction equipment building and stole supplies.

Last Thursday, she said someone stole cans of gas, a grease gun, and an underground diesel fuel tank.

"For some reason, it's been getting progressively worse," said Visintine, who's lived in the same house for 28 years.

After filing a report with the Licking County Sheriff's Office, Visintine took to social media and posted on the Pataskala Facebook page about the theft.

People began commenting about similar experiences from stolen four-wheelers to stolen cross-bows.

"It starts to typically spike about this time of year," said Gary Smith, a Detective Sgt. with the Pataskala Police Department.

Smith said before the holidays, robberies happen more and more.

However, he said there are things people can do to not be a statistic, including having more exterior lighting at their house because of the fall's longer nighttime.

Also, police said to close your garage doors while working on your yard to help keep thieves out. Finally, Smith said to close your lower level blinds to prevent your belongings from being seen.

He also said to get to know your neighbor.

"They recognize when cars aren't supposed to be there," he said. "They know that if you have a blue car there, there's never a blue car in your driveway. They know to call you."

Visintine hopes others hear her story and make the necessary changes around their homes.

"Get cameras," she said. "A dog, do surveillance around your area, lock your cars and keep track of what you have. And, just be careful."

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Police looking for missing woman last seen in south Columbus

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 18:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus police are looking for a woman last seen in south Columbus.

Police said 73-year-old Barbara Ann Hollis was last seen in the area of Bucher Street and Hinkle Avenue around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

She is 4-feet 11-inches tall, weighs about 115 pounds and is in a wheelchair.

If anyone has any information on where Hollis may be, they are asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4545.

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Family and friends rally for justice for Donna Castleberry

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 17:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The parents of Donna Castleberry, Michelle and Mike Dalton, stood on the steps leading to the Columbus Division of Police headquarters on Tuesday demanding answers into their daughters' death.

"I don't know what happened to my baby, " said Michelle.

Columbus police officer Andrew Mitchell is accused of fatally shooting Donna Castleberry during an alleged prostitution sting on August 23.

Her dad questioned why Columbus police officer Andrew Mitchell was working that day considering he was under investigation by the division.

Since the shooting, the Columbus Division of Police shut down the vice unit and brought in the FBI to investigate.

"He should have never been out there when he was out there. He was under investigation already," he said.

More than a dozen friends and family joined them with signs chanting "Justice for Donna."

Police say Castleberry's death happened in a parked, unmarked police vehicle while Mitchell was working undercover to catch prostitutes.

Police said Castleberry stabbed Mitchell in the hand and then he shot and killed her.

She'd been picked up for solicitation a month before her death.

"It's horrible not knowing if she was in pain. Did that first shot get her, she climbed in the back seat she was trying to get away from him," says Michelle.

Castleberry leaves behind a young daughter who her mother says constantly asks about her.

"We just want answers if it was just a cut and dry prostitution case why don't we have answers", said cousin Mary Laile.

The FBI has taken over the case but the family said two months later, they are still waiting for answers and their daughter's belongings.

Mitchell was told to turn in his badge and his gun but continues to get paid. He's a 31-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police.

The department and the FBI have declined to release details, but 10TV has reported that Mitchell has been investigated by internal affairs several times.

10TV has also reported that Mitchell owns several properties across Columbus and rents to known felons.

Some of those properties are considered "nuisance properties" according to the Clinton Township.

Court records 10TV cross-referenced with properties belonging to Mitchell show incidents where police are often called.

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5-year-old girl with autism mistakes bride for Cinderella, has magical moment

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 17:37

A 5-year-old girl with autism saw a bride taking wedding photos in New York's Akron Falls Park last week and mistook her for Cinderella.

Because she has autism, it's often difficult for Layla Lester to interact with strangers. But Cinderella is no stranger. Layla loves Disney, so when she saw a "Disney princess" at the park, she was thrilled.

She ran up to Olivia Spark, who was posing with her groom — or rather, Prince Charming. Spark took a break from taking wedding photos to chat with the little girl, who was excited to be meeting "Cinderella."

"When she sees a princess, she's going to love them because she loves princesses," Layla's mom told CBS Buffalo affiliate WIVB.

"I was flattered," Spark said. "I was in tears that she thought I was a princess, and it just made my day absolutely more amazing than what it already was."

After wedding photographer, Nicole Wickins, snapped some photos, Spark had to leave for her reception. "Bye! Have fun at the ball," Layla told the bride when they parted ways. Luckily her slipper did not fall off.

When the bride received her wedding pictures about a week later, she wanted to share them with her new friend. She tracked down the 5-year-old and her mom, and met up with them for another special photo shoot. This time, Wickins photographed them sitting in a replica of Cinderella's pumpkin carriage. Spark showed up in normal clothes — not a ball gown — but Layla was just as excited to see her.

"She is the epitome of what a real life princess would be. She's kind and she's sweet and she went out of her way to be nice to Layla," the 5-year-old's mom told WIVB.

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Zach Smith pleads guilty to reduced charge of disorderly conduct

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 16:18

DELAWARE COUNTY -- Zach Smith, a former Ohio State University wide receivers coach who was dismissed from the team before the season began, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Tuesday in Delaware County Municipal Court.

According to court records, Zach Smith was charged with criminal trespassing in May following an incident with his ex-wife Courtney Smith. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

Brad Koffel, Zach Smith's attorney, said both Zach and Courtney came to a mutual agreement Tuesday to stay away from each other for three years. Koffel said the agreement was not an order or finding by a judge but it did need to be filed in court.

Zach and Courtney's domestic incident played out on a national stage beginning in July and resulted in OSU head coach Urban Meyer's three-game suspension, as well as Athletic Director Gene Smith's suspension for their handling of the situation.

According to the summary of the investigation released by the university: “Although neither Urban Meyer nor Gene Smith condoned or covered up the alleged domestic abuse by Zach Smith, they failed to take sufficient management action relating to Zach Smith’s misconduct and retained an Assistant Coach who was not performing as an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes.”

Smith tweeted his response:

"I would like to take this opportunity today to thank my family, friends, supporters and attorneys Brad Koffel and Dennis Horvath.

As I have stated from day one, I was falsely accused of very serious allegations that should not be taken lightly. As well as charged with breaking a law that I did not break. The media circus that ensued caused a great deal of harm to my family, my grandfathers legacy and ruined my professional career I worked extremely hard for since 2005.

Domestic Violence is a horrific crime and as a father to two beautiful daughters of whom I adore, I have been destroyed over the public perception and media's spin on things that came out. Mostly severely inaccurate and damaging.

I have made sure that we agreed to a Mutual Protection Order so that I am never in a situation to get falsely or wrongfully accused of anything ever again.

I would also hope that, in the future, in situations that involve domestic situations, people withhold judgment until the truth can come out. Finding someone guilty without the entire picture and facts is a horrific and dangerous practice that is far too common today. Everyone has rights, male or female, and false or premature judgments harm innocent people.

This practice of ruining a human being and their family before truths can come out is archaic and directly opposed to how the judicial process is designed to work.

To family, friends and fans that reached out offering their support and stories: you helped me get through this more than you ever could know.

To those people who sent hateful and horrible messages: I am praying for you.

I miss my players terribly and that has been the hardest aspect to deal with. Watching them thrive and grow from afar has been rewarding to see but heartbreaking to not be a part of.

I look forward to moving on and helping my kids move forward into the next chapter of our lives."

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U.S. health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 16:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it's too soon to declare victory.

"We are so far from the end of the epidemic, but we are perhaps, at the end of the beginning," Azar said at a health care event sponsored by the Milken Institute think tank.

Confronting the opioid epidemic has been the rare issue uniting Republicans and Democrats in a politically divided nation. A bill providing major funding for treatment was passed under former President Barack Obama. More money followed earlier this year under President Donald Trump. And tomorrow Trump is expected to sign bipartisan legislation passed this month that increases access to treatment, among other steps.

More than 70,000 people died of drug overdoses last year, according to preliminary numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer— a 10 percent increase from 2016. Health and Human Services — the department Azar heads — is playing a central role in the government's response.

In his speech Azar suggested that multi-pronged efforts to bring the epidemic under control are paying off. He ticked off statistics showing an increase in treatment with medications such as buprenorphine and naltrexone. There's solid evidence backing medication-assisted treatment, when used alongside counseling and ongoing support. He also noted much broader access to the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, and a documented decline in the number of people misusing prescription opioids as doctors take greater care in prescribing.

Azar said that toward the end of last year and through the beginning of this year, the number of deaths "has begun to plateau." Azar was not indicating that deaths are going down, but noting that they appear to be rising at a slower rate than previously seen.

Earlier this month, the CDC released figures — also preliminary — that appear to show a slowdown in overdose deaths in late 2017 and the first three months of this year. From December to March, those figures show that the pace of the increase over the previous 12 months has slowed from 10 percent to 3 percent, according to the preliminary CDC figures.

Despite the slowdown, the nation is still in the midst of the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in its history. Opioids were involved in most of the deaths, killing nearly 48,000 people last year.

While prescription opioid and heroin deaths appear to be leveling off, deaths involving fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamines are on the rise. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid much more powerful than heroin, used as an additive in street drugs.

Advocates for people struggling with addiction said they don't believe the crisis will be quickly or easily resolved. "Even if we are beginning to make a dent in opioid deaths, we still have a really significant problem in this country with addiction, and with the hopelessness and despair so many communities feel," said Chuck Ingoglia, senior vice president at the National Council for Behavioral Health.

In President Barack Obama's last year in office, his administration secured a commitment to expand treatment and Congress provided $1 billion in grants to states. Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Two major funding bills have passed under his watch. While Trump got headlines with his call for using the death penalty against major drug dealers, his administration has built on the treatment approach that Obama favored.

The Medicaid expansion in Obama's Affordable Care Act has also played a critical role, paying for low-income adults to go into treatment. A recent Associated Press analysis showed that states that expanded Medicaid are spending their new opioid grant money from Congress more judiciously, going beyond basics like treatment for people in crisis. Trump tried to repeal the Medicaid expansion, but failed.

Advocates for treatment say that they're pleased that more and more addiction is considered a disease and not a sign of moral weakness. But they say the U.S. has a long way to go build what they call an "infrastructure of care," a system that incorporates prevention, treatment and recovery.

In an interview with The Associated Press this summer, a CDC expert said the overdose death numbers appear to be shifting for the better, but it's too soon to draw firm conclusions.

Month-to-month data show a leveling off in the number of deaths, said Bob Anderson, a senior statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics. However, those numbers are considered preliminary, since death investigations have not been completed in all cases.

"It appears at this point that we may have reached a peak and we may start to see a decline," said Anderson. "This reminds me of what we saw with HIV in the '90s."

Final numbers for 2018 won't be available until the end of next year and things could also get worse, not better.

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OHSAA high school football computer ratings | Oct. 23, 2018

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 15:38

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the fifth official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday afternoon of the 2018 season.

The weekly computer ratings are released every Tuesday beginning in the fifth week of the season, leading up to the final report on Sunday morning, Oct. 28, when 224 schools (top 8 in each region) will officially qualify for the playoffs.

The complete report showing all teams in every region is posted on the OHSAA's website.

Division I

Region 1 - 1. Mentor (8-1) 32.0952, 2. Solon (8-1) 26.9111, 3. Canton McKinley (8-1) 25.9293, 4. Lakewood St. Edward (6-2) 24.3239, 5. Euclid (7-2) 24.0859, 6. Cle. St. Ignatius (6-2) 22.4716, 7. Austintown-Fitch (7-2) 21.5079, 8. Strongsville (6-3) 16.2056, 9. Massillon Jackson (6-3) 15.3389, 10. Cleveland Heights (7-2) 15.15, 11. Medina (4-5) 12.2333, 12. Berea-Midpark (5-4) 11.7333

Region 2 - 1. Reynoldsburg (8-1) 27.2056, 2. Dublin Coffman (8-1) 24.2167, 3. Gahanna Lincoln (5-4) 17.7556, 4. Tol. Whitmer (7-2) 16.712, 5. Powell Olentangy Liberty (5-4) 16.2, 6. Westerville Central (5-4) 15.7333, 7. Lewis Center Olentangy Orange (6-3) 15.1667, 8. Upper Arlington (5-4) 13.3556, 9. Tol. Start (5-4) 12.0556, 10. Delaware Hayes (6-3) 11.9056, 11. Dublin Jerome (4-5) 10.5667, 12. Findlay (4-5) 8.5303

Region 3 - 1. Hilliard Davidson (8-1) 31.4778, 2. Springfield (8-1) 27.7374, 3. Clayton Northmont (8-1) 27.3878, 4. Pickerington Central (7-2) 26.5354, 5. Hilliard Bradley (8-1) 23.8056, 6. Kettering Fairmont (6-3) 20.8788, 7. Miamisburg (7-2) 20.6364, 8. Hilliard Darby (7-2) 19.5833, 9. Lancaster (6-3) 18.7833, 10. Huber Hts. Wayne (5-3) 18.7639, 11. Pickerington North (5-4) 15.9111, 12. Groveport-Madison (5-4) 8.9833

Region 4 - 1. Cin. Colerain (9-0) 30.6364, 2. Fairfield (7-2) 19.7056, 3. Mason (7-2) 18.4899, 4. Cin. Elder (5-4) 17.9805, 5. Cin. Archbishop Moeller (6-3) 17.5035, 6. Milford (7-2) 15.2333, 7. Cin. Sycamore (6-3) 13.3167, 8. Liberty Twp. Lakota East (6-3) 13.0333, 9. Lebanon (6-3) 12.8722, 10. Cin. Western Hills (6-3) 12.0606, 11. Cin. St. Xavier (4-5) 11.2314, 12. Cin. Oak Hills (3-6) 10.2828

Division II

Region 5 - 1. Akron Archbishop Hoban (8-0) 24.463, 2. Maple Hts. (8-0) 17.0875, 3. Garfield Hts. (8-0) 16.1125, 4. Macedonia Nordonia (7-1) 14.5375, 5. Warren G. Harding (6-2) 14.525, 6. Boardman (5-3) 11.825, 7. Painesville Riverside (6-2) 11.475, 8. Cle. Benedictine (3-5) 8.35, 9. Lyndhurst Brush (4-4) 8.2405, 10. Mayfield (4-4) 7.7, 11. Twinsburg (4-4) 6.6, 12. Akron Ellet (5-3) 6.4625

Region 6 - 1. Tol. Central Cath. (8-0) 22.8854, 2. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (8-0) 21.0, 3. Avon Lake (8-0) 20.975, 4. Avon (7-1) 16.375, 5. Parma Hts. Valley Forge (6-2) 16.1427, 6. Holland Springfield (6-2) 13.9875, 7. Tol. St. John's (6-2) 13.55, 8. Amherst Steele (5-3) 12.3875, 9. North Olmsted (4-4) 10.65, 10. Olmsted Falls (6-2) 10.45, 11. Tol. St. Francis de Sales (4-4) 9.5777, 12. Tol. Waite (4-4) 6.0786

Region 7 - 1. Massillon Washington (8-0) 25.608, 2. Wadsworth (8-0) 23.175, 3. Barberton (8-0) 22.1, 4. Dover (6-2) 18.875, 5. Dresden Tri-Valley (7-1) 17.55, 6. Whitehall-Yearling (7-1) 16.4875, 7. Canal Winchester (7-1) 16.4625, 8. Wooster (6-2) 16.4125, 9. Medina Highland (7-1) 16.3875, 10. North Canton Hoover (6-2) 16.05, 11. Cols. Walnut Ridge (7-1) 14.025, 12. New Albany (5-3) 13.5625

Region 8 - 1. Kings Mills Kings (7-1) 24.05, 2. Cin. Winton Woods (7-1) 22.3875, 3. Troy (7-1) 19.925, 4. Cin. Anderson (6-2) 17.0625, 5. Morrow Little Miami (7-1) 16.2875, 6. Chillicothe (7-1) 16.1, 7. Cin. LaSalle (4-3) 15.0787, 8. Trenton Edgewood (6-2) 14.85, 9. Dublin Scioto (6-2) 14.6625, 10. Harrison (5-3) 14.1625, 11. Cin. Turpin (5-3) 11.1, 12. Lewis Center Olentangy (3-5) 10.8125

Division III

Region 9 - 1. Chagrin Falls Kenston (8-1) 23.1, 2. Canfield (8-1) 22.8232, 3. Medina Buckeye (8-1) 21.3778, 4. Chardon (6-3) 20.8833, 5. Akron East (8-1) 20.7222, 6. Alliance Marlington (8-1) 19.5636, 7. Ravenna (7-2) 18.1167, 8. Aurora (6-3) 17.7278, 9. Millersburg West Holmes (7-2) 17.5056, 10. Norton (7-2) 16.7222, 11. Richfield Revere (6-3) 16.2889, 12. Alliance (6-3) 15.2389

Region 10 - 1. Clyde (7-2) 22.9889, 2. Norwalk (7-2) 18.2475, 3. Bay Village Bay (7-2) 17.8278, 4. Tiffin Columbian (7-2) 17.7833, 5. Lexington (5-4) 14.2667, 6. Sandusky (5-4) 13.1556, 7. Rocky River (6-3) 13.0202, 8. Bowling Green (5-4) 12.5111, 9. Parma Padua Franciscan (6-3) 12.1111, 10. Mansfield Senior (4-5) 10.0611, 11. Defiance (4-5) 9.6333, 12. Tol. Scott (6-3) 9.5295

Region 11 - 1. Cols. Bishop Hartley (7-2) 24.5722, 2. Bellbrook (9-0) 22.6222, 3. Granville (8-1) 22.4848, 4. Cols. Eastmoor Acad. (8-1) 22.3384, 5. Hillsboro (8-1) 20.15, 6. Thornville Sheridan (8-1) 19.3444, 7. The Plains Athens (8-1) 15.4141, 8. Bellefontaine (6-3) 15.2944, 9. Jackson (6-3) 14.9833, 10. Cols. St. Francis DeSales (5-4) 14.9545, 11. Delaware Buckeye Valley (5-4) 13.1278, 12. Goshen (6-3) 12.8

Region 12 - 1. Kettering Archbishop Alter (8-1) 21.1833, 2. Wapakoneta (8-1) 20.3667, 3. Middletown Bishop Fenwick (7-2) 20.0056, 4. Vandalia Butler (6-3) 19.2833, 5. Day. Chaminade Julienne (7-2) 17.9111, 6. Hamilton Badin (6-3) 17.2056, 7. Trotwood-Madison (6-3) 16.0101, 8. Cin. Mount Healthy (5-4) 13.9747, 9. Piqua (6-3) 11.8706, 10. Franklin (5-4) 10.3222, 11. Hamilton Ross (4-5) 9.7449, 12. Day. Carroll (6-3) 9.4

Division IV

Region 13 - 1. Perry (8-1) 25.0222, 2. Hubbard (9-0) 22.9667, 3. Steubenville (8-1) 22.7939, 4. Youngstown East (6-3) 14.9242, 5. Poland Seminary (6-3) 14.7556, 6. Wintersville Indian Creek (7-2) 14.1859, 7. Girard (8-1) 13.6389, 8. Peninsula Woodridge (5-4) 13.0944, 9. Struthers (6-3) 12.3081, 10. Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Acad. (6-3) 11.8556, 11. East Liverpool (5-4) 11.0556, 12. Akron Buchtel (5-4) 9.6818

Region 14 - 1. Bellville Clear Fork (9-0) 24.2889, 2. St. Marys Memorial (9-0) 22.9278, 3. Van Wert (7-2) 16.4, 4. Lorain Clearview (8-1) 16.3222, 5. Huron (6-3) 14.5944, 6. Kenton (5-4) 14.2556, 7. Sparta Highland (8-1) 13.9222, 8. Napoleon (6-3) 13.6333, 9. Bryan (6-3) 13.4596, 10. Pepper Pike Orange (6-3) 13.2778, 11. Port Clinton (6-3) 12.5152, 12. Chagrin Falls (4-5) 10.2722

Region 15 - 1. St. Clairsville (9-0) 24.9222, 2. Gallipolis Gallia Acad. (8-1) 17.9056, 3. Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (8-1) 17.8889, 4. Carroll Bloom-Carroll (7-2) 15.3485, 5. Chillicothe Unioto (6-3) 14.1212, 6. New Concord John Glenn (6-3) 14.0444, 7. Proctorville Fairland (5-4) 10.9343, 8. Duncan Falls Philo (6-3) 10.4667, 9. Newark Licking Valley (6-3) 10.0404, 10. Cadiz Harrison Central (3-6) 7.6493, 11. New Lexington (5-4) 5.9556, 12. McArthur Vinton County (3-6) 5.9389

Region 16 - 1. Cin. Wyoming (9-0) 24.8648, 2. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (8-1) 23.7278, 3. Cin. Indian Hill (8-1) 21.0499, 4. Waverly (8-1) 19.4056, 5. London (9-0) 18.6167, 6. Cin. Taft (7-1) 18.3819, 7. Springfield Shawnee (5-4) 13.5278, 8. Batavia (6-3) 12.9889, tie-9. Cin. Aiken (6-3) 12.85, tie-9. Plain City Jonathan Alder (6-3) 12.85, 11. Washington C.H. Washington (6-3) 12.2, 12. Springfield Northwestern (6-3) 12.1

Division V

Region 17 - 1. Akron Manchester (7-2) 18.4944, 2. Orrville (7-2) 16.9778, 3. Leavittsburg LaBrae (8-1) 15.9278, 4. Gates Mills Gilmour Acad. (9-0) 15.063, 5. Wickliffe (8-1) 14.3526, 6. Columbiana Crestview (5-3) 13.7222, 7. Magnolia Sandy Valley (8-1) 13.1222, 8. Massillon Tuslaw (5-4) 12.05, 9. Doylestown Chippewa (6-3) 9.2167, 10. Garrettsville Garfield (5-4) 9.1778, 11. Beachwood (6-3) 8.7929, 12. Sullivan Black River (5-4) 8.6556

Region 18 - 1. Liberty Center (9-0) 21.1768, 2. Genoa Area (9-0) 20.0056, 3. Oak Harbor (8-1) 16.8889, 4. Anna (7-2) 16.5167, 5. Elyria Cath. (7-2) 15.7222, 6. Marion Pleasant (7-2) 15.6722, 7. Casstown Miami East (7-2) 13.8556, 8. Richwood North Union (6-3) 12.702, 9. Archbold (6-3) 12.4333, 10. Millbury Lake (6-3) 11.5278, 11. Pemberville Eastwood (6-3) 10.6167, 12. Ottawa-Glandorf (4-5) 9.9222

Region 19 - 1. Johnstown-Monroe (8-1) 19.7677, 2. West Lafayette Ridgewood (8-1) 14.5889, 3. Bellaire (7-2) 13.7121, 4. Byesville Meadowbrook (6-3) 13.102, 5. Ironton (6-3) 13.0556, 6. Amanda-Clearcreek (8-1) 12.2172, 7. Martins Ferry (6-3) 11.2929, 8. Oak Hill (7-2) 11.2111, 9. Chesapeake (5-4) 8.1833, 10. Gahanna Cols. Acad. (5-4) 8.0111, 11. Cols. Bishop Ready (3-6) 7.2, 12. Richmond Edison (4-5) 4.8333

Region 20 - 1. Wheelersburg (8-1) 24.5722, 2. Middletown Madison (9-0) 18.0778, 3. West Jefferson (7-2) 14.5303, 4. Jamestown Greeneview (8-1) 12.9444, 5. Cin. Madeira (6-3) 12.6566, 6. Portsmouth West (6-3) 12.6364, 7. Minford (6-3) 11.3444, 8. Cin. Hills Christian Acad. (6-2) 9.7107, 9. Waynesville (6-3) 9.55, 10. Portsmouth (6-3) 9.45, 11. Batavia Clermont Northeastern (6-3) 9.1333, 12. Blanchester (4-5) 8.7889

Division VI

Region 21 - 1. Mogadore (8-1) 23.2857, 2. Kirtland (9-0) 19.9167, 3. Rootstown (9-0) 18.3778, 4. Creston Norwayne (8-1) 16.7833, 5. Steubenville Cath. Central (7-2) 16.2715, 6. Salineville Southern (8-1) 16.0444, 7. McDonald (9-0) 15.6944, 8. Sugarcreek Garaway (8-1) 15.1278, 9. Columbia Station Columbia (6-3) 13.9056, 10. New Middletown Springfield (8-1) 13.5944, 11. Hanoverton United (7-2) 11.5556, 12. Berlin Center Western Reserve (7-2) 9.55

Region 22 - 1. Attica Seneca East (8-1) 16.0722, 2. Gibsonburg (8-1) 13.2389, 3. Jeromesville Hillsdale (7-2) 12.9556, 4. Columbus Grove (6-3) 12.5611, 5. Sherwood Fairview (6-3) 10.8722, 6. Carey (6-3) 10.2278, 7. Northwood (8-1) 10.0889, 8. Hicksville (5-4) 9.3056, 9. Loudonville (4-5) 9.0444, 10. Bucyrus Wynford (5-4) 8.6869, 11. Haviland Wayne Trace (5-4) 8.1611, 12. Castalia Margaretta (5-4) 7.7167

Region 23 - 1. Bainbridge Paint Valley (9-0) 18.5444, 2. Galion Northmor (9-0) 17.8389, 3. Beverly Fort Frye (8-0) 17.1458, 4. Shadyside (8-1) 16.7828, 5. Frankfort Adena (7-1) 16.7153, 6. Chillicothe Southeastern (6-3) 11.8384, 7. Milford Center Fairbanks (6-3) 11.4722, 8. Grandview Hts. (7-2) 11.1056, 9. Worthington Christian (6-3) 8.1701, 10. Belpre (6-3) 8.1181, 11. Chillicothe Huntington (5-4) 7.7374, 12. Nelsonville-York (4-5) 6.6056

Region 24 - 1. Lima Central Cath. (8-0) 20.2361, 2. Maria Stein Marion Local (9-0) 20.1056, 3. Mechanicsburg (8-1) 18.4111, 4. Coldwater (7-2) 18.0222, 5. St. Henry (7-2) 15.3556, 6. Spencerville (7-2) 13.1162, 7. Covington (6-3) 11.5667, 8. Troy Christian (7-2) 10.8076, 9. Lewisburg Tri-County North (6-3) 10.5556, 10. West Liberty-Salem (6-3) 10.1414, 11. Cin. Deer Park (6-3) 10.0253, 12. Lima Perry (6-3) 8.3944

Division VII

Region 25 - 1. Cuyahoga Hts. (7-2) 14.1222, 2. Windham (8-1) 13.8722, 3. Ashland Mapleton (6-3) 10.25, 4. East Canton (6-3) 8.2, 5. Ashtabula St. John School (6-3) 7.3005, 6. Youngstown Valley Christian (5-4) 6.712, 7. Leetonia (4-5) 5.9056, 8. New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Cath. (4-5) 5.7667, 9. Southington Chalker (6-3) 5.7389, 10. Toronto (3-6) 4.8081, 11. Warren John F. Kennedy (4-5) 4.7727, 12. Plymouth (4-5) 4.3111

Region 26 - 1. Sycamore Mohawk (9-0) 20.6944, 2. Edgerton (9-0) 18.8278, 3. Tiffin Calvert (8-1) 16.8778, 4. McComb (8-1) 16.5833, 5. Pandora-Gilboa (9-0) 15.6278, 6. Norwalk St. Paul (8-1) 13.8278, 7. Hamler Patrick Henry (6-3) 13.55, 8. Leipsic (8-1) 11.5333, 9. Greenwich South Central (6-3) 11.0, 10. Antwerp (6-3) 10.0056, 11. Arlington (7-2) 9.4889, 12. Monroeville (6-3) 9.0556

Region 27 - 1. Canal Winchester Harvest Prep. (8-0) 17.2963, 2. Lucas (7-2) 16.9667, 3. Glouster Trimble (8-1) 15.2881, 4. Waterford (7-2) 9.7049, 5. Franklin Furnace Green (7-1) 9.0979, 6. Sugar Grove Berne Union (7-2) 8.8948, 7. Lancaster Fisher Cath. (5-3) 7.1337, 8. Caldwell (5-4) 6.3384, 9. Hannibal River (4-5) 6.3081, 10. Racine Southern (6-3) 6.0417, 11. Danville (4-5) 4.3278, 12. Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (5-4) 4.2896

Region 28 – 1. Fort Loramie (8-1) 19.65, 2. Convoy Crestview (8-1) 14.6056, 3. Ansonia (7-2) 13.1444, 4. Minster (6-3) 11.5611, 5. DeGraff Riverside (6-3) 10.5056, 6. Cin. Miami Valley Christian Acad. (7-1) 10.5, 7. Sidney Lehman Cath. (6-3) 9.9111, 8. New Bremen (6-3) 8.3222, 9. Waynesfield-Goshen (4-5) 6.0964, 10. Dola Hardin Northern (4-5) 5.9556, 11. Hamilton New Miami (5-4) 5.143, 12. Mt. Blanchard Riverdale (5-4) 5.0944

Categories: Ohio News

Kidnapping suspect a registered sex offender, but public wasn't allowed to know

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 15:19

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio -- William Weaver is accused of grabbing a 10-year-old girl off the street and trying to kidnap her. It happened last Monday, in Circleville.

As she'd been taught by her grandmother, the girl fought off the stranger.

"He put his fingers in her mouth, so she bit his fingers. She bit really hard on his fingers. She's got a bruise on her hand, where she was hitting on him," said her grandmother, who 10TV is not identifying to protect the child's anonymity.

Witness accounts led police to 24-year-old Weaver, who was arrested that night.

Court records obtained by 10TV show Weaver was accused of sexually assaulting two girls 10 years ago, one of them five years old, one six.

Weaver was 14 at the time and convicted of one count of rape.

He served time in a juvenile facility, and in 2010, was required to register for life as a sex offender. But because of his age, there was no requirement to notify the public.

Lieutenant James Brown oversees offender registration for the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office.

"There's links on every sheriff office's website. You can put in your address, you can search a mile radius, a five-mile radius, to see where offenders may live," Brown said. "Additionally, you can sign up for email notification to let you know when an offender moves into your area. The purpose is to let people in communities know that there are sex offenders in their area."

But that notification doesn't apply to all sex offenders.

"Especially juvenile offenders, the court has discretion. There's a criteria they have to meet, in order to deem the juvenile offender at the time, community notification. Their information is blinded from the public. It's basically for law enforcement purposes."

William Weaver's neighbors were startled to hear of his history and to learn they don't have the right to know.

"Not even to know he was right around the corner..." said Brittany Marshall.

"I'd want to know, yeah," said Donald Holcomb. "My grandkids come up here. I want them safe."

If knowledge is power, Brown says it's important to be aware, the system has limits.

"We're doing the best we can with what we're allowed to do," he said. "If you suspect something's not right, don't ever hesitate to call."

William Weaver is in the Pickaway County Jail on half a million dollars bond. He is charged with attempted kidnapping and assault.

His family declined to comment.

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