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Police investigating ATM skimming in Powell

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 14:49

POWELL, Ohio – Powell police are looking for two suspects in connection to an ATM skimming case, and Columbus police say the men might have hit in the city as well.

Powell police said employees discovered the ATM at WesBanco at 10716 Sawmill Parkway had been tampered with.

Two white men can been seen on video using a tool to install a skimming device on the ATM outside around 5:15 a.m. on August 4, police said.

Police said both men appear to be in their early 30s, have beards and were wearing hooded sweatshirts and shorts.

One of them was wearing a Calvin Klein baseball hat and the other was wearing sunglasses.

The same men can be seen on video around 6:50 a.m. on August 5 to remove the skimming device, according to police.

Police said 14 people’s accounts were compromised and a total of $5,398.50 was stolen.

Police said in one of the videos, a red vehicle can be seen pulling into the lot, possibly an SUV, hatchback, or van.

Columbus police said the suspects are believed to have hit spots in Columbus as well in a tweet, but did not provide details as to where or when.

Really good surveillance images of these two skimming suspects who are believed to have hit Columbus too. Check it out. Anyone with info please call Powell Police at: 614-885-3374. https://t.co/peodIHacgh

— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) October 23, 2018

If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Powell Police Department at 614-885-3374.

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Out of jail & into treatment: Initiative to support mental illness grows

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 14:38

An effort to get those with mental illness out of jail and into treatment is growing.

It's an initiative called Stepping Up. Franklin County was one of three counties to pilot the program, it’s now nationwide.

The third annual Stepping Up Summit was held in Franklin County this week. It brought together representatives from around the state and national experts to share best practices.

“Instead of taking them to jail, identifying what community resources we have in place to be able to take them someplace where they can be connected to treatment and medical stabilization,” said Franklin County Justice Policy Coordinator Michael Daniels.

The effort includes training police officers to recognize mental illness and building more resources to divert the mentally ill.

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6 children dead in viral outbreak at N.J. health facility

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 14:08

A viral outbreak has left six children dead and 12 others sick at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility, health officials say.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health, there have been 18 cases of adenovirus among pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Haskell.

Adenoviruses are a family of viruses that can infect the tissue linings of the respiratory tract, eyes, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system. They are a common cause of illnesses ranging from a cold to bronchitis to pneumonia and even pink eye, particularly in young children. The children at Wanaque appear to have been more susceptible to serious infections due to their other medical conditions.

"Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (#7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems," the department said in a statement. "The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe."

Children at the center are severely disabled, with some living in comas, and for many, it is their permanent home, the Bergen Record reports. Many will never walk or talk, and some have spent virtually their whole lives there, according to the paper.

Adenovirus is spread from one infected person to another through close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; coughing or sneezing; or touching a contaminated object or surface, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. It can also be spread through contact with an infected person's stool, including during diaper changing.

A team from the Department of Health is investigating the possible causes of the outbreak.

Investigators found minor hand washing deficiencies on Sunday and the Health Department is continuing to work closely with the facility on infection control issues.

Officials have instructed the center not admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance.

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Former CPD sergeant facing child porn charges can collect full pension if convicted

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 13:53

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Columbus Police Sergeant Dean Worthington is likely to collect about $55,000 a year from his police pension that is controlled by the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.

Under Ohio Law, you can lose your pension for theft in office, but not for a conviction of possession of child pornography.

According to the Ohio Revised Code 2929.12 the only crimes that qualify to be serious enough to lose your pension if you belong to the police and fire pension fund are rape, sexual battery, unlawful sex with a minor, gross sexual imposition and theft in office.

The legislature chose those crimes because the money could potentially help pay restitution for victims.

City Attorney Zach Klein says he believes the list of crimes should be reevaluated by the legislature, "Crimes like child pornography are especially sickening when they are committed by those serving in a position of public trust.

In situations where that trust is violated, it’s completely appropriate to review the list of disqualifying crimes so that a person exploiting children would not be rewarded with a pension," he said.

Worthington's trial is expected to start Wednesday.

Worthington was indicted on one count of illegal use of minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, one count of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor and two counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.

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Giants trade cornerback Eli Apple to New Orleans Saints

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 13:17

The New York Giants have traded cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints for two draft picks.

In exchange for the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, the teams announced the Giants will receive a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020.

Apple has 23 tackles and a forced fumble. He also recovered a fumble in the Giants' 23-20 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta on Monday night.

The NFL's trade deadline is Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.

The move marks the second time in a week the Giants (1-6) have parted ways with a recent first-round draft pick. Last week, they waived tackle Ereck Flowers, their 2105 top pick. He was signed by Jacksonville.

The Saints have struggled on pass defense all season. They are 5-1 and in first place in the NFC South in large part to the play of Drew Brees and the offense.

New Orleans will face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night in a matchup of first-place teams.

This was somewhat of a make-or-break season for Apple. He had a bad year in 2017 and was called a cancer by safety Landon Collins because of his attitude. He was inactive for four games and suspended for the season finale.

The South Jersey native came back this season and was all business. He has shown flashes of being a good cornerback but at times has not made plays. His holding penalty on a third-down play cost the Giants a chance to get off the field with Atlanta pinned near its goal line.

In his three seasons with the Giants, Apple played in 30 regular-season games with 23 starts. He had 120 tackles (102 solo), one interception, 20 passes defensed, one forced fumble and five fumble recoveries, as well as two stops and one fumble recovery on special teams.

Apple started 27 games for Ohio State from 2014-15. He finished his college career with 86 tackles, four interceptions and 22 passes defensed. He was a college teammate of three current Saints: safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and receiver Michael Thomas.

New Orleans has been ranked near the bottom of the league in pass defense. The pass defense gave up late touchdowns against Cleveland in Week 2 and Baltimore on Sunday and hung on for wins on missed point-after kicks.

The Saints lost top nickel back Patrick Robinson after three games because of an ankle injury. The veteran had joined the team as a free agent after a year in Philadelphia.

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Honey Smacks returns to shelves with new recipe after salmonella recall

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 13:08

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg's Honey Smacks is returning to shelves following a voluntarily recall after salmonella infected 100 people in 33 states.

The company announced on Monday the cereal will return next month in limited quantities with "a simpler, updated recipe." The company says production was moved to a "trusted and tested Kellogg-owned facility that has been reliably producing cereal for decades."

The recall was issued in June. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak were hospitalized.

Salmonella usually causes fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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University of Utah student made final phone call before being slain, family says

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 11:12

SALT LAKE CITY (CBS/AP) -- University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was shot and killed on campus by a former boyfriend, who was found dead hours later inside a church on Tuesday, according to authorities. McCluskey, a 21-year-old senior from Pullman, Washington, was shot outside a dormitory just before 10 p.m.

Police followed the shooter, identified as 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, into an off-campus church after he was spotted at about 1 a.m., University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin said. Wahlin said Rowland's body was found inside the church. Police didn't provide circumstances of his death.

Melvin Rowland

McCluskey's family said in a statement she was returning to her apartment from a class Monday night "and talking to me on the phone."

"Suddenly, I heard her yell, 'No, no, no! I thought she might have been in a car accident. That was the last I heard from her," the family statement said. "My husband called 911. I kept the line open and in a few minutes, a young woman picked up the phone and said all of Lauren's things were on the ground."

The statement said Lauren dated her alleged killer for about a month.

"He lied to her about his name, his age, and his criminal history," the family statement said. "Lauren was informed by a friend about his criminal history, and she ended the relationship with her killer on October 9, 2018."

The family said she blocked his phone number as well as the number of his friends and told University of Utah police that she was being harassed.

McCluskey was a track and field athlete and majored in communication.

University President Ruth Watkins said the university canceled classes Tuesday and scheduled a 5 p.m. vigil for McCluskey.

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

Athletics Director Mark Harlan said university counselors and psychologists were available to support McCluskey's teammates, coaches and friends.

"This news has shaken not only myself but our entire University of Utah athletics family to its core," he said.

McCuskey's body was found in a car near the university's medical towers, Wahlin said.

"It was really scary to look out the window and see. I saw 15 to 20 police officers right where we're standing right now," Tyler Olsen, a student who lives in family housing near the shooting scene, told the Deseret News. "I mean, you're in your home, but nowhere feels safe in that moment."

Last month, an ex-convict pleaded guilty to killing a University of Utah student from China using a gun stolen after another slaying. Austin Boutain, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He and his wife were charged with hatching a carjacking plot that led to the October 2017 death of Chenwei Guo, whose parents live in Beijing and were devastated over the death of their only son at age 23.

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Columbus police looking for missing 12-year-old girl

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:20

Columbus police are looking for an endangered missing runaway 12-year-old girl in northeast Columbus.

Police say the girl, Shye J. Brown, was last seen in the area of Brentnell Avenue and 17th Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Brown was last seen wearing khaki pants, and a white collared shirt. She is a black female, with black hair and brown eyes. She is about 5-feet-tall, weighing 105 to 110 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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Ohio State WR Austin Mack out indefinitely following surgery

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:04

COLUMBUS – The Buckeyes suffered another loss during the bye week following the 49-20 defeat to Purdue Saturday.

Ohio State confirmed junior wide receiver Austin Mack is out indefinitely following surgery.

Mack was injured in the second half Saturday in the defeat against the Boilermakers.

He received medical attention to his foot and was seen on crutches after the game.

Coming into 2018 Mack has played in 26 games, has receptions for more than 350 yards and two touchdowns.

The Buckeyes next game is November 3 when they host Nebraska at noon.

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Columbus police sergeant resigns amid child pornography accusations

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 08:57

COLUMBUS -- A former public information officer with the Columbus Division of Police facing child pornography charges resigned Tuesday.

Dean Worthington submitted his letter of resignation to Chief Kim Jacobs, stating his last day of employment would be Oct. 26. Worthington submitted his application for retirement on Sept. 26., according to the undated letter he sent Chief Jacobs.

Worthington is accused of downloading child pornography to his personal cell phone. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the social networking website Tumblr provided a tip to law enforcement after Worthington allegedly uploaded an image of child pornography.

Worthington was indicted on one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, one count of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor – both a 2nd-degree felony – and two counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.

He was relieved of his assignment in July but remained on the force.

Worthington’s trial is expected to begin Wednesday.

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Source: Suspected narcotics found in Pickerington junior high school locker

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 08:32

PICKERINGTON -- Fairfield County Sheriff's deputies found suspected narcotics -- including 29 baggies and suspected marijuana -- in a student's locker at Lakeview Junior High School last week, a law enforcement source tells 10TV. The evidence will be tested in a crime lab to determine its contents.

The source said deputies used a K-9 to search the locker after a student tipped off an adult.

The Pickerington Local School District said the district investigates all situations involving potential illegal substances.

"We are supporting the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office on this ongoing investigation," a district spokesperson said. "Pickerington Schools takes the possession, use, and/or sale of illegal substances by our students very seriously, and we are committed to making our schools a safe and secure learning environment."

The district would not comment specifically on any disciplinary action.

The sheriff's office has yet to identify the student or list any charges.

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Sandra Day O'Connor announces likely Alzheimer's diagnosis

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 08:29

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, says she has the beginning stages of dementia and "probably Alzheimer's disease."

O'Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that as her condition has progressed she is "no longer able to participate in public life."

O'Connor, 88, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and took her seat on the court in 1981. She announced her retirement in 2005.

O'Connor's announcement came a day after a story by The Associated Press that she had stepped back from public life.

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Daily closure impacts northbound High Street due to roadway safety concerns

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 07:41

The Columbus Department of Public Service announced Tuesday morning that a portion of High Street has to close during daytime hours through the rest of the work week due to safety concerns.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., High Street will close to northbound traffic between Goodale Street and West Starr Avenue, today through Friday, Oct. 26.

To get around the closure, use North 4th Street or Neil Avenue as alternate routes.

Completion of the roadwork will depend on weather.

Stick with 10TV for the latest updates.

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68 years after soldier went off to Korean War and vanished, his son gets a surprise call

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 07:41

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fulfilled an agreement he made with President Trump at the Singapore summit in June to return 55 boxes of remains of Americans killed in the Korean War. It's only a tiny fraction of the nearly 5,300 still missing but for at least one family, it provided closure.

A faded photo is one of the few memories Charles McDaniel has of his father. He was just three years old when Master Sgt. Charles McDaniel went off to the Korean War and vanished without a trace.

"He disappeared from history. I mean he was just gone. He wasn't dead. He wasn't a POW that was listed. He was gone," Charles told CBS News correspondent David Martin.

He was a medic in an army battalion overwhelmed by Chinese troops at the Battle of Unsan in North Korea on November 2, 1950

"They lost 600 and something people in one night….the Chinese came in around them, surrounded them and just overran the battalion headquarters," Charles said.

His wife Gladys and her two sons never knew what happened to him, but when he didn't come home with prisoners of war, he was officially declared dead, a fact which slowly registered with Charles as he grew.

"I remember all of a sudden as a little boy starting to cry. I was inconsolable," he said

He became an army chaplain and searched military archives for his father's service records but found no clues to his fate. Then, North Korea turned over 55 boxes of remains following the Singapore summit.

"Fifty-five boxes come back. That's one percent of the missing in action. So I'm figuring at best there's a one percent chance that my father's remains are there," Charles said.

But then, as he revealed at a ceremony in Hawaii honoring the missing, he got a call from an Army official.

"He said. 'I have some amazing news for you, we found one dog tag, one dog tag. And it's your father's," Charles said at the ceremony.

Eaten away by rust but still legible, his father's name and blood type. With the dog tag in hand, it didn't take long for the forensics lab in Hawaii to identify McDaniel's remains using DNA and dental analysis.

Charles and his younger brother Larry asked for a moment alone with their father's remains.

"I just put my hand on my father's skull, head, and said a little thank you prayer to God that even to have this, it's more than I ever expected honestly….blessed is the word I would use. Fortunate God's grace has somehow allowed this to happen." he said.

Master Sgt. McDaniel disappeared from history 68 years ago, but now he's found. His remains will be returned this week to his family in Indiana for burial with full military honors.

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State appeals court OK's doctor testimony in baby death case

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 07:32


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — An Ohio appeals court has ruled that doctors can testify in the case of a former high school cheerleader charged with killing and burying her newborn baby near her family's house.

Attorneys for Brooke Skylar Richardson wanted to bar prosecutors from presenting testimony from an obstetrics-gynecology practice's medical staff, citing physician-patient privilege that she won't give up.

Three 12th District Court of Appeals judges in Middletown ruled unanimously Tuesday that the public interest in detecting crimes to protect society outweighed doctor-patient privilege in this case.

Authorities first learned of the baby from a doctor. Prosecutors said Richardson buried the full-term baby shortly after giving birth within days after her senior prom in early May 2017.

Richardson's attorneys plan to appeal the ruling. Her trial is on hold in southwest Ohio.

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Authorities: Explosive device found near George Soros' home

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 07:27


BEDFORD, N.Y. — An object that appeared to be an explosive device was found in a mailbox at the home of George Soros, the billionaire liberal philanthropist who is a frequent target of right-wing conspiracy theories.

The Bedford Police Department said it responded to the address in the hamlet of Katonah at 3:45 p.m. Monday after an employee of the residence opened the package.

The person placed the package in a wooded area and called police, who alerted the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives.

Bedford police said the FBI's terrorism task force was investigating.

The FBI's New York field office said on Twitter that it was "conducting an investigation at and around a residence in Bedford, NY. There is no threat to public safety, and we have no further comment at this time."

Neither local nor federal authorities would say whether the object was capable of exploding.

A message emailed to Soros' foundation wasn't immediately returned.

Soros, who made his fortune in hedge funds, frequently donates to liberal causes and is vilified on the right.

Recently, conservative critics have, without evidence, accused him of secretly financing a caravan of Central American migrants to make their way north toward Mexico and the U.S.

The Jewish Soros has also been the target of anti-Semitic smears. Some have falsely accused him of being a Nazi collaborator during World War II, when he was a child in Hungary.

Activists frequently post the addresses of homes he owns in Westchester County, north of New York City, on social media sometimes accompanied by ill wishes.

FBI officials didn't respond to requests for more information late Monday.

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Women beware: Thieves in central Ohio are targeting your purse

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 06:00

REYNOLDSBURG - Reynoldsburg police sent out a warning after getting more reports of wallets stolen out of purses that were draped over the back of a chair in public places.

The notice went to neighborhood block watches with this message: “Please BE AWARE!! DO NOT leave your purses unattended or draped over the back of a chair. I promise you THEY are watching and want to make you a VICTIM!!”

CrimeTracker 10 featured this trending crime that police often call the “bump and lift” back in January 2017. Thieves will sit behind women who have their purses hanging over a chair, bump into the back of their chair and then reach into the purse while they distract the victim as they apologize.

Reynoldsburg police say the latest incident happened on October 12th. A female suspect stole 4 credit cards form a purse at a Panera Bread store and made purchases at Apple/Nordstrom/Target of Easton Town Center the same day. The purchases were more than $1,600 at each of the three locations and she was seen possibly getting into a silver-colored SUV (seen below).

Investigators say there may be another black female involved in the thefts, as the suspect was sitting with another black female at Panera. The suspect signed her receipts with the initials “KK” at the Apple location.

If you have any information, contact Reynoldsburg Police Officer Lewis at 614-866-6622

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iPhone XR makes the right trade-offs for a cheaper price

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 05:58

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple offers you a simple trade-off with its new iPhone XR, the middlebrow cousin to the top-of-the-line iPhone XS.

On one hand, the XR lacks the high-resolution screen and dual-lens camera found on the XS. On the other, you'd save at least $250 and still get most of the other cutting-edge features found on the more expensive model.

Based on several days of testing, it looks like Apple made the right cost-cutting trade-offs with the XR, which starts selling Friday for about $750. The standard XS starts at about $1,000; its supersized cousin, the XS Max, goes for $100 more.

The XR falls between the XS and the Max in size. Its screen is about 7 percent larger than the XS and 12 percent smaller than the Max. But the XR is closer in width to larger Phones such as the Max and older Plus models, so anyone upgrading from an iPhone 7 or 8 will have to get used to a new grip.

As with the XS, the XR's display extends close to the phone's edges, translating to 45 percent more screen space than the iPhone 8 and 6 percent more than the 8 Plus. The XR and the XS both use facial recognition to unlock the phone, and both have a notch at the top for sensors, similar to shades on a car's windshield. The notch will take getting used to.

Speaker quality on the XR and the XS were comparable, and the mics on all new models offer stereo recording for the first time.

The phone displays, however, are different, and those disparities can make a difference. The screens on both XS models have better contrast and more vibrant colors than the standard LCD screen on the XR. Autumn leaves in the cartoon "The Secret Lives of Pets" stand out more, while greater hints of orange appeared in a space drama's rocket exhaust flames. Whites are whiter, making the screen appear brighter even though it's not.

The XR screen also falls short of full high definition, unlike the XS displays, although it can display video at 720p quality. Apple says that with LCD screens, higher resolution drains the battery faster, a trade-off that's minimal with the XS because its screen doesn't need a backlight.

That said, the differences are often hard to spot, even with the phones side by side. Where quality really matters, you'll probably want a bigger screen such as a tablet or a TV anyway.

Although the Max has the largest battery in an iPhone, the XR was typically on par with or exceeded the Max in battery performance when viewing video, at least at lower or medium brightness. In any case, either phone should give you enough battery life for routine use.

Cameras improve with each generation, and the new iPhones are no different. For many shots, the new iPhones blend four exposures rather than two, allowing for better lighting balance and more detail. In some shots taken in suboptimal conditions — against direct sunlight — the XR still showed trees in dimly lit areas, while last year's iPhone X produced pitch back. The new cameras also have better focus and low-light capabilities.

What's missing in the XR is a second rear lens for double the magnification. Instead, the XR uses software zoom, which reduces quality. Of course, the standard iPhone 7 and 8 didn't have a second lens either, although their Plus models did, as did the iPhone X. Both XS models also have two lenses. Despite lacking a second lens, the XR lets you blur backgrounds in some shots, a feature many phones are now getting. The XR does this with software, though it works only with people in the foreground, while the XS can do statues and monuments.

Two more points of comparison. The XS has slightly better water resistance — good to a depth of 2 meters (2.2 yards), compared with just 1 meter on the XR. But the XR offers a budget storage-upgrade option: $50 for 128 gigabytes (up from 64 gigabytes in the base model). Both XS phones also start at 64 gigabytes, but their cheapest upgrade is $150 for 256 gigabytes.

The only knock is the XR's size. Though it's fine for people with adequate pockets or bags, not everyone wants a phone that's nearly as wide as the Max or the Plus. Perhaps Apple will one day design a smaller XR and revive a trend of offering both standard and larger versions for each major model.

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Court hears case of inmate who killed girlfriend's parents

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 05:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the case of a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter.

Shawn Ford Jr. was convicted by a Summit County jury in 2015 of aggravated murder and other charges in the slayings of Margaret and Jeffrey Schobert two years earlier.

That same jury recommended the 24-year-old Ford receive the death penalty for killing Margaret Schobert, and the judge agreed.

Death penalty cases in Ohio are automatically appealed to the state Supreme Court, which has set arguments for Jan. 8.

Defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued that Ford's low IQ should have prevented the judge from sentencing their client to death.

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Authorities seek 2 vehicles in missing Wisconsin girl's case

Channel 10 news - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 04:29

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities said Monday that they're looking for two cars in connection with the disappearance of a Wisconsin girl whose parents were gunned down last week.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a news conference that investigators are looking for a red or orange Dodge Challenger and a black Ford Edge or black Acura MDX that may have been traveling near the Closs family's home on the night that James and Denise Closs were killed and their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme, disappeared. He said he didn't have information on the cars' license plates. Descriptions and photos of the vehicles were added to an Amber Alert for Jayme.

State, local and federal investigators have been searching for Jayme since around 1 a.m. on Oct. 15. Deputies responding to a 911 call early that morning discovered that someone had broken into the family's home near Barron, about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis, and gunned down the couple. They believe Jayme, who is not a suspect in her parents' deaths, was abducted.

Also Monday, the sheriff called for 2,000 volunteers to help in a ground search set to start Tuesday morning. A search involving 100 volunteers combed the area near the family's home on Thursday but found nothing.

Fitzgerald said investigators have received more than 1,300 tips and have closed 1,100 of them. Some of the tips led to the decision to resume the ground search, he said, though he declined to elaborate. A sheriff's deputy and agents from the state Department of Justice and the FBI mapped the area by helicopter Monday afternoon in preparation for Tuesday's search.

"We've determined we'd like to search a bigger search area based on information our investigators have collected," Fitzgerald said. "These tips have led us to this."

Jayme's classmates held a vigil for her Monday night at the Barron High School football stadium.

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