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Franklin County Sheriff's Office focuses on mental health; helped more than 400 since January

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It's a new way to patrol and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office says it's been a problem for far too long.

"I would suggest since the 1950s, when this problem really started with the closure of mental health hospitals," Sgt. Scott Blacker said.

Sgt. Blacker is with the Community Intervention and Diversion unit, or CID. He says in the last 10 years, the sheriff's office has seen an excessively high number of people in jail who struggle with mental illness.

"But when you look at that, is that the appropriate place to house somebody who's got mental issues?" Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said.

Baldwin says these inmates were being locked up for crimes like public indecency, trespassing and crimes of survival like stealing food to eat. Before, Baldwin says it was quick and easy to put them in cuffs. Now, a new initiative is changing that mindset.

"What we're finding is it's very, very successful," Baldwin said.

Since January, the CID unit, partnering with ADAMH and Netcare, has responded to 438 calls. Shawn Daniels is one of the Netcare mobile crisis clinicians.

"There are runs that we've been on and there are clients who have been critically ill," she said. "They were psychotic."

Daniels and Deputy Brent McKitrick see the benefit of keeping people out of jail and getting them to mental health treatments.

"It's a great program for the community and for people who might be suffering from these problems," McKitrick said.

And this program is saving taxpayers quite a bit of money.

Sgt. Blacker says if those 438 people had spent a minimum of three days in jail, that would have cost about $30,000. Sheriff Baldwin says out of a 2,000 daily population of inmates, an average of 719 have mental health issues.

"If we only diverted a fourth of them, we should save about a quarter-million dollars a month," Baldwin said.

Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton says this program is worth it. She helped start the Stepping Up initiative in Ohio and says this type of program works.

"It's not all that you have to have new money," she said. "You just stop wasting money with horrible outcomes."

Currently, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office has four deputies on CID who are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sgt. Blacker says he hopes to soon have a couple of CID deputies on second shift, as well.

ADAMH foots the bill for the Netcare workers.

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Knox County Health Department warns of mosquito bites after child is diagnosed with virus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:16

KNOX COUNTY, Ohio — A 7-year-old in Mount Vernon was diagnosed with a rare and dangerous illness that is transmitted through a mosquito bite, according to the Knox County Health Department.

The department says the La Crosse virus comes from a bite from an infected mosquito — specifically the eastern treehole mosquito, which is commonly found in wooded areas.

It is not known where the child acquired the virus, though the family recently went camping outside of Knox County. Health department staff are set to meet with the family to assess any potential breeding sites around the home.

Anyone who lives near or spends time in wooded areas is at increased risk for the virus. The best way to prevent the infection is to prevent mosquito bites, which can be done by wearing insect repellent.

The health department says those infected with the La Crosse virus have no apparent symptoms, but the ones that do develop usually begin five to 15 days after a bite from an infected mosquito and include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and lethargy.

Severe illness from the virus can occur among children less than 16 years old and can include: seizures, coma, paralysis and a variety of neurologic complications after recovery.

Ohio has reported more human cases of the La Crosse virus than any other state in the U.S., averaging 20 a year, according to the health department.

The Ohio Department of Health says there are currently 14 cases of La Crosse in 10 Ohio counties, including Holmes, Franklin, Ashland, Geauga, Lawrence, Wood, Portage, Wayne, Hancock and Trumbull.

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Capital University offers scholarship to students with parents who serve others

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Capital University welcomes a new class of students, nearly 40 percent are taking advantage of a new scholarship.

The “Good Guarantee“ program offers a 50 percent discount to new, full-time undergraduate students whose families work in "mission-centered" nonprofit and public-service jobs.

After the discount was announced, administrators say they saw a 21 percent increase in applications.

“We definitely see greater diversity in terms of ethnic diversity but also geographic diversity,” said Capital University President Beth Paul. “It attracted the attention of a broader array of students.”

Paul says it took nearly two years to develop the program with administrators working to ensure the university remained fiscally fit.

The discount is renewable each year and open to transfer students.

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Judge orders friend of Dayton shooter to stay in jail pending trial

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 16:54

DAYTON, Ohio — It all came down to a question of risk.

Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering, faced a federal judge this week to determine if he should be jailed pending trial. Kollie is charged with making false statements regarding firearms and using drugs while in possession of a firearm.

Watch: Attorneys provide an update on Kollie's appearance in court.

Unsealed court documents reveal Kollie is accused of being a frequent drug user, micro-dosing mushrooms he grew in his apartment and using marijuana daily. Prosecutors allege he checked "no" on the ATF Form 4473 when asked wether he used drugs.

Those charges do not relate to the Aug. 4 shooting in the Oregon District, although court documents show Kollie bought body armor, ammunition and part of an AR-15 weapon for shooter Connor Betts. Kollie also is alleged to have helped Betts put together the weapon that was used in the deadly shooting.

Kollie appeared in court Wednesday for his detention hearing, which focused on whether he should be released on bond.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Newman was looking at two factors — whether Kollie was a flight risk and whether he was a danger to himself or others. The judge was satisfied that, by seizing his passport, the risk of flight would be eliminated. But he was stuck on whether Kollie was a danger.

The judge worried about his admitted drug use and what the judge called allegations of "serious" mental health issues. The judge said he could not delve deeper into that topic in open court because the information was contained in a confidential report.

In arguing for his release on bond, the defense suggested Kollie could be housed at his mother's house, abiding by a list of conditions for home detention, which would include GPS monitoring. Pretrial services approved that location, and the government acquiesced.

But Judge Newman was not okay with that arrangement, arguing that the location was too far out of the region to allow sufficient monitoring on a regular basis. So, the defense offered up an alternative location, the home of a longtime family friend, in the Montgomery County area. The judge continued the hearing until Thursday in order for pretrial services to vet that location. That location was later deemed to be acceptable.

But, when court reconvened on Thursday, the government had taken a different tone. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Vipal Patel argued that it would be an "unfathomable risk" for Kollie to stay with a third party. He likened it to an Airbnb for federal detention.

To drive home his point, Patel held up in court the drugs and weapon involved in the case.

"The circumstances did change in the 24 hours that passed from yesterday to today, and, as I advocated, for the worse, meaning the proposal presented today, in the government’s view, presented greater risk to society, hence the advocacy that was presented in court today," Patel said after Thursday's hearing.

In the end, the judge agreed, ordering Kollie to remain in jail pending trial.

"Even yesterday, the residence was in a different part of the state, and yesterday, kinda the feeling was that the conditions were appropriate," said Nick Gounaris, Kollie's attorney. "It wasn’t appropriate with the judge, and we understood that, we tried to alleviate that concern. We got a facility, a home, that was close, and, so, yeah, I would suggest that the tone was a little bit different today."

Gounaris said he was disappointed in the decision, adding that his client was doing well, despite the circumstances.

"Well, I mean, he’s incarcerated," Gounaris siad. "He’s happy as anybody can be locked up. But he trusts in the process. Other than that, he’s in as good of spirits as anybody in his situation."

The case was bound over to the grand jury for possible indictment.

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Columbus Humane recovers 278 animals — 31 deceased — from Columbus pet shop, owners’ home

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Humane and local authorities recovered 278 animals from a west Columbus pet store and the owners’ home on Tuesday, leading to Columbus Humane temporarily shutting its doors to public admissions.

Due to the high volume of animals recovered, Columbus Humane says it will temporarily suspend all public animal admissions until further notice. Only animals seized by the Cruelty Investigations Department will be admitted.

Of the animals seized from the Petting Zoo Pet Shop on West Broad Street and the owners’ residence on Demorest Road, 97 were dogs (mostly puppies), 148 were reptiles, four were cats and a dozen of the animals were livestock, according to Columbus Humane. Thirty-one of those animals recovered were deceased and found in varying states of decomposition.

Authorities began removing the animals from both properties after a months-long investigation. Columbus Humane received multiple complaints of improper caring for the animals’ well-being.

Columbus Humane says various illnesses and diseases were found among the animals, including parvovirus, pneumonia and parasites. The animals are actively being treated.

“Our duty is to provide the highest quality of care to the animals,” said Rachel D.K. Finney, CEO of Columbus Humane. “Given the extent of disease in this population, we must devote our full focus and resources to the animals already in care.”

Humane agents are working to file charges against the owners.

Columbus Humane remains open for animal adoption. The animals seized from the investigation are not available for adoption as ownership is determined by the court.

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Columbus man accused of committing 10 felonies, 2 misdemeanors within 30 minutes

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Columbus man is facing charges after prosecutors say he committed multiple felonies within 30 minutes and a one-block radius.

According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, 29-year-old Rodney Edward King, Jr. committed several crimes on Aug. 6 between 9:54 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

King allegedly entered five random apartments or homes and robbed the residents, threw a rock at a cab and pulled a screwdriver on a COTA bus driver and struck him in the foot.

King has been charged with 10 felonies and 2 misdemeanors. The counts he faces include Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Robbery, Felonious Assault, Aggravated Menacing and Criminal Damaging or Endangering.

King’s arraignment is set for Aug. 19.
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Earnhardt Jr. discharged from hospital after plane crash, taking time off to be with family

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:37

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WCNC) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a crash landing near the Elizabeth Municipal Airport in Carter County, Tennessee Thursday.

"Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation," Kelley Earnhardt, the sister of the former NASCAR driver and current television personality, tweeted after the crash.

An NBC Sports spokesperson confirms Earnhardt and his family have been discharged from the hospital and says he plans to take this weekend off to be with family.

NBC Sports statement on Dale Earnhardt Jr.: pic.twitter.com/O364HDMn3d

— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) August 16, 2019

The FAA confirmed five people were aboard the Cessna Citation aircraft when it crashed. The occupants are believed to have been the Earnhardt family and two pilots.

"A Cessna Citation rolled off the end of Runway 24 and caught fire after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee at 3:40 p.m. today. Preliminary indication is that two pilots and three passengers were aboard," the FAA said in a released statement. "The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident."

FAA records show the Cessna Citation was built in 2015 and is registered to Mooresville, North Carolina.

NASCAR is hosting races in nearby Bristol, Tennessee this weekend. Earnhardt was scheduled to appear as a commentary on NBC Sports.

Through the end of his full-time career in 2017, Earnhardt had 26 career victories, including the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500s. His 26 victories tie him for 29th on NASCAR’s all-time race winners list.

Earnhardt is a third generation NASCAR driver. He currently owns and operates JR Motorsports, based out of Mooresville, North Carolina.

Earlier this year, Earnhardt was inducted in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Following the plane crash, emergency personnel worked to extinguish the fire. The remains of the aircraft came to rest on nearby Highway 91. The road is expected to be closed for more than a day while officials investigate.

Earnhardt Jr. is not the first NASCAR legend to be involved in a plane crash.

Alan Kulwicki was killed, along with three others, in a plane crash near Blountville, Tennessee, on April 1, 1993, while on approach to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Later that same year, another NASCAR driver, Davey Allison was killed in a helicopter crash while landing his helicopter at Talladega Superspeedway.

In 2004, a plane owned by Hendrick Motorsports crashed on it's way to the race track in Martinsville, Virginia, killing ten people including Hendrick family members and executives. Earnhardt Jr. raced for Hendrick motorsports for the final decade of his career.

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Court orders teen to remain in custody after alleged threat to shoot up Pataskala Street Fair

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:28

LICKING COUNTY, Ohio — A Licking County teenager will stay in custody after police say he threatened to shoot up the Pataskala Street Fair.

Court records say the 15-year-old made the threat on Snapchat.

Police and prosecutors say this is a threat they had to take seriously.

10TV is not identifying the teen, who appeared via video in Licking County Juvenile Court Thursday.

He and his mother were both in tears as the prosecutor said the boy should remain in custody.

"I would like him to come home," his mother said.

"The allegations in the complaint are a potential risk to the community," said Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Rowan.

A criminal complaint lays out the specifics of the accusations against him:

It says the teen "posted a video on Snapchat of a man entering into a building and shooting numerous people and added the following comments: 'this is how I'm pulling up to the fair.'"

Police say he admitted that he was one who posted the video of the shooting and it was his Snapchat account.

"He's 15. He's at that age when he should know better, especially with everything going on in the country and all the shootings we have had," said Ashley Morgan, attending the fair with her family.

She and her mother-in-law Angie Bauer said they didn't think twice about coming out.

"You can't live in fear. You gotta keep living and it's about them having fun," Morgan said.

Police say there is no indication the suspect had access to weapons or the means to follow through.

But the prosecutor says the threat was deemed serious and credible.

"(That) does not mean that he was going to act in any way shape or form," said Rowan. "But a credible threat just means one where people believed. You know what? We've got to do something here, because we can't just leave it out there and hope that nothing happens. A credible threat is one that we need to act upon and verify what the real situation is."

Angie Bauer says she's grateful to the person who saw the post and did the right thing.

"If you see something, you have to say something. No matter how big or how small, that's the only way that you're going to keep everybody safe."

Thursday night, the teen suspect remained in custody — charged with aggravated menacing.

That is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in juvenile detention.

His family did not want to comment.

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St. John Arena to host OHSAA girls basketball state tournament in 2020, boys in 2021

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:15

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the 2020 girls and 2021 boys basketball state tournaments will be held at St. John Arena at The Ohio State University.

“We are excited to return to St. John Arena, where many schools and basketball fans have great memories,” said Jerry Snodgrass, OHSAA Executive Director. “The Schottenstein Center and its staff have been great partners of the OHSAA, but there are some upcoming scheduling conflicts with OSU basketball and ice hockey teams on our state tournament dates, as well as parking concerns, so we have been talking with OSU about returning to St. John Arena.”

Both the boys and girls tournaments were held at St. John Arena before the Schottenstein Center opened in 1998.

The boys tournament has been held at the Schottenstein Center since 1999. The girls tournament moved there in 2000 only missing 2005 due to an Ohio State men’s ice hockey playoff series.

The tournament will coincide with the university’s spring break, which will allow for more parking options.

UPCOMING OHSAA BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENTS

  • 2020 Girls Basketball State Tournament – March 12-14 at St. John Arena
  • 2020 Boys Basketball State Tournament – March 19-21 at Schottenstein Center
  • 2021 Girls Basketball State Tournament – To Be Determined
  • 2021 Boys Basketball State Tournament – March 18-20 at St. John Arena
  • 2022 Girls Basketball State Tournament – To Be Determined
  • 2022 Boys Basketball State Tournament – To Be Determined
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Coroner: Dayton gunman had cocaine, alcohol, anti-depressants in his system during mass shooting

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:33

DAYTON (AP) — The Dayton shooter who killed nine people had cocaine on him and in his system during the mass shooting that police stopped in what they described as a combat-like gun battle, a coroner said Thursday.

Montgomery County coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger said Connor Betts, 24, had a pipe device and a baggie of cocaine with him, and cocaine, alcohol and an antidepressant in his blood. Harshbarger also reported in his preliminary autopsy findings that police stopped Betts with at least two dozen gunshots that hit him at gaps in his body armor.

"This incident involved an intense firefight that is rarely seen other than combat and an active-shooter incident," Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said. "The officers were confronted with a moving shooter wearing body armor, actively executing victims with an AR-15 type weapon and high capacity magazines."

The coroner said police gunfire hit two people. One of them died, but Harshbarger said the gunman, not police, fired the lethal round.

Meanwhile, Betts' parents have apologized for the wording in his obituary that didn't mention the mass shooting whose victims included his younger sister.

Stephen and Moira Betts issued a statement that said the obituary for Connor Betts was "insensitive in not acknowledging the terrible tragedy that he created."

They said they wanted to reflect the son they knew and weren't trying to "minimize horror of his last act."

The obituary described Betts as a "funny, articulate and intelligent man with striking blue eyes and a kind smile" before it was taken down Wednesday by a funeral home in their hometown of Bellbrook, Ohio.

Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district in Dayton. Police shot him as he neared a crowded bar.

It's not known whether Betts targeted his 22-year-old sister, Megan. They had spent an hour together at a bar in the same area before the shooting.

The family will be holding private memorial services for both of their children.

Ethan Kollie, a longtime friend of Betts who told investigators he bought the body armor, a 100-round magazine and a key part of the gun Betts used in the attack was in court Thursday after a judge balked at releasing him from jail.

Authorities have said there's no indication Kollie knew Betts was planning the mass shooting. But Kollie is charged with lying on a federal firearms form while buying a pistol not used in the shooting.

Prosecutors said Kollie first spoke with investigators just hours after the shooting.

Kollie's attorney wants him released on house arrest.

A judge has been reviewing where Kollie would stay under house arrest with electronic monitoring and other conditions.

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Cat taped shut in cardboard box outside Ohio shelter clawed its way out

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 11:54

The Shelby County Animal Shelter said a cat left outside in a cardboard box clawed its way out to escape.

In the Facebook post from Thursday morning, the shelter said staff coming into the office found the box with food, dishes and medicine on top of it. It was taped shut and had holes made on the sides.

“The cat inside was so terrified it clawed through one of the holes so it could escape. At this time, we have no idea where this cat is. It is now in a new environment with no source of food and an abundance of dangers that it may have not faced before,” the post said.

The shelter said they are only able to take as many cats as they have room. They added if the started taking in all cats, they would have to euthanize, which is something they do not want to do.

“Abandoning an animal is not a solution,” the post said.

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Ohio committee rejects medical marijuana for anxiety, autism

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:54

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A State Medical Board of Ohio committee has decided not to recommend adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the state's list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana.

The committee made its decision Wednesday after hearing testimony that included concerns from several physicians about using marijuana for those conditions. They said the drug offers momentary relief from anxiety but can lead to panic attacks or worsening anxiety for some patients. The physicians also noted concerns about marijuana's effects on children's developing brains.

The full board could make a final decision at its September or October meetings, but it's not clear whether it would vote against a recommendation from the committee.

The board voted earlier this year against adding opioid use disorder, depression and insomnia as qualifying conditions.

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Israel bans US congresswomen who support boycott from visiting country

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 07:45

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's deputy foreign minister says the government has decided to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen who support the international boycott movement from entering the country.

Tzipi Hotovely told Israel Radio in an interview Thursday that "Israel has decided not to allow" Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota to visit as planned.

She says it is in keeping with a policy of denying entry to those who advocate boycotts of Israel.

Her remarks came shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that "it would show great weakness" if Israel allowed them in.

The two newly-elected Muslim members of Congress are outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. Tlaib's family immigrated to the United States from the West Bank.

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12-year-old discovers apparent woolly mammoth tooth while on vacation in Ohio

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 04:49

It's a story for the (ice) ages. A 12-year-old boy recently discovered a woolly mammoth tooth at an inn in Ohio.

The Inn at Honey Run, in Millersburg, Ohio, confirmed the discovery last week. According to the Inn, Jackson Hepner was taking photos with his family when he spotted the giant tooth along the edge of a creek.

"I found the mammoth tooth about ten yards upstream from the bridge we had our family pictures on," Jackson wrote in an account of the tooth's discovery that the Inn posted online. "It was partially buried on the left side of the creek. It was completely out of the water on the creek bed."

Three scholars and professors identified the object as a woolly mammoth's upper third molar, the Inn said. The Inn said Dale Gnidovec of The Ohio State University's Orton Geological Museum, Nigel Brush of Ashland University's Geology Department, and P. Nick Kardulias College of Wooster' Program of Archeology all confirmed the discovery.

"Teeth of woolly mammoths are distinguished by parallel ridges, which the animals used to grind grass and seeds," the Inn said. "We couldn't be prouder to be the site of such an extraordinary find and unforgettable experience!"

Jackson said he cannot wait to see the tooth again. "I would like to have my tooth back in my hands as soon as possible," he wrote. "I want to show my friends."

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Four Loko teases new seltzer with nearly triple the alcohol content of its competitors

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 04:34

Four Loko, an alcoholic beverage line once popular with millennials, appears to be jumping on the hard seltzer trend in an extreme way. In a series of tweets, Four Loko teased a seltzer boasting a much higher alcohol-by-volume amount than its main competitors.

The brand tweeted a photo of a can labeled Four Loko Sour Seltzer "with a hint of blue razz" and a 14% ABV. "Hard Seltzers ran so we could fly," Four Loko's Twitter account wrote Tuesday, showing rival brands in soft-focus in the background.

Four Loko joins a crowded list of alcoholic beverage lines entering the hard seltzer market, which now includes beer makers Pabst Blue Ribbon, Corona, Natural Light and others. But Four Loko's drink — which brags of being "The Hardest Seltzer In The Universe" — has nearly triple the alcohol content of popular product lines such as Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer (4.5% ABV), White Claw Hard Seltzer (5% ABV) and Truly Hard Seltzer (5% ABV).

It is unclear when the product will be available in stores. CBS News reached out multiple times to Phusion Projects, the company that owns Four Loko, for more information, but did not receive a response back.

Four Loko, once a caffeine-spiked alcoholic drink, was banned in several states and reformulated under pressure from the FDA in 2010. It no longer contains caffeine.

A year later, the company was told to change its labels and the Federal Trade Commission charged it with deceptive advertising. The company had claimed the drink had an alcohol equivalent of two beers, when in fact it contains as much alcohol as four to five beers.

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Owners speak out after buying dogs from troubled central Ohio business owner

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 22:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio - People are coming forward sharing their stories of purchasing pets from a troubled central Ohio business owner.

On Tuesday, Columbus Humane seized 200 animals from a pet store and the owner's home. Agents executed two search warrants at the Petting Zoo Pet Shop on West Broad Street and the owner’s residence on Demorest Road.

10TV sat down with two women who say they purchased puppies from the owner only to have them immediately fall ill. One dog survived, the other did not. Vets diagnosed both with Parvo - a highly contagious virus.

A Facebook group is dedicated to people who have similar stories of what happened to pets allegedly bought from the same owner. The hope is by sharing their stories, they will prevent this from happening to other people.

"I just want him to be shut down and anybody else who does this. It's just cruel. It's inhumane," said Andrea Pore. Her beagle survived after two weeks at the vet and thousands of dollars later.

For Ginny Burkhardt's German Shepherd, it was too late.

"I hope he is jailed, fined. If he is living under a bridge with nothing that would make me a little happy. Justice for the puppies," Burkhardt said.

The owner of the pet business is expected to face charges after Columbus Humane's raid Tuesday.

Several people who purchased a sick pet are working with Columbus attorney Taylor Waters from Madison & Rosan LLP to potentially sue the owner.

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Debunking myths: Bulletproof backpack put to the test against gunfire

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 20:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The thought of school shootings raises the question of solutions. Yasir Sheikh knows it's not a one-size-fits-all.

"I'm not here to say that we have the solution to the problem," he said. "But what I believe is this is one of the many solutions for personal security especially in the event of active shooters."

Sheikh is the president of Guard Dog Security, which specializes in selling products for self-defense and protection. In 2013, following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, his company started manufacturing bulletproof backpacks.

"I didn't think it would have gotten as big as it has today," he said.

Sheikh wants to be clear; he's not profiting off horrible events. In fact, he says Guard Dog Security has no dog in the gun debate. He sees the backpacks as an unfortunate need that can give parents peace of mind.

And he says it's working.

"After an incident like Parkland [Florida], we sold out of approximately six months worth of backpacks in about two weeks," he said.

The line of backpacks vary both in size and price. This year, though, a new product specifically designed for children: The Scout.

Currently, they are for sale in Office Depot as well as online stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Bed Bath and Beyond. 10TV found the Scout at the L. E. P. D. Firearms, Range and Training facility on Bethel Road.

"They're worth it," Owner Eric Delbert said. "They do what they're stated to do. But, they have to be only a part of the conversation."

The Scout backpack, much like the rest of the Guard Dog Security product line and body armor in general, is approved by the National Institute of Justice with a level III-A stamp of approval meaning they're tested against popular handgun rounds, taking multiple hits from calibers like a 9 millimeter and a 44 magnum. They are tested and passed.

Delbert wants to be clear; just because it can stop bullets doesn't mean you can't be harmed.

Delbert agreed to show 10TV the affects of gunfire to the Scout backpack while showing the type of calibers it's suppose to stop. He placed a block of clay behind the backpack to simulate any bodily harm.

The first caliber tested was the 9 millimeter from about 20 feet away. The results showed no bodily harm.

Next up was a 357 magnum, where an impact on the clay was made.

Delbert says it's likely this could cause serious bruising, or create a very traumatic event for the body, but it's likely you'd survive a straight-on shot.

Next was the 44 magnum. Delbert says it's a powerful round, yet not too common. Still, it's a caliber under the level III-A certification.

The shot was stopped by the backpack, but it made a deep indentation into the clay.

"That's gonna be a problem," Delbert said. "Stopping the round is one thing, but it's only one piece of the puzzle. You might not survive the encounter."

Delbert says what people have to remember is that the bullet is traveling thousands of feet per second. And, while the bullet is stopped in its tracks, the energy still has to go somewhere.

Delbert also showed the results of a 12-gauge shotgun. The backpack is not certified to stop it, but he says he wanted to demonstrate it because this kind of weapon is "extremely popular."

The force of the impact was so great, the layers of Kevlar burst through the back of the backpack about six inches into the clay. However, the slug was stopped by the Kevlar.

Delbert says it's a common misunderstanding that people have, thinking "bulletproof" means it can stop all bullets.

"An AR round, a 556, or a 223 round will go completely through the backpack," Delbert said.

Delbert says something to stop that caliber size would be extremely heavy and would not be practical to carry. He also says despite the rare occasion of a bigger gun being used, like an AR-15, the gun statistically most likely to be used in a school shooting is a handgun.

"It's unfortunate that we're even having this discussion in today's day and age that this is a potential threat," he said. "But the threat is out there."

Delbert says in his shop, the backpacks are more of a conversation piece. And, whereas they do sell, they're not flying off the shelves.

"We carry them just to be full service to those folks who think it is something that it will work for them," he said.

Sheikh says even though on a nationwide scale, the backpacks are a best-selling product, he agrees and encourages more conversations for other means of defense.

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PSEB to close Groveport call center, eliminating more than 100 positions

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 19:44

GROVEPORT, Ohio — PSEB LLC, the parent company for Eddie Bauer and PacSun, notified Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Tuesday their plan to close the Groveport call center.

The move will eliminate an estimated 111 positions at the call center.

In the letter, PSEB. does not go into detail on why the service center is closing.

The call center is located at 6600 Alum Creek Drive and is set to close Oct. 11.

10TV has reached out to the Human Resources office for additional comment.

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Columbus Zoo announces birth of baby Siberian musk deer

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:10

POWELL, Ohio — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium officially welcomed a new addition to the world Wednesday.

The female Siberian musk deer was born on July 19 — according to the zoo — to parents Lady Stetson and Stetson.

The animal care team says the fawn is adorable, bright and alert. She will also develop an all-over brown coat as she grows.

According to the zoo, Siberian musk deer are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.

The zoo says the fawn and mom are currently behind the scenes while she continues to grow.

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Local boot camp helps students explore high-demand trade jobs

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:06

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A summer boot camp for central Ohio teens is looking to spark interest in careers in the hands-on trades.

Over the course of four days, more than a dozen central Ohio students between the ages of 12 and 15 spent time with members of various trade organizations.

Welders, electricians, plumbers and carpenters walked the students through hands-on activities to expose them to the vast world of trades.

“You learn a skill set using your hands and your mind. No one can take that away from you,” said Vince Wright, State Training Director with the Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust Fund.

Wright says the program targets students before they reach their junior year — at a time they either decide to begin searching for colleges or career centers.

“As long as the economy keeps going the way it is, all the orange barrels you see along the high, that’s all construction work," he said.

The boot camp is held each summer in conjunction with the Columbus Building Trades Council.

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