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Barack Obama to address George Floyd's death, protests for first time on camera

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 09:10

WASHINGTON (TEGNA) — Former President Barack Obama is set to make remarks regarding countrywide protests ignited by the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who died after being handcuffed on the street in the custody of the Minneapolis police on Memorial Day.

Obama is set to address the nation on camera Wednesday at 5 p.m. Eastern, live on his website.

It will be part of the former president's "My Brother's Keeper Alliance Town Hall" series, and with Obama will be former Attorney General Eric Holder along with other activists who are fighting for reform in policing.

The "My Brother's Keeper Alliance" is part of the Obama Foundation, and carries with it a mission to inspire American youth of color by working to advocate for causes in their communities.

Obama has previously addressed the death of George Floyd and the protests, but this will be his first on-camera remarks since Floyd's Memorial Day death.

In an essay, Obama said, "It's natural to wish for life 'to just get back to normal' as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly 'normal' -- whether it's while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park."

The death of Floyd sparked peaceful protests around the U.S., but some turned into rioting.

In the essay, Obama also condemned the violence he has seen in some of the protest. He also described way that demonstrators could find ways to make changes in their communities.

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Gov. DeWine says hosting RNC in Ohio ‘not something we would volunteer to do’

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 09:03

OHIO (WJW) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in an interview Wednesday Ohio hosting the Republican National Convention “would not be something we would volunteer to do.”

**To watch the full interview with DeWine on Fox News, click here**

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he is seeking a new state to host the RNC after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

In an interview with “Fox News” Wednesday, DeWine said it’s unlikely that the RNC could be held in Ohio.

“I don’t know,” he said. “These mass gatherings are kind of the last thing to come together, and a mass gathering inside is frankly the thing that would scare us the most about the spread of the virus. The virus is still very much here.”

In Ohio, there have been 36,350 confirmed cases of coronavirus along with 2,258 deaths.

**For more on coronavirus in Ohio, watch the video above**

DeWine said that while the numbers are currently “fairly flat,” they are “not going down.”

“I don’t know where we will be several months from now, but this would not be something we think we would volunteer to do,” he said.

The governors of Georgia and Florida have said they would be willing to host the RNC.

The RNC was held in Cleveland back in 2016.

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Man accused of setting 3-alarm fire in Columbus apartment building

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 09:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Columbus Fire investigators have arrested a man who they say set the fire that engulfed an empty apartment complex over the weekend.

The fire was first reported around 3 a.m. Sunday at the building on South Washington Avenue near Topiary Park in Columbus.

Columbus Fire Chief Martin says Derrick D. Lee, 30, was arrested on F-2 aggravated arson charges.

According to arson investigators, the damages are estimated to be $25 million. They do not believe the incident is related to protests that happened over the weekend.

According to court documents, investigators obtained surveillance video of a man, later identified as Lee, walking into the structure 30 minutes before the fire was discovered. Investigators said Lee was identified by security as having been in the building on previous occasions, most recently on May 24.

Lee was interviewed by investigators on June 1, after they say he returned to watch the firefighting efforts. He was wearing the same clothing seen in the security video.

The Columbus fire and explosive investigation unit says it is still actively investigating all other fires that occurred over the last week.  

Officials ask anyone with information to email FireArsonInformation@Columbus.gov.

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Colleen Marshall to host conversation about return to school in fall

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 08:21

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Many people are wondering what our schools will look like once students are allowed to return.

Colleen Marshall will be getting answers about the return to school from Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon.

That interview will be streamed live right here at 12 p.m. Wednesday.

The interview is presented by the Columbus Metropolitan Club. 

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Zuckerberg still under fire over inflammatory Trump posts

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 08:15

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t budging over his refusal to take action on inflammatory posts by President Donald Trump that spread misinformation about voting by mail and, many said, encouraged violence against protesters.

His critics, however, are multiplying. Some employees have publicly quit over the issue and civil-rights leaders who met with him Monday night denounced Zuckerberg’s explanation for choosing to leave Trump’s posts alone as “incomprehensible.”

A day after dozens of Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout over the issue, the Facebook chief met Tuesday with employees for a Q&A session held via online video. During that session, which had been moved forward from later in the week, Zuckerberg reportedly doubled down on his stance to leave Trump’s posts alone — although he did suggest that the company was considering changes to its existing policies around “state use of force,” which Trump’s Minneapolis post fell under.

Facebook rival Twitter flagged and demoted a Trump tweet in which he referenced protests over police violence in Minneapolis using the phrase “when the looting starts the shooting starts.” But Facebook let an identical message stand on its service. Zuckerberg explained his reasoning in a Facebook post Friday, a position he has since reiterated several times.

“I know many people are upset that we’ve left the President’s posts up, but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies,” Zuckerberg wrote.

The resignations, which multiple engineers tweeted and posted on LinkedIn and Facebook, also began Tuesday.

“I am proud to announce that as of the end of today, I am no longer a Facebook employee,” tweeted Owen Anderson, who was an engineering manager at the company for two years. “To be clear, this was in the works for a while. But after last week, I am happy to no longer support policies and values I vehemently disagree with.”

Anderson did not immediately respond to a message for comment on Tuesday. But he wasn’t alone.

“Today, I submitted my resignation to Facebook,” Timothy J. Aveni, a software engineer who’d been at the company for a year, wrote on LinkedIn and on his Facebook page. “I cannot stand by Facebook’s continued refusal to act on the president’s bigoted messages aimed at radicalizing the American public. I’m scared for my country, and I’m watching my company do nothing to challenge the increasingly dangerous status quo.”

Aveni did not immediately respond to a message for further comment.

“We recognize the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our Black community. We encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership,” Facebook said in a statement. “As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we’ll continue seeking their honest feedback.”

Barry Schnitt, who served as Facebook’s director of communications and public policy from 2008 until 2012, wrote a blistering Medium post Monday. “Facebook says, and may even believe, that it is on the side of free speech,” he wrote. “In fact, it has put itself on the side of profit and cowardice.”

“I do not think it is a coincidence that Facebook’s choices appease those in power who have made misinformation, blatant racism and inciting violence part of their platform,” he added, urging Facebook leaders to take responsibility and “show the world that you are not putting profit over values.”

Zuckerberg and other Facebook leaders also met with civil rights leaders on Monday night. That conversation apparently didn’t go well.

“We are disappointed and stunned by Mark’s incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,” three civil-rights leaders wrote in a joint statement. “He did not demonstrate understanding of historic or modern-day voter suppression and he refuses to acknowledge how Facebook is facilitating Trump’s call for violence against protesters.”

Signing that statement were Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change.

“Mark is setting a very dangerous precedent for other voices who would say similar harmful things on Facebook,” the three leaders added.

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Sources: The Ohio State University names new president

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 07:59

COLUMBUS, OHIO - 10TV has learned The Ohio State University has named a new president. Two separate sources indicate it will be Kristina Johnson, former State University of New York Chancellor.

The current president Michael Drake announced his retirement last November.

An announcement from OSU is set to come out at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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

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Ohio Supreme Court to hear arguments on Dayton gunman’s school records

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 07:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case filed by news media groups seeking school records about the man who gunned down nine people in Dayton last August before being killed by police.

Media groups including The Associated Press argue the records could provide information on whether authorities properly handled warning signs from gunman Connor Betts.

The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools district says Betts’ records are protected by student privacy laws.

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday.

It took the case after an appeals court ruled in favor of shielding Betts’ high school files.

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Marion aquatics center closed for 2020 season

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 07:04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The city of Marion has announced the Lincoln Park Aquatics Center will not open for 2020 season.

According to the city’s press release, their decision is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Mayor Scott Schertzer stated the Aquatic Center has been significantly reduced this season, but in order to keep the staff and children safe, they took it a step further.

“Enforcing social distancing as required by the Responsible RestartOhio would be difficult, if not impossible. To require children to remain six-feet is not practical, especially while in the pool,” said Schertzer.

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'Dangerous': Around world, police chokeholds scrutinized

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 06:57

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Three days after George Floyd died with a Minneapolis police officer choking off his air, another black man writhed on the tarmac of a street in Paris as a police officer pressed a knee to his neck during an arrest.

Immobilization techniques where officers apply pressure with their knees on prone suspects are used in policing around the world and have long drawn criticism. One reason why Floyd's death is sparking anger and touching nerves globally is that such techniques have been blamed for asphyxiations and other deaths in police custody beyond American shores, often involving non-white suspects.

“We cannot say that the American situation is foreign to us,” said French lawmaker Francois Ruffin, who has pushed for a ban on the police use of face-down holds that are implicated in multiple deaths in France, a parliamentary effort put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

The muscular arrest on May 28 in Paris of a black man who was momentarily immobilized face-up with an officer's knee and upper shin pressing down on his jaw, neck and upper chest is among those that have drawn angry comparisons with the killing of Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

The Paris arrest was filmed by bystanders and widely shared and viewed online. Police said the man was driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and without a license and that he resisted arrest and insulted officers. His case was turned over to prosecutors.

In Hong Kong, where police behavior is a hot-button issue after months of anti-government protests, the city's force says it is investigating the death of a man who was immobilized face-down during his arrest in May by officers who were filmed kneeling on his shoulder, back and neck.

Police rules and procedures on chokeholds and restraints vary internationally.

In Belgium, police instructor Stany Durieux says he reprimands trainees, docking them points, “every time I see a knee applied to the spinal column.”

“It is also forbidden to lean on a suspect completely, as this can crush his rib cage and suffocate him," he said.

Condemned by police and experts in the United States, Floyd's death also drew criticism from officers abroad who disassociated themselves from the behavior of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. He was charged with third-degree murder after he was filmed pushing down with his knee on Floyd's neck until Floyd stopped crying out that he couldn’t breathe and eventually stopped moving.

In Israel, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said “there is no tactic or protocol that calls to put pressure on the neck or airway."

In Germany, officers are allowed to briefly exert pressure on the side of a suspect's head but not on the neck, says Germany‘s GdP police union.

In the U.K., the College of Policing says prone suspects should be placed on their side or in a sitting, kneeling or standing position “as soon as practicable.” Guidance on the website of London's police force discourages the use of neck restraints, saying “any form of pressure to the neck area can be highly dangerous."

Even within countries, procedures can vary.

The thick Patrol Guide, hundreds of pages long, for the New York Police Department says in bold capitals that officers “SHALL NOT” use chokeholds and should “avoid actions which may result in chest compression, such as sitting, kneeling, or standing on a subject’s chest or back, thereby reducing the subject’s ability to breathe.”

But the so-called “sleeper hold,” where pressure is applied to the neck with an arm, blocking blood flow, was allowed for police in San Diego before Floyd's death triggered a shift. Police Chief David Nisleit said he would this week order an end to the tactic.

Gendarmes in France are discouraged from pressing down on the chests and vital organs of prone suspects and are no longer taught to apply pressure to the neck, said Col. Laurent De La Follye de Joux, head of training for the force.

“You don't need to be a doctor to understand that it is dangerous,” he said.

But instructions for the National Police, the other main law and order force in France, appear to give its officers more leeway. Issued in 2015, they say pressure on a prone suspect's chest “should be as short as possible.”

Christophe Rouget, a police union official who briefed lawmakers for their deliberations in March about the proposal to ban suffocating techniques, said if officers don't draw pistols or use stun-guns then immobilizing people face-down is the safest option, stopping suspects from kicking out at arresting officers.

“We don’t have 5,000 options,” he said. “These techniques are used by all the police in the world because they represent the least amount of danger. The only thing is that they have to be well used. In the United States, we saw that it wasn’t well used, with pressure applied in the wrong place and for too long.”

He added that the “real problem” in France is that officers don't get enough follow-up training after being taught restraints in police school.

“You need to repeat them often to do them well,” he said.

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Local faith leader shares his perspective on the recent protest response in Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 05:12

COLUMBUS – Protesters nationwide are looking for a resolution to police brutality and racial injustice.

10TV talked with a local faith leader to understand his unique perspective on the response to George Floyd’s death and the protests taking place in Columbus.

On Saturday, May 30, Minister Art Davis was at the Statehouse protest, megaphone in hand, urging for peace.

“I am saddened that we're here, that we have to be here. But I am also encouraged that there are so many people who are listening and paying attention and a lot of people for the very first time getting involved in this fight - you know, of the fair treatment, you know the right to basic rights that black people should have in this country and in our city that we live in,” Davis said.

Davis, who is an associate minister at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in North Linden, makes sure he is present as much as possible wherever people are meeting, to act as a kind of crowd control.

“I try to tell the police any time I encounter them at the events, ‘Control your people. We’ll control our people,’ trying to make sure that we can be that buffer between people who are very angry,” Davis said. “I think that’s very important as our faith leaders because we do want to see peace.”

Davis works to explain to his congregation why people are tired and angry and their role in being active and helping those that feel oppressed, he said.

“That is what Jesus did. He came as a minority in a country where his people were not from and felt oppressed and were under someone else's government and it's much like what we endure today. And it is our job to give that message of peace, hope and love but also, you know, treat people fairly,” Davis said. “And laws that are not correct, change those. I want my congregation to be on the front lines and on the right side of history when our children or grandchildren look back on 2020.”

Davis also told 10TV that he has a personal family connection the unrest in Columbus this week.

“I have been following policing issues for quite a few years here in Columbus,” Davis said. “I actually had a cousin who was killed by Columbus Police a few years ago.”

In the early morning hours of June 19, 2009, James Anthony Hill Jr. was killed by police after robbing a person outside a gas station and firing a shot in east Columbus, according to investigators.

A police review board found that the two Columbus officers were within policy when they opened fire. However, Davis told 10TV his family disputes the case today.

“We dispute facts stated by CPD and unfortunately, with them investigating themselves, we have come to accept that we will never know the truth,” he said. “If their account is true, which would be well outside of Jay’s character, we have no trust in them to accept it.”

One of the changes Davis would like to see within the police department is to adopt the use of an outside investigator to come in to investigate the use of force, especially deadly force, and share the findings before a citizen’s review board.

Davis explained he also wants to see changes to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) contract with the City of Columbus, which allows someone who was fired for excessive force to return and fight the city for their job back.

Davis referenced the case of Columbus Police officer Zachary Rosen, who was reinstated by an arbitrator after he was shown in a cellphone video stomping on a suspect in North Linden.

“That’s a slap in the face to our community when we have repeatedly said this person is a problem,” Davis said. “Finally someone at City Hall listens and then the union gets his job back.”

Another policy Davis told 10TV he would like to see adjusted surrounds the use of force and how crowd control is approached in Columbus.

“We need to change that; the police showing up in riot gear, tear gas and mace. That has to stop,” he said.

Davis told 10TV there have also been a number of items sent up to the mayor’s office over the years, including access to resources and programs for youth.

On Tuesday Mayor Anthony Ginther and Police Chief Thomas Quinlan addressed the community on the protests and the calls for change in Columbus.

“The people who want change, we will walk with them, and we will implement the changes the mayor lays out. We're committed to that.,” Quinlan said.

Mayor Ginther added to the message, saying, “We know the expectations of the community will change over time. Our job is not to police based on minimal standards but meeting and exceeding community standards. So this will be ongoing work so that everybody in our community feels served and protected, as opposed to policed.”

As for the protests, Davis explained he is for peaceful protesting but that he is also realistic and realizes that people have a reaction to actions that are done to them.

“I think if our policing would change, we would see less of the breaking things and that sort of thing,” he said. “I think that is a cry of, ‘We’re here to be heard and we still aren’t being heard.’”

In that address to the city Tuesday, Chief Quinlan addressed the vandalism committed by some people following protests in Columbus.

“They’re destructive, they’re dangerous, they’re putting the good people of our community who want to be heard in danger and they’re putting officers in danger… We’re in this together, we share a common goal, we all want to be safe,” Quinlan said.

Mayor Ginther noted that this is the first time the city has experienced a situation of this magnitude.

“This is the first time we have seen, as a community and with this division of police, the type of protest over an extended period of time where these criminal groups have attempted to hide and hijack peaceful protests,” Ginther said. “It’s challenging to know there are criminals among these peaceful protesters. We’re doing our very best. When we make mistakes we will acknowledge them. The ability to peacefully protest is at the heart and core of our country and values.”

When asked how Davis feels about the current state of the city and if any change has been made, he said he is “prayerful.”

“To be completely honest, as someone who is new to this fight, it may look like change. To me, who has been in this fight for quite a few years, it looks like what I have seen in years past,”

Davis said. “The police act like they’re listening to us, the mayor acts like he’s listening to us and then when it’s time to come to the table nothing changes so I’m prayerful as a man of faith that this time, because it has so much attention, it will actually change.”

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Police officers dance with protesters in Newark

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 05:08

NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH)– Hundreds of people came to downtown Newark Tuesday night to peacefully protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

Local law enforcement officers say it was a good opportunity to improve police-community relations, a few doing so by dancing with the demonstrators.

An unidentified officer joined the crowd while they were dancing to the Cupid Shuffle, and the protesters were impressed with his moves.

He wasn’t the only officer dancing though: Newark police officer Steven Carles also showed off his moves.

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Zoom booms as pandemic drives millions to its video service

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 05:03

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Zoom Video Communications is rapidly emerging as the latest internet gold mine as millions of people flock to its conferencing service to see colleagues, friends and family while tethered to their homes during the pandemic.

Tuesday's release of the once-obscure company's financial results for the February-April period provided a window into the astronomical growth that has turned it into a Wall Street star.

Zoom's revenue for its fiscal first-quarter more than doubled from the same time last year to $328 million, resulting a profit of $27 million — up from just $198,000 a year ago.

The numbers exceeded analysts’ already heightened expectations, providing another lift to a rocketing stock that has more than tripled in price so far this year while the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index has fallen 5%.

After a big run-up leading up to Tuesday's highly anticipated announcement, Zoom's stock initially rose even higher in extended trading. But it abruptly reversed course and fell more than 3% after company executives acknowledged during a video discussion that some of its newfound users might depart during the second half of the year if health worries caused by the novel corornavirus dissipate.

Even if the shares trade in similar fashion during Wednesday's regular session, the stock will still be hovering around $200 — more than five times the company's initial public offering price of $36 less than 14 months ago.

The surge left Zoom with a market value of about $59 billion through Tuesday — greater than the combined market values of the four largest U.S. airlines, which have seen their businesses hammered by the coronavirus outbreak that has dramatically curtailed travel.

“Videoconferencing is going to become a mainstream service," predicted Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, who co-founded the company nine years ago. He made the remarks during the video conference that at one point attracted more than 3,000 participants, a reflection of the intense interest in the company and its hot stock.

In a sign that the company still expects phenomenal growth in the months ahead, Zoom forecast revenue of roughly $500 million for its current quarter ending in July, more than quadrupling from the same time last year. For its full fiscal year, Zoom now expects revenue of about $1.8 billion, nearly tripling in a year.

Zoom’s boom has come despite privacy and security problems that enabled outsiders to make uninvited — and sometimes crude — appearances during other people’s video conferences.

The concerns prompted some schools to stop using Zoom for online classes that have become widespread since February, although the company’s efforts to introduce more security protection has brought some back to the service. More than 100,000 schools worldwide are now using Zoom for online classes, according to the company.

Overall, Zoom now has more than 300 million daily participants attending a meeting held on its service, up from 10 million five months ago. Those numbers include people who join multiple Zoom meetings during the same day, something that has been happening more recently in recent months.

But the once-weak privacy controls also helped make Zoom extremely easy to use, one of the reasons it became such a popular way to hold online classes, business meetings and virtual cocktail hours after most of the U.S. began ordering people to stay at home in effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Zoom also offers a free version of its service, another factor in its popularity at a time when about 40 million people in the U.S. have lost their jobs since mid-March, raising the specter of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The San Jose, California, company has always made most of its money from companies that subscribe to a more sophisticated version of its service that traditionally has been used for business meetings among employees working in offices far apart from each other.

But the pandemic-driven shutdown turned Zoom into a tool for employees who once worked alongside each other, but have been doing their jobs from home during the past few months.

Zoom ended April with 265,400 corporate customers with at least 10 employees, more than quadrupling from the same time last year. About 30% of the company's revenue in the most recent quarter came from users with fewer than 10 employees, up from 20% in the November-January period.

Although Zoom remains focused on servicing its corporate customers, Yuan is hoping to figure out ways to make money from the all the socializing and learning that is happening on the service, too. Some analysts have speculated that eventually may involve showing ads on the free version of Zoom, although the company hasn’t given any indication it will do that. “There are a lot of opportunities ahead of us," Yuan said in Tuesday's video conference without elaborating.

If it hopes to continue to expand, Zoom also will also will likely have to do a better job of protecting the privacy of its video conferences. To help achieve that goal, Yuan has been consulting since April with Alex Stamos, a highly respected online security expert who previously worked at Yahoo and Facebook. Both those companies encountered their only security and privacy problems, too.

Zoom’s success is also drawing stiffer competition from much larger companies, including Microsoft, Google and Facebook.

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Arrest made in Franklin County child rape case

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 04:56

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A man wanted for allegedly raping a child in Franklin County has been arrested.

The Federal Bureau of investigation in Cincinnati says Chaminda Prabhath Palliyaguru was arrested May 28.

According to FBI reports, the alleged crime occurred with a six-year-old on March 7.

Special Agent in charge Chris Hoffman says Palliyaguru was charged on the rape of minor, under the age of 10 and three counts of gross sexual imposition of a minor child, less than 13.

He was wanted since April 21 and self-surrendered according to officials.

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Cyclone lashes India's business capital, 100,000 evacuated

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 04:50

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A cyclone made landfall Wednesday south of India's financial capital of Mumbai, with storm surge threatening to flood beaches and low-lying slums as city authorities struggled to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Live TV coverage showed inky black clouds framing the sea on India’s western coastline. Trees swayed wildly as rain pounded the coastal towns and villages of the central state of Maharashtra.

In the state capital Mumbai, the home of Bollywood, India's largest stock exchange and more than 18 million residents, high winds whipped skyscrapers and ripped apart shanty houses near the beach.

Mumbai hasn’t been hit by a cyclone in more than a century, raising concern about its readiness. In the hours before the storm hit India's shores, drivers and peddlers deserted Mumbai's iconic Marine Drive, fishermen yanked their nets out of the wavy Arabian Sea and police shooed people away from beaches.

As the cyclone wended its way up India's western coast, homes in city slums were boarded up and abandoned, and municipal officials patrolled the streets, using bullhorns to order people to stay inside.

Cyclone Nisarga was forecast to drop heavy rains and sustained winds of 100 to 110 kilometers (62 to 68 miles) per hour through Wednesday afternoon after slamming ashore near the city of Alibag, about 98 kilometers (60 miles) south of Mumbai, India's Meteorological Department said.

At Alibag, visuals shared by India’s Disaster Response Force on Twitter showed toppled carts, roads scattered with fallen trees and tin roofs ripped apart.

The state of Goa, south of Maharashtra, already received 127 milimeters (5 inches) of torrential rain — about a week's average, the agency said.

Some 100,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas in Maharashtra and neighboring Gujarat, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. Both states, already among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, activated disaster response teams, fearing extensive flooding could further impair overwhelmed health systems.

“If hospitals and clinics are damaged by the cyclone, the city won’t be able to cope with the large number of COVID-19 cases, and social distancing measures will become virtually impossible to follow,” Bidisha Pillai, chief executive of Save the Children in India, said in a statement.

Some 200 COVID-19 patients in Mumbai were moved from a field hospital built beneath a tent to another facility to avoid the risk of strong wind gusts, officials said.

S.N. Pradhan, director of India's National Disaster Response Force, said that evacuations were nearly complete and that social distancing norms were being followed in cyclone shelters.

“Let us fight this danger like we are standing up to the corona pandemic and are on our way to defeat it. Likewise, we will prevail over this situation too!” Maharashtra's top official, Chief Minister Uddhav Balasheb Thackeray, tweeted.

The cyclone also threatened to worsen prospects for an economic turnaround as a 9-week-long coronavirus lockdown began to ease this week. India has reported more than 200,000 cases and 5,800 deaths due to the virus, and epidemiologists predict that the peak is still weeks away.

Maharashtra, which accounts for more than a third of India's cases, has seen the rate of infection slow in recent days, beneath India's national average.

Some special trains departing from Mumbai that for weeks have carried millions of economic migrants who lost their jobs in lockdown were rescheduled, and newly restored domestic airline travel postponed.

Nisarga comes just two weeks after Cyclone Amphan tore through the Bay of Bengal on India’s east coast and battered West Bengal state, killing more than 100 people in India and neighboring Bangladesh.

Such storms are less common in the Arabian Sea than on India's east coast, usually form later in the year and do so over a longer period. But Nisarga may represent the ways in which the warming of oceans due to climate change is already altering lives, experts said.

The frequency of cyclones in the Arabian Sea is predicted to increase, said Adam Sobel, a climate scientist at Columbia University.

The temperature of the top layer of the sea, from which the cyclone draws its energy, is “unusually high,” said K.J. Ramesh, former chief of India’s Meteorological Department. Much more frequent and intense cyclones have been appearing over a shorter time in recent years due to climate change, he said.

“Forecasting such storms becomes a challenge,” he said.

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Bicyclist dies after hit by car in Fairfield County

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 03:58

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) – Troopers are investigating a fatal crash involving a car and bike.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says they’re investigating a crash involving a car and a bike near Basil Western Road, west of Pickerington Road, around 8:15 Tuesday night.

According to authorities, Joshua P. Osmar, 42, was traveling westbound in a car when he hit Shin Iisaka, 47, who was also traveling in the westbound lane on a bike.

Fairfield County Coroner Fred Frank says Iisaka died from his injuries and was transported to the Johnson Funeral Home.

OSHP says the driver was wearing a seat-belt and the biker was wearing a helmet, but the driver is believed to have been under the influence.

The incident is still under investigation.

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Nation's streets calmest in days, protests largely peaceful

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 03:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protests were largely peaceful and the nation's streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off demonstrations that at times brought violence and destruction along with pleas to stop police brutality and injustice against African Americans.

There were scattered reports of looting in New York City overnight, and as of Wednesday morning, there had been over 9,000 arrests nationwide since the unrest began following Floyd's death May 25 in Minneapolis. But there was a marked quiet compared with the unrest of the past few nights, which included fires and shootings in some cities.

The calmer night came as many cities intensified their curfews, with authorities in New York and Washington ordering people off streets while it was still daylight.

A block away from the White House, thousands of demonstrators massed following a crackdown a day earlier when officers on foot and horseback aggressively drove peaceful protesters away from Lafayette Park, clearing the way for President Donald Trump to do a photo op at nearby St. John’s Church. Tuesday's protesters faced law enforcement personnel who stood behind a black chain-link fence that was put up overnight to block access to the park.

“Last night pushed me way over the edge,” said Jessica DeMaio, 40, of Washington, who attended a Floyd protest Tuesday for the first time. “Being here is better than being at home feeling helpless.”

Pastors at the church prayed with demonstrators and handed out water bottles. The crowd remained in place after the city’s 7 p.m. curfew passed, defying warnings that the response from law enforcement could be even more forceful. But the crowd Tuesday was peaceful, even polite. At one point, the crowd booed when a protester climbed a light post and took down a street sign. A chant went up: “Peaceful protest!”

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for national reconciliation and peace.

Francis said that he has ‘’witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest’’ in the United States in recent days.

"My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life,’’ the pope said during his weekly Wednesday audience, held in the presence of bishops due to coronavirus restrictions on gatherings.

Trump, meanwhile, amplified his hard-line calls from Monday, when he threatened to send in the military to restore order if governors didn’t do it.

“NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD,” he tweeted. “The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast!”

Thousands of people remained in the streets of New York City Tuesday night, undeterred by an 8 p.m. curfew, though most streets were clear by early Wednesday other than police who were patrolling some areas. Midtown Manhattan was pocked with battered storefronts after Monday’s protests.

Protests also passed across the U.S., including in Los Angeles, Miami, St. Paul, Minnesota, Columbia, South Carolina and Houston, where the police chief talked to peaceful demonstrators, vowing reforms.

“God as my witness, change is coming,” Art Acevedo said. “And we’re going to do it the right way.”

More than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states to deal with the violence. New York is not among them, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he does not want the Guard. On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called what happened in the city “a disgrace.”

“The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night,” Cuomo said at a briefing in Albany.

He said the mayor underestimated the problem, and the nation’s largest police force was not deployed in sufficient numbers, though the city had said it doubled the usual police presence.

Tuesday marked the eighth straight night of the protests, which began after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd's neck while the handcuffed black man called out that he couldn't breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with murder.

The mother of George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, said she wanted the world to know that her little girl lost a good father.

“I want everybody to know that this is what those officers took,” Roxie Washington said during a Minneapolis news conference with her young daughter at her side. “I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.”

Some protesters framed the burgeoning movement as a necessity after a string of killings by police.

“It feels like it’s just been an endless cascade of hashtags of black people dying, and it feels like nothing’s really being done by our political leaders to actually enact real change,” said Christine Ohenzuwa, 19, who attended a peaceful protest at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul. “There’s always going to be a breaking point. I think right now, we’re seeing the breaking point around the country.”

“I live in this state. It’s really painful to see what’s going on, but it’s also really important to understand that it’s connected to a system of racial violence,” she said.

Meanwhile, governors and mayors, Republicans and Democrats alike, rejected Trump's threat to send in the military, with some saying troops would be unnecessary and others questioning whether the government has such authority and warning that such a step would be dangerous.

A senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the president is not rushing to send in the military and that his goal was to pressure governors to deploy more National Guard members.

Such use of the military would mark a stunning federal intervention rarely seen in modern American history.

Amid the protests, nine states and the District of Columbia held presidential primaries that tested the nation’s ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest. Joe Biden won hundreds more delegates and was on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination.

Also Tuesday, Minnesota opened an investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern of discrimination against minorities.

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OSHP: Impairment suspected in Fairfield County crash that killed bicyclist

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 03:00

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Ohio - The Lancaster post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash.

The driver of a car hit a bicyclist on Basil Western Road in Fairfield County on Tuesday night.

According to troopers, 47-year-old Shin Iisaka of Columbus was traveling westbound with other bicyclists when a Toyota Camry traveling in the same direction hit him.

The Fairfield County coroner pronounced Iisaka dead at the scene.

A release from the highway patrol says impairment is believed to be a factor in the crash, but it did not note that troopers made any arrests.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Mayor Ginther, police officers walk with protesters in downtown Columbus

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 21:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was another day of peaceful protests in Columbus as demonstrators walked side-by-side with the mayor and police Tuesday night.

The day marked the sixth-consecutive day that people gathered downtown to protest police brutality including the recent death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

"I'm here because all lives matter, especially black lives. I'm here to stop police brutality, I'm here to finish what my grandparents started. I'm here today to make sure my kids don't have to march. I'm here today to make sure my grandkids don't have to worry about police brutality. I'm here today to actually make a change." Tommy Conley said.

For a second straight night, Columbus Division of Police Chief Thomas Quinlan and other officers were out with protesters.

Quinlan walked up and down High Street and spoke with protesters. He wanted to hear their reason for being at the protest and how his department can work on relationships with the community.

He said the department supports the peaceful protests, but he added he didn't come talk to the protesters the first couple of nights because there was so much violence.

“What I want to do is make sure I actually hear the personal stories and have the call to action,” Quinlan said.

Along with police, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther walked in unison with the protesters.

He said he has felt the pain, the suffering and the frustration in the past couple of days that protesters are feeling.

"I think because of these protesters, there's a sense of urgency for action that I think is going to help us make the changes that we've been working on for years and years,” he said. “People are tired of talking, they're tired of studies, they’re tired of recommendations they want change and they want action and I think this movement can really help us make a ton of progress in a very short period of time."

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2 teens accused of stealing car from woman who offered them a ride following protests

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 21:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two teenagers, ages 18 and 13, are charged and accused of assaulting a woman and stealing her car, according to Columbus police.

Police said the woman saw four people running in an alley near Lane Avenue and High Street just after 12 a.m. Tuesday, close by an area where a crowd of protesters were cleared from the street not long before.

Police said the woman offered asked them if they wanted a ride and the four got into the car.

She drove to the area of Long Street and Ohio Avenue when the people in the car pulled her out by her hair, assaulted her, and stole her car, police said.

Police found the car in the area of Cleveland Ave and East 23rd Avenue and there was a short chase that ended with the car crashing at a construction site near Woodland Avenue and 5th Avenue.

Officers chased after two of the teens and arrested them. Police said two females in the car left the scene.

The teenagers, 18-year-old Taeveyante Pyfrom and a 13-year-old are charged with robbery and grand theft auto, police said.

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Unity the message at prayer vigil held amid unrest in downtown Columbus

News Channel 4 - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 20:40

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For Tyara Thomas, a prayer event seemed like the perfect place to show her son, David, the action going on in the community.  

“I knew it would be peaceful so I wanted to bring them for that reason; but, just to see people that look like them standing in unity with them,” she said. “It does something inside to them when you know you’re not alone.” 

David was far from alone. Supporters and prayers filled the steps to City Hall in downtown Columbus for the event put on by the African American Male Wellness Initiative.  

“What we know is prayer works. So today we are having a prayer for black men,” said Perry Gregory, a member of the group. “We hope with prayer that we will start putting some solutions together to really target the inequities in African American men.” 

Many took the bullhorn to speak on those inequities, and how there are two racial crises right now: police brutality and COVID-19.  

“The disproportionate impact of coronavirus on people of color, it’s a symptom of a larger systemic issue and that’s racism and that is poverty and that is discrimination,” said Dr. Darrell Gray, a physician at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.  

“Both of those things are linked: the disparities we see in the COVID-19 pandemic and what we see with police brutality,” added Dr. Joshua Joseph, an assistant professor of medicine at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “They both have the common sources. And we have to take care of those sources, and that’s why it’s important.” 

Community and religious leaders at the event also made it clear: this support, this conversation cannot end tonight, tomorrow, or in the coming weeks, months, or years.  

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“We have to keep it going beyond this, beyond the crisis. One way we keep it going is, as was mentioned today, holding everyone accountable,” said Bishop Harold Rayford. “We saw people coming together, the mayor was here, the chief of police was here, and the heard us pray not only against racism but for everybody involved in this very real test that we’re facing.” 

After speeches were made, the group came together in prayer, alongside Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther. They prayed for the mayor, they prayed for the police, and they prayed for Columbus.  

Tyara said she was happy she got to experience this moment with her son and pray alongside him for his future and for the future of the community.  

“For unity, not just for black people to come together, but for all of us to come together as a human race,” she said.  

And what did David pray for?  

“For the world to be better!” he exclaimed.  

The African American Male Wellness Initiative is still have its 17th annual walk this year on Aug. 8.  

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