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Trump judicial nominee withdraws after failing to answer basic legal questions

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 21:40

One of President Trump's nominees to the federal bench withdrew his name from consideration after a humiliating confirmation hearing in which he failed to answer basic legal questions went viral.

"I had hoped my nearly two decades of public service might carry more weight than my two worst minutes on television," Matthew Petersen wrote in a letter addressed to Mr. Trump. "However, I am no stranger to political realities, and I do not wish to be a continues distraction from the important work of your Administration and the Senate."

While being questioned by Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Petersen said he had never tried a jury, civil, criminal, bench, state or federal trial. He had been nominated for a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Petersen said he "was involved" with taking fewer than five depositions in his career, but had not taken one himself. He's never argued a motion in state or federal court.

Kennedy's continued questioning of Petersen revealed that he could not identify basic legal terminology.

"I don't have that readily at my disposal," he said when asked for the definition of the "Daubert standard," used to evaluate expert witness testimony.

Petersen later said that he would "probably not be able to give you a good definition right here at the table" for the term "motion in limine," but promised to "do a deep dive" into the matter later. The term deals with evidence that's admissible in court.

Petersen currently serves as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission. He acknowledged that his "background was not in litigation" in his confirmation hearing.

"I understand the challenge that would be ahead of me if I were fortunate enough to become a district court judge," he said in the hearing.

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'Glee' actor Mark Salling pleads guilty in child porn case

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 21:35

LOS ANGELES — Former "Glee" star Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Salling entered the plea in a downtown Los Angeles federal court on Monday and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 7.

The actor reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in October in which he admitted he possessed images of prepubescent children. The agreement states a search warrant found more than 50,000 images of child porn on Salling's computer and a thumb drive.

Prosecutors and Salling have agreed to ask a judge to sentence the actor to between four to seven years in prison. He will also be required to register as a sex offender, pay restitution and abide by residency restrictions.

The actor played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy "Glee."

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Columbus police officer recovering after suspected drunk driver slams into cruiser

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 19:41

COLUMBUS -- A suspected drunk driver could be charged with his fourth OVI after slamming his car into the back of a police cruiser.

A Columbus police officer, tow truck driver, and the suspect were injured in the crash.

Officer Don Paden is now at home recovering and says he's thankful the accident wasn't worse.

"I'm sore from head to toe. Half of his engine compartment was up underneath my car," Officer Paden said.

Paden says he only remembers the sound after being hit from behind at about 60 miles per hour.

"I was dazed for a minute. I wasn't sure exactly what occurred," Paden said.

The crash happened late Saturday night on I-670, in the westbound lanes near the Neil Avenue exit.

Officer Paden responded to a disabled car.

To prevent an accident, he helped move the car to the side of the road, off of the highway and called for a tow.

Not long after, a suspected drunk driver slammed into the back of Paden's cruiser.

"I was like 'oh my God I've just been rear-ended. I've just been hit,'" Paden said.

Immediately after the crash, Paden says he checked on the suspect and then started directing traffic until backup arrived.

"I just went into cop mode, is what I did. I'm out here directing traffic trying to get things together," Paden said.

Paden, the tow truck driver, and the suspect all had injuries.

Paden was transported to Grant Medical Center and discharged on Sunday.

Police arrested Marvin Wright after the crash.

"When I was already all the way onto the berm, not in the traffic portion of the road, I immediately suspected that he was impaired," Officer Paden said.

According to Franklin County court records, Wright has a lengthy criminal history, including several prior OVI charges.

"Alcohol, the first thing that goes is your common sense," Paden said.

Paden warns drivers not to make the same mistake Wright did.

"If you're planning on going to a party or you're planning on going somewhere to drink and if you're driving there, you've already made a bad decision," Paden said.

He says he's now survived four collisions on the job.

"It's a noise like no other. It's just, it's a crazy noise," Paden said.

And he hopes he doesn't have to hear it again.

"Don't even drive to the location if you're planning on drinking," Paden said.

Wright is scheduled to be in court Tuesday morning.

If convicted, this would be Wright's fourth OVI charge.

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One man dead after being struck by vehicle in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 18:59

COLUMBUS -- One man is dead after being struck by a vehicle in east Columbus, according to police.

The call came in around 8:45 p.m. Monday and the incident happened on North Nelson Road near Avalon Place.

North Nelson Road is shut down in the area of the incident. The call originally came in as a shooting and police confirmed it as such, but have since said the person was hit by a vehicle.

Police are questioning the driver of a vehicle in the area.

Stay with 10TV as this story develops.

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Single mother of four says stranger "saved Christmas" with generous tip

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 18:35

By Jennifer Earl / CBS News

As a single mom, it's easy for Trisha Murphy to feel stressed from time to time. When she's not working at a nursing home or taking classes to become a certified nursing assistant, Murphy is picking up shifts as a waitress at Denny's.

"On average, I'd say I'm working 50 to 60 hours a week and at school 18 hours a week," Murphy told CBS News. "I also clean and paint here and there."

On Saturday, the mom from Sullivan, Maine, was feeling particularly overwhelmed. Her Christmas shopping still wasn't done, her car had been towed -- with a $735 bill to boot -- and she was scrambling to get to work on time.

Zachary, 9 (left); Raquel, 6; Ashton, 11, (center); and Gabe Murphy, 13 (right) / TRISHA MURPHYMedia Folder: Media Root

"I went into work, racking my brain as to how I was going to pull this off," Murphy said.

She considered picking up a couple extra shifts at the restaurant and doing some odd jobs to make some extra cash before the holidays, but realized that would mean she'd have to pay for a babysitter for her kids, ages 13, 11, 9 and 6.

Despite her concerns, Murphy painted on a smile as she waited on a table of three.

The group of men immediately struck up a conversation with the waitress, asking Murphy about her plans for the holidays. She told them she had four kids and how they were excited for Santa's arrival.

Murphy thought the customers were just being polite. But as she cleared their table and cashed out their $35 tab, her face turned "ghost white."

The tip was $500 -- nearly 15 times their bill.

"When I saw the tip, I thought I was going to faint. I thought, for a second, that it was a mistake," she explained. "Then I had to fight back the tears."

The man flashed a smile and said, "Merry Christmas, dear."

She took to Facebook on Sunday to thank the stranger for the money, which she says she will use to get her car back.

"Now I'm able to spend the money I'll make this week on gifts for the kids," she added. "I don't have to stress about giving them a Christmas. I'll be able to spend more time with them than if I had had to work extra shifts to cover the deficit."

Murphy was so stunned by the kind gesture that she forgot to ask the man for his name. But as far as she's concerned, "Santa" paid a visit early this year.

"He literally saved Christmas for my children and I," Murphy said. "There are still genuinely good people in the world still. This man had never met me before, knew nothing about me, and did something that generous. I can't even fathom it, still."

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Sen. John McCain says he's feeling well, vows return in January

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 16:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday expressed thanks for the overwhelming support as he battles brain cancer, saying he is feeling well and looks forward to being back on the job in January.

The 81-year senator returned home to Arizona after being treated for a viral infection at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland. He had missed votes last week and will miss a crucial vote on the GOP tax bill this week.

McCain tweeted on Monday: "Thanks to everyone for your support & words of encouragement! I'm feeling well & looking forward to returning to work after the holidays."

His wife, Cindy, tweeted earlier Monday: "Nothing beats the feeling of being home in Arizona for the Holidays!" with a photo of a Christmas tree.

A statement from his office late Sunday said he would undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Now in his sixth Senate term, McCain underwent surgery in mid-July to remove a 2-inch (51-millimeter) blood clot in his brain and was diagnosed with glioblastoma.

McCain's daughter, Meghan, tweeted on Sunday: "My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona."

In its statement on Sunday, McCain's office provided an assessment from Dr. Mark Gilbert, chief of neuro-oncology at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute.

"Senator McCain has responded well to treatment he received at Walter Reed Medical Center for a viral infection and continues to improve," Gilbert said. "An evaluation of his underlying cancer shows he is responding positively to ongoing treatment."

McCain's closest friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he hadn't spoken to McCain but planned to do so over the holidays.

"The steroids and chemotherapy have been tough — be tough for anybody," Graham told reporters Monday night. But he said he's "encouraged that John's going to be back in January and be good to go."

President Donald Trump told reporters Sunday he had spoken to Cindy McCain.

"They've headed back, but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his vote, which hopefully we won't," Trump said after returning to the White House from Camp David. "But the word is that John will come back if we need his vote. And it's too bad. He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about it. But he will come back if we need his vote."

This week, the GOP will try to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax package in the Senate with a razor-thin majority and all Democrats opposed to the legislation.

Republicans hold a slim 52-48 advantage in the Senate, and McCain and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., missed votes last week. The 80-year-old Cochran had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. He cast a vote Monday night on a nomination and is expected to vote on the tax bill.

Republicans secured the support of Maine Sen. Susan Collins on Monday, and they are poised to pass the bill by a narrow margin in the face of unified Democratic opposition. As a backstop, Vice President Mike Pence would be available to break a tie.

A vote is expected in the House and Senate on Tuesday. If approved, the measure would head to Trump for his signature on what will be his first major legislative accomplishment since taking office 11 months ago.

After his summer surgery, McCain rebounded quickly, returning to Washington and entering the Senate on July 25 to a standing ovation from his colleagues.

In a dramatic turn, he cast a deciding vote against the Republican health care bill — a move that drew the wrath of Trump and conservatives. McCain's vote scuttled the seven-year effort by the GOP to dismantle much of President Barack Obama's health care law.

But McCain's condition has appeared to worsen in recent weeks. He suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, forcing him to wear a walking brace. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, with members of his staff pushing him where he needed to go.

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On the front lines of drug crisis, US police split on Narcan

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 16:13

BATAVIA, Ohio — The sheriff of Clermont County firmly believes it's a call of duty for his deputies to carry a nasal spray that brings people back from the brink of death by drug overdose. Less than 50 miles away, his counterpart in Butler County is dead set against it, saying it subjects deputies to danger while making no lasting impact on the death toll.

The divide over naloxone, the popular overdose antidote, between nearby sheriffs in two hard-hit counties in one of the hardest-hit states for drug deaths shows just how elusive solutions are on the front lines of the U.S. opioid crisis.

Some police officials cite lack of resources for obtaining, maintaining and tracking supplies and for training in when and how to use it. They worry about taking on new duties they say are better suited for medical workers, divert them from fighting crime and can put them in danger. They get support from some citizens weary of people who overdose repeatedly.

Police who do carry it say that development of a nasal spray called Narcan makes naloxone simple to administer, that the $75 two-dose kits are usually given to them by health departments or community organizations, that it's not a major burden to track and maintain supplies and that it's a natural extension of their mission to serve and protect.

"I just say from my personal experience that it is the right thing to do," said Sheriff Steve Leahy, whose Clermont County begins in the eastern Cincinnati suburbs, then rolls across hilly fields into Appalachia. Leahy, part of the early wave of police advocates of naloxone, acknowledges he was more inclined to support it after seeing someone close to him struggle for years with heroin.

"Don't get me wrong," Leahy said. "It doesn't mean that we're going to get out of this by hugging everybody, but ... you know, no matter what their plight is and how they got to where they are, it's not for us as law enforcement to decide whether they live or die."

Butler Sheriff Richard Jones, whose county includes growing northern Cincinnati suburbs, older industrial cities and rural areas, also voices compassion. He lost a brother at a young age to alcoholism and drugs, he said, and he recounts cradling infants twitching from the effects of their mothers' drug use.

But people using drugs make choices, he said: "Knowing that they can die from it, but they still do it." (Addiction specialists and federal drug authorities say it's more complicated than that; repeated uses of a drug can result in brain changes and the disease of addiction.)

And, Jones said, people who overdose can be combative when they come to, he said; an officer bent over giving naloxone could get "a brick to the head."

"It's not what we're supposed to do," said Jones, known for blunt talk on such issues as illegal immigration and Donald Trump's GOP presidential campaign. "We won't do it. Period."

A recent visit with Jones by Associated Press reporters came the morning after a man in Middletown revived by firefighters came back to consciousness in attack mode. He injured a firefighter and tried to bite and punch others.

Such instances are rare, authorities say. Quincy, Massachusetts, police pioneered naloxone seven years ago and have reversed nearly 800 overdoses without a single officer being injured, said Lt. Patrick Glynn.

And advocates for those battling addiction say it seems like a natural situation for police, whose very jobs call for facing sudden threats.

In a Butler County mobile home park where the sheriff's office has stepped up patrols after complaints of drug activity, Jones' position has strong support from Brandon O'Hair, 21. Snuggling his newborn daughter, he said he and nearly all his neighbors have had cars or homes broken into by people stealing to fund their heroin habits.

"That's not what they're supposed to do; they're supposed to enforce the law," O'Hair said of the sheriff's refusal to stock naloxone. "I think it's tough love. ... The rest of us shouldn't have to pay for it."

An AP survey of Ohio's 88 sheriffs found that at least 68, or a little more than three-fourths, equip deputies with naloxone. Of those, a half-dozen have begun within the past six months, and most others have less than two years' experience.

It's hard to say what effect naloxone is having on overdose death rates.

Accidental overdose deaths in at least 11 Ohio counties where sheriffs have used the antidote for more than two years went up last year. Butler's did, too, and is on track for another record toll this year. In Clermont, where sheriff's deputies carry naloxone, the death toll went down last year. Statewide, the overdose death toll soared 33 percent, to 4,050 people, in 2016.

Naloxone is also widely distributed to families and friends of people with addiction. Its availability to police and sheriffs dates back only a few years. And attempts to gauge its effectiveness are hindered by variables including geographical variation in drug potency.

Amy Parker, a native and resident of Butler County, was saved twice by naloxone. She doesn't know whether it was police or paramedics who administered it when she overdosed on heroin in Indianapolis a few years ago. She eventually ended her drug use and now is a peer drug counselor, leading group meetings for those in rehabilitation.

The talk by the sheriff and residents of her county against police use of naloxone, she said, adds to the stigma of those battling drugs and to their reluctance to seek help. She bristled at the claim by Jones and others that naloxone enables; the saying among advocates, she says, is that the only thing naloxone "enables" is breathing.

"I don't care how many times it takes," Parker said. "As long as that person is alive, there is hope."

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Poll: Most Americans say 'Merry Christmas' during holiday season

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 16:01

NEW YORK -- Although it's been said many times, many ways, a new poll shows "Merry Christmas" remains the top holiday greeting among Americans, CBS New York reports. "Christmas is on everybody's tongue," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, who ran a poll on the most popular holiday greeting.

"Supposedly a war against Christmas, but 67 percent say that at this time of year, 'Merry Christmas' is the greeting that they tend to use," said Murray.

Twenty-five percent of those surveyed said "Happy Holidays" is their seasonal greeting of choice. In third place -- with just 4 percent -- are those who don't say any holiday greeting at all.

The poll also asked Americans about their favorite animated holiday special. "Rudolph gets 32 percent of the vote, Charlie Brown gets 25 percent, the Grinch comes in third at 14, and Frosty the Snowman at 12," Murray said.

The poll was conducted by telephone from Dec. 10-12, 2017, among a random sample of 806 adults in the United States. The margin of error of is +/- 3.5 percent.

When it comes to how Americans feel about holiday greetings, a growing portion say it doesn't matter how they are greeted in businesses and stores, whether with greetings like "Happy Holidays," or "Merry Christmas," according to the Pew Research Center.

The center also found that 56 percent of U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are not emphasized as much in American society as they once were. A declining majority believes religious displays should be permitted on government property.

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Cop buying sex on the job? Internal Affairs finds officer guilty of misconduct

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 15:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A Columbus Police Officer is accused of breaking the law and abusing his position of trust.

Officer Randall Mayhew is accused of buying sex from three women while on the job. He's also accused of falsifying police records to cover it up.

There were two separate investigations of Officer Mayhew's alleged behavior.

Earlier this year he was charged criminally with solicitation and prostitution. Those charges were dismissed on Dec. 4, when he pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty.

The other investigation was by Columbus Police Internal Affairs. That investigation is now complete.

All Randall Mayhew had to say in court two weeks ago:
"I just look forward to taking care of everything that I need to, Your Honor."

That includes fighting for his job.

Mayhew has been on desk duty since January of 2016, when he was first accused of buying sex while in uniform and on-duty.

Three women say Mayhew paid them for sex.

Though he wasn't of convicted of that criminally, CPD's internal investigators found him guilty of three different allegations:

Allegation One: "engaging in a pattern or corrupt or criminal conduct" by buying sex.

Allegation Two: "unbecoming conduct while on duty."

It's not just the women detailing his alleged actions:
According to Internal Affairs, "GPS data corroborates each accuser's descriptions of the movements of Mayhew's cruiser on the nights" in question.

All three women say they were "placed in his cruiser, all three were offered or provided food," and then "driven to a remote location, where "Mayhew would exit the cruiser, walk to the rear door, unzip or pull down his pants, and have them engage in sexual activity."

The women, whom 10TV is not identifying, detailed the accusations in recorded interviews:

Accuser 1: "He would stand outside the car."

Internal Affairs: "And you were sitting in the back seat?"
Accuser 1: "Mm-hmm."

Accuser 2: "He knows I got warrants but he still won't arrest me."

Internal Affairs: "How do you know he knows you have warrants?"
Accuser 2: "I told him I got warrants. He looked it up. He looks everything up."

In March of 2016, Mayhew refused to be interviewed for the investigation.

He changed his mind in October 2017, after he and his attorneys had a chance to review all the evidence.

He admits knowing the women, admits having them in his cruiser alone, admits visiting the home of one of them.

He says it was all in the course of legitimate police work, and denies sexual contact with all of them.

Randall Mayhew: "Simple acts of kindness, like getting her something when she's hungry, leads to communication about what's going on where I work," said Mayhew.

Internal Affairs: "Why would three, these three come and falsify information against you?"

Randall Mayhew: "I cannot speak to their motives or intentions."

While Mayhew insists his motives are pure, he admits violating Division policy in one area.

Policy requires an officer transporting someone "of the opposite sex to notify the Communications Bureau" to document "times of departure and arrival, and vehicle mileage at the start and end of transportation."

Internal Affairs: "Why didn't you mark on the run? Why didn't you mark with your miles?"

Randall Mayhew: "Again that's on me. That's something by directive I should have done."

Internal Affairs: "Why would you go behind a warehouse where there's nobody at, with a prostitute by yourself? Randy, I've worked the street. 16 years in patrol. I did a lot of time as a patrol sergeant, a lot of time as a patrol officer. I would never fathom taking a prostitute anywhere without the witness. I don't think I would fathom taking any female somewhere without a witness or legitimately marking with miles and on the run."

Randall Mayhew: "Sure."

Allegation Three against Mayhew is "Falsifying a police run" while he was alone in his cruiser with a prostitute.

The investigator says "Mayhew marked at (a) scene and stayed marked on that run for approximately 50 minutes without being at the location he marked. This all occurred while he had (her) in his cruiser."

On this allegation, Internal Affairs also recommends a finding of "sustained."

Asked why she was reporting Mayhew, Accuser 3 said, "I was talking with another officer about this. And he was talking about certain officers, like taking advantage of girls out there, and I just believe he took advantage of me, and a couple of other girls out there."

After Mayhew's criminal conviction December 4th, Internal Affairs added that to the findings against him.

The results of the internal investigation now go up the CPD chain of command.

They can either affirm or change those findings.

The Chief of Police will decide whether or not Mayhew keeps his job.

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Reynoldsburg Police, Highway Patrol target speeders on US-40 ahead of holiday

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:41

U.S. Route 40 is under the gun -- the radar gun.

Since 5 a.m. Monday morning, Reynoldsburg police along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol have pulled over 30 people, some going as fast as 80 miles per hour.

"The last thing we want to do is hand out traffic citations a week before Christmas time but if that's what it takes to get people to slow down to stop fatalities, that's what we'll do," said William Early, Acting Police Chief for the Reynoldsburg Police Department.

OSHP reports that there have been 28 traffic fatalities in Licking County this year.

Which is why, for the next three days, patrols will be looking for drivers who speed. So far, the biggest excuse they're hearing: "running late for work," according to Lieutenant Aaron Vollmer, OSHP.

It's happening on US-40, where much of the speed enforcement is taking place.

The main reason? Amazon.

The highway patrol says a combination of truck traffic and hundreds of seasonal employees have contributed to higher speeds.

Officers say clogged roads are forcing people to look for short cuts for the commute.

"A lot of people are speeding on county roads and residential streets finding alternative routes to get to work," says Lieutenant Vollmer.

Depending on the traffic stop, officers say they'll either give a driver a warning or a citation.

The goal, they say, is to remind drivers to ease off the gas and hopefully prevent another fatal crash in this part of the county.

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Columbus Division of Fire pushing 'Pulse Point' to help save lives

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:33

The clock starts ticking when the heart stops beating," said Dr. David Keseg, the Columbus Division of Fire Medical Director.

Firefighters say 1,000 Americans die every day from sudden cardiac arrest, and for every minute that lapses without help, a patient's chance for survival diminishes by 10-percent. Now CDF has created a public service announcement in hopes of getting help to cardiac arrest victims as quickly as possible.

The Columbus Division of Fire is asking people, especially those trained to administer CPR, to download a smartphone app called Pulse Point. The app sends out an alert when someone is having a cardiac arrest within 300-yards of you. http://www.pulsepoint.org/

"So, if you're in the middle of Home Depot, for example, it will actually give you a GPS coordinate to tell you that the patient is in a particular aisle of that store," Dr. Keseg said.

The Ohio Department of Health reports 57 percent of adults in the U.S. have had CPR training, but only 11 percent say they've used the skills they learned in an actual emergency. The Columbus Division of Fire believes Pulse Point can close that gap, and help save lives.

In November of 2017, firefighters reported more than 25,000 people in the Columbus area, many of them first responders, were following Pulse Point. Of those users, less than 9,500 enabled CPR alerts. That same month, Pulse Point pushed 32 CPR alerts to 90 devices. Three people for each emergency.

Firefighters say bystander-hands-only CPR started within seconds of a cardiac arrest can truly make you a lifesaver.

"There's no feeling like it in the world," Dr. Kaseg said. Firefighters say Ohio's Good Samaritan law protects anyone who tries to help someone suffering cardiac arrest. The Columbus Division of Fire offers CPR certification classes throughout the year. To learn more, click here.

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Trauma Experts: High shooting rates in Columbus lowering blood supply

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Trauma experts at the state’s busiest adult level one trauma center are worried about what's being described as a startling shortage of blood.

Grant Medical Center Trauma Director Dr. Shay O'Mara said that as they watch the city’s escalating homicide rate, they are especially concerned for shooting survivors, “If somebody comes in with a gunshot wound we can exceed 50 units of just red blood cells for one person.”

There are close to 6,000 trauma admissions a year at Grant Medical Center. Eight percent of that number are related to gunshots.

Dr. O’Mara said there is a great need for the rarest blood types: O-positive and O-negative. The American Red Cross indicates Type O negative blood can be transfused to anyone, regardless of their blood type. Type O positive blood can be transfused to anyone with an Rh-positive blood type, like A positive, B positive, AB positive and O positive.

Medical experts are urging the public to donate blood through The American Red Cross, which works to meet hospital requests for blood.

A spokesperson for the Red Cross said in a statement that traumatic injuries – which include patients injured in car crashes, shootings and various accidents – often can require large amounts of blood to treat.

One trauma patient may need between 25 and 100 pints of blood depending on their injuries.

The Red Cross indicates people can find a nearby blood drive or schedule a donation appointment at redcrossblood.org or by calling l 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

There is also a free Red Cross Blood Donor App to download to your smartphone.

It allows users to search for drives and schedule appointments and sends alerts about the hospital to which your donation is shipped.

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Browns rookie QB Kizer keeps starting job for another week

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:20

CLEVELAND (AP) — DeShone Kizer held onto his starting job.

Browns coach Hue Jackson has decided to stick with his rookie quarterback for this week's game at Chicago after considering a switch.

Following Sunday's 27-10 loss to Baltimore, Jackson said he would consider sitting Kizer, who leads the NFL with 19 interceptions.

But on a conference call Monday, Jackson said he believes Kizer "is up for the challenge" and will face the Bears as the Browns (0-14) try to get their first win.

Jackson said he was most concerned about Kizer's mental state after the Browns lost their home finale and the 21-year-old fell to 0-13 as a starter.

Kizer has been inconsistent all season, and Jackson said he hopes the pendulum swings in the right direction this week as the Browns try to avoid a 0-16 season.

Kizer threw two more interceptions Sunday and was stripped in the end zone by the Ravens, who recovered his fumble for a touchdown.

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Behind the scenes of BalletMet: The Making of Clara

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:05

The Nutcracker ballet features a new face in Columbus this year.

At 17 years old, Sophie Miklosovic is one of the youngest company members in BalletMet's 40-year history.

Her love for ballet began to blossom at the young age of five.

“Ever since I was little, I would love to play dress up. I would go to my ballet classes in costumes and each week I was someone new,” said Miklosovic.

At 12 years old, Sophie would make the decision to focus on ballet.

“You kind of have to have that self-discipline. You have to grow up faster than normal,” said Miklosovic.

Training would take her away from family to travel around the world and leaving her one choice, to homeschool.

“When I do have time, I do it. I have to because I need to finish high school,” said Miklosovic.

And while most 17 year olds are thinking about their high school dance, her definition of dance is different. She is one of five company members with BalletMet playing the role of Clara in this year's Nutcracker at the Ohio Theatre.

“Watching the older company members, more experienced dancers have helped me tremendously and is a very special gift,” said Miklosovic.

Yet she is also a gift. With over 25,000 Instagram followers, she inspires other dancers daily.

"I am young like them, so I think I can help them in a way,” said Miklosovic.

And just like many things come full circle, this young, professional ballerina now gets to act out her childhood dream of playing dress up every day.

“I can go on stage and be someone else for five minutes and it's the best feeling in the world,”

Miklosovic will dance the role of Clara this Thursday, December 21st and Saturday, December 23rd. Tickets are still available for the show that runs through December 24th at the Ohio Theatre.

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Amtrak derailment comes on first day of faster service

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:48

DUPONT, Wash. (CBS/AP) -- An Amtrak train that derailed south of Seattle, killing a number of passengers and injuring dozens, was making its first run as part of a higher speed service that local authorities had warned could be dangerous.

Transitdocs.com, a website that maps Amtrak train locations and speeds using data from the railroad's train tracker app, said Train 501 was going 81.1 mph moments before the derailment Monday.

The Washington State Department of Transportation posted information about the $180.7 million project online that said the maximum speed along that stretch of track is 79 mph. The new route was designed to speed up service by removing passenger trains from a route along Puget Sound that's bogged down by curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic.

The department billed the project as a "more frequent, more reliable, and faster Amtrak Cascades service."

The project underwent two phases of testing that began in mid-January, the department said. The first test sought to stabilize the track before checking its signals and commissioning work. In February, the second phase tested the tracks and signals at speeds up to 79 mph between sunrise and sunset on during non-commuter hours.

"We are aware of the fact that this was a called an inaugural run but we want to check and make sure what that exactly means," Bella Dinh-Zarr, a board member of the National Transportation Safety Board, said in a news conference Monday.

Earlier this month, the mayor of Lakewood, Washington, a city along the route, expressed concerns about the risk of a deadly crash, though he thought it would involve a fast-moving train hitting a car or pedestrian at a crossing.

"Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens," Mayor Don Anderson said, according to local outlet KOMO-TV.

Last week, the nearby military facility Joint Base Lewis-McChord posted a safety video about the high-speed train, warning drivers to never stop on the tracks.

HIGH SPEED TRAINS BEGIN RUNNING MONDAY!! Check out this important safety message from #JBLM regarding rail safety and remember, NEVER stop on the tracks! @I_Corps @62dAirliftWing @7thID pic.twitter.com/R8YeTk9eCc

— JB Lewis-McChord (@JBLM_PAO) December 13, 2017

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Ohioans glad to be home after being stuck in Atlanta during power outage

Channel 10 news - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Many Ohioans were happy to be home Monday, after being stranded in Atlanta for the better part of 24 hours, following Sunday's power outage.

"[By the] time we landed on the runway going to the gate, they said the power was out," Hichiko Quintero said.

Quintero was coming home from Mississippi when she arrived in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

On that same plane was Marysville's Michelle Scobee, who was flying home from Hawaii.

"When we arrived at 1:50 p.m. we found out there was no power," Scobee said. "So, we were on the plane until about 9 p.m. We sat on the tarmac."

They waited more than seven hours on the plane.

"We had water," she said. "We had restrooms, we had entertainment and electricity for our phones."

A better situation than those inside Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The building was without power after a fire at an underground electrical facility brought the airport to a standstill.

Scobee says once passengers got off the plane around 9 p.m., it was a surreal experience.

"It was like all the guys were lined up with their lights to give us a path because it was a good distance away from the terminal," she said.

For Quintero, it was quite the experience because it was her first ever plane ride.

"Yes," she laughed." And, I was already scared."

Albert Peterson came to John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Monday. His flight to Daytona, with a stop in Atlanta, isn't until Tuesday. He says even with the power restored, he anticipates Hartsfield-Jackson is going to be a mess. Monday, he rebooked with a different airline to take him through Charlotte.

"I'm looking to change airlines at this point to avoid Atlanta, altogether," he said.

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