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2 men considered armed and dangerous wanted after drive-by shooting in Newark

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:16

NEWARK – A woman was the victim of a drive-by shooting Saturday night in Newark and the suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

The 61-year-old woman was flown to Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center in stable condition and is not believed to be the intended target of the drive-by. The shooting took place at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Riverview Drive.

After investigation, Newark Police determined a pair of suspects, Devin S Rhinehart, 23, from Newark and James Michael Alexander, 22, from Pataskala.

Police said warrants have been issued for both men and they should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information about the shooting or the whereabouts of Rhinehart or Alexander please contact Newark Detectives at 740-670-7200, or if they are seen call 911.

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Mystery man pays off all layaway items at a Walmart

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:51

A mystery shopper paid off customers' layaway items at a Walmart in Derby, Vermont, CBS Burlington affiliate WCAX reports. The act of generosity happened just days before Thanksgiving, when the store's storage room was already filled with layaway items.

"I don't even think I can find the words to say," customer Julie Gates told WCAX. Gates was going to pick up a package at the store on Thursday when she overheard a man asking if he could pay for someone's items.

"He came up to the man in front of me and said, 'Either I am going to pay for it now or I am going to pay for it later,'" Gates said. The man turned to her and offered the same. "He said, 'Why don't you run and get what you want now and come back here,'" Gates said.

She admits she was skeptical, but left the line to gather the items she had planned to put on layaway. "I came back and he was standing there waiting. There was no one left." The man had paid for everyone in the line. Gates was the last one.

"There were people ahead of me who were eight-, nine-hundred-dollar layaways," she said.

Gates was in shock. She asked the man why he was doing this.

"This can't be, who can afford to pay for everyone's layaway? And he said 'Santa Claus can,'" Gates said.

The layaway storage room at the Walmart in northern Vermont had been cleared out. Everyone's items were paid in full and they got to take them home right away.

"It was kind of like surreal when they said no balance due, then it was really a reality," shopper Tammy Desautels said.

Walmart did not disclose how much the mystery shopper spent, WCAX reports. One shopper took a photo of the man walking away, but the man said he wanted to remain anonymous.

It wasn't just about the material items. To many shoppers, it was the kindness this mystery man showed that touched them so deeply. "I have a feeling that there is hope for mankind... There's still good people out there," Desautels said.

"I get goosebumps thinking that is the true magic of Christmas. That's the Christmas spirit walking among us," Gates said.

Just like a real-life Santa Claus, the man delivered his gifts and swiftly left without a trace, spreading Christmas cheer to those in need.

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$500 million expansion announced for new district at Easton Town Center

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:26

Easton Town Center has announced a new expansion which will feature local and national retailers, restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels and public event spaces.

The new district will be located on 16 acres in the northeast quadrant of Easton Town Center, transforming the area between the Town Center and Easton Gateway.

The new expansion will be anchored by RH Gallery. It will be the first in Ohio and one of 17 stores in the country. It is expected to open before holiday 2019.

A Marriott Aloft Hotel has also been announced and will be opening in 2020.

The expansion will exceed $500 million of development over the next four years.

Construction is already underway on different components of the expansion including:

Infrastructure: Site, roadway and utility infrastructure work is currently underway so customers will notice traffic pattern changes for the coming months.

Worth Avenue/Merchants Row: The existing Town Center will be connected to the new area via the extension of Worth Avenue and the addition of Merchants Row. Vibrant streetscapes with exciting new shopping, dining and leisure areas, such as The Yard and Urban Hearth, will activate the area and ensure that every visit brings a new experience for guests.

The Yard: Easton Town Center currently hosts more than 100 public events in the Town Square and North District Fountain area. To accommodate demand, the expansion will include a public green known as The Yard. The Yard is intended to be a leisure destination for live music and entertainment, events that benefit community organizations and other gatherings. It will be centrally located and surrounded by new eateries, shops and entertainment venues.

Urban Hearth: Located within the core of the expansion, Urban Hearth is an industrial building that has been architecturally deconstructed to create a social space energized by adjacent breweries, restaurants, and entertainment spaces. It is a lively environment to gather, relax and spend time with friends and family around the Hearth, on the patio, or in the alleyway surrounded by an eclectic mix of tenants.

Parking: As part of the new expansion, additional parking will be constructed including two new parking levels to the existing parking garage just north of Macy’s. A new six-level garage will also be added to the area. Together, these structures will add an additional 1,500 parking spaces in the Town Center.



Renderings of the new district at Easton Town Center

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One in critical condition after shooting in north Columbus

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:02

COLUMBUS -- Police say one person is in critical condition after a shooting in north Columbus.

The call came into police at 12:42 p.m. in the 2500 block of Homecroft Drive.

Police say they are looking for a black male in his 40s, wearing a blue hoodie. They said a gun has been found in the area.

The victim was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital in critical condition.

Homecroft Drive is closed in the area from Arcadia Avenue to Akola Avenue

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com as this story develops.

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The tradition continues: Babies born at OSU hospital get "Beat Michigan" blankets

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:40

There is a love passed on to babies born this time of year here in Columbus.

And it's a Scarlet and Gray kind of feeling.

Babies born at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center this week will be wrapped in Buckeye pride.

The little ones are given Buckeye football helmet-inspired hats and wrapped in red blankets with an embroidered “Beat Michigan” – Of course with the M crossed out.

Moms and dads say to start them young -- and raise them right.

"The Game" between the Buckeyes and Wolverines kicks off at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

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White House again threatens Acosta's pass; CNN seeks hearing

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has again targeted White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

After a federal judge ordered that Acosta's credentials be temporarily restored last week, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying it had made the "preliminary decision" to suspend his pass. The White House said Acosta would continue to hold his credentials while the 14-day judge's order was in effect.

The White House argues Acosta did not follow "basic standards" when he scrapped with President Donald Trump at a news conference. The letter from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Communications Director Bill Shine, says that Trump is "aware of this preliminary decision and concurs."

CNN sought an emergency hearing, saying in a Monday court filing that the administration was creating "retroactive due process." The network tweeted that the White House "is continuing to violate the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution."

The White House revoked Acosta's credentials after he and Trump tangled verbally during a Nov. 7 press conference. In the Friday ruling, the judge restored Acosta's credentials temporarily while a CNN lawsuit against the administration proceeds.

Trump has called for more "decorum" at the White House and has said staff is "writing up rules and regulations" for reporters.

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Medical experts look at how white noise could impact the brain

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:38

WEST COLUMBUS - Many parents have turned to white noise to help soothe their baby to sleep. Adults who suffer from Tinnitus can also use ambient sounds to help mask ringing in the ears.

White noise machines can serve several purposes. However, a new report is causing some to have second thoughts about using them.

A new review published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology scrutinizes the possible unintended consequences of white noise. The doctors involved found using the machines long-term could change the brain's pathway.

"It is a good review, because it cautions people to think about the fact that there are other things you can do and they may take more time and energy than just getting a white noise generator but they'll get you further, faster," said Gail Whitelaw, Ph.D. Clinical Associate Professor and Director of The Ohio State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic when asked about the published review. "White noise might seem like a short-term solution, but not long-term help."

The report detailed the brain’s ability to rewire itself anatomically and neurochemically on the basis of incoming information. The researchers said that repeated exposure to white noise could cause the brain to age faster.

The Jama review read, in part:
"We argue that white noise exposure, a commonly recommended therapy for patients with tinnitus, engages these plastic processes in a way that induces maladaptive changes in the brain that degrade neurological health and compromise cognition.

Observations The pathophysiologic mechanisms commonly associated with hearing loss and tinnitus reflect cortical dedifferentiation and widespread loss of inhibitory tone throughout the central auditory pathway. Importantly, these same changes are also induced by exposure to unstructured noise, even at nontraumatic levels in the adult nervous system. Not by coincidence, the same changes appear in age-related decline of central auditory function, suggesting that both tinnitus and white noise accelerate the aging of the brain.

Conclusions and Relevance Noise exposure therapies offer a seductive short-term solution for relief but, in the long term, undermine the functional and structural integrity of the central auditory system and the brain more generally. Sound therapies using unstructured, random (“white”) noise should be avoided as a treatment for tinnitus. Alternative therapeutics that drive positive, adaptive plastic changes are discussed."

"The brain needs downtime from auditory information. We can't be constantly bombarding it," said Whitelaw. "I think we're on the brink of a new era of figuring out how all that stimulation may impact us. May impact our auditory system, may impact our brains."

Whitelaw has directed some patients suffering from Tinnitus to cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatments involving noise habituation.

"There are things we can do to treat Tinnitus," said Whitelaw. "But many people become desperate so they go online and look at Dr. Google and say 'hey I'm going to buy a white noise generator or "T-Be-Gone" or some other kind of supplement,' but their time and money can be better spent if they start with a visit to an audiologist."

Local mom and certified sleep consultant Amy Douglas attributes the need for sleep as the reason many families to use the machines. "Is your child getting good, quality, sound sleep now? Are they able to learn or are they missing out on those opportunities? Those are some of the questions I ask parents before we talk about white noise," said Douglas. She said she also makes sure sound levels stay at or below 50 decibels.

Douglas uses a white noise machine to help her 4- and 5-year old sons to sleep. She said it prevents them from waking up as she makes noises downstairs. Douglas said she put thought into which machine to use, ensuring it was quiet enough and simple to use. She said she also made sure her children had no health problem preventing them from sleep before introducing the device.

"Don't just run out and buy something because it sounds good," said Whitelaw. "I would encourage people to approach all of this with caution. Just because something sounds good doesn't mean it is good. I hate to see people waste time and money."

You can read the review on white noise by clicking here.

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Crestline police chief resigns to "maintain honor, dignity of position"

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:28

CRESTLINE -- Crestline police chief Joseph Butler resigned Monday morning after serving the city for 18 years.

Butler, who recently came under fire for videoing conversations with people while off duty, had been placed on leave. There was a scheduled village council meeting set for Monday evening.

Butler's resignation letter, which he called "involuntary" in the first line, said in part: "in light of the current state of the village administration and its treatment of me as chief of police, I feel compelled to resign in order to at least try to maintain the honor and dignity of my position and that of the good people of the village of Crestline."

Butler recorded then-Mayor Allen Moore telling a story of racial strife in the 70s, when he used the "N" word multiple times. Moore said he was telling the story the way it was told to him, but subsequently resigned.

Village Administrator John Rostash said Mayor Joy Miley accepted the resignation at about 11:35 a.m. Monday. Interim Chief Jeff Shook will continue to fulfill the duties of police chief while the search for a permanent replacement continues.

When placed on leave, Butler was alleged to have: maintained unclear department policies that he kept in a book not readily available to officers, not kept an inventory of evidence stored within the police department, not provided proper access to the security system within village hall,
not had a proper training regime for new hires, not adequately trained officers how to use a temporary holding facility, kept an arsenal of automatic weapons not readily available to officers, stored fully automatic weapons in a detached garage at his home, stored evidence in an unsecured location, failed to adhere to federal overtime laws when paying officers, used temporary holding cells for personal storage and improperly used his body camera and other recording devices.

Butler's honesty was brought into question in the letter, saying he "lied to the mayor and village solicitor" on various occasions. The letter claims Butler failed to place a Crestline officer on the local METRICH drug task force, kept the newest department cruiser for his own personal use and failed to place shotguns in all cruisers at the mayor's request.

The letter also accuses Butler of taking several items from the police department, including the personnel files of several former and current officers and dispatchers.

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WATCH: Urban Meyer press conference | Ohio State vs. Michigan week

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:14

COLUMBUS -- Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Monday morning from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Meyer discussed last Saturday's overtime win over Maryland -- but much of the focus was on the upcoming matchup against That Team Up North.

Ohio State takes on Michigan in "The Game" Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The winner will face Northwestern in the Big Ten title game and keep their hopes alive for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Watch the press conference in the video player below:

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Former Columbus police sergeant pleads guilty in child porn case

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 08:07

COLUMBUS -- A former public information officer with the Columbus Division of Police pleaded guilty to child pornography charges Monday.

Dean Worthington pleaded guilty to four charges involving the downloading and uploading of child pornography to his personal cell phone and to a Tumblr blog. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the social networking website provided a tip to law enforcement after Worthington uploaded an image of child pornography in March.

Monday, in front of Franklin County Common Pleas court judge Mark Serrott, Worthington entered his guilty plea and Serrott found him guilty of all four counts he was facing. Serrott said Worthington will face up to 19 years in jail and a $40,000 fine.

There will be a pre-sentence investigation and Worthington will be sentenced on Jan. 10, 2019. If he is sent to prison, Worthington also will face five years of probation upon release.

Worthington is now labeled a Tier 2 sex offender and will have to register every 180 days for the next 25 years.

Worthington pleaded guilty to one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, one count of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor – both second-degree felonies – and two counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.

He was relieved of his assignment in July but remained on the force until submitting his resignation in October.

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Girl, 2, run over in YMCA parking lot after leaving mom

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 07:31

HAVERFORD, Pa. (AP) — A toddler was run over and killed in a YMCA parking lot after wandering away from her mother.

The incident occurred on Saturday at the Haverford Area YMCA.

The 2-year-old walked away and sat down in a parking space, and a motorist pulled in and didn't see her. She was rushed to Lankenau Hospital but couldn't be saved.

The girl's name hasn't been released, and police say no charges have been filed against the driver, who remained at the scene.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports some YMCA members wrote on Facebook that the parking lot isn't big enough for the number of people who use it and is partly to blame.

The facility's CEO says nothing like Saturday's tragedy has ever happened there.

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Pamela Anderson calls Australian PM’s comments ‘smutty’

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 06:01

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pamela Anderson is criticizing Australia’s prime minister for making “smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion.”

Appearing on Australia’s “60 Minutes” this month, the “Baywatch” star urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to bring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Australia. The Australian citizen claimed asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations that were later dropped.

Morrison turned down the request. But the prime minister added he had “plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort out the issue with Pamela.” A government official called the remark “lighthearted.”

Anderson posted a letter on Saturday in which she called Morrison’s remarks “disappointing.”

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Christmas comes early for Pickerington boy battling cancer

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:35

PICKERINGTON - The Sycamore Creek Elementary School community was busy putting up lights on Sunday. A firetruck totally decked out in Christmas lights rolled down the street. People sang Christmas carols and Santa himself made a trip from the North Pole.

It was part of a big celebration to bring Christmas to a Pickerington boy a little early.

Deany Bandavanis is battling a rare brain cancer called DIPG. The seven-year-old boy is fighting to see the holiday, so his mother wanted to bring him Christmas early.

Deany's friends, family, and teachers, plus firefighters and police officers made sure the boy got the chance to celebrate. Celebrations that normally take weeks to plan, came together in just 24 hours.

"He's one of our heroes here. Just very outgoing and has this contagious personality and always smiling and happy," said Racquelle Major-Holland, the assistant principal at Sycamore Creek Elementary.

When Deany's family pulled up to see how their community rallied around the young boy, they were amazed.

"More than we ever thought it was going to be. It was amazing," said his mother, Ashley. "It feels awesome because I know he is leaving his mark on the world."

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Police say woman fatally shot as husband was cleaning gun

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:35

Police say an upstate New York woman was killed in an apparent accident when a shot discharged as her husband was cleaning his gun.

New York state police say 34-year-old Ashley Rosenbrock was shot Thursday night in her home in Corinth. She was pronounced dead at Saratoga Hospital.

Police said Saturday that Rosenbrock's 35-year-old husband, Eric Rosenbrock, was "performing maintenance" on his legally owned handgun when it went off.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that Eric Rosenbrock is a science teacher in the Lake George school district and the father of three young children with his wife. The couple had an 18-month-old daughter who died from an infection five years ago.

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Trump says 'no reason' for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the "very violent, very vicious" killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally.

Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government, would not affect his response to the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family.

"It's a suffering tape, it's a terrible tape. I've been fully briefed on it, there's no reason for me to hear it," Trump said in the interview with "Fox News Sunday." ''I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it."

On Saturday, Trump said his administration will "be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday." He said the report will include "who did it." It was unclear if the report would be made public.

American intelligence agencies have concluded that the crown prince ordered the killing in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, according to a U.S. official familiar with the assessment. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Others familiar with the case caution that while it's likely the crown prince was involved in the death, there continue to be questions about what role he played.

Trump noted to "Fox News Sunday" that the crown prince has repeatedly denied being involved in the killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"Will anybody really know?" Trump asked. "At the same time, we do have an ally, and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good."

A Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee said that so far, there is no "smoking gun" linking the crown prince to the killing. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, who has received a confidential intelligence briefing on the matter, told ABC that "it's hard to imagine" that the crown prince didn't know about the killing, but he said, "I don't know that we absolutely know that yet."

He said that Congress will await the Trump administration's report in the next two days and that the U.S. will need to be clear about the ramifications of sanctions, given Saudi Arabia's strategic role in the Middle East.

For his part, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, said the crown prince has been a "wrecking ball" in the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

"I hate to say that because I had a lot of hope for him being the reformer that Saudi Arabia needs, but that ship has sailed as far as Lindsey Graham's concerned," the South Carolina Republican told NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I have no intention of working with him ever again," said Graham, who is in line to be the next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Intelligence officials have been providing information to Trump for weeks about the death, and he was briefed again by phone Saturday by CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he flew to California. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders provided no details of his call but said the president has confidence in the CIA.

"The United States government is determined to hold all those responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi accountable," the State Department said in a statement. "Recent reports indicating that the U.S. government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate. There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi."

The statement added: "The U.S. government has taken decisive measures against the individuals responsible, including visa and sanctions actions. We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those accountable who planned, led and were connected to the murder. And, we will do that while maintaining the important strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia."

Before his call on Air Force One, Trump told reporters that when it came to the crown prince, "as of this moment we were told that he did not play a role. We're going to have to find out what they have to say." That echoed remarks by national security adviser John Bolton, who said earlier this week that people who have listened to an audio recording of the killing do not think it implicates the crown prince.

Germany's foreign minister on Monday said Berlin had banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone because they are believed to be connected to Khashoggi's killing. Heiko Maas told reporters in Brussels on Monday that Germany issued the ban for the 26-nation zone in close coordination with France, which is part of the Schengen area, and Britain, which is not. He said the 18 Saudis are "allegedly connected to this crime" but gave no further information and didn't release their names.

Trump has called the killing a botched operation that was carried out very poorly and has said "the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups."

But he has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the kingdom and has been reluctant to antagonize the Saudi rulers. Trump considers the Saudis vital allies in his Mideast agenda.

But members of Congress are pushing Trump for a tougher response to the killing. The administration this past week penalized 17 Saudi officials for their alleged role in the killing, but American lawmakers have called on the administration to curtail arms sales to Saudi Arabia or take other harsher punitive measures.

Turkish and Saudi authorities say Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was killed inside the consulate by a team from the kingdom after he went there to get marriage documents.

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Nissan chairman to be dismissed for misconduct

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:31

Nissan Motor Co.'s high-flying chairman Carlos Ghosn is to be dismissed after the company said an internal investigation found he under-reported his income by millions of dollars and engaged in other "significant misconduct."

The Japanese broadcaster NHK said Ghosn was arrested Monday after he voluntarily submitted to questioning by Tokyo prosecutors. The prosecutors office did not confirm that.

The Yokohama-based company, one of the world's largest automakers, said the violations were discovered during an investigation over several months that was instigated by a whistleblower. Ghosn, 64, also allegedly engaged in personal use of company assets, it said.

Nissan said it was providing information to the prosecutors and cooperating with their investigation. The allegations also concern a Nissan representative director, Greg Kelly, it said.

Together, the two under-reported their income by a combined 5 billion yen ($44 million), Japan's Kyodo News service reported.

Nissan's CEO Hiroto Saikawa planned to propose to its board that Ghosn and Kelly both be removed from their posts, the company said in a statement.

"Nissan deeply apologizes for causing great concern to our shareholders and stakeholders. We will continue our work to identify our governance and compliance issues, and to take appropriate measures," it said.

The Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi group is among the biggest auto alliances in the world, selling about 10 million vehicles a year. Before joining Renault, Ghosn worked for Michelin North America.

Shares in Renault SA of France plunged 14 percent early Monday. The news of Ghosn's troubles broke after Japanese markets had closed for the day.

The allegations are a serious blow at a time when Nissan and Mitsubishi Motor Co. are still overcoming scandals over their quality testing reporting.

Ghosn is credited with helping engineer a remarkable turnaround at Nissan over the past two decades, resuscitating the Japanese automaker from near bankruptcy after he was sent in by Renault.

He served as Nissan's chief executive from 2001 until April 2017, becoming chief executive of Renault in 2005, leading the two major automakers simultaneously. In 2016, Ghosn became Mitsubishi Motors' chairman.

For the past two decades, he has maintained an unusually high profile in a nation where foreign chief executives of major Japanese companies are still relatively rare.

Ghosn has appeared on magazine covers dressed in kimono, vowing to renew the Nissan brand. He was widely praised in Japanese industry circles for delivering sorely needed cost cuts and introducing greater efficiency at a time when Nissan needed a fresh start.

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Men convicted of Kansas bomb plot try to bar Somali videos

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:28

A federal judge is due to hear arguments about whether to allow victim impact statements from Somali immigrants at the sentencing hearing for three Kansas militia members convicted of plotting to bomb a mosque and an apartment complex where the immigrants live.

The hearing is scheduled to take place Monday before U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita.

Attorneys for Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen contend that the immigrants aren't victims because no one was hurt. Prosecutors say the defendants are trying to de-personalize their crimes and that federal law guarantees every victim the right to be heard at sentencing.

The defendants were convicted of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiring to violate civil rights. Wright was also convicted of lying to the FBI.

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Dallas woman who went to Mexico for plastic surgery now in hospice

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:23

A Dallas real estate agent who traveled to a clinic in Mexico in October for several plastic surgery procedures and returned to the U.S. on life support with brain damage was moved to hospice care late Friday night, according to a statement on her sister's Facebook page.

The statement from Laura Avila's sister, Angie Avila, addressed to "family and friends" said, "Based on the recommendation of Laura's physicians, and after hours of agony and consideration, our family moved Laura to a more comfortable facility late last night. Laura is peacefully resting and her fate is in the hands of God. Visitation is limited to immediate family and very close friends. We appreciate your understanding and respect towards our wishes. Thank you for keeping Laura in your prayers and for all of your continued love & support."

The page includes a link to a GoFundMe campaign Angie set up in Laura's behalf. As of 2 a.m. EST Monday, the page said more than half of the $150,000 had been raised.

Enrique Cruz, Avila's fiance, said he was at the Rino Center in Ciudad Juarez when his healthy fiancee went in for a nose job and breast implant replacement. Some eight hours later, doctors said there was a problem.

"The only thing that they told me was that they had to take her to the hospital because that, the anesthesia wasn't wearing off and they did not know why," Cruz told CBS News' Anna Werner last week.

Angie said doctors at the Mexican hospital where her sister was transferred told them the Rino Center put the anesthesia in the wrong place in Laura's spine and that her brain swelled, her kidneys failed and she went into cardiac arrest.

"I just said to myself, 'This isn't happening. This can't happen,"' Angie said. "Because of the brain damage she suffered, she'll never be our Laura again."

The family said in a separate statement Sunday that, "Laura was mistreated by doctors in Mexico who were more interested in luring American consumers to their country for the income generated from the promise of discounted medical services than in providing proper patient care." That statement was released by Avila family attorney Larry Friedman.

Cruz said he researched the clinic and found positive reviews online. Angie said they have family in Mexico and, while growing up, often crossed the border to visit from El Paso.

"It sounds crazy to say, 'Oh they went to another country,' but to us, you know, it's home. It's familiar," Angie said.

A 2017 study estimated nearly 1.5 million Americans were expected to travel outside the U.S. for medical care. In Mexico, procedures can cost anywhere between 40 and 65 percent less than in the U.S. Laura's family estimates her procedures were somewhere around $8,500.

"People are seeking alternatives," said Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders. "The oversight in countries like Mexico isn't up to the same standards as it is on the United States."

"Laura would not want her tragic experience to pass in vain," the Avila family statement said. "Americans seeking bargain medical services outside the U.S. should carefully examine the services offered, the credentials and experience of the medical providers, the risks involved, the chances of success and weigh those factors against the amount of money saved by crossing the boarders treatment. If her experience saves one life, then all that she has been through will have been worthwhile."

Avila's family said they want the Rino Center to be held responsible.

"As long as my heart is beating, I will make sure they pay for what they did and this can't happen to anybody else," Angie said.

The family didn't mention if Avila had been taken off life support as of Sunday night.

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Sentencing set for man after guilty plea in family killings

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 04:19

A Colorado man is set to be sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and their two young daughters and dumping their bodies on an oil work site.

Christopher Watts pleaded guilty on Nov. 6 to three charges of murder in the deaths of his wife, Shanann Watts, and their young daughters. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of murdering a child, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

Prosecutors have said they agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for Watts' guilty plea, after seeking approval from Shanann Watts' family. First-degree murder charges in Colorado require a minimum sentence of life without a chance at parole for adults.

Watts will have an opportunity to make a statement during the hearing Monday in Weld County, but it's not clear if he will speak. Watts is represented by the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, which does not comment on pending cases.

Prosecutors have said Shanann Watts' family members may decide to speak during the sentencing hearing.

Judge Marcelo Kopcow also ruled Thursday that Christopher Watts' parents are considered victims of the crime because they are the girls' grandparents. Victims are allowed to give a statement or provide written comments during sentencing hearings in Colorado.

A friend asked police to check on Shanann Watts on Aug. 13 when she could not reach her and grew concerned that the 34-year-old who was pregnant with a third child missed a doctor's appointment. Local police initially handled the search and soon sought support from Colorado investigators and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Meanwhile, Christopher Watts spoke to local television reporters from the front porch of the family's home in Frederick; a small town on the plains north of Denver where drilling rigs and oil wells surround booming subdivisions. Watts pleaded for his family to return home, telling reporters their house felt empty without four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste watching cartoons or running to greet him at the door.

Within days, the 33-year-old was arrested and charged with killing his family.

According to court records, Watts admitted to police that he killed his wife. Watts told investigators that he strangled her in "a rage" when he discovered she had strangled their two daughters after he sought a separation.

Prosecutors have since called Watts' account "a flat-out lie."

Authorities have not released autopsy reports or any information about how the mother and daughters died. Prosecutors have said the reports would be released after Christopher Watts' sentencing.

The girls' bodies were found submerged in an oil tank, on property owned by the company Christopher Watts worked for until his arrest. Shanann Watts' body was found buried nearby in a shallow grave.

Police also learned that Christopher Watts was having an affair with a co-worker. Watts had denied that before being arrested.

The killings captured the attention of media across the country and became the focus of true crime blogs and online video channels, aided by dozens of family photos and videos that Shanann Watts shared on social media showing the smiling couple spending time with their children and each other.

Courts records, though, showed the couple's lifestyle caused financial strain at times. They filed for bankruptcy in June 2015, six months after Christopher Watts was hired as an operator for the large oil and gas driller Anadarko Petroleum at an annual salary of about $61,500. At the time, Shanann Watts was working in a children's hospital call center for $18 per hour.

They reported total earnings of $90,000 in 2014 but $70,000 in unsecured claims along with a mortgage of nearly $3,000. The claims included thousands of dollars in credit card debt, some student loans and medical bills.

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A few honorary Oscars firsts at this year's Governors Awards

Channel 10 news - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 03:40
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg teased Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall about the beginnings of their relationship, actress Cicely Tyson brought more than a few people to tears while proudly clutching her Oscar and publicist Marvin Levy sang a few lines from "Hamilton" to an audience that included Lin-Manuel Miranda at a lively Governors Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The event honoring the careers of film industry legends Tyson, Levy and composer Lalo Schifrin brought some of Hollywood's biggest names — Oprah, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood among them — to the Ray Dolby Ballroom in the heart of Hollywood to reminisce, laugh and schmooze without the pressure, as Hanks said, of "being nervous about who is going to win."

The Governors Awards celebrate the careers of a few entertainment veterans who have not yet won an Academy Award by bestowing them with an honorary Oscar statuette. Recipients are voted on by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

For the 93-year-old Tyson, it was a half lifetime coming. It had been 45 years since her first and only nomination, for "Sounder" in 1972.

"This is a culmination of all those years of haves and have nots," Tyson said, noting that she'll be turning 94 next month.

The private, untelevised dinner gala at the Hollywood & Highland complex has also become an important stop on the campaign trail to the Academy Awards for some of the year's awards hopefuls, making the event one of the most star-studded of the season. In a spin around the room, you can see Nicole Kidman chatting with "First Man" director Damien Chazelle, Disney CEO Bob Iger leaving his seat next to Ford to meet Lady Gaga, "Eighth Grade" director Bo Burnham and "Roma" director Alfonso Cuaron deep in conversation, Hanks and Rita Wilson stopping to greet Melissa McCarthy, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt saying hello to Hilary Swank, the cast of "Black Panther" posing for a photo with Marvel chief Kevin Feige and Lin-Manuel Miranda hanging out with the "Crazy Rich Asians" cast and, later, Jonah Hill.

But all turned their full attention to the stage and the titans being honored when the time came. For while the event may be in its 10th year, and the honorary Oscar itself in its 60th, there was still room for a few firsts. Levy became the first member of the public relations branch of the film academy to win an honorary Oscar, while Kennedy became the first woman to win the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial award — an honor that she shared with her husband and partner Marshall.

The Thalberg award is given to creative producers in recognition of their high-quality body of work, and is infrequently given out. The last Thalberg award recipient was Francis Ford Coppola in 2010.

"I'm incredibly honored to be the first woman to receive this award," Kennedy said to a standing ovation. "I'm not the first to deserve it and I'm 100 percent sure I won't be the last."

Spielberg told the audience about hiring Kennedy to be his secretary years ago, but quickly realized that she had more to offer than just taking notes.

"The breaker of glass ceilings wherever she sets her sights," Spielberg said of Kennedy, who now runs Lucasfilm. "She went from taking notes to taking over."

The director did, however, make his Amblin Entertainment co-founders blush by telling a story about discovering that the two were in a relationship when he caught them "making out on my couch." Kennedy and Marshall have been married now for 32 years and have two daughters.

All the honorees accepted their awards with graciousness and little bit of humor.

Schifrin, who composed the themes to "Mission: Impossible" and "Dirty Harry," had to have a little humor in accepting his award from Eastwood. Eastwood, who said he couldn't read the teleprompter, called Schifrin up to the stage early because he wanted to ask him some questions.

On stage, Schifrin and Eastwood talked about jazz and how many movies they'd worked on together.

"You're sabotaging my speech," Schifrin said in good humor when Eastwood lingered. But Schifrin took hold of his moment of glory after going home from the Oscars empty handed six times in his long career.

"Receiving this honorary Oscar is the culmination of a dream," Schifrin, 86, said. "It is mission accomplished."

And Levy, who has been Spielberg's publicist for over 40 years, since "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" said his job has always been a little hard for people outside the business to understand. "At least now they know I got an Oscar for it," he laughed.

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