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Prosecutor: Man killed ex-wife, buried body as son watched

Channel 10 news - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 04:08

CLEVELAND — An Ohio man accused of strangling his ex-wife and burying her remains as their 3-year-old son watched has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Cleveland.com reports that 28-year-old Fahad Saeed pleaded guilty Thursday to charges including involuntary manslaughter as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Saeed's ex-wife, 25-year-old Roaa Al-Dhannoon, disappeared in October 2016. Her body was found in May 2017 in a wooded area across from a Cleveland-area amusement park. Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Blaise Thomas said the couple's child told investigators that his mother was "near the horses," an apparent reference to the park's carousel.

Prosecutors say Saeed drew a map to the woman's body while he was jailed for violating a protective order. He gave the map to another inmate, who handed it over to investigators.

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6 teenage inmates charged with rioting at juvenile jail

Channel 10 news - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 03:25

CLEVELAND — Six teenagers have been charged in what authorities believe was a planned riot at a juvenile jail in Cleveland.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley said Thursday that the inmates, ages 14 and 15, are charged with aggravated rioting, inciting violence, vandalism and disorderly conduct. One is also being charged with aggravated menacing for threatening to stab a SWAT officer with shards of glass, and at least two are charged with attempted escape.

The disturbance at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center on Jan. 8 left a sheriff's officer and a juvenile inmate injured with cuts.

O'Malley says surveillance video appears to show one teen signaling the others to begin rioting. The cost of the damage to the facility was estimated at $200,000.

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Judge set to sentence Ohio man who plotted US attacks

Channel 10 news - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 03:19

COLUMBUS — A federal judge on Friday is scheduled to sentence an Ohio man who plotted to kill military members in the U.S. following a delay in the case when a previous judge withdrew.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, who was born in Somalia but came to the U.S. as a child, was arrested in 2015 and pleaded guilty to plotting those attacks after becoming radicalized in Syria. The attacks were never carried out.

The government said Mohamud became a citizen to obtain a U.S. passport. He bought a ticket to Greece with a stop in Turkey, where he disembarked before going to Syria, prosecutors said in court documents. They said he never intended to go to Greece.

Prosecutors, who are seeking a 23-year sentence, said Mohamud wanted to travel to Texas and capture three or four soldiers and execute them. They said Mohamud, now 26, was trained in Syria and tried to cover up dangerous terrorist activity.

Mohamud and his lawyer, in asking for leniency, have said Mohamud had realized "the immoral and illegal nature of terrorist ideology" and abandoned any plans to engage in terrorism.

Mohamud's attorney, Sam Shamansky, is asking Judge Michael Watson to consider the light sentence a federal judge in Minnesota handed down in 2016 to a Minnesota man.

In that case, Abdullahi Yusuf, just 20 at the time of sentencing, was convicted of conspiring to join the Islamic State in Syria. Yusuf, who cooperated with prosecutors and testified against others, was sentenced to time served in jail of 21 months, plus two decades of supervised release.

Mohamud was originally scheduled to be sentenced in August. Judge James Graham started that hearing, but in a surprise move, he announced he was delaying it to gather more information, including Mohamud's current state of mind.

Graham also said he wanted information about possible treatment programs for Mohamud during and after prison.

Graham ordered a psychological evaluation of Mohamud and set a new sentencing date. But in December, Graham abruptly withdrew from the case without explanation.

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Hippo-y birthday to Fiona! The popular preemie is turning 1

Channel 10 news - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 03:14

CINCINNATI (AP) — Some days, it's more like being a Hollywood movie star's agent than a communications official for the zoo. That's what happens when your prematurely born hippopotamus becomes a global celebrity.

The Cincinnati Zoo has a day of festivities ready for Fiona's first birthday party Saturday, and expect plenty more of Fiona in Year 2.

Zoo director Thane Maynard's own "Saving Fiona" will later this year join the growing library of books about her. The Cincinnati Reds baseball team will feature a Fiona bobblehead, and the minor-league Florence, Kentucky, Freedom plans a Fiona snow globe this summer. There will be a "Fiona's Cove" exhibit at next month's annual Cincinnati Home & Garden Show.

Also ahead: additions to the Fiona-themed T-shirts, cookies, ornaments, and even beer from tie-ins by local retailers who have shared an estimated half-million dollars in revenues with the zoo so far.

Not everything gets green-lighted.

"We've gotten some strange requests," said Chad Yelton, zoo spokesman.

Left on the table: proposals to record music and make videos with Fiona, national toy company endorsements, a simulated space launch of Fiona, and a Texas library's invitation for her to pay a visit.

Meanwhile, zoo staffers are working with Fiona on her transition toward more-typical zoo behavior, with training on responding to verbal cues and receiving grown-up health care from staffers aware that hippos can become aggressive and dangerous. Her bottle-feeding ended a few weeks ago.

"We're treating her more like a full-time hippo and less like a part-time hippo, part-time human," said Christina Gorsuch, the zoo's mammals curator. Fiona will likely double in size in the next year from her current weight of nearly 700 pounds (318 kilograms).

"But she'll still be her adorable self," Gorsuch added.

A few steps away, adults raised their cameras and cellphones and children squealed as Fiona swam over to check out her latest throng of fans. "I love Fiona!" shouted 3-year-old Nolyn Hanley after she nosed near the glass where he had been watching for her with little brother A.J.

The numbers speak volumes about her popularity:

— Zoo attendance in 2016 was 1.63 million. In 2017, it rose to 1.87 million.

— Views of the zoo's Facebook videos in 2016 totaled 8.85 million. From Fiona's birth on Jan. 24, 2017, to Jan. 2, 2018, they totaled 144.4 million.

Some animal rights activists have expressed cynicism, saying the zoo is using a captive animal to boost its marketing.

Fiona came eight months after the May 28, 2016, shooting by a zoo special-response team of an endangered western lowland gorilla after a little boy fell into his enclosure. The death of Harambe spurred criticism of the zoo, while leading to satires and memes over social media that made the slain gorilla a pop-culture icon.

Round-the-clock critical care, with an assist from Cincinnati Children's hospital personnel, helped the baby born Jan. 24, 2017, grow from a dangerously low 29 pounds (13 kilograms). The zoo kept up online updates through good days and bad, but as she continued to progress, the publicists signaled plans to cut back on the regular updates. That drew blowback from fans hungry, hungry for their "Fiona fix."

After a year of it, Yelton doesn't expect the Fiona Frenzy to fade as she leaves her baby days behind.

"She's still going to be Fiona," he said. "A superstar."

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One person dead after crash in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:49

COLUMBUS -- One person is dead after a crash early Friday in east Columbus.

Police said it happened on Courtright Road near Kimberly Parkway.

Courtright Road was closed in that area as police worked to clear downed wires.

Investigators didn't immediately say what led up to the crash.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com for the latest on this developing story.

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Man fools officers with car made of snow, gets fake parking ticket

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:11

A man in Canada and local police had a good laugh after the Montreal resident fooled officers with a full-size car made entirely of snow. According to CBS affiliate WGCL-TV, Simon Laprise sculpted a life-size model of a DeLorean DMC-12 in the middle of a local snow removal zone.

The "car," made famous by the "Back to the Future" movie franchise, drew the attention of one police officer who was so fooled by Laprise's snow work he called for a second patrol car to check out the DeLorean.

CBS Los Angeles writes that after the officers realized there was no car under the snow pile, Laprise was given a fake parking ticket that read, "You made our night hahahahaha :)"

The 33-year-old machinist's prank was reportedly plowed clean by Montreal sanitation workers the next day but not before it gave police a funny story to tell this winter.

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One person in serious condition in south Columbus shooting

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One person is in serious condition after a shooting in south Columbus according to police.

Columbus police said officers were called to the area of Linwood Avenue and Stanley Avenue just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police said the injured person was taken to Grant Medical Center.

Suspect information has not been released.

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Officials to meet with sheriff's office about security after deadly courtroom shooting

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:52

A Franklin County judge says leaders will meet with the sheriff's department to address safety concerns at the Franklin County courthouse moving forward from Wednesday's deadly shooting.

A deputy shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a struggle in a courtroom on the 5th floor.

The judge tells 10TV the discussions about security will take place once the investigation is complete.

But the Fraternal Order of Police says changes are needed to keep everyone safe.

On the 5th floor of the Franklin County courthouse, tensions can run high and sometimes escalate.

"Unlike other courts, this is the most significant impact to anybody's personal life. We're deciding where children are going to live, we're deciding marital assets," Franklin County Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court Administrative Judge Kim Browne said.

On her 16 years on the bench, Judge Kim Browne says she hasn't seen anything like what happened Wednesday.

"Everybody is struggling a little bit because we've not had like I said an incident like this. Obviously, the events of yesterday were tragic and sad," Judge Browne said.

Teenager Joseph Haynes had a hearing in courtroom 56.

Investigators say during the proceeding there was some kind of outburst.

Then, a Franklin County sheriff's deputy got into a struggle with Haynes and members of his family.

Investigators say the deputy was knocked to the floor and that's when he fired his weapon.

"I think there's a concern for the safety of not just the deputies, but everybody that goes in and out," Fraternal Order of Police Executive Vice President Keith Ferrell said.

The Fraternal Order of Police says requests for additional staffing at the courthouse have already been made and it will be brought up again.

"We will certainly point this out, concern for our deputies and the citizens that we need to make some changes and get appropriate staffing," Ferrell said.

Judge Browne says all benches in the courtrooms have panic buttons and 5 to 6 deputies patrol four floors of the courthouse.

Criminal defense attorney Brian Joslyn says he's seen deputies respond.

"I've seen incidents where there's fights or scuffles or arguments on the juvenile floor and the deputies are on top of it," Joslyn said.

Joslyn says it can be stressful on the 5th floor.

"It's just the emotional aspect of what's happening in those courtrooms often leads to these types of feuds in the hallways," Joslyn said.

Judge Browne might agree.

"We do our best to de-escalate people and remind them that we're here to help," Judge Browne said.

Though she says more deputies in the courthouse couldn't hurt.

An employee assistance program was offered to all Franklin County employees Thursday to help cope and deal with trauma.

The sheriff's office has not released the name of the deputy because threats were received.

Courtroom 56 is expected to open on Monday.

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Parents of 13 children charged with years of torture, abuse

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:45

A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for months at a time and forbidding them from showering more than once a year or using the toilet, a prosecutor said Thursday.

"The victimization appeared to intensify over time," Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in announcing charges. "What started out as neglect became severe, pervasive, prolonged child abuse."

David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, were charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse, dependent adult abuse and false imprisonment. David Turpin was also charged with performing a lewd act on a child under age 14.

The litany of physical and emotional abuse was enough to invoke a house of horrors that apparently went unnoticed for years in California and Texas until Sunday, when a 17-year-old girl managed to escape and call 911.

The girl and her siblings had plotted the escape for two years, Hestrin said. Another girl who escaped out a window with the teen turned back out of fear.

Hestrin did not say what finally triggered the girl to act.

When deputies arrived at the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house on a dead-end street in Perris, about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles, they were shocked by what they found.

Malnutrition was so severe that it was consistent with muscle wasting and had led to cognitive impairment and nerve damage, Hestrin said. The oldest child, a 29-year-old woman, weighed 82 pounds. A 12-year-old was the weight of a typical 7-year-old.

Some of the 13 children had been isolated so long they did not know what a police officer was.

The victims range in age from 2 to 29. The torture and false imprisonment charges do not include the 2-year-old, who was not malnourished. All the children's names begin with the letter J, according to court documents that didn't provide their full names.

The parents were jailed on $12 million bail each after pleading not guilty Thursday at their first court appearance. If convicted, they could be sentenced to life in prison.

David Turpin's lawyer, deputy public defender David Macher, had only begun to investigate the allegations, but said the case was going to be a challenge.

"It's a very serious case," he said. "Our clients are presumed to be innocent, and that is a very important presumption."

Judge Michael B. Donner rejected Macher's request to ban cameras from the courtroom, saying he didn't see how news coverage of a case already so highly publicized could harm the Turpins.

"I am told that coverage of this case literally spans the globe," the judge said.

David Turpin's father, James, the grandfather to the children, said from his home in Princeton, West Virginia, that he did not believe the reports about the abuse.

"I'm going to talk with the children, find out the real story on this as soon as I can get a call through to them," James Turpin told The Associated Press.

The charges date to 2010, when the couple moved to Riverside County from outside Fort Worth, Texas.

The abuse began in Texas with the children being tied to beds with ropes and then hog-tied, Hestrin said. When one child was able to wriggle free, the couple began restraining them with chains and padlocks — for up to months at a time, Hestrin said.

At one point while the couple lived in Texas, the parents lived in a separate house from most of the children and dropped off food to the others from time to time, Hestrin said.

When not restrained, the children were locked in different rooms and fed little on a schedule.

Punishments included being beaten and choked, Hestrin said.

On Sunday, three children had been shackled to beds, though the parents freed two of them — ages 11 and 14 — when officers knocked on the door, Hestrin said. Deputies found a 22-year-old chained to a bed.

Evidence of human waste on the floor indicated the children were prevented from using the toilet. Sheriff's deputies said the stench in the house was overwhelming.

The children never received dental care, and they had not seen a doctor in more than four years. When the girl who escaped was asked if any pills were in the home, she did not understand what medication was.

The children, who were schooled at home, were rarely seen outside the house, though the parents posted photos of them smiling together at Disneyland and in Las Vegas, where the couple renewed their wedding vows.

In addition to raising them largely in isolation, the parents may have been able to hide the abuse by functioning while other families slept. The children were reared on the graveyard shift, with the family staying up all night and going to bed shortly before dawn, Hestrin said.

While the children were deprived of food, the parents ate well and even taunted the children by putting apple and pumpkin pies on the kitchen counter, but not letting them have any, Hestrin said.

Similarly, the children were not allowed to play with toys, though many were found throughout the house — in their original packaging.

"This is depraved conduct," Hestrin said. "It breaks our hearts."

One of the only things the children were allowed to do was to write in their journals.

Investigators were combing through hundreds of journals found in the home, Hestrin said. They are expected to provide powerful evidence against the parents.

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House passes bill to keep government open

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debate over immigration and the budget (all times local):

7:38 p.m.

The House has passed a temporary government-wide funding bill that would avert a government shutdown this weekend.

The measure still faces iffy prospects in the Senate, where Democrats are poised to block it in hopes of spurring slow-moving talks on immigration.

The measure would keep the government running through Feb. 16. The government faces a partial shutdown at midnight Friday, an outcome both sides say they want to avoid but one that seems increasingly possible.

The 230-197 vote came after an influential bloc of House conservatives won promises of future action on separate legislation to bolster the military and tighten immigration laws. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows announced the group's support after talks with House GOP leaders and President Donald Trump.

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6:40 p.m.

The leader of the House Freedom Caucus says the conservative group will now back a Republican bill preventing a federal shutdown for a month. Their support seemingly ensures that the measure will pass the House later Thursday.

But the bill's prospects in the Senate remain gloomy.

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows leads the Freedom Caucus. He says he's struck a deal with House Speaker Paul Ryan that would bolster military spending and allow a future vote on a conservative immigration bill.

Most House Democrats are likely to oppose the measure keeping government open, but there should be enough GOP votes for passage.

Most Senate Democrats and some Republicans say they'll oppose the legislation. Democrats want a bipartisan deal on a less restrictive immigration bill.

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6:30 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging his Republican colleagues against joining Democrats in opposing a bill preventing a federal shutdown.

The Kentucky Republican is also telling them to expect to work this weekend if that measure is blocked.

McConnell says in an email obtained by The Associated Press that Republicans who vote with Democrats to oppose a bill keeping government open are playing "right into the Democrats' hands."

The House is expected to vote Thursday night on the bill. It would finance government until Feb. 16. The House seems increasingly likely to approve the measure.

Its prospects seem gloomy in the Senate, where most Democrats were expected to vote no. They first want a deal on immigration and spending. Some Republicans are threatening to join them.

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6:15 p.m.

Rep. Mark Meadows, the Republican chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, says he's going to recommend to members of the group that they vote for a continuing resolution to keep the government running.

Securing more votes from GOP conservatives enhances the prospects that Speaker Paul Ryan gets the votes necessary to pass the short-term spending measure up for a vote Thursday night.

Meadows says he just met with Ryan, who discussed proposals "that would actually be beneficial to the military and our focus on the military's needs going forward."

Meadows was unable to discuss the provisions, except to say they deal with military readiness.

He says he'll recommend "supporting the president in this initiative" and that includes voting for the spending bill.

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3:15 p.m.

The Interior Department says that if there is a government shutdown, national parks and other public lands will remain as accessible as possible. The stance is a change from previous shutdowns when most parks were closed and became high-profile symbols.

Spokeswoman Heather Swifts says the American public — especially veterans who come to the nation's capital — should find war memorials and open air parks open to visitors. Swift says many national parks and wildlife refuges nationwide will also be open with limited access when possible.

She says public roads that already open are likely to remain open, although services that require staffing and maintenance such as campgrounds, full-service restrooms and concessions won't be operating. Backcountry lands and culturally sensitive sites are likely to be restricted or closed.

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3:10 p.m.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the State Department is "ready" if the federal government shuts down.

Tillerson is responding to questions about his agency's preparations for what to do if Congress fails to pass a stopgap spending measure. He says he hopes that doesn't happen. But he says if it does, "We're ready."

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says no decisions have been made about what services like visa processing and passports the State Department could provide during a shutdown. She also says there's been no decision about whether Tillerson could proceed with a planned Europe trip next week if the government shuts down.

Nauert says security for American diplomats overseas won't be affected. She says Tillerson and individual embassies have some discretion over how to handle a shutdown.

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2:15 p.m.

Mexico is disputing President Donald Trump's claim that it is the "most dangerous country in the world." Mexico also says, again, that it will not pay for a border wall.

Trump tweeted Thursday, "We need the Wall to help stop the massive inflow of drugs from Mexico, now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world." He also insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department concedes the country has a problem with violence but says it is "openly false" to call it the most dangerous.

It points out the most recent global comparison by the United Nations put Mexico far from being one of the most dangerous countries, and the department says Mexico's murder rate is not even the highest in Latin America.

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12:12 p.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump supports the House effort to avert a government shutdown and fund a popular children's health insurance program for six years.

"The President supports the continuing resolution introduced in the House," White House spokesman Raj Shah says in a statement. "Congress needs to do its job and provide full funding of our troops and military with a two-year budget caps deal. However, as the deal is negotiated, the President wants to ensure our military and national security are funded. He will not let it be held hostage by Democrats."

Trump cast his support for the measure into doubt earlier Thursday with a tweet that criticized the length of the CHIP reauthorization. "CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!" Trump tweeted.

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12:09 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's confident that the GOP-controlled House will do its part and pass legislation to keep the government open for another four weeks.

The Wisconsin Republican told Reporters Thursday that GOP vote counters are "doing fine. I have confidence we'll pass this."

The House is slated to vote Thursday evening but members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus are opposed to the measure.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said leaders are refusing to attach items such as funding to fully finance a 2.4 percent pay raise for the military.

Ryan said he spoke to President Donald Trump and said Trump fully supports the House measure, despite tweeting earlier Thursday that a popular children's health insurance program should not be part of the short-term budget agreement.

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11:34 a.m.

President Donald Trump says a government shutdown "could happen," saying it is "up to the Democrats."

Trump spoke as he arrived at the Pentagon for a meeting Thursday. He said on his way in that he was there "for our military" and said if a shutdown happens, the "worst thing is what happens to our military."

Trump said the country "just about never needed our military more than now."

Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to avert the shutdown, which could come at midnight Friday. Trump injected confusion into the process Thursday with a tweet that a children's health insurance program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement.

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9:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump says a children's health insurance program shouldn't be part of a short-term budget deal.

Trump favors making the program part of "a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!"

Trump is referring to the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP

House Republican leaders have included a six-year renewal in a short-term budget bill in an effort to woo Democrats. But the effort faces resistance from Democrats who've been demanding protections for certain young immigrants.

The White House isn't immediately responding to questions about the tweet.

Trump also says he doesn't want to see a government shutdown — and the shutdown deadline is fast approaching. It's midnight Friday.

He says a "shutdown will be devastating to our military ... something the Dems care very little about!"

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6:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump is pushing back against his own chief of staff over the border wall with Mexico.

Trump tweets that "The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it."

Some Democrats who met with Trump aide John Kelly on Wednesday say Kelly told them there are parts of the border where a wall isn't needed and that Trump didn't know that when making campaign promises.

Trump is now tweeting that some of the wall will be "see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water ..."

He's also saying the wall "will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is 'peanuts' compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S."

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12:40 a.m.

The White House chief of staff says President Donald Trump's views on immigration are evolving.

And that statement is giving some people hope for a compromise. But perplexing others.

John Kelly's comments come amid a shaky effort to reach a deal to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

It's a push that the White House and Republicans say they would back if it's coupled with tough border security measures and other restrictions.

Kelly made the remarks Wednesday at a closed-door meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — according to participants. And he made similar remarks later on Fox News Channel.

Kelly tells Fox that Trump has "very definitely changed his attitude" toward protecting the young immigrants, "and even the wall, once we briefed him."

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Sponsor votes to suspend operations for ECOT

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:42

One of the nation's largest online charter schools is closing abruptly halfway through the academic year.

That means families of the roughly 12,000 Ohio students from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow are scrambling to arrange other schooling options.

The publicly funded e-school has been running out of money amid a legal dispute with the state. ECOT's closure shifted from a possibility to a reality when the required oversight entity known as its sponsor decided Thursday to suspend that arrangement. ECOT says the state rejected a proposal from the e-school that was aimed at keeping it open through the spring.

Ohio's public school districts would have to accept any returning local ECOT students, but some families refuse to go back to those schools. Some are considering other virtual schools or homeschooling.

Columbus City Schools told 10TV they estimate around 1,200 students who could come to the district with the closure.

The district said they will be extending the hours at their Central Enrollment Center to give families an opportunity to come in and enroll (this is in addition to their normal operating hours):

  • Thursday, Jan. 25 – 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 27 - 8:39 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.


The Ohio Department of Education has set up a list of resources for families affected by the decision.

Statement from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria regarding the suspension of ECOT by the ESC of Lake Erie West:

“The Ohio Department of Education was informed this evening that the ESC of Lake Erie West has suspended the operations of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. We are beginning the implementation of a plan to support students and families in identifying new educational opportunities to meet their needs. Districts and schools have already taken actions to streamline and accelerate their enrollment processes. We know the entire education community will come together with care and compassion in the best interest of these students.”

Release from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow:

Thousands of students, including 2,287 graduation-eligible seniors, find themselves without a school tomorrow as the Ohio Department of Education forced the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to close its doors on 12,000 students without warning. ODE Chief Legal Counsel Diane Lease informed ECOT’s sponsor, The ESC of Lake Erie West, that the Department was considering the “final offer” made by ECOT last night, thereby averting the pending termination vote, but ODE chose at the last minute to reject the offer in favor of termination.

“Why would the state’s highest education office want to make thousands of Ohio students school-less with only a few months left in the school year?” asked ECOT Superintendent Brittny Pierson. “March, April, and May. We only needed funds for those months and it would have allowed our closing to be a smooth transition for our students and teachers.”

“By rejecting an offer that would have allowed our current students to finish the year, Governor Kasich, State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, Diane Lease, and company showed they were more interested in settling a political score than in doing what’s best for students,” said ECOT Spokesman Neil Clark.

The plan offered by ECOT even would have allowed the state to keep collecting the $60 million it felt it was owed. Now the state has no means by which to collect those funds.

“This decision was not in the best interests of Ohio taxpayers since the state can no longer collect claw back funds from ECOT. Nor was it in the best interests of ECOT students, who are suddenly school-less,” continued Clark. “So, the question is: why do it when you have an option not to? The Answer: politics, pure and simple. These bureaucrats wanted blood for ECOT challenging them on their illegal and retro-active rule-making.”

In that retro-active audit, ECOT was found to be only 40% in compliance. But when the audit was conducted the next year, after ECOT had a full year to prepare a new tracking system, the school more than doubled its compliance.

ECOT officials had pointed out numerous times throughout the legal process the inconsistencies, incompetence, and misleading rules and conversations with the Department which hindered the school’s ability to comply or even understand the Department’s rules. Even last week, ODE informed ECOT in writing that it had NOT met the guidelines to become a Drop-Out Recovery School, only to send a nearly identical letter the very next day informing the school that it DID meet the guidelines and was now considered a Drop-Out Recovery School.

“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to help over 20,000 students receive their High School diplomas,” said Bill Lager, ECOT’s founder. “So many of those youngsters and their families told me that without ECOT, they never would have made it.”

Continued Lager, “I’m so grateful to have worked with so many talented and dedicated teachers and staff over the past 18 years. Godspeed to the tens of thousands of alumni, students, parents, and staff who make up the ECOT family.”

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Dom & Dave: Which Buckeyes are entering the draft, Who will the Browns pick up

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:32

You've seen them yell at each other in a poorly lit room on a shaky cell phone feed, but now, it's time to step it up.

Dom Tiberi and Dave Holmes are teaming up to discuss the top sports stories of the day among other topics.

Watch Dom & Dave every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 6:45 p.m. on 10TV.com or the 10TV Facebook page.

Thursday, January 18 Topics:

  • Draft deadline has come: Which Buckeyes are going, which are staying? How many are going in the first round?
  • Browns have two first round picks (#1 and #4): Who should they take? Who will they take?
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Conflicting stories emerge in Courthouse shooting that killed teen defendant

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:27

Conflicting stories are emerging after a teen was shot to death by a deputy inside the Franklin County Courthouse.

A Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy shot 16-year-old Joseph Haynes during a struggle Wednesday in Franklin County Juvenile Court.

"He really wasn't a bad kid at all. He really wasn't," said Haynes' aunt, Rianne Dotson. "He was a sweet boy."

But Haynes had a criminal history, including a charge of threatening someone with a gun.

It was a hearing related to that case that took him to Franklin County Juvenile Court Wednesday.

Dotson wasn't there, but her mother and sister - Haynes' grandmother and mother - were.

She says this is what they told her:

"The deputy grabbed ahold of my sister, and that's when Joey freaked out. And he told the deputy, 'Get your hands off my mom, get your hands off my mom.' Joey didn't jump on his back or nothing, he just touched him on his shoulder. 'Get your hands off my mom.' Well they end up getting into a little struggle, whatever. My mom and my sister was trying to get in to calm Joey down. That's when the deputy ended up getting knocked down."

The Fraternal Order of Police tells a very different story:

"(The deputy) responded, came in there, and was violently attacked by multiple people," said FOP Vice President Keith Ferrell. "I was with this deputy. He does have injuries that are visible. I'm not a doctor. But it was very clear to me in my experience that he was attacked. And this was a fight for his life at some point. He was assaulted, and obviously at some point, he felt there was a risk for his life and everyone else in that courtroom."

Though he visited the Deputy in the hospital, Ferrell admits he has spoken with no direct witnesses to Wednesday's confrontation.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office Wednesday described the incident as "an altercation" involving the deputy, Haynes, and Haynes' family.

They say the deputy was knocked to the ground, and that's when he fired his weapon.

Glenn McEntyre: They say this officer felt like he had to act to protect his life and the life of people in that courtroom.
Rianne Dotson: By what? Killing a 16 year old?

"What makes it a life or death situation is if you attack me right now, I'm a police officer with a gun, there is a gun in play," said Ferrell. "That gun can be taken from you very quickly, and someone's life could be taken."

The Sheriff's Office says threats have been made against the life of the deputy involved.

While they investigate, they are not yet releasing his name.

He was treated and released from the hospital for injuries during Wednesday's altercation.

10TV spoke by phone with Joseph Hayes' grandmother, who was in the courtroom.

Geraldine Haynes would only say, "It didn't happen the way police said it did. My grandson should have never been shot."

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Memorial Tournament will no longer allow access from homes along course

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:17

Of the 250 homes that line Muirfield Golf Club in Dublin, about 40 homes every year are turned into massive entertainment venues where big companies entertain thousands of clients throughout the tournament.

Out of concern for security, tournament organizers say access to the course from those homes is no longer an option.

"There are just too many points of entry and in this environment that we live today when we have over 50 points of access into the golf course it's really hard to manage," says Sullivan.

Last week homeowners received a letter from the tournament stating, "Beginning in 2018 and going forward we will be significantly altering access to the golf course and will no longer be offering individual gate cuts from your residential properties."

Sullivan says there wasn't one specific incident that brought the change, but he admits there have been security breaches.

Landers: Were people getting on the course who didn't have badges?
Sullivan: Yeah absolutely, and one way to do that if we reduce the points of entry we know everyone who is coming onto the golf course.

Sullivan says the tournament will continue to offer public gates at Dunniker Park Lot, #6 tee, #7 tee, #8 tee, #10 green, #12 green, #13 green, #15 green and the main gate behind the practice facility of Memorial Drive.

Residential gates will be at #2, #10, #14, #15, and #17 fairways. The golf tournament starts May 28.

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Former Dublin teacher sentenced to more than 21 years in child porn case

Channel 10 news - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:32

A former Dublin teacher was sentenced on Thursday in a child porn case involving a 15-year-old student.

Gregory Lee was sentenced in federal court to 262 months in prison, 20 years of supervised release and fined $10,000.

Lee agreed to plead guilty in August after he was arrested in June on charges of producing child pornography with a student.

Prosecutors say Lee admitted to producing and receiving sexual photos and videos of a 15-year-old student.

For 22 years, Lee worked at Dublin Scioto High School as a track coach and teacher.

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