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Man, woman, and dog rescued in Lancaster house fire

Channel 10 news - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 03:53

LANCASTER, Ohio -- Lancaster Police officers helped to rescue two people trapped inside a house fire early Wednesday morning.

Crews were called just before 3 a.m. to a report of a house fire in the 900 block of Goodwin Avenue in Lancaster.

Lancaster Fire Captain K.J. Watts believes the fire started in a corner of the home and flames spread causing extensive damage. There were no working smoke detectors in the home, according to Fire Captain Watts.

Authorities say police officers arrived on the scene first, helping the man and woman escape the flames through the bathroom window.

Officials say both were transported to an area hospital out of precaution with minor injuries.

Firefighters say a dog was also rescued from the burning home and the fire remains under investigation.

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

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Forecast: Warm Wednesday

Channel 10 news - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 02:09

Today: Starting off mostly sunny, but clouds build through the day and breezy. High 82. SW wind 10-20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of a thunderstorm. Low 65.
Tomorrow: A chance for showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon and breezy again. High 80. SW wind 10-20 mph.
Friday: Showers and storms are likely and staying gusty. High 76. SW wind 10-20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph.

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Weather Discussion: A clear and mild start to the day with above average temperatures. Sunshine starts our day before clouds gradually build. We climb into the low 80s this afternoon. Bottoming out in the mid-60s tonight. A frontal boundary will push slowly southeast across the region through Friday, bringing an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon through Friday. SPC Outlook has Central Ohio under a marginal risk for severe weather Thursday and Friday. Drying out this weekend with more sunshine and highs in the 70s.

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Man stabs woman before officer-involved shooting

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 21:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in west Columbus Tuesday night.

Police said they were called to Ryan Avenue just north of West Mound Street around 10:45 p.m.

Police tell 10TV there were no injuries to any officers.

A man stabbed a woman, and when police asked him to drop the knife, they shot him, according to officers.

The man and woman are expected to survive.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com for updates.

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James has triple-double, Cavs beat Raptors in OT in Game 1

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 21:13

TORONTO — LeBron James had 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, J.R. Smith scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 113-112 in overtime on Tuesday night to win Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

Kyle Korver scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime after Cleveland never led in regulation. Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have eliminated Toronto in each of the past two postseasons.

Toronto's Fred VanVleet missed a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds to go in overtime that could have won it for the Raptors, who couldn't hold on to a 14-point, first-quarter lead.

Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 21 rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 18 points and 10 assists, and DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points for the Raptors, who host Game 2 on Thursday night.

Jeff Green scored 16 points and Kevin Love had 13 rebounds.

The Cavaliers beat the Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference finals in 2016 before going on to win their first NBA championship. Last year, Cleveland swept Toronto in the second round.

Korver's 3 early in overtime gave the Cavaliers their first lead of the game, 108-105.

Lowry's three-point play made it 113-112 with 57 seconds to go and, after the Cavs were called for a shot-clock violation, Toronto had one more chance to win, but VanVleet couldn't come through.

VanVleet was one of four Raptors to miss in the final seconds of regulation. Toronto got four looks at the potential winning basket on its next possession but missed all four, including a wide-open 3 by VanVleet, giving Cleveland the ball with 0.6 seconds remaining. Green inbounded to James, but his shot bounced off the rim.

The Raptors shot 5 for 24 in the fourth quarter, with Valanciunas missing six of seven attempts.

DeRozan scored 11 points in the first, connecting on five of eight attempts, and Lowry had eight points and five assists as Toronto led 33-19. James was 3 of 5 in the first but the rest of the Cavs shot 4 for 18.

James, who averaged more than 41 minutes in Cleveland's first-round series against Indiana, checked out with 3:31 left in the first. With James on the bench, the Cavs scored two points the rest of the quarter.

Green and Smith each scored 11 points in the second quarter and the Cavs found their shooting stroke, connecting on 14 of 22 attempts. James had five assists in the period as Cleveland cut the deficit to 60-57 at halftime.

VanVleet took exception to a shove from James at the end of one play and made an attempt to get at the Cavs star, but was restrained by teammates.

Valanciunas had 13 points and eight rebounds in the third, but Korver scored 10 points and James had eight to keep the Cavs close. Toronto led 87-82 heading to the fourth.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Cleveland allowed 100 or more points for the third time in eight postseason games. ... James dove into a courtside broadcast table in search of a loose ball late in the fourth. ... Love missed all four of his shot attempts in the first went 1 for 7 in the first half. ... Kendrick Perkins traded angry words with rapper Drake, Toronto's global ambassador, as the teams walked off at halftime. Former Raptors guard Jose Calderon stood in front of Drake during the exchange, while Smith moved Perkins toward the locker room.

Raptors: Toronto had 10 assists on 13 made baskets in the first. ... The Raptors had nine turnovers in the first half, leading to 15 points for the Cavaliers. They finished with 14, leading to 21 Cleveland points. ... Actor Wendell Pierce attended the game.

UP NEXT

Game 2 is Thursday night at 8 p.m.

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Trump's longtime doctor says Trump dictated glowing bill of health

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 19:42

President Trump's longtime personal physician said Tuesday it was Trump himself who dictated a 2015 letter saying Trump would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." Harold Bornstein, who has been Trump's personal physician since 1980, made the comment to CNN, after telling NBC his office was "raided" for Trump's medical records in February 2017.

"He dictated that whole letter. I didn't write that letter," Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. "I just made it up as I went along."

Bornstein would not give an interview to CBS News, but did call the NBC story a "pretty good story," and said he spoke with an NBC reporter while "in the bathroom" of his office.

The December 2015 note declared Trump would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" and claimed Trump had "extraordinary" stamina and physical strength. In 2016, Bornstein told NBC he wrote that statement in five minutes while a limo sent by Trump waited outside his office.

"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," read the 2015 statement from Bornstein.

Asked by NBC how he could stand by such an unequivocal statement, Bornstein gave an interesting response: "I like that sentence, to be quite honest with you, and all the rest of them are either sick or dead."

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New Albany parents meet about alcohol awareness ahead of prom weekend

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 19:28

Parents in New Albany got a lesson on alcohol right before prom and graduation.

District officials call it "May Mayhem" and they're hoping their message will keep this time of year a happy one.

Car crashes are the number one leading cause of death of teenagers according to the district, and that has schools acting fast to raise awareness as more teens hit the highway.

In New Albany Tuesday night, parents learned at a community forum the time to prevent tragedy is right now.

On a small board inside the New Albany Intermediate School are letters from 7th graders, addressed to juniors and seniors who might be going to prom this weekend.

"Prom, graduation, all the different parties that take place. Parents who host can lose the most. You don't have the right to give alcohol to other students. We want to make sure parents understand that," Superintendent Michael Sawyers said.

At a community forum on alcohol awareness parents learned how to talk to their kids about drinking and drugs.

"So we have evidence within the school district based upon surveys with kids and our conversations with them that as early as the age of 14 they're exposed to alcohol," Sawyers said.

Some moms and dads brought their kids to listen while others helped put the night together.

"We have power as parents and that we can really make a difference in the choices that they make," Sarah Underhill said.

The crowd heard from school leaders and families who have lost loved ones to drinking and driving.

The district partnered with MADD hoping to send a message home with parents.

"Just really feel like they do have the power to talk to their kids about alcohol and their kids will listen," Underhill said.

Because the power of parents is strong and so are the words on the letters addressed to juniors and seniors.

New Albany schools have its prom night this weekend.

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Woman from Galion found dead in Florida

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 18:43

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – A woman from Galion, Ohio was found dead in a plastic storage bin in a shed behind a house in St. Petersburg, Florida Monday afternoon, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

In a press conference, police said 29-year-old Cheyenne Snyder was identified as the victim.

Police said she had been living in Florida for the past 9 years.

Angelo Dante Beckford, 40, was arrested and police said he admitted to shooting and killing Snyder Sunday night during a fight about a mess Snyder had made.

Police said Beckford is charged with violating parole, possession of drugs, possession of crack cocaine, aggravated assault, and second degree murder.

““St. Petersburg Police Maj. Shannon Halstead said in a press conference.

Snyder and Beckford knew each other for only about a week and both had struggled with drug addiction, according to Halstead.

Halstead said Beckford was sentenced to prison for armed robbery in 2008 and released in March 2016.

He went back to prison after violating his parole in December 2016 and was released from prison again on April 1, according to police.

Citizens went to police after Beckford showed them what they believed to be a female body in a storage bin.

Snyder was the mother of two boys, grew up playing volleyball and was well loved in Galion according to police.

Beckford is in custody at the Pinellas County Jail.

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Kanye West under fire after saying slavery was a choice

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 18:13

Before the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a "choice" in an interview Tuesday.

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice," West said on "TMZ Live" after questions on his pro-President Donald Trump posts and pictures that caused a dust-up last week. "You was there for 400 years, and it's all of y'all?"

"Do you feel like I'm thinking free and feeling free?" West asked the TMZ employees in the room.

"I actually don't think you're thinking anything," TMZ's Van Lathan quickly cracked back at West, as many would in the ensuing hours.

Lathan said while West gets to live the elite artist's life, "the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was our choice."

Symone D. Sanders, political commentator and CNN contributor, led the anti-West chorus on Twitter.

"Kanye is a dangerous caricature of a 'free-thinking' black person in America," Sanders tweeted. "Frankly, I am disgusted and I'm over it. Also (I can't believe I have to say this): Slavery was far from a choice."

Others put it more briefly.

"Slavery wasn't a choice," Russ Bengtson tweeted, "but listening to Kanye is."

West also told TMZ that he became addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he had liposuction surgery in 2016. He was hospitalized for a week and had to cut short his "Pablo" tour. West said the painkillers drove him to a "breakdown," which became a "breakthrough" when he found himself again.

West also doubled down on his love of the president, which Trump has been returning in tweets.

"I just love Trump," West said, adding that most in hip-hop agreed with him before Trump became president. "Trump is one of rap's favorite people."

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Bill introduced to rename portion of I-270 after fallen Westerville officers

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:59

A bill has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives to rename a section of I-270 after two Westerville officers killed in the line of duty.

Representatives Anne Gonzales (R - District 19) and Rick Carfagna (R - District 68) introduced the bill on Tuesday.

The bill would rename the section of I-270 from State Route 3 to Cleveland Avenue the "Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering Memorial Highway."

Officers Morelli and Joering were killed responding to a 911 hang-up call on February 10.

Thirty-year-old Quentin Smith has been charged in their deaths.

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Victims of deadly quadruple stabbing came to US in search of better life

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:52

UPDATE: Police ID victims, suspect in deadly northeast Columbus stabbings

New details are emerging about the stabbing attacks that left four people dead in north Columbus Monday.

Angie Plummer with Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) says there are two families involved, one of them refugees from the African country of Eritrea. Her agency helped them relocate to Columbus in June of 2017.

"And there is another family unit that had moved in with them, and as I understand it, it's the estranged husband or ex-husband had come and attacked the family in the home," Plummer said.

She says the mother and her four children had lived for years in a refugee camp.

"To think of the fact that they came here and had this hope of a new life, and that this has happened to them is beyond comprehension," she said.

Columbus Police say they shot and killed the man who stabbed the four people, killing three of them.

Monday, police found the body of a 19-year-old man who had been stabbed to death on Fitzroy Drive. One block away, on Walford Street, police say the suspect had stabbed three women, killing two of them.

Police say the violence was the result of a domestic dispute between an estranged couple. Officers confronted and killed the suspect, who they say was still holding a butcher knife.

"To think those children have lost a parent or an aunt or uncle is just horrible," said neighbor Tony Layton. "You don't want any child to have to go through something like that."

The victims are a 51-year-old mother, and two of her children: a 19-year-old man and 18-year-old woman. The other stabbing victim is a 33-year-old woman.

The suspect is a 64-year-old man.

CRIS is accepting donations to help support the children of this attack. Click here for more information.

Columbus Police identify the officer who shot and killed the suspect as Sgt. Gregg Seevers, a 21-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police.

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Licking County residents plead with commissioners to light courthouse for Pride

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:10

A big crowd turned out Tuesday to try to change the minds of the Licking County Commissioners. They want the courthouse lit in rainbow colors for Newark's first Pride celebration. The commissioners had turned down the request.

The commissioners extended the comment period during their meeting to hear from all who wanted to speak.

A councilman had requested the courthouse be lit for the event. The commissioners refused, saying they had already decided 18 occasions for which to light the courthouse and they didn’t want to endorse any cause.

Most who came to the meeting said lighting it for Pride would show that licking county is welcoming and supportive of all.

“The lighting of the courthouse has de facto, whether we like it or not, has turned into a symbolic question as to whether Licking County actually accepts the gifts of all the people that we do say we accept,” said Granville pastor Dwight Davidson.

A few people did speak against lighting the courthouse for Pride.

The commissioners said they would consider what was said and discuss the policy but, for now, their previous decision stands.

“As you can tell, this is a divisive issue and we’re not looking for divisiveness in the community,” said Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb. “We’re going to try to be fair about it but at the same time, we can’t do for all groups and all requests all the time.”

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How to defend yourself if you become the target of a carjacking

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:05

Gail Plants has called Merion Village in south Columbus home for 66 years.

"I love it here but now I don't know," said Plants sadly.

In late April, Plants said she pulled up to the curb near her house at about 9 p.m. She said she looked around but didn't notice anyone so she was surprised when three teenagers approached her as she was still seated behind the wheel, and politely asked for directions.

"Then she got in my space...and I was sitting down and she grabbed me and jerked me out of the car," said Plants.

The 72-year-old said the teen wrestled they key out of her hand, threw her to the ground, and repeatedly kicked her before stealing her car.

"I always wondered if I could scream? And I screamed and I screamed and I yelled," said Plants.

10TV teamed up with Columbus police SWAT Officer and martial arts instructor, Tim Halbakken, who said Plants did a good job trying to be aware of her surroundings and screaming for help.

"Some of the victims that I've had found themselves almost in shock that they were being attacked, and they kind of held their breath," explained Halbakken.

If you ever become the target of a surprise attack while seated in your car, the best thing you can do is drive away, but if the engine is off and the attacker has a hold of you, physical resistance isn't your only option.

"Going into him is sometimes, as counter-intuitive as it may seem, is the right answer. So, if he's pulling, and I'm pulling and I"m losing, going after Jim, and going after his eyes, is often a good bet," explained Halbakken.

He said if a robber ever asks you to remain quiet and hand over your money or cell phone or jewelry, it's best to comply, but Halbakken said if an attacker tries to force you into a vehicle, or lead you to what he calls a 'secondary crime scene," like an alley, you should fight to survive.

"If they're going to move you, that's where you're going to go ahead and make your stand. Scream, make noise, fight back," said Halbakken.

Plants said she wasn't seriously injured in the attack, and police later recovered her stolen car, but the random act of violence left her shaken.

"It's sad that people have to be like that, and I sure hope they get them," said Plants.

To hear Officer Halbakken's self-defense tips and review demonstrations showing how to break free from an attacker, watch the video in the player below.

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Gov. Kasich visits Waverly, applauds "Hurt to Hope" program

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 14:57

The pilot program, Hurt to Hope, in Waverly is now helping 40 local teens.

Gov. John Kasich was at the YMCA in Waverly, Tuesday, to talk about the program and how it's positively impacting families.

"What I saw today, the hopefulness I saw today, the change in community that I've seen today gives me a sense that there's a way to really begin to win the battle against rural poverty," he said.

Hurt to Hope started in January in Waverly at the YMCA with 12 teenage girls originally enrolled.

The governor's office says it has given the program $200,000 in funds to help with start-up costs. At Tuesday's event, Walmart presented Hurt to Hope with a $20,000 donation.

Gov. Kasich says the state is happy to help where it can with the program but says true success depends on the support of the community.

"I do not believe that this is a problem that can be solved anywhere in our state with just the state handing out money," he said.

Pike County YMCA CEO, Kim Conley, says she has seen a difference in the teens since they joined the program in January.

"We're not heroes," she said. "We're a place that they can call home."

She says one reason the program is a success is because, for once, people are taking the time to listen to the needs of the children.

"It's a safe place where they can feel comfortable and have someone to talk to who will listen," she said.

Daisy Tolliver, 15, has been with the program since it began.

"Ever since I was little my mom has been on drugs," she said. "My father's not in my life at all."

A few years ago, she says her mom dropped her off at her grandparents to live. She says her self-worth diminished and was even hospitalized for a suicide attempt.

Tuesday, Tolliver spoke at the YMCA event.

"When I think Hurt to Hope, I think family," she said.

Then Tolliver, whose passion is dancing, announced great news.

"[Ohio University] just gave me an $18,000 scholarship to start dance classes," she said as the audience roared with applause.

"That's my dream is to dance," she said as she began to cry. "Everyone's always told me that you can't dance because that's not a real job or we don't have enough money to send you to college. To get that [scholarship] just means so much to me."

Not only a scholarship but a class. Tolliver will soon begin teaching dance to children at the YMCA. It's something she can't believe she's getting to do.

"I say that to myself all the time," she joked. "Like, 'You're in a dream, this cannot be happening'."

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Columbus City Schools wants to spend $11 million on replacing HVAC systems

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 14:51

Columbus Board members are set to vote on an $11 million contract for renovations to the HVAC systems at four of the district's schools.

The repair and renovation plan would outfit classrooms at West High Schools, Sherwood Middle, Moler Elementary and Duxberry Park Elementary with air conditioning.

"It’s one of the more challenging projects just because it really will touch almost every corner of the building. But a lot of things won’t change depending on how they look," Alex Trevino, director of capital improvements for Columbus City Schools. "It’s definitely going to change in terms of what people are going to perceive in terms of the temperature and comfort inside the building."

The contract is part of the district's Operation: Fix It initiative, a five-year $125 million voter-approved bond package allocated for maintenance project across the district. If approved, the contract would be the largest single investment under the initiative.

Duxberry Park Elementary, one of the schools that would be renovated, is more than 60 years old.

"We are a two-story building. Many of our classrooms on the upper floor are facing the playground where there is asphalt and the sun comes into the classrooms, on a constant basis. That’s why we do have blinds," said Nikki Henry, principal of the schools.

Henry says she and school staff have had to make adjustments to ensure students are safe and healthy in extreme cold or hot temperatures.

"These rooms can get up to 85, 90, 95 degrees," Henry said. "We’ve even had the thermostat at 99 before. That’s really hard conditions for students to try to concentrate and learn to read and do math when they have sweat pouring down."

If the Board approves the contract at it's Tuesday evening meeting, design work would begin immediately. Construction work would be completed by the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

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Illnesses from ticks, mosquitoes surge, CDC says

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 14:25

The number of illnesses caused by mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the United States over the last 13 years, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the report, more than 640,000 cases were reported across the country from 2004 through 2016, though officials say the actual number of illnesses is likely much higher.

During this time period, nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were either discovered or introduced into the U.S.

The number of reported diseases from ticks more than doubled during the study period and accounted for more than 60 percent of all reported cases.

The most common tick-borne diseases in the United States were Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis. West Nile, dengue, and Zika accounted for the most mosquito-borne infections. While rare, plague was the most common disease resulting from the bite of an infected flea.

"Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya — a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea — have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick. And we don't know what will threaten Americans next," said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., said in a statement.

The findings, published in the CDC's Vital Signs report, were based on data reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System from 2004 through 2016.

What's behind the rise?

In a press briefing on Tuesday, CDC officials said the reasons behind the rise are complex and varied.

Lyle Petersen, M.D., MPH, director of the CDC's division of vector-borne diseases and one of the study's authors, noted that continued globalization has played an important role, especially when it comes to mosquito-borne diseases.

"Expanding global travel and trade, all of these diseases are basically a plane flight away," he said.

This was the case during the 2016 Zika outbreak, which began in Brazil and spread to other parts of South and North America after mosquitoes bit infected travelers who unknowingly brought the virus home.

Peterson also noted that an increase in deer populations in residential areas can also bring an increase of deer ticks, which can lead to more cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. This has been a problem in many communities as suburban development moves into formerly rural areas.

During the briefing, Peterson repeatedly declined to connect the rise in tick and mosquito-borne illnesses to climate change – an issue that has remained politically fraught – but he did say higher temperatures are a factor.

"If you increase temperatures in general, tick populations move further north," expanding the range of people affected, Peterson said. Warmer temperatures also increase the length of tick season.

A number of scientists have warned about the impact of climate change on these types of diseases, including Dr. Nitin Damle, the immediate past president of the American College of Physicians.

In a 2017 report from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, an organization representing 500,000 clinical practitioners aimed at taking action against climate change, Damle shared that over the past five years, his practice has seen a significant rise in tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease and other infections.

"Those blacklegged ticks, the carriers of Lyme disease, thrive in warm, muggy weather. In my home state of Rhode Island, where winters have gotten warmer and shorter, these tiny, sesame seed-sized insects have more time to bite humans and spread Lyme disease. Tick season used to be relegated to summer; it now spans spring and autumn. And this isn't limited to the typical tick hotspot states."

Another 2017 report, entitled The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, also warns that seasonal patterns and warming are expected to not only lead to earlier seasonal tick activity but may also speed up mosquito biting rates, accelerate the mosquito life cycle, and decrease the time needed for an infected mosquito to transmit West Nile Virus.

The CDC report also does not specifically mention climate change or global warming as factors.

Peterson told The New York Times that he was "not under any pressure to say anything or not say anything" about climate change and he had not been asked to keep mentions of it out of the study.

Preventing the spread of these diseases

The CDC report also focuses on steps to help prevent illnesses spread by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas -- so-called vector-borne diseases.

Officials emphasize the need for state and local governments to build and sustain public health programs that test for and track vector-borne diseases, train vector control staff appropriately, and educate the public on how best to prevent bites and control the spread of germs by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas in their communities.

On a daily basis, everyone can help keep their families safe by:

  • Using an EPA-registered insect repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin.
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Treating outdoor gear, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or use permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks.
  • Taking steps to control ticks and fleas on pets.
  • Taking steps to control mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas inside and outside your home, including using screens on windows and air conditioning when available. Once a week, empty out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers to prevent mosquitoes from breeding there.
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ODOT sees record number of pot hole claims

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 14:05

From 2013 to 2018, ODOT paid $3.4 million to drivers who claimed the state was negligent for not filling potholes.

The state says even if you file a claim quickly, you'll have to wait months for your check.

"If it's less than $10,000 we're looking at four to six months," says Matt Bruning, ODOT Spokesperson.

No one is immune from the damage a pothole can bring, including the director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources who filed a claim against ODOT for a pothole he hit.

Director James Zehringer filed his claim in February. He wrote on the claim form, "I hit a very deep pothole...causing my right front tire to blow out and bending my rim."

His claim: $1,227.04. We spoke to him by phone. He told us, "My claim was approved, but I've yet to receive a check."

He wasn't the only person to hit the pothole at I-670 and I-270.

"He was one of four that have been marked for settlement; there were a total of 21 damage complaints, of those 21, four people filed claims," says Bruning.

Claims filed against ODOT for car damages show how damaging the freeze/thaw cycle was to the state's freeways.

Last year, the state received 364 claims for damages, most of them for pothole damages.This year, the number jumped to 928. That's a 255 percent increase.

ODOT says it wants the public to report potholes so it can fix them before someone else strikes one.

Because if ODOT doesn't know the pothole exists, and you hit one, it's not liable.

Only when someone reports a pothole and ODOT fails to fix it can you get paid for the damage. Drivers are encouraged to fill out an ODOT road defect report.

ODOT says in order to get your claim filed quickly, provide as much detail as possible including. where it happened, photos of the damage, a copy of the repair bill, and any other information that will help describe the damage to your car.

To file a claim, click here.

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Sheriff's Office: One person killed in Franklin County house fire

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:59

TRURO TOWNSHIP, Ohio - One person is dead after a house fire in eastern Franklin County, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The Truro Township Fire Department said the fire started in a home around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of South Waggoner Road.

The fire department said the wind was an issue for firefighters as they worked to get the fire under control.

Power lines also caught fire as a result of the house fire.

An older man was hospitalized according to the fire department and dispatchers said he was taken to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he passed away.

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Report: J.T. Barrett signs free-agent deal with Saints

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:05

Undrafted free agent and former Buckeye J.T. Barrett has signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Network first reported the signing, adding it is a three-year deal.

Barrett joins Drew Brees, Tom Savage and Taysom Hill on the Saints' quarterback depth chart.

In his career at Ohio State, Barrett threw for 9,434 yards and 104 touchdowns along with 3,263 rushing yards with 43 touchdowns.

Barrett left Columbus 38 wins as a starter and a total of 38 school and conference records. He was a three-time quarterback of the year in the Big Ten.

He will join former Buckeyes wide receiver Michael Thomas, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Vonn Bell and safety Kurt Coleman in New Orleans.

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Police investigate boy's apparent beating at Indiana daycare

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:34

Indianapolis police are investigating after a 1-year-old boy was apparently attacked at a daycare center, leaving his lips, eyes and face horribly swollen.

The boy's mother, Tiffany Griffin, said she was summoned to the daycare Monday afternoon and was so outraged by her son Jesse's scratched and bloody face that she punched a daycare worker. Griffin says her son is hospitalized.

Indianapolis police spokesman Officer Aaron Hamer says detectives are investigating, but that no arrest has been made.

Haben Ghebremichael owns the Kiddie Garden Daycare. She tells The Associated Press that a 2-year-old girl attacked the boy and that she had blood on her hands afterward.

She says while it's not uncommon for that girl to act out, "the extent of the injuries just blows our minds."

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Facebook to allow users to clear browsing history

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:14

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is working on a feature that allows users to clear their browsing history from the site and prevent it from keeping tabs on link clicks going forward.

Zuckerberg warned that the service won't be quite as good if users take this step, as it has to relearn their history. But he added the goal is to put more power into its users' hands to determine what they want to share.

Zuckerberg made the announcement at Facebook's annual f8 developer conference, in which he is acknowledging that 2018 has been an "intense year" just four months in.

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