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Columbus City Council holds hearing on aggressive panhandling

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:37

Columbus City Council is looking to impose legislation that would address the issue of aggressive panhandling.

On Wednesday, members of council gave members of the community a chance to offer feedback on proposed legislation that was based on community input from a March 2018 hearing.

The new legislation enforces the following:

  • Knowingly touching or grabbing another person or their property without consent, while attempting to engage in distribution
  • Knowingly following another person while attempting to engage in distribution after receiving affirmative communication that the person is unwilling/unable to participate
  • Coming within 3 feet of an individual actively using an ATM
  • Obstructing a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway, elevator, aisle, hallway, entrance, or exit to which the public has a reasonable expectation of passage

Columbus police say panhandling and aggressive panhandling has increased, and the opioid crisis is a contributing factor.

“This ordinance doesn't ban panhandling it adds provisions,” Columbus City Council Pro Tem Michael Stinziano said.

“I think it's important that people feel safe in their neighborhoods and they don't feel like they are be aggressively addressed.”

Columbus City Council is slated to vote on the new ordinance Monday.

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NTSB: Plane carrying Dublin family gave several warnings before crash into Lake Erie

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:51

CLEVELAND (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a report saying the plane that crashed into Lake Erie off Cleveland killing all six people onboard issued multiple warnings about the aircraft's altitude.

The plane piloted by Columbus beverage executive John Fleming crashed in December 2016 shortly after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport near downtown Cleveland.

Fleming's wife, two teenage sons and two family friends were also on the plane during a planned return flight to Columbus after a Cleveland Cavaliers game.

The NTSB report issued Wednesday said the plane's enhanced ground proximity warning system gave numerous alerts to pull up followed by a warning that the plane was traveling too fast.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss says an official report about what caused the crash will be issued at a later date.

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Upper Arlington homes evacuated after gas line break

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:43

Several homes in Upper Arlington have been evacuated because of a gas line break.

Officials said the break happened on a 10-inch gas line on Brandon Road, between Ridgeview and Northam. The road is currently closed.

Columbia Gas crews are on the scene. The city said repairs could take longer than expected after a first attempt to plug the line was unsuccessful.

As a precaution, the Upper Arlington Senior Center located at 1945 Ridgeview Road will be available for residents if needed.

If any residents need assistance with this incidence, they can call our non-emergency line at 614-451-9700.

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2 airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:27

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and United Airlines say they have asked the Trump administration not to use their flights to carry migrant children who have been separated from their parents.

Both airlines said that the administration's recent immigration policy of separating migrant families conflicts with their values.

"We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it," American said in a statement.

United issued a statement in which CEO Oscar Munoz said the company's purpose is to connect people. "This policy and its impact on thousands of children is in deep conflict with that mission and we want no part of it," he said.

A spokesman for the Homeland Security Department criticized the airlines in strong terms, accusing them of no longer wanting to help the agency protect the traveling public and reunite unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with their families.

"Despite being provided facts on this issue, these airlines clearly do not understand our immigration laws," the spokesman, Tyler Houlton, said in a statement. He accused the airlines of "buckling to a false media narrative."

On Wednesday, things shifted again when President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep families together at the southern border, saying at the White House that he doesn't like the sight of children being separated from their families. But he added that the "zero tolerance" policy will continue.

The White House announced its zero-tolerance policy toward undocumented migrants in early May. Since then, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the southwestern border, leading to a spike in the number of young children under government care. However, most of the unaccompanied minors in the custody of U.S. authorities arrived at the border without their parents.

Both American and United said they do not know whether any migrant children separated from their parents have been placed on their flights. In recent days several flight attendants have gone on social media to report seeing groups of children on their flights whom they believed to be children separated from their migrant families.

"These flight attendants were well aware of what was going on, so how can these airlines claim they didn't know? I don't believe that," said Michael Avenatti, a lawyer better known for representing a porn actress in a legal fight against Trump, but who said he also represents more than 50 migrant families who have been separated from their children.

Many airlines have contracts to provide travel services to the U.S. government. American said, however, that the government doesn't provide information about the passengers or their reason for travel.

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Columbus spending thousands to refurbish abandoned homes

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:00

A once boarded-up home on Chicago Avenue in West Columbus is now a newly renovated home serving a much-needed purpose.

"It's a wonderful place," said Jaiza Page, Columbus City council member.

The home was one of three that have been renovated as part of the Learning Skills to Lift Neighborhoods grant program, where the city awards up to $20,000 to local non-profits that take on the responsibility of restoring abandoned or blighted buildings across the city.

The organizations hire neighborhood kids or young adults to assist in the renovation under the supervision of construction professionals.

"Just imagine being an 18-year-old young person and not really sure about your future. But, you can walk down the street and say: "I helped create this," said Page.

The duplex on Chicago Ave is being rented by Lower Lights Ministries, a non-profit that offers housing and recovery resources for women looking to overcome addiction.

"They stay here and then as they go through phases, they go through counseling, they do AA meetings, bible study, trauma formed groups," said Heidi Williams, operations director for the organization.

Williams knows how beneficial the program can be because she was once in it.

"I was addicted to opioids," she said. "I was using pills and heroin. I had just hit rock bottom," said the mother of 5.

After spending two years in prison, Williams says she entered the Lower Lights Rachel House program and it transformed her life. One year later, they offered her a job with the organization.

"It only takes that little seed to be planted, and something beautiful has already come out of that," she said.

The city of Columbus will begin accepting new applications for the grant on June 25th. In total, the city will award $130,000 in grant money for the program.

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Zoombezi Bay: Staff witnessed sexual assault suspect approach young girls

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:19

Police say a Columbus man violated a young girl at a popular destination for local families.

Thirty-three-year-old Philip Lohbauer is accused of inappropriately touching the pre-teen girl while she swam at Zoombezi Bay in Powell.

The alleged assault happened Monday around 12:30 p.m.

Zoombezi Bay staff say multiple juveniles reported the incident to a lifeguard.

General Manager John Gannon says in his 20 years there, this is only the second incident of this kind. But he says his staff is trained on how to respond.

"We immediately assessed the situation, had our professionally-trained security team corroborate the incident, and then we immediately pulled the suspect out of the water."

He says security video showed Philip Lohbauer in the proximity of the girls.

A Columbus Zoo spokesperson says security guards witnessed him approaching other girls.

"All of that happened within minutes. We had eyes on the suspect the entire time," Gannon said.

He praised the actions of the children involved.

"These young people did an outstanding job. They did exactly what they're supposed to do. They're trained in school and trained by their parents, that if they see something, say something. That's exactly what they did."

Wednesday night Lohbauer was in the Delaware County Jail on a $10,000 bond, charged with Gross Sexual Imposition.

Lohbauer was convicted in May of assault for punching his mother in the face after she said she removed drugs she had found in his room. His family had no comment.

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Police searching for missing 6-year-old boy last seen in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:47

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police are searching for a 6-year-old boy who went missing from the west side of Columbus.

Kingston Mclean went missing Wednesday and he was last seen in the area of Hambrick Street and Avonia Drive.

Mclean is described as black, brown eyes, 3'5," weighing 75 pounds. He was wearing black camouflage shorts, with black, blue, and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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OSHP intercepting 'cartel drugs' concealed in hidden compartments

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:46

The Ohio Highway Patrol said its Drug Interdiction Unit is one of the first lines of defense against Mexican drug cartels.

"We are the front line. We're stopping those drugs from ruining people's lives," said Lt. Robert Sellers.

But troopers are working harder to stay one step ahead of the cartels' creativity. Troopers said they're seizing drugs and money concealed in highly engineered, mechanized hidden compartments that can be difficult to locate.

Troopers showed CrimeTracker 10 one vehicle equipped with a trap that led all the way to the front firewall. Inside, the highway patrol says it recovered one kilo of heroin and 9 kilos of cocaine.

Troopers stopped another vehicle on I-70 in central Ohio and used an x-ray machine to reveal 60-pounds of marijuana, 11 pounds of methamphetamine, and a kilo of cocaine concealed in the tires.

Despite sophisticated attempts to hide drugs coming across the southwest border, OSHP said so far this year the spike in some drug seizures on Ohio's roads is staggering.

Year to date, the number of methamphetamine seizures in Ohio has skyrocketed more than 900 percent compared to the same time last year.

OSHP said the vast majority of seizures involved highly pure, crystal meth manufactured in Mexico. Heroin seizures are up 155 percent from last year.

The highway patrol said new prescription drug laws are making it tougher for traffickers to move pills. Year to date, seizures of prescription opiate pills are down 66 percent.

OHP said every seizure means dangerous, illegal drugs won't make it to their final destination, and said that has a positive impact on every Central Ohio neighborhood.

Law enforcement is sharing information on a national database describing where and how officers found hidden compartments in different makes and models of vehicles hoping to learn from each other's drug seizure success stories.

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One dead as motorcycle hits stopped vehicle in northeast Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:01

CLINTON TOWNSHIP – One person is dead after a motorcycle crashed into a stopped vehicle near the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Elmore Avenue.

The crash happened a little before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Chief Jim Gilbert with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, they are interviewing witnesses as to why the motorcycle struck the parked vehicle.

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3 charged in connection with teen's possible overdose death in Grandview Heights

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:59

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS - Three people were arrested Wednesday in connection with the possible overdose death of a teen in March in Grandview Heights.

The 17-year-old Dublin girl was taken to Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and later died. An official cause of death has not been released from the Franklin County Coroner.

Police say it was the fourth overdose at the same residence since May of 2017.

The three that were arrested were Caleb Alexander, 20, (felony tampering with evidence); William Alexander, 44, (felony possession of narcotics); and Shirley Alexander, 67, (felony permitting drug abuse).

William and Shirley Alexander were arrested this morning and transported to the Franklin County Jail and Caleb Alexander was arrested in Montgomery County.

Additional criminal charges are pending according

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Rhode Island may force presidential candidates to release taxes

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:47

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to file five years’ worth of tax returns in order to appear on the state’s ballots.

The Senate voted 33-3 in favor of the measure. A House version has been held in a committee.

Senate spokesman Greg Pare said if the bill becomes law, President Donald Trump would not appear on a future ballot unless he files his returns.

Democratic Sen. Gayle Goldin, who sponsored the bill, did not explicitly mention Trump in vouching for the policy on the Senate floor. She did say that “this president” was the first since Richard Nixon to not voluntarily release his tax returns.

“Tax returns provide essential information about candidates’ conflicts of interest” that are otherwise not publicly available, she told her colleagues.

Goldin declined to say, after the vote, if the bill was directly inspired by Trump, but she called his break with the tradition a “significant issue.”

“We just have no idea how much of his policymaking is driven by his own financial gain,” she said.

Sen. Elaine Morgan, one of three Republicans to vote against the bill in the overwhelmingly Democratic chamber, said it does not make sense to require presidential nominees to disclose their tax returns if state lawmakers do not have to release their own.

Democratic Sen. Joshua Miller, who supported the bill, said he hopes Rhode Island sets a precedent for other states. A candidate could simply bypass Rhode Island in the election if he or she does not want to release finances, he said.

It was not immediately clear whether the House would take up the bill before the session ends.

Lawmakers are hoping to end the session on Friday.

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Man awarded $18.4 million in lawsuit over failed HIV test

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:40

BOSTON -- A federal jury has awarded $18.4 million in damages to a man who said in a lawsuit that two doctors failed to test him for HIV, which allowed the virus to progress to AIDS.

The Boston Globe reports the jury ruled Monday in favor of 48-year-old Sean Stentiford in his medical malpractice lawsuit against internist Stephen Southard and neurologist Kinan Hreib.

Stentiford said he consented to an HIV test in 2007 because he was experiencing facial paralysis. The suit says Hreib canceled the test because he felt Stentiford had no risk of HIV.

Stentiford's lawyer says his client should have been tested because he is gay and was exposed to bodily fluids while working as a paramedic.

Lawyers for the doctors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Starbucks to close 150 stores as sales growth cools

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:58

Starbucks says it will accelerate its store closings in the U.S. next year to counter cooling sales growth.

The Seattle-based company announced Tuesday that it will close 150 underperforming stores in heavily penetrated markets, up from the usual rate of 50 closings a year.

Starbucks now operates about 13,900 locations in the U.S., putting it within sipping distance of the 14,400 restaurants operated by McDonald's. In the past year, Starbucks has opened almost 1,000 new stores in the Americas, which includes the U.S., Canada and Latin America. One analyst estimates that new stores may be cannibalizing traffic from existing stores, potentially diverting 1 out of 7 transactions.

Competition from rivals like McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts is heating up, said Bernstein analyst Sara Senatore in a research note.

"Intensified competition in the slushy coffee category is exacerbating the shift towards health and wellness weighing on Frappuccino demand," she wrote. "Starbucks will focus on Teavana drinks and other more healthful options in its core offering, which it views as 'more differentiated.'"

The company also said it expects 1 percent growth in global sales for the third quarter, a period that encompassed an uproar over the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Starbucks closed its U.S. stores on May 29 to conduct racial-bias training for its employees.

CEO Kevin Johnson told investors the company halted its marketing campaign for cold beverages while it addressed with controversy, which may have affected sales.

Starbucks shares slipped nearly 2 percent in after-hours trading.

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Oklahoma Wendy's employee finds mouse feasting in bag of buns

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:37

CATOOSA OK. – An employee at a Wendy’s in Catoosa, Oklahoma found a mouse running around in a bag of buns earlier this week.

According to the Facebook from the employee, there also were cigarettes on the counter.

KOTV in Tulsa reported the employee, Samantha Frame, posted the video and was told to go back to work and continue to serve the customers from other bags of buns.

KOTV reported the store has faced other health code violations.

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Trump says he'll be 'signing something' on detained children

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:20

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has drafted an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct her department to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally. She was at the White House where Trump told reporters he would be "signing something" shortly.

The effort to end what has become a major crisis for the Trump administration was outlined by two people familiar with Nielsen's thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement.

It's unclear exactly what the president might be supporting, but he said he would be signing something "in a little while."

"We want to keep families together," he said.

The effort would mark a dramatic departure for an administration that has been insisting, wrongly, that it has no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of the law and a court decision.

Nielsen, the president and other officials have repeatedly said the only way to end the practice is for Congress to pass new legislation, though both Democrats and some Republicans have said the president could reverse it with a simple phone call.

The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents.

One of the people familiar with Nielsen's thinking said she believes there is no certainty that Congress will act to fix the separation issue.

Asked about the possibility of an executive order on immigration, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters: "We'll keep you posted. When we have an announcement to make, we'll make it."

Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday that he was "working on something."

"It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation. They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime. Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!" he wrote.

Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The administration recently put into place a "zero tolerance" policy in which all unlawful border crossings are referred for prosecution — a process that moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.

The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security

Nielsen's action wouldn't end the zero tolerance policy, but would aim to keep families together and ask the Department of Defense to help house the detained families.

Nielsen is working with the other agencies, including the Justice Department, Health and Human Services and the law enforcement agencies within Homeland Security on the proposed changes.

The aim is to legally work around a settlement that prevents the detention of families together for more than 20 days, or defy the order and force it back into court to argue for changes to settlement.

The settlement of a class-action lawsuit set policies for the treatment and release of unaccompanied children who are caught at the border. The Flores settlement, named for a teenage girl who brought the case in the 1980s, requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for the child who arrived without parents.

In 2015, a federal judge in Los Angeles expanded the terms of the settlement, ruling that it applies to children who are caught with their parents as well as to those who come to the U.S. alone. Other recent rulings, upheld on appeal, affirm the children's rights to a bond hearing and require better conditions at the Border Patrol's short-term holding facilities.

In 2016, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that child migrants who came to the border with parents and were held in custody must be released. The decision did not state parents must be released. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.

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Reagan Tokes Act expected to receive vote on House floor today

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 08:37

COLUMBUS -- A bill named after murdered Ohio State student Reagan Tokes could clear a major legislative hurdle today.

The Ohio House version of the Reagan Tokes Act is expected to be voted on the House floor this afternoon.

House Bill 365 would dramatically change how violent felons are sentenced to prison and how they are watched once they are released.

Convicted sex offender Brian Golsby raped, kidnapped and murdered Tokes in February of 2017.

A jury convicted him in March. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Golsby had been released from prison just three months before Tokes’ death and was wearing a GPS ankle monitor at the time of the crime.

The legislation followed a series of 10 Investigates reports that exposed failures of the state’s parole system to closely track Golsby and others.

The legislation also has two companion bills in the Ohio Senate.

SB 201 was voted out of the Senate in May. It seeks to create indeterminate sentencing in Ohio, which would allow judges to sentence violent felons to a range of years in prison rather than a finite amount of years. The idea is to incentivize inmates to behave while in prison. If they behave, there’s a chance their sentences could be reduced.

If they act out – as Golsby did – they could receive a lengthier prison term.

Under current Ohio law, offenders cannot be given additional time for misbehaving while incarcerated.

Golsby was released from prison in November 2016 after serving six years for attempted rape and robbery.

During his prison terms, Golsby acquired 52 sanctions for acting out and was transferred to various prisons throughout the state. Despite this, state law required that he be released on time even though corrections officials later acknowledged he had not been rehabilitated.

SB 202 attempts to address the other issues raised in the legislation – creating a statewide GPS database for offenders, forcing the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to create a re-entry program for hard-to-place offenders and reducing the caseload burdens for parole officers.

HB 365 encompasses all the components of both SB 201 and SB 202.

The major difference – HB 365 strips all the power from ODRC when it comes to the issue of determining if an inmate should be released early from prison. HB 365 calls for a sentencing judge to make that determination. SB 201 would leave the power with ODRC to determine if that the inmate is going to be released early but allows a judge to veto the decision.

The Ohio Public Defenders have spoken in opposition of HB 365 bill saying that it will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars and force the state to build more prisons. The group has said that SB 201 is more palatable.

This story will be updated.

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AMC Theatres unveils $20-a-month rival to MoviePass

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 08:19

NEW YORK — AMC Theatres, the world's largest movie theater chain, has unveiled a $20-a-month subscription service to rival the flagging MoviePass.

The theater chain on Wednesday announced a new service to its loyalty program, AMC Stubs, allowing subscribers to see up to three movies a week for a monthly fee of $19.95. That's more expensive than the $9.95 monthly fee for MoviePass, but AMC's plan gives access to premium format screenings like IMAX and 3-D.

The new subscription model is the latest salvo — and first major one from a top theater chain — in a heated battle for what the movie business most craves: frequent moviegoers.

AMC Theatres chief executive Adam Aron pointedly said in a statement that AMC's program is at a "sustainable price." Since MoviePass slashed its monthly fee, questions have mounted over the long-term viability of its economic model.

MoviePass has attracted 3 million members, but the stock price of the service's parent company, Helios and Matheson, has dropped from $38 a share to 44 cents a share. MoviePass pays for full-priced tickets and sells them at a discounted rate in order to capitalize on user data.

AMC Stubs A-List membership plan, which also features concessions discounts, will debut Tuesday. Unlike MoviePass, subscribers will be allowed to see all three movies on the same day, and can watch the same movie repeatedly. Movies won't carry over if a subscriber sees fewer than three films in a week.

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Over 100 arrested in second large-scale immigration raid

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 07:58

SALEM, Ohio — U.S. immigration agents have arrested more than 100 workers at an Ohio meat packing plant, the second large-scale raid in the state within the past two weeks.

Immigration officials say the arrests on Tuesday came after a year-long investigation into whether the company knowingly hired people who are in the country illegally.

The arrests happened at Fresh Mark's meat processing plant in Salem in northeastern Ohio.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it also carried out search warrants at the company's three other locations in Canton and Massillon.

A message seeking comment was left with the company Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, immigration agents arrested 114 people at a landscaping center in Ohio. The raids are part of the Trump administration's growing immigration crackdowns.

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Pit bull brought to vet with 107-degree fever dies from heat stroke

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 06:34

DANVILLE, Virginia - The Danville Area Humane Society said a male pit bull brought to their facility died of heat stroke, according to CBS affiliate WIMA.

Officials with the humane society sent a warning to pet owners to take precautions to keep their pets safe from the heat.

They referred to the law of animals having a constant source of cool water and safe from the adverse effects of heat.

Authorities said that a neighbor complained about a pit bull suffering from being left in the heat.

According to the humane society, the dog was recovered by law enforcement, brought to their office with a temperature of 107 degrees and was having seizures.

The Danville Area Humane Society said the pit bull later died.

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Video shows man saving alligator as python nearly squeezes it to death

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 05:15

People are scared of alligators. But in the Florida Everglades, alligators are scared of pythons.

Dramatic new video shows a man rescuing an alligator that is being attacked by a python in the brush of the Everglades. Mike Kimmel got to the gator just in time, as the nearly 10-foot python was squeezing it to death.

The video shows Kimmel who bravely picked up the alligator and unraveled it from the snake's tight grip. The alligator falls to the ground, and Kimmel walks away, carrying the python with it. He holds the python with his bare hands as it wriggles around, and eventually, he and a partner subdue it long enough to drop it in a bag.

Kimmel has his own company, Martin County Trapping and Removals, which focuses on python removal. He shared the video on the company's Facebook Saturday, and it has since gone viral.

The other man seen in the video is Jack Hubbard, a volunteer who accompanied Kimmel to see what it was like to be part of the python program first hand.

Hubbard looks excited when the python is caught and bagged -- the two high five after executing the capture. Hubbard got over his fear of snakes, and Kimmel added another python to his list of captures.

This was not Kimmel's first time dealing with big snakes in the Florida Everglades. He is one of the many people who help Florida take out the invasive species from the state's public lands. He was a contractor for the South Florida Water Management District, CBS affiliate WTSP-TV reports. Over the past year, 24 other state contracted python hunters have helped remove more than 1,000 snakes from the Everglades.

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