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New lawsuit against Ohio State involving Dr. Strauss includes former football players

Channel 10 news - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:46

Thirty-seven former Ohio State athletes have filed a lawsuit against the university involving Doctor Richard Strauss.

Strauss is the former Ohio State doctor accused of sexually abusing as many as 177 students during his two decades at the university.

Strauss died by suicide in 2005 and was never prosecuted for his alleged crimes.

Nearly all the names inside the new lawsuit are listed as John Does. Former wrestler Michael DiSabato was the only named plaintiff.

This lawsuit, filed by Dayton attorney Michael Wright, includes statements from football players who claim they repeatedly told team trainer Billy Hill about Strauss and "nothing was done."

John Doe No.10 played football from 1994 - 1998. The lawsuit states at some point during his time with the team, he "reported (Strauss') behavior to trainer Bill Hill. Hill did not inform John Doe No. 10 that Strauss' conduct was medically improper or sexually abusive."

Another football player, John Doe No.16, states "Strauss' groping and fondling upset him to the point he has not gotten another physical since 1992."

The lawsuit states members of the football team began to call Strauss " Dr. Drop Your Drawers" because of his "overly aggressive" physicals.

A majority of John Does in the new lawsuit were former football players. The rest are comprised of athletes from other sports including wrestling and swimming.

John Doe No.7 who swam for the school from 1980-1985 estimated Strauss sexually abused him "25 times out of 30 doctor's appointments."

John Doe No. 19, a wrestler from 1983-1994, is quoted in the lawsuit claiming he was "regularly propositioned in the showers of Larkins Hall by voyeurs and found notes in his locker room asking him to meet up for sex. When he complained to an assistant coach about the constant sexual harassment in Larkins Hall, he was told: 'grow up.'"

The lawsuit claims former wrestling coach Russ Hellickson "repeatedly complained to OSU administrators about the environment in Larkins Hall because the conditions seriously impacted the psyche and morale of his wrestlers."

Hellickson reportedly requested "a separate team shower area." The lawsuit says "OSU denied the request."

The lawsuit reports Hellickson, " begged to have the wrestling team moved to another building. The lawsuit says "OSU denied his request."

The lawsuit says "Larkins Hall became an unsafe space and sexually hostile environment for wrestlers and some other male athletes."

The lawsuit claims as early as 1979, officials "had information indicating Strauss posed a substantial risk of sexual abuse to male athletes...however OSU dismissed, disregarded, minimized, refuted, denied, silenced and even concealed complaints about Strauss sexual misconduct."

The lawsuit - like others - alleges that Ohio State turned a blind eye to the alleged abuse and that many of these student-athletes were subjected to prolonged genital exams by Strauss, which they deemed to be inappropriate.

At least fourteen of the former football players told the late trainer Billy Hill – who died in 1995 – that Strauss had abused them. The lawsuit alleges that Hill brushed off their concerns.

One athlete said he was asked by Strauss if he liked what Strauss was doing to him. Another said he got a genital exam when he sought treatment for a common cold.

This latest lawsuit was filed on the same day that a working group impaneled by Gov. Mike DeWine met hoping to learn what information the state medical board may have possessed on Dr. Richard Strauss – a former university physician accused of sexually abusing 177 students – and if the medical board did enough to investigate and act on Strauss.

The group met Wednesday morning for the first time. Only a portion of the meeting was open to reporters.

Chair Tom Stickrath, who also serves as the Director of the Department of Public Safety, said the group’s task has been defined by Gov. DeWine but that their responsibilities may grow as they begin to investigate the issues surrounding Dr. Richard Strauss. The working group has a report due on August 1.

“Did they withhold information… what should they have had, what did they have, what did (the state medical board) do with what they had, what should they have done,” Stickrath told reporters.

A university investigative group with Perkins & Coie, which was hired by Ohio State University, released a report this month finding that Strauss abused 177 students through his work as an athletic team physician and separately with his practice at the student health center.

The report also detailed that OSU knew about concerns with Strauss as early as 1979 but failed to act until 1996, when Strauss was removed from his role at the student health center after three students came forward in 1995 and 1996 claiming that their medical exams were inappropriate.

10TV reached out to the state medical board, which said it supports the efforts of the working group.

“The Medical Board supports the working group and is eager to provide whatever information the group may need to accomplish their stated objectives. The Medical Board has already provided the working group with the full and unredacted investigation files; the exact same files Ohio State received last year. The Medical Board stands ready to accept the analysis and results of the working group in order to continually improve processes and support its mission to protect the health and safety of Ohioans.”

To read the entire lawsuit, click here.

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More than 142,000 gallons of sewage, stormwater overflows into Lake Erie

Channel 10 news - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:31

Officials in northeast Ohio have issued a warning after raw sewage and stormwater overflowed into Lake Erie caused by the severe weather this week.

According to WOIO, The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District issued a public advisory for Edgewater Beach on Wednesday.

The storms led to an estimated 142,600 combined gallons of sewage and stormwater being discharged into the lake over a period of 15 minutes.

Visitors to Lake Erie, especially children, the elderly, and those in poor health, are temporarily urged to avoid coming in contact with the water.

You can check on the water quality of Lake Erie by clicking here.

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14-year-old arrested after gun threats against Finland Middle School near Grove City

Channel 10 news - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 14-year-old has been charged after authorities said he made threats against Finland Middle School.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office was contacted Monday about the threats posted on social media.

According to Southwestern City School Officials, parents notified the district about the threats and classes were canceled on Tuesday.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said it was able to identify the student who created the post. He was arrested and taken to Franklin County Juvenile Detention.

The 14-year-old was charged with a felony count of inducing panic.

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Franklin County residents now have access to free golf

Channel 10 news - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:21

COLUMBUS - Golf can be both time-consuming and expensive but the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks are working to change that for Franklin County residents.

This month the Metro Parks updated their costs, now allowing all Franklin County residents to have free access to the 3-hole practice course and 9-hole learning course at Blacklick Woods Golf Course.

Carts, food and the 18-hole championship course will still cost residents but Metro Parks executive director, Tim Moloney tells 10TV they want more people to have the opportunity to take a swing at the sport.

“We think what we're doing here is pretty revolutionary,” Moloney said. “We know of only one other course in the United States that doesn't charge greens fees, and really, for a parks system like Metro Parks, what better way to pay back the Franklin County residents for what they do for each and every day? This is their course. They should be able to come out and play when they want.”

The change benefits people like Myles Shriver and his son André, who come to the practice course nearly every day.

“This place is already special, being a park,” Shriver said. “You’ve got the access to the animals, the wildlife. There’s no course like this anywhere.”

The opportunity not only helps the Shrivers work on their golf game, but it also helps build their father-son relationship.

“It’s also been a way for me to really make a connection with my son and spend some real quality time with him instead of just at home watching TV, which is what we would be doing,” Shriver said.

Aside from the updated costs, unlike most golf courses, Blacklick Woods is also a certified cooperative sanctuary by Audubon International, meaning the golf course safely coexists with the wildlife habitats around it.

“It’s a park first and foremost and the fact that they’re giving back to the community in that way speaks volumes about the people that run this place,” Shriver said

Check out the courses here.

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Trump pledges to help Ohio recover from devastating tornadoes

Channel 10 news - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:13

President Donald Trump has pledged to help Ohio recover from devastating tornadoes.

Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's office Wednesday provided an audio recording of Trump's call Tuesday as DeWine was touring hard-hit Trotwood with the city's mayor and other officials.

Trump told DeWine he saw "that you got hit very hard."

He asked DeWine if the damaging storms were a surprise, but DeWine credited the news media with "a very good job of telling us that this thing was coming." DeWine said people who didn't have basements took shelter in their bathtubs.

Trump said he didn't think of Ohio when he thought of tornadoes, but DeWine responded: "We get our share."

The Republican president said: "Whatever we have to do, we'll do. ... We'll take good care of you."

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Robert Mueller says special counsel probe did not exonerate President Trump

Channel 10 news - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 08:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday that charging President Donald Trump with a crime was "not an option" because of federal rules, but he used his first public remarks on the Russia investigation to emphasize that he did not exonerate the president.

"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," Mueller declared.

The special counsel's remarks stood as a pointed rebuttal to Trump's repeated claims that he was cleared and that the two-year inquiry was merely a "witch hunt." They also marked a counter to criticism, including by Attorney General William Barr, that Mueller should have reached a determination on whether the president illegally tried to obstruct the probe by taking actions such as firing his FBI director.

Mueller made clear that his team never considered indicting Trump because the Justice Department prohibits the prosecution of a sitting president.

"Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider," Mueller said. He said he believed such an action would be unconstitutional.

Mueller did not use the word 'impeachment," but said it was the job of Congress — not the criminal justice system — to hold the president accountable for any wrongdoing.

The special counsel's statement largely echoed the central points of his 448-page report, which was released last month with some redactions. But his remarks, just under 10 minutes long and delivered from a Justice Department podium, were extraordinary given that he had never before discussed or characterized his findings and had stayed mute during two years of feverish public speculation.

Mueller, a former FBI director, said Wednesday that his work was complete and he was resigning to return to private life.

His remarks underscored the unsettled resolution, and revelations of behind-the-scenes discontent, that accompanied the end of his investigation. His refusal to reach a conclusion on criminal obstruction opened the door for Barr to clear the president, who in turn has cited the attorney general's finding as proof of his innocence.

Trump, given notice Tuesday evening that Mueller would speak the next morning, watched on television. For weeks, he had been nervous about the possibility about the special counsel testifying before Congress, worried about the visual power of such a public appearance.

Shortly after Mueller concluded, the president who has repeatedly and falsely claimed that the report cleared him of obstruction of justice, tweeted a subdued yet still somewhat inaccurate reaction: "Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you"

While claiming victory, the tone of the president's tweet was a far cry from the refrain of "total exoneration" that has dominated his declarations.

Mueller has privately vented to Barr about the attorney general's handling of the report, while Barr has publicly said he was taken aback by the special counsel's decision to neither exonerate nor incriminate the president.

Under pressure to testify before Congress, Mueller did not rule it out. But he seemed to warn lawmakers that they would not be pulling more detail out of him. His report is his testimony, he said.

"So beyond what I have said here today and what is contained in our written work," Mueller said, "I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress."

Mueller's comments, one month after the public release of his report on Russian efforts to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, appeared intended to both justify the legitimacy of his investigation against complaints by the president and to explain his decision to not reach a conclusion on whether Trump had obstructed justice in the probe.

He described wide-ranging and criminal Russian efforts to interfere in the election, including by hacking and spreading disinformation — interference that Trump has said Putin rejected to his face in an "extremely strong and powerful" denial.

And Mueller called the question of later obstruction by Trump and his campaign a matter of "paramount importance."

Mueller said the absence of a conclusion on obstruction should not be mistaken for exoneration.

A Justice Department legal opinion "says the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing," Mueller said. That would shift the next move, if any, to Congress, and the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would investigate further or begin any impeachment effort, commented quickly.

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler said it falls to Congress to respond to the "crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far discouraged members of her caucus from demanding impeachment, believing it would only help Trump win re-election and arguing that Democrats need to follow a methodical, step by step approach to investigating the president. But she hasn't ruled it out.

On the Republican side, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Mueller "has decided to move on and let the report speak for itself. Congress should follow his lead."

Trump has blocked House committees' subpoenas and other efforts to dig into the Trump-Russia issue, insisting Mueller's report has settled everything.

The report found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to tip the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor. But it also did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had obstructed justice.

Barr has said he was surprised Mueller did not reach a conclusion on obstruction, though Mueller in his report and again in his statement Wednesday said he had no choice. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided on their own that the evidence was not sufficient to support a criminal charge.

Barr, who is currently in Alaska for work and was briefed ahead of time on Mueller's statement, has said he asked Mueller during a March conversation if he would have recommended charging Trump "but for" the Office of Legal Counsel opinion, and that Mueller said "no."

"Under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office," Mueller said. "That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view that, too, is prohibited."

Mueller, for his part, earlier complained privately to Barr that he believed a four-page letter from the attorney general summarizing the report's main conclusions did not adequately represent his findings. Barr has said he considered Mueller's criticism to be a bit "snitty."

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Police: 13-year-old arrested in connection to shooting death of 14-year-old in Columbus

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 22:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police have arrested a 13-year-old in connection to the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy in east Columbus last week, sources told 10TV.

Jaykwon Sharp was shot and killed not far from Shady Lane Elementary on May 22.

Police said the shooting happened after Peyton and Sharp got into an argument.

Sources told 10TV 13-year-old Juano Peyton wanted in the case was arrested Tuesday night.

Police confirmed the arrest Wednesday via Twitter:

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED: 13yo Juano Peyton (M/B) was arrested late last night in front of his attorney’s office in Columbus. https://t.co/tDZNBhaczk

— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) May 29, 2019

Payton has been charged with murder.

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Joe Biden speaks at LGBTQ group's fundraising gala in Ohio

Channel 10 news - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 15:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden delivered the keynote address at an LGBTQ civil rights group's Ohio fundraising gala.

The Human Rights Campaign's Columbus Dinner was Saturday at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University campus.

The group's president calls Biden "a strong and visible ally to the LGBTQ community" in the fight for "full federal equality." Chad Griffin says Biden was the first sitting vice president to support marriage equality.

Pete Buttigieg, a rival Democratic presidential contender, described publicly coming out as a gay man at the organization's gala in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Democrats are courting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender voters as Republican President Donald Trump has moved to reverse recent gains they've seen in areas including the military, housing, education and insurance coverage.

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1 taken into custody after barricade situation in Hilliard

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 16:32

HILLIARD, Ohio — One person was taken into custody after Columbus SWAT responded to a barricade situation in Hilliard.

Hilliard Police responded to the scene around 3:30 Saturday morning to an "active incident."

Columbus SWAT was called to assist at the residence on Hamilton Road.

A spokesperson for Hilliard Police says one male was taken into custody without incident. He was the only one inside the residence.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com as we follow this developing story.

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Trump considers pardons for soldiers accused of war crimes

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 16:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has been considering pardons for several American military members accused of war crimes, including headline-grabbing cases of shooting unarmed civilians and killing an enemy captive.

Trump, leaving the White House for a trip to Japan, said he was "looking" at the pardons after being asked about reports that he was considering clemency for the soldiers around the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

"Some of these soldiers are people that have fought hard and long," the president said. "You know, we teach them how to be great fighters, and then when they fight, sometimes they get really treated very unfairly."

But, Trump cautioned, "I haven't done anything yet. I haven't made any decisions."

"There's two or three of them right now," the president continued. "It's a little bit controversial. It's very possible that I'll let the trials go on, and I'll make my decision after the trial."

A number of veterans groups have registered opposition to the possible pardons, including one that could reportedly go to Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL. Gallagher is charged with killing a wounded Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq in 2017.

Dozens of Republican congressmen have championed Gallagher's cause, claiming he's an innocent war hero being unfairly prosecuted. Trump got him moved from the brig to better confinement in a military hospital with access to his lawyers and family.

Prosecutors said Gallagher fatally stabbed a wounded teenage Islamic State fighter, shot two civilians in Iraq and opened fire on crowds. Gallagher has pleaded not guilty to all counts. His lawyers said that he did not murder anyone and that disgruntled SEALs made the accusations because they wanted to get rid of a demanding platoon leader.

Several major veterans groups said they had not been consulted by the White House about the possible pardons and were not provided with information they had requested about who was being considered and why.

Jeremy Butler, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, urged Trump to exercise caution and not rush to act before Memorial Day, expressing concern that pardons could be issued before trials were held or fully adjudicated.

"These are not the types of decisions to be rushed and should be made after long and careful consideration," he said. "We want to hear from the administration as to their rationale — what additional information they have and why they are taking this course."

The Vietnam Veterans of America said it was opposed to the idea of issuing pardons to those accused or convicted of war crimes, which they believe could sidestep justice. Officials there said they saw no reason for the U.S. to deviate from its norm of abiding by the code of conduct and the Nuremberg principles, as embodied in the Universal Code of Military Justice, for more than 70 years.

"It is mind-blowing that these are the persons this administration is considering for pardons," said Kristofer Goldsmith, an associate director for policy and chief investigator at Vietnam Veterans of America.

A number of influential Trump outside advisers have pushed the president to pardon the soldiers. Others believed to be considered for pardons are Mathew Golsteyn, a former U.S. Army commando being charged with murder for killing a suspected Taliban bombmaker in Afghanistan, and Nicholas Slatten, one of four former Blackwater guards who were found guilty at trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians in a crowded Baghdad traffic circle.

Prosecutors argued that Slatten, of Sparta, Tennessee, fired the first shots in a massacre that left more than a dozen dead and many others injured. His attorney has said that's not the case and pointed to statements that he says show another member of the Blackwater team initiated the shooting.

The case took a long and winding path over the course of a decade. An appeals court in 2017 overturned the first guilty verdict against Slatten, ruling that he should have been tried separately from his three co-defendants. A second trial ended in a mistrial, and he was found guilty of murder last December in a third trial in federal court in Washington. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Slatten, who joined Blackwater after leaving the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, has long maintained his innocence.

Trump had said in December that he would be "reviewing" the case against Golsteyn, calling him a "U.S. Military hero" who could face the death penalty "from our own government." The former Green Beret could face the death penalty if convicted.

Golsteyn was charged with killing the suspected bombmaker during a 2010 deployment in Afghanistan. Golsteyn was leading a team of Army Special Forces troops at the time and believed that the man was responsible for an explosion that killed two U.S. Marines.

The possible pardons were first reported by The New York Times.

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2 Texas men die trying to jump their car over an open drawbridge

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 15:59

Two men died after attempting to "jump" an open drawbridge in Louisiana, authorities said. State police responded to a single-vehicle crash around 2 a.m. Friday in the water at the Black Bayou Bridge near Lake Charles.

Alejandro Cazares, 23, and Roberto Alejandro Moreno, 32, died in the crash. At the time of the accident, the bridge was closed to traffic to allow a boat to pass through, police said.

A witness said the passenger, Moreno, got out of the car to push up a gate on the drawbridge, allowing Cazares to drive through. He returned to the vehicle and Cazares accelerated in an attempt to "jump" the ramp of the bridge.

"The vehicle became airborne, landed in the waterway, and sank to the bottom," police wrote. The men were driving a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

Police found Cazares stuck in the car and Moreno in the water outside of it. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

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Aldi recalls flour over possible E. coli contamination

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 14:06

Aldi is recalling The Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour, which was sold at stores in 11 states, because of possible E. coli contamination. The 5-pound bags of flour should either be discarded or returned to the store for a refund, the company said in a statement.

The flour, made by Archer Daniels Midland, was sold in several states including, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.

Seventeen people across eight states reported being sickened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Consumers shouldn't eat raw products made with flour because wheat can carry risks of bacteria, the company said in a statement. Baking, frying or boiling will kill the bacteria, but consumers should also wash their hands, work surfaces and utensils after they come in contact with raw flour, the company said.

The recalled Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour has the UPC code 041498130404. The company said those with questions can call the ADM Milling Co. Customer Service at 800-422-1688 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. central time.

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Tracking severe weather in central Ohio | May 25, 2019

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 12:34

Doppler 10 Weather Resources: Interactive Radar | Live Radar | Weather Warnings | Updated Forecast

10TV Meteorologist Jeff Booth is tracking showers and storms moving through central Ohio today:

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4:55 Update: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Morgan and Washington County until 5:30 p.m.

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4:50 Update: Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Athens, Guernsey, Morgan, Noble and Washington County until 10:00 p.m.

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4:45 Update: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Guernsey and Noble County until 5:30 p.m.

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4:32 Update: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Coshocton County until 5:15 p.m.

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4:20 Update: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Athens, Morgan, Perry and Washington County until 5:00 p.m.

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4:10 Update: Tornado Warning for Guernsey and Muskingum County until 4:45 p.m.

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4:00 p.m. UPDATE: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Guernsey, Muskingum and Noble County until 4:45 p.m.

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2:30 p.m. UPDATE: Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Ashland, Ashtabula, Champaign, Clark, Crawford, Delaware, Franklin, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Union and Wyandot County until 9:00 p.m.

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY GUIDE

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WATCHES & WARNINGS

Watch
A Watch indicates the possibility of severe weather in a relatively broad area. For instance, a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Go about your normal routines, but watch for threatening weather.

Warning
A Warning is issued when severe weather is actually occurring. For instance, a tornado warning means a tornado has actually been sighted or has been indicated by radar. The warning usually encompasses a relatively small geographic area. If a warning is issued for the area in which you live, take cover immediately!

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TORNADOES AREN'T THE ONLY REASON TO STAY ALERT

Strong Winds
Strong winds of 55 mph or more can cause significant damage even though no tornado is present. "Downbursts" are columns of air that slam to the earth and spread high winds in many directions. Downbursts can be just as damaging as tornadoes; if such conditions are present, take the same precautions as you would for a tornado.

Lightning
Lightning claims more lives every year than tornadoes. When lightning is a threat, stay indoors and don't use electrical appliances. If you're caught outside, keep a safe distance from tall objects, and try to stay lower than anything nearby. A safe distance from a tree is twice its height.

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TAKING COVER

Storms producing tornadoes in Ohio often approach from the southwest. They can travel at speeds up to 70 miles per hour and contain winds estimated at over 200 miles per hour.

Sometimes an approaching tornado will sound like the roar of a train or airplane. If you see or hear a tornado, take cover immediately. Seek shelter inside, preferably below ground level. Do not waste time opening windows; tornado-force winds will "open" the windows well before the pressure difference can cause any structural damage. Above all, protect your head and lie flat.

At Home
Get away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the basement. If you have no basement, go to a first floor bathroom, closet or room at the center of the house. If possible, get under heavy furniture and cover your head with blankets or pillows.

At School
Go the lowest floor or basement. Go to small interior rooms or hallways. Stay away from windows and avoid auditoriums, gyms and other areas with wide, free-span roofs.

In Public Buildings
Go immediately to the designated shelter area or to an interior hallway or small room on the lowest level. Stay away from windows. Do not use elevators. Do not go to your car.

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Officials: No arrests, reported clashes at Ku Klux Klan rally in Dayton

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 11:13

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A small group of Ku Klux Klan members penned in by fencing, surrounded by police and drowned out by hundreds of protesters, held a rally in Ohio with no reported clashes or problems.

Earlier this month, an agreement settled the city’s lawsuit filed in March against the Madison, Indiana-based Honorable Sacred Knights. The lawsuit cited danger to the community if the group held a paramilitary-type rally.

The agreement prevents the group from wearing paramilitary or tactical gear and carrying assault rifles, bats or shields, the Associated Press reported.

The city of Dayton blocked streets with large trucks Saturday and brought in officers from other jurisdictions to keep protesters separated from members of an Klan group.

The group obtained a permit for the rally months ago. City officials and community leaders organized an effort called Dayton United Against Hate.

Approximately a dozen members of the KKK group were in attendance, with hundreds of protesters gathering in opposition.

Protesters gather behind a fence at the planned rally for a Ku Klux Klan group in Dayton, Ohio, Saturday. (WKRG)

The Dayton Unit NAACP planned a three-day community celebration as a mass response to the rally, WHIO reported.

The NAACP and other groups gathered in a public park about a mile from Dayton's downtown square where the Klan rally was held. Sunday, the NAACP group said there will be a “symbolic cleansing” of Courthouse Square.

“We thought it was very important, that inside our community, once the hatred has roamed, has stepped its ugly head inside our community, we wanted to make certain that we took the opportunity, as a collective body of people, to sweep that hatred right out of Dayton, Ohio, sweep it right back to Indiana where it came from,” said Derrick Foward, the local NAACP president.

Dayton police say no one was arrested or injured.

The city urged people to stay away from downtown Saturday.

Columbus Police also assisted with Saturday's rally, tweeting a statement, "Don’t allow hate speech to provoke you to commit a crime. It makes no sense to be arrested due to others’ ignorance."

We are assisting @DaytonPolice at this afternoon’s KKK rally.

CPD Officers on foot, bike & horse.

-Commander Terry Moore pic.twitter.com/bmOuIsM5A7

— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) May 25, 2019

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Botswana hires Hollywood firm to fight elephant hunting PR

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Botswanan government has enlisted a public relations firm with deep ties to Hollywood to push back against the bad publicity generated by the southern African nation's decision to lift its ban on elephant hunting.

42 West, a firm mostly known for its work with celebrities and the film industry, notified the U.S. Justice Department last week that it will be working with Botswana's tourism ministry, according to a filing made under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The firm will be paid $125,000 over the next two months — with the possibility of more work to come — for developing talking points and a communications plan that "articulates Botswana's policy on elephant hunting" that will be delivered to "key U.S. and other Western audiences," according to its filing.

That puts 42 West in an awkward spot. Big-game hunting is a deeply divisive issue, particularly in Hollywood, and numerous celebrity activists have spoken out against killing the world's largest land mammal for sport, including some calls for a tourism boycott of Botswana.

Among the firm's clients is actress Meryl Streep, who has been a vocal opponent of the sale and importation of ivory, which in 2014 she called a "product of horrific cruelty to elephants, who could very well become extinct within decades if we don't act now."

Allan Mayer, a principal with 42 West who is leading the effort, declined to comment on Friday. Streep publicist Leslee Dart, a 42 West co-CEO who is named in the filing, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Botswana has been a relatively safe refuge for elephants on a continent where illegal poaching and habitat loss has sent their numbers into sharp decline. The country is home to an estimated 130,000 African elephants — about a third of all that remain.

After its initial announcement on Thursday was met with social media blowback, the Botswanan government clarified on Friday that it plans to issue no more than 400 elephant hunting permits per year.

Elephant hunting is already legal in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. With a population of just over 2 million people, Botswana has more space than some of its more densely populated neighbors for elephant herds to roam. Still, the government said there have been a growing number of conflicts between elephants and humans — especially farmers.

Groups lobbying in favor of trophy hunting, such as U.S.-based Safari Club International, have long argued that the fees paid by well-heeled American and European hunters provide essential revenue for cash-strapped African governments to fund anti-poaching and conservation programs. A licensed two-week elephant hunting safari can cost more than $50,000 per person, not including airfare, according to advertised rates.

The African elephant has been classified as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 1978. Though President Donald Trump has decried big-game hunting on Twitter as a "horror show," his administration has reversed Obama-era restrictions on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Elephants have long been hunted for their hides and tusks, either for taxidermy trophies or ivory used for carving and jewelry making.

Botswana's hunting ban was put in place under a previous president, Ian Khama, an outspoken conservationist. But the current president, Mokgweeti Masisi, has advocated for reopening the nation to hunting, and the decision to lift the ban comes ahead of general elections in October.

Masisi raised eyebrows earlier this month when he gave stools made of elephant feet to regional leaders while hosting a meeting on the animals' fate.

The American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted Tuesday: "President Masisi, for every person who wants to kill elephants, there are millions who want them protected. We're watching. #BeKindToElephants."

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Young homebuyers scramble as prices rise faster than incomes

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:20

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For millennials looking to buy their first home, the hunt feels like a race against the clock.

In the seven years since the housing crash ended, home values in more than three-quarters of U.S. metro areas have climbed faster than incomes, according to an Associated Press analysis of real estate industry data provided by CoreLogic.

That gap is driving some first-timers out of the most expensive cities as well as pressuring them to buy something before they are completely priced out of the market.

The high cost of home ownership is also putting extreme pressure on 20- and 30-somethings as they try to balance mortgage payments, student loans, child care and their careers.

"They do want all the same things that previous generations want," said Daryl Fairweather, chief economist for the brokerage Redfin. "They just have more roadblocks, and they're going to have to come up with more creative solutions to get the homes that they want."

A Redfin analysis found these buyers are leaving too-hot-to-touch big-city markets — among them, San Francisco and Seattle, where the tech boom has sent housing prices into the stratosphere. The brokerage found that many millennials are instead buying in more reasonably priced neighborhoods around places like Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City and Raleigh, North Carolina. That, in turn, is driving up housing prices in those communities.

Jake and Heather Rice, both 35, moved to Utah last year from Mountain View, California, where the biggest employers are tech giants such as Google, Symantec and Intuit and the median home price is a dizzying $1.4 million or so.

The couple and their three children settled into a 4,500-square-foot house in fast-growing Farmington, just far enough away from Salt Lake City to feel rural but minutes from a major shopping center and Heather's sister. They did not disclose the purchase price for the sake of privacy, but they said their monthly mortgage payments will be $3,000, roughly the same as the rent for their former two-bedroom, 1,000 square-foot apartment in Mountain View.

"We didn't expect to stay in California because of how ludicrous the prices had become," said Jake, a mechanical engineer who works in the medical device sector.

Nationally, home prices since 2000 have climbed at an annual average rate of 3.8%, according to the data firm CoreLogic, while average incomes have grown at an annual rate of 2.7%. And in the metro areas with the strongest income growth — for example, parts of Silicon Valley — home prices have risen even faster.

The Salt Lake City area is among the hottest spots for first-time buyers in part because of a staggering burst of home construction and a surge of high-tech jobs. The suburb of Lehi, which served as a film location for the 1984 Kevin Bacon movie "Footloose," about a rural town that banned dancing, is in what is now known as "Silicon Slopes" because Adobe, eBay and Microsoft have opened offices there.

Of course, the influx of people from unaffordable cities is contributing to the very problem they were trying to escape: Home prices in the greater Salt Lake City area surged 10.8% in the past year, while average incomes rose only 3.9%, according to figures from CoreLogic and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Scott Robbins, president of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, sees the price growth as having changed the habits of first-time buyers. They are putting less money down and carrying more debt. And some first-time buyers are looking at condos and duplexes instead of houses.

There is also more pressure on families to earn two incomes, rather than letting one choose to be the stay-at-home parent. This could be a particular challenge in the Salt Lake City area, where families are generally larger, mostly because of the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and about 28% of the population is under 18, compared with nearly 24% nationwide.

"The one thing that really would make it even more sustainable is if wages would increase," Robbins said. "Whereas before you could have a young couple buy a place and only one of them would work. Now, you need both of them to work."

Andy and Stacie Proctor made a bid on a house in the Salt Lake City suburbs, only to rescind it upon learning there were 13 rival offers. At one point, they almost decided not to buy a house just yet, figuring the bubble was going to burst eventually, said Andy, a 35-year-old who hosts the podcast "More Happy Life."

But there was also the opposite risk: "There is the question about whether it's going to keep going up," his 31-year-old wife said.

The couple ultimately made a successful offer on a three-bedroom house for $438,000 in Vineyard, Utah. It includes an apartment that could be rented out to defray their mortgage payments. That will make it easier for them to afford starting a family.

Roughly 1 in 6 homes sold in the Salt Lake Valley since 2004 have been in a 4,100-acre development called Daybreak, being built on land once owned by mining giant Rio Tinto. About 5,500 homes have been constructed, with an additional 14,500 units planned — enough in total to house roughly 65,000 people.

The homes range from $180,000 to $1 million. One of the guiding principles is that homeowners can upgrade or downsize without having to move out of the neighborhood.

But that cycle of upgrading might not continue as it did for past generations. Home values need to rise for people to build equity that they can use to buy a new house. Yet if they rise too fast, it will become too expensive for many people to move up.

Parry Harrison, a 26-year-old divorced father of two small children, bought a townhouse in Daybreak for $309,000 in March. His down payment came in large part from selling his previous home, which appreciated a robust 25% in the two years he owned it. He hopes to upgrade again in five years, when his children might need more space.

"It's definitely not a forever home," he said. "It's a lot more convenient if I have move-up opportunities that are right next door."

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Trump arrives in Tokyo for state visit, golf and sumo

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:04

TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump needled Japan over the U.S.-Japan trade imbalance as he kicked off a state visit to the country Saturday that's been tailor-made to his whims and ego.

Speaking at a reception with several dozen Japanese and American business leaders at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Tokyo shortly after his arrival, Trump said the U.S. and Japan "are hard at work" negotiating a new bilateral trade agreement that he said would benefit both countries.

"I would say that Japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years, but that's OK," Trump told the group, joking that, "Maybe that's why you like me so much."

The comments underscored the competing dynamics of a state visit designed to show off the deep ties between the U.S. and Japan and the close friendship between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, even as tensions are high.

Abe has rolled out the carpet for Trump as part of a continued charm offensive, giving him the honor of being the first head of state invited to meet Emperor Naruhito since he ascended to the throne on May 1. Trump will also play golf with Abe and have the chance to present a "Trump Cup" at a sumo wrestling championship Sunday.

While the visit is expected to be largely ceremonial, the stakes are also high. Trump is threatening Japan with potentially devastating U.S. tariffs on foreign autos and auto parts, and has suggested he will go ahead with the tariffs if U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer doesn't manage to wrest concessions from Japan and the European Union.

Trump had predicted that a U.S.-Japan trade deal could be finalized during his trip. But that's highly unlikely given the two sides are still figuring out the parameters of what they will negotiate.

Trump nonetheless painted the negotiations positively as he addressed the business group shortly after touching down in Japan following a 14-hour flight.

"With this deal we hope to address the trade imbalance, remove barriers to United States exports and ensure fairness and reciprocity in our relationship. And we're getting closer," he said, while urging the business leaders to invest more in the U.S.

He also praised what he described as the "very special" U.S.-Japan alliance, telling the group that, "The relationship with Japan and the United States, I can say for a fact, has never been stronger, it's never been more powerful, never been closer."

It was the kind of talk expected during a trip meant to highlight the alliance between the countries and the friendship between their leaders.

"In the world of Donald Trump, terrible things can happen if you're an ally, but no major blows have landed on Japan," said Michael Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Trump has the honor of being the first head of state invited to meet Emperor Naruhito since he assumed power after his father stepped down, the first abdication in about two centuries. Naruhito will welcome Trump to the Imperial Palace on Monday for a meeting and banquet in his honor.

"With all the countries of the world, I'm the guest of honor at the biggest event that they've had in over 200 years," Trump said Thursday.

He'll also be golfing with Abe on Sunday and hanging out that much-ballyhooed sumo trophy, which the White House said will stand nearly 5 feet (1.5 meters) and weigh between 60 and 70 pounds (27 and 32 kilograms).

Trump arrived shortly after a relatively strong earthquake rattled Tokyo. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake, registering magnitude 5.1, struck in Chiba, just south of Tokyo, at 3:20 p.m., about 40 kilometers (24 miles) underground. Trump was to arrive two hours later. The agency said there was no danger of a tsunami from the inland quake.

Abe made a strategic decision before Trump was elected to focus on Japan's relationship with the U.S. The courtship began when Abe rushed to New York two weeks after the November 2016 election to meet the president-elect at Trump Tower. Last month, Abe and his wife, Akie, celebrated first lady Melania Trump's birthday over a couples' dinner at the White House.

Trump plans to return to Japan for a summit of leading rich and developing nations in Osaka in late June.

Behind the smiles and personal friendship, however, lurks deep uneasiness over Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Japanese autos and auto parts on national security grounds, a move that would be far more devastating to the Japanese economy than earlier tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Trump recently agreed to a six-month delay, enough time to carry Abe past July's Japanese parliamentary elections.

"On the surface, it's all going to be a display of warmth, friendship, hospitality," said Mireya Solis, a senior fellow at the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies. But, she said, "there's an undercurrent of awkwardness and concern about what the future might hold. ... We're coming to a decisive moment. This is, I think, the moment of truth."

Also at issue is the lingering threat of North Korea, which has resumed missile testing and recently fired a series of short-range missiles that U.S. officials, including Trump, have tried to downplay despite an agreement by Pyongyang to hold off on further testing.

Speaking to reporters Saturday ahead of Trump's arrival, national security adviser John Bolton called the series of short-range missile tests a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and said sanctions must be kept in place.

"In terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that," Bolton said, adding that Trump and Abe would "talk about making sure the integrity of the Security Council resolutions are maintained."

It was a change in tone from comments made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said in a recent television interview that, "The moratorium was focused, very focused, on intercontinental missile systems, the ones that threaten the United States." That raised alarm bells in Japan, where short-range missiles pose a serious threat.

Bolton's comments came a day after North Korean official media said nuclear negotiations with Washington won't resume unless the U.S. abandons what Pyongyang describes as unilateral disarmament demands.

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San Francisco police chief ‘sorry’ for raid on journalist

Channel 10 news - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:01

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's police chief apologized on Friday for raiding a freelance journalist's home and office to find out who leaked a police report into the unexpected death of the city's former public defender.

Chief William Scott told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday the searches were probably illegal and said "I'm sorry that this happened."

California's shield law protects journalists from search warrants and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that journalists are free to report on newsworthy information contained in stolen documents.

Because the warrants are under seal, it's not known what information police provided to support the searches or to what extent they disclosed that Bryan Carmody is a journalist.

Scott said he has reviewed all material related to the searches and he was concerned the initial warrants didn't adequately identify Carmody as a journalist.

"The description of what his role entails as a journalist — there should have been more clarity there," Scott said. "That is going to be a concern that has to be explored further."

Carmody was handcuffed for six hours on May 10 while police armed with a sledgehammer searched for evidence to determine who provided a confidential police report on the death of the late public defender, Jeff Adachi, after he refused to reveal his source.

The case alarmed journalism advocates and put pressure on elected leaders in the politically liberal city to defend the press.

Scott initially defended the raid, telling the city Police Commission his department went through the appropriate legal process.

On Tuesday, Scott said Carmody "crossed the line" and suspected the journalist took part in a criminal conspiracy to steal an internal police report, motivated by profit or animosity toward Adachi.

Carmody said he did not pay for the report or conspire to steal it but simply acquired it as part of his work as a journalist.

Mayor London Breed had requested the independent probe into the way police handled the investigation into the leak and the internal affairs investigation, which could lead to discipline for officers.

Scott said the department will not use any evidence seized in the raids.

Reporters and other First Amendment organizations want a judge to revoke search warrants that authorized the raids and to unseal the materials submitted in support of them.

"We're encouraged by the chief's apology but we think there needs to be real reform here," Carmody's attorney, Ben Berkowitz, said. "The city needs to take steps to make sure nothing like this happens again to journalists."

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Sheriff: Motorcyclist killed in crash in Obetz

Channel 10 news - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 20:01

OBETZ, Ohio — The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred Friday evening.

The sheriff's office says Khalil McKinley, 23, lost control of his motorcycle traveling north on Alum Creek Drive in the area of Lindsey Drive shortly after 6:30 p.m.

McKinley's motorcycle went into the southbound lanes of traffic and hit a Ford Explorer. Medics pronounced him dead on scene.

Authorities say itt does not appear that drugs or alcohol were factors in this crash. McKinley was not wearing a helmet.

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Federal judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

Channel 10 news - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 19:57

A federal judge in California has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

Gilliam issued the ruling after hearing arguments last week in two cases. California and 19 other states brought one lawsuit; the Sierra Club and a coalition of communities along the border brought the other.

At stake is billions of dollars that would allow Trump to make progress on a signature campaign promise heading into his campaign for a second term.

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