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Pickerington native missing from L.A. leaves family in fear

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:02

COLUMBUS -- A Los Angeles man, originally from Central Ohio, has vanished. His family and friends are frantically looking for him after he, his car and his cell phone have been missing for a week.

Josh Thiede is a 2007 graduate of Pickerington High School North. He was reported missing to LA Police on Thursday after his mother hadn't heard from him since February 11.

Friends in both cities are now doing everything they can to find him.

"You're kind of helpless," said Tim Starkey, track coach for Pickerington Local Schools. "That helplessness, I'm sure the family is going through, I can't imagine it."

Starkey says Thiede ran track and cross-country at Pickerington North.

"Ambitious, dedicated, kind soul — he is one of those individuals out there that you are truly blessed to get to know," Starkey said.

10TV spoke to Josh's mother, Janet Thiede over the phone. She was too emotional to speak on camera but says she spoke to her son daily and is extremely worried about his well-being. She says his last cell phone call was to 911, but the call was disconnected before dispatchers could answer.

"Scared," said Ross Hartley, also a 2007 graduate of Pickerington High North. "Scared for Josh's safety. Scared for Josh's family."

Josh moved to LA to pursue a career in film and design. He was driving for Uber and Lyft to support himself.

"He was doing what it took to go after his dream," Hartley said. "To hear this news, as opposed to hearing Josh has got this all going and then it took off, it’s mind blowing."

LAPD is working with Uber and Lyft to help find Josh. His picture and information about his car are being shared on social media pages across the country.

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Missing pregnant woman found dead in national forest in Minnesota

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:46

MINNEAPOLIS – Authorities say the body of a woman who was pregnant and who was reported missing earlier this month was found Saturday in Cass County. CBS Minnesota reports Kara Blevins, 27, had not been seen since Friday, Feb. 2. She was last seen in the Akeley area, southwest of Walker and reported missing on Feb. 5.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office says authorities found her body at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday in a wooded area in the Chippewa National Forest in rural Akeley. Her body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

The circumstances surrounding her death remain under investigation.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the case by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, BCA, Akeley Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 09:45

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

The fate of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who faces 17 counts of first-degree murder in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, will depend on his mental state and the wishes of the victims' families, which have a say in how the prosecution proceeds.

Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz, said there were so many warning signs that Cruz was mentally unstable and potentially violent that the death penalty might be going too far. Finkelstein said Cruz would likely plead guilty if prosecutors opt not to seek the death penalty.

"Because that's what this case is about. Not, did he do it? Not, should he go free? Should he live or should he die," Finkelstein said. "He will never see the light of day again, nor should he. But I know, personally, I am very upset and angry that we all failed to spot a problem and do anything as a result."

Michael J. Satz, the state attorney for Broward County, said Saturday in an email that, "This certainly is the type of case the death penalty was designed for." He called the slayings "absolutely horrific and tragic." However, he also said his office is working with law enforcement and will announce later what penalty it plans to seek.

The prosecution will likely take years. The sheriff's office said Cruz confessed, and they have his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, ammunition clips and video from the school. The FBI also said Friday it had gotten a call from someone close to Cruz who expressed concern that he had "a desire to kill people" and "the potential" to conduct a school shooting.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement that the information was not properly investigated and promised to get to the bottom of it.

A major issue for the courts will be Cruz's mental state. Officials have said he underwent unspecified treatment at a mental facility but quit after his mother died in November. His father had died some years earlier. Without any living parents, he was taken in by a local family.

Cruz's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill, told reporters after Cruz's initial court appearance that he had become unmoored from society and had no support network to lean on.

"When your brain is not fully developed, you don't know how to deal with these things," she said. "When you have the lack of impulse control that a 19-year-old has, that affects the behavior you exhibit."

McNeill also said of Cruz: "He's sad, he's mournful, he's remorseful. He's just a broken human being."

An initial decision will be whether Cruz is mentally competent to understand legal proceedings and assist in his own defense. Experts say it's a relatively high bar to clear to be declared incompetent and McNeill said Cruz is "fully aware of what is going on."

Cruz could try to plead innocent by reason of insanity, which also rarely works. James Holmes, the shooter who killed 12 people and wounded 70 in a Colorado movie theater in 2012, was convicted despite pleading insanity and was sentenced to life behind bars.

David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, said the penalty phase of Cruz's case is likely to be where his background, family situation, mental condition and life history will play the biggest part. Even if he pleads guilty and prosecutors refuse to waive the death penalty, a jury must decide by a 12-0 vote that Cruz deserves to be executed.

The victims' families also have a legal right to participate in discussions over whether to seek the death penalty.

"I think among them there are many people who aren't going to want to go through this," Weinstein said. "That would save a lot of time and a lot of anguish for people. Some will say, 'we don't care, we want him put to death. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' They will want retribution."

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Police: Body found burning in trash pile

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 07:54

CLEVELAND — Ohio authorities say a body has been found burning in a trash pile in Cleveland.

A Cleveland police spokeswoman says the city Division of Fire was called to an east side address around 7 p.m. Saturday after someone reported a fire in a yard. Firefighters found what's believed to be a man's body in the trash pile.

A fire department spokesman says the body had signs of trauma and a possible gunshot wound.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office will seek to identify the body and determine a cause of death.

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Sisters join local effort to throw birthday parties for homeless children

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 07:37

COLUMBUS - Campbell and Paisley Barber ripped through dozens of unopened boxes from Amazon. The sisters received tons of packages from people across the country, and it wasn't even Christmas.

The girls opened each box in awe.

"Paw Patrol cups. paw Patrol napkins," said Paisley in excitement. Those certainly aren't typical gifts, but the 9-year-old and 8-year-old didn't receive them for a typical reason.

"We decided to start gathering birthday supplies and we're going to throw Birthdays for those kids," said Campbell, affectionately nicknamed Camie.

"Those" kids Camie spoke of are children who are homeless.

"One day on the news we saw that homeless people don't get Birthdays. And we thought that we should like to throw birthday parties for them," Camie said.

So, the sisters, with the help of their mommy, are collecting birthday supplies of various themes and will donate them to Brightening Birthdays, a program ran by Volunteers of America.

Brightening Birthdays provides birthday parties for children whose families can't afford to throw the party themselves.

"Any kind of age, you should be cared and loved," said Paisley. "People should always, like, wish you happy birthdays."

The girls hope their effort to give back will bring joy to those who it benefits.

"If I didn't have a birthday, I would feel like no one loved me and I really want them to feel loved inside," said Camie.

Brightening Birthdays serves people in Columbus and Sandusky areas.

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Funeral held for soldier who died saving others in NYC fire

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 06:22

NEW YORK -- A funeral was held Saturday in New York City for 28-year-old Emmanuel Mensah, whom the U.S. government honored by posthumously awarding him two military valor medals after he died rescuing some of more than a dozen people trapped in the deadliest fire in the city in a quarter of a century. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, celebrated the funeral Mass for an Army National Guard soldier and native of Ghana.

In December, Mensah was staying with a family on the first floor of the building when the fire broke out, CBS New York reports. He initially escaped the blaze, but he kept going back into the inferno to bring out a family that included four children.

"According to those who saw him, he came out about three times helping people out and then the fourth time he went back to help, he didn't come back," his uncle, Twun Bredu, said in December.

Among them, mourners in attendance Saturday was Mensah's elderly neighbor, who spoke glowingly of him.

"Every time he'd come home from someplace he'd knock on my door and say, 'are you okay?' and I'd go, 'yes, I'm okay," Margot Perkins told CBS New York.

Mansah's funeral was at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Belmont.

On Friday, the Army Private 1st Class was posthumously awarded two valor medals at a ceremony at Fordham University.

Fire officials say the blaze was started by a child playing with a gas stove.

"The mother was not aware of it, was alerted by the young man screaming," said Daniel Nigro, commissioner for the New York City Fire Department. "She exited her apartment with her 2-year-old, and 3-year-old and left the door open."

That was a fateful mistake, according to the commissioner. Like smoke up a chimney, the fire was sucked into the hallways, and the entire five-story building was engulfed within minutes.

Crisbel Martinez, 10, escaped with her brother.

"I got scared and freaked out because I thought I was going to fall off the fire escape, but I tried my best," Martinez said.

The victims range in age from one to 63.

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Police searching for aggravated robbery suspect

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 06:00

COLUMBUS - Police are working to identify a man who attacked an employee and robbed a gaming house at gunpoint.

On January 5, 2018, around 10:46 a.m. the suspect followed the owner of Jax Gaming House as he opened his store, pulled out a gun, and demanded money.

The suspect then pistol-whipped the owner in the head and forced him into an office where he had to open a cash drawer.

Authorities say the suspect fled with an unknown amount of cash in a dark colored 4-door vehicle possibly a Chrysler.

If you have any information please call Crime Stoppers 614-461-TIPS (8477), you could earn a cash reward.

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Iran plane crash: 65 killed as commercial flight goes down in southern Iran

Channel 10 news - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 01:26

TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 65 people on board, state media reported. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 485 miles south of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

IRNA reported Sunday night that one passenger did not make the flight. That puts the toll at 65, with 59 passengers and six crew members killed. Authorities initially said the crash killed 66.

Aseman Airlines spokesman Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai told state TV that all on Flight No. EP3704 were killed.

Due to foggy condition, rescue helicopters couldn't reach the crash site in the Zagros Mountains, state TV reported. Tabatabai said the plane crashed into Mount Dena, which is about 14,435 feet tall.

Aseman Airlines, owned by Iran's civil service pension foundation, is a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specializes in flights to remote airfields across the country. It also flies internationally. It is Iran's third-largest airline by fleet size, behind state carrier Iran Air and Mahan Air. However, Aseman Airlines is banned from flying in the European Union over safety concerns.

The carrier has a fleet of 29 aircraft, including six ATR aircraft, according to FlightRadar24, a plane-tracking website. The ATR-72 that crashed Sunday had been built in 1993, Aseman Airlines CEO Ali Abedzadeh told state TV.

The plane took off from Tehran at 0433 GMT and gave its last signal at 0555 GMT, when the flight was at 16,975 feet and was descending, FlightRadar24 said.

Iran has struggled to import spare parts to repair and maintain its planes due to international sanctions imposed over the country's nuclear program, BBC News reports.

The plane crashed near its destination of Yasuj in southern Iran. (Photo/BBC News)Media Folder: Media Root

Aseman Airlines has suffered other major crashes with fatalities. In October 1994, a twin-propeller Fokker F-28 1000 commuter plane flown by the airline crashed near Natanz, 180 miles south of Tehran, also killing 66 people on board. An Aseman Airlines chartered flight in August 2008, flown by an Itek Air Boeing 737, crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing 74 people.

The Iranian Red Crescent said it has deployed to the area. Authorities said they would be investigating. Locals described hearing the crash, though no one had found the crash site yet, according to state TV.

European airplane manufacturer ATR, a Toulouse, France-based partnership of Airbus and Italy's Leonardo S.p.A., said it had no immediate information about the crash. The manufacturer specializes in regional turboprop aircraft of 90 seats or less.

Under decades of international sanctions, Iran's commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly in recent years.

Following the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed deals with both Airbus and Boeing to buy scores of passenger planes worth tens of billions of dollars. U.S. politicians have expressed concern about the airplane sales to Iran. President Trump remains skeptical of the atomic accord overall and has refused to re-certify it, putting the deal in question.

Home to 80 million people, Iran represents one of the last untapped aviation markets in the world. However, Western analysts are skeptical that there is demand for so many jets or available financing for deals worth billions of dollars.

In April 2017, ATR sealed a $536-million sale with Iran Air for at least 20 aircraft. Chicago-based Boeing also signed a $3 billion deal that month to sell 30 737 MAX aircraft to Aseman Airlines.

Iran has suffered a series of major airplane crashes in recent decades. The last major airliner crash in Iran happened in January 2011, when an Iran Air Boeing 727 broke to pieces on impact while trying an emergency landing in a snowstorm in northwestern Iran, killing at least 77 people.

In July 2009, a Russian-made jetliner crashed in northwest Iran shortly after taking off from the capital, killing all 168 on board. A Russian-made Ilyushin 76 carrying members of the Revolutionary Guard crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran in February 2003, killing 302 people aboard.

In February 1993, an Iranian airliner with 132 people onboard collided with an air force jet after takeoff from Tehran's main airport, killing everyone on board the two aircraft. And in July 1988, the USS Vincennes in the Strait of Hormuz mistook an Iran Air flight heading to Dubai for an attacking fighter jet, shooting down the plane and killing all 290 people onboard.

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Businesses raise money for fallen officers' families

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:39

WESTERVILLE -- Many businesses across central Ohio are doing what they can to help support and raise money for the families of two Westerville police officers killed in the line of duty a week ago.

“I was heartbroken,” James Anderson, owner of Ray Ray’s Hog Pit said.

“I have a family, too, and I couldn’t imagine what they are going through.”

This weekend, all three Ray Ray’s locations are giving away pork sandwiches free of charge, but donations are encouraged.

Columbus based Traxler Printing offered free thin blue line t-shirts and stickers so neighbors could show their support.

At the beer brewing supply store Buckeye BrewCraft in uptown Westerville, proceeds from a homebrewing competition are going to the family of the fallen officers.

More than 300 gallons of the brew will later be mass produced and named Westerville blue.

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Mourners: Fallen Chicago officer was 'one of the good guys'

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 18:27

CHICAGO — Mourners remembered a fallen Chicago Police commander Saturday as a model officer and "one of the good guys" who was uninterested in self-promotion, even as he moved up the department's ranks.

Of all of Commander Paul Bauer's responsibilities, the ones that mattered the most to him were being a good husband to his wife, Erin, and good father to his daughter, Grace, several speakers said during his funeral at the Nativity of Our Lord Church.

"Erin and Grace were everything," said former First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante, who grew up with Bauer and served with him for most of Bauer's 31 years on the force.

Bauer, 53, was gunned down Tuesday near a government building in downtown Chicago.

Authorities say he was in a patrol car nearby when he heard a call that a man had run away from tactical officers who had approached to question him about recent drug dealing and a shooting in the area. They say Bauer spotted the man and chased him to an outer stairwell, where they struggled. Bauer was shot six times and was pronounced dead later that day at a hospital.

Prosecutors have charged Shomari Legghette, 44, with first-degree murder of a peace officer, armed violence, the unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a controlled substance. Legghette, whose criminal record includes a conviction for armed robbery, is being held without bond.

Shomari Legghette. (Chicago Police Department via AP)Media Folder: Media Root

Scores of police officers from across the U.S. joined Bauer's family, friends and other mourners, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner and former Mayor Richard Daley, at Saturday's service.

The Rev. Dan Brandt, a Chicago Police chaplain, described Bauer as a man of faith who attended department Bible study sessions and sat in the front row with his family at Mass. Escalante said Bauer skipped his promotion ceremony when he became a captain because he had a family trip, and didn't want to reschedule the ceremony because he didn't need the public accolade.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson recalled Bauer taking time each day to practice English with a department custodian who was learning the language, and that he died doing what came naturally — helping other officers.

"He was a model police officer, and one of the good guys," Johnson said.

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Pres. Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 16:28

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump has made a grim trip to a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders.

But he extended few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning, nor did Trump address the debate over gun violence that has raged since a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 and injured 14 others.

Two days after the shooting, Trump visited Broward Health North Hospital Friday, where he saw two victims and praised the doctors and nurses for their "incredible" job. With his wife Melania, he also paid his respects to law enforcement officials in Fort Lauderdale, telling officers he hoped they were "getting the credit" they deserved.

"I was at the hospital with a lot of parents and they are really thankful for the job you've done," Trump said at the Broward County Sheriff's Office, where he was joined by Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio and other Florida officials. He added that the young victims were in "really great shape" considering what they have been through.

In a tweet Saturday, he said that he and the first lady "met such incredible people last night in Broward County, Florida. Will never forget them, or the evening!" The president later placed calls of condolence and support to Parkland's mayor, a Broward County commissioner and the school's principal.

Melania and I met such incredible people last night in Broward County, Florida. Will never forget them, or the evening!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018

Trump did allude to gun laws in a different tweet Saturday, accusing congressional Democrats of not favoring new gun laws: "Just like they don't want to solve the DACA problem, why didn't the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn't want to, and now they just talk!"

Never a natural at consolation, the president seemed more at ease extending hearty thanks to first responders, marveling at the speed with which they rushed the wounded to the hospital and quipping that they deserved a raise. He had less to say to the grief and sorrow gripping a shocked community and nation after the deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Asked if he'd talked with victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Trump added: "I did indeed, and it's very sad something like that could happen."

Trump spoke privately with two victims, a boy and a girl, at the hospital. At the Sheriff's Office, he also met Detective Richard Olson and his son, Will Olson, who was shot during the attack. Trump spoke about the girl he met with, saying she had been shot four times, and that first responders had helped save her life by getting her quickly to the hospital.

Late Friday, he tweeted about the school shooting: "Our entire Nation, w/one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims & their families in Parkland, FL. To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage!" He included pictures of the injured young girl and her family that he and the first lady visited.

Our entire Nation, w/one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims & their families in Parkland, FL. To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage! https://t.co/3yJsrebZMG pic.twitter.com/ti791dENTy

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018

Speaking directly to the raw emotions was Rubio, who told Trump, "This is a community and a state that's in deep pain and they want action to make sure this never happens again."

Trump replied: "You can count on it."

Still, the president made no policy statements. An avid supporter of the National Rifle Association, he did not mention the renewed debate over gun violence, ignoring a shouted question about gun laws. Trump tweeted earlier Friday that he was "working with Congress on many fronts," though he offered no details.

Trump said he originally planned to visit the Parkland area on Sunday or Monday, but decided he didn't want to wait. But as Trump arrived in Florida, some of the parents, survivors and others affected by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said they were more interested in firm action to prevent future assaults than a presidential visit.

"I don't want Trump to come, but we want more gun safety," said 18-year-old Kevin Trejos, a senior at the school. "It's a dream. It hasn't hit me yet. When I see empty desks, I'll feel it. I'm numb now."

More than 1,000 people had attended a candlelight vigil Thursday night near the school, and at one point some began chanting, "No more guns! No more guns!"

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State says more than 10,000 Ohioans hospitalized for flu

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 15:21

COLUMBUS — The state Department of Health says nearly 11,000 people in Ohio have been hospitalized for influenza this flu season.

Ohio health department records show Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, has had nearly double the number of flu hospitalizations thru Feb. 10 as Franklin County, Ohio's most populous county that includes Columbus.

WJW-TV has reported Cuyahoga County Health Department data show there have been 30 flu-related deaths in the county this season, including nine during the week ending Feb. 10. A 2-year-old was among those deaths.

The state health department says three children have died statewide during the flu season that began Oct. 1.

State data show the total of 10,785 flu-related hospitalizations thus far is well above Ohio's five-year average for the period.

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Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 14:33

PARKLAND, Fla. — Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killing 17 people in a Florida high school.

The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by scores of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the carnage happened.

Teens spoke passionately during Saturday's rally in front of the federal courthouse, pleading with lawmakers to change the nation's gun laws.

One student, Emma Gonzalez, angrily criticized politicians who take campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association. She challenged them to stop taking money, leading the crowd in a call-and-response chant.

"They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun," she said, and the crowd chanted, "We call BS."

She also said adults who knew that the shooter was mentally ill should have done more to prevent him from having a weapon.

Lauren Duck, right, hugs Debby Stout, left, as they stand on a street corner holding up anti gun signs in Parkland, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Media Folder: Media Root

From a mosaic of public records, interviews with friends and family and online interactions, it appears that Cruz was unstable and violent to himself and those around him and that when notified about his threatening behavior, law enforcement did little to stop it.

He reportedly left a suburban Palm Beach County mobile home in November because his benefactor gave him an ultimatum: you or the gun.

The Palm Beach Post reports Rocxanne Deschamps said, "He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house" in public comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page.

Chad Bennett, a friend of Deschamps', said Nikolas Cruz "chose the gun and he left."

He then went to live with another family; his mother died in November and his father died years ago.

Florida's child welfare agency investigated after he cut himself in an online video but found him stable, according to state records.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that Florida's Department of Children and Families investigated when Cruz posted a video on the social media network Snapchat showing him cutting his arms in 2016. The agency was called to investigate. Cruz, then 18, was listed as an "alleged victim" of medical neglect and inadequate supervision; his adoptive mother, then-68-year-old Lynda Cruz, the "alleged perpetrator."

"Mr. Cruz was on Snapchat cutting both of his arms," the Florida DCF abuse hotline was told in August 2016, the paper reported. "Mr. Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms. Mr. Cruz stated he plans to go out and buy a gun. It is unknown what he is buying the gun for."

According to the paper, DCF's investigation was completed that Nov. 12. The agency concluded that Cruz had not been mistreated by his mother, was receiving adequate care from a mental health counselor and was attending school.

Mental health center staff "came out and assessed the (victim and) found him to be stable enough not to be hospitalized," the DCF report said.

Cruz had been diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder that often leads to social awkwardness and isolation, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Three teens told Buzzfeed on Saturday that Cruz became jealous and angry when his ex-girlfriend broke up with him and began seeing someone else.

The FBI said it received a tip last month that Cruz had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate. The governor called for the FBI director to resign.

A person close to Cruz called the FBI's tip line on Jan. 5 and provided information about Cruz's weapons and his erratic behavior, including his disturbing social media posts. The caller was concerned that Cruz could attack a school.

In a statement, the agency acknowledged that the tip should have been shared with the FBI's Miami office and investigated, but it was not. The startling admission came as the agency was already facing criticism for its treatment of a tip about a YouTube comment posted last year. The comment posted by a "Nikolas Cruz" said, "Im going to be a professional school shooter."

The FBI investigated the remark but did not determine who made it.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the shooting that killed 17 people Wednesday was a "tragic consequence" of the FBI's missteps and ordered a review of the Justice Department's processes. He said it's now clear that the nation's premier law enforcement agency missed warning signs.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said his office had received more than 20 calls about Cruz in the past few years.

Cruz faces 17 counts of first-degree murder in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, is being held at the Broward County Jail without bond.

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One person taken to hospital by medical helicopter after serious crash in Newark

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 14:09

LICKING COUNTY -- One person was taken to Grant Medical Center by a medical helicopter after a serious crash on State Route 13, south of Newark, Saturday morning.

The crash happened between Hopewell Drive and Dorsey Mill Road.

The road closed around noon and reopened at about 4 p.m., according to Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp.

The crash involved two vehicles and one person was flown to Grant Medical Center.

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Police searching for man accused of shooting girl, 4, in Akron

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 12:49

AKRON, Ohio — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl sitting in a car with young siblings and her grandmother in northeastern Ohio has been fatally shot and a suspect is being sought.

Police haven't identified the girl shot around 10:30 p.m. Friday in Akron. Police spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards says the shooting happened after the children's mother pulled in front of a home to retrieve belongings and broke windows when no one answered the door.

Edwards says a man stepped outside with a rifle and fired one shot at the car, striking the 4-year-old, who was sitting in the backseat. She was pronounced dead at an Akron hospital. The other children are girls ages 7, 6 and 3.

Edwards says a murder warrant has been issued for 31-year-old Darnell Bitting.

Anyone with information is asked to call 330-375-2490.

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13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican quake

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 09:30

MEXICO CITY — A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground.

The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said in a statement that five women, four men, and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital.

A state government official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said the chopper crashed into a group of people who had been spending the night in an open field after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the area. Aftershocks had caused people to flee their homes for fear they would collapse.

The Defense Department said the Blackhawk helicopter suffered the mishap when it was preparing to land on a vacant lot in the city of Jamiltepec, about 19 miles from the area of Pinotepa Nacional. The craft was carrying Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat, neither of whom had serious injuries.

The accident was the latest embarrassment in Navarrete's short-term at the Interior Department, which oversees most political and security issues. Earlier this month, an intelligence agent from an agency overseen by Navarrete's department was caught tailing an opposition presidential candidate.

Both Navarrete and the defense department said they regretted the loss of life in Friday's accident.

Jorge Morales, a local reporter who was aboard the helicopter when it crashed, described harrowing moments as the pilot lost control and the helicopter attempted to land in a swirl of dust.

"The moment the helicopter touched down it lost control, it slid-- like it skidded-- and it hit some vehicles that were stationed in the area," he told a Mexican television news program. "In that moment, you couldn't see anything, nothing else was heard besides the sound that iron makes when it scrapes the earth."

Navarrete and Murat were evaluating reports of damage from an earthquake that struck earlier Friday when their helicopter crashed.

The U.S. Geological Survey originally put the magnitude of Friday's quake at 7.5 but later lowered it to 7.2. It said the epicenter was 33 miles (53 kilometers) northeast of Pinotepa in southern Oaxaca state and had a depth of 15 miles (24 kilometers).

President Enrique Pena Nieto said via Twitter that both officials and crew were fine, although the interior department said that they had light injuries.

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Tax deductions: Things you may be able to write off on your taxes

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 06:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio - There are several tax deductions that many Americans may qualify for but do not know they can write off.

Christina Rosebrough from Jackson Hewitt shared these deductions you may want to discuss with your tax preparer.

  • Safety deposit boxes
  • College credits
  • Moving expenses
  • Tax-preparation fees
  • Products and supplies new mothers purchased
  • Job-search expenses
  • Wedding venues (church or historical site)
  • Medical expenses (transportation expenses from medical needs, medical products/aids, gym memberships)
  • Traveling for business

There are also common tax deductions for people who are self-employed.

  • Cell phone
  • Home office
  • Travel Expenses
  • Car and Mileage Expenses
  • Fees, Dues and Subscriptions
  • Office Supplies
  • Health Insurance Premiums

Rosebrough explained the difference between tax credits and tax deductions.

  • Tax credits directly reduce your taxes due. Deductions, on the other hand, reduce the amount of your income that is taxable.
  • Tax payers are allowed to go back three years to amend a tax return. Jackson Hewitt will review their clients returns and determine if they have any missing credits or deductions. This means that a taxpayer could get additional money in refunds from previous years.
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Mall of America stabber sentenced to 15 years for attack

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 05:25

MINNEAPOLIS — A 20-year-old Minneapolis man who said he was inspired by the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attacking two brothers at the Mall of America.

Mahad Abdirahman was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack at the Bloomington mall.

The Star Tribune reports Abdirahman declined to speak when the judge gave him the opportunity. When he pleaded guilty last month, Abdirahman said he was inspired by the Islamic State group and "went to Mall of America to answer the call for Jihad" because he believed the United States was "at war with Islam."

Investigators say he attacked 19-year-old Alexander Sanchez and 25-year-old John Sanchez while shopping. The brothers suffered serious injuries.

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Trio of suicide bombers kill 20 at crowded market in Nigeria

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:59

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — A trio of suicide bombers detonated at a crowded fish market in northern Nigeria, killing at least 20 people, police said Saturday.

Borno state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji confirmed the Friday night attack to The Associated Press. Hospital officials said two patients later died from their injuries.

The bombers, all believed to be female, left dozens wounded at the fish market in Konduga, just outside the state capital, Maiduguri. The city is the birthplace of the Boko Haram extremist insurgency and has been a frequent target.

Musa Bulama, 32, said he was lucky to have survived the blasts.

"I came to the night market to buy fish for dinner when I heard a loud bang some yards behind me and I saw myself on the ground, and before I could pick up myself another one went off then, the third one again," he recalled. "I couldn't stand any longer and just laid down but everywhere was in total confusion."

He added: "From the wailings, one can tell that there are many casualties."

Boko Haram continues to carry out deadly suicide bombings in Borno state and other parts of northern Nigeria as part of its violent campaign to establish an Islamic state in the West African nation.

The extremists have increasingly used women and youth as bombers, often after abducting and indoctrinating them.

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NYC subways delayed by poodle on the tracks

Channel 10 news - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:45

NEW YORK -- It doesn't take much to slow down the New York subway system. On Friday afternoon, one bundle of fur stopped train service on a transit line between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The dog named Dakota has a face that will stop traffic – or at least the F train, CBS New York reports.

It was coming to the end of a long Friday for Hill when the alert went out that a poodle had escaped from her dog walker by the York Street subway station and was lost somewhere on the tracks.

"We heard Control come on the radio that there was a dog that was lost in the system, and everyone was basically on the lookout," MTA supervisor Sanya Hill told CBS New York.

A/C/F train riders, apologies for the delay- Dakota escaped from the dog park and- you guessed it- onto the tracks. Thank @MTA NYCT for the assist on the rescue, job well done by all, service back up & dog on the way to the vet for a minor injury- Appreciate everyone’s patience! pic.twitter.com/gSA5ynPgGX

— NYPD Transit (@NYPDTransit) February 16, 2018

"I basically respond to any situation that's going on that I'm in the area for," she explained, adding she's never responded to a situation like this.

The MTA re-routed the F train for about an hour, while police officers scoured the tracks for Dakota. As Hill's train was pulling into the Bergen Street station, a passenger said she spotted the poodle.

"Control held back the train so I could safely go down to the roadbed and look for the dog," she said. "As I was walking down, I actually saw the dog cuddled underneath the platform looking very scared. So I pattered her – I was a little leery at first, I didn't want to get bitten."

Hill has worked for the MTA for more than a decade and said helping a passenger – whether on two feet or four – is all part of the job.

"She was very happy, she was excited that we found the dog and everything. She was in tears, which is a good thing," she said.

To top off the tale – it all happened on the Lunar New Year and the first day of the Year of the Dog.

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