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3 Miami Dolphins protest during national anthem

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:57

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Kenny Stills and two other Miami Dolphins protested during the national anthem before Thursday's exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams.

There were no apparent demonstrations by the Buccaneers.

Stills kneeled during the anthem in the 2016-17 seasons and has been vocal discussing social injustice issues that inspired the protest movement by NFL players.

The league and the players' union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played, or remain in the locker room. The Dolphins issued a statement before training camp saying all options regarding the team's policy remain open.

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Judge allows release of Ohio man who confessed to 3 killings

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:23

TOLEDO, Ohio — An inmate who confessed to killing three people with his older brother during a string of murders in the 1980s will be released from prison under a decades-old plea deal, a judge ruled Thursday.

Attorneys for Nathanial Cook said the court had no other choice but to release the 59-year-old now that he has completed serving 20 years in prison as part of an agreement with prosecutors and the victims' families.

Lucas County Judge Linda Jennings told Cook that she reviewed all of her options, hoping to find a reason to keep him locked up. "Unfortunately, I found none," she said.

Cook didn't offer a smile or any other reaction after learning he would be released. He'll be required to spend his first six months in a work-release program where he'll live in a dormitory.

The judge also ordered Cook to wear an electronic monitor for a year and to register his address every 90 days because he's classified as a sexual predator.

Nathaniel Cook and his older brother, Anthony Cook, admitted in 2000 they were behind nine killings, including a string of eight murders in 1980 and '81. They told of how they preyed on women walking alone and young couples in parked cars, raping the women before killing them.

As part of the plea deal, Cook confessed to three murders while his brother admitted to killing five other people. Anthony Cook, who is serving two life sentences, already had been convicted in another killing.

Families of the victims said the confessions from Cook brothers gave them needed answers, but they wrote letters asking the judge to keep Nathaniel Cook in prison or at least placed under strict controls if he's released.

Many kept hope that investigators could link Nathaniel Cook to another crime, but they also knew this day was coming.

"We've dreaded it, but we agreed to it," said Pam Henderson, whose brother was killed by Anthony Cook in 1981.

Some said they were worried about what Cook could do once he's out.

"I'm disappointed. He needs to be in prison for the rest of life," said Sandra Rollins, who was raped and nearly died after being stabbed by the Cook brothers in 1980. "I'm afraid for other people out there."

The victims' families all agreed to the deal because it guaranteed that the brothers would be sent to prison and it gave them answers about who killed their loved ones.

Both brothers admitted to detectives that they first abducted Rollins and tried to kill her after fatally shooting her boyfriend.

Nathaniel Cook confessed that he and his brother were involved in two more killings. He said he strangled a woman they had abducted and that the pair then raped a 12-year-old girl and repeatedly hit her with a concrete block.

Cook said that was the last murder he was involved with, even though his brother continued with the killings until he was arrested in 1981.

Investigators long had suspected the Cook brothers were involved in the killings, but lacked evidence until 1998 when they finally tied them to one of the shooting deaths and rapes using blood samples and DNA evidence.

The brothers offered to confess in exchange for a chance of parole for Nathaniel Cook.

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Former UFC champ says he was victim of Ohio State doctor

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former UFC champion Mark Coleman says he's among the victims of a now-dead Ohio State team doctor who's been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 100 former students.

Coleman released a statement Thursday saying he wants to cooperate with investigators.

He also says that he never saw or has any direct knowledge that Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan knew about the sexual misconduct when he was an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1987 to 1995.

Coleman says previous comments attributed to him about Jordan in media reports weren't accurate or misconstrued.

Jordan has denied some wrestlers' claims that he was aware of the doctor's abuse.

Coleman wrestled for Ohio State in the late 1980s and later was an assistant coach there. He also wrestled at the 1992 Olympics.

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Fire does major damage to Reynoldsburg hotel

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:00

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at a hotel in the 2100 block of Brice Road in Reynoldsburg.

Firefighters responded to the Days Inn & Suites just after 7:30 p.m.

The Truro Township Fire Department believe the fire started in the attic area.

The fire was contained the lobby area and the area above the lobby.

Photos from the scene show a lot of damage to the hotel.

No one was hurt but a firefighter was checked out for heat exhaustion.

The firefighter is ok.

The fire department said 150 people were in the hotel and some are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Brice Road is shut down between Livingston Road and I-70.

Photo credit: Valarie Greenwalt

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Upper Arlington impounds Bird scooters left on the street

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:50

A controversial mode of transportation has ruffled feathers in Upper Arlington.

The Bird Scooter company dropped 20 motorized scooters in the right of way along Lane Avenue on Sunday.

The city impounded them on Monday.

The collection of scooters- that the company calls a "nest" - violates city ordinance.

The company says riders are supposed to park them at bike racks where possible.

Upper Arlington officials called the company to pick them up which they did.

Cities across the country are trying to figure out how to deal with these new modes of transportation.

Some cities, including Bexley, banned them, saying they are considered illegal for street use.

Upper Arlington is considering language to regulate the scooters.

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Programming Note: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:06

Due to Cleveland Browns preseason football, Big Brother may be watched or recorded at approximately 10 p.m. tonight.

The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon will air on delay early Friday morning beginning at approximately 2:07 a.m., and S.W.A.T. will air on delay early Saturday morning at 2:07 a.m.

Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune are repeats Thursday and will not re-air.

Thank you for watching WBNS-10TV.

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Cincinnati reviews policy after 11-year-old shocked with stun gun

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:38

CINCINNATI — Some officials in Cincinnati are calling for a change to police policy after an officer used his stun gun to shock an 11-year-old Ohio girl suspected of shoplifting from a supermarket.

Cincinnati police can use stun guns to incapacitate people as young as 7 years old if they're actively evading arrest, under current policy.

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman has proposed raising the minimum age for stun gun use by police to 12 years old. Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the department will review policies on use of force on minors, and that he was "extremely concerned" such force was used on a child that young.

Police said the officer suspected the girl was shoplifting Monday night from a Kroger Co. supermarket when he approached her. They said she ignored several commands to stop before the officer fired his stun gun at her back. She was taken to a hospital and later released to a parent.

The girl was charged with theft and obstructing justice, but Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters dropped charges Wednesday after a call from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

In an interview with Cincinnati television station WLWT, the girl admitted putting snacks in her backpack, saying her friends dared her to take them.

"They bet me to walk out, so I walked out," she said. "When he told me to stop, I kept going because I was scared."

Her mother told WLWT the officer should've known better than to use his stun gun, adding that her daughter didn't deserve that kind of treatment.

"I'm not defending what she did, what she did was wrong," the mother said. "But two wrongs don't make a right."

The Associated Press typically does not identify minors accused of crimes, and is not identifying the mother to avoid identifying the girl.

Police said the officer involved has been placed on restrictive duties while the department investigates his actions.

The Cincinnati branch of the NAACP issued a statement Thursday saying the officer used "very poor judgment." Cranley also criticized his actions, saying that stunning the girl who "posed no danger to the police" was wrong.

"I want to understand ... why the officer thought that tasing was the best use of force and not detaining the child," said Smitherman.

Dan Hils, president of the local police union, said despite all the blowback, he is certain the officer acted in accordance with procedure.

Police are told they can use stun guns on individuals between the ages of 7 and 70 who are actively evading arrest. But they're also tasked with weighing the severity of the crime and the risk the person poses to the public.

"There was no threat to the public, but there was a clear offense and active resistance," Hils said.

He added he thinks the officer's only mistake was failing to start his body camera recording until after he fired the stun gun, but said police have obtained footage of the incident from Kroger.

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OSU investigation into Urban Meyer could be resolved before Aug. 19

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:26

COLUMBUS - Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave this week while a panel of investigators have begun their inquiry into what Meyer knew and if he followed the proper reporting procedures regarding a 2015 domestic incident involving his now former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

While on administrative leave, Meyer is barred from visiting Ohio State University buildings, cannot talk to student-athletes or coaches and cannot access his university-provided electronic devices, a university spokesman confirmed to 10 Investigates Thursday.

Athletics Director Gene Smith, 10 Investigates learned, is on a week-long vacation but is accessible to the investigative team, the university spokesman says.

"The university is focused on supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester. We can't comment further during the pending investigation," a university spokesman said.

Ohio State announced on Sunday that it will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against his former assistant, Zach Smith. Smith was fired in July over what Smith told 10TV was mounting media pressure over his divorce and domestic issues associated with it. In May, Smith was cited for a trespass violation, a matter that is still pending in the court.

Meanwhile, the university's investigation process is expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said.

That timeline began on August 5 and could be completed within those two weeks, which would end on Aug. 19, a university spokesman confirmed.

Ohio State said in a release that a trustees' committee formed to coordinate the investigation had an initial meeting and has hired a firm to conduct the probe of Meyer, who says he followed proper protocol when informed of a 2015 abuse allegation against assistant Zach Smith.

Mary Jo White of the national firm Debevoise & Plimpton is leading the investigation, the university said. She's a former federal prosecutor and a former chairwoman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange.

Through a spokesman at White's firm, he said that White would not comment on the pending investigation.

"Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation," said Jo Ann Davidson, a former Ohio House Speaker who is chairwoman of the trustees' group coordinating the effort. "We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take."

Any decisions resulting from the investigation will be made by Ohio State President Michael Drake in consultation with university trustees, the statement said.

Davidson did not return repeated calls seeking comment Thursday.

Meyer was put on paid leave last week amid questions about what he knew and did about accusations of abuse made against Smith, who was fired July 24 after his ex-wife sought a restraining order against him. The couple is divorced.

Smith has never been criminally charged or convicted with the 2015 domestic incident. Prosecutors have told 10TV that there was insufficient evidence.

Meyer initially told reporters at Big Ten Media Days on July 25 that he didn't know anything about abuse allegations made by Courtney Smith in October 2015. In a statement released Friday via Twitter , Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol. He also admitted lying to reporters about it.

Smith denied assaulting his wife and said any physical injuries she might have suffered were the result of him defending himself.

“I said it earlier in an interview. It was a toxic relationship. It wasn’t a functional relationship. It maybe needed to never happen and definitely needed to end. And there were several altercations over our marriage in time in Columbus, where things got physical. Things got out of hand. There were definitely a handful of times where I would have to restrain her and move her out of the way so that I could get out of the situation so it didn’t escalate because it was already beyond a level of escalation that was appropriate," Smith told 10TV News during an Aug. 3 interview.

He said he discussed the 2015 allegations at the time with Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith, but said it was Smith who first told him of the police report.

"I first found out about it, I was on a practice field recruiting and I got a phone call from Gene Smith and he basically said you need to be on the next flight back here. Your ex-wife has alleged that you committed domestic violence. It wasn’t anything recent, I was out of town," Smith told 10TV News on Aug. 3.

During that interview, Smith said he returned to Columbus and went to the Powell Police Department to explain his side of the story. He said he then went to practice and was questioned by Urban Meyer.

"And he looked me dead in the eye and said 'I am telling you right now if you hit her, you are fired immediately.' And I said coach I already know that. I’ve known that since I started with you in 2005. If I did hit her I wouldn’t even come to work. I know I would be fired. I said that’s not the case, I’ve never hit her," Smith told 10TV News.

Ohio State's policy on sexual misconduct says anyone who supervises faculty, staff, students or volunteers has a duty to report "when they receive a disclosure of sexual misconduct or become aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that sexual misconduct may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy."

A clause in Meyer's new contract, which raised his salary to $7.6 million this year and runs through 2022, also requires him to "report to Ohio State's Title IX athletics any known violations" of the sexual misconduct policy involving students, faculty or staff at the risk of being fired with cause.

A similar clause exists in Athletic Director Gene Smith's contract which requires him to "immediately report to the Department's Office of Athletic Compliance and the Office of University Compliance and Integrity if the Director has reasonable cause to believe that any person or entity, including without limitation, representatives of Ohio State's athletic interests, has violated or is likely to violate or may potentially have violated any such laws, policies, rules or regulations."

During a brief phone interview with 10 Investigates Thursday, Zach Smith was asked if he believed Urban Meyer would remain head coach. Smith said: "I hope so, I don't know that."

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Suspect in critical after police-involved shooting in north Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 15:33

A suspect is in critical condition after a reported police-involved shooting in north Columbus.

According to Columbus police, officers were serving a felony warrant at a hotel in the 4800 block of Sinclair Road when shots were fired.

The suspect was taken to Grant Medical Center. Police have not identified the suspect at this time.

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

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Superhero Day, Mac & Cheese Fest among late summer and fall events at Easton

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 15:02

Easton Town Center has released a list of upcoming events for this summer and fall.

This Saturday is "Superhero Day" where people are encouraged to dress up and enjoy games and other activities.

Other events include Easton Fashion Night, Halloween Pet Parade and wrapping up with the annual Easton Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

Check out the upcoming events at Easton below. For more information from Easton, click here.

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Superhero Day | Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Fenlon Square

Discover your superpower and come dressed as your favorite superhero or even better, invent one! Enjoy a day of games, hands-on activities, live music, a costume parade, costumed characters… and much more!

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Easton Fashion Night | Thursday, September 13, 5 - 8 p.m. | North District

Mark your calendars for a fabulous evening of fashion, beauty, entertainment and more, in partnership with Fashion Week Columbus. Join many of our retailers at the 7th Annual Easton Fashion Night for special promotions and activities within their stores. Shop, mingle and be sure to stop by the booths along The Strand, between Nordstrom and Bon Vie Bistro, for giveaways, pink carpet photos, music from a DJ and more! Help us celebrate the recent additions to Easton’s ever-expanding collection of premier retailers!

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Chalk the Block | Saturday, September 29 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Town Square

Come stroll the streets surrounding the Town Square and watch local chalk artists create amazing works of sidewalk chalk art. This 7th annual event will also feature live music on the Town Square stage. Can’t make it on Saturday? No problem! Enjoy the beautiful finished chalk art Sunday while visiting your favorite Easton destinations.

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Mac & Cheese Festival, benefiting OSUCCC – James | Friday, October 5, 4 - 8 p.m. | Town Square

Join us to #MacOutCancer with the 3rd Annual Columbus Mac and Cheese Festival! We’re featuring an array of macaroni and cheese tastings from the best Easton and Columbus restaurants. With a beer truck to complement the endless, cheesy goodness, and a live music, there is no better way to spend a Saturday evening. Proceeds from the festival will benefit adolescent and young adult cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. The fest is hosted by the OSUCCC – James NextGen Ambassadors Society – a group of highly motivated young professionals dedicated to creating a cancer-free world. Tickets are available by clicking here.

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Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival | Sunday, October 21, Noon - 3 p.m. | Fenlon Square

Dress your pet in their best costume and bring them to Easton for the Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. Costumes will be judged and awards given based on the following categories: Best Group, Best Duo, Cutest, Funniest, Most Creative, and Scariest. Don’t miss activities for the kids too, all in Fenlon Square.

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20th Annual Easton Holiday Lighting Ceremony | Friday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. | Town Square

This holiday season will mark our 20th Easton Holiday Lighting Ceremony! Kick-off the 2018 holiday season with Easton’s signature event. Join us for lots of holiday cheer, parade featuring Santa and the lighting of Easton’s 50ft tree topped with a 6-foot star and more than 25,000 digital LED lights!

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Flags to remember fallen Franklin County deputy stolen

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:49

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Flags donated to help remember a fallen Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy have been stolen, according to the sheriff’s office.

The flags were placed on the memorial highway signs to remember Marty Martin, who was killed in a crash in 2008.

The sheriff’s office said in May the flags, which featured an American flag design with a thin blue line, were donated by M.A. D. Graphics.

The signs are located on I-71 northbound near Stringtown Road and near I-71 southbound and I-270 on the south side.

In a tweet, the sheriff’s office said “Our Chaplain, Father Connolly, is praying for you”.

On 5/11, we announced that M.A.D Graphics donated 2 weatherized, #ThinBlueLine flags for the Dep. Martin memorial signs at 71 N/B/Stringtown & 71 S/B & 270. We discovered, this week, that these flags have been stolen. Our Chaplain, Father Connolly, is praying for you. pic.twitter.com/SQy8qfSUOu

— Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (@OHFCSO) August 9, 2018

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Balderson on Franklin County comment: "That was a mistake"

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:37

As the fate of Tuesday's special election for Congress hangs in the balance, one candidate is trying to clean up a campaign controversy.

1,564 votes separate Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor.

And there are still 8,483 uncounted provisional and absentee ballots.

As voters wait for an official outcome, one of the candidates is for the first time, addressing a campaign controversy that caught fire the night before the election.

It was Monday night, in his final rally of the special election campaign.

Troy Balderson was speaking to supporters in his hometown of Zanesville, when he made this statement:

"My opponent is from Franklin County. Franklin County has been challenging. We don't want someone from Franklin County representing us."

Democrats seized on that statement, implying Balderson was insulting voters in one of the seven counties he's seeking to represent in Congress.

The chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party said Franklin County voters only had one day to hear Balderson's statement before voting Tuesday, but said they had 89 days more to hear it between now and the November election.

Wednesday 10TV asked Balderson about his controversial statement.

Glenn McEntyre: "'We don't want to be represented by someone from Franklin County.' What did you mean by that, and was it a mistake?"
Troy Balderson: "That was a mistake. And what I meant was, Danny O'Connor. We didn't want to have Danny O'Connor representing us. I'm going to represent this whole 12th Congressional District. In my (state) senate district, I represent every county in my district. And I will do the exact same thing with the 12th Congressional District."
Glenn McEntyre: "What do you say to folks who perceived that as a "diss" of Franklin County?"
Troy Balderson: "I'll prove it. I'm going to work and I will represent them. And my record of what I've done in the 20th Senate District, serving multiple counties, will show them that I'm going to work for every county."

10TV also asked Balderson about the president's repeated attacks on the media.

Glenn McEntyre: "You and President Trump are very closely aligned. President Trump has called the media 'The enemy of the people.' Do you agree?"
Troy Balderson: "I don't want to say the media is the enemy of the people. When you go President Trump, I support President Trump's economic agenda. I have disagreed with President Trump on some of his issues. But I don't want to call anybody evil. So that's not part of my vocabulary to say that someone's evil."

As for the still-unresolved election, under Ohio law the counting of those outstanding absentee and provisional ballots begins August 18th, and must be completed by August 24th.

At that point, the official election results will be certified. If the candidates are within point-five percent of each other, there will be an automatic recount.

The 12th Congressional District includes Licking, Delaware, and Morrow Counties, and parts of Franklin, Marion, Muskingum and Richland Counties.

Wednesday, Balderson's opponent Danny O'Connor spoke with reporters about Balderson's comment, and the possibility that some District 12 voters might be resistant to a candidate from Franklin County,

"I'll fight as hard for someone in Muskingum County or Richland County and everywhere in between as I will for someone here in Franklin County, because I want to be a seven-county congressman," said O'Connor. "I want to be someone who delivers for working families everywhere that they are.

I'll meet them in their home, I'll meet them at their doorstep. I'll knock on their door, I'll talk to them in their cafes."

Balderson declared victory Tuesday night in the Special Election, but O'Connor has not conceded, saying all the votes need to be counted.

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Report: Jump in deliveries involving moms hooked on opioids

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:25

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials say they found a dramatic rise in the number of women who are hooked on opioids and delivering babies in hospitals.

Opioid use during pregnancy can cause death of the mother or baby, preterm birth and infant withdrawal symptoms like seizures, excessive crying and breathing problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied delivery hospitalizations in 28 states — the agency's first study of the problem across multiple states. It released its findings Thursday.

In 1999, 1.5 of every 1,000 women coming to a hospital to deliver depended on or abused opioids.

That rose to 6.5 in 2014, the latest year for which data is available. That translates to nearly 25,000 deliveries across all 50 states that year.

Rates were highest in Vermont and West Virginia.

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Austin City Council to vote on MLS stadium proposal

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:15

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a new stadium plan that could trigger a move by Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew to Texas.

Crew owner Anthony Precourt has been exploring a move to Austin and negotiating terms for city land to build a privately funded 20,000-seat stadium.

The Austin City Council is scheduled to hear public testimony. Consideration of the stadium proposal is expected to go late into the night and possibly into Friday.

The Crew has played in Columbus since MLS began in 1996.

Columbus hasn't been willing to give up its team without a fight. Fan groups have rallied support and a state lawsuit has been filed to block a move. MLS Commissioner Don Garber has said the league is reluctant to see one of the original franchises move, but has backed Precourt's desire to look for a new home.

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Police: Man overdoses in car with child in backseat

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:43

Police in Rhode Island took a photo of a man who overdosed and it went viral.

A picture shared by North Smithfield police shows the scene last week - a man slumped over the wheel, a baby in the backseat – police say he was overdosing.

"They administered several doses of Narcan to bring him back to consciousness, which they did,” North Smithfield Police Captain Tim Lafferty said.

Lafferty said it took four doses of Narcan to revive 33-year-old Michael Krajczynski, who now faces a charge of child neglect.

While he didn’t want to talk about the specifics of the case, Krajczynski said he wishes he could take back what happened.

"My wife and kids don't deserve anything like that. I'm distraught you know, things of that nature, this isn't a thing for me its not the norm to say the least,” he said.

Police said Krajczynski told them he took two pills thinking they were percocets.

"We're assuming there was a high dose of fentanyl,” Lafferty said.

Lafferty said they shared the photo of Krajczynski to bring awareness to the opioid crisis.

"If it weren't for the due diligence of those officers administering Narcan at that time, he probably would have passed away,” he said.

Police said Krajczynski would not be facing charges if his baby had not been in the backseat because he was not driving at the time and there were no other drugs.

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Grove City police cracking down on retail theft

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:05

An undercover Grove City police officer sat patiently in a retail giant's parking lot as his partner tracked a suspected shoplifter inside the store. The officer's patience paid off.

CrimeTracker 10 was there when police charged a man with theft for walking out of the store with more than $100 worth off stolen fishing poles in his shopping cart. The man admitted to CrimeTracker 10 he planned to return the poles at another store.

Police said Zachary Hiles, 26, was caught on a surveillance camera when he walked out of a Grove City Kroger store with $170 worth of energy drinks.

Police said Hiles is known to officers. A search of court records revealed police have charged Hiles with theft more than half-dozen times since 2017.

Police taking part in the sting operation said they believe the opiate epidemic is driving retail theft.

"Most of the shoplifting, I'd say 95 percent, is related to drug addiction," said an undercover Grove City Police Officer. "I mean that's what they do. They wake up, go steal, buy their dope, and get high."

Police said the stolen items are often sold online or at a fence operation, or a black market that pays cash for stolen goods. Retail theft charges in Grove City spiked in 2016 with more than 660 busts.

In part, it's a reflection of aggressive police efforts to target shoplifters. So far in 2018, Grove City police have filed more than 300 retail theft charges.

Police said it's a crime that can cost major retailers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"Retail theft is a huge crime that affects all of us one dollar at a time," said Sgt. Doug Olmstead.

A Global Retail Theft Barometer report in 2010 indicated retail theft added $423 to the average American family's shopping bill.

Police said they are confident thieves will quickly learn to stay out of Grove City.

"The message we want to send is if you're coming to Grove City to commit crimes against our retailers, you will be arrested here in Grove City," said Sgt. Olmstead.

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Police investigating after body found near Ohio State's campus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police said a construction crew found a body in the area of Lane Avenue and SR-315 on Thursday.

Police received the call about the body around 1 p.m.

Police said there are no lanes closed in the area.

The identity of the body has not been released.

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J.C. Penney to open 500 baby shops amid Babies R Us demise

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:24

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is expanding the baby products it sells at stores beyond clothing as the department store joins the many other chains trying to claim some of the Babies R Us sales up for grabs.

The Plano, Texas-based chain is opening baby shops in 500 stores that are near now-shuttered Babies R Us locations, now that Babies R Us owner Toys R Us has liquidated.

Starting Aug. 30, J.C. Penney will sell in stores items like cribs, high chairs, strollers and car seats that it had formerly sold on its website only.

A spokesperson for JC Penney confirmed a baby shop will open at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing and Polaris Fashion Place.

Retailers like Walmart, Target, BuyBuy Baby and Amazon are trying to attract former Babies R Us shoppers by adding more baby products, enlisting pregnant celebrities for promotions, or helping people recreate their gift registries.

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Petition pushes for LeBron James to replace Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:18

Thousands of people have signed a petition supporting the idea of having LeBron James replace Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

"LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country. He's shown he cares about America's youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential.”

The petition has more than signed by more than 13,000 people as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

LeBron recently opened his I PROMISE school in Akron.

“Betsy DeVos was hired without ever setting foot in a public school — and she's taken every opportunity to work against the interests of the children, teachers, and families she has pledged to serve. We certainly deserve better!”

The creator of the petition closes by saying it’s unlikely James would give up his basketball career but “it’s worth a try.”

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Lancaster teacher indicted on sexual battery for alleged relationship with student

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:50

A Lancaster High School teacher has been indicted on one count of sexual battery.

According to the Fairfield County Prosecutor's Office, the charge came out of an alleged sexual relationship between 47-year-old Eddie Black and a 16-year-old student at the school between August 2003 and June 2005.

Authorities became aware of the allegation in April 2018 when the victim filed a report with police.

In a statement released by Lancaster City Schools Superintendent Steve Wigton, Black was married to the victim and they later divorced.

Wigton says Black has been placed on leave and a special board meeting will be held next week to suspend her without pay and begin the termination of her contract.

Statement from Lancaster City Schools Superintendent Steve Wigton:

Ms. Black has been indicted on a criminal charge involving a former student of Lancaster High School, to whom she was married and then was later divorced. Ms. Black has been placed on leave, and she will not be returning to the classroom. A special board meeting has been scheduled on August 15, 2018, to suspend Ms. Black’s contract without pay and to initiate termination of the contract.

The District takes any allegation of sexual harassment or misconduct seriously and takes appropriate action accordingly. Allegations or concerns will be fully and fairly investigated to ensure protection of all students, which is always our top priority. Investigations of this nature are not undertaken by the Board, but instead by those in Human Resources or administration, who are charged with handling matters under established board policies, including a full and complete examination of all pertinent facts and information. Additionally, we are acting in full cooperation with law enforcement officials as they are conducting their independent investigation.

Anyone who has information or concerns to be shared with Lancaster City Schools should contact Nathan Hale, Director of HR, at n_hale@lcsschools.net or 740-687-7310. Because the investigations are ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time.

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