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2-year-old boy who overcame the odds and learned to walk inspires millions

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:42

Two-year-old Roman Dinkel was diagnosed with spina bifida, a defect in an embryo's developing spine, after an ultrasound at 20 weeks.

"We just expected to hear the normal things — this is the size of the head, this is the size of his feet, all those fun things, but what we heard was he had extra fluid on his brain and extra fluid on his spine," Roman's mother Whitney Dinkel said.

Despite the odds, his parents were determined to persevere. Roman actually had an operation before he was born to increase his chances of being able to walk.

"I had to let him fall a few times so he'd know I wouldn't be there to catch him, and he had to learn how to catch himself," Whitney said.

Perhaps that's why, when he finally did walk after days of practicing, Roman was so excited to show the family dog, Maggie, what he could do. Roman's mom was excited too. She posted the video on Facebook and in just hours, people around the world were sharing in Roman's joy. Mom and Dad have received non-stop messages.

"From random people telling us their story, you know, how they were depressed, or you know, how they were suicidal, or how they were going through these medical situations and to see that he influenced them in a positive way to change their mindset and change their view it's just so heartwarming. It feels like he just gave hope to so many people with a seven-second clip."

A seven-second reminder to never give up. Courtesy of 2-year-old Roman Dinkel.

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Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

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

WASHINGTON — Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.

Vice President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfills President Donald Trump's vow to ensure America's dominance in space — a domain that was once peaceful and uncontested that has now become crowded and adversarial.

"Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation," said Pence. "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force."

Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!"

Space Force all the way!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018

Trump has called for a "separate but equal" space force, a complicated and expensive move that requires congressional approval. On Thursday, Pence said that the administration will work with Congress on the plan, and will outline a budget next year.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching a pricey, new service. A new branch of the military would require layers of bureaucracy, military and civilian leaders, uniforms, equipment and an expansive support structure.

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress Thursday lays out plans to consolidate the Pentagon's warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of leading edge technologies.

The Pentagon's role in space has been under scrutiny because of a recognition that the United States is increasingly reliant on satellites that are difficult to protect in space. Satellites provide communications, navigation, intelligence and other services vital to the military and the economy.

The U.S. intelligence agencies reported earlier this year that Russia and China are pursuing "nondestructive and destructive" anti-satellite weapons for use during a future war. And there are growing worries about cyberattacks that could target satellite technology, potentially leaving troops in combat without electronic communications or navigation abilities.

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Another area code to be added for portions of Ohio in 2020

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says another area code will be added in some western and southern portions of the state.

The commission approved a plan Wednesday to add a 13th area code. The 326 code will officially take effect in March 2020 and be overlaid on top of the existing 937 area code that serves cities such as Dayton and Marysville.

The commission says all existing 937 area code users will keep their current numbers and area code. The 326 area code will be assigned to new numbers in the 937 area code.

Telecommunications officials say the 937 area code is expected to run out of available phone numbers in 2020.

Three-digit numbers such as 911, 311 and 411 will not change.

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Puerto Rico concedes Hurricane Maria deaths more than 1,400

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:40

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico has conceded that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people on the island last year and not just the 64 in the official death toll.

The government acknowledged the higher death toll with no fanfare in a report submitted to Congress this week in which it detailed a $139 billion reconstruction plan for the island.

That quiet acknowledgment was first reported Thursday by The New York Times.

Puerto Rican officials have admitted that more than 64 people likely died from the powerful storm that knocked out the power grid and caused widespread flooding that made many roads impassable. But a more exact number has been a matter of debate that the government has sought to end by commissioning an academic study due out in coming weeks.

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1 dead in crash involving heavy machinery in southwest Ohio

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:06

Authorities in southwest Ohio say one person has died in a crash involving two vehicles and heavy machinery.

Police say the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. in Reily Township. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Police haven't released the identity of the victim.

No further details were immediately available. An investigation continues.

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Police: Officer, suspect shot outside Florida Waffle House

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:20

A police officer and a suspect were shot during an exchange of gunfire outside a Waffle House in northeastern Florida.

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department tells WTLV-TV one of their officers was shot Wednesday night and was taken to a hospital.

Cmdr. Tommy Crumley tells WJXT-TV a pedestrian had opened fire on an officer driving by, who wasn't injured. The suspect ran, and was met by two more officers. During an exchange of gunfire, the suspect and an officer were both shot.

The suspect's name hasn't been released.

Authorities haven't released the officer's name, but Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham says the officer is in good condition and is expected to make a full recovery. The suspect's condition is unknown.

Latham visited the officer and his family in the hospital.

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Charges dropped vs. girl, 11, Tased for stealing from a Kroger market

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 05:40

CINCINNATI -- Charges have been dropped against an 11-year-old Ohio girl who was suspected of shoplifting from a supermarket when a police officer shocked her with a stun gun. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Wednesday night that stunning the girl who "posed no danger to the police" was wrong.

The encounter happened Monday night at a Kroger in the city. Police say the officer suspected the girl was using a backpack to shoplift when he approached her. They say the girl resisted and tried to flee before she was shocked with the stun gun. The girl was taken to a hospital and released.

She initially was charged with theft and obstruction of justice, but the mayor says he asked the prosecutor to drop the charges.

An investigation is underway.

CBS Cincinnati affiliate WKRC-TV says the girl's mother wants the policy that led to the Tasing changed.

The station says it's not in dispute that the girl stole some snacks from the Kroger, was told by an officer to stop and didn't, and was then Tased.

Currently, Tasers can be used on people ages 7 to 70 actively resisting arrest, WKRC says.

Donna Gowdy doesn't understand why her daughter, who isn't even 5-feet tall or 100 pounds, needed to be Tased for shoplifting.

Donna Gowdy / WKRC

"I just wish that he would have thought of a different way of going about it other than Tasing her," Gowdy said.

According to WKRC, Cincinnati police say it was an off-duty officer working security at the store who Tased the girl in the back when she wouldn't stop.

"I know everybody probably be like, 'Well, you know, she stole,' or whatever, but that's not the issue at this point. The issue is that how he went about it," Gowdy said.

She says Police Chief Eliot Isaac came to her home Tuesday night to talk about what happened. She says she wants a full investigation and the opportunity to see the findings.

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman also wants a full investigation, and, like Gowdy, wants the policy to change.

"Seven is too young; let's move it to 12," said Smitherman. "What caught my attention was the chief making a decision (to put the officer on) desk duty, and that gave me some indication that the chief thought there were some concerns about what had happened," Smitherman said.

Police Chief Isaac released a statement saying, "We are extremely concerned when force is used by one of our officers on a child of this age. As a result, we will be taking a very thorough review of our policies as it relates to using force on juveniles as well as the propriety of the officer's actions."

Gowdy she says she hopes her daughter learns from this mistake.

"I understand that the stealing and everything was wrong, but how he went about it, it didn't have to happen, and two wrongs don't make a right," Gowdy says.

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Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 220

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 03:16

The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as an official said the death toll from an earlier quake had topped 220.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, caused panic and damage. It was centered in the northwest of the island and didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia's geological agency said.

Videos showed rubble strewn across streets and clouds of dust enveloping buildings. In northern Lombok, some people leaped from their vehicles on traffic jammed roads while an elderly woman standing in the back of a pickup truck wailed "God is Great." The aftershock had caused more "trauma," said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Nyoman Sidekarya, chief of the provincial search and rescue agency that covers Lombok, told The Associated Press that the death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake is now 227.

Several agencies have been releasing higher death toll figures than the 131 announced on Wednesday by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, which has a coordinating role in disaster relief. The agency says it is has not verified these other figures but expects the toll to climb.

Grieving relatives were burying their dead and medics tended to people whose broken limbs hadn't yet been treated in the days since Sunday's quake.

The Red Cross said it was focusing relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people yet to get any assistance.

In Kopang Daya village in the hard-hit Tanjung district of north Lombok, a distraught family was burying their 13-year-old daughter who was struck by a collapsing wall and then trampled when the quake Sunday caused a stampede at her Islamic boarding school.

Villagers and relatives prayed outside a tent where the girl's body lay inside covered in a white cloth.

"She was praying when the earthquake happened," said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name. "She was trying to get out, but she got hit by a wall and fell down. Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends," he said.

Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed in Sunday's quake and more than 150,000 people are homeless. The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it's focusing its relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the island's north where aid still has not reached.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi said people need clean water and tarpaulins most of all. He said the agency has sent 20 water trucks to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps," he said. He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

In Kopang Daya, injured villagers got their first proper treatment Thursday after medics arrived with a portable X-ray and other supplies.

They tended to an elderly woman with an injured face and hips who'd been knocked over by her grandson as they scrambled from their house.

"Her son managed to get out from the house when the earthquake hit but the grandmother and grandson were left behind," said a relative Nani Wijayanti. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard," she said.

A July 29 quake on Lombok killed 16 people.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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Seoul: Rival Koreas to meet to prepare for leaders' summit

Channel 10 news - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 03:12

The rival Koreas will meet Monday for high-level talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said, the third such meetings between the leaders in recent months.

The announcement Thursday by the South's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean issues for Seoul, comes amid attempts by Washington and Pyongyang to follow through on nuclear disarmament vows made at a summit in June between President Donald Trump and Kim.

Pyongyang has also stepped up its calls for a formal end to the Korean War, which some analysts believe is meant to be the first step in the North's effort to eventually see all 28,500 U.S. troops leave the Korean Peninsula. Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving up its nuclear program.

A South Korean official at the Unification Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules, said the two Koreas will also discuss ways to push through tension-reducing agreements made during an earlier summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon. Among the agreements was holding another inter-Korean summit in the fall in Pyongyang.

The rival Koreas may try to seek a breakthrough amid what experts see as little progress on nuclear disarmaments between Pyongyang and Washington despite the Singapore summit in June and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's several visits to North Korea.

Pyongyang insisted that the U.S. should reciprocate to the North's suspension of missile launches and nuclear tests and other goodwill gestures such as the return of remains of American troops killed in the Korean War. The United States has dismissed calls to ease sanctions until the North delivers on its commitments to fully denuclearize.

The inter-Korean meeting on Monday will be held at Tongilgak, a North Korean-controlled building in the border village of Panmunjom. It wasn't clear who would attend the talks, but such meetings have typically been handled in the past by South Korea's unification minister and his counterpart in the North. It also wasn't clear when another summit might happen, but if the April 27 summit agreements are followed through, the leaders will likely meet in Pyongyang in the next couple of months.

In the meantime, both Koreas are seeking an early end of the Korean War. South Korea's presidential spokesman said last month that Seoul wants an early declaration of the end of the 1950-53 war sooner than later. The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the fighting ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

Earlier Thursday, North Korea's Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary that ending the Korean War is "the first process for ensuring peace and security not only in the Korean peninsula but also in the region and the world."

Seoul said it accepted the North's proposal after Pyongyang first suggested a meeting Monday to discuss another summit.

Kim and Moon met in April at a highly publicized summit that saw the leaders hold hands and walk together across the border, and then again in a more informal summit in May, just weeks before Kim met Trump in Singapore.

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2018-08-08 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:34
Date: Wednesday Aug 8, 2018
Time: 10:01 PM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 29°
Approach: 19° above W
Departure: 21° above S

2018-08-09 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:34
Date: Thursday Aug 9, 2018
Time: 9:10 PM
Duration: 4 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 59°
Approach: 41° above W
Departure: 10° above SE

2018-08-10 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:34
Date: Friday Aug 10, 2018
Time: 9:54 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 12°
Approach: 10° above WSW
Departure: 10° above SSW

2018-08-11 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:34
Date: Saturday Aug 11, 2018
Time: 9:02 PM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 23°
Approach: 20° above WSW
Departure: 10° above S

Family pleas for answers after 24-year old man shot during apparent home invasion

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:39

The Manias Family sat close to one another outside of Grant Medical Center, as they plea for answers in the case involving their loved one Eric.

"Eric is one of my twin boys. I call him my hero," said Emmanuel Manias, Eric's dad. "He was challenged from the beginning of life with a heart condition pulmonary atresia, which does not allow the oxygen to pump into your blood."

According to Columbus police, Eric was involved in an apparent home invasion involving two male suspects.

"He was out with friends at an establishment in Easton ... got home around 12:25 a.m. or so. And these gentlemen approached him as he was walking into his apartment, shot him, pushed him into the apartment, beat him up and shot him again," Emmanuel said.

Eric suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen, a gunshot wound to the left arm, a fractured hip, fractured jaw, fractured orbital socket, numerous cuts, bruises and other internal issues.

"You feel, um, you're helpless," said Alexis Hanson, Eric's sister. "You can't do anything for him. It's really hard to see him like that."

Detectives are now searching for the men responsible for his injuries.

"Just, just come forward," Eric's mom Cynthia pleaded while holding back tears. "Please make a statement. No questions asked."

The Manias family is clinging together as Eric begins to heal.

If you have any information regarding his case, call the CPD Robbery Unit at 614-645-4665 or the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).

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Austin stadium vote could trigger Crew SC move to Texas

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:51

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ thriving capital city may finally become a major league sports town. It will just take moving a bedrock franchise of Major League Soccer out of its home turf to do it.

Anthony Precourt, owner of the Columbus Crew, has been pushing for months to move his team to Austin, the largest city in the country without a major professional sports franchise.

While the league front office has supported Precourt’s desire to look around for a new city, picking up and relocating from Ohio to uber-hip Austin hasn’t been easy. It hasn’t been a slam-dunk deal in Austin and the state of Ohio is suing to block the move. Fan groups in Columbus have rallied to try to save their team, the 2008 MLS champion which was one of league’s founding clubs when it started in 1996.

The Austin City Council will vote Thursday on whether to make land available and authorize negotiations for a new $200 million, 20,000-seat privately financed stadium for the Crew. Precourt’s original hopes for a picturesque riverfront location downtown were quickly scuttled, but plans have shifted to build near a fast-growing business, shopping and housing development.

Other Austin developers are also interested in the site. Several City Council members have questioned whether the stadium is the best use of the land and the vote on the stadium plan is expected to be close.

If the stadium plan is approved, the Crew will likely chart a course to become the third MLS franchise in Texas by 2019, joining Houston and Dallas. Where the Crew would play until the stadium is built is yet to be determined.

Precourt has been eyeing Austin since he bought the team in 2013. His purchase agreement included a promise to keep the Crew in Columbus for at least 10 years, but it also had a clause that would let him move to Austin. And before Precourt announced his intention to move, MLS had trademarked Austin FC and Austin Athletic as possible names for a franchise even though the city had not applied for expansion.

Major League Soccer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Precourt noted Austin’s “growing presence as an international city, combined with its strong multicultural foundation” when he first announced plans to explore a move in October 2017. “MLS in Austin could be an ideal fit.”

The Austin metropolitan area is just over 2 million. The sports scene is dominated by the University of Texas Longhorns, but the city also hosts Formula One and MotoGP racing every year. Its economy centers on state government, the university and the city’s surging role as a major technology hub featuring companies like Dell, Samsung and Apple. Facebook and Google also have offices here and there’s a chance Amazon’s coveted HQ2 could be coming as well.

Mayor Steve Adler has said soccer would be a “huge success” and a perfect fit for his city, which ranked among the top television markets nationally for watching the World Cup.

“Soccer would be important for our community because it would bring our city together,” Adler said. “It is also a sport that doesn’t require a stadium with 70,000 people.”

If the council approves the stadium plan, “the soccer team will come,” Adler said.

Precourt has complained that Columbus has a lack of corporate sponsors and said the Crew’s current stadium, which opened in 1999 as the first soccer-specific stadium in the U.S., is showing age and needs to be replaced.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has said the league is reluctant to see one of the original franchises move, but has also backed Precourt’s desire to look for a new home. Deputy MLS Commissioner Mark Abbott has visited with a partnership in Columbus that is interested in buying the team to keep it there.

Columbus isn’t giving up the team without a fight . The state lawsuit to block the move cites an Ohio law that owners of teams that use tax-supported facilities and accept state financial assistance must give at least six months’ notice and allow local investors the chance to buy the team. The law was enacted after the NFL’s Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996.

A group of passionate Crew fans don’t want to lose their club. Save the Crew has been collecting pledges from fans to attend games next season, has appealed for a new ownership group to step in and even offered its own renderings for a new stadium in Columbus.

“The Crew is tremendously important” to Columbus, said David Miller, Save the Crew communications director. “We’re the original team in MLS. This team is a representation of history.”

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Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:36

One of the most popular meteor showers of the year is expected to peak this weekend. The Perseids will light up the sky with dozens of meteors an hour on August 11 to 13, setting up a spectacular show for stargazers.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle. Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells CBS News that this year, spectators will be in store for a better watching experience due to diminished moonlight –– or in his words: "We won't have any moon messing it up."

"The moon will be setting early so there won't be much moonlight that will be interfering at night," Cooke said. "Peak rates will be just before dawn."

When to watch the Perseids

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids.

Where to see the 2018 Perseid meteor shower

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead. Americans from coast to coast will have a chance to enjoy the cosmic show as long as the local weather cooperates. But Accuweather warns that in parts of the West, smoke from massive wildfires will create hazy conditions, limiting visibility.

Cooke recommends steering clear of bright city lights in order to get the best view.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator," he said. "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show."

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Brock Turner loses appeal; remains guilty of sexual assault

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:16

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court on Wednesday rejected a former Stanford University swimmer's bid for a new trial and upheld his sexual assault and attempted rape convictions.

The three-judge panel of the 6th District Court of Appeal in San Jose ruled Wednesday that there was "substantial evidence" that Brock Turner received a fair trial.

In 2016, a jury convicted Turner of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious woman outside an on-campus fraternity party.

The case got national attention after the victim's powerful statement, which she read in court before Turner was sentenced, was shared widely online.

She recounted the assault, her treatment by investigators and the ordeal of facing questions about her sexual activity and drinking habits. It quickly went viral.

"Instead of taking time to heal, I was taking time to recall the night in excruciating detail, in order to prepare for the attorney's questions that would be invasive, aggressive and designed to steer me off course, to contradict myself, my sister, phrased in ways to manipulate my answers," she wrote. "This was a game of strategy, as if I could be tricked out of my own worth."

The Associated Press doesn't generally identify sexual abuse victims.

Judge Aaron Persky rejected a prosecutor's demand for a lengthy prison term and instead sentenced Turner to six months in jail. He was released from jail in September 2016 after serving three months.

Persky's sentence sparked nationwide outrage by those who felt it too lenient.

Voters recalled Persky in June.

The sentence was not part of the appeal and the judges didn't address it.

Turner filed an appeal in December seeking a new trial, arguing that the evidence presented at his trial didn't support his convictions. The jury convicted him of sexually assaulting an intoxicated victim, sexually assaulting an unconscious victim and attempting to rape her.

Judge Franklin Elia writing for the unanimous panel said there was "substantial evidence" to support conviction of all three charges. In particular, the judge pointed out that Turner tried to run from two graduate students who confronted him assaulting the then-22-year-old woman. The judge wrote that the victim was slurring her speech when she left a fraternity party with Turner and the graduate students testified the victim appeared unconscious when they showed up, chased Turner and held him down until police arrived. He denied running when questioned by police.

"He did not explain or defend himself to them," Elia wrote. "And he lied to police about running."

Turner could petition the California Supreme Court to consider his appeal. Turner's attorney Eric Multhaup didn't return a phone call Wednesday.

Stanford law professor Michelle Dauber, who led the judge's recall campaign, called on Turner to drop any further appeals.

"The appellate court has now rejected that idea and I think everyone, including Brock Turner, would be better served by accepting the jury's verdict and moving on," she said.

Turner lives outside Dayton, Ohio, with his parents. He is required to register as a sex offender for life.

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Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:02

SEATTLE — An endangered orca is still clinging to her dead calf more than two weeks after her newborn died.

Michael Milstein, a spokesman with NOAA Fisheries, says researchers on Wednesday spotted the 20-year-old whale known as J35 carrying her dead young off the tip of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

The calf died July 24 and the image of the mother whale clinging to the dead calf has struck an emotional chord worldwide.

Milstein says researchers with Fisheries and Ocean Canada also spotted another member of the same pod — the 3 ½-year old whale J50 that is emaciated. The ailing orca was swimming with her mom Wednesday.

A team of experts led by NOAA Fisheries have been searching for the young whale to assess her health and potentially give her medication.

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12th Congressional District special election too close to call; What's next?

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:46

Ohio's hotly contested race for the 12th Congressional District is still too close to call. Voting in Ohio's Special Election ended Tuesday, but the vote counting will continue.

More than 200,000 people voted in Tuesday's election. After factoring new vote totals from Franklin County, just 1,564 votes separate Troy Balderson and Danny O'Connor. That's less than one percentage point.

It was enough of a margin for Balderson to claim victory Tuesday, and again Wednesday when 10TV sat down with him.

"I'm very confident that we have won," Balderson said. When asked if Danny O'Connor should concede, he said, "I have the most votes. So to me, yes."

O'Connor sees it differently.

"Just because it's too close to call and I don't want to dishonor the people who voted," he explained.

Now all eyes are on the nearly 8500 ballots yet to be counted.

According to the Ohio Secretary of State, whose office oversees elections in the state, there are 5,048 outstanding absentee ballots. That includes ballots cast by mail that have not yet been received by the county boards of election.

Those have to be postmarked by August 6 and received by August 17 to be counted. The Secretary of State says there are 3,435 provisional ballots.

Those are ballots cast by voters whose identity and/or eligibility could not be verified. Provisional voters have to provide proof of their identity by Aug. 14th for their ballots to be considered for counting.

10TV asked both candidates about the potential impact of those still uncounted ballots.

"I just don't think they will. There's reasons that those provisional are out there, and there are different scenarios," Balderson said. "So going by what my legal team, my team around me has said, I will be declared the winner."

O'Connor believes those votes will help him.

"Yeah, I think so. we're waiting to see what they are. But we want to make sure they're counted. We want to make sure this process gets the integrity that it deserves," he said.

Asked if he's given thought to a concession speech, O'Connor said. "No. No. I have not. Because we gotta keep going anyway. It's only halftime, we've got a tie ballgame. And we've got to finish out in November."

Under Ohio law, the counting of those nearly 8500 absentee and provisional ballots doesn't start until August 18.

It has to be finished by Aug. 24, and once those results are certified, if the candidates are within a half of a percent of each other, that triggers an automatic recount.

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NYPD: Dad fled to Thailand after tossing dead baby in river

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:06

NEW YORK — A Bronx dad fled to Thailand after carrying his dead 7-month-old baby around New York City in a backpack and tossing his body into a river near the Brooklyn Bridge and other tourist spots, police said Wednesday.

Thai authorities stopped James Currie, 37, when he landed in Bangkok and blocked him from entering the country, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said. He will be returned to New York within days to face a felony charge of concealment of a human corpse, Shea said.

A tourist from Oklahoma spotted the diaper-clad body Sunday. Her husband pulled the lifeless baby from the East River to shore and tried reviving him.

"This is a heartbreaking case," Shea said.

The baby's mother, who lives separately from the father in the Bronx, had seen news reports about the baby. The next day, she found out Currie failed to drop their child off at day care.

Shea said the woman, 36, made a "blood curdling" call to 911 after trying to reach Currie. During the call, she told the dispatcher she had seen a report about the baby found in the river and feared the worst, he added.

Shea said the baby was alive when Currie took him to his Bronx apartment around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, under a custody arrangement. The baby died before Currie left and headed for Manhattan around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, he added.

Video showed Currie walking toward the river and carrying the baby in a backpack he fashioned as a baby carrier. A backpack was seen floating in the river near the boy's body.

Additional charges could be filed pending an autopsy. A determination on the baby's cause of death isn't expected this week.

Diana Campbell, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, first noticed the baby around 4 p.m. Sunday. Her husband, Monte Campbell, waded into shallow water near the South Street Seaport on the Manhattan shoreline, retrieved the baby and started CPR.

"She just called me over and said there was a baby in the water," Monte Campbell said. "I called 911. At that point, I thought it was a doll."

He said the baby wasn't breathing and showed no pulse.

Police officers arrived minutes later and took the baby onto the pedestrian walkway, where they continued CPR before the baby was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Currie boarded the flight to Bangkok around 2:20 p.m. Monday. The baby's mother called 911 around 9 p.m. Monday.

"I think it's self-evident as to why the individual was trying to get away as fast as possible," Shea said.

Currie and the baby's mother were not married, and police aren't aware of any other children between them, Shea said.

Shea said a preliminary investigation showed that the city's children's services administration had no prior reports about the child or the couple.

"We don't have any red flags that existed before this," Shea said.

The East River running between Manhattan and Brooklyn is a heavily trafficked tidal estuary subject to strong currents. Both park-lined shorelines are usually teeming with tourists this time of year.

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